Why Do I Feel Different?

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly with Your God

Micah 6:1-8
6:1 Hear what the LORD says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.

6:2 Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.

6:3 “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!

6:4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

6:5 O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD.”

6:6 “With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Do justice, love kindness, walk humblyShall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

God wills that humanity now learn a Greater Community Way of Knowledge.

God wills that humanity join together out of great necessity and urgency to preserve human civilization in the face of great change that is coming to the world.

God wills that humanity prepare for its future and destiny within a Greater Community of intelligent life in the universe.

God wills that the religions cooperate with one another, for they are all born of the same Source. And, ultimately, if correctly understood in the Light of the New Revelation, they all serve the same purpose and outcome, which is to keep Knowledge alive in the world, to give people the opportunity to discover their greater life and purpose within the circumstances of the world.”–Walking with the Messenger

For now we must seriously dedicate ourselves to resolving conflict within and among ourselves. God’s warnings, blessings and preparations throughout time have been calling to redeem our Higher Self–and our better nature.  It is time we heeded.

Asking for a Sign from Above

You might ask for a sign. If you were given a sign, would you know how to interpret it?

Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven….

The Lord himself will give you a sign. –Isaiah 7:11, 14-16

sign-1462551_640“Changes in the world have progressed very far, and yet humanity has not responded. The situation has become critical, and yet people act as if nothing were happening beyond their own personal interests. And as long as they have a job and are free to carry on their pleasurable hobbies, what does it matter? When people think like this, they are headed for catastrophe. They do not see the early warning signs of what is coming. They do not feel the inclinations and the signals from Knowledge. They are unresponsive to themselves and to the world, and they think their discomfort is simply a psychological problem. They pace the floor at night or they cannot sleep well. They have anxiety and think, ‘Oh, well, this is just my psychological problem.’ And even to the extent that they can experience their response to this movement of the world, they misinterpret it.”–Living The Way of Knowledge, Chapter 9: Sharing the Way of Knowledge with Others

Give ear, … You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth … Stir up your might, and come to save us!

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.–Psalm 80:1-7

warning“Who has the courage and the strength to recognize that this is a calling—a calling for service and contribution; a calling for them to reconsider their lives, their circumstances, their activities and their obligations?” —The Race to Save Human Civilization

We have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.–Romans 1:5-6

“The world is giving you signs about what is coming, giving you clues as to what to expect in your environment, in your nation, in your economy and in the more immediate circumstances of your life. Knowledge, the deeper intelligence within you, is also giving you signs, clues and warnings. But you cannot hear Knowledge if your mind is preoccupied, if you are busy all the time racing about with your busy schedule and all of your activities. You might feel certain things. You might have sensations of concern or anxiety. You might have a profound and lucid dream at night. But if you do not give these your attention—to consider them, to investigate them, to ask questions concerning them—then the whole value of your inner guidance is being lost upon you.”–The Power of Seeing (December 30, 2008)

Extraordinary events may require special recognition.

rain-1570854_640Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.–Matthew 1:18-25

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Read more about Signs on the New Message Wiki.

And for your further enjoyment, https://youtu.be/6wRYjtvIYK0

Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

“You are already surrounded by the permanent creation, but your eyes cannot see it, your ears cannot hear it, your fingers cannot touch it because your senses were only established to recognize physical things—things that are moving, objects that are moving, sounds that are changing. The Greater Reality in which you live is all around you. You have never left it, but given your reliance upon your senses, you cannot experience it directly without a certain kind of preparation.”–What Is Creation?

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Eyes to See

The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way. –Isaiah 35: 5,6,8a

God has given you the eyes to see and the ears to hear, but they are different from what you do today and what you understand today.”–The Recitation (April 1, 2011)

…who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.–Psalm 146:5-9

no-evil“What informs individuals’ decisions will make all the difference. What voice they listen to, whether it be the power and the presence of Knowledge that God has given to them to guide them and to protect them, or whether it be the voice of their culture or the voice of fear or the voice of anger or ambition.” —God Is Moving Humanity in a New Direction

Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors!

As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.–

James 5:9-10

“A misunderstanding here could be very damaging and dangerous. For you will hear various voices, but you will not know what to listen to. Without the deeper Knowledge within you that God has placed there to guide you, how can you tell the difference? And if you cannot respond to the Revelation from God, how will you respond to the truth in anything?” —The Voice of the Revelation

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Matthew 11:2-11
11:2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples

11:3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”

11:4 Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:

11:5 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.

