Spiritual growth has advanced since 21.12.2012
What a difference a year makes! At this time last year, as well as looking forward to the usual festivities, we were eagerly anticipating that fabled date of 21.12 2012. Well it duly arrived and those who had been anticipating Armageddon were no doubt sorely disappointed.
But those who recognised its true significance - that this solstice date marked the end of a 5000 year period in human history and the dawn of a new way of thinking and being - have reason to feel quietly confident their hopes will be realised.
Of course, there have been plenty of disappointments and setbacks in the past 12 months - it sometimes feels like one step forward, two steps back. I remember writing at the time that December 21 was the day to stand still and take stock of where we now find ourselves in our lives, both personally and globally. And, above all, to recognise that our Universe is not set in stone and that we can mould it into whatever form we choose, purely because it is a web that responds to our collective thoughts and feelings.
Looking around, there are lots of hints that this is already happening. One of the most heartening things I’ve read recently is that Marianne Williamson, a truly impressive spiritual thinker, is standing for Congress in California - where else? When can you last remember a guru having enough political clout to even consider such a challenge, let alone attract so much support? Her comment that politics should be “the most heart-filled thing we do” resonates so powerfully that surely she’s in with a chance. Read more in Jeremy Ball’s piece “Heart Action”.
I was personally blessed this month to have the chance of speaking with a leader of the world’s largest spiritual organisation guided by women, the Brahma Kumaris. It was my second “meeting” with Sister Jayanti and on both occasions, five years apart, she conveyed a great sense of peace, yet also strength. That combination is proving to have a powerful appeal all over the world with one million people coming daily to a BK centre to practise meditation, plus untold others who call in from time to time...
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