JOY OF AWAKENING
(Conceptual Maps of the Nature of Reality)
Maps of Consciousness
4 Rules of Engagement
Creating Sacred Space
Energy: Life Force
Ceke Energy System
Evolution • Change • Motion
Mapping the Land to the Body
Structure of the Luminous Energy Field
Structure of the Physical Body
Journey of Power
Wisdom Through Direct Experience
4 Perceptual States
Oneness • Wholeness
Waykey • Panay
IMPRINTING, BALANCING & INTEGRATION
Tupay • Tinquy • Tãqe
Chapter 1 — Excerpts
The word “shaman” denotes a “great master of ecstasy” in the Russian Tungusic language. They are practitioners of the oldest spiritual healing tradition still carried out in many cultures. One theory, supported by research in neuroscience and medical anthropology, is that shamanism has been independently invented time and again by indigenous cultures throughout the world, and is based upon an understanding of the human immunological system and psychobiology.
The form of shamanism practiced by descendants of the Inka, in Peru, is known as Tiwantinesuyu or the four-fold map of consciousness. This complex cosmology or worldview is very different, yet compatible, with the Christian tradition into which I was born, and it has propelled me to explore other maps of reality to uncover the truths held in common and to remember the essential Truth: Oneness.
It is said that to walk a medicine path one must be “called by Spirit.” In the Andes this generally means being struck by lightening three times; surviving a life-threatening illness, emotional crisis or trauma; having an encounter with a source of “power;” or the consequence of a conscious quest.
While my first “call from Spirit” came soon after birth having survived being stabbed near my heart by my father, and along with my mother and brother left for dead, my explorations into consciousness and spiritual traditions did not begin until my late teens. Later, travels to Africa, the Indonesian archipelago, and the jungle and mountains of Peru acquainted me to cultures where the separation of the seen and unseen worlds are blurred — places where spirit, nature, art and everyday life co-exist seamlessly. Meeting and being with people who had not yet forgotten the old ways — ways beyond the five senses — stirred something deep within me that had been buried long ago.
But, it wasn’t until a routine annual check-up revealed that the very essence of my physical body (DNA) was literally breaking apart and creating mutant chromosomes, a result of leukemia, that my formal apprenticeship began in the energy medicine traditions of the Andean shaman or paqo.
Much of the information about the Inka cosmology and healing practices contained in this book come from my teacher, Jose Luis Herrera, and those who were his mentors and are his contemporaries. The intricacies of this tradition have been fundamental to my being able to “grow corn” — to heal on all levels. Additionally, I have had the honor and privilege to learn from and receive rites of passage from medicine people during ceremonies and rituals where signs of Spirit are read in the night sky, the future is divined through the reading of coca leaves, and animistic archetypes and deceased ancestors are called upon for vision and guidance. I have been shown how to journey across the great serpent Amaru — the Milky Way — that connects heaven and earth, and to hear stories of one's Becoming by holding stones to my ears. For these “masters of ecstasy” there is no separation between the seen and unseen, the world of form and that of formlessness. The quality of their relationships and engagements are both impersonal and unconditional, and the pursuit of impeccability is a principle around which they strive to organize all of their transactions.
This book is an attempt to share the knowledge that has been generously shared with me. As you read on, no doubt you will discover that you already “know” some of the information contained throughout — though perhaps by different articulations. My intention is to help you remember, deepen your knowledge, offer perhaps new ways of “seeing” and working with energy, and most especially to keep the conversation of our Becoming — our evolution of consciousness and purpose of life — dynamic. In this sprit, you are invited to re-member the long forgotten maps of consciousness we all hold within.
Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
Infinite Consciousness: Science of the Human Vibrations of Consciousness
Valerie V. Hunt, Ph.D.
The Eye of the I
David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Embracing the Immaterial Universe
Bruce H. Lipton
The Woman in the Shaman’s Body
Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.