richard_thumbBy Richard Omura

What with all the spiritual information in The Urantia Book, an important message from the revelators that is easy to forget is that we are not alone and that the universe is friendly. Copernicus and Galileo demonstrated that the Earth is not the center of the universe but we still act like we are.

Most of the spiritual messages in The UB are not new to the book. They can be found elsewhere, some of them may be in obscure places but they have been around. So what is the new revelation? What is the one important message about us and the universe that The UB has for us that is hardly found in other religious books or revelations?

How about: We are not alone and the universe is friendly. It is a fact that we are not alone, that there is a family of creatures under one Creator. And they are friendly, meaning there is an inner spiritual reality that makes for loving relationships between us – those on the planet, and those who are off it. As our scientific advances in astronomy and space exploration opens us up to the universe, it is important that we view the outside universe in a friendly light, rather than in the fear based view of the bug-eyed monsters in film and TV. Extra-terrestrial beings, whether material, morontial or spiritual, are not alien, they are God’s creatures like us.

Many UB readers give this information little attention and want to focus more on spiritual concepts that have been handed down to us over the centuries by the traditional faiths and clarified by The UB. It is not only that the thought of beings from “out there” are frightening to many, it is also that they don’t want to be categorized with the UFOlogists and alien aficionados. Who wants to be labeled as a crackpot?

This is quite understandable but we should not bury our heads in the sand and wallow in task avoidance. This information from the revelators is crucial to planetary consciousness and should not be ignored. It should be spread. Explorations of inner reality should be balanced by explorations of outer reality, and acknowledging that there is a huge universe out there with a family of creatures is part of establishing our cosmic consciousness.

We are like an insular tribe on a small isolated island that just got word that there is a whole new world out there; with nations, cities, people, cultures and technology beyond our imaginings, and yet try to ignore that information, going about our usual mundane worldly tasks heedless of the workings of the rest of the world.

But how can we connect, you ask? The rest of the universe appears detached from us. They are not talking to us. We are under quarantine. How can we acknowledge something from which we are cut off?

Why the quarantine? Basically, the evil that came with the Lucifer Rebellion was so insidious, and I would hazard, contagious, so that the universe government could not allow the possibility of it spreading to other systems.

After thinking about this for many years, I began to realize that I live in the midst of this insidious evil. It is so much a part of our lives that we don’t even recognize it for what it is. But we see it everyday, each one of us carries a bit of it, and we see it reflected in the news all the time. This is what separates us from the universe.

What is this evil? I had originally thought that the evil was the idea that there is no God, per Lucifer. Upon further thinking and meditating, I realized that it goes beyond that. The idea that God does not exist is not new nor original; almost everyone must have had that idea at one time or another. I don’t believe that suppressing that idea is the purpose of the quarantine. God gives us the freedom to believe what we want. To not believe in God is a free will choice, which even the Creator himself will not deny us. Then what?

I realized that it must be something that we all have, something that we act on everyday without fully realizing that we are doing so. Something that is truly detrimental to our everyday lives and to the universe.

So what did I find in myself and others around me that disrupts life on Earth consistently, and has resulted in the planet and system  being disenfranchised from the cosmos?

I believe it is the idea that the individual is more important than the whole. Basically, it is being selfish. We see it everywhere and we can see it within ourselves. Being self centered is to do things for our own gratification at the expense of the larger community. It is acting like we are at the center of the universe, everyone and everything existing just for us, like a spoiled child.

The other day, as I was going about my day, I tried to be aware of my own selfishness. I was appalled by myself. Not that I went around being a jerk. You wouldn’t even notice it in my outward behavior, but I was going through a rough day and inside myself I was very impatient and griping about everything. And I realized that almost every time I am complaining about something (internally or externally) I am being selfish – thinking only of myself.

In an organism, and the Big Blue Book says the universe is such a living organism, each cell must act for the health and welfare of the bigger organism, otherwise disease and death can result. In biology, when the cell goes against the wishes of the whole, and starts to act independently of the organism, we call it cancer. And that is the result of the Lucifer Rebellion, as it has manifested on the planet, from the micro to the macro – from the cancerous cells that takes human lives to pathological dictators that destroy nations to soulless corporations that exploit the Earth. If this trend is not stopped, the whole planet and system could end up as a cancerous cell in the living organism of the universe. Preventing such a catastrophe is the purpose of the quarantine.

One can believe in God and yet still be selfish. One can be an atheist and still be doing good to others. So the idea that there is no God is not necessarily the cause of our selfishness.

The reason for the selfishness of people on Earth has to do with the fact that we are cut off from the universe. We feel separated. Not whole. And not being able to see the whole, we act for the part, for ourselves.

