After five exhausting yet fulfilling days, I returned to Cusco. The following day was a full moon and the hostel was buzzing with positive energy. I decided to sit in ceremony a second time and continue the work that I began a week prior.
Ten of us went to the mountains that day and opened our hearts to one another. We sat in our sacred circle, shared our stories, our intentions, and laid in the garden all afternoon, reflecting in silence. I could speak to the intensity and depth of that experience, but I don't know if I have the vocabulary to really do it much justice. That day, I came out of the mountains a better human being, and I am endlessly grateful for that gift.
As evening approached, we left the garden and walked together silently to The Temple of the Moon - The Womb of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). All who were present were seeking something that day. Whether it was guidance, closure, perspective, compassion, understanding, strength or otherwise, we were all there to find it, together. One of the women in our group brought a small hand drum with her, and began creating a rhythmic pulse with her music as we stood in anticipation outside of the entrance. I gathered the long white dress that I was wearing, climbed up two large, stone steps that protected the sacred site, and walked in, head bowed, with my offering of three leaves for the altar inside. The energy in that space was intense - tangible. It was a pivotal moment in both our brief ceremony and in the larger story of our lives. As I explored further, touching the striated stone walls, hyper aware of the sacred site around me, I walked toward a stream of white light that was flowing in through the ceiling of the cave. The Temple of the Moon is illuminated perfectly, every full moon. How spectacular.
I stopped, took a deep breath, and just took it all in. The feminine energy of the space was almost overwhelming, and for a few wonderful moments, I was completely lost in it.
Thank you, mother.
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