Faculty

Alberto Villoldo Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the medicine traditions of the Jungle and the Amazon for over 30 years. He began his research among the jungle peoples in the Amazon basin, studying the effects of the ayahuasca, the mythical potion employed by jungle shamans to experience the realm beyond death. His investigations led him to the Andes, where he has been working and studying Inka shamans and prophecy keepers secluded in mountain tops since the time of the Spanish conquest.
While on the faculty at San Francisco State University, Villoldo founded and directed the Bio-Self Regulation Laboratory, where he investigated the effects of Shamanic healing on blood and brain chemistry, studying how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, dedicated to bridging ancient Shamanic healing practices with modern medicine and psychology. Dr. Villoldo believes that the Inkas are the keepers of a body of prophecies and ritual processes that offer priceless techniques to Western medicine and psychology. As director of the Healing the Light-Body School, he trains physicians, psychologists, nurses, and lay persons in shamanic techniques of energy medicine.

Dr. Villoldo has appeared on Good Morning America, and in Mirabella, National Geographic, and other publications. He is author of more than 10 books, including Shaman, Healer, Sage; Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval; The Four Insights; Yoga, Power, and Spirit; and Courageous Dreaming. He is featured in several DVDs including The Galactic Serpent, 2012 The End of Time: The Inka Prophecy, and Healing the Luminous Body: The Way of the Shaman.

Initiation at the End of Time

As we approach 2012 and the End of Time, we can look to the ancient shamans who foretold these extraordinary times to offer us the tools for navigating through the dangers of our era and for dreaming a new world into being. Shamanic Initiation entails a death of who you have been and a resurrection into an unknown and exhilarating new state of being. Initiation is the most powerful and direct way to heal the wounds inflicted upon us by our ancestors and our collective human history. Once Initiated, we recover the passion and life force that we once squandered in anger, lust, or greed, and re-invest it in our well-being, to discover and envision a new life for ourselves, our families, and the Earth.

During the year 2011 we enter the Galactic Dark Night of the Soul, a time ripe for breaking free from the nightmare of history and the cycles of self-inflicted suffering and personal crisis. In this presentation you will learn the four steps of shamanic Initiation and how you can apply them to your life.
www.thefourwinds.com

Barbara Marx Hubbard Barbara Marx Hubbard
Buckminster Fuller has called Barbara Marx Hubbard “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.” Widely regarded as his philosophical heir, Barbara is a social innovator, speaker, author, educator and leader in the new worldview of conscious evolution.
A VISION FOR HUMANITY

Humanity is facing unprecedented, evolutionary changes. It is amazing—out of the famous Mayan prophecy has come the indication that we are facing the end of this world as we know it and the beginning of the new world by 2012. This date corresponds to environmental and social predictions of breakdowns and breakthroughs now widely known. Let’s assume there is some validity in these prophecies. What vision of the future, of the new world, might we see so that we can place our attention upon this vision as a strange attractor to carry us through this critical transition?

The Evolution of Consciousness

We notice that crisis precede transformation. Problems are evolutionary drivers. Intensifying pressure leads either to devolution and extinction or evolution and transformation. This is one reason that 2012 might be earthshaking and shocking to some. Furthermore, we see that evolution creates radical newness. Life out of prelife, human life out of animal life. Is it possible that from our species, a new human and a new humanity are now emerging? We can see the sequence from Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo Neanderthal, Homo sapiens, to Homo sapiens sapiens. Why should it stop with us? Is it possible that a new species has been gestating in the womb of self-consciousness through the great avatars, mystics, and visionaries for thousands of years, and that now, due the crisis, this new humanis being born in millions of us? It has been predicted as Homo progressivus (Teilhard de Chardin), Gnostic Human (Sri Aurobindo), Homo sapiens, sapiens, sapiens (Peter Russell), Homo noeticus (John White), Homo universalist (my own favourite name). It is possible that the basic shift point in this prophecy is the emergence of the “universal human,” by whatever name it is called, as a “new norm.” Perhaps we will reach critical mass for this human by 2012.

The fact is we see ourselves coming to the end of the viability and even survivability of ourselves in our current stage of self-centered self-consciousness. We are becoming “ego mutants,” as Alan Lithman calls current leadership, gaining powers we used to attribute to gods while we remain in the same state of consciousness as our ancestors.

If we imagine ourselves only a few years in the future, even by 2012, providing we do not destroy ourselves first, we see the outlines of a vastly enhanced humanity, applying the growing edge of human consciousness, capacities, and evolutionary technologies to life-affirming goals, resulting in a quantum transformation of the human species itself.

How Do We Get Ready For 2012?

