Experiences from participants of the Tensegrity® tour
Journeys into the Second Attention: Following the Trail of the Plumed Serpent as Kukulkan to the Land of the Maya – Yucatan
Experiencias de los participantes del tour de Tensegrity®
Viajes en la Segunda Atención: Siguiendo el Rastro de la Serpiente Emplumada Kukulkan a la Tierra de los Mayas – Yucatán
Отзывы участников Tensegrity® тура
Путешествия во Второе Внимание: Как Кукулькан, Следуя Тропой Пернатого Змея в Землю Майя – Юкатан
Erfahrungen der Teilnehmer der Tensegrity® Tour
Reisen in die zweite Aufmerksamkeit: Dem Pfad der Gefiederten Schlange in Gestalt des Kukulkan ins Land der Maya folgen – Yucatan
Expériences des participants du tour de Tensegrity®
Voyages dans la seconde attention: Suivre la trace du serpent à plumes, Kukulkan jusqu’à la terre des mayas – Yucatan
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A Tensegrity® Event
Journeys into the Second Attention:
Following the Trail of the Plumed Serpent as Kukulkan
to the Land of the Maya – Yucatan
This event will be attended by Renata Murez and Carol Tiggs*
April 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2016
Following the Merida, Yucatan Workshop
Seer’s Affection – The Ineffable that Bonds
April 16 & 17, 2016
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………. From Paxil, from Cayala, as they were called, came the yellow ears of corn and white ears of corn….
………. And thus they found the food, and this was what went into the flesh of created man, the made man; this was his blood. So the corn entered into the formation of man by the work of the Forefathers….
………. Our first mothers and fathers were made and formed, they had no mother, they had no father…. Only by a miracle, by means of incantation were they created and made…They had the appearance of men; they talked, conversed, saw and heard, walked, grasped things.
………. They were endowed with intelligence: they saw and instantly they could see far, they succeeded in seeing, they succeeded in knowing all that there is in the world. When they looked, instantly they saw all around them, and they contemplated in turn the arch of heaven and the round face of the earth.
………. Things hidden they saw all; at once they saw the world.
………. Great was their wisdom; their sight reached to the forests, the rocks, the lakes, the seas, the mountains, and the valleys…
………. Then the Creator and Maker asked them: “What do you think of your condition?”
………. Immediately, the first men gave thanks to the Creator and Maker: “We really give you thanks, two and three times! We have been created, we have been given a mouth and a face, we speak, we hear, we think, and walk; we feel perfectly, and we know what is far and what is near. We also see the large and the small in sky and on earth. We give you thanks, then, for having created us, oh, Creator and Maker!”
………. But the Creator and Maker did not hear this with pleasure. “It is not well that our creatures, our works, say: they know all, the large and the small. What shall we do with them now? Let their sight reach only to that which is near; let them see only a little of the face of the earth! Are they not simple creatures of our making? Must they also be gods?…
………. Then the Heart of Heaven blew mist into the first men’s eyes, which clouded their sight as when a mirror is breathed upon. Their eyes were covered and they could see only what was close, only that was clear to them.
– The Popul Vuh (Mayan Book of Creation)
Part III, Chapter 1
(From the translation of Adrian Recinos)
This example from the Popol Vuh, myth mirroring the evolution of humanity, who once possessed then lost silent knowledge of the connections to the living and cosmic world, influences us today. Historians, anthropologists and archeologists have yet to fully unravel the mysteries of the Maya, and today we find ourselves, only too often, dim to the knowledge that we carry a piece of the universe, the cosmos, and infinity inside.
Our former vision, however, can be returned. When Carlos Castaneda and Carol Tiggs visited the Yucatan, they at once renewed their bond with their ‘seeing’ self. From the porous limestone land filled with subterranean freshwater channels, they received an unparalleled lightness of being. From interactions with the native peoples, they remembered their interconnectivity with all of life, a quality easily seen in the expression of the Mayan’s sharing hearts.
And from visiting some of the same ceremonial sites as we will on our tour, they received a deeper link and knowledge of their own lineage of seers – they could feel first-hand how the tradition of the feathered serpent merged KuKulkan, the bringer of rain and life for the Mayans, with the Toltec Queztalcoatl, symbol of internal life and transformation.
On our tour, we will have an opportunity to receive our own treasures. Tempered by our time spent practicing Tensegrity®, we will have the opportunity to experience our own connection with silent knowledge and the possible new visions it brings.
Some of the places we will visit are:
The Temple of the Magician at Uxmal
Uxmal – means “Built Three Times” in Mayan, alluding to the fact that the city was built, abandoned and rebuilt several times. Its Mayan golden age was from 700 A.D to 900 A.D. The site houses the Temple to the Magician – the tallest temple made of 5 structures built on top of each other in cycles of 52 years – the first, Temple I, showed a sculpture of a human being coming out of the jaws of a snake and Temple V, beginning 150 steps from the bottom, is said to be built by a sorceress in one day in order to save her son.
Sculpture from Temple to the Magician and The Nunnery’s Quadrangle
Other structures include: a Temple to the Birds, showing representations of parrots, macaws and hummingbirds, feathers worn in the headdress of KuKulkan; a Nunnery’s Quadrangle with four, chambered structures of high lacework facades of Chac, the rain god, and water serpents, overlooking a common patio; a Ball Court where a ritual sport calling for the sacrifice of the losing team was held; a Governor’s Palace with its fourteen accessible rooms, two-headed jaguar throne, and a frieze containing Chac, garlands and a main character wearing a beautiful feathered headdress; and a Grand Pyramid, containing an even older construction dating back to 250 A.D. to 500 A.D. inside.
