2014-06-29-Soul Treasure, Practice the Art of Friendliness
Topic: Practicing the Art of Friendliness
Group: 11:11 Progress Group
Teacher: Teacher Ophelius
Teacher Ophelius: “‘Those who would have friends must find themselves friendly.’ These are the words of the Master as he was asked by his young traveling companion how it was that He could so easily make friends with new acquaintances. The Master went on to explain to the lad that you must become curious and interested in those things that are important to the individual and to get them to talk about themselves. Jesus wanted to know how men felt and how they thought about themselves and about the world around them. He was truly interested in them and when someone finds that you are interested in them, they will open up and connect with you because they feel safe that they can share their thoughts and feelings without being judged. It is important for you students on the path, if you are to be truly effective as the torch bearers of truth in a dark world that you ‘find yourselves friendly.’
“You cannot be a light if you ‘hide your lamp under a bed,’ and so you must put it on a lamp stand where it can be seen by everyone. If you only associate with those who are like you, then you may find that your circle of friends is small and all those wonderful qualities that you have within you may not be shared with those who are searching for light. My friends, there are so many on your world who do not have a clue about the things of spirit, yet they are searching for it and do not yet realize it. How then will they find this light if those who have it move through the world with ‘tight lips?’ Certainly you must use your discernment when choosing what to share and how much, yet you can open the door to those higher truths first by being interested in what others think and feel.
“If you are blessed to have found yourself on this higher path, then find it within you to make new friends and to be an example of someone who is friendly and who can connect with others without judging them. You may find that some are too far away from you in their values and beliefs, and only a surface relationship is possible, yet there may come a time when those you have befriended will reach out to you because their thirsting souls, having been tested by the circumstances of time, will then recognize the light within you.
“If you are looking for kindred spirits, how then will you find them except that you practice the art of friendliness and become truly curious and interested in others’ thoughts and feelings? This is how you find them, my friends, and this is how you ‘set your orbits’ of relationships – those who are closer to you as intimate kindred spirits and those that are farther away – which you continue to hold in your ‘gravity.’
“Relationships are the soul-treasure of eternity, for it is in your life purpose to have a diversity of experiences and relationships that teach you how to discover those hidden layers of love that exist everywhere in the universe. Seek for those golden nuggets, my friends, by discovering the hidden treasures within your fellows, and by doing so, you may discover some hidden layer of love within you that you did not know was there.
“Peace to you,
“The Circle of Seven.”