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Share International magazine November 2012

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Rallying call!

It has come to our notice that more and more people are receiving our information from the website alone, and thus forgoing the small cost of subscribing to Share International magazine.

Not everyone can, or does, use the internet, and it is essential to have an outer, physical expression, which can display with photographs, the events of which we speak. That means there has to be a magazine, which of course requires a lot of work from volunteers, and a lot of money to produce. There may be a notion that Hierarchy dishes out money for this work, but it is not the case. Subscriptions to Share International are an essential part of maintaining our work and reaching the public. The cost of the subscription is kept as low as possible, the magazine is not subsidised by advertisements and printing and postal charges are mounting all the time.

Surely we would all agree that all those who seriously believe in this work would want to support the magazine, whether or not they read the information on the internet.

Thank you for your support.


 

From Pisces to Aquarius

by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 13 October 2012

Within the present era there are many things which must be preserved, for we must not forget that the Age of Pisces, now fast fading into history, has bequeathed to us much of value and worth. Of course, the great quality of Individuality can be cited as the glory of Pisces, but there are other gifts owed to the Piscean experience of the last 2,000 years.

A new and more potent idealism has enriched the hearts and minds of millions, thus causing the birth and spread of the world’s great religions with their essentially nourishing and civilising thought. The urge to know, to travel and to trade flourished as never before, and a new world, literally, appeared to men’s astonished eyes. Inevitably, early trade became greedy exploitation and annexation; thus, as always, the empires grew and waxed rich and strong. Often, the conquering heroes felt – wrongly, but sometimes rightly – that they had a civilising and enlightening mission, that the “savages” needed “saving”, and the gold and spices were not the real reason for their presence far from home. This was indeed so in many cases. The urge to know and to apply that knowledge is evident in the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, whose scientific explorations have led to the advance of modern medicine and even to modern aircraft and space exploration. All of this and more results from the Piscean experience.

If individuality was Pisces’ greatest gift, today as we enter the new Age of Aquarius, the misuse of that same individuality has become man’s greatest danger and threat. Throughout the world, powerful individuals, governments and institutions hold millions in thrall. In these circumstances, men have become pawns, held at ransom to the vagaries of the market. Institutions of all kinds – governments, banks and corporations – have reduced the shining individuality of their workers to passive obedience. Elsewhere, others starve and die in silence, or slave for a daily pittance, while the rich add riches to their unholy hoard.

This divisive norm is driving men to the edge of destruction and presents them with a historic choice: to continue thus and end, for ever, man’s sojourn on Planet Earth or to change direction completely. Already, the signs are there that men have seen the danger and, throughout the world, are awakening to a new dawn. The shining light of Aquarius is entering their hearts, and the cries of justice and freedom rise readily to their lips. This same justice through sharing will bring men out of their darkness and lift them onwards to their destined goal. Thus shall it be.

(Read more articles by the Master)

 

Q. How many interviews has Maitreya given to date?

A. A total of 78, 35 in Brazil. (As of 9 October 2012.)

Q. (1) Has the percentage of people hearing Maitreya’s ideas remained around 70 per cent in favour and 30 per cent against? (2) Is 70 per cent the best that can be expected as a proportion of humanity in favour of His advice?

A. (1) Yes, more or less. (2) Probably. This is a very good proportion.

Q. Are the “30 per cent against” generally speaking wealthy people with vested interests in maintaining the status quo and safeguarding their assets?

A. Not necessarily, but of course some of them are.

Q. Could you say why Maitreya is interviewed more in some countries than in others?

A. It depends on the interest of the media in giving Him the opportunity to speak.

Q. I have a constant sense of urgency (not frantic, just a steady urgency) about making known to as broad a public as possible information about the Reappearance of Maitreya, the World Teacher. It is as if it is essential that we have a critical mass of informed people as soon as possible. Could you please comment?

A. You are on the right track. That is the best condition to have. If everyone had the same sense and acted on it, they would see Maitreya even sooner.

Q. Judging by your Master’s most recent article ‘S.O.P. – Save our Planet’ and the aim expressed of S.O.P hopefully becoming as well known, say, as S.O.S or any other similar rallying cry – is this a task for the group working with you to inform the public about the imminent Reappearance of the World Teacher?

A. These two tasks are not mutually exclusive – they are part of a whole.

Q. Some co-workers have taken up the idea of making bumper stickers, badges and so on to promote the idea of S.O.P. but also encouraging others (perhaps those already involved in ecological activism) to take up the call. Your comments, please.

A. This is one among many good ideas.

Q. I recently heard a co-worker in one of the Transmission Meditation groups refer to “the Emergence work” as if this is a different and separate task from that of Share International which is informing the public of the Reappearance of Maitreya, the World Teacher. I’m afraid I don’t understand what is meant. Is this a group within a group? A sub-group? A totally different group? Could you explain, please?

A. There are people in the Share International groups who like to strike an individual note when talking about anything to do with the emergence of the Spiritual Hierarchy. They like to present their work as “Emergence” rather than under the banner of Share International. I personally consider this weakens the impact of the information and endangers the essential unity of the worldwide Share International work. I have spoken about this with various groups who have altered their advertising and general outreach accordingly.

This danger will become more apparent as the Day of Declaration comes closer. People hitherto unimpressed with this information are already beginning to view it differently, as world events tend to prove its veracity. This promotes a strong ambition to claim a stake in this great happening but under separate names. The term ‘Share International’ was given to me at the beginning of this work by my Master and is truly international. When information is given out under the banner of Share International more and more people will take it as essentially true. Without that covering banner hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, will be unsure of what information they can trust coming from a wide variety of sources. Thus the name Share International is a guarantee of truth and accuracy which can be trusted by all, and the necessary unity of approach can be maintained.

Q. While there are some young/younger people in the Reappearance groups, generally it seems that young people are busy establishing themselves, building careers and so on. Although there are obviously exceptions would it be generally correct to say that this is as it should be? (In the West we don’t have the Indian concept of life being divided into stages, each requiring a different focus.)

A. A movement as important and difficult as the externalisation of the Spiritual Hierarchy takes time. Thus those working for it should be prepared to age during this process. So it is essential that groups open their doors to younger people along the way of the work. Otherwise, as happens now in some quarters, the original groups become too old to do much while they have not acquired the essential ability to delegate and train younger people. These younger people may not engage so wholeheartedly as they have other responsibilities but they should be welcomed for whatever they have to give.

Q. Can such highly evolved beings such as Maitreya and the Masters be said to “look forward” to an event like the Day of Declaration?

A. Yes, of course!

Q. President Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke recently at the United Nations. It sounded exactly as if he reads Share International! How come?

A. I doubt if he does read Share International magazine but whether or not, he gave an extraordinary speech with none of the usual aggression, hostility and threats. He has said in the past that the appearance of the Imam Mahdi (the Christ or Maitreya Buddha to the Buddhists) is imminent and he repeated it here. He called for peace and justice and a coming together of the nations. It was an extraordinary speech and delivered at “full gallop”.

Mr Ahmadinejad has a reputation in many parts of the world, including among his enemies in Iran, for intolerance and fanaticism. How is it possible he would give such an inclusive call for peace and justice?

My information is that President Ahmadinejad is a medium (astral sensitive). The substance of his ideas were given to him on the astral planes by Maitreya and gradually percolated down to his brain and so to the United Nations and the world.

It is somewhat unusual for the Masters to use an astral sensitive person to carry a message but occasionally this method is tried with more or less success.

Q. What is your opinion of the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union? In view of the circumstances, what can be done to solve the current economic crisis?

A. When I first heard of this award I thought it rather odd that the European Union, especially in a state of near breaking up should be honoured in this way. But on reflection I thought it could be an award given in order to uphold the European Union’s morale. Certainly the EU has brought peace to Europe; no one any longer fears a war between Germany and France. If that was its purpose in 1950 it has achieved it. The EU has now been enlarged by the introduction of several Eastern European countries and from an economic point of view this presents it with testing problems.
Many in the EU look forward to the time when it becomes an integrated state of some 500 million people and take the view that only this close integration would make the Union viable for its members. I have stated before that it is not the plan of our Planetary Logos, which is known to the Masters of Wisdom, that Europe should become an integrated state – the State of Europe. Each member state has its own destiny and ray structure which must be maintained. Each has distinctive qualities to give to the Union and the world as a whole.

