Books and Media Reviewed
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., a psychologist and medical anthropologist, has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease.
Villoldo directs the Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. He has training centers in New England, California, the UK, Holland, and Park City, Utah. The author of the best-seller Shaman, Healer, Sage, Villoldo now draws on his vast knowledge to bring us a practical and revolutionary way to discover the source of an original wound that may have occurred during childhood or in a former lifetime, and that derailed our destiny. He then shows us how to track forward along our time lines to find our best and highest future.
—From: Inlay of Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval.
I should mention that I was attracted to these books through the beautiful DVD entitled Healing the Luminous Body that was produced by Sacred Mysteries, and which I am going to review further down. Dr. Villoldo, besides the phenomenal cultural gap that his teaching closes and the amazing perspectives for soul retrieval in the future, stands out by his remarkable pedagogical talent; in fact he is able to convey the complex matter in relatively simple words and with many examples and excerpts from his personal journal.
He writes a poetic style, and irradiates warmth, compassion and empathic understanding of human suffering; he also stands out by his sometimes childlike inquisitiveness that led him win the sympathy and support of people and peoples who are, for reasons that we all know, rather hostile toward our culture.
His popularity is growing presently. A documentary has been released as his web presence informs and many interviews with him can be found on Youtube. Besides, his ‘shamanic healing’ seminars are popular throughout the United States.
I am not surprised about his success given the void in our culture in the domain of genuine and personal spirituality, and the need for non-mechanistic healing. Villoldo’s books are among the most important books I have ever read in my life.