Written by Uros Muluk
Native Names: BEN [ben], AAJ
Common Mayan Usage: cane
Qualities: fluid reference points, time/space traveler, skywalker, angelic messenger, pillars of heaven, courage, new directions, mysterious journey, compassion
Symbol: quartz crystal flight, heart chakra, reed, armadillo
Number: thirteen (universal movement)
Color: sunset pink
Shadow Wisdom: desire for isolation, withdrawal, or retreat; fear of the unknown; limited reference points
Shadow Transformation: Explore your growth edges by facing challenges. Draw the light of courage and compassion into yourself and radiate it to others. Look at life as a sacred journey.
Harmonic Wisdom: balance
Mudra: both arms out to the sides at 45º angles; then bring hands up over head a few inches apart forming pillars; then moving up and down from head to heart, as if creating a column of energy through you
Meditation: “I am a struck bell. Once struck, there is no return. May the light of love that I Am spill into the lives of all I touch and be harvested infinitely.”
Affirmation: “I am a pillar of the invisible temple that brings heaven to Earth.”
Ben is the skywalker, the time/space traveler who can jump dimensions to assist you in realizing heaven on Earth. RS is unlimited in form but often chooses the form of the angelic messenger.
A person who embodies cosmic wisdom may be known as a sky-walker, sage or bodhisattva. When others see such light in human form, they feel the vibration of heaven. This vibration may be embodied by you or experienced with a guru, master, an energy such as Ben, or in a “chance” encounter with an extraordinary person.
An encounter with the energy of Ben can spark a deep yearning within you for reunion with the Source. Yet from this place of love and compassion, you also have a desire (embodied in physical form) to serve the light. This is the place in you that has the courage to fully express unconditional love, the depths of your being. Ben asks you to live the new myth by bringing this heaven to Earth in your daily life. As this reality is lived, it touches and awakens the same truth in others: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.”
Ben represents balance in your life - not static balance, but a dynamic equilibrium that includes both your present expression and your starseeded self. In Ben's star-glyph you see that the pillars of heaven don't appear to touch the Earth. You are the element that appears to be missing in the star-glyph. You are the one whose expression of the light assists in drawing the pillars of heaven to Earth.
Joining these pillars in yourself can be viewed as reuniting your male and female aspects. Together, in balance, we create the pillars of the etheric temples of heaven on Earth.
The natural state of every system moves toward balance that is fluid and free, as in dance. That balance is experienced differently by each person, but it often brings a sense of steadiness or centeredness even in the midst of movement and change. When you are dancing, you can use your very state of imbalance to create the fluidity of the dance.
While the line across the Earth (in the star-glyph for Ben) may appear to be a dimensional boundary, it is actually a semipermeable membrane representing the illusion of separation from heaven. It is the altar on which the illusion of duality is resolved and integrated. This membrane allows the light of higher mind to touch those beings who are reaching for it.
Step through the membrane in your own way. You are seeded with the ability to do so. Ask in meditation to be shown to shift your points of reference. Align yourself with the one mind and with the galactic vortices in time and space. This creates a fluid new center of gravity that allows you to access naturally the dimensions between the worlds. Ben is the bridge between realities.
The number for Ben is thirteen, the vibration of universal movement inherent in the evolution of the light. According to José Argüelles, “Thirteen is the solar number, the prime light information wave. It represents the means for interdimensional shift.” With Ben, you become the skywalker who moves though the dimensions.
In the shadow of Ben is the tendency to hold onto the limited reference points of your beliefs, patterns, and identities. Your reality is maintained by these beliefs, which may be viewed as set reference points. When your reference points change, so does your reality. As you explore unfamiliar territory, your points of reference become open and fluid. This can be perceived either as frightening or exciting. Experiencing fluid reference points can feel like floating weightless in space. However, you also feel delight as you discover the depth of your changed perspective, knowing that you have been touched by the Divine.
In the shadow of Ben, you may also feel anxious, uncomfortable, or fearful of moving into the unknown. You may have issues of looking at the shadow of self. The word courage in French means being “at heart.” Find the courage to move through what seems difficult or uncomfortable. Take heart, skywalker! Ben offers a loving hand to lead you into the unknown. Being anchored in a secure sense of self and Source creates a lifeline for the journey.
Another shadow of Ben may be the desire to withdraw from the world. Once you have been deeply touched by the light, you may yearn for the experience again. You may feel difficulty coping with the “abrasive edges” of daily life created by old perceptions. Do you feel like a hermit? Perhaps you find yourself spending much of your time in isolation, withdrawing into meditative, intellectual, artistic, or fantasy pursuits. If so, look deeply at your hidden needs, the root source underlying your issues or reactions.
Learn to create a balance between solitude and service. Discover and satisfy your true spiritual desires, and create joy in your everyday work and play. Help to bring the light of heaven into the world. If you feel discouraged, draw even more light into yourself. An angelic messenger offers you unconditional strength, love, and courage. If you feel isolated, walk into service, sharing the compassion of your light and love.
The transformation offered in this shadow has to do with balance. Take time in solitude for your own inner work and spiritual nurturance, and fulfill the commitment to outer work and service. Create a balance between being in the world and being a skywalker.
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!