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Since the inception of Share International magazine, Benjamin Creme’s Master has provided articles to be published not only at the time they were written, but also whenever appropriate according to world circumstances. Indeed, many of these articles seem more relevant now than when they were first published.
by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme
When men eventually take stock of their present situation they must surely admit that all is not well for humanity. Political, economic, social, environmental conditions are filled with problems which test the resources of all the countries to the limit. Even those countries which seem to be economically dominant at the present time have problems which deny them the ease their wealth implies. What is preventing the nations from achieving a degree of balance and well-being? Why do even old, rich and experienced nations plunge suddenly into chaos and strife? Why the pain and struggle for so many; what prevents a greater sense, and expression of unity?
The answers to these questions are many and varied, but the single inclusive factor is the time, the moment in this Earth’s history, in which they are being asked.
This time is like none other in the history of the world. The changes taking place are momentous, beyond human comprehension, and will alter life, as we now know it, profoundly and for ever.
On every plane these changes are taking place, some slowly, even in the very fabric of the Earth’s crust; others in a growing momentum which challenges men’s capacity for correct response.
Useless, in this context, are the tired ideas of backward-looking politicians, steeped in the glamours of position and power. Today, it is the people who are ahead of their leaders, and are voicing aloud their understanding and needs. In country after country, the voice of the people is becoming more focused and distinct. Millions are now educated and sure of their needs: peace, work and hope for their future. A growing sense of unity, too, is beginning to inform their expectations and demands. They know they are not alone in the world but have millions of brothers and sisters everywhere, with the same problems and needs. In this way, even if unaware of His presence and teachings, they are responding to Maitreya’s energy and influence, and building the framework of the future.
[This article from Share International magazine, March 2018, is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, was in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]
Q. You talked about the Law of Cause and Effect or Karma. But on a day-to-day basis how can we live within the Law of Karma?
A. This is a momentous, simple law which governs correctly and sanely everything that happens. Every thought is the progenitor of all that happens to us in life. We are in charge of it – in so far as we have consciousness of it. So you can see the need for harmlessness in every aspect of our lives. And that is what our evolution is about. It is about the attaining of harmlessness. This is behind the statement by Jesus when one of his followers took out his sword and cut off the ear of one of the men who had come to arrest him. Jesus said “Put up your sword. Those who live by the sword will perish by the sword.” This is literally true.
Q. What do you think Jesus meant by saying “Turn the other cheek”?
A. When Jesus said “Turn the other cheek” he meant it! He meant exactly that. The only way to function without harm is, if harm is done to you, instead of returning the harm in tit-for-tat fashion – like the old law of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth – turn the other cheek, says Jesus; and in that way you obey the law of life. Who told Jesus that? How did he know it? What gave Him the power or authority to say such a colossal far-reaching statement? Curiously enough, it was Maitreya.
Q. I’ve heard you mention plants that are on the edge of the plant kingdom almost being part of another kingdom. I don’t understand this at all.
A. As you know each kingdom grows out of the kingdom below it; the animal kingdom evolves from the vegetable kingdom. Now, we know there are strange plants that are not like other plants. They don’t grow in the normal way. They live, sustain themselves and get their nourishment by eating insects. That sort of thing happens at the edge of every kingdom. At the edge of the mineral kingdom there are stones which are unlike all other stones or rocks. They aren’t dead or static. They are radioactive. And that radioactivity is what takes the mineral kingdom into the next kingdom – the vegetable kingdom. ‘Radioactivity’ is par excellence the method of demonstration of itself used by the vegetable kingdom: hence the flowers, the radiation of colour, perfume – those are all examples of radiation. The plants which eat animals signal the coming of the next kingdom, the animal kingdom, and out of that kingdom the human kingdom grew. We are not animals but we owe our physical bodies to the animal kingdom. After millions of years of refinement from the animal stage was developed animal man. When that creature had reached a certain stage of sufficient refinement, when that point was reached of half-animal and half-man, then the energy of mind could be brought to bear on man and human evolution proceeded from that time. That information was given by the Masters Who keep and write the history of the evolution of various kingdoms.
That history started 18 and-a-half-million years ago, so humanity has been 18 and a half million years on its evolutionary journey, refining and refining the physical vehicle until they developed into Neanderthal man or early type of man; but at the same time, true men lived everywhere in the world at the same time. And we are part of that. Now the human kingdom is evolving, reaching higher and higher on the scale of evolution and some of them have reached a point beyond the purely human evolution and become ‘supermen’, Masters. If you’ve read Thus Spake Zarathustra [Nietzsche] you get an idea of the evolution of man and the five planetary initiations which all the Masters have passed through and become supermen. They have become Gods.
If you listen to Maitreya’s messages you will note that He says “You are Gods”; every human being is a potential god. The Masters have achieved that level of divinity.
Q. In the US some states have the death penalty; what does the Spiritual Hierarchy think of capital punishment as part of justice?
