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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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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I Specify You With Joy, O My Comrade

Walt Whitman I specify you with joy, O my comrade

A poem by the American poet Walt Whitman has been making its way around the New Message from God worldwide community.

I specify you with joy, O my comrade

I was not aware of this poem until very recently. It appeared as one of the “Messenger Leaves” of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, and also appears in the “Autumn Rivulets” section of the 1892 “deathbed” edition.

This poem vibrates sympathetically with a portion of the revelation “The Meaning of Christmas,” received by Marshall Vian Summers in December of 1994. This teaching has inspired me to write a number of posts.

“Christmas is a celebration of every moment that the person is moved by Knowledge and contributes with Knowledge. Though it is celebrated as one event in your calendar, as a unique time of the year, it is meant to be an experience for you to have in life and for you to share with others.

Then you will come to know Jesus, not because you can sympathize with him, but because you are undergoing a process that he underwent, and you are beginning to experience the reality that he represented. Then he will no longer be a historical figure. Then he will no longer be an idol for you, someone to worship. Then he will no longer be beyond your reach. Instead, he will become your friend, your companion, your elder brother. And his demonstration and his life, his suffering and his achievement will all have great meaning for you because you will be beginning to experience them for yourself. And you will know that he is not to be idolized, but to be embraced.”

I specify you with joy, O my comrade. Whitman wrote about how others shared his experience now, and how others would share his experience in the future. Did he write about people like you and me?

A compassionater in this context is someone who thinks and feels like someone else. No, I never use the word “peremptorily.” It means “insisting on immediate attention or obedience,” which makes sense from the context.

To Him that was Crucified

MY spirit to yours, dear brother;
Do not mind because many, sounding your name, do not understand you;
I do not sound your name, but I understand you, (there are others also;)
I specify you with joy, O my comrade, to salute you, and to salute those who are with you, before and since—and those to come also,
That we all labor together, transmitting the same charge and succession;
We few, equals, indifferent of lands, indifferent of times;
We, enclosers of all continents, all castes—allowers of all theologies,
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,
We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers, nor any thing that is asserted;
We hear the bawling and din—we are reach’d at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side,
They close peremptorily upon us, to surround us, my comrade,
Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down, till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers, as we are.

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International, By Inner Nature

Yevgeny Yevtushenko. International by inner nature

I wish to bear witness to the departure from this world of Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017)

International by inner nature

Many of the details of his life are well-documented in the New York Times obituary and the Guardian obituary.

International by inner nature. He was most well-known for the poem Babi Yar, published in 1961, bearing witness to a hidden massacre in World War II. There is a portion in that poem,

O, Russia of my heart, I know that you
Are international, by inner nature.
But often those whose hands are steeped in filth
Abused your purest name, in name of hatred.

International by inner nature. In his life, he went from being known as a dissident poet to becoming part of the Russian literary establishment. Some people complained he compromised. I need more context to determine whether these complaints were substantial, or merely ordinary jealousy. It didn’t seem to help (or hurt) that he was both handsome and stylish.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko on cover of Time Magazine. International by inner nature

International by inner nature. He seems to have been in both America and Russia, both before and after the fall of the Soviet Union. He seems to have made a happy connection with the the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the later years of his life. Was he the world’s most famous poet? Possibly. He was definitely the most famous poet in Tulsa.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko in Tulsa. Internation by inner nature

International by inner nature. I bear witness to his departure because in his poem “Babi Yar,” I believe he demonstrated what the New Message from God calls “Knowledge,” an engagement with mystery which manifests as wise understanding of the past. Knowledge sometimes speaks in a very succinct manner, and thus has a connection with poetry. The New Message from God speaks of the need of humanity to unite to face future challenges.

International by inner nature. Many other observers are sharing “Babi Yar” or “Stalin’s Heirs” as their way of observing Yevtushenko’s departure. I am sharing “The City of Yes and the City of No,” written in 1963, as my benediction.

The City of Yes and the City of No

I am like a train
rushing for many years now
between the city of Yes
and the city of No.
My nerves are strained
like wires
between the city of No
and the city of Yes.