The Temple of the 7 Dolls at Dzibilchaltun
Dzibilchaltun – in Mayan means “Place Where There is Writing on the Stones,” the oldest and longest surviving city of the Yucatan – 1200 B.C. to 1521 A.D. It houses the Temple of the Seven Dolls, alluding to an offering of seven figurines found inside, and one of the earliest structures mathematically designed and geographically located to welcome the dawning sun on the Equinoxes of March 21, the time to sow, and September 22, the time to reap.
The city also houses a Museum containing 700 pieces, spanning 3000 years of the region’s history – the collection includes a statue referring to KuKulkan and a female-like Chacmool, resting on its side with wings. Nearby is a Xlacah, or “Old Town” Cenote with inviting crystal-clear water where we will enjoy a refreshing swim!
The Acropolis at Ek Balam
Ek Balam – means “Star Jaguar” or “Black Jaguar,’ named after one of the city’s rulers and the Mayan jaguar-god ‘Balam’ who carries the sun on his back across the night sky; having such a name suggests divinity – the ability not to lose sight of one’s connection with the Cosmos while living on Earth. From 100 BC to 900 AD, the city lasted 1000 years and boasts structures unique to the Yucatan – an intact, free-standing Mayan Arch at the entrance of the city, suggesting the beginning of ceremonial space and time; and an Acropolis, the second largest building built by the Maya, with its 40 rooms, a complex system of hallways and stairways, and an array of well-conserved stucco statuary representing mythic characters, rulers, and winged warriors, suggestive of divinity promised to those who live well.
Other unique structures include: The Tomb, or La Tumba of Ukit Kan Lek Tok, another of Ek Balam’s rulers, showing the jaws of a monster at the entrance to the doorway to the underworld. All Mayans arrive to Xibalba, or the underworld, where they meet the God of Death, Ah Puch, in several of its forms, before ascending to the Heavens if they are prepared and invited. The Mayan heavens have thirteen layers, each one ruled by deities of goodness and light, represented by a two-headed serpent or a feathered serpent. A mural to the right of the door of the tomb shows Ukit Kan’s meeting with the multiple faces of death.
The Plumed Serpent Descending The Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza at Equinox
CHICHEN ITZA – occupied by Mayans from 300 A.D. to 1200 A.D, the name means “The City of the Water Sorcerers.” Water and its availability ruled the Mayan’s psychic and cosmological landscape, and at Chichen around 967 A.D. two cultures – the Mayan and the Toltec – merged their ideologies and practices in conservation of the precious liquid. What resulted was the solar- calendar Pyramid of Kukulkan – a structure housing two pyramids, one inside of the other; the inner one represented Haab, the calendar of religious celebrations, and the outer one marked Tzolkin, the agricultural year. The external pyramid has 91 steps multiplied by 4 sides equaling 364 days plus an extra step on top indicating a full calendar year. At every Equinox on the North face of the temple, the shadow of KuKulkan, or Quetzalcoatl, appears and descends into the earth bringing water and the intentions of new life to the land and people.
Temple of the Warriors
Sadly, water became scarce and blood-letting was deemed to better satisfy Chac, the god of rain. Chichen houses the largest Ball Court in Mesoamerica and it is said that the winners, not losers, knowingly went to their sacrificial deaths. Nearby the Platform of Eagles and Jaguars bears an inscription of a jaguar eating a heart and the Temple of Venus shows staircases lined with carvings of feathered serpents. Additionally in this area, the Temple of the Warriors stands prominent, showing reclining Chacmools, or ‘Red Claws,” in Mayan, and Altantean figures that serve as columns of support.
Stepping outside of the area surrounding the main pyramid are other worthy sites: to the Northeast, the Cenote Sagrado, or sacred well, regarded as a portal to the gods, became a receptacle of valued offerings from the people to the deities, and to the South, The Observatory shows purely Mayan interests in Cosmology, built in the time before the Toltecs arrived. In the same area, smaller ball courts for sport and health, steam baths, and a Plaza of 1000 Columns indicate a more peaceful earlier time.
The Temple of the Wind at Tulum, the Mayan Trading Port on the Caribbean
TULUM – whose name in Mayan means “wall,” is a walled city that reached its cultural height during the period from 1200 to 1550 A.D. Within its perimeter, yet set alone on a north cliff overlooking the sea, sits the Temple of the Wind, associated with the God of Wind, Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl, because it is the only temple in Tulum rising from a circular coiled snake-like platform reached by steps.
The Castle and Temple of the Descending God
Additionally the site holds: The Castle, with its plumed serpent columns similar to those at Chichen; the Temple of the Descending God, which like Kukulkan brings gifts – in this case, honey – from the heavens to the earth below; and the Temple of Frescoes with its still intact representations of Chac, abundant flowers, fruit, ears of corn and other images of fertility and rich harvests. Unlike other ceremonial sites, Tulum includes remnants of the living quarters of its once thriving population as well as a large array of scuttling iguanas!
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All sites carry distinctive and differing representations of Kukulkan, expressed in serpents opening their mouths to disclose the transformed human within, or long stairs of pyramids casting shadows of his presence and descent to the earth.