A New Reality Doesn’t Happen Every Day

Copernicus showing the planets and the Messenger. A new reality doesn't happen every day

At the 2018 Encampment of the New Message from God, one of the phrases we engaged with was “a New World reality.” There’s quite a bit packed into that phrase. I plan to unpack this in two posts. This post is about the word “reality.”

A new reality doesn’t happen every day

I think of “reality” in this context as “a mental and emotional framework for observing things and events.” I believe someone is reading this and thinking “Oh, you mean a paradigm.” I consider that reasonable. But the New Message from God uses the word “reality,” as if to say “there are implications for everything not yet fully considered.” The text in the images are from the revelation “The Origin of the Messenger.” It was received by Marshall Vian Summers in August of 2012. This teaching is Chapter 2 of the book “The New Messenger.” This book is Book 3 in Volume 1 of the New Message from God.

Consider the new reality of Copernicus, for instance. Most people at that time felt quite happy with the sun and the planets revolving around the earth. It was plain common sense at the time. The existing reality was plausible. And yet, there were a few people who were unhappy that the planets should sometimes seem to go backwards in their orbits. Most people didn’t think about it at all. Most people didn’t feel any dissatisfaction with the planets occasionally demonstrating retrograde motion. After all, the planets had sometimes been going backwards in their orbits for a long time. It was just part of the way things were. People who were unhappy with the planets occasionally demonstrating retrograde motion were dismissed as cranks and troublemakers.

But the new reality of Copernicus was confirmed by observation. It explained people’s common-sense experience of the sun seeming to revolve around the earth. It also explained why the planets sometimes showed retrograde motion. The new reality explained everything the old reality explained. The new reality also offered a simpler explanation of certain things than the old reality. It is the nature of a new reality to face bitter opposition. After all, some people literally felt as if their whole world was being threatened. While some people deeply yearned for the earth to be the center of the universe, the new reality of Copernicus eventually prevailed.

Gravity bending space-time and the Messenger. A new reality doesn't happen every day A new reality doesn’t happen every day. Consider the new reality of Einstein, for another instance. General Relativity solved the problem of Mercury sometimes appearing to be where it wasn’t expected. But it did so much more than that. General Relativity addressed the phenomena of gravitational lensing and time dilation. The new reality addressed problems and opportunities humanity wouldn’t encounter until much later.
Schrodinger's cat and the Messenger. A new reality doesn't happen every day A new reality doesn’t happen every day. Consider the new reality of quantum mechanics. I make no claim to understand quantum mechanics. I believe it holds promise for great advances in both communication and computation. I believe it will help us in situations we have yet to encounter. All I know is that it is a new reality. Like the new reality of Copernicus and the new reality of Einstein, it has been met with bewilderment and opposition. And yet, it has endured and progressed to this day.

A new reality doesn’t happen every day. The New Message from God proclaims that the Messenger, Marshall Vian Summers, brings a new reality. Could that be true? Is that true? If it is, then it has great consequences.

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I Have Been Called, Others Are Being Called

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. I have been called, others are being calledThe worldwide community of the New Message from God recently gathered in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for the 2018 Encampment. The Encampment has been an annual event from 2008 to 2016. It is now being held every two years. I have attended the Encampments in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

I have been called, others are being called

YMCA of the Rockies Assembly Hall. I have been called, others are being calledAs religious gatherings go, all the Encampments have been relatively small events. The 2018 Encampment had the most attendees of any Encampment. I take particular happiness in the fact that people gathered from 26 different countries. This is also the most of any Encampment. We may be a small community, but the phrase “worldwide community” is not an idle boast. In fact, we may be the most geographically dispersed spiritual community of our size in the world.

2018 Encampment Walking with the Messenger. I have been called, others are being called.I have been called, others are being called. The average age of Encampment attendees could be said to be “middle-aged.” And yet, at every Encampment there have been some people attending of a younger age. I have taken great encouragement in this for the future progress of the New Message from God. I recalled a portion from Step 309 of the 365 steps of Steps to Knowledge. Steps to Knowledge is the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God. Step 309 is “The world I see is attempting to become one community.”

