Jenna Lilla limns the way of soul in the work of Carl Jung
The shamanic vision is an “inner, ecstatic experience” (p.65), providing the visionary capacity needed to become a shaman. Visionary states appear to be a cross-cultural manifestation in shamans (Eliade, 1950). Visions were reported to occur in almost all of the indigenous cultures studied. What differentiates the shaman from other individuals in the tribe “is his ecstatic experience” (p.107). The vision transforms the profane individual into a “technician of the sacred” (p. 33).
The vision is a spontaneous experience loaded with universally found symbolism. Eliade’s (1950) research found that the most common shamanic experience is “the passage from one cosmic region to another” (p. 259). The vision gives the individual mastery of “break-through in plane” (p. 259). ‘Break-through in plane’ is an experience of moving between the world of the living and the world of spirit. This is most often symbolized as moving from earth to sky and from earth to the underworld.
Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy- 1950
image from American Indians: Celebrating the Voices, Traditions & Wisdom of Native Americans, by the National Society for American Indian Elderly, Goldstreet Press, 2008, pg 202