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2012: A Time Odyssey

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Suns of God: The Orion Revelation

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A Vision for Getting to 2012

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As we approach the end of the 5,125-year Long Count Calendar of the Classic Maya, there is increasing fascination with the brilliant culture of this lost civilization and the mysterious transition they predicted. Does the completion of the 13th baktun presage a doomsday event as Hollywood chose to project? Will we undergo a rapid transformation of global society in response to ecological catastrophe? Could there be a shift into another "dimension" of psychic awareness? The thinkers we have collected in the first of our occasional Transmissions offer varied perspectives on 2012, which is quickly becoming an iconic symbol for the

potential and the peril that the human species faces now.

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A Time

Odyssey

By Sharron Rose
By Sharron Rose
Jose Arguelles calls it “the climax of matter,” Jean Houston refers to it as “jump
Jose Arguelles calls it “the climax of matter,” Jean Houston refers to it
as “jump time,” and Ray Kurzweil names it “the approaching singularity.”
Each person who studies this phenomenon calls it by a different name, or
uses different terms to describe it, but they are all speaking of the same
idea—that human experience is reaching some kind of ultimate point.
Significantly, many prophecies from ancient traditions around the
world have also pointed to this time period as a time of great upheaval
and change, perhaps the most important in human history. The Mayans
of Mexico marked this time with their famous calendar; the alchemists of
Europe built the Cross of Hendaye to describe it; the Quero Indians of
Peru call it the PachaKuti; and the ancient Egyptians referred to it as the
Zep Tepi or The First Time. In the Indo-Tibetan tradition it is equated
with the final throes of the Kali Yuga, the Age of Iron. Each of these
traditions tells us that a great transformative moment is at hand, a mo-
ment in which we have the opportunity to release old patterns and re-link
ourselves with the essential rhythms and harmonies of the universe.
In all of these prophecies this shift is not just limited to historical tan-
gibles— globalization, the internet, global warming and the destruction of
the environment—but is deeply embedded in almost all of the great spiri-
tual traditions of humanity. According to these traditions this approaching
singularity will be the most profound event in history; everything that we
know, everything that we are, is about to undergo a radical change.
It might be said that right now there is a great slumber across the land,
Alberto Villoldo refers to it as a cultural trance, Jose Arguelles, a dream-
spell, Riane Eisler calls it “the dominator trance” or the last gasp of the
patriarchy. It is as if a “glamour” has been cast over our collective eyes, a
Everything that we
know, everything that we are,
is about to undergo a radical change.

veil of delusion. Lost in the media haze of spin, bogus reporting, and talking points, which reduce deep issues that affect our future to mere sound bites, it has become more and more difficult to discern the false from the true. The prevailing forces of the modern world have brought us to a state where we are out of balance, out of tune. The question is how did this come about? Jose Arguelles speaks eloquently of this misalignment resulting from the shift from the Lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar. The previous calendar, based on Lunar cycles— as opposed to our current calendar which is based on solar cycles—was attuned to a different vibration, one of harmony with the rhythms and cycles of nature. The transition from Lunar time to Solar time was also a transition from cyclic time to linear time. As the Lunar time period waned, our right-brain feminine- based qualities of creativity, art and beauty were repressed and the left-brain tendencies of order, efficiency and logic became the dominant force. With industrialization, the solar-based calendars took a firm grip on us and we became bound by time, locked into mechanical rhythms, habitual patterns of thought and motion. We have become a society of slaves to the clock and to the machines that appeared to offer us freedom, but at what cost? Today we are isolated from nature and each other, a society of consumers. In our greed, we have not only gobbled up the resources of the past, but we are devouring the future as well. Think about it. The twentieth century with all of its invention, wars, and change was brought to us by the power of one single substance— oil. Over the course of the last one hundred years, during this Age of Oil, we have used up millions of years of compacted light created by the bones and residue of the plants and animals that once occupied this planet. On a metaphysical level that means our very environ- ment is suffused with the ka or psychic residue of these living beings from the past. Is the Age of Oil an outer manifestation of the karmic traces, seeds of destruction left from the inhabitants of a former age? It certainly appears so. Now that the Age of Oil is coming to an end we will all face enormous difficulties, but instead of planning for these eventualities, our corporations, leaders and politicians are ignoring their responsibilities and are using up the world at an even faster rate than before. The world, our environment and our future appear to have become a gigantic closeout sale—where everything must go. Just take a look around. It seems that everything is up for grabs. Anything can happen. The real question that lies before us is this: will the human race survive this process? Will we continue to fall for the seduction of materialism, war and domination or open our eyes and live consciously? Will we finally achieve our potential and manifest our

