Visionaries are wonderfully challenging people. They open whole new vistas of thought and possibility. As they share their developing passion for those possibilities, their mission becomes to promote their probability. Could it be that this is a major way that humankind can make amends for the harm we have done to the Earth and participate actively in the creation of a more abundant planetary future? I am starting to believe this scenario. Perhaps by sharing it with you here at OpEd, I, too, am increasing the probability of a sustainable, humane future.
A large part of the fun of hosting a radio show interviewing visionaries of a more co-creative future is that each new guest helps me to expand my own vision, passion, and mission. Our guests provide the impetus to go deeper into the theme of my writings by inspiring research and contemplation. On Wednesday May 25, 2013 my wife and I had the pleasure to interview Alia Chandler. Alia believes that we entered a new multi-dimensional reality on December 21, 2012. The interview was an important part of a pattern in my life in which I am doing a lot of introspection and pulling together various facets of my life's experience in religious and mystical thought and a personal dismay at western civilization.
According to 2012 Arising, there is a coincidence between the Mayan calendar ending in December 2012 and the end of the Hindu's Kali Yuga. Yugas are vast periods of time, epoch's that relate to the Earth's journey around a cosmological central sun. The four Yugas (Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and Kali Yuga) together make up an entire world age between creation and destruction events, held to be around 4,320,000 years in total duration. (It should be noted that there are different interpretations on this.) Whatever the calendrical and astrological circumstances are or aren't, if we can use the stories they help us generate a change in our perspective, can we help kindle a new, more sustainable, more contributory way of living on the planet? If so, we will need to question what we need to change about ourselves that would lead to a healthier planet as well as healthier human beings....or even beings that have evolved beyond our current manifestation of humankind. It is likely that Christ, Buddha, and Mohammed actually wanted us, as a species, to become like them. That is, after all, what they said they intended to inspire.
Carnival.com helps to expand our thinking on the calendrical and astrological signs that suggest that we are currently living in a crucial period to promote such evolution. "Precession" is an astronomical term for any of several slow changes in an astronomical body's rotational or orbital parameters, and especially to the Earth's precession of the equinoxes through many years until they return to their original alignment. There is, of course, much scientific and philosophical debate around exactly how long our Earth's precession is. At Carnival.com they explain why they believe t he best precession number to be 25,920 years. This is because harmony or the music of the spheres tells us this is how long it takes to complete a full earth cycle through the 12 night skies of the zodiac. Divide this number by 60, the number that best defines "time" also known as the ancient "soss," and you arrive at the number of 432. This makes 432 a sacred number, encoded in many myths and sacred structures including the Bible for millennia.
It is interesting that in my own work there is significance in the number "9" in that any cyclical number is a multiple of "9". Thus, if any number is multiplied by "9", the sums of the digits of the product refer back to "9". For example, 9 x 6 = 54 and 5 + 4 = 9. Similarly, the 4 + 3 + 2 years of the Kali Yuga = 9. Thus it is probably no coincidence in Nature's scheme that the degrees of a circle are 360 with 3 + 6 + 0 = 9. Cycles of the universe appear also to be related to "9" if the precession is, indeed, 25,920 years (2 + 5 + 9 +2 + 0 = 18; 1 + 8 = 9). Note that the numerals in the Hindu 4,320,000 year age also add up to 9.
Mythologist Joseph Campbell also reflects on this sacred number:
So that in the Book of Genesis two distinct theologies have been now revealed. the first is that of the usually recognized, personal Creator-god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who saw that "the wickedness of man was great in the earth" and was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the ground, man and beast and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them'" (Gen 6:5-7). Whereas the other, very different theology has been hidden all these years beneath the elaborately disguised number 86,400, which can only be a covert reference to the mathematically governed Gentile cosmology" of an unending series of cycles of world appearance and dissolution, the latter following inevitably upon the former, not because of any god's disappointment in his creation, but as night follows day. --- Joseph Campbell
Again, the disguised number 86,400 is a multiple of 9 as evidenced by 8+6+4=18 and 1+8=9.
The age within which we have been captivated has been the Kali Yuga, or Dark Age. As stated above, many different cultures believed the formal shift from this dark age into a Golden Age (called the Satya Yuga by Hindus) was on December 21, 2012. For me there have been many recent occurances in science, reflecting this shift in paradigm, such as the Gaia Hypothesis (e.g., James Lovelock), Quantum Physics (e.g., David Bohm), Neurology (e.g., Karl Pribram) Psychology (e.g., Carl Jung, Psychiatry), and Mathematics (e.g., Rudy Rucker). These approaches to science have focused on a wholeness to our world both macroscopically and microscopically. In many ways, this point of view was very much a part of the mystical view which embraced the "Kingdom of God" being within one's self.
The Gaia Hypothesis states that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating , complex system, that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.
It's also the same thing with sustainable agriculture, for how we grow plants and raise animals for food entails a deep knowledge of relationship as reflected in farming practices such as permaculture and the building of communities as reflected in Transition Town. The "Shift" movement is another recent manifestation.
I see all these different movements converging on a dynamic balance of diversity-within-unity and unity-within-diversity that only appears paradoxical to our old linear paradigm. Within the contstruct of a Moebius Loop, it emerges as the natural precession of all being. Are we, then, at the crux where inner becomes outer and outer becomes inner seamlessly? A cyclical paradigm, such as the precession of the equinoxes supported by science and mysticism both, suggests that this is the case...and would also explain why there wasn't an abrupt change on December 21st, 2012. Change--even major change like life and death--is a process, a wave, not a catastrophe , a particle, except when we try to pin it down to a point so we can examine it from a (false) linear perspective.
However, a self-regulating system does not negate an "overseeing eye" as reflected in the paragraph below from "Stem Cell Information":
As yet, knowledge about the processes by which a fertilized egg divides (cleavage), forms a ball of cells (morula), develops a cavity (blastocyst stage), forms the three primary germ layers of cells that will ultimately give rise to all the cell types of the body (gastrula stage), and ultimately generates all the specialized tissues and organs of a mature organism is far from complete. Little is known about the specific genes that regulate these early events or how interactions among cells or how cellular interactions with other factors in the three- dimensional environment of the early embryo affect development. The processes by which a fertilized egg becomes an embryo, called embryogenesis, include coordinated cell division, cell specialization, cell migration, and genetically programmed cell death.
In alignment with the "little is known" statement, my wife and I frequently discuss whether the fetus builds his or her self or if there is a higher power, an overseeing eye, in the process. Perhaps it doesn't have to be an "either -- or" proposition? Indeed, my wife generally answers "yes" to this question, giving preference to a "both-and" rather than "either-or" universal principle. The beauty of this is that how a fetus evolves in the uterus appears to be quite similar to how life has evolved on Earth. My personal concern is that there are many who would argue a tyrannical overseeing God drives the process. However, there appears to be no tyranny in the development of a fetus or in the development of life on Earth. Obviously there are predator-prey relationships as well as hierarchy. Yet, there are levels where the hierarchies break down in natural systems (e.g., tiny microscopic viruses bringing down a lion). Even in the predator -- prey relationship there is not the gluttony of sociopathic killing off of a whole species that is exhibited in the human race. Predator and prey function symbiotically, helping to maintain one another's species and habitat.