2003-01-26-Mission Developments

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Topic: Mission Developments

Group: N. Colorado TeaM

Facilitators

Teacher: Machiventa, Rayson

TR: Daniel Raphael

Session

Opening

Good afternoon, this is Daniel. Let’s go ahead and begin to settle the energies within ourselves. We will take a very deliberate time doing this today as we did two weeks ago, as it sets the stage for a very good connection between ourselves and Universe Energy, spirit, the energy within ourselves, between us, and among us. Please release any physical tension you have in your body and become relaxed. Check your forehead, chin, stomach muscles, shoulders, and knees—all the stressor points in your body—I know you are well acquainted with them. See any residual stress flowing out the ends of your toes and into the earth to become recycled in the universe. You become filled with the light that flows into the top of your head so that you are completely filled. See that light within you begin to glow.

Now begin to still any negative emotions. All negative emotions hinder us and hold us back, so release them. For the duration of this afternoon’s session, release all those things in your life that you can’t do anything about right now. Let them go for the next hour or so—all the angst and edginess that you may have brought with you. Now feel the soothing calm of the Christ Consciousness, the Master Consciousness, filling you with assurance that all is well. You are right here at the right moment, the right time and right place. Be at peace. See and feel the energy in the group—it is much like a small pond with all the participants around the edge, and as soon as each one gets still, the water in their area becomes still, then you feel the stillness in the pond and the surface becomes smooth and clear.

Begin to still your thoughts, discard your agendas and things you have to do, things you have to say—instructions for others—all those things. Imagine that you see a candle across the way from you and it is lit. You try to influence the flame by blowing on it, and as you blow out, you blow out all your thoughts, and soon this candle is still.

Let us begin to build the merkaba beginning with the golden cord that comes down from the center of the universe through the top of your head and out through your base chakra, to earth center—this is your own core, your own small merkaba. Now connect the tops of your golden threads to the energy shaft that is here at a north pole location above us, and the bottom of your golden threads to the south pole. By doing so, the smallness of the shaft enlarges immensely and glows with that nice aqua/blue/green color. Being in a circle, connect to each other and create the equatorial line—the latitude—and we make more lines of latitude in the northern and southern hemispheres so that what we have is a wire framework of energy circles, longitude and latitude. Now let us each consciously expand the size of the merkaba so that it is outside of this house, way above it and way below it, so this area is protected in light and is a sacred place.

We ask our unseen friends to contribute to this merkaba sphere of energy and participate with us. Now, take a few moments if you will to use the merkaba, and direct the fountain of energy from the top of it to whomever and whatever situation in the world or the universe that you’d like to, for healing, for divine order, divine timing, abundance, prosperity and all of it’s manifestations. Use it for your family or friends or people you’ve never met, but you know their circumstances, you know their names. Name them and direct it to them. Take a few moments for this to occur. (Long pause) Please come to center and bring your awareness to this time.

Rayson: Good afternoon, this is Rayson. Welcome to another Sunday afternoon session. It is a pleasure to be here with you. Last week you asked questions about the Teaching Mission and the Correcting Time. We gave you a status update about those programs, and they continue on in good form. You must be aware, as in any great enterprise, that nothing remains the same; that changes are ever present and ongoing, for without change there would be no progress, no development, and no growth—so too, with these programs. That is inherent in the Correcting Time, and the name of this program, Correcting Time, was no accident, it was intentional—“correcting” means change.

Lesson

Let us briefly review the Teaching Mission program and its unfoldment, development and growth. You recall it began in New Zealand in the late 1980’s, and was begun with a group that was wholly unaware of The Urantia Book and its teachings. And after time, they became aware of that book, and groups in the United States became aware of the work of this group in New Zealand. Since that time, the Teaching Mission has spread throughout the world. You have yearly conferences, or you alternate with the larger conference such as you had last year. And this is good. It establishes this program in your society and in your thinking; it establishes it as an ongoing program. Today, we have a guest with us who would like to tell you more about the Teaching Mission and its development.

[This is Daniel. I’m going to take a few moments, if not minutes here to get more centered.]

