“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
What Will a Person of the Future Be?
Early one morning, a man went into his field. He walked through it and carefully looked at the ground. He scooped up a handful of soil and rubbed it between his palms. He looked at the sky and at the trees beyond the field. He listened to the birds singing. In nature, everything is interconnected not only in the present, but also in the future. Are the frosts going to be severe this season? Has spring settled in well enough for planting seeds? The man recalled omens that were known to his father and grandfather before him. Omens are signs that connect the present and the future. There are certain days when the connection between the past and the future is especially strong. If on a particular day the weather is cold and gloomy, then the following spring might be as well. A mystical connection between past and future events definitely exists. For a human being this connection is destiny, or karma. The concept of karma can hold many lives, it shows how a person’s thoughts and emotions correlate to his health and destiny, not only in the present, but also in the lives which follow.
In the Old Testament we are introduced to the idea of a connection between a parent’s behavior and their children’s destiny, revealed in allegorical form. The “sin of the parents,” or their improper behavior, is visited upon the children “to the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 20:5). This tells us that the universe exists in unity; that it is holographic not only in space but also in time. So if the future is inextricably linked to the present, then once we become detached from our shallow perception of the present we are able to foresee the future.
Let’s start with a basic understanding of the law of cause and effect. A person sows seeds and hopes to harvest a crop in autumn. However, if the seeds turn out to be rotten, there will be nothing to harvest later on. The person may diligently till the land and water it regularly, but the seeds will not sprout. Later, in autumn he will suffer, and during winter he will starve. If the man survives until the next spring he will borrow new seeds from somebody, but this time he will examine the seeds very carefully, as this present moment will determine his future.
Lets say that another man, the first man’s neighbor, did not store food before the winter. He ate hearty meals, had fun, made merry and used up all his grain. His neighbors, knowing his character, will not lend him seeds. He is also capable of plowing and watering his field, but he has no seeds and harvesting a crop will be impossible for him this year.
Our behavior and attitude toward the world define what kind of crop we will harvest in the future. Any smart landowner, in order to not only survive but also prosper, must know the laws by which to influence and control the future through the present moment. The best seeds should be stored until spring. Seeds should not be damp and must be kept in a dry place. They should be planted, using omens, at the right time. The soil must be prepared, plowed and fertilized. Seeds must be planted at the right depth and at a correct interval from one another. We are now talking about the basic laws of cause and effect. The more clearly we see the connection between the past and the future, the more fully and precisely we can influence the present, and survive and evolve in the distant future.
Here is another story. Once, this same man planted his best seeds, having plowed his field, and did all of this with care and diligence. Still, a large part of the crop died for unexplainable reasons. The few bits that he was able to gather helped him survive during the winter. However, if not for the reserves he had saved earlier, his family might have died. The next year, he takes care of his future crop with more even greater diligence. The weather is favorable, and the crop turns out beautifully. However, when only a few weeks remain before harvest, the sky becomes covered in clouds, lighting flashes, and thunder rumbles. Heavy hail sweeps across his field, and the crop is destroyed. Again, what the landowner is able to gather is barely enough to survive.
However, it is necessary for him to live, to take care of his close ones, to save at least a few seeds for the upcoming year. And so next spring, the man once again walks out onto his field. He has borrowed some seeds to sow, and must have a nice crop come autumn or his family might not survive. A week remains before planting season, he has to pull his strength together, gather his sons for help, and begin determining the future through the present moment.
On the next morning the farmer gets out of bed, and suddenly his body is pierced by severe pain. He realizes that he is sick and will not be able to help his family. But that is not all — both of his sons are sick as well.
The man lies down on his bed and looks up at the ceiling. His future has collapsed; all of his efforts where in vain. At first he had some misfortunes in his life, and then real tragedies began. Now, they are not only around him but also inside of him. Suddenly, it dawns on him that his illnesses and misfortunes are also a harvest. Yes, it is possible to control the future by changing the outer world: selecting the best seeds, choosing the finest terrain, cultivating the land. However, it turns out that this is not what is most important. It turns out that our inner state is much more significant for our future, and the most important seeds are in our soul. The way our soul is, so will be our destiny. If the man’s neighbor has a deformed soul, he will drink and revel away his harvest. Even if he comes to his senses, and, following the example of others, plants seeds and takes care of his field, his crop will die anyway.
