Be a Beginner

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“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” NIV Matthew 19:14

“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

“Today I am a beginning student of Knowledge.” Step 100, Steps to Knowledge

“To begin the journey in The Way of Knowledge you must honor the greater need and the greater impulse that are moving you beyond your own definitions.”

A young girl stands in church beside her dad.  She looks toward the altar and sees them–two beings from another world, at least to her child’s mind.  They are like fairy tale characters come to life.  She knows she must meet them.  She is only five years old, and yet when the final hymn is being sung, she asks, “Daddy, can I go up there?”  For some reason, her dad says okay, and off she goes to meet them–these magical beings.  She gets to shake hands with them and see them up close.  They tell her they will tell the children when they go back about her.  She is so happy!  Unknown to her or to anyone in the church that evening, she has taken her first steps toward Knowledge, steps that will lead her far away from this small church with its rigid beliefs and dire certainties.  It won’t be an easy journey; there will be difficulties and detours.  She travels through her life for years, seeking something that she “knows” is out there, yet it seems so elusive.  She holds onto that childhood decision as her guiding light, no matter how far she must go. Even if she reaches the end of her life, she won’t settle for anything less.  She has a commitment to follow her heart’s yearning, wherever it takes her.

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Redemption continued and Living the Way of KNOWLEDGE

Behind the teachings on Redemption and Living The Way of Knowledge lie inherently the notion that one doesn’t really want to return to this realm of SEPARATION after one’s present life and immanent death. There is a sense that we need “get something right” this time. There are certain tasks we need to accomplish and a certain essential thing which needs to be discovered and delivered and there is an urgency to it all, since we’ve largely lived a life without Knowledge. Well, rather Knowledge has been journeying with us all along but we have been largely absent to Knowledge.

Our Redemption is partly tied to meeting certain people here, people who we’ve agreed to meet before having entered this world. They are searching for us, just as we are searching for them. It is only when our union with Knowledge has ripened to the point where we can be cognizant of Its functioning in our lives that we may intersect with these people with whom we have a common goal. We might be ready, but they may not be. Or, they may be ripened in Knowledge, while we are not.  It’s when enough of these destined relationships are intersected that The Great Coordination may gain some momentum and we as individuals and collectives will begin to see our Mission(s) fulfilled.

To meet someone before your (or their) Knowledge is sufficiently activated; or similarly to gain Knowledge of your purpose, meaning, direction or mission here, before you are sufficiently developed, could likely be catastrophic for you or both parties, since the capacity of either or both parties to carry forth these endeavors would simply be lacking.

This higher path of  many spiritual traditions, including The New Message From God, is not without its seeming contradictions, so I’d like to examine a few. Some steps in the Steps to Knowledge encourage us to hold back  our engagements in the world and yet we’re to remain vigilant for our Higher Relationships with whom we will be able to accomplish that which we came here to accomplish.

We’re told not to lose confidence and faith in our human institutions and governments while we witness their maintenance of a sluggish paradigm. It’s being revealed that we should hold back or that we are being held back sometimes for our own protection, while at the same time we’re told that the surface of the planet will be radically changed, ocean levels will be drastically increased (within the next 10-50 years) and that we’re quite behind schedule because of delays in getting The New Message from God out.

Being present in the world, while holding oneself back and while maintaining one’s confidence in our institutions calls for the discernment and discretion that The New Message from God teaches in Living The Way of Knowledge. As one grows through the three stages of dependence, independence and interdependence, a Student then has the possibility to meet those that you’ve come here to meet. One gains self-confidence while relinquishing personal goals, desire fantasies and plans. As the final stage of interdependence begins to emerge, one has the opportunity to participate in The Divine Plan. This conscious participation in The Way of Knowledge seems mysteriously linked to our Redemption. No ‘spiritual welfare here”. We’re reminded we have to work our way back into our Ancient Home.

Perhaps the greatest contradiction of all is to witness humanity’s plan unfolding, while KNOWING there is a Divine Plan.

