|Transcript of Videotape Series||Session 10 of 12|
A couple of things we mentioned in our little break were: getting your house in order so that you are free of debts, and what's the purpose in all of that? Not only is debt against the laws, or rules, in the overcoming process, and not only what is the purpose, but we need to realize that it applies most urgently and more directly to those we're talking about as far as overcomers are concerned. Because those houses must be gotten in order, and they have to be gotten in order the right way. And the only way we know, or the best we can do in trying to do it the right way, is according to the instruction that we have received on what is the right way. So, it's important to realize that the issue is a major issue for those who see themselves as beginning a major task in personal overcoming - trying to complete that task to the satisfaction of our Father's Kingdom before the end of the Age, or certainly have it underway enough that we are safe in their hands and certainly in their camp and not in the other camp. There was another point to that, what was it?
Student: Is it not leaving a mess behind?
Do: Yes, that's a very important aspect of it, too. It is improper for us to say, "Well, I'm just going to walk out the door of my house. I'm going to pack my little suitcase, and I'm just not going to worry about whom I owe this to and whom I owe that to and how to take care of those issues." Even though the possibility exists that as you might be in the process of trying to leave quickly - because it's very important that if you go this way that you do it very, very quickly - in spite of your effort to not leave a mess that you might be forced to leave some, and that's different. But for you to intentionally choose to leave a mess and turn the responsibility over to others is not the proper way to do it. If in the process you end up with no choice because the circumstances close in on you so quickly, then you have to do as you would in any circumstance that finds yourself in that position. While you're trying to do what is right and the circumstance changes, then you say, "I have no choice, I must accept this as what is right, and I'll do the best I can to proceed from here or seek help," and say to us, "This happened, what can I do? It didn't happen the way I thought it was going to be." Because it's true that in the process of overcoming, as we receive the lessons that we need, it never is the way we thought it was going to be. It always is pretty traumatic, and it always takes a 90-degree turn that becomes a shock to us, and we have to adjust to it and accept it as, "Wow, that was just exactly the thing to help me take a bigger leap forward that I didn't anticipate." So, we have to be prepared for that. Remember that this lesson of being free of indebtedness and not leaving a mess behind does apply, or the first one certainly, more to those who are in the process of trying to overcome. And not leaving a mess, of course, more specifically would apply to those who are trying to overcome, because they certainly would want to try to be more mature about it and not just careless about it, but would seek help and guidance in how to quickly sever those things without doing it in a wrong way.
You know, one of the hardest things to do in this overcoming process is to take menial instruction - instruction in areas that you think that you can handle yourself - and to seek that instruction from those who have done it before you. It's hard to make that adjustment, and yet if you do this, if you take this step, if you become a student of overcoming and we become teachers for you, if these students become your teachers, at every step you will increasingly learn, "Goodness, I could have avoided this, I could have avoided that, if I had sought some help." But each time you seek help, then comes the test of, "Could I just have done it my way, or is it best to look to our Father's Kingdom and those who have been assigned the task of helping me"? That in itself would put you to a test each time. And even the more you get into your overcoming, you become tested in ways that are pretty tough and pretty serious, because then you want to play a significant role as a teacher, or in the tasks that represent the Kingdom of Heaven, whether they assign you to them or that instruction is given or not.
So, those little illustrations that we used to read about of "putty in their hands" and the patience that is required, and of "wanting Your will, not mine," they keep reappearing at times when we're unaware that it is our will that we seek, thinking that this is just a step in fulfilling Their will. Yet we will assume certain steps in fulfilling it that weren't a part of Their will or our Father's will, in that chain. We must realize the rules are different, the whole world is different, the process is different, and the test is tremendous. We don't mean to frighten you with it. It wouldn't work if your motivation was because we were to scare the heck out of you or have you feel, "If you don't do this, you're going to go to hell!" I mean, that's childish. That should be beneath you and certainly beneath us as teachers. We're trying to help you be objective about it. These things don't apply to you if they don't speak to you. That's kind of hard to understand, too. If this isn't something you're to do, then it is improper for us to say that they apply to all. If you're a part of our classroom, the rules are strict, but if you are not, what you do is no concern of ours. However, no one can get to the Kingdom of Heaven without applying the same behavior that we apply. But we're not judging them; He hasn't assigned us to them. He's assigned us to those who say, "I identify. This is what I know I must do. I know that you know things that I am turned on to that I must pursue."
