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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A Q&A with Dr. Susan Allison, author of “You Don’t Have to Die to Go to Heaven”

What inspired you to write this book?9781578635887

This latest book is a culmination of twenty years of shamanic journey
work, including teaching individual clients and groups how to go into trance and travel to spirit worlds. I always want to empower readers and in this book anyone can learn how to visit spirit worlds and bring back insights that can transform their lives. I also want to help people to no longer fear death or worry where their departed loved ones have gone. It is a mission of mine to change the way we as a culture view life and death.

What is shamanic journeywork and what are the levels of the spirit worlds?

I define shamanic journey as travel in an altered trance state from this world of ordinary reality to alternative worlds that are non-ordinary. In other words, shamanic journey is spirit travel to other dimensions of reality. The shaman or shamanic practitioner can go into a deep trance state usually by listening to a rattle or a drum. Then they dissociate from their own body and physical reality and journey into an alternate reality that the shaman calls the spirit world. These alternate realities are often called the lower world, the middle world and the upper world, and in each realm the person journeying can engage with spirit beings such as totem animals, spirit allies and higher beings like angels, soul family members and divine teachers.

What is the purpose of doing shamanic journeywork and going to spirit worlds?

For centuries shamans have been going into trance and journeying on behalf of their tribes, meeting with spirit helpers in alternate realities and bringing back information and ways to heal the sick, find food and water, and solve dilemmas within the community. The shaman also augmented his or her own power and did this as well for those who were ill. Today, the average person can learn how to do shamanic journey, usually for personal transformation and to help others. The purpose is similar to the goals of ancient peoples: to ask for wisdom from spirit allies in order to improve one’s life and the lives of one’s fellows.

Why did you write the early chapters about animal helpers in a lower world and spirit allies in a middle world? Why not just write about the upper worlds and a level of heaven?

It’s very important that readers practice doing shamanic journey to the other worlds first in order to invite power animals and spirit helpers to support them in their many journeys. Traveling to the upper worlds is much easier and more fulfilling when readers have animals to carry them and allies to accompany them on their quests. Also, it is helpful to understand the context of journey work in the earlier chapters as well as mythological and cultural information such as the history of The Tree of Life and Jacob’s Ladder before spirit traveling to upper realms.

What qualifies you to write this text?

I have been actively involved in shamanic community since 1993, studying with four major shamans, Michael Harner, Alberto Villoldo, Brant Secunda and Hank Wesselman, doing two vision quests and immersing myself in Plains Indian tradition. I am a shamanic practitioner and use journeywork with most of my clients, teaching them to travel to spirit worlds and even to journey into the world of their own bodies and minds. As a lifelong student of meditation, an ordained minister and energy healer, a hypnotherapist and transpersonal psychologist, shamanism is an additional tool I use for my own growth and transformation for individual clients and groups.

You have said there is no death and we are all immortal. How do you know?

For over two decades I have been going into trance and spirit traveling to alternate realities, to worlds beyond this one. All this time I’ve known that we are souls having a physical experience on earth, and this has especially been proven to me this year after my husband’s transition. Now that Tom is a spirit without a body, I still feel his energy, hear him speak to me and see him in what I call a level of heaven. He looks radiant and full of light, with a youthful, muscular body, long dark hair and a vibrant energy. I can visit him anytime I wish and we meet beyond the sun in heaven, on a white sand beach to the right of a Greek temple where my soul family and divine teachers are. My husband is there with my parents, and Jesus and other guides also share their wisdom with me. Through direct experience of the divine, I know for a fact that there is no death for us as souls; we are immortal.

What is some of the wisdom that your own spirit allies have shared with you?

Every journey is unique and each visit to a spirit world offers different insights. In general, my spirit helpers are always honest and positive. They often tell me that I am on the right track and they are proud of me. At times they share more specific input, whether about my relationships or my work, my health or my spiritual practice. They will tell me if I am not journeying often enough, and when I show up, there are weeds in my sacred place or no helper is there. My allies have helped me to become a much better person through adventures, tests and experiences that show me what I must change and who I need to become. Once when I was being bossy and demanding, one of my animal helpers dropped me into a rushing river. He also left me in his nest to think about my behavior and finally returned and asked, “Are you teachable? Are you ready now?” Very humbly, I answered, “Yes.”

What do you mean by the title of the last chapter, “Bringing Heaven Home?”

