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On January 6, 2005 I attended a mind-blowing lecture on the Mayan Calendar that finally gave me the "big picture" of the history-and future-of all creation. The good news is that despite some inevitable bumps in the road, the period between now and 2012 will be one of infinitely expanding consciousness-ending in the Golden Age we have all been waiting for.
The talk was given by Ian Lungold, an artisan who became fascinated by the Mayans while making jewelry based on their designs. Information began streaming through him, which took him on a path of exploration that resulted in a complex understanding of the Mayan calendar. Not actually a calendar in the ordinary sense, it is really a meter of the movement of creation or tool to tune your consciousness to the flow of evolution to develop your intuition and become a co-creator with the divine.
A calendar is the dead center of any civilization's consciousness, said Lungold, representing the intersection of time and place as your point of view or location of consciousness. The Gregorian calendar (est. 1582) is pinned to physical events - the rotation of the Earth around the Sun every 365 ¼ days. The Maya, who used a total of 17 calendars, had one like this called the Haab, but it was used only for commerce and tax purposes. The Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar, was used most frequently as a personal and astrological calendar, or chart of consciousness. It was based on the 7 day/6 night cycle of creation familiar to us via the Old Testament, which came from the ancient Sumerians. Apparently both the Mayans and Sumerians had access to the same body of wisdom about the arc of evolution in this solar system that began 16.4 billion years ago.
In a riveting four hour talk, Lungold put a chart on the board that looked like a Mayan pyramid and took us through the precisely-timed stages of evolution from single-celled organisms all the way up to Oct. 28, 2011, when the Mayan calendar officially ends. Ian went straight to the Maya to get this info after discovering that the dates and other "facts" publicized by Jose Arguelles in his book "The Mayan Factor" were questionable.
I will not attempt to recount all the historical events that show precise correspondence with the Mayan timeline; suffice it to say that it all made perfect sense. Most recently, the "Planetary Cycle" that began in 1755 with the Industrial Revolution and culminated in 1992 with the Internet was concerned with the concentration of power. This was a time when the mind became king, and intuition went out of style because it was basically a death sentence (witness the burning of ten million women as "witches.") Lungold made the point that the mind is not your friend, that at best it's just a tool like a calculator-but is also a parasite concerned only with self-preservation. It can only operate at 24 frames or thoughts per second, which is very limiting in this age of rapidly accelerating technology and consciousness. Stress has become a worldwide epidemic as the mind tries and fails to keep up. Suicides are on an upswing and can be seen as an equipment failure, while many people prefer to go unconscious through various addictions to sedate the stressed-out mind. Denial is rampant.
We'll all be going completely out of our minds and coming into present time, says Lungold, between now and 2011, when we head into the last year of the cycle. We're moving past the limitations of the mind and into the intuitive space referred to as "The Zone" in athletics, when a player reaches a point of perfect equanimity and is able to perform superhuman feats like lifting 350 lbs. overhead. It is the space of "no mind" also found through meditation and other acts like sex (if you do it right, he says). Science has found that while in this Zone, your whole brain lights up and every cell is activated-it's how we're meant to live. The key is getting centered, which comes from regular practice at attaining this state. Lungold likens it to a spinning gyroscope with a calm center that keeps it from falling over. If there is a broken piece, then it will fly apart. This is basically what we will be challenged to do in the next six years: stay so centered in our intuitive knowing that we don't fly apart as consciousness accelerates and world events grow more intense.
The key to this centeredness, he claims, comes from integrity. Intuition doesn't exist if you're out of integrity. This will be the major theme of 2005, as Power meet Integrity head-on on June 1. Ethics consciousness will slap down Power consciousness in some way on the world stage, Lungold predicts. We are building a new foundation this year based on ethics, from Dec. 4, 2004 to Nov. 28, 2005. The knowledge should also come out sometime after June 1, he claims, of machines that now exist, which produce energy at no cost. This could turn the existing power structure on its ear.
Paying attention and having intention will be key. The Neanderthals died out because after 100,000 years, they were still using the same tools. They could not imagine a different future, so they had no future. Suppose that when you're centered in your intuition, you're actually CREATING your future. That would explain why our intuition is often right. Intention will become crucial in the coming time of exponential change, because there are so many more options available to us than ever before, and less persistence will be required to achieve our goals. Instant manifestation will become the norm! There will only be two choices: Creator or Victim.
