Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2012 2:55 PM Last Post By: klaush
Oct 23, 2012 6:01 PM
Spiritual experiencesHi everyone,
I plan to be travelling around South America early 2013. I would really love to have an experience that opens my eyes and heart to new concepts and helps me to grow spiritually and emotionally. I know there is a lot of magic and wisdom surrounding the inca ruins and some of the other big tourist destinations, but my question is:
Has anyone got any advice on places to visit / things to do that are a bit off the tourist path and offer a more authentic experience of the continent and the chance to meet locals who are into meditation and expanding consciousness & awareness?
I am thinking I will spend time in Argentina, chile, Peru and Bolivia, but I am open to all suggestions.
Oct 23, 2012 7:34 PM
Oct 23, 2012 8:43 PM
Oct 24, 2012 12:24 AM
3Last I heard, he was consulting a wise man in Tibet or perhaps it was the oracle at Delphi. He's an elusive character, who speaks in sybilline riddles.
@ the OP. Anywhere that has mirror tiles on the bathroom floor should fulfil your needs. Failing that, the Igreja Universal in Brazil has a really good deal on all your sins wiped away by Jesus for a paltry 10% of your pre-tax income. Branches throughout the country.
Oct 24, 2012 1:21 PM
4I hope this doesn't cause any offence as it really isn't meant to and is purely a personal opinion (I admit I may be wrong). There is no magic or wisdom surrounding Inca ruins other than basic science, astronomy etc. Some of the people who made them were very intelligent, some were complete nutters, very much like people today. Absolutely everyone you meet is an authentic representation of the continent. The answers to the questions you are asking are inside your own head. Just by going somewhere or measuring something you change its nature so you aren't really experiencing something "authentic" so to say. If you go somewhere someone else tells you about it has already been changed by them and isn't authentic, as such just follow your nose.
Where the hell is Standanista by the way!
Oct 25, 2012 4:21 AM
5I think the most 'life changing' thing you could do is volunteer, however, you usually need to speak Spanish, have a reasonable amount of time to commit, and ideally some in-demand skills.
Oct 25, 2012 9:21 PM
6I double #5, Incas besides being totally superstition and fatalistic civilisation were actually pretty rational and very pragmatic.
Seeking for inner self is much more complicated journey and it doesn't have any particular hook-ups.
Don't even think about attending those paid ayahuasca workshops, they are scams at best, sometimes they end tragic
Look into yourself, you will not find enlightening in particular places, they are only a mirror, you can see magic or simple rocks in them, all is in you, reality is just emptiness
You can of course always visit me in Samaipata, as I'm self proclaimed guru of Draconian Path hahaha
Edited by: ban_janti_return
Nov 10, 2012 12:55 PM
Nov 10, 2012 2:55 PM
8A few festivities or places that may appeal to spiritually minded people:
- Virgen del Carmen in Paucartambo
- Semana Santa in Ayacucho
- Virgen de la Candelaria in Puno
- Qoyllur Riti
- the blessing of the cars, and the stations of the cross in Copacabana, Bolivia
Anything that sounds like you expect it (count the number of buzzwords like authentic, traditional, sustainable, etc etc), probably was manufactured just for your enjoyment by enterprising locals who know what you want to hear.
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