A Time Of Validation

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The Vigil is upon us once again. This week, from January 22-28, 2016, responders to the New Message from God around the world have been joining with those gathered in the Sanctuary in Colorado to celebrate and honor this time of Revelation. For me, it has been a time of validation.

The Messenger Vigil is a time when the Messenger “holds prayer that Knowledge may emerge in the human family in time and in enough people.”

This year, the third year I have attended this Vigil, I was deeply impressed by the organization and integrity of the broadcasts. It seems that the Vigil is growing and expanding along with the New Message and Worldwide Community themselves, reflecting a growing maturity, cohesion, and unity. It expresses the purity, honesty, and truth of God’s New Revelation, as well as the sincerity of the Messenger and all those assisting him in this monumental task.

For me personally, it has been a time of validation. It is validating for me the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs I have about what is happening in the world today, what is happening to humanity today. These thoughts, feelings and beliefs have been emerging, growing and crystallizing over the past three years, and now I am feeling with ever greater and growing certainty that this is my true path, nothing else will do. There is no turning back now. I cannot ignore what I have found, I cannot deny what I have recognized, I cannot pretend that what I now know is not the truth.

A time of validation

I would like to recap briefly on each day of the Vigil and present its highlights, although there is much more to be gleaned from listening to the broadcasts all the way through.

January 22 Night One: God, Creation, The Separation and the Greater Community.

We heard the beginning of a Revelation never before revealed to the world called The Origin. It spoke fundamentally to me, clarifying and validating what I already sense to be true.

Marshall spoke at the 47 minute 30 second mark, saying that he hoped we would be able to hear and feel the things that must be heard and felt about ourselves and the world around us. He also talked about holding back, about being receptive to times when you feel you are being held back, held back from going with the masses and convention, held back from entering relationships that are ultimately not to your benefit, held back from something that looks enticing, but may not have your best interests at heart. These are the times when Knowledge is speaking to you.

I have experienced this holding back.

January 23 Night Two:How God Speaks to the World.

We listened to part of the Revelation called How God Speaks to the World.

God speaks to the individual through Knowledge.

God speaks to the world through Revelation.

God delivers Revelation through the Messenger.

God is calling you to respond

Marshall speaks at the 44 minute mark: “Those who have come into the world to be a part of a new Revelation will only respond to a new Revelation. If this is your destiny there is nothing else that will speak to you the way this speaks to you. If this is where you’re meant to find your way and to build your foundation – a new foundation in a greatly changing world – you cannot build it anywhere else. You cannot be satisfied with anything else.”

This spoke deeply to me.

January 24 Night Three: The Message and the Messenger.

The Revelation we explored on this day was called The Requirements of the Messenger. 

I was very moved while listening to the qualities the Messenger has, the qualities required of him, which he indeed possesses and manifests in his life and in his relationships. These are strength, consistency, stability, compassion, concern, clarity, humility, to name a few. As I listened to this list of qualities, I was struck by the purity and veracity of this. These are the fundamental qualities every human being should have. This is a pure example to emulate. There is no pomposity, no ambition, no loud claiming that this is the absolute truth, no glory-seeking or ulterior motives, just pure and simple stating of the way things are – walk with me, or walk a different way and see where it takes you.

January 25 Night Four:The Mission of the Messenger.

The mission of the messenger is to receive a New Revelation from God for humanity, bring the next revelations into the world and clarify the former revelations.

In a nutshell, the mission of the messenger is:

To give the revelation to humanity.

To call forth Knowledge in the human family.

To provide the preparation for the world for the Great Waves of Change and humanity’s emergence into the Greater Community.

To serve God’s plan.

Marshall said the following in response to what it means to serve God’s plan: “God’s plan is to raise humanity up so that it may survive the Great Waves of Change, so that it may be an exemplary race in the universe at the level of Knowledge.”

Marshall’s mission is not only to receive the Revelation, but to represent it and speak for it in the world. He needs support and assistance in his mission for he cannot bear the burden alone. We ask ourselves if we are ready to give this support and assistance. I know I am.

January 26 Night Five: Why the New Message Now? 

