The Four Winds: A Shaman's Odyssey into the Amazon

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In this narrative of spiritual discovery, the authors journey to Peru to investigate the jungle plant Ayabuasca, used by Indian shamans to access the four paths of the medicine wheel. Through ritual, ceremony and the use of mind-wrenching potions, the author enters a fantastic realm of both mind and body, unlocking the secrets of the ancient Quechua masters and the power of the human psychic.

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While the authors of this latest addition to the growing literature on shamanism are earnest in the delivery of their story, much of it reads like Carlos Castenada. A young psychologist, bent on discovering the connection "between the worlds"--the uncommon realms of consciousness versus "reality"--Villoldo connects with a mysterious Quechua professor who teaches philosophy by day and is a shaman/healer by night. While the professor is the master shaman here, Villoldo meets others. He is shown the methods of inducing prophetic and diagnostic visions--healing oneself as well as others through the use of various herbals. A vision quest to Machu Picchu and other rituals are thrown in. This fascinating topic has much potential, but the authors resort to parlor-trick descriptions that ultimately make these rich, unexplainable-by-ordinary-means experiences hollow. This will probably be in demand, but it's not a necessary purchase. --Kevin M. Roddy, Oakland P.L.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Villoldo's account of his apprenticeship to a Quechua shaman in Peru is a lyrical blend of adventure, journal jottings, philosophical reflection and comparison of Western psychotherapy with shamanic teachings. "Seekers on many paths--Jungian, shamanic, dreamwork, transpersonal psychology, etc.
-will find this open-ended vision-quest inspirational," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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