I keep hearing it, here in the Cuzco, Peru area, that among those in the know about these things, Peru has now been recognized as the epicenter of the spiritual vibrations of the planet. The energy has shifted in the New Millennium, they say, and people seeking wisdom are flocking into this beautiful Andean city and its environs.
I spent one night in Cuzco and then took a taxi for an hour to Pisac, the Artesanal Cultural Center of Peru, known for its wonderful Sunday bazaar, but also for its quiet and peaceful mountain serenity. Truly, it is glorious here, surrounded by high green mountains and criss-crossed by fast-flowing rivers. This is a small town in a rural surrounding but it is quickly being converted to a spiritual epicenter waiting to receive the many seekers who will soon begin to flock to Peru, much as they have flocked for years to India, now consulting shamans instead of gurus.
Paz y Luz (Peace & Light) Spiritual Healing Center and Bed & Breakfast is about four years old and is still growing into a lovely, hollyhock-adorned complex; modern, yet built with traditional Peruvian materials and symbols. A restaurant, a circular glass yoga and workshop session room, and a small hotel with more guest rooms are now under construction next to the labyrinth and a soon-to-be-erected Sweat Lodge. Next door, the neighbor´s cornfield sways in the breeze ripening it´s golden harvest.
Remember Dana and Annabelle, of our temporary Miraflores Fishrambrownbanner family? Dana, being a trained Yoga teacher knew of this lovely place and had taken part here earlier in a Peruvian medicine Ayahuasca ceremony. I became immediately interested in coming to experience some of this traditional wisdom myself. Plus, with my “shingles” again hitting my face and taking away my energy, I figured that a healing center was just the place to recover.
I was thrilled to feel the energy when I arrived in Pisac and then at Paz y Luz. I had been somewhat disappointed with what I picked up, vibrationally, in the city of Cuzco, but also realized that I might not be in the best of shape to appreciate that Navel (bellybutton) of the world. I´ll give it another chance next week when I return to go to Macchu Pichu and then to fly to Puerto Maldonado.
Signing in for a cost of about $27 a day at the weekly rate (including breakfast) I met several other powerful women who had come for much the same reason….spiritual exploration. There also was Dana and Annabelle arriving independently from a look at the same little towns I´d just passed through. Soon, a woman almost my age, Britt Paulsen (69) of Norway arrived just to have a look around, as she knew Diane Dunne, founder of Paz y Luz, whom you will soon hear about from me as soon as I meet her. That´s another story. Britt and I walked into town as I heard her story as a senior citizen who loves to travel freely alone throughout the world. She has traveled this way for years and also knows the world to be a safe and friendly place. We spoke about the Intergalactic Friend syndrome as she makes deep and abiding friendships instantly everywhere she goes and she was glad to get a name for them. Just that morning, as she stepped off the bus in Pisac, she had looked into the eyes of a 28-year-old young man who insisted upon bringing her home to meet his aunt. Though neither spoke the others´language, worlds of information passed between them and they were to meet again that afternoon for a musical ceremony. The aunt is psychic, though she doesn´t let the townspeople know, and she spontaneously offered to give Britt a Limpiar or a Cleansing. At first, Britt though that she must need a bath, but soon realized that it was a psychic cleansing that she was being offered.
We went to lunch before this second appointment and had someone take our picture as fellow IGFs ourselves. We look enough alike to be sisters. That was a lovely way to begin my first full day here. I fasted, drinking only water, to prepare for the evening´s ayahuasca ceremony that had been arranged at our request.
On my Around The World trip in 2005-2006, I stayed for ten days at the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune, India. Now, I am here in this lovely spot to immerse myself in the spiritual vibrations of this ancient land. They are already having their positive effect.