"Yes, the Spirit world surrounds yours
on all sides, like the atmosphere does the globe, and every
nation has it counterpart in spirit, surrounding it, in connection
with that part over or nearest its earthly place of residence."
"Each kingdom of the astral world has been
set up by a group of people who were desirous of creating
that particular atmosphere. … The trees, the flowers, in fact
everything that is there that enhances the beauty of that
particular atmosphere was created … through the concentrated
thought processes of billions of souls bringing all of these
things into manifestation. Thus everything is just as it was
intended to be: a replica of that which exists on the earth,
but created out of a more sublimated or finer material."
"The Chinese people resemble very much
their earthly bodies and their faces have the same almond
eyes and flat noses, and they dress for all the world like
they did on earth. In fact, I believe every nation, when its
people first pass over, keep the same characteristics that
marked them on earth."
"I have seen many [Native American] Indians
and they often visit among the white race and control at séances.
The reason is because having lived in a simple way and in
the open air a great deal their bodies and spirits are more
charged with magnetism. Some of them dress like we do, only
in very bright colors, but many take pride in dressing as
they did on earth."
There is a universal language: each and
everyone can understand the other. It is inherent. Nationalities
generally live together and speak their own language, but
there is one language common to all.
"I have traveled a great deal in spirit life, and I find
spirits live as they did on earth. The Hollander does not
change his odd dress or his quaint ways for something that
would appear more modern to the Anglo-Saxon visitor. I have
often seen the picturesque Swiss homes in spirit life. The
Indian villages are here just as on earth, and Red Feather
has even treated me to a ride on his pony, and I, in return,
took him to a Chinese home. So I find that different nations
have different ideas of what constitutes the beautiful in
their spirit homes, the same as they had in earth life."
"Yes, people here live in "sets" or "colonies," because those
of like interests and nationalities gravitate naturally to
each other, and to their own people. Otherwise, one can imagine,
it would not be very happy if you found yourself mixed up
with people of every nationality, with dissimilar tastes and
experiences, and with nothing in common between you, for the
fact of dying does not change you in any way."