What opportunities does this Vigil give you? What must you do with this opportunity?
How can this Vigil accelerate your movement in the direction you know you need to go?
She says, “These are important questions because we are undertaking this process of holding vigil alongside Marshall, so in parallel fashion this helps us to really be with him.”
She went on to share a series of thoughts voiced by Marshall before the Vigil began and that he has been having all along.
Holding Vigil: An Opportunity to Engage
“This is the focus of my Vigil. These are things I must face and entertain, and for those who go with me as well. I am here to declare the reality of God’s New Message for this world. I am the Messenger for this time and the times to come. I am here because of humanity’s emergence into the Greater Community. I am here because of the great change that is coming to the world. I am here to bring knowledge and wisdom from the Greater Community, to prepare humanity for its future. I have been sent to the world for this purpose alone.
“I have come at a great turning point where the future of humanity will be largely determined in the decades ahead. The New Message is here so that these things may come to pass – salvation, protection and advancement of humanity, preparation for the Greater Community, warning of the great threat to the world, the Greater Darkness, and the Great Waves of Change. That Knowledge will emerge in enough people and be kept alive into the future, for this I am here.
“I am bringing the wisdom and experience gained from my long preparation in the Cave of Revelation. I am bringing the power and the presence of those who sent me to those who can hear and recognize me. Can you hear me? Can you recognize me?
“The time has come for me to come forth. This is the time of the Messenger now. Without the Messenger, the New Message from God will be misunderstood. It would be misused for personal gain and power. It would be allied with things that are not part of God’s Will and Plan for the world. Do you understand what I am saying?
“Here, all that I have been through, long years of isolation, inexplicable journeys and deep, sometimes infrequent engagement with those who sent me can be fulfilled as I go forward and with others with me.
“A Great Coordination has called us here, greater than you can understand. It is moving my life and your life at a deeper level, even at this moment, even in this gathering.
“A rare and great thing is happening in our world. A New Message from God is being brought here.
“This is a rare event, even in the Universe at large.
“There is a great intention here, more powerful than anything else we see or know. I have been sent here for this purpose. I pray that I may be able to accomplish this.
“This purpose lives within you and is the Golden Thread that runs throughout your life, underscoring all that you have done and experienced. I am holding vigil to deepen my relationship with each of you, to give you insight into my great and mysterious journey here on earth, which may shed light on the reasons behind your own presence here at this time.
“I pray that I may be able to fulfill my mission on earth. To you, I ask you to hear me, to recognize and to know me.”
Patricia concluded with these words:
“So these are tones that ring through his mind. They sometimes keep him up at night. And it is so wonderful, as he holds this vigil, to come to ever deeper realization of what he has to do, what he has been given. There are others with him.
“This is evident and this is known, beyond this place in time. And this is good.”
Marshall begins speaking at the 51:29 mark in the video.
“This evening I would like to provide some direction that I think will be important for all people who have found the New Message and will find the New Message in the future. The New Message is here to give us strength, clarity, power and determination. Things that we need right now, today, and we have always needed, but especially things we will need in the future, that will be far more uncertain and perhaps more unstable than it is today. It is this beautiful love to prepare us for being in the world in a new way. Part of this love is to teach us how to be stable and to encourage stability.
“In fact, part of the work of Knowledge within us, the deeper intelligence within us, is to give us stability. It is so easy for us to be impacted by the world, to be taken off course by outside influences or our own influences. Something has to be in us that brings us in the true direction of our life and is able to keep bringing us back. For like planes in the air and ships at sea, we tend to go off course. And yet there is this deeper anchor within us. And once we begin to feel it and know it and trust it, it acts as a tremendous stabilizing force.
“This Knowledge, which helps to preserve us and guide us in these early years and early stages, will later yield to the world, if we can prepare, greater gifts, greater wisdom, greater strength, where it is truly needed, where we are destined to provide these things. But to do this we have to build a strong foundation. And the New Message emphasizes this foundation-building throughout the study of Steps to Knowledge, for example, and throughout its many, many teachings on many subjects.
“So emphasizing this stability then becomes very important, and emphasizing the presence of Knowledge becomes very important. Because religion and spirituality without this deep anchoring of Knowledge tends to become delusional, tends to disorient people from reality. They will seek escape there, or they seek self-importance there, or they just seek to have a different kind of world than the world their senses report. But Knowledge is here to keep us on track. And it does this as a relentless force within us to keep us aiming in the right direction.
“Of course my concern here, as the New Message gives you strength and power and vision, gives you encouragement to honor your deeper experience, to make wise decisions, my concern is that people will become ungrounded, will lose this grounding, this center line, this deep anchoring. It is so easy for people to use a teaching like this for their own edification, instead of allowing it to be the real training it is to prepare us for a new life.
“So I feel I must emphasis this foundation-building for all those who are studying the New Message and particularly for those who really seek to have a new life and have recognized the promise of a new life that the New Message offers. Here, to build a new foundation for a new life is quite a task. And I respect anyone who can undertake this, for it is not easy. And many people will shy away from this. Many people will doubt this and question this, seeking to be comfortable in the day and secure it with what little they have already.
“But there is something in us that wants to aim us higher, to go deeper, to go further. And it is that part of you that I speak to today. For all those who are responding to the New Message, I am calling you higher up this mountain. I am calling you to a greater clarity, stability and service. And like climbing a mountain, it is not simply a pastime, or an easy stroll, or something you do in an afternoon. It becomes a great task. And it begins to employ all your true strengths and abilities and enables you to leave behind the confusion of the lowlands below, the fog of confusion, the fog of doubt, the ambivalence, and all the persuasions that attend this.
“For Knowledge is trying to take you somewhere in life, not just to a state of mind, but actually somewhere in the world, to engage with certain people in a certain way and, along this journey, to build the core strength, clarity and sense of service that are innate to who you really are.
“This requires that you build a stable foundation as you proceed. And of course many people come to the New Message who don’t really have this foundation. Or perhaps they have a foundation, but it is built on unhealthy relationships, their association with people who do not really understand them, or cannot really support them, particularly in a great calling such as this. So the New Message emphasizes what we call the Four Pillars – The Pillar of Work and Providership, the Pillar of Relationships, the Pillar of Health and the Pillar of Spiritual Development.
“Like the four legs of a table, these pillars uphold your life and uphold the real life you seek to build now as you go forward. At any given time, your life is only as strong as the strongest pillars and as weak as the weakest pillars. When you begin to attend to building these pillars in your life, each involving a different kind of approach, which the New Message emphasizes, you find that you do not have time to become eccentric, or to give yourself to one thing only, predominantly, or to lose yourself in side journeys or romances, because you have four pillars to build. And this work you do here is here to replace the errant thinking and haphazard life you have had before, for here you are being truly employed. And there is a lot of work to do, and there’s lots of tools to use.
“So the pillar of work is very significant. First of all, you have to have a pillar of stable work and with that to build some financial foundation. You cannot live for the moment only, for that is not intelligent, You are here to prepare for the future, as well as to experience the moment. The future you seek to have has to have a stable foundation of work, financial stability, and so forth. It is part of your task to build this as you go forward.
“You have to have a health pillar that can sustain you and keep you stable–mental health, emotional health and physical health. All of which require attention and care and effort to build these things, building a foundation for a greater life.
“In your pillar of relationships, you have to find the right people to be with, who have a natural resonance with you and who understand that you are seeking something greater in life that is not well understood in the world or supported there. This means you cannot really afford to be with people who do not have this understanding of you, who would work against it, work against you. Aside from taking care of your children and raising them into adulthood and, under certain circumstances, taking care of an elderly or infirm parent, you have to choose your relationships very carefully here and often have to leave those that cannot abide with you or journey with you. Because a new life is not a sweetener to make your old life palatable and more tolerable. It is a new life. And God seeks to give you a new life.
“In the pillar of spiritual development, you need a consistent practice, to use the Steps of Knowledge, to learn to utilize the great practices. You take advantage of the directives, the many directives that the New Message provides, to help you in all manner of things, all the while building this stability. So that in time you become one person with one orientation, the same person in all situations. A person who is not easily persuaded by strong people around you, or frightening events, or group thinking. A person who can see clearly and who can abide with uncertainty. And this enables you in time to rise above the fog, the mental fog that engulfs so many people in the world today, rich or poor. There is no clarity there, you cannot see clearly there, nothing is evident there, living in that fog. So you build a way out of it. And God provides the ladder for you to build your way out of it.
“And that is the beauty of Steps to Knowledge that we celebrate here in this Vigil. It is not merely a promise, it is a gift of preparation, a gift that has the power of heaven within it, a gift that cannot be exhausted for it is far too deep for you to do that.
“When I speak of being stable, I am not speaking of being perfect. Perfection is not necessary, only functionality. What is important here is to be steady, responsible and resilient. Steady, responsible and resilient. Become a strong person, carrying a deep love, a person who is on a mission, a person who must engage with the mundane, daily, but who is connected to something far greater. Without this foundation, you will not be ready to take on greater work, you will be struggling with your weak pillars. You will be falling back into confusion. Yes, you have clarity, but you won’t have it enough to really give you forward motion. And you could so easily stall or fail or feel hopeless in the face of big decisions that need to be made in your life, when in fact Knowledge is there to guide you at every turn.
