Between heaven and earth. “Birthpangs” of the Earth

This article was written by Olav 2005, after the Tsunami, but is even more needed now, after the recent earthquake in Haiti!

“Nations shall rise against nations, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginning of the sorrows.” * (Mark 13:8)

Through two of the most powerful earthquakes in modern times occuring within almost the same area outside Sumatra in the Indian Ocean in the course of only three months, this 2000-year-old prophesy has become a reality in a new and for many people maybe frightening way. Something which is symbolically underlined by the fact that these giant tremors both took place on the second day of Christmas (9,3 on the Richter scale) and on the second day of Easter (8,7 on the Richter scale) respectively. Christmas and Easter are of course the two greatest festivals celebrated to the memory of the words quoted above. Did this coincidence just happen by chance or is it maybe intended to be a reminder of the fact that the time that is now approaching on earth – and its purpose – was predicted already 2000 years ago from a certain vantage point of consciousness or mentality from where all the connections of terrestrial cause and effect could be overviewed and understood and therefore predicted?

One can think and believe whatever one wishes about this. But a fact that even those who only count on “hard facts”, ie. that which can be weighed and measured, cannot ignore is revealed by the following news item based on international research and statistics:

“The United Nations are now concerned about the fact that the world is hit by more frequent – and more costly – natural disasters. In 15 years the number of people who have been struck by storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and drought has tripled to 254 millions. The number of natural disasters has increased from 261 in 1990 to 337 last year.”

This news item appeared in a Swedish evening newspaper (Aftonbladet) on 21 September 2004, that is a few months before the first powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean. And now, at the time when this is written – April 2005 – we more or less on a daily basis see and hear reports in our media about earthquakes, volcanic erputions, storms etc. in different corners of the world. At the time of writing, the latest in this succession of reports were two medium-sized (but compared to the Sumatra tremors, small) tremors that took place at the same time as large anti-Japanese demonstrations and attacks towards Japanese interests were carried out by agitated groups of people in the neighborouring country, China. That “nations shall rise against nations, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places” seems to be a prediction on its way to being fulfilled.

That these are incidents and upheavals that also affect a macrocosmic level is also made evident by the fact that the explosion in the Indian Ocean on the second day of Christmas, according to the NASA-researchers Benjamin Fong Chao and Richard Gross, was so powerful that the North Pole shifted two and a half centimetres and the 24-hour cycle was shortened by 2,68 microseconds and the flattened globe become slightly “slimmer around the waist”. The shortening of the day and night is so small that it cannot be measured. But the new position of the North Pole and the new shape of the globe could be measured with instruments on the earth or from satellites (1).

The large tremor on the 26th of December 2004 was one of the most powerful that has ever been measured and was at first classified as 9,0 on the new Richter scale. Later, more careful investigations have shown that the strength of the tremor actually was 9,3. On the logarythmic Richter scale this means a release of energy nearly three times the size, as compared to 9,0. Analyses of seismograms over a long period of time after the earthquake show that the tremor was the second largest since the invention of the seismometer a hundred years ago. Only the giant earthquake in the south of Chile in 1960, which also gave rise to a tsunami or giant tidal wave, was worse. It had a magnitude of 9,5 on the Richter scale (2).

The crises of the Earth = a cleansing process

What are we witnessing, from a cosmic point of view?

According to Martinus’ cosmic world picture the earth is of course a living being, within which we terrestial human beings, exist as microindividuals or “cells”, more specifically “braincells”. Natural disasters are in this perspective seen as reactions in a living being’s physical organism, reactions that can be characterised as “psycho-somatic” (physical reactions or disturbances that have psychic causes).

The fact that Christ in the above quotation calls these reactions “sorrows” (in swedish: “birthpangs”) is interesting since “birthpangs” are symptoms of the fact that something is about to be born. And Martinus also calls the process that is about to take place, both for the Earth as a living being and for us as its “braincells”, “the great birth”. It is a spiritual or cosmic birth that is preceeded by a psychic “cleansing process”. This psychic “cleansing process” brings about the increased frequency and intensity of “psycho-somatic” reactions in the Earth’s organism, a phenomena which we also can recognize from “cleansing processes” in our own psyche and organism. Martinus writes that “together all these phenomena constitute to the organism and mentality of the earth being’s I, nothing other than the aforementioned normal spiritual crisis that always has to take place in an individual’s mentality before it is totally posessed by “the Holy Spirit” and reaches “the great birth”. (3)

That which is to be “born” is nothing less than “a new heaven and a new earth”, as it is said in the Bible. This does not mean the physical end of the “old” Earth, but that the Earth is presently going through a psychic or spiritual process that at this stage of the process also results in “psycho-somatic” effects occuring with an increasing number and frequency.

