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The Pillar of Health

As revealed to
Marshall Vian Summers
on October 12, 1994
in Boulder, Colorado

There is a great deal of conversation in the world about how to regain health and how to enhance health and about how health can be maintained. But let us look at a more fundamental question before we deal with these questions, and that is: What is health? What constitutes genuine health within a person? Is health merely the absence of illness or symptoms of illness? Is health merely the absence of disability or physical limitations? Or, taken from a different approach, is health the ability to do athletic events or to meet some basic criteria of physical ability?

Within the context of building a foundation for learning and living The Way of Knowledge, let us say fundamentally that health is vitality. It is the vitality born of living a genuine life—a life that is full of meaning and purpose, a life that has direction and a life that is meaningfully engaged with others and with the world. This produces a vitality, a will to live and a desire to contribute—a certain zest for life, you might say.

It is remarkable that this vitality is lacking in people who meet other criteria for health, even in people who meet a very high level of criteria for fitness or for people who have never experienced serious illness. And it is equally remarkable that vitality can be found in certain individuals who have physical handicaps or who have had a history of physical illness.

So we must look at the very center of things. What is health and what produces health? From this, you can understand what threatens health and gain a much clearer idea of how health can be maintained.

Health is vitality. Vitality is a will to live and to contribute. It contains an excitement about life. It contains a sense of purpose in life. And it communicates its natural affinity with life with everyone around you. This vitality can be in a body that is strong or a body that is weak though if your body functions properly, you will have a greater opportunity to experience this vitality. It must be stated at the outset that even those with serious physical limitations, or even handicaps, can experience this fundamental essence of health.

The next question that arises at the outset is: How much health is necessary? Here in the world you will find a great diversity of opinion, a whole range of responses. Someone will say, “Well, health is simply not being sick!” Others will say, “Oh, no, no, health is being much more active, much more vibrant, much more able.” And there is a great preoccupation with health, even amongst healthy people because the expectations are very high, you see.

People hope for or expect a physical life without aches and pains and problems. There is even a point of view that stresses that if the body is injured or sick, something must be wrong with the person fundamentally, as if everyone must experience perfect health at all times, and if they do not experience this, something is inherently wrong in their thinking. While it is true that negative imagination and inappropriate engagements with people will rob you of your vitality, which lowers and lessens your possibility for health, it should not be assumed that sickness and injury represent a deficiency in nature. Illness and injury are part of the risk of living in the physical world. They can happen to anyone.

This statement will arouse some disagreement because people are very idealistic about health. They suppose that if a person’s life is in order and is being lived meaningfully, there will be no sickness and injury. This is a hopeful expectation. It is not based on truth. Even the wisest of the wise have a risk of injury here. Even the wisest of the wise grow sick and old. And yet the possibility for sickness and injury can be greatly lessened, and here you can take some very meaningful steps to assure your physical well-being. But to begin, you must have an idea for yourself of how much health is necessary. Let us address this question now, for it is fundamental.

Said in the simplest terms, your body is healthy if it can serve you in being fully engaged in your purpose in life. Now this statement requires some qualifiers because, you see, you do not know yet what your purpose is in life. But if you have sufficient physical health to be able to build the foundation for Knowledge to embark on the second great stage of life, then you will have sufficient health.

Here health is not associated with beauty or athletic prowess or any other magnificent ideal. It is sufficient health. Your body is able to serve. This is health. If your body is not able to serve, then in essence you must give up your greater pursuits in life and give your body your primary attention. It is as if the body were a vehicle, like an automobile. If the automobile’s purpose were to get you from one point to another, then it has served its purpose. But if mechanically it cannot do this, then it must go into the shop for repairs.

If your physical body is able to carry you through life, then you have sufficient health. We must clarify this at the outset because when we talk about building the Pillar of Health, you must have some very realistic expectations. If you set expectations beyond what is necessary and essential, then you will become obsessed in this one area to the expense of your involvement in other areas. For we have said, all of the Pillars must be maintained together.

