Power in the Andean tradition is a good thing. Really it is only the difference between things that you can do and things that you cannot do. We are not afraid of power. It is good to have power. If you have the power to love, you must demonstrate that power. If you claim to have that power you must show it by loving well. If you have the power to build a very large Saiwa, a column of energy, you must demonstrate this by using the power to some purpose.
Americans will be surprised to find out that the more energy you can give, the more you are open to receive an even more powerful energy. Your consumer society trains you to accumulate, but it is really the opposite of what you might think. You think power is something you must hold on to. This is not true, for the more you give away your power, the more Huaca, or sacred, you become. You are too concerned with keeping things. This is your biggest downfall. The surest way to gain is when you are able to exchange energy with another living system. This is what keeps you and Pachamama alive.
Look at it on a simple level. When you appreciate someone, you are giving them some of your living energy. Receiving your energy, they will have more and be better able to give you some back later. This is a natural self-sustaining process of interdependence. When fruit ripens it wants to be picked and eaten by animals and people. Fruits are the kisses of Pachamama, she wants to give them to her children because of her great love. The fruit sustains the body of the person or animal, and the seeds can go into the ground through the feces of the animal, and the fruit can live again in another place on the Earth. So by eating her fruit you are helping to keep her alive. We keep nothing. We are here in the Kay pacha to learn to do Ayni. We must become good at Ayni.
* Ayni is a Quecha word meaning "right relationship, reciprocity, a sacred interchange"
* Juan Núñez del Prado is the foremost expert in the world on the Andean mystical tradition and the Q’ero Indians of Peru, following the foot steps of his father, Oscar Nunez del Prado, who brought the Q'ero to the public eye in 1955. An anthropologist, mystic, and former University professor, Juan is one of the most influential authorities teaching the spiritual arts of the Andean Mystical tradition.