Mediumship and the mind of the mortal.
November 30th, 2001
Received by H.
Hello, my brother. I know you had hoped to receive a message while in Quito, but understand that there was no opportunity for it. I have many more messages to share with you, and we also have the time to do so. We need not try to deliver communications at any price. We can afford to wait for a favorable moment.
And what a surprise! What do you say? Now they also accuse you of plagiarism. Well, my friend, when they say that much of what is in the messages you write can also be found in diverse books and web pages, they are right.
You remember that once I told you that we guided you to study the Bible, so that you became informed of the historical context. And certainly, to our great satisfaction, you have done so.
Do you remember what John has written on message transmission?
[H.: John wrote:
“But, as we have told you before, rapport and our ability to use your brain are governed by laws, and one of these laws is that a high thought cannot be transmitted through a human brain which is not in the condition that qualifies it to receive the thought, just as the brain, in matters pertaining to mere material knowledge cannot receive a conception or comprehension of some intellectual truth with which it has not had acquaintance, and transmit it. A brain cannot be used by the mind of the human to make known or present a problem in geometry, when that brain has never been used by the mind to acquire an acquaintance with or knowledge of the principles of geometry. This is an incomplete analogy but it may serve to illustrate what I mean.
In the conception by the human mind of a truth, material or spiritual, the brain must be used in order to manifest or make known that conception. This is absolutely true where the idea or thought originates in the mind of the man who is using his own brain to formulate or manifest that idea or thought. The mind may have the thought or knowledge of some branch of learning, and yet when it has never used the brain to put that thought or knowledge into concrete form the brain cannot manifest or transmit it. This law applies specifically to the capabilities of the brain where it is attempted to be used or controlled by the mind of the man who owns the brain. And from this you will see that it is possible for the human mind to have thought and knowledge of things which it cannot use the brain to express.” (John - Laws of rapport, continued; Vol. II)
Are you referring to this?]
Yes, I am referring to precisely that. Let us reformulate it in less complicated words.
When we want to transmit material knowledge, for example data and events in Jesus’ life, it is extraordinarily helpful for us when the medium already has some knowledge. We can use the knowledge that is already there and available for the mortal. It is much more difficult to transmit totally new ideas. We would have to start with the alphabet, so to speak, as we do when we speak of the spheres of the spirit world, when we speak of God, of the Celestial Heavens, of hells, of certain spiritual laws, etc. This kind of information without a solid basis in the mortal mind is much more prone to error in its transmission.
Hence, what you reproduce in the messages certainly is textbook information. But we may deepen and point out errors in this supposed knowledge. This is much easier than starting from zero.
You noticed that Mr. Padgett received relatively little historical information. And the reason was simply that he didn’t have much historical knowledge. It was due to a lack of time or because Jesus needed all his capacity to transmit the higher truths. How many messages did Mr. Padgett receive on topics we could classify as small talk? No, it was not a problem of time but of knowledge.
On the other hand, in the messages received by Dr. Samuels, we find valuable historical contents, especially on the Old Testament, because Dr. Samuels had a solid basis, as a Jew, and a good knowledge of the Hebrew language. I could not transmit messages of the same depth on the Old Testament through you, because your knowledge, of history as well as of the language, is inferior. As to the New Testament, things are different.
It is true that we could go much deeper. For example, I could tell you that Philip, the tetrarch who lived like an Arabian sheik, traveling with his throne and judging right there in the desert the complaints and accusations of his beloved Arabs, didn’t do this just because he depended on the nomads for staying in power. When he lived in Rome, as the Emperor’s guest (or rather, hostage), he saw things that simply disgusted him. The Romans were not the warring, fierce men as people believed in his native country, at least a great part of their nobility was not. Many were effeminate sluggards, who only lived for eating, messing around in orgies, having a good time, and enjoying their cruelty. He knew Rome as the common plebeians never knew it. And it disgusted him. Not so with his brother Antipas. He rather copied Roman lifestyle in his later life as tetrarch. But Philip didn’t find any value in this. When he was finally declared tetrarch over the north eastern part of his father’s Kingdom, a country he did not even know, it would have been natural that he sought his backing in people of Greco-Roman culture in the cities. But no, he rejected this culture. Of course, he built and re-baptized cities in honor of the Roman imperial family, but he did so just to maintain the emperor’s approval. But in “real life,” he retired from the cities and from the customs he rejected and joined the Bedouins, living as one of them, enjoying the archaic structures of their tribes, and becoming one of them. His great love were the fake attacks and combats between the Bedouins, the so-called fantasias, he was like those modern people who run away from civilization and take refuge in nature. And he did well. He lived a calm, safe life; there were no major disturbances in his reign, even the Jewish Zealots in his territory focused on other territories for their destructive work, such as Galilee and Judea.
But this information, which you don’t find in textbooks, is of no use for us. What good is there in knowing that Philip was short and skinny? It is not our purpose to describe the unknown aspects of the rulers of antiquity. No; we want to present an historical picture so that the reader may understand the sociological and economic context that Jesus lived in.
Therefore, dear brother, if they criticize you, let them criticize you. If they say what you are doing is plagiarism, agree with them. But follow your course. You have found your destiny, don’t go astray.
Are you really afraid? Afraid of what? We are delivering messages so that you may publish them; it is not for your personal amusement. You already know what fear means. It is the void of the soul. It is the expression of a soul lacking faith.
People talk to you about their problems, and you try to give advice, to help, to comfort. But how do you think you can achieve this when your own faith is so little? All you have undertaken lately has given good results. On not a single occasion were you harmed. You have found peace. And a simple critic bothers you so much that you lose this peace? It cannot be!
Take care. Mediumship requires some emotional balance. If you lose your peace of mind, you lose your gift. Padgett lost it temporarily; Samuels lost it permanently because of his personal conflicts. Watch out, so that this does not also happen to you!
Trust and pray more. That is not so difficult. Receive Truth, communicate Truth, and live Truth. This is what we expect from you. Remember that I am always with you, that I pray for you and together with you. I always have a watchful eye on you, and whenever you need a hand, mine will be there.
God bless you,
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