Evolver: 2012, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Dimensional Shift

Where will you be when the 5,125 year Long Count Calendar of the Classical Maya ends on December, 21, 2012? Will you be hiding in an underground cave from global cataclysm and magnetic polar reversal? Will you be entering a multidimensional realm of hyperspace triggered by mass activation of the pineal gland? Will you be picking up the pieces of a ruined world or dancing the night away at the party at the end of time?

Considering that nobody knows what’s going to happen in 2012, the end of the Mayan Calendar functions as a tremendously intriguing meme upon which we can project our hopes and fears, dreams and desires. Hollywood has now offered up a massive collective shadow projection in the form of a $250 million disaster epic that takes the aesthetics of annihilation to a new pitch of perfection.  Paradoxically, this doom-riddled blockbuster could create a great opening to offer an alternative vision of what 2012 could be for our planet. Potentially, 2012 could represent the coming-to-consciousness of the human species, in which we take responsibility for our role as agents of conscious evolution.

A rising grassroots movement now realizes we can no longer expect governments, corporations, or any outside authority to create the beautiful world we long to live in. We have to do it ourselves. This growing network of Evolvers, Burners, Bioneers, Transition Towners, and others are developing new cooperative networks that can help heal our planet while providing sustainable solutions to the disastrously unsustainable economic and political systems that disempower people, keeping them asleep.

For this month’s Spore, over thirty cities will host conversations on 2012 and the evolution of consciousness, including “counter-screenings” to Sony Pictures’ 2012 world-catastrophe film.

Spores may preview a portion of Mangusta Productions upcoming feature-length documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and starring 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl author Daniel Pinchbeck, along with a section of the disinformation documentary 2012: Science our Superstition, produced by Gary Baddeley.

In addition, current bestselling 2012 Story author John Major Jenkins will give a short video presentation for those participating in the Spores. Afterward, we will discuss indigenous prophecies and global transformation, and how to prepare ourselves and our communities for rapid changes to come.

We sincerely hope you can attend the upcoming Spore: Click here to find the Spore near you, or email jonathan [at] evolver [dot] net to start your own.

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  • Word Eater

    Just another X Day where Bob will continue to slack off on his promise to return.

    Nothing to see except naked hippies and lots of beer.

  • chinagreenelvis

    Hey, how about that; I already wrote this article. Five months ago.

    http://www.chinagreenelvis.com/brainsharts/2012

    :D

  • Dick Butkus

    Da Bears

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ blue death

    i'll be laughing my ass off on december 22, 2012 at this retarted prediction and all the cristians that warned everyone about!! this isnt the only end of the world all cristians predicted, they pretty much failed at all their other end of the world predictions. and by the way, if there was a meteor heading for eath NASA would spot it coming. and the planets aligning and giving earth a weather change, THIS ISNT THE FIRST TIME THE PLANETS HAVE ALIGNED!! there's a rumor that the goverment told cristians to make this prediction so the goverment would be prepared when something like 2012 actually accures, but thats just a rumor, i dont know. and ask me this questions, y the fuk does cristians yell out the world is going to end, WHEN THEY DONT TELL US HOW ITS GOING TO END!!! i believe in god, i do, but i dont believe what the bible or watever is telling us wats going to happen. The government is trying to control throught the bible, that wat i heard at least. im like mostly all of u, hearing all this crap on wats true or not. dont believe it. ur going to worried about it for nothing. people cant see into the future.

    • cadoyle257

      for the record, “cristians” is spelled CHRISTIANS.

  • someguy42

    Whatever it is, it's happening now, a lot of focus is landing on this. Even if absolutely nothing happens in the 1 day to the next, the world will be completely changed by this time, stemming from the initial interest in the matter.
    If we actually realize that we can create the beautiful world that government can't provide, then starting from today, imagine what the world will look like by 2012. Drastically different of course, and if it turns out to be just another day, it's because you just let it happen. Right now since no one knows what will happen, we should turn it into more of a goal, and find out how much we can achieve by this time.

