Higher awareness extends an opportunity to all people of Russia, but especially to those among the Russian people who have so far been overlooked, held down, suppressed. This is naturally talking about women.
This is an opportunity to bring change, an opportunity to expose what must be exposed, what must be changed. Anyone who has an opening in their minds to the opportunity to bring positive change for the Russian people, higher awareness will reinforce their efforts by a considerable factor.
Can there be opportunity without freedom? Can there be freedom without opportunity? So naturally, there is a connection here, between opportunity and freedom. This is where we run into another aspect of the collective consciousness of Russia that we need to address. How do you point to an opportunity to improve certain conditions without addressing the conditions that need to be improved? How do you explain the opportunity for changing those conditions unless you addressed the cause that precipitated those conditions in the first place?
It has been said that patience is a virtue. One must say that when one looks at history, the Russian people have had great patience, long-suffering. But patience is only a virtue up to a point, because any quality can be perverted by the duality consciousness. When patience becomes an excuse for maintaining status quo, and for not bringing change, then patience is no longer a virtue. When you look at the history of Russia, you can see that for some very long centuries, the majority of the population were serfs. They had no opportunity to improve their lives. They were born into a certain station in life and if you were born as a serf, you would remain a serf for your entire lifetime. For that matter, if you were born in the noble class, you would remain in the noble class for that lifetime. Even though it might have been a more comfortable lifestyle, you were just as trapped in playing a particular role.
What you see is not only in Russia, but of course in many other societies going back centuries, was that, there was very little opportunity for people to decide: “What kind of a being am I and how do I want to live my life?” This was decided by their birth station, by the role that was assigned by their birth. There is a general upward trend because the earth is being pulled up by the rest of the universe. When you look at history, you can see that there is this upward trend, the expansion of knowledge, new technology, new ideas, so forth and so on, democratic nations with freedom and rights.
What can we say is happening in world history? Well, we can say that world history has been a gradual growth in the opportunity of individual human beings to make the decision: “Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I want to live my life?” You still see if you look at the world a wide range where there are societies where people are born into a certain station, and they have virtually no opportunity to improve it during their lifetime. But you see other societies, the modern democracies, where people have a quite wide range of opportunity for deciding what they want to do with their lives.
We have talked about certain natural laws, we have talked about certain inevitable trends in the evolution of the world, and this is one of the inevitable trends. Societies are being pulled up to provide more and more freedom, more and more opportunity for the individual human being to decide: “What do I want to do with this lifetime?” This is inevitable. You can resist it, but only for a time, because if you resist it, you are automatically creating an opposition to yourself so you must resist it even harder, as you see in the leading people and the police becoming more and more brutal in suppressing dissent in Russia. The more you suppress dissent, the more there will be the impetus for dissent, the more you have to suppress it, and so forth and so on.
You can of course, go to the extreme that Stalin went to during the 1930s, of brutally killing anyone who opposes you and thereby you can resist it for a longer period of time. But you cannot resist it forever, as was even proven by the fact that after Stalin’s death, the subsequent leaders could not maintain that same level of brutality. You can see, when you look at this, that what is happening in Russia right now, the authorities are on the losing end of this battle. They cannot continue to resist forever because not even Putin is able to manifest the same brutality that Stalin manifested. It simply would not be possible in today’s age, in today’s Russia, to manifest the same brutality that Stalin manifested so many years ago.
You see that during the tsarist times, the era of serfdom, people were born into a certain station and had very little opportunity. Then comes the Bolshevik Revolution. Did people have more opportunity in Soviet times than they had before? Well, some people actually did. You were still born into a certain station in the Soviet Union, but you did have the opportunity to get an education and become, for example, a scientist, or a doctor, or whatever, and you did have the opportunity to go into the party apparatus, and work your way up through the different levels. It was a limited opportunity but it was for many people, a greater opportunity than was there before. There was in fact, even during Soviet times, a certain growth among some people, they took advantage of whatever opportunity was given them in the system and they transcended themselves and therefore they grew. Even from a spiritual perspective, there was some growth. Now this, of course, was only for a few, it was not for the general population, because they were born into a certain station as workers, and they would remain workers for life.
