Article written by Ariel Soul in The Essence of Spirit, Mind + Body magazine October 2012 issue.
For the last couple decades there have been much talk in the New Age circles about the auspice date December 21, 2012. But it has really only been the last few years as we approach the actual date, where people from all walks of life are starting to pay a lot more attention to what the date means, or doesn't mean - and how it will affect their own lives.
The two major facts that most people are aware of are; that the Mayan calendar ends precisely on December 21, 2012, and the other fact is that our scientists have determined that the earth, the sun, and out Milky Way galaxy, will be perfectly aligned on December 21, 2012, in an occurrence that only happens once every 26,000 years. They are calling this a "Galactic Alignment". The last time that this occurred in our history, we are told that the earth experienced a pole shift. Some have said that the evidence that archeologists found with the Wooly Mammoth frozen in mid-stride buried beneath the ice had occurred during such a pole shift.The scientists of today don't believe that we will have a complete pole shift this time around, but the question stands - Do they really know? There has been scientific evidence that the earth magnetism is weakening, and that our compass' true north has shifted. So can they truly predict what will happen during this galactic alignment? ... If anything...?? Or even if it will happen on another unknown date in the near future?
There are also many less known prophecies regarding 2012 that point to this same time period. For example; the Hopi Indians have in their passed down oral teachings that this will be a turning point in the world for great change; the "Nine Underworlds". With this, it is said there are choices to be made where the path taken will determine each person's outcome.
Then there are the hieroglyphics on the walls of the great pyramids in Egypt that speak of the return of the divine feminine.
Then of course, there are the "dooms-dayers" that believe it will be the end of the physical world - and physical life along with it.
Let's take a closer look at the two main documented scientific things we know for sure about the winter solstice 2012:
First, who were the Mayans? The Mayans of today are not related to the Mayans of history. The Mayans of the ninth century were an advanced civilization with superior technology that had appeared suddenly in the jungles of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, and parts of Belize and Honduras over 1500 years ago. These Mayans built and left behind a massive coded map for future people to find, made up of pyramids, large stone buildings, walls of hieroglyphs and carvings, and an intricately laid out ball court designed to track the celestial patterns and cycles. They were a civilization with different villages that were placed in specific patterns in relation to each other, with the central city believed to be Izapa. Then, one day in the 9th century AD, the Maya civilization suddenly abandoned their cities and disappeared as mysteriously as they had appeared.
The Mayan calendar, which coincides with our 5000 year recorded history, ends what is believed to be a world cycle on December 21, 2012.The ball court, and the monument drawings tell a story of the coming of the Galactic alignment with the solstice sun, the earth, and the dark rift of the Milky Way. The ball court is perfectly aligned with Tacana Volcano, which the Big Dipper rises and falls over. The ball court has been laid out in perfect alignment where the Galactic astronomical alignment will take place on December 21st of this year.
What I believe, along with the opinion of many other spiritual masters, is that the 2012 winter solstice is the end of a cycle with our world, and earth's people. Not the end of life, but perhaps the end of life as we know it. It will also be the beginning of a cycle where we have the opportunity to evolve. However, very different than the evolution that we have been taught in schools as we grew up. This is more of a spiritual transformation so to speak. I have coined a term for this called "SOULvolution". We are being given the opportunity for our souls to evolve, and the opportunity to expand our higher consciousness.
I believe the earth too is evolving. That is why we are seeing so many more natural disasters occurring around the globe; earth quakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and wild-fires. We see record temperature changes, melting ice caps, solar flare ups, and record droughts. Some believe Mother Earth is also one large living organism. If this is true, then there too may be a soul of the earth herself.
The soul is a funny thing. It is not a tangible/provable object that can be seen or held. But somehow most people have a sense of it, and believe that they have a soul of their own that resides within them. I suspect that if you are reading this article, you fall into this category. A total nonbeliever would have no interest in the information I am sharing with you.
So what will December 21, 2012 bring? ...Perhaps nothing visibly different than the day that precedes it; December 20th, or the day to follow; December 22nd. Many revolutionaries believe, and I agree, that this cycle of change is, and has already been occurring for many years since the early 1980s, and that it will take many more years beyond this one focused date to pan out, perhaps to 2015 or 2020.
There are hundreds of books that have been written on 2012; some factual with scientific evidence to back what they are saying, some fictional, just a story in the mind of the author, and a huge blend of both. Only you, the discerning reader can sort through it all and feel with your own soul how much truth is in what you read. I say - take what resonates with you and discard the rest. Live your life today as if this auspicious date could be the end. Because then perhaps you will start living life to its fullest today. After all, none of us know if we will be here tomorrow. Then when December 21, 2012 arrives... hopefully we will have learned to live in the NOW, to do the things we love, to treat people the way we would want to be treated ourselves, to have respect for our environment and mother earth. These things that really matter will start to become the cornerstones of our existence. Then, it is my hope that on December 22nd, we take these valuable lessons that we have learned about ourselves, and we continue to evolve them further. We don't go back to the way of greed and selfishness; the ego driven world. Instead, we continue on this SOULvolution™ path for the highest good of all.
~Ariel Soul is a certified Soul Coach, residing in Southern California, and admittedly still furthering her own Soulvolution™ in many ways, and is on the path with Divine guidance on her way to becoming a great Healing Master. Please visit www.ArielSOULutions.com for upcoming classes and workshops coming in 2013.
Author's note: Definition of Soulvolution™ - An evolution of the Soul into higher consciousness. The ego is humbled as our Divine selves are revealed; a sort of lifting of the veil of forgetfulness, a dimming of fear and illusion, and an opening of Love, Joy, and Divine connection with Higher Source.
Short You Tube video on Izapa by John Major Jenkins http://youtu.be/jmW2AqQXMJ0
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