Will to Good

(1) In every country in the world today, men of goodwill and of true understanding are to be found. Many thousands of them are known. They are, however, either ridden by fear or by a feeling of futility, and by the realisation that the work to be done is so stupendous, that their isolated little efforts are utterly useless to break down the barriers of hate and separation everywhere to be found. They realise that there is apparently no systematised spread of the principles which seem to hold the solution of the world problem; they have no conception of the numerical strength of those who may be thinking as they do, and they are consequently rendered impotent through their loneliness, their lack of unity, and the dead weight of the surrounding inertia.

. . . How can a true prosperity be established, which shall be the result of unity, peace and plenty?

Only in one way. By the united action of the men and women of goodwill and understanding, in every country and in every nation. Steadily and quietly, with no sense of hurry, must they do three things:

First, they must discover each other and be in touch with each other. Thus the sense of weakness and of futility will be offset. This is the first duty and task of the New Group of World Servers.

Secondly, they must clarify and elucidate those basic principles of right living, goodwill and harmony, which are recognised, but not supplied, by all right thinking people today. These principles must be formulated in the simplest terms and made practical action.

Thirdly, the general public must be educated in these principles. Steadily, regularly and systematically, they must be taught the principles of brotherhood, of an internationalism which is based on goodwill and love of all men, of religious unity, and of co-operative interdependence. The individual in every nation and group, must be taught to play his important part with goodwill and understanding; the group must shoulder its responsibility to other groups; and the responsibility of nation to nation, and of all nations to the world of nations, must be explained and emphasised.

This is no idle or mystical, impractical program. It undermines and attacks no authority or government. It is not interested in the overthrow of rulers, or the downfall of any political or national party. It calls for intelligent and practical effort. It will call for the co-operation of many types of mind, and many trained executives. The men of goodwill in every country must be discovered, and all who respond to these ideals must be gathered together through mailing lists. Their co-operation must be sought and systematised. This program will call, eventually, for the assistance of many lecturers and writers, who will work along the same idealistic lines, but with differing methods. Through their knowledge of their own country, and of the best way to bring these basic truths home to their own nationals, they must be left free to work as they see best for their particular nation. They, and all men and women of goodwill, constitute the New Group of World Servers. A central group, chosen from among them, should synthesise this work and co-ordinate it, whilst giving the widest latitude to individual servers and workers.

This work of educating the men and women of goodwill in the world, must be proceeded with as rapidly as possible. The work must, however, be carried on with no infringement of harmony. There must be no interference with national preferences and programs, and no belittling of national governments, no matter what they may be. No political activity should be carried on in the name of the New Group of World Servers. Such action would continue the old methods and perpetuate the old hatreds. There must be no attack upon any party or group, and no criticism of any leader or national activity. Such old methods have long been tried, and have failed to bring peace on earth. The members of the New Group of World Servers, and those associated with them, stand for no party, neither for nor against any group or form of control. This is their imperative position. For attack or counter-attack they have no time, energy or money. Yet their attitude is not one of “passive non-resistance”. They are at work balancing world forces, and fostering the growth of that group of men who stand for goodwill, understanding and brotherhood.

. . . They will stand as the interpreters of right human relations, for the basic oneness of humanity, for practical brotherhood, for positive harmlessness in speech and writing, and for that inner synthesis of objectives, which recognises the value of the individual, and at the same time the significance of group work. The propagation of these ideas, and the spread of the principles of goodwill, will produce this third group in world affairs.

In a few years’ time, if the work is carried forward along these lines, public opinion will be forced to recognise the potency of the movement towards peace, international understanding, and mutual goodwill. Eventually, the numerical strength of the men and women of goodwill in the world, will be so great, that they will be able to influence world events. There will then be enough people enlisted in the cause of goodwill, to affect definitely the trend of world affairs.

No idle pacifism will be taught. It is no mystical dream which waits for God to take action, and which relies on the future to straighten things out. It is no impractical idea, incapable of application. It is the plan for the development of a group of people, gathered out of every nation, who are trained in the spirit of goodwill, and who possess such a clear insight into the principles that should govern human relations in world affairs, that they can work with power in the field of human peace and understanding. It is a systematised process of education. By its means, men and women everywhere are to be trained to live as exponents of goodwill in every department of life, and the power of intelligent goodwill to adjust difficulties in every department of human affairs, is unbelievably potent. But as yet, that growing spirit of goodwill, has not been intelligently developed, applied, and systematised. Thousands of men and women are ready today throughout the world to be so trained, and to be brought into co-operation with each other, so that there can eventually be unity of effort in the cause of peace and harmonious relations. The New Group of World Servers seeks to discover these people, and unify them into a coherent group.

