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The Council tells us that the first step in spiritual development is an active love. With the following statement The Council explains to us some basic attitudes that we should try to establish within ourselves to begin to allow our natural godly love to begin to emanate from our being and in so doing we fortify any additional love that is in or around about us or within the situation that we find ourselves. Through this process we become more aware of the unity that we have with all and in this awareness then we also become aware of our responsibility to continue to promote an even greater awareness of this unity. Through this process we begin to see the flow and existence of God in all things and in ourselves. To add an even greater dimension to this on a personal level, The Council states that through our attitudes and actions in the very simple day-to-day existences we affect not only a positive attitude but the positiveness of all things around us.
The Council: “Much development and in fact the only development that an entity can fully make is in the ability to train and work with the physical.And the easiest and quickest way is developing the attitude and the thought.If you constantly keep on your mind your relationship and your responsibility to everybody and everything around you, you will soon be not only a channel for love, but you, will become a booster of that energy or that vibration.You will add to it.We will suggest for you specifically to begin to think in terms of service.Think in terms of service to your fellowmen.If one were to feel as though one's purpose was to be of service and in return through that service become more aware of the unity of man and God, great spiritual development can be expected.The greatest growth that an entity can make is through his day-to-day existence, in the simple little things, in the establishment of a very firm attitude of his existence within the Grace or Love of his God and his existence with his fellow man.”
I realize that what is stated here is obvious to most of us but I thought that it was worth posting.
The Council: In all situations, regardless of what they are, the curing balm, the healing salve, is understanding and caring. It can create a great difference and in some situations that are extremely severe, it can eliminate the worst of the possibilities at its very best. Yet it is the only thing that you as entities who are attempting to evolve spiritually have in your society today. Those people that you deal with day to day, the members of your family, close friends, those are your avenues for experiences that will allow you to exercise your true spirituality. Respect those opportunities, respect those challenges. Respect yourself and do the very best that you can. In the way the world looks at success today, success is only total success and that is not the way it is in the spiritual. True success is the constant effort, not necessarily the actual winning but the constant effort. Spirituality is easy to come by. Just show some kindness in the little things of life. Show some understanding in your day-to-day situations. Whatever commitments you have, honor them. That is the path to spirituality. Be a nice person. That is all it requires, a considerate, nice person. And respect the love that has been given to you. Respect the love that is offered to you. You have it now or today, but do you know tomorrow, it may be taken away from you because of the lack of respect you had today. Life is very lonely if there is no one that cares for you. But if there is no one that cares for you then maybe you should ask what is wrong with the choices you have made. If you love, you will be loved.
Man rarely looks at the shortness of his stay in this learning place that you call "Earth," that you call "Life."
Man looks into a mirror and feels that he will always be, that he will never leave.
This is his inner self, his higher self, letting him know that he is everlasting and eternal.
But his physical body is not.
It is in this use of his tool, that physical body that he grows the fastest and the most profoundly.
Use your time as if you did not have a tomorrow.
Use your time as if there were no more tomorrows for you.
Use your time as if this is all you had left.
A very simple yet very powerful quote from The Council:
The only key to growth, spiritual growth, is love. The only action to spiritual growth is love. The only way or effort to spiritual growth and at-one-ment with the Divine Father is love. A simple word, yet a word that encompasses so much and so completely that even a breath from your lungs can be an act of love, and if this be the case then even your unconscious breathing can be a minister of love and healing.
Questioner - In your opening statement, you referred to our lives as a lake that has been disturbed by our mistakes. When we come back, are we trying to change things so that the lake smooths out? Is that what you were referring to?
The Council: It is not necessary to wait till you come back. You can still the lake to a degree in this present experience or in this present life. You must remember there is a portion of the spiritual cycle that is now in play. This is what might be referred to as a bridge segment of what most people refer to as the New Age or the Golden Age or the Age of Light. You are not fully into it yet, you are still in the bridge portion of it, and during this particular time, karma takes on a new aspect or as we have said in the past, the new karma, which means that you do not have to correct all your karmic debt from the past. What you must do to overcome the karmic picture that you have created and the need for any other reincarnations is simply live this life the best you can with what you have. It is not necessary to undergo the old practice of karma which is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. In this bridge portion of the spiritual cycle, a new aspect has been added so that it is not necessary to wipe the slate completely clean. What is required is make the effort to do so, and then forget about the rest. Now, this cannot be a one-time effort or a two-time effort. As you live the rest of your life, you must constantly try to do the best you can. Oh, there will be times when you just will not do it, but spiritual success is guaranteed to those who fall and will pick themselves back up. So, if you try and you fall back into old habits or old ways, do not stay there. Try again, start over, and keep this process up. Then when you leave the material manifestation and you ask yourself, did you do the best you could?, your answer will then be yes, and you will move on to a whole new realm of growth and development.
