Question: A question on Crimea, Ukraine and Belarus
Answer from the Ascended Master Lanello through Kim Michaels. This answer was given at a conference in Novosibirsk, Russia in 2017.
Let me focus on the situation in Crimea first. You will see that this situation has many parallels around the world where you have two nations that border each other but there is a region between them that is not necessarily with the one nation or with the other. The people in that region are not exactly sure whether they belong to the one nation or the other and therefore they often become caught in some political game.
In every situation where you see this you know that here’s a group of people who probably from the distant past have also had a certain issue about deciding who they are. This is not to say that the people on the Crimean peninsula belong to the group that I have called the original Russians but there are many other people around the world who have a clearly defined group identity or they have group karma that goes back many generations, and they cannot quite decide what kind of people they are and therefore they cannot quite decide whether they belong to this nation or the other nation.
They often attract to themselves these kind of games where at one moment they belong to one nation and then in the next day they belong to another and perhaps there is a mixture between the two, where part of them speak one language and feel more loyal to one nation, part of them speak another language and feel more loyal to the other nation.
Really, this is the spiritual background for many of these situations and you see them around the world. You see them in Moldovia, you see them in Georgia, you see them in many other places even in what was formally the Soviet Union you now see many of these that have either become independent nations or you see ethnic groups of people within Russia who want to become independent and so forth and so on.
In each case this is the spiritual background for it and the only solution is that the people decide more clearly who they are what kind of nation they want to live in and then they can gradually move on. This doesn’t mean that all of these regions have to become an independent nation but some of them might do so. Others they might decide to join one of the neighbouring nations and live at peace with that. That is what I have to say on that topic.
Now, on the broader topic – Ukraine, Belarus, Russia – well, in general you have a situation that goes back to this development during the Soviet era where the leaders such as Stalin suddenly decides that with one stroke of a pen, he is going to move hundreds of thousands of people from one part of his empire to another. He moved people from Russia to neighbouring republics. He moved people from some of these republics, even from some Warsaw countries to other parts of the Soviet Union. What you really see here is quite frankly, it is hard to describe in any other way, than the act of a madman who is mad with his own power and that he has the power to do this, and he thinks by forcefully moving these people around he can further some kind of agenda. Some kind of demonstration of personal power was really the only agenda that Stalin had but he also sometimes had a confused vision of how he would build a more coherent empire by moving these people around and mixing up the people who are part of the Soviet Union.
I am not saying that this is logical because the mind of a dictator is not primarily driven by logic unless you call it a logic that he wants to do anything he can to expand or consolidate his own power.
I have just talked about Crimea where you have people who for karmic reasons from ancient times have put themselves in between two other nations. But the situation created by Stalin and later developments in the Soviet Union is different. This is a situation created by force and in many cases, or rather in all cases, not chosen by the people. The Russian people who were forcefully moved to eastern Ukraine or to one of the Baltic nations did not choose to do this. The people who lived in those nations did not choose to receive those Russian people and so naturally you now have a situation where there is a Russian ethnic minority in several regions; the Baltic nations, Belarus, Ukraine, other nations, and it raises these very, very complicated situations that quite frankly not even an ascended master has an easy solution to what you do with this.
Perhaps it would be valuable to look back and openly acknowledge that this was a very complicated situation that was created and that it was not something that was chosen neither by the Russian people nor by the other nations and if you recognise that something was not chosen then perhaps you can recognise that when a situation was created through force you cannot solve it through force.
When you see what Russia under Putin’s leadership has done in Ukraine, particularly in eastern Ukraine you see that this is an attempt to bring change through force. My beloved if you could see the kind of manipulation and aggressive actions that have taken place, hidden from public view, promoted by Russia in eastern Ukraine you would be shocked, all of you. There is no solution here through force and what you could ask yourself is this, “Why is it that most nations in the western world have reacted to what happened in eastern Ukraine, not just Crimea, but specifically in eastern Ukraine? Why have they reacted to Russia’s behaviour and actions in this matter?”
You will see that other actions have been taken by Russia such as the crisis in Chechnya that did not elicit such a strong response from the international community. You can ask yourself why there was a stronger reaction this time and you of course you can point to several causes but I would like to point out one primary cause here. What is it that has been happening in the western world now for decades? What is it that has been the hope that has been growing in western nations since the collapse of the Soviet Union? What was it that was missing in the world during the Soviet era? Well it was my beloved, very simple, you had a division of the world, you all know this, you normally see it as a division between communist nations and capitalist nations but it was not simply that. If you look at specifically Europe, you see that there has hardly been a region in the world where there has been more wars over the centuries than between the European nations and even before nations between some feudal lords or emperors that had set themselves up.
So what has happened with the creation of the EU is that Europe has risen to a point where they are attempting to solve differences through negotiation rather than through force whether it be open war or underhanded manipulation, espionage, provocations, sabotage or any other things. Instead of conflict and force they have been attempting to solve differences and disputes through negotiation. This is the overall purpose we might say for the EU or at least the potential for the EU, that you will find a way to solve differences through negotiation.
This is also what has been growing in many other parts of the world and if you look back at the progress that has been made financially, materially, economically, in terms of standard of living over the last several decades, it is very much based upon this greater openness and this greater willingness to negotiate.
