Banishing the fear of sharing
''I'm really looking forward to the Day of Declaration,'' someone remarks, ''but I'm a little afraid, too. I'm worried that this matter of sharing is going to mean a lot of hardship.'' Another asks, ''Isn't this principle of sharing another communist idea?'' Others think the idea of sharing is something entirely new, or even that it is quite foreign to our human nature.
Do these mistaken ideas arise from the heavy burden of fear itself, under which so much of humanity is now laboring? If we take an honest look at these anxiety patterns it becomes clear how groundless they really are. How, for instance, could the principle of sharing be foreign to us? The family, the basic unit of human society, involves much sharing by all its members.
And in a well-ordered family we gladly provide the weak, the new and 'developing' members all that is needed for not only their survival but also their healthy growth. So it seems obvious that what is needed now is the extension of the principles and practices of the individual family unit to the entire human race. Rising to the understanding and experience of being, indeed, one planetary family is greatly needed in order to apply this basic principle of sharing to all the world.
The fear that sharing means communism was well answered by Benjamin Creme, when he replied to a questioner on this subject that sharing will be more like the way of the early Christians. Remember that in the book of The Acts of the Apostles we are told that the early Christians in Jerusalem shared to the point of having all things in common. Probably the coming system of sharing, under Maitreya's leadership, will not be a carbon copy of that experience of nearly 2,000 years ago. But certainly it will not be what is known today as communism, either. Some people seem to be so completely dominated by the fear of communism that any forward move is automatically labeled as 'Red'. Surely we can rise above this irrational thought-form or trap.
Though sharing is truly of ancient origin, we, in our greed and separativeness, have so neglected it that it strikes us as something novel. A look at a few of the many biblical references to this principle, both in the Old and New Testaments, provides us with ample evidence of the real importance of sharing in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
In the Mosaic law, for instance, there are many admonitions or commands to share with the poor and needy. ''I command you shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and the poor in the land.'' (Dt. 15:11) ''If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor...you shall not exact interest from him.'' (Ex. 22:25)And in the wisdom literature of the Bible: ''He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but happy is he who is kind to the poor.'' (Prov. 14:21)
God's concern for the poor is shown in passages like Psalm 113:5-8: ''Who is like the Lord our God... He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.'' And the writer of Proverbs urges us to extend this practice of sharing even to those who are considered to be enemies: ''If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.'' (25:21)
Maitreya has given us a most reassuring answer to this question. In His Message No. 125 we find these words, ''Many await My coming with trepidation, fearing the loss of all that they have loved, all that they have amassed and gained. Fear not, My friends, for the loss will be the loss of separation only, of division and fear, of envy and hate. To clear these from the world all must be remade.''
If the clearing away of old divisive ways proves to be rapid, it is conceivable that temporarily there may be some heavy adjustments to make, especially for those who are accustomed to living in the lap of luxury. But the gains will be so much greater than what we might lose with regard to division and separation, that it behooves us all to rejoice and welcome the Plan of brotherhood and sharing, whatever adjustments may be required.
In biblical writings too we find many similar assurances, ''If you pour yourself out for the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness, and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.'' (Is. 58:10-11)
And let us remember Jesus' promise, given to us in Luke 6:37: ''Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.''
Moreover, through Alice Bailey the Master DK surprises us with this remarkable assurance: ''The disciple has to take himself as he is at any given time, with any given equipment, and under any given circumstances; then he proceeds to subordinate himself, his affairs and his time to the need of the hour... When he does this within his own consciousness, and is therefore thinking along the lines of true values, he will discover that his own private affairs are taken care of, his capacities are increased, and his limitations are forgotten.'' (Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, p. 44)
All of these quotations, ancient and modern, provide just a brief sampling of the plethora of assurances of the great benefits which will accrue to all of us when we really embrace the principle of sharing, and practice it ---- both in personal and international relations.
The system by which blood and oxygen circulate throughout the human body is beautiful and efficient. But if, through harmful habits, wrong diet, etc., one or more important arteries become blocked, great harm can come to the whole body, resulting often in the death of that body. Likewise, the divine Plan for the circulation through the entire body of humanity of its needed substances is a beautiful and efficient Plan. But right now too many of humanity's arteries of distribution are blocked by selfishness and greed and lack of understanding. We have been duly warned that this blockage could lead to the death of all life forms on planet earth. But in the nick of time the head of our Spiritual Hierarchy is not only preparing, but is in the process of presenting Himself and the divine Plan to lead us and show us the way to unblock these arteries. This will both restore a healthy condition on our planet and lead to a fulfillment greater than we have known or dreamed.
Is it not high time then for us to hear Him, to heed Him, and give ourselves fully to His leadership in the working out of this Plan of wisdom and of love? If we have any difficulty in letting go of the old ways, perhaps we can learn a lesson from the initiate Paul, who said: ''Whatever gain I had I counted as loss for the sake of Christ... Forgetting what lies behind, and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the upward call of God in Christ. Let those of us who are mature be thus minded.'' (Phil. 3:7, 13-15)
Let us zero in on Maitreya's benediction as He says, ''May the Divine Light and Love and Power of the One Most Holy God be now manifest within your hearts and minds. May this manifestation lead you to accept quickly My Teaching.'' (Message No. 139)
This article is a chapter from The Joy of Christ's Coming. This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright © Share International Foundation. Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated.
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