First of all, we should ask: why should we need a coherent state of consciousness? Well, it makes it more likely that spontaneous right decision-making would occur. Why? Because that higher state of consciousness draws on a higher level of organising power which would know spontaneously what to do in the circumstances. Can we say this is a higher state of consciousness?

Let’s extrapolate this several stages further. If coherent consciousness means a higher state of consciousness, then a very much more coherent state of consciousness means a very much higher state of consciousness, and the higher one goes, the closer it becomes to the highest possible, which is, let’s say, The Source, this being the source of all creation, and of all natural law.

Now, it is fairly clear to us here on Earth that there is a degree of order in the universe. There are the planets which appear to follow certain stable orbits around our sun, at a stable speed, and our Milky Way galaxy with many suns appears to have a structure which stays more or less the same over millions of years. There is also Nature which we can see in our back garden and everywhere around. There is clearly some inherent intelligence in Nature. And the more one studies this, the more intelligent Nature appears to be.

In a moment I’m going to show that there is far more intelligence in nature than we have previously recognised, and the whole of creation has a definite purpose, as well as order.

Now, everything that was created in this universe is, at some level, connected to the source of everything. It must be. It may not look as if it’s connected, but that’s because we see the physical object, not the energy field. The energy field is part of the larger energy field.

You’ve probably heard that human beings have an aura around them. The aura can be photographed. Kirlian photography popularised this. Different people have different colours in their aura. The Kirlian photograph shows that the aura fades away at its extremities. It appears to fade away completely because the quality of the photograph only shows so much. We can deduce that eventually the aura does fade away, but we can imagine that it simply merges with the larger energy in the space, the air, around it. And at every point close to the body the human energy field merges and interacts with the larger energy field around it.

When two or more people are standing close together, their energy fields interact with each other’s. We can feel it. We can sense how other people are feeling. The more we develop this, through empathy, for example, the more we can ‘read’ another’s energy. So what we are, as physical human beings, is localised, concentrated energy fields. But our consciousness is more than that, it is also non-local. Just as we can sense the energy field of someone close to us, we can sense the field of someone far away. We can develop that faculty. We could only do that on the level of energy. That energy is synonymous with consciousness because we sense outside ourselves using that energy. And in that way we can say that our energy-consciousness is connected to everything else in creation.

The spiritual masters say that our soul is a ‘spark’ of the creator. The consciousness that says ‘I am’ is an individual spark from the Light which is our Creator. The Creator sparked off countless numbers of individual sparks of light, and we are one of those. So they say.

The energy which we are, that individuated spark of energy which says ‘I am’, exists eternally until it eventually returns to its source, once it has experienced what it was created to experience. It was (we were) created to go out and explore the universe, and return full of information. Did you see the first full-length Star Trek movie in which the Voyager space probe which humanity sent out into the cosmos eventually returned to Earth as an inconceivably vast, complex, enlightened, conscious energy field comprising innumerable mechanical entities? “V—ger seeks the creator”, it said to Captain Kirk, not realising that mankind was its creator. That’s what humanity is in the process of doing, but what we are seeking is what we call God.

Now, please bear with me through this because it’s completely central to this whole thesis.

So if we can make the rather large leap to saying that whoever or whatever started the whole creation in the first place must have had an intrinsic intelligence, and probably an awareness or consciousness of what it was doing, then we can say that our own consciousness must be related to our Creator, that which created us. There is a saying from the Vedas, the ancient body of spiritual knowledge from India, ‘I am That, Thou are That, and All of This is That.’

What ‘That’ is, is spirit, Light, consciousness. Our connection with our Creator is therefore on the level of consciousness. ‘I am that consciousness’. We experience a certain amount, a spark, of our creator’s consciousness. And it is apparently inherent within us to strive to make that connection stronger, to reconnect with our creator. But are we really capable of doing that? Especially, are we capable of doing that on our own? I believe the answer to that is yes, and it is part of human nature to be striving to do this all the time.

Okay, that was me using a degree of logic to attempt to explain, in exceedingly sketchy terms, something that far more enlightened people than myself have failed to explain effectively at any time in known history. Why should I make such a statement? Because we ordinary people are not knowingly connected to our creator to any great extent. Despite the great teachers such as Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and well-known others, we are not sufficiently connected to our creator that we have learned to live at the level of our full potential and create a peaceful, loving, compassionate, joyous, creative society – at least, not sufficiently so.

So, what does it take? What does it take to gear up our consciousness to the level where we enjoy spontaneous right action, where our daily lives are so much more in accordance with the universal order that we live our lives in a much more ideal way?

What it takes, it seems, is time.

