December 21, 2012: What it Means and What it Doesn't
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I have never been a believer in the idea that December 21, 2012 will be a day of catastrophic change. First the most often-mentioned source of the destruction, this supposed planet Nibiru, doesn't appear to be there. It is claimed to be on an elliptical orbit, but there's a problem with that. Specifically, elliptical orbits violate Kepler's Law. In other words, such an orbit can't exist. There is apparently a large planet lurking at the extreme limits of the solar system, but it is no threat and will never be a threat. Another claim has been that a massive solar outburst will take place. But the sun is quiet now, and, in fact, the present solar max won't reach its climax until next summer. In addition, there are no comets, asteroids, or anything else out there that might bring on the sort of destruction that people have been speculating about for years.
I haven't thought that some sort of magical energy will reach us from the galactic center, either. That's not to say that I don't think that we can get into contact with higher energies. I know we can, because I've done it many times, and I have some meditations on the site that walk you through how to do it. It works, too. These energies are real.
However, what is not real is that we are going to cross the edge of the galactic plane on Friday. Right now, according to an article from 1985 that I found in the prestigious journal of science, Nature, we are between 75 and 100 light years above the galactic plane, and won't cross it again for another 30,000 years, as our solar system slowly orbits the galaxy.
In fact, both the end-of-the-world predictions and the 'galactic plane' predictions are based on pseudoscience.
That does not mean, however, that we aren't in a time of change, and a period when extraordinary energies are around. We are in such a period. We are facing a new climate regime that, over the next twenty years or so, will profoundly change human life and human experience. There will be disruptions in food supplies that will cause social upheavals in affected areas. There will be alterations in the way that the climate actually works that will be accompanied by extraordinary weather phenomena.
in fact, both of these things are already under way. The upheavals in the Middle East were triggered when bread costs escalated after drought caused the Russians to stop exporting wheat in 2008. In the US, we have already seen two of our great cities damaged by extraordinary storms. The first, Katrina, turned into a monster when it entered the Gulf of Mexico, due to the fact that Gulf waters were unusually warm, a direct result of increasing temperatures. The second, Sandy, moved farther north than any hurricane ever to strike the US northeast, again due to unseasonably warm waters. It combined with two cold fronts to create a true superstorm.
There will be more such upheavals, and even greater ones, in the future. Most notably, if methane hydrates now frozen on the ocean floors begin to turn into gas, there will be a very rapid warming followed a few years later by very rapid cooling as the methane dissipates, and that process will change our world more fundamentally than anything that has happened since the end of the last ice age 14,000 years ago.
At the same time, though, we are making extraordinary gains scientifically. True artificial intelligence is just around the corner. A fundamental understanding of the nature of life is also on the way, and with it will come new ways of living that are likely to include dramatically increased life spans. So, assuming you don't blown away in one way or another, you might turn out to have a very long life indeed, especially if you are now under about forty. And you are likely to welcome an entirely new kind of being into the world: the intelligent machine.
So this is quite a time. I wake up every morning filled with excitement and zest. Not that I think that everything is going to be wonderful. It isn't. But I have to say, I LOVE living in interesting times!
I'll conclude this with an outlier: February of 1519, when Cortez invaded Mexico, was also the time that the Aztecs expected the return of Quetzalcoatl. This caused them confusion that proved to be fatal. So their calendar was both right and wrong at the same time.
So is the Mayan Calendar. It's right that a time of intense and rapid change will begin unfolding in 2013. It's wrong that the world will end. I hope!