5:30 A.M. April 9, 2010
Bags are packed plumply and sitting next to the door, arms raised, saying “take me take me!”. Items are sorted, details set, taxes filed, bills payed, studio ready to be loved while we are away.
It is quiet. There is a distant car warming. A faucet drips. My computer hums.
Coffee coaxes me, too, “we are leaving!”
There are emotions now, from the past three months of preparations, and the past year of imaging and dreaming. “Sure, I can find a team to travel with me to The Sacred Valley, Peru.”
Now we are on the cusp and there has been an incredible outpouring of support for our mission. Friends, family and family unknown yet to me through Concept Therapy have stepped forward to share their love, support and money for our vision.
My heart is already warmed to the Unconditional Love of our mission. To feel it, to give it, to touch someone’s life in a positive way. To feel, recognize and live from the premise that we are one life. To ignite others and myself in that livingness.
I have moved from a quiet resignation in dream to an astonished receptive dweller in the reality that people love and support this dream of loving service.
Yesterday was the beautiful gift, a four year old “client”, approaching Kate & I both with a small silver coin, that upon close examination, bears a little guardian angel. “This is for you to take on your trip.” Wow. Heart open.
Message arrived from Lou Corletto, director of Adjustworld who has been assisting us in the coordination of donations. He had ordered a “surprise” for us but it came too late. He had made our team “Adjustworld Peru” t-shirts. Again, wow, heart open, we are so loved and supported.
Our t-shirt designs arrived from a young woman who crafted them herself with screens she made from logo art that was donated to us. They say “Blossom Life Projects, Embodying The Power of One”. What is The Power of One? It is the Power of One soul willing to reach out, dream, go for it, touch lives, live one’s life. It is the Power of living from the realization that there is only One Life.
Watched the footage of the elementary school children learning about our project the other night, again, heart open, wow. The image of seeing each little student pouring love and creativity into their 2 inch by 3 inch sticker for another little child, so tender. And then, the pile of stickers, into the hundreds. This is already The Power of One. Lesson learned, lesson taught. What we return to them: a bonus.
Each child was given/read this:
“Dear Teachers, We are going to be involved in an exciting cross cultural service project in the coming months, and it is centered on the message, “The Power of One.” We want to see how just one small act of helping or kindness can brighten someone’s day and make a difference.,…The team came up with the idea of creating stickers for the kids in Peru as a way of sharing kindness, and brightening someone’s day. Your job is to help us decorate the stickers, so the team can deliver them to the kids in Peru.”
“Mrs. Murray”, or Amelia, executed this project delivering nearly 500 stickers of “precious cargo” for us to bring! Volunteer Jenna videotaped the project.
Now, in the midst of what has already begun, what we are already a part of, we head off. Full already of gratitude and the knowledge that we are in a journey that is a “Spirit of the Hive”, with love and prayers and positive images being generated by so many.
Here is to delivering the message of Love, to “us”, to “them”. -Rhea
April 11, 2010
Rumi: Garden of Love
In the always-green and boundless Garden of Love
There are many other fruits than grief or joy.
My awareness is not bound to imagination or illusion
There is another state of being which is rare as You.
– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
The group has all arrived together to the Coya guest house in Coya. We united amongst sleepy eyes at the airport in Lima where we curled up and slept in the airport waiting room. We flew in first thing in the morning to Cusco where a driver awaited us.
From there we drove up up and over the hill of the city and began descending down into the Sacred Valley. I was moved to cry- a mix of exhaustion from travel, and unbelievable joy at what I was seeing. The mountains are almost unreal to the senses, we are all developing the sensory equipment to take in what we are seeing and experiencing
Our little hotel is an incredible and beautiful oasis in the middle of the tile roofed village. From our upstairs patio we see cattle, sheep, roosters, clothing washed and drying, and on the mountain that rises 100 yards away some 1500 feet straight up, we can see white specks that move. Mountain goats.
This morning we will meet about our intention for being here: Unconditional Love. What is that? How do we feel it? How does it become what we are here to do? The above quote I received this morning from teacher Bill McKeown. How perfect. We aim to rise above the polarities of stories and fear and worry and pain and injury- and to go to the heart of One Life connection. This is a journey for all of us.
