THE 26,000 YEAR ENERGY CYCLE
Extract from the Epilogue of The History of the Soul
© Ian Lawton 2010
[Note that 'the Council' are the sources that channeled the information in The Future of the Soul, from which extracts are presented here.]
This is what the council had to say about the cause of the energy cycle in the original sessions:[i]
The universe is set up in such a way that variations within it will prevent it from becoming stagnant, there will always be scope for change to varying degrees. The universe is a masterpiece of design, architecturally complex even when viewed from the perspective of the dimension you reside in. Through science and mathematics you’ve discovered some of the rudimentary forces governing your solar system, and indeed the universe, and you begin to understand its nature. It is architecturally perfect for its purpose, which is to constantly change and evolve. The constant and infinite alignments being made throughout direct energy, which then propels and activates change, so everything is constantly moving forward.
Of these infinite alignments the one that affects the earth every 26,000 years has a specific purpose. It was set up to influence more than just your planet, but due to its magnetic nature the earth isn’t just part of the alignment, it’s central to it. Its movement to a slightly different position ensures it is in direct alignment to receive energy from many other parts of the universe, and indeed dimensions too. And it is magnetically weak enough that it has a greater capacity for change to take place.
The only cycle lasting of the order of 26,000 years that I was aware of is that of precession. So did this have an influence?
Nothing on this scale happens by chance, and this apparent ‘imperfection’ was deliberately created and designed so that earth’s alignments with other parts of the universe would constantly change. This technique is used elsewhere too.
Of all the topics covered this was clearly the most difficult for the council to convey in ways that Janet would understand, and we had so much other ground to cover that it was not explored further in the original sessions. But afterwards I decided to try to find out more about it in a brief third session that was not covered in The Future of the Soul.[ii] Although the extra information that came through is still not definitively clear it does shed some useful extra light. The council began by talking more about the earth’s magnetic field:
Your planet is quite unique. The magnetism that surrounds it pulls and pushes in ways that you do not see, it changes its shape around earth in different directions with the ebb and flow. This field is pulled in certain directions because of the precessional alignment, it is even described as ‘tipping’… It opens certain areas of the planet up, much more than at any other time it weakens the magnetic field that surrounds the earth. It is not so much the shape changing as it is a stretching, and when you stretch something it has more opportunity to be penetrated… You can liken the magnetic field around the earth to a human body’s aura.
From this it appeared they were suggesting that the process of precession, which slowly changes the angular position of earth with respect to the rest of the cosmos, creates alignments every 26,000 years that position her to be ready to receive a huge influx of energy from elsewhere. At the same time it seems the process stretches her ‘magnetic aura’ in such a way that the energy is able to get through far more than usual. So are changes in the magnetic poles as discussed in chapter 10 one aspect of this?
This is why we described it as a tipping. If you imagine anything that is tipping it becomes precarious, and at some point it can go too far as the energy around the earth is stretched. It is instantaneous, and as you would say a shifting of the poles from one to the other… But this time it is unlikely to happen. There are too many living organisms on your planet that have evolved using magnetism for their survival, and the intention is not to obliterate but to add with this energy. It will feel quite close but the intention behind the energy is to come in waves so that the tipping point is not reached in one full blast… This is not an exact science. We will try to prevent the tipping but we cannot say that it will definitely not happen.
So what would be the effect of such a reversal if it were to happen?
It is purely the energies. You would not see anything physical initially. However it is like a ripple on a pond but in reverse. The ripples get stronger inwards, and weather patterns would change dramatically. But there would be far more changes for the animal kingdom. Your instruments might fail but it would not be a threat to your life. And remember this is not our intention at this time anyway.
This seemed to confirm the research outlined in chapter 10. Turning to the extra energy directed at earth I wanted to know where it comes from:
Energy is everywhere, it is the intention behind it that pushes it towards areas of the universe that need it at specific times. There are others in what you would call other galaxies that are using this specific time to push the energy forward when your planet is most susceptible to it and will make the most use of it… Whenever the timing is right the densest parts of the universe, the planets and the stars with mass, receive this energy so they can evolve. Just as the human body can receive energy healing, the earth is doing something very similar. In some respects you are a living, breathing blueprint of your planet… For earth the opportunities for this energy to get through are increased every 26,000 years because it is unique in terms of its polarities.
If we now look for external corroboration of this information it will come as no surprise that a number of theories about these cycles have sprung up in the buildup to 2012, although Janet and I were both ignorant of them even at the time of this third session. The first is an attempt to tie together the numbers in the precessional and yuga cycles that we discussed in chapter 5; and it originates from a different version of the Hindu tradition in The Laws of Manu, a text that seems to stir up controversy because of its debatable authority.[iii] It dates to around the same time as the Mahabharata in which the traditional theory of world cycles is expounded, but the concept of divine years making up 360 normal years is clearly omitted:[iv]
68. But hear now the brief (description of) the duration of a night and a day of Brahman and of the several ages according to their order.
