The Spiritual Lesson from Dinosaurs: The Chicxulub Impact

Around 65 million years ago an event is believed to have occurred that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. It was called the Chicxulub Impact, which was believed to be the result of an asteroid’s or comet’s superbolide impact (a missile-like fireball of a magnitude 14 to 17 or brighter) with the earth just off what is now the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, 322 km west of Cancun.

The crater is more than 180 km in diameter making the Chicxulub Crater one of the largest confirmed impact structures on Earth. In March of 2010 researchers from the fields of climate modeling, geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, and sedimentology concluded that the impact, or series of impacts, at Chicxulub caused the mass extinctions of dinosaurs between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods.

That must have been quite a fireball! In addition to the massive crater it caused, the impact would also have triggered mega tsunamis, earthquakes, colossal shock waves, and volcanic eruptions, as well as altered the climate for decades.

This kind of historical event lends itself to another kind of impact. And it’s an impact that calls for an open mind and an interest in seeing global events (and all human experiences for that matter) as metaphors for what’s going on in our consciousness. I’m going to offer a spiritual interpretation of that catastrophic event that takes it from external flesh and blood dinosaurs and 65-million-year-old terra cotta event to internal conditions within our own consciousness.

Let’s interpret the Chicxulub Impact as if it occurred inside our heads. For example, suppose the dinosaurs represent ‘jurassic’ assumptions and colossal belief systems that trample our spiritual growth. These beliefs have formed outposts in our thought universe (consciousness) for many years. Suppose the asteroid stands for an extremely powerful spiritual insight which strikes our conscious awareness, transforming our existing beliefs so that all of our previous “prehistoric” assumptions wither in the face of Truth.

We hope you’re already beginning to see the value of such an extraordinary cross-disciplinary focus between the geosciences and spirituality. If you’re open-minded enough, you’ll discover that you can use any external circumstance and event as a metaphor for what’s going on inside your head. After all, consciousness is the ground of all being.

Interestingly, Chicxulub is a Mayan word that roughly translates as “tail of the devil.” Spiritually then, we could say devil refers to thoughts that deny our innate divinity. We can even refer to them as devilish thoughts, intentions, or inclinations. So, the impact of a powerful spiritual truth on a consciousness that denies our innate divinity can totally transform long-standing false assumptions and error beliefs into their higher spiritual essences.

Such a dramatic shift in consciousness is what leads to enlightenment. And it occurs when a series of cumulative impacts (spiritual insights, Divine ideas, acts of kindness and forgiveness, meditation and prayer experiences) or perhaps a singular mystical experience (a Chicxulub moment) cause a watershed moment in a person’s life that is transformative and empowering.

Have you had a Chicxulub moment in your life? Share it  … and what impact it had for you!

About the author: Rev. Dr. Bil Holton is a metaphysician, prolific author, and dynamic speaker. Learn more by visiting him at

About Cher & Bil Holton

Since 1984, Cher & Bil Holton have been co-owners of The Holton Consulting Group, Inc., helping corporate and association clients enhance bottom-line results using cutting edge employee engagement. Their keynote speeches, turbo-training, and coaching sessions are practical, grounded in research, and lots of fun to boot! They are prolific authors, and take "Indiana Jones" vacations to continually stretch their limits!
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