I Dream An Anthem Of The World

I dream an anthem of the world

How do you feel when you hear the national anthem of your country? The national anthem of my country is The Star-Spangled Banner. It speaks of the gallantry of the men who defended the country in the War of 1812. As I hear it and sing it, I feel a stirring in my soul. I feel gratitude for the efforts and accomplishments of those men in the past. I aspire to emulate their bravery.

I dream an anthem of the world

I don’t blame you if you feel something similar when you hear the national anthem of your country. Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) wrote:

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
“This is my own, my native land!”

I dream an anthem of the world

I dream an anthem of the world. At a certain point, something happened. I do not claim to know when this happened. The unity of humanity became more important than the success of any one nation. The New Message from God teaches this in the revelation “Entering the Greater Community.” This teaching is one of the chapters in the book “The Greater Community.” When the New Message from God speaks of the greater community, it speaks of a greater community of intelligent life. Humanity is emerging into this greater community at this moment.

“If you begin to think within this larger arena of life [humanity’s emergence into the greater community], you will begin to see things you could not see before, and you will see that human unity and cooperation are not simply a desirable future goal or a preferred option, but instead a necessity to assure the freedom and the future of the human family.”

I feel a desire for a song that celebrates human unity, and stirs my soul as much as The Star-Spangled Banner does. American author Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) imagined such an anthem. He didn’t write the words or the music, but imagined the title: “Hymn to Sovereign Peace.”

As I ponder such an anthem of the world, I hear a melody in my mind’s ear. It is the melody of the Christian hymn “In Christ there is no East or West.” John Oxenham wrote this hymn in 1908.

In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

As I ponder such an anthem of the world, there is an emotional tone I feel. It is the feeling of the poem “I Dream a World” by American poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,

Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!

I dream an anthem of the world. Who knows, maybe it is a foolish dream. All I know is that it is a dream that I must dream.

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Please Give Me A Slice Of Cottleston Pie

Every so often people in two unrelated corners of my world recommend a book to me. I consider this a small nudge from the universe. The universe recommended “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff to me in this way. A particular chapter in this book spoke eloquently to my condition.

Please give me a slice of Cottleston Pie

The chapter that resonated with me is the chapter titled “Cottleston Pie,” a song that Winnie-the-Pooh sang in the 1926 children’s classic “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fish can’t whistle and neither can I.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken? I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Please give me a slice of Cottleston Pie. A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly. That’s asymmetrical. It sounds a little unfair to the fly to me. But people have different abilities. Steps to Knowledge, the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God, addresses this subject. Step 12 of the 365 steps of Steps to Knowledge is “My individuality is to express life itself.

“This distinction does not elevate you above or place you below anyone else. It merely pinpoints the real purpose behind your individuality and its great promise for the future. You are here to express something.”

Please give me a slice of Cottleston Pie. A fish can’t whistle and neither can I. If a fish judges itself by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Step 83 of Steps to Knowledge asks:

“What has disappointed you but the misappropriation of your abilities? What grieves and angers you but the misappropriation of other people’s abilities.”

Benjamin Hoff connected this song to a passage from the writings of Chuang-tse:

Hui-tse said to Chuang-tse, “I have a large tree which no carpenter can cut into lumber. Its branches and trunk are crooked and tough, covered with bumps and depressions. No builder would turn his head to look at it. Your teachings are the same–useless, without value. Therefore, no one pays attention to them.”

“As you know,” Chuang-tse replied, “a cat is very skilled at capturing its prey. Crouching low, it can leap in any direction, pursuing whatever it is after. But when its attention is focused on such things, it can be easily caught with a net. On the other hand, a huge yak is not easily caught or overcome. It stands like a stone, or a cloud in the sky. But for all its strength, it cannot catch a mouse.”

“You complain that your tree is not valuable as lumber. But you could make use of the shade it provides, rest under its sheltering branches, and stroll beneath it, admiring its character and appearance. Since it would not be endangered by an axe, what could threaten its existence? It is useless to you only because you want to make it into something else and do not use it in its proper way.”

