A Conversation with Alberto Villoldo

Enjoy this conversation with Alberto Villoldo, PhD about energy healing and his book, A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing.


Isn’t spirituality completely different from scientific fact?

Science is relatively new, while spirituality is very ancient. I discovered that what the spiritual traditions did was put an archaic language to what we describe today as neuroscience. However, what they refer to as “enlightenment” is optimal brain function—the ability to create psychosomatic health. Many people however, associate the term “enlightenment” with organized religion when in reality it’s available to all people of any belief.

What is a Luminous Body or Luminous Energy Field? Does everybody have one?

Yes, everyone has a Luminous Energy Field (LEF). The Luminous Energy Body/Field is an invisible matrix that informs the anatomy of the body. It contains a template of how we live, how we age, and how we might die.

When there is no imprint for disease in the LEF, recovery from illness happens quickly. By the same token, imprints for diseases can depress the immune system, and prolong recovery time during an illness. The good news is: When we erase the negative imprint that caused the onset of illness, the immune system can rapidly eradicate the disease.

The Luminous Energy Field is a reservoir of vital force— a sea of living energy as indispensable to our health as the oxygen and nutrients carried by the bloodstream. When the vital reserves in the LEF are depleted through illness, environmental pollutants or stress, we suffer disease. We can safeguard our health and vitality and extend our active, healthy years by replenishing this essential fuel.

How can people who don’t practice shamanic work get more in touch with their Luminous Body—and what are some of the benefits of that?

Detoxifying the body of toxins, heavy metals and negative perspectives will help prepare the brain for the healing of the light body. Many of these toxins are held in our fat cells – and the human brain is 75% fat. In the west we live with excessive
levels of stress, which cause the body to produce high levels of cortisol and adrenaline both of which negatively impact us and keep the body in a permanent state of fight or flight. With the dietary recommendations provided in One Spirit Medicine, any one of us can prepare to make a shamanic journey.

How can a shaman tell if something is “off” in a client’s LEF? Can anyone learn to see this?

Shamans learn to assess the quality of the LEF through a variety of techniques such as muscle testing, using a pendulum to check the chakras and tracking the client’s light body.who is knowledgeable and educated about natural remedies, for there are possible interactions with drugs. But when used properly, natural medicines are quite safe.

How would someone know if they need “energy healing”?

It is commonplace that when a person is in need and ready for healing of the light body, a shaman will appear in their lives. Signs of an energetic imbalance can range from physical to emotional distress or discomfort.


Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., is a psychologist, medical anthropologist, and prolific author who has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the US and Europe in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. In 2011 Villoldo produced the documentary Amazonia: Healing with Sacred Plants that focuses on the sacred plants of the Peru’s Amazon region, including the use of ayahuasca. He is the author of several books including Shaman, Healer, Sage. Visit him at www.albertovilloldophd.com.

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