I will act as your shamanic midwife as I guide you on a session to one of the three realms. The shamanic framework consists of 3 realms or worlds. The Lower Realm, The Middle Realm and The Upper Realm.
The Lower Realm is the place of Animal Spirits and Helpers, Spirit Guides and Guardians, Power Animals and the Dead. It may also be called the Underworld. Journeying to the Lower Realm is done to find one’s Power Animal, to recover lost power, and to find and retrieve parts and aspects of someone, or one’s self, for the purpose of ‘soul retrieval’.
The Middle Realm is both the reality in which we live and the spiritual parallel to it. We can access other parts and places of our ‘ordinary’ reality shamanic-ally. We may do this to effect positive change in places that need that; to connect with the land, to investigate a situation in process – be ‘a fly on the wall’ so to speak. And we may access the magical spirit realm of the plants, creatures and minerals that also inhabit the Middle Realm as well as our Inner Goddess and Inner Shaman.
Upper Realm is the place of archetypal knowledge and patterns, Spirit Guides, Teachers, Gods and Goddesses, Angels, ‘the matrix of possibilities’, and un-manifest potential. Journeying to the Upper Realm can be done to meet your Teachers and various archetypes, for the purpose of learning, clarification, inspiration and insight.
The three realms are linked together by a vertical axis, the ‘axis mundi,’ or the ‘World Tree’ and can be easily accessed using the image of a tree, the Upper Realm as the branches and above, the Middle Realm as the trunk, the Lower Realm as the roots of the tree. We can also see this image in ourselves, with the Upper Realm above us, the Lower Realm below us and our presence in the Middle Realm. The worlds or realms of the shaman are both actual and metaphoric and are accessible by everyone. The Shamanic Journey is an inner journey.