Before I discovered the Doctrine of Spiritism, I believed in God, but I thought of God and Jesus as remote entities. Peering down at us on a periodic basis to check-in on our paltry progress. I considered the situation of the human race to be similar to those first prison colonist sent to Australia, abandoned on a beach and told to fend for themselves as best as they could.
Nothing could be further from the truth. We are watched, tracked, measured, analyzed, led, and herded into situations in which we thought were our decisions. The frequency in which our normal daily life is manipulated by the spirit world is much greater than one would suppose. No detail is too small to lay unnoticed.
The depth of the spirit realm’s intrusion into our life is revealed in the book, Life Beyond the Veil, in The Lowlands of Heaven section. It was a communication to the Rev G. Vale Owen from Astriel in the spirit world that explains the care in which our lives are directed.
The machinations undertaken when the Rev. G. Vale Owen began to build his church begins innocently enough with a question from Astriel. The bold text is the answer from Vale Owen:
“On the top of your church tower there is a weather-vane in the form of a cock. You will call to mind that you yourself decided the form that this should take. Is that not so?
I had entirely forgotten it until you called it to mind. You are quite correct, however. The architect asked me about it, and I hesitated between a fish and a cock, and eventually decided on the latter. I am wondering, however, whatever you have to say of it.”[i]
Astriel is reminding Vale Owen of a decision that he automatically assumed he made. In fact, he believed he deliberated between putting a rooster or a fish as the weather vane on top of his church. Now he learns what really occurred:
“No doubt. You see, these things are trifles to you; but there are few things which are trifles to us. Now, the fact that the likeness of a cock stands above your tower is the direct consequence of certain activities which took place in your mind five years ago. That is a case of creation. Many would smile at this, but we do not mind that, for we, too, are able to smile, and some of our smiles would perplex you, I assure you.
The meaning you had in your mind when your apparently not very important decision was made was that all might be reminded that St. Peter denied his Lord. I suppose you meant it as a caution against the repetition of such offense today. But you did not realize that that apparently trivial decision was registered here and dealt with quite seriously.”[ii]
“There are few things which are trifles to us.” reflect on these words. What we consider to be inconsequential decisions in our lives may, in fact, be vital. They may be the fulcrum upon which our life turns. When it is said the butterfly flaps their wings, from there a hurricane is born, it is meant that through seemingly trivial events large alterations in our lives may occur.
When a child is told that God watches over you, little does the parents or the child realizes the true extent of the words. Not only are our actions, but our thoughts, our innermost desires are an open book to the spirits that guide us. Our life and by extension everyone’s life around us are on tracks. While we have free-will to respond to the events and scenery on both side of the tracks, we are monitored to make sure we don’t derail. That we keep moving forward, because only by traveling ahead can we experience the life courses that have been assigned to us.
Astriel explains that not only is Vale Owen directed in certain actions, but a wider net is cast:
“I must tell you that the building of a new church is an event which is the cause of much activity here. There are officers to be appointed to attend the services and guard the building, and a whole host of ministering spirits to be allotted to the different departments of duty in connection with a new place of worship. Your clairvoyant friends have seen some of these already, but only a very few comparatively. Every detail is considered, not only in respect of the character of the minister and congregation and choir and so on; and the best among us, that is, the most suitable, chosen to help you according to the traits we observe; not only these things but the structure and all structural details are considered minutely, especially where symbolism enters in, for that has an importance not realized among you as it is with us. So it came about the weather vane was also considered, and I have chosen that because of its seemingly triviality in order to show you that nothing is missed.”[iii]
The last words of the paragraph stand out, “nothing is missed”, all minutiae painstakingly reviewed, re-reviewed, and passed on to higher-ups for modification and approval. Spirits who have attained a celestial level are part of the immense army that serves to regulate and direct all life on earth. They ascend to heaven because of their attributes, their capacity for love and their selflessness. Hence, the battalions which surround us are an army driven by love. Motivated by their desire to supply the lessons we all so sorely need.
Spirits not only direct but they add to our lives. Astriel tells the Rev. G. Vale Owen how the bell for the church was paid for:
“It was decided that, as the cock had been chosen in preference to other symbols, we would answer that choice, according to our custom, by giving to the church some appropriate offering in response. And that offering was the church bell, for which a choir-boy collected the money. You had no bell when first your church was consecrated. The bird stood aloft, but could not utter his warning as his original had done to St. Peter. And so we gave him voice, and your bell today gives tongue – as it did tonight at evensong.”[iv]
Actions and events, great and small, are planned and directed by the spirit world. Individually and collectively we are being pushed to become better spirits. The history of the world is like an upward spiral, where conditions motivate us, either through times of prosperity or cataclysms brought to mold our character. All designed to elicit particular responses to promote our advancement.
I have written about the constant guidance and love that we walk in every day in my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life. We are not cast off onto a strange planet with an uncertain future without support. We are watched over and subtlety pushed forward to finish our assigned trials. Whereupon, if we have tried with all of our might and treated most people with respect and honor, we too shall enter the narrow gate to heaven.
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. 120
[ii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 120
[iii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, pp. 120-121
[iv] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 121