The 2012 date is based on the last date in the Mayan calendar – the last day of the 5125.36 year cycle as well as the even longer 26000 year cycle. The Mayans had a remarkably sophisticated calendar that has provided an accuracy rate of predictions unprecedented by most other prediction generators.
It is presumed that because there are no predictions beyond the December 21, 2012, date, the world as we know it must end. But for some, this does not necessarily have to mean a permanent, disastrous end. Instead, the 2012 date may simply be the ending of one cycle and the beginning of a new cycle, a chance for things to change for the better rather than worse.
The Mayans may simply have not presumed that their calendar was needed beyond the end of this cycle, and there was no way for them to continue predictions indefinitely.
There is no reason why a new cycle beginning on the 2012 date should mean the complete destruction of parts of the old cycle. Instead of the world devolving into chaos and extinction, Frank Waters presented an alternate theory that the 2012 date will be a time of a paradigm shift or change in consciousness all over the world.
Others have argued that the new age could bring about a leap in evolution or a radical change in DNA. Everyone on earth will achieve a higher state of being or consciousness.
Frank Waters also presented the theory that the galaxy and Earth and the rest of the celestial bodies would reach a critical alignment. December 21, 2012, will be winter solstice, a ritually important date almost universal among Earth cultures.
Proponents that this alignment among orbit planes is significant suggest that this alignment will cause spiritual enlightenment among mankind. Some even believe that aliens or beings of higher consciousness could use the December 21, 2012, date to step in and aid humans in their shift of consciousness.
Hindu stories suggest that the new age will be heralded by a new avatar, or incarnation of a god, to guide humans into a new phase of their existence.
While many 2012 predictions dwell on the myriad natural and supernatural disasters that could occur on that date, the catastrophic events predicted for the 2012 date cannot rule out the possibility that all the turmoil will act as birth pangs for a new age of enlightenment, supported in part by the Revelation prediction of apocalypse followed by a thousand-year utopia on Earth.
Just as the Dark Ages yielded the Renaissance (indeed, the Renaissance could not have occurred without the Dark Ages), so too might terrible disaster lead to a time of great change, prosperity, art, science, wisdom, imagination, and spiritual renewal.Are you prepared for an emergency? If you’re not sure where to start and feel daunted by the task, check out Damian Campbell’s comprehensive and easy to follow Sold Out After Crisis survival guides.