This is my last butterfly of the season – readying herself to fly……  I love to watch the process of metamorphosis, to follow the caterpillar into the chrysalis, and then to wait, patiently for the beautiful butterfly to emerge 12 days later (did you know they wereoriginally called flutterbys – how gorgeous). A completely new creature, resembling the original not at all.  Then she flies – into her new life.  It occurs me to me the butterfly is a perfect symbol for us – now – as we prepare to metamorph.  We’re being turned upside down and inside out – just like the caterpillar – and everything inside is turning to mush as we await our transformation into our new life..

As the massive rupture of the world’s financial systems continues to career us towards some unknown destiny and its fallout impacts on a way of life we had grown comfortable with, it is beginning to dawn on many of us that the way we’ve been living, till now, may no longer be viable. The shift that is upon us has come like a thief in the night and we suddenly find ourselves, along with everyone else, facing a future that is looking already, to be quite unlike anything we have ever known.

It is interesting that as the external structures we looked to for security are revealed to be hollow reeds; and that security, an illusion – our internal dynamics are shifting in correspondence. There is a subtle but very real awareness out there, that this meltdown is somehow realigning our values. We are all talking about the materialistic, consumer driven society we’ve been participating in and there seems to be an instinctive, unspoken (till now) understanding it had to come to an end, that it was doomed to fail. What is security after all? What was all that spending about and what happens when we can no longer buy ‘stuff’; what are we left with?

We may have sensed aspects of the life we’ve been living were unsustainable indefinitely, but at the same time, we are confused and anxious because we don’t know what to replace them with.

There is a big hole in our consciousness somewhere between the materialistic way of life we have been living, and another way lying somewhere ahead of us; a way that is more spiritually and ecologically whole. It is hard to envisage but we can intuit that this is where we are headed – hopefully. All the signs are there – if we know how to read them.

Someone who does is American consciousness writer Charles Eisenstein. In his essay ‘Money and the Crisis of Civilization’ he says:

“I think we all sense that we are nearing the end of an era. On the most superficial level, it is the era of unregulated casino-style financial manipulation that is ending. But the current efforts of the political elites to fix the crisis at this level will only reveal its deeper dimensions. In fact, the crisis goes “all the way to the bottom.” It arises from the very nature of money and property in the world today, and it will persist and continue to intensify until money itself is transformed. A process centuries in the making is in its final stages of unfoldment………..

A collapse is coming, unavoidably; indeed, we are in the midst of it. The first government response, the bailout, was an attempt to uphold a tower of money that is far beyond the total value of real goods and services it promises to redeem. Predictably, the bailout was a miserable failure. The next response, Obama’s massive stimulus package, will fail for a different and much deeper reason. It will fail because we are “maxed out”: maxed out on nature’s capacity to receive our wastes without destroying the ecological basis of civilization; maxed out on society’s ability to withstand any more loss of community and connection; maxed out on our forests’ ability to withstand more clearcuts; maxed out on the human body’s capacity to stay viable in a depleted, toxic world. That we are also maxed out on our credit only reflects that we have nothing left to convert into money. Do we really need more roads and bridges? Can we sustain more of them, and more of the industrial economy that goes along? Government stimulus programs will at best prolong the current economic system for two or three years, with perhaps a brief period of growth as we complete the pillage of nature, spirit, body, and culture. When these vestiges of the commonwealth are gone, then nothing will be able to stop a massive inflationary surge and currency collapse on a global scale.”

(read the full article here)

We are maxed out and we know it. We’ve been on a road to nowhere for a while now, and the efforts ‘they’ are making to preserve the status quo are band-aids; they may help short term but in the final analysis, they will not heal that which is beyond repair.

In the above article, Eisenstein goes on to describe the positives of this ‘impending collapse’ and the purer intent of the zeitgeist……. namely, a reorientation of our values; learning to contribute something of beauty to the planet, gifting and investing in projects that protect nature and preserve our cultural commonwealth – and of course, doing so with the expectation of a zero return. That way we are not ‘unintentionally converting even more of the world into money.’

Prophecies & Predictions…..

It all sounds a bit of leap from where we are now – but the reality is – whether we are all ready for it or not, the tide of evolution is turning and it is sweeping us towards something big.

There has been much speculation and discourse on the meaning of the 2012 prophecies. Obviously no conclusions will be reached until then, but it is clear that life as we know it is changing irrevocably. The end of the Mayan long count is but one indication that we are reaching the end of a major cycle and will experience some sort of paradigm shift as we enter a new one. We can each draw our own conclusions.

The one I have drawn is that we are entering a period of intense transformation (culminating, perhaps in 2012) and that transformation is about an evolutionary leap in consciousness. The external collapse we are witnessing is part of the process of awakening our consciousness to our true nature. For those whose identities are dominated by egoic consciousness, ( ie materialistic thinking), the times ahead will be challenging indeed.

Yet within all the chaos of the transition, there is a small window of time open to us now, to realign ourselves with the intentions of the cosmos. If we take this opportunity, we will surely avoid cataclysmic disaster and the annihilation predicted by many indigenous cultures. If, on a collective level, we fail to take this opportunity; that is, if we continue to hold fast to our resistance to the coming changes and insist on living as we have been doing; if we cleave to the status quo – then the universe may have news for us. And it may not be good news.

What we must wake up to – and begin to live – is the fact that ego is on the way out. That means separatism is destined to dissolve too. The new system will be a unitary one. It is intended that we become fully conscious, of our connection with others and with all of life. The separatist thinking of duality has brought us to this place where gross materialism, competition, fear and control through fear, rule. It has done a good job of destroying our home in the process. We’ve come to see the earth as separate from ourselves, we’ve exploited her miserably and in the process alienated ourselves from our essence – and from nature.

We have reached the depths of our current evolutionary cycle (the end of the Iron Age, or Kali Yuga – the most ‘dense’ of all the ages) and the pendulum is about to swing the other way. The monetary system has been created and sustained through egoic consciousness and when the ego loses its power (as it is destined to) society will metamorphosise. The new earth will look very different. People will come together as one, because they will know that ‘what I do to my brother, I do to myself.’ Fear will no longer be a part of our emotional repertoire. We will instead, trust the universe, trust each other and trust ourselves. Imagine the freedom of living in such a world. This time has been called enlightenment or the Golden Age and our planet has seen such a golden age in its past. The Golden Age follows the Iron Age, of which we are living out the last days.

Eckhart Tolle, in his book “The New Earth”, puts it this way:

“If you look within rather than only without, however, you discover that you have an inner and an outer purpose, and since you are a microcosmic reflection of the macrocosm, it follows that the universe too has an inner and outer purpose inseparable from yours. The outer purpose of the universe is to create form and experience the interaction of forms, the play, the dream, the drama, of whatever you choose to call it. Its inner purpose is to awaken to its formless essence. Then comes the reconciliation of outer and inner purpose: to bring that essence – consciousness – into the world of form and thereby transform the world. The ultimate purpose of that transformation goes far beyond anything the human mind can imagine or comprehend. And yet, on this planet at this time, that transformation is the task allotted us. That is the reconciliation of outer and inner purpose, the reconciliation of the world and God.”

Unitary consciousness is not likely to be birthed without struggle, as the forces which have held the power for so long, feeling it slipping, will hold on even tighter. Individuals dominated by the egoic consciousness, likewise. The challenge then, is for us to willingly relinquish the ego now, while we can; in this small window of time. It has been said that those without ego will survive the coming changes; the others will not.

How do we relinquish the ego? (In my upcoming book “Let Go……& Touch the Infinite I explore this question in detail). Essentially, we let go of the ego by firstly understanding what it is and how it controls us, and secondly by making a decision to change our thoughts and our reactions – to let it go. And yes, it is easier said than done. But the beauty of it is – we are being assisted now, to make this change. There is scientific evidence to show that our solar system is headed into an area of magnetized plasma, which, according to Russian geologist Alexey Dmitriev, is not only causing these changes in weather and other patterns, but the increasing incidence of plasma balls in the atmosphere is a sign of (and I quote) “the imminent ‘transformation of Earth’ – involving an interaction with processes beyond the three-dimensional world.” You may need to read that again.