“This way is not easy because we have to learn to think differently, see with clear eyes and look at all things from a greater vantage point, which we cultivate over time. With this stable foundation-building, Heaven can rely upon you. Responsibility can come to you because that must accompany power.
“All these things I am sharing with you this evening have been such a hallmark of my own development as the Messenger. Years of preparation, abiding with great uncertainty about what I was doing, where I was going and what it would ultimately mean. Long periods of time without counsel and guidance, having to build slowly and carefully, never abandoning what I was here to do. Doubting myself, certainly, at times, doubting other people at times, but knowing that I must continue. Having to prove myself to those who sent me that I could been entrusted with something as great as a New Message for the world.
“Your gifts will not be so demanding, perhaps, not so great, your preparation will be far shorter than mine. But the reality of preparation is still the same, the emphasis is still the same, the journey is still the same. You begin to discover the core of your strength, you begin to align with it increasingly, daily, as much as you can. And when you forget, you come back, and when you lose heart, you return. When you fall into self-doubt, or follow the persuasion of others that lead you to doubt yourself, you come back to your practice. When life disappoints you, you look ahead.
“Many of your questions will remain unanswered for a time. The important thing is that you can make this journey, take these steps, get up this mountain. And as you do so you become more stable, more powerful, more consistent and reliable. This is what heaven needs for you. This is what I encourage always. And I pray that you will take this to heart and carry this forward, into your life beyond my time and the times to come. For you will need to be a source of strength and inspiration for others who have not had the gift of preparation that you have been blessed to have. May this blessing be with you, may it live within you, and may it make you strong, wise and compassionate. Nasi Novare Coram.”
The 2017 Steps Vigil continues. On this day in 1989, Marshall Vian Summers received 48 Steps, that is, Steps 93-141.
Tyyne Andrews hosted this broadcast on Day 7 of the 20-day Vigil and gave a beautiful heart-felt testimonial of the journey that brought her to the doorstep of Steps to Knowledge and the magnificence beyond.
At the 50-minute mark in the video, Marshall shares some deep insight with us regarding the natural alignment that we begin to experience when practicing Steps to Knowledge..
I am happy to say that I feel this natural alignment and rightness in my life on most days. I experience the unprompted, inexplicable bouts of happiness that Marshall mentions. His words confirmed the natural alignment that being with Knowledge brings to my life. It’s a wonderful thing.
Here I offer a transcript of his words.
“Looking through the table of contents to Steps to Knowledge, the many, many Steps, the many teachings, it just reminds me of the effort that is being exerted on our behalf to bring us back into a natural alignment within ourselves. An alignment between our worldly mind that has been so conditioned by the world, and impacted by the world, even damaged by the world, and the deeper mind of Knowledge that represents the eternal aspect of our existence.
“One of the goals of Steps to Knowledge is to teach us to think in alignment with Knowledge. Think in alignment with our true nature. Our true nature, which is who we were before we came and who we will be after we leave this place. When that alignment can take place, in my experience, not only does it produce clarity and a sense of real purpose in life, but it also generates unprompted, inexplicable bouts of happiness. Happiness…, you don’t know why you are happy, you’re just happy because, and there is no because… But when I think about it, there is a certain rightness about where you are in life even though you are still developing, still learning, still dealing with some difficult things.
“But when you think of your life now in this journey in Steps to Knowledge compared to where you were before, that will generate a gratitude, and a sense of movement in your life. People keep saying, well, I just don’t experience Knowledge. And I look at where they are in their life, and something has moved their life into a very different place than it was before. Not only physically or practically, but also in terms of how they relate to themselves and the world and other people. Something has created great movement there. It is the evidence of Knowledge. To bring you into alignment with your deeper nature. That’s healing at a fundamental level.
“So when I read the Steps and the table of contents, I think of my experience with them over the years and the correction that they brought, the opportunity to think about something very differently than I would normally think about something, how to regard my past as a reservoir of wisdom instead of a painful collection of memories and regrets, how I look at my current life to see the blessings that exist there, knowing that there are few people in the world today who even have the simple conveniences and freedoms that I enjoy. So this feeling right about your life is not something you can just make up, it is not a pretention, it is something that is either there, or it is not there.
“And whenever you feel that things are not right in your life, it is really a good time then to return to your practice of stillness and inner listening, even though that seems very difficult when you are turbulent, confused and frustrated, to return. Keep returning. Just the act of returning has won you some freedom, just the act of returning to practice is a strengthening of your resolve. Because the rightness that we feel that is most profound is the rightness of being within the realm of being reconnected to Knowledge and those who sent you, and those who are with you, who know you and can support you in this great endeavor.
