There are always external factors. Sometimes we celebrate the way things seem to align with all our planning for where we are heading. Other times it seems otherworldly in the sense that so many “bad” things are taking place that we are timid about our next step.
In the end, it’s all working out GOOD, for my GOOD! As Haanel remarks in part 19, appearances are deceptive. When it feels like the world is caving in, it’s just our finite ability to see all the details. I’m hanging onto this knowledge as I move through some trials as gracefully as possible! Back to regular blogging next week!
Arrival at Lima Peru Jorge Chávez airport. You will be picked up from airport and transferred to
our comfortable hotel located in spectacular Miraflores Lima District for you to relax after your
flight. Free to explore as you wish and meet other travelers.
Tour of Lima! After a wonderful breakfast we will present information about the whole Peru tour
then go out to explore the main square of Lima City. Step back in time visiting Iglesia y
Convento de San Francisco and its incredible catacombs. Lunch break, then drive you to
explore the wonders of the Larco Museum.
the evening where you can explore on your own!
The museum contains one of Peru’s
finest historical collections devoted to the country’s pre-Columbian peoples.
Back to the hotel for
Tour of Lima continues with a visit to the Maximo Laura Museum. We pick you up in the
morning from the hotel and drive you to the museum. There you will learn how his spectacular
tapestries are designed and created. Explore his private collection of tapestries and immerse
yourself into the colorful world of Maximo Laura. Maximo himself is designated as Peru’s “Living
Human Treasure”. Afterward we return to the hotel for you to enjoy a free afternoon/evening
with fellow travelers as tomorrow we fly to Arequipa!
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we pick you up and transfer you back to the Lima airport for
our flight to Arequipa. Upon landing we travel to another great hotel to check in and have lunch
together. After lunch we head to the Monastery of Santa Catalina and Juanita’s Mummy, also
known as the Lady of Ampato. Time magazine chose her as one of the world’s top 10
discoveries. After a break, we’ll visit the mystical atmosphere of Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa,
the most important Catholic church of the city and also of the larger Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Arequipa. Then we return you to the hotel.
Tour of Arequipa continues visiting many great and unique workshops in the city where you will
learn about embroidering and then visit other Alpaca fiber workshops. After your day of
exploring we return to the hotel to reminisce with other travelers on the day we’ve had. Dinner
and evening exploration encouraged, grab someone and explore more into the night. Hopefully
you’ve been taking your Diamox as tomorrow we hit 16,000 feet of elevation going to Colca
In the morning we pick you up from the hotel to drive to the Colca Canyon, about a 5-hour drive.
Passing over an incredible 16,000 feet above sea level mountain road pass (that’s much higher
than any mountain in the lower 48 contiguous states in America). Arrive for lunch in the town of
Chivay, the capital of the Caylloma province at 12,000 feet above sea level. After lunch we head
to our hotel to rest and get acclimated to the elevation as we overnight here. Smoking or heavy
exertion is not advised due to altitude and thin air. Slow and easy wins the day here.
Very early breakfast so we can drive to the Mirador Cruz del Condor view point to see the
Condors flying in the National Park Reserve. Incredible views and spectacular scenery like no
place on Earth. Walk a few hundred yards from the “Cruz” to feel like you have the place to
yourself! After viewing we head back to Chivay to start the long 5-6 hour trip to Puno. Along the
way there are ample opportunities to enjoy the great views, wonderful Alpaca and Llama farms
and the rare Vicunas in their natural habitat. Lunch break of sandwiches as we arrive in Puno
where Lake Titicaca is located. Hotel overnight in Puno to rest for the next days trip to Lake
Early morning, we drive to the port of Lake Titicaca where we board our boat to Taquile Island
(28 miles from shore) and visit families (population 2,200) living on the floating island that’s
almost 14,000 feet about sea level. In 2005, “Taquile and Its Textile Art” were honored by being
proclaimed “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.
Walking around Taquile Island to explore and have lunch there, then return to shore for the trip
back to Puno for the evening at our hotel.