Everything is deadly,
everyone frightened, in the city of No.
It’s like a study furnished with dejection.
In it every object is frowning, withholding something,
and every portrait looks out suspiciously,
Every morning its parquet floors are polished with bile,
its sofas are made of falsehood, its walls of misfortune.
You’ll get lots of good advice in it — like hell you will!–
not a bunch of flowers, or even a greeting.
Typewriters are chattering a carbon copy answer:
“No–no–no…No–no–no. No–no–no.”
And when the lights go out altogether,
the ghosts in it begin their gloomy ballet.
You’ll get a ticket to leave –- like hell you will!–
to leave the black town of No.

But in the town of Yes–
life’s like the song of a thrush.
This town’s without walls–
just like a nest.
The sky is asking you to take any star
you like in your hand.
Lips ask for yours, without any shame,
softly murmuring:
“Ah–all that nonsense!”
And in no one is there even a trace of suspicion,
and lowing herds are offering their milk,
and daisies, teasing, are asking to be picked,
and wherever you want to be, you are instantly there,
Taking any train, or plane, or ship that you like.
And water, faintly murmuring, whispers through the years:
“Yes–yes–yes. Yes–yes–yes. Yes–yes–yes.”
To tell the truth, the snag is it’s a bit boring at times,
to be given so much, almost without any effort,
in that shining multicolored city of Yes.

Better let me be tossed around–
To the end of my days,
between the city of Yes
and the city of No!
Let my nerves be strained
like wires
between the city of No
And the city of Yes!

International by inner nature. Прощай, Евгений Александрович.

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May We Be Beloveds

may we be beloveds

Deborah Koff-Chapin shared this image, titled “May We Be Beloveds” as a gift for the holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States.

800px-wampanoag2 may we be belovedsMay we be beloveds! The English pilgrims, led by John Carver, and the Wampanoag, led by Massasoit, enacted a peace treaty in April of 1621. It is something of a miracle that there were already fluent English-speakers among the Wampanoag, Samoset and Squanto. There were a number of provisions as to how peace might be maintained. The treaty was more than a peace treaty, it was a mutual defense agreement. Governor William Bradford wrote ““This treaty was scrupulously observed on both sides as long as Massasoit lived [until 1661]…”

May we be beloveds! Am I even allowed to say the word “Thanksgiving” without contemplating the war that erupted after the death of noble Massasoit? Is it a miracle that any treaty lasts between two nations after the individuals enacting the treaty have died?

Signing_of_Treaty_of_Ghent_(1812) May we be belovedsMay we be beloveds! The US and Great Britain have been at peace for almost 202 years.

EntenteCordiale May we be belovedsMay we be beloveds! England and France have been at peace for 112 years.

Camp_David,_Menachem_Begin,_Anwar_Sadat,_1978 May we be belovedsMay we be beloveds! Israel and Egypt have been at peace for 38 years.

May we be beloveds! Just getting along isn’t good enough for me today. Deborah Koff-Chapin’s image inspires me to pray.

May we be beloveds!
May the very word “alone”
Weaken with each heartbeat,
Grow tiny, dim, unknown.

May we be beloveds!
Forgiveness, fully flow!
May the fearful frown be
Forgotten, let it go.

May we be beloveds!
May ancient enmities
Melt into the dancing
Of newfound harmonies!

May we be beloveds!
Oh, may it be ever so!
Blessing of beloveds,
Oh, let it grow and grow!

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

We Have Some Things We Wish To Share With You

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A number of important things have happened in the New Message from God community since the 2016 Messenger’s Vigil in January. First, the New Message released the book “The One God” at the end of July 2016.

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We have some things we wish to share with you

The One God contains 12 revelations, received in four different places over a span of nine years. These 12 revelations present a concise summary of the character of the God of the New Message. They describe the work that the God of the New Message is working in the world. There is quite a bit more that could be said about this remarkable book. The sentence in the image below is the opening sentence of The One God.

1-2-1-1-en-nautilus We have some things we wish to share with youWe have some things we wish to share with you. Another important development is the release of the book “The New Messenger” in September. About four years ago, I wrote that Marshall Vian Summers received a number of revelations regarding his mission as the Messenger of the New Message from God. Some of these revelations now appear in The New Messenger. The sentences in the image below are the first sentences in The New Messenger.

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We have some things we wish to share with you. At the 2016 Encampment, Marshall Vian Summers spoke on a webcast. He said it was time for him to speak to the world in a more public manner. There are three recently published New Message books (God Has Spoken Again, The One God and The New Messenger). These books are the platform from which he plans to speak to the world.

