and SHARE INTERNATIONAL
(Investigator 73, 2000 July)
Investigator used to reprint copies of The Emergence. This pamphlet lists the appearances of "Maitreya" at gatherings of religious people. Maitreya is described as a world teacher who fulfils the return of Christ and who is about to gain world-acceptance and bring about world-wide prosperity.
In the 1970s Benjamin Crème – at that time a major figure in the New Age movement – announced Maitreya's appearance on the world scene for 1982.
When Maitreya did not show up Crème lost much of his influence but continued his teaching via the Share International Foundation.
Benjamin Crème was born in Scotland in 1922. From age 14 until about 1945 he developed as an artist doing paintings. Then he turned to the occult and read the writings of Helena P Blavatsky, Charles W Leadbeater, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda Saraswati and others.
The main influence, however, was Alice Bailey the alleged scribe for an Ascended Master named Djwhal Khul. Bailey channelled 19 books between 1919 and 1960. In The Reappearance of Christ (1948) she predicted that a new world-teacher would soon appear.
In 1953 Crème studied George Adamski's first books about extraterrestrials in flying saucers visiting Earth. He joined a UFO contactee group called the Aetherius Society in 1957 and learned to transmit cosmic energy from aliens.
In 1959 Crème responded to an internal message to go to London to meet persons unknown. There he found out about Maitreya.
Crème then resumed his painting career. In 1972 he formed a group to "transmit" energies from a Maitreya-led hierarchy of Masters to the world. In 1974 Maitreya spoke directly through Crème – an experience referred to as being "overshadowed" – on the topic of his coming visit to Earth. This was apparently like the alleged "channelling" [experience] of Alice Bailey and also of the Aetherius Society.
In 1977 Maitreya revealed that he had left the Himalayan home of the Masters and had begun his mission to disseminate his teachings.
Crème travelled in Europe and America to make this known and published The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom. (1979/1980) In 1980 Crème published 100 Messages from Maitreya the Christ. In 1981 he started a magazine called Share International.
Crème then travelled widely to announce Maitreya's (Christ’s) public appearance to occur in 1982. He also established meditation groups.
In April 1982 Crème took out full-page ads in 17 major newspapers to announce The Christ Is Now Here and would manifest himself to the world in two months.
In May Crème told the media that Christ was living as a Pakistani in London and it was the media's responsibility to find him. Some reporters tried but failed.
After 1982 Crème continued to travel, speak on Maitreya's coming, and formed more Transmission Meditation groups. He says that Maitreya is about to announce himself to the whole world by television. The pamphlet The Emergence lists numerous alleged appearances of Maitreya to small groups of religious people – Muslims, Catholics, Lutherans, etc – which appearances are a preliminary to worldwide acceptance. (Investigator 26; 27; 28; 30; 33; 36; 40; 43)