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The winter solstice celebrates a return of light as days grow longer having passed through the shortest day of the year. The solstice this years coincides with the end of a 26,000 year cycle of the Mayan calendar prophesied as the awakening of human consciousness to our luminous nature.

It is a great privilege to travel and study with many master shamans from the Q’ero tradition in Peru with an ayllu (tribe) of women known as the Bouquet of Light, called to awaken the Divine Feminine. We have been given very specific instructions for a despahco at this time to honor the birth of the return to light from Dona Aleja who we study extensively with in Peru.

I extend the invitation for you to virtually join in this ceremony from wherever you are. Below is the first layer of the despacho, a white paper, into which you will blow in three breaths to join in ceremony and link with all others who are called.

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You will also need to make two qintus. Qintus are prayer holders traditionally made from three cocoa leaves in Peru. I often use bay leaves since they are similar in size and shape. If you are using bay leaves make sure they are whole and intact rather than broken. You will need six to make two qintus, three for each. Place all leaves in the same direction, one on top of the other, so the stems are facing down and the front of the leaf is facing you (vein in back). If you are not able to use bay leaves, use small native leaves from your area.

The first qintu will hold prayers for the sun. Feel a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the life force of the Sun. You may use this prayer or one of your own. Prayers are both spoken and blown into the qintu with your breath.

Inti TITi, Father Sun,
We humbly bow before your omnipotent light,
as your sons and daughters,
in gratitude for your power and presence.
We thank you for informing us,
awakening us, illuminating within us
what needs to be seen.
We ask to be reinformed
by the wisdom of your light
so we may serve as beacons of light.
May our light shine the way to truth
from the deepest intentions of our soul.
As we learn to honor and respect
your light Inti TiTi
we learn to honor the light within
and see the light in each other
and all living things.
AHO! Hiyaya!

The second qintu is offered for the whole of humanity, for medicine people you may know, for your teachers, for specific people with health problems, for the people of your country, for the leaders of the country, of the world. Blow in prayers to any sacred sites you may feel connected to and for Mother Earth. Both of the qintus are then burned in a fire.

There are many more elements to this despacho which will be built in a circle. Each item is placed in circle formation. It is all about the Sun, the birth of the return to light. I will share more once the despacho is complete.

IMG_8238As we prepare to anchor in light for ourselves and the world, there are many practices to support us in our intentions. To clear our luminous fields so we may be a deeper vessel for light, white candles can be used for clearing. The white candle absorbs dense and heavy energy which is then burned, released and transformed.

I recently relocated from New York to New Mexico. Before entering Truth or Consequences I built an apuchetta (small mountain made of stones) alongside the highway to burn my candle with the intention of leaving any hucha behind as I crossed this new threshold. IMG_8180

Lighting yellow candles to honor the Sun is a simple way to bring this intention of awakening light to life. There is such an abundance of beautiful candles here in New Mexico. I have had a yellow one burning on my altar since I arrived just last week. IMG_8262

I do hope you are inspired to join in ceremony on the 21st. There is power in community be it virtual or otherwise. It is the power of our intention that meets on these sacred grounds.

Begin by creating sacred space in any way that feels true for you. Light a candle, preferably yellow. Blow three breaths into white paper above to join in ceremony. Create two qintus, one to honor the Sun, the other for humanity. Burn qintus in fire. Close with a prayer of thanks.


I honor the place in you that is of love,
truth, light and of peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me,
we are one.

Namaste

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

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I wanted to catch the sunrise for you. The time when the sun begins to emerge over the horizon. The time to set our prayers and intentions for feeding our light in this quiet and silence. May we feel the rising of light in our own heart emerge within us as we share in this month’s New Moon Despacho.

The despacho is a prayer bundle in the tradition of the Q’ero shamans of Peru. Prayers and intentions are held in a qintu, traditionally made from three cocoa leaves but here three bay leaves are used. Qintus and offerings are placed in wrapping paper then tied up like a gift and returned to the elements to align our intentions in a co-creative dance with Spirit.

