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  • #30256
    Kathleen
    Kathleen
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    Dear Friends,

    This year’s International Study Day will be held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th May, 2018. The paper to be studied will be:

    Paper 36: The Life Carriers

    Life does not originate spontaneously. Life is constructed according to plans formulated by the (unrevealed) Architects of Being and appears on the inhabited planets either by direct importation or as a result of the operations of the Life Carriers of the local universes. [Paper 36:0.1, page: 396.1]

    If you wish to participate simply join this Forum thread at the designated time and be sure to “subscribe” to the thread so you receive notifications of any followup posts. A host will introduce the discussions and conduct the study group all weekend. Stay tuned for more information.

    From Sydney, Australia

    #30510
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    Welcome to the annual International Study Day sponsored by  ANZURA, The Australia and New Zealand Urantia Association.  As previously announced, we will be studying Paper 36, The Life Carriers, which will be posted in six installments over the course of the weekend.  The first will be posted later today because it is already tomorrow Down Under.   ;-)  

    This year Bradly and I have been asked to host the event and we are both absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to learn more about this unique, and as the author describes them, “peculiar group of universe Sons”.  Paper 36 is not only a rich source of information about Life Carriers but also an  introduction to the adjutant mind spirits and midsonite creatures.  Papers 17, 34 and 65 are additional treasure troves of information for anyone desiring to expand their study.

    It is our hope that after reading each section you might take a moment to join us and share your reflections, thoughts, ideas and observations. Feel free to enrich the discussion with information from the entire book as well as from your own research.  We sincerely hope you enjoy this exploration into the revelation of the Life Carriers provided for us by a Vorondadek Son, and we very much look forward to hearing from you.  Check back in about 4 hours for the first installment.

     

    #30511
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    Paper 36

    The Life Carriers

     

    (396.1) 36:0.1 Life does not originate spontaneously. Life is constructed according to plans formulated by the (unrevealed) Architects of Being and appears on the inhabited planets either by direct importation or as a result of the operations of the Life Carriers of the local universes. These carriers of life are among the most interesting and versatile of the diverse family of universe Sons. They are intrusted with designing and carrying creature life to the planetary spheres. And after planting this life on such new worlds, they remain there for long periods to foster its development.

    1. Origin and Nature of Life Carriers

    (396.2) 36:1.1 Though the Life Carriers belong to the family of divine sonship, they are a peculiar and distinct type of universe Sons, being the only group of intelligent life in a local universe in whose creation the rulers of a superuniverse participate. The Life Carriers are the offspring of three pre-existent personalities: the Creator Son, the Universe Mother Spirit, and, by designation, one of the three Ancients of Days presiding over the destinies of the superuniverse concerned. These Ancients of Days, who alone can decree the extinction of intelligent life, participate in the creation of the Life Carriers, who are intrusted with establishing physical life on the evolving worlds.

    (396.3) 36:1.2 In the universe of Nebadon we have on record the creation of one hundred million Life Carriers. This efficient corps of life disseminators is not a truly self-governing group. They are directed by the life-determining trio, consisting of Gabriel, the Father Melchizedek, and Nambia, the original and first-born Life Carrier of Nebadon. But in all phases of their divisional administration they are self-governing.

    (396.4) 36:1.3 Life Carriers are graded into three grand divisions: The first division is the senior Life Carriers, the second, assistants, and the third, custodians. The primary division is subdivided into twelve groups of specialists in the various forms of life manifestation. The segregation of these three divisions was effected by the Melchizedeks, who conducted tests for such purposes on the Life Carriers’ headquarters sphere. The Melchizedeks have ever since been closely associated with the Life Carriers and always accompany them when they go forth to establish life on a new planet.

    (396.5) 36:1.4 When an evolutionary planet is finally settled in light and life, the Life Carriers are organized into the higher deliberative bodies of advisory capacity to assist in the further administration and development of the world and its glorified beings. In the later and settled ages of an evolving universe these Life Carriers are intrusted with many new duties.

    #30512
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    Several thoughts, observations and questions came to me after reading this first section of paper 36.  One observation involves the role of the Technical Advisors who act as law counselors for the Life Carriers.  Apparently they counsel them on how far they are allowed to depart from the original order of life. (25:4.17-18) Curiously, later in the revelation we’re told law is life itself (48:6.33).  Does this mean if the Life Carriers depart too far from the law they risk destroying life itself on the planet? If so, it’s good to have those Advisors.  The link between law and life is fascinating, as is the link between life and mind which is covered in another section.

    I also wondered why the Life Carriers, who are listed as dual origin beings, actually have three parents.  I believe dual origin refers to Paradise deities, of which the Life Carriers do indeed have two.  If anyone knows if I got that right, please speak up.  The third parent is a superuniverse deity, the Ancients of Days, and the Life Carriers are the only created beings in a local universe who have superuniverse parentage. Does the reason for this have something to do with the fact that the Ancients of Days participate in the extinction of life?  It seems logical that they should also be permitted to participate in it’s establishment – both the beginning and ending of life.

    The answer to my next question may appear elsewhere in the book, or maybe not at all, I don’t know; but I do know that I don’t know the answer to this question:  If the primary Life Carriers are subdivided into 12 groups of specialists in the various forms of life manifestation (36:1.3), does that mean there are 12 forms of life manifestation?  If so, are they all on a single planet or are they spread throughout the entire universe?   And what are the various forms of life manifestation?  What are they referring to exactly?  I’m inclined to think that since each planet has its own scale of life (49:1.3), all 12 life manifestations, if that is true, probably don’t occur on a single planet, but I don’t know. Maybe I’m totally confused – yeah probably. 

    Another question that puzzles me concerns life itself.  When it comes to evolution, does life itself change or does its manifestation change?  Or both? In other words, is it life itself that evolves or is it the forms that life embodies that evolve?

    Finally, the fact that Life Carriers remain on a world settled in light and life tells me that although life may be settled, light continues to develop the sphere in some way.  Or could it be possible that life itself is never truly “settled, only its manifestations?  So I wonder, are there more developments to come and what are the Life Carriers’ role is in this regard?

    Associated Quotes:

    (280.5) 25:4.17 Technical Advisers are dedicated to the work of preventing delay, facilitating progress, and counseling achievement. There is always a best and right way to do things; there is always the technique of perfection, a divine method, and these advisers know how to direct us all in the finding of this better way. 

    (280.6) 25:4.18 These exceedingly wise and practical beings are always closely associated with the service and work of the Universal Censors. The Melchizedeks are provided with an able corps. The rulers of the systems, constellations, universes, and superuniverse sectors are all bountifully supplied with these technical or legal reference minds of the spiritual world. A special group act as law counselors to the Life Carriers, advising these Sons concerning the extent of permissible departure from the established order of life propagation and otherwise instructing them respecting their prerogatives and latitudes of function. They are the advisers of all classes of beings regarding the proper usages and techniques of all spirit-world transactions. But they do not directly and personally deal with the material creatures of the realms.

    (555.1) 48:6.33 Law is life itself and not the rules of its conduct. Evil is a transgression of law, not a violation of the rules of conduct pertaining to life, which is the law.

