William Beckett

Inca Medicine Man, Healer and Teacher

One day as I was having lunch with a friend whose grandmother was a Medicine Woman. He talked about traditional healing methods and how he had met others from North America, while in Peru, who had taken the Inca Medicine workshops. Finally I was hearing words that stirred something deep inside me. What he spoke of seemed so familiar, as if I somehow knew all this information already.

A few months later on the way to the first workshop near Grande Prairie, I wondered if I was making a mistake. Yet, I knew I had to go and see if this would help me.

This particular weekend focused on the first direction of the Inca Medicine Wheel, the way of the South. We were doing an exercise where each of us (in turn) would lay on our backs while four other people held space for us. This was an exercise of release, where we would exhale and release the negative energy from the energy center that had been holding us blocked.

As the first person in the group released this energy from her mouth with her breath, I could actually see a grayish white stream expel out into the air and disappear! Had I been seeing something that wasn’t there? I turned and looked at our teacher who was close by watching. He just smiled and winked at me. From that moment I was hooked. I knew I was where I was supposed to be.

In the hands-on training of the Inca Medicine Wheel one has the opportunity to experience a 100,000 year old tradition of power and knowledge for working with the energies of heaven and earth. We journey through the shaman’s path to heal and renew ourselves and awaken the healer within. 

Participants learn core techniques for reestablishing their connection to the forces of nature, learn the Paq’os way of seeing, the principles of controlled dreaming and soul retrieval, as well as the practice and use of shamanic trance states. We also explore the Karpays, the rites of passage to the traditions of the Incas.

In the Inca tradition, shamans master a four fold path to knowledge and power known as the Medicine Wheel (divided into the four directions of South, West, North and East). To become a person of knowledge an Inca man or woman has to shed the past, face fear and learn to exercise vision. Those who complete the journey receive the gift of serenity and the duty of articulating power and wisdom in the world.

The South is the path of the Healer, symbolized by the Sachamama (serpent). Here we learn to shed our past the way the serpent sheds its skin. We learn to mythically release the spirits that haunt us from the past and also learn to walk with beauty on the earth. This means we must live with integrity and impeccability, be in Anyi (balance) and leave no footprints (spiritually) as we walk.

In the West, with the Otorongo (jaguar), we step beyond our fear of death and anger and become Luminous Warriors. Here we learn the way between the worlds. Medicine people learn to walk between the veils – that is, we must learn to work on all energetic levels: past, present and future.

In the North, the way of the Sage, the place of Kente (hummingbird), we learn the way of the land of the ancestors, the ancient ones. We step outside of time and space and explore different states of consciousness connected to the energy of creation.

In the East, the way of the Visionary (great condor), we learn to develop the gift of vision to create a world of peace and harmony. We summon our own destiny. The Q’ero believe that only by stepping outside of time can we experience the mystery of creation and the simplicity of our lives. We are all born with our own destiny written for us. As a Medicine person, we become co-creators with Spirit and because we work in cicular time (the medicine wheel), not linear time, we are able to move freely through time and create our own destiny.

With each workshop of the Medicine Wheel, participants are also asked to bring three stones. These stones will become their khuyas, empowered stones given or created in ceremony. These are charged stones used in healings. Khuyas are carried in a mastana cloth, the birthing cloth of the Qero women. The new infant is wrapped in the mastana and the new life is presented to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Symbolically as a mesa cloth, it holds the energetic life of the sacred stones, as it did the infant. A healer’s mesa is his most power tool and is nearby at all times.

It is not surprising to find that healing traditions from around the world are all the same since our ancestors have all evolved from the same tree. We, as humans, have taken the medicine teachings with us as we populated the planet. So it doesn’t matter what your ancestry is or the color of your skin, these teachings awaken the memories within you, help you heal deeply and reawaken your gifts so you can carry these traditions back to your own family and community.

This is important because the Qero (Inca) people believe these teachings belong to all and it is our responsibility to bring them to help others. The Inca prophecy says that around the year 2012 the world will turn upside down and it will be up to the healing people of all nations to energetically turn it right side up.

Every time I work with the Medicine I feel blessed to be allowed to be a vessel for Spirit to work through. Whether it be working with the terminally ill, with those with emotional problems, chronic pain (or what ever their problems may be), to see the look of relief and joy come into their eyes as the transformation of a healing takes place is a great scene to behold.

William teaches and practices the teachings of Don Manual Quispe and Don Martin. He is also a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master/Teacher.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only. It is intended to supplement your current health program and not to replace the care of a doctor.