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STUDY GROUP READING #325
This is Reading No. 3 of 4 from a workshop called "The Path of Service." No. 1 and 2 can be found in September and November of 2013. This third Reading includes personal questions posed by the participants in this workshop. Susan has reworded each question and asked it for the purpose of the Study Group.
1. The first question was asked by someone who along with her husband was developing a program to serve at-risk youth. She is asking if the main focus of their program should be personal responsibility, and what else is important to teach these young people.
2. The second question was asked by a young man who is a writer. He was asking how specifically does writing - or any art, painting, film, or music – actually serve society? Is there a process that he could use, as a writer, to create works that are more impactful or of greater benefit to others?
3. The next question is from a man who is a life coach. In his personal life he tends to respond with anger when someone “pushes his buttons.” He feels that this response is instantaneous and not something he can anticipate. So he is concerned that this might happen in a coaching situation with a client who “pushes his buttons.” He asks what he can do to see this situation coming in time to do something about it, and how can he manage his emotions effectively if it does happen?
4. The next question is from a young woman who is a physician. Because of a difficult choice she had to make with the care of a child, she became acutely aware of the burden of tremendous responsibility she holds for the lives of the children who are in her care. She asks for guidance on how she can lighten her sense of burden and more fully know the joy of God in each moment of serving another human being?
5. And this is the last question in Reading No. 3, asked by a man who is a writer: Jealousy and envy are very powerful emotions. How can one transform the power of those emotions into something useful and constructive as a human being and an artist.
6. The Guides' Closing to Reading No. 3 of "The Path of Service."
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3.The next question is asked by a gentleman who along with his wife is collaborating with other groups in developing a program for at risk youth. He asks, “In the past we have been taken advantage of by openly sharing ideas and giving our program materials to other groups and individuals we have worked with. When we serve in collaboration with other individuals and groups how can we continue to be open, honest and sincere and not get taken advantage of by them?”
4. This question is from a young woman who enjoys writing. She asks, “I would like to increase the flow and depth, the joyfulness, beauty and meaningfulness of the words in my writing. What would be a specific process I could follow each time before I begin to write and one to use even during the act of writing to tap into and utilize my greatest and highest creativity and expression so that this writing may be a touching and uplifting gift and service to others?
5. And the final question is from a man who wants to start a group to study the book, “The Earth Adventure.” He says, “My real concern is that I’m afraid of having other human beings reject or make fun of my beliefs. Would you speak to my specific concerns and also to the general topic of attempting to teach others concepts that they may not be ready to accept.
8. The Guides' Closing
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8: And finally, would you speak about Albert Einstein?
9: Why is genius often associated with eccentricity and even madness?
10. For those of us who don’t particularly feel unique in creative areas or don’t feel like we have any special abilities, how can we learn to appreciate our own creativity even though we may never be recognized as geniuses or especially creative?
11. Sometimes creative people go through a period where they feel like their creativity is blocked. What can they do to release this blockage?
12. Children have a natural curiosity and creativity. Often they seem to lose it at a later age. What happens?
13. There are some unique individuals who are retarded or mentally impaired in some way and yet have an extraordinary genius in one area, such as solving a difficult mathematical problem. They are described by the term, “idiot savant.” There is one, for example, a young man who can play perfectly on the piano any piece of music the first time he hears it, yet, is mentally retarded in all other areas. Would you explain the special abilities of such people and why they are combined with mental retardation?
14. And finally, would you give us a step-by-step method for sparking our own individual creativity and genius?
15. The Guides’ Closing
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T7-Question 5: One of the things that makes life seem so meaningless and random is the fact that negative world events such as war and famine continually destroy people. It’s very difficult for us to see any purpose in all of this. Would you help us understand the purpose of negative world events?
T8-Question 6: To help us to learn to find meaning and purpose in these kinds of world events we would like to ask about several specific ones. First all, for example, would you speak a little bit more about the famine in Ethiopia?
T9-Question 7: What about the purpose and meaning behind the assassination of Indira Gandhi?
T10-Question 8: When there is such a desire for world peace by so many why is there a continuing buildup of arms and antagonism between nations? Can you help us define purpose and meaning in this?
T11-Question 9: Finally, what would you recommend to those who have not been able to find meaning and purpose in their lives and who feel discouraged and hopeless?
T12-The Guides’ Closing
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T10-Question 8: Many people are now questioning the institution of marriage and many couples live together in a committed relationship without actually being married. Apart from the legal considerations, how does getting married add to the relationship of two people living together?
T11-Question 9: How important is sex to a good love relationship?
T12-Question 10: When a person in a committed relationship finds that they are often attracted to other people, does this mean that they are not with the right person, or is there some lesson for them to learn in this situation?
T13-Question 11: What is the best way for a person to deal with jealousy in a love relationship? Would you speak from the point of view of both partners—the one who is jealous as well as their mate?
T14-Question 12: How can two people re-stimulate that initial excitement that first drew them together?
T15-Question 13: How do we know when to try to save a relationship or when to leave it?
