Mexico City: report by Mónica S. Simone
On the 19th of May, we held an SOPP ceremony in the centuries old Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Church of Our Lady of Remedies) in Naucalpan, just outside Mexico City. This place is filled with vibrations of the ancient traditions of Mexico and the bells of the Basilica, and it served as a powerful symbol as people of different cultures gathered together peacefully in prayer, after many centuries of separation. Toltecs, Mayans, Olmecs, Totonacs, Masons, Catholics, and Universalists came together for this moment of peace, blessing everyone with their ancient traditions, their voices, songs, and prayers. The elder Totonacs, Voladores (flyers) of Papantla, performed their ancient ritual in which they climb a tall pole, and then one stays on top, dancing and playing music, while the others descend from the pole, tied to it with ropes. Their ritual set the intention of peace at the beginning of the ceremony, and that intention continued with each of the prayers.
We had cards of the national flags arranged in a mandala on the ground, and the wind played with them a bit and made its own pattern. When we prayed for peace in each country, each participant took the flags that were near his or her feet! Our prayers were sent out to the universe, to unite with the thousands of others who, with one voice, expressed their intention for peace and harmony. I thank the universe for giving me the opportunity to be part of this event, today and forever.