The Ascension Virtue of Right Human Relations
Welcome to the Tuesday June 14, 2011 edition of the Satya Center newsletter and Cosmic Weather Forecast. This week we celebrate the Gemini Solar Festival of Goodwill and the Sagittarius Full Moon eclipse, the Festival of Pentecost and the Summer Solstice.
Warm greetings from your Editor, Curtis Lang and your co-editor, Jane Sherry.
Wednesday June 15, the Full Moon occurs at 25° Sagittarius at 1:14 PM PDT, or 4:14 PM EDT. The Gemini Solar Festival of Goodwill and World Invocation Day occurs Wednesday at 1:14 pm (Pacific time) at 25 degrees Gemini.
The Festival of Goodwill
We celebrate the Festival of Goodwill, also known as the Festival of Humanity, a time of spiritual sharing when Lightworkers everywhere connect with their Guides and Teachers and help to distribute the energies they received during last month's Wesak May Festival.
Most importantly, during this June Festival the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Cosmic Christ engulf the entire planet with a powerful high-frequency energetic charge known as The Will to Good, which is distributed through powerspots around the world to all willing recipients.
This energy acts as a powerful stimulant, strengthening the will forces in struggling humanity, and acts as a beneficent power surge, impelling disciples on all paths to internalize the energy of Goodwill, to act with Goodwill toward all, and to strive to establish right human relations in all their activities.
The energy released on the Full Moon Festival of Humanity circulates throughout the etheric body of planet Earth for three full nights and days.
For more complete information about the Esoteric significance of the Festival of Goodwill, see Esoteric Astrologer Malvin Artley's new article entitled The Gemini Sun Festival of Goodwill and the Full Moon in Sagittarius 2011.
"The Gemini interval serves to distribute the Light of Taurus for ‘human consumption'," Malvin explains. "We find the means of application of the great willful force that comes through with the Taurus full moon through the skilful application of Gemini (hopefully). We have a guiding light in Taurus – a great impulse forward – and we find the means of its application in Gemini."
Malvin addresses the current climate of fear concerning the global economy and points out that the global depression is a fantastic learning experience for humanity, teaching us all about the importance of sharing the wealth on the planet, rather than competing in a war of all against all for survival of the most predatory and aggressive.
"In the past few years especially there has been a lot of emphasis with the Taurus full moon on world instability and what it is all meant to show us," Malvin continues. "If we follow the threads of causes for our present scenario, much of it can be traced back to economic difficulties for the people of the world."
"If we look for the solution to those ills, then we must go to Gemini to find the distribution point for the Taurean impulse that comes with the Wesak moon."
"There are several concepts that are associated with Gemini, but the one in particular that seems to stand out most at this juncture is the ‘principle of sharing’, for Gemini is the first sign on the zodiac where that concept really begins to come into play, and it is a sign and a concept as well that is vitally important to humanity at this stage of human history."
All those who wish to participate in this Festival of Goodwill would do well to set aside some time during the evening of the Full Moon and for the next two nights for deep meditation.
To enhance your receptivity to these beneficent energies try these activities on the three nights of the Festival beginning with the Full Moon:
1. During the time prior to the full Moon, accelerate your spiritual practice as much as possible. Attempt to remain somewhat more quiet than normal. Listen to some uplifting spiritual music, chants or mantras. Or simply make some silent time.
2. In the room where you meditate, place a crystal bowl full of Wesak water on the altar or nearby you – if you gathered it last month. Light a candle and some incense if you have these available. Play some appropriate uplifting music. Meditate during the evening hours whenever you have the time to do so. Ask for the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals. Ask that you be ever more consciously connected to inner spiritual guidance. Ask that you be given golden opportunities to be of maximum service in the world.
Tune in to inner guidance and be alert for messages concerning the nature of your Higher Purpose and how it can best manifest during the upcoming year.
3. Recite the Great Invocation:
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into our minds
Let LIGHT descend on Earth.
From the point of love within the Heart of God
Let Love stream forth into our hearts
May LOVE increase on Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide our wills
The PURPOSE which the masters know and serve.