God has spoken again because of Four Fundamental crises on Earth:

Environmental – Humanity is facing Great Waves of environmental, social and economic change and upheaval that have the power to destroy human civilization.

Cosmic – Humanity is entering into the Greater Community of intelligent life in the universe and there is intervention from forces beyond our world. This is the greatest event in human history, yet humanity is unaware and unprepared.

Religious – The religions of the world have failed to find unity and are divided and in conflict with each other, generating great religious violence in the world.

Spiritual – People everywhere suffer with a spiritual poverty and a state of separation from Knowledge. At the same time, the power of the human spirit is being suppressed through economic, religious and political oppression and is unable to emerge in enough people.

Marshall’s words shared by Patricia Summers: “Service to the world is more important than your personal evolution. Your personal evolution will be furthered through your service to the world, in this you must serve people in real situations rather than ideas and beliefs alone.”

A time of validation. So we are here to serve.

January 27 Night Six: The Messenger’s Calling.

Marshall speaks at the 40 minute mark, saying, “clearly if there is a calling for you and for the world, it means you have come here to fulfill a destiny.”

Not everyone can and will respond, but if you feel a stirring, if you feel a deeper yearning for something more, something greater, some knowing that there is more to life than meets the eye, how will you respond? Will you respond? If you are called, you will know, and there will be no turning back.

January 28 Night Seven: Walking with the Messenger.

This was a resounding end to an incredible week of journeying with the Messenger and the responders around the world.

We explored the Revelation received in Malaysia on October 21, 2012 while Marshall was visiting students in that country called Walking with the Messenger.

A thought descended on me, a thought I have been thinking for several months now: Will the Messenger ever come to Russia? I wish to do everything I am able to bring the New Message to Russians. I have felt this calling from the beginning, but it builds and strengthens with each passing year. Now, in the aftermath of the Vigil, it is rising to its full height and potency. I will continue to prepare and be patient.

The 2016 Vigil has been a momentous time of validation for me. I pray that it has touched a deep chord of recognition and validation in others too.

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Volumes and Books and Chapters and Verses

Greek-New-Testament Volumes and books and chapters and versesIt is common for the source documents of many religions to be organized into smaller units to facilitate study and reference. The Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form. It has 26 chapters, with each chapter having both a number and a name. Early Christians created chapter divisions for the books of the Bible.  The ones used today were formulated in the 13th Century. The verse divisions used today were created in the 1500’s. Each of the surahs or chapters of the Quran have both names and numbers. The surahs are divided into ayahs or verses.

Volumes and books and chapters and verses

The New Message from God is following in this tradition. A major reorganization of the written works of the New Message from God is currently underway. This is part of the even larger project of compiling a final written version of the New Message from God in the lifetime of Marshall Vian Summers.

God Has Spoken Again is Volume 1, Book 1 (There are a number of other books to be released in the future which will be in Volume 1)
Greater Community Spirituality is Volume 2, Book 1.
Relationships and Higher Purpose is Volume 2, Book 2.
Steps to Knowledge is Volume 3, Book 1
Steps to Knowledge, Continuation Training is Volume 3, Book 2
Living the Way of Knowledge is Volume 3, Book 3
The Great Waves of Change is Volume 4, Book 1
Life in the Universe is Volume 4, Book 2
Wisdom from the Greater Community, Volume 1 is Volume 5, Book 1
Wisdom from the Greater Community, Volume 2 is Volume 5, Book 2
Secrets of Heaven is Volume 6, Book 1

Volumes and books and chapters and verses. One could consider the Bible as existing in two volumes (Old and New Testaments), with Volume 1 having 39 books (Genesis to Malachi) and Volume 2 having 27 books (Matthew to Revelation)

Volumes and books and chapters and verses. The book God Has Spoken Again is the first book to be released in verse form. The verses aren’t currently numbered, but they could be in the future. The existing books will be re-released in verse form in the future. Therefore, the larger vision is that each part of the New Message from God will be identifiable by volume, book, chapter and verse. For example, the portions of the revelation “The Proclamation” on which I have commented are Volume 1, Book 1, Chapter 1, Verses 1-12.

