Illumination with Jeffrey Rich

Descriptions of the Shamanic Healing methods I have been trained in and which I use in my healing practice. Click here to make an appointment to explore Illumination in Asheville, NC with Jeffrey Rich.

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The Illumination process is a shamanic technique of resolving long-standing emotional tangles brought to North America by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D, one of the first North Americans to study with the Q'ero shamans in the Andes. In his book, Shaman, Healer, Sage, Mr. Villoldo says of Illumination:

"The Illumination Process transforms heavy energies into light. This is also a metaphor for saying that it transforms emotional wounds into sources of power and knowledge ... Through an alchemical process (miqui / mikhuy), one transforms one's wounds into a source of courage and strength ... The lessons are integrated at an energetic level ... The Illumination Process transforms the heavy emotions associated with trauma and disease into nourishing life energy.
The Illumination Process achieves healing in three ways. First, it burns up the sludge and deposits adhering to the walls of a chakra. This promotes longevity and strengthens the immune response. Second, it combusts the toxic energy around malignant physical and emotional imprints. This is the fuel that an imprint employs to express itself. Third, it scours clean the imprints in the Luminous Energy Field. The Illumination Process brings about healing at the source, at the blueprint level of our being. When these imprints are erased, one can readily change negative emotions and behaviors. The power of the immune system is unleashed, so that physical healing is accelerated.
After the Illumination Process combusts the energies around the imprint, the underlying imprints are erased. There is no pattern left in the blueprint to reorganize an old reality."

Shaman, Healer, Sage, pp. 156-160 by Alberto Villoldo, shaman and founder of the Four Winds. 

Our Luminous Energy Field carries the imprints of past trauma and emotional wounds. These imprints are like the grooves on a record, perpetually steering us into well-worn behavioral loops around these traumas. Illumination is a process which combusts and mulches the heavy energies surrounding and associated with these traumas, removing these imprints completely and permanently. This cleanses the energy bubble, erasing the patterns which drive us back into those loops of unhealthy and destructive thoughts and behavior. In the process, deep insight is gained about these imprints and "the wounds cease scripting reality and turn out to be gifts of love and strength."

As you lie face-up on my table, one of my healing stones, a khuya is placed on the lowest of your chakras affected by the issue, and breath is then used to move the hucha down into the stone where it can be mulched and combusted. To completely clear the imprint, it is necessary to re-experience the emotions surrounding the issue, but not the original trauma itself; through the emotions associated with the imprint, you harvest the hucha, the negative energy surrounding the imprint and release it. When you feel 'done', we thank the spirits for their assistance and insight and then we close sacred space. Illumination has become one of my favorite shamanic techniques, mostly because it is so incredibly profound and transformative.

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