"We are Conduits of Light here to Inspire Transformation" - Jemma
Lets face it. We are all Game changers.
At some point we have realized that there is more to this journey we call life than meets the eye.
Once we step onto our path it, it can often be very challenging and we wonder why the hell we signed up in the first place!!
But we have come for a reason. And we are all in this together.
Isn't that awesome?!
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Tonight I was made to feel like a Queen. Or to be more specific - like Pacha Mama - who is of course the mother of all mothers and the queen of all queens. In fact, she is everything.
I returned to the Andes after 10 days in Mexico on Tuesday and tonight was my first outing since being home. It was such a beautiful welcome to walk into the sunny garden of the Wilkamayu cervezeria and be greeted by the shining faces of my Andean Family, warmly welcoming me home as if I'd been away for years. It was heart warming to say the least and I was happy as a pig in poo.
I have to say that some of the Brothers I have here in the Andes just astound me some times with their gentleness and reverence to the feminine. A few of them in particular just bring me to tears with their genuine adoration of women.
And tonight one of them did. Literally.
I was chatting with my friend Isaac. He has just been to France to visit family and he was sharing with me how blessed he feels that he has had the opportunity in his life to grow up in the Andes and develop such a deep and unwavering connection with the Apu's (Mountain Spirits) and Pacha Mama. He shared with me that he never ever feels alone because he knows he always has his guardians, allies and the divine mother supporting him, loving him and guiding him wherever he goes.
He went on to say how grateful he is for women. For the feminine. How he has come to realise that we are 'everything' and he humbly surrenders himself to our power and our grace. How humanity couldn't exist without us and how he adores us whether it be mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend or lover like we are pacha mama herself. Because we ARE pacha mama herself.
Ps - he wears a gold wedding band - he has married himself to pacha mama. Like really, he has taken a vow to our Mother Earth.
This man is divine.
Now I am surrounded by some pretty awake men, super committed to the healing and union of the divine masculine and feminine, but still in a lot of interactions and conversations I have had with men I know (and of course there are some incredible exceptions to this rule) have been more about the need for us to balance the polarities than to totally surrender themselves in adoration and love and fully celebrate the power of the divine feminine. For women themselves. Just because they want too.
I actually found myself almost excusing myself to Isaac saying 'well you guys are amazing too, we also wouldn't be here without you. And we do have both polarities within us, so you have this essence too..' At which point he stopped me and basically insisted that I accept my magnificence and my power and not to down play it (in his own words). To embrace and know that we are everything, and without us there would be nothing much at all. That we must realise how important we are.
He went on to say in his gorgeous broken English that men are awesome but they run around like headless chickens (again in his words - actually it was more of a hand motion... 🤣) from one thing to the next, distracted by too many things, not able to commit, chasing things that don't mean much and it's the women, the powerful pacha mamas, that know how to hold the shit down!! And show their men how to do the same.. 😉
Right on Brother!!!
I've learned to become gracious at accepting compliments but this one was surprisingly hard for me to take! It was a complete unadulterated, uncensored, unapologetic honouring of the feminine. He wasn't for a second trying to come onto me or tell me what I wanted to hear. This was a genuine man with a genuine heart reverently sharing his wisdom on what he has genuinely come to know.
A man has to really know himself, and be super solid in himself to have the humility to 'bow at the foot of the goddess' in this way. It takes strength, groundedness, open heartedness, authenticity and a huge absence of ego.
My friend Isaac really embodies the divine masculine in the most beautiful and powerful ways. Oh and ps - this is a man who makes K'intus (an offering of 3 coca leaves always given to something or somewhere Sacred) and gives them to women as they walk in the door with his prayers and blessings infused into the leaves for her. Tonight he gathered a hat full of sweet smelling night jasmine and went around gifting every woman some for her hair.
He remembers every conversation he has had with you because he listens intently to everything that you say. With his heart not with his ears. He will wrap his manta (blanket) around you if you are cold after he has sealed it with a blessing and a kiss. He is present and interested in hearing your perspective and reviving your wisdom and acknowledges your intuitive gifts as a woman.
