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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Я принадлежу этому миру.

Я принадлежу этому миру.

Я принадлежу этому миру

Амина, ученица Нового Послания, пишет о своем опыте следования по Пути Знанию на русском и английском языке.

“Я помню, как несколько лет назад я нашла Новое Послание от Бога, насколько я была счастлива и насколько одновременно я сопротивлялась этому Посланию; помню, как я раньше сопротивлялась Шагам, как я злилась на них … и тем не менее у меня внутри было такое сильное чувство “должна, надо, необходимо” , что я продолжала “делать Шаги”. Да, я попыталась убежать один раз и заняться чем-то другим, но что-то потянуло меня обратно к Шагам. Я знала, что должна вернуться и выбрать “то, что выбрало меня”.

Я думаю, что следование Шагам в течение последних полтора года было самым трудным и самым замечательным временем моей жизни. Теперь я знаю, что не иметь выбора – это благословение . Во внешней жизни ничего грандиозного не произошло и не изменилось, хотя есть тот факт, что с 90% людей из моего прошлого я больше не общаюсь, и все это произошло естественно, и я довольна этим. Но внутри что-то изменилось во мне, я не тот человек, которого я знала раньше, не уверена, что именно изменилось, я могу только догадываться сейчас, но я чувствую себя по-другому. Но мне больше нравится это новое “Я”; я думаю, что у нее есть немного больше любви к себе и она больше умеет прощать себя, она понимает и осознает себя и других лучше, и, самое главное, она становится более честной с собой и с другими. Еще это чувство во мне появилось, что моя жизнь имеет какой-то смысл, что моя жизнь имеет какое-то направление, – последнее все еще медленно растет.

Я принадлежу этому миру.

И самое главное, что изменилось для меня, это то, что сейчас впервые в жизни я чувствую, что наконец-то нашла то, что искала всю свою жизнь. Наконец-то, я знаю, что я принадлежу этому миру, я принадлежу чему-то в этом мире, не так уж я и отличаюсь от других, и мне больше не нужно притворяться кем-то еще, чтобы вписаться в общество и получить одобрение. Какое облегчение. И какое облегчение понять, что солнце движется не только вокруг меня, что кому-то где-то я нужна, и я должна продолжать … Теперь я с нетерпением жду своих Шагов каждый день”.

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“I remember how I found the New Message a couple years ago, how happy I was and how I struggled with it at the same time, how I used to resist the Steps at the beginning, how I used to get angry at them…and nevertheless there was such a strong feeling of “must” that I continued. Yes, I did try to run away once and do something else, but something kept pulling me back again. I knew I had to come back and choose “what had chosen me.”

“I think the past year-and-a-half of doing the Steps has been the most difficult and the most wonderful time of my life. Now I know it is a blessing not to have a choice. In tangible ways nothing much has changed, except the fact that 90% of the people from my past are not in my life anymore and it all happened naturally, and I am happy about that. But inside something changed in me, I am not that person I knew before, not sure what exactly, I can only guess right now, but I feel different to myself. But I like this new person more, I am thinking she has a bit more self-love and more self-forgiveness, and she is more self-aware and aware of others, and most importantly she is getting more honest with herself and others.

“Now there is a feeling in me that my life has some meaning and a certain sense of direction, that is still growing slowly. And the most important thing that has changed for me is that now, for the first time in my life, I feel I have finally found what I had been searching for all my life. Finally I know I belong here, I belong to something in this world, I am not that different, and I do not have to pretend anymore I am someone else just to fit in and get approval. What a relief. And what a relief to realize that it is not always about me, I am needed somewhere and I must continue…Now I look forward to my Steps every day.”

Find the full version of “Steps to Knowledge” here.

 

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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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Золотая Нить Знания – Мой Внутренний Компас

Золотая Нить Знания.

Золотая Нить

Празднование 29-ой годовщины “Шагов к Знанию” пришло к концу. Я сумела присутствовать в реальном времени в течение всего 20-дневного периода этого события, передачи которого транслировались каждое утро в 4.00 по московскому времени. Для меня это было время размышления и самооценки.

Я задавала себе следующие вопросы: “Где я?” “Как я себя чувствую?” “Куда я иду?” “Что я должна знать [в определённой ситуации]?” “Что я должна сделать?” И самый важный вопрос: “Что я должна делать в своей жизни в это время?” Я размышляю над этими вопросами, без спешки, а пребывая в “здесь и сейчас”, прислушиваясь к своим мыслям и эмоциям, к побуждениям Знания внутри себя. Ведь Знание сопровождает меня всю свою жизнь, и я не вижу оснований сомневаться, что так и будет всегда.

Во время празднования “Шагов к Знанию”, многие откликнувшиеся поделились своими историями. Я тоже подумала о том, чем я бы поделилась.

Золотая Нить Знания

Приветствую всех. Меня зовут Алиса и я – ученица Нового Послания от Бога. Я учусь с октября 2012г., когда я начала практиковать Шаги к Знанию. Я сразу занялась вплотную и с тех пор никогда не жалела о принятом решении. Я всю жизнь, как мне видится, была в поиске некой духовной истины. А так случилось, что в течение нескольких месяцев, прежде чем я нашла Новое Послание, я пережила резкий духовный спад. Ничего меня не вдохновило или импонировало. Я вроде всё перепробовала и исчерпала все свои ресурсы. Я зашла в тупик. Тогда я обратилась к Вселенной с просьбой, “Покажи меня что-то новое, сногсшибательное”. Вскоре после этого я увидела название учения “Великая Любовь” и имя Маршалл Виан Саммерс на Файсбуке. Я увидела слово “Знание” с большой буквой и что-то пошевелилось внутри.

