International Study Day - 2014INTERNATIONAL STUDY DAY
Posted 09 May 2014 - 09:35 AM
Posted 24 May 2014 - 05:16 AM
Posted 24 May 2014 - 05:17 AM
Hello Forum Friends, Members and Guests,
Welcome to the 2014 International Study event, sponsored by our friends in the Australia/New Zealand Urantia Assoication (ANZURA)
My deepest apologies for the late start, but here we go. Fraternal greetings to all around the globe, good evening to you in ANZURA and Asia, good afternoon to readers in Europe and Africa, and good morning to everyone in the Americas.
Paper 44 is the second of nine Papers, scattered throughout Parts 2 and 3, written by an unnamed "Archangel".
From the introduction:
And what sort of art do they create exactly?
You might be in the artisan's corps one day! It's only an 8200 (Urantian) year commitment.
Inescapable isn't it, no matter where you go in the Universe, all good things come from Paradise/Havona pre-existent pattern?
The next post will be the last half of this long introduction to Paper 44 (in about 6 hours). It has a divine message for you.
Thanks for reading. Your thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments and questions about this presentation are invited.
Much love, Rick/ISD host
Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:50 AM
Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:45 PM
The Archangel reveals much about the nature of spiritual existence in the second half of the introduction to this Paper:...To material beings the spirit world is more or less unreal; to spirit beings the material world is almost entirely unreal, being merely a shadow of the substance of spirit realities....
Maybe she is referring here to 533 Diversey in Chicago?...This material building is not exactly real to me, a spirit being, but it is, of course, very real and very serviceable to material mortals....
Long after we pass through the shadowy existence here on Urantia, we will have spirit vision too, apparently:...After attainment of the higher spirit levels the ascenders are able to recognize material, morontia, and spirit realities....
And persistent memory of friends, family and experience, thanks to the Adjuster....Through their retention of the duplicates of your entire life's experiences, you are assured of never losing any true attribute you once had; and these Adjusters are going through with you, as a part of you, in reality, as you....
The quote above has the only italicized word in today's reading: you. This revelation of the indwelling God bestowing eternal, personalized identity, along with will dignity, even sonship, was one of the most arresting to me on first reading, in all the 2097 pages. It answered questions that had resisted solution for decades: Who exactly am I? What is God's purpose? What am I to do?***
Next up is a song in words, Section 1 of Paper 44. THE CELESTIAL MUSICIANS.
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 01:05 PM
P.499 - §3 With the limited range of mortal hearing, you can hardly conceive of morontia melodies. There is even a material range of beautiful sound unrecognized by the human sense of hearing, not to mention the inconceivable scope of morontia and spirit harmony. Spirit melodies are not material sound waves but spirit pulsations received by the spirits of celestial personalities. There is a vastness of range and a soul of expression, as well as a grandeur of execution, associated with the melody of the spheres, that are wholly beyond human comprehension. I have seen millions of enraptured beings held in sublime ecstasy while the melody of the realm rolled in upon the spirit energy of the celestial circuits. These marvelous melodies can be broadcast to the uttermost parts of a universe.
P.499 - §4 The celestial musicians are occupied with the production of celestial harmony by the manipulation of the following spirit forces:
P.500 - §1 There are over one hundred thousand different modes of sound, color, and energy manipulation, techniques analogous to the human employment of musical instruments. Your ensembles of dancing undoubtedly represent a crude and grotesque attempt of material creatures to approach the celestial harmony of being placement and personality arrangement. The other five forms of morontia melody are unrecognized by the sensory mechanism of material bodies.
P.500 - §2 Harmony, the music of the seven levels of melodious association, is the one universal code of spirit communication. Music, such as Urantia mortals understand, attains its highest expression in the schools of Jerusem, the system headquarters, where semimaterial beings are taught the harmonies of sound. Mortals do not react to the other forms of morontia melody and celestial harmony.
P.500 - §3 Appreciation of music on Urantia is both physical and spiritual; and your human musicians have done much to elevate musical taste from the barbarous monotony of your early ancestors to the higher levels of sound appreciation. The majority of Urantia mortals react to music so largely with the material muscles and so slightly with the mind and spirit; but there has been a steady improvement in musical appreciation for more than thirty-five thousand years.
