In light of recent events...
In 2012 the world will end because the Mayan calendar says so.
Not really, of course. But we shouldn't let that stop us having a few panic attacks between now and then. After all, what is the use of a good doomsday scenario if one can’t get a little terror out of it?
Some New Age teachings take the reverse idea and say that 2012 will be the beginning of a new era, a rebuilding into something new. The New Age version is closer to the actual Mayan belief structure. In the Mayan calendar, 2012 is the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one.
Yet to put it a bit harshly, both the pessimists and the optimists are delusional.
The ego fears death, and the idea that the end is coming in 2012 is a projection of the ego and its fear of annihilation. But the so-called optimists are also deluded. There will be no renewal, and no mass enlightenment for most of humanity in 2012. The idea of the coming of the glorious age is equally a projection of the ego. It’s a trick that the ego sets up to escape the present moment. And it is only ever in the present, here and now, that Heaven is found. It is not up there, beyond, or coming next week. Enlightenment cannot be achieved or reached. But Grace can be permitted by relaxing fully into the moment.
The greatest teacher of presence that I know is Australian mystic Leonard Jacobson (www.leonardjacobson.com). I have met Leonard on two occasions, and meditated with him. It was a powerful experience that I have never forgotten. His teaching is so simple that many miss it. The ego, in its haste for enlightenment, or the next spiritual fix, will look right past Leonard, and on to the next book, the next, healer, the next New Age.
There is no New Age.
There is only now. Today is the day you allow peace, or it is never. But do you want it badly enough?