Wednesday, September 4, 2013

365 Inspirations--247: Ollantaytambo and Ceremony with Shaman

"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better."--Albert Einstein

Everyday is more amazing than the next and it's hard to put it all into words! We are seeing and feeling so much! Today we were blown away by the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo. There are no words that will give it justice, but I'll post a few photos of the experience.

Later, we hiked high up a mountain and met with a shaman who performed a ritual in honor of Pachamama, Mother Earth. This was a little known spot in a cave in the mountains. He played a flute and burned some sweet smelling herbs. He had flowers arranged on a mat in the cave. We stood in a circle and held hands as he chanted. He called each of our names one by one and we made offerings of rice, dried beans, dried fish, and other plants to Pachamama. I felt my heart soar and felt truly blessed to be alive and to be having this experience. The place of the ceremony in the cave overlooked soaring mountains and there was an Ancient cross carved in the stone that was thought to be pre-Incan.

The shaman then wrapped all of our offerings in a blanket and we passed the wrapped offerings around and held them and each of us gave our silent blessings. Then we buried the offerings by throwing soil and alcohol made from corn on the burial site.

We then stood in silence and I felt tremendous peace.

I felt truly blessed and I share that all with you!

Have you ever participated in a ceremony or ancient ritual?

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