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What the Mayan Elders are Saying About 2012
by Carlos Barrios
Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq'ij (is a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan. Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars circulating. Carlos along with his brother Gerardo studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.
Carlos found out quickly there were several conflicting interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, Sacred Books of 'Chilam Balam' and various ancient text. Carlos found some strong words for those who may have contributed to the confusion:
Carlos Barrios: "Anthropologists visit the temple sites and read the inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It's just their imagination. Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed."
"We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of transition. As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth Changes."
He continues: "Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human. We are living in the most important era of the Mayan calendars and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the traditions are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual ideal of this era is action."
Carlos tells us: "The indigenous have the calendars and know how to accurately interpret it -- not others. The Mayan Calendars comprehension of time, seasons, and cycles has proven itself to be vast and sophisticated. The Maya understand 17 different calendars such as the Tzolk'in or Cholq'ij, some of them charting time accurately over a span of more than ten million years.
"All was predicted by the mathematical cycles of the Mayan calendars. -- It will change --everything will change. Mayan Day-keepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, the start of the World of the Fifth Sun. It will be the start of a new era resulting from and signified by the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the Earth aligning itself with the center of the galaxy."
At sunrise on December 21, 2012 for the first time in 26,000 years the Sun rises to conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. This cosmic cross is considered to be an embodiment of the Sacred Tree, The Tree of Life, a tree remembered in all the world's spiritual traditions.
Some observers say this alignment with the heart of the galaxy in 2012 will open a channel for cosmic energy to flow through the Earth, cleansing it and all that dwells upon it, raising all to a higher level of vibration. Carlos reminds us: "This process has already begun. Change is accelerating now and it will continue to accelerate.
If the people of the Earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape without having destroyed too much of the Earth, we will rise to a new, higher level. But to get there we must transform enormously powerful forces that seek to block the way."
The date specified in the calendar Winter Solstice in the year 2012 does not mark the end of the world. Many outside people writing about the Mayan calendar sensationalize this date, but they do not know. The ones who know are the indigenous elders who are entrusted with keeping the tradition.
Carlos tells us: "The economy now is a fiction. The first five-year stretch of transition from August 1987 to August 1992 was the beginning of the destruction of the material world. We have progressed ten years deeper into the transition phase by now, and many of the so-called sources of financial stability are in fact hollow. The banks are weak. This is a delicate moment for them. They could crash globally, if we don't pay attention. Now, people are paying attention."
The North and South Poles are both breaking up. The level of the water in the oceans is going to rise. But at the same time land in the ocean, especially near Cuba, is also going to rise. Carlos tells a story about the most recent Mayan New Year ceremonies in Guatemala. He said that one respected Mam elder, who lives all year in a solitary mountain cave, journeyed to Chichicastenango to speak with the people at the ceremony. The elder delivered a simple, direct message. He called for human beings to come together in support of life and light.
"Right now each person and group is going his or her own way. The elder of the mountains said there is hope if the people of the light can come together and unite in some way. We live in a world of polarity -- day and night, man and woman, positive and negative. Light and darkness need each other. They are a balance."
"Just now the dark side is very strong, and very clear about what they want. They have their vision and their priorities clearly held, and also their hierarchy. They are working in many ways so that we will be unable to connect with the spiral Fifth World in 2012."
"On the light side everyone thinks they are the most important, that their own understandings, or their group's understandings, are the key. There's a diversity of cultures and opinions, so there is competition, diffusion, and no single focus."
Carlos believes the dark side works to block unity through denial and materialism. It also works to destroy those who are working with the light to get the Earth to a higher level. They like the energy of the old, declining Fourth World, the materialism. They do not want it to change. They do not want unity. They want to stay at this level, and are afraid of the next level.
The dark power of the declining Fourth World cannot be destroyed or overpowered. It's too strong and clear for that, and that is the wrong strategy. The dark can only be transformed when confronted with simplicity and open-heartedness. This is what leads to unity, a key concept for the World of the Fifth Sun.
Carlos said the emerging era of the Fifth Sun will call attention to a much-overlooked element. Whereas the four traditional elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water have dominated various epochs in the past, there will be a fifth element to reckon with in the time of the Fifth Sun --- that element is 'ETHER'.
The dictionary defines Ether as a "hypothetical substance supposed to occupy all space, postulated to account for the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through space." Perhaps it could be defined as the "space between space". I would suggest it could be manifest as the alignment of charged particles from our solar system (Sun), and our galaxy (Milky Way) surge. The Ether element represents spiritual energy.
"The element of the Fifth Sun is celestial. Within the context of Ether there can be a joining of the polarities. No more darkness or light in the people, but an uplifted unity. But right now the realm of darkness is not interested in this. They are organized to block it. They seek to unbalance the Earth and its environment so we will be unready for the alignment in 2012."
"We need to work together for peace, and balance with the other side. We need to take care of the Earth that feeds and shelters us. We need to put our entire mind and heart into pursuing unity and unity now, to confront the other side and preserve life."
