“If you have hope in your heart and even if you’re the only person left who has hope in their heart, as long as your hope is committed in action, then hope is alive in the world” Julia Butterfly Hill.
Being a shamanic practitioner has led me to so many treasures and given me the strength to face any challenges in the way. I have been forced to face my deepest fears and to work with my shadow, amongst other things. My mesa has been with me now since 2007 when I finished my ‘Healing the Light Body Training’ with The Four Winds Society. I cannot believe it’s over ten years ago when I started this incredible medicine path.
My mesa is definitely a part of me ( see photo above). It is a symbol of my wounds that have been healed and brought into balance. The Khuya’s (stones) are now imbued with compassion and love. They can now help me inspire a client on their journey to wellness. Each Khuya represents a wound or an issue that I’ve personally had to deal with. So, when a client chooses a particular stone, I have a good idea as to what kind of journey they’ve been on and where the root of it may lie.
I feed my mesa regularly with home made florida water and ultimately my love. I talk to it and what it needs, sometimes I open it under the full moon to recharge the stones. To me, my mesa is another living being. I don’t have it open all the time, only when I’m working with it or when I’m with a client.
What do the stones or Khuya’s mean?
Each Khuya is a wisdom keeper and has been on it’s own journey for many thousands of years before it has got to me. Sometimes I have found my khuya’s on the ground, some of them have been gifts and some I have bought in a shop. All of them in some way called to me and asked to be in my mesa.
We believe that the stones and crystals of the earth are the wisdom keepers and they play an important part during any healing ritual. They will hold a clients pain whilst the heavy energy in the LEF is gently released and brought back into balance.
A client will be able to tune into their body to where a particular issue is being held and then inform the stone with their breath. This ‘programmes’ the stone and helps to act as an organising principle for the healing session – allowing whichever layers that need to come up – be released.
My mesa cloth is also really special, as it’s been woven specifically for this purpose of carrying my khuya’s. Each motif or pattern represents a specific nature being, like Into Titi for the sun, the river, the mountain spirits (apu’s). Each step of our spiritual paths are woven intricately into the cloth as the Q’ero are master weavers themselves. I love weaving myself but when I look at these mesa cloths, I have no idea how it’s been woven. I also made a felted inner cloth for my mesa in sacred space.
( Left Photo) Don Augustine performing a Despacho Ceremony near Salkantay, Peru.
I have such gratitude for all my teachers, seen and unseen along the way. It has been a humbling experience to be in my their presence, to see the beauty of their hearts as with a simple bell or a song they would open a way for spirit and for dreams to become reality.
The Q’eros know that the only way that the earth can survive these times is to bring their teachings to the west. Alberto trained with several different medicine men and women from The High Andes in order to do just that. I am very grateful to him, everything he taught me works in the most beautiful way – It has changed many peoples lives for the better when I have used it. I honour the fact that Alberto had the courage to put together his course and I value the teachings I received.
When I discovered the Four Winds Society I was looking for a spiritual path that had a deep connection and reverence with nature. I’ve been lucky enough to train with Dr Alberto Villoldo PHD – a medical anthropologist. A wonderful man – when he speaks to a group, he speaks on many different levels. He trained with the Native American people in the Andes and the Amazon and researched the training that I received on the ‘Healing the Light Body’ programme.
Some people feel that you need to be careful who you show your mesa to but I feel it’s good to trust your intuition and be discerning. Each Khuya can be carefully cleansed by blowing any stale or heavy energy (hucha) to a candle flame or holding it gently above the flame and moving it around until you feel it’s clean.
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