MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH


May 1, 2003

The Light Series #52: Tectonic Spiritual Changes Underway


Hello everyone

As a much needed counterpoint to last night's compilation, here is something that should cheer you up quite a bit.

I especially encourage all of you - without exception - to consider what is recommended in "Dennis Kucinich for President of the United States" below.

Love and Light will definitely prevail - don't ever doubt it!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com

This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/LightSeries52.htm


"We cannot remain in denial about the ecological and political realities on our planet. However, the pathway to the Age of Light is in affirming the new realities that are emerging among us. Somewhere between an ungrounded spiritual escapism based on denial, and a narcissistic preoccupation with gloom and doom, we can choose to intentionally and purposefully envision a brave new world based on the deepest truth of our being. In order to do this we must consciously face our own shadows, seek a genuine hope, commit to rebirth, and open to the light of our guiding truth."

- Kiara Windrider - Taken from The Supramental Transformation below.


"Thanks for the compilations, you can't imagine how uplifting to my spirit they are. They constantly remind me of the 'real' world we live in... the beautiful world within, without and everywhere."

- Nahla Rifai n_rifai@hotmail.com> An ERN subscriber originally from Jordan


Just letting you know that I have included a link to subscribe to your brilliant newsletter on my new website http://www.danaiujoki.com - It's in a section of links for alternative sources of news that aim to give people more of the truth which I think is so important. I feel your newsletter does a superb job of doing that in these last couple of months (I've only been subscribed that long).

- Dana Lujoki danaiujoki@wakimbo.com>


CONTENTS

1. The Monk in the Lab
2. Dennis Kucinich for President of the United States
3. KUCINICH ON MILITARY SPENDING: "They're Both Wrong"
4. The Science of Peace
5. The Supramental Transformation


See also:

VISIONARY ARTISTS
http://www.LightParty.com/Artainment/VisionaryArtists2.shtml
Recommended by Da Vid Lightparty@aol.com> who wrote, "We have over 200 of some of the most remarkable artists and websites around - where there is vision the people prosper." LOTS OF VERY INSPIRATIONAL ART INDEED!




A MIGHTILY POWERFUL ARTICLE! BRAVISSIMO TO THE NEW YORK TIMES AND TO TENZIN GYATSO (aka the Dalai Lama)

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Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

Currently this is the 2nd most emailed article at NY Times:

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/26/opinion/26LAMA.html?pagewanted=print&position=

April 26, 2003

The Monk in the Lab

By TENZIN GYATSO

DHARAMSALA, India

These are times when destructive emotions like anger, fear and hatred are giving rise to devastating problems throughout the world. While the daily news offers grim reminders of the destructive power of such emotions, the question we must ask is this: What can we do, person by person, to overcome them?

Of course such disturbing emotions have always been part of the human condition. Some - those who tend to believe nothing will "cure" our impulses to hate or oppress one another - might say that this is simply the price of being human. But this view can create apathy in the face of destructive emotions, leading us to conclude that destructiveness is beyond our control. I believe that there are practical ways for us as individuals to curb our dangerous impulses - impulses that collectively can lead to war and mass violence. As evidence I have not only my spiritual practice and the understanding of human existence based on Buddhist teachings, but now also the work of scientists.

For the last 15 years I have engaged in a series of conversations with Western scientists. We have exchanged views on topics ranging from quantum physics and cosmology to compassion and destructive emotions. I have found that while scientific findings offer a deeper understanding of such fields as cosmology, it seems that Buddhist explanations - particularly in the cognitive, biological and brain sciences - can sometimes give Western-trained scientists a new way to look at their own fields.

It may seem odd that a religious leader is so involved with science, but Buddhist teachings stress the importance of understanding reality, and so we should pay attention to what scientists have learned about our world through experimentation and measurement.

Similarly, Buddhists have a 2,500-year history of investigating the workings of the mind. Over the millenniums, many practitioners have carried out what we might call "experiments" in how to overcome our tendencies toward destructive emotions.

I have been encouraging scientists to examine advanced Tibetan spiritual practitioners, to see what benefits these practices might have for others, outside the religious context. The goal here is to increase our understanding of the world of the mind, of consciousness, and of our emotions.

It is for this reason that I visited the neuroscience laboratory of Dr. Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin. Using imaging devices that show what occurs in the brain during meditation, Dr. Davidson has been able to study the effects of Buddhist practices for cultivating compassion, equanimity or mindfulness. For centuries Buddhists have believed that pursuing such practices seems to make people calmer, happier and more loving. At the same time they are less and less prone to destructive emotions.

According to Dr. Davidson, there is now science to underscore this belief. Dr. Davidson tells me that the emergence of positive emotions may be due to this: Mindfulness meditation strengthens the neurological circuits that calm a part of the brain that acts as a trigger for fear and anger. This raises the possibility that we have a way to create a kind of buffer between the brain's violent impulses and our actions.

Experiments have already been carried out that show some practitioners can achieve a state of inner peace, even when facing extremely disturbing circumstances. Dr. Paul Ekman of the University of California at San Francisco told me that jarring noises (one as loud as a gunshot) failed to startle the Buddhist monk he was testing. Dr. Ekman said he had never seen anyone stay so calm in the presence of such a disturbance.

Another monk, the abbot of one of our monasteries in India, was tested by Dr. Davidson using electroencephalographs to measure brain waves. According to Dr. Davidson, the abbot had the highest amount of activity in the brain centers associated with positive emotions that had ever been measured by his laboratory.

Of course, the benefits of these practices are not just for monks who spend months at a time in meditation retreat. Dr. Davidson told me about his research with people working in highly stressful jobs. These people - non-Buddhists - were taught mindfulness, a state of alertness in which the mind does not get caught up in thoughts or sensations, but lets them come and go, much like watching a river flow by. After eight weeks, Dr. Davidson found that in these people, the parts of their brains that help to form positive emotions became increasingly active.

The implications of all this are clear: the world today needs citizens and leaders who can work toward ensuring stability and engage in dialogue with the "enemy" - no matter what kind of aggression or assault they may have endured.

It's worth noting that these methods are not just useful, but inexpensive. You don't need a drug or an injection. You don't have to become a Buddhist, or adopt any particular religious faith. Everybody has the potential to lead a peaceful, meaningful life. We must explore as far as we can how that can be brought about.

I try to put these methods into effect in my own life. When I hear bad news, especially the tragic stories I often hear from my fellow Tibetans, naturally my own response is sadness. However, by placing it in context, I find I can cope reasonably well. And feelings of helpless anger, which simply poison the mind and embitter the heart, seldom arise, even following the worst news.

But reflection shows that in our lives much of our suffering is caused not by external causes but by such internal events as the arising of disturbing emotions. The best antidote to this disruption is enhancing our ability to handle these emotions.

If humanity is to survive, happiness and inner balance are crucial. Otherwise the lives of our children and their children are more likely to be unhappy, desperate and short. Material development certainly contributes to happiness - to some extent - and a comfortable way of life. But this is not sufficient. To achieve a deeper level of happiness we cannot neglect our inner development.

The calamity of 9/11 demonstrated that modern technology and human intelligence guided by hatred can lead to immense destruction. Such terrible acts are a violent symptom of an afflicted mental state. To respond wisely and effectively, we need to be guided by more healthy states of mind, not just to avoid feeding the flames of hatred, but to respond skillfully. We would do well to remember that the war against hatred and terror can be waged on this, the internal front, too.

Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama.




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From: "Suzanne Keehn" dskeehn@pacbell.net>
Subject: Dennis Kucinich for President of the United States
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2003

Dear Jean,

Dennis has been here in the Bay Area for the last 3 days, I am part of the volunteers and got to hear him twice, once at a luncheon where he focused on business, both overview and practical and last evening at a talk with John Robbins, titled Imagine America, wow! Please support him by letting your network know about him. I feel strongly that he has been 'called' out by all of us. I'm at the point where I know enough of the dark side of it all and am concentrating on what we can/are creating together. This is such a pivitol moment, wonder what Matthew would say about him? The actor Peter Coyote wrote a piece suggesting each send $25 and get 3 more people to send the same, and then they get 3 more etc and we would have 2 million in a month. The suggestion below would go faster, but both good ideas.

Blessings, Suzanne
Creative Health Network

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Something remarkable is happening in American politics, something which is making history, and in which you can immediately and powerfully participate.

Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio is running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

We, 'Friends of Kucinich International', an international volunteer-based group of supporters, along with other groups and individuals, are utilizing the broad reach of the Internet to help raise $20,000,000 by June, 2003 for Dennis' campaign of peace, justice, and spiritual healing of our Earth.

