Celebrating 2012: Experiencing the Future of Consciousness Now
By Henry Reed, Ph.D.
Professor of Transpersonal Studies
For five hot and steamy days in south-central Indiana a group of seventeen hearty souls
explored the possibility of engaging themselves in the future of consciousness. While residing
in cabins located within the wooded sanctuary of Brown State Park, the participants worked
together under the assumption that the purpose of prophecy is to engage people in the co-creation
of the future.
The group gatherings involved discussions of
ideas, possibilities, and experiences. We also took advantage of special technologies I’ve
developed at Atlantic University that allows the participants to "channel" their
own contribution to the information pool surrounding our investigations.
Highlights of these explorations can be shared here, although not in such a way that the "you would
have had to have been there" factor needs to be invoked.
The information that provided a background
foundation for our work together consisted of these types of considerations (A copy of
the detailed study notes can be found at henryreed.com/indiana/studynotes.htm):
1) Storylines concerning anticipated "shifts" in consciousness.
Examples would include "the return of the goddess," "the migration
into the noosphere," "the restoration of balance," and "the
disappearance of boundaries."
2) Qualities of consciousness that have been projected to appear
in the ongoing evolution of consciousness. Examples would be increased telepathy, perception
of non-physical realities, the collapse of duality, and compassion for others.
3) Education and training methods that have been proposed, or tested,
as effective facilitators of the expected shifts in consciousness. Examples would be
meditation, psychedelic therapy, holotropic breathwork, and various psychotherapies.
4) The possible role of non-human factors in creating changes in
consciousness. Examples included climate change, population surges and other pressures
on resources, extraterrestrial intervention, galactic cycles (e.g. Age of Aquarius,
2012), and "God’s plan."
5) Sources of prophecy, futurism and information on the future
of consciousness. Examples include mythology, traditional religious sources, modern channeled
material, and current research.
6) A bibliography of source material. Many of these books are in
the process of being summarized by folks (including both attendees at our conference
and interested bystanders) and will appear posted here at Intuitive Connections Network.
With this orientation in mind, we began our work focusing on the training of the imagination,
learning to become more proficient with metaphoric consciousness by learning to "perceive
with imagery." This training took various forms and was a theme throughout our week
One training method involved our dancing to music designed to awaken each chakra.
As we would move to the music, we held the intention, "to discover, from images sent
to us by the charka itself, the function of that psychic center and our most optimal relationship
to it." After the music was finished, we sat down and used crayons to express the
images we sensed while dancing.
In small groups, we shared these representations and helped
one another digest the implications for our personal relationships with these energy centers.
For the first charka, for example, we learned how important it was to remain grounded as
we explored hypothetical realities.
In preparation for a later exercise, we moved to the
music related to the "third eye" charka, to open our visionary imagination
to help us receive communication from evocative imagery derived from mysterious sources
(i.e. crop circles).
Since much of the writings regarding coming changes and the shifts in consciousness involve
the idea of transformation through crisis, with the worrisome ideas being balanced by the
uplifting possibilities, we grounded ourselves in our own experience of growing through
the pain of loss.
In small groups we explored personal instances of experiencing adversity,
loss and other crises, and how we grew, transformed, and developed new attitudes, abilities,
and consciousness via these ordeals. Rejoining our group as one circle, we shared with
one another the insights that came from this type of recollection.
It helped to shore up confidence in the probable meaningfulness of the changes and challenges that lie ahead.
This type of grounding helps keep us focused on our underlying assumption: the purpose
of prophecy is to engage us as co-creators, not scare us into finding some way to preserve
the status quo.
Perception is everything, and a common theme in the writings on the future of consciousness
is that a shift in how we perceive reality will be required. This shift revolves mainly
around the perception of the relationship of material and non-material reality.
As an exercise in learning to shift our perceptions, we explored some metaphors regarding events in consciousness,
metaphors that revealed how shackled we are by our physical perceptions. Examples include "higher" or "raised" consciousness, "opening" and "closing" the
mind, or getting "close" to someone.