“Sometimes I’ve wondered, well these things that come to me, are they Knowledge or are they coming from the Angelic Assembly? Often it’s hard to tell, because when we really know things, the Presence of the Teachers is there. It almost doesn’t matter how it originates, because perhaps we can’t know that. What matters is that it is happening, and the more we practice stillness and inner listening, and evoke the Presence, calm ourselves down enough to be able to feel it, sense it in time, the sense of rightness begins to grow.
“The world doesn’t have to be right for you to feel this rightness, the people around you don’t have to be okay for you to feel this rightness, your circumstances do not have to be in balance or harmony for you to feel this rightness. In fact, you can be facing tremendous challenges and difficulties. But somehow you came back into alignment. Your worldly mind forgot about its existence in the world long enough for you to feel a deep inner connection. Then whether it’s Knowledge or not, doesn’t matter, whether it’s a Higher Power speaking to you, doesn’t matter, what matters is that you return to this natural alignment.
“You come there without questions, you come there not seeking answers or miracles or information. And you come there, as Steps to Knowledge often invites us or encourages us, to just be with Knowledge. They keep saying, be with Knowledge. That means, just to be with Knowledge. Like you’ve come to a very beautiful place and you just want to be there. You don’t want to sit there thinking of other things, you want to be there, you want to feel it, you want to sense it, you want to be present.
“So what I am talking about here is relationship, a return to relationship out of Separation. You come not wanting or needing anything, you just come to be there. And Steps gives you ideas and invocations to help you be here. And here you feel that natural alignment. But it doesn’t just happen, by accident.
“No one ever got wise by accident.
“You made a conscious effort and decision to keep showing up, to keep staying with your journey and your practice, to build this opening within yourself, where you could have this sacred engagement between your thinking worldly mind and the deeper mind of Knowledge within you, and through that your natural remembrance of those who sent you. You build this freedom, we earn this right, we create this environment internally, no matter what’s happening, feeling good, feeling bad, we keep returning.
The 2017 Steps Vigil continues, and Day 5 brings us more wisdom from Marshall Vian Summers. This time Marshall gives us some important pointers about how Knowledge moves in our lives, and how we can discern this movement.
Marshall begins to speak at the 37.00 mark in the video. I offer a transcript of his words here.
How Knowledge moves in our lives.
“I feel I should say some things about experiencing this power of Knowledge. Because many people expect that Knowledge will be communicating to them frequently. But it’s more important at the outset to think of Knowledge as a honing device, to bring you into a certain trajectory in life and to help you maintain that trajectory. For like planes in the air and ships at sea we are always slightly going off course, and sometimes more than slightly.
“So Knowledge acts as a continual power and presence within us to keep us aiming in the right direction and moving sufficiently. Messages are only given probably at times when you need to really consider something, or change something, or something is holding you back.
“And when that happens it is often felt as a kind of tension within yourself. If you feel there is a constant tension within you that is unrelated to your daily activities, then it is important to stop and say, “Am I doing everything I need to be doing right now, or is there anything I need to change in my approach, or in my involvements with others.”
“Knowledge flags you here, rather than speaks to you, most often. But sometimes thoughts come into your mind that are things you need to become aware of. And even warnings. Knowledge also is an early warning system. So if you are doing something that is hazardous or dangerous, or about to make a really improper decision, then you will begin to get flags. And you feel this, in many different ways, depending how you feel things–certainly a tension in your body, or a sense of restraint, something holding you back. In this sense, Knowledge is always exerting an influence upon this. And the more you are able to experience this, the more you will feel this influence.
“But if your life is moving in the right direction, basically, and you’re making progress, you’re not going to hear from Knowledge very much. Now, I say that, but I have to qualify it by saying, there is another condition in which you won’t hear Knowledge. And that’s when you’re really resisting it, or holding yourself back. You want something in life and you don’t want to hear anything that is going to get in your way of having it. We all know what that experience is like. And sometimes these attractions can be very strong.
“But ,generally, if you are moving in the right direction, which means you are in the right place, the right people, the right purpose, you won’t be getting a lot of messages, flags, signs, because you are moving in the right direction.
“But Knowledge also exerts a kind of pressure on us, which we need, to keep moving, forward motion, so we don’t slow down and become stagnant or distracted, or lose our sense of momentum in life. So in that sense, as well, Knowledge is a constant force within in.
“The emphasis here is to bring your life into the true trajectory that it needs to move in. And to maintain that trajectory and to make adjustments in your relationships, your ideas, your attitudes, your understanding of yourself and others, to maintain that trajectory. Knowledge is trying to take you somewhere. If you are not moving, then there’s a problem. If you are not making these adjustments, then there’s a problem.
