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The Children of the Maize is an extraordinary tale of genocide, ancient Mayan secrets and resurrection: the story and teachings of Arnulfo Oxlaj, K’iche’ wise man and guide from the Q´amol B´e lineage in Guatemala. Arnulfo was born without hearing, sight or voice but with a special gift – to be able to hear, see and speak with the soul. A miraculous survivor of a child mas The Children of the Maize is an extraordinary tale of genocide, ancient Mayan secrets and resurrection: the story and teachings of Arnulfo Oxlaj, K’iche’ wise man and guide from the Q´amol B´e lineage in Guatemala. Arnulfo was born without hearing, sight or voice but with a special gift – to be able to hear, see and speak with the soul. A miraculous survivor of a child massacre, a mysterious character he calls Abuelo helped him develop his gift, and transform his endless sadness into a revolution of love and generosity. This book transports the reader into the magical world of the Children of the Maize, the people who remained beneath the shadow of the Centre of Nature, wwho remained in the light, revealing the secrets of the Path of Life, the path to the peace the world is seeking today. This path is still practised, and is highly relevant to us today in our search for happiness and peace.


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The Children of the Maize is an extraordinary tale of genocide, ancient Mayan secrets and resurrection: the story and teachings of Arnulfo Oxlaj, K’iche’ wise man and guide from the Q´amol B´e lineage in Guatemala. Arnulfo was born without hearing, sight or voice but with a special gift – to be able to hear, see and speak with the soul. A miraculous survivor of a child mas The Children of the Maize is an extraordinary tale of genocide, ancient Mayan secrets and resurrection: the story and teachings of Arnulfo Oxlaj, K’iche’ wise man and guide from the Q´amol B´e lineage in Guatemala. Arnulfo was born without hearing, sight or voice but with a special gift – to be able to hear, see and speak with the soul. A miraculous survivor of a child massacre, a mysterious character he calls Abuelo helped him develop his gift, and transform his endless sadness into a revolution of love and generosity. This book transports the reader into the magical world of the Children of the Maize, the people who remained beneath the shadow of the Centre of Nature, wwho remained in the light, revealing the secrets of the Path of Life, the path to the peace the world is seeking today. This path is still practised, and is highly relevant to us today in our search for happiness and peace.

40 review for The Children of the Maize: Seven Ancient Mayan Secrets to Spiritual Enlightenment, Peace and Happiness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Harry Whitewolf

    Arnulfo G Oxlaj is a 'sabio', a wise man, in his Mayan Guatemalan culture, and after reading Children of the Maize, I can confirm that that is so. It's been a long time since I read a book that challenged my spiritual beliefs. When I was younger I would devour plenty of holistic works, but these days I prefer to rely on my own inner wisdom. That doesn't mean I've not got anything new to learn though. The spiritual path is one of constant learning, and as I said: this book challenged me. It doesn Arnulfo G Oxlaj is a 'sabio', a wise man, in his Mayan Guatemalan culture, and after reading Children of the Maize, I can confirm that that is so. It's been a long time since I read a book that challenged my spiritual beliefs. When I was younger I would devour plenty of holistic works, but these days I prefer to rely on my own inner wisdom. That doesn't mean I've not got anything new to learn though. The spiritual path is one of constant learning, and as I said: this book challenged me. It doesn't go down the any-old-self-help-spiritual-familiar-truth-book-of-the-mass-market-genre route. This is a unique voice of wisdom which speaks of truths that we could all easily ignore. It's not The Secret where apparently spirituality has suddenly become about what we can GET. It's a story of The Centre of Nature- the source, as seen through the eyes of a Mayan descendant who speaks clearly, precisely and with wonderful parables and analogies, that asks us to take responsibility and be obedient- the very things modern day 'New Agism', let alone the rest of the world (and myself) have perhaps forgotten. Obedience and freedom may seem contrary, but they're not. This book also tells of brutal stories from growing up in Guatemala as well as the truly remarkable story of the author's childhood. The mixture of these factors with the rest of the philosophy and spirituality of the book, all combined together in a clean, crisp, welcoming, on the money approach of one heck of a book. That's not to say some of this book isn't uncomfortable reading- either because of the atrocities in the world, or how far we've come from any original source, or because it makes us realise how easily we can all lie to ourselves, or because I struggle to agree with some sentiments. I've not been challenged for a long time. Thank you sabio. Children of the Maize affected me. It brought compassion to my heart. Sorrow for injustice. And allowed me to see myself anew. The author has left me wanting to read his book again. After all, some of it has left me a little uncertain as to what I think with regards to some things, so I need to go over them again. That's why this author is indeed a true wise man. I feel like this is one of those rare books that comes along every now and then which is destined for greatness. I actually feel privileged to have read this book. Deepak Chopra, move over. Harry Whitewolf, author of The Road To Purification and Route Number 11.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Arnulfo Oxlaj

