The Maya believed that 2012 was a new beginning.
I have felt a shift in my own beliefs in the two years since that date. A new relationship is emerging with the world of spirit. I have always believed that everything is created by God and therefore imbued with spirit. As I have gotten older I see God as a feminine power of creation, giving birth out of love to the Universe, the Earth and all of her creatures.
During the 1990s I took a number of trips with small groups lead by Conrad Satala, a psychologist and Mayan Shaman, to the ceremonial sites of Copan Honduras, Palenque and Yachilan in Mexico, and Tikal and the beautiful Lake Atitlan area in Guatemala. These trips were both intellectually stimulating and spiritually awakening. Although I had traveled through many of the United States, I had little experience with other cultures so it was eye opening for me to see that people from other countries really thought and lived differently than I did. Yet we were similar in all looking for peace, comfort, the love and care of family, and asking for a meaningful life.
On those trips I learned that ancient cultures saw everything as being alive, worthy of respect and gratitude. I began to open to a relationship with spirit of the landscape in which I live and the plants and animals that surround me and nourish me as food, clothing and are the building materials of my home.
Some of their beliefs were very different from my own and opened me to a whole new way of seeing the spirit world. They had a relationship with the past that included believing that death did not mean the end, only a change in location. The ancestors were not gone but in another realm of spirit and still accessible to assist in daily life. The ancient Maya buried the dead under their homes so that they were close and still part of the family. The Maya of today go to the grave sites on the “Day of the Dead”. Doors that cover the graves are opened and a picnic is spread and shared with the ancestors. It is a day of celebration and communication with loved ones. They also communicate with other spirit beings all emissaries of the one God but assistants to living life.
Now another aspect of my relationship is changing. I am experiencing the support and assistance that the spirit world gives to me and learning to actively ask for that assistance in the moment as I live my life.
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