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Jesus and The Zodiac Messages
Winifred MoyesWooden CrossZodiac Christ Messenger
The Zodiac Messages
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"THE GRANDEUR OF NATURE"

An address given by the Christ messenger Zodiac through the deep trance mediumship of Miss Winifred Moyes,
at the Zodiac Circle, 15 Nightingale Square, London, SW12, on Sunday, 17th February, 1924.


"Saviour Christ, it is with a feeling of peace that we meet tonight, the peace which comes after the storm, and the peace which bids the turbulent waves cease their rolling. Grant, O God, that this peace may be ours not only tonight but for ever; and that we - growing daily more to love Thy Truth, preparing our hearts and minds more diligently, and resting more firmly on the strength which comes from Thee - that we, Thy little children, may indeed make that peace our own.

"O God, give this power, give this greatest gift of all, so that they who wish to serve Thee may feel the harmony which Thy Love always brings. Send down Thy healing, send down Thy sense of security, and grant that the bonds of the physical may be loosened, and that the mind thus freed, may be able to contact with that which is of Thee. Give unto Thy little children that sense of holiness which they so long to make their own and the realisation of the sacredness of this work.

"Even now Thy blessing is upon us, attuning our hearts and minds to the sweetness which is of Thee, and banishing from our presence the world, with its worries and distractions, and the burden of the body borne for Love's sake - borne so that the soul within, when freed, may also be free of self and able to enter into joy, having gained - through the earthly sojourn - the experience and the strength to fight not only their own spiritual battles, but indeed to lend their aid again and again in the constant warfare against evil.

"O God, lift our hearts and minds above weakness and regret and sadness, and allow us to enter into knowledge, and to have the vision of what it all means, and to know that because Thou art on our side, nothing will be allowed to strike Thy children, for Thou protectest whom Thou hast chosen.

"Father, we thank Thee. With great love we draw near to Thy Presence in a spirit of wishing to learn and wishing to know more about that which represents Thee, and thus we are able to call down Thy blessing, and to realise that in very truth the gift of the Holy Spirit is with us tonight and will be for ever more...

"...My children, I may have to go slowly just at first because my child is very tired tonight and, as you know, it is not possible for us to replenish the physical at a moment's notice. In due course that which has been drawn off is made good, but it takes a little time, and so I must ask your indulgence just at first. You will help me, I know, in the usual way.

"Tonight, my little ones, in starting, I want to speak to you about the grandeur of nature, because there are few - even among the most worldly - who are not able to respond in a measure to the wonders which are portrayed in the various aspects of nature. You, my children, treasure memories of this and of that - not many of these perhaps, because your lives have been very shut in - but still each one can recall a mental picture of great beauty. It is, as it were, photographed on the mind, and although that impression is covered up for the most part, yet at will the veil can be removed and lo, there is the original, undamaged and complete in a most remarkable way.

"Now this may seem to you just as one of the many good gifts which come from the Father, given to make things pleasanter - the power of memory and the capacity to visualise that which has long since passed beyond your view. Yes, to a certain extent you are right in thinking this, but that is only the outside physical aspect which, of necessity, very often to the children of earth represents the thing in its entirety.

"Now I want to say a few things in regard to nature, and still more so with reference to the power of memorising that which has taken place.

"It is true that the mind of God is shown in a variety of ways - portrayed, written down in symbols that all can understand, embedded in the flowers, in the rivers and in the sky, imprinted upon the face of the world so that they who have eyes to see may at any moment see the God-Mind in evidence. I say at any moment, because there are few who have not the power of seeing, even if it be but an inch, the wonder of the night or the unsurpassed glory of the dawn.

"I make this point tonight because so many in their daily existence, surrounded by strife and bitterness and injustice, almost despair of finding God anywhere within their own reach, except within. And, dear children, although the resources of Divinity within are unlimited, yet to those bound by physical ways of thinking, it is not easy for them to lose themselves in that Divinity when evil is rampant without.

" 'The Peace of God which passeth all understanding' does need, with the majority, a certain environment to bring it into being to the extent that makes it apparent. I am emphasising this because all of you, not only here, but all my children, do find it so hard to keep that inward harmony when the vibrations without are crossed and recrossed with discord and mistrust.

"My children, your Heavenly Father never overlooks this, and although I may seem to repeat myself very often, yet once more will I say that because you lose that precious sense of inward peace by living, for the most part, in inharmonious surroundings, that loss shall be counted as gain hereafter.

"And yet I would not have you think that a very large measure of peace is not obtainable, if you remember to call upon Christ frequently and with faith. That is the whole secret of it all. Those warring notes without, loud and blatant as they are, have a way of overwhelming the Voice of the Spirit, of suffocating it, as it were, by their very volume, and to the victim it appears that the voice they shrink from most is in evidence everywhere.

"My children, the second thing to do after calling upon Christ is to look round, if you can, and try and find God's Handiwork - and I say that it is to be found even where light and the sky are blocked from view. God's Handiwork is in you all. You cannot look at another person without seeing the wonder of God. The mechanism of the body is to many minds the greatest manifestation of God, in all creation.

