Part 1 - TRANCE TEACHINGS
PREFACE TO TRANCE TEACHINGS
These teachings are
preserved to us in the form of notes made by Mrs. Speer, wife of the
doctor at whose house the circles were held.
After the passing of
Stainton Moses, Mrs. Speer sent her notes to
Light. From them
selections have been made and are now republished, so that teachings of
great value and interest may not be lost.
They are not
continuous, being merely extracts from a large amount of material;
passages not contiguous in the original are sometimes placed in
juxtaposition if they complete the sense.
The teachings are given in Mrs. Speer’s words, except where inverted
commas denote the actual words of the communicating spirit. Unless
otherwise stated, Imperator was the spirit-control.
In concluding the series Mrs. Speer says: “It is impossible to give any
idea of the impression produced upon the Circle by the beauty and
refinement of the manifestations, or by the power and dignity of
“I have been wishing
for some time to give you information concerning Angels’ Ministry ; how
it is controlled ; the way in which information is conveyed to you.
Write! I find it very difficult to
speak slowly. If you forget, I will impress the medium afterwards.
I, myself, Imperator Servus Dei, am the
chief of a band of forty-nine spirits, the presiding and controlling
spirit, under whose guidance and direction the others work.
I am come from the
seventh sphere to work out the will of the Almighty ; and, when my work
is complete, I shall return to those spheres of bliss from which none
return again to earth. But this will not be till the medium’s work on
earth is finished, and his mission on
earth exchanged for a wider one in the spheres.
Under me is my deputy and lieutenant, Rector, whose business
it is to superintend in my absence,
and especially to control the band of physical manifesting spirits.
Associated with him is a third high spirit, who is the inspiring
spirit, Doctor, the Teacher. He guides the medium’s thoughts, influences
his words, directs his pen. Under his general superintendence there are
the spirits of wisdom and knowledge, to be hereafter described.
Next come the guardians whose are it is to ward off and modify the
of earth, to drive away
the hurtful, temper the painful, to shed around an influence. The inward
yielding to evil can alone destroy their power. Yet again, there are two
guardians whose care it is to ward off the evil influences of the
spheres, the allurement of the lower spirits who would draw the medium
from his allotted work and divert him from his sacred mission. These
four guardians are my personal attendants, and these complete the first
circle of seven, the whole band being divided into seven circles of
seven spirits; each circle composed of one presiding spirit with six
The first circle is composed entirely of guardians and
inspiring spirits–spirits whose
mission is general and concerned with the supervision of the whole band.
The next circle of
seven spirits is devoted to the care of love–spirits of love. Religion,
love to God; charity, love to man; gentleness, tenderness, pity, mercy,
friendship, affection; all these are in their charge.
They minister to the affections, inspire feelings of gentleness and
mercy; love to God, the Universal Father; love to man, the common brother;
tenderness for all who grieve; pity for all who suffer; desire to
benefit and help all.
Next comes a circle–one
presiding, with six spirit ministers–of wisdom. Under their care is
intuition, perception, reflection, impression, reasoning and the like.
They preside over the intuitive faculties and the deductions made from
observable facts. They inspire the medium with the spirit of wisdom and
drive away influences fallacious and
misguiding. They plant intuitive wisdom.
Next in order is a circle which presides over knowledge–of
men, of things, of life, whose charge is caution and comparison, of
causality and eventuality, and the like.
They guide the medium’s steps through the tortuous paths of
earth-life, and lead him to
practical knowledge, complement to the intuitive wisdom, of what is
beneficial and profitable. To these kindred groups, wisdom and
knowledge–which are under the general
supervision of Doctor, the inspiring Teacher–succeed:
A circle who preside
over art, science, literature, culture, refinement, poetry, paintings,
music, language. They inspire the thought with that which is noble and
intellectual, and lead to words of
refinement and sublimity. They incline to that which is
beautiful, artistic, refined and cultured; which gives the poetic
touches to the character and elevates and ennobles it.
