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  1. Just to clarify on my last 2 posts.....neither were directed at Scott nor his discussion/debate with Bonita. Scott is a tenacious student who grapples with much I still have great difficulty with. And while I can see his tenacity as even stubborn occasionally, he is nontheless teachable and engaging and is a patient teacher himself here and at truthbook. Anyway, some seem to think I took issue with him....and I was not. My fellow tadpole in the spirit and text is becoming a mighty voice of scholarship for the next generations to come. Peace my little brother and blessings. (1140.5) 103:8.5 The certainty of the God-knowing religionist should not be disturbed by the uncertainty of the doubting materialist; rather should the uncertainty of the unbeliever be mightily challenged by the profound faith and unshakable certainty of the experiential believer. (1118.4) 102:1.1 The work of the Thought Adjuster constitutes the explanation of the translation of man’s primitive and evolutionary sense of duty into that higher and more certain faith in the eternal realities of revelation. 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.” But honest doubts and sincere questionings are not sin; such attitudes merely spell delay in the progressive journey toward perfection attainment. Childlike trust secures man’s entrance into the kingdom of heavenly ascent, but progress is wholly dependent on the vigorous exercise of the robust and confident faith of the full-grown man. (1194.1) 108:6.8 You humans have begun an endless unfolding of an almost infinite panorama, a limitless expanding of never-ending, ever-widening spheres of opportunity for exhilarating service, matchless adventure, sublime uncertainty, and boundless attainment. When the clouds gather overhead, your faith should accept the fact of the presence of the indwelling Adjuster, and thus you should be able to look beyond the mists of mortal uncertainty into the clear shining of the sun of eternal righteousness on the beckoning heights of the mansion worlds of Satania. May all us tadpoles exemplify confidence and fraternity in our struggles to learn one from another as we travel the pilgrim's trail home.
  2. "Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul." The Urantia Book, (1740.5) 156:5.18
  3. My Teacher Thank you for the light On my path For I see more clearly Now The way beneath my feet, It's direction and composition Forward Into the becoming Of me. Without you Where would I be But wandering still, groping In the dark Lost still and hopeless Yet I learn and grow And share with others That You have so patiently Taught me. But not so well as you For me My growth, your reward And more I hope Your reward and dedication A gift to me. Now What am I to do But light my own lamp By your example. Since there were two There have been two teachers And two students Sharing In love Truth, beauty, goodness One with another Thank you Father For My Teacher
  4. This student must protest. I will not abide the personal attacks on Bonita...or any other here who demonstrates intelligence, scholarship, fraternity, and generosity in sharing the facts, the laws, the relationships, and the meanings and values in the Revelation. Now many here are smarter than me....I follow but do not post on many threads here due to being way over my head....but I persist and struggle and learn thereby more than before. Bonita's dedication to precision and consistancy is notable and difficult for some students, me included. But to attack such a one is unbearable....and I mean ANY such a one. We are given the pattern for epochal upliftment 4 times within text. School, school, and more school....for learning to teach and learn BY teaching. Teaching is a sacred or at least a universal pattern for all progress. We should embrace those so willing to teach others....and know they too are still students. What is the motive and intention of others? Something else to discern and choose the suprerior from the inferior. Sister Bonita is a superior voice of learning and sharing. BACK OFF!! (279.13) 25:4.12 Those mortals and midwayers who serve transiently with the advisers are chosen for such work because of their expertness in the concept of universal law and supreme justice. As you journey toward your Paradise goal, constantly acquiring added knowledge and enhanced skill, you are continuously afforded the opportunity to give out to others the wisdom and experience you have already accumulated; all the way in to Havona you enact the role of a pupil-teacher. You will work your way through the ascending levels of this vast experiential university by imparting to those just below you the new-found knowledge of your advancing career. In the universal regime you are not reckoned as having possessed yourself of knowledge and truth until you have demonstrated your ability and your willingness to impart this knowledge and truth to others.
  5. A penetrating query. If there is an answer, it lies within the text of the Revelation as a presentation on the physical manifestation capabilities of midwayers, the TA, and other agents of spirit and morontia form. So far as I know the subject's actual role was not revealed....but it was he and his TA which worked somehow together to activate or be vehicle for some completely rational and nonmiraculous manifestation of materialism....the text. The subject did not dictate, voice, write, or create in any manner the text of the Revelation but if he were not mission-critical, then what? I'm hopeful others can present some potential mechanisms and relationships that might answer Howard. And consider how Sadler and the subject needed to be brought together logistically.....Sadler - the most superior of all choices for the facilitation of the Revelation! Poetic, ironic, brilliant, inspired by our unseen helpers. Life is filled by such intersections of potential.