Some time ago a writer on a Martinus internet forum formulated the following question which is perfectly justified in this context:

“Something which I cannot see the logic in is how a being who is on the point of receiving cosmic consciousness, must expose itself to such a devastating “cleansing” as when a large number of what corresponds to its braincells have to be cleansed out.”

This is a perfectly justified question, and the writer is certainly not alone in having put it. Of course the logic he refers to is not totally obvious. But first let me point out that this “cleansing” does not devastate the Earth, but is only a step in what Martinus in the above text calls “the normal spiritual crisis that always has to take place in an individual’s mentality, before it is totally posessed by “the Holy Spirit” or reaches “the great birth”. And to enable us to understand this better we must add some supplementary information that Martinus gives us in this context.

The Earth and its “braincells”

In an article entitled “The cosmic forces behind world redemption” Martinus writes, among other things, about what he calls “reflex impulses of the macrobeing” on our level of humankind, ie. reflex impulses of the Earth’s communication with its planet fellow beings. In this article Martinus points out how this has been expressed through what he calls “epochs of world redemption”. A total of four such epochs are described in the article. Epoch number four, where we are now, is conditioned by the Earth’s communication with highly developed planet fellow beings. About this present epoch he writes:

“Very powerful cosmic macroreflex impulses are penetrating humankind and have already brought about a great change in its mentality. As our macrobeing, the Earth is in the the initial stages of the experience of the great birth, it is not so strange that it is in the midst of a great mental activity and exchange of thoughts with its planet fellow beings in its own mesocosmos. These high exchanges of thought with like-minded planet beings constitute, to an especially high degree combinations of the basic energies of intelligence and feeling, which to a certain extent, because of the Earth’s double poledness, appear as intellectualized feeling, which in turn is the same as pure love.” (4)

Martinus also mentions here that it is this “macroreflex impulse” that, among other things, lies behind the unbelievably accelerating technical development on our planet in the last century. Of course we cannot directly perceive or measure the Earth being’s communication with these other planet beings. We can though, indirectly to a certain extent, undertake such a “measuring” or interpretation of this interplanetary and macrocosmic communication through the impulses that make up the foundation of, for example, religions and cultures that have been born and have flourished at different epochs in our history. Some of them can probably even be seen as “cosmic glimpses” in the consciousness of the earth individual. Since the Earth now stands on the threshold of the experience of “the great birth” it must already have experienced a number of such glimpses.

It is clear that there is a cause and effect connection between what we consider to be our outer physical world and the planet being’s inner world of thought and feeling. But, as Martinus writes in the same article, there is also an essential difference between the organism principle of the Earth and our own organism principle. I quote:

“Whereas the physical organism of terrestial humankind is intended to be a tool for purely physical activity, the planet being’s physical organism, that is the physical globe, is intended to be tool for lesser physical activity.”

There is therefore a difference or a variation in the possibilities and the limitations brought about by our different organism principles. Our organism principle is of course “mobile” on the physical plane, whereas the planets move continously in their fixed orbits. Orbits that, among other things, results in the planets not normally coming into close physical contact. (If they do come too close it results in disasters, as was the case when our planet was hit and it received its present tilt to its axis).

This means that the planets experience of mutual communication or “close contact” takes place on the thought plane (macrocosmic “telepathy”). Martinus writes in the same article that these macrocosmic exchanges of thought “create a large, active area of rays and waves surrounding the physical planet.” (6) This is an area that although invisible to us, is the planet’s primary sphere of experience and communication.

The Earth does not perceive the physical plane in the same “direct” way as we do. But also our perception of the physical plane is, when everything is taken into consideration, by nature only indirect , since all our experiences, whether or not they are transmitted by our physical senses, are reactions of consciousness.

There is another piece of information that Martinus gives, which perhaps can supplement the picture, and that is that he considers that many terrestial human beings are still only “latent braincells” for the earth being. In the article “What is the meaning of Happy New Year wishes?” he writes that these “latent braincells” are those that are still living a predominantly vegetative and passive life governed by instinct. They are not yet awakened as “braincells”, but they will be! Quote:

“We are witnessing areas in the Earth’s physical day consciousness that are as yet latent or undeveloped, which they will naturally not remain, since both the Earth as well as humankind are under development.” (7)

This can possibly be compared with the fact that a large part of our brain capacity also is as yet latent or unused, as has been shown by brain research. In other words there is a potential for our future cosmic consciousness, since Nature does not create anything superfluous or unnecessary.

