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In my mind, this topic intersects nicely with the "Superior vs. Inferior" thread here. I have come to view that issue differently. Mortal mind tends to equate superior and inferior with good and bad, and does so incorrectly. For within 2 bad choices is a superior and inferior choice, and within 2 good choices the same applies. Chess is a good example: at the opening there are over 12 moves from which to choose (20 as i count on first move), but not all are equally superior. By the 10th play, there are now over 24 moves available (probably closer to 50) but most are new and many more are gone, and the superior vs. inferior gets more interesting and consequential and therefor, more difficult. Later, there may only be 2 or 3 choices but the contrast between superior and inferior is even greater....if no more apparent. Every choice made changes the dynamic of choices to come amidst a progressive flux of change.

 

We are not to choose between good and bad....or not for long. We are to discern the results of our choices and to contemplate the inherent unexpected consequences that may and do result. Consequence is neither good nor bad necesarily - it is but a result of choice. Free will is consquential. The superior choice leads to superior results compared to the alternatives under consideration. Our training in time and choice is manifold but this learning to choose based on discernment between superior and inferior and our perspective of experience on the rippling effect of consequences (responses to actions) never ends.

 

This is why it is foolish to be paralyzed by fear or concern about knowing the right and wrong....for it is something to be learned by experience and error. The first step is to trust Father to know what HE is doing (He does) and to place all consequences in His hands. If we then act within such faith, we will learn to see and recognize the consequences of choice and how to RESPOND to that which happens by choice, rather than trying to control what happens. The better we choose, the better we choose our response to new choices by learning to make superior choices every day in every situation and circumstance. We fear less. We gain confidence. We choose even better thereby. And our life shifts profoundly away from anxiety and doubts to clarity and purpose.....the purpose of becoming.....eternal choosers from among many diverse options in an environment of change and progression.

 

A prayerful and contemplative awareness of that constant stream of superior and inferior choices will change our view and our experience of our world and our life. We are too quick to act without seeing what's what and too quick to choose without considering the consequences....especially to others. That which serves us best serves others best too (you can say that backwards if you prefer but the truth of it is the same either way). If we are a tool of Father's being formed (becoming) and if our destiny as finaliters is eternal service in His creation, this learning to do Father's will by applying discernment within our free will to optimize outcome potentials within universe patterns of consequences is important to learn as soon as we are able. For those from our home, our destiny is Agondontor for we have chosen Him from within, and without external evidence to validate the experience of our choice. All pilgrims will languish in progress until we learn to act in faith with confidence that Father will handle the outcomes, and in such faith to improve our choosing once we are educated by experience to make the superior choice within every choice to come with less and less error and more and more assurance and validation. Or so I am thinking......

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How exactly is choosing options - based upon discerning circumstances and appropriate behavior for dealing with them - not the same as trying to control what happens?

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Thought that would come up. It's a matter of order and experience. To learn the consequence potentials of choice, one must first experience choosing. And always it will be true that the consequences are Father's, not ours. But it is important to learn to discern, eh? We learn to make fewer errors by learning to discern the superior from the inferior. We improve our choosing by the experience of it. But what is the motive for choice? To control the outcome or to trust that to Father while witnessing the outworkings of our choices to learn therefrom? For we cannot "control" outcomes, only the choosing is ours....ever. The pattern of consequence is not ours to manage or manipulate but it is ours to learn about and improve the process of choosing more wisely based on more experience.

 

I understand the apparent contradiction. Perhaps I am wrong? Or others can explain it better? I am not attempting to promote prediction any more than control but, rather, the understanding of the relationship between motives, actions, and the consequences inherent within both to our progress and our effectiveness. Absonite - you are far more articulate and perceptive than I (I sincerely mean that, no sarcasm) so maybe you could address it more clearly yourself. My view is that relinquishing control of outcome improves the important function of free will choice.

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I asked the question not to quiz (as if I already know the answer) - because this is an issue that also is a bear for me to wrestle with here.