Time, it seems, is part of the divine order of things, at least at our level, here in this space-time continuum. And to see how time follows a divinely-ordered timetable, we need to look at the Mayan Calendar.

The Mayan Calendar ends on 21st December 2012, according to most exponents. There is one principal exponent, Swedish scientist Carl Johan Calleman, who argues that the calendar ends on 28th October 2011, and I trust Carl Calleman greatly, but we’ll leave the argument to one side for now. Carl Calleman has endorsed the theory of Jose Arguelles who was the first to describe the Mayan Calendar as a timetable for the evolution of consciousness, and Carl has plotted the known historical record against the Mayan Calendar to show that human history has unerringly followed the Mayan Calendar to a hitherto unknown extent. What this means, by implication, is that when the calendar ends in 2012, the evolution of human consciousness will be complete, and thereby we will enjoy fully developed consciousness and be re-connected to our divine creator.

If this seems in any way unlikely to you, let me propose that the reason why you are reading this is that you are interested in the development of consciousness, something that many people are also interested in at this time, in one way or another. Other manifestations of this might include an interest in alternative medicine, yoga, meditation, angels and various ‘new age’ topics. Such things have been identified as the manifestation of the rising Age of Aquarius, the ‘New Age’.

However, is it really conceivable that in the space of under seven years, from today as I write, in January 2006, to the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012, we can transform our level of consciousness so greatly that we would live in an enlightened world, a new Golden Age?

The answer to this, I am assured, is yes, and I will now begin to explain why this is apparently so.

The Mayan Calendar describes time as cycles which repeat themselves ever faster. That is, each next cycle moves twenty times faster than the cycle preceding it. It follows a path of exponential growth.

The Mayan Calendar consists of nine main cycles starting about 16 billion years ago at approximately the time of what we call the Big Bang when, according to the Bible’s Book of Genesis, the Lord said ‘Let there be light’ and the physical universe began. That first cycle, which Calleman has named ‘The Cellular Cycle’, denoting the time when the first cells of matter began to form, ends, according to the Mayan Calendar, on 21st December 2012, so you can see that we’re talking in big, big concepts when we’re talking about that 16 billion-year-cycle ending in seven years time, in 2012. As you probably already know, the Mayan Calendar does not work according to our Gregorian calendar, and we are merely translating Mayan time into Gregorian time to find the date 21st December 2012.

The second cycle, ‘The Mammalian Cycle’ according to Calleman, denoting when the first mammals appeared, started about 820 million years ago, with the evolutionary process moving 20 times faster than in the first cycle, and also ends on 21st December 2012, as all the cycles do. Or on 28th October 2011 as Carl Calleman argues.

The previous cycle to the 20x-accelerated one we’re in today, in 2006, started in 1756, around the time that the Industrial Revolution began. It lasts for about 256 years. Calleman calls this ‘The Planetary Cycle’, culminating in a global consciousness of the planet as an ecosphere in its own right, ‘Gaia’, and the emergence of global awareness of the need for environmental sustainability.

The cycle we’re in now started in 1999, the time when the Information Age really got into its stride. This cycle, proceeding twenty times faster than the preceding, lasts about 13 years. In these 13 years there will be as much evolution taking place as in the first 16 billion years. This, remember, is evolution of consciousness, not physical evolution. Calleman calls this ‘The Galactic Cycle’ when he predicts mankind will attain an awareness of our place in the galaxy. This might include contact with extraterrestrials, though Calleman restricts himself to the likelihood of finding planets orbiting other suns, possibly life-bearing planets if they follow a near 360-day annual rotation like ours.

And then the final cycle, which Calleman calls ‘The Universal Cycle’, starts in February 2011 and lasts just a few months, after which the whole process will be complete and a Golden Age will begin.

In terms of exponential growth, the curve will have reached a vertical phase at that time. This means that, in effect, time will cease to exist, but will become an eternal ‘Now’. You may be aware that many spiritual masters have described time as an illusion and, according to their reality, past, present and future co-exist in an eternal ‘Now’. This is consistent with what appears to lie ahead for us: the calendar will stop in time, and our consciousness will have risen to the level where we perceive time to be an illusion.

Or, that time goes in cycles, at different speeds, rather than in a straight line at the same rate. And time is a construct in that particular universe, rather than a universal absolute. It’s still difficult to imagine, isn’t it.

So during the next seven years, the evolution of our consciousness will progress at an inconceivably rapid pace. If so, how? And surely we would be experiencing this now, today? If so, in what ways are we experiencing it? What will this mean for our daily lives? What changes will it bring? Ah, questions, so many questions.