And he isn't the only one. I have many brothers here that embody these same qualities. And across the world. It's just that Isacc strikes me as so authentic and genuine. Probably because he has never done a course in tantra or conscious communication. He wouldn't even know what that is. And he doesn't need too.
What he has is connection. He understands the power and beauty and nourishment of Mother Earth because he has spent time with her. He is grateful to her for his very life. He knows without her, we would not be here. He knows she nourishes him, provides for him and holds him in her loving embrace. He knows she is creation herself and he sees that 'she' in every women he meets. And he honours us with immense gratitude and respect in the way he does our Pacha Mama.
That's all. Simple but profound.
I think Isaac could teach us all a thing or two.
Thankyou brother for allowing me to really feel what it is to be completely adored, respected and revered and loved. It was just the medicine I needed. I really did feel like a queen.
The night before leaving Mexico I had a dream.
It was my last night in Tulum before returning to my 'home' right now in the Sacred Valley in the Andes.
I have adored being by the ocean. It's been so super nourishing, restorative and clearing for me to be immersed in a the clear turquoise waters of the Carribean each day.
I have grown up literally with the Ocean. Mama Cocha - the Sacred largest body of water on our planet.
But I have always dreamt of the Mountains. Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Perth I'd always want to venture into the 'hills'. They were nowhere near the grandure of mountains but there was something about the feeling of rising, of pilgriming deeper into the stilness of Mother nature. Of exploring. Of being in those higher frequencies of clarity and stillness in nature.
So it's no wonder really that I am so called to the Mountains of Peru. One really has to experience it to know what I am talking about.
The word I can find to most describe the energy there is 'crystalline'. Funny, it's probably the same word I would use to describe the ocean. And they are both that, just in different ways.
The energy of the Andes has the quality of the most refined light. The Apu's - the Mountain Spirits - simultaneously clear you, hold you, protect you and nourish you and your energy in a way I've never really experienced anywhere else. I feel grounded and strong. Clear and inspired. And I feel this way cosistently when I am there.
The work of course is to feel this way anywhere, for as much of the time as is possible. And I do. But there is still something, just something that makes all of it just that much easier in the Andes.
The thousands of years of tradition, connection, ceremony, service and reciprocity of the people with the land and the Spirits of the Mountains seems to have sealed a deal, created a very sacred contract of mutual love respect and support with all of the great elemental, physical and non physical beings.
So last night, I had a very clear dream. One that held me and filled me with a clear sense of knowing and even relief that I was returning home, and that it's exactly where I need to be right now as I move through these great transitions in life.
There they were, all of my guiding Apu's. All surrounding me at once with their arms outstretched, as I stood in a lush green rolling valley, snaked with glacial streams and sacred lakes. Dotted with fuzzy Alpacka's staring at me with big kind eyes. They were preparing for my arrival and were welcoming me home.
It felt like running into the arms of your mother. A familiar feeling of unconditional love and support for me, their daughter. Holding me gently yet powerfully in their loving and protective arms, guiding me, and actually cocooning me like a new born baby swaddled in cloth by its Mother.
The day of arriving home, after getting over the shock of the freezing cold but stunningly fresh morning air that can only be experinecd at high altitudes, I made my way back to my little cottage in the sunny Sacred Valley town of Huaran. Once the Sun rose it was incredibly warm, it became actually very hot. I lay in the hammock strung between two eucalyptus trees and completely passed out. It was beyond a normal sleep. It was deep but I was lucid. And I had the very real experience of being 'worked on' as I slept, by all number of transcendental beings. Re wiring, re working, re calibrating.
My last few days in Tulum had been big. I hadn't had much sleep, I went through a very deep process of finishing off what was a very major and important part of my life. All of which has been a necessary part of a refinement process of really releasing the old, after the big stepping through the Inti Punku gateway, to fully be able to allow in the new.
Funny last time I visited this process was right as I left Byron for Peru. Now the finishing of the same process was right as I left Mexico for Peru! Could there be any doubt of how powerful this land is for transformation? And how it helps to gently guide me through these deep processes gracefully and with relative ease.
