Mind – and the making of Finaliters

 With eternity and energy available, and Havona in place, the Universal Father revealed the idea of finaliters, beings that would start with nothing, earn everything, then help shape the landscape of eternity. The Eternal Son said, “Let it be!”; the Infinite Spirit said, “Watch this!” What happened next depends upon one’s point of view: the Eternal Son felt his spirit substance manifest in trillions of new ways; the Father greeted his assembled ranks of finalized personalized fragments, tuned for subinfinite penetration of the absolute; the Infinite Spirit, satisfied, took a deep breath, a step back, and surveyed what he had done. The Trinity proclaimed “Perfect!”.

But the finaliters themselves have very different stories to tell. They can speak first hand about how the 3rd Source and Center evoked from absolute potentials a foundation for absonite and eternal activities. The first 31 Papers of the Urantia Book introduce, in a way suitable for our 21st century minds, some of the mechanisms and ministers He employed. In great detail, they describe how He caused these miraculous beings to pour forth from their timebound nest, to stand at the very heart of eternity—how He motivated embryonic finaliters to ascend from their spacetime birth-place to their destined arena of action. These Papers provide, for the first time since Adam, public descriptions of our finite origins and finaliter destiny.

All such finite, evolutionary manipulations relate to things Supreme, things pertaining to that corner of reality bound up by time and space and sequence. While making a finite arena suitable for evolving the projected potentials of ascending adjuster-indwelt mortals, the 3rd Source had to remain consistent with the patterns and purposes of the Ultimate. Enter the Secrets of Supremacy, transcendental linkers with whom he collaborated to weave a finite tuned to allow evolutionary creatures to “personalize the experiencible value meanings of the cosmos”.

The Supreme Being was one of the surprising repercussions of this work in the finite domain. While those administrators and ascenders who take origin in the finite may weave their experience and achievements into their perfecting selves, the epitome of such results is woven into the very fabric of an evolutionary deity. Simultaneous with the appearance of the finaliters, an Almighty Supreme ruler is born from the surprising potentials of this realm.

The mechanisms and motivations that allow the finite to give birth to both finaliters and the Almighty Supreme, all hinge upon the creative potentials of the Michael Sons, in liaison with the 3rd Person’s donation of mind to the finite arena. This outpouring of mind, from high “supreme spirit personalities” to the adjutant motivations, forms a net cast over the finite to draw back to Paradise the finaliters called forth by the Father. With the Trinity, He established the Seven Master Spirits, the Supreme Executives, and the Reflective Spirits to form a foundation for the mind systems for the Grand Universe. The Reflective Image Aids and the Spirits of the Circuits help bridge Havona with the superuniverses, forming conduits through which mind may pour out to the local universe Creative Spirits. The lowest down-stepping of this supreme donation of mind is described as adjutant mind, internal spirit-circuits of our Divine Minister able to animate us, and motivate our ascent.

Here we find the origins of our mind arena of choice. Michael and his Consort know what is required of ascenders before they can be launched towards Paradise. Before approaching the Universal Father, we need first to approach the lesser glory of His Michael Sons. But to be comfortable even on Salvington, we must have aligned our intentions with the purposes of Nebadon; our performances of mind must be reliable, our characters robust. Such achievement might be won with elegance and speed, or hammered out amidst anguish. Either way, by the time we reach Salvington, the following has happened: we have become tuned to the great cosmic intuitions; our love for our fellows matches our love of the Father and of self; curiosity and knowledge amplify each other, arousing a passion for discovery sufficient to fuel the long drive from the borders of Nebadon to the shores of Paradise; we possess nobility of motivation and courage to withstand all disappointment and confusion;

we have some understanding of our destiny and the work of our benefactors; our techniques of worship provide deep refreshment and satisfaction; and our increasing abilities and capacities are matched by our increasing wisdom to unify and stabilize our selves.

