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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. This article, first printed in July/August 2012, addresses a major challenge of our time: the impact of commercialization, an insidious and destructive force, counterbalanced by the efforts of those working in all fields to establish new norms and priorities. Some are in conscious contact with the Masters of Wisdom, while others, the majority, simply respond to world need from their own sense of the need for justice and sanity.
by Benjamin Creme’s Master
Among humanity today is a growing number of men and women who are engaged in outlining the principles on which the new civilization will be built. They are to be found in almost every country, and they propagate the teachings which reflect the qualities of the New Age of Aquarius. They are to be found in every department of human living, and are to be recognized by their altruism and keen response to human need. These are the forerunners, sent ahead to prepare men for the experiences which will characterize the New Age. Some few of them work consciously, aware of their mission to aid a struggling world and of their connection with Hierarchy, but the majority work solely from the promptings of the heart and their desire to help.
Soon, it will be obvious to many that their ideas are being echoed across the world, that a large prepared contingent is at work, voicing aloud the desire of men for change, and the implications for society that this change will inevitably bring. These changes go to the heart of the human problem today: the separation of men and nations that threatens the security of the world. Without these changes men stand on a knife-edge of disaster; the unbridled march of commercialization into every aspect of human life endangers the race.
More and more, men are seen as superfluous in a struggle for existence, mere pawns in a gigantic game of ‘hunt the dollar’. Human trust and social cohesion are nowhere to be seen in this rapacious contest for gain at any cost. Not for much longer can humanity stand the strain of this struggle, in which men are taking their stand, for love or insane greed.
Behind the scenes Maitreya and His Group fan the flames of this conflict and gradually, more and more, men are beginning to see their path. With growing will, they voice aloud their need for change, following the precepts of the men and women of vision who are leading the way.
Thus does Maitreya work for the good of all, fostering the best that men can offer and showing the best that men can become. Hierarchy looks benevolently on this momentous struggle for the future of mankind, certain of the outcome: the overcoming of both greed and despair, and the triumph of the human spirit.
[This article from Share International magazine, November 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.]
At every lecture he gave around the world, and virtually every day of his life, Benjamin Creme was asked numerous questions covering a vast range of topics. We draw on this large recorded resource and publish answers provided by BC and his Master over the years, none of which have yet appeared in Share International.
Q. Who does the Ageless Wisdom Teaching belong to? Who promotes it? (Lecture, Munich, Germany, 20 October 2007)
A. Certainly we don’t [i.e. Share International and co-workers] own it. The Teachings are given out by a group of men who have gone ahead of us in Their evolution: the Masters of Wisdom, the Lords of Compassion, the Spiritual Hierarchy.
Q. Why do you and the Masters do this work?
A. To prepare the world for the world of today and of tomorrow.
Q. Why are there no women Masters?
A: There are no Masters in female bodies at the present time. The Masters, in a sense, are neither male nor female. They have brought both of these aspects into total equilibrium. On the soul plane, there is no sex, no male or female. There is simply one energy with two poles: one positive, one negative, as in electricity. They are the same energy in polarity. The Masters are perfected souls, so They have brought both into equilibrium, but when They take a physical body, which not all do (some two-thirds of the Masters today, that is about 40, are in dense physical bodies), They take a male body at this time to anchor powerfully, in the world, the energy with which They are so strongly endowed, the male or spirit aspect, to relate to the much greater matter aspect as it manifests in the world today. This is to do with the point in evolution reached by this planet. In about 350 to 400 years this will change, and then Masters will come in female bodies until there is a balance between Masters in male bodies and Masters in female bodies.
It has nothing to do with any kind of bias against women, or the female aspect. On the contrary, the Masters are the stimulus behind the women’s liberation movement. They see it as essential that women take their full place in total equality with men in this new age, the age, as it will come to be known, of Tara, the Mother. The Age of Maitreya is the age in which the Mother aspect manifests. The female is the Mother, the nourishing aspect; it nourishes the child, the family, the civilization. Nations are also male or female, and nations which are female may become the seat of a civilization. And so it is essential that women play their full part with equal status in the life of humanity. In the West this is becoming very largely a fact, but in large areas in the East this is sadly very far from being the case. Women are often seen as little more than chattels. A great change has to take place. That is why the women’s liberation movement was inspired by the Masters. (Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
Share International has a large reserve of letters which were confirmed by Benjamin Creme's Master to be genuine encounters with Masters, or a 'spokesperson', but which have not yet been published in 'Letters to the Editor'.
