Time of Revelation
by the Master –, through Benjamin Creme, 14 June 2009
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.
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Q. (1) Is the new ‘star’ the return of the star of Bethlehem
or the “sign of the Son of Man” as prophesized by Jesus? (2) Are all
the things that have been happening in the recent past, signs of Him
appearing soon? (3) How do you explain the Bible’s prophecy in Matthew
24:29-31, where Jesus says He will come “on the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory”? And the scripture that says: “And the Lord,
whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger
of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming”, says the
Lord of Hosts.” (Malachi 3:1) This is plainly talking about a real temple
in Israel (to me, at least). The problem is that the Jewish people have
not rebuilt the ancient temple of Solomon. This prophecy is yet to be
fulfilled. (4) How do you see this happening?
A. (1) The ‘star’ is, symbolically, the sign of the Son
of Man and heralds the first appearance of Maitreya, the World Teacher,
on US television, interviewed not as Maitreya, but as an ordinary man.
(2) Yes. (3) Maitreya descended from His retreat in the high Himalaya
on 8 July 1977, stayed some days in Pakistan, then came from Karachi to
London, UK, on 19 July 1977, thus “coming in the clouds” which today all
can do by aeroplane. (4) The ‘temple’ referred to in this symbolic text
is not a building but means humanity, to which the Son of Man
returns as the oldest and highest of men.
Q. Fear still sells better than hope.
This is one reason for media inhibition of the ‘star’.
Fear also governs their editors. I had an experience
with a nationwide paper whose editor in chief refused
to publish an advert for the ‘star’. He didn’t state
any reason for declining, but I guess it had been fear
of something strange, peculiar and controversial. Most
people would rather go on in old self-destructive ways
and media as a whole are the last ones who would dare
to disturb them from their sleep.
A. I totally agree.
Q. What is your opinion about the recent
elections in Iran such as the electoral process and the
alleged results? (1) How accurate were the stated results?
(2) Which president would have been better for Iran in
the long run: Ahmadinejad or Mousavi?
A. (1) I believe that the Iranian elections, like ex-President
Bush’s two elections, were deeply flawed by serious ‘rigging’
by the incumbent party. The public reaction in Tehran can
be well understood and justified. (2) Mr Mousavi.
Q. Is the new type of influenza caused
by our wrong thoughts or environmental pollution?
A. Not so much by pollution but certainly it comes from
our wrong thoughts and action. You will notice that at
the end of any heightened tension or war, there will be
waves of influenza epidemics, sometimes an international
pandemic, sometimes restricted to a certain area. Wars
put humanity under stress. The resulting tension creates
conditions of disequilibrium. This affects the sub-human
elemental forces, and those connected with health will
affect humanity in such a way as to create epidemics.
In the same way, as we are in disequilibrium, we affect
elementals whose work is to maintain weather patterns.
They go out of equilibrium, and the result is the totally
disturbed weather patterns in the last 20 to 30 years.
Where you have cyclones, for example, they are exaggerated,
because the forces are out of equilibrium and they become
massive cyclones and destroy parts of nations. Many thousands
of people die in these cyclonic eruptions which are normally
Likewise, with the tectonic plates, which move in relation
to each other, and as they move, create tension which is
released as earthquakes. All around the Pacific is an area
of earthquake activity which becomes heightened by the
wrong thoughts and actions of humanity. The quakes are
strengthened so that where they are strong, they become
very severe. It is a distortion caused by the earth’s disequilibrium.
Humanity is inclined to think mechanistically, but the
world is a unit, an organic living being. Every atom of
that being is related to every other atom. So we have to
learn to think in a different way, not separatively but
organically. The only way to live correctly, under the
Law of Cause and Effect, is to organically understand and
live in this organic space, planet Earth.
Q. How great is the danger from nuclear
A. Humanity is the key. If we do not listen to Maitreya’s
advice for sharing, justice, peace, and right relationship,
this Earth will cease to be. We either share or we die.
We now have the most powerful weapon that has ever been
devised, the nuclear weapon. Japan had two atomic bombs
dropped on it at the end of the Second World War. Compared
with the bombs of today, those were like toys, but they
killed many thousands of people. Today, it is believed
that nine nations in the world have nuclear weapons. These
are the official ones; there are actually 24 nations which
have nuclear bombs, openly or otherwise.
If these were used, it would be the end of life on planet
Earth for millions and millions of years.
This planet is filled with pollution. Our pollution is
pouring into the atmosphere, ocean, sea, river, earth,
either pollution from our industrial wastes, or pollution
from our atomic energy, so-called safe reactors.
Like other nations, Japan is getting ready to build more
atomic power stations. Those who build atomic power stations
are under the illusion that they can control nuclear energy
– that they know all about it. They are living in an illusion
while so many are dying from the effects of nuclear pollution.
They understand only three planes of matter: solid physical,
liquid physical and gaseous physical. They know nothing
about the four further states of matter known to the Masters
and called the etheric planes. They do not have the technology
sensitive enough to recognize the etheric planes; the instruments
are inadequate. People are dying needlessly from the effects
of radiation on those four higher levels. We have to get
rid of nuclear radiation in all its aspects as soon as
we possibly can.
Q. In what way do the inhabitants of
other planets help humanity? And why have there been
so many UFO sightings over the Netherlands, as mentioned
recently in Share International?
A. The first thing to understand is that UFOs, Unidentified
Flying Objects, may be unidentified by the government agencies,
but they are real, they exist and they have a mission.
Without their help this planet would by now be uninhabitable.
All the UFOs entering our airspace come from the planets
of our own solar system. The majority of them come from
Mars and Venus. We are told that there is no life on Mars,
and that Venus, too, is uninhabitable. This is because
those ‘wise’ people who tell us these things, the governments
and the scientists, do not understand anything about energy.
Esotericism postulates seven physical states of matter.
We have instruments to measure only solid, liquid and gaseous
physical, so we assume, due to our limited technology,
that there is nothing higher than gas. It is not true.
So if you went to Mars, you would see nothing unless you
had etheric vision. There are actually more people on Mars,
although it is a smaller planet, than on Earth. If you
went to Venus you would see nothing, but there are people
on Venus and all the planets of our system. The Masters
of our planet are in touch with the Masters of the various
planets. The solar system acts as a unit. The planets are
not isolated but are in contact moment to moment, and they
evolve together. If one falls behind, as this planet has
done, it causes concern for the others.
The Beings in the UFOs, from whatever planet – mainly Mars
and Venus but others too – have a tremendous task in working
to eliminate, or at least reduce, pollution.
Pollution is the greatest threat to humanity. More deaths
are caused by pollution than by any other cause. Pollution
causes the breakdown of our immune systems and therefore
opens us to all sorts of illnesses to which we would otherwise
We think we can control nuclear energy. We build nuclear
power stations, but they pour into the air as part of the
process, energy which the scientists who built them cannot
even measure. We do not have the technology to measure
above gas and those top four layers of atomic energy are
the most destructive to humanity and the animal kingdom.
A vast amount of the Space Brothers’ time and energy is
spent neutralizing, so far as they are allowed under Karmic
Law, nuclear pollution on planet Earth. We owe them an
Another part of their tremendous work for planet Earth
is that they are replicating, on the physical plane, the
magnetic energy field around the planet. The energy field
is made of flows of magnetic energy and where these flows
meet and criss-cross a vortex or centre of force results.
They are replicating that centre of energy on the physical
plane in connection with a new technology which will give
us unlimited energy direct from the sun. The relationship
of sun energy and magnetic energy from our magnetic field
will free humanity, and give us safe, unlimited energy
for every human need.
What do you think crop circles are? They are points, vortices
on this magnetic grid created by the Space Brothers. This
is the new Technology of Light, which is forecast by Maitreya.
These vortices are, of course, all over the world, not
just where there are crop circles. The crop circles are
there to draw attention to the fact that the Space Brothers
are there. They are amazing constructions. They are made
in seconds by the ‘ships’ of the Space Brothers. They are
complex and beautiful constructions which cannot be made
in any other way. They appear all over the world but the
majority are in the south of England. Why? Because Maitreya
is in London.
Recently, my Master talked about a ‘coming together of
the Forces of Light’. He meant the coming of the Masters
into the everyday world; They are the Forces of Light on
our planet. But also the joining together with the Forces
of Light of Mars and Venus and perhaps other planets in
large numbers. Where there were one or two, there will
be many. Where there were many, there will be even more.
And everywhere, not only in the Netherlands, but everywhere.
Increasing numbers of people are sending in reports of
In London near where I live, one night recently there were
17 flying low over the ground. They were seen by many people
who stopped their cars, got out, and watched this parade
of UFOs flying about.
So there is a coming together of these forces. People will
record more and more evidence of the ‘flying saucers’,
the ‘UFOs’. They are all part of the plan of the emerging
Hierarchy of our world.
Q. There were terrible bushfires in the
state of Victoria, Australia, in February 2009. Around
200 people died, over 1,800 homes were destroyed, and
some estimates say a million animals perished. Was the
cause karmic, or the weather Deva’s being out of balance,
or just a natural occurrence?
A. Karmic, which upsets Devic equilibrium and, I’m sorry to say, by senseless
human beings with a grudge.
On 16 May 2009, I attended a rally in London to support Palestinians living
in Gaza and the West Bank. About 3,000 demonstrators were present. There
was a higher than usual interest in the homemade banner I was carrying saying
‘Sharing and justice will bring peace’, and many agreed that sharing was
one of the only ways forward to gain peace. I was also carrying a huge Palestinian
flag, and after the demonstration I was surprised and shocked at the amount
of hatred shown by some young, white males towards Palestinians, Iraqis and
Muslims in general. They hurled abuse towards the flag.
I made the return journey home, waiting with my banner at Victoria Station.
Suddenly, I felt a warm, firm touch on my forearm. A tall, black Afro-Caribbean
man came into view, inclining his head towards me and smiled: “All right, sister?”
I nodded, smiling back. His face had extremely refined features. His brown
eyes held an unusual level of loving kindness and gentleness. Once I was home,
I realised that the look in this man’s eyes was reminiscent of a somewhat similar
regard in the eyes of Sri Ramana Maharshi from a photograph on my desk.
Would you kindly tell me if this man was a Master?
S.P., Sussex, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
On Friday evening 26 September 2008 I looked out of the window of my painter’s
studio and saw with amazement and great joy a very large group of orange
lights against the dark night sky. Without any noise these objects flew in
certain formation at a high altitude from east to west, straight over my
house. There was no wind and no noise. Everything happened very fast, I did
not get a chance to count the lights. My daughter thought that the lights
were Chinese lanterns let loose in the sky; I myself believe I saw a fleet
Because I have known my entire life that there really are UFOs in the world
and because I have now seen them for the first time, I would like to ask:
(1) Did these spaceships come from Mars, Venus or somewhere else? (2) If so,
do the Space Brothers know I am painting UFOs? (3) How many spaceships were
there? (4) Did more people see these lights?
A.M., the Netherlands.
A. (1) They were a fleet of spacecraft from Mars. (2) No. (3) 18. (4) Yes.
By the church
On 28 December 2008, at about 1pm, there was an unusual beggar in front of
the Michaeliskirche church in Hamburg, Germany.
As soon as I saw him from behind, I felt deeply moved. He stood in a dignified
way, bending his head forward, holding a black wide-brimmed hat.
I went to give him some money. He looked up and the power of his eyes flooded
me with love. He thanked me and said something, but I could not hear as I so
deeply moved. I walked away, but continued watching this man who was not at
all like a beggar.
While my family were in a shop, I returned and gave him some more money. Again
I felt deeply moved by his voice and his look, but was unable to listen to
what he said.
Could you please tell me who this man was?
C.H-V., Montézillon, Switzerland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
A month or so ago I was asked by a Surinamese man, who looked like a homeless
person and possibly a drunk, for some money. I gave him some money and we
talked for a bit. He was happy and very loud.
He put his arm around my shoulders, took out his Bible, read me a passage and
asked me if I knew the quote he was referring to. I’m not sure now what it
was, but I think it was a reference to the coming of the Kingdom of God; it
was, in any case, a prediction about the future, as I remember it. It was a
Then he kissed me on the cheek, said he wanted to give me something and handed
me a small printed paper (it carried a familiar supermarket logo and had apparently
been printed by the chain) on which the words “Your opinion counts!” were very
prominent. He pointed this out.
Just before we parted he said he would like to show me something. He hauled
out his old passport and showed me the photo of himself as a younger man. He
was proud of how smart and fine he had been; the contrast with his appearance
now made me sad.
He thanked me again, said some nice things to me, and then cheerfully and loudly
went off down the road.
I was about to throw the “Your opinion counts!” paper away a day or two ago
when I remembered the incident.
A friendly person in need or a Master?
F.E., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
On the 29 April 2009, I was to give a public lecture in Lyon on Transmission
Meditation. As this is a difficult exercise for me, I had previously asked
for Maitreya’s help.
Although I planned to stay at home and prepare for the lecture, I had to go
out with my husband to my aunt’s funeral. On the way home, we stopped at a
gas station and saw an old woman who was obviously hitchiking. She told us
she wanted to go to Switzerland via the French city of Chambéry. We replied
that we were living between Lyon and Chambéry, without further details about
our place. She then asked us to drop her on the highway at the gas station
of L’Isle d’Abeau, which happens to be a small town near our home, though we
had said nothing about it. She seemed to know the place very well.
She was an old woman, with some teeth missing, and with white hair emerging
from her bonnet. She was wearing a ski suit and tall boots. Her body looked
robust and she carried a rucksack (about 50 kilogrammes) as easily as if she
had been a youngster. Her light blue eyes were intensively luminous.
As we were driving along the highway, she said her name was Duggy. She spoke
a rough French, so the conversation went on in English. She said she was a
biologist and was studying flora and writing reports for the university. She
explained that she was walking some 25 kilometres each day and would sometimes
sleep under the stars. She also said she was practising pranayama meditation
and that it was good to meditate every day.
I said I was going to give a lecture on Transmission Meditation and she said
that all would be well and advised me to use simple words, not too esoteric.
She added that the choice of Lyon for a conference was not the best as people
in big cities are saturated with of all kinds of information, and that organizing
conferences in the countryside would be more appropriate.
I went on to explain about the miraculous ‘star’ and the difficulty of drawing
the attention of the public and the scientific world to the ‘star’ in our country.
She replied that in France we had to be very, very, patient and not feel discouraged.
The French are somewhat stubborn, she said, and she compared them to the cows,
picturing horns turned downwards with her fingers. Cows are generous and nourishing,
she went on, but they can also loose their temper. French people, she continued,
are conservatives and attached to their ideas but, slowly, they become more
open to new ideas, whereas Spanish behave more like bulls. According to her,
Americans, Japanese and British are the most open-minded in the world.
She then stated that she was working upon the seven universes. She also expanded
about Taoism and affirmed that these teachings are very pure.
She declared that the present political leaders have a total lack of spiritual
maturity, as did their predecessors, whatever their political colour, but that
a new generation of responsible and wiser men was about to enter the political
At some point she expressed the wish to drink some strong coffee. We took her
home and she drank two complete cups of very strong coffee. She was talking
without a break and I could not even translate her words to my husband. I noticed
that our cat was behaving in a crazy manner, and was running this way and that.
My words about the Masters of Wisdom, the ‘star’, and the return of the Christ
did not seem to surprise her. She did not ask a single question and seemed
to know all this very well.
I felt close to this person and galvanized in my heart. On leaving us, she
gave me many winks and shook hands cheerfully, repeating that all would be
well for my lecture.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was the Master Jesus.)
Was this person a Master?
J. L., France.
“In the very near future, people everywhere
will have the opportunity to witness an extraordinary and
significant sign, the like of which has been manifested
only once before, at the birth of Jesus. Then, according
to Christian teaching, a star appeared in the heavens and
led three wise men from the East to the birthplace of Jesus.
Soon, once again, a star-like luminary of brilliant power
will be seen around the world.” (Benjamin Creme’s
Master, ‘Maitreya’s first interview’, SI Jan/Feb
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 early January 2009 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
are genuine sightings confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master
to be the ‘star’.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 10 February 2009
Moscow, Russia, 12 May 2009 (YouTube:
Massachusetts, USA, 15 December 2008
England, 2 June 2009. Sent by P. C., UK.
China. Photographs taken 20 minutes apart in February 2009,
sent by T. W.
“Not sure what the white thing is but
if anyone has any idea, please let us know. Until then
we are considering it a UFO … It’s unidentified and its
hovering. At the beginning of the video it’s clearly way
up over the building’s roof. When we turned the cam back
toward it, it had dropped a bit and was much closer to
the roof top.” (YouTube: Fire24Ice13)
“At about 9pm I spotted an orange glowing
object in my back yard. I took these pictures. The object
made no sound and seemed to hover for a long time in one
place, then it rapidly ascended into the sky.” (YouTube:
W.P. from Hamilton, New Zealand, said:
“Some of the footage is quite long but none of it is zoomed
while shooting (ie it is shot at the same zoom setting).
Watch how the size changes and how it pulsates periodically,
and for the colour shift. It seems to just appear in the
sky around 3.30am then stays until the sun gets too bright.”
Photograph taken by J-C. L. on 23 April
2009, at home in Rittershoffen, Alsace, France.
The ‘Star’ Sign – new
Share International video, now on YouTube
Share International has produced a 10 minute film called The
‘Star’ Sign, which is now available on YouTube website,
presenting the extraordinary phenomenon of the ‘star’ heralding
Maitreya’s emergence. Since Benjamin Creme’s first announcement
in December 2008, Share International has received
hundreds of photographs of the ‘star’ from all over the
world, and witnesses have independently posted on YouTube
dozens of videos of the ‘star’ from different countries
with much debate as to its meaning and purpose.
The new film contains vivid photographs, video footage and
media reports from Brazil, Colombia, Sky News, and a clip
from a Benjamin Creme lecture. Viewers can see how the ‘star’
moves, changes shape and emits rays of brilliant colours.
It is, of course, according to Benjamin Creme’s Master, not
a star per se, but one of four gigantic spacecraft,
positioned so that one is visible from any part of the globe,
an awesome sign to the world that an extraordinary event
is about to happen – the emergence of Maitreya into public
Take part in this extraordinary event by looking for the
‘star’. If you photograph or film it, please report it to
the media or Share International magazine and help
create an open media debate about its meaning and purpose.
See ‘The ‘Star’ Sign’ at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuuMOvy1KNE
Filming the ‘Star’
Since the first sightings of the ‘star’, P.
C. from Slough, Berkshire, UK, has posted many videos
of the ‘star’ on YouTube (paulchi69). He shares his experiences
with Share International.
Q. You have posted many videos on YouTube. Do you look
for the ‘star’ every night?
A. Not every night, no. During February/March the ‘star’
was very bright. I was looking at it each night and filming
it, and then it disappeared towards the end of March. I did
not look at the sky very much after that, and did not see
it in April. But I noticed it briefly on 16 and again on
24 May. Instead of being in the south it was more northerly.
It changed position and I just started looking at it out
of the window.
Q. Have you been filming it from your house?
A. Yes, out of the front bedroom window or back bedroom window
of my house in Langley, Berkshire.
Q. Do you have a special video camera?
A. The camera I use is a Sony Handycam, with a 60x optical
zoom. I also have a 2.6x teleconversion lens, which attaches
onto the front of the zoom and magnifies it even more.
Q. Do you have it on a windowsill or a tripod?
A. I have it on a tripod. Even with a tripod, when you zoom
in, sometimes it is hard to keep it still. You know, you
think it would be quite easy, but it is not.
Q. When you see it, what is it that makes you think
it is not just an ordinary star?
A. It is the changing of the colours: red, green, white,
yellow, blue, orange and violet. It also seems to get closer
and further away without my touching the zoom. The shape
of it changes, along with the intensity and brightness as
it gets bigger or smaller. It is basically a change in its
position, shape, and colour.
Q. How long do you watch it for?
A. Between 3 and 10 minutes.
Q. We noticed from your YouTube videos that on 16 May
you saw it at 10pm, when it went from south to north?
A. Yes, it was in the south-west position and then came straight
overhead – it kept going quite fast, like an orb going through
the sky. There was no noise or jetstream as with a plane.
I got my video camera and ran downstairs to go outside. By
the time I got there it had already gone over the house.
It went from south to north in three minutes. It climbed
high in the sky. If I had not seen it go over the house,
I would not have known to look in the north-east for future
sightings, so it was like I was guided to see it happen,
because up until then I had always seen it in the south-west.
Q. Then you saw it again on 24 May?
A. The film from 24 May was done with a slightly different
camera, a Canon Video Camera, quite an old camera. It was
early morning. That was when I first noticed it on 24 May.
I had fallen asleep in my chair and then something told
me to look out of the window.
Q. Have you seen it more recently?
A. I kept looking out for it after 24 May but I think it
was on 2 June in the early morning I saw it again. It was
not very clear, it was hard to see, and also trying to
get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to look at it is not
easy, if you are a bit lazy like me! It was the only bright
star in the sky at that time.
Q. What kind of reaction have you been having from other
A. Some have been positive, some have been negative, about
Q. Have you been in touch with the media about it?
A. Yes, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The
Mirror and The Sun by email, early in June.
In my email I put the URL number for the YouTube links to
my video footage and also to the Share International video
of the ‘Star’, so that they could look at them easily. I
did not get a reply except from The Guardian who
said they may use it, but they required more detail, my name
and address, contact number, etc. which I have sent them.
Since these sightings I have been looking out every morning
in the north-east from about 4.15am, but it has been too
The magnificent crop circles of southern England
Crop circles of extraordinary variety and complexity have
been appearing very early this year, particularly in Wiltshire,
southern England. Significantly the first crop circle to
appear, on 23 April 2009, was in the shape of a star.
On an almost daily basis, patterns have been photographed
in fields of oilseed rape, and in barley and wheat not yet
ripened. Many UK newspapers have been reporting the sightings,
unable to explain the phenomenon. Steve and Karen Alexander
from Gosport, Hampshire, have been photographing the crop
circles for many years. Karen reports that “the patterns
are becoming more intricate with every find”.
We include a selection of photographs from this year’s early
patterns, which Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms were all
made by spacecraft from the planets Mars and Venus.
Yatesbury, Wiltshire, 12 June 2009
photo: © Steve Alexander
Little London, Wiltshire, 3 June 2009
photo: © Steve Alexander
Barbury Castle, Wiltshire, 14 June 2009
photo: © Steve Alexander
Waylands Smithy, Oxfordshire, 29 May 2009
photo: © Steve Alexander
Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire, 8 June
photo: © Steve Alexander
Icon in Israel drips oil
An oil-like substance has been dripping from a religious
icon in a Greek Orthodox church in Israel. Visitors to the
church in the town of Ramla are calling the phenomenon a
miracle. More than two dozen streaks of oil can be seen on
the painting of St George, a third century Christian saint
who, according to legend, killed a dragon.
The church’s priest, Father Nifon, first saw the streaks
while preparing for Sunday morning services. “He kissed all
the icons, and when he reached that one, he took down the
picture and he cleaned it,” said Aida Abu el-Edam, a long-time
member of the church. “After 20 or 25 minutes, he looked
again and he saw the oil again and said: ‘This is a miracle.’”
El-Edam said that a smell emanating from the icon confirmed
to her the streaks were a miracle. She said the smell reminded
her of a visit she took as a teenager to a site in Ermysh,
Lebanon. There, she said, the smell came from a recently
deceased woman whose Christian faith was legendary. “It’s
a special, holy smell,” she said. “It’s not ordinary, like
olive oil. It’s something strange that comes from God.”
Another long-term church member, Edith Fanous, said of the
oil dripping from the icon: “People these days, they’ve forgotten
God and this is a sign to tell them, ‘I’m still here.’” (Source:
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this account is of a genuine miracle
manifested by the Master Jesus.)
After discovering a gravestone, for the fourth time, lying
down beside a grave, police from the village of Aalsum, Friesland,
in the Netherlands, suspected desecration, and installed
cameras to see what was causing it to move. However, instead
of finding images of ghosts, the footage showed how the tombstone
moved, by itself, almost a yard every few seconds. Police
spokeswoman Yvonne Bijman saw the images herself: “You can
see the tombstone move away from the grave. It doesn’t hop,
it’s more a sort of skidding.” Asked for an explanation,
Mrs Bijman can only confirm that it isn’t vandalism: “It
might be muskrats that are stirring the ground underneath,
or it could have something to do with the sun, with the stone
shrinking and expanding as temperatures fluctuate.” (Source: de
Volkskrant, the Netherlands)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the movement of the
gravestone is manifested by Maitreya. It is a sign.)
This photograph (October 2005) shows my husband on a Swiss
mountain at 2,000 metres up, saving two goats stuck on
a rocky cliff. We heard them bleating during our hike.
It was not easy to find and rescue them — it was like a
miracle for us to find them and to save them. Without help
from heaven it wouldn’t have been possible. We are mountaineers
but not farmers. The goats were emaciated and would surely
have died, because the first snowfall wasn’t far away.
Did we receive any help from the Masters?
M. B., Switzerland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that help was given by the Master Jesus.)
While I was on vacation at the beach in Pawleys Island,
South Carolina, I felt inspired to go outside and check the night sky.
It was 27 May 2009 around 9.45pm EST [Eastern Standard Time], a beautiful
clear night, and the stars were too numerous to count. As I walked toward
the ocean, I asked the Space Brothers if they were in the vicinity to
please make visible the ‘star’ heralding Maitreya’s first interview
on television. Within seconds of making my request, two stars of brilliant
yellow/orange appeared like spotlights in the eastern sky directly in
front of me. The stars, one larger than the other, were not perfectly
round, and brilliant rays of light extended from each star in all directions.
They were visible for about 30-60 seconds.
When they disappeared, I called my wife Ann to come outside.
When she arrived, the stars reappeared with the same brilliance. After
they disappeared once again, she called to her sisters to come outside.
This time I looked to the southern sky, and the stars appeared again side-by-side
but higher up. We watched the luminaries with joy and excitement. After
the stars disappeared, we waited with great anticipation. The stars appeared
again in the eastern sky for about 30 seconds. This time when they disappeared,
we witnessed the most spectacular display of smaller white blinking stars
for perhaps 10 minutes. It seemed as if there were a hundred blinking
stars all around the constellation Orion. After the amazing display of
blinking lights, one of the original yellow/orange stars appeared again
in the eastern sky, then a second one, and a third, and finally a fourth,
all side by side. Brilliant rays of golden light extended from each star
and appeared for another 30-60 seconds. The four stars then disappeared.
Were these stars heralding Maitreya’s first interview?
D. D., Marietta, Georgia, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these to be the four “luminaries”, giant
spacecraft, heralding Maitreya’s emergence. See Share International May
I awoke as if it was the morning (in very good shape) at
3am on Monday 30 March 2009. I felt drawn to the kitchen
window and looked out at the sky. It was splendid! I
saw a star which looked like a coloured sun, dancing.
I felt merry and happy. I went to lie down but I couldn’t
sleep again, although I usually sleep very well. Was
that the ‘star’?
N. D., Marmoutier, France.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was the ‘star’.)
I often look at the stars over my village of Santiago de
Mora. Some weeks ago, there was a very bright star in
the north, not normally there. My friends also saw it
over Valladolid, Murcia, Valencia and Alicante and confirmed
to me they also saw it move.
Another night, at 10.30pm, talking with a neighbour, we
saw passing above us a very bright light, at an altitude
of about 300 meters, from west to east. It became sharper
as it was above us and focused on us with a very potent
light beam, not flickering. It moved very differently from
a plane and there was no noise coming from it. I have seen
it for five nights, almost at the same time, always passing
in the same direction, but at different altitudes. Could
you comment on these please?
B. G. R., Santiago de Mora, Spain.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the “bright star” was indeed the
‘star’. The passing light was a spacecraft.)
On the evening of Saturday 9 May 2009 I was reading Share
International magazine and thought: “I would like
to see that star at last.” I went to my kitchen window
(facing west) and saw the radiant sun. After two seconds
I suddenly saw on the right side and in a horizontal line
from the sun a round white ball with some pastel colours
in it. And to my amazement I saw at the same distance another
white ball that was dancing up and down. All in all, this
whole phenomenon lasted about one hour (18.30 to 19.30pm).
I would very much like to know: (1) Those balls, what were
they? (2) Were there indeed two or did this appear so because
of the double-glazing window?
T. K., the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that there was in fact one ball and it
was the ‘star’.)
On 24 April 2009 in the west-southwest sky 25 miles east
of NYC, sometime around 11pm, I noticed a star of unusual
brightness. It seemed to be flickering from red, to blue
to green to white. Is this the ‘star’ we have been expecting?
M. T., New York, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was the ‘star’.)
On Thursday 18 June from 11.30pm until 1am we watched a
star that was easily the brightest star in the western
region of the sky. It became steadily brighter as we
viewed it and it appeared to change colour (mainly red,
orange) and even shape. It was seen at an angle of around
50 degrees in the sky.
We are wondering if this is ‘the’ star? Or have we just
seen an ‘ordinary’ star?
C. P., Edinburgh, Scotland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was the ‘star’.)
On Friday 19 June 2009 I woke suddenly at 3.30am and felt
compelled to look out of my bedroom window. The sky,
which was totally clear, was beginning to turn lighter.
High up, and straight ahead, was a very bright twinkling
star. All the other stars were no longer visible in the
clear sky. Was it the ‘star’?
G. F., London, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this was the ‘star’.)
On 4 March 2009 my children called me excitedly to the
front window of our Amsterdam home because they saw strange
orange lights in the sky. I joined them and there were
still a few serenely floating northwards. At the other
side of the house we saw them again, now in formation:
one in front, followed by two sets of two, and again
one. Then they suddenly disappeared out of sight, one
after the other.
Then another three lights went over and rushing to the
back of the house we saw them again. It made us so happy
and we wondered if they were UFOs?
R. B., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that they were spacecraft from Mars.)
On the evening on Thursday 8 April 2009, around 11.30pm,
my husband saw, from the bathroom window, a red ‘ball’
moving past in the sky: going very fast heading east.
The next evening, around 10.30 pm, two of us saw the red
ball, this time low on the western horizon and stationary.
Without our really noticing, it suddenly vanished. The
object was too far away to take a picture with an ordinary
camera. Was it a UFO?
R.v d K., the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a spacecraft from Mars.)
On the 29 April 2009, at 4.45am, in the city of Bucaramanga,
Colombia, I and some relatives of mine saw in the sky
an extremely beautiful, big and bright star in the cloudless
sky. It seemed not to be so far away as a normal star
but inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Was it the ‘star’?
Thank you very much.
M. R., Bogotá, Colombia.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was the ‘star’.)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was the ‘star’.)
At the beginning of May 2009, we were travelling north
on the Alicante-Valencia highway, close to Denia. It
was after sunset and we were surprised to see a very
bright star (the brightest star one can see in the sky)
that pulsated with different colours. It was to our left,
in a westerly direction, above the mountains. It was
strange because it was at the horizon line and one could
see it very clearly although normally at that position
one could not see regular stars clearly enough. Was it
the ‘star’? Thank you.
J. R. M., Valencia, Spain.
We present a selection of quotations on
the theme of ‘Faith’ 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.
My friends, you too can manifest Sharing in
your lives; by all means should this divine principle govern.
Teach Sharing to your children, to the little ones, and enable
them to cultivate the Good. My task is to enlighten all men;
to change ignorance into true knowledge and faith; to teach
men that behind all that they see stands the One Reality,
and thus to take them to God. (Maitreya, from Message No.
When Maitreya makes His appearance before the
world, He will herald the beginning of a New Age for men.
In this coming age men will rise to heights undreamt of by
those now in incarnation. New teachings will beget new knowledge,
new inspiration, new illumination, and all in order and sequence.
Hopes will give way to certainties, fears to faith and ignorance
to wisdom. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The time ahead’)
To have hope is to have complete faith in life.
It does not mean to say that everything is going to go smoothly.
It does not mean that on the outer, physical plane you will
have a life of ease, and that when you want to contact the
media they will immediately respond, and when you are telephoning
people they will always be there and you will never have
to try again. Many people think that if everything works
easily and smoothly they are somehow on the right track.
Following the line of least resistance is not necessarily
the right way to live one’s life. It is the art of choosing
the right action in relation to the line of least, or of
most, resistance which brings about the tension we call service:
the fire, the ardour which true service has.
(Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
When the call to service sounds, it behoves
each earnest disciple to grasp the opportunity presented
with both hands. Seldom is the call repeated, for the Masters
have little time to waste. “Many are called but few are chosen”
should read: “Many are called but few respond.”
Thus it is in the Great Service; only the elect realize the
blessing conferred by the opportunity to serve the Plan.
Service is the sacred duty which allows the disciple to shorten
by many lives his sojourn on this Earth. Many know this but
balk at the lightest task. Many forget the pledge they made
long ago and shrug off the inner unease. Not for nothing
do the Masters sadly shake Their heads and search once more
among the waiting lights.
Not all who serve realize they do so. So instinctive is their
response to the soul’s or Master’s call that they plunge
in boldly without a second thought. So decentralized are
they that the world’s need is their only concern. They serve
as they breathe, but in relation to the needs of the time
they are few indeed. We on the inner side look for those
who know, somewhat, the Plan, and whose priorities are sound.
We search for those whose ardour is strong and whose hearts
are aflame with love and sacrifice. We welcome such brave
ones into Our midst and gladly present a field of service.
Then We stand aside and watch. Over and again, their first
glad steps slow and falter. Too often, their bright expectations
turn to boredom and doubt, their lofty aspiration shrivels
The failure of faith looms large in these sad happenings.
Without faith nothing lasting may be done, and for lack of
this one quality many promising disciples have failed. Not
for nothing, down the ages, have the teachings emphasized
the need for faith, seeing it as the very heart of service.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The call to service’)
Never quicken the pace of consciousness. Even
if you know how to quicken the consciousness of a baby, it
should not be done. Let natural growth take place, and the
mind will be in a state of equilibrium. There is a common
and universal cry in the mind and spirit of people around
the world. Conditioning is such that one tends to lose faith
and trust in life. (Maitreya’s Teachings - The Laws of
Be not afraid in the midst of the chaos and
tension. Fear has no place in the present situation; rather,
see it as a challenge to your faith.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Victory is assured’)
Those who would know Me must look for a simple
Man indeed, a Brother and a Friend, a Teacher and a Guide,
a Lover of God and men. When you see Me, you will come to
know the nature of God as Light and Love and Will. May it
be that these divine aspects shall reflect through you. When
this is so, I may work through you. I need you. I need you
all to share with Me in the reconstruction of this world,
to restore to men their faith and joy, to release the wherewithal
to live to the needy of this Earth, and so restore balance.
My task is to show you the method; yours is to act and implement
My Plan. I know I can trust and call on you. My Love embraces
all. (Maitreya, from Message No. 76)
When you see Us, you will see men Who have
made before you the journey back to God. You will recognize
in Us divine characteristics potential in yourselves. Thus
will you know your future glory. Out of the present chaos
shall We inspire a new order; from the hatreds and divisions
shall we create harmony and peace, while from doubt and fear
shall We engender meaning, faith and joy. (Benjamin Creme’s
Master, from ‘Co-workers with God’)
Maitreya says: “Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose
direction. I am with you.” (Maitreya’s Teachings - The
Laws of Life) June 1991
If there is no fear there is no competition.
Take away fear and we have the opposite of fear; we have
love, confidence, faith. That is removed at our peril. If
our parents, in raising us, remove that basic faith in life,
that basic trust, love and co-operative spirit of goodwill
which we are all born with but which can be fostered or replaced
by fear, and therefore competition, competition becomes inbuilt
in the consciousness. (Benjamin Creme, The Art of Co-operation)
When men see the Christ in person, they will
quickly assume a new attitude to life and its problems. They
will understand that the problems are man-made, exist in
man himself, and are not the fault of an uncaring God or
the result of mindless chance.
A new sense of responsibility will endow men with the impulse
to act for the betterment of all. Co-operation, caring and
trust will soon replace the present self-concern, and a new
phase will open in the evolution of man.
The new awareness grows apace. Already, the signs are there
for the discerning that humanity is growing up, taking stock
of its situation and preparing to change.
Naught can hold back this tide of change when, under the
inspiration of Maitreya, men begin to see themselves as One.
The sense of separation will gradually recede as men face
together the tasks of reconstruction and succour which call
out to be done. The day draws near when all shall see the
Christ. By what name they know Him matters not; His name
as Love is etched deeply in the hearts of all true men. His
name is Love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, ‘His name is Love’)
The signs of Maitreya’s presence in the world
will continue to increase. He is going to flood the world
with such happenings that the mind can never comprehend it.
The signs are there for those who need them, to strengthen
our faith and to give us the necessary courage and conviction
to emerge from a state of complacency in order to take on, together,
the myriad necessary tasks of salvage in the world. (Maitreya’s
Teachings - The Laws of Life)
Humanity is deeply superstitious, ingrained
with fear and doubt. Even many who would consider themselves
able to believe such a manifestation [as Maitreya’s emergence],
choose not to do so because they know it upsets the status
quo and they do not want the status quo upset. So they choose
to give it no energy even though they believe Maitreya is
in the world.
Many people do not like the idea of faith, thinking that
faith is believing in something. Faith has nothing to do
with belief at all. Faith is a state of being. Faith results
when you are who you are. When you are demonstrating at this
level as a soul and are in constant connection with your
soul, you will have faith. You cannot help but have faith
because faith is a quality of the soul.
When intuitively you know that this is true, when it is not
the outcome of a mental configuration of other people’s minds,
ideas and hopes, but of your own inner contact with your
soul, and the soul tells you: This is true – then not only
can you have faith, but you do have faith. It is not a choice.
Faith is not the result of choice. If there is choice in
it – you chose to believe that or that – there is no faith.
Faith, true faith, only exists when you go beyond the necessity
of choice, when there is no this or that. Then only, in a
direct experience that this is true, can faith arise. While
you hold to that contact with the soul, your faith will remain
steady, strong and as true as it was the moment it arose.
It is not something which goes away. What does go away is
belief: your belief in the Reappearance, your non-belief
in the Reappearance. This can come and go and has nothing
to do with faith. Belief is a product of the mind, not of
the soul. That which is a product of the soul’s inner knowing
and being cannot disappear. That is called faith. (Benjamin
Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
Many are the obstacles to progress on the Path
but naught hinders more than fear. Fear of failure, fear
of ridicule, of suffering, discipline and pain – these are
the obstructions which must be surmounted on the Path to
Freedom. Sure-footedness is essential on a rocky mountain
path; fear contracts the Spirit and renders useless the instinct
for danger. There is no obstacle like fear. It obstructs
the flow of life itself. It takes away all hope and constitutes
the greatest threat to well-being and health. Abjure fear
and construct the mechanism of faith. Conquer fear and terminate
the torment of doubt. Knowledge banishes fear. Inculcate,
therefore, knowledge and trust….
Courage is needed for this monumental task. Many are the
challenges which must be met. Not easy is it to change a
world entirely, nor to build a new one on the ruins of the
past. Have courage, therefore, and rebuild your world. Put
fear aside and welcome the future with arms outstretched.
Have patience also, for the foundations of the new must be
laid in stone and faith. Treasure the best of the past and
restore the old signposts. Otherwise, man would lose his
Several times in the past man has had the opportunity to
rise but failed to seize the moment. Be prepared to take
hold of the future with both hands and fashion a world of
beauty. Eschew despair and create with joy and love, knowing
that the future stands ready for your embrace.
Allow Us to guide your footsteps towards the future which
beckons you onwards. Work with Us in hope and trust and make
perfect your way. Leave behind your fears. Take courage from
Our example, for We, too, have known the pains and perils
of the way. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The path to the
Faith is something else again – an inner or
intuitive recognition and continuous communion, and not a
simple belief in this or that doctrine or dogma. (Benjamin
Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)
From time to time, there arises in the minds
of men the concept of love. The idea of love as a natural
instinct which demands expression engages men’s thought,
and steps are taken, through argument and discourse, to demonstrate
that this is so. Thus has it been for millennia. The notion
that love is somehow central to man’s nature never fails
to find adherents. This being so, is it not surprising that
so little love finds expression in the day to day activity
Almost without exception, men live in fear. They see the
world and life as threatening, and build an armour of defence
against these threats. Thus do they limit their capacity
to love. Their love atrophies and dies or hides behind aggression
and hate. Bereft of love, man sickens. Conscious of his inner
worth, unable to call it forth, man projects his fears and
hates upon his neighbours and his world.
Where love rules, harmony governs. Without that harmony,
naught may proceed with confidence. Failing confidence, little
can be achieved. Fear inhibits the expression of love. Love
annihilates fear. Seeking to express his love but limited
by fear, man loses his way. Lost in the quicksand, his struggles
only serve further to entrap him.
Wherein, then, lies the remedy? In order to love, man must
trust. Where trust is not, love cannot be. Love arises spontaneously
in the trusting heart, for love is the true nature of man.
Learn then to trust and demonstrate the love which is ever
ready to shine forth. Trust is the acceptance of life in
all its pain and beauty. Trust is the sure knowledge that
all is working towards the good, that all is under law, and
that that law is administered with justice. Learn to trust
and banish fear. Banish for ever the mechanism of limitation
and open wide the floodgates of love.
When man loves, he draws to himself all possibilities. The
magnet of love, through identity of vibration, attracts all
requirements. Thus is love the lever of evolution.
Consider a world without love; such hideousness appals the
imagination. Why should this be so? Instinctively, man recognizes
the need for love and soon will understand the need to love.
He will come to know that love links him to all others in
an endless chain. Tentatively, perhaps, at first, he will
begin to trust. Step by step, he will conquer his fear. Then
will he enter into that blessed state where fear has no place,
where love sits calmly on its throne, bestowing its grace
on all who come near.
For man, then, to live is to love. Fear, the usurper, must
be eschewed and overcome. Trust engenders love and destroys
that fear, revealing the god who dwells for ever within.
Trust and faith are one, reflections of the inner divinity.
Trust that divinity, allow it to radiate as love, and know
the end of fear. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The need
The Gospel story is correct in its broad general
outlines, but in its details purely symbolic and/or distorted.
Nevertheless He was recognized from time to time by certain
of the disciples. The story of Thomas putting his finger
in the side is symbolic — it did not happen that way, but
is given to emphasize the need for faith. (Maitreya’s
Mission Volume Three)
A mighty task awaits humanity at this turning-point
in its life: to cleanse the world of the age-old habits of
wrong thinking and living; to change entirely its manner
of social living in such a way as to make possible a new
freedom from fear: fear of want, of war, of disease and death.
An enormous task, indeed, but one worth all the effort involved,
for it will lead to a new livingness, a new and sweeter relationship
between men, and to a world governed by the principles of
justice and brotherhood, sharing and love. What finer goal
could there be for humanity than to create such a world?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Health and healing’ part
I come to take you with Me into the New Country
– the Country of Love, the Country of Trust, of Beauty and
Freedom. I shall take you there if you can follow Me, accept
Me, let Me lead and guide. And, if this be so, together we
shall build a New World: A world in which men can live without
fear, without mistrust, without division; sharing together
the Earth’s bounty, knowing together the bliss of union with
our Source. All this can be yours. You have only to take
the first steps and I may lead. Allow Me to help you. Allow
Me to show you the way – forward, into a simpler life where
no man lacks; where no two days are alike; where the joy
of Brotherhood manifests through all men. (Maitreya, from
Interview with Alexander Lauterwasser
by Andrea Bistrich – an excerpt
Using water drops and sound, the German
resonance researcher and photographer, Alexander Lauterwasser,
creates oscillating pictures from water’s response to sound
vibration. Since 1984, he has been researching morphogenesis
(the origin and development of morphological characteristics)
and the morphology of organic forms, based on studies of
the pattern variations on the shells of tortoises – a phenomenon
which he believes could be interpreted as a specialized
Share International: With the publication
of your water-tone patterns, you present an impressive
world of forms unknown to many. What exactly do these pictures
Alexander Lauterwasser: I show the dialogue between sound
or music and water. Often people who have attended my concerts
believe that I make tone visible. But that’s not so: I show
water’s response to tone. My water-sound patterns are ‘dialogue
phenomena’ between vibration and water which replies in the
form of waves on its surface.
SI: How did you get involved in this special
AL: Since my youth I have had a passion for studying tortoises.
My inquiry was mainly directed towards structures and signatures.
Why does a tortoise shell have a particular pattern? Hence
for many years I was occupied with morphogenesis: Where and
how does form or shape develop? One day I discovered a picture
of Chladnian tone figures in a Swiss cultural magazine.
SI: The tone figures that you mention date
back to the researcher Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni.
Napoleon is reported to have said about him: “This man
makes sound visible”. What exactly is meant by the term
Chladnian Tone Figures?
AL: Chladni experimented with sound and tone, and compiled
his work – which is actually the foundation of acoustics
– in 1787 in his leading text Discovery of the Theory
of Sound. He sprinkled sand on a thin sheet of metal
or glass and then caused it to vibrate, by drawing his violin
bow across it. Applying a tone to the plate caused the sand
to move from the vibrating nodes to the resting lines where
it collected and stayed. In this way Chladni caused countless
structures or patterns to form. This fascinated his contemporaries
– one of whom was Goethe – to such an extent that Chladni
was able to earn a living as a lecturer by giving demonstrations
on the effects of sound.
One must view this in a scientific and cultural context:
before Kepler it was generally believed that vibration or
even music was a universal force in the world. Kepler’s entire Harmonices
Mundi is based precisely on the idea that all space,
all planetary orbits and heavenly bodies are saturated by
harmonic law. If you study Pythagoras or Plato or the ancient
Egyptians or Indians — the phenomena of sound and music are
present in all their views of the world. Since Kepler’s time
this view of an enlightened natural science has been ridiculed
and hence forgotten. Then along came Chladni who, for the
first time, proved the then unimaginable: that tone can affect,
move and shape matter. Within cultural and scientific history
this was a highly significant moment.
Today Chladni’s work in this connection is receiving renewed
attention since ideas about tone are again under scrutiny.
Interestingly, along with his studies in acoustics and instrument
building, Chladni also made major pioneering advances regarding
meteorites, so much so that he is considered to be one of
the founders of modern day meteorite research.
SI: Chladni experimented with sand and
other solids whereas, by contrast, you work with water.
AL: At some stage in my work I began to concentrate on fluids
as opposed to sand. Since all embryonic formative processes
in nature begin in a completely fluid medium, it occurred
to me that such developmental processes were more readily
recognizable than in solid materials. Water, I knew, has
a strong affinity with the world of tone and is a much better
medium than air for transporting sound waves.
The inspiration for these experiments with fluids, in which
I try to develop a phenomenology of form processes, was the
work of the Swiss doctor Hans Jenny. It was Jenny who, in
the 1960s and 1970s, furthered Chladni’s research into aspects
of vibrating fluid mediums. He experimented with water, oils,
various fluids, milk, yogurt and many other substances and
described these in his books.
The term “Kymatiks” (or Cymatics, from the Greek “to kyma”
– the wave), which encompasses all wave phenomena, was coined
by Jenny. It is interesting to note that before Hans Jenny
applied himself to the theme of waves he was involved with
form and formation processes in nature and compiled a treaty
on animal types. Every plant, every blade of grass, according
to Jenny’s observations, grows according to the principle
which he defined as “periodicity” whereby two different organizational
characteristics are always repeated: knots and lengthwise
growth or concentration and expansion. In medical terms we
know them as systole and diastole – the two movements of
the living, pulsating heart.
SI: Considering the multiplicity and unforeseeable
nature of the vibrational patterns, have you discovered
universal structures in your work?
AL: From the tests one can generally say that varying frequencies
create differing forms. For example, low frequencies create
large waves, while high frequencies allow fine highly defined
waves to emerge. This is a fundamental law. But the two fundamental
directions of all three-dimensional physical forms, which
are the basis of all design processes in nature, are the
convex and concave – curved outwardly or inwardly. This is
the basic multiplying factor of all three-dimensional forms
– whether you take the Empire State Building, the physical
body of an animal or an artistically formed sculpture.
My starting point and my observations are: What makes the
form? My approach is always the form – the phenomena of form,
and not highly complex mathematical calculations of the plate.
From trials with the metal plates, consecutively vibrated
from zero to approximately 20,000 Hertz, hundreds of forms
have emerged in what are called ‘modes’ or vibration structures
which can be recognized as having similar characteristics.
Initially, one sees what appears to be a chaos of forms.
Then with further observation one recognizes conformity with
natural laws. For example, there are certain patterns that
repeat themselves with slight modifications while the type
of form remains constant. This, if exaggerated, means that
that which is circular at 200 Hertz does not suddenly become
square at 3,000 Hertz but possibly develops a new ring or
new characteristic. Interestingly, with the seventh repetition
the form is slightly modified, and yet still belongs to one
SI: So far you have spoken about frequencies
and vibrations. What about music? Which sounds paint the
most beautiful water patterns?
AL: Generally one cannot say that harmonious music creates
beautiful patterns and heavy metal music terrible ones. That
would be too simplistic. There are also water patterns from
heavy metal that are fascinating. I am careful with the notion
that dissonance is something bad. It has long been known
that if music were always harmonious the listener would fall
asleep. Dissonance is that moment that drives forward and
produces tension – that then needs to be dissolved again.
As I have said, the whole thing is a phenomenon of resonance.
For example, a piano, or violin played pianissimo, is seldom
appropriate for these water patterns. It has nothing to do
with loudness but with sound volume. The difficulty is to
generate as wide as possible a frequency spectrum – whereby
low tones sketch wide wave structures, and high tones fine
SI: What is the significance of your findings
for biology? Should we rethink nature’s evolutionary processes?
AL: The question regarding the motor behind evolution is
actually one of the great questions in biology. I believe,
and this is my definition of evolution, that the whole evolutionary
process comes down to developing and optimizing one’s resonance
ability – ability to respond. It is noteworthy that there
is no life form, not even the amoeba, which has no boundary.
Life begins with a boundary and can only exist by constantly
going into relationship with that against which it sets boundaries.
Life is not separate. Even the smallest virus must, even
if it has no individual metabolism, somehow bring itself
into relation to that from which it is separate. To improve
this dialogue between the inner and outer, in other words
raising resonant capacity, I believe to be the basic evolutionary
drive that dwells within every life form; the evolution of
the senses is a constant development. If you read about sense
physiology today, you will notice that resonance is the decisive
SI: Would you classify your work as science
AL: It is not a question of either/or. For the ancient Greeks
science and art were not opposites. A great deal of the problems
generated by our civilization today, stem from the fact that
these two areas are treated as being separate. Maybe it is
for this reason that science has been able to develop so
many poisons and weapons that are destructive to life. The
most extreme form of this type of science is the atom bomb.
At the same time, the artistic aspect in man has been eliminated
by making art to be something subjective and hence not to
be taken seriously. Today one does not approve of scientists
approaching their work artistically, meaning with the inner
attitude of an artist. Yet a phenomenal-scientific approach
does not exclude an artistic-aesthetic sensitivity and I
believe it to be an important intention when as a living
being one tries to bring these two activities into dialogue.
All the images presented here show the response of water
droplets to sound frequencies between 37.9 and 60 Hz.
© Alexander Lauterwasser
“We must rise against the injustice in Palestine” – Part
Interview with Dries van Agt
by Erik Hutter – an excerpt
Dries van Agt was Prime Minister of the
Netherlands from 1977-1982 having been the Justice Minister
before that (1971-1977). He has a Doctorate in Law and
has also held various academic positions. After he left
national politics he held several posts, such as representative
of the European Union in Japan and the United States.
In August 2005 he led a European Delegation in a fact-finding
mission to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The visit
convinced him of the appalling conditions the Palestinians
have endured for generations. Since then he has been a tireless
supporter of Palestinians rights – a fact which makes him
one of the few prominent Dutch public figures who openly
support the Palestinians.
Erik Hutter: You are known as someone who
speaks with enormous passion about the Palestinian cause.
I saw you on television (Nova, a Dutch news programme),
immediately after the Israeli attack on Gaza in December . I
also read your website which expresses tremendous passion.
What is its origin?
Dries van Agt: I’m often asked: “Why do you concern yourself
so much about Palestine and the Palestinians? Why do you
criticize Israel so fiercely, while we never hear you speak
about Tibet, Darfur, East Congo, and so on, where the distress
and misery are far more serious?”
My answer is as follows: by descent and education I have
become someone with a deep interest in ‘The Holy Land’. The
fact that I am a Christian is one factor that inclines me
to focus on that country in particular.
I am also deeply committed to the law; it is not just a question
of having gained my law degree and then being involved in
all sorts of other things. I belong to that category of professionals
who are devoted heart and soul to the law; and so it disturbs
me greatly that the state of Israel so often and so seriously
violates international law. In a globalizing world it is
high time that we establish an international constitution.
However, to achieve this we need to treat existing international
law with care and respect. Although it is inadequate as yet
it must nevertheless be protected and developed. There’s
the added fact that Israel is a country that prides itself
on belonging to the circle of civilized nations.
EH: Israel calls itself an “oasis of civilization”
in the Middle East.
DvA: “An oasis of civilization” – yes, that’s a better way
of putting it, “An oasis of civilization” in the Middle East
– an example to many. And that is why I disapprove so strongly
of Israel’s behaviour.
My passion also stems from the fact that I am a European.
This wretched situation would probably never have come into
existence without World War I, the Balfour Declaration of
1917 and the British Mandate. (1) Without the British involvement
in the Middle East (by the way, the French enjoyed dividing
up the spoils of the Ottoman Empire), things would almost
certainly have taken another turn. Britain is a European
country and as a European I am involved in that too. And
that applies of course even more strongly to Germany and
the holocaust. Without these two elements such an expansionist
Israel, Zion, would never have come into existence. As a
European I feel a responsibility to try to do something about
EH: Why do you think it is that politicians
seem to treat Israel and Palestine differently?
DvA: Certainly, one of the reasons, probably the main reason,
is the unresolved issue of guilt about the holocaust. This
holds true for the Netherlands, but not only this country
I would imagine. In the past decade we have been startled
by a number of publications by historians revealing that
any reasons we thought we had to be complacent and to talk
about how courageous we were in 1940-1945 were unfounded.
It seems that we failed substantially – the courageous ones
excepted, of course – to shield the Jewish people in our
midst. Denmark is often cited as being a small country where
the Jews suffered less because the Danes acted more courageously
than we did. That hit home and since then we have become
very self-conscious in our desire to overcompensate. A distinction
must be made between the Jewish people and the state of Israel;
failure to do so results in support for the country – whatever
EH: What chances are there for the peace
DvA: That is extremely difficult. I am not alone in having
to resign myself to the dreadful conclusion that without
intervention or at least substantial pressure from outside
there will be no reasonable outcome and therefore no just
peace, by which I mean peace based on international law.
It is no longer possible without pressure from outside –
the reverse of what the United States has been doing so far.
They have always encouraged Israel in whatever that country
Where should the new outside pressure come from? We now have
Obama euphoria – that has not yet faded – but I think that
with Obama, a highly interesting man, our expectations should
not be high. We know that in his election campaign, in particular
his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC), the most powerful lobby group in the States,
Obama made statements that were no less pro-Israel than those
made by John McCain. [Please note that the interview took
place in February 2009.]
EH: Do you think Obama meant what he said
when he spoke to the AIPAC?
DvA: Yes, indeed, although that was campaign language; he
could not do without those votes and the funds they have
at their disposal.
But still, he did make those statements and on top of that
he has surrounded himself with many top-ranking officials
and associates who maintain some connection with AIPAC or
similar organizations. I do not expect much improvement from
Washington but if it happens, so much thebetter.
The initiative has to come from Europe. We seem to have been
quite impotent, unfortunately partly due to the Netherlands.
It is a well-known fact that if someone in the European Union
deliberations asks: “Shouldn’t we just send a warning to
Israel, to show our displeasure?” the Germans, the British
and the Dutch can virtually be relied on to create problems,
so that the required consensus cannot be reached. (As you
may know, all foreign policy matters must be agreed unanimously.)
I always make an exception for the Germans since their reactions
are understandably predictable where Israel is concerned.
However, the British and the Dutch – their attitude is unpardonable.
EH: There’s often a question of blame,
who did what first?
DvA: What one always encounters in any discussion about Israel
and Palestine is the problem of the sequence – I mean the
succession of cause and effect. This was the case too with
the war in Gaza; there was constant reference to so-called
self-defence. “The Palestinians, Hamas, those activists keep
on firing rockets at us [Israel] – it must end, we cannot
tolerate this any longer.” Such acts are extremely disturbing,
illegal and a violation of human rights – “So we just had
Leaving aside the issue of gross and blatant disproportionate
retaliation for the rocket attacks, a fact which is omitted
in almost all publications I have seen and heard in the media,
it was the blockade of Gaza that sparked the use of rockets
against Israel. The blockade has in fact been in existence
more or less since 1993, but was intensified in 2006 immediately
after the electoral victory by Hamas, almost throttling life
in Gaza. And that is the real beginning of the story, not
EH: We talked about Europe’s possible role.
What could Europe do?
DvA: It is obvious what Europe can do. Our power is economic
power and very substantial. That is all we have, but it is
sufficient. About two-thirds of Israeli exports go to Europe.
If we had the political will we could accomplish a lot on
the basis of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, article
2 (2). EU behaviour recently reached the height of absurdity:
in May-June 2008 Israel’s 60th anniversary was celebrated,
and at that time Israel requested intensification and diversification
of relations with the EU, which were already close. Their
request was met with a “yes, in principle”, with details
to be worked out. To my mind, this is utter insanity. The
EU could not have given Israel more powerful encouragement
to continue committing injustice. I do not understand this
at all; I blame all the EU countries, the Netherlands included.
We can do something and we do not do it, so we are accessories
to that monumental injustice.
EH: You often read in the media that Hamas
caused the problems by, as you just mentioned, firing rockets
at Israel. Hamas is the legally elected government of Palestine.
How do you see Hamas?
DvA: As you say, Hamas is the legally elected government
of the Palestinians. They were chosen in elections that (a)
we in the West wanted; and (b) which were carried out correctly,
according to all observers. I cannot think of a more powerful
advertisement against democratization than what we [the West]
did, and continue to do to this day, in response to those
Approximately 46 Hamas members of parliament are currently
imprisoned in Israeli prisons; they were arrested soon after
the elections together with a number of Hamas ministers.
However, the democratic world is silent on this issue.
EH: What would happen if it were the other
DvA: The world would explode with indignation! It is not
true to say that Hamas is constantly sabotaging the search
for peace by firing rockets and so on; rather, the reverse
is true. A report in my file, compiled fastidiously by a
like-minded friend, reveals that it was in fact Hamas which
established truces a number of times – unilaterally, since
bilateral agreements were not possible, because Israel refuses
to talk to Hamas. Those truces were repeatedly broken, because
Israel initiated acts of violence, such as, for instance,
targeted killings during the truce, invasions of Gaza, firing
at Gaza from the sea, the tragedy in Beit Hanoun, where a
family of nine or ten people were shot and killed. This report
contains a complete survey of the authentic events; a pattern
emerges: Hamas institutes truces and Israel destroys them….
[End of excerpt]
Interview with Pedro Paez Pérez
by Luc Guillory – an excerpt
Pedro Paez Pérez was the Ecuadorian Minister of Economic
Co-ordination in President Correa’s government between October 2007 and December
2008. He introduced a number of reforms such as the law on hydrocarbons which
enabled the government to regain partial control over the oil resources of
the country, to the detriment of the multinational private oil corporations.
Mr Perez has a PhD in Economics and is a specialist in public policies
for development; he has written a number of books, including Risks
and challenges of the dollarization of Ecuador.
Now the plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ecuador, he was asked to join the
Stiglitz Commission, which has presented recommendations on tackling the global
financial and economic crisis to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The Stiglitz Commission report will be considered for the UN Conference on
‘The World Economic and Financial Crisis and Its Impact on Development’, taking
place in New York on 24-26 June 2009.
Mr Perez recently represented the Stiglitz Commission at the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Public Symposium in Geneva, Switzerland,
in May 2009. Luc Guillory interviewed him there for Share International.
Share International: Could you first say how and why the
Stiglitz Commission was formed, and what its objectives are?
Pedro Paez Pérez: In November 2008, the President of the General Assembly
of the United Nations, Miguel D’Escoto, convened the ‘Commission of Experts
of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International
Monetary and Financial System’. Its remit was to report on the impact of the
global economic and financial crisis on the developing nations, and potential
solutions to that crisis.
Initially there were only four to six experts in the Commission, but we are
now 18 members. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner and eminent figure, was
chosen to be the President of the Commission.
SI: How does the Commission view the present crisis?
PPP: First of all, it is important to say that the Commission is a
very heterogeneous group containing a wide spectrum of opinions, which made
for very lively discussions and negotiations as we worked towards the definitive
formulation of recommendations. However, there was a consensus criticising
the old financial structures and critical of the neoliberal approach to the
economy based on free market forces and financial deregulation. These old ideas
prevail in treaties on free trade and in the negotiations at the World Trade
SI: In the light of this, what are the main recommendations
of the Stiglitz Commission?
PPP: The Commission focuses on production, employment, justice and
democracy. We recommend the definition of a new reserve currency, based on
Special Drawing Rights (SDR, an international reserve asset). Institutions
at regional level should be involved in working towards regional macroeconomic
convergence and co-ordination, to create conditions of stability and exchange
parity. We consider trade to be a means of development, but not along the lines
of the current neoliberal view of free trade, which believes market forces
to be the only way to define fair and efficient prices. On the contrary, we
see trade as a means of raising resources to stimulate employment and interaction
SI: During the UNCTAD Symposium, questions were raised about
a new assets reserve and the most appropriate institution to monitor this
currency. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was named, but it was also
argued that the UN should supervise the new system directly. What is your
position on this issue?
PPP: I believe that the UN is the most representative institution in the world.
The IMF may have a technical role to play in monitoring the accountancy of
this reserve, for example, or in actually issuing the SDRs, but the global
administration as well as the allocation of resources should fall within the
competence of the United Nations. There is a hot debate on this matter as some
would like the Bank for International Settlements to play the role of a world
central bank. But in my view this solution would be even worse.
SI: When one considers the UN, one immediately thinks of
the General Assembly, but we also know that many decisions are being blocked
by the Security Council. Which UN body, do you think, should administer this
PPP: The Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) might be the direct supervising
organ, or any other ad hoc UN body, but in all cases, the General
Assembly should be the regulatory authority and should control the destination
of the resources, through the multilateral institutions. For example, the Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO) should be entitled to use this reserve to
fund any urgent programme whenever a risk of starvation arises. Likewise, the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) should be allowed to dip into the
reserve to fund programmes in favour of the least developed nations. The United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) might also have access to this facility
for any urgent situation related to climate change.
But we also think that regional financial institutions such as the Bank of
the South, in Latin America, should be entitled to create complementary funds
in order to extend the SDRs locally. Such additional facilities would not make
countries liable to pay taxes, as is usually the case when making use of traditional
financial and monetary instruments. It would enable them to fund their development
programmes; it would improve their capacity to implement countercyclical policies,
and to reduce the structural imbalances between the nations of any given region.
SI: It is said that the IMF and the WTO have embraced the
neoliberal ideology which brought about the present crisis, and they are
often criticized for it. Do you think that these institutions should be reformed
or even put under UN trusteeship?
PPP: In reality, the key issue is to know how we might act on the political
decisions taken by the nations of the North, which recently granted new resources
to the IMF. One way would be to create the new financial facility, exempt from
the traditional “conditionality” imposed by the IMF. This financial facility
should be set up and supervised by a UN authority, and not by the IMF. It would,
in fact, be a relevant solution to the quarrel about the problem of world governance.
SI: The General Assembly is to meet to look into solutions
to the crisis and the conclusions and recommendations of the Stiglitz Commission
are to be presented to the Assembly. What are the chances that these recommendations
will be considered and adopted on a long term basis?
PPP: This is a really historic opportunity. What is needed is not a G8, nor
a G20, to rule on the present situation and make decisions, but a G192. We
see today that the speculators, who took advantage of the last 20 to 30 years
of deregulation and the really parasitic engorgement of the financial world,
are now precisely those who are benefiting most from today’s crisis.
We must change this. We must change the relationship between manufacture and
the financial system in order to create jobs. We must choose a different economic
model, since the current system is a failure. The present economy based on
competition is bankrupt. We need a new paradigm of production and consumption.
We have to overcome this disastrous global experience and open up to new principles
to govern our daily lives – through sharing, solidarity, brotherhood, democracy
– another type of relation between the North and the South, as well as new
dimensions of co-operation within the South. New priorities must be on our
agenda: such as the principle of food sovereignty, the building of a critical
mass of sciences and technologies beneficial to all, the protection and development
of indigenous traditional knowledge; as well as a genuine cultural revolution
for the expression of all people’s voice.
SI: Your answer seems to suggest that the real dimension
of the crisis is not simply economic. Would you call it a crisis of civilization?
PPP: Definitely. It is not simply a crisis of production of goods and services,
but a crisis of production of ‘meaning’ in the world. It is very serious. The
people’s anger in the North and the South revolves around a lack of meaning
in their daily life. For example, people ask: “Did I deserve to lose my job
or to find myself unable to feed my children anymore?” Frustration is growing
and will continue to do so in the near future, and that is extremely dangerous.
The temptation to resort to violence is imminent. The international community,
the academic world and leading thinkers in general are facing a major crisis
of credibility, and must provide alternatives based on a superior order. We
cannot afford to lapse back into barbarism and the law of the jungle; we must
grasp the opportunity of this crisis to rebuild a more human and friendly civilization.
SI: Readers of Share International are
accustomed to the notion of a global Marshall Plan, as a new economic paradigm.
Can we say that the recommendations of the Stiglitz Commission are somewhat
along the similar lines?
PPP: The requirements for the implementation of a global Marshall Plan are
now met and, furthermore, the necessary resources are frequently already available
locally. For example, I mentioned during the Symposium that Latin America has
billions of dollars available in official reserves, but the trouble is that
we cannot use them because we have to defend ourselves against the risk of
speculative [financial] attacks. If, in the Third World, it were possible to
raise those kinds of resources in addition to international SDRs and regional
monetary funds, we could build areas of regional monetary sovereignty to develop
production and job policies which would radically transform the situation in
those developing countries.
But the crisis is also an opportunity to transform the economies in the North
and lead them to turn towards sufficiency. The South should be entitled to
obtain what it needs, whereas the challenge of the North is to confine itself
to what is sufficient.
SI: In the last decade, many changes occurred in Latin America.
Do you think the continent could become a model and inspire other nations
to bring about all the needed changes?
PPP: Latin America’s experience is very specific, relating to its history,
to various circumstances at the level of governments, popular organizations,
and sociological movements such as the theory of independence and liberation
theology. Schools of thought have blossomed and have led to the present situation.
Without denying its value as an example, it must however be kept in mind that
a number of severe limitations still exist, such as a certain degree of cultural
and academic colonialism. We have now to mobilize all progressive schools of
thought to offer multidimensional solutions to the crisis through an immediate
and viable program….
SI: Readers of Share International know
that the Masters of Wisdom say that we only have a few years in which to
change the economy, and no more than some 15 years to solve the problem of
climate change and pollution, and thus avoid a human disaster. What is your
opinion of how much time we have to implement all the changes we have talked
about, and therefore avoid what you described as a “human calamity” in your
speech at the Symposium?
PPP: The time has come, without delay, to open all the doors to social, intellectual
and spiritual energy, so that all voices may be heard and so that we can build
new possibilities for the world. Time is short. The depth and extent of the
crisis are such that we must mobilize the general participation of the populations
of the North as well as those of the South – civil society, the academic world
and all the institutions. If this happens we will surely succeed.
SI: Share International highlights
the importance of “the people’s voice” to implement change.
PPP: The people’s voice must be heard, indeed. And this means a change in the
relation between the politicians and their fellow citizens – a change built
out of creativity, compromise and authenticity.