These words are an open window to me. People have had beautiful dreams of making me into something all my life. They have all failed. I have felt utterly uncooperative in not responding to their efforts to make me into something. I sometimes feel like I have been like Hui-tse’s crooked, tough, bumpy tree, not good for being made into things. But in the world of Knowledge, it is as if people rest under my sheltering branches, and stroll beneath me, enjoying the bumps on my branches. In the world of Knowledge, I find things to be good for, and they find me. I trust my deepest inclinations, and it seems to help. Steps to Knowledge makes such a promise in Step 231, “I have a calling in this world.

“You have a calling in this world because you were sent here to do something. It is for this reason that your mind is the way it is and that you have a specific nature that is distinct from others. As your calling emerges, you will realize why you think and act the way you do, and all of this will be brought into true balance and harmony. This will erase all cause you have for self-condemnation, for your nature represents a usefulness that you have not yet realized. In other words, you are made specifically for something that you have not yet comprehended. Prior to this you will resist your nature, thinking it is a limitation upon you. In time, you will realize that it is an invaluable resource for accomplishment, for you have a calling in the world.”

I’m not quite there yet at realizing my nature as an invaluable resource for accomplishment, but I’m working on it. Please give me a slice of my inner nature. Please give me a slice of Cottleston Pie.

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We’ve Got To Make Noises In Greater Amounts

The Whos make themselves heard. We've got to make noises in greater amounts

I took great joy in my childhood in the story “Horton Hears a Who!” by Theodore Seuss Geisel, writing and drawing under the name of Dr. Suess. In this story, Horton the elephant hears the cries for help of the microscopic Whos, who live on a dust speck on a stalk of clover. The other animals consider Horton’s perception of the Whos as a delusional fantasy. It is only at the very end of the story, where the Whos, through a united, monumental effort, make themselves known to the other animals.

We’ve got to make noises in greater amounts

I share this story because I feel a similarity between the New Message from God community and the Whos. We have been making significant efforts for some time now to publicize the idea that there is a new message from God in the world. You can imagine that many people have rejected that claim as not merely false, but implausible or non-well-formed gobbledygoop. That’s how the animals responded to Horton’s testimony of the Whos.

We’ve got to make noises in greater amounts! And in 2017, we did. Our hopes and efforts were rewarded in that the New Message from God was mentioned in multiple places in print and electronic media.

In August of 2017:

In November of 2017:

In December of 2017:

In the story of the Whos, the Mayor of Whoville told a young Who, “We’ve got to make noises in greater amounts! So open your mouth lad, for every voice counts!”

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Why Should I Fear? When Was I Less By Dying?

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Sunday, December 17, 2017 was the 844th anniversary of the death of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, known to most people in the west as Rumi. I missed the opportunity to celebrate the 800th anniversary of his birth in 2006.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Rumi was so many things in life. For me, saying Rumi is a poet is like saying Mount Everest is a hill. I believe one day students in the west will study Rumi’s poetry the way Shakespeare is studied today. But I consider Rumi to be much more than a poet. I consider him to be one of the few who attained to what the New Message from God calls Knowledge. Knowledge is the deeper spiritual intelligence that God has placed in each person. Rumi is someone who accomplished what I am trying to accomplish in my study of the book Steps to Knowledge. It may take some work.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying? The particular translation I am sharing is by the British scholar Arthur John Arberry (1905-1969). He was one of the first scholars to translate Rumi into English. I consider this translation to be direct and to the point. There is so much that could be said about this poem. I have nothing to say that is better than silence.

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’

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Do You Believe We Deserve To Be Free?

Measuring the earth. Do you believe we deserve to be free?

Public opinion polls for individual nations have been around for a long time. From time to time, polls are conducted for a certain region of the world, such as the Pew Research Center polls of the Middle East and North Africa. But I saw a public opinion poll this week that was out of the ordinary for multiple reasons.

