This is the second of two shamanic journeys I have made available on this website. My thanks again to Chris Waters and the Spirit of the Inca training team for helping me immerse so deeply in the wisdom of this tradition.
This shamanic journey takes you to the Upper World, the place of spirit, our guides and our celestial parents, who we will meet today and seek their guidance. As with the underworld journey, you will either need to record this visualisation and play it back, or ask someone else to read it out loud for you:
“See yourself in a field. Feel the grass under your feet, perhaps a soft wind on your face and the sun warming your back. Look around you and enjoy the wild flowers and grasses blowing in the wind.
As you look around you notice a big old tree up ahead. You start to walk towards the tree, step by step and as you get closer you notice that there is an entrance to the inside of the tree. It is hollow inside and so big that it is easy for you to step into it.
You step into the tree and feel the space around you and smell the woody scent. To go up to meet your celestial parents you need to leave your body behind and so you allow your physical body and everything that you don’t need for this journey to dissipate until you are a golden speck of light.
You allow yourself as this light to travel up the inside of the great tree, up and up and up, feeling yourself as this little light, rising. Then you notice a way out onto a branch. You go out onto this branch, high, high in the sky and walk along it. Here you call on Pachacutti to send down a gold and silver ladder. You see the ladder coming down through the clouds and landing gently on the branch.
You climb up the gold and silver ladder, up and up into the clouds and step out onto a beautiful cloud that holds you as you step onto it. This place is called Pachacutti and here everything is in its fully healed state. The guardian of this land is also called Pachacutti and you see him or her standing by. Greet them and explain that you have come to meet with your celestial parents and to explore this land. Ask if this is possible at this time. If Pachacutti says yes, then you start to look around noticing the land, the sky, the things around you. Would does it look like to you? What can you see?
As you look around this beautiful place you notice two specks of light moving towards you. They come closer, one gold and one silver. As they come closer still you see that these are your celestial parents, the guides who know you so deeply, who know everything you have done and everything you can become… and they love you so completely, so totally. They know you completely and love you completely. You feel them come either side of you and you feel them embrace you in their love. Just allow that love to fill you up and permeate every part of you…
You ask them if they have a message for you and listen to what they have come to tell you…
Have they got a gift for you? Look in their outstretched hands and receive a gift. Thank them for their love, their wisdom and their gift and turn to Pachacutti. Thank them for their support and love and say goodbye for now as you go back to the ladder and return down to the branch of the tree. Stepping off onto the branch you see the ladder disappear and you go back down into the great old tree. Moving down and down and down until you reach the ground again.
Gather up yourself, your physical body and all the parts of you that you did not take on this journey. And step out of the tree into the meadow again. Feeling the grass under your feet and the wind and warm sun on your back you tack a few steps and then start to feel yourself come fully back into the room. Feel your feet, wiggle your fingers…”