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Citizen of the world

Chugging along during the first month of January 2013, people seem to have gone about their business of daily life assuming the world is not going to end….at least not today.

Of course none of us know that for sure, for the bottom line I believe is stated in the bible, that our days our “numbered as the hairs on our head” or something to that effect.

Still, having studied with Barbara Marx Hubbard last summer, I have not lost my cosmic view of things and gained quite a lot, I think by continuing to be stimulated by this wider view of our existence.  News about space, galaxies, the sun, stars, moons and planets alert my antennae now. I gather bits of information both on the cosmos and evolutionary knowledge and tuck it away as “current events” rather than something of old that remains the same.

It is occurring that much is changing in, around, and through us as a very rapid pace at this point of our long, historical record in time.

Just as with Y2K, there was some joking going on, at the expense of the Mayan culture, when January 1, 2013 came and went and time marched forward without a catyoclysmic event. Yet that is not to say we don’t have a solar super storms charged cosmos, set for more displays of its awesome powers and effects on the universe. That is not to say constant, new and mindboggling discoveries are being made everyday from the technologies of Hubble in space.

And that is not to say, according to National Geographic in its June 2012 edition that the Mayans ever said that the world was going to end. According to William Saturno, on a mission to document and preserve Mayan cave paintings at the classic Mayan site of Xultun:

                                   “My hunch is that this may have been a workspace or
teaching space for scribes, artists, or scholars. They
were working things out for later public consumption.
…done in A.D. 813, 75 years before Xultun’s final

                                  “When my colleagues and I studied four columns of
huge numbers, we realized these were calculations
based on the Maya calendar and astronomy that
projected 2.5 millions days — some 7,000 years —
into the future.”

                                   “A lot of the Maya lowlands had already fallen silent.
The collapse had begun, but at Xultun, folks were
going about business as usual, but there was an
undercurrent of anxiety. They wanted to tie events
in their king’s live to larger cosmic events.”

Saturno says they wanted to show that the king would be ok.  He said, in this, the Maya predicted that the world would continue. That was their point. They didn’t predict the end of the world. They said:

“there would be cycles, new beginnings– but never endings. They Maya were looking for guarantees that nothing would change. “The numbers on the walls are calculations of when the same cosmic events would happen in the future. “

We, on the other hand, he says, keep looking for data that predicted endings, and concludes that this was not the mindset of the Maya.

In the same National Geographic is a large photographic article on the “stormy sun.” In the same way that the ancient Maya attempted to track and “predict” future cosmic events, expert scientists of space are solely dedicated to the activities and earthly effects or threats of the firey sun. “The sun rings like a bell in millions of distinct tones,” says Mark Miech of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Bolder, Colorado. Scientists tune in to solar sound waves to detect active regions days before they bubble up to the surface.

“The morally right thing to do once you’ve identified a threat of this magnitude is to be prepared….Not preparing for it has intolerable consequences.” Karel Schrijver. The scientists say space weather is where terrestrial weather was 50 years ago.

So forecasters concentrate on forecasting storm’s potential strength and its likely arrival time, giving vulnerable systems time to prepare.

Sounds like something the Mayan’s were trying to do without today’s technology.


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