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Here are a few things to prepare for our New Moon Despacho as we gather as a virtual community to ceremonially plant the seeds of our dreams, intentions and visions. There are a number of ways to participate depending on your time and what calls to you.

Here are some things you may need depending on your level of participation:

  • 36 bay leaves, small native leaves or flower petals to make 12 qintus (Read more about qintus on How A Shaman Prays)
  • Fine Sea Salt for Purification
  • Seed of the Soul Journey
  • Seeds
  • Potted Soil, Garden or Earth for planting seeds
  • Candle for Creating Sacred Space

Before coming to ceremony, you want to create time and space that feels sacred for you. This is a personal experience so whatever prayers or rituals you have will work. If you have not created sacred space or come to ceremony before, offer a prayer of thanks to the Earth. Reflect on all the blessings the Earth provides in your life. Lighting a candle is a simple way to enter into ceremony. We transition from our ordinary routine and shift to a space that feels sacred.

Another practice that helps prepare us for ceremony is purification. A simple purification ritual can be created by rubbing your dry hands together with fine sea salt holding the intention of clearing any negativity from your heart. Continue until you feel your hands are clean and clear. As our hands are energetic extensions of our heart, cleansing in this way helps clear our heart. Purification practices are believed to make the heart more pure, empowering the strength of our prayers and intentions. Smudging, floral waters and incense can also be part of a purification ritual.

Once you have created sacred space and performed a purification ritual, take a moment to reflect on your intentions for the upcoming year.

What are your dreams and visions?
What is the calling from the seed of your Soul?
What is the highest prayer you hold for our planet? For humanity?
What would the highest manifestation of your Soul feel like? 

Place your hands over your heart. Close your eyes as your gaze turns inward. Breathe into your heart as you hold your dreams, visions and seeds of your Soul. This is what you will offer in ceremony surrendering your intent to Spirit.

There are a number of ways to participate so notice what calls to you:

  • If you have joined ceremony online, a qintu with your name will be offered to the despacho with the intention of holding the highest manifestation of your dreams and visions
  • A picture of the despacho will be posted into which you can blow in your intentions, dreams, visions with your exhale, sending them into the image of the despacho with your breath and intent
  • You may blow your intentions into 12 qintus which are then be buried or burned
  • You may print a copy of the despacho to hold qintus and make a despacho of your own. Place your qintus in a meaningful arrangement and add offerings such as incense, sage, tobacco, herbs, flower petals, grains, sweets or dried fruits to energetically feed your prayers. Fold your despacho into a square and tie closed with ribbon, twine or string. Do not turn your despacho over or shake in order to keep your intentions undisturbed. Your despacho is then burned or buried.
  • You can blow the intent of your dreams and visions into seeds which you will then plant in potted soil, a garden or somewhere on the Earth.
Once you have finished placing your intentions in whatever way called to you, listen to the guided meditation Letting Go of Expectations. This is a seated meditation that will help release your attachment to any outcome of how your intentions should manifest, surrendering your intent completely to Spirit.

The Despacho will be available and open for ceremony for 3 days starting on January 22nd, the day before the New Moon at 7:30 pm EST, until January 24th at 7:30 pm EST when it will be offered in a fire ceremony. You can participate on any one of these days. The Despacho will be anchored by the kuyas (stones) of my mesa which I received during rites and initiations with Shamans in the mountains of Peru.

Please share any comments or questions that arise as we create a collective intent to energize and empower each other as we step into ceremony.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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The intent for our upcoming ceremony is to plant the seeds of our dreams, visions, intentions and becomings. As we ride the lunar rhythms to darkness, take time to reflect on what intentions serve the calling of your Soul? What seeds of wisdom are ready to be brought forth into the world? Where are you ready to step into your power? What is the biggest dream you have for yourself? For the planet? For humanity?

Image from Deviantart

Image from Deviantart

As we plant these seeds we trust in their potential to grow and blossom. The power of ceremony teaches us to let go of expecting our seeds to look a certain way once they bloom. In ceremony we align our Soul with Spirit, a creative intelligence of the Universe that guides through our intuition. Signs and symbols show us the way. In ceremony we deepen our trust in the mystery of creation.

