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In the Spirit of In Lak’ech – The Series Process, All 5 Donated To “A Night Of Creative Compassion”, Plus 25% of Sales to Farm Sanctuary


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Fire begins to birth – Mom and I having fun in my art studio in Indianola, WA

This morning I ran across some old photos taken back in 2006 at the onset of starting my first and very important series, “In Lak’ech“. Interestingly, these are the only photos I’ve ever taken of my work in progress (and there aren’t many of it at that). They happen to be of the very first painting in this series, which really kicked off the next generation of creative channeling, as well as shifted my life profoundly and the energy of things on bigger picture levels.

I had been creating paintings previous to this, each having their own door-opening significance in my life, but in 2006 life took a very different turn for me and this series, which has been a favorite for many, was a huge part of an enormous tapestry that began to un-weave and then re-weave itself anew.

All of that could be its own book, but for now I found it synchronous to find these since this series is a focal point of the upcoming “A Night of Creative Compassion“. More on that in a moment.

As mentioned, “Fire” was the first painting in the series, “In Lak’ech”, and the birthing of it began when I was living on the Kitsap Peninsula in Indianola, WA. You can see a photo here of my mom and I wrapped in a blanket having fun with “Fire” behind us in its very first stage, set with the backdrop of Puget Sound.

Fire-in-processI find it interesting to see how I used to draw out in fine detail, the whole foundation of the painting before painting it, whereas now I just go straight into painting. Albeit, these paintings were REALLY fine detailed and had to be mapped out, so it did actually make sense at the time. These paintings are definitely where “seeing it in person” is a whole other experience.

My home at the time of creating “Fire” was right on the water’s edge with a full view of the city of Seattle. It is interesting to see this photo, as I see remnants of Nestor – her toys and water bottle – as well as my 2nd of 3 times I had chopped all of my hair off to mirror change in my life – all integral parts that were supporting the process.

Anyway, the watery essence of little Indianola, WA presented the perfect opening to access creative flow from a very deep-seeded place. And I had many interesting and magical experiences with Nestor while creating this piece and living there.

Fire-in-process-closeupInterestingly, this is the only piece that was created in WA, as not long after it was completed, we moved to the high altitude area of Lake Tahoe, NV. I went from sea level to about 6500 elevation overnight and found myself thriving at the high altitudes much more so. “Fire” was actually wrapped and strapped to the front grill of the large moving truck for the journey, which is pretty interesting when you think about it.

Lake Tahoe was my next and most magical watery domain where the next two pieces in the series unfolded and the fourth began – along with Nestor’s passing on, my marriage at the time coming to an end, and my becoming a Reiki Master Teacher. But the fourth and fifth came to closure when I moved down to Reno from the lake – still in the vortex energy of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Tahoe and at 4500 elevation, but where some new grounding energy for closure took place.

Each of these five pieces took me a year to create because of everything going on in my life and due to the enormity of what was being channeled on collective levels – not just personal. All things have a Fire-Scan-for-webDivine timing to them and I have learned well that you can’t rush the bigger picture and what the collective is ready for. This was also a time period of immense traveling that took place in my life, huge flourishing of my gifts, and very deep uncovering and integrative work. Much of my travels were specifically connected to each of the pieces I was painting in order to directly do healing work at the sacred sites, lands and vortexes for both self and others.

I see everything I do as part of the collective web and is how I intentfully choose, create, and live.

The last two pieces in the series were much quicker and were carried out in the same year, 2009, mirroring how processes were speeding up on all levels.

Earth-Scan-for-webSince then my work has shifted, mirroring the speeding up of things, the ease at which things can shift and are accessed because of the work already done, and even in terms of working with less dense energies, as those were heavier and more involved to work with while transferring through. I have learned how to consciously channel things in different ways, but also now have access to a whole different level of experience because of the process and what took place through the creation of these five collectively important pieces.

There is a new lightness of heart and flow available to us now because of the work we have all done.

And yet these five paintings are rich in encoded messages and integrative healing, that I have seen morph and shift, as we have. There has been a resurgence of their energy in a new way that people airlargewebare becoming more ready for now, than they were when they were created. It feels like people are embracing what they can assist, with greater ease than they were before, which involves very deep DNA-shifting, and soul and subconscious integration.

