The Shamanic Lower World:
Power Animals and Nature
The shamanic lower world is a place that is primarily is populated with animals, and usually is encountered as some kind of natural geography. The animals you find the shamanic lower world may appear as recognizable planetary animals, birds, fish, and all manner of creatures, as well as those that are mythological, legendary, and unencumbered by Earthly parameters. The terrain that you discover is typically very natural and very Earthy.
Both myself, and people I know, have widely reported popping out into the lower world in the midst of an African-like jungle, a Sahara-like desert, or even on an ice flow such as might be found on the northernmost reach of Alaska. It is not uncommon to pop out in the sky as if at the 'roof' of an entire world beneath you, or under the water, or in a cave. As wide and varied are the natural environments of our Earth, as wide or wider are the natural environments one might discover in the lower world.
The lower world always appears to me to be a more quiet place than the din and hustle-bustle of cities and civilizations. In fact, it is rare that I see any signs of human-like habitation at all. It is more the case that if you were to show up in a wild, pre-human Earthly world, that this is how the lower world regularly appears.
There, the spirit helpers in animal form 'rule the roost'. When you find yours, they are generally discovered there. When you go to connect with them, it is to the lower world that you generally head. While in the lower world with your spirit helpers in animal form, they can show you all sorts of things about life, about yourself, or about healing, that you ought to know. They are part of the shaman's 'team', and a nearly indispensable element in much of what a shaman must do.
Although heading to the lower world is not exactly the same as diving into the surface of planet Earth like a mole, the paths there are often similar to how one might expect going 'lower', such as through deep caves or staircases that unexplainably head far beneath the surface. But then again, what are such matters to a shaman! She or he is able, should the need or path be the one chosen, to slide down the interior of roots, or slip beneath the grains of the Earth like water through sand.
And, just to get any misconception out of the way, the shamanic lower world is absolutely not associated with anything dark, 'bad' or evil. That idea belongs to a completely different, often Christian religious belief system and spiritual geography.