Getting There ~ An Amazing Palenque Story
Aluna Joy Yaxkin ~ 01/2003

Nothing seams more frightening than jumping into the unknown. It is simple human nature to want to keep life predictable. But we learn from countless experiences that life is anything but predictable. Profound lessons are revealed when our lives take an unexpected turns and we are pushed to our very limit. Sometimes we are pushed and sometimes we are the ones doing the pushing by asking for growth. This is how I felt as I left the comfort of my home to venture out into the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico for my first visit to Palenque. I don�t know if I was pushing myself, or my destiny was calling so profoundly that it was doing the pushing for me. I was being pushed to break away from the safety of my known world to enter a new world that would challenge me to grow.

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was
more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -- Anais Nin

It was the year 1990 and this was my second trip to Mexico. I had heartily prepared to this trip. I spent 3 years meditating, fasting, and recreating myself. I had faced the demons of my past. I had begun to re-envision my future and call on my purpose in life. I was asking for growth because my life was not making sense any more. Palenque was never far from my mind. I guess you could say I was a little obsessed about getting to Palenque. Three years after my first trip to Mexico, I was on my way.

I knew sacred sites send out a different, more cosmic oriented energy at night, so my first day in Palenque was filled with simple exploration. I wanted to introduce myself to the site and pick out a place for my all night vigil. I could go into great detail about how amazing this site is. I could tell you how beautiful, how otherworldly it is. I do not think I could do this site any justice with mere words. My goal was getting to what I could not see with my eyes. I was looking for what can only be perceived while tuning within while sitting atop a pyramid under the stars.

I decided on Temple of the Sun for my all night stay. I arranged a taxi to pick me up at my hotel and drive me out into the jungle at 10 PM that evening. I planned to hike up the back trail through old Palenque to enter the site. I wanted to avoid the guards at the main gate. No sooner than the plans were set the tests began. Everyone I met from that point on broke out into their favorite Mexico horror story. It was just like when you tell your friends you are going to Mexico for a vacation and you hear about the pick pockets and El Turista. It was a little like that only the Palenque version. One guy said he spent the night in Temple of the Sun and 3 scorpions fell from the temple ceilings and stung him�. Another woman told me she heard a story of a woman getting raped by guards. Just when I thought I heard it all, I discovered that this will be the first night the site was going to place guard dogs at the back gate! Jeeezzz� This is not the harmonious and blissful quest I had hoped for. I still felt driven to go. Why is it you always hit a block when you decide to experience life outside the box?

I went back to my hotel room and ate a simple dinner and showered to get ready for the evening. I was more than a little scared, and by now you�re thinking maybe I am a little crazy too! The push was getting stronger than ever to go. I sat on the edge of my bed praying for the right answer, or maybe a way out. An amazing decree came to me within the confusion the fear created. It is human nature to feel fear when we intend to break past comfort zones. I knew some how I was being prepared for my all nighter vision quest. I know there was no going back now. I chanted the prayer over and over to myself. I knew I was opening myself to a new world.

May I have eyes to see as you see.
May I have ears to hear as you hear.
May I have the heart to feel as you feel.
May I have mind to know as you know.
May I Love as you Love�.

The hours past painfully slow, but soon I was in the taxi. 15 miles later is was dropped off in the jungle, in the middle of nowhere. I knew that there was no way back home until morning. I walked up the road and kept watch for the narrow path into the jungle, the back door to Palenque. There were clouds in the sky blocking a lot of the star light. I was concerned a flashlight would be visible out in the open, so I had to walk slowly in almost total darkness. Once I found the back forest trail I used my flash light sparingly. The back trail was slippery and wet. About half way up the trail I passed a huge earth mound I spotted early that day. I didn�t know what it was. Termites maybe? The question I had early that day was answered with Fire Ants, The trail was bright red with them and I feared they would carry me off for supper if I slipped in the mud. I carefully jogged up the trail to avoid the ants crawling up my legs.

Once at the top of the trail head I entered the back side of Palenque. I sighed with relief. No ants here. I walked slowly without the flash light through what seamed to be a very open area. Just when I thought I was in the clear I walked into a HUGE spider web. I didn�t walk between two trees or between anything at all. I did not understand where this spider web was connected to. It seamed to be out in the open just waiting for me. The web was so thick and strong I freaked out as I imaged a 2 foot spider as the creator of this trap. It is funny how fear exaggerates things - well maybe not so funny. Anyway I had to do a quick check over to make sure I didn�t have any hitch hikers with a killer bite.

