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Author: Bertha Dudde 1.4.1891 - 18.9.1965
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Book 30 2050
Right relationship and living connection. Formalities.
30. August 1941. B.D. NR. 2050.
This communication from the child to him is free of formalities; it is the living connection, which man enters with God, and an exceedingly beneficial act of the will, which is far more valuable than customs and rites introduced by men, which are to counterfeit true worship of God and still prevent men to intimately and sincerely connect with him. For the intimate connection with God demands seclusion from the world; it requires a complete detachment from all earthly things. Man must go into his innermost, free and unhindered by outer influences, and now pray quite intimately: "Father, here I am you seize me with your love and favour and have me become happy in you." Every influence from outside, for which the mind of man is still receptive, makes such an intimate connection impossible because the thinking of man remains turned to the world. He sees and hears things which belong to the world, but which do not touch the innermost being of God, although they are to illustrate him. And this directing of the senses towards formalities makes an empty form out the union with God. Man believes to be connected to God when he is present at acts, which have nothing to do with the deep spiritual worship of God, and he loses the desire for real spiritual union with God, and this is the great danger for him. Amen. B.D. NR. 2050.
Book 30 2092
World events. Action and will. Effect.
1. and 2. October 1941. B.D. NR. 2092.
The will of God governs in heaven and on earth, and his love and wisdom is determining whatever happens on earth as in the hereafter. Everything is determined beforehand; however conditioned through the will of men, so far it is about earthly events. That is why it is wrong to assume that human discretion could annul divine laws it is wrong when men believe to have influence on earthly events. Because Gods will must first give approval before human will can have an effect. And God also gives his assent and does not hinder human will. But he then directs every event according to his will. And so men can think and act completely free but what God does not want, does not happen, because his will is decisive. This recognition man must have to give himself completely carefree up to God he must know that nothing can overcome him when it is not Gods will he must know that that what overcomes him finds its explanation in Gods omnipotence, love and wisdom and can contribute to him being blessed and that the will of fellow men can certainly be the occasion for the earthly development of life, but it still remains reserved for God which effects this human will brings on. (2.10.1941) If the will is good, then it will also be in agreement with divine will, because then good powers are those who influence man, and of course so as it is wanted by God. Then the will of man will always express itself so that it corresponds with what God has decided in his wisdom. Because all good is divine; it is the expression of divine will. On the other hand the bad will strives for what is directed against God. But so that it can be carried out, man has to use a power, which however reaches him from God the power of life, which first makes the execution of his will possible. Consequently also a bad action can only be carried out when God allows it, otherwise he would have to end his life if he wants to hinder him or else he directs other events so that a carrying out of a bad action becomes impossible. But the will of man is then judged like accomplished action. If God however allows that man lets his will become action then this action is an event a happening in human life which again serves the souls as higher development. Because the bad is not always acknowledged; it also can have good educational results by it causing abhorrence and favours the striving for good action and thinking. And God knows about the effects of each bad action and therefore allows it because his love and wisdom is continually meant for the still imperfect souls, which need the most varied means of education to mature. He certainly allows the bad, but he by no means sanctions it. It cannot find his consent what is born out of evil will, but because he gave free will to man for the time of his existence on earth, he cannot be hindered in this will. But a hindering of this would be when the power would be withdrawn from him to carry out his will. But on the other hand world events are determined since eternity because God directs the effects of every evil action so as he, in his wisdom, recognizes it as beneficial for the souls. And human will gives occasion for this, but God decrees it according to his wise judgement. And man is completely uninvolved in the effect, although it looks as if men determine world events themselves. The wisdom of God does not allow this at all, and in the knowledge of this, man is to let everything happen to him because it is necessary for his spiritual state. He is not to rebel against his fate he certainly is to abhor what he recognizes as wrong; he is never allowed to approve what evil human will has caused. But no matter how it comes, he must see it as God-sent, who lets the evil will of men, i.e. its effect, still become the school of the spirit. If man is good, i.e., he abhors the bad deeds, then he will need no painful means of education, and then also all heaviness, and what appears to be insurmountable, passes him without touching him extraordinarily. But few men are so perfect that they are completely free of wrong. This awareness is also to let them bear the fate which is allotted to them. Only when man gives his will completely to God, when he has become quiet in God then he no longer needs such means of education, and then suffering and affliction passes him, and the events in the world he hardly notices. Amen. B.D. NR. 2092.
