2001-08-03. Comfort Zone
SE Idaho #28
Topic: Comfort Zone
Group: SE Idaho TeaM
Teacher: Klarixiska, Abraham
TR: Virginia, Bill K.
Klarixiska (Virginia): This is Klarixiska. I just told my tutor to get out of the comfort zone so that I may be able to greet each of you and open the session with prayer.
Father, who has become so much greater to this small band of children, including those of us who cannot be seen by these seven sitting here, we are so grateful that Your love is an umbrella for all creatures that You have created. We are so grateful that Your love covers every religion, every race, every endeavor to know You. We thank You that You look at the heart and the motive and know that which Your children seek. We thank You that You answer the prayers of the sincere, and truly more truth, more faith becomes part of each that desires. We thank You for our universe. We thank You for Michael. We thank You for Nebadonia. We thank You that we have the source of strength and help that You give to us. Continue to guide these, Your children, and help them to get out of that comfort zone and be willing to speak your truth in love. So be it.
Abraham(Bill): Greetings. I am Abraham. I am here to bring you part II of my pep talk.
Ken: Greetings, Abraham.
Abraham: Thank you Ken. Indeed, are you an intimate group this evening, and it is a pleasure to once again be in your presence. Your forthcoming birthday celebration is always a great pleasure to us teachers and we will be here with bells on. We all but worship Michael, our universe Sovereign, and especially do I, as a mortal of this planet, cherish his knowledge and experience, having lived on our soil.
You have been discussing getting out of the comfort zone. Actually, my friends, it is not as though you have not been doing this that these words were brought forth. If you had remained in your comfort zone you would be no where near this gathering tonight. All of you have been brave. All of you have been willing to accept change and follow through on your heart’s leading. What I have been trying to convey to your sister group in Woods Cross and to you is that you have now reached a maturity benchmark. Phase II is because you have completed phase I. You have graduated from that first level.
Your maturity now is evidenced by the fact that you are comfortable with the truth that you know. You are willing to say, “This is how I understand” this or that and it is not a great concern to you whether or not your hearer accepts your point of view. You are beginning to realize that your job is merely to plant seeds, not to work on the cultivation or to produce the nourishment that will result in harvest. That is the work of other spiritual agencies, primarily the Divine Monitor within each person. The Thought Adjuster is able to take the words from your mouth and break through resistance that people have in their minds: mental blocks, emotional barriers, fear, guilt, shame, and doubt, in order to reach the level of comfort that can allow a person to listen with more than the ears of the ego.
You have no responsibility for the results of the seed planting. It is not your job. It is true, however, that you do have responsibility for how you plant the seed, in what manner you offer your truth. There you are growing in discernment as you mature. Here, at this juncture, is where your need for guidance is critical. For your Indwelling Monitor is an expert at adjusting thinking and therefor can help you to best say things in a manner which will make it more likely for the seed to reach good soil rather than fall on barren soil or be choked amongst the weeds.
I don’t need to dwell on the fact that there are many people whose minds are closed to truth. We are not asking you to take a battering ram to the doorways of their souls. We are not in the business of coercing or forcing anything. We are merely messengers of good news, the good news that there is a banquet set in the presence of every mortal in their own heart, that exquisite meeting place between God within and their soul.
Commitment, Teaching Mission
I am persuaded that all of you here have made that nuptial agreement, that you have decided that this mission is not a past time, an occupation for your leftover seasons, but, rather you have committed yourselves to doing the will of God as you best understand it in all the parts of your life. I am confident that my words last week were listened to, understood, and followed, not only by those who were present then, as well as tonight, but also by the larger audience to whom the transcripts are given.
Be joyful, my friends. This is the time that has been waited for by the centuries. This is the spiritual Springtime that precedes the beginning of Light and Life. Of course, it is soon, but not tomorrow. It is growing person by person, group by group throughout the world. People are, by whatever means of belief systems they possess or whatever religion they may practice, people are awakening to actual God consciousness. The circuitry has made a difference, of course, for now Urantia is encircuited. This effect is clear.