If you would like to add your prayers to this month’s despacho take a pause in your day. Create a sacred space where you will not be disturbed for 10 – 15 minutes. Sacred space can be as simple as lighting a candle to turn your attention towards ceremony.

Follow the video for simple instruction on how to participate. Prayers are offered into the qintu by blowing them in with your breath so when the qintu appears on the video simply exhale your intentions of feeding your light into the leaves.

This month I offer the qintu at sunrise so as you sit with the video feel yourself receive the blessings of light from the Sun. Imagine this light being absorbed into your physical body, into your energy body, feel it absorbed into your DNA. Imagine this light sending its wisdom and power into your very being. Feel it re-informing your luminous architecture.

Thank you my friends for bringing your light to ceremony.

AHO!

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Offering ceremony through the internet transcends previous boundaries, forms and ways of participating. We have an opportunity to connect from all over the world. It is a reflection of the magical and mysterious matrix of which we are all part. I honor and give thanks to each Soul that is called to offer prayers and intentions here to uplift the whole.

As we gather under the darkness of Mama Killa, Grandmother Moon, we open our hearts to give thanks for the bounty of Pachamama and receive the gifts of vision.

This month’s intention for our New Moon Despacho is inspired by the Pachamama Days of Peru. The shamans of the high Andes dedicate the month of August to honoring Pachamama and dreaming the world into being for the year ahead through the despacho ceremony. This ceremony weaves us to powerful visionaries and links our prayers to the collective intent of the paqos, the shaman priests.

When we strip our hearts naked and taste its longing we discover our personal prayers are a call to humanity, a prayer of the collective. The essence of every heart longs to be in union with Spirit, to know the song of its Soul and express that for the good of all while we are here, in this kaypacha, the Earth plane. Our individual prayers become prayers for the collective. My prayers empower your prayers. We uplift each other. This is the meeting ground of ceremony.

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!

If you would like to add your prayers and intentions to this New Moon Visioning Despacho create a time and space that feels sacred for you. You will need about 20 minutes to follow this ceremonial video. We start with a short purification ritual followed by a journey of your heart to the year ahead. You are then guided on how to offer your prayers and intent to the qintu (a prayer holder that is placed in the despacho). I suggest viewing on full screen by clicking arrows at bottom right corner of video.

The following suggestions are offered after ceremony to integrate this experience more deeply into your being (these are on the video as well):

  • Create a Sand/Earth painting – gather natural elements such as sticks, stones, flowers. Let these reflect different aspects of your vision. Create a border for your mandala on the Earth and arrange these elements in a meaningful pattern for you. This would be beautiful to anchor in your garden if you have one.
  • Create an Altar for your Visions – dedicate a space with a small cloth or textile and place any objects that symbolize your vision. Feed your altar by lighting a candle, leaving offerings or spending some time in meditation there. An altar will help hold and carry your visions to the year ahead.
  • Express your Creativity – journal about what you feel in your heart or your dreams. Paint, draw or create a collage or vision board of your experience. The artistic expression integrates the experience more deeply into your Soul.

From the bottom of my heart
I bow in gratitude
to the beauty
of each and every heart.
Thank you,
Thank you,
Thank you.

~ Namaste ~

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Temple at Machu Picchu

Temple at Machu Picchu

A ceremony is born!

Ceremonies that were taught by our grandparents are not the same ceremonies we hold today. With each experience, each reflection, ceremonies transform to become the sacred offerings of the present day. As boundaries and preconceived notions are left behind ceremonies evolve. It is a time for birthing new ceremonies. And so it is how this ceremony came into being. A meeting of two medicine women with the heartfelt desire to share the joy of sacred ritual and ceremony from their own lives with the world around them.

Through evolution we must walk in honor and deep respect of the traditions that have come before us. When any evolution happens, we are cautious to reflect to ensure our approach is deeply respectful and in integrity with each step. A teacher once explained, very long ago, whenever we cling absolutely to something, whether it be tradition, ritual, ceremony, or emotion, we are stepping into the ego. Ego is only one way – my way.

