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What is the Inka tradition?

The spiritual tradition of the Inkas can be called a religion but can also be defined as a set of teachings on wisdom or nature mysticism. It is only implemented in the spirit, with the help of a person’s own intention and is therefore very discreet – people who practice these ancient healing techniques look just the same as everyone else. Outwardly, they look as if they are pursuing an activity, resting, meditating, or even sleeping.  

Machu Picchu in Peru: Summer residence of Pachakuti Inka Yupanqi

Typical shamanic activities or behaviors such as rattling, dancing, or burning incense, entering a trancelike state, or the ingestion of hallucinogenic substances do not exist in the Inka tradition. Therefore, it is also suitable for professionals who believe in the power of energy work but who do not want to apply it openly in their everyday contact with patients or clients. These include teachers, kindergarten teachers, doctors, therapists, coaches or trainers, some of whom achieve some amazing results with the tools of the Inka tradition.

Where did the Inka religion come from?

The ancient teachings on wisdom of the Inkas reached its peak between the 15th and 16th Centuries. At that time it was the spiritual foundation of 16 million people in South America – from Peru to Brazil and from Ecuador to Argentina – and was passed on orally from one generation to the next. It had fixed hierarchical structures and clearly defined processes for imparting knowledge. With its openness, clarity and connectedness with life, it ensured a pragmatism that supported people in their efforts to achieve prosperity and well-being. For detailed information about the Inka religion, click here.

After arrival of the Spaniards in 1532 and the subsequent collapse of the empire, the Christian faith and the Inka tradition merged to form a system of teachings on wisdom that is still alive today and is practiced and taught by the Q'ero Indians in Peru.

Who are the Q’eros? Are they the descendants of the Inkas?

The Q'eros are referred to as the keepers of the ancient tradition or masters of living energy  since they have preserved the spiritual teachings of the Inkas in a very pure form until this day. For more than 500 years they have been living high up in the Andes at altitudes of up to 4,700 meters, where their first contact with the Western world occurred in 1949. Detailed information about the Q’eros, their living conditions and their history can be found here.

What makes the Inka tradition so flexible?

Juan Apaza, high-priest from Q'ero, Altomesayoq, healer, shaman, mystic

This ancient doctrine requires no one to convert; it welcomes knowledge already acquired through other traditions or cultures and never seeks to replace it; on the contrary, the Inka religion actually asks people to combine their knowledge with it to form something larger. Therefore, the Andean perspective can easily be combined with other views, beliefs or background and its powerful tools can be integrated into various forms of medical, therapeutic, teaching or healing work.

To whom is the Inka tradition best suited?

The tools, exercises, and views of this wisdom teaching support people who want to grow, realize the power that lies within them, and change their lives. It does not matter whether they are beginners or have been practicing energy work for many years. Their faith, age, and cultural background are also irrelevant – the Andean tradition can be integrated into anyone’s life and practiced by anyone. Thus, the Inka tradition can be integrated easily and discreetly integrated into any medical, therapeutic, teaching or healing work. 

What can the Inka tradition help people with?

It can help people to look at their lives from a different perspective and to redefine all of their life experiences in the light of Living Energy of the Universe. It teaches people how to perceive and connect with this living energy to produce a feeling of wellbeing, harmony, contentment within themselves and their relationships with others, in the family, at work, or in the community – not least by communicating and entering into an exchange with Mother Earth. 

The Inka tradition is an ancient doctrine that gives people the tools to heal their (psychological) injuries and dispel internalized beliefs in order to grow, become strong, confident, and authentic, and to live life in a spirit of trust. The Inka religion helps people to recognize and realize the potential that lies dormant within them.

Where can I learn the Inka tradition?

It's very easy and convenient to learn the andean tradition and the healing techniques

Inka World offers a variety of workshops, classes, and seminars in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where you can familiarize yourself with the spiritual knowledge of the Inkas. Using the keyword Workshop To-Go, groups of at least 5 participants can book a coach or instructor who will introduce you to the content of this tradition in a location near you or even in your home in a workshop that is tailored to your individual needs.  

Another option is to be initiated into ancient teachings on wisdom in Peru itself or in various European countries.  The so-called Hatun Karpay is a spiritual journey to ancient places of power in order to receive the same initiations as the Inkas and to “set out on your path.”  

Additional information

Detailed information about the spiritual tradition of the Inkas can be found on this website under the heading The Inka Religion; a historical treatise on the Inkas is available under the heading The Inkas, and an extensive collection of relevant English literature is included under the heading Books.