Guided Meditation — Rebranding The Shamanic Journey

Guided Meditation — Rebranding The Shamanic Journey

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Guided Meditation

This process uses sound, intent, and imagination to alter awareness. The origins stretch back in history. Thus, making it the first method of consciousness exploration.  The process known as guided meditation is the rebranding of an ancient process known as The Shamanic Journey.  This a repeatable process that allows us to reach these other states of awareness.

You learn the process by being guided.  However, you should not use the guide as a crutch.  Once you learn how to use the process, then you can use it to make your own journey.

The method combines creative visualization and sound.  A drumbeat is often the focal point. The mind and heart rate follow the rhythm.  People reach an altered state of awareness as they travel on an inward journey. Someone reads a script guiding you through landscapes of imagery like dreaming.  This is where the name guided meditation originates.  The goal of embarking on this journey varies.  For instance, it could be to find healing or to receive guidance in achieving a task.

Moreover, you can find this process in indigenous cultures around the world.  The process comes from a diverse body of knowledge we know as Shamanism.

different cultures

In many ancient traditions, reality has four levels or planes.  There are three levels of non-ordinary reality.  These are the upper, lower, and middle worlds.  Then, we have the default plane of ordinary reality where we start our journey of life.

Additionally, “non-ordinary” reality gives us access to other spirit beings.  These spirit guides are those who help us understand our spiritual journey.  The goal of your first journey is to meet these beings who will help.

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is a body of wisdom about human nature and our world.  These practices are often the focus of many indigenous cultures.  And, the knowledge within these systems is very diverse.

We know the teachers or leaders of these systems as Shaman.  They are the pioneers of the unknown.  They are developers of tools for both spiritual practices and scientific inquiry.  Their knowledge includes healing practices for mind, body, and spirit.   For instance, you can trace the roots of modern medicines and psychology back to the early ideas within Shamanism.  Another key point is that you can find similar traditions around the globe.  Even though they live in different climates, they engaged in the same research of consciousness.

What is The Shamanic Journey?

shamanism & the shamanic journey

This is the core spiritual process for many indigenous cultures. Shamanism revolves around this process. As mentioned above, this method opens a doorway to a heightened state of awareness. Michael Harner calls “The Shamanic State of Consciousness” (SSC). Mr. Harner is an anthropologist, author, and modern-day Shaman.

Mr. Harner’s research shows that when in this state, brainwaves are the theta-wave are around 4 to 7Hz.  So, SSC is like other higher states such as transcendental consciousness.  Thus, it differs in significant ways from our default states of waking, sleeping, and dreaming.  This process is also part of the healing practices in many ancient cultures.

The Shamanic State of Consciousness

The easiest way is with a rhythm track recorded specifically for the Shamanic Journey.    Many use drums, rattles, or singing bowls. This vibration will open the doorway to SSC, enabling full control over the process in both depth and duration.   This has advantages over drug-induced altered states. Shamans are the magical athletes according to Michael Harner.

There are disadvantages to using drugs (Peyote, Ayahuasca, etc.) to induce the state.  The potency of the drug controls the depth and length of your session.  This takes away your control. Some ancient traditions use a mixture of drugs and sound.  This approach is only for the experienced spiritual traveler.

A safer way to journey is with the use of an audio drum track. Some also include a talk-track with guided imagery.  This allows you to build your own routine.  There are many books that also contain these resources.

Why Rebrand the Shamanic Journey?

You Rebrand or change the name of something to make more acceptable.  And, this makes it more marketable.  So, rebranding the process is a marketing tactic.

Shamanism is a threat to the customer base of Western religion. So, the followers of Western religion could not use this process under this name. So, they rebrand or rename the process to disguise the origin.  This results in the terms Guided Meditation, Creative Visualization, and Mind Journey.  These generic terms make the process more acceptable. Now they can market the process to a larger audience.

They don’t call it stealing.  They prefer to see it as an innocent use of knowledge.  Rebranding enables people to use the Shamanic Journey process while demonizing the source.

History shows us that this strategy works well. The Abrahamic of religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam result from rebranding.  They are a combination of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions.  This process is only one of the latest additions to their list of products.

In Conclusion

Guided meditation is just a more marketable term for the Shamanic Journey.  If it makes you feel more comfortable to call it something else, that’s your choice.

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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Michael Harner,
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