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February, 2014


A New House Built on Dreams and Not Pain

Early trauma is commonly associated with social ills—from drug abuse and sexually risky behavior, psychological problems that range from depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia to deficits in attention and impulse control. Recent research shows that adverse childhood events can affect gene regulation and expression as long forgotten memories can remain etched in an individual’s luminous energy field (LEF) and the neural networks in the brain. Even experiences that occurred when an infant was still developing in the womb can affect the LEF and neural networks.

The LEF serves as a blueprint for what happens within the body. Disturbances in the energy can manifest as cancer, autoimmune disorders, pain, inflammation, or other imbalances and ailments. Neural networks act like blueprints as well, dictating the forms and structures of the psyche. The anger you feel in response to a missed airline flight or a perceived slight by a coworker may be very old anger that lays dormant in your neural networks and expresses itself in the present whenever it is triggered by an overly sensitive warning system for danger. The threat is not to your person but to your pride and sense of self. Yet you either shout like a ram attacking a rival head-on, or retreat with the intensity of a rabbit running from a coyote. Brooding, retreating, and scheming become art forms as you respond to life as if it had a personal vendetta against you. 

We all do this, although some of us develop better mechanisms of denial than others, a favorite being to blame our circumstances and other people. “If only he didn’t…If only she wasn't…If it weren’t for my terrible luck.” We write stories to support our sense of entitlement to jealousy, or resentment about the gap between what our lives were supposed to be and what they have become.

When neural networks determine your emotions and the thoughts that surround them, a mildly irritating situation that should frustrate you for only a few moments can become a source of rage and aggression, or fear and depression. Your future becomes dictated by the past as you become caught in the web of cause-and-effect. 

If you are to break free of suffering from the same old problems you’ve struggled with for years, many of your neural networks—the blueprints for structures of thought, feeling, and behavior—need to be replaced. But who will be the architect who draws up new blueprints? And will this architect maintain a fear-response system that serves you well in times of physical danger without constructing a palace of pain that traps you in old responses to new situations?

You have the capacity to choose a new destiny rather than the one dictated to you by the events of the past and the DNA you inherited from your parents, grandparents, and ancestors. You can begin to draw a new blueprint when you consciously recognize that you have been using one that no longer serves you. You begin sketching a new one, actually generating new structures in your brain, when you start detoxifying your body, your thoughts, and your emotions. The sketch is filled in further when you employ shamanic practices for communicating with the invisible world, the realm of all creation where every tool is available to you. The old habits and stories of persecution begin to fade as you draw new lines, imagine new rooms to inhabit, and conceive of an entirely new structure for your life. With the invisible realm of Spirit nurturing, guiding, and inspiring you, you feel confident in what you are building for yourself. 

A man I knew lived in a house that was built from a kit sold in a Sears Roebuck’s catalogue many decades ago. It was solid, small, and practical, and it suited him well. As the years went by and his circumstances changed, he outgrew the little home. Its charms were lost on him, and he longed for a house more appropriate for the life he was living and the life he wished to create. Should he find another home he would surely outgrow someday? Should he build a new one? And what if that one turned out to be unsuitable years later when his life changed again?

We live for a time here, and for a time there, letting go of the familiar and stepping into the unknown with faith and curiosity. We can learn to be like the hunters and gatherers of ancient times, the nomads who trusted in their abilities as builders, creators, planners, and dreamers. Their faith came from knowing they could rely on more than their wits or the structures created by those who came before them. They could speak with the force that moved the rivers and pushed the seedlings up through the soil. They could listen to the advice of the clouds and the sun, the tides and the herds, and find the wisdom at the intersection of the visible and the invisible. And on that spot, they could build a new home.

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Storming Heaven:
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Illumination: The Shaman's Way of Healing

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Light Body East - Wald-Michelbach, Germany - April 7-12, 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)

Light Body West - Wald-Michelbach, Germany - April 7-12, 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. (Read More)

Reading the Signs of Destiny - Wald-Michelbach, Germany - April 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)

Amazon One Spirit - Peru Expedition - April 20-27, 2014
Journey to the Amazon Rainforest with Marcela Lobos in a small off-the-catalogue, invitation-only experiential group that will explore the meeting between the jungle and western spiritual disciplines. 
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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)

Illumination: The Shaman's Way of Healing with Dr. Alberto Villoldo - Highland Park Country Club, Chicago - May 10, 2014
For shamans, illumination is not a far-fetched religious notion, but an experience available to all who learn to change the quality of their energy matrix. Illumination heals the emotional wounds that keep you locked in a cycle of self-inflicted suffering. (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)

Shaman Healer Sage - The documentary.
by Alberto Villoldo PhD 
Join Alberto as he takes us on his journey from anthropologist to Shaman. Filmed on location in the Amazon, the Andes, and Chile, Alberto tells for the first time of his initiation into the world of magic and healing of the ancient sages of the Americas. The documentary takes you from Machu Picchu to the Amazon jungle and into the ceremonies and rites of passage of the wisdom keepers, as Dr. Villoldo demonstrates in great detail the four great healing interventions of the Medicine Way. (Go to Store)


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