Beyond December 21, 2012

Now that we have safely traversed the date 12-21-2012. I’m going share some thoughts I’ve had for some time. This was never about this date. It only added to the confusion. Were the Mayans fools? No. They were very astute astronomers.

Many science writers have debunked the Mayans claim of alignment at 11:12 UTC today by an eye test of the model showing relative positions of the planets at that time today, as seen from above the solar plane. The Mayans and those who support their claims did not claim all the planets would be in a straight line. They claimed that they would form what has been dubbed a grand cross formation. The first image shows the planets positions without the lines and the second connects the lines of the grand cross in today’s planetary alignment.








It is unclear what the significance is of this alignment, if any, other than its coincidence with the Winter solstice and the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. By easily connecting the dots, the alignment forms a pentagram with a star in the center.

The concerns and some of the theories about what might have happened today are real concerns. The Sun is indeed acting out. We all know about the 11-year cycle, but a little research – scientific and even ancient astronomy – says the Sun has many cycles.

There is evidence that we are in the midst of a cycle for the last 150 years that has really ramped up in about the last 30 years. Despite what you hear in the popular media, the Sun has a greater influence on Earth’s climate (and other bodies in the solar system than anything else). We had an event called the Carrington Event in 1859 that would wreak havoc on our systems today.

Sunspot activity since 1600. Note that over the past 150 years there has been an large uptrend and in the last 30 years we have seen highs for this 400-year time frame. Note that when sunspot activity was nil in the later half of the 16th and early 17th centuries, Earth was experiencing the depths of the “Little Ice Age”.

The prospect a pole reversal is also very real. There is a ton of evidence that this has happened numerous times in Earth’s history. We don’t know what might trigger it, if its sudden or gradual. In fact, our magnetic north pole is moving towards Russia. The only real dispute about this fact is over how fast it’s happening. There are estimates that the north pole is moving as much as 40 miles per year. There is also debate about what the results would be.

Finally, this crossing the galactic plane (which may or may not have begun today) is interesting in that it happens on roughly the same time cycle as the Earth’s precession. This is not a one-day event and actually will take years to decades to accomplish. There are some who believe this could cause some perturbation in the solar system. The Mayans, and others, accurately targeted this time frame for that crossing and also noted the unusual planetary alignment that accompanies it this time. This, I believe, is what they saw as creating the cataclysm they predicted.

Our science cannot predict how events like these will impact our Sun, impact the tectonics on our Earth, or impact the interactions of bodies within the solar system or beyond.

There are many theorists and some astronomers who wonder whether this alignment with the galactic plane and other planets in our system might upset asteroids in the solar system and draw them toward the inner solar system.

Let’s also be clear. The more you look into the facts, the more clear it becomes that our view of human history may be, at best, a watered down and shrouded version of the facts. Events like these, it appears have happened in the natural history of the Earth. The myths and more describing previous advanced civilizations on this planet are too widespread and numerous to be ignored. It’s possible that we have faced events like these before, been setback and had to climb back up to a civilized world. Barbara Hand Clow has dubbed this Catastrophobia and believes there are deep psychological scars in our collective consciousness about past events like this. She even hypothesizes this may be why we are so fixated on disastrous ends to our civilization.

So, I’ve said many times in recent weeks that December 21, 2012 was a nonsequitur and that we should not live always afraid of the next doomsday. That to do so diminishes us and leaves us living lives of worry that do not allow us to thrive. I firmly believe that. We should not always live worried about Y2K, 2012, or whatever the next terrifying date trotted out in front of us. We should also be wary of interests political, religious, or economic that always seem to want to keep us in a state of fear and confusion about such things.

We should know, though, that we live on a dynamic planet, in a dynamic solar system, in a dynamic galaxy. Climates change, things bump into each other, and that massive ball of fire 93 million miles away has an awful lot to do with what happens here on Earth.

What can we do? Well, we don’t want to stick our heads in the sand pretend none of these things could ever happen. We can and must develop our minds, our sciences, our awareness, and marshal our resources to be as prepared as we can be, but we need not live our days worried about a “what might happen” someday scenario in any way, shape, or form that undermines our purpose for being here and moving our species forward.

Stay inspired!


2012 New Year Affirmations

Today’s Thought:

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
~ Bill Vaughn

As you look at that quote, which one fits you? If you’re in the first group, please keep that momentum flowing in your life and the world as you impact it in 2012. If you’re in the latter group, a new year is a new start. It’s a chance to ask whether that way of seeing the world is getting you where you want to go in life.

