The wisdom of ancient, living traditions – kept alive through stories, ceremonies and other practices – can foster our personal and collective development. These lineages of wisdom provide guidance for discovering our deepest purpose and developing a more balanced relationship to each other, our environment and our universe – moving us towards unleashing our collective potential. By reading, listening, and participating we are helping these traditions to grow and evolve as they move beyond the people and places from which they originate. It is with much gratitude and respect that Saq’ Be’ is pleased to present the stories, teachings and wisdom from those that have stepped forward to share them with the world.
We also maintain an archive of stories that featured time-bound content, but still hold timeless wisdom.
THE REST OF THE AJAW AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS NEW CYCLE According to the tradition of the Mam Mayan Elders, on December 21 – the day of the Winter Solstice, there is a period of five days of rest for the Ajaw – the Grandfather Sun. The Ajaw (Sun)
Maya Ajq’ij Carlos Barrios shares some crucial thoughts on the way we have been missing our potential and the opportunity to bring the ancient knowledge and wisdom into working harmony with modern technology. Carlos also discussed the opportunity he sees for Saq’ Be’ to contribute to this effort, through the
Elder Mariano Xutumil talks about the new beings, those who have achieved perfection. He also describes that there is not only a Calendar of Life (Cholq’ij), but also a Calendar of Death and how the degeneration of the seeds and the use of GMO’s is driving our nations to live
According to Catholic tradition, November 1 is All Saints Day and November 2 is the Day of the Dead. After the conquest and to protect their spirituality and customs, the Maya world adopted these dates to celebrate the dead, who were originally celebrated on the day 13 Kame. On November
This article is presented in honor of Maximon’s birthday, which occurs on October 28th. Ri Laj Mam/Maximon, The Native American Saint There are different versions of the story about the Native American Saint known as Ri Laj Mam or Maximon. One of them comes from the story of Ri Laj
A Red Moon with a total lunar eclipse is a celestial event that rarely happens; the red moon was seen by ancient cultures, especially the Maya, as a moon that brought with it a very especial power. It is said that it is a light of war, that it can
Yamanik Pablo has developed the gift of Kab’Tzij, to speak with such kindness that her words heal and comfort the spirit. She is a young person who has become an Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) in the Maya tradition. In this video, Yamanik shares the profound sense of purpose, meaning and impact of
Making a prophecy is about seeing an event that will happen in the future. It is the action of believing in something divine or inexplicable. It is an act of believing in someone that can see what we cannot see – the future. In essence, the act of prophesying is
For 1,100 years the Rab’inal Achi dance has been performed by the Maya people. This dance commemorates a great event for the Rabinaleb’ (one of the 33 Maya ethnic groups). The Rabinaleb’ had defeated the K’iche’, one of the most powerful Maya ethnic groups, in a war for their political
All great civilizations of the world have developed their own form of counting time, their calendar. Maya civilization developed several different calendars, which they accomplished through their outstanding knowledge in astronomy and mathematics. It is thought they developed thirteen calendars, however only seven have been discovered, with three of them