There are many ways of learning how to journey; each pathway has its relative merits and drawbacks.
Online courses are convenient but lack a face-to-face connection. Books are inexpensive. Local classes connect you to others in your local community, but can be more expensive or offered on days or times that are inconvenient.
At the end of the day, it is most important to choose an approach that works best for your personality and within the constraints of your life.
Each Shamanic Spiritual Guidance session, conducted in person or via Skype, includes beginning instruction in shamanism and tailor-made guidance to help you deepen your practice.
An inexpensive and good introduction to shamanism and its practice is Sandra Ingerman’s Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation
To journey for yourself you will need:
• A quiet, private environment;
• Bandanna or eye mask to cover your eyes, allowing you to “see” any inner images better;
• Recording of a drumbeat or a drum/rattle sounded at the correct frequency;
• An intention for your journey.
The shamanic drumbeat recording that I use is Shamanic Drumming by Michael Drake available on iTunes for $9.99
A 9 minute recording of Shamanic Drumming is available for free on You Tube.
If you find that recordings of a drumbeat don’t really work for you, try shaking a rattle, sounding a drum, or dancing to the beat. Many folks are aided by adding movement to the practice of shamanic journeying.
Another way of deepening your journey practice is journeying with others, particularly more adept practitioners.