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Selected Readings on What is My Ideal?

Selected Readings on "What is My Ideal?"

What is your spiritual ideal?
One God, or many gods?
A full belief in faith and in trust,
in oneness of all force manifested in an individual
or just nature or just chance.
Write it down.
Should your experiences cause you to change,
then change your ideals.

What is your mental ideal?
That you cultivate the mind in given directions
which arises from a source without,
or from source within or a combination of both?
If so, from where does it come?
From the material impressions or the spiritual insight?
What spirit do you entertain consciously?
That of Creative Forces which God manifested in Christ,
or that of a physical evolution of self?
Write it down.
Change your mental ideal as you find growth coming to you.

What is your physical ideal?
An opportunity to serve all?
Or an opportunity to rule someone else?
Remembering, he who would be the greater
will be the servant of them all.
Is your physical ideal plenty of money, or position?
Or the opportunity to use that you have in hand
for the glory of the God,
for the benefit of your brother,
for making the world where you are a better place to live?
For, if you are a "taker" and never a "giver",
what have you accomplished?
Write it down.
Change it from day to day, and you should eventually find Jesus,
the Christ as the head of body, mind and soul.

First, know yourself.
Ask and answer; not merely by conscience' sake (in your mind)
but write it down, to Analyze yourself:

What is my spiritual ideal?
Who, and what, is the author of my ideal?
This may be answered within yourself,
through the very abilities of your own study.
Then, write:
What are my mental ideals?
And how are these to be applied in my relationship to my fellow man?
And are they the flower of my ideals spiritually?
Then, write:
What are my physical ideals?
Are these the fruit of my ideals spiritually?
This will answer many of these questions in
your own conscience, your own heart, and
set yourself on the way to knowing His purposes with you. 

The demonstration to be made is better cooperation
in body, mind and spirit/soul of the entity.
Definite decisions in yourself as to attitudes towards
all activities of body, mind and purpose,
or the choosing of the ideals.
In choosing the ideals for the body,
don't trust to your memory,
don't trust to your thinking that
"this I believe," for you change it often,
but write it down:
Body. Mind. Soul.

Begin with the soul, what is my spiritual ideal?

The answer must be within self and of Jesus, the Christ.
This, to be sure, is first, last and always.
Then, what is my mental ideal?
This should be:
How much meditation.
How much application.
How much appreciation.
These may be subdivided or,
as changes come each day, rub out and change.
What is the mind and the spirit as referred to body ideal?
See the body perfect in vision, in thought, in purpose.
This is now the purpose of physical, not purpose of the mental.
What is the ideal relationship which should exist
between self, home, friends, activities in relation to things
as well as conditions, as well as experiences?
Change these as there is unfoldment in the study of your own self.

Hence as in all experiences, for this entity as with others,
there are constantly the periods - mentally, materially
- in which choice is to be made.

There are those influences that are to be governed
by that which is the ideal, mentally, morally, spiritually.

For the experiences of each soul, as with this, are to be judged
according to that which is the purpose in self as in relationships to the ideal.

Either then does the justification arise in that self is sufficient,
and that which will add to the satisfying of the longings,
whether mental or material, self-indulgence or self-aggrandizement,
or that adds to that as will draw in the experience that which is held
as the entity's spiritual ideal.

Hence with this entity, as with most, self needs to be understood,
to analyze self as to what has been, what is being sought,
in this material experience in the present.

Is it that the way may be made easy for self in its appetites for its body?
Or is there a mental and spiritual ideal?
And that there is the desire that those forces,
those activities in its relationships to its fellow man
still draw those principles of equity and justice and peace
and harmony and mercy and understanding?
Or is it for self alone, irrespective of others' disturbances,
duties or obligations?

Hence the entity's abilities, as indicated from those very experiences
through which the entity has passed when it has in the least turned
to the introspective self and looked into the heart of self
or as to the motivative forces, are such that
there are obligations,
there are duties,
there are those things in which the self may hold self in check.

For there has come into the consciousness of the entity,
though oft it has been held in abeyance,
that there is a way that seemeth right unto a man but
the end thereof is confusion,
the end thereof is death,
the end thereof is turmoils and strife.

Thus does it behoove the entity to take stock of self
and see in what direction the sails of its own life have been set.

