Checklist for your Shamanic Guidance Session
- Your appointment will be up to 2 hours long.
- Schedule your appointment (see bottom of this page). Appointments are shown in US Pacific Time. If my scheduled availability does not meet your needs, contact me.
- Please email me at anna”at”gaiashamanism.com with your journey intention and questions, as well as your preference for meeting: Zoom or by phone (US only).
Zoom is a video-conferencing platform to which I subscribe for my clients. When we agree upon a time to meet, I will set up the meeting and you will receive confirmation by email. You need that email to join our session.
You may click the “join meeting” link on the confirmation email to download the Zoom app ahead of our session. You will still be able to enter the meeting at the appointed time.
- If you are interested in journeying with me during your shamanic guidance session, you will also need the following for our session:
- something to take notes on so you can jot down your journey experience;
- a bandanna or eye mask to cover your eyes;
- download a recording of a shamanic drumbeat on to your phone or computer to play for your journey (more below); and
- earbuds or headphones.
This website has shamanic journey tracks to download for free: drum, drum with rattle, and just rattle.
For our session, choose a 15-minute journey with “callback” (which means the drum or rattle slows to signal your time is up). Remember to set your phone to “airplane mode” if the beat is on your phone to keep incoming calls from disturbing you.
Setting your intention
Intention is everything, for what you look for in the journey of life determines what you find.
Shamanic journeys address questions about real problems and offer practical advice, but they also nudge us out of the mind’s singular focus on problems into a broader perspective—that of the soul.
The soul prioritizes growth, choice, and experience over getting things “right.” Looking and feeling good are less important to the soul than progressing to a life of greater internal freedom and meaning.
Shamanic journeys tend to address the big-picture aspects of what you are experiencing, give next steps or homework for developing your capacity for expanded awareness, and nudge you to self-understanding and acceptance.
It helps to be honest and forthright about your questions. The more clarity you have about your intentions, the more clearly the imagery and symbolism of the shamanic guidance session–and life’s journey itself–can speak to you.
You might think about the questions you wish to ask before going to sleep at night and then write your journey intentions upon awakening. Or you might create or do something— doodle, wash dishes, play music, chop wood, weed the garden—while mulling over your questions.
However you gain clarity, do that.
Once you have formulated your intentions, email them to me before your session.
Creating Sacred Space
The intention-setting process for the shamanic guidance session can be a regular practice for your life journey as well. Setting an intention and carrying questions in your heart creates a sacred space within you.
Bringing your thoughts and attention inward as you contemplate and chew on your questions about life re-collects your focus and innate wisdom.
No longer scattered, but instead held with purpose and intention, your thoughts create a sacred space within. The purpose of ceremony and ritual is to facilitate this state of gathered inwardness, but you can dispense with the intermediaries altogether and simply walk about the world in a state of ceremony.
It does help, however, to create a sacred space outside of yourself as a reminder that life is indeed a sacred journey and to prompt you to practice a few moments of gathered attention.
Not much space is needed for your altar: a windowsill, a place on a bookshelf, or a spot outside that you pass by often will do.
Clearing a space and leaving it empty, or only putting one thing there like a cloth, an empty bowl, a candle, or a picture is a good start. The point is to signal the subconscious that you are making room for the sacred. The less clutter the better.
Now, with your sacred spot created, keep your eyes open for things you might want to add to your altar.
This is a powerful practice in the days leading up to your shamanic journey and the days immediately following, but it is also a lovely spiritual discipline to maintain over time. It helps you to stay present and remain on the look-out for gifts of beauty and meaning on your life’s path each day.
Before and after your shamanic guidance session, pay special attention to the environment as you go about your life.
Are birds of a certain kind now visiting you, or calling out to you? Are honeybees buzzing all about or landing on you? Are squirrels following you and giving lectures? Or is there a recurring theme of juvenile or injured animals showing up in your life needing help? Perhaps mice or ladybugs have taken up residence in your home?
Each animal guide, be it in this world or the spirit world, has a signature energy and collection of possible messages for us.
There is also a symbolic language that is being spoken in and through the events of our lives. Do you have a car tire that always goes flat? Do people always stop and ask you for directions? Do you have a recurring dream or a recurring occurrence of some kind? These are all indications of messages from the spirit world seeking to get through to you.
Do expect things to get louder and more insistent before your shamanic guidance session, as well as afterwards. The work of shamanism is to read the world as a sacred text. Because this life is a waking dream, the messages that seek us out are symbolic in nature, as in our nighttime dreams.
Our task is to honor the messages, remember them, and carry them with us until we feel we have reached a deeper understanding.
The more we practice, the easier it gets to read the living letters of life.