A. To Americans justice is about the judicial system; it’s about vengeance. That is why hundreds of people die every year, or you could say are ‘murdered’ by the State authorities for having committed a life crime; they’ve killed people so the law, ‘justice’, demands that they die themselves and so hundreds of people are killed ‘lawfully’ every year in America so that justice is seen to be done. But that’s the old way. The Jewish Jehovah demands “an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth”. That they see as justice. That is the way of the past. Jesus came to bring a new view of divinity, that which stood back of everything, not demanding vengeance. His was a God of forgiveness, of newness, of replenishment.
Q. There is a sentence in the Great Invocation which members of our Transmission Meditation group would like to change: “May Christ return to earth”; since we come from different backgrounds we would like to change it. For example: “May the Master Maitreya come back”, or “May Master Maitreya come back to earth”. What do you think about it? [We reprint this in response to recent questions about the Great Invocation.]
A. This is important. Many groups use the Great Invocation, and all the Transmission Meditation groups around the world use it. It is a prayer – or mantram or invocation – given to the world to allow humanity to invoke from Hierarchy the energies of the Buddha, the Christ, and Shamballa. It was given by Hierarchy in language that we can understand and use. And my advice is that not one word of it should be changed because it is written in a mantric form which by the very sounding of it has the ability to invoke the energies from Hierarchy. And if you change it you diminish the invocative effect of the mantram. There is not one single day when Maitreya does not use that mantram. He does not use it in this form; He uses a form which is just seven sacred mystic phrases in an ancient tongue, older than any known on Earth. So my advice is to leave it as it is. It was created by Hierarchy; nothing we could do to it would improve it.
When it says “May Christ return to Earth”, it doesn’t mean only the Christ. It also refers to the Hierarchy of Masters Who are coming into the world with Maitreya, the Christ. It is not the whole Hierarchy but about two-thirds of the Masters connected with the human evolution.
Share International has a very large reserve of ‘Letters to the Editor’ which have been processed over the years and confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master to be genuine encounters with Masters, or a ‘spokesperson’, but which have not yet been published.
Other letters are new. While we cannot confirm or indicate if a Master is involved, the experience may be such that it ‘speaks for itself’ in providing hope, inspiration and comfort.
Three letters from the same person:
(1) Early in December 2017, I attended a course in an old mansion in the heart of Amsterdam and when the break came I went downstairs to help serve coffee. It was full of people attending all sorts of courses but there was almost no one in the corridor, except for a woman with a dog. I started walking down the long steep flight of stairs when my heel must have caught on something. Because of the speed at which I began to fall I had to let go of the banister. And, as if I was diving from a high diving board, I hurtled downwards, head first. As I fell, so much went through my mind: ‘What can I do to save myself?’ I even imagined ending up in a wheelchair and instantly determined I wouldn’t need it for long!
After that it’s a blank, but then I opened my eyes: I was lying on the stone floor a short distance from the last stair, as if I’d been placed there, in the ‘recovery position’ – on my side, knees bent and my hands under my head. My handbag was placed near the wall. I looked up at the stairs and this thought entered my mind: “How much time do you still have to finish what you plan to do?” My heart was thumping like a galloping horse and because of the love I felt surrounding me I couldn’t hold back my tears.
A man approached me, he had heard a little ‘bump’. “You were out of it for a second, weren’t you?” he said and then added, “You must have been saved, because you wouldn’t be here otherwise.”
After I had gathered myself, I decided to leave my bicycle locked up there, and went home. When I got to the ‘Skinny Bridge’ [a well-known old Amsterdam landmark] over the Amstel River, I looked at the city through my tear-filled eyes pondering everything that I’d just experienced. I went on shivering for days after that. By the way, although I was bruised not one single bone had been broken.
(2) At the beginning of December 2017, I was cycling home after Transmission Meditation at the Information Centre in Amsterdam. A friendly man of possibly Surinamese descent came and cycled next to me. We had a friendly chat as we cycled along. At times, because other cyclists needed to pass us, he cycled behind me. When I got to a place where I needed to turn off into another road, he said with great emphasis: “Madam, will you please be very careful.” He continued on his way but after about 10 metres he turned round and waved to me.
(3) On 18 January 2018 a hurricane hit the Netherlands. There were public warnings via the media to warn people against going out. Despite the weather warnings I really wanted to buy a sketchbook and thought, I’d risk it. As I entered the road where the Okura Hotel is [in Amsterdam], I noticed the huge old oak trees bending in the high winds and thought “I hope one doesn’t fall!’ As I passed the hotel I had to really hold onto the wall to avoid getting blown away. On the corner was an office with a door that opened automatically so I went in to shelter from the storm. A man who had also just arrived suggested I go and sit down. Just at that moment we heard a huge crash; one of the giant oak trees had snapped and fallen – one of the trees I’d just walked under! It had crashed onto the car of the man who’d just come in; he’d parked it there only moments before. When the storm calmed down a bit I finally got to the shop, still shaking, only to find the sketchpad I wanted was sold out.
