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As Alberto Villoldo explains in today’s episode, when shamans are trained in an ancient lineage, they become versed in the way that spiritual energy operates in the universe. They develop special abilities that are present but latent in all of us, including the ability to see auras, clairvoyant communication, and the channeling of spirits. In the shamanic world view, the tool kit you use to heal the sick also provides the context for understanding what illness actually is — an energetic imbalance that has as much or more to do with your emotional center as it does with your physiological mechanics.

Alberto Villoldo has trained as a psychologist and medical anthropologist, and has mastered the healing practices of the Amazonian and Andean shamans. Alberto directs the Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the practice of shamanic medicine. He has written numerous bestselling books, including Shaman Healer Sage, The Four Insights, One Spirit Medicine, and Dance of the Four Winds. His latest book, The Heart of the Shaman: Stories and Practices of the Luminous Warrior, was just released from Hay House.

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