The question of the origin of the human spirit, our soul, the beginning of our immortality has been in the forefront of introspective questioning by humankind since the beginning of time. While some may believe that we are mere material beings who disappear forever upon physical death, many of us understand the presence of God, the Supreme Intelligence of the universe. We have faith that we have a soul. How did we arrive at being a distinct soul, a spirit is the question explored in this article. Read More.
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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
We know that not all humans are truly equal. Some are born with a larger capacity to use their full intelligence and some, no matter how hard they try will never approach the intelligence of another. Whether a person chooses to development themselves intellectually is up to their free-will, but nevertheless each person has their own upper limit.
The question is, do all spirits have an equal capacity for intelligence or are some spirits created with an intellectual advantage? Allan Kardec, asked the question in his The Spirits Book:
127. Are all spirits created equal in point of intellectual capacity?
“They are all created equal, but not knowing from whence they come; for their free-will must have its fling. They progress more or less rapidly in intelligence as in morality.”
Therefore, we all start out the same, as a spirit there is no inherent limit, in relation to other spirits, in our intellectual ability. Our development of our abilities, like our spiritual quotient, is up to us.
Intelligence and morality do not necessarily increase together. We have all seen very intelligent individuals who are morally flawed and we have witnessed the reverse, a nice and loving person who is of average or below intelligence. But, a person’s IQ doesn’t necessarily correspond to their intelligence in the spirit world. The trials selected for a person may entail a cap of their reasoning.
Hence, while our physical world is full of limiting factors, all designed to teach us what we so sorely require, in the spirit world we are literally created equal. Whatever difference in level and talent is a matter of the relative age and desire to improve by each soul.
Spiritism extols the virtue of treating all with respect, while at the same time recognizing some will be superior in intelligence, morality, and character than others. On earth there will be spirits from many different levels of maturity and it is the obligation of more advanced spirits to kindly assist spirits at a lower maturity level. This is really what noblesse oblige should mean to all of us, the more fortunate guide the welfare of the less so.
Learn more about the levels of spirits and how we are prepared for life on earth by reading The Case For Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection.
We live among spirits, they are undetected by the vast majority of living beings. Spirits are constantly around us. Spirits can be from many levels, some are high spirits and are here for our benefit and some are low. The lower spirits, those that reside in the Lower Zone, or in the Abyss, are there to be, at best to be amused, and at worst to incite us to ignore our conscience and choose the wrong path.
The Spirits Book, codified by Allan Kardec, from surveying multiple mediums throughout Europe to find similar answers to important questions, reveals to us exactly what spirits know about our inner thoughts. In Chapter 9, the first section, titled “Penetration of Our Thoughts By Spirits”, we are told of their capabilities:
456. Do spirits see everything that we do?
“They can do so if they choose, since they are incessantly around you. But, practically, each spirit sees only those things to which he directs his attention; for he pays no heed to those which do not interest him.”
457. Can spirits see our most secret thoughts?
“They often see what you would fain hide from yourselves; neither acts nor thoughts can be hidden from them.”
— It would appear, then, to be more easy to hide a thing from a person while living than to hide it from that same person after his death?
“Certainly; and when you fancy yourselves to be hidden from every eye, you have often a crowd of spirits around you, and watching you.”
458. What is thought of us by the spirits who are about us, and observing us?
“That depends on the quality of the spirits themselves. Frivolous spirits enjoy the little annoyances they cause you, and laugh at your fits of impatience. Graver spirits pity your imperfections, and endeavor to aid you to cure yourselves of them.”
In essence, by reading our thoughts, our emotions, analyzing our ratiocination process, spirits may know us better that we do ourselves. Spirits are us, or to turn it around, we are spirits who happen to temporarily inhabit a physical body. A body which greatly inhibits our senses, intellect, and movement. The spacesuit we don when we come into this world purposely restrains our capabilities so we may acquire the emotional and moral lessons we are on earth to obtain.
One may question if being fitted for an inferior suit and immersed in an environment where one is constantly bombarded by mostly poor or downright abhorrent advice is the correct path to acquire lessons of any sort. Upon reflection of our goal, to love, be honest, charitable, fraternal to all in any circumstance, while at the same time remaining focused, direct, and effective in completing any given assignment, then we must conclude that we are in the prefect training ground.
Many, and I include myself in this group, do not particularly enjoy our time on earth. We wish for a better, less stressful life. We want a life where everyone works together without the violence, politics, and stepping over others to acquire more material goods. We wish for a panacea, we wish to live in a regenerative world, the next step up from the world of atonement that we live in now.
Well, the answer is; if you don’t like where you are now, then finish your training.
If you wish to learn more about Spiritism, learn about what has been told to us by reading 51 Disclosures from Spiritism, The 3rd Revelation.
There are now English subtitles on some of the videos from Allan Kardec TV. They are in Portuguese, but they are very well done and I believe you will find them very informative. This one covers how spirit influence our lives.