To help prepare for our first New Moon Despacho of 2012 here are some suggestions for setting intent:

You can certainly hold more than one intent for this despacho. I personally like to set an intention for my year. This year I hold the intention of ease. From my Soul journey I plant a crystal of light. I plant seeds for growing my medicine to step more deeply on my path of service in the world and to be of greater service to this growing virtual community. I plant seeds of light for each and every Soul in this circle so they may blossom fully into their brilliance. I plant seeds for the healing of every heart so we may source from a well so deep in self love it can only spill over to a love for each other and our planet. I plant seeds for the care of our Earth Mother so we may learn to listen more deeply to her wisdom in order to take care of she who has provided all that we need. I plant seeds for the visions and dreams of my daughters as they step forth on to their path of becoming in the world.

These seeds of intention can then be blown into seeds which can be planted in a garden or potted soil. These ceremonial gestures of intent carry much merit. They display a humble dedication that deepens your connection to Spirit. This also serves as a reminder of tending your seeds in both literal and mythic realms.

So what are you ready to plant?

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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Here are a few things to prepare for our New Moon Despacho as we gather as a virtual community to cut the cords that drain us of our life force energy. This will aid in preparing a fertile soil from which to birth our intentions in the coming year. There are a number of ways to participate depending on your time and what calls to you.

Here are some things you may need depending on your level of participation:

Before coming to ceremony, you want to create time and space that feels sacred for you. This is a personal experience so whatever prayers or rituals you have will work. If you have not created sacred space or come to ceremony before, offer a prayer of thanks to the Earth. Reflect on all the blessings the Earth provides in your life.

If the only prayer we ever said was thank you, that would be enough.

Another practice that helps prepare us for ceremony is purification. A simple purification ritual can be created by rubbing your hands while they are dry with fine sea salt holding the intention of clearing any negativity from your heart. Continue until you feel your hands are clean and clear. As our hands are energetic extensions of our heart, cleansing in this way helps clear our heart. Purification practices are believed to make the heart more pure, empowering the strength of our prayers and intentions. Smudging, floral waters and incense can also be part of a purification ritual.

Once you have created sacred space and performed a purification ritual, take a moment to reflect on what cords are ready to be cut. Hold these places with a sense of love and gratitude for the lessons and wisdom they hold.  You can cut cords and attachments to relationships, habits, addictive substances, disease or illness. This is what you will offer in ceremony with the intention of releasing these cords and attachments from their roots.

There are a number of ways to participate so notice what calls to you:

  • A qintu with your name will be offered to the despacho with the intention for a swift and gentle release of any cords you are releasing
  • A picture of the despacho will be posted into which you can blow in your intentions for cord cutting directly into the image
  • You may blow your intentions of what is ready to be released into 12 qintus
  • You may print a copy of the despacho to hold your qintus and make one of your own. Arrange your qintus in an artful display and add offerings such as incense, sage, tobacco, herbs, flower petals, grains, sweets or dried fruits to energetically feed your prayers. Fold your despacho into a square and tie closed with ribbon, twine or string. Do not turn your despacho over or shake in order to keep your intentions undisturbed.
  • If you have qintus or made a despacho they need to be burned, buried in the Earth or released to a moving body of water.
Once you have placed your intentions in the image of the despacho or qintus or a despacho of your own you will follow with a Fire Ritual

Complete the ceremony with Heart of Peace Meditation. This is a seated meditation that will take about 10 minutes.

The Despacho will be available and open for ceremony for 3 days starting on December 23rd, the day before the New Moon at 7:30 pm, until December 25th at 10 pm when it will be offered in a fire ceremony. You can participate on any one of these days. The Despacho will be anchored by the kuyas (stones) of my mesa, many of which I received during rites and initiations in the mountains of Peru.

Please share any comments or questions that arise as we create a collective intent to energize and empower each other as we step into ceremony.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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Fire has the power to cleanse from our luminous field what no longer serves us. Fire feeds the seeds of intention of what we seek to call forth. Fire accelerates the release of heavy energies transforming it into light. We will use a simple fire ritual during our cord cutting ceremony for healing and transformation.

