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“Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge: The Mystical World of the Q’ero Indians of Peru” by Joan Parisi Wilcox offers a wonderful glimpse into the living world of South American shamanism.

The Q’ero energy system of the west corresponds to the chakra energy system of the east. To the Q’ero, this field of energy is as real as any other aspect of mundane life. They refer to the aura as the poq’po and what we know as chakras they call chunpis. There are five primary chunpis within the poq’po, each  emanating from a sort of energetic nucleas called a nawi. The qosqo nawi is the energetic center of all shamanic work.


The process of Hucha Mikhuy


“Releasing Hucha is one way to cleanse the energy body and physical body. In the Andean mystical system, two distinct energies exist. The energies are Sami and Hucha. Hucha is dense or incompatible energy and Sami is a most refined quality of prana. This process is an intense cleanse which is facilitated through the Qosqo (navel)region. The cleansing of the surface or “skin” of the poq’po (energy body) occurs, which serves as a protective barrier for both the physical and energy bodies.


In this technique, all Hucha that penetrates this layer, is cleansed. This can be deep patterns/behaviors and emotional trauma, and simply any “heavy” or “dense” energy, having been carried for this lifetime or longer. The paqo attunes to the energy body, and draws the Hucha out through the qosqo, and Sami is extracted from the Hucha itself.


Essentially, two streams of energy are split out of the Hucha, any existing Sami is pulled out of the Hucha. The Sami is directed upward through the energy centers and the Hucha is digested and transmuted by the Pachamama. It is an actual double flow of energy, and the entire body is cleansed. The paqo uses kuyas from the mesa (medicine bundle) to assist the process. The amount of time it takes differs for each individual.

Q’ero key terms defined:

Hucha: heavy or dense energy that is incompatible in the human physical and energy body

Sami: refined prana, that helps achieve harmony and reciprocity with the cosmos

Poq’po: energy body

Qosqo: the opening in the energy body that is located below the navel region

Paqo:  one who walks the path of spirit and practices the Andean mystical system, a mystic or Medicine man/woman

Kuya:  stone of power that carries fine and clear energy”




Andean prophecies

Andean prophecies are very much aligned with Hopi and Maya prophecies of transitioning calendar cycles and of a coming golden age.


The Andean prophecy speaks of a golden age during which we can step more fully into our energy bodies and manifest fantastic new levels of awareness on Earth. The fabled Taripay Pacha ushers in “The Age of Meeting Ourselves Again”.


During this period, the choices humankind make will affect which possible future will manifest. Human consciousness has the opportunity to evolve, resulting in our harnessing incredible healing powers. This infallible healing capacity signals the “fifth level” of human consciousness to manifest on Earth via a mystical preisthood (not limited to South America) coming together by rite of initiation, called the Mosoq Karpay. It does not yet exist, and all Andean paqos (shamans) are awaiting it.


One can think of the fifth level in terms similar to the concept of the fifth world of the Hopi or Maya, as a new epochal cycle that initiates the formation of a new kind of human being. During this period, when our healing capacities are fully harnessed, we can begin to move out of the deterministic stream of physical evolution. That is, the emphasis of life begins to shift from a physical expression to an energetic one. We will move closer to becoming true light beings, literal Children of the Sun, with crystalline bodhis.


Paqos, or spiritual seekers of any kind and located across the globe are integral to this maturation process. In fact it is the Andean elders belief that within the vision for Taripay Pacha, anyone of sufficient spiritual awareness, of any ethnic heritage or cultural or religious background, can contribute to raising the vibrational energy and the spiritual consciousness to the level needed to complete the transformation and fully manifest this “plenipotentiary.”


Andean prophecy details specific occurrences that will signal the unfolding of a new era. The first is the rise of twelve Inka Mallkus, or supreme healers called tukuy hampeqs. After returning as a group to the Wiraqocha Temple, the most sacred temple in Peru, they will re-enact the ancient ritual of the crowning of the Inka, thereby preparing the way for the manifestation of the Sapa Inka (male) and Qoya (female), the enlightened rulers of the sixth level and recognized by the bright white or golden aura that surrounds their physical bodies. The prophecy suggests that persons of the fifth and sixth levels – The Inka Mallkus and Nust’as, and the Sapa Inka and Qoya – do not have to be blood descendants of the Inkas. In fact they do not have to be Andeans at all. They can come from any ethnic, racial, religious, or cultural background.


In 1996, Andean Q’ero paqos met with Hopi elders in the San Francisco Peaks, where the Q’ero connected the seques of South America to North America. In a moving ceremony, they joined the “spine of the Mother” via the sacred mountains of the San Francisco Peaks, and with that act the prophecy began to flow through the “nervous system” of the North. During these auspicious meetings between the Q’ero and their brothers, the Hopi, these two lineages renewed ancient spiritual ties, reuniting the energies of the keepers of the ancient knowledge of north and south.


