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The spirit Zabdiel in his messages to the Rev. G Vale Owen, reveals to us that we are inspired by spirits. And inspiration is given to our hearts, to fortify our strength, to increase our wisdom, and our will to carry out our trials on earth. Other Spiritist authors have documented the same, that we are assisted by the loving presence of good spirits.
Allan Kardec, the Codifier of Spiritism, presented to the world the communications from the Spirit of Truth and other high spirits that we are immortal souls who live life after life to better ourselves; and to one day become pure spirits. Our path to ascension is to fortify our hearts with love, charity, and fraternity for all humankind. And to rid ourselves of the baser emotions of hate, envy, pride, and selfishness.
According to Allan Kardec’s book, The Book on Mediums, written in the 1850s, we are all “Inspirational Mediums”.[i] All of us are influenced by the good and bad spirits around us. Allan Kardec explains:
“Inspiration comes to us all, from Spirits who influence, for good or evil, in every circumstance of our lives, and in every resolution we make, and it may therefore be truly said that, in this respect, every-one is a medium, for there is no one who has not about him his familiar spirits, who do their utmost to suggest salutary or pernicious counsels to those with whom they are connected; a truth which, were we duly penetrated with its reality and importance, would frequently lead us to oppose a more effectual resistance to the suggestions of evil, by seeking the inspiration of our guardian-angel in our moments of uncertainty as to what we should say or do. At such times, we should invoke that watchful guardian with fervor and confidence, as a Providentially-appointed friend; and, if we did so, we should often be astonished at the new ideas which would arise in our minds, as though by enchantment, whether for the taking of an important decision, or for the accomplishing of our special work.”[ii]
We all have had moments of inspiration, flashes of brilliance, which provides some key piece of knowledge that we have been searching for; these sparks are caused by spirits, who chose to influence us. Kardec recommends that we use the gems given to us, but first filter the idea through your conscience and instinct (see how your conscience and instinct are the accumulation of your past lives) to determine the validity of the suggestion.
Allan Kardec goes on to say that people of genius are mediums without being aware of it. These people have the innate sense to call superior spirits to provide the assistance they seek. Allan Kardec completes the section on inspirational mediums with this communication from the Spirit world:
What is the primal cause of inspiration?
“The communication of his thoughts by a spirit”
Is inspiration confined to the revelation of great things?
“No; it often has reference to the most commonplace circumstances of your daily life. for instance, you may have thought of going somewhere, but a secret voice tells you not to go, because there is danger in the way; or it tells you to do something which you have not thought of doing; this is inspiration. There are very few people who are not more or less ‘inspired’ in this way, at certain moment.”[iii]
Through the time and effort Allan Kardec spent with many mediums throughout Europe to codify Spiritism, the act of inspiration by spirits was documented. Although many religions have known this to be a fact for thousands of years, Spiritism gave context and reason for spirits, good and ignorant, to send us thoughts and feelings.
