Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
While most people outside the metaphysical communities have no awareness of the meaning of the dates, the three digits are energetic trigger-points that cause us to focus on the date as a time of personal and planetary healing. United in thought and intention with people all over the world, these dates can accelerate catalytic changes in us and serve as point-in-time frequency markers. When we hold a noble intention on these days, it gives us an opportunity to check on our state of consciousness, and to recalibrate ourselves as we prepare for the end times of the Mayan Long Count calendar.
Since the start of the 21st century, we've seen much more activity as groups come together to hold gatherings in recognition of the triune dates. Many have traveled to Egypt, Peru, or Mayan lands to participate in sacred rituals or ceremonies organized by the native peoples on 7/7/7, 8/8/8 and 9/9/9. Others developed or synchronized local events that united their efforts with those in far-away places. As the decade has proceeded and we've come closer to the Year Zero end-date of the Mayan Long Count calendar, the events have become even more common.
While the Gregorian calendar is not aligned with the Mayan Calendar per se, there's general consensus that something unique is happening at this time on earth and we need to step up our intentions of purpose and good-will. Global communications via the internet or television show us daily how old systems and ways of thinking are collapsing. New scientific telescopes trained on the solar system and the galaxies dissolve old beliefs and enlighten us with information about the origin of the universe and our place in it. If nothing else the new findings stir great debate about our cosmology.
Yet other changes are also underway, though perhaps not as evident. Instead of waiting for religious or governmental leaders to lead the way, the people themselves are responding to the changes or directing that which they want to see. They are engaging in local projects of self-reliance while still caring or looking out for their neighbors. There's a sense that we're all in this together and only by joining with like-minded resolve can we address and endure the changes that are affecting us.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Since April when the Deep Horizon oil well explosion shattered the induced apathy of 'safe drilling', the attention of the world has been focused on the spill, its effects on the Gulf coast, and the potential for a global environmental disaster. The initial outrage was to cast blame, even as the endless spewing of crude from the belly of the earth continued to foul the ocean and the food chain.
Blame is much easier to manage. It's a wonderful excuse for inaction and for not feeling. But something happened as the months went by. Blame abated only to be replaced by feelings of anxiety, helplessness, and despair. In the past few weeks, fear has taken center stage.
The internet has been awash in dire predictions of tsunamis, methane gas explosions and the imminent annihilation of the State of Florida, if not the entire planet. The 'scientific' predictions have been enjoined by those that come from well-meaning 'spiritual channels, guides and organizations' that warn residents to flee the area and get to safety before it's too late. Too late for what? Death? Get to safety? Where?
The explosion on April 21, 2010 was not an isolated action. It was the result of our collective actions, in-actions or beliefs. Whether we know it or not, we are all BP! And, we're in this solution together or we fail together. We're in a situation now where we can become paralyzed by fear or we can stand courageously as beacons of hope in front of this global environmental disaster.
Never before has a collective disaster motivated so many to review their beliefs, lifestyles, or behavior in regards to the environment. Entrepreneurs and scientists who have toiled in the back-rooms of the "Green Energy" movement designing alternative ways to keep energy clean have come forward with ideas to fix the problem. Thousands of workers have been hired by oil-spill clean-up companies. An abandoned Kia dealership in Mississippi, a relic of the recent auto crisis, is now home to 1500 workers in new environmental jobs. Billions of dollars are pouring into the Gulf, even as the oil gushes. The old order is crumbling as the birth of the new appears before our eyes. That is, if we look beyond what is obvious.
The world renowned Sufi master and mystic Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, author of That Which Transpires Behind That Which Appears, said: "In order for there to be change, one has to accept a breakdown and trust that there will be a breakthrough. That is the principle of alchemy. Death is the ultimate breakdown. When one does not want to continue to be what one was, then you are not afraid of death."
All the institutions that we once thought were beyond criticism are crumbling. We've come to realize that not only are we 'the ones we've been waiting for' but we are the ones who must lay the foundation for the re-building of the new institutions that will serve the new world. We can only do that from a place of trust in a holy order. We must have faith that there is a Divine Plan and that nature can restructure herself. We must have hope in the promises of ancient texts, seers and prophets about the coming new age. We must know that it is only from the heart center that we can find resolution for what has happened and perhaps forgive ourselves.
Are you concerned about the perceived chaos and strife in governments and homes around the world? Do you wonder why you came here to be present at this time on earth? Because you were called here, at this time, and to this place, to birth a revolutionary new consciousness. You were called to stand courageously in the face of tsunami and methane gas fears and warnings. You were called to be beacons of compassion that hold a heart-centered focus.
