This is an overview of my explorations into the layers of our world that are perceived by the spirit sense.
Journeys always begin in the central layer. This is what we can detect with our physical senses, the “real world”.
The bottom layer is very closely related to the central layer. When the physical senses dull and our perception of the central layer fade this is where we typically first find ourselves. It is the “inside” of the central layer. It is the energy of the world we live in that we cannot detect with our physical senses. Rocks, water, trees, animals, the air itself: these things take on an altered version of themselves.
Continue reading The Bottom Layer (or lower world)
I love loud, deep pounding EDM music. I will crank up my Benny Benassi playlist and cruise through traffic like it’s not there. The dance beat is my shamanic trance drumming.
I live on a rural mountain farm and can play outside. I’ll take some portable bluetooth speakers down to the lower pasture and set up around my bonfire site. We start the blaze, strip naked and dance until we get to that place where nothing exists but the moment.
The fire moves with us.
The music controls our body.
We are aroused.
We are free.
We are bathed in the energies of sound, heat and light.
Here is the euphoric state.
Here is where I feel joy.
This is being alive and it is beautiful.
Just like the shamans of ancient tribal traditions, modern urban shamans may harness various physical objects as foci in their spiritual practice. These objects are called by different names.
- A fetish is an object inhabited by or used to channel spirits
- A talisman is an object blessed by spirit or imbued with certain properties that can bring benefit to the practitioner
- A totem is an object the shaman identifies with and is often a symbol of their tribe or clan
Ancient tribal shamans used objects common in their lives: animal parts such as bone, feathers, fur or teeth and carved stone or wood. A commonly recognizable example of such an object is the the Native American dream catcher. The urban shaman will find their own objects relative to their environment.
Some will still lean toward natural objects, finding their connection to spirit firmly based in nature. But some will fully embrace technology and create or adopt objects based on the digital lifestyle from which they emerged. A common example of this would be using their cellular phone as a fetish. Considering that it is their communication portal with the physical world, it stands to reason that it would be a practical focus for their spirit work.
Continue reading The Technoshaman