The online edition of Share International magazine presents a selection of items from the printed edition. Each online edition includes a complete article by Benjamin Creme's Master. Most other articles reproduced here, covering a wide range of topics, are excerpts. The online edition usually also includes a selection of Questions and Answers, Readers' letters, and photographs of Signs of Maitreya's presence.
See the full table of contents of the printed edition at the foot of the page.
Article by Benjamin Creme’s Master
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. Written by a Master of Wisdom, they are always relevant and timeless. The following article, written in 1983, has been chosen to highlight the interdependence of all life on our planet and the particular role humanity, collectively and as individuals, can and will play in creating a just future with the help of Maitreya and the Masters.
From time to time, I have spoken of the need to inculcate the spirit of sharing whereby the world’s resources can be more equitably distributed. This would lead to a reduction of tension and of incalculable human suffering. It would also bring about a revitalization of the life and of the economies of the already developed nations. The life-blood of the planet must circulate. The stagnant economies of the richer nations can only be galvanized into motion through the recognition that the poorer nations, too, have a right to live and to enjoy a reasonable standard of life. Only sharing can make this so.
Daily, the evidence mounts to show men that the world is One, that humanity is an organism whose well-being depends on the health of every part, and that to ignore the signs of danger and of disease is no longer possible or wise. Many now see this and call for justice but only the cry of awakened humanity will suffice to shift the Powers from their positions of greed.
Soon, the world will know for certain that men must share or perish. Maitreya will lose no time in bringing home to all, this truth. He will show men that the world belongs to everyone – rich and poor, powerful and dispossessed, white and coloured. He will make clear the need for concerted action to solve the problems which confront man today, and will point the way to their solution. Calling upon all men to accept the need for change, 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.
Then will the leaders respond and, in growing momentum, this world will be transformed. Thus will it be; thus will Maitreya lay the foundations of the new civilization based on sharing and love.
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.
All who can respond to the needs of the time will find a place. This the Law of Service guarantees. No-one who longs to serve need fear lack of work or purpose nor the willing guidance of experienced hands. We shall help you to restore this world to health and shall work as brothers at your side, clearing away the debris of the past.
Soon the world will see great changes taking place and will know that the new age has begun. The old is passing away and the future beckons mankind. No-one need fear that future for it holds for man the promise of his divine heritage, and the establishment everywhere of the Will of God.
Serve, and realize that future for yourselves and your brothers. Serve, and know you are working in unison with God’s Will. Serve gladly and wisely, and enter into freedom and joy.
These articles are 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 articles to him.
The first letter published below describes an encounter which took place recently, and therefore was not confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master. Such letters are sent with the writers’ conviction, born of their own intuitive response plus a familiarity with such experiences, which gives them the confidence to judge the encounter to be significant and meaningful, personally and also generally. Some experiences appear specific to the individual concerned while others speak for themselves in providing hope and inspiration to all. We present this letter for your consideration.
The second letter was confirmed as an authentic encounter by Benjamin Creme’s Master.
This event took place on 27 February 2020 very early in the morning, in the room in my home where Transmission Meditation takes place every Saturday evening. I like to meditate alone every morning before the appearance of the daylight, because it’s a very quiet time to meditate, with the symphony of the birds greeting the coming day, waiting for the rising sun.
I usually meditate in the morning in the same place I sit for group meditations, because I can see the daylight appearing, and the sun rising between the branches of the big trees outside in front of me, and I feel a great peace; people are still sleeping and there is no noise.
That Thursday I was meditating more deeply than usual because I felt a little discouraged; I felt I had to look for resources within me. I started to smell the scent of violets; but smelling etheric perfumes is normal for me, so I did not pay undue attention and went on with my meditation.
