2012 – The End of the World as we know it


I recently wrote an article about 2012: “2012 – End of the World or Golden Age of Peace,” regarding the prophecies that the world will end in 2012. In this post I explore the subject further. I am by no means an expert; I am researching the subject and I would like to share what I am learning. I am very interested in this subject but with so many ideas available, it can be quite overwhelming. It is my intention to explore the possibility of simplifying these complex ideas and make them more accessible.

Diana Cooper, author of 2012 and Beyond says: “We start a double transformational shift as the planet and all on her, including humans, rapidly move towards ascension.  This is the greatest opportunity for spiritual growth that there has ever been in the entire history of the planet and beings from all over the Universes are watching in awe at what is happening on Earth.” (http://www.dianacooper.com/2012/)

It is my belief that ascension is already happening. Put simply, ascension happens when our spirituality starts to awaken and we start doing things from a place of love rather than fear. This is beginning to happen to people all over the world and will continue to happen as the Golden Age comes upon us.

As I mentioned in my previous article, there are many prophecies and signs regarding the coming of the Golden Age or the End of the World, depending on how you wish to view it. I find it very interesting that many ancient prophecies, such as those of the Mayans and the Hopis, are similar to those of the bible and the Quran, as are prophecies of Nostradamus and many channelings, where “channelers” impart information that they claim to be from spirit entities such as angels or ascended masters like Jesus, St. Germain or Buddha. In the 1930’s, during a channeling, Edgar Cayce predicted that the new age, also known as the Golden Age would coincide with a polar shift. This is also supported by the work of American college professor Charles Hapgood, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hapgood) who put forward the theory that the Earth’s axis has changed many times throughout history. (Spirit Science.net 12_2, edgarcayce.org and Wikipaedia)

Such a polar shift would cause the sun to rise from the west. This coincides with prophecies of Islam that the sun will rise from the west at the time of the resurrection.

In the Islamic haddiths “Allah’s Messenger said, ‘The Hour (of Resurrection) will not come until the sun rises from the West.’” – Discovering Islam

It is also interesting to note, that Hapgood proposed that such a shift would cause natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, as was prophesized in the bible and as we are currently seeing.

Rather than The End of the World, I believe we are witnessing the end of the world as we know it. The end of a world fuelled by greed, hatred and fear; the beginning of a New World Order, a Golden Age of peace, love and happiness. So, how can we help to usher in the Golden Age? There are terrible things happening all over the world but instead of focusing on the terrible things we can focus on love and peace. According to the law of attraction, what you think about becomes your reality and what you focus on is what you get. Energy flows where focus goes. Perhaps we could all be mindful of what we are focusing on.

One way to change the world is to start with ourselves. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” – Mahatma Ghandi.

People can ask themselves “What small thing can I do to make the world a better place? What can I do to help others, whether it is my fellow human beings, animals, plants, or even the Earth herself?”

Diana Cooper, author of “2012 and Beyond,” suggests the following ways to bring about change:

“Bring your own life into peace and harmony. Your energy will then automatically lift the vibrations of everyone with whom you come into contact.

Recognise that everyone is equal and treat them as such.

Honour all the forms of life on the planet from rocks, insects and plants to animals and humans.
Give no energy to fear, darkness and mass hysteria. Instead focus on the good, the wise and great, so that it expands.

Visualise everyone throughout the world holding hands in peace.

If enough individuals do these things, the consciousness of all must inevitably rise.”

2011 has been amazing year, with people standing up for their rights all over the world. I realize that I have spent too much time arguing with my friends about protests and politics and it is all futile. Rather than focusing on our differences, let focus on what we have in common and how we can achieve peace. My new year’s resolution is to spend 2012 changing the world by changing myself and focusing on solutions rather than problems. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone did this and moved towards doing things from a place of love instead of fear.

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Occupy the London Stock Exchange – Why I support peaceful protests


Many criticise the protesters as being part of the something for nothing generation and for not liking capitalism because it is unfair. The protesters are not protesting about things being unfair they are protesting about the worldwide economic crisis, corruption and the greed of the elite.

It is true that conditions here in the UK are better than those in many other places across the world, does that mean we should accept corruption and greed because things are better here?

Capitalism makes a few people very rich. What about the child labour in other countries, where children spend their days in sweat shops to make the luxury goods that we purchase in the west? How much wages are these children being paid?

