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Share International magazine March 2014

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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.

The Path of Ascent

Within each man and woman sits a God, potential as yet but everlasting. As they go through the experiences of what we call life, they make a journey, which in the end turns out to have been a step towards oneness with that God, realizing the fact of its divinity, realizing that it is the Soul, our higher Self.

Heretofore, our knowledge of the Soul has come from religious texts. These have left man with the impression that the Soul is distant from himself, something to be recognized and worshipped from afar. As man progresses, however, he comes to understand that the Soul is himself, a higher and purer part of himself, but nevertheless himself. Thus a man progresses, deepening in knowledge of his true being and purpose.

Today, thousands of people are consciously aware of making such a journey; for them life is deepening in meaning, and they search for greater knowledge and experience. Thus, in time, they turn to meditation and through this practice a great discovery is theirs. Step by step, they know for certain that they are Souls, that the Soul is not some distant idea but their very being. Gradually the tempo of their lives changes, and a deeper meaning and purpose consolidates all that they do. Thus do men advance on the journey to perfection, reflecting more and more the divinity and wisdom of the Soul.

All in their own way make such a journey, some swiftly and eagerly, others more slowly and less sure of the path. But all eventually pass through the various gates which mark their progress on the way. Today this journey is trodden by millions who know not that the path exists but nevertheless answer the call of their Soul, and enter thereon. They sense the needs of the time and seek to meet these needs, and so play their part.

Knowingly or not they are responding to the call from Maitreya through their Souls to enter the fray, and to replenish this world with their ardour and courage. Their efforts, they will find, have not been in vain.

[This article from Share International magazine, March 2014 , is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]

(Read more articles by this Master)

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Q. (1) Is Maitreya still giving television interviews in Russia? (2) How many have there been to date? As of 5 January 2014 there had been 32. What is the total in Russia now?

A. (1) Yes. (2) 36 (as of 6 February).

Q. Please be so kind as to give an overview showing how many interviews Maitreya has given in each country so far; it would really help for when we give talks. People like to know how many interviews there were in each country.

A. USA: 29 interviews (January 2010-January 2011); Mexico: 14 interviews (January-September 2011); Brazil: 41 (September 2011-January 2013); Russia: 36 so far (from January 2013 to the present time). A total of 120 interviews so far.

Q. I was struck again by a sub-heading in Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two: ‘Maitreya’s involvement’. It is the heading to a section in which you go on to expound on the “gift of the Great Lord”. It is moving and astonishing that a great being like Maitreya has taken on such a role vis-à-vis the groups and His gift must make our potential service so much more potent than it would be without it. Are the groups responding to this specific opportunity as we could or should be?

A. The groups vary from country to country, and within countries, and some are better than others, but overall the groups are being reasonably efficient. They would do much better if they could lose their fear of talking in public!

Q. Is it true to say that each of us must find his or her own way to serve? How do you find out?

A. The world is full of pain and suffering and needs changing. Respond to what you would call the greatest need of suffering humanity and serve them. If you believe that Maitreya and the Masters are real and are now in the everyday world, tell the world you believe it. It is not difficult to serve if you wish to – there are millions of ways to do it. There is nothing more important you can do in this life.

Q. I’ve read in your books that service is a matter of responding to need, but I’m not quite sure what is meant by that within the work of the groups that work with you?

A. The world is wracked by pain and suffering. For millions, quite unnecessarily. The true purpose of life is to serve; the soul comes into incarnation to serve the plan of evolution. The work of the groups is to make known that Hierarchy exists and that Maitreya and His group, the Masters of Wisdom, are returning to the world (and some are already here). Tell the world that and you are serving. Maitreya says there is nothing higher that you could do. Just to know that and take it seriously lifts the hope and expectations of millions in the world.

Q. If you radiate ‘hope’, for instance for the future of mankind, does that have a positive effect on (a) the emergence of the Masters, (b) the realization of that better future for mankind (of course the hungry still need to be fed etc, I realize that, but maybe a positive attitude towards the future of mankind helps in itself in the realization of it?), (c) your personal karma?

A. (a) Yes. (b) Yes. (c) Yes.

Q. In the January 2014 issue of Share International the first letter gave an ominous warning “The world has to pull together if we’re going to survive. The Earth doesn’t play games.” The hint was given by the Master Jesus. Could you comment please on what He meant?

A. As we have said the world today knows or should know that climate change is real, is speeding up, and we have come to the point where we are destroying the ecosystem to a degree beyond which it can be restored. My Master has warned about this for many years, for example. The results of this environmental destruction cannot be gauged by man but yearly we are given examples of the terrible destructiveness that can be wrought by tides and winds in a few moments. It is amazing that so many do not take it seriously.

Q. How can I really know what intuition is and what is simply an elevated sort of desire?

A. Intuition is a soul response and makes itself felt through the heart. It has nothing to do with the desire principle which is astral and comes from the solar plexus. Try to realize the difference between these two and you will have the answer.

Q. In our group many people are being sentimental, overly sweet and ‘loving’ to each other. It feels a bit phoney; but it is described as being ‘heart people’ as opposed to ‘head people’. Is there a misunderstanding somewhere? There’s also talk of “getting a ‘group feeling’”. Some of the veterans in the group have a sense of the inner group so the notion of a contrived ‘group feeling’, which seems to mean a rather more ‘touchy-feely’ atmosphere, appears unnecessary. Could you comment, please?

A. Everyone in the groups is expected to be warm and respectful to their group members whatever their point of evolution or ray structure. However, some rays, 2, 4, 6 for example, tend towards a ‘heart’ or ‘feeling’ response to experience while 1,3,5,7 tend towards a more objective response. But in either case sentimentality can exist – if the person – as most people are – is polarized on the astral plane. Over-sentimentality is for some spurious and unpleasant, for others it is the spice of life. Make your choice.

Q. (1) How dangerous is ‘space junk’ or ‘space debris’ – the bits and pieces of our satellites and so on which are floating around in space? (2) Are the Space Brothers also having to deal with them?

A. (1) Not very dangerous. (2) Not particularly.

Q. Huge areas of forest, jungle and arable land are being given over to the cultivation of oil palms. The oil is used in a myriad of products including food. Apart from the obvious environmental destruction is the oil also unhealthy for humans?

A. It is not unhealthy but not the best – it is rather heavy for human digestion.

Q. What is the real effect of fracking? Does it do permanent damage to the earth?

A. It depends on where it is done. In unstable rock formations or in areas with underground mining cavities it could be very dangerous. In more stable conditions, if carefully carried out, it is not as dangerous as many believe. In small countries (like Britain and other European countries) which have been mined for centuries it could be very dangerous. In large countries with huge open spaces it could be much safer, but the process uses vast quantities of water which is becoming scarce in many countries, and the process of fracking can pollute the local water supplies. However there is no real need for fracking nowadays. There are oil reserves in the world, which at the present rate of use could last for 70 years. We will soon have the answer for all our energy needs in safe and inexhaustible amounts through the cold fusion process, which will serve the needs of all until the world is given the Technology of Light. This will be assured when we have begun the process of sharing and made war a thing of the past.

Q. In his book Flying Saucers Farewell, George Adamski wrote that he was told by his Space Brother contacts that the principal agents behind what he called “The Silence Group”, the worldwide conspirators attempting to keep the truth about UFOs from the public, were powerful international bankers and financiers. (1) Was that information wholly accurate? (2) Does it still obtain today, or are there now other powerful agencies involved as well?