However, the selected letters presented in this issue happen to be 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.
On a taxi ride to Schiphol airport (Amsterdam) for my flight back to the US, I had a long conversation with the driver. The conversation began when I explained why I was in the Netherlands – to attend a Share International Transmission Meditation conference. I explained what Share International is, what Transmission Meditation is, and then gave the Reappearance message, including Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom, Blavatsky, Bailey and Creme, sharing the world’s resources, etc. While driving, the taxi driver was engaged in the conversation, asking questions, making comments, and expressing interest in what I was saying.
We also discussed various topical issues. At one point, he was speaking about social and economic inequality, the treatment of immigrants and minority populations, etc, and how the key to world change in these and other areas was the US because it set the example for the world. He said that other nations looked to the US to determine what to do, and copied US actions. I agreed, but said that it’s also up to each nation to do what’s right. He reiterated again how important the US is in setting an example for the world, as other nations followed the US’ lead.
Somewhere along the way I asked where he was from, and he said Kashmir, but that he had lived in the Netherlands for many years.
When talking about sharing, I tried to remember Gandhi’s quote, “We have enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed,” and paraphrased it instead. He agreed with the paraphrased quote, and reminded me that it was Gandhi’s birthday (2 October) that day.
Before I left the taxi I talked more about Transmission, and said that it is done to benefit the world. He said that the world also includes those around us, and when one has a sense of peace it radiates to others like the perfume of a flower.
As he had expressed interest, I offered him a copy of a Dutch language brochure on Transmission Meditation, which I had in my possession. He accepted it readily.
I asked him his name. “Imran,” he said. “What does it mean?” I asked. “It means, ‘king of the village,’” he replied. He asked my name, and said that mine fits me well. I didn’t quite understand what he meant at the time, but in thinking about the comment later, I thought it might relate to a recent conversation I had regarding my name, with someone telling me it actually meant “mountain,” whereas I had thought it meant “a small hill”.
As I left the taxi, I said somewhat politely that perhaps we would be in touch again sometime, maybe if I visited Amsterdam again. He made it a point to say that he had called me that morning on my cell phone (to say that he was on his way), so that I had his phone number. And he may have even repeated for emphasis that I had his phone number. As I thought about this comment later, I thought it might relate to a comment made at the recent Share International conference that sometimes spokespersons do give out their phone numbers.
All in all, I left the taxi feeling intrigued and uplifted by the long conversation with Imran, “king of the village”.
M.L., San Francisco, USA.
In September 2018, I attended the European Transmission Meditation Conference for the third time. After leaving the train station in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, I lost my way and finally got to the Abbey through a nearby forest. I enjoyed the walk and promised myself to come back to this forest as often as possible, which I did every following day.
On 29 September 2018, Michaelmas day, I went for a walk in this wood. At the end of the morning session, our topic had been ‘Openness’.
The sun was shining, and the atmosphere was peaceful. I soon noticed someone who looked like a wanderer. He looked about 50, and was pushing a bicycle loaded with plastic bags with plastic bottles in them. He looked brave, joyful, radiant and happy to be alive; he was modestly dressed and wore a cap. Something magnetic and simple emanated from him.
After the usual local “Hello”, the man immediately started talking to me in perfect French. He answered my questions about him, whether I had expressed them or not, saying he was wandering through the area to pick up bottles with a deposit on them which are worth 25 cents for recycling. He added that he had other sources of income so he could travel a lot to get to know the peoples and cultures of the world, and said he had visited 155 countries. He also said his wife encouraged him to leave for one whole year. He apologized for having drunk several bottles of beer.
He asked me what I was doing there, and seemed satisfied with my short explanation about the conference, Maitreya, the Christ… He then looked at me carefully, stated that I had some Portuguese ancestry (correct) and made various other claims, the reality or significance of which I do not know.
Nothing in my outlook or appearance could have enabled him to make such statements, and I asked him how he knew all this. He replied that he had read about it, and said that “We come from the earth and return to the earth” and added that “it is enough to read what is written, there is no need to try and read in the sky” (or something similar). This might have remained an ordinary encounter if he had not introduced himself as ‘Christianus’ and he had not said he lives in ‘Palestine Street’ in a nearby Dutch town.
Learning that I was soon to return to France, he proposed that we meet again the next time I return to this conference and spend some time together after his return from South Africa.