In the 1920s, Zabdiel, a spirit who lives on the tenth level of heaven, added to the discourse of how spirits inspire men and women in Book Two of the book The Life Beyond the Veil called The Highlands of Heaven. He explained to Rev. G. Vale Owen what inspiration from spirit to incarnate really entails; first he spoke about the word inspiration:
“Now, this is a word very expressive if understood aright; and very misleading if not so understood. For, that we inbreathe into the hearts of men knowledge of the truth of God is true. But it is only a very little of the truth. For more than this we do give to them and, with other things, strength to progress and to work God’s will, love to work that will from high motive, and wisdom (which is knowledge blended with love) to work God’s will aright. And if a man be said to be inspired, this is not a singular case, nor one exceptional. For all who try to live well, and few do not in some degree, are by us inspired, and so helped.”[iv]
Zabdiel went on to explain that breathing in the suggestions from a spirit may not be adequate, it is more like a person absorbs a wave of vibrating energy. Which flows into the body and the mind of the recipient. It may be a feeling of peace or of renewed vitality. Zabdiel supplied us the types of inspirations we receive:
“But we would not limit the meaning of the word to those alone in elegant words tell out to the world some new truth of God, or some old truth refurbished and made as new. The mother tending her child in sickness, the driver of the engine along the railway, the navigator guiding the ship, all, and others, do their work of their peculiar powers self-contained, but, as occasion and circumstances require, modified and supplemented by our own. This is so even when the receiver of our help is unaware of our presence; and this more often than not. We give gladly while we are able; and we are able so long as no barrier is opposed to us by him we would help.”[v]
We may never realize the exact time and circumstances when we are touched and aided by a divine spark. The important point to keep in mind is to open yourself up to let the light in; not to erect fences whereby good intentions are blocked. Zabdiel tells us factors that can cut-off help from on high:
“This barrier may be raised in many ways. If he be of obstinate mind, then we may not impose on him our counsel; for he is free to will and to do. And sometimes when we see great need of our help being given, the barrier of sin is interposed and we cannot get through it. Then those who counsel wrongly do their work, and grievous is the plight of those to whom they minister.”[vi]
Zabdiel, as did Allan Kardec, warns of the advice given by ignorant or inferior spirits. Once we open our gates to hate, envy, selfishness, and pride … we shall be visited by spirits who wish to encourage us in our base behavior. Demonstrating our human weaknesses gives pleasure and entertainment to poor souls who haven’t risen above enjoying other people’s mistakes and pain.
Spirits who mean us harm, do so out of spite, they wish to see and feel the same acts they committed accomplished by others. Temporarily unable to allow love inside themselves, they cling to what they know best and wish the world to do likewise.
To combat unwarranted interference by low spirits cultivate love and caring in everyday life. Zabdiel said, “Kind words later beget kind deeds. And so is love multiplied, and with love, joy and peace. And they who love to give, and give for love’s own sake are shooting golden darts which fall into the streets of the Heavenly City, and are gathered up and carefully stored away till they who sent them come and receive their treasures once again with increase.”[vii]
Hence, love and assistance is everywhere, we merely have to tap into it. We have to make it part of our being and a daily habit. We are told a simple process:
“So do every one these two things – see that your light is kept burning as they who wait for their Lord, for it is His will we do in this matter, and it is His strength we bring. Prayers are allotted us to answer, and His answer is sent by us His servants. So be watchful and wakeful for our coming, who are of those who came to Him in the wilderness, and in Gethsemane (albeit I think they would be of much higher degree than I).
And the other to bear in your mind is this: See you keep your motive high and noble, and seek not selfishly, but for others’ welfare. We minister best to the progress of those who seek our help for the benefit of their brethren rather than their own. In giving we ourselves receive, and so do you. But the larger part of motive must be to give, as He said, and that way the greater blessing lies, and that for all.”[viii]
We are constantly guided on our path by the spirit world – we just need to keep our heart and mind open. The signs will come to light the way, to select the right option, to find the right person. The more you expend yourself on others, the greater will be your reward in the afterlife.
To see how we are enveloped by the spirit realm read my book about my personal experiences, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life. You will be surprised at the involvement into the smallest details in our lives by our spirit guardians.
Kardec, A. (2010). The Book on Mediums. Guildford, England: White Crow Books.
Kardec, A. (2010). The Spirits Book. Guildford, UK: White Crow Books.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
[i] Kardec, Allan, The Book on Mediums, White Crow Books, p.201
[ii] Kardec, Allan, The Book on Mediums, White Crow Books, pp.201-202
[iii] Kardec, Allan, The Book on Mediums, White Crow Books, p.203
[iv] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, pp. 196-197
[v] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 197
[vi] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 197
[vii] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 199
[viii] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 199
Life on earth is extremely diverse. So much so that we are still discovering new life in even the most hostile environments. Deep in the ocean, in pools of boiling sulfur water; places where once we would have never expected life to occur.