Suddenly, as the first rays of the sun appeared I saw, inside the room, at about three meters from me, Mr Benjamin Creme’s transfigured face, smiling with goodness, in an awesome glory of golden light. I want to make quite clear here that it was not a “vision” but a three-dimensional “holy appearance” on the physical plane. His face was full of goodness, emanating what I perceived to be benevolence. At the same time I heard silently: “I have not disappeared, I am here” and I was simultaneously filled with an energy similar to the energy we felt while meditating at the European Transmission Meditation Conference (in the Netherlands) during Mr Creme’s lifetime, when we were all concentrating. Meanwhile the perfume of violets had pervaded the room. I could not move, as I was experiencing these soft, strong and pleasant energies. Tears had come to my eyes, although I was not crying. I can’t say how long this event lasted; Mr Creme disappeared, leaving me deeply impressed, with many questions.
The next morning, I smelled the same perfume of violets again, maybe because I was stressed, having to face an unpleasant medical procedure that morning. And now, during these meditations, I receive clear answers to questions I have been asking myself all my life long.
I feel very humble and eminently grateful to Benjamin Creme for his having graced me with this holy appearance; I am so surprised because it did not seem to me that I had deserved it.
In September 2004, on the way to the European Transmission Meditation conference in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, I was waiting at Dusseldorf’s main train station on a grey and rainy morning, when suddenly two young African women came upstairs, waving away the grey atmosphere with their appearance. Both were very beautiful with an Asian influence [in their appearance] and looked like sisters. The older one was a calm and discreet lady in a long dark coat and elegant boots. The younger one really was breath-taking: a person perhaps 18 years old, full of joy and energy. She wore a short miniskirt and a tight denim jacket, an outfit that needed much self-esteem to wear since she was not at all slim and had a rather compact body. But she was in total harmony with herself. She danced to and fro laughing like a child, and throwing glances, hopping and bouncing around in front of her sister (who smiled). Nevertheless, her behaviour was not at all pushy; it was cheerful and amusing and I noticed that the other people who had previously looked more or less apathetic started to smile.
We present here phenomena which, to the editors, are “signs of hope” and “signs of the time”. Fortunately, our current stock of phenomena confirmed as real and genuine by Benjamin Creme’s Master is fairly large. However, in future we will also present material which has not been confirmed. We undertake to be as thorough as possible in our investigation of each ‘miracle’ or ‘sign’ and will present them for your consideration only, since we cannot now make use of the confirmation and additional information which in the past was always provided by Benjamin Creme’s Master. Further details, when available, are given in the captions to the photographs.
For almost three decades, world governments have met every year to forge a global response to the climate emergency. Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), every country on earth is treaty-bound to “avoid dangerous climate change” and find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally in an equitable way. But, to this day, global emissions continue to rise and the impacts of climate change are hitting harder and earlier than ever. Scientific warnings are dramatized by unprecedented glacial melting in Greenland and wildfires in Australia. In fact, the nations of the earth have accomplished very little thus far to avert an impending, entirely foreseeable catastrophe. What keeps our elected officials and mankind as a whole from altering its path of apparent self-destruction? If solutions are cheaper, public opinion is mobilized and the impacts much clearer, why is political action not following?
Science tells us again and again that without a big increase in our actions it will be practically impossible to keep climate change within safe limits. Yet, the 25th iteration of the Conference of the Parties (COP25), which took place in Madrid at the close of 2019, saw delegates from nearly 200 countries struggling to reach agreement on key issues on the framework underpinning the Paris Climate Accord. All relevant and pressing issues such as drawing up rules on a carbon market between countries were deferred to the next climate summit in November 2020, marking yet another missed opportunity to ratchet up ambitions on climate action. The staggering failure of international leadership is all the more important in light of a plethora of new studies that showcase the urgency to act swiftly.
We could list a myriad of reasons as to why our leaders seem to fail us in meeting the twin objectives of a low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathway: from bureaucratic inertia to ideological resistance; from nations like the USA or Brazil, who threatened to pull out of the Paris Accord thus undermining effective international climate negotiations, to powerful multinational corporations, which weigh in all their accumulated power to continue their business as usual whilst destroying land and polluting the air. What they all have in common is a basic narrative around climate change, which is itself part of the problem: it makes climate change seem unsolvable and narrows it down to fossil fuel and emissions, instead of placing more emphasis on the planet as a living being.
