Transforming our World

"...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."
                                                                                                --Barbara Marx Hubbard

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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.

SOTA: Indigenous Leaders Share the Prophecy of the Reunion of the Condor and Eagle


"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

Mayan Majix

Mayan Cross

Common Passion
- Blog
- Facebook
- 2013 Program


For accurate info on the Mayan calendar please see
Ian Xel Lungold - Secrets Of The Mayan Calendar Unveiled 1of 3
Ian Xel Lungold - esteemed Maya researcher, now passed
A Guide to 2012 by John Major Jenkins

For the Mayan Sacred Calendar's current (today's) glyph and energies see

Mayan Cross & Ancient Wisdom

Shift of the Ages - Mayan Elder Don Alejandro and the prophecy 2012

Mesoamerican Calendar Studies


Videos, audios, teleseminars...

The Invocation
A beautiful exploration of Spirit, Consciousness, Presence, God...
by whatever name you know the One.. and a call for World Peace

Charles Eisenstein: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible





The Feminine Aspects of Spirituality: A Cross Dialogue 111112




  "Today, the reason we
haven't found our grail,
the key to who we are as
women, is because we
look for it in worlds of
false power, the very
worlds that took it away
from us in the first
place. Neither men nor
work can restore our lost
scepter. Nothing in this
world can take us home.
Only the radar in our
hearts can do that, and
when it does, ... 'We will
light up like lamps, and
the world will never be
the same again.'

Marianne Williamson






The River of Life…

Once a people lived along the banks of the river of life…

The river of life is a river of sweet water, that awakens the seeds of spring
and nourishes all growing things.
The river of life is a storm wind, blowing fresh across the earth.
The river of life is the deep molten fire that shakes the continents.

And the people should have had all they needed for happiness and joy,
But they were plagued by a terrible monster, the triple-headed monster of Greed, Hate, and War.

Greed sucked up all the colors of life and locked them inside his fortress.
Hate severed the threads of love and taught the people to fear each other.
War threatened destruction to anyone who opposed the monster's rule.

And the people were separate, and afraid, and poor.
The threads of connection were frayed.
The fabric of care unraveled.
And War took the young and marched them off to slaughter and die in places far away.
Greed stole their future...

The river of life ran dry.

The women saw the springs go barren, the new sprouts fail, the trees die, and the hills turn brown…

And they wept and mourned, and didn’t know what to do.

The women, too, were divided, for some had more and some had less.
Old wounds and present injustices kept them apart.

But as War shook his fist, and threatened to unleash
weapons to destroy the earth...

The women turned to each other; they said: "We are scraps of a torn fabric,
but if we tie them together,
we can bind wounds, dry tears,
weave a net to carry heavy loads.

"We must amplify love, and throw off dread,
Take back our power and spin a thread,
A life-line, held in our strong hands,
A living web of shining strands.

"And our hands remember how to spin.
We spin freedom on the rising wind,
We spin threads of life, the cords of fate,
We spin love into a river that can overrun hate.

"We spin justice burning like a flaming star;
We spin peace into a river that can overcome war.
And if you want to know where true power lies,
Turn and look into your sisters' eyes.

"So come mothers and grandmothers,
Lovers and daughters.
Come spinners and weavers,
Tool makers, potters,
Dancers and dreamers,
Fixers and changers,
Singers and screamers.
Forget all the dangers.
Come ancestors, guardians, Goddesses too,
You who teach us, you who speak true,
You who plant, and you who reap,
You who soar and you who creep,
You who cook, and you who drum,
You who have been, and you yet to come,
You who fight with the sword,
You who fight with the pen.
Unreasonable women,
Unmanageable men.
Come harpies and banshees and gorgons and Witches;
Come sweet loving hearts and furious bitches!"

"Break the chains that have kept us bound.
Weave a web to pull the monster down.
In the face of truth, no lie can stand.
Weave the vision, strand by strand.

"We are sweet water, we are the seed,
We are the storm wind to blow away greed.
We are the new world we bring to birth;
The river rising to reclaim the earth."







