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A few short months ago I gathered five stones in an arroyo in Abiquiu. They held the seeds of ancient wisdom to take into new frontiers. Little did I know that souls the world over would hear this call too.

I return to the arroyo in gratitude for the guidance on this first ever journey to build our personal mesa and deepen the connection to the ancient wisdom that lies in every rock and stone.

Arroya_Rocks2It was a glorious day in Abiquiu to open ceremony for our Mesa Building Journey. After a chilly and overcast morning the sun held us in warmth in the middle of winter.

A beautiful herd of cattle met us at the entry point to our sacred site for ceremony. On New Year’s Day I buried what did not burn of our despacho beneath the tree here. What gentle gatekeepers for us.

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“Cows can teach us about home and community and the joy and contentment therein. Cows aid us in realizing to be easy going and live in the moment. They show us about love and connections at work and home. Cows can teach us how to make the changes needed to bring joy in our surroundings.” Animal Totems by Starstuffs

Before heading into the arroyo we prepared our luminous body with a white candle clearing to release the energetic impressions that have imprinted us in lack, limitation and fear. We carried the candles to our ceremonial site to burn.

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At the start of our trek we found large stones to carry the burdens we are ready to release. The intention was held for all those on this journey by blowing them into the stone with our breath.

They were laid to rest at our site for ceremony in a circle of protection around our burning candles. Elizabeth Inman of the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu brought her essential oil from the farm which we used to anoint the stones and each other.

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As we laid to rest our burdens and burned the energetic patterns that limit us, we fed our prayers with offerings of flowers, sweets, chocolate and wine. A feast for Pachamama and Spirit!

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Prayers for the highest manifest vision for humanity and the Earth were blown into the peace flags and wrapped around our Apuchetta or little mountain offering.

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Our prayers and intentions created a vessel of beauty for our beloved Earth Mother, Pachamama, as we heed her ancient wisdom and travel to frontiers not yet known.

Karen

Let us remember we are born as the sons and daughters of Pachamama.
Let us remember we are her caretakers and stewards.
Let us learn to listen to her rhythms and cycles.
Let us learn to live in harmony with her
and all her beings.

Namaste

A bow of gratitude to Valerie Hart for capturing some of these moments.

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The Full Moon in Capricorn is this Saturday, July 12th, bringing certain relationship dynamics to a head. Wherever communication has been lacking and emotions have been held in and back, prepare for whatever is pressing to come out on the table. Fortunately, Mars will also be trining loving Venus, which means if you are pure in your intentions to find a meeting ground and to resolve to evolve, your spirited talks will show the way.  Kristin Fontana, Evolutionary Astrologer

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I recently returned to New York for the summer, grateful for the time and space to attempt to bring my book from chaos to order. Practices, rituals and ceremonies are woven throughout. As I was preparing for this upcoming full moon I thought to share an excerpt so you may use this time as an opportunity to transform your fears. For any ritual or ceremony, create a sacred space in whatever way feels natural to you. This can be as simple as lighting a candle or saying a prayer to align your intentions with the helping hand of Spirit.

Bring to mind a fear you would like to work with. Really give it full reign in your mind’s eye. Imagine the worst or recall memories or circumstances that validate your fear and offer proof that it is real. This allows you to feel it in your body. This fear can be energetically transferred through your breath to an element of nature. Use a stone and on your exhale empty all the energetic impressions that have laid a foundation of fear in your body into the stone.

Keep blowing into the stone until you have a sense of completion. Your stone is now holding this pattern. This fear code will be offered to the earth. Bury it if you like for the element of earth will compost the energetic vibrations. You may throw your stone in a moving body of water to cleanse and purify the energetic code of fear. This is a process that does not involve analysis of your fear the way therapy would but works beyond the mind at the level of vibration and frequency.

This clearing practice creates a vacuum in our luminous field as we begin to empty these energetic patterns of fear. In the presence of a void our energy field is going to look to fill that that space up. Our attachment to these patterns are often so strong and the roots go very deep that our field reshapes itself to the previous pattern. Once we release something we need to replace that with a new pattern. In this way we are rewiring our luminous field that in turn is informing and shaping our physical body.