The landowner stays in bed for one day and then another. He stops thinking about material things and his daily bread. His vague hypothesis, that his soul is related his destiny, grows clearer. The man looks around and realizes that he has begun to perceive the world differently. Beside him, he suddenly notices a Bible which he had overlooked before. With trembling hands, he takes the Bible, opens it at random and begins to read:
“If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.
Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land.
I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land” (Lev. 26:3—6).
Suddenly, the ill, decrepit man has an epiphany. He had constantly badmouthed and judged his good-for-nothing neighbor. He was always displeased with himself and his destiny, believing that his harvest was not large enough. He resented people who acted badly. Instead of sincerely telling them what he thought, and keeping them from improper behavior, he had become judgmental and angry.
The farmer puts the Bible aside and becomes lost in thought. Inside, he feels himself beginning to change. Once again, the man opens the Bible at random and begins to read. And incredulous, with tears in his eyes, reads:
“Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another… Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind… Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Lev. 26:11, 13—14, 17—18).
It turns out that the laws of spiritual connection are no less important than the laws of connection in the physical world. It turns out that the spiritual and physical are closely interrelated. The physical can influence the spiritual and can shape it. The spiritual can affect the physical and shape it. However, the spiritual is more important, and the physical is but an extension of the spiritual, an instrument in it’s development.
Once again, the plowman looks around and notices with surprise that the world has become beautiful. He understands that he loves his wife, although before he had only reproached her and demanded obedience. He realizes how much he loves his children, whom he hadn’t noticed before. All of a sudden, it dawns on him that he has begun thinking of his good-for-nothing neighbor as a silly child, neither judging him nor spoiling him with constant assistance. It is necessary to help not his body, but his soul first. So, the best way to help another person is by teaching them. In order to help the soul, the physical body should be at times indulged and at times restrained.
So that night, the man goes to sleep happy even though he has no future. He will not be able to plant seeds for the new crop, and he is unlikely to recover from his illness. But now, his daily bread is no longer the measure of his happiness. Now, he realizes how everyday worries about his material wellbeing had concealed his soul. Only now does he understand how unhappy he had been the past few years.
His soul had stopped singing, and the world had lost the refinement and subtleness of its colors. He had constantly convinced himself that a barn full of grain was the the best reason for happiness. Now, sick and dying, the plowman realizes that his soul had also reaped a harvest, but that in the past few years this harvest had been made up of indifference, resentment and greed.
When the soul suffers, there is a simple and dependable way to lessen its pain: by shifting one’s attention to material things, convincing oneself that the main reason for happiness is money, material possessions, and sexual pleasure. If we forget about the soul, we stop noticing the soul’s pain.
Sick and dying, the plowman remembers an old saying, “The gravest losses are those that we don’t notice.” He now understands that the most important happiness is the happiness of the soul. Despite the hopelessness of his situation, he goes to sleep happy. He sleeps calmly and peacefully that night, and the next morning, waking up, he notices with surprise that he feels much worse. The whole day, he can barely breathe because of acute, paralyzing pain. At the same time, however, something has changed. His misfortunes and losses, and even physical pain, no longer evoke feelings of despair, irritation, and discontent with his destiny. The pain makes him kinder and more forgiving. The pain forces him to forget about the physical body and turn to his soul.
While the body needs daily bread for its survival and salvation, the soul needs love. These seeds, bestowed by the Creator, are always pure and saving. The more the man suffered, the more love he felt towards God. The man was sick for a few more days, but began to feel better not only in his soul, but also physically. With surprise he noticed that his sons had also recovered, and realized that his wrong attitude towards the world had not only been destroying him, but also his own children. A week later, he went into his field once again and planted seeds together with his sons. Later, there were ill-timed frosts, and rains fell at the wrong moment, but regardless, the harvest turned out bigger and finer than the previous one, the crops were beautiful, there was not a single rotten seed.
Let’s put this story aside, and return to today. Every spring, people continue sowing seeds in soil. Humankind has had success in things that need to be done in order to reap rich harvests. Every day we sow seeds of our destiny in our soul. I used to take great interest in books that spoke about people of the future. Now, many are curious about what people of the future will be like. But I have a different question, will there be a person of the future? Any person is a part of his society, and so in order for there to be a person of the future, our modern civilization must survive at the very least.
Three and a half thousand years ago, Jews began to meticulously follow the Ten Commandments given by God. They tried not to steal and plunder, not to worship money and sexual pleasure. They did not eat pork because this meat was considered impure, and was therefore harmful to the soul. If one of them had tried to visualize the kinds of people that would live one and a half thousand years later in the free Israeli nation, then, perhaps, a contemporary of Moses would have imagined them as “angels without sin.” However, if we open the New Testament, we read about Christ casting demons out of a man and transferring them into a herd of swine. By the way, the pigs in that herd numbered more than 2000. Even according to our current standards, the herd was not small. This means that inwardly, people had already stopped following God’s Commandments, and that this had begun to show outwardly through a disregard of the main Commandments. There was a serious crisis of belief in God, and Judaism as a whole. If a contemporary of Moses had tried to visualize what a person might be like in three and a half thousand years, he would have probably lacked imagination. However, let’s suppose that miraculously, just for a moment, our ancestor could see the future. What would he have thought seeing the homosexual parades in modern Europe? Alternatively, what would he have thought if he saw the exuberant porn culture and persistent violence on today’s television? Most likely, he would have thought he had gone insane.
“These people worship vices,” he would have said. “They take pleasure in their own sinfulness and put it on display. Even their art doesn’t purify the soul, but rather contaminates and damages it. These people have invented mechanisms and devices that have begun consuming them.” It would be interesting to know what the prophet Daniel would have said about modern man. In order to speak about a person of the future, it is necessary to see this future. Who, if not the prophets, can speak about what a person of the future will be like?
There is an incredible foresight of the future through dream analysis as described in the Old Testament. The ruler of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, was very prosperous in his kingdom, and that prosperity obstructed his vision of subtle connections. He ordered the casting of a golden idol of huge proportions, and those who refused to worship this idol, he killed. He did everything he pleased, and nobody could oppose him. However, misfortune had already settled in his soul, and he began to see strange dreams from which we was unable to recover. These dreams predicted his future: the fall of the empire, the death of his children, and his own insanity. When the prophet Daniel interpreted these dreams for him, the king fell to his knees before him. However, habits cultivated over decades are very difficult to change instantaneously. When several people refused to bow to the golden idol, believing in One God, he ordered them thrown in the fire. The flames of the fire were so strong that they killed the servants who pushed the transgressors into the fire.
“But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials: Behold I see four men loose, and walking in the midst of the fire, and there is no hurt in them, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:23—24).
The astonished king pardoned the men and showered them with favors.
However, just because a person recognizes a miracle, this doesn’t mean that he has changed. In order for land to bear a good harvest, it is necessary to meticulously care for it. In order for the soul to bear a healthy harvest, we must care for it even more meticulously. The Bible depicts an incredible scene describing how Nebuchadnezzar’s sins were passed onto his son, Balthazar, who inherited the kingdom. At the exact moment when Balthazar was throwing his greatest feast for thousands of his nobles, when the table was loaded with golden and silver vessels full of various provisions, just at this moment the king received testimony of his oncoming death.
While they drank and honored their golden and silver, copper and steel, wooden and stone gods, in the air near a lamp there appeared a human hand, and inscribed on the wall the following words: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN (Daniel 5: 25). The astonished and frightened ruler called for the prophet Daniel, who explained the meaning of the words:
“God has numbered your kingdom’s days and brought it to an end. You are weighed on the balances and found to be lacking. Your kingdom is divided and given over to the Medes and Persians” (Daniel 5: 26—28).
