The Three Pachas Within

man-energy-at-forehead-compressed-adobestock_60268556In the Andes, as in many wisdom traditions, there is a saying that “As above, so below.” In the Andes, one of the ways this plays out is in the mirroring of the pachas outside the self with the pachas within the self.

The kawsay pacha is partitioned into three worlds or pachas (spheres of space-time): the hanaqpacha, the upper world that is a sphere of perfect ayni; the kay pacha, the human world where we both do and do not practice ayni; and the ukhupacha, an inner or lower world that is a place of regeneration for those who did not practice ayni well in life. Did you know that you have these three worlds within yourself as well?

Actually, you have the whole universe inside yourself. But specifically, within your poq’po—your energy bubble—you have a personal hanaqpacha, which is the space above your head but within your bubble; a kaypacha, which extends from the top of your physical head to the soles of your physical feet; and a ukhupacha, which is the space beneath your feet but within your bubble.

As my teacher Juan Nuñez del Prado so elegantly explains, you have within your bubble the world without and the world within. Don Benito’s work—the right-side, mystical, yachay-focused work—is concerned with the universe outside yourself, the God without. Don Melchor’s left-side, magical, and llank’ay-focused work is concerned with the universe within yourself , the God within. The chaupi work of don Andres Espinosa is about generating and being self-sufficient in munay, which is the human power of the kaypacha and integrates all three pachas into a whole.

Another name for the Andean God—Wiraqocha—is Hatun Taqe Wiraqocha, which means the Great Joiner God. God is present in all things and suffuses all level of the kawsay pacha and Pachamama (material world). In my last blog post, I spoke about your poq’po as being yours alone, that no one—not even God—can enter your bubble unless you invite He/She/It in. If you have done that, then it will be worth your while to consider being like God and being a Great Joiner. In this case, that means bringing coherence to the three pachas within yourself as a next step up the qanchispatañan—the Stairway of the Seven Steps of Consciousness. This involves doing the work of taqe—joining your personal pachas. Once you do, this joining can lead to an even greater energetic state—that of taqa, or expansion. Taqa is an opening to the greater reality of your Inka Seed, which encodes your mission here on Earth and in your human life, and links you to your divine origin.

I can’t, of course, go into the work of taqe and taqa here, but I can suggest an energetic exercise to help you realize the energetic reality of your three pachas and begin to integrate them. This work is done through a seqe, a cord of energy. The following exercise is adapted to this blog post as a way to get you started. It is a way to begin to perceive your inner pachas and bring coherence to them in relation to your entire poq’po and being.

One way, among many, to think of your personal hanaqpacha is as your higher self. You can perceive it as the pacha linked to the energy of your Inka Seed that is your purest energetic state, which is one of perfect ayni. It is your potentiality as an enlightened being. It is your spirit, your divinity.

Your personal kaypacha is your human self, your karpay (your capacity for personal power at the current time), your state of consciousness, and your level of integrity in living the capacities of your chunpis (qaway—mystical knowing; rimay—integrity of the power of speech; kanay—knowing who you really are; munay; khuyay—action and living with passionate engagement; atiy—brining impulse under your will, measuring your personal power, and right timing).

Your personal ukhupacha is your interior self, from your conscious effort to live with ayni to your unconscious shadow, which is where you hide from yourself by stuffing all the ways you do not own yourself.

The first part of the exercise is to spend time touching in with the energy of the three pachas of your bubble. Simply touch the pachas one at a time with an intention of magical  loving heartdiscerning them, perceiving their state. Are they available to you? Are they hidden from you? Are you comfortable in each? Just sit with whatever you feel and perceive. This is a process of discovery. It is an invitation to get to know yourself and your poq’po better—touching in with non-judgmental curiosity. Don’t rush the process of getting to know yourself!

When you are ready, move to this second part of the exercise, which involves performing an energetic taqe—joining—of your three pachas by using a seqe, a cord of energy. It is a cord of love for the self.

