Fractal Time – The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age

By Gregg Braden in Evolution on March 8th, 2009 / 12 Comments

We’re living the end of time. Not the end of the world, but the end of a world age – a 5,125-year cycle of time – and the way we’ve known the world throughout that time. The present world age began in 3114 b.c. and will end in a.d. 2012.

Because the end of anything also marks the beginning of what comes next, we’re also living the start of what follows the end of time: the next world age, which ancient traditions called the great cycle.

From the epic poems of India’s Mahabharata to the oral traditions of indigenous Americans and the biblical story of Revelation, those who have come before us knew that the end of time was coming. They knew, because it always does. Every 5,125 years, the earth and our solar system reach a place in their journey through the heavens that marks the end of precisely such a cycle. With that end, a new world age begins. Apparently it’s always been this way.

For at least four such cycles (or five, according to the Mesoamerican traditions of the Aztec and the Maya peoples), our ancestors endured the changes in global magnetic fields, climate, diminishing resources, and rising sea levels that come with the end of time. They did so without satellites and the Internet or computer models to help them prepare for such a radical shift.

The fact that they lived to tell the story stands as a powerful testament to an undeniable truth: it tells us beyond any reasonable doubt that the inhabitants of our planet have survived the end of world ages in the past. Beyond simply surviving, our ancestors learned from the difficulties that can accompany the change. In the words of their day, they did their best to tell us what it means to live such a rare moment in history. It’s a good thing they did, because such events are few and far between. Only five generations in the last 26,000 years have experienced the shift of world ages. We will be the sixth.

The present world age isn’t something that will simply fade away into the sunset of a time that seems to perpetually linger somewhere “out there” in our future. Just the opposite: our world age has an expiration date. It ends at a specific time, with a specific event, on a day that was marked on a calendar more than 2,000 years ago. There is no secret about that date. The Maya who calculated it also inscribed it as a permanent record for future generations. The date is etched into stone monuments that were built to last until the end of time.

When the date is translated to our familiar system of time, the message becomes clear. It tells us that our present world cycle will conclude with the winter solstice that takes place on December 21 in the year 2012. It’s on this date that the mysterious Maya identified the astonishing astronomical events that will mark the end of our age . . . and they did so more than two millennia ago.

The reason:
Physically, our solar system is moving through shortest part of an orbit that looks like a flattened circle, an ellipsis whose far end carries us to the most distant point from the core of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

The physical effect:
Both ancient traditions and modern science tell us that our location in this cyclic orbit determines how we experience the powerful sources of energy, such as the “massive magnetic fields,” which radiate from our galaxy’s core. Recent studies suggest that it is precisely such cycles that may explain the mysterious patterns of biodiversity – the rise and fall of life on Earth, such as the mass extinctions that happened 250 and 450 million years ago.

Additionally, modern discoveries confirm that Earth’s position throughout the journey (orbit, tilt, and wobble) create the ever-changing cycles that influence everything from temperature and climate to polar ice and the magnetic fields of the earth. Details of these effects will be discussed throughout the book.

The emotional/spiritual effect:
As we travel farther from our galaxy’s core, our distance from the energy located there was described by ancient traditions as the loss of a connection that we sense both spiritually and emotionally. Scientific links between the quality of Earth’s magnetic fields, how they’re affected by cosmic conditions, and our feeling of well-being seem to precisely support such ancient beliefs.

In the same way that Earth’s rotation makes the darkest part of the night appear just before the dawn, our position in the heavens is such that the darkest part of our world age appears right before our heavenly orbit begins the return that brings us closer to our galaxy’s core. With that return, we experience relief from the cataclysmic forces of the cycle’s darkness. And just as the night must pass in order to get to the new day, the only way to arrive at the light of the next cycle is to finish the darkness of this one.

We all know that dark experiences definitely exist in our world, and we don’t need to look far to find them; however, there’s also more to life than the suffering that the ancients foresaw – much more. Even in our time of great darkness, the polarities of peace, healing, love, and compassion are alive, well, and abundant.

Our ancestors had an amazingly deep grasp of just what our experience of cosmic cycles means on multiple levels.

Somehow they knew that Earth’s position in the heavens would affect the physical conditions in our world, as well as the emotional and spiritual experiences that we need to embrace them. Through myth, analogy, and metaphor, they reminded us that the farther we travel away from the source of such powerful energy, the deeper we are in darkness and the more out of sync we find ourselves with the fields that influence life here on Earth. From the traditions of the Hopi to the ancient Vedas, it’s this experience of separateness that is credited with our sense of being lost as well.

