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"When someone believes in the help and guidance of certain guardian spirits and angels, he is like one who well knows the monarch - that he is exceedingly good - but out of fear that perhaps the monarch may not like it if he himself were to bother him with his supposed clumsiness, therefore he makes a bond with other guardian and helping beings and, in the end, believes, in all earnest, that these (alone) have helped or protected him from dangers, when only the monarch - as the chief builder - has imparted his help and protection to the weak believer for which the weak believer has called.
Think for once rightly within yourself! You know that all people and all spirits and angels are nothing else than by-Me-carried thoughts who, at all times, have their life and their all out of Me and, certainly, everyone as much as it accords with My eternal order, as it is precisely most goal-fitting for him. But when one comes to the other and says to him: "Help me in this or that!" and when the other then wants to help the one who called, as if out of himself, is that not exactly like when a blind one would like to lead and a dead one to breathe life into the other, or a very sad one to comfort the other very sad one?
I say to you: Each human being, spirit and angel has enough (to do) if he stands for himself and has not an atom more, so that he could stand for another, out of himself.
But whoever comes to Me, with whatever need and closes a living bond of faith around Me, the sole Living One, how should it not happen to him, since he united himself through a living faith?
There is, upon the way of pure truth, only one true guardian spirit - and this one is I Myself!
All other "guardian spirits" arise from a weak faith, called forth through a gain-seeking establishment of the outer church.
But because people have called on, still now call, and will in future call (on saints etc. - The Ed.), there remains nothing else for the present - in order to leave the freedom of the people unharmed - except to allow them to receive My help and providence upon the way of the so-called mediatorship.
On the other hand, you must not think that the love-activity of the blessed ceases. But it is not made in such a way as weak faith teaches. But because all the blessed are in Me, as I am in them, they are also made blessed by one and the same love of their holy Father and vivified for all eternal times.
There is not one person alive on earth for whom spirits from a better world are not given. And these spirits are constantly making efforts to lead to light and to the Life of all life, the one to whom they are assigned.
But wherefrom stem, and what is this exceedingly love-active striving of such spirits? - Is it not I who effects all this in them?
How unjust, therefore, it is when the person passes Me by and seeks help from those who have nothing out of themselves, but everything only out of Me!
What shall a person seek (elsewhere) when he knows that I, as the Highest, desire to be a human being, yes, even a Brother, so that he should be able to see that I, more than any man, am humble and gentle from the heart, and exceedingly condescending and not a God in the distance, but a Father and Brother most close to you - so that your own life is farther to you than I Myself.
Unless the person has become life-shy in earnest and has befriended death, so that then he doesn't care to grasp the true life and grasps into the distance, and through great byways, what is to him closest of all and, so to speak, continually carries him in His hands. For upon another path, he would surely find it impossible to find the highest (like a four-cornered circle) which is truly as impossible as that a person who loves life would not, above all, want to (since he can if he only wants to) grasp it by the roots.
However, go back and ask any of the Gospels, as all the apostles and other disseminators of My Word, and show Me any place where it was taught to hold also to certain "protecting spirits" (patron saints) besides Me. Or, rather, doesn't it say in the Gospels: "Come you all to Me who are weary and heavily-laden, and I will refresh you all."
Is anyone made an exception of in this invitation, or anyone recommended to the protection of angels? - Certainly not! Whatever is said there, is said for the whole of infinity and for the whole of eternity!
But which one of you would still like to maintain that My Word is not perfect in that I, at the time, have not weighed everything properly and only in later times have got a more prudent or better one" - Such a conjecture would make every worldly ruler irritated who yet is imperfect in any word, out of himself. How would then such (a thing) ascribed to Me be an exception?
See, therefore, such a "protecting patron belief" is like a parasitic plant upon the tree of Life. But who would like to maintain that the parasitic plant sucks its life from elsewhere than from the tree upon which it sits.
What, however, is the fruit of the tree and what the fruit of the parasitic plant? - Only upon the tree grows the true fruit. Whoever eats it, to him it brings eternal life. But what concerns the fruit of the parasitic plant, its juice can, at best, serve for - if it were possible - to catch even the birds of heaven for death. (Bird lime is prepared from the berries of the mistletoe, a parasitic plant which lives on fruit trees. - The Ed.)
See, thus it goes with everything that does not bond itself to Me, i.e. whoever does not build with Me from the ground up! That is the plastered (patched up) house, or a parasitic plant upon the tree of Life, whereby one is of as much use as the other. I alone am the Way, the Truth, and the Life! He who does not gather with Me, scatters.
A branch that is separated from the vine, will it not soon dry up and never bring forth fruit?
Therefore, whoever needs something, let him come to Me, and believe, thus he will receive it!
Whoever is oppressed by any doubt, he should think that the doubt is only the result of that someone does not walk with Me and does not let himself be drawn by Me. But whoever has a doubt, let him come to Me, and believe, and there will become light upon that in which he has doubted.
Whoever is blind, and deaf, and lame, and palsied, and dumb, and possessed, let him come to Me, and believe, thus he will find the most certain assistance!
But take notice - I am no small, but an extremely large God. Whoever wants to take hold of Me, let him open his arms wide, i.e. he must embrace Me completely and not think only that I could help him if I wanted to. But he must think that I will, at all times, and most of all, help him. When he will unite such in himself, then will only such faith become alive.
It could, however, i.e. spoken according to your measure, be acceptable for someone here and there, to put his faith in some protecting spirit apparitions, especially those which happen in the realm of the so-called somnabulism (trance?)