The following is “The Message” that will be communicated throughout the day today as we set up our “clinic” inside of the Kausay Wasi clinic. This, to be sure, is a very new “philosophy” for them to see occur in a clinic, and yet, we can already feel that the Loving Service is something that they have been embodying and creating for years. The love is already palpable.
“The purpose of what we are doing here is to assist you in making a greater connection to the source of life. Through receiving the Adjustment you will open up and remove interference to the transmission of healing energy (love) that flows through your body. As this happens you will experience more ease, peace, health, abundance, and joy. The people serving you know that through assisting you to heal they will also be healed.
The adjustment is performed by laying on of the hands to the spine. The alignment will allow you to express your full potential as a human being- connected to all of life.
Please share this message with all of the people you love. Have them come and receive the adjustment. we thank you for allowing us to serve you in it his most sacred way.
With Love- The Blossom Life Team”
4/13/10 Day 2 of Chiropractic Service
Wow. Day 1 was impossible to write about in the evening as we were far too exhausted to even comprehend describing it. It can best be described now as this incredible experience of introducing a brand new and very intimate/hands on practice to people who have never heard of it, seen it, experienced it, etc. This was true for the people of Coya as well as from the surrounding villages,….as well as for the entire staff of the clinic hosting us.
We have been blessed with a wonderful volunteer named Cora who said she “felt the calling to come to volunteer specifically for our “campaign” (the clinic calls visiting medical teams campaigns”. She had worked before for several months here and in international clinics/medical service and wanted to see what a chiropractic one was all about. With her presence there is a lightness and ease in communicating “the message”.
Yesterday all were a bit confused as to how to translate/express what it is we are doing. Today Cora came up with the idea of telling them that when they hear the “cracking sound” there is energy releasing in their body. Now they all want to hear it. Brings a little smile.
We also were very much heard when we explained how beneficial what we do is for children, so much so, that within 24 hours they have arranged for us to visit a school tomorrow afternoon to adjust the children, and the following we will take transport to a distant village that was destroyed by the floods which is now a “tent city”. Apparently the children are having many lung issues from water collecting at the bottom of the tents since the tents are not, well, keeping out water. This is how many are living here right now. Public attention has been in Haiti & Chile so there has been a more modest response here. We are very excited to serve there.
In all today was quite beautiful. Day one is the creation of many “composites” as we call it in Concept Therapy, good way to say it I guess would be, relationships based on trust and understanding. Day two was one big “spirit of the hive” with all from our team and the clinic now operating as One, along with the people feeling the flow and dancing within it.
There has been some beautiful promising “miracle” healing with one woman in particular who has “no cure” paralysis of the left side of her body. She had some use butt dragged her leg. Now she can walk with a minimal limp. We are seeing her twice daily. Another man came who I saw once yesterday who was unable to open his hands. Today he was able to open them more.
There was also a beautiful young man quadripelegic after an accident a year ago. The clinic has been active in helping him including a surgery he received right after the incident. With the clinic’s help following surgery he regained use of his arms but remains without use of the lower body. I adjusted him twice today and then as the entire clinic staff looked on (he is well loved here) I taught his therapist who is here from Switzerland how to harmonize his nervous system zone so that his healing can continue. She and I exchanged contact information so I can help her from a distance and we can stay in communication about his progress.
One of the clinic owners today said that for sure he would love to have our team back again, as he knows the people will be asking for it after the end of the week.
I am wondering if there is potential for this kind of loving, natural, chiropractic to be so easily integrated and embraced into a medical clinic elsewhere? Also, for us, as a team, it is nice to have the option if necessary to say, please go over to the clinic for that.
A woman who was carried in yesterday with a hip fracture was able to see a doctor today and a surgery has been arranged for her. This is something we could never offer at a “campaign” without this kind of infrastructure and teamwork. I am thankful to be connecting with such incredible people with such incredible international connections and knowledge in this kind of care.
I also spoke with the clinic director about arranging for some kind of a yoga volunteer program here,…as wow,…these people labor all day all of their lives (kiddos starting young as we watch them hauling things and crops etc. through town on their backs).