Book 30 2103
8. October 1941. B.D. NR. 2103.
The adversary certainly fights with all available means to finally separate men from God, but against one thing he his powerless against love. Where this weapon is used to fight, there the adversary fails, and man has conquered him. This is understandable because where love is there is God. To want to fight against God will always be unsuccessful. And therefore evil can only be overcome through love. When bad inclinations assert themselves in man and he makes an effort to be active in love, then he will suppress the bad in him; it will be easy for him to get his desires under control because the love in him is more powerful. It is the most effective antidote to vices and bad habits of all kind it banishes bad thoughts and wishes and is victorious over every influence of the adversary. And that is why an end will be set for his work always then when love becomes active in man. Therefore love must be practised first, when man wants to become free from the fetters of the enemy. Even the will is not able to achieve so much as love is able to do, because love is really the power which redeems man, which sets him free from being bound; love is the power which is stronger than the adversary, therefore it must free man out of his power and therefore is the strongest solvent which God has suggested to men so that they make use of this means to finally become free. Amen. B.D. NR. 2103.
Book 30 2111
Origin of thought in the heart of man.
12. and 13. October 1941. B.D. NR. 2111.
Every thought arises out of the depth of the heart and only then takes its way into the organs determined for it, from which it is perceived as thought and expressed. Because before the thought becomes aware to man, it must be born in the heart, i.e. in the innermost of man. What moves him most deeply, that he perceives in the heart, and this perceiving lets the thought come into being, of course not perceptible with the heart, however born out of the life of perception and now only led to the brain, which takes up the thought and so to speak retains it until man becomes aware of it. Man believes that the thought takes its starting-point in the brain, that it comes into being there through organic activity because he knows nothing of the nature of thought. And that is why the explanation will not be credible to him that thought has its origin in the heart. But it will be more intelligible for him when he looks at the heart as the centre of his perception when he makes an effort to also look at thought as a perception. But the simplest solution is that lightning-like spiritual currents flow into a reception container and are seized by the will of man. Therefore thought is spiritual power, which is diverted via the way of the heart to the brain, is seized there, or where the will is weak, is immediately dropped again, without having penetrated the consciousness of man. And it always depends on the will whether a thought is seized by the organs determined for this, because these only function as soon as man wants, and receive the thought arising out of the heart and process it, i.e., it is associated with the thoughts already existing; it therefore is as if arranged in already existing thought material and can now be switched off or switched on arbitrarily, according to the will of man. Because the thinking organs of man are so constructed that every perception of the heart reflects like a picture. (13.10.1941) And as soon as attention is paid to the picture through the will of man, it is seized, i.e., it is impressed upon finest retinas particularly intended for this and is therefore visible to man at any time; he therefore will be able to imagine it when he wants to. This is the so called memory. When man is again made aware of impressions or pictures after a long time, then the thinking organs are active. Among the innumerable retinas covered with pictures they find that which human will wants to imagine, and so long ago passed impressions, which first moved the heart of man before they were formed to thoughts, can be brought into remembrance at any time because they, once accepted by the will of man, remain as impressions until innumerable impressions make the pictures unclear therefore memory so weak that they no longer come to awareness clearly. Now spiritual impressions will drive out earthly impressions and pictures. When the heart is therefore prepared for receiving power currents out of the spiritual kingdom, then also the human will is prepared to impart to the brain the thoughts born now and to seize them. Because it perceives the power current as beneficial, and it is its endeavour to look at the pictures, which came into being through it, quite often and clearly. Consequently these pictures will engrave themselves particularly sharp so that they soon fill the entire thinking of man. Power and thought is therefore one idea, only that it is different whether only the life power which man receives or the power imparted out of the spiritual kingdom is the origin of thought. But the thought is always born in the heart, because any power flows first to the heart and is sent on from there. However the sending on to the brain can be prevented through human will or the thought be pressed back before it could express itself picture wise. And that is why man is also responsible for his thoughts because his will determines which thoughts get clearly impressed, and his will determines, which thoughts are brought again and again into awareness. Amen. B.D. NR. 2111.
Book 30 2112
Fight against the spiritual. Intervention of God.