destiny or will we wither away like the dinosaurs? Faced with these essential questions, what can we do?

I believe that the answer is to free our minds; wake up from the

trance. And how can we do this? By shifting our focus inward, realigning ourselves with the highest spiritual values. If we look inward, truly align with spirit, perceive and strip away the conditioned actions and karmic traces that have led to the fear-based nightmare of the current “manufactured reality” the veil that obscures our true vision will dissolve. It is time to become the heroes and heroines of our dreams, to move

beyond fear and transmute its fundamental energy into right action. With every thought we are effecting the shape of the future, with every action we are creating angels or demons. It is said that as we move to the end point of the cycle, whether it be the end of the world or the end of a life, time speeds up until there is no time, only the moment. In this extraordinary moment of reintegration, the psychic knots that bind us unwind, and the karmic veils are lifted. In that moment we can see with true clarity the pure essence of our being; we come face to face with our eternal nature. Time dissolves into space and all things appear in the perfect simultaneity of the state of pure im- mediate present. This is the moment of true awakening; it is the still point between the thoughts, the pause between the in breath and the out breath. It is time to dream a new dream for humanity, move beyond the confines of linear time. What is going on right now on planet earth is that

a new level of consciousness is emerging. The Quero of Peru say that

that there has been a tear in the fabric of time itself, a window into the future through which a new species will emerge. The Brahma Kumaris, a spiritual group from North India, tell us that we have already moved from the darkness of the Iron Age to a new age of consciousness called the Diamond Age. With this shift of consciousness, we are all becoming painfully aware of how much work there is left to do. The great spiritual teachers tell us that the chaos of the modern

age is merely part of the natural order, that out of this chaos, a new age of harmony and grace will emerge. Many of us are moving beyond this phase in the cycle, realigning ourselves with spirit and feeling the great call to the light. We are planting the seeds for the world to come. If we are willing to break free of the cultural trance, let go of the materialist, ego-based mindset and live a more simple and harmonious life in balance with the Earth we will probably survive. If we don’t begin to change now we may not make it.

I once heard Terence McKenna say, “We must act as if the

apocalypse has already occurred.” At the time I didn’t understand what he meant, but I think I do now. What Terence was saying is that we must begin to live in the future—right now. We must act as if the corporate,

materialist-based culture has already withered away and we are living in

a future of our own creation.

There is no more hopeful situation imaginable.

