Maitreya steps forward
The way prepared by His Herald the ‘star’, Maitreya, the World Teacher, has given His first interview on American television. Millions have heard Him speak both on TV and the internet.
His open mission has begun
He was introduced not as Maitreya, the World Teacher and Head of our Spiritual Hierarchy, but simply as a man, one of us. In this way He “ensures that men follow and support Him for the truth and sanity of His ideas rather than for His status”.
He spoke earnestly of the need for peace, achievable only through the creation of justice and the sharing of the world’s resources.
This is the first of many such interviews which will be given in the USA, Japan, Europe and elsewhere, bringing His message of hope to the world.
Benjamin Creme made this announcement at his public lecture at Friends House, Euston Road, London, on 14 January 2010.
Please note: Share International has no further details about this interview (date, time, network, etc), for the following reason: it is very important that everyone has the opportunity to respond to Maitreya because they want for the world what He is advocating — sharing, justice and peace — rather than because they think He may be the World Teacher.
Benjamin Creme announces the start of Maitreya's open work on video.
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|Moses the calf with a white marking in the shape of a cross on its forehead|
A calf has been born with a white marking in the shape of a cross on its forehead. Moses, a half Jersey, half Holstein calf, is mainly brown in colour, and was born on the Davis Family Farm in Sterling, Connecticut, USA, on 1 December 2009. The farm’s owner, Brad Davis, said he was stunned when he saw the cross. “I almost fell over. I felt like I should be on my knees,” he said. “I think it’s maybe a message from up above. I’m not sure. We’re still trying to figure that out.” The calf is living at nearby Buttercup Farm, which Davis co-owns with Megan Johnson, who says she’s certain the cross is a miracle: “I’m in the breeding business and I know about reproduction and genetics, and I don’t think this could happen again in a million cows … I think it’s divine intervention, personally.” (Source: Daily Mail, UK; Norwich Bulletin, USA; WFSB.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a miracle manifested by the Master Jesus.)
On the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, some 56 newspapers in 45 countries took the unprecedented step of publishing the same editorial, calling for dramatic global action against climate change. “We do so”, the editorial began, “because humanity faces a profound emergency.”
The text was drafted by a team of editors from more than 20 of the newspapers involved, and was translated into 20 languages. “Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security,” the editorial says.
The article calls for global action that is fair to all countries, especially those in the developing world: “Social justice demands that the industrialized world digs deep into its pockets and pledges cash to help poorer countries adapt to climate change, and clean technologies to enable them to grow economically without growing their emissions. The architecture of a future treaty must also be pinned down – with rigorous multilateral monitoring, fair rewards for protecting forests, and the credible assessment of ‘exported emissions’ so that the burden can eventually be more equitably shared between those who produce polluting products and those who consume them. And fairness requires that the burden placed on individual developed countries should take into account their ability to bear it; for instance, newer EU members, often much poorer than ‘old Europe’, must not suffer more than their richer partners.
“The transformation will be costly, but many times less than the bill for bailing out global finance – and far less costly than the consequences of doing nothing.
“Many of us, particularly in the developed world, will have to change our lifestyles. The era of flights that cost less than the taxi ride to the airport is drawing to a close. We will have to shop, eat and travel more intelligently. We will have to pay more for our energy, and use less of it.”
The editorial concludes with a call to action: “Kicking
our carbon habit within a few short decades will require
a feat of engineering and innovation to match anything
in our history. But whereas putting a man on the moon or
splitting the atom were born of conflict and competition,
the coming carbon race must be driven by a collaborative
effort to achieve collective salvation.
“Overcoming climate change will take a triumph of optimism over pessimism, of vision over short-sightedness, of what Abraham Lincoln called ‘the better angels of our nature’.
“It is in that spirit that 56 newspapers from around the world have united behind this editorial. If we, with such different national and political perspectives, can agree on what must be done then surely our leaders can too.
“The politicians in Copenhagen have the power to shape history’s judgment on this generation: one that saw a challenge and rose to it, or one so stupid that we saw calamity coming but did nothing to avert it. We implore them to make the right choice.” (Source: The Guardian, UK)
World’s largest ever environmental protest
People took to the streets across the world to demand action from their leaders at the Copenhagen Climate change conference held in Denmark in December 2009.
In the world’s largest ever environmental protest, around 100,000 people travelled from around the world to march through the chilly Danish capital in a mostly peaceful demonstration. The event lasted all day, with marchers joining the Friends of Earth ‘Flood for Climate Justice’ at 10am, walking to the Parliament building to hear speeches in the afternoon, before walking six kilometres to the Conference centre where there were more speeches and entertainment. There were large contingents from Europe as well as smaller ones from across the globe, making it a truly international march.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, musician Angelique
Kidjo and former UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary
Robinson were among those speaking at the protest. Climate
change is “undermining
human rights on an unprecedented scale,” Mary Robinson
said. “International human rights law says that ‘in
no case may a people be deprived by its means of subsistence’.
Yet because of excessive carbon emissions, produced primarily
by industrialized countries, millions of the world’s
poorest people’s rights are being violated every
day. This is a deep and global injustice.” Nobel
Laureate Archbishop Tutu joined an “international
climate hearing” organized by Oxfam that allowed
1.5 million “witnesses” to the damage caused
by climate change around the world to make their situation
known. These included farmers in Uganda suffering from
drought and families affected by floods in Bangladesh.
Tutu spoke about the effect of climate change in his home
country of South Africa. “I too, stand before you
as a witness. I have seen with my own eyes the changes
in my homeland…. The Southern Cape is currently
experiencing the worst drought anyone can remember. There
is not enough food. There is too little water. The situation
is becoming increasingly desperate,” he said.
There were also events held around the world to mark the Global Day of Action on Climate Change. Many were held the preceding Saturday in order to gather momentum for the Copenhagen protests.
Marchers – as many as 100,000 nationwide according
to organizers – in cities throughout Australia took
part in a “Walk against Warming”, with 40,000
in Melbourne alone, where protesters formed a ‘human
sign’ across Princes Bridge which read: “Safe
climate do it!” Another human sign was formed in
Auckland, New Zealand, reading “Climate SOS”,
one of many colourful events held across the country. 200
Filipino activists staged a festive rally in Manila and
protests were staged in 100 piazzas in Italian cities,
with demonstrators carrying banners that read “Stop
the Planet’s Fever” and asking passers-by to
sign a petition calling for a deal to be reached to reduce
A week of events held in Johannesburg, South Africa, culminated in a 1,000 strong march and a ‘mock funeral’ to convey the message that “We here in Africa will not die quietly. We demand Climate Justice Now!”
In London, UK, around 50,000 people gathered for a march called “The Wave”. Protesters carried banners with the messages “The tide is rising, so are we”, “climate justice now” and “protect the poorest”. Demonstrators dressed in blue encircled Parliament, calling not only for a climate deal in Copenhagen to avoid dangerous climate change but also for the need for justice, to protect the world’s poorest from the effects of climate change. Phil Thornhill, from the Campaign against Climate Change said: “As politicians fail to find the collective will to overcome inertia, international rivalries, and the all-pervasive power of vested interests, ordinary people all around the world will be demanding decisive action now, not later when the fate of billions could already have been sealed and the catastrophe will have become unstoppable.” Also speaking was the actor Helen Baxendale who said: “I think it’s also important that people come and make their voices heard as well. I think, in the end, that’s what will make real, positive change.”
Around 10,000 marched in Paris, 15,000 in Brussels, 5,000 in Madrid, 5,000 in New Delhi. These were just a few of the many demonstrations held by activists and ordinary people across the globe who got together to demand from their leaders real and decisive action to halt the increasingly dangerous effects to the world of climate change.(Source: NYDailyNews.com; The Guardian, The Telegraph, UK; The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia; campaignncc.org; stopclimatechangechaos.org)
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of the Art of Self-Realization from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ, and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
“Be what you are. Do not follow one another. If you practise honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment, you will know your Self, you will know Me, you will know the Lord.” (Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Maitreya says He has come to teach humanity
the art of Self or God-realization. He equates humanity
with the Self, and the Self with God. He says: “You
are the Self, an immortal Being.” Our pain, He says,
our suffering, our problems, are the result of the fact
that we identify with everything and anything other than
the Self, the immortal Being of which we are a physical-plane
reflection. He says: “Ask yourself: ‘Who am
I?’” You will find that you identify with the
physical body. We look in the mirror and say: “That
is me.” In this way we are subject to all the limitations
of the physical body. The physical body is mortal; it lives
so long and then it dies, and we have to come back into
incarnation in a new body. So we cannot be the physical
body, it is only a vehicle.
