"No fabled dreamy heaven of eternal inactivity
awaits you, but a sphere of progressive usefulness and growth
to higher perfection."
"You ask them which heaven they inhabit,
because you have the idea of several heavens, placed one above
the other, like the stories of a house, and they therefore
answer you according to your own ideas; but, for them, the
words 'third,' 'fourth,' or 'fifth' heaven, express different
degrees of purification, and consequently of happiness."
"Many and varied are the conditions that
prevail when the soul comes alive in this world, or in one
of the states to which we are subject after death."
"I have observed that there are innumerable states and conditions
and diversified experiences in spirit as on earth. Having
different experiences here, as with you; and, on returning
to you, we have different experiences and different descriptions
of the spirit world to relate to you, according as each has
realized for himself."
" The spirit world lies between sixty and one hundred and
twenty miles from the terrestrial surface; the whole intermediate
space, including that immediately over the earth, the habitation
of mortals, is divided into seven concentric regions called
spheres. The region next the earth, the primary scene of man's
existence, is known as the first or rudimental sphere. 411.
The remaining six may be distinguished as the spiritual spheres."
"The spheres revolve with the earth on a common axis, forming
the same angle with the plane of the ecliptic, and move with
it about the ponderable sun."
"Spirits, after leaving the body, are conducted to localities
adapted to the capacities and the condition of their minds,
in reference to education, society, and progress. Localities
are selected in which the attributes, desires, and characteristics
of the spirit may be more distinctly developed. All good and
pure spirits, therefore, do not reside near this earth, if,
indeed, anywhere near it. Some reside millions of miles distant,
others on planets near the earth, but all assume the characteristics
of the inhabitants of the planet or globe in which they are
to reside whose organization is, of course, more ethereal
and spiritual than if born on this earth."
"Many globes, spheres, or planets contain inhabitants of
far inferior organization to man."
"The second sphere embraces not only this earth, but many
worlds, and to each of the globes in this circle do spirits
most adapted go. Some are confined to earth, many good spirits
from missions of necessity; but the seventh sphere is among
the orbs where the presence of God is most manifest. And the
gradations or steps until this point is reached, are in circles
of worlds, not miles."
"As the [residents of the] higher spheres had created all
the beauties of those realms, so had the denizen of those
lower spheres built up the appalling conditions of their spirit
"Souls, when they come out, usually remain in the neighborhood
where they have lived, unless there is some strong reason
to the contrary."
"The world in which we find ourselves immediately after death
we call the 'astral world.' From this point we can progress
to higher planes-to higher levels of consciousness. By 'higher'
planes I do not mean spatially higher but rather those planes
which have a finer vibration."
"Heaven and hell are not places-they are spiritual states
of being. They are not static states but are states in which
there can be growth and progress toward ultimate wholeness
"Human souls have always spent far longer on these planes
than on the earth itself; the tenure on each plane here has
no set period. Those who develop quickly may pass on within
a few years of their coming, others who mature more slowly
may spend centuries here. So these planes of being are really
to be thought of as the true home of the human race."
"One goes through the door of death; a physical body is left
behind and all the rest of the being goes through. One has
then a short interval in a kind of anteroom and here another
body, the etheric, is left behind. This is the second death.
Then yet another door opens which lets us through into this
glorious world of the astral planes where a long period is
usually passed without further change."
"You'll look back at the first stage and call it purgatory.
The second stage, when you can have anything you want with
the speed of your thought, you'll call heaven. The third stage,
when you experience the bliss of the Oneness, you'll call
"This world affords every man just exactly
the place that his nature and conduct in life have fitted
"Each spirit is so situated that he is
happy in proportion as he is developed and good."
"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
"When you return to us, you will have a
choice: do you accept our love and God's love fully and return
to Him or don't you? No onus will attach to you if you do
not. We are not told that we must do anything. God lets us
find our own way."
