No More Energy Vampires

In the metaphysical community, there is a widespread belief—a judgment, really—that a person can be an energy vampire, sucking the life energy from others. Or there are situations where someone walks into a room and, just through his or her presence, crashes a computer or stops a clock. What’s the Andean tradition’s take on these “conditions?”

Let’s start by reviewing energy. In “Break Out of Energetic Jail,” I talked about sami and hucha. As you may remember, kawsay is the animating energy of the universe. All things are made of it, and all things radiate it. It’s nature is to be unrestricted and free flowing. We have another word for it in this state, sami, which means “nectar.” It’s light, refined energy. But we humans, alone among living creatures, can slow kawsay down, and even block it. When we do, we call it hucha, heavy energy.

But here’s the rub. The perceptions of sami and hucha are different for each of us. It all depends on the state of our energy bubble. Our relationship to energy is entirely personal.

What is hucha for you may be sami to me, and vice versa. Energy that feels compatible to your own state of energy you perceive as sami. Incompatible energy feels heavy; it’s hucha to you. That’s why hucha has no capacity to harm you. It is not bad or negative energy in and of itself. It is only energy that is incompatible with the state of your own energy body.

The solution to dealing with incompatible energies? Work on your energy body! Cleanse it of hucha, getting that kawsay moving again so it reverts to its finest, free-flowing state. There’s nothing you have to do to energy “out there.” The Andean practice primarily is about “in here.”

There’s a story Juan Nuñez del Prado tells about being with his master, I believe it was don Benito, doing some energy work at a sacred site. They entered cisterns where in Inka times the paqos may have performed energy cleansing practices. Juan was in a cistern down the hill from don Benito, and as they got ready to perform the hucha release work, Juan was worried. Wouldn’t all don Benito’s hucha flow down and onto him? When he asked, donBenito just laughed, saying, “Juan, my hucha is sami to you!” Such was the refined state of his energy body that his heavy energy would be perceptible to Juan as sami. It’s all relative.

According to the Andean tradition there are no energy vampires. There are only people whose energy is incompatible with yours. According to the tradition, no one can enter your energy bubble and drain your energy unless you, consciously or unconsciously, allow it. And if you are messing energetically with electronics, unless you intended to do those things, the solution is to get control of your energy body. It’s all about you, and the state of your energy.

This is a tradition not of self-absorption but of personal responsibility.

We want to be masters of our energy, always in control of it yet always open to freely interacting with others and with the cosmos of living energy. As a paqo, if anything feels amiss, the first order of action is energetic self-awareness.


Break Out of Energy Jail!

According to the Andean tradition, we live in a world of living energy, called the kawsay pacha. Like so much of this tradition, the conception of energy is simple yet elegant and powerful.

The animating energy of the universe, kawsay, is just that—energy. It has no moral overlay. There is no good or bad energy, no negative or positive energy, no angelic or demonic energy. There is only energy that is moving freely or slowed down.

Sami is the energy of the cosmos and everything in it. It is refined, free-flowing energy. Another meaning of the word sami is “nectar.” Energy is the nectar of the cosmos on which everything feeds.

However, we humans have a singular talent. We alone can slow energy down, and we can even cause it to get stuck or blocked within us. When that happens, the energy is called hucha, or heavy energy. Only humans create hucha. But here’s the rub. It’s not bad or negative energy. It’s just sami that is slowed down and so not flowing freely. There is nothing to fear about it. If you feel weighed down by heavy energy, you simply cleanse your energy body, using simple intentional techniques.

You never have to fear energy. You never have to protect yourself from energy—unless you believe you do. What you may perceive as “negative” energy is energy onto which you have projected fearful beliefs. It’s not really negative, and you do not have to fear it or protect yourself against it. It’s just energy constrained from moving freely, and it has no capacity to harm you. If an energy feels too heavy for you, just leave it alone. Empower yourself so that one day you can freely interact with it. This is the liberating news of the Andean mystical tradition. So if you are in protective mode, if you have put yourself in an energetic jail, it’s time to break out, permanently.

It’s time to stop wasting your energy by being fearful of what can’t hurt you. There’s no need to surround yourself with white light or a golden shield or whatever symbol of protection you favor. It’s time to determine what about your awareness is causing the nectar of the universe to slow down and become heavy. The Andean tradition has simple intention and energy techniques to cleanse your personal energy body of hucha and empower it with sami. In fact, according to master paqo don Benito Qoriwaman, using only the two primary cleansing and empowering techniques, you can reach enlightenment. How’s that for simple yet powerful?

The bottom line in the sacred, mystical work of the Andean path is that any energetic jail sentence is a self-imposed imprisonment. You can set yourself free at any time. In fact, the goal of the sacred work is to cultivate such a refined energy body that you can freely interact with the energy of the universe in all its permutations. You want to joyfully “taste” every cosmic “flavor” of energy,  be open and receptive to the experiences of life, and be in free and unrestrained ayni (interchange) with the animating field of living energy.

Learn the Andean Sacred Arts

For training inquiries, email Joan Parisi Wilcox at


Special workshop over the weekend of the Andean Mystical New Year’s Day

I am adding a Sonoma County/Sebastopol workshop while I am in CA (teaching in the Los Angeles area prior to this; see below for details). Space is extremely limited so if you are interested, don’t delay in registering! This is a special workshop because it falls on the mystical New Year’s Day of August 1, the day Pachamama and the Apus “awaken.” While this workshop is a training on the right-side paña work, we will also do a special August 1 “New Year’s Day” ceremony to “reintroduce yourself to yourself” and set or clarify your intentions for the coming year. Cost is $260. Email for registration or more details.


