THE NEW WORLD ORDER
AND THE WORK OF THE UNITED NATIONS

The USA expresses the will-to-love....It is [here]...that people are most sensitive to the influence of the Hierarchy.

Namaste: The divinity within me acknowledges and honors the divinity within each of you.

I welcome you in this way with great deliberation and intentionality because the new world order to which we refer is one in which spirituality in the form of the imminent divinity within each human being will be at the forefront of our consciousness. Not only will this usually hidden or ignored aspect of ourselves be acknowledged and honored in an open and direct way, but it will be deemed just as important--if not more so--than the tangible, everday world which by habit and in a tunnel-vision sort of way has dominated our current waking consciousness.

But before we get into the heart of our theme, I'd like to share with you a teaching story which is attributed to the Sufis, but I think you will agree that it is a universal predicament in which many have and do find themselves. I share it with you in the hope that you will keep it in mind throughout our afternoon of work and in your daily life. It speaks pointedly about our responsibility as human beings and to my mind it also speaks to the God imminent part of each of us. It goes like this:

"Past the seeker as she prayed, came the crippled and the beggar, the beaten and the downtrodden. And seeing them, the holy one went down into deep prayer and cried in anguish, 'Great God, how is it that a loving Creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?' And out of the long silence, God responded, 'But, my child, I did do something, I made you.'"

Just as we have created the world in which we live--either by our direct participation in it or by our lack of involvement in it, so we can create something better.

The crisis of our day is a spiritual crisis. The materialism, selfishness and separativeness that exist everywhere--in our daily lives and on our planet--must give way to the spiritual attributes of creative intelligence, love-wisdom and concerted purpose--attributes which are latent within each one of us, waiting to be recognized and expressed.

Today, there exists a direct conflict between, on the one hand, what the late Alan Watts called the phenomenon of the "skin encapsulated ego" which insists that what is inside the system--inside the encapsulated boundary--is me and worthy of my attention and what is outside the system is not me and therefore none of my business and, on the other hand, the contrasting deeper part of ourselves which recognizes its oneness with all life and is therefore in touch with the needs of the system as a whole.

The crisis of our day is also of a planetary dimension. Whether it is the environment, or the economy, the spread of terrorism or aids, the increase in marginalization or poverty--the issues and problems are globally interlinked and interdependent. At every turn and limit we come back to once again face ourselves. Thus, if there is to be a resolution, it cannot come at the expense of other human beings or other kingdoms in nature. Any resolution today must be of planetary consequence, encompassing everyone and every living thing.

As history has shown us, crises do not indicate failure and disaster; rather, they present opportunities for growth and fresh effort and when surmounted, they provide a sense of gain and freedom.

Many of us are aware that the Chinese ideogram for crisis, "wei-chi", includes the dual concept of breakdown as well as breakthrough.

Humanity has the "habit of crisis", Alice Bailey wrote. She then gave the following insightful explanation: Crises are only points of examination as to strength, purpose, and motive as well as the intent of the indwelling spiritual life. They evoke confidence when surmounted and produce greatly expanded vision. They foster compassion and understanding, for the pain and inner conflict they have engendered is never forgotten, drawing, as they do, upon the resources of the heart. They release the light of wisdom within the field of knowledge and the world is thereby enriched. (Esoteric Astrology, p. 477)

A crisis is brought about by a certain habit of mind; it's the establishing of a certain objective, external rhythm which produces a crisis and it is the emergence of a subjective, spiritual rhythm which alone will enable us to surmount the crisis and to capitalize on the opportunity presented. (Esoteric Astrology, p. 475) Simplifying and summarizing this process we can say in short-hand that a problem can never be solved on the same level at which it was created.

As a result of the breakdown that is occurring on every hand, we are recognizing that the habit of mind that brought us to our current experience, to our current impasse, is no longer adequate. Like a piece of clothing a child has outgrown, the old order of living no longer fits. We expectantly stand at the brink of a new century and a new millennium longing for the "breakthrough" that will bring new meaning, joy and purpose into our lives; so we think and speak in terms of a New World Order--a way of life that sees our current crises surmounted and resolved.

But, what specifically do we mean by a New World Order? At the United Nations when the term began to be used a few years ago, eyebrows would immediately raise at the mention of the concept and the question quickly followed, whose version of the new world order are you referring to? That of the West, the United States, the South or whose? In our use of the term we do not refer to a geopolitically fragmented approach.

Do we then mean a unified approach to government, an approach wherein all nations and people of the planet are under one totalitarian, oppressive power? A power that oversees our day-to-day activities and makes decisions about what is or is not important in our daily lives? Do we mean that there is one power that decides what God we shall or shall not worship; One power that decrees what laws and rules are important for the well-being of each and all?

Assuredly, this is not the definition of the new world order to which we refer. In fact this is a good definition of what some have referred to as a new world disorder--the type of disorder that brought about the oppression and brutality of the second World War.