  6. (2070.7) 195:0.11 But the Christians made a shrewd bargain with the pagans in that they adopted the ritualistic pageantry of the pagan while compelling the pagan to accept the Hellenized version of Pauline Christianity. They made a better bargain with the pagans than they did with the Mithraic cult, but even in that earlier compromise they came off more than conquerors in that they succeeded in eliminating the gross immoralities and also numerous other reprehensible practices of the Persian mystery. (2070.8) 195:0.12 Wisely or unwisely, these early leaders of Christianity deliberately compromised the ideals of Jesus in an effort to save and further many of his ideas. And they were eminently successful. But mistake not! these compromised ideals of the Master are still latent in his gospel, and they will eventually assert their full power upon the world.
  7. That's funny Howard!! Back in my spiritual"ism" days of seeking, it came to be a "tell" of channelers or mediums to so-called past lives that everyone seemed to be somebody of import, wealth, and/or fame. I always wondered why stable boys and farmers never seemed to come back? And then you meet different folks who shared past lives, yes, even the same character's lives it would appear. This old parlor game of who was I before I was me is quite comical, now, from here. Anyway, I'm not in any way questioning your position, just tangentalizing a little in humor and fellowship.
  8. Actually I think you do believe in reincarnation in its original sense....as I believe in karma in its original sense, both of which became entangled by and within each other and transformed by priests and practitioners over thousands of years into the mumbo jumbo you call "traditional". So the traditional is a distortion of the originals: karma is the spiritual and mindal reciprocity laws of intentions and motives and the position of self therein while reincarnation is the reality of mortal to morontial progression and ascension from morontial to spirit. Both are about transformation and transcendence beyond the material but were twisted into pure mortal experiences with spiritual aspirations perhaps still but very planet-centric which reveals another original truth within....social and planetary progress are thought to derive by the karmic reincarnation cycle, or the same souls reliving, over and over, the material life to make both individual and social progress in this endless cycle. But all 3 teachings combine to urge humanity inward and upward and to transform our civilization by this personal progressive experience. We know better now, but the original truth still lives within these traditional falsehoods. But we know that these teachings came originally in Dalmatia and the Garden and by Machevinta to illustrate basic concepts of cosmic citizenship and pilgrim ascension into the grand adventure. Herein lies the example of truth lost in the depths of time and by the loss of cosmic leadership on-planet to keep the originals from the distortions of human tradition, myth, and priesthoods.
  9. Bonita says above: "I agree that it should get easier to recognize truth, beauty and goodness, but we're stuck with confusion and conflict, I fear" Yes BUT there is less FEAR within the confusion and conflict, no? I mean, we know we will error, must error, are here to error so we eliminate the greatest source of error within confusion and conflict - anxieties about outcomes and consequences. By growing in faith and experience, we do not overcome confusion and conflict but we gain confidence in approaching them and seeking the superior from the inferior. Music taught me so much. I never made any fewer errors as I learned to master music....but they were progressively more complex and due to greater difficulty. As I grew in music to become musician, much became natural and easy but confusion and conflict were always present in my challenge to know more and do more than before. If you're not confused, you're simply not paying attention or facing any new challenges. To avoid confusion and conflict is to hold tight to prejudice and/or indifference and to live in fear of change. So, let us feast and fatten and enthuse and invigorate and exhibit and exercise....dang the torpedoes!!
  10. Reincarnation is New Age? But one can believe in the source of such an ancient teaching and the steps of distortion from truth to falsehood. The UB is a wonderful way far anyone to "contextualize" almost all religious concepts and beliefs and practices and explain the purpose, nature, and value of many diverse religious practices. But preconception and the prejudice to cling to them is an obstacle and a battle for every mind in every pursuit of truth. You cannot grasp the greater while clinging to the lesser....oh the monkey fist!! A demonstration of insanity and the mind at mischief. I believe it so it must be true, you disagree so you must be wrong and around and around we go.
  11. I think it is our attachments and our loyalties and our cosmic citizen "belonging" recognition, all morphing away from the material and toward the spiritual, and if indeed this is happening, part of the proof or fruit is the mature engagement with the material, as described by Bonita and Raymond. The material should get easier and easier....not necesarily wealthier and wealthier but truly less anxiety and less confusion and less distraction. Awareness of the material should be heightened when once we know that in the material patterns and intersections of relationship are examples of the higher laws and the deeper meanings and the presentation of values for our spiritual nature and progress. The UB clearly says this should happen, we are more effective managers of the material as we progress in the spirit. Those who seek to escape the material do not understand its purpose. We must choose, act, error, and learn thereby. We've discussed before two important issues related: discerning the superior from the inferior and the balance between quantity of choices/errors/corrections and the quality of those choices/errors/corrections. Awareness itself is no small feat. To see, to perceive, to understand, to apply to our life that which is placed before our eyes on our daily path. The more we progress, the more aware we should become. The more attention we should pay to that we are aware and the more we should perceive thereby. As fear fades and awareness grows and choices improve by better priorities and motives, we cannot help but grow in spirit and, as suggested, silently and unkowingly growing and maturing into a more confident chooser and more focused volition so our will becomes our experience and needs no control due to our well earned abilities. I mean we become our nature. As has been said, we are spirit with body. What we are describing is realizing this truth....to move our own identity upward and inward to the source and the purpose of the material and away from identifying with the material itself while yet material and mortal. I think this is harder to understand than it is to actually do. And I think many progress in ways that they cannot describe but their loyalties and their faithfullness and their choices and motivations move them, day by day, into greater soul mass and more responsiveness to spirit gravity. This delivers acceleration and attunement to align these many agents and agencies of personal progress to new insights and greater appreciations of importance to mind/spirit. I doubt the lack of knowledge, terms, concepts, and relationships prevents such progress. But I hope that our knowledge here is truly goading us into better priorities and choices every day in many ways to more quickly reach acceleration and "escape velocity" from the material attachments/gravity holding us back from our potential destiny. Loving all your input here my friends.
  12. (1616.10) 143:7.8 Worship is the act of a part identifying itself with the Whole; the finite with the Infinite; the son with the Father; time in the act of striking step with eternity. Worship is the act of the son’s personal communion with the divine Father, the assumption of refreshing, creative, fraternal, and romantic attitudes by the human soul-spirit. (1243.2) 113:2.5 The angels develop an abiding affection for their human associates; and you would, if you could only visualize the seraphim, develop a warm affection for them. Divested of material bodies, given spirit forms, you would be very near the angels in many attributes of personality. They share most of your emotions and experience some additional ones. (1246.1) 113:5.2 Angels are so near you and care so feelingly for you that they figuratively “weep because of your willful intolerance and stubbornness.” Seraphim do not shed physical tears; they do not have physical bodies; neither do they possess wings. But they do have spiritual emotions, and they do experience feelings and sentiments of a spiritual nature which are in certain ways comparable to human emotions. Seems to be lots of "romancing" going on. Parental, then romantic love are a path to true and selfless love for others. Such romance introduces the mind to caring and the soul to the flavor and fragrence of reciprocation, it is a blending of two into the oneness of togetherness....but it is pattern and example of that which is greater, it is but a gate into the garden of love and its delights.....and those of us who have been fortunate enough to find romance in its fullness have tasted the sweet fruit of the true vine. Happy Lovers Day to all my brothers and sisters here.
  13. You crack me up Bonita!! My wife has the same opinion about the way I think and express myself....so I get the "man" thing. It is surprising how we can be so much more complete by man and woman in teamwork, for their collaborations are superior (when in harmony) than whatever each of them might accomplish alone. My wife and I agree on the central issues (from whence all comes) and on the biggest ones (to whence all returns) but we see very little in the same light or angle of perspective and we are each better by depending one on the other for our conjoint perspective which contains both views. I write a lot, professionally, but nothing is read by others until her valiant editing process brings "sense" and structure to my thoughts.....sorry for y'all but I don't have her edit anything here so I can blame my apparent density and confusion on bad writing skills - haha! Some more on the topic........... (69.1) 5:5.6 Religious experience, being essentially spiritual, can never be fully understood by the material mind; hence the function of theology, the psychology of religion. The essential doctrine of the human realization of God creates a paradox in finite comprehension. It is well-nigh impossible for human logic and finite reason to harmonize the concept of divine immanence, God within and a part of every individual, with the idea of God’s transcendence, the divine domination of the universe of universes. These two essential concepts of Deity must be unified in the faith-grasp of the concept of the transcendence of a personal God and in the realization of the