Convoluted religious beliefs have no place in a simple, deliberate life. Simple spirituality, however, fits right in.
Talk of the end of the world or the turning of an age is complicated nonsense, especially since major shifts happen for some people every day.
Since I haven’t written a post directly related to spirituality in a while, I’m taking this day after Memorial Day — when people probably aren’t reading too closely anyway — to make a spiritual point. Maybe my headline will make a few of you take notice and sound off in either agreement or disagreement.
Raptures And Age Endings
Only days ago, a probably-well-meaning old preacher embarrassed himself by predicting the date of the end of the world. His predicted date has come and gone, and we’re still here. The Bible this preacher reads, however, says that no one knows the day or the hour of the end.
Considering the preacher’s advanced age, remaining alive is an accomplishment for him every day. Actually, I suppose it’s an accomplishment for all of us considering that there are devices of death within close proximity to all of us. People, as it turns out, are more durable than some believe.
Others are predicting — based on the Mayan calendar and other equally irrelevant bits of pseudo-information — that the world will end in 2012. For the Mayans, a civilization that no longer exists, the world ended long ago. For us, their calendar is an interesting artifact, but it has no scientific or spiritual value.
Some New Age spiritual gurus have become hangers-on to the end-of-the-world hysteria by predicting that 2012 signals the changing of the age rather than the end of the world. Things will be very different, they say, after 2012.
Things Are Always Different
Here’s where the old preacher and the New Age gurus lack understanding.
Worlds end and ages change every day.
Major life awakenings change lives dramatically every day. Unexpected internal and external changes can jar people from one glorious version of life into a radically different — but perhaps just as wonderful — age of life.
People die every day. Some die with certainty of what comes next. Others believe there’s more to come but can’t explain its details. Still others have studied the universe and conclude that life ends with physical death. All of them, I suspect, are in for some surprises.
A reshuffling of Middle East leaders could be seen as the changing of an age. A liberal young African American man defeating a war hero with a long history of public service to become President of the United States indicates that American values are changing into something new.
Neither of those things changed anything for me.
Simplifying my life makes it better every day, and ever-changing thinking has improved my attitude toward all aspects of my current situation, even if some of those aspects aren’t yet actually improving.
A change in attitude, as it turn out, can change your world more than an atomic bomb.
Why My Stomach Turns
Leaders who predict the end of the world or the changing of an age are asleep at the wheel. They don’t understand how life works. And that makes me sick for them.
Perhaps they’re despondent and hoping for something better for themselves, but a change within any person at any time can make a much bigger difference than any changing of the age.
Group consciousness is a nice idea, but I’m not willing to wait around for the changing of an age that’s never coming.
My life is getting better every day because my attitude and my actions are taking me into better places.
Even New Age gurus can still achieve personal awakening if they want. Maybe nearly-90-year-old preachers who make incorrect predictions can wake up and smell the opportunities of an always-changing world too.
I can see great things ahead, but I won’t make any predictions about a changing of the age.
Actually… Yes, I will.
Nothing will change for you in 2012 or any other time unless you focus on allowing good things to happen.
The world isn’t ending and the age isn’t changing, but you can change anytime. It’s as simple and deliberate as that.
How about now?
Gip Plaster is a web content writer. Previously a journalist, online bookseller and even a corporate advertising guy, Gip now specialize in writing high-quality content for websites — his and other people’s. Learn more here.