I’ve been thinking about from which perspective to write this post, and I ended up with going about it through learning processes. The basic idea for this post was/is to write about the fact that I intend to start doing freestyle yoga listening to shamanic drums (for journeying) at the same time.
Doing yoga daily for 4½ months has done a lot for me. The physical results being only one part of the journey. I’ve been noticing for a while that there are mental/emotional/spiritual benefits as well, and since I’m a sucker for my own personal growth (for oh, so many reasons) I thought I’d combine shamanic journeying with yoga.
I have no idea if it’s going to work. I have no idea if it’s even possible. But I like to think it is, and I am going to try it.
The whole idea for me is to intensify whatever I learn during my yoga practise. And if there’s one thing I knew already, it is that I learn mostly by experience rather than through conversation. I remember two journeys in particular – both of which I’ve written about here on this blog.
One was when I flew with my friend the Eagle. He brought me on a journey through the air and taught me how to spot and reach my target. I couldn’t have learned that through any conversation, that’s for sure.
Another journey was spontenaous, without drums or anything, and I was taken deep under water, into the deepest of the deepest oceans. I learned about breathing under water with geals, I learned about the resistance and slow pace of being so deep under, and just how much power it takes to get anywhere.
And that’s how I learn about these things. It’s also how I want my journeys to be. I like it better to be shown and given the experience rather than being told how this or that works.
My experience of shamanic drums is that they shed away layers of rational thoughts so that I can reach my inner worlds and just accept what happens there without questioning it. I like the idea of stepping over or through that bridge that keeps the outer and the inner worlds separate.
I think and hope that this will push my personal growth further with miles more than if I didn’t. Yoga in itself is doing wonders for me, and combined with journeying I think it’ll explode. I have no idea of where it’ll take me, but I know where I want to go. I also think I have good chances of reaching the place where I want to be. With where I’m coming from, this yoga/shamanic journey is both physical, mental and emotional for me.
It’s not uncommon for me to say that “this time it’s for real” when it comes to my spiritual growth – so I won’t do it again, just to break the habit. But I think it would be amazing if I continued my yoga for the rest of my life and combined it with journeying. When I began journeying, I wanted to do it on a daily basis.
Unfortunately it didn’t go as planned, but I’d love to go there in the future.