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.
From the inception of Share International magazine, Benjamin Creme’s Master provided an article every month for nearly 35 years. In 2010 He wrote: “The decisions made by men now will decide, in large measure, the whole future of this planet.” Those decisions are now more urgent than ever and must be based on the acceptance of Brotherhood. Treasure Brotherhood, cherish Brotherhood, we are advised; it melts barriers and it transforms because it is Divine.
Without doubt, this is a time of major importance to humanity. The decisions made by men now will decide, in large measure, the whole future of this planet. Future generations will marvel at the apparent ease with which so many today slough off concern for the world’s ills: millions starve and die of want in a world blessed with a huge surplus of food; millions more are always hungry and undernourished.
Many know this to be true yet do nothing. How can this be? What prevents their action? The basis of this inaction is complacency, the source of all evil in the world. Complacency has its roots in the crime of separation which pulls men apart and prevents the flowering of Brotherhood.
Men soon must realize this truth or perish. Brotherhood is both an idea and the fact of our planetary life. Without the reality of Brotherhood as the basis for all action, man’s every effort would come to nothing.
When men accept Brotherhood as the essential nature of life, every aspect of our daily living will change for the better. Every manifestation of Brotherhood melts the barriers which form themselves between men and lead to misunderstanding and distrust. Brotherhood assuages the pain of loss and misfortune. It is a precious gift to be cultivated and nourished. Treasure Brotherhood, it is the key which gives entry to the finest chambers of the heart. We, your Elder Brothers, cherish Brotherhood as Our highest nature, and strive to maintain and strengthen its reality. When men, too, grasp the beneficent truth of Brotherhood, they will realize the beauty which its nature displays, and grasp something of the beauty of divinity itself. Brotherhood is divine as men are divine. It could not be otherwise.
Men are about to experience a profound truth, an awareness of their essential Being. For most, it will come as an experience of rebirth to a state long lost in the distant past. Each, in his own way, will feel redeemed, made new, cleansed and purified. The joy and beauty of Brotherhood will thrill through their Being, and each will see themselves as a part of that beauty and love.
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 letters published here describe encounters and experiences some of which were confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master, while the more recent letters carry no such confirmation. It is the writers’ and the editors’ experience, based on familiarity with such occurrences, plus the writer’s own intuitive response, which gives them the confidence to judge these encounters to be significant and meaningful — both personally and generally. Some experiences seem specific to the individual concerned while others speak for themselves in providing hope and inspiration to all. We present them for your consideration.
There is a small town in the Pennines, UK, called Hebden Bridge. Over the years I have posted Emergence copies into many letter boxes there.
A river runs through the middle of the town, and this year , on a cold January Sunday morning, we walked the river side path into the deserted town.
Suddenly a tall young man jumped onto the iron handrail leading to the bridge and proceeded to ‘tightrope’ walk the three-inch iron rail, as if he was walking on air (in spite of the 30-foot drop into the river). He then jumped onto a parapet on the bridge and turned to look at us.
In my mind I was thinking ‘Master Jesus’ — no smile, no wave, just a gentle gaze which spoke volumes in the present situation.
Thank you Share International magazine for so many uplifting experiences you print. Much needed in these trying times.
Light and love
Several years ago I had this experience immediately after giving a lecture in Los Angeles. Typically after a talk, people line up to ask me questions or share an experience and this was no exception. Suddenly a short man with dark hair stepped in front of the others to talk with me. He seemed very happy. We spoke briefly and I asked his name. He said, “I will tell you, but you have to repeat it after me”. I said, “OK”. He said, “U.” I repeated, “U”. He said, “R”. I said, “R”. He said, “Love”. I said, “Love – U. R. Love”. He beamed at me with a huge smile and said very excitedly, “So are you!” and threw his arms around me in a big hug. I was immediately filled with a flood of joy that is impossible to describe.
I watched as he walked away several steps to the water cooler to get a drink and I thought, ‘The Water Carrier’. So I wrote to Benjamin Creme and he confirmed that the man was Maitreya using a familiar. What a wonderful experience of pure joy! And of course it seems the lesson is that, regardless of race, sex or sexual preference, belief system, financial status, level of education, country of origin, or personality type, we are all... “love”.
I have been doing Transmission Meditation for nearly six years now [written November 2004] and I also send Reiki healing to people who need it. But I don’t really know if I’m doing it correctly — so one day I thought it would be quite nice just to have a sign to let me know if I’m being effective.
I realize it’s no good asking for a sign without specifying what sort of sign! So, I came up with the idea of a cloud formation in the shape of an angel, which perhaps would not be too difficult to manifest and distinctive enough not to be imagination. I looked out of the window and saw puffs of clouds floating by, but no angel! I did this once or twice with no result, so I dismissed the thought out of my mind. It didn’t really matter if I had a sign or not as I would go on meditating anyway to the best of my ability, in the hope of doing some good.
Two or three days later (15 September 2004), it was a lovely sunny day and I thought “I must get out in the sunshine”. I went out and sat on the grass and, after a little while, I happened to look up. And there above me I saw a large angel, with great arching wings coming to a point at the feet. Its head in the North and feet in the South. It stayed there for five to ten minutes before slowly drifting out of shape.
I would very much like to know who or what manifested that angel for me and to say thank you for listening to me and giving me a sign.
This selection of quotations is taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ, Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks Volumes One and Two), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
When we understand this Law and its relation to the Law of Rebirth, we will come to understand the need for harmlessness in all relationships. The rightness, the inevitability, the “commonsense-ness” of right relationship will be driven home to us. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
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.
