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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401923291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401923297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., is the author of several books, including Shaman, Healer, Sage; Courageous Dreaming; The Four Insights; and Mending the Past & Healing The Future With Soul Retrieval. A psychologist and medical anthropologist, Villoldo has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the U.S. and Europe in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval.


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Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., a psychologist and medical anthropologist, has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the U.S. and Europe in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval.

Customer Reviews

Takes you where you need to go to reach the Divine Self within us all!!!!
Liz Patche
Helps to put everything into perspective, particularly if you're still stuck in your life after going through a lot of healing work and you are still suffering.
Amalia
I fist purchased Illumination for my Kindle but then purchased a hard copy to lend several og my “thinking” friends for them to read.
Casey Bolt

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Rich on August 30, 2010
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I love Alberto Villoldo's work and have read much of what he has written. I also practice the Process of Illumination as taught in his school.

Sadly, this book is NOT about his Process of Illumination, the fantastic technique he "brought back" and/or synthesized from his travels in the Andes; it's about Initiation; The Shaman's Way of Healing Self. Wish I'd known this when I bought it. I thought I was buying a more detailed explanation of Illumination, silly me.

The editing is at times atrocious: "Like Mark Antony, even ordinary people sometimes risk everything they once valued to follow love, succeed in a career, or in be good parents." ?? what? (page 6, paragraph 2)

Punctuation is not always complete or balanced: ending quotations and parentheses are left off occasionally.

Although a relatively good read for what it is, I feel duped.
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84 of 99 people found the following review helpful By MysticJaguar VINE VOICE on July 26, 2010
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I'm sorry. I really wanted to like this book. Waited in anticipation for it's arrival. But alas I see that the book has twisted and turned away from it's title to something else conveying somewhat incomplete understanding of many spiritual fields.

First, the title of the book is 'Illumination: The Shamans Way of Healing'. You would think that the central topic of this book would be about helping to enter into illumination. To envision yourself surrounded with light, becoming the light, in order to clear obscurations, and thus bring about healing. Nope, not what this book is about. This book, over and over, every chapter, is about *Initiation*. Friends, *initiation* and *illumination* are not always the same thing.

From the introduction Alberto gets himself into trouble in the brief few moments that he actually does talk about illumination. In this case he mistakenly equates illumination to many states of consciouness including Samadhi. Folks, the deeper states of Samadhi are not palaces of light or standing in front of the Sun. They are more like the heart sutra where you have this incredible immense sense of being. But there is no sound, no form, no light, only undifferentiated being. Many times the author attempts to pass himself as an authority on Hindu beliefs and passes incorrect information. Certainly Hinduism embraces Peace as he states. But central to Hinduism is the Bhagavad Gita where Krishna compels Arjuna to enter battle with his relatives in a holy war (against the ego). So Hinduism embraces the dharma of right action. The eight-fold path of Buddhism shares it's core principles with the Hindu approach as elucidated by Patanjali and others. But what right action is depends on the situation.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelen F. Meyer on March 29, 2010
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Hello!

I was VERY impressed with this book! I have been practicing Shamanism for almost 10 years now and have read and studied a number of books on the subject, Dr. Villoldo presents some interesting and new concepts for healing that really hit home for me, along with ceremonies to clear out old energies and patterns. I am in the process of reading it a second time!

Jackie - Arvada, CO
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Traveller on February 28, 2010
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When we look deeply into ourselves and realize, accept responsibility for, transcend our inner demons, we find what is really important in life. We realize that we are a part Infinity experiencing itself through its many forms. We go through many initiations within our lives, and with these come growth, but with growth must also come the change, and that can mean the death of certain parts of ourselves that no longer serve us. Like shedding an old skin, or pruning dead leaves from a plant, we prune off paths that are unhealthy as we grow out of them. Failing to realize and or go through these initiations can lead to more drastic forms of wake up calls such as disease and loss of things we hold dear.
When we go through our path of initiation and illumination we become impeccable and aware. Spirit is always calling us to our path in life and this is what brings us the most joy, when we are in communion with the Great Mother Earth and Great Father Sky we become reconnected with our universal parents and not attached to the social games we play with each other that can lead us into states of confusion.
This book provides a map for healing parts of our lives that we may overlook or that we have become bias towards on our path. As we play out the old archetypal dramas of our pasts and older wounds we constantly live in a place of confusion, playing the roles of either the perpetrator, victim, or rescuer, contributing to our own dis-empowerment. This confusion causes us to not be aware of our true nature and purpose here. We must learn to grow out of these old dramas and see what is really important in life; Being 'Right', or being Peace? Being our superficial selves, or our True and Infinite nature? Do we have the courage for self realization of which Spirit calls?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Foster on March 19, 2010
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I am a student of Alberto's Healing the Light Body School, so I am biased. His teachings and his school have changed my life. That being said I found this book to be a wonderful introduction to shamanism from the perspective of a person without exposure to shamanism or energy healing. When I first started my journey into shamanism I struggled with the concepts of myth and mythic journeys. This book presents content in a way that people who have been living in the average American world can embrace.
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