"When we progress and love God we
get better from day to day, wiser and happier, but at the
same time taking an interest in all kinds of social pleasures
"We have parties and celebrate Christmas."
"Well we had our tree. It was ornamented
with real jewels as well as toys and we had little images
of all kinds of birds and beasts. The children all stood around
and sang beautiful Christmas hymns, and when all the presents
were off the tree, we dematerialized it, and it melted away
into a green vapor, and disappeared."
"After my last life, my group organized
one hell of a party with music, wine, dancing, and singing.
They arranged everything to look like a classical Roman festival
with marble halls, togas, and all the exotic furnishings prevalent
in our many lives together in the ancient world."
"We have our great meetings, our vast
assemblies, our meeting-houses, our grand assembly halls. …
Our meetings are for the purpose of our own good and for the
purpose of devising ways and means whereby all below us may
be brought up to our light, to our homes, to our achievements."
"We have various societies here, some
of which are for the purpose of assisting needy souls into
better conditions. These are called benevolent societies.
And these societies work by means of committees very much
the same as your societies, except these committees work somewhat
differently. We do not solicit financial aid as on earth,
but visit the needy with spiritual food."
"We do not need holidays. Our life
is a feast of work; not a labour, but a feast, more enjoyable
than any holiday."
"In addition to our studies we have
many other sources of intellectual, moral, and heartfelt enjoyment,
from which we derive the most ineffable pleasure: one of which
is social reunions and convivial meetings; a coming together
of dear friends, brothers, sisters, children and parents; where
the liveliest emotion and tenderest affections of our nature
are excited, and the fondest and most endearing reminiscences
are awakened; where spirit meets in unison with spirit, and
heart beats responsive to heart."
"In the spirit lands both Christmas
and Easter are looked upon as birthdays: the first, a birth
into the earth world; the second, a birth into the spirit world.
In this realm the two celebrations synchronize with those upon
the earth, since there is then a greater spiritual link between
the two worlds than would be the case if the festivals were
held independently of season."
"Ceremony we still perform, in a fuller
and wider sense, for there is ever a need for the upliftment
of the soul by dedicated and meaningful action correlated with
intense thought and aspiration."
"This festival of Easter has been
a most uplifting experience. Here we continue to practice the
rites of our respective churches, for on this plane we are conscious
of our earthly personalities and modes of living."