The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities

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It began with the Mayan calendar - a startling astrological artifact that reaches its end point in the year 2012. As major spiritual traditions, independent researchers, and archaeological findings all point toward this date as a critical moment in human history, readers everywhere are starting to ask the same question: What will happen in 2012? For the first time, the leading authorities on the 2012 phenomenon are all given voice in a single book: 2012 - An invaluable resource for readers who want to learn more about this time of change, this fascinating book features essays from dozens of prominent thinkers, including: Gregg Braden's examination of the scientific evidence for a shift in the earth's magnetic field - and how it will affect all life; Barbara Marx Hubbard's and Peter Russell's explorations of the "accelerating pace of evolution" - why we may literally be transforming into a new species; John Major Jenkins' journey to the source for answers: the original Mayan calendar.

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It began with the Mayan calendar--a startling astrological artifact that reaches its end point in the year 2012. As major spiritual traditions, independent researchers, and archaeological findings all point toward this date as a critical moment in human history, readers everywhere are starting to ask the same question: What will happen in 2012? For the first time, the leading authorities on the 2012 phenomenon are all given voice in a single book, now available in paperback: The Mystery of 2012. An invaluable resource for readers who want to learn more about this time of change, this fascinating book features essays from dozens of prominent thinkers, including: * Gregg Braden's examination of the scientific evidence for a shift in the earth's magnetic field--and how it will affect all life * Barbara Marx Hubbard's and Peter Russell's explorations of the "accelerating pace of evolution"--why we may literally be transforming into a new species * John Major Jenkins' journey to the source for answers: the original Mayan calendar * Ecologist Joanna Macy's vision of "the Great Turning," and how we can take part in this shift to a life-sustaining culture * Daniel Pinchbeck on the meaning behind the rise in psychic phenomena as we approach 2012. Are we coming to the end of a cosmic cycle? Will there be an age of awakening, a new step in human evolution, or even an end to the world we know? For the growing audience of the "2012-curious," here is a thought-provoking and comprehensive exploration into the possibilities of this pivotal time.


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The Classical Maya developed a highly sophisticated civilization in the Yucatan and Guatemala that vanished 1,000 years ago. They were extraordinary architects and astronomers, and developed methods of timekeeping that are far more precise than our Western calendar system. Although we destroyed most of their scrolls, our archaeologists have discovered that the Maya looked toward the year 2012 – specifically the date December 21, 2012 – as the end of a "Great Cycle" of 5,125 years on their Long Count calendar. According to the Mayan creation myth, the Popol Vuh, such cycles end with the destruction of the old way of life and the inception of a new world. Many scholars agree that the Classic Maya pointed to this time, around the year 2012, as the juncture between one world age and the next.

As we approach the threshold, it becomes more and more difficult to escape the feeling that the Maya had mysterious foreknowledge about our time. We are currently in the throes of an ecological crisis, brought about by human activity, which threatens us with disaster if we do not immediately change our ways. Basic resources such as fuel, water, and food are becoming scarce around the world. Many scientists have predicted cataclysm due to climate change and pollution that could lead to the extinction of the human species in a short span of time. On the other hand, we are also experiencing a massive leap in human consciousness. Our world is now meshed together through communications technology and social networks that act as a "global brain." We can transmit new ideas and transformative practices instantly across the world.

In my book, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, I proposed that what happens in "2012" depends on what humanity decides to make of it. We might see global famines and wars and increasing misery, or we might decide to institute a new planetary culture based on empathy, alternative economic systems, sustainable design, and an equitable sharing of wealth. According to the prophecies held by the Maya and other indigenous cultures, we may integrate modern scientific knowledge with Eastern spiritual wisdom and indigenous shamanism, leading to a new understanding of the physical and psychic cosmos. Rather than "doomsday," 2012 could be a time of positive transformation and the opening to a new way of life.

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Arjuna Ardagh

Arjuna Ardagh is the founder of the Living Essence Foundation in Nevada City, California, a non-profit organization dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life. He is the author of Relaxing into Clear Seeing, How About Now?, The Last Laugh (a novel), and The Translucent Revolution, and the creator of the Living Essence Audio Series. For more information on Arjuna and his work, go to www.livingessence.com and www.translucents.com.


José Argüelles
José Argüelles 1939-2011

José Argüelles was an author, artist, and educator who founded Planet Art Network and the Foundation for the Law of Time. As one of the originators of the Earth Day concept, Argüelles helped organize an "art happening" that led in 1971 to the first Whole Earth Festival, now in its 40th year. He held a PhD in Art History and Aesthetics from the University of Chicago. José’s career as an educator has included professorships at Princeton University, University of California Davis, Evergreen State College, the Naropa Institute, San Francisco State University, the University of Colorado, and the Union Graduate School.

José was one of the first spiritual teachers to focus on the Mayan Calendar. The foundation for the harmonic convergence was laid out in Arguelles' 1987 book, The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology. He also wrote Earth Ascending, Surfers of the Zuvuya, The Arcturus Probe and Time and the Technosphere: The Law of Time in Human Affairs. His official biography is 2012: Biography of a Time-Traveler.

Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. For more than two decades, he has immersed himself in researching global spiritual wisdom and ancient texts. He has appeared on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the SyFy Channel, and NBC, and his published works include The Isaiah Effect, The Divine Matrix, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief, and Fractal Time. Gregg’s work is now published in 17 languages and 33 countries and shows us beyond any reasonable doubt that the key to our future lies in the wisdom of our past. He lives in New Mexico.


Carl Johan Calleman
Carl Johan Calleman, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in physical biology and has served as an expert on cancer for the World Health Organization. He began his studies on the Mayan calendar in 1979 and now lectures throughout the world. He is author of Solving the Greatest Mystery of Our Time: The Mayan Calendar and The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness. He lives in Sweden. To learn more about him and his work, go to www.calleman.com and www.maya-portal.net.
Jean Houston

Jean Houston, Ph.D. is an internationally known psychologist, scholar, behavioral scientist and teacher. She is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including Life Force; The Possible Human; Godseed; The Search for the Beloved; and The Hero and the Goddess. Jean Houston leads seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the country.


Janosh

Janosh is a Dutch graphic designer, who has created computer generated art incorporating principles of sacred geometry since 2003. He owns Janosh Art and Design, a popular gallery in central Amsterdam, and regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, exhibiting his work in diverse locations, from the Supperclub in San Francisco to the United Nations. Visit www.janosh-art.com for more information.


John Major Jenkins

John Major Jenkins is a leading expert in the mysteries of ancient Mesoamerican cosmology and calendars. As an independent researcher, he has authored five books and many articles, including Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 and Galactic Alignment.


Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee was born in London in 1953, and has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since the age of 19, after meeting Irina Tweedie, author of Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. He has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology, and is the author of several books on the subject. Llewellyn has lectured extensively on Sufism, Jungian psychology, and dreamwork throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.


Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck is an author and journalist whose feature articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone,and Esquire, among others. His first book,Breaking Open the Head, was heralded as the most significant work on psychedelic experimentation since Terence McKenna. His second book, the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, links indigenous prophecy, the environmental crisis, and modern technology in a new paradigm www.2012thebook.com.

Pinchbeck is a monthly columnist for Conscious Choice magazine and the editorial director of RealitySandwich.com.


Peter Russell

Peter Russell earned his master's degree in computer science form Cambridge University, and trained as a meditation teacher in India under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He is the author of nine books including The Global Brain, From Science to God, and Waking Up in Time. Russell has consulted with IBM, Apple, American Express, Swedish Telecom, and Shell Oil on a variety of topics including self-development, creativity, stress management, and sustainable environmental practices.

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