Many put this down to the quasi-infinite variability caused by natural selection. Life has a way of modifying itself to multiple environments. According to Spiritism, this is partially true … only that many transformations were given a push or directed by the spirit realm is missing from Darwin’s theory.
But if the spirit world guided the creation of many forms of life, where did their model come from? Where did they derive their inspiration? Was everything just thought up and each planet had completely new life forms designed; custom-made for its atmosphere, gravity, and potential life conditions?
On earth we know that very few ideas are sprung from a completely blank slate. There was always something before; always a preceding object or thought which was modified to create a new branch. Most of what we now see, hear, use on a daily basis, was derived from an earlier precedent. First the horse, then the buggy, next a car, later a self-driving car.
Where did life on earth get its inspiration from? What model was used to create us? The answers to these questions is supplied by Zabdiel. He is a spirit who lives on the tenth level of heaven, he came with a group of spirits to reveal fundamental facts about the real universe we reside in.
Zabdiel is the spirit who sent a stream of communications to the Rev. G. Vale Owen from November 3, 1913 to January 8, 1914. All were published in a book, which was first serialized in the English papers in the 1920’s, The Life Beyond the Veil; which is a series of four books. The messages from Zabdiel are found in book two, titled The Highlands of Heaven.
From Zabdiel’s high vantage point, he lives in the tenth level of heaven, he can see the earth and all of the effort put into our growth by those below him. He is also knowledgeable about the directives from the stages above him. He doesn’t know how many, but he tells us he is very far from knowing how many levels there are above.
From his perch, far up above us, he tells G. Vale Owen, from which we are patterned after:
“I now would tell you somewhat of the inner meaning of what men call the origin of species in animal life. But now, and at once, I would say the term is all too large; for the origin of the different creations in animal life is not found in the realm of matter, but has its genesis in these realms. We have learned here that, when the Universe of systems was moving towards its present form and constitution, those who had charge to watch and work took their counsels from those of higher degree, and on those counsels shaped their own wisdom.”[i]
Zabdiel takes us back to before, or at the very least, the early stages of the Big Bang. When the Divine Laws guiding the physical universe were set in place. High Lords steered the evolution of our universe based upon guidelines established by Higher Lords of Creation. The recommendations were:
“At that time it was seen that in the heavenly spheres there were many diversities both of the forms of life as bodily manifest, and of mind in its working. And it was resolved that the universe was meant to reflect the personalities and types of those who were commissioned to carry out the work of its development. To this conclusion they were divinely guided, for when their plan was completed it was given them by revelation to know that the Divine approval was upon it in general kind; but it was not of absolute perfection. Nevertheless, it received the imprimatur of the All Father Who vouchsafed them freedom to work out His will according to their own capacities and powers.”[ii]
Hence we are reflections of the creatures residing in the spirit world. Far from perfect images; there must be limitations and adjustments for many physical parameters. Nevertheless, our frail form is a simulacrum of the High Lord of our universe. From this outline of a plan, all else was spawned:
“Thus arose the different orders and species of animal and vegetable and mineral life, and also of human type and racial character. And these things being initiated, again the Divine Mind pronounced His general approval or, as our Bible has it, He found it to be ‘very good.’
But high as were those who were chief in this matter of creation, yet they were less than the Only Omnipotent and, as the work of ordering the universe was very great, and wide in extent, the imperfections of their work became magnified as they worked out; so that, to a single mind, and one of low degree, as is that of a man, those imperfections loomed vast and great. For it is not competent to one who is so small and undeveloped to be able to see both good and evil equally, but the evil is the easier seen to him, and the good too high and wonderful for him to grasp its meaning and power.”[iii]
Like a child who is given the choice to share or not, invariably chooses to hoard what they have; we too look longer and more lovingly at what is counterproductive to the good. We determine that the short-term gain of easy dollars by nefarious means to be superior to displaying fairness and a sense of honor. We pick the most beautiful and pleasing partner over the steady and most loving. We buy the expensive car to impress over the efficient and cost-effective automobile.
