The Heart Of A Finisher, What’s It Like?

At the 2014 Encampment of the New Message from God, Patricia Summers, the wife of Marshall Vian Summers, asked a question. She asked, “What are the ingredients of someone who has what it takes?” In the four years in which I have been engaging with the New Message, I have lost count of the number of times Patricia has asked this question in one form or another.

The heart of a finisher

I understand her to mean, “Who has the capabilities to faithfully serve a great cause?” “Who can calmly consider tasks orders of magnitude beyond their current capabilities?” “Who can live a meaningful life while preserving their vitality?” “Who can represent a purposeful life in a world which rejects the very idea of purpose?”

These questions are hardly idle speculation. There have been many people over the years who have recognized the benefit that this body of material would bring to the world. There have also been many people over the years who, for whatever reason, could not bring forth or keep what was required to stay with it. It requires a certain intellectual, a certain imaginative, a certain intestinal fortitude to engage with this material. How is it developed? How is it maintained?

On Day 4 of the Encampment, some answers were offered to those questions in the form of short phrases.

Tempered competence. The sentence in which this phrase occurred was, “We don’t need idealism, we need tempered competence.” The context suggests “stable-tempered competence.” Many idealistic individuals have come and gone over the history of the New Message. While these individuals have made many excellent contributions, they aren’t making any contributions now. The heart of a finisher gives of itself today, and the next day, and the next day…

A life fueled from heaven. The context suggests developing the strength to do things other than what I would do, to develop capabilities other than what I would develop. The heart of a finisher can keep from indulging its preferences.

Reckonings – facing one’s self. There are things inside me that have kept me from working successfully with other respondents. The heart of a finisher can take an inventory of its emotions, its thought life, its imagination?

Verication. Verication is a New Message practice of moving toward greater certainty regarding some idea or action with the help of other people. The word was first used in the book Greater Community Spirituality. The heart of a finisher sings in an ensemble with many other hearts.

Secret room explorations. What is the secret room? A place in a person where confusion, ambition, shame, etc. are not only tolerated but maintained. I consider the idea of the secret room to be very sympathetic to Carl Jung’s idea of the shadow. The heart of a finisher is unafraid to face that shadow.

Simple pleasures. It seems to be part of this long journey to cultivate things I enjoy, and can enjoy in moderation, for no other reason than that I enjoy them. The heart of a finisher can enjoy simple pleasures.

If someone were to ask me, “What is the heart of a finisher like?” I don’t believe I would have offered the above list. But there it is. I pray that I would have the heart of a finisher.

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The Message Is In Sync With The Times

the message is in sync with the times

There is a New Message in the world, because the Message is in sync with the times.

On September 10, 2014, the Messenger, Marshall Vian Summers, was called to receive another revelation called “Poverty.”

This is the third time the Messenger has been summoned to receive a revelation this month. On September 3, 2014 he received “The Messenger’s Calling,”  and on September 8 he was called to receive “Grace.”

One of the questions to be explored in the current session of the Free School of the New Message from God “The Message and the Messenger” is: Why is the New Message here now?

My answer to that question is because the Message is in sync with the times.

It addresses the needs of the world today as it is caught in the grips of profound and devastating changes.

Patricia Summers says at the end of her account of Marshall receiving “Poverty:”

It seems that through the Messenger, the New Message Revelation is intent on speaking to both the visible and the invisible poverty that is present everywhere around us. And that is why the Messenger is being called to many places of need in the world.

Today the world has a refugee problem as never before. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee in order to escape the death and destruction being wrought in their homelands. The glaring examples are Syria and Ukraine.

The Message is in sync with the times

I am incompetent to fathom the workings of the world. Why do some people suffer poverty, destitution, devastation and debilitation, while others live in safety, comfort and plenty?

Some of the Steps in Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing address this issue. In particular, Step 158, I am rich so I can giveStep 159. The poor cannot give. I am not poor, and Step 160. The world is poor, but I am not.

Step 158 says:

You are rich and you can give. You possess a wealth of Knowledge already, and this is the greatest possible gift.

I say: I affirm my wealth today!

Step 159 says:

The poor cannot give, for they are destitute. They are required to receive. You are not destitute, for the gift of Knowledge is with you. … You will have exactly what you need, and the world will not burden you with its deprivation or its excesses. Thus, everything will have perfect balance.

My notes for this Step say: I truly resonate with this concept of having exactly what I need and in the right amount. This has been my experience so far in life and I have not been burdened with deprivation or excess. Everything is in perfect balance.

Step 160 says:

The world is poor, but you are not poor. Regardless of your circumstances, this is true because you are reclaiming the wealth of Knowledge. Understand, then, the meaning of impoverishment. Understand, then, the meaning of wealth.

My notes say: Material values do not count, spiritual values are what count, and they provide a different wealth, an inner wealth, a wealth that comes from Knowledge and knowing that all shall be provided in just the right amount.

So what does this mean? Knowledge is the treasure-trove that contains the wealth needed to escape the devastation and destitution of poverty in the world? If I am diligent in my reclamation of Knowledge, I will reap rich benefits and will not suffer? I will be free to give the gifts I have received? Can it really be that simple?

There is part of me that believes we choose our own destinies. Those who live in poverty now have chosen that way of life to learn. This may seem ludicrous to some, who would choose to be poor? Who would choose hardship and deprivation? I cannot provide any answers, I am only sharing what I feel.

In my experience, following the Steps to Knowledge and possessing the wealth of Knowledge provides me with many advantages and rich opportunities. My wish for the world is that those living in poverty and destitution receive the light of Knowledge. The Message is in sync with the times and its wisdom can be reaped by all.

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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.