Positive News

UPLIFT 2012 videos

Birth 2012 Activation

The Shift Network

Global Spirit

Peace 2012


Naomi Klein

Carl Calleman

Four Directions
Wisdom Society


Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Graham Hancock w/ Earth-Keeper: Brilliant! The Question of Humanities True Origin 121212

Indigenous Native American Prophecy (Elders Speak parts 1-6)
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman

Dennis Kucinich: A Culture of Peace 020813
Speech delivered to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Jon Fromer - Gonna Take Us All

Maya Scholars John Carlson and Mark van Stone

Audio from KPFA The Visionary Activist w/Caroline Casey 121312
Coyote Network News

Ac Tah - Mayan explanation of what will happen on 21st Dec 2012
Turning Pull Into Push? 121012
Evidence for Antimatter Anomaly Mounts 022912

Eve Ensler on “The State of Female America,” Her Play "Emotional Creature" & Women Violence in Congo 112712

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity- EP 1
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity- EP 2
PBS/ Half the Sky
Half the Sky Movement




Stephen T. Jones - The end of the world as we know it 121912

Barbara Marx Hubbard - The Unfolding Story of My Discovery of Conscious Evolution and Evolutionary Spirituality Dec 2006

2012: Beginning of the End or a New Beginning

The Tire Iron and the Tamale

The Cardinal Cross Years: 2010 to 2012

The Center for Human Flourishing

Jim Reed: The Maya, Archaeology and 2012



"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 world ."
                                                                                                                         --Harriet Tubman

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

Eve Ensler: Suddenly, my body

Gregg Braden - Our Moment of Choice

Audio from Birth 2012 Activation Week


Tinamit Junan Uleu - Earth Peoples United

Apela Colorado -- Awakening our Indigenous Powers
and Moving as One with the Earth

Audio from Inspiring Women Summit 041512

El Despertar de la Serpiente Emplumada 2012

2012: Year of Power - Lee Harris




Fire ceremony 2/6/10 for the beginning of Maya sacred calendar

Paul Hawken: “You are brilliant, and the earth is hiring…”

Bhutan and the Gross National Happiness Index

Ken Carey:  The Moment of Quantum Awakening

  "You 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

Ninth Wave Archives

Mayan Majix

Barbara Hand Clow

Mystery of 2012


The Shift Movement

White Bison

The Transitioner

New Dimensions

Anodea Judith


Tools for Change

Third Wave Foundation


Center for Transforma-
tive Change



Predictions & myths
Carlos Barrios: The Mayan Calendar: The World will Not End

Chief Dan Evehema's Message to Mankind - Traditional Hopi

Patrisia Gonzales: The Mayan Worldview of the Universe Portends that a New Era Begins in the Year 2012

Carl Johan Calleman: The Breakthrough Celebration

Earth Mother Crying: Native American Prophecies NetCenter

The Mayan Prophecies

The Living Prophecy
Prophecies of the - Hopi People

A Hindu perspective



"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

Don Miguel Ruiz

Spiral Dynamics

Global Values Network

Common Passion

Co-Intelligence Inst.

Foundation for
Conscious Evolution

World Puja Radio


Ascension 101

Gary Zukav

Humanity Healing

Center for Nonviolent

World Cafe

The Great Turning

Focusing Institute

Conversation Cafe

Gaia Illumination Univ

Barbara Brennan

Peer Spirit

Videos, audios, teleseminars...

What Are We Capable Of?  THIS IS ANONYMOUS

Tara Redwood School -- Essential Education

Everyone is A Healer: The Healing Power of Love -
A 10-Week, Live Global Training Series Online

The Great Year (Documentary).. narrated by James Earl Jones 1-5

Call Me Trimtab: Buckminster Fuller

Bridging Heaven and Earth

Inspiring Women Summit

2012 - Message of Hope

Every Indian must see this Video

Dear Woman

Birth 2012

Kucinich Rallies Wisconsin 3/12/11

"The Wellbriety Movement: Journey to Forgiveness"

Gregg Braden - Institute of HeartMath

Gregg Braden - The Divine Matrix 1 - 5

2011's Sacred Awakening Series - Begins 3/9/11 - Free
Recordings from previous events still available to listen or download




Humanity Ascending movie trailer - watch online

  "We 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 Major Jenkins


Spirit and Partners

The Emergence Project

Tree of Life Celebration

WorldShift 2012

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The Living Essence

Network of Spiritual

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Journal for Conscious

The Great Story

TT - The Table

What the Bleep

Caroline Casey

Clairvision Astrology

Bob Marks, Astrologer

Conscious Evolution

Consciousness Boot

Inst for Sacred Activism
- Andrew Harvey

Comunidad Galactica
13 Lunas

Marianne Williamson

Sharings and Meditations from the Heart of the World
Sequoyah Trueblood -- Audio from Sacred Awakenings

Sierra Nevada: Indigenous Territories and Sacred Sites
U'wa Oil Resistance - Colombia

2012: Truth, not Just Prophecy -- by Nithyananda

Path of the Peacemaker

Frances Moore Lappe: Why are we creating a world
that no one wants?

Mindsight: the New Science of Personal Transformation

Peace Week - Sept 14 - 21, 2010 -- Audios
A Million Minutes for Peace

Beyond Awakening - The Future of Spiritual Practice
Free teleseminar series -- Calendar

Ervin Laszlo -- 2012, The Opportunity, a Fully Sustaining World

Audio used w/ permission of New Dimensions Radio
Over 800 hours of thoughtful conversation

New Man, New Woman, New Life audios

The Green Beautiful - full length film in 9 parts

Shift of the Ages - movie in 4 parts

Anodea Judith - Waking the Global Heart - IONS audio

The Power of One - CoreLight Films video

The Gulf Call to Sacred Action -- audios
June 26, July 6 & 13, August 3, 2010

Andrew Harvey's Seven Parts of Sacred Activism

If You Really Knew Me > Full Episode
If You Really Knew Me
Challenge Day

VISIONS movie trailer 2 - Barbara Marx Hubbard

  "A vision without a task is a dream.  A task without a dream is drudgery, but a vision with a task can change the world."
--Black Elk



Shift of the Ages

Beyond Borders


Touch the Earth

Techqua Ikachi

The World Peace

Alliance for a New

Spiritual Rock Star Radio

Vivid Life

Feng SHe

The Global Oneness


Higher Vision Center

Nightly Healing

Source Integralis

World Spirituality: Spirit's Next Move -- Free Teleseminar Series

Deepak Chopra on spiritual leadership

Audio from the Evolutionary Worldview series

The Future of Love Teleseries audio

Conscious Convergence -- Carl Calleman Call to Action
The Conscious Convergence... a wave of unity July 17 - 18, 2010

Vision 2012 - A roadmap for accelerating the shift

RSA Animate -- The Empathic Civilisation

THE SHIFT movie trailer

Crossing Lines in Fresno   - the power of dialogue video

IONS Shift in Action Archives

Don Beck -- "Deep Shifts: Resolving major conflicts through the principles and processes of Natural Design"   [download audio]

Richard Wolff: Capitalism Hits the Fan
Professor Richard D. Wolff -- Online Lectures and Classes

Inspiring Women Conference -- Listen to the Dialogues

Evolutionary Worldview Seminar
Deepak Chopra:  Five Questions to Focus Conscious Evolutionaries

Barbara Marx Hubbard -- Hope for the Universal Human

Audio from New Dimensions Radio

Reginald Ray -- Your Body is your Guru

Audio from New Dimensions Radio

Women on the Edge of Evolution -- Listen to the interviews

Integral Enlightenment --Awakening the Impulse to Evolve audios

The Great Integral Awakening - Audios

Conscious Media Network

Interview with David Daniels

Support a UN 5th World Conference on Women

Steve McIntosh - Interviews on Integral Consciousness

The Rebirth Celebration Coming to Life Meditation
Magnificent 50-minute meditation

Humanity Healing Video

Tony Parsons - The Open Secret
Scroll down & click on video interview

"No more prizes for forecasting the rain... only prizes for building the ark ."
                                                                                                                        --Don Beck










Mindsight: the New Science of Personal Transformation





"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
ailments and
complaining that the
world will not devote
itself to making you

- George Bernard Shaw


Five questions to focus conscious evolutionaries

Deepak Chopra


  1. What kind of world do I want to live in, and what kind of world do I want for my children and their children?
  2. What is my role or contribution in bringing about this world?
  3. 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?
  4. Where do I belong in this larger network of conversation that we are having right now?
  5. 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 is changing.

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, and slums.

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 heaven.”

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 stockpiles?












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 and relevant.

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."

The Calendars

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 of transition.

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 galaxy.

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 of vibration.

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 human."

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 in 2012."

"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, it
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 to happen.

****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."








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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 cycle.

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, México.

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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