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Don't Believe it Until you Experience it
Rafael

Rafael

I met Rafael de Jesus as I was visiting one of the seven wonders, the ruins of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico.

He had lived his whole life right by the ruins.

As a child, he used to climb up to the top of the temple, feel its energy, and picture himself as the king.

He had witnessed quiet fields and chewing cows being slowly replaced with loud and colourful tourists, and had become one of the most passionate guides and archeologists you'd ever meet.

He had spent his life researching the Mayan and Aztec's empires: a large part of their cultures was dedicated to religious and spiritual beliefs.

 

He told me that while Mayans would connect with Gods through prayers, Aztecs would use religion to manipulate people into become either slaves or sacrifice offers.

Indeed at the time, game winners were honoured to die, as they would skip the 13 steps to heaven and head there directly.

The kings ulterior motives at the time being to get the work done, and drastically solve overpopulation.

Few people, if any, were aware that religion was used as a mean to control them.

We could easily draw a parallel in today's use of religion in politics to manipulate masses... As per the metaphoric quote from the Matrix movie, "people are not ready to disconnect".

That's anyways how Rafael has always thought of Spirituality and religions: stories coming from the imagination of leaders.

So one day, as he was in charge or restoring a temple, he decided to trespass instructions and enter the unopened temple, without waiting for a Shaman to give its blessing... What could happen anyways?

Little did he expect that he would be completely change his mind about the existence of spirits.

So he & his colleagues went inside the ruin that had never been opened before, without a Shaman's permission. 

They ALL felt a strong evil energy, the sensation that they should not be there, that they were surrounded by an unexplainable force, and that something bad would happen if they sticked around.

"You don't believe it until you experience it.

Now, Mayan and Aztecs rituals make better sense. I truly believe all the stories I tell tourists.

Actually, now with the expansion of technology, information spreads more easily than ever and we hear a lot of other unexplainable stories, ghosts or UFOs for example. Even if there is not scientific proof, I think that there are paranormal activities out there".

Anybody else has had a similar experience?
Can You See the Signs?
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I lost my job due to a change in strategy.

30 days to pack my bags & leave the USA.

I had left my country, my boyfriend & my job for this opportunity, all to end in a snap.

With no plan in mind, I took a soul-searching trip to Mexico.

Never in my life have I come across so many signs from the Universe.

I discovered that, when most vulnerable, you become fully aware of your surroundings.

You hang on to anything and everything that will give you strength.

The encouragement of a stranger.

Lyrics of a song on the radio.

The quote in a fortune cookie.

Someone’s tattoo.

The name of a bar.

Timing.

Dreams.

And you start to trust them.

As my roomie said: “You’re lucky, few people get to start on a blank page” Reboot.

I had to decide of the next step.

What is my value? 

What do I want? 

Where to next?

I burned through my savings.

Reached out to all my friends.

Traveled hours for interviews.

Showed up to companies unannounced. Moved from one couch to another.

Started a blog.

Created a portfolio.

I go after my dreams. I am surrounded by opportunities.

Visa deadline, what-ifs? Forgotten.

Every step I take leads me closer to my goal.

I am confident that it is a matter of days before I sign my dream job.

When you are facing tough times, are you the victim or the risk-taker?