Experience of the spirit is always in accordance with the Father’s will. You will never have conflicts or errors to be concerned with. Your indwelling spirit is simply concerned with spiritualizing your thinking. He is concerned with opening your mind always to greater options, greater perspective and deeper insight. Your indwelling spirit unifies all your spiritual experience. Ever will this unified experience lead into levels of expanded moral choice, deeper insight into your human heart, and elevated vision concerning your place in the world and the path which lies ahead.
Jesus often took little breaks apart from his friends so that he might ask for the Father’s guidance, wisdom, expansion, and deepening insight. Jesus continually demonstrated how human beings might spiritually recharge through prayer and meditation after the depletion from long periods of social intercourse.
It is important for you to use your human understanding all the way to its limits, but then to recognize those limits and begin utilizing Jesus’ technique in expanding the mind levels. Each of you functions routinely on about three levels of mind comprising normal consciousness. The lowest conscious level impinges on the unconscious and is the source of impulsive and compulsive behavior, doing things which are not the product of the fully conscious mind but also the product of repressed unconscious desires or fears, things of that nature. The main level of consciousness is also multi-leveled, but for our purposes it involves everything of which the conscious mind is aware, both sensory and mindal. The levels of consciousness which impinge upon the superconscious mind, is that level where your indwelling spirit organizes streams of consciousness. By the time thoughts are fully formed at the conscious level, they have undergone a sorting and organizational process which is the function of the superconsciousness. When you speak, your thoughts are not fully formed and organized consciously before hand, they are formed and organized superconsciously beforehand.
Part of the functioning of the indwelling spirit is to expand your thinking by pulling together knowledge, insight, meaning, and values in such a way that the conscious mind seems to be continuously harmonious and streams of consciousness are unified on a high level. As you begin to consciously cooperate more and more with the indwelling spirit, you are also allowing Him to expand, deepen, and broaden His powers of thought organization.
The indwelling spirit is constantly introducing slightly higher and more profound concepts to the mind in very small increments. But as you come to trust this good spirit ever more deeply, and as you come to increasingly banish fear from the mind, this good spirit can introduce higher concepts in larger doses or more completely unified pieces.
Always, the spirit is subordinate to your own human will and so it is very useful to consciously request guidance and insight. It is very important that you signal your receptivity to the spirit’s suggestions and options. Thus, Jesus would excuse himself from meetings, from discussions, in order that he might pray for the Father’s guidance for his own human mind. Jesus was always conscious that his human will acted like a gate keeper and that the Father’s spirit, even for him, be asked to enter.
There is no coercion of the mind, no coercion of the spirit at any level of this process. All spiritual progress is entirely voluntary. The Father in heaven – with all his vast power, all his vast wisdom, all his infinite awareness – does not for an instant trespass upon the prerogatives of His creatures. The Father’s plan has never included the concept of forced love or involuntary servitude. The Father’s plan is one of allowing. He allows all his creatures the greatest freedom possible and for His ascending sons and daughters, there is increasing freedom at each level of advancement.
Free will is central to the Father’s plan and when the Father allows free will to have reign, even over the limited material sphere, there is bound to be a lot of chaos, a lot of sin, a lot or error, even among the well meaning. But this is a temporary condition. Always is humanity moving slowly forward in the acceptance of human responsibility and human freedom.
Each of you has been called into greater spiritual service and thus each of you has increased responsibility to always seek for higher guidance and more profound wisdom than you are capable of on your own. The pathway to Paradise is very long, practically eternal from your earthly standpoint. Each level of growth contains new freedom, but also new responsibility as well. Therefore, as you grow in your spiritual capacity, so also must you grow in wisdom and wisdom is found in the seeking after the Father’s will, seeking after the highest spiritual choice.
Your lives are made up of choice. You have, stretching before you, a well night unlimited array of choices. Each one has the ability to bring you closer to God or further from Him. You may accept or reject each choice the Father lays before you. Your path may be all kinds of different combinations of all the various choices you have made and all the choices you will make. So, always my friends, it is wise to imitate Jesus and to seek spiritual input at each juncture, no matter how seemingly small. The small choices are sometimes the most profound: the choice to be gentle where you once may have been harsh, the choice to be loving and considerate where once you may have been indifferent, the choice to be open and responsive where once you may have been closed and set upon a certain path. All these choices are part of finding the Father’s will which is always hovering above and guiding your will. The immature human being thinks of doing God’s will in great heroic terms, spectacular acts of wonder and amazement will be undertaken it is thought. But my friends, the Father’s path is all of your life and all of your mind. The Father’s path is small decisions as well as great life changing moves.
Jesus’ profound, intelligent, and kind character was not created full blown, but was rather the result of many years of prayer, many years of talking things over with God until the best attitude was arrived at. Jesus always had time for children, for animals, for the neglected in society, the people who had given up hope. He had time for the laborers. He had time for prostitutes. He had time for all. His love for each human being was so profound and complete that each human being who came into his presence could not help but be profoundly changed and moved by that love. The Father knew of Jesus’ difficult path and the Father’s good spirit ministered to his human mind at every juncture. But still the human mind of Jesus, just as your human minds must do, opened the door to the Father’s spirit continually and constantly.
Think of it, the creator of the Universe, millions of worlds under his direct management and control, untold legions of angels ready and waiting to carry out his wishes, and yet Jesus followed the human pathway, the pathway of admitting his human mind did not know the answer, the pathway of asking for divine guidance. And you, my children, how much more in need are you for divine help? How much more must you acknowledge that need and open that door?
Jesus certainly fought through temptations of the ego self which said, “I know enough, I am enough, I can do all things on my own”. The ego temptation is always present, always wanting to assert independence and claim independent victory. You my children must also fight the temptation to revert toward self-assertion and self-aggrandizement just as Jesus did and you must rely instead upon greater spiritual wisdom, greater spiritual guidance that sees into the eternal past and the eternal future. Certainly you can propose what would be most advantageous to you now for the immediate future, but you cannot know what lies in the far future, or what the far future will require. Thus, Jesus subordinated his human longings and human desires for the Father’s far-seeing plan. Jesus, in subordinating his will to the will of man demonstrated the eternal truth that the Father will always allow human will to play out. He will always suggest but never will he force.
Yes my friends, you are indeed growing in the spirit, you are indeed accepting the responsibilities of the spirit and you are indeed demonstrating through your own lives the power of the spirit. Learn as you do how to allow guidance, how to seek after the higher way so that your will is glorified by expressing the Father’s will. Resist ego temptations for self glorification and focus instead upon glorifying the Father who has sent his spirit to dwell within you. Allow the purpose of your lives to be part of the greater purpose of the Father, just as Jesus did, so must you also go through the same process, the same decisions. Gradually then, you will come to rely upon the Father’s good spirit and you will rest your concerns and all your problems in the Father’s hands. You cannot do this without acknowledging that you need it. Therefore, freely acknowledge your need for guidance, freely seek it. Be uninhibited in your prayers. Be open to all that is coming into your mind through the Father’s spiritual auspices. But above all, love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. Then, will you come to know Him and as you come to know Him you will come to increasingly rely on Him. This is the ultimate aim of your spiritual path, complete dependence and yet my friends in that dependence you will also find unparalleled levels of freedom and the thrill of ever greater spiritual discovery even while your heart is comforted by ever greater levels of love experience.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Trust all levels of the mind into the Father’s hands and you will be rewarded with that peace which passes all understanding and you will see no longer as through a glass darkly but with spiritual clarity and certainty of insight.