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12/20/2012 10:00:00 PM
EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED: As Mayan prophecy, solstice collide, people brace for unusual events
Peter Gersten/Courtesy photoSedona-area resident Peter Gersten celebrates climbing to the top of Bell Rock on the Coconino National Forest. He will climb it today with the hope that a portal will open up.
Peter Gersten/Courtesy photo
Sedona-area resident Peter Gersten celebrates climbing to the top of Bell Rock on the Coconino National Forest. He will climb it today with the hope that a portal will open up.
Courtesy photoEmergency responders are concerned about Peter Gersten’s plans to jump into a portal off Bell Rock today. Gersten assured the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office he won’t take the plunge.
Courtesy photo
Emergency responders are concerned about Peter Gersten’s plans to jump into a portal off Bell Rock today. Gersten assured the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office he won’t take the plunge.
Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

Peter Gersten says he's taking a "Leap of Faith" on top of Bell Rock near Sedona today, but that doesn't mean he's literally jumping off the prominent 547-foot-tall red butte in northeast Yavapai County.

"I don't think it's going to involve risking my life," he said. "The Leap of Faith was bringing 120 people to the top of Bell Rock without knowing why." He said he felt like he needed to bring at least 111 people to the top of Bell Rock over the last several months to prepare for today.

Emergency responders in the Sedona area and officials on the Coconino National Forest where Bell Rock sits were concerned enough about Gersten's online writings to talk to him about his plans.

"On the Winter Solstice of 2012 at exactly 11:11 UT (Universal Time), a cosmic portal will open in Sedona, Arizona, and a leap of faith - from the top of Bell Rock - will propel me through its opening," Gersten wrote on bellrock2012.com. That time is one minute before the Winter Solstice.

Since then, Gersten assured the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office he doesn't plan to jump off Bell Rock, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

"Today we walked the trail with him just to get an idea of where he's going and where he's going to plant himself" to wait for the portal, D'Evelyn said Thursday. "We obviously have a concern about folks mirroring whatever he's going to do."

Many people across the world believe something special will happen today, but they don't all think it's the same thing.

Most of the expectations are related to the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar that ends today after a 5,125-year cycle.

Some predict the world will come to an end; some believe the Earth's magnetic field will reverse; others think the planets will align, and some are forecasting that the point of the winter solstice sun will line up with the center of the galaxy.

Scientists debunk the galactic myths as well as the theories about Mayan predictions of doom.

Channeler Kate Sparks and energy healer Megan DeGonzales in Prescott believe something subtle yet profound will happen today, and they're excited about it. Sparks and others call it the Ascension.

"The energy for change is now anchored," Sparks said, explaining it's been building since the "harmonic convergence" of 1987.

"People will experience a shift in consciousness," DeGonzales said. "It's got a lot to do with planetary alignment."

Unlike French officials who have closed the Pic de Bugarach mountain to people who think a spaceship will rise out of it, the U.S. Forest Service doesn't plan to close Bell Rock today.

But Heather Provencio, ranger for the Coconino Forest's Red Rock District, said law enforcement officers will be in the Bell Rock parking lot to monitor what's going on.

"If we're going to have 200 people trying to go up Bell Rock, we're going to have safety issues," Provencio said, especially if they stay up there for hours in the cold.

"We've noticed some folks in town that are not usually here," Provencio added. "There was a guy on Dry Creek Road waiting for the mother ship."

Sedona Fire Department Battalion Chief Jayson Coil says local emergency responders have prepared for any incidents today, just like they might prepare for any event that could bring more people to town. He's in charge of the local emergency operations center, and is an operations chief on the Type I national incident management team that led the effort to extinguish the Gladiator wildfire at Crown King this summer.

"The funny part about it is, we do this stuff in Sedona that's not in the playbook," Coil said.

Gersten, an attorney who has spent decades researching UFOs, moved to the Sedona area full-time in 2000.

"When I first saw Bell Rock, I felt I was home," he said. And he's believed since the 1970s that something special will happen today.

He posits people exist in an intelligently designed computer program that has been corrupted by a virus that also has corrupted Earth's air, food and water. By entering the portal to the center of the galaxy, he hopes he can restore balance.

Gersten said he plans to leave his nearby apartment and climb up on top of Bell Rock by 11:11 a.m. Arizona time and stay as late as midnight waiting for the portal.

This isn't the first time people have predicted something out of this world will happen on Bell Rock, which some people believe is one of several energy vortexes in the Sedona area.

During the "harmonic convergence" in 1987, some believed a spaceship would come out of Bell Rock. Approximately 1,650 people came to Sedona for the event, Coil said.

People also thought unique spiritual events would happen there on 11/11/11 and Dec. 31, 1999, he said, but nothing did.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Article comment by: Arizona Flower

The Bible tells us all the signs to watch for concerning the end of this world. No one knows the day or time this will happen but we are given all the signs that will lead up to the end. When a person or people say they know the date and time of the world's end they are lying to you. Only God knows the date and time. We need to be ready spiritually for that day.

