Living in the Shadow of the End Times
Many of us have been steeped in doomsday predictions since we were old enough to be aware of the wider world. Some of us have watched the Nostradamus documentary, “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow”, and then spent years waiting for the seer’s various grim predictions to come to pass. People half-jokingly describe their contingency plans for when humans start resorting to cannibalism, or when nuclear war destroys most of life on Earth.
In recent decades, popular sentiments around these sorts of end-times scenarios began to shift. It seemed likelier that the human race would meet its demise through environmental catastrophe rather than through any devastation wreaked by an atomic bomb. The media swarms with dire forecasts for the future. Many of these have now reached their culmination with all the talk of global warming, the end of the Mayan calendar, the film “2012” and other apocalyptic hoopla.
No one, no matter how psychically-inclined they may be, can predict the future with unerring accuracy. We are each creating our personal reality in every moment. Even the past is not as concrete as it appears to our perception. But it’s obvious that those of us who’re alive in this time and place have incarnated into a overarching scenario wherein the life of the Earth is in jeopardy. Some New Age thinkers, as well as channelers such as Edgar Cayce, have claimed that this crisis has been precipitated before. It was faced by peoples long vanished, who are now only hinted at in our murkiest legends (Lemuria, Mu and Atlantis are among the best-known examples of such vanished civilizations).
It’s possible that we all possess some unconscious knowledge that pertains to this crisis. We are not living in the “shadow of the end times” by accident. On some levels this experience is familiar. On the inside, none of us are really surprised to see it manifesting, even though we may be shocked, frightened and upset on the surface. The arrival of this crisis was somehow expected, just like the advent of swift technological progress was. Perhaps we anticipated such things because we chose to be born in this age in order to meet such challenges.
For any adventure of consciousness to have meaning, the risks must be real. We learn the value of life partially through our awareness of what we stand to lose. This suggests that we are emotionally and spiritually equipped to rise to this crisis and prevail. At the same time, no faith, karma, or fate can ensure that we actually will overcome this. Freedom of choice is ours, and we are responsible for both the triumphs and the tragedies that we manifest through our use of our divine gift of creativity.