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During an intense few weeks this October, my life changed dramatically through circumstances and events that broke down the life I was living and opened the doorway to a new reality orchestrated by the Divine hand of Spirit.

During this time the land in New Mexico spoke to me through stones found during an early morning hike in an arroyo in Abiquiu. These stones held information on teaching people how to build a personal mesa.

A mesa is a shaman’s altar or medicine bundle used for healing, ceremony, prayer and divination. It is a portal to Spirit and deepens our awareness to non-ordinary states of reality.

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I have carried a mesa for the past 10 years, starting with the Four Winds Light Body School and the teachings of Alberto Villoldo. Since that time I have had the great privilege to deepen my practices with medicine men and women in the high Andes through the Bouquet of Light Women’s Journey to Peru to awaken the Divine Feminine.

My mesa has changed in so many ways over the years as kuyas or healing stones have been added and released. This journey now creates a whole new mesa for me.

For some, a mesa looks like a bag of stones or arrangement of rocks and on a literal level this is true. But at the mythic level a mesa deepens your connection to Spirit and anchors you to Mother Earth. A mesa teaches us to listen to the voice of Spirit as it moves through us. The only reason I have any sense of what the stones in the arroyo were speaking of was because of the connection to my own mesa.

Each stone, or kuya as they are called in one’s mesa, represents a particular location in Northern New Mexico to gather for ceremony. Each ceremony will be an opportunity to receive a kuya and begin to build a personal mesa. Although these kuyas represent locations in Northern New Mexico, you can participate from wherever you are and build a mesa with stones from your own native land.

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Each kuya is received during one of the four seasons. The cycle of seasons become the reference point for building our mesa helping to deepen the connection to our own inner rhythms and cycles as each season becomes a mirror for our own reflection.

During each season we will hold an intention for our personal evolution and transformation as we learn to work with our kuyas or healing stones. Each season will also include information and teachings on:

  • Opening Sacred Space
  • Creating an Altar
  • Shamanic Journey to meet a Spirit Ally
  • Clearing and Purification Practices
  • Kundalini Kriyas and/or Meditation
  • Guided Breathwork Session
  • Journaling Assignments
  • Personal and Collective Despacho Ceremony

The Mesa Building Journey will be offered on land as well as online allowing you to participate from wherever you are at a pace that suits your lifestyle although establishing certain practices each day will be highly advisable. A forum for communication and group sharing will be created through a closed Facebook group.

I never had any thought about teaching others to build a mesa but it is clearly Divine intent. Although this journey is still shaping itself into being I am inspired to start sharing and spreading the news of this unique opportunity for spiritual transformation that is being guided and informed by the Santa Tierras, the ancient wisdom of the feminine land spirits.

Registration for this first time ever experience will begin in the season of Winter after the start of the New Year so stay tuned for more information.

I thank you for spreading the news!

 

 

 

 

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Inspired by the Pachamama Days of Peru, let us imagine a world. The shamans of the high Andes dedicate the first 12 days of August to honor Pachamama and dream the year ahead into being with the Despacho Ceremony.

Dona Berna praying at Umantay, holy mountain in the Andes

Dona Berna praying at Umantay, holy mountain in the Andes

During these Pachamama days I invite you to write in the comments below what you imagine so we may dream our world into being with a collective prayer for ceremony. Your prayers will be offered at a Full Moon Fire Ceremony on August 10th.

I imagine a world where love is the prevailing force on our planet.

I imagine a world where every child knows they are worthy and loved.

I imagine a world with clear waters and clean air.

I imagine a world where the abundance of our planet feeds every belly and soul.

The times we are living in are callling for our visions to be bigger than ever before. I bow in gratitude for addiing your voice to a collective vision. May generations to come look back and say thank you for what we are creating today.

We open our ceremony with a song to our Beloved Mother.
This song was birthed in June 2013 by Tracey St. John
during the Empowerment Camp at Feathered Pipe Ranch.

Click on the image to listen.

Tibetan Singing Bowl

Mother Earth Prayer Song

We offer our collective hearts to Spirit.
We let go of the attachment
of how our visions and dreams 
will manifest in the Kaypacha. 
We cultivate trust in the divine order. 
We surrender to the great mystery 
so we are no longer guided by the voices of fear, 
the limiting belief systems and old paradigms
that have laid false imprints in our minds. 

