Written by Uros Muluk
Native Names: CHUEN [chu'wen], BAATZ
Common Mayan Usage: monkey
Qualities: innocence, spontaneity, inner child, humor, artistry, monkey, trickster, disruption, transparency
Symbol: dolphin, monkey, throat chakra
Number: eleven (dissonant structures)
Color: aqua blue
Shadow Wisdom: being too serious; issues of speaking your truth; misuse of humor; insensitivity, sarcasm
Shadow Transformation: Lighten up! Speak your truth directly. Be vulnerable, sensitive, and openhearted. Accept life’s “disruptions” with good humor. Reaccess your sensitivity by healing your inner child.
Harmonic Wisdom: humor
Mudra: Smile innocently with hands on heart; then, with spontaneity, place thumbs in ears while wiggling and waving the fingers
Meditation: “I am the crystallization of sunlight in laughter.”
Affirmation: “I am an innocent, open-hearted, transparent, divine child.”
Chuen represents the Divine Child, the child that is ever in a state of open-hearted wisdom, innocence, trust, simplicity and joyful wonder. What would it feel like to actually be a magical child in this culture and time? The secret that very few know - because they may feel more comfortable trying to protect themselves - is that the divine child offers the strongest of all protections, the invulnerability of openhearted Love. Through innocence, a kind of immunity is created that allows the divine child to be transparent so that the apparent “slings and arrows” of the world can pass right through without being personalized into wounds, reactions or hurt feelings. This is the path of innocence regained. Transparency is the path of the new consciousness.
Look deeply into the eyes of a happy two year old. There you will see the innocent trust, openheartedness, and spontaneous joy that typifies the divine child. Imagine yourself as an enlightened two-year old, in a state of ecstatic communion and delight. In childhood, you didn't have to remember to be playful - you could easily and fluidly express your emotions. You didn't have to understand whys and wherefores - you knew with your heart. This if your natural state of being, the state of ecstasy, the path of revealed innocence.
In Western culture, many people have a distorted understanding about what it is to be a human being. We are often taught that successful adults are responsible, serious, rigid, controlled and goal oriented. In your journey with society, your developmental stages may have been incomplete. The natural sensitivity, fluidity, and freedom of the child may have been left behind in partial passage. Perhaps your inner child was wounded or treated insensitively, and you carried this unresolved process into adulthood. Chuen encourages you to bring forth this incomplete or wounded part for integration and healing.
This process implies a bounteous connection between Essence Self and Spirit, freed from judgment, denial and separation. It encourages an unconstrained experience of feelings, living your dreams and visions, where everything is sacred and so, by nature, humorous and joyful. Live your dreams! The moment is now. In this co-creative process, your life literally becomes a work of art and the dawning of the new myth.
In this New Myth, your spontaneous, divine child will usher in and anchor the new frequency. How can you heal your inner child? Explore what truly gives you joy. Find types of work that support your sensitivity and create deep satisfaction. Be simple: love, play, dance, draw, color, sing. These activities are for all divine children - they serve the expression of the magical child in everyone. Consciously make time for the joyful freedom and magic of play!
The number for Chuen is eleven, the vibration wherein novelty and spontaneity break down resistant forms. When unity merges with Essence Self, a mystical foundation is created that disintegrates old patterns. This is actually integration in disguise. As your walls tumble down, they crack into a smile, and the illumination of self shines through.
There are many facets to Chuen's shadow. The most common of these is not seeing the humor in life's experiences. If you take life too seriously, humor may offer the relief of an unexpected point of view. Follow your divine child, and you will be shown how to “play” your way through any apparently difficult situation. Humor is a great healer and teacher, and a wonderful way to lighten up about enlightenment.
Another prominent shadow of Chuen is avoiding speaking your truth. Do you use humor to express things that you are afraid to say to someone honestly and directly? Do you use humor to hide your vulnerability? Perhaps you use sarcasm because you feel wounded, insecure or unable to express your deep feelings. Such use of humor is a way to bring out hidden anger or aggression. If you find yourself caught in inappropriate play, consciously step out of it and bring in the missing awareness.
Trust your magical child to be vulnerable. Express your feelings - especially your awkwardness - in a direct way. Let go of using pretense or humor as means of masking your true feelings. Like the divine child you are, allow all emotions to be OK, and freely express them without judgment.
The issue of sensitivity also lies in the shadows of Chuen. Perhaps your inner child was unthinkingly wounded or suppressed by social expectation. Perhaps your gift of sensitivity was not supported by parental figures or the culture at large. In order to protect yourself from this criticism, you may have withdrawn, suppressed your self-expression and creativity, or become absorbed in fantasy worlds. Honestly examine any dysfunctional, hidden reactions or set patterns you may have that resulted from such woundings. Transform this shadow by becoming aware of your emotional reactions and perceptions of insensitivity. Then express the feelings around it before you get too deeply enmeshed in the cycle of emotional reaction.
All above excerpts are taken from my most close-hearted spiritual guidebook, The Mayan Oracle – Return Path to the Stars by Ariel Spilsbury & Michael Bryner. Written in the true language of the One Heart, this is my most highly recommended book in the Universe to practice with!