Next comes a circle of
seven who have charge of mirth, wit, humour, geniality and joyous
conversation. These give the lighter touches to the character, the
sparkling, bright side, which is attractive in social intercourse, which
enlivens the word spoken or written with flashes of wit, and relieves
the somber dullness of daily toil. They are
spirits attractive and genial, kindly
Last of all come the spirits who have charge of the physical
manifestations, which it is
thought right at present to associate with the higher message. This
circle is composed principally of
spirits on their probation under the guardianship of Rector, lieutenant
of the band. It is his care to teach them and to allow them, by
association with the medium and his circle, to advance from a lower to a
higher sphere. These are spirits who from divers causes are earthbound,
and who, by the manifestations which they
are permitted to work out, are
purifying and elevating themselves.
So you see the band
divides itself into seven groups, each with its peculiar charge.
Spirits of love, of wisdom and
knowledge; spirits refined and noble; spirits bright and genial,
who shed a ray of that light which is not of your earth on the drudgery
of existence in a lower sphere; spirits whose privilege it is to
progress from an inferior grade to one higher and nobler through
association with you, to whom such
manifestations as they furnish are yet necessary.
In all these various
circles there are spirits who are progressing, who are giving experience
and enlightenment, who are living the medium’s life, and mounting upward
as he mounts; learning as they teach, and soaring as they raise him to
It is a labour of love,
this guardianship of ours, a labour which brings its own reward,
and blesses us, even as we bestow
blessings upon the medium and, through him, upon mankind.
May the Almighty Father
“I have left this earth a very long time, and only returned to impress
this medium. It is
my mission. Very few
spirits can return to earth from those distant spheres, but God has sent
me for a special work.”
“The ladder between
Heaven and earth has always been, but man’s unbelief cut him off from
the ministry of angels.”
“Are you the servant of God among servants?”
“Yes, and it is accounted no light
matter among us to be His servant, and appointed to do His work. I am
the servant of God sent to minister to this medium. After my ministry
with him is over, I go whence I can never again personally return to
earth. I shall only be able to influence through other spirits. You must
each ask God to guide you. If you trust to yourselves you will fall,
fall, fall.” (This was said in a solemn, impressive voice.) “God never
yet left a man who cried to Him for light and guidance–never, never,
When first controlling Stainton Moses, Imperator said he had been with
him nearly all his life. At first he was in the sixth sphere, later in
the seventh sphere.
During the time
Imperator was entrancing S. M., and conversing, we saw a large, bright
cross of light behind S. M.’s head, and rays surrounding it. After this,
it culminated in a beautiful line of light of great brilliancy, reaching
several feet high, and moving from side to side. Behind this column of
light, on the floor, was a bright cluster of lights in oblong shape.
These remained for more than half an hour. On asking the meaning of the
lights, Imperator said the pillar of light was himself, the bright light
behind him his attendants, and the numerous lights seen in the room
belonged to the band. The light
round S. M.’s head showed his great spiritual power.
has always a most solemnising effect on the circle, and we feel in the
presence of a great and very good spirit.
In Imperator’s band
there is a presiding spirit of influence and power, whose business it is
to train the spirits under him, as well as to guard the medium. The
higher spirits benefit the medium, and he, in turn, benefits those
undeveloped spirits who generally have been prematurely withdrawn from
earth, and have returned for the purpose of education: as it were, at
school again. They are elevated and drafted upwards in time,
their place being taken by others,
for whom the same work of progress is required.
conversation and prayer were so solemn that they left on our minds an
earnest desire to do all in our power to advance the sacred work. He
entreated our prayers that we might
receive rightly the message God would give us through him. He
concluded with a solemn prayer that we might even here learn that the
Kingdom of Heaven was with us–that we might cultivate all graces:
charity, peace, kindness and pity.
“Almighty God bless and
keep you, and guide you into truth and peace. May you so live now that
hereafter you may pass easily through the intermediary spheres, without
pain, to the realms of joy.”
On a blank piece of
paper put under the table was a message in very small and neat writing,
requiring a magnifying-glass, praising God that they are permitted to
manifest, ending: “Seek not to evoke marvelous phenomena merely for the
sake of wonder. Seek ever a spirit of teachableness and dependence on
the All-Wise. Cultivate patience,
trust and hope in God, and charity among yourselves.”
–Signed: Imperator, Rector, Philosophus.
Prayer given by direct spirit writing at the close of a seance:
“Mighty God, strengthen our work amongst men, that the adversaries may
no more prevail.
Spirit of Love, shed abroad charity and
goodwill amongst mankind!
Spirit of Wisdom, pour forth Thy
God-like gifts upon this earth!
