The Cost of Change-Agentship/Discipleship in the New Millennium

by Niánn Emerson Chase


Evolutionary vs. Revelatory Religion

I'd like to clarify the difference between evolutionary and revelatory religion. Evolutionary religions are those religions that come from human beings who are attempting to explain what divinity is; reaching out to the supernatural, to God, to the Supreme, trying to explain reality—who we are, where we came from, cosmology, how God is a part of us or is not a part of us. Within those evolutionary religions there can be a lot of personal revelation that comes through people's own personal, genuine, religious experiences, and so there is also much truth within those evolutionary religions. Some examples of evolutionary religions that are present on Urantia right now are all of the major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and the Native American religions. Many of those evolutionary religions started from either an epochal revelation or a minor revelation and people have added their own interpretations and their experiences.

Revelatory religion is God reaching down to us mortals and explaining who He is to some degree and at some level. "Here I am." Many, many people within the evolutionary religions believe that their sacred texts are revelation, that God gave them that text, or that somehow it came through human beings inspired by God. So in most of those evolutionary religions there is tremendous truth and revelation within their texts. But pure revelatory religion will come directly from the celestial spirit beings themselves. The URANTIA Book teaches about five epochal revelations. An epochal revelation is one that is for the entire planet and is to be presented to cover and be appropriate for thousands and thousands of years. It's very, very big. It is for every race, every nationality, every person, every religion. We have the Fifth Epochal Revelation on this planet which is The URANTIA Book and the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation (CFER) that is continuing to come through in The Cosmic Family volumes. Celestial spirit beings sent from Christ Michael (Jesus) are bringing this revelation.

The lesson today is taken from The URANTIA Book, from Paper 100 called "Religion in Human Experience." I'm taking it from a section within that paper, section six, called "Marks of Religious Living," found on pages 1100 and 1101. It is important to keep in mind what evolutionary religion is and what revelatory religion is throughout this teaching. A Melchizedek of Nebadon brought this paper through, so we are getting this from a celestial spirit being, a Melchizedek who tells us that, "Evolutionary religions and revelatory religions may differ markedly in method, but in motive there is great similarity." What I see as the motives that are similar in most religions today, whether they are evolutionary or revelatory religions, are to improve one's life circumstances, to become a better person, to grow in understanding of spiritual forces whatever they may be, and to help make this a better world to live in. I think almost every religion shares those motives.

Just this past week we saw a couple of documentaries about religious groups. One of them was about Dr. Malachi York. He says his "program" is not a religion, but from The URANTIA Book's definition of religion I would say that it is a religion. In his teachings he calls himself and his followers Nuwabians and his program "The Holy Tabernacle Ministries." Basically, from my understanding of what I saw and what I've read, which is very limited, he himself, who is a starseed, is tapping into past repersonalizations when he has been in Egyptian lives and has lived the evolutionary religious teachings in those past lives. He has impacted some starseed people as well as many first-time Urantian people, but for the starseed people he has awakened within them the memory of their repersonalizations in those Egyptian lives. What he basically has done in his community in Georgia, called the nation of the Nuwabians, is to re-ignite the life of the ancient Egyptian religions; the evolutionary religions, and so their art work, their dress, their ritual, their prayers, their buildings, all are taken from those old Egyptian ways. Those people are in a genuine religion and when the individuals in that community were interviewed, from what I could gather they had genuine personal religious experiences. They want to improve their own lives, and living in that beautiful community certainly beats living in some of the places that some of those people came from. They are becoming better people, and they are very excited about their healing and growth. They are wanting to understand more and more about divinity and spiritual forces, and they want the world to be a better place to live in. In their own way that is what they are attempting to do.

Another example was a documentary that Gabriel and I saw about a community of Hasidic Jews in New York City. As I watched this documentary on these people, their beliefs, and how they live their lives, I saw a very, very beautiful group of people who are committed to their religion and their expression of love and worship for God. There was much joy among those people, and there was much seriousness at the same time, and tremendous love, self-discipline, and dedication. There was magnificent beauty in those people also.

