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April, 2014

New Winds Blowing;
Cognitive Resonance;
Deferred Maintenance

By Susan Imperial

Early in 2007 while in California for a weekend, I was drawn to yet another of the amenities that Harbin Hot Springs offers in addition to its waters:  an intimate movie screening room with large pillows for seating.  The title of the film caught my eye: “Healing the Light Body.”  I was intrigued.

The simple film featured a very engaging and eloquent description by Alberto Villoldo, Ph. D., of the “light body” or energy field that surrounds the human body, and the seminal role it plays with regard to trauma, illness and disease.  Moreover, the discussion of the light body and the chakra system also encompassed an introduction to shamanism, the world which mediates between the spirit realm and the physical.  I was not only completely fascinated, but the message of the movie hit my gut with such cognitive resonance, that I knew in that moment my life would turn in a different direction.

Millions of people before me in this world have long known of the energy body and the shamanic world.  But this was my “a-ha” moment.  Apparently this student was ready when the teaching appeared.

The ending credits of the movie featured information on books by Villoldo, as well as about The Four Winds Society.  Days later I purchased “Shaman, Healer, Sage,” a fascinating account of Alberto’s travels and training with the Inka shamans in the ways of energy medicine and healing techniques.

There are many gateways and paths into the world of energy medicine.  Villoldo’s film and book just happened to be mine.

Finishing my read of “Shaman, Healer, Sage” only stoked my curiosity and resolve to learn more and to be the beneficiary of such healing.  I found a Four Winds practitioner and attended several sessions with him.  It was just the beginning of my journey.

That fall, I attended the first of many classes I would take with the Four Winds Society over the next two years.  The Light Body School work engaged me in rites, initiations and healing techniques with a community of interesting and amazing people, all with their own life stories and aspirations for healing and being of service to others.

I found the Four Winds processes transformative.  They catalyzed my release from oppressive paradigms and limiting belief systems that I held in my mind and my body, but that were not of my own choosing.  My Four Winds experience was a convergence of energy, quantum reality, and spirit, held in the sacred vessel of Inka shamanism.  It was also a springboard to further exploration into a vast array of energetic healing modalities, as well as the beauty and power of indigenous cultures which are directly connected to spirit and nature without the mediation of “religion” and its attendant human obstruction and distortion.

I now move through this world with a vastly greater consciousness of my free will and a deeper awareness of the power and consequence of my choices.  Moreover, I embrace my connection to the natural world – the world of animals, plants, and the cosmos – in unprecedented fashion.

This journey, while empowering and expansive, has also been challenging.  Relationships have changed, and sometimes ended.  Yet new relationships have also begun and been made possible.  When I feel negative emotions, they are now a call to look inward, as opposed to laying blame with someone or something else.

One of the most significant realizations I have come to is that in our Western culture, there exists an untold reality of what I term “deferred maintenance.”  While some would argue in support of the redemptive value of religion, I have come to my own perception that the paradigm of duality (the basis of most religions, if not all) is fundamentally disempowering; suppressing and aborting the widespread practice of effective energetic healing modalities for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years in Western/Judeo-Christian culture.  The level of energetic toxicity, blockage, and imbalance has reached untenable heights, as reflected in our bodies and in our world.

Thankfully, this tide is now turning.  Particularly over the past 30 years and crescendoeing now, the West is embracing the treasures of indigenous and mystic wisdom that had previously been kept hidden and almost destroyed.
These are big statements, I know. And I am happy to make them.

Susan Imperial

Exciting Events with Alberto

Join Alberto this spring for a live event! This May Alberto will be speaking in several locations. Don't miss an opportunity to spend an evening or attend a weekend workshop.

May 2 - 4   Rhinebeck, NY  
Storming Heaven:
The Techniques of Shamanic Ecstasy

May 10   Chicago, IL   
Illumination: The Shaman's Way of Healing

May 16  Open Center, NYC  
Shaman, Healer, Sage

May 17  Open Center, NYC  
Storming Heaven:
The Techniques of Shamanic Ecstasy

Upcoming classes and events to begin
the journey
and continue your education. 

