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Jesus & Mary 2019

Are We OK?

Thank you to all of you who have written to us in recent months to check that we are still alive and kicking! It has been over a year since we posted new content to YouTube and I know that many people have been wondering what we are up to and if we are OK.

While we’ve been quiet on the internet, we’ve actually had a big year. We are happy and healthy and working hard on a number of Divine Truth and God’s Way Ltd projects.

Assistance Groups

Back in March and April, we were once again in Noosaville to continue the Education in Love Assistance Group Series. This year we presented “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” for two groups of participants. It was lovely to see so many faces, both familiar and new during the groups.

Jesus and I had spent December 2018 and the early months of 2019 juggling preparations for the group with management tasks in the God’s Way Ltd company. This meant that we were still finalizing presentation content right up until the first night of the first group. So, we started the groups, passionate about the material but also rather tired. This was especially so for Jesus who not only creates the presentation content but also manages the full technical set up of sound, video and data back up for the group.

We had asked Lena to leave the Divine Truth Production Team last year, so that she was able to fully focus on her health. This meant that we ran both groups with an entirely new team (with the exception of Cornelius who remained as centre camera man).

The new team did well at the event however their inexperience, coupled with the fact that Jesus was stretched very thin (and had less time for checking recording levels and specifics), and increased radio frequency interference in the venue, along with around 9 other factors, meant that the sound recordings captured at the events were very poor.

This has meant that since our return from the groups back in April, Jesus has spent at least 8 hours a day, first trying to find a solution to make the sound listenable, and then once that was found, beginning the laborious task of manually fixing sound interference and distortions on individual unmixed audio tracks before remixing them ready to be used in the video edit. More about that later.

God’s Way Ltd Volunteer Selection

Once we returned from the Assistance Group, Jesus and I were them heavily involved in assisting Eloisa Lytton Hitchins and Tristan Miller to implement another instance of the Volunteer Selection Programme (VSP) which commenced immediately afterwards.

Jesus oversaw and planned many of the project activities that selection programme participants worked on. And both Jesus and I assisted Tristan and Eloisa with assessing participants suitability to become volunteers.

Existing Divine Truth and God’s Way volunteers also joined in on many of the activities. And while this was enjoyable for everyone, this took volunteer time away from completing the editing of the Assistance Group and other outstanding Divine Truth videos. That is, aside from Jesus who throughout it all, still managed to keep editing audio, managing God’s Way Ltd projects and participating in the environmental work completed during the VSP. (Jesus loves outdoor work and often wishes he could spend far more time outdoors and away from a computer screen).

Jesus directs earthworks in the rain
Jesus instructs VSP participants in his fish scale garden design

Divine Truth Production

In the last half of 2018, Jesus and I recorded a number of mediumship sessions in the Divine Truth studio. As Lena left the Production Team in the middle part of the year, remaining team members where not yet proficient and still required training in switching, recording and editing techniques.

This meant that as we started the first Assistance Group in March, there remained 9 mediumship studio sessions that had not yet been edited.

On our return from the group, and after completion of the VSP, Eloisa Lytton Hitchins and I (while still in training) began to assist Jesus with finalizing editing of that backlog of videos, alongside starting to edit the new Assistance Group material.

While editing on the Assistance Group recordings continues, the backlog of mediumship talks are now almost ready to be sent to overseas, where they will be uploaded to the Divine Truth servers and then published on YouTube. We hope that this will happen before the end of the year.

Recently, Eloisa has left the production team so that she can focus on management tasks within the God’s Way Ltd organisation and running environmental recovery projects that Jesus had started. This has left Jesus and I as the only members of the Divine Truth Production Team.

Kate Eckersall continues to help with computer programming and the transcription/translation teams however Jesus and I deal with the entire audio and video editing processes – with Jesus still completing far more than myself at this stage. I am being trained by him in the complete video editing process as we go and I hope to be able to become independent in this as time goes on.

Jesus remains the only person with abilities in audio editing. He is incredibly proficient in this by now. And the extremely poor quality of the audio captured at the groups is causing him to work hard to find new methods for repairing sound problems. As this happens his skill only increases. I often sit behind him and marvel at how he is able to take barely audible or unintelligible sound and fix it so that a new listener would never know that there was ever a problem.

The recordings from the groups are so bad that, on average, it is taking him an hour to edit every 3 minutes of recording. There are over 1000 corrections to make per 60-90 minute presentation. I don’t know anyone else who could show that much patience and dedication to the material to sit for 8 hours at a time and have only 16 minutes of audio fixed at the end of it. (It is unable to be fixed using automated processes – which would normally be how we fix these kinds of sound problems).

In total, the combined length of both assistance groups is over 60 hours. To continue to sit and edit at this pace each day, knowing just how much there still remains to do, requires extreme humility. Jesus never fails to blow me away.

So, Jesus and I have spent a lot of time over the past 8 months looking like this….

Additionally, in order to prevent the same sound recording problems ever occurring again, Jesus has invested a lot of time since our return researching and trialing the best options for a full upgrade of all Divine Truth audio production equipment. This was something that he knew would have to occur soon and the issues at the Assistance Group highlighted that we needed to do it before we give any more public presentations. The upgrade is costing around close to 100 000 AUD.

Looking After Ourselves

Because of all of the problems with the Assistance Group recordings, the reduced Production Team (just Jesus and I) , the large backlog of unedited audio/video (over 100 hours), and our ongoing desire to share this material with the world, Jesus and I have spent a lot of time over the past 8 months editing Divine Truth productions.

In addition to that, the God’s Way Ltd organisation still requires a lot of mentorship from Jesus. And I remain a director of the company. So most “breaks” from editing tasks have been spent designing, planning, managing and participating in God’s Way Ltd projects.

However both Jesus and I are mindful of our need to love ourselves, pursue our soul’s passions, focus on our personal progression and on enjoyment of life and each other. We are still making time for these things as much as possible.

As the Assistance Group material still needs to be completed, we will continue to need to spend a lot of time editing. However we are looking at ways that we can build breaks with each other into this time. And, while God’s Way Ltd projects often involve management and planning, we do enjoy these. So we continue to get outdoors working on them as much as possible.

We have both also started to build movement and exercize breaks into our editing days – otherwise we end up with RSI and stiff muscles!

Once these large editing tasks are complete and our new audio equipment is set up, Jesus and I hope to do more of the other things that we love such as meeting with people in person and creating new teaching material. While we are editing old material we can’t create any new presentations despite having so many ideas and inspirations for them.

Thank you

Finally. Jesus and I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to those who continue to support our work.

As of today, it is over a year since we published any new content on our website and YouTube channels and while I know that there is a great deal of material already there from which people can benefit, I am often overwhelmed by the generosity of those of you who still donate to us during our seemingly ‘quiet’ times. We are never truly idle but in this modern world in which everyone is so accustomed to receiving 24 hour news cycles and social media feeds that are updated daily, if not hourly, it is lovely that so many of you still value the message of Divine Truth rather than the constant distraction of ‘something new’.

Thank you to all of you who donate to us. There are so many of you now that we have not ever met and I hope that soon we can begin to do more regular traveling again and put some faces to names. The design of our new sound system should facilitate easier traveling.

