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NEC #13 - Machiventa Melchizedek - Review of Sustainability Objectives and Group Organization - Dec 20, 2013 - Daniel Raphael, Colorado

New Era Conversations #13 – Social Evolution; The Three Economies; Core Values in DNA – Dec. 20, 2013
Teacher:  Machiventa Melchizedek


  1. Take Time to Reflect over this past Year
  2. Anticipation of the New Era
  3. Our Social Evolutionary Process Is Stuck, Needing Celestial Help
  4. Money as a Motivating Force
  5. The Missions of Our Spiritual Community
  6. Engaging More People to Assist in Social Change
  7. Money Is a Curse… and a Tool
  8. Improving Societies While Increasing Soul Growth of Individuals
  9. Some Options for Social Evolution Have High Risk Factors
  10. The Focus of Humanitarian Groups Is Not on Social Evolution
  11. Creating Solutions Rather than Fixing Problems
  12. Presenting Proposals to Spirit
  13. Team Bonding Leads to One Consciousness
  14. Seeking Clarity on the Three Economies
  15. How the Three Core Values Balance the Three Economies
  16. One Small Person in One Small Community Making a Difference
  17. The Local Social Economy
  18. The Local Political and Economic Economies
  19. The Metaphor of the Ants
  20. How the Three Core Values Are Coded in Our Dna
  21. Viewing Your Social, Political and Economic Economies in a New Light
  22. Aspire to Become Greater “Like Your Father in Heaven”
  23. Celestial Advice to Brother on Vignettes Project
  24. Our Responsibilities and Opportunities as Partners with Spirit

TR:  Daniel Raphael
Moderators:  Susan Bryner and Michael McCray
December 20, 2013

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, Michael, Nebadonia and all of the others who gather near to us this morning.  We come to ask questions of you and to use your answers for our education and to further your plans for our world.  We thank you for your help during this Correcting Time.  Amen.

Take time to reflect over this past year

MACHIVENTA:  Good morning, this is Machiventa Melchizedek, your Planetary Manager and your Planetary Prince.  (Group greetings.)  We welcome you to the beginning of a new year very soon.  For you this is an occasion for looking back over the last year; and, we would ask that as you look backward over this last year that you reflect upon those significant eras, of those significant happenings and experiences that you have had this last year and reflect on them as concerns your personal life, your future and your participation as a contributing member of this planet, and of this planet’s civilization.

For many of you, you celebrate the cultural celebration of Jesus’ birth.  This is a signatory marker in the history of humankind and for the consciousness of everyone, and of individuals.  It really matters not whether Jesus/Christ Michael was born in December or August; the fact of his arrival is the most auspicious occasion that has occurred on this planet since the Life Carriers brought life to this planet.

Anticipation of the New Era

Many of you are in anticipation of the initiation of fulfilling the New Era.  We have made the announcement of the New Era to you; now you are looking for evidence of it.  We, too, are looking forward to initiating this era with you, co-creatively developing programs that assist your social organizations and individuals to learn to increase their social maturity and as individuals working in groups and between groups.  It is important that the social maturity of individuals increases—and actually demands an improvement in maturity of their social agencies, their social institutions, social processes and fundamental social institutions.  However, there is a lagging both of individual social maturity across the realm and of your social institutions.  One of the purposes of the Correcting Time through the Magisterial Mission is to bring about an increase of maturity in your social institutions and processes.  This looks like an evolution:  An evolution is a process of maturation, progressive maturation that brings about more positive results.

Our social evolutionary process is stuck, needing celestial help

The historic evolutionary process of social change has been skewed, has been slow, and has in fact been in some cases retarded, going backwards in some situations.  Your world now is stuck almost in a stalemate between those forces that bring about social evolution through social institutions and those forces that benefit greatly from social chaos.  This is the point of incursion, intrusion of intervention by the spiritual elements of the planet to bring order and progress and focus to a mission, to an outcome that is desired by you—individually and by your social groups, and by us.  This is the place in which we now present ourselves and are at this moment, waiting for the evolution of events to take place.

Many of you have a mistaken perspective of our work and how we operate.  We do operate in ways that are divine in some cases, but when it involves the temporal realm of working with mortals, then we are stuck to the same 24-hour schedule as you are.  We can only work according to the temporal realm in the material world because that is where you live, this is where you operate.  You are not morontially evolved enough to understand and skip five spaces ahead without having to go through the experiential process.  Thus we are stuck with the experiential living out of this coming era as you are.

MMc:  It would seem that you are restricted by the same things that restrict us right now.  We live in a present worldview where money is needed in order to bring things into fruition.  We can dream as much we want to in order to make the plans but to have those actual plans come into being, money is needed in the worldview that we presently have.