    (560.2) 49:1.3 All the worlds of a local system disclose unmistakable physical kinship; nevertheless, each planet has its own scale of life, no two worlds being exactly alike in plant and animal endowment. These planetary variations in the system life types result from the decisions of the Life Carriers. But these beings are neither capricious nor whimsical; the universes are conducted in accordance with law and order. The laws of Nebadon are the divine mandates of Salvington, and the evolutionary order of life in Satania is in consonance with the evolutionary pattern of Nebadon.

    #30513
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    2. The Life Carrier Worlds

    (397.1) 36:2.1 The Melchizedeks have the general oversight of the fourth group of seven primary spheres in the Salvington circuit. These worlds of the Life Carriers are designated as follows:

    (397.2) 36:2.2 1. The Life Carrier headquarters.

    (397.3) 36:2.3 2. The life-planning sphere.

    (397.4) 36:2.4 3. The life-conservation sphere.

    (397.5) 36:2.5 4. The sphere of life evolution.

    (397.6) 36:2.6 5. The sphere of life associated with mind.

    (397.7) 36:2.7 6. The sphere of mind and spirit in living beings.

    (397.8) 36:2.8 7. The sphere of unrevealed life.

    (397.9) 36:2.9 Each of these primary spheres is surrounded by six satellites, on which the special phases of all the Life Carrier activities in the universe are centered.

    (397.10) 36:2.10 World Number One, the headquarters sphere, together with its six tributary satellites, is devoted to the study of universal life, life in all of its known phases of manifestation. Here is located the college of life planning, wherein function teachers and advisers from Uversa and Havona, even from Paradise. And I am permitted to reveal that the seven central emplacements of the adjutant mind-spirits are situated on this world of the Life Carriers.

    (397.11) 36:2.11 The number ten — the decimal system — is inherent in the physical universe but not in the spiritual. The domain of life is characterized by three, seven, and twelve or by multiples and combinations of these basic numbers. There are three primal and essentially different life plans, after the order of the three Paradise Sources and Centers, and in the universe of Nebadon these three basic forms of life are segregated on three different types of planets. There were, originally, twelve distinct and divine concepts of transmissible life. This number twelve, with its subdivisions and multiples, runs throughout all basic life patterns of all seven superuniverses. There are also seven architectural types of life design, fundamental arrangements of the reproducing configurations of living matter. The Orvonton life patterns are configured as twelve inheritance carriers. The differing orders of will creatures are configured as 12, 24, 48, 96, 192, 384, and 768. On Urantia there are forty-eight units of pattern control — trait determiners — in the sex cells of human reproduction.

    (397.12) 36:2.12 The Second World is the life-designing sphere; here all new modes of life organization are worked out. While the original life designs are provided by the Creator Son, the actual outworking of these plans is intrusted to the Life Carriers and their associates. When the general life plans for a new world have been formulated, they are transmitted to the headquarters sphere, where they are minutely scrutinized by the supreme council of the senior Life Carriers in collaboration with a corps of consulting Melchizedeks. If the plans are a departure from previously accepted formulas, they must be passed upon, and endorsed by, the Creator Son. The chief of Melchizedeks often represents the Creator Son in these deliberations.

    (397.13) 36:2.13 Planetary life, therefore, while similar in some respects, differs in many ways on each evolutionary world. Even in a uniform life series in a single family of worlds, life is not exactly the same on any two planets; there is always a planetary type, for the Life Carriers work constantly in an effort to improve the vital formulas committed to their keeping.

    (398.1) 36:2.14 There are over one million fundamental or cosmic chemical formulas which constitute the parent patterns and the numerous basic functional variations of life manifestations.Satellite number one of the life-planning sphere is the realm of the universe physicists and electrochemists who serve as technical assistants to the Life Carriers in the work of capturing, organizing, and manipulating the essential units of energy which are employed in building up the material vehicles of life transmission, the so-called germ plasm.

    (398.2) 36:2.15 The planetary life-planning laboratories are situated on the second satellite of this world number two. In these laboratories the Life Carriers and all their associates collaborate with the Melchizedeks in the effort to modify and possibly improve the life designed for implantation on the decimal planets of Nebadon. The life now evolving on Urantia was planned and partially worked out on this very world, for Urantia is a decimal planet, a life-experiment world. On one world in each ten a greater variance in the standard life designs is permitted than on the other (nonexperimental) worlds.

    (398.3) 36:2.16 World Number Three is devoted to the conservation of life. Here various modes of life protection and preservation are studied and developed by the assistants and custodians of the Life Carrier corps. The life plans for every new world always provide for the early establishment of the life-conservation commission, consisting of custodian specialists in the expert manipulation of the basic life patterns. On Urantia there were twenty-four such custodian commissioners, two for each fundamental or parent pattern of the architectural organization of the life material. On planets such as yours the highest form of life is reproduced by a life-carrying bundle which possesses twenty-four pattern units. (And since the intellectual life grows out of, and upon the foundation of, the physical, there come into existence the four and twenty basic orders of psychic organization.)

    (398.4) 36:2.17 Sphere Number Four and its tributary satellites are devoted to the study of the evolution of creature life in general and to the evolutionary antecedents of any one life level in particular. The original life plasm of an evolutionary world must contain the full potential for all future developmental variations and for all subsequent evolutionary changes and modifications. The provision for such far-reaching projects of life metamorphosis may require the appearance of many apparently useless forms of animal and vegetable life. Such by-products of planetary evolution, foreseen or unforeseen, appear upon the stage of action only to disappear, but in and through all this long process there runs the thread of the wise and intelligent formulations of the original designers of the planetary life plan and species scheme. The manifold by-products of biologic evolution are all essential to the final and full function of the higher intelligent forms of life, notwithstanding that great outward disharmony may prevail from time to time in the long upward struggle of the higher creatures to effect the mastery of the lower forms of life, many of which are sometimes so antagonistic to the peace and comfort of the evolving will creatures.

    (398.5) 36:2.18 Number Five World is concerned wholly with life associated with mind. Each of its satellites is devoted to the study of a single phase of creature mind correlated with creature life. Mind such as man comprehends is an endowment of the seven adjutant mind-spirits superimposed on the nonteachable or mechanical levels of mind by the agencies of the Infinite Spirit. The life patterns are variously responsive to these adjutants and to the different spirit ministries operating throughout the universes of time and space. The capacity of material creatures to effect spirit response is entirely dependent on the associated mind endowment, which, in turn, has directionized the course of the biologic evolution of these same mortal creatures.

    (399.1) 36:2.19 World Number Six is dedicated to the correlation of mind with spirit as they are associated with living forms and organisms. This world and its six tributaries embrace the schools of creature co-ordination, wherein teachers from both the central universe and the superuniverse collaborate with the Nebadon instructors in presenting the highest levels of creature attainment in time and space.

    (399.2) 36:2.20 The Seventh Sphere of the Life Carriers is dedicated to the unrevealed domains of evolutionary creature life as it is related to the cosmic philosophy of the expanding factualization of the Supreme Being.

    #30514
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    There are a total of 49 spheres in the Salvington circuit for the Life Carriers, 7 groups each with 1 headquarter world and 6 sattelites.   These worlds are based on the decimal system, the number ten, which is inherent in energy, matter, and the material creation (42:9.2).  But life is based upon a different number, the number 12, which means life is not physical, it is spiritual.  I would say that most people think of life as the physical energy coursing through them, and when the energy ceases, life ceases.  But life is not the energy, it is something else, which means to me that life will naturally continue in some other form unless specifically inhibited.