What you will need:

  • Tea Light Candle
  • Toothpick

In a traditional Peruvian fire ceremony we bring to the fire what we are ready to release by blowing the intention into a stick. (Read How A Shaman Prays for more). If you have a fireplace or other means of creating a fire, by all means use a stick to offer your intentions to the fire. If not, we will use a candle and a toothpick with the same intention working in the sacred space of ceremony.

With your exhale, blow the intention of releasing the roots of any toxic cords that deplete your system of its life force energy. Blow in the intention to clear the energetic impressions that diminish the brilliance of your Light. Blow in the intention of releasing the energetic impressions that have laid a foundation of lack and limitation. Personalize your intention in any way that feels authentic to you. Your breath is the energetic conduit on which your intention travels. As your intention is held in the stick, the dense energy of your intention transforms in the fire into light.

Once your intention is held in the toothpick, place it in the fire holding it as long as you can before setting it in the flame so it burns completely. Once your toothpick has been placed in the fire leave it until the flame has died out. Anything that may be left from your fire ritual; wax, burnt offerings, wick, may be buried in the Earth.

The other part of the fire ritual will clear the three energetic centers at your belly, heart and forehead and release any cords to the fire. Starting just below your navel, move your hand in a counterclockwise direction with the intention of releasing any dense or blocked energy from this center and direct it into the fire. Continue until this feels complete. Repeat this unwinding at the heart and forehead.

Once these 3 centers have been unwound, place your hands in front of you, palms facing up and ask Spirit for a ceremonial sword with which to cut any toxic cords. Trust you will receive what you need. If you have a ceremonial sword use it here. With deliberate intent, clear the space around your physical body with your sword. As you cut, direct what is being released into the fire. Trust your intuitive wisdom. Spend as much time as you need. Continue until this feels complete. Offer the sword back to Spirit with gratitude.

Once your luminous body has been cleared with the sword, draw the light of the flame into your field to heal, re-inform and psychically cauterize any cords. This often feels like I am bathing myself with fire. Let the fire feed any intentions of what you would like to call into your life at this time.

Bring this ritual to a close by drawing the flame into each of the three energy centers (belly, heart, forehead) and seal them in a clockwise direction.

This will be part of our cord cutting ceremony with further instruction once ceremony opens but it is also a practice you can use at any time for clearing, healing and transformation.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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div·i·na·tion [div-uh-ney-shunn]

1. the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by supernatural means.

2. perception by intuition; instinctive foresight.

Spirit is always looking to communicate with us. The practice of divination is one way to receive these messages. All kinds of tools provide a means; pendulums, tarot cards, cocoa leaves, stones, Nature and her elements, astrology charts and planetary alignments. One that I discovered while traveling in Peru was the ash after burning a Despacho. Our prayers journey from the form of the Despachothrough the blaze of fire, until they transform to ash. Here is a reading of these ashes:

ASH AFTER FIRE CEREMONY

What stood out for me, at first glance, are the dark spots, especially at the lower left side. This displays a block to where we are receiving. Being near the bottom of the ash speaks to where we block the flow of Mother Earth energy into our systems. When we are not fully open to receive, manifesting and creating becomes more difficult evident by the smaller dark spot at the bottom right. Can we fully drink in the beauty of Pachamama, swallow whole her abundance without any fear of not having enough? (I will post more on this with messages from a Shamanic journey after ceremony.)

There were a number of figures and images I noticed which may be difficult to see but at the very top of the ash on the right sits an owl. What stood out were the intensity of the eyes. We are seeing more through the eyes of our wisdom. This level of perception allows us to see our life, and who we are, from a higher perspective. It allows us to be less reactive as wisdom also brings with it a sense of compassion. We are rising in our consciousness and levels of perception.

In the upper left (and nearly impossible to see in this image) is the form of a woman. On her left shoulder sits a butterfly. Relationships to our Mother are changing. This Mother is symbolic of Mother in all dimensions. This may be the relationship we have with our birth Mother, or relationships with other significant women and sisters in our lives. This can also demonstrate a shift happening in how we mother ourselves, being less reliant on some source of nurturing to come from outside of our Self. This also speaks to the relationship with our Earth Mother, Pachamama, which reflects back to the first impression of where we are blocked in receiving her. This too is undergoing transformation.

