Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas by Alberto VilloldoAlberto 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 Villoldos 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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I recently had the opportunity to meet Mother Ayahuasca in Peru; you may have heard of her since she is calling to more and more people in the West. While shamans use it mainly to communicate with nature and to heal others, westerners are usually looking for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and awakening. Many say one session of Ayahuasca is as good as one year of therapy some go as far as saying ten and even cancer, HIV, chronic depressions and drug addictions are said to be treatable with it. You can find Ayahuasca outside of Peru but it is such a powerful plant and alters your state of mind in ways you might not understand. Between the numbers of charlatans rising along with the numbers of Ayahuasca-tourists coming to Peru and excessive retreats catering to every whim a spoiled westerner could come up with, we were lucky to find a really good place. We found an experienced shaman, basic accommodation in the middle of the jungle and not too many other people at the same time.
It might have come to your attention that these days a lot of people are interested in shamanism. Yes to that. But how to know a bona fide shaman—one who acts as an intermediary between this world and the spirit world, using energy and the elements to heal at the deepest level—when one appears in front of you? Sad to say, with popularity comes market forces. But how can you spot the difference? Hopefully this guide can help. A shaman generally prefers the outside world to not know that they are a shaman and therefore, will not have long hair, or be wearing the robes and headdress you were expecting.
In the previous article, The Role of an Authentic Teacher , we introduced some thoughts about the nature of the authentic shamanic teacher, allowing us to share a few insights for those who are looking for a shamanic teacher, as well as those who feel drawn to become shamanic teachers themselves. In doing so, we are speaking from over 27 years of apprenticeship in this timeless tradition, a period during which we have studied with many teachers in the outer world, both Western and Indigenous, as well as with our own inner teachers in spirit. Under their wise tutelage, we practiced the shaman's craft for more than 12 years before we became shamanic teachers ourselves. At that point in our lives, we did not simply create workshops based on what we had been taught and then start marketing them to our community, proclaiming ourselves as shamanic practitioners and teachers. Rather, members of our community, hearing or knowing of our interests by word of mouth, began to ask us to speak at gatherings.
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About Shamanic Teachers. Some of you will use the practice of shamanism only for your own personal healing, growth and evolution. After extensive practice, some of you will be guided to pursue shamanic work for helping others in your community and in your work to help the planet. I feel the times we live in call for our communities to be seeded with well-trained shamanic teachers. It is time for us to bring the practice of shamanism back into our communities and make the work available to those who wish to learn more about how this ancient and universal spiritual practice can be bridged and integrated into our lives. This website is designed to help you find a shamanic teacher in your area who can teach you basic and advanced shamanic skills. This website lists a wealth of teachers who have been trained to teach shamanic healing methods to heal individuals and the environment.