2012: The re-birth of human conciousness?
The universe is set in its mathematical, natural order – an order we cannot disturb or manipulate – containing cycles that fluctuate in time and space relevant to our being. The next change is just around the corner. Resistance is ignorance.
This idea summarizes Daniel Pinchbeck’s “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” an open-ended observation of human consciousness and the changing world, based on a Mayan prophecy – the first culture we know to map time.
Appearing on “The Colbert Report” in December, Pinchbeck denied the assertion he is the next Timothy Leary, a consciousness advocate from the early 60s loaded on years of LSD experiments (some personal), and he damn near became California’s governor.
In the book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” the late Hunter S. Thompson writes: “What [Timothy] Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole lifestyle that he helped create – a generation of permanent cripples [and] failed seekers who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody – or at least some force – is tending the light at the end of the tunnel.”
For Pinchbeck, that assumption exists, but “2012” unfolds similar to “Fear and Loathing,” beginning as a sober assessment of history, religion, culture and mysticism, becoming a drug-induced journey through the human psyche, with – naturally – Pinchbeck as the vessel. And yes, Pinchbeck addresses who the force tending the light might be (aliens).
“Instead of negating the conflicting aspects of a paradox, you advance your understanding when you can hold both sides of a dichotomy in your mind at the same time, reconciling rather than negating,” he writes after describing higher intelligence from other worlds in the universe.
He writes of his mind-altering, psychedelic journeys, his religious conversion to Shamanism, his relationship with his “partner” and child, all used to flush out the book’s ever-enveloping premise – the fifth cycle of the Mayan calendar ends Dec. 21, 2012, and an inevitable rebirth of human consciousness will transform the modern world, catapulting human thought into a new era, back to the first of five cycles.
“By closing the gap between science and myth, rationality and intuition, technology and technique, we might also understand the form that change would take,” Pinchbeck writes. “Such a shift would not be the ‘end of the world,’ but the end of a world, and the opening of a next.”
A course in Asian philosophy, experiments with psycho-active drugs and reading his 2002 marvel, “Breaking Open the Head,” which describes his metaphysical conversion from a big-city religious and spiritual skeptic to a Shaman, might help in understanding “2012.”
Throughout, Pinchbeck maintains enough optimism, healthy skepticism and a sense of humor not insulting the reader’s intelligence while challenging conventional wisdom, mending our dualistic realm into its natural balance of center, a talent few writers have.