indwelling presence of a fragment of that God in order to justify intelligent worship and validate the hope of personality survival. The difficulties and paradoxes of religion are inherent in the fact that the realities of religion are utterly beyond the mortal capacity for intellectual comprehension. (69.2) 5:5.7 Mortal man secures three great satisfactions from religious experience, even in the days of his temporal sojourn on earth: (69.3) 5:5.8 1. Intellectually he acquires the satisfactions of a more unified human consciousness. (69.4) 5:5.9 2. Philosophically he enjoys the substantiation of his ideals of moral values. (69.5) 5:5.10 3. Spiritually he thrives in the experience of divine companionship, in the spiritual satisfactions of true worship. (69.6) 5:5.11 God-consciousness, as it is experienced by an evolving mortal of the realms, must consist of three varying factors, three differential levels of reality realization. There is first the mind consciousness — the comprehension of the idea of God. Then follows the soul consciousness — the realization of the ideal of God. Last, dawns the spirit consciousness — the realization of the spirit reality of God. By the unification of these factors of the divine realization, no matter how incomplete, the mortal personality at all times overspreads all conscious levels with a realization of the personality of God. In those mortals who have attained the Corps of the Finality all this will in time lead to the realization of the supremacy of God and may subsequently eventuate in the realization of the ultimacy of God, some phase of the absonite superconsciousness of the Paradise Father. (69.7) 5:5.12 The experience of God-consciousness remains the same from generation to generation, but with each advancing epoch in human knowledge the philosophic concept and the theologic definitions of God must change. God-knowingness, religious consciousness, is a universe reality, but no matter how valid (real) religious experience is, it must be willing to subject itself to intelligent criticism and reasonable philosophic interpretation; it must not seek to be a thing apart in the totality of human experience. (69.8) 5:5.13 Eternal survival of personality is wholly dependent on the choosing of the mortal mind, whose decisions determine the survival potential of the immortal soul. When the mind believes God and the soul knows God, and when, with the fostering Adjuster, they all desire God, then is survival assured. Limitations of intellect, curtailment of education, deprivation of culture, impoverishment of social status, even inferiority of the human standards of morality resulting from the unfortunate lack of educational, cultural, and social advantages, cannot invalidate the presence of the divine spirit in such unfortunate and humanly handicapped but believing individuals. The indwelling of the Mystery Monitor constitutes the inception and insures the possibility of the potential of growth and survival of the immortal soul.
  14. "Spiritual growth is first an awakening to needs, next a discernment of meanings, and then a discovery of values. " The Urantia Book, (1095.6) 100:2.2 I find this to be another confusing issue where within all the redundancy are many terms that are interchanged and have significant intersection as well. I always thought of religion and religious experience as a group thing, an organized event and discipline within creed, dogma, ceremony, symbols, ritual, etc. But not so according to TUB. ALL religious experience and religion is truly and only a personal experience....even when and if it is experienced in a group and/or a church. As to separating religious experience and spiritual experience, I am confused about any such differentiation. Can we have one without the other? Isn't spirit progress the result of religious experience? Or, isn't religious experience the result of spirit progress? Awakening, discernment, discovery = spirit progress = religious experience. And it's all personal or it's not anything but human or mortal experience and won't make the trip off this rock. Looking forward to more from many on this interesting topic. (sorry about bold...can't get it off)
  15. (270.3) 24:6.5 On the Paradise records of Havona, in the section denominated “Graduate Guides,” there appears this initial entry: (270.4) 24:6.6 “And Malvorian, the first of this order, did greet and instruct the pilgrim discoverer of Havona and did conduct him from the outer circuits of initial experience, step by step and circuit by circuit, until he stood in the very presence of the Source and Destiny of all personality, subsequently crossing the threshold of eternity to Paradise.” (270.5) 24:6.7 At that far-distant time I was attached to the service of the Ancients of Days on Uversa, and we all rejoiced in the assurance that, eventually, pilgrims from our superuniverse would reach Havona. For ages we had been taught that the evolutionary creatures of space would attain Paradise, and the thrill of all time swept through the heavenly courts when the first pilgrim actually arrived. (270.6) 24:6.8 The name of this pilgrim discoverer of Havona is Grandfanda, and he hailed from planet 341 of system 84 in constellation 62 of local universe 1,131 situated in superuniverse number one. His arrival was the signal for the establishment of the broadcast service of the universe of universes. Theretofore only the broadcasts of the superuniverses and the local universes had been in operation, but the announcement of the arrival of Grandfanda at the portals of Havona signalized the inauguration of the “space reports of glory,” so named because the initial universe broadcast reported the Havona arrival of the first of the evolutionary beings to attain entrance upon the goal of ascendant existence. (270.7) 24:6.9 Graduate Guides never leave the Havona worlds; they are dedicated to the service of the graduate pilgrims of time and space. And you will sometime meet these noble beings face to face if you do not reject the certain and all-perfected plan designed to effect your survival and ascension. In some cultures elders are respectfully called "Grandfather/Grandmother". What a trail blazer, what a jubilee!!!