So here I am back 'home'. Today sitting in my 'office' on my manta laid out on the grass working away in the sunshine under the towering gaze of Apu Kuntur Wachana - the Condors nest.
Once again I feel overwhelmed with a sense of clarity and peace. I feel rested, inspired, excited for what's to come. I feel strong, grounded and free.
These Mountains are Magic. I'm so grateful to have them as my guides and allies. And to have them waiting for me, arms lovingly outstretched, ready to welcome me home.
I've come to deeply understand that drama is a state of being that we choose.
I should know, I used to be epic at it. Past tense.
Thing is, I didn't even really realise back then that I was the creator of the constant play of a soap opera in my life. I certainly didn't 'want' a consistent stream of dramatic events to follow me, but they seemed to anyways for quite some years.
What I realised, is that being quite the stroryteller ('noooo really??' I hear you muse with your tongue in your cheek.. ) I was perpetuating the drama in my life by simply talking about it too much. Even though the stories may have been entertaining and sometimes even comical, the Universe doesn't know that we are trying to be comedians of our experiences.
The Universe hears only what we are foucusing our words and attention on. It might feel good when we talk about our dramas and someone else listens. It may even feel like a problem shared is a problem halved, and sure we need to workshop things. But really, telling the story and over again or consistently focusing on the details of a situation only serves to pull more and more of replica situations into our experience.
And then we usually go on to project our drama onto someone else, as being theirs to own. When in fact the irony is nothing is anyone's to own. It's all only a collection of events and experiences that have created emotion, that we have chosen to take on.
Why would we do that? Because we know deep in our being that we can transform anything, as powerful masters that we are, but instead we take them on as our own and we get stuck. Then we throw it onto everyone else wanting them to transform it for us when the only way out is not to go around, but to go through. Which means learning to transform it for ourselves.
Sound confusing or make total sense?
So how do we transform things without getting stuck in story? Well, the easiest way, which ironically feels way TOO Easy for most people, is we simply make a choice to let it go. No analysing, no going over and over, no confronting and needing to 'proclaim your truth' especially when it's been told over and over again. Just being clear about where you are at within yourself, stating it plainly and deciding it's done. And then moving on. Repeat. Moving on.
Personally these days I find this relatively easy to do. And it can be super annoying to people who want or feel like they need to process the bojangles out of everything. They'll say you're bypassing, or not owning your part or ignoring, when really they just want you to stay invested in their side of the drama and do some of their work for them. Why? Cause it feels really really good on some weird subconscious level to be perpetuating drama and actually is kind of an addiction. We say we don't want or need to be addicted to it but truth is most of us are for at east some of the time.
So what do you do? Well as my Maestro Puma Fredy Quispe Singona says you have 'two choices'. When someone is projecting something, anything, onto you, you can either ignore it, knowing it's theirs and refusing to engage. Or you can help them to transform it by letting them rant, rave, express repeatedly how they feel, blame you, give their opinions of you and allow them, in fact encourage them to keep going until they run out of steam.
Remember. Nothing belongs to you, and it doesn't belong to them either, what they are projecting is ONLY a collection of unresolved experiences and emotions that you are now the catalyst for triggering. That understanding helps you to stay in a compassionate space when they are forcing you into the 'I need to call you on your behaviour' corner.
I tend to do the later. At some point though I'll naturally reach the end of my tether and say enough is enough.
What I have come to realise though is that the power of my light is my gift. And if I stay in my knowing and stay in my essence, no matter what is coming my way, I can transform anything internally and externally with my light, into light. Might not always work out roses with the other person but their reaction is not for you to worry about. All you need to worry about is how YOU feel. Period.
At the end of the day it really is as plain and as simple as just choosing to let go. But that really does take discipline and willingness to truly let go of the need to confront, dissect, over share, and over analyse.
It means choosing to sit with and FEEL in your body anything that is there. Anxiety, disappointment, sadness, victimisation, exhaustion, despair. Totally feel any reactivity of any kind. Only feel. Not with the mind but with the awareness of the heart. When the story comes up Thankyou mind but no Thankyou. I am just feeling.
