The light of idealism gleamed in his eyes as Dr. Alberto Villoldo described how an earthquake in 1949 underneath a monastery near Cuzco, Peru, had rent the ground asunder, exposing an ancient Incan temple of gold.
This fulfilled a sign that the
prophecies of Mosoq, the "time to come,"
were now to be shared with the modern world.
The Q'ero are the last of the Incas - a tribe of 600 who sought refuge at altitudes above 14,000 feet in order to escape the conquering conquistadors.
years the Q'ero elders have preserved a sacred
prophecy of a great change, or "pachacuti," in which
the world would be turned right-side-up, harmony and order would be
restored, and chaos and disorder ended.
In that year, Oscar Nuñez del Prado, an anthropologist, was at a festival in Paucartambo, in southern Peru, when he met two Indians speaking fluent Quecha, the language of the Incas.
The first Western
expedition to the Q'ero villages then occurred in 1955.
They were welcomed by the assembly and were told,
elders journeyed to North America in fulfillment of their
The shamanic ritual had not been performed for 500 years.
But in the very home of those who
symbolized the former conquerors of their Incan ancestors they
shared their ritual and knowledge, not only with interested
Westerners who were learning their ways, but also with the Dean of
the great cathedral, thereby symbolically and spiritually
linking the two continents of North and South America.
The Q'ero are releasing their teachings to the West, in preparation for the day the Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South (the Americas) fly together again.
The prophecy holds that,
When the Spanish conquered the Incas 500 years ago, the last pachacuti, or great change, occurred.
The Q'ero have been waiting ever since for the next pachacuti, when order would emerge out of chaos.
For the past five centuries they preserved their sacred knowledge, and finally, in recent years, the signs were fulfilled that the great time of change was at hand:
The prophecies are
optimistic. They refer to the end of time as we know it - the death
of a way of thinking and a way of being, the end of a way of
relating to nature and to the earth.
Pachacuti also refers to a great Incan leader who lived in the late 1300s. He is said to have built Machu Picchu and was the architect of an empire the size of the US.
For the Incas, Pachacuti is a spiritual prototype - a Master, a luminous one who stepped outside of time. He was a messiah, but not in the Christian sense of the only son of God, beyond the reach of humanity. Rather he is viewed as a symbol and promise of who we all might become. He embodies the essence of the prophecies of the pachacuti, as Pacha means "earth" or "time," and cuti means "to set things right."
also means "transformer of the earth."
But according to Dr. Villoldo, the return of Pachacuti is taking place on the collective level.
The Q'ero have served as the caretakers of the rites and prophecies of their Inca ancestors.
The prophecies are of no use unless one has the keys, the rites of passage. The Star Rites, or "Mosoq Karpay" (The Rites of the Time to Come), are crucial to the practical growth described in the prophecies.
Following the "despachos" (ritualistic offerings of mesa, or medicine bundles) at the ceremony in New York City, the shamans administered the Mosoq Karpay to the individuals present, transmitting the energies originating with the ancestors of their lineage.
The transmission of the
Mosoq Karpay is the ceremony representing the end of one's
relationship to time.
It is a process of the heart.
The Karpays connect the person to an ancient lineage of
knowledge and power that cannot be accessed by the individual. It
can only be summoned by a tribe.
The Q'ero believe that the
between the worlds are opening again.
Holes in time that we can
step through and beyond, where we can explore our human
capabilities. Regaining our luminous nature is a possibility today
for all who dare to take the leap.
...is the teaching of the Q'ero...