PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Dec. 21, 2012, will be the end of the world and Pittsburgh will be at the center of it as predicted by the Mayans thousands of years ago.

Technically, the Mayans didn’t say it was the end of the world, but their calendar does end on Dec. 21, and strangely enough, there are references in their calendar to a geographical point on Earth where three rivers merge with a fourth river- the center of the universe.

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“Our rivers are part of the ancient Mayan prophetic teachings that show unity,” Vickie Hanchin, a local psychotherapist, said.

Hanchin has become the unofficial spokesperson of the theory that Pittsburgh will be the portal to a new era.

“The three rivers were put in our landscape by the creator to show the promised time of the return of oneness,” Hanchin said,

Many spiritual leaders, including Mayan scholars and even the Dalai Lama, say that the convergence of Pittsburgh’s rivers is in fact that point, making the ‘Burgh one of the most spiritual places on the planet.

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Whatever happens on Dec. 21, it will begin here.

“An alignment is happening in the heavens that is supposed to be supporting us to shift into a higher consciousness,” Hanchin said.

KDKA-AM’s Larry and John talked to Hanchin about the ancient Mayan prophesies and the end of their calendar, which she says is the marking the end of a 26,000-year cycle. On that day, the Point will become a source of healing and enlightenment, ushering in a 1,000 years of peace and love as the universe aligns to be one.

“We’re stewards to a very powerful place that has that message and we should be aware of it,” Hanchin said.

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