Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mayan Time Obsessions

Author: Ernie Fitzpatrick

One has to give some thought as to why the Mayans were so interested, obsessive, over the concept of time. Hey, there were no tough schedules to meet, no 8:30 am morning staff meetings, not even a plane to catch. So, what's up with the obsession with time? Maybe there's a clue in Hurricane Ike.

I could help but be struck with the pitch dark world that I lived in called Houston, Texas. On Saturday night, September 13th as I drove around my neighborhood (before the curfew) not seeing one light. It was a strange and weird feeling. To add to the mystery, there was a full moon.

As we moved into the third night without electricity, I began to get some sense of what life might be like living with the sun and moon. One spent the day doing daylight things and then one prepared for night, with no light, save a candle or flashlight. They dind't have generators either. It was back to nature living- of a sort.

As Lawrence Joseph wrote, "The role of the calendar in Mayan life with the awareness of cyclicity in the movement of celestial bodies and the evolution of mathematical skills by which they could manipulate the numbers derived from from those calenderal cycles." In other words, it's what they had time for as much as anything.

But, I sense a more meaningful spiritual encounter as well. Surely they had help beyond their intellectual skill so that they could see the dark rift and interpret things that we're only now understnading with the air of telescopes out there in space. What they knew is beyond extra time at night. WHat they knew came from somewhere beyond and someplace deep within as well.

Why don't we go there....before 2012! :-)

As a spiritual-futurist, I interpret current events in light of possible macro-universal forces at play leading up to 2012, but not limited to it.

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