The Urantia Book Fellowship

Thought Adjusters—God's Greatest Gift

Closing address given by Alvin Kulieke at the second Summer Study Session, Urantia Brotherhood School, August 8, 1965.
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During most of my life Sunday mornings would usually find me in church, ordinarily functioning in one way or another in connection with the music of the service. In keeping with customs that have become so familiar with many of us, I shall first read our scripture lesson. The scripture selection this morning is the eighth Psalm:

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
Thou whose glory above the heavens is chanted
by the mouth of babes and infants,
thou hast founded a bulwark because of thy foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars which thou hast established;
what is man that thou art mindful of him?

Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
and dost crown him with glory and honor.
Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou hast put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the sea.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

And, like many good preachers Sunday after Sunday, I shall select a text from the scripture reading—What is man that thou art mindful of him?

What is man? There may be many answers. Man is an animal that walks on two legs, can talk - is more intelligent than all other animals. Man is a weak animal that many larger and stronger can easily destroy. Yet man controls other animals. Man is a cruel animal, that is ruthless and destroys other men - yet man is sympathetic, will give much for others, and even sacrifice his own life for other men. Man is a filthy, smelly derelict; yet man is a noble, admirable, personality that is created little lower than the angels.

But just what is man as seen in comparison with, or in relation to, the entire spectrum of personalities of the universe of universes?

This almost limitless cosmos is created, controlled, and upheld by the First Great Source and Center, at one and the same time the Universal Father of all personalities and the Infinite source of all energy and matter.

Along with the Universal Father are his two coordinates who with him constitute total deity. On a high level above our conceptual capacity they function in creation and in sponsoring the myriad activities of the Universe of Universes. The three Paradise Deities in various combinations bring into being the Seven Master Spirits, the Orders of Days, the Creator Sons, and Magisterial and Trinity Teacher Sons, and all the orders of the Supreme Spirits. Then on the Local Universe level, the Creator Sons with the Mother Spirit create Gabriel, the Mechizedeks, Vorondadeks, Lanonandeks, Life Carriers, Brilliant Evening Stars, the various Ministering Spirits, Archangels, and Seraphim. And, beside all these there is the whole array of power directors and of permanent citizens. And we finally come down to our cousins, the midwayers, and then at the bottom rung - man.

There is an almost infinite distance between God and man. They tell us that the exalted Mechizedeks, the second order of creation of the Creator Sons of God, are about half way between us, and the paradise Deities.

"What is man that thou art mindful of him?" Even this lowest of all personalities has been given midwayer assistance in the conduct of his affairs, and also the direction and help of the seraphim - particularly those angelic guardians of human beings who request and strive for the assignment to the pose of guardian angel. The spirit of the Local Universe Mother Spirit - The Holy Spirit - is given to all men, but its reception is somewhat proportional to the cooperation and decisions of man. The Local Universe Master Son has poured out his Spirit of Truth upon men, who at the same time are engulfed by the spirit of the Eternal Son.

"What is man that thou art mindful of him?" Above and beyond all this spiritual help, God has seen fit to bestow upon us lowly human beings a fragment of himself - in our present life as well as in the eternal future, the Greatest Gift that man can conceive of and receive - the means of evolving an immortal soul, ort survival, and subsequently the means of growth and progress through the morontia life, that we have just studied during these past two days. The Thought Adjusters also make it possible for us to enjoy the long spirit progression in the Super Universe and the billion worlds of Havona, and finally, make it possible for us to stand in the divine presence of this Eternal source of the Thought Adjusters and of our personalities. (See Page 1191)

A Perfector of Wisdom, who comes from Paradise, has this to say, "Even though the Paradise Father functions through his divine creators and his creature children, he also enjoys the most intimate inner contact with you, so sublime, so highly personal, that it is even beyond my comprehension - that mysterious communion of the Father fragment with the human soul and wit the mortal mind of its actual indwelling. Knowing what you do of these gifts of God, you, therefore, know that the Father is in intimate touch, not only with his divine associates, but also with his evolutionary mortal children of time. The Father indeed abides on Paradise, but his divine presence also dwells in the minds of men.

