"...I saw conscious evolution as the next stage of evolution
itself. It is the evolution of evolution from unconscious to conscious
choice. I realized that we are literally in a crisis of birth of
the next stage of our evolution. We are outgrowing the womb
of self-conscious humanity and planet-boundedness. We can learn
to restore the Earth, free ourselves from scarcity and move forward
into an immeasur-able future as a co-evolutionary co-creative species.
Like a newborn infant, we innately know how to do this…when
we have the right story to guide us. ... Once we know that our crisis
is potentially the birth of a new human and a new humanity, we can
move forward through any difficulty."
Galactic Butterfly -- Toltec symbol said to represent
all of the consciousness that has ever existed in our galaxy
The following resources on planetary changes
and humanity's evolution come from various perspectives --science,
spirituality, Indigenous prophecies and the Mayan calendar.
Whatever our favored modes of knowing, all call us to
consider what we have created of our world, and to what more
do we aspire.
"2012 represents so
many different things to so many people I really believe that 2012
is perhaps an expansion into greater awareness... I think that
perhaps the coronal mass injections, the plasma or a mechanism
of this... And I think that it is the --if we're going to say 'ascension'--
it is the planet that is perhaps ascending or transitioning,
and that it will take humanity another ten, twelve, fifteen generations
en masse. I think that there are certainly enlightened people...
but I think humanity en masse are going to wake up on the 22nd of
December and say 'what was the big deal' but I think the matrix
will have changed and the possibility for us to move forward exists." --James
Tyberonn , 12-12-12
have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now,
you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.
And, there are things to be considered: Where are you living?
What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right
relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak
your truth. Create your community. Be good to each other.
And, do not look outside yourself for the leader. The time of the
lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. We are the ones we have
been waiting for." --The
Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraiba, Arizona
are in a fleeting time, a brief moment of great opportunity during
which the cosmic portal is open. May we be aware and awake, so the
future does not become a projection of our deepest fears,
but the manifestation of our highest aspirations." --John
"Every great dream begins
with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength,
the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the
"The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.
They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game,
but they will never allow us to bring about genuine change." --Audre
Lorde "No more prizes for forecasting the rain... only prizes
for building the ark ."
Mindsight: the New Science of Personal
"This is the true joy in
life, the being used for
a purpose recognized
by yourself as a mighty
one; the being
thoroughly worn out
before you are thrown
on the scrap heap; the
being a force of Nature
instead of a feverish
selfish little clod of
complaining that the
world will not devote
itself to making you
- George Bernard Shaw
Five questions to focus conscious evolutionaries
What kind of world do I want to live in, and
what kind of world do I want for my children and their
What is my role or contribution in bringing
about this world?
If I am part of an organization and I am the
leader of the organization, what kind of team do I want to have
and what is my relationship with this team?
Where do I belong in this larger network of
conversation that we are having right now?
What do I feel is the need of the moment, and
what do I see as the solution of the moment?
“You are brilliant, and the
earth is hiring…”
The Unforgettable Commencement Address to the Class of 2009,
University of Portland, May 3rd, 2009
By Paul Hawken
When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could
give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut,
honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.”
Boy, no pressure there.
But let’s begin with the startling part. Hey, Class of
2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be
a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining,
and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling
situation – but not one peer-reviewed paper published in
the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, the
earth needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and
we need it within a few decades.
This planet came with a set of operating instructions, but we
seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t
poison the water, soil, or air, and don’t let the earth
get overcrowded,and don’t touch the thermostat have been
broken. Buckminster Fuller said that spaceship earth was so ingeniously
designed that no one has a clue that we are on one, flying through
the universe at a million miles per hour, with no need for seatbelts,
lots of room in coach, and really good food – but all that
There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will
receive, and in case you didn’t bring lemon juice to decode
it, I can tell you what it says: YOU ARE BRILLIANT, AND THE EARTH
IS HIRING. The earth couldn’t afford to send any recruiters
or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries,
night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you
are dating. Take the hint. And here’s the deal: Forget that
this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required.
Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible.
Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible
only after you are done.
When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future,
my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about
what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t
understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to
restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t
optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere
in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair,
power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance
of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. The poet Adrienne
Rich wrote, “So much has been destroyed I have cast my lot
with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary
power, reconstitute the world.” There could be no better
description. Humanity is coalescing. It is reconstituting the
world, and the action is taking place in schoolrooms, farms, jungles,
villages, campuses, companies, refuge camps, deserts, fisheries,
You join a multitude of caring people. No one knows how many
groups and organizations are working on the most salient issues
of our day: climate change, poverty, deforestation, peace, water,
hunger, conservation, human rights, and more. This is the largest
movement the world has ever seen. Rather than control, it seeks
connection. Rather than dominance, it strives to disperse concentrations
of power. Like Mercy Corps, it works behind the scenes and gets
the job done. Large as it is, no one knows the true size of this
movement. It provides hope, support, and meaning to billions of
people in the world. Its clout resides in idea, not in force.
It is made up of teachers, children, peasants, businesspeople,
rappers, organic farmers, nuns, artists, government workers, fisherfolk,
engineers, students, incorrigible writers, weeping Muslims, concerned
mothers, poets, doctors without borders, grieving Christians,
street musicians, the President of the United States of America,
and as the writer David James Duncan would say, the Creator, the
One who loves us all in such a huge way.
There is a rabbinical teaching that says if the world is ending
and the Messiah arrives, first plant a tree, and then see if the
story is true. Inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of
what may befall us; it resides in humanity’s willingness
to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, reimagine, and
reconsider. “One day you finally knew what you had to do,
and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad
advice,” is Mary Oliver’s description of moving away
from the profane toward a deep sense of connectedness to
the living world.
Millions of people are working on behalf of strangers, even if
the evening news is usually about the death of strangers. This
kindness of strangers has religious, even mythic origins, and
very specific eighteenth-century roots. Abolitionists were the
first people to create a national and global movement to defend
the rights of those they did not know. Until that time, no group
had filed a grievance except on behalf of itself. The founders
of this movement were largely unknown – Granville Clark,
Thomas Clarkson, Josiah Wedgwood – and their goal was ridiculous
on the face of it: at that time three out of four people in the
world were enslaved. Enslaving each other was what human beings
had done for ages. And the abolitionist movement was greeted with
incredulity. Conservative spokesmen ridiculed the abolitionists
as liberals, progressives, do-gooders, meddlers, and activists.
They were told they would ruin the economy and drive England into
poverty. But for the first time in history a group of people organized
themselves to help people they would never know, from whom they
would never receive direct or indirect benefit.. And today tens
of millions of people do this every day. It is called the world
of non-profits, civil society, schools, social entrepreneurship,
and non-governmental organizations, of companies who place social
and environmental justice at the top of their strategic goals.
The scope and scale of this effort is unparalleled in history.
The living world is not “out there” somewhere, but
in your heart. What do we know about life? In the words of biologist
Janine Benyus, life creates the conditions that are conducive
to life. I can think of no better motto for a future economy.
We have tens of thousands of abandoned homes without people and
tens of thousands of abandoned people without homes. We have failed
bankers advising failed regulators on how to save failed assets.
Think about this: we are the only species on this planet without
full employment. Brilliant. We have an economy that tells us that
it is cheaper to destroy earth in real time than to renew, restore,
and sustain it. You can print money to bail out a bank but you
can’t print life to bail out a planet. At present we are
stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it
gross domestic product. We can just as easily have an economy
that is based on healing the future instead of stealing it. We
can either create assets for the future or take the assets of
the future. One is called restoration and the other exploitation.
And whenever we exploit the earth we exploit people and cause
untold suffering. Working for the earth is not a way to get rich,
it is a way to be rich.
The first living cell came into being nearly 40 million centuries
ago, and its direct descendants are in all of our bloodstreams.
Literally you are breathing molecules this very second that were
inhaled by Moses, Mother Teresa, and Bono. We are vastly interconnected.
Our fates are inseparable. We are here because the dream of every
cell is to become two cells. In each of you are one quadrillion
cells, 90 percent of which are not human cells. Your body is a community,
and without those other microorganisms you would perish in hours.
Each human cell has 400 billion molecules conducting millions
of processes between trillions of atoms. The total cellular activity
in one human body is staggering: one septillion actions at any
one moment, a one with twenty-four zeros after it. In a millisecond,
our body has undergone ten times more processes than there are
stars in the universe – exactly what Charles Darwin foretold
when he said science would discover that each living creature
was a “little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating
organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars of
So I have two questions for you all: First, can you feel your
body? Stop for a moment. Feel your body. One septillion activities
going on simultaneously, and your body does this so well you are
free to ignore it, and wonder instead when this speech will end.
