The Truth behind the Mayan Calendar: This is not a “Doomsday” event!
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by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
The Mayan culture based many of their beliefs on advanced astrology and mathematics, which included a system of calendars that are more precise than our current Gregorian calendar. The Long Count is a period of 5,125 years that ends on December 21, 2012. In total, the Long Count consists of approximately 260 twenty year units. On December 21 2012, the earth will complete a wobble on its axis, known as the precession of the equinoxes.
The Mayans, Time and Cosmology
Time, to us, is something lineal that is measured by a day unit, which is the length of time it takes for the Earth to spin one time on its axis. It takes the Earth 365.25 days to complete an orbit around the Sun. Every fourth year, we have a leap year, which makes up for the .25 accumulated in the previous 3 years. From our Gregorian model, we can assume the winter equinox will occur on December 21st and the summer equinox will occur on June 21st.
For the Mayans, the position of the Sun determined the solstices, equinoxes and new years. The pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza in Mexico is an excellent example of how well the Mayans kept time.
On 12/21/2012, the winter solstice precesses through the Milky Way, which was of great mythological importance to the Maya.
Doomsday or not?
This is the point where conflicting “opinions” have segregated the two polar views of the Mayan calendar and Mayan prophecies.
Unfortunately, there are too many "Doomsday" and "Apocalyptic" 2012 websites that are flooding the internet with a cataclysmic view of the Mayan calendar, the Mayan prophecies and 12/21/2012. All one needs to do is to study and research the Mayan culture and calendar(s) to find out what the true interpretation of the Mayan prophecies are to know this is not a day of cataclysm, nor is it the end of the world.
| ||SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY: Chances are, nothing specific will happen on December 21, 2012. Look at what is happening right now. More and more people are awakening to political injustice, financial servitude and religious dogmas that have kept us controlled, subservient and conformed for several thousand years. Once the bottom of the pyramid unites, the rest will collase. |
I am the webmaster of one of the few websites that presents December 21, 2012 in a positive light and I am truly amazed at how many panic-stricken people there are regarding the Mayan calendar end date of 12-21-2012. Some people have gone to various extremes of buying bunkers to live in, purchasing guns and ammunition for safety and security reasons and stockpiling up on food and water.
Simply stated, the Mayan prophecies are based on the Popol Vuh, which is the Mayan Creation Myth story and the books of the Chilam Balam. Neither the Popol Vuh nor the books of the Chilam Balam state December 21, 2012 will be a cataclysmic day.
A Mayan's Perspective
Recently, I interviewed 2012 luminary John Major Jenkins (author of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, Tzolkin, Pyramid of Fire and Galactic Alignment) and asked him about the Mayan prophecies.
"The one and only true 2012 prophecy that I perceive is the one that exists in the Maya Creation Myth (the Popol Vuh), which is reinforced by the astral theology encoded onto the carved monuments at Izapa – the place that invented the 2012 calendar," stated Jenkins. "If this is the prophecy you are referring to, the first part of it has already come to pass. It has to do with the self serving egoism (Seven Macaw) controlling and deceiving people at the end of the cycle. The second part of the prophecy is indeterminate and will be experienced differently for each individual, as it involves the challenges of placing ego back into right relationship with the true eternal self (One Hunahpu), through sacrificing the illusions installed by ego. The second part of the prophecy is indeterminate, and not definitive in some kind of predetermined vision of a fated future, because free will exists."
| ||TRIVIA: There are no Mayan prophecies that predict the "end of the world". Look for yourself in the Popol Vuh, the Chilam Balam and the Dresden Codices. |
The date on the Mayan calendar is represented as 22.214.171.124.0, which is the end of the13 baktun period, or one “Great Cycle”. Jenkins firmly believes the Mayan calendar will start over on the following day, represented as 0.0.0.0.1. “Waiting for 2012 is like waiting for a bus, and not realizing that you are the bus,” Jenkins added, “The experience of Now, of the eternal present, is not located on a calendar.”
I recently visited the Mayan ruins in Tulum and spoke with a Mayan gentleman by the name of Beto who stated, “The last and current lines of humans were made from corn because humans, like corn, will come from the dirt and follow a similar cycle. Corn begins with a seed in the dirt, becomes a corn stalk and eventually food. At this point, the corn stalk dies and goes back into the dirt as the cycle continues once again. The cycle of planting corn is every 260 days, the same as human gestation.”
According to Beto, "When katun 20 comes (12/21/2012), the people of corn will no longer be humans". I asked Beto to elaborate further on this statement to which he replied, "Something bigger will happen to change our perspective of life."
We're currently on the Mayan's fifth Sun. The First Sun was destroyed by water, the second by fire, the third by hurricanes and the fourth by natural catastrophes. On this current sun, we are called the "People of Corn".
2012: DNA Upgrade?
Through conjecture, one could surmise that 12-21-2012 will also end in catastrophe but there is no indication that this will occur.
There are some interesting points behind the Mayan calendar end date. On 12/21/2012, the sun, Earth and the center of the Milky Way Galaxy align in an event that happens only once every 26,000 years or so. It's amazing to think how the Mayans knew this over 3,000 years ago.
If you look at the lineage of man, "somehow" we went from homo erectus to homo habilis to homo sapien without any gradual change between lineages. In other words, we had a DNA upgrade in each scenario. Will this pattern continue in 2012?
Through "The Secret" we've already learned how to tap into the 5th dimension by having thoughts equal manifestations. There is still work and effort needed for our thoughts to become manifestations at this point in time.
What will happen on 12-21-2012?
Here are the possible scenarios for 2012.
1. December 21, 2012 is a cataclysmic event (e.g. Planet X, Nibiru, Solar storms, etc...). In this scenario, there would be martial law imposed on us, total chaos, a lack of medical attention, the possibility of no electricity or clean water, etc... For those who survive this "cataclysmic" event, what would the quality of life be like? Dismal at best.
2. December 21, 2012 happens and we receivea DNA upgrade. In other words, your thoughts will equal manifestations. That sounds great. You could manifest a cold beverage by just thinking about it! That could also create "Hell on Earth". Imagine the person who lives in fear or constantly has negative thoughts. For example, let's imagine someone constantly thinks someone may shoot him on any given day, so he packs a gun when he leaves the house. If thoughts become manifestations, every time he thinks someone might shoot him, then guess what? They will be!
3. Nothing happens and we all have a good laugh.
Chances are scenario three is most likely where nothing happens, yet the December 21, 2012 mania is incredibly similar to the negative sensationalism we see on the 6 o'clock news regarding how December 21, 2012 is presented as a cataclysmic event.
What can I do now?
There are certain precautions one should consider, such as whether or not to live near a major fault line or coastline and stockpiling enough food and supplies, just in case.
The simplest everday answer is to live your life as if scenario two were to happen. All that takes is being one with yourself and the world, along with thinking positive thoughts and doing good deeds for others. Live for TODAY! Live for the NOW! If nothing happens, then you've helped to make this world a better place and you've probably gained a lot in the world of spirituality.
Life is about making choices. The best choices are made after fully researching an issue and making a sound and responsible decision based on fact and sensibility, not hysteria. Somewhere in between, there's a happy medium!
About the Author:
Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. Gregg is currently working in collaboration with Michelle Walling, CHLC, in opening a holistic walk-in clinic called Alternative Holistic Healthcare (AHH) in Sarasota, FL with subsequent subsidiaries around the world based upon this model.
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