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Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino is an inspirational film conveying the heart-based intelligence and celestially integrated lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition. Recorded on location in the Peruvian highlands, this intimate documentary takes viewers on a journey into the heart of an ancient spiritual lineage to experience the practical and mystical lifeways that have sustained one of this planet’s few unbroken wisdom traditions.
The film's non-narrated format offers audiences an unmediated experience of the Andean maestro's day-to-day life and their animistic relationships with the conscious life force inherent within all aspects of the Natural World. Viewers receive universally applicable insights into a way of being based on loving kindness, unconditional reciprocity, equanimity, sustainability and the sanctity of daily life– foundations of what is known as the Living Peace.
Wiumworks Media in association with Beyond Boundaries Institute and Ayllu K’anchaq Qollyur have created this legacy offering to help inspire and revitalize modern society at a time when unprecedented numbers of people find themselves seeking balance and a deeper means of connection and renewal.
"I am still basking in the afterglow of the activation I received from the film and your program. The resonance alone from each has been a catalyst for accelerating an unfolding that has been underway for a long, long time. I am profoundly grateful and humbled.”
– Rachel C., Santa Fe, New Mexico
Andean Paqos, known as maestros of The Living Energy, form an unbroken lineage of wisdomkeepers who have helped steward humanity's holistic intelligence since time immemorial. Paqos are not shaman. They are spiritual intermediaries recognized by two titles: Pampamisayoq (Pampa•me•sigh•yoke), meaning one who focuses on earth-based matters, and Altomisayoq (Alto•me•sign•yoke), one who attends to the needs of both the terrestrial and celestial realms.
Spanish chroniclers introduced these terms in the 1530's as a means to describe the mystical priestlike functions of this ancient tradition. During this period, Andean Paqos found it necessary to retreat to remote, high altitude locations to safeguard their wisdom and animistic lifeways from to the onslaught of Conquest and Inquisition forces. They remained hidden from the world for centuries.
Perseverance through extended isolation and hardship allowed the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition to maintain its ancient practices and keep its cosmology intact. In the 1950's anthropologists rediscovered the tradition after 425 years of operational secrecy. Subsequent decades brought increases in modern convenience and safety which led more and more Paqos to live and work in larger communities. At the same time the lineage has seen a steady decrease in the number of Paqos embodying the tradition's highest levels due to disruptive influences, mentorship die-off and few modern-day apprentices willing to undertake the rigors of this path.
Presently, and as foretold by Andean oral tradition, Paqos and the Apus (mountain spirit benefactors over-lighting the tradition) have begun recognizing and initiating western-born practitioners to help reweave holistic consciousness, restore cognitive lifeways and promote spiritual responsibility within industrialized cultures. To the benefit of all peoples this ancient lineage has successfully maintained its heart intelligence and is now sharing its conscious living paradigms to help humankind remember That which has always been realized within.
"The findings of modern physics and the principles of perennial wisdom traditions are converging. And the spiritual values associated with these wisdom traditions are being validated by science as beneficial to both individuals and society in general."
– Institute of Noetic Sciences, SHIFT Report: Evidence of a World Transforming
In 2008 Jeffrey Wium received inspiration for Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino during a pilgrimage in the Peruvian Highlands. He shares his experience of birthing the film.
"In 2002 I injured myself while filming a television series. This 'accident' led me into the realm of holistic healing where I recognized I needed to integrate my physical, mental and emotional 'bodies' and embody more cohesive life practices in order to experience deeper states of harmony and overall well being.
My focus turned to education and certification in a variety of healing modalities, including Andean energy medicine. During my studies in Peru I noticed a natural resonance with the maestros of the Holy Mountain Tradition. In 2007 I was called and initiated into the lineage.
The vision for the film came in August of 2008 while I was facilitating a group pilgrimage. When I returned to the U.S. I shared my experience with a close friend who unexpectedly offered production funding and philanthropic resources on the spot. I realized then that my two seemingly separate worlds were about to merge. I began gathering my 'hats' without knowing that I would have to release all of my ideas and identifications in order to complete what was being asked of me. I would learn (and not always the easy way) that death is a contraction prior to one's birth.
