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Michael Beckwith Michael Beckwith new thought minister. author. emissary of peace.

Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder of Agape International Spiritual Center and a celebrated author. [www.agapelive.com]

What’s most meaningful to me is devoting the time I have on the planet to building what was described by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others as the Beloved Community. Contributing to the creation of a mindful, enlightened society where the needs of all beings are met is an active practice of the science of love and compassion and a fulfillment of spiritual practice which is deeply meaningful to me.

When I founded the Agape International Spiritual Center in 1986, I envisioned it as a bridge between the inner work we do in meditation and prayer and the outer transformation of society through selfless service. It’s both spiritually and socially meaningful to me that Agape is a distribution center through which individuals can deliver their unique talents, gifts, and skills in growing the Beloved Community. We can all appreciate how technology has turned our planet into a neighborhood. What would be significantly more meaningful is to now transform our world into a sister-and-brotherhood in recognition of the cosmic citizenship we share.

I stay engaged firstly through my inner spiritual practices of meditation, affirmative prayer, and visioning, and secondly through my responsibilities as Agape’s spiritual director. There’s nothing like staff and students to mirror back whether or not you’re walking your talk. Thirdly, I consider myself a student and servant of Spirit, which I relate to as the loving evolutionary impulse governing the universe. So staying engaged in a meaningful way through that relationship means making a difference on the planet before I leave it. I endeavor to fulfill my commitment through ongoing humanitarian work for Haiti and Sri Lanka, as co-founder of the Season for Nonviolence and the Synthesis Dialogues, and however else I feel guided to contribute my energies and resources.

The words of wisdom I’d like to share are: Stay out of fear! While world events appear to be in great flux, with global economic systems in a downward cycle, environmental influences being somewhat aberrant, malice in politics filling the airwaves, and wars and rumors of wars – this is a time of significant challenge and change. During such times, the possibility is present for great transformation, which can happen if – both individually and collectively – we stay out of fear, worry, and doubt and instead hold a vision for humanity that wakes us up and pulls us into constructive, compassionate action.

– Michael Beckwith

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