If Adam and Eve had  not defaulted we would have them here, right now, as head of our world government. We would be connected with the rest of the universe, as we would know that the heads of our world came from out there. We would be educated in school about the universe and what part we play in the whole. Cosmic consciousness and spiritual perception would be part of the curriculum. Having this knowledge, we would know that we are a part of the bigger organism and act accordingly in the best interest of the whole, even giving up our lives if necessary for the good of the universe, which Joshua so excruciatingly demonstrated.

As Urantia Book readers, we have been handed this knowledge, this information that we are part of a larger organism, a larger universal community. But it is useless unless we act on it.

The quarantine will be rescinded when Urantia no longer poses a threat to the health of the universe; when there is no chance that this planet will become a malignant cancerous cell.

How will that happen?

It must start from each one of us. We have free will to connect with the love intelligence of the universe organism. We can realize our wholeness because we all have a spark of the divine within us. We have a Thought Adjuster, we can connect to the First Source and Center through worshipful meditation, service and prayer. And by achieving self-mastery and spiritual adulthood, we can form a core of God conscious individuals who are whole. Such people would help in making the world whole so that we would not require being quarantined from the universe.

It will take time because it starts from the individual. The individual person must first become whole in order for the planet to become whole. Not being whole means you do not know your own part in the bigger picture, you are conflicted within: your body, mind and spirit are not in harmony. There is a schism between the flesh and the spirit: “The spirit is strong but the flesh is weak.” Self-mastery is the key to becoming whole.

For right now the quarantine cannot be lifted. Take a good look around at the world. Would you unleash this selfish bunch on the universe? Probably not a good idea.

The universe is friendly, but this sector of the universe is not. It’s not just Urantia, it’s the entire system of Satania that is under the quarantine. The people of the world have no idea of what is going on with the rest of the universe; they feel cut off and on their own, in survival mode in what they perceive as a dog eat dog universe. We, the few who have been given information on achieving cosmic consciousness and spiritual perception must push on, keeping the light of the Invisible Father burning; letting people know that among all the turmoil on the planet we are not alone and that the universe is indeed friendly because there is a loving God that is taking care of us. When there are enough of us who have achieved this awareness and are One and Whole with ourselves, the world, and with the universe, there will be a tipping point; a sea change will occur. But it does start from ourselves.


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12 thoughts on “QUARANTINED”

  1. Beloved Urantia Now,
    Our capacity to love, and our knowledge of life, are both developed to a higher stage of perfection which automatically increases our power to do good, and to appreciate the attendant happiness and satisfaction. In short we become more and more in harmony with the Supreme Spirit of all.

    Great opportunities are given to all who serve social causes which exist to bring economic security, peace, charity and culture to the people.

    The highest cause of all is the propagation of the truths of immortality, for this is the greatest spiritual blessing of the universe
    I owed you thanks for all your efforts towards the ministry for Christ Michael.
    Sincerely yours,
    Abegunde Julius Taiwo.


    Dear Richard, I agree with everything you mentioned and have reason to selfishness as a fundamental cause of the wickedness of the world. Anxious I await the day in which the quarantine is lifted that meant that our world and entire system to come in the light of the universal consciousness of the father.Greetings from Argentina

  3. Thank you for these well stated ideas. I have been a believer and a UB reader for over two decades and I have only recently begun to see the extent of my own selfishness. In fact just today that was the focus of my prayers and meditations. Unfortunately many of us were raised in an atmosphere that fostered this type of selfishness. On Saturday mornings during cartoons as a child I remember a song that used to play between shows that went “the most important person in the world is you” and who  can forget Whitney Houston singing to us all about the greatest love of all being the love for ourselves. Talk about turning the golden rule on its head! Excellent observation that deserves careful consideration from all of us. The connection between selfishness and our isolation in the universe has additional meaning considering that Lucifer’s downfall and the resulting isolation was a result of his own “self-love”.

    1. Hi Nik,

      Thanks for your comments. To give of oneself is important but if you do not have anything, you cannot give anything. So it is important for people to know that they have value, that they have something to give. In other words, you have to first take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. That’s what those songs are about. Many people in the world have suffered because they were made to think they are not important. The society would tell them that the individual is not as important as the country and persecute them. So there are two sides to the concept of self importance. You want to do good for the community and yet attain your personal goals. The trick is to make your personal goals harmonize with the goals of the larger community, the largest community being that of the universe.

    2. It’s funny how people interpret songs differently. The song, “The Greatest Love of All” is wonderful. To me it’s about the Thought Adjuster within us, the divine spark, which is the greatest love within you and I! But this concept in the UB is not shared by many Christians and those who have never experienced this love within may interpret this song negatively. Oh, well!

