This is an invitation to all of you to join me as I embark on what will no doubt be a remarkable and magical journey into the Amazon Rainforest, the very womb of the world. This journey will mark the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in my life; a return to my true path with heart, and the completion of a 10 year cycle marked by loss, abandonment, separation, and death. I embrace this path as the Cosmic Warrior. I am answering the call of the shaman to become a healer. If you are unfamiliar with what shamanism is read the Wikipedia definition in the links below.
To quote the late Carlos Casteneda: A warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if he feels that he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions. His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. He must look at every path closely and deliberately. There is a question that a warrior must ask, mandatorily: ‘Does this path have a heart?'
My flight to Peru is only 4 days away so you can expect steady blogging from me once I arrive in my new home in the jungle. I would also like to note that I will be dating all entries not only with the Gregorian calendar dates that we use in the western-consumer-industrial world, but also the Mayan Sacred Calendar, the Tzolkin, and the corresponding date in the Long Count (which is what "ends" in 2012, or rather completes a creational cycle of some 5,025 solar years). I have harmonized myself with the Mayan calendar and I can say from experience now that it truly is a divinely inspired tool for humanity. Each day is sacred and possesses a distinct energy and tone that influences creation and life. The Gregorian calendar simply does not possess this--it is purely arbitrary, a correction by Pope Gregory XIV in the 1400's of the Julian calendar created by Julius Caesar. Ever wonder why October is our 10th month and not the 8th? It was in fact the 8th month in Caesar's calendar, the root 'oct' of Latin origin meaning 8. The best and easiest web resource to follow about the calendar is the Mayan Calendar Portal page (see link below). It was created by Carl Johan Calleman, the premier western scholar on the calendar. The page features a fully interactive Mayan Calendar complete with rotating rings and descriptions of all the days' energies, tones, auspices, and how it all works in general.
So with all that said I again invite you to join the caravan, traveler! Let's make this a journey to remember!