Now, I know there are a lot of doomsayers out there who will immediately go off into cataclysmic benders about the end of the world and how I should be paying more attention to the dire prophecies offered up by the ancient Mayans. Let me tell you why I refuse to consider the notion that the world is going to end December 21, 2012, or indeed any specific date in the future. Through a blend of my own personal philosophy and knowledge, and a completely scientific examination of the Mayan calendar offered up by true experts in the field (rather than religious leaders and New Age gurus who have been looking for any excuse to declare the world about to end since the age of Pisces started in 200 B.C.E.) – namely, experts in MesoAmerican culture and history – I’ll attempt to explain why I firmly believe that not only will the world NOT end in 2012, but also how it’s likely to continue for a great long while.
As a Shaman and Spiritual Healer, I often have cause to deal with Otherworldly beings. And, as an Indigo, I tend to follow a very non-linear thought pattern most people find either illogical or difficult to follow. I explain this only because it’s important that you understand a little about how I think, so you can better grasp why I believe what I believe.
Yes, I’ve heard all the stories about how the Incans and Mayans built amazingly advanced societies for their times, and then mysteriously vanished around the time of the arrival of the Spaniards. I’ve heard all the speculations about how they were really alien races with amazing scientific knowledge and power, and that they picked up and left the planet to escape the Conquistadors.
Allow me to be skeptical, here. These stories of alien races always struck me as just that – pieces of fiction created to explain very simple series of events in the most complicated and fantastical way possible. To take a brief detour that will help you understand why I don’t even give this theory a whiff of credence, I must explain my beliefs on extraterrestrial life. Yes, I do believe there is life out there, beyond our planet. Statistically, it would be impossible for there to NOT be. However, I don’t believe that life exists within our own Solar System, or that any society capable of the kind of travel it would take to get to our planet would even bother to do so. We have nothing to offer them, at that point, and it’s certainly pure conjecture to assume that all other life out there (or indeed, any of it) would find our planet’s atmosphere at all friendly. In short, I don’t believe that any life out there would willingly visit us, let alone build insular societies on our world during a highly primitive time in our history.
Having said that, let me concede one point – yes, the Incan and Mayan civilizations were advanced for their time and area of the world. They built massive cities, devised calendars and written language, and other traits of advanced society, while most of the rest of the American continents were essentially in hunter-gatherer state. However, they were far from the first, or only, advanced civilization in history. Long before the Mayans even rose up as a civilization, the Babylonian Empire had devised written language, and a calendar system that later gave rise to the progression of our modern calendar. Around the same time, Chinese invention flourished, and they too developed written language, calendars, monetary systems and grand architectural designs that still awe people the world over, today. Yet no one believes that these societies were descended from alien races or angelic beings. There’s no evidence to support any different than a natural progression to the Mayan civilization.
When it comes to predicting the end of the world, I have to admit I don’t understand why anyone would want to. If the world truly is going to end (which I don’t believe it will, for reasons I’ll later explain), then there’s nothing anyone could do about it, and knowing would simply make your existence on this planet a miserable experience. And that detracts from the lessons you might learn, and the advancement of your soul’s growth. It seems a pitiful waste of energy to be in a constant state of doomsday prophecy, to me. As for the Mayans, if they could so easily predict the end of our entire planet, so many centuries in the future, why did their civilization collapse from possibly something as simple as climate change and drought? Why were they unable to plan for or predict the coming of the Spaniards? The idea of them predicting an event so far beyond the end of their own society seems a foolish assumption, or a downright hoax, to me.
Most of this, of course, is all linear logic that is reasonably simple to follow, and most of which can be gleaned from history and scientific concept, if one bothers to do a little investigation. It’s much less a part of my argument than the rest, which is more non-linear and perhaps harder to follow.
