1998-03-22-Preparing For Your Health Failures As You Age
Topic: Preparing for Your Health Failures as You Age
Group: N. Idaho TeaM
TR: Mark Rogers, Jonathan
Malvantra (Mark TR): Good morning, this is Malvantra. I will stroll up to the head of the class and clear my throat to gain your attention. I feel as though I have been standing outside the classroom with my ear to the door observing how this class has imposed upon themselves the lessons previously given. I'm awestruck at the motivation of the individuals present in this room. You have done so very much of the work which commonly would be taken up by the teachers. I feel, walking into this classroom, that you are all eager, well prepared, and enthusiastic to the point of exuberance. What a joy to have your blackboards so neatly in order and so well organized so that, as lessons are given, they may be added to the structure already available to you so as to further complete your picture of reality as we observe it now.
I would at this point ask you as a group or as individuals what would be your desire to expound upon, given the many different topics that seem to be of interest to your minds at this time? I would ask anyone who feels inspired to either pose a question or a comment on any of the topics previously discussed so that we may delve in deeper. Anyone care to serve the first ball?
Health, Ageing, Soul
Tom: There has been an interest in health. At some point all of our health will fail. Could we have some information on how best to use the help we have and prepare spiritually and physically?
Malvantra: As you note, your health is just like your physical vehicle you now have temporary use of. You come into this existence helpless and requiring much assistance from those around you to simply maintain your existence. You then enter a phase on your material plane where you are empowered to maintain your own existence quite adequately. If you survive the vicissitudes long enough, you will once again return to a stage in your physical being where you are less able to function in the capacity of simple maintenance. You may view this middle portion of your life as being temporarily abled. At both ends you can expect to be temporarily disabled. This is of course with your material vehicle the natural cycle which is inevitable which each one of you here will experience to some degree or other. If each one of you in this room could adopt the brilliant philosophy that your sister has stated to you this day of the far reaching perspective that it truly does not matter what your physical condition at any one time may be. You must be concerned with your spiritual condition, as so beautifully stated by your sister. This is the one true, enduring factor that you will carry with you from your beginning point here through eternity. This is what needs to be nurtured, and your spiritual health is paramount to any physical condition you may experience. If ever in doubt, always fall back on the long range scope that your text and that this Teaching Mission has emphasized to you. Your existence is of an extremely long duration; your vehicle is extremely temporary. It is comforting to realize that no amount of attention paid to your physical vehicle will alter the fact that it is a temporary vehicle for you to use during your short period of your ascension toward the Father. I realize, however, that it does completely surround you; you are enveloped by this vehicle. Its condition can greatly distract you from the overall march forward, the evolution of your soul. I would simply encourage you to continually reflect on the temporary nature of your existence here, on the inevitable changes each of you will see in your life vehicle. Resistance is futile to some degree. It is a positive thing to make every attempt to maintain your physical vehicle to the best of your ability, given the information you have and your desire to do so. But in the end you will all concede that clinging to this temporary vehicle is ineffective. One might as well place their long-term plans where they should reside, with your eternal soul, and lift major considerations of your physical being as often as you are able. This life is extremely difficult, as you are inextricably linked to your animal nature. You must take care of your body, or it will suffer needlessly. However, it is also your goal to transcend this physical body, to realize that this physical body is not you. You are the soul which temporarily resides in this vehicle. Therefore should your long-ranging view enable you to realize that you may change the shade from time to time. You will, indeed, change the shade repeatedly in your ascension career. Do not become attached to any one shade that you have at any time in your ascension career.
Is that enough said on that subject?
Tom: Thank you for reminding us that in our desire to help heal our friend, that she is also ministering to us.
