(Shaman / Author, Lessons in Courage)
6.9 – The Shamans (2.28.14)
“By doing one learns; with study one refines; through dreaming one creates; in loving one fulfills—such is the secret art for tending to the perennial garden of our soul.”
Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo is a respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru, founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH), originator of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition cross-cultural shamanism. An internationally acclaimed shamanic teacher and healer, earth-honoring ceremonialist and author, don Oscar is OAS Fellow in Ethnopsychology and member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle and Birth 2012 Welcoming Committee. He has been guiding ethno-spiritual pilgrimages to sacred sites of the world since 1986, with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia.
He is a popular faculty member at The Shift Network and educational centers in the USA and abroad, dedicating his life to the revitalization of aboriginal wisdom traditions as a means of restoring sacred trust between humankind and the natural world. A seasoned navigator of non-ordinary states of consciousness, don Oscar is well prepared to help people from all walks of life access realms of Being through which multidimensional powers and forces are available for healing self, others and our planetary ecosystem as a whole. His ceremonial work and shamanic apprenticeship programs have been featured on Sounds True, CNN, Univision, A&E, Discovery Channel and The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.
Famed for his ritual mastery in Peruvian kamasqa and altomisayoq shamanic lineages, don Oscar’s apprenticeship in northern coastal huachuma curanderismo and initiation into the southeastern Andean paqokuna shaman/priesthood, formally took place between the years 1969 and 1986.His first immersion into the living soul and mythic reality of Peruvian shamanism was under the uncompromising tutelage of the famed huachumero don Celso Rojas Palomino from Salas, a then small agricultural community near the city of Chiclayo. Don Oscar accomplished his apprenticeship in northern coastal curanderismo fulfilling the dual role of auxilio de mesada (“healing altar auxiliary” or “ceremonial assistant”) and rastrero (“clairvoyant diagnostician”/”diviner”), eventually becoming don Celso’s segundo de mando en banco (“second in command for curing sessions”), throughout the winter months (June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere) of each year until don Celso’s untimely passing in July of 1982.
Less than a month after this mournful event, don Oscar found himself serendipitously involved in a considerably less formal and more sporadic four-year apprenticeship within the southeastern Andean Paqo tradition of shamanism with famed kuraq akulleq don Benito Corihuamán Vargas from the village of Wasao, a farming community one hour south of Cusco. In recognition of his expeditious grasp of traditional Q’eswaruna cosmovision, witnessed through the skilled performance of ancestral propitiatory earth-honoring ceremonies, don Oscar received his musqochiwarqa qallariy transmission as altomisayoq from don Benito in November of 1985, barely seven months before this deeply revered elder also made his passing in June of 1986.
Quite unexpectedly, a few days prior to his destined earthly passing, the renowned maestro don Celso Rojas Palomino from Salas sanctioned don Oscar with a ‘compacto de voz y palabra’ (a traditional orally transmitted bequeath to serve as kamasqa lineage carrier for the people –or an’emisau de la nacion’), requesting that he carry the “prophetic vision of our Ancient Ones” among as many people possible born and living in Western acculturated developed nations of the world. Ironic as it may sound, both don Celso and don Benito often insisted this was the only way of safeguarding the soul-animated inner wisdom (‘gnosis’) known to the earth-centered spiritual traditions and healing arts continuously practiced by indigenous Peruvian people since pre-Columbian times. With deep prescience, both maestros insisted this remained the only viable antidote in preventing further usurpation and destructive misuse of these ancestrally revered wisdom traditions and ritual healing practices if solely left in the hands of their own people. In other words, within the largely unscrupulous hands and self-serving agendas of Peru’s Western acculturated population, which like so many people from developing nations, remain unconsciously vulnerable to the insidious impact of unbridled consumerist globalization. Taking don Celso ‘compacto de voz y palabra’ at heart, following many moons of vision seeking, with great patience and precision reflected in vocational life purpose, don Oscar began to lovingly nurture the worldwide emergence of heartfelt earth-honoring sacred communities, where the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (PMT) of cross-cultural shamanism would organically blossom as a soul-infused vehicle for deep personal healing and beneficent evolutionary global transformation. Thus don Oscar continues fulfilling the noble intentions of both venerable elders who bequeathed him the task of preserving their Heart Island (South America) shamanic ways as a seven generation legacy of healing service to the world. 
Buckminster Fuller reminds us, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” This book provides just that model, as well as concrete practices for living it. The model is derived from ancient wisdom traditions, modeled on the pulses, cycles, and seasons of our beloved Earth Mother. It deeply grounds the reader in a “this world” spirituality that blends indigenous cosmologies, earth-honoring ritual, and time-tested models for living with modern sensibilities.
The proposed text presents the biography of an extraordinary man, who has awakened to his own purpose in life as a servant to conscious evolution for all humanity. His life story, full of adventure, cosmic “interventions,” and synchronicity is on par with that of the luminaries documented in these biographies and the time has come for his story to be told. don Oscar’s story is also the story of each one of us. The only reason his story has not been told until now is that he was first charged with creating opportunities for others to awaken to their higher purpose through his teachings as part of an oral tradition. Now, after completing his “compacto” (sacred contract) with his Andean teachers and mentors, he has been released from service to tell his story in writing. And it is an extraordinary story, dealing with nothing less than individual, spiritual, and planetary transformation.