There is an interesting note from the spirit Zabdiel to the Rev. G. Vale Owen, in the second book in the Life Beyond the Veil collection of four books. The passage appears most innocent and functions as a transition from one topic to another, but within it lies at the very heart of what life is like in heaven:
“I would begin by telling you that in these realms we do not dwell so much on those things which are not of immediate importance but search out matters as most concern our present onward way, master them, and so proceed from step to step on firm and sure ground. Truly, the things of infinity are not altogether absent from our minds – the nature and presence of the Absolute and Ultimate One, and those conditions which are about Him, these are not altogether thrust aside. Yet we are content to let him rest not understood, knowing, as we judge from our own experience in these lower realms, that those beyond us must hold for us blessing even greater than our present state. And so we go onward in perfect trust and confidence, happy to advance, and yet not impatient of the future towards which we surely move.”
Not using your time to think of the far future sounds relatively benign. But contemplate for a minute on how we judge people in our society. Being content in your job, life, or family is a sign of complacency and a lack of ambition. Justifiably so, since so many of us are trapped in sub-optimal circumstances and the bombardment of new goods to purchase spurs us on to greater achievements. Whatever means of attaining the goal of more wealth or happiness is fair game and is to be lauded in our one-dimensional culture.
What if everyone around you suddenly transformed, your friends aren’t dissatisfied with their life, their careers, or their relationships? What if you weren’t worried about making ends meet, that food, shelter, and your job weren’t constantly threatened? What if you could actually feel love all around you? How would that change your thinking and attitude? Wouldn’t you behave more like an artisan, working on whatever object or objective you desired, focusing your energy on making it as perfect as possible. Using your time to contemplate on your work on hand and when finished for the day, enjoy your leisure time with family and friends. And after work is finished, you aren’t worried about the company not paying you enough, or going under, or the boss who hates you. Negative emotions are mostly swept away in a sea of positive influences. Isn’t that contentment? Isn’t that heavenly bliss?
One would see the higher spirits and their dedicated work for those below them, helping others rise above material attachments to earth and negative emotions and ponder about what lies above and beyond you. Knowing the quality of your spiritual superiors energizes your focus to be like them one day.
The path to ascend is well-known, it is a continual climb to remove all impurities, nothing that can be done in a day, week, or several lifetimes on earth, but a long journey, a trek of infinity that leads to more knowledge and proximity to God. And as you yearn for assistance, it will be given; a course of action will be suggested to allow you to gain what you desire. The road ahead will always be open to you, to begin when you are ready, not when others tell you, but at the time of your choosing.
This life, this state of contentment, is why the ordeals of earthly existence must be met. Only by successfully living through the trials assigned to us, with our love and honesty intact will we be allowed entry into the narrow door of heaven.
I explore some of the trials which you may encounter in my book The Problem is the Solution – 7 Life Complications Sent to Test and Teach You. What you consider to be the low points or the most difficult times of your life is actually the prescribed medicine to thwart the bad characteristics that you needed removing.
Brian Foster was a reluctant entry to Spiritism. He grew up with a vague sense of God and a higher power, but only through events he could not explain did he discover that there is indeed a world beyond ours, an “other side” as the Druids called it.
Brian works in Information Technology and has a BSCS degree and an MBA. For many this should make him a rational human being and not one who believes in spirits. On the contrary, it is what he believes to be an accumulation of evidence that has, thankfully, brought him to realize that we are part of a bigger plan.
Brian Foster has a blog at www.nwspiritism.com.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
 Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 151