The much hyped about date of December 21, 2012, is a couple of days away. Since I live on Yucatan peninsula, land of the Maya, many people ask me what I think about the Mayan calendar and its prediction of the end of the world. The truth is, since I make the choice to live with total awareness that every single day, not just this particular winter solstice, could easily be my last – I’m simply not worried about predictions and interpretations made by other people, even if they are as fascinating as the Maya. Every day I focus on my own direct relationship with reality, the cosmos, and myself, a process which has already allowed me to fulfill many big dreams and left no room for regret. So if the world does end because of some magic cataclysmic event, then so be it, I’ve certainly lived my life to the fullest. My only hope in that case is to see some aliens involved, to make my last photo-reportage truly worthwhile! And if the world doesn’t end, but changes in any profound way, it won’t be because someone foresaw it, but because enough individuals wanted it to change and used the prediction as a springboard to create their own self-fulfilling prophecy, which in time perhaps achieved a larger scale. In which case too, so be it. Whatever happens or doesn’t happen, the good outcome of all this hype is that the mere thought of the world ending in 2012 made so many people question their priorities and their source of happiness this year. And I’m all for consciousness and truth!
Of course, I am in absolute awe of the Mayan cosmological view and over the past three years have had the privilege of visiting most archeological sites in Yucatan and beyond. Thus, it’s only appropriate that I share here my photos from ancient Mayan cities and sites of Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, Izamal, Campeche, Loltun, Kohunlich, Calakmul, Muyil, Palenque, plus the Mayan wing of National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.