Money as a motivating force

MACHIVENTA:  You call this “money,” but we call it a “motivation of force.”  We have striven to approach you, the followers of The Urantia Book, Teaching Mission and Magisterial Mission, through the motivating force of persuasion of interest, of curiosity, and we find that these have not worked, that you—generally—you are not motivated to go forward to engage your communities.  We see very few exceptions to this; it is less than one percent of your population that has risen to the surface to begin leading their communities forward.  This is unfortunate; usually it is that there is one percent of the population who are leaders, but when we find less than one percent then something is flagging, something is not occurring as it should, and therefore, other resources must be brought forward.

The missions of our spiritual community

Susan:  For clarity, Machiventa, are you saying that at this point, there are less than one percent that are motivated to engage their communities?

MACHIVENTA:  Yes, within our spiritual community, meaning The Urantia Book, the Teaching Mission and Magisterial Mission.  The Urantia Book movement is focused on the book and its dissemination and the enlightenment of its truths.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with this; yet, it is not a social action movement.  It is not motivated to change the lives, minds and opinions, values of individuals to take action in their social community.  The Teaching Mission as well, was not intended to bring about social action, but to bring about the meeting of like minds who are interested in discussions with unseen spiritual beings of light, to grow in their spirituality and their moral and ethical judgments and conditions of their lives.

The Magisterial Mission, however, is quite different; it is a program oriented toward social action, and as you know and can see from the audience, that our audience is quite small, and that within this audience, less than one percent of our audience has come forward to enact or bring about or initiate a social action movement in their community, either in the form of organizing a design team, or a leadership team, using the principles that we have shared with you, even without an agenda for some project in a community.  Usually, these do become organized due to some foreseen or perceived need by some initiator or organizer of a team structure, and it is unfortunate that less than one percent of our following has done this.

We are very grateful for the individuals who have come forward, as they are earnest in their lives and their efforts to bring about some positive social action, using the three core values and the team system.  We are watching those situations intently, as we are learning a tremendous amount from this.  One thing that many of our listeners and readers have forgotten is that you, working in social action are also working in personal spiritual growth and development.  The lessons of an individual’s life are not apart or separate from the lessons and process of building a team and working on a project.  The growth of all members is involved, and the facilitator and organizer of this must keep this in mind as well.  You have discovered that bonding has a highly important ingredient to the outcome of the team, and this is exactly the case, where there becomes an attunement between individuals of the future working team, to find their commonalities and this oneness, and in this they get to explore their own personal growth while participating in the bonding of a larger group of people who want to work on a project.

Engaging more people to assist in social change

Susan:  In regard to this, that there are less than one percent of the small readership taking action with a social program.  I know it is up to us to make the choices to get involved, but are there some changes in your plans, or additional plans being laid to engage more people?  Or how may we assist in this?

MACHIVENTA:  You must realize that we have—not an agenda—but a hierarchy of options to use in engaging mortals in the work that must be done to raise the consciousness of your world and, in fact, apply that raised consciousness to the evolution of social functions.  That begins first by disseminating the program as we have done with the Magisterial Mission.  We have spoken about social sustainability, and we have also spoken about cataclysms.  One is a “push” and one is a “pull,” and then we use persuasion and further teaching and instruction as to how to do this, and see what results from that.  And so, as we work down from the higher-minded factors of motivation, down to the baser more material factors of motivation, such as position, power, control and authority—and money—then you see that we are soon to expire all our options; and so, it is at this point where it is necessary for the factor of finances to come forward to solicit the engagement of individuals who are not otherwise motivated.

This is most unfortunate in many ways, because it appeals to the baser minded individuals who can only perceive functioning and improvements through the use of materiality and money.  There are many people, who are higher-minded, but they are socially withdrawn, or even socially reclusive, and who rarely engage the social action of their community.  There is nothing wrong with this, as many of these people are of higher-mindedness and approach engagement with the lower level of morontial mind.

What we seek are higher-minded people who are willing to engage their social environment, without the use of money.  However, that is a factor that must be brought forward eventually.  How that happens is between us here; it is not something that we would wish to share with you or our audience.  How this comes about is a development, which should just “suddenly appear,” happen and become something greater.  It does not please us; we do not feel comfortable in using money as an enticement for social growth and development.

Money is a curse… and a tool

The love of money is, of course, as you know, is a curse; but money as a tool is a wonderful element that is highly fluid and can be applied as easily in the United States as it can be in Greece or in Korea, and so, it is a wonderful element to use.  However, because of the material attachment of mortals to money and what it can bring to their material life, it is often a definite curse to the higher-minded influences that are about you and within you.  So you see, we in the spiritual realm here, are caught upon a crux of sorts, that we have lost many of our options of appeal to you, to take action of your own initiative, using your own resources, and yet, here we are of necessity having to use the lower levels of motivation, i.e. money of position, power, authority and fame, to motivate individuals to initiate a team or a project in their local community.  This last option can lead to so many difficulties within an individual, and within a group of individuals.  It presents the greatest growth potential; but the greatest growth potential also presents the greatest difficulties and conflicts within individuals and within groups of individuals.  It is the least favorable option that we have, but one, which it appears, is necessary to exercise.