A. (1) No. (2) Yes. These forces have always been somewhat involved, but governmental sources worldwide are the main source of the control of information.

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Sweet dreams

Dear Editor,

I had a dream a few years ago that I followed an eagle that led me to a sweet white-haired man sitting in a chair. The man began talking and I exploded with questions. In response the man told me to stop talking so much and listen for the answers I seek if I want to receive them. Soon afterward I glanced down at the ground and saw perfectly formed the name of Maitreya. Having only heard the term in passing I looked it up online and when I saw the face of Mr Creme, I got chills. I’ve had many phenomenon throughout my life, that have recently begun increasing. I feel like there is a purpose for me here that is on the cusp of being discovered. The days are passing, Mr Creme is getting older and I feel I can no longer ignore this dream. I’m not sure if there is any insight that you can give me, but there can be no communication if I do not initiate it. So, I’ve followed the eagle so to speak and am ready to listen if there is anything that needs to be said.

E.K., Longview, Texas, USA.

(The information you need is all on the Share International website. The “sweet white-haired man” was me, Benjamin Creme (I don’t know about the “sweet”!) and the dream was put into your mind by Maitreya.)

Outreach

Dear Editor,

I believe a Master or a spokesman came to the Information Centre in Amsterdam recently again.

This latest incident was very simple and similar to the previous time when the Master Jesus came to the Centre as a slightly dark-skinned young man and confirmed our decision to devote the shop-window to the environment, and talked about the website, echoing our concerns about it.

On Friday 17 January a young man wearing a cap came into the Centre. He wanted information, he had seen a DVD about Maitreya years ago; he especially wanted to know whether we gave what he called ‘lessons’, and did we have a sort of informal opportunity for people to come and chat, ask questions and so on.

I know this is totally obvious, but just the evening before we’d been puzzling about and asking others in the group for the best way to express the idea in a new folder that the Centre doesn’t only hold talks and Transmission Meditation workshops, but that it’s an informal place where people can enjoy “coffee and Ageless Wisdom”; chat about the information and if interested join, for instance, a two- or three- part talk. We were thinking about calling each part a workshop or seminar and call the whole thing a mini-seminar or course. So his questions and his interest confirmed the ideas we were considering as an experiment.

His visit didn’t last long; he said he’d be back with a friend or two. He would phone. His name was Taha. He wanted to learn more; he’d been following the story; he had phoned the day before, spoke to Mienke, and asked if we gave ‘lessons’ in connection with Transmission Meditation.

That was it; nothing amazing, but it seemed like a little confirmation again – like the last time.

PS. Since that visit we have thought of a slightly different way to engage people in Transmission Meditation.

F.E., M.L., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master has confirmed that ‘Taha’ was a spokesman for the Master Jesus.)

Unexpected blessing

Dear Editor,

I would like to share an encounter that happened to me on the evening of Saturday 12 January 2013 in the church of the Sacred Heart in Angouleme in France. We went to the evening mass. I felt a huge presence of the Masters during the Eucharist, but before going to mass, I had said as a joke, we will maybe not see Masters coming to see us at mass. But at the end of the mass, when it was time to shake hands and give Christ’s peace to each other, I shook the hand of the man who was in my row on my right. He was black-haired, in his thirties or forties, very quiet, he wore a Christian cross around his neck, and his dark eyes were different from people I know. I also shook hands with a lady behind me that I thought very sweet maybe in her fifties or sixties. More surprisingly, the man on my right had a book of the 7 Prayers of Saint Bridget that I actually wanted to read.

Could you tell me who was this man on my right, and this lady? Thank you again for your work and your answer.

G.B., Loule, Algarve, Portugal.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man on the right was the Master Jesus.)

Unforgettable

Dear Editor,

On 3 January [2014], I spent an extraordinary day dancing and singing with a friend at the ocean, trying out new ‘work’. The whole day felt very different, filled with wondrous gifts. Finally on my way home I went to the Adelaide Markets in order to do my weekend shopping. Suddenly I was magnetized by these bright, light blue eyes, I could not help looking straight into. A man stood there amongst others waiting for a bus. He was tall, perhaps in his late forties and wearing rather well-worn clothes, and his weather-beaten face had a gentle expression. I could not move my eyes away as I was walking in his direction anyway. A little embarrassed I responded to his questioning look, without much thinking and heard myself uttering: “Do you need money?”

Softly smiling he replied something like: “No, thank you, I was working hard at Victoria Square – I am just tired.” Recognizing that I mistook a construction worker for a homeless person, I said: “Oh I am so sorry!”, wishing the ground would quickly open and swallow me up. But he did not seem to worry at all as he said, “That’s OK,” smiling so gently.

Fairly confused, I turned away and continued on my way, and the thought occurred to me whether this might perhaps be Maitreya? I turned around to see whether he might have disappeared but he was still there. I have been seeing these eyes before me since then, feeling this gentle love; they seem to occur when I meditate or risk a step that requires me to trust in a new more intuitive way of living.

Could you please be so kind and tell me whether these most gentle, airy blue eyes were those of Master Jesus or Maitreya ?

Thank you so much for your work and inspiration and support. I wish you all the best!

M., Adelaide, Australia.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man with the blue eyes was the Master Jesus.)

Well informed

Dear Editor,

A co-worker and I had a booth at a Holistic Fair in Drogheda, Ireland in March 2012. An unusually dressed man and woman entered the fair but seemed not to notice us. I took a picture of our booth and spun around to shoot a panorama. I noticed this man started taking pictures of the rest of the hall, and started spinning around too! He seemed to be imitating me, no, rather mocking me.

Several hours later they walked past all the other booths, straight to ours and started talking about the material. Our conversation lasted about 20 to 30 minutes. The woman from a Baltic state and the man from Egypt; I noticed a great strength and power that he seemed to hold within himself, as if he was very, very old – and thought he may have been in Tahrir Square! I pointed to the Emergence Quarterly heading “The voice of the people is heard”, with a picture of Tahrir Square during the ‘Arab Spring’ on the cover. I asked whether he had been there and he replied: “Yes, yes. I have been around and throughout Europe and I have seen a lot, though I never visited your country (the Netherlands). I travelled through Eastern Europe, behind the Iron Curtain where people didn’t have freedom. And I have seen the fall of the Berlin Wall, have seen Thatcher, Reagan, etc. How much longer do people want to be led by such dictators – haven’t we had enough Stalins, Hitlers and Mussolini’s? They only care about their own egos. You know Emperor Nero played the violin watching Rome burn: his own city! Crazy, completely crazy! We should build a reserve! We should put such politicians in a zoo so that we can visit and watch them!” He saw that I was amused by this remark (this is a fantasy of mine) and, pointing to my smile, he remarked to the woman: “He thinks that’s funny, he likes that!” He continued: “You know who the real heroes are? The people at the bottom of the ocean and those in Antarctica! Those scientists who risk their lives so that we can know more; they are real humans, they make big sacrifices for humanity!”

They made several remarks about the stars, Venus, Saturn, the moon, etc, and that “this was not good”. The first time they mentioned it I remembered a comment by Mr Creme in Share International: the position of Venus had a very positive influence on humanity. I felt they were waiting for me to say this. I started talking and noticed that both of them (the woman was generally quite distracted) were suddenly completely attentive and absorbed by what I was saying. I told them I read that it had a good influence and the one said to the other: “You see, I told you it was good!”