One last impression is a clearing and opening in our hearts that is in conflict with how we are expressing and communicating this in the world. A conflict is not a “bad” thing but rather a place where these two aspects have not come yet into balance. We are still working our way through bringing the openness of our heart into right relationship through our speech, thought and conduct in the world.

AHO my friends! AHO!
Karen Chrappa

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THE JOURNEY OF OUR PRAYERS

Mandala on which our qintus (prayer holders) were placed

First round of qintus offered in heart of Despacho

Heart of Despacho

Despacho Complete with Qintus and Offerings

Despacho folded and tied up like gift with forgotten prayer holders in place

Sitting through the night under the dark of the New Moon, gold candle keeping watch

FIRE

ASH

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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Here are a few things to prepare for our New Moon Despacho as we gather as a virtual community to offer our gratitude and feed what nourishes us.

Preparations for Ceremony:

  • 12 bay leaves, small native leaves or flower petals to make 4 qintus (Read more about qintus on How A Shaman Prays)
  • Sacred Space
  • Quiet mind
  • Sea Salt (fine, not coarse) for Purification
  • Intention

Before coming to ceremony, you want to create time and space that feels sacred for you. This is a personal experience so whatever prayers or rituals you have will work. If you have not created sacred space or come to ceremony before, offer a prayer of thanks to the Earth. Reflect on all the blessings the Earth provides in your life.

If the only prayer we ever said was thank you, that would be enough.

Another practice that helps prepare us for ceremony is purification. A simple purification ritual can be created by rubbing your hands while they are dry with sea salt (use fine, not coarse) holding the intention of clearing any negativity from your heart. Continue until you feel your hands are clean and clear. As our hands are energetic extensions of our heart, cleansing in this way helps clear our heart. Purification practices are believed to make the heart more pure, empowering the strength of our prayers and intentions. Smudging, floral waters and incense can also be part of a purification ritual.

Once you have created sacred space and performed a purification ritual, take a moment to reflect on what you are grateful for. We will feed these places of gratitude in our life in this ceremony. Gratitude acts like a magnet attracting more of what we appreciate into our life. Perhaps you are not feeling particularly grateful at this time. Maybe your life does not feel like it is nourishing your heart and soul. Take a moment to become aware of what you would like to call into your life. What would feel nourishing to you? Perhaps you would like more time and space for yourself. Maybe simplicity. Balance. Eating healthier. Exercise. Nature. Soul community. Creative expression. Friendship. Family. Whatever it is that feeds your heart and soul, even if it is not presently in your life, call it in with ceremony.

There are a number of ways to participate.

  • I will post a picture of the despacho and you can exhale your prayers and intentions of gratitude directly into the image of the despacho.
  • You can blow your prayers into qintus that you make using 3 bay leaves  (or small native leaves or flower petals). Exhale what you are grateful for into all 4 qintus. Remember to include Mother Earth in your prayers.
  • Last month some of you made a copy of the despacho to hold your qintus. That is certainly an option! Once you place your qintus in add an offering to energetically feed your prayers. Incense, sage, tobacco, herbs, flower petals, grains, sweets, dried fruits are some of the things you can use. Hold the intent of feeding your prayers as you add your offering. Fold it up into a square and tie closed with ribbon, twine or string.
  • If you like you can also make a list of everything you are grateful for and use this to hold your qintus. Follow the same instructions as above for adding qintus.
  • You can burn or bury your qintus, either wrapped in a picture of the despacho or your gratitude list or on their own.

The Despacho will be available and open for ceremony for 3 days starting on November 24th, the day before the New Moon (and Thanksgiving here in the states) until Saturday November 26th. You can participate on any one of these days. The Despacho will be secured in a place outside of my home to herd and hold your intentions, anchored by the kuyas (stones) of my mesa, many of which I received during rites and initiations in the mountains of Peru. The Despacho will then be burned in a fire ceremony.

Feel free to share comments or questions that arise as we step into ceremony like never before!

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com 

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