“2012: Time for Change.” (2010). Cast: Daniel Pinchbeck. Director: João Amorim. Source Material: Daniel Pinchbeck (2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl). www.2012timeforchange.com
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” That advice could be looked upon as sage wisdom under almost any circumstances, but its relevance now is, arguably, greater than it ever has been. Given the many challenges we face in the modern world, coupled with growing concern related to the ancient prophecies of indigenous peoples (like the Mayans) about its impending fate, the time to take heed of that wisdom is now. Looking for ways to address these issues isn’t always easy considering the long to-do list we’ve compiled for ourselves (both personally and collectively), so that’s where the inspiration provided by films like “2012: Time for Change” becomes particularly important.
This recently released documentary follows journalist and social activist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the best seller 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, in his search for solutions to address the world’s ills at both the macro and micro levels. While many of these issues have been on the planetary radar for some time (as illustrated in some of the film’s archival footage), they have taken on added significance in recent years with the increased attention being placed on the prophecies of many of the globe’s native societies. Some have interpreted these longstanding legends in eerily ominous ways by pointing to recent developments (like some of those cited in the film) as evidence of the fulfillment of these predictions. Particular attention has been paid (both in the film and otherwise) to the Mayan calendar, which is set to end on December 21, 2012; it’s a date that some believe marks the end of the world.
So is the world really coming to an end in two years? That’s impossible to predict with absolute certainty at this point, but most Mayans would say no, contending that their prophecy has been misinterpreted, and Pinchbeck would appear to concur with their assessment. However, this is not to suggest that 2012 is without significance, especially since it shows up in the legends of so many native cultures around the planet. But what exactly is the nature of that significance?
Pinchbeck and many Mayans believe that 2012 marks a turning point, a time when mankind will need to face up to what we’ve created in the modern world and start working in earnest to turn things around if we hope to survive as a species. 2012 is seen as a time when we will awaken to the need to replace today’s throw-away culture, marked by its qualities of greed and competition, with one based on sustainability, mutual support and cooperation. It’s a change aimed at affecting all areas of our existence, from economics to the environment to the fundamental ways in which we design the elements of daily living.
Such notions certainly carry much merit. But how exactly do we turn things around? This relates back to what Gandhi said about being the change we wish to see in the world; it starts with us, changing who we are, by going within and reconnecting to the spiritual aspects of ourselves from which we’ve become so utterly disconnected. By changing ourselves, we give ourselves the chance to change the world around us, the one that every practitioner of conscious creation/law of attraction principles knows we create with our innermost thoughts, beliefs and intents.
To this end, Pinchbeck notes several techniques that we can employ to accomplish this, such as practicing yoga or transcendental meditation and even partaking in the controlled use of psychedelic substances (most notably in initiatory ceremonies). From there, he then explores how we can draw upon our changed selves to alter our world in specific ways, such as employing new theories and practices in home and consumer product design, permaculture, energy efficiency, alternative currency systems and resource management. He introduces all of these concepts through interviews with experts, such as author and visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard, Institute of Noetic Sciences researcher Dean Radin and designer Buckminster Fuller (in archive footage), as well as devoted advocates of these various callings, including actress Ellen Page, filmmaker David Lynch and musician Sting. All combined, this agenda represents an ambitious undertaking, but it’s one that Pinchbeck sees as essential to our survival.
“2012: Time for Change” covers a lot of ground in its 85-minute runtime, but the ideas it proposes all merit serious consideration. Its use of interview footage, animation and archival material makes for a visually interesting mix, although the film’s flow at times could have been better had the segments been better distinguished from one another. But regardless of this shortcoming, the picture is worth viewing for its inspirational thinking. The film is currently showing in special screenings around the country, so visit the picture’s web site, www.2012timeforchange.com, for showings in your area.
We’re no doubt going to hear much more about 2012 as it fast approaches us. Some prognostications will view it with tremendous trepidation, while others will see it with boundless optimism. For his part, Pinchbeck would place himself in the latter category, choosing to see this time as a period of great potential, that this so-called apocalypse is a time of “uncovering” rather than a time of devastation. As the paradigm turns and we move to a new world, let us hope that we’re all on board with that line of thinking.
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