I’ve long maintained a stubborn refusal to investigate UFO sightings and alien abductions, for reasons I’ve stated above. I simply don’t believe that our third-rate little planet has any significance or holds any particular appeal to an advanced space-faring race. And, by much the same token that I don’t believe Atlantis was the end-all of civilization, nor do I believe that the Mayans were the final authority on the end of the world.
I’ve had a long and personal connection to Nature – it was my first teacher, and remains a vital part of my life force. While I don’t, by any means, claim to know the meaning of life or how it will end beyond the understanding that it’s Nature’s progression that all things which are given life are subject to death and transition, I do know that Nature is enduring because it is never static. A constantly changing and evolving force is unlikely to ever be completely extinguished except by artificial means. And so, I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as “the end of the world” out there, unless we, as human beings, do something totally stupid and blow up the planet in the process (and I believe that Nature will kill us off as a species long before it lets THAT happen).
On the other hand, I do believe that life as we know it ends. When you close your eyes and go to sleep at night, life as you knew it that day has ended. When you wake up in the morning, a new day, and a new life, has begun. Everything’s changed. Maybe not in obvious, momentous ways, but subtle change is still change, and those subtle changes tend to have more impact on the big events in life than you might realize. Something as simple as your attitude or outlook when you open your eyes in the morning can have a profound effect on the course of your whole day.
What does any of this have to do with the significance of 2012? A great deal, actually. Because I firmly believe in self-fulfilling prophecy, and the power of group influence. The Mayan calendar doesn’t predict the end of the world – simply the end of one of their eras. The belief that the Mayan calendar actually ends in 2012 is incorrect. It actually goes on well beyond then, as the Mayans did not believe that the world would ever come to an end any more than I do. However, the dangerous part of the 2012 myth is that someone has convinced everyone that it’s true (most likely because Pisces is the pessimist of the Astrological chart, and this is the Age of Pisces, when everyone has spent the last 2,000 years looking for signs and portends that the world is about to end. It’s sad, really.). In convincing so many people that the world will end in 2012, I say to the doomsayers and supposed “gurus” – shame on you. You’ve created a downward spiral of your own, and I’ve no doubt that something dastardly COULD come of it, if enough mass hysteria is created.
Do I believe the world will come to a cataclysmic end in 2012? No. But I do believe that if people don’t take a very serious shift in thinking and attitude toward that date at some point in the very near future, it is possible that they may create more disasters for 2012 than might have occurred had they left well enough alone.
In all my studies, of both a scientific and esoteric nature, I’ve yet to encounter one shred of evidence that indicates 2012 holds any massive significance in the history of time. When I meditate on any date in December of 2012, I get no specific feeling of dread, no cause for this mass hysteria. It’s my personal belief, given all of this evidence, that the people who are predicting disaster for that year are caught in a spiral of negativity and terrible, negative energy that is poisoning them. Unable to break free of the Piscean negativity of this current Astrological Age, they’ve allowed themselves to become mired in the mindset that massive negative events must be lurking around every corner. It saddens me to think that some of these people are in a position to convince others to allow this negative energy into their lives, as well. As a Healer, I strive to help people overcome the negative aspects of their lives, to break free from negative feelings, thoughts, and energy, in order to live fuller, richer lives. I simply find it impossible to understand why anyone would invite this kind of excessive negative energy into their lives.
My advice to you, if you’re reading this, is to understand that life is a beautiful gift, a lesson meant to be learned, and a journey meant to be taken for however long it lasts. Instead of focusing on how it might end, which is the least important part of life, focus on how you’re living the life you’ve been given. Learn to love and treat others with kindness. Be giving, and examine the world through your own eyes. I’m not asking you to believe what I do. What I am asking is that you don’t settle for accepting something out of hand because someone who claims to know the fate of the world (which is pure arrogance, if you ask me) tells you that’s how it’s going to happen. Instead, investigate yourself, and keep investigating until the tiny voice of truth within yourself is at last satisfied. And, in the meantime, see the world for its beautiful possibilities, not its pitfalls or disasters.
Have a happy and prosperous New Year! :)