|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)
|Juan Ruiz Naupari in Cusco, Peru|
“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.”
~ Kim Bridgett
(1) Factual information about the Q’ero Nation is taken from http://www.qeros.net/index.htmland http://qerofoundation.wordpress.com.