What follows is the slightly altered but complete speech that I had prepared to be delivered at the ‘a day out of time’ event (a Mayan Calendar celebration) on July 25, 2006 at CorUnum (The Yurt).
I probably underestimated the time that this speech would take so as I ran out of time (which is a good thing to happen on a day out of time) I did not get to the final part of what I had planned to say… Which was actually also a good thing!!!
Over the last few days I had been trying to come to grips with the fact that the Mayan Calendar ‘runs out’ by the year 2012. Now, you will notice at the end the printed version of this speech that I make mention of the expanding/contracting universe theory…
As I was preparing this talk I felt more and more driven to bring this theory up, that we (and the universe :) are likely at the transition point of that dynamic: the expanding universe going into its contracting phase. Even while speaking, I could not fathom (some may have noticed me trying to form the words… but I just could not pronounce them…) why I was not able to bring this contracting universe topic up at the event. It was only a few hours after - at twelve PM to be precise - after I had delivered the shortened version of the speech that I realized why. It suddenly dawned on me that I could not bring this up until the Red Magnetic Moon Year had started, which is… today (July the 26th) as I’m writing this.
During a phone conversation with Louise today, she used the word ‘unification’ and then I had another insight, over the last generation we have found ‘unification’ to become a more and more important notion to us. Why does ‘unification’ feel better to us than say ‘diversification’ or ‘fragmentation’… it must be because we are preparing for the contracting phase of the universe to take place.
But why mention it today on the first day of the ‘red magnetic moon’ year? Probably because during this moon year unity and unification is what we shall be working at more intensively…
Funny, how my own speech makes much more sense to me now than when I put it together:
A celebration of
“a day out of time”
and… in what a beautiful place…
“a place out of space” perhaps?
But of course we cannot really step out of time or step out of space…
But we can step away from:
calculated time, exploited time,
… away from exploited space …
We were just shown in the yurt the slideshow of the amazing discoveries by Dr. Emoto depicting those miraculous water crystals: conscious moments of water as if frozen in time, we have just participated in that wonderful Mayan Calendar Ceremony by the pond, and we have thanked ‘the water’ for staying so closely connected and integrated with ‘the earth’, and later on we will be doing a fire ceremony.
It looks like we are covering water and fire well - and rightly so - but I feel that it would not be out of place to spend some moments out of time devoted to earth… and maybe we can even cover the remaining elements… atmosphere and space.
I’d like to donate some of the fifteen minutes that I’ll be speaking here, to the Earth but… in silence with you. While in silence for the next few seconds, could you in your mind’s eye imagine how you see our beloved Earth, how you feel your concerns about her, consider her past, consider her future, how you extend your best wishes to her?
Ah the Earth… this place where we are… in this time…
There is something that we, especially those in, let me call it alternative or new age circles have worked very hard on over the last two generations, something we can actually be proud of: we have really come to appreciate being here on Earth.
That was not always so. Could you imagine some 75 years ago that your great-grandmother would be saying to your grandmother, “You have to ground yourself!” or “Be Here Now!” ?
In those days it seems that in religion and culture that it was overall more important to get out of this place… to get elsewhere: Heaven or Nirvana… and if that did not work out, oh well Hell or Hades. In bible-based religions they talk about heaven, in Hinduism they talk about escaping the wheel of Karma during our sojourn here on Earth, in Buddhism there is Nirvana that cannot wait except for... the odd Bodhisattva.
How good that we now embrace her, she needs our love, she loves our love.
And then I saw this journal that had Stephen Hawking proposing that humankind should eventually survive on an alien planet… (Can we really? After he noted that we can hardly survive here?!)
The Earth wants us here… fully, with all our heart, one Heart one Earth.
Let’s give ourselves fully to her as she so unconditionally gives herself to us… even if it pains her and as we are we doing her harm.
When Louise, a few weeks ago, urged me to attend this gathering, she said, “Wim you have helped me see that this IS the garden!” - NOT ‘Eden Lost’.
Maybe we have not been excommunicated from Eden, perhaps we have just been made not to see it.
Let’s help each other to see Eden here and live it.