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HAPPINESS
(262-108 to 262-112) 


 
   
"HAPPINESS" READINGS
262-108   25th of April, 1937
262-109   20th of June, 1937
262-110   11th of July, 1937
262-111   22nd of August, 1937
262-112   12th of September, 1937

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OUR FATHER, OUR GOD,
IN MY OWN CONSCIOUSNESS
LET ME FIND HAPPINESS
IN THE LOVE OF THEE,
FOR THE LOVE I BEAR
TOWARD MY FELLOW MAN.

LET MY LIFE, MY WORDS, MY DEEDS,
BRING THE JOY AND HAPPINESS
OF THE LORD 
IN JESUS
TO EACH I MEET DAY BY DAY.

(262-106)

If ye would be Happy:
NO ENVY.
NO STRIFE.
NO FAULTFINDING.
NO HECKLING.
But rather
THE JOY OF THE LORD.

And in SEEING BEAUTY
and GRACE in EVERY THING!

(262-108)

Unless ye can SEE
in THOSE that dislike thee,
that despitefully use thee,
that YE would WORSHIP
in that ye would call
A MANIFESTATION OF GOD,
can YE KNOW HAPPINESS?

(262-104)

Have YE MADE ANYONE HAPPY
that was DISCOURAGED,
that was DISTURBED,
that was MISUNDERSTOOD?
(262-108)

NOT that ye CONDONE ANYTHING,
BUT the LOVE OF GOD
that TAKETH AWAY
SADNESS and SORROW.
(262-108)

[[DO NOT focus
on the problems of an INDIVIDUAL.
Focus on the LOVE OF GOD
and what the LOVE OF GOD
can do to the INDIVIDUAL.]]

What is THE LIFE
in the PRESENCE of the CHRIST
DEPICTED as?
That HE
SHALL WIPE AWAY
EVERY TEAR,
and NO SICKNESS
and NO SORROW
shall be in that HAPPY LAND.
(262-108)

CASTING OUT FEAR
FIRST in THINE OWN HEART.
(262-108)

AIDING OTHERS
TO AID THEMSELVES

in GAINING an INSIGHT
into THEIR RELATIONSHIPS
with the CREATIVE FORCES or GOD.
(262-108)
 

TELL THEM of the HAPPINESS
IN THE CHRIST WAY,

in the MANNER THAT JESUS
SHOWED HIMSELF to be THE CHRIST.

And the JOY
and HAPPINESS
in KEEPING
HIS WAYS,

HIS PROMISES,
HIS JOYS,

HIS LIFE
BEFORE THEE
and BEFORE THEM
ALWAYS.
THIS IS THE MISSION
of THOSE WHO WOULD BRING HAPPINESS

INTO THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHERS
and AS YE SHARE,
YE BECOME HAPPY IN THE WAY.

(262-108)

What in
thy STUDY,
thy EXPERIENCE,
thy UNDERSTANDING

made the MAN
JESUS the CHRIST?

HIS WILLINGNESS in the FLESH
to GIVE HIMSELF

INSTEAD of the WORLD
for the KNOWLEDGE
and HELP OF OTHERS!

THIS BROUGHT
INTO the INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE
the KINGDOM of GOD.

(262-108)

What, then, is the variation
between the KINGDOM OF GOD
and the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?
(262-108)

In the finding out of these,
in their variation,

is the HAPPINESS OF YE
THAT SEEK THE WAY.

(262-108)

Happiness is abiding in the Infinite love.
(262-109)

LESS OF SELF.
More EXALTATION of the FATHER-GOD.

More PATIENCE.
More KINDNESS.
More GENTLENESS.
More BROTHERLY LOVE.

These, as you all say, we have heard before.
Have you put them IN PRACTICAL USE day by day?
(262-109)

It is only those
who know DIVINE LOVE
that know HAPINESS.

Happy are they, then,
who LOVE THE LORD'S WAYS.

(262-109)

HAPPINESS is
the LOVE OF GOD
MADE MANIFEST by those
who LOVE GOD'S WAYS.

