A supernatural phenomenon associated with both prophecy and shamanic initiation in this tradition is the Hanaq Pacha Qaqya Rayo (rayo del supramundo de illuminacion mistica), or lightning bolt of mystical illumination. Mediated and delivered by Siwar Q’enti (the Royal Hummingbird), an encounter with lightning results in an “enlightening vision of the universe,” known to Mesa carriers as the T’eqsimuyu surrounded by Amaru, or T’eqsimuyu Amaru.
This concept of an animated universe, the T’eqsimuyu Amaru, operates like the archetypal symbol of the snake eating its own tail. It is both circular and self-governing, functioning like an ovum, and perpetually giving birth to itself. Visions of this self-creating universe were said to be witnessed by Andean shamans who were either physically, or figuratively, struck by lightning. Their accounts revealed a living universe comprised of infinite filaments of conscious light that...
Relax into an upright stillness.
Let the silent mind drink from the senses.
Surrender back to life every story you have ever told.
Give the absence of you a chance to root.
The truth is unveiled without you.
Become the moments emerging around you.
Paint your new portrait from this ever-changing landscape.
Dissolve into your own emergence.
And make this unending revelation your home.
For those who are awake, the topic of a talk is of little importance. The guru could be up there reading from an electrician's training manual, or a dull book on plumbing or carpentry, and all the awakened listener would hear is "a brilliant account of what it means to become an open channel for creative energy to pass through unhindered." And after the talk, they would offer the teacher an approving nod, and say something like... "I love how you brought together the concepts of openness, emptiness, and flow to describe the nature of consciousness, and how matter takes shape, inside this amazing liquid universe."
When the soul is in a posture of full receptivity, questions are always being answered.
In 2015, I led a trip to Peru with anthropologist Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin, who is one of the world’s experts in the field of Peruvian curanderismo. As we traveled through the Sacred Valley and into the Northern Coast, one of the themes we shared (and explored) with our group was the concept of kamay and its role in the ancient cosmovision of the Peruvian peoples. This concept refers to a method of “modeling” and “capturing” the essence of something, through a process of mirroring, reflection, and alignment (Magee and Glass-Coffin 2015).
The nature of kamay exists, on all scales, as an interwoven matrix of replicated forms throughout the universe, where the whole exists within the part and the part within the whole. An example being the majestic Oak tree, which exists within a tiny acorn, and the acorn exists within the Oak. Or the planets of our solar system (which are comprised of countless atoms) revolve around the sun, just as protons and...