  16. (481.2) 42:10.5 3. Evolving morontia minds — the expanding consciousness of evolving personalities in the local universe ascending careers. This is the bestowal of the local universe Mother Spirit in liaison with the Creator Son. This mind level connotes the organization of the morontia type of life vehicle, a synthesis of the material and the spiritual which is effected by the Morontia Power Supervisors of a local universe. Morontia mind functions differentially in response to the 570 levels of morontia life, disclosing increasing associative capacity with the cosmic mind on the higher levels of attainment. This is the evolutionary course of mortal creatures, but mind of a nonmorontia order is also bestowed by a Universe Son and a Universe Spirit upon the nonmorontia children of the local creations. (483.9) 42:12.9 Mind is always creative. The mind endowment of an individual animal, mortal, morontian, spirit ascender, or finality attainer is always competent to produce a suitable and serviceable body for the living creature identity. But the presence phenomenon of a personality or the pattern of an identity, as such, is not a manifestation of energy, either physical, mindal, or spiritual. The personality form is the pattern aspect of a living being; it connotes the arrangement of energies, and this, plus life and motion, is the mechanism of creature existence. (483.10) 42:12.10 Even spirit beings have form, and these spirit forms (patterns) are real. Even the highest type of spirit personalities have forms — personality presences in every sense analogous to Urantia mortal bodies. Nearly all beings encountered in the seven superuniverses are possessed of forms. But there are a few exceptions to this general rule: Thought Adjusters appear to be without form until after fusion with the surviving souls of their mortal associates. Solitary Messengers, Inspired Trinity Spirits, Personal Aids of the Infinite Spirit, Gravity Messengers, Transcendental Recorders, and certain others are also without discoverable form. But these are typical of the exceptional few; the great majority have bona fide personality forms, forms which are individually characteristic, and which are recognizable and personally distinguishable. (483.11) 42:12.11 The liaison of the cosmic mind and the ministry of the adjutant mind-spirits evolve a suitable physical tabernacle for the evolving human being. Likewise does the morontia mind individualize the morontia form for all mortal survivors. As the mortal body is personal and characteristic for every human being, so will the morontia form be highly individual and adequately characteristic of the creative mind which dominates it. No two morontia forms are any more alike than any two human bodies. The Morontia Power Supervisors sponsor, and the attending seraphim provide, the undifferentiated morontia material wherewith the morontia life can begin to work. And after the morontia life it will be found that spirit forms are equally diverse, personal, and characteristic of their respective spirit-mind indwellers. (483.12) 42:12.12 On a material world you think of a body as having a spirit, but we regard the spirit as having a body. The material eyes are truly the windows of the spirit-born soul. The spirit is the architect, the mind is the builder, the body is the material building.
  17. Paper 11 The Eternal Isle of Paradise (118.1) 11:0.1 PARADISE is the eternal center of the universe of universes and the abiding place of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, the Infinite Spirit, and their divine co-ordinates and associates. This central Isle is the most gigantic organized body of cosmic reality in all the master universe. Paradise is a material sphere as well as a spiritual abode. All of the intelligent creation of the Universal Father is domiciled on material abodes; hence must the absolute controlling center also be material, literal. And again it should be reiterated that spirit things and spiritual beings are real. (118.2) 11:0.2 The material beauty of Paradise consists in the magnificence of its physical perfection; the grandeur of the Isle of God is exhibited in the superb intellectual accomplishments and mind development of its inhabitants; the glory of the central Isle is shown forth in the infinite endowment of divine spirit personality — the light of life. But the depths of the spiritual beauty and the wonders of this magnificent ensemble are utterly beyond the comprehension of the finite mind of material creatures. The glory and spiritual splendor of the divine abode are impossible of mortal comprehension. And Paradise is from eternity; there are neither records nor traditions respecting the origin of this nuclear Isle of Light and Life. 1. The Divine Residence (118.3) 11:1.1 Paradise serves many purposes in the administration of the universal realms, but to creature beings it exists primarily as the dwelling place of Deity. The personal presence of the Universal Father is resident at the very center of the upper surface of this well-nigh circular, but not spherical, abode of the Deities. This Paradise presence of the Universal Father is immediately surrounded by the personal presence of the Eternal Son, while they are both invested by the unspeakable glory of the Infinite Spirit. (118.4) 11:1.2 God dwells, has dwelt, and everlastingly will dwell in this same central and eternal abode. We have always found him there and always will. The Universal Father is cosmically focalized, spiritually personalized, and geographically resident at this center of the universe of universes.
  18. The Evolutionary Races of Color (718.1)64:0.1 THIS is the story of the evolutionary races of Urantia from the days of Andon and Fonta, almost one million years ago, down through the times of the Planetary Prince to the end of the ice age. (718.2) 64:0.2 The human race is almost one million years old, and the first half of its story roughly corresponds to the pre-Planetary Prince days of Urantia. The latter half of the history of mankind begins at the time of the arrival of the Planetary Prince and the appearance of the six colored races and roughly corresponds to the period commonly regarded as the Old Stone Age. 6. The Six Sangik Races of Urantia (722.6) 64:6.1 On an average evolutionary planet the six evolutionary races of color appear one by one; the red man is the first to evolve, and for ages he roams the world before the succeeding colored races make their appearance. The simultaneous emergence of all six races on Urantia, and in one family, was most unusual. (723.1) 64:6.2 The appearance of the earlier Andonites on Urantia was also something new in Satania. On no other world in the local system has such a race of will creatures evolved in advance of the evolutionary races of color. Dispersion of the Colored Races (726.8) 64:7.1 When the colored descendants of the Sangik family began to multiply, and as they sought opportunity for expansion into adjacent territory, the fifth glacier, the third of geologic count, was well advanced on its southern drift over Europe and Asia. These early colored races were extraordinarily tested by the rigors and hardships of the glacial age of their origin. This glacier was so extensive in Asia that for thousands of years migration to eastern Asia was cut off. And not until the later retreat of the Mediterranean Sea, consequent upon the elevation of Arabia, was it possible for them to reach Africa. (726.9) 64:7.2 Thus it was that for almost one hundred thousand years these Sangik peoples spread out around the foothills and mingled together more or less, notwithstanding the peculiar but natural antipathy which early manifested itself between the different races.
  19. It has been a rare and personal privelage to witness such a transformative transcendence....with still more to come for all us tadpoles here. You will find, Brother, that every reading of the whole will further expand the parts within, endlessly it seems. The more you experience the truths within, the more of them there seem to be. The evidence of truthfulness lies within the experience of truth in our life.....may your heart be sublime and confident in its status as cosmic citizen and may your mind be untroubled by the mysteries still to come. (1097.5) 100:4.1 Religious living is devoted living, and devoted living is creative living, original and spontaneous. New religious insights arise out of conflicts which initiate the choosing of new and better reaction habits in the place of older and inferior reaction patterns. New meanings only emerge amid conflict; and conflict persists only in the face of refusal to espouse the higher values connoted in superior meanings. (1097.6) 100:4.2 Religious perplexities are inevitable; there can be no growth without psychic conflict and spiritual agitation. The organization of a philosophic standard of living entails considerable commotion in the philosophic realms of the mind. Loyalties are not exercised in behalf of the great, the good, the true, and the noble without a struggle. Effort is attendant upon clarification of spiritual vision and enhancement of cosmic insight. And the human intellect protests against being weaned from subsisting upon the nonspiritual energies of temporal existence. The slothful animal mind rebels at the effort required to wrestle with cosmic problem solving. (1097.7) 100:4.3 But the great problem of religious living consists in the task of unifying the soul powers of the personality by the dominance of LOVE. Health, mental efficiency, and happiness arise from the unification of physical systems, mind systems, and spirit systems. Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.
  20. When one considers that there is an endless chain of responses to the cause and effect, and the function of equiliberialization or limitors/capacitors in combination with the many circuits of mind, spirit, personality all active on both the moronital of time and space and the spirit of eternity and infininty within which time and space reside, the number of forces in play are mind boggling....or it is to this one. To think there is but One Cause, Source, and Center means that all this is harmonized by Diety and managed by the trillions of trillions of creatures, high and low, who are created and organized for purpose....the purpose of experiential perfecting and potential realization for the adventures still to come. Glorious!!
  21. A Thought to Ponder from The Urantia Book "We incline to the belief that the eternal future will witness phenomena of universe evolution which will far transcend all that the eternal past has experienced. And we anticipate such tremendous adventures, even as you should, with keen relish and ever-heightening expectation." (263.2) 23:4.6
  22. (1203.1) 110:0.1 THE endowment of imperfect beings with freedom entails inevitable tragedy, and it is the nature of the perfect ancestral Deity to universally and affectionately share these sufferings in loving companionship. So it is and forever must be. One problem modern medicine seems to exemplify is we can get very wrapped up in the treating of symptoms, often creating new symptoms for additional "treatment", ad nauseum times shortened life expectancy. I wonder how best to bring cure to the causes or elimination of the poisens? And I wonder how many symptoms will disappear when their cause responds to actual cure? We are surrounded by evidence of these symptoms but therein lies that which poisens our world. (1204.2) 110:1.4 Adjusters are interested in, and concerned with, your daily doings and the manifold details of your life just to the extent that these are influential in the determination of your significant temporal choices and vital spiritual decisions and, hence, are factors in the solution of your problem of soul survival and eternal progress. The Adjuster, while passive regarding purely temporal welfare, is divinely active concerning all the affairs of your eternal future. (1204.3) 110:1.5 The Adjuster remains with you in all disaster and through every sickness which does not wholly destroy the mentality. But how unkind knowingly to defile or otherwise deliberately to pollute the physical body, which must serve as the earthly tabernacle of this marvelous gift from God. All physical poisons greatly retard the efforts of the Adjuster to exalt the material mind, while the mental poisons of fear, anger, envy, jealousy, suspicion, and intolerance likewise tremendously interfere with the spiritual progress of the evolving soul.
  23. If a pilgrim can be compared to a tadpole, I wonder if civilization cannot be as well? Behold the mighty tadpole: I'm thinking Urantia is 6-8 weeks old on this scale. Note the sprouting appendiges of transportation, communication, commerce, and science, all prior to frog-hood. Perhaps our world is about to take its first breath of air? Do any truly think we won't get there? Are not getting there? Oh we of little faith. We'll be hoppin' before you know it. But, of course, we are only truly in charge of ourself, eh? While I await my first apendage perhaps, I doubt not its eventual, if not eminent arrival.
  24. Yes Sister....and I think there is far more truth and hope in the soul by soul progress which results in far greater and concentric-rippling effects on the whole than we might imagine. Meaning, that the bottom up responses to drama, suffering, and challenge bring true progress resulting from the top down pressures and missteps of leadership which hardly appear progressive at all. That the action is less important than the reaction or response. Consider that Nebadon has already realized over 1000 times the benefits as losses by the rebellion. Can rebellion itself BE good? No. But the response mechanism (and I am beginning to believe this is a real and actual mechanism) completely obliterates the evil which brought or triggered the response mechanism. Jesus taught us to respond to sin, and not passively or by acceptance. We are linked to a power that is best demonstrated to us by the function of evil and sin, perhaps the only function of any value they might possess - the power of response.....for every action there is an equal and opposite counter action in physics - but in the law of love and reciprocity response, the reaction has 10 or 100 or 1000 or 10,000 times the power than the trigger. Love + time = irresistable inevitabilities. Every action comes to meet and expose the law of unintended consequences (where consequences = results, not a negative necesarily). This requires experiential wisdom to think through and even that does not prevent the unintended from invading the process or results. But short sighted and selfish thinking certainly brings a response by the agents and agencies of Father which overcome the short term in the long run. In classic chicken and egg conundrum - does progress bring wisdom or does wisdom bring progress? Well, both of course. But progress comes, like its own force of nature, using the grotesque and the gruesome to move toward the sacred and righteous. Amazing, truly amazing. Perhaps the first personal progression in discerning planetary progress is the elimination of fear and the gaining of confidence in Father while letting go of the ego's need to "fix" the problems perceived which may or may not be any real problem at all.....as many seem to "fix" themselves and without our collective angst. I agree that we might wish to consider how we might best exemplify and embrace the examples we have been provided of how sane, mature, faithful, loving, and service minded mortals and morontials from all around us live and the examples the celestials provide to better harmonize our minds, our lives, and our communities. I cannot change or even challenge the national or global power structure of "might makes right" or the cultural issue of "me first....and right now" - I can only choose differently and more wisely the purity contrasted by the insanity of secular materialism. I am heartened by many developments of great change around us, but to Rick's original post..... "The gain motive is a mighty civilizer when augmented by the desire to serve.... P.787 - 4" The "augmentation" is now becoming democratized and every community in many countries is now awash in freely donated time, product, and cash so perhaps we are just beginning to witness how profit can transform into service. Now consider the communication and transportation elements in the quotes from Rick. The globe is shrinking at its fastest pace EVER. Don't need one language anymore....we have instant translation devices which are becoming user sensitive and intuitive in phrasing, overcoming a lack of education and eloquence by the "speaker". We have vehicles that require no drivers (including the big jets flying today) and for profit industry is about to take over space in its race to serve the demand of all here at home. Science is knocking down doors and opening new ones unkown a generation ago. I remain optimistic, beyond hopeful while knowing full well that mortal or material catastrophe may befall myself, those I love, and our beloved Urantia. I simply find it foolish to ignore what has happened....and the obvious acceleration of it happening.....since Newton and Guetenberg shared an apple under the tree. Or since my grandparents got "electrification". Or I got my first transistor radio and watching mankind step onto the moon. We witness progress, miraculous and unexplainable progress. There will be peace on earth my lovely friends. Indeed, I live in peace already as I hope for you all. Peace.