P.500 - §4 Tuneful syncopation represents a transition from the musical monotony of primitive man to the expressionful harmony and meaningful melodies of your later-day musicians. These earlier types of rhythm stimulate the reaction of the music-loving sense without entailing the exertion of the higher intellectual powers of harmony appreciation and thus more generally appeal to immature or spiritually indolent individuals.
P.500 - §5 The best music of Urantia is just a fleeting echo of the magnificent strains heard by the celestial associates of your musicians, who left but snatches of these harmonies of morontia forces on record as the musical melodies of sound harmonics. Spirit-morontia music not infrequently employs all seven modes of expression and reproduction, so that the human mind is tremendously handicapped in any attempt to reduce these melodies of the higher spheres to mere notes of musical sound. Such an effort would be something like endeavoring to reproduce the strains of a great orchestra by means of a single musical instrument.
P.500 - §6 While you have assembled some beautiful melodies on Urantia, you have not progressed musically nearly so far as many of your neighboring planets in Satania. If Adam and Eve had only survived, then would you have had music in reality; but the gift of harmony, so large in their natures, has been so diluted by strains of unmusical tendencies that only once in a thousand mortal lives is there any great appreciation of harmonics. But be not discouraged; some day a real musician may appear on Urantia, and whole peoples will be enthralled by the magnificent strains of his melodies. One such human being could forever change the course of a whole nation, even the entire civilized world. It is literally true, "melody has power a whole world to transform." Forever, music will remain the universal language of men, angels, and spirits. Harmony is the speech of Havona.
Posted 24 May 2014 - 01:06 PM
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:24 PM
Welcome to INTERNATIONAL STUDY DAY - 2014
This Year's Presentation - Paper Forty Four
~ THE CELESTIAL ARTISANS ~
3. THE DIVINE BUILDERS
P.501 - §11 There are cities "whose builder and maker is God." In spirit counterpart we have all that you mortals are familiar with and inexpressibly more. We have homes, spirit comforts, and morontia necessities. For every material satisfaction which humans are capable of enjoying, we have thousands of spiritual realities that serve to enrich and enlarge our existence. The divine builders function in seven groups:
1. The home designers and builders--those who construct and remodel the abodes assigned to individuals and working groups. These morontia and spirit domiciles are real. They would be invisible to your short-range vision, but they are very real and beautiful to us. To a certain extent, all spirit beings may share with the builders certain details of the planning and creation of their morontia or spirit abodes. These homes are fitted up and embellished in accordance with the needs of the morontia or of the spirit creatures who are to inhabit them. There is abundant variety and ample opportunity for individual expression in all these constructions.
2. The vocation builders--those who function in designing and assembling the abodes of the regular and routine workers of the spirit and morontia realms. These builders are comparable to those who construct the Urantia workshops and other industrial plants. The transition worlds have a necessary economy of mutual ministry and specialized division of labor. We do not all do everything; there is diversity of function among morontia beings and evolving spirits, and these vocation builders not only build better workshops but also contribute to the vocational enhancement of the worker.
3. The play builders. Enormous edifices are utilized during the seasons of rest, what mortals would call recreation and, in a certain sense, play. Provision is made for a suitable setting for the reversion directors, the humorists of the morontia worlds, those transition spheres whereon takes place the training of ascendant beings but recently removed from the evolutionary planets. Even the higher spirits engage in a certain form of reminiscent humor during their periods of spiritual recharging.
4. The worship builders--the experienced architects of the spirit and the morontia temples. All the worlds of mortal ascent have temples of worship, and they are the most exquisite creations of the morontia realms and the spirit spheres.
5. The education builders--those who build the headquarters of morontia training and advanced spirit learning. Always is the way open to acquire more knowledge, to gain additional information respecting one's present and future work as well as universal cultural knowledge, information designed to make ascending mortals more intelligent and effective citizens of the morontia and spirit worlds.
