The above is the view from my hotel in Cancun, Mexico. I was there last week for a 2012 conference. You could be forgiven for thinking that Cancun is a rather unlikely location for a gathering focused on the evolution of human consciousness, and indeed it is. The conference provided an interesting opportunity to meet some of the more significant 2012 writers such as José Argüelles, Daniel Pinchbeck and John Major Jenkins (who is contributing to my own 2012 book), as well as a number of other speakers addressing various aspects of consciousness.
A cynical interpretation might suggest the conference was a neat way to gather some middle-class Americans to combine their interests of spirituality with having a beach holiday, and selling some books on the side. There was certainly some of this going on, but there were also lots of interesting attendees of various nationalities. Indeed, the attendees were more interesting than the speakers, and perhaps this is the point and value of such an occasion: a quick shout to friendly individuals (whose details are immediately at hand) such as Bruce Fenton, Candia Sanders, Sharon Allen and Hannah Janulewicz who, along with numerous others, countered my typically healthy dose of scepticism with an equally healthy dose of optimism.
And where to next? Apparently there are other conferences in the pipeline for Canada, Spain and Cuba. It’s a good life if you can get it.