A visionary futurist for more than fifty years, Barbara Max Hubbard is now a planetary elder at the age of 82. She has been called the “voice for conscious evolution of our time” by Deepak Chopra and according to noted American systems theorist Buckminster Fuller “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.” A prolific author, visionary, social innovator, evolutionary thinker and educator she has written numerous books and is co-founder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.
Futurism is defined by Wikipedia as “an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century. It emphasized and glorified themes associated with contemporary concepts of the future, including speed, technology, youth and violence, and objects such as the car, the airplane and the industrial city.” The future that was envisioned by Hubbard and other great thinkers is now arriving. December 21, 2012 has long been described as the ending of a phase. December 22, 2012 now known as Birth 2012 according to Hubbard, “has been selected as a day to encourage, connect, and celebrate what’s being born through all of us. It’s a day to identify what’s good, what’s loving, and what’s able to create a future that works for us all.”
Something is truly ending, she says, “Whether it be from the Mayan prophecy, the environmental problems, or a series of other crisis, a certain form of growth and consciousness has been increasingly destructive to human and earth life. As there is a time of things coming to an end, there is also a rising up of human creativity, consciousness, love and wonderment. So we’re simply celebrating that emerging quality of humanity and calling it the birth of the next phase of human evolution. It’s the celebration of our birth as a universal species.”
Birth 2012 will be a 24 hour global event, live in each time zone starting in New Zealand. The intention is to reach 100 million people awakening to our oneness, wholeness and potential. Everyone is being invited to celebrate their unique gifts toward a convergence greater than the sum of our parts. Hubbard likens the celebration day to D-Day: “Eisenhower, Churchill, and de Gaulle all had to decide to say ‘Go!’ with all the fleets and the fighting to defeat the Nazi’s on a particular day. We’ve identified December 22 as a due date for convergence. If it’s done correctly, everybody’s gift is amplified through converging.”
According to Hubbard, “In the Sacred Story of Creation are numerous turns of the spiral of life: Earth, Life, Animal Life, and Human Life. The Wheel of Cocreation is us, now, going around the next turn of the spiral. After Human Life -us- comes Universal Humanity and then Infinite Potential. We’re facing breakdowns in many, many systems, whether in health, environment, economics, and so on. On the other hand, we have a vision of a more sustainable, peaceful, evolvable world. It’s filled with what’s already emerging and loving and connected. When you feel yourself as part of that momentum and direction, and then place yourself on the Wheel wherever you’re called to create, you become empowered. One of the great purposes of Birth 2012 is to alert people to the realization that so much good is happening.” The Shift Network (theshiftnetwork.com) is being introduced by Hubbard with others to do just this, and it will include positive-news publishing, television, and radio. Hubbard states “I’m hoping that Birth 2012 TV will do an ongoing story of what’s being born. I’ll bring people on who are expressions of what’s being born in their lives and ask them, ‘What are you giving birth to in your life, in your work, in your whole movement that you feel contributes to the shift on planet earth?’ And each of us who wants to participate in the greater whole becomes more uniquely who we are by joining than not. When we come together in synergy, each person or group gets celebrated, amplified, and empowered.”
In Hubbard’s previous book, Emergence-The Shift from Ego to Essence, she articulates that making this shift is vital. And it’s not difficult: “The simple practice that we can all do is to create an inner sanctuary and place your attention on the feeling of experiencing your own higher intuition, higher self, essential self. Just experience the oneness of that aspect of your being that is Spirit. When you put your attention on it, a shift actually comes into your heart. In very simple language, you start identifying with and then becoming your own higher self.”
After making this shift, there are three steps each of us can personally take, right now, to ensure that we make a leap towards a new world that is sustainable, collaborative, and compassionate. “The first thing,” Hubbard says, “is to place your hands on your heart and experience love and appreciation. Feel that experience in your nervous system and allow it to rise to your brain until you become more unified internally and experience that love. The next step is to shift your sense of identity from the separated local self, the egoic self, to the essential spiritual essence of your being. Just shifting attention to this essence brings forth the emergence of the more universal human and creates that internal shift. The third step is to identify your deepest soul’s calling, your vocation, your life’s purpose from the point of view of your essence, and say the big Yes.” This step is what Hubbard refers to as vocational arousal: “It’s allowing that deeper calling to be aroused in you and then seek out partners because none of us can do it alone. Saying yes to your deeper life purpose may not be the job that you have right now. It may not be just a traditional profession; it may be a more unique calling. Saying yes to the expression of your life’s purpose and soul’s calling leads to a natural desire to connect.”
Hubbard adds, “Everything that rises converges. Nature creates the convergence of what is emerging. We’re living through a time now of conscious choice to connect and to converge the good that is happening all around us. That doesn’t mean everything will work, or everyone will respond. But those who do will have a positive effect on which way the ‘tipping point’ tips – toward breakdown or breakthrough. We have the great opportunity to be conscious of our effect on evolution and consciously evolve. That’s conscious evolution: evolution by choice, not chance – evolution by participating in the design through a choiceful expression of your own essence.”
The convergence is here: December 22, 2012 with 100 million people. She adds “There is some intuition that a certain number of us are feeling and experiencing a global heart within – connecting heart to heart, affects the whole consciousness field. The Earth is out of equilibrium right now. It’s also true that by connecting what’s loving and positive, we can help shift the field of consciousness toward a more ongoing birthing of the next phase of civilization – a planetary civilization.”
To learn more about Barbara Marx Hubbard, visit her website, www.evolve.org.
-excerpts taken from the December 2012 Science of Mind article “Birthing a New World 2012” by Ann Crawford