Light comes to us in many forms.The one thing all light has in common is that it changes every place it streams into. My visit with Will this afternoon made me feel that I was in the presence of someone who bore light carrying it from his heart to our daily canvas of life. I was drawn to it.. I seek truth with all my heart. We are all complicated beings trying to find the light which many times proves to be a daunting task. We conversed for hours and there were times when both of us were filled with illumination and I had moments when I truly felt we had touched upon matters we both were just beginning to understand and I also realized Will has his own inner lighthouse, a very complex and spiritual soul.
Will’s home seems to have an aura around it.. Beautifully set on a mountain which overlooks Maple Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As I walked up his serene path to his front door I had shadows fall across me and looking up I saw at least three Eagles flying low and it appeared they were welcoming me to this peaceful haven. I felt calm and joyful.
Will became interested in monetary understanding and reform in 2005 and was drawn to attend the first American Monetary Reform Conference in Chicago. He was inspired by all the people he met there. Wanting to know more history of the Bank of Canada he found a copy of Gerald Gratton McGeer’s 1935 book called, “The Conquest of Poverty”, a book not available in any library in Canada. He soon labelled Gerald Gratton McGeer,lawyer, 1935 Mayor of Vancouver, member of Canadian Parliament as, truly, “the Father of the Bank of Canada“.
We began our discussion with Will explaining to me how money can enslave mankind or how it can free us and his thoughts on what is in his opinion the greatest fight of all time.. Putting the creation of money back into the hands of the people who, when they work create the visible wealth that money represents. His words, “when people become sufficiently evolved, to spiritually grasp the full purpose and meaning of money, they will recognize that money represents no more than the intrinsic sum value of what caring and sharing persons are able to give in exchange with others. Once that concept is fully understood and unselfishly practised, there may even no longer be a need for printing the tokens we call money. War will be history and harmony will be the norm. Perhaps, in some way, human giving and receiving will fit into that same formula. After all, mankind is a complex part of nature. We are nature!” Will’s insights in regard to how greed and the “love of money” is destroying the air we breath, the water we drink, and even the soil from which we grow our food are thought provoking and his summation is money must flow evenly, by a people-led governance which will then result in the basic needs of every person on this planet being fulfilled.
Will has never faltered, he is assured of his mission. It’s a long journey to find and keep that light. It requires constant care and maintenance because lights will burn out. I see no dimming here only hands that lift up those around him.
It was easy to sit back and listen to Will’s lively talk, in the same sense that I consider music a meditation, a reverie, respite from madness, his soothing words had the same effect on me. From his birth in Hanna, Alberta in 1928 and his various careers: a weather observer and salesman in Northern Ontario, a financial agent in British Columbia, then an education clerk in the B.C. Corrections system, then on to high school counsellor which led him to initiate alternate school programs in the province of B.C. for prevention of juvenile delinquency. I loved his rhetoric and his philosophy throughout his life have been, if you have love in your heart, destiny will write you a beautiful story. His definitely has been exceptional.
I had questions for him, lots of them. For the past four years I have been deeply discovering, evolving, wondering and ultimately soul searching. We both agreed on the “eternal now” . The mystery is that we have a present; and even more, that we have our future also because we anticipate it in ‘the present; and that we have our past also, because we remember it in the present. In the present our future and our past are ours. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Talking to Will allowed me to realize that the crossroad in my life a few years ago has allowed transformation not conformity. Transform courageously first in yourselves, then in your world — in the spirit and the power of love.
The universe is always testing us. Many things are out of our control but the one thing that we have absolute power over at all times is our inner self and spirituality. We can go to the highest level it’s there for all of us to embrace, I call it God if you will. One cannot be strong without love. For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life, the power of reunion of the separated. Strength without love leads to separation, to judgment, to control of the weak. Love reunites what is separated; it accepts what is judged; it participates in what is weak, as God participates in our weakness and gives us strength by His participation.
My eyes kept being drawn to a painting Will’s daughter had done for him from his home town on their last visit there. Melody had taken photographs and surprised her Father with this lovely painting. It has presence in his living room, a life of it’s own. A beautiful church with a graveyard behind where many of his old school friends lie and his blessed sister who died when she was 12.
As Will says, We are lowly evolving beings on one tiny material speck in a vast, vast Universe. We are not the center of it and LOVE is the most constructive, creative force in the Universe.
copyright Es-tee Miller