    I came across another conundrum.  I can’t seem to figure out 36:2.11. What is the difference between the three primal life plans and the 12 divine concepts of transmissible life?  Why do they say that once there were 12 and now there are 3, or are they saying something else? Here’s the specific part of the quote I’m confused about:

    36:2.11 There are three primal and essentially different life plans, after the order of the three Paradise Sources and Centers, and in the universe of Nebadon these three basic forms of life are segregated on three different types of planets. There were, originally, twelve distinct and divine concepts of transmissible life.

    Are the three primal life plans which are segregated on three different types of planets in Nebadon related to the atmospheric types (sub-, mid-, and nonbreathers)? Or, are they talking about the series, one, two and three groups of planets related to Adjuster indwelling?  Or something else altogether?  Also, are the 12 divine concepts of transmissible life the same as the twelve forms of life manifestation referred to in the previous section?  (Those 12 forms I am so confused about.)   

    Here is one thing I can say that I finally understand, but it took a while: Transmissible life patterns come in multiples of 12 and here on Urantia there are, 48 units of pattern control collectively in human sex cells. These 48 units consist of 2 sets of 22 autosomal chromosomes for a total of 44 potential trait determiners and 2 sets of either X or Y with the option of another 4 potential trait determiners.  It’s the X and Y issue that has been so confusing, so I’ll try to explain how you get to 4, but concentrate on the words collective and potential.

    Female cells have 2 X’s, one from her mother and one from her father so her collective eggs contain 2 options in X chromosomes, either an X from her mother or an X from her father.  A man’s sperm has either a Y chromosome from his father or an X from his mother creating 2  more potential options.  He can give either an X or a Y – 2 options.    These 4 hereditary options plus the 22 autosomal hereditary options total up to 48 options for life pattern control, also called an inherent character transmission system in quote 42:9.2 . Hope that makes sense.

    Moving on, being the highest form of life on this planet, we have 24 parental pattern units, which not only determine our physical capabilities, but our intellectual capabilities as well. Just as there are 24 physical patterns, there are 24 orders of psychic organization and I’m wondering what they mean by psychic organization. Are there 24 different ways to think, meaning ways to build a thought scaffolding?  How is psychic organization related to spirit response?  I don’t know if it’s related at all, but there are also 24 different ways to create midwayers.

    Every tenth planet is considered a decimal, or life-experiment planet, which is defined as one in which life design is allowed a greater varience from the standard in an effort to modify or possibly improve universe types of living beings (36:2.15; 58:01). In statistics a variance is equal to the square of the standard deviation. One wonders if the same applies to variance in life design on our planet, and one wonders just what the standard deviation actually is.  Life on Urantia is the 60th experimental attempt by the Life Carriers to improve the Satania type of the Nebadon life patterns (57:8.9 ), and there are only 61 experimental worlds in all of Satania (58:01).

    One of the experiments on our planet that did not go very well was an attempt to create non-placental mammals.  I’m not sure why non-placental mammals are considered an improvement though. (60:1.11).  Can’t imagine dealing with a marsupial pouch.  I also think it’s interesting that useless by-products of evolution can be unforseen, especially when they tell us that ” Blind and unforeseen accidents do not occur in the cosmos.”(48:7.9 7.) For instance, this planet’s problem with bacteria was unforseen, but  must not have been an accident.(65:5.2)  It was apparently built into the life plasm but unpredicted in the laboratories on Sphere Number Four?

    One of the most valuable pieces of information in this section is the information that adjutant mind is superimposed upon mechanical mind.  We all have an underlying mechanical mind which pre-exists adjutant superimposition.  Also, in the same paragraph (36:2.8), we’re given the purpose of adjutant ministry which is to increase the capacity of material creatures to effect the spirit response by directionizing biologic evolution.  This is another revelatory piece of information, the fact that mind endowment directionalizes evolution.  But mind ministry apparently had a very difficult time on this decimal planet and I’m wondering how that impacted evolution here.

    The last paragraph of this section uses a word that has fascinated me for a long time, it is factualization.  What’s the difference between factualization and actualization?  We know how actuals are expanded, but how are factuals expanded?  Curious.

    Associated Quotes:

    (565.11) 49:5.10 1. Adjustment to planetary environment. There are three general groups of inhabited worlds from the standpoint of the adjustment of creature life to the planetary environment: the normal adjustment group, the radical adjustment group, and the experimental group.

    (424.4) 38:9.4 2. Secondary Midwayers, the more material group of these creatures, vary greatly in numbers on the different worlds, though the average is around fifty thousand. They are variously derived from the planetary biologic uplifters, the Adams and Eves, or from their immediate progeny. There are no less than twenty-four diverse techniques involved in the production of these secondary midway creatures on the evolutionary worlds of space. The mode of origin for this group on Urantia was unusual and extraordinary.

    (661.3) 57:8.9 In due course arrangements for the planetary occupation were completed by the mixed commission of twelve on Jerusem and approved by the planetary commission of seventy on Edentia. These plans, proposed by the advisory counselors of the Life Carriers, were finally accepted on Salvington. Soon thereafter the Nebadon broadcasts carried the announcement that Urantia would become the stage whereon the Life Carriers would execute their sixtieth Satania experiment designed to amplify and improve the Satania type of the Nebadon life patterns.

    (664.1) 58:0.1 IN ALL Satania there are only sixty-one worlds similar to Urantia, life-modification planets. The majority of inhabited worlds are peopled in accordance with established techniques; on such spheres the Life Carriers are afforded little leeway in their plans for life implantation. But about one world in ten is designated as a decimal planet and assigned to the special registry of the Life Carriers; and on such planets we are permitted to undertake certain life experiments in an effort to modify or possibly improve the standard universe types of living beings.

    (686.7) 60:1.11 Several million years later the first mammals appeared. They were nonplacental and proved a speedy failure; none survived. This was an experimental effort to improve mammalian types, but it did not succeed on Urantia.

    65:5.2 But throughout all of this biologic adventure our greatest disappointment grew out of the reversion of certain primitive plant life to the prechlorophyll levels of parasitic bacteria on such an extensive and unexpected scale. This eventuality in plant-life evolution caused many distressful diseases in the higher mammals, particularly in the more vulnerable human species.

    (556.9) 48:7.9 7. Blind and unforeseen accidents do not occur in the cosmos. Neither do the celestial beings assist the lower being who refuses to act upon his light of truth.

    (738.6) 65:7.3 The seven adjutant spirits are more circuitlike than entitylike, and on ordinary worlds they are encircuited with other adjutant functionings throughout the local universe. On life-experiment planets, however, they are relatively isolated. And on Urantia, owing to the unique nature of the life patterns, the lower adjutants experienced far more difficulty in contacting with the evolutionary organisms than would have been the case in a more standardized type of life endowment.

    (738.7) 65:7.4 Again, on an average evolutionary world the seven adjutant spirits are far better synchronized with the advancing stages of animal development than they were on Urantia. With but a single exception, the adjutants experienced the greatest difficulty in contacting with the evolving minds of Urantia organisms that they had ever had in all their functioning throughout the universe of Nebadon. On this world there developed many forms of border phenomena — confusional combinations of the mechanical-nonteachable and the nonmechanical-teachable types of organismal response.

