1999-03-05-Passivity

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Topic: Passivity

Group: Woods Cross TeaM

Facilitators

Teacher: Abraham

TR: Nina

Session

Opening

I am ABRAHAM. Yes, the lesson of resistance is hard, at times confusing. This subject will be of further discussion this evening.

Lesson

Passivity

Last week I spoke of the mortal resistance to the divine path, the inner struggle that goes on in the human mind. Last week we learned to take our struggles a bit more slowly with more awareness and more focus on the Father's will.

I also wish to discuss the flip side of resistance and that is passivity. To be passive is a relative of resistance. To be passive is to go overboard, opposite of resistance.

Yes, the Master, gentle though He was. He was never passive. He never allowed something He knew to be wrong forced upon His mind, His beliefs. To be passive is to lay down and just let life happen to you. This is an incomplete picture. Yes, you are willing to be subject to Father's will, but also I say to you, you must also be willing to act.

Jesus was not passive when it concerned the passions of His heart. He was not passive when it called for action. Jesus did not allow His troubles to overtake Him. Struggle, yes He did. He also acted when action was appropriate and called for. Jesus was always in line with Father's will. Resistance to Father's will was not, did not enter His thought patterns. Yes, at times resistance to His fellow co-workers, apostles, was called for. But Jesus viewed resistance towards His fellow human beings as logical, but resistance toward Father was never entertained in His mind.

Action is different from resistance. To act within the Father's will is for some not very discernible. They have to go on instinct, on gut feeling, if you will. Yes, the Master always first sought the Father through the stillness, through His meditation, therefore, acquiring a better idea of Father's divine plan and then Jesus put that plan into action. No, He did not believe Father to do His work for Him.

(TR: I said that wrong. You know what I mean. Note: He did not leave His work for Father to do.) Many people who are passive may be confused with the gentle nature of the Master and fear to stand up for their passions. But I tell you, Jesus was a superb example of strength and intelligence. He could always find a way to put these attributes into a plan of action.

Therefore I say, do not lay down before life and expect life to come to you. Seek first the Father's will. You are fully capable of setting the divine plan into action. No, this is not hard work. Without much resistance you may find this work completely joyful and fulfilling.

These subjects I speak of are confusing. You may wish to take it upon yourself to define these words on your own: Resistance, passive, struggle, and action. Yes, words on paper can help unscramble your thoughts. A dictionary or much research is not necessary. Just your own understanding is the best definition.

This week I ask you to be aware of your passivity towards others and towards taking action in your life. A few questions?

Dialogue

E: A lot of people believe that when Jesus was here on Earth that He knew exactly what the Father's will was and what people were thinking, and so on. And yet He would actually ask the Father that if this is consistent with Father's will then let it occur. I kind of get from the lesson tonight that we need to do a similar thing. In that when we are confused how to handle something that we ask for guidance and then respond to that. Then we are working within the will of the Father. If Christ Michael would ask for guidance, I think it would even be more appropriate if we would ask for guidance too. Is this right?

ABRAHAM: Yes, correct. In Jesus' earlier days, this knowing, this automatic understanding of Father's will was not present. As His trust and knowledge grew, this knowing became automatic, therefore, putting the Father's will at His fingertips. He could easily put Father's will into action. I tell you this knowing, this automatic response to Father's will is also at your fingertips. As time passes your trust, faith will undoubtedly become stronger and shall be more easily recognized. Yes, your perception on this is correct. More questions?

J: To those of us who work, Abraham, sometimes it seems that there isn't very much room for the operation of the Father's will in a unusual or a interesting way. Such a big portion of my days are spent at work just sitting at the bench using my hands to create something. And then I come home and there are usually a few routine things to do, eating, cleaning up after my wife, things like that. But there doesn't seem to be much opportunity in my life for sort of a creative expression of th Father's will. So much seems routine and just humdrum interactions with various acquaintances in my life. Do I just have to wait until I'm retired or on the Mansion Worlds or something to really have that kind of leisure time to let the Spirit lead me where it will?

Leisure

ABRAHAM: No. Your observation on this day to day ordinary existence is recognized by others who also find this life at times ordinary. There are also those who are retired that dwell in their house and wish for employment, wish for contact with other people. I say this phase will pass. This phase will come again and pass. Much of it is how you perceive it. The little time you have for leisure time, plan something you find exciting. Make the most of this short time.

Sometimes we just have to let some of the ordinary things of life go. Maybe one day you don't do housework and instead you do something that you find relaxation and enjoyment in. These plans of enjoyment always re-energizes you and makes those so-called humdrum phases shorter, more easily tolerable.

Yes, it does seem to be the average to work while you are young. It also seems to be the average to dwell alone when you are old. I would say make the most of what you have right now. Enjoy good health and family, friends and even employment. Many, even not the elderly, but also those of ill health, do not enjoy even ordinary days. Yes, many are always seeking adventure, a change.

You God-conscious children are extremely blessed for your fulfillment comes from Father. You know this! Others not knowing of this Father who cares for them, they fill their time with mind altering drugs, perhaps dangerous sports, all in the name of living life to the fullest.

Yes, life can be plain for you who believe in Father, but I say, you also know of the adventure that awaits you. As it says in the Book, "bridle your passions and harness your energies." Worry not, for a great adventure awaits. I would also add - patience! Nothing passes you by.

Closing

I hope each of you find fulfillment in what you seek. May Father's blessings be upon you. Until we next meet, shalom.