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How We Change Our World with Perception
with Alberto Villoldo, PhD

Alberto Villoldo - How We Change Our World With Perception

“Being able to shift to a higher realm of perception can help us find solutions to our problems, resolve conflicts, heal disease, and experience oneness with all of creation.”
—Alberto Villoldo, PhD

All of us want to affect the world for the better. We look around us and see problems—crime, pollution, child abuse—and because we're a society of rules, we believe that laws and religious commandments will help us make changes. For example, Americans elect legislators to Congress who pass more and more laws every year in the hopes that these rules will make citizens' lives better. By contrast, the ancient Greeks were a people of the concept—they knew that there was nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come. Because they manipulated ideas so elegantly, they were able to invent democracy, develop philosophy, and systematize mathematics. Their Roman neighbors, on the other hand, were great lawmakers, and Roman codes have influenced many modern Western laws. When faced with problems, the Greek philosophers conceptualized new systems, while the Romans called on their armies to enforce the precepts.

The Laika, the shamans of the ancient Americas, don't live by rules or ideas. If they want to change their world, they don't pass new laws or come up with new theories. Instead, they choose to change the way they perceive a problem. By changing their perception, they transform a challenge into an opportunity. In this online program, you will learn the four insights and their practices will help you change your perceptions and allow you to dream your world into being. Four Levels of Perception Earthkeepers learn to experience events in such a way that they no longer take life personally, and they do so at the perceptual level of serpent. Here, things no longer happen to you; they simply happen. The pigeon doesn't poop on your car to make you upset; it simply poops, and your windshield gets smeared. It doesn't rain on you to make you wet; it simply rains. When you change your perception of the events you experience, you also alter the way these situations live within you. You are no longer the cause or the effect of anything, and you sense a tremendous relief because the world is exactly as it should be—and it doesn't need you to fix it.

In the West, we tend to associate our perception with the dozens of states of awareness we're familiar with. For example, we're in one mode of awareness when we're just waking up or drifting off to sleep, another when we're in reverie, another when we're enraged, and so on. In each one, a different part of the brain is active—so we refer to them as "states of consciousness," which are products of the mind. Perceptual levels, on the other hand, exist independently of the mind. (In fact, the second level of jaguar, which we'll cover in a bit, contains the mind and all of its states of consciousness.) There are four perceptual levels through which a Laika engages the world. These levels correspond to the four domains of manifestation of vibration and light: the physical world (our body), the realm of thoughts and ideas (mind), the realm of myth (soul), and the world of spirit (energy). These perceptual levels are associated with the four energetic bodies that make up the human energy field. They're stacked inside each other like Russian nesting dolls, with the physical body innermost, the mental body enveloping and informing the physical shell, the soul enveloping the mental and physical, and the spiritual body outermost, informing and organizing them all like a blueprint.

When we shift from one level of perception up to the next, we retain our ability to function at the lower realm, but we have a much wider view of what we're experiencing. I'm reminded here of an old story about a traveler who comes across two stonecutters. He asks the first, "What are you doing?" and receives the reply, "Squaring the stone." He then walks over to the second stonecutter and asks, "What are you doing?" and receives the reply, "I am building a cathedral." In other words, both men are performing the same task, but one of them is aware that he has the choice to be part of a greater dream.

Albert Einstein once said that the problems we face in life cannot be solved at which they were created. To that end, being able to shift to a higher realm of perception can help us find solutions to our problems, resolve conflicts, heal disease, and experience oneness with all of creation, whereas before we were only experiencing distress and separation.

In this Great Mystery Online Salon with Alberto Villoldo, you'll learn that there's a spiritual solution to every problem you encounter in the physical world, in your mind, and in your soul. You'll learn that you can't eliminate scarcity in your life by getting another job, or heal feelings of abandonment or anger by understanding your childhood wounds. You can only fix these problems at the level above the one they were created in.

about Alberto Villoldo

Dr Alberto Villoldo is a medical anthropologist and psychologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease.

Founder of The Four Winds Society, he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine. Dr. Villoldo has written over 12 best-selling books, including Shaman, Healer, Sage; Illumination: The Shaman’s Way of Healing; and Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment.

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