Lakhdar Brahimi is an Algerian former freedom fighter, foreign minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat, and has been a member of The Elders since the group was founded in 2007. In the following article, he reflects on the importance of working together to recover sustainably from the pandemic and combat other existential threats to humanity such as war and conflict, climate change and nuclear proliferation.
We have seen over the past 12 months how Covid-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities, especially for people already suffering multiple hardships in fragile states and conflict zones. It is vital now that the world does not succumb to ‘vaccine nationalism’ and other short-term measures that favour the privileged and wealthy — within and between countries and regions. If we have learned anything over the past year, it should be that, in a pandemic, none of us is safe until all of us are safe.
Poverty, inequality and injustice — these three ills of human society did probably not directly cause the pandemic, but they certainly helped it spread. In my personal experience, they were both the cause and the consequence of the conflicts which continue to spread and grow around the world, and I was delighted to discuss these issues with Mary Robinson, our Chair at The Elders, in the latest episode of the ‘Finding Humanity’ podcast.
The part of the world I come from — the Middle East and North Africa as it is called in ‘UN-speak’ — is beset with all sorts of problems, and in general, these problems are not being handled that well. 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the ‘Arab Spring’, which raised huge hopes when it started in Tunisia in December 2010 and seemed to triumph less than one month later. Now, for most people, this is a bittersweet moment to recall both the bravery of protesters peacefully demanding greater freedom, and the extent to which early optimism has been replaced with deep doubts and even despair.
The region is receiving outside help and for that we must be grateful. But are our countries and people always receiving the right kind of help? The best help any external party can give in a conflict situation or peace process is to encourage the people at the heart of the situation to do what they think will improve the situation in their country.
Pursuing the narrow and selfish objectives of external players, ultimately, does not even achieve those narrow objectives and will damage rather than help the interests of the suffering people in the country in conflict, especially when those external players are working against, rather than with, each other: look at Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. (Source: theelders.org)
“This comprehensive and immensely important report shows us how by bringing economics and ecology face to face we can help to save the natural world and in doing so save ourselves.” (David Attenborough, Introduction to the Dasgupta Review, abridged version).
This is the urgent message to world leaders and communities worldwide of the Dasgupta Review. It was commissioned by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2019, as a ‘comprehensive global review of the link between biodiversity and economic growth’: to be led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University. Its brief was to ‘assess the economic benefits of biodiversity globally; assess the economic costs and risks of biodiversity loss; and identify a range of actions that can simultaneously enhance biodiversity and deliver economic prosperity’. The Review sits alongside accounts of the climate emergency and is just as important.
This report is a thorough and far-reaching exploration of the relationship between economics and ecology. Although it is primarily focused on economics, it also displays a deep understanding of humanity’s relation to nature overall; addressing the “failure of contemporary conceptions of economic possibilities to acknowledge that we are embedded within Nature; we are not external to it”.
As the Review spells out, if economics were to treat Nature as a capital asset alongside material products and services, then we would take a different approach to the natural world. Sustainable economic growth requires a different measure from Gross Domestic Product. And this change is essential if we are to prevent the breakdown of this most important but sometimes ‘invisible’ and silent asset.
Since the 1950s, humanity has despoiled nature to a devastating extent — and has become financially richer in the process. But this is no longer sustainable. The Review argues that losses in biodiversity are undermining the productivity, resilience and adaptability of nature. In turn, this is putting economies, livelihoods and well-being at risk: “Our demands far exceed nature’s capacity to supply us with the goods and services we all rely on. We would require 1.6 Earths to maintain the world’s current living standards. … Humanity now faces a choice: we can continue down a path where our demands on Nature far exceed its capacity to meet them on a sustainable basis; or we can take a different path, one where our engagements with Nature are not only sustainable but also enhance our collective wellbeing and that of our descendants”. Dasgupta has also pointed out that our toxic relationship with nature also gives rise to pandemics. …
In spite of the difficulties, and some apparently intransigent forces, the report is not pessimistic. …
Solutions are possible, but they rely on the will of individuals, governments and international bodies to act — and quickly. Fundamentally, we have to change our measures of economic success to guide us on a more sustainable path, for “Nature is our home. Good economics demands we manage it better. Our economies are embedded in nature, not external to it.”
The Review concludes: “The fault is not in economics; it lies in the way we have chosen to practise it. Transformative change is possible — we and our descendants deserve nothing less.”
The Masters are still striving to teach the disciples and humanity the art of co-operation: “It is Our earnest desire that men learn the art of co-operation, and to this end shall We act as mentors, teaching through example. So liberating is co-operation it is surprising, is it not, that men have been so tardy in learning its joys.”*
Benjamin Creme’s Master stated that cooperation is the only way forward for humanity: “It is by co-operation alone that mankind will survive, by co-operation alone the new civilization will be built, by cooperation only that men can know and demonstrate the inner truth of their divinity.”*
It is to be hoped that the Covid-19 pandemic will be a lesson for humanity, and especially for the world leaders, to recognize the oneness of humanity and that the way to solve our grave problems is by sharing and justice. It is to be hoped that the disciples in the world, through the support of the Masters — which they have — will also be teaching humanity (as embryonic models) the art of co-operation and cohesion by example.
Benjamin Creme’s Master states: “Men must release themselves from the poison of competition, must realize it for the glamour which it is, and, seeing the Oneness of all men, embrace co-operation for the General Good. (‘The Art of Co-operation’, Share International, September 2000)
Benjamin Creme underlines the disciple’s responsibility: “The soul aspect of a nation can only demonstrate through the disciples and initiates in the nation, because they are the ones who give expression to the soul aspect of any nation. It is up to the initiates and disciples to come forward with the ideas, the inspiring thought-form of co-operation on a global scale.” …
[* From the article ‘Co-operation’, Share International, December 1984.]