That is what the Sarasota community did when we stood with a Sri Lankan monk in chanting the Buddhist Ratan Sutta. That is what we did when dozens of new Water Emissaries were commissioned to be carriers that would bless the waterways of their communities with the sacred waters of the world. That is what we did when we collectively blessed the Gulf of Mexico knowing that our deepest intentions would unite, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific, and touching all the waterways of the planet.
That is why we're here! And this is what we do on the southwestern Gulf Coast!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Plans for a trip to New Mexico to see the connection first-hand were sealed when, waking from a dream one morning, I clearly heard a voice say, "Go to the Anasazi." With little more than trust in the next unfolding journey, we went to see the Anasazi of the dream. We had a strong sense that the stories, legends and oral histories of the indigenous people of Peru or the Maya might unfold and connect with those who lived in the American southwest. And so, in early June we visited the dwellings, ceremonial sites and the Pueblos of the ancient people who lived in New Mexico and southern Colorado.
Arriving in Albuquerque to begin the trek north by car, the similarities in terrain and culture was immediate. The brown, dusty, landscape of the high, arid, desert mountains sitting alongside small plots of green plants was identical to that of Peru. The facial rock-formations that were prolific in the mountains of Peru were equally noticeable in the American southwest. The "spirit faces" in both lands are formed naturally by wind and the occasional water that floods the mountains in spring. The people of Peru call the faces in the mountains, Apus or spirits. They're looked upon as "guardians" of the ruins or sacred areas. The American southwest has its own myriad of faces appearing around every turn of the road. They too "guard" many of the ruins or oversee the mountains and canyons.
Oral history indicates the cultures worshipped nature, mother earth, the sun and the sky beings. There were symbols prominent in both cultures related to the sun. One symbol, similar in appearance, was sacred in both the Peruvian and Pueblo cultures,as it appeared in many sacred sites. The Inca chakana is a 3-stepped symbol in the shape of a cross representing the upper, middle and lower worlds. Like the Incas who revered Inti, the sun, in the Pueblo culture, the sun was revered as the giver of life. Their symbol for the sun is the Zia, a design remarkably similar to the chakana showing stepped rays of light emerging from a red circle. The symbol is found along with spirals throughout the walls of the ruins. The symbol of the Zia is still used in many settings. The state of New Mexico features it in the center of today's modern auto tags and its at the center of the state flag.
Effects of the Spanish Invasion
The Maya, Inca and Pueblo countries bear the scars of the invasion of the Spanish conquistadors about 500 years ago. Spanish continues to be the prevailing language though the indigenous tribes still use their original language. In Peru the tribal people speak Quechua or Ayamara while in the southwest the language of the original people is Tewa or a derivative of it. In the Pueblos Tewa is still taught in the native schools. The Catholic religion's dominance over the indigenous people was evident in the many churches left behind by the Jesuits. Cathedrals abound in both the Maya and Peruvian lands. However, in the American southwest, there were many more small missions or shrines to the Lady of Guadalupe, Mother Mary, or Saint Michael. Readers of past Spirit of Maat articles might remember that it was a powerful experience with Archangel Michael that guided us to Peru on the initial trip.
Aside from the language, the colors of the land and the high mountain desert conditions, the dwellings and ruins of the ancient people proved to be the most intriguing. There was a similarity and a familiarity in how the buildings were constructed, especially the adobe structures. While the ancient stones creations of pre-Inca Peru were immense in size, those of the southwestern Pueblo people were intricate architectural structures built on a large, complex scale. Given the altitude and sheer rock faces of the mountains that they were built on, the stone-masons had mastered the art of geometry and construction.
The Inca, Maya and the Pueblo people lived and worked with respect for mother earth, the cycles of nature, and especially with spirit at the center of their lives. In Peru, the high round towers of Silustani had their compliment in the large round Kivas of the southwest. Peruvian guides told us that the Silustani towers were "burial places" while shamans claimed they were "observatories to the space brothers." While in a state of meditation, experienced on the high plateaus of Peru away from the ever-present 'tour group" I was told that these tall towers were actually "sound chambers." The towers, which were arranged in a semi-circle, had an energetic frequency alignment between each one, forming an invisible grid-pattern across the flat mesa. (photo left NM - photo above right: Peru)
While in that meditation, we were guided to conduct a sound experiment. We found that when the massive stones at the base of the circular towers were struck with another stone a deep tone could be heard. The sound reverberated from inside the small entrance hole at the base of each structure, and a low vibration could be felt. Each large stone had a different sound. So if these were in fact observatories to the space brothers, sound and vibration were probably used as a form of communication. But it wasn't until we arrived in New Mexico that we learned of a "sound connection" with the Pueblo people.