These paintings are my interpretations and newly expansive perspectives of each element as seen through different astrological signs in their highest potential (Divine Male and Female aspects). They incorporate Mayan glyphs and act as portals that bridge time and come through an ancient story that weaves Sumerian and Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Druid and Celtic Ireland, Atlantis and Lemuria, and the Cosmic Earth.

Water-Scan-for-webA little background on the series, “In Lak’ech”:

A mystical experience of awakening, as the Ancients and Power Beings of the Five (elements) bring forth their messages of integrative healing. “In Lak’ech” is the Mayan principle of Universal Love that is similar to Namaste. As an expression of honoring when greeting each other, this profound realization means “I am another yourself” or “I am another you”. And when shared as “In Lak’ech Ala K’in” – “Ala K’in” is responsive and mirrors that back with “you are another myself” – “I am you and you are me.” The Maya priest-shamans recognized that we are one global human being. It is about dissolving the ego into complete unconditional love; “dissolving until you are ‘NOT’, then the World enters you.” 

Spirit Scan for webThis series represents the Five Elements of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirit that speak to the mind, body, heart, and soul both personally and collectively from a new and integrative perspective of Divinity within the union of Divine Male and Female. They contain within them Mayan Sacred Glyphs as a connective thread through which a message of healing was revealed. These encoded “Healing Portals” mirror a journey of integration and healing, as you embrace a return to natural harmony. They are layered with energetic symbolism that can help shift things on a DNA level by simply viewing them. They imbue the beauty and value known by the Ancients into the now from pivotal Ancient times/civilizations that provide healing opportunity from the challenging elements that no longer serve us. Ancient wisdom has much to teach by taking what was learned and creating an integrative new reality in the now. 

Mother Earth is calling us to remember. The Universe is reminding us to believe. The healing revealed is as unique as the individual experiencing it.

And this leads me back, full circle, to how “In Lak’ech” is tied into the upcoming event, “A Night of Creative Compassion”.

Next Saturday, September 7th, 2013 here in Los Angeles, there is going to be a spectacularly inspiring and heart-filled night of creative energy. This is a fundraising event for Farm Sanctuary, as well as a fun and engaging night of music, song, film, poetry, photography, painting, and more. It will be like a concert, exhibition, screening, and party all rolled into one. Most of all I love the focal point of compassionate and collective synergy in service.

When I was asked to be a part of this event I immediately felt I would be bringing all five pieces of “In Lak’ech” into the light. Reproductions of this series have been exhibited before, but never all at once. And actually, to this day, all five originals have yet to ever be in public together (only one made it out to Raw Spirit festival and that was potent to say the least). So I still foresee there is a time and place they will be one day soon. I’m always listening to that guidance.

But for now, I have felt guided to donate high quality reproductions – Giclee on Canvas – of all five in their original size of 48″ x 48″. These pieces will be part of the Silent Auction taking place during the night to help raise funds for Farm Sanctuary.

The silent auction will also include famous horror writer (Hellraiser), director, and artist, Clive Barker’s paintings, as he is also donating 6 of his pieces to the event.

I will also be donating a smaller print to the raffle – “A Walk Between Worlds” – and will have some smaller prints of In Lak’ech and other goodies available for purchase at the event as well.

A theme of “a return to natural harmony within and without” is the breadth of work I have chosen for this event, which includes our relationship to the Earth and Cosmos, the animals, all of Creation, and to ourselves and each other. 

And there will be more wonderful creations and items in the auction and raffle that you will have the chance to take home with you at unbelievable bargains, while giving from your heart in support of the animals and to show your value for creative energy.

Other things to look forward to during this event that is getting close to selling out:

The Premiere of “Frances: Compassion Through the Eyes of a Child” (written/directed by Steven Todd Smith & Lindsay Wolf; filmed & edited by Brian Leahy; featuring Frances Fricke & the wonderful animals of Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres)

The joyous music of Avasa & Matty Love

The spectacular artwork of Tania Marie

The engaging Yogatography of Cameron O’Steen

The dynamic elegance of Trio Azure, the string trio feat. Chrysanthe Tan, Kiara Ana Perico, and April Guthrie

The potent poetry of Robb Curtis

The soulful songs of Lindsay Wolf

The tenacious rock duo of Kitten Kuroi & Damon Valley

The raw passion of singer Christy Paige

Featuring special clips from UNITY, The Ghosts in Our Machine, and Speciesism: The Movie

*Special Guest Speakers Debra Wilson (MADtv, Scary Movie 4) & Nikki Benoit (The Capeless Compassionator, formerly w/Vegan Outreach)!!!*

Food from Southern Fried Vegan and Gwendolyn “Miss Kitchen Witch” Mathers (for purchase)

Beverages will also be available for purchase at the event

Tickets: 
- $20 (purchase online), First 25 people to purchase receive 5 raffle tickets!;
- $25 (at the door, cash or credit);
Receive one raffle ticket upon entry!