The ruler generously rewarded Daniel, sensing that he had told the truth and accurately foretold the future. On the same night, Balthazar, the Chaldean king, was slain.
While trying to envision a person of the future, we should first understand what he should not be like. We should imagine what society of the future should not be like; explore the mechanism of the fall of civilizations, understanding the connection between a person’s soul and his destiny. It is necessary to outline the main dangers that can cross out the future of not only a single person, but all mankind. We must ask ourselves not what a person of the future might be like, but rather what he needs to be like in order to survive. Our harvest will depend on the kind of seeds we select, how we store them, and the soil in which we plant them. In order to envision what a person of the future will be like, we must look around at each other. We must understand what kind of people we need to be today in order to have a future tomorrow.
The Kingdom of Heaven
In order to understand life, we need to first study the phenomenon of consciousness. Life and consciousness are inextricably linked to one other. When trying to understand consciousness we face a paradox. Any sensible person is aware that consciousness depends on social environment, that is, on purely physical factors. Not a single “Mowgli” has ever learned to speak. If in his first three years a child doesn’t actively communicate with other people, he will not grow up to be a person. I remember an article that stated some fascinating facts. In Western Siberia hunters came across a child among a pack of wolves. They surrounded the pack, attempting to take the child. The wolves did not run away. Instead, they tried to protect the boy to the bitter end; all the wolves were killed. The little boy behaved completely like a wolf; he snarled and tried to bite the hunters. Unbelievably, even his bone structure had changed; he had begun to look like a wolf.
It appears that our genotype is not as stable as we had assumed. Earlier, scientists had believed that DNA is active only during fetal development. It has now been discovered that our core principal information actively interacts with the outer world throughout our entire life. Europeans who live in Asia begin to look like Asians. Spouses living in mutual harmony begin to resemble each other. The conclusion is clear: consciousness is formed by material factors.
In Russia, there were occasions when babies in orphanages did not receive the affection, emotional warmth, and interaction they needed during the first three years of their lives and became mentally retarded. Time had slipped away, and the physiological changes had become irreversible.
However, there is another side to this paradox. There is a large collection of facts in the world which prove the existence of consciousness after the death of the physical body. All religions recognize the existence of the soul, which continues to live after the death of the body. Science asserts that consciousness is a function of the physical body, the product of highly organized matter; the brain. Religion insists that the soul lives much longer than the body, and influences the physical body to a greater extent than scientists assume. It is possible to reconcile these seemingly incompatible contradictions if we concede that there are different forms of consciousness.
A tree grows out of a seed, and one can safely say that the seed is primary in relation to the tree. However, the seed comes from the fruit of a previous tree, and we can state with the same certainty that this tree is primary in relation to the seed. Again we face the same question: what is primary — consciousness or matter? This question can be answered if we agree that matter and consciousness are manifestations of the same substance.
By the way, the age old riddle of what came first, the chicken or the egg, has recently been solved. The conclusion made by geneticists was surprising. It turned out that the egg came before the chicken. The proof is very elegant: geneticists determined that the genotype of a living being doesn’t change fundamentally during its lifespan. Superficial changes can occur, but the underlying structure remains unchanged. A new life form could only originate from an egg, so a chicken had to come from an egg laid by another living being. This fact makes us reevaluate the process of evolution.
Let’s touch upon one of the most sensitive topics, the evolution of man. Before Darwin, the entire world was believed to have been created by God. The idea that living beings could change in future generations was inconceivable. Darwin was able connect isolated observations into a single system, and this system undeniably stated the following: if a type of living being is placed in new conditions, then its next generation will begin to change, and in time a new type of living being might appear. Darwin’s conclusion is quite logical: the reason for the appearance of new life forms isn’t God, but rather changes in the physical environment.
Modern scientific studies conclusively prove Darwin’s theory. It turns out that every living being carries within itself the memory of previous generations. Therefore, not only external events are interconnected by an invisible thread. Treating ill patients, I saw again and again that when influencing the present, we simultaneously affect the future. By changing our attitude toward the past, we affect it. Affecting the past, we influence both the present and the future.