"My children often forget this. To some, the body seems as a dead weight of the material, that frets and chafes the spirit. They find nothing to admire and everything to dislike. The imperfections of the body - its weakness and its faultiness - loom ever before them, but even here, dear children, you get your illustration again.

"Suppose we grant that the body is incomplete from a health point of view, that it does not function as it should, that the obstacles are many to its smooth running. Yes, for the sake of argument we will admit all those bad marks which some of my children are for ever adding against the body side. And then I say just this: Isn't it wonderful, considering that the mechanism is not perfect, that it is able to produce so much, that it is able to do so much, and that it is able to endure so much? With the perfect thing this does not assume the nature of a miracle - it does what it is appointed to do and that for which it was brought into being.

"It is the same with any mechanical contrivance put together by the mind and hand of man. The perfect engine does its work, but if there was a flaw in the construction of that engine, if there were weak links here and there, all of you would agree at once that it would be absurd to expect it to do the same work. And yet in physical life you have this demonstrated over and over again. Those who are physically handicapped - by will and courage - are able to triumph over their disabilities, and to keep march with the strong and the hardy. It is a wonderful thing, my children, and I want you to view it in this way - I want those so handicapped to revise their opinion of the body in their possession, not to view it as an enemy, as a drag, almost as a curse, but to see in its very weakness the wonder of it all.

"My children, as you go along you will find on every subject, that there is the big view and the little view; and when you think it out you will see at once that the big view is the only common-sense one there is, and the little one is really a contradiction of fact itself.

"You see, my little ones, each Sunday I take you a step here or a step there. Not very much can I say, but I outline this thought and that, and leave it to you to fill in the detail. That is a very good way of learning, because in the question of teaching, that which is taught in every detail, with not only direction pointed out but the pupil even taken to the end of the journey, this produces very little from the individual point of view. It is not the best way of learning, and certainly it is a very imperfect way of teaching.

"I have heard the people of earth say that in the schools today the children have their lessons learnt for them. Of course this is an exaggeration, but with most sweeping comments of this kind the fraction of truth is there as well, but the children so taught make very little knowledge their own because the soil has never been dug down deep, and the planting has been done merely on the surface of the physical mind.

"Now in regard to the manifestation of God in daily life, I want you all to commence the construction of this habit, instead...

"Instead of saying: 'What a dreary day it is!' when the dreariness is impressed upon your memory - to look around and in those you meet, in the very horses that drag their load - to see not the cruelty of man, but the wonderful constructive mind of God, Who, as I should not have to remind you, did not create animals to be ill-treated by their owners, but to be of help and service to man, and to fulfil their own destiny upon the earth plane. If you will undertake this little task, I think you will find it will bring you happiness, because it is impossible to think of God, even this restricted way, without drawing nearer to Him, and that brings happiness always.

"And then I get back to my first point - the impressions that are photographed upon your memory, and it is in this connection that I am most anxious for you to acquire the habit I have mentioned.

"I find with most of my children that when the veil is lifted from this picture or that, most hurriedly do they wish to let it fall back again: Some sadness, some unspoken grief, the bitterness which followed unnecessary humiliation, the slights, and that sense of injustice which goes hard with all. Yes, in many cases the picture gallery is only fit to be locked and barred. No sun ever shone through it, and all that is inside is that which is best forgotten.

"These thoughts, dear children, grieve the heart of the Saviour, because it is so totally against that for which the body was given. And so I want, as we go along, that the impressions left upon the mind may bear a different character altogether, and that when they are uncovered, a thrill of pleasure will come - like the remembrance of the sweet scent of a flower in a garden that once belonged to you. That's what memory should be, and that is what your Father intended should belong to those who love Him.

"I know, dear children, there are all sorts of things you could say about the flowers in the past that suddenly lost their sweetness and were as the deadly nightshade, but that is past - and today and tomorrow the story is going to run on totally different lines, and I want the background of the story to be in harmony with what is going on. I want the old sad ways of thinking to be relegated into the past, and I want the sun to leave some of its rays on what is going to be. And then memory will come into its own, and you will be able to turn back its leaves, not with a pang because of this or because of that, not with that shrinking with which you now regard yesterday, but with confidence that there, written on the pages, was that joy and this - and, best of all, the recollection of little services that God put in your way to render to others.

"And that's another little thought for you to enlarge upon – that God, out of the bigness of His Heart, now and again crosses your life with another who is in need of succour. You give and you do, and to you the incident is closed, but these things remain for ever more.

"I know that some of my children, most of them in fact, are grateful to God when He allows them to do something for another who is in need - they are grateful because the privilege was theirs, and when they pass out of the body, they shall see indeed that it was a gift direct from God - a gift that left an impression like a strong shaft of sunlight shining on something which before was dark and in the shade.

"Yes, I will leave it there but I have much to say on the subject generally, not only of the power of thought, but in the manipulation of that power - the many and varied ways in which God Himself is shown and is made manifest for man to see."