Realize that the higher self, the inner voice, is you. Bring your projections home as your own developmental potential. Ask that deeper self to take dominion within your personality selves, and shift your identity from your ego to your essence. This is the key step to being born as a more universal human. Then, find life purpose. Ask to know what you are born to do. Follow the compass of joy. Seek out those who affirm the highest in you. Where two or more are gathered in the name of that highest dimension or your being there, “I Am” is in your midst. Everyone is needed. Everyone is called. The greatest blessing any one of us can have is to say “yes” to the dormant potential within us. Reach out to those who attract you, and connect with as many others doing the same as you possibly can.
barbaramarxhubbard.com

Daniel Pinchbeck Daniel Pinchbeck
"In the twentieth century, psychoanalyst Carl Jung realized 'the reality of the psyche,' the interconnection of mind and world, the psychic and the physical, expressed through synchronicities and other occult correspondences. Jung understood that a deep transformation of the human psyche was underway. According to Jungian theorist Edward Edinger, we are currently experiencing the 'archetype of the Apocalypse,' a term that has familiar destructive connotations but that is also defined as 'revealing' or 'uncovering.'
"As a negative archetype, it represents the smashing of previous forms of thought and ways of being; as a positive archetype, it represents a momentous event—“the coming of the Self into conscious realization.” In the Jungian model, the “Self” encompasses the complete expression of our being, including both conscious and unconscious elements. Our limited egos dread the coming of the Self, a process that takes place within historical time yet is, paradoxically, temporal. As Christ expresses this paradox, ´'The hour is coming, and now is.'

"If the end of the Mayan calendar signals the completion of this archetypal process in historical time, we can begin to appreciate the momentous psychic distance we will travel in the next years. Today, most of us identify with our individual path and ego-defined goals. As we complete this apocalyptic passage, we will conceive ourselves, increasingly, as fractal expressions of a unified field of consciousness and sentient aspects of a planetary ecology—the Gaian mind—that is continually changed by our actions, and even our thoughts. When the collective shares this understanding, we will move beyond the threshold of history, with its narrative of wars, conquests, and competing belief systems. Humanity will unite as a global tribe, ensuring all of its members equal rights and equal status in a planetary community. Having resolved internecine discord, we will be ready to make our entry into galactic civilization, where we will discover new myths, new companions, and new dimensions of being."
Daniel Pinchbeck

Pinchbeck was a founder of the 1990s literary magazine Open City with fellow writers Thomas Beller and Robert Bingham. He has written for many publications, including Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. In 1994, he was chosen by The New York Times Magazine as one of “Thirty Under Thirty” destined to change our culture.

His 2003 book, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism, seems to have really given him a higher profile among those interested in alternative religion and spirituality.

In his recent book, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl Daniel deals with planet-wide transformation of consciousness, crop circles, ancient prophecies and the end of the world.

The movie "2012: Time for Change" directed by Emmy Award nominee Joao Amorim, follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck on a quest for a new paradigm.

Pinchbeck lives in New York’s East Village, where he is editorial director of the online magazine Reality Sandwich. He writes a column, Prophet Motive, for Conscious Enlightenment publishing (www.cemagazines.com), which appears in Conscious Choice (Chicago), Conscious Choice (Seattle), Whole Life Times (LA), and Common Ground (SF).
www.realitysandwich.com

Flordemayo Flordemayo is a Mayan elder born in a small village on the Nicaragua/Honduras border. Flordemayo's father was a local shaman and Flordemayo's mother was a midwife and a healer. As her children grew, Flordemayo began to work as a healer/curandera. Flordemayo is a sundancer who considers her Mayan heritage a keystone of her work. She studies under Don Alejandro Oxlaj, a head of the Mayan Council of Elders, who convened the first Gathering of Indigenous Priests and Elders of America in 1994.
Flordemayo’s curandero remedies, Spirit Medicine of the grandmothers, are hand-made using traditional herbs, prayers and ceremony. These remedies have been passed down to Flordemayo through oral tradition for many generations. They are remedies for every type of situation, designed to cleanse, heal, protect and promote spiritual growth. She has studied extensively with her brother, a herbero in Nicaragua, for the last seven years. Currently working out of her home, she uses her kitchen to prepare remedies as has been done for generations.

Since 1999 Flordemayo has been a part of the Wisdom of the Grandmother’s Foundation. Currently Flordemayo is a member of the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Flordemayo and the grandmothers have travelled around the world uniting people in a circle of prayer.

