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Navigating the Greatest Shift: 2022 to 2032 (Part 1) – Raising Consciousness Through Truth

Note: This series follows on from the Darkness Before Dawn series

We will be witnesses to the confrontation of the Negative and Positive forces, the eternal fight among polarity, the fight between the Eternal Fire and the Eternal Ice, as the Great Masters have named it, rough and magical times, prophetic times, as the Master, Don Pascual, would have said – Carlos Barrios

A Confluence of Energies:

As we can see from the chapters in the Darkness Before Dawn series, there’s a confluence of energies taking place with many cycles and transitions shifting and overlapping. This is causing a shadow-play of dark and light, as had been predicted by Maya and Vedic elders. Energetically, it can be summarized as follows:

  • In the current 20-year energy pyramid of the Maya Short Count Cycle, we are passing through a peak-polarisation period from 2020 to 2025. We will be in the eye of the storm in the years 2022 and 2023 which will probably extend into 2024 (see Darkness Before Dawn: Part 1-A).

  • The prophecy for Katun 2 Ahau is unfolding in real-time and is exacerbated by the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 measures. The feast to famine shift-point will be in the middle of this katun, at the end of 2022 (see Part 1-B).

  • We are currently in a 20-year time period that returns every 256 years (the Maya Katuns Cycle/Short Count calendar) during which, major ideological, religious and spiritual crises arise that have historically led to revolutions and civil wars (see Part 1-B).

  • We have descended into the metaphysical underworld as defined by Mayan mythology, within the context of the Dark Rift transit (see Part 1-C). Between 2027 and 2032, we will traverse the centre point of the Dark Rift. Different rules apply in the underworld; we are constantly being tested by the dark forces within it (more details will be provided in this series).

  • Human consciousness is in a general slump (and a slumber) and, therefore, a low, due to the World Soul transition in the Precession of the Equinoxes Cycle (Parts 1-C, 1-D & 1-E). Lower consciousness results in greater upheaval, because when consciousness descends it reverts to a less structured, and, therefore, less differentiated (i.e. less developed) state.

  • In the Maya Venus Cycle, the same energy returns every 104 years. The years 1914 to 1918 are aligned with the years 2018 to 2022, placing us energetically in a similar (but not exactly the same) time-period as the First World War (see Part 1-E).

  • The Spanish flu happened in 1918, which is 104 years ago (when counting back from 2022). That indicates a pattern in the Maya Venus Cycle (see Part 1-E). Since March of 2020, the world has experienced a pandemic-scenario called Covid-19. To date, the two pandemics have been very different, which is in line with the tendency of cycles to return, but to not repeat exactly in the same way.

  • The new Light of Truth has starting to filter into the world because of the Vedic Subsubyuga shift that started in 2020. At the same time, dense and dark energies have been accumulating rapidly to suppress it (a phenomenon to be expected, according to Maya and Vedic sources). By 2032, the Light of Truth will have grown strong enough to illuminate much of the deepest darkness of the Dark Rift transit (see Part 1-E).

  • In 2032, we will shift into the most spiritual katun – Katun 13 Ahau that will last until 2052 (there are thirteen 19.7 year katuns in the 256 year Maya Short Count/Katuns cycle and Katun 13 Ahau is the last katun in the cycle. A new 256 year cycle starts in 2052).

  • In the Vedic Subsubyuga Cycle, we entered the Satya Sububyuga in 2020. In terms of consciousness, it means a shift from high materialism to lower materialism, and from low spirituality to higher spirituality (see Part 1-E). On a practical level, withdrawal symptoms could result in resource hoarding and competition over left-over resources and that could lead to wars.

  • The world has entered a fossil fuel energy decline [1] (please see the Energy Shifts Resources Page for video presentations) and that’s likely to have significant repercussions in the years to come. This long-predicted scenario is in line with the 2022 feast to famine shift-point in the prophecy of Katun 2 Ahau (see Part 1-B).

Contemplating the above, naturally raises the question of how to navigate it all and as we continue through this chapter, we will see that by always having truth as our guide, we will have the wind in our sails.

Staying Conscious

Staying conscious during a time of decaying consciousness is of the essence, because the consciousness of the World Soul will, after its descent into the underworld, awake into a higher state and to a different, more refined, energy frequency compared to when it ‘went under’ into its hibernation slumber. Tuning into that higher energy vibration in advance could be the only way for individual souls to awaken fully from their slumber, along with the reawakening of the World Soul (see Part 1-E).

We already know that a more truth-and-heart-based consciousness – which is less materialistic and more spiritual – could be expected during the next 80 years. However, higher consciousness is not always simply downloaded, as is the belief in some spiritual circles. If that were the case, a state of enlightenment would be easily accessible to all, dark ages wouldn’t really pose challenges, and shifts in consciousness would happen naturally.