What should the members do to overcome the present economic crisis? In my view the richer countries should help the debt-ridden countries with interest-free – or minimal interest – loans, that would increase their trading power for the overall good, thus easing their lot. Otherwise the European Union is a union in name only.

Q. Curiosity, the Mars Rover, has found evidence of what seems to be a once flowing river on Mars. Was there a river there on the dense physical plane?

A. Yes.

Q. Al Qaeda is rumoured to be behind the recent outbreak of terrible fires across many parts of Europe: is this fact or paranoia?

A. I believe it is paranoia.

Q. In their electioneering campaigns neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney are saying very much at all about the state of the planet, about global warming and the need for action. Do they choose to ignore the problem, fearful of losing the support of business which may put profit before planet or do they not see how dire the situation is?

A. Many Americans do not fully accept the premise of humanity’s responsibility for the present disequilibrium of our planet.

Prophetic meeting

Dear Editor,
At the beginning of September 2012, I had a very curious experience. As on any weekday, people were rushing in the centre of the city, blindly. Suddenly, at some 10 metres from me, I saw an old man standing on the pavement. He had a catheter tube coming down from his jogging suit into a bag at the side of his feet. I asked myself what this man was doing there, probably had escaped from a hospital.

People seemed to shun him. When I was close, I saw that one of his eye sockets was empty and the other eye had shrunk to only show his pupil slightly. He spoke in a low voice and I thought he was a bit insane. I thought he was between 80 to 90 years old. I came closer and said hello to him. He was not insane, but a little bit deaf. I asked how he was doing and he answered: “Very good, very good, here I am, singing, celebrating that this Kali Yuga is coming to an end.”

Something as transcendental as this was the last thing I expected from this man. He started touching my body with his hands and then he held me joyfully by my shoulders. I realised he was blind, he had almost no teeth, but he was happy.

With admiration and enthusiasm he went through the names of Avatars and Masters that had appeared on our planet, telling me that this was a great moment to be alive. I was disconcerted hearing him, but started relaxing with his inoffensive presence and the warmth of his message. At one moment it was as if the frenetic rhythm of the city disappeared.

“We are at the end of the night,” he continued, “Very soon there will be a new Earth. In twenty years’ time, nothing of this will exist anymore, we will live in a completely new way…”

In his company and in a few seconds I felt like one of the most fortunate men in the universe. Before I said goodbye to him, I asked his name. He pronounced a very long and strange name whose meaning was “the fragrance of flowers”.

At some moment during this encounter I asked myself if this man could be a Master in disguise, like Maitreya or the Master Jesus. Was he just an ordinary old man or someone special?

J. I. G., Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the old man was Maitreya.)

 

Caught in the act!

Dear Editor,
A friend of mine and firm believer gave me a Bible at the beginning of 2012 as a gift. I tried to read it but could not understand it. As I do not like storing things I do not use, I put it in the recycling paper bin to throw it away. When he saw it, my son, 8 years old, told me that I cannot throw away a Bible so I put it again in the library.

Some days after, I put it again in the recycling bin thinking that my son will have forgotten about it by this time, but he saw it again and told me that he had found a solution. We could give it to his grandfather (my husband’s father) for his birthday as he was going to Mass every week.

When the birthday arrived my son was on holiday with his father, and I didn’t want to go and give it to my father-in-law, and I thought it was a good time to throw it out as he was not at home.

When I arrived at the recycling container I threw it in. At that same moment two women behind me asked: “What have you thrown?” I told them that it was a book, and one of them said to give it to her as she wanted something to read that summer. I told them that it was not a normal book to entertain oneself but was a Bible. To my surprise she told me it was the book she wanted and proposed to look for a stick to try to get the book from the container. The Bible was at the bottom of the container, and I don’t know how, but I was able to get it with the stick.

The woman was very happy at getting the Bible from me and she offered me a stone she took from a plastic bag in which there were a lot of stones of several sizes. This was at the very bottom of the bag. It was very small with a small crater in the centre. When she gave it to me she said: “Keep this stone because it is God’s eye that sees everything and knows everything.” Both of them gave me a kiss and went their way, saying goodbye.

I went to my car in the opposite direction, and turned, expecting to see them again, but they were nowhere to be seen. Were they ordinary women or maybe Masters?

S. B., Tarragona, Spain.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the two ‘women’ were Maitreya and the Master Jesus.)

 

Seeing is believing

Dear Editor,
Many times I read and heard about group members who had an encounter with Masters. Although I know I would feel very uncomfortable at such a meeting because of continuing doubts, I asked for a sign or a meeting with a Master, on the morning before the public lecture in Amsterdam [19 September 2012]. I had the feeling that would give me the certainty and trust I needed.

That evening, before the lecture, I was handing out flyers on the Amsterdam canals, when two middle-aged ladies approached. Both ladies had short to half-long brown hair and were about 1.65 metres tall. They showed much interest in the flyer I gave them and the lecture. The lady close to me had a somewhat fuller build; she took the lead in the discussion. She spoke and acted in a very nice and calm way. She wore a white coat with dark pastel tinted imprints, in which I thought I recognised esoteric symbols. Around her neck she had a beautiful gold chain with a round pendant with a triangle in it.

She appeared to be well-informed about Maitreya and Benjamin Creme (whose name in Dutch is the same word as cream, so she said to the other lady: “You know, as in cream”). The other, more slender lady hesitated a lot and indicated to be uncertain about whether she knew the information, while I got the impression that she actually knew it very well indeed. The lady next to me convincingly and eloquently explained several things to her companion. The way the discussion went, and the atmosphere, soon made me aware of what was going on, which made me feel insecure about what to say. In turn, this was reflected very well by the uncertain lady. All the time I had the feeling that I recognised the reassuring energy of love and calm that the leading lady radiated.

She asked how people responded to the information about Maitreya and the Masters. Recently I had noticed that people gave up as soon as the word ‘Hierarchy’ was mentioned (by myself or in a flyer or on the website), and I told her that. She advised to leave out this word altogether, at which the other lady expressed her doubts whether this would be the right thing to do. “Just remove everything that people interpret negatively,” the lady replied. She later emphasised that handing out leaflets and making known the information about the Reappearance is very important. After they both remarked that they found the venue beautiful (“high and with a lot of light”), the leading lady persuaded the other to take a quick look inside. The last I saw of them they were walking in front of the building and I now realise that I did not see them anywhere after this.
Since this meeting I feel warm trust, certainty and joy in my heart.
I would very much like to know who these special ladies were?

E.v. S., Utrecht, The Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the “leading lady” was Maitreya, and her companion was the Master Jesus.)

 

Fair exchange

Dear Editor,
Recently our group was active at a local spiritual fair. At a certain point a tall man and a woman of average height approached the table. He was dressed in a peculiar purple and brown coloured poncho with a regular dress shirt underneath it and the woman was wearing purple and pink clothes combined with a conspicuous badge. The man had very bright, blue eyes. As he was looking quite intensely at the photograph of Maitreya as the rider on the white horse, I approached them explaining this was a true occurrence that took place in Egypt during the recent uprisings and I remarked how this related to the age of Aquarius and the need for us all to start sharing. “Yes”, he said, “in a way we are inside a golden spiral and we are nearing the end of the first curve.” All throughout our chat he almost seemed to know already what I was about to say. His responses also came across as very profound to me, relating very much to the information that we were sharing that day, albeit stated in a very different manner. One of the things he said was that even though he very much agreed with the principle of sharing it was still a matter of duality. There is no time, no ‘he’ or ‘she’, the separation we live in creates the need for us to share, he said.

He also said he was a painter. When asked about expositions of his work he said he did not work like that, instead he made pictures for individuals and he gave the paintings to them for free without ever charging anything. I remember him saying that even despite this he always received all the materials he needs for his paintings.

Finally, when I asked them if they were both coming to the upcoming lecture in Amsterdam, the woman said it was too far for them to come down to Amsterdam but the man said that they would be present in some other way. He then took a small picture of Maitreya’s ‘hand’. When I explained to him that we usually charge a small fee for these he said, “I know, it’s OK, I have already decided to take this picture so the transaction has actually already taken place and the exchange of money is nothing but a formality.” They then both left the stand smiling to us.
Were these two visitors just an odd couple or were we perhaps visited by the Masters?

