MESAWORKS 
  P ERUVIAN SHAMANIC ARTS
 

 
- Don Celso Rojas Palomino - (Salas, Peru)
- Don Celso Rojas Palomino - (Salas, Peru)
Don Benito Corihuaman Vargas (Wasao, Peru)
Don Benito Corihuaman Vargas (Wasao, Peru)

" . . . Oscar has taken what he has learned in his 12 year  
apprenticeship to a curandero (in Northern Peru) and has created a system that utilizes the mesa at its core, but that emphasizes the flexibility, the cultural context, and the creative potential of each apprentice . . . and for many years has been teaching followers how to come into intimate contact with the sacred through the use of this mesa in a way that transforms not only their lives, but also the planet."
 
Bonnie Glass-Coffin, PhD
Anthropology Chair
Utah State University







ABOUT DON OSCAR

Don Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo
is the originator of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism and visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer Foundation
(THOTH). A respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru, don Oscar's apprenticeship in northern coastal huachuma curanderismo and initiation into the southeastern Andean paqokuna shaman/priesthood, formally took place between the years 1969 and 1986.
His first immersion into the living soul and mythic reality of Peruvian shamanism was under the uncompromising tutelage of the famed huachumero don Celso Rojas Palomino from Salas, a then small agricultural community near the city of Chiclayo. Don Oscar accomplished his apprenticeship in northern coastal curanderismo fulfilling the dual role of auxilio de mesada ("healing altar auxiliary" or "ceremonial assistant") and rastrero ("clairvoyant diagnostician"/"diviner"), eventually becoming don Celso's segundo de mando en banco ("second in command for curing sessions"), throughout the winter months (June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere) of each yearuntil don Celso's untimely passing in July of 1982.

Less than a month after this mournful event, don Oscar found himself serendipitously involved in a considerably less formal and more sporadic four-year apprenticeship within the southeastern Andean Paqo tradition of shamanism with famed kuraq akulleq don Benito Corihuaman Vargas from the village of Wasao, a farming community one hour south of Cusco. In recognition of his expeditious grasp of traditional Q
'eswaruna cosmovision, witnessed through the skilled performance of ancestral propitiatory earth-honoring ceremonies, don Oscar received his musqochiwarqa qallariy transmission as altomisayoq from don Benito in November of 1985, barely seven months before this deeply revered elder also made his passing in June of 1986.
A few days prior to the destined time of each of their earthly transitions, both these venerated elders sanctioned Oscar with an uncannily similar compacto de voz y palabra (i.e., "an oral bequeath as elder lineage carrier for the people,"-- an emisau de la nacion), specifically requesting him to share the "prophetic vision" of the "Ancient Ones" as he best understood it, among as many people as possible born and living in modern Western developed nations of the world. Ironic as it may sound, both elders insisted this was the only way of safeguarding the true "inner wisdom" (i.e., esoteric dimension) behind the Earth-based spiritual traditions and healing arts continuously practiced by Peruvian indigenous cultures since time immemorial. They both were also quite tenacious with their emphasis on this being the only viable antidote to preventing the further usurpation and eventual total disappearance of these sacred wisdom traditions if left solely in the hands of their own people. That is, in the hands of the largely Western acculturated mestizo population increasingly vulnerable to the insidious impact of the current unbridled process of consumerist globalization. Hence, following countless moons of vision seeking embodied with patience and precision through the loving nurturance of sacred earth-honoring communities worldwide, the Pachakuti Mesa lineage of Cross-Cultural Shamanism has organically blossomed as a soul-infused vehicle for deep personal and planetary transformation, thus fulfilling the noble intentions of both venerable elders who bequeathed don Oscar with the oral sanction to preserve Heart Island's (South America) ancestral healing traditions as Peru's legacy to all future generations.

Aside from his extensive personal involvement and scholarly contributions related to the practice of cross-cultural shamanism, don Oscar is also an accredited member of the United Nations Non-Governmental Agency Community through the National Service Conference of the American Ethical Union, the sponsor of Inter-Spiritual Dialogue (www.isdac.com), of which he is also a founding
"Counselor". Don Oscar has attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in the capacity of NGO Observer and further participation in United Nations events is anticipated based on the current development of cooperative partnerships between The Heart of the Healer Foundation (THOTH), the Inter-Spiritual Dialogue Network, the Spiritual Caucus at the United Nations and the United Nations Committee for Spirituality and Global Concerns. Some of his other "mainstream" accomplishments include an A.S. degree in Life Sciences from Mitchell College, a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Comparative Religion from Duke University, as well as an M.A. degree in Humanistic and Transpersonal Clinical Psychology from the State University of West Georgia.

Don Oscar is also Fellow in Ethnopsychology with the Organization of American States (OAS), having completed a two-year OAS granted post-graduate fellowship fulfilled through the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research in applied ethnopsychology while at Emory, combined with three years of OAS sponsored medical anthropology fieldwork among various rural communities in Peru, contributed to the development of a satellite program in public mental health services that conjoined native folk healers within the Peruvian national health care delivery system. He has also held many distinguished professional appointments in academia, clinical psychology and holistic medicine that are far too numerous to mention for the purpose of this webpage.

Don Oscar has been facilitating experiential workshops and apprenticeship programs that integrate millennial and contemporary healing practices and Earth-honoring ceremonial traditions with a focus on the creation of heartfelt sacred communities around the world since 1979. He has also been guiding exemplary cross-cultural shamanic apprenticeship expeditions to sacred sites of the world (with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia) since 1986. His widely acclaimed ethnospiritual pilgrimages to ancestral lands are carefully designed to awaken a reverent awareness of Pachamama (
"Earth Mother") as a destined part of our human identity as an Earth-honoring global family. Aside from his currently established regional apprenticeship programs in the U.S.A. and Europe, he has also been a popular teacher at prestigious international centers of leading-edge education such as Naropa, Shambhala Mountain Center, Interface, New York Open Center, Rowe, Frankfurter-Ring, Omega and Esalen, to name a few. His visionary work and unique travel programs have been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E and Discovery channels.

More important than all the credentials, however, is the fact that Oscar is a warm, loving human being who deeply cares about people and our planet and has an infectious belly laugh. He is a master at creating sacred community using the magic of joy, love and compassion as the strands that gently weave us together as a planetary family. His love for each student is exemplified by his keen attention to life-transforming ceremonial detail and group healing dynamics within each sacred hoop he serves. In essence, don Oscar
's life is best described as "transforming the world through sacred living," as he lovingly carries forth a unique vision for pragmatic global spiritual regeneration born from the co-creation of sustainable earth-honoring sacred communities worldwide. Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin-All My Relations.