Soon the story, and in turn the minds need to justify, will ease off and you will be able to accept what is there and make a choice to let it go. As it repeats, repeat the process until there is no charge left and only a sense of inner harmony, acceptance peace and appreciation for the lesson and the opportunity to practice a deeper level of unconditional love and happiness, remains.
For me it really is that simple. Not always easy. But simple.
So I guess the question is how much do you reeeeallly want a drama free life?
The choice is ours. Isn't that awesome?
And the cool thing is we get to make it what ever we want.
Know what I'm choosing... 😎
Today in Ceremony, I decided to walk to the top of the Mountain of Souls.
There is a Wak'a or a natural stone alter there that I wanted to take an offering of flowers and Coca too.
Red for Pacha Mama, White for the Apu's.
As I walked the delicate path, through gateways of wild flowers, I asked to receive the gift of a 'Khuya' or sacred stone for my Mesa.
This request began a process for me around Ayni. Giving and receiving. And how nothing ever goes one way.
As I let go of the need to 'take' and instead made an offering from my heart of coca or a prayer on my way up, the very next step I would take, I would see perfect white Quartz stones covered in tiny crystals in amongst the rocky dusty trail.
And so I would pick the stone up deciding that when I was at the top of the mountain, I would ask the stones which ones were meant for me and which ones were to stay.
I'd leave those wanting to stay as an offering to the mountain.
So when I reached the alter at the top, without thinking about it, I lay the stones in the order I picked them up. I hadn't counted the stones, I had simply felt them and only received them up if they called to me with a definite 'yes'.
To my delight I discovered that I had picked the stones up in succession of size as I ascended the mountain. And even more perfect is that there were Seven.
Healing stones. Balancing the 7 chakras, the 7 rays of light, representing the 7 sisters of the Pleiades and the 7 ñuestas .
Powerful magic is available all around us when we allow ourselves to stay in awe, to feel, listen, be humble, be guided and see the miracle in all things. And then be grateful for the miracle, no matter how small it may appear to be.
When we are ready to truly give, only then do we truly receive.
'Cause Nothing ever goes one way.
Life is all about balance.
Believe me I've been from one beautiful extreme to the other.
When I was a kid growing up I spent most of my time on weekends at a Sunday session somewhere. My parents and their parents before them were publicans. That is, they managed and owned pubs..
It might not sound the like ideal new age conscious kinda upbringing but I absolutely loved it. It was so much fun!!
I was surrounded by happy adults and other happy adults kids, that loved to be in each other's company and have a good time. Granted the happiness in hindsight may have been somewhat alcohol induced and fortunately for me I never really witnessed any of the aggressive behaviour that can be associated with booze. Well, maybe I did at times.. but I've always had quite a filter for those things. I didn't take it on board if I did. In fact, I learned not too.
I happily ate my way though my teenage years on a diet that consisted almost completely of junk food (much to my mums complete dismay) until I had a cancer scare in my early 20's that changed everything..
I started to become more and more conscious of what I was eating and more importantly what affect it was having on my body. By the time I was 26 I was a strict vegetarian, sugar, dairy and gluten (actually practically carb free) person existing on a lot of Cherries, oily fish, goats cheese and greens. I felt incredibly awesome but I unwittingly ended up looking a bit skeletal. Oops.
I saw a photo of myself and asked a friend at the time if they thought I was looking worryingly thin.. they said I was so I set about mindfully relaxing and changing up my diet to get back into a healthy weight range. I realised in that experience how easy it is to trick ourselves into thinking that thin is healthy.
But I still didn't feel like I was jumping out of my skin like I knew we have the potential too as amazing human beings.
Then I discovered the 'detox'. I detoxed my lil heart out. Well what I knew to be a detox then. It was basic and generally included a Blackmores pack bought from the local health food store, but it was a start. The years of shitty food, too much booze and other things we won't talk about here meant I felt better but still never felt as awesome as I knew I could. As I began to clean up my diet, I began to realise that a lot of the uncomfortable and downright tiring symptoms I had been experiencing since I was a teenager were not 'normal' or necessary at all.
