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Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2012
Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to heal yourself and others with the energy medicine of the Americas by Alberto Villoldo, Bantam, 2001, 258 ff.

The author of this book comes from a long line of Earthkeepers from the region of the Americas. He is a Cuban-born, traditionally trained, psychologist and medical anthropologist who studied under Stanley Krippner. He resigned his promising academic career at the University of San Francisco in order to immerse himself for many years in the shamanic tradition by living amongst the indigenous peoples of Peru and the Amazon.

This is a gentle but inspirational book about shamanic healing practices for the soul and thence the body. The intimate relationship between mind and the health of the nervous and immune systems has now been recognized by conventional medicine through the specialism of PNI (psychoneuroimmunology). This is what the book explores. It is a practical guide to self-healing, illustrated with many tales of others who have undergone a transition of body or spirit by following these practices, and including a substantial section on the seven chakras, their significance and how to use them. Because medicine has been dominated by men, it often uses the language of war: the `battle against disease', the `war on drugs'; this book adopts a gentler, `feminine', spiritual approach.

This is a book for those who are open-minded to the spiritual dimension and who are prepared to learn and benefit from its wisdom: it is certainly disseminated here by a master.

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