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While visiting Tiwanaku, the ancient city located in the altiplano region of Bolivia, one would be highly impressed with the well excavated Subterranean Temple. Walking down several stairs into the advanced engineering found at the Temple, the first thing to be noticed are the rock walls. There are 175 protruding rock faces carved into these walls.

Every single one of the faces is different. They seem to represent different races of beings, from the earth and beyond. Why would all these different races be presented here? No one knows for sure, of course, as this may have been built as many as 17,000 years ago.
One theory is that this is where certain members of these races gathered during important times of the year, which would have been calculated at some of the other massive buildings in the area which show strong astronomical alignments.
Why would they gather here at Tiwanaku? There is a tremendous amount of power that can be felt at this location. The cosmic power is very strong because of the altitude, over 13,000 feet above sea level.  The Telluric power of the Earth is also felt strongly since the site is constructed of rocks that have a high magnetic value. All this power is further re-enforced by a grid of water channels underneath the site that accentuates the energies.
While meditating there, I received a clear feeling that beings from all over the cosmos convened at the Subterranean Temple in Tiwanaku in order to share in the powerful energies that are available there. It seemed apparent that they came together in peace and with the intention of working together. If this is true, we hope  that the imprint of this ancient time is still available on our earth. It is obvious that there are many powerful energies still there and they are visible to the naked eye, even today! See the picture below.
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Traveling through Bolivia, we spent two days on a journey to Tiwanaku. However, we did not go directly there. We stopped at an important place on the way, a Portal to the ancient city. On a height of land, off the road from La Paz, 13,000 ft above sea level, is a natural altar.  (See the picture above with Karakara, the Andean Hawk blessing our way.) As our spiritual guide pointed out, many, big, floating energies are there from the Altiplano, the huge mountains of the Royal Range, and from Lake Titicaca. All that energy is centered in this place and it can be felt, directly. The piece of land is actually in the shape of a heart. Consequently, our meditation centered around a ‘Heart to Heart’ communication with all these powers. We left offerings of flowers there. Among other things, we asked for permission to go visit Tiwanaku, the City of Initiation. Stopping at this portal and asking properly for permission set the stage for welcoming experiences at the ancient city.

When a place as old as Tiwanaku is discovered, many theories arise as to who built it and what its purpose was. They are all inconclusive, because nobody knows for sure. Some say that it was built as many as 17,000 years ago and that it was a port city that bordered Lake Titicaca. There are some things that we do know. There was an advanced agricultural technique employed there. Also we know that many of the stones there came from Quimsa Chata, a volcanic mountain located to the north which has great feminine energy. They call it “WAKA” which means “sacred’ in the old language. The green rocks are full of copper, an amazing conductor of electricity. In fact, I can tell you that being on location at Tiwanaku, your skin actually turns yellow because of the high level of magnetism in the rock. I have heard that the magnetic grid on the earth facilitates the entanglement of cosmic energies from other dimensions. Perhaps there is a connection.
Why is the magnetic content of the rock significant? The Telluric, or life force energy from the Earth is a current of power, capable of conducting communication. At Tiwanaku, it is especially strong, probably because, as a City of Initiation, there was much information to be received and sent. While I did a meditation there at the site of the now destroyed Andean Cross of the Akapana Pyramid, an amazing thing happened.  I felt myself levitate off the ground. While sitting there, lifted off the Earth, I had rotating around me, a circle of white light, like a hula hoop. Attached to this hoop and rhythmically spaced, were several blue balls of energy. This entire contraption was spinning around me for several minutes. It felt amazing.
When I asked one of my spiritual guides there, who had been the lead archaeologist at Tiwanaku for 9 years, he said that my experience was easily understood. Not only is the magnetic strength extremely high there, but under the pyramid is a pattern of water channels that exists in a labyrinth of tunnels which he has explored. Whoever created the place, made it so that the energetic information required by the initiates was magnified by the magnetic forces in the rocks and then re-enforced by the underground patterns of water, similar to the way Reiki healing patterns work today. However, these forces were all used, according to the archaeologist, in order to ascend to higher levels of attunement.
I believe that visiting sacred sites like Tiwanaku helps a person to become attuned to the activations from different dimensions. There is a tremendous amount of energy there. Please check out my picture, (2 above) of the yellow ball of light energy taken near the Sun Gate. If you approach these ancient sites, with respect, stopping at the portals to gain permission, it can be a positive, initiatory experience. If it is possible for you to journey with us this coming autumn back to Bolivia for some time at Tiwanaku,  it will be worth your effort. Next week, I will include more of my experiences at Tiwanaku.
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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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Following a beautiful afternoon in the Arizona desert at the Garchen Institute, I drove slowly into Prescott. That evening I met with about 100 other people in the local museum to hear Flordemayo, a member of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