Now it is true that you will need to give more attention to one Pillar for certain periods of time than to another, but they must all be maintained. It is quite evident that people become very obsessed and obsessive about their physical health. Sometimes they have a legitimate cause for this, for their body is simply unable to function. But here we must come back to our fundamental definition: The body’s purpose is to serve as a vehicle to enable you to carry out a greater purpose in life.

You will find in many people who are obsessed and obsessive about their health that they have sufficient health to carry out their purpose, and they are neglecting their purpose because they have a greater expectation of their health. We must distinguish here between what is desired and what is needed—a very important distinction that has to be applied to every aspect of life. If your body, like the automobile, can take you from one place to another, it is serving its purpose. It does not have to be perfect. And if you try to make it perfect, well, you will give it more attention than it really deserves, and you will do so at the expense of maintaining the other essential aspects of your life.

As we have said, there are Four Pillars of life, and they all must be maintained. And they all must become strong and functional. You must have realistic expectations. If you set your sights beyond this, you are drawing yourself away from your other endeavors to dedicate yourself to one area alone. So when we speak of health, we speak of the health that is sufficient and that is necessary, which may be in contrast to what is expected or desired.

So you will have to ask yourself: What is essential health for me? Before you ask this question, consider how much time and energy is spent on your health or things that you believe are related to your health, such as beauty and grooming, and dressing yourself, and personal enhancement and so forth. We have said that even the invalid can be radiant with Knowledge. This is vitality.

So what is the correct expectation? What is right for you? We can only give you guidelines and warnings and point you in the right direction. If you are to develop the Four Pillars of your life as a foundation for learning and living The Way of Knowledge and for becoming a person of Knowledge, then you will find you cannot afford to be over invested in any one area. And you must seek a balance, which is something that very few people do in this world.

Your body must serve. It must be capable of doing it. What will be required of it will be dependent upon your purpose as it becomes revealed to you and as you are prepared to experience it and to carry it out. Some may need more from their body than others, but I can assure you that most of the people in the world today, if they have sufficient food and good shelter and sufficient stability in their life, are capable of becoming men and women of Knowledge based on their current level of health.

Again, we make a distinction between what is adequate and essential and what may be desired or expected. Being able to run over mountains or do great athletic feats is fine for exhibitionists, but it is not necessary to develop and maintain an adequate level of health. And, indeed, to do these kinds of activities will require an investment that will disable you from building a foundation for Knowledge.

So there is often not enough given to the body, but in many cases there is too much given in the name of health. People are obsessed with health and healing and feeling good and looking good, but at what expense?

Often some people will say, “Well, I would love to develop in The Way of Knowledge and learn to live The Way of Knowledge, but I have to take care of my health problem!” And of course, their health problem continues on and on and on. Their problem is not health. Their problem is their priorities. Unless you have a life-threatening illness, you can develop in The Way of Knowledge. Even if you are bound to a wheelchair or are physically disabled in some other way, you can build a foundation for Knowledge.

Here you must assess what is adequate health. And you gauge, then, your expectations and your standards accordingly, to what is needed. This practical approach to health is so essential, for it brings things into a proper perspective and gives you a much more accurate understanding about what must be done to maintain your physical health. Without this fundamental principle and this fundamental perspective, based upon what is actually needed in your life, you will fall prey either to neglect or to obsession, and this will disable you from living a balanced and purposeful life.

The body is a mechanism. It is not magical. Do not confuse it with the mind and with Spirit. People attempt to make them all the same because they want to feel that they are unified and that life is unified. But life functions at different levels. It functions at the level of the physical environment, the mental environment and the spiritual environment.

Your primary concern in living in the world and in learning to live The Way of Knowledge in the world is to develop adequate skill in the physical and the mental environments. You develop skill in the physical environment so that you can live a balanced life. And yet because of the world’s emergence into the Greater Community, you must also learn skill in the mental environment—adequate skill, skill in order to be able to function and to carry out that which you know you must do. You do not need skill in the spiritual environment because Knowledge is in you and because you are connected to your Spiritual Family and to the Unseen Ones who oversee your development.

