By  Cher Gilmore



What hope can there be for the future, when our senses are assaulted daily with news of the evermore bizarre and grotesque? Why be hopeful when 24,000 people die every day of starvation or preventable diseases in a world of plenty? Because what we see, hear and experience is only part of the story, belying a larger reality behind the appearances. In the bigger picture, we are in a time of extraordinary transition ­— the turn of a century and the end of a cosmic cycle (The Age of Pisces). As old structures resist and then break up to make way for the new, turmoil and upheavals ensue. People and issues become polarized, and the inevitable conflicts lead us to think it is the end of the world, instead of the end of an Age.

Behind the chaos, however, lie two major reasons for optimism. For one, the incoming cycle is governed by Aquarius, which brings the energy of synthesis, brotherhood, and cooperation. Evidence of Aquarian energies is already obvious in the unprecedented global changes of the past two decades — the breakup of the Soviet Union into sovereign states, reunification of East and  West Germany, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and peace in Ireland. These events would have been deemed impossible even twenty-five years ago.

The second reason for hope is that unbeknownst to most of humanity, we have powerful and beneficent help. Behind the scenes of our evolution there is, and always has been, a group of evolved teachers, who are now emerging into full public life with their leader, Maitreya, the World Teacher for this Age. Maitreya is awaited, albeit under different names, by all major religions as the one destined to lead humanity into a golden age of peace and justice.

The fact of his presence has been announced over the past 35 years by British author and esotericist Benjamin Creme. According to Mr. Creme, Maitreya has been physically in the world since 1977, assisting behind the scenes, and awaiting the necessary invitation from humanity to come forward publicly and offer guidance. If we elect to change our current destructive course — that is, if we choose to redistribute the world’s resources more equitably, address our poisoned environment, and convert our rampant consumption to sustainable living — he is prepared to lead us into a brilliant civilization such as the world has never known.

We don’t even have to know how to make the necessary changes. Disciples of the Masters are waiting “in the wings” to assist in transforming every field of activity, when we decide to make the world work for everyone. And new technologies, such as the Technology of Light, will be given to aid us once we are firmly set in the new direction.

As basic human needs and the survival of the planet are addressed, humanity will also be offered spiritual training. Mystery schools will be re-opened, teaching about our true reality as souls in physical incarnation, and ways of manifesting our latent divine powers. This single fact — that of our spiritual identity — when known and accepted by the majority of humanity, will transform every aspect of life and every field of endeavor.

For example, psychology and education will change with knowledge of the seven rays that govern the soul, personality, and mental, emotional, and physical bodies of each individual. Human behavior will become more understandable and predictable with this new information. As individuals become more educated about their ray makeup and soul purpose and align more fully with their true spiritual selves, they will begin to form intimate partnerships based on higher (soul), rather than lower (personality or physical) considerations.

The inspiration of the Masters will reorient educational institutions toward the needs of developing souls rather than the demands of the marketplace. Teachers will be trained to assess the ray structure and soul purpose of their students, and tailor instruction to the pupil’s point of evolution. This will allow a rich and meaningful unfolding of creativity and soul potentials.

A wealth of more information is available through Benjamin Creme’s books, and on the web site www.share-international.org. Meanwhile, if you want to bring the future closer, share this message with others, according to your level of belief. Avoid buying into, or spreading, fearful prognostications. Volunteer to help an organization working toward changes you want to see in the world. Find ways to share your surplus with others. And by all means keep a joyful heart, for the best is yet to come.

Benjamin Creme is the editor of Share International magazine, and the author of 12 books about Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom. A free film and multi-speaker presentation about The World Teacher: Saturday, August 4, 7:30 pm, at the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 1707 4th Street. For more information: (888) 242-8272 or  www.Share-International.org  

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