It was then that he dictated to me his telephone number that I hastened to write down. It is engraved to this day in my memory. This encounter had a timeless quality about it. Two other participants in the conference had joined us at some point and were also present with this person. Who he is remains a mystery, and I have devised my own idea of it. Everybody will do so for him/herself.
G.R., Antibes, France
At the European Transmission Conference in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, while I was walking with a co-worker in the forest next to the abbey, we met a couple. The man looked at me and said “Hello Pascal”. He was a Frenchman like me. I have never seen him before. I was surprised he knew my name.
P. B., Toulouse, France
I met two people who I believe were ‘special’.
On 3 October 2018, in the afternoon, I was distributing the newspaper The Emergence near Montparnasse in Paris. I had a costume: a red clown nose and a carnival hat with the symbol yin-yang. It was a particularly good session, people were kind and they took the newspaper quite easily. At one point, I felt a soft and beautiful energy. A few minutes later, an elegant woman about 80 years old with a big dressing over her left eye came to me. I explained the subject of the newspaper. She told me: “You have a lot of courage to do what you do. You step outside yourself. You don’t realize how courageous you are. I congratulate you. It’s wonderful that young people (I’m 34 years old) still do it” (speaking about distributing the newspaper in the street). I asked her about her big bandage. She told me she has a cancerous lymphoma. I spoke to her about the ‘hand’ of Maitreya and gave her a small one that I have always in my wallet to give to everyone. She asked twice if the hand could help her. I told her that I believe it could but also I couldn’t predict. She said smiling: “You don’t know the outcome.” Then she left. She had a sense of humour and was very kindly and calm.
A few minutes later, a man of about 40 years old came quite directly to me. He had something special in his way of moving and looking. What was impressive for me was his energy, he was very dynamic. He left me a very clear sensation of the Will aspect, as I understand and feel it. He asked me about the newspaper. I told him it was about Transmission Meditation. He wanted to give me money and I refused saying it was free. He insisted and I refused again. He told me very direct: “You have a lot of problems?” I understood he knew my serious problems with money. The day before, I had just learned I had to pay a large amount of money for my teeth and all year I also had big problems with my car. He said, “It’s free also” (as the newspaper and speaking about the money). He looked at the newspaper. I explained it was about the unexplained phenomena and the presence of a World Teacher. He said directly again: “Do you want to be my first disciple?” I look at him embarrassed, and also smiling, thinking he was maybe a false guru. He continued: “Because it’s me!” And he finally said with the hand close to his mouth as if to tell me a secret, “But I’m still here incognito.” And he left.
M.G., Tours, France.
A few weeks ago, in September 2018, on getting out of bed in the morning, this was impressed on me – “I am coming very soon indeed.” For years I have awaited Maitreya’s full emergence and I found this experience so comforting. I have mentioned it to others who have also felt the comfort of this reassurance, so I pass it on to you.
C.E. Essex, UK.
It has come to our notice that more and more people are receiving our information from the website alone, and thus forgoing the small cost of subscribing to Share International magazine.
Not everyone can, or does, use the internet, and it is essential to have an outer, physical expression, which can display with photographs, the events of which we speak. That means there has to be a magazine, which of course requires a lot of work from volunteers, and a lot of money to produce. There may be a notion that Hierarchy dishes out money for this work, but it is not the case. Subscriptions to Share International are an essential part of maintaining our work and reaching the public. The cost of the subscription is kept as low as possible, the magazine is not subsidised by advertisements and printing and postal charges are mounting all the time.
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Three college students hiking up a mountain near Phoenix, Arizona, USA, had an experience that they believe was miraculous. As reported by a local TV station in October 2018, Allisa Miller, Jen Vickman and Kassi Sanchez were climbing up Dreamy Draw Mountain when they noticed an extraordinary-looking man at the summit. “We just see a silhouette of this man. It looks like he has long hair and he’s in a robe,” said Miller. “I looked up and I was like, ‘Guys, it looks like Jesus,’” said Vickman. Shocked and curious, the young women continued up the mountain, but the figure they saw apparently had vanished. Once they reached the top, they found an envelope among the rocks, which read, “Do you believe in angels?”
