We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Pittsburgh’s Role In The 2012 Prophesies, The Mayan Calendar, And The Arrival of The New Age – Part I

The phrase, “we are the ones we have been waiting for,” comes from the final lines of a prophetic message sent out from the Elders of the Hopi, “the People of Peace,” regarding the challenging times we are now going through. The knowledge of humanity’s risk of self-destruction as we struggle to evolve beyond greed, domination and fear was foreseen by the prophetic traditions of many Indigenous Americans, many generations ago. So what are the ancient “2012 prophecies?” Where do they come from and what do they say about our current times? What is the predicted “new age?” What is the ancient Mayan Calendar and why is it getting such attention now, in light of these predictions of a shift of the ages? Do women have a special role in all this? Why does Pittsburgh play such an important geographic role in these prophecies and evolutionary shifts? What do Pittsburghers need to understand, and what do we need to do, to be a vital part of this grand evolutionary process? These critical issues bear further exploration. What Are The 2012 Prophecies The term “2012 prophecies” has come to refer to the rich prophetic traditions of several Indigenous American peoples, such as the Hopi, Seneca, Cherokee and Maya. The 2012 date itself comes from the end date of Mayan Calendar, which represents its own prophetic system. Many tribal prophecies, some of which have been fulfilled, and some of which are still in process, correspond to the Mayan Calendar predictions through their ancient system for tracking cycles of creation. For generations, the Indigenous peoples had to deal with the destruction of their wisdom. In order to ensure the survival of their sacred teachings, a Council of Elders of Red Nations of North, South and Central America was called 500 years ago. At that time prophetic teachings were hidden and protected by secret societies, to await a time when people would be open to hear and learn. Within the past 30 years, the tribal “spirit-ancestors directed their people to reveal these hidden teachings to those of good will who will listen,” (personal communication, 1994, Twyla Nitsch, Medicine Woman of the Seneca Wolf Clan). These prophecies are increasingly being revealed. The earliest Native American prophesies told of the arrival of the Europeans, their cultural domination, and the near destruction by White people of native ways and wisdom of living in harmony with Earth. Their prophesies foretold a time of increasing darkness, as materialism would replace ethics, and technological and material developments would bring levels of pollution and imbalance such that our future survival would be at stake. Finally, high-tech cultures are beginning to seriously scrutinize our “progress.” Are we really progressing? We are living an interesting paradox: the progression of the Western-led industrial, technological and informational revolutions that have generated so many benefits, simultaneously have been creating nightmares of overwhelming problems we cannot seem to correct. The list of complex and overwhelming problems accompanying our progress is huge. Global warming is intensifying our weather patterns and has produced hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and droughts of incomprehensible severity. Terrorism, arms proliferation, wars, unsustainable materialism, pollution, corrupt leaders, unchecked greed, a growing gap between the rich and poor, threats of Avian flu leaping to humans, HIV-AIDS, violence and sexual abuse of women and children, serious violence perpetrated even by juveniles, economic instability, overpopulation…it is quite a chilling list. These issues that now threaten the future of our planet are the very issues that were foreseen by many Native American tribes. The Hopi word for this condition of imbalance in which we currently find ourselves is “Koyaanisquatsi.” Their prophesies indicate that a path to survival is not guaranteed, and requires reestablishing “right relationship” with Mother Earth and all our relations, through incorporating ancient ways of living in harmony.

