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Maya Temples of Transformation: Watch our favourite moments from our recent journey

Earlier this year, our founder, Helen Tomei, accompanied our group on the journey: “Maya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara: A Sacred Journey from Palenque to Tikal”. She took several videos during the journey on her iPhone that nicely reflect the spirit of this tour.

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Helen Tomei (front, 2nd from left) with tour leaders Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara and our group on our journey to Mexico and Guatemala

It was a journey where participants experienced the timeless Maya knowledge of sacred geometry, number, cosmic correspondence, and ritual encoded in the temples and pyramids of Palenque, Yaxchilan, and Tikal. A sacred sites tour that elevated the seeker to discover their inner temple: the place of the soul.

We are excited to share some of our favourite moments of this transformative journey with you. If you have travelled with us, we hope these videos will bring back wonderful memories of your time in Mexico and Guatemala. If you’re coming here because you’re curious about what a spiritual pilgrimage is really like, or want to know more about Mayan spirituality, these videos will give you an insight into the experience of group travel with such knowledgeable and connected tour leaders as Freddy Silva and Miguel Angel Vergara – and hopefully inspire you to join us on future spiritual journeys.

1. Maya Temples & Temple Building, Palenque, Mexico

“We will go on building temples until people realize they are the temple.” In this video taken at Palenque, Mexico, our tour leader and best-selling author Freddy Silva discusses temple building, the geometry of perfection, and the location of temples as markers of the original energy hot spots.

2. Meditation at Tikal, Guatemala

This video was taken at the Mundo Perdido, “Lost World” ceremonial centre in Tikal – notice the blue light orb, or guardian, visiting us during our meditation here. If you were with us and noticed the orb, or if you’re watching for the first time, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Tikal is a university that reflects the architecture of the cosmos, a ceremonial centre where the ancient Maya teachers captured the sounds from other realities. The shapes of the pyramids and temples reflect the thorough understanding of mathematics, geometry, and cosmic calendars. They are also designed to act as needles, capturing the telluric energy of the Earth and of the sky, acupuncturing the ground and the human body.

3. Yaxchilan Sounds

We were also interested in capturing sounds while in this sacred land – can you guess (or do you know!) what the sound is in this video taken at the sacred site of Yaxchilan, Mexico? What are your thoughts on it – is it a sound you would be happy waking up to every day or one you’d rather keep a distance from? We’d love to hear from you!

4. Freddy Silva: Power of Stone

In this video you’ll see Freddy Silva discussing the conductive power of the sacred stones near Yaxchilan, and then dowsing for the energy fields that surround them. Learn about energy hot spots, the wisdom of the ancients, and the conscious process of working with intent. Whether you “believe” in dowsing or not, you’ll see that this is a very powerful experience.

5. Miguel Angel Vergara leads a tranquil meditation

Maya Master Teacher Miguel Angel Vergara leads our group in tranquil meditation overlooking the sacred site of Tikal in Guatemala. Imagine a blue stone, the colour of turquoise, listen to the sounds of a jungle meditation and let yourself be transported to this sacred land of Mayan temples…

We hope you enjoyed these 5 videos from our sacred journey to the Maya temples of Mexico and Guatemala. We have published more on our Sacred Earth Journeys YouTube channel, and will continue to upload more over the next little while! If you travelled with us on this journey we’d love to know your own favourite moments!

~ Sacred Earth Journeys

Exploring Sacred Mayan Sites in Mexico and Guatemala

Sacred Earth Journeys’ participant and travel writer Lori Erickson shares her recent experience of travelling to Mexico & Guatemala in this week’s feature guest blog.

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Tour Leader Freddy Silva exploring sacred Mayan sites with the Sacred Earth Journeys group

For years I’ve been getting press releases from Sacred Earth Journeys, a company that specializes in trips to spiritual sites around the world. So much about the company appealed to me—its focus on spirituality, its expert guides, and the locations of its trips. But the timing was never right and there was always a good reason I couldn’t go.

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Bob and I spent a week on a Sacred Earth Journeys tour of Mayan sites in Mexico and Guatemala

But last month, I finally got the chance to travel with Sacred Earth Journeys—and the experience more than lived up to my expectations. A tour called Maya Temples of Transformation immersed me in the culture and spirituality of pre-Columbian Mexico and Guatemala. During the week we visited three major Mayan sites: Palenque, Yachxilan, and Tikal. Along the way we trekked through jungles, took part in ceremonies with ancient roots, and listened to howler monkeys in the treetops above. It was a marvellous trip! And over the next posts I’ll be telling you about what I experienced.

