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Jesus and The Zodiac Messages
Winifred MoyesWooden CrossZodiac Christ Messenger
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"THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION"

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, 21st March, 1926.


"Into the Silence O Father we enter, and we ask Thee to so disentangle the mind of the body from the things of the world that there may be nothing to come between us and Thee.

"O God, purify that which is in the heart and mind, and grant that we may be used in Thy service without reserve, without holding one thing back. Direct and teach us, as the little children we are, how to follow and how to show others the way into the Light which never fails and never fades...

"Christ, be with us; send down the power of the Holy Spirit so that it may catch up that which is of Thyself within us, and the unity may be complete. We ask it in faith, in trust, in perfect confidence, because we know that Thou delightest to give to Thy children even that which is of Thyself...

"Father, we thank Thee...

"My little children, tonight, as always, we meet for work; and I want you, in looking back over this evening, to see it in its spiritual sense - as a linking up of the ties, not only between the children of the earth but indeed between all God's children wherever they may be. Oh, if man could but understand what lies in his power, how eagerly would he go back on those lessons which have been shirked and relearn them, so that he might provide an instrument for use by the Most High.

"My children, there is much which lies in front and the tests must come. Tonight is in the nature of a test, in the sense that I have called in another (Mr. Ernest Meads), and my children once more have put aside that reluctance, which is of the body alone. Yet, lest you should think I am chiding, I will say that this willingness to listen to the Voice of the Spirit, to follow its commands - whether they be in harmony with the physical will or whether that will has to be given up - that this willingness is not only building for you that which shall fill your soul with joy, but it is providing for us that which is essential if God's will is to be done on earth.

"Oh, my children, let not a misrepresentation stand between you and that which God asks, for I say that if in faith you advance, so not only shall faith be justified but the power shall be poured down upon you and the Light shall cast its radiance far beyond your ken...

"Love is in your midst tonight - The Beloved, the One who watches and guards all His children. Therefore lay aside everything which does not harmonise with that Perfect Love, and present yourselves before God as instruments in His work...

"This evening, my children, we will discuss together a subject which has caused dissension among the children of the earth, and which has been shown in aspects which are indeed restricted by that limited outlook which only the human mind can take in. But tonight, I want to draw you up higher, I want to expand your comprehension of the wonderful tie between you and the Lord God of all.

"And so, for a little while, we will think of that which you call: 'Adoption' - yes: 'The Spirit of Adoption'...

"My children, since we met together for these quiet evenings, I have tried to show you God's way. I told you that from the beginning Truth has been given to man, yet such is the mind of man that it contented not itself with Truth but rather sought to gather that furniture, that embellishment, which in time veiled the beauty of Truth itself.

"Children, I told you also that I came of the House of Abraham, that it is my part, and it has been my part, to unfold a little of that Truth which God represents. And because of this, I entreat all those who read these records to believe that my wish is not to destroy but only to unfold, my intention is not to cut away the foundation of faith - of that faith which has stood the test of ages - but to add to it its foundation so that the storms of physical life, when beating upon it, are powerless to attack or intrench...

"And when you stand a little farther on and look back over the past, you will see that - instructed by my Holy Master - I took nothing away but only gave that which revealed what man had but dimly grasped. Indeed that is so. The children of the earth have to go through their evolutionary stages, they cannot assimilate at one time what comes naturally at another; and thus it is, as with babes, the food of the Spirit is given in minute quantities, yet, as man grows up, so he is adapted by his experiences to take that which is offered so bountifully by the Lord God of all...

"My children, never think that it is God's will that those who seek shall not find, that those who work shall not have the fruits of their labour, for indeed it is on the foundation of work and effort over the ages that now, at last, the children of the earth can be taught Truth as it is in the inward parts. Oh, mistake me not. Even as I speak, I see the future stretching in front, when they who have sought and found their Christ shall indeed penetrate into those realms of revelation which are Divine. The stages of progress may be slow, yet to the little children of the Light nothing shall be denied, and as they advance, so the vista opens and so revelation is made their own...