(262-109)

HAPPINESS is being busy about the LORD'S WORK.
(262-110)

(Q) If we completely surrender ourselves to God's will,
and become a channel of blessings to others,
do we not then possess true Happiness?
(A) You then possess true Happiness.
(262-111)
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If ye would be Happy:
No envy.
No strife.
No faultfinding.
No heckling.
But rather the JOY of the Lord.
And in seeing beauty and grace in every thing!

How hath it been given?
Unless ye can see in those
that dislike thee,
that despitefully use thee,
that ye would worship in
that ye would call a manifestation of God,
can ye know Happiness?

Then, only those who make Happiness
in the lives and the experiences of others
may indeed know what it is to be Happy.

Have ye made anyone Happy
that was discouraged,
that was disturbed,
that was misunderstood?
Not that ye condone anything,
but the love of God
that taketh away sadness and sorrow.

What is the life in the presence of the Christ depicted as?
That He shall wipe away every tear,
and no sickness and no sorrow
shall be in that Happy land.

So the fundamentals are:
Casting out fear first in thine own heart,
and aiding others to aid themselves
- in gaining an insight
into THEIR relationships with the Creative Forces or God.

Tell them of the Happiness in the Christ Way,
in the manner that Jesus showed Himself to be the Christ;
and the joy and Happiness in keeping HIS ways,
His promises, His joys,
His life before thee and before them always.

This is the mission of those who would bring Happiness
into the experience of others;
and as ye share, ye become Happy in the way.

What - in thy study, thy experience, thy understanding
- made the man Jesus the Christ?

His willingness in the flesh to give Himself
instead of the world for the knowledge and help of others!

THIS brought into the individual experience the Kingdom of God.

What, then, is the variation
between the Kingdom of God
and the Kingdom of Heaven?

In the finding out of these, in their variation,
is the Happiness of ye that seek the Way.
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Happiness is abiding in the Infinite love.

Then to each individual here there
comes the necessity of making Infinite love
compatible with the material surroundings day by day.

Hence we will find that it is as the Master gave,
first keeping self out of the way.
Less of self, more exaltation of the Father-God.
More patience, more kindness, more gentleness, more brotherly love.
These, as you all say, we have heard before.
Have you put them in practical use day by day?

What said He?
If thy brother sue thee and take away thy coat, give him thy cloak also.
Have you tried that?
or have you sworn and said there is no justice,
"This one has done me wrong, and that one has done another wrong"?
These are the children of the earth that speak such, and know not Happiness.

Happiness then is knowing, being in touch with, manifesting in the daily life, DIVINE LOVE.

Being glad when you are persecuted for His name's sake,
being in that attitude of forgiving those who speak unkindly,
being in that mind that was in Him when He gave,
"Father, forgive them, they know not what they do,"
and not saying under your breath,
"Poor saps!
I'm the one persecuted
but they are the ones that must receive the damnation,"
for you have turned it then on self.

These then are, as given of old,
in His precepts, His love, in mind, in spirit.

Bind them upon thy brow.
Let them be thy hands, thy feet;
that you do His biddings,
that you walk in His ways,
that you keep His precepts.

For it is only those who know divine love that know Happiness.
Happy are they, then, who love the Lord's ways.
--
In continuing with the discussion, as has been given,
you each shall analyze yourselves and that given you
as a helpful measure towards your comprehending
or embracing Happiness in your individual experience.

You each will find, if it is but applied, that which will enable you
to give to others a greater vision of what and how Happiness
may be in the experience of others;
and - as doers of the Word and not hearers only
- become more and more in accord
with that which has been designated as true Happiness.

To be sure, many find the inclinations for quiet or rest, or laziness,
to become oft your metre or standard; but these, too, are
- as has been given - far from true Happiness.

For Happiness is being busy about the Lord's work;
not in other peoples' business,
not in that of stirring up strife,
but rather as He brought to the world that of peace
and Happiness in going about doing good.

That is the business,
that is the activity,
that is being doers of the Word;
that is showing forth faith by the works.

In this then, let you each arouse yourselves to that which will enable you
as individuals to give in your daily dealings with others
a greater expression of joy, and not of those things
that build for offences of one nature or another.