    This book reveals the wisdom secrets of the Path of Life, the path of the Nameless walked on by my ancestors since time began. When I speak of the Nameless, I need to be clear that in no way am I referring to nature (what people often call Mother Nature), nor to the Universe, which are both creations. By using the term ‘Nameless’, I am referring to the Source and Creator of life itself, the Nimalaj Katat Kajau. I avoid the word ‘God’ to avoid the religious connotations that this word might have This book reveals the wisdom secrets of the Path of Life, the path of the Nameless walked on by my ancestors since time began. When I speak of the Nameless, I need to be clear that in no way am I referring to nature (what people often call Mother Nature), nor to the Universe, which are both creations. By using the term ‘Nameless’, I am referring to the Source and Creator of life itself, the Nimalaj Katat Kajau. I avoid the word ‘God’ to avoid the religious connotations that this word might have for some people, although the use of this word is perfectly acceptable. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal preference. There’s another important clarification I need to make: I am not a shaman. In the developed world, there’s a tendency to refer to all indigenous wisdom teachers or healers as ‘shamans’. However, in reality, a shaman is someone who works specifically with spirits, attributing ‘power’ to objects, plants, animals and people and believing in that ‘power’. In my country, Mayan Guatemala, these practices are called witchcraft. For me and my ancestors, belief is blind; genuine healing and solutions can only come directly from the Source of all life, who is the only true power and who needs no intermediaries. Any intermediaries are by nature outside of the light, and place a veil over our eyes, ultimately causing us more harm than we could ever imagine. I am not a shaman. In my culture, I am called a sabio or ‘wise man’, or a Q’amol B’e or ‘guide on the path’, which cover the full spectrum of my authority, mission and gift. The Children of the Maize tells the story of how we humans have turned our back on the Nameless, and as a consequence are destroying our ecosystem, our planet, and above all the human race. Each day, thousands of children and women die from hunger, increasingly marginalised and oppressed by a human freedom that eats away at our soul, heart and body. The consequences of this are suffered by all humanity. In essence, this book is about humility and obedience as a way to save the world: how to transform this incredible world of ours through the force of the soul that the Nameless has given us. The Children of the Maize allows people around the world to physically possess these ancient teachings in their own home, time and space for the first time ever. These teachings are not just about spiritual matters, but offer a practical guide to life and happiness. For me and my ancestors, there is no division between spirit and life. It was difficult for me to write this book due to the political situation that we, the indigenous K’iche’ Mayan people, live in my country, Guatemala; we are treated as slave labour, machines and animals and are never truly allowed to express ourselves. However, with the determination that the Nameless has placed in me, as well as in many people, this book has become a reality. The Children of the Maize is dedicated to all ages and all peoples. Truly, with all my soul, with its discipline, with all my heart, my body, my mind, I feel immensely privileged to be able to share my knowledge with you, dear friend, in this way. In revealing here what I and my ancestors, great astronomers and astrologers of the cosmos and soul, have observed and lived, I wish to state very clearly that I am not opposing anyone, any way of life, philosophy, belief or branch of science. What I do want to say is that, whether sacred books exist or not, the Path of Life always exists. It’s not a question of believing but of receiving and accepting these teachings in the space of our heart. These teachings have served me and my ancestors well for thousands of years. They have been more than a jewel for me in my life; they have been a whole universe. It is time to remove the veil that hides many things from us. More than anything, I am eternally grateful to the Nameless for my life and for granting me the privilege of bringing these teachings to those who want them. Moreover, my appreciation for the woman who pulled me out of the well (who has now departed) will always be as bottomless as the deepest place and can never be erased. I am thankful for all those who have existed and still exist in my life. I have always longed to take this wisdom to the people but there have been many obstacles. However, now my dream has finally come to fruition. It is more than a dream, but a responsibility that I need to fulfil, a gift that I need to give to the people the Nameless loves so dearly. Above all, I wish you peace and love. Make the most of this blessing called life when you wake up each morning. At the end of the day, I’m just a waiter serving you at the table. Whether you eat what I’ve dished up is your choice. Make a wise choice, and be happy with it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brody Gregg

    Children of the Maize is an intriguing read for three reasons. 1)It tells the story of a Mayan culture that is unfamiliar to most. I learned more about this culture from this book than all of my years in history class. 2)It tells the story of a boy who defied odds in a persecuted land, suffering immensely, but growing because of it. The autobiography portion of this book is both inspirational and gut-wrenching at the same time. 3)It gives us an insight into the Guardians and the The Path of Light. Children of the Maize is an intriguing read for three reasons. 1)It tells the story of a Mayan culture that is unfamiliar to most. I learned more about this culture from this book than all of my years in history class. 2)It tells the story of a boy who defied odds in a persecuted land, suffering immensely, but growing because of it. The autobiography portion of this book is both inspirational and gut-wrenching at the same time. 3)It gives us an insight into the Guardians and the The Path of Light. Although my own spiritual beliefs did conflict with the author’s views much of the time, I felt that this book offers many practical teachings on life—teachings that at their heart, do represent a pathway toward better living. Overall, an interesting read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jake Heilbrunn

