“One may not reach the dawn save by the path of night.” Khalil Gibran
While some of the world focused on the end of a world Age on December 21st, 2012, another group focused on December 22nd, 2012 as BIRTH2012 – an event to mark the beginning of the new age of humanity..a new earth…a new way of doing business…a new way of community…a new way of coming together knowing that we are all one.
We are so blessed to be on earth at this time. Yes, there are systems failing all across the globe. There is poverty, starvation, war and destruction of resources on earth leading us towards a global catastrophe, however, each of us has a choice in thought and in action to participate towards a catastrophe or to make a shift towards positive solutions. It is the concept brought to life through the analogy of a glass ½ filled with water. When I view that glass, do I see a glass half empty or is that glass half full?
Birth2012 sees the glass half full! A group of visionaries gathered at Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles to mark December 22nd, 2012 as the birthday of our New Humanity. Under the leadership of Barbara Marx Hubbard – Foundation for Conscious Evolution, Stephen Dinan - The Shift Network and Michael Bernard Beckwith – leader of Agape International Spiritual Center, people arrived in person and virtually from all corners of The Earth to celebrate this birth.
Agape International Spiritual Center held a 13 hour vigil called Gateway to a New Era: Your Choice. Here people participated in guided meditations, chants, gongs, and music with the Agape International Choir and special guests led by Rickie Byars Beckwith and interactive activities led by Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Joseph Michael Levry and Dannon Brinkley. The focus was on releasing all thoughts, things and actions that no longer serve. It is the process of clearing the space internally for that which we name good. When our bodies and minds are so filled with the thoughts of all that doesn’t serve, there is no room for good.
When 2 or more are gathered…yes, the afternoon was filled with people meditating and holding the space for the world and as more people began arriving for the evening’s interactive keynotes and concert you could begin to feel the shift in energy rising. Activities focused on honoring Air, Water, Fire, and Earth and many activates focused on the breath.
As Rev. Michael Beckwith describes, we listen with the ear behind the ear and see with the eye behind the eye and feel with the heart behind the heart and in that space we raise our vibration. And YES, you could put out your arm and FEEL the higher vibration!
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung is a chant that translates as Sun Moon Earth Infinity Infinity I Am Thou. This was one of the chants that was led by Dr. Joseph Levry, founder of Naam Yoga which is a unique perspective of combining the wisdom teachings of Kabala with Yoga. This chant was used to focus on healing the world. Dannion Brinkley author of Saved By The Light and founder of The Twilight Brigade, brought his near death experiences unique perspective of the shift from the Maya calendar and the focus to a new way of collaborative leadership.
Participants at Birth2012 included those already mentioned as well as Marianne Williamson - author of Law of Divine Compensation & Return To Love, Neale Donald Walsch - author of Conversations With God series, Jack Canfield - Chicken Soup For The Soul series, Sister Jenna - Brahma Kumaris, Oscar Miro-Quesada - the Heart of the Healer Foundation, Lisa Nichols - author of No Matter What, Marcia Wieder founder of Dream University, Rinaldo Brutoco - the World Business Academy, Devaa Haley Mitchell - singer songwriter, Chaka Khan - singer, Esai Morales - actor, Raphael Sbarge - actor, Ozomatli- LA World Band, Freddie Ravel - musician & speaker, Android Jones & Phadroid living art, James O’Dean author of Cultivating Peace, Banafsheh Sayyad Dance Sufi Dance of Oneness and more.
Barbara Marx Hubbard, at 83, is a vibrant role model for active aging. She birthed this idea over 3 years ago and gathered a team of visionaries to put this idea into action. Global Birth2012 Hubs are popping up where like minded people are already coming together in their respective communities and focusing on immediate and long term solutions. It is the “new” leadership model of a focus on collaborative partnerships rather than the “old” model of competition. She eloquently summarized that just like any birth there is the process of growing up so for the next 8 years, there is the process and gatherings towards the Emerging2020 as the new humanity moves through its own stage of maturing. We already have the solutions, however, implementing them takes some time.
Marianne Williamson reminded us that as we come together and focus on the positive outcomes, we know that things are messy, and just like a real birth “hurts like hell”...and just like a real birth, we call upon courage and we look beyond the “mess” to the spirit within and love that child immediately beyond the appearance. She reminded us that just because those of us gathered see The New Way, there are those in the world still holding on to The Old Way. It takes courage, commitment and integrity and an attitude of not giving up to make the transition from old to new leadership.
Michael Beckwith and Rickie Byars Beckwith have been song writing partners for over 20 years. They have brought into being what they refer to as “rhythm and joy” music like The Spirit of God Is Upon Me. Singing and chanting is as much a part of the humanity of life as breathing. Singing is remembered in our brain in a different place than speaking which is why when some people develop dementia; they are still able to sing when they are not able to talk. I share that because singing brings us to a deeper connection to our heart space. So this event was filled to overflowing with the joyful sounds of music and dance.
Where do I go from here?
I am so grateful to have participated in person at this launch event. Personally, I am taking stock of who I have been and releasing the parts of me that no longer serve and I am choosing courage, leadership, love, peace and collaboration in all parts of my life.
Where do WE go from here?
It’s about taking right action NOW, but first, we must know “who” to listen to. I think that some of the words from Michael Beckwith’s Adventure In Paradise song apply:
“Wake Up and say to yourself...I’m activating my spiritual stimulus package. I’m taking an adventure in paradise. Your stimulus package begins with an awareness that you’re sourced and fueled and funded by a renewable resource which is within you. It never runs out, it is your Essence it’s your life.”
Karen Sadler - creator of The Wisdom Wayseer Process
Article also published in January 2013 Vision Magazine