The Shift Is Happening - The Real Cause of Global Warming
Gregg Braden is probably the most recognized person who is evaluating and
revealing the scientific phenomena pointing to this shift. He became
intrigued with all this when he was working for Phillips Petroleum in the
late 1970s and noticed that the magnetics of the earth were at their lowest
point in 2000 years and decreasing at a rapid rate.
Eventually, Braden wrote a book - Awakening to Zero Point - that documented
this and other indicators of our rapidly changing planet.
Wynn: Is it true that the magnetic poles of the earth are in the process of
shifting right now?
Gregg: In May-June-July of 2002, it was very well acknowledged and esteemed
scientific journals actually were saying for the first time that we are in
the process of a polar reversal.
Back in the 1960s, geologists were certain that the earth periodically went
through a reversal. They could tell from core samples, ice samples, and
fossils, as well as magnetized particles that were locked into certain
positions in the rock of the earth. Geologists were so certain about this
phenomenon that they actually mapped out the last four-and-a-half-million
years, and the resulting records suggested that the earth has gone through
fourteen of these polar reversals.
At that time, back in 1961 and 1962, scientists felt that the last pole
reversal occurred at about the time of the last Ice Age, ten to twelve
thousand years ago. And they were certain it would happen again, but not for
thousands of years, so it was nothing to worry about.
But through the 1990s, geologists continued to refine this kind of
information. They had been saying it took thousands of years for this to
happen. Then they began to say, "Well, it can happen in hundreds of years."
But now, recent evidence from some of the ice cores in Greenland and
Antarctica say that it could happen in as little as a decade.
But now, we know that the poles are actually moving. We're living it right
now. We don't know exactly what that means, because even though it's
happened fourteen times in the last four and a half million years, it's
never happened with six billion people on the earth.
Wynn: Are you saying that it's common knowledge?
Gregg: It's common knowledge to people that need to know these things. For
example, FAA regulations say that when the poles move beyond five or eight
degrees, the runways at the airports have to be renumbered to correlate with
the magnetic headings that the pilots are seeing. The first airport in the
United States to comply with this mandate was Minneapolis/St. Paul, where
they spent something on the order of eighty-five thousand dollars to go
through and renumber the runway headings.But what happened in the May-June-July time frame of 2002 is that journalssuch as Nature, Science, Scientific American, and New Scientist released reports saying that we are definitely in the process of a magnetic reversal,and the AP wires picked it up.
Scientists have no idea what the impact is going to be to electronic and
electromagnetic power grids. But even more, they don't know what it means to
human immune systems. Alternative healing modalities have shown a connection
between magnetics and the immune system, which also would imply that our
immune systems could very well be keyed into the magnetic fields of the
We know that birds and animals migrate along the lines of these magnetic
fields. So there is speculation that the changes taking place in the
magnetic field are responsible for the changing migratory patterns in birds
that have been recorded in Asia and North America.
The change in the fields also may explain why whales are beaching
themselves. The lines of navigation that the whales have always followed
have shifted and now lead them onto a beach. When we take them back out into
the water and set them free, they continue to align themselves with the same
magnetic lines, and in following them, they end up on the beach again.
So, yes, it's common knowledge now. The most respected scientific journals
say that we're in this shift. And even though we don't know precisely what
that means, it's significant that it is being acknowledged in peer-review
kinds of literature, and not just in speculative or pseudo-scientific
Wynn: When was this magnetic shift first acknowledged?
Gregg: It would have been in the June/July time frame of 2002. People were
sending me emails that they had seen it, and giving me references. I also
found references in the magazines myself.
Wynn: Would we survive a complete pole shift?
Gregg: Any answer to that question must of necessity lie within the realm of
speculation, because in traditional recorded human history it's never
happened. On the other hand, there are Native traditions and ancient Hebrew
biblical traditions suggesting that a magnetic shift may have happened even
more recently than the last Ice Age. That was 10,000 to 12,000 years ago,
but these traditions suggest that the last shift may have happened as
recently as 3,600 years ago.
Native legends speak of a day 3,600 years ago when the sun rose from the
west as it had always done, hovered in the sky for more than a full day, and
set in the east - but the next day, it rose in the east and set in the west,
as it does today. Hebrew traditions speak of this event, also, saying that
it happened during a battle. The ancient Hebrews took it as a sign that one
side was receiving celestial assistance, because it stayed light long enough
for the battle to complete in their favor.
