Heads Up: Not Another Y2K

The levees gave way during hurricane Katrina, not because of the force of the hurricane, but because they had not been maintained up to standards. People stayed behind confident that this was one more hurricane they would safely ride out, which they did. Then the levees let go and our government did not rush to the rescue.

Well, do we have the perfect storm brewing world-wide for a financial collapse or what? Are the levees of the Federal Reserve or our government going to hold up? Do you believe in Santa Claus and fairy Godmothers?

I’m old enough to remember the gas lines in the 70’s. Our lifestyle  didn’t require much driving beyond an eight to fifteen mile round trip. Where David and I live now in downeast Maine, it’s 27 miles to and from groceries. The gas shortage of the 70’s was short-lived. High prices and fuel shortages are with us now for the rest of our lives.

Please watch this video with Richard Heinberg, senior fellow with the Post Carbon Institute and the author of The Party’s Over, Peak Everything and, most recently, Blackout, talking about the phenomenon of peak oil and how it will affect life on this planet. You can stay current with this subject by reading articles by Heinberg on the Post Carbon Institute’s Energy Bulletin.

Lest you think I’m a junkie for this kind of thing, I’m not. We don’t watch TV.  I can listen to the news on the radio only up until they utter the first lie and/or absurdity and then it goes off. I do not surf the internet for this stuff. Though we are not off the grid, you might say we are unplugged, as we are not tuned in to any mass media.  And yet what we need to know, comes to us.

If you’ve been a mother than you may recall having the nesting instinct, an urgent feeling about preparing for a new baby to come into your life. David and I have both been feeling an urgency to prepare for a new world, one that could appear overnight.

David is doubling up on his firewood. The vegetable gardens have increased by half over the last two years and we added a small greenhouse last spring. I’m looking out on the lawn we’ve hosted wedding receptions on and envisioning a potato patch there.  Instead of freezing foods, I’ll be canning, pickling and dehydrating fruits and vegetables. I believe this is the year that I’ll have company when weeding the gardens, of the feathered, scratching, clucking kind.

We’re not preparing for and looking at another Y2K…This is the real deal. If you can’t bring yourself to read the information on the link above, than will you please read this piece from a Mayan elder sent to me by a friend.  When you see the truth coming from such diverse sources it helps you start to grasp the seemingly incomprehensible.

What the Mayan Elders are Saying About 2012

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.”



    1. Namaste`Dancing Mary~

      Thank you for being the first to comment on this difficult subject. I’m glad you to accepted the information as a reminder. Love and blessings for your beautiful dance of life , Joanna

  1. Here is a piece of writing I did back in 2001 that goes nicely with your mayan article. It is about us…Thanks for sharing it….Jackie Smith
    Into The Mist: A Prayer

    Into the mist I travel on lonely seas, the stars to guide me and veils to move beyond. I feel. Earth, wind, fire and water — I am here to serve you in your time of need. Use my guidance and lead me to the place of your great power. Embrace the ancient wisdom we bring for you. Stand with the cross of infinite beings who are here to serve you. We are your army. We are the ones. We are the warriors of the divine guidance standing in the power of truth and light. Our billions of cells are being programmed as I write. Our belief in Love and Light provide for the absolute in victory. Our voices resonate with the strength of angels and our vibrations are finely-tuned. Our hearts are a rich vibrant green and hold the power to heal. We have struggled for so long with our sense of self that we will never forget our lessons; and as we move within our power, we are moving as one. We move as one with Great Spirit. We join together the seed pods and shine our light. We radiate. We are the ancient ones who are returning for our last battle. One way or another, we will achieve success. We will bring Peace to our masses. Our presence 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 x 12 strong, will bring peace to Mother Earth and all who dwell upon her — or we shall create a brand new world with our efforts, one that Mother Earth will move into when the time is right. One way or another, Peace, Love and light will live into eternity.