Having forged such character and intentions, we are ready to stand before Michael in his Halls on Salvington. We have come to understand the implications of the Paradise adventure, and we glimpse the cosmic role of our Finaliter selves.

So the key problem in the business of raising mortals from flesh to such nobility becomes initiating in them the necessary performances of mind. This is solved by the collaboration of the Life Carriers with the local universe Divine Minister. The Consort of Michael is able to reduce key features of the cosmic mind to 7 circuits of gentle motivation. The task of the Life Carriers is to assemble creatures able to respond to all 7 differential urges.

Their success implies humans have appeared–creatures responsive to all 7 subconscious motivations. With appropriate ministry and social context, this subtle adjutant motivation is sufficient to rouse in the creatures of flesh performances of mind necessary for their continued existence. In the most direct way possible, the adjutant circuits represent the mind of the 3rd Person, reaching deep into his creation to touch each baby finaliter, urging “this is the way to be”. He himself is encouraging us to intuit the features of our world; to help and enjoy our fellows; to be curious, to hunger to understand how things work;

to learn to make a stand whenever courage is required; to understand relationships and the value of parts in a whole; to be able to soar on the circuits of worship for refreshment

and satisfaction; and to develop the wisdom to steer our extraordinary self, as its capacities so rapidly extend. On page 51, a Divine Counselor explains:

  1. Is courage–strength of character–desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.
  2. Is altruism–service of one’s fellows–desirable? Then must life experience provide for encountering situations of social inequality.
  3. Is hope–the grandeur of trust–desirable? Then human existence must constantly be confronted with insecurities and recurrent uncertainties.
  4. Is faith–the supreme assertion of human thought–desirable? Then must the mind of man find itself in that troublesome predicament where it ever knows less than it can believe.
  5. Is the love of truth and the willingness to go wherever it leads, desirable? Then must man grow up in a world where error is present and falsehood always possible.
  6. Is idealism–the approaching concept of the divine–desirable? Then must man struggle in an environment of relative goodness and beauty, surroundings stimulative of the irrepressible reach for better things.
  7. Is loyalty–devotion to highest duty–desirable? Then must man carry on amid the possibilities of betrayal and desertion. The valor of devotion to duty consists in the implied danger of default.
  8. Is unselfishness–the spirit of self-forgetfulness–desirable? Then must mortal man live face to face with the incessant clamoring of an inescapable self for recognition and honor. Man could not dynamically choose the divine life if there were no self-life to forsake. Man could never lay saving hold on righteousness if there were no potential evil to exalt and differentiate the good by contrast.
  9. Is pleasure–the satisfaction of happiness–desirable? Then must man live in a world where the alternative of pain and the likelihood of suffering are ever-present experiential possibilities.

Planetary Princes and Adamic uplifters can raise up societies tuned to foster rapid development of such qualities and character in their mortal citizens. But on Urantia, we are discovering how much can be achieved merely by Adjusters and the sincerity of ascenders.

The seven adjutant mind-spirits are called by names which are the equivalents of the following designations: intuition, understanding, courage, knowledge, counsel, worship, and wisdom. These mind-spirits send forth their influence into all the inhabited worlds as a differential urge, each seeking receptivity capacity for manifestation quite apart from the degree to which its fellows may find reception and opportunity for function. [Paper 36:5.2, page 401.6]

 What a scheme—orchestrating in ourselves all that adjutant arousal, tuning our motivations, relocating into a morontia context for deeper experience—a torrent of

experience designed to gain us entry to education on Edentia and the universities of Nebadon. And this entire scheme, established by Michael simply to make us strong

enough to endure being launched, as spirits, from Nebadon to Paradise. Helpless, yet full-strength persons climbing choice by choice into attunement with the purposes of their

Father. Starting with nothing but adjutant motivation and whispered adjustment, we young adventurers must learn to stand, find the direction home then strike out upon the journey. And Michael—he is our guarantee of success!


Winter Arena 2004