There is no guarantee in life that you will have perfect health. And even if your thinking is perfect and your behavior is immaculate, though your risk may be much reduced for accidents, illness or injury, you still have this risk because that is part of being in the world. People, you know, often want to eliminate the idea of risk, for they do not like the idea that they have to live with risk, and so they believe, “There really is no injury or accident in the world. There really is no sickness. It is all the result of human dysfunction, and if human dysfunction can be eliminated, well, there would be no accidents, injury or illness.”

Again, look at the world around you. Look at the plants and the animals. They take a risk in living here. There are no guarantees that everything will go perfectly for them, that they will all live a long span of years. To be in life, you must be in life as it is, not as you want it to be. To experience life, you must experience life as it is and not as you want it to be.

There are risks in living in the world. That is part of being here. Accept this. This requires courage, not avoidance. If you are going to embrace life, you have to embrace it. You cannot simply take out the parts that you like and disdainfully reject the rest. You may have an idea of a perfect life or a set of ideals that illustrate a perfect life, but we are bringing you to something greater—a real life, a genuine life, a life that is fully in harmony with Knowledge within you and Knowledge in the universe, which is the Divine.

Again, our approach seems simple in contrast to other approaches because it is without deception. It does not take anything away from what is needed, and it does not add anything on. How much health is needed? You finally must answer this question for yourself, but consider the criteria. Ask yourself, “How much health do I need to carry out even the process of building a foundation for learning and living The Way of Knowledge? Can my body, like a vehicle, get me across town? Can it take me where I need to go? Can it communicate to people?” You will find in most cases, with few exceptions, that the answer is yes.

Here the body can be treated lovingly and appropriately. If you try to make the body conform to your ideals of health or to your picture of perfect health, you will demand so much from it you will harm it. You will expect it to be a perfect instrument. You will expect infallibility from it. You will demand that it perform according to a set of ideals that is not in keeping with the nature of physical reality or the nature of your physical vehicle.

Come back to this fundamental question: What is necessary for my body to get the work done that I have come to do? This is a question you must ask yourself on an ongoing basis. Once is not enough, for your answer will change, particularly as you advance as a student and practitioner of The Way of Knowledge.

Perhaps you are displeased with the shape of your body or with aspects of its appearance, and many people are, of course. But does this really make a difference in terms of your body’s ability to serve a greater purpose? And how much are you willing to invest in these superficial enhancements? How much are you willing to give of your primary energy, time and resources to try to overcome minor objections to your body’s appearance and functioning?

Again, we bring you back to the practical approach, to the approach that works, which is based on what you can do in life, for as we have said, meaningful relationships with other people are based on what you can do in life together. What you do together in life develops your bond, your trust and the capabilities and dimensions of your relationship.

The same thing holds true of your relationship with your body. It is what you can do together that will develop your relationship here as well. Expect too much, and you will be disappointed. Find the real basis of your relationship. This is found by discerning over time what you must do. Then the body is employed because it is an instrument of communication fundamentally. The purpose of the body is not to be beautiful. It is to be an instrument of communication, to be a vehicle and to be able to participate in a physical world in a physical reality.

Like an automobile, if it can get you where you need to go, it has done its job. And yet look at the way people treat their automobiles and how much time and energy goes into them. Do they consider their automobile as a vehicle to go from one place to another? Oh, no. The vehicle becomes a canvas for their self-expression. It becomes something that represents some idea they have about themselves or some image that they want to project, and so a great amount of time and energy, money and resources are put into something that is basically a vehicle of transportation. There is an interesting analogy between this and your relationship with your body.