withered away and we are living in a future of our own creation. There is no

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Suns

John Jay Harper

of God

The

Orion Revelation

“Man is the Measure of all Things.” { Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) }
“Man is the Measure
of all Things.”
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workings
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workings
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Once upon a time in the outskirts of the Milky Way Galaxy, crea- tures calling themselves homo sapiens, a Latin term meaning “wise or knowing man,” lived in one of its smaller solar systems on a very small planet they nicknamed “dirt” or Earth. Ironically, they were not wise, knowing -- or unique. They had simply forgotten their birth origins and destiny as celestial beings of the Orion Nebula, the birthplace of stars, the Suns of God on Earth. So over the course of centuries, as they gazed into the night sky sitting around campfires yearning for clues, a sign from on high, they told each other creation stories, myths, and performed acts, rituals, to explain why they were in this predicament. Some religionists said they sinned against a god, in one form or another, a being that had returned to the sky. That they were now quarantined on Earth until a “savior,” in one form or another, returned as promised at the end-of-time. Others of these so-called “wise men” known as scientists taught humans were accidents of a blind and dumb gene-generating universe; freaks of nature, that gods and saviors did not even exist. But then these myths and rituals, especially the ancient symbols used in astrology began to make sense, add-up, with the modern obser- vations of astronomy. One of these homo sapiens named Carl Sagan even mused:”Some 25 million years ago, a Galactic survey ship on a routine visit to the third planet of a relatively common G dwarf star, our Sun, may have noted an interesting and promising evolutionary development: Proconsul, the ancestor of homo sapiens, or modern man.” Archaeologist, historian, and mythologist also known as D. M. Murdock, conclusively documents that major world religions are in fact founded upon an astro-theology: the story of stars as gods sent down from heaven to earth to save men from ignorance. The larger realization based upon the overwhelming evidence suggests these humans represented the gods as action heroes on the ground to the people, as she catalogues in her book Suns of God:

Krishna, Buddha, and Christ Unveiled. Of course, we have Jesus himself saying: “I have said, you are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” Nonetheless, once we saw the creation story focused through the lens of Galileo and later Hubble and Herschel telescopes, the lights came on to full-star power again across the entire spectrum of science and religion theories of origins. And a whole new way of seeing ourselves not as freaks of nature but as a planned family of genetically engineered, star seeded, celestial beings emerged. Clearly, the occult, or hid- den, records collected by esoteric societies were beginning to pay rich dividends too with respect to our relationship to stars.

One of these pioneers, Alice Bailey, reported: “In the secret of the Sun Sirius are hidden the facts of our cosmic evolution, and inciden- tally, therefore, of our solar system. The Sirius System is always beam- ing helpful rays to the poor people of Earth who wallow in appalling ignorance, violence, and oppression.” Suddenly the musings of mystics, shamans, and prophets of every culture made more sense, fit a pattern mirrored by stone structures at sacred sites worldwide; in particular Asia, Egypt, Mexico, England as well as the Hopi Nation in North America and Inca Empire in South America. Egyptologist Wallis Budge, and others, linked the stars in Sirius, Orion, and Pleiades with emitting spiritual rays of light that “vivify

gods, men, cattle, and creeping things

Budge even declared, “The mention of Orion and Sothis (Sirius) is interesting, for it shows that at one time the Egyptians believed that these stars were the homes of departed souls.” This rediscovered truth is straight-forward: We humans were designed to operate on a cosmic larger-than-life scale, as a “super- man” mystics called Adam Kadmon, and artist Leonardo Da Vinci portrayed as perfection personified in The Vitruvian Man. That is, our human body was the mathematical mirror-image of the Phi ratio Fibonacci series spiral, the golden mean of the Cosmos. Overall, we see our self-image in a new light as that of a “super- star,” the Sun of God, in fact, what theologian Matthew Fox calls The Cosmic Christ. Plato was very clear in his treatise, Timaeus, that God made “souls in equal number with the stars and distributed them, each soul to its several star, and he who should live well for his due span of time should journey back to the habitation of his consort star.” “Consciousness is King,” proclaimed philosopher of Rome, Ploti- nus, in the 3rd century A.D. This then is true hidden knowledge: Stars are conscious beings of light and co-create planets for the development of infinite Christs-in-potential! Gregory Sams, co-founder of the Harmony/Whole Earth Foods outlets in the United Kingdom, chaos theory expert, and now bestsell- ing author of Sun of God: Consciousness and the Self-Organizing Force that Underlies Everything has it spot on: “This is the greatest cover-up in history!” In other words, human beings are created to live eternally as physical beings made of sunlight. We are Children of the Sun, and the Sun behind the Sun, the Mother Star Clusters in the Orion Nebula of our Milky Way Galaxy. The Orion Nebula is the birthplace of our Sun’s solar system and its lifecycle known as World Sun Ages. The Maya, for example, saw the rebirth of Earth as beginning the Fifth Sun Age on December 22, 2012.

out of the seed of the soul.”

