In the world of shamanism
dreaming is the state we enter into to vision our lives
into being. In many cultures the drum is used as the
vehicle or “canoe” to take the dreamer into the
dreamtime. Rattles or other instruments are used by some
cultures as well (for example; the rainstick or
didgeridoo).. When we have questions that we need
answers to or we need to identify, or go into counsel
with our guides and protectors, the drum is used to
assist in the journey.
You can learn to journey and meet the beings that assist
you so that you can work more closely with them in your
daily life. Once we learn that we are not alone and that
we have help available to us all the time life is
Journey to the upper, middle, or lower worlds to find
answers to your questions and guidance in your life.
These “worlds” are not hierarchical as in cosmologies
that place a judgment or “value” on upper as being good
(i.e. heaven) and lower as being bad (i.e. hell). The
middle world resembles our day to day existence and all
the lessons that can be learned through this level of
reality. The upper and lower worlds are distinguished by
the beings that we meet there and the teachings that we
are in need of. There is no such thing as a bad guide or
animal totem, there are only the ones carrying the
medicine or teachings that we are in need of.
Sometimes we receive messages that are just for our own
healing or growth and at other times a message will come
through that needs to be shared with others. The more we
enter into the dreamtime and gain the clarity and
inspiration to live life fully, the more we can progress
on our path to wholeness and purposeful action with the
assistance of all of creation.