Topic: Personal Questions
Group: Woods Cross TeaM
I am ABRAHAM. It is very encouraging to see so many new faces. This past week were you more aware of Father’s presence, were you more able to recognize His goodness and did this recognition lead you to express your appreciation for Him?
Tonight we will postpone my teaching so you may have the opportunity to ask questions. Any question is welcome, whether I can answer them has yet to be seen, but I say, our best effort will be put forth. First question?
J.: Abraham, I have a question that I have wanted to ask for a couple weeks. I am not sure if you can answer it or not. It’s a question about death, in particular the death of a baby that has been miscarried and the death of someone who has committed suicide. If we have miscarried a baby if we are going to be able to see that baby again after we die, also friends who have committed suicide. I have a friend in particular that we are not really sure if she committed suicide or not. Her name is _____. I was wondering if you could enlighten me at all whether or not she did commit suicide and what has happened to her...if she did - if she is okay and if she is happy, just whatever you can tell me about her and babies that have miscarried?
ABRAHAM: Yes. My friend, Ham, has spoke on this subject, but I can give you a little information on this. Miscarriage, no. A baby not parted from the mother at full term, not receiving the Divine Ministers breath of life, does not survive. A baby carried full term, having parted from the mother and received soul/spirit and then by circumstances dies, yes, that mother will again be reunited with that soul. Suicide is not a choice way to part from this world, but suicide does not suffer a heavy penalty from Father.
Those that commit suicide will receive the choice to continue their spiritual quest or to deny. The act of committing suicide inflicts such pain on friends and family, but also, to overcome the guilt from inflicting this pain on friends and family is torture for the one who committed suicide. Your friend I am unknowing about her circumstances. Does this help? (Yes. Thank you.) Next question?
H.: Abraham, I haven’t been here for a while. I have a question I want to ask and then a confirmation. The question is we are taught always to love one another and never give up on anyone, especially ourselves. Sometimes we know we’re loved but we don’t feel that love inside. How can we learn to feel that love and how do we know when to step back from someone that we don’t want to give up on them. How do we know when to let go?
ABRAHAM: Yes. I am happy to see you again. Yes, the control of emotions is often difficult. One minute you are overflowing with love, the next you are feeling empty or nothing. At times like this, unable to feel love, it may not be a time for emotion, but a time for logic. The Indwelling Father Fragment is helpful in this area. To rely upon Him and His will is a good step toward understanding your emotional side and your intellectual side. To rely upon His will would perhaps give you the balance you seek.
Human feeling, human emotions, are perhaps like a mechanical device. Sometimes you can turn them on and off, but sometimes there appears to be a short circuit and the human emotional system runs/operates without control. You talk of letting go, this is a great obstacle for mortals, very difficult. If and when you decide to step back and let go, make an effort to release this person or thing into the hands of our Father. I tell you Father absolutely knows what to do with what you released to Him. With this letting go, you have to make a decision to give up on the results of your choice to let go. Does this help?
V.: Abraham, I have a question about prayer. I was taught in organized religion to pray in a certain way, in a certain form. Then I left those ideas. It has been many years that I haven’t prayed and I wonder if you can talk to me a little bit about the purpose of prayer and the form of prayer that is appropriate. It is confusing to me to think that there maybe two people, maybe both with the same need, the first person had people helping him, praying for him. The second person doesn’t happen to be fortunate enough to have people praying for them, that the Father would treat these two people differently simply because one was fortunate to have many prayers said for them, and the second maybe didn’t have prayers said for them. Why would the Father withhold blessings or enlightenment from the second person because they didn’t have prayers said for them? It is confusing to me so I wonder if you could enlighten me on that subject?
ABRAHAM: Yes. The Urantia Book extensively explains prayer and providence, but I shall tell you a little of my understanding. Prayer, yes, Father hears our petitions and He answers accordingly. I must say, prayer mostly benefits the individual praying, for this puts the individual in touch with faith and hope and acceptance. Prayer has been known to many times improve the health of an individual, mentally and physically. This is not by divine providence. This is by individual mind adjusting and the acceptance of Father’s will.
Father would not heal one who has been prayed for and not another. When you pray directly with an individual who is ill, you give this person your energy, your love, your faith. Your example set before the ill person is an inspiration to this person. You aid in the healing of the person you are praying for. This is why we find it beneficial to tell the person in need of prayer that you are praying for them.
The Ham papers, discuss prayer much more adequately than I can describe. Jesus, the Master, while in the form, the material form, walked this Earth He sought not to pray with His fellows. He would rather retreat to the privacy of nature where He could truly commune with His Father. It was not formal. It was not eloquent. It was just Father and Son. A talk with Father should not cause anxiety or feelings of inadequacy. A talk with Father should feel perfectly natural just as He was your closest friend, because He is. Does this help? (Yes. Thank you.) Another question?
R.: Abraham, as we are taught these spiritual principles and are able then to be the instruments of teaching other people who come across our paths, what are the most important concepts to convey to them, spiritual truths, knowing that each person needs something different and we are led in those teachings?
ABRAHAM: Yes, a very important spiritual truth, I would perhaps say the most important, and that is the answers they seek are within their very being. The best answer for them on their spiritual path lies within their very own heart. Yes, teach them about the presence of the Father within their own beings. Yes, you can tell them of your experience, but show them that they have their own destiny to fulfill. Tell them it is not a journey of ease, but place emphasis on the joy that can be found while on this spiritual journey. I perceive you have done well. Another question.
R.: Thank you, Abraham, I find that telling of experiences seems to be of interest because of the story behind it. The thing that has changed in my experience that has transformed me is my meditation, to allow the Indwelling Spirit to communicate at some level in the conscious mind a direction of the spiritual path. That is a concept that is foreign to the western mind. Do you have some suggestions as to how we can approach that?
ABRAHAM: Yes, the word, the stillness, may perhaps be too foreign, whereas meditation is more recognized. Just as with prayer, the simple talk with the Father and a moment of receiving is really all one needs to start with. Yes, you are correct, the stillness is very important to contact the Indwelling Father Fragment, but I would suggest that with this stillness exercise inform newcomer, beginners, that this exercise is not supernatural, is not mysterious, is not going to be miraculous. This is simple and does not require much effort. Mortals are attracted to simplicity. If the stillness becomes a difficult exercise then it will not be practiced. Does this help?
R.: Very much so.
ABRAHAM: Your first question you must ask yourself. What do I wish to be abundant in? Abundance appears to come in many levels. Perhaps one day a man does not appreciate his small home and desires a larger home. The next day he has lost his job and may possibly loose his small house. This man has now changed his thinking about abundance. Now he desires not to loose his small home and he appreciates it.
To think abundantly, one must rely on the will of our Father, for it has been told, the sparrows knows not where their abundance comes from, but they trust that it will always be there, for the Father in Heaven lends His watch-care to the sparrows. How much more are you than a sparrow? How much more does your Father watch over you? With that I would also add a positive attitude draws abundance. An attitude of thankfulness leads to your distribution of your abundance, not just material goods, but your good-will toward your fellows. Does this help? (Yes. Thank you.) Another question?
L.: I have a question, Abraham. Do your know of the work of Dr. Raymond Moody? He works with people who tell stories of having after death experiences where they hovered over their dead bodies and they went through a tunnel and they met a glorious being of light. Their stories are very similar. Inaudible. I have been told that he can even get a message to us from someone on the other side. Could you comment on near death experiences?
ABRAHAM: Yes. Many near death experiences are almost accurate. Some parts of these stories are products of the dying material brain, but many are very close. Years and years ago this planet did not have the medical technology that it does today. This medical technology has proven to be very beneficial in our Correcting Time. Many would not go alone on faith. Many of these near death stories attract new believers. Yes, these stories can be used as a wonderful door for people to step through to learn of their own spiritual pathway. Does this help? (Yes. Thank you.) You’re welcome. Another question? May we make this our last question?
C.: Abraham, are there times in our lives you and the teachers that are helping us ever say, oh gee, we are disappointed, or one step forward and two steps back? Cause I feel that way a lot about myself.
ABRAHAM: No. We are never disappointed. We are in total understanding of this dilemma. We are sorry many mortals are so hard on their little setbacks. If you understood the way we view you, you would find how much we value the friendship and love and humor you provide us with. (Laughter.)
I ask you if you found this evening beneficial if you want to continue it another week or would you have me resume my regular lesson? Discuss this and I leave you with my love and thoughts, good thoughts for you. Until next week, shalom.