Timewave Zero 2012 – Terence McKenna

We are on the brink of possibilities that will make us literally unrecognizable to ourselves and those possibilities will be realized, not in the next thousand years but in the next 20 years because the acceleration of invention and novelty and information transfer is at this point so rapid…

Timewave Zero is an exploratory idea system and a software package that runs on personal computers. It is the broadcast output of the naturally superconducting experimentaldeoxyribonucleic matrix transceiver operating in hyperspace. We believe that by using such ideas as a compass for the collectivity, we may find our way back to a new model in time to reverse the progressive worldwide alienation that is fast hurling us into an ecocidal planetary crisis. A model of time must give hope and overcome entropy in its formal composition. In other words, it must mathematically secure the reasonableness of hope. This theory, and indeed the mathematical theory of dynamic systems generally does this by securing in a formal manner the process by which transformation can naturally arise and persist out of a background of flux. It becomes increasingly clear that we are now experiencing a period marked with extreme density of novel ingressions, a time when the rational and acausal tendencies inherent in time may again reverse their positions of dominance.

Time, like light, may best be described as a union of opposites. Time may be both wave and, ultimately, particle, each in some sense a reflection of the other. The same holographic properties that have long been an accepted part of the phenomenon of the perception of three-dimensional space also suggest that interference patterns are characteristic of process. Living beings especially illustrate this.

We don’t think about time because we take it for granted like breathing, but consider our hypothesis that the space-time continuum is a modular wave-hierarchy. The Eschaton is a universal and fractal morphogenetic field, hypothesized to model the unfolding predispositions of space and time. This structure was decoded from the King Wen sequence of the I Ching and was the central idea that evolved in the wake of the events of La Chorrera as described in my book, True Hallucinations.
I’ve been talking about it since 1971, and what’s interesting to me is at the beginning, it was material for hospitalization, now it is a minority viewpoint and everything is on schedule. My career is on schedule, the evolution of cybernetic technology is on schedule, the evolution of a global information network is on schedule.


The King Wen sequence of the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching is among the oldest structured abstractions extant. It has been found scratched on the shoulder bones of sheep that have been dated to 4000 BC so we do know that this sequence existed very early in ancient China, yet the nature of the ordering principles preserved in that sequence remains unelucidated. The I Ching is a mathematical divinatory tool whose probable origin is the mountainous heart of Asia-the home of classical shamanism and Taoist magic. The I Ching is a centrally important part of humanity’s shamanic heritage that is rich in implications.

If the wave model is a valid general theory of time, it should be possible to show why certain periods or places have been particularly rich in events that accelerate the creative advance into novelty, and also to show where and when in the future such events might be expected to recur. To carry out this operation, a personal computer has proven indispensable. A group of programs implementing these ideas has been written by our colleague Peter Meyer. We call this program Timewave Zero. The software takes these theories and discoveries concerning the I Ching and creates time maps based upon them. The time maps or novelty maps show the ebb and flow of connectedness or novelty in any span of time from a few days to tens of millennia. The theory is not deterministic; it does not say what will happen in the future, only the levels of novelty that whatever happens will have to fulfill. As such it operates as a map, or simplified picture, of the future (and past) behavior of whatever system is being studied. The end date is the point of maximized novelty in the system and is the only point in the entire wave that has a quantified value of zero.


December 21, 2012 AD. We arrived at this particular end date without knowledge of the Mayan Calendar, and it was only after we noticed that the historical data seemed to fit best with the wave if this end date was chosen that we were informed that the end date that we had deduced was in fact the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Imagine zeroing in on the point in which the wave passes out of the past and into the future. The stupendous idea of an end of time is an attempt to negate the eternal stasis, to break the circle. All peoples who have awakened to the suffering and hope of the condition humaine have arrived at this idea, each in its own way. The other peoples who have created a world for themselves have also appointed an end to it: Indians, Persians, Greeks, Arabs, and Jews. This final time revolutionizes the course of the world. We are familiar with the Gnostic intuitions of the first and second century suggesting that energy is the “divine light” that is trapped in matter and that energy, in order to free itself, must evolve itself through progressively subtler stages until it generates self-reflecting consciousness, which can then evolve techniques for freeing all energy from matter.

