Mankind's watershed is the twentieth century. He now can
destroy Gaia. Further, he is
fully conscious of his destructive power. Yet, psychical evolution and karmic insight have not
accompanied technological ascendancy. Hence mankind, lacking true appreciation for life's
oneness, is consciously and irrevocably destroying life for immediate "gain." He
races to Armageddon, with reckless and willful abandon- seemingly
a victim of forces beyond his control.
Machines have helped transform Gaia into a global,
intertwined and highly interdependent information nexus that has "replaced"
physical with virtual space. Machines have also become harbingers of annihilation and Gaia
is threatened with massive extinction of life.
Mankind revels in the illusion that technology will somehow
shield him from the consequences of his mad rush. Technology can
help renew Gaia if mankind makes conscious choices to self
direct his evolution in accordance with the laws of Universal karma. Without conscious
realization, mankind may encounter an Armageddon of his own making- perhaps without hope
of redemption and forgiveness.
Human consciousness is truly resplendent, able to create
and sustain realities beyond its' imagining. Renewal of Gaia requires abandoning the
illusion of separateness and of materialistic pursuit. Mankind's psychical potential must
ignite a critical mass transformation from a condition of isolation to oneness. Continued
evolution depends on this transformation. The alternative is the
extinction or the loss of so much that we now cherish and love.
This new transformation will help bring about a renewed
world of supreme beauty. Despite man's shortcomings- violence, revenge, mistrust,
jealousy, hatred, pettiness and intolerance are not integral to
the human psyche. The future is not completely shaped by the
results of past action. The crisis mankind faces avails the opportunity for his flowering.
Positive transformation will allow the deeply beautiful
exploration of our inner and outer universes. It will result in a profound understanding
of Gaia and our purpose in the Universe. Transformation will replace isolation with
infinite love. The good news is that the transformation can begin now.
It requires no expenditure of money. No governmental proclamation. No leader-
misguided, well meaning, deluded or evil. It demands, rather, a total giving
of oneself. Seek and you shall find. Think anew. Remember the lessons of the past but do
not be weighed down by what has been. Love one another. Break the Karmic chain of delusion
and cyclical hatred and replace it with one of boundless and eternal love.
To start, resolve right now to do one, just one, good deed
toward your fellow man. Ask what he or she needs and then go about fulfilling that need if
it seems right. Trust in yourself, have faith in God's guidance. After you do one good
act, do another and then another and so on. Eventually the act of giving will seem
"second nature." You will always receive more than you give. Give even to those
you feel are undeserving. Give to and love all of creation.
Kahlil Gibran, the beloved Lebanese poet wrote, Work is love made visible.
Take increased control of you life. Stop one instance of
ecological abuse. Renew Gaia in some way. Start small, then build. "Think Global by
Acting Local." Soon you will not be able to stop yourself from doing what is right.
Gradually you will be unshackled. Seek possessions only as a means of sustaining giving.
See the "Shakerstown
2000" and "Simple Savings
Suggestions." As Wendell Berry wrote in his book, Sex, Economy, Freedom, &
Community : "The real work of planet-saving will be small, humble, and
humbling, and (insofar as it involves love) pleasing and rewarding. Its jobs will be too
many to count, too many to report, too many to be publicly noticed or rewarded, too small
to make anyone rich or famous."
Some will mock you. Continue, persist. Sustain yourself
with faith and love. You are never truly alone. Remember who you are. You are not the
self-deluded, psychologically torn apart creature you sometimes see yourself as being. You
are a manifestation of the Creator's infinite beauty. The majesty of the Universe is in
Live life with unceasing joy and adventure. Use technology
to help explore the outer and inner reaches of the universe and time itself. Cure
disease, eradicate hunger, restore life, shape your individual and collective fate. Never
be complacent. Always strive to grow. The "enemy" has always been within.
Exhaust yourself in serving others. Do not let increasing sensitivity to the world's
cruelty weigh too heavily upon you. Do not judge. Remember, the path from darkness to
light is taken one step at a time- for you and for your fellow man. Be patient. The path,
though you did not see it before was always in you and the
distance to be traveled much shorter than you thought. You must merely take the first
step. Simply: Love God and all his creation and practice the Golden Rule.
Recognize your imperfections and strive to make your life more Christ like.
Remember: If you have 100 people
who live together, and if each one cares for the rest, there is One mind.
Shining Arrows, Crow. From, the "Gentle Survivalist"
Imagine if instead of 100, it was six billion!
"It seems to me that one of the most
basic human experiences, one that is genuinely universal and unites - or, more
precisely, could unite - all of humanity, is the experience of transcendence in the broadest
sense of the word."
"I believe that we have little chance of averting an
environmental catastrophe unless we recognize that we are not
the masters of Being, but only part of Being ... We must
recognize that we are related to the world as a whole and to
eternity. We must recognize that, by failing to reflect
universal, supra-individual and supra-temporal interests, we do
a disservice to our specific, local and immediate interests.
Only people with a sense of responsibility for the world and to
the world are truly responsible to and for themselves."
Vaclav Havel,President, Czech Republict
"I was standing on the highest
mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And
while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was
seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all
shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my
people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and
in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one
father. And I saw that it was holy."
"Again and again some people in the crowd wake up, They have no
ground in the crowd, and they emerge according to much broader laws. They carry strange
customs with them And demand room for bold gestures. The future speaks ruthlessly through
Rainer Maria Rilke
"Our new perceptions are
that the Universe is alive, wise, and compassionate. It is
a friendly place, not the violent, merciless place that we have
often made our small part of it. Our new values are the
values of the soul -- harmony, cooperation, sharing, and
reverence for Life. Our new goals are authentic power -
the alignment of the personality with the soul -- and a planet
Zukav, author of "The
Seat of the Soul."
... The process of
mechanization was furthered by an ideology that gave absolute
precedence and cosmic authority to the machine itself. When an
ideology conveys such universal meanings and commands such
obedience, it has become, in fact, a religion, and its
imperatives have the dynamic force of myth...
Chapter 8 of Transformative Vision
by José Argüelles
Today, humanity may be experiencing the beginning of
self-directed neuro-genetic-social-machine evolution. Standing
at a cross road- perhaps we are seeing the last remnants of a
reality rooted in our biological/terrestrial origins. Yet, is
future evolution possible if humanity fails to cherish and
respect the dignity and oneness of Gaia?
Will the biological sphere be sacrificed to the deevolution, of
a human machine like consciousness that devalues its origins and
loses compassion for all life.
Institute of Noetic Sciences
for Peace International
Historical experience demonstrates the
following: Earth cannot be changed for the better unless we
achieve a transformation in the consciousness of individuals and
in public life. The possibilities for transformation have
already been glimpsed in areas such as war and peace, economy,
and ecology, where in recent decades fundamental changes have
taken place. This transformation must also be achieved in the
area of ethics and values!
a Global Ethic (An Initial Declaration)"
"This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no
atoms, only waves and motions all around. Here, you discard all belief in barriers
to understanding. You put aside understanding itself. This universe cannot be seen, cannot
be heard, cannot be detected in any way by fixed perceptions. It is the ultimate void
where no preordained screens occur upon which forms may be projected. You have only one
awareness here- the screen of the magi: Imagination! Here, you learn what it is to be
human. You are a creator of order, of beautiful shapes and systems, an organizer of chaos."
Reaching out from the abyss of space
and time, a strand of white light from some unknown messenger
reached my waking mind- and restored hope.
Venturing into the living cosmos, I
dimly sensed my oneness with all creation. But as I traveled
outward, I reached a translucent barrier and could go no
further. It was as if humankind was inside a cosmic egg- angry,
hurt yet evolving- one day perhaps to break the mantle and be
born to the universe and another dimension. Now, however-
isolated, dreaming and barely conscious- compassionately watched
Or in my outward search did I confront
my inner self- estranged from the universe. Do not all journeys
start from within?
Perhaps in deep communion and love-
mankind may break through the shell- reborn. And all that was
before will be an inchoate memory and ahead the unfathomable
richness of the universe, both within and without....
"Free will, however, is not an illusion. For example, in
human society, the conscious creation of a peaceful, meditative
state by the individual or the whole can alter the fractal
unfolding, and manifest in free will and perhaps hope."
From , "The
“...To transform the world, we must begin with
ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is
the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves and
not to leave it to others to transform themselves or to bring
about a modified change through revolution, either of the left
or of the right. It is important to understand that this is our
responsibility — yours and mine — because, however small may
be the world we live in, if we can transform ourselves, bring
about a radically different point of view in our daily
existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large, the
extended relationship with others.”
Krishnamurti Foundation of America
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I
dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I
discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights
somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too
seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last
desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those
closest to me, but alas they would have none of it. And now as I
lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed
myself first, then by example I might have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been
able to better my country and who knows, I may have even changed
Written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop (1100 A.D.)in the
Crypts of Westminster Abbey
Can humanity transform itself into a
species that truly loves all creation? By definition, for such a transformation to occur,
individual men, women and children must change- perhaps in numbers sufficient to reach a
"critical mass." Is such change possible given the psychical makeup of human
beings- there conscious and unconscious desires and needs? Can societal values transform
individuals who see those values as hypocritical?
Ultimately self-sacrifice and compassion
will be needed- a willingness to forego individual advantage to help heal the whole. When
enough members of humanity are willing to make such a sacrifice, the critical mass may be
I do not accept that "enlightened
self interest" will be sufficient to transform humanity. Despite, for example,
the "genius" of capitalism and the resultant accumulation of great wealth-there
are still wars and great inequities in the distribution of wealth. The nature of work
itself seems to consume the individual's life, sometimes stripping him of his
dignity. Gaia/The Earth seems threatened in every conceivable way. While men are more
temperate when their stomachs are filled, a full stomach does not make them more
compassionate, except perhaps in a way hypocritical to those whose stomachs are empty.
Mankind is destroying the earth- destroying beauty- breaking his
connection with spirit- forgetting who he is. Much healing is
needed for the earth- for all life- to heal the self-inflicted
wounds and to restore an awareness of the connectedness of all
life. Not an intellectual awareness- but an awareness that is at
the depths of soul. The destruction of the earth’s beauty is a
violation of spirit. The challenge of human existence is not
only to evolve- to experience pain and separateness and then to
reunite with the divine love- not only to become instruments of
healing and light.
We also have an obligation to preserve what is beautiful on the
earth. Part of our essence is rooted in the Earth. She is a
manifestation of the divine mother. To destroy her is to destroy
what it means to be human. The dream of the earth and of all
that is and was lives for eternity. The dream is more real than
the physical reality. Yet, the destruction of life practiced so
willfully, methodically, thoughtlessly, without fear of
consequence, so unmercifully- degrades human spirit. The earth
then no longer becomes a spiritual school but an endless
reminder of pain and suffering with out beauty’s solace. This is
not the destiny mankind wants. Let there be beauty and let the
confusion of the human mind end. Knowing connection there cannot
be willful destruction.
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