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    Bonita
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    4. Melchizedek Life Carriers

    (400.5) 36:4.1 In every local system of inhabited worlds throughout Nebadon there is a single sphere whereon the Melchizedeks have functioned as life carriers. These abodes are known as the system midsonite worlds, and on each of them a materially modified Melchizedek Son has mated with a selected Daughter of the material order of sonship. The Mother Eves of such midsonite worlds are dispatched from the system headquarters of jurisdiction, having been chosen by the designated Melchizedek life carrier from among the numerous volunteers who respond to the call of the System Sovereign addressed to the Material Daughters of his sphere.

    (400.6) 36:4.2 The progeny of a Melchizedek life carrier and a Material Daughter are known as midsoniters. The Melchizedek father of such a race of supernal creatures eventually leaves the planet of his unique life function, and the Mother Eve of this special order of universe beings also departs upon the appearance of the seventh generation of planetary offspring. The direction of such a world then devolves upon her eldest son.

    (400.7) 36:4.3 The midsonite creatures live and function as reproducing beings on their magnificent worlds until they are one thousand standard years of age; whereupon they are translated by seraphic transport. Midsoniters are nonreproducing beings thereafter because the technique of dematerialization which they pass through in preparation for enseraphiming forever deprives them of reproductive prerogatives.

    (400.8) 36:4.4 The present status of these beings can hardly be reckoned as either mortal or immortal, neither can they be definitely classified as human or divine. These creatures are not Adjuster indwelt, hence hardly immortal. But neither do they seem to be mortal; no midsoniter has experienced death. All midsoniters ever born in Nebadon are alive today, functioning on their native worlds, on some intervening sphere, or on the Salvington midsonite sphere in the finaliters’ group of worlds.

    (401.1) 36:4.5 The Salvington Worlds of the Finaliters. The Melchizedek life carriers, as well as the associated Mother Eves, go from the system midsonite spheres to the finaliters’ worlds of the Salvington circuit, where their offspring are also destined to forgather.

    (401.2) 36:4.6 It should be explained in this connection that the fifth group of seven primary worlds in the Salvington circuit are the Nebadon worlds of the finaliters. The children of the Melchizedek life carriers and the Material Daughters are domiciled on the seventh world of the finaliters, the Salvington midsonite sphere.

    (401.3) 36:4.7 The satellites of the seven primary worlds of the finaliters are the rendezvous of the personalities of the super- and central universes who may be executing assignments in Nebadon. While the ascending mortals go about freely on all of the cultural worlds and training spheres of the 490 worlds comprising the Melchizedek University, there are certain special schools and numerous restricted zones which they are not permitted to enter. This is especially true of the forty-nine spheres under the jurisdiction of the finaliters.

    (401.4) 36:4.8 The purpose of the midsonite creatures is not at present known, but it would appear that these personalities are forgathering on the seventh finaliter world in preparation for some future eventuality in universe evolution. Our inquiries concerning the midsonite races are always referred to the finaliters, and always do the finaliters decline to discuss the destiny of their wards. Regardless of our uncertainty as to the future of the midsoniters, we do know that every local universe in Orvonton harbors such an accumulating corps of these mysterious beings. It is the belief of the Melchizedek life carriers that their midsonite children will some day be endowed with the transcendental and eternal spirit of absonity by God the Ultimate.

    #30530
    Bonita
    Bonita
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    We know that the Melchizedeks do not have the power of reproduction (35:5.2), which is why I suppose they must be materially modified in order to create midsonite beings.  The power of reproduction, like mind, is endowed by the Creative Spirit and no one else, so I’m curious to know why she did not give that power to the Melchizedeks, except the original Father Melchizedek, who does have inherent co-parental abilities. (35:1.3)  He is actually the one who decides which Melchizedek will function as a special Life Carrier to a midsonite world.

    I’m not sure if this special Life Carrier also brings the life patterns for flora and fauna to the midsonite worlds.  I imagine so.  But it looks like intelligent life with free will does not evolve on these worlds, so I’m wondering if that also applies to the plant and animal life there. Are these architectural worlds? Or is there no plant and animal life on these worlds?  I don’t think they tell us, at least not in this paper, but maybe elsewhere. One thing they do tell us is that rulership of these worlds is patriarchal, which I find to be quite interesting.  It’s the Father thing again.

    It’s also curious to me that the process of dematerialization of midsonite creatures results in sterility.  If for some reason our planet had to be evacuated by terrestrial escape, it would be done by a dematerialization technique.  Would we loose our reproductive abilities if that were to happen?  Quote 51:2.3 states that in such a situation evolution must proceed.  Doesn’t evolution require reproduciton?  Perhaps in addition to dematerialization there is a rematerialization process which restores reproductive capacity much like the Material Sons and Daughters go through when then come here from Jerusem.  Don’t know.

    I find 36:4.4 very curious too.  Midsonite creatures are not immortal because they don’t have Adjusters.  Well, descending sons don’t have Adjusters either and I think they are immortal.  I guess this means that even though they are the offspring of a Melchizedek (turned into a Life Carrier) and a Material Daughter, the midsonite creatures are not really considered descending Sons.  Obviously they are not evolutionary, but they are experiential and probably need a spirit nucleus for immortality.  But I’m not sure.  It’s a puzzlement.

    After being released from duty the Melchizedek Life Carriers and Mother Eves, along with their offspring, reside on the seventh world of the finaliters in the Salvington circuit.  We also know that some of these couples stop off at the probation nursery on the mansion worlds before going to the finalter worlds.(45:6.9)  Lucky kids!  Also,  the Material Sons and Daughters can go to the midsonite world to get their Adjusters once they are released from planetary service. (55:4.27)

    In 36:4.7 we learn that the midsoniters are wards of the finaliters and the author theorizes how they might function in the next universe age. But, despite being told in the last paragraph that they do not know what the future role of the midsoniters is, later in 55:8.4 we’re informed about their function once the entire system of Satania is settled in light and life – they become mota teachers.  I guess we’ll be learning mota for a very, very long time if it starts on the mansion worlds and goes on into light and life of the entire system.  And probably beyond too!

    Associated Quotes:

    (389.6) 35:5.2 The number of Vorondadeks varies in each local universe, just one million being the recorded number in Nebadon. These Sons, like their co-ordinates, the Melchizedeks, possess no power of reproduction. There exists no known method whereby they can increase their numbers.

