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Jesus and The Zodiac Messages
Winifred MoyesWooden CrossZodiac Christ Messenger
The Zodiac Messages
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"HOME LIFE IN THE SPIRIT WORLD"

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, 19th December, 1925.


"Father and Mother God, we ask Thee to bless us once more; we ask Thee to make it possible that the things of the world in their worldly sense may be ignored; we ask Thee to so instil us with Thy Holy Spirit that we may be able to forget ourselves, our anxieties, our sadness of heart, maybe, and to enter literally and actually into the joy which never fades...

"O God, prepare our hearts, imbue us with that consciousness of service, and grant that we, as little children in faith and in trust, may be certain that what the future holds has been over-looked by Thy loving care, and that all - all is well - well with the body, well with the mind, and well with the soul...

"Tonight, O Saviour, come very close; make it possible that each one may feel that Thou hast been with them and that they have communed with Thee direct. Grant that they may be able to draw from Thee just that strength both of the body and of the soul which will recharge them to go on with gladness of heart, rejoicing that they have been called to work for Thee in Thine own way... Amen...

"...My little children, as I have told you before, it gives me increasing joy to look into your hearts and minds and to see the love for Zodiac is gradually gaining more strength, becoming more personal, more part of your daily lives. And remember this: That our Father God has given you into my charge - you and all those many who, it seems to you, stretch over this little world of yours - those children who respond to the love-call of Zodiac because Christ has given them into his care, to bring them closer to the Kingdom of God ...

"My children - and I speak to all - sometimes it may have seemed that you have thrown out your love to me and yet I have made no direct response. There is one present tonight, about whom this applies in a measure, and to Louise (Miss Owen) I say that because she has found within her heart that love for one who would seem a stranger, so God has blessed that love and so Zodiac gathers to him that which brings joy indeed...

"Children, though I name one, yet this applies to many who I bring not in, in that way. But I say to all that it is God's will that you should give me out of your store of love, because that love only and solely has been born of the Spirit...

"Children, it has been thought, right down the ages, that God your Father is a jealous God, that He resents the intrusion of any other that would come between Him and those He has created. Well, tonight I am instructed to say that, in the main, man has misinterpreted the thought behind the words.

"Your Father and Mother God is indeed jealous regarding that holy quest of the spirit within, and He made the injunction to have no other gods but Himself, in order - in a measure - to protect His own. Yet think you: Has not the One you love so well bid you again and again to love each other? Has not the Father planted within your heart and mind that capacity to give out affection, that sweet emotion which is connected with love, as you know it, during the physical stages?

"My children, never pause in regard to giving out love to your fellow beings or to those in the Spirit who have companioned you for so long, for that love is blessed by God; it is indeed an expression, in miniature, of that which is Love Itself...

"I realise, as I speak, that there are many among my children who find that the greatest impetus in life is the power of love, whether it is bestowed upon those in their daily life, or whether - because physical loneliness is their portion - it is given direct to the Good Shepherd who watches over them with a love past all understanding...

"My children, this love is meant by God. Love was given to the children of the earth to teach them, to prepare them - in a measure - for all the glory and beauty and radiance of Love which awaits them when the body is no more...

"Tonight, I would speak to you on a subject which I think will appeal to you all - it is in regard to: 'Home Life in the Spirit World'. And I bring in that word 'Spirit' because until you are able to penetrate into these conditions which are Spirit, so you know little of that joy which is another name for home - the ideal home life as God intended.

"It seems to some, that the little homes on earth - that all that congregating together is of the physical alone - but I have told you oft before that the physical is but a crude illustration of what is real and actual and permanent for ever. So, dear children, think with me awhile, while I try to explain to you how that home life is built up, when it can be made your own, and how God uses that instinct which finds expression on earth to build for the great Hereafter, when the ideal will be within your own grasp.

"Children, I would bring to your mind that the Lord God of all - the King of kings - chose to work out His physical experience in a tiny home where comforts were few. I want you to keep in mind the thought of the tiny Babe as it lay in its Mother's arms; and I want you to go back and to recall that girl - ah, you would call her a child if she were in your midst - that girl of the people who was chosen for the greatest honour which has ever been laid upon any soul at all...