A number of years ago, during one of Mr. William Allen LePar’s trances with his source, The Council, we were discussing reality as we understood it. Our goal was to better understand our position as physical beings within the larger scope of a spiritual existence. Sounds very deep and complicated doesn’t it? It really wasn’t. It was just that some of the questioners were seeking a precise description of our true nature within creation. The Council said that it would be impossible to give the finite mind of mankind an accurate picture of something that was, in its truest sense, infinite and indescribable in terms that we could grasp. They said that our vocabulary was not dynamic enough to give a clear understanding. We could easily misinterpret what we were told if they did not keep the description to its simplest form.
The questioners continued to pursue the topic.
Now you must understand a couple of things about The Council. These souls are not only advanced in their spiritual wisdom; they also have a complete understanding of human nature and its unwillingness to “leave sleeping dogs lie.” They have stated on several occasions that it is not their purpose to spoon-feed information to us. We must think, analyze what they say and use our God-given wisdom, look at more than just the answers given. We must always search for the deeper meaning, the meaning beyond just the words. This was one of those times when they decided to give us more than what we asked for, but not necessarily in the way that we had hoped.
The Council said, “If you want to know the essence of what you are we will tell you. What you really are is A Concept in Motion. Now, that ought to keep your heads spinning for quite a while trying to figure that one out.”
At first thought their reply seems fairly simple. But, what does it really tell us? “A concept in motion.”
A concept is a general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion.
Motion means moving, the change of a body from one position to another, having magnitude and direction, going from one place to another or expanding.
Again, simple enough. However, in the context that The Council used those terms it’s not so easy, especially when we look deeper. First, how does the term concept apply to human beings? In this case we must go back to the basics of the term concept. It is a thought or group of thoughts that symbolize something unique. We are creations of the Divine, thoughts of the Divine. We are thinking beings that He created, that He gave life, that He set in motion. Ah, the term “in motion.” Does that refer to physical motion. No. The Council is composed of non-physical beings, creations of the Divine just as we. The difference is that they have advanced beyond the need for physical bodies. They are beyond the cycle of reincarnation. But they are also “concepts in motion.” The motion that The Council is referring to is the motion of growth, not physical growth but spiritual growth.
The magnificence of God is beyond human understanding and the enjoyment of God by Himself or His own enjoyment of His unexplainable existence, was so great that He found a need to share it, and so in this need His Love was born and in the out coming of this birth then He created you. Now we use the word "need" and we do not mean it in the sense that God was lacking of something, but you can be so overjoyed, so overwhelmed, that to express this completeness, this total fulfillment, you feel that you must express it in an extension of yourself so that here again you may share in another enjoyment, in another expression, or another uplifting, or in another facet of perception, you see. So because of His Total Love, then, and the desire to even magnify that greater, He created you as a spirit or an entity and in hopes that you then would enjoy this exploration and that through you, His Joy might become even greater, and, thus, He shares even greater with you, so it becomes an unending existence in a conscious state or a conscious elevation of complete and unexplainable sharing and love. So it becomes a setting up of tremendous vibrations which if could be experienced in the physical world, it would completely shatter the entire universe. The power of such Joy, of such a Vibration, if you were to take one second and touch it into all of God's creation it would totally annihilate the entire creation. This would give you only a small idea of its magnitude and its power.
To make sense of this quote we need to define the essence of ourselves. What is it about each of us that is real, that never dies and is the core of our being? What gives us permanency? It is certainly not the physical body. What we must ask is this: What part of our being is constantly working beyond the physical processes that occur in each of us? It is our thinking processes. They never rest even when we are resting. The thinking processes are much more than random events of our lives. Those processes have form and substance. Substance of a non-physical nature, yet it is the essence of our existence. The basis of the thinking processes is the interaction of two elements. The elements that constitute thinking are character and personality. Character is exhibited by our attitudes, what we believe, what we don’t believe, our likes and dislikes. Personality is how we use those thoughts to express ourselves. Character and personality are in a constant state of flux, constantly being modified as we receive and digest sensory input. We could say that our personalities and character are constantly in motion, constantly changing, expanding, and growing.
