The Reverend G. Vale Owen, who is the author of the Life Beyond the Veil, a compilation of four books, all dictated to him by spirits, including his mother, also wrote another book. It is called Paul and Albert, and it was sent to him by a team of spirits. The spirit who was responsible for communicating directly with Vale Owen was called Kathleen.
Paul and Albert is a short book, which covers the decent and subsequent ascent of Paul in the Lower Zone. In the book, there was an interesting interlude, where Kathleen talked about unprogressed human spirits. I thought this may explain the characteristics of some of the people around us.
We first notice the relatively immature human spirit in a church. It is in the Lower Zone and it is a place for suffering souls to go to hear positive messages so they can find their way out and into a better place. Spirits from higher levels will materialize in the church and talk to the souls gathered there.
The spirit giving the sermon, opens the talk and then he starts to delineate what he wants the assembly to understand:
“Meanwhile, I have a few rather interesting things to show you. I brought them with me for that purpose, so that you would be able to picture for yourselves, to a certain degree, what life is like there.
I can assure you it is well worth working for, very well worth it. Even just a short journey from the Gate the people have houses like this and, mark you, many of those people have come, not direct from earth life, but from this land where you now live. This is not a very happy country to live in is it? Ah well, never mind that; live in the future and you will soon be able to go yonder and, after a time, to come back and help your mates whom you have left behind.
‘Now, isn’t that worth a bit of patience and endeavor?’
‘Yes, it is!’ shouted out a man in the congregation.
‘Damn well worth it, too!’ added another, more enthusiastic.”
While many in the Lower Zones were well-educated souls while they lived in their physical bodies, they drifted to this place because of a lack of spirituality and they didn’t treat their fellow human beings with love and honesty. They were primarily selfish and materialistic.
The talk about houses was attractive to the congregation, because the dwellings in the Lower Zone are usually ramshackle affairs, with exceptions. Even worse, the light is constantly dim and vegetation is primitive and lacking in color.
Kathleen provides a description of the enthusiastic speaker, she explains about a certain type of soul who has gravitated to the Lower Zone:
“The man who had created this diversion was a horse breeder in a large way in the earth life, a man of great wealth. To see him now his friends of those old days would have been somewhat surprised. He turned about and surveyed the audience with a smile and the attitude of a pleased schoolboy.
Then he sat down well contented. He was of a nature unprogressed rather than malicious – a low type of the human species. There are many such. They do not descend to the lower hells on leaving earth. They just go to their own place; which is where we have seen him, on the borderline between light and shadow.
Here they are unhappy for a time, but the same lack of spiritual conception which places them there acts also as a counter-irritant. They soon begin to adjust themselves to their environment, and find more or less of ease because it is in sympathy with their own character. So long as there is no active hatred, or other wickedness in their hearts, they make progress, slowly but steadily, and in that find satisfaction.
They are incapable of any great good or any great evil. They are, of course, of higher intelligence and spiritual content than even the highest of the animals; but they are among the least developed of humankind.”
We all have been at that level. We all had to start somewhere. Even less progressed spirits reside in a primitive planet. A planet, like earth was thousands of years before Christ, where humans lived to eat and take what they could, with little or no moral compunction whatsoever.
The type of humans described above, are those souls who are recent arrivals to the earth. They have been promoted from a primitive world to a planet of atonement. Earth graduated from a primitive planet, to where it is now, where spirits learn how to become civilized beings in the spirit world. Hence, this is why our incarnations on earth are referenced as training or a class.
As a collective, all or most all, beings on earth today are relatively immature, in the spirit sense of maturity. We still harm each other, we take advantage of each other, and we dismiss anyone who can’t be of use to us without regret. Some of us are beginning to learn how to love and care for all equally, but most are on the level where at least we are learning to not actively injure our fellow beings.
Some are more advanced than others. Some will progress up the ladder at a rapid pace and some will slowly climb upwards. We are a hodgepodge people on this blue orb. This is why it is incumbent on those more progressive to steer the less mature spirits on the correct path. Not to order and direct them like little children, but to provide a structure where they can make informed free-will choices and understand the consequences of mistaken actions.
If you wish to learn more about the cycle of spirit – physical self – spirit again, and what this means to your growth as a spirit, please read my book, The Case for Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection.
If you have read Heaven and Below – Book 1 of Spiritism, now read Spirits and the Spirit Universe – Book 2 of Spiritism. The schools, colleges, and universities of heaven will be described, as well as how one travels from one level to the next. Spirit attributes and the powers you will possess when you return to the spirit realm will be illuminated. Learn about the spirit universe, read my second of a series of three books, Spirits and the Spirit Universe.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
Vale Owen, G. (1924). Paul and Albert. London: The Greater World Christian Spiritualist Association.
 Owen, R. G., Paul and Albert, The Greater World Christian Spiritualist Association, p. 52
 Owen, R. G., Paul and Albert, The Greater World Christian Spiritualist Association, pp. 56-57