Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age

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In this fascinating book, Gregg Braden merges the modern discoveries of nature’s patterns (fractals) with the ancient view of a cyclic universe. The result is a powerful model of timea??fractal timea??and a realistic window into what we can expect for the mysterious year 2012 . . . and beyond.

Applying fractal time to the history of the world and life, he proposes that everything from the war and peace between nations to the patterns of human relationships mirror the returning cycles of our past. As each cycle repeats, it carries a more powerful, amplified version of itself.

The key: If you know where to look in the past, you know what to expect when the same conditions return in the present and future. For the first time in print, the Time Code Calculator gives us the tool to do just that! Through easy-to-understand science and step-by-step instructions, discover for yourself:

?, How the conditions for 2012 have occurred in the past, and what we can expect when they repeat!

?, The “hot dates” that hold the greatest threats of war, and the greatest opportunities for peace!

?, How Earth’s location in space triggers cycles of spiritual growth for humans!

?, Your personal time codes for the key events of business, relationships, and change in your life!

?, How each cycle carries a window of opportunitya??a choice pointa??that allows us to select a new outcome for the returning pattern!

?, What the 1999 ice cores from Antarctica reveal about past cycles of climate, global warming, Earth’s protective magnetic fields, and what these things mean for us today!

In a powerful yet comprehensible style, Gregg gives us a way to make sense of the rapid, and often dramatic, change of today’s world. It is these understandings that guide us away from the destructive choices we’ve made in the past. They also show the way to the greatest possibilities of our lives. Gregg suggests that if we can see time from this perspective, the past reveals the great secret of our moment in history and what we can expect as we approach December 21, 2012!

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  • Fractal Time:The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age
    This is a powerful, compelling book. It provides simple tools for using the World Age and Precessional cycles to determine the timing for making significant changes on a personal as well as global level. The book should be on the "must read" list of every polititian and policy maker. This is the how-to guide for anyone who feels that "The best way to predict the future is to create it!"....more info
  • Unscientific Fear Mongering
    This book is pure unadulterated Unscientific Fear Mongering. The author, claims as the basis for is conclusions, his interpretation of ancient Mayan, Aztec, and Egyptian writings on the history of time. If these claims were made by a scientist, being unsupported by the scientific community, they would deserve a healthy dose of skepticism.

    Given that the author is not a scientist but a former computer programmer, and his claims are mouthed mainly by Global Warming Denying Religious Right. And given that some of his trusted sources are the book The Divinci Code and the Old Testament portion of the bible. His conclusions belong somewhere is the realm of Mysticism, Alchemy and Black Magic.
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  • Fractal Time Offers Patterns of PERSONAL CHOICE
    The winter solstice of December 12, 2012 brings planet Earth into an extraordinary alignment with the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Historically, ancient seers predicted this date as the end of one age and the birth of a new Eden. Our planet, in its solar system orbit, is at the end of two cycles, maybe more--the end of a galactic cycle and the end of a geologic cycle. [Drunvalo Melchizedek in Serpent of Light: Beyond 2012writes about the end of Earth's Kundalini cycle in India and Tibet and its movement to the Andes in Peru.]
    Since 1980, our planet has been experiencing end-time effects--natural disasters, hurricanes, floods, droughts, tidal waves and fire. Braden compares where we are in our world cycle to past cycles; the most recent geologic cycle was 1155 BC, the decline of Egypt.
    Fractal Time is rich with facts and information. The inside dust jacket states the essence of this book: "The key to our future lies in the wisdom of the past." Gregg Braden spent twenty years researching Mayan, Hopi and Tibetan wisdom as well as biblical and oral traditions. Multi-cultural wisdom, coupled with recent scientific findings, bring the author to the conclusion that 2012 may be a process rather than an event.
    Braden writes about two scientific discoveries that open the process of a new Eden. 1)Scientists have documented that the human heart generates a doughnut shaped magnetic field that is five thousand times stronger than the field of the human brain. 2) A Global Coherence Monitoring System senses changes in the earth's magnetosphere. Two extraordinary changes in the Earth's magnetic field were recorded on different days and different years - one on the day Princess Diana died and the other on 9/11, the terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York. Braden's book states that . . ."strong collective emotion has a measurable impact on the earth's geomagnetic field." [Pg. 195] Heart based living will have a direct effect on how six point five billion people experience 2012.
    Fractals are repeating patterns found in nature--the spirals in atoms, DNA, pea tendrils, sunflowers, whirlpools, hurricanes and galaxies. Antarctic and Arctic ice samples also show patterns. Previous planetary cycles reveal both global warming and the melting of polar ice. Our planet is changing, and change is a catalyst for spiritual growth. Braden suggests that if we shift the way we experience our selves and our world by seeing 2012 as a window of possibility and a choice point, we can shift into an age of love and cooperation. The Hopi say, "When prayer and meditation are used rather than relying on new inventions to create more imbalance, they [the people of Earth] will also find the true path." [Pg. 187] (Using heart, prayer and ceremony is also the message of Rainmaker's Prayers, Align with Global Harmony)
    Through his book, Fractal Time, Gregg Braden offers us hope as well as a recipe for the future. By accessing the silent language of the heart, human beings can solve the problems of our changing planet. Imagine living, thinking and acting as a world-wide family.
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  • massively disappointing
    I was very much looking forward to reading this as Braden has quite a reputation these days. What a major letdown. I don't like to give such a low score in a review, but sometimes the problems are just so glaringly obvious that I have to.