Lets remember the scene from the Gospels where a sick man approaches Christ. Illness is the result of sin — this was known in ancient India and is often referred to in the Old Testament. Suddenly, Christ utters a phrase blasphemous for his times, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:5) Sins are actions in the past that have created illness in the present. This means that Christ could change a person’s past. In India it would be said that Christ was able to burn stored up negative karma. He possessed the secret of governing time.
So, a person carries within him the memory of his ancestors, which means that the actions and sins of his parents can be passed onto him. That which healers call a curse over a family is also a fact. In my own healing practice, I often witnessed how generations of descendants suffered, agonized, and became ill if one of their ancestors committed a murder or a suicide; for example, if a woman did not want to live for a long time, or if she had a late-term abortion. However, it turns out that we carry within us not just the memory of the emotions and behaviour of our ancestors.
Scientists conducted an incredible experiment. In a state of hypnosis, participants were taken back into the state of childhood. Their pulse, breathing, blood and general physiological state were those of little children. Their thinking, and the level of questions and answers were also relevant to the level of children. The participants were then asked to describe what would happen to them in the future (which in reality was already the past for them). They willingly spoke about the schools they would graduate from, which colleges they would get into, where they would work, when they would get married, and how many children they would have. As the scientists had already obtained this information, they could easily verify that these facts fit.
Then the most interesting thing happened. In the state of hypnosis, the participants were asked to speak about what would happen to them in the real future. They talked about events that would take place in five and ten years. This information is unknown to all and therefore, cannot be confirmed. We just have to wait. So, events of the past and future are not isolated. They are a living, united chain. Affecting any period of time, we influence the whole of time altogether. Almost two thousand years after the birth of Christ, there appeared a man who understood that time could be influenced, and that patients could be treated in this way. This was Sigmund Freud.
He hypothesized that the past does not disappear, but is eternally stored in a person’s subconscious. Therefore, if one changes a person’s attitude to past negative events stored in his subconscious mind, it is possible to cure diseases. Freud tried this, and it worked. In fact, the method of psychoanalysis originated from this discovery. A situation forms emotions and creates illness. It turns out that consciousness is secondary. A disease is generated by the environment. However, using our consciousness, we can change our attitude to past situations, in this way affecting the past event and altering its code in our memory. This means that our consciousness becomes less dependant on the events in our past.
In the state of hypnosis, a person can convince himself that cold water is boiling hot, and he will get burned. However, under the same hypnosis, a person convinces himself that boiling water is in fact cold, and receives no burns. A Tibetan monk, sitting in a tub with boiling water, explained to passers-by, “You have convinced yourselves that this water is boiling, and you can get burnt, and I have convinced myself in quite the opposite.” From a scientific point of view, this is not possible — the monk should have boiled long ago. We must conclude that it is consciousness that controls the outer world and can change the physical qualities of material objects.
Let’s go back to Darwin’s theory. A Human embryo comes into being as the simplest one- cell organism, living in water. The very act of conception repeats the moment of creation of life on Earth. Life, as information, impregnates the substance of the world’s oceans. First, the simplest one-cell organisms appear, and then fish. A human embryo also originally has gills and a tail, and then it turns into a reptile, something like a lizard. In the process of evolution, he develops into a human being. So, a human being appears as a result of evolution. However, scientists have not yet found the missing link between monkeys and human beings. Therefore, many are now saying that Darwin’s theory is not accurate.
There are only two points of view: either the theory is correct or incorrect. Let’s try to solve this paradox. It is possible that man appeared over a short period of time, that is, the emergence of man happened within one or two generations. This would mean that Cro-Magnons, rather than giving birth to their own young, began giving birth to humans. This is similar to the way a chicken hatched out of an egg not laid by a chicken. This would mean that the information about this new form of being came from the future. So, it is necessary to recognize that time is not a homogenous, amorphous value. It consists of two currents flowing toward one another. On a subtle plane, they are a united whole. Then, it turns out that religion is right, claiming that man was created by a higher power, and Darwin, claiming that man emerged as a result of the evolution of other living beings, is wrong.
