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Last night, as I was sleeping,

I dreamt–marvelous error!–

that a spring was breaking

out in my heart.

I said: Along which secret aqueduct,

Oh water, are you coming to me,

water of a new life

that I have never drunk?

Last night, as I was sleeping

I dreamt–marvelous error!–

that I had a beehive

here inside my heart.

And the golden bees

were making white combs

and sweet honey

from my old failures.

Last night, as I was sleeping,

I dreamt–marvelous error!–

that a fiery sun was giving

light inside my heart.

It was fiery because I felt

warmth as from a hearth,

and sun because it gave light

and brought tears to my eyes

Last night, as I was sleeping,

I dreamt–marvelous error!–

that it was God I had

here inside my heart.

~Antonio Machado

(translated by R.B.)


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This groggy time we live, this is what it is like:

A man goes to sleep in the town

where he has always lived, and he dreams

he is living in another town.

He believes the reality of the dream town.

The world is that kind of sleep.

The dust of many crumbled cities

settles over us like a forgetful doze,

but we are older than those cities.

We began as mineral. We emerged into plant life

and into the animal state. Then into being human,

and always we have forgotten our former states,

except in early spring when we almost

remember being green again.

Humankind is being led along an evolving course,

through this migration of intelligences,

and though we seem to be sleeping,

there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream.

It will eventually startle us back

to the truth of who we are.

~ Rumi

(translated by: Coleman Barks in: A Year With Rumi )

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Dream Your Dreams

~Terry Wallace

Do you have a dream in you that’s burning deep inside?

Do you have a nudging that just can’t be denied?

Do you have the courage to make that dream come true?

You can make it happen…

and it’s not just up to you.

If you could just commit to it

and know you’ll do your best,

then you can open up to Love,

and Love will do the rest.

Have a goal, make it clear,

and speak what you intend,

and listen for the messages that

Still Small Voice will send.

Once that you have listened

and received that gentle guiding,

there’ll be countless ways

you’ll see the Universe providing.

If you take a step in faith,

and know that you’ll be led,

you can keep on moving…

though you can’t see far ahead.

Each step you take along the path,

you’ll find the support you need.

And as you finish one step,

you’ll know how to proceed.

And bit by bit and step by step,

the way will open wide,

because anything is possible

when God is at your side.

You have to know just what you want

and make that very clear,

and listen for the guidance

and the messages you’ll hear

then move ahead with confidence

to reach out for your dream.

Know the way will open up

much further than you’ve seen.

With God, your deams can’t be too big.

Let that give you strength

to meet the challenge,

step out strong

and go to any lengths.

When you choose God as your partner

and you let Spirit lead,

there’ll always be an answer there,

to fulfill every need.

So dream your dreams

and make them big,

Don’t worry about the how.

Just Ask God please to lead you,

and take that first step now!


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The law of attraction is surprisingly simple:

Like attracts like.


It becomes a bit more complicated

when it comes to training our minds

to think in ways

that will bring what we desire into our lives.

The term “self-fulfilling prophecy” describes the same law.

This well-known term explains

that we create the circumstances

our mind dwells upon,

whether positive or negative.

So our goal is to practice

consistent presence of mind

to make sure our thoughts are

always directed toward the positive

and that which we want to create.

A key to the process is the word “frequency.”

This is true for two reasons:

(1)   The frequency you use

when you passionately dwell upon

or revisit a thought, dream, desire

or goal provides the energy

your musings need for creation; and

( 2) just like a radio station broadcasts

on a certain frequency,

like the radio you must be “tuned in”

to receive it.

This means preparing

for the arrival of your dream

on every possible level—

material, physical, and spiritual.

You don’t have to know

how it will come into your life,

just trust that it will.

Your job is to lay the groundwork,

follow any leads you can find,

and prepare for its arrival.

This can mean cleaning out your garage

to make space for a new car,

taking a tour of a model home

to get the feel of it

in order to feed your fantasies,

or thinking of what you want in a mate

and then living up to that list yourself.

Just like with any skill,

the law of attraction must be practiced.

We must decide what makes us feel abundant,

and use our imagination to create the feeling.

It isn’t enough to just want something;

you must use the power of your thoughts

to attract it.

A series of choices

is what brings us everything in our lives

right now, every moment.

When we know the direction

we want our choices to take us,

it is as if we’ve placed an order

with the universe.

Then we can await its arrival

with joyful anticipation.

If we find ways to experience our dreams

right now,

we make creating joy a treasure hunt

in which the seeking

is just as much fun

as the finding.


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Shamanic Wisdom and Healing: Cleaning Up Your River

A Conversation with Alberto Villoldo

Trained as a psychologist and medical anthropologist, Alberto Villoldo traveled to Peru in 1973 to study the shamans of the Amazon. Over the course of the next 30 years, he would be initiated into an ancient and sacred body of knowledge, practically unknown in the West. In this conversation with Kripalu Online, Alberto, one of the leading teachers of shamanic wisdom and healing practices, discusses some of the foundational beliefs of the shamanism of the Americas.

Kripalu Online: You’ve been working with shamans in South America for more than 30 years. How would you define shamanism?

Alberto: The term shamanism encompasses indigenous wisdom teachings and healing practices, as well as rites of passage or initiations. What few people know is that the shamanism of the Americas actually originated in the Himalayas. Around 30,000 years ago, when a small group of hunter-gatherers crossed the Bering Strait, they brought with them a body of knowledge–wisdom teachings, healing practices, and rites of passage–that was complete and intact, that existed before the coming of humans. And this knowledge acquired cultural flavors along the way. We call them Mayan, Hopi, or Incan, but their Himalayan source is one and the same. This is also the connection to yogic wisdom.