Inside the envelope was a card with a note that read in part:
“If you found this gift, congratulations. For one reason or another you were meant to find it. This particular rock where this special blessing is left is very special to me. I call it my Jesus rock. The Holy Spirit has been very good to me as I love to stand on the rock and give our Heavenly Father all the glory. It’s a special place and I’m excited for you who found this wonderful and blessed location. God led me to this rock just like He has led you here today. God only knows who this blessing is intended for. You may or may not be a Christian. However, He has a wonderful plan for your life. I pray in one way or another you’ll be blessed in a special way by this gift for without a doubt you were led here and I know a special seed will be planted inside you by God the Father. Just like the song by Cory Asbury goes, “Reckless Love,” there’s no shadow He won’t light up, no mountain He won’t climb up chasing after you.”
The note ends with the Bible verse, Proverbs 3:5-6:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
In addition to the note, they found something else in the card. “In it were three $100 bills and there are three of us,” said Miller. The letter was signed with the letter ‘J.’
“I think it was like a miracle, like the Lord just speaking to us,” said Miller.
They say this experience has been one of the most inspirational of their lives and hope it gives something to others as well.
“I hope it gives them hope. Hope that there are good people out there and hope that the Lord is working for you whether you realize it or not. Blessings can come at any time, like we would have never thought it would come at the top of a mountain because I don’t like to hike so who would’ve known,” said Miller.
As for the money inside the envelope, they plan to give it away, “to bless someone with it”. (Source: coasttocoastam.com; azfamily.com)
In the words of a Master of Wisdom: “Apart from war, nothing so profoundly affects the future of all men as much as pollution. Some countries have recognised this fact and have taken some steps to limit pollution and global warming. Others, sometimes the chief polluters, deny the reality of global warming despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Daily, now, the climatic changes prove beyond doubt that the planet is sick and needs immediate and skilful care to re-establish equilibrium. Time is running out for men to halt the transformation which is being daily wrought on planet Earth. Every man, woman and child must play their part in the task. Time is, verily, running out. S.O.P. Save Our Planet!” (Source: ‘S.O.P. — Save Our Planet!’ by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 8 September 2012)
“It is time we decisively legislate, innovate, govern and invest our way to a fairer, safer, more sustainable world” – Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its five-year report on 8 October 2018. With contributions from thousands of climate experts, its warnings are dire, calling for “drastic action”. Although the current political context is unpromising – with the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, for example – at the same time there are grounds for optimism and hope.
The warning signs are clear in the extremes of weather events the world has seen over the last year: drought, tsunami, record high temperatures, the Arctic ice melting. It is clear that something is catastrophically amiss. Climate change is occurring and human action is to blame. Particularly worrying is the existence of ‘tipping points’ when some effects of global warming become irreversible. As UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has stated: climate change is “the defining issue of our time”. Can the world hold global warming to 1.5C to prevent more catastrophe?
The scientists have done their work: it is up to the politicians to act and for the people to demand that they act. In December the UN COP24 will hold a meeting in Poland to follow up the Paris Agreement with a set of rules on reducing emissions; the issue will be whether there is political will to adhere to these rules.
As a counter to pessimism, China has made great progress on renewable energy and emission reduction and India is tackling its damaging air pollution. The cost of renewables worldwide has fallen dramatically, and for developing countries, sustainable energy is the key to their future prosperity. Achim Steiner, administrator to the UN Development programme, says that the last few years has seen ‘extraordinary progress’ in low carbon energy, and global investors in developing countries are seeing low-carbon as the future.
Christiana Figueres, who was head of the UN climate body at the time of the Paris talks, points out that the technical resources for averting catastrophe do currently exist – the issue is the political will. She writes:
“I encourage all policy makers to undertake a thorough review of how much has been achieved … and to garner the courage to provide much bolder signals now.
“I encourage corporations and financial institutions to assess the risks they precipitate by not decarbonising their products, services and investment portfolios.
“And I encourage all of those individuals who have the privilege and democratic right to vote to understand the evidence presented by the IPCC today to act in their personal lives and to vote responsibly. We have a saner, more prosperous future to win.” (Source: The Guardian, UK)
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Interview by Felicity Eliot
Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. He is the founder of the non-profit Liology Institute, which is dedicated to a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably. He is the author of The Patterning Instinct and Requiem of the Human Soul. Felicity Eliot was in conversation with him in September this year.
Share International: Our readers will know quite a bit about you from an article of yours we published in our May issue. Its title is ‘Culture shift: redirecting humanity’s path to a flourishing future – It’s time to build a new worldview around a deeper sense of connectedness’. You seem to be signalling that humanity has to change and change direction. That perhaps we need to change our prevailing metaphors and the way we define ourselves.