Should you find your real contribution in life, you will be remembered for your contribution, and your life will be appreciated for your contribution. When you leave this world, if your contribution has been made sufficiently, you will remember this life based on your contribution. Nothing else will matter. Just your contribution and the relationships that it stimulated and developed. That is all you can take with you from this world. Therefore, that is primarily what you need to be concerned with while you are in the world.

What we are offering you here is freedom—the freedom to live a real and balanced life. You need sufficient health. You need the necessary relationships. You need what is adequate and necessary. Much that is desired or wished for, based upon a lack of self-acceptance or an avoidance of one’s own inner Knowledge, can be left aside with relief.

Chasing after perfect health is like chasing after the perfect person. It can consume a lifetime, and if it does, it will be a lifetime that is wasted. For you will return to your Ancient Home with your gifts ungiven, and you will wonder what happened to you down there that you could not realize what you were to do, and you will say, “I don’t know what happened. I forgot, I guess. I must go back. I want to go back. This time I will remember. I know I can remem¬ber.” And you can say this because it is so clear. There you are. It is all so evident. There is nothing to cloud your vision. You are out of the water now, and you can see the situation clearly.

Look at your body and say, “You need to serve the purpose that has brought me into the world. I will take care of you for this, and I will appreciate you for this. And I will preserve your abilities for this. And when we are done, I shall thank you and bless you and leave you.” This is honoring the body and recognizing its true function in your life. Here you do not make the mistake of thinking that the body is the same as your mind or as your Spirit. You recognize its mechanism, you accept its requirements and its maintenance, you appreciate its service and you ask no more of it.

Now let us consider the question of mental health, the health of the mind. Here I will present some very fundamental ideas that can be hard to understand at first, for they must be deeply considered, like much of what I am presenting here. Let us begin with some useful definitions and then we shall expand upon them together.

The mind, like the body, is in service to the Spirit. That is its fundamental role, but to establish this role and to come to realize the mind’s great value, you must reverse the order of authority. For before you begin the reclamation of Knowledge, the mind is seen as serving the body and the Spirit is seen as serving the mind, so the whole order of service is reversed, and the body is the main thing—the pleasure of the body, the health of the body, the appearance of the body, the comforts of the body. And the mind must struggle slavishly to provide all of these things endlessly. And because the body is an imperfect instrument and susceptible to pain and to injury and to illness, the mind cannot seem to do enough for it. It is like the driver who spends all of his or her time taking care of the car. It is upside down. It is reversed from how it needs to be. The car is supposed to serve the driver, not the other way around.

In the case of your life, the driver is the Spirit. The control panel is the mind. And the physical vehicle is the body. The mind here serves as an intermediary between physical life and the life in spiritual reality, and the mind lives in its own environment, called the mental environment—the mental environment being the environment in which the mind affects other minds. It is the environment of thought. It is a distinct environment from the physical reality though they are interrelated and though they affect one another.

So let us begin with an important definition: A mind in service to Knowledge is a mind that is gaining and regaining and expressing itself. A mind that is in service to itself is a mind that is in disarray, confused and lacks this fundamental health and fundamental relationship.

When you are out of relationship with Knowledge, your mind must serve something because it was made to serve, so it will serve its ideas, and it will defend its ideas, and it will protect its ideas. It will even destroy itself to do this, for the mind is a vehicle. It is not the source of creativity. A mind without Knowledge is slavish and redundant. It is defensive and suspicious. It is fundamentally afraid because it is alone and because it lacks a real foundation for living in the world.

You have experienced this fear. You have experienced this anxiety. You have experienced its vulnerability and its defensiveness. The mind needs to serve something greater to find its rightful place in life and to fully utilize its great resources.

We offer the way to health, to mental health, because we offer the way to Knowledge. We provide a way to live real mental health because we provide a way to live The Way of Knowledge. We provide a way to learn mental health because we provide a way to learn the way to Knowledge.

The mind will struggle along the way because it does not want to give up its authority that it has claimed for itself. It is like the servant who has attempted to take over the kingdom in the absence of the king. It needs to relinquish its control because it cannot own it. It is not its dominion.