"Children, it was necessary to speak thus in order to prepare your minds. I am bound to teach Truth as it is, and I say to you: Go back to the beginning of your Sacred Record (Bible) and read there that man was created in God's own image, and at that creation God recognised him as His son - part of Himself - giving him powers which had never been bestowed on anyone or anything else before, and with those powers that greatest gift and responsibility of all - free-will...

"Children, the involutionary and evolutionary stages have been pursued for aeons of time, yet these change not that first truth and fact: That God created man in His own image, and it was the Divine Will and wish that man should share even that same Holiness which was His own...

"So, my children, following on from that, you will see how Truth became so involved that time was when it was difficult to distinguish the false from the true, and man's disobedience did its terrible work.

"Yet tonight it is not my intention to speak of sadness or of loss, but rather of gain, of redemption, and - at last - the recognition of the tie between man and his Father. Therefore, it should not be difficult for you to grasp that though the children of the earth have forsaken that which was their own, though they have repudiated the One from whom they came, yet God, because He is God, never alters, never changes, and that 'adoption' has outlasted centuries of time and remains for ever and for ever.

"Once more, dear children, I remind you of the Christ's part in the redemption of the world, and I reaffirm that long before Christ's name was mentioned or thought of in prophecy, Christ was. For in the beginning was God, and God was Christ and Christ was God...

"And, dear children, I would have all know that God, in His mercy and loving kindness, gave Christ to man from the beginning of creation, but because man was so blind he perceived it not. So the great and understanding Mind sent His own Person, in order to convince man - gave that aspect of the Godhead which should bridge the barriers and the void between the straying children and the Most High.

"And as a little Babe God dwelt among men, and later when man challenged His right to speak, the Master said: 'I and my Father are one', and again: 'Before Abraham was, I am'. And because Christ spoke the truth, that aspect of God was destroyed... Yes, destroyed, in this sense: That Truth was crucified and held up to shame; but the destroyers of the earth have no power where Love is concerned, and that which they sought to kill brought into life a faith which has not only been as a guiding light to others, but literally shall light up the whole world...

"Man destroys and God creates; man kills but God brings into being, out of the very act itself, something which shall be strong enough and pure enough to rescue man from himself...

"Children, God's side is this, and has been from the beginning: All are His children - that which is of Himself; and though they recognise Him not, still the Father holds His own, and the time will come, and must come, when everyone shall be brought back into that state of Perfection from which they started out...

"Then we come to our side - the side of His creations. Oh, my children, think you like this: If there were one among you, who, out of overwhelming love, had taken a child and adopted it, giving it that service, that care, that attention which a child of your own flesh could demand, aye, and providing for its future, fending off its enemies, and for the sweet by and by preparing for it that which is perfection - and then that child, knowing this, forsook you.

"This is the position, in crude form, of what has happened between God and His children. A few - yes, a few - have held fast to All-Strength, but the vast majority have not only drifted away but have repudiated the tie. And because of this, work must be done and the past must be rectified, so that man on his side can take up his inheritance, and can turn to God, not only as His God but as His Father and Mother, for ever and for ever.

"You see, dear children, how necessary it is that there should be those willing to lay aside self so that within the human heart and mind the spirit of adoption can arise - the consciousness that God has made it possible that man should not only share in the good things which a loving Father has provided, but even should be gifted with the wisdom of All-Wisdom and the love of All-Love as well...

"Yes, I am speaking of the far by and by, but unless the eyes are fixed upon the Goal, so it is that sometimes the mind wearies and the heart aches over the seeming hopelessness of trying to bring to man this consciousness - the consciousness of what he is and to whom he belongs.

"My children, there is a grave warning which lies beneath this fact, and that warning is as thus: In the days of old, Truth was deemed worthy of death; today, and in all ages, that same attitude towards Truth is observed by those who know not. Yet, think you like this - that all must learn, all must be taught, and time unthinkable lies in front. Yet, the warning is here for all, and I am commanded to say tonight that unless the heart and mind of man is prepared in a certain measure, then that must come which will bring home to him that he is Spirit and not body, that he is eternal and not temporal, as his life suggests.