N. B., Utrecht, The Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the man was the Master Jesus and the ‘woman’ a disciple of the Master Jesus.)

 

 

Miracle white dove

White dove

When the visiting Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was in procession in the grounds of the Orthodox Christian Monastery of the Honorable Forerunner on the Greek island of Crete, on 5 September 2012, he had a surprise. A pure white dove landed on the large Holy Gospel that a priest was carrying and stayed there while the Patriarch venerated the Gospell.

The dove then perched on his kalimavki (black hat) and as the procession entered the Monastery’s church it spread its wings, “resembling the iconic depiction of the Holy Spirit familiar to all orthodox Christians,” said a commentator. The dove remained with wings outspread on the priest's hat inside the church, until another priest took the bird and released it outside, where it flew off into the sky.

White dove (2)The clergy understood the event to be a miraculous sign, and a ‘welcoming’ to the Patriarch. It was pointed out that the Monastery was dedicated to John the Baptist and when John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descended upon Him. (Source: johnsanidopoulos.com; orthodoxnet.com)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this was a sign manifested by Maitreya.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

London, UK – Sashank Srinivasan was walking to his local shop in north London at around 9.30pm on 18 July 2012 when he saw two bright, orange coloured lights overhead. “These lights were moving and they were like small balls of fire, slowly moving across the sky… I have no explanation for it, I don’t know what kind of stuff they were … I knew it was something unique, definitely not a conventional aircraft…. It was completely silent.” (Source: YouTube: thirdphaseofmoon)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a spaceship from Mars.)


Light blessing by Master JesusTexas and New Mexico, USA – Andrea Dove was using the online mapping tool Google Maps to find directions to Jacksonville, Texas, when she discovered a photograph of a reddish-pink UFO in the sky over Jacksonville. Dove saw the circular, domed-shaped object while using the Street View option in Google Maps. A video-photo analyst who looked at the image from Jacksonville thought it was the result of a photographic effect known as a lens flare.ABC News reported finding a similar image of a reddish-pink UFO on Google Maps while searching for “Sky City Casino Hotel on 32 Indian Service Route 30, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico.” (Source: Huffingtonpost.com)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a spacecraft from Mars.)


Light columns in Japan

HJapanese light columnundreds of people witnessed dozens of light columns appear in Japan on 18 August after lightening struck the area of Nada-ku, Kobe, during a heavy lightening storm in Kansai Area. The vertical columns appeared in the sky and lasted for several minutes before vanishing. (Source: YouTube: StephenHannardADGUK)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the columns were a manifestation from Maitreya.)

 

 


Watermelon sign

Sign in watermelonAs co-worker R-M.M. was preparing a watermelon for lunch on 16 September 2012 in Saint-Etienne, France, she chopped off its two extremities and was astonished to discover a cross on one end and a heart shape on the other. She asks: “Could it be that the watermelon was blessed, and that these were signs from a Master? If so, it would be a most humorous way of manifesting omnipresence.”

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was indeed a sign manifested by Maitreya.)

 


Crete UFOCrete, Greece – A German professional photographer was taking photos while on holiday in Crete in August 2012. She and her husband were driving slowly along a sand road towards Balos beach in Gramvousa. A herd of goats surrounded them and walked alongside the car as they drove. The photographer began taking photos of the scene from the car.

Arriving later at a beach taverna, they began looking at the photos: “It was then I discovered that on one of the photos there was something hanging in the sky. We zoomed in on our camera screen and could not believe our eyes. What we saw was something with a very strange shape. We wondered what it could possibly be. I had seen nothing in the sky while taking the photos. We hadn’t felt anything strange. It had been a warm sunny day with a strong north-easterly wind. There had been no sound at all.”

The photos were sent to be examined by an expert in the field, Jeff Ritzmann, who declared this photo to be one of the most interesting he had ever analysed. The same photograph was also sent to a forensic specialist at the FBI who concluded that the photo is genuine.
(Source: AboveTopSecret.com)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object as a spacecraft from Mars.)

 

 

We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘A time of change’ from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.

World events are moving to a climax. Soon, the peoples of all nations will realise that they are living at a crucial turning-point in the evolution of the planet and, together, are making history. For some, the passing away of the old is fraught with pain and fear. This is inevitable as the outworn forms disintegrate in violent chaos. Much blood is being spilled now in the gestation of the new.

Nevertheless, for those who have the eyes to see, the most remarkable transformations are taking place across the globe which augurs well for the future of the race. Unheralded as many of them are, these changes for the better have crept up on humanity unawares, and, quietly and unsung, perform their benevolent work of salvage. Thus are the people themselves creating the new structures, painfully and haltingly at present but soon to accelerate to a momentum past all imagining. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘End of a dark chapter’)

***

As I emerge, I shall place before the world the necessity for change. These changes, My friends, are God-given. Man requires, as he moves towards God, to demonstrate that divinity. All man’s structures must shine with the Divine Light. All man’s ways of thought must reveal the God within. This truth, My friends, is at the basis of change. When you see this, you will gladly accept this need. (Maitreya, from Message No. 96)

Maitreya’s coming is about world change: change in our understanding of the needs of the planet, the ecological balance; the change in our economic systems so that all people are fed and cared for properly; change in relationships between people everywhere. The true understanding that humanity is one will show the absolute necessity for this profound transformation. It is the making of a new world. (Benjamin Creme, The Awakening of Humanity)

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This time is like none other in the history of the world. The changes taking place are momentous, beyond human comprehension, and will alter life, as we now know it, profoundly and for ever.

On every plane these changes are taking place, some slowly, even in the very fabric of the Earth’s crust; others in a growing momentum which challenges men’s capacity for correct response.

Useless, in this context, are the tired ideas of backward-looking politicians, steeped in the glamours of position and power. Today, it is the people who are ahead of their leaders, and are voicing aloud their understanding and needs. In country after country, the voice of the people is becoming more focused and distinct. Millions are now educated and sure of their needs: peace, work and hope for their future. A growing sense of unity, too, is beginning to inform their expectations and demands. They know they are not alone in the world but have millions of brothers and sisters everywhere, with the same problems and needs.

In this way, even if unaware of His presence and teachings, they are responding to Maitreya’s energy and influence, and building the framework of the future. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Change towards Unity’)

…today … the world stands poised for change. Little though it may seem to be the case, disciples in every nation are responding to the inner call and making themselves ready for greater service. That greater service awaits them in full measure. Maitreya’s voice will echo the aspiration within their hearts and, responding, they will quickly change the world.

Every department of life will feel the touch of Maitreya’s hand. When men seek His advice, they will find His hand generous to a fault; naught that His help can aid will find it lacking.

More and more, people are awakening to the need for change. They sense that the old order has run its course and await only a sign of the right direction to take. When Maitreya reveals Himself to the world, He will focus the eyes and minds of men on the essentials: sharing, justice and peace, without which no future for man exists.

Then will the disciples in the nations show their mettle. Then will they come forward, eyes and hearts aglow with fiery aspiration. With clear-sighted altruism, they will present their vision to the nations. With Maitreya, they will align themselves on the side of change, and show how that may best be accomplished. Gathering around Him, they will convey to the people His advice and guidance. Elected to positions of authority and trust, they will carry out the peoples’ will.

Thus will it be. Thus will the old order vanish and pass away, overtaken in men’s hearts and minds by a truer reflection of God’s will for the race. Justice and sharing; right relationship and peace – these are the eternals, the divine attributes without which no progress, for long, is possible.
Man stands now on the threshold of that discovery. A new future beckons, and awaits his transfigured gaze. Entering into and creating that future, man will reveal to himself and his brothers a divinity long hidden and unacknowledged but essentially intact and eternally true. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The disciples and the Plan’)

Many times have you heard Me say that My Coming means change. Specifically, the greatest change will be in the hearts and minds of men, for My Return among you is a sign that men are ready to receive new life. That New Life for men do I bring in abundance. On all the planes this Life will flow, reaching the hearts and souls and bodies of men, bringing them nearer to the Source of Life Itself. My task will be to channel those Waters of Life through you. (Maitreya, from Message No. 42)

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Naught of good can emerge without a fundamental restructuring of social forms along lines more compatible with human needs. Were man to realise how much of his God-given potential is sacrificed to the present unholy order, he would delay not one moment in making the needed changes. Were he to sense but an inkling of the glory of that potential, naught would be allowed to bar his way to its achievement. The future calls man to his finest efforts, his noblest aspiration, his grandest vision.

