DESPACHO, SPACE CLEARING, FIRE CEREMONY
During a despacho ceremony we open sacred space to physically create a mandala with many different elements like flower petals, sugar, beans, spices, chocolate, etc and Kintus - prayer infused sets of 3 coca leaves, one red & white petal. When the despacho is complete we take turns cleaning our auras with the bundle, the despacho is then offered to Spirit either by burning it, offering it to a body of water, or burying it, depending on how fast you want the prayers to manifest. Despachos are used to honor milestones of life including births, birthdays, marriage unions,
holidays, new years, solstices, equinoxes, new & full moons and more. Some specialized despachos are the common Ayni Despacho: used to bring "right relationship" for whatever your intended purpose, the Kutti despacho: used to transform, surrender, and remove dense heavy energies - this despacho is created with hot peppers, red & black beans, spicy & aromatic herbs, and the
The Earth Keepers of the Andes teach us that any process can be supported with ceremony, which invites the quieting of the mind and the opening of the heart to speak and lead. This is the language of the soul. Through creating the despacho, we offer gratitude to Pachamama, our mother and our home, and to Spirit in the unseen worlds. The ritual of the despacho in a way that goes beyond words.
The sacred despacho ritual, a central practice of the Q’ero and Quechua peoples of the Andes, is used to honor Pachamama, Mother Earth, in daily ceremony. By creating a mandala-like bundle or offering, they create a gift to Pachamama and to spirit/creator.
The gift is also used to transmit intentions of gratitude, using earth elements as the sacred messengers. Despacho, “dispatch,” in this sense refers both to the ceremony and the sacred bundle being offered.
The traditional despacho ceremony begins with the ethereal practice of creating sacred space. By calling in the helping spirits of the earth, the mountains, the elements, the animal archetypes, the sky, the ancestors, at the start and throughout, the pacosets the stage for support in carrying the prayers to spirit/creator.
On the physical plane, the despacho begins with laying a paper as the base or foundation in which the bundle will be wrapped, much like a present. This bundle is most typically offered to fire to release the prayers contained within it.
Traditionally, three coca leaves form a triad known as the kintu. The kintu is the central ingredient of the despacho. Leaves are believed to accept prayers unconditionally, so kintus are used as messengers of gratitude, intentions, and prayers.