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The REAL Mayan Prophecy
It is such a joy to live Guatemala, and to have the privilege of participating in an ongoing spiritual tradition which has continued uninterrupted for five millennia. I have met many Mayan priests, and have sometimes been asked by them, “What is all this about a Mayan Prophecy for 2012?” – for after all, even Mayan priests read newspapers and see the telly now and then; so some of our kwashru (craziness) filters down to them. I explain that it’s just New Age silliness by people exploiting the Mayan cachet to make money; not anything to take seriously.
Indeed, it is true that the Mayan Long Count calendar, a 5,000-year cycle, does come to an end and reset itself on December 21, 2012. But this has no more significance for the Maya than Y2K did for us. There are a lot of so-called “experts” on the Mayan Prophecy out there now; many of whom are not Maya, do not speak a Mayan language nor have studied with a Mayan priest. In fact, much of this "Mayan Prophecy" hype was started by the exact same author who brought us the "Harmonic Convergence" brouhaha a few years back. What the “Mayan Prophecy” thing is really is an erroneous interpretation of a sacred calendar.
Unlike the self-appointed Mayan Prophecy “experts”, true Mayan priests are chosen by the Mayan spirits themselves. It's so obvious, when you meet them. They're real. Unlike in our society, they don't just take a couple of weekend workshops, or read a couple of books, and then hang out their shingles as shamans, or astrologers, or spiritual healers. They study for decades under the tutelage of accomplished daycounters. The Mayan priests whom I have met are very humble (most of them are subsistence maize farmers from the countryside), and yet they have a commanding presence. When they put on their headbands and begin ceremonies they become filled with the Spirit – Ahau – and they are completely self-effacing – not there at all – and yet utterly real and masterful in a way which many of our contemporary religious and spiritual leaders lack.
The point is that the Maya are making a connection with the spirit world. Connecting and communicating with the Mayan spirit world is an everyday part of Mayan life, just as the telephone and internet are for us. This connection is made principally at Mayan ceremonies, where priests channel messages and perform healings for the participants. This connection is also made in daily life – by respecting the natural world and propitiating its guardian spirits.
Mayan ceremonies are magical invocations in which spirits are contacted to obtain useful information and healings from the spirit world. The spirits actually do come; you can feel their presence, it's like an electricity in the air. And their answers are very exact and right on. At a ceremony my teacher don Abel did for half a dozen of us on the last day of 2008, at one point he announced to the gathering that someone then present would die in the year to come; and he died of a heart attack the following July. I don't believe that he knew that it was going to be himself who died; he was just passing on a message from the spirits.
By contrast, this “2012 Prophecy” is being touted by the non-Mayan “experts” as a kind of New Age version of the Rapture: a miraculous transformation of human consciousness which sweeps humanity up into the Pleiades to escape the coming tribulation. But things don’t happen that way in real life. If there is going to be a fundamental transformation in human consciousness, the way it will probably come about is that the environment and civilization will deteriorate over the next century. And in the crisis people will draw together and open their hearts to one another, as they do in the face of any natural catastrophe such as an earthquake or flood. When people lose their faith in the system and start listening to their own hearts is when the system will change.
Our society is in a great spiritual crisis now. We have a lot more wealth and freedom of choice than the Maya do, but for what – to buy this stupid gadget instead of that one? To vote for Tweedledee instead of Tweedledum? To be part of a mindless, oblivious producing / consuming society which keeps us trapped in an endless spiral of insatiable desire? Where our society has lost the sense of spiritual purpose, Mayan society has not. The Maya had the highest civilization in the New World at the time of the Spanish conquest, and its essence continues in spite of five centuries of oppression and persecution. The Maya are by no means angels, but they possess the dignity of people who know where they belong in the universe. They have a sense of connectedness and rootedness which contrasts sharply with the empty materialism and disconnectedness of our society. The Maya know in their hearts that nature is sacred; they are capable of feeling awe and wonder; they are broken and humble. When viewed through Mayan eyes, western behavior seems boorish, crass, and profane – utterly lacking in culture and manners.
We can learn from the Maya, not by mindlessly aping the outward shibboleths of their cultural traditions, but rather by taking a good, hard look at our own personal behavior and assumptions. If the human race is going to survive the coming crunch, we as human beings will have to seek a truer sense of connection to the divine and put aside our insatiable greed, selfishness and hypocrisy. This is a more viable path for human salvation than silly, irresponsible “prophecies”, or the short-sighted money-grubbing and pipe dream assurances offered by capitalism. That's the REAL Mayan Prophecy – what we really should be learning from the Maya – which you can find in the Christian Bible as well: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
(excerpted from Magical Almanac free monthly ezine: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MagicalAlmanac)
About the author:
Bob Makransky is a systems analyst, programmer, and professional astrologer. For the past 30 years he has lived on a farm in highland Guatemala where he is a Mayan priest and is head of the local blueberry growers association. His free ebook Magical Sampler is available from: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/24450; and his free monthly astro-magical ezine Magical Almanac is available from: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MagicalAlmanac.