A DECEMBER 21, 2012 MANIFESTO
from don Oscar
"If the world is ending and the Messiah arrives, first plant a tree, and then see if the story is true." --Rabbinical Teaching
Supported and aligned, guided and inspired, awakened and welcomed, we stand at a new beginning as prophesied by our Original Peoples of the Americas. Beyond the well-known astronomical alignments, upcoming equinoctial precession and never before witnessed convergences of history, people, place, nature, and cosmos, we are now living a time of great personal and planetary responsibility. In the words of Spanish philosopher Jorge Luis Borges: "Nothing is built on stone, all is built on sand, but we must build as if sand were stone."
We are being gifted a dream of historical interlude for evolving beyond our survival based individual obsessions. We are being called into a re-Membering of ourselves as a consciously unified force for change upon Gaia. What lies ahead for humanity once December 21, 2012 fulfills its present 24 hour cycle is not a research project, not a panacea, nor a question hoping for an answer. Rather it is simply an evolutionary process, a natural unfolding and flow of our divine essence at this particular time, a flow that begins with our first breath and may not end with our last.
As humans we are inextricably bound to an ongoing river through which flows the emergence of a universal sentience that has no name, yet we persist in naming: Solstice, Yule, Kwanzaa, Channuka and, most recently, the end of the Mayan calendar. In the flow, merry or not merry, we meet and part and meet again. Yet our meetings are potent, vital, stirring, and can be life aligning, can be profoundly life transforming as the current 2012 visionary convergence has the potential to be. I believe it was Rupert Sheldrake whom I heard once say: "The way we envision the world can restore its soul, and the way in which the world is ensouled can restore our vision." Quite sage advise for a world so desperately in need of experiencing the primacy of consciousness--in other words the presence of soul--in all things material. We have models for this, ancient and new: the myth of Indra's web--the self-reflexive conscious universe--in which each point of meeting, of joining, is a spherical jewel much like a pearl, and each jewel reflects all others, a mirroring of infinitude, all things vibrating in resonance with all others, non-linear dynamics, as a "cloud of points" posited by Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine. More recently, research in a field called Complexity Theory observes the capacity of communities of bees and termites and ants and humans, to come to wisdom and adaptive sustenance together, in resonance with each other, that they are not able to hold in their individual beings, as separate from the whole.
What might you be holding, that I might be holding, that we cannot manifest in our separate selves, but may find together in a hive of process? Is this not what these times are calling us to do? These troubled, uncertain, dangerous, transforming, unpredictably shapeshifting, powerful times? Is it not the time to get to the heart, and most importantly the soul, of what it means to be a human, here and now? To be generative, hopeful, and peacefully befriend the Great Originating Mystery as we delve down into, and learn from, the alchemical sense of the sacred that informed the religious traditions at the root of our modern consumerist holiday season in the first place? Can we provide an antidote to the modern stigmata of feeling 'not enough,' that too often is sadly sought alleviation with too-muchness--more stuff, more money, more Santa's elves hyping disposable trinkets? Can we feel the real turning of the earth, of the seasons; the essential divinity within our existence? I say YES, we absolutely can!
As practitioners of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition cross-cultural shamanism our December 21, 2012 calling must be to further assess and winnow from the ancestral wisdom lineages that have shaped us, kernels of resonance that are still vital and alive, sparks of universal gnosis and earth-honoring ritual process still burning, which might, in this seemingly darkest day of the year, light the way towards a viable future, providing warmth, inspiration, and heartfelt sacred community through which we can today be, what humankind might yet become. So is my solemn decree on this apocryphal end date of the Mayan calendar. I have thus shared my fondest dream, in visionary shamanic service to the seven generations, on this 21st day of December 2012!
With loving presence,
Founder, The Heart of the Healer Foundation