All in all an incredible feeling close to day 2. Looking forward to experiencing the next few days, knowing in many ways, the challenge of the first day is behind us and the next several get to be about a continued momentum, flow, love, and healing after healing.
Now its time to prepare for Cora’s birthday party that we are hosting at our little guest house. Truly, The Power of One, is unlimited. It just takes follow through.
It is our final morning in Coya and we are preparing to make the journey to Macchu Piccu. There are many days since I was able to write an entry about our mission. Once the energy became scarce I could not bring myself to enter the thoughts in this way.
Day 3 of the mission brought an incredible challenge. All of the team became sick on the evening of day 2. Though they awoke to attempt service I asked all to rest in order to hopefully recover and be able to assist me for the final two days. I was not certain how exactly I would serve all of the people, but I knew that there was a perfection in the order of it, and that I simply needed to show up and be with what was happening.
The morning actually flowed beautifully. The entire volunteer staff of the Kausay Wasi clinic acted as one and we created a rhythm that everyone entered into, was cared for in, and moved from. I used all three tables from the others and each person was prepared on a table and I danced from table to table adjusting adjusting adjusting. After all 120 were served in the morning I ran back to the guest house to check on everyone. I ran from room to room delivering teas, herbs, emergen-c’s, waters, blankets, etc. Once satisfied everyone had what they needed I headed to the clinic and took a small amount of lunch, as I was quite nautious as well from what I had done and also from knowing I was heading to the school by myself to adjust everyone.
We loaded up the truck with 6 clinic volunteers and myself. It was so very touching to have Sandy, one of the clinic owners, driving us all there. At the school I set up my “party” atmosphere putting on Bob Marley on my travel ipod speakers and loving each child to the best of my ability. They giggled as they got adjusted and Cora was set up to hand out the little stickers “de los estados unidos”. All of the volunteers were moved by the scene. Sandy mentioned later that this for her was a highlight of our trip as she was so moved and impressed by seeing my ability to deliver this to all of the children, so efficiently (115 children in an hour and a half) and with such love and presence for each.
Once my work was complete I was nicknamed “the chiropractic machine”. I was also given a full body massage which was a huge assistance. Taking a moment for myself within it all was magical and needed. After that I returned to the hotel where I returned to nurse duty until about 8:30 at night when I finally laid down on the bed exhausted and set to getting the needed rest to face the next day, alone or with assistance.
The following day, Thursday, Kate & Kona were still in recovery yet Daphne and Megan were able to rise and assist in adjusting. For me the pace became like a vacation compared to the previous day and so the morning passed in service and with a lot of smiles now as people were opening up and healing and in the flow of what we had created. At lunch Kate & Kona were able to rise and take some food. We all then took two cars and made our way through taxis, a foot bridge, and a hike to a more remote Quechua village where we were embraced by a school.
We had a lovely afternoon with a welcome change of pace serving the children at the school and making another little “party” there. It was awesome to be in the mountains, to serve the children, to see the beauty, and to enjoy the vibration of the entire team.
Friday was our finale serving several hundred people at the Kausay Wasi clinic. By day’s end I fell onto the table and received a lot of relief from Kate as the final families finally made their way out of the room (after the Kona reiki line finally mellowed). We made our way over to a celebratory beer at the local “bar” with the clinic staff and had a beautiful exchange with them sharing our “favorite moment”.
When we returned home we had a bit of dinner and then for me I went into a few days of much needed rest as my body dictated it was time to go inside for awhile.
It was a successful trip, so much exchange happening on so many levels, so much love demonstrated. Guido who is one of the clinic owners with 25 plus years of international health service spoke best and with much experience when he said that he feels that what we just did is what is needed worldwide, and for the international scene from people from the U.S., to create the real peace that we want. Hearing him reflect this told me that our intention was seen and felt. The delivery of unconditional love was a success. Now we regroup, heal, adapt, image and plan for what is to come. Yet,….first,…..all of us now recovered and on our feet,….head up to Macchu Piccu to take in the magic and to simply be, a bit more still, within the action of our lives.