In the dwelling places of the Southwestern Pueblos large kivas were centrally built by the ancient cliff people. These kivas were large, intricately designed, round, ceremonial chambers with strategically placed openings. There were two rectangular openings into the "under world" built at the bottom of each kiva. One of the ceremonial practices performed by the Pueblo priests was the pounding of large drums which were set over the openings to the underworld on the floor of the kiva. The sound of the drums was amplified within the round chamber, and was said to be heard throughout the village echoing across the canyons. (photo above: Kiva NM)
In fact, before learning that the kivas were used as sound chambers, we climbed Bandelier's 140' high cliff dwellings with two other women, one from Switzerland and one from New Zealand. After reaching the summit, high above the trees, we then climbed ten feet down into the kiva. We positioned ourselves at directional points forming a square within the circular enclosure. Together, we began to chant the OM sound and to tone. We were later told by those outside the Kiva that the echoing sound could be heard reverberating around the walls and a vibration felt across the rock cliffs. (photo left: Bandelier Kiva)
Astronomy & Archaeology
The Maya and Inca aligned many of their temples and structures astronomically with the stars or the cycles of the sun and moon. In the southwest, we discovered that the entire tribe gathered for rituals or celebrations in the large kiva. The smaller kivas built near family quarters were used for more personal family ceremonies. But outside the main dwelling areas of the tribe, kivas were also built and these were aligned along a north-south or east-west line. Scientific researchers showed these kivas were solar and lunar observation towers marking the seasons, the years, and the cycles of nature in this agrarian society. The alignments also indicated that the structures were built along energetic Ley lines, much the same as they were in Peru where a series of temples between Lake Titicaca and the sacred valley were positioned along a "Grand Ley Line." It became obvious that the Mayans, Incas and their predecessors were not the only cultures observing or recording the stars, the sun, and the moon's cycles. (photo right: White Sands half moon)
There is also a relationship between the structures and cultures of Central, South America and the American southwest. Some of the ruins in New Mexico had "facial" protrusions out of the rock walls much like the protruding faces at the ancient site of Tiwanaku in Bolivia. While not as detailed in New Mexico, they were similar in nature and structure. Also, the openings of windows or doorways, in the shape of a large square opening over a narrower rectangular one, were identical in design to the portals in the ruins of Peru, specifically that of Aramu Muru and those of Tiwanaku. But more evidence of a direct relationship between the Pueblo, the Maya and the Peruvian Amazon was forthcoming as we continued our trek northward through the mis-named "Aztec" ruins, Chaco Canyon, the active and continually inhabited Taos Pueblo, and Mesa Verde. (Photo Left Window Door Shapes NM - Photo Right - Tiwanaku)
Chaco Canyon & Machu Picchu
Chaco Canyon was the most important hub of all the ancient Pueblo people, lying at the center of a 25,000 square mile area. It was here at this crossroads that all the people of the north, central and south Americas would gather for seasonal ceremonies and to annually trade with one another. This site, like Machu Picchu in Peru, was an archaeological and astronomical wonder as well as the center of trade, commerce, and culture for the entire region. While much of it is in ruins, the site, like Machu Picchu, was immense in size and in its significance to the people of the area. It was a monumental semi-circular center revealing the masonry scope and skills of the builders. It was at the center of more than 400 miles of extensive prehistoric roadways connecting Chaco to the outlying communities and tribes across the area. Sitting for hours and watching the sun move across the face of the canyon walls, the ancient petroglyphs in Chaco Canyon resembled street signs, welcoming visitors, identifying homes, or pointing in the direction of good elk or deer hunting. (Photo Chaco Canyon)
Oral Traditions & Astro-Archaeology
While visiting three different locations in northern New Mexico, the oral stories of three different people tied the circumstantial evidence together in a very synchronistic way. The Taos Pueblo is an active site where Taos descendants continue to live in adobe houses much the same as their ancestors did. These adobe structures are similar in design to the Peruvian adobe huts in villages all across the high plateau. Neither the Taos Pueblo nor the Peruvian adobe huts had running water or electricity; instead they drew water from a creek, river or lake.