The so-called classless society, was not classless, there was clearly a working class, and there was a leading class and there was a scientific class, and the workers were going to be workers for the rest of their lives if they were not able to take advantage of the opportunities. But still, when you look at the Soviet Union, you will see that there was a very limited range of opportunities for people to grow individually, for people to improve their situation, improve themselves, for people to look at the future and consider: “What kind of a life do I want to lead?” There was limited opportunity for this.
What then happens as the Soviet Union dissolves? Well, suddenly there was, at least theoretically, a broader opportunity. There was the possibility of starting your own business. There was, in other words, more of an opportunity to decide what kind of a life do I want to lead as an individual. It was also an opportunity for the nation to decide: “What kind of a nation do we want to be now that we are no longer a communist nation?” Communism, of course, defined a very strict ideological framework for what Russia could be doing in the Soviet era, just as the mindset of the tsarist times defined strict limitations for what Russia could be back then. You see that in the 1990s, suddenly you removed these limitations, and there was an expansion of opportunity.
How did the Russian people react to this? Well, they largely reacted by going into a state of shock, because the transition from the restrictions of the Soviet era to greater freedom was too much for anyone to handle. As said before, how can you make that transition after growing up in such a repressive system, and now you suddenly have an expansion of freedom and opportunity, how do you even know what to do with that freedom?
There is a Danish philosopher called Søren Kierkegaard, who is somewhat known the world around, by some considered the father of existentialism, and one of the points that he brought out was that modern humans as they have gained more freedom, have gotten in touch with a certain fear of freedom, a fear of the choices they can make, a fear of making wrong choices. His example was that if you stand at the top of a tall building, you can decide whether to stay on the building or whether to jump off and kill yourself. There is a fear of the possibilities, the opportunities you have.
This is something that, in a sense, has affected all people as the world has transitioned from more dictatorial societies to democratic nations. Certainly, all of the modern democracies have gone through this, but it has been a more gradual process that has taken more time, so people had more time to adjust.
In Russia it was a very abrupt process and there was not much time to adjust to this. Basically, what you saw in the Russian people was this fear of freedom. “What do we do now? What do we do with the opportunities? Who are we? What kind of people are we now that we are no longer under the communist yoke? What kind of a nation do we want to be now that we are no longer the leading nation of the Soviet Union?” There was a fear that Russia could fail. There was a sense before that Russia had some superiority, because of the Soviet Union. Russia was the leader of the Soviet Union, the leader of the communist movement to change the world. Even though many people may not truly have believed in communism, they still had been so programmed with this national sentiment that they felt this pride in the superiority of Russia.
Suddenly, there was now the possibility that Russia could become like other nations, but not do as well as those nations, perhaps even make some mistakes and fail. Whereas before, you could maintain the idea that even though life under communism was hard and limited, there was still some superior purpose to Russia. Now, it seemed that Russia was just like any other nation that was ruled by certain economic harshness and realities and Russia might do worse than other nations. There was this fear of freedom, the fear of opportunity, the fear of failure. What was the reaction?
Well, as said, there are two groups of people. There are those who saw the opportunity and took advantage of it, but there were many who actually recoiled from their freedom. They were afraid of the freedom. What did they do? Well, what was the condition you had when you were a serf? You knew who you were, you knew what your life was, you knew what was expected of you and you had a certainty that if you did what was expected of you, you could not fail, you could not really go wrong. What was it under communism, for the majority of the people? Well, they knew what their station was in life. They knew what was expected of them and if they did what they were told and followed the system, they could not fail. For that matter, even those in the Communist Party could not fail either, because there was always a way to cover over, so it seemed like there was never a finger pointed at individuals. It was the party, and the party could not be wrong by definition.
What you see in the collective psyche of Russia, going back into the mists of history, with serfdom, but reinforced during communist times, was that there was a certain patience with current conditions. In other words, life was harsh. Life was not ideal. Life was not really what people wanted it to be, but they were willing to accept the way life was, and as said before, whenever you accept certain conditions, whenever people accept certain conditions, it is because they get something in return, something they want.
What did they get in return? Well, if they accepted the communist system, and accepted the way life was, they got the sense that they could not fail, you could not go wrong. From ancient times, many among the Russian people have this fear of making the wrong decision. So, you submit yourself to the system, whether it is the communist system or the tsars, and in return for this submission, you get the sense that you cannot be wrong, you cannot go wrong. Therefore, you have this patience with the less-than-ideal living conditions, you have this long-suffering, this willingness to suffer, and this gives you a certain sense of status quo.
