“Shamans see through their hearts.” — Sandra Ingerman
Shamanic tradition tells us we create reality through the heart. And that all of our experience is just a projection of either Ego or Heart. But is reality just a projection of our imagination?
Some shamans, like Carlos Castañeda, talk about separate realities. Can we learn to see them with the mind (Ego) or the Heart? Is the Shamanic Journey the key and 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 a projection coming from each individual heart. The Mayans and the Q’ero tribe in the Peruvian Andes have their 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)
Many scientists believe our reality is a holographic construct and something is behind the curtain directing its formation. There must be an intelligent force behind the curtain that provides order for the construct to work. Rupert Sheldrake calls this managing force “Morphic Resonance.” He proposes that this universal intelligence is the unifying field that Albert Einstein was trying to identify. Perhaps the Shaman already found an efficient way to access this force?
Some are born natural Shaman. They can shift awareness between these different realities. 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.
However, you don’t need to be born with this ability. You can learn to traverse the imaginary landscape of your mind using the process the ancient pioneers developed. All you need is a drumbeat to regulate your heart rate and imagination. In this dream world, you will encounter typologies and metaphors representing aspects of your subconscious mind and your Spirit, the Observer of your experience.
The way to this extraordinary world is through an ancient process found around the globe, the journey of the Shaman. Sadly, this universal method has been suppressed and rejected despite its value.
“It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and return it to the body of the client.” — Sandra Ingerman
The Shamanic Journey As a Threat
Our modern culture, ruled by the Abrahamic traditions, has no place for these gifted individuals. They are a threat to the dominant cultural narrative. So, outside of their home cultures, they are victims of persecution.
“Shamanic journeying is the inner art of traveling to the ‘invisible worlds’ beyond ordinary reality to retrieve information for change in any area of your life — from spirituality and health to work and relationships.” — Sandra Ingerman
Anyone who practices methods that access the spiritual realm outside their preview is a heretic. Western organized religion uses any means possible to protect its 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 portal to the spirit world 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 in 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. As a result, 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.
The portal of the Shaman’s 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 of proving there is much more to this reality than what we know as ordinary reality.
Your Portal to the Spirit World
There are many variations on the theme of this process, but essentially the same formula. First, rhythm is a crucial element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing a lucid journey.
“A lot of things occurred to me with shamans in Peru. There were a number of different kinds of experiences that you learn from doing rituals, and taking ayahuasca (a common tropical forest hallucinogen) is the key to understanding the native consciousness and perception of the world with the Peruvian shamans that you wouldn’t get unless you had been with them, but every shamanic tradition, including the Native American tradition of medicine and cleansing ritual, like the Sun Dance or the sweat lodge.” — Fred Alan Wolf
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in this realm of the subconscious. 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 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. It has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. It makes the process marketable and can be used by those who would otherwise shun anything considered a Pagan practice. You find under the names creative visualization, mind-scape, and guided meditation.
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, 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.
All the familiar maladies keep amplitude low: fear, hostility, self-importance, depression, self-doubt, cynicism, and frustration. Because of this, most people’s hearts are not open.
“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
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 feel their pain.
Make sure you are ready to open your heart, open this portal to the spirit world. You see both the internal and external worlds in greater detail when you do. When you open your heart, it will expose your true motivations. Your more excellent 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.
So, are you ready to see these things? You may need additional inner work before you take this step. Consult a physician before attempting this step if you have a history of mental illness.
We recommend learning and practicing as many preparatory spiritual technologies as possible to prepare you for opening your heart.
There are several other ancient technologies you can use to develop your potential and heal your mind, body, and soul. Here are some of the other processes you can investigate. You can learn several by following the instructions in the articles.
Shamans see through their hearts. Are you ready to take this significant step? The Shamanic Journey is a powerful portal to the spirit world. Generations of spiritual travelers use this method. Don’t let the name keep you from using it to explore your consciousness. There are many gifts and messages that await the traveler of the inward quest.
This journey follows a pattern that is found in many legends and stories. Joseph Campbell refers to it as the Hero’s Journey (2). You can download drum tracks to assist you in this journey any time and anywhere.
(1) Awakening to the Spirit World The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation By Hank Wesselman, Sandra Ingerman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Wesselman
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces