The upcoming Breakthrough Celebration on May 2 (11 Ahau) has a
It is then exactly a katun (20 tun periods of 360 days = 7200
days) since the celebration
of the Harmonic Convergence, August 16-17, 1987.
In the prophetic Mayan calendar system the katun was a very
important time period and we know for instance that the ancient
shaman kings of the Maya would celebrate when another katun had
passed in their lives.
Even if this may seem very alien to modern people there is no
astronomical basis for the katun whatsoever and its importance
derives from the fact that this is a rhythm inherent in divine
creation in the great cosmic scheme.
Also individual events, like births of individuals, however
create a katun-based rhythm
and this is true also for the Harmonic Convergence.
For those of us that remember the Harmonic Convergence it was an
event that relatively rapidly caught on in the US in the summer
of 1987 until a few days before it many were buzzing about it.
José Argüelles had been the chief campaigner partly through his
book The Mayan Factor.
While few really knew what to expect this event was in fact
the beginning of a more large-scale resonance among people to
the idea that we were living in a time plan for evolution driven
by spiritual energies. It also meant the first emergence of the
Mayan calendar in modern times as a matrix for this evolution.
The days August 16-17, 1987 were celebrated in a wide variety of
ways and it had the great appeal of a unity in intention
combined with a variety in expression.
Certainly most were not aware of the background in the Mayan
calendar but were drawn to it anyway. Many at this time reached
states of contact with a higher reality and some experienced the
event as an opening to a spiritual revival of the planet. Even
people who did not actively participate have shared that
synchronistic with the Harmonic Convergence they experienced
callings for their life to take a new direction.
To me personally, who was at the Bahamas at the time following a
Loving Relationship Training,it meant an experience of the
beginning of a period of rebirth as a Mayan and a path to a
message about the Mayan calendar system.
It should be pointed out that the Harmonic Convergence was
recognized as a significant event
also by some indigenous groups including Mayans. Initially the
dates for this event was brought to the attention of a few
seekers including Argüelles, by the late Tony Shearer, a Native
American and it deserves to be pointed out that these dates were
based on the true Sacred Aztec-Mayan calendar.
While Shearer had made a small mistake - thinking that the dates
August 16-17, 1987 were 13 Ahau and 1 Imix - they were in fact 1
Imix and 2 Ik,
the two first days of a Mayan tzolkin round of 260 days.
I will not go into here how I myself see the larger context,
which made the Harmonic Convergence
to a significant spiritual event.
Suffice it to say that the beginning of a tzolkin round is
enough of a reason to celebrate a new beginning.
It turned out that the new energy that was entering at Harmonic
Convergence was not only enthusiastically experienced by
spiritual seekers, but also became the beginning of the
dissolution of the East-West bloc polarity that at that time had
been dominating the world for about 40 years. Thus, a wave of
democracy swept not only the Eastern bloc, but also large other
areas of the world and as the last katun of the Planetary
Underworld began on February 11, 1992 the Soviet Union had
collapsed (December 1991), the EU and the Maastricht Treaty had
been instituted (February 1992) and the first web page had been
posted (August of 1991). The final katun of the Planetary
Underworld began based on a network of communications hitherto
unknown and great enthusiasm emerged in a world of relative
peace (after the first Gulf War) which upheld few barriers to
contacts between people.
I must say however that on my own part I was disappointed
already at the time
by the way the Eastern European countries and the Soviet Union
lost their previous freedom from commercialism.
The new world born from the new katun in 1992 did not
incorporate the best of both worlds,
and the downfall of the barriers happened entirely on Western
Nonetheless, the Harmonic Convergence certainly marked the
beginning of an opening to the new world that would manifest at
this katun shift. It also meant the emergence of a new broader
spirituality that was more cosmic in nature. I feel it should be
noted that the dates May 2 and 3 of the current year are
perfectly in phase with the Harmonic Convergence (the actual
katuniversary of August 16, 1987 is May 3, 2007) and that the
Breakthrough Celebration continues the calendrical tradition
that the Harmonic Convergence was conceived in. Hence, I feel we
should celebrate also this katuniversary in the spirit of an
opening, a preparation leading into the large-scale peace
meditations that will occur
around the midpoint of the Fifth
day of the Galactic Underworld, May 22, 2007.
Major spiritual movements and organizations working with the
transformation of consciousness
will then partake in celebrations (see www.commonpassion.org)
with the common theme of peace -
being peace and radiating peace - in order to create a harmonic
coherence in the world.
Participating organizations to date include the Club of
Budapest, World Peace Prayer Society,
Unity Institute, Global Consciousness Project, Institute of
Noetic Sciences (Shift in Action),
Global Peace Foundation, Deeksha Community, megaHRgroups,
Mayan Calendar Portal, Mayan Calendar Code,
Infinity/Affinity Global Coherence Project and the Lovers of
Jerusalem (with James Twyman).
Hence, I feel that at this critical time at the midpoint of the
Fifth day of the Galactic Underworld
we may celebrate peace in the spirit of the Harmonic Convergence
and that its katuniversary
on the Breakthrough Celebration of May 2 may be experienced as
an opening to this spirit.
What I mean by the spirit of Harmonic Convergence is the
diversity in unity.
Although a broad range of organizations are participating in a
common peace celebration
they do so based on their individual creativity and by using the
spiritual practices they feel at home
with themselves. Obviously, this kind of creativity and
diversity should be encouraged also for the many individuals
that will want to create their own unique expressions of peace,
but do not belong to any particular movement or organization.
Carl Johan Calleman, Ph.D. is the author of The Mayan Calendar (Garev,
and The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness (Bear
and Co, 2004)
and has the web page
www.calleman.com (see also
For the Breakthrough Celebration see
2 - Monkey - ( CHUEN )
Carl Johan Calleman
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