The Nepalese Shamanic Path
Practices for Negotiating the Spirit World
by Evelyn C. Rysdyk
Pub Date 19 Feb 2019
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• Presents step-by-step, illustrated instructions for authentic Himalayan shamanic practices, including physical and spiritual healing, shamanic journeys, and ceremonies
• Includes exercises to meet the ancestors in your shamanic lineage, techniques to use your voice as a shamanic tool, and practices for negotiating the spirit world safely
• Details shamanic chants and rituals, how to create an altar, and the sacred objects of the shaman, along with exercises and techniques for using them properly
There are few areas of our world where shamanic traditions have been preserved in their original context and form. Nepal is one of these rare and special places. In the shadow of the Himalayas Nepalese shamans, known as dhamis or jhankris, are still consulted for healing and divination, as well as for providing comfort and maintaining harmony. Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, shamanic teacher Evelyn Rysdyk and 27th-generation dhami Bhola Nath Banstola decided it was time to safeguard Nepalese shamanic knowledge for future generations by recording the practices in a book.
With this comprehensive, experiential guide to the ancient spiritual traditions of Nepal, Rysdyk and Banstola present step-by-step instructions for authentic Himalayan shamanic practices, including techniques for physical and spiritual healing, shamanic journeys, and advanced ceremonies, such as the Kalchakra Katne, a shamanic ritual for removing toxic energies from an individual. They include exercises to help you meet the ancestors in your shamanic lineage, techniques to use your voice as a shamanic tool, and practices for negotiating the spirit world safely. They detail shamanic chants and rituals, how to create an altar, and how to use the sacred objects of the dhami/jhankri, including the mala, the magic mirror, the drum, and the Khurpa, the shaman’s magic dagger. Rysdyk and Banstola also examine the importance of Nepalese cosmology in shamanic ritual and spiritual deities such as Hanuman, Garuda, and the Nagas.
Illustrated with photos and Rysdyk’s artwork, the book also explores the history of Nepal, its culture and myths, and the different ways Nepalese shamans serve their communities. Written specifically to share the traditional Himalayan shamanic method with the Western world, this guide not only preserves these ancient teachings but also reveals how they are still relevant in the modern world.
“The collaboration of Evelyn Rysdyk and Bhola Banstola has created a compelling read—one that my inner anthropologist recognizes as an ethnography. These two visionaries, Western and Traditional, have given us a look into a non-Western cultural tradition that few of us know about. My interest was held to the end in this extraordinary book. And my inner understanding of myself and my world has been enhanced in response.”
Hank Wesselman Ph.D., anthropologist and author of nine books on shamanism
“This inspirational book reveals the heart of the Nepalese shamanic tradition, showing the essential art of fastening heaven to earth and releasing all beings from the bondage of the eight fetters, by restoring health and harmony to sick people and disenchanted places with loving grace.”
Caitlín Matthews, author of Singing the Soul Back Home and coauthor of The Complete King Arthur
“I am so excited that brilliant shamanic healer, teacher, and speaker, Evelyn C. Rysdyk, has joined forces with Nepalese shaman, community spirit guide and Nepalese wisdom keeper Bbola Banstola, to bring us this amazing offering of the ancient practices of Himalayan shamanism. This book is a direct transmission from the heart all that matters. These ancient practices offer a transformation for you, your community and the world.”
Michael Stone, teacher, consultant, radio host and shamanic practitioner
“After years of friendship and collaboration spanning time and continents, Rysdyk and Banstola offer us a profound merging of ancient Nepalese wisdom and modern understanding, through which we may learn to ride the razor’s edge between chaos and order that is the dhami/jhankri’s path to shamanic empowerment.”
Hillary S. Webb, Ph.D., author of Yanantin and masintin in the Andean World: Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru