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The School of Spiritual Training

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The School of Spiritual Training

Copyright © 2009

By

Fernando Davalos

All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means; electronic, mechanical, or otherwise, other than for “fair use”, without the written consent of the author.

Index

Chapter 1: The new groups

 

Chapter 2: Sacred agriculture

 

Chapter 3: The five luminaries

 

Chapter 4: The syncretism

 

Chapter 5: The sacred symbols

 

Chapter 6: The archetypes

 

Chapter 7: Our sacred códex

Chapter 1

The New Groups

The young student of Architecture Arturo Guerrero and his beautiful fiancée Mariana Ventura, a Pedagogy student, were an enthusiastic and harmonious couple that along with their own small group constituted a new and vibrant contribution to the work of our group “Don Uriel”. Their honesty and the enthusiasm that Arturo provided at all times as well as the support that he received from his beautiful better half who didn’t hesitate to show him his faults accepted by Arturo with humility, were always contagious and comforting to see.

 

 

This small and young group – which Paloma and I knew because of our new work as university professors – aimed sincerely towards the achievement of a high spirituality. As many Mexican youths, they were impressed when they knew about the story of the sacrifice and enormous feat achieved by the Mexican Dakini Regina and her group in Mexico four decades ago. They were avid readers of the testimonies of our sacred history that Don Antonio Velasco Piña was giving through his books and about the work urgently needed towards awakening in our sacred land. For this reason, they asked us to join their small group to the efforts that with the same goal our group “Don Uriel” was making in the West of the country.

 

Due to the evident fact that all their members were in a learning stage, Paloma and I made a mutual reflection of our last experiences. We remembered the dangers that loom on those exposed to the celebration of sacred rituals and works in which certain telluric energy is present without a suitable personal fortification and spiritual purification.

 

 

Consequently, and instead of looking for the group accomplishment of immediate tasks on the service of awakening, we decided to take this young group to some sacred places in which the energy of our ancestral spirit flows powerful to help in this way to obtain its group cohesion and its individual strength. We foresaw a great opportunity to plant a seed that would germinate in the hearts of this new group. As well as to continue learning personally of the spiritual wealth that our experiences with this young group promised.

 

 

Accordingly, Paloma and I understood that the immediate task that the spirit of Mexico requested now of the center “Don Uriel” was not a work of spiritual ecology in a particular natural environment. It rather needed a work of sacred agriculture in which perhaps due to have journeyed a little more in the spiritual path, Paloma and I could help the members of this small group to fortify and grow a little more as warriors of the light could.

 

 

The aforementioned, would depend of course and largely on the own internal work and willpower of each one of its members. Nonetheless, the effort was worth the trouble to transmit and to share our own experiences, successes and failures with this new group, stating clearly, that nor Paloma nor I considered ourselves teachers of anybody, but only perhaps older brothers giving testimony of their humble experiences in the path of waking up.

Chapter 2

Sacred Agriculture

Humanity’s sacred history shows us clearly that our elder brothers and sisters that have managed to go beyond their personal ego, and have purified their hearts to put themselves to the service of the Highest one, have looked for and found time and time again, the answers and the inner strength they needed in the contact with our mother nature. In this case, Regina was not an exception because she trained in the wilderness of the mountains of Tibet. Therefore, for Paloma and me was not difficult to find the ideal place for the spiritual work and fortification of this young association in the north shore of Laguna Sagrada.

 

 

Our immediate objective would be to visit during our available weekends and holidays, certain sacred spaces and some special sites where it was possible to interact in complete freedom with our natural environment in a portion of the north shore of Lake Chapala that goes from the town of Chapala to the town of Jocotepec.

 

 

Consequently, and during our first group meeting we decided to visit in the immediate future and as devotee parishioners five catholic churches in the towns of Chapala, San Antonio, Ajijic, San Juan Cosala and Jocotepec.