Age on December 22, 2012. out of the seed of the soul.” 10 Ancients saw how

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Ancients saw how species are seeded and mutated by starbursts, supernova explosions, solar flares, and Coronal Mass Ejections, or CMEs, as well as advanced civilizations. They saw cross-breeding be- tween gods and men potentially helped evolve new cosmic creatures in an infinite loop of creation, destruction, and recreation: the life, death, and rebirth cycle of Suns of God. This was hinted in the Holy Bible that such was the case as in Genesis 6:4: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Now scientists agree: we are Star Children: “In a very real sense,” says University of Illinois astrophysicist Larry Smarr, “we are the grandchildren of supernovas.” Harvard professor of astronomy, Robert Kirshner, says, “Gen- erations of supernovas created the elements we take for granted-the oxygen we breathe, the calcium in our bones, and the iron in your blood are products of the stars.” Fascinatingly enough, these sacred site ruins that we have turned into tourist traps can now become star map repositories of invaluable star seed information to reclaim our origins and destiny according to many scholars of them today. And as we dug deeper into the forensic evidence of sacred sites, examined the blood, bone, and stones, so to speak; we decoded the meaning of the 12 signs of the times: the houses, mansions, or constellations the Greeks named Zodiac, or Circle of Animals. Again, it was Jesus who said: “In my Father’s house are many mansions, I go and prepare a place for you.” So Zodiac signs were used to assign specific energy signatures to stars in the night sky with stones carefully crafted on-the- ground to create a mirror-image of their consciousness traits. This maps the 12 characteristics of constellations. Our own star’s lifecycle through time and eternity in what we know now as a 26,000 year precession of the equinox of The Great Year. Naturopathic health practitioner Amalia Camateros, proclaimed in her book Spirit of the Stones: A Revival of Earth Wisdom, based upon insights into the Anasazi of the American Southwest: “This knowledge was stored in the rocks as living libraries and kept safe within until a future time.” Stones are in effect sponges: they absorb and store consciousness that is carried by 12-rays of sunlight. Our human brain has 12 cranial nerves and earth 12 major tectonic plates to process light energy through them too. Needless to say, 12 is a key number to life, death,

and rebirth as it defines, partitions, or sectors space itself into 12 signs

of the Zodiac.

Perhaps, that is the greatest insights of so-called pagan cultures; they saw space is alive, conscious, with the ebb and flow of subtle solar radia- tion energy pulsations permeating everything forever. There isn’t anything new under the Sun other than a cosmic recycling program of celestial beings through a mixing and matching of star systems within galaxies. Pyramids are The Word of God written in Stars and Stone Distinguished writer Adrian Gilbert, stated this much in his book 2012: Mayan Year of Destiny: “By building a gigantic scale model of Heaven on Earth, they were establishing a psychic link to the stars of Orion/Osiris. Then, by carrying out certain funerary rituals, such as the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ and ‘Weighing of the Heart,’ within the confines of the pyramids, they could assist the pharaoh’s soul in its journey to the land of Osiris: the stars of Orion.” Alan F. Alford of Walsall, England declares: “Ancient sages believed that the future destiny of mankind lay in a return to the Source, i.e. to God and Heaven. The death of the body, they said, did not mark an end but rather a critical mid-point in the human existence. Those who had the secret knowledge could retrace the path to the Heavenly Source and enter the gates to the lost paradise. The knowing soul would then unite with its primeval body-double and materialize in a remarkably Earth-like world.” Ultimately we have rediscovered the secrets to reincarnation that were embedded in The Great Pyramid stones at Giza and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. They and other related sacred site structures all seek to help us recapture our roots in the stars and point us back home to our Twin Earth in the “star nursery” of the Orion Nebula. What we’ve learned is pyramids were not burial tombs, but time bombs! They speak to the end-time of the Earth’s Shift on its polar axis realigning us with our home among the stars in the 21st Century now. Indeed, our “god fathers” or Higher Selves are alive in a twin binary star earthlike system of planets defined by star clusters in the vicinity of the Orion, Sirius, and Pleiades constellations. Robert Temple, the highly-acclaimed investigator of the Dogon tribe cultural myths in Africa, and also a member of the Royal Astro- nomical Society in England stated forthrightly in his classic text The Sirius Mystery: New Scientific Evidence of Alien Contact 5,000 Years Ago:

wwww“Sirius was, astronomically, the foundation of the entire Egyptian religious system. Its celestial movements determined the Egyptian Calendar, which is even known as the Sothic Calendar.” Sirius, the Dog Star, is the prime candidate for our Sun’s binary, double, or twin star system. This insight is shared by archaeo-astronomer Walter Cruttenden, the Executive Director of the Binary Research Institute in Southern California in his book titled Lost Star of Myth and Time and DVD

The Great Year. This article is based on the author’s book Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century.

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Time and DVD The Great Year. This article is based on the author’s book Tranceformers: Shamans
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We first imagine our future. After that,

we live it.

We first imagine our future. After that, we live it. Until now, this discussion has been

Until now, this discussion has been largely descriptive. What is going on? What might be in our future? The much more important issue is, what are we going to do about it? It may not be clear yet where we are going, but what is clear is how to get where we decide we want to go. The future doesn’t just happen; we make it happen. It is the product of our desires, interests, perspectives, visions, and actions. What we think and what we do makes a difference. It makes the only difference. This is not just a meaningless platitude of the kind that is offered repeatedly at graduation ceremonies. The images that we have in our minds (or not) about what we’d like to be, where we’d like to go, and what kind of world we’d like to live in directly shape what we do. Our behavior is consistent with our worldview, and therefore contributes to sustaining it. Most people who have made their way through school, particu- larly college, have watched their worldview change and in a short period have seen the options available to them open up in ways they never before anticipated. They see themselves and their possibilities

in a different way

lives. For me it was the Navy. “Join the Navy, see the world,” they said. It was true. I saw and experienced all kinds of things in less than a handful of years that radically altered who I believed I was and where I was going for the rest of my life. In the face of the rapidly converging trends approaching, not only do we need to persevere, we need to be on the offense: to shape and help manifest the new world that will certainly evolve, whether we take an active role in it or not. We need a vision -- something to aim for. Both an explicit and an intuitive sense of where we’re going is critical to this whole transition. If you don’t know where you’re going, as they say, any destination will do. In this context, that approach is not a good idea. Visions are magical. They function in strange ways to guide you to achieving them. When you see the world in terms of explicit objec- tives, opportunities, and options, serendipitous things seem to show up

to help you get to where you want to go. You don’t have to understand how they work to appreciate that visions really do work. Effective busi-

and then they choose different directions in their

ness leaders know intuitively that if they haven’t hung a big exciting vision in front of their employees, then the organization will wander about rather aimlessly searching for some random objective to home in on. If they are successful in crisply communicating exceptional

possibilities for the company and providing the resources to fuel them, they can literally change their world. The same can be said for an

individual

and for an administration.

We need to change the world around a new vision.

It’s important to keep in mind that we’re talking about a new world. We’re not trying to build a better version of what we already have. Here is the sequence:

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• Big extraordinary change happens.

• Things fail. They don’t work the way they use to.

• Something new emerges.

• It operates differently.

It runs on different principles and values.

In this new world, humanity has figured out how to do its business in ways that do not produce the kinds of problems that caused the old, smoldering decomposition in the first place. In this world, we certainly learn something from the traumatic experience. The key to getting to this new future is a vision. We need a picture of a viable global future to guide us going forward. In practical terms, this new world needs to be pretty idealistic. After all, we’re really (really!) going to build a new one in a new context, which makes all kinds of things possible that certainly wouldn’t work right now. That’s what we should aim for. That’s the contextual objective we should carry around in our minds.

