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.
Articles 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. The following articles, although written in 2013 and 2015 respectively, voice for us our present bewilderment and fears as the global community struggles to comprehend the full significance of the crisis. ”Whither now?” the world wonders. We have been overtaken by events that reveal the paucity of our systems, attitudes and values. The Masters advise humanity to prepare for the new with open minds and hearts.
It is becoming more and more obvious that the economic systems of today no longer work. Too many, millions indeed, are excluded from the right to sufficient food to sustain life. The productive capacity of this planet is vast, but so inadequate and unequal are the means of distribution that millions suffer and die without cause. Men know this to be true yet little is done to remedy this crime.
Whither now? For how much longer must the poor suffer in this way? For how long can the nations support this iniquity before an immeasurable catastrophe engulfs the world?
Is it not strange that men have never sought to remedy this eternal, tragic situation where millions suffer and die from want in the midst of plenty? The simplest of solutions, it would seem, has never occurred to those who have abundant plenty. Why does not simple justice reveal the solution? That the rich must share the riches they control is not only sensible and just but essential for world peace and the benefit of all if the survival of all is to be assured.
Make no mistake, men must come to realise that sharing is not simply a good and just idea but is essential if mankind is to survive. Only wise and just sharing will bring the peace which all men desire. For without sharing trust would never arise.
Be assured that Maitreya Himself will tell men this simple truth and open their eyes to the benefits which will follow. Become one of His many workers who seek to establish the need for sharing and justice. Remember that no man is separate and alone, that all men, knowingly or not, are linked together with invisible ties in a long journey of succeeding revelation. Renounce the path of separation and aid your brothers and sisters on the way.
For some people the coming months will feel to be the most difficult they have known, causing them to search for even a glimmer of hope, of respite from forces with which they feel unable to cope.
At the same time, for others, there will be a heightened sense of their ingenuity and creativity, however unreal this may be. All is moving swiftly into the New Age and impress of Aquarius, whatever the ‘reading’ of this event. The impact of this will be powerful indeed.
How then should men respond? Know this as a further step towards the New Time and in doing so await the appearance of the Great Lord. Open the gates of heart and mind and be prepared for the onslaught of the new.
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.
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 present here a selection of previously unpublished answers provided over the years by BC and his Master.
Because the Masters cannot stop it. They are not allowed to stop it. We are allowed to stop it. We could stop it tomorrow. We could distribute the resources of the world so that the day after none need die. Yet millions of people starve to death. But it’s not the Masters’ responsibility. It’s our responsibility.
There is a great Law called Free will. The Law governing our free will does not allow the Masters to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves. We would never grow. We would never evolve. We would never become Masters. We would never achieve the evolution that is our destiny in this world if the Masters did everything for us. We have to recognize that it is our responsibility.
It is a terrible crime that people are dying. People say, “Why does God allow this?” It has nothing to do with God. It has to do with us. We are responsible for each other. That’s why we are here. We are here to look after each other. That’s what families do and the sooner we recognize it, the better off we will be.
So, it’s not up to the Masters. It’s up to each individual to take the responsibility for being human; and to be human is to be divine. They are one and the same. A time is coming when humanity, individually, will recognize that what we call humanity and what we call God are one and the same. There is no division. There is no separation at all. Throughout all of cosmos every particle, every element of life is related to every other particle, so throughout cosmos nothing is separate. That’s the great heresy, the idea that we are separate.
Share International has a reserve of unpublished letters which were confirmed by Benjamin Creme and his Master to be genuine encounters with Masters, or with a ‘spokesperson’.
Our house has been up for sale for nearly nine months [ed: written in June 2005]. We’ve had many viewings; it has been sold twice and then the sale has fallen through. We thought just a few days ago that we had sold it only to find the lady had decided not to go ahead. The reason for us selling is that I have difficulty with the stairs and also I have a group for meditation on Sundays and the bungalow we would like to purchase is more appropriate as I wouldn’t have to use the lounge.
On Friday, we were on the point of giving up. On Saturday at lunchtime a couple knocked on the door and said they had a 1.30 appointment to view our house and the appointment had been made by the estate agent (realtor).
