The Hopi–Maya Connection

"Connect" means to join, fasten or link together, unite.

The Hopi and Mayan cultures of antiquity provide modern-day road maps for walking and living a spiritually-based path. The indigenous cultures don’t “teach;” they “live” the path of Spirit by handing down written and un-written traditions that, until recently, have only been taught in the mystery schools of some of the most advanced civilizations known on our planet. Following the path of Spirit is vital to understanding and experiencing communication with ALL OF LIFE, including communication with the animals, Earth's Ambassadors.

The Mayan & Hopi cultures unite the Star & Earth traditions. These traditions and cultures exemplify oneness and unity consciousness, vital to peace and cooperation among all species on our planet.

The current, modern world view embraced by the masses through the standard communication networks such as television, the media, and modern technology, is rooted in fear, ignorance, fragmentation and separation, rather than in wholeness. We can study and examine the indigenous cultures and benefit greatly from what they have to say. Their blueprints of the path of Spirit can aid us in restoring our relationships, which currently appear as madness in our modern societies, as is evidenced in the abuse of our children, animals and one another.

The traditions of the Mayan & Hopi can put us in touch with our natural rhythms, thereby honoring our natural relationships to all life, gifting us with our birthright of unlimited natural communication. In each of these traditions, there remain Mayan & Hopi monuments that you can visit and activate the light in your bodies, hearts and spirits. These two cultures, may have, at one point in time, been the same culture. Both embrace the circular concept of united oneness and inter-connectedness, without separation. Each of their cultures have embedded within their traditions, blueprints for living and activating the light of the Heavens & Earth. As Earth's Ambassadors, the animals might be viewed as messengers, angels, and companions walking their talk along side us.

The animals move, exist, merge, and communicate within those natural rhythms. Both the Hopi and Mayan cultures embrace their truth that ALL LIFE IS A MANIFESTATION OF SPIRIT, and the activity of God.

The Hopi Prophecy

The Hopi Connection

In October of 1995, I was asked by Spirit to locate a Native American Elder and sponsor him to come into my community in Portland, Oregon to deliver the Hopi Prophesy to interested people of peace. I contacted Thomas Banyacya, Hopi Elder. Thomas Banyacya, has been interpreting for his people since 1948 when, in Shungopavi village, Hopi leaders, Chiefs and religious men met for four days and went into many of the Hopi prophesies and knowledge that had been kept within the religious societies since the beginning of time. Thomas, then 80 years old, accepted my invitation, as he had hundreds of times before.

The Hopi people are divided into clans. Each clan is empowered and represented by an animal totem. Thomas is from the coyote clan. Coyote clan's gift/purpose, is to act in a capacity of messenger. I recount for you my October 1995 experience of that day in suburban Portland, Oregon , when Thomas delivered the Hopi Prophesy to the other two hundred people who also stood witness.

Coyote GreeterAs we drove into the Gleanings Foundation driveway with Thomas, his wife Ferminia, and my daughter Alesha riding in the back seat, we were greeted by a wild coyote sitting on the embankment just above the driveway. It was an unusually sunny Fall day in Oregon. The rain had stopped just 30 minutes before we arrived. The driveway was a long winding incline, that wound past a quarter acre of brush as we entered onto the manicured grounds of the Foundation headquarters building. There were already several cars parked that had arrived earlier.

The female coyote sat perched atop the embankment as if waiting for us. As we neared the area below the embankment, she made eye contact with Thomas and his wife, and began to casually stroll towards our still-moving car, at about the noon hour. Coyote strolled right into the middle of the driveway, sat down, blocking our driving path, all the while looking directly into the front windshield. Thomas remarked; “Ah, I see one of my ancestors of the relatives, have come to greet me.” I stopped the car as Thomas & Ferminia rolled down the automatic windows from their back seat positions. Coyote walked right up to the car and sat down, listening as Thomas & Ferminia spoke in Hopi dialect to her. Their verbal conversation went on for well over ten to fifteen minutes. When Thomas had finished speaking to coyote, he rolled up the car window, instructed me to drive on, commenting that coyote would be staying to hold the energy on behalf of his relatives for the entire four hours of the program. Sure enough, as I drove the car past coyote, she trotted along side the car, following us the next quarter mile to the site where Thomas would be speaking. We parked the car, and coyote climbed an embankment that afforded her a 20-yard distant view of Thomas’ speaking platform. There she sat, in broad daylight, with foundation pets strolling about the grounds, and hundreds of people gathered.