The man also said: “Money, money. I don’t like people talking about and running after money. Everybody is only saying money, money!” He continued: “The British will suffer because Britain has become too commercialized. There will be earthquakes,” and I think he also mentioned floods. (Shortly after this encounter I read about landslides and floods in the UK, though it is much worse now). He also remarked: “You know, water tastes differently for everyone, because water is life.” And the woman remarked: “Yes, you know, leaves fall in the right time, it all happens in the right time.” While they were there many other people were attracted to our stand. Were the Egyptian man and the Baltic woman special?

R.G., the Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was a spokesman for Maitreya; the woman was a spokeswoman for the Master Jesus.)

Double act

Dear Editor,

It was late afternoon of 28 April 2007, and I had gone for a stroll along Trokadero of Palaeo Phaleron coastline. The place was busy with other strollers and joggers while a beautiful loud music was heard. I often visit that place and was surprised by the extraordinary sound. I looked around and saw a man playing the guitar sitting down on the side of the pavement. He was about 35 and was wearing glasses, black trousers and a black shirt – a choice of colours I was prejudiced about until that time. I became enchanted with his outstanding playing of internationally loved mainly old hits. I gave him some money and continued my walk always keeping my attention on him. I sat at a place from where I could watch the sunset and him. I was sorry that not many people were appreciating his fantastic, according to my taste, guitar, so I approached him and gave him some more money. He expressed even more happiness than the first time I had helped him. By that time a second man was standing next to him. He was a stout man, older than the guitarist, who with an open or perhaps amused voice asked me how much I liked his playing? I said I liked him a lot because he was very good.

Were the guitarist and the stout man Maitreya and the Master Jesus?

L.A., Athens, Greece.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the guitarist was indeed Maitreya and the stout man was the Master Jesus.)

Dear Editor,

Share International photo for March 2014 – Blessing by Maitreya the Christ

This group is in the Northeast point of Brazil in a city called Natal. Janete and the group have been doing Transmission Meditation work for a year and are beginning Reappearance work now. This picture was taken after a Transmission Meditation session, on 4 February 2014 at around 6pm when it was almost dark. Yet there seems to be a streak of light across the top of the picture. Was that a blessing, or just an artifact of the camera?

R. F., Dallas, USA.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light blessing was from Maitreya.)

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Benjamin Creme answers questions

In March 1974 Benjamin Creme formed the first Transmission Meditation group in London, and shortly afterwards began his work of preparing the way for the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the Masters of Wisdom. In May 1975 he gave his first public lecture in London. Now in March 2014 he continues to spread his ‘message of hope’ all over the world.

Q. You have been doing this work now for 40 years. How have you kept going all that time?

BC. You keep going by not counting the years; if you know it’s going to be 40 years of course you might not keep going, but the years pass and then you get to know its 20 years, 30 years, 40 years. So you take it one day at a time and you lose count of time. Essentially time does not enter into it. You don’t think of it in terms of time. You just do the work. It is like painting a picture; you just do the work without counting the time.

When I began this work I asked the Master how long it would take for Maitreya and the Masters to be out in the public domain; He said about nine years and then in a short time, it was eight years, which took us to 1982. In the beginning Maitreya’s hopes were that 1982 would be the year in which He could come out and speak to the world as Maitreya. It was a hope, a possibility, if the media responded to what I had to say. Unfortunately the media did not respond, so in the end Maitreya had to take the long slow route to His emergence. Now I believe that there is very little time left for us to do the work of preparing the world for the day of Day of Declaration.

Q. How can you sustain your faith, that what you are saying is correct, is actually happening?

BC. I suppose it is precisely faith that does sustain one, but you have to understand what faith is. Faith is not just a blind belief. True faith is from our soul experience and if you have that soul experience you automatically have faith. You don’t need more faith, added faith to keep you going, you simply work from a position of faith: a total belief in the truth of one’s experience, in Maitreya’s offer of a part to play in His emergence, and the continued connection, moment-to-moment, with one of the Masters of Wisdom. With all of that, how could you lose faith? The Master said to me many, many years ago, before I had given the first public lecture: “For want of this one quality, many promising disciples have failed. Have faith and affirm His coming.” As I say, this is not of course blind faith, but faith in the validity of one’s own experience. Once one has this, it cannot be lost. And you have faith. What you then need is courage to take this out and tell the world. It took several strong pushes from my Master to get me to do this.

I have a total, absolute belief in the validity of what I am saying. Naturally, of course, at lectures I present it as a hypothesis for people to consider, but for myself I believe what I have been told by Maitreya and my Master. I know these things to be real, and I have never lost sight of that.

From the coming out of Maitreya in 1977 there was a great body of predictions given by Maitreya which one by one became facts, like the ending of the Cold War, the unification of Germany, the breakup of the Soviet Union, the release of Nelson Mandela, and until 9/11 everything became brighter and surer for the time ahead.

The US government were told before 9/11 through the diplomatic service that there would be an attack on America involving important buildings including the White House and the Pentagon and that it was important that the Americans did not start a knee-jerk reaction against terrorist culprits. Unfortunately America and the British started a war against terrorism which continues to the present time and which is responsible for much of the difficulties facing the world today.

Q. In the present climate therefore, how will people respond when they see Maitreya?

BC. Many will respond when they see and hear Maitreya, above all on the Day of Declaration itself, when He overshadows and makes His historic statement to the world in the language of each and everyone. But not all will respond. Many people will believe this is the antichrist, but there is a huge misunderstanding about the antichrist; the antichrist is actually a destructive energy, the First Ray of Will in its destructive phase, which is deliberately released to break down the old backward and useless civilizations to prepare the way for the Christ principle.

Maitreya said: “Many will follow Me and see Me as their Guide. Many will know Me not.” Many are not looking for a new teacher, they don’t believe in such things. Many have left the churches. They have no basis for learning what is happening in the world – but now all over the world our groups are telling people about the reality of the Christ’s presence and the return of the Masters of Hierarchy to the world, and this is rejuvenating the world; it gives people courage and hope – above all it gives them hope. Before I started this work the Master used to say to me: “Tell the world – tell them what you know and raise their hope, keep alert the hope and spirit of the world”. And I thought, he must not be talking seriously – to expect me – little me – alone to uphold the hope and spirit of millions of people in the world – it’s not one man’s task! He said, no, He never expected it was one man’s task but He was just giving me the direction in which I should work. But I have worked with a worldwide group of dedicated souls who have taken up this task and continue to do so.

There are still billions in the world who do not know what we know but anyone can join the work of preparation, just by talking about it and making it known that Maitreya and His group are in the world. Millions already believe what I am saying about Maitreya and the Masters and wait expectantly for the proof.

Q. How many people have heard your story?

BC. My Master says about 36 million people have heard it. Of these a third, about 12 to 13 million, believe it, accept it as true; a third do not know but keep an open mind; and a third reject it entirely.

So much has happened in the last decade, obviously some negative events but also very positive ones. In terms of ‘people power’ we have had for example, the Arab spring, the Occupy and related movements. We have had the appearance of Maitreya’s ‘star’ in 2008 that heralded His more public appearances, and since 2010 He has been appearing, incognito, on television in various countries around the world.