When we evolve and create from the old, we are breathing our own life force into the ceremony. There is no greater honoring than to give life. It is about walking in balance with integrity and honor in all things – including creation.

As we evolve to co-create ceremony, it is also important to understand that the intention of any ceremony is to create a bridge between the world of Spirit both within us and surrounding us. The intention of this ceremony is to balance the water and fire elements with the new beginnings of the new moon. To co-create a prayer stick with a despacho. To use the power of water to carry the fire of passionate joy.

We will be weaving different tradtitons through the waters of both the Atlantic and Pacific in this ceremony. Carla Goddard was gifted a prayer stick during a tropical storm as the rains, winds, and the fire of lightning fused in one moment. During the next week she will take your prayer requests while adding your name to the prayer stick through a daily ceremony. At any time you may blow your intention into the prayer stick picture. As she travels to the West Coast, she will carry this sacred object and release the prayer stick into the Pacific Ocean to be carried by the waters in another ceremony.

Photographer Clark Little

Photographer Clark Little

At the same time, Karen Chrappa will be in Bimini where she will create a despacho on the shores of the Atlantic. A despacho is a prayer bundle from the shamans of Peru that traditionally is made by blowing prayers into cocoa leaves, placing them with offerings in wrapping paper to tie up like a gift before burning in a fire. For this ceremony, prayers will be held in a natural finger sponge into which your prayers and intentions will be blown in with your breath through a short ceremony on video. The sponge will be carried to Bimini and become part of a mandala of natural elements created in sand. Our despacho in sand will return to the waters through the tides of the Atlantic.

Through this unique, bi-coastal ceremony, we call to the waters to cleanse us of all that blocks that flow of JOY in our lives. We call to Pachamama and all her elements to balance our beings to the vibration of JOY. We call to Inti Ti Ti, Father Sun, Mama Killa, Grandmother Moon and all celestial beings above to shine the light of JOY in our hearts. We call to the medicine of dolphins to teach us the ways of unwavering JOY.

Ascension to JOY allows laughter and play into our life. So many times life seems to wear us down into a seriousness that does not allow joy to flow. Ascending to the joy inherent in our Soul brings smiles, laughter and play into our daily life. Doorways open so our moments of joy grow simply by being able to enjoy whatever your journey brings to you.

May you join us in JOY!

AHO!

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“It is a time for birthing new ceremonies and rituals.”

We received this message during one of our Apu sessions in Peru last month. During an Apu session we are in dialogue with the spirits of the mountains and the Santa Tierras, the feminine land spirits as called forth by the shamans we work with.

Personal rituals and ceremonies are most powerful as they are offerings of our heart. They give voice to our Soul for ceremony and ritual are the language through which our Soul speaks. Our Soul is animated through the actions we take when we step into ceremony and ritual.

Birthing new ceremonies does not mean we need to reinvent the wheel each and every time yet this Spirit message reveals ceremonies no longer have to be held to hard and fast rules. I share here are a few simple rituals from my last trip to Peru, starting with a healing herbal remedy from Don Sebastian to inspire the birth of new ceremony and ritual.

Don Sebastian

Don Sebastian

It was very cold at Segrena Cocha, the lagoon where we set up camp under the peak of Apu Colca Cruz. Our trek involved plenty of rain and hailstorms to mark our passage. We never really seemed to dry out. After a long day of trekking and ceremony we huddled in our kitchen tent and Don Sebastian shared with us his medicine and healing.

Healing herbs of the Andes had been gathered and dried. Rubbing alcohol was added to make a loose paste. An egg white was added to the mix for binding. Infused with prayer, one of the most important ingredients added was munay or unconditional love. This healing remedy was vigorously massaged into sore muscles and aching spines as each one of us was willing to bare our skin in the cold to receive a healing from this humble master high in the mountains.

