[tmtranscripts] No. Idaho Teaching Mission Group 5/12/01
Rick P. Giles
RickGiles at prodigy.net
Wed May 16 08:17:33 PDT 2001
North Idaho Teaching Mission Group
Topics: Intention, Appealing, Trust
Teachers: Evanson, Jessona, Darid
May 13, 2001
* Evanson (Jonathan TR): Hello, Evanson speaking. I'm happy to meet with
you again, to share in company. It is my purpose today to address you on the
topic of intention.
You understand the importance of motive and how the outcome of action is
not weighed for or against you unless you take into account the motive that
initiates the action, for good motive, even while resulting in action that
brought error, does ultimately reveal lessons learned that purify the
application, the method you use to express your motive, and thereby you have
grown and become more skillful in promoting the intention of your expression.
Let us for a moment twist the word "intend", reverse it and call it "tend
in". It probably would become apparent to you that the practice of stillness is
a valuable undertaking to clarify intention. This intending is a mode of
preparation for any individual who desires to minister to fellows, not to
discount the extremely high value of communion with the Father. The benefit of
this stillness is this time to become prepared, and this helps to enlarge the
arena of activity that is stillness. It allows you to use study, intellectually
oriented lines of thinking, as well as the more obvious forms of prayer and
worship and quieting of the mind.
Every football team huddles before the play is enacted. Every orator
organizes prepared notes before the first phrase is spoken. A repairman gathers
tools before heading out on a job. A musician organizes the sheet music before
beginning the song. These preparatory actions are not displayed before
receive the service or any given action, but they are vital in the outworking.
They are the composition of intention.
In spite of all this preparation, and you are familiar with this through
experience, what plays out does not always conform with your prior
efforts, just as when the ball is hiked in a particular skirmish, and the play
pattern is attempted by the offensive team, the unpredictable responses and
actions of the defensive team create variations in the intended pattern, and
adjustments are made in an effort to make progress.
An orator, a musician, an actor all have encountered this same variable
unpredictablility that departs from the intended form of delivery. To one who
seeks to be of service to the Father and encounters apparent failure in reaching
to another individual must allow this breadth of unpredictability that will
contribute rather than detract from your intention.
One of the meanings, the underlining truth, of the phrase, that you give
and thereby receive, is woven into this dynamic of intention, the
unpredictability of receptivity in your surroundings. The lesson you sought to
reveal, the ministry you have sought to foster, is adjusted. The lesson is
received; the ministry received short of, perhaps, the intention, but
superimposed upon your targeted action is a reciprocal lesson or ministry to
yourself. A good quarterback knows that, while the opening of the offensive
moves may contain several plays in sequence to obtain the goal, that after each
pattern has been outworked and adjustment is made, a new play pattern is called
based on the reactions of the defensive team. This adjustment is the act of
wisdom that is capable of quickly discerning the current configuration and
applying prior knowledge, prior skills, to the immediate situation. This wisdom
is not stubborn. It does not bullheadedly go forward with three or four
sequential plays that were previously desired in spite of alterations in the
environment as the plays have been run through. Wisdom, though always adhering
to the principles of truth and goodness, must always adjust and accommodate to
the variables of environment, and this is very true on a world like Urantia.
Often we speak of the dual qualities of worship and service, and many of my
teacher fellows have expressed that this is in reality one activity that
oscillates between an expressive service and an inward experience of worship.
But as I have sought to illustrate today, that one's intention in service is
derived from the preparation found in worship, of inward study, as
invigorating to the soul that it is, worship is also a form of service, for you
are becoming strengthened, clearer in mind, and deepened in purpose. The very
act of drawing closer to your Creator fosters this development and makes you
better capable of addressing the needs of your fellows. True, you could, and
throughout the mansion worlds you will, attend courses wherein you will gain
skills at external forms of ministry. But the best preparation and the best
preparer dwell within you and occur within you.
Now I wish to provide some caution, and that is regarding motivation. If
you do spend a good amount of time -- which I do not mean a lengthy duration at
one occurrence but repeated applications of time -- in stillness, in
can apply yourself and do no harm. But to neglect this inward assessment,
confusion can enter and motive can be clouded by lesser goals, lesser purposes,
and harm can result. Though no damage is insurmountable, given that you will
take the time to undergo this inward visitation with the divine, correction will
follow, adjustments are made, and better results ensue.
I have placed emphasis upon stillness as a means of developing pure
intention because it is part of the same coin when it comes to alleviating the
distresses of your fellows, but let me take a moment also to divide yourself
an internal and, in a sense, an external duality. This period of intending also
works to great service of yourself. The health and well-being of mind and body
is enhanced through this time, this inner visitation. The master spoke of the
truth, that it is not what goes in that defiles but what comes out of a man that
defiles. Even if you stop short of exiting your own personal arena with what is
expressed and consider only within your arena, your body and mind, what
of you, has great benefit or detriment to your own personal well-being.
I will close with one final note and that is on the importance of this time
of inward communion as a method for, in a sense, selecting "reset". In the
activities of your life many things are pulled out, scattered around, and
upheaval. Stillness becomes the means whereby you may reset, regroup, and
reorganize, and refresh to begin anew being about the Father's business.
I am happy to have addressed you today. I can field questions if you are
interested; you are welcome to comment. I am not alone here; you may request
others if you desire.
Tom: Thank you for your comments. We haven't heard from Jessona for some
time. Would she have some comment?
* Jessona: Greetings. I stand ready. Is there a topic you wish that I
Tom: Whatever you think needs the most attention.
* Jessona: I will follow upon Evanson's comments and branch into the subject
When it is hoped that one can be of benefit to another to minister to
needs, to bring spiritual upliftment, the subject of appealing comes into play.
There are varieties of this desire to appeal that fight with each other. There
is the desire to have the receiving party favorably take to your actions or
comments. There is the desire to feel self satisfied in saying or doing exactly
what you wanted to do whether or not consideration is made about the value
receptivity to the other, that appealing urge to have won the argument, let us
say, as example and the desire to have done good for our Sovereign Son in
fostering his gospel. Throughout a dynamic situation it is difficult to discern
clearly these multi-faceted elements. I would offer to you to take the approach
that the comfortable feeling of appealing, that attractive sense, be secondary.
Let it be as your left hand that knows not what our your right hand is
it may be necessary to displease the one to whom you make comment temporarily
that the truth may be received.
It may be necessary to discover that your actions were not necessarily
pleasing to your Creator Son, that you may then derive the growth experience
matures you in soul and betters you for ministry. Likewise, you may leave a
situation feeling rotten about yourself for having approached with good
in the wrong manner. This, too, works for the good if you are willing to pass
through the displeasure and emerge on the other side with decisive
Finally, on this note of appealing, always appeal to the spirit within the
one to whom you minister. As Evanson has expressed, your intention can be
intending toward the Spirit Fragment that dwells within the one to whom you wish
I have commented. It is now your turn.
Tom: That was good, thanks!
* Jessona: You are always welcome.
* Darid: As the group is small today, I likewise will step forward. I am
I wish to interject and emphasize trust, for it can be confusing to attempt
to discern the correctness of intention, the source of motivation, and the form
of gratification desired through the feeling of appealing, that pleasure, that
receptive quality. Trust comes only, well, let me put it this way: It comes in
two forms: One is a strong and close relationship with the divine within you, a
trust that is linked with the understanding of divine love and compassion, of
concern and care for your well-being, of the greatness of the knowledge and
wisdom of the Father who is capable of preparing you, of teaching you
And trust is the result of application, of stepping forward, executing a desire,
experiencing the results, making an adjustment, developing a new technique, and
deriving confidence. This trust is the result of experience.
Since the nature of the human soul is growth, trust will ever be necessary,
for as you become experienced and accomplished, a new level of the inexperienced
and the unattained rises before you, and trust must be reapplied. So I offer
that one not fall into thinking that trust will ever be gained, but trust is
always a gaining experience, ongoing.
Perhaps a little picture would be a nice addition. The trust of the Father
that one develops is much like letting the Father be your bicycle mechanic. As
you work together to inflate the tires, to tighten the spokes, to adjust the
handlebars and seat and oil the chain, you develop a trust in your ability to
bicycle, for your vehicle is tuned up. But the trust of experience comes from
having ridden this bicycle up a hill, down a hill, over gravelly roads, through
mud, over smoothly paved roads, and to realize that you stay up, to realize that
when you fall you can get back on, and you have the same skills and you have
learned how better to negotiate your course. I hope this is something that can
be overlaid upon my comments.
Evelyn: You all three have done a good job of touching on topics we were
talking about earlier.
Tom: You spoke in a lesson some time back on forgiveness not being a one
time thing but also being growing. Love also. Most of these spiritual
we are studying are ongoing. You don't get them in a single episode.
* Darid: Your insight is profound and will develop in its profundity as the
ages pass. Again, another ongoing experience.
Evelyn: I see both of those forms of trust being antidotes to worry. Not
that there won't be worrisome situations, but if you trust both your experience,
your ability to act in a timely and an appropriate manner, as well as trusting
God with things too far around the corner to see, you can alleviate a lot of
* Darid: Quite true, and I would repeat what I have said many months back,
that I perceive not trial and error but trial and adjustment. Trial and error
can sow the seeds of worry, for error is something disliked. But trial and
adjustment sows the seeds of trust, for it implies the ability to correct and to
Evelyn: Recalling your lesson from years back on liking and disliking not
being important, looking back on our experiences we often dwell on what was
unpleasant. When we see looming situations, first to jump to mind are
memories rather than how to do it right this time.
Tom: Mistakes, embarrassments serve as a fence. Accomplishments, too. No
success like failure, and failure is no success at all.
* Darid: I would summarize both your comments by bringing back the main
topic of intention. Regardless of success or failure or whether it is
disliked, the main reevaluation that one can take is the purity of intention and
the accuracy of intention and to make an adjustment in this arena. The likes,
the dislikes, the successes and failures are only indicators for you to discern
what truly must be adjusted for better results.
The time passes. Each of us has enjoyed our contact with you. I would
conclude this meeting today and express what you already know, that the Father
loves you deeply, the Son cares for you continually, and your Mother Spirit is
likewise embracing you at all times. Farewell.
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