These religious constructions built by the Spaniards in old settlements of Nahuatl origin located in the North shore of the Sacred Lake long before the arrival of Hernán Cortes to Mexico had strategic locations and specific religious artistic representations. For these particular characteristics, they still preserve in their interior the celestial energy on a concentrated way.

 

 

Later, we would ascend by some well-known mountain trails with the intention of reaching during the day special places located high in the mountains and crowned by white crosses that are the object of pilgrimages and processions in special religious days.

 

 

In one of our fortuitous encounters at the university, Arturo a little intrigued about our future plans commented:

 

 

- Agustín, it is not very clear to me what will be the message or to a certain extent the learning that we will be able to extract from our visit to totally natural places in where it does not exist any presence of the human intellect. Aside from that, the visit to churches and sacred spaces created by humankind have for me, enough sense since of such sites enough knowledge can be extracted –

 

 

- Remember Arturo – I answered – that nature, undeniably being not of a human origin it is necessarily a divine creation and it has as a result in itself all the wisdom that is possible to extract of God’s presence in this limited three-dimensional world by all those capable to see it and to listen to its messages in appropriate inner silence. Not in vain the indigenous traditions of humanity have constantly learned lessons extracted from nature on the way of living in harmony with their natural environments and within its own societies.

 

 

Remember also how Regina received an important part of her training and spiritual preparation for the fulfillment of her mission in Mexico in a remote and gorgeous natural place in the mountains of Tibet.

 

 

- Unfortunately, we cannot say in fact the same of our present western civilization. Dominated by an atheist scientific materialism our current civilization is simply a by-product of the ego-fixed human intellect that considers Mother Nature only as raw material to exploit. This, for the benefit of a few powerful groups that have been destroying it systematically – The human intellect – I continued – is able to provide us only with an imperfect and distorted interpretation of the divine wisdom no matter how amazing or beautiful it may seem to us at any given moment.

 

In nature we do not find any interpretation, we directly find God that has been its creator and I must add that we ourselves being also the creation of God can find him within our hearts.

 

 

For this purpose, our mother nature is an excellent aid since in its company and if we silence our minds, we live solely in the present moment, which is where God dwells eternally –

 

 

After a long silence, Arturo asked:

 

 

- Then Agustín, everything that is a creation of the human intellect is not good for anything at all? –

 

 

- I did not say that Arturo – I answered – it is only its selfish use, which is wrong in my point of view.

 

 

The human mind is an enormous gift of our Creator, and contributes with enormous benefits to humankind. However, it needs to collaborate with the divine will, not to destroy its creation, and to oppress us, and this is only possible when our intellect and our mind achieve balance by the insights of our heart -

Chapter 3

The Five Luminaries

As a preparatory introduction and based on the knowledge that Paloma and I had acquired thanks to previous works in the Sacred Lake, I decided to initiate an informal talk during our group meeting to put our new warrior partners into context with the ethnic, historical and spiritual conditions prevailing in the chosen region.

 

 

- We will visit the church of Chapala – I began saying – built in the dominion of the chief Chapalac in Chapallan (Chapala), whose name in the Nahuatl language means “crickets floating in the water”. This took place towards the XII century A.D. according to the historical review of Fray Antonio Tello, Franciscan friar and chronicler, by tribes of Nahuatl origin that came from the northwest of the country and whose north shore they found densely populated. Once subjugated by the presence of the Spanish settlers, the chief Chapalac was baptized and received the name of Martin de Chapala –

 

 

After this brief introduction, and noticing that all listened with great attention, I decided to continue until the end of my lecture, which it would take about thirty minutes at least.

