Overcoming

by Niánn Emerson Chase


When I started thinking about the topic of overcoming, I realized immediately that I could go in many directions on this. There's so much that all of us human beings have to overcome in order to have a life of dignity, purpose, fulfillment, and happiness. In many places on the planet millions of people have much to overcome in order to merely stay alive; they don't even consider the quality of their lives, just that they survive another hour or another day.

In considering my own overcoming processes throughout the years, I have come to the conclusion that the largest blockage to my peace of mind and enjoyment of life has been myself.

The Smeagol-Gollum Syndrome

For you who have watched the last couple of years the Lord of the Rings series of films, I'm sure, like me, you will remember for a long time the creature Gollum who was consumed with getting his "preciousssss" back. When the good and sincere hobbit, Frodo, met Gollum, he recognized something in him. Frodo recognized that at one time Gollum had been a more comely, kinder, lovable personality. In fact, Gollum belonged to a people similar to the gentle hobbits. What happened to Gollum? What circumstances and choices led to Gollum's monstrous physical appearance and his pitifully devious and deadly ways?

As the story of the battle between good and evil forces unfolds in the Lord of the Rings, we not only observe the rise and fall of well-intentioned persons, but the perseverance and steadfastness in the stronger, more godly ones. We observe the continuous challenges that the characters (heroes or villains) have to face, the choices that they have to continually make—for good or for evil. Individuals have to overcome many temptations that tantalize with the promise of power, glory, fame, riches, beauty, acceptance, ease, and so on. Some are able to overcome the temptations to give in to error, sin, and iniquity, and some buckle under.

A long, long time ago Gollum gave in to his desire for something that belonged to someone else. He folded to covetousness and envy, and with that one choice followed other choices of betrayal and murder that resulted in an isolated and lonely life of continual flight from those who would have what he had. Gollum also spent the rest of his life fleeing from the voice of his higher self. Each time Gollum made a choice for the lower way out of divine pattern, he became a little uglier, inside and out, until he becomes a pitiful, but dangerous, slimy creature, with barely a glimmer of what he had been before his fall.

After years of living in filth (I speak literally as well as metaphorically), Gollum meets Frodo who is able to see that glimmer of what is left of Gollum's higher self, of what he had been before in a higher world of friendship, meaningful labor, laughter, and beauty.

We viewers of the Lord of the Rings watch Gollum, after encountering and staying with Frodo, fluctuate back and forth between his higher and lower selves. It is a brilliant presentation of a personality's struggles to reach for something that was lost long, long ago; something good and decent that used to be a part of himself, when his name was Smeagol.

This Smeagol-Gollum syndrome, this struggle between the higher and lower self, is something each one of us experiences on this fallen world. For some it is more intense than for others. For some the Smeagol part is stronger, more dominant; for others it is the Gollum part. Sometimes we may have a week of being Gollum-like, and then regain our higher selves, and Smeagol dominates.

Note that I have put Smeagol first in naming the Smeagol-Gollum syndrome. I do that because, in reality, the higher self is the real identity, the connection to the personality circuitry of the Universal Father. In this adjudication where each of us must realign with that broken circuitry, the good in us that we once had, as well as our potential greatness, is more real than the false identities that we have acquired in our brokenness.

In one of the papers in The Cosmic Family, Volume II, we are told by Celestial Overcontrol, when referring to the rehabilitation and reconciliation process that we humans are going through here in Divine Administration, they prefer to use the term realignment instead of repentance. From my perspective, that change in usage of terminology is huge. Realignment includes repentance, but it also encompasses much, much more, which I am not going to expand upon at this time.

The Importance of Guidance From Eldership in Order to Overcome Gollum

All of us have to overcome the Gollum within us, on a daily basis. I'm sure you are all familiar with the saying, "Your greatest enemy is yourself." Thank goodness there are the Frodos and Aragons and Gandalfs here in Divine Administration who see the Smeagol in us and—whether in the Mother-, Son-, or Father circuitry—challenge us to overcome the lurking Gollum who would bury Smeagol.