Eventbrite Ticket Page: https://nightofcreativecompassion.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 6:00 – 10pm, is “A Night Of Creative Compassion” at The Animal Advocacy Museum (Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser)

This event will be held at the Animal Advocacy Museum:

S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

And if you’re on facebook, you can visit the event page here to RSVP: A Night of Creative Compassion

If you can’t make the event, but would like to donate to Farm Sanctuary, you can do so at their website: Farm Sanctuary and if you’d like a print or are interested an original of In Lak’ech for a sacred space or healing center, you can contact me with inquiries at tania@taniamarie.com and I will donate 25% to Farm Sanctuary of any sales that come through this post.

You can explore the series here: In Lak’ech

New Year, New You – Sacred Code of Loving in the New World Cycle


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Sunrise 12/21/12 Bimini

As 2012 comes to an end and we are at the threshold of 2013′s doorway, the spirit of In Lak’ech Ala K’in ~ I am another Yourself, You are another Myself, or simply put: I am you, and you are me ~ becomes more prevalent in how we consciously live our lives with this understanding integrated into every choice we make. It is about becoming one with all and realizing how every action we take affects our life in the widest sense. This sacred code of living is one with respect for all life and out of living and giving from our hearts.

In Lak’ech Ala K’in mirrors the essence of other beautiful greetings such as Namaste for East India, Wiracocha for the Inca, and Mitakuye Oyasin for the Lakota. The ancient cultures all have their own way to express the same Universal language of love and demonstrates the unification of all belief systems at the heart core.

The 3 Incan Laws of Munay, Llankay, and Yachay also hold sacred principles that if lived by, help to create a world of peace, balance, joy, beauty, grace and harmony for our New Earth experience.

We can learn much by remembering our ancient history and learn to integrate and anchor the true meanings in new ways.

To return back to the essence of In Lak’ech, when we walk in the spirit of this energy, we come to see each other, the trees, flowers, and plants, the sky and the ocean, the animals, and the stars, in the image of ourselves. By greeting and thanking each sunrise and sunset with this understanding, each and every day you experience in togetherness becomes sacred. And when you give in this spirit, you receive. This flow of cycling energy mirrors the beautiful energy of Reiki.

When we send out positive energy, as in greeting each other, each day, and experience in the spirit of In Lak’ech Ala K’in, or send out Universal Life Force energy (Reiki), these energies literally transform our experiences and begin to create a new world “Garden of Eden.”  We are able to create our reality and live in the truth of this power now and when done with loving gratitude to the life you have, with love for each other, as a part of yourself, fear has no more place in your experience and you no longer have to feel like a victim. You can rewrite the past and create the now future.

The more humanity lives the collective consciousness of In Lak’ech Ala K’in, the boundaries are removed and separateness from everything and the Universe no longer is felt. You will live in the power of Unity Consciousness and feel the truth of that strength, where competition, jealousy, envy, fear, control, power over…have no place.

This is a time to share and co-create with each other and understand the reality of abundance in that there is always enough and then some for everyone. What you live (in action and practice) becomes what you experience. Live from love and therefore you will experience an abundance of it in unlimited and exciting ways.

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Sunset 12/21/12 Bimini

Everything always has been and will be a choice between love and fear. Fear simply isn’t the vibration of the new we are creating and so the more we can release it and help each other to move through it, the faster our collective reality will shift, not just our individual ones.

Wishing everyone grace in closure to all things you desire to leave behind and courage to live freely and powerfully in the authenticity of you, as we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome in 2013.

How do you choose to contribute to the new story we are writing together?

We are living in the reality of creative power and this truly is a chance to create your life as a work of art. So explore within, how you’d like to paint that experience.

Below I’ve included excerpts from Eden Sky that I felt had some good insights and sharing to reflect on and that address things many have asked about 12/21/12 and 2012′s closure into the New Year and New World experience awaiting. May you find the truth within yourself as you ring in a new sacred code of loving and living.