Second question: who is in charge of your body? Who is managing
those molecules? Hopefully not a political party. Life is creating
the conditions that are conducive to life inside you, just as
in all of nature. What I want you to imagine is that collectively
humanity is evincing a deep innate wisdom in coming together to
heal the wounds and insults of the past.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars
only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that
night, of course. The world would become religious overnight.
We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of
God. Instead the stars come out every night, and we watch television.
This extraordinary time when we are globally aware of each other
and the multiple dangers that threaten civilization has never
happened, not in a thousand years, not in ten thousand years.
Each of us is as complex and beautiful as all the stars in the
universe. We have done great things and we have gone way off course
in terms of honoring creation. You are graduating to the
most amazing, challenging, stupefying challenge ever bequested
to any generation. The generations before you failed. They didn’t
stay up all night. They got distracted and lost sight of the fact
that life is a miracle every moment of your existence. Nature
beckons you to be on her side. You couldn’t ask for a better
boss. The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not
the dreamer. Hopefulness only makes sense when it doesn’t
make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run
as if your life depends on it.
Paul Hawken is a renowned entrepreneur, visionary environmental
activist, and author of many books, most recently Blessed Unrest:
How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why
No One Saw It Coming. He was presented with an honorary doctorate
of humane letters by University president Father Bill Beauchamp,
C.S.C., in May, when he delivered this superb speech. Our thanks
especially to Erica Linson for her help making that moment possible.
Predictions and myths
Like Jesus or Buddha, there was an original Quetzalcoatl. Though
their lives and accomlishments have been embroidered into myth,
the essential truths of their teachings still hold.
The myth of Quetzalcoatl --pivotal in the Spanish Conquest of
the nations of Mesoamerica and vital again today-- is emblematic
of the larger repeating cycles that call us to re-define our humanity.
In Quetzalcoatl's time, what if the
needed critical mass had risen to meet his kingly impulse to elevate
his people toward a higher expression of opening the heart --a
leap of consciousness beyond the literal sacrificial act of wrenching
from victims their still-beating hearts? What kind of civilization
might they have created? Assuming the greater consciousness with
which they would have met the encounter of cultures, what might
have been the outcome?
And today, what change in human consciousness will serve us best
as the nations of our planet face the global tests of climate
change, shrinking natural resources and proliferating nuclear
The Mayan Calendar: The World
will Not End
Carlos Barrios was born into a Spanish family on El Altiplano,
the highlands of Guatemala. His home was in Huehuetenango, also
the dwelling place of the Maya Mam tribe. With other Maya and
other indigenous tradition keepers, the Mam carry part of the
old ways on Turtle Island (North America). They are keepers of
time, authorities on remarkable calendars that are ancient, elegant
Mr. Barrios is an historian, an anthropologist and investigator.
After studying with traditional elders for 25 years, since the
age of 19, he has also become a Mayan Ajq'ij, a ceremonial priest
and spiritual guide, Eagle Clan.
Years ago, along with his brother, Gerardo, Carlos initiated
an investigation into the different Mayan calendars. He studied
with many teachers. He says his brother Gerardo interviewed nearly
600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.
"Anthropologists visit the temple sites," Mr. Barrios
says, "and read the stelas and inscriptions and make up stories
about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It's
just their imagination. Other people write about prophecy in the
name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December2012.
The Mayan elders are angry with this. THE WORLD WILL NOT END.....IT
WILL BE TRANSFORMED! The indigenous have the calendars, and know
how to accurately interpret them, not others."
Mayan comprehension of time, seasons, and cycles has proven itself
to be vast and sophisticated. The Maya understand 17 different
calendars, some of them charting time accurately over a span of
more than ten million years. The calendar that has steadily drawn
global attention since 1987 is called the Tzolk'in or Cholq'ij.
Devised ages ago and based on the cycle of the Pleiades, it is
still held as sacred. With the indigenous calendars, native people
have kept track of important turning points in history. For example,
the day keepers who study the calendars identified an important
day in the year One Reed, Ce Acatal, as it was called by the Mexicans.
That was the day when an important ancestor was prophesied to
return, "coming like a butterfly."
In the western calendar, the One Reed date correlates to Easter
Sunday, April 21, 1519 the day that Hernando Cortez and his fleet
of 11 Spanish galleons arrived from the East at what is today
called Vera Cruz, Mexico. When the Spanish ships came toward shore,
native people were waiting and watching to see how it would go.
The billowing sails of the ships did indeed remind the scouts
of butterflies skimming the ocean surface.
