Zabdiel, a spirit leader of a group of spirits, sent to communicate with Rev. G. Vale Owen, presented the topic the degrees of light in the spheres. In essence the amount of light in each sphere is the response of the spirits, through their collective individual spiritual maturity to the amount of external light available to the sphere. These two interact to determine the brightness of any one sphere.
Zabdiel first explains light in our physical world. Light comes from the sun and shines where its rays penetrate. Darkness is merely the absence of light. Darkness to us, is in reality, a lack of a wavelength that our eyes can detect. Hence, the ability of our eyes is a constant, the more rays of light present, the brighter it is to our sense of sight.
In the spiritual spheres, the ability to detect light is not a constant, it is dependent upon the spiritual advancement of the individual. As I have discussed in another article, the brightness (for example, an angel glows with a white light) of a spirit comes from their ability to reflect the love of God. Which is regulated by their spiritual maturity and advancement. This level of attainment also provides a spirit to detect the amount of spiritual faith and light according to their own place in the hierarchy of spirits.
Zabdiel explains the difference of light in the physical and spiritual spheres, by first describing what it is like in the Lower Zone:
“For those who are in darkness are those whose sense of sight lacks the vibrations from without which enable others to have knowledge of those things which to them are external but present withal. Their state is a state if inability to receive these vibrations. When their spiritual facilitates do undergo change then they are able to see more or less clearly.”[i]
As one rises up the ladder of spiritual knowledge and character, the body of a spirit has accompanying greater capabilities. This is a key point, it is as if Mother Theresa, was not only a kind and loving champion of the poor, but she also had superhuman strength and senses; and she could see in the dark and through walls. In the spirit realm your abilities grow with your spirituality.
When a relatively higher spirit descends into a lower sphere, the light, even to their eyes, is not as bright. This is because of the working of the cumulative spiritual health of the sphere and its interaction with light. Zabdiel explains:
“But also these vibrations which convey the knowledge of things to their sense of sight are, in those regions, of a more gross quality than in the regions of spiritual health. So that even to those good spirits who penetrate into those regions, and whose sense of sight is more perfect, yet the darkness is quite apparent, and the light by which they see is dim. So that, as you will understand, there is a response between the spirit and the spirit’s environment, and that response is so accurate and perpetual and sustained as to constitute a permanent state of life.”[ii]
Therefore, by the Law of Affinity, whereby spirits attract other spirits like themselves, their amassed spiritual quotient and the environment itself combine to create the atmospheric conditions of that plane, or sphere. While a higher spirit may have more spiritual force, it doesn’t change the environment of the sphere they have travelled to.
This holds true to all spiritual spheres, the environment is the sum of external light and collective spiritual power of its inhabitants. Zabdiel explains:
“As we go higher in the spheres this responsive action between the spirits and their environment is also maintained and that which we may call the external light becomes more and more perfect and intense the higher we go. So it is that those who dwell in, as we will say, the Fourth Sphere may not penetrate into the fifth, to remain there, until they have become so developed as to sustain with ease the degree of intensity of light there obtaining. Having attained to that Fifth Sphere they soon become used to its light. And if they return to the Fourth, as they do from time to time, that Fourth Sphere seems dimmer to them, while still they are able to see with comparative ease. But if they should descent straight to the Second or First Sphere, they would only with difficulty be able to use those denser vibrations of light and, in order to do so, are obliged to train themselves to see in that same sphere which once was but their normal abode.”[iii]
As even humans do, spirit too become accustomed to their environment. When, on our physical plane, we live for a time in a hot desert environment, we are used to the heat, and when we journey to a colder location, we don heavy jackets, while the locals may still be in shorts. Unlike us, advanced spirits are able to alter their senses with the power of thought and they are able to modify the differences which occur when they travel downwards.
Spirits also come to our sphere to interact with us. Good spirits encourage positive behavior and present opportunities to acquire an understanding of what lies beyond our physical plane, while immature spirits motive many to act out in ways that lessor spirits take pleasure in.
Zabdiel tells us how the higher spirits are able to come to the earth’s sphere and communicate with humans:
“When we come down to your earth sphere we see by reason of the spiritual light which men have in themselves. And those who are of higher spiritual grade than others we see so much the more clearly.
Were it not for faculties we possess other than that of sight, we should, as I suppose, have difficulty in finding our way about, and to those to whom we wish to come. But we have these other faculties, and by their use are able to do our work in ministering to you.
You will now be able to understand that there is a quite literal truth in the words, “Who dwells in light which no man can approach.” For few in the earth life are able to rise many spheres beyond; and the light which streams from above is blinding even to those who are much progressed.”[iv]
We, who are temporarily encased in our physical bodies, swim in a sea of spirits. Spirits of many levels, some who have come to help us and others to hinder and take pleasure in our deeds. The more we learn about the types and capabilities of spirits the more we can filter out the negative influences and embrace the positive vibrations sent our way.
Understanding what the spirit universe actually is and how we are part of it is the first step toward learning how you can perform your own journey to spiritual perfection. You can begin to by reading my book, Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life’s Path is (mostly) Predetermined. You will discover why we are on earth, what are the different locations circling our planet and what is your ultimate destiny.
Brian Foster was a reluctant entry to Spiritism. He grew up with a vague sense of God and a higher power, but only through events he could not explain did he discover that there is indeed a world beyond ours, an “other side” as the Druids called it.
Brian works in Information Technology and has a BSCS degree and an MBA. For many this should make him a rational human being and not one who believes in spirits. On the contrary, it is what he believes to be an accumulation of evidence that has, thankfully, brought him to realize that we are part of a bigger plan.
Brian Foster has a blog at www.nwspiritism.com.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
[i] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 164
[ii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 164
[iii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, pp. 164-165
[iv] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 165