THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY BOOK to ever appear on this planet— The Urantia Book— used to be so circumstantially insulated from the ordinary channels of inquiry that even after a half million copies were loose in the world, it largely remained a great cosmic mystery, save to a few artists, musicians, and other types of creative ne’er-do-wells. The global emergence of the world wide web is now rapidly changing that. Today the secret is getting out— there are many dozens of sites where you can read and search the entire book online, secondary works are proliferating around the world, and excellent formal introductions to the Papers are readily available.
As artists who were fortunate to discover the book many years ago, we have always more or less understood how important it has been to our personal work. Thus we’ve also been more or less dedicated to making all thinking people aware of the The Urantia Book, especially artists, writers, and other progressive creative types, whenever and however we could.
Hopefully as young artists we learned to trust our natural curiosity, learned that it would habitually lead us to investigate the world around us with our own unique vision. That doesn’t mean that as artists we have some special insight into the book that others don’t; outside of what it means to each of us to be an artist in the first place. It simply means we’re aware of— and willing to trust in— the natural creative “force” that entices us, and often compels us to create art.
The UB says this:
The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity.”
I’ll be blunt: we think you’ll like it because as an artist, we think you should be a little more able to absorb the impact of powerful truth— and this book is most certainly that. But you’ll still have to do the work of finding that out for yourself, and there’s no substitute.
The Urantia Book is an epochally significant revelation— the current apex of human and divine cosmology. Put another way: It is a million word message propounded in the real spiritual realm, available in the material realm.
Yeah, that usually requires some genuine suspension of your current beliefs; but by all means bring your skepticism and investigate, read, research, whatever you need to do to get it done; but if you can persevere, eventually you’ll benefit from this extraordinary event. Here’s what we say on our About page:
The Urantia Papers constitute the most recent, epochally significant presentation of truth to the mortals of our world, Urantia; they differ from all previous epochal revelations, for they are not the work of a single universe personality, but a composite presentation by many beings.
Of course you should feel challenged by the assertion these papers have been put forward by the real spiritual world, but if you value truth, beauty, and goodness— and we think all artists must— then we insist you not to take our word for it, but to find out for yourself by becoming fully acquainted with them— that means you’ve got to read it read it. We’re confident that most of you who do will soon find your personal cosmology of the universe expanding far, far beyond all your previous perceptions and expectations.
Like the revelators themselves, we also “…feel the time has arrived on Urantia when it is advisable to make such frank statements— even at the risk of weakening the immediate influence of this, the most recent of the revelations of truth to the mortal races of Urantia.”
There are lots of totally justifiable reasons why many can not or will not invest the time to accept this challenge— oh well. But here’s hoping you’ll do it while you are still on Urantia— instead of waiting until you get another chance further down eternity road; in the next world.
Of course, we’re talking about faith. And the concept of “faith” in this age of physical and scientific “realism,” has been largely discarded by many scientists, artists and even card-carrying philosophers, and kicked to the curb of the ignorant and uniformed. This rich vein of arrogance notwithstanding, many of the higher minds of the scientific world are no longer wholly materialistic in their philosophy, realizing that all science can do is destroy the childlike illusions of the misinterpretations of life.
We’ll close our plea with the excerpt below, that appears in the book as an “acknowledgment” from a being called a “Divine Counselor.” And note that the writer uses an editorial “we” that does not include any human beings.
“In formulating the succeeding presentations having to do with the portrayal of the character of the Universal Father and the nature of his Paradise associates, together with an attempted description of the perfect central universe and the encircling seven superuniverses, we are to be guided by the mandate of the superuniverse rulers which directs that we shall, in all our efforts to reveal truth and coordinate essential knowledge, give preference to the highest existing human concepts pertaining to the subjects to be presented. We may resort to pure revelation only when the concept of presentation has had no adequate previous expression by the human mind.
“Successive planetary revelations of divine truth invariably embrace the highest existing concepts of spiritual values as a part of the new and enhanced coordination of planetary knowledge. Accordingly, in making these presentations about God and his universe associates, we have selected as the basis of these papers more than one thousand human concepts representing the highest and most advanced planetary knowledge of spiritual values and universe meanings. Wherein these human concepts, assembled from the God-knowing mortals of the past and the present, are inadequate to portray the truth as we are directed to reveal it, we will unhesitatingly supplement them, for this purpose drawing upon our own superior knowledge of the reality and divinity of the Paradise Deities and their transcendent residential universe.
“We are fully cognizant of the difficulties of our assignment; we recognize the impossibility of fully translating the language of the concepts of divinity and eternity into the symbols of the language of the finite concepts of the mortal mind. But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience– God-consciousness.”
[Indited by an Orvonton Divine Counselor, Chief of the Corps of Superuniverse Personalities assigned to portray on Urantia the truth concerning the Paradise Deities and the universe of universes.]
Good luck in your artistic endeavors, and let us know if we can help you with The U.B.