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I, Me, Mine

Individualism is, of course, highly valued in Western culture. While any true spiritual development starts with the individual, the value of that development is only realized through relationship, through participation.

“There is no power in being an individual. It is a powerless state, for its basis cannot be rejuvenated. You are rejuvenated constantly because you are part of something greater that feeds you.” —Secrets of Heaven: Mystery Teachings of the Angels by Marshall Vian Summers

Bearing Gifts

The value of individualism is in the inherent strengths and weaknesses that each person brings to bear in the world. It is through interdependence that individuals’ qualities generate a whole that exceeds the sum of its parts. “As a Sufi saying goes, each person has a unique note in the universal symphony; no one can strike yours except you.” —The Hidden Gospel by Neil Douglas-Klotz

“Your individual nature and temperament are well-suited to fulfill your function, but if your function is unknown to you, then you will not understand their relevance. […] Gain access to what is known within you, this precious cargo that you carry unknowingly. […] You are progressing towards something for some reason to serve some greater force.” Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume OneChapter 3: “Greater Community”

Some Greater Force

How does this function become known? What is this greater force? Knowledge is the latter. Reclaiming it is the former.

“You cannot activate yourself. You cannot initiate yourself. It takes someone else, a greater force—either through an individual or a greater force in life—to do that. You cannot enlighten yourself. You cannot even take yourself through the essential initiations towards that realization.” Being A Greater Community Person

Context Is Everything                                               

Rarely, if ever, does understanding come in advance of the experience. The individual who is free of past-referencing, free of judgment; who is unburdened of needless relationships and/or possessions can participate in the world with clear eyes and an open heart.

“What brings Knowledge forth is meaningful engagement with others and meaningful participation in life. […] It is when you are meaningfully engaged with others, in relationship with them and in relationship with life, that there is the greatest possibility for Knowledge to emerge within you.” Greater Community Spirituality; Chapter 22: “Where Can Knowledge Be Found?”

Pockets Empty, Heart Full

Each person in the world today is an individual expression of a Greater Reality. It is through the applied study of Steps to Knowledge, the Book of Inner Knowing, by Marshall Vian Summers, that the individual can find purpose, meaning and direction, thus furthering the world in the evolution of its rightful path.

“If you do not activate Knowledge in your life, your life is a lost opportunity. This you will reflect upon when you leave.” Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume One

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Stop Obsessing about your Purpose

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If you have the great fortune of being able to consider the question, “What is my purpose in life,” then you are in the top 0.1% of people in the world.

Most people struggle daily to provide for themselves and their family the basics of life: food, water, housing, clothing, education and a little comfort. They don’t have the luxury of considering what the purpose of their life is.

And for those who do have the basics of life securely in grasp, the question of life purpose naturally begins to emerge. Thinking about it constantly, or letting this question delay real action in the world, however, represents a missed opportunity and could lead to self-obsession.

Marshall Vian Summers teaches that this self-obsession can lead to mental illness.

So self-obsession is at the heart of all mental illness. Escaping it, then, in a positive and constructive way is like finding your way out of a jungle that seems to have no possible exit, a dilemma with no resolution, a pursuit with no real and permanent fulfillment. And yet the world prods us, encourages us, to enter into this self-obsession. And the more we have, the more we want and the deeper embedded we can become; the wealthier we are, the more trapped we are. It is like a jungle with no escape, no path leading outward. – Freedom from Self-Obsession

And what relief this is – to give up self-obsession. Instead of constantly thinking of how to be better entertained, how to look better, how to be more popular or how to acquire more possessions, we just look at the world around us and ask: “How can I make it a better place right now? Who needs a helping hand, or even just a smile?” The greatest acts of selfless service in the world often go unnoticed.

This, in my view, is the start of the journey out of the jungle, away from mental illness and towards our life purpose.

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Ancient Greeks and Arete

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The ancient Greeks philosophized that success in life was based upon maximizing one’s potential to leave a lasting legacy in the world.

Aristotle and Knowledge


They used the word arete, or “virtue” to symbolize excellence in life. The man or woman of arete is fully functional, using every aspect of themselves: mind, body and spirit to achieve something of lasting significance in life.

Arete, to the ancient Greeks, was the key to fulfilling one’s life purpose.

Interestingly, the words arete and the greek word for “knowledge” were used almost synonymously. If arete is knowledge, Greek philosophers concluded that the highest human knowledge is knowledge about oneself through stillness and contemplation. Aristotle called contemplation, “the highest human ability and happiness.”

And this is where the New Message teachings on Knowledge, stillness and contemplation may not be so new, except that they are presented in a new, modern context.

More than just a clarification, the New Message reveals that Knowledge is the foundation of all religious and spiritual traditions. The path to discovering our Knowledge was the basis all human philosophies and religions because Knowledge is our connection to our eternal life.

For life here [on Earth] without Knowledge, purpose, meaning and true relationship is miserable, confused and hopeless… The gift of Knowledge was part of all the previous Revelations, but has been lost and obscured through human adoption and misuse. – The Redemption

The truth of inner Knowledge, while not new, has been kept out of reach for millennia from the general public and maintained only for the adept, powerful, or chosen few.

And now the path to Knowledge it is being brought forth anew, in the simplest terms possible that can be translated into any human language. It has been brought again to Earth and is available for free to anyone who feels the call of a life purpose waiting to be discovered in their Knowledge.

Without inner Knowledge, life is essentially hopeless; going from alternating moments of happiness and despair in between long stretches of boredom. With Knowledge, life has purpose, meaning and a real potential to leave a lasting legacy in the world.

The path to arete, the path to Knowledge, lies before you in the meditation guide book Steps to Knowledge:

Steps to Knowledge

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To End Poverty

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Your purpose is to end poverty within yourself and to assist in ending poverty in others, not just physical poverty but spiritual poverty, for that is the root of all human suffering—for the rich, for the poor. – Poverty

To end poverty within yourself

To end poverty in the rich and the poor. From the revelation “Poverty”

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful that I don’t live in physical poverty. But the poverty of the soul still lingers within me.

Just because I have plenty of food to eat, a roof over my head, clothes on my back and endless opportunities for distraction and entertainment, does not mean I have escaped poverty.

Just because I escaped physical poverty doesn’t mean life is all peaches and cream. Why is that?

How is that I have a good job, a loving family, 500 channels on TV, an infinite array of distractions online, and I still feel that something is missing, that there is more to life…

Most of you will not know what I mean. But for some you, this may strike a chord. And if it does, the New Message from God explains this condition of “inner poverty” in a new revelation.

The New Message highlights the inner poverty of my soul. The Poverty of not living with purpose and meaning. Living a life of quiet desperation; working a job and working for very little reward beyond supporting me and my family.

Until you can find the greater voice that God has put within you to follow, you will experience poverty. Even if you have all things that you materially need, you will still be poor. Even if you live in splendor, your life will be empty, without true meaning and direction. – Poverty

This is a deeper poverty that afflicts millions of people. The extreme cases of this inner poverty is seen in addiction, criminal acts, depression and obsessive behavior. It all stems from the same inner poverty, poverty of the soul.

And for those who were less fortunate than me and yet who were still able to escape outer poverty, the New Message states that you will still not be able to escape this inner poverty:

For so many who have escaped abject poverty will then enter a realm of personal exploration and indulgence, personal escape from the harshness of life. They will live in a world of acquisition, a world of seeking romance, a world of fantasy and self-indulgence. What has their wealth, what has their newfound affluence given them but deepening their dilemma now, for now their poverty becomes more hidden, though it still haunts them. – Poverty

Escaping poverty is everyone’s purpose in life – on one level or another. Once we have escaped outer poverty (if you’re reading this, then you have) we are all working toward eliminating inner poverty in ourselves and in others. As the New Message says:

Here everyone has a common purpose. Though your gifts are meant for certain places and people, everyone has a common purpose whether they are religious or not, no matter what country or set of circumstances they come from. – Poverty

That is what we work towards when we quietly contemplate our actions. That is what we work towards when we build relationships of common purpose. That is what we work towards when we help others in real need of food, clothing and shelter.

This is what will end poverty in ourselves and in others. This is what life is really about. This is the only thing that can satisfy our Souls:

If the Soul is not satisfied, nothing will satisfy you. You can own as much as you can hold and more. It will not satisfy you. You will always want more, endlessly wanting more, endlessly, because your Soul is not satisfied. It is an emptiness you cannot fill with things or with romance or with exciting adventures or with endless experiences in the world. It can only be fulfilled by recognizing the deeper intelligence that God has given you, which alone can give you the strength and the purpose to elevate your life and to lead to a greater life of service and fulfillment in the world. – Poverty

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There are no Small Lives, only Small Minds.

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You are in the world for a purpose now, not your purpose, but a purpose that was given to you before you came, a purpose that is related to these times and to the Great Waves of change that are coming to the world.”- The Origin

This was shocking when I read it. I said to myself, “I can’t mold my life to my desires? No way! You mean that my life is dictated by choices that I made before I was born?”

No small lives - only small mindsThis revelation is telling me that the big picture of my life is not in my control. It’s like I’m an actor in a theatrical play where I have lines to say and places to go on a stage, but I can’t change the play itself.

I can say my lines as I hear them. I can move to my own rhythm on this stage of life. But all of this has to be done within the context of the larger play, the larger story in the world. I chose to play this part in this play, according to the revelation.

Similarly, everyone on the planet today is playing a part in this drama called the Great Waves of change, which include the great climate changes and the slow dwindling of our natural resources. We can choose how to live our lives within this great drama, but we can’t escape this bigger movement of the world.

We can choose to pursue this career, and marry this person, but eventually we will have to face the great economic, social and political changes underfoot in the world today. And perhaps that’s not such a bad thing…

“It is the Plan not of your making that will rescue you from the dilemma that has no resolution.” – Secrets of Heaven (Secret #123)

Wait, I have a dilemma too? I thought I made choices before I was born? But the problem is that I can’t remember making that choice. If you’re anything like me, you were born with amnesia of where you came from and why you chose to come to this world.

So, in lieu of remembering and knowing why I am here, I have tried to create a purpose for myself, as most people have tried to do. We have driven ourselves to get a job, to have a family, or to acquire something for ourself or our community. In most cases, these goals are all socially acceptable and lauded.

And if you’re anything like me, once you have the career, or have the family and have the things you want, there is still an emptiness inside that knows it’s not the reason why we’re here.

Finally, there is an explanation for why I felt this way and why millions of others like me have experienced this, too:

Never think that your purpose will arise from what you want for yourself. Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 18

And so, the New Message from God (where all these quotes come from) has rescued me from my own ambition and my own creations in this life. It has brought me closer to myself, as if I have finally found my true self, found myself on solid ground – the solid ground of my true being, the truth of my existence here…

Without a greater destiny and a purpose in the world, you are adrift. Like a speck on the ocean, you are adrift. Even if you have wealth and splendor and seem to be marginally in control of your life, you are still adrift internally. You are a stranger to yourself. You do not know where you have come from or where you are going. You do not know what you are really here to do, despite all of your goals and plans. – The Redemption

There are no small parts, only small actors - StanislavskyAnd so, I have to play the cards that are dealt to me, to all of us. We have to deal with economic decline, political chaos, climates change and social disintegration. I have to live out this drama according to the terms and conditions of the world, not my ideas on the way the World should be.

I don’t have any right to be angry or disappointed by anything in the world. These are simply the lines to be read and the actions to be taken in this script which I did not create. My role is to play this part in this play as well as I can:

Your greater purpose in the world is not your invention, and you cannot come to it on your own terms. It must be revealed to you, and you must be willing for this revelation to take place and to have the patience and the humility to be able to receive this progressively, for you cannot face it all at once. – The Soul

The Method acting teacher Stanislavsky once said there are no small parts, only small actors. The same is true of life: There are no small lives, only small minds.

