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.

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

Why Do I Feel Different?

A Warning, a Blessing, a Preparation

A Warning, a Blessing, a Preparation.

These three elements cover the essential claim that the New Message from God makes for itself, that it is indeed what it claims to be: a New Revelation, originating from the One True God Who has been speaking to humans throughout–and beyond–human existence. To be open to the possibility that God might be communicating to humans is, sooner or later, to realize God never stops communicating to humans. To honor the expression of this “God-connection” in all is the humble objective though the claim might seem grandiose.

The strength of the Old Wisdom handed down,the quality that gives honor to the world’s religions and preserves that Wisdom despite all the misuse and distortion, this same calibre of Voice capable of delivering a Message containing an urgent warning, a magnificent blessing, and a way to accomplish the responsibility required to receive all three.

These gems of human accomplishment are now more than at risk; they are being co-opted.. That concern is a significant part of the warning not addressed by the ancient traditions. The religions of the world when used to divide humans are putting every accomplishment on Earth at risk.

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Warning: Blessing, Preparation

A Warning

The New Revelation does not disdain the great traditions of the world. Instead it honors their great contributions towards a more humane society on Earth. The New Message from God does not only bless the religions of the world; it beseeches all people of faith to acknowledge the clear warnings being given with increasing urgency.

This ancient warning is very wise. It is being neglected today.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

To reach crisis points means earlier warnings were missed. The warnings grow more urgent, the errors more exaggerated.

A Blessing

What’s that saying… Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop?”

Crises are time-limited. The time-limits imposed by failing to respond until warnings grow incessant are a blessing! Congratulations. The clarity and focus that come under the urgency of time-pressure can grant grace, more or less depending on preparedness.

Disappointment is our friend.Whatever is not working will have to be released. This blessing is best received gradually. Improved ability to see warnings from trial and error is one of the gifts of disappointment.

The support surrounding our endeavors cannot be overestimated. Bafflingly, the “magical” or uncanny ease of being in the right place at the right time that seems to portend support from above can create a vulnerability in being persuaded by demonstrations not fully understood. Yet when the ancient wisdom of repentance in 2 Chron. 7:14 is applied, there does seem to be a real response from above.

Conventional wisdom can be misleading!

“God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.”

–attr. Otto von Bismark

A Correction

A great deal of personal empowerment is handed over whenever we complain, blame, accuse, or ever think someone is “driving you crazy.”

God’s continual message to humans is the constant beneficence that so gently, gently offers feedback to correct the trajectory that wanders like the mysterious movement that first gave planets their name, that ancient awe that noticed the stars are not fixed in place.

 

All Along the Watchtower

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”

“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke,
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

In a moment of great clarity and sobriety. You take stock of where you are. You recognize that you are lost in the world following the prescriptions of your culture and of those people who influence you so strongly. Here you pray not merely for relief from suffering, you pray for the truth to be revealed to you. The Rays of Initiation

Perhaps you will wonder if you are going mad, but you are not going mad. The Awakening

Times of duress precipitate these moments–the title alone of the famous work by Alvin Toffler summarizes it: Future Shock.  What can also trigger these shifts is a change in the direction of your life. It’s like the pendulum that drives the clock of your life gradually slows to a near stop in order to change direction.

This Bob Dylan song accompanied a couple of these moments in my life. The economic upheaval of 2008 seemed to be the crisis that unsettled my notion of financial security, which was confused already. On Christmas Day that year I read a book by Richard Rohr that resonated deeply with this great need to reorient my thinking.

A chance conversation with a friend drew a memory from me, on account of how the memory kept coming up for me. The day that JFK died was one that most anyone living at the time can recall where they were when they heard the news.

The thing I needed to pay attention to was who it was who told me the news. Through remembering and remembering, since the memory kept insisting–and also through training similar to the therapeutic use of metaphor developed by Ira Progroff in At a Journal Workshop–finally I saw a key element about what had ever seemed to drip with dramatic irony.

Indeed, the fact that I learned about Kennedy’s assassination from a Cuban exile was an intriguing detail. Through the contemplative practices from Education for Ministry, I could practice what a less metaphorically-minded person would call “projecting.” But to me it seems perfectly logical to imagine what must have been going through the mind of any Cuban in America in 1963, on hearing the news of the assassination: “It’s a coup. All your land could be confiscated.” Nothing was apparent on the surface, certainly not to that oblivious six-year-old me. The feeling of the encounter was not understood until much later, yet the impact is hard to deny of a sense that the world could easily be turned upside down.

Not quite a joker and a thief there, but a little daughter of business and her companion. I feel his message was received, but not understood until later, until puzzling over this nagging memory and finally seeing the urgency of the message:

But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,

So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.

In brief, I’ve now come to see the Cuban–the alien–as something like an angel, but more like another being who has come from elsewhere in the universe here on Earth at the same time as I, and we happened to cross paths, and it is so fortunate we did. I have an impression that my older brother also was attuned to certain realities because of the presence of this person in our lives.

The message he was here to remind us was:

Everything that humanity values is now at risk—all that you have created, all of your advancements, all that you have accomplished which is significant.

He was reminding us of what we did know, perhaps, deep within, having somehow previously witnessed the distress of worlds such as ours at such a vulnerable time.

To be able to discern friend from foe in the universe, you must know the difference between your strength and your weakness, for your foe will speak to your weakness, and your friend will speak to your strength. Everything that humanity values is now at risk—all that you have created, all of your advancements, all that you have accomplished which is significant. The Allies of Humanity Book Three, Fourth Briefing: Hidden Powers

The New Message on Proverbs 3:1-12

Proverbs 3:1-12

My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.

God has put Knowledge within you, a perfect guiding intelligence. God has given you a deeper conscience, which is part of this deeper intelligence. God has sent you into the world to serve in a unique capacity in certain situations, engaging with certain individuals in certain circumstances.–God’s Ancient Covenant with Humanity(September 20, 2011)

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.

You have Four Pillars in your life. Like the four legs of a table, they uphold your life. Think of your life then in terms of having Four Pillars—a Pillar of Relationships, a Pillar of Health, a Pillar of Work and Providership and a Pillar of Spiritual Development. Your life is only as strong as the weakest Pillar, the weakest leg of the table. How much you can see, how much you can know and how much you can do will be dependent upon the strength of these Pillars. —The Great Waves of Change, Chapter 2: The Great Waves and Your Life

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

“It is not enough to believe in God or to worship God. For if you cannot follow what God has given you to follow, if you cannot follow the deeper Knowledge that God has placed within you to guide you, then your prayers and your prostration really are not authentic.”–The Sacred Rendezvous (January 29, 2009)

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth,
    with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.[b]

The New Message on Ephesians 1:3-14

Ephesians 1:3-14
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

1:4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.

1:5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,

1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

When you think of Jesus, think of an individual married to his Spiritual Family. Christ is relationship; Christ is not an individual. People make the Christ an individual because they can identify with an individual more easily than they can with a greater relationship. They relate to separation more than to union. It would be accurate to say that Christ does not mean the anointed one. It means the united relationship. —Relationships & Higher Purpose, Chapter 12: Establishing Relationships

1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

1:8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight

1:9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,

1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

There is a Master Plan. It is this Plan that you must now become aware of, for until you do, your life will be aimless, without certain purpose, with only your errors to teach you.  Secrets of Heaven, Secret 2

1:11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,

1:12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.

1:13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;

1:14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.relative-in-nature