Becoming an Earth Keeper

Becoming an Earth Keeper

Last weekend I traveled again to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. I wanted to return after having a wonderful experience there just a few weeks ago. 

Serendipitously, my friend Robin mentioned that she would be there attending The Great Shamanic Initiation. I checked Omega’s website and immediately signed up. I had no idea what to expect, but that little voice I’ve learned to pay attention to was surely guiding me to attend.

I arrived a day early so that I could spend time in Nature – walking the grounds, sitting by the lake, lying in a hammock, hiking in the woods.

I was supposed to go on a group hike but when no one showed up, I took the map and headed into the woods alone. Did I say I have no sense of direction?

Yep, I got lost. Blissfully lost.

I will admit to feeling moments of panic as I searched the trees for the faded orange dots that (kind of) mark the way. The trail itself was practically unrecognizable – covered with fallen leaves, and sometimes gurgling water underneath.

I remembered the Omega employee telling me “You really can’t get lost out there. You’re never very far from campus.” Hmm. I felt pretty lost.

They really need to repaint those dots.

I’m sure the fact that I was in picture-taking heaven due to the brilliant changing leaves might have made me lose my way. So, I put my camera away and earnestly tried to get my bearings – using the sun (yes, the sun!) to guide me.

Eventually, I found a trail marker that said “shortcut to campus” which I thought wise to take since I’d been gone for 2 ½ hours.

I never saw another soul.

The trees were mostly golden with splashes of red here and there, mixed in with all shades of green. It was crisp and cold, intensifying the fragrance of the pine trees.

Acorns were raining down from the oak trees.

This city girl was in a state of bliss.

I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face if I’d tried.

It was a perfect preparation for the weekend before me.

Sometimes it’s hard to put into words how deeply an experience affects you. Changes you. I still have goosebumps.

It is rare for indigenous shamans from South America to leave their countries to share their traditions and wisdom. In The Great Shamanic Initiation, we have the unique opportunity to receive teachings for personal transformation and renewal directly from the Q’ero shamans from the high Andes in Peru.
— Omega Institute

Alberto Villoldo and Marcela Lobos of the Four Winds Society had brought four Q’ero shamans to initiate us as Earth Keepers.

Throughout the ages, secret societies of Native American medicine men and women carefully guarded their ancient wisdom teachings and acted as stewards of nature. These “Earth Keepers” existed in many nations and were called by many names; in the Andes and the Amazon, they are known as the Laika or shamans.

Earth Keepers teach us how to rewrite our stories about our lives, to do what the shamans call “dreaming the world into being”.
Alberto Villoldo

I don’t know how it happened, that in my sixth decade of life I should become so deeply in love with Mother Nature. I don’t think I’m anything special – I know this phenomenon has happened to a lot of my friends.

But I take very seriously what’s happening to our beloved planet. It’s dying because of us. 

In fact, the sad news from the Q’ero shamans as they prophesied in “The Pulse of the Earth” is that it’s too late to reverse the damage we’ve done. Mother Earth (Pachamama) is already set in motion to right what has happened. To heal herself.

According to the shamans, the outcome of events has been cast. 2016 will see a continuation of extreme climate events – especially in wind and water. “What will come, will happen”, they say.

Even if you don’t believe this, surely you can see with your own eyes. 

The oceans are dying, man is decimating areas vital for our survival like the Amazon, all in the name of money and greed. The cataclysmic weather has become the norm. And on and on.

So, what can we do? 

When I began studying energy medicine several years ago, I learned that the most important thing I could do was to work on raising my own vibration so that it would ripple out towards others.

It is our collective positive vibration that will allow us to weather this greatest of storms.

We must open our hearts, heal ourselves, send love, be love, pray and give back to Mother Nature in any way we can.

I, along with about 200 other Earth Keepers, was given The Star Rites, or Mosoq Karpay (The Rites of the Time to Come).

Following the “despachos” (ritualistic offerings of mesa, or medicine bundles) in a ceremony, the shamans administered the Mosoq Karpay to each of us, one at a time, 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

This process of Becoming is considered more important than the prophecies themselves. The Karpay (rites) plant the seed of knowledge, the seed of Pachacuti, in the luminous body of the recipient. It is up to each person to water and tend the seed so that it can grow and blossom. The rites are a transmission of potential; one must then make oneself available to destiny. 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”.
— Prophecies of the Q’ero Inca Shamans

These shamans could have stayed hidden on their mountain. But their beloved Pachamama is dying, due to our selfish ways, and so they’ve traveled far from their home to share their wisdom.

“The new caretakers of the Earth will come from the West, and those that have made the greatest impact on Mother Earth now have the moral responsibility to remake their relationship with Her, after remaking themselves.”
–Don Antonio Morales, a master Q’ero shaman

So, I’m asking now, “Who’s with me?”

Much love,



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