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#41 Bonita

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:35 AM

In my own personal experience, love grows rather than evolves. Evolution suggests that something moves from simple to complex; whereas love, for me, has been the opposite, always moving from complex to simple, from selfish to selfless. But I realize that I am splitting linguistic hairs here since evolution is a form of growth. Nevertheless, TUB tells us that growth is always unconscious; the effort, of which you speak, lies in providing the fertile soil for that growth through living faith and loyalty to God.

p1097:4 100:3.7 Man cannot cause growth, but he can supply favorable conditions. Growth is always unconscious, be it physical, intellectual, or spiritual. Love thus grows; it cannot be created, manufactured, or purchased; it must grow. Evolution is a cosmic technique of growth. . . Man's sole contribution to growth is the mobilization of the total powers of his personality—living faith.

p1950:5 180:5.10 Love, unselfishness, must undergo a constant and living readaptative interpretation of relationships in accordance with the leading of the Spirit of Truth.


The process of simplifying love results in getting rid of self-interest. The self complicates and exhausts whereas dedication to someone else invigorates and simplifies.

p555:5 48:6.26 But though the work is important, the self is not. When you feel important, you lose energy to the wear and tear of ego dignity so that there is little energy left to do the work. Self-importance, not work-importance, exhausts immature creatures; it is the self element that exhausts, not the effort to achieve. You can do important work if you do not become self-important; you can do several things as easily as one if you leave yourself out.


In order to love divinely, one must love the divine. We begin with our love for God and the values he presents within our relationship with him. But first, we must be learn to be loyal to the relationship. We must desire it with our whole hearts.

p1118:4 102:1.1 There must be perfection hunger in man`s heart to insure capacity for comprehending the faith paths to supreme attainment. If any man chooses to do the divine will, he shall know the way of truth. It is literally true, “Human things must be known in order to be loved, but divine things must be loved in order to be known.


Therefore, loyalty to divinity comes before love, and this is where the effort lies.

p435:4 39:4.11 What is loyalty? It is the fruit of an intelligent appreciation of universe brotherhood; one could not take so much and give nothing. As you ascend the personality scale, first you learn to be loyal, then to love, then to be filial, and then may you be free; but not until you are a finaliter, not until you have attained perfection of loyalty, can you self-realize finality of liberty.


Jesus considered mankind to be weak; not evil, but weak in loyalty and faith. Overcoming the weakness of human loyalties requires effort. Loyalty suggests determination, commitment, devotion, spiritual stamina, certitude, conviction and faith concerning values. Likewise, loyalty to values learned in a divine relationship results in the willingness to bear other's burdens through the growth of selflessness. Disloyalty to God is sinful because it results in self-love rather than the selfless love found in a true and loyal relationship.

p984:5 89:10.2 Sin must be redefined as deliberate disloyalty to Deity. There are degrees of disloyalty: the partial loyalty of indecision; the divided loyalty of confliction; the dying loyalty of indifference; and the death of loyalty exhibited in devotion to godless ideals.

p985:1 89:10.6 The forgiveness of sin by Deity is the renewal of loyalty relations following a period of the human consciousness of the lapse of such relations as the consequence of conscious rebellion. The forgiveness does not have to be sought, only received as the consciousness of re-establishment of loyalty relations between the creature and the Creator. And all the loyal sons of God are happy, service-loving, and ever-progressive in the Paradise ascent.


Jesus and his Spirit of Truth teaches us the loyalty of love, how to devote our lives to doing the Father's will, which is nothing more than sharing the inner life with him, remaining loyal and devoted to that relationship thereby learning how a selfless, determined, committed and devoted Father loves. In so doing, we learn how to love with a father's divine affection, the highest interpretation of the Golden Rule.

p2065:7 194:3.19 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.

p1675:4 149:6.3 "The `fear of the Lord' has had different meanings in the successive ages, coming up from fear, through anguish and dread, to awe and reverence. And now from reverence I would lead you up, through recognition, realization, and appreciation, to love. When man recognizes only the works of God, he is led to fear the Supreme; but when man begins to understand and experience the personality and character of the living God, he is led increasingly to love such a good and perfect, universal and eternal Father. And it is just this changing of the relation of man to God that constitutes the mission of the Son of Man on earth.



