All of the answers are in Allan Kardec’s The Spirits Book, but for those who like to peruse a subject at a time, I am reprinting the pertinent information here. Here is the broad summary:
“We may place in the first or highest rank those who have reached the degree of relative perfection which constitutes what may be called ‘pure spirits.’ We may place in the second rank those who have reached the middle of the ascensional ladder, those who have achieved the degree of purification in which aspiration after perfection has become the ruling desire. We may place in the third or lowest rank all those imperfect spirits who are still on the lower rungs of the ladder. They are characterized by ignorance, the love of evil, and all the low passions that retard their progress upwards.”[i]
There are no set classes or levels, each individual must be judged against others to determine the relative level of a spirit. The Spirit Book, tells us the number of levels is unlimited, but for purposes of attempting to make the spirit realm comprehensible, we are given broad categories.
Keep in mind that even within orders, each spirit has their particular talents and attributes. To us, way down in the “unlimited” number of levels, all first level spirits must look-alike. We don’t have the capability to gauge variations in their perfection. Here is what we are told about the highest class of spirits.
“113. First and only Class.–They have passed up through every degree of the scale of progress, and have freed themselves from all the impurities of materiality. Having attained the sum of
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perfection of which created beings are susceptible, they have no longer to undergo either trials or expiations. Being no longer subject to reincarnation in perishable bodies, they enter on the life of eternity in the immediate presence of God. They are in the enjoyment of a beatitude which is unalterable, because they are no longer subject to the wants or vicissitudes of material life; but this beatitude is not the monotonous idleness of perpetual contemplation. They are the messengers and ministers of God, the executors of His orders in the maintenance of universal harmony. They exercise a sovereign command over all spirits inferior to themselves, aid them in accomplishing the work of their purification, and assign to each of them a mission proportioned to the progress already made by them. To assist men in their distresses, to excite them to the love of good or to the expiation of the faults which keep them back on the road to the supreme felicity, are for them congenial occupations. They are sometimes spoken of as angels, archangels, or seraphim.” [ii]
To reach this exalted stage takes an unknown amount of lives and time. Spirits or angels, as they may be called, have removed the blemishes within their being. Imperfections such as hate, jealousy, anger, any type of pettiness, and an assortment of lesser emotions are replaced with universal love, kindness, and fraternity for all beings.
They love the person of noble character and outlaw equally. This doesn’t mean that high spirits approach each person identically; the good may only need a path opened up to make minor improvements, while the outlaw may require tough lessons to prod them onto the right road.
The primary example of a pure spirit is Jesus, who brought a message of love and forgiveness to us more than two thousand years ago. Jesus also sent other high spirits to earth to teach us; some of the messengers of peace were, Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, and Lao Tzu. All came to live in difficult circumstances to shine a light on what should be important to us.
What The Spirits Book, doesn’t reveal is the immense training and ability a high spirit has in the spirit realm. They are far more than a being composed of perfect love. They are capable of movement by thought and of creation by thought. First order spirits are mainly composed of spirit energy and a small or non-existent portion of matter.
Spirits at this level travel to a destination by thinking of it, and then they are on their way. If a house must be built, or a planet placed correctly in orbit, a group of high spirits congregates to use their minds to refashion the vital fluid of the universe to conform to their objective. I dive deeper into how spirits are schooled for this in my article, Faith – Not Just for Moving Mountains but to Create Them.
When mediums talk to spirits, communication with a high order spirit is rare, mainly because the medium must also be a spiritually advanced person to be able to open a channel. These types of spirits will not speak about mundane matters but will give spiritual advice and guidance to those seeking help with a pure heart.
The mysteries of the spirit realm are beginning to be presented to us. The Supreme Intelligence and Jesus as the leader of our planet have determined that we, as a collective culture, are ready to learn more about why we are here on earth, what our goal is, and what is the destiny of the entire planet. To discover for yourselves what all this means to you, read my book, Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life’s Path is (mostly) Predetermined.
Brian Foster has a BSCS degree and a MBA. He has worked in R&D for medical device corporations and in IT for large financial institutions. Brian Foster has a blog at www.nwspiritism.com.
Kardec, A. (2010). The Book on Mediums. Guildford, England: White Crow Books.
Kardec, A. (2010). The Spirits Book. Guildford, UK: White Crow Books.
[i] Kardec, A, The Spirits Book, White Crow Books, Book 2, Question 97
[ii] Kardec, A, The Spirits Book, White Crow Books, Book 2, Question 113