Our ancestors cautioned that at the most distant point in our cycle, we would forget who we are – our connectedness to one another and the earth. They told us that we would forget our past. It’s precisely this disconnected feeling that seems to be the consequence of the cyclic journey that carries us to the far end of our galactic orbit. It’s also the fear that is spawned by such feelings that has led to the chaos, war, and destruction at the end of cycles past.

The key to 2012 and our time in history is to understand the language of nature’s cycles and to use that language today to prepare for the future. Ultimately we may discover that our ability to understand and apply the “rules” of Fractal Time holds the key to our deepest healing, our greatest joy, and our survival as a species.

About the author:
For more than 20 years Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets. To date, his work has led to such paradigm-shattering books as The Isaiah Effect, The God Code, The Divine Matrix and his 2008 release, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief:  Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits. Gregg’s work is now published in 17 languages and 27 countries and shows us beyond any reasonable doubt that the key to our future lies in the wisdom of our past. For more information, please visit Gregg’s website:

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12 Responses to “Fractal Time – The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age”

  1. D.Bheemeswar Says:

    Dear Mr Gregg Braden,
    In India there are some finger prints that are available for those who are yet to take birth and their behavioural aspects written on those toddy leaves.

    What meant to say they were more practical and highly creative than us and more spiritual.

    Especially India has absorbed maximum religions and customs than any other county only because of their spirituality and also timely spiritual guidance from those who got some wisdom.

    As you have said there may be new leaders emerging from no where to lead the world so that life on this earth continues.

    But that will not be end of the life but only may be end of the present egoistic and and highly selfish persons.

    If it is dooms day entire universe goes on eternal fire, which I do not think so is possible and probably not to happen in near future.

  2. Auri Says:

    Rise up and take over – those in the Know! We, as planetary custodians, have free will to overcome our warrish and filth-ridden ways which contribute to the destruction of our planet. We must not become or continue to be slaves to the darkness that wishes to override our homeland. Refuse to take on more negative attachments. They keep us from evolving. Be more than a pests hiding from the flyswatter.

  3. Sabrina Luna Says:

    Ah, wonderful article! I heard Braden on an internet radio show the other night –very interesting stuff. This book is on my to-buy list, for sure! Thx for sharing! :)

  4. Jeff Says:

    I think this all is quite insane. I’m a physicist and have studied the universe for decades.

    First, the world will not end in 2012. That is just silly. It was supposed to end in 1000, then 1999, then 2000 (and to many other years to write down).

    Second, the universe is at least 13.5 billion years old (absolute fact) and I think it will survive past the next 3-4 years. In fact I will bet you that we all can talk again about this in 2013.

    No matter how hard I try I just can’t understand what makes people believe such riduculous, make believe stories like this.

    But I still wish you a good day and I would like to tell you to not stress out about 2012. You and the earth and the universe will be fine.

  5. Simon Says:

    Science cannot explain every phenomena.

    Ask any leading physicist or mathematician.

    Catastophic events are already apparent all around us – any true scientist would agree that there are an increasing number of factors which contribute to global decline.

    Gregg has an insight into a way of life which has already foretold these events – qualified and knowledgeable people from ancient times – do not dismiss their knowledge – they were far more intelligent than any person in our generation – do not confuse technological advancement with true knowledge. Our Ancient ‘grandparents’ left wisdom carved into stone to protect their ‘grandchildren’ in this age for a reason – a timely code in the knowledge that we are able (some of us) to hear the trumpet call.

    There are very few moments in anyones life which can be cherished for an eternity – and I tell you – all of eternity will vanish in one moment.

    2012 may be the year.

    The here and now – catastrophes already – if you do not have eyes to see then listen to the wise.

  6. D.Bheemeswar Says:

    Dear Friends,

    I think a lot people are thinking that we are going to enter into what is called as New world age. Of course nobody has answer for some natural disasters or calamities. But those who have “Peace of mind on Earth I do Mean Peace WITH Earth is also possible. Of this comes only to those who are saints by birth or by practice, that is those do not value any material benefits, they shall be content what ever they have, but they share with others also.

    But time is always there as it is, time never changes, only the mind of the human should change from animosity to humanity.

    But there are so many secrets in the nature so far what science has revealed only few.

    What ever is happening under the name of 2012 is very bad, rather spreading panic better we all should face it boldly.