Do you understand this so far?

Susan:  I am following it somewhat.  Are you, Michael?

Michael:  Yes.  Right on top of the questions I had to ask you, Machiventa; basically, I have been thinking about this for several days now.

MACHIVENTA:  Susan, You had something you wanted to finish?

Susan:  I was just trying to get clarity on this.  At first I thought what you were saying about finances, was that the lack of financial security was going to motivate people, and then I realized you were talking about actually making money available for projects that would draw people to them.  Then I sort of recoiled inside, because I’ve watched how that doesn’t work well.  Yes, growth within conflict is a favorable condition.  But this worries me, and I’m just a small person, who doesn’t have much influence.  In my little community, I see the coming together of people with the motivation to initiate change and make things better, is very strong and very powerful.  I am a little distressed by this as well.

Improving societies while increasing soul growth of individuals

MACHIVENTA:  That is exactly the response we were hoping to hear from you, that there is optimism in what you are doing in your community, and seeing the difficulty of using money as a motivating force.  To reiterate and clarify, money is often a confusing factor for those who are not clear-minded, or have a clear view of the goal, as the end of a much-developed process.  It is the process of teamwork that we are most interested in.  The outcome will eventually occur in time, nonetheless, and so, it is the hope of Christ Michael to use the conscious co-creative processes to help improve the functioning of your societies and your civilization, while at the same time, increasing the tremendous soul growth of individuals.  The unfortunate part of any mention of money is that it almost immediately over awes individuals and they completely lose focus of the process.

Now, Michael, would you re-engage your comments, please?

MMc:  Basically, my comment was that the ones that I have been engaged in thinking about what you are telling us now for the last few days—the fact that it would appear that the Triumvirate must lower itself to deal with the realities of this world.  I hate to put it that way, and I am sure that you hate to see it put that way, but it would appear that that is the reality that we are dealing with.

Some options for social evolution have high risk factors

MACHIVENTA:  It is not that the Triumvirate “hates,” or has to “lower itself” to the use of material means to do so, it is simply an option that has high risk factors involved.  We do not see the use of materiality as a condescending agreement with you or a compromise.  The difficulty with using the more material basis for social evolution is fraught with high risk and great opportunity for mismanagement and for the worst inner thoughts and motivations—greed, acquisitiveness for power, control and authority, and even fame—are some of the negative products of the use of material means to improve societies.  It would require the greatest cooperation between those agents that we call upon to use this means to motivate people to come forward.

Money may become an enticement to draw people to the work that we are doing, but it is our hope that once this “priming the pump effort” is completed, that there would be individuals who would be sufficiently motivated by the bonding of teams, the personal achievement, the teamwork, the esprit and the wonderful projects that will be completed, to participate.  It is a high risk factor to use material means to achieve spiritual ends.  We have used this before, but with less exact participation between ourselves and mortals.  When I say, “less exact,” I am saying, “less conscious co-creative, ongoing dialog between mortals and the spiritual realm in the management of those resources.”  Many individuals have been used and called forward in times past, and awarded—not necessarily rewarded—but awarded with great power, authority and material means to improve their societies, but which provided almost no positive ends to our goals.  So, we are reticent to engage this high-risk adventure, which appears to be necessary.

The focus of humanitarian groups is not on social evolution

Susan:  There are humanitarian organizations that exist, need money to drive the types of things they do and to be able to sustain the people that work for them.  And they’ve done good work.  I’m thinking that you are implying that at the top of these organizations there is still that risk of greed and struggle for power that corrupts?

MACHIVENTA:  That is existent, though we are aware of many hundreds, if not thousands, of benevolent organizations and foundations around the world that have tremendous, powerful, positive, honest and authentic and genuine values in place.  However, what we are seeking here with you is an alignment of intention, a purposeful engagement of bringing about a much more rapid evolution of your social structures, rather than simply improving the conditions of existing social structures.  Do you see the difference?

Susan:  Oh yes, I do!  I actually do.  I envisioned an analogy this last couple of weeks that helped me understand the difference between trying to prevent and work at the core level, at the level of cause, as opposed to trying to intervene at a place of current pain or need to heal that which already exists.  This alignment of intention kind of works at the root cause or the root of an issue.  Is this what you are saying?