There are many other examples of metaphors based upon our experience in a physical, three-dimensional world that we find hard to replace
with newer metaphors that are more appropriate to the reality of "the fourth dimension," or
the mental plane, or noosphere.
As we learned later in the week, the use of these outmoded
metaphors influence how we experience certain events that are crucial to being able to
migrate into the new consciousness. Their influence impedes progress and sustains fear
of change. Learning new metaphors and actually using them to perceive differently is hard
work, we discovered.
We moved our group into a deeper level of appreciation for the theme of growth through
challenging trials ("the wounded healer"), as well as the theme of "interconnectedness" and "telepathy" by engaging ourselves in the "
Dream Helper Ceremony".
Of the several people who volunteered, because of personal challenges and dilemmas they
faced, to be the focus of our dreams, two were chosen by lot. Without knowing the content
or topic of these individuals’ pressing concerns, we divided into two sub-groups,
each promising to remember a dream for one of our two "focus" people.
The next morning, our two sub-groups met to discuss their dreams, while each of their respective
focus person sat and listened, like a fly on the wall. Each group processed the common
patterns in their dreams, which provided them with clues about the issues facing the focus
Afterwards, the focus person revealed the nature of the personal issue for which
help was desired, and gave feedback on the dreams. When the two dream groups reconvened
as one circle, we learned that in each case, the sub-groups were able, by processing their
dreams, to assist their focus person with the personal issue under consideration.
The focus people felt as if they had been "heard" in the group’s dreams. Similarly,
the members of each group felt as if their dreams were also pointing out their own personal
versions of the issue under consideration. The idea of "interconnectedness" and "telepathy" were
no longer abstract items of "gossip," but were demonstrable, living experiences
among the group.
Also, as it turned out, each of the two focus persons were facing challenges,
which although different in their literal details, were similar and related to the conference
theme: how to find that balance between self-preservation and service to others.
As boundaries fall, and we have to deal with our interconnectedness (as in dealing with natural resources,
or with pollution, and other boundary bashing challenges), how to find the balance between
maintaining personal, or national "sovereignty," while creating functional
relationships of interdependence will be a major challenge.
Learning how to express oneself in a non-hostile manner, and learning how to listen without judgment were two skill sets
that the dreams suggested were very important for the future.
The loss of boundaries and the challenge to the personal self was one of three non-conventional "story
lines" that the group considered. In the case of boundaries, the world is becoming
smaller, is becoming "flat" or "as one."
Beginning with the problem of pollution, later the problem of AIDS, computer viruses, terrorism, pandemics, food supply,
and so on, humanity has shown that its initial response to the discovery that a boundary
has been threatened is to try to strengthen the boundary rather than try to move along
to the next level of solution—cooperation, collaboration, and innovation.
Those "higher level" moves come later as consciousness evolves and we finally drop the illusion
of maintaining what is really a fictional, or illusory, concept—boundaries. The acceptance
of psychic phenomena would mean the fall of an important boundary, the one around our minds
that help us experience ourselves as separate, functioning units.
As the world shrinks, and we become more interdependent, the level of unconscious, subliminal, telepathic communion,
or contagion, will increase. Those sticking to the 3-D view of the world will attempt to
block such contagion, which may prove futile. The more evolved choice is to develop the
self-knowledge and self-acceptance that renders such presumed contagion as irrelevant.
A second end time scenario was presented to help us let go of the assumption that the
world has always been the way we know it and will remain so. There was discussion of the
evidence of cataclysms from the past, such as asteroids, supernova explosions and bursts
of radiation, that eliminated life on our planet.
Not that there is much that we can do about such factors, nor that it is helpful to create fear, but that it is realistic to
take into account the possibility of a life threatening event happening world wide that
could create a divide among humanity, separating those who can not survive the catastrophe
from those who, for whatever reason, are able to live on and thus pass on their sustainability
to a new generation.
For a third scenario, we listened to a brief summary of the science fiction story by Sir
Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End. Written in 1953, it foresaw themes that are current
today regarding our children being saved by extra-terrestrials (UFOs) and carried off to
a new life, leaving the grownups on earth to die with their old habits and consciousness.
