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Share International magazine March 2006

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Master's article

The ending of war

by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme

When the time comes to count the cost, men will be amazed at, and ashamed of, the waste of war. More than any other activity of men, war eats greedily into resources and lives. Nothing is spared in the effort to overcome the ‘enemy’; everything is sacrificed to the attainment of victory. Thus has man waged relentless strife against his neighbour, and not always in self-defence. As often as not, war has been used for the expansion of territory, the accumulation of plunder or, most abhorrently, the capture of slaves. The ‘spoils of war’ is a phrase used lightly to describe the underlying purpose of most wars.
Today, we have reached a time when men must take seriously the task of ending war. Men must understand that there is no problem or situation which needs war to solve or cure. This being so the nations must together act and end for ever that destructive aptitude of men.
Should they fail to do so, they threaten the very existence of the race. Peace is no longer an option for men: they have now in their hands the deadliest weapon of all time which, if used in major war, would desecrate the planet and leave it lifeless for aeons of time. Why, then, court such disaster, such an end?

Slippery slope
Maitreya, you may be sure, will speak thus on His emergence. He will show men that small wars can lead to terrible consequences, and set men on the slippery slope of self-destruction. He will counsel gravely and turn men from the unthinkable. Be vigilant but not afraid; trust Maitreya to wisely guide the actions of men. Play your part in the task of educating your brothers and sisters and so make lighter His burden.
Tell all who will listen that the Expected One is here, ready to begin, openly, His Mission. That He relies on the men and women of goodwill to work with Him for peace and justice, freedom and love. Tell them this. Tell them that Maitreya has the simple answer for the world’s woes. That sharing will engender the trust that will open the door, and the hearts of men, to blessed peace.
Then will you see the flowering of the human spirit in brotherhood and co-operation. Then will the problems and blockages melt away, overcome in overflowing goodwill.

Thus will it be, and thus shall we witness the end of the abomination of war. Such is Maitreya’s purpose and firm is His will for its accomplishment.

(Read more articles by the Master)

Questions & Answers

Q. In the Jan/Feb 2006 issue of Share International Benjamin Creme answered a question about the USA’s uneasiness about the rise of people power and populist leaders in Latin America. As part of his answer Mr Creme said: “Now the people of the South, for example in Venezuela and Bolivia, are rising and demanding fair play. The White House is naturally worried. Watch for the pressure on them to begin.” I had hardly finished reading this when I heard Donald Rumsfeld comparing Hugo Chavez to Hitler: “We’ve got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money. He’s a person who was elected legally, just as Adolph Hitler was elected legally, and then consolidated power, and now is, of course, working closely with Fidel Castro and Mr Morales [in Bolivia] and others. It concerns me.”
(1) Is this the kind of pressure Mr Creme meant? (2) Do the American people see through this libellous propaganda? (3) Chavez claims the US is trying to oust him – is this true?
A. (1) Yes, the beginning. (2) Some of them, no doubt, yes. Enough of them, no. (3) Yes.

Q. A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on 21 January 2006. Was this a natural event?
A. Yes.

Q. I have been reading the book Maitreya’s Teachings: The Laws of Life edited by Benjamin Creme. In this book it discusses how the Earth has moved closer to the sun, causing the Earth to warm up. How much of global warming is due to the Earth moving closer to the sun, and how much is due to pollution of the Earth’s atmosphere?
A. Warming due to Earth moving closer to the sun: 20 per cent. Warming due to pollution of the atmosphere: 80 per cent.

Q. A sea plane crashed into the ocean at Miami Beach, Florida, killing all 20 people on board on 19 December 2005. The wing had apparently fallen off in flight, which could have been due to cracks that were later discovered on a support beam. I remember it being said that due to America’s misguided use of laser technology for the purposes of warfare there would be plane crashes as the karmic result – some planes would literally fall apart in the air. Is this a case of that (or some other) karma working out or was the tragic crash in Miami an accident?
A. Yes, it was karmic.

Q. In 329 BC Alexander the Great noticed several shining, shield-like objects emerge from a river in India. He was convinced he witnessed otherworldly vessels. (1) Were these real UFOs? (2) Alexander the Great spent the remaining six years of his life searching for these craft in a diving bell. Some speculate that he was trying to find and conquer the only kingdom that eluded him thus far: Atlantis. Did Alexander the Great indeed have grandiose illusions about conquering Atlantis?
A. (1) Yes, from Mars. (2) No, but he wanted to find the source of these ‘otherworldly vessels’.

Q. In July 2002, nine miners were trapped and feared dead in a mine in Quecreek, Pennsylvania, USA. However, all of the miners were rescued after three days 240 feet below ground level. Did Maitreya or the Masters assist the miners in any way?
A. Yes, Maitreya.

Q. Crosses appeared in private homes long before 1988. My husband and I bought a house in Oxford, Nova Scotia, in January 1977. On a Saturday in February we moved in, and on the following Wednesday around 8am a beautiful cross of light appeared on our wall at the foot of the stairway. It lasted for about 10 minutes and left. It came back for two more days at the same time. The following February, the cross appeared again for three days. For six years it returned. We moved in the 7th year.
A. The crosses were manifested by Maitreya as a sign of His coming presence on 19 July 1977.

Q. I don’t understand why we have to create a climate of expectancy for Maitreya to come forth. There’s a very real problem with trying to create such a climate. If I tell people Maitreya is here they will just say: “Who?” Christians will only respond if you call him Christ, but then you alienate Buddhists and Muslims. If you tell people Maitreya is a Christ figure, then atheists will be turned off. If you say he is just some person whose ideas will make the world better, they won’t believe you, because hitherto no such person has existed.
A. What makes you so sure? Try it and see what happens. Some people will be interested; some will take you seriously. Some will believe you have told the truth. Some will laugh and walk away. So what? You are not alone.

Q. The catch-22 about telling people about Maitreya is enormous and so discouraging, why bother trying?
A. Because every time you tell someone about what is happening you help Maitreya and the world.

Q. We live in a very cynical, sceptical, jaded age. Call me defeatist but if Maitreya is waiting for such a climate to come forward he is going to wait forever! Most people are selfish and don’t care about sharing. Atheists don’t want to hear about anything ‘spiritual’ so they won’t respond to hearing about Maitreya. Most everyone else won’t believe it either.
A. Yes, you are being rather defeatist. You believe it. What is so special about you? Several thousand people have been engaged for years in cheerfully making known this information at different levels of commitment. Some 30 million people have heard it. Of these some 20 million (that is two out of three) have an open-minded response, are open to the possibility. Over 2 million believe absolutely in its reality. Cheer up!

Q. Maitreya says that he won’t come out on the world stage until he gets a “climate of expectancy” – then we will be waiting forever. There is no way we can get the word out to the entire world and create such a climate on a world scale. I have passed out flyers about him at my church, most of which were rejected by people, and a grocery store. That’s not going to get the word out on a very wide scale, so I can’t help but feel like “what’s the use?”
A. You gave out one too few flyers! We do not have to inform every person in the world but only form a ‘critical mass’.

(More questions and answers)

Maitreya – the Embodiment of Love

For over 30 years Benjamin Creme has presented information about the Emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher. Questions and answers about Maitreya, His qualities and nature, the significance of His return to the centre of our modern world and the transformative effect of that extraordinary event have filled 10 volumes of Benjamin Creme’s books.
Over the last quarter of a century his Master, too, has described Maitreya, giving readers an intimate insight into the nature of One so evolved that He embodies the Christ Principle, the energy of Love. The Master has also outlined Maitreya’s priorities, His concerns, the manner in which He will emerge, and has given a foretaste of the wisdom, insight and compassion He will demonstrate.

The following selection is a fragment only of the very large body of information about Maitreya, and includes quotations from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
The following is a fragment of a compilation about Maitreya. For the complete compilation see Share International March 2006.

There are many reasons why I should descend and appear once more among you. Chiefly they are as follows: My Brothers, the Masters of Wisdom, are scheduled to make Their group return to the everyday world. As Their Leader, I, as one of Them, do likewise. Many there are throughout the world who call Me, beg for My return. I answer their pleas. Many more are hungry and perish needlessly, for want of the food which lies rotting in the storehouses of the world. Many need My help in other ways: as Teacher, Protector; as Friend and Guide. It is as aIl of these I come. To lead men, if they will accept Me, into the New Time, the New Country, the glorious future which awaits humanity in this coming Age; For all of this I come. I come, too, to show you the Way to God, back to your Source; to show you that the Way to God is a simple path which all men can tread; To lead you upwards, into the Light of that new Truth which is the Revelation that I bring. For all of this I come. (Maitreya, Message No. 2)

When you are asked, “What will the future bring?” tell them this: a bright star has forsaken its rightful place in the firmament and has chosen to walk among men, bringing gifts as yet unseen on Earth. By name Maitreya, this Blessed One will teach men the ways of what they can become. He will show them the secret entrance to the heart of God and lead them therein. He will walk with men and angels and relate these two. By example and teaching He will show the way to self-salvation. He will regenerate and rejuvenate the world. Listen for His knock. (The Master – , from ‘The One who knocks’)

My task will be to take you on a journey into Truth, into the Blessed Country of Love, and there to show you to yourselves as God. My Masters, likewise, will take you by the hand and lead you to His Divine Feet. Let us together show the world: that the need for war is past; that the instinct of man is to live and to love; that hatred is begotten of separation; that the Law of God lives in man and is fundamental to his nature. All of this shall I show you. Work with Me and prove this to be true. (Maitreya, Message No. 53)

Look for Me in the dark places, where hunger and strife abound. Know Me as the Brother of the poor, the rejected of the world. See Me thus, My friends and brothers, and see the Lord of Love. (Maitreya, from Message No. 128)

As a Teacher, Maitreya is beyond peer; We, His immediate disciples, know this to be so. Ages-long experience has taught Him the Wisdom, the loving understanding, to enter into the hearts and minds of all, and thus to inspire all to emulate His attainment. Even today, many are beginning to respond to His unseen presence and are finding within themselves that this is so. When Maitreya emerges fully and openly, this process will quicken dramatically until all will know that the Christ is once again living and teaching among men.
At first, Maitreya will concentrate on the major problems – political and economic, ecological and social – which threaten the stability of the world and the well-being of men. As these problems begin to find solution, His attention will turn to the inner constitution and psychology of man; the causes of disease and its prevention and cure. He will reaffirm the great and basic laws which govern life on Earth and our connectedness with all Cosmos. He will show that Right Relationship is central to any understanding of the meaning and purpose of our presence on this planet and that Right Relationship is the destined next achievement of man. (The Master –, from ‘A testing time’)

You are experiencing Me at every moment. Every moment, I am with you. Only those whose mind, spirit and body are tranquil, in a state of equilibrium, become aware of God’s presence. There are times when you become aware that someone is behind you, within you, over you, around you – something is present. That ‘something’ is the Almighty. It does not participate; it observes. No one need struggle for this step. Everyone qualifies at this stage. Then, as your awareness grows, if you practise the discipline of detachment, you will know Me in My totality. The moment you think of Me, I am with you. (Maitreya, The Laws of Life)

Joy, which is our birthright, is in the mind of Maitreya all the time. If you could see into the heart of Maitreya, you would see the pain, the suffering, the terrible agony of countless millions, their cries, their longing, sometimes for death, for a better life, for more love, more ability, education, more knowledge of how to feed their families. Millions are in that position, and day by day they are filled with anguish and suffering that we with our little troubles rarely know. These are ongoing sufferings which most people in the West never experience. Yet they are the common experience of two thirds of the world’s population. That is what Maitreya sees. That is the conscious awareness, moment to moment, of Maitreya. If you could see into His life, you would see that in His heart; He carries it around with Him. At the same time He carries with Him His sense of joy, His joy as a Master, as a Divine Being whose nature is joy, and these two things sit simultaneously in His experience. He knows that the pain, the agony of most people in the world could be changed very simply with just a little more: a little more food, a little more money, a little more building material or whatever their need. “That joy would He restore to you in full and perfect measure. For that is He among you.” (Benjamin Creme, SI Jan/Feb 2005)

When men see Maitreya in full and open view, they will find much to admire: His grace and joy; His modest wisdom and all inclusive love; His readiness to share all that He has and is with men of every station. His humility will astound, His knowledge, vast and deep beyond measuring, will reveal to men the paucity of their own. Thus will they turn to Him for guidance and, sure of His concern, become again the students and earnest seekers they once were. Thus will it be, and thus will the Great Lord present to men the Blueprint of the future. (The Master –, from ‘The Blueprint of the future’)

The Art of Living

Conference Questions and Answers with Benjamin Creme

The Art of Living was the theme of Benjamin Creme’s keynote talk at the American and European Transmission Meditation Conferences in 2005. The talk was published in Share International January/February 2006.
We present in two parts an edited selection of the Question and Answer sessions from the Conferences. (Part Two will be published in Share International April issue)
We reprint below an extract from an article by Benjamin Creme’s Master on the same theme.
“Before long, a great change will take place in our approach to life. Out of the chaos of the present time will emerge a new understanding of the meaning underlying our existence and every effort will be made to express our awareness of that meaning in our daily lives. This will bring about a complete transformation of society: a new livingness will characterize our relationships and institutions; a new freedom and sense of joy will replace the present fear. Above all else, mankind will come to realize that living is an art, based on certain laws, requiring the function of the intuition for correct expression.
“Harmlessness is the key to the new beauty in relationship which will emerge. A new sense of responsibility for actions and thoughts will guide each one in every situation; an understanding of the Law of Cause and Effect will transform men’s approach to each other. A new and more harmonious interaction between men and nations will supplant the present competition and distrust. Gradually, mankind will learn the art of living, bringing to each moment the experience of the new. No longer will men live in fear – of the future and of each other. No longer will millions starve or carry the burden of labour for their brothers….”
(The Master –, ‘The Art of Living’, SI October 1983)
The Conference Questions and Answers in Part One (Share International March 2006) focus on the following topic areas: the Law of Karma; the Law of Harmlessness; conflict resolution; harmlessness and harmfulness; and the Law of Sacrifice. A selection of the questions and answers are included below.

The Law of Karma. The Law Harmlessness

Q. Would you please give a few examples of how we might make best use of the Law of Karma?
A. The best way is to be harmless in every situation. Most people will be harmless in one situation and harmful in another. There are very few people (they must be saints if they exist) – apart from the Masters, Who are saints – who are harmless in every situation. Because of our glamours, our conditioning, inevitably we are harmful in some situations, less harmful in others, perhaps not at all harmful in others, but in enough to create our karma. The answer is very simple, although difficult. Like everything, it requires discipline.
To be harmless in every single situation – think of the control that one needs. Control can be made easier by meditation and by the positive, definite function of the will to be harmless in as many situations as we recognize. We will be harmful in many situations and not even recognize the fact; I am sure this happens all the time. It is only afterwards that we realize how harmful we have been.
I am sure, for instance, that Mr Bush is a sincere Christian. Yet look at the harm he did in Afghanistan, at the harm he has done in Iraq. The harm he and those around him are doing to the liberty of the American people right now, thinking up ways and means of curtailing their liberty.
All of us have the illusion that we are harmless. We know the length to which we would not go, but anything up to that, if it is necessary, is acceptable. We are often harmful, knowing that we are harmful, but not appreciating the depth of the harm, and able, because of our glamours, to rationalize it away altogether.
It always mystifies me how some people I have met, so versed in the Alice Bailey teachings that they actually lecture on them, have said to me: “I go along with everything you say about the coming of the Hierarchy and Maitreya and so on, but what I am unable to take is this idea you have of sharing the resources of the world.” It staggers me. I do not know what they have been reading, or how they have read what the Master Djwhal Khul says about the sharing of resources. It is one of the main subjects in the Problems of Humanity.
This belief is held in all seriousness: “We do not have much, but what we have is ours. We have worked hard all our lives for what we have,” (living in one of the better parts of Southern California, on the beach!) “I do not see how we need to share what we have with people that we do not even know.” “They might have long hair or Rastafarian haircuts!” Or “Why do they (the starving millions of Africa) not lift themselves up by the bootstraps as we have done?” That is how we hoodwink ourselves, how we put this glamour over the reality that we do not want to see. We are able to exclude it nicely, find some rationalization for it.
If you want to, you can rationalize anything. You should hear Mr Blair rationalizing why Britain went to war in Iraq, why it was not something he had to apologize for (and has never apologized for) even though 70 per cent of the British people were against it. The advice from all the best minds in Britain were against it, not to mention the French, Germans and the other Europeans.
It is the easiest thing in the world to rationalize. Certain rays, and certain kinds of minds, therefore, make it easier to rationalize away the things that are uncomfortable. They are uncomfortable if you see them. But you can rationalize them away, put them behind you and ‘steer forward into the future’ like Mr Blair and Mr Bush are doing. They want you to forget their mistakes and see only what they tell you are the possibilities ahead. All governments do it. They have done so from time immemorial, and will go on doing it, given the chance. It is up to us to not give them the chance….

Conflict resolution

Q. How can we resolve conflicts harmlessly? How does the time element tie into harmlessness? Can true forgiving wipe out some harm?
A. Well, how would you do it? There is not one way to solve conflicts harmlessly. There is a way which if followed will eventually work out and, in the most harmless way, resolve to the greatest extent the conflicts and that is to accept that you need to give in order to receive.
If you have two people, and you have a conflict which involves both of you, say a conflict about land or water or oil, for example, how do you do it? You meet with the other side and seek a compromise, something that satisfies you both. It will not be all that you, from your position, would hope to gain but, by giving a certain amount, not demanding the full 100 per cent of your rights, and your opponents also approaching it in the same harmless way, sacrificing again some of their rights, you reach a compromise.
By using wisdom, wise compromise, you arrive at an acceptable agreement and so keep the peace or end the conflict without any further harm.

Q. How does the time element tie into harmlessness?
A. If it is like the Israelis and the Palestinians, you meet endlessly for years and the Palestinians make some compromise and the Israelis say: “No, it is not acceptable.” Then the Israelis offer a tiny, miniscule compromise, something that is practically meaningless and, of course, the Palestinians reject it outright. And then the Israelis say: “You see, they do not accept what we offer.” And so the fighting goes on. You have to do it with truth. You have to be honest in what you are doing. For one thing, you have to want the aimed-at result.
In the Palestinian/Israeli situation, the Israelis obviously do not want the peace. They want peace, but not at the expense of giving up the West Bank. The West Bank was negotiated for the Palestinians by Maitreya with the King of Jordan in April 1991, at a Conference of leaders in all fields hosted by Maitreya in London. Maitreya asked King Hussein if he would give up sovereignty of the West Bank, which has been in the hands of the Israelis since the Six Day War of 1967. King Hussein agreed on condition that it became a homeland for the Palestinian people. The Israelis have never had any intention of giving up the whole of the West Bank. And there are Israelis, not all Israelis, but a large minority, who are sworn never to give up the West Bank, the land of Canaan which, as far as they are concerned, was granted them by God thousands of years ago. The Palestinians, for their part, have a minority who have sworn to resist the presence of Israel in the land which has been theirs for centuries. And so you have fanatics on both sides who will never give in, and you have to aim at a compromise which will bring a just peace. Personally, I think only Maitreya can end the Israeli/Palestinian situation with an agreeable compromise, with the Palestinians accepting the existence of Israel, and the Israelis accepting the right of the Palestinians to the West Bank and a just and viable independent state.
How does the time element tie in? In the Palestinian/Israeli situation you can see how time is very important. It drags on and on with no resolution. It changes its focus. People, like President Arafat, die; the King of Jordan died and that changes the situation. The Israelis and the Americans think they can take advantage of the situation because they have sidelined Mr Arafat. The Palestinians no longer have a leader, and so it is thought they will be more amenable to accepting the injustice which has been offered them to date. Until there is an acceptable and just compromise there will be no end to warfare there….