 

- The Franciscan friar Fray Miguel Bolonia – I continued – established towards 1538 the Spanish version of the town of Chapala and constructed a hermit hut seated on top of the hill of the locality, the Hill of San Miguel, where he lived until his death. Fray Miguel also founded another small settlement on the island of Mezcala where the Nahuatl children received catholic religious instruction. The church of Chapala built in its beginnings with adobe and grass in 1548 received the name of San Francisco. Currently the town of Chapala has 40.000 inhabitants –

 

 

- We will also visit the church of Tlayacapan (San Antonio), whose name that comes from the Nahuatl language means “the place of the offerings to the men”. It was the seat of the first Catholic Church founded on the north shore of Lake Chapala by the Franciscans towards 1539. This, after the pacific surrendering of the Cocas and Cazcanes tribes that lived in the area hunting and farming long before the arrival of the Spaniards. Only the tower of this church is preserved in the patio of an elementary school of the town that counts with approximately 4,000 inhabitants and in where another church currently in use was erected some time later –

 

 

- Our following visit will be to the church of the locality of Axixic (Ajijic), or Axixique, from the Nahuatl word that means “the place where the water is born”. His first settlers of Nahuatl origin arrived towards 1300 A.D. from San Juan Cosalá, finding in this spot Tarascos or Purepechas that came from Michoacán living in their borders and to which they displaced. Arguably, Axixique received originally the last of the seven tribes that came from one of the seven caves of the Aztlan that means “whiteness” in the Nahuatl language. This migration led by Meci from very far north from the land of the whiteness took place in the second half of the XII century and first half of the XIII century. After the arrival of the Spaniards to the region, the Franciscans built its first church in 1535. Reconstructed towards 1550 after a hurricane knocked down the church. Currently, the town of Ajijic has approximately 15,000 inhabitants –

 

 

- Next, we will visit the church of Cutzalan (San Juan Cosalá) name of Nahuatl origin that means “the one of many warm springs” governed by the nahuatl chief Xitomatl that controlled an ample zone of the shore. Xitomatl surrendered pacifically to the Spanish conquerors who baptized him with the name of Juan Bautista de Cosalá. The town of San Juan Cosalá has a strategic location due to being almost at a half distance from the towns of Chapala and Jocotepec and is well-known by its spas, its natural thermal water geyser and several underground thermal water sources, which may indicate the presence of an intense activity of telluric energy in its subsoil. Its population is of approximately 3,000 inhabitants that have an admirable religious devotion and attachment to their traditional customs.

 

During the 12th of December in which the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated, the whole town gives assurance of its devotion erecting in its houses beautiful altars dedicated to the female patron saint of America.

 

 

- Our last visit will be to the church of Xuxutepeque (Jocotepec), whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and means “the hill of acid fruits”. A settlement populated by Nahuatl tribes since 1361, and whose inhabitants constructed a pyramid to honor their God Iztlacateotl and turned this locality into an important ceremonial center and commercial interchange for the surrounding mountainous areas.

 

 

In addition, they founded Chantepec, today turned into a suburb of Jocotepec. Towards 1529, and once Xitomatl that controlled the region had surrendered pacifically to the Spanish crown, Franciscan friars initiated the process of converting its settlers into Catholicism building the foundations of the catholic church on the top of the ruins of the Nahuatl temples, which they destroyed. By those times, there were two new religious protectors of the locality: Nuestro Señor del Monte and Nuestro Señor del Huaje –

 

 

Conscious that I still counted with the total attention of my listeners and a little nervous when I noticed that our outstanding student Andrés was even taking some notes, I decided to extend a little bit my exposition:

 

 

- In spite of having a reduced number of foreign inhabitants - I affirmed with conviction- the population of Jocotepec estimated in about 18,000 inhabitants, still preserves its traditions linked to the Mexican culture. Examples of this are its dominical strolls around the greater kiosk of its main plaza, restaurants of goat meat and appetizers and a good number of curanderos and healers skilled in the use of medicinal plants that attract numerous visitors from the region.

Chapter 4

 

 

 

The Syncretism

 

 

Arguably, the first settlers of Lake Chapala were nomadic tribes who lived in it around 1,000 years before Christ existed. Later, Nahuatl settlers established different communities in the shore, speaking different languages due to the lack of intercommunication between their communities. Many of them venerated the God Iztlacateotl –

 

 

- In opposition to what one could think and in spite of counting with an increasing number of foreigners from other countries residing in its North shore – I insisted – the five localities mentioned preserve intact their beliefs and old religious traditions. For example, their patron saint festivities in honor of Nuestro Señor del Monte and Nuestro Señor del Huaje in Xuxutepeque, of San Juan Bautista in Cutzalan, of San Andrés in Axixique, of San Antonio in Tlayacapan and of San Francisco de Asís in Chapallan – I continued in my already long talk.

