“Whet the appetites of your associates for truth; give advice only when it is asked for.” [UB 56:16]
Thought Adjuster: “Dear child, there is much wise guidance contained in the above statement. To whom do you turn when you search for guidance? You scan your mind for those in your life’s circle that you deem the most qualified to give you valuable feedback. For that connection to be fruitful, the elements of trust and respect are essential.
“To fully trust someone, you will have to have previously established that that individual is believable. This is of utmost importance to avoid the pitfall of gullibility. To be gullible means to be easily deceived or cheated—to be credulous, naïve, innocent, simple, green. You get the point.
“In order to trust someone wholeheartedly, you have to use your senses of discernment and common sense. What credentials has that individual acquired to become your consultant? His or her personal track record would seem the obvious criteria. Moreover, you will more easily turn to those who have successfully gone through similar life’s challenges—those who have planted the flag of victory over such difficult terrains. Their personal achievement will infuse you with the hope that you will be able to get the upper hand as well.
“Give advice only when it is asked for.” This is something that is frequently ignored in your interpersonal relationships. Unsolicited advice may fall on deaf ears as, without the question mark of an inquiry, there is no opening for an answer.
“How do you feel when someone forces their advice upon you? You feel that your free-will prerogative is being impinged upon. You may also feel that you are becoming the mental prey of someone else, who wants to ‘convince’ you of the validity of their opinion. Their persistence in that case is uncomfortable and unwelcome. It feels like coercion.
“In His dealings with His creatures, the Father never takes back the free-will He gave them. He also rejoices when they ‘willingly’ do their homework and use their mental capacities to come up with solutions to their personal dilemmas. Thus doing, they lay the groundwork for answers to be forthcoming and they also operate in a humble receptive mode.
“Truth cannot and should not be force-fed, as it has to be commensurate with the needs of the seeker. Truth has to be on point. Frequently, a few pointed words of wisdom are more helpful than a lengthy dissertation.
“Dear ones, after demonstrating your willingness to be of service, be on standby. This is all what is asked of you. This is how the Father and His Helpers relate to you as well. You may be well-meaning; yet much harm has been inflicted by overzealous truth crusaders, whose intervention was viewed as a hostile takeover by those who were subjected to it and whose human and divine rights were blatantly ignored in that process. Love and Respect should never let go of each other’s hands.”