by Robert Wilkinson
This long post was inspired by a comment about contradictions and speculations regarding 2012, the Mayan calendar, the end of our current Age, the beginning of the New Age, and the challenges of finding our way to accurate information about the meaning of all this. If we would cut through the glamor, illusion, and Maya surrounding our current transitional period, then it's good to examine the nature of time, perception, and how our minds work. Welcome to today's theme.
Time is a funny thing. It is a one-way street, and is the means by which we measure movement in perceptual experience of the 3 denser dimensions. Time is also infinitely fluid, and as such has no beginning or end. As someone recently pointed out, an odometer is a good metaphor for how we have come to measure space and time as functions of each other's movement. Rolling ever forward, every end is followed naturally by a new beginning showing the next phase of an unending process.
Humanity, barely understanding a few of the principles of the 3 obvious dimensions, usually do make stuff up to explain time, since they're attempting to find metaphors to classify what hasn't been confirmed within conventional means. That's why a lot of what is asserted these days does seem disconnected, or weaves together highly speculative assertions that require us to accept a lot on faith. The human imagination does wonderful things to cover up holes in its incomplete understanding.
While I'm big on faith when it is needed, it has no place in any serious study where thorough scholarship is needed. Devotion is good, but it's an entirely different field of energy than Knowledge. It's somewhat like trying to use cooked spaghetti to hammer a nail. Both are perfectly fine in their realms, but ultimately have different purposes, methods, and outcomes.
Many sites offer speculations about the coming transitions, and try to tie them to the Mayan calendar, the Great Pyramid timeline, the prophesies of Nostradamus or the Book of Revelations. I have found they require us to assume quite a few things, some plausible, some wildly implausible. Much of it seems like a game of "Telephone," where each successive retelling becomes more and more elaborate, usually for the purpose of convincing people to suspend reason and join, surrender, or repent something.
All interpretations of prophesies make assumptions. We all make assumptions. That includes you and me, as well as the Mayan, Nostradamus, and Pyramid timeline scholars. In fact all groups studying anything, including the fields of art, science, philosophy and religions, make assumptions. We can extend this to all societies and cultures, since humanity has been trying to classify reality and experience since its infancy 3 million years ago.
Even when certain assumptions are "proved true," they are usually within local conditions and may not be an absolute. For example, we assume gravity to affect everything that has mass and density. However, countless Eastern Yogis have demonstrated that sometimes gravity does not affect the human body when certain levels of consciousness are achieved.
In terms of the larger "paradigm shift," right now, due to a lack of true scholarship in the field of metaphysics and the Ageless Wisdom accumulated through many civilizations over millennia, collectively we are somewhat like the proverbial 7 blind men trying to describe the elephant. So many see the parts and assume them to be the whole, or that somehow the trunk is "more important" than the leg. Mostly people have fallen under the delusion that forms have permanence and that getting attached to those forms is sustainable.
We do have an accumulation of wisdom of the ages available if we research it. Then we can relate the many derived, more recent local forms of that knowledge to the source material. There's a lot of speculation about the New Era, but most newer "experts" on the subject never studied the older larger and smaller eras to get context or a sense of the continuity of what each successive age represented in terms of the spiritual evolution of humanity. One must study to know, know to understand, and understand to judge. Critical thinking skills are essential if we are to transcend superstitions and half-truths based in limitations of perception.
This all serves the evolution of the race across larger sweeps of time. Each successive sub-race within the larger Root Race contributes to a new understanding of "God," which serves the needs of that space-time continuum. This requires new metaphors, new approaches, new ways of regarding what IS. However, evolution is a continuity and usually builds upon itself, with occasional mutations.
I tend to doubt the veracity of new material when it tries to negate the established spiritual principles of accumulated human wisdom. Legitimate newer forms of understanding never negate the sum total of the accumulated Truth, Love, Wisdom, and Intelligence of the larger evolutionary trajectory. They do, however, add to the total understanding of All-That-Is, and usually offer hope for the inherent freedom of the Soul to come forth. Evolution is inherently inclusive and liberating.
False polarities and dualities are created by ego-mind seeking control and dominance, whether the world of ideas, feelings, or actions. This is where the ego finds power and reassurance of its existence. Be alert to any message that seeks to use fear or fear-based imagery, since where there is fear, there is ego. Fear and fear-based teachings have no place in the evolving era.
On the other hand, the Soul that unites us all, individually and collectively, always seeks relatedness, whether with other ideas, views, activities, or realizations. The Soul is fundamentally inclusive. That why most separative arguments are fallacious, and in my opinion take the wrong approach if they truly seek to expand the totality of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of a thing.
Sometimes in our search for knowledge we encounter situations where we're told we need to acquire some thing before we'll understand. It IS true that we often "don't know enough" to even ask intelligent questions, much less understand the answers. I've been there myself many times, as has everyone I know.