In the New World Order of which we speak, there can be no coercion of humanity's free will. In this NWO there are two outstanding characteristics: One is that greater numbers of us will become more experienced and successful in our exploration of the one remaining unconquered frontier--the frontier of inner space; the depths of our humanity from which have arisen such forerunners as a Plato, or a Shakespeare, a Beethoven, or even a Moses, or a Buddha. This inner, spiritual dimension of our lives will be studied and explored just as carefully and scientifically as we have to date explored and studied our outer environment.

The interesting thing, as the late Carl Jung indicated is that the more we probe our individual spiritual depths, the wider and deeper becomes our circle of connection and identification, the more we find our common humanity and our relationship to each other. Thus, as greater numbers of us experience a shift in our consciousness from the self to the whole, so we will recognize that we are not isolated units, identifying only with our family, group or our nation. We will recognize that we are each as a living cell within the greater planetary and cosmic whole. We will be aware of what the anthropologist, Jean Houston, calls our "leaky margins"--that is, the continual exchange, the regular inbreathing and outbreathing between our internal and external environments.

Abraham Maslow, the late psychologist referred to this process as one of "isomorphism" indicating that our internal environment--our thoughts, emotions and beliefs are both reflective of and impinge upon our external environment, so that as our internal environment improves, so too does the external environment and vice-versa. This realization provides a more profound basis and scientific understanding of the familiar song that avows, "let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me".

The second major characteristic of the NWO is interdependently linked to the first. It is the development of worldmindedness--the ability to think, feel and behave in light of planetary conditions and concerns. The keynote of the educational system for the NWO suggested by Alice Bailey states that two major ideas should be taught the children of every country. These are the value of the individual and the fact of the one humanity. These will then lead to the intensive culture of the individual and to a recognition of responsibility to one's environment. Individual transformation and planetary transformation. The one impinging on the other.

Thus, our planetary life will reflect the progressive and irresistible unfoldment of the human spirit.

As a result of the developed habit of inner reflection, individuals and nations alike will know better than to project their own shortcomings and imperfections out unto the other. And, what psychologists call the shadow nature--that potentially rich source of creative energy--will be owned and used constructively, rather than being thoughtlessly hurled out unto one's environment as the projected faults of another. We will recognize ourselves in the many faces of our enemy.

Having the habit of inner reflection and thoughtful consideration of the outer environment, no longer will we fear diversity and uniqueness; no longer will a "different" way of thinking or behaving constitute a threat or arouse a totalitarian impulse to homogenize our environment. Rather, the great diversity and rich uniqueness of each person and each nation will be appreciated and respected.

The NWO to which we refer must recognize that the resources of the earth must be set free to be used justly and fairly by all of the world's people. Ended must be the sorry spectacle of those nations and those people who suffer from overabundance and the often corollary sense of meaninglessness, and alienation and the opposite experience of nations and people who suffer from want and destitution.

This unhealthy imbalance is succinctly summarized in the 1994 Human Development Report which states that "Our world cannot survive one-fourth rich and three-fourths poor, half democratic and half authoritarian, with oases of human development surrounded by deserts of human deprivation."

Many claimed at the recent United Nations Social Summit that this discrepancy between the haves and have-nots is indecent and immoral and it cannot continue. Poverty, it was stated, is a blight in our world society and must be abolished just as surely as colonialism and slavery were abolished.

Slowly we are recognizing that a sense of security will come not because anyone nation is more forceful and has a greater army or defense mechanism than another, but because of the existing international goodwill that fosters cooperation and coordination as well as a synthetic understanding of the needs of the planet as a whole.

Are we consoling ourselves and seeking refuge or escape into a dreamy-eyed utopian vision which can never come to pass? History reports time and time again how new paradigms are nearly always received with coolness, even mockery and hostility and how evolutionary ideas initially are often characterized as utopian and unrealistic.

It must be remembered, that as a species we have expended our energy upon the outer world environment without let or hindrance. The positive result is a sophisticated technology and an understanding of the properties and behavior of matter such as could never have been dreamed possible even fifty years ago.

However, in the pursuit of extraversion without abandon, our deeper 'continent of the spirit' has receded on the horizon. Albert Einstein had occasion to refer to this at one point when he asked his audience, "Do you remember how electrical currents and 'unseen waves' were laughed at?" He then added, "the knowledge about man is still in its infancy." And so it is. Our scientists have told us that we use such a small part of our brain-power; some say as little as 10%. And, what about the untapped resources of the heart? How much of that energy goes unused?

Teilhard de Chardin made the pronouncement that when humanity learns to harness the energies of love, then for the second time in the history of our species, we will have discovered fire. Alice Bailey wrote about the beneficence of the energy of goodwill, saying,:

"When goodwill is expressed and organized, recognized and used, that will help us find solutions to our world problems. When goodwill is a true and active factor in human affairs, we shall then pass on to a fuller and richer understanding of the nature of love and to an expression of some still higher aspect of that divine love; when goodwill is widespread among men and women, we shall see the establishing of right human relations and, a new spirit of confidence, trust, and understanding will be found."

As human beings we have a mental, emotional, physical and a spiritual nature. In order for us to realize the potential of the New World Order the long ignored continent of the spirit must be allowed to flower forth and spread its saving grace in our daily life and upon our troubled world.

