This is the last post I write in 2011, before we enter cautiously into the most hyped year in human history: two thousand and twelve.
Rather like the latest Star Wars film, or Harry Potter book, the anticipation builds us up into such a state of frenzy that we may have no choice but to simply feel a sense of anticlimax.
2012 prophecies have basically fallen into one of two categories:
The first we saw blown up large in Roland Emmerich’s films, “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” which are both examples of films mostly about destruction. Earthquakes, tidal waves, comets crashing into the earth. Many people sense that the day of judgement is at hand.
The other way we lean with 2012 prophecies is quite the opposite, that we’re entering into a golden age of enlightenment, where humanity suddenly and inexplicably evolves to it’s next level of integration. Greed, conflict and ignorance evaporate into thin air, and we are all left grinning in contentment.
Now maybe, just maybe, you may listen to both of these extremes with a measure of skepticism. Cos I know I do.
My good friend Jean Huston, one of the sanest people I know, was asked for her 2012 prediction recently. “I feel quite confident,” she says, “about what will happen in 2012. People will cook food, go shopping and pick up their kids from school. They’ll also go to the bathroom, go to sleep and take showers.”
Or Leonard Cohen, another of the wisest people I’ve met, said: “You know I think 2012 might have almost as big an impact on us as Y2K.” His tongue, as you can imagine, was embedded deeply in his cheek as he said this.
But I also think that there’s a reason why, outlandish and exaggerated as these predictions may become, we have a sense that “the times they are a’changing.”
If we take a sharp swerve now away from the new age, the spiritual and the speculative, even mainstream political and economic commentators are aware that something has gotta give.
The economic system we’ve created has more or less reached the end of its capacity to stay in balance. The economies of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy are on the verge of default, and the United States, with 14.3 trillion dollars of debt, could actually go under, any time the Chinese decide to reel it in.
The gap between the haves and the have-nots has never been greater, both globally and here in the US.
The earth’s population just hit 7 billion. It’s easy to overlook the significance of this without a little picture, so take a look at this graph here:
As you can see, the human population of this earth hummed along between 300 and 500 million for thousands of years, until it turned a sharp corner with the industrial and then the medical revolutions. The population of the earth has doubled in the last 35 years. This is something that has never happened before. This also, obviously, is a situation that’s unsustainable. We can’t keep adding another billion every 10 to 12 years for much longer.
Although there have always been wars and political tensions in the world, we’ve never before created this kind of capacity to be able to create mass disruption with the flick of a switch, whether that switch is in the hand of a President or a terrorist.
Human beings’ impact on the environment has never been greater, and in part because of the sophistication of the environments we’ve created. We’re using up the earth’s resources at a much faster pace than they can be replenished, which, again, is unsustainable.
We could go on and on, but it’s these undeniable facts taken together which make an end-of-the-world scenario, in some way resonant. Everybody knows that something’s got to give.
At the same time, beneath the hype and the new-age speculation, there are also good reasons why we resonate with the golden age scenario. As you may know, I’ve been facilitating awakening, in individuals and groups of people, for more than 20 years. That’s what my life has really been about. By awakening, I mean having direct access to a deeper dimension of yourself, which is limitless, which is free, and which is not separate from anything else.
When I started teaching back in the early 90’s, it was very rare for anyone to even have a glimpse of their true nature as infinite. Today it’s quite commonplace. Whether in Vienna, or London, or California or New Jersey, there’s no doubt whatsoever that more people are opening up to more expanded states of consciousness, even if just in glimpses. This is not only my experience. Every writer and teacher I know who works in this field has witnessed the same thing.
At the same time, all kinds of other breakthroughs in consciousness are happening. We have a much greater understanding, for example, of what it takes to find peaceful resolution. The recognition of the gifts of the feminine, to come in balance with thousands of years of masculine domination is flowering. A huge uprising of people now have a greater intuition of their true gift to the world and their purpose in being here.
Put all this together, and it reminds me of the end of one of a James Bond film. The clock is ticking. Will the mother of all bombs go off, and blow up the entire planet, or will James Bond, sleek, conscious, and good, detonate it just in time, with a happy ending for all?
It is all of these factors coming together which make 2012 symbolic of a fresh start in so many ways. Whatever conclusions we may come to in another 12 months (if we’re still around to draw conclusions!), it is clear to me, and many others as well, that the remedy is the same, whatever the outcome. There’s only really one thing that you and I need to focus on in the next 12 months, in very specific and concrete ways, and the rest will take care of itself.
I’m going to guide you through what that is in free a tele-seminar this coming Thursday, December 29th, at 6 pm Pacific time.
Please join me live on the call, or use the same link to register for the replay.
Big love to everybody.