It was with my the very next step that I spotted the guard dog! On No�. maybe I should have listened to my fear and stayed back in my hotel room and had a nice dinner on the square. WHAT A FOOL I AM. That next step landed on a rock that crunched under my weight�. The dog looked up to see who was there. Well, I thought, I have just evolved from ant food to dog food. Good progress Huh? Now that is growth! I was already standing in the light of one of the back buildings and new home to the pooch in question. I froze thinking he might see me. He didn�t! I don�t know how, but I walked right by him. It must have been Mayan Magic, I thought. I was half way into the main plaza now. I really felt I was in the clear after all I had checked out the site earlier that day. Yet again I relaxed too soon. In the pitch darkness I found myself falling into a hole in the ground. I didn�t get hurt but something was down there with me. I don�t know what it was, an iguana, a snake or some earth monster, but as it scrambled out one side of the hole, I was jumping out the other.

At this point, after 3 years of preparation, I had lost all site of the vision quest that inspired me to begin this journey. I just wanted to survive the night. I didn�t want to be a food source for anything in the jungle. After all I am a human and top of the food chain, right? Gulp! I was beginning to doubt if that rule applied here in the jungle. I was over half way to my destination, temple of the Sun. The last challenge was to cross over a log that was a make-shift bridge over the little river that runs through Palenque. I did this humbly on hand and knees. No ego was left in me now. I felt totally at the mercy of the jungle, the earth, and the creator. I surrendered. I had been respectfully stripped of any desire to have great vision or obtain any knowledge. I was just glad to take my last steps and be atop the Temple of the Sun, safe above the dangers of a dark jungle.

I sat on the top step of the temple facing east. The jungle was out in front and the amazing Temple of the Sun was behind me. I felt like a little kid. I felt child like and almost giddy. I was swinging my legs back and forth just happy to be alive and to have a good safe place to sit for the night. I felt innocent, pure and untouched. Maybe I was experiencing post traumatic stress. I didn�t know and I didn�t care. I didn�t care if I had a vision or not. I felt free from desire. I was just happy to be in one piece and breathing. I felt so good!

I kept hearing little sounds of something dropping in the back of the temple. What is that, scorpions dropping form the ceiling? As I settled myself down to meditate, I felt something swoush over the top of my head. Oh now what?? It was BATS, big bats. Images of nasty looking vampires raced through my head triggered by Saturday afternoon horror shows I saw as a kid. The bats kept flying right over head. Interesting enough I got use to them as they flew into the temple to eat fruit and drop the large seeds. The swooping sound they added to my mediation.

I was beginning to see on the inner planes. I began to see a huge energy pyramid coming up from the earth and another coming down from the heavens. When the 2 energies began to merge a diamond shape appeared at the center. I was placed in this center spot. Hummmm what does this mean? I thought to myself.

In the distance I began to hear a roar. The roars got closer and closer and seamed to surround me with a strange wind that was not a wind. I threw my hands up and I shouted ..."OK , give it to me God. What do you have for me now!" Am I being sized up for a late night snack by hungry jaguars I thought, or is it a mythical dragon come to take me into the underworlds? Oh Great! This is just perfect. How arrogant of me to think I can come down here, enter a site at night and the Gods would just open up the hall of records for me to scan for my personal enjoyment! Is the universe testing me to see if I really want what I am asking for, or is this yet another warning to turn back and run like hell? The roar sounded like a huge breathing dragon. A huge monster breathing in and out. What is it I screamed inside myself?

I got the nerve, or maybe pure audacity to ask a question, even though I was not getting any answers and seamed to be completely ditched by God, the Maya and every other ascended being in the known universe. What is this? What does it mean? Quickly after I got the question clear in my thoughts my long time childhood invisible buddies (I now call the Star Elders) came in just like they had so many times before in my life. In childhood it was easy to hear them. When I got older I was told by my mother to grow up and I tried I really hard to act like everyone else, but it didn�t work. I was miserable. So here they were again, clear as could be.

