Ways to journey

On of the key components of Vitki work is journeying to the different realms to gain wisdom or just to see what’s going on. Great. But how do you journey?

For me there are three major and different ways to do it. They all start from the same place. You need to create sacred space for a journey to be successful. The easiest way to do this for me is through scent. Scent is a powerful agent in any sacred work. It sets the stage and lets your mind know that something different is about to happen. You can use scent with incense or oils. The key is to choose a scent that will only be used for sacred purposes. For example if you choose sage or mugwort for your sacred scent don’t use it to simply rid your house of unwanted pet smells!  You want to create a mental trigger through scent that something out of the mundane ordinary is about to occur.

Deciding in advance about your intention is also important. Your intention will carry you through the proceedings. Keeping a strong solid intention in mind assures you won’t be drifting about aimlessly. It keeps you on track.

The first two ways to journey are through trace. Getting into trance for me and in my experience comes down to two techniques

First there is the way I teach all of my apprentices. You begin with rhythmic breathing. Setting a steady rhythm of breath helps to bring on a trance. Next you work on opening up your mind. This is accomplished by allowing your mind to go blank. If any unwanted thoughts come in simply acknowledge them and let them know you are busy with something else. You need to let the intrusive thought know you’ll get back to it later before gently pushing it aside. Continue to do this until your mind is free and clear as it can be. Then simply restate your intention and wait for the shift in consciousness to occur.

Another way to go into trance is through repetitive motion such as swaying. Swaying back and forth can create the altered state of mind we’re looking for. While not successful for everyone it does offer another option.

Then there’s the guided meditation technique. Here you simply get into a meditative state and picture Yggdrasil before you. You see there is a door at it’s base. Opening the door you step inside the hollowed out center of the tree. There is a spiral staircase inside going both up and down. You simply choose which direction you want to journey in an take the staircase there.

Those are three different techniques to journey. I’m sure there’s more. How do you travel?

Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

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