The Seven Purposes by Margaret Cameron 1867 - 1947




OF the messages that may be quoted, there remain only a few detached statements, removed from their personal context, but reproduced because of their general interest or significance.


"Don't worry about C——" was one bit of specific advice, given in March, before any of the Lessons had been received. "She will have her troubles, but she must dree her own weird. You might save her some pain, but life's purpose may not be taught. It must be fought for, with blood and sweat. Let C—— get her wounds in her own way. You may then soothe the pain. But don't try to spare her the fight. That has to do with the larger questions of life and eternity."


"'Life's purpose may not be taught,' but the laws underlying the search for it may be?"


"Of course. We are trying now to wake the world to consciousness that these laws exist. Most people, broadly speaking, have forgotten them, in the general contempt for laws where





they are not enforced, and in the general hatred of them where they are enforced in oppression and fear."


A few days later, another person, writing of another and much younger girl, said: "She may have a hard time over the conflicting purposes. Everybody does. But with you to give her a foundation, I do not fear for her…. Her struggles will only make her stronger. Do not try to save her from pain. Remember that it is her mother who says this. Let her meet life fully and work her way upward. She will always yield in the end to the sublime purpose."


On a later occasion, this same person said: "We help all we can, but even when you want us to, we are unwilling to hold back the larger and vital development in order to hasten some smaller conclusion. Even when the small conclusion is important to you, it must be your own choice that helps you; and if the choice is wrong at the moment., it still helps in the end."


"She's too sympathetic for her own good," was said of another young woman. "She'd do the vicarious atonement act for all creation, if she could. What she needs is to have this purpose business driven into her. Every fellow has to do his own fighting, and his own





atonement, and his own climbing, and take what's coming to him while he does it. She's always trying to soften the path and take the swipes herself, and it can't be done. She gets the blow and the strain and the struggle, all right, but it impedes her and gets the other fellow nowhere. It helps nobody to save them the consequences of their own choice. The way to help is to call to their constructive purpose and give them a chance. If they choose not to take it, then let them take all the consequence that's coming. If that doesn't teach them, there's nothing more to do, except to turn them over to somebody who can arouse their purpose, if they have any. Anyhow, making a buffer of yourself just batters up good material for no gain in force or purpose."


Again, another person to another group. "Let any fighting force do his own fighting. Suggest, enlighten, encourage, but don't try to carry the burden of another's life. You can't hurry their develop­ment, and you impede your own and that of others of your own purpose…. You are like the fellow in the fable, who finished by carrying not only the Pack, but the donkey, too. It's a very sweet and unselfish disposition, but do you think it improves the donkey for his station in life? Not that I'm calling S—— a donkey, but like





all mankind, he carries a pack. You can't carry both, and he won't learn to apply his force evenly here if you do it for him there. Lots of people develop unevenly and have to even up somewhere. Why delay the process by vicarious labor, especially when it only exhausts you and doesn't develop his muscles any? Selah!"


"You can train O—— to carry physical temptations, if you begin early," a man said, writing of his nephew. "Don't let him yield to impulse or desire when it is destructive. Make him build his body first, as a boy. Make him respect it and its promise. That's a bully thing for a boy to know at the beginning. He reasons from that to other things. A boy is a brute first, but a thinking brute. If he respects the flesh, he respects all things in time."


"What is my purpose?" a young man asked, one day.


"Building. You are going to be 'him that hath.' Build with your possessions. Begin the foundation now. Build…. Build as a producer, or as a healer, or in any way that makes for progress, keeps you growing, develops forces for construction, and gives the other fellows a chance to do their best also…. Not for yourself alone, but for all who may climb by your ladder of opportunity."





Maynard Holt, writing to a friend here, spoke of him as a good fighter, and when this person said that he would not have been able to fight at all, but for the little hand of a lady on the next plane, Maynard returned: "I know you fought hard, though in darkness, before you found that hand. That's one reason we count on you now. A man who will fight continuously in darkness is a… a…" The pencil paused, and after futile efforts to proceed, retraced its path, apparently to cross out again and again the last letter. We were talking and paid no attention to its movement, but when it ceased again, we discovered that Maynard had drawn a five­pointed star. Then he proceeded: luminary of force himself, when light breaks."


There were many interesting characterizations, both of persons on this plane and of those on the next.


"E—— is a fine force, but A—— is a force multiplied and refined to power," was said of one couple.


A striking example of the determination of our "fantom friends" to convey their meaning despite obstacles, was indicated when some one had told me, during an interview, of a boy's objection to his mother's activity in one of the recent "drives" connected with war



THE SEVEN PURPOSES work, on the ground that it "made her conspicuous."


M—— is an entirely tra… trem… tr normal and tra… tremulous youth, where his mother and sister are concerned," was his father's humorous comment.


Apparently, in this case, the connection was imperfect, no intimation of his meaning reaching me, and only by altering the form of his sentence was he able to get it written.


"Miss T—— has much to learn and much to suffer before a teaching based on unity of force or purpose will reach her forcefully," we were told, on another occasion. "She must learn the shallows of self before she can sound the depths of individuality, in the larger and eternal interpretation of the word."


Following one of the numerous discussions of Germany and her purposes, a question about a man of German parentage brought this reply: "B—— is American. The national taint of docility is not in him."


The meaning of purpose and its application was stated many times in many ways. One of the most characteristic of these expressions came from a famous humorist.


"There are things brewing here and among you there," he said, "that are going to make the wars of the tribes of Hohenzollern, Hapsburg





and Mephisto look like a village prayer meeting. The carnage of Verdun and Mons and the whole show since his little nibs was assassinated is a picayune proposition compared to the losses of time, purpose, force and saving grace that we're all going to feel, if we can't wake you people up to pull together against the devil's crew."


Some one asked whether a husband and wife, not too congenial in this life, were together there, and was told that he was "flocking with birds of his own feather," and that she had "peacefully and tranquilly found her own." Another member of this family group was with neither of the others, it was said, "because she found her very own, for which they were only a substitute."


"Have you seen Jim? Is there any feeling about his wife's marrying again?" was a question which will interest many persons.


"Jim is here and very happy. He has no resentment, and wishes Alice to be happy. They are both of the forces of progress, but not of just the same purpose. They harmonize, but do not touch."


Again, some one asked whether one party to an uncongenial marriage regretted the other's rejoining him so soon.


"She didn't," was the reply. "He hasn't seen





her yet, and won't. He is willing to work with her purpose, but not eager to touch her force."


"What about Laura?" a woman asked.


"She is coming to us soon, but do not be afraid, dear. She will be tenderly met and guided, and will be much nearer you all, much happier and more helpful, than she is now. Never grieve again for death. It is birth, and so happy."


Within a few weeks, this came to pass.


When I asked Mary K. for a message for a mother bereaved by war, she said: "Tell her we will send for her when he has grown accustomed enough to talk to her. Tell her that he is cared for tenderly and guided, and that she must not grieve. She hurts him and herself. Make her understand that she can help him by knowing that he lives and loves her and is near her, and that it is part of her work as a mother to help him in this… to find his purpose more quickly through her love."


We were afterward told that he had not yet learned the "free communion," but that from the moment his mother began to "lift her spirit to meet his," this young man's development was hastened.


Frequently, when telling about these revelations, I have been asked: "What do they say about reincarnation?"





"There is no possible reincarnation," Mary K. said, when I referred the question to her. "That is a dream of the Orient. The idea of reincarnation is regressive. Not destructive, but deterrent. Not progressive. It is born of bodily desire."


"Is it like the desire of old men for youth?"


"More. It is a mask, covering material desire with spiritual semblance. It is taught from this plane by deterrent or partly deterrent forces, lacking free vision."


In another connection, but with similar meaning, David Bruce said: "Some persons hide their love of the flesh by an exaggerated expression of spirituality, and then think of ways of insisting on the flesh."


Similarly, writing through her husband's pencil, Mary Kendal said, when he asked her what had become of persons like Caesar, Luther, Cobden, Archimedes, and others in general: "There is a great difference in the length of time people stay in this plane nearest to that of the earth, which depends not only on the stage of development which they have attained when they come here, but also on the character of work they are best fitted to do. If they can be of more use in direct or indirect contact with your plane, they stay here sometimes many years, as you measure time; but if they





are retarded in their development when they arrive here, they have a long road to travel before they can go on to any other plane. There is no such thing as transmigration of souls as you understand it, but that idea is akin to what actually does happen, in the sense that such individualities have to pass through stages of development—which are relatively inferior in status to those that they might enter into, coming from your plane, if they had made greater progress there, or had fought a better fight on that plane."


When he said that his idea in asking about specific individuals was to get concrete instances by which to check up the general law, she returned: "The danger in that is that your idea of what those individuals really were is very apt to be wrong, and starting from wrong premises you could hardly avoid reaching wrong conclusions…. Martin Luther was a mixture of purposes. He did great work for progress in fighting the conventions and binding tendency of ecclesiasticism in his times, but he had personal motives which were deterrent, and which he spent a long time in working out when he left that plane." Of Napoleon she said: "There have been few instances of greater prostitution of great talents and great opportunity in history, and he paid—



THE SEVEN PURPOSES and is paying—the penalty, or the consequence."


To the many inquiries as to how direct communication may be established between persons here and the dear ones gone before, this message of David Bruce's to his wife contains the briefest and most comprehensive answer.


She said: "I wonder what he's going to tell me?"


"I'm going to tell you to be calm and serene of spirit, no matter what seems to be happening to disturb you. Most of the disturbing factors of individual life on your plane are ephemeral—things of the moment and of the place. Others are more important than they seem. I am not always able to tell you about them. It delays you, instead of helping you, when the decision is not your own. One way that I can truly help when you are troubled is by what we can best describe as the free communion. When you are perturbed in spirit and full of doubt, it is difficult for us to reach…Open the door of spiritual force to forces here, and we can always help. That is what we hope to establish as a recognized truth in your life there. That a force as yet unknown to science is operating between the planes, and can be developed and used in your




life there—to a less degree than in ours, but still with great effect. It is for this that we work in this communion, which is more definite to you now and less so to us. We know the, limits to which material manifestation like this is confined, and are eager to teach you gradually the freer and fuller way."


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