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

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Through ritual, ceremony and the use of potions, Villoldo discovers that the four cardinal points of the medicine wheel represents formulas for over-riding the primal response mechanisms that have controlled human behaviour since the birth of the species. He enters another realm of the mind and body unlocking the transcedental secrets of the ancient Quecha masters and awesome powers of the human psyche.

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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.
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Trained in Western psychology, Villoldo went to Peru, became a Quechua shaman's apprentice, took hallucinogens and had visionary experiences in the shadow of Inca ruins. Combining adventure, journal jottings, philosophical reflections and a comparison of Western psychotherapy with the shamanic system of multiple realities, this lyric, soul-searching odyssey, written with playwright Jendresen, pulls the reader along on "a journey into Eros, the feminine, and intuitive mind, the place of myths and dreams." To Villoldo (coauthor with Stanely Krippner of Healing States ), the Inca Medicine Wheel represents a neurological map which guides the initiate beyond the instinctive reactions of the primeval limbic brain--fear, feeding, aggression and sex. Seekers on many paths--Jungian, shamanic, dreamwork, transpersonal psychology, etc.
-will find this open-ended vision-quest inspirational.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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