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In the words of Sandra Ingerman, “Shamanism is the path of direct revelation”. The days of needing to go outside of ourselves for connection to Spirit, guidance, information and support are ending. The shamanic journey is a way to visit the multi-dimensional space of the Spirit World and connect with spirit helpers who are ambassadors of Spirit. Spirit helpers can take the form of an animal or a human. They are not our projections and are not our imaginations. They are independent beings who are in service to the highest Light. Their service is to help us on our earth walk. They want a warm, friendship type of bond with us. Sometimes spirit helpers are held in awe and reverence which keeps them at arms length. This places them on a different page than they wish to be. Honor and respect, yes. Learning about helpers’ communication styles is about getting to know the helpers and who they are.
Spirit helpers are understanding, compassionate, warm and caring. They are never disparaging, bossy or manipulative. They will never override one’s own free will. If in a journey some thing is disparaging or looking down on us it’s either our own projection or the helper might be showing that we might be doing that to ourselves. We’re used to interacting with human beings and can project those experiences onto the helpers. Spirit helpers can be very affectionate. Bear might lovingly embrace us. Panther might lick our faces. If we hold them in too much awe and reverence we might miss these kinds of interactions.
It’s important to approach the journey and the helper from a clear and neutral space. If our stuff in our mind is too strong and opinionated that can get in the way of communication with them. If that stuff is in the mix too strongly, the helpers aren’t going to impose their counsel or wisdom or be over bearing. It’s different than going to a friend to ask advice and feedback. They’ll never push their advice on us and will never be persuasive. They’ll offer us a full picture of a situation or question, including all the gray areas, and will make recommendations. Being open and receptive is crucial for successful communication with your helpers.
Relationships with helper spirits is a partnership. It’s about working cooperatively. It’s not always about “I want to journey about this or that”. I talk about setting the intention before journeying. “I am journeying to the lower world to meet my power animal.” Once that is set, switch to making an invitation. If we have a new neighbor move in we wouldn’t approach them immediately asking for things. It would me more along the lines of wanting to get to know them; perhaps asking them over for dinner and hanging out. Be open to just hanging out with your helpers.
Sometimes journeys will be really profound. Other times you’ll find yourself doing things that allow you to be close to helpers; getting to know them and their communication style and how the different helpers function.
Writing down your journey, reflecting and reviewing the counsel is a powerful tool. Start anywhere when writing. Start at the end of the journey and go backward if needed. Going back and reading what you’ve written at other times in the day will allow helpers to know you’re integrating and help with that. Helpers won’t put in a lot of new information in journeys unless they know you’re really getting what they’re saying. You can experience more information if your commit to taking notes.
If a person is having difficulty experiencing a journey, perhaps they are too passive. There’s a need for engagement on our part. This can be using your imagination to get things going. There’s a need for momentum. Use a motor boat as an example. The motor moves the boat and we can allow the helpers to steer the tiller as far as getting you to the best place that will be the most helpful. It’s not about just standing there. If you have seen any role playing video games such as Skyrim, in the beginning of a scene your avatar is in a room or vista. It’s up to the person with the control to make the character move and explore what’s there. At times just standing there waiting for something to happen isn’t conducive to a successful journey if you’re having trouble getting going. Prior to journeying you can envision the warmth and caring of your helpers. Bring that to mind before beginning. If there’s a specific place you usually meet your helper such as a beach, you can envision going to that place and then the imaginative workings can morph into a solid journey experience. Sometimes energy is needed on our side to make connection and stimulate the journey. It’s not difficult to know when things have switched from envisioning in to a formal journey.
Spirit helpers offer perspective – not so much to do this or don’t do that. Great questions for spirit helpers are: “What am I overlooking?” or “What am I not seeing?” That’s the helper’s language. Sometimes what we think a problem is, really isn’t. It can be something deeper. The helper will paint a large picture showing us a different perspective. Then we can see for ourselves what to do. Relax and watch. This is the helpers preferred way of addressing things.
When the helper won’t answer a question we may not be in a neutral and receptive mindset. Sometimes the question is so complex it can’t be addressed in one journey. Timing is important. The answer might be yes, but not this year. At times we may not be open to the gray areas – we want black and white. Try not to force clear answers as we expect them when communicating with a human.
Everyone experiences journeys in a different way. The conversations in a journey are two way, so interact with your helper. Spirit helpers honor privacy and won’t give information about someone else. They won’t share about another person unless it’s directed toward us and how we’re functioning in a relationship.
Remember that helpers are about healing, growth, forward movement, healing, support and nourishing. They want to help us in all areas of our lives and await your connection with them. Getting to know them takes time as with any friendship. Taking the time to do this can be a rewarding and powerful addition to your life.