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 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.
Praise for Shaman, Healer, Sage
"At last a deeply committed seeker, scholar, and teacher has brought the rich legacy of Native America forward to take its rightful place among the world's great spiritual traditions."
-- Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., author of Radical Healing
"Weaving together his gifts as a storyteller and healer with his ability to share practical tools to incorporate into our lives, Villoldo assists us in finding spiritual methods that lead to our ultimate healing."
-- Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
"Laced with luminous tales of adventure, these field notes from a stream of Inkan wisdom kept alive in the Peruvian Andes are an invitation to realize truths of the spirit in the fabric of our own lives."
-- Martin Goodman, author of In Search of the Divine Mother
"A living blueprint of a body of knowledge, ancient and sacred. This book is a shaman's manual for practical work on the evolution of Being."
-- Heather Valencia, author of The Queen of Dreams
"A refreshing air of integrity. Villoldo has dedicated his life to centuries-old healing techniques, and we should all be thankful. Use this book to embark upon your own healing journey."
--Peg Jordan, author of The Fitness Instinct