Standing in 102 degree heat on a dusty dirt street of the Taos Pueblo, we sought relief from the elements by entering an adobe hut with its door ajar. Instead of a traditional shop selling souvenirs to visitors, this one was sparse. Hanging on one wall were ten feathered fans, and on the opposing wall, three enormous ceremonial drums, the largest about five feet in diameter, and all in various states of creation. A man's voice behind us identified the feathered healing fans on the wall that we were staring at. His name was Vernon, the tribe's Medicine Man. He told us he'd been trained since boyhood by his grandfather, the previous Medicine Man, to make the feathered fans that were to be used for healings or in ceremonies. The feathers had to be respectfully gathered from birds, and had to be smoked with white sage, blessed and healing intentions placed into the fans. Each fan took about three to four years to be completed. (Photo Taos Pueblo)
We spent a serendipitous afternoon with Vernon, learning about his upbringing, his culture and his healing craft. He showed us the healing fan made for him at his birth by his grandfather who "knew he was going to be born." Then he showed us an elegant ceremonial fan of white feathers with a brilliant orange Macaw feather that he'd made for his daughter's wedding.
It was then we learned the story of the Macaws of Central and South America and how they'd made their way into the Pueblo cultures. Vernon shared the stories of his grand-father's great-grandfather. He said in the ancient days the Mayan people often came to the region to trade with the northern people, bringing with them their customs, sacred objects, traditions, and ways of building. They also brought Macaws which were prized for their brilliant feathers. As it turned out, this was the first of several times the stories of the Mayans and the Macaws would be shared on this trip. He told us that the Pueblo War Chief and Council had agreed to send four warriors from the Taos Pueblo back to the Mayan lands with the Mayan traders, insuring safe passage and continued trade between the people of the south and the north. He said the people of the north walked all the way through Central America into South America and the people of those regions were also visitors to the north. (Photo Macaw Petroglyph)
Another synchronous meeting occurred at the "Aztec Ruins" that confirmed not only Vernon's story, but shed light on the Mayan astronomical observances. We met a park ranger whose life passion was astro-archaeology, the study of the relationship between megalithic sites and the sun, moon and stars. Marti showed us old photos of the archaeological dig at the ruins that unearthed not only Macaw feathers but the mummified remains of intact Macaw birds. She told us Macaws had been found in many of the archaeological digs giving evidence that the people of central and South America had traveled and traded widely in the area.
Solstices & Equinoxes
We spent an undisturbed afternoon with Marti who took us on a tour of the ruins. She told us how doctoral students had discovered that the windows of the great kiva had been set into the stones and aligned with the sun's passages of the equinoxes and solstices. More importantly, the researchers found that the placement of the windows in the kiva was aligned with the less well-known 18-year lunar cycle - a cycle showing the highest northern arc and lowest southern arc of the full moon every 18.6 years.
Marti said all of the Great Kivas were designed as solar and lunar observatories, perhaps learned from the Mayans. She indicated which windows corresponded to the two equinoxes and solstices during the solar year. Unbeknownst to us, earlier in the day we had been sitting in meditation inside the kiva at the exact spot that the sun would illuminate a beam of light across the chamber on the summer solstice of June 21st. (Photo Aztec Ruins Solstice Alignment - notice the Orbs)
A Navajo Future
Our last meeting was with a Navajo woman named Arna Billie Yazi, the daughter of a tribal elder who had come to Chaco canyon on that day for inspiration. She knew a little of the ancient people but felt she should learn more about the past so she could teach the young people of her tribe about hope in the future. She said there was much despair among the young Navajo with twelve suicides since the first of the year. Arna wanted to see how pride in the old cultures and ways might stimulate the young people to a better understanding of the future. We talked of Peru and Machu Picchu and how that country had created jobs, hope and opportunities for their people as they uncovered the glories of the ancient stories. We talked for over an hour. After a long pause in the conversation, Arna said, "If they can do that in Peru, why not here?" Indeed, Arna! (Photo Machu Picchu)
The Union of All People
We traveled the Pueblo lands for most of the month of June. We climbed hot, dry mountains to experience the massive stone buildings. We saw the strong similarities between ancient cultures, spiritual beliefs, the people, their homes and the land. We meditated, prayed and reflected in the ruins. We chanted with two like-minded souls from far away countries in a kiva high above the towering tree-tops. We met descendants of the ancient people who warmly shared their knowledge of the past and sang of their hopes for the future. We witnessed that all people are related, if not by DNA then surely by circumstance. We affirmed that in this connection, we are not alone nor have we ever been. We may be separated by geography or by oceans, but in the place where we open our homes and our hearts to strangers or to travelers, we are united. We truly are threads in the fabric of life, weaving an unfolding story of the unity of all people, as one single family. From the ancient peoples of Peru, the Mayan lands and the Pueblo to the people of the new earth, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Before his death in 1945, psychic and "sleeping prophet" Edgar Cayce predicted significant earthquake activity in Iceland and on Mounts Vesuvius and Pelee. As of this writing, the Icelandic volcano continues to disrupt air travel all across Europe and now the Americas, and to impact the delivery of salmon from Norway to the rest of the world. In a reading in 1934 Cayce said "There will be upheavals in the Arctic
Cayce continued, "The earth will be broken up in many places - South America will be shaken from its uppermost portion to its end." "If there are greater activities in the volcanoes on Iceland, Vesuvius or Pelee, then the southern coast of California and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada, may expect within the three months following, inundation by the earthquakes - more so in the Southern than the Northern Hemisphere." Following the eruption in Iceland, there was an earthquake near San Diego, and major flooding not only in Chile and Peru but also in the south central parts of the United States, in Europe, in Australia and in China.
