Mexico City



Mexico City is built on a lake bed that was home to one of the largest civilized cities in the world in its prime. The Aztec capitol Tenochtitlan had an estimated 200,000 population. It was originally built in 1325 by the Aztecs and had a large pyramidal structure in the center of the city. It was conquered by the Spanish in 1521 and rebuilt in 1524. The cathedral is now built over that same area. The Basilica of Lady Guadalupe is built over an ancient Aztec temple dedicated to a goddess.


I arrived in Mexico City December 30 2017 about 9pm. I read an excellent article published by Mexico Daily News, an English publication that provides excellent news and features about Mexico.
This is an example and describes Mexico City from a travelers perspective. A good read indeed!
 http://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/safety-in-mexico-city-travelers-perspective/

So is January 1 2018 as I write this. The morning after I arrived I had an appointment at Vitali Clinic, for an hour massage. The ambience was worth almost as much as the massage, as it is a sacred sanctuary vibe where they also offer yoga, meditation, and lots of healing modalities. I'm going back before I leave in five days. After that I walked to Sanborn's department store to get a chip from TelMel so that my phone would work with the local network. After a day without being connected to wifi or internet, I was back in full swing. I ordered a ride with Uber to the Anthropological Museum. The museum is amazing as it has a large collection of art and sculptures from the major cultures of Mexico including Mayan, Toltec, Olmec, and Aztec. I will be going back there also before I leave. Then after the museum I had a lunch/supper at an Argentinian restaurant that had good reviews. It was pricey but worth it as I had not eaten all day. Then another inexpensive $5.00 Uber ride back to my apartment. The apartment was reserved about three months ago on AirBNB, and is on the 12th floor with a panoramic view. I enjoyed seeing two large fireworks displays going on New Year's Eve.

The feeling of really being here and restarting my life in Mexico is almost surreal like waking up in a dream. Even after all the research and planning, when it actually begins to unfold it is witnessing it from a detached perspective while being in the midst of it with my mind, heart, soul, and bones. I know enough Spanish to be able to have some basic conversation with the locals here, and that is very satisfying. I'm glad that I had planned to take private lessons in Guanajuato three times a week after January 6th when I arrive there.

So I only have a few more things to do while here in Mexico City. These include visiting the Basilica of Guadalupe, a world famous shrine, the main cathedral, then getting my bus ticket to Guanajuato. I will also speand a day going to Tepotzlan up in the mountains about one hour South of Mexico City near Cuernavaca.Then maybe Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibits if I can squeeze them in.

Also here's another quote that describes the vibrant cultural experience in Mexico City.

https://matadornetwork.com/destinations/north-america/mexico/mexico-city/
from The MatadorNet.com
"Most people have an opinion about Mexico City, often abbreviated CDMX (for Ciudad Mexico) or DF (for "Distrito Federal"), typically involving one or more of the following adjectives: polluted, poor, dangerous, chaotic (ok, so the last one's true), though they've never been there. For people who have been there--or better, have lived there-- there's a centrifugal force we can't quite explain that pulls us back again and again. In all the chaos, there's remarkable order. Alongside soaring skyscrapers, there are centuries old temples. You can buy a street stall or market taco for 5 pesos at lunch, then sit down for a six course "new" Mexican dinner for 500 pesos. You can wander through Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul and relive the high period of 20th century Mexican painting, then stumble upon a pop-up street gallery exhibiting punk art. You can dive headlong into the city's intensity or escape into mountains in 30 minutes. In short, though plenty of places market themselves as having "something for everyone," Mexico City really does. Before checking our recommended spots and articles below, please check out our in depth guides:"


Feelings-Intuition-Guidance

This will be an interesting blog post to write, and hopefully to read. I will do a short meditation before writing here, and see what comes up. I am writing about the process as well as the insights, feelings, intuition, and guidance that I have received or am receiving regarding living in Mexico.

When I created the navigation tabs above and included this one....the tabs just came to me easily, including the major highlights of my initial journey; arriving in Mexico City and then off to Guanajuato. These tab titles were just received and flowed from my mind easily.

We tend to live in our conscious analysis of facts and details and rational decision making every day. Yet when it comes to the subtle side of life, that is always there, yet not often perceived, we may not always be in touch with what is being presented, offered, gifted, and revealed from deep within. For a conscious, mindful, and spiritual lifestyle, it would seem that this is a given.

So in my spiritual practice, I include meditation and consider it essential to tapping into the depths of spirit, and being open to receiving whatever is offered or is being released. I have to admit that this particular blog post - Feelings-Intuition-Guidance - is not just that - I have not yet perfected the exclusive realm of that without some logic, rationale, and mental gymnastics that does not include feelings, intuition and guidance...yet this is an attempt....and an intention.....and so it is.