Name and address withheld, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Two letters from the same person:
I want to recount two experiences which happened to me a long time ago which could have been to do with Maitreya and the Master Jesus.
(1) On 29 June 2002 I was in Bordeaux, sitting at a terrace of a café in a commercial street. I was quietly sitting sipping a drink, when a very lively man between about 45 to 55 years old, slim and tall, with poor clothes, approached and asked my friend for money to buy paper to roll a cigarette. Surprisingly she refused. He was going to leave when I offered him some change found at the bottom of my purse. He thanked me profusely with such fervour that I was embarrassed. We could not understand such an attitude. He left. Perhaps a half hour later he reappeared as if by magic. I had the distinct impression of having seen him appear walking in front of the terrace, passing through an invisible door that allowed him to come and go from one world to another. Something had changed. I looked at his deep blue eyes. He thanked me once again, again so respectfully that I was embarrassed once more. He asked me some questions then left.
Gift of happiness
(2) In September 2002, a Friday, in the bus which was taking me home, a West Indian woman of some 60 years accompanied by her husband came to sit beside me. At once she engaged me in conversation about religion. Protestant convert and convinced, she wanted to know why I was a Buddhist sympathiser. She possessed a great faith, which could appear intransigent in some eyes. Suddenly the discussion was transformed in a joyful atmosphere and I confess I felt well by their side.
Often when she appeared to be excessive and passionate in her interpretations I began to laugh and she laughed too. I left her wishing her a good day.
The following week, also on a Friday, I saw her in the bus, far off, with her husband.
The following week, Friday, she again sat next to me and the conversation took up again. However something had changed. It seemed I was more sensitive to her vibration, which emanated from her. We talked again and this time curiously without even mentioning my concerns to do with spiritual things, in her monologue she answered precisely the questions I posed and naturally this made me very happy. I had the real impression that I had received an inestimable ‘gift’.
Y.D.M., Paris, France.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirmed that the first beggar was Maitreya and the second couple were Maitreya and the Master Jesus.)
As a member of the Seattle Transmission Meditation group I deliver videotapes to our public access cable television station for ongoing weekly shows. On Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2000, I received a phone call from a man who had called the television station after viewing the ‘Crosses of Light’ programme…. His name was Lenny Fernandez. This is his story in my words.
During neighbourhood clean-up Lenny came across a discarded painting of the ‘Last Supper’ which he took home and hung on his dining room wall. He mentioned having several profound spiritual experiences during which he was “filled with the Holy Spirit”. He had been hearing stories of the ‘Second Coming’ and miracles happening around the world. Lenny described having a vision of the ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’ with His Hand raised, with two fingers pointing upwards. He said he was told the two fingers signified Jesus would come again in 2000. Toward the end of January  Lenny prayed asking Jesus to give him a sign if the ‘Second Coming’ in 2000 were true.
On 1 February Lenny and his wife Aida heard music from their dining room. At first, they thought it was from a radio or tape player, but then it seemed to come from the painting. Aida said when the music played she could often see an angel playing the music. The music began to play every morning at 8.30am for two to three minutes. They removed the frame from the painting, searching for a hidden recording device. They found nothing. Lenny began to record the morning music and played the tape at several music stores trying to find out about the instrument and the melody.
He mailed me a copy of the tape and a photo of the ‘Last Supper’. Then he called to tell me they had moved the painting into the living room, but the music continued to originate from the same area in the dining room. So, they returned the painting to the dining room.
On Saturday 19 February, my husband Eric and I drove to the Fernandez home, arriving at 8.15am. Their home was filled with religious icons, pictures and statues of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, saints, angels, and bookshelves filled with books about Saint Teresa, Padre Pio, etc. They also had a very small dog with a very loud bark. We sat at their dining room table and gave them some information about the Emergence, and began to get acquainted. Against one wall was a sideboard with a family altar with candles burning. Close to 8.30 we became silent (even the dog). Lenny prepared the tape recorder, checked his watch and said: “They’re late this morning.” Then, from somewhere in front of the painting the music began.
It was some kind of a reed instrument playing the same melody over and over. I felt heat on the top of my head and I experienced a feeling of love filling the room, and tears came to my eyes. As abruptly as it began, the music ceased. We remained in a peaceful state for about five minutes. Lenny said now we were with the Holy Spirit.
Eric and I were the only people who had come to hear the music. Lenny told me I could invite family and friends to come and listen. We made arrangements for other members of our group, but prior to their visit Lenny called. He said the music stopped after playing for 33 days.
Recently, he called to tell me he had sent copies of the tape to friends and family members in the Philippines and New Zealand. He was receiving reports that people were being healed after listening to the music.