In this story, there is the surprising ending that the extra-terrestrials were hoping to
be saved along with the young earthlings. This idea that there exists higher order intelligence
that is taking part in our transformation and is, in fact, dependent upon this transformation
among the humans in order for the extra-terrestrials to gain the evolution they seek is
mirrored in modern times.
Carl Jung’s idea that "God" seeks consciousness
and self-awareness through humanity is one such theme, bringing "God" out of
the sky and into our hearts, and thus helping "God" fulfill its destiny. Another
example is the work of John Mack, who has extensively studied folks who have had the experience
of being "abducted" by "aliens."
His work suggests that these alternate dimensional beings are seeking their own evolution through their involvement
with ours. In all these cases of non-human influences, there is required on our part a
shift in attitude, from considering them to be either our salvation or our damnation, to
considering them to be our colleagues and presenting an opportunity for us to begin to
collaborate with non-physical forms of intelligence.
Whether from science fiction of the past, investigations into modern mysteries, or simply futuristic projections of current
events, there is reason to believe that humanity is prepared to face an apparently "superior
intelligence" (could that be everyone’s "higher self"?) and learn
to integrate it into our world. These extreme examples served to show that there was a
consistency among story lines, even including those which seem very "far out."
Returning to the theme of migrating to the imagination as part of a shift toward greater
awareness of non-physical realities, we participated in an exercise to learn to listen
to plants. We began with our usual charka opening moves, in this case to open the heart
Following suggestions in the literature, we each went outside and walked about
waiting for an invitation to communication from a plant. The instructions were to first "dance
the plant" to establish a very basic physical empathy for the plant, and then to
use one’s crayons to express with color on paper the feeling of the plant’s
The final step was to sit down and make a "heart connection" with the
plant, and then allow the energy or intelligence of the plant impress itself upon the imagination
of the perceiver. We learned that this process of communication has been called "enchantment," as
opposed to conscious perception, as the perceiver becomes the information, is one with
it, rather than receiving information that can be "handled" as if separate
from the perceiver.
This concept of enchantment is a variation on the theme of the return
of the goddess, of the emergence of oneness, and the growing predominance of the imagination
over sense perception.
The plant communication exercise was practiced in advance of an afternoon spent hiking
in nature and communing with its various inhabitants. A record was kept of the various
critters encountered so that we might meditate on the symbolic meaning of these encounters.
On three evenings we watched videos, which led to lively discussions. We saw one on the
Mayan date of 2012, which led to an exploration of the source of prophecy and our choices
in how to respond to it.
This video was dedicated to Terence McKenna, who was the first
to discover the relationship between 2012 and the galactic center, independently of the
Mayan calander, based upon what he learned from the "mushroom teachers" (psilocybin
or "magic" mushrooms), showing that the real source of change is within us
We watched the science fiction thriller, The Matrix, which led to our exploring
how hard it is to accept that the world may not be as we’ve been told, because it
requires us to make so many uncomfortable adjustments. We also saw the movie version of
The Celestine Prophecies, which gave a good example of how to present prophecies in the
form of invitations to change.
The movie also stimulated a heated debate on how to deal
with "negativity" in those whom we meet. The consensus seemed to be, after
the dust settled, that the act of perceiving negativity in a situation was an opportunity
to examine the remnants of judgmentalness within self.
Since one important theme concerning the future of consciousness concerns the disappearance
of judgementalness and the seeing of the divine in each other, we held regular "blessing
ceremonies" in which we sat in a circle and very slowly went around the group, experiencing
each other as realities within our own hearts.
We gave thanks for the presence of the blessing
of each person as they live within us. Over time, our sense of one another was growing
more sensitive, caring and empathic.
On one afternoon, we broke into small groups to prepare for receiving channeled information
on questions of import. Each group decided upon the question or questions most important
to be explored. We used a "need to know" method of evaluating questions to
make sure we were not asking for abstract information but guidance we can actually use.
After each group settled on its focus question, I led everyone on a guided meditation,
where we used imagined aesthetic experiences to cultivate a more intuitive state of awareness.
