Preparation for Despacho in the Back Yard by the Fire Pit

Preparation for Despacho in the Back Yard by the Fire Pit

Just a few short weeks ago as my “soon to be former” husband was preparing to depart I decided to have a despacho ceremony.  What – you might ask  – is that?

In my medicine tradition the despacho is a core ceremony and is used by the medicine men and women of the High Andes all the time to bring about all kinds of healing.  The ceremony is incredibly beautiful – the despacho is a “gift bundle” for Mother Earth that is filled to the brim with all good things – each has been lovingly prayed over and placed in the despacho.  There are all kinds of despachos that are done for all sorts of reasons – our despacho was specifically intended to bring balance – Ayni – and was also for blossoming.  Balance and blossoming – for all who were a part of the ceremony and for all of our relations as well.

Everything that goes into the despacho is symbolic – from the seashell – representing the womb of mother earth to the candies for sweetness to the sage and copal resins that are added for purification.  Each participant also places in at least one and often a number of Kintus – these are little prayer bundles made with leaves (traditionally coca leaves – we often substitute bay leaves for the kintu creation).  Into these prayer bundles the person prays for what they would like to see unfold and using the breath blows their prayers into the kintu –

Our Despacho for Balance (Ayni) & Blossoming

Our Despacho for Balance (Ayni) & Blossoming

which is then passed around for the other participants to add their own prayers on behalf of the creator of the kintu.

By the time all the kintus are in you can already feel the energy building!  Then on top of all the kintus a whole variety of magical ingredients are added – candy, figs, raisins, peanuts, silver and gold thread, rainbow yarn, cotton balls (for clouds), etc.  There is so much that can go in – the bundle gets filled with lots of blessings and goodness for Pachamama (sweet mother Earth)

Once the despacho is complete – it is wrapped up in a ceremonial way and used to cleanse the energy fields of all the participants.  Then it is brought to fire ceremony and “fed” to Mother Earth who uses the element of fire to digest our gift and send our prayers to Great Spirit via the smoke.   Despachos can be an incredibly powerful medicine tool to use to create an Energy Shift in your life – in your business or career, relationships, health, finances, or other areas where you may be challenged – they can also be created on your behalf if you are a client by the shaman.  If you are interested in more information about shamanic medicine please visit my website – sessions are available and I’m now booking appointments into late June.

If you are an Entrepreneur, Soul-preneur or Solopreneur working on aligning your passion with your life’s work you may be interested in the Spiritual Marketing Telesummit that is being hosted by Suzanne Falter Barns the first week of June – I’m presenting on the 3rd  – a segment called Shift Your Energy-Ramp Up Your Business!  Would love to have you join us…

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