    So far what I've learned is that it's not alignment of the planets, It's our entire solar system moving into a different area of the galaxy, definitely not the end.

  • http://www.realitysandwich.com/ Daniel Pinchbeck

    This article is sad. The author goes out of his way to deliberately misinterpret my ideas, and distort them beyond recognition. It seems clear that he has never taken the time to read or even open my book on the subject, which was the product of five years of thought and effort. We actually used to know each other, so he could have easily contacted me by email or called me. Instead, he preferred to attack me without exploring the actual content of my work.

    Some misunderstandings to clear up:

    1. I was not a consultant on the 2012 film and had nothing to do with it until after it was completed. Sony invited me to be part of a panel of three 2012 “experts” for a media launch in Wyoming and then for the premiere in Hollywood, after the film was made. I had a lot of mixed feelings about getting involved with this, but hoped that I would be able to use the media attention to put out a message of hope and possibility, to counteract the film’s message of destruction and passivity. I am also working on a documentary project that tries to shift the discourse around “2012” into a discussion about practical solution-oriented approaches to global problems, such as permaculture, bioremediation, and the development of alternative means for exchanging value outside of debt-based currencies issued by private banking consortiums. The teaser can be viewed here: http://www.2012timeforchange.com .

    2. I do not think that there will be a “multidimensional realm of hyperspace triggered by mass activation of the pineal gland.” That quote was taken out of context, I can only presume intentionally. I wrote a paragraph describing our Evolver Spore, a monthly gathering of people connected with the social network I helped start, http://www.evolver.net, on the theme of 2012. The write-up included an assortment of exaggerated possible outcomes, in an effort to be humorous:

    “Where will you be when the 5,125 year Long Count Calendar of the Classical Maya ends on December, 21, 2012? Will you be hiding in an underground cave from global cataclysm and magnetic polar reversal? Will you be entering a multidimensional realm of hyperspace triggered by mass activation of the pineal gland? Will you be picking up the pieces of a ruined world or dancing the night away at the party at the end of time? Considering that nobody knows what’s going to happen in 2012, the end of the Mayan Calendar functions as a tremendously intriguing meme upon which we can project our hopes and fears, dreams and desires.” By the way, this was promotional copy and not taken from one of my authored pieces.

    3. I never claim to be an expert on indigenous people or on Mayan culture. My book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl tells the story of how I became fascinated by the prophetic tradition of indigenous cultures like the Maya and Hopi. This came out of my exploration of shamanism, and my realization that shamanic practices have validity. Therefore it seemed necessary to explore the knowledge of indigenous cultures in a way that didn’t dismiss their ideas as superstition or folktale. As a Western thinker, I felt it was important, and valid, to seek the points of juncture between our modern philosophical tradition and what can be directly experienced through shamanic initiation, which is what I tried to do in the book. I never claim to speak for indigenous people. As a thinker, however, I do believe I have the right to speak for myself.

    4. “…we’re on the verge of transitioning …” It is telling that Dery does not bother to quote from my work directly, but instead uses a NY Times quote, which already presents a distorted version of what I was hoping to convey. As Dery must know, journalists have a lot of power in how they choose to present ideas and information, and can use tone and rhetoric to influence the reader’s perception of any particular idea or personality. As I have written, I believe we are moving toward an integration of the empirical, rational approach of Western scientific knowledge with the intuitive and psychic wisdom traditions of shamanic cultures and Eastern philosophy such as Vedanta, Taoism, and Buddhism. As Dean Radin and others have analyzed, there is good scientific evidence for the validity of psychic phenomena. In the future, one may hope that explorations of human psychic capacities will become a legitimate and accepted object of science. I think it is conceivable that this exploration will be part of a deeper shift in our civilization’s fundamental paradigm.

