The Awakening of 2012: A Relief for Some. a Struggle for Others, and What to Expect
For many years I have been studying all that surrounds the Mayan calendar and prophecies related to 2012. In response to more recent questions about it, I have tracked very deeply and broadly to come up with the clearest answers that make sense to me at least. I have employed all of the tools of observation, research, logical deduction, channeling, and psychic vision that I can access as a shaman and scientist, and now feel that I have honed in on a definitive explanation.
There have been many ways of looking at the phenomenon now simply known as 2012. The range of speculation spans from a total annihilation of life on Earth as we know it, to a shift into higher dimensions, to a conscious awakening and/or evolution of humanity, to the final battle of good and evil, to nothing new. Some people are going to great lengths to prepare to survive in a post 2012 hostile world, or to be spiritually prepared to move to the next level. In many ways I agree with the suggestion that to be both naturally self-sufficient and spiritually advanced are great endeavors under any circumstances; so on some level I'm grateful that 2012 is the motivation to work toward changes that may improve quality of life in general.
My conclusion however for what is happening and what it means is simply this: The rest of Humanity is in the process of waking up. Sticking with the sleeping versus waking analogy to help explain this; imagine the typical night's sleep. You are either having a dream that can span from very realistic to bizarrely surreal, and from blissful to horrific, or just getting a good night's rest without consciously aware of dreaming. When you wake up from a blissful dream, there is a moment of disappointment. When you wake up from a nightmare, there is great relief. When you wake up from a dreamless night, perhaps a feeling of neutrality. In any case, you always wake up one way or the other (unless you die in your sleep, which to me counts as waking up to a broader perspective anyway).
Some people take a while to wake up and get out of bed in the morning, hitting the snooze over and over, or walking around like a zombie until they've had their coffer and shower - or just plain grumpy. Some people spring out of bed excited to get on with the day right away. Some people look forward to the routine never changing, and some people look for any way to change the routine and experience something new and dramatic. All of these ways are valid and equally valuable. Now let's take this analogy of waking up from a night's sleep and translate it to the current state of Humanity at large and what seems to be happening in recent years.
Much of Humanity has been relatively asleep in regards to conscious awareness, and have been living a kind of dream that spans from blissful to horrific. For example, those that have followed the modern norm and mastered and taken full advantage of the paradigm of the masculine warrior approach, and achieved a level of success as measured in that paradigm, are self-admittedly and generally happy. Whereas those who have tried to follow the norm and have been left behind, abused, or stuck in perpetual enslavement of sorts often admit to being generally unhappy. In either case, life has been one of being fully focused in the external world without looking with an objective and broad perspective at whether or not the whole paradigm is sustainable, or makes sense, or is truly what they want to experience.
Then there are those who are essentially so disassociated from the situation that they are having a kind of dreamless life, just going through the motions. And there are those who have found a way to "transcend" the situation altogether, and they are more or less watching in a neutral stance, perhaps waiting for the real show to begin. And finally there are some who have already consciously awakened, and they freely choose if, where, and how they participate in their own life and/or in the collective dream. Most of that part of awakened humanity either worked fairly hard to get there, or got there through an induced altered state, or are in a situation where they never went to sleep - like some or indigenous tribes or societies that remained well connected to nature and the feminine-based myths that are aligned with nature.
What has been happening over the last several years, and is suspected to conclude during 2012, is a process of waking up. Some people don't want to wake up and will resist and struggle to the very end, either hitting the snooze button over and over, or being grumpy or kicking and screaming - just trying to delay the inevitable. Some people are excited and delighted to discover a whole new way of looking at their lives and world, seeing many things that were fuzzy before. Others are simply coming back into their bodies and beginning to recognize and explore their own true desires. Either way, everyone is waking up and their is no avoiding it. There is no going back to sleep, no more snooze buttons, so we are all being forced to deal with it. Many parents with a few kids, or people who have witnessed mornings in such families, will understand what 2013 and perhaps a few years passed may look like. That's all it really is on a grand scale, a big family, first thing in the morning, perhaps getting ready to go on a trip.
If this process is a struggle for some, it is because they want things to go back the way it was a few years or decades ago, the good dream they were having. I don't need to elaborate on that dream relative to the economic, social, and political paradigms that supported it; since if you are reading this, you probably are well aware of the issues around the lack of sustainability, inclusiveness, and functionality surrounding it. I covered some of this in the vision section of my book Dreaming Your World Into Being, and there is much more out there in the mainstream about it now.
How the resistant one's struggle unfolds and affects the world at large will depend entirely on how they choose to react to the new awakened paradigm. The psychology of it is critical, just as is known in survival situations, where 90% is wanting to survive - psychological - and 10% is knowing how to find food, water, shelter, etc. - skills. If those who are, or may yet be struggling with the new paradigm can be made to feel safe, supported, and find a new set of desires and skills to live, serve, and create with the rest of humanity and all of nature, then I believe the awakening will be more graceful than apocalyptic. That is basically what my teachers, the Q'ero shamans, and I and many others are here to serve and support.
I think the miracle that many are praying for, hoping for, or looking for where everybody wakes up bright-eyed and bushy tailed and ready for the new fully-enlightened day, perhaps on December 22, 2012 in this or some other reality is possible and would be great. And, what I'm prepared to navigate, experience, and continue to serve within is something a bit more naturally messy. And what makes sense to me, and I do believe, is that eventually the difficult "morning" will pass and the new day will be a miraculous and great dream come true. This may take a few years, but we can look forward to what the Q'ero shamans call a Millennium of Gold on the other side of this great awakening.
With Great Love and Respect,
About the author
Jon Rasmussen has studied and practiced various modalities related to shamanism for over 30 years and is a graduate of the Healing the Light Body school. He is a shaman, advisor, and author of the book Dreaming Your World Into Being, CDs Practical Meditations for the Modern Lifestyle and Shamanic Journeys to Empower Your Life, and DVD Let Success Find You. Through a partnership with World Odyssey Travel, and Black Bood Travel, Jon leads tours to the world's uniquely powerful locations. For more information, newsletters, and scheduling sessions or lectures, as well as links to his informative youtube videos, visit www.dreamingintobeing.com.
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