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The Gathering of the Mesas

Three years ago, we in the Heartland Ayllu – the local Kansas City community of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition – decided to start our own tradition. It is common practice within an ayllu to hold community Link Up ceremonies on Wednesday nights, often once a...

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Holy Terror

Dancing in the Dark, I’ve been firming up, digging deep into what lies below. The threads that weave this journey are dark blues, purples and deep red – the color of congealed blood. It’s a moody hue, but it’s flecked with glittering threads and mirrors too. It was...

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Ayni: Moving from Doing to Being

“Today for me – tomorrow for you.” What a beautiful sentiment, yes? And so simple, right? After all, it’s not rocket science or some new and fantastic medical breakthrough. Some might say that it’s really just a catch-phrase used to distinguish one group’s...

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Slow Down

Standing in Georgia O’Keefe’s art studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico, I was in awe at the beauty she painted. O’Keefe’s New Mexico landscapes were part of my everyday life growing up. Her paintings were on my mother’s posters, calendars and big open books on...

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Frustration, Hopelessness, & the Dance of the Mesa

Along our individual journeys and our collective one toward ultimate healing for ourselves and the planet, we are bound to encounter frustration. Yet finding this work, and understanding that we truly do hold power to create positive shifts on the more subtle levels with our mesas and intentions – this provides hope.

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Ritual is a Technology

The power of the ritual is calibrated by our ability to surrender. When we do the steps, even if we have resistance, we’re letting go more. It rewires us. Ritual is a technology? Yup. Technology rewires us? Yup. There are studies that show how being...

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The Sweetness of the Sting

Just recently my family and I vacationed to some sites up north, one of them being the Indian mounds in Aztalan, Wisconsin. While the kids were off playing in the woods my wife and I sat on top of the mounds, a stepped ziggurat which operated as the tribe’s prime ceremonial center. Yet…

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The Mesa 101

Despite how far you go with something you must always revisit the basics, to reinforce your foundation. With the mesa it is no different.

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