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A New Message From God? Why Is It Here?

A New Message from God? Why is it here?

This is the second post in a series of posts on the New Message from God revelation “The Proclamation.” This revelation was received by Marshall Vian Summers in July of 2006. The first post in the series is here.

A New Message from God? Why is it here?

What has been declared thus far? Just as God has spoken to humanity on certain occasions, God is speaking to humanity again. God is speaking to humanity again because humanity faces unprecedented challenges. This is the sixth paragraph.

The New Message from God is here to alert, to empower and to prepare the human family—people from all nations and religious traditions, from all tribes, groups and orientations.

[A New Message from God? Why is it here? I believe that the phrase “prepare the human family” means “prepare the human family to respond effectively to the grave and perilous set of challenges mentioned in the previous paragraph.“]

It has come at a time of great need, a time of great consequence. It is preparing people for things that have not even been recognized.

[A New Message from God? Why is it here? In my mind’s ear, I’m hearing the song “Heaven is Ten Zillion Light Years Away” by Stevie Wonder, with the lyric “But if there is a God, we need Him now.”]

It is prophetic in alerting people to the Great Waves of change that are coming to the world and to humanity’s position in the universe, especially regarding your contact with other races.

[A New Message from God? Why is it here? “The Great Waves of change” refer to an ongoing series of global-scale disruptions of what passes for normal life in the not-too-distant future, including disrupted climate, environmental degradation, declining resources, economic turmoil, involuntary human migration, wars of economic desperation, religious wars and intervention from outer space.]

It calls upon the great spiritual presence within each person—the great endowment of Knowledge that has been given to the entire human family, which must now be cultivated, strengthened and brought forth.

[A New Message from God? Why is it here? Knowledge is a key technical term in the New Message from God, and is mentioned in one form or another in almost every revelation. The book Steps to Knowledge describes this phenomenon in great detail. While Knowledge is described in many ways, Step 10 of Steps to Knowledge, “What is Knowledge?” says “Let us say that Knowledge is not the things that are usually associated with it. It is not ideas. It is not a body of information. It is not a system of belief. It is not a process of self evaluation. It is the great mystery of your life. Its outward manifestations are profound intuition, great insight, inexplicable knowing, wise perception in the present and in the future and wise understanding of the past. But despite these great achievements of mind, Knowledge is greater than this. It is your True Self, a Self that is not apart from life.”]

It speaks to the great spiritual need of the individual—the need for purpose, meaning and direction.

[A New Message from God? Why is it here? People are in the world for reasons beyond their preferences and anxieties. They are in the world to meet certain people, to give certain gifts, to accomplish certain tasks.]

It speaks to the great relationships that people can establish with one another, relationships representing their higher purpose in life.

[A New Message from God? Why is it here? Humanity’s great accomplishments have been the result of relationships representing higher purpose in life.]

It speaks to the needs of the world and the needs of the future. In so doing, it brings purpose and recognition, unity and cooperation, wisdom and strength to all who can receive it, who can learn it, who can follow its steps, who can contribute it to others and who can share its wisdom in service to other individuals, to families, to communities, to nations and to the whole world.

[A New Message from God? Why is it here? About a dozen books of the New Message from God have already been published. Some of these books address the subject of individual development, such as Steps to Knowledge and Greater Community Spirituality. Some of these books address potential futures for humanity, such as The Great Waves of Change and Life in the Universe.]

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Another Book, Not Just Another Book

GHS-front-cover Another book, not just another book.This time of the year is when the New Message from God releases a book. For example, the book Life in the Universe was released in the fall of 2012. The book Secrets of Heaven was released in the fall of 2013. In the fall of 2015, a new book is being released, God Has Spoken Again.

Another book, not just another book

This book is like the other books in that they are all comprised of material received by Marshall Vian Summers in a state of revelation.

