- ANDEAN COSMOVISION
“In the West we have two ways of viewing the basic nature of reality; through the lens of science or through the lens of (Western) religion. While these two approaches have some important differences they both arose within our culture and were built upon the same philosophical foundation.
The indigenous Andean culture, however, does not share that foundation.
- THE ANDEAN COSMOVISION IS MYSTICAL IN ITS ESSENCE
Mysticism is the belief that words (including beliefs) are blueprints for how to connect directly with the sacred underlying nature of reality, and that it is that connection with the Sacred–not the words or beliefs– that is of fundamental importance. The Andean Cosmovision is not primarily about their beliefs, it is about the experience of reality that becomes possible with these beliefs, it is about the relationship with Nature and with the Cosmos that becomes possible with these beliefs. Neighboring villages in Peru differ somewhat in what they believe, as do Paqos (mystics/shamans) within the same village, but those differences are irrelevant to being a Paqo, for what matters is what they can accomplish through those beliefs.
All our journeys are strongly immerged in the Andean Cosmovision.