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I’ve been experiencing the world in a new and wonderful way of late. I’ve been reading (and reading and reading) about quantum physics and the way this new (ish) view of science has blown apart the disconnect between God and the physical world (science and spirituality). There are four books that have really shifted the way I think about the world: The Visionary Window by Amit Goswami, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness by Carl Calleman, and The Earth Path by Starhawk. In the new few blog posts, I will explain a bit of each book, and hopefully show how human consciousness is evolving and developing an amazing new ability, that of successfully accessing the collective consciousness.

Carl Calleman, a Swedish biologist who has been studying the Mayan Calendar for three decades, has suggested that the ancient Mayan Calendar was actually a recording of the quantum leaps of creative consciousness. His studies are based on carvings on an ancient Mayan stele at the Coba ruins in Mexico. On this stele, or “stone tree” the Mayans recorded several dates, reaching back billions and billions of years.

Calleman believes that the ancient Mayans were recording cycles of evolution. Each of the nine levels (represented by nine-stepped pyramids in Tikal and Palenque) record a major jump in consciousness. The evolution of cells, the jump from single celled organisms to mammals, mammals to anthropoids, anthropoids to homonids, the evolution of the ability to make art/use tools/speech, written language, and the industrial revolution were each past quantum leaps of consciousness, and each has its own recorded date on the stele. According to Calleman, these leaps in consciousness were generated by waves of creation emanating from the World Tree, which was raised by the First Father in 3115 B.C.E.

We are presently residing in the second to last quantum leap, the Galactic Underworld, recorded by the Mayans as beginning on January 5, 1999 and ending on October 28, 2011. The new level of consciousness we are developing during this underworld is no less than the transcendence of material addiction and a movement toward telepathy. Telepathy! Now, that might seem a bit much for some, but that’s not even the final stage. The last and final underworld, represented by the 9th and uppermost step on the Mayan pyramid, is the Universal Underworld, beginning on February 11, 2011 and ending, like the present Galactic Underworld, on October 28, 2011. This date is, according to Calleman, the actual date of the end of the calendar, rather than the oft proclaimed date of December 21, 2012.

On February 11, 2011 the waves generated by the World Tree will shift, causing humanity to begin a new evolutionary cycle toward cosmic consciousness. By the time the calendar ends, we will have entered into a world where it will no longer be necessary to measure time in the limiting, linear way that we have been for thousands of years. Creation will be occurring at such a fast rate that everything will be happening all at once. No apocalype, no laser beams of death, no wrath. Perhaps not quite as thrilling as the movie, but certainly just as intriguing.

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I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about the Apocalypse. I was sharing some new and interesting information I’d read about a Swedish biologist named Carl Calleman. Calleman’s theory is that the Mayan calendar traces the evolution of human consciousness through time starting billions of years ago with the birth of our Universe. The end of the calendar is not the end ofthe world, it is the end of the counting, the end of the constant waves of change that keep us (humanity) so unbalanced.

Then we got to talking about What the Bleep and the Elegant Universe. My friend mentioned in an offhand way that “pseudo-scientists” are taking over the world.

I was vaguely put off by the idea of pseudo-science. What did she mean, really? Obviously the overt meaning is that scientists who theorize about things we can’t sense (i.e. see, hear, feel, touch, smell) are not real scientists at all. There are physicists talking about string theory (the theory that elementary particles are long strings of light vibrating at different modes like guitar strings), multiverses (parallel universes or alternate realities, in which another you might exist) and, my all time favorite, brane theory (that alternate Universe in which you might live could actually exist upon the skin of one of those vibrating strings mentioned earlier). But these physicist’s ideas are all mathematical. They are squiggles on paper. We can’t see them.

Those physicists can’t produce qualitative experimental predictions. Their ideas don’t fit into our Newtonian mechanistic view of the world, a view that appeals to our logical mind. We like things that are categorized. We want to know the Latin name because when we know it we can put it away and we don’t have to think about it anymore. (Plus, it’s fun to impress people on hikes.) There is a lot to think about these days, after all.

But really, is it so unusual to want to see what you are being asked to believe? Is it so unusual to want predictable procedures or to be able to feel like you understand what is going on around you? In order for this order to exist, there needs to be policy, a predictable path from the hypothesis to the conclusion.

We live in a world where our inclination is to want to break down our surroundings into understandable (i.e. controllable) bite sized portions. But science is moving further and further into what reads more like the table of contents in a science fiction novel than a text book, asking us to make a wild leap of faith into accepting that our reality is no more than a vibration in a matrix of time and space.