Spirit of Knowledge, be amongst them, a
Guide and Teacher of Truth! Spirit of Power, be here, a mighty aid in time of
Spirit of Purity and
Holiness, keep Thy children pure and free from taint of conscious sin.
May they realise their blessings, their helps, their difficulties and
dangers; and do Thou, Great Father, keep us and them. May they be
enabled now always to strive on in
faith and hope and love; looking for future progress in the knowledge of
Mrs. Speer says the
following was the most wonderful piece of direct spirit writing they had
ever seen. It was written too small for natural sight to read. It was
read with great difficulty by the
help of a strong magnifying-glass.
“The days come when the
adversaries shall be abroad among the children of the light. Heed ye,
and be wary and watchful. Keep yourselves separate from the snares of
the adversaries.–Warning of Prudens, Doctor, Minister.”
“The higher spirits who come to your earth are influences or emanations.
They are not what you describe as persons, but emanations from higher
spheres. Learn to recognise
the impersonality of the higher messages. When we first
appeared to this medium he insisted on our identifying ourselves to him.
But many influences come through our name. Two or three stages after
death spirits lose much of what you regard as individuality and become
more like influences. I have now passed to the verge of the spheres from
which it is impossible to return to you. I can influence without any
regard to distance. I am very distant
from you now.”
(A spirit called Elliotson controlling.)
“Memory cannot be conscious. The theory of unconscious memory is absurd.
The key to all is the action of spirits. The idea of permanent
memory is a mistake. Some of the higher spirits have, as I know, almost
lost their identity. There comes a time when the
individuality is dissipated and enlarged, and becomes
a centre of influence. The exalted
spirit, Imperator, who directs this medium, bathes me in his influence.
I do not see him, but he permeates the space in which I dwell. I
have received his commands and instructions, but I have never seen him.
The medium sees a manifestation of him, which is necessary in his case,
not in mine. The return to earth is a great trial to me. I
might compare it to the descent from
a pure and sunny atmosphere into a valley where the fog lingers.
In the atmosphere of earth I seem completely changed. The old habits
of thought awaken, and I seem to
breathe a grosser air.”
“We desire to show you
that God Himself is the center of influence, and that His influence,
flowing through intermediary agencies, permeates humanity; and those
influences (angelic, you call them) influence mankind. We wish to show
you how the angelic influence
surrounding the center of light diffuses itself round those it is able
to reach; and how the Spirit of the Most High, traversing those
channels, reaches all who
are able to receive it. Man becomes the means of
disseminating the knowledge of which he is the unconscious recipient.
Man may cultivate the power given to him and aid the work he is chosen
for, fostering the dwelling of the Spirit of God among men. The power of
God comes from on high, descending through the angel ministers,
permeating His chosen messengers, showing men how they may be
fellow-workers with God.”
Mrs. Speer says these fragmentary records give only the
faintest idea of what was said, and cannot give manner.
“The angels, as of old
they called them, ‘spirits’ as ye know them, who traverse the space
between you and your God, bring down blessings from Him, while they
carry up your prayers to His Throne. These are the steps between God and
Man, the channels of influence.
There is angelic influence round incarnated souls.”
Dr. Speer asked about the teachings of orthodoxy.
“The doctrines taught
by the Church are faulty. The views that men have entertained of God
partake of the medium through which they have filtered. Men have framed
theories for themselves which have been crystallised into dogmas and
taught as of binding obligation. Man’s views of his relation to the
Creator and of sin are erroneous.
Sin, in its essence, is the conscious violation of those
eternal laws which make for the advantage of the spirit.
God cannot view sin as a personal injury. He regards it as we regard the
offences of a child, which will bring sorrow and retribution in their
train. Sin is not in itself any offence against the Creator. The
punishment is not wreaked on a defenceless creature. Sin is itself its
own punishment, as the transgression of immutable law.
The life of the Man
Christ Jesus on earth was a pattern life, intended for the example
of man. But, in so far as it was
deemed to be an atonement by way of sacrifice for sin, this was
foul falsehood, degrading to God, degrading to that pure and stainless
Spirit, to whom such things were falsely attributed, and misleading to
souls who rest on blind faith, and
falsely imagine their credulity would be accounted a virtue.
One day you will wonder
how such a baseless fable could have obtained credence. The Truth we are
commissioned to declare will render all human inventions
unnecessary. Man has made God in his
own image. His God is human–very human in many ways; He has
qualities attached to His name which a more divine philosophy would
cause man to repudiate.