In Lak’ech Ala K’in 

Tania

Change has long been a fearful thing for human beings … and at the same time, it is our most Divine opportunity. Clinging to the banks of the river may seem safe and more secure, but life’s possibilities are truly engaged only when we trust, release and become part of The Flow of the Universe. ~ Chelle Thompson

Excerpt from Eden Sky’s chapter of 2013! The Beginning is Here:

“This moment in our collective dream is steeped in mystery. This mystery has a heartbeat that lives within us. The mystery blooms in our heart, with petals of innocence and stalks of wisdom. We are each drops in the sea of humanity, part of the physical and psychic collective. Rather than passive spectators, we are here to be conscious participants of this world age transition process. We are all instruments of culture. Our mental, spiritual, emotional and physical energies are the vivid colors splashing on the canvas of Life. What is the quality of our collective art? How can we refine our contribution?”

The 2012 Prophecy ~ Making it Real! By Eden Sky (these are just excerpts that stood out to me, but see link for the full article)

December 21, 2012 marks the Shifting of World Ages, a return to zero point, where we officially transition from the current 5,125 year World Age Cycle, and enter into a New World Cycle; marking a new level of our unfoldment as a planetary collective; a new level of our human evolution in concert with our living Universe.

Solstice 2012 marks a zero point -a simultaneous completion and beginning, called “Creation Day” by the Ancient Maya. From that point, the adventure will continue onward, bringing untold challenges and blessings. As we advance to a new level on the spiral of Time, let us comprehend the vastness of our journey ahead. Each day the mystery deepens, bringing new trials and new awarenesses. There is no pre-determined outcome to our collective story. The essential message of the 2012 Prophecy is that the more we each awaken to our personal contribution to this planetary moment, the greater the possibilities emerge for positive change.

The clarity that December 21, 2012 marks the launching point of a new epoch is not based on proclaiming details of external events. Rather, the opportunity is for as many people as possible to align internally with this understanding, and therefore from an inner alignment of cycles shifting, to help consciously generate and incarnate the dawning of the new era on Earth. Let us contemplate: What can happen in our collective consciousness when each of us really owns the power of our personal contribution to our shared reality?

The 2012 Prophecy is understood as “The Harmonic Convergence of All Prophecies.”In prophetic messages from around the globe which point to these times we are living in, one will find mention of the emergence of such things as: “The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” “The Return of Christ Consciousness,” “The Return of The Kingdom of Shambhala,” “The Return of the Divine Feminine,” “The Return of the Star People,” “The Return of the Wisdom of the Ancestors,” “The Hoop of the Nations Made Whole,” “The Return to Living in Harmony with Nature,” “The Awakening of the Rainbow Warriors.” Other universal themes include: “Everything That has Been Hidden will be Revealed,” “The Lifting of the Veils and Merging of Spirit and Matter,” “The Dawning of Universal Telepathy,” the start of “Heaven on Earth,” and our mutation into a new species that transcends Homo Sapiens, emerging into something like the Qu’ero of Peru call “Homo Luminous.”

To put it simply, it is not the end of the world that is coming, it is the end of a world age. This shifting of World Eras is a cycle change that will steadily shift our human orientation from an ego-based perspective dominated by separation, fear, greed, and destructive, imbalanced tendencies – towards one based in conscious interconnectedness, fueling our tendencies for harmony, compassion, and life-affirming energies and actions. This represents a shift beyond the patriarchal cycle we have been in, sometimes called a “male-dominant linear perspective,” into an Age in which masculine and feminine energies and perspectives are balanced, ideally uniting mind and heart, logic and intuition, spirit and matter. The most blatant example of this shift is in re-prioritizing our values and Placing Planet and People over Profits, in true recognition of the intricate, interdependence of the One Web of Life. It is obvious we cannot survive or thrive on this planet without this transformation of our worldview.

Our collective human mentality is not going to change all in one day or one moment, and likewise the shifting of dominant paradigms and modern lifestyles will not be instantaneous. However, knowing this transformation process is underway can give us great perseverance  and motivate us to deeper innovation and the pioneering of new pathways in our own lives and spheres of influence. This Shifting of World Ages can inspire us internally to nurture a deeper compassion, self-love, awareness, and sensitivity to all our relations, and can guide us to more consciously align our actions and participation in the world so we can increasingly find ways to live more in balance with our Biosphere.