Creating solutions rather than fixing problems

MACHIVENTA:  In a phrase, it is our attempt to “create solutions rather than fixing problems.”  Your benevolent foundations are trying to fix problems, rather than create solutions.  Many organizations are involved with poverty, and to teach people how to feed themselves.  However, almost none of them are engaged in proactive contraceptive work on the part of those societies, and so they are not taking action across the board, but simply trying to alleviate poverty without addressing the causes of it.  The causes of poverty are two fold:  There are too many people for the resources at hand.  The benevolence of advanced societies to care for those countries and those hundreds and thousands and millions of people in need, will eventually come to an end due to the difficulties that are will be forthcoming in the future.  And so, if they do not present the causes as 1) lack of food, and 2) too many people, then their work will be incomplete and always there will be a need for relief of poverty.

Presenting proposals to spirit

Susan:  In furthering this discussion of teams aligning themselves with you and setting intentions for other outcomes, you had spoken in a previous discussion about the simplicity of making a proposal to spirit and spirit would advise whether this is a good plan or has got flaws.  I have a simple question about this:  Do we just write it out and pray, or is it possible to formally present a proposal that we have in one of these discussions, a proposal for….   I’ll use for an example, I have ideas for a community organization that might bridge some of the communication lacks that we have in our community and focus on the currency of relationships.  But I’m not sure if it’s a good plan or not.  Is that something that we should just do with you in private, or can we formally present a proposal in one of these discussions?

MACHIVENTA:  Yes, yes and yes!  Let me explain:  One is, you should reflect upon your situation in your community and propose a project—and when we say, “propose that,” we suggest that you write it out, and that you look it over, and that you present it in contemplative discussion with us—you may call this prayer; we would call that contemplative conscious discussion—and present it to us for our examination.  Then we ask that you wait at least a day, and then go into meditation with the intention of receiving an answer or answers, or discussion, concerning that proposal.  Adjust your written proposal, as necessary, and then present that proposal to your team.

This is truly the co-creative conscious process of engaging spiritually oriented intentions by mortals with our consideration and the participation of those who may not be spiritually conscious.  So, you become our agent.  We work behind the scenes to help your group understand what you want to do, and then as you move forward, you will find that sometimes there is no progress and you come to the conclusion in reflection, that “this is not the way.”  And so, you turn a few degrees and try another attempt and see how that proceeds.  You will know that we are there with you as the progress works forward consistently.  There will be those who have other opinions or options in mind with these projects.

Team bonding leads to one consciousness

Now you see why bonding is so necessary.  When you come to bonding in your team and your group, you are coming to one consciousness.  You are coming into synchronistic, harmonic vibration of minds, and this is what the team bonding does, that there is a like-mindedness, so that when you are thinking about this proposal and you ask us about it and you adjust it, and then you present it to your group, many of the group will not be surprised, but say, “Oh, this is very timely!  Wonderful.  Let us begin to work on this,” and so you proceed that way.  This is the dance of co-creative engagement between you, who are in contact with the spiritual realm, and you, who also are in contact with your mortal players as well.  This is a wonderful opportunity for personal spiritual growth, and for immense service to your fellow teammates.

Seeking clarity on the three economies

Susan:  Thank you.

I am interested in furthering my understanding of the closing statement you made in the last NEC session regarding the 3 economies.

So, to the concept of the 3 Core Values, you have now added the concept of the 3 Economies.  In order to wrap my mind around the bigger concepts, I need to bring ideas down to my community level to get clarity.  I have envisioned a large tree with a sturdy trunk and deep root system.  The branches of this tree create a canopy under which the activity of community life flows.

I’m using the tree to try to see the relationship between the core values, the economies and social sustainability. The roots are the core values, and the tree is only as strong as these values are deep or deeply enculturated.  There are 3 huge branches on this tree that support multiple smaller branches with beautiful leaves.  These 3 branches represent the 3 economies:  Social, Financial & Political.  The movement of life giving air among the branches is created by the circulation of the currencies of these economies:  relationships between individuals and individuals and social groups, the flow of money in the community and the participation and public influence the individuals in the community choose to wield.

How am I doing so far?

MACHIVENTA:  Yes, certainly.  Your metaphor, your analogy, is limited by the focus of it, meaning the tree.  We would ask you to switch to a different living entity or being.  However, let me engage this with you, continuing your metaphor, the analogy you are using—the tree.  You have the roots and you have the ground correct, and that works, but the three economies are not branches of it.  You are not seeing that within the tree, the tree is a living organism, and the economies are living circulatory enterprises of any community, even a family, that an economy of money and goods and services is necessary to keep the flow of nutrients of that type working.  The other circulatory system involves the social circulation process, whereas if everybody lived in isolation in your community, you would have no community!  You would have no social structure; you would have no associations, you would have no teams.  And so, the economy of societies is the grouping, the coming together of individuals, that there is a flow of ideas, a flow of energies, an agreement on commonalities and then efforts to work on these commonalities for the improvement of individuals and your community.