An examination of these issues is for the serious Student of Knowledge. Just as it has been revealed through these Revelations that there IS a Divine Plan, so too there should be a plan developing at the level of the Greater Community.

…”As Above, so below”…

 

 

Judgment Day

hulk-552100_640Romans 12:19 ESV:  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written,”Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

“Do not fear God’s condemnation, for God loves the world.  And understand that without Knowledge, humanity can only be foolish and self-indulgent.  There is no condemnation here.  The angry God is the projection of the angry person.  People want God to carry out the vengeance that they themselves seek.”

I grew up in a religious tradition where there was more talk about judgment than there was about love.  Judgment day is coming; will you be ready?  Don’t walk out of this church tonight without Jesus because you don’t know if it will be your last chance.  Pronouncements like this put a lot of fear into my mind at a young age.  I was convinced I wasn’t going to be accepted by God no matter what I did.  I prayed a lot, asking for forgiveness for whatever it was that made me feel unacceptable, but it brought me no comfort.  By my sixteenth birthday, I decided if I was going to hell anyway, why torture myself any longer on earth?  I quit going to church, and almost immediately felt better–more like a real person, not a sinner in great danger of hell fire.  It was such a relief.

There is a step in Steps to Knowledge that says, “Today I will not judge another.”  I didn’t realize back then as a child that I was my only judge, and that a God of love and a God of judgment are a contradiction in terms.  Now I find myself looking at my tendencies to judge others.  I am impatient in traffic, wishing a driver would get off the road because obviously they can’t drive!  I listen to the news and go into a tantrum, yelling at the TV about political stupidity.  I look at the world situation and find myself condemning and blaming and wishing that all the “bad guys” would get off the planet.  I even begin to think at times that humanity is beyond help.  Have I just transferred my judgment onto a larger stage?  Now I’m ok but you’re not?

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Redemption

When I’d first encountered the word redemption in The New Message From God revelations being received by Marshall Vian Summers, I recall having had and almost emotional reaction. Redemption! This word is charged with an almost Old Testament vibe and even has a sort of judgemental tone to it. It feels daunting to even try to understand it given its historical slant, if you will.

But, as I’ve mentioned before, these are New Revelations for our times and the times ahead and my one litmus paper as to whether or not they are indeed revelations is that they should truly bring us into “new territory”; that is, answer age-old questions with fresh, precise and clear truths.

Redemption, then is connected to our purpose, meaning and direction (which I’ve written about in previous posts). It will also be connected to our mission. Briefly stated, we are redeemed in the eyes of our CREATOR if we’ve achieved our purpose, found meaning and followed the direction needed to accomplish all of these. Of course these parameters for redemption are broad, profound and ultimately highly personal. The continual touchstone for purpose, meaning and direction according to The New Message is the reception, practice and utilization of KNOWLEDGE. When our KNOWLEDGE begins to ripen, then we’ll be “pulled out” of certain harmful relationships, engagements or activities and “held back” form certain others until such time that we may achieve a needed growth and capacity.

Since these revelations are for “those with the eyes to see, the ears to hear and the hearts to know”, then clearly not all will be ready to receive this KNOWLEDGE in these times. (Perhaps those of us who feel receptive to them, should feel gratitude that we are “with The Blessing”) I recall Marshall cautioning us students at the 2017 Encampment that we shouldn’t attempt to “give this” to those loved ones, friends and family, closest to us. As painful as this advice is, when/if you’ve tried to do this, you’ll see why he passed us this wisdom.

Knowledge will connect you with those you were supposed to encounter on your journey here. They are finding you and you are finding them, but we can’t/shouldn’t hurry nor second-guess this mysterious process. Our Mission seems more mystical that something comprehensible with the surface mind. One’s Mission seems more of an amalgam of our purpose, meaning and direction and could very well encompass uncountable lifetimes.

