Comments on Living on the Earth

With David Thomson

Samuel is consistently reluctant to pass any sort of judgment on the pronouncements of other channeled entities, but one area where he has been always at odds with much of the information is on the subject of cataclysmic earth changes and the environmental catastrophes which they portray looming in our future. He has always urged us to see the big perspective and to look beyond appearances for long-term trends.

Above all, he has tried to put some oil on the waters that have been stirred up by alarmists and supported by some channels. His rebuttal is three-pronged. Most importantly, he stresses that catastrophes happen because we need them to happen, and if, before they occur, we learn the lessons they would teach us, we create a new future, so to speak. In line with this educational view of world events, he has tried to help us focus on the purposes behind them, so that, when and if they do occur, our perceptions will be focused more on guidance and growth rather than on disaster or obliteration. And, lastly, he has repeatedly confirmed that, as individuals, we are invulnerable until our time has come. If it is time for our home town to sink beneath the sea but we still have individual work to do on earth, then destiny will call us away and cause us to miss the big event. On the other hand, if our work is done, nothing will “save” us, because we will choose to make the transition according to our own timetable.

Samuel was asked, for this newsletter, to present a spiritual perspective on what appear to be alarming trends in the areas of resource use and population growth, trends that aren’t really earth changes in the usual sense, but which are coming about directly because of choices we humans have made.

It was immediately apparent that Samuel didn’t share my misgivings. He likened the symptoms which we see, such as global warming and the changes in upper atmosphere ozone, to a rather benign fever.

“As humanity is waking up and recognizing the importance of its guardianship, as people are becoming more aware of their responsibility, they are seeing the fever and panicking. They are saying, ‘Oh, goodness, look at all of this!’ They are not seeing it as a part of a total healing process, but that’s all right; it will balance itself out. And it’s just as necessary to focus all that attention right now on the fever, so to speak—that outward symptom that there are problems—in order to begin taking care of some of the other things. Always, when there is a great imbalance, as there has been in the growth of the planet and the growth of the life upon the planet, in order to bring about balance there will be a radical change from one side or the other. The radical change that’s being experienced is not with the earth; it’s with the life forms upon the earth. And their awareness is causing them to look at what is actually a very common procedure for the planet—in fact, this is actually a very quiet time, as far as the planet is concerned—and see it as something out of context.

“As your technology increases, so your awareness increases, making you aware of the actions you are taking that you can change, of attitudes that need to change in regard to the earth, but it’s not causing these problems. The earth itself, with Kilauea, is doing more damage to your atmosphere than your horrible, polluting smokestacks at the turn of the century. In one great burst of volcanic activity, more damage is done than years and years and years of all of your vehicles put together. However, you now have the technology to see what is happening and to be aware that you can prevent it from reaching a level that will damage you. Your technology is teaching you what you can do to protect yourselves. And that’s exactly what the earth is doing. The earth is protecting itself. It shifts, it erupts, it spews, it kills off and creates anew. For every species that is lost, another is developed. And this is by no means to say that it’s not important to take care of the planet, but the big picture is, the earth is taking care of itself, and you need to take care of yourself. And the earth’s view is what it needs for growth. And your view is what you need for growth. If that means you develop the technology that gives you the information to let you know what you need to stop now for the sake of the future you, do that. What you risk losing is you. The planet will continue.

“What is so remarkable about this time is that, as the planet has continued its path, now those life forms that use the planet symbiotically are at a point of awareness where they can begin giving back rather than just taking, which means you’re going to be of use to the planet. The difference is you can create group consciousness, manifest thoughts, that are specifically oriented toward the spiritual nature of the growth of this planet. You can increase its spiritual energy. That’s giving, as opposed to simply an awareness of how to stay out of the way, which is what many of the aboriginal cultures were about. They learned how to work with the earth, and therefore stay out of its way, how to direct their cycles to match its cycles, how to respect the earth. But that’s not giving to it. But as that individuated soul awareness has changed through humanity, there became the ability to actually create energy forms that are designed to help the planet. Many of you are doing a meditation that is specifically designed to help this planet. And what does it use? Colors and thoughts. How odd! Why shouldn’t you put fish emulsion on your yard instead? That’s actually feeding the planet, right? The planet doesn’t need that.”

Apparently, the things which we often tend to associate with “the planet” aren’t such essentials. As a backpacker and lover of the wilderness with a definite hermit streak, I don’t like to look forward to having my elbows cramped, let alone to the starvation and poverty that we tend to think of as the inevitable accompaniment of an overcrowded planet. Samuel, from a higher plane, doesn’t think those concerns are particularly relevant.

“If we are still discussing the big picture, I totally disagree with that. The earth can sustain any population that can live on it. What is required is that that population change its view of what is needed for the sustenance of life. This planet creates enough workable food source to not only feed the population as it is, but 57 times its current population. And there simply won’t be room for much more than that.

“The question is, is humanity’s mindset such that they are not willing to live an earth existence. Do you know what I’m saying there? Live earth. And that gets into such things as, are you going to consider that certain plants are edible, that certain insect life is a good source of protein? Are you going to say that you must have certain things before you are living, that you must have a steak and a potato and a green vegetable for you to survive? If so, then there needs to be a much smaller population. If the standard of life is that which this western world has determined, then you’re right, there’s not enough room.”

As a musician and lover of art and “culture”, I’ve accepted the standard assumption that our technological age has provided us with more leisure time for more “elevated” pursuits of the mind and spirit, which are essential to what many of us consider a minimum standard of living now.

“Again, I’m going to disagree with you here. Western humanity is not working on physical survival, and that has given them time to begin pursuing emotional survival. You spend more time now working out issues of stress and emotional fatigue. Two hundred years ago you had much more free time to worry about your physical survival. Literally worry. But you had much more free time to pursue a happier emotional base. Who is to say which is living?”