Real Meaning of 2012 – Part
(Excerpted and expanded from DECODING
DOOMSDAY by S. Douglass
Posted: February 10, 2010
11:00 am Eastern
by S. Douglas
2012 the End of the World?
many in our world today are frantically anticipating a
possible apocalypse, most gurus and guides of a not-so-new
spirituality associated with popular 2012 books generally
dismiss the end of
days as the likely outcome.
they predict that we are rushing inevitably toward an
historic time of transformation.
On December 21, 2012, the alignment of the earth,
sun, and galactic center (as predicted by the Maya), will
provide the impetus to remake our world and to change all of
us for the better!
the introduction to the book, The
Mystery of 2012, publisher Tami Simon declares that,
is most often described as a choice point, a time of
intensified possibility and opportunity, rather than an
apocalyptic time bomb destined to explode at midnight on
December 21, 2012… Opening to the possibilities of 2012
required us to open to mystery, to open to the powers of the
cosmos that are transhuman.”
(Emphasis mine) 
Braden, a prominent author in the 2012 “movement” (if I
may be allowed to call it that in this paper), confirms this
is nothing in any of the prophecies that tells us
unconditionally that the world itself will end on this date.
What they do say is that the world as we have known
it will enter a time of change on this date.
How we respond to that change will define how we
experience it and our lives in the next age of our
Russell, an author who attempts to bridge science
to God along the lines of this “new reality,” points
out the historical origins of 2012 wisdom:
global crisis we are now facing is, at its root, a
crisis of consciousness – a crisis born of the fact
that we have prodigious technological powers but still
remain half awake. We
need to awaken to who we are and what we really want.
human history, there have been individuals who appear to
have become fully awake.
These are the enlightened ones – the mystics,
seers, saints, rishis, roshis, and lamas who in one way or
another have discovered for themselves the true nature of
Huxley called this the “perennial philosophy” – the
timeless wisdom that has been rediscovered again and again
through the ages. (Emphasis mine) 
science supporting such transformation may be sketchy.
But in a remarkable modern leap of faith, the
proponents for this transformation remain steadfast in their
conviction. Their many manifest affirmations conclude that
the drama will not be catastrophic but cosmic.
In 2012, human beings will suddenly understand that
there is much more to the universe than materialist wisdom
allows. Soon, we
will come to appreciate how the realms of nature and of
spirit are a single reality, a union of the seen
and the unseen. From
the admonitions of Hindu avatars and the aged wise men of
Native Americans, the consensus is that our fall
from grace (metaphorically speaking), is our failure to
appreciate the underlying unity of these realms and our
tendency to dwell only on the material.
Marxism with its advocacy for naked materialism is
dead: Long live spiritism!
once unassailable standard of Christianity
in the West – holding sway for 1,400 years (from
Constantine to the Enlightenment) – served as the
philosophical basis for government, for personal and
community mores, and for cultural expression. This standard
is most certainly passé.
We now live in a thoroughly post-Christian world,
even in America. Furthermore,
the worldview of our day is advancing beyond the rigid
secularism of recent decades gone by.
Indeed, commonly-held cosmology
(i.e., the philosophical study of the nature of the
universe) is no longer purely naturalistic; disdain
for the supernatural is rapidly disappearing.
This is in spite the resurgence of radical atheism (a
la Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins) which staunchly
reflects the old views.
Winning notions of the day are conceptions of a
Hitchens and Dawkins are aberrations of our time,
aged voices of positivism,
dying a much-deserved philosophical death.
are we who call ourselves Christians to make of this new
type of spirituality? Is
2012 a watershed moment for humanity?
Moreover, underlying this call for a new spirituality
is an apparent form of humanism
upon which its advocates believe we can build a new
foundation for human society, politics, and personal
short, 2012 proposes a “humanism based upon transhumanism”
– a notion that humanity will demonstrate superhuman
abilities as a result of achieving “higher
this essay in 3 parts, we will critique both the
spirituality of “2012” advocates as well as whether
it’s “credo” is a worthy alternative basis for
the spiritual affirmations of 2012, taken as a statement
of spiritual principles and means
to interpret reality, deserve to replace Judeo-Christian
religion as the basis for Western culture?
