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The Toltecs

Prominent thousands of years ago, the Toltecs were known throughout southern Mexico as women and men of knowledge. Anthropologists have spoken of the Toltec as a nation or a race. But the Toltecs were scientists and artists who formed a society to explore and conserve the spiritual knowledge and practices of the ancient ones. It may seem peculiar that they combined the secular with the sacred, but the Toltecs considered science and spirit to be one and the same since all energy, whether material or ethereal, was derived from the one source and influenced by the same universal laws.

The Toltecs came together as masters (Naguals) and students at Teotihuacan, the ancient city of pyramids outside Mexico City.  Teotihuacan translates as the place where men and women awaken from the dream and become God. Here, in order to realize the promise of the journey to transcend the realm of ordinary human awareness and attain their personal freedom, the apprentices studied the three Toltec masteries: Awareness, Transformation (Stalking and Dreaming), and Intent. The students had to have the courage to face and know themselves, and through that knowing, change their way of life. Teotihuacan remained the Toltec center of spiritual knowledge and transformation for many thousands of years and still endures as a living repository of silent knowledge.

Over the millennia, European conquest, coupled with a brief period of rampant misuse of personal power by a few of the apprentices, forced the Naguals to conceal the ancestral wisdom and maintain its existence in obscurity. They thought it was important to shield the knowledge from those who were not prepared to use it wisely or who might again intentionally misuse it for personal gain. Fortunately, the esoteric Toltec knowledge was embodied and passed on through generations by different lineages of Naguals.

Toltec knowledge arises from the same essential unity of truth as all the sacred esoteric traditions around the world. Though it is not a religion, it honors all the spiritual masters who have taught on the earth. Though it does embrace spirit, it is most accurately described as a way of life. Unlike our familiar experience, this way of life is distinguished by the ready accessibility of happiness and love. The quality of love in this context is a radical departure from the concept of love we have been taught. The love most of us have come to know often leads to pain, and makes us suffer with jealousy and need.  It may also compel us to try to control one another. It is a false image of love, originating in fear and worn like a mask to protect us from the wounds we believe others inflict on us. On the other hand, the Toltec concept of love originates in the intention of the Creator. This love is what we could - if we would - perceive as divine love, the love with no conditions.

Mastery of the Toltec teachings requires an intellectual understanding of the knowledge held within the mysteries. To thoroughly learn the material is time-consuming, but not difficult. However, an extraordinary effort is required to take the ACTION necessary to experience the benefits of the wisdom. To reach freedom we have to let go of our false images and the misconceptions through which we create hell. The greatest challenge requires piercing the veil of fear that surrounds our beliefs and cleaning our mind of its emotional poison. With this is the transformation of thoughts that make us feel its not possible to be truly happy, the emotions that make us feel victimized or hopeless, the beliefs that make us feel we're not pure enough to love or be loved, and the subtle sensations that whisper our unworthiness to be children of God. Fortunately, all these emotions and  judgments were formed in illusion and therefore have no basis in truth.

Throughout history, humans have tried to place responsibility for their suffering outside of themselves. Most Societies have long held the assumption that the ruling body needs to change in order for the human condition to change. This method has been tried unsuccessfully by hundreds of generations, each in turn trying to impose their particular form of illumination. Despite these efforts, the human condition remains essentially unchanged -societies based on fear and individuals filled with pain. To further complicate matters, these conditions have become so familiar that it is hard to recognize the pervasive levels of fear and consequential suffering that dominate many people’s lives.

The implications are clear: the world reflects our beliefs to us, it does not create them. Therefore it is not necessary to try to change anyone but ourselves.  The truth is we can only change ourselves. The truth is that change can only occur when each of us, the individuals who make up humanity, change. Since we are all fundamentally connected, individual change results in a collective change.

There is no doubt that just taking responsibility for our own personal change requires immense tenacity in the face of obstacles. However, the rewards are invaluable; as our perceptions change, our experience of the world changes. The secret to our happiness is locked in our individual perceptions. We become able to see that everything is connected in a strange, extraordinary, and rather sweet way.

The path to change is as individual as each of us. The goal is a way of life that is entirely our own expression and offers us the complete freedom to be ourselves. Though that may sound simple, it is not necessarily always easy.

The Toltec masteries teach us that there's no way for us to change without the awareness of how we got her, and why we often remain stuck in spite of efforts to change. For us to change, we need awareness of what the human mind is, how it works, and how we create and perceive our world. The Toltec described the way the mind functions as dreaming reality. They described the mind as that which controls our dream. With newfound awareness of the source of our dream comes the possibility of changing it.

To gain control of our dream, and to explore existence through awareness, we must venture beyond the boundaries of the usual beliefs, thoughts and emotions that form the basis of our understanding of life. Through awareness we learn that our normal mode of perception has done much to limit our possibilities.

The Toltecs knew that the universe is a living being in which the macrocosm and microcosm mirror one another. By looking closely at ourselves, we can advance our knowledge of the macrocosm that is the universe. However, we must develop our ability to perceive beyond our reason's capacity, if we are going to understand either one. This is not easy. The universe is so immense and mysterious that when we venture away from familiar territory we often seek another distorted interpretation that makes us feel safe.

To support our own personal island of safety, we assume that our perception is the extent of possibility. Our reason is so limited that it prevents us from understanding the scope of our power to create reality. So, our reality is also our illusion, or, more accurately, our own personal dream.

Because we share the same narrow range of sensory perception, and a similar internal dialogue that almost mechanically holds our collective and individual attention, we find we are able to dream together and agree on a restricted interpretation of reality. We create a world of objects limited to the energy most of us can discern. Still, no two people share the same understanding of reality, or the same dream. The reality that we do share represents a meager portion of what is available to us within this universe.

There also exists many different energies that are not perceivable as objects or matter. For instance, we cannot see emotions, thoughts, or another persons dreams. Obviously, that doesn't mean they don't exist; they are a part of our daily experience and therefore we understand they exist in ourselves and in others. So, recognizing that each of us is composed of something more than material energy, we must ask, Who is the I AM? -- Is it the body, the thinker, or the dreamer?

The Toltecs knew that our reason's perception of reality was just a point of view, one that generally doesn't consider how we fit into an expanding, living, intelligent universe. As we begin to identify the I AM, we become aware of how limited we have been conditioned to think we are. To transcend the realm of our old dream and move into our full potential, we need to transfer the point where we assemble our perception from our reason to our will. Shifting the source of our personal power from our mind to our spirit allows us to access silent knowledge and create the energy necessary to remember what we have forgotten. We can all dream a new dream and live a life of freedom.  At a certain point, it simply becomes a matter of choice.

 Our final destination on the Toltec journey to personal freedom is an awareness of the spiritual human as Godself. Here we completely align with Intent and serve as co-creator in our Earth journey. With full illumination there is no illusion, and we become free to discover the identity of the I AM and embrace the light of divinity within.

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