Not so far back in history there were a number of great civilizations that existed. In the Americas alone there were the Anasazi, Mogollon, Olmec, Inca, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, Zapotec and others. In Europe, China, India and across the Middle East there were countless others, all around the world in fact, many of them thriving, successful population centers. A few of them are believed to be advanced by ancient standards, constructing great pyramids and proficient in the arts and sciences.
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Deep in the tropics of Central America stand grand monoliths and architectural wonders; the ruins of an ancient civilization advanced in arts and sciences. With strangely alluring and mysterious names like Copan, Tikal, Chichen Itza, Monte Alban, these remnants of past great civilizations stand as a constant reminder that in spite of archeological research over the last half-century, there is yet much we still do not understand about our past; perhaps even secrets long lost and now forgotten, or hidden in the decaying cities of the once-great Maya civilization.
Still evident to the inquiring eye are great pyramids and structures abandoned a thousand years ago or more; marvels of architecture even by today’s standards. All across central and southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, stand once-great city states in varying degrees of degradation and ruin. One can still see giant stone stele craved intricately with artistic design and amazing artistic relief on the buildings and monuments of these ancient city ruins.
The cities of the Maya are laid out with an engineer’s perfect touch, oriented to celestial perfection. It was how the ancient Mayan astronomers could plot the skies and the movements of the stars and planets and in so doing became master timekeepers, developing not one, but two calendars nearly as accurate as our modern atomic clocks. In addition, the Maya were noted mathematicians and practitioners of medical arts, making their peak society (200 AD to 900 AD) far advanced in the arts and sciences to any civilization on earth at the time.
There has been much conjecture and even wild speculation throughout academic circles that the Maya may have possessed knowledge, perhaps even science, of which we today are not familiar. Consider their superior building and road development skills, far advanced for the time, and this without the use of one simple invention. The Maya never seemed to get around to inventing the wheel. No wheels, no pulleys, no leverage — yet the skill and know-how to lift perfectly carved blocks of stone weighing many tons each to unreasonable heights was amazing to say the least. A walk up the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan (near Mexico City) is proof enough that meso-american construction techniques are far beyond our understanding.
So how did they do it? Without simple tools (like the wheel), how could they carve and cart giant boulders miles and miles across often mountainous terrain? Where did they learn the science of astronomy and mathematics, medicine and magic? We have looked for those answers, but it remains a mystery to modern man.
In recent years, however, a clue to the mystery may have been uncovered in the ancient ruin site known as Palenque, a once-powerful and influential city-state of the Mayan located deep in the mountainous rain forests of modern day Chiapas in southern Mexico.
Palenque became a powerful political and cultural center, particularly under the rule of a ruler named Pacal. A man of great importance, Pacal was buried in a secret tomb beneath a pyramid. When his sarcophagus was discovered, a treasure chest of information was revealed about the Maya and their mysterious civilization. The mummified remains of the great ruler were complete with a number of jewelry items, and trinkets. Around his skull was there was a headpiece, similar to armor, made of metal, but covering only a portion of his skull. Highlighted on this headpiece was a non-descript item, placed directly over the skull in such a way as to be located directly above the hypothalamus, or brain center of his skull.
Subsequent evaluation of this headpiece indicates there may be some strange magnetic properties associated with the material. Could this be significant?
Since the discovery, speculation has arisen that perhaps the Maya were far more advanced in understanding the workings of the human brain than we imagined, so far advanced, perhaps, that they had discovered secrets on how to initiate particular brain functions with external influence. Could it be that by using electromagnetic-type impulses to stimulate the hypothalamus or other sensitive areas of the cerebrum, they could produce a desired effect? Could such stimulation lead to uncovering the full capacity of the brain to function, enabling all the natural senses to perform better and more efficient, possibly even to awake the brain’s capacity to utilize other senses, “fringe” abilities beyond simple sight, taste, smell, sound and touch? Could Mayan kings, by virtue of electrical stimulation, tap into such resources as extra sensory perception, telekinesis and clairvoyance? Could they master moving great objects with the power of the mind, making the invention of the wheel a remedial concept?
That certainly would explain a great deal of the mystery associated with the Maya and their remarkable accomplishments. And it’s a theory supported by recent neurological studies exploring the same precept. The thought of being able to stimulate our brains in order to increase the efficient use of its vast capabilities is both exciting and, well, mind-boggling. Is it possible that some day soon we may make the discovery that will empower us to become as “advanced” as the ancient Maya?