Thursday, July 19, 2007

Earth Gets Its Own "Council of Elders"


I read on www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/07/18/2612/ about a group being formed made up of some of the most innovative and popular leaders around the world, to be called "Elders" as they seek to inspire and solve some of the most difficult issues facing our planet today.

Here's a partial list: Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson (former president of Ireland), Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Yunnus (known as "the Banker to the Poor" for his founding of the Grameen Bank), and Aung San Suu Kyi (currently under house arrest in Burma/Myanmar)...to name but a few. I don't have the whole list, but I think the Dalai Lama, Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev and Vaclav Havel should also be included in this impressive group.

When I read the article, I had a feeling that there is a spiritual force at work in our world. We can't see it, but we can feel that something is brewing in the undercurrents. There is a force at play in our world as we seem to come to a head over a multitude of issues facing the very real challenge of sustaining life on our planet. It could very well be a planetary emergency, an S.O.S. distress call from the spiritual realm to our material realm.

In my diverse readings on near death experiences, psychic's descriptions of heaven, and spiritual texts of various religious paths, one idea that has captured me the most is the idea of a "Council of Elders" that exists in the heavenly realm. This "council" is made up of the most spiritually advanced/evolved souls in the universe. And it is this council that we supposedly face when we get our post-life review and again when we make "the contract" to future plans in the next lifetime on earth. These beings help us see more clearly what we need to work on as we continue to strive towards spiritual perfection. It's an idea that has captured my imagination, and I've even seen glimpses of the concept in films like "The Matrix Reloaded" (in Zion, you'll see a table with 12 people facing the group of humans as they discuss their plans, concerns and ideas regarding the war against the machines).

The earth does indeed need a group of elder statesmen of various nations to work together to show the inhabitants of this planet that we must work together to solve the problems of poverty, disease, nationalism, war, greed, and environmental sustainability. Future unborn souls are counting on us to give them a world worth growing up in. One of the most brilliant things God has done for us, is to give us inspiring leaders to call us to our better selves. Unfortunately, too many are deceived by nationalistic pride and arrogance, religious bigotry, and other issues that divide us from one another. As Jesus warned, we can see the false prophets by the fruits of their actions. The world is simply too small to continue in the petty regional and factional conflicts. It is my deepest hope that the earth's Council of Elders will be effective in inspiring people around the world to ignore the voices of the right, which always seeks to keep people divided and fighting each other, and reach out to others even if they are different from us. I am one who wants this planet to be around for another billion years, able to sustain human life (without starting over again at the very beginning).

What's even most interesting is that this group of elders was announced on Nelson Mandela's 89th birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday, Nelson! Viva, Mandela, Viva!

2 comments:

D/B/c/m said...

i wonder if that was the idea when Christ formed the twelve apostles. sorry to take your post to a right wing proposition, but it just sounded like the purpose of the 12.

Sansego said...

What's right wing about the 12 apostles? Perhaps Jesus selected 12 apostles because in the heavenly realm, there really is a council of 12 beings who "run everything". That's something I've heard, anyway. It's not right wing to suggest that.