Jorge Luis Delgado has given us Andean Awakening: An Inca Guide to Mystical Peru. From cover to cover, Andean Awakening is a walk with Delgado through "Mystical Peru" and his own spiritual evolution. We follow Jorge as he quite unintentionally becomes recognized in his community as a chacaruna or "bridge person who helps one cross from one state of consciousness to other states of consciousness or other realms." The story continues up to and through the life of Jorge as "Peru's premier spiritual tour guide."
Many landscapes or ancient bui
ldings and ruins have provided Peru with countless legends of Gods and UFOs that have made their impact on the communities there.
Jorge describes the places he visits and tells of personal experiences that give some of these legends credit enough to be more than just hearsay. Andean Awakening is much more than a simple tour of Peru. It is the life of a man who has lived Peru.
Jorge has used his experience as a tour guide and experiences with people he's met to evolve his own and his "clients" spiritually. The book features many key points in Jorge's life and with these points come even more key messages. When asked a question on how to live a message without letting everyday routine bog it back down into meaninglessness, Jorge responded:
"It is important to live in the understanding that people think differently and will often behave in ways we don't agree with or understand. Yes, it is necessary to seek truth and speak the truth, but, very often, people have different ideas of what is true and just. It is important to realize that not everyone thinks in the same way or is at the same point in seeking the Divine. Do what you can to remedy or ease any situation that you feel is unjust, but do not live in a sate of retaliation. Holding on to heavy, angry emotions robs you of your joy and your ability to progress to higher levels of expanded consciousness."
What I thought was a profound book of experiences and landscapes, Jorge claims is "only a little grain of information from the vast spiritual heritage of the Incas". Thinking that there is a vast wealth of knowledge left after all that Andean Awakening has covered seems impossible. Either way, Andean Awakening was truly a great read.
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Jorge Luis has hosted and remains in contact with such notable people as Don Miguel Ruiz and Bo Bingham, grandson of Hiram Bingham. Another friend is David Childress, author of the Lost Cities Series.
Jorge Luis is the founder and owner of Kontiki Tour Company and has built several hotels in Cusco and on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Most importantly, Jorge Luis is in personal contact with the Andean priests and people of many groups of indigenous people. In addition to his native Spanish, Jorge Luis speaks English fluently, as well as the three indigenous languages. He has a vast collection of antique textiles and artifacts, which he is currently organizing into a museum at Taypikala Hotel, Cusco. Jorge Luis has been interviewed by journalists in Europe, and North America as a recognized authority on Inca philosophy and traditions. The BBC featured him in a documentary production of Everyman, and he is often interviewed for local television programs in Peru. He has also represented the Inca Nation when elders of North, Central and South America have gathered.
Jorge Luis is married with three children ages 22, 14 and 4 years. He lives in Puno, Peru and has been presenting workshops in South America, the United States and Europe.