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At this past Evolver Atlanta meeting, I presented a brief overview of how the Mayan Sacred Calendar (Tzolin) can provide insight on how you relate to others in the community. The calendar itself contains an amazing amount of information, and when we change the layout, we get an easier way to view the different overlaps with others. In particular, we arrange the Clans into a vertical arrangement (4 vertical columns – one for each clan – side by side). The upper right corner is Ahau (yellow Sun) and the bottom right corner is Cauac (blue storm).

Here’s a quick overview of the 3 dimensions of collaboration that emerge with this view:

1. Partners

If you are in the same column with someone, you are in the same Clan. Those in the same Clan create the same type of energy. These are thus your Partners, the people you work with.

Partners are those in the same clan (vertical column) with you

2. Friends

If you are in the same row as someone else, you play the same role in the tree of your clan. These are your friends and you speak the same language. You can get together to share experiences and thus learn to do your job better.

Role

Those in the same row as you are your friends and speak the same language.

3. Play mates

If you share the same color tools with someone else, you make good play mates. You play together to sharpen your skills. The tools are the same color across the diagonals of the signs.

tools

If you have the same color tools as someone, you can play together to sharpen your tools.

If you’d like to learn more about this, please see the writeup here.

If you’d like us to prepare a Tzolin Personal card for you with all the information about where you fit in, you can sign up for one here.

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For the last several years, many in the Atlanta tribe have been exposed to the Mayan Sacred calendar, or Tzolkin. There have been some great teachers in the area over these years and we have come to understand that the calendar is a gateway to effective collaboration and provides the insight to how we work together and relate to one another.¬†With the looming concerns about 2012, there’s no better time than now to get to work as a community! We’re already working to make the world a better place and now we want to expand our impact by growing the circle.

I would like to invite you to join in this process in and around Atlanta. We have a number of nodes in our network already and we need to expand the number of participants and organizers.

  • To participate, all you need is to show up with open heart and willingness to learn and engage with others locally. You will need to know your places on the calendar and we ask that you make a contribution to support the effort (which will also get you all the info you need about where you are in the calendar!).
  • To help organize, all you need is a willingness to participate by learning a little about how the calendar works and keeping up to 5 other people updated about timings. The idea is that you will help these people get together during times of collaboration for work, play or conversation (depending on where you want to work!).

To join up and stay in touch with events, please fan the Nomadslounge facebook page and join us for one of our upcoming events.

To get started right away with your contribution to the community and get your calendar reading, please follow the link here (and click the Google Checkout button to complete).

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On New Year’s Eve, I supported a community gathering in deep ceremony that culminated in an act I didn’t think I could, or would, do. The day started with a sweat lodge of the Stonepeople. Afterwards, there was a medicine circle, and then, special for the new year’s (Blue Moon) lodge, a fire walk.

This event had nearly 40 people at it, and in ceremony we enter relation with the fire and asked permission to walk across the hot coals. Though the possibility was that no one walked, everyone walked, or some portion of us walked, we as a community all benefited when anyone walked across the fire.

The fire was prepared with sacred wood and when it was hot the coals were spread out. We were all in music and celebration, and then quite suddenly, we started walking.

Even the day before, it didn’t cross my mind that I was a firewalker. But the strength of community and the service and ceremony of the day inspired me to walk across the fire. Glowing red embers spread over a pathway 10 feet long. My bare feet crossed the soggy, cold ground on the path from our circle to the fire. And then, as if walking on any normal walkway, I was safely across the hot path.

So now what? Fire walking was something that didn’t seem possible…and now I know it is. Any fear that was standing between me and that challenge evaporated when my feet touched the tops of the glowing fire that night. And if I can conquer that fear, is there anything holding me back at all?

I believe that since we have proven to ourselves that we can walk on fire, we can do anything. The bigger question for me becomes, what will we do together now? What challenge is ahead of us that requires our full attention, cooperation, and focus to overcome? What does are path hold for us?

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At the Winter Solstice Gathering 2009, our community rejoiced in our beauty and the fact that we have everything we need right here with us! In fact, we’re ready, so what are we waiting for?

Recently a participant in the event told me her favorite part of the event was when we sang together. Have a listen to the voices we raised together around the Solstice fire.

This song was inspired by the beautiful song from Sweet Honey in the Rock (click on the 3rd song, “We Are the Ones” on the mp3 player on rights side of page). Ok, so they got some amazing talent and we taught it to everyone in about 20 seconds :D.

The meaning of the evening’s event comes from more than just what Obama said on the campaign trail or even a poem older than that…it comes from an ancient legend of the Hopi tribe of what is now known as the western US. It’s a beautiful story, telling of us and our time. Here it is, as told by the elders:

You have been telling the people that this is the eleventh hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.

And there are things to be considered.

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your truth. Create your community. Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those that are afraid. They will try and hold on
to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination.

The Elders say we must let go of the shore, and push of into the river. Keep our eyes open, and our head above water. See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner
and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We will continue the conversations of the Solstice Gathering through monthly brunches at the Nomads Lounge. If you haven’t already received an invitation and are interested to participate in this heart conversation, please leave a comment with your contact details here.

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