We knew nothing about it but allowed them to view the house. The man was black and the lady was white. It was a very unusual viewing. They were very jolly and happy and only picked out positive points about the house. They didn’t give their names or where they were from.
I have a large statue of Jesus on the stairs and when the lady saw it she said that we have some very interesting things. When they left they shook hands with us both and said we should contact the estate agent to express our concern at not being notified.
After they left I rang the agent who dealt with the sale and no one had sent the couple to us. At first we thought someone had just decided to knock on the door and view but as we thought about it longer we wondered whether it may have been Jesus and Maitreya. After the couple’s visit we felt we had the strength to carry on. The estate agent has advised us never to allow this to happen again as it is risky. Could you ask your Master please about the couple who visited our home?
I once went to a small store to buy some wool. The man who happened to be the owner asked me why I wanted to buy 100 percent pure wool. I told him that I wanted to knit an ‘asana’ that I intended to put over my meditation cushion. He asked me what meditation was all about, and we went on talking for a long time about various topics, including Jesus, the man’s own beliefs and mine. As we chatted, he called me by my first name, Sylvie; my heart stopped beating for a second. I was really scared, after all, this man didn’t know me before and I had not mentioned my name. A little later, as the conversation went on, he again mentioned my name. I asked how he knew my name. He remained relaxed and said, “Oh, you know, I’m a good psychologist”. When I was ready to leave, he asked me if he could kiss me on each cheek, and I said, “Of course!” I had to fight hard not to shed any tears. He led me to the door of his store saying, “If you want to come back and meet with me again you can. But, by the month of June, I will close this store and it won’t exist anymore.”
Who was this man? Thank you.
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.
“To vitally support the developing world at the present moment, is not a matter of generosity, it’s a matter of enlightened self-interest.” António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
The United Nations will turn 75 years old on 24 October this year. For the past 75 years, it has been tasked with serving the world’s population and alleviating hunger, disease and poverty. The current pandemic has brought the world to its knees, but especially in the economic and healthcare fields. While scientists are racing to find a vaccine against Covid-19 many of the UN agencies are desperate to prevent the collateral damage of the crisis, including a pandemic-induced food emergency, which will hit the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Two UN agencies that face great challenges at this time are the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). While the WHO is dealing with the pandemic itself, in addition to treating and preventing the many other communicable and non-communicable diseases in the world, the WFP is faced with logistical challenges on how to continue to reach the millions of people who rely on it for food each year.
The WFP, responsible for alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the world, currently assists over 100 million people in 83 countries, including 30 million people who depend on the organization just to stay alive. Like all UN agencies, it relies on member state donations to operate, with the US and Germany being its two most generous donors. Before the pandemic, appallingly, 1 in 9 people in the world already did not have enough food to eat – that is roughly 821 million people. However, the pandemic has made an intolerable situation even worse and has exacerbated already existing inequalities.
The Executive Director of the WFP, David Beasley, told the UN Security Council in April 2020, that the world is now at risk of facing “multiple famines of biblical proportions within a short few months” because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and that in order to avoid this catastrophe urgent action is needed. Beasley – who himself had contracted and recovered from Covid-19 – said that “an additional 130 million people could be pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of 2020. That’s a total of 265 million people”.
While the entire world lives in fear of the coronavirus pandemic, many comments abound about its origin, on social networks and even the mainstream media.
Some claim that the new 5G technology for smartphones is responsible for weakening our immune system. Those who promote that theory never miss an opportunity to point out that Wuhan, the apparent origin of the virus, was the first place in the world where 5G was intensively developed and tested near the Institute of Virology in the same city.
Others see the connection with the poor pangolin, hunted and sold for food in Chinese markets, as a symbol of nature’s revenge, and the animal kingdom in particular, on uncaring human beings.
Many other theories and ‘explanations’ have been circulating wildly. But one thing that our governments will certainly do their utmost to hide from public opinion and awareness is the unpreparedness of our healthcare systems. It is not only that this pandemic was not expected by both governments and the scientific community but also the fact they should have known, since previous epidemics such as SARS, H1N1 and others had shown that such an occurrence could actually break out unexpectedly.
