Thursday, August 6, 2009

The 2012 problem

I'm sure many of you are by now familiar with all the hype surrounding the supposed importance of 2012. The problem I'm finding with all the chatter is that there are as many ideas out there surrounding what's "supposed to" occur in 2012 as there are people imagining they know the truth of it. For starters:

The Mayan calendar "end date" falls on December 21, 2012. Or it falls on October 31, 2011. (Take your pick. The two main calendar researchers - Calleman and Jenkins - have long been engaged in a flame war over this.)

The Mayans themselves were predicting:

1) The end of the world
2) a cataclysmic decimation of our planet and a massive loss of human life
3) a harmonic shift in human consciousness that will elevate our species
4) the apocalypse
5) the close return of our sun's twin star and its accompanying gravitational disturbances
6) our planetary alignment with the energy field in the galactic center
7) the ushering in of a new world order
8) an instantaneous resolution to all our social problems
9) the arrival of higher-dimensional visitors from other worlds: i.e. alien contact
10) the division of our species into "enlightened ones" and those who are "left behind."
11) nothing much at all - it's just another date
12) the conversion of material-bodied humans into immortal, ethereal light beings
13) a dimensional shift in our reality
14) nobody knows

Of course, not all of the above can be true. In fact its quite possible that none of them are accurate predictions of what we might experience when 2012 does roll along. These proposals are kind of like religion in that way. People have cherished many thousands of religious dogmas over the eons (most of which have long been abandoned by now.) So what are the odds that the beliefs of any current religious system will prove to be 100% correct? Why, for that matter, must we "believe in" anything at all? Why can't we just embrace the unknown and allow cosmic reality to unfold in its own sweet time?

What troubles me most about the whole 2012 thing is this: once again it looks like humanity is placing a bet on our hopes of an outside trigger to impel us to "fix" or change what needs to be done here on Earth. If 2012 is the "end times" for this incarnation of human reality, what's the point in doing any work to fix things in the here and now? I fear we place too much emphasis on messiahs, saviors, alien beings, cosmic vibrational tones, etc. and too little on turning within to discover what we can do to alleviate human suffering right now. It's a childlike approach to life, which served us well as children but doesn't do much to solve the problems we're creating as troubled juveniles.

I respectfully suggest that it's time for us to take some adult responsibility for the mess we find ourselves in, to let go of our wishful thinking about being "rescued" from ourselves, and to roll up our sleeves and decide what kind of a world we wish to build. Then we should build it and become it NOW - not wait for 2012 to bring it about so we don't have to.

It's wonderful for us to have a vision of a new humanity, but it's also imperative that we actively take steps toward creating it ourselves in this, the real world, rather than wait longingly for the universe to provide it all for us. After all, the universe has given us arms, legs and strong healthy backs; minds, hearts and a powerful intuition. These tools can be found in all our respective tool belts, and we have the skills and energy to wield them. So what on planet Earth are we waiting for?

If 2012 comes around and nothing significant happens, the tendency of the perpetual dreamers will be to come up with an alternative date for the next messianic arrival of cosmic salvation. I say instead we pull together today and begin creating the world we want to share anew. If something significant does happen in 2012, wonderful! Let's greet it with open hearts and embrace the change. If not, at least we'll have moved toward a better future for ourselves and our living planet. All this new-age business about us being able to "mind manifest" what we want doesn't work; not unless we put our shoulders to the wheel and actually do what reality reequires of us to create what we want. At least, that's the limitation we're stuck with until the cosmos decides we're ready to play with some brand new tools. I suspect it'll evolve us after we've demonstrated adequate mastery over the many and amazing tools we've already been gifted.

1 comment:

  1. ‘End of the world’ predictions have been prevalent for ages. One can deduce that the Bible is nothing more than such a prediction. Repent and be saved, as the Four Horsemen are thundering around the bend and boy are they pissed. Leviticus 3:14. (Oh, not really.) Thus far, obviously, no earth-ending prediction has come true. I suppose one day, one will actually occur and if it’s 2012, well - the joke’s on me.

    However, I suspect 2012 is yet another neurotic attempt to instill fear into the masses, which is so easily done. According to most currently living Mayans (this on Nat. Geo or Discovery), 2012 isn’t being taken seriously at all… it seems the fuss is mostly by phobic Americans who have jumped on this particularly morbid band wagon.

    My logic (faulty as it may be) dictates that absolutely nothing will happen in 2012, unless….

    And this is the amazing part. Unless we bring that change to fruition ourselves. Not talking cataclysmic change, but more a groundswell grass roots movement. It’s a great rallying point for the illuninari… that overworked (in my opinion) sound-bite that “we are the people we’ve been waiting for.” Hate the phrase, love the meaning.

    Except maybe it’s true. If enough people believe in change (again, I’m not talking Armageddon here, just a radical shift in consciousness) then 2012 may just happen. Any sudden stampede by the majority can bring down governments, cultures, entire civilizations. I'm not sure what the combustion point is, but I suspect we're well on our way toward ignition.

    Never thought I’d ever say this, but I see this country beginning to crumble. We’re mired in 200 and 2000 year old traditions that don’t fit the changing world, the current mode, the immediate needs of the masses, and unless we allow ourselves some breathing room we’re going to turn blue and bust.

    2012 may offer that breathing room. It may be a battle cry for reform and change and, if enough people listen (and frankly, I’m not even sure I’m one who will) then enormous social shifts should occur.

    Preordained or simply indirect influence? I guess that depends on whether one believes in fate or not. In pre-destiny. Maybe even intelligent design. In universal purpose?

    But it will be interesting. Personally, I’d like to see a non-violent rumble in this country sooner than bloody social revolution 50 or 100 years later.