Lover’s Wirakokwa

During the time when the earth was first formed great mother planted a spindle in the fresh soil of the Sierra. The thread from the spindle weaved the land, plants and animals, it weaved man and woman. This thread joins all of her creations and breathes life into form. As the shaft of the spindle turns through time like the churring of the milky way, our life stories are written. It is the turning of the Shaft that creates the friction to produce heat or energy that moves through the branches of the human nervous system as their energetic pathway, the microcosmic reflection of the Macrocosmic. The thread connects our inner heart with the same the heart of the mountain that was first formed when the Mother planted the Spindle into the earth.

In the beginning of time, the Mother Goddess took a spindle and pushed it upright into the newly created and still soft earth, right in the centre of the snowpeaks of the Sierra Nevada, saying: “This is the central post…!’ and then, picking from the top of the spindle a length of yarn, she drew with it a circle around the spindle-whorl and said: “This shall be the land of my children’.” i

The thorough understanding concerning the weaving of the cosmos as well as the fabric of life is essential to their way of being and cosmology. The turning of the shaft of this spindle causes the friction or nuclear force of Wirakokwa, the golden sun in the heart of our Planet. It was the powerful force of Wirakokwa that pulled the elements from the Cosmos when the planet was first formed. When Ingwikugui, the stillness wrapped Wirakokwa in her embrace tranquility befell them both and their Radiance burst forth the heart of Gunnekun as the balanced male/female polarities of the 5 elements; Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Space. These lovers Ingwikugui and Wirakokwa are in eternal embrace as the Supernal sun.

Composed of the same five elements that produce our physical bodies, the physical landscape of the Earth is produced by the thoughts and actions undertaken through the collective karma of sentient beings. The collective delusions and karmic tendencies resulting in attraction, repulsion and indifference, determines the essential characteristics of our world system. ii

We are composed of the same five elements as the landscape around us. Our blood is the water, our breath the air, our inspiration and desire the fire and our flesh the earth. The subtlest level of the five elements exist as balanced male/female energy arising from Primordial awareness, Aluna. As the frequency or movement of the cosmic ocean coalesce and condense that energy forms the subtle level of the Elements. The movement of Aluna appears as the gale or wind of vital energy that moves upon these elements. Through the distorted perception of duality, the elements first appear as the basis of our Consciousness then condense as the sense perceptions and our bodily systems. And these same elements exist within all of Nature, whether that is the Nature of our human essence or landscape. We are aware of the elements through the inner winds as the movement, integration, comprehension of our thoughts and emotions. These same winds or elements form our physical bodily systems; digestive, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal. As the cords of the gale are cut there is surely death. There is no separation between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual existence as outer, inner, and secret they are reflections in landscape symbolized as the Sierra Nevada Mountain.

The Mamos believe that each human has a golden Sun laying in potential located in the cave of our inner heart. This Supernal Sun is our spark of divinity and individual share of the Primordial consciousness of Aluna. Through their deep meditations with the male and female energies in perfect harmony and balance in Aluna, the golden seed blooms and ignites an eternal flame. Once it is activated it is the bridge that connects each of their sacred sites on the mountain, their heart of the world, to the Primordial existence within each of them. As their Gale of consciousness coalesce it forms a bond between the people and the landscape. Just as the outer sun reflects the inner Sun; our outer breath reflects the solar gale.

by Lanette Padula

i Reichel-Dolmatoff, Gerardo, The Loom of Life: A kogi Principle of Integration, 1978, pg 13

ii Tenzin Gyatso, H.H. The XIVth Dalai Lama. “Buddhist Concept of Nature” in Cho Yang, Vol. I (Dharamsala: Council for Religious and Cultural Affairs).

The Heart of Everything That Is

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We spent time in what is known to most westerners as the Black Hills, but known to the Lakota as Paha Sapa, The Heart of Everything That Is last summer.

Recently, satellites at the Eros Data Center, near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, photographed Paha Sapa from above. When the pictures were developed, scientists were shocked to learn that the Black Hills were the exact shape of the human heart. You could even see the chambers, veins, and arteries.

This finding gives new meaning to the statements of Lakota elders, the guardians of Paha Sapa, who’ve said all along that Paha Sapa is the heart of all there is. One might wonder how the ancients knew what the land looked like from above before the advent of airplanes. Ben First Eagle, who lives in the center of Paha Sapa, says that mystics had ways of seeing that are in the realm of the unbelievable. But, for the average person, this scientific data confirms the stories they were told.

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It’s so great to get out of the Bay Area and have wide open space around us. We’ve been camping near Red Rock Canyon in Nevada for about a week. It’s incredible – the strata of gold red blue and green is visible for miles. A painters dream. We’ve been falling asleep looking at the stars every night. It’s so peaceful and rejuvenating to be close to nature.

