SETTING THE WORLD IN BALANCE
The Ways of the Eastern Andes as Taught by the Hetakas
Ka Ta See is a tribal way of life that has been lived and protected for tens of thousands of years. As an oral tradition, the teachings and tools of Ka Ta See have been passed along generation after generation through story, ceremony, apprenticeship, and experiential learning.
Following the prophecies of their people, Chea and Domano Hetaka, elders in the ways of Ka Ta See, made their way from Peru to North America in the 1970s. They were on a quest to find a student with whom they would share their traditional medicine ways.
The Peruvian elders understood the world was spinning out of balance, that people were buried in stress, judgments, addictions, and fears. Chea and Domano Hetaka trusted in our ability to wake up out of our asleepness, to remember the beauty and truths of our humanness, to live in heart-centered ways and create a heart-centered world.
When translating their ways to English language, the elders chose the word “Song“ to describe the self, the totality of your being, the truths of who and what you really are. Everyone has a unique individual Song, a unique energetic vibration – every human, every tree, every rock, every grain of sand. Everything is alive and interconnected in the vast web of life, here on earth and far beyond.
The Hetakas found their student, Kay Cordell Whitaker, who then apprenticed with the elders for thirteen years. Since 2000, I have had the privilege of apprenticing with Kay to learn and live the ways of the kala keh nah seh – medicine storyteller, weaver of webs of balance, healer, teacher, and ceremonial guide.