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Share International magazine April 2019

Share International magazine cover for 2019This is an abridged version of Share International magazine. Through these electronic files, the magazine Share International makes available a compilation of its contents.

The views expressed by authors other than Share International correspondents do not necessarily reflect those held by the editors of this magazine.

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Rallying call!

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.

Surely we would all agree that all those who seriously believe in this work would want to support the magazine, whether or not they read the information on the internet.

Thank you for your support.

From the inception of Share International magazine, Benjamin Creme’s Master provided articles to be published not only at the time they were written, but also whenever appropriate according to world circumstances. Many of these articles seem even more relevant now than when they were first published. Both this article, first printed in December 2003, and the Message from Maitreya given in 1979 through Benjamin Creme, outline not as threats but simply as logical consequences the problems humanity has created and provide the solutions.

A time without precedent

by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme

Little though it may seem to be the case mankind is moving steadily towards its destiny. Despite the tensions and anxieties of the present situation, We, your Elder Brothers, have full faith that men will awaken to the dangers and take timely action to meet them. That faith stems, in large measure, from knowledge of the fact that men are not alone, but are, indeed, the recipients of care and succour from Us. We see men not as separate but as younger brothers on the path of evolution, facing and resolving, with Our help, the many difficulties and dangers which that path presents to the ignorant and the wise alike.

Men should understand that this is no ordinary or usual time; it is, indeed, a time climactic in scope and character, a time without precedent. For this reason alone, the problems and dangers are magnified and entail the most careful handling by men and Us. Our physical presence among men, albeit in relatively limited numbers as yet, ensures that Our help is forthcoming in larger measure than ever before, and will be equal to the task.

Our confidence is bolstered by the fact that Our Great Leader, Maitreya, Himself, is among men. His resources are vast. Behind the scenes as yet, He works ceaselessly to bring peace and progress to the affairs of men, seeking, within the Law, to disentangle the many warring interests, and so create the conditions on which true peace depends. Justice, alone, will bring the peace which men desire, and only when justice reigns will war become a fading memory. In almost every country is Maitreya to be found, creating a network of helpers in every field. Thus does He stitch together the fabric of the new.

These selected workers know well their task. They will soon emerge and bring new thinking to the world, showing how imperative it is to make justice the primary goal for men. They will show that this alone will end for ever the scourge of war, the pestilence of terror; that only a rational reconstruction of our economic structures will make justice possible and bring mankind together on a basis of trust. Thus will it be, and thus will the wisdom and precepts of Maitreya penetrate and influence the thinking of men.

Many now are responding to this teaching. In every country, groups are forming and demonstrating for a better life for men, calling for an end to war; justice and freedom for all; sharing as the natural and only way to guarantee the future of the race. Have no fear, men are awakening to the call, and will assuredly triumph.

[This article from Share International magazine, April 2019, 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.]


(Read more articles by this Master)

Maitreya, Message No.86, 17 October 1979

My dear friends, I am happy indeed to be among you once again.

My friends, My dear ones, My comrades of old, many times before have I exhorted you to work to prepare My way.

Once again may I say how vital this work is. The more who know that I have returned, the sooner My face shall be known.

Let My Message speak to all men. Let My words go forth. Send them to your brothers near and far and awaken them, too, to My Advent.

My public work proceeds. I plan from day to day and watch carefully man’s response. In this way the rhythm of My Emergence is set, and so you see, My friends, how your work influences My Plan.

My Masters will show you that there is little which you cannot effect if you but try. All is possible to man. All that man needs is provided by his Source. The Great Provider remembers His children. Look not then askance at the future time but welcome it with open arms and joy, knowing that Brotherhood and Trust will be the norm.

My friends, My brothers and sisters, take stock of where you now stand: Are you ready to go with Me to the Blessed Isle of Love? Are you ready to share with all that which you now have?

Are you prepared, My friends, to look Life bravely in the eye and see it as a challenge of achievement? Naught can hold you back if you go with Me. Nothing will remain of the old inertia, but clasped in Light and Love, you, My friends, can know the joy of nearness to the Father, that joy which it is My privilege to bestow on you. Take then, My friends, your courage in your hands and follow Me back to your Source. Naught can go wrong, My friends: Maitreya is with you!