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Vision

The trends and plausible big-change events discussed here appear to potentially peak around 2012 and then settle down over the following years, maybe finding a new equilibrium by 2020. If that is what happens, then the new world we have to focus on building is one that evolves between 2012 and 2020. The question is, what would we like that world to look like? What will we try to build? That will be our vision. In building a vision of this type, it is im- portant to fully understand the conditions from which this new world might evolve. Let’s guess that by 2012 we will have survived a global bout with bird flu (in late 2007, it appeared the virus was, for the first time, becoming transmissible to humans). A moder- ate pandemic has killed 500 million people worldwide over a six-month period of crisis that negatively affected almost every aspect of modern life -- governments, economies, social interaction, and others. During the same period, the change in the planet’s climate has accelerated as the positive feedback loops in the climatic system kicked in. Devastating storms have become the norm, seasons don’t work the way they used to, nor does traditional agriculture, generating signifi- cant food shortages and serious broad-based disruptions in regions like the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe. Or maybe by 2012 we’ve experienced a major series of global disruptions related to changes in the energy sector. Driven by a decreasing supply of oil, the biggest countries in the world have aggressively tried to capture what petroleum remains. It has turned into a war (or at least a period of very serious threats) involving the United States and China, or China and Russia. A companion breakthrough in energy sources has begun to fill in some of the major cracks in the system left from the rapidly decreasing supplies of fossil fuels, but even heroic efforts and amazing innovations are unable to take up the slack fast enough to offset the crises. We have gotten much smarter, much faster with the advent of amazing new Web-based knowledge discovery and sense-making tools (which make it easy to understand large amounts of complex information) and have learned to manipulate life in ways never before possible. Finding solutions to big problems has gotten much easier, but implementing them still takes too much time. Our new world will have to take into consideration the underlying trends in science and technology that are driving a great deal of change, address the biggest pressing problems that confront us, reflect changes in our values and perspectives of how we see ourselves as humans, and suggest a new social framework that describes how we will work and live together.

