Ideas Are no Substitute for Experience

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Everyone has ideas, and opinions, but ideas are no substitute for experience.

Anyone can talk all day long from a street corner about God and higher purpose. Anyone can pontificate about how many angels exist on the head of a pin. However, they will never be any closer to their life purpose.

Ideas are no substitute for experience and knowledge:

The experience will always be different from imagination. The experience will be its own initiation. Stay at the bottom of the mountain and you will never know the mountain. Stay in your thoughts and your ideas, and you will never understand what
real purpose, meaning and direction in life are. Protect your ideas, and they will hold you where you are. – Greater Community Spirituality

If ideas are not helpful in knowing God and God’s plan for us, then why do we have them? Why can’t we just go to the direct experience of God and our life purpose?

Ideas are no substitute for experience

Ideas are helpful as pointers. Ideas are like maps for our life. Just like how seeing a map is not the same as traveling on the path, ideas are not the same as experience. Our intellects are great helpers, calculators and communicators but they are not at the heart of who we are:

The power of God has been placed within you, but it is not within your intellect. – The New Message for the Impoverished and Oppressed

And here lies the value for our lives. If we can experience our life purpose, we will surely know it. Here, ideas can lead us to TRY something that we feel is a life purpose. How did that feel? What was our experience that came from that idea?

Before you can change the world, you must change yourself.

So, to find our life purpose, we have to step outside of our minds, into the world and experience the truth of who we are. We have to get off our behinds, get off the Internet and experience the Mystery of life!

Because… ideas are no substitute for experience.

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God Found Me

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God Found MeMy life has greatly changed since I started studying the New Message from God. I moved to a new country. I got divorced. I changed careers. I have left many old friends and let go of family obligations. God found me and I pray at night.

These are significant changes. However, they are just the outer manifestations of the New Message in my life. Inside, I am learning and growing in ways I previously didn’t know were possible.

I now can sense and articulate a destiny and a purpose in my life that previously I didn’t think possible or perhaps that I didn’t believe I deserved. This is so empowering and at the same time settling for me.

I am learning about the importance of discretion and discernment. I am learning to value stillness. I am learning to follow, to join and to let go of my separate identity. I am learning to value Knowledge, to value myself, value my life and to feel Knowledge moving in my life.

I now know that I live a much greater life beyond this life alone, and this changes everything in my outlook on people, the world and my life. In the past, the world seemed random and chaotic. Now I see the world as a reflection of Knowledge or the denial of Knowledge.

In the past I thought that my career and work was the end goal. I now know how my work in the world is just a means to an end to serve a higher purpose with others who are called to this New Message.

God Found Me Like a Speck on the Ocean

In the past, I saw my life as random, or the luck of the draw. And now, I feel a part of a grander plan. I feel so fortunate to have been found, like the New Message describes, found along with others, like a speck on the ocean for a greater purpose.

This grand plan is far beyond my understanding but I still can participate fully with my acquired worldly skills and talents in concert with inherited Knowledge. After participating in vital life-changing events such as this Vigil and at Encampment, I feel a great burning in me to help the Messenger in his Mission to bring this New Message into the world. Sometimes, that fire burns me and sometimes it burns others in this community. I am learning to hold this and contain this fire without damage.

In the past, I was independent, a lone wolf and proud of it. Now, I find myself enmeshed in a community of purpose and destiny. I meet people from around the world who share this destiny with me and it is amazing to feel resonance and affinity with people who don’t speak my language or share my culture. I now know I am not alone in this world of Separation and this brings me great comfort and warms my heart.

Now, I am learning to be a part of this interdependent community of the New Message that serves the Messenger, the Angelic Presence and their mission to bring a New Message into the world for the survival and freedom of humanity in the face of the Great Waves of Change and competition from the Greater Community.

I now find myself struggling to learn my place in this great narrative of life, but the struggle is sweet. Every day I wake up and I consider how I may I use my time in the world to further the New Message. I no longer pass time in order to get to the next stimulating event in life. I am happy in the moment for the opportunities it presents itself to serve the Mission – no matter how messy this process may appear to my critical surface mind. In the past, I was burdened by my thoughts and now I am learning to observe the stories I tell myself and not be bound by them.

Most importantly, I am now practicing to follow the deeper voice of Knowledge within me that knows where I need to go, what I need to do and with whom I need to join with. I am not there yet but I feel the pull and I hear the calling so clearly to be here in service to the Messenger in his remaining time. My intentions are clear and nothing has ever felt so right in my life.

God found me. Nasi Novare Coram

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Don’t Waste Your Freedom

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Don't waste your freedomYou may think your times spent as a student were times of freedom, because you were young and had few responsibilities.

Perhaps you considered your parents to be very un-free and blamed them for being tied down to things. Perhaps you are a student yourself and you may wish that this would continue forever.

But what is a student but a person who has not yet really participated in life, a person in preparation?

Your parents are participating in life now, they have learned about their strengths and their weaknesses from life’s challenges. How can someone not yet ready to participate complain about those who do?

Some even complain about those who pay for their education, their preparation for life. Your parents know the requirements of life from their perspective and they wish to help you prepare. Don’t waste your freedom to prepare.

You may think that their vision of your future was wrong and their idea of preparation was inadequate. This happens all the time. But you cannot question the good intention behind this. They wish to prepare you to be ready to participate, they do not wish that you spend your entire life preparing to participate. They know that this would be tragic for you. They have seen it. I have seen it: people in their 30’s or 40’s still playing in their life and not really participating.

Don’t Waste Your Freedom on Cheap Thrills

Don't waste your freedom with cheap thrillsYou may know these people, too, and think they represent the ultimate in freedom that this world has to offer. Am I talking about ski bums, base jumpers, stuntmen, round-the-world sailers – all the cool people now? Yes, I do, but I refer mostly to just the ordinary person who thinks their life purpose is to be entertained.

The over all fatality rate of base jumpers is one fatality per sixty participants. This is an ultimate example of foolishness. Is this freedom? Is it freedom to risk everything that was done to bring you up in this difficult world? The countless hours your mother and father spent to take care of you, raise you, all the money spent to educate you by your parents and society. Is it freedom to risk all that for a momentary thrill?

Show me the freedom in dying in a base jump and I will show you the definition of a corrupted concept of freedom. But I have found a new concept of freedom that clarifies this complexity:

“You lose your freedom every day when you lose contact with Knowledge, when you are lost to yourself, when you act in such a way that betrays your true understanding, when you say things you don’t mean to say and do things you do not really intend to do and when you follow others mindlessly out of fear and concern.”

The New Message from God gives this fresh concept of freedom, of which this quote was just a small part.

Do you wish to stop following others mindlessly? I know I do. It happens so easily. You see an ad, and suddenly think you need something you did not need 10 minutes ago. What is that? I truly want out of all this.

Can wasting your life be considered an essential freedom? We are wasting this world, we are free to do that, but does this give us eventually freedom or disaster? You know the answers to all these questions. This knowing is called Knowledge.

Steps to KnowledgeYou cannot be free unless you give freedom to others. And giving freedom requires responsibility, dedication to service and accountability to others. If you think you are not accountable to the world that supports you in so many ways, you are still playing with life, you are still in preparation to participate.

Your parents did not have a way out of this, unless they were engaged in true spiritual work. You can have a way out of this, there are steps out of this. Over 25 years ago a program of study called “Steps to Knowledge” was given that is a way out of this and showing a way to freedom of almost unimaginable proportions. A freedom of its truest sense. The way is given, you just need to take the first step. This is the true preparation you need to be in, but you can only enter, once you affirm that your time to participate has come.

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Greater Purpose and Destiny

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Greater Purpose and Destiny

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Feeding Souls

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What will snap you out of the dreams and the goals of your life?

For Narayanan Krishnan in India, it was seeing an old man eating his own waste. His life was never the same again. He asked himself, “what is the purpose of my life,” if people are starving and I am feeding wealthy people in a hotel?

He was a bright, young, award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group, short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. Now, he has served nearly 2 million meals to India’s homeless and hungry. He has devoted his life to feeding souls.

Purpose is realized by taking the journey, not by establishing a favorable or fascinating explanation or a definition for oneself. Purpose is not a justification. It does not compensate for anything. Purpose is something that is waiting for you to discover. You can only discover it by taking the journey, by following the way, by learning as you go and by gaining the greater perspective and understanding that one acquires as one matures in The Way of Knowledge. – Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 5: What is Human Purpose?

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Al Pacino on Acting and Destiny

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Al  Pachino on Acting and Destiny

Al Pacino

For Al Pacino, the famous stage and screen actor, performing is not so much a profession as it is a destiny:

“This is what I’m meant to do. It’s the cog in my life. With this, everything suddenly coheres. And I understand myself in that way.” – Al Pacino as quoted in The New Yorker magazine

Acting, according to Pacino, is about “getting into a state that brings about freedom and expression and the unconscious.”

I have previously written about the mental state of “Flow” which comes from being in a heightened mental state of the present moment.