May the Divine Light and Love and Power of the Everlasting God be now manifest within your hearts and minds. May this manifestation bring you to the achievement of your own soul’s purpose.

(Messages from Maitreya the Christ)

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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. How can I best take the needs of my brother as my own? (Lecture, San Francisco, USA, August 2009)

A. Learn to share and advocate sharing. Give of your money, as much as you can afford, or even a bit more, to aid agencies to help your brothers and sisters in the poorest nations in the world, those who are dying of starvation while we are eating too much food and getting obese.

Make it practical. You have to be practical in any spiritual mission. Spirituality is a practical thing. Maitreya doesn’t come as a religious teacher. He’s not against religion, but He says that religion is like a ladder. It helps you to get onto the roof but once you’re on the roof, you don’t need the ladder. You can throw it away or give it to someone else.

Q. If Maitreya is not going to establish a new religion what will He do?

A. Maitreya does not come to form a new religion. He comes to guide us towards another way of approaching God – knowing that God exists, that we are God, and invoking God rather than worshipping God. Today, people worship God. That is of the past.

God exists in all things, everywhere that you can think of. Also, in ourselves. Nothing is separate. There is not one little atom anywhere in the universe that is separate from any other atom in the universe. We live in a totally united universe, united by atoms, which are energy. There is nothing but energy in the whole of the manifested universe. That energy is divine. It has all the divine qualities of love, power, purpose, intelligence, and so on. It is as these divine energies play upon humanity that we change. That is happening now.

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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.
Other letters presented here 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. We present these letters for your consideration.

Plant power

Dear Editor,
I have two plants in the lounge of our house which are both very healthy [written in July 2003]. I think the plant is a begonia but am not sure. It needed a stake, which it has, but it has grown up to the ceiling, without any support. It is a surprise to me that it is so strong and still growing but slightly on a slant. I have not cut it but wonder what to do: please explain.

M.S., Wairupa, New Zealand.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirmed that the plant’s growth is a blessing from the Master Jesus.)

Silent message

Dear Editor,
On 22 August 2003, around 9.30am, Dover town centre was beginning to get busy. Walking up the precinct, in the middle of the road, was a very tall,thin man dressed in pale grey shirt and trousers, with a blueish bag over his shoulder. He had curly grey hair that came below his ears and wore a large straw hat with a stiff brim on which was a circle of faded roses.

Instead of inciting ridicule, everybody just watched him pass with interest. There was an air of great peace and joy about him. He didn’t speak but just walked past in the direction of the Town Hall.

Was this ‘The Happy One’, Maitreya?

M.N. Fletcher, Dover, Kent, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirmed that the man was, indeed, Maitreya.)

Omnipresent?

Share International April 2019 images, Maitreya in familiar as 'Ruben' in 2007 in Wiltshire
"Ruben" as he was photographed in 2007 in Wiltshire.

Something very remarkable happened to me a couple of weeks ago (in February 2019). I was just leaving the Amsterdam Information Centre when there was suddenly a man standing in front of me.

He greeted me, saying “Hello Grandpa” something only one other person does and which I had recently been thinking and laughing about. Then he asked about my health and also mentioned that he had broken his arm and also a leg, which explained why he had a walking-stick to support him.

None of this is remarkable except for the fact that I recognized him from photographs in Share International. This man was the same man who is mentioned twice in Share International [see SI October 2005 and January/February 2008]. He is referred to in the letters as ‘Ruben’. And just as he looked in the photo taken in 2007, he was wearing that cap and had a moustache and wore round glasses. The odd thing is that this took place in Amsterdam, while the previous encounters with Ruben were with other people and took place in Wiltshire, UK. So he was there in the UK then and now he is here [in Amsterdam].

I also notice that when I think of ‘Ruben’ I feel Maitreya’s energy.

Benjamin Creme’s Master confirmed then that he was Maitreya (as a familiar).

