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Life is circular, transcendent, as Mayans knew

January 02, 2013 - For those of you who may not have noticed, the world ended last month. Not the physical world, as many had predicted, but the world as we know it.

This may not be news worthy as it happens all the time, "I die every day" (1Cor 15:31) says the Apostle Paul. The person I was yesterday no longer exists. Today, I am a "new creation" (2Cor 5:17). It is up to me to choose what the "new creation" will be for me. If I continue to look back at what was, hoping for what used to be, or focus on the future of what may or may not occur then I miss the gift of new life that is available to me in this now moment. The gift is to be found in the now, that's why it is called the present.

The Mayan Calendar ended Friday, Dec. 21. For linear minded people, who do not comprehend the eternality of existence, this meant the end of time. This and similar events plus the prophecies of doom and destruction that accompany them can create a fear response. This response has been capitalized upon by doomsayers throughout history.

Practically every year we hear of a prophesied Second Coming or other dooms day event. The Second Coming has been anticipated since the first century, in the days following Jesus Ascension (Acts 1:11.) And many are still waiting.

I believe that the Second Coming is not an outer event, but an inner experience of our awakening to our divinity; the kingdom of Heaven, the kingdom of God, the Christ, that is located "at hand" (Mt. 4:17), "within" (Jer. 31:33), "in you" (Col. 1:29). When we approach scripture, whether it be the Bible or the Bhagavad Gita or the Tao te Ching or any of the world's sacred texts, as just a myth or history, we miss the spiritual or metaphysical importance of the writings.

The Bible is "our" story; these sacred writings point to the evolution of our consciousness of God active in our lives. This is because we are made in the image and after the likeness of God (Gen. 1:26) and "God is Spirit" (Jn. 4:24). We are inherently spiritual; we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and we are human beings learning to express our spiritual divine nature.

The Mayan calendar is in the shape of a circle. A circle has no beginning and no ending. The calendar ended Friday and started anew on Saturday. Many of us celebrated that day by having a Planetary Birthday Party. Happy Birthday to you!!!

Life is a circle, with no beginning and no ending, only we define it sequentially in the limitations of our three dimensional world as having a beginning and an ending. Spirit transcends the limitations of time and space, the three dimensional world. Our Second Coming, our awakening, comes as we consciously transcend the limitations of time and space to realize our divinity, the kingdom, as our here and now reality.

December 26th was St. Stephens Day or Boxing Day in Great Britain. A day dedicated to sharing our bounty with those who are less fortunate.

To some it is the first day of Christmas, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree," the twelve festive days that end on January 6th; Epiphany, the "showing forth," which celebrates the visit of the Kings honoring Jesus Birth with gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

To all of us it is the beginning of a new life. We can choose to continue to drag the old along with us. Or, we can choose to show forth the new.

We can choose to be "new creations," looking for the gifts that exist in the moment and sharing these gifts of peace, joy and love with all. So it is and so be it.

Blessings of peace, joy and love.

Rev. Matthew E. Long, Peace Unity Community

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