Once Upon a Time. ~ Alexander Dunlop

Via elephant journal
on Dec 21, 2012
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Chichen Itza 1992

I woke up the other day with a startling revelation: I need to be at Chichen Itza on December 21, 2012.

Chichen Itza is perhaps the most important Mayan Temple. It’s in the Yucatan Peninsula, two hours inland from Cancun, Mexico. December 21, 2012 is the day the earth passes across the equator of the Milky Way galaxy. It is the day we move, in the procession of the Equinoxes, into the star constellation of Aquarius.

On this exact date, the earth, the sun and the center of the Milky Way galaxy are in perfect alignment for the first time in 25,625 years as predicted by the Mayan calendar and confirmed by scientists.

It will not happen again for another 25,625 years.

And so on this date at Chichen Itza, 13 Mayan Elders are performing their ancient Crystal Skull ceremony for the first time in 12,812.5 years (25,625 divided by two).

The last time they performed it was at the exact midpoint of the current cycle when we had moved to the furthest point from the center of the galaxy in our earthly rotations. They are performing the ceremony now to commemorate the end of one grand cycle and to welcome the beginning of a new cycle in our planetary consciousness.

The true meaning of December 21st is just that: we are undergoing a shift in consciousness on this planet. The tipping point happens on this date.

But it’s a larger unfolding and we have the choice to participate in the shift. We can choose to shift our lives, habits, patterns and our world.

The more I  read about it, the more truth I see in it. It’s not the end of the world, so much as the beginning of a new world. It is literally the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, a new cosmic age we are entering and it will mean that awareness on this planet.

can8602_13, Temple of the Warriors, Chichen Itza, Maya Ruins, Yucatan Peninsula, MexicoThe ceremony to mark this momentous transition is happening at the Temple of Chichen Itza on December 21st this year. I woke up one day with the realization that I’m going. I want to be there. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to say the least!

I quickly put together an itinerary, found a hotel to accommodate a group of us, and then sent out an email blast to my people: my friends and clients.

It was all quite a big step for me actually. I booked my own plane ticket before I knew anyone was coming along with me. It was an act of faith and part of the shift that is taking place within me: to trust my own inner knowing. I wasn’t sure what would result from my acting in faith.

I had been reading about the shift in 2012. Of course Hollywood overhypes it and mainstream sentiment downplays it as silly superstition. But there’s something more there. The Mayan people have developed the most accurate system of marking time that we know of.

From thousands of years ago, they have been able to predict current astronomical phenomena with startling accuracy.

I suppose it boils down to what we think a shift in the stars means for us.

Perhaps you think it means nothing. Perhaps you think astrology is hogwash. Certainly there are charlatans aplenty ready to hoodwink folks for a dime. But the more I’ve reflected on it, the more I realize that our distrust with the stars comes from an explicit historical source: the Roman Catholic Church.

Lest we forget, the Church ruled Europe for centuries. The pope was known as the Holy Roman Emperor. He held all temporal and spiritual authority.

The Church was threatened by the use of stars as a tool to guide people’s lives; it threatened their absolute supremacy.

They launched, for centuries upon centuries, deliberate campaigns to brainwash people into thinking it was all nonsense. They burned people at the stake who disagreed. They created a natural monopoly deliberately and systematically wiping out all other forms of knowledge including astrology.

So, it’s no accident that we feel a general distrust of the stars. It was planted in us and has been passed down to us in our DNA profile. We carry the impressions of our ancestors in us. And so we carry the impressions of their learned discomfort with the stars.

They were forced at the point of torture and punishment to believe that stars were rubbish and to accept that only the Church held the answers.

We may forget our history. We may forget that we were deliberately programmed to distrust astrology. And in our forgetfulness, we just assume that we can trust our instincts. But like Pavlov’s dogs we have all been trained to be obedient—and we have learned too well.

I encourage you to open your mind to the possibility that the stars do indeed hold wisdom for us. Remember that we are all made of star dust, we have all come from the stars. Surely, the movement of the points of our origin must have material meaning for us.

I am leading a retreat of people to Tulum, Mexico. We will be at Chichen Itza on December 21 to participate in the Mayan ceremony. If you can’t be at Chichen Itza, don’t worry. Yes, you will miss the direct experience, but you can still participate in spirit.

Most importantly, you can reflect on the movement of the stars in your own life. This is the perfect time, according to the Mayan elders, to consciously shift our attention to the unfolding of our own lives. We are all earthlings.

We are all participating in the cosmic shift no matter where we are on mother earth.

So no matter where you will be on December 21st, it is a date to celebrate the end of one great cycle of time and welcome in the new one. The Mayans say that it is a time to reflect on who we have been and who we want to be, a time to pray and ask for guidance that we may all live in a good way upon this planet.

One day people will sing songs and tell legends about this time. They will tell of how Once Upon A Time, people didn’t realize their connections to the stars, they were still stuck inside a monochromatic, monopolistic monotheism.

They will tell about how Once Upon A Time, people were not even remotely aware of their fourth-dimensional sacred body. They were still stuck in their three-dimensional understanding of life. And people will laugh. They won’t believe that Once Upon A Time people used to be as dull-witted as that. They will compare us to cavemen making finger-paintings on the walls of our boxed-in existence, scared to look beyond the blinders that covered our consciousness.


Alexander DunlopAlexander Dunlop is a Life Priest. From an ordinary deck of playing cards, he can show you your true purpose, your gifts, your challenges, your keys to financial abundance, your greatest lesson to learn, your relationship patterns, your shadow side, your lifetime reward and much more.

Alexander is the founder of the Center for Spiritual Nutrition. He created this Center to offer real nourishment for the life journey we are all on. He has worked as an Evangelical Protestant minister and been trained as a Roman Catholic priest. He is initiated as a swami and is practicing shamanic healing in the Lakota tradition. He is a Harvard graduate and former Wall Street Consultant.


Editor: Jennifer Townsend

Like elephant I’m not “Spiritual.” I just practice being a good person on Facebook


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