The Prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle

The Dawning Age of Intuition and Spirit

From Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (page 209) by John Perkins:

Nearly every culture I know prophesies that in the late 1990's we entered a period of

remarkable transition. At monasteries in the Himalayas, ceremonial sites in

Indonesia, and indigenous reservations in North America, from the depths of the

Amazon to the peaks of the Andes, and into the ancient Mayan cities of Central

America, I have heard that ours is a special moment in human history, and that each

of us was born at this time because we have a mission to accomplish.

The titles and the words of the prophecies differ slightly. They tell variously of a New

Age, the Third Millennium, the Age of Aquarius, the Beginning of the Fifth Sun, or the

end of old calendars and the commencement of new ones. Despite the varying

terminologies, however, they have a great deal in common, and “The Prophecy of

the Condor and Eagle” is typical.

It states that back in the mists of history, human societies divided and took different

paths: that of the condor (representing the heart, intuitive and mystical) and that of

the eagle (representing the brain, rational and material). In the 1490's, the prophecy

said, the two paths would converge and the eagle would drive the condor to the

verge of extinction. Then, five hundred years later, in the 1990's a new epoch would

begin, one in which the condor and the eagle will have the opportunity to reunite ad

fly together in the same sky, along the same path. If the condor and eagle accept

this opportunity, they will create a most remarkable offspring, unlike any seen


“The Prophecy of the Condor and Eagle” can be taken at many levels — the standard

interpretation is that it foretells the sharing of indigenous knowledge with the

technologies of science, the balancing of yin and yang, and the bridging of northern

and southern cultures. However, most powerful is the message it offers about

consciousness; it says the we have entered a time when we can benefit from the

many diverse was of seeing ourselves and the world, and that we can use these as a

springboard to higher levels of awareness. As human beings we can truly wake up

and evolve into a more conscious species.

I do not believe there is intelligent direction of the universe or that we were “born at

this time because we have a mission to accomplish.” But there are patterns in the

evolution of culture that intuitive people can recognize. When similar prophetic

visions occur independently in many cultures, they should be taken seriously.

However, specific interpretations of these visions should always be treated with a

healthy dose of skepticism.

Here is my take on this prophecy. Western Culture, since the middle ages, has been

increasingly dominated by intellect at the expense of other dimensions of the human

psyche. This one sided development of reason created modern science and

technology through which Western culture has dominated the planet. Reason is a

very powerful but also very limited tool. Inevitably it seeks over simplistic models in

domains that are too complex for a rational model.

In large part, my thinking follows Carl Jung's Psychological Types. Jung saw the

human psyche organized around two pairs of opposing functions: thinking versus

feeling and intuition versus sensation. The first pair represent rational functions.

Thinking organizes material from an objective standpoint as an engineer might.

Feeling organizes material from the standpoint of what is important to ones well

being as a mother protecting her children might. Since these represent different

rational ways of organizing the same material it is difficult to develop both of these


The irrational opposites are similarly difficult to develop together. They are both

pattern recognition processes. Sensation looks for patterns in what is present here

and now. Intuition looks for the patterns that explain what lead to the current state

of affairs and how the situation may evolve over time. Sensation types cannot see

the forest for the trees. Intuitive types are well aware of the forest as they crash into

the tree in front of them.

At this stage in history the natural next step is the development of intuition.

Developing feeling, the opposite function to dominant thinking, is too difficult.

Intuition and not sensation has the potential to offset the over simplistic views that is

a fundamental weakness of intellect.

Of course both intuition and intellect have been essential to the development of

science and technology. However intellect has remained in the driving role. Academia

is focused on developing intellect; Intuition is seen as an almost magical force that

just happens without systematic development. Ancient systems of developing

intuition like astrology, tarot, and the I Ching remain steeped and superstition and

no modern replacements have evolved.

Intellect's dominance cannot be overthrown externally. Instead it bears the seeds of

its own waning influence. This is starting to happen at many levels. As intellect

solves more of the problems that it is capable of dealing with, it expands the scope

and importance of problems that are beyond it. For example the enormous

improvements of productivity that technology has created are beginning to be a

problem. Instead of leading to better lives for everyone, they are concentrating

wealth into ever fewer hands, while earning a decent living is becoming more difficult

for the vast majority. Simplistic laissez-faire capitalism exasperates the problem. A

far more subtle and complex understanding is required. This can only be done

through open minded experimentation using both intellect and intuition to design

and interpret the experiments.

Intellect seeks the solution, the correct answer the true path. The ultimate

achievement of intellect is mathematics. This is a pure product of reason unsullied by

the ambiguity and complexity of the real world: Yet is in precisely this purest of

intellectual products that the limitations of reason become most apparent. It has

been proven with mathematical certainty that there can be no single path approach

to discovering all mathematical truth. This can only be accomplished with a divergent

process that, over time, follows an ever increasing number of paths. This result is

known as Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem.

I see this prophecy as foretelling the rise of intuition and the beginning of a

reconnection with ancient wisdom that does not fit into a narrow intellectual

framework. But this must not and cannot be abandonment or a renunciation of the

achievements of intellect. It must be a union of the two that creates something

different than and beyond what exists today.

I have spent a good part of my life thinking about these issues. One result is the

book: What is and what will be.

Paul Budnik

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