Wavespell of the Yellow Star

by Mariela Maya

 

August 29 – September 10, 2011
(Kins 248-260)

 

Tomorrow (8/29/11) the Wavespell of the Yellow Star starts, thirteen days to awaken our inner Artist, develop our creativity and connect with Beauty!

The Wavespell of the Yellow Star is the last Wavespell of this 260-day cycle. We are invited to go out of the automatic pilot, break with the daily routine and transform our lives into a piece of Art.

This message will be longer than usual, where I will share with you the second part of my trip to Peru including some photos. As of next Wavespell, I will go back to the previous format.

Trip to Peru – July 10 to August 10, 2011 – PART 2
(If you haven’t read Part 1, you can do it here)

Note: After sharing with you my experiences below, you will find a gallery with 93 photos. You can click on any photo and go back and forth to see them all. If you want to return to this message, just click on ‘Back to Gallery’. I will refer to some photos by their numbers so you can just go over them with your mouse to see their number/name.

Symbolically, the trip was from Full Moon to Full Moon. The first photo was taken when we started with the Munay-Ki workshop and the last one was from the airplane on my way back to Houston.

The gallery starts with a few photos from Paz y Luz in Pisac, Sacred Valley in Peru, where I was most of my stay. You can see the conference room where we received the Munay-Ki Rites and learned how to give them; the amazing landscape surrounded by mountains; one of the buildings where I had my room; Paz y Luz Manager Hetty; a ‘romantic’ dinner where we ate with candle light as electricity was out for a few hours; my birthday wish with the most wonderful chocolate cake as a surprise; and Gladys, the best cook, chef at Paz y Luz.

Pisac is a lovely little village where the main attraction is the Handcrafts Market. Although it is open several days a week, Pisac Sunday Market is famous for tourist visitors but also for locals as, in addition to the daily stands, other people come from surrounding communities to sell their handcrafts, vegetables and fruits. Although it was not corn’s season, we had the chance to have a few during our stay – delicious! It’s amazing the variety of corns and potatoes Peru has.

Every single day we met this old man walking with his pigs, they were so funny to watch! And we even had the chance to play with a few little ones. One of them (walking next to him in photo 20) was called ‘café con leche’ (coffee with milk) as he was half white and half brown.

Most of the houses in Pisac are made out of adobe, a natural building material with the appearance of mud bricks. It helps to keep the houses warm when cold outside, and cold when it’s hot outdoors. Many houses have designs in their walls, generally related to the Inca trilogy of the Serpent, Puma and Condor (photo 23). There are also houses made out of solid rocks, some with beautiful designs as the chakana in photo 24. The doors are also an attraction by themselves!

When not in the Munay-Ki workshop and initiations, we had most of our meals at Ayahuasca Arte Café (photos 26-30). Its owners, Javier and Daniela, are a lovely couple that created a warm environment where they have a great affordable and healthy menu and sell beautiful art as well. You can also enjoy reading a nice book from their library, while savoring one of their tasty dishes. One of our visits to the restaurant was with the Munay-Ki group from San Antonio, Texas (photo 28), where we had some cheese with olives and a cold black beer Cusqueña.

All the initiations during the Deepening Munay-Ki were in sacred places in different locations within the Sacred Valley. We did some light hiking/climbing, as in photo 31, where we were on our way to a cave with half of a chakana carved in stone while connecting with Wayra, the Quechua word for Wind. We saw several apachetas (photo 32), small piles of stones, a tradition by the Inca’s and other Native cultures, originally built along the trail by travelers asking for protection. I left a few stones in different apachetas, while consciously connecting with my intentions.

The opening of the Deepening Munay-Ki week was with a Despacho ceremony created by Don Francisco, the Q’ero shaman, with the help of Diane Dunn, owner of Paz y Luz (photo 35). A Despacho ceremony is an ancient tradition where the shaman builds an offering of gratitude to Mother Earth (Pachamama) and the Spirits of the Mountains (Apus). This beautiful ceremony creates a sacred space, connects us with the forces of Nature and with the gratitude for all the abundance in our lives. The ceremony follows a specific sequence where items are placed on a paper including the K’intus, three coca leaves per participant, in which each one of us previously put our intentions or prayers. The ceremonial bundle is then wrapped and can be burned in a fire ceremony or buried in the Earth. This so special week also had its closure with another Despacho ceremony, this time in the ruins of Intihuatana, performed by Don Francisco and his wife Doña Juanita.

