Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2007 No. 2
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How Can Global Consciousness Respond to the Cry of the Least Developed Countries*

Increasingly we are waking up to the fact that if the conditions on our planet are to change, it is up to each one of us to change them! The world will be saved, not by the leaders and experts, but by those in service to that which is spiritual—within themselves and within the world. Higher consciousness has always come from within, but it needs those committed to this revelation to bring it into life, to unite the inner and outer and to awaken the world to its spiritual nature.

It is helpful to remember that all that IS, is ever present. An ancient metaphysical truism states, "The eye sees what it brings to the seeing." The Talmud tells us that we see the world not as it is, but as we are. The Quran tells us that Allah will never change the condition of a people until they first change what is in themselves. [The Quran (11:13)]

"The Universe," according to the first volume of The Secret Doctrine, "is worked and guided from within outwards." This very same concept, repeated in many spiritual traditions, is pivotal to the formation of a Global Consciousness, which is only possible to those who self-commit to this all-important responsibility.

The Ageless Wisdom tells us that in time to come, the phrase "life in the three worlds" will be discontinued and people will instead talk in terms of life in the five worlds of Consciousness. We are all aware of the physical, emotional and mental states of consciousness and spiritual or transpersonal psychology over the last thirty some years has introduced us to the concept of the Spiritual Self, the Higher Self, the Soul or the Atman—that inner motivating principle that holds a deeper wisdom and knowingness—that part of us that is the cause behind the personal "I"; that part of us, if we pay attention, that brings us flashes of intuition or direct knowledge, and, ceaselessly and consistently helps us refine our consciousness as we become ever more sensitive and responsive to the multidimensional world around us, allowing us to realize that every one's well-being depends on the well-being of all life, known to be interconnected and whole.

It is this realm of Soul Consciousness that encompasses what we here refer to as Global Consciousness.

As a result of humanity's progressive movement towards this Soul or Global Consciousness, competition is being replaced by cooperation and the power of enlightened reason and dialogue are gradually taking the place of war, conflict and brutality. As a planetary society, we are beginning to move from a separative and selfish culture with its emphasis on "me, mine and my own" to a heart oriented culture where worldwide cooperation for the Common Good—the Good of the Whole—is becoming the acceptable norm.

The existence of the United Nations, the growing number of welfare movements, the increasing number of organizations committed to solving one or more of the problems plaguing humanity, the interest in spirituality and the growing understanding that humanity and all life are interconnected—all this attests to this movement towards Global Consciousness.

The designation and recognition in 1971 within the United Nations of "the Least Developed Countries" is also a symbol of this growing consciousness. This designation called the world's attention to the distinctness of these countries, which lies not only in the profound poverty of their people, but also in the weakness of their economic, institutional and human resources, often compounded by geophysical handicaps.

This group of nations, which today makes up 50 countries, constitutes the weakest segment of the international community. Constituting about 800 million people, these Least Developed Countries are the shame of the world community. They are the effect of a planetary society based on materialism, greed and separateness.

An esoteric truism states, "always we get—in time and space—what we invoke; and the knowledge of this fact, scientifically applied, will be one of the great liberating forces for humanity."**

Integrating these countries socially, politically and economically into the world community will only be possible as increasing numbers of people arrive at Global Consciousness—a consciousness of compassion, justice and right human relations.

As we strive towards the attainment of such an inclusive Consciousness, it is incumbent upon each of us to lend our voices, our hearts and our minds to humanity's invocative cry for greater justice, unity and right human relations, with a special focus on the welfare of the 50 Least Developed Countries of our world. United in focused, purposeful and heartfelt invocation, the spiritually minded people of the world today have the power to contribute to the healing of the nations and the fostering of world unity.

* Adapted from a talk given by Ida Urso, Ph.D. at the Seminar of the same name in observance of World Invocation Day on 31 May 2007 in the Dag Hammarskjöld Room, Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City. For a transcript of the talk, write to the Aquarian Age Community address.
** Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co., ©1950, p. 57.