The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities
An in depth book review of The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities
Published by Sounds True
As you read the book you take a journey with twenty-five renowned experts offering their insight on the questions surrounding 2012.
Are We All Going to Die?
I plunked this book down on the counter at my favorite taco stand and the cute young girl at the register asked, “oh, is that book about like the end of the world like the Aztecs and their you know predictions and stuff”.
“Well yes, something like that” I replied, being too hungry to become much more engaged than that.
In lieu of taking my order she went on, “Are we all gonna like die and shit in 2012?”
“We are all going to die, but probably not all in 2012. It will no doubt be much more random than that. I’ll tell you more about it after I eat.”
Thus goes most conversation about 2012; equally divided between gloom and doom of biblical proportions and the crystal/feather crowd expecting us to become light-bodies impervious to pain, overdue rent, and crashing hard drives. In between is a broad spectrum of interpretations regarding the meaning of the Mayan calendar and what will happen on winter solstice, December 21 2012.
This book, The Mystery of 2012, explores some of the most well researched and articulated opinions, interpretations, history and predictions swirling around that most intriguing date. Contained are more than two dozen essays from the likes of Gregg Braden, Barbara Marx Hubbard, José Argüelles, Jean Huston and Daniel Pinchbeck.
Gregg Braden – Alignment of the Galactic Center
Gregg Braden leads off with a treat for the more scientifically minded among us discussing the once-in-26,000 years phenomena of an alignment of the galactic center, our sun and the earth.
How could the Maya track this so perfectly? The calendar seems to have been born fully formed. Nothing in the archaeological record shows any gradual development.
Also, at the time of the alignment the sun is predicted, by scientific measure, to reach a peak of solar flair and sunspot activity corresponding to a nadir in the strength of the earth’s magnetic field. The planet is physically ripe for dramatic change and Braden posits the change will be spiritual as well.
Karl Maret – Age of Aquarius
An astrological view is presented by Karl Maret who takes a look at the Age of Aquarius, the fate of the USA and the cycles of Saturn.
Dating from 1776, our nations birth, Saturn will complete 8 full cycles around the zodiac in the year 2012. “. . . the United States, as a nation, will . . . have matured in building an eight-spoked medicine wheel of its sacred destiny.” In the next chapter Corinne McLaughlin asks, “Are you stuck in fear and dread about looming disasters culminating in 2012?” She then outlines how “. . . each and every one of us is facing a great soul choice: which path will we take in the coming years of upheaval and change?” Her challenge to us – engage in “socially responsible business and non-adversarial politics” keeping an eye on the “triple bottom line” “a commitment to ‘people, planet, and profit”’.
Barbara Marx Hubbard – Evolution of Consciousness
A Vision for Humanity is Barbara Marx Hubbard’s gift to us in her essay of that name. She tracks the evolution of consciousness and notes that “Problems are evolutionary drivers” and that “Homo sapiens is giving birth within many of us to a more ‘universal human’, a human who will eventually be as different from us as we are from the Neanderthal”.
“How do we get ready for 2012?” she asks. “”Realize that the higher self, the inner voice, is you.” and “Follow the compass of joy. Seek out those who affirm the highest in you.”
Wholeness, Unity, and Interconnection
This book is a wonderful companion, each essay a brilliant exposition of a different facet of the 2012 mystery. An elaborate mystery, but not beyond our grasp if we reach beyond preconceptions, allow our greater selves free rein in what Jean Huston calls “jump time”. I’ll leave you with a gem from James O’Dea’s concluding essay, You Were Born for Such a Time as This.
“The phenomenon we are discussing is not an ideological counter to the status quo; it is to be understood more accurately as a quickening in the center of our being-a quickening less susceptible to fear arousing, not conditioned by the gratifications of competitive advantage, but stimulated by experiences of wholeness, unity, and interconnection. It is what philosophers and theologians call the emergence of nondual consciousness.”
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Writer, photographer, raconteur, Curtis McCosco fled from academia to further his education in Haight-Ashbury and the streets of Hollywood. He’s worked as a furniture maker, Moviola repairman, documentary film maker, Motown tech, carpenter, masseur, and explores the the worlds of indigenous wisdom and shamanism, Hermetic occultism, remote viewing, history, politics and the evolution of consciousness, all from a Buddhist perspective. You can find more of his writing on his blog, NOOZINE.com.