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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 noAlberto 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....

Title : Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas
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ISBN : 9780609605448
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Number of Pages : 243 Pages
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Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas Reviews

  • Laural Wauters
    2019-05-30 06:38

    The first book I read by him. This book inspired me to leave my career and train with the Four Winds. I am now a Shamanic practitioner thanks to Alberto. His combination of practical psychology, historical anthropology and spiritual healing speaks to my soul...thank you!

  • Jo Sullivan
    2019-06-09 14:47

    Favorite quote: I have grown to believe in the metaphor that we have nine lives, like cats. When we reach the end of one of these lifetimes (other people call them stages or phases in one's life), it is important to give the old self a decent burial, and then leap like a jaguar into who we are becoming. Otherwise, we can spend years patching and fixing an old self that we have outgrown.

  • lalalex
    2019-06-05 08:33

    Considering most of the healing practices of the America's are passed down orally, I'm a bit dubious about someone who charges money to have a school to learn to be shamanic. However, that being said, there are some nice chapters on chakras in here that were helpful.

  • EarthThunder
    2019-06-12 09:23

    Everything by Alberto Villodo is perfect. As an author he stands back and allow the fabric to enter your blanket. You choose how to wrap yourself.

  • Andrea Marley
    2019-05-23 11:30

    Profound and Important. For spirits having a "human experience" as they say. A slow read due to the amount of information being given. I would also recommend watching the movie "Thrive" as a complement .. It gives a visual to the torus, chakras and energy fields Villoldo speaks of. Just got his next 8 books from the library.

  • Ron Campbell
    2019-05-29 12:47

    It is one of my favorite books on Shamanism.The book documents Dr. Alberto Villoldo's journey to locate the MIND. He first became a Brain Surgeon to look for the MIND. It was not until later that he turned to Shamanism in his search. He could not find the MIND anywhere in the physical body. In his search he finds a Peru Shaman that is willing to teach him but he had to find his teacher some decent new TEETH. It is a very human story with humor and serious life lessons. Where the teacher plays a trick on him and he gets back at his teacher by hiding the teacher's new false teeth. Having to deal with a drunk shaman. Another time his teacher sends him and another student to observe a elder that was on his death bed. When they returned to their teacher after observing the person passing from this physical world they discover that the spirit of the elder has followed them back to the teacher. The teacher is upset with his students and has to separate the Spirit of the elder from his students and send it on its proper path.A well written book with lots of lessons and is a joy to read. Well worth reading more than once.

  • ThePagemaster
    2019-06-16 12:24

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I borrowed it in the quest of shedding a bit of light on the chakra-system. I've always been a bit cynical to the concept of chakras since it is so widely availed by all these new ages hippies, who i will not comment further. Chakras is one of the book's central motifs. I have read 5-6 books on shamanism and never came across the term, but Villoldo claims that it is used by some shamanic tribes.The author studied anthropology and has subsequently lived with a bunch of indigenous tribes who practice shamanism in a way that one will probably not find in western civilization. I think of Carlos Castaneda, who also spent great stretches of time with accomplished medicine men and shamans. As such, Villoldo has first hand experience on the subject, which should be a prerequisite when writing a book of this sort.The book deals with the shamanic way of looking at things and explains some basic concepts for healing, as well as some of the author's personal methods. It also describes the process of performing healing rituals that some shamans use. It draws many parallels with physics as well as psychology, and contains many personal anectodes of spiritual experiences to make its points. I recall two points that captured my interest more than others. One being that psychology more often than not deals with identifying the causes of mental suffering, but doesn't do much to treat the problem at its roots. Psychology and the psychiatry is presented as being more interested in subduing the symptoms, whereas the shamanic perspective is more about healing the very core of the problem. The other point being that facts are not as important as we often make them out to be. One anecdote is followed by a passage explaining that wether or not the experience a person has actually happened in the factual sense is not crucial at all. Rather, the important thing is that the person BELIEVED it happened, making healing possible where otherwise it would not be. I also liked the concepts of the four winds and the concept of the snake, hummingbird, eagle, and jaguar. The Jaguar is presented as a recurring animal of spiritual power.The book is filled with terms such as chakras, energies, light bodies and so on. I get the impression that these things are just another way of describing what science could explain with other words. So the shamanic practice is, the way i perceived it, a language. Another way of looking at things, that may be more efficient for the human psyche. Clinical terms are dead and far from as exciting as the spiritual realms are. I cannot, however, avoid a certain level of skepticism here. All of the examples seem to be centered around a persons receptibility. If they believe something is possible, then that something could very well happen to them. If they were to use the most adamant of nihilists for shamanic healing, then perhaps not much could be done. Villoldo does imply that this is not the case, but that these practices can be dangerous because they can have consequences we as humans are not aware of. Most books on rituals and esoteric practices that I have read touch upon the risks of performing rituals without fully knowing what one is doing, and following all its steps.Regardless of which, i was never bored by reading the book. It doesn't dwell on one subject for too long, while at the same time, most concepts get a thorough description, and many times also has instructions for how to apply them in practice. Among the easiest is a method for "clearing one's perception" or something like that. It has to do with closing one's eyes and moving them about in different patterns and repeating the process once or twice. A simple process that doesn't take more than a minute at most. Anyone can try this.I think the rituals described in this book are best practiced by people who have years of experience with them, rather than being something to be "tried out". The common denominators seem to be great concentration and mental control, as well as believing it can work. The support for the claims are personal experience, and the experience of shamanic peoples. Which seems rather thin for me, being an academically inclined kind of person. Of course, shamanism isn't made out to be appropriately understood by facts. Much like music. Even Nietzsche thought of music as being something that cannot be measured, and trying to do so would make us miss the point. The shamanic way is expressed as a way of viewing the world that has been lost to modern man, and that to triumph in the spiritual realms, one must unlearn much of what has been learned during the course of one's life. In other words: the aspiring shamanic adept has a long way to go if he or she happens to be born in western civilization.The book ends with a rather beautiful passage concerning the subject of death. I think the author did a great job with this book. Detailed, but not too much so, thorough, easy to grasp, and never gets boring. The version i have is a little over 200 pages in length. I seem to enjoy books that are around 200 pages, since i usually finish them in 3 or 4 days from starting. I recommend this book to those who want to know more about the basic concepts of shamanism and chakras, though i feel that it is somewhat tainted by the author's own beliefs. I don't have a problem with that per se, but perhaps emphasizing that it is HIS way of viewing reality rather than some absolute truth a bit more could help. That is my opinion, of course. All in all, i think the book succeeds in doing what the author tried to do with it. It is not a necronomicon or a book of instructions. Rather, it is a summary of the most important concepts, beliefs and practices the author has learned during his extensive journey of the worldly and otherworldly dimensions. Maybe next time i'll read a book on astrology or something.3/5