“Remember, you have been called and you are responding to your one true purpose. In time, others will be called and they will respond.”

I didn’t think of myself as responding to a call, when I resumed my study of Steps to Knowledge in 2010. I thought of myself as looking for a way to frame the events of my life, that didn’t hurt. But between then and now, my engagement with the New Message from God looks more like a response to a call. I don’t have a certificate of any kind saying I have been called. All I have is many small confirmations and ratifications. All I have is many instances of taking the next step, doing the next thing, showing up again. Many of my fellow attendees report similar experiences.

I have been called, others are being called. I look at this Encampment and see many people I have only known online. I look at this Encampment and I see people I have never met before, online or otherwise. I look at this Encampment and think to myself “Others are being called, and they are responding.”

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Like Sugar In Milk Of The World’s Religions

Parsis before Jadi Rana. Like sugar in milk of the world's religions.In his 1893 address to the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Swami Vivekenanda made a passing reference to a historical event. This event is infrequently considered in my world.

“I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.”

Like sugar in milk of the world’s religions

The religion he refers to is Hinduism. The “grand Zoroastrian nation” is the Sasanian Empire. The Sasanian Empire ruled modern-day Iran and many neighboring regions from 224 AD to 651 AD. When the empire was overthrown by the Arab Caliphate, a small remnant fled by sea to India. They stayed in Diu in Saurashtra State for 19 years, then moved further south along the coast to Gujarat. There, they approached the local king, Jadi Rana, and requested asylum.

A Zoroastrian legend relates the course of the initial meeting between Jadi Rana and the newly landed emigrants. When the Zoroastrians requested asylum, Jadi Rana motioned to a vessel of milk filled to the very brim. This was to signify that his kingdom was already full and could not accept refugees. In response, one of the Zoroastrian priests added a pinch of sugar to the milk. This was to show that they would not bring the vessel to overflowing and indeed make the lives of the citizens sweeter. Jadi Rana gave shelter to the emigrants and permitted them to practice their religion and traditions freely.

This legend is recorded in the Qissa-i-Sanjan, (The Story of Sanjan), an epic poem written in 1600 CE. It was written by a Zoroastrian (Parsi) priest named Bahman Kaikobad (or ‘Bahman Kaikobad Hamjiar Sanjana’). This poem was translated into English in 1844. Many members of the Parsi community perceive the epic poem to be an accurate account of their ancestors. The Indian government reported that there were 57,000 Parsis in India in 2011. I believe the Parsi community has indeed been like sugar in milk. It has contributed successful individuals to the life of India, including Feroze Ghandi, Ratan Tata and Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara).

Like sugar in milk of the world’s religions. I share this story to illustrate my hope for the New Message from God in my lifetime and in the times to come. On the one hand, the New Message proclaims itself to be a revelation on the same order as the teachings of Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed. If such a thing is true, then I would desire it to become well-known throughout the world. On the other hand, the New Message itself teaches how it has not come to compete with the religions of the world, but to uplift them. This is in the revelation “God Has Spoken Again.” (Volume 1, Book 1, Chapter 4 of the New Message from God)

“The world has changed. God’s great Revelations must now be given the next stage of their expression—not to replace them but to uplift them and to cleanse them and to bring them into harmony with one another. They are all pathways to Knowledge, you see. That is what they really are.

They have been turned into other things by governments, by individuals and institutions, by nations seeking power and dominance. They have been alloyed with culture and customs and local perceptions to a point where their essential emphasis and purpose can be difficult to discern.

This is to bring people back to the essence of spirituality, which is the power and the presence of Knowledge in the individual, the power and the presence of Knowledge—this greater intelligence that God has given to each person, working through groups and nations of people, supporting freedom and forgiveness, recognition, communication, work, effort, responsibility.”

The Parsis were like sugar in milk, sweetening the life of India. It is my sincere hope that the New Message from God is like sugar in milk of the world’s religions.

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I Hope For Religions To Love One Another

The World's Parliament of Religions, 1893. I hope for religions to love one another.