69. They declare that the Krita age (consists of) four thousand years; the twilight preceding it consists of as many hundreds, and the twilight following it of the same number.
70. In the other three ages with their twilights preceding and following, the thousands and hundreds are diminished by one (in each).
71. These twelve thousand (years) which thus have been just mentioned as the total of four (human) ages, are called one age of the gods.
72. But know that the sum of one thousand ages of the gods (makes) one day of Brahman, and that his night has the same length.
So the total duration of the four yugas is 12,000 years, just as in Figure 3, but now instead of these being divine years they are normal years. Remember too that we saw this in the Vana Parva, one of the earlier books in the Mahabharata, and that the concept of divine years is only introduced implicitly in the numerically later Santi Parva, and explicitly in the completely separate and chronologically later Vishnu Purana.
At this point we need to bring in Sri Yukteswar, the guru whose pupil Paramhansa Yogananda became even more celebrated in the West. In The Holy Science, published in 1894, he was arguably the first Hindu scholar to argue that the introduction of the concept of divine years was a fabrication.[v] But he further argues that the four yuga cycles should be seen in the context of a descending cycle followed by an ascending cycle, making for a total of 24,000 years. This seems to have much more of the Jain flavor we discussed in chapter 5, but it does bring the length of the yuga cycle closer to that of precession.
Although modern commentators make much if this supposed correspondence the numbers are still significantly different; and, even more important, Yukteswar himself seems to have a very different concept in mind when he states that the ‘sun revolves round a grand center called Vishnunabhi, which is the seat of the creative power, Brahma, the universal magnetism’. Elsewhere he states that ‘the sun, with its planets and their moons, takes some star for its dual and revolves round it in about 24,000 years’. In fact his context even for this is rather different from ours in that he is attempting to show that ‘when the sun in its revolution round its dual comes to the place nearest to this grand center… the mental virtue becomes so much developed that man can easily comprehend all, even the mysteries of Spirit’. This is all related to the supposedly different moral and other qualities of the four yugas, especially the golden krita yuga. Nevertheless his suggestion that there is an important energy center of some sort that we rotate around, and that our magnetic field may be influenced by it, has some clear similarities with the council’s messages.
We briefly saw in chapter 6 that Joseph Campbell attempted to correlate the numbers in the precessional and yuga cycles too, and there are arguably more obvious links if the traditional numbers are used.[vi] For example the historic estimate for a full precessional cycle is not 25,765 years – the most recent estimate as discussed in chapter 5 – but 25,920 years, a twelfth of which is 2160. When this is multiplied by 800, 600, 400 and 200 it gives the length of each traditional yuga in normal years as per Figure 3. That these numbers are symbolic and demonstrate knowledge of precession may not, therefore, be in doubt. But at the same time they are clearly not measuring precessional periods pure and simple, otherwise we would not have to engage in mathematical shenanigans to establish the linkages. So quite what else this tells us, if anything, is more open to debate.
If we turn now to the Maya, in his Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 and Galactic Alignment, published in 1998 and 2002 respectively, John Major Jenkins argues that their long-count calendar can also be tied into the precessional cycle because five 13-baktun cycles of 5125 years produce a total of 25,625.[vii] However we should remember that there is no great Mayan tradition of world ages to go with their calendar. We saw in chapter 7 that if anything there are only four ages including our own in their most sacred text the Popol Vuh, but in any case the whole context is more one of multiple-creation-of-man experiments than of world ages. Perhaps worse still for Jenkins we saw in chapter 5 that, in the genuine world age traditions of other Amerindian cultures, the numbers of ages and their lengths vary wildly not only from culture to culture but even sometimes within one culture. So, unlike with the yuga cycles, to propose a mathematical link between precession and Amerindian world age traditions generally is almost certainly a mistake. More specifically the supposed link between the Mayan calendar and precession is almost certainly false too.
The one link between these cyclical energy shifts and an ancient text that we might make is with Plato’s composite theme of cyclical world ages possibly based on precession, as hinted at in chapter 5. However apart from anything else the council’s cycles do not always end in catastrophe.
If we turn now to the key date of 21 December 2012, we also saw in chapter 5 that it is regarded as an end-point of a 13-baktun cycle of 5125 years in the Mayan long-count calendar. Although it had been recognized by scholars for far longer, it began to make inroads into the public consciousness when Jose Arguelles published The Mayan Factor in 1987. Then in their 1995 work The Mayan Prophecies Adrian Gilbert and Maurice Cotterell argued that the calendar was based on a highly scientific understanding of sun spot cycles and their effects on earth’s magnetic field, leading to the potential conclusion that catastrophe is on its way. But since then the focus has switched steadily towards the more positive ‘new era’ possibilities represented by this date, aided in so small part by the proclamations of many indigenous Mayan scholars.