  • Bring your attention to your Inka Seed.
  • Using your intention, extend a glowing cord of energy—of munay—from your Inka Seed up through the middle of your body and out the top of your head until it reaches the inside top of your bubble. Infuse your personal hanaqpacha with this munay.
  • Bring your attention back to your Inka Seed. Using intention, extend a cord of energy—of munay—down through the middle of your body, out your body between your legs, and down into the bottom of you bubble. Flow munay through this seqe from your Inka Seed to infuse your personal ukhupacha with love.
  • Bring your attention back to your Inka Seed. Perceive the cord extending up and the cord extending down from it. See those two cords merge inside your Inka Seed, making one single cord of munay that flows through your entire bubble from top to bottom. Now feel munay flowing from your Inka Seed up and down this cord through your personal kaypacha—from the top inside of your skull to the bottom soles of your feet. Feel the munay filling your physical body, your personal kaypacha.
  • Soften your intention, sit in your bubble, which is now full of munay, and perceive the totality of the three pachas within as fully joined by a seqe of munay, seamlessly and holistically suffused with munay.
  • Soften your focus and end the exercise.

You may or may not feel yourself moving from taqe (joined) to taqa (expanded) by the end of the exercise. Once you have joined your three personal pachas and brought this coherence to your energy body, you can take time each week to reinforce this joining, and over time you will eventually feel the flowering of the self—the expansion that is taqa. As I have written about in past blog posts, as paqos we seek to become like flowers in the garden of Wiraqocha, attracting the hummingbird to drink from our munay nectar. This is an exercise that can help you to become such a flower.

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Inviting in the Taytanchis

The Andean metaphysical god was called Wiraqocha. Another name for God is the Taytanchis, which means Our Father. Although referred to as male, Taytanchis is beyond gender, for Taytanchis is the living God, the Great Mystery, the Inscrutable One. It is the first cause of creation. From it arose the immaterial realm of living energy, the Kawsay Pacha, and the material realm, called the Pachamama. This is the realm that includes all the matter of the cosmos, including the galaxies, stars, planets, and all of life. It is from Taytanchis that we all come and to Taytanchis that we all will return.

Each of us is a child of God. In essence we each are God, as our divinity is encoded in our Inka Seed awaiting its realization in our lives. And yet the paradox is that we are both inseparable from the Taytanchis and apart from it, until and unless we take a crucial step in our lives. Here is why.

According to the lineages in which I have been taught (Waskar and Inkari), your freedompoq’po is private. As my teacher Juan Nuñez del Prado says, your poq’po is the one thing in this life that is wholly yours, that you alone own. No one can enter your poq’po uninvited (consciously or unconsciously), not even God. As a result of that fundamental energetic truth, as Juan says, this is where the evangelical Christians get it right—you must invite God into your life (poq’po). Until you do, the Taytanchis cannot act as a direct living energy in your human life.

So the question I put to you is: Have you invited Taytanchis in?

Doing so has nothing whatsoever to do with religion or even spirituality. Instead, the act is one of ancestry. It is a reconnection with that from which you came and that to which you will one day return. Even if you don’t invite Taytanchis in, you will one day reunite with this source of your being. However, your life will be richer for reestablishing a personal relationship with the Taytanchis. As a paqo, you may eagerly work to establish communication with spirit beings, such as the apus, while overlooking the most important relationship of all.

Even though we always maintain a connection with the Taytanchis through our Inka Seed, having a personal, intimate, and conscious relationship with Taytanchis is a ladder up to skieschoice. Having given you free will, Taytanchis will not trump that will. So, you must purposefully invite Taytanchis into your human life and physical being.

There is no special ceremony for doing so. You simply offer up the invitation or make the request. Find the words and feelings that most represent your munay and ayni. An example is: “Taytanchis, I invite you into my poq’po, my body, my life. I seek a personal relationship with you. I ask that you guide me in my conscious evolution.”

The munay of Taytanchis is neither meager nor complicated. It is freely given to anyone who not only seeks it, but asks to be its recipient. It is abundant in quantity and pristine in purity. So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to invite Taytanchis into your energy, body, and life? I predict you will be both deeply satisfied and delightfully suprised once you do.