Although metaphysical energies that affect human consciousness do rise and fall cyclically, an effort is required on the part of humans to be in line with them. The same applies for generally raising one’s consciousness through personal development; it demands individual effort, whether or not one factors in any of the energy cycles. Factoring those in, though, provides for more specific orientation and direction within metaphysical frameworks that are defined by very accurate, ancient energy systems.

If ever there was a time-period when spiritual development would pay out future dividends, that would be now, because, in the years to come, the spirituality-adept will increasingly be called upon for guidance through the darkest of times. Their ability to guide others would be complementary to the fact that they would be able to guide themselves, which will put them at an advantage as darkness descends.

The main problem posed by a gradual decline in consciousness in the population at large – when a very long energy cycle winds down (see Part 1-E) – is that people would generally be unaware of that happening. Individual consciousness, therefore, tends to decline along with the general consciousness in the population. In other words, a regression in personal consciousness can happen by simply not paying attention to the general state of consciousness in society, or in the world.

Once individual consciousness has dimmed significantly, then recovering it first and afterwards also raising it even further, during a time of low consciousness in general, might be easier said than done. To avoid staying behind in the underworld (see Part 1-C), it’s recommended that personal consciousness is maintained at all times and also raised in line with the new consciousness that’s starting to come online (see Part 1-E).

Truth is the Light of Consciousness

The easiest, simplest and most accessible approach to remaining conscious, is to align oneself with truth, because truth is the light of consciousness. Searching for truth in each situation is an effective method for navigating the unconsciousness that’s currently enveloping the world. The revelatory light of truth can provide for better clarity and more insights into some of the darker realities of the present time and could improve one’s ability to foresee the probable realities of the near future.

Dealing with truth by facing it, is an antidote to denial. Courageously facing reality through the path of truth, is the way of the hero in The Hero’s Journey (see Part 1-C). Ongoing challenges posed by the forces of the underworld can thereby be navigated better. Since truth is one of the most important elements of the new incoming consciousness, being orientated towards it, means being naturally aligned to it. Being naturally aligned to truth in advance means actively bringing the New World into being.

Dealing With Extreme Duality

Knowing that extreme duality is a temporary phenomenon that’s metaphysically amplified (See Part 1-A) and that it has purpose within the framework of the energy shifts, can provide for deeper insights into why so many current events are so out of the ordinary, or seem so unreal, or even surreal. An open mind and a willingness to consider deeply esoteric (and even religious) concepts are recommended as this discussion develops further.

Although opposing energies will always be embedded in the nature of duality, those energies become highly amplified – and also greatly exaggerated – during the Greatest Shift. Due to such extraordinary amplification, most people end up being drawn into the social and societal upheavals of the transition, leaving few people sufficiently centred to counter-balance such polarisation.

Genuinely balanced people find that extreme polarisation is rather frustrating because, despite their efforts, they generally don’t manage to offset it very well. However, knowing that everything that’s currently happening is by metaphysical design, can provide for a more pragmatic assessment of the situation, and thereby, a more pragmatic approach to it.

In recent years, the potent, ever-growing friction caused by the ongoing polarisation, has caused the left and right poles to move so far away from each other by now, that virtually everyone has landed in opposing camps on a variety of important subjects.

Notable examples have been the polarisation between the left and the right in the political spectrum in relation to presidential election campaigns, as well as various issues surrounding identity politics. Since the Covid-19 crisis started in 2020, that subject has become the most polarizing of all and that’s likely to increase even further as peak-polarisation will be active for 3 or 4 more years.

The above are practical examples of how the conditions have been forming for the ideological, political and spiritual differences between human groups to become so amplified that those differences could potentially boil over into serious internal conflicts within nations – as a result of a split that’s taking place in many societies. According to the Maya prophecy for 2012 to 2032, that’s exactly what should be expected to happen during this time-period (please see Part 1-B).

Realistically speaking and in terms of group consciousness, the likelihood of opposing camps reconciling under such polarized conditions is rather low. That said, transcending such exceptional levels of polarity on a personal level is indeed very possible, and that’s exactly the challenge that’s presented to individuals during the Greatest Shift (please see the Parts 2 to 5 for further details).

Identifying the Sides

On a societal level, it can be observed that mindsets mainly oriented to collective thought and group consensus can be found on one side of the divide, whereas mindsets that are orientated to independent and critical thought – with the autonomous individual in mind – is representative of the other side.

People in the collective-consciousness camp tend to favour their affairs being taken care of by central governments or states, whereas people in the personal autonomy camp tend to favour as little state intervention – or control – as possible. These two opposing mindsets have always existed, but they are now much more in opposition to each other than would be the case under normal circumstances, because of the polarized spirit of the age.

