In the recent publication, Spiritist Review – Journal of Psychological Studies – 1858, by the United States Spiritist Council, which is the compilation of all of Allan Kardec’s Spiritist Review magazines for the year 1858, there is a series of questions for the spirit of the French King, known as St. Louis. He was Louis IX, who reigned as King of France from 1226 until 1270.
You will also read passages from him in some of Allan Kardec’s books.
On this occasion a mediums group wished to understand how could some people die in a tragic accident, such as a ship sinking, while others live:
“1. When there is an imminent danger threatening someone, it is a spirit who guides the danger and, when avoided, is it another spirit who deviates them?
– On incarnating, the spirit chooses a trial; once chosen, a kind of destiny is created which cannot be conjured, once the spirit is submitted to that. I speak about the physical trials. The spirit, keeping his free will regarding good and bad, is always free to withstand or reject the trial. When seeing someone abating, a good spirit may come to help but cannot influence so as to dominate their will. A malevolent spirit, that is inferior, showing and exaggerating about the physical dangers, may shock and scare but yet the will of the incarnated spirit is not less free of any hurdle.
2. When a person is faced by an imminent accident it seems to me that the free will is worth nothing. I then ask if it is an evil spirit who provokes such an accident, to which he is some sort of cause and, in case the danger is avoided, if a good spirit came to help him.
– Good or bad thoughts, according to their nature. The accident is marked on the individual’s destiny. When your life is endangered it is a sign that you desired that, so that you can deviate from bad and become better. When you escape from danger, still under its influence, you think more or less strongly. pending on the more or less strong action of the good spirits about becoming a better person. Under the influence of bad spirits (I say bad referring to the wickedness which still exists in them) you equally think that you will escape other dangers and again you will give in to the unstoppable passions. [2015, pp. 120-121]
How many times have we seen this phenomena, whereby a person escapes a potentially harmful situation. yet learns nothing. We all have had friends like this. Let this be an important marker for you, when you have a close call, don’t minimize the lesson, take it to heart and fully absorb the intended lesson.
The other information provided by St. Louis is the inability to avoid our physical trials. Only our conduct and attitude throughout the trial is cordoned-off for our free-will. All else will happen, because we signed up for it before we began our current life.
To understand more about the forces that affect you in your daily life, I suggest you read, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life, in which I detail my personal experiences and how the spirit world guides our lives.