Or we identify with our feelings, our sensations, our energies, our emotions. These are not us: they were not there yesterday, perhaps they will not be there tomorrow. They are unstable, never the same. If we are an immortal Being, they cannot be us. Or we identify with our mind, with the creations of our mind, our memory. We think we are Mr or Mrs So-and-so, with so many children. That is not us, that is our memory, the creation of our mind. We say we are Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist. That is not us. That is a belief, an ideology. We are an immortal Being and therefore not subject to the limitations of the physical body, the emotional body, or the mind. We are not a fascist, a democrat, a Christian, or a Buddhist. These are all constructions of the mind. We are, above all these transient beliefs, an immortal Being.
How do we become that immortal Being here and now on the physical plane? Maitreya says His way is the most direct, the way of growing awareness. It involves the practice of three attitudes. One, honesty of mind. Almost no one has honesty of mind. It is not just being honest and not stealing other people’s property. All of us think one thing, say something else, and do something else again. For honesty of mind, what we think, what we say, and what we do must be in a straight line. Two, sincerity of spirit – being who we are, distinct and individual. Not trying to be like somebody else, not imitating other people, but speaking from the heart to the heart. Not speaking to provide others with some false idea of ourselves, manipulating them so that they admire or like us. It is being honest in oneself, sincere. Few people are truly, inwardly sincere. The third attitude to practise is detachment. Detachment is the awareness that we are not the body, the feelings, or the mind – gradually detaching ourselves from that kind of identification. If we are attached to our emotions, for example, and someone plays a dirty trick on us, if our reaction is one of strong indignation and anger, then we are not detached. If we are detached, we will not react with indignation and anger at such a slight.
What we find in practice is that these three attitudes are mutually supportive. The more aware we become, the more honest we become, the more sincere. The more sincere we become, the more honest we manage to be. The more sincere and honest we become, the more detached we become. The more detached we become, the more sincere and the more honest. These three work together, like a yeast.
When Maitreya is teaching openly in the world, has declared Himself and begun His programme of stimulus and guidance in the political and economic field, He will also teach humanity the Art of Self-realization. The more we practise these three attitudes, the greater Self-awareness develops. The more Self-awareness develops, the more Self-realization becomes possible. Self-awareness leads to Self-realization. What is Self-realization? It is not a religion, an ideology, or a belief. It is the goal of life, which, when achieved, makes us a Master. All of the Masters are Self-Realized Beings. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
“Your destiny is freedom. No one is ‘born
in sin’. Rather, the Self is subject to conditioning
during the process of evolution. The process of evolution
is the Becoming.
“If you follow the three principles of honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment, evolution proceeds naturally. Your ‘second nature’ is conditioned nature, but practice of the three principles will free you from conditioning. No one is ‘condemned’ to conditioning.
“Please do not presume things. This amounts to ‘a soft landing’ which satisfies the mind. Isms are like small pills that give the mind little breaks in life. Mind, spirit and body feel a bit ‘high’, a bit happy. But the realities of life can never be comprehended via isms. They can only be experienced. Experience and vision go together.” (Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Most people think one thing, say something
else, and do something else again. There is no direct line
from their thoughts to their actions. This leads to confusion
and destructiveness. This is not honesty of mind. Honesty
of mind leads to honest speech and honest action. Peace
and happiness can be achieved through this harmony.
Sincerity of spirit means not imitating other people, not pretending, not trying to appear different from what you are. Sincerity of spirit is not taking on somebody else’s ‘garments’, not imitating your favourite film or pop star. It is simply being yourself.
If you are an artist, musician, writer or poet, the most interesting thing you can be is you, not somebody else through you. Imitation in art and music is looked down upon. Imitation in life is somehow not looked down upon, but it is just as important. Art, music or literary expression are part of the life expression. This is certainly as valuable and personal, and has to be as original, as you yourself are. Each person is unique. You have to give expression to that uniqueness. That doesn’t mean you have to do everything contrary to what is normally known and accepted, but it does mean you have to be yourself.
When you see Maitreya you will find He speaks directly from His heart to your heart. Your heart centre will resonate in response to what He has to say. It will seem so pure, so absolutely, essentially, true. You will have no difficulty in accepting what He says because it will penetrate to the very core of your being. That is why it is expected that once He speaks openly to the world it will not be long before the Day of Declaration occurs. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
“You have been given mind, spirit and body,” says Maitreya, “to express My Being and Becoming in thought, speech and action.” Any action performed with dishonesty of mind, an insincere spirit and attachment is destructive. For example, when you think one thing, say another, and do something which is different again, you are lost. Honesty of mind leads to honest speech and honest action. This harmony leads to peace and happiness. “Whether you are a thief or a saint,” He counsels, “you can begin right now.” But, people have asked, “How do we begin? How do we practise sincerity?” Consider an expression which is often used, such as ‘having a heart-to-heart talk’ with someone, Maitreya responds. What does this mean? It means you will express yourself as you really are, you will communicate from the centre – your centre – the Self. Practise this. It will transform you and those around you. The heart is never tarnished or touched; it is the seat of the soul. It is the mind that leads us astray. Peace, bliss, happiness and grace are the qualities of the heart. “By tuning into the ‘feelings of the heart’,” Maitreya teaches, “you are able to experience your natural innocence, that innocence you had as a child. Do not ‘visualize’ the heart. For that is only the mind seeking to find the source of light with a torch.” (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
To be honest, sincere and detached is to experience oneness with God. But so often this oneness is interpreted by people as loneliness and something to be feared. Yet the feeling of loneliness is the supreme blessing in disguise because it shows that a person is approaching oneness with the Lord. (Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
That Self is an immortal spiritual Being.
It reflects itself as a human soul, which in turn reflects
itself at this level as the human personality. The path
of evolution is the reuniting of the personality with the
soul, and the soul/personality together with the Spark
of God, the Divine Self. The more detached you become,
the more these things can take place. Maitreya says: “When
you are detached all becomes possible. Where you are attached
you cannot know Me. There I cannot be. But where you are
detached there I am always with you.”
These three, honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit, and detachment, if practised seriously and consistently, together with the Prayer for the New Age, can bring a person quickly to an understanding and experience of him or herself in a new way: a new freedom, spontaneity and directness, and a growing absence of fear and conflict will gradually make their presence felt. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
Detachment is detaching yourself from identifying with yourself as body, mind or spirit. It is not saying to yourself: “I mustn’t feel emotions.” Many people suppress their emotions. To suppress your emotions is just as bad as indulging your emotions. What you have to learn to do is to look at your emotions and not indulge them and not suppress them either. Not repress them but simply look at them, not identify with them; and if you do not identify with them you detach from them. It is like creating a space between you and them. Most people immediately identify with their emotion, whatever it is. They have done so all their lives and so they take it for granted. They feel every negative emotion and they think it is their right to experience them. In fact some people think it is their duty; and I suspect many psychologists tell their patients that it is their duty to ‘emote’. The point is you have to be detached, not by detaching from life but to be very aware, to look very seriously at what is happening but not to identify with it. This is difficult because it needs a degree of detachment to do it – you have to be there before you can get there! But it takes just a little space to create a bigger space. The best way I can think of is to study Krishnamurti. If you put into practice what you read as you are reading, you create that space. Look at what you are feeling, allow yourself to feel it but do not indulge it and do not suppress it or try to get rid of it. If you fight it, it is like the trials of Hercules: every time he cut off the Hydra’s head two grew in its place. That is what comes from repression. What you have to do is to lift it up, as he did, finally, into the light of day (the light of the soul), and the Hydra died of its own accord. Simply look at the feeling and say: “That is not me. It wasn’t there yesterday, it won’t be there tomorrow, it is not me,” and it will go away. Every time you do this you weaken it. You withdraw nourishment. Every time you identify with anything, your energy nourishes it. Whatever you focus on, your energy will flow to it and you will strengthen the emotion. You have to reverse the process and the emotion will die a natural death through lack of nourishment. Detachment is the way to bring about the honesty of mind and the sincerity of spirit which Maitreya teaches. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
If you follow others instead of being yourself,
you lose your sparkle; you cannot reflect the light of
individuality. Without that light, there is no progress
in life. Similarly, when you experience the Self within
and come to know you are an immortal entity, completely
separate from mind, spirit and body, you learn to use these
temples of the Lord creatively, with awareness. Processes
of healing follow automatically.
This is why Maitreya has said that even people with AIDS will be healed through prayer and through the practice of honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment.
Without detachment there is no salvation. (Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
The task ahead is clear: open the windows of the soul and let the soul’s light illumine your lives. Through the awakened intuition allow the soul’s knowledge and purpose to be expressed. Know the meaning of compassion and spread that love abroad. Allow your soul’s wisdom to banish all illusion and become a light for your brothers. That is the task of all who would tread the Path of Light. Awaken the intuition and see clearly the Plan; awaken the intuition and dissolve the darkness; awaken the intuition and cast out all fear. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Reason and Intuition’)
Nothing belongs to you. Everything belongs to the Lord. If you are honest with yourself, you are honest with the Lord. If you are sincere with yourself, you are sincere with the Lord. (Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
“The Self is endless. Awareness is
endless. Mind, spirit and body have a beginning and an
end. With detachment, the Self experiences phenomena in
mind, spirit and body, but it does not get attached to
the miraculous powers of which mind, spirit and body are
The laws of creation are in the mind. The universal energy is in the spirit and the forum for the materialization of the creation is the physical body. In effect, when the Self observes God’s powers it is detachment which saves the Self from imprisonment in the bondages of life.
Detachment is the most powerful ‘drug’. It becomes so effective that it immunizes the Self from the processes and proceedings of mind, spirit and body. To learn detachment is an art. A scientist, with detachment, will learn the laws of physics and chemistry (the laws of creation) and will apply them, creating things which constitute God’s work. The artist, with detachment, will be able to describe God through his own experiences.
The destiny of one and all is to be, one day, free of mind, spirit and body. This in itself becomes salvation.” (Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Stage by stage, century following century,
man will build a civilization which will demonstrate his
growing manifestation of divinity; a culture in which the
beauty of the divine creation will be expressed in all
its aspects, a mirror in which the Divine Idea will be
reflected in all its glory.
Thus will man take his true place in the scheme of things under the Divine Plan. Thus, under the inspiration of the Christ, will he transform this world – separated by fear, dogma and hate – into that in which the Law of Love governs, in which all men are brothers, in which all that pertains to the divine nature engages man’s attention and controls his life. Thus will man’s dreams of divinity be realized, his potential be achieved, his destiny fulfilled. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The new civilization’)
The Prayer for the New Age
I am the creator of the universe.
I am the father and mother of the universe.
Everything comes from me.
Everything shall return to me.
Mind, spirit and body are my temples,
For the Self to realize in them
My supreme Being and Becoming.
Benjamin Creme writes: The Prayer for the New Age, given by Maitreya, the World Teacher, is a great mantram or affirmation with an invocative effect. It will be a powerful tool in the recognition by us that man and God are One, that there is no separation. The ‘I’ is the Divine Principle behind all creation. The Self emanates from, and is identical to, the Divine Principle.The most effective way to use this mantram is to say or think the words with focused will, while holding the attention at the ajna centre between the eyebrows. When the mind grasps the meaning of the concepts, and simultaneously the will is brought to bear, those concepts will be activated and the mantram will work. If it is said seriously every day, there will grow inside you a realization of your true Self. (Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
The following article is an edited version of a talk given by Benjamin Creme at the Transmission Meditation Conference held near San Francisco, USA, in August 2009.
There is an enormous amount of information of one kind or another about UFOs, some of it true, absolutely authentic, and masses of it which is utterly unreal and unauthentic. This is a huge and all-important subject.
I am going to start with an article by my Master which sets out the position very clearly. [See article in box below]
The Time of Revelation by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme
For many years, the peoples of most countries have followed, more or less meekly, the edicts of their legislators, the politicians. This has largely been the case whether the legislative system was democratic or otherwise. This is now beginning to change. Far from quiet acceptance of unpopular laws, peoples in many countries now demonstrate and demand change. With the exception of those countries under tight military rule, the people, more and more, are demanding to be heard, to have their needs addressed, and bad laws righted. As the beneficent energies of Aquarius gain in potency, this growing power of the people will multiply and become the most powerful voice on Earth. So much is this the case, even now, that governments of all kinds are forced to take account of the peoples’ reaction to laws which deeply concern their welfare. It becomes increasingly difficult for governments to govern along strictly factional lines. Much government action is secretive and obscure, much is done ‘behind the scenes’ of which the people never hear, but generally, governments, at least in the so-called ‘democratic’ world, are careful not to rouse the ire or discontent of the people.
There is one major area in which this is assuredly not the case. For over sixty years, governments worldwide have withheld from the people the reality of ‘UFOs’ or ‘flying saucers’. Further, they have sought by all means to denigrate the occupants of these visiting craft as ‘aliens’, destructive and harmful to the people of Earth. To keep their populations under control, and to avoid ‘panic’, they have denied the experience of hundreds of thousands of intelligent, open-minded citizens. They have thus created a major myth: “‘flying saucers’ do not exist but they are dangerous and rapacious to men of Earth”! Likewise, they have taught the people to deride the notion that crop circles are a legacy from Space, yet every government has unassailable proof of the existence, creativity and superior technology of these brave and harmless visitors from the sister planets of our System. Our profound ignorance of the subtle planes of matter has allowed the major governments of the world to maintain this deception for so long.
At last the time of revelation has arrived. For no longer will government
agencies hide the truth from men of Earth: their brotherhood with the far-off
planets of our Solar System. Already, the “star-like luminary”, the Herald
of Maitreya’s emergence, is showing people worldwide that for years they
have been deceived by their governments. You may be sure that Maitreya will reveal
the truth of our relationship with the other planets, and of the co-operation
which for long has continued between us. It is in truth the time of revelation.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s pilots of all types of aircraft, sometimes with their passengers, began to report that they had seen inverted saucer-like objects with domes and circular windows, which flew alongside their plane and then sometimes sped off at tremendous speed.
These reports gained in currency and became headlines in various newspapers. When I first read about them, I assumed like many that these saucer-like objects were probably new craft that had been made by America, Russia or Germany. After the end of World War II, the Allied armies moved into Germany. In southern Germany obvious, demonstrable evidence was found that the Germans had been carrying out secret experimentation in anti-gravity devices during the war. At the same time, the Americans and Russians were carrying out similar experiments in secret to attain anti-gravity. All of them were fiercely engaged in an anti-gravity approach to flight, which was entirely new.
In 1953 an Englishman named Desmond Leslie wrote a book, Flying Saucers Have Landed. He was a gifted man who wrote plays, novels and music, a cousin of Winston Churchill. Having written this book, he heard about an extraordinary man living in the US, George Adamski, who had written an article in which he claimed that he was in touch with people from other planets. Adamski said that a group of observers could vouch for his meeting with a man from Venus.
One day, by arrangement, in November 1952, Adamski went into the desert, near Desert Center, California. The group of observers stayed a few hundred yards away and viewed the scene through binoculars. A spacecraft landed, of the type that flew alongside the commercial planes in the 1940s and 1950s. According to Adamski a man came out of the spacecraft dressed in a one-piece suit. He talked to Adamski without using language, at least not immediately, but made him understand what he had to say. In fact, they had a telepathic rapport. The man, who said he came from Venus, was wearing shoes the soles of which were cut in such a way as to leave clear and pronounced impressions in the desert sand, which were later photographed by the group who were watching from a distance.
The word was put out that a man from Venus had landed in a spacecraft. Leslie heard about this incident and wrote to Adamski, suggesting that Adamski add his sighting report in the desert to the book that he had already written about the history of flying saucers down the ages. Leslie’s book claimed that flying saucers from other planets had been visiting Earth for thousands of years, and that there were many descriptions of these craft and artifacts on Earth that lent weight to this claim. Leslie and Adamski together published the book Flying Saucers Have Landed (1953) and it became a best-seller. Thousands of copies were sold all over the world. The book was taken up in a big way by the so-called ‘New Age’ movement, especially in America, sometimes to its benefit and sometimes to its detriment. Adamski became famous in many parts of the world. He went on a series of lecture tours in the US, South America, Europe and elsewhere, talking about the spacecraft.
In 1955, Adamski published another book, a much longer account, Inside the Space Ships. In that book he gave an account of having been taken up in a small scout craft, like an inverted saucer with a dome, to a huge mothership. Inside the mothership he was introduced to extraordinary people, and given profound teachings by a major figure on the ship, a teacher from Venus.
That teaching was so profound it changed the thinking of thousands of people who read the book. It was not the only source of that teaching, but was very much akin to that given out by the great teachers of this world, such as Krishna, the Buddha, the Christ, and Mohammed. All the great religious teachings seem to be underscored by the teachings given by the teacher from Venus. This teaching is profoundly transforming and closely resembles Maitreya’s teachings.
It is, in different words perhaps, like the teaching of Maitreya when He talks about the nature of humanity as a kingdom, how we are one world, the need for sharing, just_ice, right relationship, and above all, the necessity that there should be no more war. This is emphasized over and over again in the teachings given by both Maitreya and the Venusian teacher. Adamski, a straightforward, genial individual, brought this teaching back home and made it known.
It fits together perfectly with the core of New Age teaching, which came from Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Helena Roerich and Alice A.Bailey, and gave an entirely different view to humanity coming out of the war. The effects of the war were still being felt very strongly in Europe, Japan and Russia, and people were just beginning to pick up the threads of civilization again. They were looking for meaning and purpose, for guidance in the restructuring of the world.
The United Nations was formed, and in it
was embedded the creed of the rights of men and women everywhere
(the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights). The world
gradually faced up to the problems that had accrued as
the result of the war – the poverty of Germany, which was absolutely
shattered by the Allies; the extraordinary damage and loss
of life that had occurred in Russia, which set back the
Russian people from their desire to create a new society
after the terrible struggle with Nazism.
After the war, America created the Marshall Plan, its greatest act in many decades. The Marshall Plan transformed European industry, supplying Europe, especially West Germany, with the newest and best applications of industry that America, despite the war, had been able to create throughout the war years.
Visitors from Jupiter
This photograph was taken by a visitor to the Cuzco (ancient Inca city) area of Peru on 16 February 1989 between 9.30 and 10.30 am. The exact location is the Valle Sagrado Urubamba. The extraordinary object in the sky was not seen by the photographer nor by the people buying and selling wares on the mountain. Nevertheless, it appears on two photographs taken at different spots, higher and lower on the mountain.
Benjamin Creme’s Master has identified the strange object as a spaceship from the planet Jupiter, whose crew projected the image of the ship (which was in etheric matter) onto the film. It carried some 500 people. In the Andes there exists a much-used base for our Space Brother visitors.
Space Brothers assist during crisis
Then came two traumatic events. Berlin was divided into four zones: the Russian, American, British and French. In 1961 the Russians blocked their zone, making free passage between eastern and western Berlin impossible. America and Russia had been allies in the war against Nazism from 1939 to 1945, but became enemies in the most extraordinary ways. America held on to its idea, if not complete, of democracy, and Russia to its idea, if not the reality, of communism. Each held fanatically to these two ideas and brought the world to a point closer than it had ever been to a third world war. These two major powers had just emerged from the second part of the two great wars of the 20th century and in 1961 stood at loggerheads.
What few people know is that President Kennedy did not bring about the cessation of hostility between Russia and America at that time. It was brought about by the Space Brothers of our own solar system, chiefly from Mars and Venus. They are masters of energy, as can be seen in the exploration of space by the UFOs. They have a control of energy such as we do not even know is possible, and were able to nullify the tension between the Americans and Russians.
President Kennedy was advised by a Venusian agent living on Earth to approach the Russians in a certain way, which he did up to a point. He did it – in his own American way, but he did it – and in the meantime the Space Brothers completely removed the energy from the situation and the crisis passed. That was the nearest point since the war to a breakout of a third world war and was only prevented by the Space Brothers. They called on all their forces, their own control of energy, and all those who live among us as ordinary people but who are actually agents of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and other planets.
In October 1962 there was another point at which the world came close to a third world war. In September 1962, the Soviet government secretly delivered nuclear missiles to Cuba. When United States intelligence discovered the weapons, the US government did all it could to ensure the removal of the missiles. Then, in October, the Russians chose to call America’s bluff to see what it would do by sending a ship loaded to the gunnels with more nuclear missiles across the Atlantic to deliver to Cuba, so that they would be on America’s doorstep. The Russians made no attempt to camouflage them this time, so anyone could see they were missiles.
Crop circle Martinsell Hill, Wiltshire, UK, 19 July 2009 photo: © Steve Alexander
It was an answer to America, a provocative attempt by Russia to say: “You have surrounded Russia with missiles from Alaska to Pakistan,” which America had done and still does. Pakistan is an American base, and has been for years. From there, as well as from the southern border of Russia, up to Alaska, Russia is completely surrounded by the missile bases of America, and has been since the 1960s.
President Kennedy for a second time made an announcement. He had been told by the Space Brothers, through an agent in the US Diplomatic Service, what to say. He did more or less say what he had been asked to say but again in his own way, rather than in the way he was asked to say it.
As he had been asked at the time of the Berlin crisis, President Kennedy was again asked to speak to the Russians with respect and understanding, saying that he could clearly see their concerns and would seek to allay their fears. Instead, he was very outspoken and challenged Russia. I do not believe the Russians had any intention of continuing to deliver these missiles to Cuba. I do not believe they were so foolish, so lacking in insight, to think that they could do this without being stopped. Certainly the Cubans had no wish to be obliterated from the face of the Earth. So the ship turned back, as Russia, I am sure, had expected it to do in any case.
That was the second time the Space Brothers had to intervene very strongly to bring about a cessation of animosity. They do this by energy, by nullifying the negative forces, allaying the fears of the people, and bringing about the possibility of a truce, a state in which new things can grow. That is how the Space Brothers have worked all along.
They do not believe in confrontation. The
advice given to the people of Earth is to solve all disputes
by co-operation rather than confrontation, seeing the other
point of view and taking the spiritual path rather than
the path of war.
That is the nature of the Space Brothers. That is why they are so evolved, why they have this extraordinary technology that is so far ahead of our own, and never have wars. They are way above that and have nothing but peace and goodwill for humanity.
Humanity lives not only in this solar system, but also throughout the whole of cosmos. There is nowhere you can go in cosmos where you will not find human beings.
The Solar system and the Plan
All the planets are engaged in one Plan, which also involves Earth. Most people on Earth do not even know that such a Plan exists. It is a Plan of evolution for our solar system, which works as a unit.
We think of the Earth, the Sun and Moon, but pay very little attention to the other planets of our solar system, except through NASA and the Russian exploits. All the planets have their Plans. They are all part of our solar system and the solar system evolves together.
Not all the planets are at the same point in evolution. Some are very low in evolution. Some, like Earth, are about halfway along the path. Some are very evolved indeed. As we have hundreds of thousands of lives to go from being an early animal man or woman to a Master, so a planet has seven expressions or rounds, each of which is millions of years long. Some planets have completed that course and have become invisible, but are still there, in etheric energy. Some, like Venus, are in their last round. Venus is the alter ego, the higher aspect, of Earth.
Crop circle Clatford, Wiltshire, UK, 4 May 2009 photo: © Steve Alexander
Earth is about at the halfway point, in the middle of the fourth round. At that point a planet begins to find its course, its destiny. Its people begin to wake up. This is happening in the world today. Humanity is waking up from a long sleep in which it lost contact with reality, with the purpose and meaning of life on Earth. It became deeply embedded in the profound materialism in which it is still involved to this day.
The mission of the Space Brothers
Maitreya has come to awaken humanity. The space people too have come to help and save humanity. They have been portrayed, most particularly by the US government, as bestial beings who destroy carcasses and leave them strewn over the plains and deserts of America, who take people up in their spaceships, perform operations on them, embed little chips that keep the people under their control ever afterwards, and send them back down to Earth. All of this is utterly false.
If one thing is clear from the teachings of Adamski coming from the Venusian Master, from my Master, and, you will find, from Maitreya, it is that the Space Brothers are absolutely harmless to the people of Earth. In fact, their presence here is a spiritual mission. They come to save humanity from even greater pain and suffering than we would otherwise have known in the years since the discovery of nuclear fission.
Since that time we have poured nuclear energy into our atmosphere, which our scientists cannot even measure. They do not have the technology to measure levels of matter above gas, the etheric levels, where this release of nuclear energy occurs – the deadliest release of energy that has ever taken place on Earth.
This nuclear energy is in tremendous potency and is destroying the well-being of humanity and the lower kingdoms. It works by depleting our body’s immune system, and therefore opens us to all manner of ills that otherwise would not affect us. As a result, we have wave upon wave of influenza and other diseases that we have less and less ability to cope with. The growing incidence of Alzheimer’s disease at ever younger ages throughout the world is a direct result of the high concentration of nuclear energy at the higher etheric levels, not registered by the instruments of our present-day scientists. This energy plays on the human brain, causing more and more Alzheimer’s, memory loss, disorientation, and the gradual breakdown of our body’s defence system.
The Space Brothers, mainly from Mars and Venus, are engaged on a spiritual mission to neutralize this nuclear radiation. They are not allowed to completely neutralize all the extant nuclear radiation, but within the karmic law they do, using various implosive devices. They neutralize the radiation that we are pumping into the atmosphere from every nuclear power station without exception, and from all nuclear experimentation. We are continually making more and craftier bombs that will be more deadly than previous bombs. All of that experimentation releases into our atmosphere clouds of nuclear radiation that we do not know about. We cannot measure it and therefore we deny its existence.
Our nuclear scientists believe they have total control of nuclear energy, which, demonstrably, they do not. They have no understanding of the four etheric levels of matter above the solid, liquid and gaseous levels and therefore a limited knowledge of what they know as nuclear energy. It is actually etheric, physical matter which we should not be using. Nuclear energy is, as it says in the Bible, “that which stands where it ought not”. Nuclear fission should not be utilized. It is deadly and is increasingly damaging the health of the people of this planet.
The people of other planets spend countless hours mopping up this energy and at the same time creating on the dense-physical plane a replica of our planet’s magnetic field. Every planet is surrounded by a magnetic field. It is made up of lines of force that criss-cross, and where they criss-cross they form vortices.
These vortices have been replicated on the dense-physical plane by our Space Brothers as part of a new energy grid that Maitreya calls the Science of Light. This energy grid in relation to electrical energy brought directly from the sun will give us the new Science of Light as predicted by Maitreya. It will give this planet, as on other planets, unlimited, safe power for all purposes, in ways that cannot be bought up or cornered by any group of men.
For obvious reasons, this technology will not be given until we have abandoned war for ever. Most essential today is that we should abandon war for ever, come to a co-operative agreement among all people that war is a thing of the past. This will be the basic point of Maitreya’s early teaching. He will stress again and again that we have to make peace. Nothing short of peace will do because we can now destroy all life, human and subhuman, on planet Earth. Maitreya and the Masters come in part to make sure that we do not destroy our planet.
If we did destroy the planet, it would have irrevocable consequences for the rest of the solar system, and the future for humanity would be dreadful indeed. We would have no planet to live on, and would have perpetrated a terrible crime against ourselves and the other planets. We would end up incarnating on some distant, dark planet, not at all evolved. We would have to start at the beginning, as we were millions of years ago, and take again the long slow climb upwards. It would be unbelievably painful and restrict our evolution for thousands, perhaps millions of years. Why choose that? Why, indeed, choose such an end?
This intricate pattern appeared in snow at the Kornhaus Bridge, Berne, Switzerland, on 15 December 2008. It was manifested by the Space Brothers and is similar to crop patterns seen in the UK and the Norwegian spiral ‘star’. Photo sent by F.W.
The Space Brothers come to serve. It is their nature to help. They make colossal sacrifices. In their thousands they have come, and they spend their time and energy helping us in every way. They create vortices which are visible as crop circles to be sure, but also invisibly across the world in general. The crop circles are only an outer tangential sign of their presence. If you have the eyes to see, this sign tells you that someone of tremendous intelligence, skill, tact and reserve has touched the edges of our garment, and said: “We are here.”
They could land, make a big noise and tell us that they are here, but they do not. They make contact quietly, sensitively – so that they do not drive us to panic. If they come down and people panic and are terrified, the Space Brothers just go away. If the people are not terrified, if they do not panic, then things might happen. The Space Brothers might introduce themselves, and they have introduced themselves, to thousands of people of this Earth. These are people who to this day have never mentioned their meeting with a spaceship and with spacemen who came out of it, who spoke to them without seeming to speak, but made them understand that they were visitors from far off planets come in peace to help us. The people who have been contacted have been afraid to speak, afraid to be ridiculed.
We ridicule those who speak out. We ridicule those who tell the truth, even when we recognize the truth. We tend to reject the truth because the truth means a change in oneself, a change in one’s way of thinking, feeling, acting and reacting. It means a real psychological change, so it is difficult. It is easier, therefore, to deny than to affirm.
Even when people could affirm, because they more or less believe what they read about the Space Brothers or about the Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters, they tend to reject it. They tend to find reasons to deny it. Even when they do not totally deny it, they find reasons to belittle it or want proof that will only come on the Day of Declaration. They want proof that will only come when the Space Brothers come down, open the doors of their ships, walk out and say: “Hi.” Then they would believe because everyone would see them and it would be easy to believe. But when the Space Brothers make contact in the quiet, calm and gentle way that they do, contacting one here, two there, those who are contacted do not have the courage to say: “I saw with my own eyes and therefore cannot deny it.”
Our Elder Brothers
The people of the saucers are harmless in a way that we only wish human beings would be. We invade each other’s privacy all the time. We have no reticence. If you want them, they are there. If you do not want them, they do not interfere. They do not come forward. They are reticent, quiet, polite, in a way that most of us are not.
Living together in peace is what Maitreya is about. That is how the Space Brothers live – harmlessly, tactfully, respectfully. They are our Elder Brothers, as are Maitreya and the Hierarchy of Masters. We are one solar system. All of us are engaged in a journey to perfection together. We are at different levels, some nearer the end of the road, some of us struggling to find a path to the right road even after millions of years.
The Space Brothers are here to help. With their help the forces of evil will be destroyed, the forces that prevent people everywhere from living together in peace with justice and right relationship. Right relationship is the next destined step forward for humanity, and with the help of the Space Brothers and the emergence of our own Hierarchy of Masters, that will quickly come to be.
The Space Brothers are giving of Their knowledge of the Science of Light, the new Science that will give us unlimited energy for every need. They have that science, and will put it at our disposal when we show that we are able to live together in peace with justice, sharing, and right relationship, as soon as we renounce war for ever. Then we will know that They are our brothers indeed.
Jeane Manning is
an award-winning Canadian author. In 1981 she learned
about a network of inventors, engineers and scientists
who research non-conventional energy generators with
the goal of giving humankind clean energy abundance.
Since 1986 she has traveled extensively – interviewing
key people in the field and attending energy conferences
about breakthrough energy systems that could replace
oil and nuclear fission reactors.
Manning’s books are published in six languages. The most recent, co-authored with industrial scientist Joel Garbon, won a silver medal in the international Independent Publishers’ 2009 Outstanding Book of the Year competitions. Its title is Breakthrough Power: How Quantum-Leap New Energy Inventions Can Transform Our World. Jeane Manning was interviewed for Share International by Chester Ptasinski.
Share International: The subtitle of your new book covers a broad scope. What do you mean by “how quantum-leap new energy inventions can transform our world”?
Jeane Manning: That refers to the implications of breakthrough energy-converting inventions – for people, ecosystems and the economy. Sweeping changes become possible. So the subtitle refers to social, economic, cultural, financial as well as environmental transformations.
Transformation in this context means democratization of creative scientific exploration. Today there’s energy apartheid on Earth. The ‘haves’ can power electronics, appliances, homes, greenhouses and workplaces and buy fuel for transportation without hesitation, while ‘have-nots’ don’t have access to fuels and reliable electricity or can’t afford them.
However, the disparity can be eliminated by turning toward radically different energy sources. Experimental devices show that tapping into ambient background energy or other sources for low-cost, clean energy abundance, is possible. These possibilities open the door to new energy systems that can be fairly accessed by all.
Furthermore, the emerging science underlying new energy and new propulsion technologies can also be applied to fields ranging from architecture to health. Understanding the background energy of the universe will open us to vast heights of knowledge.
SI: Your book begins with the down-to-earth here and now, so let’s do the same. What does “new energy” mean?
JM: When my co-author and our colleagues use the term to describe an invention or an area of research, it means a leap forward to a new understanding of how to tap into a clean energy source – usually a previously unrecognized source.
New energy is defined by the advocacy group
New Energy Movement as a class of innovative and super-efficient
low-cost, clean, decentralized energy systems that includes
a variety of quantum-leap new inventions. They have the
potential to replace today’s polluting energy technologies
and clean up Earth. New energy systems are practical and
can be developed with relatively small research and development
budgets, but have usually been unacknowledged by mainstream
scientists and their followers in the media.
New energy does not refer to incremental improvements to existing technologies. We’re not talking about solar, wind turbines or geothermal (although we encourage their use). Nor are we talking about standard technologies of the hydrogen fuel cell industry. Standard energy alternatives are expensive, intermittent or unwieldy compared to the potential of outside-the-box new energy alternatives.
The New Energy Movement is not aligned with industry advertisements that frame the expansion of the nuclear fission industry as clean or new energy. That’s dishonest propaganda, and nuclear fission being sold as clean energy technology drives me up the wall. The problem of disposing of radioactive waste has not been solved by that industry. Building nuclear power plants is expensive and involves using 19th century technology – consuming fuel to create steam to drive turbines. Not new.
Meanwhile, we have an opportunity to go in a fuel-less direction. There’s compelling evidence for a variety of clean local approaches arising from original thinking and experimentation with working prototypes. The best approaches work in harmony with nature. Unfortunately, much of the research is languishing in under-funded laboratories.
SI: How about some examples?
JM: To keep it simple I’ll mention
just a few of the many types of innovations that we write
about. They include:
• Energy converters that innovatively manipulate magnetic fields to create electricity.
• Crystal Converters, which convert background energy to electricity without using moving parts or batteries.
• Water-as-fuel inventions that resonate water molecules, with hydrogen released super-efficiently at point of use to provide power.
• Breakthroughs in cold fusion, now known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions.
• Solid-state (no moving parts) devices in which electronic circuitry and materials resonate with cosmic background energy.
• Sonofusion – using sound frequencies to create tiny bubbles that implode and release an excess of energy.
• Vortex technologies – working with rather than against natural motions.
SI: Hasn’t cold fusion been dismissed as junk science?
JM: The class of tabletop experiments that 20 years ago were labeled ‘cold fusion’ may be something other than standard fusion of atomic nuclei – but not junk science.
Whatever they’re named, those experiments have been replicated internationally, which is a scientific success. However, the disinformation campaign against that field has been even more successful. So yes, it’s dismissed by hot-fusion establishment physicists who count on the millions of dollars they’re collectively paid for working on their expensive particle accelerators. Their dismissal is glib, because they expect fusion in a metal lattice (palladium) to act the same as fusion in hot plasma and release radioactivity as happens in their accelerators.
Elsewhere, tenacious scientists continue cold fusion research. Japan, Israel and Italy have the most advanced programs, and Russia, China, France, South Korea and India are spending on cold fusion too. Their successes involve real outputs of excess energy, unlike the huge particle accelerators. It’s quite a contrast.
Transmutation of elements happens in some of these experiments. That could possibly be applied to cleaning up radioactive waste. We don’t know how cost-efficient it would be, because none of the new-energy scientists have been able to get funding to pursue it further. Vested interests are instead committed to encasing the wastes in glass or some other established method.
SI: You mentioned a wide spectrum of research and you name many more types in Breakthrough Power. Do the various inventions have anything in common?
JM: They are parts of an exciting creative
field whose time has come. Underlying many of the inventions
is emerging science that’s evolutionary, in contrast to materialistic,
reductionist science. We see it as science of a higher
mind. Many of the new approaches involve a study of how
the universe really works. Examples are the work of Nassim
Haramein, seen at www.TheResonanceProject.org, and the
rediscovery of concepts of past thinkers such as Dr Walter
Russell and John Worrell Keely* who was perhaps 200 years
ahead of his time with his “sympathetic vibratory
*[Interviewer’s note: Helena Blavatsky discusses the occult significance of Keely’s work in her 1888 book The Secret Doctrine, Volume 1].
The energy revolution will eventually be seen as part of a revolution in consciousness. The old paradigm is about competition and belief in energy resource scarcity. The new paradigm is about co-operation. The new worldview will have to be about laying down arms – an end to the days of physical conflict. It can be the biggest revolution in human consciousness ever – from warring to caring.
SI: How could that happen?
JM: I hope that as the new science reveals the incredible interconnectedness of all life, that understanding will be the foundation for humankind’s new story.
Energy-resource abundance itself can be a powerful tool for building a higher civilization. It’s not a cure-all, but it is a levering and leveling tool that’s becoming available at the right time.
SI: A higher civilization – on Earth?
JM: Does it sound too idealistic in a time of increasing violence? Consider this: our era is changing fast, and while something is in motion you have the opportunity to change its direction. You can’t turn a parked car without forcing it, but when it’s moving swiftly a mere tug on the steering wheel can result in an entirely different destination.
SI: Quantum physics talks about “zero point energy”. Is that a basis for the energy revolution?
JM: Zero point energy experiments sometimes deal with a force called the Casimir force, which pushes things together at the very small level – billionths of a meter. But tiny machines aren’t likely to convince us to support a new-energy revolution.
The mainstream view of zero point energy usually limits the concept to something like “vibrational energy retained by molecules even at a temperature of absolute zero”. Not very inspiring, just a jittering movement of atoms, and that definition doesn’t cover the unknown source of extra power that pours into some of the experimental apparatus. Perhaps zero point energy is just one indication of something bigger – a primordial and more powerful field underlying physical reality.
SI: As a final question, can you reveal something about the “bigger picture”?
JM: I’ve seen ample evidence that the human family aspires to become more than what it is now. And anyone tuned into a source of inspiration intuitively knows that a higher civilization on Earth is possible. I expect it will flourish first with energy justice – peoples everywhere having access to low-cost heating and cooling, irrigation, clean drinking water, communication technology, education opportunities.
A more peaceful world can result from energy abundance and equality of opportunity. In such a setting, availability of leisure time unleashes human creativity in the arts and sciences. A new field of education can start, with vital parts of the curriculum being knowledge of subtle energies and how to live in harmony with nature.
Architecture can be transformed with new materials resulting from processes in research areas such as fractional hydrogen. Cities anywhere on the planet could be aesthetically pleasing cultural centers with quiet streets – no noisy fuel-burning transportation – and soaring translucent buildings. Any excess heat can be converted into electricity and cooling with the new technology. And conversely no one needs to shiver in a cold apartment.
A reprieve from the struggle for survival could give beleaguered humans a chance to find out who they really are – a most gratifying lifelong process.
It is against a backdrop of war, abduction
and violence that Sierra Leone’s young people have
had to find their way into adulthood – some traumatised
and rootless continue to roam the streets of the country’s
towns, living by crime, prostitution and drug trafficking.
There are others, however, who, by dint of their strength
of character, a persistent faith, the kindness of others,
good fortune and a determination to turn their own traumas
into hope for other younger children, managed to survive.
Felicity Eliot interviewed two such young men, brothers – Charles Boye Jr., a former child-soldier, and Bamine Charlie Boye, a former spy for the rebel forces.
Sierre Leone suffered nearly 10 years of war. Charles and Bamine Charlie Boye grew up in a rural area of northern Sierra Leone. Their father was a Baptist pastor and they lived on a farm with their extended family. They were young children when hostilities started. Their early years were happy but cut short when war broke out in 1991.
The escalating conflict caused many families to flee their villages; the resulting disruption added to the country’s chaos for years and allowed atrocities to flourish virtually unchecked.
In 1995 the rebel forces attacked the village where Charles and Bamine lived with their family. The family fled into the bush to hide and it was at that time that their grandmother died. Too afraid to return to their home they moved to a nearby city, Makeni, hoping that it would afford more protection.
Charles Boye: In Sierra Leone all children of about 10 or 11 years old take a big examination. On the day I was supposed to take my exam all of us children were gathered in a large examination hall. Suddenly, there was noise, shouting, people running, shooting and many of us children were captured by the rebels. You see, government forces wouldn’t shoot children so the rebels always kept children with them. Many of the children died on the way to the bush and also once we were there. It was a long way. It was so hard for little children who weren’t used to such circumstances. By the grace of God, and because of the faith and prayers of our parents, my brother and I survived and we lived with the rebels in the forest.
Share International: What were the conditions like? How were you treated?
CB: Well, if you are ordered to do terrible things and you are 10 years old – you can’t, unless you are given drugs.
SI: That happened to you?
CB: Yes, I was given hard drugs. Yes, I took them because you can’t carry out their orders without the drugs. And if you didn’t do what they wanted you could be killed or beaten badly. I was an addict. And then I could do what they forced me to do and see. I was also beaten. There were bad things; I saw things, plenty of painful things. Atrocities1.
SI: I can’t imagine; it must have been a severe trauma.
As Charles answers there is not the slightest cadence of self-pity in his voice. His manner is matter-of-fact but not dulled and numb as is often the case with trauma victims. His description of his time with the rebels is discrete, as if he is shielding me from the worst.
CB: Yes, it was a traumatic time for all the children. It had a very negative impact on so many of us.
Bamine Boye: I was with the rebels in the forest for several months. I worked for them as I spy.
SI: What did you have to do? Why did they use you as a spy?
BB: Well, before the rebel forces went into a village they needed to know a lot of information: how many people in the village, were there any government troops there, were there many men, were there a lot of children, was anyone there armed? They needed to know these things so that they would know how and where and when they could attack. So, a little child in a town or village wouldn’t really be noticed, so lots of little children were used as spies.
When I asked Charles how he had managed to deal with his terrible experience and the traumatic after-effects he said that he had “thrown it away”. When pressed on this point he explained that when the war was almost over he and his younger brother managed to find their way back to their parents. With their loving support and with the help of an organization set up by the government of Sierra Leone called the Children’s Forum Network (CFN) Charles and Bamine gradually recovered.
CB: They helped us and advised us. After some time, my brother and I joined CFN and because they saw that we were capable and intelligent we were helped to progress and develop within the organization. We got to positions where we could help other children who had suffered like us. We knew what it was like. We started giving our ideas and opinions to help them. We began to advocate on behalf of so many children who were so badly hurt. Some of those former child-soldiers or slaves or spies are still – even now as young adults – on the streets.
SI: What made you decide to turn your suffering into something positive?
CB: To us, it’s natural. If we who know the facts don’t help, who will? We know what we did and what happens in wars – especially to children. Who can do it better than us?
Most people don’t know what it is like to be a child in a war; even today some young men and women of my age [Charles in is his early 20s] who had similar experiences to mine and my brother’s are still hanging around street corners, day and night, being prostitutes, begging or stealing for money for drugs or just to survive. Rehabilitation and re-unifying families is important work.
BB: Did you know that Sierra Leone has one
of the worst rankings in the world for children? The children
face so many problems; that’s why we focus on being
advocates for them. Schooling, especially, education for
girls, healthcare, water, sanitation – all these
things are sub-standard. Sierra Leone has diamonds and
other natural resources but at the same time we have very
high maternal mortality rate and high infant mortality.
People think because the fighting stopped the problems
stop but we have so much work to do.
Few people would have difficulty defining the word refugee. In the United Nations statutes the term refugee is applied to the victim of violence or persecution; this entitles the victim to asylum and help in another country. What is the status of those who are forced by climate change to flee their traditional homes? The number of climate change refugees is increasing as climatic conditions, such as drought, floods, rising sea-levels and desertification, make their lives untenable.
The Stern Review, a 2006 assessment on the economics of climate change authored by British economist Sir Nicholas Stern, quoted estimates of as many as 150-200 million “permanently displaced” environmental refugees by mid-century. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates as many as 200 to 250 million by the same date.
One of the problems is the complexity of the issue since so many factors are involved, making the definition of an environmental refugee extremely difficult. For example, is a disastrous series of floods part of a natural cycle, is it due to global warming or is it due to mismanagement of water systems, dams, building on flood plains? Whatever the causes, which countries are then required to give asylum to climate refugees? And for how long?
Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, believes the war in Sudan’s Darfur is an example where climate change has already driven a badly-stressed region over the brink.
At present, “there is no obligation to accept people fleeing poverty,” says Jean-Francois Durieux, who is in charge of climate change at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Durieux believes that there is a conspiracy of silence and said that the question of accepting climate refugees “remains taboo”.
The world now has three types of refugee: political, economic and now environmental. International agreements, governmental thinking and the general public perception have hardly accepted the validity of the claims of the second group – let alone taken on board the environmental threats to life and livelihood of the third group.
Durieux said the UNHCR was dealing very carefully with the subject, because of the legal complexities of how to define a climate refugee and because of the repercussions of giving asylum to potentially millions of people. In the meantime, Durieux hopes, that a new global climate pact planned under the 192-nation UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – scheduled to be hammered out in Copenhagen in December 2009 – could “build a capital of trust” to open the debate. The UNHCR hopes to make its own proposals within 2010. (Source: UNHCR; IPS)
Climate change health threat
Changes to the Earth’s land cover, climate, and ecosystems are endangering the health of hundreds of millions, possibly billions, of people worldwide and now represent the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. The scale of these global changes is rapidly undermining human life-support systems and threatening the core foundations of healthy communities around the globe: access to adequate food, clean air, safe drinking water, and secure homes.
These are the findings of a new report, Global Environmental
Change: The Threat to Human Health, published by the
Worldwatch Institute and the United Nations Foundation.
The report notes that, as a result of rapid changes to
the climate and in land use, alterations in the distribution
of malaria, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), and other infectious
diseases are already taking place in many regions. It concludes
that poor populations, mainly in developing countries,
are the most vulnerable to these environmental changes,
even though they are the least responsible for contributing
“It is increasingly apparent that the breadth and depth of the changes we are wreaking on the environment are imperiling not only many of the other species with which we share the ecological stage, but the health and wellbeing of our own species as well,” writes the report’s author, Dr Samuel S. Myers, an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Research Associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
The report outlines a series of public health threats – food and water scarcity, altered distribution of infectious diseases, increased air pollution, natural disasters, and population displacement – that collectively threaten large segments of the human population. But most of the death and disability from these threats is fundamentally preventable, Dr Myers writes, if the political will can be mobilized to take strong, concerted action. The report outlines the need for national-level risk assessments to identify the greatest threats in different regions, as well as unprecedented technical and financial assistance from the international community to help developing countries adapt to the health impacts of accelerating environmental change.
Ultimately, the report argues, humanity will need to find new ways to generate economic growth that do not cause serious ecological deterioration, or the progress that has been made toward global health, nutrition, and poverty alleviation will be undone. “At present, all of the major types of human caused environmental change – climate change, changes in land use and cover, and ecosystem service degradation – are accelerating,” Myers says. “To reduce the avoidable human suffering that will result, we must redouble our efforts to slow the pace of environmental change, reduce the rate of human population growth, and reduce the vulnerabilities of those in harm’s way.”
In her preface to the report, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Special Envoy on Climate Change to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, describes the report as “a call to action”. She writes: “The knowledge that we can make a difference means that we have a large responsibility to act. By fighting ignorance, inaction, and inequity, we can create the conditions under which health threats can be averted. Most importantly, we must take targeted collective action to reduce the vulnerability of the poorest people on the planet to threats they played little role in generating.” (Source: worldwatch.org)
After identifying the problem of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth (2006), former US Vice-President Al Gore’s latest book offers a solution and some workable approaches to tackling one of the gravest crises besetting humanity in Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.
In his introduction Al Gore says that he wrote this book “to gather in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve the crisis”. He also quotes an African proverb that says: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” while adding: “We have to go far… quickly.”
This richly illustrated book outlines four areas for improvement, before sounding a clarion call to us all to take action as individuals. In the first section Gore exposes our dependency on fossil fuels and the dangers of CO2 emissions before describing alternative methods of power generation, such as electricity from the sun, windmills, geothermal energy, bio-fuels, carbon capture and, finally, nuclear energy.
In the next section he describes the invaluable resource of primal forests and the effects that deforestation has on our climate. After describing the Earth’s soil as the “living skin of our planet”, he analyses the consequences of an increasing population and the misuse of natural sources.
The third section elaborates on how we use energy, how we may improve the efficiency of our energy use, as well the need to modernize our existing power grid, which the author says is obsolete and inefficient. Then the author gives a description of the obstacles we need to overcome, such as our way of thinking, the true costs of CO2 emissions and political obstacles.
The book concludes by calling on readers to take responsibility and act on the knowledge we have about the dangers of climate change, and the areas where we can make a difference.
Our Choice gives a comprehensive overview of the issues relating to global warming and sounds an informed call to action to implement our collective will to reverse the trends and save our planetary home.
Al Gore: Our Choice: A Plan to solve the climate crisis. Published by Rodale (USA) and Bloomsbury (UK), 2009. ISBN: 978-0-7475-9098-9.
On 12 December 2008 Share International distributed a news release announcing that in the very near future a large, bright star would appear in the sky visible throughout the world, night and day, heralding the imminent appearance of Maitreya in His first interview on a major US television programme. Since then sightings of the ‘star’ have been reported all over the world and hundreds of sightings have been sent to Share International. We include a selection of the latest reports from the media, Share International readers, and sightings from YouTube. All the photographs show genuine sightings confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master to be the ‘star-like luminary’ heralding Maitreya’s emergence.
Waterloo Rd, New Jersey, USA, 12 September 2009. Called a “plasma ball”. (YouTube: mikie8865)
21 December 2009, Montreal, Canada, sent by A.T.
10 January at 00.15am Samnanger, Norway (direction: south)
29 December 2009 at 11.30pm in Samnanger, Norway (direction: south-east)
20 November 2009, Nuremberg, Germany, by K.M.
Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia, 31 December 2009, 5pm (YouTube: 63724016421150)
Berlin, Germany, at Langenscheidtbrücke,
5 September 2009, at 9.25pm, “looking to the eastern
sky (at approximately 120°). It shows remarkable changes
in size and color which are quite puzzling to me. According
to star maps it could be Jupiter but I have never heard
of any effects that could explain what you can see on the
Melun, France, 11 November, 6pm, south. Described as “Sort of round object, inner circle pinkish, outer circle greenish. When you look at the sky it looks like a very big star.” (YouTube: 10000Helena)
Spiral light over Norway – the ‘star’ that heralds Maitreya’s emergence
The enormous, spiral light with its glowing centre, seen
over northern Norway on 9 December 2009 for almost 15 minutes,
was reported by media worldwide.
In a news release (No.91) Share International confirmed that this extraordinary manifestation was the ‘star-like luminary’ seen since December 2008 around the world – the sign which heralds the imminent appearance of Maitreya, the World Teacher, on His first television interview in the USA. The release also reported that “further such manifestations are planned for the near future”.
Within hours of the publication of the Norwegian spiral photographs and reports, claims were made that the manifestation was caused by a Russian missile. However, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the spiral manifestation was indeed the ‘star’ creating this phenomenon (one of the four huge spacecraft appearing in different parts of the world) and that there is no truth in the theory that it was caused by a Russian missile.
(See Questions and Answer section for more information.)
The ‘star’ reported in the media
Canada – The Nanaimo Daily News reports
that on Christmas Day 2009, Chris Ansell and Kathleen Kirby
of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada,
were out on the deck in Ansell’s parents’ garden
at 8.29pm when they saw four orange lights the size of
stars race across the sky from four different directions
and come together above Mount Benson.
The “starlike lights did this weird zig-zag thing and then turned into green glowing spheres and then, poof, they disappeared upwards,” Ansell said. The entire sighting lasted less than 40 seconds, but the couple managed to take three photographs. (Source: Nanaimo Daily News, Canada)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the four “star-like lights” were the four ‘stars’.)
USA – A veteran commercial pilot with eight years’ flying experience, from Tennessee, USA, was watching departing aircraft at Memphis International Airport on 24 November 2009 when he saw a triangular UFO with dull white lights. Its lights were not blinking or throbbing, his report stated, and it was silent, and moving at between Mach 1 to Mach 1.5. Comparing the object with other known aircraft in the sky at the time, the pilot estimated the object to be “the size of a football field”.
The sighting was archived on the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database, which reports increasing numbers of sightings of large triangular crafts that are low to the ground. (Source: Canadian National Newspaper, Exopolitics News, Canada)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was the ‘star’, but was five times the size of a football field.)
Bulgaria – Bulgarian Television reported that hundreds of New Year revellers celebrating the first few minutes of 2010 in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, saw a diamond-shaped object move erratically in the sky and then disappear. The report quoted a number of the witnesses as saying that they felt the UFO was not of this world. One witness managed to video the UFO.
Sightings of UFOs are common in Bulgaria. Following a recent in-depth study of crop circles, the Bulgarian national space agency announced its conclusion that extraterrestrial beings are contacting Earth and communicating with humans through a series of crop circles.
“They are currently all around us, and are watching us all the time,” said Lachezar Filipov, Deputy Director of the Space Research Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. “They are not hostile towards us; rather, they want to help us but we have not grown enough in order to establish direct contact with them. They are ready to help us but we don’t know what to request from them in case of contact,” said Lachezar Filipov. (Source: BNT, Novinar Daily, Bulgaria)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the television report was of the ‘star’.)
Comments on YouTube
A few of the many comments about the ‘star’ attached to videos on YouTube.
New York City, USA, November 2009
“For several weeks I saw this very bright star (?) that seemed to be changing colors in the NYC night sky (I am facing East, and I am located downtown)…. ”(YouTube: Brianne1326)
Berkshire, UK, 4 January 2010
“[Seen] at the field near my house: At first I thought this was a star… After watching it for a while closely I noticed it was pulsating so then decided to walk about half a mile down the road to get closer. That’s when it started to move roughly south east above me, along with changing its lights, and I began filming. Tell me please, what kind of plane can hover in the sky stationary for 20 minutes looking just like a bright white star? Also… it had the weirdest sounding “plane” I have ever heard, kinda like a high pitched crackling sound?” (YouTube: angeldeath616)
Oakland, California, USA, 12 November 2009
“This object has been appearing in the western and southern sky just after dark… for about an hour. It moves continuously but very slowly upward until it disappears. It’s not a star because it moves, but to the naked eye you might think it’s a bright star. I don’t think it’s a satellite because of the way it morphs in shape. It appears to be some kind of energy ball. I’ve also see 2 hovering in the sky as well, almost like in formation. I just got a camera with a 60x zoom, so I could get a closer look at this.” (YouTube: pjmenez)