Another observation that can be made, is that there’s a strong tendency for one of the two sides to want to impose its will on the other side. That side has a very low tolerance for exceptions to the rule in their demands for mass conformity and mass compliance; and metaphysically speaking, that’s happening due to a combination of extreme polarisation and a return to radical collective thinking.

On the pro-autonomy side, it’s in the very nature of individuals to resist insistent calls for universal collective uniformity and conformism. These people instinctively steer clear from thoughtless compliance. For them, the individual is more important than the collective, meaning individuals should think for themselves and make their own decisions (after weighing things up thoroughly). In other words, people shouldn’t just go along with everything that society does and should be able to opt-out when they’re not comfortable with the direction that things are going.

The pro-autonomy side is, therefore, naturally and instinctively motivated to insist on the importance of personal independence, individual rights and self-direction, along with self-responsibility. For them, those are the basic principles required to maintain and preserve individual freedoms and autonomy. This group’s way of thinking is also strengthened by the amplified polarisation of the age.

Energetic Cause and Effect

There’s a clear energetic cause-and-effect principle at work within the world and that has to do with the recurring metaphysical shadow-dance between dark and light energies. Everything has a purpose and can be a catalyst for motivating, or triggering, its opposite.

For example, it’s the suppression of freedoms that give rise to wanting more freedom. Not having free access to the truth (anymore) can prompt a strong motivation to seek it out. Finding it difficult to find the truth can lead to valuing it more than before, with the final result being that the truth is demanded, defended and protected more. For instance, should there be a lack of access to truth regarding medical issues, having access to the truth surrounding such matters would become a basic necessity for one’s safety and peace of mind.

Having to make a great effort to find the truth will in itself eventually be the catalyst for a great spiritual awakening – internally first, and then externally. That would be because once that which is contrary to truth and which opposes truth had been experienced thoroughly (and perhaps also severely), the higher importance of truth would become self-evident once more.

It’s Darkest Just Before Dawn

If it’s darkest just before dawn, then it would follow that a time-period would arrive when the opposite of truth – which is the opposite of light – would dominate, rule and subjugate for a period of time. That would manifest as blatant lies instead of clear truths, bottomless corruption rather than ethical transparency, and the return of destructive and already discredited ideologies, but now wrapped in a flowery new language.

How Darkness Descends

When metaphysical energy drops very low, the light within consciousness is dimmed. That has an impact on how concepts such as truth, transparency, honesty, conscience and compassion are experienced and viewed. Simply put, such concepts would be cared about less and there would be less motivation to enable or enact them. Therefore, they would be considered less important by people who have not maintained their higher consciousness. If that becomes the general mindset, a lower state of being within societies would be the result.

Most people who are conscious would attest to the reality that getting to the bottom of things in recent years has become exceedingly elusive. It has almost been as if truth has completely vanished, and that (by implication) almost everything now seems to be based on lies. Underlying that though is that darkness can only infiltrate human consciousness to such an extent – and displace the light within it – when the majority of people have limited spiritual fortifications, structures or boundaries in place.

In other words, besides the Greatest Shift that’s causing darkness to descend, a long-term spiritual decline within nations has created a vacuum, and that’s made it possible for darkness to infiltrate consciousness so much. To be more specific, over the years, an adoption of post-modernism has led to a steady decline in values associated with inner structures that had their origins in traditional ethics, morals and norms. In practice, neither classical liberal values nor old conservative values have been preserved very well, and religion has to a large extent fallen by the wayside, or has been abandoned.

The Great Divide

A divide has been forming in recent years between the children of darkness and the children of light, or said differently, between the practitioners of untruths and dishonesty and those who are in support of truth and honesty. When we look at how prominently and consistently the duality between truth versus its opposites features in all important debates, disagreements and controversies in the world, it’s clear that it lies at the very core of the Greatest Shift.

We also know that to be true when consulting the energy cycles. The Vedic Subsubyuga shift of 2020 is taking us into an age where truth will be much more energised than before and as a response, darkness has been mobilising to constrain and restrict the incoming light, as expected by Vedic Masters (mentioned in Part 1-E).

We can, therefore, conclude that The Great Divide is a metaphysical phenomenon and is by design because it’s part and parcel of what usually happens during the Great Shift (as the quote by Maya elder Carlos Barrios tells us at the start of this essay).

The Nature of the Underworld

The nature of being within the metaphysical realm of the underworld (see Part 1-C) is that people who are not very conscious could be susceptible to being at the behest of the dark forces within the underworld. Remaining conscious means that one is aware that distinguishing between light and dark (i.e., between truth and its opposites) and that making conscious decisions and choices according to those distinctions, is of the utmost importance. Such an approach guards against unintentionally and carelessly falling into the service of darkness through one’s indifference to what is true and what is not.

