Excerpts from Spirit Walking: A Course in Shamanic Power

spirit walking smallI’ve ben sharing these excerpts on my Facebook page, but thought you’d like to see a few of them in a collection! The book is available now as a preorder through Amazon.com and will be in bookstores on April 1st. Spirit Walking is filled with many experiential exercises which are much too difficult to share here so you’ll need to pick up a copy! Be sure to read the Foreword by Sandra Ingerman, too! SPECIAL NOTE: My tenth Two-Year Training in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing begins this April, too! Full-color brochure with a registration form may be found here.)

1.  “…the terms spirit walker and shaman have different meanings in this book. A shaman is a healer—often indigenous—who is recognized as such by her or his community. I use the term spirit walker or shamanic practitioner to distinguish the essence of what it means to be a shaman apart from the role within the community. That is, you not only walk between the realms to access the spiritual, you also walk alongside the spirits of nature and your helping spirits. It is these relationships with spirits, animals, birds, plants, natural forces, and other human beings that provide a fresh way to be in harmony with All That Is.”

2.  “Within every one of our cells, we carry the elemental building blocks of life—DNA—a remarkable double helix-shaped chain of chemical information that shapes our physical form. And housed within the twisting steps of this amazing molecule is the story of our evolution as human beings. … Recent discoveries have documented the fact that inside of the 60,000 to 80,000 genes that constitute our human genome lies the information to create all other life-forms on the planet. When molecular biologists examine the complex strands of our DNA, they also find housed within it more than a blueprint for a human being, but rather an extraordinary library of codes for all life on Earth. We carry the entire interlinked biosphere in every cell. We are part of all of Creation and all of Creation is held within us.”

3.  “Your choice to become a spirit walker requires that you not only learn shamanic methods, but also how to be a true person of power. This path is not one of ego or a journey of grandiosity; but rather instead, it is the humble walk into a deeper relationship with All That Is. A shaman is guided by her or his heart and celebrates the interconnections that unite and nourish all beings.

To be able to become this kind of person, you must go through an evolution. That means learning how to approach the world from a place of love and gratitude that diminishes fear and anger. This is not the way tendency of the culture that surrounds you. Every day you are bathed in the energies of society’s fear, and anger, and the painful expressions of these lower vibrations. From a widespread epidemic of anxiety and depression to outright violence and senseless mayhem, you bear witness to unconscious, poorly modulated expressions of emotional energy. In following the path of the shaman, you learn the discipline to be and behave in a more powerful way.”

4.  “… a shaman’s ability to heal is based upon the power-filled relationships forged with the spirits. Since their shamanic abilities are dependent upon these affiliations, shamans understand the fundamental necessity for keeping these alliances healthy and strong. An attitude of harmonious give-and-take becomes the guiding principle in exchanges within those associations. The Quechua-speaking pacos or shaman-healers of the high Andes refer to this idea of mutual, respectful interaction—which must be always monitored and lovingly attended to—as ayni, which is translated as “sacred reciprocity.” By referring to this mutually beneficial interchange as sacred, they underline a kind of holiness to being in right relationship. In other words, when we interact in this manner, we are somehow more in alignment with the fundamental framework of existence.”

© 2013 Evelyn C. Rysdyk   www.evelynrysdyk.com

Nationally recognized shaman teacher/healer, speaker, and author of Spirit Walking a Course in Shamanic Power, Modern Shamanic Living: New Explorations of an Ancient Path, and contributor to Spirited Medicine: Shamanism in Contemporary Healthcare, Evelyn C. Rysdyk delights in supporting people to remember their sacred place in All That Is. Whether through face-to-face contact with individual patients, workshop groups and conference participants, or through the printed word–Evelyn uses her loving humor and passion to open people’s hearts and inspire them to live more joyful, fulfilling and purposeful lives. In joint practice with Allie Knowlton as Spirit Passages, her web site is http://www.spiritpassages.com.

The author’s new Two-Year Training in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing begins this April.

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