HJ: The Shaman teaches through direct experience, whereas we are taught to analyze and study first in Western society. No amount of study can ever prepare one fully for direct experience. As many you have surmised, in many instances it is best to learn as we go. Practicing and studying simultaneously is often the fatest path to advancement and eventual mastery. The master-apprentice model has traditionally been used throughout history for learning of advanced techniques and complex skills and is at its essence, a true example of teaching through direct experience.
Danelle provides some beautiful insight into the practice of Shamanic Visioning which can be translated into other spiritual/healing disciplines with great effect. Engaging the five senses in meditation or visualization greatly enhances the effects of the practice, bringing more powerful and rapid results. Scientists have proven in the last few years that there is no difference between a thought unfolding in our minds or in outward reality. This knowledge is used by mass media and the powers that be to manipulate human consciousness through the repeated exposure to scenes of war, poverty, destruction and violence (another great reason to turn off the TV and be selective with movies you choose to watch). However, on the other hand, you can use it to strengthen your healing visions and the creation of your reality. The power is yours.
The Shaman’s Path – The Basics of Shamanic Visioning
Shamanic visioning adds another dimension to visualization, the process of seeing or forming a mental image-incorporating nature and using all of the senses.
The spirit of nature is the source of all true power, which there lies the key to successful visioning. Nature and nature beings are three-dimensional; shamans re-create their images in a three-dimensional way by using sound, feeling, smell, and taste, as well as sight. An example would be to think of freshly cut grass. Hold the image of the grass in your mind, thus “seeing it.” Then feel it in your hands, smell it and you can even taste it. You can hear the grass crunching as you walk across it as well.
Another aspect to visioning is to remember how important it is to re-create your images using as much natural phenomena as possible. Imagine yourself lying on a fur of carpet instead of a nylon rug or vinyl furniture. Likewise, if you are re-creating the feel, visualize a hard piece of the earth rather than just a slab of concrete or plastic. In Shamanism, natural objects have more power than unnatural.
These ideas also pertain to the sense of smell. Making your visions real should include sound, smell, and even taste. I find sound to be a bit difficult living my urban life, because I reproduce the sounds of the city, rather than the sounds of nature. I try to hear the sound of the seashore (one of my favorite places) with the waves crashing against the rocks, the birds flying overhead. All of these sounds can be extremely powerful when used in visioning and the process.
The sense of smell is incredible for me and my journeys. I find in ordinary reality I have a difficult time with my sense of smell, yet when it comes to visioning or when I am receiving psychic messages, this sense is overwhelming for me. The smell of wet rain on the concrete will trigger memories from my childhood as well as burning leaves, or a certain perfume my mother used to wear. Thus, this makes the mental image very real. The visions come to life. If you are visioning for something specific, such as a personal intent, this can be extremely powerful because you are not only visioning what you desire, but the actual smells associated with it. You also use your sense of smell to identify meaningful things which comfort you. This is very important.
The sense of taste goes hand in hand with the sense of smell. However, it can only be used when working with edible objects, thus encompassing the sense of smell. Remember taste enriches your image that much more, so you should use it whenever possible.
You can find simple exercises to enhance these senses to use in your journeying in visions. Or you can go to my website www.devimangohealing.com for more information.
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