 

I get what you're saying here about focusing on the action and leaving the results to God. However, that brings up the point of how not to end up behaving like a blind bull in a china shop. The answer to that seems to be: well, don't ignore what's going on around you - carefully discern what's happening, then choose appropriate behaviors in light of such careful discernment. But then that runs head first into the issue of control.

 

The only way out of this conundrum that I can see is to give it all up to God, by way of allowing the Fragment pilot all action made. Then, both the cause and the effect of the action are in God's hands. Of course, for simple navigation purposes, one still has to be aware of circumstances and the situations they compose - but just enough there to then turn to the Fragment and await God's will for how to best engage the situation.

 

Yet, even that solution, brings up the question of where and when the line is crossed, as well as the attendant murky waters regarding motives/intentions and freedom to choose personal goals.

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However, that brings up the point of how not to end up behaving like a blind bull in a china shop. The answer to that seems to be: well, don't ignore what's going on around you - carefully discern what's happening, then choose appropriate behaviors in light of such careful discernment. But then that runs head first into the issue of control.

 

IMO it is impossible to not be a bull in a china without finding our inner heart and I don't mean that poetically but literally. The u.b seems to indicate that this is where gods ministry is and that our many pet evils can block our own self from discovering this heart.

 

Some people think, that they can be good just by choosing to be good. The old song goes "and be good for goodness sake". If literally discover god within our heart we can "be good for gods sake". IMO that is where real goodness come from. I believe there is this a popular illusion on our world that goodness can just manifest from within our consciousness without gods ministry.

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A Excellent Expression of Insights Brother Bradly

Wise Words of Wisdom !

Refreshing , Thanks

 

Also ...

 

48:7.13 11. The weak indulge in resolutions, but the strong act. Life is but a day’s work — do it well. Theactisours; the consequences God’s.

 

 

117:5.5 Man does not unite with the Supreme and submerge his personal identity, but the universe repercussions of the experience of all men do thus form a part of the divine experiencing of the Supreme. “Theactisours, the consequences God’s.”

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Thanks Coop, and like you Absonite, this was a big one for me. I've always been a "fix it control freak" and my profession is risk management or paid paranoid! But I learned long ago one cannot control all the variables and unknowns which always affect outcomes, regardless of how well one chooses. My grannie used to say, "Let go...and let God." But I am stubborn. My first efforts were a complete elimination of material attachments, a simplification of choices and priorites (food, shelter, companionship). Slowly, I began to "see" and "hear" the intersections of choice more clearly and started making choices by different criteria while avoiding more than I embraced (there's a defensive strategy in billiards called "the lie or the leave") - playing to not lose rather than to win.

 

Perhaps this helped, don't know. But I came home the prodigal son and re-engaged with family and career and community and was far more successful at that which I had fled and abandoned before (this long after TUB found me and about the time I came to believe its truth). One cannot hide from reality. One cannot grow under a rock. And so I learned that it is learning that is required for perfecting....not avoidance of consequences but embracing better consequences by understanding and awareness. There is much yet to learn, obviously, but I no longer fear error and laying aside the fear, while actively applying discernment by experience, I have come to make far better choices far more often which has delivered the promised rewards or fruit of the spirit. There is that which is inferior and superior in every single choice. The superior delivers up the superior result and vice versa. Life is good.

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118:8.5 The whole principle of biologic evolution makes it impossible for primitive man to appear on the inhabited worlds with any large endowment of self-restraint. Therefore does the same creative design which purposed evolution likewise provide those external restraints of time and space, hunger and fear, which effectively circumscribe the subspiritual choice range of such uncultured creatures. As man’s mind successfully overstrides increasingly difficult barriers, this same creative design has also provided for the slow accumulation of the racial heritage of painfully garnered experiential wisdom

 

— in other words, for the maintenance of a balance between the diminishing external restraints and the augmenting internal restraints.

