Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Return of the Toltecs

Thousands of years ago a group of men and women of astounding knowledge lived in southern Mexico. These were the Toltecs, not a race of people or a nation, but dedicated scientists and artists that came together to explore and conserve the wise teachings of "the ancient ones" that came before. The ancient city of pyramids outside modern day Mexico City, Teotihuacan, was where masters (naguals) and their students (apprentices) emerged to revitalize the ancient teachings of obscurity. Teotihuacan was a mystical place known as a place where "man becomes God".

During and following the time of European conquest and because some apprentices misused the ancient knowledge, the teachings were shielded from those not prepared to use them wisely. Different lineages of naguals have carried the ancient ways and understandings of the distant past forward to the present day. While the teachings have been sequestered for hundreds of years, they have been gaining increased familiarity and practice once again within modern culture during the last fifty years due to the writings and teachings of Don Juan Matus and Don Miguel Ruiz, among others. The timing is ripe for the return of these teachings in today's world.

Toltec wisdom arises from the same essential unity of truth as all sacred esoteric traditions. While it is not a religion it honors all spiritual masters that have walked the earth from the beginning. Like Buddhism, it embraces the spirit and is best described as a way of life, characterized by its ready accessibility to happiness and love.

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