Time is coming to its end … soon, a new time will begin …
A great wave of time that began long ago is all but finished. All that is new has been ventured, all variations explored, all experiments are now done. Time is spent, and there is no more. A 26,000 year Age arose like a great flowering, a meadow ablaze with colour and beauty. At season’s end, all has fallen to decay, as nature/creation dictates.
Nature takes the simplest shape, and then repeats – or iterates – it over and over throughout the manifest universe. So even the tiniest detail of the largest construct is identical to the whole, it’s kind of holographic in a way. She always follows the most elegant and efficient path, and fractal geometry is her path of choice – you can see nature’s signature everywhere, in the clouds, plants, animal markings, shells and more.
In the mid ’70’s philosopher and ethnobotanist Terence McKenna published a book entitled The Invisible Landscape, in which he introduced a concept of fractal time. Time, like everything else in nature, is fractal – cyclically repeating in ever tighter rounds. Nowhere in nature does anything move in a straight line – like the false linear calendars and clocks to which most of us calibrate our lives. Time is a compounding and cascading spiral closing in upon itself. And we have all but reached the end point in our own cascading spiral of time.
McKenna’s experiment produced a waveform that maps out ‘novelty’ across time in an ever tighter spiral from Big Bang to Eschaton, the end of time. The wave ends 21 st December 2012, the omega point. He reached this end date without knowledge of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, and before John Major Jenkins published his research on the subject. A compelling validation.
The waveform shows that novelty increases over time until we reach the end state of human history. Ten thousand years ago, our ancestors began to domesticate animals, 500 years ago the printing press was invented, 50 years ago saw the first computers, and 40 years ago man landed on the Moon. Everywhere now the speed of change is accelerating – population, computing power, speed of transport, natural and man-made cataclysms, and so on. The Timewave ‘flatlines’ when it reaches 21st December 2012, when time and novelty condense to a singularity.
McKenna’s theory suggests that on December 21st 2012, coincidental with the galactic centre solstice alignment and Mayan end date, levels of planetary novelty will exponentially increase, reaching a singularity of immense density when everything new that can be imagined will happen all at once within a single pinpoint of time. As if some kind of gestation will reach its limits, and the world may begin a descent down a birth canal toward something completely unimaginable, ultranormal.
This last age of a great 26,000 year cycle began more than 5,000 years ago with humanity’s lurch towards an artificial life. It was a separating movement, away from the rhythm and love and beauty of nature. Over this past five thousand years history has marvelled at its own achievements – the creativity and inventiveness of humanity’s conquering power over nature. Wars and their champions have also been glorified, one people conquering and subjugating another. Today, the world bears the fruits of this historical age – we live in the shadow of the great devastation of our Earth.
Astrology and the great age cycles, the Mayan Long Count Calendar, the McKenna brothers’ Fractals, the I Ching – all are attempts to describe our journey through time. And all of them, all of these disparate threads, independently converge at this single point in time – 21st December 2012. Jung would have perhaps been impressed by this incredible, multitudinous synchronicity.
I am thankful for the cyclic nature of time. I have faith in a future written in the signs of heaven, and I am moved by a beauty beyond this world, shimmering and filling me with hope .. like Samwise Gamgee, as he looks up from the pollution and desolation of Mordor:
There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach
The stars in the high heavens have witnessed the dark of this Time as the world fell and separated from a benign universe, creating duality and cruelty as it split everything in two, even to the tiniest atom – setting one thing against another.
Time is woven into the fabric of space, it is endless, it moves in cyclic waves, and when you dream you dream in cycles. Life, existence, movement, all move in cycles. All life unfolds in spiral motion, like flowers. The heart has a cyclic beat, and the cycle of life contains within it the finite cycles of the heart. This world has come to the end of time. In its winter of existence, nothing more can grow – all is contained now in the heart of the Universe, and we are turning once more to face its emanating Light, as the Earth at the end of winter turns to face the Sun.
Now near the end, some people seem to avoid looking at themselves or the world they have created. They have invested their lives in a shadow, a mirage. In a moment the times will change. The new world will not be as the old one, which is all but finished. In the new day of this world, light shall pour down and renew all that was good but fallen. No more violence or hurt, a new Earth, a new Sun, a new world.
Photo credits: ‘Crowded Street’, Yvonne Mous, Winner, Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007. Fractal trees, Edible Fractal, clouds, miqel. Fibonacci Shell, Future Earth. Cascading time spiral, Godlike Productions. Timewave Graph, Above Top Secret.
Quote: The Return of the King, J R R Tolkien, Folio 1977, p 209