A small group went into this ancient chullpa or temple made of huge stones that were assembled by ancient Inkas, without any mortar. One of the stones was left out at the bottom so we could crawl into the interior. We were high on a plain near Lake Titicaca, and the land carried an aura of high energy and sacredness. The moon was rising, casting silvery light on the land. We entered silently, scaring a bird out of the high ceiling.
Our guide had made a ceremonial fire inside, where we gathered to offer our intention. Before the trip I had set mine, which was all about succeeding in my business. I reiterated my desire to Spirit.
Peruvian ancient healing techniques involve the chakras, but not all of them are considered crucial. The two key ones are the belly chakra, which is about power and manifestation--my personal favorite at the time. But the one my guide and teacher told me I must begin with was the heart. If you don't begin the energy of manifestation from the heart, trouble or frustration can result. It wasn't time yet for me to engage the power chakra, until its energy was aligned with the heart's desire.
This message was my primary lesson from Spirit on this trip. I had gone shortly after finishing chemotherapy for breast cancer, and my egoic hope was that I would join the group of journeyers who would climb one of the mountains to 17,000 ft. But hearing our teacher's description of the possible hardships and risks, it became clear that I had been delusional. I would have to tearfully say goodbye to the younger, healthier group members and stay behind.
Of course staying behind ended up bringing me just the blessings I needed, as we visited a temple of the Feminine, which was the direction I needed much more than my macho ambitions. Now inside the chullpa, the lesson had come around again.
And what a lesson it is. If our culture found it acceptable to put the heart first and power second, the world would change instantly.
As for you, Spirited Woman, would your life change if you put heart first and power second? If the heart is clearly the master (or queen?) of your life, what kind of expedient, tempting power plays would you have to put aside? Maybe they aren't as obvious as starting a war, but perhaps that comment you were tempted to make to the friend who hurt your feelings could be replaced by your admission that you were hurt. Vulnerability and truth before being right or superior.
For me, the lifelong lesson about heart first has turned out to be just right, once again. Spirit never disappoints in the long run. Now my whole purpose seems to have shifted toward promoting open-heartedness, and placing heart before power in leading, living and loving. And that is quite the mountain to climb--a challenge worthy of the most intrepid explorer.
The reward is that it turns out the power of the heart is actually far greater than the power of the belly. Belly power is earthly, while the power of the heart connects us with All That Is. Can't get any more powerful than that.
Gratitude to the ancients, who knew this long before I learned it, and blessings to you from my heart to yours.