“Movement usually has more to do with your outer life than your inner life. Because the movements on the inside are probably beyond our awareness, for the most part. It’s like the forces underneath the ocean that move the currents all around the globe, not to be discerned from the surface. You can’t see them looking over the side of a ship. But they are truly powerful, and there are truly powerful movements within us that may be beyond our conscious awareness.
“But things that need to be done on the outside, that’s different. And that’s why the other evening when I spoke, I recommended that you consider my 80/20 principle. In this case, 80/20 means 80 percent of your energy is maintaining momentum on the outside, making adjustments on the outside, corrections, and so forth. 20 percent of it is the inner work. The only exception to this is if you are going on a spiritual retreat and you’re going to do some dedicated inner work. But this is usually temporary and arises with need.
“So what you really want to feel is the wind in your sails, the pressure moving you forward, and the feeling that you are moving adequately. This is a gage within us–going too fast, that’s a problem, going to slow, that’s a problem. To get where you need to be going in life, there has to be sufficient momentum, clarity and direction. That doesn’t mean you know your future or the final outcome of anything, it’s direction.
“If Knowledge is trying to take you somewhere, both geographically and in your relationship with people, then that’s really important.
“When I speak of the Great Coordination, the things that move people into position to have the optimal experience, to meet the important people they need to meet, to be in a position of readiness for what may be asked of them or needed at that time, then where you stand in the world is actually very important. Where you live is very important, because the Great Coordination is moving you in the world. It’s not just a shift of consciousness, it’s not just having elevated thoughts, or spiritual ideas, or grand notions. It’s being at the right place at the right time, moving with Knowledge.
“So getting messages is really not the thing, unless you really need those messages. But even here, Knowledge will move you always at a deeper level. And you will feel this if you pay attention to your experience, when you practice stillness, inner listening, for example/ You begin to discern deeper movements within you, rather than the turbulence of the surface mind. These are things to feel and to know and to listen for. This is what will move your life where it needs to go.”
The 2017 Steps Vigil continues and I would like to share what, for me, is an important concept offered by Marshall Vian Summers during Day Two of this 20-day celebration. On this day, May 27, in 1989, Marshall received Steps 36-92.
During the broadcast, Marshall and Patricia took the floor to bring us some important guidelines in managing our practice of Steps to Knowledge.
I received this as one of those gems of wisdom that appears in life to delight and inspire.
Here I offer a transcript of the part of the practice session Marshall offered called “The Gift and the Problem of Practice.” (Marshall begins speaking at the 54.40 mark in the video.)
“I want to take this opportunity to impart some important things to you. Because if you are going to learn about a greater reality and actually enter into it, you have to be able to prepare. And preparing requires that certain kinds of old practice be replaced with new practices.
“So learning how to practice something that has never been taught in the world before is a real challenge. And I feel whatever anything I, we, can to do to assist you in developing this practice and doing it successfully is very, very important. Otherwise who are you going to call?
“So here we are.
“This is the first of a series of sessions that we would like to have with you around practice and life and the experience of the Presence itself.
“So we will begin today with practice.
“This session is called ‘The Gift and the Problem of Practice.’
“We give this gift and this problem to you because your life is important, for reasons that will be beyond your understanding and my understanding. And it is because you were sent into the world for a purpose and that purpose is connected to the Greater Coordination that represents God’s work both within this world and throughout the Universe, far, far beyond our reckoning. And your life is important too because you are responding to God’s New Message for the world, which means that Heaven is counting on you to respond, to prepare and to engage with your greater role as it becomes revealed to you over time.
“That means that I, as the Messenger, and we as the assembly here, and the Angelic Assembly itself need you to prepare and become a serious student and to be successful in your preparation. And by successful I do not mean perfect or to achieve perfection, but instead a high level of functionality, clarity, simplicity, power and honesty. So it is important for you to know here that in this practice you are not doing this for yourself alone. This is not for your happiness, or edification, or even to relieve you fully of suffering, because the practice itself will present you with new problems, and you can suffer over those too.
“Here we are investing in your development and in your future. For our futures are tied together. Therefore we practice for ourselves and for one another and for those who have sent us into the world. If you can hold this understanding, you will find the time, you will find the motivation, you will find the commitment, and it will be a very different experience for you.
“So practice of this nature is clearly a gift, it is the means by which you can reform and redirect your life through developing a deeper awareness of practice, of consistent practice, and by building step by step, brick by brick, a foundation for a greater life, a new life. For to have this kind of knowledge and wisdom will mean a new life, for you.
“I know many of you are beginning to move into that new life and feel the movement itself and sense the change in the direction and emphasis for you, which is entirely natural and which is coming from with you, as if that silent hand were moving you from within.
