Below is a video of the group I was with in the Yucatan, on the morning of the winter solstice, December 21, 2012. We are in the magical cenote Ik Kil near Chichen Itza, a fabulous sunken and naturally round water hole where we held a ceremony at around 5:00 AM or so.

I was the lucky recipient of the very intense sounds of a crystal bowl being played by Yantara Jiro right near my head – that’s me in the blue sweatshirt in the video below. The experience was extraordinary, to say the least, as it felt like the bowl was blasting soundwaves through my brain and out into the cosmos, at that special opening into the Mayan underworld on that very auspicious day.

The excellent observation has been made that the cenotes serving as the peninsula’s main source of water – and therefore life – created a strong focus on the underworld as the place of creation, because there are no significant rivers in the area to provide water (and myths) otherwise. (H/t John Halsey)

Wow! What a way to usher in the new sun.

Unbeknownst to us and coincidentally, Mesoamerican anthropologist Dr. John Hoopes was above at the time, taking the image of our gathering above right.

Thanks to Steven Rogers for the superb video record of this extraordinary event.

It’s a pity the volume is so low on the video, because the beautiful bowl was very loud, echoing around that special cenote. Note that’s Mayan elder Hunbatz Men giving instructions to Yantara and Gregg Braden at the bottom left. Gregg’s short speech was very powerful and moving.

Further Reading

Adventures in Mayaland, December 2012
Preclassic Maya Funerary Patterns in Northern Belize (e.g., cross imagery)
World Tree as Milky Way growing out of the back of a turtle
A Basic English-Yucatec Mayan Dictionary
Why do the Maya believe Christ is the sun?
Jesus as the Sun throughout History
2012: A New Beginning
Our Lord and Savior Quetzalcoatl
Quetzalcoatl/Kukulkan and Christ
Maya watchtowers discovered to align with solstices and equinoxes
December 21, 2012 is coming – are we all going to die?
The Mayans and the Milky Way (radio program)
Astronomers catalogue 84 million stars from a new image of our Milky Way galaxy
The 2013 Astrotheology Calendar: The Wonders of the Milky Way
Parallels between Mesoamerican and Middle Eastern/Egyptian Religion and Mythology