    The basic premise to the book is that there are patterns to the flow of time and energy which the ancients knew and could use, an idea which I find quite interesting and agree with. I also feel quite strongly that these are critical times for the human race (and the planet), and was hoping to find something usable in this book as far as understanding these times is concerned.

    Frankly, Braden falls flat. He states on page 17 that this book is not a science publication or peer-reviewed research paper. He states, however that it is well researched and documented. I must take issue with that, as he makes numerous major mistakes critical to the work. He also quite often "invokes" a source rather than using it to properly develop his point. (Read Joseph Farrell's books for an example of how to do this right.)

    First off, I have major issues with taking the New Age pop garbage about Nostradamus seriously. Most of the people who write popular books about old Nostie do not bother to research his original writings or correct historical data, and many of the books about him, including those written hundreds of years ago, contain numerous factual errors. To make the (absolute) statement that Nostradamus "predicted" such things as the World Wars, the JFK assassination, and 9-11 is an outrageous distortion of fact, to put it in the kindest terms.

    Nostradamus was a mediocre healer, a lousy astrologer (couldn't do the math, which is not easy), and his reputation for "predicting" things was mostly luck and a certain cleverness for duping the aristocracy (not a bad thing, in itself). His reputation was built mostly after his death by several authors, some of whom knew little about his real life (kind of like the news today). Most of the modern books about him rely on these works, poor translations of his French quatrains, and a lot of "wishful thinking."

    Some facts: Nostradamus made it a point several times of clearly stating that he was not predicting anything. And he was never under any duress from the Church or society, quite the opposite in fact, so the idea that he needed to "hide" his predictions in obscure language is in error. Strike one.

    He did not date the quatrains, so any attempt to make them fit into historical dates is a post hoc interpretation and subject to many errors. The idea that he predicted World War 2 comes from his use of the word "hister," which some people are inclined to think points to Hilter. It actually points to an area of the Danube river, which was called "hister" in Nostie's time. It does not refer to a person at all. Strike two.

    The idea that he predicted the deaths of the Kennedys comes from his mention of two brothers in power being killed. Well, given the number of brothers who have been in power (and been killed) in the last 400 years, claiming that he meant the Kennedys is also ludicrous. Strike three.

    But enough about Nostradamus. What about Braden's special math formula for figuring out these secret time/energy flow patterns? Well, he does eventually get to the point of giving the reader the formula, and that process is a big disappointment. The idea that one could predict the 9-11 attacks based on a cycle starting with Pearl Harbor is clearly NOT supported by his work. In fact, he claims that hitting the month of March in 2001 as the "window" for the 9-11 event is ridiculous. His attempt to make it fit the facts is to say that the planning for 9-11 probably happened in March of 2001, which is factually incorrect, not to mention a textbook case of making the data fit the hypothesis (junk science, in other words).

    His list of presidential assassinations and attempts also fails to mention the attempt on Gerald Ford, which would trash his pattern. There are probably more such attempts that we don't know about as well. Sorry, again it just doesn't fit the actual data.

