Questions and Answers: PAPER 28


                                                      CEDOMIL VUGRINCIC, M.D., Ph.D.
                                                                   August 2005
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“The Word of God is Love. The enactment of the Word of God is service to your brothers

and sisters. Truly, if the Word of God is actively resident within your life, the Fruits of Spirit

are being produced in your life through the Service of Love.”

                                                                                                                Solonia, tml 5/2004





 “Your planet as a whole tends to operate on a model of scarcity and deprivation.

This is an utterly natural response to a world that lost its celestial administration, first that of your Planetary Prince and then of your Garden of Eden and your celestial parent models, Adam and Eve. For you have been literally deprived, like orphaned children left to roam the streets grabbing scraps wherever you can and in order to survive, dashing with the meager bits to hide in the corners in the dark. The loss of the steadying influence of that cultural legacy is unfathomable. So much so, that you cannot grasp what you have lost without viewing it by understanding the echoes of the planetary dysfunction that reveals it to you as a response to those terrible circumstances. One of the scarcity responses is fundamentalism. Fundamentalism is always a scarcity model. Within the fundamentalist mind set, there is never enough to go around, and only if you obey certain strict rules will you survive. Always there is the threat of disaster and the often grim hope of a miraculous salvation. This constitutes a natural response of any child thrust into the orphanhood and forced to survive without being helped to grow up into the adult status that was your natural birthright. Harshness, or its concommitent, victim mentality, are expected responses to such situations. So in order to address the loss of the teachings of these administrations, you must understand what it is that you have lost. And in order to understand that loss, you must see the ways in which your distorted unfoldment of culture reveals that which you lack. You are so close to it, that it is often times difficult of assessment with any degree of realism.

One of the most clear-cut manifestations of this scarcity is your poverty of spirit, your difficulty in attaining any true and lasting sense of self-worth. And this must be addressed. The degree of guilt that many of you experience, the degree of self-flagellation for largely understandable errors and missteps, is profound, and to us, tragic and heart-rending. For you to stand tall as beloved children of a loving Father and Mother is still very difficult for most on your world, even many of you who have worked with us now for so many years. All too often, you seek to gain self-esteem by inappropriate sacrifice of self - not the sacrifices of service, but the literal sacrifices of your own wants and needs that as healthy children would propel you to self-respect, and thus to far more capacity for true service than you can now manage. Without permitting love to fill you, serve as you like, effectiveness will often escape you.

When we came, our first words to you were instructions to seek the Father in stillness, to learn to allow him to love you, and to embrace abundance. You sought to understand our words and concepts, yet you remained baffled and confused by them. So much of your cultural history was not in support of these concepts. You understood them intellectually, at least in part, but you could not put them into true and lasting practice. You could not allow real experience with these concepts to truly take hold and transform you in the spirit. You have made progress, certainly in intellectual understanding, and in baby steps of experiential understanding. But you are only beginners yet. Still, your grasp of these problems is now at a place where we can begin teaching you on these essential topics more in earnest, so that you may understand the vast planetary problem this poses, and can begin the personal transformations that will enlarge your hearts enough that you may be filled with what is to come.

Your Urantia Book says that a pint cannot hold a quart. Without this enlargement, try as you may, comprehend intellectually as you may, the joy and abundance of a full spiritual life as a true son or daughter of the Father's universe simply cannot be yours. You have often put this in terms of your inability to "have" the good things of life, the difficulty in "having" love and joy and all manner of truth, beauty and goodness. You have felt keenly the sense of unworthiness, undeservingness attached to this inability to "have". You can see it, sometimes want and yearn for it, but it seems to remain beyond your actual grasp. For evolving beings, conceptual knowledge is only had upon the experientialization of that knowledge - it is in the moments of experiencing that it is truly becomes yours to keep. This is a primary utility in experience. And a personality cannot have full experience alone. Sharing is essential to full experientiality - whether with spirit sources or human companions. And as knowledge is only truly possessed by sharing, not merely in comprehension, so also truth, beauty and goodness - special coordinating forms of knowledge - cannot be possessed without sharing.

But without a sense of your true personality selfhood, you cannot actually share experientially. Many of you have noted that however much you talk and seem to understand one another in mind, it is difficult to put things into action together. You can take your understandings to your spiritual sources, but without a true sense of self, it is difficult to reach a point of genuine contact. In addition, part of your difficulty with diversity is that without a well-developed sense of personality-selfhood, the diversity is perceived as a threat to your developing self. And this is not even inaccurate. In the developmental sense of the human race, the self-hood of the tribe is itself hard-won, and then hard-defended for protection of that still fragile self-hood. A distorted sense of selflessness leads to a need to defend ones viewpoints in a way that a clearer self-respect through personality development does not require. In order to share well with one another, you must have self-respect - healthy self-love - and you must have a grasp of true diversity.

Sadly although understandably for young evolutionary beings, there is much finger-pointing by those whose senses of selfhood are slightly superior, towards those whose defensiveness is more noticeable. Instead of enlarging the picture on your brothers and sisters when they are defensive, you judge them as inferior, as engaged in wrong-doing, and sometimes make such judgments all too plain. You do not stop to think of your advantage, and their disadvantage. You do not first seek to understand them. And so all of the various reactions of distortion - for you are all yet more or less distorted on this topic - mill about and cause disunity where you most need and seek unity. But unity without uniformity is still very difficult for you to grasp and live.”



Serenia, TML Archives, January 2005 (edit/modif.)     





”Let us behold the Light, that through the forgiveness, finds its way into the great darkness

of this world. Perceive the Light in all your brothers and sisters by fully forgiving each other,

because it is only then that you will see their Light, know the higher Truth, and achieve the

happiness of Brotherhood.” (Michael of Nebadon, tml 5/2004)



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