Millennium in a City of Light - San Cristobal de las Casas

Aluna Joy Yaxkin
January 2000

With the intense energy building around the turning of the millennium, many on the conscious path felt the need to join in celebrations of peace. This is our report from our little part of the world and the Mayalands.

Our group arrived in Mexico just in time for the Full Moon Solstice in Palenque. There were tangible feelings of timelessness and otherworldliness in those last days of 21st century. We felt dazed with anticipation as our first day pounded us with rain that only pushed us deeper inside ourselves. Effortlessly we shared with each other about ourselves. We shared the pains and joys of our pasts and shared what we would like to have different in the next 1000 years. There was an uncanny depth to our sharing and a great comfort in letting it all go to be cleared out. We knew that what we decided in these last days would determine our foundation stone for the next 1000 years.

Our visits inside Palenque were preparation for a new era, a new level. We meditated in the Hall of Records and experienced a rare visit to The Lost Temple. Lunch time was spent nearby at El Panchan with Rakshita. If you get to visit Palenque, you must visit El Panchan (means Heaven on Earth). It is my belief that this lady has returned once again to Palenque as its guardian but is disguised as the owner of a small, yet incredible vegetarian cafe nestled in the jungle. She has a few Cabanas to rent, a peaceful temple and labyrinth too. Lunch with Rakshita is more than stuffing our faces (which we did with great JOY). Rakshita feeds the hungry soul of the spiritual traveler in the sacred space she has anchored there.

Her partner Moises Morales - a legend in Palenque - and great authority on the site, honored our little group with his famous slide show. Even though the humidity is slowly deteriorating his collection, they are still incredible, including one of a kind slides from over 100 years ago. We strained to remember every image and what he said about Palenque�s past and the layers of wisdom it has revealed over the years. (THANKS Rakshita and Moises for taking us into your space so beautifully! HUG)

On Christmas Eve, we visited the sacred site of Yaxchillan that means "The first mouth of the Jaguar". It is a site where the highest level of knowledge keepers gather. Isolated and immersed in the jungle, from Palenque it takes a 2+ hours drive plus a 30 minutes boat ride to reach this site. Our journey was rewarded greatly as Yaxchillan opened its magical etheric doorways. On top of Temple 41 - the highest temple - we built a small alter and burned Copal and were given permission to make an essence of the site. We set up the bowl at the center of the altar area of the temple (see below about this new essence). When we quieted ourselves we were blessed with a howler monkey serenade unlike any I had ever experienced in my 13 years of traveling to Mayan sites. The howlers are masters at taking one deeper into the magical realms of time and space. At the end of our meditation, the guard in charge recognized our hearts� intent and allowed us to climb to the very top of the pyramid to get a view of a vast expanse of jungle of both Mexico and Guatemala.

With all the beauty and peace still anchored in the Mayan sites, we were reminded over and over that we were indeed in an area of continuing conflict in the Chiapas. Upon existing Bonampak we were quite startled as we came upon a squad of more than 60 Mexican soldiers completely equipped and armed for long range patrols of the Chiapas. Rumors were spreading about the threat of another Zapatista uprising at the 6 year anniversary of the January 1, 1994 takeover of San Cristobal.

The group quieted as we walked to our van through the military patrols. We knew that the next day we were going to drive right into the hottest area of conflict, and oddly enough, the royal city of light, San Cristobal de las Casas. Being in a third world country, the threat of uprising and war and Y2K would not stop our group of Peacekeepers. We all knew the risks and this is why we had to come. Lightworkers were needed in the Chiapas and San Cristobal. As we braved the twisty dangerous roads up to a San Cristobal, we had to pass many military checks and the van was searched. We didn�t say it out loud, but we were thinking "Where on Earth were we going?"

We found ourselves wandering through the streets of San Cristobal. We explored the city and scouted out where we needed to be for December 31 midnight. We could feel the presence of the Masters. The same ones who called us to come here for millennium. It was like we were weaving threads of light and peace all over the city. We were told by the Masters that many others, unknown to us, were also doing the same thing in San Cristobal.

On New Year�s Eve our group drove about 30 minutes to a small village named San Juan Chamula. This Maya village still retains its traditions. Now transformed into a living Maya Temple, the church in the main square is a powerful heart opening experience. We had no idea what we were in for when we asked permission to enter. The blast of energy was overwhelming and our hearts opened instantly. I sat for an hour crying and praying to the great maker. I asked forgiveness for being so human. I prayed for my group, for humanity and a safe transition into 2000. The church was lined with a forest of white flowers and uncountable white candles. The Maya Elders were chanting in their native languages and many others came in and out to pray and give offerings. If you are ever in this area, do not miss this, but please come with great respect, bring candles and DO NOT use a camera. Rumor has it that if you take a picture or act disrespectfully, you could have some verbal or even painful consequences to this kind of disrespect. We returned to San Cristobal by night fall, our vibrations all tuned up and ready for our ceremony at midnight. When we arrived back in San Cristobal, we were surprised by the complete lack of military presence. The village was virtually empty and the streets were quiet. We were expecting crowds and military to be filling the streets, but the opposite was true.

