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  • Our friend Roman, the Argentinean, had to pack up all his things and flee. None of the 7 businesses that burnt down 2 nights ago Fire has insurance, the fire started in his restaurant, he is accused of all the damage and a warrant for his arrest is out. Mexico´s justice system being one of the most dysfunctional ones in the world, he might be able to avoid prison – in this case I sure hope so – but his whole life fell with that fire. He had been so happy; he had one of the best businesses in town going and had just been able to take his young wife to a safari in Kenya. Now I hope he has still enough savings to start anew somewhere else.

    Meanwhile I am back in my house. The road up is full of policemen and their trucks and helicopters still circle above our heads regularly, but I am home. It is a beautiful Sunday morning, one of those that seem to give you the message that bad things can never ever happen again in your life….

    My husband, who was so angry 2 days ago that I was angry at his drinking and sent me a message that he better wanted a separation, is all soft and velvety again. My son and his wife are making up their fight. My ex – daughter – in – law has not killed herself.

    Yesterday afternoon I had a very long and wonderful lunch with my friend Carol Karasik. She is a writer and has written the book LIVING MAYA together with Chip Morris. If you are interested in Mayan Textiles and customs, this book is an all – time jewel Living Maya. Carol knows more about the Maya than anybody else I know. She lives in a small and funky hotel near the ruins of Palenque and dedicates herself to writing many scientific papers for the archeologists, who work there and find amazing things and facts. She is into all the Ancient Mayan astronomy and just finished her own novel about her life in the Panchan – Hotel, where she never seems to suffer a boring moment in between new exciting archeological findings and new age believers of all different kinds, who swarm in and out. The Drum Wars

    Once, she told us, a group of Russian New – Agers came, they got special permission to climb down into Pakal´s tomb. (Mayan pyramids were not tombs, usually; King Pakal´s tomb in Palenque is a unique exception. The tomb is closed to visitors, because the breath of visitors destroys the elaborated plaque on the sarcophago. Many years ago I still managed to go down there, but it was so claustrophobic, I really could not appreciate the opportunity.) They mediated for a whole day down there. They were sure that during this very special meditation exactly at that day they would be able to STOP TIME.

    They did not stop time.

    Mayan scholars have set up a webpage to explain why all this international frenzy about Mayans predicting the end of the world for Dec 23rd is a complete hoax and misunderstanding. But millions of people around the world do not listen. They create web pages that state the contrary and have many more followers than the Mayan scholars.

    Carol says Palenque – which aside from the gorgeous ruins is a boring, ugly and drab town – is already now filled with colorful people from every corner of the world. They meditate, dance and drum, camp outside Palenque, where they swim naked in the rivers and prepare for THE BIG CHANGE.

    José Argüelles was the first to come up with his – not at all scientific – interpretations and predictions derived from the Mayan calendar. He recently died. People now have his ashes in Palenque, where on the 23rd of this month they are going to deposit them. José Argüelles was sure that Pakal´s spirit talked to and through him.

    Carol just met a spiritual leader from Belgium, who is waiting for the BIG CHANGE in the Panchan Hotel. He also claims to continually speak to Pakal. This man says José Argüelles’ system was wrong, he has a better one. Carol listened many hours to him, but did not quite get his theory.

    There is THE BOOK OF ENOCH, I learnt during our lunch. There it says in kind of bible language that on December 23rd 2012 144thousand spiritual masters of human history will descend upon Palenque and convert it into the first CRYSTAL CITY of NEW TIMES ON EARTH.

    We gossiped and laughed and giggled around and about all this. Then I remembered Kierkegaard and Camus The Leap. These people - the Rainbow – People, those Russians, however they call themselves - have jumped out of the incredible pain contained in the human condition and into faith. Not Christian faith as Kierkegaard suggested, but maybe it can be anything, why not the Mayans?

    I stopped giggling, I understood.

    When you visit the ruins of Tonina, 2 hours drive from Palenque and see how Mayan kings were obsessed with decapitation (even their own), when you read about the constant warfare just between Tonina and Palenque (not even to mention the many other Mayan cities of the time) it is very difficult to see Pakal or any other of these rulers as spiritual leaders, at least for me. I just see powerful men (one woman: The Red Queen, but she was as bad in my eyes) filled with hungry ghosts. I see warlords. Yes: great astronomers and architects also, but aren´t we? How spiritual does that make us? Not necessarily, right?

    Just considering my last week, anyways, I am not so sure anymore about December 23rd. Maybe an army of spiritual masters descending into a crystal city would not be too bad?
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