It’s obvious that each of us is unique. No two people have exactly the same combination of character and personality. Each of us is a unique concept in the mind of the Divine and as we continue our existence we will continually change and grow spiritually. We are concepts of the Divine that He has set in motion. Each is a unique child of His, He who is the proudest and lovingest of parents.
If I wrote in this article that everything that happened at Medjugorje was not true, that it was all faked and explain how it was done, I am sure that it would make the news worldwide. Our society likes dirt, it loves sensationalism. Yet what could possibly be more amazing about Medjugorje than the truth! Read the truth from The Council.
I just recently returned from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia.A little nervous, I feel like I am talking to God. What I would like to find out is the validity of the apparitions that are happening there.I have witnessed some phenomena there, such as the sun spinning.I witnessed a young lady from Scotland who had her spine crushed and she was healed at that time and several other things such as rosaries turning from silver color to gold color.Would you comment on that please?
This is all actually happening.It is man's belief in a force higher than his own physical self, and it is the recognition that that force is not outside but totally within man's life and man's being.Are those apparitions and miracles true?Yes, they are. Why is it unusual?Why is it always isolated to this area or that area?It is man's choosing.One can have miracles and apparitions and what have you, supernatural events, constantly in his life, if he chooses it, if he has the mindset, if he is willing to recognize that this Divine Essence is part of him, not separate, and in so this Divine Essence will manifest anytime man will allow it. Mankind does not very often see the supernatural or the activities from the spiritual side.That is because he does not allow it. God does not hide his face from man.Man hides from God.Are we gods?In time, we will be gods.Are you gods?Yes, in time you will be gods.Let us add here at this moment.Man is not predestined to anything.He has planned his own life out.He may reach his ultimate goal in any way he chooses, with joy and happiness or with pain and sorrow.There is only one area that man does not have the free will choice and that is this:He is absolutely predestined to reach his own godhood.There is nothing that can prevent this.It is a question of how much do you wish to endure before you are willing to accept that position. Does that answer the question?
Yes, thank you.
Such miracles and such signs are only to stimulate the spiritual nature of mankind into realizing that this Divine Essence is not sitting out on some cloud but is most assuredly present in each and every one of you.
Many times we run across wonderful quotes that in their simplicity explain many profound ideas to us in a very direct way. There are times because the majority of the people are not familiar with some of the ideas or the words or the way of thinking of these great minds from the past, so we find it necessary to bring in a little of the ideas of what they are trying to tell us into a modern language. This is such a case.
“In the beginning, God drenched the Emptiness with Images.” This is a quote from one of Robert Pinsky’s poems. I thought it was a wonderful quote the first time I heard it. It spoke volumes of information to me. Unfortunately, I don’t think everyone would have the same experience in hearing this quote. So, I thought I would add to that something I picked up in meditation. I do not want you to think that I am presumptuous enough to feel that my ideas are on the same level of these great thinkers, but at times it doesn’t hurt to add your two cents if it is within the context of what the quote is saying, and I am trying to do that in this situation. So let us put it together.
“In the beginning, God drenched the Emptiness with Images.” I have added, “Desires and thoughts are the creative forces for the creation of tomorrow.”
In our ability to imagine, can you conceive of looking at a vast area of nothingness and then all of a sudden feeling the Presence of some great creator throwing out a thought that creates a form in front of your eyes? Then comes another thought, another image, that adds to the first, and this continues until all of creation is in place. In our experiences, in our journey through life, we rarely think of images as a creative force, but let us look at the word “images.” Couldn’t that be something like cause and effect? The image is the effect. The cause is what? Desire, thoughts, are these the creative forces behind the creation of the image? Anything is possible in the realms of creation in the presence of the Divine. So if we say that the desires and the thoughts are the creative forces that stimulated the image that brought about the entire creation of the universe, then we can take it one step further and say that these images are the cause of the forming of reality as we understand it. It is no longer images reflected off a gossamer curtain, gently swaying in a breeze. It has now become a three-dimensional reality, something solid, something tangible, reality as we perceive it.