Gollum felt unjustly treated, attacked, and even violated when Frodo gave him an opportunity for a new identity, one that he had before on a higher world—Smeagol. And yet, there were times when the Smeagol in him felt gratitude and a sense of loyalty to the strong love that Frodo extended to him.

Can you too relate to the back and forth of the Smeagol-Gollum syndrome? Like Gollum, you too have much to overcome within yourselves in order to become Smeagol, in order to become your higher identity that is within your personality circuitry.

Like Gollum was with Frodo's strong stance in being on the side of right, I too have been very angry with my elders, Paladin and TaliasVan of Tora, in their strong stance in truth and shedding light on my own dio (error). Haven't all of you had similar Gollum-like responses to your elders—human and otherwise?

My feelings of resentment, anger, and hurt have always been very temporary, for I know that the message I am receiving is "right on," even though I may not like what I'm hearing. As I have grown and ascended, those feelings and attitudes towards my elders have lessened considerably, and the times that I experience them are very brief now, lasting only seconds or moments. With the help of the Threefold Spirit of God within me, I am able to overcome those lower, debilitating emotions, reactions, and attitudes quickly and regain my sense of balance, dignity, compassion, and enjoyment of life.

Admonishment and counsel often feel "bad," at least initially. Often my own children feel that I am attacking them when I am merely disciplining or giving guidance as a responsible, loving parent.

Experiences With My Elders—Paladin and Gabriel of Urantia—and With the Adjudication Process

We here in Divine Administration have to overcome many misunderstandings and misjudgments of who and what we are, especially the leadership. One of the complaints I hear is that Paladin and Gabriel do not reflect a loving, merciful, forgiving God; they reflect punishment and fear, etc. etc. That's how Gollum saw sweet, gentle Frodo, but Smeagol saw something quite different.

I have experienced (and continue to experience God) in so many ways, but always divinely loving, merciful, and just—even within the adjudication process. I see Paladin as very loving and gentle, as well as strong and admonishing, and I have benefited tremendously over 16 years from his presence in my life with the audio fusion material complement, Gabriel of Urantia.

I recall my first two encounters with Paladin. At the time of these encounters I did not know him as Paladin, the finaliter, etc. etc. He presented himself to me before I even met Gabriel or had seen The URANTIA Book.

The first encounter was a year or two before meeting Gabriel, during a time where I used transcendental meditation techniques that I had adapted to my own personal spiritual life. Daily I spent about 20 minutes in each session—one in the early morning and one after work in the afternoon—sitting in solitude and quiet, emptying my mind of my thoughts so that I could hear from God and divine mind. (I still practice this discipline, just adapted to my current reality.) During one afternoon session I had a "sensing" of a male spirit presence, and suddenly a face appeared in my mind's eye. It was all so quick, and, frankly, I was shocked. Usually my meditations are very gentle and restful, with realizations and impressions flowing into my mind that enhance my worship and help spiritize my perceptions. Occasionally other experiences would happen, like visual or audio impressions, but this was the first time a personality who seemed more human-like was so present. And though he seemed familiar, as if I knew him, I wasn't very comfortable with him, for he seemed so strong and so male!

My strong feminist leanings came to the surface, and I bristled. But another part of me felt an attraction to this figure, for I "knew" he was wise and saw much of me that I did not see in myself. Part of me had always wanted to see the worse parts of myself, but part of me feared and resented this personality knowing me, all of me. It was all so brief, seconds, but the intrigue I felt never left.

So, in my second encounter at Red Rock Crossing at the base of Cathedral Rock, in July 1987, five months before I met Gabriel, I recognized this male presence who had appeared previously to me. I have referred much to this second encounter in previous teachings, so I won't go into detail.

What I do want to share is that I experienced the same mixed feelings and resistance that I did in my first encounter. As you probably can recall from reading The Divine New Order, when Paladin first introduced himself to Gabriel, he presented himself as Sky Hawk. When I first met Sky Hawk through Gabriel, I immediately recognized him as the personality I had encountered twice before in a meditation and in an awake vision at Red Rock Crossing.

