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"The people of this planet are forgetting how to experience outside the tyrannical habits of their minds.
It is our tradition we give to you that will lead you to break out of the habits of mind."
- Domano Hetaka
You have a unique opportunity in your life in this time here on this planet.
You can choose what your life can be; you can build your future and help shape the future of the world of tomorrow. A world in which your grandchildren and their grandchildren are proud of knowing that their grandparents contributed to creating it.
I’m Kay, and I was a housewife and mother when I stumbled into an apprenticeship with two elder shamans from South America, Domano and Chea Hetaka.
They said that they came here to share a teaching the people of the modern world have long since dangerously lost.
My first response was to run.
You can read all about it in the first chapter of my book The Reluctant Shaman- The Invitation.
Among the things Domano and Chea have taught me during my more than 13 years of apprenticeship with them is about the enormous almost unlimited potential each of us carries as a human and what little we know about it, let alone how to tap into it.
The most important thing my teachers told me I need to do to learn to know and live my potential is to free myself from the habits of my mind.
As they put it:
“The people of this planet are forgetting how to experience outside the tyrannical habits of their minds.
"It is our tradition we give to you that will lead you to break out of the habits of mind.”
They said that “… there is a whisper of something else, out of reach. Something more than what they know, something grand and exquisite. You know of this.
"Most of them do not pursue this mysterious thing. They are too lazy and fearful. They try to ignore it. But that just makes much confusion and pain for them. You are one who pursues it.”
l wondered how they could have possibly known that about me.
When I asked: ”Is that what your tradition is going to teach me? To pursue this unknown?"
They said: “One can pursue forever and never catch,” Chea said, imitating running with two fingers going round and round in front of her. “We teach you how to catch.”
And boy did they ever!
I have always felt a deep longing for something I sensed was just beneath the surface of the false plastic image of happiness most everyone in the muggle world I lived in was wearing.
A sense that there must be real information and the real truth about things, but it was hidden.
My longing had a particular lure, a pulling towards the unusual, the hidden and the mystic, to ancient things, and primitive things.
I was barely able to put words to it, let alone find a way to pursue it until I began my studies with Domano and Chea.
They showed me how to see and understand a world which was more intriguing and magical and real than what I could have imagined even in my wildest dreams.
And they taught me how to live awake in it.
It’s a journey, a magical, mystical journey that changed my life in every way imaginable.
The life I dreamed of but thought I would never be able to live, they gave that to me and so much more.
The gifts they offered through the years were too numerous to count. The worlds and the knowledge within those worlds they guided me to, the understanding they helped me find, the treasures they helped me to uncover within and without are far far greater than all the gold ever taken from the Andes Mountains.
They helped me know my reason for being alive and showed me how to stand in my power, in my truth and live it every minute of every day of my life.
As they called it, they taught me how to know and live my Song.
To guide you to find all that for yourself, your truth, to know and live your Song, as the Hetakas’ call it, and learn to live it in your daily life, that’s what I do today in everything we offer.
Because what is a life if it is not centered around your truth, if it is not lived and experienced from that truth, from your own Song?
Most of us feel that we came here for a reason, that we have been given this gift of life for a reason. The sad thing is that most do not know what that reason is.
In my experience, there is no greater pain than knowing that you are not living the life you were meant to live.
I’m Helmut, and I have had the immense fortune to live, study, and work with Kay for the past 25 years.
You know when people talk about a spiritual path being a daily practice?
I’m not sure they are aware of what kind of practice it becomes when you share your life with a woman like Kay.
Her passion, her infinite capacity for unconditional love and unconditional acceptance while walking with clarity in her power and always standing up for equality and respect, for honoring and living with deep care and love for each other seems endless.
Coming from a culture in which women are largely viewed as less than men, it was a most interesting journey, especially in our early years together.
It didn’t take me too long, although that’s relative, to realize that I have been gifted with a life which was and still is beyond anything I could have dreamed or dared to hope for.
Before we met, I was on a search similar to hers.
What drove me was the pain of feeling isolated and alone and not belonging anywhere. I largely felt that I ended up on the wrong planet by mistake.
Have you ever thought to yourself that there has got to be more to life than this? That was my mantra, and it drove me to find out if there was more. It sent me on what can be best described as a relentless pursuit of truth.
I was so determined to either figure out this meaning of life stuff and my reason for being here or die trying.
There were moments where I got close to dying, but, I’m happy to say, I’m very much alive today. I feel more intensely alive than I’ve ever felt.
After years of aimlessly searching, including a period of trying to find answers and escape in the world of drugs and alcohol, but nothing offering much of the clarity and understanding I was searching for, I found myself sitting across a wild looking Apache who asked me two questions, “Who are you? And, why are you here?”
That Indian was the first human I met that made any sense to me and made me feel like there is someone else in the world who understood my pain.
He made me realize very quickly that I had to find answers to those questions if I was ever to find purpose and meaning in my life, to find my reasons for having been given this gift of life, and with it, hopefully, some sense of peace and fulfillment.
Little did I know how deep the rabbit hole he invited me to step into went, and what a remarkable life and journey it would be to find out when I started my life with Kay.
My Apache friend always told me that one day you will be doing what I’m doing. I don’t know how he could have possibly seen any of that way back then.
Today I work with Kay to help guide people on their own journey to find answers to similar questions I was battling with for a larger part of my life and hopefully, in a small way, affect some positive change in the world.
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