How do we reinform our luminous field after a clearing? What is a simple and effective way to repattern the field after release? Notice what you would like to create or call into your life.

Abundance. Joy. A sense of purpose. Vitality or health. Balance. Prosperity.  

There is an endless source of qualities to be informed by other than fear. You can begin to reshape yourself with a new vibration with a very simple practice.

Our most primal sense is our sense of smell. We have lost touch with its significance but watch any animal and you will see the power of this sense at work.

Find an oil that uplifts you. Try clary sage, bergamot, lavender, sandalwood or myrrh. Apply under your nostrils. Mentally vibrate your intention as you breathe in deeply. Use a mantra or create an affirmation in the present tense. Your primal sense of smell bypasses all that is logical and of the mind and associates this scent with a new vibration.

An excerpt from forthcoming book, working title The Feminine Path to Enlightenment

 

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We are opening up
in sweet surrender
to the Luminous Love Light of the ONE.

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Laying in a bed of healing dirt from Chimayo,
our intentions are held by our Divine Mother, Pachamama,
who manifests in form as our Earth Mother.
Our form returns to her.
We are ONE with our Mother.
Help us Creator to understand the Laws of Nature
so we may come to know our true Nature.

Lizard holds what is ready to die so we break free from what binds us.
A sunflower at the end of its life cycle found while running in Santa Fe
reminds us of the cycles of birth, death and rebirth.

Help us Creator to surrender to these cycles within us,
to trust and honor Death
so we may be reborn.

A shell holds seeds of a sunflower,
the symbolic seeds of our own awakening.

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Prayers are blown inot kintus placed
in the four directions for balance.

White rose petals hold the purity of our prayers
and honors the wisdom of the Apus and the Light above.

Red rose petals honor Pachamama
and weaves our bellies more deeply
to the belly of Pachamama.
May our heartbeat be one with our Mother.

Yellow rose petals opens the channels of communication with Spirit
so we may deepen the trust in our intuition
and see through the eyes of our heart.

Sweet offerings feed our prayers.

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So excited was I to see cotton growing alongside the road
in Garfield, NM last week that
I stopped to take a picture
(this city girl is new to rural living!)
Thank you Pachamama
for the abundance of your gifts in ceremony.

As above, so below
as cotton grows from the ground
and appears in the sky above
in the Land of Enchantment.

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This cotton covers our prayers and intentions
and represents the Upper World where dreams and visions are born.
A sunflower sits in the center as our
FULLY BLOSSOMED SELF,
also sitting as seeds below in the heart of our despacho.

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Flower blesssings of red, white and yellow rose petals along with
sparkles, sprinkles, gold and silver sugars feed our dreams in the Upper World.

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Our despacho is folded and tied up like a gift.
It is never too late to add a prayer or intention for
a forgotten prayer holder is tied outside to
hold our prayers through time and space.

It sits on my altar with my mesa
as it waits for the fire.

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We are stardust,
We are golden,
We are billion year old carbon
And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.
Joni Mitchell

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AHO
Sat Nam
Namaste
OM

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I was deeply moved by the outpouring of prayers for our Earth Mother from hearts the world over, all in response to an invitation on facebook to Imagine A World.

Our Visioning Despacho was created on August 10th in honor of Pachamama Days which correlates to May 2014, a time of blooming and blossoming. The number 10 reflects unity and divinity and speaks to our intentions of visioning a new world. For these reasons, along with August 10th being my birthday, the day felt auspicious!

Despacho prayers and offerings are often placed in wrapping paper but as I travel I find myself drawn to maps to orient and anchor prayers to the land. Since our visioning despacho was a prayer for humanity, a map of the world was used.

IMG_0670Words from each prayer were written on violet paper, the color of creation. Healing, kindness, love, Oneness, humility, Consciousness, devotion, unity, peace, harmony, abundance. Each day as they sat on the altar, the Tibetan singing bowl rang over these words sending their vibrations straight to Creator on the current of sound. The words were then woven together to symbolize our interconnectedness before being placed in the center of our despacolho.

