Have you ever received one of those ‘inspiring’ messages that circulate on the internet? The first one I got was in 2000 when a ‘lucky tantric message’ was going around that included such advice as ‘remember to phone your mom’, which suggested that it originated not in the tantric east but the USA. A year later it was still doing the rounds but in January 2001 it had become ‘The Dalai Lama’s New Year Message’ and more sage advice had been added.
At the time I wanted to try an experiment. I didn’t, but I wish I had. I wanted to change the title to ‘The Pope’s New Year Message’ and add one more piece of advice: ‘Reduce suffering – use a condom’. After releasing it into cyberspace it then would have been fascinating to track its progress.
Recently a rather splendid and stirring prose poem has been put on the net, which comes from a book by a life coach, Brian Piergrossi, called ‘The Big Glow’. It has now started to spread virally across the net, mostly minus his author attribution, which seems fitting since the message states: ‘We remain behind the scenes. It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit but simply that the work gets done.’
Interestingly, though, the message is starting to morph. The section that reads, in the Piergrossi version, “It is time for me to reveal myself/ I am an embedded agent of an secret, undercover/ Clandestine/ Global operation/ A spiritual conspiracy” has been changed in anonymous versions to “This is a Global operation/ A Spiritual Conspiracy.”
How interesting! Sensing perhaps the author’s ego popping up, even though he may have meant the reader to identify with the ‘I’, someone has improved his version and judiciously edited it. Here’s the edited version I found. Here is the author’s version.
LOVE IS THE NEW RELIGION/ A SPIRITUAL CONSPIRACY
On the surface of the world right now there is
war and violence and things seem dark.
But calmly and quietly, at the same time,
something else is happening underground
An inner revolution is taking place
and certain individuals are being called to a higher light.
It is a silent revolution.
From the inside out. From the ground up.
This is a Global operation.
A Spiritual Conspiracy.
There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.
You wont see us on the T.V.
You wont read about us in the newspaper
You wont hear about us on the radio
We dont seek any glory
We dont wear any uniform
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles
Most of us work anonymously
We are quietly working behind the scenes
in every country and culture of the world
Cities big and small, mountains and valleys,
in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands
You could pass by one of us on the street
and not even notice
We go undercover
We remain behind the scenes
It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit
But simply that the work gets done
Occasionally we spot each other in the street
We give a quiet nod and continue on our way
During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs
But behind the false storefront at night
is where the real work takes a place
Some call us the Conscious Army
We are slowly creating a new world
with the power of our minds and hearts
We follow, with passion and joy
Our orders come from from the Central Spiritual Intelligence
We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking
Poems — Hugs — Music — Photography — Movies — Kind words —
Smiles — Meditation and prayer — Dance — Social activism — Websites
Blogs — Random acts of kindness…
We each express ourselves in our own unique ways
with our own unique gifts and talents
Be the change you want to see in the world
That is the motto that fills our hearts
We know it is the only way real transformation takes place
We know that quietly and humbly we have
the power of all the oceans combined
Our work is slow and meticulous
Like the formation of mountains
It is not even visible at first glance
And yet with it entire tectonic plates
shall be moved in the centuries to come
Love is the new religion of the 21st century
You dont have to be a highly educated person
Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it
It comes from the intelligence of the heart
Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings
Be the change you want to see in the world
Nobody else can do it for you
We are now recruiting
Perhaps you will join us
Or already have.
All are welcome
The door is open.
(Anon edited version of Brian Piergrossi original)