1999-12-12-Guidance & Faith
Topic: Guidance & Faith
Group: N. Idaho TeaM
Jessona (Jonathan TR): Hello to all of you. I greet you all warmly, and I mean this for everyone who happens to be not only receiving my communication at this hour but likewise to the many who, through the delays of time and the transfer media of communication, receive this greeting.
Always remember that the Father is instantly in touch and constantly in touch with you. I perforce must send my greetings your way. The Father lacks distance in which to send His greetings to you, for He, as your Father, is right where you are. The reach you make to God is a reach that is, in reality, over a distance of zero. This should bring great assurance to all of us during our times of trial, for our guidance is so close that in our search for truth, for reality, for solution to trials, we need not spend a great length of time also seeking our guidance. Your guidance is resident; it is already installed through your decision to do the will of the Father.
Many of your senses are evolved in the mortal creature in a bipolar, bi-folding sense. Your two ears bring you sound, but one ear would just as easily bring you sound, that you perceive those vibrations. But the design of the Creator is that you have two that you would have abilities beyond the reception of sound frequencies. With these two ears you develop a guidance system; you can discern direction. Your eyes likewise not only receive images from light but give you the ability to discern distance, to know how far to reach to pick up an object, not that you just simply see it, but also you see how far it is from you. This twofold nature is likewise a reality in the spirit realm. The guidance of your guardian angels is an obvious example. The cooperative work between the Father's inner presence and the daughters of the Mother Spirit, your angels, is also an example of this twofold guidance system. Your spiritual depth perception and your directional discerning abilities are enhanced this way. Even the reality of good and evil is itself a direction-finding guidance system. Just as the loss of an eye or an ear hinders these added features of those senses, a world without error could not provide the same guidance, the same direction finding, that a world with error has.
With your senses it takes a physical phenomenon reaching your vehicle for you to perceive. Both light and sound must enter into your body before you perceive what it represents. But the discernment of direction, the discernment of distance, are two data inputs that are regarding something more remote from your body. We stress the stillness because this is very much like you opening your eyes, clearing your ears, that you may receive the vibrations, the pulsation, of spirit presence. This spirit presence adds to your ability to discern your spiritual future, to make positive decisions for growth and to result in growth. Growth is part of the remote discernment abilities of spirit sensitivities. Growth is never perceived as now; it is perceived as something away, whether it be as you grow toward a longing, a goal, an attainment or whether you look back and realize you have ascended to a new level from one that recently was your station.
The Father's guidance system is infallible, but the responsibility falls to you as a freewill creature to discern this guidance, to make judgments based on the guidance given, and to choose your actions therefrom. But do faith-realize that the information presented to you is useful and appropriate. You need not hesitate, being concerned that perhaps you have the wrong input through which to make your decisions to act upon your judgments. This would be true if you had one eye closed, but your whole-soul decision to be a conscious and active spirit personality in partnership with God has given you that stereoscopic sensibility and has created that ability to do, as the Father hopes you all do, and that is to ascend to Him and to become the perfect mortal finaliter that He is drawing you to become.
The blind leading the blind may, indeed, fall into a pit, and the one eyed individual may struggle with limited visual function. The twofold nature of your senses adds elements beyond its primary purpose, and in the spirit realm this same phenomenon holds true.
Tom: I want to confirm whether I made sense of our communications the other day when my tape recorder went on the fritz. To review, I was concerned with the process of healing, as it goes through willingness to compassion to faith. The healer stands beside Michael and lets his faith motivate the faith of the person to be healed.
If someone were to ask me what is faith, it still eludes me. I see it in concert with hope and trust and devotion, like a chemical forming compounds with many qualities. In itself it is transcendent and is with us to Paradise. It defies definition on this plane. When Michael said, "Your faith has made you whole" to the woman touching his garment, it seems more superstition than faith. What makes up the faith a person has when healing takes place?
Faith is one of the most beautiful elements of Supreme experience. I do understand your difficulty in describing it, for to make a comparison, you know how difficult it is to describe to another the feeling of falling in love when the other individual has yet to experience that feeling. The longing for love may be present, but the feeling of love has yet to be gone through. Your description will always pale, and this is true with faith.
You understand that the personality is a great unifier of your being, that many aspects make up the individual: the body, the mind, the soul, spirit, powers of choice, etc. but that the personality is of itself not definable strictly by the components that are associated with it. Faith is like this, for faith does have associated with it belief and hope and trust and confidence, assurance. These elements do not define faith. They will support faith, bolster it. The woman who touched the hem of the master's garment, she acted in faith, but her action was defined by her beliefs, by her hope. She, from within her being, received the assurance from the Father that she would be made whole. In her world view the necessary steps of action for her to take defined the event wherein she reached out to touch the Master. But you know from the story that Michael was very well in touch with the healing power that bore down upon her.
In a more humorous side note I would like to express that it was very important for Jesus to convey to this woman that faith is the source within the creature wherefrom healing will transpire. It was also quite important for Jesus to make it plain to all around him that they would not be healed simply by touching him. You could imagine the messy situation that would be!
I somewhat struggle with comparisons to bring to you that would illustrate faith better. I think of various physical items, components, that when assembled together to a higher level that create potentials previously not present, potentials like the combination of hydrogen and oxygen making water that feels wet, like the combination of gasoline and heat to create fire. What is a flame but an outcropping of various contributions. Though faith itself is more than a compilation of contributions, these contributions are very much a part of faith.
You have been taught that the presence of the Thought Adjuster in conjunction with mind and through the use of choice brought about by the personality results in the growth of a soul. The soul is not these various aspects all kneaded together. It is its own distinct factor. So this same pattern holds for faith. It can be discerned by perceiving the contributions. The soul can be discerned by perceiving the inter-working of the Father Fragment, mind, and personality. Faith is discerned by perceiving hope and trust and assurance. Much of spiritual reality has this Supremely super-additive element. It is not simply additive; you cannot just toss in the components. There is that divine and miraculous element of a reality reflex that rises above components to bring about a new creation, be it soul, be it faith, be it love. I welcome your feedback.
Tom: I'm thinking worship. Feelings, focus, and faith all lead to a greater appreciation of love. Faith is merely a component of something else in that all these qualities have to be appreciated both individually and simultaneously to be more effective.
Jessona: Yes, this is quite true. If we were to use our diagram of triangles, you mention the tetrahedron of worship with faith and feeling and focus its triangular base. Each element contributes to the worship experience, yet worship is more than feeling and faith and focus. It is a bonafide personality experience in relationship with its creator. To experience truth, to witness beauty, to partake in goodness, each on its own isn't necessarily the experience of love, yet these three elements are found in love.
Faith is a component of something else, and that something else is your relationship with God. This underlines once more the importance of the statement that relationships, personalities, are ends in themselves, for love and faith bring you into relationship where personalities may commune, may work with and for each other. It is hard for one individual to love without another individual to love. It is hard for a creature to have faith without a Creator to have faith in, just like it is hard to have depth perception with one eye. One can still perceive, but depth becomes a difficult discernment. One can still believe in God, but, without faith, that relationship element is difficult to attain.
Tom: Thank you for that stirring commentary. And thanks to all of you for your help this past month.
Jessona: We extend our welcome. We are overjoyed at your including us, and we are very happy to discover that our partnership is working well and that we have such a qualified and capable complement, that being yourself, that we can work with to bring about some tangible ministry on this world. We angels do not simply hover over you all and rain down upon you incantations and magic recitations to cause change in this world. It is the earthling, the foot soldier, that effects the work we long to see take place here. You are performing in this function, and as one of our team you are here now being credited with success, and we extend our gratitude.
Tom: Thank you.
Jessona: She is one of my order of being. She is assigned to a different group than the one to which I am assigned. I speak of my seraphic associates. Her focus is to counsel, and not so much the counsel of finding solution to conflict, but the counsel of developing effective solutions to conflicts. Her goal is to train you all to better work out your problems; she won't be there to solve them for you or to referee between you, but to train you how to bring resolution and solution. Her qualifications are great, for she has trained in quite a few roles that are available to us seraphic beings. She has trained on numerous worlds, not only the worlds that host mortal creatures, but the many worlds of the morontia realm. By doing so she has entered into many relationships and has experienced all the diversity that rises from those relationships and so has become quite capable of teaching the methods whereby personalities may better get along.
Tom: We welcome her and thank you.
Jessona: I will release you from this classroom today. I encourage you to set your days in order early by engaging all the guidance systems available to you that you may better discern the will of the Father in your lives and to minister to his many children that surround you.