One reason Merri and I live in Cotacachi is because our Ecuador shamanic teachers all agree that the energy between Mt. Cotacachi and Mt. Imbabura is special. This area is called the mid point of the world and we continually study with shamans here. Here is Mt. Cotacachi.
Frequency is a key to Ecuador shamanic healing. Shamanic belief is that everything creates a harmonic frequency or vice versa. At a grand level being sandwiched between two Mt Cotacachi and Mt Imbabura creates a special energetic harmonic (bundle of frequencies).
Here is Mt. Imbabura taken from Mt. Cotacachi. Cotacachi is in the middle of this small valley between these two 15,000+ feet high mountains.
At the most minute level, correct harmonics create our emotional and physical health.
Here is the Shamana of Zuleta preparing to use the frequency of tobacco smoke and aqua flora in a cleansing ceremony. She will use these frequencies to balance subtle, human frequencies.
Every part of our being, (mind body and soul if you wish) hums at a frequency. When all parts of our body are humming at a correct frequency and these frequencies are connected (and in tune) we are at ease and in good health.
When any part of us hums at the wrong frequency or is disconnected from the whole, we have dis-ease.
Cotacachi shamans infuse the essence, (frequency or vibratory energy) of different aspects of life (derived from plants), in water, alcohol or oil.
The fastest way to absorb healing energy is through the skin and lungs. The shamans use mists and oils to impart these frequencies to counterbalance physical and or emotional imbalances that create dis-ease. Cotacachi shamanic purifications do not wash away impurities as much as they balance misaligned frequencies so they once again hum as they should.
Essential oils hold the energy better than water and though each (mists and oils) have a purpose (a mist is essentially a diluted essential oil) the root of aqua flora is essential oil. Therefore the Cotacachi yatchaks, shamans and curanderos revere good, pure essential oils.
Often they mix essential oils with alcohol to balance subtle levels of human frequency. They deliver the frequency with an explosive mist, spitting the essential oil through a flame. Here is a shaman performing this ceremony at one of our previous Cotacachi shamanic mingos.
Merri and I use pure, essential oils daily and buy them from our friend Candace Newman…the oil lady, for our own use. We also give them as shamanic gifts when we are in Cotacachi…or anywhere with shamans. They are always enormously grateful at receiving pure, essential oils. They call them gifts from the forces of nature.
We have known Candace for over 30 years and began using her oils when the shamans of Cotacachi taught us how they work.
Merri and I lived and studied with the yatchaks and shamans for years to better understand how they live and heal. Candace joined us at our North Carolina farm and our 926 acre Andean Hacienda Rosaspamba where we lived with a taita yatchak and his apprentices. She also trained with the yatchaks throughout Ecuador and Peru.
We used to walk the ridges here at Rosaspamba, speaking of what we learned.
I asked Candace to write some articles about the wisdom she gained form the yatchaks about essential oil. Here is one of the ideas she has shared:
“Pure Lavender Essential Oil in Ecuador
“Ever since I traveled to England to learn about essential oils in the early 1990’s, I have kept a little bottle of Lavender in my bag wherever I go. My trips to Ecuador and Peru were just another example of how life is better with Lavender…and traveling without essential oils, is like traveling without your toothbrush. I don’t spend lots of time packing clothes….but I do spend time packing my essential oils.
“Pure Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula officinalis from Bulgaria) is a high grade medicinal quality essential oil. Its natural chemistry makes it anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-bacterial. It’s the #1 stress reliever and sleep aid. The natural chemical constituents are known to balance the central nervous system. If you are down, it will bring you up…and if you are too anxious, it will calm you down.
“I call Lavender “the River of Peace”. It is from the Latin word LAVARE which means TO WASH. The aroma washes our emotions and the medicinal liquid washes and soothes the skin. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers. It is very strong and very concentrated.
“On my trips to Ecuador and Peru, Lavender was either in my fanny-pak or my traveler’s vest pocket. Just inhaling it on the airplanes, cars and buses when my energy was low … made me and others feel better.
