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Reading 262-014 Edited

(Q) We present at this time the lesson on What is Thy Ideal,
a copy of which I hold in my hand.

Please make suggestions, any corrections or expansions
that should be made, as I call each paragraph under
the various headings.

First, Par. I, under Meaning of an Ideal.
(A) Correct.

(Q) Par. I, under Ideals Grow with Development.
(A) Very good.

(Q) Par. II, under Ideals Grow with Development.
(A) Illustrated, would be better, in the form
of the application of the ideal in the life.

(Q) Par. I, under the True Ideal.
(A) Correct.

(Q) Par. II.
(A) Well.

(Q) Par. III.
(A) Very good.

(Q) IV.
(A) Good.

(Q) V.
(A) Good.

(Q) VI.
(A) Well.

(Q) Par. I, under Attaining the Ideal.
(A) Very good.

(Q) Par. II.
(A) Very good.

(Q) III.
(A) Well.

(Q) Par. I, under Conclusion.
(A) Good.

(Q) II, under Conclusion.
(A) Good.

(Q) Par. III, under Conclusion.
(A) Good.

(Q) Any other suggestions regarding this lesson?
(A) Well that the ideal in the suggestions in the lessons
be of the personal nature, as individual, rather than
personality presented in the lesson.

In the lesson that has been outlined,
there will come the sign to each if they apply themselves
in knowing their own ideal and how this is applicable in their
own experience:
To some has come in the form of tests, what is proclaimed,
or claimed by them, must be acted in their own experience,
in relationships to others.

In some the greater opportunities, in the manner in which
there will arouse in the inner beings of others a closer concept
of an ideal.

In others a vision of those forces that may manifest
in the activities of their own selves towards others,
as well as to those who have experienced the presence
of that consciousness that His abiding promise is true
in this period of their experience.

(Q) Please give us at this time that which will aid us
in beginning our next lesson.
(A) Faith. As each have their own concept of faith,
whether faith is grounded in experience in relationship
to life's activities in the material, or to the activities
in the mental, depends upon what is held as the ideal
of the individual.

First, the analysis of self as to whether what is held
is confidence or faith is the first question that should
arise in the minds of each individual.

Faith, as has been defined by Barnabas, is the substance
of things hoped for.

Then there is illustrated the activities of individuals how,
through the exercising of that prerogative, bring into being
the worlds that manifest before each individual
that looks about them with the view to ascertaining
that they are a portion of the Whole, yet with the abilities
to discern all, and able to use that that will bring the same
exercising of that prerogative as the spirit of the Father brings
through faith into that being where this may be of this or that
sphere of man's own perception.

Brought into material aspects, we find the greater portion
that partakes of that as has been termed "the sensing",
or that of the whole of the nervous system in a physical,
living organism, that makes such an individual "aware" of
that concept.
This is rather confidence.

What is brought into the consciousness through
"the activity of the spiritual forces manifesting in and through
that of the spiritual force of the individual."
Then that becomes the essence of faith itself.

Hence, as has been termed by many, that faith - pure faith
- accepting or rejecting without basis of reason,
or beyond the ken or scope of that as is perceived
through that that man brings to his own activity
through that of his five senses.

Yet to most individuals there is seen that little becomes
in the scope of acceptance except they live by faith
that they become aware of;

For, "You with the faith that is as much as a mustard seed
may say to the mountain move and cast into the sea."

Most say they believe, and yet begin at once to explain
as to how this means in the mental rather than in
the material source. Hence we find faith not of the senses,
else it becomes confidence in personalities of
the experiences of the senses within themselves or others.

Then, when troubles and doubts arise, they immediately
begin to sink, even as Peter in the presence of Life itself.
(See 262-15)

Let each examine themselves in the light of what
they have attained with the concept of their individual ideal,
and we will find upon what faith is founded in their experience.

(Q) Should we distribute the lessons already prepared?
(A) Well be given to those the various outlined
principles that are to be teachers, ministers, or one forming
such groups, and prepare them for what they are to do
in their respective spheres; else it will turn out again to be
poorly prepared.

(Q) [333] & [602]: How may we as members of the group
through cooperation grow stronger in faith, and through
a knowledge of self attain to those ideals as are set in
self for the part in this great work that each would
accomplish with the help of all?
(A) Studying to show yourself approved to God day by day,
rightly dividing the words of truth, and keeping self
unspotted from the world.

There is builded in the meditations, and in the gathering
of others here, there, the understanding necessary
to bring about a revolution, a revelation, an awakening
in this place that has not been seen in many a day!

