Transformation occurs when any process comes to its turning point, whether it is something as simple as the rhythm of our breathing or the grand cycles of civilizations. And judging by the many indicators of exponential change we face today—from the growth of population to the disappearance of our natural resources–we are now living in the midst of just such a time in human history. Our current civilization, which began about 13,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, is now approaching a bifurcation point which forces us to make a choice. Will the years ahead bring about the projection of our deepest fears or the manifestation of our highest aspirations? John Major Jenkins, author of Galactic Alignment, poses just such a question in his brilliant analysis of the significance of the end date of the Mayan calendar, which is December 21, 2012. With all the brouhaha about this date and a possible end of times scenario, a closer look at this singular moment we face is certainly warranted.
The Mayan calendar, developed by the most sophisticated star watchers of the Mesoamerican world, is based on the approximately 26,000 year cycle of the precession of our planet. The earth wobbles on its axis, thus causing a shift in our alignment with the stars that moves one degree every 72 years. My theory is that it is no coincidence that one half of this grand cycle of precession coincides with the 13,000 year trajectory of our current civilization. Since processes move in wave patterns, this timing appears more like the turning point at the trough of our human process, half way through the giant wave cycle of civilizations.
Other researchers, such as Paul LaViolette, concur that significant change occurred about 13,000 years ago, and that we might be ready for another rather tumultuous time, perhaps coinciding with a burst of cosmic rays emanating from the core of our galaxy. Philosopher Oliver Reiser speculates that it could be such periodic showers of galactic energy that cause evolutionary leaps. The additional fact that the precessional cycle the Mayans used represents the moment when the earth’s alignment with the galactic center is crossing the plane of our Milky Way galaxy also indicates that we are entering a new era astronomically.
When we cross the equator of planet earth, the direction of storm systems and spiraling water change direction. Could it be that when our precessional cycle allows us to cross the plane of our galaxy that it might also trigger some type of reversal in flow patterns? I think it could very well be the case, although not in any such cataclysmic scenario such as a shift in polarity, which takes thousands of years, but rather a transformation in the psycho-spiritual nature of our consciousness. This singular moment in which we are now living could very likely be mother nature’s way of providing us with a unique opportunity to take a quantum leap in our own evolution. The forces and processes driving our society during thousands of years are now shifting. The masculine, material, aggressive, yang nature of our world will be changing to the feminine, nurturing, compassionate, yin side of our beings.
The flip side of reality in the years ahead will facilitate a significant shift of thinking in a critical mass of evolutionaries that will stave off any catastrophic scenarios and give a core guidance to the emerging society based on love, respect and understanding. The actual galactic alignment associated with the 2012 prophecies most likely took place in 1998, so there is little need of concern for any overnight transformational changes on Dec. 21, 2012. Yet the transformation is real and at hand. The accelerating speed of mutational change in our consciousness is a quantum threshold potentiality within our reach.
The time of a global mind shift has come and the primordial philosophies of almost all religions and mythologies recognize this. The great traditions of spiritual thought point to a time of rebirth and renewal, and that time is now: our singular moment. The challenges are great, but the methods at our disposal are powerful. We know that we create our own reality, and with the right visualization we can seize this opportunity and push our civilization through the trough of the macrowave of cosmic evolution and set ourselves onto a new course of history, based on the power of love. It will require rediscovering an inner vision, the poet that lingers inside all of us, to think beyond conventional means and move us into this exciting new era of creativity. Perhaps a few lines of poetry are appropriate here, helping us to see our planet in a dew drop in the morning sun, or as William Blake wrote in Auguries of Innocence:
See the world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower.
Hold the universe in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.