We can't verify this in the rock or fossil records, because 3,600 years is
too short a period of time for such an event to be reflected there. All we
have to go by are traditions, legends, and myths preserved in oral and
What the trandition tells us, however, is that if something like this were
to happen, the people of the earth would live through it. It would have to
be a really strange day to live through, but if the ancient legends are
true, it happened and the people apparently survived. However, we don't know
how it affected their lives.
Wynn: Do you have any idea how this magnetic shift might change
Gregg: The speculation is that there is a correlation between consciousness
and magnetics. In order to understand how this connection might work, it is
useful to compare it to a computor's memory. The magnetic fields in the
memory are held in place through an electrical charge - a trickle charge -
within the computer itself. When the batteries in the computer die, the
charge is gone, and the memory is lost. We have to reload the operating
Similarly, by researchers and descendents of indigenous peoples believe that
when the earth goes through what science sees as a magnetic reversal, it
also will be a great shift and cleansing of the earth's consciousness. There
will be nothing holding all the magnetic patterns that have been put in
place. So when we awaken from this shift, what becomes consciousness will be
our truest nature, our truest essence. And the memory of all of the evil or
all the bad things or all of the grudges or the ego and we've held against
one another as individuals and nations will not be part of that new
consciousness, that new grid.
From that perspective, many traditions predict, sense, or speculate that we
are nearing a time of what they call the Great Cleansing, and that this
cleansing is happening at a level of core memory of consciousness.
Wynn: So is it possible to assume that in some way, our memory is connected
to this magnetic field?
Gregg: I think so. I think that because of the strange accounts of the
astronauts who left earth and went into space during the Apollo Program. In
leaving the earth's atmosphere and circling the planet many miles above the
surface, the affects of earth's magnetics were negligible. And the
astronauts began to have experiences that they were not prepared or trained
for, that were totally unanticipated.
When they were in space and looked back to earth, they began having insights
and feelings, awakenings and awarenesses that they had never had when they
were on the earth. It meant something different to each one of them.
In much the same way, friends of mine who went to Viet Nam were all changed
when they came home. It changed everyone. For some, the change was so
painful that they could never speak about it, and for others, the change was
a catalyst in their lives and they spoke of it incessantly.
And I believe there was actually a PBS special that documented this same
phenomenon with the astronauts, that they were never the same afterward.
When they came back, there were some who didn't know what to do with their
outer space experience. Some turned to drugs and alcohol. Others channeled
the change that occurred within them in very positive, life-affirming
One of this latter group was Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who founded the Noetic
Sciences Organization in an effort to validate the phenomenon of human
consciousness. Another astronaut undertook the search for Noah's Ark, and
actually found it embedded in the ice on Mt. Ararat, right where the Bible
said it would be.
Wynn: So the implica! tion here is that these astronauts, because they left
the magnetic field of the earth, had some kind of spiritual awakening?
Gregg: They certainly went through a catharsis when they were no longer in
the influence of the earth's magnetic field.
We also see something similar happening when we look at the magnetic fields
of the earth. They are not constant over the surface of the earth, and
contour maps, available through United States Geologic Survey, show the
varying intensities of magnetic fields over the surface of the earth - where
magnetic fields have a very high intensity and where the intensity if very
Those fields have shifted over time, and may actually account for why
populations of humans have migrated to the places they've migrated to. They
might have been following these magnetic contours.
What happens is that in the places where the magnetics are very low, where
their effects are negligible, tremendous change and innovation appear to
occur. Where the magnetics are traditionally high, those are the places of
stagnation where changes, although they do happen, take a long time and
change is very slow in coming.
If I were coming here from another world and didn't know anything about the
people of the earth, and if I were looking for a place where the opportunity
of change was the greatest, I would look for the zero contour lines. And if
you look at a map of the magnetics on earth today, what you find is that
there is a zero contour line that runs along the West Coast of North America
- along the California coast and on up off the coast of Alaska. In other
words, the magnetics along the West Coast are almost nil!
When we think of the West Coast, we think about wacky California. Well, the
truth is California is a seed, one of several, and it's traditionally been
very innovative in technology, science, fashion, finance, and the arts,
because there is an opportunity for tremendous change there.
Within North American, the flip side of that would be an area of highest
magnetics, where the magnetic fields are the most dense. And you find this
down through some of the Southeastern states - the very states that are
traditionally viewed as being conservative. This doesn't mean that change
can't happen there. What is says, however, is that change takes a long time
there, and people have to see a really good reason before they are going to
budge from what they've always done.
