2012–Doom and Gloom?
As with global warming, you’d be hard pressed to find many people who have not heard of the dire predictions for 2012—the end of the Mayan calendar. I first read about the 2012 predictions online. It’s never pleasant to read about “end times!” But I have learned not to just accept headlines at face value. And so I have delved into this topic and would like to share a brighter perspective on our future!
Given the information shared on the Improve Your Life page of this site, I obviously believe that our thoughts and beliefs about the world influence how the world actually is. I realize not every one subscribes to our having such an effect on the world at large, and so this line of reasoning will not reassure you if you are one of those people. Still, for me, there are enough scientific thinkers who endorse such a notion for me to accept it as a real possibility. How does this relate to 2012? Well, giving in to fear of the future serves no purpose, if our thoughts influence it! Moreover, envisioning and expecting progress and improvement for planet earth and its inhabitants can only help! Thinking positively, at the very least lends peace to your days. But quite possibly, thinking positive thoughts about the world at large will actually contribute to a positive future. Consider these two quotes found at http://blog.gaiam.com/quotes/topics/law-attraction :
Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
We are not onlookers peering into the unified field of separate, objective reality – we are the unified field. We can reach beyond the physical body and extend the influence of intelligence. Every thought you are thinking creates a wave in the unified field. It ripples through all the layers of intellect, mind, senses, and matter, spreading out in wider and wider circles. You are like a light radiating not photons but consciousness. As they radiate, your thoughts have an effect on everything. Your relationship to life is the same as that of one cell to your whole body. One cell can talk to your whole body. One cell can influence your whole body. You can talk to the whole of life – influence the whole of life. The whole of life is as alive as we are. The distinction between ‘in here’ and ‘out there’ is a false one – as if the heart disregarded the skin because it was not on the inside.
If you give any credence to these points of view, then the importance of imagining and thinking about bright futures for one and all is readily apparent!
Okay, maybe you don’t buy into the importance of choosing your thoughts wisely as a way to influence reality. Practically speaking, I still have reason to question talk of an impending apocolypse. One of the arguments that disaster looms revolves around natural disasters and alleged global warming. As I discussed on the Extreme Weather page and Global Warming Facts page, things are not as erratic and gloomy as the media often portrays them to be….or there are factors to be considered that they do not discuss. In other words, many of the “facts” that are used to support the idea of a world in chaos just don’t seem to hold up to closer examination. It does seem that you can find “facts” to support whatever point of view you decide to take…and I allow that no one really knows what lies ahead for planet earth. It just seems to me that there have been plenty of false alarms that I am aware of…these false alarms have taught me that things seem to have a way of working out most of the time, and that the media is not especially trustworthy in how they present the world.
The best book I have looked at regarding 2012 is The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History by John Major Jenkins. In the book, Jenkins gives a lot of background information about the Mayan calendar and how it was rediscovered as well as addressing many of the common misconceptions floating around on youtube etc…he also hosts a web-site:
The key point I took from the book is that 2012 is NOT a doomsday prediction, but rather a time of potential transformation for individuals and society as a whole. Relating the Mayan Calendar to Aldous Huxley’s perennial philosophy, Jenkins feels that “each successive World Age brings about a more perfect reflection of divinity within humanity.” (p. 299). (A brief aside for those of you who wonder exactly what the perennial philosophy is, as did I. According to Huxley, the perennial philosophy is the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of all being; the thing is immemorial and universal. Rudiments of the perennial philosophy may be found among the traditional lore of primitive peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions. (The Perennial Philosophy, p. vii)).
So often, people (as a generalization) take a concept and run wild with it. It happened with global cooling predictions from the 70’s, it happened with the Y2K scare, and it’s happening with the 2012 topic. I’m not saying that all predictions ever made are wrong….but it does seem to me that there’s an odd tendency among the media and the general public to jump to “worst-case-scenarios”–why, I have no idea! Fear fascinates, I suppose. Personally, I prefer to embrace the notion that December 21, 2012 will simply be the beginning of yet another time of change in an upward direction for myself and mankind…I love this explanation by psychologist, John Weir Perry:
“Yes, an old world fades, but a new one appears. Here we see how the term “apocalypse” is best understood in its original etymological sense: it means “unveiling.” What is unveiled, or revealed? The dang an sich, the thing-in-itself, that which is, was, and will always be: Reality.” (2012 Story, p. 412)
Life is good!