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A Journey to Ixtlan: Journeys into the Second Attention


A Tensegrity® Event

A Journey to Ixtlan:
Journeys into the Second Attention

May 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2014

Following the Mexico City Workshop
Dreaming Awake…
…Dreaming in Sleep…
…Dreaming Awake


In our last series of Second Attention Tours, we focused on sites around and in Mexico City — Teotihuacan, Cacahuamilpa Grotto, the Museum of Anthropology — all locations where Carlos Castaneda, Carol Tiggs, Florinda Donner-Grau, and Taisha Abelar had received instruction on the ways of energy from their shaman-teacher don Juan Matus. In addition, we followed their trail to Tula, the place where they experienced and developed ‘the art of dreaming’ by becoming imbued with the ancient myth of the ‘plumed serpent’ and its ability to move from one world of perception to another.

Much earlier, and in preparation for some of these culminating teachings, the four students of don Juan roamed the area of Oaxaca, sometimes with don Juan and sometimes on their own, fortifying their link to Spirit.

For in Oaxaca, they saw how the inhabitants call Spirit into their daily lives through their visionary art. Spirit dominates the ancient temples in layout, structure, stone carvings and patterning; it guides the making and painting of their modern-day ceremonial masks, effigies and pottery; it inspires their floor and wall weavings and wood-carved ‘dream animals.’

In essence, they saw that the residents of Oaxaca had mastered the art of bringing Spirit from the realm of the intangible, or Second Attention, into the First Attention of everyday life. And those objects they made, lived with and placed around them became a constant reminder that something bigger than themselves contributed daily to their lives—a tradition that continues to this day.

These were and are lessons worth learning, and on this year’s Tour we will make the shamanic journey through some of Oaxaca’s surrounding sites so as to realize this for ourselves.

Then at our journey’s end, we will make the long ride up the neighboring hills to the town of Ixtlan, a location possessing a unique mood of clear and sublime perception, surrounded by forested oak and pine woodlands and enveloped in a cloud forest. Once visited, Ixtlan, never leaves; for those ready to feel it, it gifts you with the first-hand knowledge that Spirit is alive, surrounds you and can direct you if you let it.

Trip Schedule:

Thursday, May 1
Arrival in Mexico City

Friday, May 2
Free Day or Optional Day Trip to our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica

The usual story: On December 9, 1531, the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception, peasant Juan Diego walked up the Hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City and had a vision of a girl of fifteen or sixteen years of age, surrounded by light. She spoke to him in Nahuatl and asked for a church to be built on the site. Diego recognized the girl as the Virgin Mary, and told his story to the Spanish Archbishop of Mexico City, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, who instructed Diego to return to the Hill and ask the miraculous lady for a sign of her identity. First, she healed Diego’s uncle. And then when Diego returned to the Hill, she met him again and told him to gather the flowers there, Castilian roses not native to Mexico, in his cloak and return to the Bishop. When he did, Diego opened his cloak before the Bishop and the flowers fell to the floor. On the fabric of his cloak was imprinted the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

A different story: a Mexican peasant climbs the hilltop covering an old temple site and meets a female being who speaks Nahuatl and who is surrounded by luminosity, not the usual pattern of a Catholic ‘halo,’ but the pattern of full-body luminosity of the ancient Mexican cultures. He tells his tribal shaman of the visitation who immediately knows that it’s the mother earth goddess and they erect another temple, on top of the old, in her honor.

Come on this one-day trip and see if these two stories and cultures exist side-by-side – visit the past and current Basilica, partake of the cloak bearing the sacred image, and climb the many steps to visit the ancient temple site where the visitation took place.

Saturday, Sunday May 3 & 4
Workshop in Mexico City

Tour Schedule:

Each day of the tour, the practitioner will wake up to a gathering of specific magical passes, gazing practices, and selected lectures and stories about the destination that lies ahead, be escorted for a full tour at the site, and return each evening to another gathering of shared dreaming experiences preparing them for the next day.

Monday, May 5
Am-Flight to Oaxaca; Noon-Museum & Monte Alban

Monte Alban was the first urban complex in Mesoamerica and the once capital of the Zapotec nation from 500 B.C. to 850 A.D. It began as a ceremonial center with the location picked because the surrounding mountains made the Zapotecs feel closer to their gods. Leadership was based upon their religious system as shown by the different representations of gods discovered in all phases of the site in the large number of objects found connected to worship. Then the political and martial Mixtecs influenced the division of the Zapotec nation. In 850 A.D. Mixtecs entered the city, did not occupy it, but made it one of their sacred sites.

Find for yourself, within the artifacts of the local museum and the stone carvings and temples of Monte Alban the influence which the stars, universe, and forces of nature had upon the Zapotecs.

Tuesday, May 6
Tule Tree, Mitla, Zapotec Clearing Ceremony

Mitla, the next most important city after Monte Alban for the Mixtec and Zapotec culture (750 A.D. to 1521 A.D.). The name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl word Mictlan, which means the place of the dead or underworld, for the city was built as a gateway between the world of the living and world of the dead. Elaborate and intricate mosaic fretwork, fitted together without mortar, cover the walls and tombs.

Visit the oldest tree in the area, the 2000 year old Tule tree; course your way to Mitla to gaze at its frieze patterns, gaining a glimpse of cultures before; shop in a native market known as a home of woodcarver Manuel Jiminez’ ‘dream animals;’ meet a master Zapotec weaver and partake of an authentic Zapotec Clearing Ceremony.

Wednesday, May 7
Zapotec Intending Ceremony & Hierve El Aqua Falls

Once a sacred site to the peoples of Oaxaca, this location has two salt waterfalls, or ‘waterfall-like’ formations caused by the dripping of calcium carbonate rich water slowly and seasonally over long-standing rocks. Wading pools of the mineral enriched water on site.

Attend a Zapotec Intending Ceremony and then visit the Hierve El Aqua Falls to observe and experience the earth’s slow and steady ‘intent’ bringing forth life, manifestation and majesty.

Thursday, May 8

Our energetic destination and a city existing before the Spanish Conquest and currently housing one of the most intensely indigenous populations of all of Mexico of about 2,500.

Not much to see with normal eyes….much to ‘feel’ with seers’ eyes; the location where Carlos Castaneda became convinced that there existed a realm of energy after all.

Friday, May 9
Departure from Oaxaca to Mexico City for your connecting flights

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This Tour will be given May of 2014, 2015 and maybe 2016; if you miss it this first time, this door will open again!

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This event is open to all energetically-prepared practitioners – those who have attended at least two Cleargreen workshops in the last two years (2012 through 2014, excluding Mexico City 2014).

This Tour will be given in English and Spanish – because of the multiplicity of languages invited, we cannot now promise translation; if you need translation into another language than English or Spanish, we hope you can find an able translator-friend to attend with or contact our office directly with your specific needs.

Your host for each day of this guided tour will be Renata Murez, an apprentice of Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar and Carol Tiggs.

Please be advised that this Tour will take some physical energy; practitioners will be driven to every site but once there, walking is involved. If you have special ambulatory needs, please inform us at the time of registration.

Extended Schedule and Registration Information for
2014 A Journey to Ixtlan Tour


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