J. K., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Share International April 2019 images, UFO-shaped cloud estimated to be about three to four miles across (4.5 – 6.5 km) was filmed hovering close to Mount Fuji, Japan, on 10 March 2019

A UFO-shaped cloud estimated to be about three to four miles across (4.5 – 6.5 km) was filmed hovering close to Mount Fuji, Japan, on 10 March 2019, from dawn to around midday. During most of that time, the UFO-cloud remains in the same position, while other clouds are seen to move across the sky. The speeded-up film telescopes the period of several hours into about four minutes, which emphasizes the contrast between the moving clouds and the stationary UFO-cloud, until the latter eventually disappears. (Source: youtube.com/watch?v=l_mRoXhNaGo. YouTube: jtmsk)

Share International April 2019 images, on 15 February 2019, in the same place and in the same direction in the sky, he took these new photographs in rapid succession

The Netherlands – In 2016 photographs taken by C.Q. of a colourful ‘star’ in the sky above Amsterdam, were confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master to be Maitreya’s ‘star’ and published in Share International (September 2016). More recently, on 15 February 2019, in the same place and in the same direction in the sky, he took these new photographs in rapid succession with only seconds between each shot, again showing a colourful, flickering, moving, ‘star-like’ object.

Christ-like image in the sky

A photograph of a luminous figure rising out of the sea as the sun set over the Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy), has gone viral with people comparing the image with that of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Alfredo Lo Brutto, from Agropoli, Italy, captured the figure while at Piazza Sanseverino on 1 March 2019. “As soon as I saw that luminous image I felt a great need to take it and share it.”
Apart from interest in his photograph from Italian media, what surprised Alfredo was the response to the image on social media: “I don’t often share pictures on social media, but when I took it I instantly felt like I wanted other people to see it, because it was so beautiful.” He has even received texts from atheists who seem to be moved by the power of the image. “After this intense experience and the strong feelings I felt, I can say I have an even greater religious faith,” said Lo Brutto. (Source: rai.it; coasttocoastam.com; occhiodisalerno.it; infocilento.it; dailymail.co.uk)

Share International April 2019 images, Christ-like image in the sky on 1 March 2019


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Faith: a journey for all, by Jimmy Carter – an excerpt

Book review by Betsy Whitfill

As the title of Jimmy Carter’s latest book suggests, the former US president (1977-1981) and self-described evangelical Christian, explores the meanings of faith for both secular and religious readers in Faith: a journey for all.

In the book’s introduction, Carter talks about the intersection between politics and religion: “I believe ... that Christians are called to plunge into the life of the world, and to inject the moral and ethical values of our faith into the processes of governing. At the same time there must be an absolute prohibition against granting any control by government over our religious freedoms.”

This position, he writes, enshrined in the First Amendment to the US Constitution, enables a president such as Carter to freely envision the ideals of Christian faith as moral and ethical standards of conduct applicable on a personal level, as well as to the national life of the country.

In an address to his fellow Baptists in 1978, Carter, as president, described the qualities that he believes give a nation moral authority and influence in the world:

“What are the goals of a person or a denomination or a country? They are all remarkably the same: a desire for peace; a need for humility, for examining one’s faults and turning away from them; a commitment to human rights in the broadest sense of the words, based on a moral society concerned with the alleviation of suffering because of deprivation or hatred or hunger or physical affliction; and a willingness, even an eagerness, to share one’s ideals, one’s faith with others, to translate love in a person to justice.”

Faith for Carter has both secular and religious foundations. In fact, faith appears to be a human tendency based on our need for assurance, protection and hope. He describes our earliest experience of faith as faith in another person – that reassurance felt as babes at our mother’s breast. From that early assurance comes the ability to trust and depend on – to have faith that, despite setbacks, the ultimate outcome in life is good. Such a faith is both a psychological basis for action and the religious hope or surety that God will ensure humanity’s survival in the future despite our dangerous mistakes.

Carter states in the book: “I was startled when I first contemplated Luke 18:8, which asks, in effect, ‘When Jesus Christ returns, will He find faith on earth?’ I don’t know if this question is about our future faith in God or our faith in each other and the principles that shape and guide almost every aspect of our lives. I wonder if humanity can survive without faith in ourselves, in one another, or in the basic principles of life. Can the moral values of democracy, freedom, justice, equality and compassion be transmitted to a next generation without religious faith? I hope so, but I am convinced that religious faith enhances the possibility of that transmission.”

