There is a maxim among those who work to help people heal from trauma: “Story follows state.”
The stories we tell both reflect and reinforce the state of our body and mind.
Shamanic journeys, the process of entering a state of non-ordinary awareness with the help of a drumbeat or rattle, is a valuable resource in revising the limiting stories we tell and live in the world.
A journey you might take for yourself: ask Spirit for a new story, one that will help you to shift in useful and perhaps profound ways.
This is not to be a heady exercise in self-reflection; in fact, you don’t even have to know what needs to shift in advance.
Simply ask for Spirit’s answer in the form of a journey. From the “answer” you receive, you can likely deduce what story (and accompanying behaviors) are the current priority for Divine remodeling.
This is one aspect of the work I do in my practice. Learning to journey, setting time aside to dip the net of the mind into subconscious waters, yields fresh insight and provides a bounty of food for reflection.
Story follows state. New stories help us to shift into a more trusting, brave, and expansive relationship to life.
If you feel it is time for a shift, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Or if someone comes to mind as you read these words, then do share this blog post, with my gratitude.