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Having just returned from a transformational journey to Peru and Bolivia, I feel overwhelmed with all that I have to share. Thinking about my time there, I will start with the most convincing, basic fact. The Andes Mountains hold the feminine energy of the planet. This concept was expressed by the Dalai Llama many years ago. Visiting there however, gives one a first hand realization of the truth of it, since it can be directly seen and felt.


The Andean people hold “Pachamama”, the feminine energy of our Mother Earth dear to their hearts and consistently speak of her with great reverence. While on the trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, I felt compelled to visit a massive rock just off the trail. Sitting in front of it, a kind of unconditional, motherly love swept over me. Emanating from this rock was a misty blanket of peace that wove its comfort around me. Then, I heard its gentle, welcoming song. Back on the trail, I asked a local worker what was up with the amazing rock.  “Oh”, he said in a reverent whisper, “that is Pachamama.”

The feminine energy is quite evident with the people living in the Andes.  The hard working women are proud to dress in their colorful skirts and hats, whether they are headed to market in town or out working the fields. They are always beautifully dressed with piles of petticoats under their skirts. The harmonizing key however, is found in a balance of energies, where the men do their part as well, so the families work together. For example, even today, the men plow the fields and the women plant the seeds. While staying on the Island of the Sun, we watched in amazement as both the husband and wife got to scrubbing the sheets together in one big outdoor washbasin.

Andean people participate directly with Mother Earth. Families spend their days out in the fields plowing, planting, harvesting, or even spinning wool. They are content to enjoy the day sitting and working on the Earth, watching their animals and fields, while the children play. It is a beautiful life which results in a deep love for their Pachamama. This is how they take care of our Earth. We owe them a great debt for their guardianship of Mother Earth. 

The Elders carefully prepare offerings of love and thankfulness to Pachamama. These are often buried into the Earth, heartfelt gifts of beauty, purity and sweetness that our Earth receives with gratefulness. We would do well to learn from these people of the Andes how to more honestly revere our Earth. Mother Earth would appreciate any intention of tender thoughtfulness, consideration and thanks from us. Why not? 

Our Mother Earth gives us everything, free for the taking: fresh water to drink, delicious food to eat, clean air to breathe, purifying fires, deep oceans, high mountains, lovely flowers, birds, animals, and everything we need to thrive. She is so grand and generous! Practice at least a thought of love for our Mother Earth each day. The Spirit of the Earth will feel it, appreciate it and you will be blessed for it.
Thank you, Tina
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As the warm air melts the snow in the mountains, fresh waters begin to flow. First the waters settle down into our Mother Earth. We can see all the plants taking a big drink after their long winter. They show their thankfulness by blooming their lovely flowers.


The earth becomes saturated, as more and more snow melts, so the extra water begins to flow into streams, finding its downward trail. The streams merge into creeks. Winding down the age old pathways, the waters find each other, banding together to create the rivers that bring life out to the plains.

These sacred waters are waking up now. It is good to watch how they flow. We all come from water, as each of us was in a womb of water for nearly a year before we were born. Then after the water flowed from the Mother, we each came out to be upon the Earth.Water is the source of life. In the spring, at the time of Resurrection, the waters begin to flow again.

Standing on the banks, at a bend in Boulder Creek, we see the water come around. Where has it come from? We cannot see that part. It is a mystery. As it passes by, it is clear, sparkling in the light of the sun. It goes on, around the next bend.  Where does it go? We do not know. That is also a mystery. Like our lives, there is much to wonder about. But while it is here in front of us, it is glorious to see the form that the water takes, the currents that carve away, and the depth that it goes.

Watch the waters and be joyful for this life force. Please say a prayer for our waters that they may continue to flow, to stay pure and sparkling, and bring life to all things on our Mother Earth.  Thank you.
                                                                                                      
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Before leaving the amazing experiences that I encountered in Arizona, I wanted one last jolt of energy.  So, I drove off to visit Montezuma’s well.
 There I found a most enlivening vortex. The well is located in a large, round, deep  sinkhole, 368 feet wide measuring 70 feet from the water to the tops of the cliffs. Every day approximately 1.5 million gallons of warm (74°) water flow from the well. The Well is fed by three to four large underwater vents, some 56 feet below the surface. Spiraling out from this round, life supporting space full of fresh water is an energy that is most invigorating. The Yavapai people believe they emerged into this world through the well, and as such, it is a very sacred place to them.  I sat down on the cliffs overlooking the well and absorbed this lovely sense of sacred peace.
 
The area has been visited and inhabited for the past 11, 000 years, which is understandable when one sees that amazing amount of water emerging from an otherwise dry desert. Many ruins from numerous civilizations are evident all around the area.
The water flows from the Well through a 300 foot long cave to emerge on the southeast side of the sinkhole mound. Here it is diverted into an ancient irrigation ditch built over 1,000 years ago by the Hohokam and Sinaguan Indians who farmed here for centuries. The large sycamore trees spreading out across the valley, along with the energy that emerges with the water coming through the walls of the well here create a special ambiance. It provided a lovely spot to meditate on all I had experienced during my valuable time in Arizona.
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