Drum Journey (Recording): ~15 minutes
I realized when I arrived that I had not really formulated a question to ask. I sat for a moment at the beginning of the path leading to the Hall of Knowledge. I felt a pull to go inside, which I did. I entered a long library and went right to the top shelf where there were many volumes of Questions. These were all the questions I would ever ask in my life. I opened to the page I needed, then received the question: "How should I teach shamanic journeying in the upcoming workshop I am facilitating?"
I left the Hall of Knowledge and went to see Reeds Blowing. I gathered a bouquet of wild flowers as an offering, as I usually do. As I walked, I wondered if this was disrespectful to the flowers. Then I received the message that they never die. In fact, Reeds Blowing uses them—still in bloom—to line the walls of the tree cave.
Reeds Blowing greeted me at the entrance to the cave with a warm hug. I asked him my question. He led me deep into the cave, where we walked and talked. He told me:
Remind those who journey that spirits are always with them. The journey is a chance to meet to receive guidance and information and healing. We will not be troubled or angered if they do not come; we are here all the time anyway. We welcome the visit and are here to assist when needed.
When they first journey, they may be guided by a helping spirit that will take them to Upper or Lower World. This may or may not be a spirit that is theirs alone; be sure to ask.
We sat opposite each other and held hands so that I could merge with some of his energy. He reminded me that I am about to begin my drum initiation. I was told that I will be giving up much, but will emerge stronger. One of the items is tobacco. Reeds Blowing told me, You will only use tobacco as an offering during your drum initiation.
We spent the rest of the journey in silence. I allowed the sounds of the drum to move through me.
I thanked Reeds Blowing and The Hall of Knowledge.
Return to Ordinary Reality