Getting the Evolution of Mankind Back on Track
The Sanctuary Project is an ongoing development for the creation of a holistic lifestyle, to assist in the development of all aspects of mankind: body, mind and spirit. It achieves this by providing the resources to improve the basic character of man, literally allowing them to “be all that they can be,” rather than providing more gadgets and distractions to pacify the ego.“For when the day comes, and when the world begins to look for a new life, it is our belief they will find a well of hope... here... so here we shall stay, with our books and our music and our meditations; here we shall be to guide the footsteps of a weary people. Here we shall be, with our way of life, based on one simple rule: be kind.”
—Father Perrault (Lost Horizon)
Over the centuries, Eastern cultures have developed these concepts using traditions such as Qigong, Mo Pai and Nei Kung. What is new about the Sanctuary Project is a result of the Information Age—we now have more information at our fingertips than could have ever been dreamt of by your recent ancestors. Through consolidation and research into the foundations of spiritual development, the Sanctuary Project can find simple tools and techniques to improve the ethical and spiritual character of man, keep the body fit, healthy, and to retain a clear, sharp mind well into old age.
The ancient traditions have shown that when spiritual understanding is applied to intelligence, the result is compassion and moderation. This leads to the development of more intelligent, ethical people where the problems with this planet, such as the pollution, overpopulation, disease, stress and conflict, will almost be able to take care of themselves. How? They will begin to regulate themselves because they will see and feel what they are doing to all that around them and will start improving the situation for the benefit of all, finally taking their place as “good stewards” of the Earth.
Accomplishing these goals is a long, but simple process. Change takes time, and modern civilization tends to lack patience. Therefore, the first step is to create a place that does not have the hustle and bustle of the modern lifestyle, where someone can literally have the time to “sit and think.” Contemplation, meditation and self-introspection have always been key to the development of spiritual understanding. This was the idea of ancient monasteries and religious retreats, but can be “upgraded” to a more modern level. The Sanctuary concept strives to develop all aspects of the human experience, body, mind and spirit—you cannot deny one to obtain another—so out with the “hair shirts” and cold, stony floors. Meditation works just as well in a comfortable chair in a centrally heated building.
Contemplation in a monastery is fine, once you have new concepts that require contemplation. The second stage of the Sanctuary Project is to create a research library, an archive of ancient and arcane wisdom that has accumulated over the millennia from around the world, from every culture and every religion. Sanctuary recognizes that each person has their own path to spiritual growth, and the research library would provide information on many of the directions and alternatives that others have followed; where they went and how they got there. This is a tool for each individual to consciously choose how they want to proceed with their own, personal development. All paths lead to enlightenment, but it is nice to find the occasional short-cut.
One cannot walk a path without encountering others and sharing the interesting points of their journey. That is human nature. The third stage of the Sanctuary Project is to consciously create an open exchange of ideas and information through a school, where people can freely share their thoughts and discoveries with others whom are interested. It is recognized that there are both formal and informal paths to teaching and learning, and such a school must accommodate both the structured courses of training for specific goals and procedures, as well as the ad-hoc, “guess what I just figured out,” impromptu lecture. Scheduled classrooms handle the formal classes, whereas “commons”, such as decorative gardens with places to sit comfortably, handle the impromptu discussion with ease.
These three stages provide the necessary infrastructure for the exploration into the nature of consciousness, the ability to get people focused on their own, personal development, and a place where that development can be used for the betterment of mankind. And this is not limited to adults; our children are our future. With access to people, paths and materials in an open, supportive environment, children would flourish in the development of body, mind and spirit. And they will carry with them the understanding necessary to shift the human population away from greed, exploitation and distraction, towards goals that will ensure a positive, hopeful future for mankind. Our future is in the hands of our offspring, or as Roger Damon Price put it… The Tomorrow People.