Some have wondered why there appears to be an upsurge of evil in the world. It is my belief that this is partly an illusion and partly it is the last throes of doubt, shame, guilt, fear and sin before the shield is thrown to the ground and the sword is relinquished. It is the last ditch stand of the darkness that still inhabits many people’s minds as they are about to realize the futility of their defenses against the light of God. It is not evidence of regression forever or of the defeat of our mission. No, it is a last resistance before the open armed acceptance.
Last week I did not allow for any questions in order that you might feel the full force of my intention. Tonight I am willing to engage with you. At this time I will conclude my remarks and ask for your input. Are there questions or comments?
LaReen: Abraham, when you say comfort zone, could you elaborate on that a little more, how far it extends. Everyone’s comfort zone, I am sure, is different. Could you just expound on that, please?
Abraham: I am borrowing words from your culture when I use the term, “comfort zone”. The basic concept is that people are comfortable with what is familiar, that which is routine, that which is well known and well practiced. Discomfort includes feelings of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, self doubt, etc.
The only way to conquer a fear is to do the opposite of what is natural. What is natural is to run away, or to attack that which is feared, more likely the former. Therefor to deal with discomfort of the fearful type, which underlies all anxiety and doubt, is to approach the feared situation, person, object, etc.; to approach it in measured degrees and realize that the fearful situation has not had fatal results, that you have survived looking at this situation to the point that you have immersed yourself in it.
When you calm down you can approach closer to what you are afraid of and brings you discomfort, and very soon you are right in the midst of the situation, finding yourself successful in overcoming the discomfort. [Ed. Note: This is known as “En vivo desensitization” in the psychological literature.] A common example is the fear of water an this approach is well known to swimming instructors. The same approach holds true for all other situations, with the additional support that you have from your Indwelling Spirit. Yes, you are right that each person’s comfort zone is their own. It is unique to each individual. Would you share with me what the purpose of your question was, if you will?
LaReen: Well, as of late I find myself judging myself, wondering if it makes me uncomfortable, should I just walk away? I have been walking away a lot lately. It is a clear incident that happened on the internet with a gentleman in his thoughts. It upset me terribly and I just said I wouldn’t deal with it and walked away. It has been on my mind ever since, that I probably shouldn’t have done that, walking away, I should have faced it.
Abraham: Daughter, no one is perfect. I am not able to tell you whether or not you erred in retreating from this situation. I am able to tell you that you do not need to be self depreciating. You do not need to scold yourself. Your fear mechanism is based on the reality of the physical world. It is not always a negative aspect of your human nature. You could perceive danger and be accurate in it. You are not required to be foolhardy. Do you understand that I am saying… that some fears are legitimate and to be respected? However, I cannot judge this situation. That will have to be your job. Seek clarification from your Father Fragment and if you feel that you have been unethical toward this person, make amends. But if this person is a predator, has less than the best motives, perhaps you have been wise. Thank you for answering my question. If you wish, we can delete this from the transcript.
LaReen: No, I’m fine. Thank you very much.
Abraham: Do you wish further discourse.
LaReen: No, Abraham. This is very important to me and one I have not dealt with for a lot of years. I’m just really glad that it has come around and that you are helping us with it.
Virginia: Abraham. Certainly my comfort zone has been to not tell about the Teaching Mission to people, like my family or my friends. Has the time come that we are supposed too make this opportunity more public? Or am I asking for problems that will really not bring people to a deeper understanding of God and the help that is available?
Abraham: My dear, if Michael, when he was on this planet, had calculated all his words based on the fear that he would be disbelieved and rejected, what would have been the extent of his ministry?
Virginia: Are you asking me??
Abraham: I am presenting this as a rhetorical question to all of you. The answer is very evident, isn’t it?
There were some people he did not talk with before his public ministry. When he was questioned about this he replied that they were not ready to hear his truth. But when his enemies waited for him to stumble so that they could find fault with him and have means to end his life, he continued to preach, using parables. He did not stop his mission for fear of the consequences.
It is unlikely that you would be crucified in this day and age. It is possible that some people who trust you might question your . …
Abraham: . ….mental stability. (More laughter). But those who truly know you and really respect you will take your seriously. At least they will listen to you and then it will be up to them to decide what to do with the seed that you have planted. Otherwise, the seed is not planted. Therefor, there cannot be growth or harvest.
