Deb McBride

December, 2012

The Mayans

December 19, 2012

So, here we are at the end of December 2012.  The month we have been hearing about for several years, relative to the Mayan calendar. All sorts of doomsday rumors have filled the media, saying it’s the end of the world because the Mayan calendar ends on December 21st. There are jokes about it, there are websites saying it’s nothing and conversely there are websites saying this is judgment day, etc, etc, etc. 

I had a rare opportunity in October. On Sunday October 28, as NYC hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy, my good friend Itzhak Beery called me to join him and others that afternoon in a gathering with the Mayan Elders from Guatemala. Since it was happening prior to the citywide shut-down, I thought “When do I ever get a chance to meet the Mayan Elders?” and I hopped on a train to the Upper West Side to meet Itzhak. He had explained to me that the Mayans were visiting New York to “straighten out this whole 2012 mess.” They had gone to the spiritual arm of the United Nations to discuss the events this year and what December is really about. Itzhak runs the NY Shamanic Circle and he was asked to be part of the group that helped to host the Maya’s trip to the city.

For the first time in their history, the four elder gentlemen who are considered the highest spiritual leaders of the Mayan Order came to New York to visit and discuss their rare cosmological event. They were led by Don Tomas Calvo, who is described as the equivalent of the Mayan Pope, as he is their highest moral authority. None of these men spoke English, they spoke their native language of Chichen, one of the men translated into Spanish, then another, younger man who was with them translated into English. They were dressed in their traditional Mayan embroidered garments.

It was fascinating and yet so simple. Essentially, there was a time thousands of years ago when the Mayan ancestors noted a unique cosmological alignment happening on December 20, 2012. This alignment happens once every 64,000 years. This is the ending of one period of consciousness and the beginning of a new era. They made it very clear that this is not the end of the world, there is no reason to be afraid and this is a time of joy and celebration. They believe that this is a major transition in consciousness and an opportunity to “realign with the feminine principles of love, gratitude, care and respect for both humanity and our environment.” 

Itzhak asked me if I wanted to meet them and we walked over to where they were standing and they greeted me, one by one with a hug and a grand smile. These men were so filled with love and light that everything else in society and our world seemed frivolous. We didn’t speak the same language, but we didn’t need to – spirits connect and language is transcended. 

The Maya want everyone to know that they are welcome to join them in Guatemala for this celebration. If you are interested, please visit their website: for more information. Otherwise, share this message with your friends and on December 20, light a candle and take time for a ritual to welcome in the spirit of the higher consciousness. 
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