Mediumship of Maurice Barbanell
Do you think all of God can be put into a few pages in one book? Do you think
that when that book was finished, He had no more inspiration for His children?
Do you think you have come to the end of His power when you have turned the last
page of your Bible?
It is a mockery of divine justice to think that a death-bed repentance will wipe
away all the wrongs you have done.
Life is always a polarity. If there were no darkness there would be no light. If
there were no trouble there could never be any peace. If the sun always shone
you would not appreciate it. You have to learn sometimes through conditions that
seem a nuisance. One day you will look back and say, "We learned our best
lessons not when the sun was shining, but when the storm was at its greatest,
when the thunder roared, the lightning flashed, the clouds obscured the sun and
all seemed dark and hopeless". It is only when the soul is in adversity that
some of its greatest possibilities can be realised.
If you knock on a door and it does not open, do not push. If you push the door
gently and it opens, that is for you. You cannot go through a closed door. Too
many people in your world waste time and effort banging at closed doors.
Disease is, in a large number of cases primarily due to the wrongful alignment
of mind, body and spirit
There is no religion higher than service
Pain and suffering are regarded as miseries; they are not. They have divine
parts to play in the evolution of the individual
The higher you seek to rise, the more difficult it must become
It is easy to love those you love. There is no virtue, no saintliness in that.
But to love those you do not love, that is the attribute of an evolved soul.
The test is not what you believe, but what you have done, otherwise there would
be a complete mockery of divine justice.
There is an infinite storehouse of knowledge which is placed at the disposal of
all who desire to have it, but it must be earned by growth and struggle, by
evolution and progress.
A spiritual dwarf cannot pretend to be a spiritual giant. There is no death-bed
You may do all things that men regard as religious, but unless they inspire you
to lead better lives, unless they enable the spirit within you to find greater
expression, then you are not religious as we see it.
Creeds, dogmas, doctrines, rituals, ceremonies, stained glass, altars, mitre,
cope -- what have these to do with religion? Religion is in the spirit, the
spirit that belongs to all Creation, which expresses itself in every rhythm and
manifestation of life, that is revealed in every aspect of Nature and in the
striving of all idealists and reformers who wish to serve. What has that to do
Learn to be free. Do not imprison yourself. Do not hedge yourself around and
refuse to allow new inspiration to come to you. Truth is a constant search. Its
boundaries are ever widening, for as the soul evolves the mind responds.
You are indeed mighty atoms -- infinite, yet expressing yourselves in a finite
manner. Within you there is a power that one day bursts all its bonds and
insists that it shall express itself in a body more fitting to its reality.
The power that fashioned the universe is not impressed because you build a great
cathedral and fill it with beautiful music and have stained glass windows and
impressive processions. You cannot imprison the Great Spirit in a building.
Every life can add its quota. And the higher the life, the more altruistic, the
more unselfish, the more does it add beauty to the varied manifestations of
creation. Not only does the artist, the musician and the poet adds his
contribution of lustre, but every life can bring an inflection of beauty if it
To appreciate prayer, you must realise its purpose. The mere mouthing of words,
the mere repetition of a formula achieves nothing.
If you have faced honestly, fairly and squarely all the problems and
difficulties that beset you; if you have tried within the limits of your own
power to find a solution and you have failed, then you have a perfect right to
ask that some higher power, some greater soul, should give you the light in your
hour of perplexity.
I know of one religion; it is service. We judge by action, by life, by motive.
All evils are wrong because they are an attempt to frustrate the expression of
the Great Spirit within you.
When the pupil is ready the master appears
The law of cause and effect is basic, fundamental and unalterable because you
can reap only what you have sown. Effect must follow cause with mathematical
accuracy; it cannot be otherwise. In turn the effect becomes the cause by which
another effect is set into motion, producing another cause. The process is a
Silver Birch prays:
Oh Great White Spirit, Thou who art the infinite architect, the King of Kings,
the divine intelligence which has devised the whole universal scheme, whose
wisdom sustains it and whose love guides it, we seek to draw closer to Thee, to
garner from Thy infinite storehouse of knowledge some gleanings that will aid us
on our eternal quest. We recognise that we cannot understand Thee in Thy
fullness because Thou art infinite and our conception must of necessity be
finite ones. We see the panorama of natural laws unfolding in the immensity of
their gigantic scope, controlling all facets of life in a boundless universe.
When you had those experiences you may have thought that life was bitter and
harsh and unkind, that you were forgotten, or lonely or neglected, and fate had
dealt you a very hard blow. But the soul grows through adversity and the pure
gold emerges after the processes of crushing and refining have taken place.
The marriage service performed in your churches refers to the existence of the
marriage until death parts the man and his wife. If spiritually they are not
united they are parted before death comes. If there is love, there is nothing
that will ever separate them.
The greed of your world must be replaced by love because love is an expression
of the spirit. Love has many aspects, compassion, service, friendship,
co-operation. You are all parts of one another, whatever you are, whoever you
are and wherever you may be.
Every race, every nation and every culture has its contribution to make in your
world. It is like a mighty orchestra in which every instrument contributes its
part to achieve harmony of music which produces the greatest beauty. What are
considered the uncivilized and the lowliest have their parts to play in the
great unfolding scheme.
We can never promise that your life will be free from problems, perplexity, or
even pain. We can promise that within yourself you will find the means to
overcome all handicaps and disabilities. As you strive to express the highest,
the deepest, the greatest within yourself, so you will attract to your aid those
beings from our world who love you, who desire to help you, and through you help
Men and women devote all their efforts to gain baubles and possessions far
beyond what they need and sacrifice the eternal realities, which are the
greatest assets the human being can have.
Grief, sorrow, sickness and suffering are part of the means by which the
children of earth are taught the greatest lessons. If truth were to be found
with ease, it would not be appreciated. It is because truth comes in the hour of
greatest sorrow or suffering that value is placed upon it by the one who is
ready to receive. Trite though is may sound, you cannot obtain truth until you
are spiritually ready.
Sometimes the worst answer to your prayer would be to give you that for which
No harm can come to any soul whose honest motive is to do the best. Every soul
who desires to serve will find the opportunity provided.
The whole purpose of earthly life is to awaken the dormant slumbering souls to
the reality of their existence. Your world is full of living sleepwalkers who go
through the days activities in a dream.
When all is said and done there is no higher privilege, no higher religion, than
service to the Great Spirit through serving all His creatures, human, animal, or
whatever form they take.
As long as man ignores natural methods of healing and persists in using animals,
who were not placed on earth for that purpose, he will fail to promote health
Spirituality is the burgeoning of divinity within the individual.