(This chapter taken from “More Spirit Teachings”)
“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 if 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 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
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 care it is to ward off and modify the
baneful influences 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 ministers.
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 observed 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 sombre dullness of daily toil. They are
spirits attractive and genial, kindly and lovable.
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 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 their sphere.
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 bless you.”
conversation on this special epoch in the world’s history, and its
Special efforts are being made now to
spread a knowledge of progressive truth: efforts by the messengers of
God, which are resisted, now as ever, by the hosts of the adversaries.
The history of the world has been the story of the struggle between the evil and the good;
between God and goodness on the one side, and ignorance,
vice, and evil— spiritual, mental, and corporeal—on the other side. At
certain times, of which this is one, extraordinary efforts are made. The
army of the messengers of God is massed in greater force: men are
influenced: knowledge is spread:
and the end draws nigh. Fear for the deserters, the half-hearted, the
temporisers, the merely curious. Fear for them: but fear not for the cause of God’s truth.
Yes. But how are many doubting souls to know what is God’s truth? Many
look anxiously, but cannot find.
None anxiously look who do not find in
the end, though they may have long to wait—yes, even till they reach a
higher sphere of being. God tries all: and to those only who are fitted
is advanced knowledge granted. The preparation must be complete before
the step is gained. This is an unalterable law. Fitness precedes
progression. Patience is required.
Yes. The obstacles from internal dissention, from the impossibility of
bringing home evidence to many, from prejudice, from many other causes,
seems almost invincible.
—To you. Why interfere with that which
is God’s work? Obstacles! You know not what they are compared with
what we have had to endure in times past. Had you lived on earth in the
later days of Rome’s
imperial sway, when everything spiritual had fled in horror from a realm
steeped in debauchery, sensuality, and all that is base and bad, you
would have known then what the banded powers of darkness can effect. The
coldness was the coldness of
despair: the darkness was the gloom of the sepulchre. The body, the body
was all: and the
guardians fled in dismay from a scene on which they could not gaze, and
whose pangs they could not alleviate. Faithlessness there was indeed,
and worse. The world scorned us and our efforts, laughed at all virtue,
derided the Supreme, mocked at immortality, and lived but to eat and
drink and wallow in the mire—the degraded, down-striken animals they had
made themselves. Ah, yes! Say not that
evil is invincible when the power of God and of His
Spirits has prevailed to cleanse even such a sink as that.
More was said as to the repeated failure of plans for man’s benefit
through his ignorance
obstinacy. I asked if this were to be another failure. ]
God is giving far more than you think. In all parts are springing up
centres from which truth of God is being poured into longing hearts, and
permeating thinking minds. There must be many to whom the gospel given of old is satisfying
yet, and who are not receptive of further truth. With these we meddle
not. But many there are who have learned what the past can teach, and
who are thirsting for further knowledge. To these it is given in such
measure as the Most High sees fit. And from them it flows to others, and
the glorious tidings spread until the day comes when we shall be called on to proclaim
them from the mountain top! and lo! God’s hidden ones shall start up from the
lowly places of the earth to bear witness to that which they have seen
and known: and the little rills that man has heeded not shall coalesce,
and the river of God’s truth, omnipotent in its energy, shall flood the
earth, and sweep away in its resistless course the ignorance and
unbelief and folly and sin which now dismay and perplex you.
This New Revelation of which you speak: is it contrary to the Old? Many
are exercised on that point.
Revelation is from God: and that which He has
revealed at one time cannot contradict that which He has
revealed at another, seeing that each is, in its kind, a revealing of
truth, but of truth
revealed in proportion to man’s necessities, and in accordance with his
capacities. That which seems contradictory is not in the Word of God,
but in the mind of man. Man was not content with the simple message. He
has adulterated it with his glosses, overlaid it with his deductions and speculations. And so, as years
go by, it comes to pass that what came from God is in no sense what it
was. It has become contradictory, impure, and earthy. When a further
revelation comes, instead of fitting it reasonably, it becomes necessary
to clear away much of the superstition that has been built on the old
foundations; and the work of destruction must precede the work of
addition. The revelations are not contradictory; but it is necessary to
destroy man’s rubbish before God’s truth can be revealed. Man must judge
according to the light of reason that is in him. That is the ultimate
standard, and the progressive soul will receive what the ignorant or prejudiced will reject. God’s truth is forced on none. So for a time,
during the previous processes, this must be a special revelation to a special
people. It has ever been so. Did Moses obtain universal
acceptance even amongst his own people? Did any of the seers? Did Jesus
even? Did Paul? Did any reformer in any age, amongst any people? He
offers, and they who are prepared receive the message. The ignorant and
unfit reject it. It must be so; and the dissensions and differences
which you deplore are but for the sifting of the false fromthe true.
