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Island of the Sun: Mastering the Inca Medicine Wheel

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Island 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, ...

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Overview

Island 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"A narrative rich in myth, history, and metaphor."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Profound 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."
From the Publisher
"A moving testament to interior ways of knowing."

"A narrative rich in myth, history, and metaphor."

"Profound 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 Chronicle
Profound and personal, cosmic and compassionate. Memoir, Andean adventure, and quest for wisdom . . . an even deeper, wiser, more moving tour of the extraordinary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892815203
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 670,928
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

 Preface

Map of Inca Trail

Map of Lake Titicaca

Prologue

Part I
The First Story Ever Told

Part II
The Other

Part III
Life in Death

Part IV
Journey to the Island of the Sun

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