Well, once again, it has been a long time between updates.
We are safe and well and grateful for our circumstances, but this year we have been snowed under by:
- Audio and video editing tasks
- Computer hardware breakdowns
- Renovation of our studio to allow refurbished servers to be installed (which also required moving studio contents into our small one bedroom home and back again into the studio)
- High winds and hail damage to our eco tents, which are our sleeping and living quarters, so we have to redesign and now rebuild them into more resilient structures
- Water tanks having leaks (we are responsible for all of our own drinking water collection and distribution)
- Water Pumps failing
- Vehicles beaking down
- Deliveries have arrived late with damaged or incorrect parts
We have been without volunteer assistance this year so just Jesus and I are managing every detail of our operation without help. This includes administration, production, editing (video and audio), uploading and sharing information, along with the usual software and server hardware maintenance and systems administration tasks that Jesus regularly performs. So we have been working very hard and are badly in need of a rest. It often feels as though we are climbing a mountain with a thousand tiny additional tasks or distractions requiring attention along the way. All while we are trying to keep our eyes on our core desires to share Truth with the world and to grow ourselves in love.
In amongst all of that, in the middle of this year, Jesus, who is completely overworked and in need of time to process emotion, injured his back and spent 6 weeks in bed.
So, in a year when so many people had time to sit and watch videos, it has felt that so many factors were against us publishing new material.
But as Jesus says, these circumstances allow our listeners to challenge their addictions to always having ‘something new and inspiring’ and provides them opportunities to spend the time to sincerely reflect upon their own condition of love, state of humility, and relationship to Truth, God and each other. We hope you have taken up some of these opportunities this year, as an act of love towards yourself and others.
But Jesus and I have made some time to make this update for you, just to let you know what is going on. We will cover the following:
- A Little About Bushfires
- Assistance Group Video & Audio Editing
- Technical Upgrades to Divine Truth Operations
- Server Room Construction
- Plans for Future Events & Interactions
- Education in Love Assistance Group Series Update
- Tent Reconstruction
- Involvement with God’s Way
- Responding to Office & FAQ Emails
- Our Gratitude
- Our Progression
- A Brief Comment about World Events
As a side note, I did have a draft of this post ready in June of this year but at that time Jesus’ comment was that there was more detail that needed to be added, and since both of us were very busy at the time, I didn’t ever get time to make the modifications and publish the post. Keeping in mind that an additional six months have passed, I will do my best to be thorough with some detail, so this post is bound to be a long one.
Also, 2020 was not our most photogenic year. We hardly left the confines of our house or studio, or changed our clothes. So even though it may seem like some of these photos were taken on the same day, let’s just say that there was some outfit recycling going on.
We want to thank those of you who reached out to us this year to enquire about our welfare during the bushfires (way back in January) and throughout the year to enquire about our well being during the coronavirus outbreak.
Our location was not directly impacted by the fires that received so much media coverage here and abroad. We do live in an area where smaller fires are a regular occurrence mainly due to deliberately lit fires by farmers who use it as a ‘land management’ strategy. None of those fires affected our personal lives aside from dealing with the smoke pollution.
Sadly, the damaging environmental impact and risks of fire are still largely being disregarded by land owners worldwide. For every 100kg of matter burnt, around 98kg is carbon dioxide which enters the atmosphere which further adds to global warming. Queensland also has one of the highest land clearing rates in the world, which results in the destruction of native wildlife, insects, vegetation, habitat, and ground cover, along with causing loss of topsoil, soil erosion and many other problems.
The massive bush fires here in Australia over our last summer (December 2019 – February 2020) were also tragic. The changing climate and weather patterns will make the loss of native wildlife and habitat due to fire, ordinarily so incredibly difficult to recover, that much harder.
Australian flora and fauna exists in a delicate balance. In reality, most natural environments do. However Australian plants and animals have adapted to living in very specific conditions during long difficult dry periods. Once established they can be hardy, but the establishment of new fauna takes a long time. Many Australian species are endemic, only existing on this continent. When disruption occurs, insects, plants, animals and microbial life are thrown out of balance, which results in extinction of already endangered native fauna and flora and domination of the environment by introduced species. In Australia, European settlement only began a little over 200 years ago. The introduction of hoofed animals, along with European farming and land clearing techniques and practices, have severely impacted our environment in a relatively short time.
