An Exotic Flower Shown as a Mayan Headdress

Flowers from the pseudobombax tree are pictured as part of a Mayan headdress. Photos by K.C. Nixon/Justin and Barbara Kerr. The unique flower of the pseudobombax tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum) was the inspiration for a headdress worn by Mayan nobles as depicted …

The Sacred Ceiba Tree as Art

A Mayan artist used the thorn-studded ceiba tree trunk as inspiration for this ceramic pot. Photos by Justin and Barbara Kerr/Charles Zidar The ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra) was believed by the Mayan to stand at earth’s center. They thought it was the …

Mayan Art Depicts Natural Plants

Plants from the Rainforest Decorated Mayan Ceramics. Photo by G. Carr/Justin and Barbara Kerr The Mayan people were certainly great botanists and artists. They used the images of the beauty of Mother Nature to decorate their ceramics. The natural historian Charles …

The Destruction of Mayan Written Records

Diego de Landa, a Spanish bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yucatán, burned most of the Mayan codices. 1524-1579. United States Public Domain photo. Why are there so few Mayan records? Because they were intentionally destroyed. Against instructions from …

The Codices: Mayan Written Records

Plates 10 and 11 of the Dresden Maya Codex.  Photo credit: Lacambalam – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 The written record of the Mayan people is called a codex. The Mayans made their version of paper from the inner bark …

The Gumbo Limbo Tree and Its Cousin

Like frankincense trees, the gumbo limbo tree has a reddish, peeling bark. Photo by Ryan Sholin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) is from the same family as our frankincense varieties: Burceracea. I wonder …

The Mayan Gumbo Limbo Tree

The gumbo limbo tree was used and admired by the Mayan people. Photo by Louise Wolff (darina) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) grows from southern Florida, through Mexico and Central America, in the …

Basic Laws of Mayan Medicine (Continued)

Greenery in Maya Land. Photo by Bruno Girin (https://flic.kr/p/3vYmW,  CC BY-SA 2.0) Continued from last week’s blogpost… Third Principle: The Mayan people recognized the natural cycles of plants and their powerful properties. They treated all plants with respect. Fourth Principle: Healing …

The Six Laws of Mayan Medicine

The lush jungle of the Mayan rainforest. Photo by Bruno Girin. (CC BY-SA 2.0) We have to ask, did the Mayans have essential oils? It is doubtful, as no distilleries have been discovered. But I believe the Mayans were too …

The Mayan Civilization

Mayan lintel 16 from Yaxchilan, Chiapas, Mexico, now in the British Museum. Photo by Einsamer Schütze – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16336709 Mayan civilization began in 1800 BC and lasted until 900 AD. No one knows why it ended, after having …

Learning Ancient Mayan Health Wisdom

Editor’s note: This blog is a presentation Gary prepared for the 2017 Global Leadership Cruise. Since he was unable to attend, this presentation was not given. Two thousand Young Living members enjoy the 2017 Global Leadership Cruise. Welcome, to the 2,000 …

Take a Risk, Get Out of Your Rut!

We can always find excuses and reasons to give up and quit. It’s easy to stay in a rut, struggling through life, paying bills, and supporting and raising a family. It’s easy to remain in the status quo of mediocrity. …

Support Your People!

Experiencing failure and pain is the price we pay for character. Yes, my hands were frozen from frostbite. Just part of the learning experience. Was that a reason to quit? No, it wasn’t a reason to quit. This is coming …

Take Time to Sharpen Your Saw

To be successful, we need quiet time. We need to disconnect from the world. This is where I disconnected because I needed to get my mind straight. I needed to get my mind off all the problems and all the …

When It’s Quiet, You Can Think!

Arriving at the Deshka Landing check point Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m., February 5. As I came around the corner, there was Josef. Whoa, man, all of those problems, all of those bad thoughts just vanished. Josef was there, Mary, Janae, …

Take Care of Your People!

And this is what I told myself. I said, “Gary, you’re going to do this! You’re not quitting. Because if you die, you’ll still be an example to your boys that you don’t quit just because it gets difficult. You …

You Don’t Quit!

Yes, in those times your head will play games with you, and it will convince you to quit. It will give you every reason to quit. I even entertained those ideas, and you can entertain them if you know who …

The Timely High Five!

Now, you will have interruptions. So, I’m there; it was 17°F below that morning, and I was cold. I’d been on the trail for almost six days altogether, and I was tired. My bones were frozen, my bones were aching. …

Face the Unknown and Just Do It!

Mushing into the unknown. Another thing that I learned. How many of you have felt like you’ve gone into the unknown with Young Living? The difference between your mushing into Young Living and where I was mushing is that there …

To Be Successful, Keep on Going!

 You know, you don’t just lie down because you accomplish something. You don’t lie down because you’re tired. You keep going. If you want to be successful, you keep going. Here I am at the mushers meeting for the second …