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#21 Rick Warren

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:19 PM

 

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.

 

 

Sounds right! And I think they wanted us to have a broader idea of the vastness of the social/cultural structure of the morontia level, and it makes one wonder how it can get any better, and then to think this is only the beginning of embellishments and designs of spirit life.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 05:08 PM

Welcome to INTERNATIONAL STUDY DAY - 2014

 

This Year's Presentation - Paper Forty Four

 

~ THE CELESTIAL ARTISANS ~

 

 

7. THE HARMONY WORKERS

 

 

   These artists are not concerned with music, painting, or anything similar, as you might be led to surmise. They are occupied with the manipulation and organization of specialized forces and energies which are present in the spirit world, but which are not recognized by mortals. If I had the least possible basis for comparison, I would attempt to portray this unique field of spirit achievement, but I despair--there is no hope of conveying to mortal minds this sphere of celestial artistry. Nevertheless, that which cannot be described may still be implied:

 

P.507 - §3 Beauty, rhythm, and harmony are intellectually associated and spiritually akin. Truth, fact, and relationship are intellectually inseparable and associated with the philosophic concepts of beauty. Goodness, righteousness, and justice are philosophically interrelated and spiritually bound up together with living truth and divine beauty.

 

P.507 - §4 Cosmic concepts of true philosophy, the portrayal of celestial artistry, or the mortal attempt to depict the human recognition of divine beauty can never be truly satisfying if such attempted creature progression is ununified. These expressions of the divine urge within the evolving creature may be intellectually true, emotionally beautiful, and spiritually good; but the real soul of expression is absent unless these realities of truth, meanings of beauty, and values of goodness are unified in the life experience of the artisan, the scientist, or the philosopher.

 

P.507 - §5 These divine qualities are perfectly and absolutely unified in God. And every God-knowing man or angel possesses the potential of unlimited self-expression on ever-progressive levels of unified self-realization by the technique of the never-ending achievement of Godlikeness--the experiential blending in the evolutionary experience of eternal truth, universal beauty, and divine goodness.

 

 

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 05:27 PM

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There are over 80 uses of the truth, beauty and goodness trio in the book. This Section has some good ones. The only other place there is a concentration of these three is in Paper 56, Section 10: Truth, Beauty And Goodness

 

All the TB&G quotes in 15 languages are listed HERE.

 

This idea of achieving Godlikeness:

 

...These divine qualities are perfectly and absolutely unified in God. And every God-knowing man or angel possesses the potential of unlimited self-expression on ever-progressive levels of unified self-realization by the technique of the never-ending achievement of Godlikeness--the experiential blending in the evolutionary experience of eternal truth, universal beauty, and divine goodness.... P.507 - §5

 

...also runs throughout the UB. But how can one become Godlike if one doesn't know what God is like? The authors answer that repeatedly, saying essentially, the closest words/concepts to describe his character and nature are Truth, Beauty and Goodness. Therefore become living truth, reflect divine beauty, and love.

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:07 PM

Welcome to INTERNATIONAL STUDY DAY - 2014

 

This Year's Presentation - Paper Forty Four

 

~ THE CELESTIAL ARTISANS ~

 

 

8. MORTAL ASPIRATIONS AND MORONTIA ACHIEVEMENTS

 

 

 Although celestial artisans do not personally work on material planets, such as Urantia, they do come, from time to time, from the headquarters of the system to proffer help to the naturally gifted individuals of the mortal races. When thus assigned, these artisans temporarily work under the supervision of the planetary angels of progress. The seraphic hosts co-operate with these artisans in attempting to assist those mortal artists who possess inherent endowments, and who also possess Adjusters of special and previous experience.

 

P.507 - §7 There are three possible sources of special human ability: At the bottom always there exists the natural or inherent aptitude. Special ability is never an arbitrary gift of the Gods; there is always an ancestral foundation for every outstanding talent. In addition to this natural ability, or rather supplemental thereto, there may be contributed the leadings of the Thought Adjuster in those individuals whose indwelling Adjusters may have had actual and bona fide experiences along such lines on other worlds and in other mortal creatures. In those cases where both the human mind and the indwelling Adjuster are unusually skillful, the spirit artisans may be delegated to act as harmonizers of these talents and otherwise to assist and inspire these mortals to seek for ever-perfecting ideals and to attempt their enhanced portrayal for the edification of the realm.

