Practicing Infinity

“The luminous body holds a template of our health. It encodes how we live, how we age, how we heal, and how we will die.” We were sitting on a rock in the foothills surrounding Cuzco. Antonio, my teacher, looked at me with dark, gentle eyes, like a father would look at a child. But […]

The Magic of Pisaq from Alberto Villoldo

The village of Pisaq is one of the first towns you reach as you travel over the pass to the Sacred Valley.  The village is known for its market that is open daily offering textiles, weavings, and handicrafts.  There is a beautiful tree in the central plaza called the Pisonay tree.  The Cathedral of Senor […]

Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being

An excerpt from Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream The World Into Being  by Alberto Villoldo, PhD. We are what we think. Everything we are arises from our thoughts. With our thinking we create the world. –Buddha Whether you realize it or not, we are all dreaming the world into being.  What we’re engaging in is not the […]

The Way of the Luminous Warrior: Practicing Fearlessness

”Making others wrong distracts us from the power we have to eliminate our own potential for being bullies and prevents us from accessing our creative, healing energy, which we can use to dream a better world.” Practicing fearlessness means that we first eliminate the poverty, terrorism, and war that rages inside of us. We eliminate […]

What’s Clogging Your Flow? – by Alberto Villoldo, PhD

Excerpted from Courageous Dreaming by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. Copyright ©2008  Stop seeing the world through gray-smudged glasses. Our lives are like flowing rivers: When we try to control their course, we merely flail about until we’re swept under the waters that are heavy with silt, which is the toxic residue of our psychological and karmic wounding. Having […]

Your New Brain

An excerpt from Alberto’s new book Power Up Your Brain, The Neuroscience of Enlightenment, with David Perlmutter, MD In the 17th century, James Ussher, Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, published a treatise that identified the date on which God created the world: the evening preceding Sunday, October 23, 4004 b.c.e. on […]

Hiking to Machu Picchu: Unforseen Encounters with Spirit

A memoir from Machu Picchu by Alberto Villoldo In those days, when I first traveled the Andes, the train to Machu Picchu from Cusco was so unreliable that you did not even bother to ask about the time of departure. You simply inquired at the station “Is the train leaving today?” It was easier to […]

The Ethics of the Visionary

We perpetuate our personal and cultural nightmares when we do not recognize our role in co-creating reality.  Our subconscious beliefs, which are often rooted in fear, create self-fulfilling prophecies.  To become the Visionary we must shed the expectations of our cultural nightmare, or we will manifest the same wounds again and again. Sometimes we are […]

The Art of Divination

When you don’t know where you are going, any path will get you there.  For the Shaman, practicing divination is one of the keys to envisioning the world we choose into being. When we practice divination, or the act of seeing, we are participating with the divine in creation. Our task is to learn to […]

The Beauty and Mystery of Machu Picchu

No trip to Peru is complete without a trip to Machu Picchu. In our yearly Peru expeditions, we include Machu Picchu as an optional day excursion, but we strongly encourage you to explore this sacred site!  When it was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu was covered by jungle plant life. Archaeologists from […]