In true Hollywood disaster movie style, the end of the world comes with its fair share of tornadoes, tidal wives, floods, freezing temperatures, fire and brimstone and comets raining down from the sky. In one of Hollywood’s latest, 2012, the destruction of the entire planet is in synchronicity with the end of the Mayan Calendar, the 21st of December 2012. I, for one, don’t believe that the human race is going to be swallowed up by the earth in a succession of earthquakes and volcanic explosions on such particular date, but I won’t discredit 2012 as having no significance at all, either.
Instead of suggesting that the world is soon coming to an abrupt and fiery end, the end of the Mayan Calendar may just be suggesting the end of a certain era and the beginnings of something new. A change is in the air, a shift of consciousness that will focus on the pursuit for the spiritual, and ultimately create a new way of thinking that will lead us to fix the pitfalls and problems that we experience as the human race.
Now that’s a lot to predict! But then again I’m not expecting this to occur all at once. Perhaps we will see a noticeable change in the collective consciousness in the next few years, but like any evolutionary movement of the human race, these things can take centuries. I’m just saying that there seems to be hope that the planet will move into a better space, rather than come tumbling down beneath the weight of greed, war, poverty and natural disaster, in the not too distant future.
A nifty little book I’ve just read, ‘The Tenth Insight’ by James Redfield, author of ‘The Celestine Prophecy’, reflects my views about this imminent change. There’s a belief there that as we have evolved from hunters and gathers, to farmers and traders and finally to people of the industrial age, we as a race have experienced shifts in our consciousness, and as we gain more security in our lives, to the point where we have no concern for our survival, we fully look to the fact of our existence on this planet. Redfield says that the next great shift of human evolution is spiritual and philosophical, and I tend to agree that this is the only direction that is left for us to go. I understand it as a greater awareness of where we come from, what our mission is on this planet and what we contribute to the world. Harnessing the all-powerful tool of our own minds and realising that we can accomplish anything.
To quote from ‘The Tenth Insight’: “It is this World Vision – the future that we all are here to enact – that will motivate millions of visionaries to solve the worlds great social problems of pollution, crime, war, and poverty and to establish this new spiritual culture into our physical plane.”
So really it’s just a process of human evolution. For some divine reason hunters and gathers realised that they could stay in one place and cultivate the land around them, freeing them from the constant struggle for survival and creating time to think, to allocate other jobs and create a fully functioning society. And as we became less and less concerned for our survival, we were given more and more time to contemplate, to question the world around us. Will there be a time now where everyone will just stop and think, to notice how we can work with our own environment, how we can move into a better place?
Don’t you think we are smart enough by now to live to our optimum potential? I think we can. Ooo, I can just feel that the winds are a changin’, and I hope I live long enough to see it. That’s of course assuming that on December 21, 2012 the earth’s core doesn’t heat up, explode and destroy us all…here’s hopin’.