Making those truths known in self living truths,
through the active force of the spirit of truth itself.
Do that.

(Q) [255]: Is the faith of man in Buddha or Mohammed
equal in the effect on his soul to the faith in Jesus Christ?
(A) As He gave:
He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet receives
the prophet's reward, or the ability of that individual spiritual
force may manifest in the life of that individual.

Hence, as each teacher, minister or seer, or prophet, receives
that respect as is giving the life from that faith and hope
as held by that as an individual.
 
In the Christ is found that as the advocate with the Father
and the Spirit of the Father glorified in him that approaches
through that manner, without that as is approached
in the spiritual activity of any individual.

For individuality is the last to be lost from here.
Just as man in spirit overcomes death in the material;
Just as He overcame death in the material,
and able to put on immortality in a material world,
bringing to man not only of flesh that endowed with
the ability to be one with the Father but magnifying
the Father in the individual yet in the material plane.

Hence, we find, each in their respective spheres
are stepping-stones to what may awaken
in the individual the knowledge of the Son in their lives.

(Q) How can I strengthen my faith to become
a fitting channel of help in God's healing of my daughter, [275]?
(A) Magnify in the words of mouth, the acts of the body
and hand, what has been given day by day.

As the ideal is a growth:
As the activities of the physical and mental consciousness
through confidence brings that seeking of the mental and
material body to awaken to the spiritual activities.

So may  the growth in faith bring the activating forces
of the spirit that makes alive in the flesh.

We are through for the present.

BACKGROUND
3/20/32 Esther Wynne's review questions for
Norfolk Study Group #1 covering 262-7 to 262-14:

Questions for Reading 262-7
1. What has each indicated their desire to know?
2. How may each gain understanding?
3. What will the awakening give?
4. What is the true channel to work through?
5. Each learn their own part in the work.
Interpret the word work.
6. What should the group realize?

Questions for Reading 262-8
1. What must be known about self?
2. Discuss the physical body, mental and spiritual.
3. Senses and organs.
4. Which should be expected first, the understanding or the application?

Questions for Reading 262-9
1. What should each know in the beginning
of the study of What is Thy Ideal?
2. How may others become members of the group?
3. What is the result of doubting self?
4. What is promised to those who faint not?
5. Discuss the expression "Stand aside and see self pass by".
6. Explain "Know self as I am known".
7. Result of keeping self in attunement with the ideal.
8. What are each charged to do on the lesson?
9. What will truth in the heart bring?

Questions for Reading 262-10
1. What is said of those who turn back in the preparation of the lessons?
2. Who should prepare the lessons? Why?
3. What may be truly said of life?
4. Explain the soul and its experiences.
5. Which is more effective, the thought or the spoken word?
6. Give the prayer to the healing group.
7. What charge and promise is given to the group in Reading 262-10?

Questions for Reading 262-11
1. What is the first lesson to the group in the preparation of the lesson
on What is Thy Ideal?
2. Difference between Idea and Ideal.
3. Give the last sentence in ans. to suggestion, "All may attain - " etc.
4. Give prayer for meditation.
5. Who alone is our judge? Rather than judge what should we do?
6. Give the last two sentences in Par. 5-A.
7. Why should the lesson be written in the first person?
8. Why are different means of healing necessary?
9. What good lesson in Par. 9-A is well to learn in the present?
10. What must we see in the individual?
11. What is meant by the "night cometh"?
12. How do we realize our ideals?
13. How are our ideals measured?
14. What message is given the group at the close of the lesson?

Questions for Reading 262-12
1. How will the Ideal come to each of the group?
2. What questions in the introduction of this reading should each
of the group be able to answer?
3. What is asked in seeking the Father's face?
4. What should each know of self and of others?
5. What part do we have in the Father's glory?
6. What can we do as individuals and as a group that we may come
to a oneness of purpose?
7. What is the promise to those who do?
8. What is our greatest work?
9. What is the reward of patience?
10. What is understood by "Work, work, for the night cometh?"
11. What is meant by the Godhead?
12. How may we increase our faith?
13. How much are we asked to give?
14. What assurance have we for belief?

