Florecer el corazon

Florecer el Corazon


Florecer el Corazón del Guerrero (Flowering the Heart of the Warrior)
Acrylic on Canvas – 27″ x 3'
Oliverio Balcells 2004

The Calmécac was an institution to which only the most exceptional could attend. The youth that initiated their preparation in the ancient and secret knowledge of the Old Grandparents were called “Warriors”.

Warriors because they had to undertake the most difficult struggle that a human being face. The struggle with one’s self; the battle to defeat the “inner enemy”.

This war was based on “Flor y canto (Flower and Song)”, which represented the wisdom, philosophy and art. The warrior’s objective was to “flower its heart” and give itself as nourishment to its beloved. [A] beautiful metaphor, where the “War” is used in a symbolic and spiritual way.

The warriors prepared themselves for the symbolic death and with this achieved reaching the eternal life. This concept was from the classic period of the Toltecs.
—Guillermo Marin (Writer and Scholar from Oaxaca)

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Toltecayotl Collection

This work preserves and expresses the most important historical and philosophical legacy, in essence and structure, of the civilization of the Anahuac.

With respect, honor, appreciation and love I dedicate this work as a recognition to the inheritance deposited in the DNA of every one of the Mexicans. Still it is dormant, waiting for us to summon it up in order to return to having our own face and a true heart.
—Oliverio Balcells.

A grouping of the creations of the Toltec culture

“The knowledge, practices and wisdom related to the universal search to transcend our existence in this material world, are known as Toltecayotl.”
—Guillermo Marin

“The Toltecayotl, essence of being Toltec, was sustained with the philosophy of the duality and came to represent for the posterity that which is most elevated inasmuch as the constant search of the loftiness in knowledge and in the human arts, to become a Toltec, to become what is Toltec, a concept that was born with those sedentary villages that by living at the edge of the rivers, lagoons and streams where the tula plants abound, they managed to evolve until they converted their name into a synonym of perfection, that which is described in the posterity designated to the artists that have Toltec hands, and to those wise men and philosophers that make their knowledge bloom like Toltecs”
—Arturo Meza