The date of September 11, for reasons I do not understand, is a difficult date for the United States of America. My education overlooked the failed Staten Island Peace Conference of September 11, 1776. Many Americans vividly recall the attacks of September 11, 2001.

I hope for religions to love one another

I am therefore pleased to discover a positive occurrence in America on this date. In Chicago in September 11, 1893, the World’s Parliament of Religions convened for the first time. One the speakers was a Hindu monk named Swami Vivekenanda. I am pleased to share Swami Vivekenanda’s brief address to the Parliament.

Photograph of Swami Vivekenanda. I hope for religions to love one another

Sisters and Brothers of America,

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: “As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: “Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.” Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

I hope for religions to love one another. I consider the New Message from God to offer a hearty Amen to the words of Swami Vivekenanda and the spirit of the Parliament. These words come from the revelation, “Religious Fundamentalism,” Chapter 5 in the soon-to-be-published book “The Pure Religion.

“Like the rivers leading to the sea, all religious traditions are to bring you back into wholeness and union with God. They each add a unique dimension to the understanding of being in the world and of living with a dual reality—the reality of your spiritual nature, which is embodied in what We call Knowledge, and your worldly identity that has been established through culture and through interaction with life here in the world.”

I hope for religions to love one another. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the first Parliament. It is now known as the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The most recent Parliament was held in Salt Lake City in 2015. I consider this to be somewhat providential. The headquarters of the New Message from God are in Boulder, Colorado, a relatively short distance from Salt Lake City. To me, it was as if the world came to the doorstep of the New Message from God. We had a booth at the Parliament.

New Message from God booth at 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions. I hope for religions to love one another

I hope for religions to love one another. I believe the day will come when a representative of the New Message from God will address the Parliament, just as Swami Vivekenanda did in 1893.

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We Face A Challenge To Our Freedom

Cover of The Allies of Humanity Book One. We face a challenge to our freedom

And by “we,” I mean “the human race, the human family, my people.” From time to time, I have shared my Amazon reviews of the books of the New Message from God. In 2013, I shared a review of the book “The Great Waves of Change.” In 2014, I shared a review of the book “Steps to Knowledge.”. Also in 2014, I shared a review of the book “Life in the Universe.” I am now sharing my Amazon review of the book “The Allies of Humanity, Book One” with some images.

We face a challenge to our freedom

There are three books in the Allies of Humanity series. Books One and Two are available in paperback editions. Book Three is only available in electronic form.

First appearance of Uatu the Watcher. We face a challenge to our freedom

And by “we,” Marshall Vian Summers means “the crew of Spaceship Earth.” In this volume, Summers introduces humanity to a small group of individuals from multiple worlds, reporting their observations of events on and around our world. They are constrained from intervening, much like the character “The Watcher” in the Marvel Universe, but they are allowed to give a report.

Starship fleet. We face a challenge to our future.What is the problem? Intervention in human affairs by multiple “collectives,” multi-species, multi-planetary corporations which make McDonalds and Starbucks look like mom-and-pop grocery stores by comparison. The battle Jihad vs. McWorld is not only taking place in our world, but in space as well.

[We face a challenge to our freedom. How do we know these collectives exist? All we have is the testimony of the Allies of Humanity. How do we know the Allies of Humanity exist? We have the testimony of Marshall Vian Summers. Do you trust his testimony? I believe this Project Camelot video has helped a lot of people make up their minds.]

Scene from "The Man Who Fell To Earth" We face a challenge to our freedom.

What is the goal of this Intervention? Access to/control of Earth’s precious biological and mineral resources. As I read this book, I recalled the books Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe and The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery. It should be noted that the collectives consider human beings to be just another biological resource, in the same way we think of domesticated animals.

[We face a challenge to our freedom. There was a time in human history when certain settlers and colonizers considered the indigenous peoples of certain regions to be a kind of intelligent animal whose labor could be exploited. Humanity is looked upon now by these collectives as a kind of intelligent animal.]

Manipulation puppetry. We face a challenge to our freedom.

