Kevin Hall Power of Words Ollin Blog

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” —Frederick Douglass

When an earth quake or great storm shook the earth, the ancient Aztecs described such power with a single word:


It is a word that can be found on the Aztec calendar and on many of the instruments used in sacred pre-Columbian ceremonies. Pronounced ALL-in, it is an expression of immense depth that conveys intense and immediate movement. Stemming from the ancient Nahuatl language, Ollin is derived from “yollotl,” meaning heart, and “yolistli,” meaning life. It means to follow your path in life wholeheartedly. To experience Ollin, we have to get “All in.”

When an earthquake occurs, it signals it’s now time to move and act with full purpose of heart.

The Aztecs envisioned wearing your heart on your face to allow your eyes to open and see more clearly. When we view our path with clarity, we move with accelerated purpose and intent.

There is a calling in each of us that compels us to go forward with a full and committed heart. The Aztecs called it an Ollin heart. What are your thoughts about going Ollin?

You can read more about Ollin and what the Aztecs believed about finding your sacred path in Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words. 

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