Ramadahn by Ursula Roberts
can we recognise and absorb spiritual truths into our lives?
This is a soul
faculty. When strengthened by quiet periods of meditation and
prayerfulness your own spirit may begin to learn truths rather than
hearing them expounded by one such as myself. All real spiritual
development and unfoldment comes about within the inner spiritual
consciousness, which then stimulates the mortal brain, so that each
person may discover truth according to their own particular needs.
In trying to
follow the spiritual pathway why do we feel so isolated?
development is not really lonely or isolated, but takes place in
periods of aloneness. As you become increasingly aware of your unity
with spirits of Light and with others in your world with whom you
have a harmonious kinship, your feeling of isolation will gradually
dissolve into a great loving unity with the whole of the natural and
spiritual worlds. So remember always that you are spirit, using your
soul and body for only a short period of time. Use them well, giving
thanks to the great Master Creator for the precious experience of
How might one
attempt to redeem oneself while still on earth if one has done a
You cannot redeem
yourself by fruitless regret. You must try to right the balance by
understanding that sin or wrong doing is an upsetting of unity, or
balance. If you have brought harm to some part of the creation, you
can set it to rights by trying to give a greater amount of good or
helpful action to that part which has been so harmed. If you have
brought suffering to a child, or allowed it to die in peril or pain,
you may right the wrong by trying to bring into being healing, care
and love to other unwanted child souls in your earthly world. If you
have allowed some man to slip from a precipice so that he was hurt,
then attempt to heal and help men who are lonely or trying to harm
themselves by their wrongful action. Or if by taking more than your
rightful share of properties you have deprived others, then provide
homes for the lonely or poor, that they may have a certain degree of
security. Thus by your action you will right the balance, bringing
yourself into harmony. When you leave the mortal body you can look
back, not with the searing pain of regret, but feeling you have
cleared your consciousness by trying to heal the wrong.
If we can make
amends in the spirit world for wrongful deeds done on earth, why is
there any reason for reincarnation? Is this the law of karma?
all spirits come back into the earth existence. Some who do so have
a great desire to render a particular service to the world, such as
expressing a gift of music which may harmonise earth's conditions,
or to bring a special gift of healing to overcome disease. Others
may come because they are still filled with a desire for revenge or
a feeling they were deprived of certain things in the earthly world
which they greatly desired. The law of karma is not completely
understood by earth's dwellers; it is simply a law of sowing and
reaping. If you sow goodness and harmony in the mortal life you will
reap it in the spirit life, but if you sow harmfulness, discord and
destruction, then although you may set right some part of this in
the spirit, the harm may be such that you feel impelled to return to
the mortal existence to bring about a greater degree of harmony and
Can you tell us
about the kingdom of heaven? Is there such a place?
there is, but we in spirit speak of it as the realm of peace, the
realm of unity and love. As the soul progresses from plane to plane
in the high places of spirit it emits its own inward note of power,
drawing unto itself other souls who are in harmony. While they are
bonded together in this state of sympathy, love and unity are
established amongst them and we say: Here is a manifestation of the
kingdom of heavenly peace. Groups of such spirits may number seven,
seventy times seven or beyond, but where this unity and love exist
there is a beautiful harmony of colour flowing between them in
rainbow formations. Through these will flash from soul to soul
streaks of brilliant light, the symbol of their sympathetic thought.
Such unity and love creates beautiful blossoms in all the
surrounding atmosphere, the air becomes clear and bright, and
because harmony brings forth sound, music is evoked from the deep
bell-like note emanating from the inward consciousness of each soul
within the group. This is our understanding of the heavenly state.
Christians, those who loved and served Jesus so willingly? Is there
no place where they can be with him?
There is such a
place, the equivalent of the heaven created by the myriad men and
women who have visualised this land of gleaming light in which
white-robed throngs move with joy and in which the lovers of the
Master Jesus dwell within his kingdom. This is known as the great
realm of Christly love, where many of your people come when they end
their earthly life experience, but not all who have been baptised
into Christianity or who call themselves Christians, only those who
have deeply and unflinchingly loved the Master Jesus. Throughout the
centuries there are those in religious communities who devoted their
lives in love unto him, those who nursed and sacrificed themselves
in service for love of him. All these, receiving the blessing that
flows from his heart may be rededicated to service and may come into
your midst bearing his imprint upon themselves so that you sometimes
say, "These are Christ-like souls," and may even think it is the
The state of spirit experience known to you as the Summerland, the
land of eternal peace and beauty, this too is a kind of heaven, a
place to which gentle and kindly people come, those who have no deep
inward religious convictions, but who have led lives of simple
goodness and harmony.
You speak of the
Christ plane, or the plane of Christly love. Is it the highest plane
in the spirit world?
It is the highest
plane which you who dwell in this land can understand because to you
the aspect of the Christ is indeed the purest and highest one, but
there are other planes of spirit influence which are equally beloved
and high to which persons of other religious thought go. There is
also another state beyond, but it is impossible to bring this into
the comprehension of the mortal mind.
It has also been
said that the kingdom of heaven is within. What does that mean?
Apart from its
reality in the spirit world it is a state of consciousness, for you
may find your kingdom whilst still in the mortal body. When you are
with those you love and peace lies upon your soul like a silvery
mantle, then indeed you are finding a small reflection of the
greater kingdoms of peace in the life of the spirit. If you train
yourselves to live lovingly with those around you, you gain such a
heightened and purified state of understanding that you can come
into attunement with the higher state of the kingdom of heaven and
tune your heart to the Christly realm. Those you love greatly, the
beloveds of your heart, your departed brothers, husbands or wives,
while you tune your love to them: you may sometimes reach out to the
Summerland wherein they dwell, or by raising your consciousness in
the quietude of meditation you can find unity with the spirit group
of your own particular affinity, through which waves of peace, music
and colour may vibrate unto you whilst you are still on the earth.
