How Many Times Must The Warheads Be Dropped?


Hiroshima Castle. How many times must the warheads be dropped

“Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind” – Bob Dylan, Blowin’ In The Wind

How many times must the warheads be dropped?

I wish to confess my neglect, and offer remediation. What have I neglected? On August 10, 2017, the human family observed 72 years without using a nuclear weapon in warfare. I have had an annual custom of observing this happy occasion here, here and here. I did not observe this in either 2016 or in August of 2017. But humanity has gone 72 years, 3 months and 10 days without using a nuclear weapon in warfare. By “nuclear weapon” I mean either a fission weapon or a fusion weapon. America used fission weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nations of the world have only tested fusion weapons, also called thermonuclear weapons or hydrogen bombs. No nation has used a fusion weapons in warfare since November 1, 1952. My people have refrained from using our most destructive weapon for almost 65 years.

Nagasaki Peace Park. How many times must the warheads be dropped

How many times must the warheads be dropped? I regret to inform you that the human race has only gone one month and sixteen days since the last nuclear test, conducted by North Korea. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, has recently been decertified by President Trump. I confess to not knowing whether or not this is a good thing. I feel that all I can do is keep watching.

ICAN in Geneva. How many times must the warheads be dropped

How many times must the warheads be dropped? I am pleased to share with you the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). ICAN’s efforts resulted in a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Yes, I understand that nations with nuclear weapons opposed this treaty. Yes, I understand that the treaty isn’t technically in force, as it requires ratification by 50 nations. We’re currently at 3. Yes, I’m aware that it is unclear who is going to enforce the provisions of this treaty. But we have to start somewhere.

“The man or woman of Knowledge is watching—watching without coming to fixed conclusions, watching without condemning the world, watching without losing hope, watching without becoming jaded or cynical, watching without blaming leaders or individuals or nations, watching the changing landscapes of the world, looking for the signs that the world is giving to indicate how, where and when the Great Waves [of Change] will strike.”

How many times must the warheads be dropped? Hopefully two.

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Я Не Пессимист – Я Реалист

Я не пессимист – я реалист.

Я не пессимист

Одно из направлений Нового Послания от Бога говорит о Больших Волнах перемен, которые надвигаются на мир. На чем основано такое провозглашение грядущих событий? На ряде откровений, раскрывающихся Маршаллу Виану Саммерсу Ангельской Ассамблеей, которая наблюдает за нашем миром. А кто может в это верить? Не чушь ли это? Не очередная ложная тревога о конце света ли это?

Посмотрим, что гласит одно из откровений Нового Послания под называнием Глобальная чрезвычайная ситуация.

Я не пессимист“Человечество стоит на пороге больших глобальных перемен, мировых перемен невиданного ранее масштаба, вызваныx неправильным употреблением и злоупотреблением мира, человеческим невежеством и человеческой жадностью. Это состояние теперь затронет жизнь каждого человека.

Через 30 лет прибрежные города и порты мира могут оказаться под водой. Земли будут обессужены. Урожай спадет. Будет миграция населения невиданного масштаба с большими бедствиями и конфликтами. Это будет огромное несчастье, если человечество не подготовится.”

Я не могу спорить с тем, что мы испортили нашу планету и продолжаем её испортить. Как мне видится, так дальше нельзя без пагубных последствий. Я склонена верить в то, что говориться в этом откровении. Есть отклик в душе.

Я не пессимист – я реалист

Посмотрим, что сам Маршалл Виан Саммерс говорит об этом.

А где факты? Где доказательство? Кто может подтвердит? Но есть отклик в душе. Мне не нужны факты и доказательство. Достаточно смотреть вокруг, чувствовать, что происходит в мире, чтобы убедиться о верности его слов.

Тем не менее, для тех, кто нуждается в фактах и доказательстве, посмотрим, что говорят средства массовой информации.

Вести.Ru: Повышение уровня моря происходит стремительнее, чем ожидали учёные 

“Согласно прогнозам, глобальный средний уровень моря поднимется на 40-63 сантиметра к концу этого столетия (точные показатели зависят от количества углеродных выбросов). Эти цифры не учитывают погрешность, то есть на деле верхняя граница может и вовсе достичь 82 сантиметров.

