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You're so right, which reminds me of my most favorite quote of all time:

 

p291:3 26:5.3 That, then, is the primary or elementary course which confronts the faith-tested and much-traveled pilgrims of space. But long before reaching Havona, these ascendant children of time have learned to feast upon uncertainty, to fatten upon disappointment, to enthuse over apparent defeat, to invigorate in the presence of difficulties, to exhibit indomitable courage in the face of immensity, and to exercise unconquerable faith when confronted with the challenge of the inexplicable. Long since, the battle cry of these pilgrims became: "In liaison with God, nothing—absolutely nothing—is impossible."

 

And it's close cousin quote:

 

p438:2 39:5.9 In the more advanced planetary ages these seraphim enhance man's appreciation of the truth that uncertainty is the secret of contented continuity.

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Herein lies the power of those mind manipulators and deceivers who work to their own ends at others' expense. They sell easy and quick, they create and then offer relief from fear, they promise what cannot be delivered but is desired, or they offer themselves as surrogates endowed with the wisdom and power so the audience will give over their powers and faith to have that which the surrogate pretends to have. Modern man HAS the time, compared to agricultural/hunting/gathering man, to learn and grow and become. But we are just so busy and so distracted and so anxious and so materially self identified, and so aftaid of losing that little we have (and the more you have, the more fear you have...believe me, that's my business and it's a well documented psych behavior). Jesus always managed the flow and pace and allowed private and reflective time to stay "aligned and attuned" and quiet the noise of mankind's chaotic din. This explains, perhaps, why we tend to make the same errors of judgement in the same circles of choice....we're too unthinking and too impatient to analyze and adjust OUR responses and foolish enough to hope things will get better despite our inattention and avoidance proclivities. The decadence of prosperity is a curious challenge for mankind and its effect profound. God's will is apparently more important the more desperate we are rather than the more blessed we are....societally speaking, if not personally or exclusively. Managing our blessings begins with recognizing them and appreciating them and sharing them in love with others. May God's will be done to reduce our confusions and grow in prosperity and peace and harmony. Peace.

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Sometimes we have to make the same mistakes over and over again in order to see a pattern of behavior in order to get tired of it. When we're tired of it, we might start looking for something else and perhaps break the bad habit. This same method works for living truth. We are told that we are asked to make repeated decisions in favor of truth in order for it to become a spiritual habit. No matter what, we will be making similar decisions over and over and over again. The learning curve is actually a spiral.

 

 

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.

 

One might wonder why this is. 'Cause we're basically just animals, lazy and fearful. Everyone knows that when you train animals, you have to repeat the lesson and remain consistent. But I still think my dog learns faster than I, probably because he loves me so much.

 

p1459:3 132:3.3 Man tends to crystallize science, formulate philosophy, and dogmatize truth because he is mentally lazy in adjusting to the progressive struggles of living, while he is also terribly afraid of the unknown. Natural man is slow to initiate changes in his habits of thinking and in his techniques of living.

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You know what they say...."insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result". And....."what is not learned from history is repeated". I imagine this learning cycle is less insane on world's where leadership and upliftment succeed to reduce the effects of greed and materialism through the process of social prosperity from cooperation and altruism. But it is thrilling and compelling, if mysterious, to witness so much love by those who choose it despite all the animalistic priorities of their fellows and the lack of any material benefits from such compunction to seek God and serve mankind. Bless those with such determination and such rightness....who are not blessed with the knowledge we are.....may we be inspired to ACT in support of such living truth as we are witness to on this world. Peace.

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Hi!

 

Continuing the topic "Doing the Will of God in your life" I found this point very enlightening.

 

Expansion is our will! :o

 

 

The Consecration of Choice

 

 

(1221.2) 111:5.1 The doing of the will of God is nothing more or less than an exhibition of creature willingness to share the inner life with God — with the very God who has made such a creature life of inner meaning-value possible. Sharing is Godlike — divine.God shares all with the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit, whilethey, in turn, share all things with the divine Sons and spirit Daughters of the universes.

 

(1221.3) 111:5.2 The imitation of God is the key to perfection;the doing of his will is the secret of survival and of perfectionin survival.

 

(1221.4) 111:5.3 Mortals live in God, and so God has willed tolive in mortals. As men trust themselves to him, so has he — and first — trusted a part of himself to be with men; has consented to live in men and to indwell men subject to the human will.

 

(1221.5) 111:5.4 Peace in this life, survival in death, perfectionin the next life, service in eternity — all these are achieved (in spirit) now when the creature personality consents — chooses — to subject the creature will to the Father’s will. And already has the Father chosen to make a fragment of himself subject to the will of the creature personality.

 

(1221.6) 111:5.5 Such a creature choice is not a surrender of will. It is a consecration of will, an expansion of will, a glorification of will, a perfecting of will; and such choosing raises the creature will from the level of temporal significance to that higher estate wherein the personality of the creature son communes with the personality of the spirit Father.

 

(1221.7) 111:5.6 This choosing of the Father’s will is the spiritual finding of the spirit Father by mortal man, even though an age must pass before the creature son may actually stand in the factual presence of God on Paradise. This choosing does not so much consist in the negation of creature will — “Not my will but yours be done” — as it consists in the creature’s positive affirmation: “It is my will that your will be done.” And if this choice is made, sooner or later will the God-choosing son find inner union (fusion) with the indwelling God fragment, while this same perfecting son will find supreme personality satisfaction in the worship communion of the personality of man and the personality of his Maker, two personalities whose creative attributes have eternally joined in self-willed mutuality of expression — the birth of another eternal partnership of the will of man and the will of God.

 

 

But then we have The Human Paradox and gets a bit complicated :)

 

(1221.8) 111:6.1 Many of the temporal troubles of mortal man grow out of his twofold relation to the cosmos...

 

Comments?

 

 

Love...

 

Alina

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If there was one thing I learned from Judas it is when you desire to do good to others do not have high expectations of the results of what you are doing. Much of Judas disappointment came about as a result of him expecting to much in return.

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I don't understand that which is predetermined and that which is random or choice-function - but Judas, as one of 12 personalities, certainly demonstrated a very trypical behavior - a life managed and destroyed by expectations and disappointments in those preconceived attachments to the outcome. So many of us are driven by OUR perspective of priorities and outcomes and measure every person, circumstance, and result by the measure we have created - having far more faith in ourselves than in God. This lack of patience, this belief in "uncertainty" (rather than confidence in God's absoluteness and inevitability) can warp the mind and inflate the ego beyond recognition. Ever been angry at God? Childish if common. We can make ourself more important than God if we cling to this long enough. Woe unto us then. Bitterness is the flavor of disappointment.

 

We must trust God in all things and seek the truth within every challenge. Well said Alina and Boom. Peace.

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If there was one thing I learned from Judas it is when you desire to do good to others do not have high expectations of the results of what you are doing. Much of Judas disappointment came about as a result of him expecting to much in return.

 

There's a quote for that:

 

48:6.25 Even as mortals, so have these angels been father to many disappointments, and they will point out that sometimes your most disappointing disappointments have become your greatest blessings. Sometimes the planting of a seed necessitates its death, the death of your fondest hopes, before it can be reborn to bear the fruits of new life and new opportunity. And from them you will learn to suffer less through sorrow and disappointment, first, by making fewer personal plans concerning other personalities, and then, by accepting your lot when you have faithfully performed your duty.

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HI! :)

 

This is the Human Paradox. is the struggle between our two natures, and this prevents us from doing the will of the Father, until no unifiquen. but I think we should always remember that the attempt is worth, and that those intentions going forward, although we not realize .

According to UB. gradually free ourselves of some errors, mainly of arrogance (as opposed to true humility) and values ​​that we acquire may fail us, such as: courage. (not easy in practice)

Only in this way, I think, we approach to do the Father's Will.

 

(1221.8) 111:6.1 Many of the temporal troubles of mortal man grow out of his twofold relation to the cosmos. Man is a part of nature — he exists in nature — and yet he is able to transcend nature. Man is finite, but he is indwelt by a spark of infinity. Such a dual situation not only provides the potential for evil but also engenders many social and moral situations fraught with much uncertainty and not a little anxiety.

 

(1222.1) 111:6.2 The courage required to effect the conquest of nature and to transcend one’s self is a courage that might succumb to the temptations of self-pride. The mortal who can transcend self might yield to the temptation to deify his own self-consciousness. The mortal dilemma consists in the double fact that man is in bondage to nature while at the same time he possesses a unique liberty — freedom of spiritual choice and action. On material levels man finds himself subservient to nature, while on spiritual levels he is triumphant over nature and over all things temporal and finite. Such a paradox is inseparable from temptation, potential evil, decisional errors, and when self becomes proud and arrogant, sin may evolve.

