Mysterious But Eminently Practical

Mysterious but eminently practical

This is another in a series of posts containing my Amazon reviews of the books of the New Message from God. The books I have reviewed so far are:

The Great Waves of Change (Volume 5, Book 3)
Steps to Knowledge (Volume 3, Book 1)
Life in the Universe (Volume 5, Book 2)
God Has Spoken Again (Volume 1, Book 1)
The One God (Volume 1, Book 2)
The New Messenger (Volume 1, Book 3)

This is a review of the the book Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book One. It is now Volume 6, Book 1 of the New Message from God. I am adding commentary in brackets.

Mysterious but eminently practical

Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book One is the first book to be published of the teachings of Marshall Vian Summers. It is the first book of what would only much later come to be known as the New Message from God. In the late 1980’s, Marshall Summers traveled around the United States, channeling teachings with small groups of curious individuals. The enthusiasm of the response led to the publication of this book in the early 1990’s. It is as if the source of these teachings “wished” to establish a certain credibility, by addressing important aspects of the human experience.

[In the time period that these teachings emerged, one thing they were called is “The Greater Community Way of Knowledge.” The name “New Message from God” did not emerge until the mid 00’s. It is documented where each teaching emerged.]

There are 35 chapters in this book. None of them are particularly long. They don’t have to be read in chapter order to gain the benefit. This book takes something of an oblique approach, in that it speaks of the necessary aspects of some seemingly mysterious things, such as humanity’s emergence into a “Greater Community” of intelligent life. It addresses important subjects, but there is a connection with relatively unknown subjects, most notably the development of “Knowledge” in the individual. All of the chapters in this book were received before the book “Steps to Knowledge” in May-June 1989. These chapters could therefore be thought of as how Knowledge, the deeper spiritual intelligence that God has placed in every individual in every world, could be applied to the human experience. The reader has a good chance of reading things they have never read before. Therefore, it is important to approach this book with an open mind and heart, so that it can reveal its wisdom.

[Here are the chapters in this book

Chapter 1: The Greater Religion
Chapter 2: Relationships and Sexuality
Chapter 3: Greater Community
Chapter 4: Trust
Chapter 5: Marriage
Chapter 6: Health
Chapter 7: Freedom
Chapter 8: Preparing for the Future
Chapter 9: Spiritual Truths
Chapter 10: Service in the World
Chapter 11: Power and Responsibility
Chapter 12: Love
Chapter 13: Spiritual Community
Chapter 14: World Evolution
Chapter 15: Giving I
Chapter 16: Giving II
Chapter 17: Mastery
Chapter 18: Higher Education
Chapter 19: Fulfillment
Chapter 20: Inner Listening
Chapter 21: Enduring Happiness
Chapter 22: Escaping Suffering
Chapter 23: Forgiveness
Chapter 24: Happiness in the World
Chapter 25: Escaping Fear
Chapter 26: Stillness
Chapter 27: Disappointment
Chapter 28: Using Power for Good
Chapter 29: Faith and Fear
Chapter 30: Perception
Chapter 31: Healing
Chapter 32: Achievement
Chapter 33: Provoking Change
Chapter 34: Religion as Education
Chapter 35: Achieving Peace]

One minor technical note is that when the book was first published, it was called “Wisdom from the Greater Community, Volume 1.” In later publications, it will be known as “Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book 1” This is because this book is Book 1 of Volume 6 of the New Message from God, and it was awkward to use the word volume to refer to a book in a volume with multiple books.

[Mysterious but eminently practical. If you wished to investigate the New Message from God to see if it is something for you to follow, this would be an excellent book to read.]

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! We are students and advocates of the the New Message from God. We are members of a worldwide community. We seek to assist the world in successfully navigating difficult times ahead. We seek to assist the world in successfully emerging into a greater community of intelligent life. You will also find some poetry. Find out more about us here. Contact us here.

The Messenger Is In The World

The Messenger is in the world
Penn’s Treaty with the Indians by Benjamin West, with the opening sentences from “The Will of Heaven,” Chapter 1 of “The New Messenger”

In October of 2016, I mentioned the publication of the book “The New Messenger,” a book of the New Message from God. I didn’t share too much of it at the time. This is another post in a series of Amazon reviews of the books of the New Message from God. I am adding additional material [in brackets]. I realize I hold a minority opinion, but I dare to declare that the Messenger is in the world.