I was accompanied on the tour by my intrepid husband, Bob, and our equally intrepid friend Brian. But during the week I also got to know our fellow travelers, who hailed from Australia, England, and Canada as well as the U.S. Some had been part of Sacred Earth Journeys before; others were newbies. All of us shared an interest in the spiritual side of travel, and all of us wanted to truly experience the places we were seeing, not just skip across the surface.

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Misol Ha Waterfall in Mexico (image by Cronoser, Wikimedia Commons)

My week with these people made me realize that in all my years of spiritual journeying, I’ve missed one of the classic elements of pilgrimage: being put together in a group with complete strangers, fellow pilgrims who during the course of the journey become friends. Though we hailed from far-flung corners of the globe, we quickly formed bonds. During conversations over breakfasts and dinners, on bus rides, and walking down forest paths, I heard their personal stories and learned from their insights and wisdom. It was a little like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a moveable feast of spirituality and camaraderie.

Bringing like-minded pilgrims together is one of the missions of Sacred Earth Journeys, according to its founder and owner, Helen Tomei, who also was part of our group. “Traveling solo can be wonderful,” she told me. “But there are things that happen in groups that you can’t get when you travel on your own. When you travel to sacred places together, you benefit from hearing about other people’s experiences, and they can help you process your own experiences. You learn from each other.”

Helen sees many transformations among the groups she coordinates. “Most of us live in a world of endless distractions, especially because of the overwhelming presence of technology,” she told me. “On trips like this, we’re given the chance to disconnect, slow down, and look inward. I think that’s one of the reasons why interest in spiritual travel is growing. My hope is that people will come home from a journey with us changed in some way, and that their lives will be better once they return to their ordinary routines.”

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Freddy Silva (Photo: Lori Erickson)

During our week together, we were fortunate to have two leaders with great experience in guiding people through spiritual transformations. Freddy Silva is one of the world’s leading researchers of sacred sites, ancient systems of knowledge, and the interaction between temples and consciousness. His books include First Templar Nation and The Divine Blueprint. And Miguel Angel Vergara is a native of Mexico who studied for 17 years with Mayan elder and wisdom keeper Don Vincente Martin. Today Miguel teaches seminars in Mexico and abroad on Mayan shamanism, traditions, and culture and is also the author of The Sacred Knowledge of the Maya.

The two were a powerful combination. Miguel led us in ceremonies and provided a deep background in the spirituality of the places we were seeing. And Freddy was our trickster teacher, making us laugh, inviting us to consider new possibilities, and sharing his knowledge of similarities between sacred sites around the world.

As the week went on, I especially appreciated Miguel’s deep kindness and his unassuming way of teaching profound truths. One day as we entered the jungle on our way to the Guatemalan site of Tikal, for example, he made an off-hand comment that is one of the most profound pieces of spiritual wisdom I’ve ever heard. “You know, the most important part of a ceremony is the love in your heart,” he said. “If you don’t have that, it doesn’t make any difference what rituals you do. And if you have that love, all the rituals will work, no matter how you do them.”

During our trip, Miguel did a masterful job of leading us in rituals designed to open our hearts to the spirit of the sacred places we toured. On our first day, for example, we visited Misol Ha Waterfall, a gorgeous cataract in the forest near the Mayan site of Palenque. On the bus ride there, he told us that many sacred sites have a cave of some sort associated with them. They provide a direct connection to the divine spirit of the earth, the mother who sustains us all.

“Surrender your ego and be humble,” he told us, echoing the message that spiritual teachers of many traditions give. “Ask yourself: what do I need to give up? What do I need to heal?” At the site, we got out of the bus and walked down a slippery path leading to the waterfall, then passed behind its torrent on our way to the cave itself. In darkness lit only by a few flashlights, we made our way into an inner chamber, where another, smaller waterfall cascaded into a pool.

“Water is a connection to the Spirit,” Miguel told us. “Enter the water if you’d like. Ask for healing for yourself and for others.”