MAYA PROPHECY

“Let me tell you what the Maya are saying. I’m not here representing the Maya, but I’m going to say what I know. 2012 is the end of a cycle for the living creatures on this planet. Between 1985 and 2012, there has been and continues to be a transferring of energy in the cosmos that is enormous. People feel that something monumental is going to happen. Humans have practically destroyed everything around us.

“There’s a lot of contamination: air contamination, water contamination, and earth contamination. The high winds and calamities that we’re having are due to the negligence of what we’re doing here. We don’t need four automobiles in a family. Destruction is coming about due to our negligence and greed and the Maya have it written down as a prophecy.

“One of the predictions concerns how we’re going to have seven days of darkness. When this takes place, a lot of people that don’t have a spiritual basis are going to go nuts. I have been assured that this will not be the end of the world. It really means, according to the Maya, that the earth is going to go through a period of gestation and enter into a new period. I saw in a vision that we’re going to have two suns. We need to get ready.

“We all need to cultivate a strong connection with spirit, with God. I’ve explained what I feel my God is, but we all have different opinions and feelings about God. You need to have such passion and devotion to God that you can surrender totally. Without that kind of commitment, you can’t be a healing presence in the world.”
www.grandmotherscouncil.com
www.intk.org

FREDDY SILVA is one of the world's leading experts on sacred sites, ancient systems of knowledge and crop circles. He's a life-long student of Earth Mysteries and a principal researcher into the interaction between temples and consciousness.
Freddy Silva is the best-selling author of Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles, hailed by many as the most comprehensive book ever written on this fascinating and multi-disciplinary phenomenon, and has directed the documentaries Stairways To Heaven: The Practical Magic of Sacred Space and Templemaking. He has appeared in TV documentaries for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC, as well as in numerous video documentaries and has been described as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now.” His new book Common Wealth: Our Legacy Of Places Of Power And The Transfiguration Of The Human Soul is a thrilling and insightful journey exploring the profound influence of ancient temples on the direction of human consciousness.
www.invisibletemple.com
www.cropcirclesecrets.org

 Geoff Stray Geoff Stray an international speaker who has been researching the subject of the year 2012 since 1982, is author of Beyond 2012 Catastrophe or Awakening?, The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars and 2012 in Your Pocket.
In December of 2012 the Mayan Calendar’s Great Cycle will come to an end. Opinion remains divided as to whether apocalyptic scenarios of worldwide destruction or utopian visions of a spiritually renewed humanity will prevail after this key date has passed. What is certain, however, is that a rare galactic alignment will occur, one so unique that it is found at the core of many wisdom traditions from around the globe.

Geoff Stray has been collecting the vast amounts of data relating to the 2012 phenomena since 1982. Far from confining his research to the Maya, who provide the most prominent predictions indicating this date will herald significant changes for humanity, he has studied the prophetic traditions of other cultures—including the Tibetan, Chinese, Jewish, Ethiopian, and tribal cultures from around the globe—to show the kind of convergence of cosmic purposes happening along a number of parallel tracks. Stray also offers an extensive look at many modern theories, including Terence McKenna’s Timewave Zero and Maurice Cotterell’s sunspot research as well as anomalous phenomena such as near-death experiences and crop circles.

Geoff Stray maintains the website Diagnosis 2012, the most comprehensive database available on 2012. He lives in Glastonbury, England.

Beyond 2012: Catastrophe or Awakening

"So we could look upon the Earth as a large hibernating creature like a bear that is re-cycling its body waste, but can only keep it up for a certain amount of time before it either has to wake up or poison itself. The unconscious mind of the bear knows when Spring is coming, the trigger that will arouse it from its slumber, just as the year 2012 is emerging from the collective unconscious as the end of time, or year of ascension, or the year of catastrophe, or the deadline for cleaning up the planet by the Kyoto Protocol. As we get nearer, there should be more outbreaks of telepathy and clairvoyance, like a pan of maize on a stove that starts with a few pops and speeds up until the whole pan goes crazy." www.diagnosis2012.co.uk

James Gilliland James Gilliland
After a near death experience brought about by drowning, James Gilliland could no longer continue business as usual. James received the gift of Interdimensional Mind and the ability to transfer powerful consciousness and energy to others, helping them in their own awakening and healing process. His eyes were fully opened, and he saw the lack of love and joy in his life and his work. Success through material acquisition, “the American dream”, was now seen for its emptiness. He realized that the temporary joy and pleasure possessions and outer appearances brought were not the goal and began his inward journey.
This began a spiritual journey and 20 year quest which included 6 years of Yoga, The Inner Christ Ministry, and the Tibetan foundation were he was certified as being an intuitive visionary of the highest consciousness and energy. He is a teacher, spiritual counselor, energetic healer, and published author. His published books include Becoming Gods 1 & 2 and Reunion with the Source. He was recently honored by a venerated teacher in the Lama traditions as ”Rigdzin Norbu” which translated means "Jewel of Pure Awareness".