The final chapter is about how to use all the insights from the previous chapters to improve one’s life here. It invites readers to look at all the journeys and all the guidance by spirit helpers and apply these teachings to specific areas in the real world such as: healing past life issues, relationships, spiritual practice, self-care, health, professional life, creative expression, leisure and service. The chapter offers readers a way of creating heaven on earth, of establishing a plan to increase the joy, love, passion and purpose of one’s life, letting go of what no longer serves, and embracing what is truly the soul’s calling.

Click here for more information on You Don’t Have to Die to Go to Heaven.

Our December Titles Are Here!

The last month of 2015 – where did this year go?! It seems like just yesterday we were entering a new year! We hope you enjoy your December! Happy Holidays!

Without further ado, our December titles.


Not Afraid – Daniele Bolelli

“The honest and auntenticity in Daniele’s writing is truly inspirational.”- AJ Hawk, 2011 Super Bowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers

“Not Afraid is an adventure story of the truest, deepest sort. You’ve never read a story like this or known a man like this. I recommend both without hesitation.”- Chris Ryan, the New York Times bestselling author of Sex at Dawn

9781938875137This book is a meditation on facing fear, heartbreak, and mortality. In his own irreverent and inimitable style, Daniele Bolelli tells the story of his courtship and marriage, which would have been a sweet story had not all hell broken loose. Or as he puts it, “Hell was a ninja who entered my house without being seen. It all began in such an unremarkable way that it barely registered as anything meaningful. Little did I know that the experiences of the next five months would rip me apart and kill me. They would re-forge me into a different man. On that day, I became an unwilling traveler on a journey through the heart of fear. Every step along the way has forced me to face my fears time and time again.”

It is the story of a man who in rapid succession has his wife die in his arms, loses his house and his job, and is left to care for his 19-month old daughter. Oddly enough, the best tools for coping with all of this were those he learned in more than two decades of martial arts practice. Not Afraid tackles this extremely heavy subject matter in a light-hearted style and with an attitude that acknowledges pain and suffering but denies them dominion over one’s life.

(Disinformation Books)


You Don’t Have to Die to Go to Heaven – Susan Allison, PhD

“An increasing body of evidence suggests that the survival of consciousness following bodily death is real, and that it is possible to have a preview of what lies ahead. In You Don’t Have to Die to Go to Heaven, Susan Allison shows how.” —Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters

9781578635887What if we really didn’t have to die to go to heaven? What if we could prove to ourselves through direct experience that spirit worlds exist, that there is no death, that we all are immortal, and that our departed loved ones are fine? We can and they are.

Dr. Susan Allison shows us how in this breakthrough book. She teaches how to go into shamanic trance and spirit travel to other realms to meet animal helpers, spirit allies, and gurus, divine teachers and loved ones. Using the information in this book, you’ll meet and connect or reconnect with your soul tribe. We can overcome our fear of death and feel comfort in knowing where our departed loved ones have gone. No one needs to wait to have a near-death experience before visiting a level of heaven; everyone can go now, meet with spirit allies, guides, and teachers and transform their lives.

(Weiser Books)


The Book of Practical Candle Magic – Leo Vinci

9781578635788Candle magic is a simple but effective magical technique, involving a minimum of equipment and experience. In this complete manual are instructions for making, dressing, and anointing candles and for using them in a variety of rituals—attraction, banishment, peace and contemplation, and the Mystical Novena.

The Book of Practical Candle Magic, written by an experienced occultist, offers expert guidance on a fascinating aspect of magical theory and includes a historical survey of the candle in religion and folklore as well as essential information on color symbolism, angelic signatures, planetary signs, and zodiacal correspondences.

(Weiser Books)


 

Our November Titles Are Here!

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is just a couple of months away from being over! Does anyone else feel like this year flew by? We have three great titles out this month and we hope you enjoy them!


A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing – Alberto Villoldo, PhD with Anne E. O’Neill

“Dr. Alberto Villoldo has done it again by demystifying profound age-old wisdom in 12 stories of personal transformation and growth. A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing describes how a shaman utilizes energy medicine practices such as illumination, soul retrieval, and extractions to create the proper energetic conditions for health. Read and learn.” —Joe Dispenza, DC, author of New York Timesbestseller You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter, and Breaking the Habit Of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

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One of the pioneers in the areas of energy healing and shamanism recounts twelve stories of miraculous healings; twelve stories in which, through the use of shamanic energetic techniques, people experience extraordinary physical and emotional healings.