Those are just two examples of groups of people who are in what we would consider evolutionary religions because they are pulling from tradition and older religions that started from people trying to explain who God is. Revelation and inspiration from God came through many of the religious leaders in these religions. The old Egyptian religion is very, very complex and has many gods, and most of the Pharaohs believed that they were divinity. There was one Pharaoh who wanted to change the religion because through him was coming revelation, not an epochal revelation, but revelation. That was Ikhnaton, and through him was coming the teaching which I would say would be a continuation of the third epochal revelation to the planet which was Machiventa Melchizedek teaching that there is one God, one Universal Father. So that is why I say that there indeed was revelation within the Egyptian religion because after Ikhnaten brought that revelation in some of those teachings were continued in the Egyptian religions.

In this paper on religion and the human experience we are told that religion is not a specific function of life. For example, with true religion, you don't just go on Sundays, or you don't just do something on a particular day or a holiday. That is a function; that's not what true religion is. True religion is a mode of living, and that is what I saw in the Nuwabians and the Hasidic Jews in those two documentaries that I watched. They were living their religion moment to moment. The Melchizedek goes on to tell us that true religion is a whole-hearted devotion to some reality which the religionist deems to be of supreme value to him or herself and for all humankind—a whole-hearted devotion. I saw that again in the people of those two particular religious groups.

We too have a mode of living here at Global Community Communications, and we too live moment-to-moment, and we have a whole-hearted dedication to that religious living. There are so many so-called religions today. Some are very old, and some are quite new, and some are a combination. But what makes a religion genuine from a celestial spirit's perspective is not necessarily our perspective. The Melchizedek says that the accepted supreme value of the religionist may be "base" or even false but it can nevertheless be religious. We have examples of that in the history of this planet. How many religions have sacrificed humans? I'm not aware if there are any religions that do that today, but those who sacrificed truly believed that was of supreme value. We know that is very base. There are many other rites and rituals that have been performed in religions in the past that are still performed today in certain religions that we would consider base and that we would consider definitely false, and so would the celestial spirits. There are so many religious values that are founded on old superstitious beliefs and ceremonies that really have no meaning for the humans who are involved in them, and that's why a lot of people are leaving those modes of worship. Plus, they definitely don't have any meaning for the celestial spirit personalities who are involved with those human beings. The Melchizedek goes on to say on page 1100 that "A religion is genuine to just the extent that the value which is held to be supreme is truly a cosmic reality of genuine spiritual worth."

What Is Cosmic Reality and Genuine Spiritual Worth?

Well, what is cosmic reality? What does that mean? What is genuine spiritual worth? Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines "cosmic" as "relating to the cosmos, the extraterrestrial vastness for the universe in contrast to the earth alone; it is characterized by greatness, especially in extent, intensity, and comprehensiveness." Using that definition then of "cosmic," we realize that many evolutionary religions would be ruled out just by that for they are so confined. They are confined to just being of the earth, or they are confined to just being of their race or their little group; their whole consciousness is very small. Many New Age religions, though, do have some cosmic understanding, and we all realize that the word "cosmic" is a buzzword now. Everywhere you look in advertising is the word "cosmic." It comes from advertising spiritual books, music, and teachings as well as cars and other items. Unfortunately, the word "cosmic" has been diminished to something very small, and so often when it's used, it's not being used to portray what it truly means—a vastness, greatness beyond our world.

What is genuine spiritual worth? That is a difficult question to answer, especially when it comes to an individual's personal religious experiences. No human on this world has any authority to decide if another person's religious experiences are genuine and of worth. Nobody has that authority; that is up to the celestial spirits and the individual human involved. In the past I've shared some of my own very personal religious experiences that were genuine and that were of worth. Some of those experiences came within the various evolutionary religions that I've been involved in, especially Christianity and Native American spirituality. I've also had religious experiences within a secular setting, for the threefold spirit of God works within us in all settings. The living spiritual forces of God work with us in many, many ways, and no other human being can tell us whether that is of spiritual worth or not. That is not our place. Almost all of you have had these religious experiences before you ever came into contact with The URANTIA Book, before you ever came into contact with Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation, and before you ever came here or even heard about Aquarian Concepts. How do you decide whether your experiences are of worth or not? An experience of genuine spiritual worth is one that in some manner, at some level, to some degree, aids you in your own personal ascension—whether it is on the physical level, the emotional level, the intellectual level, or the spiritual level. If that experience somehow pushed you forward a little bit, it is definitely a genuine experience, regardless of the setting that you had it in. That experience in some way brings you a little closer or a lot closer to the Universal Father. Possibly, a lot of the experiences that we humans value as very high in spiritual worth may be considered lower on that scale by our celestial spirit ministers and companions. And then some of those experiences that we don't even consider that important or that significant, we may even hate them as we remember them because they are so painful, may be considered very valuable by the celestial spirits on that scale of genuine spiritual worth. So it's a pretty individual thing. The Melchizedek points out that those things that happen within a human being when he or she responds to the religious impulse will bring about something. By the way, that religious impulse is innate in all human beings. We happen to live in a dominant culture that does everything to negate that innate impulse that is within us to want to reach for those religious experiences.

