The Great Turning Is Upon Us

H.M. Saffer II

Right now there are Tibetan Buddhist monks in a temple in the Himalayas endlessly reciting mantras for the cessation of your suffering and for the flourishing of your happiness.


Someone is writing a book that you will read in the next two years that will change how you look at life.

Nuns in the Alps are in endless vigil, praying for the Holy Spirit to alight the hearts of all of God’s children.

A farmer is looking at his organic crops and whispering, “nourish them”.

Someone wants to kiss you, to hold you, to make tea for you.

Mary Standing Otter, fragments of a poem


“As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labour continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labour my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.”

― W.B. Yeats, Rosa Alchemica


Your mind is too focused on human beings. Observe the patterns, shapes, colours and textures, sounds and sensations around you. Soon you will come out of human identity and realize that you’re not a person but a presence. You’re not something that exists; you’re the existence itself.

— From Ernest Bouwers

The Universe dreamed you into existence because it felt you would add to the beauty or fun or meaning of the great drama of consciousness. It’s trying to help you give your innate gift to life in spite of your small vision of yourself. As you thread your way through the maze of illusions, you are given hints and whispers and nudges to guide you. Hearing them requires the ability to listen to the gentle voices speaking to you from inside and around you.

If you can’t or you refuse to hear them, you will get lost and the world will not have your gift. Your ability to know and affirm your most fundamental self is essential.

Interesting game, wouldn’t you say?

Most of us live a life of mistaken identity. We think we are our name, nationality, sex and race when we are instead much larger than that. We are existence itself, becoming conscious. We imagine an afterlife where we continue as a spirit form of our present earthly identity. We can’t imagine not existing as the identity we have constructed in this cycle.

Thinking like this has the advantage of keeping our responsibilities small. We bear no responsibility for what’s happening in the world. Other people create war, other people create injustice, other people are cruel, ignorant and stupid. We wish they would see the light but what can you do? In the meantime, I’ll just limp along and try to stay out of trouble.

The world, strangely enough, in spite of all these well intentioned humans, is in serious trouble. The remedy escapes us.

We seem to have reached a turning point where we either realize our true role in this drama and awaken to our caring hearts or we expire in catastrophic collapse.

The word duty doesn’t express the full gamut of responsibilities we bear in this evolutionary theatre. We bear a responsibility to affirm our relatedness to everything, not just as an idea but rather as a love we attribute to the God we worship.

But we are the Gods we worship. We are the world-creating energies in disguise. We and all beings are integral elements of Creation. We humans are both too modest and far too arrogant to play the part we were born to play.

It’s a question of consciousness now that will make or break the life force of the planet we live on. The true struggle of our time is for expanded vision based on the ability to see and love our real nature and actual situation we face.

Clinging to our tiny life with its tiny vision is the danger.

Kaethe Butcher

I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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