Feeling Death Overtake You- El Manto De La Novia, Banos, Ecuador
This is one of those moments where I thank God/the Universe for allowing us to travel the world. An emotional day as is (the day we left our Amazonian Paradise in the Quichway village in Ecuador) and arrived in Banos (where everything started to change) and here we saw this. Four of us wanted to go see it; two stayed in the car. We walked down in the rain down a narrow, winding trail, over a vast bridge, and into a seemingly irrelevant waterfall.
But, at is as you approach her, that you know something is going on. And when you face here, you know, you know. She’s thin (both halves of her) and strong (like me!) and have powerful message should you take the time to know her. Rita de la Cascade (Rita of the Waterfall) explains to me all the amazing powers she has (in another video), but for now, know, that without knowing that history; you can’t escape her magic.
I stood there, alone, and faced her and was lost in her vengeance. She is sublime. She is. And she overtook me at ‘hello’. As she crashes down, she pounds Mother Earth so powerfully, and wipes out any significance you may have foolishly thought you possessed. In her presence, you are nothing. In her presence, you must fight with full-force to just stand upright and keep your eyes open.
For me, El Manto De La Novia (The Bride’s Veil) was a death experience. She overtook me, and I stood there helplessly, and laughed. I knew I could not escape her, I knew she was all-powerful and I was meek and weak and nothing in her wrath. I stood before her ‘naked and free’ and totally beyond my skin. It’s as if I disintegrated, just vanished from my own skin, identity, person hood; and became a part of her.
She is a dear. You should definitely get to know her when you come to the area. She is of the more less-visited, less-famous waterfalls surrounding and is a gem to be held lightly, of her own right.
I swore I’d come back every day to see her, to gain the wisdom she has to teach; and yet, alas, I only did get that one magic moment before her. When you go, bow to her from me, ok? In mind and spirit, I’ve returned to her again, and again; and will continue to do so.