Haywarikoy & Despachoceremony
To lift our prayers up to Spirit
The Q’ero Paqos in the high Andes of Peru have many different types of ceremonies, but the Despacho Ceremony is one of the most common rituals performed to create a personal contact with the universe. It is a ceremony of appreciation and of lifting the prayers to the universe. During the ceremony, thoughts and prayers are focussed onto the daily gifts that are received from the earth and the universe. By doing so, the immense feeling of appreciation returns us and deepens our relation to the cosmos. The perception and worth of Ayni (or reciprocity) between the society and the environment is of utmost importance for cooperation and co-creation.
A despacho is not a prayer for personal gain and can not either be seen as a sacrifice. It is a ceremony which strengthens their believe that nature, the earth and the universe will take care of them if they take care of it. They consider it an offering or a fair exchange for what has been taken from the nature, to preserve the relationship with the land. It is a prayer to Apus (the mountains), Pachamama (mother earth), Inti (the sun), and other forces that guard the places of the earth, and to connect with them. The despacho is designed for reciprocity, to share, trust, integrity, respect and holiness. It is a manifestation of gratitude and is created through an act of Munay (love) and Ayni (reciprocity)- that is; when you give, you will receive and if you receive you must also give.
The result is that when you adapt to the universe, you can attain or be granted your highest potential. In principle, when your exchange and participation in Ayni with the universe is commonplace, the returns tenfold. The ritual of a despacho is built upon the believe that you actively have to participate and act through reciprocity- that it is based upon the ”principle”- what you sow, you will reap.
There are many different types of Despacho Ceremonies
There are hundreds of different despacho ceremonies that the Q’ero shamans conducts depending on the situation, from birth to death, from initiations, the first planting of the season, harvests, weddings or for example to honour a new or an old home. Besides, a despacho is often created when someone is sick so that the person can be able to reset his Ayni with the universe, so that the health returns. They believe that illness is a corresponding result of no longer being in Ayni with the universe.
A despacho is made up of flowers, leaves (with prayers) and small objects from nature (for example shells, incense, seeds or dried fruit) and artificial objects (for example candy, thread, cotton and paper). Every object represents an organizing principle and during the ceremony is placed in the despacho, with the intent to create a momentum for healing and reciprocity in the area that the ceremony is held.