To quote Nature Conservancy Australia:
“Early studies found Australian fires (in early 2020) burnt through more than 80% of the known habitat of 49 threatened species. And at least 50% of the habitat of another 65 threatened species have been affected. […] Australia already has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world.”Nature Conservancy Australia, 2020
Jesus and I feel passionately about preserving the natural environment and we are continually experimenting with ways to regenerate the land in harmony with God’s Laws, here on our home property, and also on properties owned by the God’s Way organisation.
In recent years, while individuals and societies laud people who speak up or protest against governmental environment and climate policies, very few people are actually willing to take action in their personal lives to repair environmental damage commensurate to what they have created through their own lifestyle, let alone the damage that has been caused historically. Protesting does next to nothing and takes hardly any effort. Repairing environments takes much more sincere effort, time, consideration, and resources and often involves experimentation and innovation. Most people are unwilling to engage this process and yet express frustration at their governments who are only reflecting the same attitudes as themselves.
We try to share what we are experimenting with and learning about via the God’s Way Ltd blog. However we are still in the learning phase of many experiments and we have very few volunteers to help share what we have learned so far. Hopefully in the years to come we will be able to share more of this kind of information. There are many projects happening, but few details are being published because of the time pressures on current God’s Way members.
Of course, a personal relationship with God and individual development in Love and Truth is what helps people to develop other loving desires, such as the desire to care for God’s Creations and work in harmony with God’s existing restorative processes. This is why our primary focus remains on sharing information to assist people in those first endeavours.
As inhabitants of first world countries, we have many emotions of entitlement which directly impact upon the natural world, which include:
- A desire to consume rather than to give, improve, and to nurture
- A desire to just feel the illusion of being good, rather than actually be moral, ethical, responsible or loving
- Disconnection from God’s Creation and Laws due to lifestyle choice, living location, selfishness, and other emotions
- Opposition to gaining wisdom by observing God’s Creation and Laws, due to anger at authority, anger about law, desiring to be self absorbed, self indulgent, our own law maker, and other similar emotions
- Opposition to hard work and creation in harmony with God’s Laws due to a desire to have large gains from little effort
- A lack of care and hardened heart towards the environmental consequences created through the personal avoidance of pain and the seeking of pleasure at any cost
There are many more principles we would like to discuss and share about what it means to truly love and care for the natural world and the pitfalls and errors involved in many common approaches to ‘conservation’. A source of frustration for us this year has been that, due to technical tasks, especially the ongoing editing of the last Assistance Group, we have been unable to make new recordings to discuss these and many other matters.
Assistance Group Video & Audio Editing
We are, of course, still working on the 2019 Understanding Sin and Its Causes Assistance Group material.
As I explained in my last update there were many problems with the audio recording at the groups and so editing this material is taking Jesus an inordinate amount of time.
Jesus has developed RSI in his shoulders and wrists working on this project. So, he can now only complete 3-4 hours of editing in one stretch, at which point he moves on to other technical upgrades for a few hours before he can return.
He is now almost half way through editing the recordings for both groups.
Once the audio for a day or session of the group is completed, I then start the video and video marker editing process for the same segment. I really enjoy this job. It is much less painstaking than Jesus’ audio editing task and I have the added bonus of revisiting all of the material and enjoying many of you who asked questions, your responses and laughter.
As I work through the video edits I often find further audio issues that come about by mixing three channels of sound, which Jesus then corrects. Unfortunately this means more work for Jesus to return and fix these instances.
Once the video edit is complete (which is actually a three part process) then adjustments are made for colour correction. Then the final product is almost ready to be output ready to publish on YouTube.
Before upload can occur, Jesus must first use the video chapter and note markers from the completed videos to generate updated outlines for each talk which are then loaded onto our website as downloads. The markers are also used to create shorter stand alone clips from each presentation. Those people who use the hard drive copying service receive all of these clips on their drive, but as yet they do not appear on our Divine Truth Clips channel. Uploading clips to YouTube used to be a semi automated process but due to forced setting changes on our account by YouTube that is no longer possible. So new clips appearing on our channel is yet another job requiring Jesus’ input at some stage in the future.
I have just started to learn the audio editing process which feels good as it is the largest part of the delay to our output of files and one that, until now, only Jesus could complete. With that said, I am finding it a very challenging task. I don’t yet have the ‘ear’ for sound anomalies but I plan to stick with it. We have made some audio-only recordings of mediumship sessions that we completed in private this year. So I am learning on those files so that they can be published on the website.
