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We cannot stand in our power
and at the same time
believe we are a victim.

The New Moon is fast approaching so it is time to get ready for ceremony! Here are a few things you will need as we gather as a virtual community and align our intention of releasing the victim, places we have lost or given away our power and all self-limiting beliefs in order to fully manifest our dreams.

Preparations for Ceremony:

  • 27 bay leaves, small native leaves or flower petals to make 8 qintus for Cuti (Kooti) Despacho plus 3 more to make 1 qintu for Ayni Despacho
  • Sacred Space
  • Quiet mind
  • Sea Salt (fine, not coarse) for Purification
  • Intention
The upcoming ceremony will have 2 Despachos; a Cuti (Kooti) Despacho to hold our intention of releasing the victim, places of powerlessness and all limited beliefs of not enough, and an Ayni Despacho to hold our gratitude.

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 the victim, places within where you give up or give away your power. Notice self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. Where does this live in your body? This is what you will offer in ceremony. You are now ready to blow your intentions into your qintu. Take a moment to sit quietly and still your mind. Let your first qintu hold a prayer of thanks to Mother Earth, or Pachamama as she is called by the Shamans of Peru. Thank her for everything she provides for you in your life. Recognize that everything comes from her, and it is to her everything returns. Honor her with your first qintu.

You now have 7 more qintus (21 leaves or petals in groups of 3) for the Cuti (Kooti) Despacho. Hold the intention of clearing the energetic impressions and patterns of the victim from your system. Clear any places of powerlessness. Clear all limited beliefs of not enough. As you hold this intention you are blowing into your qintu. As you spend time with this process you may notice things start to come up in your body or mind. You may notice sensations or tensions arise. Blow that in. You may notice thoughts or emotions. Blow that in. You may have memories. Blow them in. Keep blowing into a qintu until it feels complete for you and then start with the next one until you have completed all 7. Once you are done, imagine blowing everything from all your qintus into the image of the Cuti (Kooti) Despacho online. As your intentions join with others in this ceremony, we empower each other through our shared intent in community.

This process will take some time so try and set 20 to 30 minutes for this in your day. This may be more time than you are accustomed to spending with intention or prayer but notice what it is like for you to be at an edge in prayer. Does the skeptic show up? Blow that in. Is there anger or resentment arising? Blow that in. Keep emptying into your qintu and trust the process. Don’t trust? Guess what…blow that in.

Once you have completed all of your qintus and blown your intentions into the Virtual Cuti (Kooti) Despacho, you will either burn your qintus or bury them in the Earth. As these qintus are holding our heavy and dense energetic patterns, you do not want to burn them in your home as in a fireplace. If you cannot release them until the next day, leave them outside of your home secured under a rock or somewhere you know you will find them the following day.

We are creating a vacuum in our field by releasing these heavy energetic paradigms. We need to fill this space with new information in order to re-inform our energetic bodies. For this we blow in our prayers of gratitude to the Ayni Despacho. Do this when you are done with the Cuti (Kooti) Despacho in the same way. This time you only have 1 qintu. Hold the intention of gratitude, as big and as wide as you can imagine, and then think bigger. Hold this intention and blow that into your last qintu and offer that into the Ayni Despacho with your exhale.

The Despachos will be available and open for ceremony for 3 days starting October 25th, the day before the New Moon, October 26th and October 27th. You can participate on any one of these days. The Cuti (Kooti) 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 Despachos will then be burned in a fire ceremony.

Please share comments or questions 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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For a moment, let your attention rest on your breath. Follow its flow. Feel its movement. Notice the quality of your exhale.

What happens in your body as you breathe out?

There is a natural desire to empty and release. This is inherent with every breath out, a desire to let go. When we add intention to our exhale, we enhance its power.

A shaman prays with intention, empowered by the breath.  

This prayer is then transferred to an object in nature and offered to Spirit by return to the elements. In the mountains of Peru, three cocoa leaves are traditionally used to create a prayer holder or qintu. The breath is the energetic conduit on which the prayer travels. Whatever we are looking to release, let go, or set in motion can be offered by exhaling into a qintu. If cocoa leaves are not available, bay leaves make a good substitute as they are similar in shape and size. Alternatively, small leaves from a native plant or flower petals can make a qintu or prayer holder.

As we meet in ceremony, we will pray using breath and intention. As the New Moon is approaching, I am gathering elements to create our despacho. Our intention is to release the victim so we may step fully into our power. The energetic impression, or pattern of the victim, is one of powerlessness. It can weigh heavy on our energy field leaving us tired, irritable, hopeless and heavy. To combust the density of this energetic pattern, a Cuti Despacho will hold our qintus. A Cuti Despacho includes things like sea salt and hot peppers to burn through the density of these energetic paradigms. I also received a magnificent Spirit gift for our despacho; a 5 1/2 snakeskin! The medicine of the serpent teaches us to shed what no longer serves us. 

The day before the New Moon (October 25th) I will post a picture of the Cuti Despacho here on my blog and also on my facebook page.  Your intention of releasing the victim, all places of powerlessness and limiting beliefs of not enough will be blown directly into the image. You will also create qintus of your own which will be released back to Nature. You can either burn your qintus outside your home, bury them in the Earth or release them to water.

Our Cuti Despacho will immediately be followed by an Ayni Despacho. When we ceremonially release these patterns of powerlessness and scarcity, an energetic vacuum is created in our field. As energy does not like a vacuum, this space will look to fill itself back up. Since we have such strong affinities, or magnetic attractions to these patterns, our tendency is to fill this void with what we just released.

In an Ayni Despacho we offer our gratitude. We install new information to this void so we are no longer informed by patterns that are old, outdated and no longer serve us. Just as with the Cuti Despacho, prayers of thanks will be blown into the image of the Ayni Despacho and qintus of your own will also be made. More on this will be posted prior to our ceremony but I offer this information here in preparation and to create an opportunity to ask questions should they arise.

I look forward to meeting in ceremony!

AHO my friends! AHO!

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


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