Part of our trial, our struggle, here on this beautiful and cruel planet is to find God and the Divine Laws He has created, by a path of our own devising. We are not allowed a shortcut – we are allowed hints and signs and visions to move us along. Spiritist literature reveals the extent of the guidance and support we receive from the spirit realm. But, at the end, faith in God’s plan is a mountain we must climb alone.
While we may have tethers to others close to us, it is up to our stamina, dedication, and courage to pull ourselves up to the summit. Because only through hard work and strenuous effort, by our surefooted reasoning can we build a solid base upon which to hold onto our faith while the winds of society tries to blow us off the top of the mountain.
In the chronicle The life of Jesus, in Chapter 13 (available on the internet) are words that ring true. While I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the entire communication, I detect true wisdom and understanding of the state of our plight as humans on earth. This is what a spirit messenger from Jesus told the medium:
“In exercising its freedom the Spirit finds the necessary calm for its faith, the fervor for bold ideas and the decision to direct its own work. But, can this possibly be a complete and lasting freedom? Unfortunately not! – No, because the sad dependency of Spirits, on each other, must exist for the establishment of God’s Justice in the worlds in which the destruction of the inferior species by other superior species indicates a progressive march that concludes with man, in the worlds in which the enormous disproportion between the Spirits themselves comes from causes painstakingly defined by the science we have established, a science that recognizes the immutability of the natural laws. Now, it is a fact that the Spirits’ material dependency is a law of this world, ergo no one can avoid it, and the higher Spirit that is temporarily here conquers a provisional freedom or saddens on account of the oppression on its willpower. The weaknesses of faith are inherent in any belief held by concessions from reason itself. The weaknesses in the faith are sources of continuing efforts for all those who practice a religion without really understanding it. Fanaticism, which consists of an ardent faith without reason, must be considered as a disease of the Spirit. True faith is never separated from reason. It points to a personality convinced of its divine attributes and this personality is forced to bow before the duties that result from it.”[i]
The paragraph above is dense; there is a lot of information packed into it. In essence, we are told:
- We have free will, but possessing free will doesn’t mean we can make decisions in a vacuum. Our choices will always be limited by the world around us. We must make choices in the recognition of how our decision affects others and society at large.
- We are bound by a set of Divine Laws. We can’t escape the force of these laws. First, we reside on a planet of Atonement, which means we are a whole range of relatively immature spirits who are sent to this planet to pay for our past wrongs. Our goal is to become a civilized spirit. To become one takes a walk through the fire of our trials and tribulations. Only by arduous effort, in multiple lives, will we remove our blemishes.
- Those who are on this planet with more experiences and successes in previous lives are not given any special pass. They are subjected to the same waves of emotion and arrows of ill-feeling as the rest of us. Higher spirits are expected to perform better by being more focused … drawing on their spiritual resources and history to withstand external forces.
- Giving yourself to a religion, cult, or doctrine unquestioningly is a sign of weakness and poor judgement. Abnegation of personal responsibility to an earthly organization, demonstrates a desire to withdraw to a life without stress, without physical and intellectual struggle.
- Faith is not blind trust. Faith is a belief in the extrapolation of what you know. For example, you work with a group of people. You know who is capable of performing well or poorly. You select a high performer to carry out a task; you have faith in that person’s ability to be successful. Only because you have seen results before, not because that person promised they could do well. While, that person may falter, which would cause you to reevaluate your point of view, your original vote of confidence was built upon a foundation of reasoning.
- Once we believe in the spiritual world and its set of Divine Laws, then we must follow that to its logical conclusion, which entails us to behave in a manner fitting with the Spiritist Doctrine.
Faith is not the end but the means to ascend in the spirit hierarchy. Only by acquiring faith can we begin to truly learn from the next level of experiences which will be assigned to us. The next paragraph notifies us this is so:
“Whatever the guideline cause of duty, it is the result of struggles, of claudicating, of previous faults of the Spirit whose future duties shall be shaped in the same way, based on those of the present. Only very slowly can the human nature get rid of its carnal tendencies, but only true faith can convey the thrust of courage, perseverance in all matters, contempt for all dangers and the study of the duties becomes easier and easier, the material life is exhausted when the Spirit conquers new positions, which rises from stage to stage until the complete annihilation of materiality. Brothers of mine, true faith honors the industrious intelligence who has traveled many paths, in which it has surrounded itself with protectors. True faith is the reward of all elderly Spirits, whose intellectual development is not disheartened by society’s moral decay.”[ii]
The line of progression and the means to rise is clear and is consistent from other Spiritist literature I have read. But never have I seen the formula laid out so succinctly. I will lay it out in longer and ordered form so the reader may process it:
- Over many lifetimes, through many different types of struggles, are we able to discharge the baser instincts and learn that love, charity, fraternity, and honor is the preferred path.
- As we behave in a more civilized fashion, we are able to begin the intellectual leap to build a base of reasoning to attain rational faith.
- Employing our new-found tool of certainty, even in a culture that rejects our ideals, we are given more complex trials. Trials which exercise our intellectual dexterity and readies us for even more responsibilities in the future.
- As part of our climb, we accumulate methods to withstand assaults against our basic principles and at the same time, we establish relationships with other spirits to create a powerful support group, on earth and in the spirit realm.
This is the stark difference between success on earth and heaven. On earth, there are many roads to the top – honorable and dishonorable. In heaven, the only path is work, faith, and love. We begin as primitive, ignorant spirits, living life through trial and error. Unbeknownst to us, like a kindergartener, we are shepherded through a series of lessons, each making a faint impression upon our immortal spirit memory. Eventually, a realization occurs, a spark of insight that there may indeed be something above us and our desire for luxury and immediate pleasure in life. This flash of discovery propels us to create a rational foundation for our faith, which then enables us to commence a new level of trials and missions on earth (or another planet).
Once one is able to look at life as a string of existences, culminating in an exciting discovery and reward in the spiritual world, the momentary depths, the bouts of disease and depression, are more tolerable. Tolerable because they had reason behind them and all were meant to produce a reaction to promote education. The British says it best, “Carry On”; that is what we must do, just carry on, just keep moving forward, with good humor (if possible) and never stop learning from mistakes and experiences.
Learn more about the spirit realm and what it means to us. Understand how the world is on a track to progress to a better place. The first step is to learn what the basic tenets of Spiritism are and how your life is planned so you can improve. You can begin by reading The Spirits Book, by Allan Kardec, or you can read my books, one on reincarnation, The Case for Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection, the other about the spirit realm, and how we fit into it, Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life’s Path is (mostly) Predetermined. You will find out why you are on this planet and where you are destined to be.
Baker, M. M. (2016, July 15). The Life of Jesus. Retrieved from The Life of Jesus: https://lifeofjesus.wordpress.com