    His attempt to paint modern storms and natural disasters as being worse by citing lives lost and dollar amounts of damage is absurd. One doesn't measure the force of such things that way - one uses wind speed and other such empirical measures of the force involved. Obviously, with a larger, denser world population, an earthquake, tsunami, or hurricane will kill more people. That doesn't make it more powerful. In fact, weaker storms can actually be more deadly such a case, so that whole idea is just plain wrong. Bad logic.

    Braden also goes on and on about Einstein, ignoring historical facts and the genius of many other, far better, scientists, like Tesla, Whittaker, and Poincare.

    I find his ideas intriguing and interesting, but he simply hits so far from the mark that I think he does more harm than good. (Perhaps that is his agenda - disinformation.)

    In any case, if you think you will find any worthwhile information or techniques here, you will be sorely disappointed. Don't waste your money. Try Carl Munck instead.

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  • Interesting read
    Fractal time allows you to look at history (and the future) in a who new way. They say that history repeats itself, and this book shows how that happens in mathematical terms. ...more info
  • Von Daniken meets Da Vinci Code
    Yet another sensational tour of pseudo-science designed to titilate the gullible with incredible portents. It may be clever, well thought out in places, even convincing to some, but like all of the conspiracy theorists and prophets of the past, the book hand picks the suggestive baubles out of an enormous amount of random data, and subjects them to extreme interpretation. It just shows yet again that, given enough raw information, you can select "evidence" that the moon is made of cheese, or the Earth is flat, or even that evolution is "just a theory".

    You will be better off sticking with your Sunday tabloid astrologer....more info
  • Good book
    This book really helped me understand the connection between Earth and our hearts. I realized the connection before, but I couldn't explain it in words; I saw some precise examples in this book that helped me. Though I don't really understand how to use Time Calculator still:) This book is a must-have to get a broad sense of what's going on on the planet right now and what great time we're all living in....more info
  • Very good book, but I have some questions
    Let me begin this review by stating unequivocally that I very much enjoy reading Gregg Braden's books and listening to his CDs and interviews on such programs as Coast to Coast AM and the Hay House live online events. I own most of his books and CDs, including now Fractal Time. This is a very good book. I have heard about the issues relating to 2012, the Mayan calendar, etc for several years now and never gave them much thought. I was dismissive of the whole thing, but I decided to let Gregg's new book be my first foray into this topic and I am glad that I did. I was amazed to learn from this book the important scientific data behind the issues relating to 2012 and how various cultures and religions have classified the different ages of world time. Gregg has a very good ability of simplifying these otherwise complex issues. He is also very good at distilling the writings and insights of other authors and presenting them to his readers in a concise manner. If you have had an interest in 2012 but have not yet looked into it, let this be the book you begin with!
    But I do have some questions: not about this book per se but about Gregg Braden. I believe it would be well for him to share with his readers a bit more of his background and qualifications to write and speak on the subjects that he does. The scant biographical information one finds on Gregg's web site and book covers tell you that he has previously worked as a computer systems designer for some well known companies. He also states that he has "...searched ancient texts to uncover their timeless secrets" and by implication the reader is left with the impression that these "ancient texts" are from such exotic places as Peru and Tibet. So my questions are these: what are Gregg's qualifications to read, translate, and "uncover" secrets in ancient Tibetan, Mayan, Peruvian, Coptic, and Greek manuscripts? Being a computer systems designer does not qualify anyone to read Tibetan. Does Gregg have a bachelor or masters or doctoral degree from a university? If so, what were his areas of concentration that qualify him to write on the topics on which he claims to have some measure of authoritative knowledge?
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  • Fractal Time
    I realize that most of this information has been floating around but Gregg puts it in a logical form with thought provoking conclusions. Yes, we have all read books about 2012, Armageddon, global warming, etc. The understanding that it is a cycle of creation opens the mind to positive possibilities instead of running around like "Chicken Little." Relax and enjoy the adventure!...more info
  • I love Greg Braden
    As usual Greg Braden gives you lots to think about and manages to put a positive spin on it too. Very mind expanding!!...more info
  • Seriously?
    This kind of garbage could only be written for an audience that thinks numerology is a branch of mathematics. Unbelievable. A fitting sequel-in-kind to the Bible Codes....more info
  • Interesting book
    I first encountered Mr. Braden's work on 2012 in the fascinating films 2012 The Odyssey and Timewave 2013. I was so struck by his message in those films that I decided to buy this book. I found it to be a very interesting approach to the 2012 phenomenon with lots of information gleaned from his research into the subject. A good read....more info
  • Boring
    I've heard a lot about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world in 2012, so I bought this book to see what the big deal is. But all this book did was make me think that it's all a bunch of hooey--which was actually a relief, since that would really stink if the world ended in 3 years. Ultimately, I found this book boring and badly argued. I stopped reading after I got halfway thougth it. It was just too fringy and wacky for me....more info
  • Great concept, flawed writing and editing
    I couldn't resist the book 'cause of the name even though I'm kind of "iffy" on Braden's writing overall. He mentions Terence McKenna & Time Wave Zero, along with John Major Jenkins ("Maya Cosmogenesis 2012"), fractal dimensionality, Phi (Golden Ratio) and Einstein-Minkowski Space-Time, and of course the Mayan Long Count and Tzolkin calendars.

