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I learned the wisdom of the Four Insights from the Earthkeepers (medicine men and women) of the Andes and the Amazon, who use these teachings to heal disease, eliminate emotional suffering, and even create bodies that age and heal differently.

The Four Insights reveal ancient skills anyone can practice to perceive the energy and vibration that make up the physical universe at a much higher level, allowing us to participate consciously in our biological, emotional, and spiritual evolution.

Many years ago, these shamanic practices changed my life, and since then, the lives of many of my students.

Four Insights1) THE WAY OF THE HERO

PRACTICE NON-JUDGEMENT – Transcend your limiting beliefs; let go of opinions about right and wrong, good and bad.

NON-SUFFERING – Do not write stories about your pain; differentiate between suffering (which is optional) and pain, and give up suffering.

NON-ATTACHMENT – Let go of the labels you stuck onto yourself. Find your reference point internally; let it no longer be your ego but your divinity.

BEAUTY – Perceive loveliness even when there is ugliness: find the gift from Spirit. Bring beauty to every moment by smiling sincerely; beauty will seek and find you.


FEARLESSNESS – Actively practice non-violence in speech and action, because violence is rooted in fear. Approach people and situations with love.

NON-DOING­ – Immerse yourself in the flow of the universe. Let it be. Remain in the moment and enjoy life as an adventurous ride.

CERTAINTY – Have an unwavering commitment to the path you have chosen. Let go of your worries and doubts, fulfill your dreams; have no other option but success.

NON-ENGAGEMENT – Do not take part in battles. Give up the need to be “right.” Always believe the best of other people’s words, intentions and actions.


BEGINNER’S MIND – Let go of all preconceived notions. Become childlike. Give up all expectations.

LIVE CONSEQUENTLY – Recognize the impact of each thought, intention and action. Be in perfect harmony with creation.

TRANSPARENCY – Stop hiding parts of you from others. It is OK if those around do not embrace your many facets. Be who you are and say who you are.

INTEGRITY – Be true to your word and recognize its power to create reality. What you repeat to yourself and the universe will manifest.


MASTER TIME – Time is non-linear, we operate in sacred time. Trust synchronicity, the universe conspires on your behalf.

OWN YOUR PROJECTIONS – Own the parts of yourself that make you feel uncomfortable.   Do not hold anyone else responsible for your pain or happiness.

NO-MIND – Break free of your “monkey-mind” and get in touch with your inner Sage, Spirit, God. Create a white canvas and dream onto it a world of beauty and grace.

INDIGENOUS ALCHEMY – Embark on a sacred journey and see only opportunities. You are Spirit. Step into your destiny.

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Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist and psychologist who studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, which teaches the philosophy and practice of energy medicine. He also directs the Center for Energy Medicine at Los Lobos, Chile, where he investigates and practices the neuroscience of enlightenment.
Dr. Villoldo is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Power up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment (with David Perlmutter, MD), and Shaman, Healer, Sage. His most recent book, One Spirit Medicine, merges the ancient healing traditions of the Peruvian shamans with modern scientific breakthroughs.;

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