A Message from Mary
Not yet four years old, Wayne Peterson is lying ill on the family couch when he hears a strange sound coming from the upstairs hall, a kind of swishing sound, like satin rubbing upon satin
He watches transfixed as a slipper and white-clad leg appear on the stair landing above, and then a billowing skirt. They belong to a beautiful lady, dressed all in white with a blue veil, who descends slowly, never taking her eyes off him. It is Mary, the mother of Baby Jesus, looking exactly like the manger figurine he helped his mom arrange a few months earlier as she told him the Christmas story. Mary explains that he is very, very ill and that she has come to help him save his life. She tells him a very big secret why he should stay with his family and grow up, and then kisses him and disappears by walking straight into the dining room curtains
A Promise Fulfilled
Thirty years later, now a diplomat, Mr. Peterson is channel surfing in his Washington home one evening when he comes upon an intriguing interview on the Merv Griffin show. Hearing Merv and Gore Vidal in conversation with a British author, Mr. Benjamin Creme, suddenly restores the full meaning of Marys promise to him as a child. Creme is the author of The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, a book that Peterson procures the very next day, a book that will shortly alter the course of his life
A Cocktail Hour Like No Other
After a most unusual happening, Mr. Peterson finds himself lying face down, looking down a portal to the room far below where friends at the cocktail party he has been attending seem to be sleeping or in suspended motion. He is in a strange room somewhere over the Gobi desert, and is offered the chance to meet Maitreya, the World Teacher and Christ returned, whom he read about in Mr. Cremes book just months before. Peterson accepts, and during his one-hour audience with the Lord Maitreya, he is shown the past, present and future, and his place in it all
Hawaiian Night School
Peterson learns that the World Teacher has not come alone, but rather with a group of perfected men, the Masters of Wisdom, who form the inner government of the planet and watch over the evolution of humankind. He becomes used to some of them visiting in the early hours of the morning, generally when he is asleep, to impart their teaching on the nature of the Self and life. An early such occurrence happens in Waikiki however, when Peterson is fully awake, and finds a luminous young man standing on the twelfth-floor balcony of his locked hotel room
Clues from Around the World
Gradually over the years, Mr. Peterson begins to share some of his experiences of Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom with friends and acquaintances in diplomatic circles. The word gets around and he is invited to tell his story at receptions, dinner parties and other gatherings with the "movers and shakers" of the political world.
It is at such gatherings that he is quietly approached by several important people, including high-level officials who are considered household names and world banking representatives, who confide that they have had similar experiences to his own. A part of Mr. Petersons book Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings relates the stories of three or four such prominent people who are actively collaborating with the World Teacher and his plan to salvage and restructure the world along more just and compassionate lines.
Miracles Large and Small
Maitreya, the Masters of Wisdom and other great spiritual leaders like the Avatar Sai Baba in India take an active interest in the comfort and well-being of ordinary people. Many, many people have experienced their help and intervention as "angels" at times of great danger or anguish, says Peterson. He tells the moving story of how Sai Baba helps a friend of his and his friends mother to become reconciled to her imminent death, and comments on the strange event that marks her passing.
In another personal account, Peterson relates his hair-raising adventure driving cross-country in a storm to settle in his new home in Las Vegas. He and his companion watch as a miracle unfolds literally around their car and saves them from a serious accident, if not certain death.
On a broader scale, Mr. Peterson describes some of the miraculous events now occurring world-wide in all cultures and religious traditions, which serve as a sign that great beings are now among us and soon to be openly known. Several photos are included.
What it All Means
A keen student both of world history and the Ancient Wisdom teachings that anchor all of the worlds great spiritual movements, Mr. Peterson gives a profound insight into the nature of our times. He compares todays Western society to the glory days of the Roman empire and shows how new changes are impending not unlike the birth of Christendom two thousand years ago. These unfoldings have been predicted and fully described centuries ago and in more recent times. Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings ends with Mr. Petersons overview of the new consciousness now forming and gives further sources of information, including web sites, on many of the fascinating topics covered in his book.