You are gradually
coming to know an Omnipresent and Omniscient Loving Father, and you will
have a new revelation, which will blot out the old falsehoods and give
you new ideas of God. The
revelation, of which we are the bearers from the Almighty, will
supersede all the old creeds and philosophies, and will give you Truth
instead of fiction.
Spirit-teaching comes from God; but, as it must blot out much
that men have believed and trusted, it must be subversive of what men
have called Faith. God reveals to man
that which he is able to bear; so that the revelation that
comes from God is a progressive revelation. The organised attempt of the
spirits of evil to mar our work will not cease until the Truth prevails.
There will be much that is trying to the weal, and also to those whose
faith is firm, before it is established. It is the necessary consequence
of the existence of evil spirits.
Beware how you submit
to the guidance of unseen intelligences without ascertaining if they are
what they pretend to be. We have nothing to fear from investigation made
by honest and pure minds. The miracles you have seen here are the same
in kind which Christ was enabled to work. The utterances you hear are
precisely the same as those given by the Hebrew prophets.
Belief in Spiritualism
will spread, but not as the creed of any Church. Our revelation requires
neither bishops, priests nor deacons; but the association between the
spirit guardians and the soul alone. Christ taught that the time would
come when no special place nor
person would be held more sacred than another.”
“We propound to man no
saviour outside himself. Bitter repentance and profound restitution are
alone the result of sin. There is no hope of escaping the consequences
of conscious transgression. We recognise none. Hysterical cries for
mercy will never be rewarded by an immediate entrance into the presence
of God. We put before you no picture of a fathomless hell. As man
discharges the duties of life, bodily, mentally and spiritually, so will
he become happier and more God-like. When your bodies are
dead your dogmas die with them, and
are dissipated by the rising sun.”
remarked the lesson drawn from the repentance of the thief on the cross
“Yes. No tears and
cries can purify the soul. It must pass through a long course of
Dr. Speer asks
for explanation of the text: “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from
“Analyse this. As you
quote it, you imply that God sent His Son, of Whose existence you know
nothing, into a life of degradation, that the outpouring of His blood
might ransom from everlasting burning those who simply assented to the
fact that such salvation was prepared for them. Set aside a doctrine so
cold, so hard, so bitter, and take the spiritual meaning that underlies
Christ’s life and teaching. The pattern life is
to you the model of what man may
become, pure and holy, ennobled by suffering, and elevated by
charity. To that life you may look; following it will rescue you from
sin, and lead you to that which is noble. You err in following too
closely the words of fallible men, or building on them an edifice the
foundation of which is error, and the superstructure fallacy.”
“We would speak of the
true perception of God. Not as a personal being, human in
His attributes save Omnipotence; not
as a glorified humanity; but as the All-Pervading Spirit
permeating the universe. Man is now ready to receive a more enlarged
conception of God. We present to you a Deity Whose Name, as revealed in
Love. Love, confined within no limits. The notion of a personal Deity
was the outcome of
that idolatry which once pervaded the human race. To correct
these errors is part of our mission.
God is no Person. He is enthroned in no place, but is all-pervading,
everexisting: guiding and loving all.
Man in the body pictures a god confined by limits. God, so far as we
have known Him, is not a limited personality, nor was He ever enshrined
in a human body, or amenable to human influence. The Deity operates by
general laws. Prayer is good, as by it man moves forces which act on
those through whom God operates. It is good for
all to pray. The hard,
prayerless soul cannot be reached by the angel ministers. The
heavenly messengers are always
attracted to the praying soul.
On the one hand, we
have to avoid the fatal error that seeks to reduce God to a Force; and,
on the other, to guard against the anthropomorphic delusion which
pictures a humanity with man’s failings and necessitates and insatiable
craving for power. In early days man
framed a god for himself, a human tyrant, yea, worse than man can be.
God is really an informing, energising Spirit. He supplies the
light and love that give beauty to all around you. The Divine Life is
brought home to you in the life of Christ.
God is not a force, nor the
impersonal entity you call Nature.
Try and regard Him as
the Informing Spirit, permeating all. The word Father is the true
conception. Nature is not God, but a manifestation of the Supreme. The
hand is not the body, but it is the
manifestation of that which makes up the body.