"And then, dear children, I want to take you a little further in regard to the spirit of adoption. Those who love God, not only are conscious of the tie between them and the Father, but also they render unto Him that which a loving child delights to give. It is this aspect of adoption which must be pursued and ever pursued, and in this way: Service to your neighbour, service to those you know not, service to those of the past, and service to the generations yet unborn. This putting into practice of the spirit of adoption - that only can save man from himself, that only can prepare the way for the longed-for 'second coming', so-called, of the Lord God of all...

"So, my children, tonight I want you to take with you these few thoughts. Even as Christ taught that He came not to destroy the law and the prophets but to fulfil (Matt. 5:17), so the messengers of the Master, instructed by the Master, repeat - at His request - that they have come not to destroy but to fulfil, and to reveal that which Christ Himself was unable to impart, because the human mind was unready (John 16:12)...

"These are the things which man 'could not bear' in that bygone age, and in front and again in front, there are those things to be imparted which the little children of the Light today cannot bear, cannot grapple with, because of the damage which has been done in the past, and because of the hedges built up between them and Truth...

"Oh, my children, visualise ever to yourselves that Truth appears as thus to us: Lo, each and everyone must climb the mountain of experience, and as they proceed, so the familiar landmarks grow fainter; they disappear not but indeed are woven into all that which lies beyond. And as the mountain is climbed, as the knowledge comes, so the prospect opens...

"That 'little' which at one time you regarded as all-Truth has not vanished - it is there - but beyond and again beyond, there is that wider view, that fuller understanding of the wisdom of the Most High. And when the mountain of experience is scaled, so then your sense of proportion likewise is changed, and free from that which once held you, so not only is the vision glorious your own, but from your point of vantage you can describe to others Truth - that expansion of the Truth to which there is no end...

"Yet, my little ones, lest a sense of dismay should come over all that which lies in front, think you like this: Out of the individual efforts, out of the tiny sacrifices, out of the willingness to learn, so the Name of Christ stands now in a position impossible to be assailed. Go back in thought to the disciples of the Holy Master, to their gigantic task and their few tools - to that which they created and the seeming impossibility, at the time, to establish anything that they craved...

"Christ stood alone amongst His enemies, forget not that. Even those who loved Him best, who had been taught as little children what lay in front, even these were missing, and Christ stood alone... And when your understanding grows, so you will see that from the beginning until the end, Truth stands alone.

"There are those who love Truth, who gather this and that which is of Truth, but they are not old enough, not experienced enough to take of Truth in its completion. Yet, there is this hope for all: That in the measure that they can grasp and teach Truth to others, so they are bringing into possibility that close contact, that at-one-ment with Truth which is held for the future when man has found himself...

"Children, I said that Truth has stood alone from the beginning until the end, yet confuse not that with what I told you before. The gifts of the Father - His power, His holiness, His perfection - that is man's right, that is man's free heritage; but ere we can think of this, so much has to be done, so much, so much...

"And the 'end' of the evolutionary stages means the beginning of that Completion which has been promised, and which, though time unthinkable elapses first, surely will be brought to pass. That which God has Himself, He longs to bestow; that which God is Himself, He gave to His creation.

"So, my children, there is no cause for sadness in your thoughts over this little plane of yours, or over those many conditions which lie beyond, for it is work and service, it is growing, it is retrieving, and as the desire comes in the heart and mind, so slowly but surely God's plan is being worked out.

"And then, dear children, before I leave you for a little while, I would speak as to the drawing in of ties tonight, I want you to regard this as another aspect of that same spirit of adoption. I want you to remember that you are children of your Father and Mother God. I want you to pursue that thought, and to recollect that between spirit and spirit there should be love and trust, there should be comradeship, there should be co-operation, there should be that recognition that all have been adopted by God as His children and as inheritors of Eternal Life...

"To our friend and brother (Mr. Ernest Meads) I speak thus: Though the past has shed many petals of the rose of life, yet each one retains its sweetness in those realms to which you rightly belong. Though disappointment may indeed have figured rather prominently during the physical experience, yet the disappointments of the earth are the victories of the Spirit...