Поднятие уровня океана может иметь огромные последствия для сотен миллионов людей, которые являются прибрежными жителями. Их города могут подвергнуться угрозам эрозии, затопления и штормовых приливов, а также будут испытывать дефицит пресной воды”.

Мир Прогнозов даёт список стран и городов, которые утонут в ближайшие десятилетия

К концу столетия подъем уровня океанов серьезно отредактирует карту мира. Помимо Мальдив, Бермуд и Венеции, под воду уйдут целые куски нынешнего побережья США, существенная часть Голландии, большие территории в Италии, Дании, Германии, Польше, Испании. От наступления океана сильно пострадают Китай и Япония – будут затоплены Шанхай и Иокогама. Украину потепление также не пощадит: Черное море грозит поглотить Керчь, Феодосию, Евпаторию и Одессу.

Я не пессимист, я реалист

И “Комсомольская правда” публикует карты мира после Всемирного потопа.

И пишет: Сейчас лед покрывает 10 процентов поверхности Земли. Его объем, по приблизительным подсчетам, составляет 9 миллионов кубических километров. Что будет, если вся эта замерзшая вода растает?

– Будет потоп, – предрекают ученые. – Уровень мирового океана поднимется на 70 метров.

Как будет выглядеть наша планета после потопа? Это изобразил National Geographic, создав серию карт.

Я не пессимист

Европа. Белой линией обозначены границы суши до потопа. То есть, нынешние

Я не пессимист

Азия

У нас единым водоемом станут Черное, каспийское и Аральское моря. Затопленным окажется все Поволжье. Астрахань уйдет глубоко под воду. Равно, как и Санкт-Петербург на Севере. Море с островами и полуостровами образуется в Сибири – там, где до потопа текла Обь.”

И есть уйма похожих источников.

Я понимаю, что большинство из нас не хочет слышать об этом, не хочет ничего знать об этом. Может, пронесет? Можно, как обычно, оставить на авось. Или же игнорировать и надеяться, что всё решится само-собой.

А вы хотите быть похожим на большинство? Или же вы готовы взять ответственность на себя за свою судьбу и судьбы окружающихся вас людей? Вы чувствуете, что мир меняется, что грядут большие перемены? Тогда смотрите вокруг с ясными глазами, не как пессимист, а как реалист. И делайте выводы. И подготовьтесь физически, морально и духовно.

Как? Я лично это делаю с помощью “Шагов к Знанию”.

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I Might Be A Little More Ready To Help

I might be a little more ready to help

I am pleased to report that I have completed Steps to Knowledge for the second time. Steps to Knowledge is the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God. By “completed,” I mean I practiced each of the 365 steps in order. By “practiced,” I mean I read the step, followed the practice instructions without expecting a particular result. I started in April of 2014, and finished in August of 2017.

I might be a little more ready to help

I feel that someone reading this is thinking “Are you supposed to do one step a day, and thus finish in a year?” That’s right. “But Douglas, you took three years and four months to do this.” I did indeed. I had two long periods of inactivity during this time which added up to almost a year. I was engaging with the material in a different way, just not practicing the steps as directed. Sometimes events interrupted my practice. Sometimes my own ambivalence interrupted my practice..

I might be a little more ready to help. Marshall Vian Summers, who received Steps to Knowledge in 1989, said “You cannot exhaust this.” I certainly didn’t exhaust Steps to Knowledge. I practiced Steps to Knowledge for the first time between April of 2010 and April of 2014. During this time, I felt I wasn’t really supposed to think very much about the references a step made to an earlier step. There were enough challenging things to consider in each step that I felt I needed to focus on the step right in front of me. But the second time through, it seemed to me as if Steps to Knowledge was presenting an idea to me multiple times. Each time it revisited an idea, offered the idea in a slightly stronger form. Steps to Knowledge took me through multiple stages and octaves of development. An idea wasn’t just an idea in itself, but the top of the stack of progressively stronger iterations of that idea.

I might be a little more ready to help. I wasn’t exactly sure how to consider myself when I began practicing Steps to Knowledge for the second time. Didn’t I have a certain degree of experience? After a little while I became reconciled with the idea of being a beginning student in a higher octave, and being content to be so. I am content to be a beginning student in the Steps to Knowledge Continuation Training and what else comes next.

