The journey always starts at the Goddess Pool. A stunning natural pool carved out of rock by the river in the heart of Belizean jungle. It’s the perfect place from which to enter my Lowerworld. This world is that of archetypes, of cartoon violence where nobody really gets hurt (the other night, a massive unicorn trampled my chest). The many secrets of our subconscious exist there in physical form, and we can visit them. They are simply waiting to be asked. On a recent journey the bright waxing Moon asked to travel with me. I took her of course, and she came in the form of a beautiful milky white woman with ash-coloured hair. I gave her a flower to put behind her ear, and if she had had blood, she would have blushed. When I returned from my journey, the moon outside was hidden. Oops, I thought, I forgot to bring her back! The next evening the moon was still hidden. That evening I journeyed again to retrieve her, and the following day, she showed her face again in the night sky.
The moon is there even if we can’t see it. Do I really believe I stopped the moon from shining outside my window? In Shamanism this ‘Real World’ in which we live is considered just as much a dream as the visions that come to us in our sleep. This is real, those are real and we can change and shape them as we wish. The learning of this dream-creation starts in the Lowerworld. What we can ‘dream up’ we can bring to pass. This tradition is older than religion. It was the way of things from the very beginning of time. This Universe is a dream within a dream within a dream…
So why Journey? You might as well ask me “Why dream?” Dreaming happens even when I don’t choose it. If I consciously choose to dream/journey I can finally take responsibility for my creative power within and without. I can start to realize that all of this isn’t just happening to me, so I can stop blaming others for misfortunes and realize that I have choices in this mad crazy world! This is the magic we lost with childhood. This is why my son can stand at the water’s edge and wish for a kayak, and his Universe will bring it to him without question. I learn every day from his attractive power. He is my teacher as all things are.
I journey to clear my conditioning and find my power, to reunite aspects of myself that have become dispersed, to create the world in which I wish to live.
Do you feel like you may have lost the Moon?