Let man build a future in which his sacrifice is not of his divinity but of his separated self. Let him embrace his brothers in love and make himself whole. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Life in the New Age’)

Many struggle for freedom but deny it to others, forgetting that freedom itself, like justice, is indivisible. Many search for solutions to their own sensed need, forgetting that only through interdependence can the needs of all be met. Maitreya’s call will resound in men’s ears: share and save the world. Co-operate and know true freedom. “Take your brother’s hand and know him as yourself.” Thus will it be. Thus will the Great Lord inspire the changes so needed in the world, a world groaning in agony between the old and the new.

When men understand the necessity of change then will they gladly accept that which frightens them today; understanding and courage go hand in hand. A newfound tolerance will sweep away the old mistrust, old scores will be forgiven and the dawning light of wisdom will enter the minds and actions of men. When men realise their oneness, and act on that awareness, all becomes possible. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A world in change’)

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When I make Myself known, I shall express the hope of all mankind for a new life, a new start, a readiness to change direction; to see the construction of a New World in which men can live in peace; can live free from fear of themselves or their brothers; free to create from the joy in their hearts; free to be themselves, in simple honesty.

My task is but beginning, but even now there exists in men’s hearts a new light, a new hope, a sense of a new beginning; a realization that man is not alone, that the Protector of All has sent His Agent. It is That which I am. (Maitreya, from Message No. 8)

A mighty task awaits humanity at this turning-point in its life: to cleanse the world of the age-old habits of wrong thinking and living; to change entirely its manner of social living in such a way as to make possible a new freedom from fear: fear of want, of war, of disease and death. An enormous task, indeed, but one worth all the effort involved, for it will lead to a new livingness, a new and sweeter relationship between men, and to a world governed by the principles of justice and brotherhood, sharing and love. What finer goal could there be for humanity than to create such a world? No one can gainsay the benefits that such a transformation would bring, and We, the Masters, will help you in your task, revealing to you the best paths and possibilities. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Health and healing (part 2)’)

Not alone in America but worldwide, people are awakening to the need for and the possibility of change. The politicians and economists call the present situation a ‘downturn’ and a ‘recession’. In truth, we are witnessing the last stumbling steps of the old order. Millions are becoming aware that unbridled competition and greed are not the safest path for men, that such materialistic doctrines create a ‘slippery slope’ for the unwary, and, eventually, the international crisis we have today.

Of course, many people of burgeoning wealth stand clear of the present loss of confidence in the ways which have made them rich, and think it only ‘a matter of time’ until we are back on course and thriving again.

Will they heed Maitreya and recognise the sense of His argument? Lost in their arrogance and self-esteem, possibly not. However, many are less sanguine about a return to the status quo. Many have suffered painful losses and have lost faith in the old _methods. The peoples of the nations are ripe and ready for change. They call out for change and a more meaningful life. Maitreya will remind men of the essentials without which there is no future for man: Justice and Peace. And the only way to both is through sharing. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Maitreya’s First Interview’)

My progress of Emergence continues well. My plans are being fulfilled. More and yet more of your brothers and sisters hear Me and respond well to My Call. Knowingly or not they, too, await My Presence and to that fact respond. They stand ready today to receive the means of change, the outlines of the New Dispensation for this world. They stand ready to greet the dawn of that New Age which beckons all into divinity.
To make progress, man must die to the old. Thus it ever was. So, My friends, at this time of change must the old structures be renounced, and simply, in Brotherhood, must all men share. (Maitreya, from Message No. 118)

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Not for nothing has this period been called ‘the end times’; it represents for many the end of all they hold most dear. It also represents the time of change, the end of all that hinders the further progress of the race.

Maitreya has said: “My Coming portends change. Likewise, grief at the loss of the old structures. But, My friends, the old bottles must be broken – the new wine deserves better.” [Message No. 82] We are witnessing the destruction of all that blocks the way forward for man, that limits his understanding and prevents the expression of his innate divinity. We are watching the formation of new patterns of thought and feeling, of new awarenesses, and from these will flow the new forms, the relevant structures, with which better to express the hopes and aspirations of men. These are now in the making….

Man, himself, must decide the speed and scope of change. In this way, free will is not infringed. Gradually, men will come to understand that radical change is inevitable and the sooner undertaken the sooner enjoyed. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The pressure mounts’)

Today, we have growing wealth and growing greed around the world, as the mechanism for making money becomes more and more refined. The techniques of making money are now so exquisite that people can make a living out of doing just that. At the same time, more and more people are realising the needs of the one humanity. They realise that millions of people are starving to death, and countless millions more are living in utter poverty, degradation, misery and want. That gap, the discrepancy between the rich and poor, is the real problem.

This cannot go on for ever. There is a growing awareness that things have to change. The very speed of the advance of greed through market forces and competition is forcing us to the edge of a precipice. This will suddenly bring us face to face with reality. There are various portents of breakdown in our economic structure. When such events occur, they will transform the present economic system, probably forever. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)

 

A time of change

by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme

Almost without exception, the nations of the world are experiencing profound changes, both internally and in relation to each other. This process is the direct result of the energetic stimulus now pervading the planet as a whole, and will lead eventually to a complete transformation of the existing structures. To quicken these changes is Our desire and wish, but so great today are the tensions that We must proceed with care; too much pressure here or there could have disastrous consequences for large sections of the world. Hence Our cautious approach to the problems which face man today. Change must proceed in an orderly fashion or chaos will result.

Many there are who fear change and who see the breakdown of the old as a profound loss of much-loved forms. Many reject these changes as a threat to their privileges and prestige. Many mistake the legitimate aspirations of peoples for freedom and justice for the threat of anarchy from within. At the same time, there are those who would sweep away all that humanity has garnered of the beautiful and the true. Impatient for the new forms, they fail to see the necessity of gradual progress and discount much that is of value in the past.

Our problem, as Guardians of the race, is to steer a course between these two extremes, applying the curb and the spur as We sense the need. Always, Our aim is the achievement of ordered change with the minimum of cleavage. Look, therefore, for Our hand in world events and judge them wisely. Much that takes place is fashioned by Us and must eventuate in a better world. When you see Us, you will know that this world is in safe keeping.

Listen to Our counsel and act. Heed Our advice and refashion the world in stages which are possible and sure. Take care that your brothers’ needs are met and you will not err. If you are asked: “In which direction should we go?”, answer with joy: “To serve the greatest need; to Brotherhood.”

To rebuild the fabric of your lives, new materials and new skills will be necessary. Replace the outworn forms with the new energies now available, and learn to create in relationships forged in joy and love. Temper your lives in the fire of service and contribute your share to the work of change.

With Us as guides, all is possible. All will be remade in beauty and truth. Willing hands will be there to help you and naught can delay the New Beginning. When you see Us you will know that the Brothers are men like yourselves but whose love is manifest. We will teach you the secret of love. In joy shall We take you to the farther shore and shall place you before the Keeper of the Gates.

All change is preceded by tension and tension brings fear. However, fear has no place in the heart activated by service and love. Don, then, the armour of service and envisage the future with joy. Welcome gladly the changes which must ensue and create together the Dispensation of Love. (From A Master Speaks)

Unity in Diversity: The Way Ahead for Humanity – by Benjamin CremeUnity in Diversity book cover

A book review by Carmen Font

(Excerpts)

The idea of “unity in diversity” permeates every aspect of our modern life: politicians, social workers, educators, artists and scientists acknowledge the variety of expressions of the form aspect as well as the importance of unity in achieving any endeavour that requires a vision greater than one’s own. There is a growing realisation that no individual, group, country or discipline alone can provide an absolute answer towards solving the problems in the world. Whereas now society seems to be aware that diversity is not only a fashionable concept, but a fact stemming from our variety of cultures, the true significance of this unity in diversity is more difficult to define, and above all, to live by. Most of our problems, especially in the political and the economic fields, have at their root a lack of unity. The metaphor of “humanity as a family” is an old one, but we have not yet realised it. If we understood humanity as a large organism consisting of different parts that are linked together by an awareness of unity, then most of our deep-seated problems would resolve themselves in a relatively short period of time. The fact that we still act in selfishness, justifying this selfishness by a respect for our individuality, is the cause of much evil. Both unity and individuality are sacred concepts which, taken together, help us understand the meaning of true unity. We cannot really unite that which is the same – you can keep on adding the same uniform items but, since they are the same, they don’t render up anything new beyond themselves. It would result in a sort of conglomerate of the same individual expression rather than true unity. Humanity has built the political, social and cultural movements of our recent past based on the false idea that only that which is the same can be united, rejecting anything and anybody that is different. We have learned to tolerate difference, but this is not acknowledging unity. The notion of ‘uniting’ itself is inextricably linked to combining different items to form a harmonious whole. Unity without diversity cannot exist. And it is this simple, powerful and deep definition of unity to which Benjamin Creme’s book is devoted.

Beginning with the compelling statements that “unity to the Masters is the inner reality of our lives, reflecting the unity of every atom in relation with every other atom in cosmos” (p.7) and that “we all seek unity, knowingly or not: it is the destined achievement of our longing and our creating” (p.7) Unity in Diversity sets an engaging tone from the outset. There are many books that tackle the challenges of living together in diversity, but none devoted exclusively to the inner esoteric meaning of unity. By gathering together Benjamin Creme’s Master’s articles dealing with several aspects of unity, both esoteric and exoteric, Benjamin Creme’s own commentaries in his lectures at Transmission Meditation Conferences as well as his questions and answers on this matter, Unity in Diversity is unique in the wealth and quality of insights about the path forward for humanity to live in unity. If unity is, as Benjamin Creme reminds us, “the central purpose of our human existence”, a synonym for our inner longings and the expression of our creative efforts, then this unity, or lack thereof, is reflected in every exoteric department of our lives. The political aspect provides a rich ground for humanity to play out its unity, and Maitreya is stimulating any social endeavour that works in the direction of an active demand of rights and the creation of a more just society. This is the essence of the myriad ‘people power’ movements that have proliferated in the last few years. According to Benjamin Creme, “the educated, focused will of humanity creates a world public opinion against war, against terrorism, and calls for justice and sharing. Thus Maitreya does not impose, but humanity, stimulated by Maitreya, does the work” (p.101). In every section and page of Unity in Diversity the reader vividly captures the idea that the time is ripe for living in unity. While there are still man-made obstacles, humanity has now reached a point in which working towards this unity is not only an aspiration but is actually taking place – albeit through a process of trial and error.

 

Ready for Unity

The idea that humanity is ready for unity and seeking to work towards it, is perhaps the most powerful message in the book. It provides hope as well as a guide for regaining our inner sense of unity in thought and action. Even though most readers of Share International are familiar with the Master’s articles, the gathering together of His wisdom on the topic and related materials on the subject make this book a fundamental guide on the art of uniting for and around a purpose. …Benjamin Creme is adept at providing the right exoteric framework for his and His Master’s esoteric insights about any topic, which in this particular case is the nuts and bolts of American politics along with the emergence of a new political system – a sound mixture of capitalism and socialism. The special focus on politics is tightly linked to the concept of sharing, since “sharing is the only way to achieve justice and the end of war, the creation of peace. Peace and the end of terrorism are dependent on the creation of justice, and only one thing does the trick: sharing the resources of the world.…

 

Sharing and Unity

If sharing is the genuine expression of the loving nature of the soul, from simple goodwill to conscious and impersonal acts of love, the practice of sharing will lead humanity to a greater recognition of our esoteric interconnectedness, and our actions, motivated by the creativity of the soul, will tend towards unity. Benjamin Creme reminds us that trust is the stepping-stone towards sharing: “You can solve anything if there is trust. You have to create the trust, and only sharing the resources of the world will do that. Then, all the other problems – the Middle East, the problems of saving the planet itself, and so on – all of that can be dealt with when there is trust. Most of the disagreements will just disappear, dissipated in the goodwill that will flow out in tremendous potency when sharing the resources takes place” (p.32). This dissipation of disagreements applies not only to the macro level of humanity being truly united, but also to the micro level of group endeavour. Unity should reflect itself too in the way we relate to the natural world. Our environmental crises are but a reflection of our disunion with the elementary forces of nature, since “the elemental forces respond to our stress. Humanity has to understand the connection that exists between all forces and all aspects of the planet” (p.122), and therefore, achieve a better awareness about the way our thoughts and actions impinge on the natural patterns of the planet. Unity in Diversity is insightful in every aspect of the true meaning of being human, as well as our responsibility (and pleasure) in building our true soul expression: living united in our personality and soul-purpose differences. This is not only an uplifting and inspiring idea, but an active call to action: a real choice for humanity, as Benjamin Creme brilliantly and succinctly explains in the chapter “Humanity’s Choice and the Speed of Change” (p.141). The choice ahead of us is not only one for trust, sharing, justice and peace; it is to opt for this because we understand our underlying unity. “Unity is not too difficult to attain in the earlier stages of formation of a group; if the purpose of its inception is magnetic enough, that alone can hold the group together” (p.149). Again, this is a powerful statement that awakens readers to their active participation towards the expression of true unity. Before the Day of Declaration takes place soon, humanity needs to be prepared for the beauty and the work ahead: working now in group formation for the final stage of Maitreya’s appearance, united by such a magnetic purpose. This is the best insight and piece of advice the reader of Unity in Diversity could ever be given.

Creme, Benjamin. Unity in Diversity: The Way Ahead for Humanity. Amsterdam, London: Share International Foundation, 2012.

Link to book on our site.

 

The next generation speaks

Interview with Ta’Kaiya Blaney
by Gary Dorko

(Excerpts)

Ta’Kaiya Blaney is an 11-year-old environmental activist, actor and singer-songwriter from the Sliammon First Nation (Canada). Since 2009, she has been actively encouraging people to stand against unsustainable development, and specifically against a proposed pipeline to be built by Enbridge Corporation across British Columbia and on First Nations land. Ta’Kaiya has spoken and performed across Canada and elsewhere throughout the world. She attended the On the Road to Rio +20 conference in Indonesia sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, and was a delegate at the UN Earth Summit itself in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. In her view, what is needed is nothing less than an “Earth Revolution.” Gary Dorko interviewed her for Share International.

Share International: You are a singer and writer of songs that have a message about your concerns and hopes. Can you speak about this aspect?

Ta’Kaiya Blaney: I have been singing since I was four years old and it is one of my passions. When I saw a newspaper article about the Northern Gateway pipeline that is proposed to run from the Alberta tar sands through British Columbia to the Pacific coast, I was shocked to discover that governments and CEOs would be willing to jeopardize my culture, a culture that has been passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. I was shocked that they were willing to cross our sacred watershed and headwaters. If oil spilled there, it would completely destroy our waterways, and our waterways are our cultural highways. It is also where the salmon live, and the salmon are a big part of our culture.
So if you take out one thing, you are taking out an entire ecosystem. It is like a domino board: if you shake it, everything starts to fall over. I could not believe that they were willing to go through the Rocky Mountains and risk the pipeline being hit by an avalanche, or getting caught in a forest fire. It is not a question of “if” a spill will happen, but when.
I wanted to get my message out immediately through what I love to do, which is singing. So I wrote Shallow Waters, a song about how it would affect us in the future when that oil leaked from the pipeline and from the tar sands. The message of the song is that if we do nothing, it will all be gone.

SI: How have you found the response in Vancouver and British Columbia to your speaking out about the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline?

TB: There are a lot of us who want to keep our land pristine because in British Columbia we have this beautiful wilderness that is unique on Earth. We have a forest that we can walk into without stepping into garbage. We can see the stars at night, and we don’t want a pipeline ruining that.
Then there is the profit motive, and it is sad that our culture is orbiting around the almighty dollar bill. It can be very blinding for many people because they see only the dollar signs.
So I think it is a half-and-half response: half of us do care about our land, waters and sky, whereas the other half sees profit. Even if they don’t want their land destroyed, the profit covers up the possibility of losing this beauty for ever….