You can see in the last photo of this sequence (photo 40) Don Francisco and Doña Juanita blessing our mesas, a medicine bundle wrapped in a special woven cloth, holding stones, relics or any other sacred objects we want to put in it. It can be considered as our ‘portable altar’. The Andean mesa is also used by the Q’ero shamans to give the Munay-Ki Rites in the traditional way, which has been substituted in modern times by the Pi Stone (I have it on me in photo 49).

During the ceremonies and initiations, we had very present a beautiful concept called Ayni, base of the Andean tradition, which means in Quechua the principle of ‘reciprocity’. As we see in Nature’s cycles, ayni is the exchange of giving and receiving, reminding me the Mayan concept of In Lak’esh, where we are all interconnected.

Intihuatana is a place with an incredible energy, located in one of the mountains behind Pisac, with terraces that were used for agricultural purposes and ruins that were once a center for astronomical observation. Intihuatana means to “tie up the Sun”, complex that served to observe the Sun. We had the chance to visit it a couple of times, where we also received our last initiation by Don Francisco and Doña Juanita including the closure of the Deepening Munay-Ki with the Despacho ceremony already described. We arrived there before the sunrise to connect with the first rays of the Sun and you can see in photos 41 and 42 some natural ‘special effects’, including a beautiful rainbow on top of the cars. Local authorities are still doing archeological work on the terraces as they continue to find stones that are part of this complex. While walking through the ruins, there was a little tunnel we had to pass through and I included photo 48 as a reminder that “there is always light at the end of the tunnel”.

Once we finished with the Munay-Ki initiations, Patricia and I visited Salineras Maras and Moray… wow! How beautiful and intense places. Salineras Maras is a huge area (photo 51) created from salty waters coming from a natural underground stream, where little canals were built to conduit the flow from the spring to hundreds of ancient terraced ponds. There is a whole process until a pond dries, local workers scrap the dry salt and have it ready for sale. Once the cycle is completed, they reopen the water-supply and it starts all over again. Photo 53 is very small, but if you look closely, you can see a few people working. The salt has different colors, from light pink to light brown, which is sold for various purposes. The feeling of holding that salt in its natural state is indescribable (photo 54).

The road from Salineras Maras to Moray is breathtaking (photos 56-58)! I am also sharing a photo I took from the car in the tiny village of Maras, image that I found so interesting: the only person we saw, an old woman walking in the streets, speaking on her cell, using her hands and apparently very concentrated in her conversation…

The archaeological site of Moray is located west of Maras. It consists of several circular terraces, being the largest one 30 meters wide. We were explained by the locals that those terraces were used by the Incas as an agricultural experiment lab to study how the different climatic conditions affected the crops. In this way, they could learn what the best altitude was in order to plant the different seeds. It was a beautiful day and we spent there several hours. We even had a little lady bug visiting us while meditating in one of the terraces, where we had the chance to be by ourselves with no tourists around (photo 60 in the middle).

For the New Moon we participated in two wonderful events. On 7/29, Dan Furst, an astrologer and author among others, hosted a Sacred Sound Medicine Circle in the beautiful Botanic Garden of Pisac. He had seven amazing crystal bowls (for the seven chakras) and several other sound instruments. In addition to sharing a special afternoon, we worked on our healing intentions for ourselves and Pachamama, Mother Earth. People were invited to lie down within the circle while seven people were playing the crystal bowls around. Dan invited me to lie down on the grass faced down, and he put on my back the largest crystal bowl, the one for the seventh or crown chakra. He played it for several minutes and, although that happened a month ago, I can still feel its vibration all over! The Botanic Garden had beautiful flowers and plants, but I was most amazed by the great variety of cactus plants. I am sharing just two, photo 63 where I see a sweet little gnome and 64 with a hummingbird.

On the following day, we were invited by Tawa Killa Warmi for a full day walk and celebration to Templo Ñawpa (Choquequilla) to connect with the energies of the New Moon. This group was created by four women living in Urubamba who host activities in the Sacred Valley to celebrate the feminine energy. We were 28 women in total, some Peruvian and the rest from different continents.

And the beginning of the Month of the Pachamama started on August 1, a true blessing to be in those so magical lands!

