Now that we're a couple months into 2012, and
less than nine months from the much ballyhooed December 21, 2012,
it's time for another shift update. In my world, this topic is so
hot that there is now significant information overload. I just
returned from the Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo, with around
10,000 in attendance and a huge stable of so-called experts on the
shift. I was struck by how much information about this the average
person had in their head, while at the same time, not knowing what
to do with it, particularly as it pertains to the part we play.
In these circles, people seem to have a basic understanding about a
few aspects of the shift. They understand that the shift is an age
of monumental transformation for our world and for us as
individuals. And they understand that this is a process, taking
place over time, as opposed to a single big-bang event, and this
process has begun. The shift is happening, and we're in its midst.
People also seem to accept that there is nothing etched in stone
about 2012. There is the possibility that our sick world could limp
along for a few more years. Or, it could come tumbling down
tomorrow. We simply don't know. As for the experts, let's not forget
that the New Age is potentially a serious threat to the established
order. Like all such mass movements, it is littered with
disinformation, which is planted for the express purpose of keeping
us off track. Shocking and reprehensible, yes, but a common feature
of our world.
I also noticed at the Expo that most people seemed to lump all the
experts together, and assume they were saying more or less the same
thing. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This is particularly
true for the difference between the New Age perspective, as
expressed by so many white folks, and the indigenous perspective,
such as the Maya and the Native American traditions. Over the last
few years, I have been blessed to experience the indigenous
perspective directly through my association with Mayan Wisdom Keeper
Tata Erick Gonzalez and the community he founded and leads, Earth
Peoples United (www.earthpeoplesunited.org).
Understanding these differences can be very helpful in understanding
the true meaning of the shift, and most importantly, what we are
called upon to do at this momentous time.
One major difference is the indigenous understand that this is not
about us. In most cases, the message of the New Age folks focuses on
helping people achieve the life they desire, including health,
happiness, personal empowerment and manifesting prosperity in hard
times. In short, it's all about us. We come first. This is a tragic
error, and one of the reasons why our culture cannot sustain itself.
The indigenous understand that we are not the most important thing
in the world. We are but one part in a much larger web of life, in
which everything is energetically connected to everything else, and
every part shares energy for the purpose of serving the whole. Our
top priority, then, must be to serve the web of life. Everything
meaningful that we manifest in this world springs from this. And if
we are going to co-create the new Earth at this critical time, this
must be the primary source of our power.
Another key difference is how they view the transformation, or the
collapse, of the old paradigm world. Everybody pays lip service to
the fact that our old paradigm world is unsustainable, and that it
is destroying the very environment humans need to survive. Again,
this is where agreement ends. The difference here is between a soft
landing and a hard landing (crash) for the collapsing old paradigm.
In the New Age rhetoric, there is much more of a loyalty to our old
paradigm world, and the assumption that much of this will make it
through the transformation unscathed.Like Y2K, the shift will come
and go, and there will be change, but things will continue on much
as they are.
With the indigenous, there are no such loyalties. They see white
civilization as a force that has plundered the Earth since its
beginning, and with an agenda to exterminate all indigenous people
and their spirituality. They see the old paradigm as fundamentally
out of balance and rotten to its core because it has lost its
connection with the web of life and lost its connection with spirit.
In order to change, this world must be completely overhauled. This
begins with its people, one at a time, awakening to their magical
heritage as spiritual beings, and making the commitment to live that
way. The indigenous also have an understanding of the true history
of our planet, and that civilizations have been coming and going for
far longer than our recorded history tells us. After all, Atlantis
is now at the bottom of the ocean, and it's not unthinkable that our
world could face a similar fate.
So many of the New Age folks know so much about the shift, as in
facts, dates, predictions and alignments. Yet, they know so little
because this is not knowledge applied. It has become a head game,
for the purpose of entertainment and distraction. With the
indigenous, this same knowledge is a call to action. They know that
the time has come for the correction of the imbalances of our world.
For a spiritual warrior, this means one thing. We must prepare -
prepare ourselves physically by reassuming complete responsibility
for our own lives, and prepare ourselves spiritually through our
prayers and ceremonies.
The New Age folks are waiting for something to happen, and acting
like they hope it won't because they're not doing anything, except
talk. The indigenous aren't waiting for something to happen, but
rather playing their part in making it happen. If we are to
persevere in this great challenge, and co-create the new Earth, we
must follow the lead of the indigenous, and prepare ourselves to
play our part in reconnecting with the web of life.