 

 

On top of that – I added – in all the towns I mentioned, several annual celebrations take place in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The Crucifixión of Jesus in Easter ritual pilgrimages due to the Christmas typical “posadas”. In addition, Christmas carols the day of the dead, celebrations for the independence of Mexico, the carnival of Chapala with the coronation of its queen and its “ugly king”; the carnival of San Antonio, the day of the Holy Cross and the day of the Holy Rosary.

All these celebrations are joined by an enormous amount of manifestations of the joy and creativity of the townspeople. such as fireworks, folkloric dances, artisan tianguis, piñatas, parades, cowboy charreadas, allegorical cars, mariachis, and traditional music; exquisite Mexican delicacies, religious events, religious services, games, altars for the dead, serenades, the sounding of bells and enormous and impressive colorful decorations with which each town dresses itself during the celebrations –

 

 

- Wow! I had never been that aware of the enormous wealth and manifestations of folklore, life and vigor of our people – commented Arturo in that Wednesday evening in which Paloma and I initiated a complete explanation of place, time and strategies to follow in this task of spiritual training and personal sacred agriculture.

 

 

- And we are only referring to five pueblitos in the north shore of Lake Chapala – added Mariana also impressed.

 

 

- It is due to the syncretism – intervened with certain shyness our silent companion Andrés

 

 

- .The syncre-what? -  asked Adriana interested and intrigued at the same time

 

 

- To the syncretism – affirmed with conviction Andrés – which is the combination and blending of different systems of philosophical or religious beliefs and practices that our Mexican culture has been manifesting as the creative and vigorous fusion tied up during the last 485 years between two cultures, the Nahuatl and the Spanish. This fusion started the 12 of December of 1531, with our holy and first crossbreed mestiza. Our dark brown Virgin of Guadalupe that brought us the good news of the elevation of the spirit, of the new era, of the loving, creative and conciliatory fusion, of two visions of the sacred that must grow and live in all and each one on us, deep down inside our hearts. It is a task that we all must try individually and in groups working with our people so that the syncretism that inexorably evolves, will continue fusing the positive aspects of both cultures, purging the old, which no longer serves any purpose, and that decays and disappears –

 

 

After a long silence motivated by the wise words of Andrés, Paloma commented:

 

- How right you are Andrés, when you mention our celestial Mother as the true originator of our deep spiritual Mexico and to the worldviews of our two mother cultures as universal truths that have transcended the time and are present and operating in many of our present traditions and convictions –

 

 

- Nowadays – she added – our Mexico is almost in its totality a Catholic country. However, Catholicism has shown, like in previous historical stages that it has an extraordinary capacity to adapt and to absorb with creativity foreign elements of the traditional beliefs, wherever it has extended. Moreover, in Mexico, our Day of the Dead is only a beautiful example of the appropriation of elements of pre-Columbian origin by Catholicism, which has complemented it with the Day of all Saints -

Chapter 5

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Symbols

 

 

Even though these reflections, as well as the interesting exposition of Agustín are enlightening for us all – Paloma continued – they are no more than mere superficial and limited rationalizations that hardly help us to understand a little more about the spirit of our nation and about ourselves in a deeper and renewing level. Nevertheless, Agustín and I are sure that a degree of this deep and transcendental knowledge exists transmitted as energy and not precisely as intellectual understanding, in the sacred spaces that are product of our syncretism. Some of these spaces are for instance the previously mentioned churches, which are located in zones where the Nahuatl culture predominated and whose enclosures, in spite of the designs of the conquerors and Spanish friars, were not necessarily constructed in its totality by them –

 

 

- Then by whom? – asked Adriana with great curiosity

 

 

- Well by the same early residents of Nahuatl origin that were conquered and turned into the catholic faith, right ? – Andrés intervened

 

 

- Exactly – I answered – remember that the Spaniards knew perfectly of the mastery and skills of the Nahuatl people as constructors whose craftsmen were pyramid builders, and to avoid the payment of their own manual labor, they simply force them to erect their religious enclosures carrying in that sin their own penance -

 

- What do you mean by that Agustín? -  asked intrigued Arturo like a good student of Architecture.

