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Shamans have always been activists.

December 27, 2016

drumming-earth
For as long as time remembers, shamans have worked to negotiate life-giving harmony in the world.

When a person in the clan fell ill, it was the shaman’s job to confront the spirit of the sickness, restore the patient’s life force and call on the intelligence of plant allies to help the person get well. If a disharmony occurred within the clan, the shaman would be called upon to work with the spirits of the ancestors to renew alliances, to heal wounds and support a restoration of cooperation for the good of the whole. If the clan fell out of harmony with their environment, the shaman would be responsible for taking point to reestablish a balanced and harmonious relationship between all parties and so doing, restore the flow of Life.

Shamanism has also always been connected to our survival. By being in reverent participatory relationship with all beings, shamans are able to access the powers of the elements, of landscape features, of the animals, plants and birds; and the ancestors—for healing, gaining insight, getting guidance, and generally making life better.

While our living situations have changed a great deal over the millennia, the shaman’s role remains the same. However, now we find ourselves at a juncture when achieving balance, harmony and a restoration of our collective soul has never been more critical or urgent.

We are experiencing an enormous threat in our human society. The tyranny of patriarchal culture has created enormous divides, whereby a small group of individuals and corporations control wealth and power at the expense of the natural world, other species, women, children and the majority of men, as well. It is a social structure with a fear of loss at its foundation. This fear generates a desire for wealth and power at the expense of other beings, cultures and the environment.

So what can we do to preserve our biosphere and all the beings who inhabit it?

First, we need to understand that those who dominate the power structure do these things because they erroneously believe that they are somehow separate from the rest of the human family and from the Earth. In their ignorance, they subjugate people and despoil the environment with a greedy arrogance that is ghastly. The rest of us are disempowered and more easily controlled because of our own perceived disconnections. We may experience a disconnection of our bodies, minds and spirits. We may feel disconnected from other groups of people and focus on our perceived “differences.” We may also have fallen out of relationship with the natural world. The constant rhetoric from those in power tells us that we have a reason to be afraid and also influences us to revile “others” as the source of our discontent to further fuel the destructive fires of discord. This is designed to keep us from seeing the truth– that we are actually one human family of enormously creative and powerful individuals.

To change our collective trajectory, we need to heal our own individual wounding and recognize that coming together to uplift each other and to defend the environment is the only way to provide a safe future for us all.

And this healing can begin with you.

To do your part, you need to experience your own soul’s healing and learn how to assist in the global healing. In this way, we can collectively shed the illusionary partitions that separate us from each other.

The shamanic rituals, healings, and journeys that the shaman performs are grounded in methods that have endured because they are effective. In living a more powerful, healthier, and more loving life, you can affect the other people whom your life touches. Your positive shifts will become healing ripples throughout the entire web of life. And the renewal you feel will support you to take positive actions that are in alignment with your soul’s brilliance. In my decades of doing this work and helping many people find their way along this path, I have come to believe that this is how the world can and will be healed.

We need to relearn the art of living in reverent participatory relationship with the spirits, our human family, the Earth, and all of her creatures, so that this relationship will become the dominant way of being for all people.

I believe that we have a responsibility to help bring our world back from the brink so we can deliver it safely into the loving care of all future generations of human beings. I want you to join me in being a part of shape-shifting our world in a more positive direction.

©2017 Evelyn C. Rysdyk

Addendum:
As a shamanic teacher, I want to make sure that future generations have a healthy world in which to flourish and grow. To support this process, my partner Allie Knowlton and I have offered intimate residential training programs in advanced shamanism and shamanic healing for over twenty-five years. We work with our apprentices in small groups so that we can assist each individual to integrate the work more deeply into their everyday life. In our two-year program, you can experience all traditional shamanic healing methods to restore your spirit and life force. In addition, you will learn to do this healing work on behalf of others, for animals and for dispirited places. It is our goal to inspire your heart, nurture your hope, give you courage, and engage your mind with both magical and practical solutions for your life.

The program starting in April will be our twelfth apprenticeship. I’d love to have you join us. To find out more, click HERE.

With warm blessings,
Evelyn

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5 books Evie SIllhoutte
Evelyn C. Rysdyk is the author of several noted books on shamanism including, The Norse Shaman, Spirit Walking: A Course In Shamanic Power and A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools. Along with her writings, Evelyn is an impassioned shamanic teacher. She was featured on The Shift Network’s Global Shamanism Summit and is a presenter for the innovative, international program, A Year Of Ceremony.

