Being in Ayni Brings Rain
Alberto Villoldo tells a story about a village in the Andes where there had been no rain for some time. The people decide to call on a Paqu'o, or Shaman, to come and bring rain. When the Paqu'o gets to the remote village, the first thing he does is ask for a hut to go into. The people find him a hut, and he disappears inside and is not seen for three days.
At the end of the three days he comes out of the hut and it begins to rain. Wonderful, thank you so much the people say. But why did it take so long for the rain to come?
When I first came to this village, the Paqu'o says, it was so out of Ayni, (balance, reciprocity) that the feeling was overwhelming. I needed to retreat to the hut and be present with, meditate on, Ayni until things came into balance. Once this happened, and only when this happened, could it rain.
What is out of Ayni in your, our, life? How can Ayni be achieved so it can rain?