image of cover page of The Rational person's guide to the Mayan Apocalypse

Happy (Mayan) New Year!

image of cover page of The Rational person's guide to the Mayan Apocalypse

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While last week’s “Mayan Apocalypse” was more like a tempest in a teacup, it might be worthwhile taking a look at another interpretation of the “Mayan New Year”.
The one I particularly like is that, having entered the Age of Aquarius, according to the Mayan Astrological calendar, we should, as a planet, experience a shift in thinking from the “fear and need” feelings represented by our lower 3 chakras to the “enlightened” thinking of the expanding upper 4 chakras – the heart, throat, brow and crown.
I know this likely sounds like so much gobbledygook, but if you look at it in a different light, it makes a lot of sense.
The ancient Mayans were obsessed with Math, Astronomy and Astrology. They were a multi-theistic society and very spiritual as a culture. They would have “Spirit Journeys” assisted by chewing on coca leaves and drinking their version of a fermented alcohol drink.

December 21, 2012 marked the beginning of the Mayan Long Year and much of their writings concentrated on the fact that this would be the End of the World as we know it. That we would be entering a world where…..break into song…….
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derision
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!
Oh, sorry! Couldn’t help myself! (lyrics from Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by the Fifth Dimension, 1967)
First off: What are chakras? From both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions chakras are believed to be the energy centres responsible for carrying our vital life force, or qi, around to the various parts of our bodies along meridian lines, loosely corresponding to our nervous system. Acupuncture is based on the stimulation of certain points on the meridian lines by thin needles in order to positively affect the organ or gland corresponding to it.
According to some interpretations the first or lower 3 chakras have affected the earth and how we treat it for eons – as past and present warring cultures have acted from feelings of deficiency and fear for basic survival, causing countries to go to war over resources and land, causing us to rip the earth up for precious metals, oil and wood and using our very basic needs related to our sex instincts to sell everything from cars to alcohol. These 3 lower chakras start from the base of the spine or root chakra, which governs the adrenal medulla and gives us our fight or flight response, to the sacral chakra, which governs the sex hormones and gives us our primal instincts but is also responsible for violent feelings and addictions, to the solar plexus chakra, which governs the adrenal glands and is responsible for feelings of personal power, fear, anxiety and caring about the opinions of others.
In the Age of Aquarius, however, our upper 4 chakras are said to be expanding and maturing.
These are, again in order from bottom to top: the heart chakra, which governs the thymus gland, which is responsible for our feelings of compassion and unconditional love for self and others, but is also responsible for our immunity, as the thymus governs our T-killer cells maturation.
Next comes the throat chakra, which governs the thyroid gland and is responsible for our communication, as well as fluent thought and spirituality.
Then comes the brow chakra, governing the pineal gland. It is responsible for our intuition and having an introspective overview of our lives.
Finally the crown chakra right at the top of our heads. This governs the thalamus gland and is responsible for our connection to our Higher Power.
If we are to believe that we are finally ready to be driven by our upper 4 chakras (I’m ready! I’m ready!) then
4th) Heart Chakra – we create community – this is becoming so evident with the gigantic rise of social media and electronic communication. Who doesn’t email nowadays? The world has become a very small place indeed as we can instantly see what calamities and disasters are happening in every part of the globe. Our heartstrings are pulled and we give to those in need. The best example of this is indiegogo.com, a crowd funding platform where ordinary people donate insignificant amounts of money that collectively helps out individuals or small businesses who have a need for temporary short-term funding.
5th) Throat Chakra – we communicate – we speak the truth and tell the world about it. The “Occupy” and Native Rights movements are peaceful protests by people who refuse to stay silent anymore.
6th) Brow Chakra – we have clarity – we feel and know that governments, oil companies, big pharma, and banking institutions are only self-serving entities and we won’t trust them anymore.
7th) Crown Chakra – we have spiritual accountability – we know that there is a Higher Power that doesn’t care if we “worship” traditionally or not. Rather than just talking about God and being pious, we go out into the world and “do” and “help” as much as we can. Also see 4th chakra, above re: indiegogo.
So, with a bit of luck, it is the end of the world as we know it and with thanks to REM:
“You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched….it’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)”

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