in the Spirit World: Part One
By Rev. Simeon
Over the years, countless people have
asked us: what is the Spirit world like? Answering this question is both easy
and difficult. It is easy because so much information concerning life in
Spirit has been given to us. It is difficult because much of that
information tends to be confusing or, at least, contradictory.
There is only one way in which
we can be given information about what it is like in the Spirit world. That
information has to come from someone who is there, first hand. And there
are two ways in which someone can go to the Spirit world: either
temporarily, through some type of out of body experience or expansion of
consciousness; or permanently through death. Both have been sources of
good, insightful information on what the Spirit world is all about.
Indeed, most of what we have
learned about the Spirit world comes from those who reside there. Obviously,
that information has to be passed through mediums and channels. The problem
lies in the oftentimes contradictory information given to us. Oddly enough,
much of the contradiction seems to come from within the more traditional
As any student of mediumship
knows, the preconceived ideas and prejudices of the medium can, very often,
color or influence the information which passes through his or her
mediumship. It is the wise medium who understands this fact clearly and,
therefore, endeavors to separate himself or herself, as completely as
possible, from the communication coming from those in Spirit.
Horace Leaf, in his book "What
Mediumship Is" (Spiritualist Press, London; 1976), pages
133-134, describes this quite admirably by stating:
"Mediums are not like gramophone records; they are
living beings with brain and mind governed by lifelong habits. Every
person's mind is full of tendencies, capacities, desires, ideas and habits.
These are so vital that, in the main, they govern the way in which the
individual thinks and behaves.
entities desirous of transmitting philosophical, religious and spiritual
ideas through a medium find themselves as much under the control of the
medium as the medium is under theirs. The consequence is, if the medium is
ignorant and his mind untrained to serious thinking, the less successful
will the speech be. The reverse is also true. An educated medium with a
well-trained mind will, with few exceptions, produce better results."
So, how do we come to any
reasonable and truthful conclusions concerning life in Spirit? In other
words, how do we separate the wheat from the chaff? Really quite simple:
truth ALWAYS passes the test of time. New age fads and fancies come and go
with the winds of time and people's folly; but truth remains steadfast,
eternal, constant, and is generally free from contradiction. And here is
where we must be discerning in our search for truth.
Much truthful information
regarding life in Spirit has, indeed, come from with the Modern
Spiritualist movement, and for this we should be eternally grateful; but,
far more has come to us from outside Modern Spiritualism's ranks and
It is unwise to think that
Spiritualism had its birth in 1848, with the events at Hydesville, New
York. 1848 marked the beginning of a movement, not the beginning of
Spiritualism itself. What happened in 1848 marks the rebirth -- or
reincarnation -- of that which has been with us from the moment we appeared
on this great Earth plane. The events in Hydesville also marked the
seedlings of a movement which would eventually emerge from within the home
circle, that nursery for so much of mediumship's phenomenal
Spiritualism was given birth
with the creation of the spirits (that's you and me); Modern Spiritualism
was born in 1848. And there is a difference between Spiritualism and the
Modern Spiritualist movement.
For more information on the
founding of the Modern Spiritualist movement, please see our section on Modern Spiritualism.
What many Modern Spiritualists
fail to accept is that while their movement was being fashioned, so, too,
were other movements of the Spirit; most notably Theosophy. Furthermore, an
abundance of information regarding life in Spirit has been given to us
through mediums and channels outside the more traditional Spiritualist
Movement. Alice Bailey, Edgar Cayce, Jane Roberts, Eileen Garrett, as well
as the multitude of investigators from within the Theosophical movement,
are but a few.
What is most intriguing about
this is that, once you step outside the more traditional Spiritualist
circles, the contradictions concerning life in the Spirit world seem to
What does this mean, and why
do we mention this fact before getting into the meat of the subject of this
series of articles? It means something very important; something which our
Church has been promulgating since its founding, in 1883: mediumship; life
after death; spirit communication; and, yes, even Spiritualism, itself, belong
to no group, no Church, no denomination, and no faith. These are universal
elements of the Spirit, and the Spirit knows no boundaries.
Having said this, let us, now,
get to our subject: Life in Spirit.
is the Spirit World?
The Spirit world is right
here, where we are. We do not have to travel in order to get to the Spirit
world. It is not separated from the Earth plane by distance, as we perceive
distance. What separates the Earth plane from the Spirit world is
It is through the doorway of
consciousness and dimension that the Spirit must pass in order to enter the
Spirit world. That is the doorway through which we shall all pass at some
point in time, when we leave this Earth plane. How we get to that doorway
varies with people, conditions, and circumstances. What we experience, once
we pass through that doorway varies, to some degree, with those
circumstances. But it is the same doorway for all of us. Kings, paupers,
prophets, messiahs, tyrants, saints, rich, poor, and everyone in between
all pass through the same doorway of life.