Globalization and its discontents have been wreaking havoc on the very organs and tissues of this being, including ecosystems, biodiversity, wetlands and coral reefs. By degrading the biosphere, the planet becomes much less capable of dealing with challenges such as rising sea levels. Even if we could cut carbon emissions overnight and engineer our way out of the climate crisis through innovative technologies and superimposed laws and regulations, the planet would still die a death of a million cuts. As long as the dominating narrative is not shifting towards a more holistic approach of regeneration, conservation and the healing of the planet in all its facets, we sidestep the core problem and delay our moral duty to care for the earth.
This brings the focus on environmental urgency to a local level, and makes it much more tangible as we see the damage being done to our rivers, soils and forests right in front of our eyes. The phenomenon of climate change also becomes much more concrete when we can act on it right here and now. However, it requires a fundamental change in our relationship to the material world and a growing recognition of our individual role in it, for therein lies the real problem: our spiritual crisis! Crises like the looming climate collapse are but symptoms and expression of this main cause. Our collective failure is to be found in the people’s deeply ingrained materialistic and egoistic perception of life, the mode of living that comes with it, as well as in the complacency that refuses to act differently and to refrain from the luxury we have grown accustomed to, foremost in developed nations, which drive the climate crisis in the first place. Scapegoating others leads only to a dead end and diverts attention away from real solutions.
In this way, the climate crisis almost forces us to the realization of our interdependence, because the losses we are seeing are connecting us with all life on earth. As long as we do not demonstrate and put to daily practice a sense of local and global companionship and express principles along the lines of sharing and trust, we will inevitably face existential threats. As Einstein said: “We cannot solve the problems that face us today with the same level of thinking that created them.” If not carried out with a different set of values and motivations, reducing the number of global carbon emissions only transfers our real problem to another playing field. The underlying question of concern is, therefore, one of consciousness and right motive. The moral compass of humanity needs to be aligned to its inherentinterconnectedness with all living beings.
The people’s voice is the ultimate yardstick
Politics will not change unless the awareness of people everywhere undergoes a shift towards a more genuine and shared sense of oneness with all humanity, our brothers and sisters – for politicians delay when they fear the risks of action outweigh the risks of inaction. The people’s voice is the ultimate yardstick by which to measure changes for the better. The inherently sensed truth that all deserve a dignified life is already propelling millions to demand changes, be they related to the climate crisis or other ills of modern society. The momentum is gaining speed on the part of those who feel a deep urge to transform a profoundly unjust system, as their innate quest for a more fulfilling life no longer resonates with the outworn structures of today. A critical mass of those people can inspire and galvanize men and women everywhere until a social tipping point is reached where people join a global movement, capable of overcoming present deadlocks in all fields. People will then find it easier to follow suit and stand up for what they inwardly know to be true and in line with their spiritual nature, affirming sharing and justice as the natural and only way to engender trust and a safer world for all.
Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi famously said that there is enough on Earth for everybody’s need, but not enough for everybody’s greed. He also said that “A certain degree of physical comfort is necessary but above a certain level it becomes a hindrance instead of a help; therefore the ideal of creating an unlimited number of wants and satisfying them seems to be a delusion and a trap. … Europeans will have to remodel their outlook if they are not to perish under the weight of the comforts to which they are becoming slaves.”
Despite those and many similar warnings, in the 1920s (significantly in the interlude between WW1 and WW2) a new concept found its way into manufacturing — “planned obsolescence”. This deliberate short-term durability became the norm. What made it even more powerful was that it was consciously morphed into a further even more powerful ‘delusion’ — that of “the obsolescence of desirability”. Advertising, as many people now take for granted, was used to inculcate a feeling of insufficiency or a personal sense of failure if the newest, latest, biggest, best product remained beyond our grasp.
Now, we find ourselves in that ‘trap’ and the effects of greed are clear enough to most thoughtful observers. The Earth is suffering and, as economist and author Jeffrey Sachs put it: “The world is hitting global limits in its use of resources. We are feeling the shocks each day in catastrophic floods, droughts, and storms — and in the resulting surge in prices in the marketplace. Our fate now depends on whether we co-operate or fall victim to self-defeating greed.”