It was at this point that the evening took a unexpected turn. The Star Elders guided me into the sound of the wind that was not a wind. I was shown a world of energy. This energy that permeates the entire universe and binds it together like some kind of cosmic glue. This energy is what we use everyday to manifest and what every living thing uses to manifest, to grow and to create with. The Star Elders allowed me to see the highest form of this energy. They continued by saying this energy was coming slowly but surely to the planet. As it gets more refined, clear and powerful, the earth and all life will have to change. Some of the changes will be resisted and cause challenges and chaos. Some of the changes will be joyously accepted thus making evolution easier.

They showed me that this energy, through heart intent, defines what is manifested. If I thought there was a dragon in the forest - a dragon would appear instantly. I may not have consciously wanted the dragon to appear but the fear and the unconscious belief in the mind that it might be a dragon, would make it happen. It is not just what we think with our heads, but also our heart and body reaction to the situation - our total BE-ingness that we create from.

The Star Elders could feel my impatience�. They knew how hard I worked and that I wanted to become awakened and enlightened - Right Now or better yet, Yesterday! Yeah, I am a full blow spiritual speed freak. I knew this energy was just the ticket! My passport to instant enlightenment! Yahoo! But every time I try to USE the energy the entire vision would stop. When I relaxed and began the mediate again the energy came back for me to observe. In frustration I asked why I wasn�t allowed to use the energy to awaken myself. They replied, "You can�t push the cosmic clock. It will happen when it happens". Now this is not what I wanted to hear. This sounds like no matter hard I try, I can not achieve enlightenment until a great cosmic alarm clock goes off.! "Hey that is not fair!!!" But they said we have to wait until everyone is ready to ride the wave.

In hind sight, I was glad the Star Elders had the wisdom to show the energy to me but not allowed me to use it. I remember that evening and know how many times I would have blown it. Fire ants would have bit me. I would have been dog food and jaguar bait. I realized the universe and my buddies were protecting me. Until I had control of my mind, I would have created a mess for myself with my mind and fear. I guess all of humanity needs to prepare so we all can use this pure form of energy some time in the future.

Then more of the vision unfolded. Inside the sound of the wind, I began to hear angels singing, ancient chanting, music of the spheres. Simply put, the universe opened up to me. I heard the history of the universe in the wind. I heard the history in out of time. I understood everything all at once. Eternity, in all directions was within my reach and not some unimaginable distance from me. Time and history merged into a present moment. Wisdom was no longer outside of me. It never had been. I knew everything that was, or will be in the sound of singing angels. There are really no words to describe the event correctly. It is an spiritual encounter one must have for themselves.

As the sun rose and the vision faded I could begin to see the pyramids of Palenque emerging out of the misty darkness like ghosts, and oh my� a guard walking in my direction. Yikes� So I quickly hopped down the side of the temple and hid in the jungle until the site opened. I was suddenly back in the world. There sitting in the jungle I had time to think. I began to doubt the entire night. It was so powerful, unexplainable and amazing. I must have fallen asleep and dreamed it.

It was at this moment I learned a powerful truth � Doubt always follows truth! Why is it that we find it easier to doubt truth, and believe lies? Why is it is easier to believe terrible gossip, than accept beautiful compliments? Why do we try so to close our eyes to the light when all the time we say we want our eyes open wide? Why is it when God gives us a give we doubt its authenticy or believe we are not worthy. I watch my old self struggle with my new awareness.

As time passed and I have had years to reflect on my experience adventure inside Palenque. I have come to many conclusions and realizations that have changed my life in countless positive ways. I don�t think I will ruin the mystery and reveal all the secrets here, how could I in this little article anyway. BUT I can tell you this� We are right on time! We have not missed the boat, the train or the cosmic ship or the next dimension. We can�t push the cosmic clock, nor can we sleep thought the awake up alarm when it goes off . We will know everything we need to know when we need it and no sooner. So relax and enjoy the adventure. We will arrive when we get there. It is not the destination we should covet as much as relish in the journey getting there.

