Alberto Villoldo and Healing the Luminous Body

Alberto Villoldo and Healing the Luminous Body: Short Biography, Book Reviews, Quotes, and Comments (Great Minds Series, Vol. 10), by Peter Fritz Walter


‘Alberto Villoldo and Healing the Luminous Body’ (Great Minds Series, Vol. 10) is a study about one of the greatest and most gifted Western shamans the world has seen.

He has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans 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, and it was with this research intention in mind that he left his orderly life and ventured into the Andes to find a knowledge that dates back thousands of years among native shamans and natural healers.

Villoldo directs the Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. 

He has training centers in New England, California, the UK, Holland, and Park City, Utah. The author of the best-seller ‘Shaman, Healer, Sage’, Villoldo now draws on his vast knowledge to bring us a practical and revolutionary way to discover the source of an original wound that may have occurred during childhood or in a former lifetime, and that derailed our destiny. He then shows us how to track forward along our time lines to find our best and highest future.

The book comes with extensive book reviews and quotes, and comments, as well as illustrations, and two bonus reviews of the books ‘Ayahuasca’ by Ralph Metzner and ‘The Cosmic Serpent’ by Jeremy Narby.

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Fritjof Capra and the Systems View of Life

Fritjof Capra and the Systems View of Life: Short Biography, Book Reviews, Quotes, and Comments (Great Minds Series, Vol. 3), by Peter Fritz Walter.


‘Fritjof Capra and the Systems View of Life’ (Great Minds Series, Volume 3)’ is a passionate study about the great contemporary physicist and a review of all of his published books, including extensive quotes.

The author considers Fritjof Capra as one of the most important authors on new science and systems research. He found Capra’s ‘Tao of Physics’ in 1985, at a time when his life was in a complete reorientation. He compares the impact of the book on his psyche and his personal evolution with his discovery of the I Ching and Taoism, as well as the writings and psychoanalytic teaching of Françoise Dolto (1908-1988).

The author considers as genius Capra’s unique gift to formulate and explain complex scientific and philosophical insights and interrelations in a way that the educated reader can understand. He sees certain parallels in Capra’s life in the lives of Albert Einstein and Wilhelm Reich who, like him, were from Germanic origin and after their immigration to the United States only wrote and published in English.

The author especially lauds Capra’s basically non-judgmental worldview and his ability to understand people from ultra-orthodox to very liberal with the same generosity and magnanimity. This can be seen, inter alia, in a lesser known volume, entitled ‘Uncommon Wisdom’ which is a recollection of conversations with remarkable people, a kaleidoscope of anecdotes from the lives of truly lively and communicative humans. Another noteworthy instance from Capra’s life is his long involvement in the counter culture and his meeting with most of the celebrities of that culture, as for example Timothy Leary, Stan Grof, Terence McKenna, Gregory Bateson, or Ronald David Laing and Thomas Szasz, the founders of the antipsychiatry movement.

The author especially notes Capra’s merit is to have introduced the systems view of life to scientific research, while he is not the originator of the idea, which was mainly developed by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Ilya Prigogine, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. But Capra has carefully surveyed and summarized this important research that is generally difficult to grasp to the non-scientific reader, and has rendered the important idea accessible for the interested lay audience.

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Joseph Murphy and the Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Joseph Murphy and the Power of Your Subconscious Mind: Short Biography, Book Reviews, Quotes, and Comments (Great Minds Series, Vol, 6), by Peter Fritz Walter.


‘Joseph Murphy and the Power of Your Subconscious Mind’ (Great Minds Series, Vol. 6)’ is a study that features one of the greatest self-help authors of our time.

Joseph Murphy (1898-1981), born in Ireland, was a naturalized American author and New Thought minister, ordained in Divine Science and Religious Science. He was born into a strictly Catholic school master family and was accepted as a Jesuit seminarian. However, by the time he reached his late teen years, he began to question the orthodoxy of the Jesuits and withdrew from the seminary, leaving his family for going to America, where he started a modest career as a pharmacist.

Parallel to his job, he began to study all of the world’s religions, yet his concept of Christianity was non-traditional and he founded his own church in Los Angeles, becoming a proponent of the New Thought movement, whose founder, Ernest Holmes, became his mentor. Gradually his classes, his sermons and his radio programs became more and more widely known and his fame spread with publishing his first bestseller, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, in 1963. Over the years, he received several academic degrees, as a scientist, a theologian, and a Ph.D. as well. In his later years he also became a Fellow of the Andhra Research University of India.

After his first great publishing success, he wrote more than 30 other books that all become bestsellers. He died in 1981 and his wife, Dr. Jean Murphy, continued his ministry.

Dr. Murphy left a legacy that is highly important in our time of loss of soul in everyday life. His practical and yet deeply spiritual teaching, and prayer technique, called ‘Scientific Prayer’ has left a markstone in our time for those, who without wanting to join a fixated Credo, wish to live a spiritual life, do good to others, experience success, wealth and recognition, and create inner peace. 

The present book provides a bit for all tastes, offering a short biography, reviews of his most important books, quotes, comments and book excerpts, and a bonus essay by the author, entitled ‘Creative Prayer, the Miracle Road.’

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Edward de Bono and the Mechanism of Mind

Edward de Bono and the Mechanism of Mind: Short Biography, Book Reviews, Quotes, and Comments (Great Minds Series, Vol. 5), by Peter Fritz Walter.