Q. Can you comment on the changes in consciousness of people in these last few years?

BC. The changes on the physical plane are a result of a change in consciousness over the last 10 years. People everywhere are waking up and are beginning to demand their rights – to food, to education, to healthcare, and to freedom and justice. This powerful energy of awakening cannot be stopped. It has behind it the inspiration towards unity of the energies of Aquarius. Obviously change on a global scale will not happen overnight, nor is revolution the answer. It is evolution based on a new sanity, oneness and inter-relatedness, which will take humanity into correct relationship.

Q. Can you bring us up to date on what this all means for the Day of Declaration?

BC. This is not a prediction and it all depends on humanity’s response but I do think the Day of Declaration could be around two to three years from now. So you can see we have very little time in which to prepare the world for Maitreya and His group.

Q. You said recently that the Age of Aquarius has now actually begun, since 2009. Can you please elaborate on what that means for the world?

BC. We are now five years into the age of Aquarius, which seen from the astronomical point of view is almost no time at all. Since 1675 the energies of Aquarius have gradually been making an impact on our lives. Now they are bringing more and more young people into incarnation who are essentially Aquarian in their disposition and energetic make-up.

However, we are in a time in which all the structures – political, economic, religious, cultural, educational, etc – are still dominated by Piscean energy, and the world is led by people who hold them dear. The terrible and dangerous gulf between the poor and the rich, for example, threatens the very existence of this world. So there is still much to do but the ordinary people of the world are waking up to their responsibilities, and their power. Moreover, Maitreya has assured us that: “All will be well, all manner of things will be well.”

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We recently asked readers to tell us about the effect of their contact with Share International on their lives and had many replies from all over the world. Here are extracts from just a few of the replies that point to the transforming effect Share International has had on individuals’ lives.
  • For all my life I have sought a coherent and intelligent approach to God. Through many blind alleys, I found you (or you found me) thirty years ago. My life became bearable again as everything you have said makes utter sense. My life became one of growth and service to my fellow human beings and the planet. I so look forward to the day when the rest of humanity attains this peace and endeavour.
    GB, UK
  • Then, I read the information on the Share International website, which was like lighting a lamp of hope that had previously faded away. As soon as I looked at it, it was like the ringing of a bell that awakened what was already known inside myself: that life is beautiful, that there is more to see beyond the difficulties, the pain, the injustice, the separation, the imbalance... that the world was going to be beautiful, in harmony and unity, and that the future is bright for humanity!
    AS, UK
  • There [at Mr Creme’s lecture] I felt the touch of God’s Love and it was an overwhelming bliss-filled experience that convinced me what he was saying was true. I felt a great outpouring of healing from the blessing in the lecture – it was the most powerful experience of my life up to that time! While in London. … I was greatly impressed by the teaching from Mr Creme such as to practise ‘honesty, sincerity and detachment’. I have endeavoured to live by this advice and have found it immensely helpful guidance as to how to live in this world.
    MA, Germany
  • The message has been hugely uplifting and has brought a new sense of hope into my life. I am utterly convinced of the truth of the information being given out by Share International, of the awakening of people across the world, demanding justice and peace, and I see evidence of this on a daily basis now. This knowledge gives me not only hope but also the strength and the energy to maintain an engagement with the world around me and to play my part, where I can.
    VG, UK
  • With Share international and the work of the Reappearance I really found a path of service which has filled my life and heart till now. I have a better understanding of the world and our role here on earth. I have become a better person not so focused on myself and my comfort. The state of the world and of the planet is a real concern now and I am eager to follow what my soul dictates me to help in any way.
    MD, Belgium
  • Spiritually, my life has been dramatically and wonderfully enhanced by the Share International teachings of honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit, and detachment, as put forth by Maitreya, The World Teacher. Honesty of mind and sincerity of spirit have helped me live more and more true to myself and present myself to others more genuinely and more as the divine being I am (and we all are). Becoming more detached (with love) from others has helped me tolerate and accept others for who they are and helped me live life needing fewer material things – seeking and enjoying the spiritual gifts and aspects of life more instead.
    DL, USA
  • I used to be afraid of dying. This fear has vanished.
    I used to be afraid to trust people, to reach out to people, and to open myself up to people. These fears have vanished.
    I used to be afraid of the future - my own personal future, as well as the future of the world. These fears have vanished.
    I had lost my hope and to have it returned was literally a miracle.
    SQ, Spain

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At this anniversary of 40 years preparing the way for Maitreya, the World Teacher, Share International looks back over the last decade to show how events are speeding up. So much has happened: the extraordinary miracles including Maitreya’s ‘star’ seen worldwide; Maitreya’s television interviews beginning His open emergence; increased sightings of UFOs; and at the same time the long-awaited awakening of humanity and the unstoppable rise of people power. We include a selection of highlights from the magazine over the decade.

The awakening of humanity

The peace demonstrations in 2003 brought 12.5 million people all over the world to march against the war in Iraq, many marching for the first time. Maitreya Himself was filmed at the London peace rally on 15 February 2003 where He said: “Waking up! The world belongs to the human race, brother…. I am really glad! We are waking up!” (SI April 2003)

In the decade that has followed the people’s voice has gained in strength and numbers, and in 2011 the ‘Arab Spring’ and the Occupy movement called for freedom and justice, and a better world for all.

Benjamin Creme’s Master frequently refers to this growing desire for change, particularly among the young, which demonstrates humanity’s evolving consciousness:

“The events of the Arab Spring are a sign that the young are responding to Maitreya’s Call. Ahead of their elders, they have awakened to the new energies of Aquarius and the promise of the new life that they bring. They have lost all fear and gladly sacrifice themselves for a new-found freedom and dignity. A new splendour is growing among the young.” (From ‘The great decision’, SI Jan/Feb 2012)

“At long, long last, a new light can be observed in the aura of the race of men, one that augurs well for the future of the race. From where does this new light come? It is, of course, the result of many happenings and benedictions, but above all, it is the sign that men are beginning to see themselves in a new light, beginning to sense themselves as at least potentially divine, certainly more worthy and meaningful than they had thought, and capable of creating a world in which they can take pride.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A new light in humanity’, SI Sept 2010)

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[Left] Maitreya appears as the ‘Angel in white’ in battle zone to rescue a wounded youth in Syria. (SI Jul/Aug 2012)


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[Right] Maitreya appears as an ethereal figure in white, filmed riding a white horse through the crowds during the occupation of Tahrir Square, Cairo, February 2011. (SI March 2011)


The gathering of the Forces of Light

In His article ‘The gathering of the Forces of Light’ Benjamin Creme’s Master revealed, in SI March 2007, that many signs and wonders would accompany Maitreya’s open emergence including “sightings, in unprecedented numbers, of spacecraft from our neighbouring planets, Mars and Venus in particular”. He continued: “Nothing like this increased activity, over vast areas of the Earth, will have been seen before…. Miraculous happenings of all kinds will continue and multiply in number and variety. The minds of men will be baffled and amazed by these wonders, and this will cause them to ponder deeply. Into this wonder-filled, wondering world Maitreya will quietly enter and begin His open work. Look, then, for the signs of Maitreya’s entrance, make it known, and uplift the hope of your brothers.”

