Somewhere in the darkness, light begins to make its presence known. This is the beginning of beginnings, it is the first spark of the fire. The first spark needs tending, gentle use of breath and material in order to grow it into the fire it will become. The spark may represent a new idea that you have, but this is the first thought of this idea. It is something that comes in the waking moment, fresh from the dream world. It has started to emerge into this world, but is still uncertain, hidden and yet to take much form. This is the moment where it needs support and tending, just as the spark, or the newborn needs care and attention. This is where the input and encouragement of family, friends and community can help that spark to become the fire, or that newborn to grow.
This is the trecena of Aq’ab’al, the new concept, coming gradually into the new day. It is a time to begin new projects, to bring new concepts into the world.
A few days ago the communities in Northern Guatemala suffered a tragedy as the tropical storm Eta brought flooding and landslides. Our friends at Utopia Eco Hotel created an emergency fund to help some of the people affected by these events. If you wish to donate, please follow this link.
The effects of the pandemic are still affecting the people of my local villages too. If you wish to help relieve the current food crisis, please check out these links:
To help the people of San Pablo la Laguna, please follow this link https://tinyurl.com/yb4l3rux
To help the people of San Marcos la Laguna, please follow this link https://tinyurl.com/yd8ax34q
My 2021 calendar is now available. The calendar shows the days of the Chol Q’ij, formatted onto the Gregorian calendar. This year it will be available electronically as a pdf in both English and Spanish. Printed versions will be available locally to me in Guatemala on request. See Here for more detail.
We named our upcoming retreat The Junajpu (One Hero) Retreat. It is designed to help understand and connect with the hero, the divine essence, that each of us carry. We have decided to plan for a future despite the current restrictions and relaunch the retreat for the next Ajpu trecena beginning March 9th 2021. For more information on the retreat, please visit our new site https://fourpillarsretreats.com/