True brotherly love is not possible without first learning of fatherly love.

p1573:5 140:5.3 Jesus did not expect his followers to achieve an impossible manifestation of brotherly love, but he did expect them to so strive to be like God—to be perfect even as the Father in heaven is perfect—that they could begin to look upon man as God looks upon his creatures and therefore could begin to love men as God loves them—to show forth the beginnings of a fatherly affection. In the course of these exhortations to the twelve apostles, Jesus sought to reveal this new concept of fatherly love as it is related to certain emotional attitudes concerned in making numerous environmental social adjustments.

p1573:7 140:5.5 He first talked about those who were poor in spirit, hungered after righteousness, endured meekness, and who were pure in heart. Such spirit-discerning mortals could be expected to attain such levels of divine selflessness as to be able to attempt the amazing exercise of fatherly affection; that even as mourners they would be empowered to show mercy, promote peace, and endure persecutions, and throughout all of these trying situations to love even unlovely mankind with a fatherly love. A father's affection can attain levels of devotion that immeasurably transcend a brother's affection.

p1574:6 140:5.13 To see God—by faith—means to acquire true spiritual insight. And spiritual insight enhances Adjuster guidance, and these in the end augment God-consciousness. And when you know the Father, you are confirmed in the assurance of divine sonship, and you can increasingly love each of your brothers in the flesh, not only as a brother—with brotherly love—but also as a father—with fatherly affection.


God requires our loyalty, that we give all that we have (become selflessly and loyally devoted) in order to become more than we are.

p1285:3 117:4.14 God's gifts—his bestowal of reality—are not divorcements from himself; he does not alienate creation from himself, but he has set up tensions in the creations circling Paradise. God first loves man and confers upon him the potential of immortality—eternal reality. And as man loves God, so does man become eternal in actuality. And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality—actuality—of that man. The more man withdraws from God, the more nearly he approaches nonreality—cessation of existence. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.

p1917:1 176:3.5 "To every one who has, more shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away. You cannot stand still in the affairs of the eternal kingdom. My Father requires all his children to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the truth. You who know these truths must yield the increase of the fruits of the spirit and manifest a growing devotion to the unselfish service of your fellow servants. And remember that, inasmuch as you minister to one of the least of my brethren, you have done this service to me.



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Posted 08 May 2009 - 01:48 PM

Jose asks:



I'll take a wild stab at answering that. My first inclination is to think that there are multiple levels of meanings and values and there are multiple levels within each psychic circle. That would mean that individuals can be functioning on different levels of experience concerning meanings and values. Meanings and values are always expanding and growing and are dependent upon relationships. Since each person's relationships are different, meanings and values will also be different. Also, truth is relevant and the Spirit of Truth functions within us to individualize truth. Likewise, the growth of the Supreme depends on each individual's living experience which is irreplaceable. Therefore, I would say spiritual meanings are personally unique experientially but perhaps ultimately identical existentially.


p1096:8 100:3.3 In the contemplation of values you must distinguish between that which is value and that which has value. You must recognize the relation between pleasurable activities and their meaningful integration and enhanced realization on ever progressively higher and higher levels of human experience.

p1097:1 100:3.4 Meaning is something which experience adds to value; it is the appreciative consciousness of values. An isolated and purely selfish pleasure may connote a virtual devaluation of meanings, a meaningless enjoyment bordering on relative evil. Values are experiential when realities are meaningful and mentally associated, when such relationships are recognized and appreciated by mind.

p1097:2 100:3.5 Values can never be static; reality signifies change, growth. Change without growth, expansion of meaning and exaltation of value, is valueless—is potential evil. The greater the quality of cosmic adaptation, the more of meaning any experience possesses. Values are not conceptual illusions; they are real, but always they depend on the fact of relationships. Values are always both actual and potential—not what was, but what is and is to be.

p1097:3 100:3.6 The association of actuals and potentials equals growth, the experiential realization of values. But growth is not mere progress. Progress is always meaningful, but it is relatively valueless without growth. The supreme value of human life consists in growth of values, progress in meanings, and realization of the cosmic interrelatedness of both of these experiences. And such an experience is the equivalent of God-consciousness. Such a mortal, while not supernatural, is truly becoming superhuman; an immortal soul is evolving.