When this life is completed and we “die”, we’re said to return to our Ancient Home, where we are immediately surrounded by our Spiritual Family. We are then asked if we desire to return to Separation. Since we are in a dimension of KNOWLEDGE, we’ll immediately know the answer. There is no judgement here and we make this decision/discernment on our own. Its answer will be based on whether we’d found our purpose meaning and direction; whether we’d completed our Mission while living and serving here in SEPARATION. Another way this is expressed is, “Did we remember who we really are while here?”

Our REDEMPTION, then is wholly (holy) linked to our having understood and implemented our purpose, meaning, direction and mission.

And even though, beings are only too glad to return to complete their said mission (if one had forgotten), I recall Marshall having said on numerous occasions that we’d better get busy with our practice, since we probably don’t want to return here in the future (given how quickly The Great Waves of Change are advancing and changing Earth and humanity).

So, to sum up: There’s no spiritual welfare here. REDEMPTION in these revelations is having to work one’s way back into heaven.

Purpose, Meaning and Direction

The tenets in this title are definitely serious parameters for defining one’s life and for someone with a more introspective or philosophical disposition. I would say that I probably qualify for perhaps possessing theses traits but when I reflect on life’s path I can’t recall many times, occasions or people who or wherein these topics were either encouraged or discussed.

“Lighten up”,  would be the typical vibe you might get from folks if you ever questioned conventional values, relationships, vocations or pastimes and asked the big questions, such as: “Why am I here here?” or What is the purpose of this, my life or humanity’s existence for that matter.

It was with profound relief, then, when I’d encountered the teachings or revelations embodied in The New Message From God, being received by Marshall Vian Summers, THE MESSENGER for humanity for our times and the times ahead;  a period roughly purported to be the next 1000 to 1400 years.

As we are living in a separated reality, that is; apart from God the Creator, we have a kind of amnesia about having come from our Ancient Home or God’s realm of CREATION.

Among the billion, billion, billion species of God’s creation, some desired to be separate from God, so in order for this to be even possible, God had to create this, our present realm of SEPARATION. This is a different dimension from the pure realm of CREATION. The realm of Separation comes complete with it’s own laws of nature which are more or less consistent with our current scientific understandings of the principles of time and space. Living in SEPARATION of course has its suffering inherent in experiences such as death, sorrow, decay, loss and so on.

So what could be the purpose of all this suffering to our human journey? Having chosen SEPARATION willfully, it it now our responsibility to “get ourselves out of it”. And we’ve come equipped with a power, The Power of Knowledge, our original divine awareness which has been bequeathed to us by God. Our purpose, then, quite simply is to reawaken this KNOWLEDGE and ensure that we stimulate that remembrance in others. We’ve brought divine awareness with us from the realm of CREATION, our ancient home, into SEPARATION.

So, we are not to make a “heaven on earth” or to try and master “living in SEPARATION, but we are to live with purpose, meaning and direction. Purpose is to be found in the spiritual work of taking The Steps to Knowledge and thereby realigning oneself with KNOWLEDGE. Meaning will be found and felt in both the mundane and profound experiences when the depth of this purpose is investigated and ventured upon. One comes to know, appreciate and discern the difference between the great and the small.

As far as direction goes, your relationships, jobs, desires and ambitions WILL change and frankly MUST change if we are to achieve REDEMPTION. You may be pulled or moved in directions which seemingly run against your personal plans. But, as your Knowledge increases, you will attain a clearer view of a broader picture and better be able to accept that there are other forces conspiring on your behalf and for your development. In some areas in you life, you will be held back from participation in some areas and this may even result in your disappointing some who are depending on you.

This new direction and subtler levels of engagement may be just what is needed to move you toward your Redemption.

…more on REDEMPTION in my next post

 

 

Where are you, God?

“God works behind the scenes. God gives opportunities. God gives work, redemptive work. God gives problems to solve and directs you toward the world’s needs.”

