The Four Elements

The Sacred Andean Tradition is an experiential tradition. As you engage in practice with the elements you will find a creative flow that allows you to intuitively find your own relationship and form of practice.

Earth

Pachamama or mother earth is all powerful and very beautiful, with her lush forests, deep valleys, and her colourful smile that we receive daily through the flowers that she provides. Through the mountains and rocks with all there stature and strength, she truly reminds us how much we are loved and supported. Pachamama cleanses us from all our heavy and dense energy, and is able to transmute it for us. We work with this element when we want our physical and material needs to be manifested. As you work with this element, giving her all the heaviness in you, Pachamama will restore you, giving back light and strength. This in turn helps you to start to shift all those blockages in your physical reality – getting that job, financial success, health, relationships, etc. There are a number of ways to do this as the Earth presents various tools for us to work with, crystals would be a prime example. Take the time to sit on the grass or better yet lie face down on the grass and direct your awareness to the Pachamama. Talk to her, tell her all your worries and concerns, fears and hopes, give her everything inside you. She will respond immediately. Another practice is that of connecting to the trees, you will never receive a more loving embrace than that of a tree. Rocks contain the wisdom of the ages, and through conscious connection to them we are able to tap into this. Through these practices you will feel lighter; they are simple, powerful and extremely effective.The Amuru Doorway

Air

Take a moment to inhale the air around you, you will become calmer, your mind will settle and you will be better able to focus. This is the power of the air element. Wyra (wind) is the magical element that purifies your mental body. We might forgo from eating for a while or stay thirsty for a short period but we can endure just a few minutes failing to breathe air. When blended with blood (water element) the air purifies, allowing our physical life to last longer (thereby helping the Earth element) and together with the fire (temperature) the air thrusts us forward enhancing our awareness. The air through its elementary beings brings about wind, twister, refreshing breezes among others. Whenever we feel the wind, let’s become the wind and join it to travel far away to higher and purer regions.

Fire

As humans, we can survive without food for approximately four to six weeks, we can even survive without water for between two and seven days, without air for about three minutes but if we don’t have our inner fire, our spirit, we cannot survive at all. Nina (fire) is the last element we connect and work with on our workshops but the most essential. Nina is our passion, our daring, our ability to move forward and strive, push our limitations, try the new and forge the unknown, it is our courage. Nina helps us to see our true beauty, our true essence, our soul and reminds us why we love being alive! Like everything there is always the duality and Nina also represents the heavier emotions, like anger, hatred, rage, jealousy. As we start to release these emotions we start to connect to our true essence, we are able to access love for ourselves so much more easily. Connecting and activating our internal fire, is, as with all the other elements, accomplished with the help of the external element. The sun (Inti) is the most dominant form of fire in our world, but the use of flame in any capacity can be as effective, from a bonfire to a candle flame. By opening our heart, or energy fields to this element we can access limitless energy, or by simply meditating with it we can burn away our fears and limitations. It is a powerful masculine element which should be handled with respect and consciousness.Fire Despacho Ceremony

Water

Una Mama has the power to teach us to flow, she demonstrates this in the way that she moves through and around everything, not allowing obstacles to hinder her. As fluid and as gentle as she is, she has great strength and dominates 70% of our earth. Una Mama teaches us to be silent, still, and to go within. She helps us to wash away our sadness and stresses; in return we access stillness, silence and begin to connect to our inner peace. There are so many ways to connect to this element, for example, if you have had a fight with someone or are completely stressed about a situation, place your wrists under the running tap water and let it wash away those emotions. Another way to connect to the water element would be through bathing or showering, connecting to rivers or the sea. The way she touches us and caresses us again reminds us how loved we are and that all our density can be washed away with her cleansing powers.