(See following post entitled Climate Change, the Sun and the Heart)

The mysterious ‘processes beyond the three dimensional world’ hint of this ‘assistance’ we are receiving. On a physical level we have increased sunspot activity, (which is historically associated with higher temperatures globally), and these are predicted to continue to increase to 2012. On a metaphysical level, our Sun acts as an inter-dimensional gateway; it is a transmitter of consciousness from one dimension to another. (The ancient Babylonians and Egyptians worshipped the Sun for this reason, or at least the elite priestly class, who knew the truth, did). This consciousness is flooding into our solar system, from beyond the three dimensional world we perceive with our five senses. It is this heightened vibratory energy which is helping us to release the centuries old bonds of the ego and open our hearts and minds to a more refined existence. This is the reason more and more people, worldwide, are waking up and becoming enlightened – or ‘translucent’ as it has been dubbed. We are in the midst of a transformation of consciousness.

So the news is not all bad. This time that has been called the ‘shift of the ages’ is about a rebirth. Birth is always difficult; emerging from one way of being, or one dimension, into another. The key to transitioning with ease and grace is to open our minds to the intent of this rebirth, and our hearts to cooperating with it. Letting go will be paramount. As Lao Tzu, master of Taoism said: ‘By letting go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go.’ Enlightenment is our future – if we wake up in time and decide to open ourselves enough to trust the process.

George Orwell said: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” If we intuit the significance of this time and task ahead of us, we will speak our truth. We will tell people what they may not want to hear. And we will assist ourselves and them, in this transformational process, by letting go our fear based reactions – which will only amplify any negativity. As we become less attached to the ‘world as we knew it’, we no longer see separation everywhere. It all becomes one luminous, numinous whole. And we can do this one bite at a time. But let’s begin now. We may not have that long….

An Indian Guru, Sri Ama Bgagavan was asked the question: What is the significance of the year 2012?

This was his reply:

Bhagavan:

“OK. Most of you know that the earth has got a magnetic field. As the earth’s molten core is rotating; the magnetic field is created. The thought sphere of the human mind is located in the earth’s magnetic field. This magnetic field has been weakening dramatically over last ten years. Now, in physics there is a parameter called “Schumann’s Resonance”. Using that we can determine the strength of the earth’s magnetic field. While for many centuries, it was constant around 7.80 cycles per second, during the last 7-8 years, it has risen to 11 cycles per second and is continuing to increase dramatically. If you work it out mathematically, it appears that, by the year 2012, the “Schumann’s Resonance” is likely to be 13 cycles per second. When this resonance is 13 cycles per second, the earth’s core would stop rotating with magnetic field gone, your mind is gone. When I say “your mind”, what I mean is your ” samskaras”. The pressure of the past 11.000 years of samskaras will vanish. In the Dharma, we also say, ” Mind is Karma”. All actions start from your mind. The mind is nothing but a storehouse of samskaras or past life vasanas from which all action emanates. This is stored in the earth’s magnetic field. So in the year 2012, it will become zero for a few days. After that the core will start rotating again. This would be a fresh beginning for man or the dawn of the Golden Age. This is the significance of the year 2012.

How do we know, it will happen? The study of fossil records has shown that, it happens roughly after 11,000 years. It’s only a short time away and then we can all start afresh. That is why I want you to become enlightened by 2012. If you are enlightened, with all your samskaras gone, we can begin a new yuga, which can be called Sathya Yuga or the Golden Age. Man will enter into a new state of altered consciousness. As I told you already, the earth’s resonance is increasing which means the earth’s heart is undergoing a transformation. The earth has got a physical body, like you have a body. It has got a consciousness as well. Now as the resonance is increasing the earths heart functioning very differently from before. Now, your heart and the earth’s heart are connected. The earth’s heart can be influenced by your heart and vice versa. That is why, it is essential that your heart- beat synchronises with the earth’s resonance. This means your heart must flower. Your heart will flower when you discover love in your relationships. If you have discovered love, you must stop judging your parents, spouses, etc., internally. Nobody can be judged as the whole universe directly influences all events, even the behaviour of the people. So learn to experience life. Life has to be experienced, be it pain or pleasure.”

“Oneness has always been there, but now it is being felt again and, for those who are freeing themselves from the program, home is calling.” (D. Icke)

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