In 1676 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, an uneducated Dutch tradesman, discovered a relatively simple way to make a microscope lens that could, with great patience and ample curiosity, magnify a specimen 200 times its actual size. Using his tiny glass lenses, Leeuwenhoek was the first to observe single-celled organisms. Imagine the shock and skepticism that must have transpired in the minds of the Royal Society when this fabric merchant began sending them letters describing the antics of the “very little living animalcules, very prettily a-moving,” moving through the “white matter, which [was] as thick as if ‘twere batter,” between his teeth “like a pike does through the water.”

Despite the fact that he had previously enjoyed a reputation as a credible observer with the Royal Society, Van Leeuwenhoek found himself thoroughly maligned after describing these animalcules. It took four years, a team of dedicated jurors and doctors, and an English vicar to see Van Leeuwenhoek’s observations vindicated.

Perhaps the answer is simpler than it first seems.

Rumi said “the middle path is the way to wisdom.” Some wise Egyptian said “one foot isn’t enough to walk with.” John Donne says that “reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right.”

Ian Xel Lundgold, a great teacher within the Mayan mysteries, said that creation (time) is speeding up as we approach the end of the Mayan calendar. Things are happening faster and faster as we move forward on our three-dimensional time line. The only way to stay focused in a world that is moving so fast, said Ian, is to be like a gyroscope. An odd, but fitting metaphor, in that a gyroscope is more balanced the faster it spins. Sometimes, when you don’t know which way to turn, keeping it in the middle is the best option.

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Do I really think that some black clad ninja type is sneaking around my street late at night, Petzl LED churlishy aglow, going into my trash receptacle looking for ketchup stained 0% APR! credit card invitations? Who would do such a thing in today’s high society, a lovely place where dedicated post people put blank, egg yolk free, unlimited fund balance transfer checks in my clean, dry mailbox?

On the other hand, Wikipedia offers would be identity thieves a list of seventeen time tested techniques for acquiring another’s personal information without their permission.

Wikipedia also boasts a full 48 inch article on paper shredders, in which a “paper shredder” is cleverly defined as “a mechanical device used to cut paper into chad, typically fine strips or particles.” Interestingly enough, according to the article, a 1984 Supreme Court case held that it is not illegal to rummage through someone’s garbage without a warrant. You threw it away, after all. see: Paper shredder. Here you will also find the NSA requirement for the destruction of classified documents. TOP SECRET!

The week after Christmas I spent $53 (including the 1 year service plan and a stack of “lubricating papers”) on a Staples brand paper shredder. It is an attractive berry colored model. It is a bit loud, but I couldn’t manage to spend the extra $30 on the whisper model. After all, I will be shredding top secret documents, not administering a test or tending the sick.

Five years ago someone stole my truck out of our driveway. I had left the keys in the ignition. I had also left a blank balance transfer check in the console, which the obviously highly intelligent thief used to purchase a 1986 Chevy Blazer. Both vehicles (my truck and the Blazer) were found totaled on some back road between Eugene and Corvallis. A long pink-frosted plastic fingernail was found at the scene of the crash. I thought the police might try for a DNA sample, but apparently they “don’t generally do that sort of thing for stolen vehicles.”

If only I had properly shredded that check! However, the ninja man creeps back up the black top of my mind as I read the following:

In some cases it is technically possible to reassemble the pieces of shredded documents; the feasibility of such a project is a cost-to-benefit calculation. If the chad is not further randomized, the “noodles” that belonged to the same document tend come out of the shredder close to each other and remain roughly in that configuration. Furthermore, when the documents are fed to the shredder in a way that the lines of text are not perpendicular to the shredder blades, portions of text may remain legible on the stripes.If the shredder doesn’t cut paper small enough, confidential documents could be removed from the trash, reassembled and read by criminals. This can lead to corporate espionage as dumpster diving is the easiest way for professional thieves to steal sensitive information from businesses.

Apparently, the Fraunhofer-IPK institute developed “Stasi-Schnipselmaschine” (Stasi snippet machine) for computerized paper shred reconstruction after paying dozens of people to reconstruct hundreds of garbage bags full of paper noodlage from the East German secret police. They worked feverishly for six years at their task. How long would it take one diabolical sneaker to reconstruct my bank statement? Three weeks? Four perhaps?

Maybe when I get my tax return I’ll look into the Schleicher Intimus 007 S cross-cut model which was used to shred the infamous Iran-Contra documents. Perhaps then I’ll get some sleep at night.

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