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Jesus and The Zodiac Messages
Winifred MoyesWooden CrossZodiac Christ Messenger
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"RESPONSIBILITY"

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 Saturday, 14th November, 1925.


"Christ, the Beloved of our hearts, we praise Thee, we bless Thy Name, because only by Thy promises, Thy power and Thy protection, are we able to meet together in this sweet way to listen to the Voice of the Spirit.

"O God, grant as we go on, that the consciousness of this great gift may penetrate the minds of all; grant that those who are as yet ignorant of Thy wonderful spiritual laws, that these may be brought to see how faith and trust bring, in return, a reward past all words to describe...

"Father of Love, be with us every moment of our lives, be with us in that sense that we can feel Thy Presence. Grant that the enemies of the Spirit may be beaten off by will and determination, and make it possible that we, by our lives, by our example, may draw others into the Light which never fades...

"Christ Jesus, hear our petitions and grant that our thoughts of compassion for others may be used to bring them comfort, may be used to succour them in their hour of need... We ask this in faith and we believe that our prayers will be answered... Amen...

"...My little children, so often we meet together, and yet it seems to you that I - your companion, your leader under Christ - that I have much to teach and that you have still much to learn.

"Well, my little ones, this is indeed the truth, but I want you to view the learning in this wise: I want you to take it as a direct sign of Love from the Most High, that He wants you - His little children - to understand something of all that mighty thought which the Father has concerning His many creations... Yes, as a sign of Love and, indeed, when the physical body is laid aside, you will see with a joy inexpressible, that not only does the Saviour love you, but that you love, honour and revere Him with all your being.

"Yes, when we are free and we see what we can bear of God's mighty plans concerning mankind, then our love is tinged - nay, is suffused - with a reverence so deep, so untouchable, that we approach in very truth into that condition which expresses love as it was meant to be.

"My children, this is quite plain for you to understand. How often have you said amongst yourselves: 'I not only love them but I respect them!' - and you know, even as you speak, that if there was not that which called out your admiration - admiration in its highest sense - then the love would not be quite so perfect as you would wish...

"Ah, my little ones, never fear - Christ, the Understanding Friend, knows you through and through; and because you wish to serve Him, so He is able to brush aside the obstructions caused by the physical mind, and to claim your love as you would wish to offer it if you were free from that which binds...

"My children, as usual, we meet this evening with a purpose, and so I am going to take you in thought with me along a little lane, as it were, and then together, having traversed that, we will climb the hill and look upon something of that which the Father has prepared for us.

"My children, tonight my subject is that of: 'Responsibility'. Yes, responsibility in its many aspects as relating to physical and spiritual life.

"You see, dear children, there are few who are in so unfortunate a position as to say: 'I have no responsibilities' - and even these are judging merely by the earth view. In that very statement they are underlining the grave responsibilities which are theirs and which, alas, they have overlooked...

"Ah, my children, it is more familiar to you to see those hedged in by responsibilities which tax both the thought and the physical strength of the one concerned. Life today, on the earth plane, has been complicated by much that could have been avoided, if only man had kept close to his God. And you see on every side those who are harassed, those whose lives are overshadowed by responsibilities from which they can find no relief.

"Well, dear children, it is not my practice to contradict or to explain away what is obvious for all thinking people to see for themselves. Responsibilities are everywhere, and if they are not shouldered during the earth life, then they are trebled in their nature when the body is no more.

"My children, I want you, if you can, to look at your own life like this, yet never in regard to others to take the complacent view - to say: 'The back is fitted to the burden, therefore I need not help'. These arguments are the subtleties of the enemies of Christ, put forward far less to injure the one who is suffering, than to strike direct at the selfish of heart.

"No, my children, God's view of those many responsibilities which companion you during your daily life is this: To the children who are coming on, to those who, by suffering and by many experiences, have fitted themselves to take part in the Master's work, these, voluntarily - aye, eagerly by the spirit within - hold fast to their burdens and will not let them go.

"Yet, because the children are coming on, because they have laid aside those childish toys and childish ideas, so the Master of all is able to gather to their sides sources of power and of strength absolutely undreamed of by the pilgrims themselves...

"You see, dear children, to what I am leading your thoughts? And the next stage is this - the next stage to those physical responsibilities is that deep and serious one of 'influence'. Many, while willingly doing their best over the practical things of daily life forget - ah, they have not troubled to inquire, regarding the responsibilities of mind, of their influence over all who cross their path...

"You see, dear children, as you have been told, none of us are independent. Could you but view things with the eyes of the spirit, you would be amazed indeed to see the network, all those many strands which weave and interweave your life with others, not only in the physical world but through the many spheres of which as yet you know nothing.

"Yes, once spiritual sight is your own, you realise how bound you are to humanity as a whole, and how bound they are to you. This is one of those many laws of the Spirit which even those with cultivated minds refuse to consider. How many are there who pause to think: 'How am I affecting those in my daily life?' - still less are there to say: 'What influence have I upon the multitude, upon the countless ones who are even weaker than myself?'...