Meet a dancer who could barely walk until a series of sessions with Villoldo, a business woman who is freed from headaches and discovers the benefits of an integrated interior life, and a young woman who confronts her past and recovers from crippling depression. Each of these stories is rooted in Villoldo’s experience as a healer, a traditional mental health professional, and a devotee of indigenous wisdom and lore from around the world. Villoldo has devoted 25 years of study to the healing practices of the Amazon and Andean shamans. By learning the ancient Shaman wisdoms from Villoldo, you can heal disease, eliminate emotional suffering, and even grow new bodies that age and heal differently. The stories in this book are amazing and inspiring.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


Being Present – David Kundtz

“Whether you’re already well versed in the practice of mindfulness or just beginning to explore its treasures, this unassuming little book holds a wealth of information. Distributed through the year, one day at a time, the insight, patience, and direction which Kundtz shares is powerful.” –Anna JedrziewskiRetailing Insights

9781573246446This is a simple book, meant to make your life more peaceful, more rewarding, and more awakened. It has one purpose: to give readers an opportunity to be in the moment once a day, every day.

Longtime therapist and meditator David Kundtz gives you permission not to fret about whether you’re getting your meditation practice right or not. It’s right. The whole purpose of your meditation is to show up as awake and aware as possible to your everyday life. He reminds us that the reason to meditate is not simply to experience the peaceful moments of the meditation time, but also to maintain the focus, awareness, and equanimity that you need for getting through stressful situations. You become a more mindful person.

In Being Present, Kundtz guides us through the seasons of a year—and the seasons of a life—drawing inspiration from poets and scientists, spiritual teachers and children, butterflies and big cities. Each day is a surprise that helps readers to find their own moments in surprising ways.

(Conari Press)


Levitation – Steve Richards

Levitation—is it possible? Can human beings really leave the ground through the power of the 9781578635795mind alone? How can this extraordinary defiance of gravitational force be induced at will? These are some of the questions answered in this startling book that lays bare the occult meditational techniques by which the mind can lift the body off the ground.

This book gives you the facts, the history, the controversies, the theories, and, above all, the centuries old secrets of levitation that have remained in the hands of a few adepts—until now. It is an essential guide for anyone interested in the power of the mind, the legends of the East, Transcendental Meditation, the occult, and metaphysical practices.

(Weiser Books)


 

Our July Titles Are Here!

We have officially passed the halfway mark for 2014, and are enjoying our summer. We hope you are too! Of course, what makes summer even better? A good book! Here are our July titles.


A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools 9781578635573

Evelyn Rysdyk

In this beautifully illustrated guide, artist and shamanic teacher Evelyn C. Rysdyk shows you how to create, decorate, consecrate, and use various sacred tools in ritual and healing.

Navaho traditional healers bring rattles, corn pollen, eagle feathers, and sage smoke together with songs and dances to affect healing. Ulchi shamans use drums, rattles, and larch tree wands called gimsacha to work healing magic. Manchu shamans will perfume the air with incense and tie on a heavy bustle of iron jingles as a part of their ceremonial costume. Modern shamanic practitioners likewise use sacred tools to facilitate our connection to helper spirits in the Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds, as well as the spirits of nature. While you can purchase many of these tools, there’s nothing quite as powerful as making your own. You’ll find instructions for making rattles, drums, masks, mirrors, spirit figures, fans, bells, pouches, wands, prayer bundles, flutes, whistles, and more. Plus suggestions for responsible ways to obtain the materials you’ll need.

The author’s original artwork and photographs of shamans and their authentic tools appear throughout the book.

(Weiser Books)


9781578635580 The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
Nyanaponika Thera

This is a classic text on the essence of Buddhist meditation. It is an excellent, in-depth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits. It includes a concise explanation of clear comprehension, which is the kind of mindfulness you use in the course of your daily life. It also presents an easily understandable explanation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

This new edition includes an introduction from noted author and teacher Sylvia Boorstein.

Although the Buddha lived over 2500 years ago, his teachings on meditation are among the most effective methods for healing the pain of grief, finding inner peace, and overcoming the sense of dislocation caused by living in the 21st century. Mindfulness is a method not only for committed Buddhists. It is for everyone interested in mastering the mind.

(Weiser Books)