Sunday, October 25, 2009
After my visit to my home town, Santa Fe NM in September, to participate in cultural events of historical significance, I saw how things have changed over my lifetime. This observation led me to think about my ancestors, and after a brief visit with a Sister of a old school chum who shared her passion for Genealogy with me, I am now on what feels like a mission that I have neglected for too long.
So far the character that has popped up most frequently is my Great-grandfather on my Mothers side. His name was Martin Chavez who was a rancher and farmer in Picacho, Lincoln County, New Mexico. His presence there in the time of the Lincoln County War (late 1800,s) and his association with the faction that also had Billy the Kidd on their side is what made him easy to document. Where this is going to lead is unknown to me but I will try to share items along the way that may be of common interest.
This is Martin Chavez,s grave marker in the Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM where he lived his last years overseeing a large family that had migrated there to be educated and participate in the political and religious life of a growing population.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
" Taken from a article in the Waxahachi Daily Light.
The meaning of Independence Day
Published: Thursday, July 2, 2009 11:43 AM CDT Linda Sibley Ellis County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4
Friday, June 26, 2009
My Carolinas adventure should have actually started with my day of hiking in the Pisgah National Forest. I flew there as a guest of a friend I had not seen in 49 years, (class mate from Santa Fe High School class of 1960.) Few words can describe the beauty of this area. Just a few photos taken with my new Sony DSC-H10 will give you an idea of what I mean. I'm told the heat and mosquitoes can be a problem this time of the year. I was fortunate to have been there in a light drizzle. which kept the the little vermites away and the temperature cool. Enough!
more on my FLICKR page.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
click the following link to go to more:
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I recently had the pleasure of joining three fellow class mates from my High School, class of 1960. Yes that's a long time ago. For the most part most of us had not seen each other since that year but after the initial Hi,s and Hello,s, it seemed that we had just seen each other last week. We all met at the beach house of one of the class mates which was located on Isle of Palm, South Carolina. A first for me. More about it later as I un-jumble my over loaded brain synapses. A Rocky Mountain, "Mountain Man" can be easily overwhelmed by Southern Beauty's and Southern Cuisine. Never the less it is good to be back home. Darn, I miss my friends and the Creamy Grits with Shrimp that are to die for.
Friday, January 16, 2009
As you can see, this blog is titled "Enjoy The Time Left". Believe me it was not inspired by the following information but initially only by my desire to enjoy the remaining days (years) of my personal life. It was to incorporate photos,and any daily events that might imbue joy of living. I also had a glimmer of hope that I may someday have something profound to say (which remains). I nevertheless continue to stumble upon items that I find facinating and possibly profound, the following is one such item.
The Nine Underworlds of the Cosmos and their corresponding levels of Consciousness by Carl Johan Calleman
According to ancient Mayan beliefs the Cosmos was made up by Nine Underworlds. This fundamental idea was expressed very powerfully through their most important pyramids, the Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent in Chichen-Itza, the Pyramid of the Jaguar in Tikal and the Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, which were all built with Nine different stories. Now where are these Nine Underworlds? the modern person may ask. Being currently unable to observe this aspect of reality people have in recent centuries for the most part tended to dismiss such ancient myths of different worlds as mere myths or fantasies. If we seek to dismiss the idea of the Nine Underworlds as a mere myth it however becomes difficult to dismiss such ancient myths of different worlds as mere myths or fantasies. If we seek to dismiss the idea of the Nine Underworlds as a mere myth it however becomes difficult to explain that the number Nine seems to have been regarded as a Holy number of fundamental importance in so many different cultures, cultures that certainly did not enjoy extensive contacts. Thus, in the Far East Nine-storied pagodas are commonly occurring, among the Jews there were Nine doors to the holiest part of the Temple and there are Nine arms of the Hanukkah candelabra. Among the Muslims the Holy month of Ramadan is the Ninth month of the year and in Viking mythology the Cosmos was described as being composed by Nine worlds. Thus people in different parts of the world all symbolically expressed the holiness of the number Nine. Maybe then there is some kind of universal truth underlying this number, some profound reason that it has independently in different cultures come to be considered as holy. When the Christian missionaries heard about the Nine Underworlds of the Maya they interpreted these as Hells, but this seems to be way off the mark. If these were Hells, or some locations below the surface of the earth as some have inferred, why then would the Mayan kings have climbed to the top of these supposed Hells to perform sacred rituals on the pyramids. Rather than a hierarchical structure of Hells the Mayan pyramids were viewed as World Mountains - symbols of the Cosmos. And since we ourselves are living in the Cosmos it thus seems more reasonable that the Underworlds are located right here in the physical world "Below" - where we ourselves are living our lives. Why then Nine Underworlds? Why not just one Underworld? To answer this we need to look at the longer cycles of time described by the Maya and see how these conform to the facts and datings for key steps in Cosmic evolution provided by modern science. We should then first note that similarly to the pyramids raised by the Maya their calendrical system is also hierarchical in nature, and in the Table above there are Nine different time cycles linked to the 360-day year, the tun.
A sequence of Thirteen such time periods would then make up a creation cycle of Thirteen Heavens with the specified durations. Thus, each of the Nine Underworlds was created through a sequence of Thirteen Heavens. To exemplify, the longest of the tun-based time cycles was the hablatun of 460 800 000 000 days = 1.26 billion years. Thirteen such hablatuns makes up a creation cycle of a total duration of 13 x 1.26 = 16.4 billion years that created the lowest, the first Underworld. This is a curious finding since this time period, 16.4 billion years, is very close to the age of the universe, 15 billion years, the time when matter first emerged from light (Big Bang) The beginning of the creation of the First Underworld thus coincides well with the current best estimate of the beginning of Creation. This is a fact with very far-reaching consequences, since it means that all we today know to exist - all that has come into existence in the universe since the Big Bang - is included in the time span of the most basic of the creation cycles, the cycle of thirteen hablatuns, which creates the first of the Nine Underworlds. Mayan calendrics and the Mayan cosmology of Nine Underworlds and Thirteen Heavens is thus a tool for exploring all of creation! Upon this the most basic of the Nine Underworlds, are then built eight other Underworlds each carrying and developing a special frame of consciousness for the life that it creates. In this way a hierarchical nine-leveled structure is created where lower levels of consciousness provide the foundation for new and higher levels. Each of these nine creation cycles thus gives rise to a specific Underworld and each of these Underworlds is characterised by a certain frame, or dimension, of consciousness. This frame of consciousness is then created in a series of thirteen steps, through the sequential influence of Thirteen Heavens. The beginnings of these sequences of Thirteen Heavens are marked by crucial events in cosmic evolution such as we know them from the datings of modern science.
For table and chart: The Nine Underworlds
At the present time we are beginning to enter the eighth level of consciousness of the cosmic pyramid, based on the foundation provided by the seven lower levels. This eighth level may be referred to as the galactic frame of consciousness as it will step by step lead humanity to identify primarily with the galaxy. The highest level of consciousness, the Universal, will be attained through the workings of the Ninth Underworld in the year 2011 and will result in a timeless cosmic consciousness, and a citizenship in the universe, on the part of humanity.
The Cosmic Consciousness of Universal Man as prophecised in many spiritual traditions is increasingly becoming a real possibility.
Link to more comprehensive information: The Portal