"Children, the mind of man considers much, but it overlooks much more; and for this reason those who are free from physical restrictions come back and seek to teach - yes, seek to teach that which must be learnt now or in that long Hereafter when time, in the sense of opportunity, will be seen as the treasure it is...

"My children, I want you all to look through your own minds and hearts, and to be double on your guard regarding the influence that you have upon others. Yes, though you love to cheer, though you love to comfort, sometimes the enemies attack from a quarter you little think, and then, unconsciously so far as the physical mind is concerned, hindrance and damage is done to the brave pioneer spirit within...

"Children, this subject of Responsibility is one that is never exhausted, upon which the last word can never be said, because as you go on developing step by step, so the horizon of your responsibilities enlarges and, moreover, you see things from a different aspect - more from the spirit's aspect, less from the viewpoint of the world.

"There are those who have learnt much, there are those who have cultivated the powers of the mind in every direction they are able, yet the spiritual aspect of the influence they have upon their fellow men, this - which means so much now and in the days to come - this has been neglected, because its importance is not recognised.

"Tonight, dear children, I am thinking of many: I am thinking of those who govern your little world, I am thinking of those who prepare the minds of the young, and I am thinking of the representatives of the Holy Master. And in regard to such as these, I want you to believe that now and again a flash from the Spirit World, bringing illumination regarding this question of influence, comes to all.

"Yes, it is impossible to quote God's words, to pray to Him with regularity, without some consciousness stealing over the speaker, and the question has to be answered: 'Is my influence the influence of Christ... is my teaching interpreting that which is in the Divine Mind?'...

"My children, to those who have the power to draw together large numbers of human souls - souls who indeed are shepherdless - these have a responsibility which is a privilege and a gift as well. I speak in tones of love and understanding: I tell them that with Christ in their heart, and with the Voice of the Spirit listened for and obeyed, so God can use them for His holy purpose in a way absolutely unimagined by themselves. Their responsibility is great, but God is in command - and all they are asked to do is to follow Him and to teach His Truth...

"Children, have you ever thought how those few followers of the Holy Master felt in regard to their responsibilities over the great Truth entrusted to them? Can you not imagine how to this little group - beset on every side by powers, by opposition, by enmity in every form - can you not imagine that at times the thought came: 'Am I strong enough to carry it through?' - and yet, dear children, I can tell you that even as the enemies of the Most High put that suggestion into their minds, so the words of the One they loved so well echoed back...

"Today it is the same, but in a degree far, far easier than in that olden time. Again the call has gone forth for pioneers, for those with courage, for those who will not look back; and to the hearts and minds of some, so the subtle suggestion comes once more: 'Am I strong enough to shoulder this responsibility?' - and Christ answers: 'Follow Me'...

"Children, get things in their right proportion; think you like this: Had those early disciples of the Most High waited for a lead from the principalities and powers, Christianity - even the word itself - would be unknown today. Had they waited for some great sign of protection that would save them from the persecution which followed, you and I and all the world would have been in sorrow indeed...

"Ah, but you would remind me, the sign came - the Holy Spirit was felt by all. I answer: In the hearts of the faithful today, and every day, the Holy Spirit is felt by them. These early pilgrims, forcing their way through a strange land - in the sense that they were teaching a Truth which was met with hostility by the great majority - these early pioneers showed the way, and more than that, showed that it was possible to rise above the earth's standards, to rise above poverty, above the uncultivated mind and ignorance of the great world outside - found it was possible, by faith and by trust, to spread the Light, that Light which, through the ages, should penetrate into the darkest corners of the earth...

"Oh, think you of those who have gone on before. When your courage seems to be giving, remember their courage; when your faith feels insufficient for the responsibilities you have taken on, remember their faith and their infinitely greater responsibilities - and how they won through...

"Children, today perhaps more than any other time, a leader of the people is needed, not only by the masses themselves, but by God for His use, and for the revelation of His Truth. Thousands, millions are wandering hither and thither outside the fold, with no shepherd to bring them in; and this responsibility - overlooked and disregarded - will bring consequences, bring anguishes no words can portray...

"The Master needs those with the courage that others have shown, needs such as these to take the upward path; to cry 'Excelsior', though the world is arraigned against them... Children, the followers of Our Lord faced their little world and conquered. The world - by which I mean the masses, the majority - such as these can be influenced by one who is strong enough. Yes, opposition comes from the few - opposition, hostility and treachery as well, but those with the strength to stand firm, those with the faith to persist, they can gather in the masses, they can teach the little children in understanding how to come back to their Father and Mother God...

"And here, dear children, I want to put you on your guard. Over and over again the untutored ones, the ones shut in by physical and mental restrictions - these, at times, commit acts of folly which bring down upon them the condemnation of all. Yet, consider one moment: These are as children, with their thoughts, their opinions unformed, with their feelings easily assailed by this and by that - and if you dug beneath the surface, you would find when such things occur, that behind the children of humanity there were those with 'knowledge' - with distorted cleverness - who had been at work.

