Being Masterfully Human
Aluna Joy Yaxkin - 2/2002

"Life is not about being a master in a human body, but being a human masterfully!"

Who said that if you lived consciously nothing bad or challenging would ever happen to you? Who told you would never get sick, have a lover leave you, have a loved one die, have a car accident, or make a bad choice, huh? Who ever said that walking the spiritual path would be a piece of cake, easy as pie? Come on now, stand up, and let's take a look at your life, because I could use a good example to follow.

When a friend asks you how you are, do hide the fact that day you might feel miserable? Do you respond to your friends by saying "Hey I am great, it's all perfect!" Why do we hide the truth and hide ourselves from each other. Why are we so afraid of being judged for being human, for having a down day. How often have you felt like eating a pint of ice cream and hid the carton at the bottom of the shopping cart away from the curious eyes? Why is it that we do not allow each other to be human with all our amazing qualities and frailties? Where is the non-judgment, the compassion, and why is having human vulnerabilities means you're not on a spiritual path, not heading for spiritual graduation?

Welcome everyone to HUMAN MASTERY 101. I'll have to say that at times I felt I was not getting good grades in this class. In fact sometimes I felt like I was failing altogether and wishing I could drop the course. Guess I have been judging myself. But the fact is that if you and I are in a human body we are not getting out of this class without a few major challenges, illnesses and bad choices. And YES, we will get judged for these at the very time we need support. So what do we do, we try harder to be perfect and work harder to hide our human vulnerabilities. But soon the law called being human rears its ugly head and takes us down another peg, another wrung of the ladder, with the next challenge. Sometimes don't you wish you could stick your head in the sand to avoid further persecution. But sadly we cannot avoid persecution from ourselves.

From the world's major religions to New Age thought, we have bought into the subtle program that we must be perfect, live a balanced life to warrant a graduating degree in HUMAN MASTERY 101. The paradox is our world is a world of polarity, not neutrality. Being balanced 100% of the time in this reality really means you are stuck, not growing, or dead. If you think your life is balanced all the time, you are in denial, and running as hard as you can from the challenges chasing you down. But guess what? The conflict and challenge that we are embarrassed to have in our lives, or try to avoid, are the very spiritual fuel that makes us all grow stronger toward Mastery. So my big question here is how can we be super human, ascended masters and the pure embodiment of an angel while being human in a dualistic world? Now this is the test, the challenge, and the ironic joke the creator has given us to figure out. And I don't have any answers myself yet.

Well like I said before I need a good example to follow. If it is possible to be masterful in this dualistic world then surely there is some example of this happening is history. So I complied a quick list of those I felt are top shelf, got the Grammy, the Oscar, really did it right in their life. Off the top of my head I through of Jesus, the Dalia Lama, St. Francis, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Joan of Arc and Mother Theresa.

I began at the top of my list with Jesus, a master teacher of love and compassion, buy didn't he create a situation in his life in which a good buddy, one of his own disciples, betrayed him and this betrayal cost him his life and at the hand of his own people. Hummm. Wow he must have really been out of balance the day they hung him on the cross. Why did he attract that to his life. �. OK.. next one.

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, is a beautiful being with the purist of hearts and the most beautiful teaching of love and compassion. There is hardly anyone on the planet he has not touched thanks to modern media. But yet will all his sincerity, ceremony, sand mandalas, political clout, Nobel Peace Prize and an entire lineage of incredible power he could not save Tibet and still cannot save his people from daily torture. Hummm�. Did he forget to meditate the day the Chinese took over Tibet, did he mess up one of those sand mandalas creating/attracting to himself such a horrible outcome. �. Next�.

OK let's look at those who taught and lived non-violence, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. Oh yeah, they both attracted violent murderous deaths. Now how did that happen? Gandhi freed India and Dr. King freed the African Americans from racial segregation. But they both got a fatal bullet. Now that doesn't seem right does it? Joan of Arc�granted she was a little strange, led by intense visions from spirit, but she won great battles for France�. Oh yeah� they burned her at the stake as a witch. Mother Theresa, now how about her? She gave up all personal desires to heal the poorest of poor, but she got sick and died. And St. Francis gave up everything for peace and love and was never accepted for it in his life time and lost what little he did have and he was lose all over and over.

