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An Ancient Egyptian Priest Speaks of
 the Gentle, Transforming Power of God



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In item #5, “Direct-Voice Mediums,” I paid homage to the greats in this specialized area of mediumship. I feel compelled, however, to draw special attention to a particular afterlife-entity channeled by W.F. (Rick) Rickard – “Abu” (literally, “father,” meaning, “teacher”), the once-Egyptian priest of 3500 years ago. If I were forced to choose an afterlife-entity as most wise, it might be Abu.

James Webster serves as archival custodian of the taped lectures by Abu offered during the 1950s and 1960s via Direct-Voice Medium Rick Rickard. You may want to contact James and order a CD of Abu’s teaching.

James was kind enough to send me a CD-copy of one of Abu’s lectures for my review. I was very impressed with Abu’s message. Allow me to reproduce here a portion of a letter I sent to James offering my thoughts on Abu’s message:

Hello, James,

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve come to appreciate more and more the thoughts and teachings of Abu. Two days ago, when I received your parcel in the mail [from England], with a measure of eagerness, I walked in this farmer’s field next to my house for an hour as I listened to the new CD.


I have to say that I found myself quite moved by Abu’s words. I think this CD#40, the message therein, might be the best of what I’ve heard from Abu; or possibly I’m more attuned to his thoughts now.

His discourse prompted many of my own thoughts, and I took a few notes, even as I walked, that I might mention them to you.

I like what he said about God being well able to keep all enemies at bay; however, that acknowledged, this is not the primary sense of “power” that should be ascribed to God. How true. In the world people are so impressed with brute force. In my “Evil” article I discuss this fascination with “power.” The great thinkers say that “Evil” is essentially a form of weakness, as the small ego tries to protect itself. But I liked very much Abu’s far-reaching insight to see beyond to the true “power,” that of shaping and forming the hearts of wayward souls.


kneading hearts as bread


  • "Above all trust in the slow work of God. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


Evil has no ability, is powerless to do this; it cannot win over to its side any true loyalty, but can only intimidate and bully. God’s “power” is a “soft kneading” (as in kneading bread)  – I really liked what Abu said about that, as it, to my way of thinking, reflects a deep wisdom on his part. His insight is so rare as the whole world is enamored with “power” in terms of bullying and brute force. Abu said that the world uses fear and brute force to control others, but the “soft power” of God opens hearts and minds and might truly change people from the inside. This is real efficaciousness.


Editor’s note: Much is said about the almightiness of God. However, when it comes to dealing with mercurial humans, it’s best that we speak of Her powerlessness.

It’s a self-imposed impotence; rather, the nature of the case demands it. How could it be otherwise? If you’re going to shoot-the-moon by granting creatures a good measure of self-determination, the ability to choose, which means, get prepared for a whole lot of mistakes, then you can’t very well run around as a Cosmic Policeman, putting out every prairie fire that comes along. You have to allow the hapless to learn their own lessons, or what’s the point.

The Temptations, the movie (1998)


“Make a ship sail on dry land,” “build a castle from a single grain of sand”? – piece-a cake. “Turn a river into a raging fire,” “make the seasons change with a wave of your hand”? – ha, chicken-feed, a cheap parlor trick, anybody can do those things. You wanna do something impressive? Try changing the human heart, all the way from dark, egoic, self-centeredness to the other end of the spectrum, a godly mind, a truly good person from the inside out, intent upon doing good, and willing to sacrifice itself to do so. Now we’re talkin’.

In our discussions of the nature of Evil, we see that the immature are so bedazzled by the seeming potency of force, brutality, and violence. And, with enough hard-fistedness, it does get certain things done. But only external things. It can’t make another person – that mercurial human heart -- respect you, or love you. This is the essential weakness of Evil. It can't do anything that's really important, "what we stay alive for."

And, in this vein, we cannot make a putative lover want us; not really, and, if at all, not in an authentic, lasting way. You cannot force, cajole, or seduce another person into being your eternal love, and have her mean it, and truly want it, on an enduring basis. That’s a little harder than making ships sail on dry land... can't get next to you, babe, can't get next to you, can't get next to you, babe, can't get next to you...

Postscript: And about that self-imposed powerlessness of God. Funny thing, the dysfunctional ego likes taking all the credit when things seem to be going well; at those times, who thinks of God? But when the bottom falls out, then the Ego wants to whine and weep, charging that "God should have stopped this, shouldn’t have allowed it." We’d really like living in a totalitarian system where our every move was monitored and controlled to ensure and to enforce a “proper” outcome, wouldn’t we?



And I thought of some who do not know these principles and exhibit a warlike attitude toward those in the world who reject the message of the next dimensions. It is regrettable that hostility is met with more hostility as the end to this way of dealing cannot be a good result. We will win no hearts to our side with more hostility but will only cause the opposition to harden its position and to entrench itself all the more. It is self-defeating and futile to try to attack the darkness and expect good to come from that.

Also in Abu’s words I heard echoes of our conversation about [a certain afterlife teacher] regarding the miserable ones in the dark realms. Abu said, “Let our hearts be open to sorrow and suffering,” and as we do, our compassion for the miserable will draw them to us and, by this means, they will be drawn to God. It is entirely unfortunate for any who work with the disenfranchised not to understand that unless the spiritually insane find themselves wanting to be like their teachers, to love their teachers, no good can come from any outreach effort. It is utterly ironical for a would-be teacher to stand before the insane and to pronounce “they will be here [in the Dark Realms] for eons and eons” while exhibiting to the wayward no shred of kindness which might prompt these unfortunates to want to become like the “missionary” agent. It all becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and not of a good kind. I found myself deeply moved by Abu’s words in this regard.

On another point, a small point, in a sense, but I like it – Abu said of the transcendental sphere [which he visited] that “the way is illimitable, infinite, there is no ending,” but all is forever upward. I find comfort in that. I would not like to think that, even if it’s a billion years from now, that we shall arrive at some terminal point of satisfaction. Imagine being “stuck” in the “kingdom of God” in a sated condition with nothing more to know or do. Yes, I know, it is said that our own inner being is complete and perfect and that we should be in need of nothing, but all the same, it does not appear that God created the Universe with any such threatening terminal point…

I am rambling now and must sign off. Thank you for your kindness in providing Abu’s teaching to me. The good ripple-effect of Abu’s wisdom will reverberate on and on into eternity.

Best to you, James - Wayne



Editor's last word:

See more discussion on the "kneading bread" principle. There's a scene from the Stargate series with The Nox which helps us here.



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