In the ensuing weeks and months, I often struggled with Celestial Overcontrol's information and guidance, for it challenged my own ways of seeing certain things. I recall that the primary midwayers who were our first unseen counselors and teachers telling Gabriel and me that they and other celestial personalities of Overcontrol, who would be working with us, would give us information and guidance that would at times "go against our grain." (They actually used those words!) I found that immediately to be true, and often I would argue with them, get angry with the human vessel Gabriel, and so on, but I usually would see their perspective if I gave myself some time with the Threefold Spirit of God.

Occasionally I wasn't able to see or agree with the celestial perspective (or the human Gabriel's), but I chose to follow through with their guidance anyway or to just give myself even more time. I still do that at times, and these choices I refer to as my choices in faith. Frankly, there have been a few times when I obstinately did it my way rather than the differing celestial way (or human Gabriel's) and have realized after the fact that I made a mistake. In hindsight, I can see that every choice in faith that I made, in deference to my elders, worked out for the highest good, regardless of my initial struggles and opposing opinions.

Over the years I have come to trust the process, and, as I've grown and matured spiritually, I disagree less and less with the celestials, or with the human Gabriel for that matter. With Gabriel I find that he continues to share with me his own perceptions, etc. concerning almost every aspect of our reality, and he usually does not make decisions without consulting with me. We usually agree, though sometimes I submit to his discernment that is different from mine. I have also found that Gabriel usually asks me my opinions about something before crystallizing his own; I have always known his respect and love, though at times in the past, in my less mature self, I have felt angry and resentful when he has confronted me about something.

Since meeting the human Gabriel and our celestial friends, I have been more challenged than I had ever been before. For the first time in my life I met "persons" who saw me in a more complete way; they recognized and acknowledged both my virtues and my shortcomings at a very deep level.

I was used to being around people who loved, respected, and looked up to me. Sure they saw some of my limitations and imperfections, but not to the depth and breadth that those in Celestial Overcontrol did! And Gabriel was the first human being who discerned at the level he did, and sometimes I wanted to squeeze his head for it! In spite of all this, I knew that I had never (in this current life anyway) been loved and valued the way I was with this crew. It was a coming-of-age experience to discover that divine love wasn't just mushy, sentimental, good-feely stuff.

Of course, growing up in an orderly and harmonious home with loving Christian parents who "practiced what they preached" contributed to my ability to accept the challenges of being aligned with Divine Administration and accepting the adjudication process. When growing up, my father was the strictest parent of all of my peers. Though there were times when I disliked him for his following through with consequences when I disobeyed him or broke certain rules, I never doubted his steady love for me. Though I didn't always like my father's stern admonishments over my selfishness, I knew he would always be there for me. So, as any child, I had mixed feelings about my parents. My lower self wanted them to let me slide and get away with my shenanigans, but my higher self (which at that time was often in the background) appreciated my parents' discipline and tight reign, for I felt protected.

I share all of this with you because we humans, no matter how old (soul-wise) or how accomplished and skilled we are, are but mere children before Grandfather Paladin and the rest of those in Celestial Overcontrol. Remember how pitiful, and at times amusing, Gollum seemed in his shenanigans, in his back and forth routine between his higher and lower selves? I think we probably present similar scenarios to Celestial Overcontrol in our fluctuations between levels of understanding and responding.

I have learned that all of us ascending human beings need time to process difficult realizations, situations, and messages that confront us; for it does feel like confrontation when we encounter something that does not gel with our plans or beliefs or expectations.

We don't have to choose Gollum's outcome; our destiny is much greater and nobler. As you give yourselves time to grow into a higher understanding of the counsel of your elders (human and celestial), overcome moment to moment the Gollum-like whinings and snivelings that try to overtake your minds and hearts. Remember who you really are.


