(Editor’s Note: Mandi Hawke is Program Coordinator of Youth Services at SunServe, an agency committed to improving life for the LGBT community in South Florida. She also is the author of “PROUD: emPOWERment for LGBTQA Youth.” Ms. Hawke wrote this blog especially for the Humanity Project.)
By Mandi Hawke
As you know, there has been a great deal of discussion about 2012 being the end of time. We’ve all heard about the Mayan calendar ending, seen the Hollywood blockbuster movies or perhaps overheard the evening newscasters sharing some fear-based theories. It feels very similar to the Y2K insanity, remember that? The fear bug is so dangerous and contagious that it spreads like wildfire, but you don’t have to accept it into your consciousness. Along with many spiritual folks and light seekers, I believe that 2012 represents the tipping point of a global consciousness shift. Not to say that we’re going to have a sudden complete change in human behavior overnight, but that it’s coming.
I believe that we’re now headed towards a global movement in acceptance and love for each other as well as tolerance of human differences. The new consciousness belief structure intuitively understands that we’re all one human race connected to the earth and that everything is living, breathing and deserves respect. We’re finally starting to see beyond skin color, religion or who people love. We’re beginning to wake up to a need to treat animals, earth and all its elements with kindness. This global consciousness shift embraces human rights, love and respect for all people whether they are gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, disabled, overweight, underweight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, Christian or anything else that might be different from the societal norms. I see this almost like clouds being lifted from so many people who are sleepwalking through life. You know who I’m talking about; I bet you even have days when you’re guilty of that … I sure know I do. But the more I listen, tune in and raise my awareness of what’s going on around me, the more I’m able to wake myself up when I zone out: I can choose to do what is right for everyone, not just what feels good for me. Question what I’ve been taught as truth and ask myself, does it really feel right? Can 2012 really be our tipping point? I think so. What are some of your ideas about how to make the world a more humanitarian place?