The Four Insights

 

The Four InsightsWisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers, Los Angeles: Hay House, 2007.

The Four Insights chronologically is the last of the three books by Dr. Alberto Villoldo that I review here, as it was the most recent at the time I drafted these reviews.

The book is structured very differently from the preceding ones, in that it condenses the teaching into Four Insights.

Part One: Understanding the Energy of Perception

The Four Levels of Perception
Your Energetic Anatomy

Part Two: The Four Insights

Insight One—The Way of the Hero

The Practice of Nonjudgment
The Practice of Nonsuffering
The Practice of Nonattachment
The Practice of Beauty

Insight Two—The Way of the Luminous Warrior

The Practice of Fearlessness
The Practice of Nondoing
The Practice of Certainty
The Practice of Nonengagement

Insight Three—The Way of the Seer

The Practice of Beginner’s Mind
The Practice of Living Consequently
The Practice of Transparency
The Practice of Integrity

Insight Four—The Way of the Sage

The Practice of Mastering Time
The Practice of Owning Your Projections
The Practice of No-mind
The Practice of Indigenous Alchemy Continue reading

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Healing the Luminous Body

 

Healing the Luminous BodyThe Way of the Shaman, Sacred Mysteries: 2004, featuring paintings by Alex Grey.

Healing the Luminous Body was my first access to Dr. Villoldo’s unique healing methods that he presents and explains in more detail in his books. This DVD is very well done, a calm and peaceful introduction into the philosophy, the development and the effectiveness of healing the luminous body..

Dr. Villoldo expresses himself fluently, and he is able to inform about the unusual subject in a competent and poised manner. It becomes clear that he speaks of experience, not of theory. Continue reading

Shaman, Healer, Sage

 

Shaman, Healer, SageHow to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas, New York: Harmony Books, 2000.

Shaman, Healer, Sage is perhaps Alberto Villoldo’s best book. It was anyway the book that made him famous, a real bestseller. It has given me an ultimate peak of reading enjoyment and illumination, and it has also emotionally touched me.

The author comes over in this book as a really honest, competent, emotionally mature, wistful and empathetic person who went through a personal transformation that only few people in these times can say to have accomplished.

This book is not only highly recommended lecture; it can perhaps be considered as one of the best books so far in the century on the issues of shamanic healing and the challenging task to render an outlandish practice of Inka shamans comprehensive to the modern mind! Continue reading

Healing States

 

Healing StatesA Journey into the World of Spiritual Healing and Shamanism, with Stanley Krippner, New York: Simon & Schuster (Fireside), 1984.

Healing States is a research volume that Alberto Villoldo co-authored with Stanley Krippner, and it’s a glorious onset of his own career in spiritual healing. The research presented in this book is highly thought-provoking if not mind-boggling, and it’s well presented.

The point of departure of the author’s scientific journey was his research on psychosomatic medicine. He was interested what exactly makes the soma follow the psyche, or why the spirit imprints itself on the soma, thus causing either health or disease. The authors write:

A growing number of allopathic physicians believe that as much as 80 percent of all illness may contain a psychosomatic component. Allopathic medical science, which does not publicly acknowledge the psychic realm, is still at a loss to explain the origin and treatment of many of these psychosomatic disorders, often merely referring to ‘unconscious conflicts’ that can trigger disease./19

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The Language of the Body

 

The Language of the BodyPhysical Dynamics and Character Structure: How the Body Reveals Personality, Alachua, Fl: Bioenergetic Press 1958/2003

It is noteworthy to see that Alexander Lowen wrote The Language of the Body before Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life, the book I discussed earlier. This present book is way more theoretical. I admit it is also much more difficult to read. However, for those who are interested in learning the mechanics of bioenergetic thinking, this early work of a master healer is a must-read.

As Harris Friedman, PhD, writes in the Introduction:

For anyone wanting an in-depth exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of bioenergetic analysis as a whole system, this is the book that I would unwaveringly recommend as a starting place.

I have admittedly read Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Character Analysis’ already back in the 1970s. Yet there is a difference between reading Reich’s first attempts to build a characterological analysis, and this work of one of his best disciples who has worked that early draft out into a mature methodology. Here, as in my former review, I will as well shortly outline the content headers of the chapters, for they let us very clearly see the broad scope and the very systematic approach of the author to the topic. Continue reading

Pleasure

 

PleasureA Creative Approach to Life, Alachua, Fl: Bioenergetic Press, 1970/2004.

In Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life, Alexander Lowen (1910-2008) explains why pleasure is of the utmost importance for a sane and balanced life, and for both mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We are living in another era than Dr. Lowen did. The control of the state has risen about everywhere in the world, the principles of pleasure and self-regulation have largely been abandoned and replaced with a sort of compulsive morality or moralism that interpenetrates today all of life, and of political life.

Hence, the books of the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich and Dr. Alexander Lowen are the reminders today for us that the social policies in place, with their negativistic view of the human being, their tendency to declare more and more of natural behavior ‘a crime’ and to sharply control human behavior, together with the prohibition of psychedelic substances mark a turn in the wrong direction, away from nature and toward more and more structural violence and state control.  Continue reading

Tantra of Sound

 

Tantra of SoundHow to Enhance Intimacy, With Andi Goldman, Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2005.

Tantra of Sound was really a discovery for me!

On first sight, and compared to Jonathan Goldman’s earlier book Healing Sounds, this present book appears to be edited in a more professional way, and in fact, it’s from a different publisher. The choice of headers and font, all is perfect in the present publication, and I did not find one single typo, while in Healing Sounds, I found several.

And this present volume has one big advantage: it comes with an Audio CD that contains 20 tracks over 60.34 minutes of playing time, the first and last being Introduction and Conclusion and all the others being vocal intonations.

In addition, it is noteworthy that this volume has been authored by both Jonathan Goldman and his wife Andi Goldman, and this for good reason.  Continue reading