6. Morontia planners--those who build for the co-ordinate association of all the personalities of all realms as they are at any one time present on any one sphere. These planners collaborate with the Morontia Power Supervisors to enrich the co-ordination of the progressive morontia life.
7. The public builders--the artisans who plan and construct the designated places of assembly other than those of worship. Great and magnificent are the places of common assembly.
P.502 - §8 While neither these structures nor their embellishment would be exactly real to the sensory comprehension of material mortals, they are very real to us. You would be unable to see these temples could you be there in the flesh; nevertheless, all of these supermaterial creations are actually there, and we clearly discern them and just as fully enjoy them.
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:40 PM
The richness we have ahead is just beyond description, what else can we say? But the Archangel author sets the imagination on fire with such revelatory declarations as this:
...For every material satisfaction which humans are capable of enjoying, we have thousands of spiritual realities that serve to enrich and enlarge our existence....
So apparently, we can customize our abodes. We will play, learn and worship inside (and outside) what must be ever evolving structures. And these buildings can be seen with morontia eyes. Won't it will be wonderful and marvelous to receive that long-range vision?
...While neither these structures nor their embellishment would be exactly real to the sensory comprehension of material mortals, they are very real to us....
Good to know the celestial realm values humor, eh?
...Even the higher spirits engage in a certain form of reminiscent humor during their periods of spiritual recharging....
This phrase: "whose builder and maker is God", was borrowed from Hebrews 11:9 of the Bible.
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Posted 25 May 2014 - 04:27 AM
Posted 25 May 2014 - 04:49 AM
It's always a treat when the author writes in the first person. Wouldn't it be fascinating to hear these broadcasts, to know which thoughts the Recorders deem worthy of preservation, and who thought them?
...Before first coming to Urantia, I saw records and heard broadcasts of the ideation of some of the great minds of this planet. Thought recorders preserve such noble ideas in the tongue of Uversa.....
I have often wondered what language learning is like in the Morontia estate, with our improved minds?
...All of the higher orders of Nebadon are bilingual, speaking both the language of Nebadon and the tongue of Uversa....
The Archangel gives us a glimpse of Havona's communication method--Harmony! And she includes an interesting aside, that even on Paradise, there is still room to learn about the mysteries of our Gods.
...In the central universe there is little need of a language; there exists perfect and well-nigh complete understanding; there, only the Gods are not fully comprehended....
Evidently perfection does not eliminate "chance":
...We are taught that a chance meeting on Paradise reveals more of mutual understanding than could be communicated by a mortal language in a thousand years....
The English language has the most words of any Urantian tongue, and new words added each year. By some estimates, the number is approaching one million "concept symbols". So the superuniverse vocabulary is a 1000 times richer!
...The concept symbols of Uversa embrace more than a billion characters, although the basic alphabet contains only seventy symbols....
(Searching the word "ideograph" on the Web brings mostly definitions that relate to the Chinese language's use of ideograms, or pictorial representations.)
...These burning concepts are like gems of beauty in diadems of glory. But I cannot do it! I cannot convey to the human mind the breadth and depth of these realities of another world!
Diadems of glory! Can hardly wait, and I almost feel sorry for the Archangel trying to help us understand the work of the Thought Recorders. The dream-life analogy does help, doesn't it?
...The transmittal of these space reports is carefully supervised, and there is always a back registry to insure the proper reception of every report on every world in a given circuit....
Computers teach us back up is good
...so an effort is frequently made to increase efficiency, as well as to augment pleasure, by executing numerous functions in rhythmic form....
Efficiency, pleasure and rhythm, sounds like fun. Good to know pleasure has a place in the ascendant life. But we can only imagine how celestial poetry affects and stimulates the ascender's spiritual capacities and growth. It's all waiting for us, faithfully preserved the Archangel says:
...They save for the future the vital scenes and associations of these progressive epochs, preserving them in the archives of the morontia halls of records....
Father's documentary movie makers!
Next we read about seven kinds of: ENERGY MANIPULATORS.
Much love, Rick/ISD host
Posted 25 May 2014 - 09:43 AM
Welcome to INTERNATIONAL STUDY DAY - 2014
This Year's Presentation - Paper Forty Four
~ THE CELESTIAL ARTISANS ~
5. THE ENERGY MANIPULATORS
These interesting and effective artisans are concerned with every kind of energy: physical, mindal, and spiritual.