The Law of Sacrifice

Q. Can you elaborate more on the Law of Sacrifice. How does it work?
A. As a person grows, aspiration draws him/her higher and higher and when the higher is attainable you find that it is only attainable through sacrifice.
You have to sacrifice that which you no longer need even if you have needed it all your life to that point. It is no longer of use to you in the higher vibrational state in which you now are. If you sacrifice the lower, you sacrifice the vibrational state of the lower for the higher vibrational state.
Every time your vibrational life is enhanced and you go up a notch in vibration, you draw to the bodies, physical, astral and mental, subatomic energy, which is light, so that the bodies are transformed gradually. You cannot keep the lower vibrating matter which is now being turned into light. You cannot have the lower vibration coexisting with the higher vibration.
It is so simple really. It obeys a natural law. There is nothing mystical about it. If you do something which takes you to a higher level, you are changing the vibrational rate, therefore, you cannot keep that which is still vibrating at a lower rate. You have to give it up, sacrifice it.
If you are making a change in the vibrational nature of your vehicles, you can only do so by getting rid of the lower vibrational rate that they were before. So that lower matter has to go back into the matter of the universe, the life of the planet in which we live. You cannot take it with you….

(For the complete Conference Questions and Answers Part One see Share International March 2006)

Letters to the editor

Over a number of years, some of the Masters, in particular Maitreya and the Master Jesus, have appeared at Benjamin Creme’s lectures and Transmission Meditations. They also appear, in different guises, to large numbers of people around the world. Some of these recount their experiences to Share International magazine. If the experiences are authenticated by Benjamin Creme’s Master, the letters are published. These experiences are given to inspire, to guide or teach, often to heal and uplift. Very often, too, they draw attention to, or comment on, in an amusing way, some fixed intolerance to, for example, smoking or drinking. Many times the Masters act as saving ‘angels’ in accidents, during wartime, earthquakes and other disasters. They use a ‘familiar’, a thoughtform, who seems totally real, and through whom the Master’s thoughts can be expressed: They can appear as a man, a woman, a child, at will. Occasionally They use the ‘blueprint’ of a real person, but in most cases the ‘familiar’ is an entirely new creation. The following letters are examples of this means of communication by the Masters. Please note: In the absence of any indication to the contrary, the editors will assume that your name may be printed. Unless requested otherwise, some of these letters may be reproduced on the website. Only initials, town and country will be used.

Love song

Dear Editor,
On Saturday 7 January 2006 I went to my local Sainsbury’s [supermarket]. I had the blues after several weeks of health problems and was struggling to restore a more optimistic frame of mind.
When I had almost finished my shopping I came face-to-face with an Asian man who was pushing a well-filled trolley. He was of slight build and wore Western clothes. As we passed in a narrow aisle I got a surprise. He was singing in the most beautiful, melodious voice I had ever heard. I got the words of a familiar song: “Have I told you lately that I love you? Have I told you there’s no one above you? Fill my heart with gladness, take away my sadness… “
I was amazed at the ease with which he sang so enchantingly. He moved along, singing as he went and I had no doubt that the song was word-perfect.
In delight I turned round and continued looking at him. Then I noticed that out of his pockets came a myriad vividly-coloured streamers. This shock of colour touched my drooping spirits and I laughed out loud. I recalled having read a letter in Share International magazine where Maitreya had appeared in brilliant orange clothes.
I spoke with another shopper who was standing nearby and enthused about the beautiful scene we were witnessing. He smiled pleasantly and seemed to concur. Later I wondered if he knew what I was talking about.
I didn’t want this experience to end and went off in search of the singer. I soon found him, busily adding more items to his trolley and singing with the same ease and beauty. His repertoire had changed and I don’t recall the song.
I decided he was a lovely eccentric who liked to sing as he shopped and I felt grateful to him for lifting my spirits. I thought of thanking him but decided against this and left.
When I got home I had a strong feeling that he was Maitreya. Is this correct? If he was Maitreya did anyone else see him or hear his singing?
S.M., Richmond, Surrey, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘singing man’ was Maitreya. No one else heard Him singing.)

High-voltage conductor

Dear Editor,
I was in Tehran, Iran, over Christmas and the New Year 2006 visiting my family. I was interested to visit the well in which, legend says, the Imam Zamaan (Maitreya) disappeared a long time ago at the age of 18 and where he will reappear when the world is in turmoil and the need of humanity is great.
We hired a taxi as it is a two-hour journey from Tehran and when we arrived the weather was so warm and sunny and the mountains looked so beautiful and the place had a calmness of its own. My cousin and I first went to the Mosque where she did her special prayer and I did meditation and then went to the place where the well is situated.
The tradition is that you write your wish on a piece of paper and drop it down the well. We both wrote our letters and ‘posted’ them. My cousin asked me if I thought that he would pick up the letters and, because I knew that for many years He is amongst us and helping us, I said that of course He would.
The next day my mother and I went to the bazaar on the bus. We caught the ‘bendy’ bus which has room for women to sit. As we sat down I noticed a man in his 50s with broad shoulders, a well-trimmed beard and well-cut suit. He looked very dignified with a leather briefcase in one hand and his other hand was full of tickets. He was standing by the rail that divides the men from the women and with a quiet voice asked for the tickets. We all passed our tickets one to another to the lady at the front. As I looked at him I wondered what a man like him was doing on the bus, never mind as a conductor. I felt he should more appropriately be at university as a professor or something. He looked quite serious as if he had a lot to think about. He seemed to me as the best of humanity.
Was this wonderful conductor Maitreya and was his briefcase full of people’s needs and wishes?
E.P., Southend on Sea, Essex, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘conductor’ was the Master Jesus. His briefcase was empty.)

