Understanding from a Mayan Elder

Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq'ij (is a ceremonial priest and

spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan. Carlos initiated an investigation

into the different Mayan calendars circulating. Carlos along with his

brother Gerardo studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600

traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.


Carlos found out quickly there were several conflicting interpretations

of Mayan hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, Sacred Books of 'Chilam Balam' and various ancient text. Carlos found some strong words for those who may have contributed to the confusion:


Carlos Barrios: "Anthropologists visit the temple sites and read the

inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read

the signs correctly. It's just their imagination. Other people write

about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed. "


 "We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in

 the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of

 transition. As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth Changes."


He continues: "Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material

structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be

more human. We are living in the most important era of the Mayan

calendars and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the

traditions are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual

ideal of this era is action."


 Carlos tells us: "The indigenous have the calendars and know how to

 accurately interpret it --- not others. The Mayan Calendars

 comprehension of time, seasons, and cycles has proven itself to be vast and sophisticated. The Maya understand 17 different calendars such as the Tzolk'in or Cholq'ij, some of them charting time accurately over a span of more than ten million years.


 "All was predicted by the mathematical cycles of the Mayan calendars.

 --- It will change --everything will change. Mayan Day-keepers view the

 Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, the start of the World of the Fifth

 Sun. It will be the start of a new era resulting from and signified by

 the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the Earth aligning

 itself with the center of the galaxy."


 At sunrise on December 21, 2012 for the first time in 26,000 years the

 Sun rises to conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of

 the ecliptic. This cosmic cross is considered to be an embodiment of the

 Sacred Tree, The Tree of Life, a tree remembered in all the world's

 spiritual traditions.


 Some observers say this alignment with the heart of the galaxy in 2012

 will open a channel for cosmic energy to flow through the Earth,

 cleansing it and all that dwells upon it, raising all to a higher level

 of vibration. Carlos reminds us: "This process has already begun. Change

 is accelerating now and it will continue to accelerate.


 If the people of the Earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape

 without having destroyed too much of the Earth, we will rise to a new,

 higher level. But to get there we must transform enormously powerful

 forces that seek to block the way."


 The date specified in the calendar Winter Solstice in the year 2012 does

 not mark the end of the world. Many outside people writing about the

 Mayan calendar sensationalize this date, but they do not know. The ones

 who know are the indigenous elders who are entrusted with keeping the



 Carlos tells us: "The economy now is a fiction. The first five-year

 stretch of transition from August 1987 to August 1992 was the beginning

 of the destruction of the material world. We have progressed ten years

 deeper into the transition phase by now, and many of the so-called

 sources of financial stability are in fact hollow. The banks are weak.

 This is a delicate moment for them. They could crash globally, if we

 don't pay attention. Now, people are paying attention."


 The North and South Poles are both breaking up. The level of the water

 in the oceans is going to rise. But at the same time land in the ocean,

 especially near Cuba, is also going to rise. Carlos tells a story about

 the most recent Mayan New Year ceremonies in Guatemala. He said that one

 respected Mam elder, who lives all year in a solitary mountain cave,

 journeyed to Chichicastenango to speak with the people at the ceremony.

 The elder delivered a simple, direct message. He called for human beings

 to come together in support of life and light.


 "Right now each person and group is going his or her own way. The elder

 of the mountains said there is hope if the people of the light can come

 together and unite in some way. We live in a world of polarity --- day

 and night, man and woman, positive and negative. Light and darkness need

 each other. They are a balance."


 "Just now the dark side is very strong, and very clear about what they

 want. They have their vision and their priorities clearly held, and also

 their hierarchy. They are working in many ways so that we will be unable

 to connect with the spiral Fifth World in 2012."


 "On the light side everyone thinks they are the most important, that

 their own understandings, or their group's understandings, are the key.

 There's a diversity of cultures and opinions, so there is competition,

 diffusion, and no single focus."