 

P.508 - §1 There is no caste in the ranks of spirit artisans. No matter how lowly your origin, if you have ability and the gift of expression, you will gain adequate recognition and receive due appreciation as you ascend upward in the scale of morontia experience and spiritual attainment. There can be no handicap of human heredity or deprivation of mortal environment which the morontia career will not fully compensate and wholly remove. And all such satisfactions of artistic achievement and expressionful self-realization will be effected by your own personal efforts in progressive advancement. At last the aspirations of evolutionary mediocrity may be realized. While the Gods do not arbitrarily bestow talents and ability upon the children of time, they do provide for the attainment of the satisfaction of all their noble longings and for the gratification of all human hunger for supernal self-expression.

 

P.508 - §2 But every human being should remember: Many ambitions to excel which tantalize mortals in the flesh will not persist with these same mortals in the morontia and spirit careers. The ascending morontians learn to socialize their former purely selfish longings and egoistic ambitions. Nevertheless, those things which you so earnestly longed to do on earth and which circumstances so persistently denied you, if, after acquiring true mota insight in the morontia career, you still desire to do, then will you most certainly be granted every opportunity fully to satisfy your long-cherished desires.

 

P.508 - §3 Before ascending mortals leave the local universe to embark upon their spirit careers, they will be satiated respecting every intellectual, artistic, and social longing or true ambition which ever characterized their mortal or morontia planes of existence. This is the achievement of equality of the satisfaction of self-expression and self-realization but not the attainment of identical experiential status nor the complete obliteration of characteristic individuality in skill, technique, and expression. But the new spirit differential of personal experiential attainment will not become thus leveled off and equalized until after you have finished the last circle of the Havona career. And then will the Paradise residents be confronted with the necessity of adjusting to that absonite differential of personal experience which can be leveled off only by the group attainment of the ultimate of creature status--the seventh-stage-spirit destiny of the mortal finaliters.

 

P.508 - §4 And this is the story of the celestial artisans, that cosmopolitan body of exquisite workers who do so much to glorify the architectural spheres with the artistic portrayals of the divine beauty of the Paradise Creators.

 

P.508 - §5 [Indited by an Archangel of Nebadon.]

 

 

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:30 PM

 


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So it sounds like everyone has creative abilities that will continuously contribute to the whole of the beauty of the cosmos. And most likely these works of art will be group projects.
 
Glad to know I never have to worry about having enough time to enjoy creating.
 
...While the Gods do not arbitrarily bestow talents and ability upon the children of time, they do provide for the attainment of the satisfaction of all their noble longings and for the gratification of all human hunger for supernal self-expression....

Apparently Father shares his gift of creativity with all his children and puts no limits on its expression, excepting of course, useless expressions. Such a gift.

...There can be no handicap of human heredity or deprivation of mortal environment which the morontia career will not fully compensate and wholly remove....
 
That's a comfort!
 
 
The next to last paragraph of this Paper reveals ages upon ages of destiny attainment and experience acquisition for we agondonter ascenders. The Archangel closes this Paper on a note of Ultimacy, that remote estate after the emergence of the Supreme:
 
...And then will the Paradise residents be confronted with the necessity of adjusting to that absonite differential of personal experience which can be leveled off only by the group attainment of the ultimate of creature status--the seventh-stage-spirit destiny of the mortal finaliters....
 
Hasn't it been fascinating getting a peek into the diverse beauty, grandeur and artistry of the celestial level!? Maybe some of those artists will come teach on Urantia when things return to normal here.
 
That ends another International Study Day. But this topic will remain open in case you wish to add comments, quotes, or ask questions.
 
Thanks to ANZURA for creating the ISD, and you for reading, studying and posting here. Have a great year everyone. May we all enjoy our lives more and more with growing awareness of the greatest cosmic artist in the Universe, the God Partner living within!
 
 
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