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A Despacho To Open Our Mesa Building Journey

We prepare our hearts and call to the Grace of Spirit,
The wisdom of Pachamama and
The power of the Apus,
To guide us through the darkness of winter
As we build our mesa
To weave our hearts to the love and beauty
Of our Earth Mother, Pachamama.


May the white petals of the rose hold our prayers in purity.


We call to the Four Directions
So we may be in balance with all your elements,
So we may live in harmony
With the rhythms and cycles of Nature
Around us and within us.


We feed our prayers and intentions to you
With offerings to bring color and sweetness
To our hopes and dreams
As we walk this path of transformation.


We wrap our prayers as a gift to you Pachamama
With a forgotten prayer holder of the white rose
To hold our intentions through time and space
Until they manifest in this Earth dimension, the Kaypacha,
For the highest good of all.

We wrap our despacho in the sacred cloth
Informed by the blessing of a new snow
On the first morning of a new year.

We thank you, thank you, thank you
For receiving the prayers of our most tender and humble heart.
We bow in gratitude for the blessings you bestow upon us
And for clearing the path ahead so we may walk
In the beauty and the abundance that you so
Lovingly provide to us all.



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photo by Bill Brouard

photo by Bill Brouard

Within each Soul lies a seed that holds the potential for its becoming. Just as the acorn holds within all it needs to grow into the mighty oak we too are born with everything we need to awaken fully into our potential.

Having cut the lower vibrational cords that no longer serve us in our last ceremony, we journey to retrieve the seed of our Soul to plant them in our next New Moon Despacho.

This is a journey to the womb of Mother Earth where the seed of all life springs forth. The journey of every seed is an instinctual call to Light that emerges from darkness.

For this journey you will need:

  • 20 – 30 minutes of uninterrupted time
  • Dark or dimly lit space to lie on your back as close to the Earth as you can
  • Pillows if needed  for under your head or beneath your knees for support
  • A blindfold or bandana to cover your eyes to take your journey deeper into darkness (optional)
  • A blanket to keep warm (optional)
  • Object from Nature to hold the essence of your journey

Once you retrieve this seed from the womb of Mother Earth you will be guided on your journey to plant this in the darkness of your belly. This seed will begin to inform you, awakening the call of your Soul. Dreamtime is a potent portal for Soul wisdom to come through. You may want a journal to record what comes to you in your dreams.

Once your journey is complete you will transfer the essence of what you receive to an object in Nature such as a flower, leaf, petal, twig or stone. Notice what images, thoughts, felt senses, knowings, colors or impressions have come through this journey. With your intention, and your exhale, you energetically transfer this information from your journey to an object in Nature by blowing this in with your breath. You then return this to the elements by burning in a fire, burying in the Earth or offering to a natural body of water. This aligns the calling of your Soul with the Universe and feeds your conversation with Spirit.

I offer this journey so the seeds of your Soul may be brought to our New Moon Despacho on January 23rd (more will be posted closer to ceremony). This ceremonial planting will birth the awakening of our Soul supported by the collective intent of all who share this journey.

Your Seed of the Soul Journey starts here. 

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit

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I love the tarot, any cards for that matter. As I hold an intent and pull forth a card I bypass the mental chatter of mind and reach straight to my Soul for it is to my Soul that the images speak. I read them, like most things, intuitively.

Our recent New Moon Despacho held the deep longing of liberation from hundreds of Souls to be free of the cords that bind us to fear, lack and limitation.

I pulled a tarot card for our community of virtual visionaries to ask what we need to see in the aftermath of ceremony. An awe inspired grin swells in my heart as the Two of Swords is revealed. The crossing of two swords marks the X that set this ceremony forth. (The Power of X) A woman sits, blindfolded, at a crossroads, a red cloth draped down her back, a mark of the bloodletting to the cords we have cut and their return to Earth.

Some part of our Soul sits right here, blindfolded, at a crossroads. Shrouded in darkness, uncertain of what lay ahead or which direction to take.

And it is here, in this mystery of darkness, that all potential awaits.

Every seed starts in darkness. Every thought, dream or vision is first imagined in darkness. Human life itself is birthed through the dark of mother’s womb. What are our Souls longing to birth forth?

We are at a crossroads, the threshold to a new year. A year that has been prophesied through ancient maps of many traditions and points the way to an awakening of our Light. How do we know a path if we have not traveled it before?