But regardless, we are extremely grateful to each of you who donate to us, those we know and those we have never met. Thank you for valuing our dream that everyone on Earth at least has the chance to hear the Truth about God, the spirit world and the human soul. This information provides an opportunity for people to understand the power and gift of their free will choices. We use every donation we receive to further that aim. We aren’t invested in what people choose to do with the information we share but we would like everyone on Earth to at least have the opportunity to learn about it for free if this is what they desire to do.

I will try to do more regular updates from now but given our workload it is sometimes impossible.

Until next time, with our love,

Jesus & Mary

He Is Come

Then, there is love
And the taste of life
like wild honey on my tongue
Sweet, fragrant and intense,
An exotic, unnamed song

Untested, bold horizons
begin to clap against my eyes
Enchanted sunlit gardens
Dawning, dappled skies

A world revealed, existing
alongside human misery and shame,
Eternal, always offered
should we just release all pain

The promise of our future
is greater than most dream
But first the fury and the famine,
all misery and greed
must be felt and healed forever
– the truth with new eyes seen

To embrace all forms of suffering,
to seek and change the cause,
Is the journey of the prophet
which he walks, stumbles,
or yet, crawls

In spite of opposition,
attack and rage-filled hate
Never wavering direction
He is assured of what awaits

Proof of God’s Munificence
to change all stone to flesh
He calls to all who suffer
I have journeyed through this tempest
I come to guide you to your rest

To champion both truth and love
and never shy away
This, the invitation to embrace
if we are to soar in full potential,
of our blessed, beloved race

He never covers over Truth
Instead seeks It with a fervour
In strong, untroubled voice he speaks
That It be known forever

A messenger coming now
to awaken us from slumber
Gentle, caring, humble
He has come to lead us yonder

He shows us how to reach this place
of beauty, truth and bliss
Beyond the jungle of our suffering
lies the life of spirit,
which even now, exists.

Mary Luck
28 December, 2018

John 16:8

A message from Paul

Recently I had the privilege to speak with an old friend of ours in the spirit world.

Jesus and I were discussing what we remembered of Paul and his life on earth and Jesus suggested I speak to Paul directly. Since, at the time, we had no capacity to record the mediumship session, I channeled directly on paper.

While I am usually shy to share messages that refer to our first century life or identities, I thought others may benefit from Paul’s message. I especially enjoyed how he expressed the impact receiving God’s Love has upon our gender injuries and his description of how first century healings took place.

My questions to Paul are in italics below and his responses in regular text.

Questions for Paul – 13th August, 2018

What was it like when Jesus appeared to you? (reference to Paul’s conversion)

I heard his voice in my head, I had a ‘knowing’ of who he was without him saying who he was, I simply knew. I didn’t see his physical form but it was as if I had looked directly into the sun – if the sun was much closer and filled my entire field of vision.

I felt his great love for me and, in that moment, I knew that God Loved in the same way.

I understood suddenly that all of my endeavours to gain status and respect in my community were in vain. I was walking a path of vanity and arrogance, eager for approval from an absent father. When Jesus appeared to me I immediately understood that this endeavour was shallow and would never have me receive the kind of love I knew in that moment.

After that moment, while I later continued on that same road to Damascus, I was following a new path, filled with a joy and faith that never left me for all of my remaining days on earth.

My eyes were merely burned and soon healed. I was grateful for my temporary blindness, it was a temporary symbol of my permanently changed focus from the external, physical world of man, to the internal and sacred journey of the soul.

I was fortunate to have had such a profound and life altering experience. A blessing surely.

It was a blessing which I endeavoured to pass forward to others. I saw my experience on the road, which opened my heart to God, as a gift that I wanted others to also receive. I wanted to offer my life as a demonstration of that same Love that I received and provide education as to how to receive it.

What errors would you correct?

Of course there is a great amount of history missing from the accounts of the Bible due to the almost global removal of references to women, women’s teaching and healing, and generally the difference in relationships that existed between men and women amongst early Christians.

While you yet still resist these memories, the relationship between you and Jesus did have an impact upon how The Way was understood by those around you. While you could not eradicate all of the cultural and societal injuries surrounding gender, it was widely accepted by most of us that women could and were equally capable when it came to healing, teaching and mediumship (three key ways that The Way was taught and demonstrated to others).

Much of our healing involved; the removal of spirit attachments, the channeling of loving energy from guides and God, the establishment of faith in the person who was ill through the gifting of love without prejudice (most who were ill were excluded and judged by society), and even through receiving guidance from spirits about the workings of the human body and the physical disease process. Luke was indeed an excellent physician because he had genuine desires and abilities in each of these areas.

Without understanding what we were doing, we did have some of what would be termed, “medical knowledge”. Though observing the earth today, it was rudimentary in the physical sense. However, so called modern medicine on earth could now advance in an extremely rapid way if it were to become open to the knowledge of spirits, the workings of the soul, and the power of God’s Love to heal all things.

But I digress,

Of course, I did not ever say those things attributed to me about the role of women and their dis allowance from teaching. While I admit that my relationship with the female gender was not fully healed at the time of my passing (and so I know that I still sinned greatly in my viewpoint and treatment of women while on earth) one cannot have received the Love of God and experienced the blessing of a long relationship with God and also maintain that women are of lesser value than men. When one has been Loved, one understands that love does not have prejudice, nor favour one gender or social class over another. Jesus was our greatest living example of this but God’s Love, when received, imparts this Truth to us all. Many of my other recorded statements reflect this knowledge.

I know that you also have questions about my associations on the earth.

It is true that I travelled a lot. For most of my life on earth in fact. And many younger than myself travelled with me at various times. While I did not know my children well, for they disavowed me after my famous “conversion”, I became like a father and grandfather to many of those younger men who travelled with me over the years.

It was most often men who travelled – it being safer and more accepted. Sometimes wives accompanied us but as I said, I was not perfected in my love for the gender and so I was not as inclusive as I may have been. The rejection from my first wife, whom I had married for love, was a wound that took time to heal.*

In reality, my heart was taken up with the zeal of sharing the news of Jesus and God with whomever would listen. I ‘left behind’ my grief about my wife, filled with a sense of purpose that I believed that God had given me. So you see that, even though I was filled with faith and knowledge of the Love of God, I was in many ways a foolish young man with many lessons still to learn.

I believe that Jesus appeared to me, that God allowed such an act, because my soul was ripe for change but also that I was already a man of action, who felt driven by principle. (It was only that my principles were flawed before I met him). So they both knew that I would never cease sharing of my experience and would remain driven that others should know the Love of God. For this, there were many blessings I received at my passing but there were still lessons to learn and opportunities that God had placed in my way on earth that I had overlooked.

By the time of my death I had found Sinai, a Christian woman of a similar age to myself, who I lived with and loved as though my wife. We were happy then but this was nothing of the happiness we now share. Having passed and commencing the healing of our injuries with men and women, we discovered ourselves to be soulmates and the bliss of this relationship is unlike anything apart from the Love of God.

We are not yet unified but grow with each other constantly.

But back to my associates,

Yes, Timothy was often with me. A smart and brave companion. Always noting things down, he understood the importance of what was being taught. Having known Jesus, he was as passionate as I that others should hear of his (Jesus’) work and teaching.

Luke was among us too on many occasions. Serious, studious and full of faith. He spoke of you and we listened well. I admit, to me, you were an almost mystical figure. We never met on earth but I regarded you as one who must be truly sacred to have known the love of Jesus and to carry on in his name.