There is further, the other circulatory system within the tree, and that is the political economy.  The strength of the tree provides its strength so that the circulation can occur of the nutrients from the earth, up through the cambium under the bark, into the stems and leaves, and photosynthesis occurs and so on.  There is an agreement of parts:  We are the roots, we gather nutrients from the soil and we are strong and hold the tree in place; the trunk is a political part of this organism too, and it says, “I am strong and I will hold you up into the light.”  And the stems and leaves say, “We are here to exchange the air, carbon dioxide and water to make the nutrients that nurture the maintenance and growth of the tree.”  And so, these are the political parts; each has a function that works in balance.  If there was some odd reason, such as a building built next to the tree and there was not enough sunlight, the tree would wither and die.  So, these three systems, these three economies—when I use the word “economies,” think of the word “system,” think of “circulation,” think of movement, of energy, the commonalities that are necessary to support a society.  Think of the plant’s photosynthesis process – it nurtures a larger environment by giving off oxygen.

How the three core values balance the three economies

The three core values are different; the three core values in a society allow for these economies to come into fruition and into balance.  If you have a society that does not use the three core values in its economies, then you will see greed, you will see avarice, you will see empire building, you will see great wealth and you will see great poverty.  This should lead you to the conclusion that in your society and western societies, the three core values are not in balance within individuals who make decisions that could support a sustainable economy.  The three core values are necessary for decision-making in individuals that helps keep an economy in balance.  As you can see, your western economy is out of balance, and obviously, it is going to collapse.  It will not change itself, simply because the decisions of those individuals who are in power, control and authority want to maintain a status quo that benefits them above and over other people.  So they are not making decisions based on the three core values, and thus, the financial economy is out of balance.

You can apply this same sort of analysis to your political economy.  Those in power want to stay in power, and so they build their empires stronger and stronger, taking away the power from individuals and smaller groups of people for their own advantage, and this too, will collapse.  In a society where you have bigotry and prejudice among people, based on religions or politics or ethnicity, or simply the color of their skin, this will also wither your social structures and you will have social collapse.

When we paint this picture this way, you see that your world is wildly out of balance, and that it will not come into balance, or into stability, which is the foundation of sustainability, until there is a collapse.  There are neither the egos, nor the altruism of great minds and great people to bring about positive change.  They may exist, but there is tremendous resistance to them.  You have seen this with Mr. Mandela, who has recently passed, and who we welcome to our realm, that he made tremendous pronouncements.  He was astoundingly accepted all over the world for his pronouncements, but when it comes to decision-making by individuals, not much has changed.  It is of recognition of Mr. Mandela that the truths that he spoke are universal, and that everyone agrees on them.  But remarkably, the decisions of individuals are almost not changed.  He has created a positive influence, one more brick in the foundation of a sustainable stable society, but which has not yet been able to raise itself into the edifice of great spires that reach into the skies of spiritual and social maturity.

So, your metaphor of the tree is a stretch, but we can use it positively to help you understand this.  Now, have I been successful, or have I failed?

Susan:  You have been successful in making me really struggle in a positive way to assimilate this, so thank you.  I’m getting closer.

[Daniel:  Susan, this is Daniel.  He is just relishing this discussion with you, because this is the boots on the ground; this is the tire to the road, where co-creative spirituality and co-creative social evolution occurs.  It occurs in individuals like you, who can grasp these concepts and apply them in your community—apply them first in your mind, and then in your community.  What they are asking us to do is no small leap!  It’s huge!  What you are engaging is at the forefront of our civilization.

Susan:  Well, this is leading to more questions.]

One small person in one small community making a difference

Susan:  I’d like to follow up on what you were just sharing with us; you were taking these concepts to a very broad and global level, and relating them to the work of Nelson Mandela.  What I understood was that his words were very much in alignment, with these concepts, but that there was very little action by others making decisions based on the things he said.  So it is just not really happening, this is not part of any change that’s needed.

When I look at this as one individual person, I think I’m not a Nelson Mandela, so how can I be effective?  I just want affirmation that doing it at a small level within small communities is going to be useful to you.  Or is there a need for something larger that goes viral?  I know there have been talks about the ability of new concepts and ideas going viral with the types of communication systems we have now, but… I don’t know; maybe I’m starting to get as disillusioned as you are, that this is just going to take so much more than a handful of people at their community level grasping this.

MACHIVENTA:  My dear daughter, we will be unsuccessful if we cannot engage you to work at your local level, because all of the work that we are engaging is at the local level.  There are enough global leaders who are visible in the world, who are striving to do what they do, but they are speaking from a position of high political, economic and social perspective, rather than from the bottom level where you are, speaking among your friends at that level.  All social action begins at the local level.

