I wanted to share this amazing video production with you that a friend sent to me who was part of my first group pilgrimage to Peru. There are three trailers as well as a list of showings (which may be in your area).
Of course, making my heart shine and leap out of my chest on the very front cover of this book is my Q’ero Godmother, Dona Maria. I was watching the video with my twin sister Kelly and every time I would see a Q’ero friend or a familiar heart-song place, I would scream out their name in utter joy and delight.
Up until quite recently, I felt disconnected from my biological family. Meeting my Q’ero family and being ‘adopted’ by them through their ceremonial ritual of becoming a Godmother helped nurture, heal and awaken to my indigenous roots and heart. When I began to bring groups to Peru, I noticed the same welcoming they offered to me, they offered to every single person in the group for they not only know that we are all children of Pachamama, they live it and everyone who meets them experiences the deep welcoming and knowing that we are all brothers and sisters.
When I met Dona Maria, I cried and cried and cried. Her eyes sung to me a song of blessings, grace and miracles of the Mother. I knew I was looking at the embodiment of the Divine Mother, of a true Matriarch in her radiant pure wisdom. Her body is 85 but she remains like the innocence of a child, a child knowing the miracle of her true Mother, the cosmic Living presence of the Earth. This was so different than any teacher or guide I had ever met. There was no air of pretense, perched above-ness or eliteness. There was no talk about being ‘one’, spiritual phrases, or elite rites. Their ways are much more simple and pure, embodying the living values of the Earth, which I believe are reflections of the values of our truest and deepest nature.
When I told her that I was bringing groups of people to work with her (and her sons), she looked at me utterly shocked and said, “Why are they coming to see me? I mean I am soo short!” When our taxi would get overcrowded past the ‘legal’ requirements, she would sit in the back, with one of their cloths over her short little body and head. While I have had a lot of experiences at the sacred sites that have connected me to an ancient wisdom and civilization, whenever I would ask her a question, my spiritual ego would get busted. Her answer always somehow would be guided back to Pachamama, as she would throw her hands up in the air and with the deepest love and innocence proclaiming, “PACHAMAMA!” It took me a while to realize embodied that Pachamama is a cosmic living being, making up the fabric of this reality and ALL that we see, in which are Souls are an individualized expression of Her. It took a few years before the indigenous spark ignited within me and I began to awaken to the intimate embrace of the sacred Earth, our amazing cosmic, ego-stripping yet soul reviving Mother. In my heart and experience, this is the Rise of the Divine Feminine. The sacred ignition and reawakening to our true feminine Divinity, the sacred Earth within each and every one of us. It is through awakening to Her living presence within us, that restores and rebirths the purity of our Soul’s embodied.
I am organizing a small group for October (possibly November) as the dates are still somewhat flexible. If you can’t join us, please check out this video or the trailers. There are heart-opening video clips and pictures which truly captures the heart of Q'ero mysticism.