Isolation is at the core of much of the suffering we experience as human beings. It is rooted in dualistic thinking, the conceptualization of self as an entity independent from other life forms, and a weakened or nonexistent connection with our collective consciousness. Through isolation, we begin to identify with the ego and duality as our ultimate reality. We become imbalanced as we fall out of harmony with the greater systems of which we are a part. We fall into the delusion that isolation somehow protects us or grants us a sense of control. These symptoms are indicative of dis-ease within the self and our collective consciousness and are in no way aligned with our natural state of being.

One of the central teachings of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition is the cultivation of sacred relationship. Through the mesa, we are offered a pathway whereby we may witness and come to understand relationship on many levels, from macrocosm to microcosm, within the self and beyond. We can ultimately heal these ways of being and heal our relationships within the intricately woven web of creation. Moving into sacred relationship shifts us from a consciousness of independence to interdependence and from individuality to collectivity. We learn to take responsibility for our actions, knowing that they send ripples throughout our lives, into the lives of others, into generations past and future, into the heart and into the heavens.

Ultimately, cultivating an awareness of our oneness may serve as a salve to heal these wounds of isolation. Through this work, I have come to see three main keys to developing sacred relationships within and throughout this vast sea of existence:

Remember Oneness

As we work with our mesas, we piece apart the elements, delving deeply into the characteristics of the seven directions, Pachamama, Mama Killa, Wiracocha, Inti, K’uychi, and many other archetypes of the cosmos. As our subtle senses open, we discover that these various aspects are all comprised of the same divine essence and that they are all gateways to source. Each of their dances weaves seamlessly into the choreography of the whole. Without any one of them, the universe would not be the same.

We begin to look at the world around us in awe, knowing that each atom is integral to the totality of existence and that we too are a part of it. The veils of illusion (specifically our identification with duality and separateness) fall away, and we are left with an embodied knowing of what we are, and that what we are is no different than what anything around us is. In this way, we begin to remember oneness. It is a process of remembering rather than discovering because it is inherent to our beings. Unity consciousness is intrinsic to Spirit! It is our natural state to move in alignment with the whole – it is evident in the teachings of the earth and the stars. This truth has been covered by various layers of conditioning, ego and rational mind. We may uncover and remember sacred relationship with ourselves, other beings and Spirit by simply taking the first step of humbling ourselves to acknowledge the All. It requires a conscious practice of stepping outside of the self and into the mindset of the greater whole.

Ask yourself: Are there ways in which I am trapping myself in the mindset of separation? How may I remove these illusions from my vision? How may I acknowledge my interdependence with the web of creation? How can I remind myself of unity consciousness throughout the day and throughout my life? How may I share the many gifts of adopting this consciousness with others?

Embody Ayni

Ayni is a Quechua term, which refers to the concept of reciprocity. Embodying this teaching is integral to the understanding of sacred relationship and the art of living in communion with all beings. It asks that we assume a mentality of gratitude for all that we are given: each blessing, each trial, each breath, each step upon this earth. This is a gratitude that comes from the deep knowing that we receive precisely what we need in divinely orchestrated moments. It is a way in which we can acknowledge the divine design that holds us and propels us forwards on our journeys. It is a way that we can bow to the beings behind it all.

Don Oscar Miro-Quesada teaches that ritual begets relationship. Ritual is a way in which we may give form to gratitude by actively expressing it. Furthermore, it allows us to ceremoniously re-establish sacred relation with Spirit, the elements and the seven directions. Despacho ceremonies are a traditional example of this form of communion. We may also begin to integrate this practice as we open and work with our mesas, offering gratitude to each of the directions for their teachings. In this way, we may cultivate intimate relationships with each of the elements.

Ask yourself: How may I offer gratitude for all that I am given? How may I acknowledge all of the forces at work, coming into harmony to support my walk on this earth? How may I contribute to this cycle of giving and receiving? How can I honor this principle in ceremony?

Walk in Love

Love is the last and perhaps the most integral key to healing the wounds of isolation. It connotes unconditional compassion, empathy, grace and consideration for others. In the Pachakuti Mesa tradition, we refer to this kind of love as Munay. By working with this energy, we gradually empower our luminous bodies so that we may more effectively bring about transformation in our own lives and, ultimately, dream a new world into being. It is important to remember that, like Oneness, love is a natural state of being. We need only cultivate practices in our lives that purify and expand our hearts to their innate potential so that we may step into harmonious and sacred relations.

One way we may do this is by adopting a mentality of service. When we engage with the world in love, everything we do becomes a selfless offering. All of life becomes a ceremony and every action moves as an echo of our devotion. When this level of service is present, we walk as loving protectors of one another, as stewards of the earth, and as embodiments of Spirit. Our actions become a means of communing with the web of existence and of offering ourselves wholeheartedly to its benefit. In this way, our love may piece together the fragmented aspects of ourselves and our relations.

Ask yourself: What would Love have me do today? What would Love wish for me to say? And to whom? How would Love have me engage with the world around me? Who would Love have me be?

About the Author

Nicole Petersen

Nicole Petersen

Featured Contributor

I was guided to the healing arts through my own journey of awakening.

My first yoga practice was a profound experience of re-membering that opened doors to the recovery of my mind-body connection and to the exploration of my spirituality. I was set on a path that urged me to follow my heart as my clearest guide.

In the years that followed I traveled widely and began to explore the body through yoga and movement; energy medicine through the lineage of Usui Reiki; the science of sound through mantra, chant and vibrational alignment; holism through alternative medicine and integrative nutrition; and my creative channel as a writer and artist.

I began to see an underlying essence weaving these many threads together: the intention to inspire memory of the vastness within each of us. It follows that, through my work, I aspire to open doors to healing and integration of mind, body and spirit, so that our highest potentials may be realized.

Ultimately, I hope that by offering my passions, I may inspire others to do the same; that by opening doors to holistic wellness, I may help others awaken to their inner brilliance; and that as a teacher, I may serve as a mirror, allowing others to see their greatest teacher within.