    1. Namaste` Blue Ocean Rosie!

      Yes, indeed! Thank you for your comment. It is not my intention to insight fear or panic. I do want to plant a seed for those who believe falsely that natural gas and coal reserves will save us and that the Fed can just keep on printing out more money. It’s such a balancing act to prepare for something that we do not want to envision or create or take part in…I feel it’s wise to prepare as best anyone can for the near future while envisioning the best of all outcomes. Love and blessings for your highest visions! Joanna

  2. Namaste`~ Thanks very much to Guillermo for permission to post his email as a comment with links here. I’ve just read a recent post on the first site he recommended–very informative. I wouldn’t have expected to find information on how recent world events are affecting our currency on a site about the Mayan calendar. And now I’m up to speed on the date October 28, 2011. Love and Blessings to all for your safe comings and goings, Joanna

    Hello Joanna,

    Thank you for your very interesting “Heads Up: Not Another YK2” post.

    Carl Johan Calleman (http://www.calleman.com/) and (http://www.transformingthrough2012.com/) agrees with Mr. Carlos Barrios with the exception of placing the great transformation on October 2011.

    His is one author out of 33 of “Transforming Though 2012” book. Take it at you local public library and know why October 2011.

    Thank you for your hard work to make easy our earthly journey.


  3. Namaste Joanna! Thank you for sharing about 2012. I often wonder if it’s easier for people to buy into the concept of the “end of life” rather than the “end of life as we know it.” Is it easier for people to face death than to face change? Carlos line: “Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human,” strikes me as the type of message that makes some of us very hopeful, giving a sense of being connected to something much larger than ourselves, while making others grasp onto their egos even harder–What will I be without my STUFF? How could I possibly survive without the comfort and perceived safety I enjoy within the bunker I’ve created around me and my own?

    I think this type of thinking is emphasized by the thoughtless cliches people toss around: “I would just die without a walk-in closet” or “I couldn’t live without red wine.” Yes, we can live without a lot of things, and moreover, we probably should learn to if we want to help raise consciousness and the way of life for everyone on this planet.

    Elders from cultures who live closer to the natural rhythms of nature than we do understand that the planet and all of existence will find a way to shift life on this planet and all throughout the universe (and beyond) regardless of our readiness to change our ways. We can work with this energy, or we can fight it, but either way, times will change. Like you have said so often, this is nothing to fear, but we must be aware and cognizant–we are shaping life now for seven generations to follow, at least.

    This reminds me of a feeling I get when I’m not looking forward to something, a test or a phone call I don’t want to make, for example. I often fantasize, as I did when I was a child, about freezing time. If only I could freeze time for a couple of hours, then I could squeeze in more studying or…or…or? But it can’t happen. We have to move with the cycle, and instead of fearing what will come, why not embrace it? Through readiness and consciousness, we can make the most of this. I learned once that a Chinese word for difficulty is the same as the Chinese word for opportunity. You have been so kind and wise to point out to your readers for many months now how we can manage to balance and take a little more control of our lives during these tough times. Of course, none of this will be easy. We can’t stop time nor can we stop the changes that are coming. But perhaps we can begin to change the neural patterns that make us, as humans, fear change when we know in our hearts and minds that change is inevitable.

    For me, I feel fullest when I leave the day’s pressures and headlines behind, and sit high on a cliff overlooking the ocean, or Muir Woods, or some other of my favorite places in nature, and contemplate the fullness of my Self, and the richness of my connection to others. This does not mean I turn my back on my awareness of what we are struggling with in this world. Nor does it mean I attempt to avoid looking at the troubles in this world. By going deeply inside myself, I see with more clarity, and connect to something bigger. This opens up my channels of compassion, and allows me to find clarity and strength so I can help others. If only all people everywhere could take a few minutes daily to see from within to find the source you write about, Joanna–the “all we need” that is within us.

    The challenges we are facing are so profound that if the growth we experience as a result is at all commensurate with the hardships we are about to see a beautiful world take shape, one that is beyond the outmoded dreams that we’ve been dreaming. But first, the laundry.

    Blessings to you, dear friend! And thank you for sharing your vision and your heart-full wisdom.


    1. Namaste` Lauren~ Thanks so much for this beautiful expansion and deepening on this topic! You remind us that no matter the urgency of the times, it is so important to connect with nature, wherever people can find it. I too believe in a good outcome…oh, what piles of dirty laundry to deal with first though! Love and blessings for your journey from here, to there, Joanna

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