I might be a little more ready to help. People have expected a lot from me in my life, and I have disappointed them a lot of the time. Steps to Knowledge removed a great deal of suffering from this disappointment in a number of ways. Steps to Knowledge encourages me being in the present moment instead of being in my judgments. Steps to Knowledge gives me an alternative, empowering frame in which to put the events of my life. Steps to Knowledge encourages me to work toward my greater purpose, the demonstration of the fragrance of Knowledge. This “fragrance” is happiness, completeness, cheerful participation, doing what is necessary, demonstrating essential relationships.

I might be a little more ready to help. I have great gratitude for many people who helped me in one way or another to get to this point. Sometimes they were kindly and encouraging, sometimes they were challenging. I couldn’t have done it without them. Any accomplishment is a group effort.

I might be a little more ready to help. Perhaps you’ve never heard of Steps to Knowledge. I wish it was better known in the world. I wrote this to briefly describe what it offers and requires. If you’re practicing Steps to Knowledge for the first time, and you’re wondering whether you should do Steps a second time, please receive my encouragement to do so. I believe it will be good for you, your world, and the world.

This song by Jon Anderson and Vangelis is ringing and singing inside me as I think of this.

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Beaten By Bigger And Bigger Angels

Jacob wrestling the angel by Edward Knippers. Beaten by bigger and bigger angels.

I consider unfulfilled expectations to be part of the experience of following a spiritual path. Steps to Knowledge is the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God. Each of its 365 steps contain instructions for practice.

Beaten by bigger and bigger angels

Sometimes I follow the directions, and beautiful things happen. I get some kind of experience related to the step. I get some kind of insight, a thought I hadn’t thought before. But there are other times when I follow the directions and nothing happens. The heavens are as brass, and the earth is as iron. But maybe that’s part of the plan. Maybe it cultivates emotional intelligence to not get what we want right away.

Beaten by bigger and bigger angels. Rainer Maria Rilke wrote the poem “The Man Watching” (“Der Schauende”) sometime between 1899 and 1902. It was one of the poems in The Book of Images. I consider Rilke to be one of my companions in my Steps to Knowledge journey. He takes poetic licence with the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel in Genesis 32. This is Robert Bly’s translation.

I can tell by the way the trees beat, after
so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming,
and I hear the far-off fields say things
I can’t bear without a friend,
I can’t love without a sister.

The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on
across the woods and across time,
and the world looks as if it had no age:
the landscape, like a line in the psalm book,
is seriousness and weight and eternity.

What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights with us is so great.
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.

When we win it’s with small things,
and the triumph itself makes us small.
What is extraordinary and eternal
does not want to be bent by us.
I mean the Angel who appeared
to the wrestlers of the Old Testament:
when the wrestlers’ sinews
grew long like metal strings,
he felt them under his fingers
like chords of deep music.

Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.

Beaten by bigger and bigger angels. That might not be so bad.

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How Do We Handle A Hundred Harveys?

Houston on August 28, 2017. How do we handle a hundred Harveys?

Many have reported the enormous damage of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. The New Message from God frames these events in the context of what it calls the Great Waves of Change. What are the Great Waves of Change? A series of big, ongoing disruptions in the near and not-so-near future.

How do we handle a hundred Harveys?

Why do I even think that we have to handle a hundred Harveys? Climate scientists such as Sean Sublette and Adam Sobel and Gerry Bell study hurricanes. They suggest that rising sea levels and warming oceans cause hurricanes to be stronger. They might be right. The New Message from God has a teaching called “The Great Warning,” which goes along with the predictions of some scientists. This is a portion of that teaching.

For you [humanity] have changed the chemistry of the atmosphere so sufficiently that the planet will become hotter and the waters will rise. The oceans will rise and they will continue to rise, consuming everything in their wake. Great droughts and storms will lash upon the world as they are beginning to do now.

How do we handle a hundred Harveys? We have to prepare. And by “We” I mean “you and me.” When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. When minutes count, the National Guard is only hours away. When hours count, the government is only days away. There are some small, but eminently practical things an ordinary person can do, such as not freaking out, speaking clearly and calmly to the emergency operator, staying safe, moving an injured person to safety if possible, stopping the bleeding, putting the injured in a safe position, and providing comfort.

