now how did i know that you'd feel this way?
i have to agree with you that "journeying is the mother load of shamanism". it is the core component which allows everything else to fall into place. and i would further categorize this as *deliberate* journeying which is the essential element. i know of and am one myself of those people who accidentally slipped into journey occasionally at times throughout my life without understanding or controlling what it was. i think that there needs to be control for it to be shamanic practice. though accidental journeys may have depth and results, control is the wand of the magician. so to speak.
however, i tend to think that the experience, the ability, the skill of faring out is only one component. even though it's a very crucial one, even the most crucial.
simplicity is good. and when all is said and done a person who feels that they are a "shaman" or a shamanic practitioner or any of those label/title things that designate heavy mojo people, when all is said and done that person should be able to trance and contact their spirits with eyes open or closed in silence or in chaos clothed or nekkid and with speed.
and yet . . . and yet . . . sometimes ritual is a very connective thing. ritual can invite the spirits in, rather than the person faring out. sometimes bilocation is an often present state. sometimes spirits and shamanisms move in strange and mysterious ways.
i feel that there are times when a person moves their body in dance. or open their throats to tone or to galdr such as with runes. or works in a spirit filled flow with crafting or sewing to create something spirit driven. i feel that at those times that there is more to the actions involved than just the mundane. if the body/mind/spirit is a whole entity connected in and through wyrd, then all of the person, body/mind/spirit can engage in shamanism.
JMO, of course.
frith and bliss,