About the Author
Niánn Emerson Chase is a pastor, teacher, counselor, writer, and co-founder of Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage located in southern Arizona. She shares her visions and teachings through the concepts of Divine Administration to reveal a global outlook toward a future of world peace and harmony as one planetary family. A life-long educator, her personal ideals and pursuits are to bring the teachings of both the Fifth Epochal Revelation (The URANTIA Book) and Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation (The Cosmic Family volumes) into the classroom and into mainstream consciousness.

Our decisions within divine pattern add to the evolution of God the Supreme.

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We humans on this planet must truly live love if there is going to be any healing that happens for us and the earth.

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There are many people who, through their desire to become better, have unknowingly submitted themselves to the leading of the indwelling Thought Adjuster.

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In order to understand these times of the purification, we need to understand God's justice and administration on this planet.

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The destiny of this world, the world of the beloved Christ Jesus the Creator Son of Nebadon, is to move into light and life through the brother- and sisterhood of humankind.

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One of the highest levels of recognition is recognizing the true religious/spiritual virtues in others.

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For you to truly forgive someone, you have to first experience that state of grace of God's forgiveness.

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The first level of courage is having a sense of loyalty to someone or some thing and being able to withstand adversity because of that fidelity.

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One of the destinies of every person is to somehow experience Providence in their lives.

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God created the universe and He's still doing it.

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Reading and integrating Fifth Epochal Revelation and Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation helps us to become citizens of this universe.

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True spirituality is not the words that we speak, but it is how we live our lives.

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As gardeners of your own character, through your cooperation with the Threefold Spirit, allow your lower thoughts and emotions to be composted into something much more wonderful and life-giving.

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A truly wealthy person is one who has wisdom.

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If a person is confident in his or her sense of mission and higher purpose , do not misinterpret it as pride.

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Being realistically optimistic is seeing the potentiality of God's will being manifested within every circumstance and person.

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If we do not continually drink from the life-giving "Aquarian concepts" of epochal revelation, we will wither in the immensity of the worldwide spiritual drought.

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We are multicultural and need to identify with all cultures as our planetary brothers and sisters.

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Being reborn again is really about being regenerated and going back to our real source and relationship with God.

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It is difficult for a person to recognize the goodness in others, to acknowledge others' accomplishments if he or she does not have some level of self-respect.

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I have discovered that beyond comfort lie great grace, divine mystery, and cosmic adventure.

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We each are a book unfolding, and in writing our own history or herstory, some of us are a thicker book than others because of past repersonalizations, thus having more chapters to our book of life.

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Failure is a learning episode.

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In our love of God we begin to move into valuing ourselves, a process of realizing what our lower selves do to keep us from expanding into our true personalities, which will result in self-esteem.

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On this fallen world, often it is only through adversity that we make quantum leaps in growth.

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Truth and beauty are of the heart and mind; goodness is putting into action the beauty and truth of God and divine ideals.

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It's not so significant that we suffer, for suffering is part of the human experience. It's what we do with our suffering that matters.

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Your destiny is to find yourself in God and ascend into your personality.

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When aligned with divine pattern within perfect personality pattern, you don't have confusion and find your true self.

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Though high intelligence does enhance our ability to do more good for more people, it is the essence of love that perpetuates gentleness, compassion, and forgiveness.

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Those who are true problem-solvers see the potential in the circumstances before them. If you cannot see the potential, nothing will really change.

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It is in our recognition of a loving divine Parent and our personal relationship with Him that we then can begin to truly find our real selves, open up to our personality circuitry.

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Let us not forget the soul within each of our human brothers and sisters.

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The changes that are happening are cosmic in scope.

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If you want to ascend you have to understand human nature, your own nature, and the fragility of human beings.

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God's time lag of mercy and justice cannot be controlled by any of us.

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Love is an action and it's the hardest one to stay committed to.

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Classes should be a union-of-souls experience where you listen and fall in love with your brothers and sisters.

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Living at higher levels of super-consciousness is living in the eternal moment, fully present with those around you.

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We know that there have been many people who have been considered failures in life and yet, from God's perspective they were some of the greatest people that walked the planet.

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Fear disables us from truly being alive in divine pattern, from unfoldment into our personality circuitry.

