Independence Day Andean Style

As we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, let’s look at what we could call the Andean Mystical Independence Day—August 1—so you can get ready for it.

Apu YanantinAccording to the ancient knowledge, August 1 is the day the Apus and Pachamama “awaken.” Of course, they are always “awake” and available to us, but on this day they lend an ear to us in an especially attentive way. I call this date Independence Day in this blog, but it also can be viewed as the mystical New Year’s Day. You’ll understand how it can be both in a moment. In addition, this is the day that paqos typically “feed” their mishas (mesas).

When I was interviewing the Q’ero for my book Masters of the Living Energy, don Julian Pauqar Flores gave me a gift of a khuya, a stone from his misha that I was to place in mine. He explained all the ways the khuya could be used, which I won’t go into here except to say that it has more uses than any other khuya I have. During his explanation, he mentioned the August 1 date, explaining this day of awakening along with a simple but powerful incantation that paqos can say to renew themselves. I pass this ceremony on to you, with my added instructions and explanations, so you can perform it yourself on August 1. I also explain
how to feed your misha and incorporate that practice into this ceremony.

The context of the ceremony is as follows. As the Apus and Pachamama awaken, we, too, can awaken or rebirth ourselves. We let go of the past and proclaim our intentions for the coming year. We claim our independence from who we were and declare who we are going forward. We cut the seqes, the energetic cords, to what no longer serves us and project forward toward our perfected selves.

Sit with your misha and honor how it has served you, as a representation of your personal power and a hucha-cleansing bundle. Then stand, holding your misha, to honor the spirits. You can honor the spirits through your intentions or your breath, blowing through your misha to connect with God the Father/Wiraqocha first, then Pachamama (the cosmic Mother) second. Then perhaps the teqse apus—the universal spirits—such as Tayta Inti (the sun), Mama Killa (the moon), Tayta Wayra (the wind), Mama Qocha (the lakes or seas), and so on. You can honor the six directions or the four directions—whatever feels right for you.

Sit again, and clear your mind and drop into your poq’po, especially the area around your heart and your Inka Seed. Cut the energetic cords to your past, releasing any hucha from your poq’po that you carry from your past, whether that is heavy energy from childhood or from ten minutes ago. Take as long as you need to do this.

When you are done cutting cords and releasing, it is time to refill yourself. Become clear about your intentions for the coming year, for who you want to be. Then stand and declare aloud to the spirits, “I am what I speak, not what I have spoken.” Speak aloud with clarity who this new you is: your expanded personal capacities and qualities, how you want to serve in the world, the kind of relationships you choose, and so on.

With these words you have released the past and declared to the universe that all of the intentions you have just clarified within yourself and spoken aloud are the new you. You are stating that from this moment forward, you are renewed, you are reformed, you are revitalized, you are realized in a new way.

You now need to “reintroduced yourself to yourself,” since you are a new you. Sit quietly with your misha and connect with your poq’po. Be alone with yourself and establish a relationship with the renewed you. Get to know yourself. Take all the time you need.

When you are done connecting with your newly defined self, open your misha and sit with your khuyas. As you grow and change, so does your misha, since it is a reflection of your personal power. As you sit with your misha, sense which khuyas want to be removed from it. Honor them, thank them, remove them and store them on an altar or return them to the earth. Perhaps there are other khuyas around your living space that are asking to be added to your misha. Greet them, honor them, introduce them to your misha and add them. Now is the time to reconfigure your misha according to your renewed state of being, according to who you are as you walk toward growing your Inka Seed and realizing your wholeness.

Once you have reconfigured your misha, “feed” it. Honor your misha and its khuyas, then sprinkle some wine or pisco or other sacred liquid over the khuyas, feeding them. Then close your misha and sit with it, absorbing its new, changed energy. This is your personal power as a new, improved you.

That ends the August 1 ceremony. I can’t promise that paqos do it exactly like that, but I can assure you that August 1 is the day to renew yourself and your misha, and that the incantation is from the lips of don Julian.

Note: Those who know how to do a kutichi despacho can incorporate that ceremony into this one, since it, too, is a powerful way to recapitulate your life and release cords to the past, to empty yourself and refill yourself.

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