    (385.2) 35:1.3 The Melchizedeks of our universe were all created within one millennial period of standard time by the Creator Son and the Creative Spirit in liaison with the Father Melchizedek. Being an order of sonship wherein one of their own number functioned as co-ordinate creator, Melchizedeks are in constitution partly of self-origin and therefore candidates for the realization of a supernal type of self-government. They periodically elect their own administrative chief for a term of seven years of standard time and otherwise function as a self-regulating order, though the original Melchizedek does exercise certain inherent coparental prerogatives. From time to time this Father Melchizedek designates certain individuals of his order to function as special Life Carriers to the midsonite worlds, a type of inhabited planet not heretofore revealed on Urantia.

    (582.3) 51:2.3 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.

    (517.2) 45:6.9 The probation nursery itself is supervised by one thousand  couples of Material Sons and Daughters, volunteers from the Jerusem colony of their order. They are immediately assisted by about an equal number of volunteer midsonite parental groups who stop off here to render this service on their way from the midsonite world of Satania to the unrevealed destiny on their special worlds of reservation among the finaliter spheres of Salvington.

    (629.5) 55:4.27 3. A Planetary Adam and Eve may elect — as do Material Sons and Daughters from the system capital — to go direct to the midsonite world for a brief sojourn, there to receive their Adjusters.

    (632.7) 55:8.4 During this epoch of stabilization, for the first time midsoniters come from the universe headquarters worlds of their sojourn to act as counselors to the legislative assemblies and advisers to the adjudicational tribunals. These midsoniters also carry on certain efforts to inculcate new mota meanings of supreme value into the teaching enterprises which they sponsor jointly with the finaliters. What the Material Sons did for the mortal races biologically, the midsonite creatures now do for these unified and glorified humans in the ever-advancing realms of philosophy and spiritualized thinking.

    #30538
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    Nigel Nunn
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    Bonita and Bradley — great work, and thanks!

    The first thing that jumped out at me was the fact that both the Architects of Being and the Ancients of Days have intimate connections not only with what the Life Carriers are, but also with what Life Carriers do. This was a timely reminder of just how unimaginably wonderful is the creation of human life. Then again, we should not be surprised, because Michael himself refers to this making of man “in their divine image” as what he was sent into space to do:

    (359.5, 32:2.8) “And then, when such a universe has been so completely organized and so repletely manned, does the Creator Son enter into the Father’s proposal to create mortal man in their divine image.”

    Also interesting is the fact that Life Carriers, like the Lanonandeks, have to be “graded” by their Melchizedek teachers. This highlights a characteristic Life Carriers share with Lanonandeks — their ability to work at the very coal face in this outlandish project — of personalizing Adjusters by the human technique.

    Regarding your question about expanding “factualization” (vs. actualization), by using the Latin root concept for “make” {facio, facare, feci, factum}, the author emphasizes the concept of “making” (vs. eventuation); which adds a connection to the idea of perfection (as in “be you therefor perfect“), since perfect (or per-fect) literally means “thoroughly made”.  And nothing will be more thoroughly made (per-fected) than the Supreme Being!

    Also, I noticed for the first time that reference to “other adjutant functionings“:

    (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.”

    Regarding those midsoniters needing “a spirit nucleus for immortality“, your reference to “three primal and essentially different life plans” (397.11, 36:2.11) got me wondering if these might imply some connection with different types of personality. Since Third Source personality seems somehow different to First Source personality, maybe these two types are accommodated by 2 of those 3 “life plans”? As for the 3rd, that bit about the “transcendental and eternal spirit of absonity by God the Ultimate” being bestowed on Midsoniters made me “pause to consider…” :-)

    (401.4, 36:4.8) “[…], we do know that every local universe in Orvonton harbors such an accumulating corps of these mysterious beings. It is the belief of the Melchizedek life carriers that their midsonite children will some day be endowed with the transcendental and eternal spirit of absonity by God the Ultimate.

    With regard to mind “directionizing the course of biologic evolution“, since the Life Carriers literally target the adjutant circuits as they adjust (“directionize”?) the evolution of their implants, such purposeful steering could be part of what the author had in mind?

    Nigel

    #30543
    Bonita
    Bonita
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    5. The Seven Adjutant Mind-Spirits

    (401.5) 36:5.1 It is the presence of the seven adjutant mind-spirits on the primitive worlds that conditions the course of organic evolution; that explains why evolution is purposeful and not accidental. These adjutants represent that function of the mind ministry of the Infinite Spirit which is extended to the lower orders of intelligent life through the operations of a local universe Mother Spirit. The adjutants are the children of the Universe Mother Spirit and constitute her personal ministry to the material minds of the realms. Wherever and whenever such mind is manifest, these spirits are variously functioning.

    (401.6) 36:5.2 The seven adjutant mind-spirits are called by names which are the equivalents of the following designations: intuition, understanding, courage, knowledge, counsel, worship, and wisdom. These mind-spirits send forth their influence into all the inhabited worlds as a differential urge, each seeking receptivity capacity for manifestation quite apart from the degree to which its fellows may find reception and opportunity for function.

    (401.7) 36:5.3 The central lodgments of the adjutant spirits on the Life Carrier headquarters world indicate to the Life Carrier supervisors the extent and quality of the mind function of the adjutants on any world and in any given living organism of intellect status. These life-mind emplacements are perfect indicators of living mind function for the first five adjutants. But with regard to the sixth and seventh adjutant spirits — worship and wisdom — these central lodgments record only a qualitative function. The quantitative activity of the adjutant of worship and the adjutant of wisdom is registered in the immediate presence of the Divine Minister on Salvington, being a personal experience of the Universe Mother Spirit.

    (402.1) 36:5.4 The seven adjutant mind-spirits always accompany the Life Carriers to a new planet, but they should not be regarded as entities; they are more like circuits. The spirits of the seven universe adjutants do not function as personalities apart from the universe presence of the Divine Minister; they are in fact a level of consciousness of the Divine Minister and are always subordinate to the action and presence of their creative mother.