Another book, not just another book. This book is different from the other books in that the chapters of this book were received in different times and different places. For example, Chapter 1, “The Proclamation,” was received in July of 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, while Chapter 7, “The Blessing,” was received in April of 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Another book, not just another book. In October of 2014, I wrote that efforts are being made to compile a complete written version of the New Message from God during the lifetime of its messenger, Marshall Vian Summers. This book is the first book released by the New Message from God to be released as part of the 6-volume set of teachings. This book is not Volume 1. This book is the first of seven books so far comprising Volume 1. This book is Volume 1, Book 1.

Another book, not just another book. Some people are wondering “How much do they want for this book?” The answer is “It depends.” The paper version is currently available for $14.95. An online version was made available this month at no charge at the newly-remodeled New Message from God website. Therefore, this is clearly not a money-making venture, although it wouldn’t hurt to break even.

Another book, not just another book. It is my sincere hope that this book will be read and contemplated by individuals who seek to be strong contributors to humanity.

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A Simple, Powerful Proclamation

liberty-bell A simple, powerful proclamationI conducted an experiment in the past year. I wrote a series of posts on the New Message from God revelation “The Race to Save Human Civilization.” The idea was to take a few paragraphs from this teaching in each post and consider each paragraph. I got about two-thirds of the way through the teaching before I was distracted by something unrelated. But it seemed like a good idea at the time. Therefore, I am going to do this again, but with a different revelation, one called “The Proclamation.”

A simple, powerful proclamation

“The Proclamation” was received by Marshall Vian Summers in July of 2006.

There is a New Message from God in the World.

[I believe it will become clear as we proceed, that the phrase “New Message” is meant to convey something greater than a new teaching, a new prophesy or a new explanation of existing truth. It should be noted that the capitalizations did not appear in the audio of the revelation, but were introduced in the transcription.]

It has come from the Creator of all life.

[Not just all life here, but all life throughout the universe. At this point, I recall the term “Sustainer of all the worlds.” (Surat Al-Fatiha (Sura 1) of the Quran, Muhammad Asad translation.]

It has been translated into human language and understanding through the Angelic Presence that oversees this world.

[The Christian martyr Stephen declared to his accusers that the law was given by angels. (Acts 7:53, New International Version). The apostle Paul declared that the law was given through angels (Galatians 3:19, New International Version). Muslims believe that Mohammed received the Quran from the angel Gabriel (Surat Al-Baqarah (Sura 2) of the Quran, Maulawi Sher Ali translation). In later revelations there is quite a bit of elaboration regarding the nature and activity of the Angelic Presence that oversees this world. Therefore, I consider it important, even if I don’t yet fully grasp the implication.]

It continues the great series of transmissions from the Creator that have occurred over centuries and millennia.

[Later revelations speak of the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed as what is meant by “the great series of transmissions.”]

It fulfills the former great Messages that have been given to humanity, and yet it reveals things that have never been shown to humanity before, for humanity is now facing a grave and perilous set of challenges, both within the world and from beyond the world.

[I recall Jesus saying he came not to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17, New International Version). What are the grave and perilous challenges? Destructive warfare between tribes, nations and religions. Restoring a natural world that has been degraded by our patterns of resource consumption and environmental use. Sustaining a growing population in a world of declining resources. Emerging into a greater community of intelligent life with intact sovereignty and freedom. There are a great many more things that could be said about these simple, powerful words. But for now, I am content to share this portion of a simple, powerful proclamation.]

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I Confess To A Mysterious World

cordiform-world I confess to a mysterious world.This blog has been in existence since October 2012. But it has occurred to me that many people might be visiting for the first time, and wondering what this is all about.

I confess to a mysterious world

I testify that there is a beautiful thing in the world at this moment. This beautiful thing is called The New Message from God.

How long has it been here, you ask? It has been in the world in one form or another, since 1982. The name “New Message from God” for this body of material emerged gradually between the years 2006 and 2010.

How did it get here? It came through a man named Marshall Vian Summers. I have met him on multiple occasions, the last one being in October of 2014.

Why is it here? There are multiple answers to this. I believe many people, grieved over the things done in the name of their faith, have prayed for a remedy. The New Message from God teaches that humanity faces unprecedented challenges, and therefore God has spoken again. There is a God, and we need Him now.

