The mystery of shamans are explored and honored in this book by Alberto Villoldo, a seasoned medical anthropologist who has studied with native healers in South America for over 20 years. Beyond the distorted visions of shamans being witch doctors ... the book brings to light ancient beliefs and practices that were once the knowledge of the chosen few. Not only does it reveal new paradigms of intense healing but also a cultural renewal of aboriginal tribes whose survival and wisdom has been threatened by modern culture. Dr. Villoldo contributes both a healing perspective as well as a preservation of an ancient society.
I have been on my own personal journey for a few years now, searching for answers to a few key problems I had been experiencing for much of my life. Certainly I had been working diligently to work through my beliefs, thoughts and attitudes etc that I believed were holding me back. But after quite some time, I became frustrated that I had been unable to make a break through in areas related to my health and direction in life.
Just when I was about to give up, this book came along....
If you have taken part in visualisation exercises as I had, you might think you know what is going to happen when you follow the instructions in this book. However, it is likely that you will have an experience quite unlike anything you have had before!
The instructions in the book guide you through certain exercises which take you to various parts of yourself that cannot usually be accessed except via the shamanic journeying technique. Thankfully, the experience is described in an easy to understand manner and the concepts are further described by way of storey-telling to reinforce understanding.
The effects of working with this book are almost immediate. Health problems I have had for years evaporated within days of doing the exercises in this book. Other areas of my life cleared up almost as quickly. After wondering for 20 years what I was supposed to do with my life, I finally got my answer! So if you have some big challenges and are looking for a way to really make some inroads, try this book and see if it doesn't make a difference!