The Path of the Ciebo
Recently this modern vision gained alignment with indigenous heritage,
as an elder from the Diamante Valley shared memories from the
indigenous people, who were still living in the valley when Costa Rican
farmers first settled it in the first part of the 20th Century. He said
the natives spoke of a sacred Path of the Ceibo, a trail that the
indigenous people traveled on a spiritual pilgrimage from the ocean to
the high mountains.
The Ceibo tree, (Kapok in English) is a sacred tree revered by many indigenous cultures. In Bribri, one of the largest remaining indigenous cultures in Costa Rica, the Ceibo Tree (Bekis in Bribri) was the mother of Tbekol, the big snake, and therefore was also viewed as sacred and untouchable. The Mayans envisioned the universe divided into multiple levels, above and below a flat earth. The Sacred Tree of Life, or Ceibo, is at the center of a complex communion of Celestial Gods and underworld, and is the source of humankind.
Over the years, while a core group of us present at that 2002 gathering have been creating conscious communities on sacred lands throughout Costa Rica, the vision has evolved through our dreams and meditations, as well as from those of new arrivals who have shared similar visions. In 2005, Cyril Dupil, the lead drummer of the Costa Rican band Amun Zulu, had a series of visions charting the path of conscious evolution up to the base of a giant Ceibo tree, high in the Talamanca Mountains, near Mount Durika, above the agricultural town Buenes Aires.
This area, Cyril later found out, was not only the convergence point of indigenous trade routes and take-off point of the trans-Talamanca trail, but also it is geologically very stable. According to seismic readings around the country, this area of the Talamanca mountains is the only area that does not move, while the rest of the country is constantly shifting as the Cocos tectonic plate from the pacific slides over the Caribbean plate.
Driven by his visions, Cyril began forming the Ceibo-Bekis Land Conservation Association and attracting people keen on creating intentional community.
He left San Jose and began searching for community lands, while living in and amongst the indigenous cultures in the Ujarras lowlands below the Talmanca range. Over the past two years he has maintained a focused mission to connect with the indigenous people and find land. During this time he befriended Herman, the founder and spiritual leader of the Durika Community, located up in the same area of the Talamanca range. Herman shared that he too had been guided to this area of the Talamanca by visions of an emerging spiritual portal deeper into the mountains.
A true "demonstration nation" Costa Rica has offered the world an example of natural conservation by creating protected parks and animal corridors in over 10 percent of the country. Within the designation of these protected land is a growing effort to establish wildlife corridors to allow unrestricted migration of various animals, such as the "path of the tapir", which aims to create a interconnected path along the southern pacific zone of Costa Rica. While the creation of protected areas is admirable, caution must be advised to preserve harmonious, rural Costa Rican ( Tico) lifestyles as well.
The vision of the Path of the Ceibo is to utilize modern-indigenous, permaculture principles to create sustainable corridors of land that preserve wildlife AND promote regenerative culture.
Rather than creating a pure wilderness experiences to introduce survival skills, the vision of the rainbow corridor is to demonstrate and practice true symbiotic human/earth "thrival" skills. Through skillful propagation of hardy indigenous edible plants, the creation of food forests, the designation of purely wild lands, the utilization of low impact and free energy sources, and the design of a full spectrum of conscious living environments, the Path of the Ceibo will offer opportunities for local farmers and modern evolutionaries to relearn to come into unity as a people and maintain harmony with the bioregional animal, plant and mineral kingdoms.
Creating regenerative culture is inclusive rather than exclusive. Rather than displacing local culture, the Path of the Ceibo aims to embrace it. The Ciebo Bekis Land Conservation Association, will hold the lands for conservation in the Path of the Ceibo.
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