“Shamans see through their hearts.”— Sandra Ingerman
The Shaman experiences reality through the heart, not the mind. Is reality just a projection of the Heart? Is the Shamanic Journey the link between worlds? Can we learn to see the world with our hearts instead of Ego?
Shamans See Through Their Hearts
“Shamanic tribes like the Maori of New Zealand believe that the physical world we experience is actually a projection coming from each individual heart. The Mayans and the Q’ero tribe in the Peruvian Andes have their own versions of this basic understanding.
Their shamans know that self-importance, created by the ego, is dedicated to keeping the powerful heart portal closed off enough to prevent Spirit from shining through.” — Awakening to the Spirit World The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation By Hank Wesselman, Sandra Ingerman (1)
Some are born gifted with the ability to experience reality with their spirit or soul. These natural shamans see through their hearts without the use of any technique. They are what we call gifted, and they are Seers, Healers, and various other shades of the Shaman. They have the natural ability to bridge the gap between ordinary and non-ordinary reality and access the portal to the spirit world. They teach others to do the same with the Shamanic Journey.
A Threat to Western Religion
Our modern culture has no place for these gifted individuals. They are a threat to the dominant cultural narrative. So, outside of the home cultures, they are victims of persecution. Anyone who practices methods that access the spiritual realm outside of their preview is branded a heretic. Western organized religion uses any means possible to protect their customer base. And they will use any method they can muster, including everything from ostracizing to public torture and death.
The Shamanic Journey is a doorway through the subconscious that does not fit into Western theology.
Ego A Necessary Tool of Consciousness
The Ego isn’t our enemy; it’s a necessary tool. The Ego is the mechanism connecting our consciousness to our body. Our Ego has a default setting containing our personality and instincts. It also roots us to the three default doors of consciousness, waking, sleeping, and dreaming. Our culture fixates on the Ego. All advertising aims to satisfy the Ego. As a result, we cannot see through our hearts like the Shaman. The emphasis on the Ego smothers our heart connection.
So, ideally, we grow intellectually and spiritually as we mature and seek to push beyond these default settings. However, the Ego is just temporal and selfish. Above all, the Ego wants to maintain control. It closes us off from Awakening and our Heart Center. The result is that many people never go past these default settings. Many people never learn to see the world through their hearts.
We can’t do away with our Ego. We need to learn to use it as a tool instead of being used by it. We need to take our rightful place as the Observer and move beyond the default settings of our Ego. Shamanic Journey enables us to open other doors of awareness. For eons Shaman, the magical athletes of consciousness have been engaging in this process. It provides us with the experience proving there is much more to this reality than what we know as ordinary reality.
Your Portal to the Spirit World
Not everyone is ready to see with their hearts. Every reputable teacher or Guru who can teach you how to open your heart will make sure you are ready. Once you open your heart to see, it cannot be closed. You cannot ignore what the heart sees. Opening your spiritual eyes also opens your conscience.
The ego accomplishes this by shutting down the heart to where the portal remains closed to the spirit world. The doorways open when we reach a specific amplitude, so keeping it below a certain level prevents opening.
What keeps amplitude low are all the familiar maladies: fear, hostility, self-importance, depression, self-doubt, cynicism, and frustration. Because of these, most people’s hearts are shut down most of the time, which feels terrible in the chest and cuts off the main avenue of escape from pain and suffering — an open heart.
“Shamans see through their hearts. Gratitude counters these ploys by the parasitical false personality and raises the amplitude high enough the heart-opening process.” — Awakening to the Spirit World The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation By Hank Wesselman, Sandra Ingerman
Make sure you are ready to open your heart. When you do, you see both the internal and external worlds in greater detail. When you open your heart, it will expose your true motivations. Your greater vision will enable you to experience the full range of emotions. Many people today take drugs to numb their feelings. Opening your heart will make this more difficult. Are you ready to open the portal to the spirit world?
Opening your heart will also open your eyes to the consequences of humankind’s injustice and greed. Because your conscience expands, you will feel the pain and suffering of others and the world. When you see people misuse other people or the environment, you will feel their pain.
So, are you ready to see these things? You may need additional inner work before you take this step. If you have a history of mental illness, consult a physician before you attempt this significant step.
We recommend learning and practicing as many preparatory spiritual technologies as possible to prepare you for opening your heart.
Spiritual technologies are tools for developing and exploring consciousness. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphone to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become useful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse arguments to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. We incorporate the use of emotional checks with this process to maintain our emotional equilibrium. Keeping your emotional balance helps us think more clearly.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate personality profile. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will help you understand the source of your personal power.
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing and grounding techniques, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory.
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a critical element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey.
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Shamans see through their hearts using the Shamanic Journey. Are you ready to take this significant step? Prepare, prepare, and prepare. Be sure you are ready. Then the portal to the spirit world will open your heart and your mind.
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(1) Awakening to the Spirit World The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation By Hank Wesselman, Sandra Ingerman
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia