[tmtranscripts] Ham on Knowing your weaknesses

David Schlundt, Ph.D. david.schlundt at vanderbilt.edu
Mon May 23 08:48:53 PDT 2005

Ham: May 22, 2005

Greetings children, I am Ham and I am grateful to enjoy this opportunity
speaking to you, my friends.

Let us discuss the shedding of the old and embracing the new. Each one
of you is experiencing constant spiritual transition. You each must
release those patterns and tendencies that belong to the old life for
your lives are undergoing a transformation from one stage to another.
The old patterns don't fit anymore, but releasing these old patterns
requires consciousness of them. You must see these unconscious patterns
in order to release them.

Human beings usually do not wish to see behavior that is less than ideal
and usually these things are concealed from the conscious mind until
they are discovered and consciously put aside. It is therefore
important to be vigilant and aware of these underground compulsions. It
is important to make every effort to know yourselves and to be aware of
your weaknesses as much as your strength.

Do not be hesitant about leaving your garden; do not ignore the signals
that the Thought Adjuster gives you highlighting some thought, attitude
or behavior that needs to be examined consciously. The guiding Thought
Adjuster will keep pointing out the problem with ever increasing
intensity until you understand the lesson, until you understand that you
must look at yourself and release the old thought or behavior pattern
that no longer serve you.

No one develops character without admitting mistakes, failures, errors
or sins. You cannot pretend they are not there and move forward. You
must first admit there is a problem before you can fix it. Letting go
of the old must be a conscious choice before you can receive what is
new. The new does not come in until a place is made. You cannot move
forward in the spirit without consciously deciding direction, which
means you must know what you are leaving before the new arrives.

The Father requires that you be open to what he brings you. You cannot
simply choose one part of it. You must accept it fully then the new
step will come. It is something like saying "Father, I don't know what
you will bring me, but it is my will to receive it. I don't know what
will replace the things that I am letting go but I trust in your
goodness, I trust that what you are bringing me is better."

Each spiritual step is one of faith and trust. Faith would not be
necessary if you knew in advance what was coming. Trust my friends and
be glad, let the unknowing part be the thrill of the ride. Fear not and
do not try to understand the end from the beginning. Trust in your
teachers but above all trust in the Master and his goodness. Let not
your hearts be troubled and neither let them be afraid. This journey is
a short walk from here to there, for this life is short even though it
is intense.

The next life will be much easier as you will enjoy a much closer
conscious company with your indwelling spirit. Already you are trusting
in him even though his voice is faint, you trust that voice will grow
stronger and so it will. Trust my children, you are doing very well.

Q: Ham, I think I recognized one of my old bad habit recently reflected
in my behavior with a house guest. Is it true that sometimes our
awareness of these habits is brought to our attention by a friend or

H: Yes. It is difficult, even quite impossible to see yourself as
others see you until you see yourself in another. This mirroring is
important for without it you would have much less self awareness and
much less ability for self awareness as well. Often times these
revelations are initially quite painful but over time as you incorporate
the lesson and release the old, you find that that early pain was your
greatest blessing. All human beings go through this. It is part of
your growth and training.

Q: Rebecca?

H: Yes my daughter, you are doing well. Continue in this work putting
one foot before the other and moving forward without pause. This
training is very valuable and as you gain confidence you are gaining the
respect of many others who will be influential in your future. Take
willingly from the Master's hand. Step gratefully upon the stones he is
placing before you within the still waters of truth.

Q: Jarad?

H: My son, Jarad, you are doing well. You are learning the meaning of
humility and of gratitude. Those two steps are crucial for your future
as well. Soon you will understand true worship and this will be a great
and profound gift for you. The flowing of the spiritual circuit within
you is being cleared, the old is passing away and the new is just beginning.

Q: Message:

H: Yes, my daughter, of course. You are doing very well. The
difficulties and trouble you experience is what comes from following the
Master's leading. All who follow him are led into troubles. Dealing
with these troubles is his training for you. Be prayerful and mindful
of his presence and his words. Let him comfort your heart as he reveals
step by step the path ahead. Don't worry my daughter; your angels will
protect you.

I have a message for Zura. My dear, have no fear at this time. Let
the troubles of the day be sufficient to the day. Do not worry about
the future simply work your daily tasks and let the future take care of
itself. You cannot know what will happen tomorrow. Release your
anxieties. That is all.

Q: Anything for Frankie?

H: My son, you do well. Your recovery is coming along and this is
good. Do not worry about moving forward too quickly do only what you
can and don't push too hard but continue your exercise every day.

Very well then my children cleave closely to the Master's spirit; serve
him by serving your fellows. All is well my children until next week my
love and my prayers are with you. Farewell.

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

Phone: (615) 322-7800
E-mail: David.Schlundt at Vanderbilt.Edu

Belief has attained the level of faith when it motivates life and shapes
the mode of living. The acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith;
that is mere belief. Neither is certainty nor conviction faith. A state
of mind attains to faith levels only when it actually dominates the mode
of living.... Faith does not shackle the creative imagination, neither
does it maintain an unreasoning prejudice toward the discoveries of
scientific investigation. Faith vitalizes religion and constrains the
religionist heroically to live the golden rule. The zeal of faith is
according to knowledge, and its strivings are the preludes to sublime
peace. ---The Urantia Book, Page 43

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