Dennis is a visionary leader and lover of Humanity who is also an experienced and very pragmatic politician. He was formerly the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, and is now a four-term U.S. Congressman. He has proven to be a man of moral principle, of peace and justice, who has overcome personal and political challenges in his life to excel in his service to Humanity.

His speech, 'Prayer For America', created an immediate and widespread worldwide grassroots sensation one year ago. He is a true American patriot who believes in the power of the common man and woman and in the fiery and eternal values of freedom and equality upon which the United States of America was founded. He wants to regain the power of the U.S. government on behalf of the people, not the military nor the corporations who seek to rule the world by money and force.

Dennis believes in the power of spirit to heal a world in crisis.

He has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives for a 'Department of Peace' and a 'Ban on Space-Based Weapons Treaty.' He has been an outspoken advocate of firm but peaceful resolutions of political crises, such as the one currently playing out in Iraq. He is a champion of labor, women, and the environment. He is co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus and was instrumental in organizing nearly two-thirds of the Democratic House representatives last Fall, 2002 to vote against the resolution authorizing President Bush to pre-emptively attack Iraq.

You can see that Dennis is a leader of Presidential stature.

At this crucial moment in planetary history, he needs our moral and financial support. No matter who you are or where you live, the next U.S. President will shape the history, the *survival*, of our world for decades to come. Therefore each one of us has a stake in the U.S., Presidential election of 2004.

Each one of us, no matter where we live or who we are, knows one or more United States voters who they can contact on behalf of Dennis' campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination!

We are asking you to help raise money for Dennis by using your personal connections so that he can be a viable candidate. Dennis is not in the pocket of the corporate interests as are so many other politicians. He relies on tens of thousands of small donations. This is where you can make a difference!

Please send this email to at least 3 friends and ask them to email 3 of their friends! If 80,000 of us can give $250 each in the next 60 days, Dennis will receive $20,000,000 for campaigning in the media which is an absolutely critical activity.

I'm sure you want to know more about this unique man and his mission.

Dennis' many uplifting speeches as well as more information about him are available at:

http://www.kucinich.us

Contributions to his campaign can be made at:

http://www.kucinich.us/contribute.php

Other useful links on Dennis' site are:

http://www.kucinich.us/aboutdennis.htm
http://www.kucinich.us/speeches.htm

You and I are part of a global movement to save the Earth from the ravages of war and destruction. Now is the time to assert our interconnected power - for we number in the hundreds of millions across the planet. We *must* lend our support in every way we can to Dennis and to others like him. Time is of the essence.

Please read his speeches and his positions on the burning issues of the day on his website. Then decide for yourself how such a man in the position of the U.S. Presidency could use the extraordinary power of the U.S. Government for the benefit of all Humanity, for lasting planetary peace and justice, and environmental sanity.

Imagine the beautiful possibilities, for a new world begins now with you.

Please act right away. Thank you for all you can do!

Kosta Gus Makreas
Dot Maver
Biannca D. Pace

Friends of Kucinich International
fki2004@aol.com

Quotes:

"All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win the world is for enough good men to do nothing."

- Edmund Burke


"If governments and their leaders, bound by hierarchy and patriarchy, wedded to military might for legitimacy, fail to grasp the implications of an emerging world consciousness for cooperation, for peace and for sustainability, they may become irrelevant. As citizen-activists the world over merge, they can become an irresistible force to create peace and protect the planet. From here will come a new movement to abolish nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction. From here will come the demand for sustainable communities, for new systems of energy, transportation and commerce. From here comes the future rushing in on us."

- Dennis Kucinich


"I think that people want peace so much, that one of these days, governments better get out of their way and let them have it."

- President Dwight D. Eisenhower


"PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO CONSIDER THIS. DENNIS KUCINICH IS THE GREATEST HOPE, THE MOST EXPANDED POSSIBILITY WE HAVE HAD POLITICALLY, POSSIBLY IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. AND, AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT ON THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET. HE IS FOR REAL, AN EXPERIENCED POLITICIAN, LEADER OF THE HOUSE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, CHAIR OF A SECURITY AND DEFENSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. HE IS AWAKE SPIRITUALLY, AND FUNCTIONS FROM HIS SOUL. HE HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION FOR A DEPARTMENT OF PEACE. HE SUED THE ADMINISTRATION BEFORE THE START OF THE IRAQ WAR TO QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF THE PRESIDENTS ASSUMED MANDATE. DURING THE WAR HE HAS MADE IMPASSIONED SPEECHES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TREATY VIOLATIONS, OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE UN ETC. BOTTOM LINE HE IS PROBABLY THE MAIN VOICE FOR LIFE AND CONSCIOUSNESS ON THE LARGER SCENE. IF HE GETS ENOUGH MONEY HE WILL HAVE TO BE HEARD IN THE MEDIA AND THIS WILL REACH HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE DARK. WHETHER HE WINS OR NOT, THE WHOLE OTHER REPRESSED SIDE OF ALL THE ISSUES WILL BE HEARD IN THE NEWSPAPERS AND TV. THIS IS A HUGE CHANCE FOR RAISING OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND TURNING THE TIDE OF DARKNESS WHICH APPEARS TO BE RUNNING RAMPANT FOR THE MOMENT. THIS IS WHERE OUR COMMITMENT TO A NEW HEAVEN/NEW EARTH IS BORN OUT WITH ACTION. WITH LOVE AND THANKS FOR CONSIDERING THIS."

- BARRY M




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Date: 29 Apr 2003
Subject: KUCINICH ON MILITARY SPENDING: "They're Both Wrong"
From: Kucinich Campaign info@kucinich.us>

FROM THE KUCINICH FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN

A debate recently erupted between two rival Democratic campaigns, with one candidate quoted as saying "We won't always have the strongest military," and a rival campaign attacking the candidate for implying heíd compromise "America's military supremacy."

In response, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich [http://kucinich.us], the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform subcommittee that monitors the Pentagon, issued the following statement:

"They're both wrong. The U.S. military is the strongest in the world by far, and will remain so. But Democrats cannot lead the nation without being strong enough to confront the bloat and waste in the Pentagon budget."

"Our military budget is almost as big as that of all other countries combined. While we have unchallenged superiority in military strength, we also have more people without healthcare than any other advanced industrial country -- and Democrats must be bold enough to say the two issues are linked."

"I don't agree with other Democrats that we can continue to increase military spending, and still deliver on our domestic agenda for middle class and working Americans. We can't. That's voodoo budgeting.

"In this campaign, I plan to make a major issue of hometown security -- healthcare, jobs and education for all -- and misspent Pentagon dollars, even as other Democratic candidates join President Bush in pressing for still more exorbitant military budgets."

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Dennis Kucinich is the progressive choice for 2004. On war and peace, military spending, national health insurance, workers rights, gay rights, civil liberties and many other issues, Kucinich articulates a vision different from and more progressive than the other candidates. Please spread the word about the campaign, and donate [https://www.kucinich.us/contribute.php] to help us amplify our message.




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From: Livvi@aol.com
Date: 23 Apr 2003
Subject: THE SCIENCE OF PEACE

Beloved Friends,

I am both proud and excited to be sending you a 2 page summary of our PBS documentary series entitled THE SCIENCE OF PEACE.

PBS have agreed to air the pilot and we are ready to go into production as soon as we secure the funding.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping us bring this very timely project to the screen, please let me know.

Thank you!

With great love,

Olivia Barham

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SUMMARY

The Science of Peace is a series of one-hour thought-provoking documentary programs currently in development at Eagle Nation Films.

The world, as it is reflected back to us today, clearly demonstrates the critical need for new and innovative peace-making tools. Crime, depression and stress-related disorders continue to increase, our communities are fractured, and our world’s countries are at war.

The approach to peace up until now has been primarily from a spiritual, legal, moral or religious perspective. However, the producers of The Science of Peace predict that there are elements to the peace making process that circumvent religion, culture, race and education laying instead in the minds and laboratories of our scientists. The Science of Peace has been created to investigate the nascent science behind the peace process.
Many people feel inadequate in establishing peace on a personal level, much less on a global level. The goal of The Science of Peace is to help empower people by demonstrating emerging scientific research and technologies for bringing peace into their lives, both personally and globally. This timely and provocative subject matter benefits a wide demographic audience in a variety of ways that include:

- Filling a tremendous gap in television programming by providing a forum for alternate voices to be heard in the discussion of how to achieve a vibrant and peaceful future for ourselves and our planet.

- Providing practical and applicable tools that can be utilized by anyone, anywhere no matter their age, economic status, culture, education, or religious beliefs and by any institution, community or government.

- Giving people hope that they can make a difference in the world, by showing them the concrete and measurable results from using these new technologies.

The Science of Peace features LeVar Burton as the host and narrator. As a prominent and long-standing asset to PBS, LeVar represents trustworthiness and credibility for millions of PBS viewers. He has an uncanny ability to connect with a person’s primary intention, extract the information and translate it into something the audience can hear with their hearts. LeVar’s keen sense of storytelling will play a pivotal role in the series format, inspiring the audience to participate in this investigative look at the underlying principles of peace.

LeVar will present renowned physicists, biologists, physicians and philosophers who are established in the field of this emerging science. The revelatory information will be supported by demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology, such as the HeartMath computer software which reveals the correlation between the heart and emotions and the highly sophisticated Random Number Generator, which indicates that there is a global consciousness which we collectively impact. We will travel with LeVar on location to see these technologies at work in laboratory experiments and in a variety of institutional, academic and real-world settings. We will investigate the latest forms of peace science and interview the ordinary people who are using these new technologies successfully in their daily lives. The series will effectively illustrate how each person, by bringing peace into their own life, becomes an instrument for global peace. Due to the fact that there is very little programming on television today that addresses ways to meet the critical need for peace in our world, our intention is to position this series as a landmark progressive opportunity for new and innovative programming at PBS.

The ancillary tie-ins from The Science of Peace include:
- Interactive web presence including a web site, chat room, streaming media, links to other sites and organizations, and a newsletter.
- School curriculum materials, including study guides and software for developing peace-making skills.
- Personal appearances by LeVar and featured guests at events and conferences related to peace.
- Promotion of peace organizations, resources and activities, positioning PBS as the hub of the peace movement both nationally and globally.

PBS have provided the initial development funds of $25,000 for the pilot proposal which is available on request. We are currently seeking support toward our pilot budget of $645,000.00 for a 2003/2004 production and broadcast. Foundations to which we are applying include The Ford Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust, The Lilly Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Once the funding is received, our production time line to complete the development process, produce the one-hour pilot and deliver the finished product to PBS is 20 weeks. The Science of Peace will be marketed and distributed domestically in the U.S. by PBS.


Contact Information:
Producers: LeVar Burton, Olivia Barham, and William Gazecki
Eagle Nation Films
5555 Melrose Avenue
Dietrich Building, Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: 323/956-5989
Fax: 323/862-1137
e-mail Olivia: Livvi@aol.com




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OUR FRIEND KIARA AND LONG-TIME ERN SUBSCRIBER IS CURRENTLY IN AUROVILLE (INDIA) FROM WHERE HE WROTE AND SENT THIS *MOST* EXCELLENT PIECE. ITS WIDER CIRCULATION IS RECOMMENDED...

From: "Kiara Windrider" kiara@eternaldoorway.com>
Subject: The Supramental Transformation
Date: 29 Apr 2003

THE SUPRAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION OF PLANET EARTH

Near the beginning of the 20th century the great Indian freedom fighter and yogi-sage, Sri Aurobindo, began to express a truth which had not been expressed before. In his high states of divine union he saw that the time had come for a new stage in the evolution of mankind. He saw that the divine was to manifest right here on Earth and that the time for this divine emergence into Earth life was now. He spoke of heaven descending to Earth, even as Earth experienced a breakdown due to the intrinsic resistance held within her material body towards this "descent".

Sri Aurobindo was joined in Pondicherry, India, by a French mystic, Mirra Alfassa, who later became known as the Mother. Together they embarked on a journey of intensive cellular transformation that is very relevant to the colossal uncertainties we face today.

Sri Aurobindo saw that the divine force permeates all matter, and that all matter therefore has a force of consciousness. The process of the divine spirit descending down into matter is called involution. The process by which the divine ascends back upwards out of matter is called evolution. According to Sri Aurobindo, humanity has reached a stage where these two events are occurring simultaneously, and in his inner visions, he foresaw that we would soon be experiencing a descent of what he called "supramental (or monadic) consciousness" that would entirely change everything on Earth.