Even though the spirit of a Son be poured out upon all flesh, even though a Son once dwelt with you in the likeness of mortal flesh, even though the seraphim personally guard and guide you, how can any of these divine beings of the Second and Third Centers ever hope to come as near to you or to understand you as fully as the Father, who has given a part of himself to be in you, to be your real and divine, even your eternal, self?

Jesus tried to get men to realize that ". . .the kingdom of God was within them.", that ". . . the Father has sent his spirit into the hearts of all men."

And now, as we tried to bring out last Friday, this Urantia Book, containing a restatement of the teachings of Jesus, has as one of its principal themes the story of the divine gift, the Mystery Monitors, the Thought Adjusters.

Yes, all we can do is raise the question, "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" It is difficult for us to conceive why the Universal Father has so dignified man by entrusting to man a fragment of Himself, and has made possible such a glorious future, so fraught with exhilarating experiences, ultimately to be crowned with finaliter status, and a continued existence that must be far more satisfying than that of even high beings who were created perfect. This is the way a Divine Counselor, a son of the Trinity, who hails from Paradise itself, regards man in comparison with such a perfect being.

The creatures of Havona are naturally brave, but they are not courageous in the human sense. They are innately kind and considerate, but hardly altruistic in the human way. They are expectant of a pleasant future, but not hopeful in the exquisite manner of the trusting mortal of the uncertain evolutionary spheres. They have faith in the stability of the universe, but they are utter strangers to that saving faith whereby mortal man climbs from the status of an animal up to the portals of Paradise. They love the truth, but they know nothing of its soul-saving qualities. They are idealists, but they were born that way; they are wholly ignorant of the ecstasy of becoming such by exhilarating choice. They are loyal, but they have never experienced the thrill of wholehearted and intelligent devotion to duty in the face of temptation to default. They are unselfish, but they never gained such levels of experience by the magnificent conquest of a belligerent self. They enjoy pleasure, but they do not comprehend the sweetness of the pleasure escape from the pain potential.

I believe this refers to us right now, as we are, in the process of acquiring our status as ascension candidates through our own faith and hope.

Sometimes, when the way becomes dark and the going rough, these are things to remember. At such times we should try to let some of these supernal statements sink into our consciousness - for example, one that most of us have memorized: "God the Father, at the center of Infinity, literally loves men; God the Son serves men; God the Spirit inspires the children of the universe."

As we have studied the morontia life, we realize that the prelude to it is our present experience with the adjuster - how we cooperate, and the extent to which we devote ourselves to the doing of the will of God as outlined by the Thought Adjuster.

And so, in our concluding session of this year's summer study session, let us review what we are told about this Greatest Gift of God to man - the Thought Adjusters.

"Adjusters are the Father's love incarnate in man." (Page 1176)

"A part of God swells within us." (Page 26)

"The Creator lives in the creature." (Page 45)

"A fragment of the living God lives in man." (Page 62)

"Adjusters actually indwell animal-origin beings." (Page 1192)

"All created beings would welcome Adjusters." (Page 1184)

Let us consider, then, the Origin, Assignment and Training of Thought Adjusters.

Origin of Thought Adjusters

Though there are diverse opinions regarding the mode of bestowal of Thought Adjusters, there exist no such differences concerning their origin; all are agreed that they proceed direct from the Universal Father, the First Source and Center. They are not created beings; they are fragmentized entities constituting the factual presence of the infinite God. Together with their many unrevealed associates, the Adjusters are undiluted and unmixed divinity, unqualified and unattenuated parts of Deity; they are of God, and as far as we are able to discern, they are God.