The local social economy

The management of societies and politics and economics exists at the upper levels, but the initiation of positive growth can only begin at the lower levels.  When we speak to you about the social economy, we are speaking to you about the social economy of your community.  You are a spark in that local, social economy; you have brought people together to bring their minds and their thoughts and their consciousness into oneness and harmony, to work positively to create solutions where you are.  This is the heart of a social economy.  You go to church and you meet people there and you participate in groups in that setting.  You work in your business community, participating in business groups, and so you have an influence there.  If you had young children, you would be part of a parent/teacher organization and you would participate there.  So, within all these groups, whether they are political groups or economic groups or social groups, there is the social economy going on.  Were you working with Jane, who is part of another group, and Dorothy, who is part of another group, and some of you are part of the same group, and so you share ideas with each other and this is the social economy.

The local political and economic economies

The political economy is that which is part of the governing processes within these organizations.  You have what you call government, which has to do with civic activities of maintenance of your city, your county and your state.  Yet, within your organizations, you have a political economy; you have presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, treasurers, committee chairman, and so on, and so there is the political economy that way.  All this exists at the local level, whether you are a Cub Scout Den Mother, with cubs in your den, you have a social economy there, you have a political economy, and you have an economic economy.  These influences are all around you; the economies are all around you; you are swimming in a soup of these three economies all the time.  This is part of your culture, part of your thinking.  We do not ask you to be a Nelson Mandela, or any famous individual; we are simply asking you to take responsibility in your community to initiate action with us, to engage these three economies, and validate your work through the three core values of social sustainability.  You will know you are in agreement with us and we are in agreement with you when you apply these three core values to the work that you are doing and if the values validate what you are doing, then you are on track.

Do not think of greatness, dear one; think of where you are in your humble circumstances of your small community, doing great things to initiate changes that are positive, that bring about positive social evolution in your community.  It is a very slow process; it is egregiously slow sometimes in your minds that you expect great results quickly.  Your technological and empowered material and community and government and culture have given you the thought that social process can operate in the same way, and it absolutely does not.  It is very slow; it is very tedious, but it is very conscious and very intentional, and there are known ways to validate your progress.  Please accept this as your challenge in your community at the local level.  Have I explained this sufficiently?  I am willing to engage many further questions that you may present.

Susan:  You have; you affirmed the work that I’m doing, and that many other people and readers are doing in their community is important.  Sometimes, when these discussions utilize the larger issues of the world to illustrate, I start to think, “Oh my gosh!  This is work that takes my heart and my soul and all my energy, and yet it is so small!  Will it ever bring about the larger change?

You affirmed that all we can really affect is the small change within our realm of influence, and so I am happy to be working here, in this small place with you.  You did answer that; thank you.

The metaphor of the ants

MACHIVENTA:  Wonderful!  You remind us of the ants in the forest who toiled season after season, that with each winter comes the die-off of many ants, so that the hive, the anthill survives, and what began one year as a small mound of sticks and leaves in the forest, after ten or fifteen years becomes a great mound of organization, with many thousands of tunnels and hundreds of thousands of ants involved.  Very few of the ants ever see what a great contribution they will have made to the eventual fulfillment of this larger anthill.  And you are in the same level; the thing that ants do not have that you do have, is that they do not have an observation of the future; they live completely in the now, doing what is necessary and what they are called upon to do in the now, and by completing what they are in the now, the future is building upon all those small moments by thousands of individuals.  So, too, do great sustainable societies and civilizations come into existence the very same way:  One person, one small community at a time, working on their own small projects using their will, diligence and consciousness.  We have said this before that you may not know how many hundreds or even thousands of lives you will touch and encourage by your words and actions that you are taking in your community.  This will give others heart and confidence and willingness—literally will—to engage those issues with their friends and community members.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Susan:  Thank you, from this one little ant!  I appreciate it very much.

How the three core values are coded in our DNA

Machiventa, in previous discussions, you indicated that the three core values are actually written in our DNA, and this made me curious.  Is this similar to the drive to survive that’s written in our DNA?  I wondered if you would speak to how this becomes expressed in individual lives, like the drive to survive is obviously expressed when we’re in danger.  The three core values, if they are written in our DNA, what makes them be expressed?  Is that question clear?

MACHIVENTA:  One moment.  We need to confer with our Life Carriers.  (Short pause.)  If you had a circumstance in which you could not breathe, you would be very conscious of that and you would engage the process of striving to expand your lungs, or to exhale.  Correct?  (Susan:  Yes.)  But most of the time, 99.9% of the time during every day of every year, you never think about the survival factor of your breathing as necessary until you are prevented from breathing.  The need/necessity/drive to survive is part of your core DNA when it is necessary for you to consciously engage your survival, you will to do so, and you will to with great power and do what is necessary to breathe, to drink water, to seek shelter from the elements, to stay warm and to be in association with others who can assist you to survive and you can assist them.