    (402.2) 36:5.5 We are handicapped for words adequately to designate these seven adjutant mind-spirits. They are ministers of the lower levels of experiential mind, and they may be described, in the order of evolutionary attainment, as follows:

    (402.3) 36:5.6 1. The spirit of intuition — quick perception, the primitive physical and inherent reflex instincts, the directional and other self-preservative endowments of all mind creations; the only one of the adjutants to function so largely in the lower orders of animal life and the only one to make extensive functional contact with the nonteachable levels of mechanical mind.

    (402.4) 36:5.7 2. The spirit of understanding — the impulse of co-ordination, the spontaneous and apparently automatic association of ideas. This is the gift of the co-ordination of acquired knowledge, the phenomenon of quick reasoning, rapid judgment, and prompt decision.   

    (402.5) 36:5.8 3. The spirit of courage — the fidelity endowment — in personal beings, the basis of character acquirement and the intellectual root of moral stamina and spiritual bravery. When enlightened by facts and inspired by truth, this becomes the secret of the urge of evolutionary ascension by the channels of intelligent and conscientious self-direction.

    (402.6) 36:5.9 4. The spirit of knowledge — the curiosity-mother of adventure and discovery, the scientific spirit; the guide and faithful associate of the spirits of courage and counsel; the urge to direct the endowments of courage into useful and progressive paths of growth.

    (402.7) 36:5.10 5. The spirit of counsel — the social urge, the endowment of species co-operation; the ability of will creatures to harmonize with their fellows; the origin of the gregarious instinct among the more lowly creatures.

    (402.8) 36:5.11 6. The spirit of worship — the religious impulse, the first differential urge separating mind creatures into the two basic classes of mortal existence. The spirit of worship forever distinguishes the animal of its association from the soulless creatures of mind endowment. Worship is the badge of spiritual-ascension candidacy.   

    (402.9) 36:5.12 7. The spirit of wisdom — the inherent tendency of all moral creatures towards orderly and progressive evolutionary advancement. This is the highest of the adjutants, the spirit co-ordinator and articulator of the work of all the others. This spirit is the secret of that inborn urge of mind creatures which initiates and maintains the practical and effective program of the ascending scale of existence; that gift of living things which accounts for their inexplicable ability to survive and, in survival, to utilize the co-ordination of all their past experience and present opportunities for the acquisition of all of everything that all of the other six mental ministers can mobilize in the mind of the organism concerned. Wisdom is the acme of intellectual performance. Wisdom is the goal of a purely mental and moral existence.

    (403.1) 36:5.13 The adjutant mind-spirits experientially grow, but they never become personal. They evolve in function, and the function of the first five in the animal orders is to a certain extent essential to the function of all seven as human intellect. This animal relationship makes the adjutants more practically effective as human mind; hence animals are to a certain extent indispensable to man’s intellectual as well as to his physical evolution.

    (403.2) 36:5.14 These mind-adjutants of a local universe Mother Spirit are related to creature life of intelligence status much as the power centers and physical controllers are related to the nonliving forces of the universe. They perform invaluable service in the mind circuits on the inhabited worlds and are effective collaborators with the Master Physical Controllers, who also serve as controllers and directors of the preadjutant mind levels, the levels of nonteachable or mechanical mind.

    (403.3) 36:5.15 Living mind, prior to the appearance of capacity to learn from experience, is the ministry domain of the Master Physical Controllers. Creature mind, before acquiring the ability to recognize divinity and worship Deity, is the exclusive domain of the adjutant spirits. With the appearance of the spiritual response of the creature intellect, such created minds at once become superminded, being instantly encircuited in the spirit cycles of the local universe Mother Spirit.

    (403.4) 36:5.16 The adjutant mind-spirits are in no manner directly related to the diverse and highly spiritual function of the spirit of the personal presence of the Divine Minister, the Holy Spirit of the inhabited worlds; but they are functionally antecedent to, and preparatory for, the appearance of this very spirit in evolutionary man. The adjutants afford the Universe Mother Spirit a varied contact with, and control over, the material living creatures of a local universe, but they do not repercuss in the Supreme Being when acting on prepersonality levels.

    (403.5) 36:5.17 Nonspiritual mind is either a spirit-energy manifestation or a physical-energy phenomenon. Even human mind, personal mind, has no survival qualities apart from spirit identification. Mind is a divinity bestowal, but it is not immortal when it functions without spirit insight, and when it is devoid of the ability to worship and crave survival.

    #30544
    Bonita
    Bonita
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    In Section 5 we learn that the adjutants condition evolution. Yet in quote 65:7.2 it states that the adjutants have nothing to do with physical evolution. How do they condition evolution without having anything to do with physical evolution? My best guess is that they have a lot to do with the evolution of mind, and because mind universally dominates matter, mind evolution conditions physical evolution.   Clearly the adjutants do not actually cause evolution since evolution is a phenomenon in and of itself, meaning it’s built into the original life pattern.  The Life Carriers are concerned with physical evolution, but not by interacting directly with the life pattern once it is established.  They affect physical evolution by manipulating the enviornment in which life evolves.

    It is mentioned that the adjutants seek receptivity capacity apart from the degree to which their fellows may find reception and opportunity for function. It would seem logical that the adjutants build on top of one another, meaning that adjutant one would need to make contact before adjutant two.  But it appears, if I’m reading 36:5.2 correctly, that adjutant contact is variable and unregimented.  I’m wondering if some of the lower animals may be actually lacking in some aspects of lower adjuster contact.

    It appears that one of the purposes of having the adjutants domiciled on the Life Carrier headquarter world is to measure the quantity and quality of their functioning.  The ability to measure only the qualitative function of the 6th and 7th adjutants has to do with their overlapping the consciousness of the Holy Spirit. All of the adjutants are a part of the consciousness of the Creative Spirit/Divine Minister’s mind, but not all partake of her personality, which is first introduced to humans as the Holy Spirit.

    It is also interesting to note that the adjutants are called life-mind emplacements, which indicates to me the depth of integration of the two.  Does this mean that all life is minded in some way, or just animal life? The answer to this is in the next section, but suffice it to say that there is such a thing as pre-mind life, or life without, or before, mind (as opposed to the premind of the Adjuster which is something different).

    The first adjutant makes contact with nonteachable, mechanical mind and the lower orders of animal life.  I’m curious to know what kind of life has nonteachable mechanical mind (which is under the auspices of the physical controllers).  This level includes  non-intellectual forms of life, but it would include plants? I think so.  Plants do have inherent self-preservative reflex instincts.  Roots do spread out in search of nutrients and leaves turn their faces toward the sun which could be construed as evidence of the presence of the first adjutant, the spirit of intuition, because it does not require cognitive mentation, only the reflex activity of nonteachable mechanical mind.