As it only the two of us editing material these days, and there is still so much of the last group left to edit, the task feels enormous and, as I’ll explain below, we are having to prioritize our time and tasks so that we don’t completely neglect our personal progression in the process.
We do hope to have the first session of the second ‘Understanding Sin & Its Causes’ group up on YouTube by February 2021.
If I had to display our year in pictures it would look a lot like this:
Technical Upgrades to Divine Truth Operations
Because the recordings from the last Assistance Group were poor, we (and here I mean mainly Jesus) have been investigating ways to improve our recording and production process. During the events our goal is to remove or drastically reduce the possibility of radio and audience interference in our audio recording, to eliminate problems with live video switching and recording, and to increase our storage capacity at the event to allow for larger amounts of data being recorded. After the event we also need to improve the processing speed of the machines we use for sound and video editing which means improving the speed of our editing worksations.
We have already decided to eliminate live video camera switching at events. Instead video streams from 8 different video cameras and audio recording from presenter and audience microphones will be recorded as individual tracks, and then stored in multiple copies on servers we take to the event. These camera and audio files will then be remixed in the editing stage back home in the studio to create the mixed audio and video files we usually make.
Until now our recording set up at events included six cameras, two moving cameras on presenters, two roving on the audience and two static shots including the back of the room and a side view of screen and presenter. Previously though we used to only record four of these video streams. Increasing cameras views to eight will allow there to be two static views of the presenters at all times, and three static views of the audience, and will ensure that there is always a shot to use in the final video regardless of that is happening at the event, and whether or not the video camera operators have found a useful video shot.
However this change to the number of cameras necessitates an increase in data capture, storage, and back up during events. On average, each camera captures 1TB of recording per day. This means that during our common practice of presenting two assistance groups back to back we will capture around 112TB of data over the two groups. This is if we remain shooting in 1080p (1920 x 1080). If we shoot in 4K, then obviously these numbers quadruple. These precious audio and video recordings then need to be backed up to reduce the risk of loosing data. Jesus has now refurbished two backup servers to accommodate more than 280TB in raidz2 each to allow for this. These servers will travel with us to groups, one to act as the primary server for data we create and the other to store a backup of that data. Of course, the data storage capacity is quite expensive, with each 12TB of RaidZ2 costing more than $1000 AUD.
Once home, we must then transfer this data to other servers which accommodate ALL current Divine Truth editing projects. Jesus has refurbished three additional servers, each with a storage capacity of 280TB in raidz2, to allow the copying of the recorded data, and to store the edited data until the projects are finished. At home we store the data for Divine Truth and God’s Way projects and we have a three copy back up system which enables both on and off site backups of all of our data to be in existence at any one time.
So, during breaks from his audio editing work which are necessary due to fatigue, Jesus has rewired our racks, expanded the 10Gbit network, reconfigured, upgraded the operating system and software, and reinstalled every server and workstation we own (see list below).
Along with that, our existing Apple Mac computers, which are required for both audio and video editing, are becoming old and not performing consistently. My own mac broke down this week. Rather than buy new Macs which are full of propriety limitations, Jesus has taken on a another new project to create virtual machines running on our servers which can serve both PC or Mac desktops and which he and I (since we are now the only two editors) will use to edit and work from.
For the technically minded among you, below is a list of our technical set up which Jesus has been upgrading and maintaining this past year. Jesus acts as software and systems administrator for all of these items. This alone is a full time job.
Divine Truth Technical Equipment
(This list EXCLUDES equipment used during live events to capture data, e.g. video and audio devices, many of which also require firmware upgrades and technical maintenance which Jesus also completes).
Our main storage is configured as:
3 x 45 Drives Storinator XL60 Hybrid servers each now with: 2 x 14 Core XEON E5-2650 processors 128 GB ECC RAM 45 x 12TB HDD configured into 280TB ZFS Raidz2 32 x SSD drive slots Centos 8 We have one operational spare main server without disks just in case the others fail
Our backup and travel storage is:
2 x 45 Drives Storinator Q30 servers each now with: 2 x 8 Core XEON E5-2620 processors 30 x 12TB HDD configured into 280TB ZFS Raidz2 128 GB ECC RAM Centos 8 We have two operational spare backup servers without disks just in case the others fail
Our primary workstations are:
2 x 45 Drives Storinator AV15 Hybrid servers each now with:
1 x 32 Core AMD EPYC 7502P Processor
7 x 12TB HDD configured into 60TB ZFS Raidz2
16 x SSD drive slots, with 6 x 4TB SSD
512 GB ECC RAM
We also have other servers which were required when more people were working with us. These include:
2 x Supermicro Superservers each now with:
1 x 12 Core XEON-D Processor
128 GB ECC RAM
2 x 1TB SSD
4 x 12TB HDD configured into 36TB ZFS Raidz1
3 x Shuttle Servers each now with: 4 Core i7 7700 Processors 64 GB RAM 4 x 8TB HDD configured into 24TB ZFS Raidz1 Proxmox Virtualization Win 10 Jesus has refurbished these servers to donate to Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins and Cornelius to use for personal video editing
2 x Shuttle Workstations with: 4 Core i7 7700 Processors 64 GB RAM 2 x 2TB SSD Proxmox Virtualization Win 10 This year we hope to employ Kate Eckersall, programmer, to roll out planned changes to our website which will include a searchable database. These units will be used by her (one in the office and one at her home).
Other work stations include:
3 x Apple iMac i7 (2012) 32GB RAM 4TB SSD These units are now unreliable but still used by Jesus and Mary to complete video and audio editing
6 x WIN7 PC Laptop Computers 16GB i7 These laptops are now 10 years old. 2 are still used by Jesus and myself to complete tasks in word and office. Some others are used for various jobs required by the network or when we have visitors working on projects. They have all begun to fail.
All of this runs on a 10Gbit network controlled by:
6 x 24 Port 10Gbit Netgear XS728T Switches
Although it may seem we have a lot of storage, we do have a 3 x backup strategy, and we do store a lot of data, because we record 8TB of data per day of recording, and we use about 2-4TB to edit each day of recording. Also, we do not have enough storage to keep all of our data online, and so we also have over 800TB of data backed up on individual 12TB drives. As you can imagine, managing all of this data takes time.
Server Room Construction
Once Jesus saw the necessity for all of these upgrades we had a discussion about how to best house the new larger servers. We decided to make a small server room within our existing studio. This room is sound proof and air conditioned and has removed the need for Jesus to modify servers to have quieter fans (something he has done in the past). Air conditioning a small space is also more energy efficient than cooling the larger room that the servers usually lived in.
So, this year, courtesy of Jesus’ design, and Corny’s work, the new room was built. In order to be able to continue to edit throughout the renovation, our entire operation along with a lot of things stored in the studio, had to be moved into our small house which sits adjacent to the studio. This rendered the studio unusable for recordings.
As we live on a dirt road and have an abundance of insects everywhere, it was a challenge to keep the valuable equipment clean in the less sealed environment of our 45 year old house.
Nevertheless we achieved it. Jesus worked on building the servers and editing while we set up a sound proof buffer in the home and I continued video editing.
The new server room is now complete. Jesus has almost finished installing new servers into a larger rack while he continues to work on ironing out various bugs and problems with operating systems and software.
Plans for Future Events & Interactions
Jesus and I value the chances we have to meet with you directly. We also know the power and value of receiving personal feedback.
Obviously at the moment, given the restrictions on travel occurring around the world, we are limited in our opportunities to meet people and to have personal discussions.
With this in mind we have been thinking about creative ways to share truth with people, perhaps via video conferencing.
The limitations we have are that:
- Our current home internet connection and capabilities are not sufficient in terms of bandwidth or data allowance to enable us to have such interactions from the studio
- We require a good quality sound and video recording of these interactions so that they can be edited and shared at a later date via our sites online, as we do our other videos
So, in reality, to arrange video calls it is an entirely new project to launch. One that still requires proper investigations into:
- A venue or location from which to hold online calls and interviews; it must have sufficiently high internet speeds and unlimited bandwidth, preferably with a Fibre to the Premises (FTP) internet connection
- The correct software and hardware to capture good quality recordings from video calls, and to allow for migration of large amounts of data into our current editing suite
We have done some minor investigations into these matters but as you can see from the rest of this update, our plate is already full with many other tasks.
Once the recording room in our studio is clear of server rebuilds and other vagrant equipment, and older equipment given away or sold, we will again begin our regular studio recordings and discussions. Hopefully these will include some in person interviews with local listeners, discussions about God’s Truth along with mediumship.