Hi Bonita and Forum Friends

Thank you for your answer. It's like this wonderful quotes:

The new teacher is the conviction of truth, the consciousness and assurance of true meanings on real spirit levels. And this new teacher is the spirit of living and growing truth, expanding, unfolding, and adaptative truth.p1949:3

Jesus' message, as he preached it and lived it in his day, was an effective solvent for man's spiritual difficulties in that day of its statement. And now that he has personally left the world, he sends in his place his Spirit of Truth, who is designed to live in man and, for each new generation, to restate the Jesus message so that every new group of mortals to appear upon the face of the earth shall have a new and up-to-date version of the gospel, just such personal enlightenment and group guidance as will prove to be an effective solvent for man's ever-new and varied spiritual difficulties.p2060:6

And it's great beacause it takes again to the subject of this beautiful topic.

Thanks and Kol Tuv (a beautiful expression in hebrew means "be well"). :unsure:

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 05:46 AM

Kol tuv Jose!

The text you highlighted on each generation explains so much about how and why we see the bright new face of Jesus on young people, even if the prior generation perverted the teachings about him. The Bible carries the tradition, but The Master's Spirit maintains the momentum and gives enduring life to each revelation. Now comes a support and potent leaven for Biblical teachings. And the younger generation of readers I know, their faces are even brighter.

A Dios, Rick

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 05:46 PM

Rick,

We covered a lot of ground on this thread but never got to the Spirit of Truth's relationship to idealistic beauty. Here are the relevant quotes I could find.

p42:7 2:7.6 Intellectual self-consciousness can discover the beauty of truth, its spiritual quality, not only by the philosophic consistency of its concepts, but more certainly and surely by the unerring response of the ever-present Spirit of Truth.

p647:8 56:10.17 Universal beauty is the recognition of the reflection of the Isle of Paradise in the material creation, while eternal truth is the special ministry of the Paradise Sons who not only bestow themselves upon the mortal races but even pour out their Spirit of Truth upon all peoples.

p1732:4 155:6.11 The spirit which my Father and I shall send into the world is not only the Spirit of Truth but also the spirit of idealistic beauty.

p1917:3 176:3.7 Truth is living; the Spirit of Truth is ever leading the children of light into new realms of spiritual reality and divine service. You are not given truth to crystallize into settled, safe, and honored forms. Your revelation of truth must be so enhanced by passing through your personal experience that new beauty and actual spiritual gains will be disclosed to all who behold your spiritual fruits and in consequence thereof are led to glorify the Father who is in heaven.

p60:6 4:5.7 But the inhabitants of Urantia are to find deliverance from these ancient errors and pagan superstitions respecting the nature of the Universal Father. The revelation of the truth about God is appearing, and the human race is destined to know the Universal Father in all that beauty of character and loveliness of attributes so magnificently portrayed by the Creator Son who sojourned on Urantia as the Son of Man and the Son of God.

p75:4 6:2.7 In the love of truth and in the creation of beauty the Father and the Son are equal except that the Son appears to devote himself more to the realization of the exclusively spiritual beauty of universal values.

p1142:1 103:9.10 When reason once recognizes right and wrong, it exhibits wisdom; when wisdom chooses between right and wrong, truth and error, it demonstrates spirit leading. And thus are the functions of mind, soul, and spirit ever closely united and functionally interassociated. Reason deals with factual knowledge; wisdom, with philosophy and revelation; faith, with living spiritual experience. Through truth man attains beauty and by spiritual love ascends to goodness.

p1738:4 156:5.5 Beauty is always triumphant over ugliness in the hearts of all who are illuminated by the love of truth. There is mighty power in the expulsive energy of a new and sincere spiritual affection. And again I say to you, be not overcome by evil but rather overcome evil with good.

p2018:2 188:5.3 Jesus, by the power of his personal love for men, could break the hold of sin and evil. He thereby set men free to choose better ways of living. Jesus portrayed a deliverance from the past which in itself promised a triumph for the future. Forgiveness thus provided salvation. The beauty of divine love, once fully admitted to the human heart, forever destroys the charm of sin and the power of evil.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:33 AM

Hi Bonita, All,

That's a great selection, Bonita.

Philosopher/thinkers from Plato to Keats have conflated truth and beauty, no doubt via their connections to the Divine Thinker. Keats reflected Plato in "Ode to a Grecian Urn". And he was rather absolute in this poetic declaration!