      1. Hey Richard. I feel bad -especially after your take on the song. I wasn’t making any interpretation of the song. It’s clearly inspirational. Actually the lyric of the song just popped into my head as I was making a point and it was probably not the greatest example. (yikes!) I feel terrible about sugesting I had negative interpretation of that song..sorry!!
        I guess I was very loved at home and of course loved myself just fine. That song came out when i was a kid and I just never understood the concept of “learning to love yourself” as being the “greatest love of all” and so I sort of always thought it was sort of a lyric that seemed off….You’re right, It is funny how thing are interpreted differently…

        Nice to meet you!

        btw, I’m a musician and songwriter.
        Here’s a link to my song Thank You:

        1. No need to feel bad. Actually I want to thank you for bringing that up. Your interpretation is quite common and I used to share it also. Then I found after living in L.A that many minority inner city kids are brought up without much love. Society basically makes them think they are not worthy to be loved because of their race or ethnicity, class, etc. So what happened was a lot of people wanted to empower these kids by saying yes, you are of value. You deserved to be loved. And even if those around you don’t love you, you can love yourself because the greatest love of all is within you! I thought that was really cool!

          Anyway, I’m writing a new book and I realized that I was using the phrase “love yourself” too much. I meant it not as in “self love” like Lucifer which is like self admiration, but more like self respect and self honor. The word “love” means so many different things to different people. I think I have to use a different word. So thank you!

          Btw, love your music. You can hear some of my stuff here: http://www.richardomura.com/music


  4. Wonderful observations Richard…. now to act on them. Perhaps your next article and input from other readers you can show examples of how we can act like Jesus – unselfishly – to give us concrete ways to live in His light.
    By looking at life through the lens of our Adjuster’s eyes in our minds, consciously making that intent, I can sometimes “hear/see” the best way to handle situations instead of trying to win for myself an advantage. Instead I can think of the needs, desires, fears and motives of the other.

    1. Hi Pat,

      Thanks for your suggestion. Really, though, as I mentioned above in my reply to Nik, what people need to know is when it’s okay to think of oneself, and when it’s not. You have to take care of yourself so that other’s don’t have to. But with materialism rampant in the world, it’s easy to blur the line betweeen self-maintenance and self-aggrandizement. The question becomes, How much of your comforts are you willing to sacrifice for another person? For the country? For the universe? Everyone gets to decide for themselves. We’re not all expected to be like Joshua, although he is an ideal we should be inspired by.

  5. Richard, there is a view of the meaning of quarantine which is different from yours and which I think has more warrant from the Papers themselves.

    I seem to recall that every Constellation of inhabited worlds as a whole (up to 100,000 worlds total) enjoys a beneficial kind of presence of the Supreme which is determined by the quality of loyalty or worship or devotion on each of the worlds.

    When a System of worlds in any Constellation goes badly astray, the overall quality of devotion coming from the confused worlds gets down-stepped to a drastic degree, threatening to pull down the Constellation’s lowest common denominator (as it were).

    The quarantine and communications shut-down is only a side-effect of the divine method of ‘walling off’ these temporarily affected low-octane worlds so that the entire Constellation need not partake in a collective bummer and loss of the Supreme presence as a result of a handful of screw ups.

    That’s different in principle from the censorship of poisoned ideas which you are featuring. Although the idea of prophylaxis is virtually the same.

    I could be wrong. Maybe someone could help me find the bit in the UB I’m thinking about. I did some paraphrasing there which is bound to be a little unorthodox.

  6. The lines I was remembering are these, at page 46, second paragraph.

    “Concerning God’s presence in a planet, system, constellation, or a universe, the degree of such presence in any creational unit is a measure of the degree of the evolving presence of the Supreme Being. It is determined by the en masse recognition of God and loyalty to him on the part of the vast universe organization, running down to the systems and planets themselves. Therefore it is sometimes with the hope of conserving and safeguarding these phases of God’s precious presence that, when some planets (or even systems) have plunged far into spiritual darkness, they are in a certain sense quarantined, or partially isolated from intercourse with the larger units of creation. And all this, as it operates on Urantia, is a spiritually defensive reaction of the majority of the worlds to save themselves, as far as possible, from suffering the isolating consequences of the alienating acts of a headstrong, wicked, and rebellious minority.”

    The 36 fallen worlds in our System are ‘partially’ isolated from each other and from the other 600 system worlds, because the local system circuits were partially closed to them in order that these spiritual circuits of reflectivity may flow in full on behalf of the loyal majority, who thereby continue to enjoy the spiritual and practical benefit of the Almighty Supreme’s evolving presence which is their just due.

    In the same manner Jerusem itself was isolated from the other 99 systems of Norlatiadek (the local constellation circuits) so that the far greater part might not in turn be cut off from the joy of the 99 other constellations of Nebadon.

    No effect, of course, on the link which each individual retains with the throne of
    Paradise (via the TA) or with the throne of Salvington (via the Spirit of Truth).

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