As to the time of their beginning separate existences apart from the absoluteness of the First Source and Center, we do not know; neither do we know their number. We know very little concerning their careers until they arrive on the planets of time to indwell human minds, but from that time on we are more or less familiar with their cosmic progressions up to and including the consummation of their triune destinies: attainment of personality by fusion with some mortal ascender; attainment of personality by fiat of the Universal Father, or liberation from the known assignments of Thought Adjusters.

Although we do not know, we presume that Adjusters are being constantly individualized as the universe enlarges, and as the candidates for Adjuster fusion increase in number. But it may be equally possible that we are in error in attempting to assign a numerical magnitude to the Adjusters; like God himself, these fragments of his unfathomable nature may be existentially infinite.

The technique of the origin of the Thought Adjusters is one of the unrevealed functions of the Universal Father. We have every reason to believe that none of the other absolute associates of the First Source and Center have aught to do with the production of Father fragments. Adjusters are simply and eternally the divine gifts; they are of God and From God, and they are like God. (Page 1177:04, 05, 06, 07; 1179.05)

Classification and Training of Adjusters

    Classification of Adjusters
  • Adjusters are individuated as virgin entities, and all are destined to become either liberated, fused, or Personalized Monitors. We understand that there are seven orders of Thought Adjusters, although we do not altogether comprehend these divisions.
  • The pre-personal Adjusters of interest to us are:
    • 1. Virgin Adjuster—those serving on their initial assignment in the minds of evolutionary candidates for eternal survival.
    • 2. Advanced Adjuster—those who have served one or more seasons with will creatures on worlds where final fusion takes place with the spirit of the Local Universe Mother Spirit.
    • 3. Supreme Adjuster—those monitors who have served on evolutionary worlds, but whose human partners for some reason declined eternal survival, and who have been subsequently assigned to other adventures in other mortals on other evolving worlds. These Adjusters have had more experience and can do more things in the human mind than a less experienced Adjuster. (Page 1178.03,04,05, 06; 1198.
  • Training of Adjusters
    • See Page 1180.03
    • On certain primitive worlds the Adjuster indwells the mind of the creature as an experiential training, chiefly for self-culture and progressive development. Virgin Adjusters are usually sent to such worlds during the earlier times when primitive men are arriving in the valley of decision, but when comparatively few will elect to ascend the moral heights beyond the hills of self-mastery and character acquirement to attain the higher levels of emerging spirituality. (Many, however, who fail of Adjuster fusion do survive as Spirit-fused ascenders.) The Adjusters receive valuable training and acquire wonderful experience in transient association with primitive minds, and they are able subsequently to utilize this experience for the benefit of superior beings on other worlds. Nothing of survival value is ever lost in all the wide universe.
    • See Pages 1197.05, 06; 1198; and 1196.
  • Assignment of Adjusters
    • See Page 1185.03; 1185.04; 1186.02; 1191.03; 1191.05)

What Are Thought Adjusters?

Here are several statements telling what Thought Adjusters are: Pages 1176-77; 1183; 1181.05; 1182.07; 1183.02; 1183.03; 1176.02;

    Description of Thought Adjusters
  • See Pages 1177.03; 1182.04; 53; 1203.02; 1181; 25LP, 363; 1182; 24; 220.02;
  • Thought Adjusters are invisible to about every personality in the Universe. Personalized Adjusters are discernible by those Supreme Creator Personalities who originate in the Paradise Deities. To all beings who have attained the Universal Father the Personalized Adjusters are visible.
    Our Relationship With Our Adjuster
  • What They Mean to Us
    • First, you remember we already have read that Thought Adjusters are indispensable to the paradise ascension.
    • See Pages 1193; 448; 1204 and 1204.05, 06.
    • God provides for the sovereign choice of all true personalities. No personal creature can be coerced into the eternal adventure; the portal of eternity opens only in response to the free will choice of the free will sons of the God of free will.
    • Mortal man has a spirit nucleus. The mind is a personal-energy system existing around a divine spirit nucleus and functioning in a material environment.
    • See Pages 1139; 1190; 1203.
    • Then the Solitary Messenger who writes this waxes eloquent as he feels some frustration at seeing mortals and Adjusters having such difficulty in breaking through to a conscious communion. He even uses alliteration to describe these monitors.
  • Adjuster's manifold work in the mind. See Page 1203.
  • The Adjuster is a part of infinite Deity. See Pages 64; 1192; 119; 1105; 1207; 64; 1193; 1182

