VENETA, Ore. – With all the bad things happening in the world, it’s no wonder that New Agers -- attending the recent “Oregon Country Fair” here in the Eugene suburb of Veneta -- would exclaim that both the 2012 Mayan prophecies and Nostradamus “ point to the “Antichrist Mabus” as computer technology that will trigger the end of the world or Armageddon.

“Computer technology may be the Antichrist because it sucks so many of us into its web,” writes Albert Clayton Gaulden in his new book “You’re Not Who You Think You Are.” Gaulden’s students – who recently spoke at the Oregon Country Fair – noted that a “synthesis between the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012” and the Nostradamus prophecies. For instance, these New Agers say the “third Antichrist prophecy by Nostradamus” says the “Antichrist Mabus and the Apocalypse” would be witnessed by a comet and possibly first contact with aliens. “Mabus will soon die, then will come a horrible undoing of people and animals. At once one will see vengeance, one hundred powers, thirst, famine, when the comet will pass,” wrote Nostradamus in 1555.

Trying to sort out why there’s so much bad in the world

“I know Gaulden’s views and what Nostradamus predicted all sounds crazy, but look around and these are crazy times,” quips Gary a self-proclaimed New Ager who says he’s trying to understand "why it’s so hot this summer? Why are the polar ice caps melting? Why is there so many hurricanes and tornadoes? And, why is there nonstop war and fighting in the Middle East?”

Gary also asks “why is there terrorists who want to do more 9/11 evil? Why can’t anyone tell me how we made such a jump in technology that we now have this ‘Beast’ that runs our lives.”

In turn, Gaulden writes in his book “You’re Not Who You Think You Are” that “we live in a culture that is so enamored of personalities that we don’t look to see who a person is or what he stands for.”

A recent TV commercial has a young girl exclaiming that "I now have friends thanks to Facebook." In turn, Gary -- a father of three -- asks "who are these friends?"

Why so much talk in 2011 about the end of the world?

There’s still several highway billboards in the Eugene area that proclaim the end of the world is coming. While those deadlines have passed without the world ending, Gary notes that “it sure feels like something has happened to our world that’s not right."

At the same time, there’s many others who attend the recent "Oregon Country Fair" who think there’s been plenty of “signs” that point to an end of the world as we know it. "Its scary, but what can we do," asks Gary's wife Cherie.

"Can anyone tell me what happened to our world that I can't turn on the TV or computer without watching some horrible story of people suffering? It's 24/7 horrible and that has to mean something," adds Cherie who also notes that "I don't know what to believe. I just believe in me, Gary and me and our family."

At the same time, both Gary and Cherie note having "faith in God," and a "spiritual side," but wonder if their faith is part of a new spiritual renaissance or simply a painful odyssey on the road to "these end times."

Gaulden, a transpersonal psychologist -- who says he’s trying to “crack the code of unsolved spiritual mysteries” in his new book -- also notes that love is still the most powerful force on Earth. He also reveals the premise that “we have camouflaged ourselves, assumed an identify that is not us.” Thus, we may not have our eyes wide open as we should in anticipation of those “end times” that so many are pointing to – including Nostradamus – that the time is nigh.

Gaulden also wonders about the control technology has on people, and why there’s nobody who can decipher who did what to create the dominance of today’s digital age.

Why is there a fear of talking about the end times?

Gaulden wants people to “get honest” with their inner selves while also being open to “signs” that our world is literally on thin ice.

The writer also points to the “millions of people who believe in the prophecies of Michel de Nostredame” – or the Latin version “Nostradamus” – and yet this seer lived thousands of years ago, with the death of Nostradamus on July 2, 1566.

“We can’t dismiss the prophecies of Nostradamus,” he adds.

Nostradamus is best known for his book “Les Propheties” (The Prophecies), with the first edition appearing in 1555. In turn, this book of prophecies by the famed Nostradamus “has never been out of print since his death.”

Nostradamus has a following “because he predicted things that have happened. It’s as simple as that,” adds Gaulden and others who wonder why both Nostradamus and the Mayan Calendar both focus on 2012 as a year for the Armageddon that’s been predicted.

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