In this manner was a new era initiated, an era they had anticipated
through their calendars. The Maya termed the new era the Nine
Bolomtikus, or nine Hells of 52 years each. As the nine cycles
unfolded, land and freedom were taken from the native people.
Disease and disrespect dominated. What began with the arrival
of Cortez, lasted until August 16, 1987 - a date many people recall
as Harmonic Convergence. Millions of people took advantage of
that date to make ceremony in sacred sites, praying for a smooth
transition to a new era, the World of the Fifth Sun.
From that 1987 date until now, Mr. Barrios says, we have been
in a time when the right arm of the materialistic world is disappearing,
slowly but inexorably. We are at the cusp of the era when peace
begins, and people live in harmony with Mother Earth. We are no
longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the
World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time
As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence
of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth
changes. All this, Mr. Barrios says, was foreseen via the simple,
mathematics of the Mayan calendars. "It will change,"
Mr. Barrios observes.
"Everything will change." He said Mayan Daykeepers
view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, the start of the World
of the Fifth Sun. It will be the start of a new era resulting
from, and signified by, the solar meridian crossing the galactic
equator, and the earth aligning itself with the center of the
At sunrise on December 21, 2012 for the first time in 26,000
years the Sun rises to conjunct the intersection of the Milky
Way and the plane of the ecliptic. This cosmic cross is considered
to be an embodiment of the Sacred Tree, The Tree of Life a tree
remembered in all the world's spiritual traditions. Some observers
say this alignment with the heart of the galaxy in 2012 will open
a channel for cosmic energy to flow through the earth, cleansing
it and all that dwells upon it, raising all to a higher level
This process has already begun, Mr. Barrios suggested. "Change
is accelerating now, and it will continue to accelerate."
If the people of the earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape,
without having destroyed too much of the Earth, Mr. Barrios said,
we will rise to a new, higher level. But to get there we must
transform enormously powerful forces that seek to block the way.
A Picture of the Road Ahead
From his understanding of the Mayan tradition and the calendars,
Mr. Barrios offered a picture of where we are at and what may
lie on the road ahead:
The date specified in the calendar: Winter Solstice in the year
2012 does not mark the end of the world. Many outside people writing
about the Mayan calendar sensationalize this date, but they do
not know. The ones who know are the indigenous elders who are
entrusted with keeping the tradition "Humanity will continue,"
he contends, "but in a different way. Material structures
will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more
We are living in the most important era of the Mayan calendars
and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the traditions,
are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual
ideal of this era is action. Many powerful souls have reincarnated
in this era, with a lot of power. This is true on both sides,
the light and the dark. High magic is at work on both sides.
Things will change, but it is up to the people how difficult
or easy it is for the changes to come about. The economy now is
a fiction. The first five-year stretch of transition from August
1987 to August 1992 was the beginning of the destruction of the
material world. We have progressed ten years deeper into the transition
phase by now, and many of the so-called sources of financial stability
are in fact hollow.
The banks are weak. This is a delicate moment for them. They
could crash globally if we don't pay attention. One critical period
is October and November 2002. If the banks crash in these months
then we will be forced to rely on the land and our skills. The
monetary systems will be in chaos, and we must then rely on our
direct relationship with the Earth for our food and shelter. The
North and South Poles are both breaking up. The level of the water
in the oceans is going to rise. But at the same time land in the
ocean, especially near Cuba, is also going to rise.
A Call for Fusion
As he met with audiences in Santa Fe, Mr. Barrios told a story
about the most recent Mayan New Year ceremonies in Guatemala.
He said that one respected Mayan elder, who lives all year in
a solitary mountain cave, journeyed to Chichicastenango to speak
with the people at the ceremony. The elder delivered a simple,
direct message. He called for human beings to come together in
support of life and light. Right now each person and group is
going his or her own way. The elder of the mountains said there
is hope if the people of the light can come together and unite
in some way. Reflecting on this, Mr. Barrios explained: "We
live in a world of polarity: day and night, man and woman, positive
and negative. Light and darkness need each other. They are a balance.
Just now the dark side is very strong, and very clear about what
they want. They have their vision and their priorities clearly
held, and also their hierarchy. They are working in many ways
so that we will be unable to connect with the spiral Fifth World
"On the light side everyone thinks they are the most important,
that their own understandings, or their group's understandings,
are the key. There's a diversity of cultures and opinions, so
there is competition, diffusion, and no single focus."
