“Soul journeys” are a central practice of shamanism. However, they have also been important
in many other religious traditions and have exerted a major impact on religions, cultures, and
history. This article surveys some important journeys in the world’s religions such as those of
Mohammed, the Christian saints Paul and John, Jewish Chariot Mysticism, Taoism’s Highest
Clarity tradition, and shamanism. The article explores the experiences of these journeys, techniques
for inducing them, culturally specific features, and the range of metaphysical interpretations of
them. It also examines some of the surprising ways in which journeys are currently impacting
Western culture, ranging from political movements to our understanding of states of mind.
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Walsh, R. (2012). Walsh, R. (2012). Experiences of “soul journeys” in the world’s religions: The journeys of Mohammed, Saints Paul and John, Jewish chariot mysticism, Taoism’s highest clarity school, and shamanism. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31(2), 103–110.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2012.31.2.103