Ensuring health care as
An interview with Benjamin Creme explaining why health care, food, shelter and education, are basic human rights which must be made available to everyone.
Monte Leach: Health care is certainly one of the most basic of all human rights, yet in the developed world we see health costs skyrocketing, most dramatically perhaps in the US where millions of people cannot afford adequate care. Throughout the developing world there are severe shortages of even the most basic care. How can we begin to guarantee health care as a universal right, and how do we pay for it?
Benjamin Creme: It depends on a restructuring of our society, in particular of our economic structures. We are living today in a world dominated by market forces, and there is not much profit to be made out of providing health care for those who need it most. People at the receiving end of health care are not seen as producing much of benefit to society. Therefore, health has a very low priority in the eyes of most governments in both developed and developing countries.
The solution will come as a result of the breakdown of the present economic system, which is on its last legs. This recession which we hear so much about is more than a recession. It is really a collapse of the economic system of the last hundreds of years. The World Teacher, the Lord Maitreya, has said that our economic system is a bubble which is about to burst. The stock market of Japan, He says, will plunge, and when it does, the collapse will ricochet across the world.
This will bring a new sense of reality to humanity, and the priorities of all governments will change. These will become the provision of adequate food, of shelter, of health care and education for all people, as a universal right. This will be paid for from an economic restructuring and the redirection of the countless billions a year now spent on armaments. These four basics seem not too much for anyone to ask - sufficient food, shelter, health care and education- and yet there is no country in the world where they pertain as a universal right. When they do, Maitreya says, the life of humanity will be transformed.
ML: The basic problem is that health care is primarily in the realm of market forces, and, speaking generally, is based on profit rather than the need of people.
BC: It is not seen as a priority. The number one priority in the world would seem to be the provision of arms. That keeps the major countries in a very powerful military position. They also sell the surplus to the less wealthy countries, who sell to Third World countries who can ill afford any arms at all. There is profit in arms and no profit to be had in health.
ML: How does that change?
BC: We have to change our values. The priorities of life lie first of all in the continuance of the planet Earth as a viable being in the solar system. Therefore, the environment must be one of our fundamental concerns. We will come to see that there is an interconnection between nature and humanity, between all life.
The energy of equilibrium now pervades the planet. People and nature will respond constructively to this new influence and, as a result, humanity will live in closer contact with nature; there will be greater harmony. When there is greater harmony, there will be improved health. Much of the ill health of the planet is the result of stress. Heredity is another factor. Also, for countless aeons, we have buried our dead, with all their diseases, in the earth. These diseases seep out into the vegetable kingdom; which is eaten by the animal kingdom; people eat the animals, and the cycle goes on age after age. We have been eating the same diseased food from time immemorial. Until we recognize cremation as the only hygienic way to restore the physical body to the earth after death, we will carry on that pattern of ill health from generation to generation.
ML: How can we develop a new approach to health that is more effective?
BC: Most people put up with very limited health, and are relatively unhealthy. For those living in crowded inner cities, it cannot be otherwise.
Throughout the 19th century with the industrial revolution, the growth of cities took place, and with it all the diseases which rose to the surface during that time. Many of these diseases have gradually been conquered, as in the developed world people of the inner cities moved out into more salubrious suburbs where there are trees, sunshine and restful surroundings. The incidence of disease among the more well off groups has dropped dramatically. But it still exists among the poor who live in the inner cities.
If you put too many rats into a confined space, they go mad and start killing each other. In a less restricted environment, that same number of rats live together in complete harmony. In the same way, a great many of the social evils, violence and discord in the inner cities is due to overpopulation. There are people who live 10 or 12 to a room. That is not a thing of the past except in the most developed areas of the developed world. Throughout the underdeveloped world, and in many parts of the developed world, especially in the poor inner city areas, it is the norm. Ill health is the natural result. These are problems we have to address and redress.
ML: You mentioned adequate food as a priority. Certainly that would be a contributor to health as well.
BC: Indeed. One of the problems today is that even people who eat sufficient volumes of food remain unhealthy because the food itself is denatured. Through chemical fertilizers we have denatured the very soil on which food is grown. It is not the bulk of food that matters; it is the vitamin energy in the food which keeps us healthy and guards against disease. No amount of vitamin supplements can make up for that energy direct from the sun. When food is denatured by chemical farming methods, the bulk of the food that we eat has little or no effect in nourishing the body. A return to more traditional organic methods of farming will restore the vitality of food.
ML: AIDS is one of the most devastating diseases that humanity is currently dealing with. What causes AIDS, from your point of view, and how can we deal with it? Will we develop an AIDS vaccine?
BC: As I understand it, the virus of AIDS developed first of all in a very few people, who, from a kind of sexual obsession, shifted sexual activity from the physical plane, where it is normal, onto the mental plane, where it is not. That shift to the mental plane greatly increased the potency of that obsession, and the effect on the physical body of those few individuals was the deterioration in the life support system; their immune systems broke down. That breakdown created the virus known as HIV. But it only occurred in a very small number of people.
The problem is that the virus is incredibly infectious. It can be transmitted very easily through all the fluids of the body. But of course not all who are infected by the virus die of AIDS. It depends on the immune system of the body. There are those with a very strong immune system who somehow defy the onslaught of the HIV virus. But in many cases, of course, this does not occur, and the disease is indeed a scourge.