    The first insight is to use Space-Time geometry framework to view Time as having extent, area and displacement conceptually similar to that of Space. Then comes the key notion that Time is cyclic and fractal (self-similar), following the natural rhythm/geometry of Phi. (The cyclic nature of time is seen to be our experience of the Phi developmental spiral inherent in all natural systems.) This allows for "time code" calculations (of significant event markers in the past or future) based upon the notion of repeat cycles that are harmonically related by Phi (or in this case by phi - .618 the inverse of the Golden Ratio). Methods for back-calculating and forward calculating event markers are presented. Of course with all such calculated dates, it's a matter of interpretation and preference as to what significant event(s) to "map" to each calculated target date...

    But what about events that do not fall on such target dates? In other words, all the intervening years between markers that are not calculated using the basic phi harmonic? Braden does not discuss this or follow through with the logic of some of his observation about natural / sacred geometry. In this case, he makes use of only one harmonic chain (derived using phi), but does not extend the mapping to other possible "sub-harmonics" that would be based upon the universal Fibonacci series or multiples thereof which underlies Phi (and phi).

    The single biggest problem in the book is editorial - little mistakes and inconsistencies here and there. That coupled with some reaching (overarching) statements / conclusions for which no real support is provided. Sometimes a little too "New Age" in tone, we are expected to agree, to "get it" without rigorous logic or support.

    The focus of the book should be on the fascinating possibility of the Time Code Calculator - uncovering natural/inherent temporal harmonics of events. What a theoretical break-though that could be! But here is one of the most obvious weaknesses - the math calculations (found in the appendices), although simple and straight-forward, have an obvious flaw that Braden as a one-time programmer should have seen right off. (Perhaps, it's simply one of those editorial errors...) It is the problem (error) of expressing partial years (months) for use in the calculations.

    Our number system is decimal, but there are 12 months to a year. If you want to express a fraction of a year, it is NOT a one to one translation as shown in a reference table: Jan is not equal to .1, Feb is not equal to .2 and Dec is certainly not equal to .12! Rather, starting with an arbitrary decision to map to the first day of month as the decimal year fraction, Jan = .0, Feb = .166 and Dec = .916 and so on... Does this matter? Well, on spot re-calculations using these properly expressed decimal ratios (rounded to 3 places), the results of calculated dates for mid-century events shifted by 6 months. Enough to be significant in event interval to historical news mapping.

    So in summary, I would say this is an important book to read for those interested in understanding Time and the structure of time cycles, providing interesting grist for thinking deeper about the harmonic cycles of Mayan time. Mix in some Carl Johan Calleman's harmonic Underworld time cycles ("The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness") and you've got quite an interesting stew (or is it brew?)

    However, as other reviewers have stated, this is not an original source book, in general, rather it is built upon borrowing many other authors' ideas and concepts. I certainly give credit to Braden for his unique synthesis and for presenting the Time Code Calculator, including samples (interpreted cycles) of it's use. I give it 4 stars only because the book is way too full of editorial oversights and in tone partakes of a little too much gagga-googoo wide-eyed New Ageisms.

