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ANTHROPOLOGY / SHAMANISMA moving testament to interior ways of knowing.--Publishers WeeklyProfound and personal, cosmic and compassionate. . . . Memoir, Andean adventure, and quest for wisdom, the book is an even deeper, wiser, more moving tour of the extraordinary, with Villoldo a refreshing guide, frank amd engaging.--San Francisco ChronicleA narrative rich in myth, history, and metaphor.--BooklistIsland of the Sun recounts the American psychologist Alberto Villoldo's return to Peru in search of the Quechua Indian shaman Don Jicaram. The authors' earlier book, Dance of the Four Winds, described Villoldo's first initiation, under Don Jicaram, into the secrets of the Inca Medicine Wheel and the spiritual journey of the Four Winds. Villoldo had begun that journey in the South, "where one goes to confront and shed the past." With use of the powerful mind-altering plant ayahuasca, he had continued to the West, a direction also inhabited by fear and death. Now in Island of the Sun he prepares himself for the journey to the North, where lies the wisdom of the ancient Inca shamans. Traveling from Machu Picchu to the "Island of the Sun," a sacred site in Bolivia, Villoldo uncovers a profound secret about the journey to the East--the journey home. ALBERTO VILLOLDO, Ph.D., is also the author of Dance of the Four Winds, Millenium, Healing States, and Realms of Healing. ERIK JENDRESEN is a playwright and screenwriter.
This updated edition invites all of us to discover the healing power of plants - not merely their physical medicinal properties, but the deeper wisdom and gifts that they offer. Enriched by the author's many explorations since its first edition, this guide unfolds as a series of chapters on how plant spirit medicine has resolved specific issues and imbalances in his own healing journey and in his work with others.
Salvia divinorum has been used since ancient times by the Mazatec shamans of Mexico for divination, vision quests, and healing.