Using the phrase “written in your DNA” is not accurate; it is “coded” in your DNA, much as code is written into web site codes and software codes in your computers.  It is existent and it is there.  Once you are surviving, let us say you were a primitive living in a cave and you have a coat of fur and you have some moss sandals on your feet, trying to stay warm, but you have no fire and you have no means to stay warm that way, and so you must hustle about and stay physically active to stay warm.  Now, you realize that your neighbors have fire and your clan does not, and so you would seek to have your neighbors share their fire so that you have fire, and this is improving the quality of your life.  This necessity to improve the quality of your life is part of the drive for an extension of your survival.  It is an improvement of your life for you to assist yourself in surviving more easily—you call this an improvement in the quality of your life—and so, in order to do that, you would grow.

You realize that you watch your neighbors as their fire goes out, and the next morning, one of the people gets up and uses a flint against a rock and with some tinder, and starts a fire.  Therefore, you learn how to make fire, and you take this learned experience back to your own clan and you begin striving to make fire the same way.  So, learning is a growth process that assists you to survive more easily.  These three core values are extensions of survival; eventually, they become so refined that survival becomes forgotten.  Your equality comes into view too, as you see that your neighbors have fire and they stay warm more easily, and they can also cook the meat from their hunt, which helps to process the meat for easier digestion.

You want to have an equal level of comfort of life as your neighbors, and so you learn to make fire, you stay warm, you cook your meat and you digest it more easily, and of course, then you have more caloric value left to help you live warmly.  This is a very primitive example, but it is primary to your species.  You can embellish this and develop this to your contemporary living conditions in your society.  Equality is one that many of you miss and have misinterpreted and misapplied.  You are still striving to be accepted equally as an individual, because of your color, your ethnicity, your cultures, your beliefs, and your religious beliefs.  Your societies are so primitive, yet you do not accept others as equal [in] value as yourself as a physical being, as a participant in your society.  It is, for most of your societies, to accept that another individual is valuable as an asset who can contribute to the welfare and the good of all society—not just me, not just my family or my community, but everyone.  So the social evolution that we are speaking about for your society is immense!

Viewing your social, political and economic economies in a new light

When you begin to view your economies, your social economy, political economy, economic economy in this light of others being as an equally valuable asset, let alone of equal value physically as another individual, you see how deeply primitive your world is.  It is because of the primitiveness of your three economies that we have come here in the Correcting Time to infuse these new values into your societies, your economies and your politics, or you will surely kill yourselves off with all these highly developed weapons that you have, before you achieve this, if you continue on without having this spiritual infusion of the Correcting Time.  Yes, it is written into your DNA; it is an aspect of your survival; it is the striving to become more.  And you see that in the quality of life, you see that in the growth factor, and you see that in equality, that to grow, to evolve, you must do so as an individual, and then, in order to do so as an individual to continue on, you need the assistance of other social assets as yourself to totally grow into the potential that you brought into the world.

Aspire to become greater “like your Father in heaven”

The Life Carriers, using designs that they have in their laboratories on this experimental planet, have taken the options to almost the limit for this type of species, this type of bilateral, intellectual, conscious, sentient being.  This is no small project.  Again, we are—not at wits end—but we are surely taking our program to the utmost to assist your world, using the elements that you understand to assist you to grow into who you are as individuals, and then as societies.  And so, dear one, the question you ask about your community is so important because this is where you can address working with other individuals to help them aspire, to become curious, and to serve and take on that great ennobling character that is within them, as well in their DNA, and that is to become greater and to become “like their Father in heaven, their Creator, perfect in every way.”

Susan:  Wow, thank you for that!  You provided a missing link.  When we seek to communicate and engage others, on any level, whether it be an individual level, or a community level, we need to engage that which motivates them.  I have struggled to find that common ground, that common motivating force that would engage them.  Yes!  This has been my missing link!

I’m going to need to think on this a while, but thank you so much for taking the time with the primitive analogy that you used.

MACHIVENTA:  You are most welcome.

Susan:  I have one further question that is very different from this one, so I will yield to others in case they have a follow up question on this part of the discussion.  (Machiventa:  Certainly.)

MMc:  I don’t have a question at this time.  I thought it was very interesting, Machiventa, how you were able to tell us how this coding goes on.  I thought the imagery that you used to be very beneficial in explaining to me how this actually works.  Thank you.  Roxie, do you have any further questions?

Roxie:  No, Machiventa has been very thorough and clear for me.

MMc:  Why don’t you ask your last question, Susan?

