Honoring the Earth can save humanity, Western visitors learn as they visit an ancient Incan community. The Road to Q’ero: A Journey Home is an experiential documentary with a gentle message of fierce love.
The people ascend
The group climbs the Andes to reach Q’ero (altitude 16,000 feet) with their guide, the shaman Lorenzo Ccapa Apaza. There’s a feeling of ascent while diving into ancient mysteries.
Iva, her son Jack, his girlfriend Julie, and friend Katherine participate in never-before filmed rituals, or karpays, performed by don Lorenzo. The karpays release “heavy energies” and increase understanding.
An era of new consciousness, or pachacuti, can begin if humans are willing to create it, says John Perkins, a chief economist, shaman and author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman. “We the people must make it happen,” he says. “We cannot look to our leaders.”
Condor and eagle meet
In this sustainable, just and peaceful world, the Eagle (science, industry and “male” energies) will live in harmony with the Condor (the heart, intuition and “female” energies), Perkins explains.
Every indigenous culture has similar prophecies about this time of potentially “extreme, radical, beautiful change,” he adds. Love, service and wisdom are already emerging and expanding in each one of us, says Jorge Luis Delgado, a shaman and author of Andean Awakening.
It is vital “to completely be human on the planet” with fierce, real love, says Iva. The Q’eros “don’t separate themselves from Nature. They completely express their spirituality through a relationship to being on the planet.”
Healing for humanity
Reaching Q’ero, the visitors discover that don Lorenzo has initiated them into the karpays. Rituals are offered to the spirits of water and mountains. Despachos (prayer bundles) of coca leaves, flower petals and sweets are burned as gratitude offerings to Pachamama, Mother Earth.
Don Lorenzo urges everyone to offer Earth rituals in order to save humanity from shortages of food and water, and from disease. “The only way that we can correct this balance in the external is by first correcting the balance within,” says Rita Rivera Fox, a master teacher and coach.
For messages and wisdom from the film, visit The Road to Q’eros messages from the Andes.
The Road to Q’ero: A Journey Home / 2012 / NR / 1 hour, 25 min
Cast Overview: Lorenzo Ccapa Apaza, Iva M. Peele, Jack Peele, Julie Kunz, Jorge Luis Delgado, John Perkins, James Wanless, Rita Rivera Fox
Directors: Iva M. Peele, Jack Peele, Beth Bornstein Dunnington