The Hmong Shaman quietly climbs into the heavens, known as the Spirit World, as he climbs up on the bench. He sits there, creating his trance, and focusing on his breath as he slowly goes out of body towards the spirit world. This is an acrylic painting I did to represent the ritual that Hmong Shamans do. The stars are the opening or gate between worlds, as the Shaman sits on his magic bench. The bench helps the Shaman step into the spirit world from the physical.