How do we handle a hundred Harveys? We have to prepare. And by “We” I mean “our businesses.” There is one particular business I wish to commend.
Waffle House. How do we handle a hundred Harveys?Waffle House restaurants have acquired a reputation for resiliency in the face of natural disasters. Waffle House started in 1955, and a majority of their 2,100 franchises are in the southern United States. Did they recognize that staying open during a disaster was a service to the community? Did they recognize that staying open during a disaster was profitable? I don’t know. All I know at this point is a great deal of pre-disaster planning and preparation has already been done:

Hurricane preparation for many can be a scramble, but for Waffle House, it’s a game of chess with military-style strategy and execution. Before a storm hits, and even before hurricane season, the company makes storm checklists for each location, meets with local authorities, and educates new employees, though many have been through 15 hurricanes.

How do we handle a hundred Harveys? Was their preparation effective? These pictures were taken in the Houston area some time on August 28, 2017:

Houston on August 28 2017. How do we handle a hundred Harveys?Houston on August 28, 2017. How do we handle a hundred Harveys?

But it was reported that each and every Waffle House restaurant in the metro Houston area was open on this day. One lesson to be learned from this is that part of successfully navigating the difficult times ahead involves preparation, not only for you, but for other people.

How do we handle a hundred Harveys? I realize all these words about climate science and disaster preparedness and logistics may seem quite…un-spiritual. But what if we came to the world to serve the world, instead of avoiding the world or escaping the world? What if your preparation ends up saving a life?

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First They Ignore You, Then They Mock You

It's the circle of life. First they ignore you, then they mock you.

A number of different individuals have observed a certain life cycle as a new idea enters the world.

First they ignore you, then they mock you

Quotation enthusiasts consider this quote to be misattributed to 17th-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, but their research showed similar words being said or written by a number of others:

Truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.

The 19th-century Christian missionary Hudson Taylor, best known for opening the interior of China to Christian missions, said:

I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.

Finally, other quotation enthusiasts consider this quote to be misattributed to Mohandas Gandhi:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

I mention these quotations because the New Message from God has taken a step forward from mostly being ignored. The website of the Atlantic magazine recently mentioned the New Message from God.

First they ignore you, then they mock you. Is this mention a big deal? I believe it is, and I will tell you why. The Atlantic has existed in one form or another since 1857. The Atlantic exists in a number of different forms, with content in many different areas. I surmise from this history of the Atlantic that the Atlantic considers itself to be a platform where serious people contemplate and write about serious ideas. Web traffic monitor Alexa reports the Atlantic website to be the 800th most visited website in the world. That’s number 800 out of over 1,000,000,000 websites in the world. Say what you will about the Atlantic’s content or its editorial viewpoint; its status as a successful and influential website is indisputable.

First they ignore you, then they mock you. The Atlantic conducted a survey of participants in new religious movements, asking about a half dozen questions. I believe they were trying to get the participants to describe the distinctive aspects, the “secret sauce” of their movement. I was one of about 400 people to respond to this survey, according to the Atlantic. They didn’t select my response. That might be a good thing, as I was more terse than the New Message response they did select, from David Drimmel. I haven’t met David in person yet, but we have had some helpful online chats.

David Drimmel. First they ignore you, then they mock you.

First they ignore you, then they mock you. I give the Atlantic credit for looking at David’s testimony with a relatively neutral stance. They wrote:

David Drimmel writes about the sense of connection offered by The New Message from God, a movement based on the teachings of Marshall Vian Summers, an American who says he received divine revelations about alien life and other things:

Here is the portion of David’s survey response reprinted in the Atlantic.

The New Message from God is unique in that it emphasizes the importance of the theology of the greater community of intelligent life. It has broadened my perspective and understanding of what humanity is facing in the world today, the alien phenomenon, and quenches my thirst for knowledge about life in the universe.

When I first learned about the New Message, it was like I had been waiting for it, searching for it all my life. What sticks out for me the most is the emphasis on building the four pillars of my life on relationships, health, work/providership, and spiritual growth. The chapters about the pillars in the book Living the Way of Knowledge helped me see my life from a perspective that engages me in relationship instead of the disconnected, depressive state I was in. Essentially, I was called out of my depression and into the world.