To this I say: Such "protecting spirit" apparitions are nothing more than creations of one's own belief. They have great similarities with those dreams in which people, under various circumstances, come to see - in animated imagery - that which they, in a waking state, have thought about most vividly, not in their mind, but in their feeling.
But just as in, on the one side, such dream constructions are something, thus are such described apparitions, with the somnabulist, not only an empty appearance, but is also something real. - But what is this reality? This reality is nothing else than a creation of one's own belief in union with the all-realizing love.
For no man can seek help in anything that he did not believe in beforehand, and then lovingly and trustingly embraced the same with his feeling.
And even a material artist cannot bring about a figure which he hasn't in a certain manner, first created within himself.
But how has he created it? - He thought, firstly, about some object. This object pleased him. But since it pleased him, he embraced it with his feeling and was, in a certain manner, in love with his idea. But just as he embraces his idea with love, he will also, if he also possesses the ability for it, infallibly put it into effect.
Thus, see, so it goes with all the apparitions, especially in the so-called trance state in which only then his visionary illusions cease and the self-creations disperse like fog, when not only the soul, but also the living spirit of the somnabulist, awakens, in which state (see something about it in the "Great Gospel of John," vol. 4, Ch. 42 and in the special edition of "The Dream of Zorel") which naturally arises only seldom. Then the somnabulist makes very little mention of the previously observed "protecting spirits" etc., since the spirit clearly sees, hears and recognizes only the One and Only protecting spirit.
But what concerns, next to the trance state (protective spirit) apparitions, which some monastic ravings have occasioned, there you would possess sufficient wise cleverness yourselves and not, like the heathens, be of a foolish belief, to accept all these ravings next to the fullest bright side of My Word, as a genuine coin and, in the end, be of a quarter-faith, as if even wooden, stone and painted pictures of certain "patron saints" could give you help.
I say to you: Such a faith is not better by a hair's breadth than that of those servants of Baal! When the living person cannot help his brother - and it stands in the Scriptures that all human help is of no effect - what should then a piece of carved wood or some other kind of dead material accomplish?
Or would you like to be of the opinion, in such helping circumstances, that the "patron saints" are stuck in their material images? - This little (something) should convince you, to excess, of (it being in) the negative.
Take, for example, the best picture that presents Me, Myself, hanging on the cross, count all the crucifixes in the Catholic, and other Christian world, of which sometimes, in a single house, there are dozens of different sizes -should all such pictures together help more than one, or should the larger ones have more power than the smaller ones?
Or should the consecrated Christs (images) be more powerful than the unconsecrated, and a (one) consecrated at the high altar be by far more powerful than another one at a side altar?! - Can you not see the foolishness at the first glance?
When I, as the Living Helper Himself do not need any man, yes, not even an angel, and still much less a carved image, (for when I help, I help in Spirit and in Truth, but not in the wood, the stone and in the colour!) - what sort of power and effect can then the portrayals of the "patron saints" have, since the "patron saints" have no power or effectiveness whatsoever, in and for themselves?
Let us take the case that they had, because of the weak faith, some sort of helping power out of themselves, but would be appealed to, at the same time, by a hundred thousand people who kneel before their images - how would such an indivisible protecting spirit flash all over (like lightning) through all his images, so as not to come too late with his help enywhere?
Or do you think that a spirit can be present everywhere at the same time? The Eternal Spirit can certainly do so, since all things are in Him. But a created spirit will not be able to do such in all eternity, because he, in comparison with Me, is only a finite spirit.
But what man can think a thousand thoughts at the same time? But the thinking is the activity of the spirit and a seeing of the soul, which takes up either the thoughts, or rather the spiritual works out of the spirit, just as externally, the great thoughts or visible works of the eternal divine Spirit. But if the spirit in you can think only simply one thought after another, so is he himself simple and indivisible, and thereby sees My works which I hold fast in the greatest clarity only one after another and will not be finished with this seeing in all eternity. How can he be present in all the images in the same helping power and also at the same time?
But the people (spirits) who have arrived in the other world, are only laboriously healed of this 'protective spirit sickness'. And it often happens that all the so-called "patron saints" must be removed from the path. For if such did not happen then most of the roman Catholics would flee from Me and turn to their protecting spirits. I do not need to go far back, for precisely now (as you write this) the poor spirits are running around all over and seek their "patrons" with great zeal. But Me, who come towards them visible, as a loving Brother and most loving Father, and call out to them that only I alone am the One whom they have to seek and to find, they flee from Me in all earnest and the more courageous ask Me to take them to their protecting spirits.
See, when such foolishness is so strongly found even in the spirits, who already live in the beyond, what sort of evidence may then the ('protecting spirit') apparitions deliver upon this material world, and especially to him who strives (to live) according to the spirit of living love and living truth in faith?
Therefore, if your house has become damaged, or you fear some damage, then turn, at all times, to Me who am the most understanding Master Builder of souls, and the most certain helping protecting spirit of all protective spirits, and you can be assured that when I tear down a house, I will also be able rebuild the same again at the cheapest price and, certainly, firmly enough.
And think that a monarch like I does not need any mediators, but I Myself am All in all!
And whoever wants to come to Me, let him come and he will find Me at home at all times, and precisely in such a way as if I had nothing to do except to only serve the one who seeks Me.
Therefore, trust and build upon Me! For I am a firm foundation!
Whoever builds upon this foundation, His house will never become leaky. For whoever takes the material from Me, he has it in a living manner, just as I Myself am the sole Living One and give life to everyone who seeks it in Me!
You, too, seek it in Me and you will live eternally! Amen. - This says He who alone has and gives Life. Amen.
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