All of the indigenous American 2012 prophecies are similar. They all include predictions of “Earth changes,” which describe a cleansing or purging process that Mother Earth will go through, in reaction to the pollution and imbalance humans have created. This cleansing process is characterized by severe weather patterns such as increasingly intense and frequent hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts and storms, even the rising of sea levels. Many predictions include the collapse of materialism and the global economy. According to Mayan elder Carlos Barrios, who also writes about the Mayan Calendar and their prophecies, “All of the prophesies of the world, all the traditions, are converging now. There is no time for games.” He goes on to say that the Earth changes have begun in earnest, but that the prophetic year of 2012 does not mean the end of the world, as has been sensationalized. Based on the wisdom of the Mayan prophesies and their sophisticated calendar system, Barrios says, “the world will not end. It will be transformed.” In the new era, a “heavenly energy” will infuse the planet and assist a transition to peace, unity, love, sharing and respect. Separateness and divisiveness will end, and oneness will prevail. Barrios explains that the Earth changes are accelerating now, and will continue. But, he emphasizes, “it is up to the people…our attitude and actions will determine how harsh or how mild they are.” In fact, these converging native prophecies call for “people of the light” to come together and unite in some way in the service of healing and survival. Some of these prophesies say that now is the time for gathering and mobilizing women, because it is “through the voices of women that the future will be ensured.” It is a Hopi prophesy that, “When the Grandmothers speak, peace will return to the Earth, and the Earth will be healed.” Interestingly, in 2004, “The Alliance of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers” from around the world, established their proclamation of concerns and commitments to help Mother Earth, and inspired hosts of similar wise-women gatherings across the country. There is indeed a growing public awareness that the choices humanity makes during the next few years may well determine whether life as we know it will be able to continue flourishing on this planet Earth.

What Other World Teachings And Discoveries Align With These 2012 Prophecies Interestingly, these native 2012 prophecies share similarities with The Bible’s Book of Revelation; the predictions of visionaries Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus; the Mother Mary sightings at Medugorje, Yugoslavia; the Indian Vedic teachings of the Kali Yuga (the final Age of Darkness, after which we begin our return to the Golden Age of oneness with the Divine Light); the arrival of the astrological Age of Aquarius, and other world traditions. Indeed there is, as Barrios said, a convergence of prophetic thinking across all the world religions and prophetic traditions. One might discount these if considered singularly, but taken together, it cannot be wise to ignore them. In addition, all major world religions teach of a return of their Great Ones: Jesus Christ for the Christians, the Messiah for the Jews, the Future Buddha Maitreya for the Buddhists, Kalki and Krishna for the Hindus, and the Imam Mahdi and the 12th Imam for the Muslims. The Native American peoples also have such teachings: the return of the Peacemaker for the Seneca, the Pahana (True White Brother) for the Hopi, Quetzalcoatl (a Christ-figure) for the Maya. This predicted return of the Great Ones is seen by each of these religions as imminent. Some currently recognize the presence of an Ascended Master among us now, known as the World Teacher, the one to galvanize all people of goodwill, in all sectors of society, regardless of faith tradition. Many refer to him as “Maitreya.” His purpose is to assist humanity’s shift into oneness through sharing planetary resources to end poverty and hunger. Many others predict that, rather than a return of another Ascended Master at this time in history, humanity’s collective consciousness will shift to embody the teachings of these Masters– of love and unity with the divine. In fact, the so-called “shift of the ages” is often portrayed as the time when an activation of “Christ-consciousness”— of compassion and oneness— occurs within all people. This “shift of the ages” addresses the astrological progression of Earth’s movement through the influence of the 12 zodiac signs in our cosmos. Each astrological age lasts approximately 2,155 years long. We are currently shifting from the astrological Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. The archetypal themes of each zodiac sign are seen as informing the next developmental stage of human consciousness. In the Piscean age, which opened 2,000 years ago with the arrival of Jesus Christ, most of humanity’s moral/emotional/spiritual evolution was in its early stages. People needed strict rules from outer authority/institutions about what to believe and how to act. During this era, people typically did not have direct access to sacred teachings, but could only receive them through religious intermediaries. With information being controlled by leaders and institutions, it unfortunately was easy to withhold or distort sacred knowledge in order to control the masses. In the Aquarian age, humans are portrayed as shifting into our capacity for direct access to knowledge and direct experience of spiritual revelation. We are moving away from outer authority, to an inner authority aligned directly with divinity. This ascended status is seen as portrayed by the Aquarian symbol of the “Water-Bearer.” Rather than being like the fish of the Piscean Age, immersed within the waters in mass-consciousness, the individual now has mastery to contain the waters of consciousness in the sacred vessel, and carry it forth. Debate is still occurring in astrological circles whether the Aquarian Age has begun already or not. Our increasing ability to receive direct knowledge and spiritual experience is being supported by the internet, TV, books and media. Also, specific 20th century discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, yielding the wisdom of the Essenes, and the lost Gnostic Gospels, of Mary Magdalene, Philip, and Thomas have been a major leap in this direction. Each text reveals ways we can access spiritual mastery through direct experience rather than through institutionally controlled and prescribed doctrine. The current ease of public access to such ancient teachings and other forms of knowledge, through the internet and other sources, is like a confirmation of the shift of consciousness we are undergoing with the arrival of the age of Aquarius. Many other ancient sources of mystical knowledge and spiritual technology, previously withheld from public access, are being revealed as well. The Kabala, or Tree Of Life, from within Judaism; the Sufi tradition from within Islam; Kundalini yoga and Shri Vidya (the knowledge of Divine Mother) from within Hinduism are examples. Recent archeological discoveries have also emerged, demonstrating the existence of world-wide, pre-historic, peaceful, Goddess-based cultures that long outlasted our merely 5,000+ years of patriarchal culture and male dominated religions. These discoveries triggered the women’s spirituality movement, which helped restore the feminine face of divinity to public awareness. New information about Mary Magdalene herself being the Holy Grail of the lost sacred feminine consciousness, as well as being the sacred partner of Jesus has also assisted this awareness. With this background, we can see that we are entering a time where ancient knowledge is emerging in new ways in support of a leap of consciousness many call “ascension” or the “shift of the ages.”

