Recently I was saddened to learn of the passing of Carlos Barrios (July 5, 2020), a spiritual guide from the highlands of Guatemala, member of the Council of Mayan Elders, and supporter of indigenous peoples worldwide. Mr. Barrios caught my attention in the early 2000s when his provocative articles about the forthcoming Mayan Calendar date of 21 December 2012 were being published. At that time hysteria and anxiety were already building about what many misconstrued to be the coming end of the world – the end of the Mayan calendar as it was misreported. However, as Mr. Barrios and other Mayan elders explained, this auspicious date actually marked the end of a very long calendar cycle named the 4th Sun, and heralded in a new era, the 5th Sun. Carlos Barrios referred to this period in history as “a time of prophecies.”
~ James K. Papp ~ Carlos Barrios’ work continues. Visit http://sacredroad.org for more information.
From their site:
“Saq’ Be’: Organization for Mayan and Indigenous Spiritual Studies serves to surface the deep wisdom from ancient lineages into our modern world through stories, teachings and other sharings, both online and in person. We support efforts to grow the continued vibrancy of such traditions. By drawing upon, in an appropriate manner, the deep wealth of knowledge and wisdom developed and kept alive by Indigenous cultures, we can shift our understanding of our role in the universe and move towards regenerating and reintegrating ourselves and our communities, creating a better world for future generations.
Saq’ Be’ (pronounced sock bay) is a Mayan term referring to the white/sacred road, the Milky Way and the spiritual path of one’s life.
The organization was formed at the turn of the 21st century at the request of Mayan elders in Guatemala. Based in Santa Fe, NM, Saq’ Be’ continues to play a role in respectfully facilitating the integration of the knowledge and wisdom of ancient lineages into the modern world while supporting those that maintain the living traditions in their homelands. Our work has focused primarily on Mayan lineages from the highlands of Guatemala, and has also included support for traditions from the Ecuadorian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Colombian Sierra Nevada, and various communities in the US. As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, these efforts have been and continue to be sustained by the generous donations of our supporters.”