So I bet you're wondering how on earth Little Tessa walks to the Moon? Well here's the second piece of the puzzle, found buried in the depths of the Amazon jungle. Magic.
Stop 2: Peru
When I grew up and left home I forgot about my plan for an exciting life. I grew to mistrusted myself and the world and turned from a confident young mountain adventurer into an anxious and indecisive twenty-something. Sound familiar? At my lowest and most directionless point I needed medication and therapy to cope with my worries that didn't really exist. Not cool at all.
Luckily my Little Tessa, who was hanging on to my dreams for me, shouted out for help and bought me to the Amazon jungle in Peru to kick this fear in the butt once and for all, hooray! I came to Tierra Mitica, an amazing happiness research centre and jungle community of the most mythic, open-hearted people I have ever met. They learned much of what they know from the Shipibo – a traditional Peruvian jungle tribe.
The Shipibo work with the Ayahuasca plant for its medicinal properties. They hold ceremonies for people to heal all sorts of ailments, physical, mental and emotional. These happen under the full moon for the light it provides and the special energy it creates. Tierra Mitica no longer work with the ayahuasca plant, but they do use the wisdom of the Grandma Ayahuasca (it’s spirit) to help people learn about themselves and how they can be happy, powerful beings.
In The Girl Who Walked to the Moon, the Shipibo help Little Tessa to fight an imaginary snake (made from her very own pigtail plait), and in doing so she discovers her true power. And that she no longer needs to be scared. Yeeha! The snake doesn't completely disappear, but is a friendly reminder to Little Tessa that it is she who chooses to be powerful every day.
I visit Peru and Tierra Mitica almost every year and I can’t recommend anything more for your own happiness. I have learned that I have the power to love myself truly, and to give myself the exciting life I’ve always dreamed of. This is where The Happy Book Company was envisioned, and so represents a very important stopping point on my own journey to the Moon.