“This is a gift of practice now also because of the condition of the world. There is still enough freedom, affluence and stability in the world and your life to give you this opportunity. And these are things which may not be available to us in the future. So life holds great windows of opportunity, and this is one of them. This is not something you want to postpone or take lightly, that this window is open for you now. If we could but see what was coming over the horizon clearly, you would know this to be true.
“And the third thing is we have open world communication networks that allow the worldwide community of the New Message to grow, to develop, to nourish itself and to become a force for good in the world. These networks may not be available to us in the future, may not be free, may not be open. Life’s great opportunities come and are gone. Never think that they are always available to you. That is because your life is in coordination with other forces that are moving other people, other beings, within this world and beyond. So Knowledge becomes activated within you at these kinds of times. You become restless and anticipatory. You sense that things are changing. How many of you have felt this?
“But we have a problem with practice. The problem with practice is that you can only practice. You can’t stop practicing. You can only determine what you will practice and what it will serve. You are practicing all the time and you are demonstrating the effects of your practice, though you may try to conceal that, put on a good show in the world, you are still demonstrating the effects of your practice. You are demonstrating these thing and practicing, and you cannot change it. Just like you cannot change the movement of time or the meaning of your mortality. So while the gift of great practice is now being given to you, you have this problem. This problem is an amazing thing. And I would like to read to you from Steps to Knowledge. Step 80. I Can Only Practice.”
Please continue listening to the practice session offered by Marshall and Patricia here.
The Steps Vigil is upon us once again. This year sees the 28th anniversary of this destiny-changing event.
I will remind you that from May 26 through June 14, the New Message from God Worldwide Community commemorates the reception of Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing. This 20-day period of time is offered as an opportunity to learn for the first time or experience anew the reality of Knowledge as revealed through the daily practices of Steps to Knowledge. This universal practice, introduced for the first time in our world, exceeds most of our expectations and needs if it is studied adequately and applied wisely in the realm of life and relationships.
I have shared my experience of attending the Step Vigil before in this blog here, here, here and here.
It’s a wonderful thing
I would like to share some of the highlights of the Opening Broadcast of the 2017 Steps Vigil with you today, which you may watch in full on the video below.
On this day, 26 May, in 1989, Marshall received the first 35 Steps.
Who is this Steps Vigil for?
It is for those who have ever felt a stirring of conscience. It is for those who have never felt they could settle for an ordinary life. It is for those who seek a life of meaning and purpose, something beyond what society and culture tells them is needed to lead a satisfied life. It is for those who feel the need to look deeper, to go beneath the surface, to reach a place of profounder insight, knowing and mystery.
“Here you must be willing to go beyond your fixed ideas and cherished beliefs. Here you will enter into a new experience where you are not sure who you are, why you are here or what you are doing. However, this uncertainty is not permanent. It represents a transition from one understanding to another.”
It’s a wonderful thing
Are you ready for this transition? If so, you will want to come to a deeper understanding of what this Knowledge is. This ordinary term we are all familiar with has a much profounder and far-reaching meaning in the New Message. It represents the deeper mind within each of us. Other names for it are Higher Power, Holy Spirit, Supreme Conscience.
Another chapter in Greater Community Spirituality titled “What Is Knowledge” brought to our attention during this Vigil broadcast rang a bell of deep recognition within me. I have had this experience.
“To begin to understand the reality of Knowledge, we must look at the evidence of Knowledge. This evidence can be found in your experience. It is the experience of being moved to do something or moved not to do something. It is the experience of irrational restraint. It is the experience of foreseeing something and knowing something and then having it happen. It is the experience of being moved to go somewhere, to do something, to associate with someone, or to disassociate from someone. This represents the deeper movement of your life. It is not something that is impelled by your ideas, emotions or feelings. It is something deep within you that moves you at your foundation. This is the evidence of Knowledge.”
It’s a wonderful thing
Marshall speaks at the 1:22.43 mark and puts the gist of the Steps journey in a nutshell. “It’s a wonderful thing,” says he.
“Our lives are more important than we realize, more important to those who sent us, more important for those who are meant to receive us, whom we have not yet met. We are on a journey from one state of being, a very limited state of being, to a greater state of being. From living in Separation to becoming reconnected with those we are destined to meet and to know. Only a gift from the Lord of the Universe can make this possible. Only a Greater Coordination operating at levels we can barely understand or see can make this possible.
“We are all rivers heading back to the same sea. Who created such a map, such a journey tailored to each one of you, knowing who you are, where you have been and where you must go? It’s a wonderful thing. So I give thanks that the Coordination has brought you here and that you have the courage and the self-trust to respond to that. Truly the journey is mysterious and there is so much we don’t understand. But within us there is a natural attraction, to our source, to our destiny that seems to compete with every other purpose and intention that we have, or that others may have for us. But what is in us must emerge. It is a time for emergence, it is a time of revelation. It’s a blessing that I can be with you here tonight. Nasi Novare Coram.”
