Guidance and Dreams
Accessing help and advice in a core shamanic way mostly works through 'journey' work. It can be done in three ways:
Whatever you will perceive or learn from the journey is not a prediction of the future. If you receive advice or guidance from the universal source (whose essence is also in you), you should not look at it as a 'command'. There is always free will; this work is mostly about exploring options, getting inspiration, and becoming aware of the potential of different paths you can take.
What happens in a session?
You first will choose whether you would like me to journey for you, or whether you would like to 'meet' one of my helping spirits and get direct information. If it is a journey, I will either speak the journey aloud or summarize what has happened. If it is direct information, I will take a bit of time to call my spiritual helper close and you then can ask questions. Both processes can also be done remotely per phone or skype.
The interpretation of the information you gained will be up to you. Sometimes the meaning might be immediately clear, sometimes it might be metaphors. The language used is geared to you, so you are the only one who can make full sense of it.
Let me give you an example: The essence of a message you gained on a journey may be to 'speak up more to step into your full power'. If this was a message for me, I might encounter a chattering Blue Jay on my journey (I often work with animal guides and therefore can understand this metaphoric language). If I journey for you, and you are - just as an example - very much into chakra work, the same message could be transmitted through the image of a lively river flowing through your throat chakra.
Shamanic Dream Work
The three methods mentioned above for receiving insights and guidance also apply to dream work.
The shamanic way of interpreting dreams is rather different from the psychological way. There are hardly any prescribed scripts or interpretations of dream language, besides maybe some archetypes that are connected to the history of the community. It is all about individual interpretation of the dream and receiving its direct teaching and power.
If the dream does not immediately make sense to you, you can journey to the dream and ask why it came. A powerful dream has 'spirit' in it; you can talk to it. For example, if you had a dream about a dog who kept trying to get into your house, you could visit the dog again on your journey and ask her what she needed and why she was there.