To judge from various writings, it is not clear what life will be like after ascension.
Everyone agrees, however, that life will be a lot better than it is today – a lot better, though it will also include greater responsibilities to each other and the planet – and the galaxy. So in what ways will our society, our beliefs and paradigms have to change?
The key things that will come from ascending into a higher state will include a greater understanding and experience that We Are All One. We may have heard that said before, but it has not been our experience. It is much more obvious to us that we are separate from each other. Such connection as we have is limited to brief experiences of being aware of how each other feels, which is empathy, or being involved in a seeming coincidence that has brought us together in some way. What else? Nothing much else comes to mind.
In a higher state of consciousness we will become telepathic, or at least far more empathic. Such phenomena can only mean that we are connected through our minds or hearts or spirit – or consciousness, however that may manifest. It will be impossible to deny that we are connected. If so, then there is a common field of consciousness to which we are all connected. We are aspects of that field of consciousness, which could be thought of as ‘spirit’. At the very least, We Are All (part of) One.
In that state of oneness it will be difficult to remain separate. It will be difficult to judge another, or do harm to another, partly because it will, in a very literal sense, be self-defeating to act or feel negatively towards ‘oneself’, and also because our negativity would be felt by others, and we would be identified as the source.
In practice, we would not act nor feel negatively towards another because we would not have made the quantum leap into a higher state of consciousness if we still harboured ill-will towards others. Ascension therefore means learning to treat others as oneself, lovingly and supportively, compassionately, forgivingly and joyfully. And if we don’t feel that way towards ourselves today, that’s a measure of the work we need to do before ascension. We need to learn to love, not just as an intellectual thing but in practice, in every sphere of our lives. That is, after all, what the Ascended Masters like Jesus and Buddha and Mohammed have been telling us.
And this implies responsibility to each other. And to the planet. We need to learn to love each other and the planet in such a way that we also act lovingly, and take responsibility for ‘the other’, which is also oneself. We know what this means. We need to look after each other, to support each other, to act in a positive, constructive way towards each other. But as yet we do not know the extent to which we must do this. And this is where ascension does not become the ‘no-brainer’, easy choice.
It may be that a new World War or a succession of major natural disasters will throw us all into a state of mutual dependency or will open our hearts to compassion for those involved, whether near or far away.
Charity, though, with all the word charity implies, begins at home and there is no reason why we should not start today. Here in Britain, we have largely lost the sense of community and we know it is a great loss. Community implies mutuality, a sense of togetherness, a sense of being interdependent. Beyond the merely practical, mundane and prosaic, it implies an extended family, a sense of belonging, a connection which can be felt from the heart, and expressed as love in the sense taught by the great masters like Jesus.
The transcending power of love
We know in our hearts the value of community. We know the value of love for each other, for family, for extended family, for community. We have lost the practice of community, and to some degree we have lost the desire for community because our material wealth, our work, our daily routines, our personal transport (the car) and our willingness to travel have made it possible to live separately from those around us. Yet not all of us are so fortunate, and those people bemoan the loss of community. And even the fortunate ones whose friends and family are notionally their community are aware that community is important. So what would it take to restore our sense of community, other than waiting for disaster to bring us together?
It would take a Movement. Preferably, it would take several movements of very large groups of people who share a common cause. But on what basis could movements be founded? I can propose an example in which I am personally involved.
For the last 18 months (11th April 2008 – nearly 4 years now!) I have done full-time voluntary work with the North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention, based in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, in the county of Staffordshire in England. The Convention has around 500 members, almost all pensioners of 60 years of age and older. One of our activities is to challenge the powers-that-be over their policies relating to older people.
Since the summer of 2005 we have been engaged in debate with the officers and councillors of Stoke-on-Trent City Council over their strategy for elderly care services across the city. When the officers’ first draft report was published, my first reaction was “where’s the care?”. It seemed to me that the proposed strategy was driven almost entirely by two things: cost and government directives. So we launched a campaign based on ‘quality of care’. In September 2005 we presented to the Lord Mayor, at a full meeting of the City Council, a 5000-signature petition entitled ‘Quality Care Charter for Older People in North Staffordshire’. Our petition was well-received and since then we, the North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention, have been directly involved in taking the strategy forward to final proposals.
What has become clear is the extent to which our call for ‘quality care’ has become a vanguard, a without-which-nothing, basis for future policy. Everyone understands what ‘quality care’ means, and everyone recognises the need, and desire, for it. Everyone knows that we cannot accept anything less. ‘Quality care’ is an expression of concern, compassion and love for those in need. No-one at policy-making level fails to understand that the general public wants ‘quality care’ from the authorities, whether for themselves, their relatives or for the wider community. And now ‘quality care’ has become a rallying call, and when the officers and councillors of Stoke-on-Trent City Council talk in public, they refer to the need for ‘quality care’.
This is the sort of thing that Movements are based upon. Here in Stoke-on-Trent we have the basis for a movement with genuine power behind it – the common aspiration of all the people. And even though it may present problems for those devising and implementing policy, and even though the public may have to contribute through their taxes, the common aspiration is so strong that no-one is going to say “we can’t afford it”. Everyone knows that the community demands nothing less, and everyone feels safe in saying that ‘quality care’ is an indispensable, without-which-nothing requirement for a community, or society.
We could turn this into a national movement. The North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention is affiliated to the National Pensioners’ Convention in London which has contacts in the Government at Westminster and represents over a million pensioners. The National Pensioners’ Convention could turn our local campaign into a national campaign, and could stimulate the same response in people’s hearts nationally that we stimulated locally. This would be a perfectly legitimate tool to use to promote a sense of community throughout Britain. And we will do this in the near future. We have established that such a campaign changes hearts and minds, and with this experience behind us we will take the campaign forward.
There are other campaigns that the National Pensioners’ Convention could pursue, for example against the monetary system, which is what controls the amount of the State Pension paid to pensioners.
Another example of such a campaign, to be taken up by others, which could change hearts and minds would be a ‘Women against War’ campaign such as Code Pink: Women for Peace. There are others. All it takes is small groups of people to take up such a campaign, establish that people support it and then translate it into a national campaign.
What these campaigns would be, are expressions of concern, compassion and love for others. Such values transcend all other values, be they economic, political, cultural, religious, scientific, academic or whatever. Whatever plans any of the powers-that-be have to change our societies over the next few years could be made to stand the test of concern, compassion and love for others.
I see this happening over the next few years. I see people relishing the opportunity to stake their claim for more heartfelt values in society, and a greater sense of community. This would be entirely consistent with the steady rise in consciousness which seems to be on the cards for the immediate future, in preparation and acclimatisation for a sudden, quantum leap in 2011/2012.
The transcending power of giving
The western economic system centres around money. One might think that money is the central pivot around which everything revolves, and that’s the way life works. We seldom stop to wonder whether that is true. So let’s stop and wonder now.
Money is a man-made concept, enabling people conveniently to exchange goods and services and other things of value. It’s convenient because we expect to pay, or be paid, in return for the goods and services we are exchanging.
Why should we pay or be paid in return for the goods and services we are exchanging?
Do we pay our mother and father for the many things they gave us? Do we ask our children to pay us for such things?
In a closed community, in which all the goods and services we require are made available to the members of the community according to their need, no money is needed, although it would be expected that everyone would contribute through their labour, or knowledge or in some other way.
Well, the world is a closed community, is it not? And potentially it is self-sufficient, with everyone enjoying abundance – if that can be described as having what we need, rather than having everything we want. Then why isn’t it happening that way? It’s because of the way things have evolved. Along the way, because we lived in a low level of consciousness, and we were driven by dark agencies, we sought wealth and power for our nation in competition with other nations. Nations needed or wanted to import and export in order to receive necessary goods and services and to make available to their people the wealth that the nation owned, whether natural resources or human intelligence, etc.
If the time has now come when we wish to cease competing, and cease being driven by the dark side, we can abandon the economic system which was suited to our past behaviour, behaviour which we now wish to transcend. We wish now to live in a world where peace prevails, with abundance for all, at least to the extent that everyone throughout the world has an ample sufficiency. That is reflective of a higher state of consciousness such as we are now rising into.
So now we don’t need money at all. We can just give things freely, and receive things freely. And there really isn’t any other way of expressing unconditional love. Money is obviously conditional. “I will give you this if you will pay me what it’s worth.” Note the word ‘if’. Conditional. “If you give me this, I will give you that”. Even barter is conditional. The only reflection of unconditional is giving without any expectation of return. Could it possibly work?
Take a look at www.freecycle.org where there are groups all around the world simply giving things away free. It works wonderfully. I started a Stoke-on-Trent Freecycle group, which operates on the Yahoo group system, as do all Freecycle groups around the world. The group has over 700 members (December 10th 2010: now over 5000 members) and every day people are willingly giving away all sorts of things because they no longer want them. What would it take for people to give away things they made, or grew in their garden, knowing that others were doing the same? Well, let’s find out! I’ll start a group for that purpose. I’ll call it Givingitwithlove.
I’ve looked to see whether such a group or website exists. Amazingly, I found there were no such sites as give-it-with-love.org, or .org.uk, not even .com or .co.uk for a florist’s shop or suchlike, nor giving-it-with-love, nor givingunconditionally, nor money-free-economy or similar others. I did find a www.givingitallaway.com which seemed to embody the idea but it was undeveloped. Am I on my own here? Is there no-one out there thinking like this? Is there anyone reading this? If so, please send me an email to reassure me I’m not alone! Thanks! Phew!
The Stoke-on-Trent Freecycle group took about a year before it really got going when we had some publicity in the media. And although it has grown steadily there have been marked spurts of growth following some media coverage of Freecycle. So I dare say it would take quite a long time for Givingitwithlove would take off. Or, the rising consciousness might help it to grow faster. We’ll see.
In the meantime, how can we make a transition to a new economy as consciousness rises?
The transcending power of not using money
There’s a great likelihood of a major collapse in the global economy, led probably by a collapse in the American dollar. Many commentators are surprised it has held on so long but feel it is inevitable that reality will prevail and the current fantasy of dollar value and supremacy will collapse catastrophically very soon indeed which, from the time of writing in April 2006, means by this summer. If so, it will have repercussions worldwide.
(December 28th 2006: The US dollar is falling steadily, and many countries and organisations, especially those selling or buying oil, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Venezuela and OPEC, have just begun to sell or buy oil in currencies other than the US dollar which until recently was the world reserve currency for oil sales. It seems inevitable that this will have serious consequences for the US economy and then for the world economy. Unfortunately, the US economy has been discovered to be way, way beyond financial sustainability and the US has lost many friends through its empire-like foreign policies.)
This could appear to portend disastrous consequences for us all, with personal and corporate bankruptcies and a total breakdown in the production and supply chain. But wait! As we’ve already seen, the money is an illusion, it’s not anything of real substance. It is ‘fiat’ – let it be – and is worth only what we agree it is worth. So if the U.S. dollar collapses, and if the U.K.’s pound sterling collapses, well, let’s set up another currency, or barter, or lend, or share, or give.
The real foundation of an economy is not the money, but the production and supply chain, and all the physical assets like the buildings and the roads and vehicles and machinery, together with the human resources whether physical or intellectual. All of that will continue, so where’s the problem?
The problem lies simply in our perception that our money has value. But it only has value as long as we pretend that it does. Our production capacity has real value. We can’t pretend that it has, or doesn’t have, value. And that’s what counts. The total value of an economy is not how much ‘money’ there is in it, but how much productive capacity it has.
Money is simply a token, of no intrinsic value, which enables us to exchange things. The national currency, whether it be dollars or pounds, is only important when it comes to importing, because the exporting country needs to know that the money it is accepting will have some value for purchasing goods from us, or using our currency to buy things from other countries. Even so, a computerised credit and debit system would make currency redundant.
The same would apply to a regional or a local currency. It’s the confidence in the currency that gives it it’s true value. But if we can back up that confidence with the knowledge that we can exchange in some other way, for example through exchange of goods, or services, or knowledge, etc., the currency can just be used as a convenient token.
So we could set up local currencies. Paper currencies could be printed as easily as gift vouchers in department stores. Even local councils could print vouchers as legitimate exchange bills. And we should have local currencies on standby so that in the event of a collapse of our national currency we can still trade. This means that, providing that we can back up our local currency with something meaningful, even if it’s a promise – just as it says on our banknotes ‘I promise to pay on demand, the sum of £xx’ which is the ultimate guarantor of the currency – we can still trade.
The really big issue about a collapse of currency is what happens to cash we have in the bank or building society or tied up in shares. This cash would probably be lost. And this shows that cash is best invested in useful assets such as a place to live, with enough land to grow what we need, and tools and machinery.
So I recommend everyone to convert all their cash and shares and non-productive assets immediately into assets for self-reliance. Preferably, communities should do this together. There is no point in being self-reliant in a community where everyone else is starving and looting, because you would be their first target. Communities should organise for everyone to be provided for. This means not just neighbourhood communities but villages, towns and cities, and even regions should be organised to be self-reliant and self-sufficient in the basic needs for subsistence and survival.
The transcending power of self-sufficiency
Is there any sign of self-sufficiency organised around the nation? Here in England there is no sign whatsoever. So it’s time to speak to local and national government, urging them to stop being so complacent about the security of our food, water and energy supplies and start organising for our self-sufficiency.
(December 28th 2006: I heard today on the radio that 60% of Britain’s food consumption is home-grown, 20% comes from the EU and only 20% from around the world e.g. bananas, coffee from the tropics and sub-tropics – food which perhaps we don’t need. But being nationally self-sufficient doesn’t mean we can access food when our national infrastructure breaks down through e.g. widespread computer failure caused by solar storms, flu pandemic, terrorism. I live amid some of the best farming country in the world, yet there is no local access to locally-grown food whatsoever. However, at least people are beginning to voice such concerns on the radio.)
Here is a letter you could copy and send to your town or city councillors:
I have it on good authority that our community’s food and fuel supplies could be at risk from several credible threats resulting from the globalisation of our economy, including natural disasters, climate change, terrorism, flu pandemics, economic collapse and possibly others.
In contrast to the efforts made to globalise our economy, no efforts appear to have made in our local area to ensure self-sufficiency in food and fuel, not even through quantities of food and fuel held in storage against possible future shortages.
I feel I have to hold you responsible for the lack of contingency planning expedited by the local authority to meet these credible threats, and I now call on you to raise this as a matter of urgency through your council offices.
It seems necessary to ensure that enough food and fuel is grown locally so that we do not depend on outside sources, and whilst supplies are being cultivated there should be supplies held in storage.
I intend to raise this matter with the local media and to keep them informed of your replies to me and the actions that you and your council take to redress this vulnerability.
In addition, we need to do whatever we personally can do to ensure our survival throughout the ascension process. We should, therefore, store food at home, or in some safe place. Foods such as whole grains, pulses, seeds, nuts, oils, salt, sugar will store for months, even years if kept cool and dry.
Whole grains and pulses and beans (in their natural i.e. seed form), and seeds can be sprouted, that is, soaked in water overnight then drained, kept wet, refreshed daily, in a glass container on a warm windowsill or in the airing cupboard, until they sprout their first growth. As they grow and develop their first small leaves they will multiply in nutritional value and are probably the best kind of food you could eat at any time now or in the future. You could practically live on a combination of seed sprouts.
A diet of whole grain, cooked or raw e.g. muesli, with sprouted seeds, home-grown salad food, vegetables and fruit would not only keep you alive but would probably vastly improve your present-day diet and hugely reduce your present spending on food. Also, it would alkalinise your diet, which apparently would strengthen your immune system and optimise your health.