“Many of the days I had a cotton ball charged with just one drop of Lavender in my pocket as a diffuser. I also gave a “cotton ball of Lavender” to one lady who was feeling fearful on the cliff-hanging road up to Rosaspamba outside Quito.
“Lavender is the first choice for nervousness; Peppermint is the first choice for motion sickness. Another time one lady was feeling weak from hypoglycemia, so breathing the Lavender as we headed for lunch helped bring her back to a better state of balance.
“In my month at Rosaspamba, I was up one morning before dawn with two of the Yachak’s apprentices and we were going to hike down the road to a waterfall for a ceremony and “shower”. It was cold, dark, and wet. The clouds of fog were very thick. One apprentice slipped on the wooden steps coming out of the “hacienda” and slammed her shin on the step. I could see by her face that she was in real pain, but was covering it up. I had my flashlight and asked her if I could see it. The skin was broken and a huge bump was forming.
“With her glad permission, I put a couple of drops of straight Lavender on the area to cut down the inflammation and pain. We made our journey to the waterfall….did the Lavender and cold water treatment there…journeyed back…and did the Lavender treatment again. The wide-eyed amazement and smile on her face was delightful to see!
“An additional great source of comfort was the 1-2 drops of Lavender on a cotton ball that went in my pillow at night in my funny little bed at Rosaspamba. It certainly helps tuck you in at night and promote a good night’s sleep.
“Another time we went into a little village outside Quito on the bus (I really don’t know WHERE we were) and walked across fences and pig farms to visit 2 older Ecuadorian women. One of the Yachak’s apprentices rented a room here sometimes. One of the women was in bed and quite weak with pain in her face from cancer. With her permission, I sat on her bed and made a blend in my palm with some Organic Golden Jojoba and a drop of Lavender.
“I very gently rubbed this on her face. She looked up at me with a twinkle in her eyes and our glance said it all. We couldn’t speak each other’s language…and if we could it would have ruined the silent language our hearts were speaking.
“Lavender to the rescue” again on the climb up Waynu Picchu above Machu Picchu. I was not feeling well, and my day’s nutrition was honey and water. About ¼ of the way up the mountain I passed out cold on the path. Then awakened with wonderful energy to finish the trek. When I got back to the bottom, inhalations of Lavender helped me get grounded again, and feel balanced.
“There are many reasons why Lavender is the #1 essential oil to have in your “medicine chest” no matter where you are. There are well over 400 essential oils, and Lavender is the most versatile and useful. The comfort and balance it brings to our emotional state is well documented … as is the relief from aches and pains due to its anti-inflammatory natural medicine.
“For rubbing it on large areas, combine it with a base oil. For spot work, like a burn or cut….use one drop straight. Inhalation is reason enough just to have it with you. You…or someone close by….is bound to need some! What a powerful, yet simple medicinal remedy this is. Happy Trails…..with Lavender!”
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Christmas shopping. Essential oils can be shamanic gifts for more than just shamans. At Christmas, Merri and always give our kids the gift of the shamans…essential oils from Candace.
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Recently Merri and I hiked into a sacred valley in the shadow of Mount Cotacachi. Here is Merri, with Cotacachi shaman Don Jose, headed for a Cotacachi shamanic ceremony at a grotto where the water flows from the rocks in the color of gold.
We hike to a quiet glen next to the grotto where shamanic ceremonies are performed.
Here is the grotto.
Don Jose brings his aqua flora. When we arrives, he removes his shoes and hat. He needs the uninhibited frequencies of the forces of nature in his hair and flowing though his feet to properly perform the ceremony.
Join Merri, me, Don Jose and Blaine Watson in the sacred valley this February 2009 to learn how to fuse quantum mechanics, from the tiniest thought, to the entire universe for greater ease in health and wealth. See how, why and when at Ecuador shamanic thought.