In 2008 Jeffrey Wium received inspiration for the film Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino during a pilgrimage in the High Andes. He shares his experience of bringing the project to life:
"In 2002 I injured myself while filming a television series in the United States. This 'accident' led me into the realms of holistic healing where I discovered the need to fully integrate my physical, mental and emotional bodies and develop more cohesive life practices in order to experience deeper states of harmony and well being.
My life focus turned to education and certification in a variety of healing modalities. During this period I noticed a natural resonance with the lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition. I was called and initiated into the celestial lineage in January 2007.
I received the vision for the film in August 2008 while facilitating a pilgrimage in the Peruvian Andes. Following the trip I shared my experience with a close friend who unexpectedly offered production funding and philanthropic resources on the spot. I realized then that my worlds were merging and 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 letting go is simply a mental-emotional contraction prior to rebirth.
Accessing and recording the 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 all of my experience as a Paqo and producer-director-cameraman to create an offering from within the lineage.
Following principle photography I allocated time to wind down teaching and client responsibilities, relocate my family and birth our second child. This period provided necessary space for reflection and integration, and helped me learn to not to get in the way of how the film wanted to present Itself to the world.
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 prayers and the rhythms of the native Quechua language (which I did not speak). When Spanish and English translations were complete, I set about restoring the energetic resonance of the interpreted dialogue and generated subtitles. After several weeks of reflection, I made another edit to shorten the film's 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 unconditional support. I am deeply appreciative of my Andean colleagues, my family and all of the individuals and organizations who have helped realize this film. I also give thanks to our collective Ancestors whose wisdom and foresight set this all in motion so long ago."
Raised in Northern California. Jeffrey's work, studies and spiritual explorations have taken him around the globe, providing firsthand experience with varying systems, ideologies and perceptual realities.
In 1995, after ten years of intensive production schedules, 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 went on to train and work with Usui-Tibetan-Sai Baba Reiki, Hawaiian lomilomi, meditation, yoga, light and sound therapies, psychosomatic bodywork, quantum healing, bio-geometric design, wilderness living skills, interdenominational ministry and indigenous philosophy, healing and vision quest protocols.
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 operated as a celestial Paqo since January 2007. Jeffrey offers talks, programmes, personal and professional consultations and integrative retreats based on conscious living principles, experiential learning and non-duality.
Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino was created as a means for people to experience ancient eco-spiritual ways of life, understand animistic consciousness and help foster personal and collective well-being.