Origins of Toltec

The first question to answer when first arriving at the 28-Day Toltec Challenge is exactly what is or who are the Toltecs? There are lots of proposals that answer this, mostly leading to a variety of Meso-american cultures, and such shamanic practices outlined in books by Carlos Castaneda, Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz. In the Nahuatl (Aztec) language Toltec means "a Person of Knowledge". It is likely that Toltec is far older than any of these suggest.

HP Blavatsky mentioned the "Toltecs" as the third sub-root of the fourth root race in her Secret Doctrine written in 1888. The fourth root race, she says are known as the Atlanteans. So the Toltec teachings are the legacy of what knowledge the Atlanteans had gathered and passed on.

There is plenty of evidence for this point of view, even from the reports that Carlos Castaneda makes of conversations with Don Juan and others. Don Juan says, "there were extraordinary Toltec seers, men capable of inconceivable deeds. They were the last link in a chain of knowledge that extended over thousands of years." In another place Don Juan claims “we are new seers” giving rise to the notion that there were much older seers. There are even Nahutl myths of a great flood that sank all the land. Toltec tradition has an even deeper history.

There is so much more to say about this, but our purpose here is simply to offer an introduction to the principles and practices left to us. To say this is a spiritual journey is to understate what is truly available through the ongoing study to which this short course opens. To say this is the Doorway to the Warrior's Dream is only to represent a peek through that door.

Often in Toltec instruction one comes across the term Intent. Where this makes sense is by distinguishing what is meant by growth from evolution. Let us say that ordinary human existence exposes us to many forms of experience. It is only of personal importance whether it is a “good” or a “bad” experience. All of these experiences cause us to grow in various ways. In an attempt to integrate experience we tend to suppress, repress, avoid and deny painful ones and hide them away in the unconscious areas of the mind. In this sense growth is 'eating experience' and a horizontal flow.

On the other hand evolution happens when the integration of experience is in a vertical flow that occurs by shifting perspectives, resulting in a alignment with higher frequencies. In Toltec terms this happens when a person shifts into what is called the second attention. The Toltec journey lies in releasing energy caught up in undigested hidden experiences through techniques such as stalking and recapitulation.

The 28-Day Toltec Challenge is a primer that introduces and guides participants into these techniques. It is never meant to be a full disclosure, but in saying this do not think that what you meet here cannot or will not change your life significantly if practiced as presented.

For the purpose of the Challenge all you need is to set aside 30 minutes each day. The suggestion is to read the exercise and let it sink into your unconscious mind during your normal day's activities, then do the exercise a little later on.

I hope this is enough incentive to take you to the next step, the introduction.



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