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 for opening people’s hearts and inspiring them to live more joyful, fulfilling and purposeful lives. Her website is www.evelynrysdyk.com

Sisters of Cosmic Cycles

August 23, 2016

Goddess tree
 
One of a shaman’s roles is to intercede with the spirits. It may be to ask the master spirits of game animals to give some of their children to the hunters, it may be to ask the spirits of the rain to swell the rivers or it may be to ask the plants to provide medicine to the sick. The shaman works with the spirits of the Earth to make life harmonious not only for the people but to preserve life for all beings. The shaman does this with the understanding that all time, all places and all lives are interwoven.

Mythology and folklore may be seen as a way a culture explains the nature of their cosmos. Several key features of Norse myths seem to preserve remnants of the earlier shamanic culture. Firstly, the cosmological landscape of Norse mythology is multi-leveled. Secondly, altering consciousness and undertaking a spiritual journey to seek wisdom are pivotal elements for the role of Viking seers and to their Seeker-God, Óðinn. Lastly, female figures have a particularly primal significance—especially in terms of time, cycles and prophesy.

In her role as the Goddess of Prophesy, Freyja visits the Norns to discover the patterns that weave the nature of reality. The Norns are mentioned in medieval Icelandic texts. The following lines are from the collection of Old Norse poems known as the Poetic Edda. These poems, which were most likely originally part of an oral tradition, were preserved in a thirteenth-century Icelandic manuscript known as the Konungsbók or Codex Regius. The section below is verse nineteen and twenty from the Völuspá or Prophesy of the Seeress.

Volspa(This translation is my own that is based on the work done by Paul C. Bauschatz in his The Well and the Tree, World and Time in Early Germanic Culture. (Amherst, MA; University of Massachusetts Press, 1982.) and Henry Adams Bellows’ version in The Poetic Edda, [1936], found at sacred-texts.com.)

The maidens that are referred to in the text are the three Norns. These beings are said to be incredibly wise sisters residing at the base of the Norse World Tree, Yggdrssil. They are so powerful that even the gods fear them. Urð is the eldest, Verðandi the younger and Skuld the youngest. They reside near a well, a spring or a fresh water sea named Urðarbrunnr. They are responsible for nurturing the Great Tree that supports and contains all of the realms of spirit and matter.

Joined in action at the foundation that unites and holds all the realms of reality, the Norns exist outside the influence of the gods, as they are jötunn. By describing the Norns as jötunn or giantesses, it means that they were perceived to be primordial beings who predate all others and so are more powerful that the gods and goddesses. In other words, while a deity like Freyja held sway over the sky, landscape, nature and the world of men as the seasons or cycles of Life, the Norns were responsible for larger patterns that influenced the lives of the gods. They perceive the patterns that lie beyond both divine and human awareness. Their status above gods and humans suggests that those that created these mythic stories perceived the paramount importance of cosmic cycles. By that I mean, those cycles of events that are beyond the range human memory or calculations.

Indeed, most of the changes that we experience as sudden and unexpected are not actually anomalous or abnormal. More often that not, we have the evidence that they are either so unpredictably irregular in their occurrence or repeated in cycles that are so long they are beyond the collective memory range of the people who experience them.(1)

Given the scope of the cataclysms that our ancestors experienced this makes complete sense. In order to come to terms with such catastrophes, it would have been important to believe that some form of universal order existed. How else could large-scale and chaos-producing events like wild swings in climate, earthquakes, tsunamis and other cosmic events such as comet or meteoric collisions be explained? These events would have to be part of a larger reality that lies beyond the vision of human beings and even that of the gods.

Weaving reality
Based upon an etymological examination of their names, author Paul C. Bauschatz suggests that the Norns’ individual roles are aspects of one task; with Urðr reflecting actions that are full, clear and observable. In other words, actions that have come to fruition and are accomplished. Verðandi may be seen as the process that produces what Urðr completes. It is as if Verðandi is the mechanism or active principle of Urðr’s creativity. As Skuld is involved with necessary or obligatory action—that which must become–she is different from the other two Norns.(2)