SI: You subsequently sent a letter to the CEO of Enbridge. In his response, he said this project was for the next generation like yours, to provide them with jobs and energy.

TB: I think the pipeline is driven by money. As far as doing this for my generation, when I am his age, I want to be able to go fishing without catching three-headed fish. I want to be able to do the things that my kookpa [grandfather] talked about and to enjoy this pristine wilderness that we have here, because this is our home too, it is not just for the animals. People can forget that it is our home too and we can’t just rent a bunker and live there for the rest of eternity. With everything that we pollute and destroy, we are harming our mother, Mother Earth. It is eventually going to bounce back on us, and what are we going to do then?
So the big question is, do you want an oil-soaked land for my generation or the generation that hasn’t been born yet, or do you want a clean pristine field where we can play? I want to keep this land fresh and clean. I want to protect the Earth. They might see it as a project for the future, but as I see it, it is just destruction, the mocking silence of what we could save.

SI: Can you speak about your First Nations background and how this has influenced your perspective on the environment?

TB: I’m used to my kookpa and my father telling me about how they would go to the beaches and the bay to catch herring and watch the whales swim. They wouldn’t have to worry about the herring or the plants being toxic because the water was pristine. My father told me that life, the land and the water are sacred. This teaching has been passed on to me by my kookpa and my ancestor’s ancestors. Now when I hear these stories, it makes me sad because I am hit with the realization that I’m never going to be able to do the things they talk about. We were moved from our village, Toshusum, [a name] which describes the water when the herring are spawning. Our village was flooded to make way for a pulp and paper mill.

SI: In some of your speeches, you say “the healing of the Earth and the healing of the traditions”?

TB: In our culture, everything is connected – the land, water and air are part of a whole and are not to be separated. One of the messages in my song Shallow Waters is that if we do nothing, it will all be gone. I believe we have been polluting our Earth for decades, and now, after so much destruction, it’s the time for healing. If we want to continue to be in this world, there should be a lot of healing instead of destruction. It will take a lot of people, but we already have some of the solutions: we have solar, geothermal, wind power. We have to take the steps toward those changes that are more sustainable. We can’t wait for corporations and governments to change things for us. We have to be the change ourselves.

SI: You attended the recent Rio +20 UN conference on sustainable development. Could you speak about your experience at that conference?

TB: I was very excited to go because I thought it was going to be the time for governments and world representatives to get together and speak about sustainability, which they don’t often do. I thought, “Great! We will finally take action on a topic that matters.” But when I got there, I was very disappointed because it was a very corporate-driven conference. We arrived in big black buses that had big white letters that said ‘Petrobras’, which is one of the big oil companies in Brazil. They were also selling Earth Summit diamonds, which I found very hypocritical for the people who had travelled all the way from their villages with little money and were protesting against mining companies and the effects mining was having on their communities. Some of the worst corporations were sponsors, like Coca Cola.
There were some positive aspects to being at the summit as well. I got to meet indigenous people like me who have the same teachings in their culture, that the land and the water are sacred. They face the same problems as many of the First Nations in Canada, such as hydro-electric dams threatening to flood their land, or corporations fighting over their resources and threatening their way of life. So I got to meet many people from many different places with the same message and same empowerment. It was amazing because I got to meet chiefs from the Amazon, which you don’t get to do every day. That was one of the most inspiring things for me, plus meeting other children and youth with the same vision for the Earth and the world. It is good to know that I am not alone, fighting by myself. I am with people my age with the same passion and caring.

SI: At the end of some of your speeches and performances, you say, “You have a voice, be heard. You have a gift, share it.” Can you speak about that?

TB: I am used to my dad telling me that the Creator gave each of us a gift and I should be grateful for that gift and not keep it hidden, that I should share it. He also told me that I have a voice and that I shouldn’t be afraid. When I am concerned and passionate, I should be speaking out and make my voice heard. So that’s what I tell people because I know that there are a lot of people, especially kids – and adults too – who are afraid to speak out.
What I tell people my age is that we are called the generation of today, we are ‘generation now’. The corporations that are mining and developing and drilling a hole into the future are putting a price tag on our future, land, air and water. They will not be here for ever and one day, they will have to hand down that land to the children of my generation and children who have not been born yet. What will they give us? Will they give us forests shaved of trees, rivers turned into tailing ponds, once-beautiful mountains turned into rubble? That is not the future I look forward to and it is not a future that many children will look forward to growing into either. It’s our future, so I tell people to take over their own future.

SI: You speak to young people. Do you go to schools to reach them?

TB: I don’t just direct my message toward children because we need everyone. We need a lot of people to create change. We need as many people as possible because the governments and corporations are not taking the steps towards a sustainable future. We need to take those steps ourselves. I went on a cross-Canada train tour with a Rio Summit group called WE CANADA and I was speaking at different elementary schools. It was a great experience being able to reach children my age and to educate them about what they can do.

SI: Do you have any final thoughts you would like to share?
TB: Don’t be afraid to take a stand for your own future. Stand up, speak up and don’t let people tell you that you are too young. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world – I’m not the smartest person in the world – but if you have a passion and a concern, you should go for it.

Ta’Kaiya Blaney photo
Ta’Kaiya Blaney: “If you have a passion and a concern, you should go for it.”

 

Sharing the commons: humanity’s collective heritage (Part three)

Interview with James Quilligan (An excerpt.)

by Jason Francis

James Quilligan has been an analyst and administrator in the field of international development since 1975. He was a policy advisor and press secretary for the Brandt Commission, an international development panel created by the former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. Quilligan has since served as a policy advisor and writer for many politicians and leaders around the world, including Jimmy Carter, Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterrand and HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. He has also collaborated with several United Nations agencies as well as international development organizations on global commons issues and has served as an economic consultant for government agencies in 26 nations. Quilligan is presently Managing Director of the Center for Global Negotiations and Chairman of Global Commons Trust. He is also a Board Member of London’s School of Commoning and of the US publication Kosmos Journal. Jason Francis interviewed James Quilligan for Share International. Please see 9/2012 SI for part one or previous SI for part two.

 

Co-operatives and worker-owned businesses

Share International: How will the increasing number of co-operatives fit into a healthier economic system? Is this a good approach to be pursuing in regards to preserving the commons and greater democracy?

James QuilliganJames Quilligan: Co-operatives are very good. They teach us the practice of sharing. When resources are managed by a large group of people rather than a single individual or a small set of individuals, this is certainly a step in the right direction. But what we have to recognize is that co-operatives are generally focused on co-ownership. Co-ownership is still ownership. Under co-ownership, there may be more owners who are making mutual decisions, but there is nearly always an elite group that has the final word. I would prefer to see a model that transcends ownership, even co-ownership, and leans more in the direction of trusteeship. People sometimes ask me: “But how is trusteeship any different? There is still a small group of trustees making the ultimate decisions, just like owners do.” This is not necessarily true. It depends on how the trust is set up, how many stakeholders are involved, and what accountability mechanisms are created. Ownership is a top-down model. Trusteeship is a bottom-up structure that emphasizes subsidiarity, pluralism, checks and balances and participatory decision-making. Trusteeship creates a much more democratic environment than ownership or co-ownership.

SI: What about worker-owned businesses?

JQ: I’ve always encouraged employee ownership. I helped to establish the Ohio Employee Ownership Center with my friend, Dr John Logue, in 1983-84 (http://dept.kent.edu/oeoc). It has become one of the major role models in the area of worker ownership. It has inspired efforts like Evergreen Co-operatives in Cleveland, Ohio (http://evergreencooperatives.com), and has become a great resource for strategic data and best practices in employee ownership. But my view is that we need to take worker-owned businesses a step further.

In the past we thought ownership was the way to go because it produced economic efficiency, productivity and quality and, at the same time, lowered the cost of goods and services. But the fact is that ownership structures are less efficient, less productive and more expensive than people have been willing to admit. Commons trusts are showing that there is a different way to use the core principles of management and production of the commons – that is, the spontaneous, self-regulating freedom of the marketplace and the rule-based equality enforced by government. The commons are actually expressing this in a new way because the users of resources are becoming directly involved in the process of production. This is very exciting. When this happens, as we can see with the internet, new ideas, learning, imagination and self-corrective action become embodied directly in people’s collaborative activities. The popular social media that is emerging through technology is a good example of this.