I cannot recall the exact moment when I received the idea of moving to Mexico, however I know that it was powerful enough to grow from an idea into a focused, exciting, and welcomed opportunity in this journey of life. I seemed to know this deeply as if it is a sort of destiny, a leap of faith, and a pilgrimage. The idea of a pilgrimage came to me intuitively, and the fact that a pilgrimage does not only need to be to a specific sacred site, shrine, or event. It can be ongoing, 24/7, and occur every moment, even while sleeping. And so it is or can be or will be. It is an interesting concept that invites mindfulness all the time. Conscious choices, moment by moment to be love, be in gratitude, and be one with everything that is happening.

My feelings are in a full range of creating new experiences and letting go of living in Denver. Not knowing if and when I will return. Missing the friendships cultivated here, yet knowing that communication will still go on.

Letting Go or How to Lose Everything to Gain Everything....(really? I said that ?) 
I am selling most everything in my apartment, and going nomad. Which means that all that I own will be in a 70lb bag and a carry on, except those things that I ship to my son for storage. Furniture, books, and all things will be sold or donated. When I cleared off one bookcase of books, after giving some away to friends, and took them to Goodwill, it was a letting go, and I really felt the effects of the process for the next couple of days. I needed to share it with some special friends. Then I cleared off the other bookcase, setting aside those books that I want to keep, but filling boxes with all the others. Books are an emotional part of my life. The stories, the author's thoughts and feelings in between the lines, the memories associated with the book, and the colorful array of titles sitting on the bookshelves as a personal library. I also have books on my Kindle app, and ebooks are definitely the way to go when traveling. The experience of letting go of the books is just a foreshadow of letting go of most all the other things in my apartment. These feelings of letting go are a part of the process of moving and yet two and a half years ago I moved to Denver with a U-Haul trailer  full of furniture, and stuff and a car being towed behind. Now much of that is being let go...a desk, a dresser, bookshelves, 12 string guitar that I just sold last night to a fellow choir member, knowing that uplifting songs will be played on it and using the funds towards a laptop computer needed for the journey. Music lives within me, and I play the guitar and piano by ear, yet sporadically, not consistently. I love to listen to music, and it seems that there is a sacred song or chant always playing in my soul, in stereo.

Here's a very nice quote that I just saw on Facebook.. "Just hold onto this: The more you get rid of the more room you make for new people, experiences, adventure, magic in your life. This letting go stuff has long term deep effects, experiencing it right now. So many new adventures, beautiful people, feels bountiful....trust in the process, in Life"


Letting In

With all of this letting go what am I letting in? It seems that I already have been letting in an opening up to more intuition, and subtle guidance that brought all of this about. Today, October 20th 2017, at the time of this writing (of this section of the blog at 6:30am) is an important meeting at the Mexican Consulate office here in Denver. I am applying for a temporary residence visa which will allow me to live in Mexico for up to four years. I am letting in the possibility of this being an easier process than anticipated, and also giving 60 days notice on vacating this apartment. I was granted the visa, had a nice color stamp in my passport and need to go to an immigration office in Mexico to get an offical ID card, which will allow me to live there for up to four years.

I am letting in the joy of being free from such a costly overhead of expenses, of living free in Mexico and exploring new areas, meeting new people, learning Spanish, and having the beautiful support of Spirit always with me, wherever I am. May the Divine Spirit and entities of Light from all realms that support this process be with me also. I am not traveling alone.








Why Mexico?

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
There are many reasons why Mexico is a favorite destination for travel or for living. Mexico has been on various top ten lists for living abroad, and some of the main reasons are weather, lower cost of living,  proximity to the U.S. and Canada, and a desire for a simpler,less stressful life.

Mexico News Daily, an online popular source of news in English, did a survey in 2017 on "Expatriates in Mexico: What's the Attraction?" The study "examines why people moved to Mexico and whether expectations were met." The full article is very informative. Here's the link :
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/expatriates-in-mexico-whats-the-attraction/

I chose the title of this blog "Magical, Mystical, Mexico Adventure" because in addition to the reasons stated above, I have deep respect and fascination with the diverse and amazing roots of Mexico's cultural legacy. The Mayans in particular have been an ongoing interest (see below).

Two of my favorite places in Mexico are Palenque (photo below), and the Archeological Museum in Mexico City. Both provide a deep experience of Mexico's ancient and advanced culture. For me I am attracted to the "magic and mystery" of Mexico as well as the usual reasons stated above for living here.