    Humans also have an underlying cellular level of nonteachable mechanical mind in their physical system upon which the first adjutant provides the directive urge for self-preservative reflex activity.  In TUB there is an example of this, a description of how cells heal one another, which is pretty fantastic stuff.

    The second adjutant obviously requires a level of mind that can learn from experience, so once this adjutant is functioning there is evidence of the presence of teachable intellect.  Obviously this requires more than just a few cells reflexively interacting with one another.  The biophysical substrate upon which this adjutant applies its influence must have a way to both store and process data; we call this a brain.  Therefore, the spirit of understanding can be said to function only in the animal realm.

    Brain capacity is linked to adjuster function (58:6.7), but I’m sincerely skeptical that the electrochemical physical substance of the brain is the matrix which is being directed by the them since success would require constant physcial changes in the brain.  Neurons and axons would be redirected and manipulated to fire in different patterns, perhaps using different neurotransmitters.  I don’t see that as the mechanism of adjutant ministry at all.  But we do know that life itself has inate ability to mobilize and transmute physical energy (41:2.5), otherwise referred to as animation. Life is what animates these  underlying structures , and as I understand it, the adjutants then activate, urge and direct those animated responses. They do not activate the underlying electrochemical mechanisms which create the response in the first place.  Quote 65:06 states that the adjutants manipulate mind potentials, not brain potentials.  Brain potentials are mechanical and are therefore under the auspices of the physical controllers.

    Brain capacity and the underlying cellular mechanisms are fairly established by DNA, the individual life pattern.  Mind is something added to living brain, and 180:5.3 states that intelligence comes from the cosmic mind which can be activated by the adjutants.  Life arrives prior to the appearance of mind; life presages mind.  Life itself has the ability to react to its environment as an organismal response.   When mind is added to this organismal response, the organism begins to display an intelligent reaction to outer stimuli.  Eventually this evolves into the ability to react intelligently to inner stimuli from within its own mind as well.  Fascinating stuff.

    The description of the spirit of courage, the third adjutant, is the first which qualifies its influence in personal beings, meaning those with personalities.  In quote 65:3.5 it’s revealed that when this adjutant makes contact all the capacitiy for animal life to mutate into prehuman forms has been exhausted.  This is obviously another indication of the wisdom of domiciling the adjutants on the Life Carrier worlds where they can measure the qualitative and quantitative functioning of these ministries.

    Adjutants four and five seem to be aimed primarily at will creatures, meaning humans with personality.  I am wondering how these two adjutants are expressed in animals without personality.  We know that there is something called the partial emergence of will in some of the higher animals.  Presumably the higher animals are the primates, but what about other very smart animals such as dogs, horses, etc.  Another thing that comes to mind is the Spornagia who are only reactive to the first five adjutants, but apparently a sixth reality level occurs when all five adjutants function allowing them have an identity which allows them to be reincarnated.  Curious.

    When the spirit of worship begins to function in the mind, that mind instantly becomes supra-animal, or human.  A mind functioning with only the first five adjutants is considered subhuman (42:10.4), which is interesting because that means children, before entering the 7th psychic circle are not completely human.  However, we can be comforted by the fact that personality arrives before the 7th psychic circle, which makes mortal children a special class of humans.  It must be so since they go to a probationary nursery if they die before entering the 7th circle. I presume this is because they have personality which is salvable.

    It is important to note that the spirit of wisdom is the spirit coordinator and articulator of all the other adjutants. To articulate means to speak understandably.  I think the spirit of wisdom speaks to the Holy Spirit for all the other adjutants, which is why it is so important to pray for wisdom. Wisdom is the gateway to the soul.  Also, wisdom promotes an orderly and progressive advancement of the mental environment and moral evolution of each individual.

    The adjutants evolve in function, and again it is noted that there appears to be a loose heirarchy.  Contact with and evolution of the animal mind is indispensible to human intellectual evolution.  As physical capacity for mind function evolves, so do the mind ministers.  But it all begins with a baseline of mechanical, nonteachable mind established by the physical controllers, and then, layer by layer, culminates in a human mind capable of becoming a superhuman mind (the soul).  The important thing in all of this is that all those subhuman and human layers continue to function in all of our minds.  At the very bottom, we all have a mechanical nonteachable mind ministered to by the physical controllers.  That lowest level of mind functions within every one of our living cells throughout our entire bodies, not just our brains.

    The adjuants collaborate with the physical controllers who direct the nonteachable, mechanical level of mind. The physical controllers also have jurisdiction over powers and forces. Since our cells are at the mechanical level of mind, the physical controllers are actually the ones at the heart of the physical energy-mind energy interface. The adjutants minister to that basic level of mind and in the process, both the physical and mindal elements evolve.

    There is a clear overlapping and ascending scale of mind ministry beginning with the physical controllers and rising to actual divinity contact with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit, like the adjutants, is another mind ministry but with the addition of deity personality presence. One of the benefits of having the ministry of the Holy Spirit as the higher mind (supermind) of humans is that she is capable of repercussing in the Supreme, something the adjutants are not capable of doing on their own.  Our adjutant minds do not contribute to the Supreme unless they are born of the spirit. This means that only those actions by us which have begun as ideas in the material mind, and have subsequently been spiritized within the soul’s mind, then made actionable by the Spirit of Truth repercuss in the Supreme.  The actions which result from contact with spirit belong to us, they become part of the soul, but the consequences of those actions, the repercussions, belong to the Supreme. Spiritual insight, therefore, is essential for eternal survival.

    Associated quotes:

    (190.3) 16:4.9 1. The life-initiation procedures of the local universe Life Carriers.

    (190.4) 16:4.10 2. The life activations of the adjutant mind-spirits bestowed upon the worlds by a local universe Creative Spirit.

    (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.

    65:4.3 Many features of human life afford abundant evidence that the phenomenon of mortal existence was intelligently planned, that organic evolution is not a mere cosmic accident. When a living cell is injured, it possesses the ability to elaborate certain chemical substances which are empowered so to stimulate and activate the neighboring normal cells that they immediately begin the secretion of certain substances which facilitate healing processes in the wound; and at the same time these normal and uninjured cells begin to proliferate — they actually start to work creating new cells to replace any fellow cells which may have been destroyed by the accident.

