2001-05-11-Service

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Topic: Service

Group: Pocatello TeaM

Facilitators

Teacher: Daniel, Andronason

TR: Bob S.

Session

Opening

Opening Prayer by Ken: Those of us present and those of us unseen: May we open our hearts. May we join with you. Uplift our hearts into the oneness with God. May we join. May we be. [Pause] In your name, Michael, we come. Amen

Lesson

Daniel (Bob S): This is Daniel, your guide, your friend, your loyal companion. In the times we have together we grow steadily more and more close, as you, my students, mature spiritually. At times those of you who are more sensitive can feel the emotions which accompany such progress. As you grow toward Morontial status your senses are expanded to permit you to feel something of the emotional expansion which Morontial beings have at their disposal. We cannot provide complete feelings to match these advanced states, but you may gain something of the feeling which is associated with these advancing conditions.

My words to you tonight have to do with service. As I told you recently service is the second most important aspect of spiritual maturity. The first, the most important, you will recall is to spend time in quiet. Following that, the second most important thing to keep in mind is service--how one uses the gifts, the talents, the opportunities he or she has to assist their brothers and sisters.

While sharing appears to be an outward and interpersonal activity, it does have a major effect on one's individual growth. You have heard it said that when one teaches a subject he or she becomes even more knowledgeable in that domain. To that effect as the individual spreads the Good News he or she has been given, they themselves grow along with those whom they are sharing that lesson with. So I would encourage each of you to consider service from both perspectives. It will be good you and helpful to those with whom you share.

You may recall I spoke sometime back about the role of sharing in one's life. I now add this new dimension for your consideration as you seek to identify opportunities which come into your life from time to time while you are also attempting to grow spiritually. In this regard you can do them both together. It is as you say using a stone to hit two birds. [Laughter.][Ed. Daniel meant to say hitting two birds with one rock.'] (I have that not quite right, I think. Your idioms sometimes allude me, but I take it from your response you get my gist.)

Friends, how I do enjoy our times together. I feel you and I, all of you and I, are fast becoming very close, not just brothers and sisters. Much more than teacher and student, but equals in pursuit of the common experience, viz. to grow personally our souls as rapidly as we can, and yet as fully as we can at the same time. As you have been told all growth is not a race. The first one there doesn't get anymore advantage than the last one there. The race is what counts. Your order of finish is immaterial. What is important is that you run the race, that you set your mind to that as your objective, and seek to grow, seek to mature, seek to live, seek to experience what you are given, and while you are growing reach a hand out to a brother or sister who comes into your life and you know you can provide them a hand.

Your future is at hand. You have all been asked and have agreed to assume responsibility in the new dispensation which is coming into being. You and we, your older brothers and sisters are here to assist you as personal teachers we all have taken these vows, and now the time is at hand. We do not know the hour or the day, but we read the signs, and they are all go. The lights are green. We are waiting for Christ Michael to give us the word and we shall be off on what is a most--I struggle to find the right word to convey to you the wondrous future before us. We morontial beings, having somewhat better vision than you mortal friends, can see something of what is about to transpire, and I can tell you it will be a most wondrous time for each of you. So, my friends, continue your time of preparation. Continue getting your house in order. Continue spending time in silence, and when opportunities arise, assist your brothers and sisters who do not have the background which you have been given. But most of all keep your eyes open for soon, very soon, the dawn of this new era will be manifested to all who have ears and eyes open to this new message.

Well, perhaps this is enough from me at this time. Shall we pause for questions or comments or concerns which have to do with my message tonight, or anything else on your mind on this beautiful day on Urantia.

Dialogue

Ken: Daniel, thank you very much. It appears to me that your lessons are getting more intense. Had you given this same lesson years ago I would not have understood it with the depth of understanding that I do today. It was a beautiful lesson and I thank you for it. I have a question concerning the lesson this evening. You mention service, and you mention sharing, and you alluded to the other lesson which you gave on sharing, as being divine, that it is God's divine will that we share. I see that as the First Source and Center, and I see service as coming from the Second Source and Center. Can you enlighten me, or give me some words, on how the Third Source and Center fits into that equation?

Daniel (Bob S): Ah, Kenneth, my son, you are most perceptive. You get a gold star. [Much laughter.] You correctly perceive the source of all love is the Universal Father. The Second Source and Center is the primary motivation under service. Now, the role of the Third Source and Center is to assist the Son in accomplishing what he sets out to accomplish. Have I clarified that in sufficient detail?

Ken: Yes. That's the action of that; from the thought to the word to the action.

Daniel (Bob S): Very well said, my son. You correctly perceive, and I actually like what you said better than what I said. [Laughter.] Two gold stars! [Much laughter and comments.]

Ken: Well, I borrowed that from another book.

Daniel (Bob S): You have correctly understood the theory and its application. Do you wish to continue this conversation further?

Ken: I will settle for two gold stars. [Laugher.] Thank you very much, Daniel.

Daniel (Bob S): And I thank you for, as usual my son, your understanding is complete. I compliment you on your diligence, your hard work, and your willingness to share what you have learned with others. Does anyone else have a question or comment?

LaReen: Daniel, I wanted to say thank you for this lesson, and Ken's words describe it perfectly. It's beautiful, and how I enjoy your teachings. It makes my heart sing. I am just glad to be here. I am glad to be a part of this group. Thank you.

Daniel (Bob S): We thank you, all of you, for were it not for your receptivity, our efforts would fall flat. So give each of yourselves a pat on the back, for it takes a diligent, receptive, open student to make his or her teacher look good.

Ken: And I thank my teachers for that. [[[Laughter]].]

Daniel (Bob S): Well, I hope you see where I am coming from on that. We can do nothing without your permission. Your free-will gift supercedes all else, therefor we are limited by your willingness to take a chance, to open yourselves to something new, to something different, and as you well know, human beings do not do that well. It is part of your animal nature and it is part of your learned environment coming out of the debacle of Adam and Eve and the rebellion which took a great toll on your planet. So I think you see what I am trying to say. We applaud your studentness if you get my definition there. (I think that is a new word I have defined there.) Yes, your language is very limiting. When you awaken on Morontial World #1 and are exposed for the first time to the beauty and the breadth of the language of the universe, you will begin to understand what I am saying. Are there other questions or comments you wish to raise at this time, my friends? [Pause.]

Because of the smallness of the group, I feel no need to go further into my lesson tonight than I have already gone into, so I will close tonight's meeting and ask all of you to stand while Andronason leads us in prayer.

Closing

Andronason (Bob S): This is Andronason. My children, let us be in prayer. To those who created all that exists: we, your children, acknowledge our roles in your universe, and thank you for the love which you have bestowed upon all of your spirit-creatures. To these, my younger brothers and sisters, who know so little, yet have grown so much, I thank you for allowing us to assist them to grow, to love, to nurture not only themselves, but those related beings who come into their lives and go out knowing more than they knew before. Your universe is beautiful. Your words are true. Our lives seek to be beautiful, and in so doing, we each become the individual you created us to be. Until we each meet again, shalom. Amen.