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                               HOLDING YOU BACK

            Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist who comes from a long line of Earthkeepers from the Amazon and
            the Andes. The author of numerous best-selling books, Dr. Villoldo currently directs The Four Winds Society in Park
            City, UT, where he trains people in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval.

            One way to think of a sacred dream is as a story     This story offers me a window into my client’s unconscious
            that brings meaning and direction to your life. This   maps and the challenges they will find as they travel along the
            story is like a map with trails that can lead you on   trails defined by their story. Sometimes my client’s story will
            an epic journey to a worthwhile destination. If your   fail the test of destiny. The story is too small, and the horizon
            map has you hiking along a parched desert, you can come up   it sets is too close and cramped, or the map it provides is too
            with a better narrative that takes you through a shady forest   fuzzy and it’s hard to get their bearings. I know then that this
            or a fruit orchard. On the desert trail we hurry along, encour-  story is not part of a sacred dream and will in all likelihood
            aged by the hot sand beneath our feet. On the path through   soon turn into a nightmare, as in the story that follows.
            the shady forest we sometimes forget our destination.
                                                                 I met Roger, a man in his early 60s, shortly after he was
            There are gifts and trappings to whichever road we take in   divorced from his wife of many years. A successful engineer
            life. But we want to be able to choose the story that is right   and entrepreneur, Roger was searching for the next adventure
            for us, and not always the well-beaten path selected for us by   his life might take him on. He came to me for guidance, for a
            fate or by society or caste. I love the part in Alice in Wonder-  compass and map that would let him explore the next chapter
            land where the Cheshire Cat essentially tells Alice, “If you   of his journey creatively.
            don’t know where you are going, just about any road will take
            you there!”                                          Here is what Roger wrote: Once upon a time there was a
                                                                 young prince who traveled through the countryside until he
            This is what happens when you do not have your own story—  found a castle with a very large tower. He noticed that at the
            you end up at the same boring destination as everyone else.   top of the tower there was a beautiful princess who was only
            A sacred dream is always bigger than you are and it has a des-  allowed to step out once a day onto the deck of the tower,
            tination that is mysterious. So be sure that you select a great   which was her prison. The princess immediately fell in love
            dream, for your story will inevitably take you there. When I   with the prince and he became determined to rescue her.
            work with a client, I ask them to write a fairy tale that begins
            “Once upon a time . . .” and that includes a prince or prin-  But the castle was guarded by a fierce dragon chained to the
            cess, a warrior (or warrioress), and a dragon. The psychologist   base of the tower. The prince called on his faithful servant and
            Carl Jung said that the unconscious speaks through dreams   asked him to go to the castle and test to see if the dragon was
            and fairy tales.                                     friendly. He was to measure the length of the dragon’s chain
                                                                 and the distance to the nearest tall tree.

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