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Book Extract – The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan, Chiclayo

Built across three floors, the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan is a stand out feature against the small, somewhat dated buildings squatting in the backdrop. Shaped like a pyramid with a huge red slope leading to the entrance, it has a distinctive golden design of Ai Apaec, the Moche creator God, on the front wall.

It is a fairly large museum and contains over 1400 artefacts including ceramics, jewellery and clothing. But it is not so much the artefacts themselves that most interest me, but the symbols which I consistently find on them.

I have written at length over the course of this book about the symbols used by the ancients and have done my best to explain what they mean, or at least what they may mean. For example, you will remember one of the most prominent symbols is the snake or serpent. It appears everywhere and represents wisdom and the underworld or spirit within. It is very present again in Moche and Lambayeque artefacts.

Moche serpent

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New Study Claims That Meditating Is Good For The Gut

Ha! This Is Not New…

You sometimes have to wonder whether medical researchers in western democracies are taking the piss. Other times you have to wake up to the harsh cold reality that, yes they are!

in your head

In April this year, neurologist, Suzanne O’Sullivan won the Wellcome book prize for her research exploring the connection between body and mind. Continue reading New Study Claims That Meditating Is Good For The Gut

The Alto Misayoq and The Buried Secrets of Peru?

lightning in the Andes
Image credit: Tobiasvde

Since the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in 1532 desecrated their culture, Shamans of Peru have done their best to keep the ancient customs of their ancestors alive.

Oral traditions have been passed down through generations since the defeat of the Inca, but sadly, a great deal of knowledge has been lost, misinterpreted or corrupted.

In the modern world, the sons of shaman are not interested in learning ancient knowledge and following in the footpaths of their forefathers. Instead they are lured by the western ideals of money and materialism. Continue reading The Alto Misayoq and The Buried Secrets of Peru?

Prior To reading Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Recently, I read “Prior To Consciousness: Talks With Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj” a profoundly enlightened spiritual being born in Mumbai, India. During his life time, Maharaj wrote several books of his own including “Seeds of Consciousness” and “I Am That.”

The guru was passionate about life and his teachings are intended to sink deep into the roots of mankind and pluck out the truth of the soul buried within us. His writing is intense and somewhat confusing. Continue reading Prior To reading Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Book Excerpt from Journey’s To Ancient World’s: Ray H. Crist – The Man Who Conquered Cancer

During the four elements workshop, I had the fortune to meet Ray H Crist (I think he gave himself that name). He is a practicing Shaman, taught by the Q´ero Indians of Peru, and the founder of the spiritual healing group, Jaguar Path based in the United States. Out of interest I ask how he came to be on the path of Andean Shamanism. I was expecting such a mind-blowing response, but Ray has a fascinating story about alternative healing and the power of the mind.

Ray´s story begins in 2002 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Not long before that he had received the wonderful news his wife was pregnant. The news should have been the clincher to change his life-style, but the diagnoses of cancer overshadowed it. Continue reading Book Excerpt from Journey’s To Ancient World’s: Ray H. Crist – The Man Who Conquered Cancer

Peru Mysteries: The Sculpture Park of Markahuasi

Markahuasi has to be seen to be believed!

It has been dubbed the playground of the Gods. High in the mountains, 88km from Lima, Markahuasi is yet another strange phenomenon in Peru. Unusual stone formations reveal faces of people and animals from overseas countries carved rock. They shouldn’t be there.

Mainstream archaeologists claim the rock formations are naturally formed and dozens rocks that appear to originate from the four corners of the earth are merely coincidence. If scholars say the rocks have been weathered by time, it must be true right? But when you go and investigate the “phenomenon” for yourself, the rocks tell a completely different story. Continue reading Peru Mysteries: The Sculpture Park of Markahuasi

Cusco, Peru: In Search of a Shaman

“There are no real Shaman.”

This is what David Choque had told me in the living room of Doctor Valencia’s apartment. That’s not to say authentic Plaza de Armas fountainShaman do not exist, but because ancient traditions have died out due to the Spanish suppression of indigenous peoples, the full of extent of true knowledge has been lost. As a consequence modern man may never develop the esoteric wisdom our ancestors possessed. Continue reading Cusco, Peru: In Search of a Shaman