"We are disturbed -- we can't play anymore. Our planet can be renewed or ravaged. Now is the time to awaken and take action. Everyone is needed. You are not here for no reason. Everyone who is here now has an important purpose. This is a hard but a special time. We have the opportunity for growth, but we must be ready for this moment in history."
Carlos says: "The prophesied changes are going to happen, but our attitude and actions determine how harsh or mild they are. We need to act, to make changes, and to elect people to represent us who understand and who will take political action to respect the Earth."
"Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also action. It's very important to be clear about who you are, and also about your relation to the Earth. Develop yourself according to your own tradition and the call of your heart. But remember to respect differences, and strive for unity. Eat wisely --- a lot of food is corrupt in either subtle or gross ways. Pay attention to what you are taking into your body. Learn to preserve food, and to conserve energy. Learn some good breathing techniques, so you have mastery of your breath. Be clear. Follow a tradition with great roots. It is not important what tradition, your heart will tell you, but it must have great roots."
"We live in a world of energy. An important task at this time is to learn to sense or see the energy of everyone and everything -- people, plants, animals. This becomes increasingly important as we draw close to the World of the Fifth Sun, for it is associated with the element 'ether' -- the realm where energy lives and weaves. Go to the sacred places of the Earth to pray for peace, and have respect for the Earth which gives us our food, clothing, and shelter. We need to reactivate the energy of these sacred places. That is our work."
"One simple but effective prayer technique is to light white or baby-blue colored candles. Think of a moment in peace. Speak your intention to the flame and send the light of it on to the leaders who have the power to make war or peace."
Carlos reminds us this is a crucially important moment for humanity and for Earth. Each person is important.
He said the elders have opened the doors so that other races can come to the Mayan world to receive the tradition. "The Maya have long appreciated and respected that there are other colors, other races, and other spiritual systems. They know that the destiny of the Mayan world is related to the destiny of the whole world."
"The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It's encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way."
Indigenous Prophecies, the Ancient of Days
and Family, 2012 and Humanities Future
Very Beloved Friends and Relatives,
As always, It is my prayer that you and your beloved ones are in the very best of health and happiness and that you are looking forward with great hope, faith, strength and courage, as we step into 2012, and continue our long promised journey toward actualizing a New World Civilization. The emerging global challenges and opportunities for change, before us, were clearly demonstrated to us in 2011.
The increasing global environmental disintegration (with increasing Indigenous led opposition) and natural Disasters,(completely unforeseen calamities to many who experience them!) the growing instability and eventual collapse of a corrupt and injust global economic system, the increase in the extremes of wealth and poverty, the unravelling of humanities social and cultural fabric, deeping ethic and inter-religious strife, the growing impotence and gridlock of outworn political systems that are increasing unable to meet humanities basic physical needs , the dynamically increasing social movements for global and national political, social and economic change, accompanied by the growing spiritual conscientiousness, as well as, the new scientific discoveries and innovations of the Human Family, were clear to see in 2011.This will all continue to increase in 2012, sometimes when and where we least expect!
As we can clearly see, Humanity, gripped in the clutches of its devastating power, is smitten by the evidences of its resistless fury. It can neither perceive its origin, nor probe its significance, nor discern its outcome.
Bewildered, agonized and helpless, it watches this great and mighty wind of the Creator invading the remotest and fairest regions of the earth, rocking its foundations, deranging its equilibrium, sundering its nations, disrupting the homes of its peoples, wasting its cities, pulling down its bulwarks, uprooting its institutions, dimming its light, and harrowing up the souls of its inhabitants.
There is, however, from my perspective, a paralysis of will to make the enviable decisions and changes needed to positively and constructively move forward ; it is this paralysis of will that must be carefully examined and resolutely dealt with. This paralysis is rooted in a deep-seated conviction of the inevitable adversarial nature of humankind, which has led to the reluctance to entertain the possibility of subordinating national self-interest to the needed requirements of unified global actions and solutions, of any form, and an unwillingness to face, courageously, the far-reaching implications of establishing a united world authority.
This paralysis is also traceable to the incapacity of uninformed masses of human beings who speak different languages and have been denied basic, universal education, and who are, thus, unable to articulate their desire for a world in which they can live in peace, harmony and prosperity with all members of the Human Family.The primary question to be resolved is how the present world, with its entrenched patterns of conflict, can change to a world in which harmony and co-operation will prevail. In essence, the establishment of a new world civilization.
This is what I would like to address, as we all step into 2012, by drawing on the best spiritual and prophetic sources that I know from Indigenous Prophecies, the Ancient of Days and Family.
The Divine Source of this long-promised and awaited spiritual transformation of the consciousness of the Human Family, by Spiritual Teachers and Faith Traditions everywhere on Mother Earth, will be come clearer and clearer over the coming days, months and years to each of us, in our own way and at our own appointed time. The only prerequisite, for our full success in this journey, is our full commitment to the unfettered and independent investigation of the truth for our own selves. This means the fundamental obligation of each human being to acquire knowledge and understanding with their " own eyes and not through the eyes of others!"
