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- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Hay House Inc. (March 15, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 15, 2009
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJ736ZC
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About the Author
New York Times best selling author Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. Following a successful career as a Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum during the 1970s energy crisis, he worked as a Senior Computer Systems Designer with Martin Marietta during the last years of the Cold War. In 1991 he became The First Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems, where he led the development of the global support team assuring the reliability of the internet in its early days.
For more than 22 years, Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets. To date, his work has led to such paradigm-shattering books as The Isaiah Effect, The God Code, The Divine Matrix, and his most recent, Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age.
Gregg’s work has been published in 27 languages and 30 countries and shows us beyond any reasonable doubt that the key to our future lies in the wisdom of our past.
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Braden explores the ideas of various ancient cultures regarding "World Ages" and shows their similarity. One of these cultures is that of the Mayans, who have risen to public awareness because their calendar, an astronomically accurate and incredibly lengthy measure of time, goes only to 2012, then stops. Pop culture has turned this into a possible "doomsday" scenario. Since I am writing this in 2013, it is obvious that the world did not end.
But did a World Age end with the winter solstice of 2012? Other authors on this subject did not consider 2012 "the end of the world" but as a fluid point between two ages, generally based on the precession of the equinoxes, a 26,000 year cycle that traces a path around the twelve constellations of the zodiac. This time period, known to the Mayans, can be divided into five World Ages of 5125 years each. Braden says we are at the end of the last of these five cycles. But that would assume that this point in the sky (at the beginning of the Age of Aquarius) was somehow the starting point. How is there a starting point to a cycle that presumably endlessly repeats?
One answer might be that this is the point where (as author John Major Jenkins said in his book, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End-Date ) our solar system lines up with the midpoint of our galaxy, the Milky Way. But it's not clear that we are lined up with the galaxy, and I confess to finding the whole business confusing. But perhaps 2012 really is a dividing line between World Ages, and perhaps it actually means something for human consciousness. Braden discusses the concept that how we think and feel influences matter, and, if this transition time does mean more natural disasters, we have the power to reduce their impact through our thoughts and actions.
It certainly does seem like we are living through a difficult time in our planet's history, for whatever reason. We know there has been climate change and extinction events in earth's past. Should we read some ominous meaning into the strong storms and earthquakes we've had since the century turned? There have also been way too many human-caused tragedies, with wars, terrorist attacks and nuts with guns shooting innocent people. If this is the turmoil of a transition from an age that is ending and leading to a Golden Age (as alleged by authors like David Wilcock, in The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies ), then let's hope we get through it intact.
Braden also offers a "time code" and a "time code calculator" for figuring out when "seed" events might repeat, or at least when conditions will exist for them to repeat. I was less interested in this, since it cannot predict actual events and it seems questionable as to which events are really "seed" events that might repeat. The basis for this calculator, which relies on the number known as "phi," seems dubious.
The book makes some attempt at an explanation of the repeating nature of time, stating that time IS space as space expands outward from its beginning. Conditions on earth (and human consciousness) change with earth's position in the galaxy. There's the influence of the mysterious movement of earth known as the precession, as the position of the morning star slowly moves around the twelve constellations as it rises in the morning, a movement that takes almost 26,000 years to complete, a period much longer than human history. Yet this cycle was known to ancient peoples, including the Mayans. How are we and our planet influenced by this long cycle?
Fractal Time explores many interesting questions. Like other authors, Braden offers interesting speculation, but is unable to provide solid answers to "The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age" (the book's intriguing subtitle).
Gregg Braden does a great job of presenting evidence of patterns in nature, something scientists denied for many years because it strongly suggested the existence of some kind of intelligence behind what was supposed to be the "accident of life". Regardless, he does well in making the case that time is also part of nature and therefore also cyclical, or has patterns.
He uses great examples like the history of presidents assassinated in office, the Kennedy-Lincoln connection, which, not to give anything away, is way too eerily similar to be called a coincidence.
He also talks about the Golden Ratio, phi, which mathematicians find when measuring the actual patterns in nature.
After reading this book I became obsessed with the topic of fractals. Great book. The author does a great job of simplifying what I thought was going to be a very complicated subject. Once you learn about the topic of fractals you will never look at the world the same way again.
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The book is well written, though and I do agree with much that he says about the 'Phi' connection and how patterns harmonically keep repeating throughout the universe.
All-in-all a good, interesting read and well worth anyone's time.
It is great to be open minded!
Zu allererst muss ich sagen, dass dies das erste Buch von Gregg Braden ist, das ich gelesen habe. Er ist mir jedoch ein Begriff von seinen diversen Vortragsreihen, die alle auf Youtube zu finden sind, und die ich dort auch in ihrer Gesamtheit gesehen habe. Ich gehe mal davon aus, dass einem Leser dieser Rezension Gregg Braden bereits ebenso ein Begriff ist, sowie das Thema ‚2012‘, insofern werde ich darauf nicht näher eingehen. Hier nur meine Pros und Cons zu dem Buch:
+) Es liest sich sehr leichtgängig(Englisch-Kenntnisse vorausgesetzt;-)) und hat den bekannten rhetorisch klangvollen Stil, wie man ihn von Gregg Braden, der ein begnadeter Vorträger ist, kennt.
+) Selbst wenn man sich noch nicht näher mit dem Thema ‚2012‘ auseinandergesetzt hat, bekommt man hier alles wesentliche gut verständlich mitgeteilt. Weder fantasiert Braden von Weltuntergangszenarien, noch verspricht er das Heil, das uns außerirdische Besucher angeblich bringen werden. Stattdessen zeigt er, dass wir unser Schicksal selbst in die Hand nehmen können, jetzt mehr als je zu vor.
+) Es ist angenehm neutral geschrieben, sprich an keiner Stelle hat man das Gefühl, der Autor predigt einem seine Weltanschauung; etwas, das in solchen Büchern nicht selbstverständlich ist.
-) Gregg Braden neigt etwas sehr zu Wiederholungen. Würde man alle redundanten Formulierungen streichen, das Buch wäre ein gutes Stück kürzer. Gerade aufmerksame Leser wird das womöglich leicht nerven. Wie auch in seinen Vorträgen hat Gregg Braden seine ‚Lieblingsformulierungen‘, die man OFT zu hören bzw. lesen bekommt.
-) Manche Dinge klingen etwas weithergeholt, wie sein ‚Time Mode Calculator‘, der anhand der fraktalen Struktur, die man überall im Universum findet, auch zeitliche Geschehnisse ‚vorauszusagen‘ vermag bzw. sagen kann, wann ‚passende Bedingungen‘ für derartige Wiederholungen herrschen werden. Grundsätzlich leitet es sich von der Fibonacci-Skala ab, die er auf zeitliche Daten anwendet. Seine ‚Beweisführung‘ ist, gelinde gesagt, löchrig. Nichtsdestotrotz ist er in die Idee sichtlich ‚verliebt‘.
Mein Fazit lautet letztendlich dennoch lesenswert, alleine schon weil das Wissen relativ unaufdringlich und nüchtern vermittelt wird. Wichtiger als Konzepte wie den ‚Time Mode Calculator‘ finde ich aber die generelle ‚Botschaft‘ von Braden, dass wir uns nämlich weder von Untergangsprophezeiungen verunsichern, noch von Heilsversprechungen euphorisieren lassen sollen. Stattdessen liegt die Entscheidung an uns, was 2012 und- noch wichtiger!- die Zeit danach bringen wird.