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No Truth To “End Of The World” Rumors

Hope — not Hype — In Store for 2013 says Ramtha School Founder

Rampant rumors about the demise of the world later this month are nothing but superstition and a misreading of the Mayan calendar.  So says JZ Knight, Founder and President of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment.

“Don’t run up your credit cards to the maximum limit or engage in other foolish behavior,” advises Knight. “There is no Apocalypse on the horizon, and 2013 will be coming soon.” NASA agrees, stating recently on their web site, “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

Much of the hype about the “end of the world” emanates from popular interpretations of the long-count Mayan calendar which reaches a finish point later this month. Many experts and historians agree this calendar, which started about 3114 B.C., predicted the end of a cycle, not the end of the world.  This means a new era starts in 2013, and there are no End Times on the way.

An archaeologist at Boston University, William Saturno, told Science magazine recent discoveries of Mayan wall writings in Guatemala showed calendars that predicted the future well beyond 2012.  “So much for the supposed end of the world,” Saturno says.

Besides the Mayan calendar, many people have become alarmed by global warming and the effects on the environment.  A recent report by the World Bank predicts sea levels could rise by three feet or more by the year 2100, causing massive flooding in nations from Mexico to Mozambique to the Philippines, with a major depletion of crop yields in the U.S., India, and Australia.

“A 4-degree Celsius (warmer) world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in the report. It “can, and must, be avoided.”

“At Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, we understand that the end of every cycle is a time of transition and renewal,” Knight said.  “Some of Earth’s transitions will be difficult for us, so it is highly important for everyone to maintain a sense of self-reliance.  To heal the Earth we have to change the way we live.  We can replant and reuse, learn to grow our own food, and become less of a burden on the environment.”

Knight says 2013 will offer more hope and less hype as the dialogue focuses on the renewal of the Earth rather than its demise.

About Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) was established in 1988 by Ramtha the Enlightened One as an academy of the mind that offers retreats and workshops to participants from all over the world and from all walks of life. Using ancient wisdom and the latest discoveries in neuroscience and quantum physics, RSE teaches students how to access the extraordinary abilities of the brain to “Become a Remarkable Life®.” Ramtha’s teachings are not a religion. They offer a unique perspective from which to view the mystery of life. For more information, please visit www.ramtha.com.

Exploring the Maya World in 2012

by Ron Mader

There are an estimated 7 million indigenous Maya living in southern Mexico and northern Central America at the start of the 21st century.

Look for an increase in tours and events focusing on the Maya in the coming year. Why? The Maya calendar is said to conclude its current cycle on December 21, 2012. The period leading up to the winter solstice in 2012, as well as this particular day, we reckon will be more of the same, bringing what Rob Brezsny says will be the “usual rate of breakdowns and breakthroughs that has characterized the last two decades.”

The breakthrough we would like to see is one in which we learn more from the Maya themselves. We’d like to see tourism that benefits the indigenous communities and in which locals have a greater voice. Please no more replica villages created and funded by outsiders. It would be great to see authentic collaboration among Maya leaders, communities and the national and international tourism players. Instead of performing in shows written about them, if the Maya wanted, they could engage visitors face-to-face. Visitors just need to know where they are invited.

Planeta.com will be updating regional guides. Suggestions are welcome.

Editors of the Planeta Wiki are invited to update the Exploring the Maya World. Let us know what events are taking place within the region and outside.

We would like to extend a cordial invitation to Maya tour operators and tour operators working with Maya communities to share what you are doing online Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

If funding permits, we will roll out a new call for nominees for the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. 2012 could be a pivotal year indeed.

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