    (735.3) 65:4.4 This chemical action and reaction concerned in wound healing and cell reproduction represents the choice of the Life Carriers of a formula embracing over one hundred thousand phases and features of possible chemical reactions and biologic repercussions. More than half a million specific experiments were made by the Life Carriers in their laboratories before they finally settled upon this formula for the Urantia life experiment.

    65:3.5 Long before the Material Son and Daughter, the biologic uplifters, arrive on a planet, the human potentials of the evolving animal species have been exhausted. This biologic status of animal life is disclosed to the Life Carriers by the phenomenon of the third phase of adjutant spirit mobilization, which automatically occurs concomitantly with the exhaustion of the capacity of all animal life to give origin to the mutant potentials of prehuman individuals.

    46:7.5  Spornagia are the only creatures in all the universe of Nebadon who experience this or any other sort of reincarnation. They are only reactive to the first five of the adjutant mind-spirits; they are not responsive to the spirits of worship and wisdom. But the five-adjutant mind equivalates to a totality or sixth reality level, and it is this factor which persists as an experiential identity.

    42:10.4  2. Adjutant-spirit minds. This is the ministry of a local universe Mother Spirit functioning through her seven adjutant mind-spirits on the teachable (nonmechanical) level of material mind. On this level material mind is experiencing: as subhuman (animal) intellect in the first five adjutants; as human (moral) intellect in the seven adjutants; as superhuman (midwayer) intellect in the last two adjutants.

    117.5.5  Man does not unite with the Supreme and submerge his personal identity, but the universe repercussions of the experience of all men do thus form a part of the divine experiencing of the Supreme. “The act is ours, the consequences God’s.”

    (670.1) 58:6.7 The physiologic equipment and the anatomic structure of all new orders of life are in response to the action of physical law, but the subsequent endowment of mind is a bestowal of the adjutant mind-spirits in accordance with innate brain capacity. Mind, while not a physical evolution, is wholly dependent on the brain capacity afforded by purely physical and evolutionary developments.

    #30545
    Rita Schaad
    Rita Schaad
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    Hello everyone, such fantastic contributions, so much to learn from you guys. Don’t quite know where to start now.

    just one item about the Midsoniters being ’embraced’ by the transcendental and eternal spirit of absonity in order to externalize. Like you said Bonita, Beings have to be indwelt by some sort of Paradise Spirit to eternalize. Remember when we talked about the ‘humanizing’ of Midwayers and others . maybe a similar concept.
    But with these Mid-Son-iters, possessing direct paradisical divinity ancestry – Local Universe creator-parents>Melchizidek>converte to LC> paired with Material Daughter…..is the only ‘suitable’ spirit indwelling a fragment from the evolved and ‘eventuated’ God of Ultimacy ??  what a far, far projections we are given here.

    In any case – they must be lovely creatures with a high degree of parental endowments- looking forward to bump into them in the Mansion world nurseries.

     

    Yes Bradly, the Life Carriers have been on this planet long, long before it was the nice blue dot. Yes indeed, what about persistence and patience! I was glad too to hear about them still maintaining a residency on Urantia. Kind of think they are tinkering away in their laboratories, finding out a lot of useful material in general, and if it can’t be used here, or at this moment, who knows what lies in the future and if the Ancient of Days allow them at some stage to ‘ fix up’ a problem or two – all in the name of science of course :-) .

    cheers Rita

     

     

     

     

    #30546
    Rita Schaad
    Rita Schaad
    Participant

    Talking about Science – our ‘in-house’ scientist Robert explained to us yesterday, at our Study Day Gathering, that although  our current scientists are unpacking – well they are trying to –  this enormous complex  life plasm of ours that -” does contain the full potential for all future developmental variations and for all subsequent evolutionary changes and modifications….”….that they are merely observing what they see. Never will they be able to find what animates and activates LIFE.
    But as Robert experienced himself, whilst probing ever  deeper into the details of composite physical and complex chemical reactions, historical unfolding of marine life etc – there grows an intense  need to query the why, and the how and the sense that there had to be an initial something before all that – a spark that lights the fuse.
    So, contemplating the merging of Science and Religion, let us be aware, that a many a sincere ( maybe a-theist) Scientist is struck with awe and reverence whilst observing , and more and more the mysteries and meta-physical realities touch such minds and are able to generate a response for Adjusters to at last have a fine new thread to weave with!!

    All these new technologies being used every day and becoming more tightly packed in ever smaller units have likewise a great potential for searching minds to reach a point where they are shattered by the enormity of it all and have no other avenue left than to capitulate and let Faith grab them by the hand. That is my sense  in any case!!

     

    #30548
    Rick Warren
    Rick Warren
    Participant

    N.B. Forum Friends,

    For even more great discussions on Paper 36, have a look at the OPAD study of it, eight years ago (featuring some of Bonita’s journal entries from 2007!).

    http://urantia.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/870-paper-36-the-life-carriers/

     

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    #30549
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    6. Living Forces

    (403.6) 36:6.1 Life is both mechanistic and vitalistic — material and spiritual. Ever will Urantia physicists and chemists progress in their understanding of the protoplasmic forms of vegetable and animal life, but never will they be able to produce living organisms. Life is something different from all energy manifestations; even the material life of physical creatures is not inherent in matter.

    (403.7) 36:6.2 Things material may enjoy an independent existence, but life springs only from life. Mind can be derived only from pre-existent mind. Spirit takes origin only from spirit ancestors. The creature may produce the forms of life, but only a creator personality or a creative force can supply the activating living spark.

    (404.1) 36:6.3 Life Carriers can organize the material forms, or physical patterns, of living beings, but the Spirit provides the initial spark of life and bestows the endowment of mind. Even the living forms of experimental life which the Life Carriers organize on their Salvington worlds are always devoid of reproductive powers. When the life formulas and the vital patterns are correctly assembled and properly organized, the presence of a Life Carrier is sufficient to initiate life, but all such living organisms are lacking in two essential attributes — mind endowment and reproductive powers. Animal mind and human mind are gifts of the local universe Mother Spirit, functioning through the seven adjutant mind-spirits, while creature ability to reproduce is the specific and personal impartation of the Universe Spirit to the ancestral life plasm inaugurated by the Life Carriers.

    (404.2) 36:6.4 When the Life Carriers have designed the patterns of life, after they have organized the energy systems, there must occur an additional phenomenon; the “breath of life” must be imparted to these lifeless forms. The Sons of God can construct the forms of life, but it is the Spirit of God who really contributes the vital spark. And when the life thus imparted is spent, then again the remaining material body becomes dead matter. When the bestowed life is exhausted, the body returns to the bosom of the material universe from which it was borrowed by the Life Carriers to serve as a transient vehicle for that life endowment which they conveyed to such a visible association of energy-matter.

    (404.3) 36:6.5 The life bestowed upon plants and animals by the Life Carriers does not return to the Life Carriers upon the death of plant or animal. The departing life of such a living thing possesses neither identity nor personality; it does not individually survive death. During its existence and the time of its sojourn in the body of matter, it has undergone a change; it has undergone energy evolution and survives only as a part of the cosmic forces of the universe; it does not survive as individual life. The survival of mortal creatures is wholly predicated on the evolvement of an immortal soul within the mortal mind.

    (404.4) 36:6.6 We speak of life as “energy” and as “force,” but it is really neither. Force-energy is variously gravity responsive; life is not. Pattern is also nonresponsive to gravity, being a configuration of energies that have already fulfilled all gravity-responsive obligations. Life, as such, constitutes the animation of some pattern-configured or otherwise segregated system of energy — material, mindal, or spiritual.

    (404.5) 36:6.7 There are some things connected with the elaboration of life on the evolutionary planets which are not altogether clear to us. We fully comprehend the physical organization of the electrochemical formulas of the Life Carriers, but we do not wholly understand the nature and source of the life-activation spark. We know that life flows from the Father through the Son and by the Spirit. It is more than possible that the Master Spirits are the sevenfold channel of the river of life which is poured out upon all creation. But we do not comprehend the technique whereby the supervising Master Spirit participates in the initial episode of life bestowal on a new planet. The Ancients of Days, we are confident, also have some part in this inauguration of life on a new world, but we are wholly ignorant of the nature thereof. We do know that the Universe Mother Spirit actually vitalizes the lifeless patterns and imparts to such activated plasm the prerogatives of organismal reproduction. We observe that these three are the levels of God the Sevenfold, sometimes designated as the Supreme Creators of time and space; but otherwise we know little more than Urantia mortals — simply that concept is inherent in the Father, expression in the Son, and life realization in the Spirit.

    (405.1) 36:6.8 [Indited by a Vorondadek Son stationed on Urantia as an observer and acting in this capacity by request of the Melchizedek Chief of the Supervising Revelatory Corps.]

    #30550
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    Most people think of life as a form of energy probably because when energy reactions cease, so does life. At least it appears to end. But fortunately, in most cases for humans, life goes on.  It’s not dependent upon physical energy.  Life has a spiritual source, so it can use many different levels of energy manifestation.  I think if people knew that, they would more easily accept an afterlife.

    We’re informed that it is possible to have life without mind or the ability to reproduce.  I’m wondering if it’s possible to have the powers of reproduction without also having mind.  I ask because plants reproduce, they have chromosomes and genes and many plants have different sexes. If reproduction is built into the original ife plasm, is reproduction then a part of the innate ability of life itself to animate physical energy and react to it? Or is mind necessary to activate that animation toward reproduciton? If mind is necessary for reproduction, I think plants would be directed and activated by the mind level of the physical controllers.   

    Deeper thought on the issue makes me think that the powers of reproduction are something separate from both life and mind, but I can’t say I understand it. We know from 36:6.7 that first life is bestowed and reprodcutive perogatives are then imparted to that life.  Something tells me that some level of mind is necessary for reproduction, but I can’t find any evidence to support that idea. Certainly there are many questions that remain, such as: 1. Why are reproductive powers lost with rematerialization? 2. Why are so many of the descending sons of the local universe lacking reproductive powers? 3. What’s involved in the strange reproductive practices used to produce midwayers? 4. Why do we lose our reproductive powers on the mansion worlds?

    The patterns of life are inanimate forms until the “breath of life” has been imparted by the Spirit of God.  The Sons of God can build the forms but only the Mother Spirit can give life.  How interesting is that?  Life only comes from life.  So is the life in the First Source and Center a form of pre-life?  I mean, where did original life come from if there was ever a theoretical beginning (theoretical as in prior to the Trinity)?Also, if life is a thing, in and of itself, why isn’t it listed as a constituent of selfhood?

    They tell us that when the life we have been given as humans is “spent” our physical tabernacles turn back into dust. Yet life isn’t really “spent”, I don’t think. Isn’t it only the physical energies that had maintained the tabernacle which are spent.  There are supposedly enough mercy credits to ensure the likelihood that life itself is not “spent’, but moved to another tabernacle. 36:6.4-5 suggests that our bodies go back to dust and our life goes back to the Life Carriers. But then what?  What happens to that life? Are the Life Carriers literally carrying that individual life?

    It’s funny that they don’t tell us what happens to “life” itself after death, but they go into great length to tell us what happens to our mind-soul and identity. Perhaps life is borrowed just like the body and in the morontia phase of existence the life that animates our bodies on earth will not be the same life that animates our bodies on the mansion worlds.  I doubt it and I’m guessing otherwise since they tell us that life undergoes a change and becomes individualized.  I’m thinking the soul is the recipticle for life.  Just like a plant seed has dormant life, perhaps the soul is merely a mind-character seed with dormant life until after resurrection.  But that still does not explain why 36:6.5 states that life goes back to the Life Carriers.

    Anyway, in regards to that same quote my curiosity is piqued by the description of what happens to plant and animal life: “During its existence and the time of its sojourn in the body of matter, it has undergone a change; it has undergone energy evolution and survives only as a part of the cosmic forces of the universe; it does not survive as individual life.”  What do they mean by energy evoluiton?  Do humans also undergo similar change or energy evolution while in the flesh such that it affects life?

    I’m also wondering about the partial emergence of will in the higher animals (24:2.8).  Does the life of those animals also become part of the cosmic forces of the universe after death?  Isn’t the partial emergence of will evidence of the beginning of individualtion with perhaps the potential for survival?  I’m only guessing here, but I would think the higher animals which display partial emergence of will must be functioning with at least all five of the lower adjutants like the spornagia. Maybe I’m just hoping my favorite dog and cat made it to the lext life.  They were very smart, but then again, I’m a proud parent so I live in hope.

    Finally in 36:6.6 they get around to telling us that life is neither energy or force, but something else. Life is the animation of a pattern-configured system.  Patterns are interesting in that they are not responsive to gravity having paid all gravity debt, and because of that they can configure energy, but they cannot control it.  Personality, like life, is another pattern.  Life is the pattern which animates and personality is the pattern which unifies. Since life does not control the energy associated with it, I think mind naturally fills that void.  This information is unique to TUB.  I don’t think I’ve seen these ideas anywhere else.  I could be wrong though.

    But it is comforting to know that even the Vorondadek who wrote the paper does not fully understand the spark of life and its source.  We have to be satisfied with the revelation that the Creative Spirit is the one who vitalizes the spark of life and that life is something other than energy or force.

    Associated Quotes

    (267.6) 24:2.8 Census Directors register the existence of a new will creature when the first act of will is performed; they indicate the death of a will creature when the last act of will takes place. The partial emergence of will observed in the reactions of certain of the higher animals does not belong to the domain of the Census Directors. Directors. They keep count of nothing but bona fide will creatures, and they are responsive to nothing but will function. Exactly how they register the function of will, we do not know.

    0:6.11 Pattern may configure energy, but it does not control it. Gravity is the sole control of energy-matter. Neither space nor pattern are gravity responsive, but there is no relationship between space and pattern; space is neither pattern nor potential pattern. Pattern is a configuration of reality which has already paid all gravity debt; the reality of any pattern consists of its energies, its mind, spirit, or material components.

    #30551
    Bradly
    Bradly
    Participant

    I have been studying the roles of the Life Carriers beyond evolutionary material life forms and those appear very limited.  I think the Life Carriers are engaged with and vital to only the temporal life forms of materialism – those systems that are bio/chemical life expressions.  They do not seem to be involved with the morontial materialism or life forms.  They work with the origins, evolutionary development, and  ultimate achievement of material life forms culminating in the human body and mind of self awareness and volition engaged by all 7 adjutants.  The LC’s deliver the seeds of eternal potential by each such being born by their evolutionary process and nurturing ministry.

    But I did confirm that the Life Carriers are involved in certain semi- or non-material transformative events – the resurrection of mortals on the Mansion Worlds (but NOT the 570 form transitions thereafter for each of us); the materialization of the Prince’s staff, the Material Sons and Daughters, any Teacher/Magisterial/Creator/Melchizedik Sons on evolutionary spheres; the dematerialization of the same beings; the rematerializations of the same beings;  the creation/birth of Midwayers; and the humanization of the Midwayers, Guardian Angels, Material Sons and Daughters and their progeny.  So far in my studies it appears the Life Carriers are only involved in material, evolutionary life forms AND the interface between the moronitial life and the material, evolutionary life.   The “humanization” of celestials remains significantly unrevealed in its details in the UB…but is fascinating in its implications!

    The work and ministry of the Life Carriers (and the Adjutant circuit and collaboration) is the creation of a unique and fully integrated system on each of 7 trillion worlds.  Due to the immense number of variables these chemists and bio engineers and  artists have to work with and choose from in their toolkits and palettes and bag-of-tricks and magic powers, and then those combined with the ever growing skill and experience acquired over the creation of all the inhabited material worlds in each Local Universe (and whatever those corps might share with others in the Super Universes of time – if any) – every world is a unique expression of creationism…unique in its physical formations (if not in the basic forces and materials of that formation – still is every recipe and outcome individually unique compared to all others) and also unique in initial implantations and in evolutionary development.  Much of the outcomes upon each world depends on who/what jumped where when and how quickly….and who/what did not….not to mention asteroids!!  There is an excrutiating amount of serendipity and its opposite in the outcomes of the Life Carriers work.

    Imagine!!  To work and plan and hope for 500,000 years and all for naught…a complete fizzle and failure!!  Or to work for many millions of years only to be setback and have to reboot or await progress from another direction altogether for a few million more.  So many unpredictable, unexpected, fortuitous and calamitous intersections of achievement and defeat!!  Uncertainty indeed!  And WE think life is uncertain!!  Hahahaha.  My wife and I have worked with our family’s genealogy enough to have discovered dozens of stories in multiple family blood lines of bare survival of some ancestor, closer than a whisker or razor’s edge.  Anyone of those which might have failed would result in me not being here and/or not being me.  And so many tree branches ended so abruptly to interrupt all potential by that failure to survive (mortally and genetically speaking).

    I know the TA’s have an uncertain and frustrating experience in their ministry….but really, nothing compared to the Life Carriers.  How they must watch and hope and anticipate and feel exhilaration and the deflation of frustration.  And yet, like all great scientists and inventors, they persist, ever seeking that tweak and adjustment which might sustain and evolve to the next level of success in the chain of life they create, link together, and build into the culminating life form known as US – the dual natured mortals, the children of time.  Consider how long that chain of life is on each of the 7 trillion inhabited worlds!  Consider the experience of the Life Carriers who tarried and worked on this world for 600,000,000 years!  And here?  After the success of the Life Carriers comes rebellion and the Adamic default….are you kidding me??!!

    Consider the love and affection and tender regard the LC’s have for each menagerie of their creation!  Each a gem and treasure of a collection of unique and glorious life forms and integrated ecologies which are entirely co-dependent in a self perpetuating system of life that is also a singular organism!!  Wondrous!!  What an achievement!!  What a glorious expression of God’s greatness and goodness delivered by the Life Carriers as beautiful gifts of wonderment and the very source of the mortal ascenders and Spiritualized and Spiritized children of time who can transcend this physical and evolutionary origin to become the Finaliters of the Eternal Future and the Corps of Adventure in the next phase of God’s expressionism of his love!

    Perhaps no other being has such an investment and vested interest in the outcome of a world and the care and nurturing of a world than the Life Carriers do?!  For who has given more to our origin and progress and present and our potential as a world than have they?

    Thank you Bonita…it will take a long while yet to consider all your observations and questions and reflect upon these marvelous beings who serve God’s purpose, power, and plans so magnificently!!  And to think we will partner with them in time to come for other adventures in the expression of creationism!!  So inspiring….