 

(1222.2) 111:6.3 The problem of sin is not self-existent in the finite world. The fact of finiteness is not evil or sinful. The finite world was made by an infinite Creator — it is the handiwork of his divine Sons — and therefore it must be good. It is the misuse, distortion, and perversion of the finite that gives origin to evil and sin.

 

(1222.7) 111:6.8 It is only natural that mortal man should be harassed by feelings of insecurity as he views himself inextricably bound to nature while he possesses spiritual powers wholly transcendent to all things temporal and finite. Only religious confidence — living faith — can sustain man amid such difficult and perplexing problems.

 

(1223.1) 111:6.9 Of all the dangers which beset man’s mortal nature and jeopardize his spiritual integrity, pride is the greatest. Courage is valorous, but egotism is vainglorious and suicidal. Reasonable self-confidence is not to be deplored. Man’s ability to transcend himself is the one thing which distinguishes him from the animal kingdom.

 

(1223.2) 111:6.10 Pride is deceitful, intoxicating, and sin-breeding whether found in an individual, a group, a race, or a nation. It is literally true, “Pride goes before a fall.”

 

 

Greetings...

 

Alina

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I add one point that I forgot in my previous post and see what you think?

 

The paradox is that we can not move forward if we want to stay while at the same place, without making positive changes in our character.We can not make the Father's Will without taking off before more pronounced defects

(Actually to a greater or less degree, we all have defects, otherwise we would be perfect.and for this we have a ways to go :rolleyes:

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Regarding Alina's post on arrogance - another trap that Judas demonstrated so well, besides the aforementioned "expectation and disappointment" issues is the effect of feeling "entitled" or "elevated" - the pride force. I believe his expectation of the messiah included his own elevated status as a member of the "royal" court to come. Seems this one affected most of the apostles but somehow only Judas could not lay it aside at the end of Jesus mission here. I wonder if the gift of the Spirit of Truth could have saved his mortality with new understanding had he not destroyed his own flesh in depression?

 

One of the beauties of TUB's teachings - truth is progressive and experiential so we should NEVER believe or "expect" we have THE truth in hand and allow our concepts and perspective to become so static that we cannot bear new and greater truth to come. When we cling to what we "know" as absolute, we cannot learn further and integrate truth to come with that known. This releases us from the search for the "holy grail" if you will. We never cease to enlarge truth throughout the ascendent career. We are only obligated to live the truth we know....not ALL truth which will take some time longer, eh? Peace.

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106:9.11 Sooner or later all universe personalities begin to realize that the final quest of eternity is the endless exploration of infinity, the never-ending voyage of discovery into the absoluteness of the First Source and Center. Sooner or later we all become aware that all creature growth is proportional to Father identification. We arrive at the understanding that living the will of God is the eternal passport to the endless possibility of infinity itself. Mortals will sometime realize that success in the quest of the Infinite is directly proportional to the achievement of Fatherlikeness, and that in this universe age the realities of the Father are revealed within the qualities of divinity. And these qualities of divinity are personally appropriated by universe creatures in the experience of living divinely, and to live divinely means actually to live the will of God.

 

I love, love, love this quote. The qualities of divinity can become possessions of the personality only by the experience of living divinely, and that means living the will of God. Divine living is a living love.

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Me too I love that quote Bonita!

Doing the Will of the Father means "look more and more of Him who is perfect" -"Be perfect as the Father is"

Potentially we have the possibility of becoming beings "perfected" says Revelation.

Not perfect because these are the Sons born in Paradise.

To achieve this, we are meeting again on the issue of updating our potential.

Thus, no other, is a universal law

The progress in our spiritual growth and all its implications.

Obviously depends on our decision through the proper use of Free Will.

What issue of free will!! because we have the freedom bestowed by the Father, but how far is free and when it becomes something else?

 

Greetings,

 

 

 

 

Alina

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Me too I love that quote Bonita!

Doing the Will of the Father means "look more and more of Him who is perfect" -"Be perfect as the Father is"

Potentially we have the possibility of becoming beings "perfected" says Revelation.

Not perfect because these are the Sons born in Paradise.

To achieve this, we are meeting again on the issue of updating our potential.

Thus, no other, is a universal law

The progress in our spiritual growth and all its implications.

Obviously depends on our decision through the proper use of Free Will.

What issue of free will!! because we have the freedom bestowed by the Father, but how far is free and when it becomes something else?

 

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Hi all!

 

Some quotes about Free Will

 

(1301.6) 118:8.1 In the time-space creations, free will is hedged about with restraints, with limitations. Material-life evolution is first mechanical, then mind activated, and (after the bestowal of personality) it may become spirit directed. Organic evolution on the inhabited worlds is physically limited by the potentials of the original physical-life implantations of the Life Carriers.

 

(1301.7) 118:8.2 Mortal man is a machine, a living mechanism; his roots are truly in the physical world of energy. Many human reactions are mechanical in nature; much of life is machinelike. But man, a mechanism, is much more than a machine; he is mind endowed and spirit indwelt; and though he can never throughout his material life escape the chemical and electrical mechanics of his existence, he can increasingly learn how to subordinate this physical-life machine to the directive wisdom of experience by the process of consecrating the human mind to the execution of the spiritual urges of the indwelling Thought Adjuster.

 

(1301.8) 118:8.3 The spirit liberates, and the mechanism limits, the function of will. Imperfect choice, uncontrolled by mechanism, unidentified with spirit, is dangerous and unstable. Mechanical dominance insures stability at the expense of progress; spirit alliance liberates choice from the physical level and at the same time assures the divine stability produced by augmented universe insight and increased cosmic comprehension.

 

(1302.1) 118:8.4 The great danger that besets the creature is that, in achieving liberation from the fetters of the life mechanism, he will fail to compensate this loss of stability by effecting a harmonious working liaison with spirit. Creature choice, when relatively liberated from mechanical stability, may attempt further self-liberation independent of greater spirit identification.

 

 

Love

 

Alina

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I've been contemplating about the will of God a lot today.

I keep coming back to the simple explanation that it is to be perfect even as God is perfect.

 

 

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I've been contemplating about the will of God a lot today.

I keep coming back to the simple explanation that it is to be perfect even as God is perfect.

  • Another reader brought to my attention that it is not realistic as a human being to be perfect, and that we don't need to be perfect, if we concentrate on this we will be saddened by all our flaws. But what is important is that we are perfect-ing and that goodness will get us on the path of perfecting, and that we are by nature perfecting beings. Obviously though it would be nice to be perfect hahaha. But as tadpoles it is not likely to happen yet

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1221.6) 111:5.5 Such a creature choice is not a surrender of will. It is a consecration of will, an expansion of will, a glorification of will, a perfecting of will; and such choosing raises the creature will from the level of temporal significance to that higher estate wherein the personality of the creature son communes with the personality of the spirit Father.

 

 

1221.7) 111:5.6 This choosing of the Father’s will is the spiritual finding of the spirit Father by mortal man, even though an age must pass before the creature son may actually stand in the factual presence of God on Paradise. This choosing does not so much consist in the negation of creature will — “Not my will but yours be done” — as it consists in the creature’s positive affirmation: “It is my will that your will be done.” And if this choice is made, sooner or later will the God-choosing son find inner union (fusion) with the indwelling God fragment, while this same perfecting son will find supreme personality satisfaction in the worship communion of the personality of man and the personality of his Maker, two personalities whose creative attributes have eternally joined in self-willed mutuality of expression — the birth of another eternal partnership of the will of man and the will of God.

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Hello,

 

I can call myself with lot of names but perfect is the last.

Even when I think that finally I am walking on good path to become like the Father then I do something really humanly and stupid and realize that I realllllly need to work even more and more.

 

But one thing comforts me.

That is knowing that no matter what He is always by my side. Knowing that I can always exchange my faulty mind for mind of Jesus.

One day after I finally reach the Isle of Paradise I will, hopefully, reach the status of being perfect, just as Father is perfect.

 

Until then, I am satisfied with the fact that when I mess up I realize it immediately and try it to make it right.

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I honestly don't understand how perfecting is not the process for being perfect.

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Fusion with the Adjuster is a perfection of will to do the will of god, so I suppose in that sense we attain perfection. But along the way there we don't have to be perfect, if we did than we would get fustrated with all of our flaws.

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Fusion with the Adjuster is a perfection of will to do the will of god, so I suppose in that sense we attain perfection.

 

There are many levels of perfection to attain. Even when we reach Havona, we have only attained perfection of purpose. There is still more perfection to be attained after that . . . and after that . . . and after that . . .

 

26:4.13-14 When, through and by the ministry of all the helper hosts of the universal scheme of survival, you are finally deposited on the receiving world of Havona, you arrive with only one sort of perfection - perfection of purpose. Your purpose has been thoroughly proved; your faith has been tested. You are known to be disappointment proof. Not even the failure to discern the Universal Father can shake the faith or seriously disturb the trust of an ascendant mortal who has passed through the experience that all must traverse in order to attain the perfect spheres of Havona. By the time you reach Havona, your sincerity has become sublime. Perfection of purpose and divinity of desire, with steadfastness of faith, have secured your entrance to the settled abodes of eternity; your deliverance from the uncertainties of time is full and complete; and now must you come face to face with the problems of Havona and the immensities of Paradise, to meet which you have so long been in training in the experiential epochs of time on the world schools of space.

Faith has won for the ascendant pilgrim a perfection of purpose which admits the children of time to the portals of eternity. Now must the pilgrim helpers begin the work of developing that perfection of understanding and that technique of comprehension which are so indispensable to Paradise perfection of personality.

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I think what is fustrating for some people is that they think that all the quotes in the urantia book just apply to this life. Many quotes even by Jesus apply not only to this life but to the life the after. The life after this is an extension of this life.

 

Its the same with those who do not bear spiritual fruit will be cut away quote. Well many people do not bear spiritual fruit in this life, yet they are given a second chance on the mansion worlds to bear spiritual fruit.

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I think what is fustrating for some people is that they think that all the quotes in the urantia book just apply to this life. Many quotes even by Jesus apply not only to this life but to the life the after. The life after this is an extension of this life.

 

In addition I find that the quotes from Jesus' teachings apply to persons on all worlds within his creation. The concept of God as a Father, Sonship with him and brotherhood among the sons is truely universal.

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Doing the will of God - fulfilling the instruction to be perfect even as God is perfect, by engaging the process of perfecting - also is the reality of true worship (1:1.2)

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The quote on "the perfection of purpose" must then also be, as Bonita points out, the only achievement worthy of any pilgrim, even mortal pilgrims. Too many of us are far too attached to perfection of "outcome" or believe we are skilled at recognizing the point of engagement worthy of our efforts (we can find the problems we believe are most importantn) but both of these desires/behaviors is evil/error. For both that which needs Father's hand and the outcomes of our individual and combined efforts are way above our pay grade, rank, and capabilities and both concerns of any believer inherently dilute the pilgrim's progress and effect on others both. We are Father's tools or the raw materials in preparation to become tools. It is not up to us this side of finality to determine priorities or manage results. So the conduit and the tool analogies are accurate up to a point. But of course it is more complicated....for we are more than material, conduit, or tool....we have volition and intuition and personal revelation and other "agents" of the Father's hand which combine IN-EXPERIENCE to allow for the individual's participation and effectiveness within that participation in the Father's will.

 

Knowing Father's will is easy....it is for our will to be dedicated to His. But beyond this certainty lies uncertainties and frustrations and disappointments if we become attached to knowing the this and that of any particular strategy within Father's will and the impatience that leads to needing to know or see or control the outcomes. If the believer can let go of this "need-to-know" and just focus on "becoming", as Absonite points out above, we should become much greater conduit-tool-personalities in both force and effect FOR Father's hand, purpose, plan, process, and outcomes. I am a big fan of both Van and Amadon for this reason primarily - their persistance was only possible for that time span due to this reality.....they trusted Father to work out His way through them and did so with resolve, patience, and a valiant faith in their purpose and Father's results. They were a model for Adam and Eve.....whose impatient need to accelerate results showed a lack of such faith and a humanistic need to control and know the will of Father in detrimental ways to the outcome desired.

 

This is no call to do nothing....it is a call to do more and worry less about the results. We will be better by this perspective and we will choose better. God will bring us to that and those or He will bring that and those to us if the conduit is open, the tool is well formed, and the creative personality is unconcerned by results. Or so is my opinion. Perfection of purpose is not perfection of function and only Father can unite the two, over time and within His process of perfecting those who are becoming.

Edited by Bradly aka/fanofVan
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The first step I am learning consciously (and repeatedly) make along the path of perfecting is to allow - yes, allow - my Fragment to pilot my actions.

 

That is not easy. And this is where the practice of prayer comes in for me: formally devoting time for working on consciously granting such allowance - so that I can "get in the habit" of, trigger, and sustain doing so.

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