Of course, now I know that you were a regular woman who simply shared our faith and passion. But such were the times and all of us pressed Luke for word of you whenever we met.

There were many others with me of course. Some came and went, and others were with me more constantly. Many friends and colleagues who did their part to support me, or teach with me, or learn from me. It truly was a great existence. To dedicate one’s life as a testament to God – wonderful!

Regarding my death,

Yes, this was in Rome where I lived for the final 5 years of my life after travelling became too much. Of course I didn’t count the years but I died in what I now know to be 70AD. I was quite old by standards of the day.

Yes, at certain times I was imprisoned but I had a relatively good relationship with Roman governance. Then, as now, religion was mainly politics and since I did not play political games I was not viewed with much fear.

I wrote some letters, yes. Remnants of which remain intact in your Bible. Others like Luke and Timothy wrote for me as well and some of their work appears in my name also.

I am not unhappy in general with the Bible rendition of my life. It holds some Truth and I believe it holds the power to open the willing heart to God and this was always my intention and desire.

The problem occurs when when men and women cling to words instead of trusting the wisdom of their heartfelt experience of God. It is only ever fear that causes a person to return to words, seeking a sense of security in what can be measured, desiring dictates in order to quell a rising tide of fear.

As you know, God’s Way is to continue on, allowing fear and uncertainty (which is also fear) to overwhelm us, so that we may overcome it forever more.

Many times in my life on earth I placed my trust in God. As I allowed my fear to rise up, I kept rudder and mast aligned to God, continuing on while the dread and uncertainty were experienced and passed from me; like a tempest weathered on the steady route Home.

Those who cling only to words allow themselves to take their hand from the rudder directing them toward God, they lose direction. At best, they end up in the doldrums where nothing happens; at worst they steer off course and end up in terrible torment, taking years, even centuries to recover.

And lastly, I will speak to you of who you are.

Your brain cannot yet conceptualise how all this may have occurred, how we may have lived on earth in a time long passed and again you sit on earth speaking with me now. But your heart does, I feel it as we speak.

There is much expansion of your emotional capacities required for you to harmoniously live with this truth. Instead of berating yourself for the situation, focus on the expansion of your emotional and spiritual capacities. Experiment as you are now, with your passions for teaching, healing and mediumship – the three methods we always used to share The Way.

You are wise, you are beautiful. Only allow it. I know you now as I never knew you when I lived on earth and your life may still be as a testament to God.

I affirm who you are. I say you are the Magdalene.

Your brother, your friend,

Paul

 

 

Update on Divine Truth Seminars

I had previously announced that we would be holding a public seminar in October.

Sadly, and despite quite an effort on Lena, Jesus and my parts, we weren’t able to find a suitable venue that would house all of our recording set up and potential guests on the Sunshine Coast in October this year.

So our scheduled seminar has had to be postponed. I know how excited some of you were for a new seminar. Thank you for that. We love sharing and seeing you and we know it has been quite a long time since we held shorter event.

We’ll keep looking for venues but at this stage it looks like we won’t hold a seminar of this kind until sometime in 2019 or 2020. Jesus and I, and the production team, are now full steam ahead preparing for the Assistance Groups and editing new studio recordings.

I know that the Assistance Groups are a larger time commitment but if you would like to attend and have the time available, there are still a few places remaining in Understanding Sin & Its Causes. You can reserve a ticket here: Understanding Sin & Its Causes Group 1

God’s Way has a strong desire and some plans in the works to build a new venue in our local area here in Queensland. This venue could host Divine Truth events and other free God’s Way information and education sessions. We are excited for this prospect. But since God’s Way is another organization reliant on volunteers and donations, this may take sometime. If you would like to stay updated about God’s Way plans and projects then you can subscribe to that blog here: https://blog.godsway.net/blog/

Dynamics between Jesus & Mary: A letter

*** This post has been updated – see end for a follow-up note from Mary ***

Hi,

This is the most difficult email I have ever written as I am going to make some critical comments about AJ and Mary in the following video. These comments come from the deepest recesses of my soul and make them with love as I believe they are true.

20180403-1440 God, Religion & Atheism, ABC QandA, Dawkins & Pell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTu2rThtTgE&list=PL4VN7gKEa2bSN-f_d9Y5jfTwTpVzzUi-M&index=2

I feel this is probably one of the worst interviews I have seen. Why? Because they both appear to be a couple of angry zealots rather than two of the most amazing people I have come to know and respect.

For a couple of years I have noticed that when AJ and Mary are in the studio and Mary is the interviewer, their personality changes and they seem to be competing with each other. It appears that Mary wants to be boss and in control whilst AJ doesn’t want to appear downtrodden so responds by raising his voice. There seems to a competition between them. Whilst this is happening, the message is lost and I cant be bothered going back and find out what they are saying.

This not the AJ and Mary I have come to know and respect after watching them on video and in person at three assistance groups for eight years. I suspect they are under enormous spirit influence and the spirits are trying another way to destroy their validity and their teaching of The Way.

If I am wrong please let me know.

Kind regards

J

***********************

Hi J,

Thank you for your feedback.

Over the years, there has been a dynamic occurring between Jesus and I during filming in which I do become very bossy and I either compete with Jesus or try to take control of the conversation.

At those times, for me, one of the following things are happening (usually more than one at once):
– I’m quite afraid about how something we’re discussing will be received by the public, and/or
– I’m attempting to maintain some sense of facade because I feel that something about me has been exposed that I am ashamed about, and/or
– I’m being attacked by spirits about other specific fears I’m yet to release

Rather than being soft to those fears, I try to exert control over what is being said or fall into a ‘defensive’/competitive mode with Jesus. In this fear based motivation, I often want Jesus to cover the topic in the way that I think it should be discussed.

Once I become bossy, Jesus, out of his love for truth, then has to become insistent with me so that he can get across the important message. Often, afterwards I realise just how irrational I have become in my fear of exposure and desire for control. Of course, as your email highlights, my behaviour at these times is actually harmful to how God’s Truth is received.

My only correction to what you have sensed is that it isn’t that Jesus ‘doesn’t want to appear downtrodden’. Jesus has a quality, that very few people really understand, that causes him to be very un-selfconscious while teaching. Instead, he is completely focused on God’s Truth. So at the times you mention, while he is quite insistent with me, and does interject, this is because he feels that the Truth conveyed in the recording is more important than anything else.

Also, he allows this dynamic to continue at times because, as I am expressing fear-based attitudes which many people share, he feels that his correction of me often has some benefit to the audience.

Jesus and I have discussed this dynamic between us many times in private and even stopped mid-recording on occasions for me to deal with what is happening for me.

Various people in the past have sensed the dynamic but through their injuries misinterpret what is going on. I’ve found that a lot of women don’t see me as ‘bossy’ at all, they think Jesus is the one who is doing the ‘bossing’ and rudely ‘cutting me off’. A lot of men have various feelings based on how they would view what is going on in the same situation. Some feel that Jesus should pander to me, or that he is trying to defend himself. None of these things are true but it is easy to see how those misinterpretations happen given the common injuries on earth today in both genders.

At this stage both Jesus and I are still works in progress. I do apologise that at times the recordings are difficult to listen to while I am progressing. That is something I take very seriously. I am working on my humility and specifically my addiction to avoid particular fears and shame relating to my first century experience.