(2) There is only one way in which focussed evil will, with its responsiveness to the Shamballa force, can be overcome, and that is by the opposition of an equally focussed spiritual will, displayed by responsive men and women of goodwill, who can train themselves to be sensitive to this type of new incoming energy, and can learn how to invoke and evoke it.

You can consequently see why there was more than the casual use of a current word in my mind, when the terms of goodwill and of the will-to-good were discussed. All the time, I had in my thoughts not just kindness and good intention, but the focussed will-to-good, which can and must evoke the Shamballa energy, and use it for the arresting of the forces of evil.

This, I realise, is a relatively new idea to many of you; to others of you it will mean little or nothing; others again may have faint glimmerings of this new approach to God and service, which – again I say – can and must remake, rebuild, and rehabilitate the world. I would like here to point out that the will aspect can be contacted only from the mental plane, and only those, therefore, who are working with and through the mind, can begin to appropriate this energy. Those who seek to evoke the Shamballa force, are approaching close to the energy of fire. Fire is the symbol and the quality of the mental plane. Fire is an aspect of the divine nature. Fire was an outstanding aspect of the war. Fire is produced by physical means and the aid of the mineral kingdom, and this was the great menacing and chosen means of destruction in this war. This is a fulfilment of the ancient prophecy, that the attempt to destroy the Aryan race will be by means of fire, just as ancient Atlantis was destroyed by water. But, fiery goodwill and the conscious focussed use of the Shamballa force, can counter fire by fire, and this must be done.

(3) When the majority of the inhabitants of the earth are being rapidly oriented towards good, towards righteousness, as the Bible expresses it, and when the bulk of human beings are inclined towards goodwill (the second major expression of soul contact and influence in the individual’s life and in the life of mankind – the first being the sense of responsibility), then ill health will persistently, even if only gradually, disappear and die out and finally be nonexistent. Slowly, very slowly, this is already happening – not yet in the disappearance of disease, but in the bringing about of a more correct orientation.

Evil, crime and disease, are the result of the great heresy of separateness, and because hate and not love controls. Forget not that he who loveth not his brother is a murderer – ever the symbol of hate. As yet, the sense of universality and of identity with all is not to be found, except in advanced disciples and initiates.

(4) It is absolutely essential that the will-to-good be unfolded by the disciples of the world, so that goodwill can be expressed by the rank and file of mankind. The will-to-good of the world knowers is the magnetic seed of the future. The will-to-good is the Father aspect, whilst goodwill is the Mother aspect, and from the relation of these two the new civilisation, based on sound spiritual (but utterly different) lines, can be founded. I would recommend this thought to your consciousness, for it means that two aspects of spiritual work must be nurtured in the immediate future, for on them the most distant hope of happiness and of world peace depends. The New Group of World Servers must be reached, and the will-to-good developed in them, and the masses simultaneously must be reached with the message of goodwill.

(5) The result of the world war, of disease, famine and pain, has developed a spirit of community in suffering and in deprivation; this has led to a consequent understanding participation in human difficulties everywhere, which is rapidly changing into a spirit of world goodwill.

This worldwide goodwill, when truly established and correctly organised, is the needed preliminary to revelation, for this coming revelation will be a planetary revelation, shared by all men everywhere. Unitedly all men realise, even today, the need to rise out of the prison of self-interest into the freedom of shared opportunity, and the factor which will bring about this resurrection is goodwill.

One interesting aspect of goodwill is that, as it develops in the human consciousness, it first of all brings a revelation of the existent cleavages which distinguish the political, the religious, the social and the economic life of people everywhere. The revelation of a cleavage is ever accompanied (for such is the beauty of the human spirit) by efforts along all possible lines, to bridge or heal the cleavage. This is testified to by the thousands of groups and organisations working to end cleavages, and to pull down the barriers to right human relations.

. . . The concept of easier, unified and happy relations, is nevertheless existent in the minds of many thousands everywhere, and the factual reality will materialise some day.

The first step is the wholesome recognition that cleavages exist; it is here that goodwill can do its most useful and necessary work. . . . It is the cultivation of a spiritual attitude that is needed, and the dedication, at all times, and in every possible way, to the will-to-good.

. . . Goodwill is contagious; once a definite start has been made in a pure and disinterested spirit, goodwill will permeate the world, and right human relations will be rapidly established.

(6) Goodwill is man’s first attempt to express the love of God. Its results on earth will be peace. It is so simple and practical that people fail to appreciate its potency or its scientific and dynamic effect. One person sincerely practising goodwill in a family, can completely change its attitudes. Goodwill really practised among groups in any nation, by political and religious parties in any nation, and among the nations of the world, can revolutionise the world.

(7) Goodwill is far more widespread throughout the world than people think; it simply needs to be discovered, educated and set to work.

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