 

 

- Well, to the fact that although the Nahuatl builders followed exactly the instructions of the construction blueprints they received, they had complete freedom in their artistic expression. A fact that they took advantage of, to shape in some special places a lot of their knowledge and religious beliefs, which gave sense to their existence and complemented their own Cosmo vision. They took good care to disguise these expressions within the religious iconography to protect them from suppression, – I affirmed –

 

 

- Are you referring Agustín to certain architectonic elements that are part of the religious ensemble such as the crosses in the atriums, the stone facades and sculptures, and the colors and art crafts to mention some? – asked Arturo with certain emotion.

 

 

- That is right Arturo – I answered – but not only those which are evident in each religious enclosure. I am talking about the most important element of all that we have not mentioned yet and that is always hidden behind all those features and many others, perfectly disguised since although it is possible to see it, it is not possible to discern it with the intellect –

 

 

- Oh well, now you lost me – answered Arturo admitting its confusion.

 

 

Agustín did not answer, anticipating the intervention of Andrés, the advanced student of the Group “Don Uriel”. Andrés answer came immediately:

 

 

- I believe that Agustín it talking about the symbols and what they represent – he commented.

 

 

When seeing the smiles and the glances of approval of Agustin and Paloma, Andrés continued:

 

 

- Although I personally have read it between the lines in several books and expressed by several writers; that is, suggested with subtlety and not in an evident way, I am convinced with these authors that the contemplation of sacred symbols is the sublime form of union with God. Although it is evident that the divine wisdom comes sometimes through words that become reasons for the understanding, the interpretation that we humans have elaborated of them has been the cause of countless wars and misery for all humanity -

 

Mariana, who had remained in silence enough time pointed out – How right you are Andrés, but why do you think this happens to our reasoning? Is it wrong to use it? –

 

 

Now Andrés was silent and turned around towards where Paloma and I were, and before his quiet request, I commented:

 

 

- If you allow me Andrés, I believe that I can answer this interesting question of Mariana. The utilization of the human mind has brought without a doubt important benefits to humanity through all our history – I commented – Nevertheless, human beings at the present time are immersed in the dream of idolatry, that consists of considering the things from this world as real in themselves when they are real only in relation to our Creator –

 

 

Encouraged by the silence of my listeners, I continued:

 

 

- What I am referring to is that the things of this world, are real, this is, they have, sense, substance, reason of being and a specific purpose, only in its relation with our Creator. When this is not so, when we look for, adore and serve the things by themselves instead of seeing in them an image of the Creator, they are then object of idolatry, of which the atheistic materialism is a modern and refined form that oppresses us daily –

 

 

- It is for this reason that the poorest among us, the simple and humble people are closer to the divinity because they are more capable to be in contact with their own hearts and through it with the impressions and originating directives of their soul, of their holy spirit –

 

 

- Well, how interesting – interrupted Arturo with emotion – Then the paintings and religious iconography that even show us the Christian saints and the great illuminated beings of other religious traditions, pointing with their fingers at their own hearts, which normally appear engulfed in flames and with a crown of thorns above and bleeding… It relates to what you just said? –

 

 

- That is right Arturo, exactly, and it means that a way to establish a contact with our own divinity exists through the purification of our own hearts, which necessarily requires detachment and pain, to metaphorically sell all our wealth and possessions to give them to the poor.

A forgetfulness of our personal ego and sense of self-importance, and a search for inner silence, through surrendering our rationalizations and needs to control to give way to the creation of a positive emptiness that will allow us to listen to our Creator.