From the center which we call Humanity
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door
where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Let LIGHT and LOVE and POWER
restore the Planet Earth!
If you go to bed before the actual Full Moon moment, say the Great Invocation before retiring. Give thanks. During the three days of the Festival open your heart to those in need. Remember Christ’s teaching that any act of healing or kindness performed on behalf of any of your brothers and sisters is being performed for Christ himself. Recognize the Christ within all your neighbors, your family, your loved ones, your coworkers, and strangers you meet in the course of your day. Perform random acts of kindness.
The Festival of Pentecost
Sunday, June 12, we celebrated the Festival of Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, the enlightenment of those disciples, and the awakening of those disciples to their Higher Purpose, the beginning of their planetary ministry.
When the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost, they entered a higher state of consciousness, and traveled near and far, spreading their Teacher’s message of love fearlessly throughout the world. The Apostles healed many by prayer and the laying on of hands. The miraculous events of Pentecost bear a startling resemblance to the signs of enlightenment discussed for thousands of years in the ancient Hindu tradition of yoga.
For a full discussion of the parallels between Pentecost and the Kundalini awakening of the yogic tradition, see my new article entitled Pentecost Sunday: Speaking in Tongues, Kundalini Awakening and Christ Consciousness. In this article I posit that the Source of that Sacred Fire known as the Holy Spirit or Mother Kundalini can be found in the Zero Point Field which extends throughout the Universe, and I trace parallels to the Pentecost initiation back through history for hundreds of thousands of years in a variety of spiritual and religious traditions.
Today more than ever we need to recover the loving wisdom of Christ's disciples, who began to preach the Word to people of all nations, all religions, and all languages beginning on that sacred Pentecost Sunday. For the Word is One, the Divine is One, although many are the Masks of God and Goddess.
Although there is much that separates the races, religions and nations in 2011, there is much that unites us at a profound spiritual and psychological level, and it is part of our task as Lightworkers to focus unceasingly on these unifying human characteristics so that we may recognize all human beings as our brothers and sisters, and act with the compassion, generosity and Spirit of sharing that is appropriate during this time of global economic and environmental upheaval.
We have been feeling stressed out the last few months by the planetary parade of extreme weather events and the increasing incidence of indicators pointing toward another installment of the slow-motion global financial collapse that began a few years ago.
Financial meltdown has triggered a sharp increase in divisions between social and economic classes, with the wealthiest investors and corporations being further enriched while the middle classes are squeezed into debt penury and the least affluent increasingly finding themselves without food or water.
There are approximately 7 billion people in the world, and the WorldHunger Organization estimates there are 925 million hungry people in 2011. That's about 1 in 7 people in the world.
Global food prices could double in the next 20 years due to a population increase, oil price hikes and climate change, according to a new report by Oxfam, an international charity that addresses poverty issues.
The world's poorest people spend up to 80 percent of their income on food and will be most affected. According to Reuters, Oxfam Chief Executive Barbara Stocking says the number of people going hungry is going to increase with all of these problems.
“Food riots have pushed global hunger onto the political agenda but the aid business will not be able to tackle global hunger while it remains stuck in the past, seeing food crises as one-off events and not tackling the underlining problem – chronic poverty. The world has become much better at sending in teams to save lives but it seems incapable of doing what is needed to prevent crises happening in the first place,” said Barbara Stocking, Oxfam GreatBritain’s Chief Executive.
Here is the Oxfam press release, with some radical measures needed to rescue and “bail out” the poor who are the vast majority of humanity.
And here are a dozen links to organizations helping to share surplus food and money with those in greatest need among us.
- CARE :: Defending Dignity, Fighting Poverty
- IFPRI – The International Food Policy Research Institute
- Network for Good
- Global Hunger Alliance
- Bread for the World
- The Hunger Project: Empowering Women and Men to End Their Own Hunger
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- Oxfam International
- Feeding America
- Find Your Local Food Bank
What better way to celebrate Pentecost and the Festival of Goodwill than by volunteering with or donating to organizations that help feed the hungry? There is no shortage of hungry people nearby, no matter where you live.
The Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius
This week we have a Total Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius, at the time of the Gemini Solar Festival of Goodwill.
As we shall see, the clear message of this month's Festival of Goodwill is that there's a global energy shortage, so it's time to stop wasting energy.
In addition, humanity must learn to share! We are all in this together. As the Fukushima nuclear disaster has so recently demonstrated, we are all neighbors now. The same radiation originating in Japan is found in soil, air and vegetation throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
The onset of global warming, the peaking of the global supply of inexpensive hydrocarbon energy sources, and the ongoing slow implosion of the Utopian free market economic policies initiated 40 years ago by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher are combining to create the perfect planetary storm system.
If the global financial system is to survive, the wealthy among us are going to have to learn to share.
If the global political system is to avoid a catastrophic World Resource War, then we are going to have to learn to share.
If human civilization expects to survive global warming, we are going to have to learn to modify our patterns of consumption for the greater good. We are going to have to learn to share.
An important message from the Universe came to me a couple of weeks ago during meditation, and it concerned the issue of waste, the need for energy conservation, and the spiritual Laws of Nature that govern human reincarnation.
My guidance was to include the message in this month's Full Moon newsletter, because the energy of this Full Moon harmonizes with the essence of the instruction.
Here is the gist of the message in a very simplified form.
"One of the major sources of karma on planet Earth involves wasting energy. As you already know, there are three main areas of life in which those being schooled on planet Earth need remedial instruction, three main areas in which virtually all souls who incarnate on this planet must learn to achieve a much greater degree of responsibility and balance than they have demonstrated in past incarnations.
"These three areas are power, sex and money. Power, sex and money are all expressions of human life force energy as it manifests in group situations. In past incarnations, human beings have abused power, misused the sacred sexual energy, and greedily amassed fortunes while the masses suffer and even starve.
"Ponder the myriad ways in which human beings waste their own power. The powerful among us, our leaders, appear more concerned with their own personal well-being than with the well-being of the communities they have been empowered to oversee, for the greater good of all concerned.
"Those human beings with an innate, powerful sexual magnetism have wasted their Universal Life Force energy in the pursuit of sexual pleasures when it could have been sublimated to some degree, raised to the higher chakras, and used as the key to unlock the door to Higher Worlds.
"Nor for the most part have those endowed with a superfluity of sexual energies channeled those energies into creative expression or spiritual partnership. Thus much of humanity's sexual energy, which could be used to help accelerate humanity's spiritual growth, is wasted on the pursuit of sensation.
"The wealthy among us live in a world of unrelenting and continuous warfare, the war of all against all. In that world of ruthless Darwinian competition, all commerce, all finance, all politics, all human interaction, is defined by its monetary value, and all human interactions become monetary transactions.
"In each transaction there is a winner and a loser. The focus of life becomes winning and the avoidance of loss.
"The end result is that the wealthy use their wealth to consolidate their power over the society as a whole so as to maximize their own ability to increase their wealth, at the expense of everyone else in society.
"This creates war among nations, war among corporations, and war between economic classes. War is in many ways the quintessential waste of energy.
"You can see the human tendency to waste energy in every aspect of the lifestyle of the most 'advanced' human societies today."
"Ponder the waste you see around you during the year 2011. Like the vast majority of souls currently incarnating on Earth, one of your Soul tasks in this lifetime is to see and feel the results of a mass dramatization of energy waste."
Once I got the message, I did some research online.
A website called The9Billion.com has a valuable article on the human tendency to waste food in a world where 1 of every 7 people is hungry, every day.
"About one third of food produced worldwide every year goes to waste or gets lost, according to a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation study," says John Johnston, reporter for The9Billion.com in his new article about hunger. "That amounts to a massive 1.3 billion tons or food."
"The study found that every year, people in wealthy, industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the whole net food production of sub-Saharan Africa," Johnston explains. "However, overall food loss was about the same in industrialized and developing countries."
"Fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers were found to have the highest wastage rates, and the amount of food wasted each year was found to be equivalent to half the world’s annual cereals crop."
"The study distinguishes between food waste and food loss, which occurs at the production, harvest, post-harvest and processing phases. Food loss is most prevalent in developing countries because of the lack of infrastructure, low technology and low levels of investment. In industrialized countries more than 40 percent of losses occur at the retail and post-purchase levels."
"In industrialized countries, food waste is mostly caused by retailers and food buyers throwing away edible food. Per capita food waste was found to be between 95 (209 pounds) and 115 kilograms (253 pounds) a year in Europe and North America, while people in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia throw away 6 to 11 kilograms (13.2 to 24.2 pounds) of edible food per year."
We in the United States are the world's most profligate wasters as a recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute makes quite clear. McKinsey and Co. is one of the largest and most prestigious global business consulting firms in the world, and their analysts are considered to be the "shock troops" of neo-liberal globalization, so they are not exactly tree-hugging environmentalists with an anti-business bias, but they believe America could easily become much more energy efficient, and that this would be a tremendous benefit to both the US economy and the environment.
"The United States is the single biggest energy consumer in the world, even before accounting for the energy used in producing U.S. imports," McKinsey reports.
"One of the main reasons behind high U.S. energy consumption is that the country has the lowest energy productivity—or the level of output that the United States achieves from the energy it consumes—of any developed economy. Each person in the United States today consumes the equivalent of almost seven gallons of oil—80 percent more energy than Northwestern Europe, 94 percent more than Japan, and seven times the level of China. As a result, the United States is also the most CO2-intensive country, producing 19 tons of CO2 per capita annually—more than twice the level of Northwestern Europe and Japan."
"Almost two-thirds of U.S. energy usage today comes from consumer-driven industries, dominated mainly by road transportation and residential energy consumption. Within industrial energy demand, which accounts for 35 percent of total U.S. energy demand, chemicals is the largest sector, with 9 percent of total industrial energy usage. The rest is fragmented across diverse sectors such as steel, apparel, and food processing."
"If there is no change to current policies, U.S. energy demand will accelerate slightly from its long-term growth rate to some 1.1 percent a year. Yet MGI research finds that a concerted effort to boost U.S. energy productivity—or the level of output that the United States achieves from the energy it consumes—would have spectacular results. By capturing the potential available from existing technologies with an internal rate of return of 10 percent or more, the United States has the potential to cap its energy demand, as well as its greenhouse gas emissions, at today's levels. What's more, an intensive focus on improving energy productivity would spur new markets for demand-side innovation and thus represents an important business opportunity for manufacturers, utilities, and other companies."
Just imagine what America could accomplish if we focused our national will and treasure on energy efficiency and the creation of new green technologies to insure a bright future for our children and grand-children!
We could bring home our troops, reduce our military budget by hundreds of billions of dollars a year, eliminate budget deficits, jump start new green industries, put America back to work, and reduce the risk of runaway global warming simultaneously.
By focusing on the elimination of waste, we could reignite the global economy and build a bridge to the New Age of Solar and Renewable Power Sources.
Just imagine! All it would take is a little belt-tightening and we could all benefit immensely.
Interestingly enough, this is one of the most important themes of the Cosmic Weather Forecast for this month, beginning with the Total Full Moon Eclipse this Wednesday, according to Esoteric Astrologer Malvin Artley, who apparently was getting some similar guidance as he wrote this month's article on "The Gemini Sun Festival of Goodwill and the Full Moon in Sagittarius 2011."
The theme is "TRIM THE FAT".
"This full moon eclipse will serve to add intensity and fresh starts to whatever factors are present and come through with the Goodwill Festival at its subsequent activations," says Malvin. "The two Sabian symbols associated with this festival – the solar and lunar degrees – are as follows:"
A gardener trimming large palm trees. 25 Gemini (Sun)
A chubby boy on a hobby horse. 25 Sagittarius (Moon)
"Both of these symbols hold a pointed significance and reference to the world situation at the moment. The biggest question on everyone&