Unlike ownership structures, which involve a commercial or governmental provision of goods and services, what is taking place now through commons trusts is a kind of disintermediation. It is cutting out the ‘middle man’, and in many cases, eliminating the division of labor between producers and consumers. Consumers are becoming the producers of their own resources! That’s pretty revolutionary. Whether it’s through traditional commons or new commons like the internet, a more decentralized approach is emerging for the production and management of our resources. It’s giving people more direct access and use of their resources than can be gained through the ownership enterprises that are operating as private monopolies or bureaucratic hierarchies. People love it because this is an inclusive process. It’s also the reason why the commons are coming forward as a genuine alternative to the present system of private sector or government control of a particular commons. The trusteeship model distributes the means of production and decision-making much more widely than the hierarchical systems of modern ownership. This is far more equitable in its implications than traditional co-operatives and co-ownership models.

SI: Is the universal adoption of sharing, sustainability and greater democracy a matter of these cumulative efforts starting at the local level and scaling up to the national and international levels, or will it require more due to the entrenched strongholds that simply do not want to change?

JQ: The problem is that resource sharing will not scale up from the local to the global level if we expect our local practices to simply catch on and all of the local communities, which are sharing their common wealth, to link together. So everyone across the world joins hands and the aggregate of this activity transforms the entire system. No, I don’t think this is likely, although it’s the model of sharing that many people still have in mind. We need to recognize that new accountability structures are needed to operate at every level of governance independently, while overlapping at the same time. To protect the resources that are important to the people and communities that depend on them for their survival, institutions like Commons trusts are going to have to function along many lines of democratically organized jurisdiction.

That’s the key. Citizens must have the opportunity to participate in decision-making and production at all levels of commons: local, state, interstate, regional and global. We don’t have resource trusts yet at all of those levels. We have some, but it’s by no means an integrated system. Unless we tackle the problem of scale, I don’t think we can effectively build the incentives for sharing the commons into our rules and institutions. Someday, I believe, the commons will be a democratically federated system across the world. Our great, great grandchildren will look back on the present system and wonder how naive we were not to have figured this out.

SI: Considering the tremendous number of problems besetting the world’s economies today, are we seeing the ending of the current top-down and ownership-based system?

JQ: I don’t think we have seen the end of it, but we are seeing the beginning of its disintegration. It’s going to unravel for quite some time because the Market State is in crisis, desperately trying to change its outward appearance yet deeply unwilling to restructure itself. This will give world citizens a little time to get better educated and organized. But there is really no time to lose. We are dealing with problems that have never been seen before at a global level. So it’s going to take wholly new solutions, a new epistemology and a new ethic of sharing and sustainability to address them in a comprehensive way. Beyond this, it’s going to require a new level of political activism.

Consider what the Alice Bailey books say, especially The Externalisation of the Hierarchy. In the future, each major world resource “will be owned in the first place by a governing, controlling international group; they will, however, be prepared for international consumption by national groups chosen by the people and under international direction”. I read this to mean that people will demand the creation of a popular trust for each resource to ensure a greater distribution of wealth and power in the public interest. This sounds to me like the creation of collective intentions for sustainability and sharing. But I don’t believe that we have actually begun to understand the ramifications of this yet. We are on our way and there are some genuine pioneers. But I don’t know of any scholar, politician, policymaker, banker, financier, executive, visionary thinker or Occupier who has completely grasped the extent of the problem. A clear plan has not emerged, at least not publicly. The politics, cultures, corporations and civil society groups involved in international negotiations are clashing in myriad ways. After all, we are dealing with structures as diverse as the American economic system, the Chinese economic system, the European economic system and the Brazilian system.

I would say that we are very much in a transitional period in which the world is just beginning to think about creating a new economic system. But we have a long way to go before we can develop a strong and resilient form of global governance. The present crisis in Europe shows that we cannot rush ahead and create a new monetary order without a fiscal union, a banking union and a political union that are responsive to the people. If the G20 tries to replace the Bretton Woods monetary system without a new degree of international co-operation, which involves all sectors of society, the world will be making a huge mistake. The solution does not rest with the sovereign club of nations or with the club of the world’s elite banks and corporations. It rests with the people and our ability to create political accountability for the management and production of our commons. It involves our ability to create the new structures that will support sustainability and sharing.

 

A monetary system collapse

SI: Will the monetary system collapse and why?

JQ: Yes, it will collapse. No monetary system in history has ever lasted indefinitely. It’s easy to see why: society and the economy are constantly outgrowing their older structures. The economic crisis that we experienced in 2008 was a financial crisis. The next crisis will be a monetary crisis. It will be a recognition that bank reserves – the assets which banks now claim to have on reserve – do not exist on anywhere near the scale that the banks are publicly reporting. The degree of leveraging is very high and bank transparency is quite opaque. With the Libor [London Interbank Offered Rate] scandal in Great Britain, we are now seeing that banks have been fiddling with interest rates for a long time. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Interest rates are not the market-driven value they are claimed to be. As they are now formulated, interest rates are the expression of central banks. In a world of 7 billion people, there is no greater contradiction than the fact that a handful of central bankers are actually generating global value on behalf of everyone else through the interest rate. The international banking system holds the power of international value creation in its hands, when in fact global currency and money have a value and significance that is much more collective and intersubjective than the present system allows us to express.

I think that whole system change is needed – that we must consciously design the next stage in the expression of global value through our collective intelligence rather than unconsciously creating a system based on the assumptions of the past (i.e. a new monetary system created by one or a few nations, which utilizes a single resource like gold or oil as a reserve base). In many places now around the world, there is a growing recognition that value is a cultural expression and that the right to shape the value of currency should be in the hands of the people. When the current system breaks down and a new system is created, everything will change: politics, economics and culture, and our approach to all aspects of life. This will be our opportunity to adjust the world’s monetary system through the creation of a currency that does not generate interest and debt.

So this is not merely a political issue. Our currency must reflect the shared expression of the inner value of all individuals together – which cannot be measured through external prices in the marketplace. I think that the commons would enable the global community to express and steward natural resource preservation, energy security, social innovation, cultural meaning, and the social quality of life and human well-being directly through currency values, rather than through prices.

A currency based on indicators of community, innovation, human and social potential, fair access to energy, sustainability, and new ecologies of governance and production – expressing global values and incentives in real time – would reframe the present system of value. It would break the endless-growth imperative and curb catastrophic climate change. I believe that a new money regime along these lines is essential in adjusting the fundamental patterns of human activity to a new, holistic social system that will have lasting benefit for present and future generations. Yes, I think that a global monetary crash followed by a comprehensive readjustment is really a beneficial thing rather than something to be feared. But there is no guarantee that the world is ready to create this kind of inclusive system. For me, the burning question is: can we get our priorities right and create the conditions for sharing by understanding that the value of our currency is a collective expression of humanity?

 

Destined to share

SI: How do you see your vision becoming reality, in which people are actually sharing the global commons?

JQ: Following in the tradition of the Alice Bailey books, the book A Master Speaks comes to mind, in which Benjamin Creme’s Master says the following:
“Trained by the senior members of the Esoteric Hierarchy, there now exists a group of spiritually oriented men and women equipped to deal effectively with the problems of the time. When the call sounds forth, which soon it will, they will take up the work for which they have been prepared: the reconstruction of our planetary life along entirely new lines.

“Working in all fields, this group of dedicated disciples will show the way for humanity to follow. Coming as they do from many nations, they will be able to focus and channel the aspirations of all people for a world of peace and justice. They are, for the most part, unknown at present, but soon their names and work will bring a light to men’s eyes, inspiring them with hope and expectation of a better future. They work today unseen but are ready to put their gifts and training at the service of the race. They will be known for their altruistic love and wise judgement; for their sense of duty and dedication to their task. Trained by Masters, they will reflect something of Their detachment and knowledge, bringing a new rhythm and order into our chaotic world.

