Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Beginning or the End? One Never Knows...

You may have noticed that last week I did not publish a post at all, and this week I am later than my usual 12 pm Wednesday time slot. I am going through some personal transitions and do not feel that I have the ability to keep up with my previous schedule.

I would like to sincerely thank all of the people who have supported my blog thus far, and hope that if I am able to return to regular posting you will return with me.

Until then...

With Love and Gratitute I thank you for support and hope that in some small way I have inspired you to do the best you can to stay positive, support your own healing, and be kind and compassionate to yourself and others.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The importance of textiles

The Q'ero place a great important on textiles because they believe that you can literally weave the energy of your future with colors, shapes and patterns.

Textiles are used in ceremony and in everyday life. They are created to celebrate marriages, welcome new babies into the world, as a mestana cloth when used to wrap a Shaman's mesa, and to help with everyday chores like carrying food, goods and children.

The symbols and colors that appear in the cloth hold a special significance for the owner since they hold the energy that has being sourced for that person. Don Francisco's poncho for instance, which was woven by his wife Juanita, sources the energy of the sun with its diamond pattern and bright reds and pinks. By wearing the poncho, Don Francisco is even more powerfully connected to the energy of the sun.

I was drawn to a new mestana in Peru this year because for me it sourced the energy of balanced chakras. Not only did it include the colors of the chakras, there was a consistency in the pattern that spoke to me. I also really love the repeating strands of swirls which for me illustrated the dance between light and dark (black and white pattern) and earth and spirit (red and white pattern).

My first mestana was very brightly colored as well. After selecting this cloth, I found out that this type of cloth is traditionally worn by young women as a signal to suitors that she is ready to marry. It is hand embroidered and includes the energy of water (the brightly colored stripe of diamonds on either edge), the mountains (the brown triangles in the center) and the rainbow bridge to Spirit (the rainbow stripes intersecting the mountains).    

Other more traditional cloths often contain a symbol called a chuncho. The chuncho figure, comprised of a v-shaped head (sometimes with eyes) connected to a x-shaped body, represents the "wild spirit." Including this pattern in a textile is a way to honor the "wild spirit" that lives in each of us. An interesting modern day link to the chuncho can be found in the logo for Burning Man, a week long arts festival in the Nevada desert which aims to embody the "wild spirit" concept.

This July when I visited the Chinchero Weaver's Community I saw first hand how this tradition of weaving has been handed down from generation to generation and how it still plays a vital role in the lives of the women at the cooperative. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, which means "at the mouth of the well of the wizards of water," was a completely different experience from Machu Picchu. One of the most surprising things was that along every path there was street vendors which really detracted from the sacred energy of the site. Also, because someone defaced the site with graffiti, visitors are no longer allowed to climb the structures which was very sad. But none the less and I am glad to have gotten to see the Mayan site. Photos of my entire trip are posted on my Flickr account.