Beyond all that, once the ‘Understanding Sin & Its Causes’ Assistance Group material is output to the world, then we’ll consider our options for the next group. We are also open to international travel again once restrictions are lifted. We know that there are small groups of you around the world who would like to meet with us in person and we would also like to make that happen once we complete the 2019 Assistance Group editing.
Updates about the Education in Love Assistance Group Series
We’d like to update you with two changes to the ‘Education in Love’ Assistance Group series. The first is to let you know about how we are handling the uncertainty about the timing of the next group events given the changing travel and social restrictions in place here and around the world. The second is to inform you of a change in the structure of the Education in Love Assistance Group series.
Timing of the next group
In April this year, as various measures came into place in Australia and around the world to restrict gatherings and interstate and international travel, we decided to postpone our next assistance group originally scheduled for November 2020.
As we predicted, it appears that restrictions on people’s movements here in Australia and across the globe will continue to wax and wane for some time to come as governments attempt to control the spread of the virus. Given the unpredictability of these restrictions we aren’t yet able to tell you when the next groups in this series will go ahead.
As so many participants travel from overseas to attend the groups we are reluctant to hold them before international travel relaxes. However we are also aware that this may not happen for a year or more and so we are considering presenting the groups to an Australian audience only so that the material may appear online for everyone to view at an earlier date.
For now however, we are still fully occupied with the edits of the last groups and so we can’t consider scheduling the next until this task is complete.
Whenever we schedule the next group I will announce it here and we will allow at least 6 months notice so that people wishing to attend can arrange their lives in order to do so.
New Group in the Education in Love Series
Those of you who were already registered for our next Assistance Group (previously scheduled for November 2020) may have noticed that we changed the title of that group.
As Jesus has been editing the audio of the previous ‘Understanding Sin and Its Causes’ group (a painstaking process which takes him not less than an hour to edit one or two minutes of presentation) he has been reflecting that many participants during the group and the entire series of groups thus far, were still grappling with the key concepts presented and how those Truths related to them personally, their daily lives, and their relationships.
He decided that we needed to add a group to the series to help participants to understand and practically apply the material from ‘Understanding Sin & Its Causes’.
A new group entitled ‘Confronting Sin & Its Causes’ has been placed next in the series.
So, the complete ‘Education in Love’ series will now look like this:
|1||Developing My Will to Love||Completed 2016||Both instances of this group can be viewed on the Divine Truth YouTube channel: here & here|
|2||Developing My Loving Self||Completed 2016||Both instances of this group can be viewed on the Divine Truth YouTube channel: here & here|
|3||Understanding God’s Loving Laws||Completed 2016||Both instances of this group can be viewed on the Divine Truth YouTube channel: here & here|
|4||Understanding Sin & Its Causes||Completed 2019||Both instances of this group can be viewed on the Divine Truth YouTube channel as editing is completed: here & here|
|5||Confronting Sin & Its Causes||Dependent on Covid restrictions||Assist participants with practical application of Understanding Sin & Its Causes|
|6||Removing Sin & Its Causes||TBA||New material relating to correction, reparation, forgiveness and repentance|
|7||Engaging God’s Loving Laws||TBA|
|8||Receiving God’s Love||TBA|
This new sequence is now reflected on the Divine Truth Eventbrite page.
Please note that, due to coronavirus and our work commitments, all groups have been set to postponed. This means that you cannot register for any group until we have a new schedule. This is the most efficient thing to do, as it is unrealistic for people to be able to commit to come a group at some undefined time in the future.
If you were registered to attend the next Assistance Group – previously titled ‘Removing Sin and Its Causes’ and would like to attend ‘Confronting Sin and It’s Causes’ (next in the series), you will need to register for that group once tickets open up again. Unfortunately we were unable to retain your tickets in the prior group.
The timing for ‘Confronting Sin & Its Causes’ is now subject to how the world looks in terms of restrictions on gatherings and travel over the coming months and years.
Timing & Tickets for Remaining Groups in the Series
For any Assistance Group to be held we are always dependent on two things:
- That we have received enough donations to fund the upfront cost of venue hire, presenter accommodation and technical set up expenses
- That we can find a suitable venue available over a sufficient time period to complete two group presentations
Within this venue consideration we must now also consider any restrictions or limitations that may be placed on travel and group meetings.