Like this myth, all ideas of salvation, enlightenment, or utopia may be taken to be expressions in consciousness of the drive of energy to free itself from the limitations of three-dimensional space and return to the uncontaminated essence of itself in an epoch of realized concrescent satisfaction. Concrescent satisfaction includes the notion of energy unbounded by space or time. This means for our theory that at especially low-value regions of the modular wave-hierarchy a quantum jump should occur in the concrescent process.

What this advance of novelty is, and what the process of becoming may be seen to be in essence, is the revelation of the interspecies’ mind. In human beings, it is approached through the non-metabolizing neural DNA scattered through the body, and for humans it becomes apparent as a higher cortical phenomenon, as an experience, and as a confrontation with the Jungian “collective unconscious.” This revelation and its integration into the field of shared experience is a process of transformation of the previously limited ego.

Biology constantly changes the context in which evolution occurs. I have downloaded this into a phrase; “The universe-the biological universe at least-is a novelty conserving engine.” Upon simple molecules are built complex molecules. Upon complex molecules are built complex polymers. Upon complex polymers comes DNA. Out of DNA comes the whole machinery of the cell. Out of cells comes simple aggregate colony animals like hydra and that sort of thing. Out of that, true animals. Out of that, ever more complex animals with organs of locomotion, organs of sight, organs of smell, complex mental machinery for the coordinating of data in time and space. This is the whole story of the advancement of life.

In our species, it reaches its culmination and it crosses over into a new domain where change no longer occurs in the atomic and biological machinery of existence; it begins to take place in the world that we call mental. It’s called epigenetic change;change that cannot be traced back to mutation of the arrangement of molecules inside long chain polymers, but change taking place in syntactical structures that are linguistically based.


Language and its appearance is a recent instance of concrescence. It is a recent form of novelty, having been in existence not more than a million years. As a concrescence occurring in our species, it may provide a clue to the path that evolving human novelty will take in the future. Following the acquisition of language, the advance into novelty, now in part self-reflecting, continued on a higher level. The most recent of these major new levels of coordinated organization may be embodied in the epoch of electronic communications and the furiously evolving post-relativistic consciousness of the twentieth century.

This idea requires a fairly radical reorganization of consciousness, because what I’m saying is the universe was not born in a fiery explosion from which it has been blasted outward ever since. The universe is not being pushed from behind. The universe is being pulled from the future toward a goal that is as inevitable as a marble reaching the bottom of a bowl when you release it up near the rim. If you do that, you know the marble will role down the side of the bowl;down, down, down;until eventually it comes to rest at the lowest energy state, which is the bottom of the bowl. That’s precisely my model of human history. I’m suggesting that the universe is pulled toward a complex attractor that exists ahead of us in time, and that our ever-accelerating speed through the phenomenal world of connectivity and novelty is based on the fact that we are now very, very close to the attractor….

Terence McKenna

Views from the edge of history part 1,Compiled by Terence McKenna and Faustin Bray,from Terence’s lectures, workshops, interviews and books.



26 responses

  1. An excellent explication! We approach the attractor at an ever-increasing state.
    The Vedas state the the end of the Kaliyuga will be characterized by speed. Consciousness is reaching critical mass as data becomes realer and reality more ephemeral as we roll toward the Neverpoint.
    The passive-spectator mindset imagines 2012 will bring some outside disaster (or fail to) but the truth is that we can bounce out from this point to world we care to make. The worldwide struggle to immenatize the eschaton is being fought at every level within every mind…we will be voting to replace the Tetragrammaton at the foundation of monotheopoly.

    Vote for Goddess! ShallOHM in 2012. More at http://www.blues4kali.com….

