March 5 - 12, 1997
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The energy of the Yucatan Peninsula is very balanced, supportive and soothing, with an
overall focus on community. A great place to re-balance your energy and life goals.
- Axumel: A little village along the
Mexican Caribbean coast, literally carved out of the jungle. Worth spending a day, if only
to adapt to the climate of the Yucatan (hot, humid jungle).
- Tulum: Focus on new beginnings (1st
chakra) and deep peace. The most prominent structure is El Castillo, built atop
steep cliffs overlooking the beautiful water and beaches of the Caribbean Ocean.
Several small sanctuaries on the grounds are totally peaceful, obviously the result of
centuries of being used for mediation.
- Coba: Focus on female energy,
community, creativity and nurturing (2nd chakra). Most of the open areas have a
stela (stone slab containing carved information). Each area focuses on a different
aspect (courtship, marriage, love, fertility, children, arts and crafts, music, cooking,
etc.). The most prominent structure is Nohoch Mul Pyramid, with 120 steps, topped
by a high energy temple. The jungle surrounding the ruins is clearly visible from the top,
as are the large lakes on both sides. A remainder: The opposite of creativity is
destruction. Just before we arrived at Coba, a nest belonging to killer bees (who act as
temple guardians) were removed by someone who did not follow proper procedures. The bees -
abruptly thrown out of their home - attacked everyone who tried to get close for quite a
while afterward. The only way to survive major injury is to go into a very peaceful state;
aggression (even in defense) further agitates them as we witnessed in one panic-stricken
tourist who endangered everyone nearby.
- Chichen Itza: Focus on strong male
energy (3rd chakra): power, abundance and freedom. The most prominent structure
is the Temple of Kulculkan (see one of our photos above). This temple is probably the most recognized Mayan
architecture seen by the general public. Climbing to the top is definitely worth the
effort! It feels like the powerful wind could simply carry you off into space. According
to legend, sacrificial rites were held at the Sacred Cenote (huge natural wells
formed by the underground rivers of the Yucatan).
- Chichen Itza was the site of many
rituals related to weather and seasons. The carved panels on the temple represent the
multiple Mayan calendars (52-year cycle calendar, 18-month Ceremonial Calendar, the 365¼
day Solar Calendar and the 580-588 day Venus Calendar). The Mayans were very advanced in
their understanding and recording of time and cycles. Another frequently photographed site
is the Temple of the Warriors (or Temple of 1,000 Columns) representing the
variety of people involved in a community.
- Merida: a busy city with fabulous
market places for those who want some relief from the jungle.
- Sayil: A powerful nexus point for
bringing male energy into balance with the heart (3rd and 4th
chakra), especially in the raising of children and teaching children through an open
heart. This area is an intersection of the energetic lay lines, creating a very strong
energy vortex in the Temple of El Mirador, also known as the "lookout"
because of its height and honeycombed wall. The 100-room Palace is reminiscent of
Greek or Babylonian architecture, an unusual form of Mayan ruins.
- Labna: Focus on the heart (4th
chakra), though not as strongly energetic as Sayil. A smaller Temple of El Mirador sits
atop a very steep round base. The Arch of Labna is the largest and most ornate
archway known to have been built by the Mayans.
- Uxmal: Focus on the heart, love and
balance (4th chakra). The prominent structure is the Temple of the Magician,
with 118 steps leading to the sanctuary at the top housing a very, very strong energy
vortex. Visible from the top are quite a number of stunning examples of Mayan
architecture, including the Governor's Palace and the Quadrangle of the Nunnery.
- Isla de Mujeres (Island of the Women):
Focus on integration and the dark feminine energy (2nd, 4th and 6th
chakras). The energy here is deeply soothing, yet at the same time, somehow unsettled.
According to historians, this island was used exclusively by women for many generations
for sacred rituals at the Temple of Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Creativity. It is
only in the recent past that men have been allowed onto the island. An inscription on the
tomb of buccaneer, Antonio de Mundaca, reads, "What I am, you shall be; what you are,
I was." A reminder that this island has always been a mystical place.
Quinto Sol, "Turismo Ecologico Mexicano" Mexico City (e-mail kintosol [at] ienlaces.com.mx) and EcoColors ("Ecotourism in the
Mayan World") Cancun (e-mail ecoco [at] cancun.rce.com.mx, web page)
The photo above is one we took on our trip.
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