I know that me being in a humble state makes a huge difference to the quality of my interviewing, my comments during discussions, and makes it a pleasure for both Jesus and I to complete the recordings. I think that this year we’ve had some great examples of that but also some not-so-great days where I have definitely missed the mark.

I’ll take a look at the video in question. I know that we hadn’t done much prep for that interview, and that I was a bit stressed about the topic we were discussing. We also later realised that we hadn’t covered all of the points made by Cardinal Pell during this segment of the interview so we had already considered re recording the discussion. However Jesus did feel that some good comments were made so we let it go public. It is unlikely that we will reconsider that now, as, in a way, it is a tangible example of us both as ‘works in progress’. We don’t edit our material to present a perfect facade. In fact, the only editing that happens in our videos is to remove coughs, breaks etc.

To live in harmony with God’s Laws we must be transparent and become comfortable with being transparent in, and about, our interactions. Obviously, I am not yet as humble as I could be but I do feel it is a demonstration of both my and Jesus’ humility that we leave recordings intact when we are creating our videos.

I’m not sure what you were referring to when you mentioned ‘zealotry’ but perhaps it is also worth mentioning that both Jesus and I do have some strong feelings about how God is currently mis-represented on Earth. We are passionate about people understanding that God exists and is Loving and so we do speak very frankly about religion and atheism. (if you have read the Bible this shouldn’t surprise you, if you consider how Jesus spoke with and about Pharisees). This does not mean that we judge those with religious or atheistic beliefs. We are though very direct when elements of those belief systems harm others. To be honest, severe harm is caused to people by teachers of false beliefs. At times people misunderstand our frankness, directness and enthusiasm for the subject as judgement or a lack of compassion for others. Both Jesus and I see the need to confront widely held misconceptions about God and atheism and in doing this we will need to be very upfront about the topics. Jesus’ firmness during discussion like these does at times trigger some of the fears I mentioned above and can kick the dynamic you mentioned.

Again, I appreciate the feedback and I’m glad for the opportunity to clarify the dynamic between Jesus and I. I would like to place this exchange on my blog so that others can benefit from the exchange.

It may help you to re watch the videos you mention and to feel what exactly in our exchanges you found difficult. You could revisit the material in an effort to learn more about your emotions regarding interactions between men and women. But in particular to feel about feel strong condemnation of false belief systems.

There is a common belief on the Earth that God has a tolerance for false belief systems however when you have a strong relationship with God, you will see that God actually feels very, very strongly about false belief systems. God is actually doing everything in His Power to ensure that false belief systems are ultimately destroyed. Any person who becomes at-one with God will have a deep desire to assist in the removal of these false belief systems from the planet. This is why Jesus in the first century had a very strong condemnation of the false belief systems of the day.

Usually, people on earth want us to be what they would classify as ‘tolerant’ of everything. But in reality we cannot be tolerant of belief systems that destroy the lives of people, not only on Earth, but also for a long time in the spirit world. When one tolerates, or desires that others tolerate, damaging belief systems they are actually supporting the continuation of these systems and contributing to suffering. One doesn’t need to be violent in their opposition but firmness and directness are required if false belief systems are going to be removed from the Earth.

The more Jesus and I progress, the more you will see us becoming firmer in our discussions about belief systems than we ever have been in the past. We will be zealous in our condemnation of any belief system that has a deep and long-lasting damaging effect on humanity. When you witness personally the amount of pain of suffering in the spirit world that results directly from these belief systems, we are very sure that you too will share our attitude.

Obviously, there is a lot more we could say on the subjects of religion and atheism but we’ll leave that to the continuing video presentations on the subject.

Mary

UPDATE  27 July 2018:

After responding to J, I reviewed the Religion & Atheism videos that he had mentioned in his letter to me. While it is true that Jesus and I do, at times, have the dynamic between us that I acknowledged in my response to J, the video in question was not a good example of this.

During the Religion and Atheism sessions I found that Jesus and I were fairly harmonious in our discussion and I certainly let Jesus have his say. We were very passionate and direct about the topic and I do think that, as I mentioned to J in my response, that this is potentially very triggering for those viewing those sessions.

 

 

 

New Events! Update to Divine Truth Events Schedule

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to let you know about some public events we are planning for the next 12 months. Please see the details below.

Weekend Seminar with Jesus & Mary

Dates: October 20 & 21 (tentative)
Location: Sunshine Coast (TBA)
Bookings not required

It has been a while since we held a weekend seminar. As a result there are now many people interested in Divine Truth who have not had the chance to attend a live presentation. So I’m excited to give these people the chance to attend an event for a day or two (a week-long Assistance Group is quite an investment of time for some).

More details about this event and confirmation of dates and venue will appear on the ‘What’s New’ and ‘Future Events’ pages of our website and on the events page  of this blog during July.

“Understanding Sin & Its Causes” Assistance Groups

We are pleased to announce that our planning for the fourth group in our “Education in Love” Assistance Group series underway and will be completed in July.

This group, “Understanding Sin & Its Causes”, and will be held two times, that is Groups 4.1 & 4.2.

Dates:
Group 4.1 – February 22 – March 2, 2019
Eventbrite listing

Group 4.2 – March 8 – 16, 2019
Eventbrite listing

Location: Noosaville, Queensland, Australia

Additional information about “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” Assistance Group

Because of the high demand for these groups we are making some logistical adjustments regarding our venue and accommodation to allow for larger numbers. Jesus and I want to offer everyone who has the desire the opportunity to attend.

From today we are releasing tickets to all of those on the waiting list for both groups and offering additional tickets. If you would like to attend this group we would love to see you. You can register via the Eventbrite links listed above.

If you do register and receive a ticket please don’t make your travel and accommodation arrangements until I confirm our final venue and accommodation. This notification will be given directly to ticket holders via email sometime over the next month.

Pre requisites

Unlike our other public events, such as the weekend seminar advertised above, we do have certain pre requisites for attendance at the “Education in Love” Assistance Group series. These pre requisites are as follows:

1. Intention to attend and participate in all presentations in the “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” Group

We ask that you only register and attend the Assistance Groups if you are willing to commit to full attendance of all presentations within the group. The full programme runs for 8 days and unless you live on the Sunshine Coast it is necessary to arrange your own travel, food and accommodation for this period and commit to attending presentations on 6 days.

Attending the group in full ensures that all participants can engage meaningfully with the material presented and gain the most from the programme.

2. View all earlier material in the “Education in Love” Assistance Group series

We ask all participants to have either attended or listened to the prior 3 groups in the series – in full. That is, to have attended or listened to:

Group 1 – “Developing My Will to Love”

Group 2 – “Developing My Loving Self”

Group 3 – “Understanding God’s Loving Laws”

Each of these groups was presented twice, e.g. Group 1.1 & 1.2 etc. I recommend watching both instances for each group as each presentation was different and engaging. I re watch this material myself. However we do understand that this is a large time commitment (196 hours) and so only ask that you have viewed at least one version of Groups 1-3.

The material in Group 3 – “Understanding God’s Loving Laws” is particularly important to your understanding of “Understanding Sin & Its Causes”.

I have placed links to the Group 3 playlists below:

Group 3.1

Group 3.2

Why we have Pre requisites

Your complete attendance and prior viewing of the material in the Education in Love Assistance Group series will help you to gain the most from the “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” presentations.