The Messenger is in the world.

The Messenger is in the world
The opening sentence of the revelation “The Lineage of the Messenger,” Chapter 3 of the book “The New Messenger”

Marshall Vian Summers has been receiving material from 1983 to the present. This book is a collection of 13 revelations received between 2009 and 2014. Most of them were received in Colorado. One was received in Damascus, Syria, and one was received in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Messenger is in the world
The opening sentence of the revelation “The Story of the Messenger,” Chapter 4 of the book “The New Messenger”

[The New Messenger is Book 3 of Volume 1 of the New Message from God. There are currently six published books in Volume 1. Those books are God Has Spoken AgainThe One GodThe New MessengerThe Greater CommunityThe Power of Knowledge and The Journey To A New LifeThe New World and The Pure Religion are forthcoming books in Volume 1. I have written about God Has Spoken Again here. I have written about The One God here.]

The opening sentence of the revelation “The Requirements of the Messenger,” Chapter 5 in the book “The New Messenger”

This book paints a picture of God working in human history through sending Messages (Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and what is now known as the New Message from God). These Messages are not merely bodies of information, but a new reality. A Message from God doesn’t arrive like a letter in the mail. A Messenger (Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Marshall Vian Summers) is selected to come into the world from the Angelic Assembly. For a certain amount of time, these Messengers seem like relatively ordinary people. But a certain unseen preparation is taking place.

The opening sentence of “The Veil of the Messenger,” Chapter 6 of the book “The New Messenger”

[The chapter “The Veil of the Messenger” speaks of the seemingly ordinary appearance of a Messenger. The chapter “The Requirements of the Messenger” speaks of the preparation given to Marshall Vian Summers in his childhood and early adult life.]

The opening sentence of the revelation “Facing the Light of Revelation,” Chapter 8 in the book “The New Messenger”

Then a moment of initiation takes place, and a new life begins. These Messengers have the task of receiving, demonstrating and proclaiming their Messages. Some people respond with rejection and ridicule, for various reasons. Others respond with interest and resonance. Eventually the Messenger leaves the world, and God waits until the next time a Message must be sent.

The opening sentence of the revelation “The Journey of the Messenger,” Chapter 9 of the book “The New Messenger”

What does this Messenger bring to you? A Message teaching to how to navigate difficult times ahead. A Message teaching how to serve a troubled, reckless, adolescent, destructive world. A Message teaching that humanity faces its greatest trial, and its greatest opportunity. A Message proclaiming purpose, meaning and direction for the individual. A Message speaking of humanity’s preparation for a future in a greater community of intelligent life. This Messenger brings his demonstration of his Message. He offers no miracles or dispensations besides his Message.

The opening sentence of the revelation “The Consequence of Revelation,” Chapter 11 of the book “The New Messenger”

What does this Messenger ask of you? He asks for your recognition and engagement with his Message. It is a large body of material. He asks for your recognition of him as the Messenger. He asks you not to ascribe miraculous powers to him. While he is in the world, he asks for your engagement with him, as part of his Message is his demonstration. He asks for you to hear and respond to his proclamation of his Message. He asks you to benefit from the wisdom he has to share.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! We are students and advocates of the the New Message from God. We are members of a worldwide community. We seek to assist the world in successfully navigating difficult times ahead. We seek to assist the world in successfully emerging into a greater community of intelligent life. You will also find some poetry. Find out more about us here. Contact us here.

What Kind Of God Are We Talking About?

What kind of God are we talking about?
The first sentence of “Comprehending God,” Chapter 1 in the book “The One God”

In October of 2016, I mentioned the publication of the book “The One God,” a book of the New Message from God. I didn’t share too much of it at the time. This is another post in a series of Amazon reviews of the books of the New Message from God. I am adding additional material [in brackets].