Now, this sense of equilibrium was shattered when the Soviet Union was dissolved. It was, of course, an opportunity to grow. All of a sudden, there were more opportunities for personal growth than there were during communist times. But many people were not able to take advantage of them, because the change was too abrupt. It was too shocking for them. There was a considerable part of the Russian population, who longed back to the former certainty. There was a growth in opportunity, but they saw it as a growth in uncertainty and with uncertainty comes the fear of failure, so they were longing back to the former certainty.
What did Vladimir Putin do? What did the people behind him do? Well, they actually sensed this. They were not necessarily able to think this through consciously or to formulate it in words, but they sensed that Russian people longed back to a certainty and they provided it. However, you cannot recreate the past. There is a saying that once you let the cat out of the bag, you cannot get it back in. There is this old rhyme of Humpty Dumpty, who sat on the wall and then fell off and was shattered and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men cannot put Humpty together again. You cannot recreate the past.
Vladimir Putin may believe that the greatest geopolitical disaster of the last century was the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He may think he can recreate the Soviet Union without the communist ideology, but it cannot be done because history has moved on. Vladimir Putin has condemned himself to an impossible quest. What he is trying to achieve cannot be done. He of course, cannot see this, is not willing to see it. The people behind him are not willing to see it because they are not trying to recreate the Soviet Union, they only want to extract more and more money from Russia.
Many among the Russian people cannot see it either because in submitting themselves to Putin’s rule, and getting some of the certainty restored, they did what they did during communist times. They said: “We will focus on our everyday lives and leave matters of the state to those who are in charge of the state. This is their business. I will focus on my business.” This mindset of being willing to suffer in order to get certainty, in order to avoid the fear of failure, is a huge beast over Russia that naturally, you who are the spiritual people, can make the calls on it, for the consuming of it, for the shattering of this consciousness. As you do so, you will see that more and more people will begin to see an opportunity instead of a risk.
Many people in Russia have already done this, many have already made the transition, have started to create their own businesses, educate themselves and so forth and so on. There is a tension in Russian society, a creative tension. There was a certain generation of people who had grown up in Soviet times, for whom it was a shock to suddenly have freedom. But there are also many, many younger people who have been born since then, or who were very young when the Soviet Union dissolved, and they are able to lock in to the opportunity of changing their lives, taking command over their lives and the possibility that there can be greater freedom and opportunity in Russia.
There is right now a creative tension that has been building ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and it is simply a matter of time before it becomes strong enough that the people will no longer use patience to maintain status quo because now it becomes more important for them to have an opportunity to decide what kind of lives they want to lead and: “What kind of country do we want to live in? What kind of country do we want Russia to be?” When a critical mass of Russians decide that opportunity is more important than certainty, then all the king’s horses and all the king’s men cannot hold back the change that must happen. This is not here talking about a violent overthrow of the current order, although this could be precipitated if there is no willingness to change from the top levels.
It is more talking about a gradual growth, a gradual change, where there is a growing realization among the Russian people and a growing determination that we no longer want to live in Russia as it is today. We want to live in a different Russia. The leadership of a country is a reflection of the consciousness of the people. The current leadership in Russia is a reflection of a critical mass of the consciousness of the people, but it is not a vast majority of the people who are in this consciousness. In fact, it is shrinking. We are coming closer and closer to this tipping point where now all of a sudden, the critical mass has shifted from the people who want certainty to the people who want opportunity. When that change does occur, well, it may still be possible to hold back political and economic reforms for some time, but not for a long period of time.
When people come together in wanting greater opportunity, their numbers will be multiplied exponentially by higher awareness, which will shorten the time before the tipping point is reached and Russia shifts its focus away from providing certainty, towards providing opportunity. The more the existing government needs to restrict freedom, the more they actually demonstrate how close they are to falling. The harsher you become in restricting your own people, the more you shorten your lifespan.
In a sense, this is simply an acting out of some tendencies in the Russian collective psyche, in order to make them more visible, so that more people can see them and come to that determination: “No, this is not the kind of country we want to live in. Why should we have to live in a country that is so restrictive when so many other nations in the world, their people have greater freedom? Why should we accept this?” Then people can come to look at: “Well, why have we accepted it?” and they can realize the dynamic in the collective consciousness, and they can shift away from these old ways of looking at life, these old psychological mechanisms. They can realize that perhaps Russia will need to go through a period of experimentation, in order to find out what kind of country Russia is when it is not restricted by a totalitarian government. Perhaps this will be a period of turmoil and experimentation, perhaps mistakes will be made. But so what? It is still an opportunity for us to decide what kind of nation we want to be, what kind of people we want to be.