Consequently, one cannot equate the mentality of the Earth with the average mentality of humankind today. The planet is, from this perspective, slightly “ahead” of the average terrestial human mentality of today, but it has still unfinished aspects that correspond to these as yet undeveloped “braincells”.

The tilt to the Earth’s axis

A “psycho-somatic” effect, or rather a defect, of a more permanent nature in the earth being is of course the tilt to its axis, which is what brings about the highly contrasting seasons that we experience for example in these northern latitudes. You can read about the causes and effects of this tilt to the axis – as well as about the aforementioned spiritual “crisis” or “cleansing process” in the earth being’s consciousness – in Livets Bog III section 657-68.

Here Martinus describes this tilt to the axis as a kind of “disability” of the earth being, that, however, like all painful experiences, brings about an accelerated spiritual or mental development in the being involved. It is of course due to these strongly contrasting seasons or the severeness of the physical climate in our latitudes, that the “braincells” have been forced to make technical advancements in the form of housebuilding, artificial warmth, electricity, etc, to enable them to live here at all. If the Earth had not been subjected to this tilt, the physical circumstances would certainly have been more like “paradise”, in the form of a more pleasant physical climate, but seen from the mental aspect, both the earth being and its present “braincells” would then have been lesser or more undeveloped beings.

The powerful tremor on the second day of Christmas actually also brought about a small, but measurable, effect (2,5 cm) to the tilt of the Earth. Does this mean that the Earth’s tilt now has begun to “straighten” itself up and that more giant disasters are to be expected?

There will probably be more disasters to come, as they belong to the aforementioned “birthpangs”, but if we are to believe what Martinus has written in Livets Bog III, section 667, the possible “straightening” of the tilt to the Earth’s axis would take place so slowly and gradually that it would not mean that its microlife would be subjected to any global disasters. But local disasters, in a way, do become global when they strike centres of global tourism, as we have seen recently.

A tidal wave of humaness

“The only thing we can hope for is that this earthquake and its effects will in due course change our minds, making them more planetary. This disaster has now been brought very close to home, even to those of us who have not received a message that someone that we know has been affected. In the midst of all the meaningless suffering, the chaos, we have also the tiny epicentre of global fellowship: We are been shaken together. Our minds touch each other across the oceans and continents.”

This was written by the author Göran Greider in his column in the newspaper Metro on 29 December 2004. But what he writes actually counteracts his own words “meaningless suffering”. If the disaster contributes to creating the consequences that he describes here, then it is not “meaningless suffering”. Can our minds become what Greider calls “more planetary” without more or less drastic experiences of suffering?

Or – to connect to something that also has to do with the “planetary consciousness” – would we have today a United Nations and many other forms of humane international cooperation without the experiences of suffering that the two worldwars have brought us.

This is naturally of poor consolation for those who are personally struck here and now. It does not make their “dead” rise from the depth of the sea or from their graves. But maybe it causes something else to rise from the depth of their souls. Questions like “why” and about “the meaning of life” more or less strongly make themselves known to all mourning survivors. Questions that also can be seen as prayers to Providence for an answer. And where there are questions there are also answers. Individuals are beginning to formulate questions from the depth of their needs and this is the sowing that has to take place to enable the answer, in due course, to be harvested.

We can also establish the fact that the tidalwave in South East Asia also released another wave: a wave of humaneness and a wish to help. Never before have people in so many parts of the world given so much money to help those hit by disaster. Several charity organisations brought in so much money that they found it necessary to ask people not to give more money than they had already received. That has probably never happened before.

During the first two days after the disaster the Swedish people gave five times as much money as they usually give to, for instance, the Red Cross in a whole year. This one can also call a wave – a tidal wave of humaneness and incipient neighbourly love. This “wave” also deserves attention. It is this wave that leads us to the “promised land” of the future, where there no longer is a need for disasters and other experiences of suffering to bring humaneness out of the “closet”, but where humaneness and neighbourly love is the wave(length) we all “surf” on…



1. Dagens Nyheter (Swedish Daily News) 1 September 2005

2. Dagens Nyheter 31 March 2005

3. Livets Bog III section 667

4. Kosmos (Danish) no 2 1993

5. Kosmos no 2 1993

6. Kosmos no 2 1993

7. Kosmos no 1 1995

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