I told Lenny I knew a man in London who might be able to answer his questions. He gave me his permission to tell Benjamin Creme his story and to send him a tape. He would like to know what was the instrument? What kind of music was being played? Where was it coming from?
I have played the tape to friends and family. We all have tried to figure it out. Among our guesses are: a simple reed instrument and folk melody.
I am grateful for meeting these wonderful people and hearing this music. A most unusual Valentine gift.
Marie Guise, Seattle, WA, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’ s Master confirmed that it was Jewish folk music from the time of Jesus.)
Recent headlines claimed that Pope Francis had suggested changing some of the wording of the Lord’s Prayer. Given the ancient traditions and the strength of dogma within the Catholic Church, that would have been revolutionary if accurate. However, the facts are slightly different although no less telling for that.
It was in fact the French Catholic authorities who decided to change the wording of one particular phrase in the Pater Noster claiming that the previously used sentence did not make good theological sense. In the modern French version of Notre Père, produced in 1966, the sixth request to God, rendered in the King James Version as “Lead us not into temptation”, was “Do not submit us to temptation” (Ne nous soumets pas à la tentation). The new version, agreed by the French bishops reads “Do not let us enter into temptation” (Ne nous laisse pas entrer en tentation). The new translation of the Latin ne nos inducas in tentationem has also been approved by French-language Protestant churches. It was introduced and used in all Catholic churches in France from 3 December 2017, the first Sunday in Advent.
Pope Francis was asked his opinion on this revolutionary move in an interview: his answer was entirely supportive of the new wording. His suggestion is to use “do not let us fall into temptation” instead. “Do not let me fall into temptation because it is I who fall, it is not God who throws me into temptation and then sees how I fell,” he told TV2000, an Italian Catholic TV channel. A father would immediately lift his children out of temptation, said the Pontiff. (Source: catholicherald.co.uk)
Share International readers may be interested to know that many years ago, possibly even 20 years ago, a conversation with Benjamin Creme (BC) about the use and wording of the Lord’s Prayer led to BC indicating that the prayer in English could be changed as follows: instead of ‘lead us not into temptation’ a possible alternative could be: ‘Leave us not in temptation’.
Since the beginning of his Papacy, Pope Francis has not shied away from controversy and has tackled many problems head-on, which has earned him the respect of reformers everywhere and the deep hostility of conservative forces within the Church and in the wider world.
With every issue he addresses, the Pope raises the questions humanity should surely be asking, particularly in the current climate of tension created by extreme polarization: What is humanity up against? What forces are at play in our world at present?
Issues on which the Pontiff has spoken out include corruption, which he says is at the heart of power and a ‘culture of death’. His exhortation in February 2018 expressed in a video message is: “Say ‘No’ to corruption”. What is at the root of slavery, unemployment, and disregard for nature and goods held in common? Corruption, a process of death that feeds the culture of death. Because the thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. Corruption is not countered with silence. We must speak about it, denounce its evils, and try to understand it so as to show our resolve to make mercy reign over meanness, beauty over nothingness. Let us pray that those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.”
The Pontiff also focused on ‘fake news’: “Fake news often goes viral, spreading so fast that it is hard to stop, not because of the sense of sharing that inspires the social media, but because it appeals to the insatiable greed so easily aroused in human beings. The economic and manipulative aims that feed disinformation are rooted in a thirst for power, a desire to possess and enjoy, which ultimately makes us victims of something much more tragic: the deceptive power of evil that moves from one lie to another in order to rob us of our inner freedom. That is why education for truth means teaching people how to discern, evaluate and understand our deepest desires and inclinations, lest we lose sight of what is good and yield to every temptation.” (Source: vaticannews.va)
And to the delegates gathered in Davos at the 2018 World Economic Forum, Pope Francis had this to say: “The recurring financial instabilities have brought new problems and serious challenges that governments must confront, such as the growth of unemployment, the increase in various forms of poverty, the widening of socio-economic gaps and new forms of slavery, often rooted in situations of conflict, migration and various social problems.” He urged delegates to see the “moral imperative” to create inclusive conditions that benefit the good of society as opposed to the self-centred individualism of today. “We cannot remain silent in the face of the suffering of millions of people whose dignity is wounded, nor can we continue to move forward as if the spread of poverty and injustice had no cause.”