What Adjusters Do For Us

  • Adjusters arouse a hunger for perfection. (Page 179)
  • Adjusters create a yearning to be like God, to attain Paradise, and there to worship the infinite source of the divine gift. (Page 191)
  • Adjusters create a hunger for righteousness. (Page 203)
  • The Adjuster is the source of idealism.
  • The Adjuster is the source of altruism.
  • The Adjuster is the source of spirit insight.
  • Adjusters impel belief in God.
  • Adjusters stimulate spiritual unity among social and racial groups.
  • Adjusters insure the survival of religion.
  • Adjusters enlarge the capacity to perceive religious truths. The Adjuster is the cosmic window through which man may faith glimpse the certainties and divinities of limitless Deity, the Universal Father.
  • Adjusters deliver man from the fetters of fear.
  • Mystery Monitors are patient indwellers. See Page 364.
  • They help make us perfect. See Page 1176.
  • Adjusters guide us to God. See Page 39.
  • Eternal partnership of Adjuster association. See Page 1182.
  • And they do enjoy communicating with us. See Page 1193.
  • When Adjusters forsake human beings. See Page 1204.
  • What are the prerequisites of Adjuster indwelling?

Though the Adjusters volunteer for service as soon as the personality forecasts have been relayed to Divinington, they are not actually assigned until the human subjects make their first moral personality decision. The first moral choice of the of the human child is automatically indicated in the seventh mind-adjutant and registers instantly, by way of the local universe Creative Spirit, over the universal mind-gravity circuit of the Conjoint Actor in the presence of the Master Spirit of superuniverse jurisdiction, who forthwith dispatches this intelligence to Divinington. Adjusters reach their human subjects on Urantia on the average, just prior to the sixth birthday. In the present generation it is running give years, ten months, and four days; that is, on the 2,134th day of terrestrial life.

The Adjusters cannot invade the mortal mind until it has been duly prepared by the indwelling ministry of the adjutant mind-spirits, and encircuited in the Holy Spirit. And it requires the coordinate function of all seven adjutants to thus qualify the human mind for the reception of an Adjuster. Creature mind must exhibit the worship outreach and indicate wisdom function by exhibiting the ability to choose between the emerging values of good and evil - moral choice.

Thus is the stage of the human mind set for the reception of Adjusters, but as a general rule they do not immediately appear to indwell such minds except on those worlds where the Spirit of Truth is functioning as a spiritual coordinator of these different spirit ministries. If this spirit of the bestowal Sons is present, the Adjusters unfailingly come the instant the seventh adjutant mind spirit begins to function and signalizes to the Universe Mother Spirit that it has achieved in potential the coordination of the associated six adjutants of prior ministry to such a mortal intellect. Therefore have the divine Adjusters been universally bestowed upon all normal minds of moral status on Urantia ever since the day of Pentecost.

Even with a Spirit of Truth endowed mind, the Adjusters cannot arbitrarily invade the mortal intellect prior to the appearance of moral decision. But when such a moral decision has been made, this spirit helper assumes jurisdiction direct from Divinington. There are no intermediaries or other intervening authorities or powers functioning between the divine Adjusters and their human subjects; God and man are directly related.

Before the times of the pouring out of the Spirit of Truth, Thought Adjusters are bestowed under various circumstances or conditions. These are interesting to note, but they do not now apply to Urantia. They do suggest, however, how fortunate Urantia is to have a Bestowal Son and subsequently the Spirit of Truth, so that Adjusters can be universally bestowed upon normal minds.

