1471352_664492850262512_898059903_n (1)“The despacho is a gift–a giving back of what we receive everyday in our lives. We seek, through the despacho ceremony, to bridge the ordinary and non-ordinary realms; to establish new patterns of relationship and possibility.The despacho places us in right relationship, right ayni, with the Pachamama. It establishes a linkage between our three centers of interaction in the kaypacha (the physical universe); our llankay (our personal power and source of action, located in our solar plexus), our munay (the source of our love, located in our heart chakra), and our yachay (wisdom, sourced from our foreheads or “third eye”).
(Q’ero Elder Don Manuel Q’espi, in a presentation at Canyon de Chelley in May 1997 (translated by Jose Luis Herrera).
to me…

a haywarikuy…(also called a despacho in spanish – anrhegion in cymraeg).

……..can assist us bring ourselves and our intentions into ayni….right relationship with each other and the world around us…
…………....bringing together the levels of the energetic/spirit, soul/mythic, the mind/emotions and the physical/matter in balance with our intentions…..
………….and we work with these levels to set intentions….
..…kinda like a prayer that we actually envision and step into…with body, mind, soul and spirit, envisioning with these levels that which we wish to bring into this world, that which we wish to receive, and attract into our world
…...and a haywarikuy can assist us step into ayni in order to assist the natural flow that can allow these intentions to occur….
….and a haywarikuy can also assist us give gratitude for that which we appreciate so much in our lives…
….it can also be our gift back to the earth in appreciation of what we have been given

“traditionally, in the andes a despacho ceremony is performed individually or communally after each earth cycle to renew and re-imprint the powers of nature on our luminous body, to connect with the Universe and accomplish perfect ayni, not only for us personally but for the wellbeing of our “ayllu” or group.  a despacho brings the shaman into harmonious relationship with heaven and earth, aligning the three worlds of the uhupacha, kaypacha, hanqpacha and the archetypical organizing principles of the universe. each item of offering represents a prayer and a gift of power that sparks the momentum for energy shifts and healing “
(four winds society).

creating a haywarikuy….

it is lovely, i find, to follow the heart with the haywarikuy. these are guidelines to source from, rather than strict rules…. this was shown clearly, when my son and myself improvised certain items to put in a haywarikuy that we felt we wished to, even though i did not learn this in the training. then, when i did a masters class with a tutor who had just returned from peru, and we did a haywarikuy, she shared that the q’ero’s for the first time that she had known them too, had added the exact same objects that myself and my son had added…that…and feeling what happens when we follow from the heart…has encouraged me to explore and experiment…from the heart…

the basic structure to a haywarikuy is this:

take a big piece of paper (plain, coloured, patterned even if liked…like the paper wrapping paper (i.e. non-foil wrapping paper) of a gift), and fold it into thirds vertically, and thirds horizontally, so that when you open it up, the folds form nine outlines of squares.
(and the folding itself can be done with intent and honouring, and can represent the hanaqpacha ‘heavens’ or ‘upperworlds’ coming down to touch the earth and the annwfn…the inner world, and the earth coming up to meet the hanaqpacha with the folding vertically…. and folding left to right can represent the ‘yin’ meeting the ‘yang’, and ‘yang’ meeting the ‘yin’….altogether of course…being one).

taking each burnable object in turn, we blow into the object, our thanks and/or our prayers/intentions/envisioning and/or our energetic essence of where we are now (depending on what the burnable object represents to you).

“the burnable objects that have been informed with your breath, so the energetic essence of your prayers is within each one” (the four winds society)

there are lists available of what burnable objects are commonly used, and what they symbolise. however, we are all individuals, so what these objects symbolise can differ between individuals, and we may wish to bring completely different objects in to symbolise our thanks/intentions. i find i use what is around me, and take my own meanings in each one, often these correlate to the suggested meanings, but not always.

“the contents of the despacho are in part determined by its purpose. The various elements that comprise the despacho energetically interact to permit access to portals or bridges from the ordinary and non-ordinary worlds. When working in ceremony with the despacho, one is accessing the non-ordinary energetic dimensions, the source of things. Though the contents may have symbolic significance, the despacho, when performed with the correct intent, transcends literal and symbolic domains and directly accesses the archetypal and energetic realms.” (Don Manuel Q’espi)

there are particular structures too of how these objects are laid out, and again i find it good to follow these structures when wished, and to change these structures if felt to do so.

often for example, there are particular distinct layers, starting with a symbol of the medicine wheel (cornflour, maca or similar in a medicine wheel shape), then a layer for the ‘ukhupacha’ (the annwfn-the inner world-the subconscious’, the ‘kaypacha’ (‘middle world’), and the hanqpacha (‘upperworld’, ‘higher’ consciousness). setting intentions and giving thanks for particular things in each layer.

another haywarikuy may work with the elements, and what they represent, each layer corresponding to the layers connected with the elements, similar to the bands of power, earth, water, fire, air and source creating energy.

when the haywarikuy is filled as much as you choose, the paper is folded into a gift parcel, and this can be done with meaning (like with folding the paper) and honouring too.

then, if we choose, we can tie the parcel with string/cotton, perhaps a white cord, or another colour or mix of colours. again, these can represent something, if you choose. for example, a gold and silver cord could represent the gold and silver books in mythical tales….our destiny that is written, and our destiny that it unwritten…for us to write.

often then, we  add a “kintu” (three leaves fanned together), blown with the breath the intention for the kintu to respresent into any “forgotten prayers”.

the haywarikuy can then be used to cleanse the energy field, bring it over the body with the intention to cleanse and infuse the energy field with the intentions and energies of the haywarikuy….