We have some things we wish to share with you. Suppose someone in your world (like me) shares the New Message from God with you. Let’s suppose that you had some kind of response. Your next step might be to read God Has Spoken Again. I wrote a little bit about it here.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

Approaching A Moment Of Transmission

2016encampmentday1wordcloud5 Approaching a moment of transmissionI am indeed grateful for the opportunity to attend the 2016 Encampment of the New Message from God. I attended the 2012 Encampment and the 2014 Encampment, and written a good bit about both events. I have had a certain anxiety that I shared some things about previous Encampments that I should have kept private. But this Encampment was a much more public event than any previous one. Many of the particulars of this Encampment have already appeared in other online media.

Approaching a moment of transmission

On the night of Friday, September 9, 130 individuals from 17 countries gathered in the Rocky Mountains National Park for the 2016 Encampment. Some aspects of our gathering were prosaic. We started with introductions, including sharing how we felt about being here. A few people compared their being here to winning the lottery, a wondrous, highly improbable event. One person used the word “miracle.” I felt a feeling like that on the first evening of the 2014 Encampment.

Approaching a moment of transmission. This is what I felt on the first night of the 2016 Encampment. This is a reference to the dervish tale “The Time, The Place, The People.” In this tale, a king discovered that he could only learn a greater truth when the necessary conditions could be arranged. I felt like we were approaching that moment, a moment when much would be given, and much would be required.

Approaching a moment of transmission. The introductions were used to make the above word cloud. The more times a word was used, the larger the word appeared in the cloud. Therefore gratitude was the dominant feeling of the opening of the Encampment. Gratitude that the New Message from God and us had found each other, through some combination of prosaic and mysterious means. Gratitude for a chance to be with the Messenger, Marshall Vian Summers, while he is still in the world. Gratitude for the chance to participate in what may one day be called a historic event.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

Behold, A Revelation Jubilee

liberty-bell Behold, a revelation jubilee

In what is called by some the Torah, and by others the Pentateuch, instruction is given for what is called “the year of jubilee,” described in Leviticus 25. It was scheduled to occur once every 50 years.

Behold, a revelation jubilee

In the year of jubilee, debts were forgiven. In the year of jubilee, Israelite slaves were freed. In the year of jubilee, families returned to the land they lived on 50 years ago. This law emphasized that ownership was a temporary phenomenon. This law would prevent the multi-generational concentration of wealth in certain families.

Behold, a revelation jubilee. I have been told that the year of Jubilee was observed during the period of the first temple (10th century BC to 587 BC). It is still considered to be an inspired idea by many. The founders of America had a verse from Leviticus cast on what is now known as the Liberty Bell; “Proclaim liberty throughout the land, and to all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10, King James Version)

Behold, a revelation jubilee. I mention this to share my answer to one of the questions that was asked at the recent 2016 Encampment of the New Message from God. After listening to the revelation “The Requirements of the Messenger,” we pondered the question “What could the emergence of a New Messenger mean for you, for others, and for the world?” The words that rang and sang inside me were “a religious jubilee.”

Behold, a revelation jubilee. What is involved in this religious jubilee? Certain debts are being forgiven. The debt of Buddhists seeking to escape the world they came to serve. The debt of Christians threatening hell and damnation when God’s plan is to save everyone. The debt of Muslims engaging in war and violence in the name of Islam.

Behold, a revelation jubilee. The year of jubilee could be thought of as a “reset,” a fresh start, a chance to recover from the errors of the past and go forward with greater wisdom. I consider the emergence of the New Message from God to be just such a jubilee.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

And Yet I Swear This Oath, America Will Be

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I offer this poem by the 20th-century American poet Langston Hughes, as a birthday gift for the 240th birthday of the United States of America.

I was introduced to the poem “Let America Be America Again” by then-US Senator John Kerry, who used the title of the poem as a presidential campaign tagline.

And yet I swear this oath, America will be

Even the accusing voice in this poem, the voice accusing America of failing to deliver on its promise, speaks of a dream “so strong, so brave, so true,” that it is worthy of one’s life, one’s fortune and one’s sacred honor.

And yet I swear this oath, America will be. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think of this poem as a shorter version of Freedom’s Plow.

And yet I swear this oath, America will be. The New Message from God teaches that freedom is rare, both in the universe and in our world. And yet, that’s where we’re going.

All I know is that when I heard the line “And yet I swear this oath, America will be,” everything inside me cried out and stood up and saluted.

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.