1. Physical-energy manipulators. The physical-energy manipulators serve for long periods with the power directors and are experts in the manipulation and control of many phases of physical energy. They are conversant with the three basic currents and the thirty subsidiary energy segregations of the superuniverses. These beings are of inestimable assistance to the Morontia Power Supervisors of the transition worlds. They are the persistent students of the cosmic projections of Paradise.
2. Mind-energy manipulators. These are the experts of intercommunication between morontia and other types of intelligent beings. This form of communication between mortals is practically nonexistent on Urantia. These are the specialists who promote the ability of the ascending morontia beings to communicate with one another, and their work embraces numerous unique adventures in intellect liaison which are far beyond my power to portray to the material mind. These artisans are the keen students of the mind circuits of the Infinite Spirit.
3. Spiritual-energy manipulators. The manipulators of spiritual energy are an intriguing group. Spiritual energy acts in accordance with established laws, just as does physical energy. That is, spirit force, when studied, yields dependable deductions and can be precisely dealt with, even as can the physical energies. There are just as certain and reliable laws in the spirit world as obtain in the material realms. During the last few millions of years many improved techniques for the intake of spiritual energy have been effected by these students of the fundamental laws of the Eternal Son governing spirit energy as applied to the morontia and other orders of celestial beings throughout the universes.
4. The compound manipulators. This is the adventurous group of well-trained beings who are dedicated to the functional association of the three original phases of divine energy manifested throughout the universes as physical, mindal, and spiritual energies. These are the keen personalities who are in reality seeking to discover the universe presence of God the Supreme, for in this Deity personality there must occur the experiential unification of all grand universe divinity. And to a certain extent, these artisans have in recent times met with some success.
5. The transport advisers. This corps of technical advisers to the transport seraphim are most proficient in collaborating with the star students in working out routings and in otherwise assisting the chiefs of transport on the worlds of space. They are the traffic supervisors of the spheres and are present on all inhabited planets. Urantia is served by a corps of seventy transport advisers.
6. The experts of communication. Urantia, likewise, is served by twelve technicians of interplanetary and interuniverse communication. These long-experienced beings are expert in the knowledge of the laws of transmittal and interference as applied to the communications of the realms. This corps is concerned with all forms of space messages except those of Gravity and Solitary Messengers. On Urantia much of their work must be accomplished over the archangels' circuit.
7. The teachers of rest. Divine rest is associated with the technique of spiritual-energy intake. Morontia and spirit energy must be replenished just as certainly as physical energy, but not for the same reasons. I am, perforce, compelled to employ crude illustrations in my attempts to enlighten you; nevertheless, we of the spirit world must stop our regular activities periodically and betake ourselves to suitable places of rendezvous where we enter the divine rest and thus recuperate our depleting energies.
P.505 - §6 You will receive your first lessons in these matters when you reach the mansion worlds after you have become morontia beings and have begun to experience the technique of spirit affairs. You know of the innermost circle of Havona and that, after the pilgrims of space have traversed the preceding circles, they must be inducted into the long and revivifying rest of Paradise. This is not only a technical requirement of transit from the career of time to the service of eternity, but it is also a necessity, a form of rest required to replenish the energy losses incident to the final steps of the ascendant experience and to store reserves of spirit power for the next stage of the endless career.
P.506 - §1 These energy manipulators also function in hundreds of other ways too numerous to catalogue, such as counseling with the seraphim, cherubim, and sanobim regarding the most efficient modes of energy intake and as to the maintenance of the most helpful balances of divergent forces between active cherubim and passive sanobim. In many other ways do these experts lend assistance to morontia and spirit creatures in their efforts to understand the divine rest, which is so essential to the effective utilization of the basic energies of space.