We all know that we have inherited what our ancestors gave to us, and we know that we are all affecting the world we will give to our future generations. Every moment and every decision counts, especially now in these crossroads times. We must continue to work to manifest the vision of a world where our living Earth is honored; where Peace is our priority; where the Awakening of our Human Potential and our creative evolution on all levels is nurtured; where all people have wholesome food, clean water, health care, social justice; where the Biosphere of Earth is holistically restored and honored, recognizing all beings as part of the one family of life – from the humans to the animals, to the trees, the seas, the bees, the air, the eagles, the ants, and the mountains alike…till one day we even embrace the stars and galactic whole as part of our living community!

In this process of Shifting World Ages, every aspect of human planetary culture needs to be re-evaluated and questioned to discern how it can be truly life-affirming - from our energy sources, to our food supply, to our modalities of education and conflict resolution, etc, etc, etc! That is why we have to be prepared for the long haul of bringing in a new era, participating physically and spiritually – leaving no stone unturned. We are being called to rise to the occasion and become wise Shepherds of a fragile new child that will be emerging and growing under our loving care.

“Spiritual realization needs to be integrated with social commitment and direct action… No matter whether we like it or not, each of us is, inevitably, a social and political agent whose smallest actions have a direct influence on other people and the world around us.” -Daniel Pinchbeck

As Paco Alarcon wrote: “The need to bring light into the dark areas inside of us is urgent now….Once the dark side is integrated, it serves the light.”

In this process of Shifting Ages, the dominant energies resounding through the cosmos are increasingly invoking a new human alignment that is initiating new expressions of human culture. According to many prophecies, this is said to happen simultaneously with many earth changes, natural disasters, and crises of all kinds – all of which have been progressively underway. As Louis Pascal writes: “Although sad, human nature often requires crises in order to break free from our patterns of complacency and convenience, and transform the structures which bind us. In one light, crises are actually gifts which push us to overcome our narrow thinking, assert our deepest values, and cooperate together on a grand scale.”

While these times of crises indeed have the power to provoke the most positive human attributes to arise within us, these times of tragedy likewise catalyze tremendous suffering. According to some indigenous peoples’ prophecies, it is said that many humans may not survive the intensity of this Great Shifting, and/or it may be extremely uncomfortable for those who are not in harmony with these vast changes. Indeed, as a global society throughout time, we have accumulated much karma through our actions that have not taken our interconnectedness into account. Many consequences are now underway as a result. These are inevitable, as is the passage that we are now undergoing. Indeed, in this turbulent era, there have already been countless atrocities and massive disasters, resulting in a huge loss of human life, and loss of creatures of all species.

No one can say what is coming next, or when. On this planet, we are all amidst a whole-systems challenge to realize how to live sustainably in harmony with Nature.

“It is essential that we have the courage and wisdom to face the reality of our human mortality, accepting the inherent impermanence of all that lives. Rather than living in fear or denial of death, these times are urging us to confront its potency, and to embrace death as a sacred counterpart of the universal equation: an ever-present ally guiding us to live more fully, grateful for this precious moment. Contemplating the death of the body and the impermanence of all form also opens us to begin to know the realms of spirit, formlessness, and eternal consciousness – exploring a higher-dimensional context to hold the laws of our physical world within.” -Excerpt by Eden Sky from the Book “2013: The Beginning is Here.”

“The accurate content of the message for the Maya Prophecy for our times is that the date of December 21, 2012 is nothing more than a general marker, a specific date that in fact indicates a whole era, an era of hope, an era of opportunity – the opportunity to re-establish a sense of community amongst all humans of this planet…” -From The Maya Taino Prophecy Initiative, led by Maya Elder Antonio Aj Ik and Taino Elder Miguel Sague

What is certain is that we influence each other, and model to one another the possibilities of human culture in all our attitudes and decisions. Whether we can see the results or not, all of our energies and actions ripple out to the whole. Within this unpredictable universe and unstable Earth, what is in our domain to tend to is finding our deepest Intuition of how to conduct our lives in these uncertain and pivotal times; realizing how to truly live our life’s purpose; discovering how to love and care for ourselves and all beings in life-affirming ways; growing in understanding how to evolve our lifestyle choices to be in harmony with our Biosphere; joining in deep collaboration and synergy with our allies on this path.