He said that those people being born in this period of time (late 20th into 21st century) are purposely returning to the geographic areas of earth where they
In another reading, Cayce told an individual that he was in Atlantis in the "second period of disturbance, or 28,000 years ago." He said the individual and his companions "left Atlantis to build up the Peruvian lands because the Atlanteans were
As modern day governments and politicians bicker over fossil fuel and energy policies, the dialogue often turns to the pros and cons of nuclear energy. The fears are that nuclear energy is not safe or can be used as weapons. The stories in the
So what does all this mean to each of us? It means that while there are ancient documents and prophecies that tell the stories of the planets cataclysms, the earth has managed to survive. It also means that the predictions of the ancient Maya and Hopi who looked to the stars to predict greater cosmic changes, or the more recent earth-change predictions of Edgar Cayce cannot be ignored. This is especially notable as the Hopi describe the destruction of the first, second, third and fourth worlds because "the people forgot their Creator."
Yet, while all the prophecies spoke of times of great trial, tribulation and destruction, they also offered signs of hope. These trials offer us an opportunity to do things in a different way and to consider alternatives instead of repeating the mistakes of the
The "Children of the Sun" or "Children of the Law of One" who he said would return to rectify the sins of the past do so now as "servants of all." When dire events happen on the planet, there is an immediate response from them. The ongoing Gulf
With hurricane season approaching and the potential of the oil moving into the Gulfstream, it was clear this was not just a Gulf problem, but one in which the entire world could be affected. While engineers, technicians, government officials and volunteers sprang into action to stem the oil and protect the wildlife, so too did those who "use and guide Universal Forces of the fourth dimensional consciousness."
Situations like this unfold continuously around the world under the watchful eyes of a coalition of "mindfulness organizations." In their vigilance, they see the potential
In synchronous time, when that directive was set in place by GCI, local leaders of the spiritual community in southwestern Florida were already in action. The community immediately responded to a call to meet on the famous white crystal sands of Siesta Key Beach. In less than thirty-six hours and with minimal notification, fifty people joined the sunset gathering. Many who felt paralyzed with anxiety over the oil spill, or fearful of what would happen to the Gulf, responded quickly to being in service.
With the tones of the crown chakra and third eye chakra crystal bowls as backdrop, Rose Lettiere led a guided meditation to visualize and anchor an ethereal barrier reef around the spewing oil. With the group joining in heart coherence with the Global Consciousness members, the barrier reef was constructed from fourth dimensional consciousness. Through the grace of the angelic realms and the focused intentions of the group, it was asked that the ethereal reef remain in place until the physical barrier is safely erected.
As we witness the prophecies unfolding, we know there are always greater solutions that can be brought forward by the "Children of the Sun." We no longer have to remain in fear or anguish. We can proactively move to the heart center and create the solutions we wish to see. Especially as each of us must own the blame as well as create the solutions for what happens on the planet. And so we did in southwest Florida and around the world.
We are here to learn how to live.
When things we do not like are in our life
We can't get angry or push them away.
We have to bring them into us.
As Nuadi said the last line of his prayer, he reached out and wrapped his arms around the bad thing pulling it into his heart with a giant smile.
May we all wrap our arms around the bad things and smile from the heart!
Jo - June 1, 2010