"In front there lies this - and I speak under command of the Holy Master - there is this test, and the test must come:

"Over the borders in those spheres which man, in the main, knows not, there are children of God who, as yet, are unconscious of their sonship and daughtership. This you know full well. In the future lies this test: When the choice comes between the brightness and the greyness, think well; when the choice comes between that which will fill your heart with peace and happiness - so you think - and that which fills you with dismay, again I say: Think well. For the Master has chosen what, to you, represents that from which many would shrink, and what you have experienced now will be as nothing to what you are asked to experience in the name of Love...

"Oh, think not that in this lies a responsibility too great to be borne; and oh, my little children here, say not to yourselves: 'Is this fair?' - for God has indeed prepared for the courageous that which only courage can make their own. The justice of the earth and the justice of the Spirit - these have no meeting point...

"Because this test lies in front, so the temptation must be overcome, and the tempters will use methods with which, as yet, you are unacquainted. Yet with Christ in your heart and in your life, fear is kept beyond the gate, and in the measure that you rise to the Christ within you, so shall the future - that vast future - bring to you that which the spirit desires...

"But remember the test and be on your guard; remember that the destroyers seek not the broad highway, but rather wait for the shades of night and creep in by the unsuspected door.

"This choice is an honour; it is an honour because only those who have resisted temptation could be so tried. Therefore, let not your heart be sad, but rather in your new dignity of service go on your way rejoicing - rejoicing not only in the call but in the certainty of the protection which lies all around...

"Again I say: Watch not the broad highway - watch not the broad highway.

"And then, my children, feeling that amongst you I have cast a shade, I want you once more to think of the Beloved, to think of Christ. You have called yourselves Christians, you have adopted Christ's name, therefore does it not follow that likewise you would wish to adopt that which He represents? And the Christ Way must be the way of struggle, must be the path of courage; the Christ Way must be that purity which can mingle with impurity and remain undefiled.

"Never think that God as Man escaped temptation during His sojourn upon the earth plane. Your Saviour, and my Saviour, was tempted - not only as never man before had been tempted, but literally He took on the massed temptation of humanity, for Love's sake, for Love's sake...

"And so, dear children, because God has adopted us and because we recognise our adoption, we too, in order to make that adoption a reality instead of a gift merely, seek to adopt His life, His thoughts, and, above all, His attitude of service... Without these things, that word 'Christian' has no life. Christians, and yet not of Christ; sons and daughters of the Most High, yet repudiating the responsibility which that honour conveys...

"You and I are Christians, we are of Christ, Christ is in us, and Christ controls our hearts. Therefore, when tests and dangers assail us, we turn to Him and thank Him that there is that tie between us and our God...

"And now, my children, I am going to leave you, but there is one who would speak for whom I demand, in the Name of Love, your sympathy, your understanding, your remembrance that both he and you have been adopted by the same Father and must share the same inheritance together... And now I go..."

(Others then spoke...)

JUDAS ISCARIOT...

"... (Christ, help me)... I come into your presence, conscious that perhaps you will be affronted, conscious too that even the mention of my name in these records may rouse horror in those who read; yet, it is by the wish of Christ Himself that I am here to bear testimony... Would that I might keep back my name, but that is the coward's part... It is even Judas, who betrayed our God.

"Tonight, I am sent into your midst, holding to the added tie of one who has worked for God in God's own way (Mr. Meads), reassured by the knowledge that even such as myself will gain a hearing; and before I go, it has been shown me that I shall have done my part - a small part - in revealing something of the mighty love of God.

"The word 'friends' rises in my mind, and in Christ's Name I call you friends because you are willing to listen to me. Yet, friends, there lies between us centuries of thought, centuries of hatred and loathing for the one who betrayed not only his Master but betrayed God Himself...

"Surely, as I speak, those days come back, and yet I should be denying Love if I did not put on record that even as Christ was betrayed so He forgave. After my act, the Master was my only friend on earth, and when the body was cast off and the soul was in that state of torment which remorse brings, the Master visited me and comforted me, and showed me the path into the Light, showed me the redemption which lay in front...