 

 

118:8.6 The slowness of evolution, of human cultural progress, testifies to the effectiveness of that brake — material inertia — which so efficiently operates to retard dangerous velocities of progress. Thus does time itself cushion and distribute the otherwise lethal results of premature escape from the next-encompassing barriers to human action. For when culture advances overfast, when material achievement outruns the evolution of worship-wisdom, then does civilization contain within itself the seeds of retrogression;

 

and unless buttressed by the swift augmentation of experiential wisdom, such human societies will recede from high but premature levels of attainment, and the “dark ages” of the interregnum of wisdom

 

will bear witness to the {inexorable restoration} of the {imbalance} between {self-liberty and self-control.}

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This definitely can be a snafu of language and relevancy.

 

The word response might be very useful, and neutral, enough here to help:

 

 

Freewill functions at the level of discernment (which includes attention, analysis, and decisions relevant to personal preferences). Discerning the circumstances of a situation - and choosing to give control to the indwelling Fragment, based upon that which has been discerned - spiritually upgrades what otherwise merely would be either action or reaction, into response. So, one's ability to respond (one's respond-ability: one's responsibility) occurs from discerning, and allowing the Fragment to pilot through, every situation.

 

If the goal is then presented as being responsible - indeed, as being personally responsible, which means: volitionally engaging life as personality partnershipping with one's pre-personal Fragment, for the sake of appropriately and spiritually responding to situations - then that might seem far more both linguistically appealing and impactfully relevant to those who are turned off by the superior/inferior language.

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"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

 

 

This is complex stuff....at least for me. To make a choice changes the dynamic within the flux of interactions, reactions, and responses. Every choice made changes every choice to come....and not just my choices but everybody's interact into new realities of intersection. Herein lies those meanings and values. Not choosing is also a choice and also affects the dynamic. It is all about change and one's awareness of the changes to "navigate" the waters and the conditions in the moment. There is no stasis to preserve or cling to except in the mind's denial of reality and truth. For yesterday's "best" choice is a different best today due to the new dynamic of variables and other interactions, even those due to no action.

 

This fluidity within time is a true challenge for the pilgrims of time and space. The motive of fear of outcome and the need to control outcomes both detract, dimminish, and can destroy any proactive value potential in the choice before us. Casting the mind forward into "time potentials" while expanding one's "time unit" perception is but the beginning. This is the "awareness" that must precede the "experiential wisdom" in Coop's quote above. We have to realize that feelings, thoughts, words, deeds, AND choices ALL matter.....and we begin real progress in the spirit when we accept this truth and reality. We change the future with every decision and action. Awareness comes first, error comes next, improvement comes, we grow and mature, and we become proactive partners with Father in delivering the potential therein.

 

Love your post Absonite....response-ability indeed!! B)

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A recent quote of the day by our dear Sister Meredith:

 

 

In religion, Jesus advocated and followed the method of experience, even as modern science pursues the technique of experiment. We find God through the leadings of spiritual insight, but we approach this insight of the soul through the love of the beautiful, the pursuit of truth, loyalty to duty, and the worship of divine goodness. But of all these values, love is the true guide to real insight.
P.2076 - §5
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118:6.6 In the mortal life, paths of differential conduct are continually opening and closing, and during the times when choice is possible the human personality is constantly deciding between these many courses of action.

 

There really is a best way, it's God's way, and I think we can all agree on that. But on the way to discovery of the best way, first we encounter good ways and better ways and sometimes not so good ways and even bad ways. The hardest lesson to learn is to recognize when a path of differential conduct is actually opening or closing. Most of us prefer to procrastinate or wait until we're backed against a wall and must make a choice. I use to love to say, "Let's see if it's better tomorrow," as if something magical would happen while I slept . . . little fix-it elves who just appear out of nowhere and solve little problems. And low and behold, I discovered that sometimes it is okay to do just that, to let things go for a while, to not make a decision, to do nothing. You all remember that time when the apostles were fighting with John the Baptist's disciples? Jesus took them into the hills for a weekend, and when they returned they forgot what it was that they were all upset about. Things did get fixed seemingingly magically, problems solved themselves somehow. So here is an example of learning to recognize when a path of differential conduct is closed and we should leave it closed.

 

143:3.6 The third day when they started down the mountain and back to their camp, a great change had come over them. They had made the important discovery that many human perplexities are in reality nonexistent, that many pressing troubles are the creations of exaggerated fear and the offspring of augmented apprehension. They had learned that all such perplexities are best handled by being forsaken; by going off they had left such problems to solve themselves.

 

And then there are times when a path of differential conduct is open and we should seize the moment. This is not really so much about being in control; it's more about self-control and self-mastery. You really have to have at some time discovered and recognized the good, better or best way. Somewhere inside of you, that wisdom is growing, and that place is called the soul. I can't stress enough the importance of striving to become conscious of your soul. The soul has powers of influence which are very reliable.

 

It's also not about being passive, which is negative.

 

103:2.1 Religion is never a passive experience, a negative attitude.

 

The spiritual life is an active and positive one. It's a life of difficult decisions and confusing choices, but that's the way it's supposed to be. "Trouble will invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge you; and obstacles will stimulate you." (130:6.4)

 

159:5.9 Jesus required his followers to react positively and aggressively to every life situation. The turning of the other cheek, or whatever act that may typify, demands initiative, necessitates vigorous, active, and courageous expression of the believer’s personality.

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This is why I think - response - is such a good word: because it suggests to me a decision made, in light of discernment and spiritually indwelt guidance, to life situations.

 

Responding - being response-able - is being active, not passive. Reaction seems passive in conparison. Responding seems more like being active in a progressive way.

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Response is okay. TUB calls it relational. All truth this side of Paradise is relational. If a personality is relating it is socializing. If a personality is socializing it is partaking in the power-personality synthesis of the Supreme.

 

 

56:10.13-16 The recognition of true relations implies a mind competent to discriminate between truth and error. The bestowal Spirit of Truth which invests the human minds of Urantia is unerringly responsive to truth—the living spirit relationship of all things and all beings as they are co-ordinated in the eternal ascent Godward.

 

Every impulse of every electron, thought, or spirit is an acting unit in the whole universe. Only sin is isolated and evil gravity resisting on the mental and spiritual levels. The universe is a whole; no thing or being exists or lives in isolation. Self-realization is potentially evil if it is antisocial. It is literally true: “No man lives by himself.” Cosmic socialization constitutes the highest form of

personality unification. Said Jesus: He who would be greatest among you, let him become server of all.”

 

Even truth, beauty, and goodness—man’s intellectual approach to the universe of mind, matter, and spirit—must be combined into one unified concept of a divine and supreme ideal. As mortal

personality unifies the human experience with matter, mind, and spirit, so does this divine and supreme ideal become power-unified in Supremacy and then personalized as a God of fatherly love.

 

All insight into the relations of the parts to any given whole requires an understanding grasp of the relation of all parts to that whole; and in the universe this means the relation of created parts to the Creative Whole. Deity thus becomes the transcendental, even the infinite, goal of universal and eternal attainment.

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Yes Bonita.....what's the difference between patience and procrastination? We must learn the distinction. I too have witnessed many "pressing" issues resolve themselves better than by any reaction or perhaps even action might have done so. We've discussed anxiety elsewhere and its negative influence, whereby we worry about many things which never occur. And too often we act to prevent what isn't going to occur anyway and thereby waste time and energy focused on the wrong "potentials". Often such worries are "me" focused too. So, from fear we focus on the wrong thing and act to prevent that which probably won't occur to protect or benefit ourself....in baseball, that's 3 strikes + a foul ball.

 

One might conclude that if all evil, sin, and iniquity have no substance or value in universe reality, then everything else DOES have importance and connectivity....all of everything has a meaning and value to discern. And everything around us in material form represents a form of pattern or interconnection which reflects universe realities at many levels. From another thread I read more than one person claim that education and credentials are not important (Louis' post was funny...letters behind your name means you are charged more....the Mercedes "surcharge" - I have actually done this - and I too disdain feighned and unearned titles of puffery). We are provided curiosity, intuition, and a processor for a reason, eh? We will not or should not ever stop learning. Expertise is education + experience which eventuates into wisdom given sufficient time. Those with reason must sharpen the reason saw and knowledge adds to the ability to reason, eh? Funny that the more ignorant the individual (not stupid, ignorant/uneducated), the more fearful, hateful, prideful, prejudiced, and self focused that person tends to be (sorry for the generality but this is generally true). Even funnier that great IQs often come with practical dysfuntionality. Both those who do not learn or do so slowly and those who can soak knowledge like a paper towel with a super processor both seem afflicted.

