Created using software based synthesis and binaural technology, this digital recording consists of a collection of evocative sounds combined with brainwave entrainment tones for inducing a 4.5 Hz theta brainwave cycle. Theta activity reflects the dreamlike state between wakefulness and sleep. Theta rhythms are associated with the deepest states of shamanic consciousness. Binaural beats can induce profoundly deep altered states within minutes and support the listener in making shamanic journeys. All you need is a pair of stereo headphones and a comfortable chair. The recording does the rest.
The shamanic journey is a time-honored method of inner consultation. It is a way of communicating with your inner self and retrieving information. Your inner self is in constant communication with all aspects of your environment, seen and unseen. You need only journey within to find answers to your questions.
Begin your journey by sitting in a dimly lit space and wearing headphones. Reflect for a moment on the purpose of your journey, and then begin listening to the recording. Focus your attention on the drifting soundscape, then close your eyes and feel yourself being carried away by the sounds. It will take a few minutes for brain waves to synchronize with the binaural beat. Once you enter a trance state, you may experience a change in body temperature, feel energy flowing through your body, or find yourself twitching or rocking. It is not uncommon to hear sounds or voices. You may see colorful patterns, symbolic images, or dreamlike visions.
In some cases, your journey experiences will be clear and easy to understand. At other times, your journey may be dreamlike and full of symbolism. Interpret such journeys as you would any dream. Look for possible associations related to each symbol or image. The key is to observe whatever happens without trying to analyze the experience. Like developing any skill, journeying takes practice. Nothing may happen on your first journeys. You may only experience darkness. When this happens, simply try again at a different time. Step-by-step instructions for making shamanic journeys are explained in Michael’s book, The Shamanic Drum.