Guiding light

Dear Editor,
In 1980 when I was about 12 years old, I had a dream of pure, bright, light which gave me an immense sense of tremendous love and truth. At the time, I believed emphatically that I had had an encounter with Jesus, even though I came from a family which did not encourage religious, or spiritual beliefs. This dream has often guided me, and given me joy and spiritual sustenance.
Now that I have read a lot about Maitreya, I wonder if the dream came from him, or possibly Jesus?
A.S., Brisbane, Australia (sent via Share International website)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the dream was given by Maitreya.)

Young philosopher

Dear Editor,
On Sunday 28 January while I was giving a talk at the Share International Information Centre in Amsterdam a young woman of about 30 came in a little late. During the talk she chimed in from time to time, always usefully. She brought up the issue of people power. She said people always say: “What can I do, just one little individual?” but she added: “A better world starts with you.” And with real enthusiasm she said we should think of how much various individuals had accomplished in the past – both positive and negative examples – and let that inspire us to work with others and to take action. She meant we’re not alone, we can join forces with others and achieve a lot.
I replied that I was pleased she had brought up the subject of people power and asked Diny, a group member, to please bring a copy of the latest (Jan/Feb 2006) issue of Share International which has a substantial compilation on the Voice of the People. Both Diny and I read quotations from it.
Later, when I mentioned political leaders the young woman said very firmly: “They’re corrupt.”
During the break she bought three ‘Hand’ cards (showing Maitreya’s Handprint), and as we were standing there (just three people in the audience, apart from herself, Diny and me) she starting talking to us. First of all she introduced herself, said her name – and what it meant – I didn’t catch it. As she began talking to us I thought, “Oh dear, is she going to tell us she’s the Christ or Jesus?” She didn’t, but having got our attention said something like this: “There aren’t really any miracles, it’s what’s in you.”
I said that that was true although there were also miracles as a sign. She repeated her idea expanding on it: “Yes, but miracles aren’t really miracles, but the Divine Being inside each one of you – now that’s the real miracle.” She went on to say something to the effect that if you knew that, if you got in touch with that Divine Being in yourself, then you didn’t need miracles, or that you would see they weren’t so important. She said she was a refugee from Angola and knew about privation, political corruption and poverty.
Then pointing in turn to each of the three members of the audience she said: “Look, out of the whole city of Amsterdam you three people have come to hear an important message. Wonderful that you came. Good.”
Since it sounded as if we never get more than three visitors I asked if she had been to Benjamin Creme’s lectures and mentioned that he would be giving a lecture again in September to a very large audience. We looked at the calendar together and she got out her diary and made a note of the date. I recommended the lecture, saying that that would give her an opportunity to experience the overshadowing by Maitreya of the audience through Mr Creme. She nodded and said she would try to come.
Then she changed the subject and said that from personal experience “I find that meditation is really very, very important”.
She was about to leave before the question and answer session but Diny invited her to stay a little longer. She laughed and said it was “tempting” and “well, yes, she would stay a while longer”. Later, as she left, she said she loved us all and would definitely see us again some time.
She was never a nuisance, though unusual. She interrupted, or rather chimed in, but wasn’t disruptive. I was pleased that she brought up various topics. She was small, fine-boned, had nice golden coloured skin, long black hair and dark eyes. She seemed happy, poised and independent, quite sure of herself but sometimes girlish, laughing slightly shyly.
I felt no amazing energy. I didn’t think anything of the incident until the following morning when I began to wonder whether she was anyone other than a pleasant visitor. Was she?
F.E., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘young girl’ was the Master Jesus.)

Cross of light

Dear Editor,
Huge encircled crosses of light are appearing though the bathroom window at my mother’s home in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. They were first observed on Christmas night [December 2005]. Were they manifested by Maitreya?
A.D., Marietta, Georgia, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the crosses of light are manifested by Maitreya.)
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In His Message of November 1977, Maitreya said: “Those who search for signs will find them”. Ever since, an increasing number of miraculous phenomena have flooded the world: appearances, crosses of light, healing wells, weeping icons and statues. In May 1988, an aassociate of Maitreya stated in Share International: “The signs of Maitreya’s presence in the world will continue to increase. He is going to flood the world with such happenings that the mind can never comprehend it.”

Miracle on St George’s Hill

In the city of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada, on St George’s Hill, there is a 120 foot illuminated steel cross, the first sight seen by many US visitors crossing the International Bridge into Canada. It is intended to be a symbol of spiritual unity at the geographic centre of North America and has become known as “The Cross at the centre of the Continent”. At the foot of the cross is a non-denominational Oasis of Peace garden, as well as a French language school, Notre Dame des Grands Lacs.
On Monday, 24 January 2005 the school’s principal Stephane Picard, its groundskeeper Gerry Ouellette, maths teacher Christopher Gravelle and a large number of students saw the steel structure swaying from side to side during a 2.5 hours period. “About 25 to 30 feet below the cross-arms, down to the bottom, was stationary”, said Gravelle. Above that point the cross moved from left to right, a foot in each direction. He began to time the rhythmic movement, which worked out to about 44 beats per minute. “It was constant, like a metronome and it was going left to right,” he said. So concerned were the teachers that classes were temporarily moved to the school library for safety.
All witnesses reported that there was no wind and that the structure had never been seen to move before. The principal and maths teacher both heard a cracking noise at the top of the cross as it moved, so they called in an engineering firm to check for structural damage. Engineer Bob Wood found no structural damage, and said the cross could not have moved in the way described, although he could not refute the witnesses’ statements. However, Gerry Ouellette, author of a history of the cross, The Cross at the Centre of the Continent, is certain that it was a sign. (Source:
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the swaying cross was a sign manifested by Maitreya that the people will see Him soon.)

Blind woman regains sight

A  British woman who went blind over 25 years ago has recovered her sight after suffering a massive heart attack. Joyce Urch, 74, from Coventry, UK, lost her sight in 1979, due to glaucoma. Since then she has lived with virtually no sight, in a world of shadows and near-darkness. When she went blind, her five children were young adults; she had never seen her grandchildren or great-grandchildren. However, a heart attack left her in a coma in Walgrave Hospital, Coventry, where doctors fought for three days to save her life. Suddenly, however, she opened her eyes and announced she could see. Mrs Urch described what happened: “I looked at my husband who was there. I said, ‘Oh, you’ve got wrinkles in your face, you must be old.’ I said, ‘Well I must be old as well’.”  Her eldest daughter, Carol Obeirne, 46, said: “When she first came round we thought, ‘This is not going to last, she is going to die.’ Then she started shouting, ‘I can see’. I was just so excited. Cardiologists at the hospital were unable to give a medical explanation, but Mr and Mrs Urch are sure that Joyce’s healing was a miracle. Eric said: “It must be some sort of a miracle because I never thought Joyce would ever see again.” (Source: The Daily Telegraph, Channel 4, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Mrs Urch was healed by the Master Jesus.)

