Banishing the fear of sharing
Encouraging words from Rev. Carey, the Bible, & Maitreya which clearly indicate that mankind will be richly blessed, once the principle of sharing is embraced and practised in both personal and international relations.
"I'm really looking forward to the Day of Declaration," someone remarks, "but I'm a little afraid, too. I'm worried that this matter of sharing is going to mean a lot of hardship." Another asks, "Isn't this principle of sharing another communist idea?" Others think the idea of sharing is something entirely new, or even that it is quite foreign to our human nature.
Do these mistaken ideas arise from the heavy burden of fear itself, under which so much of humanity is now laboring? If we take an honest look at these anxiety patterns it becomes clear how groundless they really are. How, for instance, could the principle of sharing be foreign to us? The family, the basic unit of human society, involves much sharing by all its members. And in a well-ordered family we gladly provide the weak, the new and `developing' members all that is needed for not only their survival but also their healthy growth. So it seems obvious that what is needed now is the extension of the principles and practices of the individual family unit to the entire human race. Rising to the understanding and experience of being, indeed, one planetary family is greatly needed in order to apply this basic principle of sharing to all the world.
The fear that sharing means communism was well answered by Benjamin Creme, when he replied to a questioner on this subject that sharing will be more like the way of the early Christians. Remember that in the book of The Acts of the Apostles we are told that the early Christians in Jerusalem shared to the point of having all things in common. Probably the coming system of sharing, under Maitreya's leadership, will not be a carbon copy of that experience of nearly 2,000 years ago. But certainly it will not be what is known today as communism, either. Some people seem to be so completely dominated by the fear of communism that any forward move is automatically labeled as `Red'. Surely we can rise above this irrational thought-form or trap.
Though sharing is truly of ancient origin, we, in our greed and separativeness, have so neglected it that it strikes us as something novel. A look at a few of the many biblical references to this principle, both in the Old and New Testaments, provides us with ample evidence of the real importance of sharing in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
In the Mosaic law, for instance, there are many admonitions or commands to share with the poor and needy.
And in the wisdom literature of the Bible:
God's concern for the poor is shown in passages like Psalm 113:5-8:
And the writer of Proverbs urges us to extend this practice of sharing even to those who are considered to be enemies:
Maitreya has given us a most reassuring answer to this question. In his Message No. 125 we find these words,
If the clearing away of old divisive ways proves to be rapid, it is conceivable that temporarily there may be some heavy adjustments to make, especially for those who are accustomed to living in the lap of luxury. But the gains will be so much greater than what we might lose with regard to division and separation, that it behooves us all to rejoice and welcome the Plan of brotherhood and sharing, whatever adjustments may be required.
In biblical writings too we find many similar assurances,
And let us remember Jesus' promise, given to us in Luke 6:37:
Moreover, through Alice Bailey the Master DK surprises us with this remarkable assurance:
All of these quotations, ancient and modern, provide just a brief sampling of the plethora of assurances of the great benefits which will accrue to all of us when we really embrace the principle of sharing, and practice it -- both in personal and international relations.
The system by which blood and oxygen circulate throughout the human body is beautiful and efficient. But if, through harmful habits, wrong diet, etc., one or more important arteries become blocked, great harm can come to the whole body, resulting often in the death of that body. Likewise, the divine Plan for the circulation through the entire body of humanity of its needed substances is a beautiful and efficient Plan. But right now too many of humanity's arteries of distribution are blocked by selfishness and greed and lack of understanding. We have been duly warned that this blockage could lead to the death of all life forms on planet earth.
But in the nick of time the head of our Spiritual Hierarchy is not only preparing, but is in the process of presenting himself and the divine Plan to lead us and show us the way to unblock these arteries. This will both restore a healthy condition on our planet and lead to a fulfillment greater than we have known or dreamed.
Is it not high time then for us to hear him, to heed him, and give ourselves fully to his leadership in the working out of this Plan of wisdom and of love? If we have any difficulty in letting go of the old ways, perhaps we can learn a lesson from the initiate Paul, who said:
Let us zero in on Maitreya's benediction as he says,