2012 and Beyond: A New Species of Humanity

by Stephen Knapp

When it comes to the consideration of the year 2012, and the special date of December 21, it all evolves around the Mayan calendar. People everywhere are focused on this date to some degree or another. Some people feel we are going to enter a new age, a new awareness, or maybe the earth as we know it will come to an end.

However, in February of 2006 at a conference in Jaipur, India, called “Spirituality Beyond Religion” in which participants from over 30 of the world’s older indigenous cultures gathered to share, learn, study, and pray together. That is where I met Vocatelo Tyu, a Mayan elder from Guatamala who had a few things to tell all of us about the prophecies connected with the Mayan calendar and the year 2012.

First he explained that the ending of the Mayan calendar in 2012 is no different than if someone simply did not make a new calendar after the date of December 31 of any given year. It does not mean that the world is going to end, as some people seem to propose, but that it was merely the end of that cycle, which was not continued in another calendar. He explained that the world would go on, and not to worry.

However, he was a little upset that when the Western researchers found the calendar, they did not confer with the Mayan elders at the time. Because of that, there was a time discrepancy between the Mayan calendar and the western time calculations. This meant that the date of December 21, 2012 may not be accurate, and may be off by several years. This means that the ending of the Mayan cycle could very well be in some other year, possibly 2015 or even 2020. But now the focus is on the year 2012.

He specifically explained that even though some people are depending on the idea that the world may end in 2012, he hoped that people would not be too upset if the year 2012 passes and nothing happens.

After I heard what he had to say, I thought it was quite profound to understand this directly from a Mayan elder. Therefore, the world will go on and we need to continue with our plans and development, especially our spiritual development. And for those who are putting so much emphasis on 2012 as the time for a grand awakening or the entrance into some new cycle, we still  must decide where we go from here?

Naturally, if everyone is intent on the meaning and purpose of 2012, it can certainly help the planetary awakening if people try to increase their awareness, and their focus on cultural or spiritual unity. Thus, in some ways, such intent can create a type of self-fulfilling prophecy, or at least an upliftment of social harmony and cooperation. There can be nothing bad about that. And if this is what we get out of 2012, this would certainly be a positive benefit. But what happens beyond that?

The fact is, whether we give credit to anything connected with 2012 or not, it is still up to humanity to bring about a new era, or what could be called a new species of humanity. This new species will not be based on physical changes but on the development of a new spiritual consciousness, and the goal of working toward the perfection of human life both materially and spiritually. This new species of humanity are those who are not afraid to investigate higher dimensions of reality, new areas of spiritual experiences that are beyond the limitations of conventional and fear-based religions [those that urge the obedience to their principles based on the wrath of God]…

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