"Between each plane or new chapter in experience there is
an intermediate state [the astral plane or 'Hades' as Myers
calls it], when the soul reviews his past experiences and
makes his choice, deciding whether he will go up or down the
ladder of consciousness."
"Take a bird's eye, dispassionate view of all your worldly
interests. Master them or they will master you. In the latter
case, when you get here, you will be miserable. Life will
seem empty, a wilderness. Earth ties tighten their grip, yet
you will be unable to respond. Confusion will result - that
"You gravitate to a place you are fitted for. Mother, there's
no judge and jury, you just gravitate, like to like."
"Both heaven and hell and all of their modifications are
conditions of one's own soul. A soul or person or spirit
of dark, undeveloped conditions would at any place in all
the realms of space be in darkness."
"I find here a glorious country, but glorious only to those
who are in condition of its appreciation."
"People are not on our sphere because they are more clever
than those below them; for there are very clever people on
lower spheres. It is a question of goodness, of spiritual
development. Some here are quite stupidly good, their every
impulse is pure and good, yet they are quite incapable of
organising or thinking clearly."
"Upon entry into the spirit life, a person will naturally
and automatically gravitate to his state in spirit which corresponds
to his acts and thoughts throughout life."
"By the working of the natural law you gravitate to the place
for which you are suited; what is within you draws you automatically."
"Each soul as it passed into spirit passed into that realm
for which it had fitted itself when upon the earth-into that
realm and no other."
"By man's thoughts and inspirations he weaves for himself
his future place in this dimension."
"There is no such thing as a literal Hell
of fire. Hell is in a man's soul and is simply remorse for
a bad life on earth. Those un-repentant dwell in a place apart
until they desire to do better, and progress."
"Today we went to a part of the world
I had never been before. It was to a much lower plane of existence
than ours and is called the Sphere of the Unprogressed. Here
is where a great mass of the low class come when they first
come over. Not only these, however, but I was told that many
who had occupied high positions on earth, but who had spent
their lives in defrauding or oppressing their fellow men.
They were not half so unhappy as you would think, though to
me their country is dreadful. They suffer no sickness, nor
want for the necessities of spiritual life, but the whole
face of nature there is the same dull lead color, and entirely
"A number of spirits do live and spend
most of their time near the earth, but they are the very unprogressed
and find their pleasures in mingling with mortals."
"Others may insist that because of their transgressions they
will be cast into hell, and because of the force of such belief,
they may for some time actually encounter such conditions."
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"If the soul should be tainted with horrendous sins against
others (the only true sin) then that soul will lie fallow
for a long time, unless it is so beset by evil that it returns
to trouble those left behind."
"The man or woman who has never deeply loved or cared for
any other human soul may, at death, rise from the body of
clay into loneliness and into a night that, in its impenetrable
blackness, is like no night on earth."
"The belts or zones that lie close around your earth are
designed for the habitation of undeveloped spirits when out
of the body; as they outgrow the passions of earth and become
more refined, they pass to another or higher zone. Many remain
in the first or earth zone for years."
"After a time, when as it seemed, I grew accustomed to the
darkness, I could see people about me, poor men and women
who did not realize they had left the physical body . The
guide spoke gently to them. Some answered with coarse jests,
others with mirthless laughter; but a few came close and listened
while he told them of their condition and what must be done
to work out of this darkness, which was of their own creation.
We have as much trouble in making these poor spirit people
understand conditions beyond their sight and touch, as you
have with earth people."
"A large number of the human race come
here with both body and mind sunk in the lowest depths of
ignorance and vice, They are what you would call the scum
of the earth and have passed their lives in vice and crime.
There is but one such place for this class, but its extent
is incredible and its population immense. They live in discord
and misery and everything is dark and forbidding, and a dull
leaden fog pervades the air at all times."
