2012 Disaster or Gift?
2012 Disaster or Gift?
By Melia McClure
There has been intense discussion for several years about the significance of 2012 for humankind. Some say there is no significance, that December 21, 2012 – the last recorded date on the famed Mayan Calendar – will simply be another day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are people who claim that 2012 heralds the end of the world, a cataclysm that will wipe out most of the living things on our planet. Many of those doomsayers are busy constructing underground bunkers and stockpiling supplies in an attempt to stave off the extinction they are certain is coming. There are still others who also believe a profound change is coming; however, they believe that 2012 is ushering in a radical inner transformation, an important spiritual shift within human beings who are open to new awareness.
The reasons that the ancient Mayan Calendar is of such interest to myriad modern people are worthy of exploration. Some may wonder why a calendar utilized by a vanished civilization continues to hold such sway over contemporary consciousness. However, they fail to realize the importance of the ancient Mayans, who peaked between the Fifth and Ninth Centuries, AD. During that period, their cities were among the largest in the world, and the people developed the most sophisticated mathematics and astronomy of the time. Then and now, the ancient Mayans are bearers of an irreplaceable part of the global consciousness.
The Mayan Calendar is much more than a system that denotes the passage of time. It is a prophetic calendar of sorts, providing insight into the consciousness journey of the world. In the years approaching 2012, natural disasters have dominated the headlines, feeding the furor about the possibility of an “apocalypse.” The tsunami that struck Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia in 2004 wrought heart-wrenching destruction, and since then massive earthquakes in China, Chile and New Zealand as well as a catastrophic tsunami in Japan have fanned the flames of end-of-the-world prophecy in many a mind. For some who are familiar with the fact that the last date on the Mayan Calendar falls in the closing month of this year, more and greater disasters seem to be distinct possibilities as the Earth’s fragile life-forms appear to hang in the balance. What many people do not realize, however, is that the Mayan system of timekeeping is associated with nine creation cycles which signify nine levels of consciousness as symbolized by the Mayan pyramids. Their ancient calendar does not predict destruction but rather reflects the transition of humankind from one World Age to the next as consciousness ascends. Grandmaster JinBodhi’s words echo this essential message: “Today there are many new diseases, and epidemics are a common problem. Extreme weather patterns and natural disasters such as typhoons, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis and sandstorms happen with increasing frequency. It may seem that the end of the world is approaching. But it’s not. Since we live in this time and space, we have to bear the karma here and now. The challenges we face are giving us a message: Wake up.”
Grandmaster JinBodhi’s call to awaken encapsulates the true significance of 2012, the spiritual transformation of which ancient Mayan culture was keenly aware. The Master went on to say: “Fear is useless. Birth and death, and waxing and waning, are natural cycles. The Earth will go on, and so will her people.”
Those among Earth’s population who are focused on spiritual growth and on fostering a more expansive awareness of the journey and purpose of humankind are welcoming 2012 as a profound gift, an opportunity to move beyond the materialistic approach that has characterized life for much of the planet and enter into a new World Age characterized by a more awakened consciousness. As the spiritually conscious work to heighten their personal vibration, the world as a whole moves ever closer to total enlightenment as foreseen by the Mayan Calendar. Although the challenges faced by the planet, the onslaught of disasters from the turmoil in the global economy to the environmental woes that dog us, may make the idea of global enlightenment seem fantastical, it is imperative to perceive difficulties as opportunities for ascension.
Indeed, the word “apocalypse” actually means “lifting of the veil” or “revelation” in Greek. So when the collective consciousness senses a coming apocalypse, it is accurate to surmise that the populace is sensing the approach of a profound revelation, a lifting of the veil of falsehood and misconception that has obscured the vision of the majority. Author and speaker Carl Johan Calleman Ph.D. is one of the leading authorities on the Mayan Calendar and its significance, and he has written, “What makes the Mayan Calendar fundamentally different from other calendars in existence in the world is that its various symbols are reflective of the evolution of consciousness in the cosmos. This is in contrast to calendars from other cultures or religions that are based on astronomical cycles in our own solar system, such as the solar year or the moon cycle. It is from this that the Mayan Calendar derives its immense importance at the present time as we have entered the Apocalypse and may want to understand what is happening around us.”
Although Calleman focuses on the Mayan Calendar as a tool of understanding the shift that many are intuiting, his words apply to anyone seeking to comprehend the journey toward unity consciousness or what most refer to as enlightenment. “Since everything that exists is an aspect of consciousness, and the Mayan Calendar describes the evolution of consciousness in all of its aspects, no stone is left unturned for the serious student of the Mayan Calendar,” wrote Calleman. “All of science is affected, all of religion is affected, all of life is affected. We are here for a reason. Time is no longer equated with money, but with spirit. Time is inspiration!”
One does not need to understand the intricacies of Mayan timekeeping – nor, indeed, to have any interest in it at all – in order to resonate with the idea that global spiritual development is at an important crossroads. Grandmaster JinBodhi’s mission is closely in keeping with the emerging illumination of humanity – he is an avatar of necessary positive change. “Keep positive intentions and demonstrate compassionate behavior. In so doing, we will create goodness for our future and that of our children. Humankind and Nature need to be cherished and cared for. We can’t control the planetary shifts that are occurring, including the shifts happening deep within our own planet, but we can dedicate ourselves to protecting the environment, controlling population growth and treating all sentient beings with love and respect. Let’s cherish what we have and treasure the Now.”
For those who insist on viewing 2012 through the eyes of disaster, it may be difficult to banish visions of giant asteroids in favor of a focus on inner transformation. But our most sophisticated science disputes doomsayer claims of catastrophe, astronomical or otherwise. NASA scientists and other scientists worldwide know of no credible threat to Earth, pointing out that our planet has been getting along just fine for the last four billion years. According to the NASA website, the prediction that the world will end originated with the fabrication that a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians called Nibiru is set to collide with Earth. The disaster was predicted to occur in May of 2003, and when it didn’t the date was moved to December of 2012 to conveniently fit with the end of one of the cycles on the Mayan Calendar. People who are ruled by fear fail to understand that the end of one cycle necessarily gives birth to the next.
Rather than focusing on destruction, many people would prefer and are actively choosing to focus on the gift of a new beginning. As a people and a planet we have weathered many storms, in all aspects of existence, and it is now time to rise to embrace the emerging Divinity within ourselves. Our spiritual existence depends on it. We have entered an era of unity and compassion, and are being called to leave fear-based, survivalist thinking behind. It is through revealing the Divine spark in the self and recognizing it in others that we will ignite the flame of a loving and harmonious new World Age. In the words of the ancient Mayans, “In Lak’ech” – I am another you.