"These are the tempters, these are the betrayers, these are the ones who sowed the poisoned seed, and when they are free and have to face Divine justice, they will see for themselves how they have injured the spirit within, and what must be done - for not only have they to right the wrong, but they are called upon by that same justice of the Spirit to work out and wipe out the influence they had on others...

"Oh, get these things right: There are countless thousands today being led astray; there is discontent; there is seething hate; there is all that caged, imprisoned resentment - and it has been put in the hearts of the children of humanity by those who know - and those who know will be held answerable for this folly.

"You see, dear children, how great a meaning lies behind that simple word 'responsibility'; you see for yourselves that though there may be those who commit the act, yet those who instilled the thought - they are the ones who will have much to do in the days to come.

"So often with the masses, punishment follows swiftly; so often with these helpless ones, that which has gone awry is worked out by their sufferings here and now; but the instigator, the instiller of the evil thought, he escapes from the retribution of the world; and because of this, send out your compassion to him, for the retrievement in the by-and-by will take long to accomplish, and that which was done deliberately and with intent, can be dug up and dragged out only by service over aeons of time...

"You see, dear children, it is so obvious as I speak thus: The rebellious ones - aye, even the treacherous ones - they commit an act against the Divine within. In most cases punishment follows fast, and, as is apparent, the evil - such as it is - is confined to them alone. But the voice behind them - the tempter - he has not only to work out his own wayward thought, but he has to work out on each one of the masses that un-Christ-like influence which brought about sorrow and damage to them...

"Oh, my children, I would not make you sad, because there is the God side - and here it is that we leave the valley and commence to climb the hill. Cannot you see how the influence which reflects - albeit in miniature - something of the Christ Mind, what it creates not only for yourselves but for those who come under the radiance of the thought? Cannot you see - because God is stronger than evil - how that which is of Light goes on growing, getting nearer and nearer to the great Light, gathering up power and more power in its flight?

"My children, the good thought, the kind thought, the compassionate thought - these are indeed of God; and because they come from the God within, so every one is not only helping the Master but literally is building the Kingdom of Heaven...

"Yes, as I speak, the shadows have fallen from us and the glory of God's Love is over all. With that wonderful banner before us: 'Service to God and Man', we - you and I and all the rest - are creating beauty which will remain for ever more.

"We are creating strength - that strength which is so badly needed for the weak ones, for the ignorant ones - we are creating that strength which one day will be shown us by God even as a rope of power, to which those who were stumbling, those who were weary, those who were hard beset, clung and were able to withstand the onslaughts of the evil ones...

"This is God's view, and this is the view that I send out over that fast-growing circle of my children; and I ask them to commune with the God within and to answer the question for themselves...

"God's way - so bright, so constructive, so entirely of that inward peace and joy. Is it then so hard to follow Him? Is it then so difficult to point this way to others? Can they not - knowing and seeing the Holy Spirit at work on either side - can they not find within themselves those reserves of Divine strength which will put indecision where it rightly belongs in the darkness from which it came, which will give them the will and the determination, not only to speak but to act, even as the pioneers of old, even as the little knot of followers who, from the world's point of view, seemed so inadequately equipped for the great burden they had undertaken?...

"Yes, to be so infused with the Spirit of God that they will respond to His entreaty: 'Feed my lambs, feed my sheep' - and go forward, trusting in God; and, as they go on, seeing that faith is justified, justified, justified - because to the brave so the battle goes, to those strong in the strength of God, so the enemies of the Light fall back disarmed and dismayed...

"And now, my children, I am going to leave you. I want you to put aside everything relating to self, and I know you can do it. These are days of work, days of preparation, and days of learning, and we have much to do in the Master's service, much to do..."

(After others had spoken, Zodiac returned and continued...)

"...Well, my children, you are all cold and tired, and I am not going to keep you longer this evening, yet ere we part, I ask you to gather together all your spiritual resources, and not only to work for Christ but to demonstrate Him in your individual lives.

"It is not that I am wishful to spur you on beyond your strength, but I see and I know that the power is all around and God is waiting to do what you yourselves cannot accomplish on your own.

"Therefore, to all who read these words, I send out the thought not only of service in the home, in the immediate surroundings, but I ask them to listen for the great Call which must be answered if God's will is to be done...

"I entreat them to go through their heart and mind, and to see that their weapons are ready for use, and then to fix their eyes on the highest point and to say: 'Where Thou leadest, I will follow; what Thou needest, I will provide'...

"These are my last words: Rest in the thought of the mission to which you have been called; yes, rest in the thought, for only by acting, by constructing, by creating, can you find that true rest both for heart and mind, for the Spirit is in command...

"Children, take God at His word; be hopeful, be courageous, and, more than that, be determined to work through whatever the difficulties, whatever the obstacles, For in working through that which seeks to hold you now, so, when you are free, you will step into that glorious liberty, that consciousness of Spirit - into unity with your Father God; and in that freedom of thought, of aim, and of aspiration, so your spirit's desire will be achieved...

"God's peace gather you in, and bind you to Him for ever and for ever... Amen. Goodnight, my children."




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