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More than just an Idea

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I have been meditating for nearly twenty years now. And while it has given me more calm, focus and peace in daily life, I still don’t have a handle on my life’s greater purpose.

Am I doing something wrong? Maybe. But there is also the possibility that I’m doing it right – that one’s life purpose is more than just an idea or a fixed mission.

No, life purpose has to be bigger than our little ideas, and the New Message teaching on “Deepening Your Spiritual Practice” confirms this:

Here the answer [life purpose] is not merely an idea, or an image, or even a vision. The answer is a door that opens, through which you must pass, a journey to take now—not a journey that is governed by your intellect and your assumptions or the traditional beliefs of society, but a journey that is guided by Knowledge.

Here, Knowledge refers to the deeper intelligence beyond the reach of the intellect. Knowledge is eternal and contains the purpose for our being in the world, although it is not influenced by the world:

You were sent here for a greater purpose, and that purpose is kept by Knowledge within yourself, awaiting the time when you would have the maturity and the seriousness about your life to sincerely inquire and to prepare for the emergence of this Knowledge.

And the fact that we have to be ready, willing and able to receive our life purpose makes a lot of sense. Knowledge won’t give us a task it knows we aren’t ready for and can’t complete.

The Journey to Discover Life Purpose

Like climbing a mountain, it is a series of steps and actually a series of thresholds as well, where you have to choose again to keep going, thresholds where you lose heart, or you try to compromise yourself, thinking that what you have is good enough, that you will be satisfied with where you are. But Knowledge will keep you moving up this mountain, for you must climb this mountain to have a clear view of the panorama of your life and of the world, a life and a world you cannot see in the valleys and lowlands below.

Life purpose will not be handed to me on a silver platter. I have to put in the work. I have to maintain the discipline for a daily spiritual practice.

You do not get up a mountain by stumbling around blindly. It takes a real determination and a discovery and application of your greater strength, and a willingness to forgo those attractions and those seductions that have captured your mind and your life before.

My daily spiritual practice includes a meditation guide book called “Steps to Knowledge.” It offers a gentle and yet challenging daily ascent to acquire the vision to see the purpose and destiny of my life. I’m not at the top yet, but I’m getting better through practice.

The Creator of all life has given humanity the Teaching in Steps to Knowledge as a pure pathway to follow. It is not the only pathway in the world, certainly, but it is pure and uncontaminated, and it is extremely powerful. But it requires a daily practice, for whatever you practice on a daily basis, you become very good at.

Life purpose is more than just an idea. It is a feeling of being in the right place, doing the right things, with the right people. How many of us truly feel that way?

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Purpose Always Has a Calling

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Purpose always has a calling. Indeed, the function of purpose is the response to a calling. You cannot understand your purpose without acting upon it. This action will call for perhaps a greater participation and understanding than you have ever known. – from “Secrets of Heaven,” Secret #83

Purpose has a callingMost people, myself included, want to understand the purpose before taking action. For example, I want to know the full plan before I act upon it. That’s only logical, right?

However, the approach offered by the Secrets of Heaven (a book of over 200 Spiritual Secrets) is completely different. Rather then having the mind be in control and directing our lives, we are gently urged to let go of the steering wheel. In fact, we are told to give up control. More than God being our co-pilot, this Secret reveals that Knowledge – the divine spirit within us, is the real pilot.

But we just can’t leave our minds behind. I, especially with many years of education under my belt, can’t throw away the mind. So there has to be a way to bring the mind of along gently and ween it away from its perceived role as “the boss.”

