Great Tidings to All People of Good Will

Great ideas here!

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In a nutshell:

  1. Young people, your lives matter, and all you have to offer to a world in need.
  2. There are many freedom fighters here among us.
  3. Study the history of your world.
  4. There is no justification for war, not for efficacy to begin with.
  5. The internet can be a force for good to unite the world in instant communication.
  6. Compassion, collaboration are activities that unite for mutual support, igniting forces stronger than dissonant forces.
  7. This is the Age of the Individual.
  8. Know your mind and train it well to be a force for good.
  9. The Age of Women is also emergent.
  10. Remember, follow no one who does not support your individual contribution and responsibility.

Discerning What Is True

Can you imagine our world without the message that Jesus delivered, our lives empty of the grace of his teachings and example? To try to imagine a world without that example in it is to begin to see how revolutionary that message was in its time.

This time now is another time of such a revolution.

Many voices would be the harbinger of times to come. How to know which to listen to?

Discerning messages when completely new: what to look for, how to evaluate

When a message is completely new, how to judge? The standard of judgment by community consensus won’t apply. The test of time cannot be applied in our time.

Every person’s inner witness will be their guide to a revolutionarily new perspective that

  • clarifies and integrates the old
  • comes at a critical juncture in human development
  • is functional in practice

 

  1. an entirely new conceptualization
    • aperture widening, paradigm/perspective shifting
    • coming by necessity at a threshold of development for the human species
    • offending the status quo
  2. integrates, stimulates and evaluates what has come before
    • secular and traditional religious
    • conversant with what has come before–antagonizing the backwards facing, synergizing with the forward thinking
    • reforming but more likely anticipating complete revolution, warning of natural consequences of repeated error. I.e., the greater the need for reformation, the sharper the bend in the ellipsis of the revolution, the turning point.
  3. comes at a great hinge of history in the formation of the human race as a collective on ever greater scale–family/tribe to world-unified.
  4. is practical
    • illustrated in the way of being and relating with more harmony and congruence, clarity and purpose resulting in lasting contribution, permanent accomplishment and improved relationships
    • touching all aspects of life, not categorically but with a framework that applies to all situations
  5. Is multi-level
    • understood at simplest levels, with depths found only after long exposure
    • clean of bias, adjusted for the audience comprehension
    • expansive in perspective, aperture widening (or rather, greasing the aperture for flexible convergence)
    • Is translatable
      • language is simple
      • syncretism is inevitable?

MeaningOfChristmas

At whatever level your contribution may be given, whatever small part you may play in this great evolutionary change and emergence, let this Christmas be a reminder that there is a calling for you and that you seek to respond because this is the only means for fulfillment and satisfaction in life. This is the only basis for real and lasting relationships. The Meaning of Christmas (December 23, 1994)

 

What Works: Extraordinary Means

 

God Does What Works

When nothing else will do, Divine Messages do get through, sometimes through extraordinary means:

  • Miracles of divine intervention.
  • Extra Sensory Perception.
  • Having a “sixth sense” or an intuition.
  • Paranormal experience, Seen and unseen, falsifiable and unfalsifiable.

If It Exists in the Imagination It Has a Demonstrable Reality

Extraordinary events and abilities are found in the world in the form of reports, at least, which is a minimum threshold of existence, to exist in people’s minds as a thought.

Memes, rumors, reports of unusual events become objects of ridicule, yet this very existence in the cultural awareness is a reality in the thought environment.  The imagination as a field in the mental environment needs management and control.

What Works: Setting Intention

Thoughts, words, intention. Do these things have a corporeality? In this era of internet communication when ideas travel the globe at roughly the speed of light, the power of thought and word behind action–which is only an opportunity away–are brightly evident. Words are preceded by intention; they can signal or mask intention behind action.

Remember, we have said that God does what works. –Greater Community Spirituality: Who is Wisdom meant for?

Things Do Go Bump in the Night

A humanistic, rational, science-based way of knowing dominates the mainstream mindset, with some tolerance for individual experience outside the norm. In this culture, unusual or unexplained phenomena could well be under-reported because they exist outside the norm; as not normal they exist in the realm of the  “weird,”  somewhat shameful, and not mentionable. Yet the reports of unexplained and extraordinary phenomena persist.

Demons by Any Name

Exorcism and reiki work attest to entities existing on some other level than manifest reality as commonly understood.

The Placebo Effect

The power of suggestion can be demonstrated to satisfaction. To every and anyone’s satisfaction? Well, perhaps not. But for those who avail themselves of this power can

Energy work, energy balancing, any or all techniques involving unseen forces and energies–acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractics, nutrition, and kinesiology–use non-invasive, drug-free, natural solutions to alleviate pain and allergies.

 

More on Medical Hypnosis

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303815404577333751488988824

The most recent presentation on the placebo effect from Radio Lab looks at medical hypnotism   Mesmerism, “animal magnetism,” the “white coat effect” on doctors who wear them and on those around them.

