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what an important time for Divine Assurance!! And the fruits of the Spirit!! The human experience and expression of those are critical in such times. Profound fulcrums of transformative leverage for truth, beauty, and goodness. Already so many examples to inspire and assure one another. Love one another. Serve one another. Be family.

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Public radio (NPR) is a critical source of truthiness for me, and for personal stories of courage and leadership in this crisis. I encourage all here to tune in daily. I was inspired today by interviews with medical doctors who have had the virus, suffered mild to heavy reactions, and are now clear of the virus and back to work!

I feel I'm living in the eye of a deadly storm, all very still and calm where I stand. But just out of my awareness are thousands of sick people and their caregivers braving the wind. Let's pray for them.


Indeed...let us pray for them. And minister comforting assurance to as many as we can the best we are able as instructed by the Master.

138:6.4 (1543.2) .... There was just one motive in Jesus’ postbaptismal life on Urantia, and that was a better and truer revelation of his Paradise Father; he was the pioneer of the new and better way to God, the way of faith and love. Ever his exhortation to the apostles was: “Go seek for the sinners; find the downhearted and comfort the anxious.”


140:9.2 (1584.1) ....The Master’s consecration charge was: “Go into all the world and preach the glad tidings of the kingdom. Liberate spiritual captives, comfort the oppressed, and minister to the afflicted. Freely you have received, freely give.”

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180:4.1 (1948.2) Jesus continued to teach, saying: “When I have gone to the Father, and after he has fully accepted the work I have done for you on earth, and after I have received the final sovereignty of my own domain, I shall say to my Father: Having left my children alone on earth, it is in accordance with my promise to send them another teacher. And when the Father shall approve, I will pour out the Spirit of Truth upon all flesh. Already is my Father’s spirit in your hearts, and when this day shall come, you will also have me with you even as you now have the Father. This new gift is the spirit of living truth. The unbelievers will not at first listen to the teachings of this spirit, but the sons of light will all receive him gladly and with a whole heart. And you shall know this spirit when he comes even as you have known me, and you will receive this gift in your hearts, and he will abide with you. You thus perceive that I am not going to leave you without help and guidance. I will not leave you desolate. Today I can be with you only in person. In the times to come I will be with you and all other men who desire my presence, wherever you may be, and with each of you at the same time. Do you not discern that it is better for me to go away; that I leave you in the flesh so that I may the better and the more fully be with you in the spirit?

180:4.2 (1948.3) “In just a few hours the world will see me no more; but you will continue to know me in your hearts even until I send you this new teacher, the Spirit of Truth. As I have lived with you in person, then shall I live in you; I shall be one with your personal experience in the spirit kingdom. And when this has come to pass, you shall surely know that I am in the Father, and that, while your life is hid with the Father in me, I am also in you. I have loved the Father and have kept his word; you have loved me, and you will keep my word. As my Father has given me of his spirit, so will I give you of my spirit. And this Spirit of Truth which I will bestow upon you shall guide and comfort you and shall eventually lead you into all truth.

181:1.7 (1954.4) Jesus gives peace to his fellow doers of the will of God but not on the order of the joys and satisfactions of this material world. Unbelieving materialists and fatalists can hope to enjoy only two kinds of peace and soul comfort: Either they must be stoics, with steadfast resolution determined to face the inevitable and to endure the worst; or they must be optimists, ever indulging that hope which springs eternal in the human breast, vainly longing for a peace which never really comes.

181:1.8 (1954.5) A certain amount of both stoicism and optimism are serviceable in living a life on earth, but neither has aught to do with that superb peace which the Son of God bestows upon his brethren in the flesh. The peace which Michael gives his children on earth is that very peace which filled his own soul when he himself lived the mortal life in the flesh and on this very world. The peace of Jesus is the joy and satisfaction of a God-knowing individual who has achieved the triumph of learning fully how to do the will of God while living the mortal life in the flesh. The peace of Jesus’ mind was founded on an absolute human faith in the actuality of the divine Father’s wise and sympathetic overcare. Jesus had trouble on earth, he has even been falsely called the “man of sorrows,” but in and through all of these experiences he enjoyed the comfort of that confidence which ever empowered him to proceed with his life purpose in the full assurance that he was achieving the Father’s will.

181:1.9 (1954.6) Jesus was determined, persistent, and thoroughly devoted to the accomplishment of his mission, but he was not an unfeeling and calloused stoic; he ever sought for the cheerful aspects of his life experiences, but he was not a blind and self-deceived optimist. The Master knew all that was to befall him, and he was unafraid. After he had bestowed this peace upon each of his followers, he could consistently say, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

181:1.10 (1955.1) The peace of Jesus is, then, the peace and assurance of a son who fully believes that his career for time and eternity is safely and wholly in the care and keeping of an all-wise, all-loving, and all-powerful spirit Father. And this is, indeed, a peace which passes the understanding of mortal mind, but which can be enjoyed to the full by the believing human heart.


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Divine faith assurance is the first fruit of the spiritual vine. The inner whisper creates the natural spirit responses in our minds to bring forth idealism, altruism, hope, trust, and "faith". Faith in someone within and something far greater than ourselves..the First Cause and Center of All...the I AM within.

We can learn to ignore this feeling and knowing, this "reality-response". We can come to deny its presence and power. We can choose to turn away. But all receive this connection and Divine Presence within with and by the gift of personality - which likewise originates from the same source.

The Divine Presence within delivers Divine Assurance of our relationship to God and reality. Thusly does reality itself become more than the material world of our 5 senses. Only humans are connected to the Adjutants of Worship and Wisdom which make possible and real this gift of personality and the Divine connection and Reality Response of Faith Assurance.

Or so I understand the teachings....

101:10.4 (1116.5) It is only through the morontial avenue leading to spiritual insight that man can ever break the fetters inherent in his mortal status in the universe. Energy and mind do lead back to Paradise and Deity, but neither the energy endowment nor the mind endowment of man proceeds directly from such Paradise Deity. Only in the spiritual sense is man a child of God. And this is true because it is only in the spiritual sense that man is at present endowed and indwelt by the Paradise Father. Mankind can never discover divinity except through the avenue of religious experience and by the exercise of true faith. The faith acceptance of the truth of God enables man to escape from the circumscribed confines of material limitations and affords him a rational hope of achieving safe conduct from the material realm, whereon is death, to the spiritual realm, wherein is life eternal.

101:10.5 (1116.6) The purpose of religion is not to satisfy curiosity about God but rather to afford intellectual constancy and philosophic security, to stabilize and enrich human living by blending the mortal with the divine, the partial with the perfect, man and God. It is through religious experience that man’s concepts of ideality are endowed with reality.

101:10.6 (1116.7) Never can there be either scientific or logical proofs of divinity. Reason alone can never validate the values and goodnesses of religious experience. But it will always remain true: Whosoever wills to do the will of God shall comprehend the validity of spiritual values. This is the nearest approach that can be made on the mortal level to offering proofs of the reality of religious experience. Such faith affords the only escape from the mechanical clutch of the material world and from the error distortion of the incompleteness of the intellectual world; it is the only discovered solution to the impasse in mortal thinking regarding the continuing survival of the individual personality. It is the only passport to completion of reality and to eternity of life in a universal creation of love, law, unity, and progressive Deity attainment.

101:10.7 (1117.1) Religion effectually cures man’s sense of idealistic isolation or spiritual loneliness; it enfranchises the believer as a son of God, a citizen of a new and meaningful universe. Religion assures man that, in following the gleam of righteousness discernible in his soul, he is thereby identifying himself with the plan of the Infinite and the purpose of the Eternal. Such a liberated soul immediately begins to feel at home in this new universe, his universe.

101:10.8 (1117.2) When you experience such a transformation of faith, you are no longer a slavish part of the mathematical cosmos but rather a liberated volitional son of the Universal Father. No longer is such a liberated son fighting alone against the inexorable doom of the termination of temporal existence; no longer does he combat all nature, with the odds hopelessly against him; no longer is he staggered by the paralyzing fear that, perchance, he has put his trust in a hopeless phantasm or pinned his faith to a fanciful error.

101:10.9 (1117.3) Now, rather, are the sons of God enlisted together in fighting the battle of reality’s triumph over the partial shadows of existence. At last all creatures become conscious of the fact that God and all the divine hosts of a well-nigh limitless universe are on their side in the supernal struggle to attain eternity of life and divinity of status. Such faith-liberated sons have certainly enlisted in the struggles of time on the side of the supreme forces and divine personalities of eternity; even the stars in their courses are now doing battle for them; at last they gaze upon the universe from within, from God’s viewpoint, and all is transformed from the uncertainties of material isolation to the sureties of eternal spiritual progression. Even time itself becomes but the shadow of eternity cast by Paradise realities upon the moving panoply of space.



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Or put another way...

196:3.1 (2093.6) Personal, spiritual religious experience is an efficient solvent for most mortal difficulties; it is an effective sorter, evaluator, and adjuster of all human problems. Religion does not remove or destroy human troubles, but it does dissolve, absorb, illuminate, and transcend them. True religion unifies the personality for effective adjustment to all mortal requirements. Religious faith—the positive leading of the indwelling divine presence—unfailingly enables the God-knowing man to bridge that gulf existing between the intellectual logic which recognizes the Universal First Cause as It and those positive affirmations of the soul which aver this First Cause is He,the heavenly Father of Jesus’ gospel, the personal God of human salvation.

196:3.2 (2094.1) There are just three elements in universal reality: fact, idea, and relation. The religious consciousness identifies these realities as science, philosophy, and truth. Philosophy would be inclined to view these activities as reason, wisdom, and faith—physical reality, intellectual reality, and spiritual reality. We are in the habit of designating these realities as thing, meaning, and value.

196:3.3 (2094.2) The progressive comprehension of reality is the equivalent of approaching God. The finding of God, the consciousness of identity with reality, is the equivalent of the experiencing of self-completion—self-entirety, self-totality. The experiencing of total reality is the full realization of God, the finality of the God-knowing experience.

196:3.4 (2094.3) The full summation of human life is the knowledge that man is educated by fact, ennobled by wisdom, and saved—justified—by religious faith.

196:3.5 (2094.4) Physical certainty consists in the logic of science; moral certainty, in the wisdom of philosophy; spiritual certainty, in the truth of genuine religious experience.

196:3.6 (2094.5) The mind of man can attain high levels of spiritual insight and corresponding spheres of divinity of values because it is not wholly material. There is a spirit nucleus in the mind of man—the Adjuster of the divine presence. There are three separate evidences of this spirit indwelling of the human mind:

196:3.7 (2094.6) 1. Humanitarian fellowship—love. The purely animal mind may be gregarious for self-protection, but only the spirit-indwelt intellect is unselfishly altruistic and unconditionally loving.

196:3.8 (2094.7) 2. Interpretation of the universe—wisdom. Only the spirit-indwelt mind can comprehend that the universe is friendly to the individual.

196:3.9 (2094.8) 3. Spiritual evaluation of life—worship. Only the spirit-indwelt man can realize the divine presence and seek to attain a fuller experience in and with this foretaste of divinity.


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196:3.1 posted above says that religious faith is "the positive leading of the indwelling divine presence". Divine Assurance is from, of, by, and through this same connection and circuitry of the "indwelling divine presence".

Animals and humans share many aspects of mind connectivity circuits and spirit ministry in addition to the mechanical functions of brain. But humans enjoy the added circuits of the Adjutants of Worship and Wisdom. Animals and humans also share certain urges and impulses.

But humans have urges, impulses, yearns, mental and emotional hungers, curiosity, and love of adventure that includes a compelling need to understand and know, reason and logic to explain, the ability to calculate and project and discern meanings to understand, and the ability to transcend time in certain ways to remember and to predict while considering our options in the moment!! These abilities, derived from and by the highest two Adjutants, lead to science and to religious experience and civilization and both personal and social progress.

The evolution of religion in persons is not accidental or of human origin. Religious experience is Divine in origin and is intentional in the very design and formatting of human mind. Urges, impulses, yearns, longings, and related behavioral drivers are the work of the Adjutant Mind Spirits. For humans, those are complimented by and supplemented with certain spiritual and religious Spirit connections too, like the God Fragment and Spirit of Truth and Guardian Angels in addition to the Holy Spirit and higher Adjutants.

These agents and circuits are fully functional in children and in primitive peoples as well as more educated, enlightened, and spiritized persons. The religious experience does not depend upon accuracy of beliefs or specific knowledge to be powerful and effective in the minds of all persons of every age and epoch on the material, evolutionary worlds of time.

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Divine Assurance is a normal function of these mind circuits, connections, and functions described as urges, impulses, yearns, longings, hungers, and thirsts. Assurance is the Divine personal affirmation response to our personal spirit/reality response. It is the paternal, protective, consoling, and affectionate embrace of parent and child. Or so I understand the teachings.

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So....Divine Assurance is a form of feedback loop....the more faith we experience by our response to the touch and whisper of Deity within and the yearning and hunger imposed by Deity in mind, then the more assurance we experience. The growing reality result of such a feedback system of cause and effect and greater cause by response/effect to the cause for even greater response/effect is a sublime peace that comes to the soul of mortals. Assurance grows into certainty by our personal religious experience and ever increasing faith and truth assurance connection.

We do not need great knowledge or understanding or insight or wisdom to experience these fruits of the Spirit which grow and grow as we attach our faith-branch to the spirit-vine of truth, beauty, goodness, and Divine Love. Happiness and certainty of destiny grows with our spirit connection...Divine Assurance is but the feeding of the vine of the Spirit the branch of the soul. We become certain of our connection and safety and are assured by peace of mind and joy and confidence that overcomes doubts and fears and uncertainties. Divine Assurance is profoundly powerful and influential to all who respond to the Spirit within!!

100:4.3 (1097.7) …... Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

100:6.6 (1101.1) One of the most amazing earmarks of religious living is that dynamic and sublime peace, that peace which passes all human understanding, that cosmic poise which betokens the absence of all doubt and turmoil. Such levels of spiritual stability are immune to disappointment. Such religionists are like the Apostle Paul, who said: “I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else shall be able to separate us from the love of God.”

101:6.8 (1112.4) The teachings of Jesus constituted the first Urantian religion which so fully embraced a harmonious co-ordination of knowledge, wisdom, faith, truth, and love as completely and simultaneously to provide temporal tranquillity, intellectual certainty, moral enlightenment, philosophic stability, ethical sensitivity, God-consciousness, and the positive assurance of personal survival. …..

103:9.12 (1142.3) There is a reality in religious experience that is proportional to the spiritual content, and such a reality is transcendent to reason, science, philosophy, wisdom, and all other human achievements. The convictions of such an experience are unassailable; the logic of religious living is incontrovertible; the certainty of such knowledge is superhuman; the satisfactions are superbly divine, the courage indomitable, the devotions unquestioning, the loyalties supreme, and the destinies final—eternal, ultimate, and universal.

111:4.7 (1220.6) Happiness and joy take origin in the inner life. You cannot experience real joy all by yourself.....

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I have had occasion recently to call upon God for assurance, and one day last week, while having to wait in the car for an errand I was on, I happened to open my UB to this passage; it blew me away by its timeliness, and I share it here for all who may need the comfort that it offers:

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“Out of a pure heart shall gladness spring forth to the Infinite; all my being shall be at peace with this supermortal rejoicing. My soul is filled with content, and my heart overflows with the bliss of peaceful trust. I have no fear; I am free from anxiety. I dwell in security, and my enemies cannot alarm me. I am satisfied with the fruits of my confidence. I have found the approach to the Immortal easy of access. I pray for faith to sustain me on the long journey; I know that faith from beyond will not fail me.


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Thanks, fanofvan for this, too; further timely assistance for me today, and hopefully others:

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So....Divine Assurance is a form of feedback loop....the more faith we experience by our response to the touch and whisper of Deity within and the yearning and hunger imposed by Deity in mind, then the more assurance we experience. The growing reality result of such a feedback system of cause and effect and greater cause by response/effect to the cause for even greater response/effect is a sublime peace that comes to the soul of mortals. Assurance grows into certainty by our personal religious experience and ever increasing faith and truth assurance connection.

We do not need great knowledge or understanding or insight or wisdom to experience these fruits of the Spirit which grow and grow as we attach our faith-branch to the spirit-vine of truth, beauty, goodness, and Divine Love. Happiness and certainty of destiny grows with our spirit connection...Divine Assurance is but the feeding of the vine of the Spirit the branch of the soul. We become certain of our connection and safety and are assured by peace of mind and joy and confidence that overcomes doubts and fears and uncertainties. Divine Assurance is profoundly powerful and influential to all who respond to the Spirit within!!


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So....from whence comes happiness? And contentment? And joy? How are they connected to assurance? Faith?

In the midst of this Covid 19/Coronavirus pandemic, I am reminded that always are there those who suffer. We are surrounded by those who struggle to deal with the material demands of life and the anxieties of uncertainty and the loss of loved ones and the risks of mortality and sickness. Now these insecurities are magnified and amplified. The poor now get poorer. The instability of life even more unstable.

So how does a believer and faith child of the Spirit maintain hope, faith, assurance, happiness, contentment, peace of mind, and joy in the midst of material chaos and uncertainty?

Are happy people blind or indifferent or uncaring or insensitive or self centered or naive?

Was Jesus happy? Joyful? Content?

Wasn't Jesus surrounded by sickness and death and chaos and uncertainty and suffering in so many forms by so many others and also drink deeply himself from tragedy and grief and loss and disruption and loss of personal dreams and priorities and hopes? Wasn't he hated and reviled and pursued and threatened and falsely accused and rejected (even by friends and family) and tortured and murdered?

Was Jesus blind or indifferent or uncaring or insensitive or self centered or naive?

Hmmmm......something for us to consider perhaps.....in these trying times.....

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All of these feelings and attributes of genuine religious experience are possible, even unshakable, in faith children with Divine Assurance.

How so?

I think it is by the differentiation in perspective of the eternal perspective and the limiting temporal view and the distinction between the spiritual and the material perspective of reality. Suffering is temporary and material in its limitations. I think one must see that limit to suffering and find peace by understanding of what comes on the other side of material suffering and what can be found even in its very midst when we place our absolute faith and trust in God's affection and wisdom and purpose and plan!

Are you happy? Do you feel a little guilty about that? Hmmmmm......

Perhaps we should talk about it...... :?: :wink:

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5:4.2 (66.6) The great and immediate service of true religion is the establishment of an enduring unity in human experience, a lasting peace and a profound assurance.....

100:4.3 (1097.7) But the great problem of religious living consists in the task of unifying the soul powers of the personality by the dominance of love. Health, mental efficiency, and happiness arise from the unification of physical systems, mind systems, and spirit systems. Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

100:6.6 (1101.1) One of the most amazing earmarks of religious living is that dynamic and sublime peace, that peace which passes all human understanding, that cosmic poise which betokens the absence of all doubt and turmoil. Such levels of spiritual stability are immune to disappointment....

100:7.12 (1102.9) Jesus was consistently cheerful, notwithstanding he sometimes drank deeply of the cup of human sorrow. He fearlessly faced the realities of existence, yet was he filled with enthusiasm for the gospel of the kingdom. But he controlled his enthusiasm; it never controlled him. He was unreservedly dedicated to “the Father’s business.” This divine enthusiasm led his unspiritual brethren to think he was beside himself, but the onlooking universe appraised him as the model of sanity and the pattern of supreme mortal devotion to the high standards of spiritual living. And his controlled enthusiasm was contagious; his associates were constrained to share his divine optimism.

100:7.13 (1103.1) This man of Galilee was not a man of sorrows; he was a soul of gladness. Always was he saying, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad.” But when duty required, he was willing to walk courageously through the “valley of the shadow of death.” He was gladsome but at the same time humble.

Me here: I wonder what "courage" might have to do with assurance?

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It is interesting to me how each of the 7 Adjutant Mind Spirit and ministry circuits of connection work with the others and upon the others in ways which first deliver the mortal mind connection to the Holy Spirit which begins the evolutionary and personal faith based religious experience of the lowest level of universe personality endowment. Each mind adjutant ministry is a link bound to the others to form human function and connection to the Spirit which completely differentiate the mortal from the animal kingdom of its evolutionary origin.

This integration and coordination of all the Adjutant ministry circuits into a functional whole leads to each of those ministries and circuits to gain forms of function and activation not possible without the totality of all 7 working in harmony! The sum or value or totality and function of the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. Indeed....each adjutant function is enhanced by the totality of function and connection which delivers experiential wisdom and Divine assurance.

Such a mind can transcend itself and experience revelation and creative thinking and problem solving and develop certainty of what and whom cannot be seen or heard or discovered by the 5 senses - or any number of material senses!! The totality of the connection of the 7 Adjutants reveals a universe reality and aspect of selfhood that is not material and that new connection to the Holy Spirit and the God Fragment and the Spirit of Truth creates whole new paradigms of being and intuition and insight and understanding and faith - all of which is required for Divine Assurance!!

Assurance is evidence of connection and relationship and belonging and the love of the creators for their progeny. This connection and that Divine Assurance we experience and the evolutionary progression of experiential wisdom are the very plan of God and the very purpose of material creation. The gods benefit from the realization of potential and the wisdom only available by experience and perfecting over time by trial and error and freewill choice. Mortals are designed and created to benefit the universe and all beings in the universe of universes by BEING mortal.

Our connection to the Spirit delivers Divine Assurance to verify this connection to the beings so connected. It is as natural as it could possibly be. It is an inherent function of the connection of personality to the source of personality and the mind to the source of mind. It is the connection to Divinity that delivers the Divine Assurance we feel within. And it is that Assurance that leads us to discernment, understanding, courage, knowledge, altruism, worship/assurance, and the integrating power of wisdom!

As we become spiritized and gain experiential wisdom, we begin to become weened from the Adjutant Mind Spirits as we are become more directly connected to the Paradise Spirit ministries of the Trinity and the related gravity circuits of personality, mind, and spirit. Indeed, the Adjutant Spirits ministry does not follow us beyond the grave and into our resurrection. It is our soul and the ministry of the God Fragment/Thought Adjuster that then connects to the direct ministry of the mind, spirit, and personality circuits without the Adjutant circuits influence or connection.

The Adjutants are a ministry bridge which connects the mortal mind to the morontial mind. Both are connected to the Source Spirit ministries so the more material connection of the Adjutants is simply not needed once the material brain ceases to function at death in this life. Or so I understand.

36:5.5 (402.2) 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:

36:5.6 (402.3) 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.

36:5.7 (402.4) 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.

36:5.8 (402.5) 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.

36:5.9 (402.6) 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.

36:5.10 (402.7) 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.

36:5.11 (402.8) 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.

36:5.12 (402.9) 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.

36:5.13 (403.1) 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.

Me here: Progress in the Spirit, religious growth, and experiential wisdom should each and all increase our sense of connection and momentum and assurance of that connection and progressive momentum. Assurance is not merely preliminary nor static. It too grows concurrently with and due to our personal evolutionary and experiential wisdom "which initiates and maintains the practical and effective program of the ascending scale of existence;" and " 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 initiates and integrates and harmonizes and perpetuates GROWTH and completes and enhances and integrates and harmonizes greater and growing - intuition, understanding, courage, knowledge, counsel, and worship!! The whole improves the functions of the each! This fact and function of our very being delivers Assurance of the Spirit which is the very source of all these characteristics of BEING...and BECOMING.

Assurance is simply the evidence of our connection to the Spirit. An awareness of that connection. An awareness of belonging and being loved and being safe and the eternal nature of that very personal reality.

Bradly 8)


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