Journal About It

After we Journey, I always tell people to JOURNAL ABOUT IT.   Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, I’ve been journaling since 1972, so, I have some suggestions about how to do this.

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First, (after you decide what you will Journal in — see below,) document the when’s and where.  Record the full date of your Journey: month, date, year.  Make a note of the time of day when you took the Journey.  Also record the lunar phase — Full Moon or New Moon? What sign was moon in, etc.  Where were you? Indoors or out doors?  What was the weather?  This shouldn’t take too long to note, and, you may decide to do it after you record your Journey.

2.  Record your Journey, chronologically:  What did you do? Then what happened? And then what happened after that?  Aim for the “big picture” here.

3.  Who/what did you meet? Record the spirits you met.  This includes animals,  and humanoids (fairies, angels, ancestors), yes, and plants and rocks,  too.  But also note what objects you normally regard as inanimate, participated in your Journey.

3a.  What do these Animals mean to you?  Journal about this, before you ask someone to tell you what it means.

3b.  Have you met this Animal before?

4.  Then record what these helpers told you or showed you, or did.

5. Record your initial thoughts and impressions.

6.  Then…  Sit with all this…for a while… (whatever time it takes) and write about your additional impressions…

7.  Go back to this entry in a month, and see what else comes to you.  What have you experienced or learned, since this time.

Note one: you can Journal on any kind of paper.  You can journal in a blog.  You can make that blog private for your eyes only.  You can Journal with words, or you can draw pictures, or a combination.  It’s up to you.

Note two:  If you Journey frequently and Journal consistently, you will amass quite a pile of Journal pages over time.

I encourage you to not collect excess “Stuff” as you go forward in your spiritual life.

Make a habit of disposing of your paper Journals after a year or two.  This also  keeps it private.   You could make some sort of annual summary page of Animals and events /conversations /confirmations/ themes, if you want.

“Share your Peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and the Big Waters all around us.” Whale Maiden.

(c) 2018 to present by Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.  All rights reserved.

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Drafting a blog, 7 pages and I’m not even started 

I’m sitting in a waiting room with time on my hands so I’m drafting my next blog post by hand.  On paper.  Long hand.  I’ve written six pages so far, I’m  starting on page 7, and in some ways, I’m not even STARTED. 

 It’s a sprawling theme, something I have been chewing on actively, for three weeks, but which I now realize I’ve been thinking about my whole life:  home.

What is home, how do you define home, what makes a home, home?  Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, your sense of home defines you, and has a lot to do with how you see yourself in your Spiritual life.

Under the Lake

“Oh, great, you’re coming East to visit us?”

“Yes, this weekend.”

“Cool, are you going Under the Lake?”

We have a quaint way of talking about traveling in South Florida, because we have this massive lake in the middle of the State.  It is called, Lake Okeechobee, and that word means, big waters.  The lake is so big across, you can’t see to the other side of it.

According to Wikipedia,  “Lake Okeechobee (US /kiˈbi/),[1] locally referred to as “The Lake”, “Florida’s Inland Sea”,[2] or “The Big O”, is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida.[3] It is the seventh largest freshwater lake in the United States[4] and the second largest freshwater lake (the largest being Lake Michigan) contained entirely within the contiguous 48 states.[5] However, it is the largest freshwater lake completely within a single one of the lower 48 states. Okeechobee covers 730 square miles (1,900 km2), approximately half the size of the state of Rhode Island, and is exceptionally shallow for a lake of its size, with an average depth of only 9 feet (2.7 metres).

When driving from Fort Myers straight across to places on the East Coast, you will hit the Lake, so you have to make a choice:  you can go, “over the Lake,” or you can go, “under the Lake,”  to get there.  Honorable Shamans, what Journeys does this bring to mind?  Is it possible to use the Lake itself as a journeying portal?

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Looking Southeast across Lake Okeechobee at Lakeport, May 2015

If you go to the North, you go through the towns of  La Belle, Moore Haven, Buckhead Ridge, Okeechobee, Indiantown, and reach Jupiter.  Takes  2 hours, 57 minutes, and is 146 miles.  Or, you can go South through La Belle, Clewiston, South Bay, Belle Glade, Wellington, and then up to Jupiter.  This trip takes 2 hours, 43 minutes, and is 141 miles.

You could also circumnavigate the Lake, going around from Moore Haven, Clewiston, South Bay, Belle Glade, Pahokee, Okeechobee, Buckhead Ridge and back to Moore Haven.  This loop will take 2 hours, 26 minutes and is 116 miles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Journey with me.  Share your Peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky and all the Big Waters around us.

(c) 2017 to present, Whale Maiden for the Earthways Shamanic Path.