My Journeys to the Spirit World by Paul J. Mcallister Summary
How does it happen? How does someone raised Roman Catholic find himself journeying to the spirit world, interacting with spirit guides, and performing soul retrievals? This book is Paul J. McAllister's answer to that question. What makes the book interesting is that, unlike many how-to shamanic books, My Journeys To The Spirit World focuses on the author's personal journeying experiences. Between June 2011 and June 2013 the author made approximately 200 journeys to the spirit world; journaling each visit immediately after it occurred. This book presents the thirty plus most memorable journeys. It includes details of his interactions with power animals and spirit guides, the intentions for each journey, and the beneficial results of contacting the spirit world. In Chapter One the author describes initial spirit contacts he had while vacationing in Hawaii in 2011. Back on the mainland two weeks later, Paul was awakened from a sound sleep by Hawaiian spirits and given the opportunity to follow a new path. He accepted their invitation. In Chapter Two, the author briefly describes his personal spiritual quest. Following Catholicism into adulthood, the author's life took a turn into alternative spiritual ideas including years spent studying Rosicrucianism, Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation, the Order of the Golden Dawn, and ultimately shamanic practice. Chapter Three relates how he began journeying on his own. The author describes purchasing Awakening to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingeman and Hank Wesselman, reading their instructions on journeying, and using the accompanying CD to journey easily into and out of the spirit world. After several months, he decided to verify his experiences and signed up for a class titled "Introduction to Shamanic Journeying" by Lauren Torres, a certified teacher of shamanic practices. Chapters Four and Five describe the author's success in confirming his own experiences through that training. Paul describes his journeys during four shamanic training courses as well as his own personal journeys during this timeframe. The author uses Chapter Six as an introduction to the process of healing by describing his experiences during three years as a practitioner of chakra healing. This chapter also sets the stage for discussions of soul retrievals and soul retrieval training which are covered in Chapter Seven. Chapter Eight describes four soul retrievals and includes positive post retrieval comments from each of the clients. Chapter Nine discusses the use of drums, rattles, dreams, omens, other forms of divination, and how these tools compliment healing and soul retrievals. Chapter Ten focuses on a discussion of our outmoded definition of reality, the fact that journeying is the inherent right of all human beings, and how journeying will help us discover our individual purpose which in turn will help us implement the destiny of all humanity. My Journeys To The Spirit World, is not a dry, intellectual approach to shamanic journeying. Rather it is an exciting, sometimes emotional retelling of the author's personal view of the journeying process. It is the wonderful culmination of a life long spiritual search.