It’s Not the End of the World. Now What?

I can only guess that there are some disappointed people this morning. They expected the world to end, but it continues to turn as normal. There was a belief by some that because the Mayan calendar ended on 12/21/2012 that today would signal the end of humanity. The world is still here and our journey isn’t over.

This has been a common occurrence throughout my life. I can remember the threat of the end of world in 2000, 2003 and, even, last year. Each time, the world continued to turn. But, oddly enough, I don’t think that people are wrong. I think the world has ended, but not in the way that people think.

I believe that the end of the world is actually a massive change in collective consciousness. I posted previously about how the world is changing and people’s ideals are changing. Some of the things that we have struggled with for years such as racism, sexism, class warfare and even religion are being viewed differently. It’s becoming  less acceptable to define people with simple ideals or to discriminate against them for their differences under the guise of helping them. It’s as if we are all waking up at the same time. There is a new consciousness that it taking over.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook has sparked a conversation about gun control and mental health. The destruction of Hurricane Sandy has placed a focus on climate change. Healthcare is on the forefront. The fiscal cliff has people feeling they are being held hostage between sides that are more concerned with their own interest rather than the lives that hang in the balance. In some ways, we are waking up to the intentions that are affecting our daily life. There is a question of who are these politics benefiting and where is our money going if not to help us.

I think that we can create a new world at any time. When we stop accepting things as they “always have been” and start making real choices about the type of world we want to live in. The world as we knew it is ending. People are starting to understand that if we want safety for our children, financial security and the promise of great healthcare that it is up to us to make it a priority.

When does the world end? It ends when we examine the rules of the old world and decide that they no longer serve us. It’s when we start to realize that we have to power to collectively create a new and better world for us and for our children after us.

“To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.” ― Eckhart Tolle