First they ignore you, then they mock you. I concur with David’s report that preparing for a successful emergence into a not-all-human future is a great emphasis of the New Message. Both Alisa and I have written a number of posts on this subject. I haven’t read Living the Way of Knowledge yet, but it’s on my to-read list. I have written about the four pillars here. This is one of the ways we work on being better people.

First they ignore you, then they mock you. I haven’t thought about this too much, but David, for better or for worse, is now the most well-known student of the New Message from God in the world. I believe he will bear that title well for the time he holds it. Will the New Message succeed in preparing humanity for the greatest transition in its history? Well, you know what they say…

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He Spoke To Our Strength, Dreamed Of Our Success

Jerry Pournelle He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our successThe science fiction community is celebrating the contributions and mourning the departure of Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017) on September 8. The most well known obituary in national media I know of is the one written by Glenn Reynolds in USA Today. There are a number of things I wish to share about his life.

He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our success

Pournelle and Niven. He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our successJerry Pournelle will be remembered for his collaborations with Larry Niven. Niven is an acclaimed science-fiction writer in his own right. Their partnership started in 1974 with The Mote in God’s Eye, a tale of humanity’s first contact with non-human intelligent life. This fertile partnership would continue until 2012, with many books, collections, and sequels. I consider this an illustration of one of the steps and teachings of Steps to Knowledge, the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God. What’s a group effort?  Everything.  Everything that matters.  Everything that helps someone.  Step 45 of Steps to Knowledge declares:

“Alone you can do nothing. Nothing has ever been accomplished alone, even in your world. Nothing has ever been created alone, even in your mind.There is no credit to be received by doing something alone. Everything is a joint effort. Everything is the product of relationship.”

Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven had a fruitful relationship.

He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our success. Niven and Pournelle explored various aspects of humanity’s emergence into a greater community of intelligent life. In the 1985 book Footfall, humanity experiences an alien invasion. I realize that doesn’t seem particularly inventive. But the invasion is an act of desperation by a race whose home world has experienced environmental destruction. The value of this book is the why, as opposed to the what.

He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our success. Maybe there are conflicts out there in Known Space, as Niven called it. How will humanity respond? Larry Niven introduced us to the Kzinti, a warlike species of cat-like aliens in the 1960s. Pournelle and Niven presided over fourteen volumes of the Man-Kzin Wars series as writers and editors.

He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our success. One of the distinctives of the New Message from God is a great deal of teaching and emphasis on humanity’s forthcoming emergence into a greater community of intelligent life. The books Greater Community Spirituality and Life in the Universe are instances of this. The interstellar neighborhood described in these books doesn’t resemble what has been imagined by Pournelle and Niven, but I appreciate the effort made to contemplate the future.

He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our success. The only Niven and Pournelle book I have actually read is Fallen Angels, written in 1991 with Michael Flynn. I took enjoyment in this book because it imagined a world where science and technology have been rejected in favor of crystals and feelings. It imagined a world where combating global warming had succeeded all too well and resulted in an ice age. Finally, it was a valentine to the golden age of science-fiction fandom in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

He spoke to our strength, dreamed of our success. Pournelle and Niven were known as “hard” science fiction writers. That means they not only imagined certain futures, but wrote about how the futures they imagined might actually exist. Fallen Angels is an instance of this, where there is a discussion of global temperature over the past few thousand years. And because of this, there was a certain strength to their optimism. In the future of Niven and Pournelle, humanity has a future. In the future of the New Message from God, humanity has a future if and only if it will prepare for it.

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Стремление к Знанию: Увидеть Другой Мир

Стремление к Знанию: увидеть другой мир.
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Шаг 31. Я желаю увидеть мир, который я раньше не видела.

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Это представляет твоё стремление к Знанию. Это представляет твоё стремление к спокойствию. Это всё одно и то же стремление. Это стремление исходит от Знания. Оно может противоречить другим стремлениям. Оно может угрожать другим вещам, хотя это не обязательно. Поэтому сегодняшнее утверждение представляет собой твоё истинное желание в жизни. Утверждая его, оно становится всё более явным для тебя, и ты всё чаще сможешь его испытать.

