Silver Birch, the spirit guide of Hannen Swafferr's home circle has described something of the beauties of the spirit world, which he declares we visit frequently in our sleep, although most of us do not remember our experience on waking.Silver Birch has now returned to his heavenly home and he has said that he will never again have to return to our dark world . I do not know when this seance took place, but it was at least many years ago. However, since God's truth never changes , I am sure what is said here is just as relevant today as it was yesterday. Here this great spirit that comes from God is speaking to those people who belong to Mr. Swaffers circle. We who long to understand more of the beautiful world that awaits us are invited to attend and learn.
When you have tasted and enjoyed with your full consciousness all that my world has to offer, you will realize that it is the love we have for you that makes us come back to work amongst you. You have not tasted the joys of the world of spirit. There is nothing in your world of matter with which you can compare the life of the spirit, freed from the trammels of the flesh, escaped from the prison of the body of matter , with liberty to go where you will, to see your thoughts take shape, to follow out the desires of your heart, to be freed from the troubles of money. You who are encased in matter do not yet comprehend beauty as it can be. You have not seen our light, colour , scenery, trees, birds, rivers, streams, mountains, flowers.... and yet your world fears death.
Death strikes terror into hearts, but you will only begin to live when you are "dead".Now you live, but in reality you are almost dead.So many are dead to the things of the spirit. The little life force flickers in their puny bodies, but no spiritual things can find any response within them. There are no words to compare the life in your world of matter with the life in the world of spirit. We who are "dead" know so much more of life than you do. This is the world where the artist finds all his dreams come true, where the painter and the poet realize their ambition, where genius has full power of expression, where the repressions of the earth are swept away and all gifts and talents are used in the service of one another.
This is the world where there are no clumsy words to express inspiration, but where thought is the living language and reveals itself with lightning rapidity. (Silver Birch is speaking of Telepathy here.) This is the world where we will have no money to worry us, where there is no competition , no driving the weaker to the wall, where the strong are strong because they have something to give to those less fortunate than themselves. We have no unemployment , we have no slums, we have no selfishness. We have no sects , we have only one religion. We have no sacred books, only the operation of the divine laws to instruct us.
And the nearer you get to the belt of matter(earth), the more clumsy and difficult it is for the spirit to express itself. I never like to come back. The only things that make me do so are the promises that I have given to serve and the love of all of you , which gives me some compensation. To die is not tragic. To live in your world is tragic. To see the garden of the Great Spirit choked with the weeds of selfishness and greed and avarice, that is tragedy. To die is to enjoy freedom of the spirit, which has been imprisoned behind the bars of the material body. Is it tragic to be released from suffering, for the soul to come into it's own? Is it tragic to see wonders of colour,to hear music that does not belong to material expression?
Do you call it tragic to express yourself in a body that has no pain, to be able to roam all over the world of matter in a flash and to taste the beauties of the spirit life too? There is not in your world one artist that could capture with his paints some of the glories of my world. There is not one musician who could record some of the glories of the music sphere with your notes. There is not one writer who could describe in physical words the beauty of parts of this world. What a pleasant surprise you will all have one day, when you become conscious of our world.
Your world is in beauty now. (This sitting was held in May.)You all see around you the manifestations of the Great Spirit, as the dawn of life sweeps over your surroundings again in it's cycle, and you marvel at the beauty of the blossom and and the fragrance of the flowers, and you say , "How great is the handiwork of the Great Spirit." And yet , what you see is a very, very pale reflection of the beauties that we have in our world of spirit. We have flowers such as you have never seen , we have colours such as your eye has never beheld, we have scenes and forests, we have birds and plants, we have streams and mountains.
You come to our world now, but you do not remember . You visit the spirit world every night. That is your preparation. Otherwise, it would be such a shock when you come here to start your real life in earnest. When you pass on, you will remember your visits. You will then be freed from the limitation of the body and you will be able to express to the full all the consciousness which has been released during your sleep. In it's new expression, it will bring to you all the memories that you have,the memories of the experiences that you have enjoyed.( At this point, someone asks a question) What will be the position of those who, after passing, go to the lower planes of spirit life? Will they remember their sleep visits...presumably to the lower planes ...and will that memory help them to adjust their position?
