This is a
very personal, in some ways even life-altering, experience I choose
to share with you. To help clarify and understand a bit, I invite you
to read who Lady & Champ are, on my Tribute
page. This experience took place on July 8, 1998.
the instructions from the book, The Way of the Shaman, closing my eyes,
placing an arm over my eyes to make sure it was totally dark, then allowing
my inner vision to guide me. Now, in the book, I was instructed to find
my personal entryway to the other consciousness, some hole, tree stump,
etc., that I felt comfortable with.
As soon as
I closed my eyes, I realized I was at some cave entrance - I wasn't
familiar with it, and admit my heartbeat sped up, a little scared. It
was so dark, with a lighter gray, moving, concentric circles in it.
I consciously told myself I had to trust, had to enter - when I felt
myself pulled inside. I'll admit, that increased my concern! I kept
telling myself to have faith, that the Goddess and God would protect
me from all harm, but I could feel my heart pounding. Then, I felt something
cold and wet touch my left arm - my heart sped even more, I knew as
scared as I was getting, it would be better to end this quest then go
on. But, I looked at what touched me - it was my beloved Lady. She barked,
one joyful, reassuring bark, then I heard Champ's silly little bark
chime in, as he came running from inside the dark area, and bounded
into my arms.
at my left side, Champ in my arms, as I could feel myself drawn faster
into the darkness, as if we were flying. To be honest, I know we were
flying. My heart slowed to extremely slow, steady beats - I've never
been able to consciously slow my heart that much, no matter how relaxed
I was, in my normal meditations. And, at one point, when I looked over
at Lady, I saw she had changed, morphed into a dark gray/black wolf.
Champ never changed, always his silly little self. She was only the
wolf a short time - I guess I could equate it to the blink of an eye.
I saw an
extremely bright light, like a lightening bolt shape, ahead of me. I
put Champ down and had my right hand on him, my left on Lady, as we
continued to move towards the light. My heartbeat was still very slow,
but I could feel myself growing excited, almost like I was high, a euphoria
filling me. I had to flatten myself to pass through the crack in the
wall, and Lady and Champ were still with me. The walls of the cave were
now a dark gray, but still had lighter gray, concentric circles. I was
flying faster, Lady and Champ both barking joyfully - I saw another
crack ahead, same as before, similar shape to a lightening bolt, very
bright white, and headed towards it.
As I got
close to it, I saw Lady begin to pull back a little bit. I knew she
wasn't crossing through this one with me, but it didn't scare me or
anything. I leaned down and kissed Lady and Champ, they both nuzzled
my face, and I crossed through. I was standing in a very bright, green
meadow, on a rock ledge. I could hear a waterfall, but didn't see it.
I felt, rather
then saw, some insects of some kind, fly around my head. I could hear
the buzzing of their wings. I just looked around, still standing on
the ledge. I could see a stream below me, and saw some fish swimming
there - absolutely beautiful, their scales almost glowing, shimmering
- iridescent blues, gold, purple and a rosy color. I was calm and filled
with peace, but felt my heartbeat speed up once again. I could feel,
sort of sense, my body was growing restless, and turned back to the
cave entrance. Lady and Champ were there - smiling their typical Sheltie
smiles - they stayed by my side as I flew back the way I had first come.
At the entrance
of the cave, I paused to hug and kiss them one more time, then opened
my eyes. I stopped the CD, thinking I should write my experience down
so I didn't forget anything, as the book advises, but was filled with
a strong exhaustion, and fell asleep.
I don't know
if Lady and Champ will meet me each time I travel into the Shaman Consciousness,
I don't know if they are guides, helpers, whatever. It was wonderful
seeing them, feeling them again. I'm reading my book, and part of me
does believe they are my helpers. Lady changing into a wolf like that,
and with the way I've always been drawn to wolves - well, it just makes
sense to me.
I know I
went to the other reality, the Shaman's reality or consciousness. It
isn't time for me to heal myself, or any other yet, I know that. I have
to travel there, become familiar with the other side, find my helpers.
Hmm, I should clarify - I know it isn't time for me to do physical healing
yet. I have to finish 'healing' my inner self first, gather strength
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