The main sign of life is consciousness. It consists of two parts. The first part is memory, which allows us to use our past experience: genetic memory, long term memory, and short term memory. The second component is the imagination, which modulates the future, and without which no living being can survive.
A human being differs from an animal in that he has a far greater memory of the past, and also possesses the ability to plan and modulate future events. If, due to a trauma, a person where to lose his memory of past events, he would become disabled. A person would become similarly handicapped if he was unable to modulate the future. Consciousness compresses time, pulling the past and the future into a single point. So what, then, is primary, spirit or matter? Matter, for us, is the past; spirit is the future. Both are functions of time, and and therefore appeared simultaneously. On the highest subtle plane, where the universe is united, all events that are about to happen have already happened. Meanwhile, on the outside, the past gradually flows into the future. It’s possible to influence this process on subtle planes. There are various layers of the past, which pass into the future. Like a Russian Matryoshka, one layer hides under another.
Therefore, any event that happens is a complete sum of future and past, and unexplainable leaps in evolution can be explained quite easily. Packages of new information come from the future and fertilize the present moment. Then, the Big Bang theory, according to which the universe is cooling down after a Big Bang, is only partially correct. The universe is continuously receiving new informational packages; it is an actively evolving substance. In fact, the expansion of the universe confirms this. Therefore, the stars and planets, including our earth, are not burning and cooling cosmic bodies. The energy constantly coming from the future is necessary for the sun to shine and for the earth to expand. Time becomes energy and energy becomes matter. So, from this point of view, a person is a being that has a consciousness linked to the physical body and dependant on it, dissolving when the body dies. Simultaneously, a human being is a form of consciousness that determines the existence of the physical body, and continues to exist after the body falls apart.
Life appeared first as a form of consciousness. This universal consciousness impregnated the protein matter in the worlds oceans. In this way, life is an uninterrupted link between the past and the future. Consciousness, subtle energy fields, are the future. The physical body, matter, is the past. There is a well-known saying: “Man is the master of his fate”. This means that using his will, his consciousness, a person can affect his destiny and future. There is also an equally just saying, “Destiny is the ruler of man.” This means that the subconscious, in which information is stored about the past and future, affects man just as much.
Mankind always tried to find out about its future. Every ruler always had mystics, astrologers, seers, and fortune tellers present at court. Many years ago, in ancient India, clear ideas about the future developed: the future as unchangeable, inevitable, and impossible to influence. Centuries passed and people evolved. In Judaism, time was understood as a slightly different value. It turned out that with our behaviour we affect the future, and the sins we have committed in the past, bring us illness and misfortune not only in the present, but also in the future. Our past sins are paid for by our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. However, if a person turns to God and repents, then the pardoning of sins is possible. That is, changing the present and the future is possible.
The laws of Manu, who in India is considered to be the ancestor of all mankind, do not talk about repentance. For every crime there is supposed to be a punishment. However, in Judaism even a punishment sent from above can be annulled through re-evaluation of past events and repentance.
In Christianity, the future is already perceived in a completely different way. It is a physical substance, with which it is possible to interact. It turns out that the future can have it’s own distinctive characteristics and qualities. It turns out that a person actively interacts with the future, which has a completely different structure from the present. When a person comes in close contact with this new future, he may even die.
In Indian philosophy, the past smoothly flows into the future. Everything is predestined, and the Creator doesn’t interfere with current events. In Judaism, God interacts with people, and forces them to change their tangent of behaviour. Observing the Commandments allows a nation to survive and transform its future. In Indian philosophy, disease is the result of a person’s behaviour, and therefore, there is no point in trying to cure it. One must suffer through one’s stored up karma. In Judaism, disease is also a result of accumulated sins, but through prayer, repentance and fulfillment of the Commandments, it is possible to remove sins, bettering one’s future and the future of one’s descendants. Christianity stops looking back at transgressions that a person committed in the past. Through intense love for God and inner change, it is possible to overcome any negative past. So, suffering as a means of repentance is not what is most important, nor strict observance of the Commandments and repentance as a way of changing the past. Rather, it is an intense love for God as a way of changing the past and the future. Then a question appears: what should a person be like, in order to come into contact with the new future? And why can a person die from contact with it?