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After an amazing breakfast we take off for the long 7-8 hour drive North to Cusco. Along the
way we stop to visit Raqchi, Temple of Wiracocha, another incredible
After lunch we continue on to Andahuaylillas just 25 miles South of Cusco. Andahuaylillas
is called the “Sistine Chapel” of the Americas and for good reason. After exploring we arrive
in Cusco for checking in at the hotel. Exploring Cusco in the afternoon and evening, then
rest at the hotel.
After breakfast we will drive to Chinchero, a small Andean Indian village located high up on the
windswept plains of Anta. There we participate in the weaving and dyeing natural colors course
using Alpaca fiber wool. Explore the market area for incredible fiber art. After that we return to
the hotel in Cusco for the evening and to prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Machu Picchu.
Inca archaeological site.
After enjoying another great breakfast, we will walk around Cusco visiting the workshops in San
Blas artisanal neighborhood. You will be surrounded by stone walls and see the famous huge
12-sided stone fit perfectly into the walls. After lunch we will visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple
of Cusco and finish our walking tour in the local market, a feast for the eyes!
Ready for a busy yet incredible day? This morning we’re off to Pisaq! We will visit the huge
artisanal market there, one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. After lots of ogling
the incredible market items it’s off to the archeological site of Pisaq. In keeping with providing
only the highest quality experiences of our tours, the Pisaq ruins are considered to be one of the
finest remaining Inca archeologic sites in the entire country. Next on the agenda is to grab lunch
at the incredible Huayoccari restaurant where you will experience and enjoy the hospitality of a
traditional Peruvian family who greets you personally. After that incredible lunch experience, it’s
off to Ollantaytambo for the Ollantaytambo ruins. Climb and explore a massive Inca fortress with
large stone terraces on a hillside. Major sites within the complex include the huge Sun Temple
and the Princess Baths fountain, absolutely breathtaking to be able to walk the stairs and
streets where the Inca’s walked! And the day isn’t over yet! Next, we board the train to Machu
Picchu Town, now called Aguas Calientes. The train follows the valley and river where you can
see people walking the actual Inca Trail just across the river from you. Besides the incredible
sights along the train route, there is funny and entertaining characters on the train to entice you
to purchase local hand made textiles and goods, this alone is worth the journey for the
entertainment value. Be careful though as you are likely to be pulled into the aisle as one of
their participants in the show! Lots of photo opportunities for sure. Arriving at Aguas Calientes
(Machu Picchu Town) we disembark the train for the hotel. Exploring the small town is
amazing… every tiny side-street offers something new. Enjoy dinner with the friends you have
made and get rest for tomorrow it’s Machu Picchu!
After another great breakfast we check out from the hotel and grab a bus to Machu Picchu
ruins. After about a 30-minute drive on numerous switch-backs where the scenery gets better
and better, we arrive to Machu Picchu majestic Inka ruins. Machu Picchu was voted one of
the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. Here we enter a place that
literally defies words to describe it. It truly is a place to be experienced vice trying to describe it.
Walk with the ancients, be amazed at their city. After you’ve photographed enough, put the
camera down, sit on the hillside and just take in what you are seeing. Take 30 minutes just
sitting there, no camera, let your senses document it all. It will be far more memorable that a
picture, trust me on this. Sadly, we must eventually depart back to Aguas Calientes for lunch
then take the train back to Ollantaytambo to catch the bus to Cusco. What an experience the
train ride back will be too!
And with great sadness we pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the international airport
of Cusco for your flight back to Lima to wait for your individual flights home. Over the last couple
weeks, we have made great friends and experienced incredible things, it’s always a very tearful
moment when we have to part ways and head back to our homes. Hope you thoroughly
enjoyed our trip, tell your friends about your experiences and maybe see you on another of our
incredible excursions soon!
If saying goodbye is too hard there is the unique opportunity to dive deep into the culture with a
special 4 days at our local guide’s parents farm! Yes, this is a VERY special opportunity for
sure. Interested? Continue to next page.
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Spectacular days await as you delve into the local culture. Our guide will drive you about 4
hours through the mountains along the South part of Cusco, pass by Acomayo, capital of the
province Acomayo. Crossing two mountain ranges and the two rivers Apurimac (popular for
white water rafting) and Velille (an upper tributary of the Apurimac), many small towns where
tourist activities do not exist. In the afternoon you will arrive in the district of Accha close to their
family farm. Accommodations are at 9,500 feet above sea level but you should be acclimated
from previous excursions. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore.
