Pachamama (mother earth) lends us our body for a lifetime; she also supplies everything we could possibly need to live and develop in body, soul and spirit.
PACHAMAMA & THE ELEMENTS
As with the earth, humans are also formed of the four elements: fire, water, earth and air. We are inseparable, so when elements in nature are contaminated, it corresponds with the plight of humans. The exploitation of minerals of Pachamama causes a weakening of the human body. The quality of the waters represents our soul, or our emotional state; the quality of the air represents the quality of our thoughts. All our thoughts and feelings affect Pachamama – she is our mother and feels through us.
The Sacred Andean Tradition works primarily through harnessing the powerful energy from mother earth and the mountain spirits. By tuning into Pachamama’s energy, Andean practitioners can heal and transform people and situations. We look at the four elements and some of the wisdom and interactions available to us.
PACHAMAMA & THE ELEMENT OF FIRE
This element sanctifies, alchemises and is the most powerful of all the elements. It is connected to love, passion and compassion. Through fire, you can learn to shift anger into peace and rage into compassion. Fire gives us the daring to move beyond, to expand our consciousness and awareness. It burns away negative emotion.
You can also connect with fire through the sun. We forget that the sun is a ball of fire. Without the sun, there would be no life. Consciously connecting with and greeting the sun, welcoming its fire into our lives, helps us integrate the fire within.
Another practice is to make a fire and sit gazing into the flames. Listen to the sound of the fire, allow the flames to speak into your heart. Write down what you want to manifest in your life, place it in the fire and allow it to transmute and alchemise what you want to manifest.
PACHAMAMA & THE ELEMENT OF EARTH
The natural human path is within the heart and the earth element is about unconditional love. The densest of all the elements, earth is also the most accepting and forgiving. You can literally give your illnesses, your troubles to the earth and she will take them. Just sitting or lying down on the ground is enough for Mother Nature to receive your pain. One of the laws of nature is that everything has a purpose and there is a mutual exchange – for example, we breathe in the oxygen provided by trees and they in turn breathe in the carbon dioxide we exhale. This element transforms and cleanses.
To engage with the earth, lie on the ground on your stomach, allow yourself to melt into the earth. Feel your weight being pulled to the earth’s centre. Feel the connection, and the beauty of being bonded to this all-loving earth mother. She will listen to anything you wish to tell her. Allow everything you are feeling and thinking to flow into the earth. Do this until you come to a place of rest and being. Feel your heart being soothed and your being supported by the earth herself.
The earth provides a physical environment where we play out our roles. Without Pachamama, we would have no vehicle for our growth. The earth element is incredibly healing and when you learn to consciously work with it, you cleanse your heaviness. Nature knows how to hold and kiss us and love us if we can be open to this.
PACHAMAMA & THE ELEMENT OF AIR
This element is purifying and enlightening; it represents communication, connection and knowledge. Our first and last moments on this planet are connected to our first and last breaths. Deep breathing, allowing your lungs to fully inflate and deflate brings incredible healing and relaxation, taking away negative and heavy emotions.
When you speak, air carries your communication. Air’s energy moves freely through space and time. Practise deep breathing, preferably outside where you can feel a breeze on your face and skin. Mindfully engage with the air – through your breath, your senses – realise that you and the air are part of a greater cosmic space and seek assistance in communicating through it.
PACHAMAMA & THE ELEMENT OF WATER
Water is not a commodity, it is also a being. It dances with us and it ensures that in time, all things will be cleaned away.
In acknowledging Pachamama & the elements think of water as the element that is balancing and cleansing, it is also the ruler of our emotions. Humans and the earth are made up of mostly water. The flow of water teaches us adaptability because it adapts to whatever container or obstacle it is in or encounters. Water restores balance and equilibrium and washes away heavy emotions. Connect with water by placing your feet in a running stream or the ocean and listen to the sound. Allow your emotions to be released into the water and watch them float away. If you aren’t near a body of water, open a tap and place your hands under the running water – breathe and allow the water to wash away your anger, guilt, pain, frustration, grief. You will discover that it soothes, relaxes and restores you.
The energy you put into water is what you can get back from it – it is intelligent. If you’ve had a bad day at work, your body can feel it. Spending time with water, singing to it, putting a frequency of love into it and then ingesting that love can pull the negative into balance. In this way, you can find peace.
We as westerners, have forgotten our true connection within nature. For hundreds of years our ancestors have ignored and slowly lost this knowledge.
It’s time to remember pachamama & the elements
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