The government has injected 200 billion in to the UK economy. This is fake money, just printed out of nothing. It helps in the short term but in reality it is just devaluing the pound and causing inflation to rise. Prices go up but wages don’t go up in proportion. This is what happened in Germany before the Second World War and in the end prices went up so much that people couldn’t even afford to buy a loaf of bread. The national debt of the UK will soon be 1 trillion. Unemployment currently stands at 2.5 million. Inflation is rising. The financial depression of the 1930’s will be nothing compared to what is coming.

The governments bail out the banks when they make an enormous mess of things and then the bankers receive massive bonuses. Who bails us out when we make a mess of things? In 2008 RBS received enormous bailouts and in 2011 the directors received a combined bonus deal of 28m, while there was an increase in the number of employees receiving a zero-percent bonus.

While some of the middle class have been affected by the economic crisis, through job losses and increasing debt, at present many of the middle class are relatively untouched by the crisis. However as things progress and values of the FTSE, Euro, bonds and property fall, these people stand to lose their investments. Maybe then they will understand.

It is true that since the Second World War there has been in improvement in the standards of living and now those standards are falling as a result of corruption and bad decisions made by the government.  If things continue they way they are, we will be in the same situation as before the war or likely worse.

Also consider this, while the standard of living has improved, in most families both parents have to work to maintain that standard of living, meaning that the kids are looked after by another member of the family, or worse, strangers. Is that really an improvement?

The majority of the protesters are intelligent people with high standards that refuse to be f*cked over by the government and greedy bankers any longer. They have had enough and it’s about time. People around the world are beginning to wake up and realise that they are being screwed and they are doing something about it.

2012 – End of the World or Golden Age of Peace?


There’s something in the air. There’s a kind of expectancy. Many believe that the end of the world is nigh. But is it going to be a time of mass destruction or will it be the end of an era, bringing a new world order or a golden age of peace?

Since the beginning of the 20th Century we have seen an increase in disease, wars, famines and natural disasters, in particular the two world wars and epidemics such as Aids. 2011 has seen a further increase in such things, with revolutions in the Middle East, protests around the world, global recession and the tsunami witnessed in Japan earlier this year.

The bible talks about the signs of the times or the end of the world. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus said,

6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24: 6-8, New International Version (NIV)

Some believe that these things are a sign that Armageddon is coming, when God will destroy the world, while others believe it’s a sign of a new world order or golden age of peace.

Both the bible and the Quran speak of new heavens and a new earth.

Revelation 21:1-4 (NIV), states

1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

The Quran states:

“The day will come when this earth will be substituted with a new earth, and also the heavens, and everyone will be brought before GOD, the One, the Supreme.” 14:48

 

Some believe that human consciousness is changing and we are becoming more spiritually aware. As we do so, we start living our lives in spiritual ways, with love, peace and truth and this in itself will bring about change.  It doesn’t matter what religion you follow, if any, all that matters is love for the Divine, love for ourselves and love for others. There are many paths, but they all lead to the same place or as my friend Alicia puts it, there are many flavours of ice cream, but they’re all still ice cream.

Albert Einstein predicted, “The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.” – sourced from http://www.esoterictube.com/spirit-science.html.

People all over the world, including well known teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch and lesser known ones, such as Jordan Duchnycz, are teaching people about the changes and how we can facilitate such change.

For too long the world has been controlled by governments, religions and multi-national banks and corporations. The time has come when people are refusing to continue being repressed and are taking things into their own hands. Prime examples of this are the revolutions in the Middle East, Occupy Wall Street and websites such as Wikileaks and Demand Progress. These actions, along with the shift in consciousness, help to make the new world order possible.

A lot of people consider that this change will take place on 21st December 2012, as predicted according to the Mayan calendar and that the year 2011, leading up to this time is also significant.

Joseph Robert Jochmans says “Both the Hopis and Mayans recognize that we are approaching the end of a World Age… In both cases, however, the Hopi and Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear.” – http://www.adishakti.org/mayan_end_times_prophecy_12-21-2012.htm

So is this time going to be one of destruction or one of peace? My personal belief is that things are probably going to get worse before they get better, but a golden age of peace is coming and we can facilitate that by doing everything we do with love and increasing our spiritual awareness by means of practices such as meditation that increase our intuition such as Tom Kenyon’s “The Crystal Palace Within and Opening the Halls of Amenti” meditation.

Times are changing and we have the choice to continue destroying ourselves and our planet or to live our lives with love. Imagine how the world would be if everyone lived their life with love and followed spiritual principles.

What will you choose?

Link of Love


I came a few days ago,

To  GRC,

In order to know,

The Divine within me.

 

Link of Love,

Was the theme of the retreat.

There were brothers and sisters,

For us to greet.

 

Over the days,

We partook in a course,

About learning to love,

And connecting to source.

 

Enjoying the moment,

Going with the flow.

Letting things pass.

Letting them go.

 

Sister Jayanti shared her gifts,

And taught about treasures within.

As we uncover these treasures,

Our journey can really begin.

 

We didn’t clap,

We gave a wave,

To thank Sister Jayanti,

For all she gave.

 

There was an abundance of food,

For us to eat,

Made with love,

And without any meat.

 

All these things,

Bring deep-seated peace.

Love we embrace,

And fear we release.

 

 

Thanks to Aruna, Carol

And the rest,

For giving their all,

And giving their best.

 

Thanks to Mona,

Shakaa and Vienny.

There are lots of other names,

But I do not know many.

 

As we go home,

To our daily lives,

Back to families,

And husbands and wives.

 

Let’s live our lives,

In the BK way,

Throughout our life,

And throughout our day.

 

And if we do,

There may come a day,

When everyone on earth,

Lives the BK way.

 

An English Girl in England


Wannabe Egyptian, English girl – Samantha Brook, compares the recent protests in England, to those that took place in Egypt earlier this year.

Having just returned to the UK, after having taking part in the recent protests in Egypt, I was surprised to learn of riots taking place in my home country, within 10 days of my return. The riots began with a peaceful protest in Tottenham, after a 29 year old man was shot and killed by police. The peaceful protest soon became an excuse for many to commit acts of vandalism, violence and looting all over London, and later across the country.

As usual many people have had things to say about the riots via social networks such as Facebook and many are comparing the riots to those seen in January 2011 in Egypt.

One Egyptian man, Ibrahim Mohamed Moustafa’s, status read:

“When helpless security disappeared from London, opportunists possessed the worst possible traits, looting and vandalizing properties. When police deliberately fled Cairo in January, Egyptians formed human shields to protect their possessions themselves, teaching the world what dignity & patriotism really mean.
Egyptian, and PROUD.”

It is true that the protests in Egypt were predominantly peaceful and the little violence that occurred was mainly perpetrated by the regime, where as in Britain the violence has been carried out by the people.

While countries in the Middle East fight for democracy, the question has to be asked whether we truly have democracy in the west.

“Gordon Graham, Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary, argues that democracy is overrated. “There is a relentlessness about the democratic process that eliminates all possibility of dissent despite the myth to the contrary.”” – BBC Radio 4, Iconoclasts.

Anglo-Egyptian, Sarah Carr, quotes Martin Luther King in her article, “Love me I’m a looter,”

“Martin Luther King said that a riot is the language of the unheard, but Ralph Waldo Emmerson said what you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. The media is not even trying to listen.”

Are the riots currently seen in Britain just an excuse for youngsters to engage in acts of vandalism or is there more to it than that? Is the British government pulling the wool over our eyes? Is it just another government cover up? Earlier this year people in Egypt protested about the corruption and torture in their country, yet there is just as much corruption in this country and in the western world, it’s just better hidden and comes with a sugar coating.

In her Guardian article, “Please Britain, don’t let Mubarak inspire your response to unrest,” Mona Eltahawy, another Anglo-Egyptian, writes,

“It’s not the riots that remind me of the Egyptian uprising – it’s the disdain for civil liberties that leaders in both countries show.”

ElTahawy comments that while many were comparing the fact that in Egypt most of the violence came from the regime, and the protesters were mainly peaceful, some are trying to understand the viewpoint of the rioters and appreciate the reasons behind it.

While British youths have a lot to be thankful for compared to youths in Egypt and in other developing or third world countries, they still have grievances that need to be addressed.

Eltahawy points out the irony of British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who earlier this year criticized Mubarak for using measures such as water cannons, calling in the army and shutting down social media and this week has been talking about using such measures himself.

She concludes her article with this advice to the British protesters,

“Don’t loot, don’t burn. Burn instead with moral indignation that your government could seriously consider measures that we rose up against and continue to fight in Egypt. We’re [Egypt] enjoying being the positive role model because, as blogger Wael Abbas said on Twitter recently, “Tahrir isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind”.”

In both England and Egypt, it seems that the gap between the rich and the poor grows ever wider. In Egypt 40% of people live beneath the poverty gap, earning less than the equivalent of 30GBP per month and have families to support, and there is no such thing as unemployment benefit in Egypt. Here in the UK, a single unemployed person will receive over 1000GBP per month in benefits from the government, over 30 times more than the average working Egyptian, supporting a family.

But what chance do the unemployed British youth have? Many of them have been brought up by a parent or parents and grandparents that have been unemployed and may have been criminals and or drug users. A lot of these kids don’t know any different.

An article on the BBC website quotes former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, saying,

“”The truth is that many of these people are from families that are profoundly dysfunctional, operating on completely different terms from the rest of society, either middle class or poor.”

Maybe the British government could consider building a sustainable future for these kids, rather than giving them handouts. The British could learn from Egyptian NGO, Alashanek ya Balady (AYB). AYB is an association for sustainable development and they provide training and jobs for poor people, as well loans and support for budding entrepreneurs.

I suggest that the government consider such measures as an alternative or addition to benefits and also start listening to the grievances of people. As for the youth, whilst I agree that violence and vandalism are never justified, do certain pockets of people in Britain have legitimate cause for complaint? Has anyone listened to their point of view or are these youths considered too ignorant? In Egypt the people had legitimate reasons for calling the downfall of Mubarak and they achieved this with predominantly peaceful protests. If the youth do have legitimate cause for complaint I urge them to learn from the Egyptians.

 

 

Overcoming Procrastination


“Never Leave ’Till Tomorrow That Which You Can Do Today”

~ Benjamin Franklin

Are you guilty of procrastination? Most of us procrastinate to a certain extent but some of us procrastinate so badly that it prevents us from achieving our goals and disrupts our whole life. Procrastination can cause us to miss opportunities and increase feelings of stress, overwhelm and guilt.

In order to beat procrastination we must recognise why we do it and take action to ensure that we achieve our goals.

What is Procrastination?

 BrainyQuote.com defines procrastination as “The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness.”

Conquering Procrastination:

 Step 1: Acknowledge That You’re Procrastinating

 How can you tell if you’re a procrastinator? Here are some typical signs:

  • Spending lots of time on unimportant jobs
  • Reading e-mails many times without taking action
  • Leaving tasks on your to-do list for long periods of time
  • Starting work and then instantly going to make a cup of tea
  • Putting something off until you feel “inspired” or in the right frame of mind

Step 2: Identify Why You’re Procrastinating

 We procrastinate for different reasons.  Sometimes it’s because we feel overwhelmed by a big task or having too much to do or it might be that we feel          lethargic or demotivated.  We might be disorganized or we may put off a particular task because we think it will be tedious or not enjoyable.

Step 3: Take Action

 Once you’ve identified the reason for delaying, you can then take remedial steps.

Tedious Tasks

The most efficient way of dealing with tedious tasks is to get them done as soon as possible, so that you can focus on more enjoyable work.  Set a goal to do one unpleasant task first thing everyday so that you can move onto the more pleasant jobs for the rest of the day. Often once we get started on a job we find that it is much more pleasant and easier than expected. Think about the unpleasant consequences of not getting it done.

Disorganisation

Get organised by having to-do lists and daily plans. Prioritise tasks according to the deadline date and how important it is.  Once you’ve identified when a job is due, work out how long it will take to complete and schedule accordingly.  Categorise tasks according to musts, shoulds and coulds and ensure that the musts get done first.  Set time-managed goals.  Give yourself a deadline and stick to it. Reward yourself when the job is done.

Stress

It’s difficult to be efficient when you feel stressed, harassed or nervous. It’s important to make time for relaxing and enjoying yourself a priority. Work and play should be both be given adequate time in your schedule. Work less hours but ensure that the hours you do put in are dedicated to completing tasks without distraction. You will be more effective when you take plenty of time for relaxation and pleasure.

It’s also beneficial to ensure that you have a relaxed working environment. You can improve your working environment by adding scented candles and plants. Personalise your workspace by adding personal photos and choosing your own special mug for your coffee.

Feeling Overwhelmed

There are two main reasons for overwhelm. One is feeling that you have too much to do and the other is feeling that you are facing a mammoth task and you don’t even know where to begin so you keep putting it off.

If the reason for your overwhelm is having too much to do, review your to do list and cut out anything that isn’t really essential. It’s also important to recognise tasks that can be delegated and ask for assistance. Evaluate your to-do list and decide whether the deadlines are reasonable. Renegotiate deadlines where necessary.

When you are overwhelmed by an enormous task break it into bite-sized chunks. Set a goal to work on the task for 30 minutes each day. 30 minutes may not seem like a lot but 30 minutes is better than the zero minutes you will achieve from procrastinating.

Laziness

Often laziness is caused by feeling too tired or lethargic. When you feel like this even small tasks seem to require too much effort. The most effective solution is diet and exercise. Exercise increases your energy levels and improves concentration. An increase in raw fruits and vegetables will also give you a boost. Aim to have raw fruit and vegetables with every meal and cut down on sugar, white flour and caffeine.

 Perfectionism

Perfectionism is another cause of procrastination. Feeling the need to do something perfectly can out you under a lot of pressure. You will subconsciously link the task to pressure and therefore avoid it. The way to deal with perfectionism is to understand and accept that we’re human. Think about all the products or services you have purchased that have been far from perfect.

It’s better to do something imperfectly today, than intend to do it perfectly and not do it at all.

 Once you have overcome procrastination, you will reap the rewards. You will feel in control and be rid of the stress that comes from having incomplete tasks hanging over you. Beating procrastination will enable you to have a calm mind, and a feeling of satisfaction and achievement.

A Recruitment Consultants Guide to Finding Gainful Employment – Top Tips for Job Hunters


Top Tip Number One – Put Your CV on as Many Websites as Possible

To optimise your chances of getting found by employers and recruitment consultants, upload your CV on to as many websites as possible.  Refresh your profile every week to two weeks to keep it near the top of the list.

Top Tip Number Two – CV Writing

Personal Details

Head the CV with your name, address telephone number and e-mail address.

Summary

Highlight the main points of your CV.  Include things such as your highest qualification, the number of years experience, skills etc.

Employment History

List your employment history, starting with the most recent first.  State the company worked for, dates of employment, job title, duties and major achievements.

Education

Write your qualifications, starting with the most recent first.  State the institution, qualification obtained, date of qualification and grade.

PC Skills

List any hardware/software that you have experience of using.

Hobbies and Interests

Write a short paragraph about what you do in your spare time and any organisations or clubs you may belong to.

Other

State any other relevant information such as date of birth, marital status, driving licence etc.

General

Use a font that’s easy on the eye. I prefer Garamond or Book Antiqua. Do not use Capital letters. Include a small portrait photograph.

Top Tip Number Three – Interview Techniques

General

  1. Always turn up 5 – 10 minutes early.  Plan your journey in advance in order to ensure that you arrive relaxed and in plenty of time.
  2. Always make sure you look smart.  Ensure that your shoes are clean.
  3. Smile.  This is important for both telephone and face-to-face interviews.  A smile will make you appear more confident and relaxed and will also help to put the interviewer at their ease.
  4. Turn off your phone.

Preparation

  1. Look at the company website.
  1. Make sure you know your CV and be ready to discuss previous career moves. Be confident about your achievements.
  2. Think about questions you might be asked and practice your responses. (See examples of interview questions)
  1. Think about questions you’d like to ask. (See examples).  It is good to make a note of some questions and take them with you to the interview.

The interview

  1. Always answer with as much detail as possible.  Avoid simple yes or no answers.
  2. Try to use examples to illustrate your responses
  3. Use positive language.  Don’t be negative, especially about current or recent employers.
  4. Don’t talk about salary, unless the interviewer brings it up.
  5. Even if you are unsure about the position, always remain positive throughout the interview. There will be time to discuss any reservations you have later.
  6. At the end of the interview thank the interviewer for their time and reaffirm your interest in the position.  Ask them how they feel you got on, what the next step is and whether there is anything else that they need to know in order to take things forward

Typical interview questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why are you currently looking for a position?
  3. What do you know about the company?
  4. Why would you like to work for this company?
  5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  6. Tell me about major achievements in your career.
  7. How would your colleagues describe you?
  8. How would your friends describe you?
  9. What are you looking for in your next role?
  10. Describe a difficult situation that you have experienced in your career so far and how you managed it.
  11. Where do you see yourself in five year’s time?
  12. What are your ambitions?

Questions to Ask

  1. What is the reason for the vacancy?
  2. How would you describe the company culture?
  3. What is your competitive advantage?
  4. What procedures do you have in place for appraising employees?
  5. What are the prospects for promotion?
  6. What kind of training will I receive?
  7. What is the team structure and who will I be reporting to?

Top Tip Number Four – Positive Mental Attitude

Visualise

Think about how you want the interview to go and imagine the interview happening exactly like that.  Picture yourself being offered the job with the perfect salary and terms and conditions.  Envisage yourself as if you are inside your body, as well as as if you are observing yourself.

Affirmations

Decide what you want and regularly affirm it.  For example “I have the perfect job, with the ideal salary and it comes to me easily.”