“Shortly, from the blueprint of the future now descending, will precipitate the forms of the new civilization. Each nation has a part to play, bringing to the structure of the Whole its own particular voice. In this, the United Nations will play a vital role, co-ordinating the plans for reconstruction and redistribution. Even now, despite the limitations imposed on it by the major powers, the contribution to world peace made by the United Nations is great. Its agencies educate and bring succour to millions in many lands. As a forum for world debate its position is unique and priceless. Sad would be the day and great would be the loss to humanity were the nations to lose faith in this institution, central as it is to the working out of the Divine Plan.

“Many expect Maitreya and the Masters to right all wrongs and to transform the world. That They will show the way, guide and inspire, cannot be gainsaid. That Their light and wisdom will be placed at the service of humanity is equally true. But the work of transformation must be undertaken by humanity itself, cheerfully accepting the changes and sacrifices which must ensue. Only through such willing acceptance can the changes take hold and create the conditions for a new and better life for man. To lead the way, and to build the foundations of the new-age structures, are emerging now the trained architects of the coming civilization. Recognize them by their desire to serve, their wisdom and their manifested love.” (From: ‘The emergence of great servers’)

SI: So the Plan is rapidly precipitating from the higher planes?

JQ: Indeed. I’ve been consulting with world economic leaders for 40 years. I’m sure that this blueprint is not hidden away in someone’s locker or vault waiting for the right moment to roll out. The means of global economic adjustment are known to many people. Various parts of this macroeconomic formula are already in the public domain. It’s now a matter of tying these strands together in our conversations and awareness and making them concrete through our rules and institutions. The commons is focusing this thoughtform, but it will only be fully realized through human free will and inspired spiritual direction. That’s not to say that it won’t be controversial in some quarters. But Hierarchy has been envisioning this financial adjustment for thousands of years and knows that the answer already exists in the hearts of humanity: we are destined to share our common resources.

Information: www.globalcommonstrust.org and www.global-negotiations.org

 

 

Indian poor unite for justice

In October 2012, a huge, grassroots movement for the poor of India, Ekta Parishad (Unity Forum), succeeded in securing a land reform agreement from the Indian government, after 60,000 people marched towards the capital Delhi. The Gandhi-inspired movement, made up of 2,000 civil groups and founded 20 years ago by activist Rajagopal PV, calls for land reform to “enable the marginalised and poorest segments of society to get out of poverty”.

In 2007, another huge Ekta march took place with 25,000 people walking 350 kilometres in 27 days. Their demands were met through the establishment of a National Land Reform Council but the recommendations were never implemented, so the second march was organised, and called Jan Satyagraha – the March for Justice.

On 11 October 2012, at the historic city of Agra, the march ended early after the Minister Jairam Ramesh and Rajagopal signed a 10-point agreement meeting most of Ekta’s demands. A task force will be set up under the Rural Development Minister and the government will work with the state governments to guarantee a small plot of land to “every poor rural landless household”. It will also create Fast Track Courts to deal with the speedy resolution of land disputes. The draft of a national land reforms policy will be put up for public debate within six months and Rajagopal warned: “If nothing happens in six months, we will assemble here in Agra and march to Delhi.”

 

All four photos Copyright: Ekta Parishad

The 2012 march was well organized: food, water, sanitation and shelter were provided for everyone, with lorries carrying the equipment ahead. A carnival atmosphere kept spirits up with men, women and children carrying green and white flags as they walked the long route. National newspapers widely reported the event and local people cheered the marchers as they walked through towns and villages. Campaigners from abroad joined the march in solidarity and learnt ways of organising peace marches for their own countries.

Preparation for the march began in 2011 with Rajagopal and 20 co-workers travelling 80,000 kilometers to 350 districts of India carrying the message of non-violence and land rights, and mobilising support. Interviewed in 2011 Rajagopal explained: “Sometimes you have divisions because of ideologies. People follow Gandhi, Marx and various other leaders, so we decided to contact everybody and say: ‘At this stage when the country is in so much danger, when all the resources are getting driven out of the country to make profit, and poor people are forced to migrate, this is not the time to prove which ideology is greater than the other one, so come along.’ We were able to bring [everyone] together.”

He continued: “Large public opinion from the bottom upwards is the only way that the government will be made to listen to our voice…. Many people remain silent saying: ‘What can I do to change the world?’ But they have to come out of their silence and be vocal in terms of addressing the problems…. We know that violence is not the answer…. Young people across the globe need to understand that this is an opportunity for them. They are being brought up in a situation where globalisation is taking place and as a result the resources are being grabbed, with more poverty being created on the one side, and more riches created on the other. This historical challenge needs to be understood and addressed by acting together.” (Source: ektaparishad.com; bbc.co.uk)

 

Burma: The people’s will must be respected

Current Burmese president Thein Sein said he would accept opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a future president if the _people vote for her in the next election in 2015. “Whether she will become a leader of the nation depends on the will of the people,” Sein said. “If the people accept her, then I will have to accept her.” After almost 50 years of repressive military rule in Burma, Sein, a former general, has enacted a series of major political reforms since taking office in 2011.

In response to Sein’s statements, Suu Kyi affirmed her willingness to serve as president. As leader of the National League for Democracy party, Suu Kyi said it is her duty to take office if that is the desire of the people. “I am a leader of a political party. As a political party leader, I also have to have the courage to be president. If that is what the people want, I will do so.” She said a clause in the nation’s constitution that effectively prevents her from becoming president is one of several her party seeks to change. (Source: BBC News; Associated Press)

 

S.O.P. Save our Planet!

The time for debate is over. The time for action is here.

In a rare show of ‘group activism’, five professors of Natural Science at the University of Nebraska recently issued a joint public statement on the evidence of increasing climate extremes and the potential for more tornadoes, droughts and floods. “Climate change is real, and human activities have a profound effect on the way in which it is occurring,” they said, endorsing a lengthier document released in August 2012 by the American Meteorological Society.

According to the American Meteorological Society, the 10 warmest years in global temperature records up to 2011 have all occurred since 1997.
Asked in an interview with the newspaper Lincoln Journal Star whether scientists can get through to the country with the message on which a vast majority of them agree, one of the signers, Professor Clinton M.Rowe, says: “I think we will, as humans on this planet, realise we need to do something sooner or later. It’s not too late, but it’s almost too late, to get on top of this situation. I’m an optimist. I always have been. So I hope we do. I hope we do.”

The statement read:
“We, the undersigned, are all faculty in climate, or climate-related disciplines, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Based on our informed scientific judgment, we most strongly support the policy statements on climate change of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union, the two most prominent US scientific societies whose members are studying the climate system. Climate change is real, and human activities have a profound effect on the way in which it is occurring. Over the coming decades, it will get warmer in Nebraska, by 4-10°F. Changes in mean rainfall are less clear, as all models predict wetter to our east and drier to our west; the ‘no-change’ line cuts somewhere through Nebraska. Of most concern, snowpack in the central Rockies is forecast to decrease dramatically with strong implications for the Platte River (will Lake McConaughy become a ditch in mid-summer?). In addition to a trend towards more drought, we can expect this trend to be interspersed with more extreme flooding events due to enhanced climate variability. The time for debate is over. The time for action is here.”

Signed by Clinton M.Rowe, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Robert J.Oglesby, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and School of Natural Resources; Mark R.Anderson, Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Martha Schulski, Assistant, Professor, School of Natural Resources and Director, High Plains Regional Climate Center; Adam L.Houston, Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. (Source: Journalstar.com)

 

Climate change threatening future generations

In a recent speech, former President of the Republic of Ireland Mary Robinson warned that climate change represented one of the greatest intergenerational injustices we face today.

Addressing the International Bar Association annual conference in Dublin’s Convention Centre in early October 2012 Mrs Robinson said the public urgently needs to motivate political leaders to act on climate change.

“Until there is greater demand from people in all walks of life for meaningful action on climate change, political leaders will continue to be able to return home from unsuccessful climate conferences with little fear of retribution,” she said.
She told delegates that the economic growth experienced in past decades had come at a cost – a cost borne primarily by people in developing countries.

“Climate change threatens to be one of the great injustices we inflict on our grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” said Mrs Robinson.
“We need to look at the potential impacts of climate change 100 years hence and plan for a world very different to that in which we live today.” (Source: Irish Independent, Ireland)

 

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