It is also a sign of love towards the time and effort we have placed into the preparation, delivery and production of the material. Jesus and I spend a great deal of time feeling, thinking and planning the best way to present the material in each group. We want presentations to be relevant to your stage of spiritual development, practical and meaningful. When people don’t show up when they said they would, when they attend half halfheartedly, or they haven’t previously watched the earlier material, they display a lack of care for our efforts.

In addition, your familiarity with the material that has already been presented means that we don’t need to spend time explaining concepts that have been already taught in the earlier groups. We can use our time with you to engage new material and lessons and you don’t waste presenters or other participants time.

“Developing My Will to Love” Group 2

Costs & Donations

As with all our events, this Assistance Group is offered free of charge.

However for all the groups in the “Education in Love” series we inform every one of our running expenses. Given that the group is long, and we must pay for travel, accommodation and venue hire for an extended period, capture and store a lot of digital data, replace and maintain our technical equipment, and accommodate and feed ourselves and our technical production team during that time, we do have fairly substantial running costs for each group. The total running costs for groups 4.1 & 4.2 is $62, 000 AUD.

If you wish to donate to help cover these expenses, I will publicize the definite average cost we incur per person attending once I have final costing from our venue and accommodation. At this stage the average looks to be around $260-$300 AUD per person in attendance. This is without your personal costs for travel, food and accommodation. Your venue accommodation will vary from $80 to $187 AUD pp per night.

Donations towards our expenses can be made after I confirm the final figures via the donate page on our website by clicking on the Australian Assistance Group button. Please don’t donate yet. I’ll make another announcement when it is time.

Attending “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” in Conjunction with the Volunteer Selection Project

There will be another instance of the God’s Way & Divine Truth Volunteer Selection Project commencing a fortnight after Group 4.2.

For this reason, if you live overseas or interstate and you would like to take part in both the “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” Assistance Group and the Volunteer Selection Project, we recommend you register a place in the Assistance Group 4.2. This will lessen the time you need to allow for travel and accommodation in Queensland.

You can register to participate in the Volunteer Selection on the God’s Way Eventbrite page.

Please note: Registration of your interest in the Volunteer Selection does not automatically confirm your participation. And if accepted you will need to make further personal arrangements for accommodation and travel during the Selection Project in Wilkesdale, Queensland, Australia. You will also need to fulfill additional pre requisites specifically for the Volunteer Selection Project. If you register your interest to participate in the Volunteer Selection you will receive additional information and updates on your attendance via God’s Way Eventbrite communication.

Those Who have been Previously Removed from Assistance Groups

We would like to offer the opportunity to all of those who were previously removed from Assistance Groups in this series to attend the “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” group.

As in the earlier groups we will ask any participant who displays and engages the following attitudes and behaviours to leave the group:

  • a consistently resistive attitude
  • willful lack of self-awareness and desire to stay in denial
  • strong want to remain in co dependence with spirits
  • attack of presenters, technical team, venue staff or other participants

We do this out of our love and care for each person involved. It is a demonstration of our desire and willingness to live in harmony with the Principles we are teaching at each group.

Cancellation & Non Attendance

As these events require a lot of logistical planning, preparation and time and there are limited spaces available we have a firm policy on late cancellation and non-attendance. That is, if people register and fail to attend, or cancel within one month of the group (without good reason), then that person will no longer be able to attend future events of the same nature (that is, groups with limited spaces requiring registration).

This is fair and loving as it ensures that those with a sincere intent and ethical approach are given the opportunity to attend. If people register and do not attend this limits other people from attending in their place.

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That’s all from me for now. Thanks to everyone for your interest in the material and presentations.

Hope to see you at a live event sometime over the next year!

 

Thank you

Hi everyone,

I am well overdue for a long Jesus & Mary ‘What We’ve Been Up To’ Update but as often happens, the more we get up to, the less time for updates! We have been extremely busy with both Divine Truth and God’s Way in 2018.

Much of the work has happened behind the scenes so I do plan to write a full update of all of those things that we’ve been occupied with over the last 6 months very soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to express our sincere thanks to all of you who donate to us on a regular, intermittent (or even one-off) basis.

Jesus and I often remark about how grateful we are to each of you and how fortunate it is to be able to do what we love and have others appreciate that. Words often fall short in expressing what we feel.

Thank you.

 

What causes lung cancer? A letter

I recently received an email from an acquaintance asking me about the causes of lung cancer. Her mother died of lung cancer and my acquaintance was concerned that she may share the same emotions that created the disease in her mother.

I thought that others may benefit from the explanation of the disease which Jesus assisted me to write. I think that this story also gives some insight into why many of us hold onto co dependent relationships and don’t confront unloving issues in ourselves or the people around us.

I have removed the names and some of the identifying details.

Hi R,

How lovely to hear from you.

Thank you for your very kind comments about The Sleep State video. It certainly was a challenging talk to give but I’m glad that people can gain something from it now.

From your email it sounds like you are writing to us because events and people in your life are causing you to think more seriously about this cancer issue and you have questions about what causes it. And that that very persistent guide of yours that you mentioned is attempting to have you look at what is happening for you in lots of areas of your life?

I always feel so grateful and amazed about the way that the Law of Attraction brings clues, triggers and at times what feels like loud speaker notifications (smile) about what we need to look at in our lives. It isn’t always comfortable but I have come to see it as an incredible gift.

So at the moment the Law is obviously working to have you question the causes of your Mum’s cancer. And Jesus & I both agree that you do have many of the same emotions within you that created her cancer so releasing these emotions and making some changes in your life now is going to help to prevent you from developing the same illness.

In a nutshell, lung cancer is caused by the angry demand that, if you work for others, then they should help you to avoid your grief.

Your Mum had a lot of grief from her childhood and from events throughout her life that she didn’t want to experience. In addition, she had the injured belief that she was entitled to expect the people around her (you, your brother and especially her husband) to support her to avoid her grief, as long as she worked hard and did a lot for you in return. This was the “barter” system or “payment” method that she thought was just and loving. The dynamic she set up in the family was “I’ll work for you as long as you help me to avoid how sad I am.”

Your Dad, who was the primary person she demanded this kind of support to avoid grief from, was willing to go along with that for most of their marriage because he wants a woman to take care of all the ‘hard things’ that he doesn’t want to deal with. Your Mum was willing to do those things but only in return for his support to avoid her grief. Your Mum tolerated a lot of bad, unloving behaviour from your Dad mainly just because she wanted this one addiction met.

Obviously, as you would have seen as their marriage went on, there were times when this ‘arrangement’ (technically, it is a co dependence between them) didn’t work for them. One of them didn’t supply what the other expected and so they become angry with the other, or they involved one of their kids (you or your brother) in trying to meet their demand. Instead of getting the demand met from their partner they substituted one of the children for their partner. This is why your Dad now relies on you to do ‘hard things’ that he feels he shouldn’t have to do and why your brother took on the role of ‘looking after’ your Mum’s sadness at times. This means that you are now required to look after your Dad’s demands, this actually makes you very sad.

