Trying out alternative therapies can be considered to be a strange occupation, but I will give anything a go. I have always been a bit curious as to how things work. I have stopped trying to analyse, how, why what…… I now just go with it.
Last week I went to a Deep Shamanic Soul Journey workshop. Well you may have watch shamanic practices on TV documentary programmes and your imagination can get the better of you. For the first time in my journey of Holistic healing I felt anxious. I had absolutely no idea what to expect; all I knew was that there would be drums, gongs and a didgeridoo.
When I left to embark on this work shop my long suffering husband of my alternative lifestyle trials said, “have a good day, please do not come back changed.” I did not question what he meant and left with my sheepskin rug, blankets and cushion ready for an adventure.
What I didn’t realise when you embark on a shamanic journey is that you need to set your intention. This can be whatever you want to it to be or know, so can be an effective form of self-healing. The purpose for the day was to find our authentic self and identify blocks that may be preventing us from being us.
Our first journey was using the drum, didgeridoo and gong, proving deep vibrations to assist in the body and mind exploring what may be holding us back or what we need to take with us to aid in our journey. We did two other journeys on different levels using gong and drums and then just the drums.
It was cathartic and then we got to express ourselves in whatever way we wanted whilst the rest of the group continued to drum and shake rattles, tambourines and other instruments. It was fantastic when it became by turn, I felt so free, dancing to the drum beat, swirling round and yipping with glee. Not being judged; being my true authentic self.
This was followed by some amazing trance style dancing, which was great just listening to the music and letting your body flow, twist and move. The workshop ended with a fire celebration, where we all place a bundle of greenery we had collected into the fire and the rest of the group drummed. Very powerful, connecting with nature.
I left feeling wonderful, free and surprisingly in no pain what so ever, even after all that dancing! I now have a burning desire to make my own drum…..what is all that about!
Returning home, my husband took one look at me and said “well that’s good you still look the same!” I asked what he meant and having watched the same TV documentaries he imagined me taking hallucinogenic plants and the licking of toads…….. Well I can assure you nothing like that happened, however I did feel amazing and I do feel different. I walk taller, but that could be due to a new yoga teacher who stretched the spaces between my ribs, but that’s another story!
Whatever your journey, make it an adventure and let your sparkle shine from within.