Spiritual book review – A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing by Alberto Villoldo

After my last 2 outings with Rebecca Campbell’s books I thought it was time to return to Alberto!  I recently did a review on One Spirit Medicine, I read Shaman Healer Sage a while back before I was writing these reviews so will have to revisit that at some point.  I have also started Alberto Villoldo’s book “Illumination – The Shamans Way of Healing”.  Personally I like to group authors books together when reading.  I feel like I get used to their style of writing for one, we all have to adapt to each writer…. Also its easier to tell when people are regurgitating the same stuff with a fancy new cover more easily.

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Author Anne E. O’Neill wrote this book in collaboration with Villoldo.  She interviewed many of his clients and then chose some of their stories for the book.  Each clients story of illness and wellness is a different chapter and I am happy to say there was a lot of variety.  The book was very easy to understand and digest for me as I have knowledge of the techniques he is talking about such as soul retrieval, energy extraction and illumination.  If you have never experienced these types of healing before or have an understanding about them then I think you would be missing an important dimension to this book.   Therefore I would suggest you learn some basics on shamanism and the healing techniques before you dive into this one.

I read this book very quickly, within a few days which is good for me ha ha.  I just enjoyed it so much I picked it up at every opportunity.  As a shamanic practitioner myself who uses these techniques and understands clients on these energetic levels it is lovely to read case studies and also the outcomes from their treatments with Alberto.  I would class this as an enjoyable book rather than a deep learning book like some of his others which take time to digest.

rattleHe wrote about how he used his rattle going into a trance like state to explore his clients luminous energy field.  Some of you may know this in its more common term as aura.

Pictured is my deerskin rattle that I made a few years ago, filled with crystal beads for that extra touch of healing energy and I painted it with the butterfly, a symbol of transformation and rebirth, the soul.

The rattle calls in the spirits, creates sacred space, and changes the brainwaves to a delta state to create a trance like state.

 

One thing I was so joyous to read was one comment he had made about how he often felt tired after giving a treatment – hallelujah!  I often feel a little tired after giving a full on one hour shamanic healing session with medicine extraction and soul retrieval!  In fact I make a point to have a maximum of 2 clients a day.  A couple of years ago I had another shamanic practitioner comment to me that I must be doing healing ‘wrong’ if I felt tired afterwards.  That I was holding onto their energies and not clearing myself properly.  Let me correct you Miss Judgy, number one –  everyone works differently so don’t compare yourself and how you work to others.  Number two –  I do clear myself and my client thoroughly afterwards and top up our energies.  Number three –  as I work on them I also heal myself (as we are all connected) and heighten my own vibrations bringing on a natural detox.  Number four – dimensional travel is hard work, not just on sustaining concentration but sitting still especially when you have a back problem.  Oh so glad to get that off my chest hee hee.

I’m also trying to work out if the lovely Marcela in one of the chapters was the lovely lady who became his wife.  Holler at me in the comments if you know the answer to that one guys!

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Here are just some of the tools I work with, white sage, sweetgrass, yerba santa and palo santo with my beautiful eagle owl feather from next doors owl sanctuary.  (Get in touch if you would like to buy an owl feather – all proceeds go to the charity).

In a nutshell I thoroughly enjoyed this book, easy reading however good to have knowledge of the shamans perspective on the cosmos, illness/wellness and shamanic

healing techniques prior to reading for more enjoyment.

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Hello, just me again.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read this book review!

I’m a wifey and carer for my hubby Mike, mum to Jed and pack leader to Luna. I live in Derby, UK.

I have been practising the shamanic arts now for 20 years.  I’m an arts therapist, Reiki teacher, angel healer and shamanic practitioner/teacher. And .. if you are admiring that beautiful scarf on my head its alpaca wool hand crocheted by alpaca tribe owner Leigh at Whistling Duck Alpacas.

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Spiritual book review – Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell

Following on from reading Light is the New Black I dove straight into Rise Sister Rise by the same author Rebecca Campbell.

At first I was thinking “Mmmm I think I preferred the other one” but as I continued I did start to get into the flow of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Congratulations Rebecca you managed to write another book without repeating lots of content from the first which I find happens with many authors such as Doreen Virtue.  There was only a tiny amount of repetition from the first book and it was only because it was necessary to explain a concept or idea.

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For me this book was UPLIFTING.  I had heard some of the ideas in this book from Clare Dubois founder of TreeSisters who did mention this book in her free full moon meditations.

The idea that as women we have been squashed for want of a better word by patriarchy.  That we remember the “burning times” were many women were put to death on suspicion of witchcraft and from that time deep within our psyche comes a mistrust of other women (as it was often other women who pointed the finger at each other to avert torture or death themselves).

Rebecca writes about her experience at the White Springs in Glastonbury which caught my attention as Glastonbury is one of my favourite places in the world…I am always going on about it.  Her friends provide a healing ritual for her in this sacred space.

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Rebecca explains how we can best work with our own rhythms including our menstrual cycle and the four seasons.  She also goes into her own personal stories, I especially like the one she explains about her nan and finding something out about her own family, a very beautiful story she hadn’t known before.

There is some amazing poetry in this book!  There are the odd few quotes by others but Rebecca definitely had inspiration and serious channelling skills for this one!

She was so committed

To what was

Rising in Her.

That a part of Her.

Died

And was

Reborn

Every.

Single.

Day.

Stunning pieces like this one above throughout the book.

As in Light is the New Black she gives food for thought questions at the end of each chapter such as “How can you honour your human body more? How can you let yourself be more fully seen?”.  Plus lots of useful mantras;

I allow myself to be held by the strength of those who came before me.

I never ever walk alone.

This book like the previous is beautifully presented with a lush cover, concise easy to read chapters and large font.  The main aim of the book is to inspire women to rise up, take hold of their feminine power and shine that light out into the Universe to heal not only the Divine Feminine but to heal and balance the Divine Masculine as well.  This is not a man-bashing book.

Great read, good for beginners but also an interesting read for the more experienced spiritual adventurer.

Featured image from rebeccacampbell.me, all other photos my own.

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BIO

My name is Angela Sessions, ‘Ive been travelling the spiritual path for 20 years plus! I am a mum, full time carer for hubby and self employed as an Energy Medicine Healer and Teacher.  You can check me out at Reiki Star.  I offer courses and healing sessions in person and distantly.  I run spiritual retreats in Glastonbury with a new retreat this year in Northern Ireland.  Join me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.