Bits and Bites of Everyday Life/Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair

Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

We have survived the 'end-of-the-world'! Now what?

By Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair
True North Perspective

Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair is the author of The Neglected Garden and two French novels. Visit her website to learn more www.albertevilleneuve.ca.

“Friday evening! We’ve had a whopper of a snowstorm, but other than that, I’m still safe and sound. The Christmas tree is lit, so are the outdoor lights. All is calm, all is bright! Christmas is coming and I only have a few more gifts to wrap.” (December 21, 9:16 p.m.)

Dear friends, we are still here! Having celebrated Christmas and New Year, we now look forward to this new beginning. Out with the old and on with the new!

Much was said about the end of the world occurring on December 21, 2012. I laughed when Denis Gratton (Le Droit) mentioned a call from a distraught woman who was very worried about this possibility. Denis joked that you could always take this opportunity to max out your credit cards and go on a trip to Hawaii, Australia, or Tahiti… or you might want to tell your boss exactly what’s on your mind. You might treat yourself to the most outrageous “poutine”!

Unfortunately, many people took the threat seriously and spent hours obsessing about the “perceived” Mayan prediction that the world would come to an end. When I visited Chichen Itza in February 2007, our guide insisted the reason the Mayans had stopped keeping track of their perpetual calendar divided in “baktuns” (394-year cycles) had nothing to do with the end of the world. Why the abrupt cessation? It was unclear: crop failures, natural disasters, climate change or brutal wars between rulers… no one knows for sure. What we do know is the Mayans moved on and settled elsewhere.

I agree with Genaro Hernandez, one of the celebrants who welcomed the new day in Chichen Itza on December 21. “This world is being reborn as a better world.” Ivan Gutierrez, who was also present affirmed, “We are in a frequency of love, we are in a new vibration.”

Humans are the ones who created paranoia around this. In Would you be an angel? I wrote: “Too often, we react to the unexpected by getting mad, by seeing only the negative aspects of a situation, by becoming anxious, depressed or paranoid... ” And opportunists are always there to feed on mass paranoia. Some scientists and religious leaders use paranoia to manipulate their followers. Companies used the “Prepper” movement to sell survival kits, shelters, guns and munitions while others offered survival training. The film, video game and toy industry also cashed in on the catastrophe mentality. I can’t help but wonder if all this played a major role in Adam Lanza’s paranoia and final shooting rampage. His mother, a “survivalist”, had trained with weapons and taken her son to practice. I can only imagine the atmosphere in that household!

In the clutch of paranoia, “We momentarily forget that to every problem there is a solution. We cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel if we let ourselves be dragged down into a slower, lower, more negative energy.” (Would you be an angel?)

So where do we go from there? At the June 2012 “I Can Do It” weekend in Toronto, Doreen Virtue talked about a new era, one where we will question everything and Wayne Dyer assured us that the universal law that created miracles has not been repealed. So I will trust that great things are in the works.

The upcoming 2013 Chinese year of the Water Snake predicts an improving trend. “Natural or man-made disasters and energy of hostility will be reduced. A new sense of peace will fill the year. Countries will display more diplomacy and goodwill among each other and there will be sufficient resources for a new prosperity to prevail.”

Wishing you love in everything you do! Cheers!

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