Healing and Shamanism (#S702)
The shaman is more interested in treating the spiritual causes of an illness than the symptoms. Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., director of The Four Winds Foundation, is co-author of Realms of Healing and Healing States. Here he describes the path of shamanism as one of facing one's fears, particularly the fear of death.
|"The medicine men and medicine women say that you cannot understand the workings of a blade of grass until you understand the workings of the cosmos. It's a completely different approach to knowledge. Until you're able to not only understand the forces of nature but interact with them -- make rain, create sunshine when it's overcast -- until you can exercise power, all that information is useless, it's not truly knowledge."|