Machiventa: Good afternoon, this is Machiventa Melchizedek, your Planetary Prince, Manager of your planet Urantia under our Creator, Michael. I have come here today to announce to you the next significant development of the Teaching Mission. We have waited these last few years for the spontaneous development of centers of study and worship and they have begun. We are very pleased with that. It is a natural development in the organization and the function of the Teaching Mission.

There are two ways in which your new centers of worship can develop—or three, if you consider outside guidance, influences. We wish to expand in two ways: The first (and this does not mean the “first” as in primary or most important) would be to use the lessons from the Teaching Mission study groups that you received in the early 90’s when your TM groups began. You recall that these groups were organized around studies and lessons for a period of approximately two years. Many of the groups disbanded after that; some continued on for months and years afterwards, but the primary lessons were provided to you in a two-year span. And you noticed from group to group, throughout the many study groups that you knew about, that the lessons came from the same curricula. Some groups studied “Trust” first, while others studied “Loyalty” or “Love” first—it matters not; they are all part of the same scheme. Some of you have gone on to use these lessons and have applied them to larger social issues within your nation and within your civilization, to help work with and to heal wounds of individuals and of your society. And there are many, are there not?

It is time now to begin applying those lessons to a wider public. Some of you are inclined to start “worshipful centers” near to where you live, and invite others to participate—people who are alienated or disoriented spiritually from their traditional churches. You can provide a new source of comfort and wisdom, insight and guidance to these people individually as they hear these lessons and receive new insights. One part of your service or your studies—and we do not have specific names to call these worshipful centers—perhaps may be a TR session, a message; the other part might be the lesson that you would draw from a prior lesson from the Teaching Mission curricula, and certainly songs of joy. In and of itself, [these centers] would provide a refreshing beginning for many people who are outside of traditional religions, no matter what those may be.

The second adaptation of the Teaching Mission would be to apply these lessons to the format, to the language, of the traditional religions. To apply the teachings of Jesus to those religions and their doctrines, ceremonies and rituals and procedures, wiping away the teachings about Jesus. We have no urgency concerning this; but you know that we will be with you when you ask for guidance to assist you in the reformulation of these traditional religions.

Do not consider this an attempt to usurp or to reform those existing churches. That is not the way to proceed, for you will find yourself in intense conflict with them and you’ll be caught up in the energy that they live by and think by and believe by, and you would be in error to do that, for your energy of compassion, love, caring, construction and creations of new beginnings would be wasted. Doing this will provide a familiar environment to each of the religions that exist, a place that has a comfortable familiarity to the individuals, a place where they can see the juxtaposition of the religions about Jesus and his teachings to the religion and teachings of Jesus in that religion. Yes, this will be controversial but it must not become confrontational. All the great masters that have come to you were never caught up in conflict with existing authorities of religion. Yes, they did show differences, and yes, they were met with opposition, but the masters did not engage this.

This second approach will also require a new way of thinking about the individual’s relationship to the Creator, to God, to the Infinite Spirit and the Eternal Son. Doing so will also reveal more about who Jesus truly is. It will provide an opportunity to discuss Creator Sons, and remove the confusion between Creator Sons and God the Son. We most sincerely urge you to assist individuals in thinking thoughtfully, clearly, about their relationship with the Divine, rather than learn a new habituation of rote learning, and a rote relationship, going through the motions thoughtlessly. Only by doing so can individuals feel a living, real, loving, compassionate, caring, supportive relationship with God, that God which resides within each one of you—your higher self, Thought Adjuster, Divine Guide, the Kingdom of God, the Divine Messenger—whatever you call it, it is all the same.

And though you, my dear people, have been with the Teaching Mission and Correcting Time for oh, so many years, this will require you to be very thoughtful, to think clearly, to become real thinkers and real feelers, real believers and knowers of those higher truths that have always existed. To apply your teachings of the wisdom to the individual’s relationship with the Creator will require you to re-interpret the old, traditional relationship in new terms. It will require you to grow so you can help traditional believers grow.

You have been faithful to this cause; now we ask you to step out a bit from this comfortable edge and begin to explore how you would apply this to your existent religions that inhabit this planet, occupying many billions of people’s minds. For those of you who are familiar with religions that do not incorporate a Creator God, you will find the language to do that and to help those individuals. And this is not a condescending approach to those individuals you go to, or to those religions—not at all, for your own expertise is marginal at this point—you must do so with eminent humility, that as you approach these individuals you are exploring the edges, the forward edges of your own belief and capability to explore your new religion with these individuals.

And what is the primary criterion for this development? That is to become ever aware of the God/Goddess, the Divine Fragment that resides in each one of you, and to have a loving relationship with that being and to know this, and to express it through your lives. It is this relationship that will carry forward with you into your infinite journey to Paradise and the final embrace with the Creator. This is the steadfast, sure, relationship that exists past all time. Begin to learn it now and to share it with others. You need not develop a cajoling, argumentative, confrontational approach, but use the simple, loving, reasoning logic that is consistent with the inner Divine guidance that each individual has consistent with the teaching style of Jesus. This will be sufficient to show the way. Your teachings will be such that the answers are eminently approachable, reasonable, and easily understood. There will be no need to argue against past beliefs, but of course you must understand them too, how they came into existence, and how they are not reasonable, not logical, not divinely developed.

This is not a diaspora where you are broken and shattered and sent into the hinterlands—far from it. This is merely a seeding in new fields; a seeding that will challenge you to grow. You have worked this last decade to believe this process that you are experiencing this afternoon is real, to know that it is existent, to know that it is true and that it does not lead you astray or deceive you. You know this already. So now, what do you do with it? Do you just continue doing what you do every two weeks for the rest of your lives and years ahead, a redundancy, a re-habituation? No, now it is time to sow these wisdoms, this thought, this encouragement to humanity into new fields where your friends live, whether they are neighbors or people far away.

Speak the new truth, the new light, and always see in each individual that light in each one of them begin to glow brighter. Before you go out into the fields, send your thoughts, your wisdom and your Celestial Teachers ahead of you, to share the word and wisdom, grace, and loving understanding. You do not need to make this happen as an executive decision, but to let it happen. Begin to do your work with yourself, with these re-interpretations; do this by yourself, do this in small groups; approach this in a developmental manner. How would you take on this new chore as an individual and as working groups? Yes, this is a new venture with us, and there is an experiential learning curve involved that we too will use to our advantage.

Your question must be—one of many questions—must be, “Is this the way?” And as you have read in the scriptures, Jesus said, “I am the way. Follow me.” And so you will know the right way; you will not go down blind alleys. There are always avenues that will take you further along. I wish you could see as I see—the whole planet and all the marshaled teachers, angels, and assistants all ready to help wherever they are called upon to help. You are truly surrounded by all the support and light and wisdom and love that you need to do this, and you will not do it alone, for this is a co-creative effort. You have volunteered to participate, you have asked what more you can do, and now you know. And as we have said so many times in the past, the healing of your planet could occur in a twinkling of an eye through our Father in Heaven’s influence. But that is not the way to achieve great soul growth, personal growth, and inner development of surviving souls who go onward to become those wonderful Finaliters, those agondonter Finaliters, which you will become. The healing of your planet will occur co-creatively, with your active participation; it will not occur without it.

[This is Daniel. Machiventa is ready to take some questions.]

Dialogue

Student: Thank you Father Machiventa. (You are most welcome.) I’ve been laboring in a small vineyard of Unitarian/Universalists these past two years, and your talk “hits home” with my efforts there. One of the main tenets that I’ve run across in that church is that they reject the Trinity, and I would like to open that “can of worms” to the perspective that those who rejected the Trinity did so back in the 12-something-hundred without any true knowledge of the Trinity as portrayed in our Urantia Book revelation. I assume that when you say that help is available that this project is open to that kind of help?