    #30515
    Rick Warren
    Rick Warren
    Participant

    Absolutely fascinating Bonita,

    .Your penetrating mind comes up from the deepest depths of meaning and poses questions that, if you can’t answer, I certainly shall not try :) Whew. Thanks for kicking off this year’s ISD with such intriguing analysis. Can’t wait to meet my first Life Carrier.

    .You wrote: …I also think it’s interesting that useless by-products of evolution can be unforeseen, especially when they tell us that ” Blind and unforeseen accidents do not occur in the cosmos.”

    .Perhaps there is a difference of perspective at work in this apparent contradiction. From God’s point of view nothing is accidental, but from the Life Carrier’s perspective, accidents happen. The word ‘experimental’ connotes the unforeseen (accidental may be a relative term, no?).

    .Thanks Anzura! Thanks Bonita & Brad~

     

    ***

    #30517
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    3. Life Transplantation

    (399.3) 36:3.1 Life does not spontaneously appear in the universes; the Life Carriers must initiate it on the barren planets. They are the carriers, disseminators, and guardians of life as it appears on the evolutionary worlds of space. All life of the order and forms known on Urantia arises with these Sons, though not all forms of planetary life are existent on Urantia.

    (399.4) 36:3.2 The corps of Life Carriers commissioned to plant life upon a new world usually consists of one hundred senior carriers, one hundred assistants, and one thousand custodians. The Life Carriers often carry actual life plasm to a new world, but not always. They sometimes organize the life patterns after arriving on the planet of assignment in accordance with formulas previously approved for a new adventure in life establishment. Such was the origin of the planetary life of Urantia.

    (399.5) 36:3.3 When, in accordance with approved formulas, the physical patterns have been provided, then do the Life Carriers catalyze this lifeless material, imparting through their persons the vital spirit spark; and forthwith do the inert patterns become living matter.

    (399.6) 36:3.4 The vital spark — the mystery of life — is bestowed through the Life Carriers, not by them. They do indeed supervise such transactions, they formulate the life plasm itself, but it is the Universe Mother Spirit who supplies the essential factor of the living plasm. From the Creative Daughter of the Infinite Spirit comes that energy spark which enlivens the body and presages the mind.

    (399.7) 36:3.5 In the bestowal of life the Life Carriers transmit nothing of their personal natures, not even on those spheres where new orders of life are projected. At such times they simply initiate and transmit the spark of life, start the required revolutions of matter in accordance with the physical, chemical, and electrical specifications of the ordained plans and patterns. Life Carriers are living catalytic presences which agitate, organize, and vitalize the otherwise inert elements of the material order of existence.

    (400.1) 36:3.6 The Life Carriers of a planetary corps are given a certain period in which to establish life on a new world, approximately one-half million years of the time of that planet. At the termination of this period, indicated by certain developmental attainments of the planetary life, they cease implantation efforts, and they may not subsequently add anything new or supplemental to the life of that planet.

    (400.2) 36:3.7 During the ages intervening between life establishment and the emergence of human creatures of moral status, the Life Carriers are permitted to manipulate the life environment and otherwise favorably directionize the course of biologic evolution. And this they do for long periods of time.

    (400.3) 36:3.8 When the Life Carriers operating on a new world have once succeeded in producing a being with will, with the power of moral decision and spiritual choice, then and there their work terminates — they are through; they may manipulate the evolving life no further. From this point forward the evolution of living things must proceed in accordance with the endowment of the inherent nature and tendencies which have already been imparted to, and established in, the planetary life formulas and patterns. The Life Carriers are not permitted to experiment or to interfere with will; they are not allowed to dominate or arbitrarily influence moral creatures.

    (400.4) 36:3.9 Upon the arrival of a Planetary Prince they prepare to leave, though two of the senior carriers and twelve custodians may volunteer, by taking temporary renunciation vows, to remain indefinitely on the planet as advisers in the matter of the further development and conservation of the life plasm. Two such Sons and their twelve associates are now serving on Urantia.

    #30518
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    Besides being a decimal, or experimental planet with a different life formula, Urantia also differes in that the Life Carriers did not actually carry life here.  They  brought the original design then assembled life patterns according to that formula from the existing organic material and energy on the planet.

    It is intersting that it’s not the organic chemicals and substrates which are catalyzed into life, but the actual life patterns themselves after they’ve been formulated, which explains why scientists will never be able to generate life from lifeless organic material no matter how much they manipulate it.  But what is the spark of life?  It is described in 36:3.4 as an energy spark, but what kind of energy?  Life energy?  Is Life energy different from other types of energy?  How are ‘life spark’, ‘breath of life’, ‘life plasm’ and ‘germ plasm’ related, or are they all the same thing?

    I’ve always wondered where the life comes from when we plant seeds.  Seeds must contain some form of dormant life in addition to their DNA life patterns, which I guess is one reason why very old seeds generally won’t germinate. Life springs only from life (36:6.2). The DNA might be present, but life may or may not be present.  Did anyone read the story about the 2000 year old seeds found in the Masada Fortress?  One of them did germinate into a date palm.  I don’t know how the plant faired but previously a 1300 year old Chinese lotus seed was also germinated but proved to have serious genetic abnormalities, which I guess means that even though it’s life force was intact, all it’s DNA life patterns were not.   Given that, I can certainly understand people who only want to eat living things, but I sincerely doubt the life force itself is actually consummable, maybe not even in the “tree of life”.   The tree of life had antidotal life currents in its fruit (66:4.13), but is that life, energy, or some other thing? The use of the word antidotal makes you wonder what toxin it’s counteracting, or maybe I’m reading too much into it?

    The actual life force in this universe can only come from the Creative Spirit which then goes through the Life Carriers who catalyze the otherwise inert elements of the life patterns. This vital spark of life is said to enliven the physical body and presage the mind.  I’m not sure of the meaning of the word presage in this context, but I think it means to signal the mind to activate life. Life animates and mind activates. But what about this directionizing of evolution?  The Life Carriers directionalize biological evolution but elsewhere we’re told that the adjutants are not concerned with physical or biological evolution (65:7.2), so it must be that mind evolution is the domain of the adjutants, and in turn, mind evolution has an affect on physical evolution.

    The Life Carriers are only permitted 500,000 years to implant life afterwhich they must abandon their efforts.  Does this mean that life ends on the planet? We’re told that they cease efforts and can no longer add anything to help life arrive at certain developmental achievements.  Do they then just allow life to peter out on its own, or do they have it extinguished?  (Is that their role or the Ancients of Days?) If we find evidence of the prior existence of life on another planet in our solar system, what does it tell us now that we know this?

    I was curious about how much time it took until the appearance of humans so I looked up the timeline:

    • 900, 000, 000 BC- scouting party sent to ascertain Urantia as a life experiment plant (57:8.7)
    • 600,000,000 BC Life Carriers commissioned to Urantial (58:1.1)
    • 550,000,000 BC Life implantation occured in three places ( 58:4.2)  [It’s from here that the LC’s have 1/2 million years to get life going.]
    • 1,000,000 BC Mesopotamian dawn mammals appear (62:2.1)
    • 991,485 BC Humans appear.  (62:5.1)

    It took about 549,000,000 years for evolution to produce a human with free will.

    Once human will appears, the will of the Life Carriers to manipulate the life environment can no longer function.  I guess human will is left to determine the direction of further evolution on the planet, but I don’t think it’s biological evolution so much as mental and spiritual evolution. Mind over matter; spirit over mind.

    I am grateful  that some Life Carriers volunteered to stay on our planet after humans appeared. I wonder why they stayed.  Did they somehow know that things would eventually go awry?  Or did they think their life patterns were especially delicate, or were they simply curious about how their experimental life forms would fare? I guess we will have to wait to find out.

    ASSOCIATED QUOTES

    (745.3) 66:4.13 These antidotal complements of the Satania life currents were derived from the fruit of the tree of life, a shrub of Edentia which was sent to Urantia by the Most Highs of Norlatiadek at the time of Caligastia’s arrival. In the days of Dalamatia this tree grew in the central courtyard of the temple of the unseen Father, and it was the fruit of the tree of life that enabled the material and otherwise mortal beings of the Prince’s staff to live on indefinitely as long as they had access to it.

    (738.5) 65:7.2 On an evolutionary world much, very much, depends on the work of these seven adjutants. But they are mind ministers; they are not concerned in physical evolution, the domain of the Life Carriers.

    #30519
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    .Perhaps there is a difference of perspective at work in this apparent contradiction. From God’s point of view nothing is accidental, but from the Life Carrier’s perspective, accidents happen. The word ‘experimental’ connotes the unforeseen (accidental may be a relative term, no?).

    Thank you so much for reading Rick.  It’s been fun studying this topic.  I learned quite a bit.  In regards to the the unforeseen byproducts of the original life plasm, I wasn’t suggesting there is a contradiction in TUB so much as to point out that even though the Life Carriers did not realize these things were going to happen, they were not accidental.  Meaning, they were built into the original code but apparently the Life Carrier’s work in their laboratories did not reveal them.  Only when the life plasm was developing within its associated environment, with all the unforeseen factors of influence in play, did these things become known.  Even the Life Carriers don’t know everything about the life they implant.  Which is probably why they continue to hang around this place.  It’s a learning opportunity!  We never stop learning, and I’m so glad for that.

    #30520
    Bradly
    Bradly
    Participant
    What an awesome presentation of concepts and question for our study of the Life Carriers.  The UB says the Midwayers are the “permanent” citizens of an inhabited planet but no being is here so long as the LC’s!!  600 million+ years here before our own world was considered inhabited.  The patience and persistence is immense.  Talk about uncertainty of outcome and disappointment…and failure!  As prepared, rehearsed, organized, experienced, and qualified as the LC’s may be, they certainly appear to be busy seeking out unique and personalized expressions of their profound creativity – life creation itself.
    7 trillion successes are expected!  As Bonita asks above and the Papers suggest, we might wonder how many total failures there are?  And why are some abandoned ‘so soon’ and by such a definite time standard and measure?  Do we have such failures in our own solar system?  Do stellar or solar or other astronomical events deliver such failures?  Or is it the accidents of time?  Unintended consequences?  Please recall that such a failure means there was no life which succeeded….it is not that a “populated” world some how failed….and was abandoned….there was no life which progressed sufficiently for successive stages and forms to survive and thrive.  One form of failure however, which Bonita alludes to above in asking about the LC’s staying on-planet after it is deemed inhabited, has Urantia’s Adamic default for example.  The implantation of the violet blood is an essential calculation and infusion of bio/chemical upliftment and completion additive and supercharger for every inhabited world.  It’s part of the chemistry calculations from the very beginning….and I would assume especially so perhaps for the decimal worlds!
    So while the Supreme is actualized by the experiential realization of potential during this phase/era of time and space creationism, and the creatures of time and space who are born into potential destiny realization and create new potentials by every decision and choice based on love and expressed as truth, beauty, and goodness, so are the Creator Sons and their co-created children learning and growing in skills and organization and experience, not the least of whom and which is the work of the Life Carriers and their close cousins and constant collaborators – the Adjutants!

    Consider the destiny of the Supreme and those of us whose origin is the evolutionary achievements of the Life Carriers and the Adjutants and those who will become “humanized” and fused with Adjusters to be mustered into the Corps of Finality (one of them) for the creation-adventures still to come!  What is being experienced and expressed now that is fundamental and elemental to that success and achievements in the distant future?  Will we be working with the LC’s and/or their future expressions of creationism and evolution in the outer space levels?  (Yes we will.)  Remember that their work is progressive…ever seeking…”to produce beneficial variations in the standard life designs. Since your world is an experimental planet, it differs markedly from its sister spheres in Satania; many forms of life have appeared on Urantia that are not found elsewhere; likewise are many common species absent from your planet.” (49:5.11)  It appears the point is not to finalize or perfect any particular expression so much as to perfect the process of expression in unique and creative ways….it is an art form as much as a science I think.

    112:7.18 [Part III]
    What an adventure! What a romance! A gigantic creation to be administered by the children of the Supreme, these personalized and humanized Adjusters, these Adjusterized and eternalized mortals, these mysterious combinations and eternal associations of the highest known manifestation of the essence of the First Source and Center and the lowest form of intelligent life capable of comprehending and attaining the Universal Father. We conceive that such amalgamated beings, such partnerships of Creator and creature, will become superb rulers, matchless administrators, and understanding and sympathetic directors of any and all forms of intelligent life which may come into existence throughout these future universes of the first outer space level.

    The success of the Life Carriers in the future of time!

    65:3.7 [Part III]
    And in discussing the fostering of evolution, it would not be amiss to point out that, in the long future ahead, when you may sometime be attached to a corps of Life Carriers, you will have abundant and ample opportunity to offer suggestions and make any possible improvements in the plans and technique of life management and transplantation. Be patient! If you have good ideas, if your minds are fertile with better methods of administration for any part of the universal domains, you are certainly going to have an opportunity to present them to your associates and fellow administrators in the ages to come.

    There are a total of 49 spheres in the Salvington circuit for the Life Carriers, 7 groups each with 1 headquarter world and 6 sattelites. These worlds are based on the decimal system, the number ten, which is inherent in energy, matter, and the material creation (42:9.2). But life is based upon a different number, the number 12, which means life is not physical, it is spiritual. I would say that most people think of life as the physical energy coursing through them, and when the energy ceases, life ceases. But life is not the energy, it is something else, which means to me that life will naturally continue in some other form unless specifically inhibited.

    Bonita points out that life is a spirit derivative and remember that one of the parents of the LC’s is the Daughter Spirit – the source of Local Universe mind and the creator of the circuit of the Adjutants….the spirit expression of mind and life….for there is no and can be no life without mind…whose source of its expression is spirit.  Life cannot be bestowed and survive and thrive and progress and evolve without the work of the Adjutants is association with the Life Carriers…both the spark of life itself and mind are functions and expressions of Spirit.

     

    9:5.3 [Part I]
    The unique feature of mind is that it can be bestowed upon such a wide range of life. Through his creative and creature associates the Third Source and Center ministers to all minds on all spheres. He ministers to human and subhuman intellect through the adjutants of the local universes and, through the agency of the physical controllers, ministers even to the lowest nonexperiencing entities of the most primitive types of living things. And always is the direction of mind a ministry of mind-spirit or mind-energy personalities.

    34:4.10 [Part II]
    The seven adjutant mind-spirits are the creation of the Divine Minister of a local universe. These mind-spirits are similar in character but diverse in power, and all partake alike of the nature of the Universe Spirit, although they are hardly regarded as personalities apart from their Mother Creator….

    34:5.2 [Part II]
    On the inhabited worlds the Spirit begins the work of evolutionary progression, starting with the lifeless material of the realm, first endowing vegetable life, then the animal organisms, then the first orders of human existence; and each succeeding impartation contributes to the further unfolding of the evolutionary potential of planetary life from the initial and primitive stages to the appearance of will creatures. This labor of the Spirit is largely effected through the seven adjutants, the spirits of promise, the unifying and co-ordinating spirit-mind of the evolving planets, ever and unitedly leading the races of men towards higher ideas and spiritual ideals.

    I also wondered why the Life Carriers, who are listed as dual origin beings, actually have three parents. I believe dual origin refers to Paradise deities, of which the Life Carriers do indeed have two. If anyone knows if I got that right, please speak up. The third parent is a superuniverse deity, the Ancients of Days, and the Life Carriers are the only created beings in a local universe who have superuniverse parentage. Does the reason for this have something to do with the fact that the Ancients of Days participate in the extinction of life? It seems logical that they should also be permitted to participate in it’s establishment – both the beginning and ending of life.

     

    20:1.10 [Part I]
    Melchizedeks are the joint offspring of a local universe Creator Son, Creative Spirit, and Father Melchizedek. Both Vorondadeks and Lanonandeks are brought into being by a Creator Son and his Creative Spirit associate. Vorondadeks are best known as the Most Highs, the Constellation Fathers; Lanonandeks as System Sovereigns and as Planetary Princes. The threefold order of Life Carriers is brought into being by a Creator Son and Creative Spirit associated with one of the three Ancients of Days of the superuniverse of jurisdiction. But the natures and activities of these Local Universe Sons of God are more properly portrayed in those papers dealing with the affairs of the local creations.

    35:0.7 [Part II]
    Triune Paradise Deity functions for the creation of three orders of sonship: the Michaels, the Avonals, and the Daynals. Dual Deity in the local universe, the Son and the Spirit, also functions in the creation of three high orders of Sons: the Melchizedeks, the Vorondadeks, and the Lanonandeks; and having achieved this threefold expression, they collaborate with the next level of God the Sevenfold in the production of the versatile order of Life Carriers. These beings are classified with the descending Sons of God, but they are a unique and original form of universe life. Their consideration will occupy the whole of the next paper.

     

     

    Me here:  We should also consider the role and contributions of the LC’s to the bodies of the Prince’s volunteer, corporeal staff and the on-world donors, and the Material Sons and Daughters on an evolutionary world and the “humanization” of Guardian Angels, Midwayers, the Material Sons and Daughters and their progeny and in the resurrection halls of the Mansion Worlds….wherever there is life or the transformation or transition of life, there are the Life Carriers at work.  Do they assist with all the mortal 570 transformations during our ascendency?  We are told they are critical to any emergency planetary evacuations too.

     

    What fascinating beings!  So involved in so many aspects of Local Universe creations and so expressive of the inherent nature of potential itself, ever creating new potential from the reality created and realized in time and space.  Consider how long the Life Carriers and Adjutants collaborate on a world before the Spirit Ministers to mortal mind are brought to bear for that next phase of evolutionary creation realization….the Supreme!  The material mind of mortals in free will partnership with the Divine Spirits co-creating a whole new form of life in the universes…. trillions times trillions of beings born as material creatures on the worlds of the Life Carriers who grow soul by faith and revelation response to become fused with the God Fragment, now united in Finality and Eternity.  Our destiny and finality are the fruit of those life seeds planted so deliberately and lovingly by the Life Carriers!

     

    Thanks Bonita….for making this such a fascinating journey of discover.  Wonderful!

    :good:

     

    #30521
    Bradly
    Bradly
    Participant

    We are told that the Life Carriers not only plan and initiate and nurture life, but they are also engaged in the materialization, dematerialization, and rematerialization of life throughout time and space.

    50:0.2 (572.2) The signal for a System Sovereign to act in the matter of assigning a ruler to a given planet is the reception of a request from the Life Carriers for the dispatch of an administrative head to function on this planet whereon they have established life and developed intelligent evolutionary beings. All planets which are inhabited by evolutionary mortal creatures have assigned to them a planetary ruler of this order of sonship.

    50:3.1 (574.3) On going to a young world, a Planetary Prince usually takes with him a group of volunteer ascending beings from the local system headquarters. These ascenders accompany the prince as advisers and helpers in the work of early race improvement. This corps of material helpers constitutes the connecting link between the prince and the world races. The Urantia Prince, Caligastia, had a corps of one hundred such helpers.

    50:3.2 (574.4) Such volunteer assistants are citizens of a system capital, and none of them have fused with their indwelling Adjusters. The status of the Adjusters of such volunteer servers remains as of the residential standing on the system headquarters while these morontia progressors temporarily revert to a former material state.

    50:3.3 (574.5) The Life Carriers, the architects of form, provide such volunteers with new physical bodies, which they occupy for the periods of their planetary sojourn. These personality forms, while exempt from the ordinary diseases of the realms, are, like the early morontia bodies, subject to certain accidents of a mechanical nature.

    50:3.6 [Part II]
    At the end of the prince’s dispensation, when the time comes for this “reversion staff” to be returned to the system headquarters for the resumption of the Paradise career, these ascenders present themselves to the Life Carriers for the purpose of yielding up their material bodies. They enter the transition slumber and awaken delivered from their mortal investment and clothed with morontia forms, ready for seraphic transportation back to the system capital, where their detached Adjusters await them. They are a whole dispensation behind their Jerusem class, but they have gained a unique and extraordinary experience, a rare chapter in the career of an ascending mortal.

    51:1.8 [Part II]
    On Jerusem the loyal children of any Adam and Eve are immortal, but the offspring of a Material Son and Daughter procreated subsequent to their arrival on an evolutionary planet are not thus immune to natural death. There occurs a change in the life-transmitting mechanism when these Sons are rematerialized for reproductive function on an evolutionary world. The Life Carriers designedly deprive the Planetary Adams and Eves of the power of begetting undying sons and daughters. If they do not default, an Adam and Eve on a planetary mission can live on indefinitely, but within certain limits their children experience decreasing longevity with each succeeding generation.

    51:2.3 [Part II]
    While there is this dematerializing technique for preparing the Adams for transit from Jerusem to the evolutionary worlds, there is no equivalent method for taking them away from such worlds unless the entire planet is to be emptied, in which event emergency installation of the dematerialization technique is made for the entire salvable population. If some physical catastrophe should doom the planetary residence of an evolving race, the Melchizedeks and the Life Carriers would install the technique of dematerialization for all survivors, and by seraphic transport these beings would be carried away to the new world prepared for their continuing existence. The evolution of a human race, once initiated on a world of space, must proceed quite independently of the physical survival of that planet, but during the evolutionary ages it is not otherwise intended that a Planetary Adam or Eve shall leave their chosen world.

    51:2.4 [Part II]
    Upon arrival at their planetary destination the Material Son and Daughter are rematerialized under the direction of the Life Carriers. This entire process takes ten to twenty-eight days of Urantia time. The unconsciousness of the seraphic slumber continues throughout this entire period of reconstruction. When the reassembly of the physical organism is completed, these Material Sons and Daughters stand in their new homes and on their new worlds to all intents and purposes just as they were before submitting to the dematerializing process on Jerusem.

    Consider the terms “humanize OR humanized”:

    https://urantia-association.org/search/?zoom_sort=2&zoom_query=humanized+OR+humanize&zoom_per_page=100&zoom_and=0&zoom_cat%5B%5D=-1

    #30522
    Bradly
    Bradly
    Participant

    It is interesting to note the authority and authorship of these wonderful personalities and beings and their contribution to the Papers:

    057. The Origin of Urantia . Life Carrier
    058. Life Establishment on Urantia . Life Carrier
    059. The Marine-Life Era on Urantia . Life Carrier
    060. Urantia During the Early Land-Life Era . Life Carrier
    061. The Mammalian Era on Urantia . Life Carrier
    062. The Dawn Races of Early Man . Life Carrier
    063. The First Human Family . Life Carrier
    064. The Evolutionary Races of Color . Life Carrier
    065. The Overcontrol of Evolution . Life Carrier

    62:6.1 [Part III]
    We, the Life Carriers on Urantia, had passed through the long vigil of watchful waiting since the day we first planted the life plasm in the planetary waters, and naturally the appearance of the first really intelligent and volitional beings brought to us great joy and supreme satisfaction.

    62:7.3 [Part III]
    “To the Life Carriers on Urantia — Greetings! We transmit assurance of great pleasure on Salvington, Edentia, and Jerusem in honor of the registration on the headquarters of Nebadon of the signal of the existence on Urantia of mind of will dignity. The purposeful decision of the twins to flee northward and segregate their offspring from their inferior ancestors has been noted. This is the first decision of mind — the human type of mind — on Urantia and automatically establishes the circuit of communication over which this initial message of acknowledgment is transmitting.”

    62:7.4 [Part III]
    Next over this new circuit came the greetings of the Most Highs of Edentia, containing instructions for the resident Life Carriers forbidding us to interfere with the pattern of life we had established. We were directed not to intervene in the affairs of human progress. It should not be inferred that Life Carriers ever arbitrarily and mechanically interfere with the natural outworking of the planetary evolutionary plans, for we do not. But up to this time we had been permitted to manipulate the environment and shield the life plasm in a special manner, and it was this extraordinary, but wholly natural, supervision that was to be discontinued.

    62:7.5 [Part III]
    And no sooner had the Most Highs left off speaking than the beautiful message of Lucifer, then sovereign of the Satania system, began to planetize. Now the Life Carriers heard the welcome words of their own chief and received his permission to return to Jerusem. This message from Lucifer contained the official acceptance of the Life Carriers’ work on Urantia and absolved us from all future criticism of any of our efforts to improve the life patterns of Nebadon as established in the Satania system.

    62:7.6 [Part III]
    These messages from Salvington, Edentia, and Jerusem formally marked the termination of the Life Carriers’ agelong supervision of the planet. For ages we had been on duty, assisted only by the seven adjutant mind-spirits and the Master Physical Controllers. And now, will, the power of choosing to worship and to ascend, having appeared in the evolutionary creatures of the planet, we realized that our work was finished, and our group prepared to depart. Urantia being a life-modification world, permission was granted to leave behind two senior Life Carriers with twelve assistants, and I was chosen as one of this group and have ever since been on Urantia.

    Right from the horse’s mouth…. ;-)

    1. Life Carrier Functions

    (730.8) 65:1.1 The Life Carriers are endowed with potentials of personality metamorphosis which but few orders of creatures possess. These Sons of the local universe are capable of functioning in three diverse phases of being. They ordinarily perform their duties as mid-phase Sons, that being the state of their origin. But a Life Carrier in such a stage of existence could not possibly function in the electrochemical domains as a fabricator of physical energies and material particles into units of living existence.

    (730.9) 65:1.2 Life Carriers are able to function and do function on the following three levels:
    (730.10) 65:1.3 1. The physical level of electrochemistry.
    (730.11) 65:1.4 2. The usual mid-phase of quasi-morontial existence.
    (730.12) 65:1.5 3. The advanced semispiritual level.

    (731.1) 65:1.6 When the Life Carriers make ready to engage in life implantation, and after they have selected the sites for such an undertaking, they summon the archangel commission of Life Carrier transmutation. This group consists of ten orders of diverse personalities, including the physical controllers and their associates, and is presided over by the chief of archangels, who acts in this capacity by the mandate of Gabriel and with the permission of the Ancients of Days. When these beings are properly encircuited, they can effect such modifications in the Life Carriers as will enable them immediately to function on the physical levels of electrochemistry.

    (731.2) 65:1.7 After the life patterns have been formulated and the material organizations have been duly completed, the supermaterial forces concerned in life propagation become forthwith active, and life is existent. Whereupon the Life Carriers are immediately returned to their normal mid-phase of personality existence, in which estate they can manipulate the living units and maneuver the evolving organisms, even though they are shorn of all ability to organize — create — new patterns of living matter.

    (731.3) 65:1.8 After organic evolution has run a certain course and free will of the human type has appeared in the highest evolving organisms, the Life Carriers must either leave the planet or take renunciation vows; that is, they must pledge themselves to refrain from all attempts further to influence the course of organic evolution. And when such vows are voluntarily taken by those Life Carriers who choose to remain on the planet as future advisers to those who shall be intrusted with the fostering of the newly evolved will creatures, there is summoned a commission of twelve, presided over by the chief of the Evening Stars, acting by authority of the System Sovereign and with permission of Gabriel; and forthwith these Life Carriers are transmuted to the third phase of personality existence — the semispiritual level of being. And I have functioned on Urantia in this third phase of existence ever since the times of Andon and Fonta.

    (731.4) 65:1.9 We look forward to a time when the universe may be settled in light and life, to a possible fourth stage of being wherein we shall be wholly spiritual, but it has never been revealed to us by what technique we may attain this desirable and advanced estate.

    #30523
    Bradly
    Bradly
    Participant

    The Life Carriers on Urantia also became involved in planetary administration as a result of the System rebellion:

    67:6.2 [Part III]
    Before the arrival of the Melchizedek receivers, Van placed the administration of human affairs in the hands of ten commissions of four each, groups identical with those of the Prince’s regime. The senior resident Life Carriers assumed temporary leadership of this council of forty, which functioned throughout the seven years of waiting. Similar groups of Amadonites assumed these responsibilities when the thirty-nine loyal staff members returned to Jerusem.

    67:6.5 [Part III]
    The affairs of Urantia were for a long time administered by a council of planetary receivers, twelve Melchizedeks, confirmed by the mandate of the senior constellation ruler, the Most High Father of Norlatiadek. Associated with the Melchizedek receivers was an advisory council consisting of: one of the loyal aids of the fallen Prince, the two resident Life Carriers, a Trinitized Son in apprenticeship training, a volunteer Teacher Son, a Brilliant Evening Star of Avalon (periodically), the chiefs of seraphim and cherubim, advisers from two neighboring planets, the director general of subordinate angelic life, and Van, the commander in chief of the midway creatures. And thus was Urantia governed and administered until the arrival of Adam. It is not strange that the courageous and loyal Van was assigned a place on the council of planetary receivers which for so long administered the affairs of Urantia.