You know, the way it's designed here at the end of the Age, and as far as our assignment in this task is concerned, it's quite different than some of the motivation was 2000 years ago. A lot of the followers were motivated by seeming "miracles" that Jesus would do - the fishes and loaves feeding multitudes, and water to wine, and healing the blind and the sick, and raising from the dead. These things were, my goodness! they were all used to try to help those young souls to look to this individual who was the vessel and say, "What can I learn from you"? But He soon began to realize that what they wanted for the most part was more miracles, that they really didn't care about the information of overcoming, and following Him in the difficult task of overcoming the world and becoming a student and humbling themselves and going to our Father's Kingdom according to the route that was given to Him, a step at a time, day by day, in the way it was designed.
But back to how it's different. We haven't been given any powers. We don't have any instruction to do any healing or any miracles, even though I know that certainly the Next Level could do them in a snap through us if we are vessels of theirs, because they can do just about anything they want to do just by putting the thought in motion, and they could certainly do it with you or with these students or with us. We have more sense than to limit them.
In a sense, at the end of the Age the test is even greater because no one is whetting your appetite or giving you things that you could easily be motivated to do at certain stages. It's almost as if the Kingdom of Heaven is saying, "Well here's the end of the Age. You should be beyond that." And also the road is a little tougher. If these souls have come back who may have even been with Him at that time and they're coming back to complete what they must do, the road is tougher. It's harder to identify. It requires more effort on your part. It requires more thirst, it requires a stronger pump, it requires a more thorough cleansing. If you're going to get to our Father's Kingdom and be able to stay there and not need to return to the human kingdom unless assigned, then the list is long and the requirements are stiff. If you have truly graduated, you're going to take a vehicle (like we have said before, wear a "suit of clothes") that doesn't even have the capacity to do a lot of things that humans have to do. Not that you would want to do them, but it has also many things and capacities and functions to do (as we've talked about - mental communication, and the missing of certain organs, and certain capabilities to do things). We don't want to try to entice you by saying that you could appear or disappear, or that you could move from here to there in space in a matter of a moment just by techniques that are natural to them, just as natural to them as an elementary chemistry or a physics classroom. Okay, I think enough said on that. What's the next question on our list?
Student: Is this a good time to talk about our lifestyle as it relates to a classroom?
Do: As good a time as any. Our lifestyle as it relates to a classroom I believe we've discussed that we do not currently have a physical place where we can go and where we have protection and seclusion; it's not that easy. I'm not sure we wouldn't try to take advantage of it for as long as we were capable of taking advantage of it, if one existed, but it doesn't. Therefore, our classroom is wherever we are, whatever numbers there are of our classroom in that situation, applying all the lessons, staying in close touch, and receiving instruction. And believe it or not, the design that has been given to us, the help that Ti receives and feeds to me, is just unbelievable how appropriately it can be applied to the circumstances that we have existed in, that allowed us to at times be together, at times to be separate, at times to be in several units.
If we've received instruction to make these tapes, to do these sessions and to put them out, then what's the process? We do it a step at a time, and then we get new instructions. And therefore, we trust, because everything else has worked out as we trusted it. We trust that it would all work out for you. It would require your trust. If you are sincerely seeking our Father's Kingdom, and certainly if we are permitted to serve in the capacity of helping you get there, then I can't imagine that our Father wouldn't take advantage of the opportunity and say, "I have these Representatives there that are doing that process of change, and here are some whom we gave them instruction to be in contact with and receive information on how to get from here to there. So, I certainly wouldn't leave them if they are serious and if they have that potential."