The mind must serve. The body must serve. So you go from one hierarchy that says, “The mind serves the body. And the Spirit serves the mind,” to the hierarchy that is in keeping with the reality of life everywhere, which illustrates that the body serves the mind and the mind serves the Spirit.

You see in the world about you today all of the terrible manifestations of mental illness. It is pervasive. It is manifest everywhere around you. You can see its effects even in your own life. People suffer because they lack meaning. People are lost because they do not belong to anything. People are expected to become heroes and heroines, self-sufficient and self-determining, and yet that is not the way of life. People are ambivalent because they are afraid of pain, and they do not know where pain comes from.

The mind cannot rule because it is a servant. It makes a very poor ruler. It cannot establish reality. It cannot create a stable and meaningful foundation for living in the world. It cannot establish your true identity. It cannot provide a basis for meaningful and lasting relationships. It cannot create a greater and more fulfilling purpose in life.

To expect the mind to do these is to tax it mercilessly and to lead it to failure and disappointment again and again. It is cruel to treat the mind like this, just as it is cruel to treat the body as an instrument to offset the mind’s insecurity. There is no kindness for the mind in expecting it to be the primary authority in your life.

Your personal mind, the mind that you have developed to be able to negotiate the world and to survive here, is a wonderful instrument. It is a beautiful mechanism. It is not eternal. It can live for short periods of time beyond the body, but it too must fade away. Only what is essential within remains.

To discover what is essential within you while you are in the world is the greatest discovery, the most important endeavor, the greatest activity, for only Knowledge carries the purpose that you have brought with you from your Ancient Home. Only Knowledge knows whom you really need to meet in this world and what you need to do. Only Knowledge understands your mental and your physical nature and their appropriate design.

In the absence of Knowledge, people create great and grandiose ideas, tremendous philosophies and cosmologies, enormous ideas and great mental complexities. But the real question is whether you are with life or not—whether you are in relationship with the real nature of the world and its direction and development and your real nature and its expression in life. This is the real question. It is not how great your ideas are or how encompassing your philosophy about life is.

To see and to think in a larger way can only be the result of living a greater life, a life of Knowledge. Your thoughts will broaden and expand because your experience will broaden and expand. And your thoughts will be inclusive because you will experience inclusivity in your life. And your thinking will be balanced because your life will be balanced.

Between life of the mind and life of the heart, there is a great gulf—a huge chasm, with no apparent bottom. The distance between the two seems insurmountable, but there is a way to bridge it. But you must build the bridge, which is the foundation. The bridge has Four Pillars, and once the bridge has been built sufficiently, things can travel over that bridge. A life with this foundation is like a bridge between the world and your Ancient Home. And over this bridge ideas, strength, insight and recognition can come into your life to be given to others because you will have built the bridge that makes the transmission of greater Knowledge and Wisdom possible.

Your mind is part of the bridge, and your body is part of the bridge. You must have sufficient health physically and mentally to build this bridge. Like your body, your mind does not need to be perfect—without flaw, without error, without pain and without discomfort. It just needs to be able to function adequately and to relinquish the reins of life to a Greater Power, which it is in fact designed to serve.

This relinquishment does not happen all at once. It happens incrementally, and the opportunity for it to happen occurs every time you have to make a serious decision. Here you can ask yourself, “What do I think and what do I want?” And then ask yourself, “Is there something I really know about this?”

It is a curious thing that when you discover through experience that what you know is different from what you want, which is often a very confusing and frustrating recognition, only here will you realize that Knowledge is real and not a figment of your imagination and is not simply emanating from your wishful thinking. When what you know and what you want are different, this will prove the reality of Knowledge to you. Then you will see that Knowledge is not simply a figment of your own will or insecurity and that Knowledge has a reality and an intelligence all its own, a reality and an intelligence that cannot be swayed by your impulses or your fears or your desires or anything in the world around you.