T16-Question 14: What has caused there to be so much divorce and unsuccessful relationships in this period of history? And do you foresee any changes in this pattern?
T17-Question 15 and The Guides’ Closing: And finally, we would like to know if there can be such a thing as a perfect romantic relationship. If so, what are some of its components, and how can we work toward such a relationship?
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JUNE 2014 - The following Reading was one of the original "Reins of Power" Readings called "The Nature of Loving." It was created in 1985 and had heretofore not been transcribed or released digitally. For these Readings we would prepare the questions and then record them in a studio.
T3-Question 1:. In this Reading we would like to explore the nature of love in general as we humans subjectively experience it. Would you please begin by telling us about the nature of this love that we feel? What is it, and how does it come about?
T4-Question 2: How does the initial experience of the individual both within the womb and after birth affect our ability to have a loving relationship?
T5-Question 3: It seems that it's easier to love some people more than others. Is it important for us to try to love everyone?
T6-Question 4: You have often stated that the nature of the universe and God is love. Why do many people feel that they have so little love in their lives? What prevents us from feeling what's supposed to be natural to us?
T7-Question 5: You have said many times that fear blocks our loving. Would you clarify for us what you mean by fear, what causes it in our feelings and what happens to the love that was there before the fear came up?
T8-Question 6: Some of the negative feelings that block our love don't feel like fear. Can you help understand how to find the fear and such negative feelings as jealousy, anger, sadness, and guilt?
T9-Question 7: Once we have identified the fear that's blocking our love, what can we do to get back to the feeling of love?
T10-Question 8: It seems that most of us at one time or another have experienced feelings of low self-esteem, lack of self-worth or self condemnation. Why is loving ourselves often so difficult and how can we love ourselves in a deeper way?
T11-Question 9: Many people feel that they have been damaged as children because they didn't receive enough love from their parents or from the people around them. They feel that they can't have completely fulfilling relationships until they have somehow repaired that damage. Would you please tell us how to heal such feelings?
T12-Question 10: Some people feel that it's necessary to go back and relive these past experiences in order to completely heal them. Would you comment on this?
T13-Question 11: How does being a loving person affect our lives? Sometimes it appears that we're better off looking out for ourselves and taking care of our own needs. How do we gain for ourselves by learning to care about and love other people?
T14-Question 12: Would you tell us the difference between self-love and selfishness?
T15-Question 13: Finally, would you give us a detailed procedure for deepening our experience of love for ourselves and others?
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T9-Question 7: During sleep do we visit ourselves in past lifetimes?
T10-Question 8: Would you speak about the different levels of learning that take place when we sleep?
T11-Question 9: Some people have difficulty sleeping at times, and others suffer from chronic insomnia. Why does this happen and what can be done about it?
T12-Question 10: When people are in a coma either by illness or an accident, it appears that they are sleeping. Some have been in a coma for years. What is actually taking place with them?
T13-Question 11: The late psychic, Edgar Cayce, was known as the sleeping prophet. He gave valuable Readings to many people while seemingly asleep. What was taking place during his sleep state?
T14-Question 12: Finally, is there a particular way to prepare ourselves as we fall asleep each night to gain the most benefit mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually?
T15-The Guides' Closing
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T9-Question 7: In order to gain some understanding of our dreams or for those who would like to, we would like to ask about some typical kinds of dreams that people commonly have. Would you briefly explain or interpret for us the significance of these kinds of dreams, start with recurring dreams in which the same event takes place over and over?
T10-Question 8: What about dreams where we're flying?
T11-Question 9: What about dreams in which we have been with somebody who is dead? Are we actually with them?
T12-Question 10: What about dreams where we are falling?
T13-Question 11: Another common one is where you're trying to run away from danger and you can't move or scream.
T14-Question 12: Another common dream is one of going to class or to school for a big test and you realize that you haven't studied or didn't even know you had taken the course.
T15-Question 13: What about dreams where a spiritual figure or teacher appears to us?
T16-Question 14: What about nightmares in general?
T17-Question 15: What about dreaming about your own death or the death of another?
T18-Question 16: Some people have prophetic dreams. What about them?
T19-Question 17: Some believe that there are universal dream symbols that have the same meaning for all people. You alluded to this a bit earlier. Are there, and if so could you talk about the most important ones?
T20-Question 18 and The Guides' Closing And finally, would you give us a specific method for remembering our dreams and for utilizing them for our benefit?
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September 2014 - The following Reading was one of the original "Reins of Power" Readings called "Death and the Life After Death." It was created in 1985 or 1986 and had heretofore not been transcribed or released digitally. For these Readings we would prepare the questions and then record them in a studio.
T3-Question 1: Would you give us a complete description of what happens when a person dies?
T4-Question 2: The people who have created lots of negativity in their lives through their thoughts and their actions, what happens to them? Do they remain close to earth or what does happen?
T5-Question 3: Some people believe that the dead can return to haunt the living. Does this happen?
T6-Question 4: How can we communicate with our loved ones who have died? Do they know what we are thinking and doing? Do they watch us at all?