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That new world might look like this: Values and Perspectives The global brain is rapidly
That new world might look like this:
Values and Perspectives
The global brain is rapidly evolving. Unprecedented knowledge generation,
discovery, and problem resolution are everyday occurrences, spurred by exponential
developments in computing and communication technologies. Intractable problems
are solved with capabilities that were impossible to imagine just ten years earlier.
An increased emphasis on connectedness and interdependence. The Internet, the global
economy, the environment, and many other aspects of life have made transparent that we are all directly
and indirectly connected to each other and the larger context in which we live in ways that were previously
not obvious. All transactions now take these linkages into consideration. Because of this interdependence,
it is logical that nonconstructive relationships are intrinsically destructive and that there has been
New agricultural methods that do not rely on synthetic petroleum-based fertilizers have
become dominant. Seawater-based agriculture is becoming commonplace, encouraging food production
in vast areas that previous had no freshwater for irrigation.
Pressing Problems
A shift toward cooperation and away from competition. The interdependencies that we live with
coupled with the highly destructive potential of advanced technologies have made it obvious that finding
ways of working together is much better than fighting over differences. This has translated into a
The challenge of environmental sustainability is resolved. Problem-solving knowledge
technology and a new perspective on our relationship with nature results in significantly new
ways of maintaining our environment.
Commitment to conflict resolution without resorting to violence. The potential destructive
capability of new technologies juxtaposed with the need to build a new world has mandated that violence,
especially between developed nations, as in all-out world wars, is no longer feasible. Sophisticated methods
of negotiation and influence become the main tools of persuasion.
We have moved beyond the petroleum age. Clean, sustainable, independent sources of energy are
the only approaches that are supported.
A
commitment to justice for all people. Since in an interconnected society injustice to some ultimately
Energy production is decentralized and more distributed. Energy production is increasingly
localized, whether in vehicles or individual buildings that translate solar energy and other sources
into electricity. All sources contribute to the grid, fewer central power plants are required.
affects all others, a broad-based commitment to justice for all is imperative.
A world of abundance. The resolution of energy problems and the advent of advanced information-
technology applications presents the possibility of a world without intrinsic scarcity. Equitable access to and
distribution of food, knowledge, shelter, and work could well become possible.
Social Systems
Individual self-realization. The crucible of phenomenal global change would produce a new perspective
of oneself and the untapped potential in each of us. A dedication to self-realization would be reflected in all
aspects of human activity.
An equitable way to have a global yet local civilization is worked out. Tensions have been
balanced between the forces of globalization, universal connectivity, and interdependence, as well as the
increasing marginalization of people and cultures that always seemed to attend those trends.
Decentralization along with an ecology of cultures is effected. Local, cultural character still
colors societies, but at the same time all groups have learned how to relate effectively to the larger world
Individuals choose for themselves rather than taking their cues externally.
Interdependency coupled with unsurpassed knowledge and a common allegiance to
justice weakens the requirement for centralized authority.
Global issues become global interests. A communications process is in place that allows all cultures to share
a current interest in pressing global issues. The world thinks and acts together for the common good.
Harmony with nature. The fact that everything that lives on this planet is
connected with everything else means that we live with nature, actively cocreating
the context within which we live. We herefore see ourselves as part of the larger,
global system. Maintaining harmony with nature is a priority that produces
personal, spiritual, physical, and economic benefits.
Global security is discovered, removing the legitimacy of war. The experience of having lived
through or narrowly sidestepped a major world war with unheard-of new weapons convinces the world
that modern combat is not an option. Sophisticated behavior-modification approaches and incentives are
developed that do not include violence.
A
shift toward localization. The failure of global supply chains initiates a reliance
on local suppliers rather than distant ones. This is especially true with food items, for
which local farmers and ranchers become preferred.
The possibility of nuclear war is prevented with 100 percent reliability. War is not an option
and nuclear war must never happen. The world community bands together to assure that nuclear
weapons are eliminated or so closely constrained that the chance of their being used approaches zero.
A commitment to healthy food. Fresh, healthy food is a necessity for sustaining the
physical and mental requirements of living in the new world.
These values and perspectives are reflected and reinforced in all other areas:
Science and Technology
A clean, all-electric world is achieved. We have entered the post-petroleum
age and the world is moving toward all-electric status. Electricity is produced by
pollution-free sources that in most cases require no extracted fuel, like generators
that run off tidal currents, turbines driven by deep-well-produced steam, and
advanced solar and wind devices.
This vision might not be as far-out as you would guess. The Earth
Charter closely resembles this vision. It was written with the input of
five thousand people, has been endorsed by numerous governments,
organizations, and a multitude of individuals, and draws more than
one hundred thousand people to its website each month.
Effectively transitioning to this new world will require envisioning
it into reality. We will all need to use a model like the one above to
build a coherent idea of what the new world might look like-the
principles, values, structures, behavior-and begin to carry that common
There will need to be a constant orientation of openness; we will
need to have a wide aperture for seeing subtle indicators of approaching
change and be receptive to newly emerging techniques of dealing with
the rapidly changing world. Being close-minded to the suggestions and
ideas of others will court failure, as no one individual or organization
will have the capability to deal with these changes by themselves.
New ideas and explanations about how reality works, at all levels, will
begin to bubble up in many places; they must be openly considered
and honestly evaluated.
picture in our minds. We need to get together at regular times with
as many others as possible to project the new images, talk about them,
and debate them. We should do it as though our lives depend on it, as
they probably do.
There must also be an openness to
adaptation – to rapidly change
when it is required.
This essay is excerpted from A Vision for 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change published here with permission from Fulcrum Publishing.
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Recently, I have taken as my personal mantra the not very transcendent phrase, “I don’t

