The Identification Process:
Urantia Book Insights Into Personality
by Henry Begemann, Wassenar, Netherlands
The Urantia Book reveals that our personality is of such a
majestic grandeur that, unchanged, it can function even on the
borders of the absolute! (*1226) That same personality which we
have now does not evolve to that unimaginable level, nor grow up
to it. Personality remains unchanged.
To reconcile this supernal truth with reality as we know it,
it seems inevitable to conclude that personality does not know
itself, or, at least, only very incompletely. And it takes all
that long, long time, and even more than time, for personality to
get that actual self-knowledge and attain that level of self
-realization where it can be truly said: i am that i am.
(Capitals would be presumptuous here.) Even the authors of The
Urantia Book are not sure if there is such a finality for a son
of an Infinite Father.
Secret of Evolution
To attain true self -realization is "the secret of
evolution." The attainment plan of the Father is based on
self-realization through experience, and this involves the
identification-process. The majestic personality that does not
know itself is bestowed on an evolutionary living organism that
includes mind, and is of animal origin.
Through lack of self-knowledge this primitive beginning of
self-consciousness must necessarily take the form of
identification with the organism. And without such a full
identification to start from, it would be hardly possible to live
this life of action in and reaction to the environment.
We can observe this in a child. Before a child has developed
sufficiently to acquire moral capacity and therefore to be able
to choose altruistic service, he has already developed a strong
and well-unified egoistic nature." (The Urantia Book, 1131:9) This strong and
well-united nature appears to be a necessity as a good stronghold
to start out from for getting self-knowledge on a higher level:
"When the growing child fails of personality unification,
the altruistic drive may become so overdeveloped as to work
serious injury to the welfare of the self. A misguided conscience
can become responsible for much conflict, worry, sorrow, and no
end of human unhappiness." (*1132:1) Something for parents
and educators to be aware of.
With the arrival of the Thought Adjuster a new phase in the
identification process begins. Personality unification and moral
capacity have been sufficiently acquired to add the drive of the
Thought Adjuster for making altruistic decisions. This process of
change has to be very gradual so as not to disrupt the
personality-unification. A mentally healthy child can, without
harm to himself, venture out upon this expansion of the
identification process. He discovers that the altruistic drive
also belongs to his nature.
Now a child cannot remain a child. Growth is a natural
process, but though natural and unconscious, it needs to be
fostered, on the material as well as on the intellectual and
spiritual levels. The higher the level, the greater the need for
this fostering. On the spiritual level the best way to do this is
our dedicated seeking for and doing of the Father's will. The
growth processes are related to the identification process.
Growth is unconscious, identification is more conscious. They
mutually influence each other. If, for example, identification
with life on the material level and its duties is shunned, growth
is stopped. Growing persons are loyal persons.
But even in the normal growth process of the child the
initially achieved unification of personality-identity is
challenged again and again by discovery of new factors that also
may be part of that mysterious, inexhaustible personality, in
which everything already potentially exists, but not
experientially. Such factors, before being integrated in the
identity, often manifest themselves in a feeling of lacking
something, in uncertainty and anxiousness. As these new factors
in experience are integrated, the center of the identity, the
seat of the "I," moves upwards. Initially it was
located in the material mind, now it begins to move to the
intellectual mind, and it may move upwards to the spiritual mind.
This means that man recognizes values in the intellectual and
spiritual domain. "Where your treasures are, there your
heart will be." The ego gradually changes into selfhood.
So the identity is in a process of continual change. Life is
in a way a discovery expedition into the unknown, but
fascinating, domain of personality with its endless potentials.
But this expedition goes mostly over rough ground. And progress
is mostly not in a straight line either, it may even change into
regression. Mortal life is a short, but relatively severe,
testing period. However, the loving Father has provided help and
guidance. Besides the many spirit influences around and with us,
there is the Father fragment, the Mystery Monitor, that indwells
We might interpret this name in different ways: the Monitor
that constitutes a mystery in itself; the Monitor that enters
into a mysterious relationship with a mortal mind; and in our
context we might also say, the entity that monitors us in the
mystery of its own nature and in the mystery of the nature of our
true personality and in their relationship.
Anyway, its influence on the identity is great. With its
arrival the soul comes into existence, though in embryonic state.
I think we should not consider the soul to be a change in the old
identity, but as the creation of a new (embryonic) identity, in
the sense that now there are two identities. This is a
paradoxical situation, characterized by divergent urges and
giving rise to much struggle in decision making. Which values are
more valuable, are more real? Which identity is more real?
Birth of the soul is not equivalent to rebirth, the
prerequisite for entering the kingdom of heaven. The soul that
comes into existence when the Thought Adjuster arrives is not yet
immortal. The soul also can die. (see The Urantia Book pg. 1229:9) Rebirth, being
a spiritual phenomenon, can hardly be defined intellectually. But
an essential factor in rebirth is conscious identification with
the soul. "The personality of the mortal creature may
eternalize by self -identification with the indwelling spirit
through the technique of choosing to do the will of the
Father." (*1295:2) Though this may sometimes happen as an
apparent sudden breakthrough, it most times is a process.
And the identification process, the upward shifting of the
center or seat of identity, goes on. On the morontia worlds the
soul becomes the vehicle of life, even as mind was on the
material plane. "Mind is your ship, the Adjuster is your
pilot, the human will is captain." (*1217:5) The soul is the
seat of identity of both the human personality and the Thought
Adjuster, who also partakes in its own way in the identification
process. I speculate that these soul-identities gradually overlap
until fusion is attained.
And then the long preparation begins for acquiring a
spirit-vehicle. The seat of identity has to be shifted still
upwards into the spirit-energy system. Mind, instead of being a
spiritual mind, becomes a true spirit mind. When we leave the
local universe no longer a body or form will be provided, but the
ascendant spirit is capable of projecting his own spirit form.
When will this identification process end? Does it go on when
this universe age of the Supreme will be succeeded by the age of
the Ultimate? And after that? Will there ever be an end? We don't
know and can only speculate. But even speculation on this far
distant and utterly foreign situation seems to be not very
profitable. Anyhow, a majestic career lies before us. The
important thing to do now is to identify ourselves more and more
with our soul. Growth is fostered by "sincerity, more
sincerity, and by more sincerity." Identification is
fostered by "decisions, more decisions, and by more
decisions." (*435:8) Identification with the soul means
cooperation with the co-parent of the soul, our Father-friend
within. The Mystery Monitor is the will of the Father. We cannot
do the will of the Father without communication with the Monitor,
and we cannot communicate with the Monitor without doing the
Father's will. How can a child prosper if there is no
communication between the parents? How can the soul prosper if
there is no communication between its two parents, the mortal
mind and the Adjuster? If we honestly and sincerely seek that
communion in loving prayer and worship we may not hear his voice
' may not even feel his presence, but if we are alert, we shall
surely discover the results of such communion.