We’ve aleady heard a lot about what the year 2012 will bring. Is it the end times, the destructions of the planet as the comet Nemisis approaches? Or is a beginning? One of the props that supports the idea that things will come to an end is that the ancient Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Aluna Joy Yaxkin is an author, guide and historian who has studied the subject and talked to Mayans. Here is what she has discovered.
“‘The sky is falling, the sky is falling!’ cried Chicken Little.”
Do you remember reading that fairy tale? Boy, I do. Do you remember Saturday afternoons, being mesmerized by the old black and white scary movies that played when we were growing up? I had nightmares about giant spiders taking over the world for years. What were our parents thinking letting us read and watch such things!
Oh — and do you remember those atom bomb drills in school? You know: the ones where the alarm would make you jump out of your skin, while you were being asked to slip under your desk. How dumb I felt crouched under my flimsy, school desk. I knew that if a bomb where to go off any where near my school, I was going to be toast. That school desk was no comfort to me. It didn’t stop me from wishing that my parents would build a bomb shelter in the back yard like everyone else. Hey, I was a little kid back then, and the adults should be keeping us safe, right?
Now Hollywood is making new films to scare the livin’ daylights out of us! I think it is about time that we all realize that we have inherited a bum, fear-based agenda. We have been programmed from birth to believe in the apocalypse, catastrophe, judgment day, devastation, all over mayhem, and the end of the world. If we are not buying it anymore, what are we going to do about it?
Recently, we created this Y2K thing, so we could remember something really important. The fear around Y2K had tons of folks running around like powerless victims. They were running up their credit cards to buy survival supplies. They thought the world was ending, so they would not have to pay for their bills. They tricked themselves into believing that they didn’t have to be responsible for their actions! The ET’s were going to save them anyway, right?!
Just prior to Y2K, I wrote an article called “Fear is our enemy, and Chaos is our Friend.” OK, the title is a bit cheesy, but it got published all over the world. Then came the hate mail. Some called me a dumb, New Age blonde, and I was going to be responsible for people not being prepared for this horrible event. It didn’t bother me. I just sat back, because I knew what was coming. Well we know what happened don’t we? Y2K came and went without the sky falling or the computers crashing. A bunch of survival companies retired in luxury after this one, but many individuals were left with huge financial and karmic debts to pay.
Where was I for Y2K? I decided to run the other direction away from Y2K. I was up in the Chiapas Highlands in Mexico having a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a little church called San Juan Chamula. The Maya people were out in full force to celebrate the millennium. We were the only gringos there. I have never experienced anything like this since. It was powerful. Then, at the stroke of midnight, we danced in the main square to salsa band wearing pink satin suits. It was a priceless and surreal moment. The really ironic thing was that my fairly conscious house sitter back home in Sedona felt like he had hit the jackpot. He was on my roof at midnight ready to watch the crash of the century. Yep: he had a year’s worth of food stored in my house — a house that he thought I would not return to. Boy, was he embarrassed when I came home. Oh yeah: I had a few apologies in my in-box when I got home, too. That was nice.
Now we have the looming presence of a simple, but ominous, date on the calendar. December 21, 2012. There is huge and unnecessary commotion about who is right about this date by the way. Many are calling this time “The end of days,” or “The end of time.” The Mayas call this 2012 frenzy a fabrication of the Gringos. They themselves know that the earth has always changed, and civilizations rise and fall over and over. The planet warms up and cools down with or without humanity and technology. It is a natural cycle that has always existed on the earth. Yes, it is true. We are coming to a reboot of a huge cycle of time, but this is not to be feared. This time is to be respected and celebrated. It is time for us to grow up, and let go of the catastro-phobia and become the truth of who we are — and that is the co-creators of this reality! It is time to have a little respect for the resources on Earth, not because we want to save our skins, but because it is the right thing to do!
OK, let’s have a serious intellectual moment here. I am not the only one who feels this way. Joseph Robert Jochmans wrote: “The Hopi and Mayan Elders do not prophesize that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear.”