In the morning we visit the small village Huyayno by horse or walking then return to the home
for the afternoon to help out a little around home, then have a great dinner.
After a great breakfast at home, we leave very early to the town of Accha in order to visit a
wonderful real food market and have lunch in a local restaurant. Accha is a VERY
traditional Peruvian town tourists are likely unfamiliar with. After exploring we finally return to
After another wonderful breakfast at home, we drive back to Cusco through the province of
Paruro. From Cusco you will fly to Lima for your flights back to your homes. Another goodbye
after such a wonderful experience. We hope our hospitality at home and the Peruvian people
has brightened your lives and made new friends. Thank you for allowing me to share my home
with you. Safe journeys!
I’m enjoying the adventure of learning of the value of repose in manifesting my desires. Actually this lesson has been striving to convey itself to me for at least two years, as I recognize it now! Allow me to explain.
Over the last couple years I have experienced the “repose”, or tranquility in this case, of not being emotionally charged when seeking an outcome. I have learned that when my mind isn’t wringing itself with hopes and fears about outcomes they simply materialize. Here’s a fun example.
Unexpected Money Shoes
About two years ago, I was arbitrarily telling a friend about some shoes I was thinking about the past three months. I told her about how they were unique and marked for a clearance sale and so forth. I’m not even sure why I brought it up in the first place!
She finally asked, “why don’t you just go get them?” I thought about this, and answered as I was thinking it through: “Well, I don’t need them, but I like them. I think when I receive unexpected money, I will go get them if they are still there.”
Repose = Tranquility of Thought
Well? You likely guessed where this is heading. On my way home that very day, I checked my post office box, not thinking at all about the shoes or my pronouncement of what would land them on my feet. I had not one, but TWO checks I was not expecting! One check came from my credit card company, and I never figured out why it came to me. The second was a birthday card from my Dad- THREE months early! Yep! Completely unexpected, twice over. Got my attention!
Repose= Rest From Agitation & Anxiety
Here’s what I learned from this and other experiences since. Often I am hoping for a thing to come to pass, but fearing and focusing on the what-ifs. What if it doesn’t? What if I’m in over my head? What if I’m not taken seriously? With that energy surrounding the thing, I risk manifesting the outcome that it doesn’t happen. Or perhaps it happens to a lesser degree.
I am building the practice of substituting belief and confidence when those anxieties begin to take shape. Those shoes and my lack of attachment to the outcome of having them, gave me a baseline to understand. When I just “put out there” what would send me to buy them, those conditions immediately arranged themselves! So how do I get that same energy working on my behalf when outcomes of greater importance arise?
Practicing It Where It Really Matters!
Consider the best example of my immediate present: the tour I want to host to Peru in August! FEAR kept me from even laying the groundwork to market it until a few weeks ago. As a result I have a good bit of groundwork before me.
This. Is. BIG!
I am far more charged about the outcome of my efforts for this than perhaps any other thing immediately. However I am only attached to the outcomes as a measure of how well I practice the process. Maintaining confidence and substituting assertions of success in place of fears is my focus. Stay tuned! And if you know someone that loves to connect with new cultures on amazing travels, please reach out! Full Itinerary and details here!
What is The Master Key Experience?
It’s a Self-Excellence process to bring about my best! Making good friends across the globe as we share this experience. Check out Polly’s blog and see how this process is shaping up for her!
About a week ago, I had a flash of a dream. In a very brief instant I was walking on a trail and came upon what I observed in my dream to be a tree growing brazil nuts. Not knowing their nature (they’re not even technically nuts) I saw a tree with the little orange slice-looking nuts hanging from their ends in the tree. And then I was awake. Why, you might ask, does this evoke goosebumps? Read on…
Why This “Brazil Nut Tree” Matters
Like so many things in our busy lives, I kept thinking about looking up information about the tree that produces brazil nuts. Every time, though, I was not in a place or space to dwell on it for even moments. Finally, while sitting at a coffee house, the thought occurred to me at The Right Moment. Oh. My. GOODNESS! Yes, goosebumps.