The falsest views of
the Great Father have obtained among His children. He has been
regarded in the past as an angry
God, Who was to be propitiated by tears and cries for pity: a God Whose
pleasure it was to throw His children into eternal misery. The God
that we know (not that we imagine), is a God of Love perfect and
perpetual: love that embraces the erring and the good–a God Who looks
down with pity on all His children; Who knows no distinction of race or
clime, but is tender and loving alike to
all who call upon His Name. If man
could see, as we see, the unresting love that tends and cheers
the lowliest and most despised of His children; how, verily, legions of
angels encircle those He loves; if, for one moment, their eyes could be
opened to see the air around them filled with the legions of the shining
ones–surely their hearts would be
touched and their voices would break forth in praise. Would that the so
cold, stony heart of man, so utterly unresponsive to the
influences from on high, could be touched by the rays of the Sun of Righteousness, and give forth the cry
of praise to the Giver of all, the God of universal love. We come
to you as the exponent of the
ministry of angels. The Great Father, mindful of His Children’s wants,
sends them the angel ministry of consolation, guidance and love.
From the eternal realms of glory we come to minister to mankind. Angels,
spirits, friends passed before, coming to minister to those left
“From the generation
that lives is selected the recipient of inspiration. He is the
depository of divine influence, the connecting link between the present
and future. To him is committed the deposit of Truth he is to hand down
to those who succeed him. To minister to him are appointed the spirits
specially assigned by God. They are
solemnly separated for the work, sent forth to minister as the All-Wise
sees fit. The open vision is realised; the angels of God ascend
and descend between earth and Heaven. The time is at hand when the
interrupted vision shall be renewed; when the voice that sounded in the
ears of Ezekiel, John the Baptist and John the Seer shall be
renewed; when the spheres shall be
brought into contact as they never have been since then, and when the
Voice of the Almighty, speaking through His intermediary agencies, shall
be heard among men. Shall they listen? Nay, as it was of old, so shall
it be now. Now, as of old, man’s unbelief bars the purpose of God’s
Love. Man’s stubbornness militates against God’s design.”
“What is man? Verily,
he is but the vehicle of inspiration. The highest and noblest intellects
you revere were, but the means by which God made known to man that
portion of His Mind which He saw fit. All that they did, great and
noble, was but the influence of the guardian angel.
The medium is selected
for special qualities, but they are not those which you are wont to hold
in reverence. The suitable instrument is chosen, and to him is confided
the deposit of revelation. He is not
the glory; nor does the faithful servant claim it. He is the vehicle,
the honoured instrument of Divine Revelation, honoured among angels,
but not amongst men. He is honoured with us as God’s medium–the
chosen recipient of the Divine Message. In proportion as the work is
rightly done does the medium derive benefit, and become fitted to be, in
his turn, the messenger of God to man in the future. The vessel is
impregnated with the perfume it has contained, and is nobler
for the use it has served; worthy of
honour from men and angels as a casket which has worthily
enshrined the jewel of Divine Truth. But if there be impurity or falsity
or cowardice or idleness in the selected instrument, or if he be unduly
puffed up by that which is given to
him; if he arrogate to himself the glory that belongs to God alone; if
there be time-serving or pride or impure motive–then, so far from
being benefited by the service for which he has been selected, he is so
much the worse for the abuse of his opportunities! It is the unalterable
law of God. Great privileges, great responsibilities! He who has great
opportunities of good and fails to use, or wrongly uses them, in wilful
sin, on him rests the curse of the servant who knew his Lord’s will and
did it not. He sinks as surely as the other rises. The talent is
withdrawn, and he becomes morally and intellectually deteriorated. He
has cast away a privilege, and,
behold, a curse, instead of a blessing, rests upon him.
So that, should such an one return to the earth sphere, the
communication through him
will necessarily be of a lower order than you would expect from his
reputation in earth-life. On earth he spoke not his own words but the
words of inspiration. But the Spirit
of the Lord has been withdrawn, and now he speaks the congenital
utterances of the society to which he has been drawn.”
“Has it ever occurred
to you that the majority of Christian men regard themselves as
the heirs of an assured Heaven, and
believe that the Supreme has sent His Own Son to live and die for
them? That they have a revelation which is the inspired message of His
own servants, and that no other message has ever come to man? Also, that
it is their bounden duty to instruct the Hindus, Chinese and the heathen
in general in the doctrines confided to them alone? That this perfect
revelation is the final utterance of the Supreme?
