Every year I’ve taken a few of my students on an expedition to a mountain in the Andes where the Laika traditionally gather for their rites of initiation. This is an event that has every ability to transform your life, as I’ll share a brief memory here:
When we got to the base of the mountain, we each selected a stone to carry in our pocket and meditate with while were hiking. I asked my students to stop along the way to “breathe” into the stone the memories of how their parents or grandparents died, and I asked them to remember the times in their lives when they personally felt devoid of life.
When we reached our destination, a clear and beautiful pool known to the shamans as the Jaguar Lagoon, we performed a ceremony during which we all took our stones and threw them into the water. We did this at the level of hummingbird, to shed the death that has been selected for us by our genes, parents, or lifestyles. We sever the energetic strands that bind us to reliving the way our ancestors lived or died.
I later explained to our expedition members that if we were in a room of 100 people, statistics show that 31 of us would eventually die of heart disease, 24 of us would die of cancer, and only 1 of us would go the way we would prefer – perhaps in the arms of our beloved at the age of 110 after making love.
In July 2013, we once again travel to the Sacred Valley of Peru to work with the Laika medicine men and women of the Andes. I will be hosting the Via Illuminata Expedition, which will launch your transformational journey from the moment you set your intention to go. See details and registration here.
It will be a personal journal for each individual ~ allowing the reconnection of heart and soul with the Sacred Earth. We will align with who we are becoming through sacred ceremony and exercises like the one mentioned above on sacred sites like Pumamarca, Tipon, Pisac, Killarumiyoc, Ollantaytambo, Moray and Sacsayhuaman. You will be held in community and have the opportunity to connect with like-minded journeyers walking a similar path.