Recently, I have taken as my personal mantra the not very transcendent phrase, “I don’t know.” The list of things I feel unsure about seems to be steadily increasing. For instance, I don’t know if our solipsistic species will survive much longer, and sometimes I am not even sure how much I care. I don’t know if Barack Obama is a warm-hearted leader who will unite people at a time of adversity, or the most brilliant puppet ever put forth by the New World Order conspirators (who, as radio journalist and documentary filmmaker Alex Jones suggests, may be plotting a program of rapid depopulation). I don’t know if the increase in UFO sightings means we are approaching a benevolent contact experience or a horrific predatory ambush. I don’t know if global warming is mainly caused by human action, or if it is part of a phase transition of the entire solar system, as the Russian scientist Dmitriev proposes.

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don’t know if men and women should be monogamous or if it is better to be bonobo-like in one’s erotic habits. I

don’t know if we will develop some type of new energy technology that will rescue us from Peak Oil, or if we are destined to see industrial civilization devolve and disintegrate as fossil fuel becomes scarce. I don’t know whether to learn to grow food and harvest rainwater or to master some weird new esoteric discipline like Vortex Healing or Keylontic Science. I don’t know if free will exists, or if we are conditioned robots, performing an illusory spectacle scripted by Hindu deities or dreamtime ancestors. I don’t know if we should get rid of religions or create a really cool new one. I don’t know whether to stockpile gold or create an intentional community. I don’t know whether to stay in Manhattan or head for the hills. I don’t know whether we are approaching global enlightenment or regressing into barbarism. I don’t know whether biotechnology and nanotechnology will fuse to give us immortal physical bodies or if we will all croak as our mistreated planet falls apart. I don’t know if anything special will happen on December 21, 2012. I don’t know if I should start a riot or throw a party. I don’t know whether to panic or relax.

Something seems to be happening that is beyond my capacity to understand or articulate. I can only assume other people are feeling this way as well. We are witnessing the collapse of the old, rigidified structures, while the new hasn’t come into realization yet -- that is, if there is going to be a new anything. A change seems to be happening at the level of logic, which is becoming less dualistic, less “either-or,” and more binary, “both-and.” Former diametric opposites are moving toward confluence, as well as dissonance, in various areas: Like tweaked out psychonauts, the physicists at CERN discuss opening portals into other dimensions. As the financial system evaporates, incredible new gizmos like Pandora and Cool Iris spread freely on the Internet. Obama references Chicago 1968 in his acceptance speech at Grant Park, then hires as his economic advisers the guys who, under Clinton, deregulated the banking system, causing the current disaster. Reality is becoming more improvisational and up-tempo. Although I don’t pretend to have certainty about it, the ideas that Jose Arguelles, Terence McKenna and others have proposed about time speeding up and going through ever-faster fractal spirals of historical pantomime -- including, alas, the mass suffering usually caused by historical convulsions - seem increasingly on the mark. If we are shifting away from dualistic separation and linear logic to a binary thought marked by polarities, this also suggests a shift from the modern historical perspective to a revived mythological consciousness. Like processes in the unconscious, myth resolves oppositions through symbol and image, without need of rational explanation. A society that reintegrates mythic thought at a deeper level of awareness will be able to handle seemingly contradictory perspectives without breaking down.

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don’t know if we will live to see the birth of such a new worldview as part of a regenerated civilization, or if we

only get to see the decline and fall of our current dinosaur. It does seem that ever-increasing numbers of people are done with it and ready to move on, but move on to what? Some theorists propose we have reached a point in evolution where we have the capacity to consciously

co-create reality, and choose our own script for the future. Sometimes, this feels fuzzily plausible to me. On the other hand, our past actions and intentions have created the reality we experience now. It seems highly unlikely we can phase-shift to hyperspace, the fifth-dimension, or whatever it is until we have learned how to take proper care of this material world and those who share it with us. Although maybe I am wrong and we will get a free pass. I just don’t know.

world and those who share it with us. Although maybe I am wrong and we will
world and those who share it with us. Although maybe I am wrong and we will

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