How will the collectives achieve their goal? By manipulation of religious impulses, sowing the mental seeds of acquiescence, conformity, learned helplessness, waging a PR campaign that humanity is doomed without their help, engaging in an interbreeding program to more easily negotiate our environment.

[We face a challenge to our freedom. H. G. Wells was right when he wrote in “The War of the Worlds” how the Martians could not live in our environment. That is why an interbreeding program is underway.]

I wish to know my own strength. We face a challenge to our freedom

What can humanity do about this Intervention? Unite as a race, reverse environmental degredation, stop broadcasting everything about itself into outer space, develop greater resistance to persuasion and manipulation, take the Steps to Knowledge.

[We face a challenge to our freedom. I don’t know whether we will respond to the warning given by the Allies of Humanity. I hope we don’t find freedom to be too expensive.]

There are many more questions which could be asked, and they are asked and answered in a chapter near the end of the book.

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There Is A Certain Ambience In Sound

There is a certain ambience in sound.

ambience in sound

I have different reactions to sound. There are certain sounds that give rise to a feeling of panic within me and make me want to run and hide. I want to remove myself as far as possible from that intruding noise. Some of these sounds come from musical instruments, discordant, clanging sounds that arouse immense discomfort and yes, panic, in the very core of my being.

Then there are other sounds, sounds that work their magic in my heart and soul, in my life and in my world. These sounds are woven into ethereal music sung by an ethereal voice that opens up the path to Heaven.

There is a practice I enjoy when I meditate, or enter Stillness, as it is referred to in the New Message. It involves concentrating on the chakras. And each of the chakras has its own sound tone. A few years ago, I became aware that there are more than just the seven chakras that reside within the body. There are 12 chakras, and the 12th is also the Soul Star, or what I call the God Realm. It holds the music of the soul, and its golden bud blooms into a golden lotus as the person matures spiritually. I found some interesting reading about this chakra here.

Perhaps the sounds that work their magic in my heart and soul are those born in the Soul Star, the God Realm, the Twelfth Chakra.

There is a certain ambience in sound.

Hilary Canto, a woman of Knowledge and responder to the New Message of God, brings us songs that are not of her own creation, but which come through her from God. She is their conduit. And she is blessed with the gift of a beautiful, clear and pure voice, the perfect vehicle for manifesting these heavenly songs here on Earth. They transport me to another realm. They cause a shift of consciousness within me and touch me deep in my heart. They fill me with a profound sense of joy and wellbeing, a feeling of being carried aloft to some heavenly sphere. They evoke a feeling that all is right in my life, that the Presence is with me and I am truly blessed.

I believe this is God speaking to me. This experience is expressed in the New Message teaching called Following the Presence.

“This is how God speaks to you. And you may not hear this as a voice. It may be a feeling, an image, a sound… People experience the power and presence of Knowledge differently, according to their individual orientation.”

There is a certain ambience in sound.

The strings of my heart seem to be tuned to these incredibly lovely songs sung in voice that speaks to the very depths of my being.

I share a couple of these songs with you here.

These songs are copyrighted material and are registered with the Performing Rights Society.

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Let This Teaching Find Its Place Among My People

Seedlings in various stages of growth. Let this teaching find its place among my people.

Steps to Knowledge, the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God, entered the world during a 20-day period in 1989. The New Message community has been celebrating that event in a series of webcasts called the Steps Vigil. Steps to Knowledge is 29 years old, as it were. During the Steps Vigil, we listened to portions of Steps to Knowledge in other languages.

Let this teaching find its place among my people

Steps to Knowledge is part of a much larger body of material. Marshall Vian Summers received this material over a period from 1982 to the present. The New Message from God presents itself as the latest in a series of divine revelations to humanity. This series includes the teachings of Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed. When these revelations appeared, it was not immediately clear they should be translated into the languages of the world. But people of many faiths have observed that people learn the teachings of a religion best in their own heart language. Bible translator John Wycliffe (c. 1320-1384) wrote, “it helpeth Christian men to study the Gospel in that tongue in which they know best Christ’s sentence.” Translating Steps to Knowledge into other languages is comparable to translating a small portion of the Tripitaka, or a book of the Bible, or a Surah of the Qur’an.