What form is it in? It exists in a large number of individual revelations. Some of these revelations are available at the New Message from God website. They can be read, and the voice of revelation which speaks through Marshall Vian Summers can be heard. It also exists in a number of books such as Steps to Knowledge, The Great Waves of Change, and Life in the Universe.

What does it teach? It teaches individuals to access the source of inner power and authority, which is styled “Knowledge.” It teaches humanity that it must unite. It teaches humanity that it must alter its patterns of consumption and environmental use. It teaches that humanity must prepare to emerge into a greater community of intelligent life.

I realize that this is not something one encounters everyday. I confess to a mysterious world. I believe that the New Message from God could greatly assist the human family in the days and years to come.

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Unexpected? Maybe, But Consistent

The-Steps-Vigil-2015-1024x535 Unexpected? Maybe, but consistentAlisa shared some remarks of Marshall Vian Summers at the recent 2015 Steps Vigil of the New Message from God. The Steps Vigil commemorates the 20-day period in 1989 when the book Steps to Knowledge was received by Marshall Vian Summers. The Steps Vigil could be construed as a celebration of the birthday of Steps to Knowledge, as it were. Marshall said these words on the Day 11 webcast of the Steps Vigil, around the 42:55 mark

Unexpected? Maybe, but consistent

“I’d like to say a few words about Steps to Knowledge tonight — why it is here, what it means and what it’s intended to do for all who can study it. First of all, Steps to Knowledge is an ancient teaching that has been used in the universe in many places. What we are receiving now is the version of Steps to Knowledge designed for the human family, designed for our temperament, our world, our potential, our crises, our general condition.”

I don’t blame you if you receive these words with a certain skepticism or incredulity. In fact, if you didn’t, you may not be fully paying attention. You might be asking “On what basis does he make this claim that Steps to Knowledge is an ancient teaching?” One answer is “On the basis of the text of Steps to Knowledge.” Specifically, Step 170 of Steps to Knowledge, “I am following the Ancient Rite of preparation today.” Here is a paragraph from that step.

“This preparation that you are undertaking is ancient in its origin. It has been used for centuries, in this world and in other worlds as well. It is only adapted in its language and in its relevancy to your current time, yet it prepares the mind in the way that minds have always been prepared in The Way of Knowledge, for Knowledge does not change and the preparations only adapt themselves to current events and current understanding so that they may be relevant for the recipients. Yet, the true mechanism for preparation is unchanged.”

Therefore, what Marshall is sharing is something that has been claimed by Steps to Knowledge from its arrival in 1989. Therefore, one could think of Steps to Knowledge as “The Ancient Rite of preparation, Earth Version.” Or “The Ancient Rite of preparation, Humanity Version.” Unexpected? Maybe, but consistent.

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This Mysterious Arithmetic

Addressing small details. This mysterious arithmetic.There is something I find curious about Steps to Knowledge, the book of spiritual practice of the New Message from God. It is the relative lack of explicit connections made between the various steps. There is a particular instance I’m considering.

This mysterious arithmetic

Step 192 (out of 365 steps) of Steps to Knowledge is “I will not neglect small things today.” Based on the context, I consider “small things” to mean “things which promote health, relationships and work.”

Much later in Steps to Knowledge, Step 312 says “There are greater problems for me to solve in the world.” The idea is that in the process of solving greater problems, the small, pathetic, personal problems over which I am obsessing will either be addressed or rendered irrelevant.

But it seemed to me to be particularly useful to put Steps 192 and 312 together, yielding “I will not neglect small things today, because there are greater problems for me to solve in the world.” This could be considered simple concatenation. This could be considered as simple addition, “putting two and two together.” This could be considered as the construction of a conditional. “If there are greater problems for me to solve in the world, then I will not neglect small things today.” I find this helpful, because in the past, I believed there were greater problems for me to solve in the world. But because of that belief, I neglected small things to my detriment.

I take great comfort and encouragement in the connection of Step 192 and Step 312. From time to time I wonder, “How is what I’m doing now going to turn out any differently from what I’ve done in the past?” One answer I have for this is “Because in the past, I hadn’t considered Step 192.” I hadn’t considered that addressing small things was part of the price of admission, as it were, for working on solving greater problems.