The Spirit world exists in a
higher rate of vibration than does our three-dimensional Earth plane. From
time to time, people experience a heightened or extended sense of
perception, and they catch glimpses of this amazing world. Mediums have
trained themselves to do this, somewhat at will. An out of body experience,
or OBE, happens when the spirit or consciousness separates itself from the
confines of the body and brain; thus becoming free to experience other
Every night, while most of us
sleep, our spirits separate from the earthly confines and visit the Spirit
world. We often experience that visitation through dreams. Sometimes, those
dreams are colored by our fears, cares, and concerns; sometimes not. Many
are the people who claim they have visited departed loved ones in their
dreams. The skeptic will say that such experiences result from wishful
thinking, manifested in those dreams. But, most people know better: these
precious experiences are far more than wishful thinking.
So, you see, the first thing
we have to understand about the Spirit world is that we do not have to die
in order for us to visit this grand place. Furthermore, we can be in touch with
our departed loved ones, even while on earth.
Do We Do in the Spirit World?
This is a question which many
people ask. It stems from the fact that we are so ingrained to perceiving
life only through the physical form that we simply cannot imagine what one
can do without a physical body. For so many, no body and no earth translate
into NO LIFE.
In Spirit, we do not go to
jobs, we do not have to earn money, we do not have to worry about mortgages
and food on the table; these are all aspects of earthly life. So, what's
left? Very simple: LIFE. We engage in life and living.
What motivates us on the Earth
plane will, very likely, motivate us in Spirit. Death accomplishes one
thing: it allows us to shed the earthly body and move through the doorway.
We do not change dramatically, nor do we become all-knowing and perfect. We
are the same person on that side of the threshold as we are on this side of
the threshold. For many, this is disappointing. It would be nice to think
that death suddenly removes all problems, all obstacles, all sin and evil,
and all ignorance. That is not the arrangement we made with our Creator.
We learn, very often through
struggle, and we grow through hard work. Nothing of the Spirit is handed to
us on a silver platter. That would be cheap and not beneficial to us at
all. Thus it is in the Spirit world.
In Spirit, we seek to
communicate with our earthly loved ones. We meet our already departed loved
ones, and there is a grand reunion of sorts. Spirit tells us that it is so
wondrously amazing when we meet those loving family members, waiting at the
threshold to welcome us into the new life. People who suffer long term
illness, as they come closer to the time of death, often see their loved
ones, in Spirit, waiting for them at the gate. This gives them joy,
comfort, and a sense of knowing that everything will be OK.
Our loves, our hopes, our
aspirations, our dreams are all part of us, and we are given every
opportunity to follow those dreams in Spirit. Thus, the Spirit world is a world
of tremendous opportunity and fulfillment, even more so than the Earth
In Spirit, we devote much time
to assessing the recent earth life. We look at the successes and the
failures, and we do so with unclouded vision. There are special Spirit helpers
who guide and assist us in this. For some, this can be very painful, as
they face themselves and their earthly deeds. But, even for these
unfortunate souls, there is always love and guidance given, as they wend
their way through the consequences of what may have been a very evil life.
There are halls of learning
and great schools of the Spirit, where we are given the opportunity to
learn and become wise in our knowledge. Many of these great schools of
learning have counterparts on the Earth plane. The Mystery Schools of the
past are an example of this.
There is the opportunity to
pray and offer healing from Spirit, just as we can do here on earth.
In all of this, we await the
arrival of our earthly loved ones, as our previously departed loved ones
awaited our own arrival.
As time passes on, we
integrate more and more of our recent earth life and its experiences into
the essence of the Spirit. More and more of our family and loved ones join
us. And eventually, we move further along the Spirit world, into areas
which are more separated, in terms of vibration, from the Earth plane. We
can always draw back, closer to the earthly condition, in order to
communicate with earthly loved ones or family members. So, we are never
separated from our beloved, no matter where they or we may be. Please keep
this in mind.
The whole of the Spirit world
is comprised of various levels of consciousness and states of vibration. As
we move along in the Spirit world, we pass through these various stages.
There are even varying levels of vibration within each of the afterlife
stages. In fact, we experience a sort of death, as we proceed from one
level of Spirit into another. We shall not discuss this, as it goes beyond
the scope of this series of articles.
The area of the Spirit world
to which we all go, once we pass from the Earth plane, is known as the
Astral world, or the Astral plane. It is here where we spend a good amount
of our time assessing the most recent earthly life, while awaiting the arrival
of our earthly loved ones. It is here, also, where much of the more
difficult aspects of the recent earth life are confronted and healed, to
the degree that we are willing to confront them and to the degree that they
can be healed, according to our overall stage of spiritual progression.