Since 2007 there has been a dramatic rise in UFO sightings around the world, including multiple groupings of spacecraft, particularly in South America. Benjamin Creme’s book The Gathering of the Forces of Light – UFOs and their Spiritual Mission, published in June 2010, includes unique information about the Space Brothers and their real mission on Earth – to help humanity through our world crisis.

Since 2007, many more UFO sightings have been reported by media and the public, and YouTube videos, photographs, testimonials, and previously classified UFO documents now released, add up to a large body of evidence to prove that UFOs are real.

In the last 10 years, Share International has published an increasing number of photographs of confirmed spacecraft. Benjamin Creme has stated that the Space Brothers will work more and more openly as we move closer to the Day of Declaration.

10 years of photos

Share International photo for March 2014 – Benjamin Creme during an overshadowing blessing by Maitreya, Tokyo, 10 May 2008Benjamin Creme during an overshadowing blessing by Maitreya, Tokyo, 10 May 2008

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[Above] Star-shaped Venusian crop formation, made on 3 July 2010 in a wheatfield in Wiltshire, UK. (SI Sept 2010) [Above] Cross of light in Krasnodar, Russia, in August 2012. (SI Dec 2012)
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[Above] Maitreya’s ‘star’, Senelnikovo, Ukraine, February 2009 [Above] Maitreya’s ‘star’, Constanta, Romania, 19 April 2012
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[Above] Maitreya’s ‘star’, Costa Rica, 3 January 2009 [Above] Maitreya’s ‘star’, Boston, USA, 11 April 2010

Share International photo for March 2014 – Huge ‘angel’ near the sun filmed by NASA in 15 October 2012. (SI April 2013)Huge ‘angel’ near the sun filmed by NASA in 15 October 2012. (SI April 2013) [Click image to see original NASA image from which this close-up is taken from]

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[Above] A miraculous glowing figure of Maitreya (the Imam Mahdi to Muslims), appeared on video dancing at the Ashura ceremony in Karbala, Iraq, 6 January 2008. (SI April 2009) [Above] Golden energy floods lecture hall in Amsterdam, Holland, on 20 September 2006 as Benjamin Creme is overshadowed by Maitreya. (SI Nov 2006)
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[Above] Antique icons miraculously re-gilded in Macedonian church over Easter 2012. (SI May 2012) [Above] Crowds witness Hindu statues ‘drinking’ milk and water in Guyana temple, South America, in March 2013. (SI June 2013)
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[Above] Holy symbols appear on Muslim girl’s face in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2012. (SI Oct 2012) [Above] Baby boy born clutching a miniature holy Quran in Lagos, Nigeria, in May 2012. (SI Nov 2013)

Share International photo for March 2014 – Muslim baby girl born with prayer beads in NigerMuslim baby girl born with prayer beads in Niger, in July 2013. (SI Sept 2013)

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[Above] This spacecraft appeared above Mount Fuji, Japan, March 2006. According to Benjamin Creme, this is a “medium-sized” mothership; the top of Mount Fuji is over one kilometre in diameter. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the spacecraft was from Venus.) [Above] Hangzhou airport in eastern China was closed for one hour in July 2010. The object, also seen on radar, was a Martian spacecraft.
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[Above] Witnesses filmed Maitreya’s ‘star’ descending over the Dome of the Rock on Jerusalem Temple Mount on 28 January 2011. (SI March 2011) [Above] Spiral UFO over Middle East. Israel, 7 June 2012. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the spiral object was a UFO from Mars.)
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[Above] California, USA – A woman taking photographs in Santee, California, near San Diego, later discovered an image of a UFO in one of the photos. A local television news station, ABC10news, reported on this story and broadcast the UFO image. (Source: huffingtonpost.com, ABC10news.com, YouTube) (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a spacecraft from Mars.) [Above] UFO photographed by E.S. in Krasnodar city, Russia, in July 2012. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it is a spaceship from Mars.)
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[Above] Norway – A UFO sighted over northern Norway, August 2010. The object was visible for several minutes before accelerating extremely rapidly and disappearing. (Source: YouTube.com/1976thetruth) (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a spaceship from Mars.) [Above] Martian spacecraft over a crop circle field in the Netherlands, 2009. Photo Robbert van den Broeke.

Share International photo for March 2014 – Photograph by Yoj Chase and posted on Facebook’s website on 5 October 2011, shows a huge formation over Mount ShastaPhotograph by Yoj Chase and posted on Facebook’s website on 5 October 2011, shows a huge formation over Mount Shasta, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a spaceship from the planet Jupiter.)

New Messages from Maitreya, the World Teacher

During the past 10 years, Share International published additional Messages from Maitreya, the World Teacher. Received by mental telepathy through Benjamin Creme during a Blessing from Maitreya, they are inspiring messages of hope and encouragement. We include a selection.

A Message from Maitreya, 6 April 2006

My friends, I am nearer to you than you may think. My heart beats step by step with yours. My heart cries for the suffering of so many. Yet I know that the hearts of those who hear Me now are open and willing to help. Fear not My friends. Give bravely and willingly to help all in need. When you do this you enter that area of divinity from which you come. This is the action of divinity itself. So My friends, wait no longer for the manifestation of the great changes which are to come. Bring them about by your actions. Think widely. Think that your brothers and sisters are yourselves, the same throughout the world. Do this My friends and see Me very soon. My heart embraces you all.

(SI May 2006. Received at the end of Mr Creme’s interview on Radio Ici & Maintenant, Paris, France.)

A Message from Maitreya, 27 September 2007

My dear friends, I am close to you now. Many of you have awaited My presence for a long time. I am about to step forward openly before all men, and to begin my outer mission. There is no distance between us. Know this. Understand this. When you ask Me through the ‘hand’ or directly to Me for help, that help, you should know, is assured. It is possible that you will not recognize that the help has been given, but so it will be. Trust Me to aid you, for it is to do so that I come. I shall exhort you to work with Me for the good of all. This is the opportunity to grow quicker, faster than you have ever done before, and so bring you to the Feet of That One Whom we call God. Be not afraid of the many problems which arise now almost daily in the world. These events are transient and soon men will come to understand that they have before them a future bathed in light. So will it be.

(SI Nov 2007. Received at the end of Benjamin Creme’s interview for a television documentary in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.)

A Message from Maitreya, 26 October 2008

My friends, listen carefully for I bring hope to you all for an end to your troubles, for a new life for all those ready to accept the need for justice and peace. [The lack of] these two, justice and peace, is the major obstacle in your path today. The way to justice and peace is easily solved. It requires only the acceptance of sharing. Share and know the future. Refuse to share and there will be no future for man. Simple is life when seen with the knowing eye. Learn, My friends, to live simply and to love one another truly. My friends, believe it to be true for so it is, that you shall see Me sooner than you can imagine. I am even now at the door, ready to step forward and to begin My more open Mission. Be hopeful and of good cheer, My friends, for all will be well. All manner of things will be well.

(SI Dec 2008. Received while Benjamin Creme was filmed for Slovenian television in Munich, Germany.)

A Message from Maitreya, 26 March 2010

Give Me the opportunity to help you; that is why I have come. If you accept Me I will lead you into your destiny; that which has been destined from the beginning of this world. All depends on you: you have to take the steps which make this possible. We have to see ourselves as One, brothers and sisters, and work together for the good of all. We are not separate, despite appearances, we are one group of which I am part, and for whom I work every moment of My Life. I would have you know that at this moment My Blessing is upon you. Accept My Blessing, and live simply and with love. These qualities are close to My Heart.

(SI May 2010. Received during an interview with Benjamin Creme in Paris, France.)

S.O.P. — Save Our Planet!

Benjamin Creme’s Master regularly counsels on the urgent need to save our planet. With the increasingly disturbed weather patterns, climate change, and environmental destruction, the title of His article S.O.P. (Oct 2012) was given in the hope that it will eventually become an internationally well-known phrase to rally all to take action to save our planet.

He writes: “When one looks deeply into the present situation in the world, two things stand out as particularly important: the danger of war and the acceleration of the Earth’s ecological imbalance…. Daily, now, the climatic changes prove beyond doubt that the planet is sick and needs immediate and skilful care to re-establish equilibrium. Time is running out for men to halt the transformation which is being daily wrought on planet Earth. Every man, woman and child must play their part in the task. Time is, verily, running out. S.O.P. Save Our Planet!”

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On the 40th anniversary of preparing the way for Maitreya’s emergence, we present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Group service’. The quotations are taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks and Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.

Take to your hearts, My friends, this message of Hope; spread it abroad among your brothers and tell them that Maitreya has come, that the Lord of Love is here. Tell them this, My friends, and know the bliss of serving the Truth. (Maitreya, from Message No.87)



We stand on the threshold of a new era. Most people today can feel the winds of change which sweep across the world, pointers to the new time. Amid the chaos and the breakdown of old certainties and forms can be felt a new world waiting to be born. A better world. A safer, saner and a fairer world. My task has been to keep these hopes and plans before you, to inspire your co-operation and active service, to guide your footsteps when they might have faltered, and to awaken in you the realization that you are not bereft and alone. I am happy to be of this service; I welcome the opportunity to lighten your burden and to hold before you the golden promise of the future. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The promise of the future’)



My Brothers and I look to this coming time as an opportunity for Service. We, too, My friends, grow by the manifestation of this divine attribute. Naught which stems from God but serves, My brothers. Learn and believe that this is so. Through service to man, man will come to God. It was ever so. Make a life of Service your vow for the future time and know the bliss of the Love of God. (Maitreya from Message No.75)



Service is the lever of the evolutionary path. Through service we learn to identify with that which we serve, and so a shift occurs in our centre of focus. It shifts from the personal, the selfish, to the impersonal, the unselfish. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)



As you serve, you change. Why do you change? Because service works in you to perform a miracle. It is literally a miracle; a transforming process takes place. Your soul makes you serve, and you begin to serve in whatever small, limited capacity. The nearer you are to the field of service, the quicker you get on with it. It need not be at the other side of the world, although that might be your calling. You can start right where you are now. The aim is to shift out of a totally self-serving, centralized situation…. As you serve you shift your point of focus. You identify more and more with that which you serve, until, without your even being aware of it, you lose consciousness of yourself. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)



What can be done to free humanity from this ancient thralldom, in part innate in the nature of substance itself? How can man free himself from wrong identification and the tyranny of his self-created thoughtforms? The answer lies in a shift of focus, from the self to the group; in a truer identification with the soul and its relation to all souls. The light of the soul, through the agency of mind, is the great dissipator of glamour, and long ago the Buddha taught the conquering of desire: the Noble Middle Path between the pairs of opposites. In the light of the soul the essential unity is seen, the astral waves subside and the aspirant finds himself at initiation’s gate. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Glamour’)



Transmission Meditation is simple and yet it performs a number of different very important facets of work. In the first place, it is an act of service. I know of no other means of service to the world of such potency, such value, such importance, and which is so clearly along the line of evolution of the Plan, which, at the same time, is so simple and easy…. All that is required is the determination to make it a regular routine in one’s life. Regularity is very important. It sets up a ritual, a rhythm, which has its own value. It is important for the members of the Transmission group to meet regularly, once or twice a week, or whatever, but always on the same day at the same time. In this way the Masters know that at a certain place and time there will be a group ready to transmit the energy from Them to the world. This work, we will find, is a door which leads to a path that takes us directly to Hierarchy. It is part of a process planned by Hierarchy whereby the aspirants and the disciples of the world will work in a co-operative fashion with each other and with Hierarchy itself.(Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)



Group work is the work of the future. The Aquarian energies can only be recognized, absorbed and used in group formation. You will find groups growing throughout the next hundreds of years. When you are a group, you potentize all the action that the individuals invest in the group. It is a very potent way to work. It is no accident that whenever Hierarchy starts something, They create a group. They contact one person and give them a group, or give them the means of contacting a group, and then that group works together. That is why you get the Theosophical Society, the Arcane School, and our groups around the world who are working for the emergence of Maitreya and the Masters. Group work is the answer. (Benjamin Creme, The World Teacher for all humanity)



My Masters are developing, through Their groups, new forms and structures for your life. These will allow you better to express the Divine Beings which you are, and thus complete the Plan. Take part, My friends, in this great adventure of Spirit, and allow Me to show you, and lead you into, your heritage. (Maitreya, from Message No.41)



Each age brings into incarnation those groups of souls whose energies can find a consonance with the prevailing energies of the age. In this way, the necessary forms through which the specific intentions of an era can be expressed are certain of formation. Thus it is today as we stand at the threshold of the Aquarian age. More and more, adolescents and young adults will be found to be singularly well equipped to respond to the incoming energies of Aquarius which tend to synthesis and fusion. Likewise, they will be able to take advantage of the opportunities which, uniquely, will be presented to them, and will find and create the structures on which the civilization of the coming age must be built.

Maitreya, as may be expected, has His plans well laid. These involve the setting up of centres and institutions in which the required teaching will be given, experiences met and lessons learned. In this way, groups of young and mobile pioneers will chart the new ways of living and relating, seeking ever to infuse their lives with the loving, blending energies of Aquarius. Wise experiment will lead them step by step to the creation of viable and trustworthy forms which, gradually, will be adopted by all.

Thus the new era will emerge from the chaos of the old. Thus the restrictions of the present will give way to a freedom altogether new, in tune, at last, to the life-giving waters of Aquarius. (Benjamin Creme’s Master from ‘The Waters of Aquarius’)



Every activity in this coming age will proceed through groups – group affiliation, group thought, arriving eventually at group consciousness. This is in line with the quality of the energies streaming in from Aquarius, which can only be known, apprehended, and used, in group formation.