The pow-wow drumbeats initiated the ceremonies, and within seconds of the first few drumbeats there appeared, circling overhead, directly above the heads of the four drummers, three red tail hawks, and two other large birds I was unable to identify. The ceremonies began to take on a surreal atmosphere, as if we had entered another dimension, yet it was clear that this all truly was happening, as many of the participants began to point at coyote and the birds still circling overhead; . . . many, including myself, began to weep.

Thomas Banyacya, Hopi ElderThomas began speaking, beginning his discourse with, “Four times I have knocked on the doors of your United Nations, and three times the doors were locked. On the fourth time only a handful of representatives were present to listen. The rest, I was told, were either playing golf, or had matters more urgent to attend to. I assure you, there are no matters more important than what I am about to tell you. There are many more of you here today, than were present to hear me at the doors of the United Nations in Washington DC.

“My name is Thomas Banyacya. I have been interpreting for my people for many years, since 1948 when in Shungopavi Village, Hopi leaders, Chiefs, and Religious men met for four days and went into many of the Hopi prophesies and knowledge, that was kept within the religious societies ever since we came here many, many centuries ago. Since 1948 I have been putting all of my time and effort into helping my people to explain their position, their religious lives, their traditions, their warnings and their prophesies, for they tell that this is the time of the world events and troubles. Things that have been prophesied are now being fulfilled, and they felt that it is time that this knowledge be brought out to all people, not only to the Hopis, not only to the other Indian people in this land, but to all people who are here on the continents called North and South America. Because, we are facing a severe day where severe punishment may be meted out for some of us who have not been following the instructions of the Great Spirit.

“The Hotevilla people at Hopi land, Arizona, have the sacred stone tablets. The Oraibi people have the sacred stone tablets, and the Shungopavi people on another mesa have their religious order still functioning as it was from the beginning. The Mishongnovi and the first mesa people are still exercising and carrying on their sacred ritual ceremonies. They are all holding onto the life of the Great Spirit and of the people here in this land, so that this land will never be destroyed like it happened in another world.

“The main reason they are now bringing this out and sending us to different areas is to tell the people, to warn the people, to explain this to them, to compare our knowledge, to compare our languages and to compare our religious things, so that through that religion we are going to find each other . . . we are searching for the right way of living the truth and the peaceful way of harmony with each other, and with nature all around, the clouds, the rain, the animals, and the plant life. We are all a part of it, we cannot break away from that. We are going to have to understand this so we can look at each other. We are just like the trees out there . . . all different people with different languages, different colors, and different ways of expression. We are just like any other part of nature that is around us. This we must understand.

“The Hopi stand on the religious and spiritual grounds that our old people have kept in their religious societies. Each one has his own special duty, and this is like any animal, bird, fruit of all kind and the flowers. Everything has its own gift to give to the world, to share and to give to others. So, each one of us and each of the religious men also has that duty, whether he is a small person or a young man. We are all looking and searching for peace, harmony and better understanding amongst ourselves, so that we can face that day which Hopi call Purification Day, some say Judgement Day, some say Last Day. The Hopi were given that religion or belief and understanding of life in order to stand there to prove to Great Spirit when we face him again that we will still be speaking Hopi language and standing on our own path. The others were given their knowledge also, and you must stand on that path. But, together we must share with each other, come together and live in peace until we get there, so that when Great Spirit stands up we will not be afraid. Because, the Great Spirit also provided that there will be a Purifier who will stand there to weed out the bad ones from among us. It will be done with power and might. We cannot change that, we cannot stop it, and cannot add anything to it to change it. That's the way it’s laid out, and these leaders know this. So, the basic thing now is for these leaders to explain this standard of life, so that we may get a better understanding of it.”

Hopoi Prophesy rock

At Old Oraibi in Hotevilla, the Hopi Prophesy Rock remains. It is an ideogram that MAASA'U holds out the Hopi life plan. You can go there or write to Thomas Banyacya, and they will tell you the Hopi interpretation of the Prophesy Stone pictured for you. No written explanation is permitted by the Hopi, and certainly, it is not my place to offer it to you. However, know that the Petroglyph is very clear, we have two choices; The path of Spirit, or the Path of Destruction.

“Hopi,” means, peaceful people:

A Hopi Elder stood and spoke, “You have been telling the people that this is the eleventh hour. Now go and tell them THIS IS THE HOUR!” There are ten things to consider

Where are you living?
What are you doing? 
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relationship?
Where is your water?
Know your garden
It is time to speak your truth
Create your community
Be good to each other
Don't look outside of yourself for the leader

Then he brought his hands together in a clasp and said, “This could be a good time.”

