A Shaman's Miraculous Tools for Healing
Alberto Villoldo's new book offers a rare glimpse into the practice
of shamanic energy medicine
We all know people who have received a dire medical diagnosis. Perhaps we have had this experience ourselves. One response is to look for a miracle, willing the threatening illness to disappear. What we get instead in western medicine are drugs and invasive surgeries - often with serious side effects. However, there is another way.
On the heels of his national bestselling One Spirit Medicine, published earlier this year, psychologist and medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo offers a rare glimpse into the mysteries of shamanic energy medicine. A Shaman's Miraculous Tools for Healing shares twelve stories of desperate clients who stepped outside their comfort zone and gained far more than they bargained for.
Each chapter alternates observations and treatment notes by Alberto with the first-person account of each individual, as told to co-author Anne O'Neil. The clients reached out to Alberto for a variety of physical, mental and emotional ailments, and the treatments he applied demonstrate different aspects of energy medicine. During private sessions, clients are taken on healing journeys unknown to modern science. The outcomes not only improve their health but also heal their souls and point them toward their destiny.
Villoldo learned the ancient wisdom and healing practices of the shamans while living with the wise men and women of the Amazon and Andes. At their request, he eventually translated these traditions - dating back some 50,000 years - into contemporary healing techniques that transform the body, heal the soul and change the way we live and die.
His Light Body School has trained thousands of modern-day shamans in the mystical practices that focus on the Luminous Energy Field (LEF). Sometimes called an aura, or halo, the LEF surrounds our bodies and contains the blueprint for our state of health and wellbeing. It also holds imprints of our personal and ancestral traumas and memories which we carry throughout different lifetimes. If not healed, these disturbances grow, eventually manifesting in the physical body. Treating the illness with drugs and surgery may alleviate symptoms, but true healing comes only through treatment of the Luminous Energy Field.
In A Shaman's Miraculous Tools for Healing, Alberto eloquently describes how he enters the non-physical world to transform the energies encoded in the LEF: "I brought to my clients the energies and insights they needed to begin their healing journeys and, along the way, each of these men and women taught me valuable lessons about the nature of healing, deepening my awe at the elegant dance between ourselves and Spirit." One of the stories in the book is that of his own life-threatening medical crisis, his journey for answers within his soul and eventual full recovery.
A Shaman's Miraculous Tools for Healing is ultimately about people realizing their own truth. When they embrace shamanic energy medicine, they begin a journey of healing and self-discovery - one they eventually understand they had always been seeking. In the end, these individuals came to know their authentic selves, and this realignment of body and soul resolved much of their original health crises and enabled them to change their lives.
Published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company, A Shaman's Miraculous Tools for Healing will be available November 1, 2015.