Known as the ‘keepers of the ancient knowledge,’ the Q’ero Indians of Peru are the most respected mystics of the south-central Andes. In 1996 Joan Parisi Wilcox traveled to the Andes and was able to record the mysteries of kawsay pacha, the multidimensional world of living energy, through intensive interviews with six Q’ero Paqos, masters of the ancient spiritual traditions of Peru.
The Q’ero are known for having preserved the Inca spiritual tradition more purely than any other indigenous population in the Andes. The in-depth interviews presented in this book recount the direct words of these masters so readers can discover for themselves the mind and heart space of these people. Several chapters focus on the work of the mesa or misha, the Andean form of a spiritual medicine bundle, and its use as a conduit for the healing energies of nature. The mesa is called the “heart’s fire” because it represents the finest energy—the energy of compassion—that a Paqo cultivates while walking the sacred path. An Andean paqo provides instructions on how to make, activate, and work with a mesa, and Joan Wilcox provides other practical exercises showing how we can use the power of the Andean spiritual tradition in our own lives.
Joan Parisi Wilcox has given us a mature and sensitive portrait of a mystical system as seen through the eyes of its practitioners, the Q'ero. Written with heart and respect, this book is a gateway for serious seekers to discover the world of living energy and to learn how to live in harmony with nature and each other. ― Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Joan welcomes you to Shamans Directory
The challenge for spiritual seekers has always been how to find a reliable, experienced teacher or practitioner—a mystic, shaman, healer, meditation teacher, mentor, guide. The need for a comprehensive directory for spiritual seekers has been acute, and now, through the visionary work of the Shamans Directory Team, the wait is over. Shamans Directory is an impressive resource, and as it continues to grow it will surely be the most comprehensive resource for spiritual seekers of all kinds. The vision of “One Fire, One Medicine” reverberates throughout the approach taken in this Directory. This open-hearted approach reminds me of something an Andean Paqo once said when asked if he minded that people from many cultures were coming to the Andes to learn from him and others. He said that he welcomed them all, for “Our clothes may be different, but we are all human beings,” and the sacred arts he practiced and taught not only benefit all of us, but in effect belong to all of us. That’s what Shamans Directory achieves: providing a resource for feeding the spirit of all of us.