Freedom of choice is inherent
to all Spirit. We are healed and we experience transformation only to the
degree that we are willing to confront and change that which must be
changed. There are countless Spirit emissaries and helpers, always anxious
to guide and inspire us along the pathway of spiritual healing and
transformation, but change can only come about through our own desire to
change and our own willingness to work through that which needs to be
Therefore, better we should
endeavor to make those changes now, while on the Earth plane, than when we
arrive in Spirit. Why? Because, in Spirit, there is so much to learn and to
experience; there is so much wonder to behold and incorporate into our
selves. There is so much pure love and beneficence to share in. All this,
and so much more, is available to us; BUT, only to the degree that we can
experience and receive it all. So, let us be healed and develop those
loving qualities, now, here on Earth, that we might be free to experience
all this wonder, once we pass into the Spirit world.
It is the Astral plane which
is most closely linked to the Earth plane. In fact, within the Astral plane
there exists an exact replica of the Earth plane, with houses, cities,
mountains, people, etc. It is not really a replica; rather, within the
Astral plane is the astral counterpart of our Earth plane. Everything on
this earth, ourselves included, has an astral counterpart. Remember, we are
Spirit in body. Our true home and our roots are in Spirit, not on the
earth. We "visit" the earth, from time to time, in order to
experience it and its lessons. Therefore, even while on the Earth plane, we
are Spirit, with our connection to the Spirit world. This astral counterpart
represents the link, so to speak, between us and the Spirit world.
Everything which happens on
the earth -- individually and collectively -- has an impact within the
Astral plane. So, the Astral plane is inhabited by two types of spirits:
those who have passed from the Earth plane and are, still, within the
Astral plane; and us -- or our astral counterparts. In fact, without going
into complicated discussions, suffice it to say that we live within and
experience multiple levels of life and consciousness, even while on the
Earth plane. It so happens that, right now, our focus of attention and
concentration is on the Earth plane. But, that does not deny the fact that
we are rooted in the Spirit.
If we were not living on
multiple levels of Spirit, simultaneously, then we could not experience
such things as mediumship, extended sensory perception, out of body
experiences, or, even, dreams. It is because we are living life AS SPIRIT
ON EARTH that we are able to shift from one level of awareness to another,
back and forth; sometimes spontaneously, other times quite intentionally.
Thus, there is a strong link
and connection between the Earth plane and the Astral plane. It is through
the Astral plane that so much of the spiritual help and assistance is given
to us. The Astral plane represents the doorway between the Earth plane and
the higher levels of the Spirit world.
The Astral plane has been
subject to much confusion and misinformation. It is called the Astral plane
because, within it, there is light and sparkling energy, very much like
stars. Astral originates from the Latin "aster,"
meaning star. Because the Astral plane is where we deal with our recent
earthly difficulties, people tend to consider it to be a place of
punishment and negativity. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Within the Astral plane, there
is offered the greatest opportunity to set right that which may have gone
wrong and to become even more intimately involved with our family and
friends, in a truly spiritual manner. What is even more amazing is that,
once we step through the Astral plane and enter the next level of the
Spirit world, the degree of love and intimacy magnifies itself a
Indeed, it is a place of work;
but of far greater significance, the Astral plane is a place of healing,
love, and compassion.
Because the Astral plane is so
closely linked to the Earth plane and its inhabitants, many proclaim that
it is inhabited by countless spirits who are lost or earthbound. NONSENSE!
The idea of lost souls and earthbound spirits makes great movies, sells
lots of books, and, unfortunately, gives many unscrupulous psychics and
mediums lots of work; but is not based on fact.
Very few are they who become
"stuck" between "here" and "there". Some
certainly do have difficulty in making their earthly transition, but always
there are loved ones and special Spirit friends who endeavor to help in
that transition. And, if for some reason, a spirit is just not ready or
willing to make the transition complete, he or she will fall into a sleep
state and remain quiet, until the time comes for a reawakening into the
Spirit world. Furthermore, that reawakening is aided through love and
healing by those special Spirit helpers. Such spirits do NOT go around
haunting the Earth plane; nor do they sit around just waiting to possess a
weak earthling; nor do they hang around graveyards or around bars, inhaling
smoke and the smell of alcohol.
Thus it is in the Spirit
world; or at least the first phase of the Spirit world, immediately
following physical death.
Two of this series, we shall look at the concepts of Heaven and
Hell, as they apply to the Spirit world. Are Heaven and Hell, in fact,
places; are they merely states of mind; and who goes or experiences what? Should
prove to be very interesting.
If you would like further
information on the journey of your Spirit and Soul, through life and the
Spirit life, we suggest you consider purchasing our very informative and
very complete Journey of the Soul. You will be
hard pressed to come up with a question concerning your Spirit and its
journey through creation that is not addressed somewhere in this study
course. It is an excellent and truthful course of study and experience.
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