In our ability to create our life, we can form desires and thoughts that also become creative forces. We too can let these forces form into images that are projected on this gossamer curtain, a very thin veil gently swaying, so that the image becomes alive and begins to move, and yet we know that it is not completely formed yet. It is not in its three-dimensional aspect. What do we do with this to bring it about as part of our future, as part of our tomorrow, as part of our journey through life? Well, since we are not as powerful as this Divine Presence, it means that we must concentrate a little harder, project with more clarity the image that we choose. So it may take us many times concentrating on that thought, on that image. It may take weeks or months or even years, depending on how great that image is, how broad that aspect of our future life we want. When we attempt to create like the Divine has, we are creating in a very complex situation, a creation has already been set in motion, and we must work our creations within that Great Creation, and we must remember there are many others wanting to create better things for themselves, a greater degree of spirituality, a greater kindness of heart.
So, all these things must mesh together, intertwine, interweave, so that there is an even flow into the future. Those images will only come to pass when our desire is true enough, our thoughts are strong enough to become a truly creative force. We cannot be wimpy about what we want. We must be firm. We must be totally committed to our desires. They must be strong desires, the thoughts behind the desires or the thoughts that come from the desires must be very clear, very precise. How well do you know what you want? How strong are your desires to create that thing?
We have an entire world around us that is filled with uncountable dramas going on, all at the same time. Directly, these dramas may not be connected with each other, but yet the ramification of those dramas will extend way beyond the situation itself.
What do I mean by “dramas”? Well, look at your life. If you were a third party viewing your life from an outside position, you could describe it as a drama that you have written, that you are performing. So in the term that I use “drama,” it is the same thing. There is an uncountable number of lives in activity, in growth, in motion, that constitute all the dramas that create our reality today.
It is interesting how we hear a lot of people talk that they believe that thoughts are things, and yet it is just something that they are repeating, something they read that sounds good to them, but, the fact is, it is far truer than what we may think. For instance, how solid is that piece of paper you are holding in your hand right now, reading this. To you it feels very solid, very real, and yet there is no reality there at all, as we perceive it. It is our perception of what reality should be, that is, a piece of paper that has a thickness to it, has a solidness to it. But it is made of atoms and where is the solidness in an atom? An atom is nothing more than a bunch of electrical impulses. Everything we touch, everything we see, even ourselves, is made of these atoms. So, in a sense, our reality is an electromagnetic state or, referring to ourselves, an electromagnetic being, and as such wouldn’t we be more powerful than the inanimate objects around us? Doesn’t it make sense that if we concentrated enough, thought hard enough, desired long enough, that we could create a reality that would make us happy? If we attempt to create a selfish, little reality that centers totally around us, the chances of that coming into fruition is literally nil. Oh, it may occur in our minds, but in reality it is non-existent. Yet, if we develop a thought of peace, of wholeness, of kindness for all of those around us, the chances of that thought becoming a reality is far greater because it is not just our thought, it is the basic thoughts of all those who seek happiness, who seek to better themselves internally, who seek a degree of spirituality, who seek a communion with their Creator.
If you want to create tomorrow for yourself, if you want to be like the Divine who drenches the emptiness with images, then think of terms that would benefit all those around you. Don’t think of what will benefit you, but what will benefit others. When we wish good for others, it is inevitable and inescapable that that same goodness will be ours to experience at some time in the future, not once, not twice, but tenfold. We find our fulfillment, our greatest creative potential, our greatest ability to fill our emptiness with images, when we fill our thoughts with compassion, with love, and with caring. Use your godly ability, and drench whatever emptiness is around you with the beautiful images of peace, tranquility, love, and wholeness.
This particular bit of channeled information struck me and so I thought I would share it. On the surface it seems simplistic and on one level it is but I believe that there is more that can be discovered by meditating on what is said beyond the words.
Spiritual growth is not a way of life that asks you to do without, but it is a way of life that asks you to give so that there is a greater room within to receive. Matter, creation, life, the earth, is in existence because of a consciousness. Your life is in existence because of a consciousness that you have. Matter can be looked upon as the effects and consciousness is the cause. To change your life into something more positive filled with greater joy and peace, change your consciousness ever so little, if that is the best that you can do, and your life will improve, your happiness will be assured, your joy and your peace will be yours.
following contains some thought-provoking information covering several topics.
