Tuesday, December 05, 2006

:: what is YOUR prophetic persuasion? ::

2012, The Odyssey
Run Time: 3min 48sec
Creator's Info: Produced by Sacred Mysteries Films
Related Links: The homepage for the feature doc with cast bios and all that jazz is here

If you're interested in experiencing or discussing prophecies, I suggest you check out the Oracle Gatherings' website, as their next event focuses solely on the archetype of Prophecy.

[prof-uh-see] (from dictionary.com)
1.the foretelling or prediction of what is to come.
2.something that is declared by a prophet, esp. a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation.
3.a divinely inspired utterance or revelation: oracular prophecies.
4.the action, function, or faculty of a prophet.

With the definition out of the way, I have been pondering quite a bit lately on the nature of prophecies. Nostradamus predicted many things, and most of his prophecies have never come to pass. But the few that did (arguably) have received much attention. When I was 9, I found myself watching a TV documentary on the Mayan civilization. It was a bit disturbing for my young mind, but I do remember vividly that, just before the break, the announcer said something to the effect of: "when we return, we will explore the prophecies of the Mayan calendar, which appears to end on December 21st, 2012." I remember calculating that I would be 32 years old and telling myself that I needed to remember that date. I didn't know why , but I was nine, and sending messages to my future self seemed like something that nine year olds did.

That message lay dormant in my subconscious for 12 years. In 2000, I was working on a documentary and was interviewing an expert on permaculture in B.C. He mentioned something about 2012 and the Mayan calendar and all of a sudden that little sticky note I had posted in the astral plane for my future self came flying out of the air and landed smack dab in the middle of my conscious mind. I felt a cold chill run through my entire body. I remembered and I sat up and paid particular attention to what this man was speaking of.

Now, nearly seven years later, I've talked to a whole lot of people about their visions of the future, especially as they relate to prophecies from all the world's cultures. I've explored Jose Arguelles' Dreamspell interpretation of the Mayan Calendar and decided I'm not too keen on it (i.e. it doesn't really resonate for me); I've participated in a five-day New Year ceremony with a Mayan Shaman in Guatemala; I've interviewed countless people about their dreary and hopefull visions of an apocalyptic/utopian future; I've had visions of my own, and I've spent countless sleepless nights wrestling with integrating all that I've seen/heard/observed/felt/watched. I don't have a definitive answer, of course, but the one thing that has become clear to me is that prophecies are only true if we collectively believe them and thus, give them power. With all the talk recently, then, about 2012 and what that means for our society, I feel compelled to be very clear about what I want to create for the future. I feel hope~full that we can create whatever it is we wish to see in this world. It will take hard work and dedication to a vision, but I know from my own experiences in life that anything... ANYTHING is possible.

That said, I haven't seen this film in its entirety. I am planning to see it next Saturday, but I may have to work... so I figured I'd post this and see what the rest of y'all think. I'm not a huge fan of Arguelles, as I said, but I am willing to put that aside and listen to what this film has to say with an open mind. It doesn't look like a particularly visually stimulating film, but who knows- maybe the trailer editor was having a bad day. heh.

Anywho. Thoughts and musings from my world. I want to know what you think about prophecies and prophets and about the whole 2012 experience. What do YOU want to create for the future?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Damn I was going to buy a new Hummer in late 2012 and drive around the country for a vacation, Now I am going to have to shave my head and join the Hari.s, Muslims, Jews, Jehovah s, Mormons, Christians, and a few other wing nut groups just to cover all my bases.
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