For many years, the children (ages 5-12) attending our summer camp were taught about the huaquas. At the beginning of the 10 days, they were given long necklace cords and each time they experienced a huaqua, they would “earn” a colored bead that corresponded to the direction of that specific huaqua. Red beads were for happiness, black for health, white for humor, yellow for hope, and purple for harmony. The key component of this learning was the children, as a group, decided what constituted being happy, healthy, humorous, hopeful, and harmonious.
It is through their eyes that we have the opportunity to learn how simple this can be!
Here is their list of what it means to be hopeful:
- Helping others
- When sick people get well
- Helping mom fold clothes
- Helping dad
- Cleaning someone’s dishes
- Being with family
- Drinking water
- A good life
- Children (next generation)
- Being grateful
- Encouraging others
- Sharing a gift you hope they like
- No expectations
- Meeting new people
- Helping others
- Being creative
- Being alert
- Changing your attitude
- New ideas for beads
What does your list include?? What little things bring hope into your spirit so you can determine with passion? What expands your spirit? What brings fire into your belly, flow into your creative juices, and quenches the thirst for knowledge and pleasure?
To live a life in alignment with the powers of the directions, we must learn to
- give with our emotions with tenderness
- hold and transform with our bodies with intimacy
- receive with our minds with caring
- determine with our spirit with passion and lust, and
- catalyze with our life force energy with open heart-to-heart communication
This is the definition of balanced choreography. In achieving this balance, we become sacred humans, and receive the gifts of the huaquas: happiness, health, humor, hope, and harmony.
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