MACHIVENTA:  I would like to clarify with you that I have made clear the association of the three core values, and how they work in individuals to improve the sustainability of these three economies.  Is that association clear to you?

Susan:  I feel like this is an exam question—hold on.  I’m going to go back and digest this, but I think I had a tenuous grasp on it, yes.

MACHIVENTA:  Let it percolate in your minds then and you can reflect on this and you are most welcome to bring further questions about this to our next session.

Susan:  Okay, I most probably will; much food for thought.  I’ll bring another of my poor analogies so you can struggle to work with it. (Laughing.)

Celestial advice to brother on vignettes project

Machiventa, my brother is focusing his energies on a project in which he’s writing vignettes for a Christian audience to illustrate a rich and personal relationship with God, and he’s using the daily travels—I’m sure I am going over something that was already in a discussion—but he’s using the daily travels between a curious, truth seeking young man and Jesus to illustrate this relationship.  He has 20 vignettes written so far, his goal is to write 40, and he would like to ask about the direction of the project.  As he writes the last 20 vignettes, he has sensed that spirit is having him drill down to some specific truths, or those truths that would help bridge the spiritual divide in what he calls “God’s earth family.”  He’s sensing that the vignette project might also serve as a bridge between followers of The Urantia Book and those of the Bible.  His question is:  These vignettes are part of a Lenten series in his church and he’d like to know if this boy’s journey with Jesus to the Cross, [that] he is proposing at this point for his last 20 vignettes, if a literal journey to the Cross has Michael’s blessing—or your blessing—or is this path going to be too controversial, and is he going in the wrong direction?

MACHIVENTA:  First of all, his sense that there has been a change is correct.  There is the necessity of the first series of vignettes to engage the audience, to broaden the audience, to make them curious and to help develop their staying power as the course of these vignettes change.  His vision of working towards the Cross is his own vision, and it would be perhaps—and we have no argument with that—but perhaps [it] may be better served to engage those remaining 20 vignettes to help bridge the gap between these various belief systems, to be more specific, as he suggested.  He should not forget that there are 40 days after Easter to the Epiphany, as well, are there not?  So he, in many ways is only one quarter done.  We are not challenging him to make 80 vignettes, but we offer this as an opening in his consciousness to realize that these vignettes are to engage the reader for the eventuality of yes, the Cross (Easter,) but we also wish you to remember that Easter was a man-made event, that Jesus accepted this event by not thwarting it himself, or asking God to thwart it.  But the real goal was the Epiphany, his rising into heaven, after his many visitations in morontial form.  This was the true destiny of his life.

The intervention of Easter was man-made, and we offer these comments only as suggestions for your brother’s thinking.  We do not necessarily offer a scenario, a series of vignettes for him to write, but for him to rethink what he is doing and the purposes in the ends of Jesus’ life.  Jesus’ life was truly as a messenger.  He was a messenger for all mankind, all humankind, to reassess their relationship with God, and he did that; and these vignettes are suggestions of how to live life day-to-day in the company of Jesus, as Jesus lived his life.  This in many ways exemplifies the efforts to understand “What would Jesus do?” but in ways and in vignettes that people can more clearly understand.  Jesus does not tell people what to believe, but how to think in alignment with his way of living, and so these vignettes truly lead the individual into their own ascension.  Just as Jesus rose into heaven at the Epiphany, so too do you rise in consciousness in your own Epiphany when you realize that the veil between life and death is so transparent that you can see the other side oftentimes before your own crossing.  And so, with these thoughts, I will leave him with these open suggestions, without telling him how to proceed.  He will understand how to proceed when he goes into meditation and reflects upon these thoughts that I share with him now.

Susan:  I thank you and I thank you for him as well.  Those are all the questions that I have at this point.

Our responsibilities and opportunities as partners with spirit

MACHIVENTA:  For the Triumvirate and for our respective teams and staffs who are with us now, we thank you for this greater discussion.  In this more earnest opportunity to enlighten you as to your responsibilities and to your opportunities as partners with us in the social and spiritual evolution of your world, we ask you to think in terms of social service to assist your world to grow and evolve socially, to give each individual in that growing society opportunities to grow spiritually and see their oneness with God within, the relationship with their Thought Adjuster, the God presence within them, in a more intimate way.

We appreciate the direction and thoughtfulness of your questions and we know that this engages your personal life, but you have really no way of knowing how useful it is to your audience, but we wish to apprise you that it is very valuable both to yourselves, your audience and to us and to the consciousness of your world, which is now growing very much.  We wish you good day today as you come upon the coming week to celebrate this cultural celebration of Jesus’ birth, whether it is historically accurate or culturally accurate does not matter, but that you celebrate the Brotherhood and the Fatherhood of Jesus, who brought you into this world in so many ways.  Good day.