11:6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

11:7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?

11:8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.

11:9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

11:10 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’

11:11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

“Here you will see what is really important. It will not be intellectual brilliance, it will not be eloquence or beauty or charm or the force of personality, for people who possess these things may be the last to see and the last to know.”–God’s Power and Presence in the World

 

The wolf shall live with the lamb

 

For humanity to become unified, individuals must become unified, within themselves and with other people. This is how a new fabric of unity is established. The great tapestry of life is woven strand by strand, person by person. Do not think another will do this for you. Do not think such great things are only left up to people who are great, who are heroes or heroines, for this is your responsibility. This is your calling—not to gain spiritual immunity, not to become all knowing or all powerful, but to join your mind with other minds in Knowledge, to become stronger than you are or ever could be as an individual. —Living The Way of Knowledge, Chapter 6: The Pillar of Spiritual Development

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.

They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. –Isaiah 11:6-9

People are full of grievance. They are full of needs. They are full of, in some cases, desperate needs—poverty and oppression. The leaders of the world are either blind or cannot communicate what they have been told, what they see and know. So the peoples of the nations remain ignorant about the greatest event in human history, the greatest challenge to human freedom and sovereignty and the greatest opportunity for human unity and cooperation. For you will not be able to engage with a Greater Community of life as a warring and conflicting set of tribes and nations. You will have no strength and efficacy there, and your vulnerability will be so apparent to others.–Entering the Greater Community (May 27, 2011)

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. — Psalm 72:1-4

If you are not humbled before God, how can you be humbled before anyone else? That is why the New Message has been brought to the people and not to the leaders, who have elevated themselves and concealed themselves and fortified themselves and isolated themselves. They are circumscribed by how they have created their position in life. It will be more difficult for them even though the New Message is for them as well. Stand in judgment of the New Message and you will not see. You will not hear. And you will not know. You will be deaf and blind and arrogant all at once. And the Heavenly Host will shake their heads. ‘It is so unfortunate. That person could not respond. They could do so much for the world! They are lost in their idea of themselves. They cannot see beyond their previous investment and their position and their accomplishments and acquisitions.’–God’s Power & Presence in the World (April 23, 2011)

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another. —Romans 15:5

rescueBe aware, the average citizen, that you too have a responsibility to follow the wisdom and Knowledge that God has placed within you, to discover this wisdom and Knowledge and not to violate it because of anger or revenge, rage or greed. You too have a responsibility, for the outcome is not simply up to the leaders of the nations and the religions. It is ultimately up to every person.

Take heed then of this great warning. This warning is born of the love of God, but it is a warning nonetheless. It is warning you against the great possibility for error. It is advising you to turn to the Knowledge of God that lives within you—beyond your thinking mind and beyond the ideas, concepts and beliefs that have been historically established within humanity.–The Fate of Nations (April 17, 2007 )

Matthew 3:1-12
3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,

3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'”

3:4 Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,

3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

3:8 Bear fruit worthy of repentance.

3:9 Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

3:10 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

To you who would take up the sword in the name of religion or political advantage: You must realize that you are violating God’s will for humanity. And though the Creator will not punish you, you will within yourself step away from the Knowledge of God within yourself. You will cast yourself into darkness and confusion. And you will lead your peoples and your nation into conflict, desolation and ruin. For you are beyond the time in which one nation can simply profit from the decline of another, for the whole world is now at stake.

If you would take up the sword in the name of religion or political advantage, you will violate God’s Plan for humanity. Though God will not punish you directly, you will separate yourself and turn away from the Knowledge of God that is within you, that God has placed within you for your own protection and redemption. And you will cast yourself into chaos and conflict, into rage and misery, and bring ruin and desolation to your people.

This is a great risk, and this will be the great temptation of humanity—for people to exercise their grievances against one another, to exercise their ancient animosities, for nations to begin to compete and enter into conflict with other nations, believing it is for the well-being of their nation or for the will of God.

But you are deceived. You are in error. You are violating God’s Will and Plan for humanity. Though God will not punish you directly, you will separate yourself from God’s Wisdom and God’s Will. You will enter into confusion and darkness, into grievance and ultimately into despair.