The Pontiff also called on world leaders to act on behalf of the planet: “Now is the time to take courage and bold steps for our beloved planet. This is the right moment to put into action our responsibility to contribute to the development of humanity.” (Source: catholicnewsagency.com)
Beads of sweat have been miraculously emerging from the forehead of an image of Jesus in a Sri Lankan church. The droplets have been flowing from the picture since October 2017, according to Rev Fr Sanjeev Mendis, the parish priest of St Anne’s Church in the city of Wattala, where the miracle is occurring. Catholic priests returning from India 12 years ago had distributed several copies of the picture to Catholics in the Wattala area. The droplets began flowing on one of the pictures, kept in the house of Niromi Amarasinghe. The picture was then brought to the church after the miraculous occurrence continued, and crowds have been flocking to St Anne’s to view it. When she first witnessed the droplets coming from the forehead of the picture, Amarasinghe said: “I could not believe my eyes when I was praying before the image. It was miraculous. My faith in the Lord has deepened…. We had family problems and they all gradually settled when the miracle started to occur. Ever since I have experienced some strange feelings which are hard to explain. I feel that Christ is alive,” she said. A witness, Shirani Nirmala, said it was a symbol to signify that Jesus Christ was dwelling among us. Another witness Mrs Pinto said: “If we understand the reality that Jesus is asking us to change our lives, we will be able to experience a genuine transformation within us and through the grace of God.” (Source: dailymirror.lk)
On 10 January 2018, a live camera on the International Space Station recorded a glowing object in the distance that changed shape and colours. (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com; YouTube: Of Sound Mind And Body)
NASA – On 19 January 2018, NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory photographed a huge structured object near the sun. (Source: sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov. YouTube: TheWatcher252)
Brazil – On 28 November 2017, a witness in Santos, Brazil, filmed an object in the sky with multiple lights that hovered over the city, moved side to side, then flew off at incredible speed. (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com; YouTube: mavi 777)
USA – On 12 January 2018, a witness near Orlando, Florida, photographed a flying disk-shaped object that appeared to have a rectangular window. (Source: exopolitics.org)
USA – On 13 January 2018, three witnesses in Yorba Linda, California, observed a large, bright, flashing orb-like object in the night sky. One of the witnesses took a video of the object, and said that it “hovered like a helicopter…. but was too low, shiny and bright”. After a few minutes it “went out”, the witness reported. (Source: mufon.com)
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘The new rhythm’. The quotations are taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks Volumes One and Two), and Benjamin Creme’s writings. (Abridged version)
Many there are now in every corner of the world who sense that I am here; who study events and draw conclusions; who see the changes which daily mount in potency, and read the signs manifest in the world. But many still are blind to the reality of My Presence among you, and this state would I gladly have you remedy. Teach your brothers the truth of My Coming, the truth of My Departure so long ago, and the Promise which I now bring. (Maitreya, from Message No.56)
“The deepest dark is just before the dawn” goes the old adage, and thus it is today for men. Amid the chaos and fear, the perplexity and pain, We see the resolution and the end of conflict, the glow of the light which will awaken men to the promise of the future. All works under Law and a new state of equilibrium is being created by Us. Appearances notwithstanding, a new rhythm asserts itself and will bring into balance this discordant world. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Maitreya hastens to emerge’)
The energy we call goodwill is one of the most potent factors in changing world conditions. It is the highest aspect of the energy we call love which mankind is, generally, able to express. When it is made dynamic by the first aspect, the Will aspect, the Will-to-Good, it becomes a tremendous dynamic energy, and it is now changing the world. It is the goodwill of ordinary men and women everywhere which will change the world. They will lead their leaders into the new age. See yourself as a dynamic unit of goodwill in the world. Work with others. Join groups and work with others along these lines. The new world has to be made by man himself. Take part in the work of transforming the world. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
The time is short indeed when you will see Me. Make best use of this little time to tell your brothers of My Presence. There is naught that you could do more valuable than this. Hope rises, My friends. Hope is in your midst. A new Light dawns in the world, and mankind shall know Joy. (Maitreya, from Message No.112)
Communications have set before humanity the wherewithal of quickened evolution, and everywhere there are the signs of ferment and transformation. The blueprint of the future is descending, and the sensitive minds of the race are responding to the new vision. Never before, in the history of the world, has such an opportunity as now exists been presented to men. From the chaos of the past can order be created; into the darkest ignorance can new light shine. Together, for the first time as brothers, can men establish the rule of divine law, and enter into right relation with their Source. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The future’)
Many are the changes which result from My Presence among you. Many are the events which now unfold. Watch carefully, My friends, and read the signs. My Hosts expand. My Army grows in strength. My warriors stand ready for the fray, and My Generals take horse. In this way, My brothers and sisters, all is being made ready. My plan is being fulfilled. My Love kindles a new aspect in man, and the New Light dawns. My Promise is this: soon for yourselves you will see a changing world, a world which alters before your eyes. The old gives way to the new, and man stands on the threshold of Truth. (Maitreya, from Message No.117)
He will quicken the aspiration and focus the will of men everywhere to see justice done. Thus will He unite all those who seek the establishment of better forms through which the divinity of man can be expressed; and from that multitude will rise a cry unlike aught heard before on this Earth, a cry for justice and truth, freedom and peace….