James' DVD Contact Has Begun- A True Story with James Gilliland is an engaging documentary exploring near death experiences, UFO’s, ORBs, global changes, and extra terrestrial encounters. With live UFO footage and first hand accounts of other-world encounters, this film is among the first to explore questions such as where did they come from, and why are they here? Contact Has Begun was filmed at Gilliland’s ranch in Trout Lake, Washington, which serves as the primary location for his E.T. encounters. The movie delves into Gilliland’s life story, his own near death experience, his personal encounters with other worldly beings, and also includes interviews with physicists and other experts who have visited the ranch and share their perceptions of these phenomena. You can watch a trailer by clicking here.
www.eceti.org

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Kiesha Crowther, Little GrandmotherKiesha Crowther, also known as "Little Grandmother," was initiated as shaman at age 30 by a Native American elder and was told that her task was to be shaman and Wisdom Keeper of the “tribe of many colors.”
As a child she spent long periods of time alone in the wilderness, where she lived with and learned from the four-legged, one-legged, winged-ones and swimmers, as well as the star and stone people. Her young life was marked by many unusual experiences and abilities that she did not understand. As a child, she had been taught by the ancestors, grandmothers past, and Mother Earth, and was known for her ability to sense and communicate with wild animals and to see and work with energy.

Since being initiated on her path as shaman and Wisdom Keeper, Kiesha has begun to share teachings and to conduct ceremonies and healings for individuals and Mother Earth. She feels her responsibility to be carrying and communicating earth wisdom and the ancient knowledge for our current age. Toward this end, she has released videos of her talks, which are freely available on YouTube and which have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people so far all over the globe. Her work as a Wisdom Keeper also includes the planting of sacred crystals in very specific locations around the world for the renewal and strengthening of Mother Earth's precious ley lines. Her powerful message emphasizes how to shift individual and planetary consciousness, how to live in the heart in right relationship with Mother Earth, and to remember who we are--THE GREAT I AM.

Ancient Prophecies and Teaching for the Coming Age

In her presentation, shaman and Wisdom Keeper Little Grandmother will share with the group keys to shifting individual awareness and living from the heart for the coming times—based on teachings given to her directly by the ancestors, indigenous elders, and Mother Earth. Remembering who we are as the “Great I AM,” as co-creators of our reality able to dramatically affect earth consciousness through Love, is the key. The shift into living from the heart will be characterized by a return to deep intimacy with Mother Earth as a living being and spirit, sacred to all life in the universe. Little Grandmother will share about her own extraordinary journey, from being a young girl living in a rural religious farming community to being recognized as a shaman by her mother’s tribe at age 30. She will tell about the important crystal ceremonies she has been asked to perform in special places on the earth at this time to connect earth’s energy ley lines, in preparation for the changes happening and due to happen on Earth in the coming years. By remembering the ancient cosmic truths we have forgotten, we can transform our world and ensure that human beings shift into a higher dimension of being, along with Mother Earth. Participants will practice working with earth energy, and learn techniques to help them shift into heart consciousness—which is the central task being asked of humanity at this time.
littlegrandmother.net

Steve Bhaerman Swami Beyondananda Steve Bhaerman is an internationally known author, humorist, and workshop leader. For the past 23 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the "Cosmic Comic." Swami's comedy has been called "irreverently uplifting" and has been described both as "comedy disguised as wisdom" and "wisdom disguised as comedy."
As the Swami, Steve is the author of Driving Your Own Karma (1989), When You See a Sacred Cow, Milk It For All It's Worth (1993), Duck Soup for the Soul (1999) and Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction (2004).

In his "past life" (before Swami), Steve started an alternative high school in Washington, D.C. and co-authored a book about his experiences, No Particular Place to Go: Making of a Free High School. A political science major, he later taught history to autoworkers at Wayne State University in Detroit as part of the Weekend College. In 1980, Steve co-founded Pathways Magazine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, one of the first publications bringing together holistic health, personal growth, spirituality, and politics. Subsequent to Pathways, Steve was a freelance writer and co-author with Don McMillan of Friends and Lovers: How to Meet the People You Want to Meet (Writer's Digest Books, 1986).

Since 2005, Steve has written a political blog with a spiritual perspective, Notes From the Trail, hailed as an encouraging voice "in the bewilderness." His latest book, written with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House, 2009). Steve is active in transpartisan politics and the practical application of Spontaneous Evolution. He can be found online at www.wakeuplaughing.com


 

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