Do you believe we deserve to be free?

The poll was conducted by a company called Glocalities. It could be remarkable in that it is the closest thing to a global opinion poll to be conducted by a private company. The poll surveyed 26,492 people in 24 countries in 15 languages. The two most populous countries in the world, China and India, were included in the survey. Glocalities reports that each country has an equal weight in the data. I take that to mean that while they might not ask exactly as many Chinese as Americans, they counted the Chinese response as much as the American response. Got that?

Do you believe we deserve to be free? While many public opinion polls have been conducted on beliefs regarding extraterrestrials, this poll has sampled more people from more countries and more languages than any poll I have ever seen. The very existence of this poll is a remarkable development in my opinion. It took a good bit of effort to conduct this poll. Someone wants to know what humanity thinks on this subject. I confess curiosity as to who wants to know, and why. I won’t find that out anytime soon, will I?

Yellowstone hot spring. Do you believe we deserve to be free?

Do you believe we deserve to be free? The first question was, “Do you believe in the existence of some form of life on other planets?” 62% of the respondents answered Yes, 17% answered No, and 22% answered that they didn’t know. I would answer yes to this question. After all, life on earth exists in some very harsh and challenging environments. For example, bacteria exist in the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park. There are microorganisms that live in very cold environments on earth. I can imagine some form of life in challenging environments on other worlds without too much effort.

Trantor from the Foundation books. Do you believe we deserve to be free?

Do you believe we deserve to be free? I consider the second question to be a stronger version of the first question. The second question was, “Do you believe in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations in the universe?” 47% of the respondents answered Yes, 26% answered No, and 28% answered that they didn’t know. I would answer yes to this question. After all, the observable universe is really, really big. Furthermore, the universe has been around for a long, long time. There are most likely a great many things in the universe that we haven’t seen yet. There are most likely a great many things in the universe that we haven’t even imagined yet.

Header image from meti.org Do you believe we deserve to be free?Do you believe we deserve to be free? The third question was a follow-up question to those who answered yes to the second question. The third question was, “Do you think that humans should try to get in contact with advanced alien civilizations?” 60% of the respondents to this question answered Yes. That’s 60% of the 47% who answered yes to the second question, or about 28% of the entire body of respondents. 21% of the respondents to this question answered No. 19% of the respondents to this question answered that they didn’t know. I would answer no to this question. The result of this poll only strengthens my conviction that my people are reckless blabbermouths.

Panspermia Do you believe we deserve to be free?Do you believe we deserve to be free? The final question was “Do you believe that the first life form on earth arrived here from another place in the universe?” 25% of the respondents answered Yes, 39% answered No, and 36% answered that they didn’t know. I would answer no to this question. There is evidence to suggest life on earth emerged at a very early date. I confess to be surprised at the percentage of people answering yes. No one in my world believes this. If they do, they keep it to themselves.

Do you believe we deserve to be free? It is my sincere hope that Glocalities and other organizations will conduct similar global polls in the future. It is also my sincere hope that such polls will contain the following questions:

Do you believe that technically advanced alien civilizations are necessarily spiritually advanced?

Do you believe that technically advanced alien civilizations are present in the world in some form?

Do you believe that technically advanced alien civilizations have benign or benevolent intentions toward humanity?

The New Message from God teaches that humanity is emerging into a greater community of intelligent life. This is an enormous transition, requiring a great deal of preparation. Can we see with clear eyes? I hope this poll helps.

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Humanity: Right Direction Or Wrong Track?

Direction of America poll: Humanity: right direction or wrong track?

American public opinion pollsters ask Americans a question on a regular basis. The question is “Is America moving in the right direction, or is it on the wrong track?” This poll is conducted for other countries as well. The respondents don’t give the reasons for their answer. Therefore, this poll doesn’t investigate the accuracy of the facts behind the response. This poll doesn’t measure the logic people employ (or the lack thereof). It asks for a very general perception or feeling about the direction of the country.

