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 Dan Inosanto when the author Virgil Mayor Apostol presented to him his personal copy of
Way of the Ancient Healer. 

Way of the Ancient Healer

Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions

Preserving the ancient wisdom of an extraordinary culture, Way of the Ancient Healer reveals the creative power of healing that lies beyond the limits of our everyday awareness. This book provides a comprehensive overview of traditional healing practices in the Philippines, exploring their origins, world influences, and role in daily life.  The author Virgil Mayor Apostol, a descendant of a long line of Filipino healers, blends historical research with detailed descriptions of the spiritual belief system that forms the foundation of the Filipino healing tradition. Offering a rare look at modern-day healing rituals, Apostol discuses his own shamanic healing experiences and presents examples of sacred practices that have developed from the concept that everything in nature contains a soul or spirit.

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What everyone is saying about “Way of the Ancient Healer”

 Deepak Chopra

American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement.

“In Way of the Ancient Healer, Virgil Mayor Apostol brilliantly blends the art and science of the sacred teachings of Filipino traditional healing to help people find their path toward health and happiness.”

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“The recent upsurge of interest and research into the connection between the mind and body that reaches into the spiritual, a largely ignored realm for decades, shows that science acknowledges that there is much that we do not yet know. The mechanisms that link the nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system have only begun to be understood, and it is perhaps this avenue that will fruitfully provide the initial understanding of the link between spirituality and health, and the secrets of these healing traditions, including Filipino healing as presented in this book.”

Edward K. Fujimoto, DrPH, Former professor of the DrPH Program in Preventive Care, Loma Linda University

“This brilliant and powerful work is a must for everyone in the healing arts as well as those who would increase the depth and breadth of their humanity. It is not only the first major study of the extraordinary practices of the visionary healers of the Philippines, but offers the reader inner knowledge of human possibilities once thought to be mythic, now shown to be real.”

Jean Houston, PhD, Founder of Mystery School, Ashland, Oregon, and author of A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story

“Interest in complementary and alternative therapies is on the rise, and Virgil Mayor Apostols’ Way of the Ancient Healer is a fascinating cross-cultural exploration of the nature of health, illness, and healing in the Philippine tradition that will be of special interest to those reconsidering the methodologies of traditional shamans for healing and problem-solving.”

Hank Wesselman, PhD, Anthropologist and author of Spiritwalker

“A brilliant account of the ancient Filipino healing arts written by one of its authentic practitioners and teachers. Essential reading for anyone interested in indigenous health and healing.”

Bradford P. Keeney, PhD, Author of Shaking Medicine

About the Author

Virgil Mayor Apostol, BBA, B.MSc, HHP descends from a maternal and paternal bloodline of healers, and has also been blessed to receive the teachings of other elder healers. He has dedicated himself to the research, development, and promotion of his ancestral Ilokano traditions. .

His background includes: founder of Applied Sciences of Indigenous Healing; seven-year Ayurvedic therapist at the Chopra Center for Well Being; author of Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions (North Atlantic Books, 2010); co-author of Healing Hands of Hilot (1997); instructor of wooden club calisthenics; educational speaker; and workshop presenter.

In March of 2015, Apostol received the honorable title “Open Eye Master” from the School of Pyramids’ International Circle of Masters founder, Sōke Dan R. McEaddy. Apostol is an authorized Lay Therapeutic Minister under the Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda (ONACS), and does collaborative healing work with traditional Tibetan physician Lobsang Dhondup at the Tibetan Healing Center in San Diego, California.


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