Wynn: So where the magnetic field is less dense, people are more open to the
Gregg: They're open to change, period. It doesn't mean that the change is
good, bad, right, or wrong. It's important to be clear about this. The
consciousness of the people will determine how that change comes about.
I'll give an ironic example. There is a zero contour line that runs right
through the Middle East. It actually runs almost directly underneath the
area we call the Suez Canal, right up into Israel, right along the coast of
the Red Sea. Yes, right in that area is a zero contour line. This means that
area is ripe for change. But again, how that change comes about - whether
it's peaceful and constructive or angry and destructive - is determined by
the consciousness of the people who live there.
Wynn: So it's not good or bad either way?
Gregg: Precisely. It simply is an opportunity for change. At the same time,
the highest magnetic contour lines noted anywhere on the planet earth have
traditionally been in portions of the former Soviet Union, Russia, and
Siberia. We know that in that part of the world, there was a system that was
in place, and while change came about, it was slow and painful, a long time
coming, with a lot of suffering. But when that change happened, there was a
cascade effect, and it happened almost overnight.
So the correlations are very interesting between human consciousness, the
opportunities for innovation, change, doing things in a new way, and the
magnetics of our world.
The Earth has many areas of high and low change.
Wynn: Our readers are going to want to know how they can best face the
changes that are coming in our world as a whole.
Gregg: I'll be as concise as I can. I think that the answer to that is
perhaps encapsulated best in the words of those who have come before us, the
ancient Essenes, in a text that's more than 2,500 years old. It reminds us
of our relationship to the world around us, and says simply that the world
around us is nothing more and nothing less than a mirror of what we have
become from within.
So when we see a world that appears angry, cruel, and thoughtless, that
produces suffering for our brothers and sisters all over the world - from
this perspective, that world is a mirror of what we have become as
individuals, families, societies, and nations. It's not right, wrong, good
or bad. It's simply a reflection of who we are. The condition of the planet
is a feedback mechanism.
So if we want to see change in our world, we must become that change in our
every day lives. If we want to see peace, tolerant understanding,
compassion, and forgiveness at the global level, we must become that. At the
dinner table. With our families. We must become that with our schools.
We must demand that we be entertained through peace, compassion, and
understanding. It doesn't have to be dull and boring. It can still be very
exciting, but it does not have to be ruthless, thoughtless, cruel, or
So in our daily lives, every moment of every day, we make a choice that
either affirms or denies life in our bodies. Because we are linked through
this grid. Our individual choices all pool into the collective answer to our
If we'd like to see a collective change, we must individually become that
Wynn: We have this date of 2012 that many people are saying is this time of
global shift or Ascension. What do you think is going to happen?
Gregg The date 2012 is interesting because it comes up in Mayan traditions,
Egyptian traditions, some of the Christian traditions, and even in the Bible
Code - which is very controversial unto itself.
My sense is this date could be any date. If we focus on a date and live our
lives preparing for a change on that date, we miss life. From my
perspective, if we simply live each day of our lives to its fullest, we
reconcile the experiences that cross our paths each day, we reconcile the
opportunity to honor life, to honor our relationships with one another.
If we are honest, truthful, considerate, caring and compassionate, if we
live this each day, we have already prepared for whatever could possibly
come on 2012 or any other day, any other year, any time in our future.
I know people who are living their lives hoarding boxcars full of food and
ammunition, preparing for the day when our world changes. I understand, and
I think it's good to be self sufficient. I understand what they are saying.
But also what I've seen is that so much of their lives is dedicated to
preparing for that day, they've missed the beauty and the mystery of life
that unfolds in every day. And it's in perceiving this beauty and mystery
that we prepare for the greatest challenges!
Wynn: So basically, if one wants to approach this change with the maximum
positive outcome for themselves, the key is to live each day with the
maximum output of love, compassion, and caring?
Gregg: Yes, and to do this, we have to live each day consciously. Be aware
of the opportunities. Recognize the opportunities that cross our paths.
Every day, we're given the opportunity to be tolerant of another belief
system, to forgive someone who has hurt or angered us, to reconcile our own
judgments about what should or should not be in our world.
If we can reconcile these things as they cross our paths and consciously
deal with them in the moment, then we know we're changing the chemistry of
our bodies by changing the way we feel, and are thus preparing ourselves for
whatever transitions the earth is going to go through.
If that makes sense.
Wynn: Yes, it does to me. Is there anything really important to close with
for our readers that I might have missed?
Gregg: For the first time in our history, the fate of our species, our
entire species, rests upon the choices of a single generation. And what
we've just done is talked about what some of those choices are all about.