Machiventa: We would offer that you not begin at a place of contention but begin where there are points of agreement and expand upon those in ways with which you are familiar. Any argument that has existed for nine centuries will surely surpass your own lifetime. (No doubt!) So please, do not begin there. This is a good question that you have asked, for many others who approach other organizations will ask it.

Recall that I said not to enter these organizations and usurp their place. If you do that you will be greeted as an outsider and hostilities will be raised. But how would you apply your wisdom, your knowledge, your skills, and your insights that you have gained through these years, to that belief system? Where would you push their envelopes for growth, which are most agreeable to them?

Student: One individual at a time in conversation. I ask for Michael’s words and his understanding in dealing with individuals; I have not brought up this issue that I previously described, intuiting perhaps, that it would just be contentious.

Machiventa: You recall that the Teaching Mission was a person-to-person approach. This new approach is an individual-to-institution approach, where you will engage in study of the belief system you are most familiar with, such as what you mentioned, and you will review that. And the question for you is how would you apply this knowledge, these wisdoms, these truths to that belief system? This is not a necessarily a person-to-person approach, but a person-to-organization or institution approach. How would you apply these to that belief system? Eventually it will become very familiar to you.

One militarist in your earthly history said that the way to conquer your enemy is to totally understand him. But in this case, to win a friend’s acceptance is to totally understand their situation as well, how they believe, why they believe, and apply your wisdom to help that that belief system grow a little bit. This will not be an over-night process. You see that the Teaching Mission has been active for approximately fifteen years; this next project will easily take one-hundred-and-fifty to make a measurable impact upon those belief systems. You are teachers. Teachers start where the student is and then help them expand their thinking to engulf, to enfold larger concepts of belief that do not scatter them or make them afraid, but interest them, make them curious, help them see the larger picture that you see already.

My comments are not meant as criticism, but as guidance as a teacher would guide you to accomplish your lesson more successfully.

Student: None taken as criticism. I’ve been wrestling with these same things you’ve presented, the past couple of years.

Machiventa: If you as a group, and those who read these transcripts, begin to look through your communications with others about what has occurred and what you have learned, you will see that you are also grappling with truths and applying them to larger areas of your lives, of your society, of your culture, of your communities. How would you apply these to public policy? How would you apply this to education? This is not limited only to religious institutions, but to every human institution. As you know, the Most Highs are deeply invested and involved in every institution of human activity, whether it is international commerce or your individual communities here where you live in this neighborhood. You can begin to actively engage these institutions and their policies and expand upon them and help them become more compassionate, caring and supportive of human activity—the best of human activity. You have seen plenty of examples in your economies and large institutions of finance that have taken advantage of “small people.” This is not good! Those kinds of policies do not support longevity and are in fact detrimental to the growth and longevity of those institutions. Other questions?

Student: You asked us how we would do these things—I would ask you how we are to approach these things. I come from a Catholic background and I feel great resistance at the idea of approaching the people who hold those beliefs and try to bring them up other than one-by-one. I am just wondering, would we have to take public office or become teachers to act within these institutions, or can we interface with them from where we are?

Machiventa: You can interact with them from where you are; you needn’t become an office holder, though you may want to. There are some institutions that are bastions of belief, which will be tremendously resistant. Some of the most resistant church beliefs are the beliefs of man, rather than the beliefs of the Divine. These will be the most difficult and the longest ones to be intransigent. The simple recognition of women as equals to men in religious institutions seems fundamental to us; it is universally accepted in the Grand Universe and on all inhabited planets, except those which have had great difficulty, such as yours. If the simple fundamental truth of the equality of the soul value of women is devalued by the gender in power, you can imagine how long that simple truth will take to be overturned.

You have already begun to see the rewriting on the wall, that there are thinkers and believers who either are or were adherents to those religions, who are rethinking those inaccurate beliefs and are applying the new truths, the simple truths of Jesus to these religions, and sharing them in publications, sharing them with individuals, sharing them within study groups. The seed of a true idea cannot be kept to one individual. As you know, Cosmic Universal Mind is operant on this planet, and one thought such as yours seeds and feeds others. And as you think, so do many already think similarly.

One of the reasons why we are approaching this at an organizational level now is because institutional beliefs are in disarray; this is a most opportune time for religious institutions that are having difficulty to be approached. It is not that we have started these conflagrations within these belief systems, but that through erroneous beliefs and those who are in power have caused these to occur. For those truths that are in contradiction are truly not truths for they are falsehoods. Only truths that are non-controvertible, that are consistent, are truth. True truths are ever consistent, are never out of integrity with other truths. This is the even playing field where you will want to go to. Your question has brought to mind the equality of men and women—this is truly fundamental—this is a good place to begin. We do not say, “Begin here,” but it is one of many good places where you could begin. Of all the things that are true in the universe, the truth of the equality of each individual’s worth to the Creator is equal. It is only differentiated by your willingness to participate in the larger truths of the universe. Individuals, not the Creator who brought them into existence, make the decision of inequality. [[ Student: Are you still taking questions]]? (Definitely!) I was thinking about what you said concerning making “worship houses or worship groups” that are based on the Correcting Time or the Teaching Mission. Could those somehow be a springboard or a connector in some way to bring—if they were inoffensive or consistent with commonalities of another religion, an established religion—could that perhaps be a way to approach people, by actually using the transcripts in some way?

Machiventa: The opportunities are without number; it is only limited by your ability to think of creative ways to begin. Simply by having “worshipful centers,” speaking the truth that you know and inviting others, will this grow.

Student: Is it a good idea to use the transcripts verbatim, or should we translate them from our own lives of experience?

Machiventa: Many people will find the transcripts to be “off-putting”, particularly such as these, due to their length. There are kernels of truth that you can discern from these and share. These are the truths that you can share easily, quickly, and if they want further examination they can examine the transcripts.

Student: I was thinking along the lines… earlier we were talking about the loyalties

Machiventa: Some [of the early transcripts] are very brief. The current ones by Abraham are also excellent, (not to show preference of one teacher over another.) One last question, please.

Student: Machiventa, I have one here. Do you have any advice to give us as to how to off-set society’s tendency to use touch-tones or other measures of authenticity, to say “people who know what they are talking about”…for example, “this fellow over here has a Ph.D. in some things, and this person over here has all this experience and has started this big center”—all those kinds of things that our society is looking for to validate what it is that you are talking about. Do you have advice on how to deal with this “immediate response” by most people when they are confronted with new ideas?

Machiventa: It is that persistent, consistent, unchanging truth always remains the same. And the source and its identifiers of legitimacy are only that the person lives consistently with the truth that they espouse. You recall, or you may know that one of the great teachers on your planet now, during the daytime, makes incense sticks, is a family man and lives very simply. When he speaks truth, people recognize this and know it is such, and they know that he is a great Master. The faddist requirements of religiously or politically correct identifiers are transitory and impermanent, they are not consistent from one society to another, one culture to another; but the identifiers of truth speaking are always the same, no matter where you go on your planet, or on which planet you go to, they are always the same. The truth is consistent and those who speak it live it in consistency within them. How often have you seen the true master who lives deceitfully? Who embraces thoughts of spite, resentment, hatred and anger, jealousy and envy? Never! For true masters live consistently, believe consistently, and feel consistently, with those truths that come through them. They are fountains of truth, willing to share with anyone, no matter what their identifiers of social acceptance are. And whether they put a million dollars in the gift bowl, or whether two alms, it matters not. It is the sincerity of the individual who comes forward to engage these statements of truth, those sources of truth. This is truly what matters. Superficiality is to be dispensed with. Truth, integrity, consistency are to be adhered to.

Closing

I will close this meeting today and release myself and leave you to your discussions. Rayson has a few closing statements for you. Good day. (Group: Thank you, Machiventa.)

Rayson: This is Rayson. Looks like we have our work cut out for us, don’t we? (Group laughing.) Let us engage your further questions in the days and weeks ahead. Good day. (Good day, Rayson. And thank you.)

Note: If readers have questions concerning the topics of this transcript, please address them to Agatha, and they will be presented at the next TR session of the Northern Colorado Teaching Mission Group.