NATURAL TIME AND EXPANDING AWARENESS
Time is an integral part of western society, so much so that it is often taken for granted. We move through an unending series of appointments and schedules, equating time and money, the essential part of our value system. If we are able to take the time to relax we often experience an unfortunate result of this view of time, unconsciously unable to disconnect from a hurried and uncomfortable pace. How many vacations are spent visiting seven cities in eight days? What happened to eating when we are hungry, instead of at a pre-determined "lunch time?" This is not the way other living things on Earth exist. Is a clock driven life our birthright as conscious human beings?
This perception of time is a logical result of following timing rhythms which have no relationship to the world we live in. The history of our current calendar shows it to be patchwork of artificially devised cycles. The uneven lengths of our months require us to remember a kindergarten poem instead of having any logical, natural basis. "Thirty days hath September..." The names of the months no longer relate to each month's position in the cycle. December is based on ten, Dec..., but it is our twelfth month, September is based on seven, Sept..., but it is our ninth month.
Our current calendar system is called the Gregorian calendar because it was created when Pope Gregory the Thirteenth called for a calendar revision in 1582. He had the task of realigning the Roman Julian calendar in use at that time, which had become out of synch due to the solar years 365.25 day cycle, so that seasonal holidays would again fall at the appropriate times. Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus had already added months, July and August, to commemorate themselves and create a twelve month calendar. Pope Gregory added some uneven day numbers for the months and gave us the leap year. These cycles provide a mechanism by which we can synchronize with each other but do not reflect anything in nature nor are they even regular monthly cycles.
Thus we are given a structure into which we are required to immerse ourselves to operate in society, unconsciously attached to a rhythm which is out of phase with the rest of our world. This disconnects us from the infinite sources of information which would be available to us if we were in synch with the world around us. Emotional cycles, biorhythmic patterns and cycles in our eating and sleeping habits could be more readily available to us as modes of self awareness if we only were following regular rhythms. Synchronicities or seemingly planned coincidences, those events which can intuitively help expand our awareness, are recognizable and present when we are in phase with our world.
Many cultures have traditionally followed calendars based on natural Earth cycles for the intent purpose of remaining connected to their world and each other. The astronomers of old were often also priests, studying the cycles of the Earth, the moon and the cosmos to keep this connection intact. One of the common features of Celtic, Mayan and Egyptian calendars was a 28 day month cycle. This cycle closely approximates the sidereal cycle of the moon, the time it takes for one lunar orbit. Thirteen of these cycles, plus one day, equals one solar year of 365 days. Historically, thirteen became a superstitious number and was avoided, even though the central point in a group of twelve always yields thirteen. Perhaps we lost our awareness of our central selves when we resisted acknowledging that thirteen exists so naturally in our world. This cycle even exist physiologically in our human bodies, since emotional cycles and womens cycles follow this pattern.
The Mayan calendar system is particularly unique in its precision and complexity. The Maya followed seventeen different calendars, tracking the Earth, the moon, Venus, Mars and were accurate in dealing with the extra quarter of a day per year which gives us our leap year. The most unique and sacred of these calendars was the Tzolkin, a 260 day cycle the Maya considered to be galactic, applying on Earth and beyond. Our science has recognized that this cycle is relevant when dealing with orbiting planetary bodies. This 260 day cycle is based on a combination of 13 tones of movement through creation and 20 solar tribes or archetypical units of measure. The people following the calendar were thus invited to connect with many different energy possibilities every day, instead of our current connection to the day in terms of the seven days of the week, just Monday through Sunday.
Jose Arguelles, who organized the Harmonic Convergence of 1987 and inspired Earth Day with the first Whole Earth Festival in 1970, along with Lloydine Arguelles, have created a system for applying these naturals rhythms of the Maya to our current world. Called the Dreamspell calendar system, it is based on alignments presented in the Books of Chilam Balam, one of the few remaining written Mayan works. The intent of this Dreamspell calendar is to invite us to reconnect with ourselves, each other and all of Earth through the practice of following natural timing cycles. Using this system we are able to identify the energy of each day as a combination of one of 13 tones and one of 20 tribes, compare that energy to the day we were born, align with our position in the moon cycle and follow any other one of a limitless number of different cycles which may be of interest to us. The only requirement is a desire to have fun.
The Dreamspell suggests that the rhythm of the 13:20 is a more natural rhythm, especially in light of our 13 primary joints in the human body and 20 fingers and toes. Connecting with this rhythm will help us realign with a priority beyond that of the time is money perception of the 12:60 rhythm of 12 months and 60 minutes in an hour. This new perspective is one described as time equals art, where creativity flows for its own sake and the joy of expressing, not just for the dollar outcome.
In addition to this calendar system, the Arguelles have created a practice to reconnect ourselves to the grid of thought forms around the planet. Called the Rinri Project, participants take an active part in seeding thought forms consciously into this grid or psi bank in order to share this connection with all beings. Also, the Twenty Tablets of the Law of Time was developed to actively expand and awaken our genetic heritage. Using the 64 symbols of the I-Ching, a 5000 year old Chinese practice, as representations of our 64 DNA codons, this 16 year practice provides a template for consciously connecting with our genetic code.
The Arguelles have also initiated the Thirteen Moon Calendar Change Peace Plan, a global organization dedicated to peace through sharing the benefits of following natural timing cycles. Planet Art Network groups have been created, inspired by the work of Nicholas Roerich, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who initiated a global peace agreement allowing countries at war to protect culture by flying a banner over sites of scientific, artistic or educational significance. By simply expanding the definition of culture to include all of the people as well as our biosphere, through the phrase "Peace is the culture of the biosphere," the Arguelles hope to focus awareness on the calendars effect on the current state of governmental interaction. Through Planet Art Network groups in Brazil, Chile, Hawaii, USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Hong Kong and other locations, educational materials, group meetings and workshops are bringing the message of peace through natural time. Presentations have been given at the United Nations and the Vatican.