"That home life - well, dear children, as some may know, it was a home very much like the average - a little love, yes, perhaps a great measure of love from some, and, on the other hand, a lacking from others - 'good and evil' if you like to name it thus, but rather I would say weakness and strength. Yet, as you know full well, deeds done mostly in ignorance, certainly in spiritual blindness, these can be worked out by service in God's good time...

"That little home is typical of many, and the Saviour of the World, the All-Highest, chose it because it would provide just the necessary training, just that amount of suffering which would build up the strength and the resolution within. For mark you this - that God, in so coming, came even as you and I. No gifts such as would help Him through; nay, stripped of all those alleviations which simplify life to so many, the Light of the World endured that which was twilight so that the Light which He represented should burn strong and clear...

"My children, it is ever thus. Those who are strong in their love for God, those who possess a spirit which in a measure is free and untrammelled, these go through experiences which sometimes seem to the onlooker as approaching cruelty in their severity. But that lack of harmony on earth, those many obstructions to be overcome, the responsibilities, the anxieties, the lack of gratitude from those they have tried to help - all this is precious material indeed, not only preserved, but created, for that time when the body is no more.

"Children, I want you to think thus in regard to your lives - and I speak with a consciousness of the lives of all my many children - I ask you to believe that work, that effort, that thought for others, is preparation so that your joy may be complete in the happy time to come. All this when it takes the form of service - and service has many aspects - all this is, as it were, producing brick by brick, that home in the Hereafter which you will never be asked to relinquish, but ever to make more beautiful by your thoughts and your actions...

"You see, dear children, that it is a curiously warped view to think that your Father and Mother God instilled within the heart and mind of mankind, that longing for a home, for the gathering together of that which represents happiness, and also something to work for just for one stage of experience. Can you not see that those who dismiss, when physical death o'ertakes them, that most spiritual instinct for home life, that these are bound by the earth itself?...

"Look at the question how you may. There is no other thing in life which will bring out in the man or the woman that same capacity for self-sacrifice, that determination to work, that ignoring of the bitterness and the persecution of their daily life...

"My children, the home-instinct is of God Himself, and I want you to view it like this in the days to come: I want you to be certain that what you contribute now to the home in love, in service, and in beautiful thoughts - that all this will be translated, aye, transformed and held in trust for you, until those happy days when you will see the meaning of it all...

"And then, dear children, I want you to consider this: You look about you and you see homes which are a travesty of the very word; you see selfishness and greed, you see minds fixed on the material things of daily life, ignoring the love-calls, ah, valuing them as nothing - and you wonder how such as these will find themselves placed when the possession of these accumulations have passed beyond their reach in a physical sense. And so it is that many, on passing out of this life, find themselves lonely indeed. As it were, they look around and they see love and home and children - all those many ties which are so sweet, and they, as I said, are alone.

"Children, those who lack that love of home on earth find, when they pass out, that indeed no home awaits them; rather they wander hither and thither as in a wilderness, and until out of their resources they can build - and you can only build by love and by service and by effort - so they are homeless, so they are unattached, so they find no welcoming voice to bid them enter in...

"Children, should this sound harsh to you, I would explain at once that the instant the call for love comes - that instinct for building and for gathering to them that which expresses love for others - so immediately they find a little hutment, as it were, where they can set to work.

"You must try and work this out in your own mind. It is exactly the same as if you were wrecked on a desert island and had to search for this and for that, and by and by you were able to build that which affords a shelter. In physical language, this is exactly what happens in the Spirit; and, dear children, immediately that instinct for a home with love in it comes to the individual, then at once they can enter into a condition which holds something of the Spirit of God - in its creative sense - within it...

"I want you to follow me as best you can. Picture to yourselves one immersed in the vanities of physical life, shutting himself in by his selfish desires, by his love of possessions, by that most destructive impulse of gaining power - such a one has indeed to search for the twigs, and for that which will give light to the fire which takes the place of a companion to so many.

"It comes down to that; but, dear children, as you will see for yourselves, there are many who are held by the chains of desire and of ambition, who also preserve that love for the home and the little ones within it; and in the measure that that love is unselfish, so they will find that some home life awaits them when the body is no more... And remember this - that during the sleep state, so love draws, and so they are together, understandingly conscious, perfectly at one with the Divine purpose which is being worked out...

"So, dear children, as you will see for yourselves, this is another aspect of that same responsibility which we have discussed before; and again I remind you of this: That which is around you in physical guise represents something in the Spirit World which is pure and holy and of God Himself, and in the measure that you can bring up in your minds those physical things so, my little ones, the joy of the home which awaits you will be enhanced and enhanced again by the miracle of God's Love...

"Now, dear children, I bring you back once more to the Babe in the humble home, and I tell you that God your Father understands that sometimes the mundane tasks, sometimes those little duties connected with the home, are not quite in harmony with your great big thoughts and your great big longings; and yet only by the subjecting of His will to another could the Light of the World go forth and show man, for all time, the beauty and the wonder of a life of unity with the spirit within...

"And then, dear children, I want you in all seriousness, in all reverence, to consider that God is your Father and Mother as well; that you have all one perfect Home with Him, that He is gentleness past all expression, as well as strength beyond your comprehension and beyond the comprehension of those who love Him best; and because God is your Father and Mother, because He has provided a Home for you with unutterable Love within it, He is teaching and training you now so that you may be prepared, in a measure, to step into that which is your own...

"Sometimes it happens, dear children, that when those who understand not the spiritual significance of love - when these pass hence, though the love still may be there, they are divided from each other by much over aeons of time; yes, until they are ready for love, until they know how to handle it, how to treat it, how to guard it - so the lessons must be learnt and so 'conditions' divide; yet in the heart and mind of both, the knowledge is there that because God is a God of Love, in the by and by, that which means more to them than anything else will be granted to them with the blessing of the Divine...

"To the young ones present I have a special message, which the Father of all Love wishes me to pass on this evening, and that is in regard to their attitude towards this gift... Yes, love is a gift, the most precious gift of all, and with the individual the responsibility lies in a way I have no words to express.

"You see, my little ones, it is like this: Love was given to the children of the earth in order to bring them nearer to God, in order to prepare them, in a measure, for that pure love which awaits them a little farther on. And so when one desecrates it, or another despises it, the plan is marred, and it means much retracing of steps, much sorrow of the heart, because the great gift was given and its worth was not recognised until too late...

"When this experience comes to you, be on your guard, and again I say be on your guard. Remember the mighty influence which love has, remember that it is within your own hands to spiritualise not only your love but that love which is offered to you... Ah, remember that in failing your greater self you are betraying another, by being content with the second best not only are you hindering your own progress but, alas and alas, that of the one to whom you are linked.

"And these things, little ones of my heart, have got to be worked out. Not only has the lack to be made good on your own account, but that far harder task - the retrieving of the weakness of another, inasmuch as your influence was not used in the way God meant...

"But oh, my children, think of the privilege, think of the safeguard which is around your lives. You know, you have been told, you have gathered together to listen to God's Voice - to be taught by the Holy Spirit something of the meaning of life, and so you can walk in that narrow way which is the one that leads you to true joy, not only in the Life Beyond but during the physical stages as well...

"And in this you can directly work for Christ. You can render that same service to others which it is my privilege to render to you; you can put them on their guard, you can go to those who as yet understand not the plan and the purpose, and tell them to beware.

"Yes, dear children, this is an opportunity for being used directly as an instrument of the Most High. Each one you influence, even if it be only in a small degree, means that that little less has to be worked out when they too see and understand the value and the worth of the gift entrusted to them...

"My children, there is still another aspect of this subject, and it is one which, as yet, has not been recognised by mankind. In speaking of home life, instantly your thoughts go to the little ones who indeed make that home life the joy God intended; and tonight I am instructed to tell you that there is not one man or woman who has lived on this little earth, that there is not one child who has not that great privilege, the gift of parenthood...

"Now think you with me a minute. I say that there is not one child who has not the privilege of being a parent, and I ask you to for ever get away from the narrow borders of the physical, and to take in, in the measure that you can, something of the great spiritual truth I am trying to impart.