 

 

- Listen, but is this not the way that proposes for us the new mestizos, aspirants to become new Olmec’s Don Antonio Velasco Piña? – asked Adriana

 

 

- Very well said Adriana – pointed out Paloma – and this is indeed what we must try to manifest at least at an acceptable level. This will enable us to establish some degree of communication with the sacred symbols that will be present in the churches to visit in Laguna Sagrada sometime soon –

 

 

The questions continued, this time in the voice of Arturo: – But Paloma, if you speak to establish communication with the sacred symbols, it is not this again a rational process by necessity? –

 

 

- No, it is not Arturo – answered Paloma – because our communication with the symbols is always through our contemplation of them and in the language of the inner silence, which does not imply at all the use of reasoning; it is rather a species of reckoning from the heart –

 

 

- One of the most beautiful and older historical examples – continued Paloma – of this type of quiet transmission of spiritual light through symbols occurred twenty-five centuries ago among the Buddha and one of his disciples named Mahakashyapa. One day, the Buddha went to one of his customary public sermons and in that occasion instead of speaking, simply remained seated carrying in his hands a gorgeous rose. He began to move its stem slowly and in silence before the astonishment of the concurrence that did not understand what was happening.

 

 

The only one who understood the quiet message of Siddharta Gautama was Mahakashyapa that began laughing noisily. Then, the Buddha smiled and called Mahakashyapa to his side and gave him the rose as a gift. Mahakashyapa with tears in his eyes, touched the feet of the Buddha and retired, becoming thus the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism, whose continuous quiet transmission continues up to the present time - 

Chapter 6

 

 

 

 

The Archetypes

 

 

Every time more confused, Arturo continued in defense of his argument: – But then, even supposing that we establish this type of real communication with the sacred symbols, How are these going to answer to us, in silence as well? –

 

 

- That type of answer – pointed Paloma – is very difficult to explain by means of the words, and the reason, and this it is not in any way some excuse to turn aside your question or to avoid its answer. I only know for sure and by personal experience that your heart receives the impressions that your inner silence have managed to formulate and that these impressions come from your soul. From your internal and spiritual being where all the answers exist and where a universal communion with all the creation and with its Creator exists, but they are not transmitted in intelligible language to the mind. It is rather, a language that our holy spirit uses in our name to communicate us with our Creator. And it is more of an intuitive nature than a rational one –

 

 

- If we could decipher its language just a little bit - continued Paloma - we could say that at a higher spiritual levels, they operate in the form of …

 

After a prolonged silence motivated by the effort of Paloma to find the right word, Andrés decided to intervene:

 

 

-  Archetypes –

 

 

- Exactly Andrés, this is the word that I was looking for – pointed Paloma – but please, continue – she added

 

 

-Thank you, well, what I know is that the Archetypes are the molds that exist behind all that is manifested in the world of the causes and not in the world of the effects –

 

 

- We in our natural habitat – continued Andrés – live in the manifested world that belongs rather to the world of effects and not to the world of causes and even though with our actions we do generate new effects, we confront basically in our existence most of the effects of previous actions that we ourselves caused with our free will –

 

 

Andrés, when seeing many confused faces and that Adriana was even scratching her head trying to understand his explanation hurried itself to say:

 

 

- Let’s say that we have come into this world with the scene previously prepared and a screenplay to play in our lives. And that our only freedom consists not in the time that it has been given to us to live but in what and in how we will use that time, that inexorably advances as a sand clock in different lengths for each one of us –

 

 

Andrés, when verifying that he was neither clear still in his explanation nor understood completely, continued immediately:

 

 

- Let’s look at it in this way; I believe that all of us here accept the fact that we have free will and that we can, – on spite of how difficult our personal circumstances might be – decide what course of action we give to our lives to achieve our life purposes. This is because our spirit is an everlasting and unbreakable part of our being and if we are able to establish a maintained connection with it to receive its energy, inspiration and directives, everything that we do will be transformed not only for our own good but for the good of all those that surround us.