"I speak not of those days in explanation - suffice it to say that even as was said, that which we call a 'devil' possessed me; yet, if my heart and mind had not been attuned to evil, it would have been impossible for that lodgement to have been made. Rather, let me speak of all that which has transpired since. From that day onward - when the One I had betrayed came to me in person and not only showed His forgiveness, but showed me how I could work out that most terrible mistake - from that day onward, so the glimmering of Light which had penetrated my earth-bound mind grew and grew, and after many struggles, after many failures, after anguish - yes, anguish unspeakable - so by the help and the ministration of the Saviour of us all, back I came into something of that which I had thrown away...

"It is not of sorrowful things that I have been commanded to speak, rather it is to give forth to a blind and condemning world the unlimited saving grace of God; and to show that where repentance is, the gate to holiness is opened wide.

"That is my little message tonight, in conditions which are agony to me, because though I am depending on your sympathy and your understanding, yet even as I speak, there is a barrier so high and broad that all I can do is to call to you, hoping that presently you may answer as God wills, and that the barrier may go down.

"Think not that I judge not myself, think not that as I speak anything but anguish, anything but inexplainable remorse over the memories of the past, claim my mind. Yet, that is against the law of Love, that is against God's redeeming power, and in time to come so, by the fact that my act of treachery has again and again saved another from committing a like act, by the fact that the name of Judas has caused even the most hardened to pause - by these things so I have drawn unto myself, not only sufficient power to forsake evil for ever and for ever, but the greatest gift of all - the power to work and to wipe out and to retrieve the past...

"The body burns, the thoughts of the mind are hard to circumvent, and the horror of the deed is not blotted out by the remembrance of forgiveness. Yet, friends, I should be giving a wrong impression if I did not tell you that out of the body, in those conditions which have been bought over the ages, I know a peace and joy and a content no human language can portray.

"My Father never disowned His son, and with thankfulness and humility the son has knelt and received His blessing... The Mind of God is wider than the sea; the Love of God is inexplainable by anything either on the earth plane or in the planes beyond. Tonight, I stand before you all as an example of the Love and saving grace of God... I am told that I am to speak not of the past, but of the future. The present is building that future, and the past - thank God, can be worked out and wiped out, even as though it had never been...

"As you think over those who have visited you, I ask for your prayers, and in the future - because God's Love is so great - I see that, gathering love from Him, you will learn to love me in turn with the others...

"Christ, my Master, forgave me - aye, and not only forgave but bestowed on me that great honour of service amongst those who betray themselves, and, in that betrayal, betray Christ again. Farewell..."

(Note: After the circle, Mr. Meads said that Judas had spoken to him some 20 years ago, but no one else present knew that Judas had 'come back' in this way.)

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

"...Well, my children, I am not going to keep you longer, but I want you to put aside all thoughts of criticism, all thoughts of lack of this and of that, and to be certain that God's will has been done on earth this evening...

"Yes, the instruments that we have to use may seem to themselves lacking in all the essentials required, but God uses the willing heart, and God understands the frailty of the human construction; and because He is God and Creator, takes the fragments thus provided, to create the perfect whole...

"You know it not - the eyes are bound, but tonight you have done God's work. And so, my little ones, with this thought in your minds, you can say to yourselves: 'Yes, I am conscious that the spirit of adoption is growing in me, that not only has my Father adopted me, but I too have recognised that adoption by obeying His will'...

"And so, dear children, we will part, remembering that the steep road is the road to Christ, remembering that the voice of the world can be ignored because the voice of the Spirit is stronger far...

"Confuse not your aspect of this and of that. The things of the world, in themselves, are good, so far as they go - but the moment the things of the world come between you and God's purpose, so then, for the sake of the spirit within, you are asked to give them up. Yes, to give them up, for until you have relinquished the lesser, so it is impossible to grasp the greater, and God has called you to the highest and the best...

"Honour for the children of the Most High - and in the acceptance of that honour, so you are honouring your God and your King, so you are recognising the tie between you - that He is your Father and Mother God and that you are His beloved, His sons and daughters, the children of His Heart, surrounded by love and understanding for ever and for ever.

"In the Father's Name I bless you. Keep true, keep pure, keep steadfast on the road - for the road to God is joy, is peace, and is revelation. Amen... Goodnight, my children..."




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