"The consciousness of the spirit domination of a human life is presently attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the Spirit in the life reactions of such a spirit-led mortal, "for the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance."
Such spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the lights of eternal life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth, "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy
in the Holy Spirit."
And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love
of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit."
My Relationship with Mother Spirit
In 2014, I knew a few people that had become close to our Universe Mother Spirit. I had especially heard Tom Choquette and Susan Cook talk about working with Mom for years, but I hadn’t taken the time to learn more about her. Then during IC14, my good friend, Sharon Porter, pulled me into a group of women who eventually began meeting online to discuss our Mother. The group became "Sisters in Spirit."
Once I studied the material on the Mother Spirit for a while, I couldn’t believe that for forty some years of reading The Urantia Book, I had ignored this beautiful, motherly aspect of God! (I suspect that the book was written in such a way that the Motherhood of God was underplayed. That concept, so new to our backward planet, might have shocked people in the early twentieth century, when women were struggling simply to be allowed to vote in this country. By scattering information about her in the book, our Mother God was waiting to be discovered in our time.)
About eight months into my study of our local universe Mother Spirit, Mary, Sharon, Cecelia, and I were having a small weekend retreat together. We celebrated our Mother one evening with music and a beautiful ceremony. During the ceremony, a quiet voice spoke in my mind. It seemed so familiar. Actually, it was the presence of the speaker that felt so familiar. I had felt that presence for as long as I could remember.
I burst into tears. I cried and cried. You see, at that moment I recognized our Mother profoundly. As a small girl, when I felt alone and abandoned, that reassuring presence had been there. She had always been with me. My tears were tears of joy to realize that I had never been alone.
From childhood I have had an intimate and rich spiritual life. All my life I have imagined myself as a small child, sitting on Jesus’ lap, looking up into his face as he told stories. But coming to know Mom—our Mother Spirit—has brought me even closer to God. Nowadays, when I pay attention (which is still not every minute!), I recognize her constant presence with me. She is warm and mothering, filled with delight, encouragement, and good humor. She makes me feel safe. She is playful and absolutely dependable. She never fails me. She is right here…right now.
It is my prayer for each one of you that you enjoy our Mother’s presence day in and day out, that she becomes your constant companion. That you feel safe and wanted and loved.
Kaye Cooper is above all things, a teacher. Since 1970 she has been studying The Urantia Book, speaking, leading workshops, writing articles, writing books and publishing a magazine, organizing conferences, and leading retreats. Her current projects are (1) helping women and men to work together harmoniously and (2) teaching parents of young children to bring God into their parenting.