A quote expresses this same respect for Mexico's cultural roots:

"The longer I live in Mexico, the more I see clearly the soul of the Mexican, the enduring part that was never conquered through the conquest." 
- Warren Hardy, master teacher and educational innovator, founder Warren Hardy Spanish School, San Miguel de Allende

Mexicans have an enduring love of family, a welcoming vibe for foreigners, a national pride in their country and cultural roots, and a deep respect for the living spirits of their ancestors (Dia de los Muertos).


My Personal Background Provided Some Roots

My grandfather was involved in the Grace Lines, a cruise ship company that used the Panama Canal. My father Carlos and and his brother George were raised in El Salvador until age eight when their mother died of typhoid fever. They moved to Berkeley, California to live with relatives. My father kept his Spanish name all of his life, and my Uncle George was an executive with PanAm airlines and based in Caracas, Venezuela.

Before 1969 - I was surfing in Baja...at that time there were remote beaches and we had surfing spots all to ourselves. No lifeguards. Memories of crossing the border at Tijuana as teenagers. Ah, the wild whims of youth !

Caracas Venezuela 1969
My whole family had flown South of the border in December 1969......I had just graduated from high school. We went to Caracas, Venezuela to visit my Uncle and family. We stopped in Guatemala and went to Lake Atitlan. That experience, at age 18, had a significant impact on my life.

Mazatlan 1983 - conducted a financial conference there.

Acapulco 1986
My father died in Acapulco in 1986. We were there in a family reunion with his brother and family for Thanksgiving. My father had advanced stages of cancer, was in a wheelchair, had an oxygen tank, and that was not going to stop him from cancelling our plans. He even ordered a limo to take us to the airport and had a bottle of champagne to enjoy as we departed to the airport. We were in a large casa on the hillside overlooking the ocean. My Uncle spoke fluent Spanish and handled the arrangements. I carried his ashes back on the plane with my family.

Palenque
Palenque, Mexico 1987
The following February, several months later, a series of various insights, research, and subtle guidance caused me to fly to Villahermosa and take a bus to Palenque, a Mayan sacred site next to the jungles of Chiapas. This is where the magical and mystical energy comes in from this blog title.

Metaphysical information, actual known Mayan history, symbols, astronomy, and the amazing mystique of Palenque intrigued me on many levels. The pyramid and temples were extraordinary. The pyramid is called the Temple of Inscriptions, as there are writings - Mayan glyphs - on the top on the back wall inside the five entrances shown in the photo.

Then I also flew with a few other tourists in a private plane and landed in the jungle South of Palenque and North of Guatemala. The two sites there were Bonampak, famous for its colored murals, and Yaxchitlan, home of the Jaguar King. I was back there (Palenque) in August of 1987 when I took a group for a Harmonic Convergence event in Palenque that was celebrated worldwide. I was given a gift at the end of that group journey, The Blood of Kings, by Linda Schele, a researcher into the ancient Mayan culture. Ancient cultures of Mexico are very different from Native Americans in the U.S. The pyramids, the language glyphs, the accurate astronomy was advanced and remarkable.

Yucatan August 2017

I was invited to join a friend to go to Yucatan in August 2017. Besides the usual snorkeling, good food, and various restaurants, I enjoyed seeing the Mayan ruins of La Venta, Uxmal, and others near Merida. There was an amazing authentic restaurant near the main plaza in Merida. Yucatan, especially near Cancun, has so many high end resorts and tourist distractions that it seemed to take away some from the authentic Mexico vibe. This is happening all over, as more and more people are traveling and the demand increases. We even avoided Chitzen Itza because it was way over the top with many vendors hawking their wares there.


Why Magical and Mystical?

The usual definition of a pilgrimage is to go to a sacred site, area, shrine, or event. My definition for this pilgrimage-journey is that all of life is sacred, magical, and mystical. It is all happening now right where we are. (Thank you Ram Dass - Be Here Now). I also need to mention here that not every moment may be "magical and mystical" as I adjust to the culture, unexpected circumstances, and new ways of living in the moments of change and unpredictability.

Home page

This is a private blog, only sent to friends individually...no public Google or Facebook...later I might publish it, but for a while, private is good. I want to thank you for visiting and taking time to read my posts. I only invited you as I consider our friendship of value and I hope you do also. One of the important things for me when I am on this journey is to have support and communicate once in a while. Besides that, I will write on, and try to describe my experiences, observations, challenges and inspiration. May we all grow in peace, deeper love, and gratitude with the Divine Spirit within us and everyone. Enjoy the journey.

Journey to Palenque - Part 1

I am in Palenque for two weeks, revisiting an amazing Mayan site. I was here twice in 1987.  I will be updating this blog post with new i...