Richard Cassaro
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Discovery of the Ancient Maya “Third Eye” Religion

A main underpinning of the so-called “occult doctrine” is the belief that each one of us possesses a “Third Eye” hidden in our forehead. A spiritual seeker´s main objective, according to this doctrine, is to awaken this dormant organ and use it to see the “soul within,” which is who we really are.

In my public presentations over the past two decades—i.e., my books, lectures, websites, media articles, blog posts, videos, and social media—I have underscored the importance of this Third Eye teaching. Moreover, I have tried to show how the Third Eye is present in the religion, iconography, and symbolism of ancient cultures worldwide. This discovery has not been recognized either by mainstream archaeologists or alternative history researchers.

In my 2011 book, Written in Stone, I set forth powerful and unprecedented evidence that shows how the same Third Eye “forehead dot” symbolism present in “Old World” religions (like Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism) is also abundant in the religions of ancient “New World” civilizations.  As indicated by the example below, we find this Third Eye symbolism among cultures that evolved and flourished in present-day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and even the United States:



As I explain in “Written in Stone,” countless ancient artifacts depict Maya priests or shamans with what I call a “Third Eye forehead dot,” symbolizing a prehistoric spiritual concept that scholars erringly believe is confined to Asiatic cultures.

Based on these findings, I have come to realize that one of the most profound and undiscovered truths regarding ancient American cultures is that their wisdom-traditions and religions were all focused on reawakening this hidden organ of inner perception. These cultures include the Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Zapotec, Aztec, Inca, pre-Inca, and Mississippian cultures, among others.

The Third Eye is especially evident in the ancient Maya culture of central America:


Maya architecture featuring an ancient Hindu symbol that I call the “Third Eye forehead dot” encoded at Uxmal. Next to it we see a serpent carving, which I theorize symbolizes the Hindu “Kundalini Serpent” energy. Note the pyramid and “Triptych Temple” also, which you can read about in my article "Discovery of the Ancient Maya Triptych Temple Religion.

This should not be surprising. The famous Maya scholar, Mercedes de la Garza, tells us that the Maya religion teaches that man is made of both a physical body (on the outside) and an eternal soul (on the inside)—a prerequisite belief for any culture that understands the metaphysical science of the Third Eye:

“Man is a dual being, composed of a visible body and a “spirit”…

…generally speaking one part, associated with the human body which it abandons at the moment of death…is immortal, conscious and rational; the other part, which at birth takes on the form of a wild animal… is mortal, impulsive, and irrational…”

—Mercedes de la Garza

Across Maya art and architecture, we see imagery that seems to depict priests and shamans seated in the Lotus Position (hitherto thought to have been confined to Asia) and apparently deep in meditation, with attention seemingly focused on the forehead in an apparent attempt to gain atonement (at-one-ment) with their inner spiritual essence:

Countless ancient artifacts depict Maya priests or shamans sitting in symmetrical Yogic-style positions striking balanced and meditative poses with eyes closed and attention apparently focused inward.

The ancient Maya figures above are quite reminiscent of the Buddha’s Third eye posture. They seem to confirm my theory that Maya shaman and spiritualists, as well as Indian chiefs and priests throughout the new World in general, all possessed the same understanding of Yoga as the ancient Hindus in the Old World—including information on the negatively-charged ida channel (lunar left side) and positively-charged pingala channel (solar right side).

Scholars affirm many Maya could enter and leave “trance” states at will and communicate with higher spirits, gods, and divine ancestors. In their book, Maya Cosmos, the famous Maya scholars Linda Schele and David Freidel described in numerous instances this Maya “spiritual” meditation, saying that:

“…individuals—whether kings, shamans, or patriarchs—who could enter and leave the world of the spirit at will, manipulating its forces and bringing its wisdom to the rest of the community, stood at the center of social and political power. In a world of this kind, soul and the supernatural were dynamic phenomena that fulfilled a role in the material world that it is difficult for the Western mind to fathom.”

This is only the tip of the iceberg. I have found extensive evidence linking the Hindu Third Eye to the Maya Third Eye, and though I have presented a great deal of this evidence in Written in Stone and in my public presentations, I am making new discoveries constantly which I´ll be detailing in an upcoming book on this subject.



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