Man’s greatness is not in what he is, says Sri Aurobindo, but in what he makes possible. An immortal soul is somewhere within him, even if seldom active in most people, while an eternal spirit overshadows him, even if obstructed from descent by the hard lid of his constructed personality. There is a great divine plan in motion, even if the evidence of the outer senses seems to contradict it.

Sri Aurobindo recognized that humankind is going through an evolutionary crisis. A stage has been reached in which the human mind has made tremendous strides on the one hand, but is left hopelessly inadequate to prevent its own extinction as a species. Meanwhile, as the Mother testified before her death in 1973, a consciousness higher than the human rational mind, what may be termed the Supermind, has recently been established in the fields of the Earth, and is active there. Our task now is to bring it down into cellular consciousness.

Evolution took a great leap forward with the origins of Life, and later with the emergence of Mind. We are now at the threshold of another leap forward, even more momentous, as we prepare for the emergence of the Supermind. Sri Aurobindo speaks about four stages of human evolution, which we will soon be starting to experience concurrently upon Earth. The first is "animal human", our current species, a rational being possessing an individualized soul, but largely obstructed from contacting and merging with it.

Next is the "human human", a species that is spontaneously coming to birth under the influence of an ever-expanding supramental field, a being that is largely able to merge and live from soul-consciousness rather than mind-consciousness. Is the current generation of "Indigo Children" the first representatives of this root race?

Thirdly is the "Overman", who will still inhabit a dense physical body, but will be in possession of the Mind of Light, which is supramental consciousness that has begun to merge with cellular consciousness. Are the "Violet" or "Crystal Children" being born today the precursors of this root race?

Finally, our ultimate goal as a species, is the "Supramental Being", divinity incarnated fully within the subtle realms of matter. This will be a race of what we could call "Descended Masters". In this species, the unity of matter and spirit would be fully realized upon Earth.

The great work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother was in bringing supramental consciousness down into the cellular consciousness of their own bodies. Since this is a unified consciousness, this meant that the supramental consciousness was simultaneously being brought into the consciousness fields of the Earth, awaiting the moment when it would flower into its full manifestation in collective matter.

Whenever there is a "descent" there is corresponding resistance. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother speak of their experience with the four "Asuras", essentially anti-divine forces, at work in the world today. There is the Asura of Darkness, the Asura of Suffering, The Asura of Falsehood, and the Asura of Death. These are the forces that are so outwardly apparent, and which seem to be in control of current global events. Interestingly, they spoke of the Asura of Falsehood "channeling" through Hitler during World War II, and of their own intensive inner work in countering his influence. It would not be difficult to see how this same Asura may be influencing other political leaders in the post-911 era, notably those who are bent on creating the "New World Order".

With the descent of this new vibratory consciousness all our old obsolete human structures will be demolished. However, Sri Aurobindo emphasized that although the changes will be enormous they would not be necessarily catastrophic. The power of Truth automatically erases Falsehood, and our world for the most part consists of Falsehood. Yet, the Supramental, he maintained, carried a power of harmonization which could overcome this resistance by means other than dramatic struggle and violence. The Asuras will eventually be absorbed into their original emanations of Light, Life, Beauty and Truth. It may be interesting to speculate, with all the violence in the world today, the destruction we might have experienced if not for this power of harmonization!

When does all this happen? Sri Aurobindo and the Mother believed that the world stage was set for this quantum descent, and that it was quite imminent now. The Mother said in 1968 that the supramental transformation was a certainty now, and that it would come about with a minimum of destruction, ‘although this minimum is still considerable’. She said that the year 2000 would be a turning point.

Sri Aurobindo, before his death in 1950, gave five indications that would precede the dawning of the New Era. To summarize them briefly, the knowledge of the physical world would increase exponentially, people would start becoming more psychic, there would be a concerted effort from the dark forces to maintain control, the world would move towards increasing unification through technology, and finally, many would rise up such as Hitler with the power to influence large numbers of people.

There are many more such indicators for a massive Shift, whether in ancient calendar systems, geological records, mystic prophecies, or cosmological research. When I confront the ecological and political realities of our modern world, I realize that our 3rd dimensional problems cannot be solved through 3rd dimensional means. I find myself greatly comforted by spiritual researchers like Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, whose visions and understandings derived from a direct experience of a more expanded cosmic paradigm.

