Up until five years ago the Mayan calendar attracted a lot of attention from people all over the world especially as it was presented by a number of leading proponents of this that a major transformation was going to happen on the date December 21, 2012. Jose Argüelles for instance said of this date: “Then it shall be ready. The unique moment, the moment of total planetary synchronization, 188.8.131.52.0 on the beam will arrive– that closing out not only of the Great Cycle, but of the evolutionary interim called Homo sapiens. Amidst festive preparation and awesome galactic-solar signs psychically received, the human race, …, will unify as a single circuit…. At last, Earth will be ready for the emergence into inter-planetary civilization. Then, as if a switch were being thrown, a great voltage will race through this finally synchronized and integrated circuit called humanity. The Earth itself will be illumined.” As another prediction, Geoff Stray, author of several books based on the end date of December 21, 2012 and a main supporter of John Major Jenkins idea of a “Galactic Alignment” on this date (which notably together with the existence of a 26,000 year cycle lacked any support in Mayan texts) argued that this would trigger a burst of dimethyl-tryptamine in people that would lead to large-scale collective enlightenment. To these should be added a large number of less credible people making prophecies about an end of the world on this particular date, which many people actually believed. In contrast to most other Maya experts at that time, The Big Media such as History Channel constantly ran documentaries falsely presenting it as if the December 21, date was what the Mayan calendar was all about and the Hollywood disaster movie 2012 had exactly the same message. I however argued that nothing would happen on December 21, 2012, mostly because I knew it to be a miscalculation of the shift date as it did not have the 13 Ahau quality. To create clarity about these matters remains important not the least because the perception of the Mayan calendar by people at large is still very much colored by the abovementioned predictions. It is thus high time to ask the question: “Did the things predicted for December 21, 2012 really happen?” especially since the world in the era of Trumputinism on the surface seems to be going in a very different direction.
Most people would probably say that indeed nothing like what had been prophesized happened on December 21, 2012, which was an unusually uneventful day. The result of the failure of these predictions has been that overall, the Mayan calendar has falsely come to be be perceived as inaccurate on a very large scale. Yet, of course, people and also real or self-proclaimed calendar experts do make mistakes and to make mistakes is human. I and many other people are probably willing to accept mistakes if they are recognized and dealt with appropriately. Integrity in this case would mean to recognize that for some reason the predictions had failed, take responsibility for this and in the best of cases provide an explanation to why a mistake had been made and self-correct. Unless this is done, the perception people have of the Mayan calendar may remain distorted. It should then also be noted that such a distortion is in the interest of strong forces working against the development towards a more egalitarian world. The failure of the predictions regarding December 21, 2012 probably still has an influence on people, who have come to believe that it was the Mayan calendar that was flawed. Unfortunately, José Argüelles can no longer give his view as he passed away in 2011, but many of his followers still continue to promote his calendar even though the main prophecy it was built on did not play out. Many of the other persons advocating that there would be a sudden change on December 21, 2012 could still try to explain why their predictions did not play out, which would facilitate for a deepened understanding of the Mayan calendar to emerge. I should here admit that also I made some exaggerated claims regarding what would happen in 2011. I have however taken responsibility for these in a couple of articles and presented a corrected view of the Mayan calendar in The Nine Waves of Creation. The concept of nine waves in the quantum field still holds very much true and are supported by massive evidence and so do several predictions I made in the past. Yet, what has come out of correcting my previous view of the future is an understanding of how these waves are changing the world beyond the shift on October 28, 2011. It has been said that this is a “milestone book” that “takes us as far as we can get” and on my own part I believe that it will help us leave the earlier inconsistencies and misunderstandings about the Mayan calendar behind. As a result I believe that the Mayan calendar, correctly understood, is more powerful and potentially more important in the lives of people than ever before. It is through such a critical process incorporating new knowledge and correcting false concepts, that science, and in this case human understanding more broadly must move forward.