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It is becoming increasingly clear that man is ready for a great leap forward. Despite the many tensions and dangers which still exist, and which to many seem increasing, the human kingdom is moving forward and upwards in line with the Plan which guides the actions of us all. The Cosmic Magnet draws everything towards a planned destination; the energies of the magnet wax in power and cannot be withstood. Man must learn and understand the power and benefice of Cosmos. Thus will he grow correctly with the minimum of suffering.
The Light of Cosmos shines on man as never before, inspiring him to simplify his life and so regain the connection with the Source which, sadly, he has lost.
Were men to heed these words, they would soon enter into a state of Being altogether new in their long journey to perfection.
Time, for the old ways, is fast running out. The old thinking and acting, which cause men so much distress, is nearing its end. A new Light sheds its beauty over humanity and brings to a conclusion the aberrations of the past.
Thus do We see the future for man as one bathed in the light of the new understanding. Thus do We rejoice at the nearness of the time.
Man’s long struggle to build the structures which will serve his rightful purposes is almost over. The required forms are already dimly sensed and soon will break upon his understanding as revelation.
From that moment alone, his progress will astonish all but the watching Brothers. We have for long worked towards this end and wait patiently for its enactment. We know that men’s hearts are ready to give form to their loftiest aspirations, to enter willingly into a future as yet unknown, to rectify the mistakes of the past and to begin again on the long ladder of ascent. We know this to be so and have confidence in man’s capacity to change when needs he must.
This is such a time. Conditions on Earth are deteriorating rapidly: the divisions which have dogged men for centuries raise, as ever, their perennial problems. The planet groans under the impact of man’s wanton destruction. Men await a sign, an assurance of leadership and guidance, and an opportunity to hope.
The signs, for men, are everywhere to be seen. The guidance is assured. The reasons for hope are long and constantly offered.
That men heed them not results from fear. Blind, men are, because they are afraid to see. When, soon, Maitreya steps into the centre of man’s affairs, making known the reasons for, and the solutions to, man’s problems, they will see that the leadership they yearn for has long been theirs to enjoy, that the time has come to abandon the destructive ways of the past, and that all unknown, they have within themselves the hope and capacity which will remake this world and set it, once again, balanced and safe, bravely on its destined path.
[This article from Share International magazine, March 2016 , 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.]
Q. Since Maitreya’s appearances on Chinese television, has He appeared on television in other countries in recent months?
A. Yes, in Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and India; India being the most recent.
Q. (1) Reading the list of countries where Maitreya has recently been interviewed on television makes me think that His emergence has entered a new phase again; is that accurate? (2) Is Maitreya planning to rapidly increase the number of countries where He appears? Could it be that rather than a prolonged ‘stay’ and numerous interviews in one country at a time Maitreya intends to appear briefly but in more countries around the world?
A. (1) Yes. (2) It would seem so.
Q. How many appearances has Maitreya made on television since the last issue of Share International?
A. We have no way of measuring it. He has been moving from place to place, giving His advice where He finds a need and a response, bringing succour to humanity.
Q. Has Maitreya appeared on television in other countries since the last issue of Share International?
A. Yes. He is constantly ‘on the go’, appearing as and where He is needed.
Q. Could you please say if any well-known Masters, such as the Master Jesus or the Master Koot Hoomi, have given television interviews in a similar vein to those given by the Lord Maitreya?
A. They have not.
Q. Share International and your Master have recently called attention to the great work being done by the Pope and the Dalai Lama; are there other such disciples active in a similar, perhaps less high-profile way?
A. Yes, in many fields.
Q. Is there a karmic reason why the outbreak of the Zika virus has come about now?
A. Yes, there is always a karmic reason for such outbreaks. Humanity does not grasp the effects of its actions on nature.
Q. Could your Master please say whether a cure for the Zika virus will be found soon?
Q. Why is there not a great call for Maitreya to reveal Himself from the media and politics?
A. They have forgotten about Him – or if they have not, they will not take the responsibility; they do not want to be the first for fear of being wrong or laughed at.
Q. Your Master has confirmed that so-called ‘lenticular’ clouds are often spaceships. This type of cloud, which often has very definite sharp outlines, and a typical UFO-shape, is often seen over mountains, though not exclusively. (1) Do we see them as clouds because the spacecraft are transforming themselves to or from their natural etheric state to a cloud i.e. vapourous state? (2) Do the pilots of these spacecraft deliberately allow their craft to be seen in this rather non-threatening but intriguing state to arouse our curiosity – a sort of nebulous hint?
A. (1) Yes. (2) Yes.
On the last weekend of January 2016 we had a stall with co-workers from the South West at the Holistic Festival at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole, Dorset. It had been quite a busy weekend with literature given out and some new contacts made.
During Sunday afternoon a tall brunette lady who had a long purple coat and a crutch came over and said that she would chat to us later. Right at the end of the fair before we were to pack up the lady came up to me. She shook hands and looked me in the eyes and said: “I am an angel and I have a message that you are doing good work. 2016 will be a special year.” I asked her to repeat this to other co-workers present.
I wonder if you could please ask your Master the identity of this special messenger?
P.C., Bournemouth, Dorset, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘tall brunette lady’ was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
On 24 October 2015 we organized a demonstration in Munich to invite people to the lecture the next day. Many co-workers from the whole of Germany came to support the Munich group. We were around 30 people with different banners, so that some passers-by came to ask what we were demonstrating about. A little man dressed in total black with a big wooden cross around his neck looked at me and I gave him an invitation for the lecture. It didn’t interest him so much, but he said: “I’m a Turkish Christian,” and he repeated it some more times during our short conversation. “Very good,” I responded. “I’m not Catholic but Jesus is my best friend.” He laughed and answered: “Did you know that Jesus was in Turkey?” “No,” I said. I wanted to tell him that we would be speaking about the Reappearance of the Christ in the lecture, but I remained silent, because Christian believers are sometimes afraid when they hear that the Christ is here. The man left with the words: “I’m with all of you.”
I could not forget this encounter – was he someone special?
D.C., Munich, Germany.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘man in black’ was a representative of the Master Jesus.)
On Saturday 19 July 2014*, at 12.30 I was interested in watching CNN News. The television was on already when I entered the room, and the following words appeared on the screen: “May peace prevail on Earth” in old fashioned, colourful letters – nothing else.
There was no source for these words and I could not imagine that the Lucis Trust had put an advert on CNN. Right after these words CNN News started with the situation in the Ukraine and the Gaza conflict.
Nobody else who I asked saw these words on CNN. When I mentioned it to a friend she said this might have been a miracle. Was it a miracle?
K.S., Munich, Germany.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the words were manifested on the screen by Maitreya.)
[*Editor’s Note: Maitreya first entered London on 19 July 1977.]
I live in Sicily and in order to go to work take the train to and from Catania station, where the homeless or those asking for money or cigarettes tend to gather.
I support the homeless and those asking for money, not only at the station but along my routes throughout the city (there are many such souls here), in my own way and as best I can, by giving various amounts of money and sometimes food. For the most part they are beautiful, humble people and I see their existence and role as fundamental on this planet. They are here, in part, to open our hearts. Yesterday, 14 January 2016, I got to the station at around 6pm (it was a cold evening) and noticed a pile of bedding up against the station wall. Sitting beside it was a man reading a book. Beside him, was a cap containing very small change. I did not see the cap at first so I put some money into his hands; in fact, in the centre of the open book. He looked up and thanked me most graciously.
I then tried to get more money from a cash machine, but it was sealed for the night. So I went to the station bar and procured a coffee, sugar, and a small ‘pizzetta’ with what I had left and returned to the homeless man. He was not there. Probably he had gone to buy food from a takeaway stall at the station. I stood for a minute, wondering what to do.
A man walking diagonally away from me turned in my direction, and retraced his steps towards me. “He was here a minute ago,” he said. Then he helped me to arrange the cup of coffee and snack on the bedding so that the liquid would not spill. He then looked at me and said, “On his behalf, I thank you.”
I caught my train and thought no more about it. But this morning the stranger’s words came back to me, and I found I had tears in my eyes.
I am very happy if he was a kind human stranger, for I love to meet them. But was he not just that?
G.B., Sicily, Italy.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘kind stranger’ was a disciple of the Master Jesus.)
On Sunday 16 November 2015 I had a Skype session with my parents and brother for the first time. We were all excited and waving and looking at each other on the computer. Then my mother showed me via Skype a painting of mountains and a lake, which she had just painted. I looked at it and suddenly out of nowhere a bright white oval UFO appeared on her painting and hovered and moved. It was in perfect proportion to the mountains and sea. I was very surprised and overjoyed. I told my family I saw this UFO but none of them could see it. I said I would take a photo of it with my mobile but when I tried, the UFO headed up to the top of the painting, changed into a sort of square, and disappeared. Was this a miracle?
S.W., Roosendaal, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the miracle was manifested by the Master Jesus.)
Two letters from the same person:
(1) On the night of 28 December 2008, my husband Bob and I were asleep, when I awoke to see a transparent figure standing over him. This figure was working furiously on Bob’s legs, moving them back and forth. I noticed how his shoulder-length hair was swaying back and forth. I closed my eyes in disbelief, only to open them again to see the figure still there working on Bob’s legs. I also noticed there was a neon-like halo around the head of this figure. I kept staring, watching and thinking: ‘This has to be real.’ I continued to watch until he disappeared. At the time of this event, my husband Bob was suffering from sciatica.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘transparent figure’ was a representative of the Master Jesus.)
(2) On 31 December 2015, upon leaving a restaurant, I passed by a woman who was wearing a snowman sweater like the one I had given my sister many years ago. I actually backed up to take a second look, and the woman looked at me and smiled. I noticed she wore her hair like my sister Deb, and also coloured her hair the same. The significance of that night was that it was the anniversary of my dad’s death 14 years ago. I also lost my sister Deb on 30 October 2010. Deb and I were like twins, very close.
I’m not sure if this was all a coincidence, but could you please shed some light on both of these events?
D.A., Rowlett, Texas, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman in a snowman sweater’ was a representative of the Master Jesus.)
I volunteer one day a week at an agency in the city that provides assistance to recently released federal and state prisoners. On 21 January 2016 we had a tall black man come in for assistance. I did not interview him, but I sat nearby and could not help but notice and pay attention to this person. His behavior was very unusual, but we frequently encounter persons who are challenging and difficult to deal with. This man, who was very loud and boisterous, did not provide us with any documentation about his prisoner status. He indicated he should be there, but did not seem to want to address the details. He was the kind of person who steered the conversation. He had a very strong personality, but was not belligerent. He had a hat on when he came in and a different, brimmed hat when he left. He may have gotten the second hat from our back room, as he did go back there and take some of the clothes we provide. At first I thought he might be the kind of client we might have to ask to leave, but outside of being very loud and a bit difficult for our volunteer to communicate with, he was not problematic.
Was this just a regular client with some eccentricities or did we get a visit from someone special?
K.G., Overland Park, Kansas, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘tall black man’ was a representative of the Master Jesus.)
A huge object was photographed near the sun by NASA’s Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on 12 January 2016 (Source: sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a gigantic spaceship from Jupiter.)
Newark, Ohio, USA – UFO with orange light seen over Newark on 20 October 2015. (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the UFO was a spacecraft from Mars.)
Salto, Uruguay – A photograph taken of the countryside near Salto in mid-January 2016 shows a UFO in the daytime sky. (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the UFO was a spacecraft from Jupiter.)
Clancy, Montana, USA – A retired doctor believes he has obtained proof of UFOs after cameras that he installed at his house took photos of two objects flying through the sky on 4 November 2015. Richard O’Connor set up two cameras with motion-detection software and pointed them at the sky about two years ago. This is the first time the cameras have taken photos of objects that he believes could be UFOs. According to O’Connor, the photos “appear to show a light source. In my opinion, even a hardened skeptic would say ‘Wow, that is what I expect a UFO would look like.’” (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that these UFOs were spaceships from Jupiter.)
Broadway, North Carolina, USA – A pulsating UFO that changed shape and colour, and moved across the sky, was filmed over Broadway on 4 January 2016. (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com; YouTube: FindingUFO)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)
Surrey B.C., Canada – Filmed on 29 November 2015 at 11.30pm, this colourful UFO moved and changed colour. (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)
A.C. sent this photograph of patterns of light on a building in Leeds, UK, in 2015.
This phenomenon, seen all over the world, is manifested by the Space Brothers in collaboration with Maitreya.
A painting and statue of Jesus, as well as a statue of the Madonna and a crown of thorns in a home near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have been exhibiting miraculous properties for more than two years.
Miracles began taking place in the house of Anna Maria Pereira in September 2013 when a full-length painting of Jesus started producing oil from hands, feet and heart. The painting has also produced traces of blood during Lent for the past two years.
A Madonna statue that Mrs Pereira purchased eight years ago started releasing oil from the eyes in October 2013. During the past several months, the statue has been exuding honey, mostly from the eyes and occasionally from the head.
A crown of thorns that the Pereira family bought during a pilgrimage to Jerusalem started producing oil in October 2013. Since Lent 2014, the crown has been producing a mix of oil and blood.
A fourth miracle involves a bronze statue of Jesus that has been exuding oil and blood from the heart.
Mrs Pereira said the multiple miracles have drawn thousands of visitors to her home during the past two years, even though they were not reported publicly until November 2015.
Father Albert Leon, a Catholic priest from India visited the house and saw the miracles. He said the Virgin Mary is venerated along with Jesus in the Catholic Church and is a symbol of mercy and love, adding that this miracle would typically lead to an “apparition” where humans would receive a divine message. (Source: themalaymailonline.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that these miracles are being manifested by the Master Jesus and the Master Who was the Madonna.)
Taken on 22 March 2015 in Regensburg, Germany, this photograph shows J.A., W.N. and W.A., as they were about to talk to Swiss co-workers via internet. W.A. writes: “It shows a very interesting beam of light radiating from the lamp besides us. Given the special occasion, the wonderful energies and deep joy that we all experienced, we were wondering whether this photograph might perhaps show a light blessing?”
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the beam of light was a blessing from the Master Jesus.)
When P.H. from Höör, in Sweden, broke open an egg on 28 January 2016, she thought it must be two yolks because it was such an unusual shape – exactly like a heart. But on closer examination she realized it was in fact one yolk. Then she began to wonder if it was a sign? Photograph sent by A.T., Sweden.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a sign created by a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
I was the guest on the Share On the Air North America radio program on Sunday 22 November 2015. Before going on, the host, Cielito Pascual, and I said the Great Invocation together and then I was interviewed for the hour. Right after the interview was finished, a rainbow reflection of my window appeared on the ceiling of my room in Irvine, California, and lasted for at least 20 minutes until the sunlight was no longer shining into my room. I could find no source that would cause a rainbow of this intensity to form. I felt happy and content when I saw it and watched it, and I wonder if it is perhaps a blessing from a Master?
O.A., Irvine, California, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the rainbow reflection was a blessing from the Master Jesus.)
I had a strange experience in early February 2016. While baking bread I threw a handful of flour onto the table and it instantly formed a perfect heart shape. Did the Master Jesus have a hand in my baking?
G.P., London, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a sign created by a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
Photograph taken on 20 May 2015 at the River Köprüçay (the ancient Eurymedon) in Turkey, sent by P.S., Berlin, Germany. She writes: “We had just been talking about how exciting it would be if we could see the etheric devas and elementals.”
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light is a blessing from the Master Jesus.)
Compilation - an extract
We present a second selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Hope’ from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ, and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks and Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings. Part One appeared in the December 2005 issue of Share International.The time is short indeed when you will see Me. Make best use of this little time to tell your brothers of My Presence. There is naught that you could do more valuable than this. Hope rises, My friends. Hope is in your midst. A new Light dawns in the world, and mankind shall know Joy. (Maitreya, from Message No.112)
***Men await a signal from a higher source. Consciously or not, they know that these are not the usual times but times of major import, maximum tension and unlimited possibilities. They turn to the old Truths, the time-worn scriptures and rituals of the past, but, dimly unsatisfied, sense, and wait for, the revelation of the New. That New Revelation, too, awaits man’s searching heart; the simple realization of brotherhood will fill the outheld Chalice. Men, in millions, stand ready for this blessed consummation and turn their heads upwards in expectation and renewed hope. Not in vain do men wait. Not purposeless is their hope. Maitreya has come to fulfil the pledges, to reunite man with man and men with God. He has come “to make all things new,” to fill man’s Chalice with the nectar of Love, and to lead men safely into the New and Blessed Time. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The New and Blessed Time’)
***[The New Group of World Servers] are the hope of the world. Through them the new civilization will be built. They are now seeking to set in place the foundations on which the new structures – political, economic, religious, social, scientific, educational, cultural – will be built; to create the civilization of the Aquarian Age, the most important aspect of which will be the creation of group consciousness, the sense of the One humanity, the realization that God, nature and man are One. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission – Volume One)
***There are many today who admit the necessity for change, but still resist it. There are many today who see the crumbling of the old and outworn world of the past, but cling to the old forms. But there is a new voice being heard among the nations: the voice of Truth, which contains the hope, the promise, of the New Time. This voice will increasingly make its impress on the minds of men, for it is the voice of God, speaking through men. (Maitreya, from Message No.12)
***The world is poised between the old and the new; the past and the future, and people hold their breath for an indication of the outcome. The signs are there in abundance for all to see, yet many refuse to see in them the hope they crave, and diminish, thereby, their happiness and calm. Have no fear of the future for it will be, if man so wills, greater and more beautiful than can be imagined, greater by far than man’s highest dreams. The uncertainty and anguish, the pain of loss and change, are but the birth pangs of a new and better world struggling to be born. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Man’s birthright awaits him’)
***You, My friends, have a unique opportunity to serve at this time. You are in receipt of a message of Hope, a declaration of Truth, and on your judgment rests your future. You may take the path that leads to sterile inaction – that is your right. But, My friends, why discard an opportunity to serve your brothers and Me in a most potent fashion? Make known the fact of My Presence among you and see the Light of Joy awaken in your brothers’ eyes. Let them, too, share in this manifestation of Hope and Promise for the world and take your place by My side. (Maitreya, from Message No.68)
***New hope and aspiration has replaced the former apathy and set alight men’s expectation of a better life for all. Plans for further aid for the dispossessed are already under way, and reflect the growing sense of responsibility now felt by many – young and old alike. Men need now only the inspiration of Maitreya to unleash their readiness to act and serve. The taste of Oneness has opened their hearts to the beauty of love and sharing, and ripened their readiness to create a better world. The leadership given by Maitreya will not disappoint. He will raise the hopes and aspirations of all, and set loose the highest that men have, albeit hidden now and unexpressed through fear and ignorance of its existence. He will conquer men’s fear and establish, in truth, a new humanity. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The New Millennium begins’)
***Hope is the realization of the inner connectedness of all things; of your life and your daily activity with the cosmic scheme of things. The awareness of who you are, that you are the Self – that gives you faith or hope. Faith and hope stem from the same inner, intuitive realization of who you are, that you are here for a purpose and that nothing on Earth can shake that. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission – Volume Two)
***When I make Myself known, I shall express the hope of all mankind for a new life, a new start, a readiness to change direction; to see the construction of a New World in which men can live in peace; can live free from fear of themselves or their brothers; free to create from the joy in their hearts; free to be themselves, in simple honesty. My Task is but beginning, but even now there exists in men’s hearts a new light, a new hope, a sense of a new beginning; a realisation that Man is not alone, that the Protector of All has sent His Agent. It is That which I am. (Maitreya, from Message No.8)
***Many of you will see Me soon. Share with your brothers this joyous expectation and tell them that Maitreya, their Friend, their Brother, their Teacher of Old, has come. Do this now and restore to men the hope which they have lost. Do this now and work for Me. Work in service to the world and stand in the blessing of My Love. (Maitreya, from Message No.19)
***His 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. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘They will not be denied’)
***Our task is to tell the world that He is here. There is no time to waste learning how to answer questions. All you have to do is to tell the world that Maitreya is in the world, the Christ is in the world and that He comes to help humanity rebuild our civilization. That alone will lift the spirit of the world in a way which you cannot imagine. It is so uplifting that nothing else can touch humanity so much as these words. (Benjamin Creme, Share International, Jan/Feb 2015)
***Nothing will happen by chance. It is a Call to Action that I give and that action will I potentise, manyfold. Take now this chance to be My disciples, to be My friends, My true men. Before My Coming, men knew no way out; stuck fast in the quagmire of their problems, they feared. Today there is a new light, a new possibility for change. A new hope is sweeping the world: that is My Ray, My Gift to you, My Blessing to all men. (Maitreya, from Message No.21)
***Conquer fear and uphold the hope of others; fear and joy are equally infectious. Demonstrate love and joy and close firmly forever the door upon despair. Do this and you will aid mankind more than you could know. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The joy of living’)
***The Advent of the Christ and the emergence of the Masters of Wisdom will bring an enormous sense of relief and reduction of tension to the world. The gain in physical and emotional well-being will be considerable. Much of the physical disease in the world today has a psychic cause: the strains, the tensions and fears inherent in our divided society and world. Given true hope for the future, the general health of humanity will improve. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission – Volume One)
***Look for Me, My friends, as a simple Man among men, recording for this time the hopes and fears of men. I come to show you, My friends, that the age of cleavage ends, the time of division is passing. From now, My friends and brothers, you will witness a leavening of the climate of the world: a sweeter atmosphere of hope will enter the affairs of men, a new call for Justice will sound forth from all quarters, and in the midst of that clamour will you find Me. I shall sustain all who call for Peace, for Justice and brotherly Love. I shall call to My side all who love their brothers. From all parties and all nations they will come, gathering around Me. I shall fill their hearts with hope and Love, and in mounting numbers they shall conquer the world. This process has begun. Already the voices of the people are being heard. Louder and louder they cry for Justice, for Peace for all time. A renewed hope seizes mankind, and this gladdens My heart. (Maitreya, from Message No.131)
***The UN is the major hope of the world. In its inter-relationships we can see democracy writ large – the symbol for that expression of God’s Will that men call goodwill. With the advent of the Christ this goodwill will bring all men and all nations into correct relationship and create the necessary circumstances for the expression of that synthesis which will be the outstanding keynote of the coming civilization. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, interviewed in Maitreya’s Mission – Volume Two)
***Hope arises from a sense of your own Beingness. That is the sustaining quality which we call faith, the inner connection with the soul, a soul quality. As Maitreya Himself has said: “I am your Hope.” (Message No.10) It is the Christ Principle within us, the energy of evolution itself, connecting us with the whole cosmic outflow that He means when He says: “I am your Hope.” When what He is, the embodiment of the Christ Principle, is in your heart, you have hope. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission – Volume Two)
***For the first time in history the whole world will see and know the Teacher. For the first time, together, men will salute the Messenger of God. When they know Him, they will find Him to be a wise counsellor, a true brother and friend. Take heart from this promise, for the day is not far off when men’s anguish will be assuaged. Take heart from this promise, for the tide is turning in favour of the Light. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Maitreya’s mission’)
***My friends, there is a way of Hope. There is a way into the Light. That simple way lies through Brotherhood and Love. Many times before have you heard this. Nevertheless, mankind yet awaits its fulfilment. Make then, gladly, your choice for Life, for Justice and Sharing, and follow Me into your most glorious and shining future. Make this your choice, My friends, and be endowed with your true stature as very Gods. (Maitreya, from Message No.33)
***The Hierarchy, through the Master Djwhal Khul, has said that the hearts of men are sound, especially the ordinary people. They are ready for peace, justice and sharing. They long for peace. Already the peoples of the world march and demonstrate for peace. Soon they will march calling for justice and sharing. Maitreya Himself said, in Message No.135: “Forming themselves into groups, men of goodwill will brandish aloft their hopes and dreams of justice and peace. This clamour will light the torch of truth among the nations and at its centre shall I be found.” That is exactly what is happening now, in the USA and in Europe, with the Peace Marches. This, to me, shows that the people are ready for sharing and for the Christ. It shows that they are ready for His words. In this way, as He speaks, He will focus and evoke that demand and aspiration. There is no government on Earth that can withstand the focused, determined will of educated world public opinion. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission – Volume One)
***All goes well, augurs well for the future. My plans proceed apace and galvanize mankind. Wherever you may look in the world today, you will find change. From top to bottom, the fabric of the old and decaying order is rent. From this can we derive much satisfaction, for despite the pain involved in this process, a new and better world emerges. Therefore, My friends, take comfort from this fact and look to the future with hope. (Maitreya, from Message No.130)
***To the average onlooker, the world is torn and dominated by those who do not share the vision of peace, who see only opportunities for wealth and power in every conflagration. While these are many, the majority of men are tired of the uselessness of war, and seek strategies to put an end to such folly for ever. In their hearts burns the hope of a new time of peace and progress for all. These people, in every country, represent the hope of the world. It is to them that Maitreya will address Himself on His emergence. It is to them that He presents the vision of the future, even now. They, in their many millions, will quickly respond to His advocacy, and set alight the hope of all. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The ultimate choice’, Share International, June 2004)
***True hope emanates from the soul and is therefore a spiritual quality. It fills the person with the desire to seek and visualize an aspiration for future betterment and is therefore a driving force for evolution itself. That is why, for humanity, hope is an essential aspect of life. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)
***We seek to establish among men a new sense of shared responsibility. We seek to awaken in them a taste for concerted action. We endeavour to create the conditions in which these two can manifest together and thus lead to change. All is energy; energy alone exists. Through the impact of these higher energies on the Centre, humanity, We seek to engender a new atmosphere in the world. Help Us to create conditions of trust and so bring renewed hope to the world. Sow the seeds of love and trust and watch them blossom as hope and joy. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A major opportunity’)
***All who share the hope that mankind should live in peace together work for Me. Peace, Sharing and Justice are central to My Teaching. Wherever the Light of these Truths shines I turn My eye, and through the channel of that Light do I send My Love. Thus do I work. Thus through you do I change the world. (Maitreya, from Message No.92)
Interview with Ali Abu Awwad and Hanan Schlesinger
by Jason Francis
Roots is a non-governmental organization and grassroots movement based in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank. It is dedicated to non-violence and transformation by creating positive change in the relationship between Palestinians and Israelis. Founded by both Palestinians and Israelis, the group endeavors to shift “hatred and suspicion towards trust, empathy, and mutual support,” thereby laying the groundwork “for a reality in which future agreements between our governments can be built,” according to the group’s website, friendsofroots.net.
Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger helped to found Roots. Jason Francis interviewed them for Share International during their recent lecture tour of the United States.
Share International: Could you tell us about your history and what inspired you to form Roots?
Ali Abu Awwad: I am a Palestinian non-violent activist. I grew up a refugee. I was born to a political family from my mother’s side. She was one of the leaders of the Fatah Movement [a leading secular Palestinian political party and a faction of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).] She and I were arrested and we spent years in prison. In 2000 I was badly wounded and my brother was murdered by the Israeli army. Then I started going through the process of non-violence. And I created the Palestinian Non-violence Center in an area of Gush Etzion [in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem] where there are settlements. I started contacting local community leaders, trying to raise awareness and work for Roots. Recently, with leaders throughout the West Bank, I started a Palestinian national non-violence movement called Change (Taghyir in Arabic) because I believe the only solution to the conflict has to be non-violent.
SI: Why did you choose the way of non-violence?
AAA: For years both nations have been led by anger, suffering and fear, and this leads nowhere. I always say, “Do we want to be right and just right or do we want to succeed?” Even if we agree on a political solution no one can guarantee it unless the two are involved in a deep process of reconciliation. On the other hand, I don’t believe revenge and armed strategies will lead to solutions because everyone on each side will fight until the last drop of blood for their rights and existence. It’s our destiny to live in that land. No one is going to disappear, whether we like it or not. This is the only truth that we have. So we have to control our reactions and direct our pain to solutions and not revenge.
SI: Rabbi Schlesinger, could you talk about the journey you took to becoming an Israeli partner in peace with Palestinian peace activists and how you reconcile your peace work with being a passionate Zionist?
Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger: I am still a passionate Jewish Zionist settler. The journey was catalyzed by meeting human beings. For all of the 34 years I lived in Israel I have lived ensconced in my own truth, narrative and people. It’s a powerful and meaningful understanding of reality that completely empowers me and gives meaning to my life.
It’s the reason why I picked up at the age of 18 and left New York, where I was born, and went to Israel to become part of the return of the Jewish people to our land, going back to the cradle of Jewish civilization after 2,000 years of crying, yearning, hoping and dreaming of coming back and being persecuted and not feeling at home in the cities of Europe, North Africa, and Morocco. With all the power of that connectivity to our historical vision there is a downside – you are not able to see other realities that aren’t part of your grand narrative.
Where we live in Israel (what the media calls the West Bank) it’s 95 per cent Palestinian and 5 per cent Israeli, but for the 34 years I was there I didn’t see the Palestinians. They weren’t part of my worldview. I didn’t know anything about their life. Then a year-and-a-half ago I met Palestinians, and it was extremely disconcerting. Meeting them didn’t fit with my preconceived notion of who they were. Meeting them, talking to them and beginning to think about it and look into the information they gave me about their own lives brought me to a place where I understood that until then I was living in partial truth. I wasn’t seeing the full reality around me.
So I began a journey that’s one of expanded consciousness of having on one shoulder the Jewish and my Zionist truth, and on my other shoulder the Palestinian people, and beginning to create a consciousness that includes both peoples and my partial truth and their partial truth.
SI: How different or similar from your own story are the stories you hear from the Palestinians?
HS: Almost everyone involved in our work, at least the people involved in the inner circles, have all gone through some type of inner transformation. And in all the cases it’s based on meeting people from the other side. Many of the Palestinians that we work with have lost a loved one in the conflict. And for many of them their transformation began when they met Israeli bereaved families who also lost a loved one in the conflict and then finding that the pain is the same pain. Ali Abu Awwad describes his first meeting with a bereaved Israeli family where he discovered that Israelis have tears just like Palestinians do.
SI: What is the ‘Points of Calm’ project that Roots created?
HS: It is opening up lines of communication between local Palestinian municipal leaders and local Jewish leaders. You have to understand that the Palestinians live completely separately: different municipality, legal systems, schools, languages, religions, media and transportation. Everything is separate. That’s one of the reasons why there is so much ignorance, fear, resentment and hate. When violence is added to the lack of knowledge of each side then, of course, that is going to breed the type of hatred that we have. The idea is to bring together local leaders like mayors and religious leaders to have some type of open channel between them. So when something happens they can talk about it among themselves instead of each side reacting in great ignorance and rage against the other side.
Another project is the ‘Incident Response Team’. We have lots of events in our area in which Palestinians do evil to Israelis and many events in which Israelis do evil to Palestinians. On the Israeli side we want to make it clear that when those things happen – sometimes it is the uprooting of trees or the defacing of Mosques – that doesn’t represent the majority of us. So we have a team of guys that will go to the Mosque that was burnt, or to the olive grove where trees were uprooted, and we will apologize to the owners and the people. We will explain that it is not us; it is not our religion or our way. We have our work to do to educate and punish the radicals among us. And we want to offer our help in replanting the trees or repainting the Mosque.
SI: Could you talk about the projects for children that Roots offers?
HS: One of the programs is the photography workshop. We have a photographer from the US who comes over to the Holy Land for six months every year as a volunteer. And he takes groups of six Palestinian and six Israeli children for a five weekly sessions at his photography workshop. They learn to use a camera and see the world through the lens. After five weeks he teaches a second, third and fourth group. We’ve even had an exhibition of the pictures after some of the workshops.
These are children who have never ever talked to a peer on the other side in their entire lives. Probably never been in the same room or on the same bus with someone from the other side in their whole life. They have probably never heard someone speaking Arabic except terrorists being recorded on the news. And for the first time in their lives they are in the same place, the same situation, and the same workshop with their peers. The transformation these children undergo is amazing. They come into it with amazing stereotypes that they are hardly even aware of. It is just clear that the other side is either terrorist or violent or vengeful. And they realize instead these are human beings on the other side. That’s going to affect them deeply.
Another project is our Summer Camp. For two years running, since we were first established, we have been doing a summer camp for Israeli and Palestinian children, 25 or 35 children from each side. We have arts and crafts, a drum circle, break-dancing, games in a circle, tie-dying T-shirts, working with clay, and a pet zoo. The last day we go to the beach. This year on the way to the beach we went to a dual-language play in Arabic and Hebrew in the city of Jaffa. It’s just amazing how being in the same room or on the same bus together has an effect on breaking down stereotypes.
SI: Rabbi Schlesinger talked about the projects that Roots offers for young people. How important is it to reach young people?
AAA: When I started the center two years ago and we launched our Roots initiative, we began bringing in groups from all over, even internationally. The most important work we are doing is talking to young people, especially before they join the army. For them meeting a Palestinian is not part of their daily life. So coming to the center and hearing a Palestinian story for them is shocking. I always tell these young people: “Yes, you are an Israeli soldier, but you are a human being. Don’t forget that. Whatever you are, whatever is in your mind, you have to be responsible, to be a good messenger of Judaism, of your identity. Judaism should not victimize other religions or other people. I understand the need for security, but I believe security will come the minute that Palestinian life is based on the normal conditions of dignity and justice. Without that, you can harm your own security by harming others.”
Also, I say to Palestinians that non-violence is not the ‘rosy’ way you reach your goal. Non-violence can be complex and painful, but it is the shortest way to freedom.
SI: How many people has your organization reached thus far?
AAA: Around 10,000 people. That includes internationals, Palestinians and Zionists. We receive delegations and talk with other organizations because peace organizations will not solve the conflict if they do not create an international movement on the ground to support, encourage and pressure the political leadership to come up with solutions. We have reached a large number of people and sometimes talk with large audiences through the media.
SI: What is the ultimate goal of Roots?
HS: It is clear to us that the Israeli and Palestinian people are not psychologically ready for peace at this point. They do not recognize the humanity and the truth of the other side. What we are doing is preparing the ground for peace. We believe that if a peace plan were signed today neither side would accept it. So our immediate goal is to create a cadre of tens of thousands of people on both sides who see the humanity of the other and are willing to find room in their hearts and minds for the other’s truth. That’s our immediate goal and what we are working on. Our ultimate vision is two sides living in harmony – each understanding the other side has rights to the whole land just like our side does.
AAA: And I just want to tell the American audience, mostly, that we need you. We need you to stand for a solution. We need you to support our work on the ground. We need your government to pay more attention and play a serious and important role in the conflict. What is happening in the Holy Land can affect your life here [in the US] and what you do here can affect our life over there. So we are part of this international family. It’s a duty for us to create a new generation with understanding and peace.
And I hope that one day Jews, Muslims and Christians will be planning together for a better future and having a normal life. I want to say extremism and violence may not disappear, but let us work to create a situation where violence will not be the strongest voice and will not affect our lives by controlling our plans and reactions.
For more information: friendsofroots.net
Oslo, Norway — On 10 December 2015 Kaci Kullman Five, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, presented the Peace Prize to Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet representatives Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), Hassine Abassi, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Abdessatar Ben Moussa, President of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) and Mohamed Fadhel Mahfouch, President of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (ONAT). The Quartet was awarded the Prize “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralist democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution in 2011”.
In the summer of 2013, when political assassinations and widespread social unrest threatened the budding democracy with civil war, the Quartet was able to establish, by negotiation and mediation, an alternative peaceful political process. This resulted in a constitutional system of government which guaranteed fundamental rights for the whole population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief. Their work was remarkable because it showed that dialogue between citizens, political parties and the authorities could culminate in consensus-based solutions which not only countered the spread of violence in Tunisia, but led to free elections and the peaceful transfer of power. The Nobel Committee decided that credit must be given to the Quartet for ensuring that the benefits of the Jasmine Revolution had not been lost. While the struggle for democracy in neighbouring countries has faltered, Tunisia, however, has seen a democratic transition based on a vibrant civil society with demands for respect for basic human rights. The Committee also said that, above all, the prize was intended as an encouragement to the Tunisian people, who have laid the groundwork for a national fraternity. (Source: nobelprize.org)
The good news doesn’t always reach the main headlines. A number of pioneering medical achievements made in 2015 might have escaped attention.
By now we are all familiar with 3-D printing which seems to offer endless possibilities in many areas of life, not least in modern medicine.
In 2015, doctors at the Salamanca University Hospital, Spain, carried out the first rib cage transplant. That in itself would have been an achievement, but what made this experimental surgery unique is that a 3-D chest prosthetic was printed and implanted. Doctors in Spain say this is the world’s first 3-D-printed rib cage, made entirely from titanium. A device has already been implanted into the chest of a 54-year-old cancer patient.
The operation was performed on a patient suffering from a sarcoma of the chest wall; doctors had previously removed sections of the patient’s rib cage to access existing tumours and prevent a further spread of the sarcoma.
Given the fact that each person’s skeletal frame is unique, the doctors decided to create a precise and tailor-made 3-D printed rib-cage to match the patient’s own. A high resolution CT scan was taken and a titanium implant was printed of parts of the sternum (breast-bone) and rib cage. The transplant surgery was successful and the patient has made a full recovery. (Source: med.wisc.edu; listverse.com; forbes.com; npr.org)
In UK, a medical breakthrough in cancer treatment has been hailed as a revolutionary new therapy. British doctors developed the technology using high-powered beams of ultrasound energy without surgery. The research was carried out by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. The technique was used to kill harmful tissue such as metastatic bone lesions deep inside patient’s bodies.
“This technology has immense potential,” said Professor Gail Ter Haar, who is based at the institute. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) also has capacity to release specially designed capsules of cancer drugs inside a tumour, say researchers. In future, doctors believe they will also use ultrasound to zap prostate, breast and other tumours.
“The technology is completely non-invasive and allows us to monitor changes we are making inside a person instantly,” said Thomas Andreae, therapy director at Philips, which is collaborating with the ICR on the project. “It has all sorts of possible applications.”
Ultrasound wave frequencies cover a range above the audible limit for humans. Low power ultrasound scans are used on pregnant women to generate images of foetuses growing in the womb. The new cancer therapy uses ultrasound beams which are 10,000 times more powerful than those used in pregnancy scans. These beams can destroy tissue by causing cells to heat up and die.
“When we pick a target tissue to kill off, we need to heat it up to about 55°C for at least a second. That is enough to kill it off,” said Professor Ter Haar. “Crucially, we can do that with ultrasound. More importantly we can do it at places that are deep inside an organ – while leaving tissue on the surface unaffected.”
Prostate cancer could be treated using probes, directed by MRI scanners that channel ultrasound to specific tumour sites. It is hoped breast cancer could also be treated this way. Lipid capsules containing powerful anti-cancer drugs can be injected into patients’ bloodstreams and circulate until they reach the sites of their tumours.
“We would then use ultrasound to heat up those tumours, causing the lipid capsules to melt and release their anti-cancer drug contents – directly on to the tumour,” said Andreae. “That would be a very powerful addition to our arsenal of cancer treatments in the future.” (Source: theguardian.com)
Tissue regeneration research is one of the most exciting fields of modern and future medicine and the list of achievements in this field continues to grow.
A case in point is the growing of human vocal cords from scratch. Doctors at the University of Wisconsin managed successfully to bio-engineer tissue which mimics those parts of vocal cords which vibrate in the larynx to create human speech. Five human patients donated cells which were then grown in laboratory conditions for two weeks, and then attached to a larynx using an artificial windpipe. The scientists described the sound made by the cords as a slightly robotic “eee-like sound” – exactly the sort of sound made by real human vocal cords in isolation. In “normal” settings, that is to say with structures of throat, mouth, tongue etc present, scientists are confident that laboratory-generated vocal cords will be able to match human vocal cords.
Another exciting aspect of this particular instance of tissue regeneration is that it appears, so far at least, that the engineered tissue is “immune-privileged” – in other words it does not trigger an automatic immune system defence mechanism of rejecting new or “foreign” tissue. (Source: med.wisc.edu)
A new movement is taking shape across Europe. Born out of the shared misery, a growing sense of disenfranchisement and disillusionment and coupled with a de-termination that resonates in names such as Podemos and Indignados. A pan-European People Power movement has begun. On Tuesday 9 February 2016, activists from across Europe gathered in Berlin’s Volksbühne to launch DiEM25, ‘Democracy in Europe Movement 2025’, manifesto for a democratic European Union.
Many people and organizations are involved in DiEM25, motivated in particular by witnessing the way Greece has been treated by the European Union. People are also concerned and frustrated about the way in which European leaders appear to avoid tackling the real issues facing European citizens. Many are attracted by the refreshing vision provided by Yanis Varoufakis (former finance minister of Greece, Professor of Economics at the University of Athens and Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin).
The starting point of DiEM25 is that the EU is no longer really democratic. Indeed simple principles, once understood by a more confident Europe have now been abandoned, such as: currencies should be instruments, not ends-in-themselves; a single market should be fair for all stakeholders, particularly poor countries; take account of the environment and limit capitalism’s worst excesses and self-destructive drives. Finally it should aim at social harmony and sustainable development, through transparency, by pursuing policies to address crises of debt, banking, inadequate investment, rising poverty and migration.
DiEM25’s medium-term goal is to convene a constitutional assembly where Europeans will deliberate on how to bring forward, by 2025, a fully fledged European democracy, featuring a sovereign parliament that respects national self-determination and shares power with national parliaments, regional assemblies and municipal councils.
DiEM25’s manifesto states: “We, the peoples of Europe, have a duty to regain control over our Europe from unaccountable ‘technocrats’, complicit politicians and shadowy institutions.
We come from every part of the continent and are united by different cultures, languages, accents, political party affiliations, ideologies, skin colours, gender identities, faiths and conceptions of the good society. We are forming DiEM25 intent on moving from a Europe of ‘We the Governments’, and ‘We the Technocrats’, to a Europe of ‘We, the peoples of Europe’.
We join in a magnificent tradition of fellow Europeans who have struggled for centuries against the ‘wisdom’ that demo-cracy is a luxury and that the weak must suffer what they must…. “We call on our fellow Europeans to join us forthwith to create the European movement which we call DiEM25.” (Source: Carpe DiEM25; diem25.org; guardian.co.uk)
Participatory budgeting (PB) lets citizens help decide where their tax money goes. The idea started in 1989 in the Brazilian city Porto Alegre and has found its way into more than one hundred Brazilian cities. Now in 2016 more than 1500 cities including New York, Seville, Hamburg and Mexico-City have implemented a form of PB. Torres, a semi-rural municipality in the state of Lara, Venezuela, is the site of the country’s most extensive experiment in participatory decision-making. In October 2004, the new mayor handed over power to the citizens in a trail-blazing decision:100 percent of the municipality’s free budget (about 700 million dollar) was allocated for citizens to spend as they saw fit. From then on the community of ordinary men and women decided on the city’s budget.
At the beginning of 2005 about 550 meetings were held where everyone was welcome to present proposals which needed funding and where delegates were chosen. Ten years later Torres was a different place.
Research by the University of California indicates that corruption and cronyism have decreased considerably and the citizens have never been so involved in politics. Numerous houses and schools have been built, roads laid and neighbourhoods renovated.
Torres’ PB is an impressive example of popular power with decision-making authority resting with community delegates rather than bureaucrats or party leaders. By bridging the gap between citizens and politics, it is a way to save democracy. The New York Times called PB “revolutionary civics in action”. (Source: decorrespondent.nl; thenation.com; slate.com, The New York Times, US)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal was finalized in October 2015 and supposedly creates ‘free trade’ between 12 Pacific Rim nations including the US, Canada and Japan. Trade ministers signed the agreement in Auckland, New Zealand on 4 February 2016. Thousands of people gathered throughout the area to peacefully protest against the agreement, blockading streets, with many hundreds setting up camp outside the building where the signing was taking place.
Opponents say that human rights, public health, the environment and democracy itself come under threat as TPP “gives power to corporations and takes it away from the people”, much like the similar Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The agreement is yet to be signed by the US which still allows some time for opponents to strengthen the movement against it. (Source: commondreams.org)