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Homage to Red Bear Who Sees All Worlds

Calling forth the spiral nature of life, we stand closer to the sacred flow that carries the soul onward in its evolutionary path. In the visionary experience of the soul there is no death, only transformation, only an impulse that belongs to the origins of creation....

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Shadowplay

In the deeply angled sunlight of an Autumn afternoon, two farmers wearing overalls and baseball caps hang by their necks from an old oak tree at the crossroads where we turn to reach the campground. They’re dummies of course, it’s close to Halloween; I try to be...

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Vista: Re-Membering to Trust

As an aspiring adept, I was moved to write this article out of a desire to be honest about an intense personal struggle that stirs a sense of inadequacy. In the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Cross Cultural Shamanism, one’s vista plays a crucial role in...

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Medicine for An Age of Endless Ache

It has been one year since I first chanted the directions and breathed into my new altar the intention to walk as a mesa carrier in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Two years since I was Reiki attuned. Three since I first experienced energy healing and shamanic...

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Abuelo Sagrado – Medicina para mi Alma

I take the cup with reverence and bow to the wisdom of this sacred, ancient medicine being, unprepared yet curious about the great teachings I am to receive, hoping that the burden of the deep feelings of fear and unworthiness that I have carried for years will...

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One Sixth Will Do

In PMT training we are taught our mesa is a reflection of us. It is a physical representation of the non-physical world. It is a living organism. Not only does it reveal our unique individuality, but it reflects our energies, patterns, and beliefs; it...

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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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Invitation to Ghost Child from a Home Fire

Crying over a mess of herbs and alcohol stirred into an inert slop before my mesa, shedding tears on the wreck as though they might be the secret ingredient to right this botched attempt at alchemy, my body heaved out a liquid history of cynicism, mind collapsing to match the mess like a tapestry unraveled at the tug of a single thread.

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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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