From Greater Community Spirituality

While listening to a radio program this week, I was struck by an interview with a professor of religion who had given up his evangelical faith to become an agnostic.  The reason he gave was that he could not believe in a God who would allow suffering to continue in the world unabated.  That got me to thinking about the importance of questioning our belief systems, seeing this as a sign of spiritual growth, not a loss of faith. When we follow the thread of our questioning, it can take us beyond a”belief system” to a new realization of God beyond belief.Read More »

Are We Alone in the Universe?

Have you ever looked up at the sky on a clear night and felt a deep connection to life, a feeling that is not easily explainable to others? Perhaps you have wondered whether the human race is alone in the Universe. Maybe you have been interested in astronomy for as long as you could remember. Maybe the UFO phenomenon intrigues you. In any case, these feelings and interests speak to a relationship with what is beyond and where the world is going in its evolution.

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Revelations, You Say?

As a 6&1/2 year Student of The New Message From God, I have experienced many “ups and downs” in receiving it’s Revelations. Of course, The Teacher and Messenger of these Revelations, Marshall Vian Summers is receiving the vast communication for humanity and then publishing it’s sacred audio and text for us all to then receive. It is in the practice where one gets tested, though and it is in this vein, then, that I’d like to examine the inherent challenge in the above title’s question.

It was while reading the comment thread below one of Marshall’s on-line radio interview’s that I saw yet another cynical comment along the lines of “Oh, another Prophet of God speaks.” That was it. There were of course numerous other positive, supportive comments with more substance as well. These short cynical (trollish) comments are  circulating out there and leveled at Marshall, but what seems glaringly obvious is that such tone usually seems to reveal a complete lack of having read any of the original material. (What’s interesting, as an aside, is that such folks are even there at all with ears to attend the audio and catch the content, indicating some level of curiosity for matters spiritual, theological – or, perhaps, alien.)

I know, myself, how difficult it has been to “bring” this vast material or even a small portion therein to others. Where does one start? After all, consider for a moment the magnitude of the proclamation: a New Message from God for all of humanity at a critical threshold, delivered to and translated through The Angelic Assembly to one man. (Marshall actually recommends we NOT attempt to bring this word to friends and family.)

At one encampment I recall Marshall saying, “My burden is greater than yours, but likely so is my joy.”

So it has occurred to me to examine the question we students will certainly encounter, which is, “What makes you so sure these are actually Revelations?”

The short answer is that they (The Revelations) contain teachings, concepts, terms and even warnings for humanity as a whole which I, in all my years of interest and study of world religions and bodies of spiritual teachings, have simply NOT encountered.

Let’s look at some of these teachings, starting with concepts which are both illuminating and intriguing. It is said throughout (and there is much repetition) that if these teachings or the “voice” herein resonates for you or is familiar, it is because they are coming to you “down through the ancient corridors of you mind”. I’ve never encountered this kind of fresh, interesting and even mystical metaphor anywhere else. It seems to imply the existence of one vast universal mind, as well as a kind of inherently residing memory which need only be nudged given the proper context or circumstances.

What would be the proper circumstances to have this, our ancient memory activated? Humanity’s critical threshold mentioned earlier is referred to as The Great Waves of Change. We are said to be in the “foothills” of The Great Waves of Change. These waves of change are striking humanity and our planet with a cluster similtaneously occurring events, the combination of which have potential to threaten our very existence. These changes are referred to as environmental degradation, political decay and corruption, increased warfare, depleted food and resources and water shortages. Pervasive human migrations and oceanic levels rising as well as and perhaps the most shocking and important  change of all is the arrival of an Alien Intervention on our native shores. All of these Great Waves of Change, say the Voice of God, are manifesting as a result of humanity’s abuse and misuse of it’s home planet and fellow man/woman.

