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==Session==
 
==Session==
 
===Opening===
 
===Opening===
Altern(Bill/Isaac): Greetings, my [[friends]], this is Altern. I appreciate the willingness you all display to take seriously the [[words]], the [[thoughts]], the lessons that come to you from all your [[spiritual]] sources. It is not of great necessity that you understand the source as much as it is important that you recognize the flavor of [[truth]] which is given. We have told you our names because we are brothers and sisters. We are [[ascendant]] mortals and therefore we are kin; and in kinship relationships everyone goes by names.
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===='''''[[Truth]]'''''====
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Altern(Bill/Isaac): Greetings, my [[friends]], this is Altern. I [[appreciate]] the willingness you all display to take seriously the [[words]], the [[thoughts]], the lessons that come to you from all your [[spiritual]] sources. It is not of great necessity that you understand the source as much as it is important that you recognize the flavor of [[truth]] which is given. We have told you our [[names]] because we are brothers and sisters. We are [[ascendant]] mortals and therefore we are kin; and in [[kinship]] relationships everyone goes by names.
  
However, you are subject to more than just our directions and friendships. You have had with you from the arrival of your [[Father Fragment]]s the [[Spirit of Truth]] as well, and always you have been under the tutelage of your [[Guardian Angels|guardian Seraphim]], [[group]] or [[individual]]. What I wish to impress upon you is to remember that truth comes often from the strangest corners and places that you would not expect. Do not narrow your pallet to the point that it cannot embrace the larger landscape. Don't miss the [[truth]] because its [[origin]]s seem suspect.
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However, you are subject to more than just our directions and friendships. You have had with you from the arrival of your [[Father Fragment]]s the [[Spirit of Truth]] as well, and always you have been under the tutelage of your [[Guardian Angels|guardian Seraphim]], [[group]] or [[individual]]. What I wish to impress upon you is to remember that truth comes often from the [[strangest]] corners and places that you would not [[expect]]. Do not narrow your pallet to the point that it cannot [[embrace]] the larger landscape. Don't miss the [[truth]] because its [[origin]]s seem suspect.
 
===Lesson===
 
===Lesson===
Truth, in the [[absolute]] sense, is synonymous with [[total]] [[reality]] and as a [[finite]] [[creature]] you cannot, by necessity, have a very large understanding of truth. But there are within you spiritual Sources, your Father fragment, your Spirit of Truth, your [[Holy Spirit]] from [[Nebadonia|Mother Spirit]]. These Sources can enlarge beyond the limits of your [[mind]] so that your [[soul]] knows more than your [[mortal]] [[mind]] does. When we say, "You know, that you know", this is a [[reference]] to this [[fact]], for your soul knows even when your mind may question or [[doubt]].
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===='''''[[Growth]]'''''====
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[[Truth]], in the [[absolute]] sense, is synonymous with [[total]] [[reality]] and as a [[finite]] [[creature]] you cannot, by necessity, have a very large understanding of truth. But there are within you spiritual Sources, your [[Ta|Father Fragment, your [[Spirit of Truth]], your [[Holy Spirit]] from [[Nebadonia|Mother Spirit]]. These Sources can enlarge beyond the limits of your [[mind]] so that your [[soul]] knows more than your [[mortal]] [[mind]] does. When we say, "You know, that you know", this is a [[reference]] to this [[fact]], for [[your soul]] knows even when your mind may question or [[doubt]].
  
Indeed is the [[essence]] of [[change]] the [[process]], for the completed projects are but platforms for the initiation of the next project. [[Eternal]] life, which begins now, has no limits, and completions are, at best, only temporary. Even the incredible and stupendous completion of this universe age in the full manifestation of the [[power]] of the [[Almighty Supreme]] will be but the springboard for the initiation of the age of [[God the Ultimate]] as He comes to be fully [[empowered]] and actualized, eventuated.
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Indeed is the [[essence]] of [[change]] the [[process]], for the completed projects are but [[platforms]] for the initiation of the next project. [[Eternal]] life, which begins now, has no limits, and completions are, at best, only temporary. Even the incredible and stupendous completion of [[this universe age]] in the full [[manifestation]] of the [[power]] of the [[Almighty Supreme]] will be but the springboard for the initiation of [[Chapter 9: The Second Synthesis: God the Ultimate|the age of God the Ultimate]] as He comes to be fully [[empowered]] and actualized, eventuated.
  