Can you not feel the new rhythm which is entering your lives? Who can ignore the new impulse which quickens men to action? All will be remade, and soon the darkness will give way to revealing light. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The future beckons’)
Of course, there is always good at the end of every age. The achievements of the age, the aspirations of the millions, the readiness to share, the aid agencies, organizations like the United Nations and the various international groupings which, behind the scenes, unite people with people and give a sense of internationalism and co-operation, will be maintained and will grow; they can only flourish in the new situation. But those which stand in the way, those narrow, nationalistic structures based on competition, market forces and greed, will find it impossible to stand against the “onslaught of the new”, the ideas of the new time. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
We are about to enter an era in which the innate spiritual nature of humanity will begin to express itself in a mass form. Countless millions throughout the world will awaken to the true purpose of their lives. A deeper, more soundly-based attitude to life will develop and people will recognize themselves as souls – souls in incarnation. They will come to understand the purpose of their incarnation, and, more and more, they will take a conscious part in their own evolution, creating modes of freedom and justice which this world has never before seen. Freedom and justice, and therefore peace, will allow the divine, spiritual aspect of humanity to come to the fore and be given expression, not only as a religious experience, but in every department of life. In politics, economics and education, in art and science, the inner awareness of our spiritual nature will increasingly be demonstrated. This will allow the discovery of a science, and the control over the forces of nature, which will give humanity unlimited power over its environment. All of this awaits us as we enter the new cycle. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
When will you add your weight to the wheel, My friends, My brothers and sisters? Each one counts, however small and frail. Spread abroad the fact that I am here, and bring to your work the force of My Love. Let Me work through you and by you in creating the pool of Hope which will uplift and sustain this world. Together let us work, My friends. Together let us remake the old in the glowing raiments of the new. (Maitreya, from Message No.122)
The people, however, are awakening; a different drum is beating a new rhythm and the peoples respond. In almost every country men are sensing a new light, a quickening thought, a rising hope. Freedom, Justice and Peace are beginning to be felt as nearer, more real, more possible of attainment than ever before. Global communications are giving men a new sense of themselves as one humanity. This new awareness is not complete or perfect, to be sure, but We see clearly the beginning of a new and hopeful trend in this direction. This, indeed, gladdens Our hearts and betokens correct response to the energies of the New Time. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The people awaken’)
Maitreya’s coming is about world change: change in our understanding of the needs of the planet, the ecological balance; the change in our economic systems so that all people are fed and cared for properly; change in relationships between people everywhere. The true understanding that humanity is one will show the absolute necessity for this profound transformation. It is the making of a new world. (Benjamin Creme, The Awakening of Humanity)
Many now in the world accept the need for change, accept that Sharing and Justice are fundamental to man’s progress. This realization itself will change your world. Many there are, however, who forget that man is a God, that in all men sits this Divine Being, and who would deny this truth. Make known, My friends, where you stand in this matter and show your light in the world. I need all those in whom the Light of Truth shines brightly. I call on you. I call you to My side. Come with Me, My friends, and blaze a path of Light into the future. (Maitreya, from Message No.115)
by Phyllis Power
All things issue from it; all things return to it.”
Charles Eisenstein is an unusual activist since he is as interested in inner individual processes as in the outer world. Most people are one or the other: either offering the notion that if we change ourselves, our own consciousness, we can change the world; or, assuming that if the world is changed – for example, by the ending of poverty – then human beings will also be transformed and become the ‘better’, more creative people they have the potential to be. Clearly both of these approaches are right and we need both, but of those advocating change most favour one or the other.
In a recent piece Non-doing: The Space between the Old and the New, Eisenstein immediately establishes the connection between the individual and society: “Before they are able to enter a new story, most people – and probably most societies as well – must first navigate the passage out of the old.” He describes what anthropologists call a ‘liminal space’ (from the Latin meaning ‘threshold’), between the old and the new, often associated with rituals of initiation, or the process after death. A liminal space is the time between the “what was” and the “next”. It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing, where all transformation takes place; an empty space, in which, as Eisenstein puts it, “the lessons and learnings of the old story are integrated”. He continues: “Then, there is nothing.… Returning to the space between stories, we can choose from freedom and not from habit.”
Eisenstein prefers to draw on the Tao Te Ching*, the concept of the Tao – which is impossible to define; it is everything and nothing, the fundamental state of being and not being, the source that lies behind the emergence of all life. In his own translation of a part of the Tao Te Ching, he points to the “stillness” of the time between the old and new “story”, a stillness that can be contacted through the Taoist principle of “non-doing”, or “nonforcing” as Eisenstein prefers it, when the new can emerge, both as a new story and as a reborn person. We might also think of this as a state of meditation.
For the individual it is relatively easy (although, still hard, of course) to achieve a state of “nonforcing” and an acceptance of an emptiness – giving up on the past, on old previously-sustaining narratives that sustain no longer, after change has forced its way into a life. Eisenstein describes how, for himself, seeking a conclusion to a book he is writing, he gives up “trying”, and without an “agenda” just allows his mind to meander at will – and “the conclusion rose, unbidden”. Illness or bereavement can evoke the same experience of emptiness and waiting.