...When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou sayst,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," -that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

John Keats


But the quotes you chose better show truth's and beauty's distinctions and similarities. One will know truth to appreciate beauty. When truth and beauty are recognized and felt, adopted and expressed, then goodness also comes to life. Understanding the intricate relationship of this tri-fold philosophy is the beginning of comprehending Father's living philosophy. Understanding they are each incomplete without the other two is an essential lesson too.

It's very satisfying to have a philosophy of living revealed, even if it is infinitely complex. Can you imagine a lecture from the universe philosophers on the various aspects of the relationships between truth, beauty and goodness? Still, I like compact explanations of complex concepts. This one does it as well as any found in the revelation, yes?

...Through truth man attains beauty and by spiritual love ascends to goodness.... p1142


Often the authors include love with revelations on TB&G.

May it be a true, beautiful and good day, Rick

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:08 AM

Albert Einstein once said:

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."

This got me thinking about what Jesus taught, that we should become like little children. We are the children of time, the offspring of a true, beautiful and good Creator, shouldn't we act like we are? Granted, Jesus' teaching was meant to encourage us to become humble and trusting of the Father-child relationship, but what of emulating the character of our Father as Jesus revealed it to us in his life? Wasn't and isn't his character true, beautiful and full of grace? Isn't graciousness attractive as is beauty? Isn't graciousness a form of beauty? I'd like to know how to cultivate graciousness because without it there is no spiritual fragrance. TUB tells us that beauty is most religious when it is most simple and natural. Little children are often simple and natural. It seems to me that a love-saturated soul would also be beautiful, simple, natural, childlike, gracious and attractive.

p1874:4 171:7.1 Jesus spread good cheer everywhere he went. He was full of grace and truth. His associates never ceased to wonder at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth. You can cultivate gracefulness, but graciousness is the aroma of friendliness which emanates from a love-saturated soul.

p1874:5 171:7.2 Goodness always compels respect, but when it is devoid of grace, it often repels affection. Goodness is universally attractive only when it is gracious. Goodness is effective only when it is attractive.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:47 AM

I've been looking for this quote for days:

p646:4 56:10.3 Philosophy you somewhat grasp, and divinity you comprehend in worship, social service, and personal spiritual experience, but the pursuit of beauty—cosmology—you all too often limit to the study of man's crude artistic endeavors. Beauty, art, is largely a matter of the unification of contrasts. Variety is essential to the concept of beauty. The supreme beauty, the height of finite art, is the drama of the unification of the vastness of the cosmic extremes of Creator and creature. Man finding God and God finding man—the creature becoming perfect as is the Creator—that is the supernal achievement of the supremely beautiful, the attainment of the apex of cosmic art.



Where else can we see such exquisite beauty but in our personal relationship with our Creator Son Michael?

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 05:21 AM

...Isn't graciousness attractive as is beauty? Isn't graciousness a form of beauty? I'd like to know how to cultivate graciousness because without it there is no spiritual fragrance.

and

...Where else can we see such exquisite beauty but in our personal relationship with our Creator Son Michael?



Dear Bonita,

Your wide-ranging questionings/teachings are a form of beauty in the exploration of truth. And you well know graciousness is an inevitable out-working of divine love sent by Father through Michael and Mom. Divine relationships wring out aromas of grace and goodness.

Smells good, thank God.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 07:33 AM

You're so gracious Rick, thank you.

But I am serious about looking a little more closely at graciousness for my own selfish reasons, which sounds hypocritical. The quote implies that graciousness cannot be cultivated as can gracefulness. Gracefulness is beauty of form (body) but graciousness is beauty of personality and it seems that there is work involved in that. Jesus told us that divine love flows from the vine, and if we remain connected by communion with him, we thereby receive what is necessary to grow good and gracious fruit. But isn't there effort involved in this, in staying connected? Graciousness is a selfless tenderness of spirit and I think the selfless part probably takes some kind of work or at least willingness to forget self.

TUB describes the Master's personality in several places but in one it tells us of his spiritual charms:

"With all of this physical and intellectual influence manifest in the Master`s presence, there were also all those spiritual charms of being which have become associated with his personality— patience, tenderness, meekness, gentleness, and humility." p1589:5 141:3.4

I'm wondering if these charms are part of graciousness and can we cultivate patience, tenderness, meekness, gentleness and humility, or do we simply allow them to grow. Can unbroken communion with the Master be all that is necessary to produce these fruits of the spirit which make us gracious and fragrant?

