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“For I have ceased to exist, only you are here.”   –Rumi


Change holds danger, but also the potential for something new—and better—to be born.

In the West on the medicine wheel, we come to terms with the cycle of destruction and rebirth, the natural order of the universe. We grasp at a deep level that creative chaos can lead to greater harmony and balance.

Once we face our fear and experience the sense of loss and despair in every bone in our body, no longer denying it or running away from it, the fear dissipates. Then we can immerse ourselves in the chaos of creation, the primordial soup from which new life arises. There is no dipping a toe into the pool cautiously: total immersion is the only way to experience full initiation into a new stage of being and perceiving. Allowing ourselves to be truly terrified by the unknown, we can let go of the safety of the shore and plunge into unfamiliar waters, aware of the risks but excited by the possibilities.

Many of us hesitate to surrender fully to loving another because we fear losing the loved one. In my late 20s, after suffering what I called chronic heartbreak, I vowed never again to be involved in a deeply committed love relationship. The pain of losing the person I was so deeply attached to was too great to bear. And then, after a couple of emotionally barren years, I realized how futile my vow was. Love can’t be guaranteed.

One day, after reading a poem of Rumi’s, I decided to face my fear. Rumi said to his beloved, “For I have ceased to exist, only you are here.” This was the complete opposite of what I had sought in all my earlier relationships: my mantra then was “For you have ceased to exist, only I am here.” Gradually I began to understand, as Rumi did, that in reality all love is, at bottom, a longing for Spirit—for the true Beloved—and that my deepest fear was not of losing my partner but of never finding myself.*

This Valentine's Day, and every other day, may you have Love and Spirit.

Big Love,


          Alberto Villoldo
 

* Excerpt from One Spirit Medicine By Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.






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


Light Body South - Connecticut - February 22-27, 2015    
The anatomy and physiology of the Luminous Energy Field will be explored in-depth. Through the Illumination process, the core foundational healing practice of healing the light body, you will learn how to clear issues stored in the Luminous Energy Field… (Read More) 


Reading the Signs of Destiny - Joshua Tree, CA - March 22-27, 2015
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)


Light Body North - Joshua Tree, CA - March 22-27, 2015
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)


Walking with Protection - Joshua Tree, CA - March 27 - April 01, 2015
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. (Read more)


Light Body South - Joshua Tree, CA - March 27 - April 01, 2015    
The anatomy and physiology of the Luminous Energy Field will be explored in-depth. Through the Illumination process, the core foundational healing practice of healing the light body, you will learn how to clear issues stored in the Luminous Energy Field… (Read More) 


Munay-Ki - Joshua Tree, CA - March 27 - April 01, 2015
The prophecies of the ancient Americas speak about this time as a period of great transformation, a time to make an extraordinary difference in the world. They foretell of a new human appearing on the planet – a person of wisdom and power who lives free of fear and abides in their eternal nature, accepting stewardship for all creation. (Read More)


Light Body South - Wald-Michelbach, Germany - April 13-18, 2015
The anatomy and physiology of the Luminous Energy Field will be explored in-depth. Through the Illumination process, the core foundational healing practice of healing the light body, you will learn how to clear issues stored in the Luminous Energy Field… (Read More) 

Light Body North - Wald-Michelbach, Germany - April 13-18, 2015
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)


Reading the Signs of Destiny - Wald-Michelbach, Germany - April 19-24, 2015
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)

Light Body West - Omega, NY - May 03-08, 2015
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. (Read More)


Working with the Sacred - Omega, NY - May 03-08, 2014
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. (Read More)


Light Body East - Omega, NY - May 10-15, 2015
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)


Walking with Protection - Omega, NY - May 10-15, 2015
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. (Read more)


Light Body South - Miami, FL - May 17-22, 2015    
The anatomy and physiology of the Luminous Energy Field will be explored in-depth. Through the Illumination process, the core foundational healing practice of healing the light body, you will learn how to clear issues stored in the Luminous Energy Field… (Read More) 


Light Body South & West-Sacred Medicine - Los Lobos Monastery, Lodge & Spa, Chile - February 23-March 6, 2015
Learn how to create sacred space wherever you are, to empower yourself and bring healing to those around you. The anatomy and physiology of the Luminous Energy Field (LEF) will be explored in-depth. (Read More)


Light Body North & East-Sacred Medicine - Los Lobos Monastery, Lodge & Spa, Chile - March 9-20, 2015
In The Way of the Hummingbird, you study the shaman’s practice of Invisibility. Learn to step outside of linear time and into sacred time to heal the past and chart new destinies. Become self-referencing and assume the role of author of your own story. (Read More)



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