Zabdiel, a high spirit from the tenth level of heaven, as it is designated for the convenience of us on earth, walked through a small village and noticed small, but well-appointed homes … until he saw a house in a slightly inferior state. Knowing that spirits on the tenth level had the power to configure their homes to their satisfaction, he asked the village elder about the people who lived there, he was told:
“You know the man who lives here, he and his sister. They came over from Spheres Eight and Nine some good while ago together. Here they progressed and, from time to time, have returned to the Fourth Sphere, where they have loved ones and, in especial, their parents. This they have done in order to help them onward. Lately they have cone to be some little less at their case in these surroundings for the love they bear to those behind. It would seem that these are making their progress very slowly, and it will be long before they reach this estate. These two, therefore, await the coming of someone who has the authority to permit them to depart to take up their abode with those they wish to help, in order that their more continual presence should be at the disposal of them to enable them onward.”
Spirits in higher levels of heaven live the Golden Rule and understand the importance of love and kindness in all things. This doesn’t mean they are passive or unable to make sound observations – only that they present their findings in an even-handed and caring manner.
The village elder explained the facts and the circumstances surrounding the two residences of the out-of-place house in his village with an understanding of why two good souls would let this pass. He presented the probable outcome of their behavior (a longer time period to learn what they must at the tenth level) and explain their desires in a friendly tone.
Zabdiel, who is part of a group of spirits that are communicating with the Rev. G. Vale Owen in Book Two of the book The Life Beyond the Veil called The Highlands of Heaven. He recounts various episodes about his life and travels to the Rev. G. Vale Owen so we may learn what is waiting for us in the celestial spheres and why it is worth improving ourselves to reach a spiritual state.
Zabdiel provides us a peek of how life is regulated in heaven. We are like the child peering through a keyhole, trying to understand what is happening in the room beyond. He can only glimpse at portions of furniture or walls, and see shadows of movements. The child can only make rough guesses, and those at the best of times are off the mark. This is how, mankind has tried to see heaven for centuries. Zabdiel is attempting to widen the aperture and explain to us what can be seen.
In his description, Zabdiel presents us with a real-life problem. He desires to show us how delicate situations are resolved in the world we shall soon inhabit. He illustrates that people’s circumstances aren’t answered by faceless bureaucrats mindlessly following rules formulated by uncaring political functionaries … that force everyone into defined categories and prescribe punishments for any infractions.
“I found the brother in a small coppice to the side of the house and accosted him, inquiring for his sister. She was within, and we went to seek her. We found her there in deep mediation. She was engaged in communion with her parents far away in that other sphere. Rather would I say that she was sending her help and uplifting strength to them, for “communication” implies a mutual action, and the others were little able, if any to return their thoughts to her.
So I talked with them awhile, and gave my conclusion after this fashion: ‘It would seem that the strength required to build up your own progress in this Sphere is being drawn upon by those in the Sphere some degrees behind. You are held back by the love of those who are yonder, and slow to progress. Now, if you go to that Fourth Sphere, and there take up your habitation, you will be able to help them a little, but not much. For when you are at hand why should they stretch forth to come beyond their own present degree? It is not well, therefore, that you go to them in such a manner as that. Yet love is greater than all else, and as it is found both in you and them, it will be of great might to prevail when obstacles which now obstruct have been removed. I would advise that you do not relinquish your degree of this Sphere, but that you come with me to our Chief, and I will ask that he will give you other work to do by which your own progress will be ensured, and that of your loved ones not hindered.’”
No mention of unbreakable rules were made. No threats as to the ramifications of their actions. Instead, Zabdiel sought to understand their desires and feelings; and pursued a course of action which would help all involved.
Assistance in the Lower Level of Heaven
We see this same approach in the book by the spirit Andre Luiz, Nosso Lar, psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier. Andre Luiz, who resides in one of the lower levels of heaven, describes a woman who is requesting permission to return to earth, in spirit form, to look after her family. She goes to the Minister of Assistance, Clarencio, to make her request:
“I would like to be granted the means of watching over my children myself in the physical sphere!” replied the afflicted mother.
“I am sorry, my friend,” said the loving benefactor, “but only in the spirit of humility and service are we able to watch over someone. What would you say about an earthly father who wanted to provide for his children, but then remained idle in the comfort of his home? The Father has created labor and cooperation as laws that no one may break without causing damage to himself. What does your conscience have to say on the matter? How many hour-bonuses can you present for your request?”
The woman answered hesitantly; “Three hundred and four.”
“It’s a pity,” continued Clarencio, smiling, “that you have lived here for over six years but have given the colony only three hundred and four hours of work. However, as soon as you recovered from the struggles you had suffered in the lower regions, I offered you a praiseworthy job on the Vigilance Team of the Ministry of Communication…”
“But that was intolerable work,” she interrupted, “a constant struggle with malevolent entities! Of course I couldn’t adapt to it.”
Let’s do the calculation, she has worked three hundred and four hours over a six-year period. Hence, she has worked a little less than eight forty hour weeks. Not bad, to be clothed and fed, over six years for only working a total of two months. In Nosso Lar, everyone receives their required provisions and clothing, but for extras, such as enjoying entertainment centers, or taking in lectures at different schools, one needs the hour-bonus credit. All receive, no matter what level of work, the same amount per hour. There are exceptions for sacrificial services where the hour-bonus is doubled or tripled.
Her dialogue with the Minister continued through a whole litany of jobs the woman attempted but abandoned after a few furtive days of effort. Yet, she was treated with the utmost kindness and understanding, all the while being gently pushed to comprehend that some sort of labor for the good of the whole was expected.
Above all else, the spirit realm respects our free will. We have the right to ignore every suggestion we are given. We have the right to not learn, to not improve, and to not ascend. We have the right to descend if we so desire; to live with less enlightened souls.
We are encouraged to climb the ladder of knowledge and spirituality, but never forced.
Zabdiel doesn’t leave us hanging, he describes the solution found:
“When I departed they came alone with me and, after consultation with our Chief Lord, I was glad to find that he, in the main, approved of what was in my mind. So he called them, and gave them words of approof for their great love, and told them that, if they would, they should become of those whose mission it was from time to time to go to the spheres behind and, there appearing (by conditioning themselves to the environment of the sphere in which they should be), deliver what business he should have to communicate. On such occasions he would request that their parents should be permitted to see and talk with them. By so doing they would be lured onward and upward to join these their two children in those higher realms.
He further counseled great patience, for that this thing might in no wise be forced ahead, but must progress by natural development. To this they assented with much joy and gratitude of heart. So the Chief Lord blessed then in the Name of the Master, and they departed to their new home well content.”
Hurdles identified and plans to circumvent any obstacles are jointly developed, is the norm in the celestial spheres. Everyone is pulling together, there is no desire to demonstrate authority, only to proactively guide devoted souls to the correct path.
Through his description of how he assisted a brother and sister in their search to help their parents, Zabdiel lifted the veil which obstructs our vision of heaven. Allowing us to gain a better appreciation of why we must strive toward the light, here, in our dense bodies, on earth.
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.
Xavier, F. C. (2010). Nosso Lar. Brasilia – (DF), Brazil: International Spiritist Council.
 Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 262
 Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, p. 263
 Xavier, F.C. Nosso Lar, EDICEI, p 80
 Xavier, F.C. Nosso Lar, EDICEI, p 132
 Owen, G. Vale, The Life Beyond the Veil, Square Circles Publishing, pp. 263-264