So who said if you are a master you do not attract any bad, challenging or hard situations to you? I don't get it. If we think these ones are saints, masters and great examples to follow then why do we judge our friends for having a frail moment, week or month? And why do we judge ourselves just as badly?

Do you know what makes one a Master, an angel or saint? It is not the absence of challenge but the right reaction to challenge that makes us masters of our human existence. If we act using what we know is right, unconditionally in light of hard challenges, that is mastery. We honor Jesus, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, His Holiness and the rest for their enlightened behaviors based on their truth principles. This is why we honor them. Jesus taught love and non-judgment even while hung on the cross. Now that had to be a hard to do. The Dalai Lama still smiles and practiced non-violence and compassion even though the Chinese still today torture his people. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi both doubted their teachings, wondering if the world was ready for what they had to offer, but they kept on until someone judged them so much they took them out. They acted the best they could, with what they had to work with based on their truth principles.

How could we live perfectly balanced when so much of the population is waging war, committing murder, suffering, starvation? If we think we can separate ourselves from the collective and become masters over the material world well I don't think so, unless you are a monk in a cave in the Himalayas. Even then you would be challenged by yourself. I think we are all capable of AMAZING deeds and actions, but I don't think we are being a little idealist and maybe not very authentic to think we can avoid the changes and challenges that happen in this crazy world. Maybe if we want to pass HUMAN MASTERY 101 it is as simple as reacting with love when faced with hate, when faced with anger react with peace, when there is judgment react with compassion.

Life is not about being a master in a human body, but being a human masterfully! Maybe our challenges are masterful tests so we have the opportunity to put into action the truth principles we personally believe in. Maybe, just maybe, the greater the test we attract the stronger we are and the closer we are to passing final exams. So if you are having bad day, bad week, bad life. Hey get over it. Own it, and decide to act rightly to the best of your ability with what you have and learn from the experience. And if you mess up � again... FORGIVE YOURSELF and go on and remember no one out there is getting right all the time even though they would like you to think so.

We are not superhuman, at least not all the time. We get tired, feel ill, get angry or sad. It is part of living in a dualistic world. On good days we are all heroes, masters, saints, and angels, and these are great days to be honored and celebrated. But remember to honor the courage it takes us every day to face our lives when the picture is not so pretty. Celebrate the growth when we are sick, lonely, lost, angry and sad. Hey it IS all perfect, if you own the beautiful fact you are human and a master, an angel, a saint all wrapped into one very human body in a very wacky world. Oh and by the way, everyone passes HUMAN MASTERY 101 � because God never judges you.

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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A Few Responces to the Article
Dear Aluna - I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your "on being masterfully human" article. It addessed a lot of things i've been dealing with and looking at recently. I am often seen by others as a "strong woman" - I'm an author, I lead workshops, pilgrimages, etc. and I then find it tough to let people know when I'm not doing so well. but it is getting easier as circumstances push me into doing so or else! and the upside is that I really makes me appreciate my friends who are there for me when I do need them. anyway, I don't want to go on and on, but bless you for addressing some of these issues. I think there are a lot of people who need to read that message. So many of us on the spiritual path put incredible pressures on ourselves! Peace and love to you - josie


I think that what you wrote in this letter is exactly what people needed to hear to move beyond themselves now. Self-judgement is always the stopper and you've just made it ok for them to be just as they are, knowing that from there they can still do great and wondrous things. I love it. Lots of love Soleira

Aluna, Thank you so much for your letter, it is inspiring and I appreciate all the work you put into bringing valuable information and thoughtful introspection to so many hungry hearts. You are living your gifts authentically with an open heart and mind. with luv and appreciation, Sheryl

Bravo!!! That's one of the best said pieces on masterfulness I've seen so far. Our wondrous game is to be human AND be mega, all wound into a magnificent package of living life. I really enjoy reading what you write Aluna Joy. For me, you're on the top of my list of new world leaders who are saying like it is, direct from their own mouths, and leading the way for the creation of a new humanity. Lots of love - Soleira