In what manner the vine of thine understanding has been trained.

That the fruits of your life shall be trailed in the dust of the earth
or proclaimed - not as laudation to you as an individual or personality,
but rather that what you have accomplished in the hands
of your fellow man is worthy of acceptation, and is that which may
be taught to the young of the earth that they - too - may look up
and know that the Father of Fathers, the Lord of Lords,
the God of heaven and of earth, has taken cognizance
and has said, "Well done!"

These be those first principles in which the entity must find its
relationships to its Creator and its relationships to its fellow man.

And when this is sought, the end will be - if correctly pointed,
correctly guided - that it is as has been given of old,
"Know, O Israel, the Lord thy God is One!"
For, "As ye have done and as ye do it unto the least of thy brethren,
ye do it unto me, thy God!"

There is one ideal, - that which manifests in the earth in the Christ-Jesus.
That should be every entity's ideal, - physically, mentally, materially.
What was His application of His spiritual ideal, thy spiritual ideal?
He thought it not robbery to make himself equal with God.
So He made himself of no estate, that He might thereby save the more.
How may this apply in the present experience of these individuals?
Are they to make themselves of no estate?
Rather, is it not as He has given, in the application of that as the ideal?
Know thyself, then, to be as a corpuscle, as a facet,
as a characteristic, as a love, in the body of God.
That is the ideal spiritual, the ideal as applied in the mental.
Not as to be all-wise.
For, wisdom was that breach between spirit and flesh.
And that used to gratify an appetite of the body sets
or puts the body above the spirit.
Thus, as He made himself of no estate,
thy wisdom, thy knowledge is all in Him.
Is it to be used to give the better facet,
the better characteristic,
the better love of the Father-God
in thy relationships with thy fellow man?

There have been experiences in the earth that prompt
the individual entities to seek to know their relationship,
- one couple out of a hundred and thirty-seven million
that seek to know how they may use their knowledge,
their understanding, to the glory of the Father
as manifested in the Christ!

This of itself sets them apart.
But, does it create in the mind of either the thought
of there being a special dispensation, or a special gift? No!
It is the thought of that as may be gained in the mind,
in the body of each, by the fact of the desire.
The desire does not indicate that it is fulfilled in either.
But it does indicate that they have set their face to the light.
What is light? Even Jesus the Christ!
What is the knowledge?
All knowledge, all power, has been given into His keeping.
For He is the light, He is the way, He is the truth, He is the power!
They that seek to use same will find, as He has given,
"If you love me, ye keep my commandments.
And my commandments are not grievous,
rather that ye love one another,
even as I have loved thee."

As to the sojourns in the earth, - these find expression
through the emotions of the body; of a mental nature,
yet the growth.

The mind is the builder, though it is ever tempered
with the spiritual import.

For, life is continuous.

Though the entity may have had varied names
and experiences in the earthly sojourns,
it is still the same entity, or spirit and mind.

As to the physical expressions, - these change.
For, all is under the law.

And the entity - as others - should learn,
the law of the Lord is perfect;
it converteth, it directeth, it atoneth in those things
as pertain to soul, mind and body.

Thus that gift of choice that will make an entity,
by its own activity, one with the Creative Forces or God.

That is the purpose for materialization in the earth;
that ye may be or become one with that Creative Force or God.

Thus ye choose within thyself that ye will do with thy ideal.

Then the entity should choose, should know in self,
what is thy ideal, - spiritual, mental, material.

Do not attempt to attain to the material ideal
without knowing the author of thy spiritual ideal;
for some do to their own undoing.

For there is a way that seemeth right to a man,
but the end thereof may be death.

For the law is, "in the day ye eat thereof, ye partake thereof,
ye shall surely die."
Only Satan, as he did, would banter the question.
For ye may not say, as he did, "Ye will not surely die."
But by one man sin came into God's creation.
By one man death came.
By that same man death was overcome.

Thus He is the way, the truth and the light;
and through no other way may the individual entity attain
to its greatest ability in the mental or the material world,
save by having that spiritual ideal as set in Him.

These, then, bring the entity - as this entity -
to what it has done with its opportunities.
Not all of the experiences are indicated,
but those that have their influence
in the present environ of the entity.