Born the youngest of 15 children in the highlands of Central America, Flordemayo was found at an early age – like others in her family – to have the gift of Sight. By age four, she was being trained in the art of curanderismo which had been handed down from mother to daughter for many generations. Flordemayo’s mother was a midwife and healer and taught her daughters in the use of herbs, women’s medicine and how women are to honor and care for the Earth.
  Flordemayo began her evening presentation with a prayer to Mother Earth and the Four       Directions. The prayer of Thanksgiving was so profoundly felt by her and us, that by the end
of it she was crying with the emotion of gratefulness.
She proceeded to tell us many stories of her life.  One of these was about the Sacred Seed Temple that she has been directed to create on her land in New Mexico for the purpose of protecting the sacred indigenous seeds with prayer and ritual for the next generations.
After telling us more stories of her life, she brought out her blessing oil which she had prepared from some of her sacred plants.  With it, she blessed each one of us.                                                                               
Lee Cook and I have arranged to meet with Flordemayo in hopes of setting up a workshop with her on her sacred land, later this summer, 2012.  We will be posting the details of the proposed workshop in our newsletter. Please subscribe here, if you would like to receive this information:  http://adventurousspirittravel.com/NEWSLETTER-spiritual-sacred-travels/subscribe-index.htm
Flordemayo is the recipient of the Martin de La Cruz Award for Alternative Healing, a prestigious honor given by the International Congress of Traditional Medicine. Flordemayo is also a founding director of the Institute for Natural and Traditional Knowledge.
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After precious time with the Hopi people, I drove out across the Mesas with the pure intention of meeting the Garchen Rinpoche. I had been told that spending time with him would open the heart chakra of any Being.

I arrived just in time for a magnificent free lunch! From around the world, his disciples had gathered to honor the Tibetan New Year together with him. Russia, Germany, Taiwan, LA and many other places were represented by over 200 attendees. He was, as I expected, beaming with happiness and joking around about his missing teeth (the bottom ones!) I loved him at first sight.

Garchen Rinpoche, as with most Rinpoches has been descended in previous lives from many honorable lineages. But in this lifetime alone, he was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by former Drikung Kyathgon Zhiwe Lodra. At the age of 7 he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he adminstered from the age of 11. Studying under Siddha Chime Dorje, he received profound instructions. Then at the age of 22, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp,he received instruction from his root lama, Kempo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the Lama’s wisdom mind.

Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has been rebuilding monasteries, establishing a college, as well as two boarding schools for children in eastern Tibet. It is said that Garchen Rinpoche is omniscient and known for his vast realization as well as his great kindness and compassion.

While I was there I participated in ceremony at the Temple and visited his Stupa (see picture below) where people had been invited to camp out. Inside the Stupa, I found many simple but very enlightening teachings mounted on the walls. Also, stored there were some 44 relics of honorable Lamas and teachers from days gone by. As the wind whipped the prayer flags on this hill over looking the Arizona desert, I felt a certain calm and peace. Receiving hugs from him, I did indeed feel my heart chakra opening. I was so glad I had made the journey.

For more information on his White Tara Teachings, please visit this site: http://www.garchen.net/

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