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Celebrating Pachamama, our Mother Universe

With Mother’s Day around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to celebrate or remember our own mothers, or celebrate ourselves as mothers. Our Heart of the Pachamama Journey to Peru with Puma Quispe Singona celebrates our universal earth mother, Pachamama, and introduces us to ways we can connect spiritually with her. This journey also explores practical ways to help young mothers and women living in this sacred land.

Pachamama

In Inca mythology, Pachamama (or Mama Pacha) is a fertility goddess who oversees planting and harvesting. She is also said to take the form of a large dragon who has the power to cause earthquakes! Although we often see Pachamama translated as Mother Earth, ‘Mother Universe’ is considered a more accurate translation, as her power extends beyond the earth to the entire cosmos. Continue reading

Message from Miguel Angel Vergara

I have been a disciple of KuKuulKaan, the Feathered Serpent, from the first time I encountered him at Chichen Itza over 30 years ago. The Serpent, representing the Sacred Knowledge of the Ancient Ones, is a powerful symbol throughout Mexico. In Central Mexico, including Jalisco where I was born and raised, he was known as Quetzalcoatl. When I came to the Yucatan I recognized him as KuKuulKaan in the Mayan tradition. In the Mayan language “Ku” means God, Kuul means veneration or worship, and Kaan means the infinite. Together KuKuulKaan stands for the highest achievement possible, for potential fully realized.
 
 
 Today humankind has access to amazing knowledge through education, travel, and of course the internet. What we are searching for now is understanding, purpose, and how to use this amazing knowledge to change our lives, to change the world. Our journeys with the Feathered Serpent are two-fold, the outer journey where we visit sacred sites, do ceremonies, and use our five senses to gather more information and the inner journey where we use our connection to the infinite, our connection with the Maya Masters of Light, to receive understanding and gain insights on how to use the knowledge to fulfill our purpose. 
 
I grew up in the Huichol (People from the Sun) indigenous culture and learned at an early age, from my Grandmother, the importance of being grounded and connected to Mother Earth. It is the same in the Maya, Toltec, and all ancient teachings. It sounds so simple but with the many distractions in our lives today it is not always easy. Using ceremonies, meditations, and chants I share practices and rituals that help us achieve this grounding not only for our journey together, but for use in our daily lives when we return home. All the knowledge and potential in the world serves no purpose unless grounded in our Planet Earth. This is where we have incarnated in this lifetime and this is where we are meant to manifest.

Following in the footsteps of Quetzalcoatl and KuKuulKaan gives us an opportunity to connect with the Heart of the Sky and the Heart of the Earth, to receive the insights and ground them in the earth. Humankind has the knowledge and the potential to create the world of peace and harmony that we say we want. What is holding us back from doing that? What is stopping us?  We have all the ingredients to make the spiritual bread. It is time to fire it, to manifest.

 

 
 We all know of great leaders and teachers throughout history who have made a difference, who have fulfilled their purpose. We also know so many more people who fell short, who seemed to have great potential but never really accomplished much with their lives. 
 
Imagine a world where every human being realized his or her potential. That is where the Sacred Path of Quetzalcoatl – KuKuulKaan is taking us. We are ready. It is time to take the first step. 
 
Read more about our Tour Leader, Miguel Angel Vergara here

Are you ready to take the first step and travel on the Sacred Path of Quetzalcoatl – KuKuulKaan this year? Read more about our journey: “Sacred Path Of Quetzalcoatl-Kukuulkaan with Miguel Angel Vergara: A Journey to Discover Your Potential in the Land of the Toltec & Maya, December 1 – 9, 2014”.

Celebrating Mother Universe

With mother’s day fast approaching many of us are looking for ways to celebrate or remember our own mothers, or celebrate ourselves as mothers. A Sacred Journey to Peru with Puma Quispe Singona celebrates our universal earth mother and introduces us to ways we can connect spiritually with Pachamama as well as practical ways to help young mothers and women living in this sacred land.
Pachamama
In Inca mythology, Pachamama or Mama Pacha is a fertility goddess who oversees planting and harvesting. She is also said to take the form of a large dragon who has the power to cause earthquakes! Although we often see Pachamama translated as Mother Earth, “Mother Universe” is considered a more accurate translation, as her power extends beyond the earth to the entire cosmos.

Puma Quispe Singona, our guide for September’s Heart of the Pachamama journey, has a profound understanding of Pachamama and is expert at sharing his wisdom with others so they can experience for themselves the power and energy of Pachamama in the Peruvian Andes today.

Puma was trained by his grandfather from the age of 6, and has been walking the path of a traditional Andean Medicine Man for many years. Puma is a recognized holder of ancient knowledge, and, as one of the past travellers on this journey puts it, he “possesses ancient wisdom traditions, reverence for our Mother Earth, the healing abilities of a Medicine Man along with a playful and humorous nature [that] was a joy to experience!”

On this incredible 2013 journey, Puma will lead participants through two entrances to Machu Picchu – most tours would only spend one day at the sacred site – including a special day to celebrate the Spring Equinox with a dedicated ceremony honouring and celebrating the life-giving force of Pachamama.

