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. These were intended to be published not only at the time they were written, but also whenever appropriate according to world circumstances.
More than men think, the world is changing for the better. Despite the ominous clouds drifting across the planet from time to time, the main thrust of events is positive and hopeful. How much more is this the case than is apparent to men, only the manifold means at the disposal of Hierarchy can ascertain. However, there are still grave concerns which men ignore at their peril. Chief among these is the environment which, men must know, they daily undermine. This despoliation of nature now threatens the well-being of all and augurs badly for future generations. Pollution of the planet has now reached dangerous, life-threatening levels, thus weakening man’s inherent immunity and bringing again to the fore diseases once thought vanquished for ever.
Men must realize their responsibility for the planet on which they live. Stewards, men are, of a strong but sensitive organism and must protect it from harm. Few, today, can claim that this they do. On the contrary, men waste and ride roughshod over nature’s generous munificence, unheedful of tomorrow or their children’s needs. True it is that many are awakening to this problem, but until it is understood as the concern of all, and tackled globally, little progress will be made in changing direction.
You can be sure that Maitreya is not unmindful of the dangers to mankind if they ignore this pressing difficulty. He will urge men to work — everyone — for the planet’s restoration, and point the way to a simpler and happier life.
Once restored again to health, the planet will continue to give its bounty to all who approach with care and love. The elementals of the lower kingdoms know well their tasks; free from the influence of men’s disordered thoughts, these industrious builders can, in harmony, create a new and better world.
When men understand nature as the Great Mother of all, they will approach Her with reverence. Thus will She reveal to men Her secrets and laws. Armed with this new knowledge, men will in truth manifest as Gods.
Man is a crucible in which is being created a new Being. In the fiery heat of experience man is gradually learning the ways of God. Slow and painful may be the early steps but, in time, the pace will quicken. Revelation after revelation will expand his consciousness, leading to a crescendo of creativity and knowledge. Man will stand revealed as a Son of God.
The first step is to awaken to the dangers of the present situation. This is already well advanced and many seek to influence world-wide action. Like so much else, that action awaits a change of heart in major nations — the worst offenders in the pollution of the planet.
Maitreya will lend His voice and age-long knowledge to the coming debate and speak for those who have no voice and suffer in silence.
(Share International, June 2001)
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.
Share International has a reserve of unpublished letters which were confirmed by Benjamin Creme and his Master to be genuine encounters with Masters, or a ‘spokesperson’. Other letters, such as the one presented here, are new, and while we cannot confirm or indicate whether a Master is involved, we present them for your consideration.
Last week [letter received 1 June 2023], my 85-year-old father, who has Parkinson’s disease, fell backwards while on the stairwell in our home. My husband and I heard a loud crash, as if a heavy shelf of objects had fallen off a wall, and then a cry of terror. We both ran to our entryway and found my father lying in a near-foetal position on his right side on the ceramic tile floor. However, all the various objects my husband and I had placed on the side of the stairs, including a large box holding keys and cans of wood varnish that had just arrived in the post, were still in their place; although one of the varnish cans was clearly dented. So we can’t imagine what had made the noise we heard. My father had fallen from the fifth step up and it is also a mystery how he could have fallen from that distance with relatively few injuries and landed the way he did. In the end, he had fractured his leg, but we felt he must have had help from a divine source as he didn’t hit his head on the tile floor nor was he knocked unconscious. After the shock had worn off, my father said to me that he felt “the presence of God” with him when he fell and that he knows he had help. He also said that time stopped in that moment.
Editor’s note: This experience is reminiscent of other incidents confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master to have been help given by a Master or by Maitreya Himself.
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, from time to time we also present material which has not been confirmed by BC's Master. 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 BC's Master. Further details, when available, are given in the captions to the photographs.
A short video clip showing what looks like a glowing figure of light standing in a cleared area possibly in or near a jungle or forest in Caxambu, Minas Gerais, Brazil was posted on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@UfoGlobal) on 19 June 2023, and also featured on Coast-to-Coast AM, a well-known US radio show (coasttocoastam.com).
We make no claims about its authenticity or about what it is. It is, however, clearly reminiscent of other similar human-shaped light figures previously featured in Share International and, in one instance at least, confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master to be Maitreya.
The owner of the YouTube channel writes: "This video was sent to me by a friend who knows that I’m interested in such phenomena. On the day this was filmed he was close to the site when he heard people shouting excitedly. When he arrived on the scene he saw this light; at first he thought it was a reflection of something like a mirror, but then this being began to walk slowly. He said that suddenly everything was silent."
Image reproduced with permission.
As early as 2004, Benjamin Creme’s Master stated: “Much is known by many governmental agencies and withheld from the public. Above all, the harmlessness of the UFO, even when known, is never affirmed. On the contrary, everything concerning them, while wrapped in vague mystery, is presented as threat.
“People in positions of power and control know that if their people knew the true nature of the UFO phenomenon, and understood them to be envoys from civilizations far ahead of ours, they would no longer accept, passive and mute, the conditions of life on Earth. They would demand that their leaders invite these aerial guests to land openly, and to teach us how to live and achieve in the same fashion.
“The time is not far off when this will be the case. The time is coming when the true nature of life on planets other than Earth will be common knowledge; when men will begin to think of the Solar System as an interrelated whole, the planets at various points in evolution, but all working together to fulfil the Plan of the Solar Logos, and to help and sustain each other on the way.” (From ‘The Path to the Sun’, Share International, May 2004)
The idea of economic growth as necessary and clearly ‘a good thing’ is entrenched in our day-to-day thinking and speaking. Our politicians insist that growth is what they aim for, as if it is obvious. We don’t necessarily know what growth means but the idea that we can get richer and richer — do better than our parents, and that our children will do even better — is deeply embedded in popular discourse: politicians think that they must emphasise it and that economies that are growing less are clearly in a bad way. And it is true that, for those of us in the developed world, lives have become better, at least materially — along with, however, the gross inequality that in recent decades has become so much worse, where “the rich display their wealth before the poor” (Maitreya, Message No. 81, 12 September 1979).
But in recent years there is an increasingly vocal counter-movement: if we are to survive as a species, if Planet Earth itself is to survive, perpetual growth cannot be our aim. That is the gist of Jason Hickel’s book Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World. His argument is persuasive and, with a trenchant style of writing to match, we have to take notice; Hickel is an excellent advocate for sharing the world’s resources. …
The first half of the book is titled ‘More is Less’. Hickel writes an excoriating historical account of the growth of Western capitalism — how everything of real value has been sacrificed to the profit motive, and where exploitation, both of nature and people, is an inherent, inevitable part. The very titles of each section tell their own story: ‘Capitalism — a creation story’; ‘Rise of the Juggernaut’; ‘Will technology save us?’ (No, Hickel asserts: ‘green growth’ is a ‘pipe dream’ and degrowth is the only viable option.)
However, Hickel’s book is not about fear or despair but ‘hope’, as he sets out in the second part of the book, ‘Less is More’. This is also made up of three sections: ‘Secrets of the Good Life’; ‘Pathways to a post capitalist world’; ‘Everything is connected’.
‘Secrets of the Good Life’
Hickel shows how, in a comparison of different countries, happiness, well-being and a sense of meaning do not result — as conventional thinking assumes — from a constant increase in growth (a high GDP) but, as in Costa Rica, whose income is a fifth of that of the US, from “organizing production around human well-being, investing in public goods, and distributing income and opportunity more fairly”. … On the contrary, the pursuit of growth as a sole economic aim in already high income countries is exacerbating inequality, and contributes to problems like stress and depression from overwork. Throughout, Hickel is advocating for both greater individual, and more importantly, global equality. …
‘Pathways to a post-capitalistic world’
Here, Hickel shows that developed countries are obsessed at present with the threat of ‘recession’. But he points out that degrowth is not the same as a recession. A recession is caused when growth is aimed at and then stops. “Degrowth is completely different. It’s about shifting to a different kind of economy altogether — an economy that doesn’t need growth in the first place. An economy that’s organized around human flourishing and ecological stability, rather than the constant accumulation of capital … Degrowth represents release. It represents an opportunity for healing, recovery and repair”.
‘Everything is connected’
In the final section of the book, Hickel draws on the beliefs of Indigenous peoples to stress the fundamental interdependence of all of nature, and the essential unity of all life. “We must learn to see ourselves once again as part of a broader community of living beings … everything is intimately interconnected.” This belief underpins the whole book.
“The inner call for freedom … will echo and re-echo until the last bastions of tyranny crumble.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The people’s voice’)
After four decades of oppression, the people of Iran have united under the banner of “Woman, Life, Freedom” against the despotic regime of the Islamic Republic. The unrelenting call for freedom has been resounding throughout Iran since the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, on 16 September 2022 in the custody of the country’s Guidance Patrol. She was beaten and detained for not observing ‘proper’ hijab, the regime’s strict dress code. Her death ignited a nationwide movement, with the longest, most continuous and inclusive protests ever to engulf the country.
Young girls took to the streets, stood on cars and raised platforms, waving their headscarves in the air and setting them on fire. The death of teenage girls participating in protests sparked an explosion of fury and revolt by women and girls against the regime, bringing more people to the streets, chanting “Down with the dictator”, “Down with the Islamic Republic” and “We don’t want a child-killing regime”. The uprising was soon joined by men and people from all ages and sections of society. The protests spread to all 31 provinces of Iran and beyond the borders of the country to over 150 cities around the world.
Hijab as a symbol
“The role played by Iranian women right now seems very unprecedented,” says Dan Edelstein, professor of political science and history at Stanford University in the US.
Despite some Western misperceptions, hijab is not a cultural choice for most women in Iran but a mandate imposed on them by the Islamic Republic, which has sought to police and control women’s bodies since its inception. Flouting the veil and burning it has become a powerful act of civil disobedience and defiance against a totalitarian regime whose most visible sign and symbol of women’s repression is the compulsory hijab. …
Women’s role and women’s rights
One of the first acts of the country’s first supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, after he came to power in 1979, was to legalize discrimination against women. The day after his announcement of the hijab decree, thousands of women marched onto the streets of Tehran on International Women’s Day. Protests continued for days, but they went largely ignored amid the chaos of all the social and political transitions of the time.
Women in Iran have since been subjected to a host of discriminatory laws and practices in both personal and public spheres, and the compulsory hijab has always been contested. They are denied equal rights in matters of marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance as well as in employment and political office. And while outnumbering men in higher education, they constitute only between 10-20 percent of the labor force and earn less than 50 percent for equal work.
Yet despite the challenges and restrictions, women have continuously pushed against gender discrimination and have played a dynamic role in society. …
“At marches and demonstrations, where the people call for justice, peace and sanity, Maitreya may be found in one or other guise, playing the part of the people and speaking in their name. His energy of love pervades these gatherings of the just and inspires them to further effort. His strength becomes theirs and they feel undaunted and sure.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The ending of bondage’)
A number of unique and salient characteristics set this wave of protests apart from previous cycles in the past. The level of fearlessness, and the extent of unity, as well as the young age of protesters, with the average being 15, according to official reports, are some of the significant features of this uprising. Even children as young as 4 and 5 participate through chants and songs. Footage of three elementary schoolgirls shows them marching in unison in their schoolyard, waving their headscarves while fiercely chanting, “Zan, Zendegi, Azadi” (“Woman, life, freedom”). A girl of about six recites a poem with the lines: “Our generation is a generation of love and sacrifice … a generation of awakened thoughts who detests hypocrisy and lies. It is a joyful generation, anti-war and overflowing with songs. It’s the generation of woman, life, liberty … and love.”
“Unity” has become another of the highlights and keywords of this uprising. The struggle against tyranny and the desire for freedom has brought people together across age, gender, ethnicity, religion and all corners of society together on a scale unseen before.
Greenwashing refers to the marketing practice where businesses seek to capitalize on the growing movement for environmentally sound products by selling goods labeled as green that actually aren’t. Phrases such as ‘eco-friendly’, ‘ethical’, ‘sustainable’, ‘naturally sourced’, ‘earth friendly’, ‘100 percent organic’, ‘cruelty free’, and ‘carbon neutral’ are used to persuade the consumer that their product is good for the planet.
In the EU, for example, a study published in 2020 found that more than half (53 percent) of green claims on products were deemed to be vague, misleading or unfounded, while 40 percent were unsubstantiated.