We climbed up a long staircase to an overview of the entire city of San Cristobal where the humble temple of Guadalupe stands. This is where we chose to welcome the new millennium. The Mayan Goddess of Guadalupe had been with us prior to the pilgrimage. On every step of our adventure we were reminded of this ancient deity of the Maya people, now thinly masked as a catholic saint. We lit candles and burned copal and said our prayers. We connected with our friends in Shasta and Cuzco and sent energy to the Tetons. We connected with the millions all over the global participating in the midnight wave 5 minutes prior to new year. Three Maya children joined us in our meditation and we felt so touched by their ability to understand the sacred space we were creating. Just as midnight struck, the church bells began to peal from Temple of Guadalupe. The little quiet village came alive with a wild chorus of fire crackers, cherry bombs and fireworks. There is no words to describe what I felt in this moment. All was well. Humanity has begun its new level. Joy and celebration filled the Earth and our hearts. As we descended the hillside we felt we were coming down reborn. We walked to the main plaza and joined the celebrations and danced and danced. It was wonderful to be in this holy city at such a special time.

So many were paralyzed with fear due to Y2K and followed their fear instead of spirit - then nothing happened! I am so glad we stuck to our beliefs and braved the Y2K propaganda and war threats and did what the Masters asked of us and that was to anchor light in San Cristobal. We had a few brave ones with us. We knew the risks and went anyway. Y2K in a Third World country and threats of war seemed like nothing at all when the church bells rang from Temple of Guadalupe!

Y2K taught so many that to live out of fear is futile and a big waste of time! I�m glad that is over. What is next? What do we want to create? Now those are questions for us to answer! On to the next level friends... Yahoo!

In our wanderings we discovered many great places to go if you are planning a trip to the royal city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Here is a brief listing of must sees�

Our group visited Na Bolom. ( e-mail: [email protected] ) Na Bolom began in 1898 and became a legally constituted Mexican non-profit organization founded in 1951 by Danish Archaeologist Frans Blom and Swiss photographer Gertrude Duby Blom. The center supports a multi-national staff of 35, an international volunteer program, a tree nursery with an annual production of 40,000 saplings, organic gardens, and a medical fund and guest services for visiting Lacandon Maya Indians. The library houses 5,000 books including some very rare and old books, and is an important archive of books, documents, and maps on the Chiapas Maya region. The photographic archive houses over 50,000 images documenting, among other things, the destruction of the Lacandon rain forest and many highland Maya festivals presently not practiced. A stroll in the photographic laden hallways of Na Bolom is like walking back to another time. Na Bolom offers a museum, restaurant, accommodations, tours, library and gift shop. Every peso spent here helps the preservation of the Lacandon people and the rain forest! Do not miss this!

La Casa Del Pan caf� offers great food in a great hangout environment. Casa del Pan is a caf� with spirit, complete with huge murals of the life of the current day Maya, walls lined with Photographs of current Mayan events and a Mayan altar complete with Guadalupe with a Zapatista mask. On many evenings live music is offered.

Also, Dami Daruma Sushi Japanese food is owed and operated by mother and son, who are very aware beings that anchor a great space for a really wonderful meal. The son sat with us as I sipped their famous 5 spice tea and stuffed my face with a vegi stir fry. He told us of the problems San Cristobal endures since the uprising 6 years ago. Tourists are still staying away and the entire city is dependent on tourism to survive, including the Maya people who sell their hand crafts. Please take our word for it. San Cristobal is a wonderful and safe place to visit . DO NOT let fear and old stories keep you from visiting this City of Light! It is filled with Peace and wonderful people!

Aluna Joy Yaxk'in . . . A Star Messenger - Earth Oracle - Soul Reader - Sacred Site Junkie was literally born awake and in the company of her guides, the Star Elders. Today she has evolved into an author, spiritual life coach, sacred site guide, alternative historian, ordained minister and modern mystic. In the Inca world, Aluna is considered a Qawaq (cow-wak), a clairvoyant or seer of living energy. Aluna acts as a spiritual archaeologist using her clairvoyant / clairsentient gifts to excavate current messages from the masters of ancient, enlightened cultures to uncover what affect this has on humanity and the collective consciousness. She is well known for her down to earth, accepting attitude that makes each one feel like they have come home. She inspires and encourages others to recognize and accept their own authentic divinity and connection to the Creator. "Our groups are family, and each one is a teacher and also a student. We work together as a team to unravel the sacred mysteries of life." Aluna coined the term "sacred site junkie" because she is one herself. After her first trip to Tulum, Mexico, her life changed dramatically, and she was sent on an entirely different path in life. Since this time, her work has been influenced by uncountable shamanic experiences in sacred sites of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, Greece, England, Australia and New Zealand. Aluna has been leading groups in the Maya world since 1986, the Inca world since 1996, and the Egyptian world since 2008, and the mystical world of Avalon (England and Scotland) since 2007. Aluna offers Star Elder Sessions, formulates Sacred Site Essences and a free newsletter. She is the author of "Mayan Astrology" and her articles have been published worldwide. Website: Facebook: YouTube:

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