New Year And Now Welcome to the 21st Century
I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. I send greetings
from America. From California. From Marin county just north
of San Fransisco. From Lucas valley where the average price
of a home is $600,000. Where the wealthy Yuppies try to jog
away their big 9/11 worries. No. No. I have not struck it rich.
I just have a few good friends in the right places. These friends
are also pretty spiritual. Well, this has been quite a year
for me, California, America and our planet Earth.
In 2001, the stock market crashed with high-tech stocks leading
the way. The carnage was the worst since 1929. Recession quickly
followed with unemployment and bankruptcies sky-rocketing. California
had a major energy crisis with black-outs becoming routine.
No. It was not in the Ukraine where this happened. It was here
in the Sunshine State. Then 9/11 hit. Making 2001, a really
complete disaster. Suicidal terrorism, war in Afghanistan and
anthrax turned people's moods in a very grim direction. Of course,
the fact that U.S. defense spending BEFORE 9/11 was now back
at Cold War levels didn't seem to have really registered with
It will soon be the first year anniversary of the translation
project. Obviously the timing was lousy. Financial backing that
was promised dried up pretty quickly and I had to leave Stockton
on an unexpected odyssey through the Central California coast
looking for money and also dealing with fast and difficult developments
in my spiritual practise. We became a group mind somewhere along
the way. Now we have to follow through somehow this year.
The radio promotion of Harvest will begin in earnest soon and
I am gambling that we will find a patron this year. I will be
going live during the morning commute as tens of thousands of
Northern Californians go to work. I will be spreading the message
of Harvest, but also sending out an invitation for someone with
money to adopt the translation team. Only time will tell what
Talking to producers and hosts of radio talk shows has taught
me that transmitting ideas to the media is an art that has to
be mastered. What is Harvest of Gems all about, really? Well,
it's about a free-style kind of pilgrimage which amplies the
synchronicity surges surrounding the pilgrim. Synchronicity
is holy coincidence. The more synchronicities converge. The
more the miracles start coming one's way. The more the mind
OPENS UP to the bigger space created by these miracles. Pilgrimage
is about traveling through cultural and psychic kinds of energy
fields and the stretching and blending that the mind must go
through--within this process determines what kind of spiritual
future the individual will have.
The Harvest pilgrimage is about surfing expanded mind spaces.
Sometimes the mind barely keeps up with this process and that's
when your spiritual protectors move in and keep you going. But
what happens when the entire planet is having a pilgrimage and
it dosn't even know it's happening? Well, that's what Harvest
is all about too. We are heading for a new Copernican revolution.
Harvest of Gems is probably one of the first NOETIC novels of
the 21st Century. What is NOETICS? It's the science that explores
where outer and inner spaces converge. It's the science and
study of consciousness itself. Noetics comes from the Greek
word " nous " meaning MIND. The term was coined by
astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell. He was the sixth man to walk on
the moon and his re-entry to Earth was the moment this big VISION
seized him that OUTER SPACE is the flip-side of INNER SPACE.
That both spaces are portholes for the discovery of spirituality
and subtler forms of consciousness.
The Institute of Noetic Sciences is not too far from where I'm
typing these words. Dr.Mitchell lives close by too. The Greek
sign of Omega was used by Teilhard de Chardin to signify where
the Global mind was going to. Dr.Mitchell uses the same sign
to represent the Noetic adventure. Noetics deals with transpersonal
psychology, madness, bio-feedback, meditation research, psychic
phenomena, paraphysics, bio-technology, nuero-sciences, ecological
awareness, systems theory, space travel and extra-terrestrial
life, also death and near death experiences. This is the realm
of Harvest of Gems. Buddhism is merely a door to explore many
of these subjects. These subtler subjects can also lead to the
spiritual path which is where Harevst of Gems points to aswell.
Between 1900 and up to now. Civilization has been heading towards
a subtler kind of awareness as material values began to climax
and bottom out. The avante-garde, world wars, and the atomic
sciences along with the new electronic media began destroying
the old mechanical sensate civilization of the west. By the
60's and 70's the Noetic revolution had finally begun. It was
not just Beats, and Hippies, but also the NASA space program
that triggered a confused and expanded awareness of where the
Earth was heading to. The counter-culture and the establishment
fed-off each other and also repelled each other. Earth became
a religious icon for the first time with those glorious photos
taken from the Apollo spacecraft and we are still digesting
The noetic revolution went mainstream in the 80's and 90's as
the Yuppies, the New agers, CNN and finally the internet took
off. The Cold War also ended. Where are we heading now? Well,
the noetic revolution is now going global. 2000-20 could see
the YOPIS leading the way. They are the Yuppie-Yogis which are
subtly featured in Harvest of Gems. The international space
station and also wireless life could breed the latest OMEGA
pioneers. They will succeed the Yopis. We have a long way to
go. Most of the planet is poor and hungry. But the subtle life
is familiar everywhere. There will be more " inner backlashes.
" The religious radicals are now the anti-Yopis. We saw
this clearly on 9/11. The Western world and especially America
is still programmed for material plunder. But diminishing returns
are now rapidly setting in.
major surviving religions of the world must now dialogue whether
they like it or not. A noetic and ecumenical discussion is now
urgently needed among religions. The global mind which was always
in existence is now waking up. We are all caught up in a single
organic system whether we like it or not. The collective anxiety
this is generating is both our challenge and salvation now.
But I welcome this challenege. Let us move forward together.