A person can live observing all of the Commandments given from above. However, when the new future comes, he still might die. That is to say, fulfilling the many Commandments and behaving righteously are not the codes of entry into the future that is approaching us. People who believe in God, fasting and trying to observe all of the proper religious dogmas, might still die when the new epoch and age approaches. The only ones who will be able to survive are those who carry within themselves the secret password for survival in the new future. Christ found a path of salvation for the sake of which, as it turned out, all of the rules and Commandments had been created. This is love.
A lit candle is standing in front of me on the table. I spend a long time looking at it, trying to put my thoughts and feelings in order. I then turn my gaze to the window. It’s springtime in Berlin. The green leaves on the trees create an indescribable atmosphere and birds are joyfully singing. I had a session with with a patient today. People come for this from all over the world. Their life stories are different and often confusing. I speak with each one, and together we gradually untangle the events in their lives. I explain how thoughts, feelings and actions in their past have affected their health, character and destiny, and not only their own, but also those of their children and grandchildren. When you enter subtle planes and see that which is called a person’s soul, it is immediately possible to make conclusions about his destiny several decades into the future.
Today I saw a married couple from Greece. They told me an interesting story. Their relatives have lived in Greece for a long time, own several houses, a thriving business, and big bank accounts. Recently, they invited their nephew from Kiev for a visit. The young man had grown up in poverty and was in need of everything. He was seventeen years old and the couple had no children.
The young man was good and kind and the family quickly became attached to him. They asked him to stay and live with them in Greece, and he gladly agreed. They promised to leave him all their property as inheritance: their homes and money. There was only one condition: that he stay with them in Greece and never leave them. A year later, he asked for their permission to go back home for a couple of weeks to see his parents and his city. During this trip, something unexpected happened — he fell in love and immediately became seriously ill. The relatives begged him to return as soon as possible and begin treatment, but he was physically unable to do so. Two weeks later he phoned them and said that he refused to accept the inheritance and did not want to live in Greece.
“So what happened then?” I asked.
One of the spouses shrugged. “He stayed in Kiev. For some reason, he decided that he had become ill because he lived in Greece. So, one of the reasons we came here was to find out what had happened to him.”
“You want to know if he was right or not?” I asked.
The man looked at me searchingly and nodded. “Of course.”
“You know, children’s souls are purer than those of adults. They are usually not covered by layers of superiority, self defense and self confidence. Therefore, they feel love more clearly and sense the dangers that lie in wait for love. If he had fallen in love not at eighteen, but at the age of twenty or twenty-three, he would probably have died. He had no antidote to the sudden wealth that had swept over him and which he had not earned.
The secret of good health and happiness is actually very simple. You give away a portion of love and energy, and receive approximately the same amount of health, money and other forms of happiness. If you give away five times more energy than you receive money and well being, then you will have stable health and happiness, and an unexpected influx of money and good fortune will not kill you. If you have gained or desire to gain several times more than you have given, then you are ill. You will no longer own this wealth; rather, the wealth will own you.
So, when the young man came to Greece and gained everything he had wished for, without much effort, his soul began imperceptibly dying. He did not have a tuning fork to give him a sign when his soul wandered. However, when he experienced love, all of the inner dirt came out. The soul was purified and the dirt passed on to the body; for this reason he became ill. Many people who do not come in contact with real love can live for a long time happily and plentifully. Even when they lose the ability to internally love and give energy, they continue to live in total comfort.
The tragedy is that a person can run away from love in order to live comfortably. If one concentrates on external happiness, on its material aspects, it is possible not to notice the death of the soul. However, if this person has children, then they will still have to encounter love. And then all that the children aren’t able to stand, their parents will bear, and will do so for more than one life. The soul is not a one time concept.
Not only a person, but also a government can behave in this same way. It’s possible to teach our children a condescending and flippant attitude towards love. Love can be equated with sexual relationships. One can convince oneself that love can be used for control. Then already several generations of our descendants will run away from love.