Let this teaching find its place among my people. There are books that are written in a given year, in a given language. People translate relatively few of them into other languages. Therefore, I take great encouragement that people have fully translated Steps to Knowledge from English into 11 different languages, including…

Furthermore, translation is in progress in 10 other languages.

It should be noted that professional translators did not create these translations. Student practitioners created these translations. People who practiced Steps to Knowledge in English, who spoke another language as their primary language. “Native speakers” of Steps to Knowledge created these translations. I have heard the testimonies of a number of these translators. Some of the translators encountered the New Message and thought to themselves, “This must be shared.” Some of the translators shared “I trusted my deepest inclinations,” as they described their path into translation. Alisa shared some of her translation experience here.

Let this teaching find its place among my people. When Steps to Knowledge was received in 1989, it was only available in the heart language of roughly 300 million people.

It is now available in the heart language of roughly 2.4 billion people. That works out to about three doublings over 29 years, or about one doubling every ten years. If we continue on the current trajectory, Steps to Knowledge should be available to most of the people of the world in their heart language in about 30 years.

Translation of Steps to Knowledge, 1989-2018 Let this teaching find its place among my people.

I hope and believe that one day, there will be a translation of Steps to Knowledge in each of the 6,909 languages of the world. I realize that may seem ambitious, but look how far we’ve come in 29 years. Let this teaching find its place among my people.

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The Golden Thread of Knowledge

The Golden Thread of Knowledge.

The Golden Thread of Knowledge

The 20-day period in commemoration of the reception of Steps to Knowledge by Marshall Vian Summers between May 26-June 14, 1989 has come to a close.

For me, it has been a time of introspection and stock-taking. It has brought up questions such as, “Where am I now?” “How do I feel?” “Where am I going?” “What do I need to know here?” “What do I need to do?” And the most important question posed by Reed on the last day of the Vigil: “What must I be doing in my life at this time?” I am being with these questions, exploring them with no sense of urgency or haste, but remembering to remain present, present to my state, present to my thoughts and emotions, present to the promptings of Knowledge within me. For Knowledge has been my unfailing guide throughout my life to date, and I see no reason to doubt it will continue to be so.

I have particularly been enjoying listening to the testimonials of students of the New Message shared during this Vigil, both those by students from afar and those shared by the students hosting the broadcasts each day. The other day I found myself imagining that I was hosting one of the Vigil broadcasts and thinking about what I might say. Here is what came to mind.

The Golden Thread of Knowledge

Greetings everyone. My name is Alisa and I am a student of the New Message from God. I have been a student since October 2012, which is when I began taking the Steps to Knowledge. I jumped right in and have never looked back since. I feel I have been on a spiritual journey all my life, but for several months before I found the New Message I had been experiencing a spiritual slump. Nothing inspired me or was moving me forward anymore. I felt as though I had “been there,” “done that,” and exhausted all of my resources. So I appealed to the Universe, beseeching, “Show me something new that will knock my socks off.” Shortly thereafter, I happened across The Great Love teaching and the name Marshall Vian Summers on Facebook. I saw the word “Knowledge” and something lit up inside.

I now understand that Knowledge has always been with me and I have been, albeit unconsciously until I found the NM, with Knowledge. I can see the Golden Thread of Knowledge running through my life.

It runs from the time I began studying Russian in secondary school in England, to my college days in San Antonio, Texas, where I continued studying Russian and was encouraged by my professor to participate in a semester study program in the Soviet Union, to coming to Moscow in 1981 and making my sacred rendezvous at the top of the escalator in a Moscow subway station, to returning to Moscow in 1990 with my young family in tow and reconnecting with my husband-to-be, to discovering I had a Russian “tongue” through my participation in Alcoholics Anonymous, and finally to finding the New Message and immediately being filled with a burning desire to translate Steps to Knowledge into Russian.

Russia may not be ready for the Steps to Knowledge yet, but my contribution in this capacity is preparing the way. That is all I can do.