13. October 1941. B.D. NR. 2112.
Everything divine and sublime is belittled by men, and people do not take offence at mocking and laughing about these things, which are serious and holy to fellow man. And that is why it will be easy for earthly power to go to the front against all spiritual. It will not get into difficulties when it wants to carry out incisive changes in spiritual areas. On the contrary it will find assent in all its orders. And that proves the dispirited state of mankind; it also proves the necessity of an intervention on the part of the eternal divinity. The world and its followers will certainly not be hindered to carry out that what it plans, because through it other abuses are eliminated. But to those who are loyal to God and for which the sharp measures are meant, God brings help through his intervention; because they will get into a situation where they are pressed to extremities and are in danger to become weak. Because men know no mercy because they are completely far from God themselves. The smallest opposition is inflicted on with sharpest punishments, and the world considers this right and just. Because it only sees the earthly and therefore sanctions it when the possibility is taken from men to busy themselves spiritually, with the explanation that the time could be used more profitably when man seeks a field of activity. And so the believers will be forced to meet quietly, and their request will ascend to the father that he might see to their misery. And God hears them. He will strengthen his with comfort and power, and no matter how small the circle of the true believers will be, they will yet achieve greatest spiritual successes. Because then man will take refuge in God more than ever and not want to give in. Because only now faith will become alive. What was before still form will either be given up completely or defended with toughness because it is now recognized as the most precious what man possesses on earth. But men will always be informed about God and his work, and what man before only believed, has now become irrefutable certainty for him, and because man now knows, the earthly measures do not frighten him; unperturbed he goes on his way, and he remains loyal to God. And these few God needs for the work for him in the coming time. Amen. B.D. NR. 2112.
Book 30 2123
Powerless state in the hereafter.
21. October 1941. B.D. NR. 2123.
The unused earth time is never to be made up in the hereafter, although also there an ascent up is possible. The process of change takes place on earth in a short time, while in the beyond an indescribable long time is required to put the soul into a degree of light which is followed by a creating and forming. On earth the will towards God and intimate prayer is enough that power is imparted to the soul, because the power is unlimitedly available to it, while in the beyond the being is powerless in the state of imperfection, so that it can do nothing more out of its own will. Because what helps it to become free from pressing cover requires power. It does not have this power and that is why it cannot change its state as it likes, but it first has to acquire the power through its will. But the will is weak, exactly because the being is imperfect. On the other hand in earth life the will towards God is enough that its power is increased as soon as man believes in Jesus Christ and his work of redemption. Because this strengthened will power Jesus Christ has acquired for men through his death at the cross. Everything, what man does, is a power expression; therefore man can apply and use power all the time because it flows towards him unceasingly. He therefore can carry out the works of love at any time which set him free from his fetters, just as he only wants, also when he is still imperfect, what the imperfectness on the other side cannot do. Because although it would like to help and give love it only can do this when it receives love itself and so can pass on such. And this love, which therefore becomes power, must first be given to it by beings willing to give either by men through prayer but what is an act of free will of man and which can certainly be well desired by the beings on the other side, but not forced or by light beings able to give, which also only then can distribute when the being on its part has the desire to help and to be active in love. Therefore the will to serve must be first there before a transmission of power can take place, and the being in its piteous situation rather thinks first of itself than of the souls suffering at the same time. On earth man uses the power for any activity, and through it he serves always and continuously, without consciously subordinating himself to serve. Therefore his soul can also form itself unconsciously when inwardly it is driving him to do good and he does not oppose this drive. And through this the power is increased in him, and his earth life can be inconceivably successful, because every good deed earns him renewed power and lets him consciously strive for God. In earth life man can therefore do and leave what he wants, because he is not hindered through lack of power. While in the beyond the will does not mean receipt of power at the same time, but first the will to help earns him power. The power, which is now imparted to him, benefits the beings as it were to which he wants to give help, and through the will to help he now also acquires the love of the light beings, and only now he is also provided by those. The ascent up certainly starts the moment of the loving activity of an imperfect soul, but it needs inconceivable time before it reaches the same aim what man on earth can easily reach, because he can immediately convert his will into the deed, because he does not lack the power for it. Will and power are absolutely necessary for the change of a still dark being into a light being.
When the being is now powerless, then its state remains unchanged, i.e. the same as it was at the departing from earth. The will turned up earns it increased power, as long as it dwells on earth, while in the beyond the supply of power is coupled with a condition with the passing on of this power to needy souls. Therefore the soul must desire the power for other souls. A wanting to work in love must be the occasion for the demand for power, then this power will also be supplied to it. The willingness to love activity is therefore the prerequisite for the supply of power. But in earth life man can have the power at his disposal, also when he does not use it to be active in love. And that is why man can achieve undreamt-of spiritual progress on earth, as soon as he uses the power he is entitled to according to divine will. He can form himself completely to a light being and stand in a degree of light with his entry into the beyond, which earns him inconceivable heavenly bliss, and a being, which leaves earth life in the darkness of spirit, infinite times to form itself to a light bearer, although also in the hereafter help is granted to it on the part of light beings, which are constantly active to lead the dark towards the light. Amen. B.D. NR. 2123.
