The Shaman experiences reality through the mind, 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 use of 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 are branded a heretic. Western organized religion uses any means possible to protect their customer base. This includes everything from ostracizing to public torture and death.
Ego A Necessary Tool of Consciousness
The Ego isn’t our enemy. Rather, 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. They don’t fully mature as Awakened Beings. So, they never learn to see the world through their hearts.
We can’t do away with our Ego. What we need to do is learn to use it as a tool instead of being used by it. We need to take our rightful place as the Observer and learn to move beyond the default settings of our Ego. This is what the Shamanic Journey enables. 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 see. 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 portals pop open only when a certain amplitude is reached, 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 bad 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 certain you are ready to open your heart. When you do you see both the internal and external worlds in greater detail. This means you will face the intent of your heart. It will show you the motives for your behavior. This 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 harder. Are you ready to open the portal to the spirit world?
Opening your heart will also open your eyes to the consequences of the injustice and greed of humankind. 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 major step.
We recommend learning and practicing as many preparatory spiritual technologies as possible. This will help prepare you for opening your heart.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They are processes that can change or expand our awareness. Some of them are also doorways to higher states of consciousness. In short, spiritual technologies are methods of change. These processes result from eons of research by cultures around the world. Using these tools is what we call spiritual exploration.
These tools stand up to the test of science. That’s because they are repeatable. Several produce measurable changes in our physiology. It’s important to realize what spiritual exploration is not.
Spiritual exploration does not involve belief in a religion. This means they are available to anyone that can follow a process. It’s like baking a cake. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. One simple way is to divide them into four primary groups. You could list some of these tools in more than one group.
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Healing Practices
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools. However, analytical processes are vital to the spiritual quest. This is because their use enhances our reasoning ability. This helps us to think more clearly. This helps us avoid many of the common obstacles. The two tools in this group are Logical Reasoning and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice. It’s especially helpful for those new to the spiritual path. We come back to review them regularly. This keeps them fresh in our minds.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning. This article summarizes logic. It shows how people misuse logic 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.
Comparative Analysis is another valuable analytical tool. This is a systematic approach to research based on the scientific model. It is a method that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. Here we also learn why it is so important to use emotional checks. It helps us research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.
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 tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. Modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others was and remains 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 profile of our personality. 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 lead you to an understanding of 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. The practice of meditation is now common knowledge. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of many spiritual practices. Meditation is a range of mental tools for exploring consciousness. It has everything from Mindfulness Meditation through Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). And also includes more advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is action together with a heightened level of awareness. So, this includes a range of activities involving the mind-body connection. Using these modalities helps improve our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing. techniques for grounding, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This group is a mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group of processes starts with the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation. It also includes lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory. Another important tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows. This is your best coach. It also includes exercises like automatic writing. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first spiritual technology. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures. It serves as evidence to the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but all use essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a key 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.
This is one of the ancient technologies that people have tried to rename or rebrand. They do this to make the Shamanic Journey more marketable. So, some people know it as guided meditation or creative visualization.
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet from Indonesia, or Reiki, and Shiatsu from Japan. Vedic medicine is also available, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. 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. Then they find it is an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Shamans see through their hearts. Are you ready to take this major 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