What is Embodied Shamanic Journeying?
The Journey Inward
Within, inside of each of us,
Inside of our bones - Inside of our Soul
Lay endless possibilities for learning, growth & connecting
With spirit, with our allies, with the web of all of life...
When we learn how to fully come home
to our own heart.
A physical shamanic in-body experience
Several years ago, the way I journey to meet and work with my shamanic allies changed. Most often, shamanic journeying in western culture is taught most often as an out of body - spirit experience. Meaning one leaves their own body, separating their spirit from their physical body to journey to meet their spirit allies within the realms of spirit. However, several years ago, my spirit allies began to teach me how to meet and work with them and navigate the shamanic realms within my own being.
My allies taught me how to navigate within my shamanic journeys as an in-body experience, in ways that enforce our understanding that everything that exists outside of us, also exists within us.
Learning how to journey as an in-body experience started slowly, within the context of my journeys for healing sessions. I often guide clients on a shared shamanic journey as a part of their healing session, allowing my client and I, to work together, outside of ordinary reality and linear time, with our shamanic allies to create healing. This healing work can be to reclaim a gift or aspect of my clients being or life, create healing within their families lineage or untangle spirits from outdated relationships, for example.
It was within the context of these shared journeys, my allies began to teach me how to work with my clients and create profound healing within sessions, all while staying in our own body, and personal space and all the while learning to actually root our spirit deeper into our physical body.
Reclaiming our physicality as sacred
Over the years of working with my allies, I feel blessed that they have continually enforce the ideas and have taught me, that to be in cooperation with my physicality is divine, and is something to explore with wonder and intense curiosity, rather than something to dismiss or evolve past. It is within these teachings from my spirit allies, that my work with learning to create energetic boundaries that honor and support our connection with our physical body was born from.
Learning to reclaim our physicality as divine and sacred has healing threads that run deep throughout our bones, soul and life.
I love journeying as an in-body experience, as it address and gives a foundation to heal the wounding of the separation of body and spirit that runs so deep within so many of us. It gives us the ability to learn to work as whole beings created with a balanced with a mixture of both spirit and earth. It gives us context to explore working with our own dynamic spirit and body to create self healing in how we relate to our own self and our world. As well as the platform to learn how to work with our spirit allies as equals as we collaborate to create healing for our self and the world.
Joanna is the author of Energetic Boundaries 101. She is a shamanic practitioner, animal communicator and mentor. She works, writes lives and tends to the important matters of spirit-energy with playful, transparency and honesty.
She works with clients all over the globe from her healing studio that is lovingly nestled between Mt Baker and the Salish sea, in Bellingham, WA.