Saturday, May 12, 2012

Off Topic: The Mayan Calendar and Words for Our Times

     No doubt you've heard about the most recent discovery of an ancient Mayan calendar in Guatemala (if you'd like to read about it, click here).  It shows that the world will NOT end on December 21, 2012, but rather it predicts dates far past our time, even up to the year 3500.  Remember, the Mayan perception of time is that it is cyclical, and thus the idea of an end date is rather foreign.

      What the Mayans did predict for our current age is that things are changing at a fundamental level.  The New Agers have been saying for the last three decades that we are to expect a deep shift in our planetary vibrations, affecting all of life on Earth.  Whether or not you agree with this view, I'm sure you'd agree that the winds of change are in the air.

     In some ways our times remind me of the 60s, when people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and others were fighting for human rights while those against that idea were fighting just as hard to prevent it.  King was wise to have adopted the thinking of Gandhi and non-violence, because the lesson he learned is that what we resist persists.  What we fight against will fight just as hard against us.  Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. 

     So what is my point?  My point, fellow empaths, lightworkers, and forward-thinking persons, is that it is time for us to lead.  We know that occupying parks and railing against the current corporate and financial organizations and their injustices is all well and good, but it only causes that which we resist to dig their heels in deeper.  Yes, injustices pervade our current economic, education, legal and social systems, but we need a better way.  It is not necessarily a quick way, or an easy way, but focusing on the negative only magnifies it. 

     Here is what is needed.  Start with imagining what a just society would look like, and be imaginative enough to look at every detail.  What are the schools like?  What is the justice system like?  What principles would guide our financial and corporate systems?  What is the role of the political system in the everyday lives of its citizens?  Write about these things.  Talk about them.  Be as detailed as possible.

     Second, be willing to make changes in our lives in order to create a more just society.  If you don't like the school system, run for a position on the school board, or volunteer at a charter school.  If you don't like your current political system, either on the most local level or the national level, take action.  You can vote, write letters to your political representatives, donate time and money to people and causes you support, or run for office yourself.  Dare to rise above the political fractiousness of today and the poison of lobbyists.  Keep in mind the greater good.  (Yes, there was a reason I made David a small-town mayor in The Gemini Bond).  If you don't like the way corporations are ruining the middle class, then compile a list of the goods and services those companies provide, find alternate providers and buy from those companies whose ideals you support.  Distribute that list.  I'm sure you can think of a thousand other ways you can act.

     Third, educate others.  Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his time educating others about the need for equal rights.  He had a vision, acted on it, and spread his vision with his profound oratory.  He knew that his words not only had to change minds, but they also had to touch hearts.  That is where true change comes from.

     Dear friends, it is time for us to move forward.  Develop a vision, act on it, and work to spread that vision in the hearts and minds of others.  Carry on.


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