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Dance of the Four Winds: Secrets of the Inca Medicine Wheel Paperback – December 1, 1994
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"Interspersed with direct journal excerpts, the story is told with a rich mix of narrative, mythic and colloquial images. Given the transitional nature of Villoldo's experience, his is an excellent story to serve as an introduction for the uninitiated to the belief system and cultural traditions of the Quechua masters." (Talking Leaves)
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A deft balance of Western psychology and native wisdom, novelistic drive, and touchingly human characters.
--San Francisco Chronicle
The stuff of anthropological bestsellers. . . . A flight of serious fancy, confounding our categories of fiction and nonfiction.
--New York Times Book Review
A vital, well‑written, and exciting tale of one man’s exploits in the real real world, as he seeks a reunion with Nature, the unconscious, the powers of healing, and the naked facts of life and death.
--San Diego Tribune
Dance of the Four Winds recounts the adventures of the American psychologist Alberto Villoldo as he journeys to Peru to explore the visionary ceremonies of the native shamans. Here Quechua masters use the jungle plant ayahuasca to further their spiritual progress along the four paths of the Medicine Wheel. Entering a magical realm of enigmatic sorcerers and powerful animal totems, Villoldo confronts the hidden powers of his own mind as he unlocks the secrets of the human psyche.
ALBERTO VILLOLDO, Ph.D., is also the author of Island of the Sun, Millennium, Healing States, and Realms of Healing. Erik Jendresen is a playwright and screenwriter.
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The book is easy to read and provided great insight into the shamanic realm. I highly recommend it.
submitted for this book. They are either ignorant ot have an
axe to grind. I have been studying and practicing energy
healing for over a decade, and read this book along with Joan
Parisi Wilcox's study of Q'ero shamans. I have read many books!
I just read "Shaman, Healer, Sage" as well, and find that the
work of this author is truly an energy wishing to work towards
greater connection and healing in the world. Rome wasn't built
in a day, and it surely must be difficult to translate 25 years
of personal experience into a format that the rather brainwashed
garden variety westerner can understand and appreciate. I
recommend these books people open to understanding other cultures
and to those wishing to learn more about the world of true healing. They are a lovely addition to my home and office
If V. only recounted his experiences with the old shamans, the book would have been superb. Unfortunately, he decided to insert into the book his own personal issues and musings on the nature of reality (which tend to go on and on) and which to me seem to be rather cliche-y. this guy is a doer, not a thinker and all the theory just detracted me from the magic of his experiences. V. also seems to be unduly impressed by his newly acquired Ph.D. in psychology (from a little known local college) as if a degree means anything these days.
Still, I find Villoldo's accounts to be trustworthy and in my opinion this book is a useful read for people interested in Peruvian healing practices and in energy work in general.
I found the story very believable and, although it could be construed as someone's acid-trip, based in reality. As a student of the arts, I must commend Alberto on the way he retold a story that is nearly impossible to relate.
I have recommended this text, and The Island of the Sun, to many people interested in seeking Universal Energy outside the bounds of modern religion.
We owe it to Mother Earth and Father Sun to continue the work of the Inca.
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Wonderful read combining psychology and spirituality, as well as shamanic principles. If you haven't read an Alberto Villoldo book yet, this is a great one to start with. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Meg
Amazing journey of a man seeking the ways to heal body and soul without the drugs and invasive surgery of the "civilized" world. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Margaret Kilbride
I was sorely disappointed. It was not what I expected, because I didn't find a real definition of what Shaman meant and it was for this reason that I purchased the book. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Naej Ryan
Alberto Villoldo offers a stunning re-telling of his discovery of the gifts of the Inca Medicine Wheel. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Kathleen E Neff
Like Island in the Sun, this is a book I had read when it was first published, the it got lost when I moved a few years ago. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Rainbowmoon
Dance of the Four Winds appealed to because of the storytelling style in which Villoldo's wisdom is shared. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Bford
This book is either great fiction in the spirit of Castenada or a tome of someone who was taken as a gringo who would believe anything. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by MysticJaguar
Excellent book, well written, easily read, fascinating with insight and novel observation into shamanism, western culture and the tradition of the Incas. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Brian Allen