Dear Aluna, Thanks for the words of wisdom. Leave it to us Scorpios to remind people that feelings are good to feel. My first meditation teacher used to emphasize not to mistake the goal for the path. Much of the descriptions of enlightenment are mistaken for ways we need to act on our way there. Thanks again for being a clear connection to our star elder lineage. In Light, Theresa

Dear Aluna, I was reading your recent letter and I think to myself...I've have to email Aluna and tell her how much I love her letter. I so enjoy reading your articles! You are always so open, and honest in sharing your thoughts and experiences. Refreshing! I read further to Kia's message about Casa de Milagros and how the kids are growing...and I begin to wonder how she is doing health wise. I have been thinking about her, so much over the last couple of days. I will now email her as well! Then...I see House of the Children...what a surprise! Bless you kind soul for remembering us. I hope that our paths will cross one day. Thank you again for sharing our work with your network of angeles. I'll keep you posted on our progress. Much love, Nancy at

I must say that your essay on human mastery was the best thing I've seen among your writings. In theological terms, you addressed the issue of theodicy: why bad things happen even to good people. Typical "New Age Thought" embraces a theodicy which punishes victims and makes it harder for them to become survivors and eventually thrivers. It also implies that the privileged have EARNED a right to their privileges and have no obligation to use them to overcome systemic injustice. Dr. Christa Landon, Pagan Institute

Just a quick note to tell you how awesome your letter was this month. Especially "human mastery 101". You have the rare gift of putting your finger on the pulse of the world and expressing it in words. Love ya, Tammy

Dear One Aluna, Bless you and thank you for this and what you wrote about us embracing our humanness. Yes, we are human as well as divine, and need to love and accept them both. I'm just listening to the song you mentioned by Five for Fighting right now on the radio. It's a great song - I feel it's not easy being me either !! I always enjoy your letters. Many blessings, In the One Heart we all share, Amara

Thank you for the wonderful, inspirational words on the Dalai Lama and Jesus. Your letter is like the sunrise. I sent it around to my UN friends and colleagues. One day I hope that you will come and meet us at the UN in the Society for Enlightenment and Transformation, do a little workshop, and speak WITH us. Many blessings. We will do a Sun ceremony at the Equinox at the Peace Bell. We will think of your own wonderful ceremony during that time. Michel

Yesterday was a bad, ego-centric day for me. I started this morning by inadvertantly discovering an article you wrote, Human Mastery 101, some title like that. (For some reason I ignore titles?) I am a true master in my silence. It's when I am confronted with the opportunity to overtly express (live) my beliefs - challenged - that I activate my propensity to explode and initiate ripples of anger, self-righteousness and various fragments of my arrogant persona. This I did yesterday. It may happen again today? But, I am lookin' for it. I hope to keep my cool today by remembering who I truly am and what I know to be true. Love, compassion, peace and joy and all that fuzzy stuff. Thanks for the article. Tom

Thanks again for a truly great letter (article). I work with many spiritually-minded people and I usually find that you have managed to accurately describe the current 'state of being' for them, and for the current state of development of the planetary consciousness. Thank you for taking the time to write out your own personal challenges and blessings, thank you for continuing to share with everyone who is drawn to listen... We appreciate your work and your being. Love, Light, Blessings, Leo

February 8, 2002 (Mercury Direct!) Thank You! ever so much for your timely article, 'Being Masterfully Human". I found it serendipitously in my inbox thursday morning following an emotionally draing blowout with my partner. I felt extraordinarily "lightened" after reading it - and "seen". The fight was about hiding (our essence) from one another to protect ourselves, and having it blow up in our faces anyway...the usual! I look forward to hearing more from - and through - you!! Steve NYC

Dear One, My grateful thanks for your comments Becoming Masterfully Human.I have emailed this to so many others, read aloud from it in groups, and I reread it myself when I need that gentle reminder. It has affected a number of us profoundly. Judith

Hi, Aluna, I want to thank you for your writing on "Being Masterfully Human." Your words brought peace to my heart at a time in which I am facing very painful situations. You reminded me that compassion starts with self. That God does not ask of us to be perfect, but to be genuine. Maria Mar