THOUGHTS ON TEDXTULUM
Casa Xixim was excited for TEDxTulum this past February and we were thrilled to send Julie, our Concierge House Manger. She shares her thoughts in the following interview about this inspiring day.
Q: First, please tell us a little about yourself. What’s your story Julie?
JULIE: My name in Spanish is Julia, but I was called Julie ever since I was born because Julia was also my mother. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and I have always had a nomad side. I love travelling and fortunately, I was able to see lots of beautiful places of our magnificent planet. I visited Mexico several times before settling here after experiencing the empty nest syndrome, ten years ago. I have two daughters and two grandaughters, all living in Mexico. I am a Counselor in Humanistic Psychology, Carl Rogers’ Client Centered Approach. As the human being evolves, so does the science that studies its behaviour, so I continue to read other theories, such as Transpersonal Psychology and Ken Wilbur’s Integral Theory.I am a big fan of the Mayan civilization, I admire it profoundly. I study the Tzolkin and its intrincate wisdom. My Kin is Lahak Akbal, 103, Crystal Blue Night.
I am a people person. I enjoy people and someone once called me ‘a problem solver’ and yes, it’s true. I want everyone around to be happy, content, to have a pleasant experience if I can help it. I´m a reader and it would be really difficult to choose just a couple of titles. I’ll mention Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth, Antoine de Saint-Exupèry’s The Little Prince, Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, A Course of Miracles, Gary Renard’s The Disappearance of the Universe, Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael, Rita Golden Gelman’s Tales of a Female Nomad, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed, Indu Surandesan’s The Twentieth Wife, the list is endless.
Q: Who were your top 2 favorite TEDxTulum talks? What did you like about those talks?
JULIE: It is very difficult to choose only two, since most speakers were quite knowledgeable and their presentations extremely interesting. I enjoyed Nuno Santos’, who explained the transcendence of the Mayan thought and prophecies after December 2012 when their written calendar seemed to describe the end of the world and how they foresaw the way for illumination and a new conciousness of humankind. I enjoyed it because it is a subject that fascinates me and I always want to know more.
Archaeologist Guillermo de Anda gave us an amazing presentation on remains he found in caves and cenotes, which have to be protected as future resource for the planet, helped understand why such an advanced civilization performed human sacrifices and also showed amazing works of art, such as a 3D representation of an animal on the walls of this sacred underworld, as if guarding the place.
Q: Who were some of the people you met and talked with: Where were they from? What is their occupation/hobby/specialty? What stood out about them?
JULIE: I had a chat with Margo Güenther, an American healer, teacher and speaker who lives in Tulum and told me about the retreats she organizes often about Feeling Good. I promised to attend one of her classes.
I also talked with Mayan doctor Avelino May who inherited his knowledge from his ‘abuelos’ and did a demonstration of his healing capabilities with a person from the audience during his speech. I asked him why he had picked that particular lady and he answered that he saw suffering in her eyes. He works with emotions, unblocking meridians and adjusting bones. His methods and techniques were taught to him by his Mayan ancestors and he said intuition plays an important part in the healing process.
I sat next to Peruvian Eduardo for lunch. He is in the process of relocating to Chile and was amazed at having found this event at the last minute, we spoke at the similarities and differences of the powerful spirituality one can experience in the Cuzco and Machu Pichu area with the Tulum one.
I had a talk with Nuno Santos and his wife Katarina about their healing therapy with sounds of Tibetan bowls, flutes and didjeridoos that they offer every Wednesday at Uno, their amazing space at the beach.
I also had a short chat with speaker Aiesha Cosmos from Canada, who spoke about the consciousness evolution for the Mayans. Her enthusiasm was contagious.
I talked with French Stephan Palmieri who spoke about the Melipona beekeeping tradition that for centuries has been sacred to the Mayans for its spiritual benefits. Unfortunately Stephan only speaks French and Spanish and was not translated, so the audience missed a marvelous presentation.
Q: What was the biggest feeling you got from TEDxTulum?
JULIE: I remember I thought, not everything is lost! People showed interest and respect for Mayan traditions and rituals. It is very hard to live in this area and not be affected by the powerful energy of this land. I could see that most of the attendees were personally involved in one or more disciplines that have to do with keeping the Mayan traditional culture alive and benefit from the countless teachings of the Mayan civilization through ceremonies, healing techniques, legends and beliefs.
Q: What about Tulum do you think made a TEDx event really special?
JULIE: Again, the powerful heritage of the Mayan civilization, the undeniable beauty and excellent location where it took place and the genuine interest of the audience in methods of creating a sustainable community, the care of the water and wastewater systems and the use of herbs and minerals of the Mayan medicine in health care.
– Thanks for sharing your words and insight, Julie! Sounds like it was a fantastic day. We hope TEDxTulum returns again next year.