Will 2012 serve as a catalyst to realize this
The Cosmology of 2012
the beginning of the 21st century, we’re
experiencing an unpredicted replay of the early 20th
century where occult and theosophical
pursuit’s preoccupied academia and the super-rich. Today,
popular authors amidst the general culture likewise assert
how humankind is retuning its spiritual faculty; the magical nature of reality awaits
us, ready to be explored.
Soon we will
realize the true nature of our universe – a “fantastic
reality” – what authors Pauwels and Bergier asserted in
their 1960 classic book, The
Morning of the Magicians.
No longer does space-time entrap us in a
purely physical state. We can overcome it, if
we know how. Once
initiated, those who possess higher consciousness can escape
physical limitations and interact with the transhuman
beings which surround us.
the subject of transhumanism wouldn’t be complete if we
didn’t also contemplate the secondary meaning of
higher consciousness. According
to the experts, humankind is on the verge of a major
evolutionary leap. Besides
factoring in the integration of nano-technology, artificial
intelligence, robotics, and genetic engineering into
transforming the human species (known collectively as GRIN
technologies), we should also consider the
ever-deepening and dramatic change in human perception of
spiritual reality and its transformative effects. 2012
adherents, most of whom are not
doomsday prophets but intensely spiritual spokespeople for a
new way forward, believe we have already overturned the positivism
of Western thought. Furthermore,
their “consciousness credo” is threatening to overrun
traditional monotheistic theology in the Western world. We
even see it influencing traditionally orthodox churches.
theology, as well as Islam (the three great monotheistic
religions), professes a spirituality built upon transcendent
absolutes (emphasizing the importance of law, morality, and
Christianity in particular asserts a spirituality influenced
by love – for
God, for our fellow-man, for ourselves, and (despite
environmentalists’ complaints to the contrary) for God’s
creation. But in
the 21st century, these historically dominant
religions have grown out of favor and are often blamed for
the challenges we face in the world today. “Alternative”
spirituality focuses on “higher consciousness” – which
not only condemns the consequences of our many materialistic
behaviors, but encourages
the exploration of other forms of human perception.
do we mean by “higher consciousness?”
Succinctly, it’s awakening to an entirely new view of the world and fully
participating in this supersensible realm.
recognizes that Nature is much more than what we observe
directly with our five senses.
Terrence McKenna, a “messiah” of sorts in 2012
literature, says there is an invisible
landscape that we can access.
Mediums call it “the other side.”
Aldous Huxley wrote about it in the Doors
of Perception. Jim
Morrison sung about it when he wailed, “Break on through
to the other side.” In
essence, to the 2012 enlightened, spirituality is the focus
on inner mysticism, an
ability to directly encounter supernatural beings.
By encountering this fantastic reality which its
advocates champion, we explore the essential method to
find meaning as human beings.
given the vehicle proposed to achieve this supposedly new spiritualism, should “spiritually-inclined” people get on board?
McKenna Brothers and the 2012 Leap to Higher Consciousness
In the 1970’s, Dennis and
Terrence McKenna, noted 2012 prognosticators, went on a trip
to the Amazon and studied the effects of various psychedelic
drugs on perception. They
searched (but never found) the plant known as the
“oo-koo-he” which contains a chemical substance, Dimethyltryptamine
, alias, DMT
. The common
name for the fun juice derived from it is Ayahuasca
. On their way to the oo-koo-he,
they encountered mushrooms and got stuck with them instead. But
they still experienced a great trip (in more ways than
one). With such
promising good times ahead, Dennis urged Terrence to
sample the goods (which they both ingested).
You might call it doing primary research (a
firsthand investigation – purely
for the sake of science of course), in which they
actively took part in ingesting the drugs and experiencing
their direct affects.
One of their more academic
conclusions was that when primitive humans began ingesting
this class of drugs, they “spoke in tongues” (otherwise
known scientifically as glossolalia
). These chemical
theorized that language developed in our forebears from such
experiences of exuberant expressions in which they
verbalized sounds without meaning.
All oohing and cooing aside, while being a truly
provocative position on the origination of language in
humans, at the very least it wouldn’t be the first time
that native folk were accused of taking drugs to get in the
spirit of things. However,
for McKenna, this was no laughing matter:
He echoed Dr. Timothy Leary
, the Cal-at-Berkeley professor,
intellectual leader of the “hippie movement” in
the 1960’s, and advocate for another similar drug known
popularly as LSD. Like
Leary before him who also tripped south of the border to
check out some special mushrooms, McKenna concluded that drugs
were the gateway to God.
