Meeting with a Shaman
Last week, we were reflecting and thinking: If life is only one, then the answer is in the how. How do we live our life? How frugal are we? How many things could we give up? Can we separate ourselves from our customs?
Separating ourselves from the things that require our support time allows us to become a little bit more independent of the system, and open ourselves, allow ourselves a little more time for us. As we do so, we help to recover our lost senses.
The aboriginal cultures are millenary wise regarding the waste culture and the liberation of the imposed beliefs. For this week I simply wanted to transcribe a few extremely motivating lines from an indigenous Quechua, Luis Espinoza (Chamalu), heir of the initiation Andean tradition, spiritual leader of the Pachamama Movement, who performs existential Seminars of Andean Shamanism in the jungle and the Andes, in the sacred and power places, where his ancestors performed millenary ceremonies.
Enjoy him, and read him conciously for only a few minutes:
“It is so beautiful to have few things, to feel free from dependences! As only the ones with fewer needs will be free; it is so beautiful to get home and find it empty, we don’t have to complicate ourselves by filling it up if everything is for us; what I like the most, I can’t have it at home, then I have my home in what I like, in the mountains and the stars, in the rain and the Rainbow, in the sun and the rivers.
How important it is to have the less as possible, as the more you have, the more you get distracted, the more you have the less time you have to look inside of yourself, less opportunities to work with your interior self because life reveals itself completely in the exterior self and the sacred dimension of things is lost.
I have seen that in the world everything is cement; cement resembles a lot to cemetery; I have seen that your schools are very similar to prisons, administrated by castrators of the natural and spontaneous, that teach your children, progress as a step forward, hiding from them that it is step into the air, that progress is a trap; they don’t tell them that the only thing that the world needs is unconditional love, as love includes everything; they don’t tell them that eternity is the deepened instant, that what’s most important can’t be seen with the eyes, that thinking too much is harmful, that we come to life incomplete precisely to complete ourselves, then almost all of them ignore that we count with endless resources to live, (…).
We are Pachamama. Our skin is only an excuse to distract the stupid and to it’s a barrier for fools; all is one, we are part of a giant Community, we have the whole Pachamama inside of us, that protects us in its womb.
When will man discover the importance of being always alert against stupidity, against comfort, against arrogance, that isolates him from greatness? Being alert so as not to degenerate in machine, to enjoy everything that is given to us but without clinging oneself to anything, learning permanently, growing continuously. When will he discover the importance of getting out of the world and to enter in the total silence, transforming the ordinary in extraordinary, the instant in eternity, life in a sublime work of art, discovering that the Pachamama has a different order than the imagined one, returning to the Chejpacha (Cosmic order), where thinking and calculating can be replaced by feeling and enjoying?
When will he learn that everything is fantastic from the instant in which one is awake, alert, alive, that what you do with love is what’s valuable, because in its absence everything that’s achieved, cosmically lacks value? If you can’t do what you love, love what you do; when will he learn that sometimes it’s necessary to stop working to start living, because work sometimes closes the door to life, voraciously consuming time and energy?; (…).
We feel that the modern man can no longer commit more mistakes, that he already committed all of them; that his great solitude is a consequence of a progress which ignores the Pachamama; brother, you need to urgently discover nature and your cosmic dimension, you need to understand that not only your industry is irresponsible of the damage made to the land but all of the ones that live in an unbalanced and synthetic way, consuming and wasting, are correspondents of such aggression.
Brother, it is not enough to declare that we will defend nature, to write books and give conferences in its defense, we need to transform ourselves into trees, condors, alpacas, incarnating freedom, naturalness, innocence, free will, patience, enthusiasm, the unbearable wish to live. We need to live what we know, observe ourselves with attention so as not to fall in automatism that, fruit of the conditioning to which you were submitted reactivate the robot and asphalt your heart burying your intuitive capacity, making you a slave of reason. To live naturally, transcendentally, reverently. To live lovingly, humbly, humorously, TO LIVE, because to live fully is the path to life, to a life that includes everything.
Once you live holding hands with the Pachamama, then your words in defense of nature will be filled with power, (…).
We, the native people feel in our body, the wounds that are inflicted to the land.
Oh! If the modern man weren’t so primitive, so incapable, so dependent of the external; if suddenly he could suffer from an acute attack of communitarianism, an impulse of fraternity, an interminable gesture of love, a permanent state of humor; if giving up the civilizing routine he could board in the canoe of ecstasy, offering himself to the Pachamama as an instrument of this transcendental sowing; If he could talk about love with the trees and the rivers, with the mountains and the stars, with the birds and the sunsets, his intuition would be fertilized and his life would become a sacred ceremony, a dance of the visible and invisible, cosmic telluric convergence that will activate the power of creating and will trascendentalize each one of his experiences.
I have seen the world and I am convinced that stupidity and perversion cannot continue indefinitely; it is precise to shamanize lives, it is urgent to shamanize society, as this will mean that all of the established values will be called into question and will fall one after the other; they will fall unstoppable, while the new will begin to build itself.”
Nothing to say, add, contribute…Until next week.
Luis Espinoza (Chamalu). 1991. Ecología Chamánica (Kaypacha). Edicones Obelisco. 3rd edition. Barcelona, Spain, 1994. Pages. 42, 43, 49, 50, 55, 56, 57.
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