“You never come to the same river twice.” What does it mean? From it I used to simply hear that change is constant. But now it sounds more like this: The force and source of all creation is the consummate artist, bringing forth miracle after miracle with less than effortlessness, yet evidently deliberate and with supreme diligence.
Effortlessly as well She brings forth a creation who can echo the experience of creation itself back to Her. A creature who can self-reflect and express uniquely through its channel. Yes, the presence of that Unnameable Force abides within each and every infinitesimal speck in a vast, infinite universe. Because it can recognize this, the human being (consciously or not) humbly yet audaciously aspires to emulate its Creator.
Some channels are more conscious of this than others, but it would seem that, ultimately, the act of creation – accomplishment, success, fulfillment, realization – …is it really anything other than striving to be like That Mystery from which all things arose and arise?
I think not. And if we can learn something, anything, of the mystery behind God’s supreme creativity then let us treasure it. In other words, if there are ways of learning to do what the universe does, would we not want to explore it?
So whenever I am asked “how has the 13 Moon Calendar changed your life?” I can scarcely give a definite answer, because its consciousness-transforming effects are ongoing and widespread. However, I can say this:
The universal intelligence behind creation has an order, no, beauty that we can only ever come minutely closer to justly appreciating (or even perceiving!) as we shed away any preconceptions we may have about anything. Paradoxically, to do this requires intentional and structured consistency in the uncontrived. The 13 Moon calendar – though outwardly stylized and idiosyncratic – being fundamentally based upon time, space, mind and number is in essence a system of identitylessness.
But can’t this shedding of preconceptions simply be accomplished through meditation? After all: “Unidentified with anything I am identified with all.” A short answer: Our sense of Time – fundamental to our existence – is thoroughly entangled in artificial time through an inexorably irrational duo of measure: tick-tock clock and 12 month nonsense calendar. Hence, the elegant simplicity of the 13 Moon Calendar as a (if not the) means of untangling that knot called artificial time.
Every step of the way the cycles and synchronicities of this “calendar” inevitably lift one above their immediate context toward ever higher (or deeper) vistas of understanding and experience. This process has a direct effect on the brain through time. I believe this effect on the brain is nothing less than a process of returning it to its creative potential, unshackling it from limitations of conditioned thought. Rather, this effect on the brain is merely a reflection or condensation, a lower/third-dimensional registration of the continuous multidimensional liberation of consciousness to its natural, non-locatable, boundaryless state.
Why? How can this be so? Jose Arguelles (a.k.a. Valum Votan), responsible for the Discovery and exposition of the Law of Time and creation of the 13 Moon Calendar, said that we must think new thoughts if we are to rise above our planetary crisis.
The crisis is more than statistical red flags: as described in Cosmic History, it is a crisis of consciousness. Consciousness itself (throughout the universe probably but certainly on this planet at least), is rapidly mutating – violently writhing to be liberated from its self-imposed illusory limitations and rise to its potential which is now just beyond its grasp.
But: One can scarcely carry on a benign conversation with a stranger without stepping into a minefield of conditioned triggers. Furthermore, one can even scarcely set out to accomplish something that would transform this world without promptly colliding with its many boundaries.
In order to dissolve one’s confines, is it necessary to create from within them? Or can they simply be circumvented through fearless cultivation of the New?