The Toltec Path of Freedom

By Théun Mares

The Toltec teachings are a vast and ancient tradition that was hitherto strictly oral, and therefore handed down from one master to the next, as they guided their apprentices to freedom. The Toltec teachings are the divine birthright of humanity, and therefore do not belong to any one man, woman, sect, religion or philosophy, for these teachings are founded, not within any one particular school of thought, but within the experiential knowledge gained by Warriors of the Spirit living a life that has both meaning and purpose. Consequently the Toltec teachings embrace all aspects of life, for the very essence of these teachings is an inclusiveness which does not allow for separative views based upon the prejudices of sectarian thought.

For those who are dedicated to living the life of the true Warrior of Freedom as expressed through the Toltec teachings, the term "Toltec" implies concretization and absolutism - concepts which are alien within a universe of relativity and fluidity. Thus, there never have been formal insignia for the ranks of Toltec. The rings worn by Toltecs upon the fourth or the fifth finger of the right hand are merely a symbol of their unequivocal commitment to all of life upon the physical plane - the ultimate symbol of intelligent co-operation. Furthermore, the various insignia are likewise symbols serving to remind the owner that he or she already has the necessary expertise in the particular area of awareness denoted by the symbol, and therefore cannot plead ignorance or helplessness in that area. But beyond this, how can one ever claim to have knowledge while continuing to seek for knowledge? If one is seeking for knowledge it implies that one does not have the ultimate knowledge; that is, absolute knowledge.

Those of the Warriors of Freedom who have traveled the Warrior's Path have come to understand the truism inherent within the statement that the Warrior's Path does not go anywhere at all; for ultimately the Warrior's Path is nothing more than a "U-turn." Because there is only the One Life, the one awareness and the one humanity.

Consequently, although Toltecs have often been likened to the beautiful blossoms on a tree - the Tree of Life - Toltecs themselves have known that not all Toltecs share the same destiny with respect to the Toltec tradition. In order to grasp this it is important to realize that only the arrogant fool will choose to look upon the blossom of a tree as being better than, or more important than the roots of the tree buried deep in the darkness of the earth, buried in the muck and the mire that feeds the tree. Toltecs have always acknowledged both the blossoms as well as the roots of the tree as being different but equally important expressions of the tree. As a result, Toltecs have come to learn that both blossoms and roots serve the one purpose of the tree, albeit each in their own unique way.

There are Toltecs whose destiny is to tend to the roots of the tree, by adding their greater vision and knowledge to that of the workers within the darkness of the earth, to bring about even more abundant and beautiful blossoms and fruit than was possible before. To the Seekers of Knowledge the journey is more profitable than the goal, for they acknowledge that any goal, like the blossom, withers after serving its purpose, dies, and falls from the tree where it rots to become incorporated back into the process of life.

The deepest predilection of the Knowledge Seekers is the alchemical process of transmutation, transformation and transfiguration - work which at best never does attract any real attention. People, after all, grow trees for their blossoms and their fruit, not for their roots! Yet the Knowledge Seekers also know that for there to be blossoms as well as the fruit, in this case the evolution of awareness, the roots of the tree must also be tended to and cared for. Therefore the work of the Knowledge Seekers seldom sees the light of day, for they do not attract the attention that comes so naturally to the blossom. But for the Warrior, it is not the acknowledgment of the potential which is important, but the materialization of that potential.

Yet throughout the ages there have also been those practitioners of the Toltec teachings who have served the process of life as blossoms of the tree in one way or another. Their destiny is to be a living light in the open, a shining example of the inherent beauty within the fruition of the evolution of awareness. These are the Bodhisattvas of humanity, treading in the footsteps of the World Teacher, the Christ, Who proclaimed, "I am the Light. I am the Way. I am the Word."

For the Bodhisattva there is no greater honor than to be the Light, the Way, the Word. Like the sacred lotus, their symbol, they stand tall and proud, head and shoulders above the world around them; not in arrogance, but by virtue of their truly awesome beauty, color, perfume, and utter impeccability. Indeed, the very sight of them is a breathtaking delight to the human spirit. Such is their destiny, and for this they are both loved and respected. It is not easy to be the radiantly beautiful and delicate blossom that invariably gets picked, and therefore torn from the process of life, only to be admired in the vase of separativeness in which the blossom must whither and die. But even if the blossom is not picked, it still withers and dies, for such is the nature of the blossom - to provide seed, and then to die so that the seed may fall into the earth.

Therefore the Bodhisattva demonstrates for man his potential by holding aloft a light, while the Knowledge Seeker feeds man's potential by bringing his own light into the darkness of the fruitful earth; that is, life upon the physical plane. Between these two expressions of Toltec, the Bodhisattva and the Knowledge Seeker, there is a profound love for one another. Both know that in the final analysis, they both serve the purpose of the One Life, the one tree, the Tree of Life.

Blossom, root, trunk, branches, leaves or sap, how can one be more important than the other in that wholeness we term the Tree of Life? Toltecs rejoice in this knowledge, and in their rejoicing their work becomes filled with the richnesses inherent within the process of life. As each part of the tree fulfills its function, the tree grows, life becomes richer and more abundant. We sing the tree into existence - the Tree of Life.

In singing we not only give thanks for the awesome opportunity to partake in the process of life, but in singing we also learn how to tune our voices to harmonize with the dissonances inherent within the evolution of awareness, so that our creations reflect harmony, rather than chaos. For the Warriors of Freedom singing is not only a Path with a Heart, their innermost expression of the Toltec teachings, but it is also a way of life; the only way in which it is possible to live with constant dissonance. To sing is to harmonize. To harmonize is to live, as opposed to merely exist.

Until we have learned to harmonize our tears with our laughter, our disappointments with our triumphs, our sorrow with our joy, we screech and wail instead of sing. The unspoken hope is the belief that through experience I'll come to know that there is no discord, no dissonance that cannot be beautiful when correctly harmonized. Ultimately, man must be able to transmute egotism into the most divinely beautiful song. What a song this promises to be! A work which will be hauntingly poignant, as dischords gently ascend to melodious transpositions in the second and third voices, and will at the same time be unspeakably beautiful in its daring disregard for the accepted rules of musical composition. This is the unspoken hope - a hope that is constantly being sung into existence.

That song is the song of freedom. Not freedom to escape the world. Not freedom to change the world. But the freedom to harmonize the world; to sing the world into its full potential.

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