A Guest Post From Lou Catarino on 2012

This is a guest post from one of our loyal readers, Lou Catarino.

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Zazen & 2012

2012 is here.

Now what?

Do we really have only 11 more months to live?

Is this the apocalypse?

The end of times?

We really are self-centered as a species.

We think that everything is there for us. Countless species have disappeared since life begun but we think we are the only one that matters.

Are we really the only animals that  are self-aware ?

Have you seen a primate looking at the horizon at sunset for no apparent reason ?

The Mayan Calendar

Perhaps the Mayans were onto something.

We have been a species now for thousands of years.

They had the incredible ability to understand the stars and, maybe, the cosmos.

Where did they get the knowledge ? Why did their calendar end this year ? Or does it ? Did they just run out of rock like the cartoon says ?

It’s a big hoopla with lots of bells and whistles.

After all, December 21 2012 just means it is the end of a Mayan baktun:

“A baktun (properly b’ak’tun) is 20 katun cycles of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. It contains 144,000 days, equal to 394.26 tropical years. The Classic period of Maya civilization occurred during the 8th and 9th baktuns of the current calendrical cycle. The current (13th) baktun will end, or be completed, on (December 21, 2012 using the GMT correlation). This also marks the beginning of the 14th baktun, as such a term is usually used among Mayanists.”

So let us celebrate the beginning of the new baktun from now on.

I welcome you 14th baktun!

Meanwhile, the big illusion will continue to dazzle us with its enticing array of smells, ideas, stories, people, sunrises, etc., and it tailors itself to each and everyone of us.

We are special indeed.

Which brings me to zazen and the new year.

We all know that discipline is required in any worthwhile pursuit.

If you are a procrastinator you do know that the first step is always the most difficult. We have to give the brain circuitry time to adapt itself to the new reality.

But it works.

Neuroplasticity has proven it.

Buddhist Monks

This has to be one of the most intense eras of the human race. The rate of speed that knowledge spreading is mind boggling. We are communicating at the speed of light, no?

No wonder the powers that be are scared. Or are they?

I want to believe that a new world will emerge from all of this yet I wonder about the eternal samsara and all. Are we just deluding ourselves about social justice and a new world order based on the wants of the 99 percenters ? Or will the present day feudal lords continue to maintain their iron grip over the world’s money supply ?

Create a dream.

Make people want it.

Make it accessible by issuing paper and call it money.

We are all therefore indebted.

I would like the coming year to reflect all the previous years of growth from my own life all all the masters since antiquity. We all know what to do.

This is my first step.

It is a series of efforts that I aim for every day.

And it changes , like a scented wind entering a village, continuously.

Water. Zazen. Sunshine. Diet. Community. Sacred herb. Exercise. Yoga…and  everything else that works.



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7 Responses to A Guest Post From Lou Catarino on 2012

  1. Pingback: Zazen and 2012 | Tales from the Conspiratum

  2. judithatwood says:

    Thank you, Lou, for explaining once again that is a part of a calendar, and that any day we decide to live in peace, and love one another, and nurture one another, can be the beginning of a new age..

  3. bneal817 says:

    The One Self is awakening – through you, through me, through all of mankind.

    Water. Zazen. Sunshine. Etc… sounds like a winning formula.

    Breathe. Love. Evolve.

  4. Now to reply to this post.

    I agre with you and have often wondered how the elite will handle this consciouness shift. If the Universe is demanded we change, surely the elite we feel this call to love as well. Is it wishful thinking that we believe a Utopia is on the horizon. I do not think so. Every major religion, including the Mayans has prophesied this time. In the Bible it is known as the Apocolypse, the I Ching discusses it, as does the Bhagavad Gita. In all of these accounts, including the Mayan one, we end up with a thousand years of peace on earth. If it is wishful thinking, we have been wishing for this day for thousands of years.

    As far as the elite go, I do not imagine they will let go easily. All of the prophesies also fortell of a destruction of humanity involving fire and brimstone and the end of the world. The Utopia is afterwards. I imagine that when the 99 percent rise up, they will need to take what is their’s. Probably forcefully at first.

    Enter the Alternate Economy. When the 99% does finally wake up, they will want a viable option to overthrow the elite. By forming a bank they will be able to beat the elite at their own game. My blog and website go into tremendous detail about this part. Once we are ready to live in Love, the Alternate Economy will only seem like the natural next step. An economy of Generosity is on the horizon, but it will be a messy couple of years to get there…

  5. switch607 says:

    this was incredibly sporadic and proved nothing.

    neuroplasticity is an incedible science.

    the hard brain of evolutionary science dominated by the monamine theory of depression and arousal will change into neuroplasticity, where the mind will be seeing as a constant work in process, epigenetics will become more prominent, and so will things like tumeric and herbs used to help mold the brain in exciting ways.

    why does showing that the mayans believed 2012 to be the next bakhtum somehow counter-argues every other claim being made about the arrangements of the universe?

    do you not believe we are facing imminent economic global collapse, a jobless future, with power grid failures, hurricanes, massive wildfires, diseases, and power elite attack? you think this is just another year… thats fine. why blog about it then?

    • Why comment on it then? I think you don’t appreciate others opinions and are probably very selfish. But hey, who really cares right? In the grand scheme of things our own individual lives mean JACK SHIT and you know it. If you deny that, you are lying. Think about how vast and infinite the universe is. The universe doesn’t have feelings and it doesn’t give a fuck about you, much like how Lou probably doesn’t give a fuck about your closed-minded opinion.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Great post Lou,

    I love both of your blogs.

    I would also love to make a guest post on this site, if you guys would be interested. I have lots to say on this topic!


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