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Embracing the Shadow

Broadcast on September 12, 2022
With Dr. Alberto Villoldo
Hosted by Michael Stone

Dr. Alberto Villoldo, PhD, a medical anthropologist, talks about how the mind cannot be separated from the brain. He will share his energy medicine wisdom, bringing light to the dark places in our lives and our energy fields. He will discuss how important it is for the medicine man to go into those dark and hidden places within us where our greatest fears and treasures are kept, in order for us to heal, be enlightened, and be awakened.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How to recognize your own darkness so you can heal it within and not pass it on to others
  • That you cannot change your mind until you change your brain
  • The powerful fire ceremony, designed to release the darkness inside you
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Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Medical Anthropologist & Founder of the Four Winds Society

By his mid-20s, Dr. Alberto Villoldo was the youngest clinical professor at San Francisco State University. He was directing the biological self-regulation laboratory, investigating how energy medicine could change the chemistry of the brain. One day in his laboratory, Alberto realized that he was looking out of the wrong end of the microscope. He needed to find a system larger than the neural networks of the brain. Many others were already studying the hardware, but Alberto wanted to learn to program the mind to create psychosomatic health.

Anthropological stories hinted that there were people around the globe who claimed to know such things, including the few remaining “shamans” in today’s modern world. So Alberto traded his laboratory for a pair of hiking boots and a ticket to the Amazon — determined to learn from researchers whose vision had not been confined to the lens of a microscope, and from people whose body of knowledge encompassed more than the measurable, material world that he had been taught was the only reality. He wanted to meet the people who sensed the spaces between things and perceived the luminous strands that animate all life.

Scattered throughout the Andes and Amazon were a number of sages or “Earthkeepers” who remembered the ancient ways. Alberto traveled through countless villages and hamlets and met with scores of medicine men and women. The lack of a written body of knowledge meant that every village had brought its own flavor and style to the healing practices that still survived.

For more than 10 years, Alberto trained with the jungle medicine people. In healing his own soul wounds, Alberto walked the path of the wounded healer and learned to transform old pain, grief, anger and shame to sources of strength and compassion.

From the Amazon, Alberto trekked the coast of Peru, from Nazca, the site of gigantic markings on the desert floor that depict power animals and geometric figures, to the fabled Shimbe lagoons in the North, home to the country’s most renowned shamans. Then, in Lake Titicaca, the lake at the top of the world, Alberto collected the stories and healing practices of the people from which, the legends say, the Inca were born.

Through it all, Alberto discovered a set of technologies that transform the body, heal the soul, and can change the way we live and the way we die. These ancient teachings explain that a Luminous Energy Field (LEF) surrounds us and acts as a matrix or blueprint that maintains the health and vibrancy of the physical body.

Alberto is founder of the world-renowned Four Winds Society and also the Light Body School. In his teachings and writings, he shares the experience of infinity and its ability to heal and transform us, to free us from the temporal chains that keep us fettered to illness, old age, and disease.

Dr. Alberto Villoldo