Also, over time, your Mum naturally became tired and angry about always having to do the work her husband was unwilling to do and having to put up with many unloving acts and behaviour on his part. However she was never willing to confront him on the lack of equity in what he expected of her, versus what he expects of himself because your Mum wasn’t willing to give up her emotional belief that she shouldn’t have to cry, grieve and feel about all the loss that has happened in her life. So Mum had addictions like your Dad but Dad’s addictions are just more obvious. (I feel she is doing better with feeling her sadness since she passed, and in part I think that she is now trying to help you to see what happened for her so that you can deal with those same issues – because both she and your Dad taught you to have them – while you are still on earth).

Over time your Mum gave up on trying to have your Dad make her sadness go away (as you know your Dad added to a lot of her sadness) but her involvement in the family business meant that a lot of other people looked up to her and respected her and this helped her avoid a lot of her sadness with your father and her sadness from her childhood.

So by now you can probably see that you do have the same attitudes to grief, and the belief that any person you work for should support you in the avoidance of grief, as your Mum had. And hopefully you can start to see that in the past your Dad has been attempting to have the same relationship with you as he did with your Mum, and that now he is now trying to have that same relationship with another woman.

You now have the same co dependence with your husband that your Mum had with your Dad. In your relationship as it currently is, it is highly likely that your husband will add to your grief, just like your Dad added to your Mum’s.

I know from your brother that you experience intense migraines. Migraines are always caused by the person using a lot of energy to shut down their experience of grief and sadness.

So, the key things to for you to do in order to become happier and the way to prevent you developing cancer, are:

1. Identify and remove your co dependence with the people in your life

To do this you will need to examine what demands you have of your father, husband and brother (and any other people in your life). At the moment you want to have them support and assist you in to avoid feeling your grief (including feelings of sadness, disappointment, loss, etc.) and you are willing to work hard and sacrifice yourself emotionally to have them do this for you. This is already taking its toll on you.

Initially identifying your co dependence may be quite tricky to do.

Unfortunately, your Mum taught you through her example, that grief was too much for a person to feel and that the only thing to do was to work hard so that her husband, children or others in her life may look up to her, respect her, love her so that she didn’t feel sad anymore. When people did respect her and love her she was able to avoid her sadness for a short time. She felt angry if she this didn’t happen because she believed she shouldn’t have to feel sad, ever.

So, because Mum modeled this to you, you also feel that you shouldn’t have to feel sad and you work (either physically or emotionally, usually both) for others in an attempt to have those others “love” you so you can avoid ever feeling sad. This actually means that you now have an angry demand that others assist you to always feel happy and never feel sad. Your migraines are proof that you are putting a lot of energy into attempting to not feel sad.

All of this means that you are going to have to be really honest with yourself to see ALL of the ways you are in a ‘barter’ with the people around you. You are trying to avoid sadness as much as you are able to by doing things for others and have them help you avoid your sadness.

You will be tempted to call a lot of your co dependence with your husband and your Dad “normal” since this dynamic is what your Mum taught you was loving behaviour in a relationship. It is also highly likely that your husband and your Dad are going to disappoint you because at the moment both of them are quite selfish but willing to nurse a women as long as she does what they want. However, if you can be really honest and start to identify these methods and come to see that they are NOT loving, then you will be taking the first steps to reversing the situation.

Next, you will need to start seeking to understand and analysing what truly loving behaviour, emotions, relationships and attitudes are, and to act in accordance with those. This means you analysing your own behaviour, emotions, expectations and attitudes and to see that it is unloving to avoid feeling your own sadness. That it is unloving to do things to help you avoid your own sadness and it is unloving to not confront the unloving behaviour of other people in your life. You keep avoiding the unloving behaviour of other people towards you which only adds to your sadness and causes you to have to do even more things to avoid your sadness.

2. Begin to experience your grief

This step is essential. By grief I mean not just your grief at your Mum’s passing but also the sadness you have stored throughout your life where you have had to work to get other people’s approval and acceptance, particularly with men.

While feeling your grief will mean feeling sad for a time, by doing this you will also begin to feel a lot more free and relieved in your life.

Experiencing your sadness will also lead to greater self confidence and self knowledge. At the moment, because you are shutting down a lot of your grief, and even the awareness of what you are sad about, you don’t really know yourself well and you also end up feeling very dependent on men (which, while you rely on them to help you avoid your grief, you are). This feeling of dependency means that you can’t feel confident of your own ability to be yourself and or to look after yourself in the world. While you have this injury you will always feel that you ‘need’ a man. This isn’t good for your self worth and it also leads to the situation where you will end up feeling resentful in your marriage or with your Dad etc. Because the men around you can feel from you that you are willing to be treated badly as long as they help you avoid grief, they will take advantage of this.

You will end up feeling that you can’t change things in your relationships because you risk confronting the man so much that he may no longer meet your addiction to avoid your sadness. Because you are afraid to confront men in their unloving or unethical demands of you (for fear of them no longer helping you to avoid grief) you end up in a situation where you feel very angry with them about many issues that are unhealthy in the relationship. However you force all of this down and nevwr express it so that you can maintain the co dependence but you end up bitter and resentful under the surface. In other words, you end up unhappy, more sad and your relationships, you and the men around you don’t reach the potential they could reach if you were willing to confront their unloving behaviour and feel your grief. If you think about it, this is exactly how your Mum felt in her relationship with your Dad.

At the moment you have a tendency to ignore the fact that you are already being treated badly in your relationship with your husband and father. You wish to ignore it so that you don’t have to feel sad about it and do something about it. You end up being stuck like superglue to people who are contributing to your sadness because you feel dependent on them to help you avoid sadness. It is illogical but this is what it is like.

Your Mum was ignoring the fact that there was a lot of sadness in her about her relationship with your Dad. She didn’t want to raise it because it would make her feel even more sad than she already felt. She gave up on her husband ever cheering her up but used her work as a way of avoiding her sadness instead.

So the problem for both you and your Mum is the demand on life, and the world around you, to help you to avoid feeling sad. You are currently denying a lot of truth in your life so that you don’t have to feel more sad. But it won’t work.

This also makes you feel angry at anyone who doesn’t help you to avoid sadness. In this injury, you feel like people aren’t loving you or caring about you while they don’t take your sadness go away.

At the moment you feel unloved by your Dad because he isn’t helping you avoid your sadness and he is also being unloving towards you by putting extreme demands on you to run the business etc. So the key is to identify that you are unloving by expecting others to help you avoid sadness. But that at the sme time you are actually sad because he and others are unloving towards you.

R, I hope all of that helps, there is more I could say but I sense that what I have said is probably enough to digest for now. I just read this email to Jesus and he has helped me to refine some things and hopefully explain things clearly.

The trouble with written communication is that it can be easily misinterpreted. If you do have any other questions you can email me and I am happy to try to explain further.

It was lovely for me to have the chance to speak with you a little. When we visited I didn’t really get to do that.

Love,
Mary

Website Now Updated

Jesus has just finished an update of our website.

There have been changes to the following pages:

 

  • What’s New

All new additions to the site are listed in the Latest Update tab.

 

  • Donations

This page is now more user friendly.

It also includes the new options for direct bank transfers from EU, US and UK bank accounts. This is handy if you wish to set up automated recurring payments from your bank account in one of those regions.

If you already have a Transferwise account, people find this to be very convenient however this service does not allow for automatic recurring payments at present.

 

  • Downloads

All of the 2017 events are now listed.

You will find that all 2017 videos now include a link to where they appear on both our YouTube and our Vimeo channels.