KOL So shamanism is not a religion so much as a spiritual path.

Alberto: Exactly. Religion is based on belief. Spirituality is based on experience. It is verifiable through personal experience.

KOL That is very much in sync with the way we understand yoga. And the reason yoga is still here, the reason shamanism is still here, is that they work. Otherwise, there would be no reason for them to have survived so long.

Alberto: Precisely. And that points to the difference between religion and science. With science, the newer it is, the better it is; the science of 20 years ago is outdated. And with religion, the older it is, the better it is. But eternal teachings like yoga, like shamanism, existed even before humans arrived. They are a body of wisdom that has to be individually accessed through practice and initiations.

KOL What are the practices of a shamanic life? What does a shamanic life look like?

Alberto: On one level, you brush your teeth and have a cup of tea in the morning like everybody else. On a deeper, more internal level, you are in communion with all of nature at all times. And your practice is one of finding how you can be in service, as a steward of nature and to the world that you want your children’s children to inherit. So the core task of the shamanist is to dream her world into being. Otherwise, she has to settle for the collective nightmare that is being dreamt by others.

KOL How does the shaman dream her world into being?

Alberto: Ah, that’s the trick. We now know that whatever you vibrate, you create and attract to yourself. So, you work on healing yourself in order to create peace around you. You become peace. If there’s conflict living within you, you cannot live in a world of peace. The world mirrors back to you perfectly the condition of your love and of your intent. And if the world you’re living in is not a world that is at peace and at joy and at grace, then you have to find peace, joy, and grace within you. The shaman no longer looks for meaning in life, but brings meaning to every situation. The shaman stops looking for truth and instead brings truth to every encounter. You don’t look for the right partner, you become the right partner. And then the right partner finds you. It’s a very active practice focused on healing.

KOL And do your beliefs affect your ability to be healed?

Alberto Yes. And it’s important to differentiate between healing and curing. Curing is the business of medicine and has to do with eliminating symptoms. A cure will seldom ever result in a healing. Healing is a different business. Healing works on four levels: the energetic; the mythic (the level of the soul); the psychological, where you can test out new beliefs; and the literal, where you can test out new behaviors, new diets, new yoga practices, new exercise routines. We all know people who have been cured but who haven’t been healed; they’ve had the tumor removed or worked through their mother issues, but they haven’t changed their diet or eliminated life stressors. Or their interpersonal lives are a mess. Generally their symptoms will come back–six months, or a year, or six years later. And there are plenty of spiritual people, yogis included, whose upper chakras are very open, but they haven’t seen their mother in years or their children won’t talk to them. Everyone’s got to do what the shamans call “cleaning up your river.”

KOL Are you born with a clean river or is there a karmic aspect to what kind of river you come into the world with?

Alberto You’re born with imprints, former lifetimes that predispose you to the families you’re going to be born through. So that you’re born into the family you’re going to have the most fun in, right?

KOL Then I got the wrong one.

[laughing] Alberto: Most of us think we did. One of the exercises I have my students do is to write a story about the baby that was dropped off by the stork at the wrong house. We should have been dropped off at the house where the parents stayed together, where there was no arguing, nobody died, and everything was beautiful. But the soul, which shamans understand as the luminous energy field, gravitates to the families where you’re going to learn the most. The luminous energy field is very potent. It has imprints that predispose you to how you will live, how you will age, who you will marry, how you will die. It is so powerful that it will even bring two people together for a single night of love in order to be born through them.

I have a friend who said, “That’s exactly what happened to my parents. Except they stayed married for another 55 years afterwards.” Shamanic healing practices consist of erasing these imprints and downloading a new code that is free of this karma so that you don’t have to work it out through the next job, or the next spouse, or the next city. We want it cleared at the level of the luminous energy field. Then it stops choreographing our physical reality, which includes our biological and psychological reality.

KOL What do you mean by that?

Alberto:  Well, the luminous energy field encodes all your information–what you inherited karmically, what happened when you were 6, when you were 12, as well as all your genetic information. If heart disease runs in your family, it’s encoded in the luminous energy field. And you want to deal with it at that level–not at the level of a heart attack in the ER.

KOL So if we have all these imprints that choreograph our lives, once they are cleared, is there nothing choreographing us?

Alberto: Then you become the author of your own script. You become the storyteller instead of being in the grip of the story. So a genetic story of breast conditions is like a bomb waiting to go off and can be triggered by external stressors or a crisis. The luminous energy field is like the software while DNA is the hardware. But that gene does not have to express itself. You can heal your DNA. That’s when healing becomes spiritual growth. It becomes a movement towards consciousness and ceases to be a physical or a psychological phenomena.

KOL Does shamanism contain the concept of some purpose that a person is meant to live?

Alberto: Absolutely. You are here to fulfill a destiny. When you have trauma that occurs in your life, your destiny is derailed. It becomes fate, and whether it’s genetic fate or psychological fate, it is fatal. Fate is a story that’s been written for you by somebody else. By your parent’s genes, by what happened to you when you were a child, by your culture, by the fact that you were born a man or a woman. Destiny is a story that you write.

Alberto Villoldo, PhD, is dedicated to bridging ancient shamanic healing practices and modern medicine and psychology. He is the author of several books, including Shaman, Healer, Sage and Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval, and directs the Healing the Light Body® School, a shamanic training program. http://www.kripalu.org

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