Panama’s most basic human need is spiritual development, according to Raymond Hermenet. With this in mind, we discussed “The Spiritual Significance of Panama” at our Spirit Quest meeting on August 10, 2011. Raymond facilitated the meeting.
Panama has always been a financial and commercial vortex -- and we have always known this. But within the past five or six years, it has become a spiritual vortex as well. During this time, it has begun to attract spiritually-minded people from all over the world. Many of them have come thousands of miles to be here. Many have come suddenly, without knowing what to expect -- or the real reason why they have come. Many have not known about the spiritual awakening underway here. But they have come nonetheless at this time as if by compulsion to be a part of that spiritual awakening.
To be sure, a spiritual awakening is occurring globally, but it is especially intense here in the Panamanian vortex. That intensity is attracting people from all over the world.
I myself used to think I came to Panama because the U.S. Army brought me here in 1990. And I thought I stayed after retiring because I married a Panamanian in 1994. Throughout the 1990s, I was unhappy and habitually complained about life here. I couldn’t understand why I had to be here or why I had to live in spiritual isolation for so many years.
Then, one day, a dear friend explained it to me. She said that a profound spiritual process had brought me here and kept me here. She said I had arrived early on as a torch bearer for those who would be arriving later. I had important spiritual lessons to learn, and this was a good place in which to learn them. Perhaps I had some karmic debts to pay off here. I certainly had a role to play in the spiritual awakening occurring here. Learning the things she told me profoundly affected my life here in Panama.
Raymond says that Panama is “the Mother Holy Land.” In our meeting on August 10th, we learned why this name is so appropriate as we looked at Panama’s spiritual history, indigenous peoples, natural environment, and medicinal plant life.
History helps us understand why we have become what we are today. Some say that Panama emerged from the ocean as Atlantis sank, creating a bridge between North and South America. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1501, and today we still suffer from the consequences of the European invasion that followed. In the early 1900s, the construction of the Panama Canal broke the back of the intercontinental divide, disrupting the natural flow of energy between North and South America, a disruption that must now be healed, says Raymond.
Within Panama’s borders live seven groups of indigenous peoples. They include the Emberá, for example, who migrated here from Colombia back in the mists of time. The indigenous peoples of Panama live much as they did before Columbus arrived. They have assiduously preserved their spiritual beliefs and practices. But they feel a profound sadness for what has happened to the Mother Holy Land.
Peace and Dignity Journeys occur every four years. In these spiritual journeys, indigenous runners leave Alaska and Argentina and link up here in Panama. The runs embody the prophecy of the eagle and the condor in which the indigenous peoples of the north and south will be reunited in a spiritual way. The linkup of runners here in Panama reflects Panama’s spiritual significance. The next such run will occur in 2012, and we certainly know the spiritual significance of 2012.
Panama’s natural environment allows us to reconnect with spirit. Its beautiful mountains, forests, rivers, and oceans teem with tropical plant and animal life that contribute so much to the country’s spiritual energy. The songs of birds and the fragrance of flowers provide us joy and serenity during our spiritual awakening here. More than 30 species of dolphins and whales -- keepers of the Earth’s spiritual frequency -- flourish in Panama’s coastal waters. The indigenous peoples believe these natural resources cannot be owned by anyone because they are imbued with the spirit of God.
Raymond says Panama’s greatest spiritual significance is the hidden science of the country’s indigenous people -- that is, their traditional medicine. He assures us that even so-called “incurable” diseases like cancer, diabetes and AIDS can in fact be cured using medicinal plants gathered from nature by the indigenous peoples here in Panama. It has been said that more than 70 percent of the plants found in Panama have medicinal value and can be used to treat every form of dis-ease in the body, mind and spirit.
Sooner or later, we who live in Panama are affected by the spiritual processes now underway here. We can apply the spiritual knowledge and wisdom we gain just by being here to change our lives and indeed the whole world.