Jenkins uses this date in another way.[viii] Not only does he identify our galactic center with Yukteswar’s ‘Vishnunabhi’ but he describes how, because of precession, the galactic equator – the line that runs down the center of the Milky Way – will align with the rising sun at the winter solstice in 2012; that is, on 21 December. However he also reports that, because the sun is half a degree wide on our horizon, this alignment actually spans the 36 years from 1980 to 2016 – its central point having been reached back in 1998. He has therefore coined the phrase ‘era-2012’.
Unfortunately, for all that Jenkins insists his alignments are accurate, there is a strong argument that the exact position of the galactic equator and the galactic center are impossible to determine with any sort of accuracy.[ix] How do you define a center point or line for an ill-defined streak of densely clustered stars that meander across the night sky like a river? It is similar to the problem of deciding where one precessional age finishes and another begins: from an astronomical observation perspective there is no definitive date but rather a transitional period of tens if not hundreds of years. In any case while specific alignments may be useful from a calendrical perspective, from the perspective of earth receiving bursts of energy from other parts of the universe – which is surely the real issue here – it is hard to see how they are hugely relevant. The angular alignment of earth in relation to the rest of the cosmos may be important to this process, but this changes incredibly slowly. So even if this energy comes from a single source like the center of our galaxy and is directed straight at earth alone, which is by no means certain, it would still almost certainly be able to get through to us in the right way over, again, decades if not centuries spanning the high point of the 26,000 year cycle.
One researcher who discusses the idea of high levels of energy coming from the center of our galaxy at 26,000 year intervals without concerning himself unduly with alignments is astrophysicist Paul LaViolette. But in his 1997 work Earth Under Fire he postulates that these are ‘galactic core explosions’ that send out a massive and devastating burst of cosmic rays –the most recent one having ended the last ice age 12,850 years ago.[x] This is interesting in terms of our catastrophe theory but it does not seem to fit with the context of energies that have a positive impact; and in any case he also seems to posit what is in effect a 13,000 year cycle. By contrast in his 2006 work The Cygnus Mystery Andrew Collins proposes that the ancients revered the swan as symbolic of the constellation of Cygnus, which lies near the center of the galactic plane, and that the bursts of cosmic rays periodically emitted by Cygnus X-3 may have been responsible for influencing human development.[xi] However the key periods he quotes do not coincide with a 26,000 year cycle.[xii]
Apart from arguably useful theories concerning powerful energies coming from outside our solar system, these are only a select few of a multitude of attempts to tie ancient traditions into a precessional cycle that has a key date in 2012, and to make various other even more dubious links – as a swift perusal of Geoff Stray’s comprehensive compilation Beyond 2012 shows. One important maxim to bear in mind here is that ‘you can prove anything with numbers if you try hard enough’, but the broader context nearly always defeats the ingenuity of the various researchers who claim to have cracked the 2012 code. For what it is worth there is no special alignment of the planets in our solar system on 21 December 2012 either.[xiii]
This is arguably where the strength of the communications from the council lies, albeit that they too are hardly conclusive, especially in respect of the underlying dynamics of the energy cycle. But in refusing to confirm precise dates or alignments, or to be specific about the exact source of the energy that is culminating at this time, they certainly do not fall into the obvious traps that are present in many other channeled communications about 2012 – which, unfortunately, appear to suffer from a high degree of conscious interference. Indeed in another context they emphasize that is it not the alignments with other parts of the cosmos per se that matter at this time, it is more the gaps that are created.[xiv]
[i] Ibid., pp. 46–7. Any ellipses used in the quotes from the council indicate that a question from me has been omitted, or occasionally that a section is not especially relevant to this work.
[ii] This session was conducted at Gaunts House with just Janet and myself on 22 July 2010.
[iii] See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_Manu.
[iv] Laws of Manu 1:68–72; see Bühler, The Laws of Manu in Müller, The Sacred Books of the East, volume 25, p. 2. Note that in this translation the words of the gods have been inserted in brackets after the word years in verse 69, but presumably this is not original and an assumption on the part of the translator, which is not helpful in the current context.
[v] See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuga.
[vi] Ibid., chapter 3, pp. 39–40.
[vii] See, for example, Stray, Beyond 2012, chapter 1, p. 23. In fact the number 26,000 is frequently used even though this is clearly not the product of 5 times 5125.
[viii] See http://alignment2012.com/whatisga.htm.
[ix] See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon.
[x] See, for example, Stray, Beyond 2012, chapter 7, pp 89–90.
[xi] Collins, The Cygnus Mystery, chapters 21–2.
[xii] Although he says the Meinel Institute have attempted a correlation using a 23,000 year precessional cycle; see ibid., chapter 22, p. 267.
[xiii] As a check using any internet-based planetary model will show; see, for example, www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Solar.
[xiv] This is mentioned in the context of souls moving on to other places, which we will come to shortly.