The New World Civilization, that Indigenous and other related prophecies speak of is not to confused, even remotely, with the various new world orders that are fearfully alluded to by various contending sources, whether it be a new world order where the extremely wealthy or a secret elite enslave most of humanity, for their own selfish and greedy purposes, or a new world order where everyone is forced to look, act and think the same, or a new world order dominated by any one nation state or a new world order created by an Anti-Christ prior to an Armageddon.
This New World Civilization, whose advent was foretold by our Indigenous Peoples the Ancient of Days and Family, including the 2012 Mayan prophecies, The Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle, the Eighth Council Fire, the Return of the White Buffalo, the Prophecies of Black Elk , Deganiwida, Quetzalcoatl, Sweet Medicine, Handsome Lake, the Hopi`s, and many others, are firmly and unshakably rooted in the spiritual understanding and consciousness of the Oneness and Prior Unity of the Human Family.
From this spiritual understanding and consciousness naturally unfolds the realization of the Equality of Men and Women, the Balancing of the Extremes of Wealth and Poverty, the Elimination of All Prejudices, the Unity of Science and Spirituality, Universal Education, the Independent Investigation of Truth, Unity in Diversity and a New World Civilization where the voices, the wisdom and vision of Indigenous Peoples are justly and respectfully represented.
The full recognition of this fundamental truth requires the abandonment of all prejudice -- prejudice of every kind -- race, class, sexual orientation, colour, creed, nation, sex, degree of material civilization, everything which enables people to consider themselves superior to others. This is a great spiritual challenge for all of us.
A world executive, backed by an international force, will carry out the decisions arrived at, and apply the laws enacted by, this world legislature, and will safeguard the organic unity of the whole commonwealth.
A world tribunal will adjudicate and deliver its compulsory and final verdict in all and any disputes that may arise between the various elements constituting this universal system.
That a world metropolis will act as the nerve center of this new world civilization, the focus towards which the unifying forces of life will converge and from which its energizing influences will radiate.
A world language will either be invented or chosen from among the existing languages and will be taught in the schools of all the federated nations as an auxiliary to their mother tongue.
A world script, a world literature, a uniform and universal system of currency, of weights and measures, will simplify and facilitate intercourse and understanding among the nations and peoples of the Human Family.
The press will, under such a system, while giving full scope to the expression of the diversified views and convictions of humanity, cease to be manipulated by vested interests, whether private or public, and will be liberated from the influence of contending governments and peoples.
The economic resources of the world will be organized, its sources of raw materials will be sustainability tapped and fully utilized without waste, its markets will be coordinated and developed, and the distribution of its products and services will be equitably regulated.
The causes of religious strife will be permanently removed, economic barriers and restrictions will be completely abolished, and the inordinate distinction between classes will be obliterated.
Destitution on the one hand, and gross accumulation of ownership on the other, will disappear.
The enormous energy dissipated and wasted on war, whether economic or political, will be consecrated to extend the range of human inventions and technological developments, to the increase of the productivity of humankind, to the extermination of disease, to the extension of scientific research, to the raising of the standard of physical health, to the sharpening and refinement of the human brain, to the sustainable development of the unused and unsuspected resources of the Mother Earth, to the prolongation of human life, and to the furtherance of any other agency that can stimulate the intellectual, the moral, the cultural, the artistic and spiritual life of the entire human race.
A difficult challenge? Yes! But what is the alternative?
With this understanding and vision, we must remember, though the path that the Creator has traced for us seems, at times, lost in the threatening shadows that are now enveloping a stricken humanity, the unfailing light that the Everywhere Spirit is continuously shining upon us is of such brightness, that no earthly darkness can ever eclipse its splendour.
Though we are small in numbers, and circumscribed as yet in our experiences, powers, and resources, the Divine Force which energizes our mission is limitless in its range and incalculable in its potency.
Though the enemies, which every acceleration in the progress of our unified work must raise up, be fierce, numerous, and unrelenting, yet the invisible Spiritual Hosts which, if we persevere, will, as promised, rush forth to our aid and in the end, enable us to fully vanquish any hopes of our destruction and annihilate the forces of disunity.
Though the ultimate blessings that will crown the consummation of our ultimate victory, be undoubted, and the Divine promises given to us are firm and irrevocable, yet the measure of the goodly reward, which every one of us is to reap, will depend on the extent to which our daily exertions will have contributed to the expansion of the mission at hand and the hastening of its triumph.
Though the task be long and arduous, yet the prize which the All-Bountiful Bestower has chosen to confer upon us is of such preciousness that neither tongue nor pen can befittingly appraise it.
Toward this ultimate vision and the fulfillment of the prophecies of our Indigenous Peoples, the Ancient of Days and Family, may each of us be fully assured, no matter what may happen in this temporal, plane of existence, that we will be and are always together, both in this world and the spiritual worlds, yet to come.
As always, it is my prayer that you and your beloved ones are in the very best of health and happiness and that 2012 will be our best and most joyful year ever!
With Warm, Respectful and Loving Greetings,
Brother Phil Lane Jr.
Ihanktowan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations