Tribal Warrior Workshops
Come to these fun workshops if you would like to explore your yoga practice as well as the hidden world around us of power animals, sami and hucha energy, lower world journey meditations, different realities, divination, animal yoga poses and smudging.
(Lano Chichester booking link).
Recommended items to bring ~ pad & pen, cushion, blanket, eye cover, special rock, energy balls to go with tea.
In an ordinary state of consciousness our brain waves are in what scientists call a Beta state.
When we listen to monotonous drumming our brainwaves slow down, first to the Alpha state, which signals the beginning state of meditation, then they slow down even more into a Theta state. A state of true relaxation or deep hypnosis. They are the brain waves responsible for determining our retention of memories, feelings and emotions and we experience when we’re dreaming, or when we’re totally absorbed by the world around us. They are powerful, spiritual and can put you in a complete trance.
Altered State of Consciousness
Monotonous or rhythmic drumming is used to alter the state of consciousness when journeying. There are also traditions that use rattles, sticks and bells. In Australia the shamans use didgeridoos and click sticks. The Sami people of Lapland and Norway use either drums or chants called joiking. Altering our brain waves.
Shamans, tribes, mystical practitioners, regularly journey outside of this world of time and space to non-ordinary reality, to retrieve information from helping spirits for healing, for the community, for patients or anyone seeking guidance. We can go on a meditation journey to see if we have a power animal or we could also be journeying for any other reason.
The practice of shamanic journeying has been used to help part the veils between the seen and unseen worlds and access information and energies that can help awaken us and restore us to wholeness.
These techniques are tens of thousands of years old and in our modern world they can help us to feel personally empowered in our lives. A way for us to get out of our heads, expand our awareness and consciousness, problem solve for ourselves.
Connecting to something bigger and more powerful than ourselves.
When we journey to non-ordinary reality we learn how to communicate with the spirit of the trees, plants, animals, insects, birds, fish, reptiles, and rocks, as well as the spirit of the elements of the earth, air, water, and fire. Directly experiencing the web of life around us.
Energetically when we come into close contact with other people we can pick up their feelings and thoughts. You can even have someone feeding on your energy because they are in need of support or help.
A classic shamanic practice is to silently ask our power animal to fill you up with power and strengthen your boundaries before you meet with someone to prepare you for the invisible energy exchange that occurs. We do something similar to this before walking into a crowded room, by taking a breath, starting fresh, imagining white light energy surrounding us.
There are lots of ways we can cleanse ourselves, our office, our home and even our car. Anywhere that we spend our time could always do with residual energy being cleaned up. Good and bad energy, light and heavy, sami and hucha, that attaches to you or hangs around.
The burning of sacred herbs is a simple and powerful way to do this. White Sage, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Palo Santo. https://www.starchild.co.uk/
Saying a blessing of protection as you walk around. Imagine the smoke drawing out all of the imperfections or heavy energy that have collected.
Energy cleansing (also known as smudging) on a daily basis can also be very helpful in keeping yourself balanced, especially when around other people, in cities etc. And when you meditate.
Helping us to stay positive and keep us free from foreign energies and negativity.
Our everyday lives are intertwined with the spirit and energy of everything around us. Our awareness, our consciousness connects with the sky, the wind, the trees, birds, clouds, fire, buildings, mountains, people. There is spirit in everything; a table, your car, a mobile phone. The spirit of a relationship, a yoga class, a storm, a wedding, an argument, a meal, a dog walk, a fun night out. All these things have their own spirit, like a personality, they have a unique energy.
To what do we pray that a dropped mobile phone will work again?
Our ancestors prayed for a good sign or held a ceremony before an important journey.
To go on a journey we need a starting point. Somewhere that really does exist in this world. In normal reality. We also return to this point at the end of the journey. It could be from a cave, wishing well or tree trunk. Can you picture a really good departure point for your journey. A place that encourages you to go down, like through a volcano, the roots of a tree, a rabbit hole in the ground or even an elevator.
Then, with the beat of drum to help us we keep on going down until we arrive at a landscape or opening to a landscape. Maybe there’s a transition like coming to an opening or crossing a border and then we’ve arrived at the lower world.
There are three worlds; the lower middle and upper. It’s easier at first to travel to the lower world to see if there is a power animal for us.
The practice of shamanic journeying has been used for tens of thousands of years to help part the veils between the seen and unseen worlds. To retrieve information from helping spirits for healing, for the community, for patients or anyone seeking guidance.
On these journeys we can access information and energies that can help us awaken and restore us to wholeness. Helping us to feel personally empowered in our lives, and become more aware of and connected to something bigger and more powerful than ourselves.
When we journey we can communicate with the entire spirit world. Of the trees, plants, animals, insects, birds, fish, reptiles, and rocks. The spirit of the elements earth, air, water, and fire. Directly experiencing the web of life around us.
The Upper and Lower Worlds only exist in spiritual realities and they are exclusively populated by beings that are enlightened, transcended, compassionate, all knowing, wise and loving. Also when we journey we are exclusively moving into the world of no pain.
Drumming & Intention
We use the repetitive drum beat to push us into a shamanic state of consciousness. There are other techniques available too. We are driven by our desire and will-power to go on this journey. When we journey we always make sure we have a clear intention and purpose.
My intention is to go to the lower world, to see if there is an animal for me, and to explore.
Lower World Journey
After your journey we can quietly reflect on what happened. Being patient with the process. Everyone can journey and keeping up the practice really helps.
Shamanic journeying is a life long spiritual practice that has no destination. See how it goes, breath from the heart, have fun, there is no place where you should be after only a few journeys or even after a lifetime of journeys.
Power Animal Yoga Flow Practice
Power Animal poses. Creativity and flow. Adding some new twists and turns to our yoga practice. Making room for the energy to flow through our bodies and not think to much about correct positions. Trying to feel into the spirit of our yoga practice and the energy around us. Build on that personal relationship we have with the way we move our bodies and the our connection to everything around us. Our breath, our energy.
Pausing to go deeper inside ourselves in meditation and then move and flowing in a new direction. Having fun and being free.
Power Animals & Teachers
There are two main types of spirits that we can consult with in our journeys; power animals, (also known as guardian spirits) or teachers in human form.
Typically you will have one or two main power animals, guardian spirits or teachers who will work with you on an on-going basis for any journeys and exploring you make.
Also some of them might help you for a bit and then move on. They can accompany us on our journeys throughout life giving us help and guidance.
You can choose to engage with who or what you meet on your journey or you can simply move on.
In shamanic cultures, it is believed that when we are born, the spirit of at least one animal volunteers itself to protect and guide us throughout our life. This is our power animal. You can ask them for help and guidance within a shamanic journey.
Your power animal represents the entire species of the animal that is protecting and helping you. Not just one eagle, kangaroo or squirrel protecting you rather the entire species of eagle, kangaroo or squirrel.
It is very common to have a mythological creature as a power animal such as Pegasus or a Unicorn. You can also have an extinct animal. Trust your own interpretation. It is best to ask the animal directly what gifts, qualities and support it is bringing to you.
It can be good to write down our journeys afterwards because we might miss something that later holds meaning. We often miss the unique lessons they are offering. Unique to us.
Therefore it is important not to look to others to interpret the spiritual lessons associated with your power animals. That is between you and your power animal.
In non-ordinary reality one species of animal does not have more power than another. All power animals have extreme power and they each have unique and often unexpected lessons to teach us. A mouse has as much power as a lion but they both have something very different to teach us.
Trees and beings like elves and fairies can also be helping spirits. Since the spirits of trees and beings like elves are not animals, we call them guardian spirits instead. Plants are not usually considered guardian spirits but are used by shamans around the world for their healing properties.
Insects such as ants, bees and spiders can be power animals.
One final thing to bear in mind is that we do not brag about the identity of your power animal. In shamanism when we brag about our power we lose it.
It is important to find a power animal or guardian that you can trust, who can be your guide through your adventures in non-ordinary reality and who can answer your questions for you. If you see or feel a spirit and you are not sure it is a helper to you, you should avoid it just like you would avoid a reptile or insect you didn´t want to interact with whilst hiking in the woods. Journeying is very safe and it is important to learn that you always have full control where you travel and with which spirits you interact.
Senses. Be open to everything. You want to be aware of your surroundings whether you see, hear, feel, smell or taste them.
Always say thank you to your power animals after your journey.
You do not have to wait for the drumming signal to return. However, many people like having the return beat played out for them. Even if you are not with a helping spirit say thank you and goodbye. Signals to your psyche that something has ended. Saying goodbye will help you feel more grounded when your journey.
Divination ~ The Rock Speaks
What draws you to a stone on the beach?
What energy or life outlook are you carrying around with you that particular day or moment? Find a rock or stone for the workshop, or do this by yourself sometime. Ask one question, maybe quite an important one (about something in your life), to the rock. Then let that question go.
Then look at the surface of one half or side of the rock and find 4 features, indents, shapes, marks, anything that speaks out to you. Similar to how you see certain shapes in nature and faces in the clouds perhaps. Make a note of the four things you noticed, cloud, tree, claw, eye, face, mountain, boat etc.
Ask your important question again to the rock. Then with each of the four features you noticed, invite the feature to answer the question for you. Indent says.. Boat says.. Or can it be a part of the answer. e.g. A boat may represent floating to freedom or anchoring down in bad weather.
You could take notes of the answers from each feature.
Then turn the rock over and run through the same process. Ask your important question again to the rock. Then with each of the four features you noticed, invite the feature to answer the question for you. Four features. Same question. Then let the question go. See if each feature can somehow help with the question.
Then when finished, go back to the first side of the rock, point at the features and briefly summarise what the answers were, and then the same for side two. Then put the rock back where you found it and thank it.
If the rock really wanted you to take it home with you you could leave something of yours in return. Something natural or biodegradable. Enjoying a reciprocal connection to the world, with nature and the cosmos around you.
Sandra Ingerman ~ Shamanic Journeying
A Beginner’s Guide
A few notes read out from Sandra Ingerman’s book.
Such as journeying to the lower world to find your power animal and ask it an important question you would like answered about your life.
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland