The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Libra Meeting, October 1, 2001
Freedom From Fear
Thank you for being here. In light of recent events, our intent to energize "The Spiritual Work of the UN and the Liberation of Humanity" takes on an even more critical and poignant immediacy than ever before.
In our work, we seek to transform and uplift consciousness-individual, group, national and planetary consciousness. We know that without such a change in consciousness, the pressing global problems of our day cannot be solved. As many eminent thinkers such as Einstein have proclaimed, a problem cannot be solved at the same level in which it was created.
Esoterically, we know that the more we are able to move into higher or deeper realms of consciousness, the clearer the perspective; that is, the more light in terms of intelligence and the more love in terms of love-wisdom can we bring to bear on any situation.
The esoteric wisdom also recognizes the principle of freedom as one of the attributes of deity about which we yet know very little.
The four freedoms for which we struggle-the freedoms which seek the liberation of all the oppressed and enslaved people of the entire planet-are actually the lowest aspects of the cosmic "Law of Freedom" practiced on the greater sun, Sirius.
As most of you know, since May of this year, at these public monthly meditation meetings we've decided to focus on the UN's role in implementing the Four Freedoms. Tonight our focus is on "Freedom from Fear."
It's interesting to note that this morning, in what was the first time since 1952 that a mayor addressed the General Assembly of the UN, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, talked about "freedom from fear" as a basic human right.
He also quoted from the Charter of the UN. In the Charter, the very first article indicates that one of the major purposes of the UN is "to maintain international peace and security." To that end it calls for the taking of "effective collective measures for [both] the prevention and removal of threats to the peace." The way to do this, as stipulated in this first article is by "peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law."
Tonight we are most pleased to welcome as our guest speaker, Dorothy Tilson who is a long-time active member of the United Nations Association/USA who will address the UN's work in insuring "Freedom from Fear" for all people on our planet.
Freedom From Fear
Dorothy R. Tilson
"Those who observe world events may perceive
something higher than human logic."
Supermundane, Book One, p. 43
We might say that those who are in alignment with the higher spiritual realms eliminate fear to a great extent because they have a broadened consciousness and see the whole picture-the whole Plan within a wider cycle. They see no dangers, only obstacles. Fear creeps in for those who see only a piece of the picture-and this piece seems to threaten their security. Ravi Ravindra in his book Science and the Sacred states that he "is convinced that our global dilemma stems largely from a divorce of the intellect from the higher and deeper feelings, a divorce that causes self-alienation and its accompanying anxiety. In this sense of isolation of oneself from all else…fear and self importance enter. The silence of the vast spaces frightens us if we do not feel deeply that we belong to the entire cosmos. Then we want to control others and conquer Nature. Much of our modern predicament arises from this very dedication to truth in an exclusively mental manner." To correct this state of affairs those who see must "direct thought along the lines of cooperation and nationwide creativeness." (Supermundane, Book One, p. 90.)
Let us examine "Freedom from Fear" through at least four different aspects: through the personal, the national, the international and the global.
From the personal aspect, this includes the individual at various stages of spiritual development. The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul (DK) states, "The masses of the people are today Atlantean in their consciousness and are only slowly emerging into the Aryan point of view. This must change and the mind activity be rapidly enhanced or else true spiritualism will be unable to express itself. Spiritualism, in its lowest and material aspect, is a low grade expression of the seventh ray and is-for the masses-definitely a line of least resistance." This line of negative activity also leads to a destructive aspect of life and prevents the "positive intelligent understanding of the world on the other side of the veil where there is no fear." "The secret of fear is hidden in the etheric body, and the particular substance out of which it is built." "Fear is illusory." "Fear cannot coexist with attainment." "One who is bound by fear does not create a suitable atmosphere for action. DK asks us to "Project the energy of love out into the world of men to aid in the destruction of fear."