(Others then speak...)

...MR. SCHRIENER
(late High Commissioner for South Africa...)

"...Yes, I am here at last, and a long last it has been... It is Schriener... I had better get on. The coming tonight has been terribly difficult because of the lack of ties, and also because I am - to put it bluntly - not up to the standard. You were told that people, in order to come through in this way, had got to bring themselves up to the standard of spirituality laid down. I am not, although God knows I tried and tried and tried. And because of this I am here.

"I was listening just now to what was said about memory. Memory! If I could forget the past I think I would choose that more than anything else that could be offered me. Even when I was upon earth, that past tortured and tore me. I had got what I wanted - God knows the bitterness of this. We are so clever when we are young. We work, we will to get to the top of the tree, and we start pulling off those branches that hinder our climb, and the green leaves of youth and of love go fluttering to the ground - lost for ever.

"My example. Oh, if only I could make the world listen and learn by what I did. Yes, I got what I set out to gain, and that is my punishment. Year by year, almost day by day, that past comes rolling back before me. They say it is good for a man to be ambitious when he is young; good for the world, may-be, but when it's for self, it is damnable for him.

"Even before I came here, a glimmering of this filtered through my world-chocked mind, and I saw a little what I had lost. In coming back like this, I have to speak of things as they were, and as they are, but it would be giving a false impression if I didn't say that I can make good even yet... the only thing I can't make good is the memory of those sordid years. Oh, I did a bit for my country, perhaps; I loved it and that bit was from the real me, although even there self fought for the upper hand all along the line.

"If only those in the world today could know what the hell of memory is like, they would mend their ways. Over here the real thing is laid out before them. You see it in all its desirableness, and what might have been, and then you turn and look at your own muddied pattern, and it breaks your heart...

"That day, the chance visit - so it seemed - that day, this girl turned the key on the door of the past, and as we sat there it all came trooping back... Something to live for, something to hope for, something to strive to be. Yes, I got it then, and it was the contrast - the contrast between the old and the soiled, and the young who anyhow wanted to do.

"That's the whole thing in a nutshell - whether you are able to do that which you crave, that which you desire, is immaterial - it's the wishing to do something above the level of the earth that takes you, later on, into the very Realms of the Spirit itself. It's that wishing to separate yourself from the desires of the flesh and the hankering ambitions of the mind, and the ten thousand temptations of the devil: it's that which tells over here, and it is the missing of that which tells as well.

"Next time I shall he different, they tell me. Tonight all the regret comes rushing back. Oh to be what I might have been - like a haunting refrain those words are ever in my mind, and yet, as I said, even now do I see that not only is the upward climb possible, but that upward climb is for me to commence and never to leave.

"My ambition, which cost me so dear - that ambition now is to make clean that which was not clean, to make true that which was untrue - and God is drawing me on, drawing me upward, and even as I speak I see the steps upon which I can climb and from which I can at last reach that borderland when regret will be left behind and only joy will lie in front.

"This you have given me tonight by allowing me to speak - this vision of the future, of the permanent burial of the past, and for the first time I know what the Peace of God can mean - that Peace which has never yet been mine. It is upon me now, and I see the Great Beyond and all the gifts which are there for me and for us all... God has been merciful to me, a sinner...

"Thank you for what you have tried to do, and still more for what you have done."

(Zodiac returned and continued...)

"My children, we will close this very happy evening with just a few words in parting, nothing more, because I do not want to try my child too far tonight.

"There is just a little postscript which I wanted to add to my previous remarks, and it is this: That when you are building up any good habit, in order to make room for it, it is wiser to cast out those which cause you distress. And so tonight I want you to come with me in thought into the future. I want you to stand with me for a few moments, and look back over those years of training, and to see where the trouble has come in, and whether, after all, in viewing things in their right perspective, it has been over-long for what it has produced.

"You see, in regard to the things of the spirit and the working out of those things, it is impossible to get the right view at close vision - you only get the seemingly destructive side. A little further on you find that that which seemed to destroy, only destroyed the chaff, and the good grain remained untouched.

"Still more do I call upon you for courage and for trust in God. If these two things are there, then patience to wait will not be needed, because in place of impatience will be certainty and confidence of the ultimate end.

"You are bound for a far shore. The waters have been rough and the winds cold and boisterous, but the far shore is worth the experience - and you shall yet find that even those rough waters produced not devastation and destruction, as so many have thought, but in reality have created things of beauty and of worth which no tongue can tell, because they are of God.

"Rest then in this thought - that the past and the future are going to be shown as one, each a counterpart of the other, for the one purchased that which the other holds, and they are blended together and sealed by Christ for His use, for the service of man and the glory of God - it is impossible to divide these two; in serving man you are manifesting God, and you cannot love God unless you seek to serve mankind.

"That is all. Goodnight, my children, and be sure of the blessing, the protection, and the care and the love - they are there intact, your own, purchased in days of sorrow to be cherished by you for ever more."




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