When you are released from your outer casing and free from its dense shield, you are once again a spirit. You are now thinking with your spirit brain, instead of a poor receptor of images, thoughts, and memories. You are now in a universe where mere thought translates into action.
If you are lucky enough (actually, if you have worked hard and cast off your materialism and selfishness) to ascend to the first level of heaven, you shall find out that you have powers that you only dreamed of when you were a child.
An example of the ability to create something from thin air is in the Reverend Owen’s book, which is a collection of four of his books, Life Beyond the Veil, in The Lowlands of Heaven section, where his mother talks about herself and members of her learning group experimenting with using their brains to create.
The group retreated to an open space. They decided to try to make a statue of a cousin of an elephant, a type that is no longer on earth. Next, she tells us what occurred:
“We all sat around the open space and concentrated our wills on the object to be produced. Very quickly it appeared and stood there before us. We were much surprised at the quickness of the result. But, from our point of view, there were two defects. It was much too large; for we had failed to regulate the combination of our wills in due proportion. And it was much more like a live animal than a statue, for many had thought in their minds of the live animal itself, and also of its coloring, and so the results was a mixture between stone and flesh. Also many points were disproportionate – the head too large and the body too small, and so on, showing that more power had been concentrated on some parts than on others. It is thus we learn our imperfections, and how to remedy them, in all our studies. We experiment, and then examine the result, and try again. We did so now.”[i]
Did you hate to work in groups during your school years? One never did any work, another was just annoying. Graduating to the real world, we learned that we almost always had to work in groups and that the same cast of characters were with us. Working in complete harmony was a rare, but extremely satisfying experience.
In the spirit world this is a necessity. Only high powerful spirits are able to create entirely on their own. All must have the same dedication and willingness to work together for the same goal. The thirst for showing off and receiving the best rewards would, most certainly, hinder the success of the group. This is why selfishness must be abandoned before one is allowed to ascend to heaven.
The group determines to give it another attempt. They select a different object for their next try:
“Taking our minds off the statue so produced, and talking together, it gradually faded away. And then we were fresh and ready for our next trial, We decided not to select the same model as before, or our minds would probably run into more or less the same grooves. So we, this time, chose a tree with fruit on it – something like an orange tree, but not quite the same.
We were more successful this time. The chief points of failure were that some of the fruit was ripe and some unripe. And the leaves were not correct in color, nor the branches rightly proportioned. And so we tried one thing after another, and found ourselves a little more successful each time. You can imagine somewhat the joy of such schooling as this, and the laughter and happy humor which result from our mistakes. Those among you who think that in this life we never make jokes and never even laugh, will have to revise their ideas some day or they will find us strange company – or perhaps we shall find them so. But they soon learn what the love of this land is, where we can be perfectly natural and unrestrained, and indeed are compelled to be so if we wish to be accepted into respectable company, as you would phrase it. I fear the obverse is rather true on earth, it is not? Ah well, live and learn, and those who live in this life – not merely exist, or worse – learn very quickly. And the more we learn, the more we marvel at the forces at our command.”[ii]
Imagine having to think of every detail, every stem and small branch of a tree or a bush. A hard task indeed. There is an example of spirits in the first level of heaven performing a similar feat, in a different celestial city, Nosso Lar. In the book, psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, the spirit Andre Luiz is part of a large group that is preparing a chamber to accept a very high spirit. The high spirit evidently has not materialized in a lower plane for quite a while, therefore the assembly was tasked to supply the required conditions for the high spirit, so he could come to their location and give a lecture.
The audience was instructed to fill the chamber with an artificial environment, with still waters, a robust tree, with vegetation and leaves on the tree. Andre Luiz describes the beautiful scene in the chamber. Then the Instructor addresses the group sternly;
“My friends, your task has not been fully completed. Pay close attention to the uncompleted details and give a more effective outward expression to your inner power! You still have fifteen minutes to finish your work.”[iii]
For us here on this hard rocky planet, where we are seemly incapable of focusing our attention for minutes at a time, life in heaven is another type of challenge. Our brawn isn’t as important as our brain, our strength is centered in our will. And our will is only as effective as our ability to concentrate. We must marshal our resources, and be free of the distractions of earth. Hate, envy, desire for position above others, lust for new material objects, all are baggage that must be discarded before we can walk through the gates of heaven.
We are told all of this in the Bible:
13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Mathew 13:14)
The spirit world started notifying us of the conditions to enter paradise more than two thousand years ago. And they are providing more specific information and examples to us in our current epoch. Truthfully, this is a tough path to follow. I have failed more than I have succeeded. It’s an uphill battle, but it only needs a small forward movement every day.
We aren’t alone, we are assisted by unseen forces. I have written about the constant guidance and love that we walk in every day in my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life. We are not cast off onto a strange planet and an uncertain future without support. We are watched over and subtlety pushed forward to finish our assigned trials. Whereupon, if we have tried with all of our might and treated most people with respect and honor, we shall enter that narrow gate to heaven.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
Xavier, F. C. (2008). Workers of the Life Eternal. Brasilia (DF) – Brazil: International Spiritist Council.
[i] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 49
[ii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 50
[iii] Xavier, Francisco C., Workers of the Life Eternal, EDICEI, p. 50