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Posted 25 May 2014 - 09:44 AM
Posted 25 May 2014 - 12:08 PM
7. The teachers of rest. Divine rest is associated with the technique of spiritual-energy intake.
Being that the Paper is about things that happen on headquarter worlds, places I won't get to for many, many millennia, I'm always wondering why the authors bother to tell us about them when there is so much to know about life on earth. So, I'm sure that there must be some corollary to all of this that relates to our lives here on lowly little Urantia. Mention of the divine rest and replenishment of spiritual energy reminded me that these celestial artisans minister to the morontia and spiritual levels of the universe. Our souls are morontial and they too require spiritual energy and also benefit from divine rest.
Jesus said once in describing the kingdom of God:
137:8.14 "I have come to preach the glad tidings of the kingdom. I have not come to add to the heavy burdens of those who would enter this kingdom. I proclaim the new and better way, and those who are able to enter the coming kingdom shall enjoy the divine rest.
Initially it might seem that he is referring to a future divine rest, but I believe he was referring to the soul and it's desire for worship, the ideal soul rest.
143:7.7 Worship is effortless attention, true and ideal soul rest, a form of restful spiritual exertion.
143:7.3 Worship - contemplation of the spiritual - must alternate with service, contact with material reality. Work should alternate with play; religion should be balanced by humor. Profound philosophy should be relieved by rhythmic poetry. The strain of living - the time tension of personality - should be relaxed by the restfulness of worship. The feelings of insecurity arising from the fear of personality isolation in the universe should be antidoted by the faith contemplation of the Father and by the attempted realization of the Supreme.
Another observation is that the Eternal Son is the secret of spiritual energy. His Creator Son, our sovereign Michael, also shares that secret and his Spirit of Truth sojourns with our souls, spiritually energizing them.
0:5.5 The Eternal Son is the absolute personality, the secret of spiritual energy, morontia spirits, and perfected spirits.
194:3.19 The joy of this outpoured spirit, when it is consciously experienced in human life, is a tonic for health, a stimulus for mind, and an unfailing energy for the soul.
And, did you know that the angels, who feed on spiritual energy, also are nourished by wisdom and knowledge. The Holy Spirit is the source of mindal energy and our souls are dependent upon the Holy Spirit for intellect and reasoning. But I'm wondering knowledge and wisdom are capable of energizing the soul. I'm guessing it has something to do with turning mental chaos into harmony, not unlike the artisans.
Posted 25 May 2014 - 02:22 PM
...And, did you know that the angels, who feed on spiritual energy, also are nourished by wisdom and knowledge. The Holy Spirit is the source of mindal energy and our souls are dependent upon the Holy Spirit for intellect and reasoning. But I'm wondering knowledge and wisdom are capable of energizing the soul. I'm guessing it has something to do with turning mental chaos into harmony, not unlike the artisans.
26:1.17 These brilliant creatures of light are sustained directly by the intake of the spiritual energy of the primary circuits of the universe. Urantia mortals must obtain light-energy through the vegetative incarnation, but the angelic hosts are encircuited; they "have food that you know not." They also partake of the circulating teachings of the marvelous Trinity Teacher Sons; they have a reception of knowledge and an intake of wisdom much resembling their technique of assimilating the life energies.
No, I didn't remember that, thanks. Imagine consuming wisdom, must taste fine.
And thanks for the other excellent and germane comments. Seems we have many, many, many sources of energy and inspiration, from Urantia to Paradise. But then that brings to mind this fact about God, The Absolutely Unified Source of Infinite Diversity
Posted 25 May 2014 - 02:23 PM
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Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:06 PM
3. The emotion designers. These enhancers and conservators of feeling are those who preserve the sentiments of morontia and the emotions of divinity for the study and edification of the children of time and for the inspiration and beautification of morontia progressors and advancing spirits.
I've often wondered what sentiments of morontia and emotions of divinity are. I would think that they have to do with attitudes of friendship, loyalty, fatherly devotion and brotherly love. I would think that such sentiments and emotions are like the fruits of the spirit and would be worth enhancing and preserving here on earth too. I guess the authors tell us about these lofty things so we can set goals for the future, but I'm sure there is a version of those sentiments and emotions here on earth that we can also aspire to in order to make our lives more artistic: true, good and beautiful.
Edited by Bonita, 25 May 2014 - 03:07 PM.
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