Leaving Pisac after three weeks was not easy… such a special place! We spent three days in Cusco (or Cuzco in English), once capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco is constantly growing and developing, being an important city now with a population of around 400,000. I love Cusco, a very charming and varied place, where you have a little bit of everything for everybody. And lots of handcrafts, my weakness… My favorite place is the bohemian neighborhood called Barrio de San Blas, a picturesque area of the city with steep and narrow streets where you can find bed and breakfasts, bars, restaurants and different kind of craft shops and workshops (photo 71). Another beautiful area is Plaza Regocijo and surrounding streets.

Cusco at night is very beautiful as most of the lights are in orangey-yellow shades, giving a warm sensation when walking around (photo 75). Plaza de Armas is the main square, where the Cathedral and church La Compañia de Jesús are located with an important selection of restaurants around (photo 80). One of the interesting things about Cusco is the combination of strong indigenous traditions, still in place, and the influence of the Catholic Church, including the huge white Christ (Cristo Blanco) overseeing the city.

I added photo 78 with a rainbow I took from Plaza de Armas on a late afternoon. We saw so many rainbows in this trip (without raining) that we stopped counting! Speaking about rain, we had one afternoon of rain in Cusco, which was strange for this time of the year as it is the dry season now (from May to September). Although sometimes cloudy, we had overall a beautiful weather during the day, starting getting chilly at night. There were days where the temperature difference between day and night was over 40 Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).

Another place where we spent hours was in Cusco’s Central market, known as San Pedro Market (photos 82-86). The great variety of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, juices, spices, flowers, meat, fish, bread and so much more, makes it one of its kind! There is also an important food court mainly for locals and, of course, lots of handcrafts as well.

I spent the last days in Lima having meetings for MayanKin and visiting with friends. I’ve been in Lima so many times before while still in the corporate world, but it was the first time I felt I was really there. From a hectic agenda between airports, hotels and business meetings, this time I had the chance to walk, listen to the birds sing, and connect with a very different experience. As I was staying in the neighborhood of Miraflores, I went to my meetings walking through the Malencon (photo 88), a several miles road along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. And, although Lima is generally gray, I had the gift of enjoying a completely blue sky for a few hours (photo 89) and, on the next day, to have three big birds (photo 90) were flying high above me for a while.

The last three photos in the gallery have a special meaning for me. The beautiful yellow flower (photo 91) is from Pachatusan or The Healer’s Mountain, near Pisac, where I received my second Reiki degree. I took photo 92 in a break we had at Paz y Luz during one of the Munay-Ki workshops. I was so connected to myself and everything that is that for me this photo represents Munay, Love in Quechua. And the last photo (93) is the one I mentioned at the beginning, which I took from the airplane… Closing a cycle with the Full Moon accompanying me on my way back home after a life-changing month!

Trip for the Soul 2012

I would like to share these experiences with you in Peru next year. Considering the dry season is mainly from May to September, my intention is to plan it for the Winter Solstice (June 21) or the Day out of Time (July 25). Once I have it confirmed, I will let you know and I will also post it on my website. In the meantime, if you may be interested in joining, please let me know as I want to keep the group small to have a more personal and special experience. My plan is to host one group for English speakers and another one for Spanish.

It is important to clarify that my purpose is to share simple but profound experiences, with activities that will help us to consciously connect with our own essence, Nature and its elements, beautiful places and native people. My proposal is more of a spiritual nature than visiting touristic sites or doing adventure tourism.

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When back home, I washed all the stones I brought from Peru and put them outside under the Full Moon for a few days. After taking them back inside, I was playing with them on the dining table and separated the small hearts. When I saw one of them illuminated by the light hanging above the table, my heart expanded with gratitude and tears came to my eyes… After such a profound and inspiring trip, this photo captured a beautiful and symbolic moment with a message reminding me that “home is where the heart is”.

In Lak’esh,

Mariela Maya
Yellow Electric Star
mariela [at] mayankin [dot] com
+1 (832) 454-3113

www.mayankin.com

 

In Lak’esh means “I am another yourself!”, a Mayan greeting that recognizes the Divine in each living Being. It’s a message of Unity that reminds us that, when we give, we are also receiving. In this way, the Mayan honored and respected each other, reinforcing the belief that we are all interconnected: what we do to others and to our environment will also affect ourselves in the end…

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