Sometimes I think it is just that simple, but the Master said that if we do this, life will not necessarily be easy. I think he challenges us by bringing us into relationships which force us to grow in graciousness and this is where the effort comes in, allowing God to do the cultivating of the garden. He did say that the yoke of the gospel is easy and the burden of truth is light. Which I think means that we have to learn how to willingly allow the spirit to be the husbandman and cultivator of graciousness and leave our selves out of it.

p1946:3 180:2.5 When there exists this living connection between divinity and humanity, if humanity should thoughtlessly and ignorantly pray for selfish ease and vainglorious accomplishments, there could be only one divine answer: more and increased bearing of the fruits of the spirit on the stems of the living branches. When the branch of the vine is alive, there can be only one answer to all its petitions: increased grape bearing. In fact, the branch exists only for, and can do nothing except, fruit bearing, yielding grapes. So does the true believer exist only for the purpose of bearing the fruits of the spirit: to love man as he himself has been loved by God—that we should love one another, even as Jesus has loved us.

This living connection between the Creator and the creature must be the height of beauty and the fragrant fruits of the spirit must be the beautiful products of such love resulting in graciousness.

The fruits of the spirit are: Loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, enduring peace, love, joy, long suffering, gentleness, faith, meekness and temperance. ( from pages 381&2054)

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 09:34 PM

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In my years of study I have recorded different subject or topics of interest for my own personal studies and as it later proved out also in the writing of 3 manuscripts from this wonderful UB. One of the Topics has been the Personality, Appearance, How He Was, As witnessed and recorded by many personalities, celestial and mortal of our Lord Jesus. There are some 70 different pages that talk of our Lord. If you like, next go around i'll be glad to post them. I'm close to writing and essay or study that I will call "How Jesus Was."

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 05:00 AM

Hi Bonita, Jessemilio, All,

He did say that the yoke of the gospel is easy and the burden of truth is light. Which I think means that we have to learn how to willingly allow the spirit to be the husbandman and cultivator of graciousness and leave our selves out of it.


"Allow" sounds right Bonita,

You got me thinking about instances of seeing graciousness in others. It always seems to emanate effortlessly from those deep in love with Divinity--Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit. So it must be tied in with love, faith, truth, revelation (personal and/or epochal) and that kindly, wistful disposition we all recognize and respect as gracious. For some reason I associate it closely with "crows feet" wrinkles, people who sparkle with charm and general affection.

Is graciousness not an inevitable by-product of the spiritized life rather than an aim or goal?

Charmed I'm sure, ;) Rick

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 06:59 AM

Is graciousness not an inevitable by-product of the spiritized life rather than an aim or goal?


I think it is both. It is an unconscious byproduct of a truly religious life yet it is something so attractive, and like any other charm, enticing and alluring. It is a goal we naturally gravitate towards as we become spiritized.

The spiritual-gravity pull of the Eternal Son constitutes the inherent secret of the Paradise ascension of surviving human souls. All genuine spirit values and all bona fide spiritualized individuals are held within the unfailing grasp of the spiritual gravity of the Eternal Son. . . . The spirit-gravity circuit literally pulls the soul of man Paradiseward. p84:2 7:3.2

This bestowed Comforter is the spiritual force which ever draws all truth seekers towards Him who is the personification of truth in the local universe. p377:10 34:4.2

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 09:16 AM

Hi Bonita, All,

The only other quote having the word graciousness is:

...Jesus closed the book and, after handing it back to the ruler of the synagogue, sat down and began to discourse to the people. He began by saying: "Today are these Scriptures fulfilled." And then Jesus spoke for almost fifteen minutes on "The Sons and Daughters of God." Many of the people were pleased with the discourse, and they marveled at his graciousness and wisdom.... P.1686 - §2


Whether it is a goal or an eventuation, or both, graciousness is inevitable in the spirit-gravity-drawn ascender. What perfect models and guides we have!

When I try to recall instances of graciousness in siblings, the line between what is graciousness living and what is mere grace---I'm not as sure as might be...