IMG_0671A mandala of whole nuts grown locally in New Mexico remind us of our wholeness, our holiness and the seed potential of each vision. Each prayer was spoken into a qintu made of three bay leaves and radiated out from our holy center. Ten pine cones surrounded our prayers as beacons of light to guide our visions to manifestation. Pine trees are one of the most ancient plants on the planet and our pineal gland, which is intimately linked to our perception of light, is shaped like and named after the pine cone.

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Wildflowers from the desert, along with candies, sugar cookies, animal crackers, grains, incense, sprinkles, cocoa, sage and tobacco
were offered to feed our prayers and Pachamama.

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A blanket of cotton quilt lay atop representing the Upper World. Feathers to lift our prayers to Creator and to honor the Apus, for the mountain spirits appear as winged ones, were placed in the center. Gold and silver sugar, sparkles and glitter, violet flowers of creation and colored candies fed our prayers to the invisible realms of Spirit so they may be made visible here on Earth. As above, so below.

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Tibetan prayer flags were added to honor inclusivity in these times of dissolving borders that have been falsely erected between race, religion, gender, sexuality and a whole host of judgments that divide humanity. Once complete the Tibetan singing bowl once again sounded.

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Wrapped in the world map, a forgotten prayer holder of wildflowers was tied to the outside. Prayers are held through time and space until visions have manifested. Under a night sky of gentle rain our despacho sat, a sure blessing in the desert.

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Our despacho was buried in the belly of Pachamama in the deserts of New Mexico. The Earth was prepared with prayer and offerings of sweetgrass, herbs and dried flowers. It is here our visions sit with our Mother, taking root deep in her belly so they may blossom and bear fruit.
May she know how much we love her.

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We thank you Pachamama,
for everything we have comes from you,
and it is to you we return.
We are sorry for the harm we have brought to you
through our ignorance and greed.
We love you.
We honor you.
We respect you.
Please forgive us,
your sons and daughters,
and help us Beloved Mother
to walk in a good way.

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MITAQUE OYASIN
OM SHANTI
OMETEOTL
NAMASTE
SAT NAM
AMEN
AHO
OM

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It was such a blessing to spend the first day of the new year in the temezcal of my dear lodge sister Cuauhtli Cihuatl. For those who do not know, the temezcal is a ceremonial steam bath from the indigenous medicine of Mexico. It is said we return to the womb of the Mother when we enter the temezcal.

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Entrance to Temezcal

“The Temazcal is a microcosm reproducing in itself the characteristics of the universe, the macrocosm. So we find in the Temazcal all elements of the different eras or cycles (known as suns) throughout which, according to Aztec mythology, the world has passed and continues to pass: earth, wind, fire and water and through whose constant movement and life is manifest. 

The Temazcal is oriented according to the cosmic directions: the fire which heats its stones is placed towards the east where our Father, the sun, the god called Tonatiuh, arises; he is the light or masculine element which comes and fertilizes the womb of the mother earth (the chamber of the Temazcal itself), and so life is conceived. The doorway through which the bathers enter and leave is oriented toward the south, “the pathway of the dead”, which begins with birth and ends in death. Just as there are mother and father, sun and earth, hot and cold, so we are born and, in being born, we begin our path towards death.

When we enter the Temazcal, according to this ancient doctrine, we return once again to our mother’s womb, presided over by the great goddess, Tonantzin or Temazcaltoci, the great mother of both gods and humans. She is our beloved mother, concerned with the health of the children and she receives us into her womb – of which our own mother’s womb is but a microcosmic manifestation – to cure us of physical and spiritual ills. The entrance way is low and small, and through it we enter a small, dark, warm and humid space, in this way recreating the uterus, cutting off the outside world and giving us a chance to look inside and find ourselves again. Our re-emergence through this narrow opening represents our rebirth from the darkness and silence of the womb.” Dr. Horacio Rojas Alba

As we entered the first door or round of the temezcal (similar in some ways to the Native American sweatlodge) we set our intentions. What arose in that moment was to see clearly, stripped of delusion, fantasy or falsehood. This resonates with my dedicated quest for truth since how we “see” will shape what we constitute as truth. As with any spiritual practice the effects continue even though the ceremony itself may be over. So it came as no surprise to receive these words in the very early morning before fully waking, an answer to the intention arising in the temezcal.