We deepen our connection to Nature and open the channels to Spirit 
as we fearlessly step into the guidance that is so willingly offered to us.

AHO!

 

 

 

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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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Harvesting Quinoa at Amura Village during our Women's Journey to Peru, May 2013

Harvesting Quinoa at Amaru Village during our Women’s Journey to Peru, May 2013

The shamans of the high Andes dedicate the first twelve days of August to honoring Pachamama and dreaming the world into being for the year ahead, a time known as Pachamama Days in Peru. The 1st of August represents August 2014, the 2nd, September 2014 and so on, with the 12th being July 2014. Days are filled with people offering despachos to Pachamama, sweets and flowers in gratitude for her gifts of harvest as they prepare the soils for the next seeds.

Even if we are not in Peru we can use these energies to connect more deeply to Mother Earth and be mindful of what we are creating. Can we listen more deeply to what needs tending? What needs clearing?

Spend time each day in meditation, contemplation. Journal. Create intention. Make offerings to the Earth, to the waters. Be mindful of spending time in nature. What arises by listening, by turning in?

Inspired by the Pachamama Days of Peru, let us imagine a world.

I invite you to write below what you imagine a world to be. Let us create a collective prayer to offer in ceremony. Your prayers will be written on violet paper, the color of creation, and added to a despacho that I will create and share later in the Pachamama days.

I imagine a world where each day we greet Pachamama with a song, a song that rises from our love for our Mother Earth, a song that sings our gratitude to her.

How would the vibration of our world change if each and every soul sang the song of their heart? It is through imagining we create a new world.

May we open our ceremony with a song to our Beloved Mother. This song was birthed by Tracey St. John at Empowerment Camp on June 20th at Feathered Pipe Ranch this summer. I have not stopped singing it since. Click on the picture below to hear the song and sing along!

Earth Mother Prayer Song

Earth Mother Prayer Song

 Photo by Anne Jablonski

I bow in gratitude for adding your voice,
your prayer to our collective vision.

May generations to come be able to look back
and say thank you for what we are creating today.

Tibetan Singing Bowl

We offer our collective hearts to Spirit.
We let go of the attachment of how our visions and dreams 

will manifest in the kaypacha. 
We cultivate trust in the divine order. 
We surrender to the great mystery 
so we are no longer guided by the voices of fear, 
the limiting belief systems 
and old paradigms that have laid false imprints in our minds. 
We deepen our connection to Nature 
and open the channels to Spirit 
as we fearlessly step into the guidance 
that is so willingly offered to us.

AHO!

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According to National Geographic, Savannah is one of the 100 Most Beautiful Places on Earth. Being an unfamiliar visitor here this was news to me.

As I prepare for a despacho ceremony on Saturday I am discovering why Savannah made the list. Driving Don Black Feather to work one morning, a little bridge over water caught my eye. A desire to be with Mama Cocha and become more intimate with the land here called from my soul.

I first took part in this water ceremony in Peru with master healer and shaman Don Hilario at Lago Huaypo (pronounced why-po) for visioning bigger than we ever had before. Working with water can also bring balance to our emotional body. Cleansing and purification are also properties of water. My intention was a bit of all three.

I share with you this water ritual not so much as a recipe to follow but as food for the soul should you feel called to the water.

Before returning to the river I found a pot of white daisies at the supermarket to hold prayers for purification. Colored sugar and candy confetti were in the baking aisle. A package of M&M’s at the register completed my purchase. As I searched for a spot along this little river the most perfect space for ceremony appeared.

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Naked challah bread would hold the prayer offerings.

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Praying with my mesa and drumming to the Earth Mother Prayer Song connected me more deeply to the land. (click on the song for an audio link) Prayers blown into white daisies were placed in challah. The rest were planted in the Earth as an offering.

May our hearts be washed clean of all sorrows.
May our thoughts and mind run pure so human mind aligns with divine mind.
May our will and thy will be one.
May all waters flow clean and clear, within us, around us and all the world over.
May all souls live in the divine flow of love and light.
May all hearts be free.
May we learn to honor and respect spiritual laws and the laws of Nature.
Teach us Pachamama to be your stewards and caretakers.
Help us remember we are your sons and daughters.
Help us to live in right relationship, peace and harmony
with you Beloved Mother and with all your relations.

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Honey was drizzeled over the offering to add sweetness to our prayers.