2012 promises to be an intriguing year. There have been a lot of seeds planted in the mass consciousness about this year. Even if nothing historic or catastrophic happens, we are going to have to diffuse all the psychological baggage that accompanies the coming of this year. For what many still don’t realize, is that are our minds (individually and collectively) are not separate from the world “out there”. Our thoughts are, in fact, the root system of the “tree” we see manifested as the “real” world around us. If you dig up a tree, you will find it all stems from its root system. If you dig up our world of events and experiences, you soon see it is made up of our thoughts.

The cross-currents of disempowerment will be many and vocal in this historic year. The pace of change – real and perceived – is going to pick up during this year because of the built up psychological expectations for it. That makes it more important than ever to empower your mind and think the thoughts and envision the world you desire.

I am posting New Year’s Affirmations a little early so that you can begin using them now to get your new year off to a great start. Here are 23 affirmations to get your new year off to an empowering start.

I recommend you begin the year with using either “this year” or “In 2012,” and as you get beyond the change of the year change it to “Today” or “Right now”.

  1. This year I AM the person I came to the planet to be!
  2. In 2012, I AM the change I want to see in my world!
  3. This year, I AM a miracle in motion!
  4. In 2012, I AM bigger than my doubts, bolder than my fears, and stronger than my obstacles!
  5. This year I challenge my paradigms to prove their worth and I change those paradigms that fail the test.
  6. In 2012, I choose to live in the sunshine of my possibilities, rather than the shadows of my doubt.
  7. This year my life is built on choices, not chances!
  8. In 2012, I breathe in every experience life has to offer and exhale a life well-lived!
  9. This year I AM the engine of my dreams!
  10. In 2012, my life is what I make of it and I choose to make it a _____ place to be!
  11. This year I follow my bliss! This year I experience my bliss! This year I become my bliss!
  12. In 2012, I am an abundance multiplier! As I succeed, I help others succeed too!
  13. My life belongs to me! This year I begin anew!
  14. Forget Resolutions! In 2012, I’m having a thought revolution!
  15. This year I have a budget and I’m sticking to it!
  16. In 2012, I CHOOSE  a love centered world over a a fear centered world!
  17. 2012 is MY year! My possibilities multiply, my successes magnify, and my potential is realized!
  18. As I turn my face to 2012, a brilliant new Sun dawns in my life!
  19. An amazing light lives within me! My light grows brighter and brighter throughout 2012!
  20. 2012 brings the perfect people and the perfect opportunities into my life!
  21. My personal recession ends in 2012! My career/business is zooming to new heights!
  22. My immune system is healthy, strong, and protecting me in 2012!
  23. This year I am flawlessly executing my business plan!

Stay inspired!

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is the author or the ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life – a book of 416 original empowering quotes, thoughts, and affirmations. Read the intro to The Power to Be You or Download the entire ebook for free.

You also may enjoy Affirmations for Attracting the Life You Want.

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India Goes to the Moon – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday October 22, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Determination…I push my limits and I achieve great things.” (click to hear it now)

Space represents such an opportunity for humanity. It is chance for us to work together on something important to all of us.

As The United States has largely rejected its space heritage in recent decades, other nations have stepped up in its place.

Today India took a major step forward in its space program by launching its first unmanned mission to the Moon. It joins its Asian counterparts Japan and China who already have craft orbiting our nearest celestial neighbor.

India’s craft dubbed Chandrayaan-1 – “Mooncraft” in ancient Sanskrit – lifted off today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. The launch site is located on India’s southeast coastline near India’s largest city Chennai.

For longtime readers of this blog, you know I love space. It is my belief that space exploration poses challenges and offers economic opportunities that could fundamentally alter how humans interact on Earth.

It is my firm belief that the global war economy – sadly still far and away Earth’s largest industry – could easily be replaced by a global space economy. In fact, I would argue that economic reasons are the primary driver of wars on our planet. Our planet could be fundamentally improved by the substitution of space exploration for war.

Chandrayaan-1’s two-year mission is to provide the most detailed maps ever of Earth’s nearest neighbor and set the stage for landing an unmanned craft on the Moon’s surface by 2012.

Last October Japan successfully placed it’s Kaguya moon vehicle in orbit around the moon (view Earthrise and Earthset videos from Kaguya). The Japanese have set a goal of 2025 for placing a manned mission on the surface of the moon.

China’s Chang’e vehicle has also been orbiting the Moon for nearly a year now. Russia has announced plans to land on the Moon around 2025 and even NASA has announced plans to return by 2020.

This transition to a spacefaring race is a positive step. Just as human beings the world over took pride in the accomplishment of landing humans on the Moon July 20, 1969; everyone can take pride as other nations continue to push the envelope of exploration in our Solar System.

So it is in a spirit of common cause, common hopes, and common dreams that I congratulate India on its accomplishment today. May Chandrayaan-1 expand human knowledge about the Moon and bring closer the day when humans work together to travel the stars.

That’s one giant step for India and one giant leap for humans in space.

Stay inspired!