Multiple UFO sightings in northern UK

A local newspaper in Cheshire, UK, has received a series of eye-witness reports of strange lights in the skies.
The run of incidents began at 5am on 7 January 2006, when a strange flashing light was observed for a few minutes hovering over north Crewe. Local airports confirmed that there was no air traffic in the vicinity at the time. The light was yellow, “flashing at a much faster frequency than the automated collision lights which are normally seen flashing on planes”, said Contact International UFO Research’s Mike Soper, who is investigating the sightings. “The lights on planes are either white, red, or green. They are required to be those colours, they are never yellow.”
That same evening, from about 6.20-7.40pm, “a remarkable light” was seen over the Staffordshire town of Stone. “It seemed to be circling around overhead, and was like a hazy blur,” said Mr Soper. “We thought it could have been a laser show at Alton Towers” – but the local theme park later confirmed it had not put on any laser displays that night.

Reports of the incidents in a local newspaper prompted a flood of calls describing similar sightings, including Sally Keighley, from Nantwich, Cheshire, who noticed, at about 6.50am on 18 January, in the skies west of Coxbank, “a very bright light in the sky which suddenly vanished after a few seconds…. It was not a pulsating light, but constant, and vanished in an instant”. Nantwich resident Rob Brereton described seeing on 20 January “a series of yellow, flashing lights in the sky in a ring formation” in the clouds above the town centre.
London-based ufologist Nick Pope, who worked on a UK Ministry of Defence UFO project in the mid-1990s, said: “Sightings in general are massively under reported because people don’t know where to go to report them and when they do they are too scared to do so because of fear of ridicule.” (Source: The Chronicle, Crewe, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these as sightings of authentic UFOs from Mars.)

Sign of the fish

‘Oscar’ is a fish with a special message. He lives in a fish tank in Water Aquatic, a petshop in Waterfoot (about 30 miles north of Manchester, UK).
The two-year-old Albino Oscar fish has been receiving a great deal of attention since Muslim members of the Waterfoot community noticed that markings on Oscar’s scales spell out the word “Allah” in Arabic script.
Moreover, it seems that Oscar carries not just one message but a further miraculous sign on the other side of his body – the word “Muhammad”. Oscar, who was imported from Singapore, has been filmed and photographed, and has appeared in newspapers and on television.
Locals are flocking to see the special fish. “There’s no doubt about it,” said Mohammed Riaz-Shahid, manager of a neighbouring business. “The markings are clear to see. Allah on one side, Muhammad on the other. Christians, Jews – they all believe in God, so God’s showing a sign to everyone, a sign that he’s here.”
One visitor says the night before news of Oscar reached the media, he had dreamt of a whale with the words “Muhammad” and “Allah” on its head. “It’s real, it’s real,” he said. “As soon as I heard I came running. I didn’t think twice about the dream until I saw the fish on the television.” He inspected Oscar’s scales and was convinced that the markings are genuine. He said he believed it was a sign from God.
(Source: The Guardian, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the markings on Oscar are an authentic miracle manifested by Maitreya.)

Crosses of Light 

In June 1988, Maitreya’s associate intimated that signs of Maitreya’s presence would increase: “He is going to flood the world with such happenings that the mind can never comprehend it.” In May 1988 crosses of light were first reported in the El Monte district of Los Angeles, USA. Since then, crosses of light have appeared in windows in many parts of the world, including Canada, Japan, Germany, Slovenia, the USA, the Philippines and the UK.
The crosses, appearing in windows and activated by Maitreya, radiate spiritual energy which has a beneficial effect on people who see them, including healings of both physical and emotional conditions. Frances Robinson made an award-winning documentary about the phenomenon. Interviewed in The Whole Life Times, she said: “These crosses appear when you look through one of these windows when there is a light source on the other side of the window, whether it is a light bulb, a candle, a flashlight or the moon. The cross is not on the window although it appears to be on the window from the outside or inside.”
Since 1988 Share International has published reports of crosses of light of many shapes and sizes, including, for example 40-foot crosses which appeared in the windows of the Copper Ridge Baptist church in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

Dear Editor,
On the evening of 12 January 2006 we held a lecture on the Reappearance in an esoteric centre called Akazienhof on Akazienstr. 27 in Berlin. During the lecture we had covered some of the miracles including the crosses of light about which we spoke for longer than we had planned since there were also some questions about them. After the end of the lecture one of the listeners, an elderly woman, came back and was very excited and said that on her way out she had seen crosses of light in windows in the staircase. So we checked and they looked like genuine crosses of light. Although we had held a couple of lectures there before no one had noticed crosses of light in the staircase. A strong energy emanates from them and we were very happy.
P.S. and O.S., Berlin, Germany.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the crosses of light were manifested by Maitreya.)
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Book Review

The following is the first part of a book review of Professor Jean Ziegler’s book L’Empire de la Honte (Empire of Shame). For the complete review see Share International March 2006.

Empire of Shame, by Jean Ziegler
Book review by Luc Guillory

Well-known activist and writer Professor Jean Ziegler is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and is also a senior Professor at the University of Geneva and the University of Sorbonne, Paris. He teaches sociology and has written many books, including books about hunger. In his book L’Empire de la Honte (Empire of Shame), he explains the mechanisms which enable multinational corporations to behave like new feudal rulers, and how they use debt as a weapon of mass destruction to force national governments and their populations to give up their sovereignty and freedom for the sake of vested interests.

Eu tenho cola, porque no tenho vida – I have glue [to sniff] because I have no life,” a little girl in Recife, Brazil, told Jean Ziegler while he was investigating the impact of debt and hunger in that country.
The reality of hungry or ill children with no hope, future, education or family life can be directly attributed to the country’s foreign debt and its relations with rich countries and multinational businesses, Ziegler says.
Between 1964 and 1985 Brazil’s debt increased by 50 per cent due to military expenditure incurred under the pretext of protecting “national security”. Foreign investors were offered incentives like tax cuts and other financial benefits but since Brazil could not make such provisions it was forced to become financially dependent on the IMF, the Eximbank (an agency of the US government providing aid in financing and facilitating imports and exports), and other private Western banks.

