I hope you guys are all, in one way or another, decided to get out of your comfort zone and explore what life is about this year! Haein and I most certainly started the year like that, with two ceremonies the first week of January and again two ceremonies this week. It is most uncomfortable and we certainly do learn what life could be about.
My second ceremony happened on Friday 6th of January. That's right, just two days after the first one. This time it was with Huachuma a cactus that grows here in the Andes, also known in English as San Pedro. If Ayahuasca is called the grandmother, Huachuma is called the grandfather.
The ceremony was taking place in Pisac, at the hummingbird retreat center with Paul and Sue. Unfortunately Sue was not present this time but we were well received by Paul, a kind man in his 60's.
Plant medicine and shamanism was a big part of our trip from the beginning . I didn’t have much clue about both terms but one of the intention behind this trip for me was to unleash my fullest potential and seeing my shadows as well as my lights.
At this point down in this path, I feel that there is a part of me that brings limitation. Yet I can’t reach it with my current level of consciousness. It’s covered with fears and I feel I need help. And I had the intuition that the plant medicine could be my guide.
During my second encounter with Huachuma, I stayed for hours aware of a part of me that wanted to die and make me die with it. That part of 'me' was actually the energy of my mum's brother that I never had a chance to meet and who had a short, difficult life being born with a genetic disease. It somehow got transfer on me or so that was my experience.
It's been now 3 weeks that I am living in Pisac. It has not been totally easy to settle here. The last two weeks have been quite difficult indeed. I gradually lost my interest and understanding of why I was here, what I was here to do. Settling in a slow pace routine of not doing much, being bothered by this sense of inertia but not knowing how to stop it.
Last week-end, I finally started to feel 'me' again. My appetite came back, my strength came back, I felt good. I took my last class last Sunday and on Monday, I decided it was time to go to Pisac, a small city at the entry of the Sacred Valley, one hour by bus from Cusco. It was not that easy a decision. I started to meet people in Cusco, found many yoga studios where I could have worked, discovered amazing places to eat and my Spanish was still far from being enough for basic conversations.
10 days ago, I arrived in Auroville, a spiritual community in South India.
This is the place where my family settled since 2008 and where I lived for 7 years before moving to Belgium.
I couldn’t imagine starting this trip without having a time for reflection and checking in with my self. Auroville was naturally a perfect destination. Not only I will be in loving hands of my family but also this was a place where a lot of my consciousness and awareness developed.
We are getting ready to start our new adventure and would like to begin by welcoming you here on our travel blog! First of, YES ! We are still in Brussels. We decided to begin this blog early to give us a chance to speak about the intention behind our trip as well as to motivate us to keep on once away. When we started to discuss about the possibility to leave, about 9 months ago, neither of us were clear about it. So instead of discussing about where to go, we decided to take the time to speak about why going.