As Mr. Barrios sees it, the dark side works to block fusion through
denial and materialism. It also works to destroy those who are
working with the light to get the Earth to a higher level. They
like the energy of the old, declining Fourth World, the materialism.
They do not want it to change. They do not want fusion. They want
to stay at this level, and are afraid of the next level.
****The dark power of the declining Fourth World cannot be destroyed
or overpowered. It's too strong and clear for that, and that is
the wrong strategy. The dark can only be transformed when confronted
with simplicity and open-heartedness. This is what leads to fusion,
a key concept for the World of the Fifth Sun.****
Mr. Barrios said the emerging era of the Fifth Sun will call
attention to a much-overlooked element. Whereas the four traditional
elements of earth, air, fire and water have dominated various
epochs in the past, there will be a fifth element to reckon with
in the time of the Fifth Sun: ether. The dictionary defines ether
as the rarefied element of the Heavens. Ether is a medium. It
permeates all space and transmits waves of energy in a wide range
of frequencies, from cell phones to human auras. What is "ethereal"
is related to the regions beyond earth: the heavens.
Ether the element of the Fifth Sun is celestial and lacking in
material substance, but is no less real than wood, stone or flesh.
"Within the context of ether there can be a fusion of the
polarities," Mr. Barrios said. "No more darkness or
light in the people, but an uplifted fusion. But right now the
realm of darkness is not interested in this. They are organized
to block it. They seek to unbalance the Earth and its environment
so we will be unready for the alignment in 2012. We need to work
together for peace, and balance with the other side. We need to
take care of the Earth that feeds and shelters us. We need to
put our entire mind and heart into pursuing unity and fusion now,
to confront the other side and preserve life."
To be Ready for this Moment in History
Mr. Barrios told his audiences in Santa Fe that we are at a critical
moment of world history. "We are disturbed," he said.
"We can't play anymore. Our planet can be renewed or ravaged.
Now is the time to awaken and take action." "Everyone
is needed. You are not here for no reason. Everyone who is here
now has an important purpose. This is a hard, but a special time.
We have the opportunity for growth, but we must be ready for this
moment in history."
Mr. Barrios offered a number of suggestions to help people walk
in balance through the years ahead. "The prophesied changes
are going to happen," he said "but our attitude and
actions determine how harsh or mild they are."
We need to act, to make changes, and to elect people to represent
us who understand and who will take political action to respect
the earth. Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also
action. It's very important to be clear about who you are, and
also about your relation to the Earth.
Develop yourself according to your own tradition and the call
of your heart. But remember to respect differences, and strive
for unity. Eat wisely. A lot of food is corrupt in either subtle
or gross ways. Pay attention to what you are taking into your
body. Learn to preserve food, and to conserve energy. Learn some
good breathing techniques, so you have mastery of your breath.
Be clear. Follow a tradition with great roots. It is not important
what tradition, your heart will tell you, but it must have great
roots. We live in a world of energy. An important task at this
time is to learn to sense or see the energy of everyone and everything:
people, plants, animals. This becomes increasingly important as
we draw close to the World of the Fifth Sun, for it is associated
with the element ether -- the realm where energy lives and weaves.
Go to the sacred places of the earth to pray for peace and respect
for the Earth which gives us our food, clothing, and shelter.
We need to reactivate the energy of these sacred places. That
is our work.
****According to Mr. Barrios' reading of the Mayan calendar,
if war happens in November 2002 or after, then it's bad, but not
catastrophic. But if it happens between April and November 2003,
will be catastrophic. Really bad. It could eventually result in
the death of two-thirds of humanity. "So stay active,"
he said. "If we are active, we can transform the planet.
The elders watch to see what happens."****
Many Mayan elders and knowledge keepers may be eliminated in
the next few years. For the first half of the current Katun (20-year
period) the dark side has a lot of power. But that will pass 3
to 4 years from now. The tide can turn. Amazing things are going
****One simple but effective prayer technique is to light a white
or baby-blue colored candle. Think a moment in peace. Speak your
intention to the flame and send the light of it on to the leaders
who have the power to make war or peace.****
We Have Work to Do
According to Mr. Barrios this is a crucially important moment
for humanity, and for earth. Each person is important. If you
have incarnated into this era, you have spiritual work to do balancing
the planet. He said the elders have opened the doors so that other
races can come to the Mayan world to receive the tradition. The
Maya have long appreciated and respected that there are other
colors, other races, and other spiritual systems. "They know,"
he said, "that the destiny of the Mayan world is related
to the destiny of the whole world."