The mind is a wonderful instrument to navigate this world. In fact, we can’t be here without it. But we can’t let it run our life. There is a happy medium between being led by the mind and being led by Spirit. That’s where the spiritual training in Steps to Knowledge comes in:

Steps to Knowledge is a reclamation of who you are and why you are here because purpose always has a calling. Just like the Secret tells us. Stillness is the opportunity to return to the Mystery. All the great practices are pathways to return to the Mystery without losing your foundation in the manifestation. For you cannot have one without the other and be complete. – Marshall Vian Summers, author of Steps to Knowledge, during the 2016 Steps to Knowledge Vigil, June 4th, Day #10

The secret above says that to discover our purpose, we have to respond to a calling. What does that mean exactly? For me, responding to a calling has always been a strong reaction to do something in response to something I observe in the world.

For me, that calling was usually around environmental issues, sustainability, and the preservation of the earth’s natural resources. I always knew that change in these areas was needed for the benefit of everyone and I felt called to act. And so I worked on environmental related projects most of my life. I didn’t know if this was my purpose, but I acted anyway.

What have you felt called to do in this world? Purpose always has a calling.

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Global Climate Change: It’s What We Want

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Global Climate Change: It's What we want

Dr. James Lovestock

As I read the news every day, and see all of the horrible stories about Global climate change, I don’t understand why we as a planet don’t do anything about it.

It’s as if the news has to get much worse in order to move people to take Global climate change seriously. Why is that?

Do we as a species require an emergency situation in order to prevent our own destruction? Are we that stupid that we need to get very close to dying before we will actually start living in a healthy relationship with our planet?

This makes me think that humanity is insane. What other animal destroys the life sustaining resources of its environment? None.

But humanity also is unlike all the other animals in that it has an innate desire and need for purpose in life. Today, I read the comments of Dr. James Lovestock who invented the term “Gaia” to describe Earth as a living being. He wondered if our collective purpose is to create global climate change so that we will have a sense of meaningful purpose.

When I think of the impending [global climate] crisis now, I think in those terms. A sense of purpose – that’s what people want. – Dr. James Lovestock in 2008

Perhaps global climate change is the catalyst for us as a species to evolve and grow from a selfish, egocentric race to one that can live in peace, all together, as One planet. Without a gun to our head, figuratively speaking, we wouldn’t change. No one likes change and usually change occurs only during very difficult circumstances such as losing a job, losing a relationship, or losing a loved one.

Perhaps we need to face losing our way of life in order to change and grow. The prophecy from the New Message from God says that the great waves of change that are coming to our world are so powerful and will be greater than any world war in our history:

The Great Waves are far more powerful than you are. You will not alter them with your affirmations or your declarations. But you can learn to mitigate them, to adapt to them, to use them to your advantage and to use them to be of assistance to others.

The human need around you will be immense—greater than any world war it will be. And you will have to be prepared to take care of people, people you do not even know perhaps, and to assist others in ways that will be new for you and unexpected. There will be great shortages of food and in some places great shortages of water. Your energy resources will become precious, difficult and expensive to gain access to. There will be political and economic instability, and there will be much civil unrest in many places in the world. – The Great Waves of Change

And Dr. Lovetock compares this time with the period immediately preceding the second world war. He is old enough to have you lived through this. Interesting no?

Humanity is in a period exactly like 1938-9, he explains, when “we all knew something terrible was going to happen, but didn’t know what to do about it”. But once the second world war was under way, “everyone got excited, they loved the things they could do… – Dr. James Lovestock in 2008

The Great Waves of ChangeI have often felt that I have been waiting for these monumental changes in the world in order to fulfill my role here on earth, as macabre as that may appear. But it makes sense: if humanity needs to change due to an existential crisis, then it needs change agents, it needs first responders, it needs healers, it needs people who can serve in this time of immense change and a transition to a new way of life.

Do you feel this way, too? Do you feel you are meant to play a role in the most important event of the last 5,000 years as humanity navigates it’s way through global climate change? If so, read the Great Waves of Change. It offers an honest warning and a real pathway to a new life and a new world for humanity.

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People Think They Know the Truth

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People think they know the truth of who they are

“The Freedom Journey” from the New Message from God

When I reveal to people that I meditate in order to find greater purpose in life, they often ask, “So, tell me: what have you found? What is your purpose?”

That is the mind’s response: tell me what purpose is. Let’s define it, analyze it and discuss it. People think they know the truth.

