Dear Earth Walkers-
The Summer Solstice is upon us – please join us for a beautiful evening walk June 22 - just post the longest day of the year as we make our way to a sacred stone cairn. or apacheta in the hills of Tilden.
An apacheta is stone mound used to designate, or link up, to a place of power that is infused with refined energy. We'll make our way to the apacheta and "feed" it things like cornmeal, tobacco, Florida water - and our voices and happy hearts...all food for the planet. By doing this we expand and enhance the web of light within our earth and community
This ceremony is for all folks that are able to hike (a moderate) less than a mile walk. Kids love ceremony and are welcome to join us.
Who: You, your family or friends.
What to bring:
Music makers, an open heart and mind, hiking shoes/boots, long pants, layers, water. If you have sacred items that you would like to "charge" bring your items to place on the apacheta, bringing them home infused with good energy and revitalized.
What not bring: resistance to magic, your dog, alcohol or drugs...
When: Saturday June 22, 2013 – at 6:45 to gather, 7:00 pm to leave for the walk.
Where: The parking lot across from ES Anderson Equestrian Camp. (that is .7 mile from the Brazilian Room in Tilden – en route to Orinda…on the left side of the road. If you pass Mineral Springs – you have gone .1 mile too far)
Cost? A hat will be passed - asking for a $10 donation to cover admin and offer ayni, children are free no one turned away for lack of funds.
Read on for LOTS of info about apachetas, for those that want to know J www.powerhed.com
More info on apachetas: (the reference is to building them, we will visit one that is already built)
The apacheta is part of the Peruvian and South American culture as well as others. It is not unusual to find them throughout South America, and in various parts of the United States and Canada. An apacheta is stone mound used to designate, or link up, to a place of power that is infused with refined energy. In the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition – we utilize the form and power of creating and nurturing apachetas. By building a ceremonial apacheta we expand and enhance the web of light within our earth and community.
When making an apacheta you are creating the act of ayni or sacred reciprocity. In ancient times this act was practiced regularly and today, in many indigenous cultures, this practice still exists. By creating sacred reciprocity we humans acknowledge the spiritual and natural world and thus create a balancing action. Creating an apacheta with family, friends and community is a powerful way to create a place of healing and harmony.
When building an apacheta - we are creating a sacred space on the planet - in essence, we open (or turn on) an energy system that allows earth energy to flow and open to cosmic forces. It is possible to experience the vibrant healing that moves through the apachetas - the apachetas connect the earth to the cosmos & cosmos to earth - these sacred mounds are potent power plants.
Another point that should be made is when making an apacheta - we are boosting the seque system - (or ley lines.) You may reflect on a time in your life you have been some place in nature and had a deep sensation that there is something more going on - a deep knowing that you are in a sacred site or in the midst of something greater. This feeling is accurate - and one explanation is that you are in the cross current of energetic lines that web around the planet. (Another explanation is that this spot is where unseen beings reside and you are feeling/sensing them...it would be an ideal place to build an apacheta!) So - when making an apacheta, not only are you are opening an acupressure point for the planet but you are enhancing the energetic webbing of the seque system; adding your unique and powerful energies to this sacred web. Apachetas are sacred grounds. It is an ideal place to commune with the natural world, a place to meditate, sit or play near.
As caretakers of an apacheta, we acknowledge that the apacheta is alive - and we make ritual feedings of cornmeal, tobacco, Florida water and other gifts that is an act of ayni. In addition to the ritual foods you may intone the directions, play music and sing to raise the energy of your apacheta. You may take other items from your mesa, alter or home and place them on the stone cairn to “charge” the items. When raising the energy of the apacheta, it raises the energy of the items as well.
One beautiful note: the spirit realm loves beauty – so if you decorate the apacheta with flowers and gifts from nature, that is ayni as well. In essence, the act of beauty is a gift.
The more time you spend with it, the more you will see what it has to offer and you may develop a deeper relationship to yourself, nature and the planet.