The shaman's indigenous healers perceive time in a linear fashion

An introduction to the medicine wheel

In the early 1970s I met Professor Antonio Morales, who became my first shamanic mentor. He was a short man with straight gray hair brushed back from a high mahogany forehead. His cheekbones and Inca nose could have been carved out of this hardwood.

A Quechua native, he was a man of two worlds: a beloved professor of philosophy at the University of Cusco and a dreaded master healer of great renown in the country. It was Don Antonio who introduced me to the medicine wheel - a map of healing that has been represented differently by generations of indigenous peoples.

The medicine wheel begins in the south, where we learn to walk with beauty on earth. The south is also the place to deal with the past and shed it, just as the snake - the archetypal symbol of this direction - sheds its skin.

In the West, we are calling on the jaguar archetype to help us find the things that must die within in order for life to claim us. Here one takes the attitude of the spiritual warrior who has no enemies in this or the next life.

In the north, the hummingbird archetype helps us learn how to connect with our passion and drink only from the sweetest sources - those that nourish the soul. Here we learn to break away from the linear time that binds us to cause and effect and step into sacred time when all things are possible.

The east is the way of the eagle and the condor - the flight to the sun and the journey back to his home to practice visions and skills in the context of his life and work. In the east we learn how to make our world a reality.

I remember thinking this was the most elegant description of the "hero's journey" I had ever heard: a distillation of all these stories about the experiences of others - the very stories that we have incorporated into the myths and religions of our species . Unencumbered by miracles, anthropomorphic gods and the embroidery of centuries of narration, interpretation and retelling, the medicine wheel was a route to self-discovery and transformation. It was something irresistibly original and elementary, something authoritarian, as if it were one of the earliest descriptions of the phenomenon of consciousness, the mechanism of consciousness.

Every year I return to the roots of this medicine with guests of the Four Winds. Via Illuminata expedition to Peru. We explore holy places, walk through the four directions of the medicine wheel and take part in rites and ceremonies. We bask in the awe and energy of ancient places deeply connected to Pachamama and absorb the original wisdom that will come home with us. We come in ayni with nature and the universe, which brings us to a state of "yes" with an open heart.

As we take our first steps into a new year and decade, may it fill you with awe, bring you closer to Pachamama, and bless you with it ayni.

In Munay

Alberto Villoldo, PhD

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 Light Body School rating*
13.-15. March with Ruby Parker.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet faculty, students, and graduates with no tuition fees. Master your practices and get feedback on your client cases. Open to FWS students and graduates.

The rites of Munay-ki*
March 15-20 with Karen Hoza.

Learn the 9 initiation rites that transform and enhance the glowing energy field, heal the wounds of the past and reshape your DNA. Open to all.

Healing the dark side *
15.-20. March with Alberto Villoldo, PhD.

Discover how to bring out the darkest shadows, turn demons into allies, and help clients trapped in intricate psychic webs. Open only to FWS graduates and students.

Advanced Divination *
March 21-26 with Lynn Berryhill.

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Advanced travel*
March 27-30 with Lynn Berryhill.

Learn advanced techniques for working with complex topics such as psycho-spiritual dynamics, past life karmic dramas, intrusive spirits, and psychological attacks. Open only to FWS graduates and advanced students

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The shaman's heart:
The Oracle and the Art of Prophecy

Esalen - 27.-29. March

As young children, many of us are told the story of how we were driven from Paradise and separated from our divine Creator. Whether we grow up in a religious home or not, this myth causes a lot of suffering. In this workshop you will learn about ancient healing practices of the shamans and understand that it is crucial to discard this bankrupt story and reconnect with nature if we are to heal our wounds on any level. You will be shown how to invoke wisdom and insight from the spirit and great forces of nature and discover what the Andean shamans call the sacred dream: the revelation of our mission in life and our place in the cosmos.

* To register, follow the link above or contact the Esalen Institute at 1-888-837-2536.

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Don't miss these exciting Four Winds expeditions in 2020

Amazon One Spirit
1-6 June with Four Winds Senior Faculty Marcela Lobos
An exclusive trip to the Amazon rainforest where you explore the hidden areas of shamanic consciousness and learn shamanic cosmology and healing cards in close collaboration with local medical professionals. Like the jungle jaguar, you will pursue a destiny for yourself and create an original story for the next chapter in your life. Open to advanced users and only after registration.

Via Illuminata: Shamanic Wisdom & Sacred Mantra *
7-14 June with Deva Premal, Miten, Manose,
Marcela Lobos and Alberto Villoldo
, PhD
Follow the ancient map of the medicine wheel and discover the wisdom of the ancients in sacred temples shrouded in clouds. Attend a ceremony with Andean shamans and receive the Earth Guardian initiation rites. Delight in the deeply calming mantras of world famous musicians Deva Premal, Miten and Manose and return each evening to the comfort of your accommodation at the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness. Open to all.

Mt. Pachatusan, the axis of the world
14.-19. June with founder Alberto Villoldo, PhD
A rugged hike up the slopes of the mountain. Pachatusan, revered as the protector of the Earth Guardians. During the ascent, we will participate in ceremonies and initiation rites with shamans and prophecy keepers. At ceremonies in glacial lagoons we will receive the blessings of the old masters of this land and heal from the stories from our past. The group is limited to 30 sturdy participants who got used to the altitude during the Via Illuminata expedition. Open to all.

Lake Titicaca: Birthplace of the Children of the Sun.*
15.-22. June with Four Winds Senior Faculty Marcela Lobos

and tantric yogini Monika Nataraj
A women-only expedition to celebrate the divine feminine and the convergence of the winter solstice and new moon. On the way to this significant event, we will visit remote communities that dwell at sea on top of the world and stay with villagers who know only a simple way of life. We will be awakened to new life in the Temple of Fertility and we will experience great healing on the Isle of the Moon. Group limited to 40 women. Open to all

* Receive a $ 500 discount when you sign up for the Via Illuminata and Lake Titicaca expeditions.

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