    Read it anyway. You'll be glad you did....more info
  • Practal Time
    My husband and I both read this book. It is deep. Hard to identify with, and intellectual. My husband is very well read and enjoys books and TV programs on anything Scientific and he says he struggles with this book as he doesn't quite get it. I guess a person could say we may not be as evolved as Baden, but it is difficult to get your mind wrapped around it.
    I detest predictions as I like to think life is a mystery and that there are things we just don't need to know. I enjoy living more in the now opposed to getting all caught up in what is going to happen in the future. Also...the book was very expensive to order from Amazon. I won't be ordering too many at that cost, and then shipping on top of it is ridiculous. ...more info
  • Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age
    Great book! Very informative, answered a lot of questions. Makes sense of why things happen throughout history the way they do, why history repeats itself, and how we can affect the outcome of all circumstances. I loved it and it gives me hope for the future if humanity can wake up and learn the truth of things. Highly recommended. I look forward to any new book by Gregg Braden.
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  • Fractal Time
    Not as interesting as some of his other books. I do like the author and his uplifting message....more info
  • The Appendices
    The use of the Fibonacci ratio to understand event timing is, I believe, an interesting breakthru. I tried the method referenced to my personal age at the time certain events occurred, and got astounding correlation. But I do not understand why the calculations using Gregorian dates should work. The author fails to establish any basis for that usage. Also, what is the seed event that leads him to conclude near the end that Aug. 15, 2009 is a day that needs to be singled out as a sort of veiled apocalyptic message. Although, I took a look at the planetary transits for New York for that date, and it does indeed look like trouble. But then so does every weekend between mid-June and mid-September of 2009.
    I have little doubt, based on the teachings of the indigenous cultures everywhere that we are reaching the end of a great age at a galactic equinox of our solar system, with our winter solstice sun rising against the backdrop of the galactic center. But will someone please tell me where to stand on the earth as the axis of rotation shifts, or a super coronal mass ejection from our Sun fries the Earth and everything on it....more info
  • Fractal Time
    Fractal Time is a mathematical way of understanding the Mayan Calendar and the importance of the date December 21, 2012. The formula's that are given are easy to work with and understand. A great read and a valuable book to use for personal purposes. ...more info
  • Technically Disappointing
    Fractal Time was one of those books that appealed to me the moment I saw the cover and considered the content. Although 2012 is a hot button topic for everyone these days, I was sincerely more interested in gaining insight on the cycles of time. What I had hoped to read was a moderate look at the history and physics of fractal time, but what I ended up reading was a New Age guide to last year's Hollywood Blockbusters.

    At least two times, Braden claims that his readers know "the night is darkest just before the dawn," and I can't help but imagine him writing this book while he's watching The Dark Knight in HD. Then, as he nears the last 50 pages of the book, Braden drifts into the voice of Keanu Reeves (but not the one from The Matrix) as he revamps the hoaky conclusion of The Day the Earth Stood Still (also a film from 2008).

    At the very least, Fractal Time offers a few hints at more physics-oriented material and the author never pretends to be a scientific writer. But rather than explaining the reality of cyclical patterns in history (even from a layman perspective), Braden spends almost every page treading over the same words he used and the same questions he asked on the previous pages. Page after page left me wondering how many times he was going to ask the same questions or quote himself for the umpteenth time. It's as though he was looking for words to fill up space and time merely so that he could log his own "research" in the library of 2012 literature.

    Nothing of substance is worth reading in Fractal Time. Go rent The Day the Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves and you'll walk away feeling the same way you would if you read this book. Might save you a few bucks, but you'll be disappointed either way. ...more info
  • Gregg Braden is the best
    "I love all his audio books. They are my window to the future. They are showing me the light in the tunel /the tube/. I can't live without them.
    I would like to buy all of his products and listen to them day and night.
    Try this at least and Awakening the power of a mothern God and you will unlock the Mystery and Healing of your Spiritual DNA. I already did."
    This is from my Sister: I gave her many CD/DVDs for Mother's day and she loves them. Fast service and excelent products.
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  • Fractal Time
    This book is a must read. We are always searching to know what we do not know, space and time, our existence in this universe, where it began where is it ends, the laws and forces of the universe, that we are citizens of, that shape our life and the connections among ourselves, and that we all are expression and part of it....more info


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