Noble and Grand Qualities Resulting from Genuine Religious Experience

When a person does begin to move into that genuine religious experience, that person will embrace the qualities of nobility and grandeur. This is what the Melchizedek tells us. What are some of those qualities that celestial spirits consider noble and grand as a person begins to move into more and more of these religious experiences? The Melchizedek discusses several of these qualities in this section of The URANTIA Book (pages 1100-1101). These are qualities that we here in the community of Aquarian Concepts are striving to attain on a moment-to-moment basis. I'm going to go fairly quickly through them because you can think about them on your own. As we move into genuine religious experiences these are some of the qualities we should begin to have within us and in our lives:

A consciousness of universe citizenship

The URANTIA Book and Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation (CFER) are wonderful gifts in giving us that.

An awareness of making contact with sources of superhuman power

What is going to happen tonight with the visitation of The Bright and Morning Star? Some of you here are more aware of those sources of superhuman power, those personalities, those living spiritual forces working within our lives on a daily basis. Some of you are more aware of that than others. But there becomes an awareness that there is something beyond just us; that there is something above human beings.

There is an energizing with the assurance of belonging to a superior and ennobled fellowship of the sons and daughters of God

You get more energy with the assurance of belonging to a fellowship of sons and daughters of God. The song that Jeru and BenDameean sang was a song celebrating that reality. The song that the choir sang today is a song celebrating that reality. Our daily lives in community celebrate that reality.

Religious experience can bring an augmented consciousness of self-worth because of the stimulus of the quest for the highest universe objectives, supreme goals.

As you begin to shift in what you value and think is important, and that which you reach for becomes higher and more supreme, you can't help but begin to like yourself a little more, have a little more respect for yourself, and become more conscious of what a wonderful ascending son or daughter of God you really are.

There is a surrender to the intriguing drive of an all encompassing motivation which imposed heightened self-discipline. It lessens emotional conflict and it makes life truly worth living.

Genuine religious experience brings a higher meaning of purpose to your life; life becomes more exciting and more worth living. You have this all-encompassing motivation that just consumes every aspect of you and your life, of wanting to become more disciplined in making godly choices. You will also have less and less emotional conflict with others over petty grievances, and you will have less inner conflict as your minds and hearts embrace values of eternal worth.

The morbid recognition of human limitations is changed to the natural consciousness of mortal shortcomings.

Instead of walking around depressed and dejected, and instead of saying "Oh my God, I can never do anything right; I'm worthless man, I'm so limited," you begin to become more accepting of your humanness as well as others' limitations. You are more intelligent about it and have a natural consciousness that all mortals have shortcomings, yet you are always striving to overcome them. But you don't beat up on yourself or others and often have a lightness and sense of humor about the qualities of being human.

This is all associated also with moral determination and spiritual aspiration to attain the highest universe and super universe goals.

Even though you are aware of your limitations and are balanced in seeing your error and wrongdoing, you begin to respect yourself more; you begin to value yourself more, to love yourself more. This balance in understanding humans is associated with being determined to become more perfect, more Christ-like and more "universe conscious."

How can you attain the highest universe and superuniverse goals if you don't have any cosmic consciousness or understanding of cosmic reality or have any idea what universe and superuniverse goals are? You have to educate yourself about them, and that is where the revelatory religion comes in that is found in The URANTIA Book, the Fifth Epochal Revelation, and in the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation. With this intent to strive for the attainment of supermortal ideals comes always—as long as you're striving—increasing patience, forbearance, fortitude, and tolerance. Do you believe that? Do you see that happening within yourselves? Are you increasingly becoming more patient with situations? Are you able to tolerate difficult people and difficult situations better? Do you have more forbearance and fortitude, which basically means the strength to put up with the difficulties that come your way?

