The Power of Love

The Laika were consummate observers of nature and discovered that all creation was made by four powers. Modern physicists, too, recognize four fundamental forces that rule our physical universe: Gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force, and the weak nuclear force.

All life, from grasses to insects to whales to humans, is spread by DNA, which is made of four bases represented by the letters A-C-G-T. The shamans of old did not know the language of modern genetics, but they understood that all living things were our brothers and sisters. 

The Laika described this universal code of four with the names and faces of four spirit animals: Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird, and Eagle—each possessing their own super powers. Through these totem spirits they learned the language of creation and participated in creating the world. 

During ceremonies, shamans can summon these spirit animals in a sacred way to bestow their powers upon them. We hear legends of shamans who were able to fly through the air like the eagle, track lost objects or people in the rain forest with the skill of the big cats, or even become invisible for a time. 

But to do this they first had to master the power of Love.

For the shamans, love is not a feeling, although most of us experience it as such. It is a force. It’s what the flower feels for the morning dew, the jaguar for the deer it hunts to feed her cubs. It is the rainbow after a rain. Love is the force that can help us see the truth amid the lies.

The Laika believed that all of creation arises from love, and that every beautiful thing we create in our life comes from love. It is ubiquitous yet invisible. Like gravity, love is a force that we cannot escape, it exerts an irresistible pull on us. It leads us to acts of courage and foolishness beyond our wildest imagining.

Love is a force that we can use to co-create with the Primordial Light, but above all, love is the power of the Primordial Light which is cognizant, intelligent, wise. We can interact with the Primordial Light—what we call Spirit—and it responds to us. But if you are not in proper relationship with the four spirit animals, then you will experience love only as a feeling, a fleeting sentiment. It will wash through you and leave you empty, longing for more. 

My mentor, Don Manuel, once challenged me to test the power of my love by finding that which was most difficult for me to love…and love it. This, he said, is the practice of the luminous warrior—not to vanquish our enemy, but to love that which is most difficult. This has become my personal spiritual practice. I challenge you to make it yours as well. 

Warm blessings,


Alberto Villoldo, PhD

West Coast Programs

You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring

Advanced classes for your personal and professional evolution at

Joshua Tree Retreat Center in California. These programs are only open to FWS students and graduates.

Light Body School Review

March 13-15 with Ruby Parker

Don’t miss this tuition-free chance to meet faculty, students and graduates; master your practices, and get feedback on your client cases.

Healing the Dark Side*

March 15-20 with

Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Discover how to bring the darkest shadows to the light, transform demons into allies and help clients who are caught in tangled psychic webs.

Advanced Divination*

March 21-26 with Lynn Berryhill

Master the shaman's art of tracking and seeing. Learn the art of the medical intuitive, and how to create maps on the level of the soul.

Advanced Journeying*

March 27-30 2020 with Lynn Berryhill

Acquire advanced skills for working with complex issues like psycho-spiritual dynamics, past-life karmic dramas, intrusive spirit entities and psychic attack.

*Master-Level Certification elective class. Receive a $200 discount when taking two 6-day advanced masters consecutively.

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Rites of the Munay-Ki*

March 15-20 with Karen Hoza

Joshua Tree Retreat Center, CA

These nine rites of initiation are energetic transmissions that transform and upgrade your luminous energy field, heal the wounds of the past and reinform your DNA, enabling you to grow a new body that ages, heals, and dies differently. Awaken your power to dream a new world into being and become a steward of the universe.

The Heart of the Shaman: The Oracle and the Art of Divination
March 27-29 with Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Esalen Institute – Big Sur, CA

As children, we learn our culture’s “original story” of being cast out of paradise and separated from our divine Creator. This myth causes suffering throughout our lives whether we are raised in a religious home or not. Learn the ancient healing practices of the shamans and how to heal your wounds on every level, so you can discard this myth and make your way back to the Garden of Eden.

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Via Illuminata: Shamanic Wisdom & Sacred Mantra*

June 7-14 with Deva Premal, Miten, Manose, 

Marcela Lobos and Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Amazon One Spirit

June 1-6 with Four Winds Senior Instructor Marcela Lobos

Mt. Pachatusan, The Axis of the World*

June 14-19 with Four Winds Founder Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Lake Titicaca: Birthplace of the Children of the Sun*

June 15-22 with Four Winds Senior Instructor Marcela Lobos 

and Tantric Yogini Monika Nataraj

*Receive a $500 discount when you register for two or more of these expeditions.

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The Four Winds Society's 300-hour Shamanic Energy Medicine intensive certification program is internationally recognized as the Gold Standard in its field. Our training combines ancient shamanic wisdom teachings with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology and neuroscience to give you the tools you'll need to transform yourself and launch a successful career doing what you love.

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