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2012: The Beauty of Crisis

I heard Gregg Braden a geologist and Computer Systems Designer for Martin Marietta Aerospace, speak the other night on a call about the profound energetic, planetary and economic changes that we all can feel we’re going through which seemed to begin with 9/11 and continue relentlessly with our global economic collapse.  He spoke specifically about 2012, a date which has been on my radar for several years.  It has never meant doomsday to me and still doesn’t. Rather, December 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar which has predictably been sensationalized and (my new word) “apocalypsized” by Hollywood much to the chagrin of many.  It is difficult to take seriously yet another Nostradamus-like foretelling of the world’s end, as we all sat back, mouths agape as 2000 (Y2K) came and went without incident.

But this is something different.  What the Mayans predicted was not necessarily some catacylsmic event, nuclear holocaust or black plague, but a sort of worldwide crisis that (if it is handled properly, with a sort of graceful urgency) will usher in a new dawn or a golden age. In the past 26,000 years there have been five generations of humans who have experienced this shift.  We will be the sixth. This could be a time where human evolution takes a giant leap and old systems that have proven unsustainable will collapse making way for the new.  In fact, the ‘end’ of this Mayan calendar is actually the end of a 5,125 year long cycle marked by changes in global magnetic fields, rising sea levels and climate changes.  There is nothing new under the sun. Just as Al Gore was crestfallen when he couldn’t grab all of the credit for inventing the internet, he is going to be one unhappy camper when he comes to the conclusion that the planet isn’t “broken” and we aren’t all singlehandedly tweaking the Earth’s thermostat after all.  Sorry Al.  Would that we were so Omnipotent.

It is on December 21, 2012 that the ancient Mayans recorded that astonishing astronomical events will mark the end of an age (age, not “the world”.)   The last humans to witness a shift from one age to the next lived in the year 3114 BC, 1800 years before the time of Moses.  The energy of this window has tremendous potential. Interestingly, Biblical correlations suggest that the last time a ‘Garden of Eden’ (a place that abounded with peace and fulfillment of heart’s desires) was about 5,000 years ago.  History repeats itself.  Seeds are planted – both bad and good.  If we can look into the cycles of the past we can have a good idea of what to expect in the future because these cycles tend to repeat with greater and greater intensity.  Some cycles are decades long, some are milennia-long.   There are often cycles nested within cycles.

As Braden explains it, each cycle begins with a seed event that sets into motion a pattern of energy that will repeat on a rhythmic basis that follows the rules of nature.  These cycles appear in our personal lives as well as our collective global lives.   For example, consider the first time we experienced loss, hurt or betrayal in our personal lives; it left a strong emotional experience within us and set into motion a pattern.  The conditions of this pattern will repeat again and again on a temporal and rhythmic basis.  The actual event may not repeat, but the conditions characterizing the event (in this case hurt, loss and betrayal) will return like clockwork. The beauty of knowing when one cycle ends and another cycle begins, thanks to the recordings of ancient peoples and ancestors from thousands of years ago, is that there is a magical place (a neutral space where neither cycle exists) wherein we can reset the patterns of the past before they repeat in the present and the future.   Why is this important?  Because through archaeological records we know that “2012” has happened before.  It is a pattern repeating. The frightening prophecies and perspectives around 2012 that are polluting the airwaves and media needn’t be harbored as another doomsday Y2K. 

Some of the greatest suffering of the past are, according to Braden, also results of seeds set into motion and patterns.  Scientists have confirmed that the indigenous ancestors of our past have written that the conditions of ways of life on Earth are influenced by where our planet is in space.  In other words, the orbit of Earth in the Milky Way galaxy – the way it tilts and wobbles – actually affects everything that happens on earth.  These are the changes that always happen when we’re in the same cycle as 5125 years ago.  Such extremes in the planet affect extremes in human beings.  Commerce, communications, all systems are going through stress due to the changes our planet is going through.  We often forget that we are sensitive energy beings.  The earth is also an organic, giant field of energy.  We are interdependent yes, but we need the Earth more than the Earth needs us.  We’re living off the land and we must ride through the changes cleverly and with wisdom.  Now, let’s examine the word crisis…


1. a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, esp. for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.

2.a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.

3. a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.


a. the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.

b. the change itself.

 5. the point in a play or story at which point hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.


Of particular note, crisis is, to be succinct, something that is not yet over.  It is a balance point or choice point.  A crossroads pregnant with potential to either handle gracefully and victoriously or to fail miserably inviting disaster.  It requires urgency, impeccable thought and heart.  There is a palpable energy being felt on the planet.  The great temperature shifts, natural disasters and “global warming” are really not the handiwork of man (though that is a hard truth for our Egos to admit) but a very predictable and cyclical natural event.  Apparently, every 5125 years or so the earth experiences the same average rises in temperatures as the planet goes to extremes.  Interestingly enough, humans are mirroring energetically what the planet is going through with the instability of its magnetic field.  Humans are also going through extremes, personal crises, professional crises, economic crises and marital crises as systems which used to ‘work’ are going through inevitable (and predicted) tests.  As we evolve, we are beginning to see that the systems we had in place are perhaps not working so well anymore. 
                                                                                                                                                                  In most situations, we have two choices.  We can either continue to desperately try to breath life into the outworn systems here on earth – as the earth’s energy changes without us (and without our permission) – or we can abandon those systems that no longer serve our highest good and evolve alongside the planet.  There is unparalleled opportunity in crisis. Let this be the spirit with which we greet the inevitable changes facing us – not doom and gloom.
                                                                                                                                                                 As we’ve seen with the economic systems in place, they have begun to be proven unsustainable across the board.  A good friend of mine who works for Merrill Lynch was voted Best Analyst in the European and South African region.  When the proverbial sh*t started hitting the fan a couple of years ago I asked him for his take.  Things were already dire.  He was cautious, measured, yet almost apologetic.  “Things are bad, and they are going to get much much worse.”  I knew this wasn’t coming from the National Enquirer-like CNN or someone trying to sell papers.  My friend is the furthest thing from a drama queen.  The system we have built so much on is collapsing as much as we try to cling, ignore, or throw more money at it with bailout after bailout.  So stubborn are we humans, are we not?  Are we going to try to revive it with a defibrillator or are we going to walk away and build newer systems where one person does not have to lose to another to succeed or prevail?  Will our new economic systems become more cooperative and less competitive? Let us see how we choose to to let this theater unfold.
What about our testosterone-saturated planet of war? Will we finally walk away from war as a way to solve differences?  Will we begin to consider diplomacy and playing nice? Is this too naive a possibility?  Consider this: we may be faced with a world crisis so large, that if we don’t reconsider the war-like, knee-jerk, adolescent reactivity, we might face total annihilation.  The nuclear bomb has been in human hands for half a century. We almost haven’t been playing with glass long enough for it to cut it.  But that doesn’t mean it won’t.  We might wake up from our childish “I’m going to come and get you with these nuclear missiles!!” peacocking and realize that an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.  Blind to the fact that if we’re drilling a hole in our boat then our neighbour doesn’t just sink – we all do.  We might begin waking up to new ways of being.  We may have no other choice. 
                                                                                                                                                          In crisis, one is forced to act in a moment where the weight of his decision cannot be underestimated.  Will we rise to the challenge or will we fail the test by refusing to let go of those systems that are not working for the highest good of everyone involved?  Will we let the worst blemishes on history repeat themselves or will we hit the reset button with authority and certainty during this small window of time and move gracefully into a new age?  More tomorrow.

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