Saq' Be': Organization for Mayan and Indigenous Spiritual Studies is a non-profit
organization in our sixth year of existence. The organization is operated on
a completely volunteer basis primarily by Co-Directors Adam Rubel and Zoraida
Palacios Rubel, with two additional board members, as well as what we receive
in the way of additional support from the broader community.
Saq' Be' was formed at the request of Mayan Ajq'ij (priests) that the founders
had come to know through meetings both here in the states and in Guatemala
for two principle purposes:
1. To open doors of opportunity for Mayan Ajq'ij
and elders to share and deliver directly their messages and teachings to
the world, with an emphasis on involving youth and young adults and
2. To support
their efforts and the efforts of Indigenous communities with the rescue
and preservation of their traditions in the face of the forces of globalization
and the aggressive actions of Protestant and other fundamental churches.
this, we are here to support the communities we serve, to listen to them
and their needs and help them to find ways to accomplish their goals.
Saq' Be' serves as part of a bridge between the modern and Indigenous world.
The elders have their prophecies about this time, a time when people from all
over the world with different color skins would return to learn the ancient
ways (prophecy of Iq'i Balam). We have facilitated groups to travel to Guatemala
to meet directly with Ajq'ij and Indigenous communities to learn, participate
in ceremony, and provide much needed support to the communities. We have also
briought Ajq'ij and Indigenous leaders and guides to the US. This includes
Carlos Barrios from Guatemala, a representative from the Arhuacu tribe in the
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia and others.
Saq' Be' serves as a vehicle for elders and community leaders
to reach out to a broad global audience. This is achieved through our website, www.sacredroad.org as well as our newsletter, the SacredRoad Runner. Saq' Be' also
coordinates with media channels to give interviews and generate opportunities
for elders and community leaders to speak directly. In these ways, the stories
of the struggles communities face and the wisdom of these ancient traditions
We have been drawn to the realization that we, who were raised in this modern
world, must confront the latent tendencies that can be described as "colonialism" which
we have inherited. We feel that each of us has our ancestors; we each came
from an Indigenous tradition. Many of these traditions have been lost, some
for thousands of years, leaving generation after generation to wander upon
this earth without feeling the connectedness to our mother, without recognizing
the respect for life and the need to create balance amongst all of our relationships.
All of our tribes, except for the few remaining Indigenous peoples of this
earth, share this similar fate. We have been taught for generations the importance
of self over community, of domination over nature and over each other, of control
and power for individual purposes rather than for the good of the whole. We
have lost our sense of justice, the sacred laws. And perhaps most important,
we lost our ways to heal our wounds. We feel that this is why the remaining
Indigenous cultures are so important, that it is so important that we make
every effort to ensure they are not absorbed or destroyed.
We believe that we can listen and learn from these people, that we can regain
what has been lost for all of those generations. But first, we must confront
the tendencies to exploit, to conquer, and serve selfish motives even though
we may describe it as something else. We do not believe we need to become something
we are not (Indian or Mayan or whatever), rather we can learn from these people
without romanticizing their lives and without de-valuing ours.
We believe the times we are in are very real, of great significance, and very
delicate. Perhaps it is the time when integrity matters most and some will
rise and some will sink. We hope to rise, but only the universe will decide.
As the Popol Vuh says: "let all rise - every last one. No one or two shall
be left behind." This is what we must focus on to bring each other up
rather than compete. It is a difficult road that is filled with obstacles,
but they can all be overcome by walking a straight path. The prophecies of
the Maya offer hope and offer that we play a part in our destiny - as individuals,
families, communities and a planet. It is important to have this vision, the
For us it is important to always ask for guidance, in whatever way one finds
that guidance. And it is important to bring that broad vision to manifest here
on this earth, in our lives and in our work. This has led us to the work of
this organization, to do the things that we do because we believe they are
a part of a bigger vision. We are just here to serve and facilitate a greater
process that is unfolding. We have been given many opportunities. We hope to
be able to serve these opportunities to further that vision and open more doors
and awareness on a very simple and practical level. This also appears the time
when more of the real knowledge of the Mayan people will come forth (which
is deeper than we believe most people think) including the tools they have
to share for restoring balance and harmony upon the earth.
Last Updated Monday, February 20 2006