2012: Temporal Epicenter of a Cultural Earthquake

In recent times there has been growing interest in the possibility that the global crisis is coming to a head in the year 2012. It will be a time when we will see major changes, major transformations of humanity, perhaps an awakening of the human spirit. Most of this focus on 2012 stems from the Mayan calendar and the fact it completes its 5125 year cycle on December 21st, 2012.

There are other predictions in the world which may not be so precise in terms of the date, but which also suggest we are facing major changes. In ancient India the Vedas talked about an age of Kali Yoga which lasts thousands of years and is dominated by greed, corruption and materialistic values. They say this age is coming to an end and we are entering an age called Sat Yoga, a golden age.

In North America the Hopi Indians talked about the coming of an end of an era, when there would be a great purification. Astrologers talk about the Age of Aquarius that we are entering into, a time when we learn to live in peace with each other and with the planet.

Many other people have had similar visions that we are moving into times of catastrophic change which will be accompanied by a great spiritual awakening and a shift to a wiser, more loving, more compassionate way of being, perhaps the emergence of a global consciousness.

Whether there will actually be momentous changes in 2012, or even on December 21st, 2012 remains to be seen. For me the exact date is not so important. I see 2012 as a symbol of a critical period in human history. The first two decades of the 21st century seem to be the time when this crisis is really coming to a head. In fact many environmentalists say that if we don’t change by 2020 we are going to be in deep trouble.

The year 2012 sits in the middle of this period. Rather than being a precise date at which major changes happen, I see it as the temporal epicenter of a cultural earthquake. No one actually knows what is going to happen in the coming years. There may be breakdowns in the systems, major social disruptions, perhaps even completely unexpected calamities. And at the same time there’s probably going to be breakthroughs, some positive transformations, people letting go of old attitudes ands beliefs. In reality its probably going to be both. All that we can probably say with certainty is that there is going to be a lot more change, and some of it totally unexpected.

People sometimes talk about the winds of change. I think we’re heading into a storm of change. The question is how can we prepare ourselves for this, how can we cope with an increasingly unpredictable world?

We can get some clues by looking at what helps a tree survive a storm. First, it needs strong roots, so it does not blow over. Similarly, we need to be able to remain stable so that we are not shaken by every unexpected change. If we loose our inner balance, if we react emotionally to everything that happens, we end up getting more stressed and more likely to burn out.

Second, like a tree we also need to be flexible. We need to be able to move with the flow of change. This means letting go of past assumptions. We need to learn to think more clearly, allow new ideas in, let deeper intuitions and feelings come to the surface.

And third, just as a tree is much better off if it is protected by other trees in the forest, so too we will be much better able to withstand change if we have a strong sense of community. We need to care for each, support each other in times of need. We need to develop greater care and compassion, to open our hearts to kindness, and have our vision guide us in these turbulent times.

See Also: A Singularity in Time

3 Replies to “2012: Temporal Epicenter of a Cultural Earthquake”

  1. Sometimes I wonder if this is why there are NDErs. It seems kind of interesting to me that the more materialistic and technologically advanced we become, the better we get at surviving medical situations that would have killed us only a few years past. And some of us who survive these situations carry a NDE back with us. So the numbers are NDErs are increasing as we advance technologically.

    In his book “Life at Death”, Kenneth Ring suggests that NDEs are “seed experiences” that hold the potential for profound changes in the lives of experiencers. I don’t know if that is true or not. I know I’ve been changed pretty drastically by my experiences. I like to think there is a good reason for these changes, but it could just be wishful thinking on my part that there is a good reason for what happened, and is still happening, to me.

    Maybe this is the universe’s failsafe for the way we as humans are becoming. We become technologically advanced and increasingly interested in preserving this lifetime – because we don’t think rational people believe in anything after this life – and the universe throws NDEs back at us in increasing numbers. The universe doesn’t really play fair, does it?

  2. Peter, you wrote an article titled, “Who’s kidding whom” which looks as though it was written in the 1990’s. It appears on your website accessible from one of the main navigational pages.

    I feel it would be great if the article could be updated to cover your current knowledge/awareness/views on the various issues covered. The headings you used are very relevant and the updated content could make an excellent evaluation of where our current human attitudes and behaviours are leading us, and could provide good signposts pointing the ways in which we should proceed to start to reverse things on many fronts.

    We might be like a cancer on the planet, but having presumably more intelligence than those cells, surely we all can work together towards sustainability. The leap of faith, or the implementation gap needs filling with bridges that we all can willingly start to work on this project in our own ways. However, we need leaders who can show us the plan or strategy to move forward.

    I know you write many articles, but we need to be able to see the plan as a whole and how it all would fit together. For example, what are the priorities for individuals? I know governments and other institutions work on different levels, but how are we on the ground going to change our mindset? What little or large things do we need to do right now? I do not think we need to be motivated on a fear basis, rather it should be focused towards a better outcome.

  3. There is a REASON we are all here at this time. Our spirits, forged with and in LOVE, are the creators of this time of joy to come.

    Granted, 2012 has been touted and fussed over by the media in a “catastrophic” light. Unfortunately, that is what “sells.”

    I am doing my own work, personally, out of sight, although I know this part will not last. I do not need followers or believers or money to achieve my goal. There is a perfect, pure and logical plan.

    Humanity will see the face of “God”, both Mother and Father. Death and suffering will be no more. We, the citizens of Planet Earth, will finally meet our universal sisters and brothers and JOIN THE REST OF THE ONE TRUE INTELLIGENT UNI~VERSE.

    Put simply, prepare for the birth of heaven on earth. I wish I could outline the PLAN for you; however, my human body gets information as it moves through time……just as yours does.

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