So the World did not Come to an End… Or did it?

As you may know, a lot of people were anticipating December 21st, 2012 with bated breath.

I have a friend, quite an intelligent fellow with degrees and a family and a good job and everything, who was really preparing himself for the end. He contemplated how to spend his last night. “Should I stay up all night with my partner? Should I spend the time with my kids? Should I dance wildly, or meditate?”

Finally he came to the conclusion that if this really was the end of the world, it was the last chance he would ever have to get a good night’s sleep, so he turned in early.

When my friend woke up in the middle of the night and discovered he was still here, he felt mixed emotions. He was relieved: we would all live to see another day, another year, another decade. He felt a little disappointed: all that anticipation, and it is just another night like any other. He felt a little resentful: for listening to so many people who seemed so confident about knowing so many things. And he felt a little foolish. I don’t need to tell you why.

So now December 21st, 2012 has come and gone and the world did not come to an end… or did it? Although California did not sink into the sea, and Mount St. Helen did not erupt, and aliens did not land, and Elvis did not resurrect from the dead, some people experienced some other things: less visible, less dramatic, but perhaps even more significant than a mere change of scenery.

What is it that creates the world as we know it? What is it that creates your world and my world and his world and her world, which we each become convinced is actually “the world?”

It is not yet two weeks since the tragic and horrific shooting in Connecticut. That event triggered many different responses in different people, according to which “world” they were living in. To many parents, the shooting came as a reminder of the deep gratitude we feel for our children. To many, the shooting came as a reminder that the proliferation of guns in the United States is way beyond out of control. To others, the shooting came as a reminder of the woeful state of inadequacy for how we care for the mentally ill in this country. And to Wayne LaPierre, president of the National Rifle Association, the shooting came as an obvious and indisputable sign that we need armed guards in every classroom.

Same event, but completely different significance and meaning according to the world you live in.

So here is a possibility to chew on, dear friend, on your Christmas eve, and I’d really love to hear your response to this. 

What if we are all mildly hallucinating, in our own unique and personal way? What if what you call “the world” is actually the end result of external events which are being perceived through incredibly complex filters of fear, ambition, greed, and endless refractions of projection? The experience of this “world” in turn create responses that reverberate out and create new events. What if what we call “the world” is actually a mixture of objective reality with massive amounts of interpretation and filtering?

From that perspective, the end of the world is not precipitated by volcanoes erupting, or floods, or alien invasion, but by a dramatically shifted relationship to your own reactivity to things.

In many ways I consider myself to be a lucky man. I get to travel around the world talking about these things, and much more important, listening to other people telling me about their experience. I work with coaching clients over the phone from all different parts of the world. I have been hearing that many, many people are indeed experiencing “the end of the world.” I have been hearing so many stories of people coming face to face with their own projections and fantasies, and seeing all the ways they have given meaning to things that were actually quite neutral and benign.

Take Robert, for example, who just recently told me that he looked at his wife one morning and realized that he hardly knew her at all. What he knew was his image of her, his projection, his resentment about her not being the way he wanted her to be. Or take Nicole, who just in the last month had the same kind of recognition about men in general, and realized that she had seen every actual and potential partner in her life through a smoke screen of fear. Or take Neil, who has been struggling for so many years with trying to get his business to run the way that he wanted, and just in the last weeks started to wake up to the fact (now obvious to him but before obscure), that all of his efforts were counterproductive. I could go on and on, but I would much rather that you do instead of me.

December 21st did not turn out to be the end of the earth, or the end of the New York Stock Exchange, or the final episode of How I Met Your Mother. For many people, however,  this has turned out to be the end of the world as they knew it, and the beginning of something completely unknown.

If you have got this far, then please, it is your turn now. Take a few minutes to write your own experience for me below. Have you arrived at the end of the world?

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20 Responses to “So the World did not Come to an End… Or did it?”

  1. Mimmi December 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm // Reply

    This is part of what I wrote in my journal the 23rd of Dec.:

    ‘I feel an emptiness inside,as if I don’t know anything anymore,not why I’m here,who I am,or how to be in this so called
    “reality” that is all around me..
    I exist,here and now..but for what?
    It feels like the only thing I can focus on is the next moment..No..Not even that!
    This moment..Not even that!
    A feeling of being Outside of time and space..
    And yet..I Am Here and Now….
    Here and Now..Aware/Awake..and yet not Competely here..
    What is happening?
    No thoughts..What Do I feel?
    More like a Peaceful rest Within Nothingness..
    No questions..No answers..
    But..Who is writing this then? Where does the words come from?
    Who is asking and who is answering?
    If/When I am totally present in my Here and Now..Nothing else exist outside..
    But if/when I expand my focus or consciousness beyond these 4 walls..I feel that I take in Everything that is there..
    Infinity…Both Deep and High….

    Moving Within Mother Earth..
    Feeling the heart beat of this wonderful being..
    I see/feel what is behind or underneath the surface,just as I can sense and see what is underneath everything and everyone..
    Everything vibrates..I’m hearing a tone so subtle and yet so strong….

    Here and Now..

    Within our Hearts we can Truly Communicate..without masks or roles..
    There exist only Love..and a true pure energy that is without judgement or preconceived opinions..Holy!

    Who am I?

    I have almost detached myself from any distractions..And still..I feel that if I let go completely…I will just disappear!
    But..I do see myself and the world a child filled with wonder…

    Only our imagination can create what we consider is our reality….
    It is true;we only see and hear what we want to see or hear..
    We only believe what we want to believe..
    We only change our perception when we are willing to do so..
    When we open ourselves for the possibilities that are infinite and begin to expand our awareness beyond the beliefs that we have about how things,others,we should be,or should not be,then we will be able to see and hear more of this infinite reality that truly exist..
    When we stop limiting our perception by using a wider,higher,deeper more aware perspective then our whole sense of what is possible or not will change in a magical way..
    Now..we realize how,who and what we really are and we can never go back to what once was…’

    So..I believe that some kind of closure or completion have been made..within ourselves..and that we are ready to see life and ourselves in a new way..
    It is exciting but a little bit scary too..
    When we realize that everything we thought were real or true was just an illusion..and that we created it!


  2. Lumi December 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm // Reply

    As you very well explained, each one of us lives in her/his own reality. So it is what we believe in that we’ll see, it is what we choose to see. I never bought into the fear of the “end of the days” and even though I tried, I couldn’t put myself in the position of buying provisions, preparing for disasters, etc. I surely was curious as everybody else, but I just thought that the best thing I could do was to be in the flow and have trust in the Universe. My deep knowing was that this date was and still is a doorway to another level of consciousness, that we have to practice living in an awakened state daily, let our heart be open and full of love and do our best to contribute to our community in every way we can. Share our gifts and offer our services to as many people as we can, help them see that the world IS changing and be a messenger of peace and harmony. I surely hope that the end of the old has come and we can now start to build the new. Thank you, Arjuna, for being the great teacher and human being you are! I wish you and Chameli a happy Christmas and a new year 2013 full of magic and joy!


  3. Mustafa December 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm // Reply

    The end of ‘the’ world, ‘my’ world, has been knocking on the door for a long time now. During the past days, though, the knocking sounds more insisting that all, really all, my relationships are changing. Some things are becoming more clear. My spiritual superego manages to convince me most of the time that those changes urge me to literally change my outer relationships, while my dark child within shouts it is ‘them’ who cannot escape some kind of radical change. The next moment I can see that I am dealing with my own demons and recogizing their projections in my children, my wife, my co-worker and my martial artist fellow travelers. It all seems one big and unending struggle, but sometimes it hits me that the real struggle is in accepting the fact that I am attached to not changing my struggler’s identity as well. Ah well… Thank you anyway for your invitation to share this. For now it feels like I am still waiting for the 21st of december to arrive!


  4. Ellie December 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm // Reply

    Based on much of what I have been following these past several months…
    I see this as the end of one era and the beginning of another, a death and a birth in the cycle of life.
    I see a new world and a new consciousness, whereby all life is respected and honored. I look forward to witnessing this unfold over time.
    I know there is good in all, even though I may not agree with what is taking place around the world at any given time.
    I send healing waves of love, light, compassion and peace to all.
    I encourage us to fully embrace, this wonderful and exciting opportunity of co-creating our new world in this Golden Age of increased vibrations, Love and Light, for the highest good of all.
    Humanity has been given a second chance and we need to take action now. How might you shine in all of your magnificence? Namaste


  5. Larry Vorwerk December 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm // Reply

    Hi ArJuna, For me, this time is the start of a new reality. It is one of knowing our interconnection with each other and with all of life. It is important that we live this life as if it is already here. For it is, if we live it. This is a world of love, peace, harmony, and working for the good of the whole. As we live this life, others will follow to help create it for more and more of us here on this earth. All that you said above is in agreement with what I also understand to be. It is important to come together with others that are creating a similar reality as yourself. This will help anchor it in this earth that much quicker.


  6. pattern1sentence December 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm // Reply

    I am glad the old world ended. Time to be busy and do the things I always wanted to do. Thanks Arjuna for being a friend.
    Regards & Love


  7. Tim Richardson December 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm // Reply

    I was neither expecting nor planning for any kind of end of the world on 21/12/12, the winter solstice – but I was open to a shift. I notice one happened, is happening, though it’s very hard for me to describe it in words. #


  8. Francis J. Kenney December 25, 2012 at 2:29 am // Reply

    Yes. Same as the beginning.


  9. Patricia December 25, 2012 at 5:56 am // Reply

    The shift for me has been felt all year.

    Life feels more simple now.

    Im not trying to become something.
    . . . to reach something
    . . . to improve anything
    . . . to attain a certain state
    . . . to raise my vibration
    . . . to heal anything nor clear anything

    I know that I am already all these thing I was trying for.
    So now I have all this time and energy freed up to just live my human life.
    My greatest challenge now is just deciding what it is that I want to do next.
    Day to day.
    Moment to moment.
    Nothing to get wrong.
    Nothing to get right.


  10. Gudula December 25, 2012 at 7:02 am // Reply

    I also feel emptiness inside and not knowing anything anymore .

    life seem to be not understandable at all … often, I feel my

    heart very strong … sometimes like a stone … sometimes full of

    pain…. sometimes overflowing with love … learning to

    live from there …. moment by moment …

    without knowing anything … to be a heart …instead of a person,

    that feels like a new world to me

    Thank you for beeing all together in one boat



  11. Romy December 25, 2012 at 9:53 am // Reply

    Thank you Arjuna for that article. My reality seems to crumble the whole of 2012 already. Just now I had this thought -my husband, my son and I are living together in our home, being married for nearly 30 years now. And this realization – I don`t know my husband, I thought I knew my son but actually we are not living together we are living next to each other. That thought hurt like hell. Also that about business really touched a nerve. But I am realising more and more, that the outside world really is a reflection of my thoughts and emotions. Have a great Christmas!


  12. Mareille December 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    Thank you, Arjuna for this blog to share…
    During the days before 12/21 all stories and illusions where very prsesent for me. I could whatch them like a movie.E.g the strongest was a dream about the believe ” I hate men”.
    It was always like the biggest light seeing the biggest shadows and yet being all one.
    When all of this was experienced ( it sounds strange to talk about “I expierienced”, it felt very collective- and there was no real “I”)there was a quite strong body-reaction coming up on the 20..
    Maybe its some circulatory disorder – on a phisical level. But still very interesting: I hear the heartbeat in my brain all the time…
    And than there was and is so much love,grace and forgiveness incarnating in every cell on this planet.
    Sometimes it feels just wonderful, sometimes I feel a little embarassed: so much forgiveness for all this mess we do?…Sometimes I feel a lot of responsability….
    The best thing is that it is not important how “I” feel about it- also about the pumping in my head…
    Everything is incarnated in a warmlight…

    Thank you that we got each other to share, to be, to go on…thank you for your committment and your love, Mareille


  13. Lydia December 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm // Reply

    I do believe that this is about “a shift” in consciousness and I also had some personal experience leading up to the 21st, a perception of needing to slow down and take stock of my surroundings, and I noticed it in other people around me, who were getting colds and flus and other things that were actually making them slow down. There’s a perception for me at least that the doom and the gloom in the world is increasing and perhaps there will be some filtering process that separates out the good from the bad. I believe there needs to be. My heart goes out to the victims in Connecticut but I also wonder about disarming a population? Is it right that only the military should have weapons and such absolutely high-tech deadly weapons? Where is the break on arms building going to come from? The military industrial complex including intelligence and surveillance is by far biggest industry in America and I don’t see any signs of it waning. Who’s going to control the controllers? How does Spiritual evolvement occur?


  14. Olli December 26, 2012 at 8:33 am // Reply

    My life has “begun again”. I do not yet know about the experiences of my friends with whom i use to talk about these kind of things, so my view of what has happened (if anything has happened at all for starters) will surely deepen very soon after which I could write here again :).
    Everything is really simple. And ordinary. No big thoughts of anything or problems to solve. Doesn’t sound very interesting but it is really weird for me.:) Feels like I can now start a life without the weight of trying to solve some big mystery. Just living as it is. And still every breath I take is as fascinating as ever!


  15. Fedora December 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm // Reply

    I was seeing a lot of projections for years now. metaphors, but lately I had an encounter with my male side. sigh. which is a little complicated because my I have father issues and mother issues at the same time. I know that metaphors speaks to my emotions and subconscious, its like a big trip. and I’m just letting it be acting crazy while I can still snap out of it. my subconscious is gradually releasing all those childhood traumas, abuses hatred pain and wounds, . I had been so compartamentalized and too aware the past few years I have to loosen up. my male side, is manifesting as different men, reminding me of my self esteem, I had forgotten. and a possessive male /father/lover figure that’s trying to make me take care or protect myself. because i didn’t . a girl woman trying to be a mom and both are entangled. I don’t want to explain too much because i need my emotions and intellect to be in synch. dreaming and enjoying the ride is a lil tricky while balancing your dream and reality. sigh. sigh. atleast i live for today, No tommorrow , as Ted put it in HIMYM . ” the end” and this mass awakening makes us realize what we are missing, that we’re losing our heart, our true self, because of wrong ideas, the one sided extremist point of views about love sex, glamour,happiness,and self importance. i hope the world starts to change and that we still strongly believe in miracles that can be explained. I believe that just because it can be explained it doesn’t mean that it’s not magic.


  16. Fedora December 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm // Reply

    i’m also in this “Life review” phase where the judge/parent and the victim/child /warrior, is doing a power struggle. those conditioned rewards and punishment in my head keeps commenting about my actions and my past mistakes, trying to reinforce my shame and guilt. its very challenging to unlearn things, epsecially in a society where the “reinforcements” ,well its every where. althhough its ‘s almost over, can’t wait for my balance. my inner dialogue is starting to slow down and i just want to be whole, and trying to find my way out. Hope I make it. hahaahha =)


  17. Siobhan December 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm // Reply

    As an adopted child I have known ALL of my life that the world is ever-changing, sometimes with the appearance of instability, midst the cycles of calm and chaos. Catastrophic events will always occur somewhere in my life or elsewhere on the globe. Such events may SEEM to be more frequent and extreme as we have expanded our populous and global media system so that more people are aware of what is happening on the other side (of the planet). With a BS in Environmental Biology and minor in Cultural Anthropology, the fact that the world did not self destruct, nor be obliterated by any outside forces, does not come as a surprise to me. However, life forms dwelling within this century have had the luxury to see, feel and begin to understand what change in the universe is really all about. whereas, scientifically, the only thing constant IS change. I find this exciting. For the end of this era as depicted in the Mayan and Aztecan calendars, as well as told in oral tradition across many diverse cultures around the planet, may carry many connotations. Fact is that all life forms do live and die. Whether we chose to believe in an afterlife, reincarnation, or just ashes and dust is up to the individual. I have personally experienced one significant near death experience, with lasting visions and thoughts on the subject, that has only reinforced my long time spiritual views. How ever or where ever one must find his or her spirituality or “true meaning of life” does not really matter, I suppose. The important thing as that we/they do find whatever it is in search of, so as not to become a menace to society. Thank you for your curiosity concerning my point of view. Have a nice day.
    Peace, Siobhan


  18. maryann moon December 27, 2012 at 1:27 am // Reply

    We all absolutely Do now want to be a disarmed human population, I feel something also has evolved, however, there’s a sense now that enough of the old world as we have known it doesn’t exist anymore. None of us is angry with the perpetrator of the horrific mass killing in Conn., and particularly of very young children; that has left us all feeling completely open and vulnerable and that’s left us feeling more awake to how IMPORTANT it is to FEEL this disarmed and open. In this vulnerable state, we know we can’t be the way we were ever again. A new consciousness HAs arrived. There’s a new loneliness and emptiness, but we feel that we’re all ready for
    a new awareness of the preciousness of life.


  19. kristin January 4, 2013 at 4:01 am // Reply

    yes, in so many ways, on so many levels – and it strated 5 years ago! I, too, feel a new way of living in my heart, which is full with love and compassion and a growing inability to think with my head! I find a deep distrust in my own judgments, resentments and even the more neutral “discernments” about “others” that seem necessary – but not quite believeable any more. It seems less important to create false, mental divisions and compartments and more improtant to feel connected, close adn one in my heart. Ive been feeling joy and sadness, lonliness, emptiness and a huge, light filled radiance in the center of my being. I know this Light as the Truth and Source of me, my experience, my life, all life. Its been increasingly simple to recognize who shares my filter adn who doesn’t. It seems there aremore of us seeing the world through a simlar filter of massive love, owning the dream, creating a new dream. Speaking my heart, lving in my heart feels easier every day. I alwasy thought I lived in my heart….but I lived in my head, my projections, fears and creations. Now it’s hard to make decisions about relationships: my heart knows love and connection; my mind creates separateness. Its a brave new world.


  20. Aubrey Kloppers January 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    I just wanted to tell you that it is my wife’s birthday on the 21st of December and would have been the end of the world if I forgot it. Fortunately for me, I didn’t…


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