    5. Rather than thinking we will be magically transported through a psychic portal in 2012, what I have proposed through my work is exactly the opposite. I think we are being challenged, individually and collectively, to become more conscious about our behavior as a species, and to develop a sustainable way of life before we have degraded the integrity of the biosphere to the point where global cataclysm becomes inevitable. Recognizing that our media was constricting the debate around many issues, my company launched Reality Sandwich ( http://www.realitysandwich.com ) two years ago, to allow for more voices and ideas to come forth. We have published, and continue to publish, many skeptical pieces, in an effort to broaden the discourse.
    Recently, we launched http://www.evolver.net, a social network, to help facilitate the process of social transformation that will happen as more and more people awaken to the destructive nature of our current system. We are seeking to help build off-line communities, and disseminate information about practical actions people can take to make a positive change to themselves and their world, from taking permaculture classes to participating in shamanic ceremonies.

    As a last note, it should be understood that the contemporary Maya did not maintain an unbroken tradition of using the Long Count Calendar, which points to December 2012 as the end of a 5,125-year cycle. Modern archaeologists have reconstructed this. In an interview with me for our film, Michael Coe, Yale archaeologist, acknowledged that the approaching end of this cycle was recognized by the Classic Maya as a transition between one World Age and the next, a cyclical process of destruction and recreaction, described in the Popol Vuh, their creation myth. Therefore, visiting a contemporary Mayan priest may not shed much light on this particular subject. I did visit the Hopi, who have similar oral prophecies and may have been connected with the Maya many centuries ago by trade routes, and spoke with one of their elders – his ideas are presented in the last section of my book.

    • http://disinfo.com ralph

      This text was drafted by Evolver.net and asked to be posted on disinfo.com in order to help publicize the Evolver Spore events of November 2009. For those of you who were able to attend the Spore we hope you attend more in the future.

      I did attend the Spore in NYC and very much enjoyed the perspectives Daniel Pinchbeck, Joao Amorim and my colleague Gary Baddeley offered.

      Perhaps Mr. Pinchbech should take the time to read the public communications his own organization presents rather than critique those very same statements.

      • jonathanphillips

        There's some mistake here, as Daniel's comment is intended for an article on Boing Boing and not the Evolver Spore event with Disinfo, which is indeed text he drafted. Perhaps someone had put up a comment about the Boing Boing article (to which Daniel responded) and then took it down. Here's the link if anyone is interested in checking out the article or comments that Daniel is writing about.

        http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/12/mark-dery-

        We at Evovler and Reality Sandwich were very happy to partner with Disinfo for this event and look forward to doing more.

        Cheers,

        Jonathan
        Director, Evovler.net

  • CJB

    I do not think the world will end in 2012 because if you think about it, it's not very logical…
    THE MAYAN CALENDAR RESTS ITSELF AFTER 2012!!!!!! ALSO, THE MAYANS PLANNED FOR EVENTS AFTER 2012, AND ONLY HAD ONE INSCRIPTION (INCOMPLETE) THAT MENTIONS 2012, AND HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS STUPID APOCALYPSE BUSINESS. and btw, the guy who produced 2012 said theres no way the world would end, and modern-day mayans wud hav no idea wut ur talking bout if u asked them bout the apocalypse, and the modern day mayan chief said hes tierd of hearing bout this, and says it aint happenin. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    There’s some mistake here, as Daniel’s comment is intended for an article on Boing Boing and not the Evolver Spore event with Disinfo, which is indeed text he drafted. Perhaps someone had put up a comment about the Boing Boing article (to which Daniel responded) and then took it down. Here’s the link if anyone is interested in checking out the article or comments that Daniel is writing about.

    http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/12/mark-dery-on-2012-bu.html

    We at Evovler and Reality Sandwich were very happy to partner with Disinfo for this event and look forward to doing more.

    Cheers,

    Jonathan
    Director, Evovler.net

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