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If we allow God to purify us, we'll be composted, and then we can provide nourishment for others.

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As mortal ascending sons and daughters of the Universal Father, it is our destiny to be continually and increasingly filled with the truth, beauty and goodness of the circuitry in divine pattern.

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Curiosity should elicit a desire in the individual to find truth, beauty and goodness in life.

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Physical death need not be final, but merely a graduation into a sanctuary of sacred space where correction, rehabilitation, and healing happens.

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If you have goodness in you, you have greatness in you. If you see goodness in another you see their greatness. That is how we need to view each other.

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In this moment you are a being of God in His hand. Let Him squeeze the junk out of you.

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True community happens when we continually correct our error so that we may love and serve others more purely.

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In that salvation from self (with a little "s"), you begin to really move into your true identity of who you are, unfolding in that unique personality circuitry that is only yours.

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From an eternal perspective evil is not real; love is real and of eternal value.

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Drop your baggage that holds you back from liberation.

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If you are not moving forward, you are not alive. If you are not tapped into that spirit of God and you are not tapped into the realization of who you are as a child of God, you are not really alive.

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We get sidetracked with so many distractions that prevent us from manifesting the true desires of the heart.

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One of our greatest challenges is to coordinate our humanness with the divine within us. Jesus did that in one life, and He said that we humans can accomplish what he did.

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In order to heal we need to provide the inner environment for the ministry of the Threefold Spirit of God and the other living spiritual forces to work with us.

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Our role is to stay in our superconscious minds, to make decisions from our higher selves.

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God is the intelligent principle behind all laws.

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Integrated into the patterns and plans of God for the whole are the choices that individuals make.

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We must help construct our inner selves, our higher minds and souls in order to bring about mindal and physical healing.

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We must become cosmic in our world view, thus making it a universe view.

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All the pessimist sees is the problem. When you allow God into how you see things, then you are transformed into a positive person who sees the potential in divine pattern.

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See yourself [men] as knights of the round table in service to ascending daughters.

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Healing has to do with a shift in the mind, in the thought processes of the individual. Healing has to do with some kind of personal encounter with God the Father.

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A mature person doesn't pretend that they are more than who they are. A mature person will be transparent.

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Every time we make a movement forward in our own psychospiritual status, we make a contribution to the progression of human culture.

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By choosing to act the part—the "fake-it-till-you-make-it" process—the spiritual forces can help you to actually become the part.

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Love is the first thing that begins to grow when you have a genuine religious experience and start to value others and yourself.

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Always in any truly great movement that brings any kind of progress to the planet, there is the presence of both men and women.

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We humans not only have innate within us the desire to love and be loved, but also a desire to find God, to experience God.

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Welcome those times in your life when your comfort zones are challenged, as this will help your soul to grow.

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My hope for all humanity is to experience the reality of knowing that we all are in the richness of our eternal present within our destinies.

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If you open up and begin to experience God's love in your life, you can't help but love Him in return. It becomes a circuit between you and the Father. He pours forth, and you pour back.

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Isn't our highest destiny to be in the eternal moment striving to be more godlike, more open and receptive to the leadings of the Threefold Spirit within us, regardless of what we are doing?

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Love is the foundation of a truly religious person.

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Every individual and civilization has to go through labor (as in childbirth) in order to progress physically, mentally, and spiritually, becoming a higher order of being.

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Peace begins with individuals, with each of us finding our place as ascending sons and daughters within the divine pattern of the Universal Father.

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Every day can be our Pentecost, the renewal of God's spirit within us restoring us to our fullness in being able to love more perfectly and forgive more readily.

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As we become more aware of the goodness of God and His standards within divine pattern, at the same time we become more aware of the evil in the world that stands in stark contrast to goodness.

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You should ask yourself, “What can I do to become a problem solver verses a complainer?”

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Functioning in Divine Administration means service to others and you can do it so much easier together.

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In our cooperation with the Threefold Spirit of God, we can have quantum leaps of growth and healing in our adversity rather than being broken by it.

