“I am a carrier of a mesa, a beautiful, multicolored bundle containing various power objects and stones used for moving energy in service of healing. A more commonly known term in the West might be a “medicine bundle”. This powerful shamanic healing tool has been brought from the Peruvian Andes and elsewhere in Latin America to the outside world through a variety of western teachers. More…I myself have been studying in the Four Winds Society Healing the Light Body School founded by new shaman, Alberto Villoldo. In the 1970s, he went in search of a curandero, translated as shaman or folk healer in Peru, and found Don Antonio Morales. They worked together to adapt the healing practices and rituals of the Q’ero people, ancestors of the ancient Inca, into a format that would convey in the West. Villoldo is only one of many other western trained anthropologists and psychologists, such as Oscar Miro-Quesada and Elizabeth Jenkins who have helped preserve and translate this potent source of healing for a world sorely in need.”
“The Path of the Sun is a documentary film about shamanism, ancient wisdom and sacred plants. The film attempts to answer the fundamental question “what value does shamanism offer to the global community in the 21st century?”
In the west our views about the world in which we live and the questions about our existence, in other words “our reality” are largely shaped by science and religion.
Many indigenous cultures, on the other hand, see their lives and understand their existence in a very different way. Their knowledge and belief systems are guided by experience and observation handed down orally over the ages. Many cultures also learn from plants. Their shaman ingest what they consider to be sacred plants such as ayahuasca, which allow them to travel into the spirit world in order to learn, grow, heal or be healed.
As we near the technological singularity why are non-western belief systems important to us in the twenty-first century?
The advancements to our society and culture stemming from the industrial revolution of the last century to the Internet explosion of today are clear. Yet, with all the knowledge we have gained we also tend to live in disharmony with our planet, other nations and within our own communities.
But what of the knowledge of indigenous cultures and the use of the sacred plant medicine ayahuasca – is there something for us to learn? Can their knowledge provide new insight? Can their wisdom enhance what we know? Is there a place for western style and indigenous knowledge systems to co-exist?
The Path of the Sun seeks to answer these questions by hearing the words, ideas, concepts and thoughts directly from two indigenous groups of shamanic practitioners: the Q’eros of the high Andes of Peru and the curanderos and ayahuasqueros of the Peruvian Amazon.”