Flow is the first clue that you are involved in your life purpose. To keep following the clues takes you beyond the present moment and connects your life with a higher calling and destiny. One’s life begins to make sense once we see our destiny and we realize that we are not random.

The act of finding our destiny, as Al Pacino found it through acting, is not a planned event. It cannot be created out of our dreams or preferences, Destiny is what we were meant to do in our time and in the place where we were born. It is the missing key:

“Destiny is not something that you can prescribe for yourself, nor something you can define and say, “This is my destiny because I like the idea.”

Destiny has to do with where you have come from and where you are going and why you are in the world and where the world is going—things that are far beyond most people’s consideration or awareness. – The New Message revelation “Destiny”

Determining our destiny is not a casual affair. It gets to the heart of why you were born and why you came to this planet. For the person who NEEDS to know these things there are esoteric means available in all religions, although they are usually reserved for the adept or the elite.

Everyone Has a Destiny

The New Message is here to spark the desire for every person to discover their purpose and destiny because the world’s circumstances are now calling for them to emerge and be of service to a changing world. As our World changes, becomes more unstable, more uncertain, each of us will be needed to play our greater role which is destined for us.

This role is something that makes you whole, makes your life make sense. There is a role for all of us that actors like Al Pacino would crave. It will make us feel necessary, vital, challenged and ultimately redeemed by meeting and fulfilling our life’s destiny.

Do you feel this destiny calling but have not found a pathway in the world’s religions? Then read the New Message revelation, “Destiny”.

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Serve the Truth

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To serve the Truth.What does that mean?

How can I serve the truth? How can I know the truth, let alone serve it?

Everyone knows the truth when they experience it. The truth is not an idea – it’s a feeling.

The feeling of doing what is right is the truth. And similarly, doing what you were meant to do is a feeling of truth.

Anyone who has worked enough jobs in life knows that there are two types of jobs:

  1. The Untrue job that you hate because it worries you, taxes you, frustrates you, drags on forever and leaves you feeling wasted. Even if the job pays a lot of money, this type of work leaves you feeling worn out and stressed out. This is not the truth.
  2. The True job that inspires you, invigorates you, excites you, motivates you, pushes you to new heights of achievement, gives you satisfaction and makes time fly. This is a job closer closer to your real function and purpose in the world. This job serves the truth of your being.

To Serve the Truth is to Serve God

Interestingly, God and religion have a lot to say about how to serve the Truth:

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.  (John 4:24)

Christianity puts the onus on the believer to not only seek God and worship Him, but to also worship and seek the Truth. This puts an onus of responsibility on Christians to do more than just pray and believe. It calls for action and to serve the Truth in the world in a way that is true and meaningful for each unique individual.

The New Message from God, through the meditation course Steps to Knowledge, is also calling forth this truth which is sleeping and ever-present inside every individual to come out and be expressed:

IT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY, it is your greatest happiness and it is your greatest contentment to finally serve the truth. Your past has been frustrated and dismal because you have attempted to serve things without foundation and meaning. You have attempted to identify with things without purpose and direction. This has rendered to you the feeling that you have no purpose, meaning or direction. Feel happy now that you can represent the truth and serve the truth, for the truth gives you all that is true. It gives you purpose, meaning and direction which are what you have sought in all of your engagements, relationships, activities and endeavors. This is what you have sought in all of your fantasies, in all of your concerns and in all of your hopes. Step 349 from Steps to Knowledge 

When we can get to the point where we can feel the Truth inside of us, then we can follow it, serve it and express it through our unique design and function.

This, in my experience, is what leads to true meaning and purpose in life. This is what leads me to feel completely used in a proper and fully appropriate way. This is what leads me to have great faith and knowledge that there is a Greater Force in the world and a small part of this greater force lives inside of me.

To serve the truth is to serve a Greater force

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Life Purpose Advice from Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson

A friend recently pointed to this letter from famous 20th century journalist Hunter S. Thompson who gave life purpose advice to a friend who sought his counsel.

At first, Thompson sets the ground properly by advising that no human can tell another human what their life purpose is. Only an individual, through careful inner listening to their God-given inner Knowledge, over time, and many patient steps, may be able to discern the soft voice of their true purpose and direction in life.

Thompson then uses Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a foil to argue for and against going with the flow of life or swimming upstream, which is alright. The trick is which voice do we follow? Some voices will urge us to take the easy path and other voices in life will urge us to go upstream.

This is where he loses track with what is never changing, always consistent within us and serves as our true compass in life. Because going with the flow is not necessarily incorrect and swimming upstream is not necessarily more noble or more purposeful for our lives. It really depends on each person’s life and what they are destined to do.

