Discover Your True Luminous Self
Excerpted from Dr. Alberto Villoldo's upcoming book,
I am.
 
These are two of the most powerful words in our language. Whatever words we place after these two words shapes our reality for the entire day, and sometimes for the rest of our lives.
 
The first time you experience your "I am" is when you learn your name.
 
For a long time, I introduced myself as "I am Alberto," instead of saying "My name is Alberto." I believed I was my name, which was also my grandfather's name; it was the extension of the story of my family. What I knew about our family history revealed that we were pirates and highwaymen, with an occasional slave owner and merchant on our family tree─not much to look up to, really.
 
When you say, "I am <your name here>," you rouse the spells of your ancestors. Some of these spells are about your health and how you will live and how you will die. When you go to your doctor, she asks what your parents died from. Breast cancer, heart disease, dementia─she tells you that your destiny has been cast, that it is written in your family genetics. When you go to the therapist, she shows you that the stories that run in your family leap from one generation to the next, until you become just like the mother or father you vowed you would never become.
 
If you live long enough, you will get to ask the question "Who am I?"
 
It is a terrible question, because it launches you on a journey into places and experiences that are unknown. You realize that you are not your name, that you are not your family, that you are not your job, or any of your myriad roles in your life. That you hate Brussels sprouts and love the opera is not, I repeat not, who you are. Until you begin to transform the dream of security, you do not have the foggiest idea of who you really are.
 
But ask the question; this is a step in the right direction.
 
When my father was in his seventies he called early one morning and said to me, "Alberto, I have been living someone else's life. I have tried to be a good husband, a good provider, a good person. But I have no idea whose life I have been living." And for the next few years after he asked himself that question, he lived his own life until he died. I like to think that my father died at the age of five, but it was a well-lived five years.
 
After you spend a long time discovering that you can't be defined by your name or by your nationality or by your gender─that all of these are real but not intrinsically true─you begin to understand that what you thought was your life and your identity was only a daydream.
 
You let go of the need to place something after "I am ____," because you now recognize it is a complete statement.
Bring forth what you have only envisioned

Join Alberto Villoldo for an invitational retreat open only to friends and members of the Four Winds Society. Work on that writing or artistic project that has been calling to you, while enjoying inspiring views, breathtaking sunsets, and a special menu of gourmet organic meals to detox and bring clarity of mind.
 
September 3-15, 2018 - Los Lobos Sanctuary, Chile
Host: Dr. Alberto Villoldo
Celebrate the feminine divine

Join Marcela Lobos and Monika Nataraj at Los Lobos Sanctuary, for a potent, experiential journey celebrating women's rites of passage and the evolutionary path of the tantric wisdom goddesses. Leave behind the stories and roles that no longer serve you and discover your true beauty and inner wisdom.
 
September 23-October 4, 2018 - Los Lobos Sanctuary, Chile
Hosts: Marcela Lobos and Monika Nataraj
Open to all women
Join Alberto and FWS senior faculty
this fall in our great lineup of classes!

Receive the seeds of nine ancient rites of initiation. Awaken your power to dream a new world into being, and become a steward of the universe.

Teacher: Jim Dewel
Open to all
September 23-28, 2018 - Massachusetts
*Master-Level Certification elective class.

Explore the great initiations of shamanism and deepen your understanding of this path of energy and enlightenment in this Master-level class.

Teacher: Dr. Alberto Villoldo
Prerequisites: South direction or graduates
October 15-19, 2018 - New York
*Master-Level Certification elective class.

Learn how to assist others who have been derailed from their destiny at the time of trauma or exceptional challenge. 

Teacher: Lynn Berryhill
Prerequisites: North direction or graduates
October 21-26 - New York
*Master-Level Certification core class.

*Our 5-Course Master-Level Certification curriculum (Advanced Divination, Advanced Soul Retrieval, Mastery of Time and two electives) takes you deeper into the mythic realms of shamanic training, enabling you to assist your clients to find spiritual solutions to align with their greatest possibilities, and highest destiny.
Discover new ways to expand your knowledge and use of alternative spheres we are familiar with, and new places to work beyond your current experience.

Teacher: Lynn Berryhill
Prerequisites: Open only to graduates
October 28-31, 2018 - New York

Work on your technical excellence under the guidance of Four Winds Senior Faculty, master the healing practices of your online training and get feedback on your client cases.

Teachers: Four Winds Senior Faculty
Prerequisites: Open to students and graduates
October 26-28, 2018 - New York

Join Alberto and Marcela this December for a powerful week of healing, renewal and wisdom. Clear the imprints of disease from your luminous energy field, switch on your cellular detox systems, and activate your health and longevity genes to repair your brain and your body!

Kore program: December 4-11, 2018
A How-to Guide for Living Your Greatest Destiny
What if humans came with a simple handbook for making the right choices in life, for dealing with roadblocks in the path of our growth, for living life as our authentic selves?
 
In his latest book, The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior, Alberto Villoldo takes us on an enriching, soulful experience to discover what the shamans of Peru call the sacred dream─a powerful revelation that has the potential to guide us to our purpose and show us our place in the universe. Release date: July 31, 2018
 
Pre-order The Heart of the Shaman today and receive a 2-part online course by Dr. Alberto Villoldo as our FREE gift to you! (A $49.99 value!). Learn more and order at theheartoftheshaman.com/offer.  

 
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