Sample article from the January 2002 Star Beacon

Love in the bomb shelter: World service in crisis

Scott Mandelker

by Scott Mandelker, Ph.D.

The next war is now begun, bombs are falling and fear is growing. We wonder where it will lead, with no prospect of quick solution or calm discussion to come save the day. Many of us seeking love and peace now wonder where we fit in, whatís the point of being here, and why the troubles keep coming. And yet they do, and likely will, but we need not fall helpless to our knees, and need not despair. Facing the facts is one thing, keeping balance is another.





A PEACEFUL WORLD - but for how long?
Stevens Gulch north of Paonia, Colorado
last January (photo by Ann Ulrich)




During a counseling session, we talked about current events and a likely scenario for the next five years (some of which youíll find in the essay, "Facing Human Destiny," on the Web site). We talked over what to do to help, and the apparent impotence of our position. Not seeking political power, those who simply love and hope for the best canít stop the hate of those who favor violence and revenge, nor can we dissolve weapons held on both sides (and by the way, nor will ET elders strip us of them either). Yet, there is much we can do, and our role is not without power at all - though we ought to be realistic, and as RA said, we may have to quit our need to "expect results upon visible planes." Overall, itís a little like sitting in a bomb shelter.

During the counseling session, I said that Wanderers are those who put their arms around people crying and bereft beside us in the bomb shelter. We canít run to the street and wail to the sky for bombs to stop falling, though some of us may do so and thereís certainly some nobility in the deed. But I, for one, and most Wanderers and people of goodwill donít have political power - so our primary service is simply to those around us, bringing comfort, understanding, solace and wisdom as possible.

Faced with such options, here is where "keeping our balance" comes in: We canít serve too much or all that well unless we stay centered, head above water, in touch with the full gamut of emotional process, ears open to whatís being said (verbally and at deeper levels) by all those around us. Our job is to stay well connected to heart, love, spirit and will.

During the session, we could see humanity as a single body, a single being with far distant limbs and organs, disconnected from complete self-communica- tion. Thus we see the most economically developed, and nearly most technologically advanced nation pitted against those among the least. One part of the body lives in relative luxury while the other has been in pain a very long time. One part enjoys great personal freedom and mobility while the other has been locked in poverty, with few options, seemingly forever. Looking at a map of the globe, I imagine Afghanistan is about as far away from the U.S. as you can get, and in many ways, the two nations are polar opposites.

Looking at humanity as a single being, we see two elements of that being in nearly total disconnection, and ironically, we now have to confront each other - our ways and social values, our personal lives and relative security and standards of living. Ironically, this war joins two cultures in many ways diametrically opposed - one that (claims to) value the individual and material prosperity above all, and the other that strictly demands traditional group law and its version of spiritual duty. Humanity, as a single being, must confront itself in a very difficult way. But given the strife, struggle and lack of love rampant in 3D humanity for the last 5,000 years, itís no wonder the confrontation now occurs through the barrel of a gun.

Americans must confront the nature and long-term effects of our foreign policy, and Moslems need to ask themselves if violence really serves their aims, and really does the will of God. We could both benefit from re-examining our cultural assumptions, priorities, and the forms and extent of our own political participation. Only kindness and mutual support creates lasting peace and security, and the more true friends made, the fewer enemies weíll all have. Since we now find ourselves devoid of such security, we need to take a look at ourselves as well as those whoíve breached it.

We can throw blame freely, it does relieve some anger, and aggressors are easy to find. But that is not enough, and only self-examination really heals, leading to greater comprehension of ourselves and the whole body of humanity, both near and far. In his recent message, Bin Laden stated three complaints: the Palestinian homeland, the U.S.-led bombing and Iraqi sanctions, and foreign troops in Saudi Arabia. In the midst of a religious diatribe, these points sounded a different note.

Frankly, the issues here do need review, though thatís no excuse for terrorism and the need to bring its perpetrators to justice, on all sides. Given the will to compromise (which likely wonít be found in the halls of power for some time, if ever), Iím sure win-win solutions could be found. But both sides are in no mood for discussion, and thus, a cycle of violence spins on. The real question is if the two sides will EVER arrive at the point at which they sincerely want honest compromise. When they arrive at that point, lasting peace will then be born - but until they do, continuing war seems likely.

As to the individual, those of us who only love will surely be spun by recent events, then spun again by more conflict in months to come. To the adept - the one who works from sixth chakra completion in awareness of the One Creator and Law of Free Will, founded in balanced love-wisdom (fourth and fifth chakra activation) - it is very clear that love is not enough for real spiritual maturity. Love without wisdom is kindly but weak, well intentioned but dull, seeking outer harmony without inner power to realize its fundaments. It is easily duped, easily led, and easily set off balance.

Love without wisdom lacks mental force, accurate discernment, and contact with inner self needed to access the force of spiritual will. Lacking will, both world service and comprehension of world events are ineffective, shaky and spotty. Facing headlines of the day, love without wisdom is in the dark trying to understand roots of war and violence, and the means to lasting 3D harmony. Unless we develop clear mind reason, and maturity to face and accept the free-will decisions of the other-selves with whom we disagree (the near and distant portions of the body-humanity), we are going to have a hard time sailing the rough seas of the next decade.

Interestingly, despite the horror, war is considered one of the primary forms of experiential catalyst that can enable us to realize our greater powers and spiritual harmony - just as we already see millions of people soul searching in light of recent events. In session #33 on March 1, 1981, RA addressed this point with an overview of the major influences stimulating soul evolution:

QUESTIONER: Can you list any sub-headings under self or ways the self is acted upon catalytically, which would produce experience?

RA: I am Ra. Firstly, the self unmanifested. Secondly, the self in relation to the societal self created by self and other-self. Thirdly, the interaction between self and the gadgets, toys, and amusements of the self, other-self invention. Fourthly, the self relationship with those attributes which you may call war and rumors of war.

(The Law of One, vol. II, page 49; bolding added)

Moreover, RA predicted war to be likely in the lead-up to Harvest or Ascension in 2010-2013 A.D., when Earth assumes its fourth density energy field at the start of the "New Age." The following exchange took place on Aug. 8, 1981 in session #65, reflecting the value of world crisis for personal growth:

QUESTIONER: Would the coming changes as we progress into fourth-density such as changes in the physical third-density planet due to the heating effect (Earth Changes)... act as catalyst to create a greater seeking?

RA: I am Ra. This is partially correct. The correct portion of your statements is the greater opportunity for service due to the many changes which will offer many challenges, difficulties, and seeming distresses within your illusion to many who then will seek to understand the reason for the malfunctioning of the physical rhythms of their planet.

Moreover, there exist probability/possibility vortices which spiral towards your bellicose actions. Many of these vortices are not of the nuclear war but of the less annihilatory but more lengthy so-called "conventional" war. This situation, if formed in your illusion, would offer many opportunities for seeking and for service.

QUESTIONER: How would conventional warfare offer the opportunities for seeking and service?

RA: I am Ra. The possibility/probabilities exist for situations in which great portions of your continent and the globe in general might be involved in the type of warfare which you might liken to guerrilla warfare. The ideal of freedom from the so-called invading force of either the controlled fascism or the equally controlled social common ownership of all things would stimulate great quantities of contemplation upon the great polarization implicit in the contrast between freedom and control.

In this scenario which is being considered at this time/space nexus the idea of obliterating valuable sites and personnel would not be considered an useful one. Other weapons would be used which do not destroy as your nuclear arms would. In this on-going struggle the light of freedom would burn within the mind/body/spirit complexes capable of such polarization. Lacking the opportunity for overt expression of the love of freedom, the seeking for inner knowledge would take root aided by those of the Brothers and Sisters of Sorrow [Wanderers] which remember their calling upon this sphere.

(The Law of One, vol. III. Page 105-106; bracketing added)

War or peace, in harmony or not, whatís central to soul is seeking and service: seeking to know, love and become whole, and service to others as needed. No doubt, world crisis is ample grist for the mill, and though we may feel ourselves sitting helpless in the bomb shelter, balanced love-wisdom is always an option, and infinite power is always with us.

San Francisco, California
October 8, 2001

Born in New York City, Scott Mandelker has a Ph.D. In Eastern Western philosophy with formal training in U.S. and Asian Buddhist temples. He has a private practice in spiritual counseling in San Francisco. He has published essays on metaphysics, Eastern religions, and the spiritual meaning of ET contact and the UFO presence. His first book, From Elsewhere: Being ET in America, focuses on those who have uncovered their cosmic roots. His second book is Universal Vision: Soul Evolution and the Cosmic Plan. Contact Scott by e-mail at scott@universal-vision.com (tel. 415/567-2190 or Fax 415/567-2976).


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