This question was asked of Silver Birch: What will be the position of those who, after passing , go to the lower planes of spirit life? Will they remember their sleep visits...presumably to the lower planes ...and will that memory help them to adjust to their position? Those who would gravitate to the lower planes go there during sleep, but the memory of that would not help them to realize their position after death because the planes on which they found themselves would still resemble the material world.The lower in the world of spirit, the more earthly it is in appearance because the vibrations are more gross; the higher in the realm of spirit, the finer the vibrations. Do we sometimes remember our sleep adventures in this life?
When your spirit is released from it's body, you are freed from the brain,which is your limitation in the world of matter. The consciousness now has experiences on our vibrations ,according to your grade of evolution , and it is conscious of it's experiences while it has them . But , when you go back to your body of matter and try to capture the experiences of the spirit , you cannot do so because one is greater than the other.The smaller cannot hold the greater and you get distortion. It is as if you had a little bag and you tried to get lots of things into it. You could only get some of the things in the bag, and the more you pushed the more out of shape they would become. That is what happens when you return to your bodies.
But if your soul is already evolved and you have reached an advanced stage of consciousness , then you are aware of the spirit realms. Then you can quite easily train the brain to remember. Do you mean that the memory of these experiences will help us when we pass on? Yes. Nothing is wasted .The Law is perfect. Those of us who have lived for many years marvel at the perfection of the Law, and when we hear the puny minds of your world criticize the Great Spirit....how little they know! The less they know , the more they express themselves. Are many people engaged in working during their sleep state, or are the visits used solely for preparation for the larger life? Some of you do work, because there are many you can help in your sleep state.
But, usually, it is a preparation. You are taken to those places which will help you to be ready for your work when you leave the world of matter. If that were not done , the shock of coming from one sphere of expression to another would be so great that it would take you a long time to recover. That is why it is easier for those who have knowledge when they come to our world. Others have to sleep and rest for a long time until they can adjust themselves. If you have knowledge, then you pass from one state to another and you are aware of the new life.After all, it is just like opening a door and coming into the sunshine.You must get accustomed to the light. Those without knowledge must have a long period of rest to recover from the period of transition. It is the same as a baby in your world. It has to feel it's way. Nothing is ever lost, in your world or in mine. Always remember that. Every thought , every action, every desire to serve that is thrown out of your hearts helps someone somewhere. Always when the desire is there, you attract those who can help you.
When people pass on lacking understanding , do they respond to our thoughts and receive our mental messages? Awakening comes only when realization dawns. If you have knowledge, then your awakening is much quicker. We have to fight ignorance, misunderstanding , superstition, false creeds, erroneous theologies, all of which do not help to prepare the soul for it's new life. Before these are conquered, the soul has gradually to accustom itself and there is a long period of rest. Your world has hospitals for bruised and injured bodies; we have to treat bruised and injured souls. But where an individual has rendered great service, and love, and good will, affection and prayer accompany his passing into my world, then the awakening is speeded , for all those vibrations help him.
What will happen to a person who passes on not believing in Survival, but thinking that when he dies it is the end? As you cannot die, because it is contrary to the natural law, that person will have to wake up and face the fact . How long it will take for the realization of spirit life will come to him will depend upon the evolution of his soul... how far it is advanced and how it can attune itself to the new conditions. Will the passing of such a person be difficult? That, again, depends on the evolution of the soul. The passing from your world to mine is not difficult, as a rule, because usually the one who passes is not conscious of the change at the time. It is only the advanced souls that register the passing out of the world of matter into the world of spirit.
If such a person has been good, will he suffer in any way for not believing the truth of Survival, even if he has been told of it? Good , bad, I do not know what these words mean. It will depend only upon the life he has led, the service he has rendered, the opportunities he has taken to unfold the Great Spirit within him. That is all that counts. It is better to have knowledge than ignorance , but the only test is the way you have lived your life from day to day.In the spirit life, do we join again with those we love and become younger? Where there has been love between a man and a woman and that love has brought them together and made them as one, and they have lived on the same spiritual plane in your world, then "death" will not part them.
"Death" will be a door that will give them a greater freedom for their souls to be more closely united than they were in your world of matter.But, if their coming together , their marriage , as you call it, was not a marriage of souls but only of bodies, and their souls did not dwell on the same plane, then "death" will drive them further apart , for it will relegate them to their own spiritual spheres. If there is love, they will find that in the world of spirit they will get not younger, not older, but will experience growth, evolution, development. These are things of the soul, not the body. When the Nazarene (Jesus)said that there was no marriage and no giving in marriage , He was referring to the marriage of bodies, not the marriage of souls.
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