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
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.*