 

I don't come from a family of means or great education....but knowledge, skill, and experience are revered and my folk are "thumpers" so I was taught to lower my head to no one while I never dared looked down on anyone either. Ignorance lacks informational/data context which shrinks perspective, while the brilliant are often blinded to perspective and relationship perception by context/data overload. Most of humanity lies within the sweet spot but so many seem to not even be aware of that and those around them or dismiss everything as irrelevant if not a threat or opportunity for self. I'm beginning to understand how much "remedial" education will be required of me and most of my fellows as awareness, reason, discernment of meaning and value and potential, motivation, and identification of the superior among all possibilities is rarely mastered by local mortals. All of these, and more, are requried for the "unification" of our being before we can "become" much more than a lump of potential.

 

And then there is the pace of the day which too often precludes attention and awareness of others, situations, and interaction potentials....we hurry past what Father has brought to us or us to for recognition, contemplation, and relationship. Add hustle and bustle to ignorance, prejudice, and fear/anger/impatience....what a poisen cocktail we have constructed for our distracted amusement, none of which opens the door of the mind to spirit and progress. Eventually, we will be paired with another ascender and each will have a pair of seraphim and each will have the TA and the Supreme. Between now and finality, we must learn not only how to operate our own mind effectively but then learn to harmonize that with another intimately (relates to the sex rehab thread with the Material Sons and Daughters) and within an entire team - 2 morontia minds, 2 TAs, 4 seraphim, the Supreme....and the partridge in the pear tree probably!! We must graduate many classrooms to acquire what will be needed to learn to achieve fusion and finality.

 

I have begun by learning to see and hear that which is in front of me and to look for what there is to learn there, now. Then take a step and look again. And again. It doesn't take but a step or two to engage life in new ways into new meanings and outcomes. The learned who also act lead the rest of us forward or leave us behind. May we be wise enough to seek knowledge....if not a Mercedes! ;)

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p2095:4 196:3.17 Every time man makes a reflective moral choice, he immediately experiences a new divine invasion of his soul.

 

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.

 

These are two very important quotes. For me, it's all about making life a perpetual prayer, to live life as in the constant presence of God. I talk everything over with God, share everything with him and dedicate everything to him. How can I go wrong? Granted, my gifts to God are about akin to the macaroni Christmas trees my kids gave me when they were four which I still adore twenty years later and still put out with my finest things every year. I'm sure every effort of mine is equally cherished by God. We'll laugh together about my crude efforts later. Right now, it's all good . . . paste, glitter and finger paints . . . I work with what I have every moment of every day towards totally loyal living.

 

p435:6 39:4.13 It is not so much what you learn in this first life; it is the experience of living this life that is important. Even the work of this world, paramount though it is, is not nearly so important as the way in which you do this work.

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To my way of thinking, "doing God's will" is living to your own highest possible standard. For years I sought guidance from my TA but finally realized that it was just making each thought/choice/action something that I would not later regret.

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Your own highest possible standard is often just your conscience, which is not the same as the Thought Adjuster.

 

p1005:02 Conscience, untaught by experience and unaided by reason, never has been, and never can be, a safe and unerring guide to human conduct. Conscience is not a divine voice speaking to the human soul. It is merely the sum total of the moral and ethical content of the mores of any current stage of existence; it simply represents the humanly conceived ideal of reaction in any given set of circumstances.

 

p1207:7 110:5.1 Do not confuse and confound the mission and influence of the Adjuster with what is commonly called conscience; they are not directly related. Conscience is a human and purely psychic reaction. It is not to be despised, but it is hardly the voice of God to the soul, which indeed the Adjuster's would be if such a voice could be heard. Conscience, rightly, admonishes you to do right; but the Adjuster, in addition, endeavors to tell you what truly is right; that is, when and as you are able to perceive the Monitor's leading.

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