The book that
made these brainstorms public appeared in 1975:
The Invisible Landscape
Hallucinogens and the I Ching.
According to McKenna, the coincidence of his date for
the end, December 22, 2012 and the Mayan date of December
21, 2012 was something that he couldn’t have contrived, at
least the way he tells the story.
After all, he published his book years ahead of the
doesn’t allow describing his overarching Time
Wave Theory and its linkage to the I
it to say that the late Terrence McKenna worked out a
computer algorithm which his followers believe conclusively
proves that 2012 is the moment of truth when higher
consciousness dawns for those who seek enlightenment.
given the information laid down on this pathway so far, we
can now build a chain of intellectual cause-and-effect:
Huxley led to Leary; Leary led to McKenna. Each
featured drugs as the
awakening agent for human perception, enabling encounter
with the spiritual realm – opening the door to alternative
reality. But the
chain of thinkers and drug takers doesn’t end there.
Perspective of Daniel Pinchbeck
Indeed, Huxley, McKenna and Leary
are not alone prescribing a pharmacological solution for
spiritual growth and awareness.
The Return of Quetzalcoatl
, by Daniel Pinchbeck
, is perhaps the most fascinating and well-written book in
the entire 2012 genre. It’s
Pinchbeck’s personal story, his personal “magical
mystery tour” of experimenting with psychedelic drugs (ayahuasca
, and initiation into drug-centered cults of ancient tribes
(like the Bwiti
of Africa with
their drug of choice iboga
as well as the first-hand experience of walking amidst
freshly created crop circles
Additionally, Pinchbeck provides
a framework for understanding his experiences, which
connects to Carl Jung
’s psychological interpretation of the “soul of man”
(or the collective human mind, aka the Self
or God) and Rudolf Steiner’s cosmology extoling the supersensible
reality surrounding us.
Given his articulate and philosophical treatment of
the cosmology of 2012, Pinchbeck should be regarded as the
most intellectual and important commentator to explain the
2012 “movement.” Hence,
we will spend a disproportionate amount of time with him in
To a point,
one has to admire the openness of Pinchbeck.
He tells us firsthand what it’s like to experience
the various drugs touted by McKenna
corresponding visions that result from them. He is an
emphatic believer in the spiritual realm, a critic of the
materialist, and clear-minded in his expression of what he
has witnessed. However,
the analysis of his encounters is colored by his religious
frame of reference which regards traditional Judeo-Christian
thought as a “patriarchal religion,” rendered near
useless (from his perspective) to modern humankind due to
its dogmatic trappings and fallacious world-view of a
God standing distinct and apart from the consciousness of
human beings. Pinchbeck
believes, like so many others in the 2012 camp, that an
elevated consciousness actually creates and participates in
the divine. Without our collective consciousness, God would cease to exist.
His personal experiences of entities and phantasms,
made so vibrant by his extensive drug use, undergird his
convictions about what 2012 really means.
, the Second Coming of Christ
is actually the
re-emergence of enlightened human beings who regain their
ability to contact and influence the “hidden realm.”
Pinchbeck believes that humans gave up the immediacy
of spiritual experience in order to grow their rational and
technological skills. This
insight is not unique. Trevor
points out the
same in his book The
Spear of Destiny.
consciousness transformation (which dismissed our intuition
in exchange for logic and reason) was mostly successful.
Clairvoyance and other psychic skills, one time
intrinsic to humanity, were lost (or more precisely suppressed). Without
this shift in our mindset, supposedly cultivated by the
Catholic Church beginning in the 8th and 9th
centuries, we would never have progressed. In fact, there
would be no modern world.
these supernatural abilities (which were once native to our
psyches), humans must launch a “vision quest.” Indeed,
this search became the hidden meaning behind the quest for the Holy Grail
, at least in the
advocates, drugs are the vulgar shortcut to find the Grail.
By the ingestion of peyote, mescaline, LSD, and other
substances, we achieve higher consciousness.
