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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
  Religion, prophesies and synchronicity

Well, I had a question in the comments below concerning similarities between religious prophesies and current events. Well, I most certainly don't think all prophesies have to be wrong just because they are based on myths. It is still possible that they got something right.

So, for something a little interesting, let's take a brief look at the Mayan calendar: Mayan Calendar:
"End of the Mayan Great Cycle: December 21st, 2012 A.D.
Scholars today are recognizing that Mayan mythology is intimately related to the celestial movements of stars, the Milky Way and certain constellations. The sources of Mayan mythology are found in the sky, and the timetable of Creation Day is pinpointed by the end date of the Mayan Great Cycle. My research into the nature of this date reveals that a rare celestial alignment culminates on it. Generally speaking, what occurs is an alignment between the galactic and solar planes. Specifically, the winter solstice sun will conjunct the Milky Way, which is the edge of our spinning galaxy as viewed from earth. Furthermore, the place where the sun meets the Milky Way is where the 'dark-rift' in the Milky Way is - a black ridge along the Milky Way caused by interstellar dust clouds (See Diagram 1).

This is a feature of the Milky Way anyone can see on a clear midsummer's night, away from the light pollution of industrial society. At dawn on the winter solstice of A.D. 2012, the sun will be right in this dark-rift, and the orientation is such that the Milky Way rims the horizon at all points around. Thus, the Milky Way "sits" on the earth, touching it at all points around, opening up the cosmic sky portal. The galactic and solar planes are thus aligned. "Sky portal" is just a term to describe the "opened sky" scenario apparent when the Milky Way rims the horizon. This is not to be confused with the "dark-rift" itself."
I mean, I like the fact that they have a closed calendar. It ends. So, I'm waiting to see what happens in 2012.

On a more serious note, this particular star alignment apparently figures prominently in several other religions, including the Norse religion, with the 'Sky Portal' being the Bridge to Asgaard, and I think theirs a connection w/ the aborigines of Australia.

Why do I mention this? Well, I think there may be something to synchronicity. Where large, and diverse cultures all point to the same thing, it's possible there is something worth looking at.

If you're still with me, checkout: Global Consciousness Project -- consciousness, group consciousness, mind. Sort of a synchronicity meter.
The mind's extended reach remains to be fully defined in scientific terms, but research on human consciousness suggests that we may have direct communication links with each other, and that our intentions can have effects in the world despite physical barriers and separations. We are compelled by good evidence to accept correlations that we cannot yet explain. It appears that consciousness may sometimes produce something that resembles, at least metaphorically, a nonlocal field of meaningful information.

The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) takes this possibility as a starting point for a speculation that such fields generated by individual consciousness would interact and combine, and ultimately have a global presence. Usually, because we are busy with individual lives, there is little to produce structure in the field, so it is random and not detectable. But occasionally there are global-scale events that bring great numbers of us to a common focus and an unusual coherence of thought and feeling. To study the effects of a possible global consciousness, we have created a world-spanning network of devices sensitive to coherence and resonance in the mental domain. Continuous streams of data are sent over the internet to be archived and correlated with events that may evoke a world-wide consciousness. Examples that appear to have done so include both peaceful gatherings and disasters: a few minutes around midnight on any New Years Eve, the first hour of NATO bombing in Yugoslavia, the Papal visit to Israel, a variety of global meditations, several major earthquakes, and September 11 2001.
Ah, there's more, but I need to get to the job hunt. Expect Science Monday to be put off 'til tomorrow...
 
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