Spiritual Book Review: One Spirit Medicine by Alberto Villoldo
I’ve been following Alberto Villoldo for a few years now. I enjoyed his book Shaman, Healer, Sage which has lots of detail and techniques you can use. A definite recommendation from me to anyone interested in learning about shamanism. I also have his book Illumination but I haven’t got round to reading that one yet.
The reason I was drawn to this specific book One Spirit Medicine is because I have recently embarked on a complete diet overhaul. I have always been interested in nutrition and started learning about supplements in my early 20’s. I should point out I have no qualifications as a nutritionist I always seek out advice from a professional. Last September I went to see Anjela Charles and had a TOTAL HEALTH SCREEN. I learned a huge amount of information from that and immediately cut out dairy and cut down on my sugar intake. I started a programme of specific supplements (however she was pleased to say I was very balanced nutritionally which was probably due to years of good habits with what I ate). However I knew I was a sugar addict…
Within just a few weeks I had lost 4.5kg of fat bringing my body fat and BMI to a healthy low percentage. My energy levels improved. I should point out here I have a number of chronic health problems including Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, kyphoscoliosis and all the not so lovely things that accompany these like arthiritis. At this point I started reading the book and over the Xmas period I was determined to take this whole nutrition blast to the next level. I did a 10 day detox with Purium products which I continue to take and next week I will be starting a 10 day deep cleanse to help me detox after having amalgam fillings removed just a few days ago. Please feel free to message me for more info on the products and a free 50 euro gift card (UK only).
This book really motivated me to do the detox and believe me motivation comes in handy when you are in the midst of a detox! Alberto talks about his own diagnosis, how he was riddled with parasites from years spent in the jungle with indigenous tribes and how he would need a liver, heart and brain transplant. He was terminally ill. He used western medicine to rid himself of the parasites and then the “one spirit medicine” to grow a new liver and repair his other organs. He stands here today healthy and well. I have to say his personal story fascinated me, inspirational, this guy was walking his talk!!
Alberto Villoldo is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has spent over 25 years studying and learning about indigenous cultures all over the world. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society which teaches Shamanism and Munay Ki.
I feel the book is cleverly put together with interesting chapter titles. I think someone with no previous knowledge on shamanism could pick up this book, understand and enjoy it. Alberto talks about the principles of Shamanism and how nutrition and environment play a huge part to our health and our connection to spirit and higher wisdom. He points out the importance of the gut-brain connection. As you read this you will recognise signs and symptoms of problems with your gut, he goes into great detail explaining this YET its not like reading a medical book…he makes it easy to understand.
He gives a very detailed nutrition plan that you can follow and a 3 day fasting “Vision Quest” plan. Please take on board you need to be very careful fasting and changing your diet dramatically especially if you have a medical condition and I would advise you see a professional before you embark on this. I know it would be very unrealisitic for me to do a 3 day fast due to my health conditions but I know I can adapt it to suit me…for now I am focusing on upgrading my body by putting as much nutrition into it as possible. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional fish and chips!!
Alberto uses examples of clients he has worked with which I found informative. Many of us can see our own behaviours and habits in others. Alberto says once you change your diet, upgrade your nutrition, detox and fast you can access the one spirit medicine which has the potential to heal your body on many levels. As I mentioned I have not done the fasting part just a radical change in diet and one detox so far but an interesting note is that the day after I finished my detox I had a new technique come to me while I was doing shamanic healing work on a new client. I feel clearer, I feel more intelligent, like I can access more knowledge. I feel I have clearer communication with my spirit guides and angels. I feel that my energy now being clearer is attracting more clients and students and generally more opportunities.
I recently went to have another health screen with Anjela which showed an improvement in the things that were unbalanced but interestingly showed up a problem with my amalgam fillings, it seems like we are peeling back the layers of an onion and as we balance one thing in our bodies it will reveal a hidden deeper level of imbalance which can then be looked at. I am now undergoing natural chellation with herbal medicine and supplements to clear my body of any harmful metals. I have a lovely weekend at the Glastonbury Faery festival to look forward to and then its down to serious business with my Purium 10 day deep cleanse. You can follow my progress with that on FACEBOOK.
To summarise I really enjoyed this book, its one that you can dip into at anytime for clarification and inspiration. It also gives really good advice on nutrition. Its not an intense book and a pretty easy read.
You can purchase the book on AMAZON UK
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