And Paranormal Experience

William James. The Varieties of Religious Experience

 

 

No Permanent Enemies

Row, Lend Ballast or Go Gently from the Boat

Or, as it usually goes: “Lead, follow or get out of the way,” said at times of urgency, times that demand clear lines of authority.  lead, follow and get out

Times of urgency create pressure to follow the clear command of strong authority, to escape the panic of fear and confusion. Anyone who seems to have some idea of a clear direction will be able to command forces.

In other times, in the lulls between storms,  the need for resolute action is no longer felt so urgently–the pressure is gone. The absence of any sense of urgency about hot spots and pressure zones is evidence of some kind of numbing effect as the environmental pressures continue to accelerate throughout the world, on so many levels–political, environmental, social, economic–of upheaval.

If we understand that the situation in the world is quite critical in some areas, then the need for deliberate action remains, yet it is being ignored, at the peril of many who co-exist in this small boat that is our shared environment, the Earth.

Row, Lend Ballast or Go Gently from the Boat

fishingOur relative comfort, in the developed nations, has led to the pervasive idea we are here on Earth to enjoy its richness. If we could see how precious is the beauty of the world, it would completely flip this idea that it is here for us to plunder. Yet we continue to plunder and continue to feel entitled to receive the benefits of a vast infrastructure of support as if children, or tourists on a cruise.

To see how precious the resources of the planet, to watch the devastation occur to species and environments, is to wake up to the fact that all hands on deck are here to assist a great enterprise, this world and all it contains, including all the achievements of humankind.

“You have come into the world at a great turning point, a turning point only part of which you will see in your lifetime. It is a turning point where your world gains contact with worlds in its vicinity. This is the natural evolution of humanity, as it is the natural evolution of all intelligent life in all worlds.” —Step 190 from Steps to Knowledge

First Get on Board
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In most situations, leadership is nothing but following orders from on high, wherever that is deemed to be. A great deal of confusion exists in the world because of the many sources vying for claims of authority and old voices of authority being challenged.

And then there’s the confusion within each individual, the inner crisis of having an inner sense of being on Earth for a purpose while being lulled into thinking that purpose is for their own edification or enjoyment. This would be in the pockets of relative affluence where survival needs are taken for granted. The affluent as well, of course, are subject to ensuring the survival of their customary way of living. The need to get on board as part of the crew–to understand there are no passengers, only crew–is pervasive throughout all levels of relationship, in marriage and family and in organizations.

Freedom for Dedicated and Coordinated Purpose

The inner crisis–wait, was I given this gift of life for a reason? What must I accomplish here in my time on Earth?–burns like a festering wound or other outbreak of simmering unease, a pressure that can be displaced or ignored until it reaches urgency to more pronounced effect.

Navigating through this journey on Earth at this critical time, it becomes ever more clear this ship is not designed as a pleasure boat for the few. Hence the upgrade to the old bark of an order to get in line fast (“lead, follow or get out of the way”) to the analogy of the crew on a ship, a crew that unfortunately will face casualties in the storms to come–some will get washed overboard who are not paying attention:

“Row, lend ballast or go gently from the boat.”

Religious freedom is a rare thing in the universe, when you realize the stakes in allowing individuals to have a feeling of righteous ownership over their personal sovereignty, haphazardly following a higher power seen only to themselves.

 

There is only one boat

Often, there is no other boat! No “Planet B” where we can go work out our differences. Situational ethics boils the question down to the bare essence–if you had to choose, what would you choose. Not all situations fit that lifeboat situation, the challenge there to be prepared when the situation does call for nothing but pure self-protective, self-directed LEADing!!! when so often following or getting out of the way will suffice the needs of the day.

Are you really taking that with you?

So check your baggage–everything you carry will ultimately result in Option #1, to syncretize (or not, of course), which is compromise, of course, but it must be understood as an evolutionary skill that has value. Because it works.

The burdens we carry are as mysterious as the great treasures of the Kingdom within, so no shame in maintaining the mysterious.

Only to understand there are few options that boil down to

  • Lead, follow, get out of the way.
  • Syncretize, argue or run. [True leadership quite rare?]
  • Join or do not join:

. Many, many choose to “leave the boat” on a momentary basis or long stretches, so checked out, swept so far downstream, mercy is all that can be offered as they race by, dragged by heavy weights they must release before able even to cope with sounds of rescue.

Lead, follow or get out of the way?

Many, many find safety in drifting away from the tide of the new, the wave of power building that first responders will grasp and be ready to move with. Many now are reading the signs of current events as if to reinforce a hidden belief that God looks out for God’s favorites.

Option #3 has serious trade-offs but will affect the majority of all who live:

  1. To abdicate is suicide.
  2. To compartmentalize is compromise.
  3. Denial is consequential.

 

Mavran

Looking for those who …

  • “… are just becoming honest

  • no longer lying to [themselves] and to other people,

  • can see [their] tendency to do this and

  • can correct it and objectify it within [their] own experience.” (Courage and the Will to Prepare April 9, 2011)

 

There is much more to say about the state of our prisons and the sheer mass of latent energy represented by the inmates than this tip of the iceberg in a Washington Post report.

