[tmtranscripts] Ham on accepting the Father's Treasure

David Schlundt david.schlundt at vanderbilt.edu
Tue Mar 11 08:26:09 PST 2003


Ham: Greetings, children, I am Ham and I welcome
each of you here this evening. Let us discuss the
meaning of wealth. The Father has poured out his
wealth upon his children and this treasure cannot be
stolen, cannot be diminished by the hands of men.
Our Father has created all things, the sunshine and
the rain, the growth from the soil, the beauty of his
sunsets, the joy of appreciation. All these things are
his gifts to you.

Have no fear in accepting his gifts of plenty, his gifts
of joy, and comfort. Most often, the fears human
harbor in life products of imagination -- fear of loss,
fear of want -- and these fears are a great engine
driving civilization forward, but those who are secure
in the Father’s over care understand how to focus on
the plenty that is in the now time rather than the fear
of some future situation. The now is complete, the
now is fulfilling all your needs at this moment. Humans
are so conditioned toward planning the future that
the actual state of existing in plenty in the now is

The Father’s plea is ever "come to me now, seek me
now, be with me now". But the human says, "I am not
secure enough right now, let me seek my security
elsewhere, and then when all of that is cared for, then
I will be free to come to you". The Father pleas again,
"you are free, accept your freedom now", but again
the son replies "I will be free in the future, right now I
am burdened". Again the Father says "Give me your
burden and come to me now" and the son says "Let
me make the burden lighter on my own first".

You have all played these kinds of psychological
dodging of the now time. You have all thought that
the now is fraught with danger and must be made
secure by your own hand. But my children, think
about it. The Father who has created a vast universe,
who holds all things in his hands, do you not trust his
strength? The Father who is love, who spreads love
like a blanket over all of his creation comforting all,
should he not be trusted to comfort you? And the
Father who dwells in the eternal now, is the now time
then not enough for you?

More and more you are each turning away from your
own fearful control of your lives and placing your lives
instead in the Father’s hands in the now. As you do
this, your fears of imaginary shortages are beginning
to fade and your confidence in the Father’s over care
grows the more you trust him. How childish it is not
to trust the Father. And the Father indulges his
children in their lack of faith. He understands that you
must all have experience, that you must test the
waters of life on your own for a while, but sooner or
later your own strength will fail you, your own
judgement will be faulty, and your own strength will
grow weak. There is only one way forward and that is
the way of trust, even dependence upon the Father.

Each of you has had problems with trusting your
earthly parents. Your earthly parents were not a
source of comfort and stability and you were
disappointed in your first efforts at trust. If this is
hanging your up now, acknowledge it, and then give
that burden to the Father. The greatest human
statement during the Master’s life was, "Lord I believe,
help me with my unbelief". The Father knows all
things, is aware of all human frailty. Let yourselves
realize that sometimes human strength is kind of a
spiritual frailty and when you pray, ask always for help
getting to that next level of faith.

Jesus was so well balanced because his focus was
now. He was not overly preoccupied with what the
future may or may not bring. He dealt with life as it
came to him. He was not a person who made
judgements about different times of his life the way
human beings are want to do. He never lamented his
childhood poverty, or his struggle to provide for his
earthly family without the care of his earthly father. He
took all of it as it came and never dwelt in fear about
what might be. He made reasonable plans for the
future, but he was not crushed when those plans
were thwarted. Through all the difficulties of his life,
he made the best of what was right now and found all
that he needed in the now.

His apostles were mightily drawn to his coolness
under pressure. They had many worries and fears
concerning their futures. But the Master seemed to be
continually content, even cheerful and happy,
throughout the many ups and downs of their earthly
experience together. He could do so because he
completely trusted the Father now.

The questions this evening must be postponed, but
as always my love and my prayers are with you, my
understanding extends to all. Have no concerns about
your progress, for you all do well. Farewell.

David G. Schlundt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Vanderbilt University
301 Wilson Hall
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615)322-7800
Fax: (615) 343-8449
Email: David.Schlundt at Vanderbilt.edu
Beauty is that which attracts the soul,
and that which loves to give and not
to receive

Kahlil Gibran

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