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In order to experience healing, reconciliation with God, and genuine community, we must be close and intimate with every facet of ourselves, including every shadow and every spot of light.

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You can't grow in true self-esteem until you have pledged loyalty to the Creator of all.

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One way to return good for evil is to give the person an opportunity to make a higher choice by you making a higher choice.

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God is the absolute; the millions and billions of ways to reflect God is the relativity. Love is the absolute; the myriad ways to express love is the relativity.

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God will give you the desires of your heartÑnot the transitory desires, but the ones your soul desires. Your true self is what will be granted to you eventually with God.

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It is that divine nature within us that can empower us to rise to the heights of love that is reflective of God.

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Wisdom requires that we determine the probabilities of manifesting the possibilities.

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Degrees of destiny fall into place when we come to know our source, that we are from the Paradise Trinity.

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If we truly see each other as family we are the tree of life to one another.

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Even though our physical bodies show signs of aging, we are forever young in our eternal present and in our eternal future.

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How important to recognize this spiritual truth?Û”all souls are loved equally by the Universal Creator, but not all function within God's will equally.

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The measure of Jesus' perfection as a human being was His choice every time to do the Father's will, even if He had other wishes and plans.

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To truly love another human being is to see his or her potential.

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Just say, "Okay God, You win."

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Cooperation with God requires moment-to-moment decisions to think and act from our higher minds, to become spiritized.

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It takes courage to effect conquest of our lower nature and transcend our lower self.

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Most people who are suffering are suffering from the disease of self.

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As we unite we create more and more light which dissolves the craziness of the Lucifer Rebellion.

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Our understanding of wealth is relative depending on where our values and standards are.

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Language continually changes with the consciousness of those who use it. When our minds become more expanded, our language becomes more expanded and cosmic.

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Leave your worries, fears, and burdens behind and cross the rainbow bridge of God's spirit within you and step into peace, power, healing, and joy.

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A spiritually mature person can see where they are glorious and where they need to change.

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Truth, beauty and goodness are to awaken people to the hope and higher vision of light and life.

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What is liberty and what is true liberty? With true liberty comes responsibility.

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Our first destiny is to discover the First Source and Center, our Universal Father.

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As we become more civilized, we become more loving.

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Have the courage to claim the authority of right and the authority of goodness.

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We get so caught up in our mundane lives and physical bodies—what they do to us and what we do to them—that we forget what we have around us and the great cosmic family we have here with us.

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We have to outgrow childish and selfish emotions in order to evolve into emotions that are more spiritually based, more moral, ethical, and loving.

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The sign of maturity is being able to admit failure. And every human being fails.

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Your message should have a flavor of universalism to it in order to appeal to many different types of individuals.

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Your true point of origin is God.

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We need to grab onto the higher aspirations of wanting to be a more loving person, of being in God's perfect will moment to moment.

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Part of genuine community is learning how to confront in a compassionate, respectful way, and also learning how to receive confrontation in a humble, gracious way.

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In our experience of accepting God's and others' forgiveness, we are empowered to forgive those who hurt us.

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A lot of the suffering we go through is a result of resisting the Spirit of Truth, resisting our own expansion. If we allow God in, the suffering can be transformed into something greater.

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Our tiny culture here as an EcoVillage and intentional community is much more than that; it is the outworking of the Trinity’s influence in all our lives.

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We make our own prisons within our minds.

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It is in those moments of expressing genuine love and concern for another human being that I have experienced the most happiness and fulfillment.

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Every day I feel richer—that richness of spiritual expansion into what I am destined to become as an ascending daughter of God. That's what living in Providence is.

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My first and most important significant "other" in my life is God.

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We all well know how important it is to realize that your idea of what power is may not be God's idea, and our idea of God's timing may not really be His idea of timing.

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Good will eventually outshine evil.

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Jesus gave inconvenient truths.

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Higher courage comes from the reality of religious experience.

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God's time is so different from our time.

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The most important thing about culture is the spiritual light.

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When we find it in our hearts to forgive someone who we think has wronged us, we then can more easily accept forgiveness for our own wrongdoings.

