I am simply Rocio but people know me as a teacher, ordained minister, Paqowarmi or medicine woman and spiritual practitioner of the Andean tradition, Pachakuti Mesa, curandera, shaman, espiritista and teacher. Born in New York, I preserve my Peruvian culture and large family of healers, through ceremony, rituals and teaching others. My shamanic initiation began long ago with illnesses such as heart issues, Fibromyalgia, Cancer and more. It was in realigning with my ancestors that brought me back into my true self and still continuing on this path. I am of Andean, Meso-American and Nigerian blood and I honor my ancestors by using music, faith, prayers and above all love when working with others.
As a Paqowarmi of the Andean Tradition and teacher, I work directly with the mountains, the earth, the water, air, fire and all the elements around us. We create a working relationship with the unseen world in order by living in Ayni, or reciprocity. Energy is seen as light or dense, not good or bad. This is a way of living NOT a religion.
Curanderos or healers were people who cured illnesses, with herbal treatments, ceremonies and sometimes massages to cleanse the spirit and heal illnesses. A healer is a person who heals the physical body through Spirit. A person learns to heal themselves by opening up to Spirit, for some God, the Universe and all that is.
The shaman has special knowledge, outside established religions and acts alone. They can communicate with spirits, over which they have control whether good or "bad". Most shamans have practices similar to magic. Shamans are an intermediary between the natural and spiritual world, traveling between worlds in a trance state. Once in the spirit world, they contact them for help in healing.
An Espiritista is a Spiritist who acts as a medium with the world of the unseen, but according to indigenous healing systems acts as a person who can help resolve emotional problems and more.
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