1378866_213537252103260_389261014_n(picture by james arnold at shambala festival, working with the haywarikuy)

then, when ready (sometime the haywarikuy is left a few days, other times this is done straight away), the haywarikuy is released, with the intention to let go out the outcome (which, as well as letting the universe know what we wish, what we choose, allowing the continuing of flowing of energy, and also allowing for something even better for us to come in instead/as well).


this releasing can be done by fire…. as part of fire ceremony, it is put into fire, and the individual/group turn away as it burns, symbolising the letting go of the outcome, and representing the giving away of the haywarikuy…..
it can be done by earth… burying it into the ground for slow release of the dreams, wishes and thanks.
it can be done by giving it to water…..putting it into a lake, river or sea especially, letting the water take it and dissolve it.
(these ways of releasing is why it is important that burnable and natural objects are used)

although we choose the objects and their symbols and meanings that are meaningful to us, here are some examples of objects, and what they can represent:
k’intus are often used. these are three leaves put in a fan shape together. in peru, they often use coca leaves, the four winds often use bay leaves, i use whichever leaves feel natural to me, and are around me at the time. these three leaves can represent the ayni and balance of past, present and future, and/or of the annwfn, kaypacha, and hanaqpacha….many kintus are often used in haywarikuy.

sweet things – stevia, lucema etc – can represent sweetness in life

the paper itself that wraps the haywarikuy can have the essence of intention blown into it….the intention that this is a gift, envisioning, thanks, a setting of intention and appreciation of what we love in the world that we would like to continue having in our world, also our wishes for ayni – right relationship and balance…

red and white materials, e.g. carnations are sometimes used as offerings to the earth and heavens respectively, or the earth and mountains, or yin and yang.

an open shell is sometimes used in the middle, to  represent the womb of the earth, our source and birthplace, that holds us and nourishes us.

grains such as quinoa, rice. buckwheat can symbolise sustenance, fertility and abundance

beans can be protection, abundance, power

seeds can be the seeds of the dreams that we are planting

corn can be a symbol of our ‘inner gold’, and ‘inner power’, it can be sustenance and power from the earth…

sage – wisdomincense – respect and nourishment for the elements of the earth, respect for the ancient wisdom keepers of the sacred mountains…

paper stars – our connection to the stars and wisdom of infinities…

rainbow string/cotton/yarn can represent the rainbow bridge to our future and/or to other worlds

flower petals can represent beauty, healing paper houses can represent our homes paper shapes of modes of transport can represent the journey in our lives, and ease of travelling..

reeds can represent flexibility

there a many natural materials,twigs, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds can represent what they represent to you….in that moment….

The haywarikuy can be adapted for many occasions…it can be beautiful to follow the heart with this…and intuition…..

 In order to build a good co-existence with nature, the only real choice we have is to enter with our heart, wisdom, and our action”  (Don Manuel Q’espi)

and by listening to nature

“We call upon the spirits of the waters, of the mountains, and of the pachamama to come and help us prepare the offering. We have the intent of seeking to establish and maintain a continuous dialogue with the Mother and to bring balance and harmony to our lives, and to all our relations. It is through the dynamics of love, of right thinking, and of right action that our lives become bountiful ”  (Don Manuel Q’espi).

some examples of ones i’ve played with are here:

earth seed haywarikuy
ancestor haywarikuy
winter solstice haywarikuy
munay haywarikuy

other examples of types of despachos (quotes of Don Manuel Q’espo):

pachamama despacho: “The pachamama despacho is an offering of thanks to Mother Earth and an invocation for her blessings.apu despacho: “The apu despacho is an offering to the mountain, which is the provider of the waters. When the mountain glaciers melt they provide the water that feeds the high mountain streams and lagoons. The mountain is the bringer of the weather as well.”
chaska despacho : The chaska despacho is an offering to our star, the sun. This despacho is not prepared as often as the offerings to the pachamama and to the apu. Most of our business has to do with living in this world. Only when very big events (such as a earthquake) are occurring, or whenever an offering is made for the benefit of a great number of people, are Chaska despachos prepared. In this case, the stars as well as Mother Earth and the apu must offer their contribution. For example, in the case of earthquakes or large-scale environmental events which affect larger numbers of peoples, one wishes to bring together the power and the blessings of the earth, the mountain, and the star to bring them into right relationship. This is to help assure that the people go on the right path”.
 ayni despacho: “The ayni despacho: ayni is the operating principle… and refers to ‘reciprocity’ and divine exchange. the intent of the ayni despacho is to bring balance in our lives and relationship between our secular and sacred worlds”.
aya despacho: “The Aya despacho is performed to aid the luminous body of the dead or dying to step outside of the physical body gracefully. It is said that the spirit of the dead lingers in the vicinity of the physical body for seven days. The medicine person knows when it is necessary to help the luminous body to sever its connection with the physical”
Cuti despacho: “The Cuti despacho: Cuti literally means ‘turning back’ or ‘shielding off.’ It is an offering for protection. This despacho is typically created with the left hand only, and all motions of placing items in the despacho are performed in a counter-clockwise (or unwinding) fashion. The right arm is in ‘dreamtime’ while the left arm performs the action.”

(Don Manuel Q’espi quotes from: http://home.earthlink.net/~megbeeler/earthcaretakers/id39.html

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