Many times we have told you, as you have also heard it from human sources, that the most important [[thing]] is to be in the present, for there, in the present [[moment]], is the stage upon which the [[process]] unfolds. At the same time that you are in the present and aware of all that is available to be conscious of, you also remember the past and make your plans for the future. When we say, "Be in the present", we are not advocating that you put blinders on your [[mind]] and only see what immediately happens, but we are asking you to enjoy the fullness of the eternal now.
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Many times we have told you, as you have also heard it from human sources, that the most important [[thing]] is to be in the present, for there, in the present [[moment]], is the [[stage]] upon which the [[process]] [[unfolds]]. At the same time that you are in the present and aware of all that is available to be [[conscious]] of, you also remember the [[past]] and make your plans for the [[future]]. When we say, "Be in the present", we are not advocating that you put [[blinders]] on your [[mind]] and only see what [[immediately]] happens, but we are asking you to enjoy the fullness of the eternal now.
  
Your [[conversations]] this evening were most interesting to us for they are [[evidence]], (as you have surmised), that our promise that you would be more engaged by those seeking [[truth]] has begun to [[manifest]]. Don't let the unusualness of the events stop you from letting the [[flow]] continue. Going with [[God]]'s flow is allowing yourself to do [[things]] you have never done before. For if you only do those things you have done before, what growth are you experiencing? You can be conscious of the novelty of a situation without it causing you to choke up and freeze. Rejoice that your mouths are speaking at the impetus of your [[Spirit]]. Rejoice that you are beginning to trust God enough to take Him at His word.
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Your [[conversations]] this evening were most interesting to us for they are [[evidence]], (as you have surmised), that our [[promise]] that you would be more engaged by those seeking [[truth]] has begun to [[manifest]]. Don't let the unusualness of the events stop you from letting the [[flow]] continue. Going with [[God]]'s flow is allowing yourself to do [[things]] you have never done before. For if you only do those things you have done before, what growth are you experiencing? You can be conscious of the [[novelty]] of a situation without it causing you to choke up and freeze. Rejoice that your mouths are speaking at the [[impetus]] of your [[Spirit]]. Rejoice that you are beginning to trust God enough to take Him at His word.
  
 
Now, my friends, my time is completed. Thank you, again, for your interest. I present your teacher and friend, Daniel. One moment.
 
Now, my friends, my time is completed. Thank you, again, for your interest. I present your teacher and friend, Daniel. One moment.
  
Daniel(Bill/Isaac): Good evening, my dear friends, I am Daniel, your guide, your [[teacher]], your [[friend]], and your companion.
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Daniel(Bill/Isaac): Good evening, my dear friends, I am Daniel, your guide, your [[teacher]], your [[friend]], and your [[companion]].
 
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I want to tell you how important it is to me, as it is to all the [[teachers]], for us to be meeting together! Yes, we, also, benefit and look forward to this time with you. Sure, we have plenty of company on our level, but it is, you see, a very unusual [[thing]] for ascendant mortals as we are, most of us fused with our [[Thought Adjuster|Fragments]], to converse with our younger brothers and sisters on planets of [[rebellion]] and disruption. It is common throughout the [[universe]], in fact, standard policy for people to be both learners and teachers; but it is unusual to have this special mission to assist the spiritual administration of this [[planet]] in this [[Correcting Time|Time of Correction]] and in this mode we call the [[Teaching Mission]]. So, when you think about how you look forward to being with us, I want you to remember that we also look forward to meeting with you.
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I want to tell you how important it is to me, as it is to all the [[teachers]], for us to be meeting together! Yes, we, also, benefit and look forward to this time with you. Sure, we have plenty of company on our level, but it is, you see, a very [[unusual]] [[thing]] for [[ascendant mortals]] as we are, most of us [[fused]] with our [[Thought Adjuster|Fragments]], to converse with our younger brothers and sisters on [[Isolated worlds|planets of rebellion]] and disruption. It is common throughout [[the universe]], in fact, [[standard]] policy for people to be both learners and teachers; but it is unusual to have this special mission to assist the [[spiritual administration]] of this [[planet]] in this [[Correcting Time|Time of Correction]] and in this mode we call the [[Teaching Mission]]. So, when you think about how you look forward to being with us, I want you to remember that we also look forward to meeting with you.
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===='''''[[Human Condition]]''''', '''''[[Self Esteem]]'''''====
 
Tonight I will begin the first lesson designed to elevate your [[self esteem]]. I need to, perhaps, modify that introduction with a reminder that this is really phase two of the attempt; and we will succeed in this attempt to elevate your self esteem.
 
Tonight I will begin the first lesson designed to elevate your [[self esteem]]. I need to, perhaps, modify that introduction with a reminder that this is really phase two of the attempt; and we will succeed in this attempt to elevate your self esteem.
  
