The Fifth World – Towards Harmony

Five Level Pyramid – Yaxhá, North-East Petén, Guatemala. Photo by JJM (2015).


*For background on the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element, please see: The Maya World Tree

The Fifth World

Where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are going

2012 Revisited

Prior to December 2012, scores of Mayan calendar enthusiasts, authors and scholars had put forward a plethora of predictions, forecasts and interpretations about what would or could happen around certain dates in 2012. The dates, when they finally arrived, were accentuated by the fact that nothing of note happened. There were no signs that a long awaited and highly anticipated new Golden Age was about to commence, as had been fervently predicted. Neither did major earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes or floods occur worldwide (all at once!)

Transition stages between 5125 year world ages are meant to take approximately 120 years [1].  Changes happening during such long transition periods are therefore very unlikely to become apparent “on day one”. However, such were the expectations in December 2012 that something was going to happen, that there were people who took the day or week off from work, while others headed to the countryside “just in case” [2]. The majority of people, however, took a sober view and brushed it all off as superstition.

In retrospect, a lot of people may be wondering why so many people responded so “irrationally” in 2012. From a depth-psychology point of view, the 2012 “mass psychological event” was much more than just mere superstition. It was a reflection of the power of the “archetype of the end”. This archetype was identified by well known Swiss psychoanalyst, C.G. Jung back in the 1950’s. [3]

There must have been something that had made a major impression upon the human psyche (repetitively) for this archetype to be so deeply embedded in the collective subconscious (aka collective unconscious) and to make such a strong mass appearance every now and again. From a Jungian perspective all archetypes have purpose and in this case, the archetype was a message from the collective subconscious of humanity that major change was upon us (within a decade or two).

The Fifth World

According to Mayan Daykeeper and spiritual guide, Carlos Barrios [4], there is an expectation that the Fifth World would (eventually) bring a time of harmony, while there is also a clear expectation that great turmoil and upheaval could be expected during the transition period to it. This has always been the case during all transition phases and is reflected not only in Mayan mythology and history, but also in the history of the world. This is confirmed by author and scholar Kenneth Johnson, in his book, The Mayan Prophecies [5]. During his research he could not find any evidence of the previous world transitions having gone without upheaval.  

Let us consider what is actually happening right now. Just about five years ago (in 2012) extreme political and cultural polarization hardly featured in Western nations. At the moment they threaten to tear some of them apart. According to Carlos Barrios, Mayan elders believe that at the start of each new world age, the energetic polarities between yin and yang (left or right;  dark and light; right or wrong) become highly accentuated. That would explain why the energies are presently conducive to a high degree of polarity.

Ultimately, due to polarity, everything strives for natural balance and equilibrium (in the end) and will attempt to self-correct. In complex systems this process is known as Homeostasis [6]. When a pendulum swings too far in one direction an initial over-correction may occur when it returns. In the context of a balance of energies, correction is probably way overdue, considering the current state of the world.

During transition stages a reconfiguration of energies takes place which causes significant turmoil. This stems from there usually being major resistance to some of the changes caused by the new directional flow. The energetic shifts have an impact on human consciousness and behaviour, but people are not usually conscious of what is happening and this can cause great confusion.

One way that individuals can centre themselves sufficiently and avoid being sucked into all the drama (and potential violence) during such a transition, is to centre themselves within the context of the Fifth World. By vision questing the centre point of the Fifth World and its harmony, we not only set our trajectory, but we live out the future in the present and act as a catalyst of transformation for those around us.

The big picture is that we are heading towards the centre (balance) and towards harmony – and we are already on our way (energetically speaking), but we are still in the early stages of this shift. Many people are not yet aligned to the new directional characteristics of the mix of energies. To the contrary, currently the majority of people are out of line with them, especially, or perhaps particularly in places where the polarizing forces of aggressive identity politics and extreme political correctness are currently at play.

Neither of the above mindsets are in their current form conducive to tolerance or harmony, in spite of what they presumably stand for. This can be clearly observed in world affairs today. However, holding on to the old (world), while resisting the new (world), is simply prolonging and exacerbating the intermediate turmoil which is a recurring feature of world age transitions.

As responsible co-creators of the Fifth World, each one of us should reflect upon the position we find ourselves on the polarity scale, in terms of our attitudes and actions, and consider how far we have moved away from or closer towards harmony, balance and the centre. This will assist us in knowing whether we are in or out of tune with the energetic vibration of the Fifth World.

These themes will be explored further in the next instalment. This is the second part of a series:

Continue to part three: The Fifth Sky

Part one is here: The Fifth Element

Also see: Shift of the Stages

J.J. Montagnier is an intuitive creative writer. He is a student of mythology, ancient cultures, philosophy, psychology, sociology, politics and metaphysics. His writings are inspired and influenced by his world travels, personal observations, intuitive insights and deep study of relevant and related subject matter.

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  1. Information provided verbally by a guide at Tikal archaeological site in Guatemala, during a visit in 2015.
  2. Due to the 2012 phenomenon colleagues of the author took time off from work and the author read about people who went on retreats ranging from one to three weeks.
  3. Jung and the Archetype of the Apocalypse:
  4. Prophecies from the Mayan Elders, March 2006 by Carlos Barrios (.Pdf)
  5. The Mayan Prophecies, The Renewal of The World, 2012 – 2072 by Kenneth Johnson
  6. Homoeostasis:

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4 Responses to “The Fifth World – Towards Harmony”

  1. Debra says:

    Hi Jacques – A very meaningful article. It explains very well the energy of this in-between place. in lak’ech, Debra

  2. Debra says:

    Hi Jacques – A link to your post is included on my Doggy Day Pack Share.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom. in lak’ech, Debra

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