Spirit Of Peru

by Debra Mae White on July 22, 2012

The Richness of Nature is My Inspiration – Claude Monet

When I gazed into the eyes of Peruvians, I glimpsed a shared ancient kinship and touched a wellspring of the sacred. Travelling in a third world country, one would expect to see poverty. But poverty is a matter of perspective. If there was suffering, I did not see signs of such sadness in Peru. The warm faces of the Peruvian people exude innocence, purity of heart and a spiritual intimacy rarely shown in the Western world.

A native woman named Brigitte brought me to her simple straw hut that held her family possessions. The island she calls home floats thirteen thousand feet in the air at Lake Titicaca and has been inhabited for generations by her people. The indigenous residents are gentle, blithesome ones who possess the gift of gratitude for the basics in life.   The reed used to build the home of the young family is also their sustenance. This plant grows wild in the waters of Titicaca and those who dwell in that remote sea never go hungry. Shelter, food and family revolve around the tall botanical species that looks like bamboo and tastes like sugar cane. Nature and spirit are the source of prosperity for these people who embody a sense of community.

Brigitte is one of many tapestry weavers throughout the remote villages in Peru. Their renderings of colorful threads tell the stories of a primal heritage that harks back to the Creator. These works of art are suffused with the sweetness of spirit. The Peruvian people live so very close to God. Cultural tradition, ceremony, worship and celebration thrive in abundance throughout their daily tasks. If only they could bottle that joy, we would all know the purest form of love.

Here is the question Peru beckons us to ponder:

Does the key to our destiny rest safely in the wisdom of simplicity?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Devoni Wardlow July 23, 2012 at 6:51 am

Wow!! Something to ponder during my walk this morning. Your rich description of Brigitte and her brethren make me yearn for a simpler life, too. I am glad you enjoyed your trip.

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Debra Mae White July 23, 2012 at 7:50 am

Thanks for your comment Devoni. My time in Peru taught me many beautiful lessons.

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Wayne Norden August 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

Debra — doing mission work in the heart of Lima brought us face to face with poverty but we to experienced the humble joy of hope and God…..There eyes alway told their stories….we came home from Peru different people…..Have a Blessed Day!

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Debra Mae White August 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

Your beautiful story about travelling to Peru for two mission trips was an inspiration for our trip Wayne. Thanks for all you do to make our world a better place!

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