Marshall Vian Summers recently said this as part of the 2015 Steps Vigil:

“It [Steps to Knowledge] is a gift from the Creator of all life through the Angelic Assembly. It is being presented in a pure form as it was received. It has a series of steps that work both practically and mysteriously to re-engage you with the deeper intelligence that God has put within you which alone holds the truth about who you are and why you’re here in the world at this time, and what you’re here to achieve.”

Marshall says the Steps to Knowledge work practically. I believe he’s referring to the numerous steps that help people to slowly back away from damaging mental and emotional patterns, such as judgment, blame, assumption, etc. Perhaps this mysterious arithmetic of putting together Step 192 and Step 312, putting together addressing small things with solving greater problems, is one thing he means when he says the Steps work mysteriously.

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Beyond Your Ideas and Beliefs

Beyond your ideas and beliefs

The ability to reach beyond your ideas and beliefs requires an open mind, a hefty helping of flexibility and, paradoxically, some skepticism. At least, this is the way I see it. And I am totally open to this not being the way many, perhaps most, people see it. But really, does this matter, when all is said and done? The main thing for me, the clincher in fact, is whether or not it strikes a chord deep inside, a bell of recognition, a spark of memory, something elusive but very real. If this is something you have experienced, you will know what I am talking about.

One of the revelations in the New Message from God is called “The Engagement.” It was revealed to Marshall Vian Summers on April 16, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado.

It opens with the following sentence:

“The Higher Authority is speaking to you now, speaking through the Angelic Presence, speaking to a part of you that is the very center and source of your Being, speaking beyond your social conditioning, beyond your ideas and beliefs and the ideas and beliefs of your culture and even your religion.”

The very words and concepts used here may be beyond your ideas and beliefs. The very notion of a New Message from God may be beyond your ideas and beliefs. The very possibility that God has spoken again and spoken through a Messenger for these times and future times may be beyond your ideas and beliefs. I know it is often beyond mine, but I hear that chord, that bell struck, I sense that spark of memory, I recognize the calling to engage that echoes down the ancient corridors of my mind.

The revelation goes on to say:

“People want many things. They have great fears. Many people have firm beliefs. But the Higher Authority speaks beyond these things to all who can see and hear and who can respond at a deeper level.”

“Many people have firm beliefs…” yes, indeed, but are they true? I prefer not to have any firm beliefs, I prefer to reach beyond my ideas and beliefs to embrace that elusive essence that lies at a deeper level. I do not need proof, I only feel something move and resonate within me.

“Within the New Message from God, the Engagement refers to your engagement with your Spiritual Family, with the Presence, with Knowledge, and ultimately with God,” I read in The New Message from God Wiki.

Beyond your ideas and beliefs

How do I engage with these things? How do I embrace that elusive essence that lies at a deeper level?

My Step today in the spiritual practice called “Steps to Knowledge” is Step 333. “There is a presence with me. I can feel it.” I am on this step the second time around, and to tell you the truth, I am doing anything but feeling this presence today. But I discover that this is okay. It is okay to be skeptical. I find confirmation of this in the blog of another Steps student who shares his journaling on Step 189. My Spiritual Family exists in all places.

A different Step, a different day’s practice, but do you see the connection? I, personally, see the connection with Step 333 I am practicing today. I see the connection with the reference I gave about the word “engagement” as it is used in the New Message from God. And I love these synchronicities. This is the beauty of this spiritual practice, everything intertwines and blends. This gives me confidence, this eases my skepticism, this shows me that beyond my ideas and beliefs, a whole vista of enticing possibilities opens up.

Beyond your ideas and beliefs

One of my favorite authors is Amy Tan. I have read many of her books. Today I just finished reading Saving Fish from Drowning. I will not give a plot summary here, you can look at the link for that. I will only quote the last paragraph:

“I now know what’s beyond here. My friends once had a glimpse of it. It was in the breath that lifted a hundred emerald beetles. It was in the echoes that followed each beat of the drum. It was in the absolute stillness when all minds were one. I can’t say more than that, for it should remain a mystery, one that never ends.”