I watched as most members of our group slid into the water. Fighting a cold, I felt it would be unwise to join them, because as much as I believe in the power of the Spirit, I’m also a believer in the power of a virus to make a trip miserable. So I sat there with my feet in the pool, savouring the sounds of the waterfall, watching as my fellow pilgrims immersed themselves in holy waters that have drawn seekers for millennia.

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Miguel Angel Vergara is a master teacher of Mayan spirituality.

It was one of my favourite moments of the trip. And if I’d had some paint supplies with me, I’d have drawn animals on the walls, just like in those French caves covered with prehistoric paintings. It was that kind of moment, a time-out-of-time when I felt I could have channelled something wild and mysterious.

In my next post I’ll take you to Palenque, one of the greatest of the ancient Mayan sites. But let me leave you with another comment made by Miguel, one that summarizes much of his perspective on the world. He told us that the traditional greeting exchanged by the Maya translates as, “How is your sacred path today?”

That’s a question we all can ask, whether we’re in a sacred cave in the middle of a jungle, or sitting at a desk in Iowa.

~ Lori Erickson

This blog was first published at www.patheos.com

Vlog: Freddy Silva explores the power of water & stone

We’re excited to share two captivating videos by Freddy Silva focusing on the energetic power of temples and sacred sites in Peru and beyond.

Marvelling at the power of the stone temple at Sacsayhuaman

In this video, filmed in Coricancha, Cuzco, Freddy explores the importance of water at some of Peru’s – and the world’s – most sacred sites.

This next video focuses on the powerful effects on the body of stone temples such as those at Sacsayhuaman, Peru.

You can visit the sacred sites and temples of Peru with Freddy Silva in our upcoming journey, “Welcome to the World of Megalithic Revelation with Freddy Silva: Discover the Hidden Face of the Power Places of Peru”, October 25 – November 3, 2016.

Read the full itinerary for this illuminating journey on our website!

Next week, we will feature the first of a 2-part article series by Freddy in which he reveals that stone towers (chullpas) such as Silustani and Cutimbo as well as portals such as Amaru Muru may have been part of a global tradition of secret initiation rituals. Not to be missed!

The Ball Courts of Yucatan: The Great Game of Creation

Like many ancient spiritual cultures, the Toltec and the Maya erected stone monuments that echoed their interpretation of the universe. One of the many unique features to be found in Yucatan temple cities are the so-called ball courts where, according to orthodox view, warriors played a gruesome game with the severed heads of defeated enemies.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Ball Court at Chichen Itza

There are more than 8 ball courts at Chichen Itza but the one in the northwest section is the most impressive. For one thing, it is laid out to a near 4:1 ratio, the equivalent to a double octave in music. It is acoustically tuned so that echoes rebound seven times off its lofty vertical walls. Repeating the musical connection, each wall features rings exactly 3×7 units above the ground, each carved with intertwined feathered serpents, the symbol of the regenerative force of nature. Why anyone would go to the trouble of building an enclosure referencing musical notation for the purpose of a blood sport is beyond me. So let’s continue.

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An intricate snake head near the ball court at Chichen Itza

Along the base of the high walls are panels of teams of ball players. In the Creation panel, a player has no head, and in its place rise seven wriggling snakes, each representing the central formative elements of light and sound (seven notes and seven visible colours); the sixth serpent carries the name Wak Chan, the name for the Maya axis mundi or World Tree from which all sacred knowledge emanates. This is the clue that begins to unlock the true purpose of the ball court. Another is the hieroglyph used for the ball court, a stepped shape that resembles a crevice on the central mound of creation in Maya mythology. This crevice was called hom, and the word was regularly interchanged with “ball court”.

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The temple at the far end of the Ball Court, Chichen Itza

A third lies in the creator god of maize, who himself lives in an Underworld ball court. Like the Green Man every winter solstice, upon his resurrection, his spirit enters the Middleworld through this crevice – much like the one built into the ball court above ground. Thus when players moved along the ball court they in effect interacted with a creative deity so as to learn the greatest game of all, the Game of Creation. Another given name to the ball court was Tlach-tli (“the looking place”) leading to the speculation that under certain conditions the area may have been used to depict the perpetual motion of the heavenly bodies, and from this, their link with human destiny, much like a spiritual astrological drama. This play was performed at night using obsidian mirrors.

