All Over the World Questions of the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy are Being Raised. The Asheville Jung Center Hopes to Shed Light on the End of the World

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Why have so many people predicted the end of existence on so many dates? What is it in particular about December 21, 2012 that frightens so many today? Leading experts will discuss the end of the world prediction via internet seminar on November, 29th 2012.

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“It is human nature to wonder about the end of times and to project this date into one’s own life span,” says Dr. Steven Buser, psychiatrist and co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center.

A global internet conference hosted by the Asheville Jung Center next month will explore why many people believe the end of the world will come on December 21, 2012. The Asheville Jung Center was founded in 2008 to advance the psychology of Carl Jung and promote an international Jungian community. It is affiliated with innerQuest Psychiatry and Counseling, a regional psychiatrist group.

  • In 634 BC citizens of Rome predicted imminent destruction as it was the 120th year of the city’s founding.
  • First century Christians believed the world would end one generation after Jesus’ death (i.e. 50-100 AD).
  • Pope Sylvester II preached that the world would end on 1000 AD; Martin Luther predicted the end as no later than 1600 AD.
  • Jim Jones’ suicide cult predicted nuclear holocaust for 1967.
  • Many saw the year 2000 (“Y2K”) as the world’s end.

Across the world today, many are preparing for earth’s final destruction on December 21, 2012 – the expiration of the 13th B'ak'tun in the Mayan Long Count Calendar.

Why have so many people predicted the end of existence on so many dates? What is it in particular about December 21, 2012 that frightens so many today?

“It is human nature to wonder about the end of times and to project this date into one’s own life span,” says Dr. Steven Buser, psychiatrist and co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. “There have literally been hundreds of specific dates that groups of people have been convinced signified our imminent destruction. Just look at the books and films that have been produced about the apocalypse.”

People are looking for clues that can help decipher the meaning and implications of the Mayan prophecies. The impression that the world may come to some cataclysmic end is deeply etched into the human psyche and appears as a recurring motif. The Asheville Jung Center is at the leading edge of exploring the significance of the Mayan Prophecy. “There is an aspect of the primitive part of our brain that fears the abyss; this finds expression in sacred literature and in various myths and rituals of ancient cultures, and the failure to acknowledge this notion of annihilation may result in acting out these themes in aberrant ways." says Dr. Steven Buser, co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. Dr. Len Cruz, also of the Asheville Jung Center, offered several examples of aberrant patterns evident in current events”…the denial of the evidence concerning environmental degradation, the paralysis in dealing with the impending fiscal crisis in the US and elsewhere, and the psychic numbing as described by the psychiatrist, Robert J. Lifton in association with the threat of nuclear destruction that was initially identified in survivors of Hiroshima.”

Dr. Buser’s organization, the Asheville Jung Center, in conjunction with innerQuest Psychiatry has organized a global event to discuss both the specific fear of December 21st as well as the recurrent phenomena of predicting the earth’s destruction. They will have some of the world’s leading depth psychologists as well as Mayan scholars, including Nancy Furlotti, MA who has extensively studied the Mayan Calendar, leading an internet discussion simultaneously from Zurich, Washington DC and Asheville. Anyone interested can participate in the discussion live on the internet including the ability to ask direct questions to the presenters. The seminar will be held on Thursday November 29, 2012 (a few weeks prior to the world’s end!) from 11 am- 2pm EST. Participants can join live or watch a recorded version.

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