Eisenstein moves on to the person in society facing life-change and disruption on all fronts: “the challenge in our culture is to allow yourself to be in that space, to trust that the next story will emerge when the time in between has ended”, to trust in “the resting place we return to when the old story falls apart”. And now, from the individual in society, he moves to civilization as a whole, looking forward to the time in which “when we collectively enter the space between stories, we can reach new potentials”. However, he acknowledges: “Civilization is not quite there yet,” and that “most people still tacitly believe that most solutions will work.” He ironically writes: “A new president is elected … an uptick in the economy proclaimed, and hope springs anew. Maybe things will go back to normal.… Today it is still possible, without too strenuous an effort of denial or pretense, to imagine that we are just in a rough patch. We can get through it.” But, he adds, as we begin to realize that the past cannot be retrieved, both the individual and society as a whole is “depressed”. Without confidence that the old ways will do for the future, for example, “money, the instrument of our collective will, stagnates”. (In the esoteric teachings money is known to be an ‘energy’, and it is fitting that it too expresses and enacts our collective inability to continue to move forward.)
The UK’s negotiations and the domestic conflict and arguments about ‘Brexit’, leaving the European Economic Community, seem to typify Eisenstein’s description of frantic and erratic movement and action to little purpose. The UK is perceived as not knowing where or how it is to proceed. Although politically apparently impossible, a pause, a moment of “nonforcing”, would seem entirely appropriate.
Overall Eisenstein’s idea of waiting, of “doing nothing”, may not seem applicable to the whole world, where the old and the new are daily battling it out; one of Share International’s functions is to update its readers on the many signs of the new times that can be seen in all spheres throughout the world, while the old ways and structures are desperately being clung to. And those who see the necessity for change must continue to work and fight for our sad planet and society; they see no space for a pause. However Eisenstein points to a possible “economic paralysis” as the trigger for a stop to business as usual, for society collectively to take stock of where we are and to wait for what might emerge. And at this time, new serious financial collapse seems increasingly likely.
A pause, an acceptance of not knowing, of seeing the old world collapse and the new emerge, at least symbolically feels right and necessary. Perhaps the idea of the Day of Declaration is a symbol of that moment:
“Suddenly, men will realize that their life till now was a shallow thing, lacking, for the majority, all that makes life dear: brotherhood and justice, creativeness and love.… Quietly, men’s tears will flow in humble gratitude and longing for the good. From that time forwards, a new spirit of sanctity will prevail upon the Earth; men will walk on tiptoe for a time”**. Then we will reawaken to know that we as individuals, and the world we live in, can and will be changed forever.
* Lao-Tzu (570-490 BC), the presumed author, was 4.2 degrees initiate. See ‘List of Initiates’ in Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three, 1997, 2010.
** From ‘To serve anew’, by Benjamin Creme’s Master, A Master Speaks (Vol 1), 2004.
Source: ‘Non-doing: The Space between the Old and the New’, by Charles Eisenstein was first printed in upliftconnect.com.
Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey, Stephen Mitchell, 1999.
by Sabina Qureshi
Suzanne Simard, forest ecologist at the University of British Columbia, and her colleagues have made a major discovery: trees and plants really do communicate and interact with each other. She discovered an underground web of fungi connecting the trees and plants of an ecosystem. This symbiosis enables the purposeful sharing of resources, consequently helping the whole system of trees and plants to flourish.
Simard was led to the discovery by the observation of webs of bright white and yellow fungal threads in the forest floor. Many of these fungi were mycorrhizal. The primary role of mycorrhizas is the transfer of mineral nutrients from fungus to plant. In most cases there also is substantial transfer of metabolites from the plant to fungus.
Simard and her team discovered there was a beneficial, symbiotic relationship between these mycorrhizal fungi and the tree roots in the forest. Microscopic experimentation revealed that the fungi actually moves carbon, water and nutrients between trees, depending upon their needs. “The big trees were subsidizing the young ones through the fungal networks. Without this helping hand, most of the seedlings wouldn’t make it,” says Suzanne Simard.
Mycorrhizal fungal networks have allowed scientists to understand the social networks formed by trees underground. This complex mass of interactions between trees and their microbial counterparts underneath the soil, a type of collaborative society, is now known as the ‘Wood Wide Web’.
Despite the discovery being a recent one, the link between the two goes as far back as 450 million years. A pinch of soil can hold up to seven miles worth of coiled, tubular, thread-like fungi. The fungi release tubes called hyphae which infiltrate the soil and roots in a non-invasive way, creating a tie between tree and fungus at a cellular level. It is this bond which is called mycorrhiza. As a result, plants 20 metres away from each other can be connected in the same way as plants connected 200 metres away; a hyphal network forms which brings the organisms into connection.
