My first name is José and my ordained name is Kuri Ziri, but most people know me as Pepe. Kuri Ziri means Fire Corn in the Purépecha language and was given to me by one of my elders. Originally from Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), I am of mestizo blood, with Otomí-Tolteca ancestry. Since I was a child, my indigenous heritage led me to become fascinated by ancient cultures, particularly Mesoamerican cultures and their spiritual legacy. I have had different spiritual teachers since the age of 9, being initiated in the energetic sciences of the pendulum, biomagnetism, reiki, and acupuncture.
In my search for the expansion of consciousness, as well as physical and mental health, I have participated in many ceremonies from different traditions: Wixarika, Maya, Purépecha, Mexica, Shuar, Santo Daime, Lakota, Navajo, and Okiwa, among others. These ceremonies have been and continue to be a source of motivation, inspiration, and knowledge. Over the past 30 years, I have been trained in 7 different medicines, including Peyote (Hikuri), Ayahuasca, Niños Santos (mushrooms/Psilocybin), and Wachuma (San Pedro).
With more than 25 years of experience in the tourism industry, I am also an experienced guide in hiking, camping, bird watching, whale watching, water activities, mountain biking, etc., and in the planning, development and execution of excursions by land and sea.
For more than 16 years I have been an active member of the Sacred Fire (Fuego Sagrado) of Itzachilatlan and the Fundación Cultural Camino Rojo A.C. It was around this time that I began my training to conduct spiritual ceremonies and temazcales under this design. I started with a Vision Quest, where the person climbs a mountain in solitude, to meditate and fast with no food or water for 4 days. The next year, the person does 7 days, then 9, then 13, for a total of 4 years, representing the Four Directions.
I have also participated in the Sun Dance ceremony for the last 16 years. This is a commitment for life. The ritual consists of 4 days of dancing in the sun's rays while fasting. I have also supported and helped people in their process of evolution and personal growth in these ceremonies, acting as their “godfather.”
I received the blessing from my elders to lead the Sacred Temazcal. Since then I have had a permanent temazcal at home, which we prepare every Full Moon, New Moon, Solstice, and Equinox and when it is required to help and assist our people. I am involved in its construction, planning, and conduction of ceremonies.
I have received direct instruction from my teachers, mentors, and friends, Aurelio Diaz Tekpankalli and Yaci Orquera, heads of the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan. I am the guardian and custodian of the Sacred Pipe (Chanupa). I organize collections and activities to help the people who need it most.
I was ordained Spiritual Leader and Medicine Man by the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan. Our practices and sacraments are protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
I firmly believe that the human being as an energetic and luminous being is capable of doing great things. I believe that each person is born with a talent and a mission in this life. From my own evolution and growth, it is my greatest desire to help people to find it. It is our grain of sand, our small contribution in these times that are so important for the destiny of humanity.
Our ancestors knew that the well-being of one is the well-being of all.
"In Lak'ech Hala K'en." I am you and you are me, it means that we are oneself.
We are all related, we are all relatives, we are all family.
For all my relations.