The Seven Psychic Circles

See Page 1209

The Adjuster is your equal partner in the attainment of the seven circlers the achievement of comparative mortal maturity. The Adjuster ascends the circles with you from the seventh to the first but progresses to the status of supremacy and self-activity quite independent of the active cooperation of the mortal mind.

The psychic circles are not exclusively intellectual, neither are they wholly morontial; they have to do with personality status, mind attainment, soul growth, and Adjuster attunement. The successful traversal of these levels demands the harmonious functioning of the entire personality, not merely of some one phase thereof. The growth of the parts does not equal the true maturation of the whole; the parts really grow in proportion to the expansion of the entire self - the whole self - material, intellectual, and spiritual.

Decisions advance both Adjuster and the self.

Every decision you make either impedes or facilitates the function of the Adjuster; likewise do these very decisions determine your advancement in the circles of human achievement. It is true that the supremacy of a decision, in crisis relationship, has a great deal to do with its circle-making influence; nevertheless, numbers of decisions, frequent repetitions, persistent repetition are also essential to the habit-forming certainty of such reactions.

Achievement of psychic circles is not Adjuster fusion. See Page 1212.

How The Thought Adjuster Functions

See Page 11.04:05, 06.

Confusion, discouragement, distraction, ignorance, doubts or uncertainty cannot prevent survival. Only conscious resistance to the Adjuster's leading can prevent the survival of the evolving immortal soul.

See Page 1206.05; 1099; 1200.

What the Adjuster cannot utilize in your present life, he will faithfully preserve for the next stage of existence.

Thought Adjusters After Mortal Death

At death Adjusters return to Divinington. See Page 1231.

At death Adjuster returns to the Father. See Page 1179.

Two factors survive death.

After death the material body returns to the elemental world from which it was derived, but two nonmaterial factors of surviving personality persist: The pre-existent Thought Adjuster, with the memory transcription of the mortal career, proceeds to Divinington; and there also remains, in the custody of the destiny guardian, the immortal morontia soul of the deceased human. These phases and forms of soul these once kinetic but now static formulas of identity are essential to repersonalization on the morontia worlds; and it is the reunion of the Adjuster and the soul that reassembles the surviving personality, that reconcsciousizes you at the time of the morontia awakening.

See Page 1230.

Personality and identity differentiated. See Page 1230.

Thought Adjuster and memory. See Page 533.

Thought Adjuster Fusion

The period of Adjuster courtship. See Page 1204.

Fusion makes God and man one. See Page 1237.

Fusion ends all danger of failure. See Page 1237.

Where fusion usually occurs. See Page 1237.

Adoption of the new name. See Page 1188.

What Adjuster fusion means. See Page 1239.

Fusion makes sonship a fact. See Page 448-9.

Adjuster fusion can occur before physical death. See Page 1212.

The potentials of the oneness of Adjuster fusion. See Page 1212.

The Adjuster is the potential of immortality. See Page 448.

The potentials of Adjuster fusion. See Page 1112.

Vast potentials of Adjuster bestowal. See Page 70; 1212LP.

The potentials of Adjuster fusion. See Page 449.


See Page 63; 1177; 1205.06; 1206; 1223.04.05; 1181.04; 1189.03;

And so we continue to ask: "What is man that thou art mindful of him?"

Our world is one of over five trillion worlds in this vast Grand Universe - a rebellion ridden, defaulted - yes, strife-torn and disease-afflicted world. There are billions of inhabitants, yet each one of us has an individualized fragment of the highest Source and Center of an almost infinite cosmos. A portion of the Universal Father lives within us. The prospect before us is one of unlimited possibility. The opportunity of the Supreme Adventure of the exhilarating experience of attaining perfection as we explore the Universes, and ultimately find God on Paradise, is ours - ours because of the Adjuster - God's Greatest Gift.

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