Yes, I know there has been a long gap on this blog from the last post to this. I apologize for that but go on to offer some explanation and, hopefully, some insight to those who identify with Spirit as I do.
I've previously mentioned the demand of various chores that have kept me away from my keyboard and that has truly been the case. But beyond that, at a much deeper level, was a feeling of "waiting" that kept me silent. "Waiting for what?" you ask.
Well, I'm not too sure! "Changes" would perhaps be the best word to answer that question. A general anticipation that "things" were afoot that would affect me and my family.
Throughout the ages there have been prophesies about transformations that would result in ushering in of a new and golden time of peace and joy - complete with widespread recognition of our spirit nature. An age that would see an end to dogged materialism. Many have believed (and channeled messages supported this) that this month would be THE time for entering the new dispensation of peace. I admit that I have been one of those who felt humanity was on the cusp of a transformation the likes of which we've never witnessed before on our planet. Even after an uneventful winter solstice and end of the Mayan calendar cycle I still think there is evidence that this is so.
As spiritualists we have to acknowledge that within our movement this expectation of a worldwide transformation has always been there. Those voices from beyond that we highly trust have told us that the ancient prophesies are, in fact, at least partially true. Our evolution has rapidly brought us to our contemporary tipping point where things just have to change for the better.
In the nineteenth century Imperator, through the medium Stainton Moses said we were entering a “New Dispensation:” "What you are now witnessing are the signs and wonders that prelude the opening of a new dispensation, the advent of the Lord, not as man has fancied and as your teachers have vainly taught, in bodily presence to judge an arisen humanity, but in His new mission (the fullness of the old), through us, His messengers and ministers, in the declaration of a new evangel to your world.” (More Spirit Teachings)
The sage voice of Silver Birch through medium Maurice Barbenall went further in his explanation. “Like many others, I have come nearer to the earth vibrations to help push forward that great new world which waits just round the corner. I come to teach you the laws of the Great Spirit and to show you how, if you live according to them, the bounty of the Great Spirit can be poured into your hearts and minds.”
He continues with a further explanation: “The
New World is born, born in agony of birth, with a baptism
of tears and misery and sadness. But the New World
is here. Its rays are beginning to pierce the fog of your world. But even in
this New World all will not have been
achieved. There will be plenty to remedy, to improve, to strengthen. There will
still be weakness to be overcome, there will still be troubles to be
eradicated. But there will be a new basis for life. Much of the needless
misery, much of the needless deprivation, much of the needless starvation and
sadness will have gone. The basis of life will be changed, for gradually
selfishness will be overthrown and service will reign in its place.
New World will come
more quickly or more slowly, as more of you help us or hinder us in our efforts
to co-operate with you. You will not get more than you deserve or less than you
deserve, for so perfect is natural law in its expression that its scales are
always evenly balanced. They are weighted down neither on one side nor the
other. I tell you of conditions that are operating and, as they continue to
operate, what will be changed. Do not forget that you will reap in your world
the harvest of countless generations of labour wrought by many pioneers,
idealists and reformers, who made sacrifices to advance the lot of mankind.”
(Philosophy of Silver Birch)
I could quote more -- there have been numerous instances of messages from spirit predicting a dramatic entrance into a wondrous New Age. But the point here is not to go through a tedious laundry list of predictions but to try to figure out what we as individuals need to do with all these utterances. Given the fact that those in spirit predict a positive change for humanity, how should that affect our current-day thinking and actions?
Probably the best initial advice would be not to set dates or presume to know the finer details about how changes will be manifested. The "non-events" of Dec. 21, 2012, should reinforce that point. Our human impatience makes us want to figure all this out and become "all knowing" about the "when" and "how" details. This is, unfortunately, a tendency that is all too prevalent in our spiritualist movement. How often have you heard someone say, "spirit told me thus and so" with the speaker glowing with pride and all-knowingness? It just shouldn't be this way. Instead, we need to hold certain expectations and leave the details up in the air.