Accessing and recording the historically secretive lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition required cultural sensitivity and environmental invisibility. To meet the film's cosmological and technical needs the Ancient Ones asked me to work solo, combining my experience as a Paqo and producer-director-cameraman to create an offering from within the tradition.
Following principle photography I allocated time to wind down teaching and client responsibilities and relocate my family for the birth of our second child. This period provided space for reflection and integration. It also helped me to learn to not get in the way of how the film wanted to present Itself.
Editing took fourteen months to complete. It was a somewhat unorthodox approach executed in a single pass from beginning to end relying on the energetics of the Paqos native Quechua language. When Spanish and English translations were completed, I set about clarifying the language to make it more accessible to western audiences and generated subtitles. After sitting with the film for several more weeks, I made a secondary edit to decrease the overall run time and began final mastering.
The project's inspiration and production has been one of deep trust, receptivity, inter-cultural and inter-dimensional integration into an ancient way of being– a personal and professional paradigm rooted in our natural, unified state of consciousness and "ayni”, unconditional right relationship. This legacy project has Directors beyond myself and I am grateful for their collaboration and understanding. I am deeply appreciative of my Andean colleagues and the individuals and organizations who have helped realize this film. And I give thanks to our collective Ancestors who set this all in motion so long ago."
Jeffrey was raised in Northern California. His work, studies and spiritual explorations have taken him around the globe to receive firsthand experience within varying systems, ideologies and perceptual realities.
In 1995, after years of intensive workloads, location travel and living in metropolitan centers, Jeffrey moved to quieter environs to nurture a path of inner study. He completed Qigong certifications in Oregon and China, sought deeper understanding in Tibet, Nepal and India and received the Avaloketesvara initiation from the Dalai Lama.
Jeffrey is trained in indigenous philosophy, healing and vision quest protocols, wilderness living skills, Usui-Tibetan-Sai Baba Reiki, Hawaiian lomilomi, psychosomatic bodywork, meditation, yoga instruction, sound healing and nondenominational ministry.
Jeffrey began his education in Andean energy medicine in 2004 with academic programs and research expeditions as well as traditional apprenticeships in the Peruvian highlands. He has been working as a celestial Paqo since January 2007.
Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino is an offering created by the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition as a means for people to experience ancient eco-spiritual ways of life, help recall animistic consciousness and foster personal and collective well-being.
Jeffrey offers film events, integrative programs and health-centered retreats based on conscious living and experiential learning.
"I was moved so deeply by viewing the film and attending the programs. I have experienced amazing shifts in perception, abundance, and possibility. I am truly grateful."
– Nannette C., Estes Park, Colorado
“A unique experience and much more than a movie; a valuable and beautiful, long forgotten message to the core of our ancient souls. A true film of the Heart.”
– Katrine K., Oslo, Norway
“Experiencing this film was the second most meaningful experience of my life. The first was the birth of my son.”
– Fotini K., Athens, Greece
“Not only was the cinematography amazing, the heart came through. Incredible, Stunning... the purity, the love. I am mostly without words for what I experienced."
– Pat H., New Haven, Connecticut
“I find the film to be transporting and absolutely flowing with sacredness. It is stunning to witness the energy of the spirits, the mountains and the sky all participating so actively in the film. To watch it is to not only witness the life and ceremony but to be part of it.”
– Jan S., Montpelier, Vermont
"I came upon this movie with my wife and have to tell you that I have not been the same since. My life feels like it has renewed purpose."
– Jim B., Denver, Colorado
“Near the end of the film I was filled with such a mix of deep gratitude and compassion for the human condition that tears began to flow down my cheeks. Wow, I think it's safe to say I got the heart transmission. Thank you for the gift, from my heart to yours.”
– Katherine O., Kaneohe, Hawai'i
“I was so touched and moved by your film. It was truly profound to see the wisdomkeepers holding space for humanity. I truly felt the depth of their profound words and love for all. Hearing the Paqos speak was life changing.”
– Laura A., Los Angeles, California