Я теперь понимаю, что Знание всегда было со мной, и я была со Знанием, хотя несознательно. Я вижу Золотую Нить Знания, пробегающего через всю мою жизнь.

Золотая Нить Знания

Она проходит со времени, когда я начала изучать русский язык в средней школе в Англии, до того времени, когда я училась в университете в Сан-Антонио, Техас, где я продолжала изучать русский язык и моя преподавательница подтолкнула меня к тому, чтобы участвовать в учебной программе в Советском Союзе, до моего прибытия в Москву в 1981г. и судьбоносной встречи с любимом человеком в одной из станции Московского метро, до моего возвращения в Москву в 1990г. вместе с американском мужем и двумя маленькими дочками и воссоединения с моим русским возлюбленном, до обнаружению того, благодаря моего пребывания в Анонимных Алкоголиках, что умею писать и общаться на русском, и наконец до того момента, когда я нашла Новое Послание от Бога и тут же загорела желанием перевести “Шаги к Знанию” на русский язык.

Россия, кажется, еще не готова принять Шаги к Знанию, но мой вклад, вместе с другими русскими переводчиками, прокладывает путь для этого принятия в будущем, может быть… И это все, что я могу сделать на данный момент.

Вдобавок, я хочу сказать, что каждый раз, когда я стояла перед важным решением, я никогда не колебалась. Не взвешивала “про и контра”. Я не сомневалась в правильности принятого решения. Знание пребывало с мной и вело меня в нужном направлении. Я совершила прыжок в неизвестность и удачно приземлилась.

Я это теперь понимаю задним умом. Я не знала это в то время. Но теперь я вижу, что золотая нить Знания провожала и продолжает проводить меня по жизни.

Золотая Нить

тонкая, как мысль
золотая Нить
глубоко звенит
внутри
Звуком белым
порождает Жизнь
золотая нить
глубоко звенит
нежно светит
чужое, темное
злое
от нас отсекает
как узнать ее?
слушай САМ
и узнаешь!
тонкая, как мысль
золотая Нить
глубоко звенит
внутри
Звуком белым.
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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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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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This Might Be Even Worse Than Lark’s Vomit

This tasty dollop of inspired lunacy by Monty Python’s Flying Circus was originally titled “Trade Description Act.” I surmised from this sketch that there were unfortunate people who actually purchased Mr. Milton’s violently nasty chocolates.

Milton: It says ‘crunchy frog’ quite clearly.

[Officer] Praline: Well, the superintendent thought it was an almond whirl. People won’t expect there to be a frog in there. They’re bound to think it’s some form of mock frog.

Milton: (insulted) Mock frog? We use no artificial preservatives or additives of any kind!

Praline: Nevertheless, I must warn you that in future you should delete the words ‘crunchy frog’, and replace them with the legend ‘crunchy raw unboned real dead frog’, if you want to avoid prosecution.

Milton: What about our sales?!?

I also surmised that the success of the Whizzo business model was predicated on keeping the public unaware of the disgusting ingredients involved.

Praline: I’m not interested in your sales, I have to protect the general public. Now how about this one. (superintendent enters) It was number five, wasn’t it? (superintendent nods) Number five, ram’s bladder cup. (exit superintendent) What kind of confection is this?

Milton: We use choicest juicy chunks of fresh Cornish ram’s bladder, emptied, steamed, flavored with sesame seeds whipped into a fondue and garnished with lark’s vomit.

Praline: Lark’s vomit?

Milton: Correct.

Praline: Well it don’t say nothing about that here.

Milton: Oh yes it does, on the bottom of the box, after monosodium glutamate.

Praline: (looking) Well I hardly think this is good enough. I think it would be more appropriate if the box bore a large red label warning lark’s vomit.

Milton: Our sales would plummet!

This might be even worse than lark’s vomit

The reason I mention this sketch is that I recently had a thought that I never thought before. It is a thought related to the labeling of food. For most people, most thoughts are recycled re-runs. But every so often a new thought emerges. What makes this happen? Steps to Knowledge, the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God, offers an explanation for this phenomenon:

“Your Teachers are with you. They are not speaking to you except on very rare occasions, and then only if you are capable of hearing. From time to time they will send their thoughts into your mind, and you will experience this as your own spark of inspiration.” (Step 129, “My Teachers are with me. I will be with them.”)

(For more about the Teachers, please consider this or this.)

I was in my local grocery store, looking at the varieties of canned tuna. I noticed one of the brands of sustainably caught tuna. As I looked at the can, I noticed that the words “sustainably caught” were in tiny white letters.

Wild Planet tuna. This might be even worse than lark's vomit.They might have been smaller letters than those of the words “lark’s vomit” on the offensive box of chocolates. It then occurred to me that any brand of tuna that is not sustainably caught, must be unsustainably caught. Stein’s Law inescapably states, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

One day, there might not be any more tuna to catch, sustainably or otherwise. The thought that I had that I never thought before was placing a warning label in large red letters on unsustainably caught tuna. Much in the same way as the Whizzo Quality Assortment should have a large red label warning of lark’s vomit. On further review, this might be even worse than lark’s vomit.

Warning label for unsustainably caught tuna. This might be even worse than lark's vomit.

I’m not expecting this warning to appear on unsustainably caught tuna anytime soon, but maybe it should. The New Message from God encourages people to reduce their energy consumption to avoid depletion and ruin. One day, humanity will consider unsustainable practices as unacceptable as frog bones or lark’s vomit in chocolates. Who knows, this might be even worse than lark’s vomit.

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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.