Debt trap

In 1979, the USA raised its interest rates, and Brazil fell into the debt crisis trap of having to take new loans in order to be able to pay off interest on previous loans. Years later, President Fernando Cardoso chose to raise interest rates in Brazil to attract desperately needed foreign capital. The immediate impact on small businesses was catastrophic; unable to get access to credit, they had to cut back on their activities and dismiss employees. Worse still, the rise in interest rates fuelled speculation. Both foreign and Brazilian investors took personal loans at high interest rates in order to buy Brazilian government bonds.
As the Brazilian crisis deepened, Western banks and Wall Street became concerned about their investments and assets in Brazilian agriculture, industry and services. To end the downward spiral the IMF stepped in with the biggest bail-out ever – credit worth US$30 billion in 2002. (Ironically, just a short while before that, the IMF had refused Argentina a similar rescue package.)
A combination of “heavy Wall Street pressure” plus the IMF rescue deal increased the pressure on the Brazilian government for further privatizations in mines, telecommunications and the petrol and electricity industries. Unemployment rocketted and billions of dollars’ worth of national assets were sold off to multinational corporations.
The ‘conditionality’ of the loans granted by the IMF was that the Brazilian government undertook to maintain economic growth at 3.75 per cent per year. This guaranteed creditors that Brazil would be able to pay back its debt and interest. As a direct consequence, social spending budgets were inevitably slashed and the welfare of the poorest sections of the population was sacrificed to debt servicing.
Shockingly, the Brazilian case is not unique but can be found again and again in various countries and guises throughout the world, says Professor Ziegler. He provides ample illustration throughout his book, with a wide variety of concrete and detailed cases, from Mongolia to Ethiopia and other heavily indebted nations. Each case, though different in its pattern, ends in a similar outcome: increased poverty and millions of homeless, deprived people.

Voice of the People

In this section Share International focuses on the rising tide of people power which will continue to swell until, under Maitreya’s wise guidance, the people will lead their leaders into the creation of a just society in which the rights and needs of all are recognized and met.

World Social Forum in Venezuela and Mali

Over 90,000 people attended the 6th annual World Social Forum (WSF) in January 2006, held for the first time in two locations – Caracas, Venezuela, and Bamako, Mali, – with a third forum scheduled for Karachi, Pakistan, in March 2006.
In Caracas, the forum began with a massive peace march of 10,000 people. During the five-day event, 2,200 civil society groups organized nearly 1,800 seminars, panels, workshops and other activities on a wide range of themes, including alternatives to corporate globalization: ending war and imperialism, ecological sustainability, indigenous rights, cultural preservation, feminism, workers’ rights and organized labour, the role of the media in building a just society, and opposition to privatization of water and other natural resources.
A highlight of the event was Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s address to 15,000 WSF attendees and local supporters. Chavez told the audience that “a new offensive has been unleashed from Latin America, Africa and Asia against the imperialisms of the world, by whatever name”. He urged the WSF to agree on “a work plan, an action plan to drive these efforts in Latin America, in Asia, in Africa”.
Chavez accused the Bush administration of being the “most perverse empire in history”. Referring to the US as a global superpower, Chavez said: “This giant needs to wake up.” He encouraged people to “imagine a world in which the US administration brings peace to the world … giving $400 billion [not to the military but] instead to foster education and produce medicine and food for the people”. He vowed that “no matter how many mechanisms they put in place, no matter how much power they have ... they won’t be able to defeat us ... You can be sure of that”.

Civil society groups attending the forum planned a day of international protests against the occupation of Iraq, to be held on 18 March 2006. Groups also made plans for protests and other activities in Mexico to coincide with the Fourth World Water Forum to be held there in March 2006.
Attendees at the Mali forum discussed many issues of particular concern to Africa, including armed conflicts, the role of women, the consequences of economic liberalization, the worsening poverty of the rural poor, and Third World debt. According to the Mali forum co-ordinator Mamadou Goita, these issues were discussed because more Africans were able to participate in this year’s forum than in previous years’ events. Past World Social Forums were held in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Mumbai, India, which made it difficult for most Africans to attend.
Sessions on women, for example, focused on female genital mutilation, early marriage and illiteracy among girls. Conflict areas including the Western Sahara, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan received a great deal of attention. Children’s issues were discussed, highlighting topics such as alternative tools for educating children in rural settings. A youth meeting gave young people the opportunity to interact with village elders and other older citizens on issues including unemployment, immigration and education.
In Caracas, Share International co-workers hosted an information table, held lectures on Maitreya’s emergence and Transmission Meditation, and distributed large amounts of free literature. In Bamako, French-speaking co-workers organized an information table, held lectures, and conducted several media interviews, including one live radio interview broadcast nationwide. The information received a particularly enthusiastic response in Bamako, prompting many enquiries from people attending the forum there.
(Source: IPS; TerraViva online; Xinhua News, China)

18 March 2006 – march for peace!

Worldwide demonstrations are planned for 18 March 2006 against the war and occupation of Iraq and other threatened wars. At the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez backed the call for action on 18 March in a two-hour long meeting with Chris Nineham of the Stop the War Coalition and other peace activists. Demonstrations are planned in South America, as well as in at least 18 European countries, the USA, Australia, India, Mali, Japan, South Korea, and Iraq itself. (Source:

Maitreya’s Priorities

“To aid men in their task, the Christ has formulated certain priorities. They cover the essential needs of every man, woman and child. The first priority is an adequate supply of the right food. Secondly, adequate housing and shelter for all. Thirdly, health-care and education as a universal right.”
 Benjamin Creme’s Master, January 1989.
In this section, Share International addresses problems in the areas of Maitreya’s priorities, and also identifies related plans, solutions and projects.

New approach to global finance

A groundbreaking report by the United Nations Development Programme, launched at the Davos summit of world leaders in January 2006, claims that the world’s problems could be solved by a new approach to global finance.
The report, The New Public Finance, Responding to Global Challenges, claims that no less than $7 trillion ($7 million million) could be saved if its recommendations were to be adopted by the world’s financial leaders. The UNDP says that globalization has created vast wealth for multinational companies but has so far failed to benefit poor countries, and says in its press release: “The New Public Finance presents how, through using creative, incentive-based tools, governments could respond in a more affordable and sustainable way to international challenges such as avian flu, terrorism, and climate change.”

