Waking from a Bad Dream
A preview of Dr. Alberto Villoldo's upcoming book,
The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior

We spend the first nine months of our life dreaming in our mother's womb. If mom's pregnancy went well, if she had a partner who made her feel safe and loved, we had good dreams. But many of us were born into families that did not feel safe. As a result, we grew up in a nightmare home with no apparent way out.
Western psychology notes how important it is to reconcile ourselves with our childhood and family of origin. How do we forgive an abusive parent, or understand an alcoholic mother? How do we turn the nightmare of a lousy childhood into valuable lessons and forgiveness?
The psychology of the shamans is different. It asks why you chose that family you were born into, and what are the lessons that you came to learn from your parents. Shamans would explain that there are no accidents. That you should practice gratitude for the great (and often painful) lessons you were offered, and that you really should not have been born in your best friend's home, the one with the good parents. Eagles, they would say, are not born in serpent nests.
Even though the events of our childhood were absolutely and painfully real, they were not necessarily true. They are a bad dream. In the same way that a mother shakes her son awake from a nightmare, telling the boy that it was just a bad dream, we can learn to wake up and transform both the sleeping and the waking nightmare into something better.
Think about how quickly a nighttime dream can change, how one moment you can be at the beach and the next you are walking through a green meadow in the mountains. We have the ability to change the waking dreams just as quickly, but only when we realize that they are no more true than the sleeping dreams. I know this is a big bite of alternative reality that I am asking you to chew and swallow. After all, if it's so easy, why can't we change the war in the Middle East, or the violence in America, simply by dreaming it differently? The answer is we can, but enough of us have to be holding the new dream of peace.
If the waking dream we are living no longer suits us, we can exchange it for a better one. We know how to wake up and transform the dream, but to do this we first have to find ourselves in the dream. We need to hold a clear mirror up to our face to show us a true reflection of who we are, so we can find ourselves within the dream. Then we can wake up and discover the sacred dream that gives greater significance to our lives.
In The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior, Dr. Villoldo describes the sacred dream─a powerful vision that has the potential to guide us to our purpose and show us our place in the universe.
The Heart of the Shaman is currently available for preorder at Amazon. The book's release date is July 31, 2018.

Are you ready to awaken your power to help yourself and others become whole?
Become an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Health Coach this summer, and devote your talents and skills to making our world a better place. Join us in Germany and receive your training amidst a stunning landscape of mountains, forests, lakes and rivers.
This program is fully bilingual, English-German
July 7-August 3, 2018 - Germany

Explore sacred temples in the clouds, come into harmony with the original sound of the Universe, and journey in ceremony to Mt. Pachatusan, the legendary protector of the wisdom of the Earthkeepers.
Special Retreats in 2018!
Join us for a very special Grow a New Body program at Villa La Tourelle, located in the heart of the Côtes-du-Rhône wine region, in Provence, one of France's most beautiful provinces. In this week of renewal we will work with detoxifying the body, and will have optional heavy metal detox.
August 23-30, 2018 - France
Host: Dr. Alberto Villoldo with Petra Kscheschinski and Q'ero shamans
Take a break from your busy life to bring forth that writing or artistic project that has been calling to you. Enjoy inspiring views, breathtaking sunsets, and a special menu of gourmet organic meals to detox and bring clarity of mind. Evening sessions by the fireplace to share and review our work.
September 3-15, 2018
Host: Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Discover your true beauty, inner wisdom, fierce wildness, and feminine mystery. Bring to life each of the 10 Tantric Wisdom Goddesses through embodied exercises, meditation, and sacred rituals. Tap into the endless transformational well of igniting and harnessing our sexual energy.
September 23-October 4, 2018
Hosts: Marcela Lobos and Monika Nataraj
Open to all women
Journey deeper into the mythic realms of shamanic teaching this fall!

October 15-19, 2018 - New York
Advanced Soul and Destiny Retrieval with Lynn Berryhill 
October 21-26 - New York
October 26-28, 2018 - New York
Advanced Journeying with Lynn Berryhill
October 28-31, 2018 - New York

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