Welcome to 2016

The Book of Revelation introduces us to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest, War, Famine and Death. In the old Peruvian traditions, there are also four archetypal forces: Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Condor, representing renewal, fearlessness, joy and wisdom.  This year we each have to decide which narrative we choose to live by. The choice is becoming increasingly stark and increasingly urgent. There are more “doom merchants” than ever in the world and their greatest vehicle seems to be the international media, particularly the 24 hour TV news channels.











Shamanism tells us that we have to live in the world we create through our perceptions.  So we always have choices, even in the darkest of times. And what “film” we choose to project onto the IMAX screen that is our life will determine what reality we end up living in. 2016 may be a year of really learning how to be much more fluid and fluent in navigating through a myriad of perceptual states to create the world we wish to live in, individually and collectively.












Seeing through the eyes of serpent can help us perceive the beauty that is all around us in the natural world. The blazing eyes of jaguar help us to see in the dark, through shadow and death to what lies beyond. The quick and vibrant eyes of hummingbird help us see the vibrational qualities that penetrate through the densest of matter. Condor sees the “big picture” from a much higher place, far beyond the confines of what Tolkien labelled “Middle Earth”. We can see through the eyes of angels.













When we learn to navigate effortlessly through all these perceptual states, we learn to be much less attached to a single narrative. Our lives and our worlds become very different places and we can begin to engage in what the Andean Masters call “Pukllay” which roughly translated from the Quechua means “Sacred Play”. What play we engage in is up to us. What will you choose this year?