The Purpose of the Great Divide

The Great Divide has a great purpose. The situations and circumstances created by the highly polarized energies are testing everyone. Through the results of the testing, a sorting process is taking place. A clear division is forming between those who are aligned to darkness (whether they are conscious of the fact or not) and those who are aligned to the light. Personal choices and decisions when conflicting circumstances arise, require distinctions being made between what’s wrong and what’s right, what’s good and what’s bad (in particular situations), and what’s true and what’s not.

Not making decisions, become decisions in themselves. It is, therefore, of the essence to understand that the situations and circumstances that are currently generated by the opposing, conflicting dark and light energies, are very powerful and very purposeful and will continue to be so throughout the Greatest Shift.

The truth is, not everyone is sufficiently motivated to choose truth, so the divide that’s been forming has been between those who would rather remain in the comfort and familiarity of darkness, as opposed to those who have the courage to step out into the light. As stated before, in the physical world that’s manifesting as a division between people who stand for truth, and people who are in opposition to it.

The aforementioned ongoing sorting processes distinguish between those who truly want to go through to a new truth-based age and those who don’t want to. Individuals who prefer to stay behind are doing so by not currently making the right choices or decisions to align themselves with the side of light, and that places them on the side of darkness.

Wrong Side of the Divide

Many people might unwittingly find themselves on the wrong side of the divide, because they have misread developments, or they simply went with the flow of things by joining certain sides or ideological groupings driven by darker motives than what was apparent on the surface of things.

However, the shifting real-world circumstances during the Greatest Shift, are continuously demanding decisions and choices, and individuals can shift their approach to being conscious about such choices and decisions, through discernment, rather than just blindly following the herd.

That said, in some cases, people may have gone so far down the Dark Road, that it may be difficult for them to come back, or they may already have painted themselves into a corner (so to say).

Conscious Decisions Required

Even if a conscious decision was not made to support darkness, a person could unknowingly be on its side, hence the need for conscious decisions through personal will that overrides unconsciousness, carelessness and indifference. Those who are consciously self-directing are able to serve the energy of the light actively. The circumstances during this shift are such that people are constantly confronted with moral or ethical decisions – decisions that require discernment each time. People who ignore moral or ethical considerations simply fall on the dark side.

The Agents of Evolution

There’s purpose in everything that happens in the universe – if we choose to see it. Those who have a yearning for truth, will seek it out. A yearning for truth means a yearning for evolution, as opposed to indifference, which results in devolution.

Due to duality, the agents of devolution have a powerful role during the Greatest Shift; through their destructive ways, they are bringing the old world to an end. The agents of evolution have a powerful role too; through their Light, they are bringing the new world into being. The question every individual should ask themselves is, “What will be my role during the rest of the Greatest Shift?”.

The Path of Light

We are at a crossroads for humanity in many respects and every individual should choose wisely which road to take. It’s not something difficult to do; to choose the Path of Light, which is the Path of Truth. Any person can make that simple decision. They can support truth as much as possible, where and when possible, even if the truth is not always self-evident. Supporting truth is especially important for upholding inner and outer structures to mitigate the worst effects of the on going decay, turmoil and upheaval in the world. By seeking out the truth, truth is energetically drawn to the person who seeks it out.

To be continued in Part 2 …

By J.J. Montagnier

J.J. Montagnier is an independent researcher and writer. He has been studying and writing about Maya calendar-related subjects since 2014. He travelled to Central America in 2015 to familiarise himself better with Maya culture and history.

Note: The views and opinions are those of the writer. Creative license has been applied to make some concepts more accessible.


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  1. I feel like I finally know what’s going on. And that my worst fears have been confirmed. I have a lot to think about and discover now.

    • Dear Tebogo, thank you for commenting and welcome to Gypsy Cafe. Life can be daunting sometimes and the current era seems especially uncertain and unstable. I have found great solace and understanding of the ways of the world by looking at the underlying patterns and therefore reasons for what’s going on.

      For me, understanding what’s happening on a deeper level – even if it confirms our greater fears – is better than for us to be in the dark as to what’s happening. Because once we have confirmation and better understanding we can start to formulate some ideas around how we plan to practically move forward and navigate the situation according to our personal context.

      Knowing what to expext next (even if it’s negative) is better than not knowing at all. Some people even manage to thrive during uncertain times. In a future chapter I will write about the importance of local community and seeking out like-minded people.

      Wishing you a great day further,

  2. Hi Jacques, It all feels in synchronicity with the Times. I’m deeply yearning for the truth. Mother Earth is the only Holy Ground. love, in lak’ech, Debra

    • Hi Debra, thank you for your thoughts. Through Truth we can acess the Holy Above from the Holy Ground Below. First came Above, then came Below. May we reach for the Above and may the true Light Workers lead the way (more on this in the next chapter).
      in lak’ech, Jacques

    • Thank you for reading and for commenting, Shatakshi. Glad you liked it. Will do – thanks for the invitation 🙂

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