Under the guidance of a medicine woman I experienced shamanic journeys. If you're not familiar, it is a ritual where you leave your body and enter the spiritual realm by means of a Buffalo drum, the power of the leader, and the particular energy of the night and your companions.
I have had three different journeys on two different nights. In the first, I entered a cylindrical clearing in a sacred forest where I encountered what I believe to be an Elemental of some kind. It is was like a tree-sized DNA strand, made of rainbow-clear liquid, dancing in beautiful patterns. I stepped inside of it, and let it move me in its dance. Then it started to go wrong. A few hours after the journey I became very sick with constant vomiting and diarrhea. I felt that the entity had become stuck or latched onto my body somehow.
The second journey was in a snowy arctic landscape. I was accompanied by a wolf, who ran with me, played, and licked my face. All I could think was "a wolf, how cliché" He took me to meet his family, and they placed one of their pups in my hands. Only it was not a normal pup; it was shape-shifting and flickering into other baby things. But they went about their business as though it was normal for me to have this.
The third journey I was a wolf, struggling with a burdensome dead-like baby. I rid myself of it, despite it crying for me, and ran through the woods, and river. I heard the cries of other wolves gathered at a summit. I made my way to the summit and asked the elder wolf how I would get here in the physical realm. By reply, he regurgitated a glowing pearl, which I turn ingested.
These were not dreams in the usual sense. Especially in the case with the Elemental. I am still trying to understand what these experiences mean so any insight or sharing would be appreciated