    Om Shakti Kali Kali OM

    January 3, 2008 at 9:45 am


    “When the rational and acausal tendencies inherent in time may again reverse their positions of dominance. Time, like light, may best be described as a union of opposites. Time may be both wave and, ultimately, particle, each in some sense a reflection of the other. The same holographic properties that have long been an accepted part of the phenomenon of the perception of three-dimensional space also suggest that interference patterns are characteristic of process. Living beings especially illustrate this. We don’t think about time because we take it for granted like breathing…”

    TimeWave Zero

    “Although special relativity makes some quantities relative, such as time, that we would have imagined to be absolute based on everyday experience, it also makes absolute some others that we would have thought were relative. In particular, it states that the speed of light is the same for all observers, even if they are in motion relative to one another.”

    Special Relativity – Albert Einstein

    February 23, 2008 at 6:59 am

    • An Oceanic Meeting With Albert Einstein.

      Modern physics, in the hands of Albert Einstein, has turned almost into mysticism.

      Nobody has noted the fact, because mystics don’t understand modern physics and the physicists do not care about the mystics.

      The mystics have always experienced that they are one, but nobody has listened to them.

      Perhaps man was not mature enough to understand the depth of their declaration.

      The mystics have simply expressed the oneness of all.

      Physicists go into detail.

      Albert Einstein, especially, was the first scientist to come to the conclusion that time is the fourth dimension of matter.

      Matter has three dimensions, the fourth dimension is invisible and that is time, but it is not separate from matter.

      Modern physics has declared – without declaring the death of matter – that there is no matter at all.

      With the disappearance of matter and with the death of God, only one energy remains in the whole cosmos.

      Now time and space cannot be two.

      They have to be expressions of one energy.


      But the mind can succeed only as far as science is concerned, it cannot succeed in religious consciousness.

      One has to understand that the methodology that works for the outer cannot work for the inner.

      Simply because the inner is the opposite dimension, the same methods will not be applicable.

      You will have to find new methodology for the inner.

      And that is meditation.

      The mind cannot understand that which is beyond words; it can understand only that which is linguistically, logically right.

      It can only conceive very limited things.

      It has no intelligence of its own; it is a memory system.

      You feed it certain information, it will keep it on record.

      Whenever you want, it will supply it.

      An intelligent man’s mind is capable of containing all the information that is in all the libraries of the world – it is almost infinite.

      But mind is simply a collection of memories of the past, and – out of those memories – imagination about the future.

      Understanding this whole process, one thing becomes certain: why the mind avoids the present, which is the real, and why it tries to get involved with past and future, which are not real.

      God is a need for the mind, because the mind cannot conceive infinite, eternal things.

      God simply is not there.

      A man of meditation knows there is no God other than life itself.

      God is simply the poverty of human consciousness.

      God exists because you are not aware of yourself.

      The moment you know yourself, there is no God and there is no need of any God.

      When I say there is no God, I am not saying that I disbelieve in God; even for disbelief, God has to be.

      I am simply saying there is no God, has never been – all definitions are inventions.

      When you come to reality there is no negativity, no positivity.

      So there is no question of atheism or theism.

      The whole world of polarities is transcended.

      But the mind cannot conceive how contradictions can meet, how polarities can be one.

      Yet in existence they are meeting, they are one.

      Reality is herenow.


      “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.

      The idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I am unable to take seriously.

      The most beautiful and most profound religious emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical.

      And this mysticality is the power of all true science.”

      Albert Einstein.


      The fifth gospel of Thomas was written in India.

      It has not been included in the Bible, it was not available to
      Constantine, who was compiling, and who was deciding what was to be included and what was not to be included.

      It was because of Constantine that all these ideas, mythologies, and fictions have been added to the life of Jesus.

      Thomas, is the disciple closest to Jesus.

      Jesus sent Thomas to south India.

      But his sayings are not included in the Bible, because the real Jesus and his closest disciples have to be excluded – they are too dangerous.






