2005-01-09-Women & Equality
• 1 Heading
o 1.1 Topic: Women & Equality
o 1.2 Group: Nashville TeaM
• 2 Facilitators
o 2.1 Teacher: Ham
o 2.2 TR: Rebecca
• 3 Session
o 3.1 Opening
o 3.2 Lesson
3.2.1 Gender, Equality
o 3.3 Dialogue
3.3.1 Bible, Tradition
o 3.4 Closing
Topic: Women & Equality
Group: Nashville TeaM
HAM: Greetings children, I am Ham and I am glad to have you here this evening. Let us discuss spiritual awakening and growth once again.
HAM: This is a common subject because each stage of your growth and awakening is different each stage has its own challenges and difficulties. As you move through your lives and make friends as you go you are truly bringing the Master’s love to the best of your understanding, the best of your capacity. The Master’s love does not require learning or even recognition of his spirit as being him. The Master’s spirit is poured out upon all flesh and all those who accept his love receive it without question concerning specific belief patterns or what have you.
Eventually all of humanity will see him. All of humanity will accept his love, his spirit, his word and his presence, but until then his human representatives must be about his business bringing his light, his love and his word to those who are locked away or those who sit in darkness willingly. Each of you brings the Master’s love with you in all that you do for he is in your thoughts always and his presence is permanently within your hearts so that you are never alone, never without love for one moment.
The Master’s truth only grows stronger and more powerful with time. Each generation must decide, each generation must revisit the Gospels and reinterpret them for yourselves, for your time, your generation. We are especially heartened to see the Master’s daughters rallying to him so courageously and so whole-heartedly across the world in many situations. It is very important that the world understand the Master’s complete inclusion of women in all aspects of life and religious life especially. It is important for the Master’s daughters to keep affirming their rightful place in the kingdom. It is important for you to keep affirming complete equality of the spirit and complete equality of the mind.
For Christianity to truly progress the old vestiges of male dominance in the churches must give way for the religions of the world have falsely assigned women inferior status since the early churches were formed. The Master has been pained by this and has kept careful watch over his daughters through the centuries of suffering they have endured. It is important now that you my dears make every effort to hold on to women’s advancing status and to make your own advancements as well. It is also important to point out that men who understand the Gospels deeply recognize the injustice women have endures and seek their best interest as well. This brotherly affection for women as a whole is a wonderful development to witness.
Love each other and recognize how precious and how fragile the relationship between men and women can be. Mutually respect and brotherly/sisterly affection should prevail. You should work toward lowering levels of animosity and rhetoric for often times when one is accused falsely trust is shattered and societal relationships fray. Trust between the sexes on that brotherly/sisterly level must increase and grow. Do not mistake your friends for enemies. Always recognize your brethren, always recognize your sisters no matter how they seem to be when they come to you.
As you my daughters make your way forward in this work of bringing the Master’s love you must be very grateful to be born in this time for you must clearly remember how far you have come in gaining full equality in one generation. Remember that the gains you have made can be lost. Remember that you must never retreat from full equality in all aspects of life for you are just now gaining that which the Master wished to give you two thousand years ago. What are your questions?
Q: In light of what you have been discussing tonight, when can we get rid of the Old Testament?
HAM: Yes my daughter, these ancient texts reflect the attitudes and understandings of an ancient time that are totally unsuited for the present day. It has largely become acknowledged in this regard to be irrelevant. It is to the great credit of Judaism and Christianity to have embraced the idea of evolving interpretation. This understanding creates a way for religion to evolve with the times and to reflect modern attitudes and modern morality. The Old Testament will continue to gradually fade into the background as certain sections are favored and others are allowed to quietly pass into history. This of course will not happen overnight, but the last three or four generations have seen an ever greater willingness to do this.
Q: I understand this. We have this group of fundamentalist Christians who are using the Old and New Testament to stop advancement, not just of women but all advancement. How long will this continue?
HAM: Yes, but one of the functions of religion a brake on societal advances. Society must continually balance between maintaining the tried and true values and traditions and experimenting with the edges of social change. Religion is doing what it’s function has always done now as in all time. It is not something necessarily bad for often society can rush forward into some very ill thought out areas. Therefore you should not be overly concerned about this, it is part of the overall growth and change of society as a whole.
Q: Shouldn’t we be a tad bit concerned about the fundamentalist that relish the prophecy that predict Armageddon and the end of the world. I don’t see that as a brake on society but insanity.
HAM: Yes there are always elements religious faiths that tend to go to extremes. It is rather unfortunate that the Book of Revelations was included in your Bible, for this has been greatly distorted and misinterpreted ever since. Each generation however rediscovers the existence of evil and each generation must combat evil and error with truth. It is no different now. Do not be alarmed however that people should try to delve into the traditions for answers because often times there is much wisdom contained there even if it sits side by side with things that are insane as you say. The Christian faith is still the most advanced religion on earth. There is considerable wealth contained in the Christian traditions and in the Gospels that must be treasures, upheld and preserved. Let me now address those that are here.
HAM: Amalyn you do well. You are striving in many ways to be ever more fully the Master’s daughter as you bring him into your heart and as you bring his spirit to bear upon the many issues and problems you deal with and think about. Trust that he will be with you, that his hand will be about your shoulder and his voice within your ear sayings this is the way. Be unafraid my daughter we will go together.
HAM: My daughter Rebecca, you are also walking in the goodly path the Master has prepared for you. Do not worry or be concerned rather be completely yourself without holding back out of guilt. My daughter, sometime you approach things holding guilt unnecessarily as though you were apologizing for your existence and you must work to overcome these feelings and to move forward with strength and equanimity. Do not be concerned my dear, you are doing just fine.
HAM: Jarad, my son, you are doing very well. You are going through a period of change and of gradually developing self assurance. This self assurance, this walking with the Master will bring you into many lush green valleys and goodly resting places. Yes it would be fine for you to read back through some old lessons to help this next project take shape. Continue working with this idea, it may be more important than you think.
Q: It seems that you are wanting me to do a little bit more of a serious or spiritually oriented things to mix into the ones we have?
HAM: My daughter, Julia, you are doing very well. You are finding ever greater feelings of self worth and self respect as you find yourself working for ever greater values and ideals. The Master has brought you to this point, he will sustain you and direct you from here. Simply do each days work one step at a time. Do not worry about the future, trust in the Master’s good spirit. He will give you everything you need.
Q: Personal message for Merle?
HAM: Yes, my son you do well. Don’t worry about the challenges before you for you have met every challenge in your life head on and you will find that these health issues are the same. We recommend you get a lot of rest right now. Make time for all the rest you can and release all your worries into the Master’s hand. Pray that you may find his will for you in your life and in all aspects of your life. Let the Master’s love be upon you.
Q: Personal message for Teresa?
HAM: Yes, my daughter you do well. You are surrounded by much joy and happiness. You must simply learn to recognize how much. Have complete peace as you make your way forward in the spirit. Recognize that the spirit is composed of ever increasing levels of awareness, understanding and love. As you grow in the spirit, you grow in all three areas. Eventually wisdom will be added unto you as well. Have complete peace my daughter you are doing very well.
HAM: My friends, all is well. Until next week my prayers and love go with you each.