2001-04-27-Sharing From Abundance

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Topic: Sharing From Abundance

Group: Pocatello TeaM

Facilitators

Teacher: Daniel

TR: Bill K.

Session

Opening

Daniel (Bill): Hello, my friends, this is your teacher, Daniel, your friend, your guide, your counselor, and your proud mentor. I am pleased to welcome Abigail to our teaching team here, and to remind you that for everyone who desires a personal teacher, the reserves of the universe have been tapped and there is available an individual suited to your needs, compatible with your personality, and eager to assist. Thank you for once again coming to our Melchizedek classroom in order to enact the role of students and teachers, for you are both, as you share with each other your wisdom and listen to each other's point of view.

Sharing, Self Esteem

I did not allow any time last meeting on the topic of sharing, so I will at this time open the floor for any questions you may have made mental note of to bring to our forum. Do we have such questions tonight regarding our discussion of sharing?

Dialogue

Virginia: Daniel, I am not sure it's a question, but I did have a thought. Last Friday night, I think I have already shared it, and you probably are already aware of it, but I do believe that when we share from our abundance it helps our self-esteem. And is that the reason that you maybe went into sharing as a particular lesson in this self-esteem content?

Daniel (Bill): You are wise, Virginia, for you are taught by your Divine Monitor. The reason that sharing adds to self-esteem is because sharing is a divine act, and practicing divinity is an affirmation of self-worth. To allow God's love to flow through you, to share with another person, makes you another expression of the God of Time and Space in his emerging, multifaceted reality. You are not thereby becoming God the existential First Source and Center, but you are an expression of God the Supreme in one, tiny way. Therefor, in that sense, you are enhancing your divinity in that you share with all others who are part of the great, emerging Supreme. To feel the energy of love flow through you cannot be anything but enhancement. It can never be diminishment; but refusing to share, the restricting of that flow, does lower self-esteem. That's why people who are selfish are inwardly directed, and do not truly have the self-esteem that we have been talking about.

Daniel (Bill): . . . Ken, I will reply to your question.

Correction, Growth

Daniel (Bill): For it is of interest to me. I wish to dwell not so much on the exact words of rewiring versus neuronal synapse build up or whatever choice of words you wish to see, but rather on the idea that one could by a simple means of rewiring correct a problem perfectly as you would do with a machine. The growth of the soul is so different from the rewiring of a machine that the two are really difficult of comparison. You see what we are talking about here is not some more or less perfectly functioning object that goes bad, and needs a new wiring to restore it to its original functioning, as you would with a computer for example. But rather we are talking about growth of the soul, from animal mind origins, through the repeated choices of the mind until that soul attains morontial value, e.g. it is beyond mortal status. It is destined to go beyond the limited time of mortal existence and ever does the soul grow, not as does a computer, or not as does a piece of stereo equipment [Ed: by adding new components], but ever does the soul grow like the growth of a gorgeous flowering plant from the tinniest seed through the growth of the root system, the stems, the leaves, the blossoming flowers eventually, larger and larger and more luxurious and beautiful. The journey of perfectedness is not a restoration of perfectedness. It is a continuous, ongoing growth process. The correction of mistakes is more like the trimming of a tree, the pruning of a plant, removing that which doesn't work so that the remainder may grow more efficiently. That would have been and hopefully now has been more enlightening.

You see St. Paul in the Bible talks about morontial life without using that word, and he says words to the effect that now we see like in a mirror, just a mere reflection, darkly, imperfectly, incompletely, but then [on morontial worlds] we shall see face to face; in other words, without the mirror, but directly. And then he goes on to say that we don't know what it will be like, it does not appear what it shall be, but we know that when he does come, we will be like him. This was Paul's understanding of what it would be like to pass beyond mortality into the presence of Christ; and while Paul also was given a vision of the mansion worlds his understanding was also somewhat limited.

What you people are now beginning to understand is beyond the thoughts of almost all human beings. It is that you, when you are perfectly fused with that piece of God, that Thought Adjuster, that Mind Monitor, you have become one. That Monitor becomes you, gains personality though you. You, the mortal you, combined with the immortal Thought Adjuster becomes a new kind of being, the Paradise Finaliter in potential, a true universe personality. I, because I am past the mortal existence, and because I have fused with my Thought Adjuster in my morontial experience, have a far greater understanding of this than I can express to you, but I am only a morontial ascender. I am a long ways from the perfectedness of spirit. But I tell you my friends, the step by step willingness to do the will of God will lead to the complete transformation of your animal nature from whence you came into this new creation, this universe ascender, this Paradise Finaliter in potential.

I have been striving to break you free from the muck which envelopes your feet, that you can lift them more freely, to go forward in the walk that you take with God within. That's why we dwelt and have gone into great detail in some of the errors which have been perpetuated on this planet. For those of you who were not brought up to believe that you were sinners, fortunate are you, indeed, for then your have less mud to kick off your feet. Do not feel bad that your feet are not as muddy [[[laughter]]], but be glad that you have been spared this legacy of error.

Free will

I wish to talk tonight about the great gift of free will choice, which is yours because you are persons, and you are in the personality circuit of the First Great Source and Center, the Universal Father. This free will gift is also an aspect of your self-worth. It is incontrovertible evidence of your status before the universe as persons, not merely things. Personality is a gift of the Father. All personality comes from the Father. It is the way in which man is made in the image of God. The image of God is personality, and essential to personality is the ability, within limits, to make free choices. The Father respects the grandeur of personality in each personal creature. He respects his own reflection so much that he allows each person to choose his or her own destiny. It is up to each one of us to decide whether we will choose to go in the direction that the God of the Universes desires for us, or choose to go in a different direction, in our own direction, whatever that may be. God loves us enough that he allows us the choice to reject him, if that is what we wish to do. God loves us enough that he allows us the freedom to make mistakes, but more than that, to continue to make mistakes even though we know they are the wrong way to go. If he did not do that we would be robots. We would have no choices, and this would indeed demean our status from person to thing.

I tell you this not because I am scolding or warning anyone here. I tell you this so that you will pause and be amazed at the great respect that the Father of Personalities grants to each of his personal sons and daughters. Michael, known as Jesus of Nazareth, in his humanity always chose, to the best of his knowledge, to do that which he understood God desired. He did that because he knew God as a perfectly loving, completely good personality, as the most fatherly of fathers, the most motherly of mothers, the most perfect parent. He knew from childhood that even as his own parents loved and cared for him, so his Heavenly Father loved him and all His children even more profoundly. His trust in God was replete. It never wavered. He never doubted that his Father would always care for him and do what was best. Even in the worst of his times, the hour of his trial and crucifixion, he never doubted that the over-care of God was absolute. Because of his perfect trust in God there never entered into his heart or mind the desire to do other than that which would please his father.

You Urantia mortals having lived through bad times with your Planetary Prince rebelling and Adam and Eve defaulting prematurely. You have not had, until this time, an adequate understanding of God. Jesus gave it, but it fell on deaf ears among many of his hearers. Now the world is going to hear again the Good News that he once proclaimed. The world is now receiving this new understanding of God as a loving Father, not a critical and angry judge or king. The world is also going to hear that all people are God's children, not the children of the devil, not in need of ransom or atonement, but only in need of rebirth, spiritually, of forgiveness from themselves and others, and the reception of unconditional love. This is our mission, starting with each of you, and going to the ends of the earth.

When you share you feel better. You feel a sense of the divinity of the Supreme, the God of Time and Space. When you tell the truth, that we are all God's children, and there is one family of God, everyone feels better. Therefor, my friends, I say to you continue to walk, step by step, with the light of faith taking the dark crevices and shadows away from the obstacles which could cause you to stumble, and instead moving forward on your journey to Paradise. At this time I open the floor for comments or questions.

Correcting Time

As I said earlier until now you have not known much about the morontial life. Paul was given some inklings, and other members of other religions have also in the past been given flashes of insight. Because the default and rebellion have been completely adjudicated now it is time for this planet to be reconnected with the rest of the universe and begin to get a different perspective. It is a slow process. It cannot happen overnight. But even in your sciences there is an opening to the concept that there maybe many, many planets with life on them, not from a theological perspective, but from a purely random chance perspective. Even so, this changes the world view of people, so that they can begin to accept the real truth which is being portrayed now, initially through the Urantia Book as an up-grade of all world religions, and now through the Correcting Time as well.

Daniel (Bill): Are there other comments or questions? . . . .

Dialogue

Lucifer

Ken: Personality and Lucifer, did he reject the personality? Was that part of his problem? Or was it ego?

Daniel (Bill): We often have discussed Lucifer's downfall in as much as it effects all of the universe of Nebadon even though some of us are not from the system of Satania where he was in residence; and there appears to be no outside causal connection to his original errors. That is to say, no other influence outside of himself can account for his thinking.

Ken: No, I am saying, did he reject the personality that God gave him or his own self-aggrandizement?

Daniel (Bill); I was prefacing my remarks, Ken, by letting you know that many of us speculate on these things. Our consensus is that Lucifer rejected the personality of the First Source and Center, the very existence of the First Source and Center in fact. He also demeaned personality and implied that the universe was mechanistic and automatic. He accused his Creator Father, Michael, of duplicity, along with the other Creator Sons, of manufacturing the idea of an Omnipotent God in the center of everything in order that they could rule in the authority and name of this higher God. He accused the Creator Sons of creating a phony plan of ascension which was purposeless, and these ideas so distorted his mind that his personality began to disintegrate towards the end. He had in fact committed cosmic insanity, cosmic suicide. He chose to continue in those errant beliefs until there was not found in him any truth at all, and at that point his existence as a personality ceased, and he became as if he never was.

Bob S: Daniel, I have a question. It is a little different. Sometime ago you indicated that of all the things that the teacher corps has taught us, of all of those ideas, the concept of quiet time was the most important. Would you care to rank number two? {Laughter.]

Stillness, Service

Daniel (Bill): Yes, I will. Quiet time is worship and prayer. Number two is service [mumbles and a gasp] to other people, which includes service to self, for you cannot serve others if you don't love yourself, a fact that you yourself commented on earlier this evening. Would you explicate what your gasp means?

Bob S: It's clear I've got a long way to go. I would never have guessed that answer ever, probably. I see where you are coming from and I accept your wisdom.

Closing

Daniel (Bill): Sometime, not this evening, I will discourse, or one of the other teachers will discourse, on the concept of service. We may be able to give you some broadening perspectives as to what this may mean. But that is a good question. . . . .