The Spiritual Journey
Definition of Spiritual Journey: What is Spiritual Journey? A Spiritual Journey which is also referred to as a Spirit Journey is undertaken for various reasons including a rite of passage ceremony known as a Vision Quest, help and guidance from the spirit world, Spiritual Healing, inner exploration, personal growth and direction along the path of life. A spiritual journey, or Spirit Journey is often undertaken by a Medicine Man or Shaman in order to communicate with the spirit world. A Medicine Man will undertake a spiritual journey as one of the rituals he undertakes to protect men from evil spirits - his role is that of opponent to the bad spirits and the guardian of the ordinary man. Every spiritual journey is a quest, a search for help and answers.
The Spiritual Journey and a Trance State
A spiritual journey undertaken by a Shaman was sometimes accompanied by the inducement of a Trance State for the purpose of attaining guidance or knowledge from supernatural forces or spirits. Natural Herbal Herbs strongly feature in the ceremonies and rituals of Native Americans, such as the Spiritual Journey, and used for their hallucinogenic and narcotic properties to alter consciousness, induce Trance States, for spiritual experiences and rites of passage rituals, such as Vision Quests. The herbs and plants used to induce the trance state included Mescal, peyote cactus, thorn apple, psilocybin mushroom, green tobacco, jimsonweed and devil's weed. The trance state allows the Shaman to project his spirit out of his physical body while he is still awake. This trance state might be accompanied by a strong numbing sensation or experiencing the sensation of being in two places at once. A spiritual journey might also be described as a highly focussed day dream.
The Path taken on the Spiritual Journey
The spiritual journey of a Native American Indian is inspired by his ability to visualise the path that the spiritual journey must take. The Shaman must find a special passage that will take him from the earthly world to the spiritual world of the Supernatural. The passage or path that he must follow on the Spiritual Journey is visualised by the Shaman. The Spiritual journey, or Spirit Journey, is visualised as a the route that is taken to the Spirit World. This might to take the form of an entry into a cave and a route via the tunnels of the cave moving deeper down toward the exit from the earthly realm and entry to the other world. The Spiritual Journey is often accompanied by the pulsating, steady and highly monotonous beating of drums. The darkness of the spirit tunnels lead to the entrance to the 'other world' where the spirit seeker emerges into the light.