      The Fifth Gospel of Thomas

      The kingdom of God has been preached as if it is always somewhere else: in time, in space, but always somewhere else – not here and now.

      Why has this happened?

      Why is the kingdom of God not here and now?

      Why in the future, or why somewhere else?

      It is because of the human mind.

      It is not anywhere else, it is exactly where you are this moment.

      You have completely missed Jesus, because your mind goes on interpreting.

      What have you interpreted?

      A master is not a man who teaches you, a master is a man who awakens you.

      A master is not a man who has some information to give to you, a master is a man who is going to give you a glimpse into your own being.

      You can only change yourself, and the moment you are changed the world starts changing, because you are a vital part in it.

      Self-knowledge happens only to a wordless mind – not knowledge that you gather through the mind, but knowledge that you come to possess when you encounter yourself.

      Self-knowledge is a transforming force, nothing else is to be done.

      The moment you know, change occurs.

      Knowledge itself is transforming; it is not that first you know and then you do something to change.

      Knowledge is not a method, it is not a means; knowledge is the end in itself.

      Accept life as it is, and be thankful for it as it is; have a deep gratitude – that’s what makes a religious man.

      And once you accept the whole, you become whole.

      All divisions disappear, a deep silence ascends in you.

      Osho – The Mustard Seed:
      Commentaries on the Fifth Gospel of Thomas.
      The God Conspiracy.
      The Transmission Of The Lamp.

      June 26, 2010 at 12:22 am

  3. “We are now very, very close to the attractor….”Terence McKenna

    We are coming close to a tremendous transformation,

    and we are going to see it in our own lives,

    something so rare and unique which has never happened before,

    and will never happen again.

    Osho – The Rebel

    to continue reading this…

    Intuitive Intelligence

    August 27, 2008 at 7:15 am

    • Alex

      Your closer to the answer than you may think.

      December 17, 2009 at 2:05 am

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  5. meritocracy2012

    Meritocracy 2012 – We Are One

    Now, as things are, the profession of the politician is the only profession which needs no qualification. Even if you want to be a plumber, some kind of qualification will be needed, some training in plumbing, some certificate.

    But if you want to be the president of America, no certificate is needed. It seems strange: plumbing is more important than the presidency of America!

    If you want to be a senator, no qualification is needed. If you want to be a teacher in a kindergarten school, qualifications are needed.

    You are giving so much power to power-hungry people; with your own hands you are helping them to hang you! In the name of democracy these people have been exploiting the masses.

    Democracy means government by the people, of the people, for the people — but it is only in words.

    They have to delegate the power to somebody.

    So it is not the people who rule, but the people who are chosen by them.

    What are your grounds for choosing? How do you manage to choose? And are you capable of choosing the right people? Have you been trained, educated for a democratic life? No, nothing has been done.

    The ignorant masses can be exploited very easily by very insignificant things. For example, Nixon lost his election against Kennedy and the only reason was that Kennedy looked better on television than Nixon; this is the analysis of the psychoanalysts.

    Nixon improved. When he discovered this, before the next election, he improved; he learned how to stand, how to walk, how to talk, how to dress.

    All this can be changed by people of genius coming to the top.

    And the simple way is, make categories so universities become your centers of power, not governments; universities create your governors, your presidents, your vice-presidents, your senators.

    Then the politician can be prevented from ruining the human societies of the world if he is prevented from directly controlling the government and the administration of the state.

    And what power do politicians have? All the power that they have we have given to them. We can take it back. It is not their power, it is our power. We just have to find a way to take it back – because giving is very easy, taking is a little difficult.

    Up to now, whatever has happened has been accidental. Our history up to now is nothing but a history of accidents.

    We have to stop this. Now we have to decide that the future is not going to be accidental. It will be created by us.

    Once we move the power from the mob into the hands of intelligent people, people who know what they are doing, we can create something beautiful.

    It is simple… a world government can look at the whole world as one humanity.

    Problems are not so much as they appear.