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Just Asking

Reality is in the mind of the beholder. Another's reality well may be your idea of idiocy. What is a spider's reality? Certainly not yours or mine. Which reality is actual, the human perception or the spider view?

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: A Cherokee

@Alan Whaitney
Guteaters? I was always told that refered to Mexicans. You know the ones that like tripe or the lining of the cows stomach that is used in menudo.


Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Alan you poem was great but, too bad it didn't happen

Too bad the ship didn't come and pick this guy up and the other dewfs who get all worked up over this kind of stuff. It's the 21st century ... hello.

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Article comment by: jeff thomas

still here guteaters

***

Say, Jeff. What a charming post.

I wonder if the folks at the Courier know the term you used is a slur aimed at Native Americans...


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: jeff thomas

still here guteaters


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Jennifer g

Well there is a ring around the moon.I see it.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Jeff Sho

Looks like be missed the boat! 4:11am Arizona time, not 11:11am. Oops!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: tired of it all

There is a ring around the moon as I write this! Oh no!! What? The moon exploded!!!! Kool aid for everyone who thought the end of the world was tod..............

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

The Vortex

My head was whirling, whirling, whirling
Vortces were swirling, swirling…

My toes they were a-curling, curling,
As I went hurling, hurling, hurling…

In arcane reptile delight
(But I was not to take affright…)

To some dim and distant blending
Of all time, which was a-ending

And my eyes, they felt like lead…
And my soul was wrapped in dread

Hark! Dim messages were said…

The firmament blurred
What’s that ahead?
Paradise? A loaf of bread?

But I awoke in Quartzsite, ‘stead


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Nanoo Nanoo

Since when is it news(front page ) about some Sedona person paddling over the new age waterfall ? Cant wait for the followup story , you know the one where Mr. Gersten couldnt make the climb because ... just after scrambling out of another "Sedona" sweat lodge while preparing for his walk through the portal , he scalded his %@&#'s and tripped into a kennel , suffering a nasty Chihauhua bite on the left hand forcing him to abandon his plans for ascension for another 5,125 yrs .... Bummer .


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: John Stamos

Wow! I can't believe some of the comments on here!

"Trust God, not the mayans!"

Yeah yeah, we get it. Trade in one BS fairytale with "historical fact" for another.

This isn't just a lesson to all those who believed the 2012 mambo jambo, but a lesson to all those still believing in God!

Check your Bible, Koran, & Bhagavad Gita at the door and get a grip on life.

It's too short! Enjoy it! Stop subscribing to a polytheistic lifestyle & start mothering your children.



Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: WELL?? DID HE?

ok so he lied to police- he had plans on actually jumping..... BUT did he do it is the question?? nothing on here and nothing on his facebook for hours now........ he must have disappeared )

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Well, just in case, I probably should drink a cheap 12 pack of some horrible American swill tonight.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: @ Dr. Strangelove

Right on!

This is no worse than believing that a guy in the sky sent himself to earth to sacrifice himself to save people from sins that he created.


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: @ S W

You are exactly right. The 2012 Winter Solstice was to occur at 11:11 UTC. Mountain Standard Time is -7 hours, which means Mr. Gersten should have been on the rock at 4:11 this morning. The Devil is in the details, eh?

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

The Long Count doesn't predict the end of the world. It calculates eons and cycles that seem to have something to do with the evolution of humanity. Many people studying this believe that our "dooms day" was actually October 2011. We've been in a time of rapid, head spinning, accelerated change and maybe that's what this marker is referring to.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Zoned Out

Probably believes in Big Foot too. Oh wait! I just saw Sasquatch frrom the top of Bell Rock. Portal opening up? Maybe, he will fall and his head will open up. LOL No. I don't wish for him to fall.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Beam Me Up Scotty

Observing from our mothership today, we are on the lookout for those who call others fruitcakes, whackos, or the like. We have out of this world scenarios planned to show them how love conquers all and how hope springs eternal. Since we adhere to our non-interference directive, actual awareness of our good tidings however may not be evident to you, until your civilization transcends name calling and we can interact with you on a more direct basis. To those of you hiking up mountains today, we wish you a safe day filled with beautiful vistas and clean mountain air (which is still found more or less at some of the spots of your gorgeous blue and white planet).

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: None Given

Must be an Obama supporter

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Previous Follower

This kind of drama is not unusual for Peter, but I can see a potential for another Heaven's Gate. I think this event should be monitored, maybe for several days.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

Quick! Someone please take the "Make AZ Look Foolish" trophy away from Jan Brewer and give it to this guy!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

Nut cases have been predicting the end of the world all my life. So why is this even news?

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Peaceful journey Peter and may your return be equally trouble free.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Really .

Sedona seems to a Mecca for space cadets.


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