The Urantia Book -- Part II. The Local Universe
PAPER 42: Section 12.
Pattern And Form -- Mind Dominance
The evolution of mechanisms implies and indicates the concealed presence and
dominance of creative mind. The ability of the mortal intellect to conceive,
design, and create automatic mechanisms demonstrates the superior, creative,
and purposive qualities of man's mind as the dominant influence on the planet.
Mind always reaches out towards:
- Creation of material mechanisms.
- Discovery of hidden mysteries.
- Exploration of remote situations.
- Formulation of mental systems.
- Attainment of wisdom goals.
- Achievement of spirit levels.
- The accomplishment of divine destinies -- supreme, ultimate, and absolute.
Mind is always creative. The mind endowment of an individual animal, mortal,
morontian, spirit ascender, or finality attainer is always competent to produce
a suitable and serviceable body for the living creature identity. But the presence
phenomenon of a personality or the pattern of an identity, as such, is not a
manifestation of energy, either physical, mindal, or spiritual. The personality
form is the pattern aspect of a living being; it connotes the arrangement
of energies, and this, plus life and motion, is the mechanism of
Even spirit beings have form, and these spirit forms (patterns) are real. Even
the highest type of spirit personalities have forms -- personality presences
in every sense analogous to Urantia mortal bodies. Nearly all beings encountered
in the seven superuniverses are possessed of forms. But there are a few exceptions
to this general rule: Thought Adjusters appear to be without form until after
fusion with the surviving souls of their mortal associates. Solitary Messengers,
Inspired Trinity Spirits, Personal Aids of the Infinite Spirit, Gravity Messengers,
Transcendental Recorders, and certain others are also without discoverable form.
But these are typical of the exceptional few; the great majority have bona fide
personality forms, forms which are individually characteristic, and which are
recognizable and personally distinguishable.
The liaison of the cosmic mind and the ministry of the adjutant mind-spirits
evolve a suitable physical tabernacle for the evolving human being. Likewise
does the morontia mind individualize the morontia form for all mortal survivors.
As the mortal body is personal and characteristic for every human being, so
will the morontia form be highly individual and adequately characteristic of
the creative mind which dominates it. No two morontia forms are any more alike
than any two human bodies. The Morontia Power Supervisors sponsor, and the attending
seraphim provide, the undifferentiated morontia material wherewith the morontia
life can begin to work. And after the morontia life it will be found that spirit
forms are equally diverse, personal, and characteristic of their respective
On a material world you think of a body as having a spirit, but we regard
the spirit as having a body. The material eyes are truly the windows of the
spirit-born soul. The spirit is the architect, the mind is the builder, the
body is the material building.
Physical, spiritual, and mindal energies, as such and in their pure states,
do not fully interact as actuals of the phenomenal universes. On Paradise
the three energies are co-ordinate, in Havona co-ordinated, while in the universe
levels of finite activities there must be encountered all ranges of material,
mindal, and spiritual dominance. In nonpersonal situations of time and space,
physical energy seems to predominate, but it also appears that the more nearly
spirit-mind function approaches divinity of purpose and supremacy of action,
the more nearly does the spirit phase become dominant; that on the ultimate
level spirit-mind may become all but completely dominant. On the absolute
level spirit certainly is dominant. And from there on out through the realms
of time and space, wherever a divine spirit reality is present, whenever a
real spirit-mind is functioning, there always tends to be produced a material
or physical counterpart of that spirit reality.
The spirit is the creative reality; the physical counterpart is the time-space
reflection of the spirit reality, the physical repercussion of the creative
action of spirit-mind.
Mind universally dominates matter, even as it is in turn responsive to the
ultimate overcontrol of spirit. And with mortal man, only that mind which
freely submits itself to the spirit direction can hope to survive the mortal
time-space existence as an immortal child of the eternal spirit world of the
Supreme, the Ultimate, and the Absolute: the Infinite.
[Presented by a Mighty Messenger on duty in Nebadon and by the request of