    And if there is one world, then there is no need for seventy-five percent of every nation’s wealth to be wasted on nuclear weapons, on armies, on other kinds of war materials.

    Seventy-five percent! Humanity is living only on twenty-five percent.

    If there are no longer any nations, the question of war does not arise.

    A hundred percent of all energy, money, income becomes available to the whole world.

    Meritocracy is not opposed to democracy; meritocracy is a concept of working through democracy. And sooner or later, with the growth of understanding, the specialist is going to be significant in the whole world. Maybe, sooner or later, everything will be in the hands of the expert, the knowledgeable.


    continue reading this…

    February 21, 2009 at 6:29 am

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  7. Minh

    Hi guys. I’m a Vietnamese and don’t understand much English so can anyone please explain this briefly and simply so that I could understand ( or a kid could imagine to understand ) what is time wave zero ? Is it a physical problem ? Or Quantum ? Or mathematics ? How is it related to the end ?

    July 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm

  8. quantum leap

    “The creative people, whether painters, musicians, poets or dancers, reach to a place once in a while that can be called “a glimpse of enlightenment” but it is only a glimpse.

    It is not a realization.

    They have not prepared themselves for it.

    It has come accidentally.

    The painter was absorbed in painting.

    He was so absorbed in painting that he forgot himself, forgot the ego, forgot his thoughts, and without knowing it he was in a state of meditation, and accidentally a door opened and he saw the beauty of the beyond.

    Soon he will be back, when the painting is complete, he will be back in the desert of daily life.

    Now a great problem has arisen for him, that there is something far more beautiful than any painting, far more musical than any music, far more poetic than any poetry.

    There is a dance beyond dance, but how to reach there?

    He does not even know the ABC of meditation; he may never have heard the word.

    He was doing something else.

    It was just because he got lost in his work, in dance, in music, in singing, he fulfilled the condition for a glimpse.

    Meditation is the name of the deepest relaxation.

    With meditation you will be opening up higher doors of your consciousness, your superconscious.

    Meditation leads you to your own reality.

    No spiritual thinker, philosopher, has tried to think of a parallel for spiritual growth.

    Physics has given the words `quantum leap’.

    So when a few people around the earth get the quantum leap, then thousands more will become part of a world-wide fire.

    Suddenly people who have not even tried meditation, who are not even seekers, who have never thought about anything spiritual, catch the infection, it is contagious…”

    Osho: The transmission of the lamp

    August 11, 2009 at 6:03 am

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    Please feel free to contact me. I’m been waiting for this adventure to manifest. Today is the first I’ve heard of it being here. Woo Hoo, Great to find you…

    January 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

  10. Joe

    I hope no disaster comes at 2012. But all the evidence points to such. Even ancient cultures had the same predictions so I think we may indeed have a rude awakening. Remember that life comes in cycles and their have been extinctions before of people.

    January 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  11. hybridrogue1

    ZOOOM ha ha ha ha….almost there kiddies.

    September 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

  12. Go to http://www.fractal-timewave.com for more information about Timewave Zero.

    September 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

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  14. Cem Aydan

    Thank you for sharing information about enlightenment and 2012. I believe that your contribution will mean a lot to many. Good luck

    The Secrets Blogger

    And by the way I love the poem you posted on Osho, Gateless Gate!

    December 29, 2010 at 9:28 am

  15. qB^{D}

    Pretty sure ‘dark flow’ is proof of the attractor.

    ‘The universe is not only expanding — it’s being swept along in the direction of constellations Centaurus and Hydra at a steady clip of one million miles per hour, pulled, perhaps, by the gravity of another universe.’

    April 23, 2011 at 12:50 am

  16. Chris Paillou

    I think there is no danger coming at all, quite the opposite,

    The model deals with complexity (novelty), agreed?

    What would be the most complex or novel thing the human race could find?

    It would be the discovery that life exists elsewhere in the universe, and there are hundreds of billions of planets out there with life, or the potential for life.

    Talk about complexity or novelty, the universe is teeming with life!