Above all, what is striking is that we have lost the capacity to face such situations in the so-called developed countries and economies. And the precise reason for this has nothing to do with science or with 5G or the pangolin. It is rooted in our politics.
The example of France is significant in this respect. In 2000, France was ranked first by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its healthcare system. Since then, regular cuts in the healthcare budgets have been made by successive governments, in order to comply with the General Orientations of Economic Policy (GOEP) enacted by the European Commission. Thousands of beds were removed and complete hospitals and maternity centres were literally closed in the name of ‘good governance’.
We could call this ‘good governance’ or we could call it ‘austerity’ but, whatever the descriptor, the fact remains and the result is clear: the French healthcare system has been significantly reduced in the last 20 years. So much so that now France is hardly ranked among the first ten countries in Europe for healthcare.
Before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, medical staff took to the streets and triggered strikes, in order to protest against their desperate situation, the lack of personnel and adequate equipment. They had warned the government that they were exhausted and that the system was on the verge of a collapse. Congested accident and emergency departments in hospitals across the country were a dramatic symbol of the problem.
Cutting medical service to pay off debts
When he was elected President, Emmanuel Macron, a so-called convinced ‘liberal’, had already designed a programme intended for a €15 billion saving on health insurance. That, inevitably, meant more budget cuts to the healthcare system.
According to French economist Thomas Porcher, member of ‘Les économistes atterrés’ [literally, ‘The Appalled Economists’; an association created by economists in order to “resist the neoliberal orthodoxy”] nearly 20,000 hospital beds have therefore been removed in the last ten years.
In the case of Italy, the country ‘saved’ €20 billion of social ‘expenses’ and closed 70,000 hospital beds in ten years, Porcher says.
Successive Conservative governments in the UK have implemented a policy of ‘austerity’, with real-term cuts to health and social care.
Implicit in the GOEP is the underlying obligation to give priority to national debt repayment rather than social welfare. By cutting its health expenses, Italy clearly preserved its capacity to borrow money on the financial markets. It is not by chance that Italy, Spain, France, and the UK are four of the European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus.
Today we are all experiencing one or more of the negative effects of an incredibly destructive ‘agent of change’. Truth be told, horrific things happen every day on this planet, but they usually affect other people in other places. Covid-19, on the other hand, has the potential to reach anyone, anywhere, and our lives have been upended in a multitude of ways. The obvious questions — how do we stop this virus, how can we protect ourselves from a resurgence, will we be able to resurrect the global economy, what happens if our jobs can’t be restored — are all unknowns. They occupy our thoughts and emotions daily, hourly, with every newscast or twitter feed.
For some, the crisis is merely an inconvenient interruption in their ‘business as usual’. For some it has increased their already staggering profits or created new ways to capitalize at the expense of others. But for most of the other billions of people on the planet it is a radically amplified survival issue.
From both scientific and spiritual perspectives, we know that nothing happens by chance: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” and “As you sow, so shall you reap.” What is happening today has its roots in everything that has gone before, and when the tension reaches a tipping point, something extraordinary happens to get our attention. This pandemic may be saying “STOP … NOW … look at the world you have built … untold suffering amidst obscene excess … all life forms and the planet itself in mortal danger.” The winding down and isolation are giving us the opportunity to think about these issues deeply and come out of it with a better Plan B.
That so many people are actually getting the message is a very hopeful sign. Neighbors are helping with each other’s daily needs; service organizations are expanding their roles and methods to accommodate a rapidly increasing clientele; advocacy groups are fighting hard on behalf of the environment, human rights, social justice and many more crucial issues; scientific organizations around the world are sharing their findings in an effort to develop both treatments and vaccines; governments are trying to lift the financial burden of their citizens.
What would happen if this behavior were to continue on an even bigger scale after the coronavirus is subdued? Could it not eventually lead to treating a recovering planet as a ‘global village’ and its citizens as the one human family it truly is? It would take time, but it has to start with the recognition of our interdependence and demanding of our ‘leaders’ that we all push the ‘reset’ button and begin to move in this direction!
