Andean teachers have some traditions and customs that is important they are understood and comprehended. Due to the culture in which thewere borned, brought up, and learned, they have a set of habits which could be uncomfortable to foreign students. Then, it is vitally important that each student fully accepts this reality while sustaining a good intention towards comprehending.
The language that is used could also seem confusing or strange but in reality it is not the case, students only have to find the way to understand, find the channel or means to connect with their teachers and their words will become clear.
Most of the Andean teachers speak Quechua only, but some have learned other languages such as Spanish. In the case of teachers that speak only Quechua an interpreter will be assigned so that students may understand and ask questions at the same time.
Also, students should know that Andean teachers are not perfect, and that they are not gods exempted from commiting any errors. Then, it is possible that students may witness or experience some mistakes. This is not a valid reason for students to become discouraged, disappointed or confused; on the contrary, there should be a relationship based on trust to communicate, understand, and clear any situation since the Andean teachers make their best efforts to show the ways of the teachings and to become a living example for the students.
It is also good to know that some teachers are very demanding and their personalities could be quite strong, possibly making someone feel bad. Some of them can be very rude when showing spiritual practices, while others are soft and flexible. There are teachers who are simply fast as they show their spiritual practices but others are just slow. Each teacher has a different set of skills and especial gifts from which we could learn. If we observe the positive things they each manifest, then it can be very advantageous for the students.
The important aspect of this is that each teacher has something precious to transmit, to pass on, to say. All teachers have their secrets and they are all different from one another, so it is not recommended to prejudge them since their only intention and concern is to share what they have learned from their ancestors in a loving manner.
Teachers lovingly understand the fact that being a disciple is a hard task. The
disciple has many challanges, worries and tryouts in their lives just as any other human does while maintaining their personal objectives and plans. Teachers also face these types of difficulties.
For this reason teachers make their best efforts to understand and teach their students who are facing these realities. In some cases and only if it is permitted and possible the teacher may help in order to favor his/hers students and brothers/sisters.
Each student has an interest to learn the Ancestral Andean Knowledge, and this is why each of them can be present with their own respective teacher or teachers. As it is the case for many, some students have to embark on a long journey and this represents a big effort and sacrifice on their part. Teachers are aware before hand of the fact and deeply value all the student’s endeavors.
For student to be able to maximize and take advantage of the time they spend together with their teachers it is recommnedable that a good relationship is established with them. Trust and harmony should always be present, respecting the principles of the Ayllu and Ayni, “Community and Unconditional Reciprocity”. To this end, students should be willing to perfo
rm the practices and open to the knowledge the teachers will be sharing with them.
Over the last few year we have been able to notice that some students and even teachers that come from abroad have overlooked certain aspects of the teachings. To help on this point, the following are some important considerations one should observe before and while taking the journey:
- It is recommened that students are always up to date on the instructions issued by a teacher during their stay. This will enable students to enjoy their learnings to the maximum.
- It is suggested that our brothers student brothers do not make any kind of suppositions or assumptions in regards of the Andean practices or teachings or about the teachers.
- It is recommened that students and teachers alike should maintain a peaceful environment, keep tranquility and harmony and a spiritual sintony while remaining together.
- While we all remain together in a class or a spiritual retreat for many days with the teachers, it is advisable to promote: Good relationships, mutual help and support in the community, to maintain pure the Ayllu, respect for the ancestral cultures and customs and respect for teachers that come from other cultures.
- For purification ceremonies or any other activity that requires taking off one’s clothe, it is recommendable to wear a bathing suit.
- In the case of a student who did not understand the teachings or instructions given by a teacher, they will be able to formulate questions at some point in time and receive explanations regarding any of their concerns. Perhaps the rest also had a smilar question or doubt so it is better to ask.