1997-05-11-Faithfulness & Morality

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Topic: Faithfulness & Morality

Group: Nashville TeaM

Facilitators

Teacher: Ham

TR: Rebecca

Session

Opening

Ham: Greetings, children, friends, I am Ham and I wish to express my thanks to you for coming and to extend our welcome to you Kamal.

Lesson

Faith, Morality

Tonight, the discussion will center upon faithfulness. While it is true and even desirable that compromises should be reached in life, those who are faithful to their inner truth are eventually rewarded for remaining so. Faithfulness involves first of all the adherence to truth which is expressed as higher morality.

Morality is not the ideals imposed on you from society or social organizations such as churches. Morality is individual and is variable according to each person's own individual situation and inner light. Life's journey is only meaningful as it is expressed in this search for higher morality. Morality is not what someone tells you you should do. It is found only in your own heart and soul center, that place of spiritual leading.

For example, Jesus followed his own inner higher morality rather than submit to the structured morality of his day. When publicly censored for eating without washing his hands, which in that day and time was considered seriously immoral, he answered his accuser by pointing out that it is not what goes into a man's mouth which makes him unclean or immoral but rather what comes out.[1]

Today, among your religions, breaking taboos like working on the Sabbath, are still considered immoral. But to all spirit lead mortals, morality is not found in the proscriptions of society. Every spirit lead mortal must discover for him or herself the reality of higher morality in life.

Morality is in essence just the finding of increasingly better ways to live. So in finding this better, happier, less stressful, freer, and more rewarding life _ you may in actuality, in actualizing this, break societal taboos. But this struggle with conscience is essential to finding actual truth. The pathway to self-realization and self-fulfillment also involves finding what for you is immoral.

And in this struggle for distinguishing the moral and the immoral, you will come to find that it changes for you. Actions that you were comfortable with in your youth, you probably are not comfortable with in middle age because you have come to find finer distinctions than you saw when you were young and your pathway toward increasing morality has led you to drop off things by the way. This is the process of developing righteousness and you come to understand that you delight in living a righteous life for its own sake because it gives you pleasure. One's heart burns to live in the light of truth and be carried forward in this light. Jesus said, "Happy are you though others shall revile you and say all manner of evil against you." [2] Because you are firm in the righteousness that burns in your breast, no amount of public censure can remove it. So you persist in your own individual, unique righteousness, even though other's may be calling you immoral for breaking some societal rule. That is how you truly know that you have found it, when you are unmoved by the opinions of others or fear of their opinion.

The path of the spirit is never long traversed by the weak of heart. If you have courage, then the Father requires all your courage. If you have faithfulness, then the Father requires all your faithfulness. It is impossible to be truly devoted to the spiritual life and be half-hearted or cowardly about it. The world is full of men who follow men, but there are very few men who follow God. That is all for tonight's lesson, I will answer your questions now.

Dialogue

Q: I have been trying to formulate a question, I have heard it stated that he who is given will be given more and he who has little will be taken from him. Now you say he who has courage. God requires all of it. It seems like the farther you go, the deeper you go, the more is required. There is no turning back. Is this true?

Ham: Absolutely true. The first parable that you spoke of is concerning spiritual things. Those who have much, meaning a rich spiritual life, are given even more and those who have little, meaning they value little that is spiritual and place it second to other considerations, can indeed lose that which they do have.

Q: Again, speaking spiritually?

Ham: Yes.

Self Realization

Q: I understand the broad picture of what you have described about faithfulness and moral development and to some extent feel that I have experienced some of these changes in my life. I still find that in specific instances I have confusion about what is moral and what is not. Could you comment on that, on the confusion we sometimes feel. Well, maybe others don't feel confused about what is right and wrong, but I do.

Ham: Yes, as I said, the confusion and battles with conscience usually involve conflict with societal norms or requirements. This then requires you to look beyond the social strictures and find your own greater morality that makes you personally comfortable. The Father's path is different for every individual, so what one person would deem social morality another can easily judge to be immoral. Individual self-fulfillment comes usually only after battles or confusions of this kind which are resolved but yet continue to evolve. No one's moral nature can be set in stone without being smothered and potentially killed in the process resulting in people committing really immoral acts for the cause of morality and righteousness. Does that help?

Q: I would say that the other thing that is confusing is when selfish pleasures are involved along with social norms and questions about what is good and true and loving have to be balanced against selfishness and societies rules. It is hard to sort these out and to feel like you aren't making excuses or making bad choices for selfish reasons.

Ham: The problem is that sometimes temporary pleasures can lead to lasting pain and finding that out again is part of maturing and growth in wisdom.

Q: Can I ask my usual question, describe to me where I am and any advice you might give me.

Ham: Certainly Jarad, you are doing very well and are growing spiritually as always. You are facing trials and using all your wisdom and experience to overcome these. Don't be afraid to be you self, but remember that your self is a changing work of art and your continually finding new and better reaction patterns. All is well and is proceeding apace. Have confidence and unshakable persistence and all will be fine.

Q: Do you have anything for Rebecca?

Ham: Daughter, you must also have confidence and persistence. You have to keep banging on doors as well. Continue your work while seeking to expand your contacts. Don't worry, everything will work out fine.

Q: Do you have anything for Esmirelda?

Ham: Yes, you are finding increased levels of happiness and contentment. Enjoy this time for yourself with your loved ones. Feel free to loosen their dependance on you. Everything will be fine, all is well.Q: What about Elena?

Ham: Nothing now.

Q: Do you have any advice for me Ham?

Ham: Certainly, Susie, you are learning to flow with the current and to stay within its banks. Don't allow yourself to cling to the sides in your worries and confusion. Just let go and go with the flow. This is the best thing you can do right now. Don't let yourself be drawn into anxiety, push it from your mind and just live each day new without fear and all will be made right later in the future.

Q: Z feels confused about the morality of her opposing the building of an apartment for low income and handicapped people in our neighborhood and she wanted me to ask if you would comment on that.

Ham: It is difficult to wrestle with this dilemma and I understand it. But I cannot make a value judgment either way, only can I offer my friendship and support for your best decisions. Once you have thoroughly searched your heart and feel that your decision is really the best thing, then I will as always be for you, on your side. I have missed your insightful and provocative questioning and friendship. I love you dear child and desire only the best for you.

Q: Do you have any feedback for me this week?

Ham: Certainly, Brodan, your life and work are both progressing and you are increasingly drawing respect and admiration from others. You too are learning to be increasingly a new self with new and better reaction patterns. You are less likely now to instantly blame yourself for everything and learning to shoulder more proportionate burden of the world's problems. Glad to see you lightening up and I am happy to draw to your attention the fact that you are getting happier.

Q: Ham I appreciate any advice you have for me tonight.

Ham: I am happy to relate that things are really starting to come together for you more and more. Draw closer to the spirit and learn to cling to Him in the good times as well as the bad.

Closing

If there are no further questions then I will say farewell until next week. God goes with you, ahead, beside, and behind you. You all have tremendous faith and courage that will see you through everything that you are presently experiencing and everything that is coming. Be happy.