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The Andean cosmos is comprised of 3 worlds:


Hanaq pacha – upper world of most refined energy (entirely of sami and perfect ayni)

Kay pacha – mundane, physical world

Ukhu pacha – lower world, most heaviest (contains only hucha)


Andean Shamanism


“The fundamental practices of Andean shamanism are not so different from the shamanic practices of other systems or other cultures, and in its reverence of nature and working with prana it is not different at all. Work with any indigenous people and you will find that the fundamental shamanic techniques are ones that teach you to be aware of the essence of nature and your connections to them. It is crucial to learn to sense the energies of nature, and then to discern the nuances of energy between one place and another. It’s easy to feel the difference between the energy of an airport and that of a city park, and between the city park and an isolated mountain peak. But it is another thing entirely to feel the difference between one park bench and another, between one niche in the mountain ledge and another only a few feet away.


All cultures designate the periods of sunrise and sunset as the hours of power. These are the transitional times when the “veil between the worlds” is thinnest. We know that there is in fact no veil between the worlds, because in the kawsay pacha (middle world of the three worlds – The physical Earth; the mundane, everyday world and awareness, which is often represented by the puma) energy flows freely. However, because we are so adapted to , some might even say trapped by, the perception of a linear space-time, we tend to perceive seams in the fabric of the energy world. The transitional hours of sunrise and sunset are powerful times when these seams are most visible, and so we use this visibility to paradoxically lift the curtain of our perceptions to see the seamlessness behind the seams.


I sat across from Americo at Mollomarqa, his ancestral home high in the mountains above Paucartambo, Peru. “What is this energy we are learning to work with?” I asked him. The spirit of my question was more informational than pedagogical. I was not in the mode of a paqo (male alpaca, a mystical practitioner or priest that walks the sacred path) seeking the techniques and advice that would advance my training, but in the mode of a writer hungry for information for an article on Andean shamanism. “Tell me about energy,” I urged.


Americo responded enthusiastically to my question, his words translated as quickly as he spoke them. “The universe is a filament within which we as individuals are surrounded by the infinite. We are all points that are surrounded by the great infinite. We are dealing with questions and answers that move like the wind. We are in transit through this existence…touching the infinite light…connected to the cosmos with the bridges of filaments.


“In respect to the ancient traditions, there are filaments that have been accumulated wisely in esoteric placers and maintained through magic and the occult – an alchemical reaction! Our process of spirit has maintained the vision of those lights. They are now willing to open, to illuminate the night, and especially the night of the planet. All traditions have spoken, the powers have spoken, the myths have spoken, the Hindus, the Mayas, the Hopis – all the great traditions have spoken of this. The Andean lamas – who almost never come down from the mountains – maintain an incredible receptivity to the cosmos. They have an incredible but simple understanding of and connection to Pachamama (Mother Earth; the animating energy of the physical Earth; Gaia; the divine feminine principle). Therefore, we are oriented by those filaments. Those filaments, through an unconscious way and a superconscious way, are being put out at this time to the great altars of the world, the great mystical places of the world – it is the time of the gathering.


“Right now everything is truly connected because it is all a great ball of energy, of spirituality within the planet. The spiritual energies are all connecting to each other. What is actually happening is that the world’s spiritual energy is being moved, to the point that we can actually produce the will and intent of the world’s great teachers. Bubbles of energy are connected by the will and intent of the great teachers, who know the prophecies…There’s a development, a growth, of consciousness. It is not only a matter of individuals situating themselves, but of us collectively situating ourselves in a new place. It actually touches on that expanded consciousness.”


When Americo gave me this information, I had approached him as a journalist, coming from a place of intellect rather than of heart. Eventually, he stopped responding to my questions in a serious and thoughtful way and just played with me, almost parodying my intellectual stance. This was during my first trip to Peru, when I was very new to the Andean sacred path. A year later, Americo would finish this conversation at the Island of the Moon, the place of female shamans. At that time and place I was ina completely different frame of mind – and energy body. I had been intently studying the tradition and energy techniques. I was a paqo now, not a journalist.


Americo very succinctly gave me, and the other women present, advice that I quickly took to heart and that would, much later, sustain me during a very difficult and emotional period of my personal life.


“Everything we’re doing now,” he said, “[is meant to help us] arrive at our energetic body, accumulating energy from anywhere – and that’s our only avarice I allow my sisters. Do not waste it! Waste your money, spend your money, but do not waste your energy, do not spend your energy unnecessarily.”


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Accessing your energy body


Exercise 1: Locating your qosqo (meaning stomach or navel; the primary energy center through which we mediate kawsay {the vital, living energy that animates the cosmos. })


Sit quietly where you won’t be disturbed. Take a few minutes to settle yourself, perhaps with meditation or a breathing technique, then place your dominant hand over your belly, around your navel area, a few inches above the skin or clothing. Bring your awareness to the space between your hand and your stomach, feeling the warmth that is generated by your body. You should be able to distinguish an area of energy, an especially concentrated warmth or perhaps a tingling sensation or a sticky, pulling feeling. When you do, perceptually note its edges and boundaries. This area is your qosqo, the primary energy center or “eye” of your poq’po (energy body – bubble of energy surrounding and infusing your physical body). Once you have sensed this area, move your hand farther away from your skin or clothing, a little at a time. Sense the warmth extending outward. This is your energy body extending outward and your qosqo opening, creating a larger energy center.


Excerpts from “Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge: The Mystical World of the Q’ero Indians of Peru” by Joan Parisi Wilcox