Humanity: right direction or wrong track?

I request that anyone who reads these words imagine something with me. Imagine that a public opinion pollster contacted you. But instead of asking you about your country, they asked you about humanity. What if they asked, “Is humanity moving in the right direction, or is it on the wrong track?” I have posed this question to some people in my world. Some of them have responded with bewilderment. Some have asked, “What metric are you using?” I consider that a reasonable question. One way this question might be framed is, “Is humanity becoming more capable or less capable to face challenges and take advantage of opportunities?”

Human history in one chart. Humanity: right direction or wrong track?

Humanity: right direction or wrong track? Luke Muehlhauser created the above graph in an attempt to identify the most impactful event in human history. He offers a one-sentence summary of human history, “Everything was awful for a very long time, and then the industrial revolution happened.” Muehlhauser’s article suggests that he considers humanity to be moving in the right direction.

Scientists warning to humanity. Humanity: right direction or wrong track?

Humanity: right direction or wrong track? A group of eight scientists generated the above image. They titled their paper “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice.” 15,364 scientists added their names to this paper in the month since it was published. I could go into detail about the data being presented here. But it is abundantly clear that the authors of this paper believe humanity is on the wrong track.

Humanity: right direction or wrong track? The New Message from God has something to say on this subject. I don’t want to just say that the New Message from God says humanity is on the wrong track. It’s more nuanced than that. After the Industrial Revolution, humanity started consuming many more resources, and having a much greater impact on its environment. This is from the revelation “The Race to Save Human Civilization,” received in 2009:

“Humanity has plundered the world and has destroyed your natural inheritance to such a great degree that the world will change now, becoming a more difficult place for the human family.”

Humanity: right direction or wrong track? I say humanity faces difficult times ahead, as a consequence of its recent success. If I had to say right direction or wrong track, I would say wrong track. But there’s more to it than that.

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My People Are Reckless Blabbermouths

Plaque from Voyager 1. My people are reckless blabbermouths.

The prophet Isaiah experienced a powerful vision of God in chapter 6 of the book of Isaiah. His response to this vision?

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:5, New International Version)

My people are reckless blabbermouths

I consider Isaiah to be referring to the kingdom of Judah when he spoke of “a people of unclean lips.” I am conducting an experiment. I am keeping track of how it feels when I refer to humanity as “my people.” My people might be a people of unclean lips. My people are indisputably a people of overactive lips.

My people are reckless blabbermouths. We speak when we should be silent. We are silent when we should speak. Our speech is not informed by Knowledge, the deeper spiritual intelligence that God has placed within each person. This is how my people are a people of unclean lips. But this is not particularly newsworthy. Neither is it my primary complaint.

My people are reckless blabbermouths. My primary complaint is that my people broadcast a great deal of information about themselves into space. Radio, television, internet, it all goes out into space when it is sent to a satellite. My people send probes into interstellar space announcing ourselves. We have gone so far as beam messages into space in an attempt to contact extraterrestrial life. We act as if there will be no negative consequence to this. We act as if there could not possibly be any negative consequences to this.

My people are reckless blabbermouths. The New Message from God considers all of the above behavior to be both foolish and dangerous. Consider this paragraph from the book Life in the Universe:

“The wise remain hidden. Your world is known to a few, but not to many. You do not want to broadcast into the universe who you are and what you have. In the future, your radio technology will have to be completely changed. You cannot be broadcasting out into space. That only invites inquiry, interest and suspicion. Right now you think that there is no one else out there, that the universe is vast and empty and that there might be some distant planet somewhere that could receive your transmissions. If you understood the situation, you would see how dangerous and unwarranted this is.”