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Personally, Carter believes that basic human needs are social/economic/political imperatives, and that Jesus Christ is the role model sent by God to show humanity how to relate to one another and to provide for those needs. Carter’s writings about his personal life as a devout follower of Jesus are basic, simple and tenderly personal. There is no lecturing in this book. Rather it is the sharing of a man born into a stable Christian family in the American South, who grew into faith in God through a lifetime of searching and sometimes doubting, and who is consciously working to truly live the teachings of his Mentor, his Friend and Guide.

Jesus Christ, he says, is always with him, and as God in human form is his role model. For Carter, faith is not a noun, but a verb – the basic assumption upon which we move forward in life, whether by religious faith in God or the secular faith in each other through shared experience and need. He quotes Hebrews 11:1 in the Bible: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see ... By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” We must have faith that whatever we are about to do is possible of achievement – otherwise we would not even try to achieve it.

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Milestone in the global AIDS epidemic

Doctors in London have reported a second patient has been cured of HIV. The surprise results confirm that a cure for HIV infection is possible, and came after 12 years of attempts to duplicate the procedure that enabled the first successful cure. Both cures resulted from bone-marrow transplants that were meant to treat cancer in the patients, not HIV. Such transplants are risky, with lasting harsh side effects, but experts say that re-arming the body with immune cells similarly modified to resist HIV could succeed as a practical treatment. The report is to be published in the journal Nature. “This will inspire people that cure is not a dream,” said Dr Annemarie Wensing, a virologist at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. “It’s reachable.” (Source: nytimes.com)

Former White House chef feeds the homeless

Former White House chef, Robert Mendoza, has served American presidents and celebrities alike. He now manages a restaurant and cooks for the homeless in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following his mother’s intuition during her recent visit from Guatemala, he bought a $5 scratch-off lottery ticket from a local convenience store, instantly winning the top prize of a quarter million dollars. “My hands started shaking when I saw the numbers,” Mendoza said. “I’ve been shaking ever since…. We feed more than 300 children through my Foundation,” he added. “I know what it’s like to be hungry. I told myself when I was a teen that, if I’m ever in a position to give back, I’d do everything I can to make sure no one else has to go hungry.”

Mendoza plans to use all of the money to finish building a kitchen that will feed the homeless in the Dominican Republic. (Source: goodnewsnetwork.org)

Planting trees for pennies a piece

“For anyone that wants to plant a tree, they shouldn’t be stopped by any financial constraint,” says Rodney Sidloski, founder of the charity organization HELP International based in the UK. After many years researching tree production and planting techniques in Africa and Canada, he has developed a way to plant a tree for less than two UK pennies using common nursery materials. The patented technique uses a styrofoam block container which is irrigated from the top, and made to float in water for months at a time, the seedlings even surviving winter. The floating tree nursery needs less water and maintenance compared to traditional nurseries. This summer, HELP International and the United Nations Development Programme will launch a one-million seedling floating nursery in Ghana. (Source: globalnews.com)

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The following is the full table of contents of the printed magazine April 2019

3 A time without precedent

by the Master —

3 Maitreya, Message No. 86,
17 October 1979

4 Youth climate movement to world leaders:
We will “change fate of humanity, whether you like it or not”
by Jake Johnson

5 70 years since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights – hope against hope
by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

7 Young people lead the charge to change the world
by Graham Peebles

8 Trends:
World leaders address
mental health stigma

9 Slavery is not a thing of the past, it still exists today affecting millions
by Shannon Scribner

11 Signs of the time:
Signs in the skies

14 We need an ecological civilization before it’s too late
by Jeremy Lent

16 Faith: a journey for all ,
by Jimmy Carter
Book review by Betsy Whitfill

18 The voice of the people:

Arab spring again?

19 S.O.P. — Save Our Planet:

We have only one Earth

21 Letters to the editor:

Plant power

23 Questions and answers

by Benjamin Creme

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