Believe me, I would tell them what my purpose was if finding it were so easy. But purpose is not fixed and static. Purpose can’t be clearly defined because the world is constantly changing, it’s challenges and opportunities aren’t fixed.

The mind likes to think it knows the truth of our lives and our purpose for living. But it’s not so easy because the mind is shaped by the culture, social norms and technology in which it grew and developed. The New Message’s revelation on freedom has helped me to see this:

People think they know the truth. They think they know what they want because they are trying to use the intellect to determine the purpose, the course and the direction of their life. But the intellect is a temporary thing, a marvelous instrument it is for communication and evaluation, but it cannot discern the greater truth about your life—why you are here and who sent you. For this you must go beyond ideas, beliefs and assumptions into a deeper experience. – The Freedom Journey

If my life purpose were fixed and clearly defined, then what would my life be for once my purpose was clearly achieved? Time for suicide? Of course not!

In my experience, purpose is felt in response to experiences with the world and other people: something inspires me, something outrages me, or someone moves me to tears. I can’t feel my purpose without the world stimulating me.

My Children are My Purpose

I have many friends who, like me, have children and they all point to them as their reason for working and living. It is their life purpose, as far as they can discern it. They ask, “Isn’t raising our children the purpose of life?”

Obviously, children can’t be our sole purpose in life. Just ask any “empty nest” couple whose children grew up and moved away from home. What is those parents’ purpose now?

Clearly, our purpose is beyond simply taking care of our family.

The New Message makes it clear that our purpose is to support some higher goal for life here on Earth that is part of a grander plan beyond caring for family, and which is beyond our immediate comprehension:

Fundamentally, the expression of a higher purpose is your service to God and to humanity and the world. This transcends your service to yourself or your service to your immediate family. You still provide service for yourself and your family to a certain degree, but the priority shifts to a higher level now.- The Freedom Journey

If these words resonate with you and if you know you are here to do something important, in concert with other people, then the New Message may be able to help you. It provides a pathway to discover life purpose called Steps to Knowledge and offers a forum and a free school to discuss one’s discoveries with others.

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No One Has Come Here by Accident

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“No one has come here by accident. Everyone has been sent for a purpose. This purpose remains undiscovered within you, but you must find it, for that is the great pursuit in life.”

– from the revelation “How God Speaks to Humanity

I used to think that life in general, and my life in particular, was random; a matter of luck when life dealt me favorable circumstances, and misfortune if I was given difficult circumstances.

I used to believe that God didn’t exist, which meant that life must have come from some natural, impersonal, and ultimately purposeless process. That meant I was purposeless, too. If life’s just an accident, then so was I.

Then, I discovered meditation, and found that there was something beyond my physical senses that I could feel. There was something talking to me in a meaningful way that I couldn’t explain. So maybe there is a Divine Source (God) gently pulling the strings of me and everyone else, like a puppet.

But this didn’t give my life any sense of meaning or purpose. I was still just a powerless actor playing a part in one of God’s plays.

A Purpose not Created by Me but For me

Then the New Message from God (not affiliated with Christianity) came into my life and encouraged me to consider my life in a new light: the light of intension and purpose set from beyond this life. A purpose not created by me but for me.

What if I chose this life and these circumstances in order to do something important, in order to learn by contributing something in concert with others?

Then, life is not a meaningless crap shoot where I must get what I can while I am alive. Life is an opportunity, with a mission to serve; a mission that I signed up for before I was born. Then, I am not just a pawn in someone else’s game of life. I am a vital participant with a purpose to fulfill and a responsibility to carry it out.

no one came here by accidentThe question then becomes, “What did I sign up for?” and “Why did I come?”

These questions are the most important questions one can ask and the New Message has taught me that these are life-long questions that have no fixed answer and has an evolving demonstration in the world.

If you’re feeling that you have something important to do in your life, then the New Message can help you discover this purpose. Regardless of your existing religious affiliation, it can help you in this mysterious journey. It has helped me.

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