According to Jonny White, a director at advertising agency AMV BBDO: “Misleading environmental claims are under the microscope from advertising regulators, consumer watchdogs and even governments. The risks of getting it wrong are huge, with brands being shamed publicly when they are guilty of misleading the public.”
One example of greenwashing in the UK relates to employer schemes or private pensions, into which just under 50 percent of all UK employees now pay and where they can make a choice about how their money is invested. Many choose to invest in a fund that emphasizes sustainability.
The financial industry has reacted by creating funds labelled as sustainable, climate, carbon, transition or ESG (short for environmental, social and governance).
Maeve O’Connor, an analyst at the Carbon Tracker Initiative, and one of the authors of a report analysing where funds were invested, said: “What we found is that these funds, despite their names, can often include sometimes large positions in fossil fuel companies. For retail investors that could be seen to be misleading. If I’m investing in a green fund, do I want my investment to be going to ExxonMobil? Probably not.” …
Agencies from Australia to the United States have stepped up efforts to fight environmental deception in recent years, including activists checking corporate filings to expose whatever misleading claims they can find. However, there is not nearly enough enforcement of ‘truth-in-advertising’ rules today. In an effort to change that, many governments are working on, or have introduced, new regulations that can help to hold corporations accountable. …
Zorka Milin, a senior advisor at Global Witness (speaking in relation to a greenwashing complaint against Shell in the US) said earlier this year that “Overstating investments in renewables and misleading the public is pure greenwashing. Climate action cannot be dreamed up in marketing departments, instead it must underpin the concrete activity of the company as a whole.”
With the growing demand from consumers and governments for honesty relating to a business’s environmental credentials, it’s likely that the practice of greenwashing will gradually become less acceptable worldwide, enabling people to make informed choices that are more supportive of a healthy planet.
Since 2001, all major faith groups have been building partnerships to address the challenges facing the world through practical action. From 2015, their projects were based on, and measured against, the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outlined in The Bristol Commitments: faith plans for a sustainable future*. Now, according to Al Jazeera’s Earthrise, April 2023, that focus is being switched to the environmental crises and active recognition of the responsibility placed on humanity for the stewardship of Earth. As a result, a multi-faith, multi-sector, multi-faceted approach is developing quickly, driven by a new sense of urgency, a revisiting of religious values and realization of their potential influence through education, activism, and redirected finance.
And their potential to bring about change is enormous. Estimates suggest that nearly 85 percent of the world’s population claim connection with a faith of some kind, with Christians and Moslems being the majority by far. Their combined financial and physical assets are huge, and with their global reach and ability to mobilize action at every level of society, their influence is unparalleled by any other institution. As Bishop Olivia Graham, an environment lead for the Anglican Church, observes: “Our politicians don’t have any incentive, really, to take a long-term view. They’re naturally very focused on the national interest. Faith groups transcend all of that. They cut across borders. They are able to take a much broader view and also to mobilize in a really effective way.” …
In 2019, a new kind of investment partnership, FaithInvest, an international, not-for-profit network, was set up after a “landmark Faith in Finance meeting of religious investors, philanthropies, the United Nations, national governments and investment firms” in order to “grow the scale of faith-consistent investing (FCI) worldwide for the benefit of people and planet.”* This means proactive investing for a “beautiful and just world”, rather than making investment decisions that simply avoid harm.
Theologian and environmentalist, Martin Palmer, Founding President and first CEO of FaithInvest explains: “You can go to the Bible, you can go to the Qur’an, you can go to the Bhagavad Gita, you can go to the Tao Te Ching, and there are the values and the mission that should be driving everything that faith does. So we build an investment programme that is driven by faith. You don’t just invest willy-nilly and then use the money to do ‘good things’, which has tended to be the habit of the last hundred years. You move that money so that the money that you earn is supporting the things you would want to see happening anyway. ‘Faith-Consistent Investing’ And that’s opened the floodgates. …
Dave Zellner, Chair, Faithinvest Board of Trustees: “I think the ultimate goal is to change the world. To make the world a better place. There’s a lot of money in the faith community that wants to align with this goal — to get to a Net Zero economy.”
In summary, Burrell says: “While the extent of the climate and nature crisis is growing, so too are the alliances which are encouraging, inspiring and even forcing action, because people are realizing that there is no common cause greater than protecting life on Earth.”
(* Source: faithinvest.org)