Audrey Kitagawa works as a full-time volunteer for the United
Nations in the rescue and rehabilitation of child combatants
forced to fight in civil wars and insurgencies throughout the
developing world. Formerly a successful attorney in Honolulu,
Kitagawa is also the sole heir to the spiritual legacy of her
guru, the Divine Mother, and fulfills the role of teacher, guru,
and spiritual mother to her own students around the globe.
In this Voices talk, recorded in New York City, Kitagawa
discusses the state of global consciousness—particularly
the state of consciousness right here in the USA—and
points unequivocally to the necessity of first elevating one's
own consciousness in order to contribute to the state of human
consciousness as a whole.
Alternately speaking about her work at the U.N. and about the
greater spiritual dimension of life, Kitagawa builds bridges
between our highest altruistic aspirations and the stark, often
primal, reality of our actual condition. Only by
striving—and succeeding—to uplift our own
perspective, from an individual, national, and even global point
of view, to the highest cosmocentric perspective, can we begin
to make a difference that really counts.
To illustrate the general state of things, Kitagawa points
out that the top three expenses annually in America are: $463
billion on defense or defense- related items, $400 billion on
illicit drugs, and $150 billion on alcoholic beverages. Given
that a mere $13 billion would insure health and nutrition for
all the worlds poorest people, you have to wonder about the
average condition of the human psyche and spirit today, and how radically it can and needs to change.
Recorded on: 5/18/2006
Spiritual and Social Activism