The information contained here, hopefully, will give us all a new perspective
on how our world operates and
how advanced souls choose to demonstrate their love for us.This information was given by Mr. William LePar’s source, The Council on 07-25-1987, as a small part of the 147th trance.
The Council: To use some traditional terms, so that there would be a better understanding, those individuals who are considered less than normal and particularly those individuals that are referred to as retarded, if, in fact, they truly are retarded and not just a lack of society's understanding or knowing how to recognize a true genius, if they truly are retarded, they are the blessed souls of heaven, and they truly are special entities.And those of you who are fortunate to deal with such individuals or serve suchindividuals should feel very proud in a sense and yet maintain a certain humbleness in those entities' presence.Now, we are not talking about worshipping or anything like that.But you are definitely dealing with very evolved souls, in most cases, again. But the safest outlook is that all of them are extremely high entities or high souls.
Why do they exist or why do they come in?It is a very uncomfortable life for that particular entity because they have very little control over their future.All control and care is left in the hands of others, so they are truly subject to the wills and whims of those who are around them.It is their choice to undergo such a state of existence to give the rest of society an opportunity to grow and to show their capabilities of love. And according to one's ability to show his capability of love also shows the quality of soul that that individual is. They come in for the world's benefit, not for their own.
Questioner:When you first described that group of souls, you made an exception of the world not being able to recognize a true genius. What does that mean or why that differentiation?
The Council: Well, there are some entities who are pronounced retarded when in fact they are not retarded; they are so far advanced mentally that society cannot recognize a, how can we put it so that it will be, they do not conform to the mold.
In other words, their mind, their thoughts, are progressing at a supersonic speed while the rest of you people are crawling like snails.
And their mind, the mental activity, goes at such a high rate of speed and is so creative that it does not deal properly with the physical body.
And if this state of existence comes into play at the moment of conception, then the physical body itself may suffer as the fetus develops, and, of course, certain conditions then are set up where the metabolism may not be what it should be, body formation may not be as what it should be, it may not develop the way it should normally develop, consequently, those are repercussions that must be accepted.Do you understand?Or, let us say, those activities cause repercussions after the child is born and it would be entirely possible then that they may be deformed in some manner or another, the metabolism or body chemical functions may not be proper, thereby causing other problems, physical problems.Do you understand?
Questioner: Yes, pretty much, I think I do.If they are mentally so far ahead of the rest of us but they have trouble dealing with the physical, are they able to use their gift, their mental advancement, for lack of a better word, in the physical?
The Council:If some means of communication could be set up between the slow world and the high-speed world, yes.Now, we use the term "slow world and high-speed world" not to stimulate your thoughts that something exists that you are not aware of.We use that as a descriptive term based on our example just stated moments ago, snails and supersonic, what have you.So, yes, if there were a means of communication between the two levels, although any malformation of the physical body that has already been created, that would not be able to be changed, and more than likely unless some, how can we put it, unless some avenue could be forged that would allow the genius to pay more attention to the physical body and its development, possibly or more than likely future malformations of the physical body or physical condition would still occur, unless, of course, as we said, some kind of avenue of communication could be set up.But, then again, that is not a guarantee.But some very creative and positive concepts could be derived from these individuals.The best avenue of approach or, let us say, really the only avenue of approach would be being able to develop a computer link-up, because you certainly would not be able to digest that speed of thought in any other way.The second avenue that would be even less likely would be mental communication.Does that answer the question?
Questioner:Yes, except one more thing.Why does this happen at all, that they have this ability but it is more or less that they cannot use it?
The Council:Oh, they do use it, they do use it very much.Be thankful that these souls do come in.You forget what we have said in the past. Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts.These souls think just like you.In fact, they think much more intensely and much more so. Their positive, constructive thoughts are being pumped out and more or less overwhelming and subduing the normal's less than creative thoughts or less than perfect thoughts that they are generating into creation.So, these so-called "retarded" people who are actually mental giants are pumping out very positive and constructive thoughts to the physical plane into the realm of formation.
Questioner:So, we have those and then we have the really retarded who devote themselves to being avenues of service or avenues of the creation of brotherly love.They are two distinct, different groups?
The Council:Yes.So these souls come in to help you people, and when your little, shall we get very descriptive, your little "pea-sized" minds are pondering over something not much more valuable than your own personal desires, these advanced souls are pumping out energies and mental thoughts that are making up for your lack.Now, of course, we are not speaking personally to anyone.
