The date December 21 2012 is constantly being portrayed as an apocalyptic doomsday by the main stream media and is reinforced through the plethora of doomsday websites that paint a fear-ladened view of what the Mayan calendar and 2012 represents. Our children and subject to this brainwashing on a perpetual basis and will most likely follow what they’ve heard if their parent(s) don’t speak to them about what December 21, 2012 truly represents.
Personally, I believe that one should educate his or herself enough in this area before discussing this topic with your children. You won’t find any relevant information on the news or on the Discovery Channel. I’ve watched the television documentaries and EVERY TIME, they relate 2012 to words such as apocalypse or doomsday. Why? Because it’s the job of the main stream media to sell FEAR. That’s why you never feel good after watching the 6 o’clock news.
The movie, 2012, was filled with doom and gloom and did not foretell an accurate picture of what December 21, 2012 really means. While the special effects were amazing, most of the premise behind the movie was flawed. The main issue is that there are no Mayan prophecies in the Popol Vuh (the Mayan Creation Myth), the Dresden Codices or the Chilam Balam that state that 2012 will be an apocalypse or doomsday. This is the real truth.
There are many other indigenous civilizations that also have a 2012 end date to their calendar and systems. None of these end dates are apocalyptic or view December 21, 2012 as a doomsday.
2012 represents the end date of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is an approximate 26,000 year cycle that is broken into 5 equal periods. While it is true that each of the previous periods ended in cataclysm, the 5th “world” does not. This is perceived to be the end of the world “as we know it”.
We are currently witnessing a period in time that is unprecedented in earth changes such as tsunamis, 7.0+ earthquakes, sinkholes, massive land “cracks”, solar flares, mass animal die offs, etc… These changes are representing a change in humanity as well. People are standing up to oppressive governments and are discovering the hidden truths behind religion and politics. We’re learning information at an exponential rate and this is expanding our consciousness exponentially as well.
In alchemy, there is a saying, “as above, so below”. This can also be internalized as, “as on the outside, so within”. Our entire solar system is going through dramatic climate changes, and these changes are being reflected in how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings. This is why many people are going through various life changes, such as ending a bad relationship, unemployment, financial stress, etc…
This is the time when people need to reflect within versus relying on the opinion of the main stream media for any truth.
How we handle this with our children is very subjective, depending on the child’s age. A child under 10 years old only needs to know that there are no 2012 prophecies that state the world will end in 2012. Give your child the reassurance that he or she has nothing to worry about and the only thing that important is TODAY. Then ask your child, “What would you like to do today?” That should get their focus off of 2012 and onto their own needs.
We can talk a little more to preteens and teens about 2012, such as discussing how they feel about it and where they gathered their information. Knowledge is they key to this conversation, so be prepared to answer their questions. If you don’t know an answer, be honest and say, “I’m not sure but we can both look into it.” This will enhance the bond between parent and child by actively doing this together. Teens can be told how none of the Mayan prophecies state that 2012 will be apocalyptic. It is also important to give your preteen or teen the reassurance that 2012 is not a doomsday event.
Depending on the maturity level of your teen, you may also discuss the earth changes with them because it’s important to see how these are connected to societal changes as well as changes in our solar system. Please use discretion because some teens may seem mature, but are not ready for talking about this type of material.
Remember when you were a teenager? We thought we knew everything. Many teens won’t talk about this issue to their parents because they either never heard of it or have already formed their conclusions. I wouldn’t recommend forcing them to talk about 2012. They’ll talk about it when they’re ready, just be sure you’re prepared as a parent to answer their questions.
Gregg Prescott is a child & family therapist who works predominantly with at-risk youth and their families. He is the author of 100+ Parenting Mistakes and has written a successful program designed to help at-risk youth, children going through the reunification process and parents in need of parenting classes. His websites, www.in5d.com and www.maya12-21-2012.com give an accurate description of what 2012 truly means and are an excellent point of reference when researching 2012.
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