Questions for Reading 262-13
1. What must we realize in regard to all?
2. Why is it necessary that we study faith at this time?
3. What comes in the beauty of service?
4. What should we set aside?
5. What is the greatest service?
6. What should each do about the part they contribute to the lesson?
Why?
7. What is the danger of beautiful truths, without personal application?
8. What must each feel about the lesson?
9. Why are few chosen? Why is the harvest few?
10. Will we answer the call, "Who will work today?"
11. What is the result of work in cooperation with the Spirit of Truth?
12. Give the prayer of Faith?
13. How is a Spiritual Ideal obtained, only?
14. What must be done in order to improve a talent?
15. What does the application bring?
16. What part does tomorrow play in the attaining an ideal?
(For information on Ram, Phares and Tamah,
read Ruth 4 and Nehemiah 7:55, Gen. 38.)
17. How many of the group have repented and been in sackcloth and ashes?
18. How may we be able to do mighty works?
19. Have we neglected to pray, or fast?
20. When may we expect an awakening?

Questions for Reading 262-14
1. How and when will the sign promised in the lesson come to each?
What sign may be expected?
2. What two concepts of faith may be held?
3. What should each member of the group do?
4. How does Barnabas define faith?
5. How is faith illustrated in creation?
6. How does confidence differ from faith?
7. What do most say about believing?
8. How is real faith explained?
9. What is being builded in the meditations and the gatherings?
10. What shall we do about the truths?
11. Is the Ideal fixed?

REPORTS
3/20/32 See 262-14, Par. 3-A--18-A.
The following is Lesson Number 3 in
What is My Ideal?, compiled by the
NORFOLK STUDY GROUP NO. 1
of the ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH
AND ENLIGHTENMENT, INC.,
Virginia Beach, Virginia:

"Let that mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 2:5)

WHAT IS MY IDEAL?
"I sit with my ideal all the time, He is nearer than hands or feet,
Nearer than the breath I breathe." [E.W.?]

MEANING OF AN IDEAL
Our ideal are ever present;
they are either consciously or unconsciously
the basis for the motivating forces in our lives.

What is an ideal?
We are told that mental concept, or that conceived as a standard of perfection
is an ideal.

Mind is the builder.
We are ever striving toward something to worship,
something to love, be it physical, mental or spiritual.

From our experience we form ideas;
then through the action of imagination we sometimes
confuse these ideas with ideals.

An Ideal must be something beyond and above
us that we ever build toward.

To bind ourselves by calling our ideas ideals
means the beginning of decay in the soul structure
which we have builded.

IDEALS GROW WITH DEVELOPMENT
In childhood the height which we hoped to reach
was lower by far than the one that we placed
as a goal in youth.

We recall that the God we worshiped in our childhood
has grown to the Spirit we now call "Abba Father".

So, as we build onward and upward, our ideals enlarge
until they reach the height of perfection,
the source of all Good, the Creative Energy
of which self is a manifestation.

From the physical, mental and spiritual viewpoint
our ideals are patterns by which we endeavor
to shape our lives.

We must understand the meaning of "The Oneness"
and merge our physical and mental ideals
in the spiritual ideal of the soul.

A student of Truth relates the following:
"I had a direct message to teach Truth
- the Truth as set forth by HIM, my Ideal.
I started out, blindly; for I knew but little to teach.
Days passed; days of toil, disappointment
and heartbreaking loneliness - spiritual loneliness.
Finally one morning, after much prayer and meditation,
there came a light, an uplifting, a glorious Presence
that bore witness that I had chosen the right Ideal.
The voice said:
'Not by power, nor by might, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.'"
"I had indeed had my wilderness experience,
but I was not willing to follow the Voice.
I tried to push it off, I thought I must now demonstrate
my fitness to teach the truth, for I had indeed felt
the presence of the Lord.
I was trying to make the pattern fit my narrow finite mind,
and not willing to trust my Ideal, come what may.
I had other lessons to learn - for months.
I was hurled down, down to disappointment,
ridicule and shame, yet I never forgot the Presence
that had one sustained me.
Again it lifted me up - but only when I was willing
to see, accept and know, that it is:
'Not by power, nor by might,
but my spirit, saith the Lord'
that one can go forth conquering and to conquer."

Our spiritual pattern should not be trimmed to fit us,
but we should grow to fit the pattern,
whose maker and finisher is God.

THE TRUE IDEAL
The true ideal is the highest spiritual attainment
to be reached on this material plane; hence,
it follows that our ideal must be found in Christ,
who is the way,
"For he that climbs up some other way
is a thief and a robber."

All real seekers after truth recognize this,
although they may have different ways of expressing it.

The following quotations will illustrate this:
"To think, to speak, to act from the consciousness
of my divine self that I may be like Him and
do the things that He said I could do, and
to help those who have not heard His voice
- this is my ideal."

