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Actually, there is hope. With the Scola Hermetica teachings we are offering under the dome of Green Man we are striving to provide a space so our friends can re-discover their connection to the Universe / Gaia. And we emphasize that personal development is not enough, that we must go beyond to community development and contribute to the maintenance of Gaia. There are many communities and individuals which work for the same goal…
There is hope, and hope is VISION. What we need to do in all our diversities is to ‘occupy’ the space taken by the negativity and offer sustainable alternatives. We should not be passive but pro-active in flooding the social media with REAL life alternatives that are beyond all the divisive dualities, so to unite, like water ripples to create the great tide of Life, Love and Light. This will participate in bringing a new world, human to the core ❤ Nalan and Nico.
The Sense of the Common Good
[…] Instead of watching the news every night to be told what is going on,
we can all make the news together – really good news. […]
The Time of the Black Jaguar
How many times in the previous centuries has the end of the world arrived for hundreds of Indigenous nations? How many times have our ancestors had to rebirth from the ashes of their destroyed worlds? Those were difficult moments when we learned to pray and to ask for help so that our people might continue living. In such painful situations, we rediscovered the power of our ceremonies and their capacity to connect us to the source of our wellbeing, peace, understanding and health. No matter how difficult times were for the survivors of a wave of destruction, they lways had the opportunity to get their happiness back; they used the power of ceremony, their connection with Spirit, and the simple truth of the heart.
Indigenous peoples, as well as others around the world who saw their homes fall to the ground, know how important it is to ask for help from the sacred powers and how precious it is to know that we are truly being heard. This is why it is so important in our spiritual work that we keep the channels for our connection with Spirit impeccable. We are doing this right now. At this time, we are praying for Pachamama’s healing as well as for our relatives of the wilderness and of the oceans so that they do not lose their homes and their sources of nourishment. We are preparing for what is coming and praying for humanity so that we may wake up and correct our course before it is too late. We are dancing and singing strongly and sending a voice to the universe saying that we want to continue living.
Time to Change
It is time to change, and if we do not change something stronger than us is going to do it for us. We know this from experience. We know this because for thousands of years we have been observing the life-cycles of Pachamama. In Indigenous cultures and all ancient cultures of the Earth, there is the practice of studying the changes of the major cycles of life. This knowledge is important because cycles always have a beginning and an end that intensely affect our lives and our destiny.
Our ancestors observed the sun, the moon and the stars, and watched their cycles and their duration. They had the wisdom to live according to the nature of their time, like someone who dances to the rhythm of music being played. Thousands of years of experience have shown us that if we do not listen to the cosmic rhythm, we trip and fall.
Therefore, based on the wisdom of the ancestral nations, there exists the practice of getting ready to fully receive the blessings of certain cosmic dates – and to also get ready for the arrival of difficult times.
Times like the one we are in now are especially difficult. We are at the end of a long cycle where social and planetary change is born from a cosmic command that we humans have no other choice but to obey. These difficult times are good for us because of how they squeeze and change us. They contain the most valuable opportunities, and they could be dangerous for those who remain asleep and fail to develop a partnership with what has come to change us.
Sages of many Indigenous nations and other ancestral nations of the world say that we are now at the end of a very long cycle: the complete cycle of our present humanity. The Elders also say that the lack of preparation for the change that is coming is alarming.
There are small cycles, like the 500 year cycles; there are bigger cycles that last around 2,000 years; and there are even longer cycles, always containing smaller cycles within them. These longer cycles are the time of a complete humanity that lasts almost 26,000 years. According to the memory kept by some Indigenous nations, there were three other humanities before ours, so we are part of the fourth humanity. Now we are not only at the end of one long cycle of around 26,000 years, but we are also at the end of four of these cycles that amounts to 104,000 years of human experience. Many endings are happening at the same time, which means that a big change is ready to happen. These 104,000 years are the longest cycle we have ever completed. After this, the fifth humanity will begin.
I was very young when I had the fortune of receiving a beautiful teaching from my Elders in Peru, which helped me to understand the cycles of life. They explained that the complete cycle of a humanity goes through three movements or “times.” First comes the time of creation, next comes the time of conservation, and last is the time of renewal. The time of creation is that magic time that today is talked about in myths, legends and stories. This is the time where the creative capacity of the humans, supported by strong cosmic forces, does not know the impossible. This is the time of designing and building the forms that will become vehicles and containers for the essences that want to be developed according to dreams and purposes that will manifest over thousands of years. This is a time of great power and happiness; the time of a true earthly paradise in which perfect temples and happy tribes of impeccable wisdom are born. It is also a time to receive instructions for taking the steps towards a certain spiritual and human growth. All of this is driven by an immense possibility of expanding consciousness to places never before visited by the human heart and mind. This is a time in which divine beings guide men and women.
