A lot of tongues have been wagging for a couple of years now about the meaning of the dreaded (or fully anticipated) December 21, 2012, the so-called end date of the Mayan calendar. Predictions run the gamut from an expansion of planetary consciousness to Armageddon.We hear this word apocalypse thrown around. Apocalypse, derived from the Greek apokalupsis, is simply defined as “a disclosure of something hidden from most of humankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception” (Wikipedia).
The explanation of the Mayan calendar is long and detailed and, ultimately, if you are not a Mayan history buff, boring. In a nutshell, “according to the Mayan Long Count Calendar, December 21, 2012 is the end of this human civilization. Human beings will enter a whole new civilization, which is totally unrelated to the current one. The Mayan people did not mention the cause. One thing is clear: the last day does not mean the arrival of any calamity; instead, it implies a whole new cosmic awareness and spiritual transition towards the new civilization” (http://www.pureinsight.org/node/1085).
Some even say that the Mayan calendar’s long count date occurred in 1986 concurrently with the Harmonic Convergence. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar ends in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture.
I like the concept of a transformation of consciousness, though I believe that segments of the planetary consciousness are always in the process of changing. I think that the global economic situation has caused many to turn inward, to question long-held values, to question the raison d’etre, if you will.
Thinking creatively, what one thing would you like to see transformed and manifested on December 21, 2012? No, what two things: personal and global. For me, peace, especially in the Middle East, would be such a gift. Lasting peace. On a personal level, a more abundant and easier existence in which I can make free use of my gifts and talents for myself and for others — all living others.
What about you — what changes would you welcome?
- Mayan Calendar Myth Looms Large This Month (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Mayans gather to mark end of era (independent.ie)