While I agree that their tasks seem to flow from one to the next, I believe that Bauschatz may have misinterpreted the direction of their actions. With this in mind, Urð may be seen as the moment of manifestation—when a quantum vibration becomes physical matter. Verðandi is the progression or unfolding of that matter’s existence and Skuld represents the structures or requirements that define the course of that progression. From this perspective, the last few lines of this section of the Völuspá, “Þær lög lögðu, þær líf kuru alda börnum, ørlög seggja” would be better translated as, “Layers of reality they brought forth, describing the cycles of Time and speaking the primal patterns of the Cosmos.”(3)

Scholars suggest that the line of the Völuspá, “skáru á skíði” (“on the wood they scored”) refers to carving runes. This is one way to suggest that the Norns transform intangible energies into the physical reality in the same way the vibrations of speech are captured in a written alphabet. However, since our ancestors saw the world in terms of cycles, the flow of the Norns’ creative energies were most likely circular or multidirectional. They have an ability to continuously manifest and unravel the nature of our reality.(4) In that interpretation, the “wood” they score may actually be referring to the tree of Life, Yggdrasil. This would be a perfect metaphor for how Life is always being rewritten or remolded into new forms.

The Three may be One
Among the Norns, Urð appears to hold a more prominent place. It is she who is spoken about most often in Norse/Germanic mythic texts. Her name is the same as the word used to describe the action of the Norns. Urð is also referred to as Urðr. The word Urð or Urðr in Old Norse, wyrd in Old English and wurd in Old Saxon all have a common etymological origin. The Proto-Indo-European root word is wert, which means, “to turn, rotate.” It is she who is the cycle that takes the quantum vibrations of all possibility and transforms them into reality. This process that is continually making and remaking our reality is Urð’s domain. She is the point between formless and matter–the fulcrum on which creation depends.

©2016 Evelyn C. Rysdyk

5 books Evie SIllhoutteEvelyn C. Rysdyk is the author of several noted books on shamanism including, The Norse Shaman, Spirit Walking: A Course In Shamanic Power and A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools. Along with her writings, Evelyn is an impassioned shamanic teacher. She was featured on The Shift Network’s, 2016 Global Shamanism Summit, and is a presenter for the innovative, international program, A Year Of Ceremony.

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. Her website is www.evelynrysdyk.com


Footnotes:
1. Jordi Estévez, “Catastrophes or sudden changes. The need to review our time perspective in Prehistory” Vers une anthropologie des catastrophes Actes des 9e journées d’anthropologie de Valbonne Sous la direction de Luc Buchet, Catherine Rigeade, Isabelle Séguy et Michel Signoli – Éditions apdca, Antibes, 2008. 22.

2.Paul C. Bauschatz. The Well and the Tree, World and Time in Early Germanic Culture. (Amherst, MA; University of Massachusetts Press, 1982.) 14.

3. This translation of “Þær lög lögðu, þær líf kuru alda börnum, ørlög seggja” is far closer to the intent of the Old Norse as described by Bauschatz and by Ralph Metzner in his book, The Well of Remembrance.

4. I believe that this idea is reflected in the way runic messages were inscribed. They were sometimes written left to right, other times right to left and occasionally by having each line of writing alternate directions.

She who dreamed the rest…

November 13, 2015

First Grandmother

You dreamed me into life as you sang
Shaping grey mists of a time yet to be
You called me into being
Forming a feeling into flesh
You sang Life into me. Here.
A wandering child, Home again.

Shaper of bones and blood!
Dissatisfied with singular memories
You relinquished dusty anonymity
For Continuance.
A laughing Creatrix in her creation,
Breathing now in this body.

Working my sinew, scratching my skull
Incising whorls like fingerprints
Is this a code for me to break?
Or do they awaken songs
In this sacred bundle,
Uncovering what you secreted within.

I am eager to remember.

© 2015 Evelyn C. Rysdyk

196Nationally recognized shaman teacher/healer, speaker, and author of Spirit Walking a Course in Shamanic Power,A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools, 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. Her web site is http://www.evelynrysdyk.com.

How are you using your shamanic training?

August 9, 2015

Space drumYou’ve taken a shamanic training program and have learned a lot of amazing skills.

Now what?

The role of the shaman has always been to benefit their community or tribe. Transforming, creating harmony, educating and supporting the people around you can help to provide you with a stronger sense of your worth, boost your confidence, relieve feelings of isolation, help you gain your true voice, find a personal passion and provide a sense of belonging that you may have never experienced.

Our graduate training is designed to deepen your personal transformation and also mentor you to expand your gifts to better serve the transformation of your local community, town, school or workplace.