After having enjoyed this time of creation for a few thousands years, the time of conservation arrives. The creative forces begin to diminish, and now darkness is needed in order to temper what was created. In this time, humans are tested and learn how to become stronger by dealing with difficulties. Staying connected to the original creative forces requires effort or an infinite gracefulness. Some people go through this time in a good way – always singing, dancing and laughing – while others have a really hard time dealing with their suffering. Afraid of losing the light of the beginning, some of the humans in this time tend to become more conservative than creative, more educated than spontaneous. Others become rigid and authoritarian, creating rules and keeping traditions that are jealously passed from generation to generation.
Of the three times, the time of conservation is the longest. It always ends when the essence of the beginning has been forgotten, when magic can only be found in certain stories, and young people rebel against formalities that have no freshness or explanation. At the end of the time of conservation, there is also evident corruption by those who have held positions of power for a long time, leading to an epidemic loss of human values. The tension continues to grow until humanity becomes like a bomb ready to explode or a woman ready to give birth. Now the third movement arrives: the time of renewal. This is the shortest and most intense of the three, the time when purification is needed so life may continue.
Understanding the Nature of Our Time
Evidently, today we find ourselves living in the most intense time, the time of renewal. This is the time of a purifying chaos in which lies are seen for what they are, and there is a collective craving for returning to the simplest truth. At this confusing time, old group and ethnic identities become debilitated, and millions of humans lack clarity about their future and their true place in the world. The social pillars and belief systems of the conservative past are broken, and the new pillars are not built yet. There has been a great deal of learning during the struggles of the conservative time, but the time to harvest has not arrived yet. The collective state – which is similar to being in labor – contains pain, fear, and great hopes all mixed up. This time is the most difficult, and it also offers the most opportunities for those who seek their liberation from old mental prisons. This time is somehow dangerous for those who resist, because its energy is fierce and incontestable.
It also has the potential to quickly bring back to the light all those who move their will in favor of real changes. Now is when the big change happens, so that a new time of creation may arrive and find hearts that are clean and open to see and support the unfolding of a new world, still unknown.
In times of renewal, it is the Black Jaguar who rules. At this time, it is common for many people to experience major losses in their lives; some are The Time of the Black Jaguar brutally taken out of their comfort zone. Many see their old life not working anymore or feel afraid when seeing destruction happen in the rest of the world. It all means just one thing: it is time to change.
What Makes Change Possible
I am of the opinion that while talking about change is good, it does not create change. According to what I have seen, real change happens in three different ways. The first way is a gift from Spirit, an enormous blessing that comes to us unexpectedly through a dream, some extraordinary encounter with a being, or an event that awakens our mind. I consider this kind of gift to be like a “loan” from Spirit so that we have the necessary spiritual “capital” to start doing our own work. The second way is the way of the black jaguar, which comes and says “Enough!” and destroys the prisons where we feel safe and comfortable so we wake up. The third way is what in the Andes we call Munay, the will of the heart. This path of the heart’s will makes us persevere in the development of new habits and constantly seek encounters with the sacred sources that support our awakening. In times of renewal, like the one we are in now, I see that change happens for people from any of these three sources; however, given that we are running out of time, the prevalent way is the fastest: the one of the black jaguar. And even when I believe this to be true, I was instructed to always keep choosing the path of my heart’s will.
To be waiting for blessings to come and change me – or for an attack of the black jaguar to come and “kill” me, my ego, and all my bad habits – leaves me like a leaf at the mercy of the wind; it makes my life swing from blissfulness to pain, over and over again. But the swings are less frequent if I develop my own will. Instead of being at the mercy of the forces that come to wake me up, I prefer to choose to wake up and do my own work. Doing so will not stop the forces that bless or shake us; but I have experienced many times how different it is when these forces arrive and my will is in its place. Instead of feeling totally dependent on what they do to me, I have the opportunity to do my best to dance with them, to feel a partnership and collaboration with them. I feel this is similar to the difference between being a baby and being an adult. When we are babies, we totally depend on our parents to stay alive; when we are adults, we may still have our parents and receive their help and guidance, but in a very different way because now we are responsible for the condition of our own lives.
Source “The Time of the Black Jaguar” by Arkan Lushwala, pages 20 – 26.
Thank you, dearest Elena, for sharing this beautiful book with us…