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Friday, April 23

understanding the world

Recently I sent the following quote to some fellow bloggers:

"Perhaps the most beautiful example I encountered of how profoundly the
Q'ero understand the energetic world came when my paq'o explained the
Quechua word, nakwi, in relation to one of my khuyas. He said that, in
Spanish, ‘nakwi' is usually translated to ‘eye,' but it's really more like
a ceque, a ley line, and comes from the Q'ero idea that when your eye sees
something a direct connection is opened up to that thing. In the case of
my khuya, he was saying, it is essentially a portal to the divine. But
another, equally fascinating implication is that one's eyeball can ‘touch'
things from far away. We may instinctively know this-think of how many
times you've ‘felt' someone staring at you-but our language doesn't
contain such notions. A culture that does surely grapples less with the
doctrines of separation.

"Separation is what Charles Eisenstein argues is at the root of all of
modern society's ills in his marvelous, exhaustive look at the topic, The
Ascent of Humanity
. In one context, it can be understood to be the
decimating belief that when we look at a mountain, we are looking at a
pile of dead dirt and stones and not, as any of the above ideas suggest,
touching a living aspect or projection of ourselves. If the antidote to
separation is connection, the Paq'os are asking us to take it one step
further. Not only are we interconnected, but we are not alone:

"If you want to know that a mountain is alive, just ask it...."

I received the following response:

indeed peter. the difference in the mindset, in attitude is astonishing.

one of the apache holy men, whose named translated simply as "the dreamer," once said to cochise;

everything is alive, every breath a prayer.

trying to explain the difference can take pages, and often, just like jazz, if it's
something you need to explain, you're talking to someone who will never understand.

i've been spending most of my days these last few weeks in mexicali helping folks to dig out of earthquake. most of them are from southern mexico, guatemala, chiapas,
and sinaloa. very tribal people. yesterday we were passing out 50lb sacks of masa,
beans, 10lb bags of onions, and 5 gal bottles of water. one of the men at the front
of the line, as soon as he got his issue immediately began to divide his share up
with the folks he knew back in the line. that tribal, "we are all in this together"
mindset is a very indian outlook. he, and his family, would not be able to enjoy a
mouthfull of food or water in good conscience if they knew that there were
neighbors, family or friends with nothing.

going back into the states i remarked about what i had seen to the customs guys who were busily searching our empty fucking truck for what the fuck ever. i looked at him and said:

"do you ever wonder about the wisdom of protecting our country from people like that?"

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