What makes this form of the Shamanic Journey so different from others? It is essentially a form of astral projection and time travel.
Many forms of Shamanic Journey exist around the world. It is a doorway to the imagination. Most forms use the imaginary landscape of the upper and lower worlds. They see these worlds as mirrors and symbols for what occurs in normal reality. And, these more conventional processes exist on the Australian continent as well.
The Shamanic Journey is a separate state consciousness. It is the foundation and key process of Shamanism. This “spiritual technology” opens a doorway to a unique state of consciousness. Michael Harner (1) is an anthropologist and author. He calls this state, “The Shamanic State of Consciousness” (SSC). In this state the brainwaves are the theta-wave are around 4 to 7Hz.
SCC is similar to another non-ordinary state known as transcendental consciousness. SCC can heal the mind, body, and spirit. Or, just to explore. It is one of the primary “spiritual technologies” of mankind transcending all cultures. It’s a separate state of awareness. It differs from our default states of waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
However, Aboriginal Dreamtime (2) differs from other forms. It allows one to view events from normal reality in the past or the future. The practitioner often stands on one leg sometimes for several hours. As with most forms of the shamanic journey, they often use rhythmic sound to induce this state. Some also use psychotropic drugs. In this state, the practitioner projects their consciousness through time. This is the essence of astral projection.
Other forms of the Shamanic Journey use rhythmic sound and sometimes psychotropic additives. But, we do not know the internal process for Aboriginal Dreamtime. We are not sure if it requires a specific mantra as with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. So, the journey available only to those who prepare according to tribal tradition. This keeps the integrity of the process safe. But it limits our ability to understand the process.
Time Travel and Astral Projection
In the Aboriginal culture, this process is an accepted window of a separate reality. This tradition has an advanced understanding of our cosmology. It describes the Earth beginning in a vacuum state devoid of life. And, it also explains complex evolutionary concepts. Western culture came to the same scientific conclusions in the 19th Century.
Some see it as the ultimate form of Shamanic Journey. The traveler does not journey through imaginary realms like most forms. Instead, with Dreamtime, the traveler moves through ordinary reality. It has similarities to lucid dreaming in that there are differing degrees of control. A seasoned traveler can go to a specific point in time and space. Whereas, the novice has little control over where they go.
This means this process is both a means of time travel and a form of astral projection. One projects their consciousness through time and space. Others say this is proof the experience of reality is a dream. So, perhaps there is some great wisdom in the nursery rhyme, row your boat?
Row, row, row your boat gently down the steam. Merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.
Some think there is a correlation between lucid dreaming and Aboriginal Dreamtime. We all dream. Some people remember more dreams than others. Some people develop the ability to control their dreams. This is lucid dreaming. However, our normal dream state something we consider an imaginary realm.
All Reality is Non-Ordinary
We know everything we experience happens in the mind. Our minds are consciousness. And, consciousness has no boundaries. Our imagination and memories create our experience. So, everything we experience is a type of dream. We live in a dream world.
There are doorways that allow us to move beyond the three default settings of waking, dreaming, and sleeping. The Siddhis of Patanjali is an excellent example. Here, astral projection is the combination of two of the Siddhis, invisibility, and finding things lost.
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(1) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(2) Aboriginal Dreamtime, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia