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It’s (Not) The End of the World

“They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed.” – Carlos Barrios

(Title changed because of an insight that Arken made in the comments.)

In 1999, at the height of the pre-millennial Y2K panic that had seemingly swept the U.S., I sought out a deeper understanding of the apocalyptic mindset that was behind this widespread collective fear I was witnessing at the time. I find it to be quite relevant as we approach the time of many prophecies: the year 2012.

To be clear, this is not science or any kind of factually-based theorizing. It is my interpretation of the writings of a man that comes from a long history of Mayan wisdom.

I came upon the writings of a Mayan historian and anthropologist named Carlos Barrios, who had been studying with traditional Mayan elders for over a quarter century, since the age of 19. As I read his main article on the subject of apocalyptic predictions – which is very hopefully entitled “The World Will Not End.”

Mr. Barrios is a historian and anthropologist. Many years ago, he began studying with traditional elders (at the age of 19). He and his brother Gerardo began a deeper inquiry into the various Mayan calendars. They studied with many teachers, and Gerardo interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.

The Mayan Calendars’ comprehension of time, seasons, and cycles has revealed itself to be expansive and sophisticated. The Maya understand 17 different calendars, some of them charting time accurately over a span of more than ten million years. The calendar that has steadily drawn global attention since 1987 is called the Tzolk’in or Cholq’ij.

According to Mr. Barrios’ interpretation of what his Mayan elders taught him, from that 1987 until now, we have been in a time when much of the materialistic world is disappearing, slowly but inexorably. We are on the verge of an era when peace begins, and people live in harmony with Mother Earth.

As we pass through a time of transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth changes. All this, Mr. Barrios says, was foreseen via the simple, spiral mathematics of the Mayan calendars.

“It will change,” Mr. Barrios has said. “Everything will change.” He said that Mayan elders view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth. This process has already begun, Mr. Barrios suggested. “Change is accelerating now, and it will continue to accelerate.”

If the people of the earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape, without having destroyed too much of the Earth, Mr. Barrios said, we will rise to a new, higher level. But to get there we must transform enormously powerful forces that seek to block the way.

According to Mr. Barrios, we are living in the most crucial era of the Mayan calendars and foretellings. All the prophecies of the world, all the ancient traditions, are coming together now. The spiritual ideal of this age is conscious action. Many powerful souls have been born in this era, with a lot of power. This is true on both sides, the light and the dark. High magic is being utilized by the light and the dark.

Mr. Barrios received a message from a Mayan elder in the mountains of Guatemala, who called for human beings to unite in alignment of life and light. Right now, individually and collectively, we are all going our own ways. The Guatemalan elder said there is hope if the people of the light can come together and unite in some way.

Elaborating on this, Mr. Barrios explained that we live in a world of polarity: day and night, man and woman, positive and negative. Light and darkness are a balance for each other. The dark side is very strong, and clear about what they want. They have their purpose clearly held. On the light side, everyone thinks they are the most important, that their own understandings, or their group’s understandings, are the key. There’s a diversity of cultures and opinions, so there is competition, diffusion, and no single focus.

As Mr. Barrios sees it, the dark side works to block unity through denial and materialism. It also works to destroy those who are working with the light to get the Earth to a higher level. They like the energy of the old, the materialism. They do not want it to change. They do not want unity. They seek to unbalance the Earth and its environment so we will be unready for the alignment in 2012. We need to work together for peace. We need to take care of the Earth that feeds and shelters us.

Mr. Barrios says that we are at a critical moment of world history. “We are disturbed,” he said. “We can’t play anymore. Our planet can be renewed or ravaged. Now is the time to awaken and take action.” He offered suggestions to help people walk in balance through the years ahead. “The prophesied changes are going to happen,” he said “but our attitude and actions determine how harsh or mild they are.”

Following is a guide that he recommends:

• Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also action. It’s very important to be clear about who you are, and also about your relation to the Earth.

• Develop yourself according to your own tradition and the call of your heart. But remember to respect differences, and strive for unity. Eat wisely. A lot of food is corrupt in either subtle or gross ways. Pay attention to what you are taking into your body. Learn to preserve food, and to conserve energy. Learn some good breathing techniques, so you have mastery of your breath.

• Be clear. Follow a tradition. It is not important what tradition, your heart will tell you, but it must have great roots.

• Go to the sacred places of the earth to pray for peace, and have respect for the Earth which gives us our food, clothing, and shelter. We need to reactivate the energy of these sacred places. That is our work.

Article Source:

Manatak American Indian Council

SEE ALSO: “2012 is Fiction” by plmyshkin