SEASEM

St. Enoch and St. Elijah Monastery (SEASEM) name emerges out of its commissioning. The name for SEASEM’s mission is To Raise Up Father Fusion Candidates; and it is rich with meaning and potential that is drawn directly from a living relationship with the Son of God, Christ Jesus, and the Spirit of the Father within each of us at any measure of spiritual development.

In order to actualise the SEASEM mission, The Urantia Book assists us in clarifying how (1) it is that Christ the Creator Son of God is united in will with the Paradise Father and yet, in his incarnation on the earth, (2) how Jesus grew up spiritually as a normal human being and achieved his own Father Fusion; and, (3) that it was from out of his Father Fusion that Jesus could say of his ministry how we was only ever doing the will of the Father.

For example, from out of his own now perfected human Father Fusion, Jesus told his disciples to have faith in God’s desire for them to have the same Father Fusion as he had: “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” John14:11.

From out of his own Divine Father Fusion with the Paradise Father, as the Creator Son of God, Jesus told his disciples about the mystical event that leads to Father Fusion: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23.

From out of his own combined reality as the Son of God and the Son of Man in one human being on the earth Jesus said to the Spirit of the Father with him: “… just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us,” John 17:21.

The Urantia Book further helps us to actualise SEASEM’s calling by explaining in great detail how it is that the Spirit of the heavenly Father within each of us lays plans for the perfect and eternal union with God that we call Father Fusion; and how it is considerably beyond our initial being born of the spirit; and how each plan is unique to the individual.

By features such as these, we are better enabled to discern the peak spiritual value that we can ascribe to our human life on earth. We drink in the Hebrew and the Christian writers of the Holy Bible and, knowing something of the character and behaviour of the Spirit of the Father within us, God with us, and knowing the pathway that leads to the Father Fusion of Jesus, we find the meaning and the value of both the Hebrew and the Christian writers to be immeasurably clarified and illuminated. When the Hebrew prophet writes the Word of God given to him, saying: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” it means a lot more to us when we know that deep within these words is the profound message that, even before Jesus is born in the earth, God is promising the sonship and daughtership with God that Jesus delivered. Along with that message to us are also keys to the long, long journey inward and upward until we stand in the presence of the Paradise Father Himself, the First Source and Centre of all things and beings.

The Father Fusion of Jesus that is being offered to whomsoever will receive it requires an exceptional measure of faith. The faith of Enoch. The faith of Elijah. Even the faith of Jesus. The Urantia Book shows us that such a Father Fusion faith exceeds the faith promises in the Holy Bible, if only because it will become the faith of the heavenly citizen—the person quite literally with one foot in the earth and the other foot in heaven. The ascent into the heights of this kind of spiritual finality in one’s life on earth is documented in the Bible as well as in the records of the lives of saintly men and women down through the centuries. For the followers of Jesus, for example, it is his life and teachings that are a beautifully touching witness of his and the Father’s spiritual partnership and union. His preaching never wavers from the call for us to have faith in him and his promise to deliver each of us into his Father Fusion as the means of lasting salvation—for us each to become “a pillar in the temple of my God.”

The standout examples of Father Fusion in the Jewish Scriptures are only St Enoch and St. Elijah. These two men were set apart by many millennia and by vastly different circumstances and yet God rewarded them with the same spiritual finality in their lives— they both went into heaven without losing consciousness or tasting mortal death. God took them, and they were not found in their place on earth because they were taken bodily into heaven. In this extraordinary manifestation of spiritual finality for a well-lived life on earth, we see the commonality shared by Enoch, Elijah and Jesus of Nazareth—they each were perfect in their partnering with the Divine Father within. Of such a partnership, Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24.

In the case of Enoch and Elijah, this passage from death to life was quite literal physically. For most Father Fusion Candidates, however, God waits for our bodies to naturally die and at the moment of physical death He brings our consciousness immediately into heaven without the intervening time taken up with judgement—for we have already been confirmed to be beyond reproach concerning our decision for union with the will of God.

To “walk with God” is to please God; and to please God is only ever to do the will of God. Said the perfectly Father Fused Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’ Accordingly we read the scant verses that mention Enoch walking with God and becoming not: Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:23-24.

It is The Urantia Book that tells us how Enoch was the first of the mortals of Earth to fuse with the Spirit of the Father during the mortal life in the flesh (45:4.13). Many a Bible student, however, has thanked God’s Holy Spirit for including in the Bible a rendition of the Father Fusion experience of the Jordanian prophet from Tishbe, Elijah. It is a more thorough account. It tells us more about the spiritual background of the life of the prophet, and of his disciple Elisha, and of the men who formed the schools of the prophets in his day. Knowing their measure of both illumination and faith is valuable to us. “Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.

“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. And he took up the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

The Urantia Book says of Elijah how he was a translated soul of brilliant spiritual achievement during the age following Adam and Eve and Melchizedek (45:4.13).

In naming St. Enoch and St. Elijah Monastery we looked not just to claiming a faith allegiance to these heroes of spiritual excellence: but to receiving the same divine drawing power for God’s kind of perfection in our own lives—a drawing power that is commensurate with Christ’s commission for SEASEM to be a thin place, as the Celts call it, in which Father Fusion Candidates might the better develop in the kingdom of heaven.

Like many monastic communities and religious Orders, we want the pure-hearted faith given to Abraham in the Jewish Testament: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master.” We want all the benefits of daughtership or sonship with God given through Jesus in the Christian Testament: “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave7 nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, theirs according to promise.”

We also want the power of the Holy Spirit that poured forth in Jesus’ ministry to be in our giftings of the Spirit. Most of all we want in some manner to take Jesus’ Gospel of the love of God to the whole world through our Father Fusion just like Jesus. We also want all the benefits of the heavenly citizenship and the knowledge of our eternal finality in Paradise that is given to us in The Urantia Book. These three: the faith promises of Melchizedek and Abraham; the sonship promises of Jesus Christ; and the heavenly citizenship of The Urantia Book, the one building upon its predecessor. Of all the writings and all the spiritual lives lived, the greatest is to know the life and faith of Jesus. In him we discover the Spirit of the Father, his plans for Jesus’ Father Fusion, and His impeccable ministry that led through the cross to the grave and on to the resurrection of the dead and the eternal life of righteousness with the Father. Unlike any other writing on the Earth today, including the Books of the Holy Bible, there is none so clarifying and inspiring as The Urantia Book for assisting us in knowing the Spirit of the Father who indwells each person exclusively to make him/her perfect as He is perfect (Matthew 5:48). And this, after all, is the raison d’être for St. Enoch and St. Elijah Monastery and its name, to help anyone to enter into a solemn and sincere betrothal with the Spirit of the Father who subsequently “looks beforehand to the time of actual fusion and reckons the union as an event of fact” (109:2.5)—Father Fusion Candidacy.