"Those who have reached to man's and woman's estate, though their homes may be empty, though indeed that which you call marriage has not been entered into, each one - according to their holy desire - have the children which they long to make their own; and when sleep claims them, father and child or mother and child are together, teaching each other something of the beauty of God's Love...

"And think you like this: Not all those souls who are linked together in this closest of ties, are separated by the distinction of being within or without the tabernacle of flesh. It may be that the child of one on earth, is also continuing its experience in another part of your little world, but as night comes and as the body is forgotten, so, though you may be poles apart - according to physical distance - you meet and commune, you are as one during the God-given hours when you are your real selves, for good or ill.

"And then, dear children, in regard to the little ones, I want you to be quite certain that as you watch the tiny tot fondling her doll, imitating as far as she can that which she has seen the older ones do for her - I want you to believe that not only is that a preparation for the physical responsibility which lies in front, but also, unconsciously to the mind of the body, the spirit is seeking to fulfil its duties to that child which exists in so tangible a way, whether on the earth or whether in one of those many realms of Spirit...

"And here, dear children, I want to try to explain that because the tiny tot is being mothered by another, it is unwise to judge the age of any soul by that which surrounds it. Yes, the soul, in order to learn its lessons, enters the tiny body, and it seems to you is utterly helpless, utterly dependent upon another; but confuse not that body with the age or the freedom of that which is within. I am speaking of the spirit, of the real you, of that which is shown to be yourself when the body is forgotten, and when you are functioning in that environment which is rightly your own...

"So, dear children, think you like this: Sometimes, that which in your world represents a child, in the Spirit is shown as one of great experience; and, again, sometimes the aged, sometimes those who gathered to themselves much knowledge of the world, these, when seen as they are, are among the younger ones, amongst those souls who, as yet, have not been able to do very much in regard to releasing that which is of God within...

"And so, my children, gathering up the threads and making a complete whole, I bring you back to the gift of home life, and again I remind you that those 'gods' referred to in the ancient records, have no connection with the love, with the tender regard, with that sweet tie, without which the home is a travesty of that which God intended...

"In the by and by, there is much held in store. Some of my children will be tested and tested again, and when that time comes, when the gift of love has been made their own, when the home has been built up around them, then I entreat them - in God's Name - to recall my words and to so guard themselves and others that when they are free, that Home which is home indeed, may be found not only awaiting them, but so closely allied with the thoughts of God that His blessing will rest upon them, because being faithful in little things, the Giver of all joys further bestows that which is of Himself - that Love, that purity, that power - and with these tools so you shall work for your Father and Mother God, not only creating beauty for yourselves but still more so showing, guiding, leading, influencing others to build that which represents, in miniature, that which the Great Architect has set into being - the Home of homes, the Heaven of heavens - that inner citadel of peace and joy where indeed linked to those you love best, you will be linked again to that Holiness from which you came...

"And now I go. Hold fast to the quietness which is here, for that which is Love Itself is blessing you - blessing you..."

(Others then spoke...)

JOHN BUNYAN...

"...I hope you will forgive an old fogey penetrating into your little home tonight. It is one that you connect with the teaching of the past - aye, one who now seems rather a narrow-minded depressing sort of individual... They called me John Bunyan and, well, I think the name suited me - it is most unromantic!

"Still, my dear young friends, tucked away underneath all that sermonising of mine, at times I was able to laugh, not only at the troubles of the world but at the weaknesses in my own mind. That's a very great asset indeed, and I see now that a sense of humour is not something that we develop ourselves - I see that it was given to me so that the days of physical life might not seem so long, so that I might be protected from that despair which misunderstanding brings so often to those whose vision of God has been dimmed by a world which recognises Him not...

"Well, my dear young friends, as I want to create a good impression, I intend to get away from my more serious side and to try and teach you a little about the joy which we find everywhere here; and when you have passed out, a good many years 'here' always represents God's Land. It's like looking back on a short stay which was accompanied by things uncongenial - that is how we regard the earth life - and we marvel that we made such a fuss over the discomforts and the irritations of that time.

"Now, I was a very ordinary person, so ordinary that I marvel how it was that the great God who rules all things should have thought of using me. I was so ordinary that the honour laid upon me seems too much, and I think I showed that at the time. This mind of mine, used by the great minds of those who are free, sought to convey a fragment of the Truth, and only a fragment was preserved.