These “modern techniques” (which are not modern
at all), can facilitate the shift back the other way toward
the mystical. To
Pinchbeck, if we don’t reaffirm the mythical aspects of
truth and don’t reactivate our ability to roam amidst the
“hidden landscapes” of the spiritual realm (accessed
through dreams, drugs, and visionary states), our prognosis is bleak. While Pinchbeck
believes that the apocalypse is actually only an archetype
the subconscious (an
infrequently quoted view held by Jung
), we must realign our
values and our manner of living, else we will destroy the
ecosystem of our planet in a matter of a few decades. If
we don’t achieve higher consciousness, then the apocalypse
will be experienced real-time. Thus,
transformation is a mandate!
book has something of a surprise ending.
Throughout his story, a spirit
entity has been pursuing him; or so it seems.
This spirit finally identifies itself to Pinchbeck
and demands that Pinchbeck channel his message.
Who is the entity?
Although reluctant to convey his message, and willing
to admit that perhaps he is letting his own ego get the best
of him, Pinchbeck accedes and scribes the message.
What is the earth shattering revelation?
The meaning of
Quetzalcoatl’s return in 2012 is the homecoming of human
beings to their true selves. It’s the recognition that
our move toward self-consciousness makes us more
isn’t this special communication just more of the same?
this lesson to us even before Quetzalcoatl put words in his
at this point we feel compelled to ask, “How can this
epiphany be a genuine revelation?”
said, “We have met the enemy and it is us.”
Quetzalcoatl says, “You know God when you know yourself.”
The Christ in the Gospel of Thomas
a Gnostic reinterpretation of the words of Jesus, couldn’t
have said it better (although it tried).
Once again, as sophisticated and intriguing as
Pinchbeck’s writing is and although the vocabulary is
new-age chic peppered with words like, matrix,
metamorphous, and vortex, we come to
the same conclusion: It’s
mystical drivel encased in exceptional pagan prose
masquerading as shining new words of enlightenment
How can we not be disappointed?
The author acts as if he has discovered fire.
Instead, he has just come to the same conclusion as
the pagan masters and navel-gazing sages of time immemorial.
As a fellow seeker of spiritual truth, I must ask,
“How much peace will this really afford Pinchbeck in the
long run?” Being
possessed by such entities ultimately has disastrous
Pinchbeck acquired exactly what he sought.
He “opened the doors
of perception” that Aldous Huxley
the use of mescaline. But
by letting Quetzalcoatl in the door, hasn’t he actually
forfeited rather than found his soul?
the next article, we will focus on the Mayan religion and
the part its plays in the enthusiasm surrounding 2012.
Douglas Woodward has written two books, the most recent,
Doomsday, now published by Defender Books (380
can order the book from Survivor
Simon, Tami, publisher, The
Mystery of 2012, Sounds True, Boulder, Co., 2009,
Ibid., pg. 13. Gregg
Braden, “Choice Point.”
Ibid., pp. 27,28. Peter
Russell, “A Singularity in Time.”
Supersensible means, “Beyond our five senses.”
According to the Encarta Dictionary, spiritualism
is the belief that the spirits of dead people can
communicate with the living, especially through mediums.
It can include the specific technologies or
processes that facilitate such communication (e.g.,
crystal balls, Ouija Boards).
It is also a system of belief that emphasizes the spiritual nature of existence;
or a philosophical doctrine that all
reality is spiritual, not material.
For the musically challenged, this is a pun on the band,
The Chemical Brothers.
As I explain in my book, Decoding
Doomsday, McKenna actually laid his chart on a
timeline and decided that it worked best when the end
date was December, 2012.
The algorithm itself did not “spit out” 2012
as the so-called moment of “singularity.”
Perhaps it is still provocative, but to me it
An intriguing way to turn the Bible on its head:
Humanity, through its consciousness creates God.
God exists only to the extent humanity
At issue, was the need for the Church, according to
Ravenscroft, to eliminate personal revelations in order
to lock down God’s word solely in the Scripture and
the Church’s interpretation thereof.
Christianity couldn’t allow individuals to have
revelations and undo what the Church contended was
God’s will. Whether
true or not, the issue is real enough.
When new revelations arise that contradict the
old, the institutions which exist based upon the old
revelations are at risk.
This is hardly the same thing that Socrates meant when
he said, “Know thyself.”