Now, I am not suggesting that you set up a platform in the town square with a P.A. system and start preaching But, you have already begun to share this basic meaningful core of your life with many people. You have to decide how and when you do that. It is not my job to make that decision for you. Have I been clear in my answer?
Virginia: Very! Thank you.
Abraham: But is it what you may not have wanted me to say, perhaps?
Virginia: I prefer my comfort zone. (More laughter)
Group: Don’t we all.
Virginia: I don’t like my neck getting bruised.
Abraham: This is the problem for you all. How to reach a sate of inner peace where the disapproval, disbelief, or ridicule of other people does not unsettle you. In other words, how to attain the maturity that Jesus of Nazareth obtained. Is this not the issue?
For if you could be a faithful seed planter without worrying about the results and without feeling that your life would be depleted if there are those who are not approving, then there really would be no serious problem in this whole enterprise. Do you understand this?
Virginia: I really do, Abraham. When you use the word, ridicule, I thought of Judas and how he could suffer a lot of things except ridicule. I hate to think of myself in that situation. But I think ridicule is something that is very difficult. I avoid situations where I know I am going to be laughed at, I guess.
Abraham: Yes, and you are not alone in this situation, my dear. It is a problem that can be remedied. It is a part of spiritual growth to need no other approval other than that which comes to you from within. When that is so solid in your life, if others approve….fine. If they don’t approve, it’s okay. It may not be fine but it is okay. Do you see, for you know you are in alignment with God’s purpose.
This does not mean that you become a hermit, that you withdraw from people in order to avoid disapproval. The spiritual solution is the overcoming of fear that I was talking about earlier. Have we pursued this far enough or do you want more discussion?
Marty: Can you wave a magic wand?
Abraham: You understand intellectually what you need to do, yes. You see, the problem is your feelings are a result of your emotional history as people. You have neuronal connections in your brain which have to be over-ridden, undone, as it were, and new learning occur. This is why it is so hard to do things differently. It is not a lack of will or motive on your part, it is a physical habit, an unlearning and relearning process. It takes time, It takes, as I said earlier, approaching the edge of your comfort zone repeatedly. Stand still until you can feel the anxiety subside and then move forward some more. It is not something you can decide tonight and tomorrow you have it mastered. But you can’t make any progress until you are willing to try.
Ken: This is the decision you were talking about last week? The decisions we will have to make?
Abraham: Yes, it was.
Ken: Sorry for the interruption.
Abraham: No, that was a good question, Ken. Yes, these are the decisions. These are the decisions you have already made in the past in other ways. It isn’t as though you are beginning this process, my dear friends. You well know it or you wouldn’t be here.
By the way, Daniel is not demoted from his position. Minearisa has not taken leave of this group. Aaron is present also this evening. But I have requested these sessions prior to our birthday celebration in order to present phase two in its beginning.
Ken: Let me recap this a little bit. Minearisa talked a while back about beginning a second phase. The first phase being relationships with persons; the second phase being the relationships of a divine nature. I take it from these lessons that this what we are about to do, to expand our box, to find that true sense of reality with the Father and begin to express this divine relationship that we see, that has been shown forth by you our teachers, by our dear Parents, and of course by Deity. We are to step forward now and express our unconditional love for our brothers and sisters and show them what they are asking to hear, and that they are ready for it now. Is that correct?
Abraham: Excellent, my friend. In your own words you have summarized beautifully what we are doing, and what we are helping you to do. You have overcome your fear of water. (Laughter) You have learned to dog paddle. You have begun the side stroke and gained some ease with it. Now you are learning the Australian Crawl to go for the long distance, the one that has the power and staying ability that can carry you onward in your journey. Yes.
Ken: Thank you. Thank you for this pep talk.
Abraham: Indeed, my friends, Daniel will be returning in the future, as will Minearisa and Aaron. I will be present with you again shortly at our birthday reunion. I thank you for listening. You are a delight to me and I am so pleased that you are willing to take my words seriously. May you all continue to grow in your trust of the overcare of the Universal Father through the Eternal Son and by the Infinite Spirit. Even so, shalom.