Regardless of how esoteric or elitist the attitude we encounter, if we care about a thing enough, we will be about the business of learning it thoroughly, and not believe that any single source has all the answers to our questions. This means we need to take a many sided approach to exploring any given thing. That way we are able to examine everything with detachment and dispassion and hopefully not fall prey to illusions based on assumptions or limited views.
In the case of the current "debate" over the Mayan calendar and what it purports to "predict," I'm sure there are accurate elements of the Dreamspell philosophy, as well as other elements that could use a little tweaking. Actually, much of the argument assumes we know how the ancient Maya, or Toltecs, interpreted time, what they did or did not have or use to determine their space-time reference. At best we have remnants of the culture, probably not in any way complete.
We do have some oracular pronouncements via Chilam Balam, but these, like the prophesies of Nostradamus, can be interpreted many different ways. And then we have the nuances of the translators, trying to re-frame the metaphors of long ago in contemporary terms. It is easy to see how literally, "much could be lost in translation." That's definitely the case in terms of the modern Bible. Oracles are seldom easy to interpret, even under the best of conditions and lengthy training in such things.
The Maya, as well as other pyramid builders, have been with us for hundreds of thousands of years, have left their mark many places on Earth, and had to know some pretty sophisticated knowledge to do such things with precision. They didn't just create buildings, but these served as electromagnetic field focus points in some amazing alignment with the planet itself. What we don't know and are assuming about the Maya, their calendar, and other prophetic oracles will no doubt fill many future books.
As for most New Age speculations, I tend not to take very seriously much of what is asserted in our world about other dimensions, evil aliens, glorious pronouncements and messages from "ascended masters," paradigm shifts, and personal "ascensions," to name but a few. I find a lot of it highly speculative, usually exclusive rather than inclusive, and not based in depth knowledge.
I am particularly wary if it seems like it's a) threatening, b) cheerleading, or c) assuring us that we don't have to take responsibility for being here and to whatever degree is possible, selflessly contribute to a better world while freeing ourselves from glamor and the causes of suffering. Basically, I feel that if it doesn't apply to Biafra or Bangladesh, it's probably more local than global and needs further examination before being proclaimed as a universal fact or Truth.
Glamor, Illusion, and Maya (the Sanskrit Maya, not the people) are serious traps for any truth seeking Soul. I truly believe it's best to develop our "glamor dispelling mechanism" so we can see things without that world problem intruding on our perception and understanding. For example, many believe that the global consciousness shift is "predestined." However, due to the way our evolutionary system is structured, no one is "predestined" to make a shift in consciousness, except as a totally generic statement of the eternally evolving human awareness. We shift into "higher consciousness" as an active ongoing embrace of our own evolution aligning with Dharma, a process not a noun. And enlightenment does indeed happen in the flash of an instant, changing us forever.
Knowing what I know about the larger evolutionary indicators, I suspect those who leave will be those who are not in harmony with the gentle beauty and fruitfulness of our Earth, and those of us who are striving for kindness, compassion, and forms of service and higher awareness will be here for many thousands of years to come. Simply put, no true Disciple would ever be in a hurry to leave this beautiful Earth and our family of loved ones near and far. "All our relations" is not just a slogan for those trying to imitate Native American culture. It is in fact our state of everlasting connectedness with all that is.
In the larger space-time evolutionary point we've moving with at present, it actually seems as though we're at the end of a long cycle and moving into another, but also just barely past the mid-point of a much larger circumpolar cycle. Our current "path of return" should last another 10-12,000 years, followed by another 26,000 year period much more evolved than anything we've known before now, since we are past the densest point of the larger evolving period. Reference "The Holy Science" by Sri Yukteswar for a quick glimpse into the cycle of Yugas we're dancing within.
We're definitely on the cusp of a transition between Ages, but it is important to remember perceptual context. If an Age is approximately 2160 years, then allowing for a transition of 3 degrees out of the old sign and 3 degrees into the new, we are partway into the swirl of major transition lasting about 430 years mas o menos. This is of course a time period when things are in radical change and comings and goings are accelerated. Since we live in a very small span relative to the cosmic timekeepers, then it's doubtful we can get a large enough view to understand what's actually happening and why.
For those interested in the larger evolutionary scheme for humanity, the Earth, the Solar System and beyond, anyone can find out all they need about the "other dimensional bodies" of the planets in our Solar system by referencing "The Secret Doctrine" by HP Blavatsky. Translated in 1888 from very ancient sources, it opened up everything we know about such things as chakras, Rays, planes and sub-planes of consciousness, Rounds, Globes and Chains of human, planetary, and Solar systemic evolution. You will find many things about the relationship of Venus to the Earth and both to the Solar Logos, the star Sirius and the Pleiades, and the Kumaras.
A lot to consider as we stand on the edge of Time.
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson