As I contemplate the relevance and possibilities of Dec. 21, 2012 from Mayan country in Tulum, Mexico, I thought I’d offer up the original intro to the cover story that I wrote for this week’s Bay Guardian, which was edited out because my editor thought people might not be open to the information that followed. What do you think? Are we ready to imagine a new era and then make it happen:
Imagine a world where humans feel deep connections to one another and the planet. That’s the first step. It begins with our imagination and then we begin to make it our reality. To unify at the top of the proverbial pyramid, where we remember our past and envision our collective future, could start with a magical moment. Or it could come from our recognition that it’s just time to travel a different path. Either way, it’s up to us to create our future. We’re already doing it. Just read the news, if you can bear it. Global warming, mass extinctions, fiscal cliffs, social unrest – now stop and turn the channel, because we’re also writing another story. Through technological innovation, community empowerment, spiritual yearning, social exploration, and global communication we’ve already entered a new era. What does it look like? Well, it looks a little different to each of the billions of people who populate this planet, but we can start with a focus on solutions instead of problems. It’s a simple flip. Once we make it, we can enter an exciting and empowering new reality beginning to unfurl before those willing to see it, right now, this week, on December 21, 2012. That’s a date charged by prophecy and mysticism, both derived from observing the cosmos. It’s also a date that popular culture has infused with layers of conflicting meaning, from Hollywood-style doomsday scenarios to New Age predictions that we’ll suddenly become aware of vast new dimensions. It’s also just another day, followed by the longest night of the year, and a fine time to set our intentions for the lengthening, brightening days to come. So before we explore the fascinating terrain of 2012 predictions and possibilities, let’s imagine the world we want. How about a world where we cooperate instead of just competing, where we live in harmony with the natural world, where we let go of old dogmas and divisions that are no longer serving us, replacing them with new models infused with energy from our hearts instead of just our heads? Maybe your vision is similar, or perhaps it’s different, but let’s all take a moment to just breathe and imagine the world we want. Then let’s have a conversation, and see whether we can take advantage of this energetic moment to will our shared vision into being.