True religion is living love. It is a life of service, and there comes to be a detachment from much that is purely temporal and trivial.

I think all of us here in Divine Administration have discovered that things that were so important to us at one time in our lives no longer are. We are actually embarrassed to think that they were that important before, because we see how trivial they were and how temporal. So now, when we get together with people that we used to share those "old order" values with, it's difficult for us to have a conversation with them because we are no longer interested in talking about the things that we used to talk about. There is a painful thing that happens when we get back with people who we really, really love who haven't taken the steps that we have taken in becoming dedicated to this level of spiritual growth and this community. One of those painful sacrifices is the schism, the space, that happens between us and those we love who have been a very important part of our lives but don't share our values and perceptions. Naturally, we still love and want to interact with them, but there usually is a sense of separation because we have taken steps that may seem foreign to our loved ones. In reality, we love them even more intensely as a result of our religious experiences.

What else happens within a genuinely spiritual person is a desire for more socialization. We will want to be with others and join their company, especially those kindred spirits. I know that there is a misconception that as a person becomes more religious they become more monkish; they become more detached from human beings, and they want to go up into the mountains and go into a cave. A lot of people have the idea that a really spiritual person is someone who is able to do that, to spend months and years fasting up in the mountains, hardly ever communicating with people. That is not so. That is a false assumption. For as you come to love God more, thus loving yourself more—loving yourself in a healthy way more within God's divine pattern—you can't help but love others more. Remember the first and second commandment that is taught in the Bible, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. And thou shalt love thy neighbor as you love yourself." That is what happens in true religious experience. Guess what else can happen and should happen? It is not becoming like the Penetentes who beat themselves, "Oh my gosh, we're so sinful," going through these rituals of carrying the cross that Christ carried, and they literally beat themselves. I'm sure you've met people who consider themselves as very religious and who seem very constipated and are not fun to be around. Life is dull with them. From a celestial spirit perspective, continual suffering and dullness is not true religious experience. Guess what? You have more fun and begin to have a heightened sense of humor and light-heartedness with genuine religious living. There is an enhanced appreciation of your human existence, of being a human being at this moment in time and space on this beautiful planet, Urantia. This world is confused; it is strife-torn, and yet it's such a beautiful planet. The human beings on it are so beautiful, and to be a part of that existence, there is an enhanced appreciation of being in the moment as a human being on Urantia. In that enhanced appreciation new meanings are added to every aspect of your life. Even going to the bathroom can become a sacred act and have more richness and new meaning.

Genuine religious experience adds new meaning to all of life and generates new types of enthusiasm, zeal, and courage.

I was just talking to an ascending daughter about courage. She feels like she has a new sense of courage in her because she has gone through some genuine religious experiences that are personal within her own ascension process and her own growing closer to God. How many of you do feel like you are more enthusiastic, more zealous and more courageous overall in life, whether it's sitting down to have a good meal or working in the garden or teaching or some other activity? Many of us feel that we are more and more becoming cosmic cheerleaders. Many are beginning to feel that within themselves the spirit of the crusader can be born, but it's very important that the crusading spirit is controlled by spiritual insight and loyal devotion to the commonplace social obligations of human loyalties. You can go over the edge if you become a crusader and aren't balanced in it. We have seen that happen before in many lifetimes, and then you are not truly being guided by God. Think of the crusaders themselves, those people who went on terrible, murderous crusades in the name of God, who had nothing to do with that at all. They had the spirit of the crusader, but they did not have the true spiritual wisdom and insight as to who God really was. They did not have that cosmic consciousness. In their minds, God was a Catholic, and He also was a killer. "If you don't believe in Me the way you should and be a Catholic then you don't deserve to live." It's not that kind of a crusader spirit that God wants.

In our strivings to bring genuine community to our lives, we should begin to have dynamic and sublime peace, that peace that passes all understanding, that cosmic poise which betokens the absence of all doubt and turmoil.

