It depends on what is meant by ‘make contact.’ If it means can ‘ordinary’ people receive communications, messages, enlightenment, guidance, from Maitreya, then the answer is no. He does not make that kind of contact. I know that many people claim such contact ― and often send me the results ― but my information is that these claims are mistaken, and the nature of the received material bears this out. If it means can people invoke his energy, his love, then the answer is, assuredly, yes. He himself has said: “My help is yours to command. You have only to ask.” (Message no. 49)
Yes, most certainly. One example is a famous statue in wood in the Koryuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, dating from the sixth and seventh centuries. For centuries it has been known as ‘the statue of the golden light’ because of the radiance which is sometimes seen to emanate from it.
It is impossible to read the Messages from Maitreya, especially aloud, without invoking his energy. That is one reason why they were given. The first part of the question is more difficult to answer ― it really is a matter of experience and discrimination. It is usually more correct to assume that the energy is from one’s soul.
It is always the energy and blessing of Maitreya which consecrates the Host at this ritual. This is the most valid and authentic part of the Christian Church service. Of course, the wafer and the wine are not turned into the ‘body and blood’ of the Christ. This is a symbolic act in memory of him. The energy transmission, however, is indeed real.