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 What Is My Ideal?: Lesson III



2.21.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:00 P.M. EST

1. GC: You have the group before you. Please give us what we need to continue our work on the lesson, What Is Your Ideal? Please answer the questions which some of us will ask in regards to this.

2.  EC: We have the group, as well as what we have presented concerning the lesson, What Is Your Ideal?

Each of you should apply what we presented to you in the lessons, Cooperation and Know Thyself, in your daily lives; for by that means you articulate your ideal. Many individuals express their ideals in material terms, such as in a standard of living. Have you chosen that spiritual ideal? Do you measure circumstances in your own life by that ideal? Do you not count as worthwhile that you may bring a blessing to another?

As we have said, we will give your group, or particular members of it, a sign– when you have discovered the ideal that is one with Him. As He promised; I will bring to remembrance all things whatsoever has been my part with you, for in such manifestations is my Father glorified in you.

Ready for questions.

3. (Q) [303]: Please explain to me how I should proceed in order to obtain my true ideal.

(A) As we have said, in seeking the Father’s face, seek also grace, mercy, and peace. Know what you worship and know that you are a part of it, and see in other people what you worship in the Father. Everyone contains goodness, because everyone comes from the Father. And the Son has paid the price so that each person may know the glory of the Father that you, yourself, may manifest.

The prayer was: “May they be one, the same as You and I are one.” Spiritual insight allows you to see the best in each person.

4.  (Q) What can we do in a cooperative manner as individuals and as a group to arrive at a oneness of purpose, and in so doing furnish the group an ideal?

(A) You must find your ideal in the Father. Christ said: I have chosen you as you have chosen me. I call them who I predestined; they, hear my voice, and answer by my name. In Christ’s name alone can you be sure He has called and elected you.

Each of you should act in a way that, according to your own understanding of Christ, you find holy and exemplary, doing each day what you know agrees with that ideal, and the way that Christ shows you! Don’t speak or act rashly: proceed line upon line, here a little, there a little, for it is a kernel of yeast that raises the lump of dough. Such is Christ-consciousness a the means to the kingdom of God.

The kingdom, then, is within you. Go. Do. Follow my example, and you will find peace, harmony, understanding, and light -- salvation.

5.  (Q) [993]: What would be the most important work for the group or for an individual to do at this time? What would help us to arrive at an ideal based in Him?

(A) Each of you should manifest His love day by day. Christ said, A new commandment give I unto you: Love one another. Just as he would have spoken about you, so speak concerning one another. In this manner may the greater work, the greater blessing, come to one and all of you. Be patient, and see the glory of God!

6.  (Q) In the reading of Feb. 7th [262.11], in Knowing Self, please explain what you meant by "Work, work! For the night is coming, and in Him will be that Light that gives rest unto the soul"?

(A) We are reiterating what He expressed. Behold the fields are white unto the harvest, but the laborers are few. You have declared your willingness labor with Him. Then work, work! The night, the shadows of doubt, darkness, and pretense, will descend -- unless you are busy doing what you must do; but with the labor comes the reward that He promised.

7. (Q) [404]: How may I best reach the ideal that rests in Him?

(A) Put into active, prayerful, working service what you understand of your ideal day by day. See in others those qualities He would praise, and see in yourself those qualities you would dedicate to Him. Your daily acts, words, and speech - these will bring that understanding, and the realization of the ideal being manifest in you, as well as in others. Look for the good in everyone. Speak neither evil, harsh, nor unkind word to anyone.

8.  (Q) Please explain what is meant by the Godhead.

(A) That from which creative impulse flows, or returns to: the beginning--and the end--of all.

9.  (Q) How may I increase my faith?

(A) Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Use what you have in hand to increase your faith: that has been His command from the beginning, and will be until the end. Use what understanding you have to align yourself with Him, use inspiration in every form; this inspiration by itself draws you near to Him – this reward is the basis of faith.

10.  (Q) [288]: Just how is it meant that I should give of my best to Him? In what manner may I do that?

(A) Pay attention to what you say and do; hold back nothing in strength of body or mind in service to others. This a likeness of what He would have you do, as you understand Him. Let your works and your efforts be just as He said - "If you will not believe me, you will believe for the very works' sake - for the things I do affirm what I believe I am!"

11. We are through for the present.

For Bible citations from 262.12 Index, go here



3.6.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:00PM EST

1. GC: You have the group and their work on What Is Your Ideal? Please guide them and answer their questions.

2.  EC: As you applied the lessons of Cooperation to your lives and recognized how those ideas affected you, apply this lesson, What Is Your Ideal? Use your ideals as the standard by which you measure yourself and as a lens to see into others: What standard do they worship? What ideal do they honor?

Next, begin the lesson, Faith. Faith brings harmony and the understanding of Him, the source of good. You brighten the lives of others as you apply the lessons we recommend, that you contemplate.

In the beauty of service comes the knowledge and understanding that makes life worthwhile. Set aside what so easily troubles you; aim your thoughts towards Him. Know that the greatest service you may do is the little word, the kindly thought, the little deed that makes the heart glad and brings the brightness of the Son.

3. Ready for questions.

4.  (Q) I hold in my hand an outline of the lesson, What Is Your Ideal? How can we best develop this?

(A) Each of you has contributed. As you edit, weigh each other’s point of view with respect. Reflect on each point of view with equanimity. Through your wholehearted cooperation with one another, you attain the oneness of purpose, which is passing along the lessons to others.

Each of you should apply in your own daily lives what you have shared, and try to arouse someone through your understanding. By doing this you will become a living example of the lessons. Your neighbors will see your devotion in your daily affairs, and, later, in your published words. By your example you will give the lessons a soul that may live in the hearts and minds of others. A beautiful truth without your personal application is indeed casting pearls before swine, who will return to their own wallow.

In the outline, much of what you have prepared is good. Each of you should understand that the lesson is part of you. If it isn’t, you’re wasting your time.

Many are called but few have answered. The harvest indeed is ripe and the laborers are few!
The lords have called, do call, for laborers in His vineyard. Who will work today? they call.

The answer: You who feel the love of Him who is your ideal. An ideal founded in man’s making comes to nothing! In candor and cooperation between your group members, the ideal founded in Him is made alive, just as you overcome death itself by applying yourselves to His will. Not my will but yours, O Lord, be done in me!

The meditations should be, as you prepare the lessons of faith in yourself, in God, and in your ideal: Create in me a pure heart [Ps. 51:10] O God! Open thou mine heart to the faith thou has implanted in all that seek thy face! Help thou mine unbelief [Mark 9:24] in my God, in my neighbor, in myself!

[Create in me a pure heart, O God! Open my heart to the faith you have lit in all who seek your face! Help my unbelief in my God, in my neighbor, and in myself!]

5. (Q) Can you give us information now or in the near future which would help to locate Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., who has been kidnapped?

(A) Investigators are studying this case. They are following leads which will enlighten those so deeply concerned.

6. (Q) Do you mean we should not ask you about this?

(A) Others have asked our help, and often. They have acted on what we have passed along, and they will tell his loved ones.

7. (Q) What do you mean? We don’t understand.

(A) Our contribution has already been added to the investigation of the kidnapping. [See [4191] series.]

8.  (Q): [2124] In what way may I best obtain my ideal?

(A) It’s well that you know that the reward of a materialistic ideal is satisfaction, while the reward of a spiritual ideal is contentment. Then be content with what you have, and employ it with honor so that you bring praise and glory to your ideal; more and more will be provided you as long as you make proper use of what you have, for as the Master said,

The Kingdom is like a man who, preparing for a journey, called his servants. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one talent.1 As they worked, they obtained not approval, but understanding. They were rewarded for the quality of their effort.

So, obtaining your ideal is making spiritual use of your resources first. The lesson is: seek the Kingdom first, and your needs will be provided. [262-17, Par. 14-A.]

9.  (Q) [69’s husband]: How may I best obtain my ideal?

(A) By applying your talents every day, without documenting your results. Tomorrow has its evils and goods that you can’t control. Today is! Use what you have. If God can rouse Moses, a shepherd of the flocks in Moab, to lead the Jews, He can awaken you: Use what talent you have, for the ground on which you stand is holy!

Ram, Phares, and Tam, each under their own vine and fig tree, were among the first to discover they were channels of the living God, not the dead past. They were not afraid of God’s voice, but said instead, “Thy will, O God, be done in me. Use me as you see fit. Tailor my talents to your use!” 2

10.  (Q) From Compilers: Are we submitting the article, "Present World Conditions" for publication in the manner we should? If not, please offer suggestions.

(A) Do what you want, by whatever means you’re familiar; you know that someone’s going to disagree with whatever you say, and they have that right.

You have the opportunity, through Christ Consciousness, of understanding, yet some of you throw it away.

How many of the Group have repented, or been in sackcloth and ashes?3

How are demons cast out? Why could not we, who have been imbued with Your own power, cast them out?

Fear has crept in! You have neglected to pray. You have neglected to fast. Keep what is given, and parade nor flaunt it, but know that there is need for an awakening and it comes.

11. We are through.

1 A. I read one commentator who gave a talent the value of $1,000; another,
three hundred and fifty-three pounds, eleven shillings, and ten pence halfpenny in modern British coinage; and for a third commentator, a talent was roughly the value of twenty years labor. It’s safe to think a talent is an enormous amount of money, whatever enormous means to you.

B. We derive our meaning of talent from this parable: a gift, a natural aptitude.

2 262.14 Background note refers us to Ruth 4; Nehemiah 7:55; and Gen. 38 for more on Ram, Phares, and Tamah

3 See 281-5, Par. 11-A (April 21, 1932) (Q): What did you mean when you asked us, on March 6th, "How many have repented or been in sackcloth and ashes?"

(A)We’re referring to the indifference of some of you at various times. You’re all likely to have spiritual blind spots. Whoever wants relief may come and partake freely of the promises and of the privileges of the Christ. Be vigilant and honest with one another.

Bible citations from 262.13 Index are here



3.20.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:30 P. M. EST

1. GC: You have before you the group and their work on the lessons. Please answer their questions.

2. EC: We are ready for questions.

3. (Q) We now present the lesson, What Is Your Ideal, a copy of which I hold in my hand. Please suggest corrections or expansions we should make as I read aloud each paragraph under the various headings.

[EC agrees with the lesson’s text, which you can read in 262-14 Report. He assesses each paragraph as “correct; good; well; or very good.” We jump forward to question 18.]

18. (Q) Do you have any other suggestions for this lesson?

(A) It’s best that each of you forge your own ideal, rather than just choosing one. You will get a sign as you work to find your ideal and meditate on how one or another most lends itself to your life. The inspiration for an ideal may come to you in the form of tests:

You may be pressed to treat another person, in a stressful moment, the way you have claimed you would treat him or her.

You may discover a talent for inspiring others to seek their ideal, no matter what you do for a living.

You may show others, by your example, how Christ may work in their lives; you may remind other Christ conscious individuals, at crucial moments, that His promise is genuine.

19.  (Q) Please help us begin our next lesson, Faith.

(A) Your concept of faith depends on what your ideal is, and whether it’s grounded in material or spiritual values; is it confidence in an orderly universe that gets you through a difficult day, or faith?

Most people see life through their five senses. Your five senses are reliable; they encourage you to believe the sun will rise and set the same way each day, but a spiritual life begets faith. Barnabas1 defined faith as the substance of things hoped for.

Typically, people surrender their faith when faith demands they ignore what they believe is true. Without faith, they are subject to despair.

Purely faithful individuals do not rely on physical evidence: A pearl of faith allows spiritual individuals to stride across the sea and to command mountains to its depth.

Each of you should examine the changes in your life in light of your ideal; that is how we’ll check what your faith is based on.

Let us show you how you, by living your ideal, can see yourself part of the Universe, while observing the Universe at the same time. You can live your ideal in such a way that you will discover faith.

[See also 262-15, Par. 14-A.]

20.  (Q) Is there anything more this group can do to help find the Lindbergh child?

(A) We have offered the investigators help. Have faith they will employ it

21. (Q) Should we begin to distribute the lessons as they are?

(A) First find individuals to teach, minister, or form study groups. Prepare them for their occupation, or you’ll doom your efforts before you start.

22.  (Q) [333] & [602]: What ideals can each of us work on that will best further this great work?

(A) Behave as if God was present: speak the truth and don’t soil yourself. During your meditations, you build the understanding necessary to spark a revolution, to manifest a revelation, to shake this place! Live the truth; let the Spirit of truth strike!

23.  (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 Jesus said, if you embrace a prophet in the name of a prophet, you gain the spiritual lessons he or she may impart. Each teacher, minister, seer, or prophet, commands respect and obedience for fostering faith and hope in their followers. In the end, though, the prophet loses his life, and only his teachings remain.

Christ, however, is the sustainer, with the Father. This is different than the spiritual disciplines of a prophet. The Christ overcame death, put on immortality in ordinary clothes, and offered you, by His example, the opportunity to be one with the Father. The spirit of the Father is glorified in you if you cry out to Him through the Christ. At the very least, He magnifies the Father in you who revere Christ on Earth.

Prophets are but stepping-stones to what may awaken in you the knowledge of the Son in your lives.

24. (Q) How can I strengthen my faith and become a fitting channel of help in God's healing of my daughter, [275]?

(A) Animate His blessings through your speech and conduct.

You have discovered confidence by navigating through the adventure that is your life. That success has led you to look for an ideal beyond material rewards. Your spiritual ideal has matured as you’ve charted its influence on your outlook.

In a like fashion, your faith also matures, and may spur the spiritual force within you that hastens healing.

25. We are through for the present.

1Barnabas was Paul’s evangelical companion as he visited the churches in the Mediterranean. First referenced in Hebrews 4.

Bible citations from 262.14 Index are here





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