The future of the world lies in our hands. It is for those of us with unselfish purpose in our minds and goodwill in our hearts towards all to act in order to bring about the individual and planetary transformations of which we dream. For the NWO is not an abstract idea held only in some autocrat's head, it is not the world of a dreamy or fictional tomorrow; but it is a living reality within the deepest heart of each of us.

So the question becomes, In what manner must we act in order to realize this vision? The answer is that there are as many ways as there are individual men and women of goodwill..

However, today I would like to suggest one such way. Existing within our midst is a global institution whose 50th anniversary we celebrate this year. As the dream that arose from a nightmare, it gave hope to the world at a time when people were in despair. Pronouncing an end to the scourge of war and envisioning a world of justice, peace and progress for all peoples of the earth, the United Nations has been called humanity's most far-sighted and significant undertaking.

Yet, today much of the media would have us believe that this organization is not worthy of our support--A "swamp" is how one recent article in Time magazine referred to it.

It is difficult to understand and one must struggle with great fortitude against a sense of hopelessness at such pronouncements. Of course, the United Nations, like any of our institutions today is not perfect. As we shall soon hear from our guest speaker, those of us who love and support its purpose are interested in improving it-in making it more efficient, more representative and more effective. However, it is obvious to anyone who takes the slightest care to find out, that this global house of peace, as it has been called, has a long list of accomplishments.

Because to date there are so few who know about these multifaceted achievements, I would like to mention just a few this afternoon. Our two guest speakers, I'm sure, will provide more. In its quiet way, the UN and its family of agencies are engaged in a vast array of work that touches every aspect of peoples' lives around the world. For example, it works at alleviating chronic hunger and rural poverty in developing countries; it has generated a worldwide commitment in support of the needs of especially children and refugees; it is the eyes and ears of our global environment; it works to strengthen international law and it was a major factor in bringing about the downfall of the apartheid system in South Africa; it works to reduce the effects of natural disasters and fights drug abuse, it promotes worker's rights and the UN even makes possible our international mail.

Fifty years ago, when it was first created, the UN was composed of 50 member states; today its "board of directors"-if you will-- includes 185 nations. It is ironic that today there are those who in ignorance vilify the UN as a "world government" when in fact, it played such a pivotal role in bringing independence to 80 countries; while helping 45 countries hold free and fair elections.

With this audience, it is probably not necessary to make mention of the fact that it is the United Nations that gave the world The Universal Declaration of Human Rights-a declaration which states that all people should act towards one another in the spirit of brotherhood; a declaration which has become the global conscience of the world.

In spite of the constant attacks, criticism and negative press about its recent peacekeeping activities, this beleaguered organization has continued to fulfill its planetary, humanitarian mission quietly behind the scenes. Today, however, it faces a critical mid-life crisis-more so in terms of how the world perceives it than in its actual work. Although, as we will hear, there are many ways in which its work can and must be improved.

The UN needs our support. We, in this room not only need to learn more about the workings of this organization ourselves, but we need to help educate the general public about its goals and activities. We need to become involved in its work.

Eleanor Roosevelt reminded the public of her day that "The United Nations is a piece of machinery and the people of the world must make it work".

That same thought has recently been expressed by the current Secretary-General of the United Nations who said: "At this moment the first words of the Charter, "We the Peoples of the United Nations" convey a meaning originally intended but perhaps never before fully comprehended. We--all of us--are the United Nations. The UN is...what we choose to make of it."

Is the UN perfect? Has it fulfilled the purpose for which it was founded? Of course, the answer is a resounding "NO".

Recognizing, for example, that about 1.3 billion of us live in absolute poverty, that only 10% of us participate fully in the institutions that shape our lives and that close to one trillion dollars a year are spent for military purposes, we can plainly see that our world is neither just nor at peace and progress for all the peoples of the earth as the Charter promises--is at best, a remote dream.

From the outset it was hoped that this great "experiment" in humanity's evolution would bring about the liberation of humanity into a new era of peace, justice and cooperation; that it would demonstrate the potency of such spiritual values as practical love and understanding by insuring that the basic needs of all for food, housing and health care would be met through the collective sharing of the physical, economic and cultural resources of the planet.

"We the peoples" have not yet realized the purpose for which the UN was founded. The opposition we face is formidable indeed. Juan Somavia, chairman of the recent UN Social Summit reminded us of the difficulties we face by saying that "There is no way to change society unless you are willing to swim against the tide. And, when you swim against the tide, you must be prepared for the struggle."

In closing, I'd like to leave you with a few lines from a poem with which some of you may be familiar. It comes from Christopher Fry's play, The Prisoner.

Thank God our time is now

When wrong comes up to meet us everywhere

Never to leave us

'til we take the greatest stride of Soul folk ever took.

Affairs are now Soul-size.

The enterprise is exploration into God.

But what are you waiting for?

It takes so many thousand years to wake,

But will you wake for pity's sake?

Thank you.


1 A talk given by Ida Urso, Ph.D. at the World Goodwill Symposium, October 28, 1995, New York City. The theme of the Symposium was Let the Future Stand Revealed: Envisioning the World We Choose.
2 Alice A. Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 131.

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