One of the ways we mentor is to assist our graduate students to create and implement projects in their local area.

Some individual projects have included:

  • Working with municipalities to change green space use
  • Creating marked trails and plant identification guides for a small city park
  • Volunteering to create outdoor programs for local schools
  • Organizing community garden projects
  • Working with developers to create greener projects that have saved mature trees.
  • Bringing the tenants of Reverent Participatory Relationship into corporate trainings
  • Working with a community to found a church–specifically to address homeless issues
  • Developing a odd-job business with the focus on spreading positive energy as service
  • Learning effective herbal medicine practices to assist in underserved communities
  • Mobilizing community to protect a local water source
  • Using shamanic skills for animal communication at wildlife rehabilitation center
  • Being trained to become an Advance Directive Facilitator
  • …and many others

In addition, our graduate students are supported to deepen their personal transformations, to work with the elements, to engage with fellow students in creating support and much, much more.

Graduates of our program have been very diverse. We’ve mentored business people, nurses, physicians, teachers, tech workers, financial planners, lawyers, laborers, artists, counselors, engineers, mothers, fathers and many others from all across New England, New York, Virginia, the Mid-West, Florida, Georgia and California. Each of them is continuing to make a powerful difference where they live and work.

Our eighth graduate program begins in 2017 and will meet for a total of four intensive, long weekends at a lakeside location in coastal Maine. You will be bringing the work home by doing journeywork, specific exercises and ceremony on your land or near to where you live.

More details and registration information may be found here underneath the text about our next two-year training program: http://www.spiritpassages.com/initiatorytrainingprograms.html

© 2015 Evelyn C. Rysdyk 

Nationally recognized shaman teacher/healer, speaker, and author of Spirit Walking a Course in Shamanic Power,A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools, 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. Her web site is http://www.evelynrysdyk.com.

Sharing the gifts of shamanic spirituality.

December 29, 2014

Psychedelic AiChureck JourneyingSMALLA shaman is someone who intentionally traverses the boundary of physical reality. This intentional journey between the realms of the ordinary and non-ordinary realms is what defines a shaman and is the source of strength, power and ability to solve personal and community problems. The process itself also changes your brain to improve memory, enhance creativity, boost the ability to synthesize information and problem solve, heighten intuition and lower stress. In other words, it improves your wellbeing emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Journeying assists you to better interact with the numinous beings that enliven nature. While spirits are nearly impossible to see or hear with your ordinary senses a person who is trained to expand consciousness at will is able to interact with these beings easily by moving beyond their ordinary way of perceiving the world.

Having the ability to gain a deeper perspective and get the guidance and support from spirit allies changed my life in many ways. It healed my depression, helped me to find my true calling, turbo-boosted my creativity and even led me to my beloved. Through my journey experiences into the parallel realms of consciousness/spirit, I developed relationships with the beings of nature, protective power animals and my ancestors. With their steady and loving guidance, I was much more able to move through my life with more wisdom, clarity and joy.

It is for these reasons and so many more that I am grateful to be able share the incredible worlds of the shaman with you. It is why I write my books and also why I teach advanced trainings.

In my Spirit Passages Two-year Initiatory Apprenticeship in Advanced Shamanism, I am able to guide you and assist you in perfecting your abilities to connect deeply with the beings in higher realms who are eager to help you live a richer and more fulfilling life. Through this program, you can be more resilient, more effective and open up beautiful new possibilities for your life.

In addition, the program will give you the tools to be able to assist other people, animals and even land that have become spiritually ill. All of the classic methods shamans use for healing others will be covered in the program. You will also have opportunities to experience initiatory ceremonies that will strengthen your trust in yourself and the loving support of the spirits.

I am truly excited to provide you with the spiritual tools to help you live a truly empowered life and to be a positive influence in the world. As you change, you will create ripples through out the web of life. As each of us makes our own shifts, we exponentially increase our ability to heal ourselves and our planet. Now more than ever before, we need to have people like you who are ready to heed the call of their own souls.

Are you ready to shrug off your small self to become the powerful being you were meant to be?

Blessings to you, Evelyn

© 2015 Evelyn C. Rysdyk

Nationally recognized shaman teacher/healer, speaker, and author of Spirit Walking a Course in Shamanic Power,A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools, 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. Her web site is http://www.evelynrysdyk.com.