Ken: Didn't we succeed the first time? (Heavy laughter from group interrupting Daniel) Sorry about that. Please continue.
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Ken: Didn't we succeed the first time? (Heavy [[laughter]] from group interrupting Daniel) Sorry about that. Please continue.
  
Daniel: I think your self esteem is showing real signs of improvement....(Drowned out by raucous laughter) that you can interact with me in this manner! Thank you, Ken, I do appreciate that. (Outrageous laughter continues.)
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Daniel: I think your [[self esteem]] is showing real signs of improvement....(Drowned out by raucous laughter) that you can interact with me in this [[manner]]! Thank you, Ken, I do appreciate that. (Outrageous laughter continues.)
  
 
Yes, we were successful, for many of you were unaware, having been trained in [[standard]] [[religious]] [[practice]], that there dwelt within you a [[divine]] [[nature]]. Even while the [[Urantia Book]] contains that [[information]], it was not clearly understood. What we are going to do this time around is deal with your [[human]] nature. Tonight I wish to talk about the first step which is the [[transformation]] of your God given, natural, [[mortal]], [[animal]] nature into perfected [[humanity]].
 
Yes, we were successful, for many of you were unaware, having been trained in [[standard]] [[religious]] [[practice]], that there dwelt within you a [[divine]] [[nature]]. Even while the [[Urantia Book]] contains that [[information]], it was not clearly understood. What we are going to do this time around is deal with your [[human]] nature. Tonight I wish to talk about the first step which is the [[transformation]] of your God given, natural, [[mortal]], [[animal]] nature into perfected [[humanity]].
  
Throughout [[history]] there has been a sense that [[human being]]s, though being animals, had somehow a greater dignity and [[status]] than merely being the smartest of the primates. The Greeks had a [[dualism]] that regarded the [[body]] as [[evil]]  and the [[spirit]] as good. Other cultures have discerned the indwelling presence of a divine nature. But often the human nature was by and large relegated to the status of debased, fallen, sinful, unfortunate, and even to a greater or lesser degree, evil.
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Throughout [[history]] there has been a sense that [[human being]]s, though being [[animals]], had somehow a greater [[dignity]] and [[status]] than merely being the smartest of the [[primates]]. The [[Greeks]] had a [[dualism]] that regarded the [[body]] as [[evil]]  and the [[spirit]] as [[good]]. Other [[cultures]] have discerned the indwelling [[presence]] of a divine nature. But often the human nature was by and large relegated to the status of debased, fallen, [[sinful]], unfortunate, and even to a greater or lesser degree, [[evil]].
  
All of these estimates are erroneous, my friends. Your animal nature is not, in itself, evil, although it is capable of error, sin, etc. as a result of the choices your mind makes. But your [[animal]] nature is inherently a part of [[God]]'s [[creation]] through his [[Creator Son]]s and [[Creative Daughter Spirit|Daughters]] and their craftsmen, the [[Life Carriers]]. Your animal nature has evolved, even as your [[science]] has correctly ascertained, from simple to very complex. Because you are not born in sin, not created faulty, you can revise your negative estimates of human nature in the direction of much greater dignity.
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All of these estimates are [[erroneous]], my friends. Your [[animal nature]] is not, in itself, [[evil]], although it is capable of [[error]], [[sin]], etc. as a result of the [[choices]] your mind makes. But your [[animal]] nature is inherently a part of [[God]]'s [[creation]] through his [[Creator Son]]s and [[Creative Daughter Spirit|Daughters]] and their craftsmen, the [[Life Carriers]]. Your animal nature has evolved, even as your [[science]] has correctly ascertained, from [[simple]] to very [[complex]]. Because you are not born in sin, not created faulty, you can revise your negative estimates of human nature in the direction of much greater [[dignity]].
  
Our Master Son , in his [[human]] bestowal known as Joshua ben Joseph, attained in his short life the [[perfection]] of [[humanity]]. His attainment of human perfection was not due to his [[divine]] nature, but was, in fact, the accomplishment of his [[human]] nature. It was the result of the process of turning over his will to the will of his Father in heaven. At first Jesus was a normal child awaiting the time of moral decision and he was no more conscious of his [[Thought Adjuster]]'s arrival than any of you were. However, early in his young life he became aware of the divine Presence so that he often retired to talk with his heavenly Father, and in a [[manner]] which surprised his parents, for such an [[intimate]] [[relationship]] was not known to occur.
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Our [[Master Son]] , in his [[Michael's bestowal|human bestowal]] known as Joshua ben Joseph, attained in his short life the [[perfection]] of [[humanity]]. His [[attainment]] of human [[perfection]] was not due to his [[divine]] nature, but was, in fact, the accomplishment of his [[human]] nature. It was the result of the [[process]] of turning over his will to the will of his Father in heaven. At first [[Jesus]] was a normal child awaiting the time of [[moral]] [[decision]] and he was no more conscious of his [[Thought Adjuster]]'s arrival than any of you were. However, early in his [[Youth|young life]] he became aware of the divine [[Presence]] so that he often retired to talk with his [[heavenly Father]], and in a [[manner]] which [[surprised]] his parents, for such an [[intimate]] [[relationship]] was not known to occur.
  
Because [[Jesus]] as a growing child chose, as best he understood, to do the right thing, he did the will of God. It was difficult for him at times to understand the restrictions that his parents and his [[culture]] placed upon him in his enjoyment of drawing and of the sports which the Greeks had elevated to high levels of importance. In all [[things]] that he understood, when there was a choice between good, better, and best, he chose the best. Because he did that, he continued to grow in human perfection.
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Because [[Jesus]] as a growing child chose, as best he understood, to do the right thing, he did the will of God. It was difficult for him at times to understand the restrictions that his [[parents]] and his [[culture]] placed upon him in his enjoyment of drawing and of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_Ancient_Greece#Ancient_Greece the sports which the Greeks had elevated to high levels of importance]. In all [[things]] that he understood, when there was a choice between good, better, and best, he chose the best. Because he did that, he continued to [[grow]] in human [[perfection]].
  
The point of my discussing Jesus is to emphasize to you that while you will never have the divine nature of a [[Creator Son]] within yourself, you do have the same Divine Monitor and human nature as did Christ Michael, and you may grow more and more in [[attunement|alignment]] with the will of God in your life, for now that you are fully conscious of your dual nature you will always have a hint of the best when you are confronted with the better and the best. The result of this [[consciousness]] that you are making the right choices, that you are growing spiritually, will be a [[profound]] enhancement of [[self esteem]]. Next week we will discuss the process of making mistakes and how that is involved in spiritual growth and enhanced self esteem.
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The point of my discussing [[Jesus]] is to emphasize to you that while you will never have the divine nature of a [[Creator Son]] within yourself, you do have the same [[Divine Monitor]] and [[human]] nature as did [[Christ Michael]], and you may grow more and more in [[attunement|alignment]] with the will of God in your life, for now that you are fully conscious of your dual nature you will always have a hint of the best when you are confronted with the better and the best. The result of this [[consciousness]] that you are making the right choices, that you are growing spiritually, will be a [[profound]] enhancement of [[self esteem]]. Next week we will discuss the [[process]] of making [[mistakes]] and how that is involved in [[spiritual growth]] and enhanced [[self esteem]].
  
Finally, I would say that this not a discussion relative to [[ego]] enhancement. This is not a course in self exaltation. True self esteem results in [[humility]], [[gratitude]], thankfulness, [[forgiveness]], [[joy]], and [[peace]]. I have completed my first installment. Now I will be glad to field any questions you may have.
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Finally, I would say that this not a [[discussion]] relative to [[ego]] enhancement. This is not a course in self exaltation. True [[self esteem]] results in [[humility]], [[gratitude]], thankfulness, [[forgiveness]], [[joy]], and [[peace]]. I have completed my first installment. Now I will be glad to field any [[questions]] you may have.
 
===Dialogue===
 
===Dialogue===
Virginia: Daniel, I really thank you because I really was curious about what you were going to do with self esteem and that is just [[beautiful]]! I make the point in my parenting workshops that the greatest enhancer of self esteem is to know God loves us. That was just beautiful. I appreciate that.
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Virginia: Daniel, I really thank you because I really was [[curious]] about what you were going to do with [[self esteem]] and that is just [[beautiful]]! I make the point in my [[parenting]] workshops that the greatest enhancer of self esteem is to know God loves us. That was just [[beautiful]]. I appreciate that.
 
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Daniel: My dear, I am pleased that this agenda, this discussion of self esteem from the enhancement of human nature, meets your approval (laughter) and gives you [[pleasure]].
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Indeed, it is true that the approval and the unconditional regard of God [[experience]]d within the [[soul]] is the beginning of true self esteem; and we did dwell on this somewhat in the first [[phase]] of this discussion begun immediately when I began teaching you. The emphasis this time is going to be somewhat different; and I think you can see that, for we are going to hold up the progress that Jesus made as not a hopelessly unattainable ideal, but as an actual attainment possibility. Despite all the apparent cautions in the [[Urantia Book]] regarding contact with one's Adjuster, it still remains the greatest goal of [[mortal]] life, to come into alignment with your Adjuster and to speak one on one with God. Having heard us speak to you has been a prelude; it has opened you up to this kind of contact, spiritual contact. But, as you have been told, the goal is for each of you to be able to be as confident in your relationship with God as Jesus was with his Father Fragment. Thank you for your enthusiasm, Letah, my dear. I am glad you are looking forward to our [[curriculum]]. Another question or comment?
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Lori: I have a comment or question. Is the more [[tradition]]al self esteem boosting that we are taught...when you are told to look in the mirror saying, "I am great, I am wonderful"... where you are told to really convince yourself that you are worth loving... is that more ego work than the wonderful infusion of self esteem that you get when you are deliberately forgiving or going out of your way to be kind. They feel quite different. Is that because one is ego and the other is truly nourishing from the God Fragment?
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Daniel: My dear, I am pleased that this [[agenda]], this discussion of self esteem from the enhancement of human nature, meets your approval ([[laughter]]) and gives you [[pleasure]].
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===='''''[[Attunement]]'''''====
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Indeed, it is true that the approval and the unconditional regard of God [[experience]]d within [[the soul]] is the beginning of true [[self esteem]]; and we did dwell on this somewhat in the first [[phase]] of this discussion begun immediately when I began teaching you. The emphasis this time is going to be somewhat different; and I think you can see that, for we are going to hold up the [[progress]] that Jesus made as not a hopelessly unattainable ideal, but as an actual attainment possibility. Despite all the apparent cautions in the [[Urantia Book]] regarding contact with one's [[Adjuster]], it still remains the greatest [[goal]] of [[mortal]] life, to come into [[alignment]] with your Adjuster and to speak one on one with God. Having heard us speak to you has been a [[prelude]]; it has opened you up to this kind of contact, spiritual [[contact]]. But, as you have been told, the goal is for each of you to be able to be as [[confident]] in your [[relationship]] with God as Jesus was with his [[Father Fragment]]. Thank you for your enthusiasm, Letah, my dear. I am glad you are looking forward to our [[curriculum]]. Another question or comment?
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===='''''[[Self Esteem]]''''', '''''[[Spirituality]]'''''====
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Lori: I have a comment or question. Is the more [[tradition]]al [[self esteem]] boosting that we are taught...when you are told to look in the [[mirror]] saying, "I am great, I am wonderful"... where you are told to really convince yourself that you are [[worth]] loving... is that more [[ego]] work than the wonderful [[infusion]] of self esteem that you get when you are deliberately [[forgiving]] or going out of your way to be kind. They feel quite different. Is that because one is ego and the other is truly nourishing from the [[God Fragment]]?
  
Daniel: Yes, my dear, I believe you are quite accurate in your assessment. The attempts to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps always feels strained, forced, unnatural and not convincing because there is an underlying low self esteem due to false beliefs, wrong information, lack of knowledge of God and His love. I am not saying that the people who write these programs have bad motives or that they are deliberately trying to inflate ego inappropriately, but you cannot change the inside by washing the surface. You do not make the cup clean inside by cleaning the outside. It needs the inner [[transformation]] for the outer to be genuine. So, yes, I think you are essentially correct. These programs to enhance self esteem without a spiritual [[dimension]] are not effective for most people.
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Daniel: Yes, my dear, I believe you are quite [[accurate]] in your [[assessment]]. The attempts to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps always feels strained, [[forced]], unnatural and not convincing because there is an underlying low self esteem due to [[false]] [[beliefs]], wrong [[information]], lack of knowledge of God and His love. I am not saying that the people who write these programs have bad [[motives]] or that they are deliberately trying to inflate [[ego]] inappropriately, but you cannot [[change]] the inside by washing the [[surface]]. You do not make the cup clean inside by cleaning the outside. It needs the inner [[transformation]] for the outer to be genuine. So, yes, I think you are essentially correct. These programs to enhance self esteem without a spiritual [[dimension]] are not effective for most people.
  
You see, when people look at each other and regard each other as [[animals]]... some prettier, some more handsome, some smarter, some not so smart... nothing but [[difference]]s and [[judgements]] are possible. When you look at each other as truly brothers and sisters, equally valuable and spiritually alike, then, while there are still those differences in [[appearance]] and ability, the [[essence]] is the same and your true value and worth as God's sons and daughters transforms and goes far beyond the superficiality of the other things. The [[experience]] of [[ascension]] entails meeting others of God's children from other planets, from other degrees of universe sonship and daughtership, and yet while there are immense differences, still all of us are God's [[creation]]; all of us are valuable and irreplaceable.
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You see, when people look at each other and regard each other as [[animals]]... some prettier, some more handsome, some smarter, some not so smart... nothing but [[difference]]s and [[judgements]] are possible. When you look at each other as truly brothers and sisters, equally valuable and spiritually alike, then, while there are still those differences in [[appearance]] and ability, the [[essence]] is the same and your true value and worth as God's sons and daughters transforms and goes far beyond the superficiality of the other things. The [[experience]] of [[ascension]] entails meeting others of God's children from other planets, from other degrees of universe sonship and daughtership, and yet while there are immense [[differences]], still all of us are God's [[creation]]; all of us are valuable and irreplaceable.
 
===Closing===
 
===Closing===
I am going to allow Isaac a respite for his laryngitis and allow for one more question only. (Pause) Hearing none I will ask you now to stand and join hands once again. Klarixiska would like to conclude the meeting.
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I am going to allow Isaac a respite for his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laryngitis laryngitis] and allow for one more question only. (Pause) Hearing none I will ask you now to stand and join hands once again. Klarixiska would like to conclude the [[meeting]].
  
 
Klarixiska: I am Klarixiska. My dears, my arms are around you all. Know that we all love you dearly.
 
Klarixiska: I am Klarixiska. My dears, my arms are around you all. Know that we all love you dearly.
  
Father Michael, Mother Nebadonia, we your children rejoice tonight for this [[wonderful]] [[universe]] of your [[creation]], this universe that shall eventually in its own way reflect [[Paradise]]. I thank you for each one of these my [[friends]] who have taken their time and given their hearts to this [[soul]]ful embrace with their brothers and sisters. May they believe our [[words]] when we tell them how much we enjoy their company. May their feet fly lightly over the pathway of life so that there is not weariness or [[monotony]] in their time on this [[planet]] but there is [[joy]] and triumph over all obstacles. Send them to this, their next day with you, with light hearts, shining faces and ever deepening [[faith]]. May it be so. [[Amen]].
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Father [[Michael]], Mother [[Nebadonia]], we your children [[rejoice]] tonight for this [[wonderful]] [[universe]] of your [[creation]], this universe that shall [[eventually]] in its own way reflect [[Paradise]]. I thank you for each one of these my [[friends]] who have taken their time and given their [[hearts]] to this [[soul]]ful [[embrace]] with their brothers and sisters. May they believe our [[words]] when we tell them how much we enjoy their company. May their feet fly lightly over the [[pathway]] of life so that there is not [[weariness]] or [[monotony]] in their time on [[this planet]] but there is [[joy]] and [[triumph]] over all [[obstacles]]. Send them to this, their next day with you, with light hearts, shining faces and ever deepening [[faith]]. May it be so. [[Amen]].
  
 
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Topic: Self Esteem

Group: SE Idaho TeaM

Facilitators

Teacher: Daniel, Altern

TR: Bill K.

Session

Opening

Truth

Altern(Bill/Isaac): Greetings, my friends, this is Altern. I appreciate the willingness you all display to take seriously the words, the thoughts, the lessons that come to you from all your spiritual sources. It is not of great necessity that you understand the source as much as it is important that you recognize the flavor of truth which is given. We have told you our names because we are brothers and sisters. We are ascendant mortals and therefore we are kin; and in kinship relationships everyone goes by names.

However, you are subject to more than just our directions and friendships. You have had with you from the arrival of your Father Fragments the Spirit of Truth as well, and always you have been under the tutelage of your guardian Seraphim, group or individual. What I wish to impress upon you is to remember that truth comes often from the strangest corners and places that you would not expect. Do not narrow your pallet to the point that it cannot embrace the larger landscape. Don't miss the truth because its origins seem suspect.

Lesson

Growth

Truth, in the absolute sense, is synonymous with total reality and as a finite creature you cannot, by necessity, have a very large understanding of truth. But there are within you spiritual Sources, your [[Ta|Father Fragment, your Spirit of Truth, your Holy Spirit from Mother Spirit. These Sources can enlarge beyond the limits of your mind so that your soul knows more than your mortal mind does. When we say, "You know, that you know", this is a reference to this fact, for your soul knows even when your mind may question or doubt.

Indeed is the essence of change the process, for the completed projects are but platforms for the initiation of the next project. Eternal life, which begins now, has no limits, and completions are, at best, only temporary. Even the incredible and stupendous completion of this universe age in the full manifestation of the power of the Almighty Supreme will be but the springboard for the initiation of the age of God the Ultimate as He comes to be fully empowered and actualized, eventuated.

Many times we have told you, as you have also heard it from human sources, that the most important thing is to be in the present, for there, in the present moment, is the stage upon which the process unfolds. At the same time that you are in the present and aware of all that is available to be conscious of, you also remember the past and make your plans for the future. When we say, "Be in the present", we are not advocating that you put blinders on your mind and only see what immediately happens, but we are asking you to enjoy the fullness of the eternal now.

Your conversations this evening were most interesting to us for they are evidence, (as you have surmised), that our promise that you would be more engaged by those seeking truth has begun to manifest. Don't let the unusualness of the events stop you from letting the flow continue. Going with God's flow is allowing yourself to do things you have never done before. For if you only do those things you have done before, what growth are you experiencing? You can be conscious of the novelty of a situation without it causing you to choke up and freeze. Rejoice that your mouths are speaking at the impetus of your Spirit. Rejoice that you are beginning to trust God enough to take Him at His word.

Now, my friends, my time is completed. Thank you, again, for your interest. I present your teacher and friend, Daniel. One moment.

Daniel(Bill/Isaac): Good evening, my dear friends, I am Daniel, your guide, your teacher, your friend, and your companion.

I want to tell you how important it is to me, as it is to all the teachers, for us to be meeting together! Yes, we, also, benefit and look forward to this time with you. Sure, we have plenty of company on our level, but it is, you see, a very unusual thing for ascendant mortals as we are, most of us fused with our Fragments, to converse with our younger brothers and sisters on planets of rebellion and disruption. It is common throughout the universe, in fact, standard policy for people to be both learners and teachers; but it is unusual to have this special mission to assist the spiritual administration of this planet in this Time of Correction and in this mode we call the Teaching Mission. So, when you think about how you look forward to being with us, I want you to remember that we also look forward to meeting with you.

Human Condition, Self Esteem

Tonight I will begin the first lesson designed to elevate your self esteem. I need to, perhaps, modify that introduction with a reminder that this is really phase two of the attempt; and we will succeed in this attempt to elevate your self esteem.

Ken: Didn't we succeed the first time? (Heavy laughter from group interrupting Daniel) Sorry about that. Please continue.

Daniel: I think your self esteem is showing real signs of improvement....(Drowned out by raucous laughter) that you can interact with me in this manner! Thank you, Ken, I do appreciate that. (Outrageous laughter continues.)

Yes, we were successful, for many of you were unaware, having been trained in standard religious practice, that there dwelt within you a divine nature. Even while the Urantia Book contains that information, it was not clearly understood. What we are going to do this time around is deal with your human nature. Tonight I wish to talk about the first step which is the transformation of your God given, natural, mortal, animal nature into perfected humanity.

Throughout history there has been a sense that human beings, though being animals, had somehow a greater dignity and status than merely being the smartest of the primates. The Greeks had a dualism that regarded the body as evil and the spirit as good. Other cultures have discerned the indwelling presence of a divine nature. But often the human nature was by and large relegated to the status of debased, fallen, sinful, unfortunate, and even to a greater or lesser degree, evil.

All of these estimates are erroneous, my friends. Your animal nature is not, in itself, evil, although it is capable of error, sin, etc. as a result of the choices your mind makes. But your animal nature is inherently a part of God's creation through his Creator Sons and Daughters and their craftsmen, the Life Carriers. Your animal nature has evolved, even as your science has correctly ascertained, from simple to very complex. Because you are not born in sin, not created faulty, you can revise your negative estimates of human nature in the direction of much greater dignity.

Our Master Son , in his human bestowal known as Joshua ben Joseph, attained in his short life the perfection of humanity. His attainment of human perfection was not due to his divine nature, but was, in fact, the accomplishment of his human nature. It was the result of the process of turning over his will to the will of his Father in heaven. At first Jesus was a normal child awaiting the time of moral decision and he was no more conscious of his Thought Adjuster's arrival than any of you were. However, early in his young life he became aware of the divine Presence so that he often retired to talk with his heavenly Father, and in a manner which surprised his parents, for such an intimate relationship was not known to occur.

Because Jesus as a growing child chose, as best he understood, to do the right thing, he did the will of God. It was difficult for him at times to understand the restrictions that his parents and his culture placed upon him in his enjoyment of drawing and of the sports which the Greeks had elevated to high levels of importance. In all things that he understood, when there was a choice between good, better, and best, he chose the best. Because he did that, he continued to grow in human perfection.

The point of my discussing Jesus is to emphasize to you that while you will never have the divine nature of a Creator Son within yourself, you do have the same Divine Monitor and human nature as did Christ Michael, and you may grow more and more in alignment with the will of God in your life, for now that you are fully conscious of your dual nature you will always have a hint of the best when you are confronted with the better and the best. The result of this consciousness that you are making the right choices, that you are growing spiritually, will be a profound enhancement of self esteem. Next week we will discuss the process of making mistakes and how that is involved in spiritual growth and enhanced self esteem.

Finally, I would say that this not a discussion relative to ego enhancement. This is not a course in self exaltation. True self esteem results in humility, gratitude, thankfulness, forgiveness, joy, and peace. I have completed my first installment. Now I will be glad to field any questions you may have.

Dialogue

Virginia: Daniel, I really thank you because I really was curious about what you were going to do with self esteem and that is just beautiful! I make the point in my parenting workshops that the greatest enhancer of self esteem is to know God loves us. That was just beautiful. I appreciate that.

Daniel: My dear, I am pleased that this agenda, this discussion of self esteem from the enhancement of human nature, meets your approval (laughter) and gives you pleasure.

Attunement

Indeed, it is true that the approval and the unconditional regard of God experienced within the soul is the beginning of true self esteem; and we did dwell on this somewhat in the first phase of this discussion begun immediately when I began teaching you. The emphasis this time is going to be somewhat different; and I think you can see that, for we are going to hold up the progress that Jesus made as not a hopelessly unattainable ideal, but as an actual attainment possibility. Despite all the apparent cautions in the Urantia Book regarding contact with one's Adjuster, it still remains the greatest goal of mortal life, to come into alignment with your Adjuster and to speak one on one with God. Having heard us speak to you has been a prelude; it has opened you up to this kind of contact, spiritual contact. But, as you have been told, the goal is for each of you to be able to be as confident in your relationship with God as Jesus was with his Father Fragment. Thank you for your enthusiasm, Letah, my dear. I am glad you are looking forward to our curriculum. Another question or comment?

Self Esteem, Spirituality

Lori: I have a comment or question. Is the more traditional self esteem boosting that we are taught...when you are told to look in the mirror saying, "I am great, I am wonderful"... where you are told to really convince yourself that you are worth loving... is that more ego work than the wonderful infusion of self esteem that you get when you are deliberately forgiving or going out of your way to be kind. They feel quite different. Is that because one is ego and the other is truly nourishing from the God Fragment?

Daniel: Yes, my dear, I believe you are quite accurate in your assessment. The attempts to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps always feels strained, forced, unnatural and not convincing because there is an underlying low self esteem due to false beliefs, wrong information, lack of knowledge of God and His love. I am not saying that the people who write these programs have bad motives or that they are deliberately trying to inflate ego inappropriately, but you cannot change the inside by washing the surface. You do not make the cup clean inside by cleaning the outside. It needs the inner transformation for the outer to be genuine. So, yes, I think you are essentially correct. These programs to enhance self esteem without a spiritual dimension are not effective for most people.

You see, when people look at each other and regard each other as animals... some prettier, some more handsome, some smarter, some not so smart... nothing but differences and judgements are possible. When you look at each other as truly brothers and sisters, equally valuable and spiritually alike, then, while there are still those differences in appearance and ability, the essence is the same and your true value and worth as God's sons and daughters transforms and goes far beyond the superficiality of the other things. The experience of ascension entails meeting others of God's children from other planets, from other degrees of universe sonship and daughtership, and yet while there are immense differences, still all of us are God's creation; all of us are valuable and irreplaceable.

Closing

I am going to allow Isaac a respite for his laryngitis and allow for one more question only. (Pause) Hearing none I will ask you now to stand and join hands once again. Klarixiska would like to conclude the meeting.

Klarixiska: I am Klarixiska. My dears, my arms are around you all. Know that we all love you dearly.

Father Michael, Mother Nebadonia, we your children rejoice tonight for this wonderful universe of your creation, this universe that shall eventually in its own way reflect Paradise. I thank you for each one of these my friends who have taken their time and given their hearts to this soulful embrace with their brothers and sisters. May they believe our words when we tell them how much we enjoy their company. May their feet fly lightly over the pathway of life so that there is not weariness or monotony in their time on this planet but there is joy and triumph over all obstacles. Send them to this, their next day with you, with light hearts, shining faces and ever deepening faith. May it be so. Amen.