Chumpi Stones

There is much lore about the Chumpi. It’s name in Quechuan, the language of the Inka, means “brown” or “belt”. The most typical Chumpi Stone set is made out of a brown, alabaster stone.My first experience with the Chumpi was as a means of transmitting the Bands of Power. Each of five stones was carefully placed just above the surface of my body  to trace lines of energy into my Luminous Field.

When I asked, “what are the uses of the Chumpi”, I was told: “only for offering the Bands.” When I heard that answer, I knew there was more.

To me and to a growing circle of mesa stewards, these Chumpi Stones are mystical keys to the essentials of Q’ero  Cosmology. They unlock the secrets of the Inka, true Living Energy Masters. They are vibrational tools and iconic means to unravel the mysteries of indigenous belief and experience.

In my visits to the Andes and inquiries about these stones, I have found that venders invariably refer to the points of the Chumpis as connected to the peaks of sacred apus, or mountains. Since the mountains are known to be repositories of ancestral wisdom, these stones hold the experience and knowledge of the ages.

Many of these stone sets have three rings carved on each tip, representing the three worlds of Creation: the lower (Uhupacha), middle (Kaypacha), and upper (Hanaqpacha). Thus all wisdom gleaned from Chumpi Stone use has the potential to apply to the hidden realms and our past, the present moment, and to the future of visions and dreams.

I have found the most profound application of the Chumpis to my mesa work within a seven stone set. The first stone is crafted with one point, the second, two, and onward through the seven. In this way, they correspond not only with the seven rainbow colors  of the Inka flag, but also with our own personal energy portals or  chakras.


In future submissions I intend to speak of the archetypes associated with each stone and explore aspects of the indigenous cosmology to  which these Chumpis refer. In the meantime, I invite you to engage in Chumpi experimentation and open yourself to the indigenous world that lives within.

Chumpi Stones can easily become an essential component of each mesa.  These are ancient energy tools, carved from stones of many varieties, and crafted in sets most typically of 5 to 7 stones each.

The Stone Worker from Loren Edward Wheeler on Vimeo.

The Push and Pull of Power, by Kinlen Wheeler

We have been discussing the second Gateway on the Journey of Enlightenment: Empowerment. Along with new feelings of empowerment in this step of the journey, many people find that they become more aware of the energy of power in relationships.

You’ve probably noticed that in some conversations you can feel the other person pushing energy at you. Typically, it is in the form of trying to persuade you. Think back to a time when someone wanted to convince you that their idea was the best and you should follow it, or approve of it, etc…

Can you feel the sense of pushing? And how about with yourself? Can you remember a time when you were the one pushing energy?

The journey is always about our own behavior, and not others. However, we can typically see in others, what we cannot quite see in ourselves.  So no need to try to help a friend become less pushy with power. It’s about recognizing how you use your energy in relationships.

How about pulling energy? Can you think of a time when you tried to get attention or energy of support from another person? Surely you can think of someone who is an energy drainer. Can you think of a time when you were drawing on someone else’s energy?

Another energy exchange can be giving your power away. When you don’t share an opinion you’d like to share, or you don’t participate in decision making, you can be giving your power away. For people who have suffered physical or psychological abuse, giving power away may be the only option for survival.

Giving power away can persist into adulthood, even where there is no threat. It can be a habit, or a learned behavior that becomes unconscious. I had a client who was terribly afraid of her own power, because she didn’t want to become abusive like her father. She didn’t realize she was choosing to give her power away, even in the loving relationship she was currently in.

When moving through the Pathway of Enlightenment, it is really important to become clean with our energy. That means to own our own energy by not giving it away to others, and to not push or pull others energetically.

The push and pull of power is a fascinating part of human behavior. Congratulations if you can see where you have pushed and pulled, or given energy away. That is a huge step forward in the journey to a happier, healthier life.

Next Blog post will be about Clean Energy.

The Gateway of Empowerment, by Kinlen Wheeler

As you become conscious of the choices you are making, you may find yourself asking, “Where did that choice come from?”  Maybe you are looking at changing jobs, and you find yourself looking at jobs that you don’t really like, but you think are the right way to go.

Ask yourself, what is right about the job?

You may find that you are leaning towards it because it has certain qualities. Maybe the job would be secure, or makes a lot of money, or has high prestige. Feel into what is underneath the initial reasons to consider that job.

Also, ask yourself, “Where did the importance of that quality come from?” You might find that your parents valued security, or some other aspect of the job. Or some other person who you looked up to in your life.

From there you can ask yourself, “Do I really believe that security is important?” Maybe yes, maybe no. Either way, you are finding your way closer to owning what you want.

If, for example security (or some other quality) isn’t that important to you, or you don’t really believe security is that real these days, then you can decide to release that aspect of the jobs you are looking at. This will free you up to look for qualities in your new job, that are more meaningful for you personally.

This practice can help you through the new experience of making choices for yourself.

It’s the same for any choice you are making… job, relationship, behavior, how you load the dishwasher!

Enjoy watching your choices this week, and becoming more conscious of what the underlying values are for each choice.

My next Blog post will be about the Push and Pull of Power.

The Red and White Roads / by Wake

Country flags have political aspirations. They are meant to inspire and unify in relation to a political form.  The reason they have deeper impact, however, is the mythic symbology as an underlying, spiritual core.

The flag on Peru is formed from two colors: red and white. This national banner consists of two vertical bands of red, bordering a central stripe of white.  Symbolically, these colors represent the deep, natural experience of the Andean people.  Those from the Andes live close to the earth as farmers, herders, and weavers; they are of Pachamama.

To the people of the Andes, therefore, the red color of their flag embodies the red road all people walk upon this earth. We are born with the blood of creation, we walk a path traced along Pachamama’s belly, and we come to our final steps when the swirling circulation within us ceases to move. Our road comes to a halt, but the road of the Ayllu continues.

The white band at the core of Peruvian flag is the path of Pachamama, navigating the celestial firmament. This is the path of the stars that accompany the earth on its journey, and forms the ‘Wilka Mayu’, the Milky Way. This star studded pathway in the sky contains our great Ayllu, our precious earth, as it hurtles through the cosmos.

The Peruvian flag, therefore, is overtly political, yet inwardly woven with the threads of Spirit. Our individual and collective journey is expressed in these forms. Our terrestrial and celestial pathways are here inscribed. Our sense of mutual journey, our shared quest, is the woven language of this mythic form.

Motion in Andean Cloth

Motion is woven into Andean cloth.

Energy Weavers

The Q’ero, shamans of the high Andes, are weavers of energy patterns.

These depicted figures represent the breath of Creation. The dark bordered image is the in-breath; the image bordered in white is the out-breath. Together they are life and describe a natural process.

These figures give us guidance: there are times when we are collecting energy, other instances when our energy is projecting. Sometimes we absorb, other instances we radiate.

In the cloth, both dualities are happening at once – we are not only naturally collecting energy from all around us, but we are also projecting who we are into the world. There is an absorptive quality of our being, combined with a natural radiance.

These energy cloths are teaching volumes

Collecting / Projecting
Absorbing / Radiatin