We cannot remain in denial about the ecological and political realities on our planet. However, the pathway to the Age of Light is in affirming the new realities that are emerging among us. Somewhere between an ungrounded spiritual escapism based on denial, and a narcissistic preoccupation with gloom and doom, we can choose to intentionally and purposefully envision a brave new world based on the deepest truth of our being. In order to do this we must consciously face our own shadows, seek a genuine hope, commit to rebirth, and open to the light of our guiding truth.

We can only go as high as we are willing to go deep, and it is often in the very depths that we find the greatest light. This is where we find the power and the hope to sustain us. For it is only as we are willing to see and to embrace all of our deeply human fragmented realities that the light of grace can shine upon us.

As we enter a new spiral of time, I feel that we will be seeing increasingly rapid expansions of consciousness on our planet, accompanied by correspondingly stronger resistance. As I connect with my deepest truth, I know that we will make the Shift, although there could also be many who choose to leave. The emerging consciousness may trigger the last dance of a polarized worldview, but we will override the third-dimensional ecological and political realities on our planet.

The "Great Purification," the Hopis say, will bring wars, hunger, disease, and Earth changes. These have already begun. We have transmuted much, however, and the transition is likely to be gentler than previously expected. This is a time when we will experience a great transformation of Spirit. Vast numbers of people will choose to awaken into their spiritual mastery, and merge with their light bodies. Healing gifts will awaken. We will learn to walk between worlds. As we move through these times, let us keep our eyes fixed beyond the appearances to what is real. The pathway through the valley of fear is in embracing a larger planetary and cosmic perspective. "Lead us from the unreal to the real," said the ancient Hindu sages, "Lead us from darkness to light. Lead us from death to immortality!"

The nature of most spiritual initiations is the experience of a gradual ascent of consciousness followed by a quantum leap. It is like the phase shift that takes place as water slowly heats up and suddenly becomes steam. When the time is right, the Shift could take place "in the twinkling of an eye". This is becoming extremely likely now as we align with the galactic center, and enter the birth canal of a new Earth.

The realities portrayed by our news media are becoming increasingly fearful. When rightly understood and attuned, however, these same events can be cause for great celebration! I have spoken often about averting the earth changes through our collective intentions and prayers. While I believe this perspective has validity, we cannot pretend to understand what evolutionary transformation must look like. There are certain cycles of death and rebirth that serve our evolutionary growth, and this next cycle of evolution may be accompanied by a massive dissolution and restructuring of our planetary realities.

The easiest way to make the transition is to understand it from an evolutionary perspective, so that we can choose to joyfully align with the process, rather than resist in fear and contraction. With all the apparent realities of terrorism, war, and tyranny in the world today, it is yet possible to live with increasing fearlessness, joy, and excitement. My hope for the world comes from a place deep within me that understands fear and denial, yet no longer lives there. As long as we are in denial we are not going to want to see either the darkness or the light, and I see that many of us are on a journey of embracing our fears fully so that we can let go of the illusions.

Once we understand the nature of illusion we realize that anything we perceive as a "threat" from the outside, whether it is earth changes, terrorism, political repression, or war, is ultimately about our own unowned shadows being reflected back. Once that understanding comes, we can choose with the enormous power of the newly emerging "world soul" to co-create a new unified reality! Beyond any outer appearances, even beyond any cosmic or planetary cycles, we are each responding to the Supramental Descent, the In-breath of God, the return of all things back into Oneness.

The Maya say that the last four world ages ended in fire, wind, ice, and water. The current world age will end in ‘olin’, which could be translated as ‘the great shift’. It could refer to a magnetic pole shift, or a geographical pole shift. It could be tectonic plate shifts. It could be a shift in consciousness, or all of the above. It could even be a dimensional shift. Whichever way we look at it, we stand at the threshold of a massive shift -- a shift of the ages. Beyond this Age, ending in 2011 or 2012, nothing is known. It is a blank slate and we hold the chalk in our hands.

Something very spectacular is happening on the Earth today. The Supramental Transformation is imminent. Will the human race as a collective rise up together into the supramental level? Is it only for those who choose it? Either way, the Shift is imminent. It is up to us to choose how this manifests.

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For more information on a variety of themes concerning this Shift, see Kiara's book, Doorway to Eternity, available through http://www.doorwaytoeternity.com




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