At the heart of the mutualistic relationship is an exchange; the fungi have minerals which the tree needs, and the trees have carbon (which is essentially food) which the fungi need. The trees receive nitrogen for things such as lignin – a component which keep the trees upright – and various other minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, copper and more. In return, fungi get the sugars they need from the trees’ ongoing photosynthesis to energize their activities and build their bodies. The connection runs so deep that 20-80 per cent of a tree’s sugar can be transferred to the fungi, while the transfer of nitrogen to trees is such that without the swap, trees would be toy-sized.
According to Suzanne Simard’s research, rather than competing against one another as is often assumed, there is a sort of teamwork between the trees facilitated by the mycorrhizal fungi.
In one particular example, Simard looked at a Douglas fir tree planted next to a birch tree. Upon taking the birch tree out, there was a completely unexpected result: the fir tree – instead of prospering from the reduced competition for sunlight – began to decay and die. The trees were connected underground via the mycorrhizal system, transferring carbon, nitrogen and water to one another, communicating underground, ‘talking to each other’. As she says in her TED talk, “it might remind you of a sort of intelligence.”
It has been documented that trees share food not just with trees of the same species, but with trees of all kinds of species, forming a social network which some have come to describe as a socialist system. Growth rates are positively affected while seedlings face greater chances of survival. Within this system, trees also ‘loan’ each other resources seasonally, back and forth, to maximize their survival.
At the hub of a forest’s mycorrhizal network stand the ‘Mother Trees’. These are large, older trees that rise above the forest, a concept illustrated in the movie Avatar. These ‘Mother Trees’ are connected to all the other trees in the forest by this network of fungal threads, and may manage the resources of the whole plant community. Simard’s latest research reveals that when a Mother Tree is cut down, the survival rate of the younger members of the forest is substantially diminished.
The concept of symbiotic plant communication has far reaching implications in both the forestry and agricultural industries. This revelation may change the way we approach harvesting forests, by leaving the Mother Trees intact to foster regrowth. In agriculture, undisturbed mycorrhiza systems enhance plants’ ability to resist pathogens, and absorb water and nutrients from the soil, bringing into question common practices that disturb these underground networks, such as ploughing….
Simard says: “We know that a dying Douglas fir will send carbon to a neighbouring Ponderosa pine. The whole forest – there’s an intelligence there that’s beyond just the species. We don’t normally ascribe intelligence to plants, and plants are not thought to have brains, but when we look at the underground structure, it looks so much like a brain, physically. Now that we’re starting to understand how it works we’re [seeing] so many parallels.”
Jennifer Frazer, a freelance science writer and blogger for Scientific American, agrees. “There is something like a nervous system in the forest, because it’s the same sort of large network of nodes sending signals to one another. It’s almost as if the forest is acting as an organism itself. Once you understand that the trees are all connected to each other, they’re all signalling each other, sending food and resources to each other, it has the feel, the flavour of something similar.”
Simard says in a video on the website Ecology.com: “My research does show that they are communicating. These plants are really not individuals in the sense that Darwin thought they were individuals competing for survival of the fittest. In fact they’re interacting with each other, trying to help each other survive. Metres away you can have a plant connected to another plant, and they’re just shuffling carbon and nitrogen back and forth according to who needs it.
“Forest ecosystems are really complex systems, just like the Earth is a complex system, the biosphere. The way it works is that we have all these parts, and all these parts are working together, like the fungus is working together with the tree. It’s a lot like how our brains work. In neural networks, our brains are comprised of neurons and axons. These neurons are physically related but they’re also almost metaphysically related because they’re sending messages back and forth and they’re building upon each other. It works a lot like a forest ecosystem.
“So in this forest the fungus and the tree working together allows lots of structure. That structure is expressed as species diversity or structural diversity of the forest. And that diversity is really what gives the forest resilience. The resilience to withstand unexpected events, like a fire that might come through, or an insect or a wind-storm…. somebody’s going to be left standing, because there’s a diversity there.
“Some of the forest practices that we have done pay no attention to the role of these Mother Trees, or that trees actually will move some of their legacy (for example carbon, which to trees is a nutrient) to the new generation. We didn’t pay attention to it. Instead, what we did is we went and cut down those trees after they died so that we could make planks out of them. And we didn’t give them a chance to give back to the community. So what those dying trees will do is that they will also move resources into living trees, into the young ones coming up, before they go, before they completely collapse. So it’s a transfer, like a passing of the wand from one generation to the next, if we allow it to happen.”
‘Mother Trees’ Use Fungal Communication Systems to Preserve Forests, Jane Engelsiepen, Ecology Global Network, 8 October 2012.
The Wood Wide Web: the world of trees underneath the surface, Hasan Chowdhury, New Statesman, Science & Tech, 26 August 2016.
Fungal threads are the internet of the plant world, Michael Marshall,
New Scientist, 10 November 2010.