Does the Toltec Way Apply Today? or

If You Seek Functional Spirituality, Read Here.

We arrived at the toltec way and our resulting altar through heritage, but it was our experience on the path that forged our spiritual and functional reality. While we are neither recognized leaders or authorities of any kind, 40+ years of time walking in the way gives us, perhaps, a small voice. If your spirituality seeks less dogma and more functionality, the toltec way is worth a look.

Altar: a living body of knowledge used to live in a sacred manner.

A Way: experiencing a body of knowledge toward the best possible life.

The world’s religions and governments have drilled ponderous volumes of dogma upon us humans for so long that many of us are finally convinced how much of the dogma’s focus has been on controlling us humans. The programming inflicted by ages of dogma has truly held us back.  

Every living creature on Earth knows, on some level, that the Earth and its children are undergoing a massive change. There are many names for this big time on Earth, like the Ascension or the Great Awakening, the Second Coming and so on. Here we call it the Sexto Sol, the Sixth Sun. A major spiritual evolution is in emergence, and that’s essentially why we’re here. 

The Ancestors of every race, in oral tradition and/or by written decree, told us this big change was coming, and well, here it is. Our ancestors, the Toltecs and other Mexican tribes, left instructions for this time, a veritable treasure of wisdom.

Speaking of treasures, at the end of what is known as the Conquest of Mexico, some 500 years ago, the Aztecs told the greedy Spanish conqueror, Hernán Cortez, there was a hidden treasure that he would never find. The “conqueror” spent his life and resources seeking this treasure. Many Spaniards, even generations after him, would do the same – seek the hidden treasure of the Aztecs. Time after time they found nothing for our treasure was hidden in plain sight.

The treasure our ancestors left is the wisdom that helped us survive one of the greatest genocides in history. The treasure, the so-called Aztec Gold, was and is our collective wisdom from generations of those who’d come before. Our last leaders from those days told us to hide, to protect ourselves, but also to live our traditions in our lives, at the church, in the government, in daily life.

The toltec way, in short, aims at actualizing human potential, without limits. 

The hiding of our treasure went on over four hundred years. Growing up we all hid the wisdom without even thinking about it, without knowing we were hiding anything. When we went cross ways with the mainstream establishment, for instance, we had ways to defend and better ourselves, with or without doctors or police or priests.

There were always people in the cultural community who knew their way around legal matters, moral issues and racism in all its forms. Within Mexican culture, anywhere it may thrive, almost anyone can access the help needed through somebody who knows somebody, but some of us were fortunate enough to taste some of the treasure directly, even before we knew it had anything to do with Toltecs or anything called the toltec way.

Officially, the Toltec Empire ran from 496AD – 1122 AD., but the way started long before that and endures to the present. The Spanish, in their “glory” gave away the recorded history and wisdom of the Toltecs to seek favor with other countries, soon after the conquest. That recorded wisdom, the ancient texts, did not come back to Mexcio until the 20th century. Now that these have been digested by scholars, the Toltec “secrets” are everywhere – published, sold, taught, lived. They even have an idiot’s version of the toltec way. I believe this tradition will get as big as Buddhism one day.

The toltec way offers a body of knowledge that promotes action over academics and excellence over piety. The spiritual, mental, physical and emotional action that results from exercises, meditations, ceremonies and techniques have one major goal: specifically, results in one’s experience of life and the path. There is an insistence on functionality and on taking everything to the level of art. In other words, your creation is aimed at functionality with the best performance you can produce. The toltec way, in short, aims at actualizing human potential, without limits. 

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¿Se Aplica Hoy El Camino Tolteca? o

Si Buscas Espiritualidad Funcional, Mira Esto

Llegamos al camino tolteca y a nuestro resultante altar a través de la herencia, pero fue nuestra experiencia en el camino lo que forjó nuestra realidad espiritual y funcional.  Si bien no somos líderes reconocidos ni autoridades, más de 40 años de tiempo en el camino nos da, tal vez, una voz pequeña. Si tu espiritualidad busca menos dogma y más funcionalidad, vale la pena echarle un vistazo al camino tolteca.

Altar: Vivir un conocimiento de una manera sagrada.

Un Camino: experimentar un conocimiento hacia la mejor vida posible.

Las religiones y los gobiernos del mundo nos han cargado volúmenes de dogma por tanto tiempo que al fin estamos convencidos que el enfoque de ese dogma ha sido controlarnos a los humanos. La programación infligida por épocas de dogma realmente nos ha frenado el progreso. 

Cada criatura viviente en la Tierra sabe, en algún nivel, que la Tierra y sus hijos están experimentando un cambio masivo. Hay muchos nombres para este gran cambio en la Tierra, como la Ascensión o el Gran Despertar, la Segunda Venida y así. Aquí lo llamamos el Sexto Sol. Una importante evolución espiritual está brotando, y esa es esencialmente la razón por la que estamos aquí.

Los Ancestros de todas las razas, en la tradición oral y / o por decreto escrito, nos dijeron que este gran cambio se avecinaba, y bueno, aquí está. Nuestros antepasados, los toltecas y otras tribus mexicanas, dejaron instrucciones para este tiempo, un verdadero tesoro de sabiduría.