Group activity of the past Age of Pisces has always come from one individual, a leader, making his intentions and vision known, and having his instructions carried out by the other members of the group. This has been the norm over the past 2,000 years. To respond correctly to the quality of the energy of Aquarius and to the intentions of the Plan of evolution for humanity, this approach has to change. Rather than the group of individuals, however devoted, following the orders of one, perhaps more potent, individual, each member must take full responsibility for the thoughts, ideas, intentions and purpose of the group…. We are in an age of transition between two ages. The old does not work very well, but there are not yet new forms; we are ‘in between’. Those who work in the old individualistic way, obeying the leader, will find themselves becoming less and less effective, because this approach is not true to the quality of the energy of Aquarius. The ultimate aim is group consciousness. This is very subtle, and difficult to achieve, and is unknown today except in Hierarchy. The Spiritual Hierarchy know only group consciousness, They have no sense of separate personality consciousness at all. That is perfection, and it is something which we should aim at, but not be too despondent about if we do not have it as yet. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)



My Masters are training Their groups to show the way to implement man’s needs. Through this manifestation, all goodness will follow. My Masters know the problems which beset man today; the answers likewise are in Their grasp. Allow Them to lead, My friends, and show you the simple path of Joy, Simplicity and Truth. A new Law descends. The new Truth becomes known to man. The Law is Love, The Truth, My friends, is Brotherhood. (Maitreya, from Message No.43)



[Maitreya’s] voice is not the only one that men will hear. Throughout the world, in every country, groups await the opportunity to speak. Prepared and trained they stand now in the wings, ready to serve when called. They know the needs of the time and the answers to the problems which beset mankind today. Little by little, these problems will be conquered and a new chapter opened in the evolution of the race. Before too long, these wise ones will come forward and place themselves at the disposal of the world. Their altruism will recommend them to the peoples and their judgement will win the trust of all. Take heart, therefore, from all of this, and know that new and better times are on the way. Take heart and know that naught can stop the momentum of change that now grips this world. Formerly, people awaited events in passive acceptance of fate. Today, a new consciousness informs the minds and hearts of men and awakens them to their inborn need for justice and freedom. They will not be denied. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘They will not be denied’)



In every century a group of disciples is given a special task: the discovery or announcement of certain ideas and truths; the revealing of hitherto unknown facts about the nature of man or the universe; the enrichment of man’s spiritual life through art or religion; all of these avenues of approach have been used by the hidden Hierarchy to awaken man to the Reality in which he lives. Age after age, this process has continued, lending continuity to the teaching methods by which the Masters work. As the world stands poised on the threshold of the Aquarian dispensation all is in flux, all undergoing the ferment of change.

So, too, is it in Hierarchical circles. Without exception, the Masters Themselves are experiencing a reorientation of procedures and methods unlike aught known before. During the last five centuries, They have gradually inaugurated changes in approach in preparation for the Great Approach, the externalization of Their work in the world. Not for nothing have They tested and looked afresh at every long-tried line of action, adapting where necessary to the new and growing sensitivity of men.

Now, waiting in the wings for the Day of Declaration which will signal Their Approach, the Guides of the race stand ready to serve advancing mankind. From the ranks of men the Masters have come; to Their ranks They beckon and welcome men. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Great Approach’)



Make known to all that I am here, that I am returned and prepare men for the Day of Declaration, the day of God’s Gift; for on that day, men will celebrate together the achievement of God’s Will. My Coming is nothing less. Take now your stand at My side, and let us together prove that man is God, that there is nothing which is other than God. (Maitreya, from Message No.25)



With every day that passes, the emergence of Maitreya into full and visible presence comes nearer to fulfillment. Ere long, the waiting world will know beyond all gainsaying that the Master of the Masters, the Light and Hope of the world, is now, once more, among men. Little time, indeed, now holds back this culmination of long-laid plans.

These plans have involved the reorganization of the group of Masters of which Maitreya is the Head, preparing Them, too, to take up, again, Their work with men in open demonstration of Their knowledge and power. Much special training has been needed to equip Them for the task. Soon, the results of this effort will awaken men to the new reality in their midst, and point the new direction of the path ahead. Each Master has His specialty, but each embraces the plan for the development of all factors governing the spiritual essence of man. Each, singly, and as members of a group, will stimulate and evoke the spiritual potential latent in all. Thus will it be. Thus will the Elder Brothers of men demonstrate Their kinship and concern, Their love, and knowledge of the Plan. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Events without precedent’)



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The new beauty

Share International photo for March 2014 – Messages from Maitreya the Christ, by Benjamin Creme

Messages from Maitreya the Christ, by Benjamin Creme

Book review by Marc Gregory

Many readers of Share International magazine, and those who have followed the Reappearance story for some time, will have read and re-read these Messages from Maitreya, turning to them over and again for inspiration, guidance and solace. Yet however familiar we may have become with them, it is worth noting how extraordinary it is that they exist at all – that the World Teacher might choose to address humanity in this way, that is, through the agency of a uniquely qualified man, as a part of His effort to re-acquaint us with Himself and proclaim the fact of His presence in the modern world.

In the time since these Messages were first given (between Autumn 1977 and Spring 1982), much has changed. Yet much remains to be done before we are living in the kind of planetary community Maitreya envisions. There is no doubt then that His advent is an event of unprecedented significance, nothing less than a turning point for the world and the future of all life upon it. And because of the significance of the event, and the nature of the Messages themselves, it is something of a challenge to write about them.

Some years ago, in his spare time, a young man would occasionally browse through a New Age bookstore he knew of not far from his home. Not being particularly well-informed on spiritual matters, but having a certain distaste for organized religion, he nevertheless kept seeing an unusual-looking book with a large silver-lined red diamond set against a vivid blue background on the cover, with the title Messages from Maitreya the Christ. Every time he found himself meandering through the bookstore, this particular volume would quietly draw his attention. At first, owing to a certain skepticism, he really had no interest at all. “Maitreya”, he thought. “Who on earth could that be?”

After a few more visits, no matter what path he took ambling through the store, he always seemed to end up looking at the red diamond on the blue background. Something like “just buy it, will you?” kept running through his head. So he bought the book.

It probably isn’t difficult to figure out that that young man was me, and it certainly isn’t that my personal experiences are so important, except for the fact that they, or something like them, are probably shared by many as they first come into contact with these Messages. Needless to say, I did read them, and in so doing, my initial skepticism disappeared – completely overwhelmed as I was by their extraordinary power, simplicity and profundity of utterance. They seemed to bypass all the inhibitory tendencies of the mind and strike a resonant chord on a much deeper level – or on all levels at once.

It is not unimportant that this is so. These Messages cut right to the heart of the most seemingly complex, intractable issues and boldly point a way out. Not only do we live in a world saturated with unnecessary fear, that grips most of us in large ways and small, but, partially as a result of that fear, much of the human race has become mired in inaction. We love to discuss. We love to conduct studies, to inquire, to complicate when we claim to be elucidating, to debate and to constantly toss issues back and forth. In essence, we love to talk, remaining mired in equivocation and inertia. And indeed, there are those who would like nothing more than to see this vainglorious inactivity continue, ad infinitum.

“The problems of men are real, but solvable…. Take your brother’s need as the measure for your action and solve the problems of the world. There is no other course.” (Message No.52)

In that succinct statement, volumes are spoken. In it lies a tremendous antidote – and a challenge – to our paralysis and inertia. And, in that statement also lies the central theme of Maitreya’s message, one that He returns to again and again: the principle of sharing.

Power and clarity

Maitreya speaks with focused power and clarity about the monumental, agonising injustice of dire poverty and its proliferation throughout the world; of how that poverty is completely unnecessary, and of how its existence is an affront to our essential nature and to the nature of reality itself.

“How can you be content with the modes within which you now live: when millions starve and die in squalor; when the rich parade their wealth before the poor; when each man is his neighbour’s enemy; when no man trusts his brother? For how long must you live thus, My friends? For how long can you support this degradation?” (Message No.81)

Our fear and our problems derive from a flaw in our collective perception. We have yet to grasp an essential reality of life – that all are One.