Now of course in order to negotiate you have to be somewhat open and honest and straight forward with the people with whom you are negotiating. If you are hiding something and they find out you are hiding something, if they find out you have a hidden agenda, well negotiations will breakdown or they will never reach their full potential.
So ask yourself this, “If the Russian government has some kind of issue about Ukraine or eastern Ukraine, why have they not attempted to solve this through open negotiation? Why go into creating, artificially I might say, a state of civil war? Why is this the only solution that either could be envisioned or that has been chosen? Why the willingness to use force and this hidden manipulation.”
And again, this of course ties in with what I have said previously but you have to re3cognise here that we of the ascended masters have often talked about how in the golden age there will be a softening of national boundaries. There might be regions where the people discover that they have some common interest that transcends national boundaries, and they create more closer ties in the region.
So if you have a situation in a particular region, let us as an example use eastern Ukraine, where there has suddenly developed a collective consciousness that makes the majority of the people in the region feel closer to Russia than to Ukraine, then we of the ascended masters do not have a problem with people in a region making a free choice to join another nation, if it is a free choice. But a free choice cannot be made if there is manipulation and if there is no willingness to openly negotiate.
Ukraine is again, one of these nations where after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, there was an opportunity for the Ukrainian people to decide what kind of nation do we want to live in, what kind of people are we. It was a difficult situation partly because of the Russian minority, partly because Ukraine’s history, but we can safely say that the Ukrainian people have not made maximum use of that opportunity. You see this in the violent revolutions that have taken place. You see this in the fistfights in the Ukrainian parliament and you see that again there has not been a certain critical mass reached where the Ukrainian people are ready to step up and live in a more modern nation.
This of course has been a situation that has been exploited by the Russian government and we are not therefore in any way saying that the problems in Ukraine are caused by the Russians. They are ultimately caused by the Ukrainian people not deciding to step up and become a more modern, a more free and democratic nation.
You will see other nations that have been part of the Soviet Union that have made more progress in this regard. Some of them still have an ethnic Russian minority but they have still made much more progress in becoming more modern, more free, more democratic.
So another question that needs to be asked in such nations is, “Why do those who come from a Russian background still feel they have to be loyal to their Russian heritage rather than embracing the culture and nationality of a nation in which most of them have now been born and have grown up?” Most of them, for example in the Baltic, would not really want to live in Russia because their conditions are better materially. Now they may say that they are being discriminated against, but if they are being discriminated against, it is because they have not embraced their new nationality and culture.
There is a difference between embracing a new culture and nationality and seeking to make that country the way you would like it to be rather than maintaining a loyalty to another nation and another culture and wanting to force the country in which you are living to become like that when the indigenous people there are not like that.
The people for example in the three Baltic countries, are not out of the Russian heritage, are not like the Russian people and they should have the right to create their nations based on their own national consciousness and culture. Therefore, you cannot as an ascended master see any reason why the Russian minorities living in such countries are demanding or expecting it should be like living in Russia. They should either move to Russia or they should embrace the country in which they are living.
The same applies to people in eastern Ukraine, to some of them and in Belarus as well. The people in Belarus are under a dictatorial rule and most of them recognise this but it is again much the same dynamic as you see I have commented on with the Russian people. They have not decided what kind of country they want to live in, what kind of leadership that they want and deserve.
Belarus is a complex country because there are people in that country that belong to the group that I have called the original Russians and then there are also people in that country who come from other backgrounds, So again it is not that you can look at this from an ascended perspective and say Belarus should be part of Russia or should be part of the west or should be its own country. It is up to the people to decide, but right now they have not decided and of course it will take time. We recognise this and therefore again we must simply take the long view and await when the people will decide what kind of country they want to live in.
You see my beloved, when you live in a country that has a clearly totalitarian rule such as Belarus currently has, such as the Soviet Union had, there is a certain “advantage” to the people, I say advantage in quotation marks because it is not truly a spiritual advantage but they subconsciously perceive it as an advantage. The advantage so to speak, is that when you have a strong leader that is telling you what to do there are many questions you do not have to ask. There are many questions you do not have to consider and this makes life seem simpler for people who are not willing to decide who they are and what nation they want to live in. This is also why many people in Russia today thought things were better in the Soviet Union because now they are facing an uncertainty. When people feel an uncertainty they are forced to consider certain questions. When they have a sense of certainty they can ignore those questions. In order to grow you have to face questions, there is no other way to grow. That is why you will see that many people during soviet times were in a spiritual sense in a coma, where they were not growing.
There were people who were born in the Soviet Union, lived their entire lives or most of it in the Soviet Union and they did not make any spiritual progress in that lifetime. The same with some of the people living in Belarus today, in other totalitarian nations, China for example, North Korea. Many people can live an entire lifetime in such a nation without making any spiritual progress
Now of course it is also possible to live in a free democratic nation and not make any progress for an entire lifetime and that is because in those nations it is a different form of security. They are not concerned about having the government tell them what to do but they know that the welfare system allows them to live a very comfortable life even without working, even without educating themselves or changing themselves. So all over the world you see that there is a certain group of people who do not want to consider these more essential questions of life because they do not want to grow.
What I am pointing out is that in the more free, more democratic, more developed nations these kind of people make up a smaller percentage of the population, but in more totalitarian nations they make up a larger percentage and that is why those nations have a more totalitarian form of government.
Copyright © 2017 Kim Michaels