Special note: there are audio files appearing on the 2017 Downloads list on the website that are audio only. That is, they don’t have a corresponding YouTube video. These are audios of Spirit Assistance and Spirit Experiences that Jesus and I have recorded in our non-recording weeks.

 

We hope that you enjoy the new content. Jesus and all of the team have put a lot of work into bringing it to you.

 

Jesus & Mary: December 17

Time for another newsletter from Jesus and I.

First up, I know that many of you have been patiently waiting for a new video from us for 10 months. I’m pleased to let you know that we have just made 14 new presentations live on our main YouTube channel.

In all we have almost 60 new videos loaded on the channel and they will all gradually become public as Jesus finishes adding the descriptions and other final settings over the next week.

Jesus has been completing the work for the YouTube channel as I write this today and I just realised that it is the 25th of December. For people who don’t “do” Christmas, it does seem as though we are delivering you with a Christmas present of sorts.

This time of year tends to afford Jesus and I some quiet space to work on projects or ourselves while others are busy with the “holiday season”.

Our Gratitude

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to us over the past couple of months. I notice that a number of you have made a shift over to Transferwise. Thank you very much for doing so.

We’d also like to give a special thanks to those of you who make consistent small fortnightly or monthly donations to us throughout the year. I see your names recurring in our account month after month, some of you I have never met and others of you I’ve known for years, but all of you are scattered in various locations throughout Australia and the world. I often wish I could gather you all together for a special thank you party. But the logistics and expense of such an endeavour would be enormous, so I hope that our simple thanks will do for now. Each of your donations contribute to making the day to day operations of what we do possible and sustainable. And I’m sure one day we can make that party happen in the spirit world.

A few people have also made more substantial donations to us this year. These have assisted us greatly in completing some of our necessary computer and software upgrades this year. Thank you.

New Methods for Donations

In the next few weeks you will see some new options on our donations page.

Since Paypal has canceled all of our accounts, we have enabled a service via our Transferwise account which means that if you live in the USA, UK or an EU country you can now make donations via direct transfer from your own bank account into one of our ‘Borderless accounts’ in the same currency without needing a Transferwise account.

Basically this function means that you can make transfers to us in the same way you would if we had a bank account in one of the countries or regions that I listed. I’ll post a short note once Jesus has had time to update the website to make these options available.

Divine Truth

Recording

Over the past 6 months we have kept to a regular recording schedule in our home studio. On average we’ve been recording 20 hours of new material per month. Due to many changes in our production and post production procedures much of that recorded material is yet to appear on YouTube. However it is all now uploaded and ready to go once Jesus applies the final YouTube descriptions and settings. So in total 58 new videos should all appear on our channel before the end of the year.

This year we’ve worked on some new formats for interviews and discussions, as well as fine tuning some of the camera settings, which we have only recently finalised. I hope that you enjoy the changes. Jesus and Lena especially, along with Eloisa and I, have put a lot of effort into improving production with the aim of making the content of Divine Truth videos easy to follow and hopefully improving the viewing experience overall. (More on the specifics of this work in the next section).

For the latter part of this year we have been working on recording an comprehensive discussion on the topic of Forgiveness & Repentance. The first parts of this series will be available to view over the next few days. We hope to finish recording this series in January or early February 2018 and will then dedicate our recording time to answering questions relating to the first three Assistance Groups in the “Education in Love” series. We hope to have all of those questions answered by the end of June so that they can be viewed by those interested as revision before we commence our next group “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” in November 2018.

Events

As yet we don’t have plans for any other live events until the “Understanding Sin & Its Causes” group which will take us around 3 months of our time to prepare. While we do love the opportunity to interact with people at live events we are attempting to make sure that all of the content we create is well planned, structured and documented. We are placing more and more emphasis on structure and planning as this helps the listener of the final product to more easily understood and use the information. Due to the nature of the personal interactions at live events it is more challenging (though not impossible) to keep things to a set topic or structure. Additionally, live events take a lot more of our time and resources to set up and execute due to the logistical requirements that need to be taken care of.

As we currently have so many other demands on our time including; technical systems and procedure upgrades, God’s Way mentorship, planning and creation of material for the next Assistance Group, focus on our personal progression, and many other matters essential for the continued growth of both Divine Truth and God’s Way it is unlikely that we will hold a live seminar weekend in 2018. However our plans can often change if we sense a strong desire in a certain group or region.

Improved procedures & workflow

As I mentioned in my last update, this year we have been working consistently to create improvements to our workflow and output in all areas of Divine Truth creation and production.

Jesus and I now have in place a good process for creating outlines for our studio recorded discussions. This results in all of our recordings having a definite structure and we cover each topic we discuss in a more comprehensive way. The improved structure and thoroughness we create enables Eloisa and Lena to create video chapter markers, along with doing the usual video switching, during the live recording.

These markers then form useful data for many other computer programs that Kate has written this year under Jesus’ direction. These programs enable automated creation of timecodes, subtitles, transcript headings, YouTube descriptions, and YouTube clips, and will serve in the future population of databases and search engines as well as many other purposes.

Lena gave a great summary of some of the functionality that is enabled by the ability to do live marking on videos in this post: https://legor.net/2017/11/29/update-on-2017-so-far/

Jesus, Lena, Eloisa, Barbara, Kate and I have worked together as a team this year to improve our individual parts in these processes and to create the best possible outputs in all areas. Thank you very much to all of you, it has been a pleasure to work alongside of you.

Due to all of this procedural creation and refinement work now nearing completion and becoming more streamlined you can hope to see new videos and clips appearing more regularly on our YouTube channel in the new year.

Computer upgrades

After spending an enormous amount of time this year researching, Jesus is still in the process of purchasing, building and setting up the new 360TB 4 way cluster 10Gbit data storage network for Divine Truth and God’s Way to share, as well as building new computer systems to become small stand alone servers, fast graphics workstations, and general workstations. Barbara, the head of our transcription and translation team, Kate, our computer programmer, and Eugene, the person providing IT services for us in the USA, will be the first recipients of this hardware once it has been completed. This long process, which is still underway, has involved researching the best systems to meet the needs, dealing with various suppliers of equipment, manually putting together the individual computers and loading all of the necessary software.

Jesus and I wanted to be sure to purchase a computer set up that we can eventually standardize and use for all of our volunteers. To that end Jesus spent considerable time finding systems with a large capacity and versatility in terms of function, speed, 10Gbit network connectivity, and storage space. Once he found what will be suitable for small stand alone servers, fast graphics workstations, and general workstations, he ordered the requisite component parts and has begun to build the hardware and software. He has been doing this along with keeping our current network, windows, linux and mac workstations, functioning and up to date.

During his work weeks he usually begins work at 4am every day, and normally finishes around 4pm. At all other times he works from 4am to 10am every day 7 days per week, even on the weeks he assigns for his progression, and the rest of the time he spends time working on his emotional and spiritual progression. Besides the technical work, and preparation for our recording, he spends a lot of his work time making plans, designing architectural drawings, researching options for future projects, and working outside on environmental projects.

As always, we are both grateful for Jesus’ extensive previous experience in computer systems engineering and networking, in business and building design. This serves us well while we don’t have other volunteers with the necessary skills.

Meetings & Volunteers

In December we also held another special meeting to assist some of our volunteers with their personal progression. This is something we regularly do.

And we held a thank you dinner for some individuals (and their partners) who gave us a significant amount of help in the sharing of Divine Truth throughout the year.

