Then I woke this morning to the floods. I worried I wouldn't make it to my 6 am yoga class while the car swam through high water by Cooper River. I started scanning for swarms of locusts. Rings of fire.
By 8 am the sun shone.
The other day Kevin heard an anthropologist explain his understanding of some Mayan foundational beliefs. Mayans believe they were crafted in maize and sacred blood. They understand themselves to be whole. The contrast is against Judeo-Christian belief in original sin. Apocalyptic beliefs are atonement-- the day of Reckoning for original sin. If we're fundamentally sacred there is no need for atonement. There is no beginning & no end. Just cycles. Transitions.
This belief system is markedly similar to the beliefs being reflected in the early records of yogic teachings, Hinduism, and Buddhism. We are understood to be fundamentally holy beings, complete, and sacred. Our flaws are superficial, and meant to be transcended to return to our true state. There is no atoning-- just restoration.
|Mayan Kakchiquel crabber at sunset in holy Lake Atitlan|