I have met the dancing skeleton(s) many times, I believe it is the spirit of death, at least when I meet them it is. Dealing with spirits that clearly represent death can be weird at first, but you should be able to tell by their feel if they're ghosts, the spirit of death, or something messy. The spirit of death will hold an ecstatic joy, if you get close enough he will show you a kaleidoscopic or hallucinatory vision of death which will do well in ruining your fear of death. At least that's how it is for me.
Oh yeah the question was whether or not this is journey well, just try it again. Early on I would also pop out of the state like that. Try to meet a power animal first don't go the upper world first like I did, it was confusing. After a while go talk to the shaman in the upper world, I've been meaning to pay him a lengthy visit.
I dont know who my power animals are but I'll try to journey to find them first. Thanks!