Take heed, then, the nations of the world, the leaders of the world and the citizens of the world. Heed these words, for they come from the Divine will and presence. They represent the Knowledge that has been placed within you to guide and to protect you. This is the same Knowledge that is here to guide and protect all of humanity.–The Fate of Nations (As revealed to God’s Messenger
Marshall Vian Summers on April 17, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey)

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As in Days of Noah

Human unity and cooperation

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May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good. — Ps.122:6b-9

“Unity for a race must be established sooner or later. It can be established through submission and domination or through consensus and wisdom. This too represents a fundamental choice.” —Human unity and cooperation

 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. –Romans 13:11-14

“Yes, they have come for the right reasons, but they do not know themselves enough to see where they could fail, to see where they are weak and vulnerable, to see where they could fall under persuasion from other forces and step back into the shadows once the road becomes more difficult and challenging. —Facing the Light of Revelation

But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.
Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.–Matthew 24:36-44

“Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah built his Ark.” —Marshall Vian Summers

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Trash Talk

Trash talk is nothing but bluff and bluster. Who will call it?

Braggadocio knows it can only bluff through any test.

.. a model of conflict for two players …

… two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one must swerve, or both may die in the crash, but if one driver swerves and the other does not, the one who swerved will be called a “chicken,” meaning a coward…. The game has also been used to describe the mutual assured destruction of nuclear warfare, especially the sort of brinkmanship involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis.–Wikipedia entry on playing “chicken”

The Ten Duel Commandments (as told in “Hamilton”)

1. The challenge demands satisfaction.
If they apologize, no need for further action.
2. If they don’t, grab a friend. That’s your second.
3. Have your seconds meet face to face.
4. If they don’t reach peace, that’s all right.
5. Before the sun is high.
6. Leave a note for next of kin.
7. Confess your sins.
8. Last chance to negotiate. Send in the seconds to see if they can set the record straight.
9. Look them in the eye. Count 10. [Aim for the sky] Fire.

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The Power of the Individual in the Collective

Do not underestimate the power of the individual, even to the power of a single decision, especially when repeated.

“Any gift, however small, improves the condition of humanity. You cannot see this, of course, but it is true because it is an aggregate. It is like a scale. If evil and oppression are weighing down the scale completely on one side, you do not have something as great as that to counteract it, to balance the scale, to offset the overwhelming dominance of evil and circumstance, of ignorance, of oppression, of poverty…. When you add to the other part of the scale something small, it seems to have no effect. But when others add something small, sooner or later, in time, the scale is balanced, and beyond this it moves in favor of what is true and natural for human beings, which is to be united with others, which is to be creative, which is to be in service to their families and cultures in the world, to preserve the world, to take care of people, to be inspired and to have the glow of an inner life within themselves. Even when circumstances look bad, even in the face of failure and defeat, the power of Knowledge is within you.” –The New Message from God on contribution.

Power for the good

There are many testaments to the powerful effects of collective meditation-prayer.” —from “Creating Peace by Being Peace” by Gabriel Cousins, MD quoted on skyshipsovercashiers.com, where the editor adds, “There are temples, churches and spiritual organizations all over the world.  Imagine what might happen if each assembly took a minute or two at the end of each gathering to envision or pray for world peace.”

The “God factor”

Franklin Graham witnessed the hand of God in the 2016 Election. How could he have not seen it so? His reply to those who ask, what just happened? People were ignited and united. Individual hearts and souls united in intention, a force not to be underestimated. Agreed, that was a phenomenal demonstration of power in the mental environment–I would not deny the possibility of divine agency, but with less willingness to personalize God as micro-manager of human affairs.

“We have spoken of God as a great attraction, as a force pulling and drawing people. That is a good analogy because it allows God to be as great and as mysterious as God is. That is to acknowledge that God in the world is a force in motion. It is here to do something. It moves people to go along at Its pace. It ignites people, sets people in motion and cares for people.” —Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume One, Chapter 13: Spiritual Community

Sweeping Power

The power of the word as the instigation of the deed is what Jesus meant about being led astray by misbegotten thoughts to unwarranted action.

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them…. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Matthew 15:10-20

What defiles and how to decontaminate

Pollution in the mental environment contaminates the signal with noise.

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Shake off the debris of environmental degradation by renewing your mind according to your practice or with this wise guide, the Steps to Knowledge.

