But is that true of the Spirit of Truth too? When and how does the SoT speak?
Jesus was very explicit concerning this. Yes, he does speak to us. In fact, it is more likely that you will hear the good shepherd speak in your heart long before you hear your own TA. Through 50 years of the practice of contemplative prayer, I have been able to discern the Master's voice and presence in my heart and mind. He speaks whenever you ask. He speaks to the humble heart which is wholly dedicated to hearing him. He speaks with peace and tenderness, with comfort and wisdom. These are communions that are not always intellectual but are felt deeply and known experientially. He promised that if you seek, you will find and I have found in my experience is that prayer has been the best avenue for seeking him.His sheep follow him because they know his voice; they will not follow a stranger. They will flee from the stranger because they know not his voice. 1818:05
But I have many other sheep not of this fold, and these words are true not only of this world. These other sheep also hear and know my voice, and I have promised the Father that they shall all be brought into one fold, one brotherhood of the sons of God. And then shall you all know the voice of one shepherd, the true shepherd, and shall all acknowledge the fatherhood of God. 1819:05
The Revelators say we aren't "strongly intellectually" aware of this spirit teacher,
Note the emphasis on the word "intellectually". The spirit never speaks of himself, it increases consciousness of the presence of Michael, who for many of us is Jesus. When you accept the Spirit of Truth into your heart, you begin a personal relationship with Michael himself which, although it includes the added benefit of being able to utilize the mind of Michael, you also are benefitted by the actual presence of his personality. The proof that you have accepted this spirit is in your increased fellowship with Michael himself. You can't intellectualize this, you must experience it, and once you do, there is no question about it. For most of us, a relationship with another personality, Christ Michael, is much more tangible than a pre-personality, the TA. Do not make the mistake of expecting to become strongly intellectually conscious of the outpoured Spirit of Truth. The spirit never creates a consciousness of himself, only a consciousness of Michael, the Son. From the beginning Jesus taught that the spirit would not speak of himself. The proof, therefore, of your fellowship with the Spirit of Truth is not to be found in your consciousness of this spirit but rather in your experience of enhanced fellowship with Michael. 2061:02
Jesus, when attempting to explain this to his intellectually challenged apostles, the Alpheus twins, stated that the new Spirit will be "just like me, except for this material body". Said Judas: "Master, you have always lived among us as a friend; how shall we know you when you no longer manifest yourself to us save by this spirit? If the world sees you not, how shall we be certain about you? How will you show yourself to us?"
Jesus looked down upon them all, smiled, and said: "My little children, I am going away, going back to my Father. In a little while you will not see me as you do here, as flesh and blood. In a very short time I am going to send you my spirit, just like me except for this material body. This new teacher is the Spirit of Truth who will live with each one of you, in your hearts, and so will all the children of light be made one and be drawn toward one another. And in this very manner will my Father and I be able to live in the souls of each one of you and also in the hearts of all other men who love us and make that love real in their experiences by loving one another, even as I am now loving you."1948:05-1949:00
To be born of the spirit means becoming consciously aware of receiving the presence of the Spirit of Truth, Christ Michael, within you.The term "baptism of the spirit," which came into such general use about this time, merely signified the conscious reception of this gift of the Spirit of Truth and the personal acknowledgment of this new spiritual power as an augmentation of all spiritual influences previously experienced by God-knowing souls. p2061:8 194:2.10
These 120 apostles and disciples in the upper chamber were certainly aware of the Spirit of Truth, probably by noting the contrast before and after its bestowal. Maybe the only way we might become intellectually aware is to be without it for an hour or a day (just don't abandon me for long please!). This probably doesn't happen, one cannot turn the SoT on and off, nor does its Bestower waver or withdraw, right?
Yes, of course we can turn it off; in fact, we can prevent it from ever entering our hearts in the first place. The Spirit of Truth cannot enter our hearts without our consent. He does not take up permanent residence unless invited IN. Even then, the ability to discern his presence is dependent upon capacity for receptivity and personal reception of Christ's bestowal mission.Slowly the apostles and many of the disciples were learning the meaning of Jesus' early declaration: "Unless you are born again, born of the spirit, you cannot enter the kingdom of God." Nevertheless, to all who are honest of heart and sincere in faith, it remains eternally true: "Behold, I stand at the doors of men's hearts and knock, and if any man will open to me, I will come in and sup with him and will feed him with the bread of life; we shall be one in spirit and purpose, and so shall we ever be brethren in the long and fruitful service of the search for the Paradise Father." And so, whether few or many are to be saved altogether depends on whether few or many will heed the invitation "I am the door, I am the new and living way, and whosoever wills may enter to embark upon the endless truth-search for eternal life."1829:04
Though the Spirit of Truth is poured out upon all flesh, this spirit of the Son is almost wholly limited in function and power by man's personal reception of that which constitutes the sum and substance of the mission of the bestowal Son. 379:05
Evidently we are so accustomed to having the SoT that it is not regarded apart from 'normal' consciousness.