Graeme Maxton is an economist, lecturer and best-selling author. He was Secretary General of the Club of Rome from 2014 to 2018. His latest book, Globaler Klimanotstand (Global Climate Emergency), was published in 2020. He is deeply critical of modern economic thinking and writes urgently about the need for fundamental change. His 2018 book Change! Warum wir eine radikale Wende brauchen (Why we need a radical turnaround) was a number one Amazon best-seller in Germany. Felicity Eliot interviewed him in early April at a very intense time of the lockdown.
SI: What strange times we find ourselves in!
Graeme Maxton: Indeed, but it is one of those things which I suppose has been expected in some form and, of course, the more we push against the boundaries of nature the more likely it is that such a thing is going to happen. But, awful as it is in terms of human lives lost and misery, it’s the first thing that’s given me hope in a long time.
SI: Despite all the suffering, many seem to be hopeful, sensing that there are possibilities within the present bizarre time of plague. One thing is clear — we can’t go back to business as usual. Do I understand you to mean that you think most change advocated isn’t radical enough?
GM: The idea that you can just make slight modifications to the way we do things, the way we live, recycle more and cut the number of flights you take is not going to achieve anything like the cut in emission levels needed. But suddenly it seems possible! We can stop all the flights. We can stop all those cars, all those ships carrying all sorts of stuff that we don’t need all around the world. And now suddenly that radical thing is being shown to have happened. So suddenly what seemed a fanciful idea can happen. And this has given people like me a tremendous opportunity to say: look we can do it! For the first time in a very long time I feel optimistic because we can see that we can actually solve the climate problem.
SI: Some are still in denial about climate change, including some prominent leaders. Could you say how it is that our financial and economic systems clash with the environment and have resulted in much destruction of the planet?
GM: We have this economic system where we try and grow the economy every year. There’s great focus on economic growth, but to achieve growth we have to increase production. To increase production we have to use more resources. And we have to use more energy, since to do all these things needs energy. To dig up all those resources and to generate the energy required for the factories, the ships, all the things that are required to grow food as well, for example, to create all that energy is mostly based on carbon. And that means coal, oil and gas. So every year we have to create more stuff which means we have to generate more energy which creates more emissions and so we create climate change. It is the push for increased productivity and more economic growth that is the direct cause of climate change.
On this May Day in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which up to now has infected over 3.19 million and killed over 228,000, let us not forget that we are also facing the Pandemic of Hunger as well as that of the Destruction of Livelihoods. The World Food Programme tells us of the looming “hunger pandemic” which has the potential to engulf over a quarter of a billion people whose lives and livelihoods will be plunged into immediate danger. It tells us that more than a million people are on the verge of starvation, and 300,000 could starve to death every single day for the next three months.
The ILO [International Labour Association] informs us that as a result of the economic crisis created by the pandemic almost 1.6 billion informal economy workers, the most vulnerable in the labour market, have suffered massive damage to their capacity to earn a living. The Agency tells us: “For millions of workers, no income means no food, no security and no future.
As the pandemic and the jobs crises evolve, the need to protect the most vulnerable becomes even more urgent.”
All three pandemics have their roots in an economic model based on profits, greed and extractivism, which has accelerated ecological destruction, aggravated loss of livelihoods, increased economic inequality, and polarised and divided society into the 1% and 99%. In these times of the Corona Crisis let us imagine and create new economies based on Earth Democracy and Economic Democracy to protect the earth and humanity. Let us address all three crises through democratic participation and solidarity and let us take action to participate in shaping future economies to ensure no hands are without work, no person is without a voice.
These three crises are a clear message that the economy run by the 1% is not working for people and nature. The 1% is talking of 99% being “useless people”, based on the future they envisage of digital agriculture and farming without farmers, automated factories and production without workers. There are no disposable or useless people. As citizens of the Earth we have an obligation to create economies that do not destroy nature and create hunger, do not destroy livelihoods and freedom, dignity and right to work, and that do not destroy our health by spreading disease and pandemics.
Post Covid-19, let us regenerate the economy and consciously become aware that all lives are equal, that we are part of the Earth, that work is our right and is at the heart of being human. In the midst of the coronavirus, let us remember that the care of the Earth and of each other is the most important work.
We are One Humanity on One Planet. Autonomy, meaning, dignity, work, freedom, and democracy are our birthright.