In conclusion, let us strive to evolve into our deepest human potential to be wise and loving human beings, that we may contribute as consciously as possible to the greater well being of human culture, understanding our place upon this glorious Planet, and within this sentient Universe. Let us honor our place in the vast cycles of time, and heed the calls of our ancestors who left these prophecies for us, now. Let us activate the wisdom given to us by Dr. José Argüelles who urged that we honor our Earth as a Living Work of Art and realize that we can each be instruments of harmony and beauty, serving as Planetary Artists! The tasks to be accomplished in these momentous times call us to cooperate on new and grander levels, that we may manifest ever greater harmonies together. Let us synchronize and unify in deep courage, compassion, creativity, willingness and joy with our brothers and sisters of humanity, to be who we truly are here to be, and do what we are truly here to do. Let us awaken our dormant powers. Let us dream the highest dream. Let us ride the upward spiral through the accelerated currents of change. Let us face the death of the body that we may live from a place of realizing who we are as an essence; a heart. Let us seriously invest in cultivating our intuition and inner-knowing. Let us celebrate and nurture our interconnectedness. Let us paint new beauties upon the canvas of our Earth. Let us be grateful for this life we are given, here and now, ever-evolving as children born of the One Great Mystery.

May we Make this Living Prophecy Real 
by participating mind, body, heart, and soul!

To the Journey!

The Spirit of In Lak’ech – Find Your Heart and You Will Find Your Way


I have always been drawn to the simplicity of things and the innocence of the pure child nature within, feeling that nothing is complicated and it’s only our fractured ego minds that desire complexity, validation, a “proof process,” and way to verbally and intellectually articulate. There is nothing wrong with this. All of our parts are of value and integral to the whole. However, the more we feed “only” this left brain way of life (not realizing how much more empowered it would be if integrated), the less we utilize and cultivate the gift the right brain has to offer. The way we can integrate all of this is through the authenticity of our hearts and exercising in present, intentful, daily practice, trusting the intuitive guidance that flows through all of us.

Today, I was drawn to post what has been a guiding light for me. This simplicity of a focus that guides my own heart is the desire for “a return to natural harmony” – within and without, as there is no separation.

And with the energetic shifts and everything that has been leading up to now and the coming cosmic alignments, I share this simplicity as the sweetness of life. Perhaps it has a blooming message to each person’s awakening seed.

It’s also a reason I felt soul-called to the December 2012 dates to offer the magical journey in Bimini to help anchor the energies of this Harmonic Convergence 12/21/12 with our higher vibratory selves after the 12/12/12 activations – one way I can assist in the creation of a new Earth experience.

If this message and that time period also speak to a part of you, perhaps your heart feels called to join us on this journey. To explore it more, you can visit: Cosmic Heart Activation with Reiki, Raw Food and Dolphin Communion ~ Birthing the New Earth in Bimini, Bahamas 12/16 – 12/21/2012 **(see end of post for more details on number of spots remaining and how to reserve yours)

In Lak’ech Ala K’in” – The Mayan principle of Universal Love that is similar to Namaste (and also the title of my first series of 5 paintings representing an Earth history story-line of integrative healing through the 5 elements and beyond). As an expression of honoring when greeting each other, this profound realization means “I am another yourself, you are another myself” – “I am you and you are me.” The Maya priest-shamans recognized that we are one global human being. It is about dissolving the ego into complete unconditional love; “dissolving until you are ‘NOT’, then the World enters you.”

Here are words shared by Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq’ij (ceremonial priest and spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan, that speak to the beauty and simplicity of this heart-full message. Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars circulating. Along with his brother, Gerardo, he studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge:

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.”

…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’.

(The image at the beginning of this post is my version of the Galactic Butterfly – Hunab Ku – from the #5 painting in my series In Lak’ech called Spirit – I chose to name it Spirit rather than Ether, but the essence remains the same. You can see it in its entirety here: Spirit)

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…

“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.”

…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.”

…”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.”

“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.”

**There are only 16 spots on this trip and 1 remaining spot on the Atlantis Vortex boat trip left. It’s beautiful to hear that so many are feeling called to this journey, however if you are really intending to join this magical journey, the only way to ensure your spot is with a deposit. A deposit of $500 is needed for the retreat and $150 for the Vortex trip. Once the boat Vortex trip is filled, we will be taking names for a waiting list in case someone can’t make it or anything changes. There is also a land Vortex trip for those called to anchor on Earth, rather than water. To assist in making things easier to support this opportunity for anyone who’s heart is called, as its important to have the right energies gathering together, this trip is available also in 3 payments. If you have any questions, you can email me at tania@taniamarie.com.

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