Spirits form close friendships in the spirit realm as well as on earth. At times, nothing is more satisfying than being with close friends. In the spirit world, as on earth, there are circumstances that may cause friends to part. One possibility is some of your close circle may be promoted to a higher sphere, or you may be promoted to a higher level than your close acquaintances.
There are stories where a group of friends would wait until all of them would ascend together. Others where the husband or wife would assist their spouse to become more pure. Being on a different level doesn’t mean all contact is ended, only less frequent. After all, it is challenging for a spirit to visit another spirit on a higher level.
The difficulty lies in the fact that as a spirit advances they become purer and brighter. The light increases in intensity as one climbs the spiritual ladder. Hence, a lower spirit can’t see or only barely detect a higher spirit because of the brightness emanating from their body. The brilliance is uncomfortable.
Zabdiel writes about us how he met two friends in Book Two of the book The Life Beyond the Veil called The Highlands of Heaven. He tells the Rev. G. Vale Owen how comrades in one sphere may temporarily separate while one or more climb higher into the next spiritual sphere. He relates his own personal experience. He starts by describing how he was walking to a temple, along a steep path up a mountain:
“Here and there along the path ascending are shrines, set a little off the way, like those in many lands of earth. And as I stood before one of these, a little removed, I covered my eyes with my hands, and stood thus awhile to commune with Him Who of His Life gives strength to us to follow after Him in the Heavenly road. Thus it was that I did not hear when some drew nigh me until their steps were present with me on the path behind. Then they ceased and I, having finished my offering, turned and saw those whose light showed me of their degree that it was not mine, but higher in the spheres. So I bowed myself to them, and stood with eyes to look upon the ground, and waited for them to tell out their will and purpose with me.”
I have read in other Spiritist literature, most notably in the Andre Luiz series of books (psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier), where spirits on a higher level are treated with the utmost deference. Being a republican (the definition, not the American political party) at heart, the thought of genuflecting to anyone because of their status is not pleasing to me. After all, why humbly bow to those who have been born into their station and have done nothing to earn the courtesy of showing respect.
But, after a second thought, I would not hesitate to demonstrate my admiration for a person I truly thought was superior to me. Superior to me in demonstrating love and kindness, assistance to those less fortunate or who devotedly gave themselves to the betterment of mankind. For instance, if Saint Francis of Assisi were alive today, I would not pause to bow before him in reverence to his contribution to our society.
Therefore, knowing that a spirit may only ascend through their dedication to love, charity, fraternity, and honesty … plus their demonstration of actively assisting mankind on earth or people on other planets, I and others should have no problem with showing respect. And more, being ready to follow any requests they may have for me, since their utmost priority is always to push the good ahead and educate the ignorant.
“But I stood for long and they did not speak to me. So, making bold from the silence of them, I raised my eyes and looked upon them, first at the girdle of their robes to understand of what order they might be. Thus I understood that they were of those messengers who attended their Chief on his journeyings, both. Such they were as you shall call them aides-de-camp to their Leader.”
Here is the second salient fact about the spirit world in Zabdiel’s story of meeting higher spirits: The presence of a type of uniform or signs of an office or status in belts or other forms for spirits belonging to different groups. While this is not overtly mentioned in the series of Andre Luiz books, the presence of uniforms is referenced in Yvonne Pereira’s book Memoirs of a Suicide. From this one can detect why uniforms are so prevalent on earth. Incarnates naturally gravitate towards how life is ordered in the spirit world. Hence, the pride in belonging to an order or specific function follows from our hidden desires brought over from our time in the spirit realm.
Waiting for some response from the higher spirits who encountered Zabdiel on the path, he decides to take the initiative:
“Then, they still continuing in silence, I looked on their faces. They were aglow with smiling; and amusement was not lacking in their smile. So I steadfastly gazed upon them, and at first I could discern little, for it was no easy matter that I should penetrate through that radiance shimmering around them then, to see their features whether I knew them or no. But, catching some of their power, as is the manner at such times, I did at length come to a knowledge of their countenances. Then I understood. They were two old comrades who, when we did service nearer to the earth plane, had fought for souls and won them out of the darker regions into the light of the Presence. And I had been their minister then, and their companion.”
Two old friends, and friends that Zabdiel use to lead in efforts to help souls ascend from the lower regions. This perfectly demonstrates that each rises as they are able to learn. One may ascend rapidly while others may slowly climb the ladder to higher spheres. It makes no difference, for all are treated with love and respect in all levels of heaven. No one is forced to move upwards; for your free will is, at all times, respected. One could dally at a certain heavenly stage for as long as one likes. The impetus to graduate to the next level is on your shoulders.
Another interesting revelation is that the higher spirits imparted power to Zabdiel. This demonstrates the capabilities of spirits higher than us … they are able to marshal their will to focus power upon those or objects as they see fit.
Finally, Zabdiel recognizes his two old friends, who were waiting patiently and expectantly for him to realize who they were:
“They came to me, when they saw the dawning recognition in my eyes, and, taking each a hand in his, we went together up the hill ascending, and on towards the Temple plateau, they kissing me first on either cheek, and so imparting further of their strength, to be and to converse with them.
Oh, the bliss and the great pleasure of that walk, when they who had been advanced beyond my present estate spoke first of old times and service together and, gradually leading, came to present times in this my own sphere, and then we spoke, in sequence, of their own more bright and glorious, to which soon, perhaps, I could be called.”
The pleasure of their company is apparent in the words written by Zabdiel. So is the lack of envy or jealousy of his friend’s new station. This is because all are advanced according to their own time and merits. There is no favoritism, one is ready or not, when the time comes, graduation is imminent. This is how a true meritocracy functions. Where every individual concentrates on their improvement instead of focusing their energies on political gamesmanship.
Learn more about the spirit realm and what it means to us. The first place 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.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
 Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, pp. 226-227
 Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 227
 Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 227
 Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, pp. 227-228