Because we are unable to say with certainty at this time when the remaining groups in this series will be allowed to be held, or if we will receive sufficient donations to meet their costs once they can be scheduled, we made the decision to cancel all tickets in the remaining groups.
Those people who have registered tickets in groups seven, eight, and nine may no longer be available or interested in attending the groups once they are finally confirmed. So it makes sense to cancel all tickets now and open up tickets again to these events with a clean slate when we have a realistic idea of when they may be held.
I will always announce new events and event schedules here. If you subscribe to the blog you will receive an email notification when the I post these details. Realistically, the remaining groups in the Education in Love series may be spaced over a number of years.
15 years ago Jesus had constructed two eco tents on our property. They sit towards the middle of our property, in a gully surrounded by gums and other trees and animals. They have always been our haven to retreat to, away from computers and telephones. A place to spend time in reflection, processing, and sleeping.
The structures had a solid floor, open canvas and screen sides and ceiling with a top fly layer as roof which was water proof.
Unfortunately, over the years, our hot sun damaged the top ‘fly’ roof, weakening it. In recent months, storms with strong winds caused a large tear in one of the tent roofs and then a few weeks later hail punctured the roof of the other.
Once the top fly was broken, water began leaking into the tents themselves and we knew that something must be done to make these peaceful places inhabitable once again.
The canvas was dismantled and all the furniture removed.
We are now employing Cornelius, who is a builder, and Jadda as his assistant, to construct a simple ‘cabin’ in the place of both of the tents. The cabin is designed by Jesus and will be built from some of the original steel frame and base of the tent. A new roof frame and adding additional wall framing must be constructed and then filled in with a mixture of windows and walls.
The finished product should be completely weather proof and durable but still maintain an open, peaceful feeling.
Thank you to those of you who have donated specifically towards this project. Your desire to gift to us personally is much appreciated, and without your help it would have been difficult to begin this project.
God’s Way Involvement
Jesus and I continue to be involved with the God’s Way Ltd organisation.
This year numbers of volunteers within that organisation were also diminished, for many reasons, including that we asked some to leave due to their need to develop more loving behaviour. However Jesus continued to direct works on the large scale environment terrace project and lead the planning and decision making on a major dam extension, the purchase of large scale pumping systems and the caretakers home renovation, to design and engineer a solar electrical supply, and to design and engineer a work shed for bulldozer and excavator maintenance. Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins and Cornelius have been instrumental in making these designs a reality.
If you are interested in reading more about God’s Way Ltd activities this year, you can read the annual report here.
Emails & Office Duties
Because of this enormous workload we’ve been forced to re-evaluate how we spend our time and what is now realistic for us to achieve. Smaller tasks which share information with only one person, such as responding to emails and meeting people in person, have become rare occurrences as we focus on our priority to complete and share video and audio recordings that can benefit thousands of people at the same time.
As a result, for the foreseeable future, we have decided that from December 2020 we can no longer respond to emails sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of you who have emailed in recent months would already be aware that we now rarely have time to read let alone respond to emails sent to these accounts.
If we don’t respond to emails it is usually because we are fully occupied with other tasks. There are many emails that we would love to be able to answer but just don’t have the time. Jesus also now finds it limiting and time consuming to type out answers to questions that are often misinterpreted by the reader anyway. This is why we still value personal, in person interactions and will continue to seek those out if the opportunity exists.
Please remember that our YouTube channels can be searched for specific topics using the search bar present on those pages. By now, Jesus has presented thousands of hours of material on a huge variety of subjects. The majority of personal assistance requests or specific questions about Universal Truths that we currently receive into these email accounts have already been covered in an existing video.
In the coming year we hope to have a search function available on divinetruth.com as well.
Hopefully in the time to come we will again have volunteers who could help answering emails, but this task does require some development in love, which many who listen to Divine Truth seem to be resisting.
Jesus and I express our immense gratitude to those of you who continue to support our work financially.
We know that you haven’t seen much new material from us in quite a while. But this isn’t because we don’t want or have more to share with you. As I’ve shown you from my discussion above, we have been extremely busy, with Jesus often working more than 12 hours every day for months at a time. Once our current tasks are complete we will be back in the studio recording, editing, and producing new material. And as I mentioned we also have other ideas about ways that we can interact with more of you in person and/or via internet connections over the next year or two. But setting up new methods will also require some planning and preparations, including finding a suitable venue and making necessary technological upgrades, which again is very time consuming since we have very specific technological and environmental requirements.