    Billions upon billions of stars, galaxies and planets all of which have life living there.

    Isn’t that the most mind blowing and complex or novel thing we could find!

    This discovery, which I’m confident is coming soon, maybe even 2012, will blow open the human races perception of who we are and how we fit into the universe.

    It’s nothing about disaster or danger at all, that simply doesn’t fit the facts or even the idea of the model, how is total destruction somehow novel or complex? It isn’t at all, instead it is the ultimate expansion of our view of the universe which counts as novel.

    The model relates to perception, the dropping of the bomb in Hiroshima, or other historical events are not particularly significant in themselves, it is the importance in the change in perception and subsequent historical emphasis which we place on these events which make them milestones in the development of the human race.

    What would be more eventful in the human race to discover life elsewhere in the universe, and not just one case, but potentially billions or trillions of new lifeforms.

    It’s opening up to the understanding that the universe is incredibly complex and novel, especially with the most complex and novel known configurations in the universe – LIFE!!

    And once we discover one life giving planet like Earth, then the whole view of humanity will change forever,

    So have no fear, the greatest news in the history of the human race is coming soon and it is entirely positive!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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    August 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  19. i don’t understand a thing… -_-

    November 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

  20. The truth cannot be thought – it is seen, realized.

    This does not happen through the intellect but when the intellect is quiet and empty.

    This state of inner knowing is not intellect, it is intuition.

    Intuition is not thinking, it is an eye.

    To one who wants to see truth, intuition is like acquisition of sight to a blind man.

    Osho – The Perfect Way

    November 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  21. So it seems to me that what the historical task consists of is humanity turning itself inside out and that this is the problem with dimensions that we sense so acutely.

    It is that the body, which is presently exteriorized, must be interiorized.

    And the soul-mind, which is presently felt – only felt – needs to be exteriorized.

    One can hark back to the metaphors of alchemy for an idea of what this is.

    It’s the idea that the soul should be potentially condensible as a visible object, or a form of transdimensional or translinguistic matter which is then beheld.

    Terence McKenna – Dynamics of Hyperspace

    November 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  22. This, This, A Thousand Times This

    Intuition and enlightenment are not two things.

    Your innermost center is your enlightenment.

    It is not that you become enlightened, you are enlightened, but your thinking prevents you from recognizing it.

    The quantum leap is needed: from thinking to no-thinking,

    from mind to no-mind, from out to in,

    from there to here, from then to now.

    Osho – This, This, A Thousand Times This: The Very Essence of Zen

    December 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  23. But I do think there is some kind of, for want of a better word again, hyperdimensional object at the end of history which is casting an enormous shadow over the historical landscape and causing it to be what it is.

    It’s as though history were the shock wave of eschatology.

    There is an event at the end of history such that when it is finally reached, all time which preceded it will be seen to be adumbrations and reflections of the approach to this thing.

    It’s as though consciousness is attempting to become more and more self-reflective.

    And since language is the way, the strategy that is being used, we are getting a fantastic accumulation of languages and cybernetic technology – technologies of storage and delayed replay – so that consciousness is bootstrapping itself toward this omega-point.

    But the creode, the cleft in the epigenetic landscape that is directing it toward this end point already exists in some sense.

    This is like a Platonic model of hyperspace.

    Plato said, “Time is the moving image of eternity”.

    What he simply meant was that we have a low-dimensional slice of reality in the form of what we call the present, with its perspective on the past, but that actually it is part of a higher dimensional manifold which, beheld in its entirety, is eternity.

    Terence McKenna – Dynamics of Hyperspace

    December 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

  24. Timewave Zero

    Now is possible only when you are so alert that there is not a single dream in your mind, not a single thought, no ripples arising.

    Then you are totally present.

    When you are present then reality is present.

    It is your presence that reveals the presence of reality.

    Then you are in the now, and the now is eternal.

    Then it never comes and goes, it is simply there.

    Osho – The Beloved

    December 21, 2012 at 11:11 am