And so we believe the likelihood is there for you, but whether or not it materializes still depends on you - whether the need will exist - it will only exist if you respond. Each step of closeness that we have is determined by how we respond to what is given to us, whether it's a lesson, an exercise in restraint, or getting rid of our own mind. It's how we respond that pleases or displeases our Father. It's not because we make a better cake batter or that we'd be a better driver of an automobile or, even though we try to do all those things to the best of our ability. But things that could be done in the human kingdom, having a better brain (what humans would call a better brain), doesn't necessarily make us a better "responder." It's our yielding - not being someone who is constantly preoccupied with how I want to serve and what I want to do, but someone who says, "If I'm not getting assignments, then it's in order to give me a chance to let the information that I have been given to mature. I'll stay alert and keen and do all the things that are assigned to me as best I can. If those seem to be thin, then it's my test of patience, because I have to trust what has been given to me from our Father's Kingdom. I will be patient and it's Their will that I want." If I respond that way, then that's my response to that situation. I'm always graded on my response, not my proficiency or my skill as far as tasks are concerned. It's how we perform the task and how we perform even if we don't get a task. Therefore, it's our response to the lessons that are given to us, or sometimes even the lessons that aren't given to us that are still situations that invite our response. All right, what's next on our list?
Student: Well, shall we talk more about physical addictions and habits?
Do: Yes, we have to get to that topic, so we might as well. What's first on your little list of physical addictions and habits?
Student: Well, there's drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.
Do: Okay, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes. Needless to say, there's no place in this classroom or in an overcoming process for things that would change our perception, or alter our consciousness. The principle there is not that alcohol is taboo, it's that alcohol is an interference, it doesn't work for us.
Any who have worked in chemistry as it related to medicine certainly know that a wrong dosage of a medicine can kill you. To the other extreme, it may have no effect. And yet the right dosage can be the thing that can help you very much. Now, in the human world, some of those dosages are in question because they might help one thing but then cause certain side effects that would be difficult. As lessons are given to us in our Father's Kingdom, the dosages that we would receive are examined, and we may not see that dosage again and may not even see that item again. We're trying to help you understand how important dosages are, even in what we consume, whether it's the amount of broccoli we consume or the amount of wheat items that we would consume or the vegetable juice or whatever we might consume. There's no "this is right to consume and this is wrong to consume." I imagine there are certain things that are wrong. I can't imagine there would ever be any justification in our classroom to consume marijuana or morphine or heroin, or certainly mind-altering drugs or things that would pretty obviously be only designed to alter our state of consciousness. But it's important to understand that dosages are important, and that we're not to consume things that would pose any significant danger to us. We don't receive instruction to do that, even though we learn lessons about overconsuming and underconsuming. And that's why we've been put through all kinds of tests, including water fasts and juice fasts and strict vegetarian diets where we consumed only vegetables for a long period of time, and then vegetables and fruits, and then just fruits only for a period of time. We've been through all these things and we've learned lessons at each one of them. And we learn what serves as maybe a cleaner fuel, what might last a little longer. It's funny that in a lot of our testing at times we've seemed like we needed sweets. I don't know if it's a type of brain food, but we need certain types of sweets. Sometimes the fruits will satisfy that need, but we learn that the health food route doesn't always jive with the instructions that we get, though it does jive to some extent for certain periods of time. Don't forget, the name of our game is Capital, neon-light, FLEXIBLE! Therefore, we are put through things again and again and again, because we don't want to get hooked on something new or decide in our own mind, "This is the right thing we've got to stick to." As soon as we do that, then we get instruction to stop it and we go to something else, and we're so confused because we thought, "Boy we thought that was really the best fuel that we could get." But certainly tobacco doesn't seem to have any place, as in smoking or chewing or in any other form that I'm aware of. Alcohol might be used in a very light dosage in certain circumstances (on rare occasion) as it's been given as instruction. Not that we see anything wrong with sometimes getting instruction to use it as flavoring in something that we might be baking.
I think we've covered the drugs, how they would be inappropriate. But, in a sense, when we have instruction to take certain herbs for certain symptoms we might have, or even aspirin, in a sense we're taking certain low dosages of things that might help us with a particular symptom, as a band-aid. What the world has become certainly, and we've discussed how those food items - those fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds, and so forth - what they are now is nothing of what they were 6000 years ago, at the beginning of this Age. They've been so mistreated, and they've lost their nutrition, and we've altered them genetically so, to make them grow faster so we can get them to the market faster. We make them prettier and we put them through certain processes so that they won't spoil, and in the process we put things in them that we don't want, and we take nutrition out. So, we can't go back, theoretically, and just consume what was in the Garden of Eden, because we don't have those fruits any longer, even though some of those fruit items might seem to be here, but they don't have the same nutritional value. And then it's so hard to find the good ones, and even the good ones aren't good enough this day and time, they're so lacking. Even though we use them, we keep fruits and vegetabl