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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Thank you for sharing Aluna Joy's Palenque account. I also subscribe to her letter and after reading that was reading to jump on a plane and return to Palenque. I was in Palenque in January of 2000 following a Y2K Archaeological Conference at Tikal. My small group was with an Archaeologist who had worked at site in her younger days, and she was able to arrange for us to have access to the ruins after the park had closed to tourists for the day. ... Once back in the park, my group was allowed up the back way to at least stand on the platform. I opted to stay below and spent some time alone at some of the smaller structures in that area to do some meditation work. There is an incredible calm and peace at this site. I have felt that most of the better know Mayan sites such as Tikal and Chitzen Itza have a chaotic almost frenetic energy, but there is an incredible peaceful energy in the smaller river sites of the Peten ... Aguateca, Yaxchilain, Bonampak, etc. Trips such as this open us into so many additional levels of understanding. It can seem a very large amount of money to spend and so many hesitate, but it is an investment in ourselves. I know that for me I had to have the click of suddenly knowing that I was entitled to spend money on myself in this way. After that, everything changed. While I long to see them all again, I know that I HAVE to return. Love and Light, Judith

Thank you Judith,
for pointing out what a incredible investment visiting sacred sites can be. No matter how much we speak of what we experienced there, we can only graze the magic and transformation Palenque can give us. PEACE is a perfect word to describe what Palenque offers a visitor. Hope you make it back one day soon. Blessings ~ Aluna Joy

Thank you so much for the confirmation of what I am also feeling and getting. I just knew that we are about to really feel some intense energy shifts and I am already feeling it. So just knowing this information helps. Thanks. Your story about your night at Palenque was incredible. Especially the two energies like a pyramid merging and a diamond shape at the center. ... I've seen this too in a vision, and you are the only I've ever heard talk about it, and I've never read anything about it. So it was really something to have you describe it. Anyway thanks for the courage to write about this and for being so brave to go there. ~ Light and LOVE desired to be Anonymous

HI there anonymous one,
Glad you liked the article. I wrote it because it was about time to share it publicly even though words could only touch the surface of what happened that night. It is one of many stories and I know so many out there have their own amazing stories. It took a little courage to share something so personal. I have told the story to many friends and group members on my trips. You would be surprised how many people have seen the double pyramid thing and don't talk about it. I wonder why??? I now understand the Tetrahedron to be a Earth Mercaba, and Palenque to be the center, or mind, of this Mercaba. I could write a book about what I learned that night and how it changed my life and one day I just might do it. Guess my main interest is getting people there and hope they have similar experiences. Our groups now go inside at night, with permission, as not to risk life and limb! Words don't teach but experiences do! ~ Many Blessings ~ Aluna Joy

Howdy, I was reading your story about your night on the pyramid of the sun in Mexico in 1990. What caught my attention was your reference to "The sound in the wind". So many people refer to this sound as they are making transition shifts, but do not understand what it is that they are experiencing. This "sound" is a very ancient connection to source and a very old style of meditation, it is called Sound Current. There is little actual information about the sound current because it was considered to potent for most people and was kept secret for centuries. As is the case with much of the ancient knowledge it is time to reveal this to all who seek to know. There is an excellent book "The Ringing Sound An Introduction though the sound Current", By Eric Gustafson. This book finally explains in simple language what this wonderful connection, "the sound in the wind" is and how to begin to use it. This is vital information to get to everyone as the time is drawing nearer, we need to know how to accesses our connection to spirit more readily. I enjoy your letters and your gutsy nature, a woman after my own heart. In love light and peace, Sharrin

Hi Sharrin,
Thanks for the response to Getting There...
Since that night I have had 13 years to assimilate what I learned in that wind sound. What I heard is MUCH different than the sound currents that you speak of. First off, at the risk of revealing the mystery of the story I told.... the wind sound was initially howler monkeys, not jaguars as I first thought. When they howl in the distance and when we meditated inside or beyond their distant roars it takes us to another place where there IS a wind isn't wasn't a wind, or music that you can't hear with our usual ears. Anyway this is why I am so excited about getting people to these sites because once you hear it for yourself you can find it anywhere. Once you find that door and experience it on a intimate level you can have it anywhere. It just seems like Palenque and/or Tikal in Guatemala are places where we hear it or experience easier for the first time and then... we know what to listen for from that point on. But I agree with you it is important for the awakening masses to learn how to hear it, deal with the transitions it activates, and how to apply it to their lives. Thus again why arranging intimate groups to these places on special days is top priority to me. Blessings ~ Aluna Joy