To see a condor, the largest known raptor alive today, one must travel to the high Andes of South America and especially to the country of Ecuador as I recently did. There the magnificent condor with a 6-foot wingspan can be seen lofting over the high peaks in search of prey. Also when in Ecuador it will be very easy to hear about the Mayan myth of the eagle and the condor. This Mayan myth is particularly interesting to many westerners because 2012 is understood to be the end of the Mayan calendar and the world …December 21st, to be exact. That observation makes things interesting, doesn’t it? The Mayan 12/21/12 prophecy needs to be accurately explained.
The Mayan 12/21/12 prophecy is not the same as Christian “dominionism” (full domination over all of nature), the “end times” or any of the various “raptured into heaven” religious beliefs either.
A little explanation of the Mayan calendar is in order first. The Mayan calendars (more than a dozen) represent a period of 500 years and are usually referred to as a Pachacuti. The next 500 year Pachacuti starts on 12/21/12 and is considered to be the fifth Pachacuti. In the Mayan mythology, the fourth Pachacuti is represented by the pursuit of the intellect or mind. Such things as science, technology and industry represent the period between roughly the years 1500 a.d. and right now. Prior to that period, the heart represented the 3rd Pachuti, which was fully open to all of nature including all the plants and animals. This now brings us to a point to understand the idea of the eagle-condor myth and all the hope and possibility for a stunning new world of tranquility.
What the Mayans and most indigenous peoples of the world believe (in one form or another) is that humans are entering into very turbulent times (for any number of reasons) and that the world “as we know it” is indeed ending! This implies a very exciting possibility…that the world “as we know it” can be changed. And this is where the hope of the Mayan eagle-condor myth is useful.
The myth doesn’t have any inevitable conclusion, only a caution that the end of the 4th Pachacuti and the opening of the 5th Pachacuti is fully in the hands of human beings, awake or not. And this doesn’t mean that westerners have to do it themselves. There will be help from many sources.
In the mythology of the Mayan 5th Pachacuti, the eagle (mind) and the condor (heart) need to mate and produce a hybrid of the two – a meeting of the heart and mind. It means taking the best of both worlds and putting them together. It is really a simple idea that holds tremendous possibility.
Scientific types need to fully open their hearts to their natural environment while those with their hearts fully open to nature need to appreciate the advances brought about by the pursuits of the mind and intellect. What would be possible if everyone’s heart were fully open? Is it so difficult?
The possibility of living in that “you and me world – a world that works for everyone with nothing or no one excluded” would be a new and exciting world indeed. The failures are everywhere.
Do we indeed have the courage to open our hearts in a new and trusting way or will wars, hatreds, greed, jealousies, old fears and the “blame game” continue to dominate the human psyche?
The future of humans may need many more open hearts! Can it happen? Is your heart fully open?