Why is it so important that the individual human being decides: “What kind of person do I want to be?” Well, what is the purpose of life? It is the growth in consciousness, from a point-like sense of identity, to an ever-expanding sense of the identity, leading to higher awareness. How does the growth in consciousness happen? On an individual basis. You do not grow collectively. Of course, you can have a group of people who can collectively restrict their growth or they can collectively make it easier to grow, but there is no automatic growth in consciousness. It is an individual matter and it is a creative matter, where the individual must come to see something of how its own psychology is restricting it.
You can look at the world and you can see that again, there has been a trend, there has been a growth in people’s willingness to look at themselves, to follow the call of Jesus to look at the beam in your own eye, instead of looking at the splinter in the eyes of others. In a sense, you could look at the Soviet Union and say it was a total perversion of the call of Jesus, because in the Soviet Union, the finger was always pointed at someone else. The Soviet Union was looking outside its own borders, to all the problems with capitalism and the imperialist West and always pointing that the problem was out there. Putin is doing the same thing. Even though he has all power, he is still pointing the finger. There is this problem, there is that problem. There is the West that are seeking to undermine Russia and so forth and so on. But if you have all power, what excuse do you have to point the finger somewhere else?
You see this tendency that during Soviet times, people were brought up to always point the finger somewhere else, to always look for the splinter in the eyes of their brothers and sisters, even to the point of reporting their neighbors to the authorities when they did not follow the rules, or when they were not true believers in the communist ideal. You see this entire consciousness, but the reality is that the purpose of life is growth. Growth happens on an individual level and it only happens when the individual looks at its own psychology and says: “What is it that is limiting me in life? Is it the outer conditions? Is it the authorities? Or is it conditions in my own psychology?”
Many people in Russia actually gravitated to the Soviet Union because they were not ready to look at themselves. The older generation are not ready and willing to look at themselves. This is not the case for the younger generation. Many among the younger people in Russia are willing to look at themselves, whether they are spiritual students or not. But they are willing to look at themselves and say: “What can I change? What can I change in myself, in order to change the way I look at life, the way I experience life?” The entire purpose of life is individual opportunity for growth, psychological spiritual growth, psycho-spiritual growth.
There is an inevitable upward trend in the universe that pulls the entire universe in this direction and it is pulling the earth in this direction. It is an expression of this tendency that has manifested the modern democracies and this tendency is also pulling on Russia to become a country that gives individual opportunity for growth. The only way that nations can survive economically, is by giving as much economic opportunity to the individual as possible. That is what drives economic growth, because many people grow tremendously by having a business or being involved with a smaller business where they have an impact on the business. This is the key to sustainability, to the survival of any nation: To what degree does it give the individual human being the opportunity to decide what kind of beings they want to be, what kind of lives they want to live. This is in a sense, the essential measure, at least seen from the viewpoint of higher awareness.
Those nations who will not provide opportunity for their people, who are seeking to restrict the opportunities of their people, cannot survive in the Age of Higher Awareness. They can, of course, not manifest a golden age and if they do not manifest a golden age, they will inevitably go into a dark age, there really is nothing in between there. There are different degrees of a golden age, but the nations who resist the golden age, will create a dark age for themselves, but it cannot last indefinitely. There will not, as we move further into the golden age, be the kind of division that you saw during the Soviet era, where you had a communist bloc and a more free bloc of nations. This cannot be sustained in the Age of Higher Awareness. Those who are not following the trend of giving opportunity, well, if you restrict opportunity, you will restrict growth. Sooner or later, this will have disastrous consequences for the economy. You cannot have a sustainable economy by extracting natural resources. You can have a sustainable economy only when there is creativity, when something new is brought forth. How do you bring something new forth? Through individual opportunity and creativity.
Higher awareness has no other desire than to give the Russian people the greatest possible opportunity, the greatest opportunity they can handle. Of course, higher awareness works with the people who are open to opportunity. It cannot work with people who are not open. It must allow them to exercise their free will and enter the school of hard knocks and learn their lessons that way when they are not willing to learn from higher awareness.