A dreamtime experience four days ago:
I was in a forest clearing, a kind of meadow. I began running in a circle in the grass, about 25 feet in diameter. I ran faster and faster until it felt like I was churning the ground. Then the surrounding landscape dissolved and I was a sphere in the center, just a sphere of energy and around me was the space of the stars. I heard the words: “Here is the shamanic point.”
The meaning was that everywhere is the shamanic point, the point at which I am the ultimate reality, grounded in the void as a center of energy. Everything goes out from me. All surrounding circumstances that I perceive are insubstantial, like spinning a burning torch in a circle in the dark and a circle of light appears but actually only the torch’s fire is substantial. I am the processor of the energy from the source which comes through me to be directed on to other centers.
The significance of the initiation is to divorce myself from attachment to the circle of light and to stay focused as the burning torch itself. The challenge is to continually discriminate between the fragmented energy streams that surround me and to orient myself to my own core.