Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide - by Sandra Ingerman
As someone who has experimented with many spiritual modalities, but is new to shamanism, I found this book very easy to read and understand, with journeying techniques that I had no difficulty applying to my current meditation repertoire.
Ms. Ingerman, who has been studying shamanism for more than 25 years, starts off the book with a little history. She provides interesting and relevant facts about its ancient origins, including its practical application for healing emotional and physical illness.
According to the shamanic way, there are three invisible worlds accessible via journeying that are located just beyond our physical realm. Through the use of visualization techniques (your imagination) and repetitive drum music to keep the mind from becoming distracted (courtesy of the CD which accompanies this book), one can easily cross the veil. Each experience is unique, personal and dependent upon the reason for a particular journey. But expect to meet totem animals and teachers in human form to guide you along the way.
From what the author writes here, as well as from what I have experienced myself, there is nothing dangerous about shamanic journeying. My feeling is that anyone interested in receiving spiritual guidance on personal life issues for themselves would benefit from this practice. By outlining it in such an easy-to-follow step-by-step manner, Ms. Ingerman has demystified the process for us, while at the same time demonstrated how relevant this ancient modality is for us today.