God’s Way

Volunteer Selection Programme

Under Jesus and my mentorship, Eloisa and Tristan recently completed the first volunteer selection programme. This course was designed to identify new volunteers for both Divine Truth and God’s Way organisations. Three people from the 16 people who did the course have been selected and will soon be joining us as volunteers.

Speaking with most of the participants on their final day, many had appreciated the opportunities to learn about themselves and about God’s attitude to service which the programme provided. Jesus and I want to acknowledge every participant on their desire to be a part of helping to share God’s Truth with the world. While many found that their desire was not yet as pure as they had thought, the structure of the Volunteer Selection programme provided to those participants who did not “graduate” with valuable information and experiences to assist them to start the process of letting go of those addictions and injuries that are holding them back at present if they choose to do so.

The next volunteer selection programme will commence in March 2018. If you wish to register your interest in attending you can do so on the God’s Way Eventbrite page here.

Directorship & Membership

Jesus and I remain founding members of God’s Way and continue to provide substantial mentorship to the current Directors and members. This year I’ve also taken on the role of Director which has been a wonderful experience for me.

In March we’ll hold our Annual General Meeting and members will vote on Directorship and other roles within the organisation.

In the coming months we’ll be finalising our application to become a registered Australian charity and will publish more about what we have been working on as an organisation during 2017 on our website.

As a reminder, those wishing to become members of God’s Way must first be volunteers with the organisation for 6 months. In order to become a volunteer, individuals must first complete the Volunteer Selection programme. So if you are wishing to become involved with God’s Way completing and graduating from that programme is a must.

 

Jesus speaks at a meeting of Directors and members

Natural environment restoration programme

Construction site project

In November and early December, God’s Way completed a project to improve one of the sites previously damaged on the Cushnie Learning Centre. The project was designed and supervised by Jesus.

In the hands of previous owners a second hand shed had been constructed on a hill. Earlier this year the shed was given away and most of it removed. Our desire was to assist in the reparation of the damage to that site.

During their course, the participants in the Volunteer Selection programme assisted in the removal of remaining shed debris.

Jesus showed everyone how the very large tanks could be moved using simple leverage, a few straps, a loader and a truck. An excavator and truck were used to lift up the old slab and we used the concrete to help prevent and reverse erosion at another damaged part of the property.

Under Jesus’ direction, Cornelius then supervised earthworks to change the waterflow over the hill.

Three large terraces were created and then covered with a thin layer of hardwood chip. We were fortunate to receive rain in the days following completion of these works and could see just how effective the changes were in catching and retaining water on the regeneration site.

As rainfall is often so low and inconsistent in our area, and land previously used for grazing or building is highly eroded (as was the case here) the retention of water is essential to enable new life to enter the system.


The final phase of the project will involve planting and seeding the area with native trees and shrubs. The total cost of the God’s Way project, including all machinery and materials, was $16,000.

 

Personal Work

I once had a friend who shared my love for books. She said to me once “It was one of those books Mary, you know the ones that you just want to hug when you get to the end?”

Coming to the end of 2017, I feel like I want to hug the year for all that it has given to me, everything real it exposed in me and around me, and all that it allowed me to experience. It has been full and I am grateful. As always I am acutely aware of the work I have yet to do but here are a couple of my key lessons from 2017.

There are certain things I can define and then there are those that I can only discover

My first and most important lesson this year goes something like this: The truth of my identity and what kind of personality I have already exists. I cannot create or define my nature, my ideal mate, or the passions and purpose that make me come alive. God has already created all of that for me and in me. All I can do is to discover these things.

Over the past few weeks the word “yield” (as in surrender) has come to me often during my quiet or prayerful times. Accepting this first lesson or truth is a significant way that I am yielding to God’s Authority over my life and in creating me. I’m still not always happy to be myself and I often don’t feel at peace with being Mary Magdalene out loud in the world but beginning to yield to God’s Wisdom in the way He Created me feels deeply “right”. There is less fight within me about what I feel and what I want.

Also as a result of opening up to this concept I’ve grown closer to myself (including my other half). After many years of struggle, in which I viewed my very nature and the nature of my soulmate as the cause of ALL of my problems, this year I’ve made steps towards self acceptance and self love and seen that other people’s response to my sincere and loving self expression says more about them than it does about me.

In saying all that, this is an area in which I have plenty of room to grow. But I am happy to say that what I have done has meant that after 39 years of feeling self critical and ill at ease in my own skin, I finally have a sense of moving forward on a trajectory that will lead to permanent fulfillment, happiness and contentment.

Action leads to growth – before action everything remains just a potential

I’ve seen again and again this year that before action ideas are just ideas. There is no way to test their validity or worth. Acting not only leads to a personal process of discovery but also enables me to engage with God more directly and to receive more of God’s Truth into my soul. Without action and experimentation everything is just words and ideas. Acting is when sh** gets real – in a really good way.

The caveat to this truth is that action only leads to growth if I am willing to be humble emotionally in the process. Before this year I believed that I could just act and act and act according to what I believed was in harmony with God’s desires, with no consideration for my current desires or emotions, and eventually the contrast between my fear and my actions would become too much and I would release all my fear and we would all live happily ever after. That kind of rough necking my way through major life experiences, and just trying to “be OK” without any compassion or care for just how terrible I was feeling or how afraid I truly was, was a hallmark of my life long before I met Jesus again. That approach never worked out well. I just became stressed or rigid or numb or needy or had sudden uncontrollable outbursts of emotion that I felt unable to cope with.

This year because I’m growing in my compassion towards emotions, and I’m more open to the idea that certain things are directly under my control and other are completely outside of my control, I’ve been more in touch with how I feel during the experiences I engage. It has helped me to gain a greater awareness of not only my fears, my grief and my emotional addictions but also I’ve found incredible passion and leadership qualities I didn’t (want to) know I had.

I took the opportunity to become a Director of God’s Way. This experience has connecting me with more of my passion to assist people in the practical application of God’s Truth worldwide. As many of you know I have a keen interest in the lives of people in war torn regions and in the developing world. I’ve been very excited to be a part of creating and envisioning the framework for projects that not only work to create useful interventions for these groups but also aim to reduce the impact of consumerism and emotional addictions that dominate most people in the so-called “first world”. We have big ideas and big dreams. The most important step I see in being able to bring these ideas and dreams to fruition is to create an organisational structure with clear strategy, systems and plans in place. We have to start small but understand and hold a vision in our hearts of a much bigger vision. I’ve surprised myself at times with how strongly I feel about the future vision and a lot of my interaction with the other Directors so far has been to encourage them to feel about their own vision and how this marries with our God’s Way Consititution.

I spent a great deal of time in assisting Tristan and Eloisa with their design, documentation and implementation of the Volunteer Selection programme. It was great to “pay forward” many of the key truths about dealing with people and running groups that Jesus has helped me with over many years.

I’ve also been far more engaged with the creation of Divine Truth outlines than ever before. And I love it. Previously I relied on Jesus to create the content and structure of our presentations. Being more engaged with the process this year has shown me so much about my own injuries relating to creation and structure and in certain aspects of God’s Truth but it has also helped me to feel how important God’s Truth is to me and how when I get out of my own way (that is, when I’m not drowning in my own self consciousness) I really love sharing Truth with the world.