Here’s Johnny Cash to express the feeling of God that will hunt you down, no matter how small is your speck of a boat on the sea, such a tiny grain of sand in the cosmos.

Signs of Covenant

Reminders of ancient agreements

Inter-life regressionists such as Michael Newton share recollections of subjects who planted clues ahead of this life, to cue themselves to remember–when you see [x], you will recall [y]–the recognition of a task they had set forth for themselves to accomplish in this life, or an associate who would be critically needed in their endeavor. 

Michael Newton and some others recall other lifetimes in other worlds. Some of those worlds surely reached the natural decadence that is normative to developing races the more they grow reliant on technology; having lived in a prior existence on those worlds could make a soul especially sensitive to the warning signs of a world in collapse, feeling triggered, not knowing why, by economic risk, political instability and environmental degradation.

“When you see this, you will know.”

“The world itself will tell you what is coming if you know how to read it and to discern its signs and its messages.” Signs on the New Message wiki.

The rainbow, sign of the covenant in Genesis 9:12-16, no longer signifies what it did to the relieved eyes of Noah when he witnessed it. His gratitude fostered the interpretation we’ve received, the meaning given to that sign in the sky–no more mean Old God; a new agreement is given. 

Signs can occur out of time and for a specific time, sometimes appearing well in advance of any useful interpretation and, it appears from the Noah account, more time-limited than they were understood to be. Assigning the meaning for a sign given is one thing on the individual level, but harder to do for the entire collective for all time.  

The specifics in this sign of covenant initially witnessed by Noah might now become a stumbling block for casualties of recent disasters, among them floods. The devastation that wasted “all flesh” (excepting what Noah rescued) by flood was reported in other ancient literature and interpreted as a cleansing of impurity from the land, as the holocaust that cleared Sodom and Gomorrah was seen to do also. 

9:12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
9:13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
9:14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,
9:15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
9:16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

Déjà vu

When you awake you will remember everything.”

Pareidolia. Synchronicities. These are different kinds of signs, not as clearly spelled out on first appearance, not able to be interpreted in retrospect as with the sign of the covenant with Noah or the embedded messages from the pre-existent soul as in Michael Newton’s case studies.

As with déjà vu, what is striking about noticing patterns that shouldn’t be there but are hard to miss once you do see them, is the shock of awareness that comes with them, the sense of a pause to interrupt the program called reality you’d been operating under, feeling like the spinning beachball of death just flashed on the screen that is real life. No meaning, no interpretation, just the trigger that trips your step as you were proceeding somewhat mindlessly along. Perhaps these signs that cannot be interpreted are only calls to awareness, a salute from prankster forces in the universe, a joke from the universe to remind us we are not as smart or as knowing as we think we are.

“Once an individual can begin to sense that there is a greater presence and a greater intelligence within them and can begin to receive signs and guidance from this intelligence, they have begun the long process in regaining and developing the most fundamental freedom.”(Signs on the New Message wiki)

It is striking that both Old and New Testament lessons this week and last are cited as occasions of UFOs in the Bible, as is the story of the razing of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is striking that UFOs as an explanation for these mysterious events is a simpler solution and more prosaic, more natural, than divine intervention.

Mark 1:9-15
1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
1:12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
1:13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Chariot of fire or UFO?

2:11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.

2:12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. 2 Kings 2:1-12

What do we see here? When Elijah was taken up into heaven, the explanation “God” was all that his contemporaries could name, but today we ask if there could there be a more prosaic explanation, a simple explanation for what looked magical to the uninformed.

chariot of fire or ufo?“A chariot and horses of fire”–not the literal chariot you might be thinking of, nor literal horses of fire but an apt description for something never seen before, not able to be described without metaphor because a completely new reality, where words have no context for a nuts-and-bolts description of a physical craft that is not following Earth-bound rules of physics.

As Erich von Däniken popularized, the “Chariots of the Gods” sound a lot like descriptions of UFOs by people who have no words for these things. Jacques Vallee adds philosophical rigor in his collection of folk reports of “anomalous aerial phenomena.”

The Transfiguration on the Mount, told here in Mark’s Gospel, can be viewed through the same lens, another example of possible Evidence of Alien Contact Revealed in Scripture. The rocket shape used in iconography might be a sort of stock image or intuitively correct; these legends are imbued with mystery and the unknown. The sudden radiant appearance of Jesus, the two figures seen with him, a cloud that “overtakes” them and booms a commanding voice, and then the split-second vanishing act all add up to a set of inexplicable evidences, unless we resort to unearthly explanations.

chariot of fire or ufo?9:2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 9:3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 9:4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 9:5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 9:6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.9:7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 9:8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. 9:9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Further Study

Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck. Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects

Michael Carter. Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials in the Holy Bible.

Barry Downing. The Bible and Flying Saucers.

W. Raymond Drake. Gods and Spacemen in the Ancient East

UFO’s and the Prophets on Pinterest

Marshall Vian Summers. Jesus and the New Message from God