DVD Review: Shaman, Healer, Sage



What causes a scientist to refocus himself from modern medical procedures to the mystical treatments of ancient tribes? Alberto Villodo took a break from his university gig to explore the old ways. He wasn’t merely going to read a few articles and attend a conference. He has spent decades journeying around the Western hemisphere observing, studying and applying the ways of shaman healers. His big interest is the body’s “luminous energy field.” Is this really the secret in treating someone’s illness or preventing unbalances in their lives? The documentary Shaman, Healer, Sage explores his journey in the field that’s covered in the book Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas.

The film follows Villodo on his trips to these various places where he converses with the locals to gain insight. He heads into the land of the Inka empire. He relates several stories about his visits. There are recreations of some of his prime understanding moments. Even with barely an hour’s worth of running time, Villodo gives a complete a sense of what fascinates him about healing energy. He explains how he taps into it using the ancient techniques. Shaman, Healer, Sage is a fine primer for anyone with friends really into healing energy. Villodo gives enough information during the documentary so that you can follow along with your friend’s conversation.

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfer looks fine since the documentary appears to be shot on HD video. The audio is stereo. Villoldo has a calming voice for describing the energy fields.

Energetic Interventions (53:01) is a guided tour through concepts such as Chakras, Illumination Process, Soul Retrieval and Symbolic Death Rite. Villoldo lets people understand what it necessary to perform the ritual.

Shaman, Healer, Sage encapsulates and refines Villoldo’s book on the subject. The documentary explores the concept of energy fields.

Truemind presents Shaman, Healer, Sage. Starring: Alberto Villoldo. Running Time 64 minutes. Released: March 12, 2013. Available at Amazon.com.