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"The Mayan Factor teaches us how to connect directly, sensuously, and electromagnetically with the Galactic Synchronization Beam, a time wave that is now triggering a new phase of galactic evolution. Since 1987, we have been exploring the galaxy with our minds, and The Mayan Factor is an essential guide." (Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Pleiadian Agenda)

"The Mayan Factor opened up a new audience for the understanding of cyclical time, as opposed to linear time.  This is a perspective that we desperately need today. This book serves as a point of entry into a new cosmic consciousness." (Frank Waters)

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NEW CONSCIOUSNESS / MAYA STUDIES

The Mayan Factor opened up a new audience for the understanding of cyclical time, as opposed to linear time. This is a perspective that we desperately need today. This book serves as a point of entry into a new cosmic consciousness.”
--Frank Waters

The Mayan Factor teaches us how to connect directly, sensuously, and electromagnetically with the Galactic Synchronization Beam, a time wave that is now triggering a new phase of galactic evolution. Since 1987, we have been exploring the galaxy with our minds, and The Mayan Factor is an essential guide.”
--Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Pleiadian Agenda

“An academic shaman, Argüelles peers into the sacred calendar of the ancient Maya and finds it is a bio-mathematical blueprint for life itself. There is a deep mythos at work here...Students of higher consciousness will find in it a positive force at work on global enlightenment.”
--High Times

“José Argüelles, the high priest of the New Age movement...is the man who was responsible for the gathering of hundreds of thousands of people in 1987 to celebrate the Harmonic convergence. ”
--National Examiner

“Argüelles's book--brilliantly conceived, meticulously researched, and eloquently reported--is a watershed explication of the myth, science, and mathematical prophecy of the enigmatic Maya of Central America, the “Diviners of Harmony.” Argüelles is a major visionary with his feet planted firmly on the ground and for this radical and pioneering interpretation of Mayan tradition, he deserves a wide readership.”
--East West Natural Health

Artist, poet and historian, JOSÉ ARGÜELLES initiated the Harmonic Convergence of August 1987. He is the author of Surfers of Zuvuya and Earth Ascending. He is currently touring the world promoting a 28-day, 13-month calendar based on Mayan mathematics.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; First Edition edition (April 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939680386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939680382
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Pascal Dupuy on April 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jose Arguelles presents a harmonic balance of the nature of Energy and Mayan spirituality in "The Mayan Factor." Although some of the concepts can seem intimidating at first, Arguelles' masterful use of language allows the reader peel away the layers of traditional Western thought on the subject of Energy to reveal a core of Mayan philosophy steeped in spirtuality. This book is what I call a "long lingering lesson," meaning the longer you allow Arguelles' message to linger in your thoughts, the more poignant the lesson becomes! For me reading the Mayan Facor was like sipping a glass of 1996 Bordeaux; when I was done I was refreshed, yet thirsted for more, and the world didn't quite look the same anymore! I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Mayan culture, energy, or anyone looking for a unique perspective on humanity's place in the grand scheme of things!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
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Mr. Argulles gives a concise and easy-to-understand analysis of the Mayan Calendar, and then proceeds to leap into unique and interestingly odd interpretations of this calendar and what it means for humanity (based on his interpretation). Although I question his New Age terminology, the ideas as presented are certainly worth having a look at if you're interested in this subject and have a tolerance for the mathematical complexity that this calendar can present. Argulles has apparently amassed quite a little following by charging people for "further information," but this book really is all one needs to understand his bizarre interpretations of Mayan spirituality. Nonetheless, it is a strangely good read.
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58 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Chris Fung on November 22, 2000
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I know many people look to Maya spirituality as a guide for their own spiritual journeys and I think that is great. In some ways, it helps promote intercultural understandings. This book does not do that however. Arguelles' work is a mixture of pure conjecture, misrepresentation and bad scholarship. Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of real Maya spiritual practices will be able to identify the errors in fact and application of his unique perspective on time and the Maya Universe.
Arguelles' book entices unwary souls who are searching for enlightenment, but does them and the Maya people a severe injustice. IF you want to believe in Harmonic Convergences and the like then go ahead and buy this book. If you want genuine insight from real practicioners of Maya spiritual knowledge and from people who know and respect Maya culture, this is not the book for you.
I would recommend the following anthropologists' works "Time and the Highland Maya" by Barbara Tedlock, Dennis Tedlock's annotated translation of "The Popol Vuh" with K'iche shaman Andres Xiloj, and "Tortillas for the Gods" by Evon Vogt. And anything by Martin Prechtel, who is himself a Tzutujil shaman.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Enich Mockli on November 21, 1999
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This is the first book I have read in a series of Mayan religion and culture. This book is absolutely necessary for anyone studying the Mayan culture. It provides an unorthodoxed look at there culture and religion. It will furthermore open ones mind to the abilities of our predecessors, and show that there is much more to be learned of our history as humanoids. This book has fantastic technical merit. I am not a archaeologist or a anthropoligist or even a paleontologists. Therefore i can not credentially state that this book is true. But I have read many Mayan books now and after much experience it has opened into a labyrinth of mystery. One that may not be solved but so fabulous to learn. For anyone looking at this book you need this, for education or for spiritual growth of your own discipline. It will propel you to better and broader horizons. I would like to thank the author for revealing another side of what i see as a biased history of the Mayans. Thank you.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By James Keating on October 30, 2002
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I wanted to give this book a chance, and wish I hadn't bothered. It reads like an acid ramble -- cosmic assertions tumble over startling insights, with no notion sustained beyond two sentences, properly connected to others, or backed by evidence. I kept waiting for him to settle down and present out some facts and build his case, but he just keeps laying bricks on air. I researched some of the more checkable facts, and found him generally wrong: for example, Isamu Noguchi's "The Sculpture to be Seen From Mars" looks nothing like the "face on Mars" (which was an illusion anyway), which he says shocked him into realizing the transmission of universal information. The irony is that despite savaging Western science as unable to understand the Maya, he is so absorbed in his own insights and revelations and discoveries that he never tries to see the Maya through their own eyes, as any good scientist would, and so fails to truly respect the subject he supposedly exalts.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MysticJaguar VINE VOICE on July 13, 2004
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When this book first came out it presented radically new ways to interpret history, time, and consciousness. However the concepts in this book are all over the place and lack any coherant grounding into the Mayan Calendar. Occasionally facts about the Mayan Long count are presented in error.

More often imagined correspondences and inventions such as 'The Loom Of The Maya' are presented as cosmic fact when they are products of Joe's imagination. Joe is a great artist and should present himself as such and not apostle of the next Baktun. The only way you could believe you are reading truth here is if you allow yourself to turn off discrimination and accept whatever wild stuff he says.

I have no doubt that Joe, has opened himself up to either off-world information and/or the depths of his own imagination. But this 'artistic' plethora was never grounded either in historical facts about the Mayan nor in logical thinking. The work remains a very loose artistic interpretation with Mayan influences.

Example from this book: "Instantaneously releasing themselves through chromo-molecular transport into the farther reacher of the galaxy into whence they had come, the Mayan sages nonetheless also prepared for a return."

Ok, that one had the word Maya in it. But where does this concept of chromo-molecular transport come from? We have no evidence of this concept in Maya life either past or present. It, like much other in this book, comes from Joes imagination.

Ultimately and unfortunately Mr Arguelles became convinced of his identity as a reincarnated Pacal Votan (Lord of Time) and created another system of Mayan glyphs called the Dreamspell. Dreamspell is not based on the pure interpretation of the Mayan Tzolkin.
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