For offence is absent from joy or Happiness.
And when there are resentments,
when there are petty jealousies,
when there are those things that are contradictory to Happiness
and joy that are a part of the activity,
these build those things that hinder those who would know the peace
and the joy and the Happiness of just being kind,
just doing that which brings to the experience of others
that of joy, peace, Happiness to all.
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It is well that you each - in the study of that which was given as necessary
for your better concept of Happiness as applied in your personal experiences
- think, too, on the difference between Pleasure and Happiness.

It is like the spiritual and the material.
We oft see things beautiful,
and they come out of that which may be very murky,
very bad-appearing yet that necessary for the beauty.
So with Happiness.
Only when one has lost sight of self,
in the appreciation of the love, beauty and hope
in the Creative Forces and their activity,
may one indeed know Happiness.

That which gratifies only the sensuous self,
or as an aggrandizement of physical pleasure,
RARELY brings Happiness.

Out of the dregs of same may GROW Happiness,
but in themselves they are only passing.

To illustrate:
The road to Gethsemane, to the minds of those who look upon their own Gethsemane,
was as a road of thorns; the perspiration, the sweat of blood
and all appear anything but Happiness
- yet the kind words spoken, even on the way to Calvary,
were indeed those that brought Happiness.

And as there were the words from the Cross, these
- though filled with all of the horrors of spite, fear,
by the very activities of others - were such as to bring Happiness
into the hearts and minds of those who seek to know His Way.

It is again as Infinite Love and Divine Love.
Infinite Love is the love of God,
while Love Divine is that manifested by those in their activities
who are guided by love divine.
These bring Happiness and the experiences of joy;
not mere pleasure, not gratification of any of the material things.
But differentiate - or, as has been given - put the proper value
upon the proper phases of one's experience.

Because we see one smile, or with the outward appearance of pleasures
and the gratifying of the worldly seekings, does not always indicate Happiness.
The gratifying of the worldly seekings may bring pleasures,
but very rarely indeed do such pleasures bring Happiness with them.
For it is indeed as has been said, there are ways oft that appear to be good
but the end thereof is death, separation, dissension, anger,
all those things that make for strife.

Happiness, then, is of love divine; manifesting in the experiences
as one gives a cup of water in His name, that may bring much greater Happiness
than to he that taketh a city, or to he that ruleth even a nation.
You each are endowed, to be sure, with power only from one source,
but to know Happiness - then - is to do the biddings of the Father;
or as He gave, "If ye love me, keep my commandments -
[John 14:15] they are not grievous - " [I John 5:3]

(Q) Are the outlines on the lesson Happiness correct?
If not, please advise what changes we should make.
(A) These as we find are very good.
The natural form of filling in the outline will in manners adjust itself more
as there are definite contributions of the individuals of the group
putting into expression their own experiences in a soft word,
a kindness when rough words or unkind words or hatreds
have been expressed,
when unkind things have been said for thy very purpose's sake.
When ye have put into practice the fruits of the spirit and have experienced.
For has it not been given you that from henceforth more and more you will,
each of you, experience the very things, the very phases, the very activities
that you would encourage others to study?
Then do not berate self nor others for the experiences,
but use them for WHAT THEY ARE to bring happiness and joy
into thy own experience of life.
And give the expressions of the experience
as a portion of thy contribution to the lesson in hand.

For each experience is as a help, as a step to someone else.
It is, if true in thy spiritual life, the leaven that leaveneth the whole lump.
It IS as He has given, you being the channel,
"Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words, my promises,
my laws shall not pass away."

And Happiness is as much a law as is error or goodness or day and night;
for without it man is a dreary being indeed.
And as has been set to song, if you will count your happiness,
your blessings day by day, they are many more than
that you have even any right to find fault in.
For if the earth is the Lord's, and if your brother is in the image of your Maker,
have you any right - ever - to find fault? or to speak unkindly? much less unjustly?
And what is the first law?
Like begets like! For in the act, as in the seed, is the full grown blossom
of what you do, what you think, what you are!
Hence if you sow Happiness will you reap turmoil? or riot?
Rather in the still small voice, do you find the song of Happiness,
the blessings of divine love directing, guiding, keeping your ways.

