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Meditations & Visualizations


Grandmother Earth - Machu Picchu

The connection to the domain of the ancestor spirits is strong in the misty Andean high mountain peaks and valleys. The mountains each have a tutelary deity, male or female, who reside within them. Prayers are recited calling each peak's Apu (spirit self) by it's special name. Through prayer and ceremony, the great mountain spirits are acknowledged and given thanks. By remembering these beings, the balance of the world creation can be maintained. The nurturing energies of Pachamama (Earth Mother) can be drawn into one's self, one's lineage.


In his book "Island of the Sun: Mastering the Inca Medicine Wheel", Alberto Villoldo recounts his trance/dream experience of the great Grandmother Apu of Machu Picchu. In this meeting, she taught him how to project his consciousness to merge with that of the condor, to fly high into the sky on the winds of this sacred bird.


Some years ago I was studying reiki with a teacher and on her wall there was a photograph of the peak of Huayna Picchu. I liked this view and mentioned that fact to her. She smiled and told me that this was a special photograph as it reveals the spirit of the mountain. With that, she turned the photo 90 degrees to show me the face of Grandmother.


As far as I can tell, this is an un-retouched image. However, it happens to be shot from a unique angle and position that is not typically reached by other photographers. Anyway, at that time, I took a digital snapshot of it for future use in my art (see example below).

Bands of Power - Earth Mother


See more of this Inka Light Body Medicine Wheel series at ShamanDreaming.org under View By Subject/Shamanic Visions.

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