Сегодня в начале каждого часа почувствуй своё желание увидеть другой мир. Смотри на мир без оценки и скажи себе: «Я желаю увидеть другой мир». Выполняй это занятие в начале каждого часа. Попытайся не пропустить ни одну практику. Выполняй это занятие независимо от того, как ты себя чувствуешь и от того, что происходит вокруг тебя. Ты выше, чем твоё эмоциональное состояние, поэтому нет необходимости его отрицать, хотя со временем тебе придётся контролировать свои эмоции. Ты выше образов, которые ты видишь вокруг себя, ибо они представляют твою оценку мира. Практикуй сегодня, пытаясь смотреть без осуждения и чувствовать, когда смотришь.

Практика 31: напоминание в начале каждого часа.

Разъяснительное замечание–перевод Шагов к Знанию на русский язык находится на начальной стадии. Тот перевод, который вы тут читайте, является первой попыткой передавать смысл Шагов на русском языке.

Я говорю себе, что стремлюсь к Знанию, что хочу увидеть другой мир. А что это значит?

Шаг 31 в книге “Шаги к Знанию” призывает к тому, чтобы увидеть другой мир, мир без осуждения и предположений. Это желание исходит из Знания и отражает мою истинную волю. Оно представляет стремление к Знанию. Я и говорю себе, что для меня желание увидеть другой мир подразумевает желание познать истину.

Стремление к Знанию: увидеть другой мир

Тем не менее, когда я говорю, что стремлюсь к Знанию и хочу увидеть другой мир, что это значит?

Признаюсь, что меня смущает слово «мир» тут. «Мир» можно толковать по-разному. Есть глобальный мир и есть мой личный мир, мир моих взаимоотношений. Что здесь имеется в виду? Первое понятие или второе? Или оба сразу?

Я не могу руководить глобальным миром, это вне моих сил. Внешний глобальный мир живет своей жизнью, а я могу только наблюдать. И надеяться на прозрение.

Стремление к Знанию: увидеть другой мир

В своем личном мире, я часто растеряюсь, я фантазирую, и хочу того, что не может быть, или сочиняю свою собственную сценарию, которая не соответствует действительностью. И соответственно страдаю. Когда я так поступаю, я хочу увидеть другой мир, другую сценарию, не выдуманную, а реальную, истинную. Я прошу о том, чтобы увидеть истину, и часто получаю новый взгляд на ситуацию.

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Let The Past Speak, And Show When We Were Weak

Alexander Stephens Let the past speak, and show us when we're weak

I never saw this picture at any point in my education as a child or adolescent. I never heard the name Alexander Stephens in my education. But I am considering him now because America is exploring certain unhappy aspects of its history. I wish to consider how Knowledge, the deeper spiritual intelligence that God has placed within each person, might look upon the words of Alexander Stephens. I wish to consider what “ground rules” could be agreed upon for considering the past.

Let the past speak, and show when we were weak

Alexander Stephens gave an extemporaneous speech in Savannah, Georgia in March of 1861 which has come to be known as the Cornerstone Speech, because it clearly and succinctly stated the differences between the ideas of the Confederacy, and the ideas of the US Constitution. Here is a paragraph from that speech:

The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson, in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with; but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away… Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the idea of a Government built upon it—when the “storm came and the wind blew, it fell.”

Let the past speak, and show when we were weak. The “new Constitution” was the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, adopted a mere ten days before this speech was given. The “late rupture and present revolution” was the succession of seven southern states within the previous 4 months. I have searched for the source of the Jefferson quote without success, but regarding slavery, he wrote, “Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.” I consider everything he said from “The prevailing ideas…” to “…evanescent and pass away” to be a reasonably objective description. Stephens is making a reference to the Sermon on the Mount about the rock and sandy foundations.

Let the past speak, and show when we were weak. What is my experience of these words of Alexander Stephens? I am aghast. I am stopped. I cry out, “How can someone say something so monstrously, terribly evil without the slightest hint of irony? And furthermore, mention it as in keeping with the Bible?” But this cry of mine is not well-formed in the light of Knowledge. Why is it not well-formed? Because of the judgment expressed by the word “evil” and its modifiers. Judgment is a decision to stop looking, to stop listening, to stop observing, and to start attacking, to start punishing, to start separating. Steps to Knowledge, the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God, affirms earlier teachings of how judgment is the source of many miseries and sorrows in the world. Therefore, I need to think this out again.