Put aside such
doctrines as false and egotistical. We know of no such favouritism on
the part of the Supreme. He, God over all, blessed for ever, shows no
favouritism to any clique of His creatures in one corner of the earth.
In all ages there has been a
revelation of God, suited to the particular circumstances of the time.
Each religion, as sent by God, has one great central idea;
and Spiritualism, as you are pleased to call it, gathers them together
into one harmonious whole. All these fragments that have been revealed
are now to be gathered up and welded into one homogenous mass, under the
name of Spiritualism. Some of these fragments have been purer and truer
than others. That of Jesus Christ was the truest of all, and the older
India would probably rank next to that. The great bar to knowledge is
When I lived on earth I
knew nothing of the older religions. There was nothing in my time among
the Jews that could be called a belief in immortality, only a yearning
for it. Jesus Christ introduced the
idea as a real belief. It was part of His mission to spread this
truth. The Jews were like the Christians in the present day, and had
ceased to think much of a future
state. Christ came to teach the indestructibility of spirit, and the
perpetuity of existence; even as we come to tell you of the
possibility of communion with those who have passed to the spirit
“As regards the fate of
those whom you call the heathen, the majority of Christians decide that
they will fare badly in the hereafter, being left to the justice of the
Supreme without any claims on His mercy. It is strange they have
forgotten that Christ has said that there are other sheep, not of the
Christian fold, who will be brought in and judged according to their
works. Paul, on Mars Hill, spoke of God as having made of one blood all
nations of men on earth, and describes mankind as
sprung from one family, all yearning
after God, if so be they might find Him.”
“You cannot realise the
vast power which Christ possessed. The entire abnegation of self enabled
Him to live as a God amongst men. His miracles were performed by the aid
of angel ministers; and His ideas were concentrated upon one great
purpose– devotion to the cause of humanity.
He was an incarnation
of one of the Higher Spirits of previous long existence, and was filling
a high position in the spheres. To Him all efforts for the benefit of
man may be traced. His blessed
influence irradiates many of the darkest spots on earth, and it
will spread more and more as the spiritual faculties of men are opened
to receive it. In His name we come; by virtue of His power we speak, and
His blessing we leave with you, even peace, peace, peace.”
“In the case of the
Christ a high form of hitherto unincarnated spirit temporarily entered a
body for the good of humanity, and to gain experience. Such as these are
spirits from the higher spheres,
sent forth with a mission to instruct mankind. They act also on mediums, and some of the largest views of Truth which have been
poured into this medium’s mind have come from a spirit, ‘the
Revealer of Truth,’ who has never been incarnated, and has instructed
him while he has been asleep. He does not
remember this instruction, but is
able to assimilate it. Such spirits as these would more
frequently communicate if questions were not put to them about your
world of which they are completely ignorant, for they can only impart
spiritual knowledge. These spirits sometimes become incarnated of their
free will; they accept as volunteers the
mission of mercy, and, while
incarnated, they lose their identity. . . . Many high spirits
have incarnated themselves. They return to the spheres with increased
knowledge of a peculiar phase of existence.”
“We have led you to
regard the Incarnation of Christ from a new point of view, and we will
now enlarge upon this.
The Spirit of Christ was the highest that could descend to
earth and He incarnated Himself in order to regenerate the human race.
All spirits are not incarnated on your earth, but there are some special
can only be obtained on
your planet. In all worlds there are capacities for spiritual
development, and all of them are inhabited. From time to time the higher
spirits descend and become incarnated
in order to teach and elevate mankind.
Christ came to
inaugurate a new era, to teach man simplicity and sincerity. What you
now see is the dawning of a new
epoch which will teach you higher and diviner truths from the
spirit-world. It is no passing phase. It is part of our coherent plan to
enlighten and develop man in a spiritual direction. The present
epoch is chiefly influenced by the operation of spirits from without,
and a few progressed spirits are now incarnated on your earth. The
spirit of Christ had never before incarnated on your earth. When exalted
spirits are incarnated they have no remembrance of a previous existence.
(In Spirit Teachings, p 251, Imperator says the Christ was an exception
to this law.) The incarnation of such is an act of self-abnegation, or
what may be termed expatriation. You are on this planet in nearly the
lowest stage of being; many worlds are in a much higher state of
development; and some are in process of formation. Mercury is on the
lowest plane, Jupiter the highest.