P.S. I put this last bit in here just in case you were beginning to think I am just a brainless, idealistic New Ager. OK, I admit it: I am an idealist. But I would rather shoot for the stars, and have paradise here and now, rather than dodge earthquakes, burning hot lava flows and rising oceans. Aren’t we here to live in bliss and create heaven on Earth? Isn’t one of the functions of the Maya Calendar to bring about harmony in all life?
Hey, don’t let me stop you. If drama and scaring yourself silly is entertaining for you, go ahead and knock yourself out. But don’t think for one second that December 22, 23 or 24 isn’t coming, or that you won’t have to pay your bills and uphold your obligations. You are the cause of your own effect!
The sad thing here is that humanity didn’t learn from the Y2K scare, and 2012 is taking its place. Fear is becoming big business, and I am scrambling to get out of they way of this roller coaster ride. It doesn’t sound like any fun to me. If you think people made money off theY2K fear tactics, then watch out; 2012 is the mother of all scary prophesies, and it has just begun! Fear is very good for the economy. Watch out for the expanding number of local, corner, survival stores and the mass exodus from the rising water. I think it might be a good time to move back to the beach. No one will be there.
Many metaphysical and intellectual teachers out there are clamoring to align themselves to be the authority on 2012. Everyone wants a piece of the action. It is the old, snake oil sellers reincarnated. Even Nostradamus is rolling over in his grave wanting a piece of this action! There are the books on 2012 and the survival workshops. There are DVDs and CDs and YouTube videos telling you the sky is falling, and if you watch this, maybe you will feel safe.
There are astrologers, numerologists, meteorologists, geologists, and a whole horde of “experts” telling you why you should buy their stuff, go to their workshops, and how you too need to high tail it for high country. Haven’t we learned by now that when we go into fear that it blocks us from hearing our own inner truth? Do you want to feel SAFE? It is simple: stay in your heart and listen to the truth within.
The fact of the matter is that no one could, or can be, an authority on 2012. The closest we can get to an authority on 2012 and our possible future is the Maya Elders themselves. After all, it is their culture that the date 2012 came from — or did it? It does not matter who is right, and who is wrong. We all have a right to our unique perspectives. But our differences in beliefs do not change the fact that this shift is happening no matter what, and if we like it or not. Jesus said, “Keep your lamps lit.”
In other words, keep your hearts open, and be in a state of readiness, because no one will know the day or the hour. Our attraction to the 2012 phenomena is giving our overly active minds some comfort by thinking that we know what is happening. The fact is that no one knows what the future holds for us. The future does not exist. We create our future as we go — Step by step.
This, my friends, is the beauty of this incredible time! 2012 will become a great harmonizer, equalizer and unifier of humanity. Egos that are tied up in being the leading authority with find themselves so far out on the preverbal limb that they will discover themselves in a huge and very real recession — the post-Maya 2012 recession that is. They will have cried, “wolf” one too many times, and this little red riding hood doesn’t buy it any more!
I am over the fairy tails and the campfire scary stories. In fact, it is time that we ALL get over it, and get on with it. It is time that we grow up and come to terms with who we are as a human race. The fact is that we are living masters, but somehow along the way, we got caught up with running away from the boogieman.
It is time for us to come back together as a team, of equals and soul family, with a common goal that supports peace and harmony on Earth. It is time to quit following the few self-elected leaders like lost sheep, and begin to follow our hearts. We have grown past the need for Gurus. We are becoming living masters, so we better start acting like it. Don’t you feel it is time?
We have a great opportunity RIGHT NOW, and you don’t want to miss it. We can come together, and begin to create a new and better world — together. We can do this without self-righteousness, spiritual arrogance, competition or making one another right or wrong. We can also create Heaven on Earth without playing follow the leader or even trashing the leader. Maybe this time we can get down to the real reason why we are ALL here; and that is to create paradise together. After all, the World is what we make of it — isn’t it? Hey, you didn’t really think the world got this way all by itself did you?
Come December 21, 2012, I am going to be in my favorite spot in the whole world: Palenque, Mexico. I will be celebrating the end of it all — the tall tale about 2012 that is. I won’t be sitting at home armed to protect my 10-year supply of food stored in the basement. I won’t be in a bomb shelter waiting out the end of an age. I am going to be cerebrating the new age and creating paradise, because I CAN — and You can too. Will you join me?