Of this fact, the sacred history of humanity gives solid proof as well as the great beings and sages who have written their own pages in it with the testimony of their lives –

 

 

Andrés, when verifying that there were now nodding of approval within the group, breathed in relief and continued:

 

 

- We have two options: To follow the commands of our own personality, our personal ego and sense of self-importance, which always looks for personal and selfish benefits that would complicate consequently our present existence and the scene previously prepared for us. Or, to follow the originating impressions of our soul, our spirit, which by means of being connected indissolubly with the ultimate reality and the divine plan, will help our existence to develop in agreement to the will of our Creator, and this by all means with our own free and voluntary participation in the drama of existence –

 

 

- To say it briefly – he continued – We came into this world either to do our own will living the pipe dream of idolatry in which our world is still deeply immersed or we came into this world to compliment the will of our Creator actively, thus collaborating in the unfolding of its evolutionary plan –

 

 

- Then, do we all know already beforehand, which our script is and how to represent it? – asked Adriana

 

 

- Not necessarily, only some lucky few people who have always been near their spirit through their personal efforts know it since they started to have the use of reason. The rest of us, we must look for it within ourselves in our hearts. Let us say that this libretto has been prepared by our Good Father, by the great Spirit who animates it all and it is the specific mission that he requests of us to perform in this life for the unfolding of His divine plan and in our own benefit and of the humanity as a whole –

 

 

After a dense silence motivated in all of us no longer by the confusion but by the creative reflection, Arturo asked:

 

 

- Ok, but what about the archetypes? - 

- Precisely – Andrés responded – the archetypes comprise the gradual unfolding in the superior worlds of the divine will and are there for being apprehended by those who make the necessary effort -

 

- Is something comparable to the communion of the saints? – asked Adriana

 

 

- Yes –

 

 

- Ah, now I understand – Arturo our student of Architecture took part, – then one of those archetypes is the golden section, expressed in the mathematical numbers 1.618 and considered as one of the fundamental prototypes of nature, established by our Creator and present in all the creation, in plants, animals and even in our own bodies. In addition, it is with right reason I believe named the divine proportion used successfully by great artists, among them painters, musicians and architects, right? –

 

 

Before the silence of Andrés who did not consider himself an expert in the matter, I commented:

 

 

- Yes Arturo, you are right but – and correct me please Andrés if I am mistaken – the golden section or divine proportion is a pattern present in the world of the effects and can be discerned by our intelligence and our reasoning. However, Andrés wants to refer us to the Archetypes that are present in the world of the causes that is of an intuitional, or superior mental nature or even of an abstract nature and whose secrets cannot be deciphered by the reasoning of our concrete and analytical mind –

 

 

- No instrument of analysis created in the world of the effects can discern the truths that exist in the world of the causes or archetypical, where the will of our Creator resides. In that world, the more we think the less we understand and the less we think the more we understand. Those that do not understand do not understand understanding and those that already understand, understand not understanding. The true vision takes place only in an empty mind, because only then one is in the present moment, which is the only reality that participates at any moment of the divine manifestation. This is why the symbols are among the most powerful images that we can count on to try to establish a connection between both spheres of manifestation -

Chapter 7

Our Sacred Codex

- Listen, Adriana intervened – I accept everything that you are saying because it has enough consistency and my heart feels genuinely attracted before these truths. And, forgive me for asking; but could you provide to me a concrete example of some symbol that is especially powerful and important? On the other hand, of some church whose characteristics enclose keys to awaken or at least to establish some sort of a communication between our being and the spirit of our nation and its symbols, maybe even with our own script or specific task in this existence? -

Before the enormous challenge that represented to answer such a complex question, we all stood still, but after some minutes of a spontaneous and refreshing silence during which surely many of the ideas poured by all began to settle in our hearts, Paloma started to talk:

- What an interesting question you have made to all Adriana and I believe that you know clearly that an easy answer for the same does not exist; nevertheless, I will try at least to give you some leads on the matter based solely on my personal experience.

