Friday, February 19, 2010

2012 & The Tipping Point: And the Answer is…

 Daniel Pinchbeck and Jose Arguelles

The 2012 Tipping Point: Prophets Conference sought “to explore a radically different, more optimistic interpretation of the Mayan prophecy – as referring to the end of the world as we have known it. Instead of predicting a physical destruction of the material world, the Mayan prophecy might refer to death and rebirth and a mass inner transformation of humanity.”  To deliver this message, Jose Arguelles, Daniel Pinchbeck, John Major Jenkins, Graham Hancock, John Kimmey, Russell Targ, Christine Page, Jaque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows, Mario Gomez Mayorga, Rocio Lopez Ruiz and Miguel Angel Vergara were brought together, along with participants from all over the world, to share in discussions.

We gathered in Cancun, arriving from an expanse of countries and continents, some as film crews and journalists, some as leaders of local 2012 movements, and many as individuals with a burning desire to learn how to help, in whatever even small way, in moving humanity forward.  We heard the call and we arrived.  A palpable sense of anticipation infused the heavy, humid air.

Within the first few hours of talks the common theme was clear:  No one know for sure what will happen, if anything on December 21, 2012 (though Russell Targ lead the group through an eerie and strangely synchronized Remote Viewing to that exact date…). The only clear path that lies ahead is one of Self-awakening.

As we near the end of the Maya’s infamous Long Count calendar, we are asked to honor Mother Earth, all of humanity and beings of the planet, and most importantly ourselves. As the Maya greeting “In La Kesh” alludes to I am another you.  Thus what we do for ourselves, we do for the entire world.  Heal yourself, heal the planet.  What has been the root message of all spiritual traditions across the last cycle of time, that we are unable to fully love others if we do not first love our selves, is needed to be embodied to activate our evolution. 

Don’t be confused: this isn’t a call for more of the same selfishness.  To love yourself is to step into direct knowing of your true Divine nature.   But how?

A remark that resonated with me during John Kimmey’s sharing of the Hopi Prophesy was when he related that Grandfather David, who passed the Hopi lineage onto him, once asked John what is was that we could give God, who already has everything.  The answer, Grandfather David said, is our intentional effort.  This is the only thing we can give the Divine that it doesn’t already have.  The sweat of our brow, our focus and concentration, or tapas as it is known in Sanskrit, is our gift of gratitude for the dance of life.  John Kimmey also emphasized that, now, at the closing of the 4th World Cycle, is the time to take to heart the teachings we have received from the various mystical and wisdom traditions.  We need to practice the techniques we have been give and take responsibility for our way of life, beginning with the personal, and surrendering our efforts to a higher source and the greater good.

It is not a coincidence that this Tipping Point is paralleled by an explosion in our Western culture of disciplines, techniques, teachers, and entheogens which all lead one to contact with their Higher Self.  Everything we need is at hand to fuel our inner transformation and outer evolution.  All we really need to do is let go of the external distractions and get busy on the road to remembrance.

If you’ve neglected the inward passage up to this point, don’t fret.  Yes, the countdown is on, but time is on our side, at least, the rate of it is.  Just as we are witnessing rapid progress and turnover in technological advances, the same is true of our personal advancement.  No longer is the prescription for Self-awakening years of flat-backed Freudian analysis or lifetimes of stiff Zazen. What is required of us now is dedication to a path and continual effort, in whatever form best suits us as individuals.

Shaman and healer Mario Gomez Mayorga encouraged us to ‘awaken to not thinking about everything,’ and instead focus on behaving as energy does in nature, by helping one another and giving with the knowledge that we always have enough.  Daniel Pinchbeck, who expressed a profound uncertainty about 2012 and a path of effective action, could take these words to heart.  Pinchbeck believes us to be on the cusp of transformation as a species and asks ‘What is the solution?’  To this he admits he does not know.  Having plunged headlong down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, Pinchbeck seems to be searching for the answer to how do we advance by attempting to assemble Indra’s web out of Pick-Up Sticks.  Yes, it is useful to be aware of all the forces at play, but to be caught in a net of inaction while focusing on the how and why instead of doing is one of the oldest ego-traps.  The last thing the mind wants to do is be trained.  There will always be another piece of juicy bait promising to hold The Answer to lure you away from simply sitting in silence, opening to the mystery, and just being what, and who, you already are.   This is not to say that Pinchbeck is without action – Reality Sandwich and are growing hubs of transformation and conscious evolution, but a shaman may only lead so far as they have voyaged, and the currents are inviting us inward.

Indeed, during a one-on-one interview, author Jose Arg├╝elles response to Pinchbeck’s ‘What do we do now?’ was plainly, ‘Meditate.  Do a 10-day Vipassana Retreat and you’ll figure it out.’  This message, which echoes Kimmey’s, is for us all.  In the words of alternative-archeologist Graham Hancock, we are a species with amnesia.  To wake up we must refocus the light of our awareness from the outer to the inner.   The art of listening to our personal truth will lead us through the dank hallways of illusion and temptation and onward through the gates of our own, self-induced, salvation.  I know that when I do my personal work, the filter through which I see the world is clearer and more joyful, and this is what is.

As the Hopi’s say, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”  The end of the 4th World Cycle is not a closing of the book, but the turning of the page to a new chapter.  The 5th World Cycle has been cited as one of Unity Consciousness, marked by a marriage of science and spirituality, of the masculine and feminine.  Yet, such integration is only possible if we arise to the challenge of personal transformation. The choice is ours to tip the scale in our favor, one body at a time.