My people are reckless blabbermouths. My only consolation is that some of my people are starting to recognize the folly and danger of this. As evidence, I offer this quote from a review of the science-fiction novel “The Dark Forest” (黑暗森林) by Liu Cixin:

“At the end of the second volume [The Dark Forest is the second volume of a three-volume set], one of the main characters lays out the trilogy’s animating philosophy. No civilization should ever announce its presence to the cosmos, he says. Any other civilization that learns of its existence will perceive it as a threat to expand—as all civilizations do, eliminating their competitors until they encounter one with superior technology and are themselves eliminated. This grim cosmic outlook is called “dark-forest theory,” because it conceives of every civilization in the universe as a hunter hiding in a moonless woodland, listening for the first rustlings of a rival.”

My people are reckless blabbermouths. We will have to fix that to function successfully in a greater community of intelligent life.

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Take Your Meditation Medicine, Please

Novice monk meditating. Take your meditation medicine, please

A person doesn’t have to be particularly clever to notice that there are quite a few meditation techniques available. Furthermore, from time to time, a particular meditation technique catches on with the general public. For example, the visit by the Beatles to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand State in India sparked an interest in Transcendental Meditation. These days various forms of mindfulness meditation seem to be popular. I consider these various techniques to be remedies, as it were, for various forms and amounts of mental chaos and suffering.

Take your meditation medicine, please

A meditation practice taught by the New Message from God is called stillness. I have found it most helpful in reducing the amount of attachment I have to my preferences and anxieties. I wrote a post about four years ago about my practice of stillness. Some general guidelines seem to be important for the effectiveness of any meditation practice.

Take your meditation medicine, please. I consider it helpful to meditate in a quiet place that isn’t too bright and isn’t too dark. I prefer a place where random changes in light or sound are unlikely. Meditating in the same time and place each day helps the mind and body get used to the idea. I try not to digest and meditate at the same time.

Take your meditation medicine, please. Some things are meditation-killers for some people. For me, it’s television. If I watch a television program with car chases and explosions before meditation, my mental sky will be full of car chases and explosions. If I watch a calm program with people talking, my meditation will be preoccupied with how those people are going to solve their problems. I have to avoid sabotaging my practice by something before the meditation session. I have to talk to my mind and tell it I’m doing something a little different for a while.

Take your meditation medicine, please. I have to be willing to receive the benefits that my meditation practice offers. Someone is reading this and thinking “Isn’t that obvious?” I believe you would be surprised to discover how much self-hatred lurks beneath the surface of most people. Many people weigh themselves in the balance of their ideals, and find themselves wanting. At some point, it is necessary to say “I am worthy of my practice and its results.”

Take your meditation medicine, please. If I take it back far enough, I discover that I wish to practice meditation in order to be a better person in some way. If I take that back far enough, I discover that I wish to become better in order to bless someone else in some way. Even meditation is a group effort.

Take your meditation medicine, please. I may not, probably won’t, get the results of my meditation practice right away. It may take a little while to blaze a trail, to discover the pathway. Therefore, I consider it important to be content with the result of any particular meditation session. Thoughts along the line of “I must be doing it wrong” lie in wait at every turn. I have to avoid sabotaging my practice by something after the meditation session.

Does this help? I hope this helps.

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Quite A Few Worlds Were, But Are No More

Adriaan van Maanen, discoverer of van Maanen's Star. Quite a few worlds were, but are no more

A nearby star made the news this week. The star in question is known as both Van Maanen 2 and van Maanen’s Star, in honor of its discoverer, Adriaan van Maanen. Van Maanen’s Star isn’t in the news for any current property. The star is in the news for its ancient history. Van Maanen 2 is also in the news for a place in the history of human science.

Quite a few worlds were, but are no more

It frequently happens that scientists discover things when they’re looking for something else. That was the case in 1917 when Adriaan van Maanen discovered a small, dim star. Van Maanen’s Star is a white dwarf, not much bigger than Earth. Stars like our sun become white dwarfs when they exhaust their nuclear fuel. There are white dwarfs which are closer to our sun, such as Sirius B and Procyon B, but Van Maanen 2 is the closest white dwarf to the sun that isn’t a companion to a larger star.