"The spirit of the hangman, the murderer, the wrongdoer,
is related by strongest ties to all his criminal acts on earth,
to all that he has made miserable on earth; and so the spirit
of the wrongdoer hears in itself an image of all connected
with his wrongdoing, continually revolving upon his inner
consciousness, and though locally in purest heaven, his relations
to his earth life make for himself the gloomiest hell. Thus
he hears the carpenters erecting a scaffold and the avenging
words of the one he hanged, and feels the pangs of the bereft
home which he made desolate."
"The very worst of criminals can rise. When first reaching
the other side they think that theirs is the only place. They
cannot even see us when we visit them. I am aware that there
is an essential difference between my body and that of a person
on the lower sphere. My body is so etherialised that it is
almost as invisible to those people as it is to you, and the
mental barriers set up by those unhappy souls preclude them
at first from even sensing my presence."
"A man who has been very cruel, thoughtless and selfish
finds himself with no other friends, and no one else near
him, save those who are exactly like himself. The whole atmosphere
and the very scenery of the place is tinted with the hopeless
drabs and grays of their mental and spiritual outlook. How
truly poets and the great writers have symbolised the darkness
of evil, the grayness of misery. I have visited it and I have
seen the grayness, I have seen the darkness. It surpasses
that known on earth."
"If I go down to [the Lower Realms] it becomes murkier and
murkier until it is so creepy that I scoot back here where
"Some people, whose spiritual faculties have dwindled till
they have become atrophied can see no beauty here."
"Some people are earth-bound. All their interests are there,
and they return for that contact with men and the old conditions
" Evil or misdirected spirits find their affinities in the
second sphere, where the lowest and most undeveloped are associated
together, and remain for indefinite periods."
"We passed into the second sphere; on entering which a tremor
seized me. A moral darkness pervades the atmosphere, which
renders it gloomy and uncomfortable in the extreme. The inhabitants
are dark and dismal in their appearance, and are continually
tortured with the pangs of a guilty conscience."
"If this place we were now could be called hell and
no doubt it would be by theologians -then there was
certainly no evidence of fire or heat of any kind On the contrary,
there was nothing but a cold, dank atmosphere."
"There are also Hells though certainly differing from the
physical hells and everlasting fiery torments of man's warped
imagination. There are hells of the spirit and the mind, confining
states of misery; dark, depressing and as real as the tortured
consciousness of the dweller therein makes them. Yet these
hells are not eternal. The man (or woman) in these mental
torments need stay there no longer than his desires keep him."
"The Shadow Land is a very real place indeed; a gloomy murk
covers it to which one has to become accustomed; squalid dwellings
inhabited by unhappy, tormented beings who jeer and mock and
pursue their warped existences."
"Hell is a state of being heavy, dull, dismal, gray, and
glum-as when you are heavily depressed and self-centered."
"Some people find themselves 'earth-bound' after death. This
is a lower astral state."
"The lower astral plane where we all begin our experiences
is the place for adjustment and cure. It is a kind of sorting
house, a place of training and purgation to fit one for the
more exacting conditions of the higher astral planes."
"Hell does not exist as this place you have fantasized, where
you burn in some everlasting fire Yet there is an experience
that to your soul would be hell. Yet even this experience
is never eternal."
If there is no hell, yet I am experiencing hell, what
the hell is the difference? "There wouldn't be any,
as long as you remain in your created reality. Yet you will
not create such a reality forever."
"Imagination plays an important part
in his conceptions of paradise. If it has become perverted
through his deeds and thoughts when he was a man, it may create
sinister surroundings for him."
Mid-Realms (General Qualities)
"Never doubt for a moment that this world
is a thousand times better in every way than yours. When I
compare even my happy life on earth with what I now have,
I can but see the contrast."
"The conditions in which we find ourselves
depend on the condition of our mind. If we wish it we can
be surrounded by beautiful country."