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Gold and silver sugars balance the sacred masculine and feminine energies and connect our luminous bodies to the divine threads of gold and silver light. Colored candies were added for celebration and chocolate to honor the lineage in Peru.

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Offered to Mama Cocha.

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Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you Blessed Mother for your waters so we do not die of thirst.
Thank you for sustaining all life with the sacred element of water.
Thank you Creator for giving us everything we need so we may live, love and serve.

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The Feathered Pipe glow post ceremony with Heidi Bixler

We prayed our way to the meadow as shamans of the high Andes; blowing our prayers into aspen leaves at Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana. Sitting in silence with Pachamama we waited for her wisdom to speak through us. An echo sparked a spontaneous toning, our voices reverberating with Creation.

The echo amplified throughout our week at Empowerment Camp. Drumming and rattling at every ceremony awakened each voice to discover sounds never before heard.

Our last day was full in ceremony. My morning began picking baby aspen leaves that had fallen in the labyrinth for our despacho later that afternoon. I brought them into the lodge where Tracey St. John was practicing yoga. I pulled out my sheepskin and joined her in silence. Each of us following our unique rhythm of breath, waking energy with moving muscles and vibrating sounds.

As Tracey finished I listened in awe as this lullaby to the Mother was birthed. A flow of grace moved through her that morning as a gift to the world. This song opened our Despacho ceremony that day and I have not stopped singing it since.

May this song be shared, especially with our Earth Mother.

She loves it when we sing to her.

EARTH MOTHER PRAYER SONG
(Click on the link above to listen to the song)

Dear Earth Mother come to me
Allow me in thy prayers.
May this moment speak to me.
Allow me to prepare.
Come Dear Mother be with me,
The sweat that we partake.
All who enter in your womb
Seek within your grace.
BLESSED MOTHER
Hold this Earth,
The mountains at your feet.
The lake behind us sources us,
The trees keep company.
In this mix may we partake
And taste of your sweet space.
Divinity will come through us,
Today we can embrace.
See as far as you see,
Hear as far as you hear.
Be as far as we can hold
And laugh and sweat and eat.

Birthed June 20, 2013 by Tracey St. John during the Empowerment Camp at Feathered Pipe Ranch

Recorded at The Creative Arts Studio with my soul sisters of Sea Cliff…
Stefanie Lipsey
Tracy Warzer
Lorraine Aguilar
Aimee Schiff

And a huge thank you to Abhita Austin of Hidden Chapel Studios who did a magical sound edit job with a recording from my iphone!

Karen Chrappa

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Solstice Despacho to Honor the Sun before Being Wrapped
and Offered to the Fire

Everything included is an offering to light. An offering to feed our light. To feed the light of humanity. It is time to learn about our relationship to light.

How are we informed by light? How does light change during the day? What are the colors of light? What does it mean to be a being of light? How does light express itself through us? How is the light around us and the light within us one and the same?

I am not writing with answers but rather to offer the questions. Questions of our time. Questions for our evolution. Questions to sit with, to live in.

150 years ago the light bulb was invented and revolutionized our world. The new frontier for our times is light. Not a light that exists outside of us but the discovery of the light within us. The power of our light. If the light bulb could completely change life on our planet imagine the potential the light within each one of us holds for transformation?

Light is informing and shaping us all day long just as the Earth is informed by the Sun. In order to be informed by light we must be a vessel that allows light in. What is it that blocks the transmission of light? Our thoughts. Our discursive mind. Everything that distracts us from the present moment.

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The Mystery of Light from New Mexico

What does the light of a new day, the light of the setting sun feel like? What wisdom does the light of a full moon, the light of our Sun and the light from the stars hold?

What kinds of light are we exposed to each day? Candlelight? The light of a computer screen? Flourescent light? Sunlight? Moonlight?

What do we have to learn from the mysteries of  light?

This is our work in Peru. To study light. The rays of light. The colors of light. The frequencies of light. To know ourselves as the prisms of light that we are. Not as an intellectual pursuit but as a living embodiment of our truth.

Last year at Machu Picchu we arrived before sunrise for ceremony. We spent the day in meditation on light in and around the central plaza. During that time I received an awareness that all we need to live and sustain our life is light. I felt as if I could live off light. No food. Simply light.

Although I have not acheived this level of existence in my life the potential our light holds is limitless.

This is the new frontier.

AHO my friends! AHO!

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

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