Let the past speak, and show when we were weak. Generally speaking, I find it a good strategy to replace judgment words in a sentence (good, bad, evil, right, wrong) with description words (long, heavy, bright, feathery, cold, etc.). I also find it a good strategy to replace sentences of the form “This is that” with sentences of the form “I consider this that” or “I find this that.” Getting back to Stephens, I could say “I consider his words to be an un-American thing for an American to say, assuming we define by “American” the words “Liberty,” “E pluribus unum” (Latin for “out of many, one”) and ‘In God we trust.'” I have replaced the judgment word “evil” with the descriptive word “un-American.” I have added the qualifier of limiting it to my own experience. If I could go back to Savannah in 1861 and give my first cry to Alexander Stephens, he might be angry and have his fists up. But if I went back and gave my second utterance, we might be able to continue to debate on the merits of the proposal.

Let the past speak, and show when we were weak. There is another thing about this speech I wish to consider. It is the relative weakness of ideas. I realize some people may find this difficult. I sympathize, because I have found this difficult. I have been taught all my life to believe that ideas have consequences, that some ideas are more powerful than others, and those ideas survive because they stir things in the hearts and minds of men that other ideas do not. I’m not so sure that those things are true anymore. In the realm of being, there are only things that are and things that aren’t. The realm of thoughts and ideas is based on persuasion rather than truth. In this realm, people create ideas, people attack certain thoughts, people fortify beliefs, people weaken arguments, people eventually destroy ideologies. The weapons are logic, manipulation, seduction, propaganda, ridicule, social rewards and punishments, and so forth. An idea that succeeds in a certain context today might very well fail in a different context tomorrow. I say the Founders knew that all people are created equal. But to Alexander Stephens, it was just another idea that didn’t pan out because of its lack of foundation in reality. What was the difference between the Founders and Alexander Stephens?

Steps to Knowledge describes this weakness more than once. This is from Step 240, “Small ideas cannot fulfill my need for Knowledge”:

“Great ideas, fantastic images or wonderful belief systems cannot meet your need for Knowledge. Ideas alone can set you on your way, but they cannot take you on the journey.”

This idea is examined from another angle in Step 277, “My ideas are small, but Knowledge is great.”

“Imagination is unstable, and even its brightest moments can turn to darkness in a second. Even its greatest inspirations can be bitterly discouraged with the slightest provocation. Here there is no certainty. Here there is no reality. Here nothing is trustworthy, for only change can be expected.”

Let the past speak, and show when we were weak. I very recently learned there is a statue of Alexander Stephens in the U. S. Capitol. It was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, the creator of Mount Rushmore. It was given to the Capitol by the State of Georgia in 1927.

Statue of Alexander Stephens. Let the past speak, and show when we were weak.

Both Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia) and the descendants of Alexander Stephens have called for the removal of this statue from the Capitol. Will it happen? Should it happen? I don’t know.

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There Is A New Message From God In The World

There is a New Message from God in the world.

There is a new message from God in the world.

If some improbable event granted me the world’s attention for even a very short time, I would tell the world this: There is a New Message from God in the World.

There is a New Message from God in the World

What do I mean by this?

Is this message an attempt at advocacy? No, even though this new message does contain certain things that people should stop doing and certain other things that people should start doing.

Is this message a teaching? No, even though this new message includes instruction on many different subjects.

Is this message a prophecy? No, even though this new message contains a great deal about the future of humanity.

What is it then? It is a revelation. It is what many people have prayed for, but few people dared to hope for. People have prayed, “Dear God, we need something to help us as individuals be better and stronger. Our religions were supposed to do that, but some people have used them as an excuse to be even more violent and cruel. Dear God, we need something to help us get over our attachments to our clans, our tribes, our ethnicities. We take no joy if our nation prospers at the cost of the ruin of another nation. Dear God, we need something to help us stop turning this beautiful world into a plundered, looted heap of fallen ruin.”

Alisa writes:

There is a New Message from God in the World.

