I have been practicing journeying back and forth to my base camp, and all was going well, until I experienced a strong sense of danger on my last journey ... I'll explain a bit more ...
My base camp is an actual physical place that I go to alot, and when I am there, I connect very strongly to two trees.
On my second to last journey, my intention of the journey was to speak to the two trees. I journeyed with no expectation. I stood next to the 'Grandad' tree, as per ususal, and was chatting away. When suddenly he sprouted two large branches around me and gave me an enormous hug ... it was great!!! I then happily went over to my 'swaying tree' friend, and said that it wasn't possible for him to give me a hug, as he was tall, skinny and young, with no branches lower down. I said, that was ok, and I would just sit down on the tree trunk that lays on the floor next to him, and lean up against him in the usual way. I put my back against him, and said that I would sway 'him' for a change. He then sprouted two branches and wrapped them around me, and we were both laughing and playing, pushing against one another.
So ... a great journey.
The last time that I went back. I went straight to the 'swaying tree' friend and put my arms out to him. He suddenly panicked, and kind of freaked out. I backed off and said, it was ok, and went over to the 'Grandad' tree to see what was wrong. I went over and he kind of started to sprout two branches to hug me, but quickly withdrew, and kind of didn't want to know. I was also very aware of a strong sense of danger, and aware that something was very amiss. I said that I would leave and return another time.
I do set up strong protection before I journey, so I'm not sure what to make of this last journey. Any suggestions would be much appreciated?
Also, how much practicing time should a newbie be doing? Half an hour per day?