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Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas Hardcover – December 19, 2000
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Anthropologist Villoldo has studied shamanic healing techniques with the descendants of the Incas for more than 25 years. Perhaps more than any westerner, he has mastered the ancient art of "seeing," which gives more direct insight into the true causes of disease than can be revealed through all the technological advances of Western medicine. He has written ten previous books chronicling his adventures on the path to becoming a master shaman, and teaches energy medicine to thousands every year. Now he reveals the concept of working with the "luminous energy field" that surrounds our physical bodies in a practical, easy-to-understand format. Although shamanism is often shrouded in riddle and mystery, Villoldo has managed to present the basic principles in a step-by-step program, beginning with a series of simple exercises to cleanse and activate the chakras, the key entry points of the luminous body. By interweaving stories from his personal journey, he makes energy work accessible to a broad audience, and paves the way to its acceptance by the medical community. David Siegfried
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Alberto Villoldo, a classically trained medical anthropologist, has studied shamanic healing techniques among the descendants of the ancient Inkas for more than twenty years. In Shaman, Healer, Sage, he draws on his vast body of knowledge to create a practical and revolutionary program based on the traditional healing methods used by these shamans -- methods that, until now, have been inaccessible to most of the world.
Villoldo explains that central to shamanic healing is the concept of the Luminous Energy Field that is believed to surround our material bodies. His book teaches us to see and influence the imprints that disease leaves on this field and thereby to heal ourselves and others, as well as prevent illness.
Villoldo weaves wonderful teaching stories throughout about the healing power of the energy medicine of the Americas. In one story, Villoldo comes down with pneumonia while in Peru. When antibiotics fail to control the infection, his mentor, the shaman Don Antonio, uses the process of Illumination to remove the toxins that had invaded Villoldo's body. These same shamanic techniques later allowed Villoldo to remove stagnant energy from a young woman whose marriage was suffering due to her past experience with abandonment. With the aid of shamanic work, the woman regained her trust in others, and her marriage was revitalized.
This book is rich with ancient wisdom and contemporary techniques we can use to help ourselves and others, as well as with the more advanced methods of master shamans, which are being brought to a wide audience for the first time.
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Make sure to actually do the exercises and I believe you will benefit greatly - Most (90%) will, according to Dr. Villoldo himself. Speaking for myself I will tell you I 'tracked my former self' (exercise in the book) and was shocked, quite literally. Be patient and sincere with your approach. This is real folks. Good luck to you all my friends!
Shaman, Healer, Sage is a fascinating exploration of an ancient healing system written by a Western doctor and explorer. For myself, the greatest value of the book came from the detailed explantion of the energy fields and chakras.
Giving up his mainstream Western medical research, Villoldo traveled to Inka and Amazon shamans to learn an entirely different world view and method of medicine. Shamans see and work with the energy fields that Western culture is only beginning to recognize. Villoldo keeps references to an earth-based religion to a minimum and mostly makes sense of the various properties of the human energy fields and how practitioners might help their patients.
Personally, I had a huge "ah-ha" moment about three-quarters into the book when he talked about entities attaching themselves to people. It took me about fifty years to discover that as the cause of many mysterious problems. Until Shaman, Healer, Sage, I'd never come across a book that seemed to pin-point my situation. In Villoldo's world, it's very common!
The last section of the book deals with the passage into death that every soul makes. People need to be helped out of the world as much as they need to be helped into the world. Once the spirit leaves the body, it goes through transitions into the spirit realm. Western culture has largely disconnected with the sacred, especially death rituals. Villoldo paints a compelling picture of what may be part of the journey and why it's important to assist loved-ones, even after the body has ceased breathing.
While I don't feel the call to leap into shamanism, there is much to be learned from ancient traditions. Villoldo has written a range of books from his South American experiences. Perhaps we're living in age when the imbalances of Western thinking will move toward more harmonious blend of other cultures and save the earth from destruction in the process.
author of "Ever-Flowing Streams of Healing Energy"
Avarasai's Partner: This is not a book that you can skim over and expect to understand. It is in-depth and should be read like such. It is a book that can and should be studied on its own; The idealogy is not presented in a straight-forward manner and will need to be re-read or studied separately in order to fully grasp.