Hablando de tesoros, al final de lo que se conoce como la Conquista de México, hace unos 500 años, los aztecas le dijeron al codicioso conquistador español, Hernán Cortez, que había un tesoro escondido que nunca encontraría. El “conquistador” pasó su vida y sus recursos buscando este tesoro. Muchos españoles, incluso generaciones después de él, harían lo mismo: buscar el tesoro escondido de los aztecas. Una y otra vez no encontraron nada, porque nuestro tesoro estaba escondido a plena vista.

El tesoro que dejaron nuestros antepasados es la sabiduría que nos ayudó a sobrevivir a uno de los mayores genocidios de la historia. El tesoro, el llamado Oro Azteca, fue y es nuestra sabiduría colectiva de generaciones de los que vinieron antes.  Nuestros últimos líderes en el tiempo de la conquista nos dijeron que escondiéramos, pero que viviéramos, nuestras tradiciones en nuestras vidas, ante la iglesia, ante el gobierno, en la vida diaria.

La ocultación de nuestro tesoro se prolongó durante más de cuatrocientos años. De jóvenes, todos escondimos la sabiduría sin siquiera pensar en ello, o saber que estábamos ocultando nada. Cuando nos cruzamos con la sociedad dominante, por ejemplo, teníamos formas de defendernos y mejorarnos, con o sin médicos, policías o sacerdotes.

Siempre hubo personas en nuestra comunidad cultural que conocían los asuntos legales, las cuestiones morales y el racismo en todas sus formas. Dentro de la cultura mexicana, casi cualquier persona puede acceder a la ayuda necesaria a través de algún conocido, pero algunos de nosotros tuvimos la suerte de probar parte del tesoro directamente – en danza y otras tradiciones. Y eso fue antes de que supiéramos de los toltecas o de algo llamado el camino tolteca.

Oficialmente, el Imperio tolteca funcionó desde 496 dC hasta 1122 dC. pero el camino comenzó mucho antes de eso y perdurará para siempre. Los españoles, en su “gloria” regalaron la historia grabada de la sabiduría de los toltecas para buscar el favor de otros países, poco después de la conquista. Esa sabiduría grabada, los textos antiguos, no volvieron a México hasta el siglo 20. Ahora que estos han sido estudiados por los eruditos, los “secretos” toltecas están en todas partes: publicados, vendidos, enseñados, vividos. Incluso tienen una versión “de idiota” para conocer el camino tolteca. Creo que se volverá tan grande como el budismo un día.

El camino tolteca ofrece un cuerpo de conocimiento que promueve la acción sobre lo académico y la excelencia sobre la piedad. La acción espiritual, mental, física y emocional que resulta de los ejercicios, meditaciones, ceremonias y técnicas tiene un objetivo principal: específicamente, devorar la experiencia de la vida y el camino. Hay una insistencia en la funcionalidad y en llevar todo al nivel del arte.  En otras palabras, tu creación está dirigida a la funcionalidad con el mejor rendimiento que puedas producir. El camino tolteca se dirige a la realización del potencial humano, sin límites. 

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Dawn of the Sixth Sun

El Sexto Sol, a Decree of the Movement

A Myth We Live With Ancestors

The Grandfathers left word

That this Fifth Sun which we are living,

Is going to end, end its movements,

With earthquakes on Earth and earthquakes in society.

But this Fifth Sun cannot end

Until we become aware,

Until awareness stretches and grows

Until it rains awareness,

Because this Fifth Sun is precisely,

A Sun of Awareness, of Consciousness.

This now ending Sun was created by the Primary Lords:

Teccucitezcatl, the Lord who created Moon,

Nanahuatzin, the ill but simple Lord who made Sun,

Papalotl y Mixcoatl, who were volunteers,

To give movement to the sky, to the stars:

And also because of Tochtli, the youngest Lord of them all;

By his sacrifice was the Fifth Sun created.

And now we announce the new Sun,

That will be one of Justice.

But this new Sun must be made by the common people,

by the Macehauales, with our sacrifice to offer,

Now it’s our turn.

During the long night

From the Land of the Dead

The People have resisted 500 years

Scattered by circumstance.

Yet from the oldest of Grandfathers

The way is shown, so that the way is not lost.

That’s how Cuahtemoctzin ordered it,

As we have done.

It is still early and there are many trials

That we must endure.

Perhaps we are living the blackest hour,

When the vulture flies

In the darkest silence of the night,

Life is in danger and no one knows the way.

The rain of consciousness has not yet fallen

And justice is not possible without awareness.

That’s why we continue lighting the candles

In memory of generations past

Who have resisted, to receive their power.

This light that has led us has shown us

That from North to South the night has continued for the People.

We have endured the same, and we have walked the same.

We’ll continue to light the candles

In memory of those who were persecuted

And died in sacrifice,

And in memory of all our Chiefs.

All of them, at the front of our People

All of them will give us the Strength.

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