They spring from unworthy causes, and are impelled by malignant spirits.
You must expect annoyance, too, from the banded powers of
evil. But cast your eyes beyond the present. Look to the far future, and
be of good courage.
Touching Spirit-guides. How are they appointed?
Spirit-guides are not always attracted to those whom they direct, though
this is usually the case. Sometimes they are selected for their own
fitness. They are naturally apt to teach. Sometimes they are charged
with a special commission. Sometimes they are picked because they are
able to supply what is wanting in the characters which they train.
Sometimes they themselves select a character which they wish to mould.
This is a great pleasure to the higher spirits. Sometimes they desire,
for their own spiritual progress, to be attached to a soul the training
which is irksome and difficult. They toil upward along with the soul.
Sometimes they are attracted by pure affinity, or by the remains of
earth-love. Very frequently, when there is no special mission for the
soul, the guides are changed as the soul progresses.
Who are the Spirits who return to earth? Of what class?
Principally those who are nearest to the
earth, in the three lower spheres or states of being. They converse most
readily with you. Of the higher spirits, those who are able to return
are they who have what is analogous to mediumistic power on earth. We
cannot tell you more than that we higher spirits find it very difficult
to find a medium through whom we can communicate. Many spirits would
gladly converse, but for the want of a suitable medium, and from their
unwillingness to prolong their research for one they not risk the waste
of time. Hence, too, communications vary much at times. Communications
which you discover to be false are not always wilfully so. As time goes on we shall know more on the conditions
which affect communication.
You have spoken of adversaries. Who are they?
The antagonistic spirits who range
themselves against our mission; who strive to mar
its progress by counterfeiting our influence and work, and by setting
men and other spirits against us and it. These are spirits who have
chosen the evil, have put aside promptings and influences of good, and
have banded themselves under the leadership of intelligence still more
evil to malign us and to hamper our work. Such are powerful for
mischief, and their activity shows itself in evil passions, in imitating
our work, and so gaining influence over the deluded, and most of all, in
presenting to inquiring souls that which is mean and base, where we
would tenderly lead to the noble and refined.
They are the foes of God and man; enemies of goodness; ministers of
evil. Against them we wage perpetual war.
SM: It is very startling to hear of such a powerful organisation of evil.
There are some, you know, who deny the existence of evil altogether, and
teach that all is good though disguised.
Alas! Alas! most sad is the abandonment of good and choice of evil. You
wonder that so many evil spirits obstruct. Friend, it is even so, and it
is not astonishing. As the soul lives in the earth-life, so
does it go to spirit-life. Its tastes, its predilections, its habits, its
antipathies, they are with it still. It is not changed save in the
accident of being freed from the body. The soul that on earth has been low
in taste and impure in habit does not change its nature by passing from
the earth-sphere, any more than the soul that has been truthful, pure, and
progressive becomes base and bad by death. Wonderful that you do not
recognise this truth! You would not fancy a pure and upright soul degenerating after it has passed from your gaze. Yet you
fable a purification of that which has become by habit impure and unholy,
hating God and goodness, and choosing sensuality and sin. The one is no
more possible than the other. The soul’s character has been a daily,
hourly growth. It has not been an overlaying of the soul with that which
can be thrown off. Rather it has been a weaving into the nature of the
spirit that which becomes part of itself, identified with its nature,
inseparable from its character. It is no more possible that that character
should be undone, save by the slow process of obliteration, than that the
woven fabric should rudely cut and the threads remain intact. Nay more.
The soul has cultivated habits that have become so engrained as to be
essential parts of its individuality. The spirit
that has yielded to the lusts of a sensual body becomes in the end their
slave. It would not be happy in the midst of purity and refinement. It
would sigh for its old
haunts and habits. They are of its essence. So you see that the legions of
the adversaries are simply the masses of unprogressed, undeveloped
spirits, who have banded together from affinity against all that is pure
and good. They can only progress by penitence, through the instruction of
higher intelligences, and by gradual and laborious undoing of sin and sinful habit. There are many such,
and they are the adversaries. The idea that there is
no such thing as evil, no antagonism to good, no banded company of
adversaries who resist progress and truth, and fight against dissemination of what advantages
humanity, is an open device of the evil ones for your bewilderment.
Have they a Chief—a Devil?
Chiefs many who govern; but not such a Devil as theologians have feigned.
Spirits, good and bad alike, are subject to the rule of commanding Intelligences.