Participants then called upon the presence of a "non-physical" source of guidance,
or "spirit guide" to solicit answers to the group’s focus question.
After participants in each group had the opportunity to compare notes on their channeled information
and to integrate it into a message to share, we reconvened as one group to exchange our
reports. I’ll share the results of one:
This group asked about what it needed to now in order to move with the upcoming changes
in the most graceful way possible that would allow them to also help others do likewise.
Here is a synopsis of the information that one group received, compliments of David Birr:
"There was a Meta theme among the group that the emerging consciousness will
surprise us. None of us had experiences typical of our previous guided reveries. Images
of a high mountain, windy, sound of waaah, the sound of spirit.
A sense of a massive shifting of perceptions, where we are much more connected to the experience of the earth
as a living being that we are all part of. A sense of an enormous clearing of energies
symbolized by wind and water that will require extraordinary flexibility as a quality
At the same time there was a peaceful centered space with a Kwan Yin
figure radiating compassion and Julie Andrews singing the sound of music.
"Another group member was on Kauai
at Hanalei bay in a beautiful hotel with a deep experience of all embracing love and
the figure of Jesus. People were dancing and chanting Laa Lei. The sense of needing to
deeply trust our soul and consistently live in resonance with its vision was the emphasis.
I saw the bodies of people turning into glass filled with golden light shining out from
within to join the golden light in others noticing they were all part of the same light
and the glass disappearing. The sense of the quality of consciousness was a sense of
"A third person had a sense of trees,
roots and, branches with a deep sense of the connectedness of life. They experienced
a portal and a sense of leaving earth and connecting to Christ energy.
The moon became
their guide and it was to teach about cycles and ebb and flow, but then they realized
that the moon is always the same, it just looks different to us depending upon our perspective
They saw stars, and then a UFO gray/blue saucer landed on a bluish
gray surface that it blended into as it stirred up a dust. The surface became a brain,
which was illuminated by heat lightning. Something new was emerging from these connections
of light. They felt wobbly and unstable.
"The qualities of simplicity and the need to de clutter were strong. Caring for ourselves and losing the boundary of our
head so that we could see the world as our mirror and observe our self without attachment.
What are the roles of the people in our dreams?
What is the deeper meaning of the pictures
we make? Our perception and point of view is what really changes."
In another channeling exercise, we looked at a specially prepared video showing crop circles
to see if we could intuit messages within these designs. There was no verbal commentary
in the video, just some background music playing.
Each circle was presented several times
during the 20 minute meditation. Afterwards, folks got into small groups to share and compare
their insights, and then we met as one group to assess what we had learned. People were
surprised to find that messages seem to come quite readily and that there were many messages
intuited that were surprising and different from the expected. A sampling can be given:
Look up, look beyond your usual and see new patterns. There are patterns beyond your
experience that mirror patterns in your experience. The prism by which you view things
is distorting your perspective.
You need to shift your center in order to achieve a new
balance. We are a part of you and are trying to establish communication. Sometimes things
have to fall apart before they can be put back together in a new arrangement. Other worlds
of consciousness are now making an impression upon the earth.
A final channeling experience consisted of each person guiding another in entering an
intuitive state of mind, following the
Intuitive Heart method
in order to gain answers and guidance concerning questions that person had prepared for
One question we all had in common concerned what learned had been accomplished
during the week and how it could best be applied back home. This exercise resulted in very
personal and individualized information coming through, enabling each person, hopefully,
to follow an empowered path of co-creativity upon returning home.
During the last few days of our time together, we began learning a Sufi dance, a method
developed by the mystic branch of Islam that are designed to evoke spiritual awareness
among the dancers.
As our final act of the conference, we enjoyed encountering one another
in our circle dance as we chanted, "I know that you know that I am you; what you
know is that I know you are me, too. I know that you know that I love you; what you know
is that I know you love me, too!"
Announcements will be forthcoming about subsequent conferences on celebrating the future
of consciousness. In the meantime, find what you can enjoy of an evolved consciousness
now, making it real enough in your life that you can share it with others.