You must see yourself through the eyes of your Creator. See yourself through the Source by which your life has sprung.

What if you could gaze upon yourself as your Creator sees you? How do you sense this would feel?  What do you feel the truth is for you in this relationship between you and the one who has created you?

Above and below us everything we need we have been given. We are held to Pachamama by her unconditional love for us. Can you see yourself as Pachamama sees you? We are held  through the power and unwavering presence of IntiTiTi, the Sun, whose unconditional love sustains us from above. These are the eyes through which to see the truth of who you are.

You are a sacred manifestation of Heaven and Earth.

Seen through the divine eyes of truth.

AHO my friends! AHO!

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

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Much in my life is in a process of dying. As I opened my mesa I asked to show me….

What do I need to see about Death?

Death holds the cycles of life. Death calls for the deepest letting go. It asks from us the deepest surrender to the unknown. Death is a paradox for death is the portal to rebirth.

There is a fluidity in death. Nothing about death is static. Death is a fluid movement from one cycle to the next. Each cycle holds a vision.

The intention or vision or lesson of each cycle sits in our heart. It sources from creation. It abides in stillness. It points to a higher authority, both within us and beyond us. All of these qualities are necessary to manifest the vision within each cycle. Within each cycle sits the wisdom carried from previous lineages and ancestors. Wisdom held in the steps that have taken us to this current visionary cycle. This is where death is necessary. This is where surrender is necessary. To move from one cycle to another.

Death is the transit from one cycle to the next.

Letting go of the notion of death as a permanent or fixed condition, and knowing death as fluid and transitory by its very nature can help liberate us from the fear that is often associated with death. A fear due to the perception that death is final. Recognize the eternal fluid nature of death as necessary to transition and evolve.

Learning to rides these waves of death, however they show up, in whatever cycle we may be transiting between will help liberate us from the grip of fear that can choke us of our own life force. Our life force rides with these waves of death as well.

As with every other duality, one cannot exist without the other. Learning to ride the depths and heights within every cycle enhances the experience of our life during each cycle. We each live in the individual cycles of our lives yet we also swim in the greater cycles of the cosmos.

Death asks us to surrender to a higher authority for these cycles are beyond our control.

This is what the kuya speaks.

AHO my friends! AHO!

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

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One of my favorite parts of creating a despacho is the gathering of elements that takes place first. For our Equinox despacho this gathering was from a tropical park on the Gulf coast of Florida. The gathering of elements can happen in your own garden, your kitchen cabinets or a local craft shop.

The gift of an acorn after visiting with lodge sister Sharon Shreeve days before ceremony held the intention of awakening the seeds of our becoming and was placed in the heart of our despacho. A beautiful feather was found in the park and was placed to link our intentions to Spirit. The starfish at the center symbolizes the manifestation of our intentions through Spirit on Earth, as above, so below.

The center of the despacho was filled with bee pollen to hold our prayers in sweetness. Surrounding the bee pollen were three rings representing the seeds of our intentions with small seeds found abundantly in the park, almonds and wild bird seed.

The outer layers of our despacho included flower petals also found in the park representing the blossoming of these seeds, therefore the blossoming of our becoming.

Four flowers were placed in the four directions to honor the different cycles of our blossoming. The flower sitting in the South is a bud. A flower in full bloom sits in the East with various stages of blooming to the West and North

Qintus and offerings of cocoa, tobacco, incense, sage, sweets, sparkles, sugar, confetti and gold and silver threads were laid atop before folding up our despacho and offering to the fire.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa

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