This study explored ostensibly shamanic journeying imagery by (a) assessing visual images across induction
techniques (i.e., sonic driving, Ganzfeld, relaxation, and sitting with eyes open); (b) determining combination(
s) of induction technique and instructions most associated with religious imagery; and (c) investigating
the origins of visual imagery. Six participants were randomly assigned to factorial combinations of
a 3 x 4 mixed design (levels of instruction x levels of induction) and were administered the Modified Affect
Bridge to explore the origins of mental imagery reported during the experimental conditions.
Phenomenological analysis yielded comprehensive constituent themes. Harner’s (1990) shamanic journeying,
coupled with religious, instructions were associated with the highest religious imagery, while visual
images associated with shamanic journeying were derived primarily from autobiographical memories.
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