The "Galactic Cycle" began on Jan. 5, 1999 and lasts for 12.8 years. The dawn of this cycle was the Y2K scare, which was a mass warning or planting of a seed, "don't trust your systems." Nothing happened at the time, but by 2007-08 we are entering the Fifth Day and Night of the overall cycle, a big opening in consciousness but also a time when we may experience an economic meltdown. Lungold says to pay attention to the Hopi, who advise: 1) Know where your food and water are coming from, and 2) Know all of your relations. Getting out of the cities will be wise, he says, as "shrapnel may be flying" and the usual sources of food and water won't be as available. This is similar to other Fifth Days in creation, such as the period encompassing World War I and II, and prior to that, the Dark Ages. The coming trial will be shorter and less severe than the previous ones. Things are getting dramatically better, he points out.
Also on the Fifth Day, we will finally "meet the neighbors." We have been under galactic quarantine as we pass through this power trip we've been on (which was a necessary phase of consciousness), but during 07-08 we will know ourselves as part of the greater galactic community. By 2009 on the Sixth Day (corresponding to the Renaissance and the beatnik/hippie time period of 1952-72), consciousness will overcome technology completely and our larger minds will merge with computers to produce such phenomena as teleportation, time travel and age reversal.
On the Sixth Night in 2010, we have total bliss for 360 days. We'll be back to our roots, attuned to an organic value system. On the Seventh Day, the "Universal Consciousness" cycle which begins on Feb. 10, 2011 and lasts 100 days, we will finally know ourselves as co-creators with God, rejoining the Creator as a Creator (though some will achieve this state sooner.) Anything we can possibly dream of already exists in the mind of God. As we discover more and more about the inner workings of Creation, this truth will be known by all. Some will fall by the wayside and become "mulch" for future growth, however, as consciousness accelerates too rapidly for them to grasp.
This grand cycle affects not just Earth, but the entire Universe, which is evolving alongside us. What happens after 2011? Time and space will slip away as solid measurements. The best example Lungold could give of what it will be like is portrayed in the film, "What Dreams May Come," in which thought creates instant manifestation. Meanwhile, he advises not investing in anything that lacks integrity, such as the stock market, and to get out of the way as our culture falls-similar to what happened in Rome. It will also help to attune yourself to the daily flow of creation through the Galactic Astrology Mayan Calendar and Conversion Codex (available on Lungold's website, www.mayanmajix.com). This also shows you how to figure out your Mayan birth sign and life assignment (different from Jose Arguelles' version) which is totally fascinating. Knowing your essential purpose and the intention for each day can attune you to your intuition, which puts you in sync with the flow of Creation and produces entrainment, or synchronization with All That Is.
For more information on this material, Ian recommends the book "The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness" by Carl Calleman, whose findings are in alignment with his.
SIGNIFICANT MAYAN CALENDAR DATES
Meditating on the following dates will attune your consciousness to the flow of evolutionary creation:
Dec. 3, 2004 Beginning of Fourth Day: New consciousness, intuition re-emerges
June 1, 2005 Midpoint of Fourth Day
Nov. 28, 2005 Beginning of Fourth Night: Bridge-building to consciousness expansion
May 27, 2006 Midpoint of Fourth Night
Nov. 23, 2006 Beginning of Fifth Day: Budding, breakthrough
May 22, 2007 Midpoint of Fifth Day
Nov. 18, 2007 Beginning of Fifth Night: Destruction, challenge
May 16, 2008 Midpoint of Fifth Night
Nov. 12, 2008 Beginning of Sixth Day: Flowering, renaissance
May 11, 2009 Midpoint of Sixth Day
Nov. 7, 2009 Beginning of Sixth Night: Resting and fine-tuning
May 6, 2010 Midpoint of Sixth Night
Nov. 2, 2010 Beginning of Seventh Day: Bliss
May 1, 2011 Midpoint of Seventh Day
Oct. 28, 2011 Completion of Seventh Day: Oneness with all creation
Simone Butler is an intuitive astrologer with more than 25 years of experience in helping people engage with the mystery of their lives. Easy to understand yet life-changing, Simone's interpretations of the natal chart and planetary cycles are geared toward those who seek radical insight and inspiration.
In addition to having a consulting practice with clients world-wide, Simone has taught many astrology classes, most recently at Vintage Religion in San Diego and the Golden Door Spa in Escondido. Simone's book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life, shows you how to combine the ancient arts of astrology and feng shui to effect major change in your life.