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:26 AM

Well, synonyms for gracious are: courteous, pleasant, thoughtful, diplomatic, friendly, amicable, elegant, merciful, compassionate, kind, forgiving, tenderhearted, generous and benevolent, to name just a few.

In my own experience, I've seen degrees of graciousness where people rise to the occasion in some circumstances but fail in others. Sometimes I see an obvious attempt at graciousness that is transparently hollow, where the intent is only partial, as though the person is internally conflicted but knows by conscience that he/she should behave in a certain way and attempts to do so. You can sense the insincerity at times but does the person get credit for trying?

In the end, I think true graciousness must be like true goodness, an unconscious result of an internal commitment, where there is no conflict in allegiance. But I do think that any conscious attempt at it is worthwhile even if it turns out to be gracefulness rather than graciousness. We'll get there eventually as we refine our motives and intentions. In fact, isn't refinement a kind of graciousness, or is that gracefulness??

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:30 AM

You can sense the insincerity at times but does the person get credit for trying?



YES! Intention is everything. We know the road to Paradise is paved with good, even great and gracious, intentions---and awful failures from which to learn. ( Refinement is the watchword of progress?! ;) ) Surely you are correct Bonita, graciousness is like goodness, an unconscious evolution of character building and God ascending.

There is long tradition of extending a gracious hand in the US south where I grew up. But there are flavors of it even amid southerners, Texas graciousness is different from South Carolina's. And it requires certain circumstances for gracious behavior to manifest, no? It is best shown (in my view) when good is returned for evil, kindness given for crudeness, understanding reflected for blunt ignorance. It is always humbling, respect-worthy and spiritually appealing.

Gracious acts are not confined to any region or culture, many societies have deep veins of it in the forms of hospitality, selfless service, genuine love and respect for humanity, and affectionate exchanges that ask nothing in return.

Good Gracious!! used to be a commonly used phrase around these parts. It takes on new meanings in light of revelation.

God's grace seeking graciousness, Rick

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 08:13 AM

The more I think about the word refinement, the more I like it. Once we enter the kingdom of God, we're in the refiner's fire. I'm also inclined to think that true selfless service is like goodness and graciousness, probably unconscious too. But there must be steps in refining goodness, graciousness and service that are conscious, the steps where we make the conscious effort until it becomes an unconscious habit.

p1727:4 155:3.4 Increasingly they learned from Jesus to look upon human personalities in terms of their possibilities in time and in eternity. They learned that many souls can best be led to love the unseen God by being first taught to love their brethren whom they can see. And it was in this connection that new meaning became attached to the Master's pronouncement concerning unselfish service for one's fellows: "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me."

p1095:3 100:1.8 Religious habits of thinking and acting are contributory to the economy of spiritual growth. One can develop religious predispositions toward favorable reaction to spiritual stimuli, a sort of conditioned spiritual reflex. Habits which favor religious growth embrace cultivated sensitivity to divine values, recognition of religious living in others, reflective meditation on cosmic meanings, worshipful problem solving, sharing one's spiritual life with one's fellows, avoidance of selfishness, refusal to presume on divine mercy, living as in the presence of God. The factors of religious growth may be intentional, but the growth itself is unvaryingly unconscious.

p1210:1 110:6.6 Every decision you make either impedes or facilitates the function of the Adjuster; likewise do these very decisions determine your advancement in the circles of human achievement. It is true that the supremacy of a decision, its crisis relationship, has a great deal to do with its circle-making influence; nevertheless, numbers of decisions, frequent repetitions, persistent repetitions, are also essential to the habit-forming certainty of such reactions.



But even though the habit forms, I doubt it counts without refinement of motives and intentions which come from progressive righteousness. So the work we do in the refining process is not so much a way to earn graciousness or goodness, it is actually our true service.

p1536:10 137:8.13 The kingdom of heaven is not a matter of meat and drink but rather a life of progressive righteousness and increasing joy in the perfecting service of my Father who is in heaven. For has not the Father said of his children of the world, "It is my will that they should eventually be perfect, even as I am perfect."

