There is something pure and clean about the Andean medicine. It is simple and so deeply connected and in synchronicity with the elements and nature. The tradition medicine has been maintained and preserved throughout the centuries by the Q’ero community, descendants from the last of the Incas, who fled to high altitudes in the Andes to escape the Spanish Conquistadors. There they live, at an altitude of over 14,000ft in simplicity, with no modern conveniences.
In the 1970’s, the community was discovered by an anthropologist who recognised them by their unique textiles. From there began the exploration into the wisdom and ancient teachings that the Q’eros had protected and guarded over the years.
The native language of the Q’eros is Quechuan, which outdates the Incan Empire itself. The Incan Empire is well remembered for its fine architecture, which in some archeological sites appears to be downright impossible given the tools they would have had at the time. Another characteristic of the Incas were their dedication to agriculture and the daily homage they paid to the Pachamama, Inti and the Apus, what we often refer to as Gaia and the Sun. The best land was used for agriculture, which was their measurement of wealth. The land deemed less worthy of cultivation, was then used to build their homes upon, which, even for the royals, were small and humble.
Offerings and Values
The Q’ero tradition focus’ strongly on the exchange of energy and gratitude. Before entering a sacred site, permission is asked and a small offering is made. Despachos are intricate ceremonies which are used as a greater gift to the Pachamama and the Apus in return for health, success of a project or for a bountiful return come harvest time. Each time one sits down to eat or to drink, a small offering is given to Pachamama and Inti as gratitude and as an act of service.
As wealth and class is measured by agricultural success, those who have a greater understanding of the land, the animals and the elements, produce the greatest return and are held in high esteem.
The mountains are deemed to be sacred and the link between those on earth and the ancestors. This is why they are known as the Apus. Many are given their own name and God-like representation, with their most sacred mountain being known as Apu Ausangate. Those who study in the P’aqo, or priest tradition, complete much training and rituals, before ascending on the final mountain to become initiated into Pampamissayuq or Altomissayuq.
The collective goal towards higher global consciousness
Why are the teachings of the Q’eros so important to the western world?
In the western world, there is a great disconnect from nature and the natural cycle of human life. We have become dependant on technology and many of us spend ninety per cent of our time indoors, with artificial heating and lighting. As theories of the consequences of global warming and pollution filtrate the media and government, more and more people are searching for a way to return to a simpler and more organic way of life. The simple fact of the matter is, we have a significant imbalance when it comes to the exchange of energy or Ayni. We are taking and destroying far more than we are giving and creating. It is a trend which cannot last for much longer.
The Q’ero P’aqos teach us to live in harmony with the earth, and in harmony with ourselves. It teaches us to take responsibly for the roles we play in life, our reactions and emotions, and the impact we have on the earth. We are guardians of the earth, and with their knowledge, we can actively work to preserve the natural beauty and environment that we live in. They understand the art of agriculture, of living in simplicity, an art that our ancestors too had perfected. The traditions of the Andes are not there to teach us something new, something our genetic DNA does not already know. Rather it is there to help us to remember and revive so that we may learn to live more in coherency with our own true essence and that of the earth.
Commencing the Camino
More and more people are beginning to realise that Peru is much more than a touristic destination and a place of historical relevance. Many are opting to travel to Peru as a place of pilgrimage, to learn, heal and grow as a person. Many are guided to start connecting with the ancestors, their wisdom and traditions, to reconnect with the teachings of nature and to live a more balanced and holistic life, taking full responsibility with ones own growth and development.
The teachings of the Andes are so pure and simple in their essence, that we as westerners can implement them into our day to day lives easily. It may take us a long time to have the same understanding of life and the way of the natural world, but the simple rituals, like daily offerings, taking five minutes to acknowledge the presence of your ancestors and their guidance, expressing gratitude for the guidance and abundance we receive and learning to take responsible and control of our body and mind, can all be understood and applied by each and every one of us. How far you travel down the path of understanding is up to you.
Journey of Initiation to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, Puno September 21st to October 5th 2019
In September, we will be making the sacred pilgrimage journey to connect with the origins of the Inca civilisations and the original teachings of the Q’eros.
Connect to the ancient wisdom of the indigenous Q’ero Nation, through the teachings of renowned Q’ero Priest and Shaman Nicolas Pauccar Calcina, direct descendant from the last Inca. He is the author of “The Language of a Q’ero” and “The Last Mountain”, the documentary “Humano” and creator of the KawsayPacha school in Cusco, Peru.
We will visit stunning and sacred archeological sites from the time of the Incan Empire, connecting with the sacred energy and learning about the ways and traditions of the Incas and their people, including Machu Picchu.
We will then continue on to Puno, to connect to the origins of the Incan civilisation, the womb of the earth from where Manac Capac and Mama Ocllo rose to go on and establish the ancient Cusco and centre of the Incan Empire.
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