January 2012 ~ Forecast for the year
Forecast for the year 2012
2012 is a pivotal year ~ a year of change, a year of growth, a year of letting go of old ways and old institutions, and a year of creating a vibrant new future.
The future will be more based on cooperation than on competition. The changes wonít happen all at once, of course. They have been in process for many years and will take many more years to fully develop.
The predictions that the world will end in 2012 ó the supposed Mayan calendar "predictions" that the world will end in 2012 ó are based in fear and misunderstanding. The physical world will not end in 2012. The "world as we know it" may end for many people. The language translations get very confusing and people get very confused. And, there is some manipulation of messages for personal agendas as well.
When fear rules, almost anything is possible as an outcome. When hope rules, almost anything is possible as an outcome.
So, what is the difference between fear and hope? Itís really a choice for each individual person Ė whether they choose to live in fear and draw to them negative experiences, or whether they choose to live in hope and draw to them positive experiences.
In 2012, there will be plenty of fear and plenty of hope ó as if the world is splitting apart. One group is clinging mindlessly to the fear of whatever they are afraid of and the other group is feeling more and more joyous as they recognize the powerful energy of change at work.
For each person, there will be many opportunities for growth and personal development in 2012. They may encounter situations that others would see as fearful, yet they find joy in the opportunity to break through old barriers and to re-create things the way they want them to be now, in this new time and space form.
Many staid and long-trusted institutions are feeling the quakes of the changes ó the banking industry, the religious institutions, the educational systems, the health care industry, governments at all levels, the military ó all are being faced with massive pressure to break out of their rigidity and become more aligned with the needs of their customers and citizens.
No longer is rampant greed valued as a good thing. The citizen uprisings that focused attention on "Occupy Wall Street" are growing to include many other grass roots focus areas all over the country. People are saying "weíve had enough of the old ways" and are putting themselves out in public to protest behavior and business practices that are no longer acceptable. This time in history might be somewhat like the American Revolution or the Boston Tea Party - the people are speaking up loudly to let their displeasure be known.
We listened to a financial update a few weeks ago where they described our current economic situation as the "New Normal" ó volatility and unpredictability in the stock market, and long-term prospects for very low inflation and slow growth.
Politics is not the same as it used to be. We can all see that. Some people are happy about it and many are not. With the United States presidential elections coming in November 2012, it is possible that anything could happen. Whatever happens should reflect the changing needs and growing demands of the citizens for government to be responsive to their needs. Those who are not paying attention may find themselves out in the cold after Election Day.
One thing to note is that Mercury goes retrograde in 2012 right around the US election time, so it is possible that there will be computer breakdowns, communications breakdowns and some confusion in getting the election results counted and audited. ()
We expect to see lots of chaos and confusion as things shift and change, and those who want to stick to their rigid set of expectations or habits will be resisting more and more as the rest of the world moves forward. This is the nature of change. It is nothing new. It will just be more noticeable as the pace of daily life continues to increase.
People may feel as if they are not sure which way is right Ė the old way or the new way or some way in between. During times of very active major societal changes, this is just what happens.
We expect to see new medical discoveries coming forth Ė cures and new treatments that will help to keep the population healthier. We expect more people to feel responsible for their own health and want to learn more about how to take better care of themselves. That means that we will see more personal responsibility for peopleís lives taking hold as they realize that when they are responsible for their own health, they take better care of themselves, and their body is very responsible to good care. Healthy means emotional, intellectual, physical, mental and spiritual health.
We expect to see more people turning to alternative methods of health care Ė meditation, buying organic foods, growing their own food in some way, being more careful about what goes into the body (less alcohol, smoking, drugs of all kinds), being more careful to get proper rest and nutrition. They will be seeking health practitioners who have the same philosophy and are willing to respect the needs of the individual and help teach people how to be healthier, rather than just prescribing unnecessary drugs.
We also expect to see people revolting against food products that have been genetically altered. These are causing many more food allergies than have been seen over the past thousands of years.
There will be a continuing interesting in doing something about the serious over-medication of many people with resulting high costs, addictions, accidental overdoses and serious damage to the body from the medications themselves. Conscientious doctors and medical practitioners will be more willing to speak out about abuses they see themselves.
We expect to see continued interest in a national health care system or a single-payer system, perhaps based on the very successful Canadian system. Our health care system has been tampered with by too many people who have been only interested in their own personal gain, not the health of the people they are supposed to treat. Patients are frustrated and doctors are frustrated. There are too many complications and too many people in between a patient and their doctor as the system is working now, and too many people who need care who cannot afford it.
We expect to see interest in recreating our educational system to be more responsive to the needs of students. Now, everyone receives the same type of education regardless of who they are or what they might need. If children were valued for their own individual uniqueness and given opportunities to reinforce their natural talents, they could blossom into more competent adults, instead of being forced to endure training that makes them feel incompetent or bored or is not interesting to them.