    Powerful, inspiring and a rare account of Mayan history This book gives insight into the incredible life of Arnulfo and the Mayan people, whose struggles and sufferings led him to live a life dedicated to giving. Explained through the perspective of the indigenous Mayans, yet universal in theme, Arnulfo details the steps necessary to create a world of peace and happiness in a unique, inspiring method. Whether your interest lies in universal law, purpose of life, spirituality, religion, tolerance Powerful, inspiring and a rare account of Mayan history This book gives insight into the incredible life of Arnulfo and the Mayan people, whose struggles and sufferings led him to live a life dedicated to giving. Explained through the perspective of the indigenous Mayans, yet universal in theme, Arnulfo details the steps necessary to create a world of peace and happiness in a unique, inspiring method. Whether your interest lies in universal law, purpose of life, spirituality, religion, tolerance or the human spirit, this book is a must read. Arnulfo illuminates the history of the past, which conveys the importance of acting justly in the present in order to create a sustainable, prosperous future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arnulfo Oxlaj

    This book reveals for the very first time the Seven Guardians of the path to the Centre of Nature, the path walked by my ancestors, the Children of the Maize, since time began. Knowledge of the Guardians helps light up the Path of Life, and ultimately helps us live the 29 Elements, the secret substance of our lives. When I speak of the Centre of Nature, I need to be clear that in no way am I referring to nature (what people often call Mother Nature), nor to the Universe, which are both creations This book reveals for the very first time the Seven Guardians of the path to the Centre of Nature, the path walked by my ancestors, the Children of the Maize, since time began. Knowledge of the Guardians helps light up the Path of Life, and ultimately helps us live the 29 Elements, the secret substance of our lives. When I speak of the Centre of Nature, I need to be clear that in no way am I referring to nature (what people often call Mother Nature), nor to the Universe, which are both creations. By using the term ‘the Centre of Nature’, I am referring to the Source and Creator of life itself, the Nimalaj Katat Kajau. I avoid the word ‘God’ to avoid the religious connotations that this word might have for some people, although the use of this word is perfectly acceptable. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal preference. There’s another important clarification I need to make: I am not a shaman. In the developed world, there’s a tendency to refer to all indigenous wisdom teachers or healers as ‘shamans’. However, in reality, a shaman is someone who works specifically with spirits, attributing ‘power’ to objects, plants, animals and people and believing in that ‘power’. In my country, Mayan Guatemala, these practices are called witchcraft. For me and my ancestors, belief is blind; genuine healing and solutions can only come directly from the Source of all life, who is the only true power and who needs no intermediaries. Any intermediaries are by nature outside of the light, and place a veil over our eyes, ultimately causing us more harm than we could ever imagine. I am not a shaman. In my culture, I am called a sabio or ‘wise man’, a ‘messenger’, or a Q’amol B’e or ‘guide on the path’, which cover the full spectrum of my authority, mission and gift. The Children of the Maize tells the story of how we humans have turned our back on the Centre of Nature, and as a consequence are destroying our ecosystem, our planet, and above all the human race. Each day, thousands of children and women die from hunger, increasingly marginalised and oppressed by a human freedom that eats away at our soul, heart and body. The consequences of this are suffered by all humanity. In essence, this book is about humility and obedience as a way to save the world: how to transform this incredible world of ours through the force of the soul that the Centre of Nature has given us. The Children of the Maize allows people around the world to physically possess these ancient teachings in their own home, time and space for the first time ever. These teachings are not just about spiritual matters, but offer a practical guide to life and happiness. For me and my ancestors, there is no division between spirit and life. I don’t think it would be too wide off the mark to say that this is the first new history book in two thousand years. It was difficult for me to write this book due to the political situation that we, the indigenous K’iche’ Mayan people, live in my country, Guatemala; we are treated as slave labour, machines and animals and are never truly allowed to express ourselves. However, with the determination that the Centre of Nature has placed in me, as well as in many people, this book has become a reality. The Children of the Maize is dedicated to all ages and all peoples. Truly, with all my soul, with its discipline, with all my heart, my body, my mind, I feel immensely privileged to be able to share my knowledge with you, dear friend, in this way. In revealing here what I and my ancestors, great astronomers and astrologers of the cosmos and soul, have observed and lived, I wish to state very clearly that I am not opposing anyone, any way of life, philosophy, belief or branch of science. What I do want to say is that, whether sacred books exist or not, the Path of Life always exists. It’s not a question of believing but of receiving and accepting these teachings in the space of our heart. These teachings have served me and my ancestors well for thousands of years. They have been more than a jewel for me in my life; they have been a whole universe. It is time to remove the veil that hides many things from us. More than anything, I am eternally grateful to the Centre of Nature for my life and for granting me the privilege of bringing these teachings to those who want them. Moreover, my appreciation for the woman who pulled me out of the well (who has now departed) will always be as bottomless as the deepest place and can never be erased. I am thankful for all those who have existed and still exist in my life. I have always longed to take this wisdom to the people but there have been many obstacles. However, now my dream has finally come to fruition. It is more than a dream, but a responsibility that I need to fulfil, a gift that I need to give to the people the Centre of Nature loves so dearly. Above all, I wish you peace and love. Make the most of this blessing called life when you wake up each morning. At the end of the day, I’m just a waiter serving you at the table. Whether you eat what I’ve dished up is your choice. Make a wise choice, and be happy with it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard Jones

