You and Your Poq’po

Sometimes, metaphorically speaking, we feel like our hands are tied. Like we are moving through life without our full capacities. We know we are capable of more, but we just can’t seem to manifest our intentions fully.  The way to free ourselves from restrictions is to refine the state of our energy bubble, our poq’po.

According to the Andean mystical tradition, your only true possession is your poq’po. It alone is yours. No one can infiltrate your energy bubble without your permission, so you are solely responsible for its condition.

There are no excuses in the Andean tradition! And there’s no free lunch. . .

When heavy energy accumulates on the skin of your bubble—because of your own perceptions, beliefs, emotions, actions—you perform saminchakuy to cleanse it. This is an energy technique driven purely by personal intention. The Andeans may have been unique in that they developed a tradition of the sacred arts that relies purely on intention to influence the kawsay pacha. With your intention alone, you can “play” in the infinite field of living energy. Intention is at the heart of all Andean ceremony, from healing to making despachos to energetically connecting/communicating with other human beings or the spirits.  To do anything in this tradition, you need only your own energy. You don’t need a misha, a kint’u, a ritual, a magical song or incantation, a feather or crystal—only your focused intention.

Your poq’po, however, is not some blob of energy. It is a highly structured energy body. It has an inside, an outside, and a skin, just as your physical body does. The inside of your poq’po, like your body, also has a structure, but a purely energetic one. The chunpis are four main belts (throat, chest/heart, belly, base of spine/pubic area), with the two physical eyes and third eye making up a quasi fifth belt. The energy concentrated at each of these belts has its own potentiality, its own particular capacities that you can express in your life.

Although these belts are associated with colors and elements, these are not really important. What are more important are the potentials that can be expressed by intentionally developing and then using the energy of each chunpi. For example, the qolqe chunpi, at the throat, is silver and is associated with wind, and sometimes with the moon. But the energetic capacity of this belt is rimay, the ability to express who you really are, to speak with the authority of personal experience, to conceptualize holistically so that you simultaneously see the whole and the details of a situation, and more. Each belt also has an eye, a ñawi, that is an opening through which you “see” the world according to the capacities of the particular chunpi.

But each chunpi also has an energetic cone within it. For all the chunpis, the large opening of the cone is at the front of the body, and the point, or root, of the cone is at the back, toward the spine. The exception is the lower belt, the yana chunpi, where the cone has the larger opening at the back and the point at the front of the body. There is a long, involved saminchakuy (and at some of the chunpis, saiwachakuy) practice in which you cleanse each chunpis through these cones, running energy through them, and then weaving the chunpis together with each other and with your spine, even projecting energy out of their ñawis to connect with the outside world. This is a deep cleansing practice, one that helps activate the capacities of the each chunpi while also “awakening” or activating the entire energetic structure of your poq’po. I like to think of it as fine-tuning your energetic anatomy.

Since we are not fully developed human beings, we all have work to do to empower ourselves and our poq’po. To help us we have eight helper energies or spirits. They represent that which is currently missing or underdeveloped in us. We work with these helpers at each of the chunpis to teach us what we need to grow and develop.

Within our poq’po, too, we have a seed, called the Inka Seed. It connects us to the Mystery, holding within it our full potential, like an oak-seed pod holds within it the potential for a mighty oak tree. The Inka Seed never has any hucha, but still we work with it intensely and intentionally as we fine-tune our energetic anatomy. We even move it out of our energetic body for a time and leave it, along with all eight of our helpers, in the earth while we work our poq’po in energetic ways to cleanse and prepare it for the recovery of our Inka seed. This is the work of the chaupi and lloq’e practices (middle and left sides of the tradition).

As you can see, working with your poq’po is a primary responsibility of a paqo. You are always seeking to refine your energy and increase your capacities (which together generate your personal power) so that you can live more fully engaged and with greater productivity and joy.

If you have been neglecting your poq’po, this is a reminder to refocus there—at the very least, to use your intention to cleanse your poq’po so that you can more effortlessly evolve into the fullness of your being. Your partners in this process are the kawsay pacha, the source of sami, and Pachamama, the cleanser of hucha. But they only respond to your intention. So always remember that your poq’po is your one true possession. Treasure it. Honor it. Work with intention to refine it.


7 thoughts on “You and Your Poq’po

  1. Thank you, Joan, for sharing the Wisdom from your teachers. This blog is the closest I have found to the teachings passed on to myself and what you have shared has helped to fill in the gaps from oral tradition.

    This said, over the years I have been learning from others whose teaching is not similar. At this moment I am trying to understand the concept of sorcery and entities attaching to a person and/or their energy. If the poq’po is impenetrable where do these energies attach? In the teaching of others the energies get into the energy bubble and attach to the person….at times fully embodying the person.

    If you can clarify, would you say more?


    1. Thank you for your question. It is an involved concept, and I will address it only briefly here, making a few key points.

      First, kawsay as the animating energy and sami as the light living energy are beyond moral overlay and there is never anything to protect yourself from. However, humans have the dubious distinction of being able to slow sami down to create hucha. Through our intentions, which are driven by largely unconscious (although in some cases also conscious) emotions, we can act out our hucha. So some human beings can do despicable and even evil things, from which you may need to protect yourself. But don’t confuse human action with the pure energetics of the kawsay pacha.

      You are correct that you are the master of your poq’po. Nothing can get in unless you consciously or unconsciously let that energy in. Since we are so driven by unconscious beliefs and impulses, we sometimes don’t even know what we are doing! We can let others control us. Not universal spirit beings or nature energy, which is sami energy, but we can allow ourselves to be influenced by other humans. That’s why I call this a path of conscious evolution. You have to learn to “heal” your “shadow,” which means examine and transform your beliefs, especially unconscious ones, and evolve your consciousness. I would call giving your power away to entities and such a second-level consciousness (and can be third-level as well, but mostly second I think because your awareness of your own personal autonomy can be so low).

      We have energetic tools to help us grow and to deal with any conceivable energetic situation, even those we deem energetically incompatible or heavy. Energy MUST follow intention. So apply your intention. If you feel an intrusive energy, you have to admit that at some level you are perceiving it as bad, negative or evil. And that at some level you are allowing it in and giving your power away to it. That’s why we also call this a path of personal responsibility. So, take control and use your tools. Do saminchakuy or hucha miqhuy. They will take care of the situation, although it may take some time. Because what is really happening is you are evolving yourself, learning to master your own energy, and so on.

      I suspect that teachers who tell you that you can be overwhelmed by evil entities, etc., are bringing in other cosmosivisons (other than the Andean mountain tradition). The North Coast of Peru has a cosmovision (as does the Amazonian tradition) that includes evil entities, possession, poison darts, etc. and some teachers of this work have studied in the North and so may be bringing this view in. It is not part of the Andean mountain tradition. Younger paqos, who are influenced by Christianity and the knowledge of other traditions that have this view of evil energy, may also be carrying this view now. So you have to understand the context from which someone is teaching. And in any case, teachers should also be stressing that YOU are the master of your poq’po and you can use saminchakuy or hucha miqhuy to “clean” yourself and learn to be a master of your energy environment.

      So yes, some heavy human behaviors that you use your tools to deal with. But no, no evil entities or entrapping energy in our lineages unless you believe them, project your fear onto something outside yourself and think you are powerless against what you have viewed as threatening, etc.


      1. Ah, yes. Entities have been an abstract mental exercise in the teachings and I have not been able to reconcile how it works energetically. This unwinding and clarity sits comfortably. I am grateful for your quick response and wisdom. Thank you.


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