Light Body West - Omega, NY - May 4-9, 2014
Just as the jaguar has no predators in the jungle, learn to have no enemies in this world or beyond.  Leave behind the traditional archetype of the violent warrior and step into the shoes of the luminous warrior, who speaks only truth, walks truth, and calls truth. Break free from the grip of fear and prepare to journey beyond death.
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Light Body East - Omega, NY, May 4-9, 2014
Take a giant leap of faith.  Come and be kicked out of the nest by Great Eagle so that you can spread your wings, soaring high above the world.  Forget the minute details of your life and your old identifications, and let yourself see everything from a greater perspective. (Read More)

Working with The Sacred - Omega NY, May 11-16, 2014
In Working with the Sacred, you will learn what makes people “stuck” on the level of the soul.  By working in ceremony, you will acquire valuable tools which allow you to honor what shows up on the mythic level, including the seemingly “negative” elements, so that you can bring healing, transformation, and balance to every situation and every encounter. 
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Walking with Protection - Omega NY, May 11-16, 2014
In Walking with Protection, you will have a chance to experience the power force of your intent.  You will also see and experience what distinguishes a shaman from a sorcerer, and come to understand the high level of integrity and ethics that come with stepping into the role of the shaman. 
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Mastery of Time - Joshua Tree, California - June 17-22, 2014
Mastery of Time has always been an advanced practice for the shamans of our lineage.  Now it is also one of our most popular master level trainings. (Read More)

Via Illuminata, Peru’s Sacred Valley - July 13-25, 2014 
Come respond to your soul’s calling and explore a spiritual retreat to Peru’s Sacred Valley. Your trip is personal. You align with who you are becoming through sacred ceremony on ancient sites such as Tambomachay, Pisaq, Quillarumiyoc, Ollantaytambo, Moray and Sacsayhuaman. You are held in community and have the opportunity to connect with like-minded journeyers. (Read More)

Light Body North - Omega NY - October 5-10, 2014
Just as a hummingbird makes the seemingly impossible migration from Canada all the way to Brazil, we too can embark on the epic mythic journey when Spirit calls.  Although we don’t know where we’re going or how we’ll get there, we will learn how to follow the soul’s guidance to the sweetest nectar to sustain us on our way. (Read More)

Rites and Initiations - Omega NY - October 12-17, 2014
Learn the passages that mark puberty, womanhood, manhood, and our sage years.  Explore the great initiations of shamanism.Journey through the Medicine Wheel as you revisit each transmission of energy in the classic form. Let the language of the Laika flow through you… (Read More)

Reading the Signs of Destiny - Omega, NY - October 12-17, 2014
Learn to recognize and align yourself with the signs provided by nature, randomness, and chance events. As you study the art of shamanic seeing and perceive the world of energy, you heed the cautions and seize the opportunities that Spirit offers you. (Read More)

Dying Consciously the Greatest Journey: Teacher’s Training - Joshua Tree, CA - October 17-19th, 2014
Death is the ultimate journey of liberation. We want to complete our unfinished business and be prepared to go on our greatest journey into infinity. We want to take the steps to journey home as cleanly as possible. Ancient teachings show us the way, describing the terrain and giving directions. In western culture there are not many teachings for after we die. (Read More)

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Join us in Peru for a unique opportunity to experience this diverse land of jungles and high sacred mountains while delving deeply into the roots of an ancient lineage of medicine men and women.


Via Illuminata
On the Via Illuminata you will find yourself participating in age-old rites and ceremonies, with Laika shamans at ancient archeological sites. (Read More)


Lake Titicaca Expedition
Journey to Lake Titicaca, the source and origin of the Inka, as you are surrounded by Islands virtually undisturbed since Inka times.  (Read More)

The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet
Mark Hyman, MD
In a test a year ago, more than 600 people used this diet for 10 days and lost, as a group, 4,089 pounds. They also reduced all symptoms from all diseases by 62%. They slept better, their minds cleared and a variety of chronic conditions vanished. With this book, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, you can lose 10 pounds in ten days, and that’s only the beginning of the health benefits you’ll experience. The secret? Eating very specific real, whole, fresh delicious foods that will reset your body’s metabolism, hormones and brain chemistry. (Order here)


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