It is here to serve humanity at a crucial turning point in its evolution. It comes at just the right time to sustain and uphold a world facing environmental degradation, internal strife, religious violence, unprecedented power struggles and immense human suffering. It comes to teach humanity how to reconnect with its spiritual core and unite to face the turbulent times ahead.

Only a genuine revelation from the Creator of All Life has the power to change the course of human history, and this is it.

It has been sent into the world through one man to keep it pure and uncorrupted. It has the power of Heaven behind it.

There is a New Message from God in the World.

Новое Послание от Бога присутствует в этом мире. Это дар от Творца всей жизни.

Оно переведено на человеческий язык и понимание благодаря Ангельскому Присутствию, наблюдающему за этим миром.

Оно является продолжением целого ряда посланий от Творца, которые передавались в течение веков и тысячелетий.

Это Новое Послание для нашего времени и будущих времен.

Если бы я вдруг имела такую возможность рассказать всем русскоязычным людям об одном для меня важнейшем явлении, я бы рассказала им о Новом Послании от Бога и его базовом учении, сердцевине, если хотите, книге «Шаги к Знанию».

Почему? Сейчас объясню.

Шаги к Знанию There is a new message from God in the world.Это уникальная книга, это сакральная книга, это книга, которая пришла к нам с незапамятных времен.

Впервые в истории человечества появилась книга, столь древняя, что её изучали расы по всем временам и во всех мирах, с тех пор как началась Разлука.

Я рекомендую её внимательно изучать.

А какие преимущества раскроет это внимательное изучение, вы спрашиваете?

Я вам поделюсь своим опытом, ведь я внимательно изучаю эту книгу уже пятый год, причем практически каждый день. Я практикую эти Шаги к Знанию и, как нам известно, повторение – мать учения. Или, другими словами, практика приведет к совершенству, хотя дело тут не в совершенстве, а в постоянстве. То, что мы практикуем, становится постоянным. Так, что следите за тем, что практикуете!

Так вот, какую пользу можно извлечь из внимательного изучения этих Шагов?

Новое Послание от Бога присутствует в этом мире.

Во-первых, эта книга дает объяснение того, что подразумевается под словом «Знание». Это многозначительное слово, причем с заглавной буквой, уходит далеко вне нашего поверхностного понимания и вне предел того, с чем мы обычно его ассоциируем.

Шаг 2 толкует это слово следующем образом: «Знание представляет твою Истинную сущность, Истинный разум и твои Истинные взаимоотношения во Вселенной. Оно также содержит в себе твоё высшее предназначение и идеальное использование твоей сущности, твоих врожденных способностей и навыков, даже твоих ограничений – всё это дано тебе на благо миру».

Слово “Знание”, как ученики Шагов к Знанию его употребляют и понимают, представляет собой глубокий разум, который Творец всей жизни заложил внутри каждого человека, чтобы направлять и защищать его.

Знание – это наша связь с Творцом.

Знание – это дар от Творца всей разумной жизни.

Знание – это тихое Присутствие, которое постоянно идет рядом с нами, но о существовании которого мы едва осознаем.

Во-вторых, Шаги к Знанию – это международная лаборатория для продвижения человеческого разума. Они соединяют ум, который думает с умом, который знает.

Во-третьих, цель изучения Шагов к Знанию заключается в том, чтобы восстановить связь с этим Знанием внутри себя и помочь другим сделать то же самое. Чтобы Знание не угасло в нашем мире, а помогло человечеству продолжаться развиваться и процветать.

Новое Послание от Бога присутствует в этом мире.

Благодаря Маршаллу Виану Саммерсу, которому раскрылась эта книга в состоянии откровения, она теперь доступна нам. Маршалл сам рассказывает, что он носил эту книгу, как плод, внутри себя задолго до того, как она появилась на свет. Он сам не подозревал о её огромной значимости. Он только знал, что он будет носить ответственность за её ношение, за предоставление её в мир, и за дальнейшую заботу за ней.

Итак, мы счастливые получатели этого дара от Творца. И, по моему скромному мнению, мы бы оказали себе плохую услугу, если бы мы не воспользовались этой уникальной возможностью, чтобы внимательно изучать её и практиковать Шаги к Знанию. Ведь это уникальная книга. Это сердцевина Нового Откровения от Творца, Нового Послания от Бога для нашего времени и будущих времен.

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