The Bertholletia excelsa Tree is found in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. It’s seeds grow in baseball-sized pods within the high-hanging canopy of these trees. The trees reach as high as 160 feet tall and can live for 500 years or more. They are actually more closely related to blueberries and persimmons than walnuts or pecans. Here’s a fascinating video about the industry built around this tree:
Did Someone Say Peru?
Since I am hosting a tour of Peru as part of my Definite Major Purpose, it would be reasonable to think that this is where the uncanniness of this dream resides. But wait, there’s more; so much more!
The Brazil Nut Tree & The Heroes Journey!
Bring on the goosebumps! Delving further into the nature of the Bertholletia excelsa tree, there are only two animals that can open it’s sturdy seed pods: a small rodent called an agouti (pictured left) and we humans; that is with the help of axes or machetes. As viewed in the video above, there’s no easy method to access those seeds!
Perhaps the most unusual characteristic of this tree rests within its pollination. Consequently, there is only one, yes one, insect that can successfully pollinate the trees flowers! The orchid bee is the solitary insect that is big enough and possesses a long enough tongue to pry open the flower’s hood to lap its nectar! Isn’t it amazing that nature provided ONE pollinator for a tree that grows throughout South America’s Amazon Rainforest, that lives for 500 years or more, whose known history begins at least with the Paleolithic era, some 11,000 years ago?
How Does This Correlate With My Journey?
Each and every one of us is here for a specific Purpose. As Og asserts, “Since the beginning of time, never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers and yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.”
“None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can make my chisel marks, none can duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child and, in truth, none has the ability to sell exactly as I.” None can share my passion for the connection I sense within the realms of creativity across the world and its cultures quite the way I share it! I am a unique creature, just as you are! I began this self discovery with knitting, my first foray into something that lit a creative fire within me.
Goosebumps again! THERE Is ONLY One YOU!
Like the orchid bee, I am the only ME that can be what I am meant to be. It is the same with you; YOU are the only YOU that can share YOU and your passionate purpose with this world! Above all, we are each NATURE’S GREATEST MIRACLE! See? A momentary dream about an Amazonian seed-bearing tree. Not random in the least, and truly GOOSEBUMP evoking for sure!
The flow of creation inspiration courses through each and every being, yet as humans we tend to trample this flame that is our creative force. We are busy with chores, deadlines, errands. We answer our deepest yearnings with sentiments such as, “When I have time…”, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body,” or “I can’t even draw a stick figure”. Trust me; I hear sentiments like this on a daily basis from visitors to my art gallery.
What’s Really Happening Here?
I believe there is a hidden truth in sentiments such as these, not unlike the challenges we tend to face when asked who we are. How many times have we each answered this question with our occupation rather that who we ARE? It’s tough to answer when so overcome with tasks that become our identity- or so we think.
Years ago I was yearning for a creative outlet and -you guessed it- I was circling the issue since, “I didn’t have a creative bone in my body”. Once I became incapacitated by a surgery on my neck all my associated tasks came to a screeching halt. For a month I sat upright to “sleep”; my job as an in-home caregiver was put on indefinite hold; my occupation became trying to find something to do that I could do. Since I suddenly had ample time on my hands, I finally decided to take up a creative endeavor: knitting. Mind you, this was just before the breakout availability of YouTube! But creative force is not limited to technology, availability, absence or abundance of any kind!
Fear? Just Say No!
Let me circle back a moment to that hidden truth I mentioned. I believe there’s hidden truth behind most or all statements we use to shortchange ourselves and our opportunities: FEAR! I believe we EACH identify with an inner flame to be, do and have specific goals, dreams and outcomes. As a result of fear we are AFRAID to answer that call. Why? It’s all in the “what ifs”. I might have no talent? What if I don’t reach my goal? I may not accomplish…. SEE? It’s ALL based upon FEAR!
Food For Your Higher Self and Your Creative Force!
“The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward impulses of the instinctive life and thus successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.” Here Haanel (Part 17, Sentence 19) addresses much the same I am trying to convey. It is instinctive for us to follow a path of “shoulds”, often of other peoples creation; lower self instincts. Similarly when we are following paths to please others or assimilate societal expectations with our lives, we are ignoring the Call from our higher self; we are ignoring our own creative force!
