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The end of the world as we know it

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It is December 2012 and what would a spiritual corner of the news world be without reference to the story of the year? As most people know, something big is supposed to happen on Dec. 21, 2012. What that big thing is remains somewhat of a mystery but there are a few ideas floating around.

The rumor stems from various sources, most notably the end date in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. While scholars have discounted the notion that some cataclysmic occurrence will destroy us all, many cultures and religious groups stake their very credibility on it.

Many New Age followers believe that it will be a time for a shift in consciousness, bringing the world into a new dimension of peace, harmony and a higher vibration of unity. Doomsday believers warn that there will be a galactic alignment causing gravitational upheaval that could rip our planet apart, cause super storms, volcanic activity, earthquakes and eventually another ice age.

The reality is that there was a galactic alignment of sorts in 1998 and nothing happened. We have experienced multiple planetary alignments with no effect. One factual occurrence that is in the process of developing is the solar maximum. One theory says that this will cause a the north and south poles to reverse, a geomagnetic reversal, causing solar flares that will destroy the Earth. Actually, the solar maximum is set to occur sometime in May 2013 and will most likely do nothing more than cause a below-average number of sun spots and disrupt our cell phones.

Interestingly, we are seeing a shift of consciousness as a result of the possibility that a shift might happen. The recent social uprisings around the world show an increase in our urge for independence and justice. Technology has allowed a greater communication between peoples across the globe, and science is improving the quality and longevity of life through discoveries that seem to develop exponentially. The more we expect the world to change, the more we are moved to change it.

Perhaps the New Age followers are on to something. Each day is the end of the world as we know it because each day is a new start. The thought of a world that is kinder and gentler is a much nicer thought than one of doom and gloom. Which thought do you wish to hold as you bare knuckle your ride through the end of 2012?

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