Gina, Thomas, Ferminia

When we communicate love for/of one another, the Earth, the animals, it is truly, a very good time.


The Mayan Connection

Shaman Hunbatz MenMy consultation sessions, workshops and lectures with the animals, not only includes animal communication, but various forms of emotional and spiritual healing, from which most whom participate receive benefit, which is felt physically. The resulting client benefit does not come from me, it comes through me, from the clients themselves. I learned the techniques that I teach and utilize from Mayan Elder and Record Keeper, Hunbatz Men. In 1995 I was initiated with six others in the Mayan Temples of Light, in Yucatan Mexico. (see “Meet Gina Palmer”: background of Gina's gift).

The “light” of which I speak is a merging of the light existing within each of us, and merging that light with the solar energy of the Sun. I ask, in a ritual way, to be awakened to the ancient knowledge of the cosmos. I begin to say in Mayan the name of the Sun; “K’IN,” catching my spirit in my hands by holding my hands out in front of my face, as if holding a sphere. Just as Om-m-m is the name of the Earth, K'IN is the name of the Sun. When done properly the Sun sounds like “K’ieeeeeeennn” with a distinct E sound. When done properly I feel the Sun vibrating in my head. The prayer for daytime (when translated means):

With the rising of the Sun I receive your words, Master
Because with your light I awaken, and contemplate everything.
I also contemplate myself, because I am your child.
This is why at dawn I surrender myself to you
So that you may protect me and teach me your wisdom.
It is your visage which looks upon me and contemplates me, Master.
This is why I surrender to you, Father and Master Hunab K’U
And I surrender my children (animals)
Just as my parents surrendered me to you.
Master Hunab K'U, you know what you make of me
I ask you, Master Hunab K’U, to show me the path
Help me, Master Hunab K’U to regain fraternal love.
I ask this of you, Master Giver of Movement and Measure, so that I do not lose myself. Oh Master, Hunab K’U

I have not gone into the full daytime ceremony here, as it is not appropriate to offer complete instruction through the use of words in this medium. This is only a sample of a portion of the teachings offered in my advanced workshops in animal communication, as taught to me through my studies with Hunbatz Men.

The Mayan language is a “mantric” language. Mantra within this context, means “sound.” A portion of my restorative work involves color, light, and sound therapy techniques, as applied to animal communication and body re-balancing. The power of this energy work is non-invasive, yet potent. It is concentrated and focused through the powers which lay hidden in “intention.”

The Mayan Solar ceremonies are in preparation for planetary awakening;

“When one arrives at an open door, the journey does not end,
the journey begins when one walks through it.”

According to High Initiation, it is written that the wisdom of the cosmic light will return. When the human race begins to slip into the darkness of ignorance, oblivion and despair. It will be the wisdom of the seven brothers of our father Sun that will shed great light of wisdom, in order to awaken the powers that have remained dormant in human beings, due to an erroneous form of education. In this New Age, the Mystery Schools have the responsibility of reclaiming a confused mankind and leading it through the path of the multicolored light of cosmic education. Thousands of years ago, the sacred teachings from the cosmos were deposited in many magnetic centers throughout the world; Chan Chan (Peru), Huete (Spain), Tulle (France), Hu-Nan (China), Bethlehem (Israel), Tih (Egypt), Mississippi (United States) Humac (Brazil), Nagasaki (Japan), Mul (England), Maya, (Russia), Naga (India), and Chukotz (Strait of Behring). The names of all these places are of Maya origin, which confirms that, in different periods of time, the Maya were present in these magnetic centers.

Hunbatz Men & Students

Hunbatz Men teaches : “It is written that the wisdom of the cosmic light will return . . . it will be the wisdom of the seven brothers (the Pleides) of our Father Sun that will shed the great light of wisdom, in order to awaken the powers that have remained dormant in human beings.

“It is to you, Solar Brother or Sister, wherever on Earth you may live, that a brother from the land of the sacred Maya is speaking, to inform you that the Maya spiritual teachers, who dwell in the sacred pyramids, have directed that we must unite to walk the path of light of wisdom.and return to the wisdom of the life-giving Mother Earth.”

On March 21st, 1996 a perfect balance of energy became present all over the planet earth. Working positively with this sacred energy, we can send it, together with our message, to any corner of the world and correct erroneous systems, as well as personal religious beliefs..

It is to you Solar Brother or Sister, wherever on earth you may live, . . . to unite to walk the path of the light of wisdom.

The following words are quoted from Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

“Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in EVERYONE! And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others!”

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