T7-Question 5: What is occurring in a near death experience when the person does not go on to actually die but has some pretty profound experiences that have been recorded?
T8-Question 6: You mentioned earlier that sometimes people disengage before the body actually dies. Also some people believe that when there's a sudden death that the person who dies doesn't know they're dead and they're kind of confused and wondering, not knowing that they're dead. Is that true or do people really know that they're dead when they die?
T9-Question 7: When and how do we choose to live another human life on earth? How is it decided whether a person will return for another round of earth life or move on to a different realm of existence?
T10-Question 8: How is the time of our death and the cause of it decided? Do we have any choice about it, or is it up to fate?
T11-Question 9: What is the best way for friends and family to help a dying person make the transition?
T12-Question 10: There are many different customs and ceremonies around the treatment of a dead person. Are these only for the living, or does it make a difference to the newly dead person?
T13-Question 11: What are the after death consequences for someone who commits suicide?
T14-Question 12 & Closing: Would you please close with some knowledge or anything that you could add to help us further understand our own life and our death?
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October 2014 - The following Reading was one of the original "Reins of Power" Readings called "A Spiritual Look at the Physical Body." It was created in 1985 or 1986 and had heretofore not been transcribed or released digitally. For these Readings we would prepare the questions and then record them in a studio.
T3-Question 1: Why have our eternal souls chosen to manifest in physical human bodies?
T4-Question 2: Would you explain in a little bit more detail how the human body has come about in its present form and why the body has to have this particular form?
T5-Question 3: Why did souls choose two different types of bodies, male and female? Was it this way from the beginning and will we always have male and female bodies?
T6-Question 4: Many of us wonder why we have physical disease and dysfunctions in the human body. Did souls create disease in the beginning or is there some other cause for this?
T7-Question 5: What are the specific ways that our emotions and thoughts affect the physical body, both the health and beauty of it?
T8-Question 6: Physical beauty appears to be important to human beings. Why is this? What are we to learn from this?
T9-Question 7: Do our physical bodies have to age? Is it possible for us to stay physically young and if so, how can we do that?
T10-Question 8: What are the spiritual ramifications of choosing to terminate the life of the physical body? For example, those who have a terminal illness and choose suicide or cutting off life support for those people being kept alive by machines.
T11-Question 9: Another deep concern about ending physical life centers around the issue of abortion. Would you help us understand this complex issue clarifying both the pro-abortion and anti-abortion viewpoints?
T12-Question 10: As human beings we experience the world primarily through our five physical senses. How can we heighten our physical senses in order to feel more alive and vibrant in our physical bodies?
T13-Question 11: Some people feel that certain diets make their physical bodies more refined and more spiritual. Is there an optimum diet for refining the physical body?
T14-Question 12 & Closing: Finally we would ask you to give us a step by step process by which we can work with our physical bodies so that within our bodies we may become the most beautiful expressions of our souls.
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November 2014 - The following Reading was one of the original "Reins of Power" Readings called "Creating Material Plenty." It was created in 1985 or 1986 and had heretofore not been transcribed or released digitally. For these Readings we would prepare the questions and then record them in a studio.
T3-Question 1: In this reading we want to address the area of our temporal earth lives. While we are living on earth, we all want to experience the joy of material abundance. What is the secret of living a physical life of plenty, especially in terms of money, careers, possessions and so forth?
T4-Question 2: How much personal choice do we have in this lifetime about attaining wealth and abundance, and how much is determined by our past life influences and by our soul's plan?
T5-Question 3: In the beginning you mentioned the use of will. Would you talk a little bit more about the use of our will in creating wealth?
T6-Question 4: Would you give us the best way then to approach each day in terms of our attitudes, and the use of our will in order to enhance our ability to create material plenty?
T7-Question 5: Would you speak a little bit more about the personality patterns in human beings that block our manifestation of material plenty, how we can recognize them and begin to change those patterns?
T8-Question 6: Many New Age concepts say that we create our own reality by our thoughts and beliefs. They teach affirmations and visualizations as a way of manifesting wealth. Many people work at these principals and yet are still not creating the wealth they want. What is missing here?
T9-Question 7: These days the State lotteries are popular. What are the components within a person that allows them to win millions of dollars at one time? Is there such a thing as luck or does it have to do with inner creativity or karma? Could you talk about that a little bit?
T10-Question 8: We want to ask about spiritual growth and material abundance. If working on a spiritual path is a process of refining our consciousness to attune to spiritual levels, does that make it more difficult to accumulate personal wealth at the physical level?
T11-Question 9: So is there any relationship then between spiritual, one's spiritual growth or enlightenment and their material abundance?
T12-Question 10: We would like to know more about the causative nonphysical realms of creation. Would you tell us what they are and how we can draw upon these realms in order to manifest our desires in earth?
T13-Question 11: Yes, thank you. Finally, in your closing would you fill in any gaps we may have left in our Questioning? And also help us to deepen our attunement to the causative realms.