What matter if there is no new dress, hat, shoes, or even the house rent paid?
They are of the moment.
If you are happy that you are alive, you still have the opportunity to say,
"Blessings be on thee," and these are what live forever.
Shadows pass.
Only the light and truth lives on.
Disturbances and distresses pass.
For you say "God is in His holy temple, let all the earth keep silent."
What do you mean?
Is it just a saying because you have heard it oft, or do you really believe it?
Then, as His children, ACT THAT WAY!

(Q) As I call the names of members of the group,
you will please give each a personal message
that will be of help on the study and application of the lesson, Happiness.
First: [413]:
(A) Keep thy heart singing, for there is music and joy in the Happiness
of knowing that you may be - and are - at a oneness with Him.
Though there may come disturbances, shadows, turmoils,
these must pass in the light of patience, persistence, lovingkindness.

(Q) [404]:
(A) Let others do as they may but for thee and thy house, love a living God.
Keep His precepts.
Thou knowest the way and that it is good.
Then seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto thee day by day.
For others look to thee oft for counsel.
When ye least suspect ye are an example for others.

(Q) [303]:
(A) Let the ways of the earth pass over thee and reckon not them
by the spiritual truths ye have seen.
Rather magnify in thy life, in thy labors, in thy dealings with others,
the love, the patience, the joy, the HAPPINESS ye find in service to a living God
- even when others speak unkindly,
even when there is that which is the least in man's knowledge
- the lack of appreciation of the service one does.
Know ye look not to the earth for thy reward.
For only ONE can give, does give, that peace that brings joy
and Happiness in thy experience.
This is only accomplished in doing that thy hands find to do in His service day by day.

(Q) [379]:
(A) The ways of the world, the joys of living, are before thee
oft as questionings, as disturbing factors in the experiences
of those you would direct.
Let others do as they think; only sow the seed.
Some fall on stony ground,
some fall by the wayside,
some fall among the thorns and briars;
but much on goodly ground.
For as you keep the faith,
God alone giveth the increase and He addeth - daily
- such as may be, should be, will be saved in this experience.

(Q) [993]:
(A) Let not the little things of the material mind so unnerve, so disturb,
that the greater things are overshadowed.
Much joy, much Happiness you bring to others.
Does it not bear the same fruit in you?
Keep that thou hast sown NOURISHED!
Let it not die by neglect, nor by forgetfulness.
For as you do sow, so shall you reap
- if you keep the way clean.
In many ways, even as He gave,
let the thorns and the wheat grow together,
but in THY life, to know love, to know joy,
to know Happiness is to make it in the experience of others.

(Q) [560]:
(A) The light and love draws near to thee, and thy ways are close to His ways.
Keep faithful in the little things.
Be not unmindful that persistence is a whole sister of patience,
and if ye would know the greater joy,
the greater love of the Christ Consciousness,
these ye must keep in thy daily life.
Grow not weary, then, in well-doing, but let the love divine, the beauty sublime,
the joy as of the Lord, keep thee.
This does not mean there are no joys in the material surroundings
or in the material associations, but they must be in the spirit of truth.

(Q) [462]:
(A) In thy Father's house are many mansions.
All are not for the one nor the other;
each according to the use of his abilities is meted that with which he is attuned.
Keep thy purposes then, keep thy aims, thy desires, of a material, of a mental,
of a spiritual nature, attuned to that YOU would occupy for aye, for aye, forever.
For these temporal things must pass away, but that spiritual house, that temple
- that cleanliness so akin to godliness - is that which lives on and on.
It ever was, and you have drawn close to His ways.
Then steer thy course to that thou knowest that brings peace,
and the calm that brings Happiness in thy daily life.

(Q) [585]:
(A) Let the joy of the Lord keep thee.
For His ways are not past finding out.
For as He has given, search and ye shall find;
be STILL and ye shall hear the Lord.
For He is nigh unto thee.
Though there come discouragements, disappointments, disagreements
in thy experience, know that thy purposes, know that thy desires
are of and for the Lord - of as well as for the Lord;
and ye shall know the Happiness of the divine love
as He sheds to those who keep His ways.