The notion of sustainability applied as widely as possible to all areas of life is finally here. What started as citizens’ local projects which expanded to be accepted as a practical norm have gradually developed into policies as local, federal, national bodies are beginning to incorporate and implement them. The throw-away lifestyle is transitioning into what may one day become known as ‘post-consumerism’ with recycling, reusing, repair, mend and make-do as the key factors in a new relationship of responsible stewardship, and correct husbandry of the resources provided by our planet.
Slovenia has embraced the need for such change and is playing a leading role in the recycling and the waste management revolution. Its capital, Ljubljana, was named European Green Capital in 2016. Re-use of objects is also high on the Slovene agenda and the following interview is a small-scale but effective example of sustainability in action.
Humanity is faced with a series of self-made, interrelated crises, from the environmental catastrophe to poverty, inequality, the absence of peace and an unprecedented level of displaced persons, among other pressing issues. All have been brought about by the negative behaviour of mankind, by the pervasive modes of living, the corrosive values and ideologies that dominate all aspects of contemporary life.
The latest crisis is the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the potential resulting collapse of the world economy. It is a collective crisis the like of which we have never seen before. Whole populations are being forced to change behaviour, to stop travelling, to withdraw, stop shopping, stay at home and to support others in the community. It is forcing people to shift their focus and slow down, to simplify and re-examine their lives. Worrying and unsettling in the immediate term, but potentially liberating, providing the space in which to be quiet, to reflect and look within, and good for the natural environment.
With crisis comes opportunity, the possibility for growth and realignment with purpose; for change to take place — change that inculcates harmony, allowing for that which has hitherto been inhibited to be to be expressed.
There is a natural order to life and certain fundamental laws that underpin all manifestation. When this rhythm is inhibited — individually or collectively — stasis takes place leading to dis-ease, and a crisis of some kind occurs. The greater the resistance the more inevitable and intense the crisis becomes.
Current modes of living are disharmonious, the socio-economic and political systems are totally unjust, favouring the few at the expense of the many; driven by divisive materialistic values and the reductive ideology of greed they sit at the core of most if not all of our problems. Ecosystems have been disrupted by self-centred human activity, weather patterns completely altered by the poisons daily poured into the atmosphere, leading to disharmony within the climate. Huge numbers of people recognize these facts and the need for a new way of living, but resistance among governments and corporate power is fierce; attachment to the status quo deep; fear of loss of power and privilege, intense. And so the required changes are consistently blocked; the natural order, which forever moves towards harmony for that is its inherent quality is consistently blocked, creating further inflammation.
The Coronavirus is beyond the control of governments, institutions and corporate bodies of power. It is causing widespread chaos and this will intensify and broaden in scope, affecting not just public health but social order and will devastate the consumer-led economy. As stock markets tumble, businesses fail, global supply chains fracture and nations are forced to turn within, governments (predictably) talk about the ‘fundamental strength of the economy’ and the ability of the markets to ‘bounce back’ quickly after the crisis has passed, returning to business as usual. The ‘usual’ however is the problem: the ‘usual’ has poisoned the planet, created enormous levels of inequality, set one against another, nation against nation, sustained widespread exploitation of the vulnerable and encouraged a pernicious value system fuelling all manner of social ills. It is of the past and must now come to an end.
As the world faces the Covid-19 crisis, a coordinated response to the health demands and the economic impacts are needed; community service and simple acts of kindness are essential, as is sharing. This is a global crisis and a united response is called for, enough of competition and tribal nationalism — America first, China first, India first, etc., humanity and the planet first. Unity, cooperation, tolerance and understanding, these, together with sharing are the hallmarks of the time and must guide our thoughts and actions, now more than ever.
The pandemic will be overcome, and, if we embrace the opportunity this crisis offers there is a real chance that afterwards life could be fundamentally changed forever and for the good. A chance to re-imagine how to live, to introduce new modes of living that encourage the good, that cultivate unity, peace and natural happiness and allow the space in which to be.