Come to stillness, find your centre and set your intention.
Today begins 13 days of truth, strength, holding your centre and defending the enduring wisdom of the ages [but on a higher turn of the spiral]; learning how to come back to your centre, time and time again. Learning to move from your centre, consciously experiencing the inevitable loss of centred-ness as you open to life, and then coming back to centre once more.
|Image created by Kookie Birjukov, |
based on a concept by LjL,
for use in our Enchantments of Life
workshops and course booklets
The Vulture (also known as Warrior, Owl or Turkey; Cib) Timewave asks you – and gives you the opportunity – to be true to yourself.
Accept the challenge.
Strength of mind is needed and resolve is rewarded. Allow in the beam of light, like a laser; invite in a coherent light source from the top of your head, down through your central column and into the ground.
|Alert barred owl|
Image found on Google, from here
The overriding message today – and the teaching of the whole timewave – is to:
- Resist the easy impulse to give in to your own whims or those of others;
- Come back to your centre;
- Be the clear light; and,
- Notice how other people are naturally attracted to you, once you are in that position.
|Image found on Google, from here|
The challenge for all yogis, meditators, gurus and pandits is to recognise that the super-spiritual-ego is very sneaky. The bliss of a truth based on purity often blinds us to the cosmic humour, our universal human base, our ancestral heritage and all that we are product of.
Real wisdom has a sense of humour and is anchored in the feeling of being a human being, like all human beings.
|Image found on Google, from here|
Message from Laurence: In the spirit of this day, I honour and respect the Mayan people for bringing this calendrical system into the world. I also give thanks to the Mayan spirits and others who have inspired me, taught me, laughed at me and with me, and who continue to guide me on my journey of working with this 260-day count.
[Extra message from Laurence to contemplate on 1 Vulture:]
What Does It Mean to Be a Warrior?
The full challenge of Warrior (aka Vulture or Owl) is to be strong yet open. Life is often tough; it requires real strength of mind that comes from holding intention, yet also having the ability to constantly adjust.
Strength is both adaptable and resilient. Strength requires a healthy physical foundation and a connection to stillness, nature and spirit. Can we be the authors of our lives and be defenders of truth?
|The Dance Begins, flipchart by LjL |
[Note from Carey: this, and the third, flipchart were drawn
for an early Enchantments workshop,
before Laurence identified two further levels
in his model of the Evolution of Human Consciousness:
Ceres, after Mars; and Jupiter, after Ceres and before Saturn.
See more using this link]
The Vulture Timewave manifests as power (10 Serpent); and requires the commitment of inner security, whilst allowing subtle energies to permeate your psyche (8 Foredawn). The wisdom of Vulture (12 Deer or Hand) is the power and strength of being, to hold a dynamic systemic coherence.
In traditional culture [Saturn Enchantment*], one is rewarded for being a pleaser. Warrior energy is expressed only as righteous indignation and in defence of the cultural clichés of fixed morality. This is okay.
In the mainstream culture [Uranus Enchantment*], one is richly rewarded for being ruthless and connected to larger ruthless groups. The survival-of-the-fittest myth, which includes strategic alliances, is perpetuated. For most people, though, the reward of comfort comes through compliance with the cult of the individual, honouring the winners and accepting one’s place. This is okay.
|Saturn to Uranus Enchantment, |
flipchart by LjL
In the new age community [Neptune Enchantment*], one is rewarded for having some personal expression and for being in agreement with the collective sentiment – with espousing a ‘politically correct’ approach. This is okay.
However, if you want to be a true Warrior and to live your purpose, there comes a time when the cultural norms no longer fit, especially as you get older.
The Path of the Warrior eventually requires personal leadership and authorship of one’s own life [Pluto Enchantment*]. This is tough, unless one is incredibly strong within, as there is generally not much support from outside oneself.
Embrace the full spectrum of society, but defeat and release anything within you that no longer serves you. Draw on the strength of resilient adaptable continuity.
Challenge has to be welcomed and enjoyed, as much as is possible, and decisions must be made fairly swiftly and consciously – and then ACTED upon.
A Warrior is alert.
|Earth to Chiron Consciousness, |
flipchart by LjL
[* Note from Carey: Laurence’s groundbreaking Enchantments of Life model, which maps the evolution of human consciousness, informs and illuminates all his other fields of endeavour. Thus, his interpretation of the Mayan Sacred Calendar – which he studied, lived and breathed for close to three decades – comes from the perspective of a higher level of consciousness [Chiron Enchantment], one which incorporates, acknowledges and respects all the other levels, but which penetrates and interprets from a different, more evolved perspective than some of the more traditional, or indeed the more ‘new age’, understandings of the ancient Mayan system. For more about Laurence’s model and work, please visit our portal website.]
|LjL, a true warrior, |
in a moment of stillness