My information is that, in the not too distant future, a vaccine will be developed which will contain the disease, not cure it in the absolute sense, but contain it and ameliorate its effect. The longer-term cure depends, as I understand it, on a transformation of thought in humanity, an ability to recognize in ourselves our true light and to be aware of ourselves as what Maitreya calls the Self or God. Instead of identifying with God or the Self, we identify with the vehicles, what Maitreya calls the "temples" of the Self the physical, emotional and mental bodies. We take these to be the Self, which they are not. They are simply vehicles which the Self uses to experience at this level.
If we identify with ourselves as the body, we suffer the ills and limitations of the body; if we identify with the emotions or the mind we suffer emotional and mental illness. If, through the teaching of Maitreya, we can identify with the Self which stands behind these vehicles, then the energy of that Self can flood the vehicles with its light and cure AIDS and every other disease. No disease can resist the downflow of that energy from the Self. Indeed, many people now, through taking up various forms of meditation, are beginning to cure themselves of AIDS.
Maitreya has also created a network of 'miracle water' streams or wells in various parts of the world. For example, at Tlacote, two hours' drive out of Mexico City, 10,000 people a day line up and take water from a stream which has miraculous healing properties and can cure AIDS, cancer or any known disease, sometimes in a matter of days. It is not a universal panacea, because the Law of Karma still acts in relation to each person, but six out of seven people who take the water receive benefit from it. Another source has been discovered near New Delhi, India, where 20,000 people a day are taking water from a well which was totally empty and suddenly filled with this healing water. A similar manifestation has been discovered about 100 kilometres east of Dusseldorf, Germany, at Nordenau. There are such streams of water in many parts of the world, and Maitreya will continue to produce them. These will contribute enormously to the efficacy of healing in the very immediate future.
ML: What would you say about prayer as a possibility?
BC: Maitreya has said those suffering from AIDS or cancer who pray to Him will receive His blessing and help.
ML: Related to the entire question of health is the issue of death and dying. Most of us are afraid of the prospect of death. How can we develop a new approach to death and dying that is more positive, and less fear-inducing?
BC: It is a gradual process of realization that death is not the end. I would have thought that the work of the various spiritualistic societies in the 19th century and the earlier part of this century proved to any open-minded person that there is life after death, that some form of consciousness continues after death. This realization will gradually gain acceptance when more and more people begin to experience it, and this is happening already. Many people are having near death experiences, and many books now exist about these.
Under hypnosis people have been taken back through their life experience to their previous death and beyond that to previous incarnations. I am not sure whether this proves the doctrine of reincarnation (of which I personally have no doubt), but it certainly does prove the existence of continuity of consciousness after death. When this knowledge is widespread enough, it will become respectable, and people will gradually lose their fear of death.
A tremendous event is about to happen which will have a dramatic effect on people's concept of both life and death: the appearance in the world of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and His group of Masters. From the Christian point of view, Maitreya is the Christ returned, and many of the Masters were with Jesus in Palestine. They will make themselves known as such. People will see that these are the same Beings, now in different bodies, and still living and evolving in Their own higher way. Gradually the fear of death will disappear.
ML: What new healing techniques can we expect to see in the future?
BC: Maitreya has talked about a new technology which He calls the Technology of Light which uses energy directly from the sun. This will give us energy for all our needs industry, transportation, heating and healing. In fact, He says that as far as healing is concerned, with an advance in our present genetic engineering, organs can be rebuilt. Instead of going to a hospital and having an organ removed or receiving a transplant, we will have the organ remade through this technology. This will be a tremendous fillip to the health of humanity.
ML: When can we expect to see some of this technology?
BC: There is already a town in Russia where all the energy for heating and lighting comes directly from the sun through a satellite. In general, I would say that in the very near future, perhaps 10-15 years from now, the Technology of Light will be used in its first elementary stages.
ML: Can we expect to see increasing co-operation among healers who use different approaches to healing?
BC: Yes, indeed. Specialization has brought enormous advances along certain lines, but a specialist along one line may be quite blind in others. Groups of technicians, doctors, consultants, specialists, healers of all kinds will work together. This is already happening to a small extent in England, but it will become pretty much the norm around the world. You may have a surgeon, for example, working with a homeopath and an expert in acupuncture, as well as with someone who might be called a faith healer, and someone else who is an expert on the chakras, the energy centres up the spine which exist on the etheric physical plane. The health of the physical body depends entirely on the correct functioning of the endocrine system, which in turn depends on the correct energy balance in the chakras.
Scientists are on the point of discovering the existence of the etheric planes of matter. When these subtler planes are discovered, we will be able to practise all sorts of healing techniques which we cannot do today.
ML: Do you have any other comments you would like to make in terms of the overview of health and healing, and what we can expect to see in the coming time?
BC: The stress which exists in the world today is a result of competition and fear the fear of failure, disease, death, war, calamity, and economic disruption. The pressure that these fears put on humanity inevitably results in psychosomatic diseases. The cure lies in a re-establishing of equilibrium. When we establish equilibrium in our lives through a restructuring of our political, economic and social institutions, we will find that the health of humanity will improve dramatically. We will not have to spend enormous sums of money maintaining health. In fact, illness prevention will become the norm. Disease can generally be prevented more easily than it can be cured.
From the July 1993 issue of Share International