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The purification of the planet can happen through cooperation of human beings.

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The emotional attitudes related to faith are a prelude to manifesting an active, dynamic Fatherly love that leads to happiness, healing, and peace of mind.

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Spiritual maturity is the ability to really love yourself and to love your neighbor as yourself.

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With a cosmic perspective on life derived from epochal revelation and reflection on personal experience, our minds are lifted from our limited, lower thinking to a higher spiritized perspective.

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I think that innate within all humans is the desire to always reach for something higher, something more divine.

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Epochal Revelation takes our understanding of concepts and blows our mind—expands our minds in all directions. It is constipation of the cosmic mind to be stuck in dogmatism and fundamentalism.

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We are not just any tribe. We are the reunion of the goodly flock, the regathering of the eagles.

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Jesus didn't just give warm fuzzy love, some of it was quite strong for those who needed it. He knew how to read the soul.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

We can't turn our faces away from evil; we must confront it by doing good, saying "no" to it, and speaking out against it.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Friendliness is being interested in someone else.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

One of the destinies of individuals is to see the hand of Providence in their lives.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

It is your primal destiny to know the Universal Father (the First Source and Center) and then all other time-and-space destinies will fall into place.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Knowing God is an ongoing, forward-moving, expanding, evolutionary, ascending process.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

You cannot really love God, receive His love, and grow and expand in that divine love without simultaneously loving other persons.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Love is not just a noun, it is also a verb. We have to become practitioners of love.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

It is the destiny of every single child of God on this planet to discover the Father—the First Source and Center—to develop a personal relationship with Him and to grow in true self-esteem.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Functions in Divine Administration, no matter what it is, means service.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

It is the destiny for all individuals within God to expand inward, upward, and outward in the balance of Father, Mother, and Son circuitry.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The destiny of every woman is wisdom.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

In the minds of many there is a division between religion and science, but with a higher, more expanded understanding of both, there is no division between them.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

You don't pick babies off of trees. You have to go through labor. It is well worth it. Every civilization has to go through labor to progress materially, mindally, and spiritually.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

We are becoming more Christ-like, more God-like, day-by-day, as we persevere.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Some of our lower choices have bigger ramifications than others, but all choices, higher or lower, within God's permissive will have a ripple effect.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

As you choose to spend time to develop your relationship with God and deepen it, your capacity for loving other human beings unselfishly will expand and deepen and broaden.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The presence of Providence or a sense of God's hand in your life has many layers and levels of richness.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The tribulation is meant to lead to the purification of ourselves.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Having fun and enjoying life is the best way to become spiritual.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Life is a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey. On a pilgrimage, living is a journey where we are looking for spiritual epiphanies, spiritual enlightenment, growth, and healing.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

In order for individuals and groups, cultures, and nations to move closer to a world of light and life, we all have to get out of the stagnant water of doing the same thing over and over.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

It is always better to give more time and energy to those who are willing to build towards a positive future.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

A truly wealthy person fills their being with the spirit of goodness.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

It is hearing other people's personal stories that we can develop more compassion, that we can develop a sense of connectedness with other human beings.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Living in any form of community reveals both our gifts and our limitations.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

A very important aspect of our spiritual growth is being put in situations where we really have to learn to be thoughtful of others.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

My joy increases daily as I choose to try to walk moment to moment in my understanding of divine pattern and divine administration principles.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

God is the First Activist, and He provides the pattern for all of us humans to become pro-active.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Meditation is being still before God.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

When you have a sense of purpose, you forget the clamoring of yourself.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Jesus was then. Christ Michael is now.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The gift we've been given in The Cosmic Family volumes and The URANTIA Book allows us to come into our cosmic minds and see ourselves as universe citizens.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

God is a love-saturated Person, and the foundation of all of His/Her laws and principles are based on love. We humans are at an embryonic state of understanding the true nature of love.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Like the moon we wax and wane, but we can indeed unfold into our own fullness of God's truth, beauty, and goodness.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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