Book 30 2124
Spiritual knowledge result of right walk before God.
23. October 1941. B.D. NR. 2124.
Incomprehensible remains for man, that spiritual knowledge is the result of right walk before God that therefore not the striving for the knowledge on the way of methodical schooling makes man to one who knows, but the latter can be completely switched off and still deepest knowledge can be won, when man, instead of striving for school wisdom, makes an effort to live according to the will of God that therefore the right wisdom is not head like acquired, but the heart and its perception is determining, when man wants to become knowledgeable. Man certainly can acquire human wisdom on the way of the intellect, but this is only applicable to earth life, therefore also only profitable for earth life, but can never in the least increase spiritual knowledge. Spiritual knowledge is completely independent of endeavours, of earthly eagerness to learn and the successes so acquired or gained results. And that is why a man, whose thinking and acting is not based in his love, remains spiritual ignorant, although he fills up his life exclusively with intellectual like research, because he always remains outside of the spiritual kingdom, and his knowledge about it is defective; this kingdom is for him an unenlightened area, an area that is unrecognizable for him in his darkness and he therefore also does not seek to research it as not being in existence. Consequently he also acquires no spiritual knowledge; he does not desire it and also does nothing to form himself to be able to receive. So he does not consciously work on himself; he neither tries to ennoble his nature nor to walk consciously according to the will of God, and so also his heart will not be able to be receptive for spiritual wisdom, when it is imparted to him by fellow man. The man who perceives and acts well and noble is different in his entire thinking than a man who spends his life in inconsideration against fellow man and in self-love. The former will pay attention to everything what brings him closer to the divine creator he will recognize in, around and above him the work of a power, and get in touch with this power, and therefore his attention will be mentally called to the will of God, i.e., he will recognize the divine order and know that only life in divine order will bring the eternal divinity closer to him. And when he has the will to come closer to God then God also comes to meet him, and that in form of knowledge. So always the life according to the will of God will always determine the knowledge of man. Also when man does not consciously strive for divine wisdom, but he will not be able to think otherwise then right, when it is about spiritual things, about things which lie outside of the earthly, which do not affect the body, but its soul and spirit. And he will affirm these thoughts without resistance; he will perceive his thoughts with a certain certainty as corresponding to truth and announce them to his fellow men, because his spirit tells it to him, that he stands in right thinking. And where men come together who are active in love and strive for the good, there the exchange of thoughts will result in complete agreement, and already from this it is evident that they all walk in truth, that the same has been mentally imparted to them and that is why they, with good reason, can call themselves knowing. And the more men make an effort to form themselves, i.e., their soul, the deeper they penetrate into spiritual knowledge. Soon there is nothing more for them what is unclear or incomprehensible to them. Because a well formed soul is unswervingly active in love. Love activity draws God in and God as eternal truth hands it out to man as proof of his love for him. And so man will truly be informed right and have great knowledge at his disposal when he concludes earth life. But he who acquires earthly wisdom through study or research, who absorbs wisdom won humanly in himself, he will not always be in truth. It certainly also can reach him when his attitude towards God is corresponding to His will, but then it is never to be attributed to intellectual brooding or research, but his conduct only brings in the knowledge about truth. And man takes this knowledge with him into eternity, while earthly knowledge remains behind or rather passes away into nothing and a man who stands in high reputation on earth can enter the hereafter poor with spiritual goods, when he attaches too much importance to his earthly knowledge and does not fulfil the preconditions which earn him spiritual knowledge on earth. Amen. B.D. NR. 2124.
Book 30 2125
The way to the eternal home with God. Prayer.
24. October 1941. B.D. NR. 2125.
The way to the eternal home is far for him who does not walk with God because he goes many wrong ways before he reaches that way which leads up, and the time of his walk on earth has been wasted when the aim was not the eternal home. To go with God means to have a guide who directs every step and to whom man can entrust himself completely. And then he can go his way unconcerned; he will not go wrong although the way is sometimes burdensome and appears to be difficult to pass. God protects him that he does not stumble; he takes him by the hand and leads him off over rocks and stones, through thorns and scrub, always again on to the right way, which securely leads to the aim. And this way is short when man walks with his sight turned up, when he walks it with God.
