In 2006 I was promoting my new private massage therapy practice by giving chair massage at Richmond's own homegrown health food store, Ellwood Thompson's. One of these days a woman named Jackie sat down in my chair for a little work. Her back was in spasm and I asked her why she thought her back was so tense. She told me that she had been stuck at O'Hare airport for seven hours while her recent return flight to Richmond was delayed in Chicago. I focused into what I was doing, exhaling through my heart and hands. After a few minutes she spoke up and told me the REAL reason why she thought her back hurt.
Apparently Jackie was working on sprouting wings. Without missing a beat I encouraged her to keep it up! Before too long she would never have to worry about being stuck in an airport again. Jackie thought that was hilarious and so she opened up quite a lot more and started to school me on 2012 and Ascension, something I had not yet heard of.
She said that I would have to become a vegetarian or else I wouldn't be able to live after 2012 in the "new vibration". She asked me if I had any Arkansas Quartz crystal, I did not. "Arkansas Quartz crystal is the best clear quartz you can get. It vibrates at a particularly high frequency and amplifies your energy. You should take baths with Arkansas quartz and put it in your massage room." She reached into her purse and produced a two-inch long quartz point which she presented to me as a gift.
She instructed me to carry it in my pocket.
I graciously accepted the crystal as it was shiny and pretty but I didn't put much stock into the knowledge Jackie was dropping. Even though we connected on some level, she seemed a bit um, crazy. The crystal ended up in a plant and there it stayed until the autumn of 2010. There is something about a Kundalini Awakening energy surge that can kinda rearrange one's thinking... I started carrying that crystal in my pocket just incase, I needed all the help I could get!
So here we are, December 21, 2012, the long fabled date has come and gone without notable incident heralding an ending and new beginning. Gauging by the variety of facebook posts on the subject of the "End of the World" it is obvious that one hurdle a lot of people have in understanding the 2012 shift is a simple misunderstanding of what words actually mean. "Apocalypse" refers to the End Times described in the Book Of Revelations and has nothing to do with the end of the Mayan calendar,
2012 was never about The Apocalypse.
Honestly, I have no idea of the origins of the 2012 Ascension and how the Mayan calendar and the New Age are tied together. There is a lot of talk in the New Age community about channeled messages from benevolent extra terrestrials that describe the supposed changes our planet and species are experiencing. They describe a raising in vibration and subsequent Ascension into another dimension and the "end of duality" which is the inherent nature of life on Earth. (For those who don't know, duality is the oppositional quality of everything here on Earth: good/bad, light/dark , etc.) Personally, I haven't communicated with any extra terrestrials, so while the stories are nice to read and may provide hope to their audience, I just can't believe in E.T.s but I will do my best to remain open to the possibility of their existence until proven otherwise. I wouldn't want to miss out on something so amazing due to rigid and inflexible thinking.
I know that I have experienced a radical transformation over the last two and a half years. Even though I had an intellectual understanding of emotional energy being stored in the body and I even had some amazing experiences of releasing that energy with Jin Shin Do, there was (and still is some) a lot to release. It wasn't until I was well into my Kundalini Awakening that I began to let go of even more of that held energy in an effort to save my life. I'm not being melodramatic when I say that holding and generating negative emotional energy almost killed me.
You see, the thing is we have a choice. In every moment of our lives we make choices to expand or contract; to open our hearts and minds to flexibility, forgiveness and compassion or to shrink up in defensiveness, reinforcing hardened ideas and emotions and thereby further separating one's self from the rest of the world. That is the lesson of the "New Age". It's a time when humans become awakened to their power and make best choices for themselves and others in the effort to spread the joy we feel in expansion and I think it is just a natural evolution of our species rather than an Earth changing cataclysm. What will you choose?