Full Moon Shamanic Journey
March 2, 2018
Here we are at this time of the full moon. I can feel it pulling me inward toward reflection. It’s light is shining into those shadow spaces that I usually like to keep hidden and dark. We all have these shadow spaces, mine often center around feelings of inadequacy, not being enough, and conversely, feeling so strong that I can tend toward isolation. I can do everything and anything on my own. I don’t need anyone.
But shadows, once the light has been let in, can compel us to be better. The shadow that leads me to prefer to do everything on my own, never asking for help, leads me to work closely with my community. In order to keep the light in this space, in order to avoid slipping back into the shadows, I lead community healing circles. I try to be available for anyone who wants to come in and talk or share or learn. I am a better person because I looked deeply into that shadow and was willing to bring light to it. I still struggle at times, but I put myself out there and it gets easier and more natural to work in community the more I do it.
This month at the full moon shamanic journey circle, I had planned to discuss the shadow sides of each of us personally and of Us as a collective. The recent tragedy in Florida is weighing heavily in the ethers. We see and feel the pain and suffering for all parties involved. Energetically, it is a very intense time. Many of us are struggling with the shadows. Family issues are coming forward, societal issues are coming forward, personal issues are coming forward. February can be an intense time for those in the Northeast. The winter months seem to have gone on too long and our natural seasonal introspection is at its peak in February. This feels like a good time to shine some light into whatever shadows we are dealing with.
The journey formulation I was planning on offering goes something like this:
I hope you will find a space in this snowstorm to spend 20-30 minutes following one of these journeys into the shadows. Your situation may be very personal, perhaps you had an argument with your partner and you want to understand it from a different perspective. Your situation may be very global, perhaps the lack of safe drinking water across the globe just hurts your heart. Your situation may be community based, perhaps you wonder if it is good or bad to allow affordable housing into your area. Whatever your shadow or your conflict is, please take this opportunity to shed some light into it from a higher perspective. Widen your vision, be the Eagle and fly high above the earth to get an expanded view of what is in the shadows.
Doing a shamanic journey is natural to all of us--we all have the ability to journey. Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. You may want to play a shamanic drumming track or some soothing music (available from the internet and many phone apps), you may prefer to rattle or have silence. Really it’s whatever is needed to help you get to an altered state of consciousness, a prayer space. When you are in that space, invite your Spirit Guide or Teacher to come in, greet them as you normally do and state your intention clearly. After that just follow what unfolds. Some people like to state the intention three times, others just say it once. The intention is important, so know it well.
Remember to fully embody the journey. Feel the temperature, notice the surroundings, listen, taste, feel. You might ask yourself what do I hear, what do I see, is the sun out or is it dark? Look down at your feet, are you barefoot or wearing shoes of some kind? If you find yourself watching things from above, try to slow down and get embodied. The healing and the teachings will be much more profound when you embody the journey. It may feel like you are just imagining things at first. That’s ok. We all use our active imagination to launch a journey. It is in the journey space that this shifts to a state of higher consciousness. You notice this when things unfold in ways you never dreamed of, when you see things that would not occur to you, when the answers that you were struggling to find suddenly are so clear. The revelations that come from our journeys are where the magic is.