May 13 & 31, 2011 Crossing over the Bridge Panel Author James Redfield & Scientist Dr. Carl Johan Calleman

Listen/view program. Crossing over the Bridge (Program Fifteen in the Series) ‘Consciousness & Synergies in the Emergence of a New World’ Panel: Author James Redfied & Scientist Carl Johan Calleman (Mayan Calendar Researcher)

James Redfield was 43 when he published The Celestine Prophecy. He has been keenly interested in human spirituality all of his life. Born on March 19, 1950, he grew up in a rural area near Birmingham, Alabama. From an early age, he was motivated by a need for clarity about spiritual matters. Brought up in a Methodist Church that was loving and community-oriented, he was nevertheless frustrated by a lack of answers to his questions about the true nature of spiritual experience. Using an adventure parable approach that has been called “part Indiana Jones, part Scott Peck,” The Celestine Prophecy created a model for spiritual perception and actualization that resonated with millions of people and focused on the mysterious coincidences that occur in each of our lives. Disdaining the spotlight himself, Redfield proclaimed in The Celestine Prophecy that each of us must intuit his own spiritual destiny. As he writes in The Celestine Vision, his non-fiction title published in 1997, “The actual writing of The Celestine Prophecy occurred from January 1989 through April 1991 and was characterized by a sort of trial-and-error process. Quite amazingly, as I remembered earlier experiences and wrote about them, lacing them into an adventure tale, striking coincidences would occur to emphasize the particular points I wanted to make. Books would show up mysteriously, or I would have timely encounters with the exact sort of individuals I was attempting to describe. Sometimes strangers would open up to me for no apparent reason and tell me about their spiritual experiences.” After the self-published book was brought to the attention of Warner Books through a perceptive sales rep, Warner Books bought the rights and published the hard cover edition in March 1994. The book quickly climbed to the #1 position on the New York Times bestsellers list. It remained on that list for more than three years, joined by The Tenth Insight, which built upon the Nine Insights revealed in the first novel. The two books spent a combined 74 weeks on the New York Times list, making James Redfield the best-selling hard cover author in the world in 1996, as cited in BP Report (January 1997).

Carl Johan Calleman was born in Stockholm, Sweden at noon May 15, 1950, which in the Sacred Calendar corresponds to the day 5 Jaguar. Curiously this is also the exact midpoint of the month dedicated to the Roman goddess Maia. Stockholm is fairly remote from the jungles of Guatemala, but these were some signs that maybe he had something to do there (although of course I was only appreciate the importance of these signs at a much later point). He first became interested in the Maya and their calendar during a trip to Mexico and Guatemala in 1979. He fell in love with this people, and also had a feeling that this was my spiritual home on earth. Somehow it seemed that the purpose of his life was linked to this people and their calendar, that he had become fascinated by. This was long before the Mayan calendar had become a matter of widespread and as he read in Michael Coe’s book about the Maya that their calendar would come to an end in the year 2011 it sparked a deep wonder in him. ”Why would a calendar end?” he asked himself although 2011 then seemed a long time into the future. I was then a graduate student in toxicology at the University of Stockholm and the idea of an end of ”time” was certainly not something that had been part of my education. I started to wonder if there indeed existed a higher purpose to life and felt that the native cultures of Mexico was pointing me in that direction.

Nonetheless, it took me a few more years until I started noticing that there was a steady stream of synchronicities guiding me to do explore this culture more deeply. In 1986 I took up work at the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, which brought me closer to the Mayan area with possibilities of frequent visits to their area. More importantly, through the experience of the Harmonic Convergence I realized that I was not the only one to believe that there was a truth to the Mayan calendar. Nonetheless, most of my energy was put into my professional life as a cancer researcher, where I focused on developing means for identifying toxic substances in the environment and especially such that could be cancer causing. Research that I performed in China came to have wide ranging consequences and I was among other things asked to serve as an expert for the branch of the World Health Organization that focuses on cancer.

My parallel interest in the Mayan calendar was however growing stronger and as I returned to Sweden from the United States in 1993, I decided to start working full time to solve these age old thought structures and to understand what they were really all about. After twenty years in the laboratory this was obviously not the best way of having job security, but it seemed to me that it would be of greater value to humanity if I could solve the Mayan calendar than if I could solve the riddle of cancer. Given my scientific background I then set out to find proofs of real events that matched the energy shifts of this calendar. Hence, my approach became different from the more newagy students who approached the calendar through channeling information. My first inroad to some tangible link with the Mayan calendar was really provided by my knowledge of Swedish history, which turned out to match certain baktun shifts extremely well. I then self-published a short book in Swedish, Mayahypotesen (1994), which already discussed the importance of the upcoming Venus Transits that I had been called to bring to the world at Orcas Island a few years earlier.

Following these first real observations I studied vaster and vaster areas of cosmic life that was found to fit into the framework of the Mayan calendar and I spent a few years, 1993-1996, essentially researching all fields of science from its perspective. This was a very exciting and intellectually stimulating time when one thing would lead to another at a very high pace and it was probably the most creative time in my life. Yet, I could not find a publisher for my initial manuscript, the Theory of Everything, that summarized all my findings and it has been on my shelf ever since providing myself with the source material for my later books.

Meanwhile, I started to lecture and publish articles in a number of languages about the Mayan calendar essentially only in Sweden and some other Nordic countries. In 1998 Hunbatz Men invited me to be one of the main speakers at a conference about the Mayan calendar in Merida, Yucatan, and the ceremonies and a trip into Honduras inspired me to start writing a new, more widely accessible book, The Mayan calendar, as I got back, which was eventually published by Garev in 2001.

Having completed this book my interest in Eastern philosophies increased and I went to Golden City in India to see Sri Bhagavan the first time in the year 2002. In 2004 Bear and Co published a new book, The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness just in the nick of time for the Oneness Celebration, June 6-8, 2004 which was the first celebration in a very long time that based on the traditional Mayan calendar brought together a world wide participation of spiritual people seeking a deeper guidance into the time ahead.

Following this I began lecturing and having courses on a larger international scale, especially as the book wasw now being translated to several other languages, and by now I have visited some twenty countries with my message. Recently, I filmed some interviews with Don Alejandro Oxlaj, head of the council of elders of the Maya, together with a team in India and I can see a wider unity and consensus coming about based on the true Mayan calendar than has been the case previously. I still live in Orsa, Sweden, at the edge of the wilderness, but I never seem to know where I will be called next.

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