Revenge versus Justice

Chicago, US of A, July 9, 2012.
Teacher Prolotheos.
Subject: “Revenge versus Justice.”

Received by Valdir Soares.

Prolotheos: “Let us start this lesson by proposing that there are things which seem good, but on closer observation are found to be evil in disguise. One example is covered by today’s topic of Revenge versus Justice. Revenge may seem to imply something akin to justice, because it appears to share some aspects with justice, like retribution or punishment. In fact, revenge has nothing to do with Justice, because the former seeks to make things even according to personal standards, whilst the latter seeks to rectify things – make things right according to the law. Adherence to the rule of law is a mark of an advanced society, whereas the acceptance of revenge is a left over characteristic of barbarism.

“Revenge may originate from a rightful feeling, the need to punish the wrong and evildoing against the innocent. However, the idea of meeting out justice with one’s own hands is altogether repulsive, since it allows the offended party to practice the same violence he or she condemned in the first place. Even when the law allows society to punish by committing the same violence, it’s a sign of social primitivism. Furthermore, the desire for revenge comes from an immature and misguided self, which cannot deal with the injustice perpetrated against the self or another, whilst retaining a spiritual attitude.

“There is much truth in the saying that ‘man can fool human justice, but never God’s’. Ultimately, from a universe perspective, revenge shows ignorance of, or indifference to justice inherent in the universe of universes. In fact, there is in place a divine universe law that compensates and adjusts all that is counter to the will of God. Such a law may be called Karma, retribution, pay-back, or the ‘boomerang effect’, whichever best fits your believes. Basically it is the universe’s natural justice at work, seeking the final fulfillment of the will of the Father.

“It is difficult for human beings to cope with a lack of justice, which is commonplace during the present social development of Urantia. And this may instill the impression that in some cases revenge is justifiable. Revenge may bring satisfaction, but never justice. Justice, in civilized societies implies the necessity of ‘due process’ in which a person is held responsible for crimes committed, and is guaranteed the right of defense. Revenge wrongly ‘places upon’ the individual the functions of legislator, judge and executioner, which obviously is unlawful. However, when all hope for human justice is lost, trusting in God’s justice is the correct and humane thing to do.

“Some old religious records on Urantia inaccurately describe God as the ‘Avenger of the innocent’. Such a primitive concept legitimizes the practice of revenge among God-fearing people and leads to the thought that seeking revenge is, in certain ways, doing the ‘work of God’. The Father is not in the business of avenging people. He effects justice, not because He loves the innocent better than the offender; rather, he loves both equally, and renders justice because it is inherent in His character.

“I am Prolotheos, your friend and tutor on high. Peace to you.”

© The 11:11 Progress Group.
You lit a Flame, and it will become a Raging Fire—ABC-22.

An Exhortation from a Thought Adjuster – Part 2

Alabama, US of A, December 17, 2010.
Thought Adjuster.
Subject: “An Exhortation from a Thought Adjuster – Part 2.”

Received by Oscar.

Adjuster: “Learn to depend only upon Me. Nothing in this world will provide lasting satisfaction. Only the expressions and relationships of love with your siblings have eternal value. Invest your time and your resources on things with eternal value. Your time in this world is limited and precious. Don’t waste it. When you put your trust in Me and make me your main source, you will always feel satisfied and the artificial needs of this world will not affect you anymore. Have you not already discovered that your real needs can be counted on the fingers of one hand? Are you lacking any of these today? No. Then, why worry?

“Struggle to grow. The fact that you are satisfied does not indicate that you have reached your potential. As you discover how little you really need, remember that there is always something to learn. Your destiny is to become like God, our Creator, the One who knows all. I’m sure you understand the long preparation it will entail to reach that level. Never stop advancing. Continue exploring ways to be better.

“There are some who, when feeling they have satisfied their material needs, also feel that there is nothing left to do. I ask you, if you have filled a room in your house to the top, will you waste time trying to put in more stuff? Would not it be better to find other rooms that are almost empty? The satisfaction of your material needs is just one room of your house, just one area of your life. If you have already filled that area to your heart’s content, explore other areas that have been neglected. Remember that your time here is limited. Maybe it is not the best approach to fill one room to the top before moving to the next room. Your time may come to an end and you will have spent your entire life in the same room.

“Be happy. Your happiness should not depend on how much money you have in your account, where you spend your vacations or how you entertain yourself. Your idea of happiness is folly. Happiness is not the peace of being alone nor the freedom to do whatever you want. Most of you see happiness as a picture, a scene. This is just an image. Happiness should not be a matter of a few instants stored in a mental photo album. True happiness is lasting, endless and without context. It is a sensation that comes from within, that surges spontaneously, fills you up and many times it surprises you.

“The first step to find such happiness is to forget your erroneous idea of happiness. Learn to live in the now. Enjoy being where you are, centering you attention in the present without mentally wandering and fantasizing about where you would like to be. Come to Me frequently and I will show you and make you feel true happiness. I Am the source from which you flow. By coming to Me you peek at your eternal destiny and the growing happiness of those who travel to Paradise.”

© The 11:11 Progress Group.
Try coming out of the shadows, a little at the time—TA.

An Exhortation from a Thought Adjuster – Part 1

Alabama, US of A, December 17, 2010.
Thought Adjuster.
Subject: “An Exhortation from a Thought Adjuster – Part 1.”

Received by Oscar.

Adjuster: “Life is full of struggles. These are necessary. When you exercise, you understand that you must make an effort, that you should create a certain amount of difficulty if you want to stimulate your body to become stronger. It is the same with the human soul. The soul must overcome some challenges and go through some situations to become stronger, become trustworthy, and develop a firm character. One of these coveted virtues is patience. How would you learn to be patient if you would never have to wait a long time for something you want? There is no study program in this world to teach you patience, but life itself offers you plenty of opportunities to attain this eternal value.

“I will never cease trying to turn you into a wonderful personality – an expression of perfection. I will always do my best for you. I will always be there to offer my help, my guidance, and my comfort. There is nothing you can do to make me angry, for my love for you remains a fact. You didn’t have to do anything in order to obtain my love, and now that you are starting to discover me, I will not abandon you. You have decided to walk my path, and my promise since the beginning has been to take you by the hand and lift you up high – to Paradise itself – so you can be one with me, just like Me. I would like you to accept my plan so we can start right now and work together, with more focus, more diligence, more goodwill and more harmony. Follow me and you will see what I have prepared for you along the way, a unique way, prepared exclusively for you, and filled with what is truly best for you.

“Don’t you know what you can do today to be better? Which are the most frequent causes that make you suffer, that make you angry? How can you be better, starting today? Each moment offers an opportunity to decide. It is with every little decision that you grow and become more useful to me and your siblings.

“In the future, you will have become so trustworthy due to your long experience and preparation that you will be sent to the most remote corners of the universe to work alone, with the absolute certainty that nobody or not a thing will ever make you stray from the path of the Father. As Michael came to this world, you will go to the new universes of time and space to show those children of the future the light of truth. Isn’t it wonderful that you can start working today on the task that will be prepared for you ages into the future?

“Be flexible. You won’t always be able to do everything you desire, regardless of how wonderful it might be. Don’t let frequent deception affect you so much. All that is good will come to you sooner or later. Time is just a shadow of eternity. Today you try to make this world a heaven on earth, a sphere of light and life, but it seems to be an impossible task. To your mind it will take a lot of time and effort. In my eyes this has already come to pass. (Linear) time, so unbending to you and your siblings, is utterly unreal to me.”

© The 11:11 Progress Group.
Try coming out of the shadows, a little at the time—TA.

A Lesson on Importance

Urantia, June 27, 2012. (date of transcription).
Teacher: The Beloved One.
Subject: “A Lesson on Importance.”

Received by Lytske.

The Beloved One: “Let Me begin by stating that it is essential to determine the difference between what is important and what has importance. The first one alludes to the present time, also to the future, and for you to pay attention to the immediate situation at hand. The second ‘grouping of things important’ needs to be mentally tabulated in order of their priority at a given time.

“There is an essential distinction between the two, as one learns to place one matter of import before another. When situations arise which need your scrutiny, it is truly useful to give it some time to let the importance of the situation with which you are confronted sink in. Based on your conclusions you can decide what has priority and what has not. This is the difference between the immediacy and the deferral of an issue.

“There are many important matters in life which are indefinitely placed into a ‘future file’ to possibly never see the light of day again, and so remain forgotten until a situation arises which jogs your memory, for you to suddenly realize what is important or what has importance in life as everything takes on different priorities. There are situations like a sudden calamity, illness or accident, which might throw the routine of business, expectations and rules out of the window, and an altogether greater urgency becomes attached to what is important. This, I would like you to take a closer look at.

“Humans who regularly make it their business to think deeply about important issues in life, and who have learned to be more discerning, become less perturbed about unexpected events happening on a daily basis. Then there are the ones, who live thoughtlessly and appear to be un-awakened by events, who will experience the most extreme jolts into reality. It is extremely important to remember, that life goes on after the dissolution of your material temple. What you think, do or neglect to do, will powerfully impact on your next stage of existence.

“This fact is not something which you can conveniently place on the backburner of life, because sooner or later you will be confronted with the fragility of being. It can be taken away from you during an unexpected circumstance or happening. This is why I like to give you a little jolt in the area of thinking, what is the most important thing you would do if you had only one day to live. Think about this and take note if this somehow changes the immediate relationships in which you find yourself.

“I dare say that through a ‘wake-up call’ like that you would look at life quite differently and make room for matters which are really important to you. To love your family more, to be more forgiving, to not leave any unfinished business behind which needs to be done and not put off until another day which might never come.

“Life would become far more meaningful and precious. You would not be living life as an automaton, and take it all for granted. You would make the most of each day and reap greater enjoyment from the most ordinary of chores, previously so often undertaken out of habit. You would also place greater value upon your personal connection with your Spark of God within. And you would more clearly realize what a precious gift everything is to not be squandered so aimlessly with the many other things of unimportance.

“This is living fully in the Presence of God.”

© The 11:11 Progress Group.
Try coming out of the shadows, a little at the time—TA.

A Lesson On Courage

Chicago, US of A, June 30, 2012.
Teacher Prolotheos.
Subject: “A Lesson On Courage.”

Received by Valdir Soares.

Prolotheos: “Having earlier approached the theme of Fear, let us now entertain our thoughts on a related subject: Courage. It is important to keep in mind that courage is not an absence of fear. Courage might well need to overcome fear in order to manifest, because having courage is to act bravely despite having fear. Another important distinction to be made is that courage is not ‘bravado’, because bravado is ego-motivated, and only seeks to promote the self. Courage, although a decision of the self, may rightly benefit the self, but its expression is out of a noble need, not a selfish one.

“Courage can be exercised in all aspects of life. One must be courageous to live a meaningful life. Many times life requires courage, for example, especially in doing what benefits others, not when you become the main beneficiary of your actions. One example of this kind of courage is when you decide to practice goodness towards people that according to general opinion are clearly undeserving. Your Master when on Urantia, preached: ‘Love your enemy, and pray for those who persecute you’. To act selflessly in such circumstances demands courage.

“Another instance in which courage is greatly necessary is when you are faced with the need to do ‘the right thing’, even if it means that some kind of personal loss will ensue. Acting courageously always means that you will be exposed to some degree of risk, otherwise your action wouldn’t require courage. Some, even knowing what is the right thing to do, cowardly refuse to take action because there is a risk of personal loss or injury in taking such action. One must have right principles to act right; courage to honor one’s beliefs, even with the risk of losing the support of friends and loved ones. This requires you to have a strong character!

“However, when you have to deal with truth – facing it or upholding it – it is when courage is most necessary. It takes courage to seek the real truth about important things in life. It takes courage to recognize that you were mistaken, it takes courage to acknowledge that you have sinned against others, and it takes courage to stand by the truth, no matter how hurtful it can be. Courage in these circumstances demands for a price to be paid if one wants to have peace of mind, a peaceful conscience. Acting courageously can in fact get you hurt, but it’s better to ‘lose an eye’ and have peace of mind, than having both eyes, to live in guilt and torment.

“Where does courage comes from? Humanly speaking courage comes from love; love for others, love for justice, and love for the truth. But the strength to put this love in motion through courage must come from spiritual realities: your soul and the Spirit Within, the ones that always encourage and support you to stand for spiritual values in your life.

“I am Prolotheos, your tutor from on High, and glad to be able to convey this lesson to you. My love is with you.”

© The 11:11 Progress Group.
Try coming out of the shadows, a little at the time—TA.