Knowledge is the only part of you that is beyond temptation, that is beyond manipulation and control. It is the foundation of your life, and as you will see in the future, it is the most important endowment that you have.

In the preparation called Steps to Knowledge, your mind is oriented towards Knowledge, to think more in line with Knowledge. It is done so that it can become a bridge for Knowledge and a vehicle for Knowledge. The mind is not repudiated. The mind is not disdained. The mind is not denied. The mind is not destroyed. It is re-employed. It is brought back into harmony with its true relationship with Knowledge, its true relationship with Spirit.

As this is accomplished over time, you will experience real harmony in your life. You will look at the body compassionately and realize its value, and you will look at your mind compassionately and realize its value. The mind and the body are both instruments of communication and vehicles of existence in the physical world. They both need to function adequately, not perfectly but adequately.

Now because most people are not aware that Knowledge is a reality beyond their mind, the mind then becomes greatly amplified. People become very involved. In fact, just like people can become obsessed and obsessive with their bodies, they can also become obsessed and obsessive with their minds—with their feelings, with their thoughts, with their emotional states, with their memories, with their future ideas, with their theories, with their philosophies, with their fears, with their terrors and so forth. And, oh, the mind looks so big and so dominant. And, oh, it is so confusing with so many levels. And it seems unfathomable. It is simply layer and layer and layer of thinking. And the mind seems to overwhelm existence, and you feel enslaved to its will and to its impulses.

What freedom is there from being a slave to the mind? The freedom is found in bringing the mind in service to Knowledge. Freedom is found in reversing the order of authority. If you are a slave to your mind, then the order of authority is reversed from what it should be. If the mind cannot be employed, it will run wild. If the mind cannot be directed, it shoots around in all directions. If the mind cannot have an authority within you, it will become a slave to other minds in the mental environment.

The real authority of the mind is Knowledge. Because the Creator’s Plan is perfect, the Plan calls for the establishment of true authority within yourself. Here you are not asked to give your life to the Divine, not to the Divine that is far, far away from you. For it is not the purpose of the Creator to be your case manager, to come in and to direct all of your activities. Do not think that the Creator of the universe is going to become preoccupied with your daily ups and downs, with all of your feelings and thoughts and fears and concerns, and all of the little decisions that preoccupy you.

No, the Creator has given you Knowledge for this. It is there within you. Bring yourself to it, and you bring yourself to the Creator. For God can only be known. And Knowledge can only be known. And life can only be known. Thinking, philosophizing, speculating, analyzing, evaluating, criticizing do not bring you back into relationship without Knowledge.

In Steps to Knowledge, your mind is oriented to think productively and creatively. It is given direction. It is given purpose and meaning. Then it is able to serve rather than to destroy. It is able to become a vehicle to extend your life into the world rather than an obstruction. But for the mind to be able to come into proximity to Knowledge and to regain its natural relationship with Knowledge, it must undergo the preparation in The Way of Knowledge.

There are no magic tricks here. There are no secret formulas. You do not take some strange-looking pill and wake up the next day in a state of Knowledge. You must build the bridge. You must construct the foundation. That is your work. The Creator will do the work once the foundation is established, and the Creator, through the Unseen Ones, will enable you and support you in building the bridge and the foundation. But you must show up for the job. You must apply your mind and your body to the job. You must become prepared to do the job. And you must work for it.

At this point, let us present an important idea. Many people approach spirituality and religion primarily because they want reassurance, shelter and comfort. They want a place to come in from the storm of life. They want to find reprieve. And they want to experience acceptance and forgiveness. All these things are available, but much more is presented to you, and much more is asked of you.

People often think of God as a giant welfare system—spiritual welfare. You just sign up and then you collect your checks, you receive your dispensations, you are given your gifts, and you are given your share of miracles. You just have to believe in the system. And then God will come and serve you and do all these little things for you, as if God had nothing better to do in the universe than to cater to your wishes. What a pathetic God would be so involved.

