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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’ Wake Up Call

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

So many of us are asleep. We work, we set our goals, we entertain ourselves, and for the most part, our lives revolve around money. We love to make it and love to spend it. But little thought goes to how that money is made and what it fuels. Little thought goes to the game we are all sold, the game we seem to be addicted to. Our homes and our lives are filled with stuff, yet most of us are dreaming of a more fulfilling life. There are two things most people say: I’m always running out of time, and I would like to be making more money. There is nothing wrong with needing more time or desiring more money, but I think the scarcity of time & money stems from where we are placing our priorities. We are prioritizing things that suck up time & money like a vacuum. It’s no wonder we never seem to have enough.

There is a person I discovered today that seems to have his priorities in order. He is a compelling person that draws people in. His name is Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. (First name pronounced ‘Shu-TEZ-caht’, and his full last name is Roske-Martinez). Xiuhtezcatl is currently 14 years old and lives in Boulder, Colorado with his father (Siri Martinez, activist of Aztec decent), mother (Tamara Roske, also an activist), younger brother (Itzcuauhtli, 11 year old activist) and little sister (Tonantzin, 5 year old activist). I am impressed with the leadership in this family, and it shows in Xiuhtezcatl (as well as the younger children). You can see that consistent parenting and standing by one’s ideals have paid off. Without ever meeting his parents, I am proud of them.

I am going to share a few of Xiuhtezcatl’s videos with you. The first video is of him at 6 years of age, and the other videos are of various ages. In the last eight years he has come a long way, yet he has stayed true.

Before I share the videos, I want to thank him and his family: May we all be the light for others that Xiuhtezcatl is for us. May we help him and share his message. May we look at ourselves and ask what we can do to take responsibility. May we do what it takes to make a difference and inspire others.

Big thanks to the whole Roske-Martinez family! Thank you!

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David Blaine Nailed It


Charlie Rose: You never tell how you do things, do you?
David Blaine: No, I don’t think that’s what it’s about.
Charlie Rose: It’s about what? It’s about the joy of illusion?
David Blaine: It’s about the moment when people aren’t thinking about anything. There’s no, …there’s no logic. You’re just only reacting to the moment, and you’re stripped away of everything, you’re left open. That’s what it is, I think.
[That excerpt was from a 1997 Charlie Rose interview, when David Blaine was only 24 years old.]

david-blaine-cardsThis is why David Blaine inspires me. He nailed it. He said it. He knows it. Life itself, the life we all fear, overstress about, work extremely hard at, feel insecure throughout, and think that we need to win because we might lose — that life — it’s an illusion. And the ones that find bliss, and find balance, well, they aren’t lost in their heads, they’re in the moment, fully present.

Some people come to that realization the hard way. For them, it means being stripped away of everything before they can fully be present to what is. Sometimes that means literally stripped of what they value most (health, family, money, friends, partner, property, etc). But more often, it just means being stripped of concerns or concepts that only get in the way of one’s own bliss.

Being open is flow, it’s allowing yourself to be moved. Instead of being taken over continuously by habitual thoughts & programmed patterns, you are free — you are no longer bound by what you think you know. Knowing differently, knowing deeply, knowing better, happens when you pull yourself out of that box, or when life itself does it for you.

So many of us awaken to the beauty, mystery & gift that is life only after natural disasters, losing loved ones, devastating disappointments, near death experiences, or anything so moving that it completely knocks some sense into us and awakes us from our slumber. Heavy heartbreaking (more like ego breaking and heavy heart opening) experiences are really effective in waking people up. But not everyone needs to do it the hard way. There are some people that can do it while they still live an average everyday life, without severe ups & downs or scares. I’d say, let’s do it that way! Don’t wait for a hard wake up call, wake up now! Be open now. Get out of your head now. And fall in love with everything & nothing — with nothing but the simplicity & purity of every moment.

Every moment has infinite gifts and eye opening experiences, and deep deep stillness that puts us in touch with the mystery & source of all life. It both humbles us & empowers us. But in order to see this, we have to be awake, we have to be open. Like David Blaine says, his work offers glimpses of this. If you watch the people that he performs for, they are so focused, so wide-eyed, so still, so grateful, so full of joy, so full of wonder — this is what life is all about! This is available at ANY moment, under ANY circumstance. It’s always with us, around us, and in us. But we have to see it. Life itself is magic. You are magic! It’s all a gift. But you have to be open to fully receive it, to fully enjoy it.

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