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-16 12:31

    I got bogged-down in the middle of the book when he goes into detail about his practice - so thick with information, every sentence caused my brain to go off on a tangent and I would forget I was reading a book. It's also discussion of a practice - I'm told this is a text book for his students in The Light Body School too - meaning you'll never fully understand it until you begin to *practice* it.But it's worth the read and I can't wait to read this book again! Based in Incan Shamanism, the similarities to my own path learning the Apache made this a fascinating read for me.

  • Molly
    2019-06-13 08:24

    The first part of the book is fascinating. It's filled with ancient philosophies, personal stories of healing, and an introduction to shamanism. The second section is the 'how-to' section. I'm assuming that after reading this, some people will be inclined to try it and I'm also going to assume that the majority won't do it successfully. Therefore these chapters feel like a plug for his school, Healing the Light Body School, which the author mentions numerous times.

  • Chante
    2019-06-01 14:28

    I love this book. The teachings are profound and can be linked to all cultures. I am excited to practice the methods of self-healing and healing of others that are described in this book. Give it a try, read it and see if anything speaks to you.

  • Steven Myers
    2019-06-16 09:30

    Good overview of the author's experience in the mystic world and how they are validated through his training in anthropological psychology. Though the book can stand alone in its high-level instruction of some of the shamanic rites, the narrative piques curiosity into a fuller understanding of his exploration, discovery, and interpretation of events in his own biography. The combative marriage of his Western academic training with his exotic field experiences makes for an interesting read and entices the reader to seek out more accounts of his learning journey covered in other of the author's publications.

  • Jason Korthauer
    2019-05-30 06:39

    Still good 18 years laterI chose 5 stars to rate this book because it is true. The healing methods he describes are effective. The stories he tells are vivid, and the book is energetically active, you can feel him as well as the subjects of his stories transferring energy and love directly into you. I will now look up his more recent work. The only thing disappointing is that the training he offers so the West and the rest of the world can receive the teachings is cost prohibitive to many, as of now myself included.

  • Arun
    2019-06-11 09:47

    Beautifully written and work of a true shaman

  • Corey
    2019-06-06 09:48

    Interesting look at Peru indigenous practices and energy workof Shamans. Another look at preserving health through outlife.

  • Roberta Romero
    2019-06-11 09:44

    The book was recommended by a friend. After reading the book and taking it all in I came to the conclusion that like acupuncture (years back) only those few will go to a Shaman initially. Now acupuncture is used to treat many different ailments. In the same way visiting a Shaman will become more of the norm in the near future.The book is a good introduction to Shamanism. The fact that the author was a Ph.D with a very lucrative scientific career ahead of him makes it that more interesting to read his personal journey.Yes they do talk about ayahuasca but very briefly towards the end of the book. The book goes into detail on the 9 Chakras, yes 9 (the earth and sky chakras), the body's Luminous Energy Field (LEF) and the Illumination Process.He talks you through certain exercises. Quite a few things resonated with me personally and made me want to read further."..we live in a benign Universe that takes a personal interest in our wellbeing. Evil exists only in the hearts of men and women." - Alberto Villoldo

