Barbara Marx Hubbard was a hard act to follow but Daniel Pinchbeck (www.realitysandwich.com) managed it quite well, echoing much of what she had to say in his own very New York, bohemian intellectual way. “We are in a time of shamanic separation, initiation and rebirth, a Hero’s Journey of global proportions,” he said. Our collective rebirth on December 22, 2012, requires a public witnessing, a global synchronizing event and celebration that will anchor us in the new way of being. “We must plan a birthing moment,” he said, asking Marx Hubbard if she would help him coordinate the event, to which she readily agreed.
Pinchbeck noted that the crop circles that have been appearing this summer seem to point, through the medium of sacred geometry, the key science of ancient world, toward a dimensional shift. To illustrate his point, he described images of the Star of David and the Yin/Yang symbol, both appearing to morph into holographic, fractal variations of their more conventional selves.
After lunch, on the afternoon of the second day of the 2012 Tipping Point conference, Jose Arguelles (www.lawoftime.org) spoke about the need to shift to an organic calendar such as the one used by the Mayans, which follows the natural rhythms of human gestation with its 260 day cycles. He argued that our very minds have been colonized by the use of the Gregorian calendar which is completely fabricated and artificial, saying, “This is not a system. It’s a confusion. Anyone who follows it will be confused. We are programmed for hopeless confusion. Our sense of time divides our mind against itself. Every time we look at a clock it diminishes our telepathy and we become a little less intuitive.” He further lamented the fact that the mechanization of time leads to the mechanization of our biological functions.
Richard Tarnas (www.cosmosandpsyche.com) followed Jose Arguelles on the evening of the second day of the conference. He described how Carl Jung had prophesied in 1956 that we would soon encounter the end of an era and that a new age would be striving, struggling to be born. He saw the crisis in terms of a conflict between the “solar/masculine,” or Patriarchy, and the “lunar/feminine, a disempowered form of the feminine. “The out of balance masculine has accomplished many great things,” he said, “but what a shadow that light has caste.” He described our current state of affairs as a race between initiation and catastrophe, explaining that in indigenous cultures an initiatory experience is always an encounter with mortality which is precisely what is necessary in order to come in contact with the deepest archetypal sources of meaning. In the absence of this type of initiation, we are functional adolescents as a species.
Tarnas then asked the question, “Why do we not have rites of passage that are adequate in our culture?” His surprising answer, “Perhaps a profound evolutionary development is taking place in which the reason we don’t have initiations is because our entire civilization is going through an initiation en masse. By not having initiations, we’ve created this global pressure cooker. We’ve created a collective near-death experience in order to propel ourselves into a collective initiation and awakening.”
Tarnas called on all of us to be brave enough to undertake the shamanic descent and rebirth. This crisis is a birth process during which we need to listen with the lunar part of ourselves, the way a mother listens to her child. We need to listen to our dreams, our bodies, each other, synchronicities. Most importantly, we need to understand that all pain is birth pain. As soon as we grasp this essential, all-important fact, everything changes and how we experience suffering in our lives is completely transformed.
On the morning of the final day of the conference, Andrew Harvey (www.andrewharvey.net) spoke passionately about sacred activism. “We are in the middle of an unprecedented evolutionary crisis which could very well end in our extinction,” he said. There are two faces to this crisis: a great death, or dark night of the soul, and a great birth. He warned that the birth of a truly embodied humanity is not certain and that anyone who believes it is certain will not rise to the challenges confronting us at this time. Only a real near-death experience will provide the initiatory event that is needed. A pretend one won’t do.
According to Harvey, the way through this crisis is to ask ourselves, “What of all the causes in this burning world breaks my heart the most?” Go on asking this question like a fierce koan, he said, until you get to the place where you really connect with something in deep suffering and heartbreak. Once you have your answer, take action and don’t let anything get in your way, especially the shadow part of yourself that “couldn’t give a flying fuck about what’s going on in the world” and will attempt to sabotage your efforts to make a positive difference.
FloradeMayo (www.grandmotherscouncil.com), a Mayan elder, ended the conference with a ceremony honoring Jose Arguelles for his tireless efforts to introduce the Mayan calendar to the modern world, after which she shared the following vision:
"A being in a red cape approached me. I looked into his face and saw only white light. The being said, ‘I have a gift for you.’ He gave me an egg, a large, clay egg, about forty pounds. I said to the egg, ‘You are love. There is nothing but love. Love is all there is.’ I started this chant. The sand, the earth around the egg started breaking away from it and I started crying. As I continued to embrace the egg with love, underneath the earth was this crystalline substance. It almost looked like fresh snow. Tears were coming out of my eyes and I continued to send love out into the Cosmos. After all of the crystalline white fell out, a baby emerged. I’ve never seen such a beautiful baby. Everything was perfect. The baby was doing this baby movement. It had little wings. I said, ‘What a beautiful baby.’ The more I looked, I said, ‘You are a Golden Baby.’ I cried to my Beloved and I said, ‘Beloved, we have a Golden Child.’ I said to the baby, ‘You are so perfect and so beautiful.’ The baby opened its beautiful, almond eyes. As it opened its eyes, I realized it was an androgynous baby. I cried some more and said, ‘Beloved Creator, thank you.’ When the baby opened its eyes fully I could see the entire Universe. I sat there and I cried. I was so mesmerized by the beauty of this baby’s eyes. I dove into the eyes of the baby and I journeyed into the Universe. Afterwards, I came back into my body and I’m not the same. The vision of the Golden Child means the time is here. We have got to unite. The Golden Child is appearing everywhere. Other people are having similar visions. We must unite now. We must unite."
(To be continued…)