If you feel called to join us on this journey, meet us each day during the 20-day Steps Vigil here.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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,
“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
between the city of No
And the city of Yes!
International by inner nature. Прощай, Евгений Александрович.
On the final day of the 2017 Messenger’s Vigil, we explore what it means to walk with the Messenger. What began as a small group of dedicated people has now burgeoned into a worldwide endeavor. There are people now walking with the Messenger all over the world, which means the sun never sets on this great cause. This is fortunate, since there are millions of people in the world waiting for the New Message.
The following passages illustrate this.
“So the Messenger can reach many more people in a very short period of time, which is necessary given the great crises on the horizon, but at the same time the resistance and the rejection can be overwhelming. It took centuries for religions to gain recognition beyond their point of origin in the world, spread very slowly because communication was very slow. Travel and transportation were very slow. Now God’s Revelation can be read by someone on the other side of the world with the click of a button.”
“The Messenger is facing a very hazardous journey ahead, for there will be much resistance to the New Revelation, as there has always been great resistance in the past to God’s Revelations in the world, whenever and wherever they were given.”
“The Messenger is facing a monumental task. He alone cannot bring the Revelation into the world. It will require the participation, the contribution and the communication of many others who can assist him in this way.”
How will you participate, contribute and communicate?
Walking with the Messenger
Reed says, “The door is open, and anyone who wants to can be a part of this. You get strong by doing difficult things and making important decisions. Everyone has this capability, and the New Message is providing the opportunity to do this.”
And he shares some more passages from God’s Ne Revelation.
“It is God’s Plan to keep Knowledge alive in this world in enough individuals to guide humanity through the dangerous events to come. God’s plan is to ignite Knowledge in enough people here in the world through God’s New Revelation for the world, to steer humanity in a positive direction and to keep Knowledge alive here.”
“God redeems you by giving you something important to do, something greater than your personal preoccupations, fears and concerns. This is how your value is restored to you. This is how your gift is discovered. And this is how your existence in the world is justified and blessed.”
We get stronger as we go. We find courage by taking on the things that demand courage. When engaging in service, it is important to know what the situation needs, not what you want to give. If you feel the need to give, do not control what it is you give, be open to giving what is needed.
How will you build strength and resilience?
Walking with the Messenger
The following are the things we must do.
Roadmap – The Way Forward
Continue to build and stabilize our pillars.
Continue doing the inner freedom work.
Practice Steps to Knowledge and those parts of the New Message that call to us.
Help the Society through advocacy and volunteering.
Financially support the New Message.
Share the New Message with new people.
Share the Greater Community reality with new people.
Help keep Knowledge alive in the world through our daily expression, practice and interactions.
We have many steps ahead of us. We just need to keep our eye on the next step.
Honor the importance of time—make sure your time is well spent.
Follow the internal indicator—Knowledge—push/pull, go/stop.
Everyone’s time frame is unique to them.
Don’t take cues from one another, and respond to this feeling of the necessity of time within ourselves.
“Everyone who can receive the Revelation, in humility and honesty, will be walking with the Messenger. In some degree, either great or small, they will be doing what he is doing. They will be following the pathway that he is blazing for everyone.
“Any true student will do this naturally because they are following Knowledge, and they are taking the Steps to Knowledge, and they are building a strong foundation for their greater and future life through the Four Pillars of development—the Pillar of Relationships, the Pillar of Work and Providership, the Pillar of Health and the Pillar of Spiritual Development.
“To walk with the Messenger is to understand the Revelation as it is pertaining to your own life and to the lives of those whom you will influence.”
Listen to all fourteen minutes shared, beginning at the 1.04.00 mark.
Walking with the Messenger
As for me, I say to the Messenger, I may not be walking right beside you, but I am walking with you in another part of the world. You said at the Chat this past Saturday (October 1, 2016), “I think of Jesus here and how few really knew him or his real mission at his time, only to have his identity reconstructed later on by others for their own purposes.” I have always felt there would be another Coming in my lifetime, not Jesus in person, but a phenomenon of the same ilk.
However, it still holds true that few really know you or your real mission at this time, but we now live in a different world, a world of fantastic information-spreading resources, and you are now making your public appearance. People are still likely to miscontrue and misinterpret your identity while you are here, but I pray that they will not reconstruct it for personal purposes in the future. For the New Message will remain in its pure and unsullied form, thanks to your unfailing effort, down through the eons of time.
Walking with The Messenger
Marshall ends the broadcast with a prayer.