The guiding word of every man shall be:
Lord, be with me and guide me ....
let me not go one step alone ....
Lord, let me always recognize you,
let me always be your protégé....
you remain close to me in every trouble
and you look after me....
help that I can pray to you,
my God, intimately....
give favour to me and power of faith and always a pure heart
and turn my sight to you, towards the eternal home ....
Amen. B.D. NR. 2125.
Book 30 2126
Earthly light and spiritual light.
24. and 25.10.1941. B.D. NR. 2126.
All beings press towards the light and flee darkness as soon as they have once perceived the benefit of the light. And because the final purpose of all creation is to redeem the beings out of darkness, the benefit of the light must first once be proved to it, so that they now aim at the light voluntarily. They must be radiated through by the light, and this is the assignment of the light spending heavenly bodies, which God let come into being for this purpose and which always and eternally send their light into the cosmos for the stimulation of all that what holds beings in itself. These light givers fulfil now their assignment with their light rays they penetrate every work of creation, and there is nothing where the rays do not find their way. Even the apparently impenetrable solid form perceives this irradiation as being beneficial and awakens through this to life, i.e., it becomes active in itself even if not visible to the human eye because the light rays cause that life is stirred and nothing remains unchanged through the activity of this, what awakens to life. What is active unfolds a power, and where a power is expressed, something new comes into being. Therefore the light rays contribute to the increase of that what is. And that is the development of all beings that they change their outer cover all the time, therefore enliven always new forms, and this the light radiation brings about. The heavenly bodies, which send the light into the cosmos, therefore contribute to the redemption of the beings, because they loosen the outer form in every stage; they bring about the dissolving of the solid form even if lasting for ages; they enliven the plant kingdom, which awakens to live through the light radiation especially clearly, i.e. is engaged in permanent change. They are also unusually beneficently perceived by the beings which cover the earth walk in the animal life. And they are in the end indispensable for the being in the last stage, for man, who is not able to live without light. Light is always supplied to the beings which still languish in darkness, and they instinctively press towards the light, because the beings only feel happy in the light. But in the human stage the being can also, apart from the light necessary for life, feel the benefit of spiritual supply of light and aim at it as well. But latter is up to it because its free will decides this whether it desires the influx of light out of the spiritual kingdom. (25.10.1941) In the stage of free will the being will also strive for light, which continually flows towards it for the upkeep of its bodily life. Because it also needs the light for earthly activity. When the environment of the being is light and bright, it is also willing to be active. The being fights continually against darkness by trying to break through it through own light generation, when legally the supply of light is interrupted. And also that lies in the area of earthly ability. The light, which man needs earthly, he also can generate earthly, where he is in need of. And he will use this ability as far as possible because man asks for light as long as he carries out an activity, which he does not need to hide before the world. But the light out of the spiritual kingdom he does not need for his earthly activity, and that is why not every man endeavours to step into the circle of the radiation of this light, but this first depends on the strength of the desire for approach towards God. Spiritual light will flow towards man who opens himself to take it up. Spiritual light certainly flows against every man, but only penetrates him when he wants it to let it penetrate him. Because spiritual light is knowledge about truth, which certainly is accessible to every man, but is not desired by every man. Men do not need this light for the execution of earthly activity, consequently only those men appreciate it who recognize God as the eternal light and want to come close to this light. These strive for truth; they are hungry for knowledge and open their hearts for every light ray, which is imparted to them out of the spiritual kingdom in form of knowledge. Because for them ignorance is a state like darkest night, which they seek to break through, into which they would like to carry light. They want to banish darkness; they want that light forces its way through everywhere where a shadow of ignorance is still recognizable. And this desire for light lets also darkness flee because where the desire is, the light flows in without stopping. There the gates are open that the light can penetrate unhindered. And light will be victorious over darkness all the time, but in the stage of free will man has to decide for himself whether light or darkness accompanies his earth walk. His will alone decides; his striving for light lets him dwell in light. But the desire for darkness bars the light the access to the human heart, and this will is decisive for eternity. This will depends on the fullness of light, which can make the being infinitely happy some day in eternity or also be lacking, because happiness will always be there where light is and the lack of light means a very painful state for the being. Amen. B.D. NR. 2126.
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