Severe PMS, symptoms of depression, chronic fatigue and the cancer scare were all signs and symptoms I was completely out of whack. It showed up physically as fluid retention, cellulite, and bloating, even though my frame was thin.
So after a relationship breakup, I did some research and decided to take my self off to Thailand and basically do a supported fast on green juice for a week or so.
Best thing I ever did.
I came back with a face full of cold sores as all the crap was leaving my system, but I felt amazing!! Lighter, clearer, more energised and balanced than I ever had.
I was told at the retreat, that if I continued to stay 'raw' I'd continue to detox. You didn't need to tell me twice, It was on.
So the next year followed with me choosing a 100% raw vegan (excuse the label!) diet. I felt epic. I count sleep though, not more than 5 hours a night because I was jumping out of my skin. I almost had too much energy like I was constantly wired. Part of this is because the body uses up to 70% energy in digesting food, so when we are eating foods high in natural digestive enzymes, in the right combinations that are plant based it takes very little of our available daily energy to digest. It's a process to get to this point though and not one that suits everyone and certainly not one that happens over night.
About a year in and attending a ton of raw pot lucks later I started to notice that I had become too uptight. It was doing my head in always having to think so hard about what I was doing. When I went to raw gatherings the first thing I'd be asked is 'what percentage raw are you??' Weird.. I'd answer with. 'Ohhh you know, 90% raw 100% of the time?!' God forbid I'd eaten a cooked lentil that wasn't sprouted for lunch!
I felt like the incessant mental activity was creating an imbalance in my body and for my nervous system.
I noticed that I would feel awkward going into raw or vegan or even vegetarian restaurants - like I was going to be questioned at the door to make sure I met the criteria and be let in. It was enough to put David Wolfe himself off a raw food lifestyle! 🤣 but I kept with it.
Things evolved and I began making raw treats for family and friends to introduce them to the epicness of raw food and raw food living and during this process I had also started to relax somewhat.
I'm so about practicing what I preach and I didn't want to be preaching to anyone a lifestyle of labels or restriction. I wanted to preach abundant vibrancy and health. Glowing skin, healthy mind, a flexible and accepting attitude and most importantly compassion and non judgement.
Compassion to our animal friends of corse but also not judging people that decide a different lifestyle. Compassion to our fellow humans is equally as important. And I believe that's how change is made. By including all and excluding none.
Then my business naked treaties was born. My intention was to share a vibration of love (and acceptance) through food. To create something that was completely welcoming and inclusive of absolutely everyone and their choices. Not based on them deciding to do this or to eat that, but to welcome them into a new and possibly very different world than they may have been used to with an open heart and open arms and make it easy, tasty and mind blowingly epic for them.
The rest often just takes care of itself.
What I noticed was often the people that were super strict in the labels they had imposed on themselves, were coming into our shop so stressed about what they could and couldn't or 'shouldnt' have, that they looked unhealthier than the disco loving, hungover peeps we would get rolling in on a Saturday or Sunday morning that really knew how to relax and have fun and also how to cure their hangover and re balance themselves with a green juice and some good organic food.
It definitely been a journey towards balance and liberation for me. Removing labels and limitations, coming back to our own internal compass and knowing and trusting ourselves to eat and live intuitively.
It's been a beautiful process and years later I am more balanced, healthy and liberated than ever before. Now I am really keen to share this journey and wisdom to help others perhaps find it more rapidly.
So anyone that might think I am a raw vegan puritan, you couldn't be further from the truth..
Do I eat cooked food, yes! Do I balance it with lots of raw plant based food? Absolutely, dependant on the climate and season I am in too. Am I vegan. No, I don't want to label myself. Do I enjoy a cocktail or two on a beach in Mexico, a red wine with dinner or a chicha in mama Eusebias 500 yr old chicha house. You betcha!!!
Do I eat chocolate that isn't 100% raw cacao and sweetened with coconut nectar... well those that know me in Peru..one word.. Milky. 😳🤣 And I also can't go past a raw dessert too.
Do I pack in the green juices, green smoothies, medicinal mushrooms, superfoods, medicinal teas and herbs , green powders, ferments, fresh veggies that are as organic as possible, healthy fats, proteins, fruit and nuts. For sure I do! As much as possible.