"Some may inhabit [a conventional heaven] until they learn
through their own experience that existence demands development
and that such a heaven would be sterile, boring, and indeed
"To be happy, one must know of a condition
that is the opposite of happy, and there is no such condition
"Summerland is a very happy medium. The very highest can
come to visit you. It is just sufficiently near the earth
plane to be able to get to those on earth."
"It is a wondrous land of light, where the beauties of nature,
as seen on the earth, are brought to perfection. The great
pity is that it is so long before some spirits even begin
to see it as it really is. Some of these spirits, who have
not progressed far enough to see and realize the beauty about
them, when communicating with their friends on earth, give
them quite wrong and dissimilar impressions of conditions
"We cannot express to you more than a very faint idea of
the thrilling delight in which a spiritually enlightened soul
on this side of life perpetually basks."
"I might talk to you of that country, of its grandeur, of
its happy inhabitants, of its rich and sweet aromas, of its
music-its delightful strains of sweet music, of its flowers
in endless bloom and variegated colors in infinite profusion,
its mountains, hills, dales, plains, and beautiful streams.
But I might talk to you and get hosts of the most advanced
immortals, dwelling in the eternal beauty and grandeur of
that glorious country, to stand here with me and speak and
sing of its ambrosial gardens, all your days on earth, and
yet you could only have a dim idea of that beautiful country
awaiting you on this side of life."
"Ours is such a wonderful life in comparison to that lived
on earth. Nothing I could say through this channel would give
you any idea that was comparable to the reality. It is so
much more wonderful, bright and enjoyable than we can express."
"The astral world is almost a replica of your world, except
that it is of a finer substance and we are not 'bound' by
our objective reality as you are."
"On the higher spheres there is the perfect operation of
Divine law or principle. The people do not need keeping in
order. They are nearer to the actual governing court, or seat
of activity, and therefore can see the perfect workings of
"These worlds above us are even richer in light and happiness.
If I go there, and I can, I find it too bright; the light
hurts my eyes. And the vibrations are so refined that I can't
respond to them!"
Are there worlds in which the spirit, ceasing to inhabit
a material body, has no longer any other envelope than the
perispirit ? "Yes, and this envelope itself becomes so
etherealised that, for you, it is as though it did not exist.
This is the state of the fully purified spirits."
"I receive my ideas of the fifth, sixth, and seventh spheres
from the spirits who dwell therein, having never visited them
in person. What a magnificent panorama is there presented
to the spirit's gaze! There are colossal temples, and "houses
not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." As far as the
vision can extend may be seen cities and palaces, whose lofty
domes sparkle like diamonds in the sunbeams of heaven; The
parks are of great magnitude, and abound with the most beautiful
animals. There are congregated millions of spirits, who
are associated together like a harmonious and happy family.
How shall I describe to you the transcendent glory of the
seventh sphere? Let us contemplate it. In it all the beauties
and joys of the lower degrees are combined, but in a much
more refined and sublimated form."
"There are other realms immeasurably more beautiful than
that in which we were now happily living; realms of surpassing
beauty into which we cannot penetrate until such time as we
have earned the right to enter, either as visitors or as inhabitants.
But though we may not pass into them, the glorious souls who
dwell in them can come into realms of less celestial rarity,
and can visit us here."
"At the border to the higher realms a soul thus unprepared
would find itself in much the same situation as upon earth
when one emerges into brilliant sunlight after prolonged stay
in complete darkness. But as in the case of the earthly sunshine
one can, after a suitable lapse of time, become again perfectly
at ease in the normal bright light, it is not so in the case
of the higher realms. There is no such adaptability there.
The 'blinding' effect will be continuous to one of a lower
"No soul coming here from earth's limitation, however advanced
it may be in spiritual truth, is able to stand the stepped-up
vibrations or the translucent Light of these High Planes."
"On numerous occasions since I arrived here, I have been
permitted to go into the higher planes where there is a unity
of God-praise, not a segregation of the praise of God."
"Heaven is a state of being joyous, light, loving, harmonious,
vibrant, God-centered and others-centered."