We now turn to the national perspective. Here we are confronted by the fears that governments use in keeping the masses of people in subjectivity. Although today there are many countries that are democracies which govern by using a lesser amount of fear there are still dictatorships that rule with the use of fear. For example, the August 2001 U.S. News and World Report published an article by Masha Gessen entitled "A Tyrant the World Ignores." In Belarus, Lukashenko rules by decree, whim, tantrum, and-maybe-murder. Mr. Gessen states, This is a place not so much frozen in time as frozen in fear. Belarus is Europe's forgotten dictatorship, whose post-Communist leader, Alexander Lukashenko, opposes, intimidates, and, by some accounts, is even responsible for the murder of his own people to retain his grip on a nation of 10,000,000." We have also heard of ethnic cleansing in other countries. In these instances there is not only fear within the masses but the dictators themselves are governed by fear.
Let us look at the international scene. Here we find nations conducting business governed by various fears of each other. Some statements by DK regarding fears in some countries include: "The fact that Russia is the spiritual custodian of a revelation and sensed by other nations in the world, the first reaction is fear." "Materialism and fear plus lack of spiritual interest makes France an obstructionist in World action." These statements were made during the war period. Since then we have seen many changes. Among them the lessening of fear of Russia by the U.S. as multiculturalism and greater cooperation in space projects and various other business endeavours occur.
In a UN Wire of August 6, 2001 commemorating the 56th anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Kofi Annan said in a message read by the UN Under-Secretary-General Kenzo Oshima that the international community must get rid of weapons of mass destruction. In a ceremony attended by 50,000 people in Hiroshima's Park, Prime Minister Junichiro Kotzumi pledged that Japan, as the only country ever to have undergone a nuclear attack, will continue to work for complete world nuclear disarmament. Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba called for the creation of nuclear-free zones in Asia and the conclusion of a global treaty banning nuclear weapons.
We cannot ignore the "Forces of Darkness who are powerful energies, working to preserve that which is ancient and material; hence they are pre-eminently the forces of crystallization. They endeavor to counteract the effects of the oncoming culture and civilization, to bring blindness to the peoples and to feed steadily the existing fires of hate, of separateness, fear and cruelty. They hold back the forces of evolution and progress for their own ends. These ends are as inscrutable to us as are the plans of the Ruler of Shamballa." We also need to study earth changes and their effect upon humanity.
From the Global aspect we look to the Global center-the United Nations-the focal point for helping humanity to attain some security and freedom from various fears. During the conference of "Agenda 21" a new term was coined-"sustainable development." This focused attention to the world problem of economic development. Recently the UN has created a new term "sustainable disarmament." "This term emerges as a focal point of efforts within civil society to pursue a better world. It is a political strategy to enhance security, promote human welfare and protect the environment through the process of destroying weapons that jeopardize human civilization. It does not take political will for granted and it recognizes the need for both citizen education and action to create and reinforce that will among national leaders. It recognizes the need for institutional support, to give it a steady focus and permanence as a goal of policy and of law. It means more than just the physical elimination of this or that weapon system; it seeks to develop an institutional support system, rooted in civil society, to advance collective ends with fewer arms."
The UN's Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations met to discuss the "Brahimi report." According to Mr. Duval, one of the participants, fears were expressed of what was referred to as, "suffocation from the North." That is, that peacekeeping would be used as an excuse to intervene in the internal affairs of Member States. Another expressed fear was that peacekeeping operations would be improved at the expense of development issues. Mr. Duval stated, "Personally, I think it is a fear that is not based on logic. You cannot rationalize fear, but that is where the fault-line was." Even so, he noted that, despite some apprehension it was recognized that there was a need for a stronger peacekeeping capacity in the Secretariat." As a result, the Special Committee decided to resume its consideration of the Brahimi Report and the implementation plan during its forthcoming regular session which was held after the completion and submission of the comprehensive review of peacekeeping that it had asked the Secretary-General to prepare and which was expected by May 2001. A 92-page Report of the Secretary-General was submitted June 2001. This report includes a Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all its aspects.
When, in alignment with Hierarchy and Shamballa, personal, national, international and global aspects are integrated and working cooperatively, then may we look to a degree of "freedom from fear."
Additional References: UN Chronicle, Dec-Feb 01; Mar-May 01, The following books by Alice A. Bailey: The Destiny of the Nations; Discipleship in the New Age, Vols. I & 2; The Externalisation of the Hierarchy; Problems of Humanity. See also the UN web site on Peace and Security: http://www.un.org/peace/index.html
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