 Carlos believes the dark side works to block unity through denial and

 materialism. It also works to destroy those who are working with the

 light to get the Earth to a higher level. They like the energy of the

 old, declining Fourth World, the materialism. They do not want it to

 change. They do not want unity. They want to stay at this level, and are

 afraid of the next level.


 The dark power of the declining Fourth World cannot be destroyed or

 overpowered. It's too strong and clear for that, and that is the wrong

 strategy. The dark can only be transformed when confronted with

 simplicity and open-heartedness. This is what leads to unity, a key

 concept for the World of the Fifth Sun.


 Carlos said the emerging era of the Fifth Sun will call attention to a

 much-overlooked element. Whereas the four traditional elements of Earth,

 Air, Fire and Water have dominated various epochs in the past, there

 will be a fifth element to reckon with in the time of the Fifth Sun ---

 that element is 'ETHER'. Purple Crow notes: "AKA: The force -- IE:

 Star Wars Jedi power of mind and will in alignment with heart."


 The dictionary defines Ether as a "hypothetical substance supposed to

 occupy all space, postulated to account for the propagation of

 electromagnetic radiation through space." Perhaps it could be defined as

 the "space between space". I would suggest it could be manifest as the

 alignment of charged particles from our solar system (Sun), and our

 galaxy (Milky Way) surge. The Ether element represents spiritual energy.


 "The element of the Fifth Sun is celestial. Within the context of Ether

 there can be a joining of the polarities. No more darkness or light in

 the people, but an uplifted unity. But right now the realm of darkness

 is not interested in this. They are organized to block it. They seek to

 unbalance the Earth and its environment so we will be unready for the

 alignment in 2012."


 "We need to work together for peace, and balance with the other side. We

 need to take care of the Earth that feeds and shelters us. We need to

 put our entire mind and heart into pursuing unity and unity now, to

 confront the other side and preserve life."


 "We are disturbed --- we can't play anymore. Our planet can be renewed

 or ravaged. Now is the time to awaken and take action. Everyone is

 needed. You are not here for no reason. Everyone who is here now has an

 important purpose. This is a hard but a special time. We have the

 opportunity for growth, but we must be ready for this moment in history."


 Carlos says: "The prophesied changes are going to happen, but our

 attitude and actions determine how harsh or mild they are. We need to

 act, to make changes, and to elect people to represent us who understand

 and who will take political action to respect the Earth."


 "Meditation and spiritual practice are good, *but also action*. It's

 very important to be clear about who you are, and also about your

 relation to the Earth. Develop yourself according to your own tradition

 and the call of your heart. But remember to respect differences, and

 strive for unity. Eat wisely --- a lot of food is corrupt in either

 subtle or gross ways. Pay attention to what you are taking into your

 body. Learn to preserve food, and to conserve energy. Learn some good

 breathing techniques, so you have mastery of your breath. Be clear.

 Follow a tradition with great roots. It is not important what tradition,

 your heart will tell you, but it must have great roots."


 "We live in a world of energy. An important task at this time is to

 learn to sense or see the energy of everyone and everything --- people,

 plants, animals. This becomes increasingly important as we draw close to

 the World of the Fifth Sun, for it is associated with the element

 'ether' --- the realm where energy lives and weaves. Go to the sacred

 places of the Earth to pray for peace, and have respect for the Earth

 which gives us our food, clothing, and shelter. We need to reactivate

 the energy of these sacred places. That is our work."


 "One simple but effective prayer technique is to light white or

 baby-blue colored candles. Think of a moment in peace. Speak your

 intention to the flame and send the light of it on to the leaders who

 have the power to make war or peace."


 Carlos reminds us this is a crucially important moment for humanity and

 for Earth. Each person is important.


 He said the elders have opened the doors so that other races can come to

 the Mayan world to receive the tradition. "The Maya have long

 appreciated and respected that there are other colors, other races, and

 other spiritual systems. They know that the destiny of the Mayan world

 is related to the destiny of the whole world."


 "The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance,

 sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate. The real

 knowledge is free. *It's encoded in your DNA*. *All you need is within

 you.* Great teachers have said that from the beginning. *Find your

 heart, and you will find your way.*