Introducing the report, UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis said: “The growing interdependence between countries and the challenges this brings requires more effective management of globalization – management characterized by new levels of cooperation between public and private actors, between states and global markets.”
“For centuries,” the report says, “the world has been concerned with developing and strengthening the institutions of independent states and national policymaking sovereignty. Public finance has evolved to support these concerns. Today, however, globalization requires states to use their policymaking power more flexibly, taking actions nationally and internationally, wherever they can best be implemented. It challenges states to think in terms of ‘global public policy networks’: international co-operation behind and beyond borders.”

As Professor Joseph Stiglitz writes: “Globalization has meant the closer integration of countries, and that in turn has meant a greater need for collective action.” He commented: “One of the most important areas of failure is the environment. Without government intervention, firms and households have no incentive to limit their pollution.” A global public finance system would force countries to acknowledge their role in creating global climate change, he said: “This is a bold and penetrating compilation of papers on the most profound challenges of modern public finance, how to construct better partnerships between governments and private sector players and how to strengthen cooperation between nations in pursuit of common interests.”

Six schemes are proposed:
• encouraging countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions through trading of pollution permits;
• cutting poor countries’ borrowing costs by securing the debts against the income from stable parts of their economies;
• reducing government-debt costs by linking payments to the country’s economic output;
• an enlarged version of the vaccine scheme;
• using the vast flow of money from migrants back to their home country as guarantees;
• aid agencies underwriting loans to market investors to lower interest rates.
The British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said the report “shows how we can equip people and countries for a new global economy that combined greater prosperity and fairness both within and across nations”.
Mauricio Escanero, Mexican Consul General in Shanghai, comments: “The challenges and opportunities of globalization call for creative new approaches – and for new financing models to fund them. While there’s no textbook on how to do this yet, The New Public Finance brings together some of today’s most insightful thinkers to engage the issue and add considerably to our understanding.”
However, some opponents say that action to curb consumption rather than give market incentives would be more likely to help poor countries, and that better solutions to world problems would be extra aid, extra protection, capping pollution and curbing speculative investment.
(Source: The Independent, UK;

Facts and Forecasts

Over the years, Share International has printed articles outlining Maitreya’s expectations concerning political, social, environmental and spiritual changes in the world, as presented to us by one of Maitreya’s associates in the London community in which He lives. From time to time, both Benjamin Creme and his Master have shared their prognosis of future developments. In this section, “Facts and forecasts”, our staff monitors recent news, events and comments bearing on these insights.
Hurricane Katrina linked to Iraq war

“The unbelievable destructiveness of this tragic event [Hurricane Katrina] is related to the equally destructive results of the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions. It is a cleansing, dissipating massive destructive forces. People must learn the Law of Cause and Effect.”
“My information is the death toll will reach 12,000.” (Benjamin Creme, Questions and Answers, Share International, October 2005)

“… up to 12,000 is accurate. The figures have been manipulated by the US administration (more lies). A large number of bodies, even now, have not even been counted. The Mayor of New Orleans himself said, at the time, that they must expect at least 10,000 deaths.” (Benjamin Creme, Questions and Answers, Share International, November 2005)

Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, said in a public speech marking Martin Luther King day, 16 January 2006: “Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country…. Surely he doesn’t approve of us being in Iraq under false pretences.” The mayor’s comments generated a largely negative public reaction, and he later apologized for the statement.
More than 3,200 people are still officially reported missing as a result of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the US Gulf Coast in August 2005. The number of deaths was officially reported to be less than 1,400. The medical examiner for the state of Louisiana has asked state and local government officials to intensify the search for the missing. (Source: BBC News, UK; The Washington Post, USA; Associated Press)

Oil consumption and global economy

“A stock market crash is inevitable”
(Maitreya, Share International, Dec 1988)

In his book Half Gone, former oil consultant and Greenpeace adviser Jeremy Leggett warns that worldwide demand for oil and gas will soon outstrip supply, and that the public have been lulled into a false sense of security by reassurances from governments that oil reserves are more adequate than they in fact are and that new reserves will continue to be found in spite of evidence to the contrary.
“A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of an acute, civilisation-changing energy crisis,” he writes, and points out that the latest disruption to gas supplies from Russia is a reminder of how much the world’s economies depend on growing supplies of oil and gas. “We have allowed oil to become vital to virtually everything we do,” says Leggett. Nearly all our transport, manufacture, food production, need oil, he says, with the world consuming more than 80 million barrels of oil a day, 29 billion barrels a year. “This figure is rising fast, as it has done for decades. The almost universal expectation is that it will keep doing so for years to come. The US government assumes that global demand will grow to around 120 million barrels a day, 43 billion barrels a year, by 2025.” This is not feasible, says Leggett. “In other words, the most basic … of our assumptions of future economic wellbeing is rotten. Our society is in a state of collective denial that has no precedent in history.”
America’s need to import oil could be reduced by requiring domestic automobiles to increase fuel efficiency; instead it allows greater oil-profligate vehicles to be made. And its need for oil has led to “a disquieting descent into moral ambiguity”, forcing it into “a foreign policy maze that involves arming some despotic regimes, bombing others, and scrabbling for reasons to make the whole construct hang together”.

Furthermore, Leggett argues: “At current rates of use, the global tank is going to run too low to fuel the growing demand sooner rather than later this century.” He divides the world into “late toppers” (those who believe there are ample oil supplies, 2 trillion barrels, still to be exploited and the “topping point” will not be reached until the 2030s) and the “early toppers” (ex-oil men who believe only 1 trillion remain to be found and that the peak, when oil reserves will start to decline, may be imminent).
The early toppers have formed the organization the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO). The Association’s Colin Campbell, 40-year veteran of the oil industry, warned that the perception of decline in oil supply could be worse than the decline itself and could trigger panic in the stock exchange as soaring prices are followed by recessions. “A stock market crash is inevitable,” he said. This was echoed by Roger Booth, who spent his working life for Shell, and who believes that when the peak hits, “a crash of 1929 proportions is not improbable”.
Leggett points out that the oil industry has consistently overestimated reserves and warns that future competition between countries over diminishing supplies will be “the stuff of nightmares”. “Oil dependency could yet prove to be the route to a Third World War.”
Renewable energy and not nuclear power is the answer, argues Leggett. He cites the town of Woking, UK, where the borough council has cut carbon dioxide emissions by 77 per cent since 1990 using a hybrid energy system of small electricity grids, combined heat and power, solar photovoltaics, and energy efficiency.
(Source, The Independent, UK)
Jeremy Leggett, Half Gone: Oil, gas, hot air and the global energy crisis. Portobello Books, London, UK, soon out in paperback.

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