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by | Sep 25, 2012 | Content Updates

When Merri and I first moved to Ecuador we moved in with this indigenous family.

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Yatchak and family

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Yatchaks. mother, wife and daughter with sacred llama rug.

We lived a lifestyle totally different to what we had in Europe, Asia and the US.   For example in the photo above the Yatchaks mother, wife and daughter are in a healing lodge



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Ancient wisdom can help us see beyond logic for retirement in a predatory world.


Ecuadorian wise men of the past had a deep understanding of nature… astronomy and sense of place as this positional structure at the entrance of Cotacachi shows.  That wisdom can help us think beyond logic when it comes to retiring from the rat race at any age… 30, 40, 50, 60 or later.

This monument is near the largest solar calendar in the Americas.  The site is located at 0 degrees 0 minutes and 3 seconds of latitude so it’s virtually on the equator.

Decades ago, Merri and I chose Cotacachi as our Andean home because  of its sacred nature goes far beyond logic.

Cotacachi Ecuador has always been a special village and this symbol at the village entrance from the Pan Am Highway represents nine important mid-points that the ancients saw that intersect in this small village.

First, the four cardinal points East, West, North and South intersect with a fifth midpoint an altitude that is mid way between the sea and the highest mountains here.

This intersection is further defined by a sixth point that comes from an alignment directly between Lake Cuicocha (20 minutes) and Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incan nation. According to the legend, it is where Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerged from the sacred Lake Titicaca to found the Inca Empire, making this lake to lake alignment especially important as Cuicocha was named at that time Achicocha, which meant “Lake of the Gods.” This lake, like Titicaca was considered to be sacred, and used for purification rituals. To this day ritual baths take place there.


Lake Cuicocha

The seventh alignment is that Cotacachi is in a direct line with Cuzco (Inca’s southern Capitol) – Quito (Inca’s Northern capital) and Yucatan which the Incans saw as the home of the original most important civilization.

The eighth alignment is that Cotacachi lies between Father Mount Imbabura and Mother Mount Cotacachi. These two mountains represent the masculine and feminine energies of nature.

These eight intersections are enlivened and unified by the universal being, the ninth most infinite creator.

These nine energies represent a fractal reflection of man and his nine “Rios de Luce” (Rivers of Light) or nine major energy processing points. The points are respected in many disciplines, by many names being called chakras, acupuncture points, chi centers, etc.

The Incan beliefs were that these nine intersections formed four axes that created the basic functions of the universe. What better place to take a deeper look at our existence!