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The Pyramid of Positive Thinking- Where Time Stops, Only to be Reborn
For thousands of years this small, laid back beach town in the Riviera Maya, Mexico has been an important place, beginning with the ancient Mayan civilization who originally inhabited the walled city they knew as Zamá- place where the sun is born. Now, Tulum is an important tourist zone for travelers from all over the world to explore the wonders of the Mayan world, the magnificent turquoise Caribbean Sea, sparkling white sand beaches, the flora, fauna, cenotes and subterranean river systems of the dense jungle. Taking shape in the heart of this natural splendor, within the newest eco-chic addition to Tulum, Aldea Zamá, an up and coming community for beautiful living in commune with nature, is the exciting project conceptualized by Xavier De Maria y Campos, The Pyramid of Positive Thinking.
According to the ancient Maya, the beginning of a new world will take place on December 21st, 2012; it will be the end and beginning of an era. For Artist Xavier De Maria y Campos this is a time for people to come together in a positive way and he is calling out to the whole world to bring their positive thoughtsand wishes to Tulum to be part of his Pyramid of Positive Thinking and celebration of a new beginning. He states, "The Mayan people are still building pyramids, but this time they are now being built with positive thoughts".
The Pyramid is being built in Aldea Zamá, near the ocean in the heart of the Tulum jungle. Tulum is known for its beautiful Mayan archeological site overlooking the Caribbean Sea and its many unobstructed kilometers of pristine, sugar-white sand beaches that stretch into the Sian Ka'an biosphere. Tulum is the gateway to the Riviera Mayawhich makes it the perfect setting for this cross-culture art installation. The inception of this magnificent structure begins with one man's journey for understanding and his desire to create a culturally unifying monument to the Mayan culture.
Xavier De Maria y Campos is a mixed-media artist originally from Mexico City. His love of Mexican culture and curiosity about the new era the Mayan calendar is about to mark, inspired within him an investigatory journey. He began to research Mayan culture and the year 2012 on the internet which ultimately led to him to the concept of this communal project. He found many people asking questions about the the Mayan calendar and the year 2012, he was overcome with the sheer number of questions and so few outlets for people to actively get involved with this mystical time in history. His heart told him there was a need for some way for people to participate in celebrating the upcoming change. He wanted to make a positive impact to celebrate the end of this era and to usher in a new positive beginning. Born of this desire to include the general public he created, The Pyramid of Positive Thoughts as a way for people to connect with and honor the ancient Mayan culture and the beginning of the new world cycle that the year 2012 represents. The artist identified a need for people to be involved and dedicated himself to creating a project based on the participation of people from all over the world. He wanted to collect and amplify their positive thoughts and intentions for this new cycle that he believes will be fostered by our positive thoughts.
The Pyramid of Positive Thinking is a heartfelt tribute to the Mayan culture and can also be interpreted as cry out to the community of the Riviera Maya, and the world, for consciousness about recycling and the collaborative positive effect we can have on the world. The entrance to the pyramid grounds is a winding path marked with sticks tethered together in a triangular shape and painted bright red, it is called the Kukulkan path and represents the image of the Mayan god, Kukulkan the Plumed Serpent. The pyramid shape has long been believed to have special properties and has been used by many different cultures throughout the ages. Xavier believes the pyramid with have an incubating effect on the positive thoughts housed within that will play an integral part in the new world cycle to come.
The Pyramid of Positive thoughts is a construction of metal framework built in a pyramid form, that when completed, will be a living flowering monument to mark this historic event. This impressive structure stands 12 meters (almost 40 feet) high and has the capacity to hold approximatly 700,000 positive thoughtsin PET plastic bottles. According to the artist, these 700 thousand positive thoughts, "Will gestate a synergy among us all who will bring their positive thoughts inside a PET bottle to be reused in the construction of the pyramid". The pyramid structure is being filled with positive messages, thoughts, wishes, and intentions, written down on paper and placed in PET plastic bottles. The frame work is then wrapped with a biodegradable mesh gardening material and planted with flowering plants and vines indigenous to the jungle of this region.
The first 2 1/2 meters of the base of the pyramid are already filled with positive thoughts and intentions. That is quite a pile of bottled positive messages already inside; around 40,000, with an average of 2,000 new positive messages being added daily. Now is the time that the project needs and extra push as time is starting to run out. The artist is hoping to have the entire structure filled and planted before the end of this cycle of the Mayan calendar, December 21st, 2012. His aim is to have the pyramid filled as quickly as possible so as to have enough time for planting. He would like it to be fully blooming and brimming with positive messages for that precious moment of the dawn of the new era.
It has been said that one smile can travel around the whole world, if that is true, how much power can 700,000 positive messages and intentions have together? We would love to find out! In an effort to help fill the pyramid with positive thoughts, we would like to invite you to post your positive thoughts here in the comment section of this blog. We will print out your thoughts weekly, bottle them in PET bottles to be recycled and add them to the Pyramid of Positivity. How often can you be part of something so wholeheartedly well intended and so much bigger than yourself in the time it takes to type a sentence?
Please, join us, take a moment of your time to leave your positive thought for the world, the universe, yourself or your family.
Or meet the artist in person and give him your positive thought at the Caminarte art exposition every Thursday evening beginning at 6 pm o..., between Constituyentes and Avenida 40. Xavier De Maria y Campos is usually near 28th Avenue on 5th calling out to passersby to donate a positive thought this positively inspired project. Your positive thought can help realize this artist's dream and help to make a positive statementto the Riviera Maya community and the world.
Xavier, explains it this way, "the first step involved is to generate your positive thought, search the message deep inside your heart, the one you would like to bring into this pyramid, which as an incubator, will be sent to the universe from the very heart of Tulum, Mexico. Once you have your thoughts in writing, deposit it inside of a PET bottle, close it tightly and then take it to the participating hotels, restaurants, or stores that will have space for collation of positive thoughts."
We invite you to post your positive thoughts here, in the comments section of this blog post if you can not be present in the Riviera Maya. Neither time nor distance should keep you from sharing your positive message in this important living work of art in the heart of the Mundo Maya.
To be a part of the Pyramid of Positive Thinking:
The most important thing is that you share your positive thought: be part of this communal cross cultural work of art and be part of ushering in the next era with a collective positive spirit.
About the Author-
Lisa Love Juliot walked across the California, Mexico border with a backpack and the intent to travel Mexico and Central America. Eight years later, her journeys continue throughout the Riviera Maya and Mexico. She currently resides in Playa del Carmen and spends her time exploring this magical area. She enjoys working for BuyPlaya, a local Playa del Carmen real estate company as the Social Media Community Manager. A long time blogger and travel writer, sociologist at heart and amateur photographer she is enthusiastic about Mexico travel and culture. Follow Lisa on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ or find out more about her adventures, events in the Mexican Caribbean and information about living in Playa del Carmen on her BuyPlaya sites and Facebook page.