Sunset in Huachoco, Peru

6 09 2012

Huachoco is a quite beach resort near Trujillo in the North of Peru. If you visiting Chan Chan, it´s a scenic alternative to concrete central Trujillo, which, I must say is pretty ugly. There´s not much to do in Huachoco other than surf and eat fish whilst you watch the sunset!





Spitual Healing in Pisac, Peru

4 09 2012

An interview with Spiritual Healer, Diane Dunn

Paz y Luz Spiritual Healing Centre

My journey through the Andean region of Bolivia and Peru had brought me into Contact with Diane Dunn who runs a pleasant healing centre called Paz y Luz in Pisac. The easiest way to get there is to take a collectivo from Calle Paputi in Cusco. There are several operators leaving from the same street and shouldn´t cost you anymore than 4 soles.

As described in an earlier post, the Four Elements Workshop, I found myself at Paz y Luz purely by chance. And now I was with the women I had come to see, Diane Dunn, spiritual healer and author of the book, Cusco: A Gateway to Inner Wisdom.

Diane had founded Paz y Luz several years ago, but her story begins in 1998. She had travelled to the Peruvian Amazon on a jungle excursion. She hadn´t realised it at the time, but the trip involved ayahuasca ceremonies. At first she wasn´t sure she wanted to take the medicine, but after meditating on the question she came to the conclusion that she wasn´t brought here by accident and decided to go through with it. The experience changed her life.

“My experience with ayahuasca turned out to be very profound,” Diane told me. “In my head I heard a voices tell me that if I chose to I would meet a man that would completely change my life.”

As she describes in her book, Diane expected the man would be a love interest that would sweep her off her feet. But it didn´t turn out that way. The man turned out to be a Q´ero ayahuascero  that trained her in the ancient traditions of Andean spiritual healing. After nine years as an apprentice she is now fully qualified though Diane doesn´t consider herself a Shaman.

“The word Shaman is a loaded label that needs to be unpacked a little,” she said. “I certainly consider myself a healer and a teacher in the Andean spiritual tradition.”

Meditations of Andean Cultures

Diane specialises in guided meditations like the one she took us through on the nearby hill during the four elements workshop. She can instruct guests in the Moon iki rites and also conducts Andean energy healing whereby the patient lies on the floor and by using stones centred in key areas of the body, Diane works with the energies of the person.

“The Moon Iki rites are very powerful, but are very easy for people to use in an immediate way.”

There are many types of meditation. Eastern methodology like Buddhism and Tao Chi involve emptying the brain. This is not always easy to do – especially in city´s where there are so many distractions and noise around you. The idea in all types of meditation though is all about the breathing.

“The kind of meditation I do is to bring you in touch with your inner child, your spirit guide or your inner self, “ Diane said. “I think meditation in whatever form is a really important thing for people to tune in to what is going on inside themselves and to tune in to their inner wisdom.”

According to the gurus from every discipline of meditation or spiritual class, it is inner wisdom you need in order to find a more fulfilling and satisfactory life.

“Different people have different ways of tuning in which is why I invite people to experiment with different ways to see what works best for them. There’s no right way, or wrong way. There’s only practice or experience in that practice. “

Diane works with the four elements because they help us connect with nature and the creative force that governs the Universe.

“We were not created as human beings,” she told me, “We were created as part of a whole interconnected grid, as part of a life force. That´s what we are connected to.”

Sometimes we feel so isolated and lost in a vast world we don´t understand that we get sucked into trying to impress others and following what everybody else is doing. In essence, we forget to be ourselves.

“When you tune into the elements,” Diane said, “you begin to learn the truth, that we are actually a part of something incredibly magnificent. And when you tune into that you feel you can ride the waves instead of getting sucked under and drowning.”

And how do you plug in? “Practice.”