Christ has passed into
the spheres of Contemplation; but He may personally return when our work
is completed. But much must be accomplished before the harvest will
come, and the time of sowing and growth will be long. Ye know not how
great is the work that is being done; how vast the vista that is being
opened. Never before has there been
such an outpouring of Divine Love as now. Silent influences are at work
in men’s minds. All over the world they are being prepared to
receive the teaching we are giving you here. Should it be necessary for
the furtherance of this mission other great Intelligences will return,
and bring their magnetic force to bear upon the earth. At present it is
not needed, as the work is progressing. You are living in one of the
remarkable epochs of the earth. The old creed must die before the new
can be received; but it will die
hard, as round it still linger the associations of many ages; but
it is fast dying out, never to live again. Happy are ye, living in this
age, and learning these new truths,
if ye rightly appreciate and use the blessing.
My teaching comes from
my great Master, (Elijah) whom I see face to face, and he
has his teaching from his great
Master (Moses. See Spirit Teachings, p. 187), I cannot yet enter
into the spheres of Contemplation, but my Master descends to me, and has
given me this mission. We are all links in a great chain which extends
even to the Most High. The spirits who are under my direction receive
their orders from me, and meet from time to time to hold converse with
me. All is order with us, and self-will is not exercised with us. You
are free to go and come, because you do not know as we
do the consequences of actions.
Though you know it not, you are not really free. Your will, as
you term it, is always guided by spiritual influences, either good or
bad. Spirits differ according to their plane of progression. Spirits
have rarely come to this
earth-plane from other
planets. Besides the spirits who have passed from this earth,
there are many others, some of whom preside over the forces of nature.”
“A spirit that has been incarnated in other spheres of being may
afterwards be incarnated on your earth. Creations of life on your globe
have been made by spirit power. The higher Intelligences can mould the
elements which they gather from your atmosphere, and can form new
creations by infusing into them elements of life. The creation of
spirits is perpetually going on, both in your world and the spirit
world. The instinct of reproduction is not confined to your globe only.
New life is perpetually
being born into your world, animal life which enshrines the soul. Mind
is no attribute of matter, but is a separate birth and creation in each
case. New creations of spirits are formed by condensation of the
atmosphere, which is the connecting
link between us and you. Spirit ministers will be able to teach mankind
the conditions under which incarnated souls should enter your
world, and how they should be trained when in it. All this belongs to
the age which you are now entering. Many old prejudices must die, but
the coming light will be as the blaze of the noonday sun, if only man’s
obstinacy can be overcome, and man’s adversaries driven back.”
“You are the recipients
in no ordinary degree of a great development of spirit power.
The spiritual sense is increasing
amongst men, and, step by step, the presence of spirit agency is
manifested. The wave of spirit influence now passing over your earth is
analogous to that which passed over the world during the life of Christ.
Happy for the race if the teaching
now revealed be not hereafter adulterated, as was that which came
through Him. Those who now teach in His Name often preach doctrines
quite unlike what He taught. The truth we are now bringing fresh from
the Divine Source will meet with the fate that all truth meets with at
first. The time is drawing near when men will receive it. We dread
apathy more than opposition to our work. Dead, cold, lifeless
indifference which care, not to question, and has not sufficient
interest to doubt.”
We were told that in
such a democratic age it would not do (as in the case of the Christ) for
only one prophet to be raised up. Now the truth was coming to many in
many different ways, and what was suitable for one class of mind was
unsuitable for others. We must all be prepared for great opposition; no
new unfolding of truth ever came into the world without it.
(Theophilus, controlling, says)
“The Supreme has
manifested Himself in divers forms and through divers agencies, and
those who have been the recipients of these manifestations have usually
erred in thinking that the agency and the revelation had been vouchsafed
to them alone. Each age had its
divine message, and each had erred in thinking its own message final.
God has spoken, but not finally. You know that revelation began
with Melchisedek, and has been continued even till now. You know, also,
the Christian Church is not the only recipient of divine favour, and
that another branch received a portion and carried it into other lands.
To each was given but a fragment of the whole Truth of God. We see your
learned men playing the part of the Sadducees, and your scholars are labouring over documents that will be
of little value in the final issue.