Van Maanen's Star is pretty close to the sun, as stars go. Quite a few worlds were, but are no more

Quite a few worlds were, but are no more. Analyzing the light from this star offered a mystery. Van Maanen’s star contained elements that no one expected, such as iron. Between 1917 and now, astronomers discovered about 40 other white dwarfs with similar properties. Where did these heavy elements come from? Astronomers now believe they come from planets that once orbited the star. When did these planets start to orbit this star? 4.1 billion years ago. For how long did they orbit this star? They orbited Van Maanen 2 for roughly 900 million years. What happened to these planets? They were destroyed when van Maanen’s Star became a red giant along the way to becoming a white dwarf. This is a predictable event in the life cycle of stars. I marvel to think Van Maanen 2 contains traces of the planets that orbited it 3.2 billion years ago.

Analysis of light from Van Maanen 2. Quite a few worlds were, but are no more.

Quite a few worlds were, but are no more. What does this mean to me? Astronomers discovered the first exoplanet, or planet orbiting a star other than the sun, in 1992. Between 1992 and now, astronomers have discovered 3,550 exoplanets. But I learned something I didn’t know. There are many stars with planets around them now. There may be a great many stars that had planets around them in the past, but have them no longer. For all we know, those planets might have supported intelligent life, like our world does.

Astronomer Ben Zuckerman. Quite a few worlds were, but are no more

Quite a few worlds were, but are no more. In 2014, astronomer Ben Zuckerman had a “Eureka moment,” a moment of inspiration. In this moment, he realized that the mystery that puzzled van Maanen was in fact the first evidence of exoplanets discovered by scientists. Humanity first intuited exoplanets in the 1500’s.. But humanity discovered evidence for their existence about 70 years earlier than previously believed. Ben Zuckerman stretched himself in time.

Quite a few worlds were, but are no more. This is more than a historical curiosity. The New Message from God teaches that humanity is emerging into a greater community of intelligent life. How shall we prepare? We have to start somewhere.

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I Must Stretch Myself In Space And Time

Douglas Bass with a giant sriracha bottle. I must stretch myself in space and time.

As I continue my engagement with the New Message from God, a feeling is growing in me.

I must stretch myself in space and time

What do I mean? I mean it just doesn’t feel good enough for me anymore for one part of humanity to succeed at the expense of another. I love my country. I want it to succeed. But I would take no joy in its success if it involved the failure of another nation. Is there any victory that isn’t a funeral? I dream a world where every nation has a memorial to the enemy combatants and civilians killed in its wars.

The future is where the children live. I must stretch myself in space and time.

I must stretch myself in space and time. George Bernard Shaw wrote, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” What if the words “whole community” were changed to “humanity,” or “the human family” or “the human race” or “my people?” That’s how I’m starting to feel.

Iroquois confederacy wampum belt. I must stretch myself in space and time.

I must stretch myself in space and time. What do I mean? I mean it just doesn’t feel good enough for me anymore to think of some future event and say, “Well, it’s not like I’m going to be around to see it.” I feel like taking a page from the Great Law of the Iroquois and considering the impact of something on humanity seven generations from now. I consider this as 140 years. The Iroquois realized that this was tricky. In their words, it required having “skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” I’m not sure I have that yet. All I know is that I’m working on it.

Brooklyn Bridge 1877 I must stretch myself in space and time.

I must stretch myself in space and time. One part of this awareness or perspective is to think of the world of seven generations ago. What lessons were learned (or not learned)? Unlike some people, I believe that every so often, humanity learns from history.

I must stretch myself in space and time. What do I mean? I mean I have to adjust my awareness to think a little bit more about the success of the human family. I mean I have to adjust my awareness to think further ahead than I’m used to thinking. Can I help my people succeed 140 years from now? All I know is that I must try.

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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.