  • in what activities are you engaged half-heartedly?
  • what bubble surrounds you like an echo chamber, excluding all of contrary opinion?
  • where are your resources going?
  • what would a map of your mind look like?
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The Story of Two Wolves

 Game theory

I have found it useful to view the national crisis of conscience like a poker game. When I overlay this visualization on top of another, #BasecampRecon, I see the many voices in the collective  of this supposedly “one nation, undivided.” I see confirmed what was evident in news footage of Nov. 9, the principal character in shock and enough dismay to see his hand revealed. #SaveFace is the deal that agent seeks, along with all who resonated with that voice. #Authority is also what they seek. I believe they can be convinced to trade #Decency for a compromise that would ease a lot of contention.

As Above, So Below

Even as the waters of Earth must be cleansed, the stream of consciousness needs tending as well. The forests–the lungs and kidneys of the Earth–must be replanted and tended, as our habits, our diet, our exposure to influences in the mental environment must be cultivated and cleansed.

The power of collective intent, followed by word and deed, cannot be overestimated.

Whoever has ears to hear let them hear

“Whoever has ears to hear let them hear” is essentially how I understand the term Mavran.

There are going to be plenty who tune out, who just don’t get it. Why, you would almost think the language might have built-in codes to reach only the ones who really want to know.

#DogWhistle #LikeItsaGoodThing is how I think of Mavran mavran conay mavran.

He said, “Go and tell this people:

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
    make their ears dull
    and close their eyes.a]”>[a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”

And he answered:

“Until the cities lie ruined
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away
    and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps when they are cut down,
    so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

–Isaiah 6:9-13

Calling all angels, whoever can hear and respond.

Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.

9 … “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

10 … “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? — Mark 4:3-13

This passage is even more koan-like when considered alongside Matthew’s version that has Jesus using the same words to mean that parables are the equivalent of “tell me like I’m 5.”

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For one who has perception, a mere sign is enough. For one who does not heed, a thousand explanations are not enough.

–Hajji Bektash Wali, Persian Mystic, 1209-1271, as found in The Great Waves of Change

I used to be able to quote this directly but now must modify it: “The man or woman of Knowledge does not know what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is going on!”

On a Whole New Level

A flag: this sudden sensitivity to language–surely the words of Jesus could not be construed as a dog-whistle for incitement to murder? The same flinching nervousness around the term “guerrilla marketing.” The same feeling that little children of color experience on the playground these days. This heightened alert to fear, which can be reasonable concern, it is a marker of an escalation in tension; it certainly calls for de-escalation in every case of heightened ferocity and sly aggression in word choice.

As Long as Nobody Talks About What Just Happened Here

Another flag, but this one personal. Individuals calling from the grave, calling attention to this that Jesus said.

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. –Matthew 5:28

In other words, you can tell where a relationship is going to end up from the start.

The power of a thought. The power of a message received.

The impact that the cunning have over the vulnerable, the innocent. Yet there is grace in the restraint that keeps the thought unexpressed in word or action, or just short of committing to action, as the case might be.

What the Heck Is Going On?

The man or woman of Knowledge who does not know what the heck is going on is the child in the room, the most vulnerable in the mental environment, the canary in the coal mine. In one respect, the most important person in the room because the most honest but the most devalued because least articulate.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.–William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

I suddenly found myself switched from team #LacksAllConviction to team #FullofPassionateIntensity and contemplated deeply (in the blog post series “You Say ‘God-fearing’ Like It’s a Bad Thing!?” concluding here) on what the heck is going on.

I practiced #BasecampRecon as a tweeted contemplation from @ThresholdUponUs (hashtag sequenced out of order, correct in timeline). I take the liberty of sharing (with “asked and answered” justification* for sharing!) the methodology. Visualize arriving at the night’s bivouac site :

  • It’s getting dark.
  • Time is of the essence.
  • Look around.
  • What does this setting call for?

That is the essential practice that I adapted to look at the hand we are dealt. Considering the situation more like a poker game than a mountain bed-down, I looked at “power supply,” through the lens of looking for the self-interest of the other as a weight in the balance of power.

It came after a reading of the room like a poker game, the room of the world stage, with the same question, where is true power centered on Earth?

Who is in that room? Where the most honest is the most vulnerable.

The practice produced a result that was icy clear: the high priority that humanity unite.

This kind of determination based on clear priorities–focus in the mental environment–is conveyed by this song

*found on Facebook, queried about it & saw it remained … for a while!

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.