“Firstly, men must see themselves as brothers, sons of the One Father. This is essential if they would progress one step nearer the Godhead.” (Message No.11)

“... for only in so far as man correctly relates to man does he so relate to God.” (Message No.29)

“The crime of separation must be driven from this world. I affirm that as My Purpose.” (Message No.93)

Were we to actually see reality the way Maitreya and the Masters see it, we would gladly forego “the crime of separation” and all the misery to which it leads. All over the world, more and more people, as a response to the energy He embodies, and that He and the Masters radiate, sense this and are increasingly convinced that life can and must be infinitely better than it presently is.

“The major need today is for the transformation of the structures within which you now live. Your civilisation, My friends, is dying – nay, it is already dead. Out of its ashes will grow a new beauty, whose basis is Love, Justice and Sharing.” (Message No.107)

Change of direction

No matter how pointed or blunt Maitreya is in certain passages concerning the state of the world, and the dangers we face, He also never fails to inspire and encourage. He repeatedly reminds us of who we truly are, and what we can do to regain our poise and reconnect with our essential nature.

“My plan is to realize within you that which you truly are, to show you that you stem from the Godhead Itself, and to that Divine Source must return.” (Message No.66)

“Despite the signs, the changes are occurring. Despite the tension, My Love is spread abroad. Know this and be at peace within yourselves and raise the hope of men.” (Message No.22)

“Smilingly turn your gaze on the future. Laughingly turn your back on the past. Gratefully receive the blessing of God’s Love and create anew the Plan.” (Message No.104)

“My Mission begins. Already much is accomplished. Soon the tide will turn and men will sense and respond in joy to My Presence.” (Message No.49)

The tremendous tension in the world notwithstanding, there is no doubt that since these words were first spoken, many things have changed for the better. There is a new and fresh impetus for real justice, especially among young people, who increasingly want no part of the divisive, warlike ways of the past. Protests like the ‘Arab Spring’, and the ‘Occupy’ movements across the globe, the development of the internet and the capacity for information and images to ‘go viral’ in literally minutes are connecting peoples around the world in ways heretofore unimagined. In His call for true peace, brotherhood and justice, Maitreya states:

“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.” (Message No.8)

In approximately 100 television interviews given (always incognito) over the past three years, Maitreya has, it would seem, done precisely that. And, as He continues with His Emergence, there is an exhortation that appears, expressed in various ways, in almost every Message:

“If you would serve Me and serve the world, make known, My friends, that I am here.” (Message No.69)

Maitreya is certain that humanity will make the right choices, that we will follow His and the Masters’ guidance and do what is necessary to transform the world.

“I know that within men sits a Divine Being, Whose Plan it is that Love and Justice should triumph. This being so, the end is assured.” (Message No.77) Or, in the words of Benjamin Creme, “One day, this planet will shine like a diamond in the Heavens.”

There are also passages so ineffably moving, so profoundly expressive that they seem to simply stop time. Every careful reader will find several or many of his or her own. Passages like:

“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.” (Message No.128)

Clearly, the value of these Messages is not confined solely to the information conveyed by the words themselves. The choice of words, their placement in context, the rhythm and the flow of the language and the way Maitreya returns to the same ideas expressed in different ways, all give the Messages a mantric quality. Thus, as Benjamin Creme points out in his Foreword to the book, they can be used to focus personal and group meditations (many Transmission Meditation groups play one of the recorded Messages before each meditation), as vehicles for serious and prolonged contemplation, and as a means of powerfully invoking His energy and some measure of His attention.

Also, while in many of the Messages Maitreya presents Himself as “a simple Man”, the great Friend of old, the Elder Brother of the human race, in every tenth one, He speaks more expansively about His true status – as the One awaited by all of humanity, as the living embodiment of the Christ Principle on Earth, as the Avatar for the Age of Aquarius.

“I am the Saviour of Old. I am the Teacher of the New. I am the Guide for the Future Time. I am the Law embodied. I am Truth Itself. I am your Friend and Brother. I am your Self.” (Message No.70)

The more expansive tone of every tenth message gives the entire set an overarching mantric rhythm and quality, amplifying upon the rhythms of the individual messages.

It cannot have been an easy task to have descended from His ancient retreat in the Himalayas, from a level of consciousness so heightened and so exalted, to take up the burden of teaching and revitalising a world so lost, so steeped in materialism, greed, ancient hatreds and conflicts. It cannot be easy to undertake to guide the likes of us, we who have gone so far adrift, and who have so much to learn and re-learn. Nevertheless, out of His great love for humanity, for the potential Gods that He sees we are, and because of His role as custodian of the Divine Plan and as “God’s Lieutenant”, He gladly again takes up this burden.

Perhaps that is as much as needs be said. Surely, nothing written about the Messages could possibly substitute for one’s reading and experiencing them firsthand, for they speak more than eloquently for themselves. And perhaps they remind us of nothing more important than this: “Take heart, My friends. All will be well. All manner of things will be well.”

Messages from Maitreya the Christ, 140 Messages, Share International Foundation, London, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, 1992.

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Maitreya’s Priorities

“Wealthy elites have co-opted political power to rig the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the 85 richest people own the same amount of wealth as half the world’s population,” according to the global development group Oxfam.

Oxfam’s recently published report, Working for the Few, details the destructive impact that widening inequality is having in both developed and developing countries, helping the richest to undermine democratic processes and drive policies that promote their interests at the expense of everyone else.

The report says there is a growing global public awareness of these issues. Polls done for Oxfam in six countries (Brazil, India, South Africa, Spain, the UK and US) show that most people questioned in all those countries believe that laws are skewed in favour of the rich.

The ramifications of such inequality are dire, the report suggests: “This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a significant threat to inclusive political and economic systems. Instead of moving forward together, people are increasingly separated by economic and political power, inevitably heightening social tensions and increasing the risk of societal breakdown.”

The report found that in recent decades the wealthy have successfully wielded political influence to skew policies in their favour on issues including financial deregulation, tax havens, anti-competitive business practices, lower tax rates on high incomes and investments, and cuts or underinvestment in public services for the majority. Since the late 1970s, tax rates for the wealthy have fallen in 29 of the 30 countries for which data are available.

This “capture of opportunities” by the rich at the expense of the poor and middle classes has contributed to a situation where seven out of every 10 people in the world live in countries where inequality has increased since the 1980s, and 1 per cent of the world’s families now own 46 per cent of global wealth ($110 trillion).

 “Concentration of wealth in the hands of the few leads to undue political influence, which ultimately ... produces unfair tax policies and encourages corrupt practices, and challenges the regulatory powers of governments. Taken together, all of these consequences serve to worsen accountability and social inclusion,” the report states.

Oxfam’s executive director Winnie Byanyima says: “In developed and developing countries alike, we are increasingly living in a world where the lowest tax rates, the best health and education and the opportunity to influence are being given not just to the rich but also to their children.”

“Without a concerted effort to tackle inequality, the cascade of privilege and of disadvantage will continue down the generations. We will soon live in a world where equality of opportunity is just a dream.”

Oxfam urges governments to take immediate action to reverse these trends. They call for fair, progressive taxation; elimination of tax havens; a living wage for workers; elimination of undue influence of wealth on policies; and reversing governments’ austerity programmes by using tax revenue to fund universal healthcare, education and social protections.

(Source: oxfam.org; commondreams.org; huffingtonpost.com)