Regular listeners to Beyond Awakening are aware that I’ve spent the last year deeply considering how integral practice can address our larger ecological predicament. Vital, soul-level conversations with Peter Russell, Stephen Jenkinson, Michael Dowd, and Michael Meade have pressed deep into that territory.
Now I want to explore one of the most vital conversations I think we can have in this moment. Something beautiful becomes possible when people arrive together in profound contact with the great mystery, in a shamanic relationship with the spirit of the living planet. And that can be powerfully invoked and blessed by the unbroken sacred indigenous lineages that connect us with our ancient ancestors.
That’s why I invited don Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo to dialogue with me next. He has become a personal heart friend, and he is uniquely skilled in guiding a ritual plunge into shamanic contact with the anima mundi or the “soul of the world”. He can do the ceremony. And he can articulate it.
Plus, he’s skilled and experienced at bringing ritual alive via an audio connection among people from all over the world. He accepted my invitation and we have decided together to make our conversation an occasion to dive deep into the dark waters of the shamanic soul in the presence of what I call the “koan” the impossible question of our human predicament. We will lean into the questions that emerge from these uncharted territories, and don Oscar will go into ceremony to shift the energetic ground of everyone who tunes in live or listens to the recording.
In ceremony, don Oscar speaks the language of the highland people of South America, “the descendants of the Inka”. It is a powerful onomatopoeia that conjures and summons the unseen forces and powers that inhabit the mythic soul-infused powers of his people. In ceremony, Oscar’s soul often comes alive, resonating with everyone present for the ceremony and opening up a powerful energetic field.
Then in English, he guides people into a place of blissful stillness and deep silence and presence, beyond all need to reach anything or receive a benefit. But people often find a powerful boost to their ability to dream who they are becoming and who they can be. The actual flow is a seamless field of conductivity, a mystical participation in genuine cross-cultural medicine.
Our vision is that this ceremony can prepare the ground for deep dialogue between us, a dialectic that can become a synthesis. We both are lovers of Mother Earth.
Even though we have powerful, meticulous, science-based, predictive models, the living planet exceeds our knowledge, and thus the future is profoundly unpredictable. So don Oscar and I will join together after the ceremony, casting away all pretenses of certainty. We will dialogue about how we can restore soul to our experience of living among the soul-less surfaces of postmodern culture, working to restore and serve the ability (in us and others) to live with deep and joyous thanksgiving for the wonderfully unpredictable nature of life, and walk in the beauty of the anima mundi.
About don Oscar Miro-Quesada
don Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo is a respected Western-educated kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru. He is an OAS Fellow in Ethnopsychology and an UN Invited Observer to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is also the visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer foundation, the originator of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, and the co-author of Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life.
A seasoned navigator of non-ordinary states of consciousness, don Oscar helps people from all walks of life to access realms of being where multidimensional powers and forces are available for healing self, others and our beloved Mother Earth as a whole. He has been guiding ethnospiritual apprenticeship expeditions to sacred sites of the world since 1986, with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia. His work and shamanic training programs have been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.
More important than all the credentials, however, is the fact that Oscar is an immensely warm, loving human being who deeply cares about people and our planet. He is a master at creating sacred community using his infectious belly laugh and the magic of joy, love and compassion to gently weave people together as a planetary family. He brings keen attention to life-transforming ceremonial detail and group healing dynamics and creates sacred hoops in person and via online and other virtual teaching formats. He describes his life as “transforming the world through sacred living,” as he carries forth his unique vision for pragmatic global spiritual regeneration born from the co-creation of sustainable earth-honoring sacred communities worldwide.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
*Sunday October 23rd 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team