We expect to see the continuing and growing interest in spirituality and philosophies that help people to be responsible and to understand the larger scope of human existence beyond a single physical life. There are numerous ways this could be experienced and each person will find their own "teaching" (a spiritual teaching, a life philosophy or religion) that works for them. Or, they will keep searching until they find one that resonates with what they believe. We expect to see more media attention to methods and teachings that highlight the great variety of ways that people can experience their humanity and their spiritual connection to All That Is (or whatever people call the larger forces at work).
Times of great change allow for great creativity and we expect this will come forth in many varied ways ó through new products, new ways of doing things, new colors, new designs, new features on existing products, new ways of approaching old problems, etc.
Creativity also means destruction of old materials, old ways, old institutions to make way for the new. In order to bake a cake, you have to destroy the old ingredients and bring them together in a new way. 2012 and the next few years will have plenty of opportunities to create new recipes and using new ways to combine old ingredients, or finding totally new ingredients.
Since weather is tied to the overall energy of the planet, we expect to see the weather helping to create situations for destruction / rebuilding / recreating and for helping people to change their old habits. Sometimes, not by conscious choice, but because suddenly the weather destroys something or shakes something up that allows the new-ness to come forth.
Creativity also allows and encourages new businesses to come forth so we expect to see a blossoming of entrepreneurial ventures as people realize the old corporations simply canít or wonít do the job that is needed to meet emerging needs. The larger companies are still struggling to maintain their place in their industry, so innovation is not at the top of their priority list. Innovation usually comes from small, more nimble companies and individuals who are willing to take the risk to create something new or bring something new into the market place.
As more of those people who were born in the 1940s start to retire, we expect to see an influx of healthy, active people becoming involved in issues and endeavors that they are passionate about. This could include starting new companies, supporting the entrepreneurial efforts of others where their wisdom and great experience can be shared, interest in exploring their family history, writing books about their experiences, coaching/mentoring for non-profit organizations, or becoming politically active in causes that interest them. These retirees have many years left to them to assist our society in making a major transition of being, so watch for their impact in the news.
We expect that the "wisdom of the elders" will become more valued as they really do have the answers to many of societyís problems that have not been solved by those less experienced who got us into some difficult predicaments over the past few years.
We expect to see a focus on the military with many endeavors recognizing that war doesnít solve anything. War does not create peace; it only creates more war, violence and heartbreak for those involved. Watch for peace ambassadors to come forth to help develop peaceful ways of getting along with those we disagree with.
Our economy will be more stable though it will be many years before we see significant growth. There are still many underlying weaknesses in our economic system, some yet to be revealed that will take time to restructure and correct. We expect to see more interest in global economic issues as countries and their governments realize that we are all connected.
We expect to see many hidden secrets being revealed as things break open and change. Itís time for some things that have been hidden to become more public so they can be resolved.
We expect continued interest in new energy sources. We havenít had a formal "energy crisis" in a while, but the underlying reliance on fossil fuels is a known lost cause. The cost of gasoline is much too high today, mostly driven by greed and manipulation of the markets. We need to find better and cheaper ways to provide fuel and electricity to our world. There are many smart people working on this and we expect in the next few years for some of these to break through into the mainstream.
As the pace of energy increases, manifestation of ideas is becoming quicker. You think about someone, then they contact you. You wish for something and it appears. You think about attending an event and find yourself invited to it, or see an unexpected opportunity to attend. You all have had these experiences with increasing regularity. Watch for them as they will be happening more and more. This really could be the year that your biggest dreams come true.
The lesson: be careful what you wish for. Realize that what you think and what you feel are the driving forces behind creating your own life.
With all the changes and possible chaos, it may seem like there is nothing solid to hang on to. Well, potentially, that is quite true. Everything solid is being restructured and recreated.
We canít always control events that happen to us or happen around us. What we can control is how we react when surprises happen. We can be fearful, we can ignore them and stick our head in the sand, or we can be excited and jump on board with what is happening, or we can ignore it and go on with what we want to do.
This year it will be extremely important for most people to have a belief system, a philosophy or a teaching of some kind that gives them good tools for handling sudden changes. If you donít already have such a thing in your life, now is the time to find one so you are not thrown about by the changes.
Having a belief system or teaching provides methods for dealing with sudden changes and helps people to find a place of comfort and stability when it seems like the rest of the world is going crazy. It could be a prayer practice, a meditation practice, a mantra, a way you shift your attitude, a mental or emotional or physical method that allows you to find the calm center of the hurricane. Find what ever method works best for you when changes happen.
If you have a good support system and good personal practices, you should be able to ride the waves of change like an experienced surfer. You might get tumbled over occasionally by the big waves, but you wonít be totally destroyed. Or, you may choose to experience the terror of being thrown off your surfboard and dumped into the furious waves. Or, you may fly over the turmoil in your personal flying device and enjoy seeing the huge waves without having to experience them yourself. Itís all part of the experience that is possible for the year.
May your blessings be multiple many times over and may your heart always be filled with joy. May you remember who you truly are and why you created the wonderful life you lead. And, may 2012 be your best year ever!
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