"A large number of the human race come
here with both body and mind sunk in the lowest depths of
ignorance and vice, … at times all of us receive impressions
to go to their aid and to help them out of the darkness .…
the past few months have been a time of unremitting labor
with these poor spirits, for their good. It is indeed a thankless
task, for many of them … resist every effort that is made
in their behalf."
Great activity prevails; everyone has his
or her own work to do. Service to others and love are the
ethical standards which prevail there to a higher degree than
"[Spirits] cooperate in the production
of the harmony of the universe by executing the volitions of
God, whose ministers they are. Spirit-life is a continual occupation,
hut one that has nothing in common with the painful labor of
the earthly life, because there is in it neither bodily fatigue,
nor the anguish of bodily wants."
"There are among spirits, as among
men, some who live only for themselves; but their idleness weighs
upon them, and, sooner or later, the desire to advance causes
them to feel the need of activity, and they are glad to make
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"There is work here, but only that
which is purposeful, necessary, and congenial. No one is forced
to work at any task."
"Here we have different avocations
assigned to us according to our needs and desires. Some engage
in teaching and training the intellect of those who need and
desire such training. Some with great love of children find
ample opportunity for use and enjoyment of this attribute of
their natures in the kindergartens of the many thousands of
children continually arriving on these shores. Some are most
happy in endeavoring to assist the friends of earth into higher
and better conditions and in counteracting the abnormal influences
of undeveloped and misdirected spirits over the minds of mortals."
"Every one works here as he is best
fitted. In helping others in some way or other, many help those
they love and have left on earth, if they can get through to
people there as I can to you; but for those whose relatives,
either through ignorance, fear, disbelief, or religious bigotry,
do not desire to get into touch with them, there is work to
be done by helping less developed spirits on the lower spheres."
"[A spirit] finds the land or earth
which it inhabits organized like your own, requiring labor to
develop its resources, and that it is incumbent on it to labor
for its own good as well as others.
"As there is choice of occupation
on earth, so there is even greater choice of occupation in what
you may like to call 'heaven.' I find the latitude in our choices
here to be quite incredible … Here we don't work so much as
individuals. We work in bands and groups."
"Men and women who care more for some
particular work, pleasure, or pursuit, than for any human
soul, or circle of souls, will continue to be engrossed in
it until the point of satiation is reached."
Around the intermediate level of learning,
souls demonstrating special talents (healing, teaching, creating,
etc.) are permitted to participate in speciality groups for
more advanced work.
"Incarnation has also another aim,
namely that of fitting the spirit to perform his share in the
work of creation; for which purpose he is made to assume a corporeal
apparatus in harmony with the material state of each world into
which he is sent, and by means of which he is enabled to accomplish
the special work, in connection with that world which has been
appointed to him by the divine ordering. He is thus made to
contribute his quota towards the general weal, while achieving
his own advancement."
Learning Spirit Life
"Each experience is different … For example,
there is an initial stage for those who are still focused
strongly in physical reality and for those who need a period
of recuperation and rest. On this level, there will be hospitals
and rest homes. … There are also training centers [where]
reality is explained in accordance with an individual's ability
to understand and perceive it. … some individuals do not undergo
any such periods, but because of development and progress
during their past lives, they are ready to begin more ambitious
"If [the newcomer] is a well-thinking
individual and not too enmeshed in atheistic attitudes, he will
eventually enter one of the great halls of learning and endeavor
to find out a little more about life."
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"The day comes that they…begin to
wonder more about their present circumstances. If of a studious
nature they will want to join classes, for we have them here."
"He's been attending lectures, at
what they call, `halls of learning': you can prepare yourself
for the higher spheres while you are living in lower ones."
"Earth people, as a rule, think that
when they have passed through high school and universities,
they are through with study. When they arrive here and appreciate
that knowledge is the stepping stone of their progression, they
attend our temples of learning."
"In a sense," he said, "one soul
is as much worth helping as another; in a deeper sense, perhaps
it is not. Do not think that I am indifferent to the sufferings
of the weakest ones because I give my time and attention to
the strong. Like the ministering angels, I go where I am most
needed. Only the strong ones can learn what I have to teach.
The weak ones are the charges of the Messiahs and their followers."
"In other parts of this same building
were rooms wherein students of art could learn all that there
is to be learnt. The joy of these students is great in their
freedom from their earthly restrictions and bodily limitations."
"Yes, there are schools here where
any who wish for instruction can receive it-if they are fit.
But there are only a few great teachers. The average college
professor is not a being of supreme wisdom, whether here or
Educational - General
"They from above come to us to assist and
advise and teach us on this sphere."
"We have schools here for the development
of the soul of man, and to teach him his relation to mankind;
to instruct him in the wonders of creation, impart to him knowledge
of the inhabitants of the numerous worlds in space, to aid man,
also, in experimenting in chemistry and all other branches of
science, for in this life we can explore the uttermost extent
of the universe. We also instruct in political economy and laws
governing humanity. We also point out conditions and means whereby
to help the unprogressive and helpless portion of mankind."
"Each society has teachers from those
above, and not infrequently from the higher spheres, whose province
it is to impart to us the knowledge acquired from their instructions
and experience, in the different departments of science, and
which we, in turn, transmit to those below."
"Our scientific researches and investigations
are extended to all that pertains to the phenomena of universal
nature; to all the wonders of the heavens and the earth, and
to whatever the mind of man is capable of conceiving: all of
which exercise our faculties, and form a considerable part of
"Spirit-guides … try literally to
inspire those on earth. This does not mean in religious matters
only; it applies to art, science, engineering, medicine, or
any other subject."
"Knowledge and learning, education
or erudition do not connote spiritual worth, and the inability
to read and write do not imply the absence of it. But when a
soul has passed into this life, when he sees the great, broad
spiritual thoroughfare opening before him with its opportunities
both manifold and multiform, he sees also that knowledge can
help him on his spiritual way."
"The teachers themselves do not cease
their own studies because they are teaching. They are ever investigating
and learning, and passing on to their pupils what they have
gained. Some have progressed to a higher realm, but they retain
their interest in their former sphere, and continuously visit
it and their many friends to pursue their teaching."
"We are free, of course, to follow
our own pursuits. There are no college rules or compulsory attendances
but I, for one, find myself at the Halls of Learning almost
Science and Innovation
"We took our seats in the hall where
a lecture on electricity was being delivered by Benjamin Franklin.
He is one of the greatest masters of that subject and still
continues to give it his closest attention. They were discussing
the subject as applied to moving of trains. It will be impressed
on the brain of some inspired man on earth who will work it
"It is in the more advanced field
of chemistry and philosophy that spirit people seek to enter,
and here millions labor to understand and comprehend the laws
of Nature, and how to apply them."
"I am studying science, which I always
liked really and actually the science of life, the cause
of things and something of the marvelous universe and
of the natural laws which govern everything."
"The noble and sublime sciences of
astronomy, chemistry, and mathematics, engage a considerable
portion of our attention, and afford us an inexhaustible subject
for study and reflection."