The Golden Thread of Knowledge

At each of these major milestones in my life, I was never in a quandary. I never found myself weighing up the pros and cons regarding the decisions I had to make, I just made them. There was never any doubt in mind, any restraint, any fear. I was on a freedom journey and my Teachers were by my side.

I understand all this in retrospect now. I did not know it at the time. I just took a leap of faith and landed with my feet on the ground. I continue on my freedom journey with my Teachers by my side and Knowledge abiding in the sacred sanctuary within me.

I found this in a blog post titled “The Golden Thread.”

The Golden Thread of KnowledgeThere’s a thread you follow.
It goes among
things that change.
But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

— William Stafford

During the closing broadcast of the 2018 Steps Vigil, Patricia and Reed Summers had some inspiring and powerful things to share, as well as some potent teaching and practices and questions to be with. I highly recommend watching and listening to this profound broadcast.

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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.

A Clearing in the Forest: 2018 Steps Vigil

A clearing in the forest.

A clearing in the forest

The Steps Vigil is upon us once again. This year sees the 29th 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 offers 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.

The Steps Vigil is not only a time to commemorate the period in 1989 when Marshall Vian Summers received the Steps to Knowledge, but also a time to reflect on our personal journey through Steps and take stock of where we have been and where the journey ahead may lead.

A Clearing in the Forest

Reed and Patricia Summers host Day One of the Steps Vigil. Reed opens the Vigil by saying that this is a time to come back to a clearing in the forest, return to that open space within us where the reality of Knowledge abides. It is a compassionate space to which we come as we are, with all our trials and tribulations, with all our difficulties and dilemmas. Here we are who we are and we accept ourselves that way. Here we come back to the fundamental reality of Knowledge within us.

Reed asks us three questions:

  1. What do you need from this Vigil?
  2. What opportunities does this Vigil give to you?
  3. How can the Vigil take you in the direction you need to go?

At this point in my studenthood, I find myself at a crossroads, at a place of questioning and seeking. I am seeking to know a deeper truth, seeking for greater clarity and vision. So 1) I need this Vigil to show me the clear path. 2) This Vigil gives me the opportunity to take a spiritual retreat and contemplate on the depth of my commitment and dedication. 3) As I stand at this current fork in the road and scratch my head, I am looking to the Vigil to nudge me in the direction I need to go. I am taking some honest inventory and looking for signs. I am looking for prompts from Knowledge. I trust the insights I receive during this Vigil will shed light on my further journey.

A Clearing in the Forest

The highlight of this first day in the 2018 Steps Vigil was Marshall’s brief appearance. I don’t think anyone was expecting it, I know I certainly wasn’t, since Marshall has been dealing with a serious health challenge for the past couple of months and has just come through some rigorous treatment. He has demonstrated his strength and forbearance throughout his life so far, and continues to do so when faced with this new challenge. He has risen to this challenge, just as he has risen to every other challenge in his life to date. He is a worthy example to follow in every undertaking and pursuit. He shows us the meaning of Step 244. I am honored when others are strong.

“When you are strong, others are honored. When they are strong, you are honored. In this way, Knowledge affirms itself in the world, where Knowledge has been forgotten.”

This day in 1989, the first 35 Steps were received.

I invite you to join the Vigil daily at 7.00 pm Mountain Daylight Time during this 20-day period.

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This Is Clearly A Transgression

This is clearly a transgression

This is clearly a transgression
Trespassing in sacred precinct
But these words, they must be said
By someone, eventually.

I am only waiting for love to give myself up at last into his hands.
That is why it is so late and why I have left so much undone.

This is clearly a transgression.

They come with their laws and their codes,
their divisions and their jealousies,
only to surround and bind me fast.

But I evade them ever, I walk unheld and free,
for I am only waiting for love to give myself up at last into his hands.

This is clearly a transgression

To be threshed, to be made naked,
To be ground to powdery flour,
To be baked in sacred fire.

People blame me and call me heedless;
I doubt not they are right in all their blame.

This is clearly a transgression

The market day is over and work is all done for the busy.
Those who came to enlist me as a soldier in their wars go back in anger.
I am only waiting for love to give myself up at last into his hands.

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