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The Ball Court Hoop

By day it was used for the ball game itself, with players carrying obsidian mirrors on their backs as though reminding them they were mirror images of the perfection of the heavens.

The idea of the game was for a player to amass enough points to reach the centre of the field, which was called teocalli, “home of the gods”. Certainly the walls depict a cylindrical Mercator projection of the planes around the zodiac, tracing a path of planets above and below the horizon, in effect depicting a figurative ball game of the gods.

The flat court itself is a mirror of the numerical values of the adjacent pyramids of Chichen Itza, divided as they are into 99 squares, a number which coincides with the calibration of 8 lunar cycles with the solar calendar – as seen in the world’s largest stone circle, Avebury. The idea was to remind the player that the human body is the measure of the masculine Sun and feminine Moon. Some folk dances of Mexico are faint echoes of this celestial drama.

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A Sacred Earth Journeys group in powerful meditation at the Ball Court

No wonder the ball court itself was seen as a figurative entrance into the Otherworld: the winner discovered the Mysteries of life, and by this connection with all levels of reality, he or she was thus enlightened. The Western expression for this ritual of initiation was “raised from the dead”.

With its playing area divided into squares, the Toltec/Maya ball court may be a variation of the board game of chess, which originated in China. The unusual moves of each chess piece are designed to illustrate the laws of interaction between the invisible and causal worlds. They depict the motion of Creation itself. Some master players even learned to play chess blindfold to demonstrate their ability at connecting with a more intuitive level of reality. The connection with the ball courts of the Yucatan is that in 600 BC chess reached Persia, referenced in a romance called Karnamak-i-Artakshatr-i-Papakan, whose hero is noted for his abilities in ball-play.

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A detail of an impressive glyph at the Ball Court at Chichen Itza

It’s not the first time a cross-cultural connection with Persian mysticism appears in the Americas: around Lake Titicaca, the carved portal of Amaru Meru has a counterpart in Anatolia, along with etymological roots, while at Tiwanaku, a bowl discovered in the silt features a cuneiform alphabet only found in Sumeria.

With the later degradation of civilization around the time of the arrival of Conquistadors, the original and spiritual meaning of the ball courts may have been lost. One man’s god becomes another’s devil. And so the unusual friezes of creation and destruction depicted along the ball court may have been taken literally, and in time the game degenerated into a blood sport, a game of life and death.

~ Freddy Silva

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Author & Tour Leader Freddy Silva

Freddy Silva is one of the world’s leading researchers of sacred sites, ancient systems of knowledge, and the interaction between temples and consciousness. He is best-selling author of The Lost Art of Resurrection, First Templar Nation, The Divine Blueprint, and Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles. Freddy will be leading a tour to Mexico for Sacred Earth Journeys with Miguel Angel Vergara December 2015: “Maya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara: Yucatan: Ancient Academy of the Spirit, December 5 – 13, 2015”. Visit our website for full itinerary details. To learn more about Freddy Silva please visit http://www.invisibletemple.com/

Temples of Transformation: An Interview with Freddy Silva

We’re very excited to welcome Freddy Silva as a tour leader on our “Maya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara: Yucatan: Ancient Academy of the Spirit”, December 5 – 13, 2015, journey this year. Freddy is one of the world’s leading researchers of sacred sites, ancient systems of knowledge and the interaction between temples and consciousness. He is also the best-selling author of several books including The Lost Art of Resurrection, First Templar Nation, and The Divine Blueprint. He generously answered a few questions for us about the importance of transformative travel, temple sites, and what participants can expect from this profound journey to the Yucatan.

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kabah chaak mask

Kim Bridgett: How important is it, in your opinion, that we each walk the path of a seeker and undertake a journey of personal transformation, especially in our, as you put it, “discombobulated modern culture”? How will our individual journey impact us, and then the communities and world in which we live? 

Freddy Silva: Simple. You are here as a seeker undertaking a journey of exploration. You incarnate to have an experience of this plane. Therefore your experience and how you handle it shapes you as a soul. That is the sole purpose of incarnation in a nutshell. So, if you follow your self, and your experience is also an example to others, it follows that, by your example others begin to change around you, and from that local change follows the rest of the world. Of course everyone else is also here on a personal journey, which is why the world will never “be saved”, nor will it ever be perfect. It is what it is because it is an experimental station for billions of souls, all of them at different levels of evolution.

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