This is not spiritual welfare. I am not offering you welfare. I am offering you work. I am giving you a job. I am giving you a context and a foundation, a purpose, a meaning and a direction to regain your natural abilities and to bring them into harmony and alignment with each other, to build a real foundation for Knowledge.

Do not think, “Well, what is God going to do for me?” God has already given you Knowledge. If you could understand and see how great an endowment this is, you would know that you had been given what you need to find your way in this world and to find your community in this world.

But as long as the order of authority is reversed, as long as the mind serves the body and the Spirit seems to serve the mind, there will be disability. There will be physical disability; there will be mental disability. Your physical problems will be greatly amplified, and your mental problems will be greatly amplified, and you will tend to become obsessed with your little problems and with the little problems of life.

Little problems are escaped and resolved when the greater problems of life are addressed. Little problems are forgiven and accepted when your energy is dedicated to the greater problems in life. The greater problem in life is finding out the way to Knowledge, to realize why you are here and to engage yourself fully in the reclamation and the expression of Knowledge. It is regained by dedicating yourself to those individuals who represent your true allies in The Way of Knowledge. It is given through dedication and devotion—not based on personal reward, not based on gaining more welfare from God or from the world, but on finding the essential contribution that has brought you into the world and with it the memory of those who have sent you and who abide with you even now.

Health is vitality, but vitality is the product of living a real life. It is the product of facing the risks of life and the opportunities of life. It is the product of real relationship and real dedication that can be shared between people. It is the result of experiencing the true hierarchy of authority in your life and holding in reverence and respect the different aspects of your nature and the different levels of existence.

Then you go to the doctor simply to keep your body running so it can continue to support your purpose. And you make adjustments in your thinking and in your behavior as they become necessary. And you are able to do this because you are serving a greater purpose. And your spiritual life and reality can then find expression in your thinking and in your actions in the world. This is health. This is the demonstration of well-being. This is the demonstration of a greater truth and a greater reality that is a potential in all people.

This is what The Way of Knowledge is for—to enable you to fulfill your mission here and to find those who share your mission with you, and to find freedom and escape from all of the myriad disabling activities that cripple humanity and that render it helpless in the face of its own needs and in the face of the Greater Community, which is overshadowing the world at this time.

Greater truth is needed in your life, for your well-being and for the well-being of the world, for you have not come here for yourself alone. You have come here for the world. That is how great you are in truth. That is how great your purpose is, and that is how great your reward will be as you reclaim the essential aspect of your life.

Then, if there is illness, accident or injury, you will simply find what is needed to make the adjustments or the repairs that are necessary so that you can keep going because you have somewhere to go and you have something to do. Then these things will not be exaggerated, and these things will not be overemphasized, and these things will not dominate your life and attention. And though you may have aches and pains as you proceed, you will continue. And you will fulfill your destiny here.

Now let us speak a little bit about good living. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Have daily exercise. Engage with the right people. Follow what you know. And keep asking for Knowledge. If you engage with the wrong people, it will undermine your health and well-being and will bring you back into confusion and disorientation. Follow what is simple and understood. Perhaps you have said to yourself, “I know I shouldn’t do this,” or “I know I should do that.” Go do it. Do what you know. Why hesitate? What are you waiting for? Do not wait until a crisis occurs. Do not wait until a little problem has become a big problem. There is much you know already that you need to do to maintain your body and to have greater health mentally. Do those things. Do not ask for more. For you cannot use more until you use what you have today.

People want to unite with the Divine, but they cannot even be with another person. People want to be radiantly healthy or have peace of mind, but how can that be if they cannot even do the simple tasks that they know they need to do today? Start where you are. Start with what you know. Enlist others to help you do what you know and do not turn back. This is building the foundation. This is building the bridge from the world to your Ancient Home. This is utilizing every aspect of your life and making every part of your life vital.

Come close to Knowledge and Knowledge will feel close to you, and you will know what to do. But even more important than this, you will be able to do what you know.