Jeremy Lent: The only slight tweak I would make to what you just said is that my point of view is not that humanity must change, but that the underlying values of our current civilization need to change so that it more truly reflects our core values as human beings. If we look at the collective group, of all 7.6 billion of us, I believe we need to reconnect to the core values that really make us human, that have been separated from us through trends in our civilization.
SI: That’s more than a tweak. It’s very important and I certainly take your point. Please go on to talk about the need, as you expressed it, to redefine our core values.
JL: At the deepest level our civilization is based on a number of layers of separation versus connectivity. We need to look at this underlying notion of separation versus connectedness. If we look at how we first evolved, there’s a certain separation that we can see as a first threshold of what makes us human, like the recognition of being separate selves and the development of the conceptual consciousness that leads to our ability to develop culture, language, and make tools and begin to dominate the natural world.
Jeremy went on to describe other major moments of separation such as developed with the rise of agriculture which caused people to experience separation from each other and from nature. But, he said, a major change came about in ancient Greece – the rise of dualistic thinking.
JL: This was a unique step and different from all other thinking up to then. It was a dualistic mindset which saw reality as a split universe: the notion of a perfect eternal universe up in some different dimension and then on the other hand the worldly domain which is polluted and where things die; it’s always changeable, it can’t be trusted. And along with early thinkers, and Plato really crystallized it, although he wasn’t alone in this, came the notion that humans, too, are split; that soul and body are separate. It is this eternal soul that connects us with divinity and makes us perfect, it is an immortal being and is ultimate goodness. And the body is bad and polluted. When it dies it liberates the soul from the tomb of the body so that it can return to eternity again. This means that the notion of what we need to do is to get away from the body and perfect the soul.
SI: So it’s the problem of separation having a polarizing effect on all aspects of life?
JL: Yes. And along with that, once you accept the notion of humans having this separation and that it’s our soul that makes us divine, when you look at the rest of the natural world that doesn’t have this kind of rational soul, then logically you have to start thinking of it (the natural world) as less than divine. And it is this that led to the dualistic systematic cosmology of Christianity which saw the world as a kind of mechanical stage for the divine drama of God; and again the body was split, the soul trying for eternal salvation, while the body provided us with all sorts of temptations. So that was another level of separation and dualism that led to the scientific revolution which was the next level of separation, because from that dualistic thought you had Descartes and the Cartesian way of thinking which took separation to a totally new level.
SI: That was, of course, not necessarily negative.
JL: Right. This is not to say that what came out of the scientific revolution was bad, since all kinds of amazing benefits have accrued from these concepts over recent centuries of huge progress. For example, the amazing knowledge and scientific research we have now – so much for which we can be extremely grateful….
JL: …I view science itself as a procedural methodology that takes certain ways of looking at the world and takes the notion of hypothesis, transparency, testing and understanding to increase our knowledge of the world. It is one of the great developments and achievements of humanity. But science can also be expressed through systems science and then when we look at things like complexity thinking, systems biology, network science, chaos theory – all these different understandings examine how things connect up. When we look at how things are connected we come up with a very different way of relating to the world than the reductionist way. We see that the way things are connected can never be perfectly predicted. And in this scenario when we humans are trying to understand them we are in fact players in that. So the very ways in which we try to understand things and the things that we do become part of this global system.
SI: I don’t know much about it, but you’re referring to the quantum idea that the scientist or observer influences the observed reality, I think?
JL: Yes, right. We are actors or players and are a part of the system. And because things can’t be predicted entirely it leads to a sense of humility so that we accept that our actions have a deeper penetration that we can’t even predict. This leads to a very different way of seeing humans in the world and experiencing being part of this interconnected web. When you put these different elements together – the dissatisfaction with the breakdown of our current systems, the acknowledgment of wisdom available to us from millennia of human traditions and the findings of modern systems thinking – we see they overlap. To my mind, one of the most exciting things of all is the possibility of integrating modern scientific understanding with the greatest findings of our wisdom traditions to create a world view that can be truly sustainable, based on connectivity….
JL: … If we take meaning from our sense of global interconnectedness then what we choose to do will be based on that sense. We can also look at spiritual meaning as the source of the deepest connection that we have with ourselves and the universe. When someone is feeling that life is meaningless that can often be traced back to having no sense of connection with others or the environment. Connectivity is the source from which we can get meaning from life, and also it can drive the decisions we make and values we have in our lives, for example the choices we make, the things we do each day, the groups or organizations we belong to, the changes we try to make in our world.
Part 2 of this interview will be published in the December issue of Share International.