Lint Hair Painting (with cat) and a Shamanic Journey
I dug out an old book I got from the used book store at the Winter Park Library years ago. The title of the book is "Shamanic Journeying, A Beginner's Guide" by Sandra Ingerman. It's a tiny tome and I figured I wouldn't be out much to see whether it would help me in my continuous journey exploring ways to connect to ideas and imagery for use in my artwork. The book has a CD of drumming that is supposed to facilitate the journey to the lower, middle and upper worlds where you will, hopefully, encounter and become acquainted with your power animal and teachers. The first section of the CD, 12 minutes, didn't do much and I was wondering if it was a waste of time, but I felt relaxed enough to continue on with the second section of 20 minutes. After a length of time, I did start to relax into some strange types of images. I felt I was floating on a log towards an island, but the log ended up being an alligator. It didn't scare me, but dropped me at the island which had a huge palm tree. I somehow went up the tree and, by way of a golden cord, came upon a golden mansion in the sky. Inside, I didn't encounter people, but shadows that led to a pool where the same alligator was. When the drums called me back, as prescribed by the book, I had to wonder about this dream. I know my life isn't exciting, but was the imagery based on my parochial existence in Florida? Does it mean anything? But I'm willing to try it again and see what happens. If nothing else, it's very relaxing!
Interesting side note: I stumbled upon another artist who does shamanic journeying, Elisabeth Moss, and has done some nice artwork with her visions.
I guess this painting kind of sums up my thoughts on the journey, although I thought my power animal would have been a cat LOL!