"You see, my dear children, we cannot judge, regarding our own lives, those things which we are fit to do or are wanted to do, and it is an excellent method on rising in the morning to make a compact with yourselves in this way - to recognise that your view is limited and to think: 'I wonder whether God can use me for anything today!'...

"Well, I can promise you that before the day is ended, if the wish holds good, you will find that the Great Designer has allowed you to work in just a little inch of the pattern which He has ordained for your lives on earth...

"You see, dear friends, I regard myself in a very different way from the kind thoughts sent out by the majority over the little I accomplished. I see, with regret, that it was so little; I see that if my will had been more blended with the Divine will, if my mind had not been bound by reason, if I had only allowed the Spirit to have the scope it so fought to obtain, then I could indeed have been used as a messenger of the Most High...

"That lies within the province of all - to be used as a messenger of the Most High, but it is essential that you should take the loving instructions of the One for whom you wish to work, and people forget that so often. They want to work for Christ in their own way, they want to help God, but also in their own way. They are full of zeal, they are rigid over their manner of life, they hedge themselves in by: 'Thou shalt not and thou shalt not again', but when they stand free, they see that their master was not God but self...

"You see, my young friends, that my good resolutions are not very firmly established. I had no intention of giving you a sermon or of attempting to advise you regarding your own lives; and yet if you could only see things as they are, you would realise that in so trying to defend you from the assaults of the evil one, I was holding out to you joy in both hands...

"Here we work, we think and we construct, and with every pulse of our being joy rushes through us. Difficulties, obstacles, the treachery of others - these have no power, because we see that God's Love is around us in so tangible a manner that the thoughts of others, the blows of the evil - aye, and the weakness of ourselves - all that is reversed because Christ is there to help us...

"Well, I suppose I'd better say 'Goodnight', and yet it would be hardly courteous to withdraw without expressing my great sense of the privilege of being present and, more than that, of linking up myself once more with those on earth. Think of John Bunyan as the commonplace man he was, and then think of God's power - how He was able to use such poor material to give out a little of His wonderful Truth... Goodnight, my friends..."

(When all had spoken, Zodiac returned...)

"...Well, my children, I am going to bring this evening to a close, yet I wish to echo that thought - that you should invite happiness in to your homes, not only at this season of the year, but at all times.

"Happiness has to be learned - joy is an illusive thing perhaps during the physical stages, but if you cannot build up that deep joy within you, you will find it very difficult to contact with all that wonderful joy which is in your real home and which indeed could be your possession now, if you would but reach out and grasp it and be determined to hold it...

"I speak to my children all over the world; I speak to Annie and Agnes and Ralph, and I tell them not only to subject their will to God, but also to take of His many good gifts which it is part of His will that they should make their own...

"Children, you do not realise how you limit yourselves in this connection; you do not realise that sometimes the physical mind, as it were, takes the reins and drives you through the dark valley, while all the time the voices of those who love you are calling to you from the mountain side...

"Yes, listen ever to your loved companions, for they speak of true happiness which is unity of the physical and the spiritual; they speak of that true joy which must have its roots in both worlds; they speak of that wonderful love of the Spirit which, if the faith be there, can be reflected in a way very beautiful to behold while you wander on this little plane...

"So, my children, lay this thought on your heart - that you are building now, every minute, for that glorious Home which it is God's will should be given to you for ever and for ever... And as you progress, so that which is not quite as you would have it be, is refined, is spiritualised. Nothing is thrown away, nothing is discarded, but by thought and effort is transformed into that which is your spirit's desire...

"The gift of God - that gift of the Child in the humble home - remember that as you put your own home together; yes, keep that ideal ever before you, because when you are free, in looking at Love Itself, so sorrow will tear your heart if that which you have built is lacking in those things which are of the Spirit, which are indeed at your disposal directly you can find the strength within to call them forth...

"And now I go. God bless you all, gladden your hearts, lighten your lives with the Light which shines from Him, and give you your spirit's desire... Yea, even though the body remains, even though, as yet, you see but dimly that which your Heavenly Father has provided... Goodnight, my little ones."




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