    The author comes from an ancient part of the Mayan people of Guatemala that is largely unknown to the world today, since his people took a different, more peaceful and harmonious path than that of the Pyramid Builders. Unfortunately, those who seek a peaceful, loving, non-confrontational way of life become easy prey for those who seek power by force, and the author’s people as well as the author himself bear testimony to this. Though autobiographical content is included (and very interesting), th The author comes from an ancient part of the Mayan people of Guatemala that is largely unknown to the world today, since his people took a different, more peaceful and harmonious path than that of the Pyramid Builders. Unfortunately, those who seek a peaceful, loving, non-confrontational way of life become easy prey for those who seek power by force, and the author’s people as well as the author himself bear testimony to this. Though autobiographical content is included (and very interesting), the purpose of this book goes well beyond biography; it seeks to draw you into following the author’s way of life. And that life is one of obedience to the One, the Creator, the Giver of Life, the Lover of Souls. This book is not a complete guide, but rather a starter course. As a Christian, I was struck by the similarities with the Bible. A Garden of Eden like existence followed by a fall due to disobedience. Now there is a remnant through which everyone can be brought back to the truth. There is the principle of free will, the importance of humility and love, of justice, of choosing light over darkness, of sexual purity. Then there are phrases that sound like Biblical plagarism: “you cannot serve two masters,” the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the metaphor of sheep and Shepherd. Too many similarities to note -- or ignore. Yet the author cites these as coming from his people’s tradition well before Jesus walked the Earth. This could not be reconciled, unless you were to accept that the Children of the Maize had been led by the Holy Spirit as, of course, was Jesus. As fascinating as that line of thought might go, the Mayan teachings are still absent Jesus Himself and uninformed of the necessity of His sacrifice, and therefore, in this reviewer’s Christian viewpoint, incomplete. That being said, this is a fascinating read, and the writing itself has a nice flow to it. Also, if you will allow that it is Spirit-led, then the wisdom in these pages ought to be read and deeply considered by everyone. (The reviewer received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    This book is a bit like the bible to Christians, with a few stories told like parables and advice for living a better life and making this a better world. I found the author's story amazing and have always been interested in the Mayan culture. According to the author their are actually 2 groups of Mayans, Children of the Maize and The pyramid builders. The author share the 29 elements and the 7 treasures of life with readers in an interesting read that is part autobiography and mostly a way to ma This book is a bit like the bible to Christians, with a few stories told like parables and advice for living a better life and making this a better world. I found the author's story amazing and have always been interested in the Mayan culture. According to the author their are actually 2 groups of Mayans, Children of the Maize and The pyramid builders. The author share the 29 elements and the 7 treasures of life with readers in an interesting read that is part autobiography and mostly a way to make life better. I don't agree with all the suggestions but found the book one to definitely make you think about striving to do better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John

    3 stars not for the content... more so for the format. Incredible stories inside. At times I didn't understand the teachings. This might have to do with the fact English is not his mother language. Grateful for the life experiences that he shares. 3 stars because the text jumped from idea to idea and used broad examples when trying to explain an insight (making it difficult to follow). I have come away thinking that it is impossible for him to put everything he knows into a book. Nonetheless it 3 stars not for the content... more so for the format. Incredible stories inside. At times I didn't understand the teachings. This might have to do with the fact English is not his mother language. Grateful for the life experiences that he shares. 3 stars because the text jumped from idea to idea and used broad examples when trying to explain an insight (making it difficult to follow). I have come away thinking that it is impossible for him to put everything he knows into a book. Nonetheless it has me intrigued, and I'm glad to have read it.

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