I will begin to describe how these changes will manifest in our daily lives, but first I need to give some more background about what is going on. The Mayan Calendar is not the only source of information about what is happening today. Up to a point, it’s a case of ‘all roads lead to Rome’, but were it ever so simple….

Firstly a little more about the Mayan Calendar, which for me was a stepping stone to another way of looking at things: western astrology, with its signs of the zodiac and personal horoscopes etc.

Carl Calleman has written a number of books, two of which have been published widely. The second of these, ‘The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness” was published in 2004. As an active supporter of Carl, I helped in the publication of this book by proof-reading it before its printing in the USA, and of course this gave me an early (free!) look at the material it contained.

I invited Carl to England for the UK launch of his new book, shortly prior to a major event taking place in June 2004, the Venus Transit. This was the passage of Venus over the face of the sun. It wasn’t an eclipse because Venus is far too small to hide the sun, but in any terms it was an important astrological and astronomical event, occurring only 120 years or so in a pair of Venus Transits 8 years apart. The second of the pair will therefore take place in 2012, a year pregnant with fate, it seems.

Carl described the significance of these Venus Transits in great detail in his new book, as he had in his first book, as doorways into the higher state of consciousness. What I found particularly interesting was his belief that Venus represents the feminine principle (Venus synonymous with Goddess of Love etc.), and that the transit would stimulate our right brain hemispheres, the part of our brain which is understood to mediate feminine qualities such as intuition, nurturing, spirituality, community, creativity and the holistic approach.

Carl saw this as an extremely important development for the human brain, balancing the two hemispheres which hitherto had historically favoured the left hemisphere which mediates masculine characteristics such as analytical thinking, calculation, sequential logic, individualism, materialism and power. The imbalance of left-brain dominance is what has given us a patriarchal, hierarchical society since at least the time of the ancient Egyptians.

So apart from the possibility of transforming our society through a balancing of masculine and feminine energies, the stimulation of the right brain hemisphere especially in men should also have the effect of raising consciousness by opening up aspects of ourselves that we had no idea existed.

This would benefit women as well, because many women, whom one would expect to be naturally right-brain- dominant, have adopted a pseudo-masculine approach to life, living as they have done in a masculine-oriented world. It has been difficult for women to be truly feminine in a world which, to all intents and purposes, operates in an overwhelmingly masculine way. The benefit to women would be that now they can be truly feminine because increasingly the value of feminine characteristics will become more evident especially to men.

As a short aside from that, I seem to have a particular connection with the Venus Transit that I’d appreciate some help in explaining. The Transit on 8th June 2004 took place when the sun and Venus were at 17 degrees Gemini. In my birth chart I also have Venus at 17 degrees Gemini, and my sun sign is Leo, with my sun at 0 degrees, sextile to Venus. I am, and always have been, I believe, right-brain dominant, which is unusual for a man, and I am left-handed. Left-handedness seems to be a right-brain function, though not always so, apparently. So in some ways I seem to be the very embodiment of the Venus Transit, having talked about it on local radio, BBC Radio Stoke, as I did with Carl Calleman when he was here, and by myself just prior to me hosting a group meditation and celebration at the precise time of the Venus Transit. What is that connection all about, I ask myself. If anyone knows, please tell me!

So, getting back on track, the Mayan Calendar has at least some common ground with western astrology.

Western astrology does also talk about a passage into a New Age. We have been talking about the Age of Aquarius since the 1960s when actors were cavorting naked on stage in “Hair” – “When the Moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace shall guide the planets, and love will steer the stars, this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius….”. Well, not quite. The Age of Aquarius according to western astrology is really dawning more about this time now. But no-one seems entirely sure about this. In fact just less than a week ago from the time I write this, an American astrologer, Mark David Gerson described January 20th 2006, when the sun entered the sign of Aquarius, as the day for: “your walk through the Aquarian Earth Gateway into the New Earth, the Heaven on Earth of your own Ascension, the legendary Age of Aquarius”.

Some astrologers have talked about the profound influence of Pluto in Sagittarius as the gateway to the Age of Aquarius. Pluto entered the sign of Sagittarius on January 18th 1995 and will remain until January 26th, 2008. The Pluto in Sagittarius cycle provides the catalyst for universal regeneration. “Like the centaur (half-man, half-horse), aiming high with his arrow, we are compelled to transform our preconceptions to create a world of tolerance on many levels. This is Pluto in Sagittarius! Rising out of the darkness to see the light . . .” Others point to the winter solstice (December 21st) 2012, the date on which most people agree the Mayan Calendar will end, as the key entry-point to the Age of Aquarius.

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