  7. Morgan Says:

    What is this about 2012 and what will really happen does anybody know that…….

  8. Steiv Dirval Says:

    Okay, cut the hype a moment (on both sides of the debate), and just consider some simple logic:

    1: We have extremist/terrorists that have already created insecurity and instability in our lifestyles, and there seems to be no indication of that changing. Christians have always had their hateful, violent murderous bigots as well.

    2: We have had a series of geologic events that have created insecurity and instability in perception of our physical safety & well-being as well.

    3: We have financial institutions that have created GLOBAL financial insecurity and instability in our emotional lives, and there is no indication that the mind-set and standards of these corporations are going to change voluntarily.

    4: We have MANY companies that have evolve from their original mission statements and primary focus for providing the best quality services and products, into corporations responding to the greed of shareholders in which no matter how much the new top priority is in “making profit,” (instead of “best quality”), . . .”more is never enough.”

    5: and the “booby trap” is that fact that we all came to this existence under an agreement that roughly translates as “The Golden Rule.” The psychological explanation is that subconsciously, whenever we do something that is not with integrity, . . . something in which WE would NOT want to be the other person in the deal, . . . that we are at that same instant, creating a situation in which we will have the opportunity to learn what it is like to be that other person. (Sort of the psycho-logical explanation of “Karma.”)

    The instant we cheat somebody by knowingly giving them a bad product or efforts, we are creating a situation that will teach us WHY this is counter-productive for ourselves. This holds true on a personal level as well as words, actions, deeds that are labeled as “Standard Operating Procedures,” Company Policy,” and “Industry Standards.”

    Of course truly spiritual people who already KNOW that we are all One Divine Entity, have fewer challenges with this :-)

    So, as things continue to deteriorate, . . . What do YOU think it will take to jolt humanity into waking up and treating each other as we would want to be treated?

    I think it is a sad comment on the current state of things that we, . . . our collective conscious (and/or unconscious), might have to co-create some really devastating shit on a planetary level, just to be able to learn, grow, and evolve.

    How many centuries have we had wars? Greedy bankers? Companies that put profit over safety and quality? How many cultures and empires and societies have risen and fallen?

    For those who believe that war and destruction is a viable solution . . . they get to experience that lifetime after lifetime. For spiritual geeks and scientists with conscience, we get to watch and put forward ideas for better solutions in spite of being such a minority.

    Yes, “the meek” are ready to inherit, . . . anytime. And yes, if these things that have been predicted come to past in my lifetime, I will cry over the loss of my cell phone, my computer, my microwave, my music keyboard and all of the technologies that have been dreamed of, but not fulfilled. I DO love technology! But guess what I am thinking every time I drive my 2007 Toyota Camry that has yet to be “modified”?

    Mr. Braden seems to think we are in for quite a ride over 2010-2012. I can understand how and why this could unfold. Look at the conditions that created difficult challenges throughout history. The human animal is the same now as then. Not quite conscious enough to “break these cycles” and create something totally new.

    Preparing for the worst, . . . Hoping (& acting) for the best.

  9. Joss Says:

    Jeff, as a physicist you sure aren’t very good a reading comprehension. He isn’t saying that the world will end and we’ll all die. READ IT AGAIN.

  10. Liz Says:

    LOL @ Joss. I was thinking the same thing. I think we can’t really be so pompous to announce with all certainty that the Mayan Calendar is a farce, we just don’t know, we have to have an open mind. Since there is proof of certain events, cycles and other things, we can’t rule it out. We just don’t know.

  11. Brian Duquette Says:

    Actually at the base in Nevada they told us not to tell a sole but I can’t help myself. The Sky really is falling

  12. sourabh gupta Says:

    If we read Gregg’s book which is the base of this discussion here… we’ll come to know a very important fact which should be considered well before starting this debate.
    And the fact is…after all the studies and research Gregg has conducted, he’s come to know that everything depends on US ! It is HOW we react to a particular instance which will create the further sequence of events.
    In discussing the fractal nature of time, he again and again highlights the fact that when a particular cycle of time repeats, (however short or big), the CONDITIONS or the CIRCUMSTANCES for the same events to occur are formed. He never said that the EVENTS actually repeat themselves.
    So, basically, this means that is WE react positively and act lovingly to everything around us, there might not be any need for the END of the world. the shift in Consciouness will be enough.
    He scientifically proves that our Emotions effect the Earth’s Magnetic Field. Do you think its a small discovery ? Can we even begin to understand the repurcussions of this ?
    Take Care

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