2012 - Are We on a Schedule to Enlightened Consciousness?
Personally I sense an acceleration going on; that time itself seems to be going faster each year, and most people I talk to have the same view. But is it really time that is speeding up? Here’s an analogy that may explain the relationship:
Imagine a ball rolling across a level surface, the distance it travels each second would be constant, apart from the effect of friction – this is a linear approach that is similar to how we perceive life. However, if the ball were dropped from the top of a tall building, in the first second it would travel thirty-two feet. But the time it would take to travel the next thirty-two feet would be less than half a second as its speed would increase exponentially because of the accelerating force of gravity.
If you were a microbe on this ball, you might therefore conclude that time is speeding up. In this case it is not time that is speeding up, it is the distance travelled that is increasing each second. In a similar way, evolution is also exponential and time is not speeding up, but the number of events occurring in each year is increasing: It took two billion years from the origin of life to the creation of cells and just fourteen years from the PC to the World Wide Web!
To demonstrate the exponential nature of evolution, astronomer Carl Sagan imagined a cosmic calendar in which one year represented the whole of history from the start of the universe (big bang) until today. His powerful conclusion was: “We humans appeared so recently that our recorded history occupied only the last few seconds of the last minute of December 31st.” When this type of acceleration is plotted on a logarithmic scale, as was done by futurist Ray Kurszweil, the pattern unfolds as a straight line with events increasingly faster and faster. Author, Ken Wilber suggests that this scientific view of history as mere evolution suffers one great defect: “It cannot explain or even suggest the meaning of this going somewhere. Why evolution - What is the purpose of history?”
However, an alternative with striking similarities to the scientific version of evolution is the Mayan Calendar which provides not only a context and a structure supported by history; it suggests a meaning of divine importance. The interpretations developed by Carl Johan Calleman, an internationally recognized authority in Mayan history, details this inspiring viewpoint and provide credible evidence of its validity.
The first cycle of the nine, labelled the CELLULAR CYCLE, puts the start of the universe – the big bang – at 16.4 Billion years BC. This is remarkably close to the current expert estimate of 15 Billion years BC.
The elegant mathematic construction of the Mayan calendar clearly demonstrates the acceleration descibed earlier, but so what – what is special about the start dates of these epochs? And here is where it gets interesting. Evolution has never been smooth and linear but occurs in a series of steps in which something dramatically new suddenly emerges into existence – a quantum leap.
It took billions of years for the earth to form and produce the beginnings of cellular life. However, the emergence of animals happened, quite suddenly around 820 million years BC, which coincidentally was the beginning of the second epoch.
Millions of years went by until the first monkey appeared around 41 million years BC. Which was the beginning of the third epoch – another coincidence?
Epoch four which started 2 million years BC was when the first human emerged and the development of language occurred at the same time as the beginning of the epoch five 100,500 years BC.
And so it goes on, the first writing appeared right at the beginning of epoch six. The invention of the steam engine by James Watt in the mid-1700s was the event that triggered the industrial revolution starting epoch seven.
And of course we are all familiar with the information technology revolution, which started in 1999 and seems to be never ending.
The last and ninth epoch starts next March - who knows what change will be heralded on that date. Individually, the co-relation between the significant steps of human evolution and the start dates of the nine epochs of the Long Count calendar could be coincidence.
However, collectively they hint at a profound mystery beyond chance, and beyond the wisdom of the Mayan creators.
Seven Days and Six Nights
There is yet another rich dimension to the calendar: Each cycle consists of thirteen energy periods alternating between light (DAY) and dark (NIGHT) in a wavelike pattern. Does this pattern of Seven DAYS and Six NIGHTS sound familiar? It may give new meaning to the Biblical creation story of Genesis? Unlike the Christians though, the Maya believe it takes 9 stages for the full evolution of consciousness.
When Dr. Calleman overlaid key historical events with these energy periods, he found repeated patterns in all cycles and all fields, in which new ideas emerged during the light DAYS and were consolidated during the dark NIGHT periods. This evidence substantiates that these patterns were not just coincidence. The diagram below gives just one example of the evolution of telecommunications to illustrate the theme:
Another pattern uncovered and documented in an article by Ian Xel Lungold was that DAY 5 in all cycles seemed to have the most powerful energy of creation: it was this section when Art was invented, the message of Jesus moved over the earth, Einstein discovered the theory of relativity, and America rose to be a world power. Conversely, in human history NIGHT 5 has been a time of great physical hardship or major conflicts. The Neanderthals going extinct, Rome falling in 476 AD, the great depression 1932, and more recently the U.S. mortgage crisis in December 2007.
The Birth of Enlightened Consciousness
The precise alignment of significant evolutions at the beginning of each cycle, coupled with the examples of quantum breakthroughs occurring in the DAYS within those cycles is evidence based. In his book The Mayan Calendar, Dr. Calleman’s research provides many more examples which gives credence to the accuracy of the Mayan Calendar. Based on this evidence, Calleman’s belief is that the calendar is inspired with a divine purpose – an infinite purpose.
Remember, the Mayan Calendar is a non-linear schedule for the evolution of consciousness rather than a calendar of time, and, like most schedules, it ends on a given date. What follows after then could be offering birth into enlightened consciousness, with the awakening of universal abilities that at present seem to be limited to a few: A blossoming of caring and compassion which leads the planet to one harmonious system.
The Role of Intuition
Everything is going faster: we travel faster, we make things faster, and our transactions are faster. Here's the rub though. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the speed of our thinking. Conscious awareness actually comes in flashes, it is not a continuous process. Sir Roger Penrose an eminent mathematician and physicist measured that the average person receives about 40 conscious moments per second.
So the situation that we are now in is that computers process millions of transactions per second, social media communications are nearly instantaneous, but our rational minds only operate at 40 thoughts per second!
Although intuition is powerful, for most of us it tends to be intermittent as it requires shutting down our chattering mind; to be quiet and listen to the insights.
However, scientists have now established that intuition is initiated by the heart rather than the brain. Over the last 20 years there has been a lot of exciting research into intuition by the Institute of HeartMath. While we all know that our heart beat increases when we are tense, it is not the basic trigger for excessive stress.
Spiritual practices like meditation and prayer that connect us to something greater than ourselves.