    :-)

    #30552
    Rick Warren
    Rick Warren
    Participant

    I have been studying the roles of the Life Carriers beyond evolutionary material life forms and those appear very limited. I think the Life Carriers are engaged with and vital to only the temporal life forms of materialism – those systems that are bio/chemical life expressions. They do not seem to be involved with the morontial materialism or life forms. They work with the origins, evolutionary development, and ultimate achievement of material life forms culminating in the human body and mind of self awareness and volition engaged by all 7 adjutants. The LC’s deliver the seeds of eternal potential by each such being born by their evolutionary process and nurturing ministry. But I did confirm that the Life Carriers are involved in certain semi- or non-material transformative events – the resurrection of mortals on the Mansion Worlds (but NOT the 570 form transitions thereafter for each of us); the materialization of the Prince’s staff, the Material Sons and Daughters, any Teacher/Magisterial/Creator/Melchizedik Sons on evolutionary spheres; the dematerialization of the same beings; the rematerializations of the same beings; the creation/birth of Midwayers; and the humanization of the Midwayers, Guardian Angels, Material Sons and Daughters and their progeny. So far in my studies it appears the Life Carriers are only involved in material, evolutionary life forms AND the interface between the moronitial life and the material, evolutionary life. The “humanization” of celestials remains significantly unrevealed in its details in the UB…but is fascinating in its implications! The work and ministry of the Life Carriers (and the Adjutant circuit and collaboration) is the creation of a unique and fully integrated system on each of 7 trillion worlds. Due to the immense number of variables these chemists and bio engineers and artists have to work with and choose from in their toolkits and palettes and bag-of-tricks and magic powers, and then those combined with the ever growing skill and experience acquired over the creation of all the inhabited material worlds in each Local Universe (and whatever those corps might share with others in the Super Universes of time – if any) – every world is a unique expression of creationism…unique in its physical formations (if not in the basic forces and materials of that formation – still is every recipe and outcome individually unique compared to all others) and also unique in initial implantations and in evolutionary development. Much of the outcomes upon each world depends on who/what jumped where when and how quickly….and who/what did not….not to mention asteroids!! There is an excrutiating amount of serendipity and its opposite in the outcomes of the Life Carriers work. Imagine!! To work and plan and hope for 500,000 years and all for naught…a complete fizzle and failure!! Or to work for many millions of years only to be setback and have to reboot or await progress from another direction altogether for a few million more. So many unpredictable, unexpected, fortuitous and calamitous intersections of achievement and defeat!! Uncertainty indeed! And WE think life is uncertain!! Hahahaha. My wife and I have worked with our family’s genealogy enough to have discovered dozens of stories in multiple family blood lines of bare survival of some ancestor, closer than a whisker or razor’s edge. Anyone of those which might have failed would result in me not being here and/or not being me. And so many tree branches ended so abruptly to interrupt all potential by that failure to survive (mortally and genetically speaking). I know the TA’s have an uncertain and frustrating experience in their ministry….but really, nothing compared to the Life Carriers. How they must watch and hope and anticipate and feel exhilaration and the deflation of frustration. And yet, like all great scientists and inventors, they persist, ever seeking that tweak and adjustment which might sustain and evolve to the next level of success in the chain of life they create, link together, and build into the culminating life form known as US – the dual natured mortals, the children of time. Consider how long that chain of life is on each of the 7 trillion inhabited worlds! Consider the experience of the Life Carriers who tarried and worked on this world for 600,000,000 years! And here? After the success of the Life Carriers comes rebellion and the Adamic default….are you kidding me??!! Consider the love and affection and tender regard the LC’s have for each menagerie of their creation! Each a gem and treasure of a collection of unique and glorious life forms and integrated ecologies which are entirely co-dependent in a self perpetuating system of life that is also a singular organism!! Wondrous!! What an achievement!! What a glorious expression of God’s greatness and goodness delivered by the Life Carriers as beautiful gifts of wonderment and the very source of the mortal ascenders and Spiritualized and Spiritized children of time who can transcend this physical and evolutionary origin to become the Finaliters of the Eternal Future and the Corps of Adventure in the next phase of God’s expressionism of his love! Perhaps no other being has such an investment and vested interest in the outcome of a world and the care and nurturing of a world than the Life Carriers do?! For who has given more to our origin and progress and present and our potential as a world than have they? Thank you Bonita…it will take a long while yet to consider all your observations and questions and reflect upon these marvelous beings who serve God’s purpose, power, and plans so magnificently!! And to think we will partner with them in time to come for other adventures in the expression of creationism!! So inspiring…. :-)

    Excellent thought work, Bradly. Inspiring indeed.

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    #30553
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    Regarding your question about expanding “factualization” (vs. actualization), by using the Latin root concept for “make” {facio, facare, feci, factum}, the author emphasizes the concept of “making” (vs. eventuation); which adds a connection to the idea of perfection (as in “be you therefor perfect“), since perfect (or per-fect) literally means “thoroughly made”.  And nothing will be more thoroughly made (per-fected) than the Supreme Being!

    Thanks for that Nigel. I can’t say I understand what you said though.  The problem, as I see it, is that both words, actualization and factualization, are used in TUB when describing the Supreme.   My current working hypothesis, which is subject to change, is that actualization is the process of turning potentials into actuals, and factualization involves those actuals which become part of the evolution of the Supreme.  That’s based upon the observation that not all actuals are worthy of being factualized in Supremacy.  It’s a theory with some holes in it, I’ll grant you that.

    #30558
    Bonita
    Bonita
    Participant

    A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has read and participated in this year’s International Study Day.  There is so much to reflect on but my favorite “take-home-message” is the fact that life is spiritual in origin and destiny. Add life to the long list of gifts so graciously given to us by Deity.  And it is comforting to know that life will continue unless it is purposely destroyed, which is something not taken lightly by the universe.

    Although the weekend is coming to a close, study never ends, learning never ceases.  Please continue pondering this fantastic paper as long as you like and feel free to share your thoughts at any time.

    #30560
    Julian
    Julian
    Participant

    Bonita and Bradly!….what an extraordinary job you have done! Thank you for your wonderful insights and for posing questions that I would never have thought of. This thread will remain a valuable resource for readers for years to come. Your comments have been very helpful to our study group. Sincere thanks once again!  :good:

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