Malvantra: Indeed, as you each do for the group in your interactive sessions. I realize that you place great importance on the words that we bring as teachers. You transcribe and review them. This is all very well and good. I would point out to you, however, as great if not greater importance is your interactivity with each other. You are in the very moment learning how to both internalize and externalize the many lessons we have provided over the years. It is so pleasing to see you pick up these threads and these gauntlets and take them forward with you as you attempt to make something of them. They are but reference material until you make them personal material. Until that time they are stagnant; they are not alive. You bring life to the teachings, to the lessons. You bring experience and add it to the lessons and combine the two to make an extremely potent force in delivering these teachings. That is how we work together in this process. We provide you the foundation, the substance, the base. You then must take this and add to it your own experience with this to transform it into living dynamic truth to be passed on and shared with those around you. It is only in this form that it becomes vibrant and enlightening to those around you.
Mary: The most profound thing this morning for me was that part of my tweak with the teachers talking about personal experience; then to have such a beautiful example and illustration in Ann's experience and the words in The Urantia Book to provide the imagery that the teachers point out is so useful.
Malvantra: But as you recently stated in one of your sessions together, facts are insignificant when compared to intent and sincerity on your parts. It does little good to memorize facts if your sincerity and intent are not in line when time arrives to share with others. You all are shining examples of brilliant intentions; you all desire to share spiritual truths for the benefit of all. You desire to be of service. These are your guidelines for delivering the facts that are the bread; the gravy on top is how they are delivered through the channel of your personal experience and your sincere intentions.
Jonathan: Mary shared that imagery helps us to share truths. Spiritual truths can be abstract; we need to make them tangible. Your imagery is overlaid so we can extract the truths. Even our sharing of what impacts us spiritually during the week is an image for each of us about the truth incorporated in that lesson, because it was a real, concrete instance of what we were engaged in during the week.
Mary: Ann's talk about bringing the Father down to work with her, that she's not waiting for him to act upon her, has gone from being words on a page to being a living truth.
Malvantra: Absolutely. To examine one thread that you mentioned before, often it is necessary to be exposed to materials many times to not only internalize it but then be able to live it and externalize it. In your preparations for your tweaks of the week, you are forced to do that same cycle individually. You look over materials; you think about what is appropriate, which forces you to be exposed to that material. You then have to formulate how to relay that to your fellows. This forces you to externalize this material. Therefore, you have done on your own what we as teachers have methodically done for these many years now.
Partnership, Thought Adjusters
As well as Ann's wonderful observations and comments, she is absolutely correct; it has been stated in our teachings many times that the involvement of the individual with the Father is profound; even to recognize that this occurs is profound. If you go the next step and ask for this to transpire and be a willing partner, that is more than could be expected of most anyone in your position. I encourage all of you to strive for this level of active participation with the Father, as this is truly the direction in which to proceed. It is helpful to start with simply the realization that the Father is, indeed, with you and that you do go through your life experience with the Father, with your Adjuster, together hand in hand. If you all could make a clearer connection with your Adjuster, all of your life experiences would be so greatly enhanced. This is the goal in this life. If one accomplishes this goal to a great enough degree, then fusion would occur. I wish you to realize that this is not an unattainable goal for any one sitting in this room. You may view this, after reading in your text and referring to it, as being a far flung possibility that only happens to other individuals on other spheres under other conditions in other times. Do not make this mistake. This opportunity of fusion with your Adjuster can and does occur even amongst your kind in this time. It is simply a matter of the discipline of an individual to develop this link with their Adjuster, to fully share the life they lead with their Adjuster in every aspect, to become aligned with your Father Fragment so as to become inseparable. That is fusion.
Ann: I have made it a practice since 1970 when I run across something profound in my reading, something that will add to my soul, I will sit and meditate on that for a few moments, allowing that light to enter my soul. I realize that it becomes part of my soul, and I can leave it and go on. Would you care to comment?
Malvantra: All things may become internalized by you and may be actually possessed by you. Knowledge, wisdom, can be earned and then possessed by you as an individual. If you learn a given set of principles you may internalize them; you may declare them to be part of your being at some point. This requires effort to, as you have stated, actually pursue and engage this process. But once engaged, you may be well assured that you will be delivered these aspects you earnestly desire. You may then internalize them as part of your structure of reality. At some point you may amend these principles; you may choose to discard a principle in favor of a higher one, a more complete definition. This has been spoken of before as your internal library. You may go to your library and access information that has been delivered to you throughout your entire ascension career. Your goal is to build the most complete library possible and to, from time to time, update your personal library, see what material may need upgrading as times change and as your comprehension level increases. You may not keep Green Eggs and Ham after you have completely become aware and engaged with this work. You may opt to upgrade throughout your entire life as your comprehension level increases.
Yes, devour, encompass, and include all the material you may come across in your life. It can always be rejected in favor of more complete material. It can always be upgraded to be more complete. But never is energy wasted in internalizing and adding to your personal library principles that are useful to you in whatever form they may come.
Mark: If we could switch TRs I would like to ask that in reading past transcripts I was struck that we are to go out and tell others that changes are at hand; great things are about to happen. I have faith that this is true, but I find I have an aversion to spreading prophesy. How do I reconcile that?
Malvantra (Jonathan): This is Malvantra; I continue. It has been relayed to you in years past that this activity that appears as prophesy is not the prediction of events to come but more correctly a demonstration of what can be through yourselves and a rally call to your fellows that they likewise can undertake the same and thereby accomplish the hoped-for conditions. Therefore, it is not the best orientation to speak of events as impinging upon you, something to be waited for. Instead, these apparently prophetic changes are instigated within you and will make their outworking obvious. So, when you do attempt to let it be known the kingdom of heaven is at hand, as your master said 2000 years ago, underline the very principle that he taught, that the kingdom of heaven is within, that the expression of the great changes to come comes from the well of the deep relationship you have with the Father. That is all that is needed, that this be recognized.
Your fellows may not seek the inner dialogue and not recognize this potential. It may appear as an event that will rise up and overcome them. But it is an event that will rise up and come from them.
There are three levels that prophetic statements hold. One is the acquirement of knowledge; this is the factual perspective of the statements made. This will not transform the soul. The next level is the attainment of understanding. This provides comfort and clarification. It is the filtering of knowledge and the nurturing of this knowledge. Understanding is knowledge nurtured. The highest level is the arranging of this knowledge into wisdom. Wisdom is the perspective by which to evaluate all apparently prophetic statements. When you are urged to share that the world is undergoing transformation, apply this threefold perspective to these statements. Always lead another up these steps, and it is best to conclude your attempt with the very important angle, that being that you are as much responsible for the arrival of these events, even more so than you are merely a spectator.
Have I fulfilled your request?
Mark: I think so. The appropriate attitude is not that great things are going to happen to us as that let's all work together to make great things happen.
Malvantra: Yes. You can enlarge the 'us' to include those of my kind. This will help those who feel powerless as a human race to effect any substantial change on a world apparently so random in its planetary course.
Mary: The guidance of bringing in personal perspective may be applicable. For instance, one could relate one's experience with transformation, and express that such an experience is available to anyone. It's something that rises from within and may be available as you speak, potentially.
Malvantra: I would comment further. You know in sharing with your children that the enthusiasm of discovery is valuable in instilling the continued desire to discover. When such little ones are captivated by something new you share the delight. . ..one you have experienced decades earlier . ..you share today that excitement. When in ministry to any of your fellows, it is honest to share with them the current discoveries they are making as experiences of their own. You aren't insincere if you already know this truth and share with them the delight of the moment. What does not sit well in the seat of the ego is to be told an attainment you have that they lack. The artful approach is to draw out the discovery in themselves and share in that delight in spite of your having already reached that understanding long before. Personal experience dovetails with this, for it is the sharing of your delight in discovery without requiring that the other have that or that the other ought to or that it is a principle that they lack that puts them in error. Does this help you?
Mary: Yes. It is potentially happening in them at this time, not that they are waiting to be led to this transformation, but to encourage the recognition of transformation in all our lives. It is a good caution. Thank you.
Mark: Thank you for your and other teachers' efforts. We ask for and know that we get help from you.
Malvantra: you are welcome, my friend. I would let you know that Elyon is soon to return and that I am actually in the company of few teachers today, for many who are usually here are off attending other functions, enjoying their shore leave, as the captain is back at headquarters. Until we meet again, I say farewell.