Years ago, I read a fascinating book by Peter Russell, Waking Up In Time: Finding Peace in Times of Accelerating Change. This book has become my Bible. Based on the title, you’d think it was written recently. It was first published in 1992, yet enormously prophetic for the exact time we’re experiencing today. Here’s the opening paragraph:
We are not slouching towards Bethlehem, as Yeats concludes in his poem The Second Coming. We are being catapulted there. Bethlehem, or wherever– we’re headed there faster and faster. However you look at it, the sense that humanity is now facing its evolutionary moment of truth is almost tangible. We are living through the most exciting, challenging, and critical times in human history — possibly the most critical time in the history of life on Earth. Never before has so much been possible; never before has so much been at stake. And never before has the rate of change been so fast. We are being led ever more rapidly toward what I have called a “white hole in time.”
“White Hole in Time” is the term Russell uses to describe what French priest and paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin called “The Omega Point”, the end of evolution. Chardin is not suggesting this is the end of the world, but instead it represents the end of the world as we know it. The Omega Point represents the end of evolutionary change and a breaking free from the dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors that have kept us attached to the world of the past.
To understand Russell’s view of the future, consider his “evolutionary Cliff Notes” :
Big Bang- approximately 12 billion years ago (give or take a couple of billion years)
Simple life forms- 4 billion years ago
Multicellular life- 1 billion years ago
Complex nervous systems – several hundred million years ago
Mammals- tens of millions of years ago
Appearance of genus Homo– 2 million years ago
Homo sapiens sapiens- tens of thousands of years ago
Civilization- several thousand years ago
Industrial Revolution- a couple hundred years ago
Information Revolution- a few decades ago
You can see that the intervals between major evolutionary leaps get shorter and shorter. Each new development occurred between one-quarter and one-tenth the time as the previous one. With the Information Age well in progress, we can see how rapidly new technologies have come into mainstream usage. With the speed of computer chips doubling roughly every 18 months, we are rapidly approaching the moment where change intervals decrease to zero and the rate of change becomes infinite. This is a point where mathematical equations break down and no longer have any meaning.
American philosopher of science, Terrence McKenna, has developed a fractal mathematical function that, he claims, charts the overall rate of change. He calls this a “timewave”. He has charted repeated historical patterns of novelty and projected these patterns into the future. The pattern comes to an end on December 21, 2012. This is the point he calls “Time Wave Zero”, where cycles of change are compressed from years to months to weeks to days to moments.
December 21, 2012, also corresponds to the end of the Mayan calendar. Spiritual traditions have pointed to this time as the “ending time”. Some have interpreted it as the end of the world. This is the moment Chardin calls The Omega Point, the end point.
I am neither mathematician nor scientist. But I have a body, a mind, and a keen sense of awareness. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to comprehend that our current system is broken beyond repair, that we are in an extended state of collapse, and that the old ways will no longer serve us. This much is clear. What will happen, how we’ll navigate this time, where we’ll take it, who we’ll become as a species, what will happen to the planet, will we be able to save it and ourselves in time…… all that is yet to be determined.
What will it take for humanity to survive moving forward? Nothing short of a complete transformation of consciousness. This, says Russell, is the next frontier. We are about to enter the Consciousness Age, or the Age of Transformation. The Omega Point represents the moment in time when a shift in consciousness occurs. This will be a collective event. Chardin describes it as the moment when spirit fully descends into matter and a “blaze of light would streak across the planet”. This is not a physical light, it’s the light of consciousness. The Omega Point is the moment when the last human being awakens and humanity as a whole has shifted.
Whether or not December 21, 2012 is the exact date for this event to occur is beyond anyone’s knowledge. I just know my calendar is marked and I’ll be present for the festivities . Between now and then, it’s fasten your seat belts time, hold on to your hats, and don’t be attached to how things look. Life has become more and more unpredictable and it’s only going to intensify.
What can one do in the face of such massive change? I’d say this calls for nothing short of an inner transformation. The invitation of these times is to awaken to our inner truths and develop to our full spiritual potential. As Buckminster Fuller put it, “We are facing our final evolutionary exam”. Can we develop the consciousness that will allow us to use our powers with wisdom? This is the work at hand. Each of us is charged with doing the work on behalf of ourselves and one another. We literally are all in this together. We will evolve and learn to thrive in this new age of consciousness or we will fall short and not make the leap.
We’re already beginning to see system collapse. Wall St. and the banking systems come most readily to mind, but our foreign policy, healthcare system, the economy, use of energy resources; all are at the breaking point and in need of major transformation in order to meet the needs of the future.
It takes courage to be a human being on planet Earth today. We face enormous challenges. Will you step up to the task ahead or leave it to someone else to do the work?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 months ago and am about to have surgery next week. I expect a full recovery, with a couple of weeks downtime post op. I’ll probably not be posting during the next two weeks, but I expect to be back with more energy and passion than ever, for life, for my life, for the people I love, and for the awakening of human consciousness and global transformation.
Happy 4th of July! Now go be fabulous!