Questioner:That is very amazing.
The Council:Well, it only stands to make common sense.How many times have we said over the years, the many, many, many years, that thoughts are things.Some of you people say, "Oh, yes, that is a fact," but we can say that it is more verbiage to you than a real belief. Because if you truly believe such things, if you truly could see, then you would have figured something out along those lines long before the question was asked or before it ever came up.The problem with the world today is that it is full of words and very little belief, and belief is verified by action.What more can we say?Words constitute nothing.Action is proof.It makes it so.
So, for all the "pea-sized" minds around, you have got to have a few geniuses and a few of the blessed souls to make up for the masses. Anything else?
Questioner:Not from this "pea-sized" brain.
The Council:As we said before, we do not speak to the large group on a personal level, but if you choose to wear the shoes.We are not in the business of unlacing shoes and removing them.
Editor's note:This is a good example of The Council’s tongue-in-cheek sense of humor which is often times a very dry sense of humor. Most of the time they are poking fun at themselves because they say it is the best kind of humor when one can laugh at themselves.
I hope that all of you found this information of value.
You do not leave the material manifestation without leaving your mark whether it be good or bad, positive or negative, so that if you were to do something that would have repercussions twenty years from now and you were to pass away to the other side tomorrow, those would be your responsibilities. The following is a quote from The Council
followed by a newsletter article by a member of SOL that demonstrates in real
terms how this concept can and does occur. The Council: "You do not leave the material manifestation without leaving your mark whether it be good or bad, positive or negative, so that if you were to do something that would have repercussions twenty years from now and you were to pass away to the other side tomorrow, those would be your responsibilities."
105th Trance - 06/19/1982
Let’s look at an example from more than 200 years ago that left a positive mark on the future.
It is late at night and a single candle is burning. A man is sitting at his desk writing something. His concentration is intense. He is not writing a letter as you might think. He is writing a musical score. This is not your average man. He is world famous, if your world is Europe and America. He is more famous than his contemporaries; Johann Sebastian Bach or Antonio Vivaldi. His name is Tomaso Albinoni and the year is 1745. What was the piece of music that Albinoni completed? Was it performed? No one knows, history has not recorded that information for us. This Italian composer wrote more than 50 operas (all lost) and hundreds of other pieces of music. Today, he is practically unknown except to those who truly love classical music. Actually, Albinoni is most well known for something that he had very little to with. But sometimes something very minute survives in a manner far beyond what we could ever imagine at the beginning.
Let us move ahead 200 years to another man. His name is Remo Giazotto. He was an Italian musicologist, mostly known for his systematic cataloging of the works of Tomaso Albinoni. He also wrote a biography of Albinoni. After World War 2 Giazotto was in Dresden searching the bombed out Dresden State Library. He was looking for achieves that might have survived the terrible bombing that the city received during the war. Almost everything was completely destroyed. However, Giazotto discovered a fragment of music in Albinoni's hand writing. Actually the library was known to have a large collection of original copies of his work, but not much had survived. The fragments contained a base and 6 bars of a melody, that is all. Based on those fragments of music that he discovered, Giazotto reconstructed the musical score. It is believed to have been the slow movement of a trio sonata. At first Giazotto simply showed people the work as if it were a composition of Albinoni. When the adagio was played it caused a tremendous stir in the musical world. Its fame grew at an astonishing rate. It was hailed as one of the finest pieces of music ever written. Soon it became obvious to Giazotto that the illusion had to be corrected. He announced to the world that the adagio was not a completed work by Tomaso Albinoni but a reconstruction from a very small portion of his composition. Normally this would have been the "death knell" for such a piece of music. However, because of the respect that the musical world had for Giazotto and because of the obvious beauty of this piece of music it has remained respected as one of the greatest pieces of classical music ever written.
What is the message in this story? It is this: no matter how insignificant our actions may seem, no matter how fruitless the effort appears on the surface, we never truly know what the future holds for those efforts. These few scraps of paper were hidden in a library for 200 years, undiscovered. Its residence was bombed into oblivion and yet it survived to be rediscovered by exactly the right person, at precisely the right time in history so that a masterpiece could be created for the enjoyment of all of mankind. Could some of our efforts produce something of significance for mankind’s future? Yes, they absolutely could!