Topic: Values, Spring
Group: N. Idaho TeaM
Teacher: Malvantra, Machiventa, Elyon
Malvantra (Jonathan TR): Dear friends, I greet you, and I greet all who receive my message through distribution. I greet you who hear me today and all of you who will, through the lag of time, hear me. This hour at this meeting you are entering into another season, the season of Spring, and we witness renewed enthusiasm, a greater inclination toward a brightened attitude.
It is by design that seasonal cycles occur on evolutionary worlds, not only does it contribute to the perpetuation of life cycles, but it does have bearing upon the mental and spiritual well being of adjuster indwelt individuals. Even we morontia beings cycle through periods of activity and task accomplishment and periods of inactivity and rest. It is acceptable always for you to oscillate through these cycles; even your spiritual training and your efforts at ministry will cycle, for if they did not you would fatigue. Therefore, even during times when you feel like either you are not applying yourself in service or training yourself with new knowledge, rearrangement of insight into greater wisdom, that you are by the design of the life creatures of an evolutionary world undertaking a necessary pause that is refreshing. Also this pause creates the hunger, the renewed enthusiasm and anticipation, for the work ahead, just as Winter is the dormancy for life all around you and Spring is the burst of energy toward the fulfillment of new cycles of birth and life ahead.
We do chuckle when we witness how a bright, sunny day can affect the attitude and emotions of a mortal creature, for there is spiritual symbology in this brilliance and lightening of spirit. The presence of Michael does the same for all of us. I in no way mean to convey that the morontia life is gloomy when Michael is not present, but his presence has the same impact as a cheerful spring day. Likewise does this same pattern underline the importance of communion with the Father, for it too re-enthuses the soul, warms your heart, and encourages you through your difficulties.
The acquirement of skills requires the necessary interval of time when you must practice. This interval provides a graduated display of relative accomplishment. When a new feat is performable by yourself, immediately there is the desire to express. This expression being... [TR: I want to say "native" like "nativity".] This expression is so newly born that it is unaccomplished and can at times bring to you a sense of frustration that spoils the new-found enthusiasm that preceded its expression. Yet with persistence your skill develops, and you witness eventually mastery in your expressive abilities.
Over the course of this development, the sequential steps can often attenuate the sense of thrill in the masterly expression that you hoped for in the early stages. There is no fault to be placed upon you for deliberately relishing the accomplishment that may have taken years to attain, to deliberately relive your early hopes for such accomplishment, and to relish that you have actually done so. To apply the perspective, you will traverse many worlds for ages upon ages before you reach Paradise. You will undergo an extreme exhilaration in the realization of accomplishment as well as the experience of the direct presence of the Father. This accomplishment began here on this world in this life. It began the day you faith-grasped the presence of the Father and welcomed His presence into your soul, into your life. Your spiritual birth on this world brought joy and brought peace. Yet, as you mature, you still -- and rightfully so -- experience frustration in maintaining a sense of communion, of expressing the truths you understand in your activities. These ought not to eclipse the joy of fellowship but rather indicate that you are progressing.
Anyone who has played a game of skill knows that the pleasure derived in that game is synchronized with the degree of difficulty of accomplishing the goal. Your game of chess is a good example. It requires mental exertion; it requires a great degree of thinking. Yet it is considered quite fun.
To wrap up my comments, I would simply state that I encourage you to seek the joyful moments, to let the spirit luminosity of the Father warm your heart, to relish the times of exhilaration and enthusiasm, but likewise to console yourselves that difficulty and frustration are indicators of progress, not signs of stagnation. Indicators of stagnation are apathy, lack of concern for your standing. Frustration is a wholesome indicator that you desire to progress.
I am Malvantra.
Malvantra: We witness that the human mind tends to sort traits and actions into rigid categories: those that are deemed good and worthy and those that are deemed unbecoming. For instance, the trait stubbornness is thought of in poor light, for it can lead to resistance and ignoring new possibilities. However, the application of a stubborn trait toward persistence, stick-to-itiveness, an aggressive pursuit, is worthwhile.
The morontia perspective is in the application of a trait rather than the categorization of the trait. That is the secret of harmonizing your dual nature and making both elements, making them apply towards your ascension. In a sense this is another way of perceiving the reason why Michael responded with the phrase, "Why do you call me good?" He was indicating that all things in life can apply towards goodness whether you understand an event or an action as good or wrong. I do not mean to obscure the value of good; I simply mean to indicate that certain experiences that appear negative can be applied toward righteousness.
Malvantra: Very true in that if there were no wrong notes there would be no definition of scalar relationships which develop melody. Therefore, the presence of a wrong note beautifies the right notes.
Machiventa (Sarah): Hello, this is Machiventa. I must comment that you are on the right track in so much as you take a small bit of information and back it up with visualization such as your Urantia Book.
I would like to say that when we have problems, when you have problems, you may look deep within yourself to reexamine your values. Values have a great deal to do with how you act and feel today. Many values need to be put into the out-file because you are doing a lot of things you were taught to do as a child, and you certainly don't realize that this is part of your character, as you do it unconsciously. It may be that there is some prejudice lying deep beneath the surface and . .. will make a difference.
It may be like being afraid of a certain type of person because you have generalized. For instance, if a big man with a beard hurt you, took advantage of you, you would generalize that all large men with beards are bad and you want to stay away from them. Many values just are of no use to you now. But this takes awareness. As you walk in your day realize what you see and think about how you respond to that. You need to kick out the bad influences and receive the light. If your mother gave you a spanking when you were seven years old, your thought that your mother was bad all around is no way to think of your mother today and hold such a piece of innocence as her discipline and blow it way out of proportion, hold it against your mother when you are fifty years old.
Let's see what we can do this week on re-determining values. When you see something, write down your feelings about it. This is not an easy suggestion or lesson, homework, because I will be watching you.
Elyon (Jonathan): Greetings, my friends, this is Elyon. I am here as always and will wrap up our meeting.
We have, over the course of years, gone through some education, the development of conceptual understanding of many things such as faith and trust, insight. The whole development of our tree of triangles helped to integrate these many spiritual concepts into a unified whole. These meetings are beneficial, for you each provide support and confirmation as you go through your weekly episodes that you are making progress in your efforts to grow. We much of the time are only required that we can be affirmative and supportive ourselves. And we are ever sensitive to being too much in the sense that we may overload you with information without chance to assimilate. I do encourage you to fulfill this homework Machiventa has given you to bring your written expression to this next meeting so that you may synergize your experiences one with another. It is my hope that we can continue with this method of reflection throughout the week and apply them to various dimensions of your spirituality. I, likewise, will be watching. Farewell.