I have received interest from several people in England for training. Are there others? We are trying to determine interest so we can proceed with planning. If you are in England and are interested in a workshop, please let me know! Email me at



July Paña Training in Southern California

Dates: Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26, 2015, 9:30 am – 5 pm each day.

Location: Woodland Hills, CA

Cost: $260

This workshop onthe right-side work is limited to 15 people, so if you are interested, please email today for a registration form. Deposit required by July 7; final payment by July 16. Email me at for more information and to register.

If you are interested, please email


After spending time recently with my primary teacher, Juan Nuñez del Prado, and his son, Ivan, I am inspired to re-enter the landscape of teaching. Juan and Ivan have suggested that I represent them and their way of teaching the tradition in the US, and I have agreed. So, if you are interested in getting a group together for training in the Andean sacred arts, please contact me at

The formal training follow a three-part track. You must complete one course before taking the next.

First is the right-side work, called paña. This is an introduction to all the core symbols, signs, spirits, practices and techniques of the tradition. Paña focuses primarily on the mystical work of the lineage of don Benito Qoriwaman and involves mastering your energy body and working the energies outside of your personal energy bubble. It also focuses on core techniques for cleansing your bubble of heavy energy and empowering it with refined energy.

The second workshop is about the work of the “middle,” called chaupi, following the Mullu chunpislineage of Q’ero master don Andes Espinosa. It involves the integration point between energies outside the personal bubble and those inside it. During this work, we awaken the belts of power, the chunpis, and begin working with them.

The final part of the training is the left-side work, lloq’e, largely based on the teachings of don Melchor Desa. This is the magical and practical work of mastering the energies inside the personal bubble and weaving the chunpis gracefully but deeply into the personal bubble and physical body. It also reviews healing and other techniques.

Each of the workshops involves many exercises in learning to perceive energy, move it, and work with it, especially cleansing hucha, the heavy energy that keeps us from well-being, and sami, which restores and empowers our personal energy bodies. You will also learn about the haway (in Spanish the despacho) and the use of the misha (in Spanish the mesa.)

Don Juan Pauqar Espinosa and Joan Parisi WIlcoxI look forward to stepping back out from behind the curtain of my low public profile to openly and joyously share this exquisite and powerful tradition. My goal, in agreement with Juan’s and Ivan’s, is to foster the conscious evolution of humankind—to further the prophecy of the rise of the New Humanity.

Game on!

If you would like to gather a group and host a workshop, please contact me at Ideally, a group will form an ayllu of an minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 24.

Two Misperceptions about the Q’ero

Having traveled the path of the Andean mystical tradition for two decades, I’ve come across a few persistent misperceptions about the Q’ero. I’d like to offer a few comments about how the Andean mystical tradition as we know it extends beyond the Inkari lineage of the Q’ero.

The Q’ero Rock! But So Do Others.
Without question, the Q’ero are honored as the group who have most purely retained many of the traditions, both sacred and social, of the Inka into modern times. They Q'ero making despacho at Raqchi- Bernadino, Sebastian, Juan Flores, manuel Q'espi, American Yabar CROPPEDspeak an unusually refined form of Quechua and wear traditional clothing similar to that worn during Inka times. They are generally recognized and respected by non-Q’ero paqos and the general indigenous population in the area as “keepers” of the Andean spiritual tradition. They are associated with the sanctuary of Qoyllurit’i and are said to be the “owners of munay,” the power of love and will. However, giving all honor to the Q’ero (as I do in my book, Masters of the Living Energy), it’s a misperception to think the entire tradition as revealed to those of us from outside of Peru is Q’ero-based.

If you have read my book, you will discover that even some of the most respected Q’ero masters did not know certain energy techniques, such as hucha mikhuy. Most of the young paqos and many of the elders I met had no knowledge, or only a vague knowledge, of the chunpis (energy belts), even though their ancestor, don Andres Espinosa, was a master in this area.

As Juan Nuñez del Prado teaches the tradition—and to my mind and in my experience his teachings are the most complete and untainted—important aspects of the work have been preserved not by the Q’ero but by paqos in other lineages. For example, the right side work (paña) and the left side work (lloq’e) came down to Juan and others from non-Q’ero masters, such as don Benito Qoriwaman for the paña work and don Melchor Desa for the lloq’e work. Both of them are of the Waskar/Huascar lineage.

I feel it is important to honor the entire scope of the Andean mystical tradition and that practitioners from outside Peru understand the context of what they are learning. These sacred arts truly are Andean in scope, so let us give credit to all of the masters, not just the Q’ero.

What Secret Knowledge?
There is also a persistent, and often romanticized, story that the Q’ero closeted themselves in the mountains awaiting the propitious time to reveal their secret Camping at Q'ero village Chua Chua on our way to Q'ollorit'iknowledge. I have found no evidence of this. In my interviews with the Q’ero, from the knowledge of my mestizo teachers, and from respected anthropological sources, we learn that if you ask for the teachings, the Q’ero and other paqos freely give it.

Keeping the tradition a secret goes against the very the heart of the tradition. This knowledge is for all human beings, according to the Q’ero and other paqos.

Historically, the Q’ero and other indigenous peoples kept their sacred beliefs to themselves for fear of reprisals from the Spanish, especially the hacendados, the landowners who kept the Q’ero and others tied to a life of servitude and near serfdom. And into modern times, you wouldn’t know about the mystical tradition unless you went looking for it. But if you looked, you found paqos; and if you asked, they openly shared their knowledge and wisdom. Secret knowledge held until the world was ready and only then revealed? A nice legend, great advertising, a romantic spiritual trope, but only a grain of truth.