As stated above, the Spirit of Truth, although bestowed upon all mankind, is not accepted by all of mankind. The Spirit must be invited in; you must be conscious of this reception to be born again. The Spirit of Truth is responsible for moving our personality from self-consciousness to God-consciousness. But, it's all about consciousness of experience.The coming of the Spirit of Truth purifies the human heart and leads the recipient to formulate a life purpose single to the will of God and the welfare of men. The material spirit of selfishness has been swallowed up in this new spiritual bestowal of selflessness. Pentecost, then and now, signifies that the Jesus of history has become the divine Son of living experience. 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. 2065:07
What was life like without Michael's and Father's indwelling Spirits, with only the 7 somewhat impersonal Adjutants to call upon? Confusing? Mystifying? Uncertain? Cold?
Don't forget about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is actually the necessary ingredient for the coming of the Thought Adjuster. The Spirit of Truth made the reception of TA's universal; but before that, the Holy Spirit was adequate. In actuality, it is the Holy Spirit that lives within us which we take for granted and pay little attention to.The Holy Spirit--this is the initial supermind bestowal, and it unfailingly appears in all bona fide human personalities. This ministry to a worship-craving and wisdom-desiring mind creates the capacity to self-realize the postulate of human survival, both in theologic concept and as an actual and factual personality experience.1003:04
When mind is thus endowed with the ministry of the Holy Spirit, it possesses the capacity for (consciously or unconsciously) choosing the spiritual presence of the Universal Father--the Thought Adjuster.379:04
The Adjusters cannot invade the mortal mind until it has been duly prepared by the indwelling ministry of the adjutant mind-spirits and encircuited in the Holy Spirit. 1187:01
Are you, intellectually or otherwise, aware of the Spirit of Truth? Most everyone who knows Jesus has felt a connection with the Master's spirit, but is that the same as contact with the Spirit of Truth?
Yes and Yes.
I commune with the Spirit of Truth throughout the day. He is the true vine and has told us quite plainly that we must abide in him and he in us in order to bear the fruit of the vine. If we abide in him and his words live in us, we will be able to commune with him freely and ask for what his spirit wills knowing that the Father will grant our request. He has promised us spiritual joy and divine communion in this life.Then Jesus stood up again and continued teaching his apostles: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. I am the vine, and you are the branches. And the Father requires of me only that you shall bear much fruit. The vine is pruned only to increase the fruitfulness of its branches. Every branch coming out of me which bears no fruit, the Father will take away. Every branch which bears fruit, the Father will cleanse that it may bear more fruit. Already are you clean through the word I have spoken, but you must continue to be clean. You must abide in me, and I in you; the branch will die if it is separated from the vine. As the branch cannot bear fruit except it abides in the vine, so neither can you yield the fruits of loving service except you abide in me. Remember: I am the real vine, and you are the living branches. He who lives in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit of the spirit and experience the supreme joy of yielding this spiritual harvest. If you will maintain this living spiritual connection with me, you will bear abundant fruit. If you abide in me and my words live in you, you will be able to commune freely with me, and then can my living spirit so infuse you that you may ask whatsoever my spirit wills and do all this with the assurance that the Father will grant us our petition. Herein is the Father glorified: that the vine has many living branches, and that every branch bears much fruit. And when the world sees these fruit-bearing branches--my friends who love one another, even as I have loved them--all men will know that you are truly my disciples. 1945:04
Jesus made it plain that he had come to establish personal and eternal relations with men which should forever take precedence over all other human relationships. And he emphasized that this intimate spiritual fellowship was to be extended to all men of all ages and of all social conditions among all peoples. The only reward which he held out for his children was: in this world—spiritual joy and divine communion; in the next world— eternal life in the progress of the divine spirit realities of the Paradise Father. p1593:6 141:7.5
By receiving the Spirit of Truth, being born of the spirit, you are allowing for character transformation by the purification of your heart and continual spiritual renewal of your mind, which is the same as spiritizing your mind or evolving your soul. The Spirit of Truth personalizes truth. His spirit is the spirit of selflessness, of overwhelming mercy. Having Christ within you makes all things new: true, beautiful and good. He is the WAY. And this is precisely why he directs the loving and selfless contact between persons as well as with himself. By the old way you seek to suppress, obey, and conform to the rules of living; by the new way you are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in your inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of your mind, and so are you endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Forget not—it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit's transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you. If, then, the spirit dwells within you, you are no longer bondslaves of the flesh but free and liberated sons of the spirit. The new law of the spirit endows you with the liberty of self-mastery in place of the old law of the fear of self-bondage and the slavery of self-denial. p1609:5 143:2.4
Jesus was the perfectly unified human personality. And today, as in Galilee, he continues to unify mortal experience and to co-ordinate human endeavors. He unifies life, ennobles character, and simplifies experience. He enters the human mind to elevate, transform, and transfigure it. It is literally true: "If any man has Christ Jesus within him, he is a new creature; old things are passing away; behold, all things are becoming new."1103:06
The coming of the Spirit of Truth purifies the human heart and leads the recipient to formulate a life purpose single to the will of God and the welfare of men. The material spirit of selfishness has been swallowed up in this new spiritual bestowal of selflessness. 2065:07