Feeding our selfishness and senses leads to the longer path to ascension. Taking an extended amount of incarnations to learn the difficult lesson of living by the Golden Rule.
Man’s Place in the Universe
Zabdiel tells us the universe wasn’t created for humankind alone. While, we as physical beings are truly in charge of the earth, we only are appointed caretakers of the planet by the grace of the Supreme Being.
Successive societies on earth use terra firma as a college to learn; the levels of concentric spiritual spheres above us, also function as a training ground for less dense and pure souls to ascend. Zabdiel tells us, “According to the innate power of any being, man or angel, so is his environment proportioned and constituted.”[iv]
As stark as the differences in layout, facilities, and curriculum of a kindergarten to a university; so are the levels from earth to above. Show the range of classes, laboratories, and workload to a kindergartener and they will stare with a complete lack of compression of what is ahead of them. But allow that child to slowly work up the ladder from grade to grade and advancement seems natural. So is it with spiritual ascension. The harder you work the more successful you will be.
Zabdiel tells us our attainment is our choice. God has presented the path, it is up for us to take the first and subsequent steps:
“Let men remember this and keep it in mind, and then they will the better appreciate the dower of free will given to them, a gift which no one of all the heavenly hierarchy may take from him. And they would not if they might; for in so doing their material world would be deteriorated in quality, and the less capable of enabling them in their own advancement.
Now, I fear that some who read what I have written will say that hereby man becomes merely the tool of those of higher grade, to do with him what they will for their own advantage. Not so; and for the reason I have just stated – that he is, and ever must remain, a free-willed being.
But more, the one great power which animates those who serve the Father is Love. These are no mere despots of oppression. Power and oppression are correlatives of earth creation. Here power means an issuing forth of love, and the greater the power the greater the love which is sent forth.”[v]
We are truly blessed to live in a spiritual universe so unlike our present creation. Where our preponderance on grabbing temporary pleasures has created an environment dominated by mean-spirited men and women using the majority of us as pawns to achieve their materialistic goals. But, again, we should be grateful, for if we hadn’t been forced to live in such chaos and filth, we wouldn’t realize the how the absence of good twists everything into a dim and shallow existence.
The fight to raise yourself out of this pit is indeed daunting. Knowing that to tend to good and honesty will be met with numerous obstacles makes even beginning the battle intimidating. Zabdiel supplements our courage with the rewards of ascension to wondrous lands and fortifies our defenses with legions of spirit ready to lend a hand and shine a light on the true path. Zabdiel finishes his message with:
“We see more than you do of the awful travail of those who err from this service, and yet we do not despair, because we see also the more clearly the meaning and purpose of it all. And thus seeing, we know that men will one day rejoice as we do when they too shall, each in his own time, ascend to the higher spheres of service and, from this point of vantage, continue his development. In that day he too will use for his training the material we are using, and of which he is a part and portion, when others have taken his place, and he the place of those now lifting him upward.
‘To him that overcometh,’ said the Christ, ‘will I give to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I overcame, and am set down with my Father in His Throne.’”[vi]
Revelation 3:21 now makes perfect sense. Just as Jesus began as a spirit and had to toil up the ladder to become a great Lord, we must perform the same tasks. One day, millions, billions, or trillions of years from now a spirit residing on earth, laboring to hold on to their values and love for all, will have ascended to the level of our present day Christ and lead another planet full of human-like creatures out of the darkness.
Understand the trials you encounter are there for a reason. Learn from hard knocks and use them to hasten your spiritual health. Read my book The Problem is the Solution – 7 Life Complications Sent to Test and Teach You, to determine what debts you are paying and what lessons you must acquire.
Kardec, A. (2010). The Spirits Book. Guildford, UK: White Crow Books.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
[i] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 192
[ii] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 192
[iii] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 193
[iv] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 194
[v] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 194
[vi] Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 195
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