"Thou glorious One, radiant beyond finite mind,
I would manifest Thee more fully.
Thou tender and loving Father, for Thy Son's sake,
give me the earnestness of the Spirit to bear witness
with my spirit that I am a Son of God, and
to fully realize that my brother is at onement with Thee.
Awaken me to the newness of life, peace, love,
knowledge and understanding - then, I shall have reached
my true ideal."

"My ideal is spiritual in essence, regardless of where
it leads. Christ the guide, Christ the leader, Christ the way.
His ways are my ways, His ambitions are my ambitions;
for we are the Sons of God and should act as such.
God's will is my Ideal."

"My Ideal is to be perfect channel through which
the will of the Father may be done, whether in the physical,
the mental or the spiritual plane, and to return to
that oneness from which I came - or from which I was sent.
My hopes and desires are in the One,
by which all were created."

These are expressions of what our spiritual ideals should be:
In Jesus we have the way; in Him we have the example;
in Him we have all the attributes of the Ideal manifested.
His teachings and life of service to His fellow man
show us the way we, too, must tread in attaining
the height He reached.

When in our relationship to our fellow man
we are so perfected in the Christ-Consciousness
that each word, each thought and each deed
brings a blessing to those we contact,
then we may be sure that our ideal is the true one.

ATTAINING THE IDEAL
The ideal cannot, should not, will not be that
as is man-made, but must be of the Spiritual nature,
that has its foundation in Truth, in God.

Know the first principle.
The gift of God to man is an individual soul,
which may be one with Him, and that may know itself
to be one with Him and yet individual in itself
with attributes of the whole, yet not the whole.

Such must be the concept, must be the ideal,
whether of the imaginative, the mental, the physical,
or the spiritual body of man.

All may attain to such an ideal, yet never
become the ideal, but one with the ideal,
and such an one is set in Him.

With this ideal once set, there can be no fear.

There will come to each of us that grace to dare
to be a Daniel, to dare to stand alone.

We attain our ideal by seeing the Father in others.
Let our prayer be:
God be merciful to me!
Help my unbelief!
Let me see in Him that
You would have me see
in my fellow man.
Let me see in my brother
that I see in that I worship.
[262-11]

This is reached through Christ.

It takes the penetrating light of Spirit
to discern the Divine spark of fallen humanity.

It takes the mind of Christ to bless
and not condemn, to love and not to censure.

The fields are now ripe unto harvest, but
the laborers are few.

We must work, work for the night of unbelief
and doubt cometh.

It is our heritage to catch the true concept
of the Divine in all and be in truth co-workers
with God.

As there is raised in self more and more
the Christ-Consciousness we become free indeed
and with freedom comes the awakening
- the awakening to the realization of the Ideal,
not only in self but more and more in the hearts,
the minds, the souls of others.

CONCLUSION
Have we chosen the Spiritual Ideal?
Are the things in our own life measured by that Ideal?
Are there the continued efforts on our part
to put into practice or to count as worthy of self
being the channel that will bring blessings to others?

DO WE LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN EVERY ONE?
When we sincerely look ourselves squarely in the face
and know that our standard is that we see in
the other fellow, that our God is in him, there will come
an uplifting that we have not had before.

We will seek to magnify our Ideal and assist
our brother to do the same.
"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father
also is merciful." (Luke 6:36)

"For I have given you an example, that ye should do
as I have done to you;" (St. John 13:15)
and there will be peace, harmony, understanding,
light that saves - even to the end.

Let each of us in our own way show forth His love
day by day.

Be not over anxious, but wait on the Lord,
knowing that He is faithful who promised:
"Be still and know that I AM." 46 Psalm 10 verse.

"Behold I stand at the door, and knock;
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
"I will come in to him, and will sup with him,
and he with Me."
(Revelation 3:20)

Questions on What is my ideal? - Review
1. What do we understand by our Ideal?
2. What is the difference between ideas and ideals?
3. Illustrate how our Ideals grow.
4. Why does it take wilderness experiences often
to teach us to understand our Ideal?
5. What is the true Ideal?
6. Give the quotations from examples given
of students of Truth who were seeking their true Ideal.
7. Of what nature is our true Ideal?
8. Give the prayer suggested in the lesson.
9. How is the Ideal reached?
10. What power have those who have the mind of Christ?
11. What should we see in others?
12. What questions may each of us ask?
13. What is promised those who wait on the Lord?

See Source File Key #262 for all current reports,
supplements and professional commentaries re 262-14.

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Updated: 3 July 2013