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.
Photo from onespiritmedicine.com
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.
He 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!
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.
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.
You can catch me at REIKI STAR