‘Edward de Bono and the Mechanism of Mind’ (Great Minds Series, Vol. 5) is a study that features one of the greatest think tanks of our time.

Born in 1933 in Malta, he has been a training expert, corporate consultant, writer and philosopher of world renown for decades. He has been a corporate consultant for DuPont, Exxon, Shell, Ford, IBM, British Airways, Ciba-Geigy, Citibank—to name a few.

Unlike many other corporate training experts, Dr. de Bono went way beyond the job of a corporate trainer, and is to be considered a true business philosopher and conceptualist. His research on perception and the memory matrix of the human brain has had a decisive impact upon accelerated learning.

Dr. de Bono is the creator of many creativity-boosting games and training programs, among them the concept of ‘lateral thinking’ and the ‘6 Thinking Hats’ brainstorming technique. In various countries, governments use his techniques in primary schools and high schools for boosting the creativity and learning skills of their students.

He has written numerous books with translations into 34 languages (all the major languages plus Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa, Urdu, Slovene, Turkish etc), and has been invited to lecture in 52 countries around the world.

In 1995 the Malta Government awarded Edward de Bono the ‘Order of Merit.’ This is the highest award available and is limited to only twenty living persons. For many thousands, indeed millions, of people worldwide, Edward de Bono’s name has become a symbol of creativity and new thinking.

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Joseph Campbell and the Lunar Bull

Joseph Campbell and the Lunar Bull: Short Biography, Book Reviews, Quotes, and Comments (Great Minds Series, Vol. 7), by Peter Fritz Walter.


‘Joseph Campbell and the Lunar Bull’ (Great Minds Series, Vol. 7)—2019 Apple Books Edition—is a study on the great genius of one of the most influential mythology scholars of our times. The review shows that the historical transition from matriarchy to patriarchy seems to never haven taken place on the level of the unconscious. In the contrary, it appears that the intrinsic symbolism of the soul level, the content of the collective unconscious, the level of spiritual visions is one of the matriarchal goddesses and cosmic energy holders, such as the Mythic Bull or Lunar Bull, and the Serpent.

Joseph Campbell was not only one of the greatest scholars humanity has known but also a fighter for the true expression of individual soul values, autonomy, self-reliance and true democracy. He, as not many others, unveiled the hidden fascism in our Judeo-Christian root culture that traditionally murdered the out-group while preaching to love one’s neighbor, thereby representing one of the most hypocrite religious paradigms around the world.

Campbell’s mythology research is today backed up by the insights of Carl Jung and researchers on shamanism and entheogens such as Ralph Metzner or Jeremy Narby, as well as reports of personal experiences with matriarchal gods and goddesses manifesting through the intake of entheogens such as Ayahuasca. What we can learn from embracing mythology, as this monograph shows, is to find solutions that are viable and durable because they are integrated in the landscape of soul, and our collective unconscious, and not just green table solutions that may temporarily appeal to our rational mind.

The illustrated volume presents a short biography, reviews of all of Campbell’s acclaimed books, quotes, and comments, as well as a bonus essay by Peter Fritz Walter, entitled ‘The Lunar Bull’ which is puts a focus upon the spiritual significance of matriarchy.

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Françoise Dolto and Child Psychoanalysis

Françoise Dolto and Child Psychoanalysis: Short Biography, Book Reviews, Quotes, and Comments (Great Minds Series, Vol. 4), by Peter Fritz Walter.


‘Françoise Dolto and Child Psychoanalysis’ (Great Minds Series, Vol. 4) is one of the greatest psychoanalysts the world has known. The author interviewed Françoise Dolto in 1986, after having visited ‘La Maison Verte’ in Paris, a center Dr. Dolto had created for parents and children that mainly served to prepare children for greater lapses of time away from their parents and the early kindergarten experience. The interview took place in Dr. Dolto’s apartment at 260, rue Saint-Jacques, near the Panthéon, Paris. A long correspondence followed the meeting which was published, after Dr. Dolto’s death, with the author’s permission, by Gallimard Publishers, Paris, in 2005.

The author reviews five of Françoise Dolto’s books, ‘La Cause des Enfants (1985),’Psychanalyse et Pédiatrie (1971) and three volumes of Dolto’s professional seminar on child psychoanalysis, ‘Séminaire de Psychanalyse d’Enfants (1982, 1985, 1988).’ He tries to convey to the reader who is unfamiliar with psychoanalysis the basics for understanding the present book, and furthermore, stresses the uniqueness of Dr. Dolto’s approach to curing psychotic children—a feat that is unparalleled in human psychiatric history, for psychosis was always held as incurable.

The book retraces the fascinating way Françoise Dolto got to become an authority not only in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in France, and worldwide, but also a public figure of great renown in France—while she is as good as unknown in the English speaking world. The motivation of the author was namely to break through this wall of silence and elucidate this particular audience about the genius of one of the greatest psychiatrists of our time, and of all times. He explains also the stress that Françoise Dolto put upon children developing autonomy and get emotionally detached from their parents with the liquidation of the Oedipus Complex, at the age of 5 to 7 years. Today, 27 years after her death, Dolto’s engagement for the emotional freedom of children is more important than ever in our claustrophobic modern society in which many children are raised into codependent partners for their emotionally immature and media-addicted parents.

The volume comes with quotes from two of Dolto’s most well-known books, translated by the author, who grew up in a region bordering France that is bilingual German-French.

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