When you feel that inner flame burning within you, what lights that fire of passion within you? Above all do you devote time, concentration and endeavor toward that desire? If not, you are not working in harmony with natural law! “Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law, or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage!” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 25). In contrast, the larger things we do for no other purpose than we “should” prove time and again to lead us to misgivings and regrets.
Such BOLD WORDS! The term “Emancipate” is such a powerful word, it compels me to share its definition!
Emancipate: To free from Bondage; to free from any controlling influence (such as traditional mores or beliefs).
My Own Emancipation Proclamation!
To put this in perspective I’ll share with you a thing I have been hesitating with. I wish to lead people to deeper connections with their creative lives. One way in which I wish to convey this is by hosting a phenomenal tour to Peru this August! I’ve previously visited Peru and I’m eager to share its riches with others! I’ve had this in my thoughts for months, however I haven’t added traction to getting the word out to the public or assembling marketing materials. Why? FEAR! Fear that I may not get participants. You know? I will gain NO participants if I don’t do these things! To be delaying for fear is just silliness. I am finished with fear, and trust you are encouraged to be as well!
Please Take These With You!
“Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build,” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 21).
“A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.” (Part 17, Sentence 27)
In addition, one more to zap your fears away:
“The mind may place the ideal a little to high and fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another attempt.” (Part 17, Sentence 12).-All is not lost with the first, or 100th or 1000th attempt!
For the first time in a year, I have spent 3 continuous days at home! I purchased an art gallery last January and I run it 7-days a week with an occasional day off every couple weeks. I can’t help but recognize the ultimate kindness of a break while my partner operates the gallery for me! Focusing on kindness is what I’m all about this week!
For week 16 of the Master Key Experience we are observing and participating in kindness all around us. Can you imagine? This is a global effort; individuals recognizing, implementing and appreciating the kindnesses around them on at least 5 continents! And it is AMAZING!
While we have been snowed in (doesn’t take much where I live) I have been home enjoying solitude. Recognizing kindness may be slightly more challenging, right? On the contrary I am in the flow of kindness! Fellow merchants focusing efforts and collaborating to post publicly that our businesses are open; people taking extra time to hold doors while others carefully navigate their way across risky parking lots; even others shoveling public right-of-ways to promote safe movement.
Lest We Forget Where We Experience Kindness Most!
On the subject of kindnesses, though, I can’t refrain from mentioning my partner, George. Upon his return from his last stretch of government employment, he has shown me such amazing love, commitment, devotion and desire. He is so giving, thoughtful and dedicated in everything he does. I can’t express gratitude enough. And to think we were previously heading a much different direction. It is such bliss to have him home after his final seven months employment were a plane rides distance.
During this snow event George has been going in and opening the gallery for me, giving me the time to relax, rest and do some catching up on other aspects of my life. Beyond this he has given me amazing massages, made me coffee, taken me to dinner, spoken sweet and meaningful words, held me closely and so much more.
Should Focusing on Kindness Conclude at the End of This Week?
Where does all this leave me? I will continue observing, implementing, appreciating, BEING kindness within my world. I choose to continue to grow this quality in my life, substituting it for the snarky and bitter viewpoint so readily prominent within me and my old blueprint.
This week has changed me. I observed something within myself while observing this focus on kindness around me, especially relating to the kind acts that were meant for me specifically. I have a lifelong, subconscious habit of waiting for the shoe to drop. “That person has shown me kindness because…. _____________.” I was always waiting for the motive to become clear and usually while feeling a sense of fear.
For this reason alone, if I had no other motivation, I will carry this exercise beyond this week so that I practice this giving and receiving of kindness for the authentic purpose of kindness until my heart and my head wrap around the fact that its only purpose is for greater good. We tend to live up to our expectations after all!
Thank you for letting me share with you about my experiences here! You must go check out Esme West’s blog about how she is encountering kindness week! From Esme: “If what we are asking for, if what we are focusing on, if what we are showing to the world and looking to observe in the world is Kindness, what do you suppose will happen?” Thought provoking!