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Article References: Adovasio, J.M.; The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery, 2002 Barrios, Carlos; at www.sacredroad.org; click on sidebar link, “From the Traditions” for interviews with and articles by this Mayan Eagle Clan Ajq’ij Shaman. Calleman, Carl Johan; a key speaker at the conference on the Mayan Calendar organized by the Indigenous Council of the Americas in Mexico in 1998; author of The Mayan Calendar: Solving the Greatest Mysteries of Our Time, 2001, and The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness, 2004. McTaggart, Lynne; for her book summarizing quantum physics research that validates spiritual understandings, ancient healing, intuitive, and wisdom traditions: The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe,2002. The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers web site: www.grandmotherscouncil.com Nance and Frank’s (Pittsburgh visionaries) web site: www.twinmiracle.com Additional Readings and Resources: Women’s role in planetary healing: see Jean Shinoda Bolen’s book, Urgent Message From Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World. Braden, Gregg; his book, Awakening to Zero Point: The Collective Initiation, 1997, explores and integrates the ways that ancient knowledge and prophecy are being borne out scientifically and historically. Women and planetary action: at www.gatherthewomen.org ; organizing based on the belief that now is the time to activate the power of women’s wisdom on a planetary scale. Lungold, Ian Xen; at www.mayanmajix.com : has developed DVD’s and Mayan Calendar tools based on Carl Calleman’s work. A web site tuned into the Mayan Calendar that organizes teleconference calls to consciously manifest a world of peace, unity, wholeness, abundance, and love: www.infinityaffinity.org . Local Resources: Such as Deeksha, Transmission Meditation Groups, various forms of yoga classes, and spiritually attuned counselors can be found within the pages of this issue of Point of Light.

by Vikki Hanchin, LSW
Vikki Hanchin, LSW is a psychotherapist and workshop leader in private practice in the Regent Square area of Pittsburgh for over 20 years. Her passions are integrating ancient wisdom into modern understanding and working to reclaim the sacred feminine. She is also the Director of the YWCA Women’s Counseling Center. Contact her at vikkihanchin@yahoo.com or 412-241-7001 to attend a community dialogue on this article.