|Truths Of The Spirit World...The Hells
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This is a message received from a messenger or angel from the other
side of the grave. It describes what happens when one dies, and
crosses over to the spirit world.
"I want to tell you tonight about the things that spirits who have not
received the Divine Love of the Father do, or have done to them, as you
may say, in order to get out of their darkness and suffering, and
progress to a happier condition.
Well, when these spirits of evil or sinful life first come into the spirit world,
they enter what is called the earth plane; and when I say "earth plane," I
mean those spheres which are nearest the earth, and partake very
largely of the material. They are received by their friends who may have
been with them at the time of their passing, and to a certain extent are
comforted and made familiar with their surroundings. This may last for a
shorter or longer time, depending upon the spirit's capacity to
understand his changed condition from mortal to spirit. After this
condition of consciousness is assumed by the spirit, these friends leave
him. Some guiding spirit, whose duty it is to perform the task, then
shows or conducts him to the place, or plane, which he is fitted to
occupy, and which, by the workings of the Law of Equalization, he must
occupy. In this place, he is surrounded by, and must associate with
spirits of a similar condition of development as his own, until some
change comes to him which fits him for a higher place.
Of course, this change may come in a short time or it may require a
longer time to bring it about - all this depending upon the realization by
the spirit as to what his condition is, and the fact that there is a
possibility of progressing. He cannot bring about this change of himself,
for the law which fixes his place or condition does not cease to operate
until another law is called into operation which permits and helps the
The only way in which this changed condition can be brought about is by
the influences of other spirits of a more enlightened and higher position
than that of the spirit whose position I have spoken of. These influences
do not necessarily come from spirits who have received the New Birth,
but may come from spirits who know nothing about it, and who have only
the natural love. And they may not even necessarily be of a high order of
development of either intellect or soul, but they must be in such condition
that they know, and are able to tell the lower spirit of the possibility of
progress and the way in which it can be made.
Many spirits who are in a dark position or condition, themselves, can
help others who are in a darker condition, just as a student of a lower
class in school on earth may not be able to teach all that is taught or may
be learned at that school, yet he can teach those in a lower class than
his own the things that he has learned in progressing to his own class.
All spirits have a work to do. And these spirits of little development are
engaged in teaching those of lesser development the way to get in the
same condition as those who teach are in. But, of course, these latter
cannot teach anything that belongs to a higher condition than the one in
which they are. In such cases, the progress is very slow for many
reasons, and it sometimes takes centuries for a spirit to progress from
this very low plane to a higher one where only the lowest grade of
So you see, in order to help these dark spirits, it is not necessary for the
helping spirit to be one who has the Divine Love in his soul. But all this
means that the spirit who is helped in this way cannot possibly progress
higher than his natural love and moral conscience and intellectual
endowments will permit. No progression of the soul to a realization of
the Divine Love of the Father or to the Celestial Spheres will occur.
This is important for you and all mankind to know, for the reason that you
and others may learn what the true soul development means, and how
effectively spirits possessing this soul development may help all other
spirits, good or bad.
Aside from this, you may suppose that the spirits who you hear talk at
the seances, where all kinds and conditions of spirits congregate and
promise to help both mortals and spirits, may not be able to help
because some are in a dark and low condition themselves. Yet, to some
extent, all spirits may help other spirits who are in a lower condition; and
sometimes, in the beginning of the progression, more satisfactorily than
can the higher spirits. This is so because these dark spirits who try to
help the darker spirits are more in harmony with them, and the darker
spirits will listen to them with more interest and belief in the possibility
that they can help them.
But this is a help that does not work in such a way as to cause the spirits
who are so helped to lose their desires and recollections very rapidly,
and to progress into the higher planes without the great suffering that
you have been told of.
I thought I would write this to you for the reason that, in your
investigations and teachings of the spirit life, you might not give due
importance to the possibility of one dark spirit helping another. All the
phases of mediumship, when honestly conducted, have their proper
places and work in God's plan of redemption; and none of them must be
considered as useless or without special design.
Of course, the phase of assistance to spirits mentioned above is of the
lowest form, and is merely preliminary to the great work which the higher
spirits do in carrying out the Great Plan of redemption, which has been
explained to you. The important work is that of the spirits who know what
the Divine Love of the Father is, and what fits spirits and mortals for the
enjoyment of the great happiness which obtains only in the Celestial
Spheres (and also in the soul spheres to a lesser extent).
When a spirit who is dark learns of this Great Love, and strives to obtain
It, and earnestly prays for the help of the Holy Spirit (which is God's
messenger of Love), he will progress much more rapidly, and his
sufferings and darkness will leave him sooner, and greater happiness
will come to him.
But still I say, the work of these lower spirits that I have spoken of is a
great work, and must not be underestimated."
This was excerpted from Angelic Visitations who publishes James Padgett's
messages received from messengers on the other side, back in the early