  25. My perspective is becoming more and more directed by those horrific steps in our history which resulted, despite their obvious inferiority, in the upliftment of social and civil progress. I'll begin with some of the ways mankind has benefited from slavery, as but one example (war and weaponry are another). The point is that we do NOT see the potential outworkings of our current BS or obstacles. How can we? Longerrrrrr.....perspectiveeeeeeee. More objectivity. Less emotionalism within our search for objectivity. That which we find objectionable and dangerous can still become an evolutionary progressor. (778.9) 69:8.1 Primitive man never hesitated to enslave his fellows. Woman was the first slave, a family slave. Pastoral man enslaved woman as his inferior sex partner. This sort of sex slavery grew directly out of man’s decreased dependence upon woman. (779.1) 69:8.2 Not long ago enslavement was the lot of those military captives who refused to accept the conqueror’s religion. In earlier times captives were either eaten, tortured to death, set to fighting each other, sacrificed to spirits, or enslaved. Slavery was a great advancement over massacre and cannibalism. (902.3) 81:2.13 The institutions of slavery and private ownership of land came with agriculture. Slavery raised the master’s standard of living and provided more leisure for social culture. “The modern idea of sex equality is beautiful and worthy of an expanding civilization, but it is not found in nature. When might is right, man lords it over woman; when more justice, peace, and fairness prevail, she gradually emerges from slavery and obscurity. Woman’s social position has generally varied inversely with the degree of militarism in any nation or age.” (936.7) 84:5.3 (776.6) 69:5.8 5. Power — the craving to be master. Treasure lending was carried on as a means of enslavement, one hundred per cent a year being the loan rate of these ancient times. The moneylenders made themselves kings by creating a standing army of debtors. Bond servants were among the earliest form of property to be accumulated, and in olden days debt slavery extended even to the control of the body after death. (779.5) 69:8.6 Slavery was an indispensable link in the chain of human civilization. It was the bridge over which society passed from chaos and indolence to order and civilized activities; it compelled backward and lazy peoples to work and thus provide wealth and leisure for the social advancement of their superiors. (779.6) 69:8.7 The institution of slavery compelled man to invent the regulative mechanism of primitive society; it gave origin to the beginnings of government. Slavery demands strong regulation and during the European Middle Ages virtually disappeared because the feudal lords could not control the slaves. The backward tribes of ancient times, like the native Australians of today, never had slaves. (779.7) 69:8.8 True, slavery was oppressive, but it was in the schools of oppression that man learned industry. Eventually the slaves shared the blessings of a higher society which they had so unwillingly helped create. Slavery creates an organization of culture and social achievement but soon insidiously attacks society internally as the gravest of all destructive social maladies. (779.8) 69:8.9 Modern mechanical invention rendered the slave obsolete. Slavery, like polygamy, is passing because it does not pay. But it has always proved disastrous suddenly to liberate great numbers of slaves; less trouble ensues when they are gradually emancipated. (780.1) 69:8.10 Today, men are not social slaves, but thousands allow ambition to enslave them to debt. Involuntary slavery has given way to a new and improved form of modified industrial servitude. (780.2) 69:8.11 While the ideal of society is universal freedom, idleness should never be tolerated. All able-bodied persons should be compelled to do at least a self-sustaining amount of work. (780.3) 69:8.12 Modern society is in reverse. Slavery has nearly disappeared; domesticated animals are passing. Civilization is reaching back to fire — the inorganic world — for power. Man came up from savagery by way of fire, animals, and slavery; today he reaches back, discarding the help of slaves and the assistance of animals, while he seeks to wrest new secrets and sources of wealth and power from the elemental storehouse of nature. And one directly to Bonita's salient points above: (780.8) 69:9.5 3. The desire for liberty and leisure. In the earlier days of social evolution the apportionment of individual earnings among the group was virtually a form of slavery; the worker was made slave to the idler. This was the suicidal weakness of communism: The improvident habitually lived off the thrifty. Even in modern times the improvident depend on the state (thrifty taxpayers) to take care of them. Those who have no capital still expect those who have to feed them. War, slavery, colonialism, serfdom, mechanization, technologies, currency, diplomacy, commerce, et al, have been but steps TOWARD potential but they are not THE potential to come, eh? What leads us forward today from here?
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