The demands of the entity are that each soul
conform rather to the entity's standard.
But has the entity set its standard that it keeps itself?
Self-analysis, self-study - and application in the experience of thy ideal.
What is thy ideal?
Then act in that way and manner towards others,
as is to self the ideal way and manner in which
others should act towards the self!

The ideals of the entity are high.
Apply self in the own ideal to influence
rather than demanding in others an ideal.

In each experience the activity of a soul
is for its closer walk, closer communion
with the Creative Forces or God
in its dealings with the fellow man.

Running away from same only prolongs
the mental and material torture,
and does not aid the mental and spiritual-mental
self towards development, but creates fear -
and that activity that finds expression in sarcasm and irony;
that finds expression at times in the entity
as regarding conditions, experiences in even individuals.

But in the present the gain may be the greater
if there will be set within self rather the spiritual ideal,
and let others do as they may, but as for self -
it will hold fast to that which is good;
which means doing good to others,
in little ways, in preferences, in gentlenesses,
in kindnesses, even when these may
be questioned by others.

Know, though, not only in what but in Whom ye have believed.
For ye hold individualities and personalities as ideals.
Do not worship personalities; rather that individuality.

First, analyze self. Know that the world, the peoples,
the environs are what ye make same yourself
and whether that which has been set before thee
comes within thine own desire or not,
if ye will keep true to self, to the ideals of a spiritual life,
it will bring in the experience the greater happiness,
the greater peace, the greater harmony.
Do not hold resentments.
Do not let the imaginative influence of hurts bring discouragements -
but what is thy desire toward thy activity in the earth?
Then be the BEST of that there IS, the best to thy ability;
and let the purpose ever be set,
rather than "GIVE - GIVE - GIVE"

Yet, as we have indicated oft for individuals,
and which may be well indicated for this entity here
in the present in particular:
Know first the ideal, - not merely as of a spiritual nature,
but of a mental and material also.
Not so much that as ye would desire that others be,
or that others might do for thee,
but rather as to whether or not thy material or daily activity -
in dealing with thy fellow men - is in keeping with thy spiritual ideal.
In the training of the mental forces, in dealing with others
in their relationships to their problems,
is there a stress laid upon the ideal - as in relationships to -
that as ye would have others be, that be ye thyself?
Thus we find that the ideal from the spiritual angle,
as well as the mental and material, becomes not merely
as a tenet, but as a practical, living thing in the experience
of the entity; and thus does growth come.
For, if the body seeks in its present environ
to find that source of the continuity of spiritual
and mental as well as material development, it will learn -
and has learned - that the SPIRITUAL is the life.
This the entity understands.
Know that the spirit is willing,
but the flesh at times is weak.
What aids body?
What aids the better understanding?
The keeping of the mental attitude that is ever constructive
in the experience, and in the relationships with the problems
not only of the moment but of others in THEIR daily relationships.
Know that these must be as a COORDINANT thing,
as a PRACTICAL thing, as a CONSISTENCY, -
in daily living, daily speech, daily activity,
- with the SPIRITUAL ideal.
Know that the purpose for which each soul enters
a material experience is that it may be as a light unto others;
not as one boastful of self or of self's abilities in any phase
of the experience, whether mental or material,
but living, being in spirit that which IS ideal and
not idealistic alone, nor the unattainable.
For, as He hath given, - if ye would know the Spirit,
or God, search for Him; for happy ye will find Him.
Thus, - in that consciousness of daily living and being
that which is in keeping with the ideal, - life and
its problems becomes not a burden, but opportunities -
for the greater expressions and expansions of self in
knowing that as ye sow daily the fruit of the spirit,
ye need not worry nor fret thyself as to its growth.
GOD giveth the increase. Hence be not weary in well-doing.
In the practical application, then, - this should be in any forms
in which there is the physical activity that deals not merely
with the vanity of the individual as to dress, but rather as
in relationships with individuals or groups such that
what ye would prepare for them brings to their awareness
- as a creative thing!
Giving that to others in such a measure makes for the awareness
that the entity is ever being in that of a constructive attitude or activity.
In meeting the problems, if there is the air of appealing to vanity
or the ego alone, it will and does become a burden;
but if it is in that air, that manner in which it becomes
as a creative influence in the experience of the entity, it is well.