It is only by following the sure voice inside that we can know what our life purpose is. Oftentimes, that voice is easiest to hear when we are young and before our minds have been programmed to value worldly things like money, prestige and power.

So when Thompson writes,

When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you.”

He isn’t accounting for that within us which never changes, despite our advancing years and despite our formal education and training of the mind.

Knowledge within us never changes and is fundamentally beyond the mind. Knowledge is connected to our True selves that lives a Greater Life in a Greater Community beyond this one life on this one planet. Ultimately, we have all come here for a purpose and that purpose is contained in our Knowledge.

That’s why people seek life purpose advice – they KNOW they are here for a reason and that reason is not contained in their mind.

The Only True Life Purpose Advice: Seek Knowledge

Steps to KnowledgeUltimately, being who we really are, beyond the mind and beyond any social conditioning, will make us the most happy. Goals, plans and dreams are all nothing to Knowledge. Knowledge is on a mission and it is our life purpose to fulfill that Knowledge of what we are here to do. Nothing could make us happier.

So, the question may come, if you’re still reading: “How do I hear this Knowledge you speak of?”

The New Message has provided a pathway of sacred Steps to Knowledge, which if practiced honestly and faithfully, will provide you with great insights, knowledge and the life purpose advice that you seek.


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Purpose in the Present Moment

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Living with purpose in the present moment has immense benefits for our mental, emotional and spiritual health. One of the benefits is that time moves swiftly and we are completely focused on the task at hand.

Anyone who has been engrossed in something understands this.

Purpose in the present momentIt can happen to anyone, at any time, as long as they are doing something that completely fascinates them. Time seems to slow down – or even stop.

It can happen while playing a musical instrument or playing a sport. We are so focused and so concentrated that time flies. This makes us feel alive!

The New Message explains that this experience is very real and significant. Knowing when we experience this is a good sign that we are living with purpose:

It is only a matter of time, and time can only seem long to those who dwell within it without purpose. But to those who dwell in time with purpose, time moves swiftly and brings about this great result. – Step 258, Steps to Knowledge

This concept of living with purpose in the present moment is not new in spiritual and religious circles.

Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta, Judaism and Buddhism have all described the state of losing one’s sense of self while engaged in a higher purpose in the present moment. The goal is to lose the personal, separate identity with others and the world.

Flow: Living with Purpose in the Present Moment

Science confirms that this experience is real and not just “spiritual”. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychologist who has studied the state of total focus while performing an enjoyable activity.

Flow is another word for living with purpose in the present momentHe termed this state “Flow.” He found that this state occurs across many disciplines and throughout all cultures. It is a distinctive human trait common to all people who are completely focused and living with purpose in the present moment.

According to Csikszentmihalyi, emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized and life affirming. One cannot be in a state of anxiety or depression while experiencing Flow.

No one likes “killing time” and being bored. Deep down, this feeling kills us slowly. Living with purpose is the path to a true life, true contribution and true happiness.

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Greater Purpose in Life is a Destiny

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Oh, how many times have I tried to create my future and create a greater purpose in life? Too many times to count.

I have tried to fulfill myself in the world by acquiring power, money, possessions and people. On the other hand, I have also tried to create a greater purpose in life by escaping from the world into narcotics, alcohol, spirituality, intellectualism and self-righteousness.

Each time, it never worked – no surprise there.

Greater purpose in life is a destinyAnd then I found the New Message which clarifies and explains why we can’t create our greater purpose in life. This mission was given to us before we came into the world and we must follow that call even though we don’t consciously know where it is taking us.

In fact, we have accumulated so many ideas about what we want from life and what we think our destiny is, we must first free ourselves from our past ideas, associations and commitments:

Long before this greater purpose is realized, you will be taking these steps to free yourself, to regain your lost life, to regain your power and your self-confidence. For your greater purpose is not simply a big definition. It is a destiny. But to move in the direction of your destiny, you must be freed from the past sufficiently so that you can move forward with a greater inspiration. So you begin the journey. – from the revelation “The Journey”

In order to begin to realize a greater purpose in life, we need to learn to follow the faint voice of knowledge within us rather than the loud demands of our intellect and ego.

Knowledge is the deeper wisdom and intelligence of why we have come into the world at this time and what we came here to do. The ancients called this wisdom gnosis and it is inside everyone.

Are you able to live without definitions of yourself? Can you allow your destiny to unfold in front of you – like traveling on a road you’ve never seen before?

This is the call of your ancient plan for this life. Be still, and listen within. Your greater purpose in life is calling you.

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