“My prayer is that you will walk with me, that you will follow this invisible light with me, not because you only believe in me, but because the spirit within you guides you to do this. I pray that you will help me bring this into the world, that is my effort. I pray that you will help me find those people who are searching for this even at this moment. For they will not find resolution without this, and they suffer without it as you have suffered without it.
“I pray that you will help me bring God’s Revelation about life in the universe into the world, help me prepare and warn humanity about the great challenge that is coming as we emerge into this great and fantastic arena of life. The preparation has been given. I am burdened with it. It must pass from me to others. I pray you will help me in my effort. I pray that you will help me bring the awareness and preparation for the new world that we are facing, for there is no escape from this. I pray that you will see this.
“I pray that you will help me keep Knowledge alive in the world by keeping Knowledge alive in yourself and in others, to hold that fire. In the face of all adversity, and doubt, and repudiation, tragedy and error that you and I might face, you must hold that fire, hold fast to it. I pray that you will help me keep this Knowledge alive. I pray that you will walk me in the unchartered territory ahead. This is my prayer for you. It is my prayer for them. They know I cannot carry this alone. Nasi Novare Coram.
Understanding the Great Coordination is vital to our participation and preparation.
On Day Five of the 2017 Messenger’s Vigil, we explore the Great Coordination and entering the reality of the Great Coordination. We try to come to a deeper understanding of the Great Coordination.
Patricia says that this Great Coordination is what God, the Angelic Assembly and the Messenger are all about; the elements of the Great Coordination are what the Society is all about, it is what we as a worldwide community are all about. And we are now witnessing and seeing evidence of the Great Coordination that has been going on since Marshall began performing the momentous task he was sent here to do of receiving and bringing to the world the New Message from God.
“The Great Coordination is something you must prepare for.” The Great Coordination
So the focus of this broadcast is “What does it mean to participate in and prepare for the Great Coordination?”
“Beyond what your senses can report, what your eyes can see and your ears can hear, there is a Greater Coordination in the world and in the universe at large—a Great Coordination, the Work of God in the universe, working through layers of service and representatives.
“It is something you must feel, deeply, this Presence, and this abiding sense that your life is really for something greater than what you have become accustomed to and what your culture promotes within you and what you have come to believe…a Greater Coordination that has brought you into the world for a higher purpose, a Greater Coordination that you cannot define and you can never fully understand…
“Hear Our words. Listen to them again and again. Comprehension will come in time with repetition.
“Your heart will know if you can follow this. Deep within you there are greater powers and forces at work. This is what you must discover. This is the great challenge and meaning of your life.”
Understanding the Great Coordination
And Reed urges us to remember that “This is not about you.”
“People…are functioning from a position of Separation, where they think everything is about them. They do not realize that their revelation is a coordination with other minds, with great events and with Spiritual Power in the universe. They do not realize the degree to which they themselves must prepare and how the time and the place and the people they are associated with are critically important.” The Threshold of Personal Revelation.
Next, Marshall speaks to us, helping us in our understanding of the Great Coordination. He tells us that this revelation is the completion of another revelation given on July 20, 2015 called The Great Alliance. In this context, alliance infers intrinsic relationship, it is inherent within us, but we have to choose it. But Coordination has to do with action. It is bringing together different individuals, different levels of reality in different places to serve a greater purpose, or to continue a purpose that has been going on since the beginning of time. A timeless purpose.
We need to participate, trust, then understand. In that order.
And another thing, we cannot use the Coordination for personal edification, because then it will escape us. We need to be reliable, dependable, and consistent, not easily pulled away and wishy-washy. We are asked to lay the foundation without understanding what will come of it. The understanding will come later.
Understanding the Great Coordination
Is this trustworthy? You can only participate to find out.
We have to be certain about what we are doing, but uncertain about what is guiding us and where we are going. This is called living an open life, which means accepting the mystery and going deeper into it.
Our world holds a lot of promise and potential, which is why it is drawing the attention of the Angelic Assembly. It is drawing a lot of force.
To have another free world in the universe is a very important thing in the larger scheme of things.
We are being given the opportunity to work for this. Let us not fail. Against all odds, we do it anyway.
Marshall says that if this can take place in a short enough time, great things can happen.
And he finishes with a prayer.
“Let us pray that the Presence will be with us and that we will find the strength and determination to be with it. For it seeks to move our lives into position for a greater service in the world, a greater meaning and a greater purpose. And with it, it brings us relationships of a very high caliber, relationships that can amplify our strength, our power and our contribution. I pray that this strength will grow from this gathering and from those who gather with me from afar, for we are all part of this Great Coordination. May the Presence of the Teachers be with us. Nasi Novare Coram.”