    73:0.1 [Part III]
    THE cultural decadence and spiritual poverty resulting from the Caligastia downfall and consequent social confusion had little effect on the physical or biologic status of the Urantia peoples. Organic evolution proceeded apace, quite regardless of the cultural and moral setback which so swiftly followed the disaffection of Caligastia and Daligastia. And there came a time in the planetary history, almost forty thousand years ago, when the Life Carriers on duty took note that, from a purely biologic standpoint, the developmental progress of the Urantia races was nearing its apex. The Melchizedek receivers, concurring in this opinion, readily agreed to join the Life Carriers in a petition to the Most Highs of Edentia asking that Urantia be inspected with a view to authorizing the dispatch of biologic uplifters, a Material Son and Daughter.

    93:0.1 [Part III]
    THE Melchizedeks are widely known as emergency Sons, for they engage in an amazing range of activities on the worlds of a local universe. When any extraordinary problem arises, or when something unusual is to be attempted, it is quite often a Melchizedek who accepts the assignment. The ability of the Melchizedek Sons to function in emergencies and on widely divergent levels of the universe, even on the physical level of personality manifestation, is peculiar to their order. Only the Life Carriers share to any degree this metamorphic range of personality function.

    93:0.2 [Part III]
    The Melchizedek order of universe sonship has been exceedingly active on Urantia. A corps of twelve served in conjunction with the Life Carriers. A later corps of twelve became receivers for your world shortly after the Caligastia secession and continued in authority until the time of Adam and Eve. These twelve Melchizedeks returned to Urantia upon the default of Adam and Eve, and they continued thereafter as planetary receivers on down to the day when Jesus of Nazareth, as the Son of Man, became the titular Planetary Prince of Urantia.

    114:5.5 [Part III]
    Each administrative day on Urantia begins with a consultative conference, which is attended by the governor general, the planetary chief of archangels, the Most High observer, the supervising supernaphim, the chief of resident Life Carriers, and invited guests from among the high Sons of the universe or from among certain of the student visitors who may chance to be sojourning on the planet.

    And what role do the Life Carriers have in the Creator Son’s materializations and dematerializations in their bestowal adventures?   And what of the healings and the miracles of the Master in Part 4?  Oh yes……the adventure continues!

    :-)

    #30524
    Bradly
    Bradly
    Participant

    119:3.1 [Part III]
    The supreme council on Salvington had just finished the consideration of the call of the Life Carriers on planet 217 in system 87 in constellation 61 for the dispatch to their assistance of a Material Son. Now this planet was situated in a system of inhabited worlds where another System Sovereign had gone astray, the second such rebellion in all Nebadon up to that time.

    119:3.2 [Part III]
    Upon the request of Michael, action on the petition of the Life Carriers of this planet was deferred pending its consideration by Immanuel and his report thereon. This was an irregular procedure, and I well remember how we all anticipated something unusual, and we were not long held in suspense. Michael proceeded to place universe direction in the hands of Immanuel, while he intrusted command of the celestial forces to Gabriel, and having thus disposed of his administrative responsibilities, he took leave of the Universe Mother Spirit and vanished from the dispatching field of Salvington precisely as he had done on two previous occasions.

    145:3.8 [Part IV]
    A voice from the front yard exclaimed: “Master, speak the word, restore our health, heal our diseases, and save our souls.” No sooner had these words been uttered than a vast retinue of seraphim, physical controllers, Life Carriers, and midwayers, such as always attended this incarnated Creator of a universe, made themselves ready to act with creative power should their Sovereign give the signal. This was one of those moments in the earth career of Jesus in which divine wisdom and human compassion were so interlocked in the judgment of the Son of Man that he sought refuge in appeal to his Father’s will.

    189:0.1 [Part IV]
    SOON after the burial of Jesus on Friday afternoon, the chief of the archangels of Nebadon, then present on Urantia, summoned his council of the resurrection of sleeping will creatures and entered upon the consideration of a possible technique for the restoration of Jesus. These assembled sons of the local universe, the creatures of Michael, did this on their own responsibility; Gabriel had not assembled them. By midnight they had arrived at the conclusion that the creature could do nothing to facilitate the resurrection of the Creator. They were disposed to accept the advice of Gabriel, who instructed them that, since Michael had “laid down his life of his own free will, he also had power to take it up again in accordance with his own determination.” Shortly after the adjournment of this council of the archangels, the Life Carriers, and their various associates in the work of creature rehabilitation and morontia creation, the Personalized Adjuster of Jesus, being in personal command of the assembled celestial hosts then on Urantia, spoke these words to the anxious waiting watchers:

    (2020.2) 189:0.2 “Not one of you can do aught to assist your Creator-father in the return to life. As a mortal of the realm he has experienced mortal death; as the Sovereign of a universe he still lives. That which you observe is the mortal transit of Jesus of Nazareth from life in the flesh to life in the morontia. The spirit transit of this Jesus was completed at the time I separated myself from his personality and became your temporary director. Your Creator-father has elected to pass through the whole of the experience of his mortal creatures, from birth on the material worlds, on through natural death and the resurrection of the morontia, into the status of true spirit existence. A certain phase of this experience you are about to observe, but you may not participate in it. Those things which you ordinarily do for the creature, you may not do for the Creator. A Creator Son has within himself the power to bestow himself in the likeness of any of his created sons; he has within himself the power to lay down his observable life and to take it up again; and he has this power because of the direct command of the Paradise Father, and I know whereof I speak.”

    (2020.3) 189:0.3 When they heard the Personalized Adjuster so speak, they all assumed the attitude of anxious expectancy, from Gabriel down to the most humble cherubim. They saw the mortal body of Jesus in the tomb; they detected evidences of the universe activity of their beloved Sovereign; and not understanding such phenomena, they waited patiently for developments.

    Me here:  Evidently, Michael’s repersonalization offers mysteries even to the Life Carriers!!

    (2021.3) 189:1.4 As far as we can judge, no creature of this universe nor any personality from another universe had anything to do with this morontia resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. On Friday he laid down his life as a mortal of the realm; on Sunday morning he took it up again as a morontia being of the system of Satania in Norlatiadek. There is much about the resurrection of Jesus which we do not understand. But we know that it occurred as we have stated and at about the time indicated. We can also record that all known phenomena associated with this mortal transit, or morontia resurrection, occurred right there in Joseph’s new tomb, where the mortal material remains of Jesus lay wrapped in burial cloths.

    (2021.4) 189:1.5 We know that no creature of the local universe participated in this morontia awakening. We perceived the seven personalities of Paradise surround the tomb, but we did not see them do anything in connection with the Master’s awakening. Just as soon as Jesus appeared beside Gabriel, just above the tomb, the seven personalities from Paradise signalized their intention of immediate departure for Uversa.

    Me here:  So I wonder how much of the powers and abilities of the Life Carriers come by their triple parentage, including that from the Super Universe??!!

    What a diverse set of skills and functions in the universes of time!  We shall learn far more about them and work with them in our own eternal adventures to come!!

    ;-)

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