In Wonderland

This month’s full moon is in Uranus – the planet of FREEDOM – freedom and change get me jazzed more then anything else and this month has been about rapid change, surprises, revelations and revolutions, and like Alice, who knew who she was this morning, but has changed a few times since then, I’ve whipped out the keys to the costume closet and am exclusively wearing my super-hero uniform to be ready anytime for what’s in the stars – a greater alignment with even more consciousness about what we’re capable of (as a species) from here on out –Can you feel it? Have you been riding the waves this month? Surf or be surfed. Surrender is recommended. 

Blue Bliss


I just added a new item to my store. It’s oil for the face and it’s absolutely divine. I can’t stop smiling or using it. It’s blue because I’ve used BLUE YARROW in it. 

An online search revealed this site where I learned more about this wonderful essential oil and where you can purchase it. 

Deep Blue Yarrow, Achillea millefolium 

  • Blood Tonic, Stimulates Circulation: Yarrow relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, improves blood flow. Assists with digestive and urinary problems.
  • Promotes Sweating, Lowers Fevers: Chest rub for flu with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Hyssop or Thyme.
  • Anti-Phlogistic, Anti-Inflammatory, AntiAllergenic. Helps with allergic mucous, heals skin; reduces pain.
  • Good for PMS & Menopause: For muscle cramps (dysmenorrhea): 2 parts Yarrow, 1 part Mint.
  • Meditation Bridge for Expanded Awareness: The Meeting of Heaven & Earth. Use Yarrow with Amethyst.
  • Blends With: Melissa, Hyssop. Yarrow is expensive. Use tiny amount in blends.

Energetic Benefits: Blue Yarrow opens the heart chakra and moves through the core, opening all the chakras and flowing all along the nerve channels, healing the nerves.

Energetic Index: Etheric Heart, Nerve Strengthening



Equinox Blessings


Happy Equinox!

I’ve been living in California for 20 years, so I’ve not experienced a harsh winter for two decades. The promise of relief from a hard winter is symbolic and mystical for me, just as it’s been for witches, sages and mages since time began.  The logic ignites the magic. Equinox is a time when the shadow and light are in perfect balance. Today we celebrate balance – the exact balance between the Light and Darkness.

That said, it’s a wintery day here in Northern California which is cause for celebration – it’s raining and when it rains it’s like gold pouring from the sky. It’s a beautiful day. These are from my backyard –  

The Kogi, Arhuaco and Wiwa mamos and zagas (medicine men and women) I’ve been blessed to work with in the Sierra Nevada of Colombia see balance as the basis of my energetic skill sit, so today is my birthday. It’s a big one! I’ll be 50 this year by Gregorian Calendar accounting. Happy Birthday to me!


New Beginnings

We’re between the new and first quarter moon, astrologically  that means it’s a good time for new beginnings and my husband and I are selling our loft (which we lived in, used as a photography, rented and used as a yoga studio since our arrival in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. It goes on the market in April and we’re leaving soon to go on the road in what will ultimately be an adventure all across the country. 


In our weekly group meditation Ginny brought through many gifts as always – this time, including a message from the plant kingdom, particularly the orchids – They wanted us to know why they are here, on the planet:

To teach us how to live in community and collaborate






To teach us how how to live more simply 





To make us aware of the beauty and grace in our lives





Exciting New Review

What a thrill to see this beautiful review of my book today on Barnes and Noble! 

This is a book like no other I have read. It unites into an inspiring, cohesive and poetic whole a diversity of themes, experiences, information and emotions. Mary is a vulnerable yet confident, vibrant and, above all, heart-and-soul guide through her unusual life and her story of tragic loss and ultimate redemption. Readers of this book will not only be deeply moved, but learn more than they can imagine. 

Thanks so much whoever you are!


Happy Birthday Dad

Today would have been my father’s 97th birthday. I miss him so much. I used to feel like I was going nowhere trying to complete a mission he left unfinished when he was killed in 1990. Today I realize that publishing my book and working with Sister Dona  and Neite Decimus is not just following in his footsteps it’s giving me a reason to get up in the morning. My dad had a school in Haiti too. It’s been 27 years since he died. Will you help me honor him and his life’s work and support our collective work by making a tax deductible donation of $27 or $270 to help us re-open Sister Dona’s school? 100 homeless children are waiting to get an education, a bed and a meal.

The earthquake, the hurricane and Sister Dona’s political imprisonment left the school devastated and in nearly condemned condition. We need $10,000 for repairs, urgently. We’ll send you a book and/or some beautiful music as a thank you. We have a lot against us, but we are keeping our candles lit. We may be swimming upstream, but we are moving forward. Will you link here to help? Please, take a moment to make a change that will last a lifetime. Thanks so much. 

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