The Pyramid Academy seeks to give modern form to perhaps the most comprehensive learning system for consciousness known to the ancient world. The Toltecs—builders of the pyramid complex at Teotihuacán in Mexico gifted the planet with architectural forms and artistry embedded in a landscape of mountains, lakes, and clear water. These Toltec masters were scientists, artists, and shamans collapsed into one system; they emerged from the evolutionary mists so advanced as to shatter our modern theories. They were and are teachers of perception, expanded awareness, and profound compassion largely lost to the arrogance of Western Civilization.
As scientists they gave us the zero as a working mathematical concept years before it was used in India. They knew the radius of Earth millennia before Europe struggled to know our planet rotated around the Sun. They formed the pyramid complex as a massive planetarium with solar system precision, capable of tuning us into the cosmos under skillful and aware conditions. As artists their works still adorn archeological walls that transform us as we encounter them. As shamans and teachers of perceptual awareness, they were without equal. In recent times their teachings have emerged in Don Juan with Carlos Castaneda, Don Miguel Ruiz and others.
Most important, the pyramids themselves form an eco-field, along with the landscape, that sprouted the Toltec path of planetary transformation—personal, environmental, and social.
Four Year Pathway
We are pleased to announce the launching of The Pyramid Academy in the fall of 2014. This learning circle will unfold over a four year period, and it will offer an initiatory pathway into Toltec skills of descending and ascending spheres of consciousness through the pyramids. For those new to Teotihuacán, the pilgrimages will be an initiatory pathway of powerful substance. For those who have been attending Toltec initiation rites on the site of the pyramids over the years, it will be an opportunity to sink into this pathway as a powerful practice and into a learning climate of profound skills in a fresh way that follows Toltec persistence and discipline, as well as other wisdom traditions, including the newer sciences. You can participate in the series and receive a certificate of completion or attend any one of the years.
Our intent is to create with you a knowing eco-field in collaboration with the Toltec ancestors, the pyramids, and current teachers. This knowing eco-field can propel us on a journey to return humans to the circle of life. On the journey we can learn to speak the Mother Tongue, practice ancient skills and create new ones, invite the keepers of the circle of life to accept us back after a 5200 year absence. We will make our entry as humble,human participants rather than as dominants. We will enter through the portal of the mysteries of the pyramids and their master builders and teachers. Along the way we will cease to be consumers of consciousness and become skilled practitioners of an integration of Toltec wisdom and newer sciences.
Intellectually based learners will be profoundly challenged to move out of their heads into their hearts. Experientially-based learners will be challenged to think rigorously in a new way of thinking.
Here is a brief look at the 4 year pathway:
Year One Initiating the Journey: The Flying Serpent and the Angel of Death
In the Fall of 2014 we will enter the body of the pyramid of Quetzalcoatl for the purpose of deconstructing our current life patterns, ones that may have served us well (or not so well) to date but no longer are adequate for the emerging era. We will collaborate with the pyramids in creating a knowing field beyond whatever perceptual reality we bring. We will learn how to leap into the unknown, using coherent and intimate community as support. As part of this immersion into initiation, we will take the Angel or messenger of death, rebirth, and transition as a primary teacher.
We will let go but also carry with us aspects of an outdated Operating System (OS) and proceed to a new OS tuned into larger perspectives. From the launching pad of Quetzalcoatl, we will journey through four more initiatory fields of energy (plazas) until we reach the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun. Each year we will follow this ancient pathway, and, at the same time, sink deeper into a set of skills which we derive from each point.
Year Two Initiating the body, the material world, and the emotions: Earth and Water
Year Three Initiating the mind as intellect and the soul: Air and Fire
Year Four Integrating the sacred feminine and the masculine: Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of the Sun
Our Consciousness Expanding Learning Community: A Map
As we co-create our eco-field of learning and leadership, we draw on many possibilities. It is important for our learning pilgrims to note that this pilgrimage emphasizes experience first and foremost and then reflection. We begin with the heart and then move to the head. Each day we will have a morning practice that includes body/mind/soul healing, including dreamwork. After a breakfast prepared by the beautiful Casa de Suenos (House of Dreaming) staff, we will wrestle with and experiment and substantive cosmic maps.
Then, around 11:00 a.m. we walk to the pyramids in meditation. (Transportation is available if you have physical limits). Once at the pyramids, we will move through the ancient Toltec consciousness path, one that requires us to delve deeply into ourselves and the eco-field. The main meal of the day is about 4:00 p.m. Following that ceremonial meal, there are interest and integration groups that shift each year. At 7:00 p.m. we build coherence and intimacy with dialogue and reflection on the day. At 9:00 p.m. we have a beautiful snack and interact with key resource people from the larger community and village.
It is important to note that an emerging emphasis will be on indigenous,shamanic figures both of Toltec and other tribal groups in the area. Landscape field trips in which we explore the matrix of fields out of which the pyramids flow will be a key to our process.
We integrate rigorous substance and transformative art into the day. For example, we will have a field trip to a village to learn the ancient tradition of altar building for the Day of the Dead. Then, we will build altars with colorful flowers and longstanding practices to connect us to the ancestral domain. Singing and dancing are infused throughout the week, including indigenous dancers and visionary songs from our own community.
Depending on what rises from the field in the sensitivity of the moment, we may visit ceremonial caves and celebrate the belly of the Mother, participate in the Moon Dance, move with the Day of the Dead, shamanic dance in a near-by village, journey to the mountains for a day of ceremony and circle sitting, walk the labyrinth, participate in an ancient temescal lodge, to name a few possibilities. Keep in mind that we will dive into an eco-field that will inform and transform.
Evolutionary Community and Leadership
The Pyramid Academy is an experiment in developing new forms of leadership and community. We work with the hypothesis that our week together can embody a field-based leadership. The ignition switch of this field-based leadership is the coherence and, thus, intimacy that unfolds in our time together. Our aim is for participants to carry home with them an experience and unfolding map for leadership and community. In such a model the role of the leaders is to read the field for what is arising. As the knowing field develops throughout the week, various competencies arise in different individuals and groups naturally.
Some scientists and mystical investigators of Teotihuacán have called the pyramid complex a Cosmic University. Our first year will include the integrating of three separate but related groups—The Toltec Center of Creative Intent, CCR-Earthtribe, and Wisdom School of Graduate Studies. We aspire for these three groups to maintain individuality while at the same time transcending through a speaking of the Mother Tongue and, thus, a practice of the Toltec pyramid pathway. We hold that a crucial need in our planet is for different groups and traditions to be able to create larger communities while valuing their own perspectives.
Certification of Completion
The Pyramid Academy offers a four year cycle and results in a certificate of completion and an amulet created by Toltec artist Alberto Hernandez Romero specifically for the student.