I don't think any of us are there one hundred percent. We are all working on that. But how many of you do feel that you have more of a sense of peace in you than you did before? It is a wonderful feeling isn't it? I'm sure that we all still have our turmoil and, at times, doubt, but the peace is becoming more profound within us. The thing that I want to point out is you notice that this kind of peace is not that laid back peace, that "Hey man, Jesus was never in a hurry you know. I'm going to just hang out and be cool. I'm going to be real slow. I'm going to be plodding. Man, I feel so peaceful." Remember it didn't say just a sublime peace, it said a dynamic peace. What does the word "dynamic" mean? Action, energy, movement. So with this dynamic peace then, we strive to become more efficient, getting things done in a timely manner without coming across as frantic, uptight or stressed. That's quite a challenge too. But these are things that we are definitely striving for. That is how Jesus was able to do it. He didn't come across as stressed or uptight or frantic. That is why He never seemed to be in a hurry, and yet, He got a lot of things done in a day. When you read that last section of The URANTIA Book, "The Life and Teachings of Jesus," it's amazing how much He got done in a day, amazing, and yet, He never seemed to be in a hurry. He was so efficient.

We know from reading The URANTIA Book that within divine administration, functioning in the highest way in divine administration—from the spirit levels, superuniverse and universe spirit levels, morontia constellation and system levels, clear down to this little world here on the material level—that to function within divine administration means to be efficient, effective, and to get things done in a timely manner. When we get to those levels of spiritual stability that we are striving for, we become immune to disappointment—immune to disappointment. The URANTIA Book talks about fattening on disappointment and feasting upon uncertainties. Occasionally, we are there, but not moment to moment yet. We are striving for that; it's unfolding within us. There is also a sense of security of religionists who are walking in cosmic revelation, for they have such a bigger consciousness of God the Supreme and an awareness of the Ultimate. Where do you get that consciousness? From the Fifth Epochal Revelation, The URANTIA Book, and the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation, and that sense of security grows within you as you grow within the intellectual understanding of the cosmology of a cosmic God and a cosmic Christ.

What is the difference then in the marks of evolutionary religions and revelatory religion? The Melchizedek says that even evolutionary religion can have most of those manifestations that he had listed and I just went through. Most of those genuine religious experiences can happen within evolutionary religions if they are genuine experiences. Here is what Melchizedek says though: "...but revelatory religion is excellent as well as genuine."

The new loyalties of enlarged spiritual vision create new levels of love and devotion, of service and fellowship, and all this enhanced social outlook produces an enlarged consciousness of the Fatherhood of God and the brother/sisterhood of humankind.

Mother Teresa is a beautiful example who lived her religion and loved human beings and lived that love in service to others in the most unlovely places, and with the most unlovable people—meaning people who are dying, who smell, who have disease, who might give that disease to you, who don't have a future, who can't give you a future or help you in your future. That's where she spent her time. She spent that within her own evolutionary religion, and she was a genuine religionist. Just think what Mother Teresa could have done if she had walked into revelatory religion, if her consciousness had even become bigger. Just think of how she could have inspired people to move into that expanded consciousness. She could have then had the vision to inspire and influence national leaders to make tremendous changes within their own governments. That is what revelation can do.

The characteristic difference between evolved and revealed religion is a new quality of divine wisdom which is added to purely experiential human wisdom. But it is experience in and with the human religions that develops the capacity for subsequent reception of increased bestowals of divine wisdom and cosmic insight.

In other words, you never throw away what you have experienced in your past religions, in your past expressions; you just build and build and build on them. Think of the lotus flower that keeps opening up, unfolding petal after petal after petal; you just keep adding, building on and building on.

I'd like to close with something that is credited to Paul from the New Testament in the Bible. He says, "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else shall be able to separate us from the love of God."


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.

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

A truly wealthy person is one who has 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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

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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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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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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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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.

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

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

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

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As we become more civilized, we become more loving.

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

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

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

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

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

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God's time is so different from our time.

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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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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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Higher courage comes from the reality of religious experience.

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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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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Meditation is being still before God.

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

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

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

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We make our own prisons within our minds.

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Jesus was then. Christ Michael is now.

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

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

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

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

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

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Just say, "Okay God, You win."

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The destiny of every woman is wisdom.

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

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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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

Good will eventually outshine evil.

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Jesus gave inconvenient truths.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

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

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The changes that are happening are cosmic in scope.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Drop your baggage that holds you back from liberation.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Failure is a learning episode.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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?

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Love is the foundation of a truly religious person.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

The most important thing about culture is the spiritual light.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

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.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Friendliness is being interested in someone else.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

Your true point of origin is God.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-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

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

God is the intelligent principle behind all laws.

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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

-Niánn Emerson Chase

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