p1683:2 150:5.5 In summing up his final statement, Jesus said: "You cannot buy salvation; you cannot earn righteousness. Salvation is the gift of God, and righteousness is the natural fruit of the spirit-born life of sonship in the kingdom. You are not to be saved because you live a righteous life; rather is it that you live a righteous life because you have already been saved, have recognized sonship as the gift of God and service in the kingdom as the supreme delight of life on earth. When men believe this gospel, which is a revelation of the goodness of God, they will be led to voluntary repentance of all known sin. Realization of sonship is incompatible with the desire to sin. Kingdom believers hunger for righteousness and thirst for divine perfection."

p22:2 1:0.5 Urantia mortals can hardly hope to be perfect in the infinite sense, but it is entirely possible for human beings, starting out as they do on this planet, to attain the supernal and divine goal which the infinite God has set for mortal man; and when they do achieve this destiny, they will, in all that pertains to self-realization and mind attainment, be just as replete in their sphere of divine perfection as God himself is in his sphere of infinity and eternity. Such perfection may not be universal in the material sense, unlimited in intellectual grasp, or final in spiritual experience, but it is final and complete in all finite aspects of divinity of will, perfection of personality motivation, and God-consciousness.



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Posted 24 May 2009 - 06:14 AM

Hi Bonita, All,

Seems like service is the key to so much like graciousness. But to study graciousness, perhaps learn it, those words, "emanates from a love saturated soul" resonate best for me. Saturated souls are naturally gracious because they've fallen in love with God the Perfection of Gracious, and don't forget. Woulds't that I could always remember. It just takes time.

Isn't it odd that we can know so much and still have this tremendous inertia in learning? It makes me think the Gods want the Universe on a slow burn, and reminds me---the journey is half the trip.

Lotsa love, Rick

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 07:07 AM

Just wondering, have any of you ever used the "mind of Jesus" to help in times where you knew you were lacking in graciousness and what was your experience? I tried it just the other day and was amazed at its effectiveness, but it was massively humbling. Meaning, when I got a glimpse of "how I could think" it didn't include me at all, yet a stubborn part of me wanted to hold on and not yield. It was tough to let go of my ideas concerning the issue, but I knew I had to let them melt away because the alternative was so attractive, appealing, and in a way I can't describe, comforting too. Now, I'm sure this was just a step towards the real thing because it was completely conscious, but I won't forget it and hopefully someday it will become second nature.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 08:11 PM

Rick,

cogent observation about pacing growth in the becoming universe.
To whit:

Jesus was never in a hurry, always stopped to play with the kids (and smell the roses, I would imagine)

over-rapid growth is suicidal

a pint can not hold a quart

over-revelation is harmful

There is abundant time to accomplish whatever you wish, if it is worthwhile

Much, very much seems to await the development of the capacity to enable growth

Michael let rebellion "run it's course" till every person involved has had an opportunity to make their final choice, one way or the other
Slowly but surely the Power of Love is overcoming the Love of Power

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 08:40 PM

Bonita,

I think I have done that mind switch, but more often my response to challenging situations (interpersonal usually) is to remember to maintain a fragrant atmosphere in the "arena" of my mind for the Monitor who hopefully will help me adjust these wayward thoughts into becoming more divine.

But all too often, truth be told, i fail miserbly and fall back on old patterns of reactive timeworn habits instead of shutting off those unwelcome and ungodly patterns. And then waste time ruminating over and over again until finally going back and trying to make things right with whomever it was who got "less than my best."

It would be better to have remembered to love first and proceed forward with the "light" than to have to spend so much time in remediation or remorse.

Doing this mind switch is akin to what we tell newly sober members of AA. We tell them to "fake it till you make it." Now this is not at all the same but similar. Michael and the legions of helpers watching and encouraging us (with our permission)love for us to "get it" on our own. Grow up and stand tall and farseeing, eager to become a certified morontia ascender. Yet those crushing moments of life, inescapable, untransferable must be faced and traversed. Life here is short but intense. In those intense moments is when I will be likely to call upon the good spirit of Jesus and our Father to "make it through"and make use of our loving Masters mind to bridge the gap between what i am and what i am becoming- between my existence and my destiny.

We shouldn't obsess too much about this for, after all, we are living on "borrowed mind" already. We live and move and have our being in the bosum of Michael's consort-our spirit Mother- ("Human consciousness rests gently upon the electrochemical mechanism below and delicately touches the spirit-morontia energy system above") existing in an adjutant matrix and literally bathed in healthful ,energizing spiritual influences.

I know we are real now. I believe we are born at fusion. Then we are named.
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