"The greatest wisdom is in simplicity," Mr. Barrios
advised before leaving Santa Fe. "Love, respect, tolerance,
sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate.
The real knowledge is free. It's encoded in your DNA. All you
need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning.
Find your heart, and you will find your way."
Mayan Worldview of the Universe Portends that
a New Era Begins in the Year 2012
By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez
December 31, 1999
Last year, U.S. News & World Report published a cover story
titled, "Is Ours the Only Universe?" Its contents were
mind-boggling, to say the least. Among many things, some scientists
posited the existence of multiple universes. These speculations
remind us that not every culture views the nature of life in the
same manner. Which leads us to the millennium.
The millennium is a Christian marker. For the Chinese, the year
2000 is actually 4697. For Jewish people, it's 5760, and for Muslims
it's the year 1378. It also marks 5014 years from the start of
the Mayan calendar. And for sticklers, it's actually one year
shy of the third millennium.
In the Americas, using pre-Columbian calendars, the year 2000
is virtually meaningless. However, the year 2012 in the Mayan
calendar marks the end of a 5,200-year "sun," or era,
and also the end of five suns, which make up a 26,000-year astronomical
Most indigenous peoples in pre-Columbian America used variants
of the same astronomical calendars, and many held similar beliefs
regarding the end of each sun, that each ended in cataclysms like
earthquakes, fires, volcanoes and floods.
Many still use these calendars. What ancient Mayan scientists
did was not so much prophesize as predict. Not surprisingly, the
year 2012 figures prominently. Based on thousands of years of
astronomical observation, a cataclysm is indeed predicted by indigenous
elders, as opposed to "prophesized." No one is predicting
that at the strike of midnight, December 20, 2012, the world will
end. Instead, Mayan elders predict that the cataclysm can occur
within a year or 100 years -- and the cause would be something
astronomical as opposed to metaphysical.
Mayan scholar Hunbatz Men, in "Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion"
(Bear and Co., Santa Fe N.M.), says that the Western world is
not familiar with the Mayan view of the universe primarily because
Europeans did everything to destroy all indigenous knowledge.
Subsequently, Europeans set out to rewrite indigenous history
through their own eyes. As a result, he says, to understand the
Mayan worldview and vision of the cosmos -- which is quite complex
-- we are "compelled to discard 99 percent of the material
produced and used by official researchers, and resort to sources
closer to our indigenous American culture." Those sources,
he says, are indigenous elders and the thousands of ceremonial
centers throughout the Americas that survive to this day.
Hunbatz Men believes that the Mayans are the original teachers
of the world and that their ancestors traveled throughout the
world to disseminate their knowledge. For instance, he says that
the 300 B.C. Hindu writer Valmiki credits the Naga-Maya with bringing
Hindus their culture in the year 2700 B.C. The Tibetans and Greeks
have similar stories about being visited by the Cara-Maya in ancient
times. Similarly, the Egyptian priest-historian Manetho also says
the Mayax also visited Africa. He adds that people from all over
the world visited the Americas in ancient times.
Don Alejandro Cirilo Pérez Oxlaj, a Mayan elder who spoke
at a recent medicine conference, amazed the audience by not only
confirming Hunbatz Men's ideas, but also by adding that the Mayans
had received their original teachings from beings from the Pleiades
star system, who visited them in ancient times in Yucatán,
Believing that the Mayans received their original instructions
from beings from the Pleiades cannot be any less valid than believing,
as Christians and Jews do, that Jehovah spoke to Moses on a mountain
and gave him the Ten Commandments, or that Jesus and Mohammed
ascended into heaven. It's certainly as valid as scientists speculating
that there may be multiple universes, existing in different dimensions.
Cultural bias and military might are responsible for many of our
societal beliefs. That, of course, does not make them right. We
don't know what will happen in the next few days or in the next
12 years. What we do know is that it wouldn't hurt to listen to
the words of Don Alejandro who said that on Dec. 20, 2012, Mother
Earth will pass inside the center of a magnetic axis and that
it may be darkened with a great cloud for 60 to 70 hours and that
because of environmental degradation, she may not be strong enough
to survive the effects. "It will enter another age, but when
it does, there will be great and serious events. Earthquakes,
maremotos (tsunamis), floods, volcanic eruptions and great illness
on the planet Earth. Few survivors will be left."
Don Alejandro has been sent as a messenger from a council of elders
to warn the world that we must change the way we live and take
care of Earth. We hope his message resonates with people of all
faiths and beliefs.
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