Another simple and profound ceremony anchored us to Earth and Light. After purification and prayers, red mud was applied to our left leg, the feminine. A red thread was tied at the ankle to anchor us to Earth. White mud was applied to our right leg, the masculine with a black thread at the ankle to anchor us to Light. These threads are left in place until they fall off on their own. The connections are strong as mine are still in place a month now after ceremony and don’t feel like they will fall off anytime soon.

Since returning home the herbal recipe has transformed my abundance of medicinal healing herbs from Thailand from their cotton muslin pouches previously used for steaming. As a rub I have used them now for purification ceremonies to clear the entire body. This can be done in a shower or if weather and privacy permits, is most profound done outdoors.

The herbal rub has also been used on specific areas of pain applied in a thick layer and wrapped with cotton gauze as a poultice. The herbal rub was also used in ceremony for anchoring Earth and Light instead of mud.

Above all, the most important ingredient we bring to any ceremony is munay. Whatever ceremony you create bring all the love you can muster.

May this serve to inspire, to heal and to birth new ceremonies.

In munay.

AHO my friends! AHO!

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

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The journey of our prayers to Peru…

As our journeys to Peru are guided by Spirit
we were to be at Machu Picchu for ceremony
to receive a direct transmission of Light.
On this day the Inka return to Machu Picchu
to consume Light for planting the seeds of vision.

Morning Stillness at Machu Picchu

Morning Stillness at Machu Picchu

As we were among the first to arrive the stillness was palpable that morning.
Can you feel it?

Walking to Ceremonial Site

Walking to Ceremonial Site

Entrance to Ceremony

Entrance to Ceremony

Site for Ceremony

Site for Ceremony

At this Temple we stepped into ceremony
through a spiral dance to gather energy from Pachamama.
We held our formation until Inti TiTi, Father Sun,
gifted us with a direct transmission of Light.
Initiates were woven into our ayllu.

Meditation on Light

Meditation on Light

We spent hours in meditation.
Our ayllu anchoring points of Light throughout the main plaza.

Prayers Buried Here

Prayers Buried Here

At days end crystals were buried as offerings.
Medicine bundle of prayers buried here
protected by rock overlooking plaza.

View From Medcine Bundle Site

View From Medcine Bundle Site

Our prayers overlook Machu Picchu.
Through time
and through space
our prayers are forever held.

AHO my friends!

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Preparing for Despacho

Preparing for Despacho

Most people think I take vacation when I travel to Peru but this pilgrammage is a journey. And there is a difference. A journey stretches me in all directions. I am physically stretched due to the adjustments to high altitudes. And that physical stretch unlocks edges of emotion, thought and old beliefs stored in my tissues. It is being at an edge of prayer through an intensity of rites, ceremony and initiations. It is vigorous spiritual work that I must surrender my heart to completely. It is a journey of joy. It is a journey of love. It is a journey home to my heart.

Since I will be in Peru at the time of the New Moon this month I will not be holding the despacho ceremony online. Instead I extend an invitation for you to journey with me. To offer your prayers to ceremony in Peru.

What are you looking to create in your life? What are the highest visions and dreams you hold? What are you stepping into? Who are you becoming? It is a time of dreaming bigger than ever before. Align your heart with your highest calling. Align your heart with love. Align your heart with joy. Open the portal to your destiny. This is an opportunity for your prayers to travel to heart of Peru.

I will be creating a medicine pouch to carry your prayers with me. I do not know where they will end up once I am there. They may be called to Machu Picchu. Perhaps there will be a ceremony along glacial waters. Or under the peaks of Ausangate, the director of the holy mountains of the Andes where we are traveling to. I will share that with you on my return.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to align your intention of traveling to Peru if it is a desire of your heart. So settle in. Take a moment. Drop into your heart. And breathe.

The video below will guide you through anything you need to know. And please know this is open so that anytime you may come to offer your prayers is perfect. Your intentions are held in the energetic matrix beyond time, space and form.

AHO my friends! AHO!

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