Alberto Biography

Alberto Villoldo Ph.D.

Medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo Ph.D. has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for more than 25 years. In 1984 he founded the Four Winds Society, which offers extensive education in the philosophy and practice of energy medicine, training students to become modern-day shamans. He also directs the Center for Energy Medicine in Chile, where he investigates and practices the neuroscience of enlightenment.

In his mid-20s Villoldo was the youngest clinical professor at San Francisco State University, where he founded and directed the Biological Self-Regulation Lab to investigate how visualization, energy and psychosomatic medicine change the chemistry of the brain. He soon realized that the microscope was the wrong instrument to answer the questions he was asking. Other scientists were already studying the hardware, Villoldo wanted to learn to reprogram the system.

He heard stories about people in remote parts of the world who claimed to know such things, including the few remaining shamans among the Inka of Peru. After initial research, Villoldo decided to personally investigate this ancient culture in order to learn about the 5,000-year-old energy medicine known for healing through Spirit and light. Recognizing this investigation would not be a part time pursuit or brief sabbatical, Villoldo resigned his post at the university and traded his lab coat for hiking boots and a ticket to the Amazon.

Scattered throughout the remnants of the ancient Amazonian empire were a number of sages or “Earth Keepers” who practiced the ancestral healing methods. Alberto visited countless villages and met with scores of medicine men and women. The lack of a written body of knowledge meant that every village brought its own flavor and style to the healing practices that still survived.

For more than 10 years, Villoldo trained with the jungle medicine people. Along the way, he discovered that his journey into shamanism had been guided by his personal desire to become whole. He learned to transform old pain, grief, anger and shame into sources of strength and compassion.

Villoldo later trekked the coast of Peru from the mysterious Nazca lines to the sacred Shimbe lagoons in the north. At Lake Titicaca, “The Sea on Top of the World,” Villoldo collected the stories and healing practices of people from whom, legends say, the Inka were born.

Over the course of two decades with the shamans in the jungles and high mountains of the Andes, Alberto Villoldo discovered a set of sacred technologies that transform the body, heal the soul, and can change the way we live and die.

He learned that we are more than flesh and bone – we are absolutely fashioned of Spirit and light, surrounded by a Luminous Energy Field whose source is located in infinity. This unending Luminous Energy Field exists in every cell of our bodies, acting as a matrix that maintains our physical and spiritual health and vibrancy … it is up to us to recognize and work with this gift to change the very nature of our living.

In addition to the forthcoming One Spirit Medicine, Dr. Alberto Villoldo has written numerous
best-selling books, a number of which have been translated into Spanish, German, French, and Italian.

  • Power up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment (with David Perlmutter, MD)
  • Shaman, Healer, Sage
  • The Four Insights
  • Mending The Past & Healing The Future With Soul Retrieval
  • Illumination: The Shaman’s Way of Healing
  • Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being
  • The Four Winds: A Shaman’s Odyssey into the Amazon (with Erik Jendresen)
  • Dance of the Four Winds: Secrets of the Inca Medicine Wheel (with Erik Jendresen)
  • Island of the Sun: Mastering the Inca Medicine Wheel (with Erik Jendresen)
  • Yoga, Power, and Spirit: Patanjali the Shaman
  • The Realms of Healing (with Stanley Krippner Ph.D.)
  • Healing States: A Journey Into the World of Spiritual Healing and Shamanism (with Stanley Krippner Ph.D.)
  • Skeleton Woman
  • The First Story Ever Told (with Erik Jendresen)

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