We’re also told that we have been bequeathed this planet Earth and it’s solar system and should we venture much beyond  the bounds of our system,  we would encounter forces and influences much greater that any powers we presently have or could even imagine. Humanity is referred to as an emerging race who must also meet three requirements in order to join the greater community of intelligent life, which is here already and beyond our borders of space. These requirements are: discretion, unity and self-sufficiency. Discretion, in this context refers to humanity’s reckless behaviors ranging from broadcasting our affairs out into space to detonating nuclear and atomic weaponry. It is even revealed that it is particularly indiscreet to live on the surface of a planet. Most races live underground to protect themselves from the forces of weather and invasions by foreign species. The second requirement for inclusion into The Greater Community is unity. Humanity is still proving itself to be at a tribal stage of development in that it is still clearly engaged in warfare and solving many of its problems through violent means. It’s divisiveness also compromises its very natural environment as well as its political, religious and economic infrastructures. Finally, and here we have a reasonable record, we have become a fairly self-sufficient species: we can feed house and cloth ourselves; albeit, we still have a detrimental divide between the haves and have-nots, the gulf between whom is becoming increasingly acute.

Due to it’s misuse of resources, humanity is said to be “drawing from and increasingly shrinking well” of water, food and resources. This has great potential (even evidenced in the present) of provoking further escalation of tribal violence and global warfare.

On a LIGHT-er note, The Revelations remind us of our ancient heritage and identity; that we come into this world not unequipped, nor unprepared. We carry Knowledge, our original memory of and connection to our Creator, God, Lord of all the universes. When we develop a stillness and silence practice sufficiently, we’ll be able to hear and act upon the counsel that Knowledge is waiting patiently to provide us. If we practice making this space for Knowledge, it will increasingly move us away from confusion and ambiguity.  Even our conventional ambitions, desires, interests and perhaps relationships will shift, as we develop our capacity to receive Knowledge. “Can you give yourself over to the receiving?”, asks the Revelations. KNOWLEDGE, in this spiritual context is also referred to as The Holy Spirit. It is NOT a body of information, a school of thought, a set of theories or theological nor philosophical tenets. It is inseparable from our very nature and essence and cannot be tampered with by mind/thought control, digital chip implanting, torture or inculcation. It is unshakable but it does need re-awakening, activation or remembering.

I’ll leave off with a wondrous, mystical line from the Revelations: ‘How great is the substance that wishes to express itself through my small vehicle.”

Validation, Happiness and the desire for Enlightenment.

The reasons we go to religion may be somewhat varied but I’m thinking they would fall into a few basic categories: desire for community, meeting friends or like-minded folks, learning a different modality of thinking or being in the world which may come from delving into scriptures and ancient wisdom, a desire to relieve one’s suffering (no doubt one of the most common), to fulfill a growing awareness to contribute to lessening the suffering of others in the world and perhaps even the desire for enlightenment.

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True Foundation

“Your deepest inclinations emanate from Knowledge. As your mind becomes clear of its restraints and as your life begins to open to the greater calling that is emerging for you now, these deeper inclinations will become more powerful and more evident. You will be able to discern them more easily.  This will require great self-trust, which of course will require great self-love. To trust your deepest inclinations, to follow Knowledge and to be a student of Knowledge will re-establish your self-love and will place it upon a firm foundation that the world cannot shake.” (Step 316:  I will trust my deepest inclinations today.”)

My steps this week have been the beginning lessons 1-6 in Steps to Knowledge.  This is my third time through this text as I travel upwards on this mountain.  These steps remind me that I am a beginning student, starting from where I am right now, not from where I wish or think I should be.  I must have my feet planted firmly on the earth, in order to move forward.  I am not sure-footed enough to take great leaps like a mountain goat, so I just put one foot in front of the other.  There are other students climbing too, and this is encouraging because I never know when I might need a hand up or when I might be able to offer one.  This is not a race to the finish line; it is a journey with many steps, all of which offer opportunities and challenges.  Step 6 states “I have a true foundation in the world.” So this is not about escaping the world to some altered or exalted state where I can look down at the rest of humanity and feel superior. Such a different perspective is this from the religious tradition I knew as a child, which was all about escaping this “vale of tears” and getting to heaven, if I knew how to believe what was being expounded by the religious authorities.  The problem was…

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