This book arose from a calling to go to Tibet and do prostrations around Mount Kailash, a towering spiritual and physical presence in the wilderness of western Tibet. Alysson was told that she was the first Westerner to have prostrated around Kailash. This book is about her experience of this Mountain and this self that went to surrender at Kailash.
The preparation chapter of the book details how she actually came to be called to go to Kailash and do prostrations, as well as the year of steps she took to prepare myself for a journey which in large measure Alysson did not understand. It took me 28 days to circumambulate the mountain, and the main portion of the book is the journal Alysson kept as she did this korah with prostrations. The epilogue presents the struggle toward closure following this experience, the two years of striving to come back to a life and a place Alysson no longer wanted to be in. The Heart Sounds chapter shares how this blessedly shattering experience has changed Alysson and what it taught jer.
It is said that doing prostrations around Kailash dissolves the karma from an entire year of one’s life. This book is the record of that dissolution and re-formation of Alyssons’ life as she rounded the mountain. It is a portrait of the state of this mountain, the state of the land before China opens up this wilderness with an airport, a report on conversations and encounters with the pilgrims who live there and visit there, and a reflection of how the profoundly rooted spirituality of the Tibetan people continues to manifest itself and to inspire and guide others from many countries. Most of all, this book is an offering and a prayer.