But in the present the gain may be the greater if there will be set
within self rather the spiritual ideal, and let others do as they may,
but as for self - it will hold fast to that which is good; which means
doing good to others, in little ways, in preferences, in gentlenesses,
in kindnesses, even when these may be questioned by others.
Know, though, not only in what but in WHOM ye have believed.
For ye hold individualities and personalities as ideals.
Do not worship personalities; rather that individuality.

(Q) Regarding my home associations:
How can I bring about more harmonious relations with my mother?
(A) Set thyself a standard, an ideal.
Not merely an ideal of filial or home or social relationships,
or political or any other type, but an ideal relationship
as with friends and foes alike.
The ideal relationship as would be in
a MENTAL self to ALL associations,
the ideal relationship as in the spiritual.
And know, all has to be founded upon what spiritual ideal is.
For, this alone is universal, and this alone is eternal.
That which is safe, sure, peace, harmonious,
can ONLY be founded on the spiritual ideal.
KNOW thy ideal - what it stands for!
Know Who is the author of same. And then LIVE IT!
This will establish better relationships with self
and with the mother, with the friends and acquaintances.
For, then, personalities cease to be the barriers
that cause contentions or inharmony.
For, HE - the IDEAL - is ALL things to all men, in all places,
in all undertakings. For He IS life and light itself!

First, find self, as it is related to Creative Force, or God.
Know the ideals of self - physical, mental, and spiritual.
Though, to be sure, these should be reversed.
For the physical should be the result of the ideal
of the spiritual and mental application of the abilities
and the qualifications of the entity, as in its relationships
to earth, to peoples, to conditions in the earth.

(Q) Am I meeting and fulfilling the purposes
for which I am present upon the earth at this time?
(A) You may meet these. The background is such that
it may be done, and the urges are latent and manifest.
Do first set the ideal.
This isn't the easiest job, either.
Not merely saying, "Yes, I believe this", and "yes, I believe that".
Put it upon paper. Draw lines.
Put headings: "My spiritual ideal"; what is it?
"My mental ideal", as to how the time should
be spent in recreation, in study, in work, in social activity,
in the various activities necessary for an individual
to be well-rounded.
The ideal way in not "well, I can't do this",
but the ideal way and work towards it.
Then, "My ideal-physical".
What sort of a church would that church be
if every member was just like yourself?
What would it look like?
What sort of home life would there be,
if every husband was just like yourself?
What is the ideal attitude of a husband, of a father?
What is the ideal attitude of a neighbor? of a rancher?
of a brother? of those political or social activities?
Get them down under each of the three headings.
See what they look like.
You will rub them out many times, for you will see
that they don't fit into your ideal - spiritual ideal -
for that can only be one - Jesus, the Christ!
(Q) How may I better accomplish those things for which I am here?
(A) Read what has just been given.

Now, in giving that which may be helpful or beneficial
to the body in this experience, let the entity know
(and in the presentation of each written copy
of information through these sources to EVERYONE
let it be explained) that, as the seeking is presented
it is the DESIRE of the heart that is asked for.
Not all know what they DESIRE in their inner selves.
For who hath set a spiritual ideal?
The Mind is the Builder, and from the Spirit doth it take life.
What, then, is thy spiritual ideal, that ye would seek
through such channels for that which would ENABLE thee
to plan thine activities in the material world?
What hath said thy God?
"If ye will be my people, I will be thy God."
Then, doth thou seek from other sources?
Useth thou the channels of divine providence
that thou mightest gain over thine fellow man?
Or would ye look thine own self in the face and say,
"Father, God, do as thou seest I have need of!
As I mete unto my fellow man, mete thou - O God - unto me!
For as I seek, I realize that lest I come to thee with
the singleness of heart that I may know thy ways with me,
it is but as naught. As I would that others would do to me,
deal Thou, O Lord, with me."
Unless thou, my friend, would approach this channel
of information with such as thy desire, as thy purpose,
thou wouldst indeed seek in vain!

Yes - a very unusual entity, with very unusual abilities.
Yet these abilities may become the real stumblingblock for the entity.
Here we may find a great disagreement with what may be given
the entity, but this is given with the desire and hope
that this information may be applied so as to become
a helpful experience for the entity;
else tragedy may be a part of this entity's experience.
This is an entity, as we will find, who has little use for man
or woman that hasn't a very brilliant mind.
Things pertaining to scientific problems of every nature
are of particular interest to the entity.

We find that the entity should find its spiritual ideal -
and not in the mysteries of the East.
Not that these haven't their place in the experiences
of individuals, but the abilities of this entity in the earthly
sojourns have been such that unless there is
the whole Creative Force taken into consideration
and the entity becoming one with spiritual imports,
it may use the powers and forces within to its own undoing.

For the entity takes most every experience by intuition.
Easily may the entity, by entering deep meditation raise
the kundaline [kundalini] forces in body to the third eye
as to become a seeress; so that it may see the future
and the past.

But the law of such is that, unless these are used
for constructive and never for selfish motives or purposes,
they will bring more harm than good.
For there is the expression of creative energies
that must be a part of the experience.
Don't let the experiences of many turn thee aside,
where and when it becomes necessary to raise such;
and you will not be able to unless you live
that you ask of and seek in others.

Let that ye seek be that the law of the Lord God,
which is manifested in the Christ, may be manifested through thee.
If the body will do just that, it may become a credit
to its own environ and all of those who have the pleasure
and privilege of knowing the entity.
Abusing it, ye will become a by-word,
ye will become one not a credit to any.

What will this entity do with these abilities?
The choice may only be in self.
Begin with the study of the Scripture as in Exodus 19:5,
Deuteronomy 30, the whole of Romans, and John 14, 15, 16 and 17.
Make these not only as things ye know but as things
ye apply in principle and practice.
Do that and come again - we would work with thee.

Yes, we have the body, the enquiring mind, [4866],
present in this room - this we have had before.
Now, as we find regarding the mental and material
affairs of this body, there has been considerable change
in the mental and material conditions of the body since
 last we had same here.

In some manners and ways, in a whole, has the
body gone about to follow those suggestions
that were outlined for the body.
Changes have been made.

While in some respects materially as yet not all
that might be expected from the material conditions
that should come about from the changes,
this is due in part to the change itself and in
the local conditions that have come about,
that do exist in the general depression and
the conditions locally that have been brought;
yet in the mental and in many other respects
do we find the changes to be more satisfactory.

Now, if there can be made those conditions
that will make for the material remunerations,
the material affairs to be satisfactory, there
may then ensue that which will make for more
satisfactory surroundings for the body as a whole.

As has been outlined, this also must be taken
into consideration, as the body seeks for those
developments in self from the mental and material
conditions in the affairs of self
- that as self sets as its ideal.

What it would work toward must have a great deal to do
with what may be called an entirely successful operation,
an entirely successful development for the body;
for what the body sets as its ideal, whether that which
is wholly of the material or that which is a well balanced
spiritual, mental and material condition, will be those developments;
for the activity - whether of wholly material conditions,
mental conditions, or of spiritual conditions
- is the SPIRIT with which an entity, a body,
goes about its activity.

If the life is to become wholly mechanical, or wholly material minded,
then only the material will be the natural result, and this
will NOT bring contentment - nor will it satisfy.
If the ideal will be set as a well balanced self,
knowing that the spirit, the life - that is, the spirit IS the life,
the mental attitude is the development or the builder,
then the results will be in that comparison as to
the activity that is given in respect to these attitudes.

(Q) In reference to answer #3 in first reading,
what is it that this body would worship?
(A) That is as to what this body will make as its ideal;
fame, position, politically, financially, or that which is
a well balanced life, knowing these attributes are
necessary that have been given or shown
for the better development, that will bring in
the mental and material life a contentment,
a satisfaction; yet not wholly ever satisfying,
for when one becomes satisfied they begin
to deteriorate.

CONTENTMENT makes for that which may be sought by all,
that which brings the most happiness, the most hope,
the most optimistic outlook upon all activities of the body.
THIS - as to what the body would worship - must be set,
as to what is the body's ideal.
(Q) What is the body's ideal?
(A) THAT the body must set itself; for this is as the WILL of the body.
The body KNOWS within self that which it holds as the criterion
for EVERY developing life, from that IT holds as its ideal.
Then, WHATEVER is set in self the body should work toward,
and the results will be in keeping with that activity.
As given, should the body set the ideal wholly in making
the material success, it may NOT expect to be content,
nor will it bring happiness.
If the body's ideal is set in that which is RIGHT in the sight
of its ideal, or by the measurement of that it holds as
its criterion, as its ideal, THAT it will develop to.
That must be set by self.
What does the body set as its SPIRITUAL ideal,
as its moral ideal, a its ideal in social, political
or economic conditions?
Are they in keeping with that one who is the Giver
of all good and perfect gifts, or are they creative in themselves?
This the body must answer for self.

In analyzing the problems here with this entity
we find that rather than a life experience
we would give the mental and spiritual.

For there needs to be only the adjusting of the mental,
spiritual and physical self to better coordinations,
if the body would apply itself the better through
the rest of this sojourn in the earth.
Does the entity seek this, or does it prefer to know who it was?
But for this body it would be better to do with what you have.
But first learn self, self-analysis.
What is thy ideal?
Do not answer this merely in mind but write it upon paper.
Make a list, and gradually - as ye meditate and pray about this
- alter it day by day:
What is my spiritual ideal?
Have ye read THE Book or any book that presents
to the body-mind an ideal life lived in the earth?
Then who is the author of such?

Is the author able, through meeting his own problems,
his own shortcomings to offer promises to thee
that would fulfill thy every purpose in thy relationships with others?

Then choose such as an ideal, and know that the
promises are sure that are made by that individual
entity who has offered self as an example and does
not ask others to do that He has not applied in His own life.

For the entity finds in self that its problem, the entity's problem,
is correlating its own ideals so as to work coordinately
or cooperatively with others.

The clashes are between personalities who hold varied ideas
and but few ideals. Ideals should be those goals
to which ye may not attain but toward which
ye may continue to work.

For ye grow in grace, in knowledge, in understanding.
Hence it is a continual, growing thing that lives on
and is a part of and oft may be the whole expression of life,
of hope, of purpose, of aim, of desire itself
- spiritually, mentally, materially.
In the next list put the ideals mentally
- as to what should be the training, the purpose
of the mental attributes; as to the creation,
as to how ye should contribute to it by thoughts
and purposes and most of all by practical application.
Then in the next list put the ideals physically.
Each should be headed by the same ideal, should it not?
This you can answer only within self.
For the answer must ever be
"Thy spirit beareth witness with my spirit sayeth the Lord God"
that is, thy purpose, thy hope, thy desire.
That must ever be the answer.
For unless that which would prompt thee in thy daily conversation,
in thy daily activity, in thy daily judgment of thy friend
- yea, of thy foe - can be - daily applied,
ye have chosen poorly and must necessarily rub it out.
Have a good pencil rubber, then, if ye would study thyself.
Begin in self with Exodus 19:5.
Then study also very thoroughly the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy
as well as the whole letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
These should be studied together.
In these ye may find those directions
as to how thy body, thine own body, is the temple of the living God.
And He has promised to meet thee.

Then as ye keep that temple - body, mind, soul
- as a more perfect dwelling place of the Lord thy God,
the closer may be thy associations with that
more perfect understanding.

As ye gain understanding ye may grow -
not to perfection, though it is something to be striven for.
For as He who is the ideal gave,
"Be ye perfect, even as my Father in heaven is perfect."
Not that troubles may not arise so long as ye are in the flesh.
For as He also gave, "It must needs be that offenses come,
but woe unto him by whom they come."

Then thy ideal is in one sense:
"I will offend no one. I will offend no one - in thought, in deed,
in desire. But I will be tolerant with others even as I desire
my Father in heaven to be tolerant with me.
I will be just as forgiving to my brother, to my friend,
to my foe, as I ask my Father in heaven to be
forgiving toward me."

For only as ye forgive may ye be forgiven.

Think not more highly of thy opinion than ye ought.
Neither be ye overrighteous in self.
For these are condemnations, and as ye condemn,
so are ye condemned.
Do that - and ye will find thy life opening to that of joy,
harmony, beauty.
For ye have much to do but of thyself
alone ye can do little.
Let thy prayer be, even as He:
"Not my will but thine, O God be done in and through me."

As to the abilities of the entity in the present,
that to which it may attain and how:
First analyze and study self in relationship to that the entity
sets as its ideal, not merely in mind or in thought but in daily practice.
Know that the spiritual ideal chosen shall be in keeping
with the fact that He is able to keep that committed
unto Him against any experience.
Thus the Law of One as manifested in the way,
the truth and the light, which has ever been in the earth
in the various periods of activity, is now as the Savior in fact.
In the mental or soul activity, in the physical,
let thy ideals ever be set not merely as tenets
but as the practices of Him who is the way and the truth.
In the application of self in relationship with others,
study to show thyself approved unto God,
a workman not ashamed, rightly stressing
the various phases of the activity and keeping self
from condemnation of others or of self.

For, as we find in analyzing the records here,
these we choose with the hope and desire that
this information may be the means of the entity
better fulfilling the purposes for which it entered
this present sojourn.

It is not by chance, or merely for the gratifying of the
desires of the body, that the entity came into this
particular experience at this period.
For the entity's own unfoldment it was needed,
as may be indicated in the environs that have been
brought to the body itself, as to how patience
and longsuffering are to be shed in its own
immediate environ and never lost sight of.
For these are materially manifested
in associations one with another.

There are abilities in abundance within the entity for activities,
if they are put into use from the seed of the spirit of truth,
and not from those of hate, malice, jealousy,
the things that make people afraid, those things that
cause timidity within the associations, and fear.

For as has been so oft quoted, and so little
interpreted in people's lives, the consciousness
of God's presence, as manifested in Christ,
casteth out fear - casteth out fear! and shall
make one free indeed!

Not free in that of lewdness or selfishness,
but in the way of "A new commandment I give you,
that ye love one another, even as I have loved you."
This the freedom that makes, is it were, for this body
the whole world akin and less and less of those things
that have disturbed the body in its relationships with others,
in relationships in its home and with its neighbors.

Astrologically we find Venus, Jupiter, Mercury
and Mars all become a part of the experience.
The abilities are many - as a home builder,
as a teacher, as an instructor or director in varied activities.
And the entity needs to apply each of these phases
of its abilities with the spirit of truth daily.

Then budget the time, that there may be a regular
period for sustaining the physical being,
also for sustaining the mental and spiritual being.

As it is necessary for recreation and rest for the physical,
so it is necessary that there be recreation and rest for the mental.
The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak.
Do not court the flesh, but do give voice and heed to keeping
the body as the temple of the living God, as indeed it is.
Purify it. Keep it clean - in physical, as well as in mind,
that it indeed may offer that channel through which thy Maker
may speak to thee.

For as He has promised,
"I will meet thee in thy temple of thine own body."
Communicate then, in prayer, in meditation, in thoughtfulness -
not as to how ye may be this or that but as to how ye may
do this or that for thy Maker.
For thy fellow man.
For the manner in which ye treat others, is the manner
in which thee are treating thy Maker.

As to the appearances in the earth, not all are given.
For these have been quite varied.
Before this the entity was in the land of the present
nativity during the early settlings.
The entity was engaged in those activities for entertainment,
or those things that would enable others to enjoy an evening;
as charades, as speaking parts, as dancing, as music.
All of these, then, have their place in the experience of
the entity, yet the entity soon grows tired of these unless
there are certain elements that may be put into same.
These are to be kept rather under control than allowed
to control emotions of the entity.

What is manifested in the material affairs or activities
of the entity is first perceived or conceived
in the spiritual imports of the entity.
These are cultivated or entertained in the mental and
thus physical results are evidenced.

Thus it behooves the entity, in its analyzing of self
and in its preparation, to apply that within its experience
as to be a better channel for that the entity would entertain
as an ideal, that it knows first within self as its ideal - spiritually;
not merely that the entity may think, but set it down in black and white.
What is the spiritual ideal?
Does it sum up to that designated in the long ago by
him whose faith was counted as righteousness,
that the Lord thy God is one?
One in what?
How is it one, in thyself?

Put these down so that you see what they look like.
Then indicate in the same manner, on another sheet of paper,
what thy ideals are mentally.
How much of this or that is necessary in an individual's
experience to cultivate such ideals or ideas,
for these to be worthy of acting upon in the experience of the body?
Eventually it will be seen that these must become as one,
as does the result to which the entity would attain
or would desire to attain.

There are varied attributes of the physical body,
as habits, desires, hopes, activities, that may come
from what one sees, hears, smells or entertains
in the inner self - or what the body is aware of.

Then there are the habits of the body itself.
All of these, too, may be taken into consideration,
as to whether these will conform to the ideals attained
from spiritual and mental choices, which will enable
the entity to apply self in those directions such
that it may ever be a contribution to the welfare
not only of self - physically, mentally and spiritually
but also a help to others.

For this, too, is a part of the whole.
For these are the immutable laws.
For thy Father-God is within self and without.
Then as ye treat thy fellow man, ye are treating thy Maker.
These are immutable, unchangeable laws of divine origin
- not of man's concept.

What ye sow in body, in mind, in purpose, ye must one day
in the physical being, reap.
That, too, is immutable, unchangeable.
Thus what ye do to others, ye are doing to thyself,
whether it is in abuse of privileges, abuse of body,
abuse of mind, or just the opposite in adding
to the abilities in any direction.

These are the manners in which the entity may apply
its mental and spiritual attributes all to make
a greater contribution to life and to the material
things about the entity.

Do that. In patience, persistence, brotherly love,
kindness, gentleness, do these things.
And ye will come to mean much to others,
ye will be a channel of blessings to others -
the purposes for which ye entered this material sojourn.

(Q) What is nature of experience and urges
which have acted to produce the behavior
of self in sexual matters, and how is this
to be properly adjusted throughout?
(A) These ye can analyze by the ways and manners indicated.
This is a part of nature itself, yet it can be controlled according
to that held as the ideal of the individual entity.
First the concept must be in that which is of the same nature
of sex itself which is creative.
Then as to whether this shall be abused
or used in those directions that have been set forth
and indicated, as to what you would like for others
to be if there should be the choice of a mate with
whom there would be the creating of a channel
for another soul to enter the earth.
Act in relation to the opposite sex as
ye would have the opposite sex act toward thee,
if you were to be chosen as a companion.
(Q) Should a better balance be strived for between
studying for information and insight into the occult teachings,
and studying self to show self approved of creative forces,
and in what direction should emphasis be shifted?
(A) This is just what we have been indicating, as how
ye should set down these things and analyze them
- as to what is spiritual, what is mental, what is physical.
What are the attributes?
What are the ideals?
And each of these must be cultivated.
(Q) What is origin of self's interest in the study of the occult
- is it being used as an escape?
(A) Just as indicated.
All of these questions are answered in that given,
for ye will answer them within thyself
- and that's where there must be the response.
For as indicated here for the entity, the entity is a unity,
an entity within itself, a portion of the spiritual,
a portion of the whole, a portion of mind and
a portion of the physical.
What are you going to do about it?
Just let come what will or may,
or use it in a manner as to be ever
constructive and creative?
Ye can find the manner of making application,
in doing that indicated.

Then, to keep the normal balance is that necessary for this body,
- in the mental, in the spiritual, in the physical nature,
- as to the real abilities of the body, physical, mental and spiritual.
In making applications for corrections, then:
We would first consider these from the spiritual angle.
Not merely as something to be thought of.
Make practical application, practical demonstration
of such in the experience of the body:
Take a pad of paper and write, MY IDEAL.

Would you begin with the physical life, the home life,
the relationships between individuals, the relationship
with the universal consciousness, the relationships
to betterment of the human race?
You should begin with the spiritual ideal.
Know it, not only as to WHO, but what it stands for,
and be sure it is able to answer for any experience
that may come to the body, mind, soul, or physical being.
Not only what you believe but in WHOM you believe,
and be sure He is able to keep that you commit
unto Him against any day.
Then the mental self:
Set it in order, as it were; that is, so much time should
be designated as that to be given to the study of self
in relationship to spiritual things, so much in relationship
to the mental world; so much as to the relationship
of applying the tenets, principles, set as ideals for self
in its home, with those of its own household,
with its own friends, with strangers, and in regard
to its own state, its own nation.
First of all, "Thou shalt have no other god before me."
First to God, then thy neighbor as thyself.
These are the tenets.
These are the manners for the mental and the psychological
approach to the physical upsets that come to the body.

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Updated: 8 August 2017