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by Alberto Villoldo PhDIllumination

Alberto Villoldo is a medical anthropologist who has spent the last thirty years investigating the healing practices of the shamans of the Amazon and the Andes. Recounting his own experiences, tracing the mythologies of an array of cultures and expanding his inquiry into the field of neurobiology, Alberto Villodo enables readers to benefit from the ancient practices.

This is a wonderful and practical workbook enabling the reader to heal, and to understand how what we suffer through our experiences can affect us in everyday life. True initiation is empowered by facing personal challenges and experiencing the spritual rebirth – or illumination – that follows.

The exercises are easy and simple to follow and is a must for anyone wishing to improve their lives or indeed, the lives of others.

Review by Sandra Roberts

Published by Hay House  www.hayhouse.co.uk  ISBN: 978-1-84850-192-8

www.thefourwinds.com

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by Ross HeavenThe Sin-Eater's Last Confessions

Ross Heaven is well-known as a psychologist, presenter and author, as well as the director of the Four Gates Foundation. He has studied shamanism in many different cultures over the last 20 years and more. But what gets a person started on such a path? This small volume contains the answer to this question and it is both startling and illuminating.

At the tender age of eight, Ross moved with his family to a small village in rural Herefordshire and here began the relationship that would start Ross on his most unusual life path. Adam lived in a small house at the very edge of the village, shunned by and yet essential to the more traditional members of the community. The Sin-Eater’s role is a fascinating one, and the young Ross was introduced only slowly and by degrees to the full details of Adam’s dying profession. Indeed, dying is a major part of the way in which Adam served the villagers – the main responsibility of the Sin-Eater was to remove all the negative energy a person might have accumulated in their lifetime, so that their soul might be weighed in the balance and not found wanting. Adam was also a healer, using methods that would resonate with many in the shamanic tradition today; as a disposer of the unwanted, however, he was treated as unclean and undesirable except when his services were required.

The book contains both his poignant memories of an amazing man and many fascinating insights into a British (and most especially Welsh) tradition that has long been forgotten in most parts of the island – although it may have been exported to the Appalachians by migrating Welsh families many years ago. It also provides an insight into the boyhood experiences that began the long journey that Ross Heaven has taken to become the respected authority on shamanistic practices that he is today.

Review by Karen Tucker

Published by Llewellyn  www.llewellyn.com

ISBN number: 978-0-7387-1356-4

www.thefourgates.com

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