  • Larry Strattner
    2019-06-03 13:49

    A technical book about shamanistic method and practice. Interestingly detailed in its recounting of process.Villoldo is a classically trained medical anthropologist and brings a detailed procedural eye to some very ephemeral concepts.The reader may not succeed in using the text as a guide to self-train as a Shaman but there are a number of detailed explanations of practices the reader could experiment with to see what happens at the basic foundation of these ideas.I have substantial skepticism concerning these types of activities but it is obvious some of the basic tenets have weight. Many are worth consideration. Though I recommend this book one of the difficulties the reader will face is reconciling some philosophical underpinnings with what, in the west, we call 'science.' Most of 'western' culture resides more than a few steps away from the realm of mysticism.

  • Eden Clark
    2019-06-14 07:41

    Alberto Villoldo is one of my personal mentors and teachers, with whom I traveled down to the Amazon jungle and Peru with in years past. I read this book before studying with him, and it hooked me in to the world of the shaman, It is a great book, pairing anthropology concepts with the mythic world of the shaman, and how we have the ability to (rather quickly) heal our bodies on all levels - emotionally, mentally, and energetically. I since studied with his school, The Four Winds, which teaches in great depth (and way beyond!) the principles in this book. It was nothing short of life (and soul) changing with incredibly high integrity to being in service to others. I am forever grateful. Get this book if you want to dip a toe in to the work of shamans in a very relatable way.

  • Pat Collingwood-Ruppel
    2019-06-06 14:51

    I read this book about 10 years ago and it stirred my curiosity and desire to explore more of the ancient wisdom and shamanism. I haven't had the opportunity and, to be honest, the courage to pursue it as fully as I wanted. There is so much to learn with energy and this book takes you on Dr. Villoldo's personal journey of illumination with ancient healer sages in Peru. An inspiring and transforming read.

  • *elasticfate
    2019-06-01 14:48

    What I loved most were the journal entries from his shamanic initiations & personal journey. The instruction for the energy exercise - the illumination process, energy extraction, etc - is described in a very straight forward manner, though for me I have a hard time grasping these things in writing & prefer hands on learning. A really great perspective in shamanic only wish was that the entire book lived up to the many super strong & powerfully written parts.

  • Connie Howell
    2019-05-16 14:47

    This book is brilliant and consequently several years after reading it I embarked on Shamanic training with The Four Winds Society that was founded by Alberto. I travelled to Peru with a group organised by the four winds and was able to meet Alberto, the Qero shamans and experience their culture and the love the have for the new shamans from the west. The book is detailed and informative. Loved it.

  • Karen Carnabucci
    2019-05-26 13:42

    As part of researching my own book -- "Integrating Psychodramand and Systemic Constellation Work: New Directions for Action Methods, Mind-Body Therapies and Energy Healing" -- I spent a good amount of time researching indigenous ways of healing, past and present. Alberto Villoldo tells fascinating stories of healing according to the traditions of South American shamans.

  • Rose
    2019-06-05 13:40

    This author is the real thing, he has actually become and experienced what he is talking about with Shamanic healing, which to make simple in my view is chakra healing, or energetic healing with an accent on 'seeing' the energy fields. Still only part way thru, this book is most supportive for those on a healing path.

  • Sarah B.
    2019-05-24 08:36

    This book was recommended to me by a dear friend as I was starting to explore the beginnings a personal Shamanism practice. It provides insight and substance to the mysterious life of a Shaman based on ancient South American ritual. I heard Villoldo's invocation (pg 135) to create sacred space at a drum circle to practice journeying and thought it was absolutely perfect.

  • James Davis
    2019-05-23 13:45

    Great book that I first read in 2003. Interesting story of a Ph.D. studying the ways of the Peruvian Shamans. Western medicine has much to learn from these ancient techniques. Was even more interesting since I have visited Machu Pichu and other sites in the Sacred Valley of Peru since I first read this book.

  • Debra
    2019-06-16 06:30

    Of all the spiritual books on my shelf, this is the one I always return to when I need a "booster." I actually just ordered a new copy as the one I have has been read so many times the pages are falling out!

  • Joe Schirtzinger
    2019-05-30 10:25

    This book was highly important to me when I was first developing certain notions in metaphysics because Villoldo bridged the scientific and shamanic worlds in an easy to understand way. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking to understand a bit more about shamanism in general.

  • Justin
    2019-05-18 14:23

    I was expecting something more akin to Carlos Castañeda, this seemed more factual/travelogue-ish and less spiritual journey

  • Rachael
    2019-05-29 09:21

    Shamanic, great overview of key healing practices and some good exercises for a beginner

  • Sue Shipman
    2019-05-16 09:48

    If you have any curiousities about shamanism, read this clear and concise book.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-08 10:48

    Anything by this man is much free wisdom...thak you ancestors of light.