We must rely on darkness. Darkness calls forth other dimensions of our knowing. Our eyes do not serve us here. Our outer seeking will not guide us now. Darkness requires us to slow down. We cannot rush through darkness. Our steps must be slow and deliberate to navigate this void. Darkness calls forth our intuition, our felt sense of things, our knowing without reason. It fortifies our trust and connection to Spirit. For these are our guideposts through darkness. These are our guideposts to Light.

What guides a seed as it breaks through its shell to move from deep darkness to its blossoming? This is our journey. We have done the work of breaking the shell, cutting the cords that obstruct our Light. Now we journey through darkness, fortifying our trust, relying on the guidance of Spirit as it speaks through our intuition.

Continue to settle into the darkness of Pachamama. Send the darkness within to her belly with your intent. Exhale and empty into her darkness. I look forward to meeting at the next New Moon so our first despacho of 2012 may light the seeds for the dreams of our Soul.

2012 is the gateway to Light!

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit

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A place of uncertainty in my heart steers my shamanic journey this morning as I ask for what I need to see in this space of letting go.

Bats swoop over and around me. I am met by the steadfast stare of owl. I follow soft moss under my feet. It carries me over a log. I can go no further as the large upended roots of a tree stand before me. The log begins spinning. No longer can I keep my balance. I slip and free fall into a vast body of water. Most of this journey remains here, at the ocean floor following trails of clam shells and sea creatures. Everything flows and sways. Ahead I see a castle. As I come closer I see it is made of starfish. Orange and colorful. They seem to wave. I am met by a God of the Waters, King Neptune. He tells me to see. I am trying very hard to get a vision. I cannot see anything. He tells me I am looking in the wrong place. In the distance I see mountains, far away, very dark. I begin to spin. All I can see are these dark shadows of mountains in the distance. I spin faster until my form begins to dissolve. I ascend, traveling upwards, until I reach the heavens. It is here I receive this message:

You are a STAR.
It is time to occupy
Your rightful place among the heavens. 

All I can feel is the light of this star. I am the light of this star sitting in the infinite black sky. I am surrounded by other stars. Each of us occupying our unique and rightful place. Each of us illuminating this vast and infinite darkness.

This is a time of initiation.

We are rebirthing.

Remember my friends…


AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit

(Shamanic journey available on iTunes)

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Shamanic journeying is a tool, used for thousands of years, to communicate with Spirit and access information from non-ordinary states of reality. The shamanic journey is one of the first practices in A Structure for Spirit used to meet a Spirit Ally to serve as a spiritual guide. I will journey for myself, or others, when I am looking for clarity or guidance on a question, challenge or conflict. The intent of a journey is the energy that drives it. I was called to journey to ask what we, as a collective of visionaries, needed to see in preparation for October’s New Moon Despacho Ceremony, to step fully into our power and release the powerlessness of the victim.

Most of the journey was in darkness, and it was messages about darkness that came through. At first there was fear in this darkness. I was told to recognize darkness as an essential passageway or portal through which we must pass to emerge to lightness, awareness or understanding. Darkness allows us to fortify other dimensions of our seeing since we do not have our eyes to rely on. We must use touch, smell, kinesthetic awareness (a body intellegence that lets us know where our body is in space) and sensation to get our bearings. What would guide you through a tunnel without light? Darkness strengthens these other dimensions of our abitlty to feel, sense and know.

Darkness also cultivates stillness. Darkness does not allow us to rush. Sitting still in the darkness of this journey, a crystal of light emerges from the Earth. We do not need to run around out there to find what we need. What we need will come to us in the still of darkness. The Stone People are offering their medicine to us now. We were given the following practice to sustain us at this time:

Find three stones. Cleanse them in a sea salt bath overnight. Once the stones are clear they will be used to nourish and sustain our bodies on all levels. For the practice, lie on your back. Place one stone on your belly. Place one stone over your heart (the center of your chest) and one stone on your third eye, the center of your forehead. Let your breath start to deepen and slow down. Feel your body resting more deeply on the Earth. Let your self be still to receive the steadfast stillness of the stones. Let this absorb into your body as you lie quietly. This medicine is recevied in stillness. Stay quiet until you feel a sense of stillness in your body. This will deepen with practice. 

Thank you Spirit for the information you have shared with us to help guide and comfort us on this journey, to deepen our awareness and understanding of darkness. Thank you for the practice to reinform us at this time and cultivate the steadfast stillness necessary to travel in darkness. Tnank you to the generosity of the Stone People who so freely share their medicine with us. Thank you to the willingness and courage of the virtual visionaries to walk together through this tunnel of darkness.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit

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