Sorting Through the 2012 Schools of Thought
In the process of writing the novel I’m working on, I have learned a lot about the various belief systems associated with December 21 2012. And with the movie coming out in the next few days, it seems like suddenly more people are aware of the date and its possible meanings.
Will we all be vaporized by sunspots, boiling seas, massive radiation from the Chicxulub glacier or a black hole? Will nothing of us exist in the universe – no legacy, no continuity, no meaning? Why were we here in the first place? Maybe there wasn’t ever a good reason, and we are simply over. Past our pull date.
Or will humanity, facing the disastrous course of our planet, back off and become less materialistic, more humane, more enlightened? Will we all reach a place of harmony in the New Age? Maybe war will be a thing of the past and everyone will have enough to eat. Maybe, by our positive thinking, we can save ourselves. And maybe pigs will fly. I have a harder time believing this than the catastrophic prophecies.
Another possibility is that space beings will come here and take some of us to Planet X, also called Nibiru, to start a new civilization. For real. There is a lot of literature on this.
Or will the world be wracked by cataclysmic natural disasters like the ones shown in the movie, and the only survivors will be the few who have prepared themselves by building deep underground bunkers with supplies of water, food, and oxygen. There are lots of survivalists forming groups all over the USA and pooling their resources.
One thing the theorists seem to agree on is that the source of the information about December 21 2012 comes from a number of cultures. The Hopi in Arizona, the Maya in Yucatan, the ancient Egyptians, the I-Ching. Is that scary? Or are they just the reflections of idealists from another age?
Scholars say that whether the Maya intended to interpret the information for the magic date as the end of the world, is debatable. The Maya have a complex calendar, which is actually twenty different calendars they built for different purposes. The calendars aren’t linear like our Gregorian calendar – they’re cyclical and circular. If you pin them together in the center, they intersect.
One of the calendars is the Long Count Calendar, which documents 5000-year periods. Thr cycle we are in now, which is the first one, ends on the magic date.
This has been interpreted by many people who study such things as the end of time. But in Mexico, the Mayas say it is simply the end of a cycle. They plan to celebrate this transition and welcome the spiritual renewal provided by a new cycle.
And then there is always the possibility that absolutely nothing will happen. As one of my characters says in the novel, she will probably wake up on December 22nd with the same sciatica and the same car payments.
I myself am undecided about what might happen. But I am unwilling to get into a spacecraft and start life again on a new planet. That sounds harder than the Peace Corps.
For more information, read works by Daniel Pinchbeck, Jose Arguelles, John Major Jenkins or Terence McKenna. These people have been studying for years and all have unique and well thought out philosophies. All have followers and groups supporting various positions.
It’s easy to make fun of something that sounds out there and weird. But there are an awful lot of smart people involved in these intense groups.
For more information:
Bruce Scofield and Bruce Orr’s site – www.Onereed.com
James Q. Jacobs’ site – www.jqjacobs.net
Anthony Aveni’s site – www.anthonyfaveni.com