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desserts, and meditated every morning.
Rafe and I were urged into the circle to
see what we could sense. We sat down on
the ground, opposite each other. Rafe sat
in full lotus position, the show off, hands
upturned on his knees, eyes shut, back
straight. His breathing slowed and he sank
into instant Peruvian-blend meditation.
I sat easily cross legged, but I really
wanted to lie down in the sunshine and
sleep. I dared not shut my eyes for I knew
all too well from group meditation days,
that I could sleep sitting up. I unlatched
my focus and dropped my shoulders. They
wanted to drop all the way into the earth
and stay there.
I let my awareness enlarge and steal
across the ground, through the air,
opening up gradually to my surroundings.
Nothing but the warm earth, the blue
sky, the seemingly distant murmur of the
group as they were herded on by the
guide. I felt Rafe's slow breathing.
Nothing. No images came to mind,
no feelings, no noises out of place for this
time and place. I tried again, putting aside
my own feelings and thoughts, becoming
a blank slate for whatever might be there.
Zip. Whatever had happened here
was closed to me, either deliberately, or
had been erased by time and tourism. I
opened my eyes. Off to the right, a small
Peruvian boy was attempting to kick a
couple of alpacas. They were his charges,
and he wanted to assert his dominance
over something. The alpacas ran away.
One aimed a kick back. Rafe opened his
"Did you feel anything?" I asked
"Nothing," he said, and shrugged.
We both stood up, and rejoined the
group. I trailed it for most of the tour,
feeling more and more unwell. At one
point, I had to be helped down the far
side of the hill. The guide urged me to
touch a certain stone, saying it was a
healing stone used by shamans, a stone
that would imbue me with energy. I lay
myself across it. The guide stood beside
me, his face confident and hopeful. I had
to pretend a burst of energy and wellbeing
I did not feel. He was so proud of this
stone, of his country's ancient people.
I made it back down to the bus, and
was given yet more coca leaf tea. Horrible,
chaff tasting stuff, like many herbal teas.
I drank it down thirstily and felt a little
better. And all the way into Puno, I
pondered the funerary towers. Were they
all they were cracked up to be? Was I?
Had time erased the psychic imprints
there? Were whatever gifts I had tied to
No. Others have had strong impressions
of Peru, and I experienced feelings and
images in an ancient cemetery, in Cuzco,
in a convent in Arequipa, and at Macchu
Picchu. What I learned was that these
gifts cannot be commanded. My access
to the tarot is constant, but other things
come and go.
I expected too much of myself.
Exhausted, sick, grumpy -- of course I was
in no fit state to feel anything.
I joke about Puno being the low point
of the tour -- wretched piles of stone that
I was commanded to appreciate. Yet, it
gave me insight into myself that I had not
expected and, for that gift, I am grateful.
Since then, I have not pushed myself to
do readings when unwell, have not so
often expected too much of myself.
At those funerary towers, I buried
Super Woman, and Super Psychic. I
don't miss them at all.
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