Self-sufficiency in transport means not using the petrol or diesel supplied by the garage forecourts which are supplied mainly from overseas.
The nearest equivalent to petrol and diesel is bio-diesel which can be manufactured locally but it is a relatively complicated process and uses a lot of crops from which the oil is pressed. Bio-ethanol is a better prospect. Ethanol is a liquid fuel produced by converting the starch content of biomass feedstocks (e.g. corn, potatoes, beets, sugarcane, wheat) into alcohol by variations on a fermentation process. However it cannot be used ‘straight’ in modern cars.
If petrol and diesel will no longer be available, for reasons of cost or interrupted supply, modern, high-technology cars will become redundant. We will need to revert to the much lower level of technology of pre-catalytic converter cars, and pollution from exhaust emissions will become less of a priority than at present. Survival will take priority. Therefore communities will need to have vehicles powered by old-fashioned engines using old-fashioned fuels.
Otherwise, new technologies will need to become available. Frankly, I don’t expect this to happen until the ETs arrive, although water, surprisingly, seems to have been keeping some secrets from us. Hence the need for us to become self-sufficient in our communities. We can walk the length of our communities, and carry what we need.
Those of us who enjoy owning and driving modern cars should enjoy them while we can.
At present the clothes we wear are chosen because of fashion and appearance more than practicality. In the near future we will forget about fashion and appearance.
Clothes will need to be practical in terms of warmth and durability. For such things, we could look back to Victorian England or even further back to Anglo-Saxon times. There is no shortage of examples from the past. This is not high technology. The skills of the past will be worth learning, if we are to stay warm and dry.
It might seem unlikely that we will need to replace our current form of government, but actually it is necessary because the present government is part of a system which is corrupt through and through.
At the very least it would be necessary for the electorate to vote into power an entirely new set of people who understand what they are replacing, so that it won’t happen again. Frankly that is not likely to happen until the ETs come.
This is why we need to become more self-sufficient locally.
However, we will need to be pro-active about preventing ourselves being drawn into the Orwellian 1984 police state which is currently in the making. The U.K. is already highly surveillanced. We face the need for an uprising by the people, a civil war against the authorities, a revolution to prevent the making of a police state, if we are ever to be free. It is not generally known that even today we are not free citizens, nor have we been since 1066 when the Normans conquered England and made the free citizens of England subjects of the Crown as we remain today. But at least we have felt somewhat free. In the near future, we could be well aware of being imprisoned by the State in our own homes – if indeed they are still our own homes.
We should know that before the Norman Conquest in 1066 there was an Anglo-Saxon society with a well-ordered style of government, a true, organic democracy which worked from the people upwards through tiers of government to the centre, rather than down from the centre as we have today. The Anglo-Saxon society is a default model for a democratic society. That is, when civilisations collapse, they collapse back to a society like the Anglo-Saxon. I have been involved for a couple of years in an initiative to restore this model, which contains a vision for what a post-U.K. style of government would be like.
Faith and Ethnicity:
The process of ascension is one of increasing unity. Whatever is separated needs to be reconciled into a transcendent unity. There is no question but that the differences we face through our different faiths and cultures and ethnicities need to be reconciled into a unity which inevitably must transcend every superficial difference.
There is undoubtedly a central core of truth in our lives which we must understand and agree upon. There can only be one truth at the heart of things, even though that truth may be different in different levels of consciousness.
So somehow, all the faiths that believe in God need to transcend their belief and keep transcending until they can find something to agree upon. Otherwise, there will always be these major divisions in the world which will keep us all apart except when we go to war against each other in the name of our faith. What we fail to recognise is the extent to which we are manipulated by the dark powers-behind-the-scenes to remain divided and competitive. The major religions have signs of being devised more by the hand of corrupted man than by God. We need to come together to repel this manipulation, even if it means having to dismantle our religions altogether.
Surely at the heart of all religions is a spirituality which we are trying to discern and understand and embody. There has never been a more crucial time for us to succeed than now.