Ayni Ayllu Weaving Cooperative
In Peru the spiritual is so often connected to the practical, and Puma’s own mother runs the Ayni Ayllu Weaving Cooperative to preserve the ancient Andean traditions of weaving arts, while inspiring women and children to manifest their inner light through the practice of weaving. Workshops are offered to teach and renew the ancient ancestral Incan wisdom and spirituality so that the traditions can be carried forth with the new generations. Workshops on family and childcare are also offered to help impoverished families so that they may receive the tools necessary to create a safe space for women and children, while teaching them important skills to help them find more opportunities for work and self sustainment.(1)

For Mother’s Day, I hope you have the opportunity to combine the spiritual with the practical in a way that celebrates nature’s birthing miracles. Be it planting seeds in the garden, gifting your mother a sacred journey, donating to the Ayni Ayllu Weaving Cooperative, or simply spending a few moments meditating on the energetic powers of Pachamama, enjoy this spring celebration of fertility and compassion.

~ Kim Bridgett
Notes:

(1) All information about the Ayni Ayllu Weaving Cooperative is taken from the Sacred Earth Journeys website – read more about this wonderful initiative here: http://www.sacredearthjourneys.ca/current-tours/heart-of-the-pachamama-with-puma-quispe-singona/tour-description

Peru: Listening to the Earth’s Breath

As winter fades and the first buds of spring appear I am reminded of the earth’s age-old cycles, of how nature provides for us year after year, methodically, consistently, courageously at times. In this busy age of on-demand products and services, I find spring is a time when I feel the need to reconnect with the earth and remind myself that it is my job to listen to her vibrations and to find a way to be in balance and harmony with Mother Earth and my own true nature.
Q’eros performing an Initiation Ritual, Peru

In Peru this work comes more easily than in North America; it is a country where ancient rituals such as offerings to the earth are still respected, where cultural traditions are maintained and a connection with Pachamama is revered.

This deep connection is particularly present among members of the Q’ero Nation.  Located on the Eastern side of the Peruvian Andes, just over 2,000 inhabitants from five communities make up the Q’ero Nation. The Q’eros are direct descendants of the Incas and escaped the Spanish Conquest by living in their ancestral villages, protected by their sacred mountain spirit, the Apus. Emerging from their villages as recently as 1959, the Q’eros have maintained cultural traditions and customs, from agricultural to medical to spiritual to this day.(1)

Don Sebastian Pauccar is a member of the Q’ero Nation and an experienced Andean high priest who will be co-leading an upcoming tour to Peru with Juan Ruiz Naupari. Don Sebastian, as one of the few descendants of the Incas, has inherited his skills from traditions handed down through the generations, from Coca Readings to Healing and Initiation Rituals. He is able to use his deep connection to the Earth to help others find balance and healing.

 

Juan Ruiz Naupari in Cusco, Peru
Connecting to the earth also implies connecting to ourselves since we are, of course, inextricably linked. We will find it too difficult to listen to the earth’s whispers if we do not first listen and open up to the wisdom of our own bodies. Juan Ruiz Naupari, founder of the Inkarri Multicultural Organization and the Pneuma System, draws on ancient wisdom and rituals that lead to “profound inner transformation and self-realization”. Describing Pneuma Breathwork, Naupari says:

“The oxygen we breathe contains Pneuma, which consists of subtle and divine particles of light that exist within the air. Normally we breathe unconsciously and are seldom aware of the life giving properties within the air and thus receive only a small degree of the benefit available to us. But when, through intention, we consciously breathe this divine energy, we become infused with a surplus of pure vital force. This in turn brings renewal to the cells of our body and has a powerful healing and regenerating effect on our entire organism.

It also allows us to move beyond the negativity of the ego within our psyche and into a deeper connection with our True Nature. From this space of equanimity and serenity, we can then observe the mechanisms of the ego with more objectivity and thus are able to begin to comprehend and uproot these negative elements within us.”

As the barren winter landscape is transformed to a hope-inspiring bounty of colour by the warm spring air and gentle rains, we have an opportunity to transform ourselves with our own sacred, ever-present breath. This spring let us breathe consciously, with intention, rooting and connecting to ourselves and the earth as we welcome growth, nourishment and wisdom.

~ Kim Bridgett

 

Notes:
There are still some spots available on the June 2013 “Initiation in the Andes with Juan Ruiz Naupari” journey to Peru. Read more about this transformative journey and how you can benefit from Juan and Don Sebastian’s wisdom at: http://www.sacredearthjourneys.ca/current-tours/initiation-in-the-andes-with-juan-ruiz-naupari/tour-description.
For more information about the Q’ero Nation you can visit http://www.qeros.net/index.html and http://qerofoundation.wordpress.com.
To discover more about Juan Ruiz Naupari and the Pneuma System visit: http://www.inkarri.us

(1) Factual information about the Q’ero Nation is taken from http://www.qeros.net/index.htmland http://qerofoundation.wordpress.com.