When you reach beyond your ideas and beliefs, you just may find the very thing you have been wishing to engage with all along. For me it is an echo that reverberates throughout the Universe and joins all awakened minds in recognition of the truth.

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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.

Should You Be Alarmed? Or Just Alerted?

shrinking-well-small-295x300 Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted?The New Message from God includes a series of teachings called the Great Waves of Change.

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted?

What are the Great Waves of Change? Difficult times in the near future, wrenching adjustments that humanity faces as a result of its behavior.

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted? What kind of wrenching adjustments? A set of wrenching adjustments including, but not limited to warmer global climate, environmental collapse, a loss of arable land, economic collapse, involuntary mass human migrations, wars of desperation and …(taking a breath) religious conflicts.

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted? And when are these wrenching adjustments taking place? No particular dates have been given. However, Marshall Vian Summers, messenger of the New Message from God, has remarked from time to time that humanity is in the foothills of the Great Waves of Change. While it was a mixing of metaphors, it gave a particular image, because these remarks were usually made in the city of Boulder, Colorado, to people living in Boulder. Boulder is a city in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted? I realize that it might be easy at this point to construe Marshall Vian Summers as yet another voice in a great chorus of doommongers. But some things have happened this year about which I have wondered. I share those things with you now.

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted?

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted? The city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a metropolitan area of some 20 million inhabitants, faced rationing of drinking water. This got my attention because Sao Paulo is Portuguese for St. Paul, and I live in St. Paul, Minnesota. The story was mostly ignored by American media, gaining only mentions in passing. A student of the New Message who lives not too far from Sao Paolo writes:

Many areas inside Sao Paulo city, and many other cities in the Sao Paulo state, and many regions of near states are rationing. Mega public works being announced and started, but these things take time and most of them are not really thought through. Around November/December summer starts and it’s going to begin another cycle of peak usage. I see each year getting harder and harder, with possibility of upheaval here and there along the way, such as occurred last year in the city of Itu, Sao Paulo.”

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted?Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted? An article in Water Resources Journal recently declared that water levels in 21 of 37 major aquifers (underground bodies of water) around the world are declining. Ground water is being used faster than it is being replenished.

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted?Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted? One of those aquifers measured in the above article is the one for the Central Valley of California. Victor Davis Hanson is both a historian and a Central Valley farmer. He paints the following picture:

“Domestic and agricultural wells are going dry all over Central California, especially in the corridors south of Fresno to the Grapevine, along the Sierra Nevada foothills, and out west of the 99 Freeway — anywhere there is not a deep aquifer. I have never seen anything quite like this water madness in 60 years, as families scrimp and borrow to drill, or simply move to town to take advantage of municipal wells. I have developed a habit as I drive to work to Stanford of counting the abandoned homes I see west of Highway 41 (sort of like counting those who sit in Wal-Mart not to shop, but to enjoy the air conditioning they cannot afford). The number increases each week. Retired couples — or families in general — apparently do not have tens of thousands of dollars to drill a deeper well, especially given the uncertainty of how fast the dropping water table will soon make their investment superfluous. Without water, there is nothing.

Some dry farmland is turning into vacant parcels. Many rural homes must have potable water trucked in. Hispanics who recently immigrated to California and bought or rented older homes with shallow wells in these areas of the valley countryside have no money to drill deeper $30,000 domestic wells. Nor do many poor whites, who often live in isolated communities in the foothills. Who has the capital to gamble on finding scarce water in dicey granite seams? There is no water in the reservoirs left to recharge the water table or to fill canals that can be tapped for domestic use.”

Should you be alarmed? Or just alerted? Who knows, maybe the “hydric collapse” of Sao Paulo was only a momentary glitch. But what if it isn’t? Who knows, maybe the NASA scientists are mistaken about the state and trend of the world’s aquifers. But what if they aren’t? Who knows, maybe the rain and snow that hasn’t come to the Central Valley for the past four years will come this year. But what if it doesn’t?

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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.