All the churches and many religious symbols of our Catholic traditions and of other religious traditions have the capacity to connect us with the sacred dimension of the existence helping us through these contacts to walk with more spiritual light in our lives.

All this depends on the personal work that each one of us has made to maintain a sound control of our ego, one of our more formidable adversaries and of our personal sense of self-importance.

This connection also depends on the degree in which not without enough sacrifices, we have managed to purify our own heart. If this is good enough, then the mentioned contact will take place in the same proportion to our own spiritual development -

- It is due to the previously mentioned – continued Paloma – that Agustín and I have proposed to the Group “Don Uriel”, to visit the five mentioned churches in the north shore of Lake Chapala. Inside and outside of these exist possibilities for all to walk just a little more towards the accomplishment of our own tasks in this sacred territory and according to the directives that without a doubt exist, and that have been dictated by the beautiful spirit that animates our great nation -

Cleaning discreetly her eyes dampened by the emotion, she felt Paloma continued:

    - To give you a concrete example that to my humble understanding exists in our Mexico of a church in where an endless number of symbols exist of both traditions and that is characteristic of our Mexican spirituality. I will necessarily refer you to the more sublime example that we have and that it is evident - for those able to perceive it and interpret it correctly – in the architecture, paintings, sculptures, light; and other physical, and space-related elements that make evident reference to the most sacred that conforms us as a nation in the mystical and the spiritual. I speak of course of the new basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City - 

- However – Paloma continued – if we are talking about symbols only, many of which are in our churches. To my humble understanding again; the most powerful and important, – and I clarify to you this is one of the many that now exist – In my opinion, the most sublime of them all. It is without a doubt our codex Guadalupano or the sacred image of our beloved Virgin of Guadalupe, guardian deity of our nation and queen of the American continent.

Her venerated image is an authentic codex-symbol able to awaken hearts and to lavish spiritual light and energy of an enormous and highest vibration.

Its miraculous appearance in our sacred territory as of 1531 made possible what the Spanish friars did not managed to obtain. The conversion of millions of inhabitants of all the ethnic groups belonging to the Valley of the Anahuac and of all the corners of the Aztec Empire.

Unlike the Spanish conquerors in the beginning, the Aztecs knew how to recognize immediately the symbolic messages that existed in the image imprinted in the sacred ayate of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoahtzin. It speaks of the origin of our great nation and of its ethnic-spiritual fusion of two races, two cultures and two nations under the shade and protection of the Mother of God.

This event transformed without a doubt the hearts of the Aztec people filling them with hope before the news of the future coming of the sixth Sun and the good news of the descent of the divine son of Ometeotl, our Christ Jesus -

On the eyes of Adriana abundant tears flowed now.

Without saying anything, in complete silence and in a very spontaneous way, the group “Don Uriel” arranged with respect the sacred elements of both traditions and after the entrance and ritual beginning of its ceremonial session, Paloma directed our group prayer that consisted in a rosary in honor of our celestial Mother.

The fervor with which that Wednesday evening we elevated our hearts to our beautiful young Lady Tecuauhtlacuepeuh-Guadalupe resonated in the sacred spirit of our great nation.


The School of Spiritual Training

Agustin and Paloma, tireless promoters of applied and practical spiritual ecology decide to accept in their newly formed group "Don Uriel" a small group of enthusiastic but naive seekers of truth that asked to join them in their efforts towards the awakening of their sacred land. In order to provide them with an adequate instruction and with a much needed spiritual strengthening, they decided to put this young group into contact with some sacred places located on the northern riviera of Lake Chapala where it flows powerful the energy of the ancient spirit of Mexico to help in this way to achieve their group solidity and their individual strength.

  • ISBN: 9780986491887
  • Author: Fernando Davalos
  • Published: 2016-12-29 16:50:14
  • Words: 6645
The School of Spiritual Training The School of Spiritual Training