Dancing in the end times

And so here we find ourselves, finally, on the cusp of a great turning in solar time, the fabled 12-21-12.  It is a dark, wet, windy, wild morning here in the hills of western Massachusetts.

Since I started this blog back in the summer of 2011, with the optimistic URL “bethechange2012,” I have found many others who have beckoned to me like beacons of strength and inspiration on my somewhat lonely path of inquiry and discovery.

In the early days of Transition Times my own light was quite tentative and often overwhelmed with fear and distress, the product of my dawning realization of the tremendous gravity of the situation in which we find ourselves.

We cannot pretend to each other that the news is good for humanity, any more than for the rest of the living beings on the planet.

These are the transition times: the end of a long era of existence, as the ancient Mayan shamans rightly foresaw, and the beginning of something new.

I cannot and will not shy away from diving into the heart of the wreck that is our human civilization on this planet in the early 21st century.  Exposing what I find there is part of my mission with this blog.

However, it is also my purpose to be a channel and a beacon of hope for others who are searching for  meaning in these troubled times we live in.

We are all caught up in a vortex much greater than any individuals among us could produce, an accelerating forward surge that is hurtling humanity, and the planet we share with so many other life forms, towards a new era.

We cannot know what this means for each of us as individuals.  But I am coming to realize that the most important thing we can be doing in these transition times is to serve each other, and the other beings on the planet, as a form of shelter and anchor in the storm.

I will close with an image taken on one of my many thoughtful rambles over the past few months.  To me it represents the planet calling to me, and to all of us who love her, to continue to push back against the forces that would despoil and blight her.

The rocks, earth and waters of the Earth remind us that geological time is slow and very, very long.  Our dance on the planet as humans is so brief.  Let us enjoy our time here passionately, and turn our dancing to good works.

Benedict Pond, Monterey, November 2012

Benedict Pond, Monterey MA, November 2012

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  1. Thank you for all you do…I am going to email you a photo from Lake Atitlan after a ceremony with the Traditional Mayan Elders.

    “As ‘she’ has been taught by her elders this is a day when death rises off the earth. A period when we are not to disturb the earth. Allowing GAIA to rest.

    As ‘she’ has been taught by the Traditional Mayan elders, we have been given a pardon by Gaia. However, we must change our ways. That does not come instantly; yet, we have all the tools we need and the potential intelligence. We can come together and authentically heal.

    For ‘she’ this is a day of atonement…into winter hibernation…reflection&intentional prayer for self,soil&society…may our world regain inner peace.”

  2. Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

     /  December 21, 2012

    Thank you, Suzanne, I would love to get that picture. So interesting, because I have just been fired up, in the past day, with the idea of going to visit Guatemala this spring…something is pulling me there, for sure….

  3. reeshee

     /  December 21, 2012

    Hi. I really enjoy reading your articles. I wanted to send this to you. It is after a week long vision quest and ceremonies with traditional mayan elders at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The world was never said to end…and your absolutely right we are in transition and have a way to go. We did not get here over night and it takes time to sort out the mess we have collectively made…

    During the ceremony…it was seen that we as a human race were given a pardon. This poem is my humble attempt to try to encapsulate all that transpired. This photo was not altered and occurred naturally…

    much love and gratitude for all you do!


    On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 5:31 AM, Transition Times wrote:

    > ** > Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez posted: “And so here we find ourselves, > finally, on the cusp of a great turning in solar time, the fabled 12-21-12. > It is a dark, wet, windy, wild morning here in the hills of western > Massachusetts. Since I started this blog back in the summer of 2011, with > t”

    • Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

       /  December 21, 2012

      I got the image, Suzanne, thank you so much. I will see if I can figure out out to post it here in the comments….

  4. Thank you for sharing your inspired words, Jenny. I too have been feeling the coming shift in consciousness but haven’t found a way to express it. You are indeed a channel and a beacon… I’m so glad to know you!

  5. Martin Lack

     /  December 21, 2012

    I did not realise we had started blogging about the same time! Coincidence, hey? Amazing photo as well…

    However, with the greatest of respect, Jennifer, the pagan people of the Yucatan Peninsula did not foresee anything; least of all the consequence of their ignoring the environmental problems they created for themselves by being so successful (i.e. exceeding the ecological carrying capacity of their own environment)…. This is the only lesson that we should have – but have very obviously not – learned from the example of the Mayan civilisation: If we ignore our environmental problems they have a tendency to overwhelm us.

    However, please don’t let me put you off sharing your passion for people everywhere to renew their minds; and renew their thinking. One thing is for sure; we cannot go on like we have been doing for the last 250 years. Nature will not permit it; we cannot ignore the nature of reality; nor pretend that we are not part of it. If we do not live in harmony with Nature, I think we can be sure that it will have the last word…

  6. I looked closer at this organization. It is out of PARK avenue and connected to the political situations in the Congo. I have a hard time trusting such organizations because I am aware of how these large organizations that aide countries around the world. This feels like the manipulation of the feminine under the guise of a cause for money and some behind the scenes political move that we will never know about.

    In order to stop this violence we must all stop and heal our own wounds and stand up and protect our children around the world. Just my humble opinion. I “unliked” this organization because it feels like a pop social media manipulation funded by underground agencies. I choose in 2013 to call it like I see and feel it.

    Thank you Jennifer for keeping your VOICE!

  7. completion of the sentence above… “I have a hard time trusting such organizations because I am aware of how these large organizations that aide countries around the world….OPERATE.” When Kony happened last year…it was a fabrication and manipulation of an existing story with a target audience of school aged children (including my child). I was furious that these organizations would target my child to stop war crimes.” Now they are playing on rape victims via women to achieve something in the Congo…I am not buying it.”

    • Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

       /  January 17, 2013

      By “this organization” I assume you mean One Billion Rising, which is affiliated with Eve Ensler’s V-Day organization, right? I know what you mean, and share your mixed feelings. On the other hand, working with teenagers as I do, I have to concede that so much effective activism in that age group happens in pop culture terms. The KONY 2012 thing was a huge wake-up call about being discerning and careful about where you put your energies–and BTW I never bought into their campaign because I saw it as too narrowly focused, in strange ways. But a worldwide movement to mobilize women to stand up to oppose violence….can’t ignore that. Have to give it some credit. But also have to question where they’re coming from, as you do, and make sure that they are ethical. I have been following Ensler’s work in the Congo for a while, and she has achieved some good things for women there, so I don’t write her off on that account. I don’t write her off on any account, really–she has been a powerhouse of an advocate for women of all ages and from all backgrounds, and I have a lot of respect for her. I just don’t think that dancing is going to meet ANYTHING to men who rape. In fact, it might turn them on! I think we need to play harder ball, as they do.


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