Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:31 pm +0000
Jim George wrote:My hope is that by submitting my will to God he will enable me to discover the more perfect way for me and I will sometime discover he has led me to do what I now see as too formal. How about you?
Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:25 am +0000
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Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:07 pm +0000
So few mortals are real thinkers; you do not spiritually develop and discipline your minds to the point of favorable liaison with the divine Adjusters.
Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:46 am +0000
Jim George wrote:"So in my mind, what I posted is a revelation of how I pray. I try to see eye to eye with my Thought Adjuster. My hope is that by submitting my will to God he will enable me to discover the more perfect way for me and I will sometime discover he has led me to do what I now see as too formal. How about you?
Jim George wrote:Then I said the foreboding words, "mechanical and unreal". The following list is what I was referring to. I do not go through this list every time I pray to make sure I have covered the entire topic to its spiritual fullness. That, to me, would seem mechanical and unreal!
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Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:28 pm +0000
Jim George wrote:Rexford,Now, if you will, back to the origin of our conversation. What are “real thinkers”? What is the point the Solitary Messenger was trying to make? “So few mortals are real thinkers” then he describes the act of willingly interacting with our divine Adjuster. You commented in such a way as to make me think you either assumed we who read the Urantia Book are all real thinkers or at least, many of us, or else I am confused and led to conclude that you don’t put much stock in his comment.
Jim George wrote:My personal take is that the actuality of “real thinking” refers to our ability to willingly transcend our natural bias toward rationality and logic as the building blocks of our comprehension of reality and allow ourselves to be directed by our divine Adjuster to perceive reality in ways only he can show us.
Jim George wrote:Can this be done on terra firma? All humans who have fused with their divine adjusters in the flesh would say “Yup!” it can. That is the process of being a real thinker to me and one that I subscribe to.
Jim George wrote:I hope that helps you to have a better focus on me that our communication will be facilitated by it.
Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:56 pm +0000
Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:52 am +0000
Redtread wrote:I don't think it's possible to do sustained thinking about anything without affecting change in your soul.
Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:33 pm +0000
Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:59 am +0000
Thinking is the hardest and most exhausting of all labor; and hence many people
shrink from it. God has so formed us that we are continuously impelled to thought; we
must either think or engage in some activity to escape thought. The headlong,
continuous chase for pleasure in which most people spend all their leisure time is only
an effort to escape thought. If they are alone, or if they have nothing amusing to take
their attention, as a novel to read or a show to see, they must think; and to escape
from thinking they resort to novels, shows, and all the endless devices of the
purveyors of amusement. Most people spend the greater part of their leisure time
running away from thought, hence they are where they are. We never move forward
until we begin to think.
Read less and think more. Read about great things and think about great questions
and issues. We have at the present time few really great figures in the political life of
our country; our politicians are a petty lot. There is no Lincoln, no Webster, no Clay,
Calhoun, or Jackson. Why? Because our present statesmen deal only with sordid and
petty issues - questions of dollars and cents, of expediency and party success, of
material prosperity without regard to ethical right. Thinking along these lines does not
call forth great souls. The statesmen of Lincoln’s time and previous times dealt with
questions of eternal truth, of human rights and justice. Men thought upon great
themes; they thought great thoughts, and they became great men.
Thinking, not mere knowledge or information, makes personality. Thinking is growth;
you cannot think without growing.
Every thought engenders another thought. Write one idea and others will follow until
you have written a page. You cannot fathom your own mind; it has neither bottom nor
boundaries. Your first thoughts may be crude; but as you go on thinking you will use
more and more of yourself; you will quicken new brain cells into activity and you will
develop new faculties. Heredity, environment, circumstances, all things must give way
before you if you practice sustained and continuous thought. But, on the other hand, if
you neglect to think for yourself and only use other people’s thought, you will never
know what you are capable of; and you will end by being incapable of anything.
Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:14 am +0000
Redtread wrote:To picture isolated ideas in your mind, such as the idea of grass growing, or the idea of paint drying, is not the same as thinking about grass growing, or thinking about paint drying is it? Thinking necessarily engenders questions, and questions necessarily find their way back to the first source and center. This is the evolutionary process of mind, which begins by thinking about rocks and sticks, and ends with deep knowledge of the Father
Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:48 am +0000