I also love papas fritas (Andean hot chippies!) and I've recently found a joy in light ale's. Hated beer as I was growing up, who knew?!!
I've had beautiful people ask me how I stay looking radiant and youthful as I, eh hem, supposedly age gracefully.. 😳 if this is in fact true, what would I share with them?
That I have learnt the relief, feeling of freedom and pure joy of balance. That I know how to relax and have fun and I know how to recalibrate my system so it bounces back and feels epic and fast. I support myself daily with the things I know for sure make me feel good. If I can't have green juice I have green powder, or both! When I'm travelling I take specific supplants to counter balance any extra stress on my body. I taking alkalising magnesium and pro biotcs every single day. I drink at least a litre and a half of not more of water very day and try to have some form of liquid green in either juice or green smoothie. Chlorophyll is epic too. I take MCT or coconut oil for heealhy mind and everything function and probably even more importantly I have regular morning practice. That is I mediate, appreciate and move whether it's yoga or hiking a mountain or ecstatic dance I don't force it anything. I move in a way that feels good in my body without focusing on how it will make my body 'look'. As a result my body looks the best now than it ever has actually! I have also learned that stressing about being fat makes you fat. Loving and accepting yourself the way you are makes you look AND feel awesome. Win win!!
Ahhh it's SUCH relief!!! I had to go one way to go completely the other to find my way back to the perfect middle ground. Ive definitely found my sweet spot..
I allow myself to indulge in all of he incredible epicness life has to gift me (everything is pacha mama, everything is here for us, everything is creation) and as a result I feel the epicness within my being.
I feel in such flow and reciprocity with life and what she has to offer me. I said I don't like labels but if I could give this one it would be to say that I live freely and I intuitively.
I have joked saying that I am a 'loveatarian'
I love my life, I love all that I receive, I love the animals too much too eat them (but that's just me, I love you for your opinion too), I love food, I love a little drinkie poos, I love feeling healthy vibrant and alive as well as liberated and free to indulge in the 'pleasures' ( and ps there is ZERO guilt attached to them - 'guilt is for the taking' as my wise mumma said to me).
So am I sitting on the beach in Tulum at sunset having a Margherita. Hell yeah!!! And I might have a Corona later too. Cause I can.
Did I have a slow pressed green juice, kale salad and bullet proof coffee for brunch (followed by the best vegan ice cream ever?! - oh and half a block of Milky for breakfast.. ooops.. 🤣🤣 hey I'm on holiday!! 😉) yessss I did!
Did I practice yoga this morning - yeup cause it felt good too. Will I practice tomorrow? Dunno I'll wait to see how I feel in the morning.
Do I feel epic? Yes!!! I feel amazing. Because I know what it WAS once upon a time to be raking myself over the coals for having a slice of gourmet pizza, probably without cheese even, and I know what it is now to know that that pizza is as nourishing on a level as the green smoothie is on another. IF I allow it be.
Bring it all on I say. As long as it's done with full awareness, consciousness and blessing - to everything, even a packet of salt and vinegar kettle chips or a shot of tequila (Ps - in case you were wondering tequila is a raw foodies choice. Cleanest booze on the planet apparently cause it's not made from grain. Keep it away from Sugar and it's not to hard on the liver at all. In fact the fermentation process of agave cactus it's made from makes it a pre biotic!! A shot a day?? Ok maybe not.. 🤔😬🤣) point is, anything done with awareness can be made into medicine.
Everything is ceremony. It all depends on our interaction, communion and connection to it and most importantly to ourselves.
Trust yourself. Liberate yourself. Live in balance. And enjoy all the awesomeness that life has for you.
Sacred World Traveller, Cacao Priestess, Medicine Woman and Founder/Creator of the Inspirational Raw Vegan food business Naked Treaties - Jemma has a rich and colourful history that has helped forge a light yet insightful wisdom of her life's experiences. She hopes to inspire others on their journey as she shares the triumphs and tribulations of her own. Alway's bringing it back to a place of empowerment and self realisation.