How do we know
that what we believe is truth? Should we try to convince others when
we feel we have that truth?
The truth can only
be truth to each man and woman according to their inner
understanding. You should remember this. Because you find a certain
truth is good or a certain pathway is right, you should not
endeavour to force your brother or sister to go that way. The wise
man and woman, the seeker after truth, says to others on the way: "I
have seen this, I have heard this. This I have experienced." If what
is said vibrates an answering chord within the consciousness of the
other, then that one may desire to learn from you, but not all have
the same thought. It is right for some to learn through the way of
love, some through the way of simplicity or sacrifice, yet for
others the way lies through beauty or service. For each soul there
is an individual way which is right. It is for you to guide the
steps of your seeking, groping brothers and sisters into the way
which is right for them.
But remember: unto
the child must be given toys and a simple teaching, unto the wise
man a thought which is pure and lofty. For some the way is in
silence. Each of you, garnering knowledge and experience, may share
what you have.
The law of life and the law of the spirit is that there is
continuous creation and re-creation. There is no stagnation.
Therefore you must give and you must receive, pouring out that which
you have so that an inner replenishment may come. You may not stand
still nor keep your wisdom or your healing to yourself, for to do so
is contrary to the law of the Master Creator.
There are many
beliefs and philosophies, yet all think their way is best?
When you come to
the end of your earthly experience and step forth from the physical
body into the new life it will not be asked of you: "What religion
did you follow? What belief did you hold?" There will be none to
say: "Were you a Roman Catholic, a Hindu, a Jew or a Christian?" But
those who have loved you in your earth life, these will come to you
with love. They will look to see how much service you have rendered,
how much love you have given to those weaker and less evolved than
yourself, how much courage you have shown in dark and lonely
experiences, for by this measure is the soul known when it comes to
the spirit life. But where spiritual knowledge has given the soul
increased ability to live kindly and peacefully, then we say that
religious belief has its value. Where a philosophy helps to raise
the thoughts on high, then that philosophy is a true one. But it is
not true that worship in any one church or belief or any one
religion is more important than the other?
Why is it
considered necessary by certain religions to make blood sacrifices?
It is so because
man in earlier states of progress and knowledge regarded the blood
as something so potent, so wonderful and so mysterious that to him
it represented the very essence of the being.
In past centuries man was not able to peer into the body, to open
it and see the marvels of circulation. His only knowledge came when
the body was wounded or cut, and he then discovered that what
appeared to be brown had become red, and what appeared to be black
in the surface texture of the skin was stained by the wonderful ruby
red flow which came from within. In the simplicity of his thought
the blood seemed a most potent and mystic force. He worshipped it
because he thought that blood was the actual life, and therefore the
most wonderful offering he could give unto the Unknown. It is this
mystic aspect of the letting of blood which comes through into your
own world today, and is still embodied in the most beautiful
symbolism which was given by the Master Jesus when he tried to take
man's mind from the thought of blood unto the symbolism of the wine.
As you move forward into a more subtle understanding, with the
knowledge we are trying to release, men and women are coming to see
that the soul, the spirit, is the living individual: it is apart
from the blood and the wine. So men and women are learning to offer
themselves, their thoughts, their own personal magnetism, offering
it in service and worship as they give themselves to healing and to
the blessing of earth's creation.
We are hoping that in the passage of years people will meet in
temples or churches with the simpler offering of holding forth their
hands as the most mystic part of their spiritual ritual, that from
their hands the magnetic force will flow, creating a living circuit
that may become the emblem of healing and of renewal.
Your healing circles will become more highly developed and will
form the most mystic ritual in the services of an age which is still
coming into being. Even as the blessing of wine only becomes truly
sanctified by the magnetic force given through the fingers of the
priest, even so the hands of your healers bless, and the searchers
of truth may come to receive a true spiritual baptism transmitted
from on high through the prepared vessels.
How can the
perfect God also be the God of evil?
One of the aspects
of the great Creative Spirit is to be found in creativeness or
reconstruction, which means that if this is so there must also be
destruction. So the power of the Master Creator is indeed in the
destructive forces at work within His universe, but we would not
call these forces "evil". The only evil we recognise is the evil
force which man has set into motion within his own world, which is
the desecration of his own knowledge of good. But even there the
Master Creator cannot be separated from His own creation. As man is
invested with a will of his own, I do not think it is either wise or
good to ascribe unto the Maker of man the errors which man himself
has perpetrated in his endeavour to learn how to use his creative
How far can we
believe the Bible sayings of Jesus? Is he the greatest of the
Master Jesus is not necessarily the greatest of the teachers, for
all come with a message which is for the people of their time. The
teachings of love which he gave have indeed been recorded and kept
in a high degree of purity. Had those teachings been adhered to by
the people who claim to be Christians, then indeed a great cleansing
of the errors of man's fault-which we call evil-would have taken
place. The teachings of Jesus are correct because they are the
teachings of love, and for the people of his time he was indeed the
Have you, or
anyone you have met, seen God?
in the sense in which you speak of God. I have seen the glory, and I
think it is the glory which is known to the people of earth as God.