The God of a billion, billion, billion races and more

The first sentence of “The New God Revelation,” Chapter 2 of the book “The One God”

The One God is a collection of revelations received by Marshall Vian Summers. These revelations were received between 2007 and 2015, in a number of different locations (Boulder, Colorado, USA, London, Tehran and Jerusalem). It is Book II, Volume 1 in a much larger body of material called the New Message from God.

What kind of God are we talking about?
The first sentence of “The Origin,” Chapter 3 of the book “The One God”

[What kind of God are we talking about? There are currently six published books in Volume 1 of the New Message from God. Those books are God Has Spoken Again, The One God, The New Messenger, The Greater Community, The Power of Knowledge and The Journey To A New Life. The New World and The Pure Religion are forthcoming books in Volume 1. I have written about God Has Spoken Again here.]

A patient father to the universe

The first sentence of “The Separation,” Chapter 4 in the book “The One God”

What kind of God is Marshall Vian Summers talking about? A God who is the Creator of all life. A God who responded to the choice of separation by creating the universe. A God of a billion billion billion races and more, in enormous variety. A God who delegates management of the universe to the laws of physics and biology, an Angelic Assembly over each of these many races, and a portion of himself in every individual, called Knowledge. A God with a plan to save every individual of every race in the universe.

The first sentence of “What Is Creation?” Chapter 5 of the book “The One God”

[What kind of God are we talking about? Has such a God ever been proclaimed before now? I don’t think so. Here and there, now and then, certain aspects of this God have been considered. It’s not just the Prodigal Son who is returning to his patient father, but a prodigal universe returning.]

You have important work to do

The first sentence of “God’s Plan Is To Save Everyone,” Chapter 11 of the book “The One God”

Why is this God being proclaimed now? This book does not “wish” to be considered as a book of theology. This book is telling you why you must undertake the effort to reclaim your deeper spiritual intelligence, so that you may be of service to a humanity facing the greatest challenges of its history. This book is providing a context for this in God’s greater work in the universe.

Do you dare to see a greater vision?

What kind of God are we talking about?
The first sentence of “The Heart of God,” Chapter 12 in the book “The One God”

I believe just about every reader will find some things they know to be confirmed by this book. I believe just about every reader will find some things they think they know to be challenged by this book. I believe just about every reader will find their mind and heart stretched and enlarged by reading this book.


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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! We are students and advocates of the the New Message from God. We are members of a worldwide community. We seek to assist the world in successfully navigating difficult times ahead. We seek to assist the world in successfully emerging into a greater community of intelligent life. You will also find some poetry. Find out more about us here. Contact us here.

We Have Some Things We Wish To Share With You

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A number of important things have happened in the New Message from God community since the 2016 Messenger’s Vigil in January. First, the New Message released the book “The One God” at the end of July 2016.

onegod We have some things we wish to share with you

We have some things we wish to share with you

The One God contains 12 revelations, received in four different places over a span of nine years. These 12 revelations present a concise summary of the character of the God of the New Message. They describe the work that the God of the New Message is working in the world. There is quite a bit more that could be said about this remarkable book. The sentence in the image below is the opening sentence of The One God.

1-2-1-1-en-nautilus We have some things we wish to share with youWe have some things we wish to share with you. Another important development is the release of the book “The New Messenger” in September. About four years ago, I wrote that Marshall Vian Summers received a number of revelations regarding his mission as the Messenger of the New Message from God. Some of these revelations now appear in The New Messenger. The sentences in the image below are the first sentences in The New Messenger.

We have some things we wish to share with you. At the 2016 Encampment, Marshall Vian Summers spoke on a webcast. He said it was time for him to speak to the world in a more public manner. There are three recently published New Message books (God Has Spoken Again, The One God and The New Messenger). These books are the platform from which he plans to speak to the world.

We have some things we wish to share with you. Suppose someone in your world (like me) shares the New Message from God with you. Let’s suppose that you had some kind of response. Your next step might be to read God Has Spoken Again. I wrote a little bit about it here.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! We are students and advocates of the the New Message from God. We are members of a worldwide community. We seek to assist the world in successfully navigating difficult times ahead. We seek to assist the world in successfully emerging into a greater community of intelligent life. You will also find some poetry. Find out more about us here. Contact us here.