The acclaimed metaphysical epic that binds together the cosmological phenomena of our time, ranging from crop circles to quantum theory to the resurgence of psychedelic drugs, to support the contention of the Mayan calendar that the year 2012 portends a global shift-in consciousness, culture, and way of living-of unprecedented consequence.
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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There were some very interesting observations, but they were scattered all over the place and I found it very hard to engage in what Pinchbeck is really trying to say.
Daniel Pinchbeck has written a compelling and thought-provoking book about the significance of the year 2012 in the Mayan calendar.
Great book. So interesting--weird--but interesting. This guy is a really deep thinker, and working on a different plane than most of the rest of us.Published 3 months ago by chris wilcox
God i thought this drivel would never end but i slogged through it. After Breaking Open the Head I was disappointed in this load of horse manure. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BoggleTwit
Most think the 2012 study is past or hype, but this author really explains with great evidence his true and valid interpretation of the Mayans, in a well guided, and clearly... Read morePublished 15 months ago by dvegan28
This book is an absorbing, free-form meditation on consciousness, the unconscious, and the narrowing gulf between them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by William T. Palmer
If you want something based on what Maya culture is actually like, don't pick this book up. This book is about Pinchbeck's personal life (particularly how he is unfaithful to his... Read morePublished 23 months ago by bastet2
good stuff, great prices,fast shipper!!!INCREDIBLY EDUCATIONAL AND EYE OPENING . DO YOU'RE FOLLOW UP ON YOUTUBE ONCE THIS SPARKED YOUR INTEREST...Published 24 months ago by BRIAN R GIBSON
After about the first third of the book, Pinchbeck just couldn't hold my interest. HIs discussion of alien phenomenon was just too hard to digest and I had to stop. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by M. Leigh
The man has a god complex and basically only talks about himself and how his drug trips are better than your drug trips. I felt like he was talking down to me the whole time. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by NickyG