I am new to the world of shamanism. A few months back, I didn't even know that this word existed when I started seeing a horse staring at me in my mind's eye. I would see him every night before sleeping. And then I googled him and came across shamanism. I started reading some books and doing a bit of research work online and started journeying a little to find my power animal, and it turned out to be the same horse that I would see in my mind's eye.
Then after a while, I went through a certain initiation process where I was mentally blocked and went through a severe phase of depression. I felt as if I was in a dark tunnel, deep down and there was no way out. I would burn sage every night near my bed just to clear the energy around and within me. One night, I asked my guides for a sign and the next morning I wake up and see that on the table near my bed, the words 'PASSED' were written with the ashes of the smudge I had burned the previous night. This was definitely a sign from my guides that I had to go through some sort of an initiation process. And after that day, the depression has just disappeared.
I have also been interested in soul retrieval and the extraction process. Any book suggestions, guidelines, tips regarding shamanism would be greatly appreciated.