Before I decided to come back to labour amongst the people on
earth, from the gateway of the seventh sphere I looked forth and
beheld the glory of the spirit-the heart of Light-for such you will
call it. I think it is this which has become known as God to the
peoples of earth, who have captured this word from the singers in
the ancient scriptures who spoke of the glory of God.
It is not possible to describe in ordinary language the radiance
and beauty of His power, but if you can visualise some mighty lake
lying calm, translucent and unmoving, and then gleaming upon it the
radiance of a sun which is soft, beautiful as moonlight and yet
without the vagueness of moonlight; and within the heart of this
radiance a centre like a glowing heart, rosy, gentle, palpitating
and throbbing throughout the whole, and then try to feel that this
enormous stillness, a radiance palpitating with life and love was
flowing in and through you and through all things. . . then you
might have some vague symbol of understanding of that which we know
as the Glory.
I know someone who claims to
have seen Jesus. Is this possible, or was it some other high spirit?
Even as the
beloveds who love each other in the earthly realm gather a likeness
one unto the other because they faithfully seek to portray the
qualities which they see within the beloved one, even so is it
within the great Christ sphere of light. Those who love the Master
with a mighty love can, after a time, take on his likeness and give
forth a radiance like unto his radiance, so that some passing by
will say: "Truly, is this not the Nazarene? Is this not the Master
himself?" Who can divide the beloved from the lover? Who can say
wherein the separation arises? None shall say, for within this
mighty Christ realm of love there is such unity, such power, such
beauty, that many who go forth to serve, drawing near to those who
love the Nazarene in the earthly realm, because of their close
likeness unto him will cause the earthly one to say, "Here indeed
has been the Master in our midst."
So, I think the one of whom you speak saw a serving spirit in the
Master's group who, coming into earthly conditions, carries so
strong an impress of the Master's love that he seems to the looker
to be in the form of Jesus himself.
Sometimes it seems
we are in a position similar to that of Jesus in our efforts to give
forth a teaching which is different to the orthodoxy of our time. We
meet with much misunderstanding and hurt.
This is partly
true, for all that happens to the individual has been symbolised in
the New Testament as that which happened to the Master Jesus.
Therefore when you stand as a teacher of that which you have seen as
true, laying before your neighbour your revelation, then in a small
measure you outpicture through your own life many of the experiences
through which Jesus himself passed.
There will be times when all seem to misunderstand your meaning,
times when you feel you are being crucified by the hands or words of
others, through your time of little death when your dearest hopes or
treasured desires have to be laid aside, as in the coldness of the
tomb. In this you will be outpicturing some part of the Christly
teaching. Then you will rise in new strength, confirmed in the power
of your truth, aware of the influence of the angelic beings guiding
you, and standing upon the pinnacle of your own experience from you
light will stream forth, as it streamed forth upon the Easter
As you evolve, so you become an enchristed soul yourself, revealing
in your fashion that which will illumine and heal some part of the
soul of the world immediately surrounding you. Therefore, be strong!
As you grow in knowledge eventually you become like miniature
Christs, lifting upon your shoulders some part of the woe of the
world itself, and suffering the taunts of the ignorant, slowly you
transform it through your own love into purified understanding,
which becomes wisdom. So, outward through you there streams the
revelation of the spirit.
death of Christ. Was that ordained?
It was not
ordained, but Jesus involved himself in certain conditions of the
earthly world; he fought the power of the priests and Romans, and
therefore precipitated the crisis which culminated in his death, but
he could have acted differently. He could have refused to go down to
Jerusalem. Had he refused then he would not have been crucified.
Which would have
been the better way, to have gone or to have refused?
I think it would
have been better had he refused. A lot of people would not agree
because they have grown into the understanding that through this
death something more wonderful came to the world. But I think
something just as wonderful would have grown in the world had he
lived longer in the midst of his people.
describes the Master Jesus as "a man of sorrows and acquainted with
grief". Can you comment upon this?
That is a wrong
description; those who were the writers of these manuscripts thought
only of his suffering and of the pain he endured. They forgot that
in himself he had a joy which attracted the children who loved to
follow in his footsteps, as well as the simple men who, not being
wise in the ways of wisdom, nevertheless could recognise goodness in
another being. Would those simple fishermen of the earth have felt
happy and at peace with a man who never smiled? Would they not
rather feel oppressed by a man acquainted only with sorrow and
grief? The Master Jesus, just as all others, feeling the great
upliftment and power of the spirit knew such joy that he could
convey it unto those surrounding him.
It is said that
Jesus went to other teachers or sources of wisdom to study and
obtain knowledge; is this so?
This is true, for
Jesus the man is distinct from the spirit who overshadowed him. Even
as you, a potential medium may go to see the works of other mediums
and may learn in your own self, as distinct from the spirit who may
overshadow you, even so did he. Is it not recorded that the voice
came, the spirit overshadowed and descended upon him and spoke,
saying, "This is my beloved child"?
Jesus the teacher remains very close to this your earthly world,
and in his influence may often project to those who love him some
thought or expression of his own personality. It is quite true and
possible that if you love this Master then he will direct to you his
blessing and thought.
Was the Christ
spirit in Jesus when he was born?
The boy Jesus was
not overshadowed by the great spirit of the Christ until he reached
the time of his baptism, when it was seen by those watching as
something like the spirit of a beautiful bird descending from the
heavens, for always the human eye must interpret that which it sees
in the symoblism of the earthly world. But as this spirit spoke,
saying, "This is my beloved son," Jesus and the Christ had indeed
become one, as mediums become one with the overshadowing spirit who
may teach or heal through them. In becoming ensouled by this great
spirit of Divine love, the beautiful power of Christly love entered
into Jesus and spread out all around and about him, so that the
earth itself became interpenetrated by the love aspect of the Master
Creator. When the life of Jesus the Master ceased, the Christly
influence continued, as even now in your world today it still
c6ntinues in beauty and power.
What did Jesus
mean when he said to those whom he was teaching "I come not to bring
peace but a sword"?
Master Jesus gave unto his beloved ones the secret of the peace of
the spirit symbolised as a sword, the sword of truth. But it is also
a symbol of balance. A swordsman must first learn how to balance
body, hand and brain so that he may quickly and safely use his
sword, else his sword will destroy him. So, all who learn to use the
sword, be it the weapon of defence or the spiritual symbol of the
sword itself; equally they must learn balance. Until you have
balance in the mind and the emotions, until you learn to use your
eyes to discern truth and know truth in the world about you, how may
you use the sword of truth harmoniously and well? Unless you are
balanced within yourself you will destroy, maim and harm the
spiritual souls of the people around you.
But where is the point of balance? Where is the centre of rhythm
and poise? It lies within the inward consciousness, in the central
place of your own soul and spirit. So you must, each one, learn to
find this and come back again and again unto this deep centre. For
if in the midst of battle and destruction you know deep within your
heart that all this is but the outward show and within yourself you
are at peace, then all this activity will not destroy you or bring
you harm, for this centre within the heart is of the spirit, and the
power of the spirit can overcome all the restlessness and
destructiveness of the earthly conditions.
But it may often seem to you, immersed in this world of action,
that the swirling movement or unrest is the reality, until such time
that you gain your moment of spiritual understanding and see that
the true reality is the power of the spirit.
What is the true
meaning of prayer?
spirit coming into earthly life becomes self-centred, for it is at
the very centre of the being that it has created. But if the
incarnating spirit is to return to the remembrance of its own
spiritual state it must break out of its self-centred concern, and
it is in this that the value of prayerfulness is to be understood.
True prayer consists in reaching out from within unto something, a
power, a person, an ideal. Thus a straight ray is thrust forth, so
that as you pray you are creating the first living emblem of your
desire to escape from the globe of etheric substance surrounding
The child breathes forth some simply worded prayer, laying the
first step by which it will later rise out of its inner concern with
self, outward into a comprehension of the mighty powers surrounding
it. The habit is established before the personality becomes too
strongly formed within the inner soul and before the etheric
substance surrounding the spirit has become an encasement hardened
by years of experience. You sometimes say a person has become
encased in a shell of selfishness. This shell is the hardening of
the outer circumference of the spiritual aura, the protective
etheric body in which the spirit itself is hidden.
We cannot easily reach people on earth who are thus contained
within this shell of their inward self-concern, until sorrow has
evoked the desire for prayer. When prayer streams forth from the
anguished spirit, then straight rays of endeavour and clear flames
of prayerful thought emerge and the encircling activity in the aura
is stilled. Then through the entries so created we pour in our
spiritual comfort and wisdom, our desire to heal and free the
beloved whom we have been longing to help.
So, try to see your life and unfoldment as something dependent upon
the steps of prayer. The simple prayer of childhood giving way to
the surging prayer of the heart when in youth you pray for the
person you love and things you desire to attain. For if in praying
for things for yourself your prayer is later concerned in gaining
these things that they may enrich the life of another, then it
becomes a stepping stone unto true prayer, which is the forgetting
of self in the remembrance of the needs of others. Later in life,
when sickness occurs or death takes those who are beloved, still do
you add further steps of prayer, in endeavouring to discover unity
with the great Central Source of Power.
Prayer truly expressed becomes a living quality which impregnates
the chair upon which you sit, the articles you use and the very
clothes you wear, for streaming out from the inner soul it is the
living force of the spirit itself.
Are prayers wasted
when directed to selfish or unresponsive people?
It may not be
immediately received by them, but there is a law of the spirit which
we call the "law of accumulative power or wisdom". Thus, if prayer
is sent forth for a soul who is closed to reception of its
influence, nevertheless this thought force will accumulate within
the spiritual ether until such time as it may find its way through,
bringing blessing and light. Meanwhile, the one who has loved and
prayed is enriched because givingness always enlarges the
consciousness of the giver.
What is the best
way to pray?
I would say to you
that you may deliver the message unto others, "Pray often and love
much, for in prayer and in loving shall lie your strength."
Often it is said, "We pray frequently and our lives are dedicated
unto prayer," but where there is no love then there is no prayer.
Those who love much pray often, for the life of love becomes a
symbol of the life of prayer. Prayer truly is the shedding forth
into the spiritual life the desires and searchings of the
individual. Where there is much love then indeed is there a
searching and a seeking into all the surrounding atmosphere for that
which may be best for the beloved, and not only best for the one
beloved, but for all those who are the beloveds of the heart.
Therefore, love greatly, love frequently and love widely. Accept in
your loving the hurts which may come to you through that lovingness,
for these hurts truly are but the spurs which lead you on to greater
prayer. Where the beloved brings unto you disappointment or hurt,
then is there not the striving in the inward soul towards greater
understanding and a deeper perception? This striving itself is the
very essence of prayer. Where there is prayer and love within the
human heart, then is there lit in the centre of the being a pure
flame which spreads and glows and sheds its glory far and wide
Make of your lives the simple effort towards a greater lovingness
and think not, "I should pause now to say my words of prayer," but
rather say as you handle the substances of the earth and prepare
work to be used by those whom you love, "This indeed is the symbol
of my prayer in that my hands have served." When you look with the
eye of affection and compassion upon those who come seeking for
help, then you may say, "This truly is a prayer," for where there is
love within the heart so also is that love expressed in the prayer
of blessing which is the benediction given through the glance of
your eye. As you grow in love, so do you also grow in prayerfulness.
So simple is the way and so clear the key to understanding that it
is for you, even in this time and place, to lift up your eyes and
see how clear is the way before you, and yet in the multiplicity of
the human life so soon do you fall from this understanding of truth,
so soon become lost in the mazes of difficult thought.
Inscribe upon your hearts and memories these simple words: "To love
often is to pray much, and to pray much in the true essence of
prayer is to love very greatly," and where love and prayer dwell
together, then is the peace added unto peace, light added unto
light, experience deepening other experience, until the soul indeed
enters into the comprehension of its God.
Is it better to
pray as an individual or with a group?
It is better to
pray in your own individual and interior fashion, for these outward
forms of prayer have come into being amongst organised religions of
the world that the poor, the lost and the ignorant may always have
some aid by which they can be drawn into a higher state of
consciousness. The souls who are growing in knowledge, increasing in
their own interior state of self-consciousness, these should come
into the spirit through the quietude of interior meditation and
prayer, for eventually the true way to unfoldment must be the
individual pathway of the soul, and each one walks the way alone. It
is only in the first stages of progress that community worship and
community prayer is a help unto the soul. The further the soul
advances, the more individual the way has to become.
If we do not
forgive a person who injures us do we also darken and injure the
soul of that person?
If you send forth
hatefulness and bitterness toward that other one and they are
sensitive to your influence they will certainly absorb some of the
negative emanation you send forth. Forgiveness and understanding is
of tremendous importance, not lust for the small personal hurts, but
to forgive the wounds which the soul of the world experiences when
great numbers of people die in fire, in water, in famine, explosion
or war. The death and suffering of large groups of people makes a
stain on the world soul because of the bitterness felt by their
children, parents or friends. When you repeat your prayer and say,
"Forgive us as we forgive them," remember that you are asking to
make forgiveness for the community, for the world, and you ask that
others may similarly learn to forgive. The pattern of your prayer is
beautiful, so pray with understanding from the heart, giving forth
love and forgiveness in every possible way.
In the Bible it
says "In the beginning was the Word". What is the word?
The word is the
causative sound. In the first stages of creation and in the higher
regions of spirit existence all things resolve into sound or
vibration; this is sometimes perceived as colour. It is from this
vibrating sound that the atoms of your mortal world are set into
motion and maintained in their particular patterns. These appear as
trees, houses or human beings. When you seek for an understanding of
the primal essence and the first great cause, then you discover
there is Sound, known as the Word, for surely the Word and Sound are
applicable as a creative force in revival meetings where there is a
lot of singing? Are the war cries of primitive people similar?
Sound is created
not only in the inner being of the ones who sing and cry forth but
there is also an evocation of the power or energy which has been
stored in the spiritual realm by those who have used that sound in
preceding times. So when you sing or speak the Lord's Prayer, this
invariably brings to the singer an energy, a blessing, for the
sounding of the words evokes within the inner planes a response
which brings to the sayer a prayer protection, an increase of
In spirit I sometimes see the storage place of this sound of the
Lord's Prayer like a twisted lily shape of light containing the
crystallised sound vibration from the many people who have sounded
the prayer throughout centuries of earthly time. Around this are
guardian spirits who regard it as their holy prayer: Christian
spirits who lived as nuns or monks, giving to it new energy and
fresh light from their own being, that this prayer shape may still
give to earth's prayers the blessing and power they need.
Is there a Hell as
described in Christian religion, a place of fire and torment?
Yes there is. It
has been created by the thoughts of men and women through centuries
of earth time. They have visualised this place, creating a condition
so fraught with fear that unenlightened spirits, not yet freed from
their selfish desires, people it and may torment any who come within
the radius of this realm, which is beyond the confines of the earth.
But it is not created by the Power of all Good for the punishment
of the errors of souls on earth. Those who enter this place are
drawn only by their guilty desires or by the weight of their own
inward state of selfishness. If within themselves they have the
shining light of true love then they rapidly find their way out into
truer planes of spiritual experience. So, do not fear "Hell". Do not
fear punishment. Do not contribute to it any power of your thoughts,
thus building it into a stronger pattern, but light the candles of
faith and truth that such a place may slowly dissolve and fade from
the consciousness of humankind and from the astral atmosphere near
This place is slowly beginning to fade, but it still has its
existence, just as the heaven visualised by people for hundreds of
years, the heaven paved with gold, having structures gleaming with
jewels. It is not a real place of spirit existence but a little
heaven built by orthodox thoughts of those who subscribe to it.
Sometimes if we can help a soul in no other way we take them to
this little heaven, that walking therein for a while they feel,
"Yes, this is what I expected." Then, as they grow tired of it, we
may lead them on into other ways of useful service and further
The power of thought is of tremendous creative intensity: it has
the power of the creative energy of God acting through the mind of
the living soul of man. Therefore, learn to use your thought
rightfully, hopefully, truthfully and lovingly, that you may create
for those whom you love on earth their own little heaven, and in all
the world about you light, peace and beauty, for these are the
conditions you will later inherit when you leave your mortal body
and pass into the higher heritages of spiritual experience.
Will God allow man
to destroy the world by nuclear bombs? Will He allow misuse of this
knowledge to cause countless malformed babies to be born to future
This world, which
you think so permanent, is but part of the worlds which have existed
throughout long centuries of time, in which nations have risen and
fallen, cities have been built and destroyed, forms of animal life
have risen, taken their experience and have been transmuted into
other forms of life. In this evolution, races of men and women have
come, reached the final evolvement of their understanding, then they
too have gone on to other worlds of experience.
Why then should you fear? Why be so dismayed at the thought of some
mighty change or cataclysm in this part of your mortal experience?
The earth is old and has endured light and darkness, heat and cold;
it has borne upon its bosom many forms of life. It has seen the
rising of great joys, the tears of great sorrow, and yet the body of
the earth endures, for it is a place of experience, the planet of
sacrifice, the planet of purification.
Shall this cease because one or two men in their search for
understanding learn how to change the atomic structure? Surely such
a thought is of the mind only and not of the spirit! The earth will
endure until it is no longer a useful school for spirits needing
purification, needing to learn the lessons of sacrifice. The earth
will endure until the ethers have been cleansed, changed and bathed
in the love of men and women, until the Master Creator no longer has
use for the earthly planet within His great worlds of creative life.
Therefore lift up your hearts from the darkened valley of fear,
lift your consciousness into the great rivers of life and say, "All
is well, all must be well, for we are part of a greater universe
than ever we can see or know while we are bonded by mortal mind and
Can you define
when the spiritual mind is dominant and overcomes the many
activities and desires of the mortal mind, which are to be found in
greed, acquisitiveness, restlessness, or the effort of gaining many
things not always needful to the health or harmony of the body. When
the mundane mind becomes blended with the spiritual mind, then many
of these mortal attributes are dissolved, and the mundane mind will
be used to accomplish work, to explain or be used in a concrete
fashion for the work entailed, but it will not be the dominant mind
just desiring or fulfilling its own pleasures, rather it is working
at the direction of the spiritual consciousness.
In dying, did
Jesus take away the sins of the world?
This belief and
teaching that the Master Jesus died to redeem the world has within
itself a deep and profound truth. He did not die to take upon
himself the sins of the people, but in his dying and bearing of pain
and ignorance he was able to transmute and transform them, setting
into motion streams of healing, light and truth by which earth's
ignorance became transformed and earth's sickness became healed and
purified. In this way redemption took place even as it is taking
place now in your world through the myriads of enchristed souls who
are slowly giving themselves in love and service to redeem the earth
from its errors, darkness and pain.
So be strong! Be strong in your moments of temptation and despair,
remembering that when all seems dark this may be the moment when, by
the death of your little self, the resurrection of the new
enchristed self may come into being.
Is there judgement
There is the
soul's own judgement of itself, and often the most difficult moment
for the soul is when it is divested of the pretences with which it
covered itself in earthly life. We do not look upon the new-born
souls with judgement: we look upon them with love. If into your
midst now there came a child from the street, dirty and dishevelled,
and when its garments were removed and the child stood before you
naked you saw upon its body the soil which needed washing away, and
the scars gained in battling with adverse conditions, you would not
look with judgement but with pity, love and tenderness.
Even so do those in the Places of Light look upon the soul newly
come, for we have walked the way of the earthly experience, we had
our failures, our times of stress and difficulty, and most of us
bear upon our soul some scar of that suffering. How then should we
judge the other beloveds when they come? Looking upon them we
remember our own struggles and therefore we look upon them with
This is how it should be in your ways of earthly life. Instead of
looking upon each other in self-righteous judgement you should, by
the depths of your love and understanding, reach out your hand to
strengthen the weak and to encourage each other in times of
despondency, so that slowly and surely you may come into fellowship
and unity of soul.
Does the festival
of Christmas have any spiritual effect? Does it have influence upon
the spirit plane?
Prior to the
coming of your Christmas time there is a great stirring and activity
within the summerlands of joy. Parents and loved ones of those still
incarnate within the body come close to the earth, imparting unto
them rays of their happy thought. You will find that even those who
have said they will take no part in Christmas finally become caught
up in the great network of joyous friendship and happy giving. As
this network of goodwill grows and brightens, showing here and there
the bright stars of children's joy, so part of the dark pall of
man's fear is lightened and the spirit ones come near to interblend
their loving influence with the hearts and minds of all those they
have loved as they gather in silent unity with family groups. Then
light shafts of prayer begin to arise as hearts are opened unto the
Christ Centre, that the blessing of the Christ may be received
within the earth.
Those who are the guardians, the guides, the watching angels,
withdraw from the earth for a time, returning unto their rightful
realms of light, there to hold their own festival by being reunited
with kindred spirits, those they left when they undertook work for
humanity within the mortal plane. These groups turn their attention
upward unto the great Centre of light and peace, for at this season
the Christ remembers again the world in which He once took his
earthly journey. A mighty shaft of light, a great outpouring of love
is sent forth to be received firstly by the guardian ones who have
withdrawn for a time from their earthly labours, and then to those
who wait upon the next planes, so that it becomes a mighty silver
shower of light dripping from the fingers of one unto the other,
dripping in rays of light from them unto others, flowing on and on
until it comes to the happy family spirits who are united with those
at the fireside places, that part of the Christmas joy and love may
come to them too.
Unto those who prepared their hearts in quietness of prayer and
meditation, their attention turned upwards unto the Centre of light
unto them Christly blessing comes clear and pure, not diluted or
transmitted by family souls, but as a precious silvery dew taken
into their hearts and shed out again in peace and holiness. With
this great release of light and power a great cleansing takes place,
causing all within the high places to sing together great hymns of
joy. Those in the mortal body find themselves lifting up their
voices in praise, joining in the hymns once known unto the parents
and grandparents of old.
Indeed it is a glorious festival, but man sometimes forgets to
receive the beauty of the Christly power and thinks only that he may
eat and drink. But you who are growing in knowledge may tune your
heart to the Heart of Love to receive the Christly blessing.
Apart from the
star of Bethlehem, was there any other indication of the birth of
It was known unto
the seers of that time that a boy would enter into earthly existence
to undertake a special work. So when the infant child was brought to
the temple, the old woman possessing the gift of seership could see
by the spiritual light in this child's aura that here was an
incarnation of a beautiful spirit, one who had a great spiritual
destiny. She was also able to see those bright and shining guides or
guardians who companioned him during the years of his earthly
growth. Therefore, as she took the infant into her arms, so in a
measure was she like the mediums of your own time, who rejoice when
on holding a child thus, they are aware of the spiritual destiny of
the little one.
Is there a deeper
meaning to the Christmas story?
truths of the soul and spirit are so simple that a child can
understand them, yet because they are so simple men and women run
hither and thither seeking for a deeper meaning, something which can
be clothed in the cleverness of the earth language.
Come back from the complicated study and enter into the beauty of
this season with the simplicity of the child, for love and nobility
were born into the world in the symbolism of the Christly child just
as they are each time an infant lies within its mother's arms. Look
upon the beauty of this symbol with eyes which see clearly the
tremendous power of its spiritual truth, and think upon that which
is pure, holy and beautiful, for the laws of the Master Creator are
not complicated. They are the simple laws of sowing and reaping, of
change and transmutation, of life and death, inbreathing and
outbreathing. Hold fast to the beauty and simplicity of these
rhythms and meditate upon the rise and fall of the life force
manifesting in the changing seasons, and in the coming and going of
the sun. These are as simple as the law of love, the truth that love
endures and can transcend the many miles which may separate those
upon earth, even as it transcends the separation which arises
between life and death. These are the fundamental truths of your
life and world: why complicate them? Divest yourselves of the
garments of learning, lay upon one side the shields whereby you
defend yourselves against the arguments of the outer world, and
think upon that which is too simple for the comprehension of the
ordinary mind and can only be understood by the soul itself in the
purity of meditation and prayer.
So, at this Christmas season reflect upon the beauty of love
symbolised in the simplicity of the new born child bringing hope,
peace and power unto all.
If some of the
Roman Catholic church teachings are in error, do Catholics find
trouble with this when they die?
Only partly, for
inward truth is there to be discerned by a sufficiently
sensitive soul. When they pass to spirit others who have preceded
them, sisters, priests, enlightened Christians, will be there to
meet them and bring the wider understanding they need. But some who
enter holy orders simply fulfil the rituals without light, living in
bitterness and unenlightenment. Such nuns, monks or priests leave
the mortal body encased in their own aura of darkness, unaware of
the power of the lighter spirits, and such remain in the lower
atmosphere interpenetrating the earth.
In spirit, is the
Master Jesus in a human form?
He projects his
image into the imagery of human form, but in himself he is pure
light, to be seen as pure light by those who seek to perceive him.
If he desired to send a special message to one in the mortal body,
he would project his blessing into one of the Jesus souls close to
him in his own heaven, and that one would convey the blessing and
might be seen as a Jesus spirit, but holding his own particular
form. It could be likened to a degree of entrancement when a high
spirit entrances one of a slightly lesser order, enabling them to
penetrate into the heavier atmosphere surrounding the mortal world.
So Jesus may not come directly in his own spiritual form of radiant
light, but through one of his messengers.
Can you explain
the meaning of the remark made by Jesus at the Last Supper, when he
said to his disciples, "This is my body, this is my blood"?
I think he was but
trying to symbolise that the body is composed of the matter of the
earth. Even as the bread, the wheat, draws it life from the earth
and is of the earth, earthy, so is the body of a similar nature. The
wine is the fluid of the earth, the juice within the grape.
What happens when
a whole nation prays, for instance in time of war?
The united prayer
of a great body of people praying together in sincerity and purity
of intent creates a mighty ray of light which rises through the near
earth world upwards through the spheres of spirit experience until
it reaches the Centre of Power itself. But if the prayer is tainted
with the desire for acquisition, if the nation prays for victory
that they may have domination over other peoples, then it does not
so rise. Similarly, when it is shrouded in fear. But if the prayer
is breathed forth from the agony of the human heart, winged with the
protective love of mothers for their children, desiring spiritual
help that the helpless may be succoured and the little ones
protected, then indeed it rises in the purity of its light. As with
nations so with groups, churches and circles. A prayer winged with
earnest desire for the blessing of the whole rises to great heights
and brings back great answers.
Sometimes a person
who never normally prays will do so when confronted with sudden
dramatic circumstances, and their prayer seems to be swiftly
answered. Why is this?
Can you not see
that such a one, having little understanding of spiritual things,
must be encouraged to see proof of this power? Therefore when their
prayer is breathed forth, the mother, husband or loving friend who
is near within the spirit life will swiftly bring an answer to their
prayer, that the flame of faith may be lighted to glow with new
fervour, and their spiritual progression hastened by their belief in
the action of prayer.
But when you have steadfastly prayed for progress and spiritual
growth with sincere desire from the depths of your soul, then
carelessly sometimes you pray for things you desire as a child
desires toys, then the answer may not be vouchsafed, for you are not
children. In this way you will learn to wait patiently, bowing to
the wisdom of wills stronger and higher than yours. But the prayer
is taken, regarded, and kept in safe keeping by those who watch over
you, and in good time the answer may be given and the power shown.
Remember, it is the sincerity of your desire and the purity of your
intent that gives your prayer wings.
Man often says, "God has answered my prayer," but if he had the
open eye of vision he would see a loved one standing near watching
over the progress of this soul who says, "Here is a sincere desire
which we will try to bring to fruition that the spiritual
progression may be forwarded."
What was the
special revelation given by Jesus when he grew to manhood?
He revealed the
great love aspect of the Master Creator which became symbolised as
the Christly spirit. Jesus was indeed a fine and beautiful vessel
through whom the revelation of the Christ could be given unto the
earthly world, especially in the need of that time when the
harshness of the religious rulers had stolen joy from the hearts of
the people. The Christ is the ensoulment of love, and through whom
all healing, tenderness and beauty can be understood by earth's
Of what nature is
God and how may we grow toward Him?
Firstly, you need
new understanding of the relationship between yourselves and the
great Creator of the universe. The old idea that God the father is
in some distant place in the heavens to be approached with awe and
trembling must be supplanted by the inner teaching of unity; that
man's soul should be in unity with the power of the Creator
manifesting through all things.
The teachers of the past taught that your world is complete in
itself. That is untrue. It is but part of a chain of worlds and
stars strung out through all the vast spaces of the universe, each
having its effect upon the other as are beads each one part of a
string of pearls, with the string binding them together itself but
part of the whole. The old thought that man is bound to the life of
the world and that your God is concerned only with this little bead
should be replaced with a purer comprehension of the power and
majesty of the Creator who holds within his left hand the worlds
which are revolving in shadow and in his right hand those revolving
in brilliant light. The Creator who sets into motion the great laws
of balance, one force balancing another, that all is kept
harmoniously in a slow, beautiful ordered progression. Through this
moving and balancing, the souls and spirits of the living creatures
also take their ways from life to life and from star to star. As the
string moves within the beads threaded upon it, so does the great
life of the Creator move through all created things.
Secondly, you must define how you yourselves symbolise God, and
into what form and shape you desire to grow. Here in the spirit life
our vision of God is this great creative love energy moving in and
through all things. If you desire to grow towards this God, this
great Master Creator, then indeed you must learn to look to the
power and glory manifesting through all the creative world
surrounding you. Look through the windows of your soul, feel with
the fingers of your soul and listen with the ears of your soul and
know the glory of your God.
Take into your hands a raindrop as it glistens upon the bough and
see with your inward soul that in this drop of water is all colour.
Let your soul become conscious of the creative power of the Master
Spirit who makes colour, then ask yourself by what creative effort
has this drop of water been distilled from the sky, from that you
can behold its visible nature upon your hand? As you understand the
raindrop, so do you grow toward God. Then lift a tiny petal from the
smallest blossom and behold the miracle of gleaming colour, its
texture, shape and perfume. As you think upon it, grow toward God in
remembrance that this is but one of a myriad unseen petals in untold
splendour of beauty upon the lonely mountainsides and in the farmost
places. Stretch your soul, growing away from your own immediate
concern into the larger consideration of the works of God.
Cease for a while the whirling thoughts that are concerned with
your own life and look upon another human being, the one nearest to
you. See the miracle of flesh and bone, the lines carved upon the
face by laughter or sorrow, see the fire of anger, the softness of
love. Look not with indifference but see them as the temple of the
living God and let your soul stretch and grow. Feel with the soul's
sensitive fingers the agony and joy which has taken place within
this man or woman, then let your thought flow on and on to others of
a like nature, to the aged and the young, the helpless and the able,
those in far and near lands. So shall your soul stretch and grow,
the tendrils of your awareness reaching out and out, growing toward
nature, humanity, and toward God.
Here in the spirit places we have to learn in this way. We gain no
wisdom or expansion without effort, but only by growing in
understanding the one of the other. Even so must you upon earth, for
by loving the created and understanding the created, so can you grow
toward the glory and the life of the Creator.
We are told that
some spirits are in purgatory while others are said to be
earthbound. What does that mean?
are somewhat similar states. Purgatory, as it is called by some
Christian churches, is really a self-examination of the soul, a
review of its opportunities while on earth and its failures. Often
the soul mourns and feels remorse. It inwardly burns in sorrow, for
the person is facing himself. At last a desire to work comes and it
is then he sees the helpers, in the robes of light. Earthbound
spirits are those who after death do not at first understand what
has happened to them and think they are still within the earth life.
They do not feel regret at their actions like the others mentioned,
but rather a desire for the earth-life to continue. The helpers
cannot reach them while they remain in this state.
Is this why earth
rescue circles can help them more easily than higher spirits? It
seems rather dreadful.
That is true, but
it is natural and governed by law. Think of air, water and earth
which are separated states and, in a general way, one cannot
penetrate the other. It is a natural law as with the various states
of spirit. Higher spirits may with difficulty sometimes clothe
themselves in a heavy garment more pertaining to matter and so
penetrate the lower realms of spirit, but it is easier for them to
work through earth people who are better attuned to those lower
realms by their very nature being more material.
How can these
souls best be helped then?
Help them now, in
life. Let them be made aware of the truth. But if you meet them as
spirits in your circles, tell them they have no material body now,
but there is a heaven above them, a place of light to which they can
go. Say to them, "Look up, look up to that light!" Then pray to the
Shining Ones to come to their help and they will be led away.