As we are now without volunteer assistance, it is will just be the two of us carrying out all of Divine Truth event preparation, including;
- Finding and arranging suitable venues and facilities
- Setting up and monitoring video and audio recording in the studio or during live events
- Editing and production of written outlines, videos, and audio to be shared via the internet
- Software and server maintenance and updates
- Website maintenance and updates
- Video publishing
- Managing our various email accounts.
We are grateful to Kate Eckersall who, under guidance from Jesus, has continued to manage Divine Truth transcription and translation work.
At the moment our priority remains to complete outstanding editing tasks from previous events which means that, as you may have noticed, other tasks like the creation of new material, website updates and email responses have taken a back seat for now.
So, we appreciate your faith in and support of our efforts as we continue to focus on completing the editing of the last assistance group.
We sincerely hope we can get back into studio recordings sometime in the new year so that we can not only bring you the ‘Understanding Sin and Its Causes’ material but also some new discussions and mediumship as well.
Along with producing new material, we are both aware of the importance of our continued spiritual development and strengthening relationship with God. Neglecting these things would mean that we always remain limited in what we can share and the benefit we can have to others. We are both conscious of how much more we can develop.
In the past, Jesus has found it difficult to balance his desire to share more Divine Truth and to ensure Divine Truth and God’s Way operations continue, with slowing down and taking time to focus on his own emotions. His back injury this year forced a very slight slowing of his work pace but he knows that he needs much more time to connect with the emotions he is yet to release.
I have been working through gaining a more sincere desire to feel my difficult emotions relating to being myself, expressing myself, growing to have God’s opinion of myself, and to resolve emotional problems within myself related to my first century memories, and my childhood in this life, and difficulties surrounding my definition of love and loving God.
As the year closes we have both made a commitment to prioritize our personal, spiritual progression above anything else. The world is in desperate need of examples of what it means to grow and develop one’s soul in harmony with God’s Way and with God’s Love. And while I often feel daunted and inadequate for that task, if we don’t do our utmost to be two of those examples, how can we say that we have done all that we can to ease the suffering of humanity? or even continue to teach what we do?
I know that many of you are eager to hear Jesus’ views on everything going on in the world. You may be surprised to hear that neither of us feel that the appearance of coronavirus globally is of singular profound spiritual significance. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that it’s advent is no more spiritually significant than anything else that is occurring at any given moment, and that every event, in any moment, has deep spiritual significance.
Humanity’s responses to current world events and disease often reflects the selfishness, fear and anger that is so prevalent, and also defended and upheld by individuals and societies on Earth at the moment. As these problems occur they expose emotions and create the opportunity for individuals to choose to either release or act in their unloving emotions. Unfortunately most choose to act in them, rather than to release them and become more loving. Each moment creates an opportunity to either develop new, loving desires, or foster and develop even more unloving and selfish desires. God has given us that choice, and unfortunately for many of us, we keep making the same selfish choices expecting a better outcome.
Events may change but God’s Truth remains the same and God’s Laws are always acting to assist us to grow and learn what love is.
Those of us in first world countries have the luxury to isolate in comfortable housing and restrictions to movement outside of home create opportunities to face personal addictions, to resolve conflicts in spousal or family relationships which are usually overlooked, to self reflect, and to experience emotions. Of course many of our poorer brothers and sisters in the third world don’t have these luxuries. Many of them are faced with difficult choices and emotions every day, and not just due to one virus.
The corona virus situation also provides those in the first world opportunities to deal with selfish emotions surrounding money, authority, meaningful occupation, freedom of movement, and other related factors. So we hope those of you in the first world have been taking those opportunities.
Of course, there is so much more I could say about this topic but I think better justice would be done to record an interview with Jesus about it sometime in the future.
We hope that you are all well and making loving choices offered to you by the opportunities in front of you. Often we see many of you justifying very unloving emotions in the name of Divine Truth. We observe that the majority of people listening to Divine Truth are still resisting love and justifying their very unloving and selfish emotions and actions in the name of ‘freedom’, ‘love’ and ‘truth’. There is a need to be more sincere about these matters, and we hope that you will individually be more self-reflective about the choices and decisions you are making, to bring them into more harmony with God’s Laws of Love.
This is what will bring you happiness.
Happiness is what we desire for you.
With our love and gratitude,
Jesus and Mary
Thank you to Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins for most of the photographs in this post.