(Q) [307]:
(A) In keeping the law of the Lord, take it never as a hardship upon thee,
for then it is law alone.
And it is mercy and grace and love ye seek, and would show
in thine experience one to another.
In thine experience, have you found ever that to "get even"
with anyone made thee happy?
To forgive them is divine and brings Happiness to all.
THESE things SOW in the lives, in the hearts,
in the minds of others.
"Grace and mercy, Lord, not sacrifice - nor judgment."

(Q) [288]:
(A) The heart that seeketh the Lord may find same only in day by day,
step by step, living that you preach to others.
For the law of the Lord is not as a precept but is as a living thing,
known of those who deal with thee day by day.
Is love, is mercy sown?
or is judgment or questioning or discouragement?
They that become discouraged are not worthy of the mercy
and the merit of true knowledge or true Happiness.
For HAPPY is the man that loves the Lord and His ways, not thy ways.

(Q) [294]:
(A) Let mercy and judgment and honor be as one in thy dealing with thy fellow man.
For he that showeth mercy may obtain mercy,
he that brings Happiness into the lives of others will know Happiness.
And only by the sowing of the seed of that nature that ye desire
the full activity of in thy life may ye accomplish or accede to such an experience.
For what you ARE speaks so loud, few hear what you say.

(Q) [538]:
(A) Let mercy and justice be thy watchword rather than judgment upon others.
For "Judge not that ye be not judged" is the same as saying show mercy
to those that are wayward, to those that are awkward,
to those that are unkind, to those that are rude
- if you would have God show these to you.
For in thy awkwardness, in thy stumbling, ye oft find fault in thine self.
Do not judge thyself.
Let God's mercy and love rule thee.

(Q) [341]:
(A) In knowing Happiness ye find that it is the little things,
the little "I thank you," the little patience, the little mercy,
the little kindnesses that bring it to the lives of others.
So does it grow in thee.
Then let grace and mercy and patience be thine.
For in patience ye become aware of thy soul,
that ye are indeed a soul in a material world;
though stumbling oft, following blindly at times.
The way is narrow, yet it is the Happy Way.
Only in Happiness may one indeed KNOW Jesus.
ONLY in HAPPY WAY may one know Jesus.
For He is the Way, as thy soul knoweth;
and He was Happy even to the Cross.
Not that moments of discouragement do not arise in thine experience,
for as He gave - and these are His words, and His words,
though the heaven and the earth may pass, do not pass away
- "It must indeed be necessary that offences come,
but woe to him by whom they come!"
Then never be in the way of being an offence to anyone.
Let mercy and patience keep thee.

(Q) [1391]:
(A) In the house of the Lord ye find His offices,
His steps of understanding, of comprehending.
Sing thy joys of thy Lord.
Know in Whom ye believe as well as in what ye believe.
Know the source of thy knowledge and ye may know the end thereof.
Know the laws - or the love;
for the law of God is LOVE of God, and is not a hardship.
For the law as man's law killeth,
but the love of the law as of God maketh alive - every one.
And thy Lord, thy God, is God of the living.
Make thy life and thy love of thy fellow man a living thing
in thine experience day by day.
Smile oft.
Speak gently.
Be kind.

(Q) Any message to the group as a whole?
(A) Happiness is the love of God
made manifest by those who love God's ways.
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(Q) What was meant by Him when He said,
"If thy brother sue thee and take away thy coat, give him thy cloak also"?
(A) Go to the other extreme in being kind and gentle,
or - Because ye have little ye say,
"I must save - that I be not in want"
- but there are those who need what little thou hast!
For it is indeed as has been given here.
If you say, "If I were so and so - if I had this or that
- O how much I would give to charity, to the needy"
and give not in your present estate, you would not give any
at all if you had all at your command!
Then His command was as this:
If what you have is taken away, give the ALL - that you may be FILLED!
For how has it been said?
"That alone you give away, that do you possess."

(Q) What is the variation between the Kingdom of God
and the Kingdom of Heaven?

(A) As has been indicated, one is within while the other
is the activity of the Infinite upon those influences
that bring to bear the experiences of the Kingdom
within the lives of the individuals.
For He has so oft likened it to the various experiences
that may be in the emotions of the individuals; as:
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto him who has the hundred sheep
and one was lost, and he left the ninety and nine
and went to seek that which was lost.
Or the kingdom of heaven is likened unto she that lost a penny
and tore up the whole house and called on the neighbors
to rejoice because she had found that which was lost.
These are examples of the Kingdom of Heaven;
while the Kingdom of God - they that enter in
have known the Happiness of the Kingdom of Heaven
in their OWN experience.

(Q) Please explain that given in the affirmation,
"Bring the joy and happiness of the Lord in Jesus."
[262-106]
(A) It has just been illustrated or given,
as the example of how and out of what grows Happiness.
Then, as the suffering of the Master brought Happiness to Him
and to thee, so indeed out of thy disappointments,
thy trials, thy tribulations, do ye know Happiness.
Such then is that as given in the affirmation;
and again is it illustrated in that as you see it in and as you do it
to your fellow man, so may the measures of Happiness and joy be yours.
For, "As ye do it unto the least, ye do it unto me,"
ever has been, ever is the relationship-conditional.
And in the loss of doing or being for self, but rather for the glory of God,
does the knowledge and the wisdom and HAPPINESS come.
They that know not what have been the measures given
for the bringing of life into existence know not the Happiness
nor the joys therein.
They that have known not the sorrows, the disappointments for Righteousness' sake,
know not the joy and the Happiness in the Lord.
Hence as has been the warning to many:
Look not upon the things of the world and the pleasures of things
therein as a measure or standard as to the joy and the Happiness in the Lord.

(Q) Please explain from the 5th chapter of Matthew,
"Happy are they that mourn."
(A) Happy are they that have known sorrow, for their joy will be filled
if they trust in the Lord.
For He IS the force, the power, the might that COMFORTS
those that mourn for those things even as He wept over Jerusalem
and mourned for the cities about same;
yet might He not by His own power have commanded
that all who would seek not to know be blotted away?
Yet man's will, man's desire is that which makes him at a Oneness
with the knowledge of God.
And to seek and to know and to be FILLED is that as comes
from those who mourn over those things which
they may be able to help but are powerless through the very will of others.

(Q) Please explain
"Happy are the poor in spirit, for they shall see God."
Who are the poor in spirit?
(A) They that have not allowed and do not allow themselves
to be directed by other influences than that of Godly-Force itself.
They that are not acquainted with the familiar spirits but with the Divine.
They that are meek yet proud in their meekness and their humbleness.
These are they that are poor in spirit.

(Q) Comment on
"Where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also."
(A) This is emblematical; as indicated in that whatever influence or force
draws the material mind may also draw the mental and the soul experience.
What you desire and seek after mentally and spiritually,
and what you desire and seek for in the material things
are not ALWAYS from the same promptings;
but where the heart or the treasure is, there is the desire.
Hence again is the injunction given that you know in WHOM you believe
as well as in WHAT you believe;
so that you know whether or not thy treasure is laid in
that where moth and rust doth not corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal
- that is in the Spirit of Truth, in the Christ, in Jesus.

(Q) If we completely surrender ourselves to God's will,
and become a channel of blessings to others,
do we not then possess true Happiness?
(A) You then possess true Happiness.

(Q) Please differentiate between being conscious of and being aware of.
(A) Being conscious of and being aware of may be synonymous to some;
and these may differentiate to some,
dependent upon the individual experience.
It is much in the same way as being aware of and being satisfied with,
or being convinced and being aware;
but they each are dependent upon the ACTIVITY
to which the motivative influence works upon the individual self.
For you may be aware and do nothing about it!
You may be conscious, so conscious it is necessary to do something about it!

(Q) When one we love is floundering and unhappy, apparently lacking in spiritual purpose,
how can we influence such a one to become conscious or aware that He is the Way?
(A) We may only sow the seed.
Remember EVER it is GOD that gives the increase.
It is not ANYTHING that an individual may DO,
except keeping in that it knows to be the right.
For the knowledge or the vision or the comprehension is the GIFT of the FATHER.
As was illustrated by the life and experience of John, [John:The Baptist?]
one may be great, one may understand, and yet NOT comprehend.
Only the Spirit of Truth may awaken.
One can only pray and hope, one can only mourn and be glad;
one can only live and experience that which is to him and to his activity the fulfilling of it all.
You cannot force upon any soul your OWN estate.
The Christ died that all might be saved, but those that may be saved
must seek to know Him of THEMSELVES.
Not HE only making the Way;
for He is the light and the way and the truth, the vine,
and all - the water and the bread.
But unless we PARTAKE, we do not have the awareness,
the sustenance, the life, the knowledge, the hope.
We MUST PARTAKE!
For how gave He when they fainted, when even many of His disciples turned away?
"Unless ye eat of my body, drink of my blood, ye CANNOT KNOW the way!"
And they all said, "How can this be - lest we partake of Him we may not know?"
Then for our loved ones, for our acquaintances, yea for our enemies,
we only so live - as in persistence, in patience, in hope;
for the prayer of the righteous shall save many.
Even as one plead that there be spared a city, if there were only the ten!
How GREAT are the mercies of the Father!
Then faint not though ye may see those of thy loved ones floundering.
Is it not again illustrated in just that given?
On the way to the Cross the world seemed black, for darkness covered the whole earth.
Yet out of it came joy and Happiness, the renewing of man's relationship to God
and the closer communion.
For ye have an Advocate in Him.
Faint not at thy well-doing, nor find fault with those
because they have not grasped hold even as thou.
For "In my father's house there are many,
many mansions" - many, many consciousnesses.
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(Q) Any suggestions or comments on the lesson as a whole?
(A) This as we find - more and more as those that do give of themselves
as channels to bring others the interpretations through the study of the lessons,
they are gaining within themselves a security,
a surety of their purposes in this experience.
Those that are failing to carry through are losing that which would bring
the experience of Happiness in their own selves.
Learn, in the application of the purposes, that the first lesson
is well to be applied in each meeting.
Seek not thy differences but rather the ways,
the means of the cooperation with those
though they become over-anxious,
and with thy own manifold duties and activities
ye become somewhat peeved.
But ye have been called - GET UP! AND WORK!
For it's the workers and not the shirkers that the blessings come to.

(Q) Please give the words of the Master (in English) of the verse,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,"
Matt. 5th chapter, if not translated correctly.
(A) This has been dwelt upon at length and is in literal English as given,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit."

(Q) [585]: Please give me a message that will help me.
(A) Let thy heart be opened to the beauties of the service in the Lord.
Let not anxieties or indifferences on the part of others
cause thee to lose thy hold upon thy vision.
For whom the Lord loveth He keepeth
in the ways that bring joy of service in Him.
The way is being opened.
Follow thou in the way of the Lord.

(Q) Any message to the group at this time?
(A) In the study, in the work, in the service
of the preparation of the lessons, grow not weary.
For if you each will but become introspective of the experiences
that have been thine through the varied conditions that have arisen
through the period of time ye have given in the service,
ye will find that it has opened thy way of understanding,
it has opened thy mind, thy heart to the greater attunement
that ye may attain with the Creative Forces that manifest
in the experiences of those who serve an ideal in as near an ideal manner
as circumstances permit in their lives.
Then grow not weary in well-doing.
For ye all HAVE attained unto Happiness in that peace
has come into the hearts and experiences of ye all.
Then as ye begin that study wherein ye must look as it were
into the very depths of the heart of God,
and again see the vileness of the evil influences
that may come to bear in the experiences of all, be not fearful.
For remember what was said to Peter; he bid that the Lord call him.
Ye have bid that ye be channels of blessings.
Then trust in the Lord. For He will HOLD thee
and sustain thee if ye will but put your trust in Him.
And as He gave, "If ye love me ye will keep my commandments."
And what is His commandment?
"That ye love one another, even as I have loved you,
that the Father may be glorified in you."
These keep in remembrance.

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Updated: 25 May 2014