In the spirit world, there are many planes of existence, and the manner in which you have lived your life on Earth determines which of these spiritual planes will be your home.
The higher the plane, the more pleasant the environment. If you have lived a truly spiritual life, then you will go to a higher spiritual plane than if you had been wicked, but no-matter which plane you find yourself on, you can, by learning and understanding, earn the opportunity to progress to higher levels.
At this point, I would like to clarify that when I speak of high or low spiritual planes, I do not mean to say that these places are up in the sky or down in the ground. I use these words merely for ease of understanding. The various planes are dimensions apart, on different vibrations, like radio channels. When you are tuned into one station you can’t hear the others. People often have difficulty in relating to this, and so I try to use simple terms which people will understand.
Your initial destination will be no man’s land. From here you will travel in an instant to your new home in spirit – a place where you deserve to be. Each level higher than the Earth is a better, more spiritual place. The next plane up from the Earth is sometimes referred to as the astral plane. Here, the minds of people still tend toward the material, rather than a spiritual level. For this reason, they may well live in houses and wear clothing, much the same as they did on the Earth. These things are created by the very real power of thought.
Animals also have an afterlife, and if it is your wish that a long since departed pet be with you, it may be so.
As you progress from here to the high spirit planes, you find that things are rather different. People have a much greater understanding and are far more spiritual. They no longer feel the need for material possessions such as houses, and rather than clothing as we know it, they are adorned in robes of various bright colours, which upon inspection are found to be hazes of glowing, radiant light rather than any physical material.
There is no language barrier here because there is no speech as we know it. People on these planes communicate using telepathy, or thought transference.
It would be impossible for me to describe in earthly words the beauty of these lands. You could not imagine such wonders. This place is like nothing you have ever seen on Earth. In a finite mind, it is hard to understand that there is no time or space as we know it in the spirit world. Time and distance are very different here, and you can travel what we would consider to be great distances in an instant, all with the power of thought.
All things, however, must have an opposite. How could you appreciate light unless you had known dark? How would you appreciate vast unless you had seen tiny? How could you know what was good if there was no bad? All things have an opposite, and if you can be promoted from the Earth to higher, brighter planes, so then you can be demoted, down to what I describe as the dark, grey pits! This level is lower than the Earth plane, and you may be surprised to learn just how many people fall through that ‘trap door’, straight down to this dark, grey, miserable realm. Here you see those who have not lived spiritual lives, wandering around, heads bowed low, reaping the effects of their sinful lives. If only people on Earth could take a glimpse into this cesspit, I know they would change their lifestyles. Would you believe that the number of people who go down to the ‘pits’ upon passing is far greater than those who float up to the high spirit realms?
There are, of course, some people who perhaps prefer to dwell here, like a burglar prefers the dark. Robbers are afraid of the light for fear of being caught. These people have all their selfish, sinful lives hanging around them, dragging them further and further down. Only those who have inhabited the high spirit realms are allowed to travel down to visit these dismal areas because those from on high are protected. No harm can come to them. However, if those on the astral plane were allowed to venture down, it could happen that they would be influenced and themselves get dragged down into this bottomless pit.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that in these dark grey areas there are only murderers and evil people as such. There are people down there who you may not expect! There are people from history who you perhaps think did not lead such a bad life, but be sure your sins will find you out. Apart from what you do, you are also judged on what you didn’t do. When anyone passes over to spirit, there is no hiding place. All your thoughts, words and the actions you took on the Earth plane are revealed for all to see. Everyone can see you for what you are, and people who have perhaps not been found out during their Earthly life will certainly be found out when they pass to spirit!
There are souls who are filled with the torture of remorse, more bitter than anything you can imagine. They wander around aimlessly in the mist. They wear dark, drab, hooded cloaks, with their heads bowed in shame. If people could only visit these places and see the areas that I am trying to describe, they would most certainly change their ways.
Some of those in these dark realms repent and regret their actions. As I have said, progression is open to everyone, not least these poor unfortunate souls. The only way to help them out of this pit of darkness and despair is for them to earn the right to another life on the Earth plane. Then they are given a chance to try again. However, there are those who ‘yo-yo’ up and down. They come from the dark pit, they are reincarnated and have a life on the Earth plane, where they do not learn and go straight back down again. Up and down I have seen these people go because they are having difficulties in grasping simple lessons and basic spiritual truths.
Listen to these words from spirit and there is every chance that fewer people will be leaving the Earth plane to suffer this dark, grey, dismal existence.
The Earth is in darkness when compared to the high spirit planes, but it is brilliant when contrasted with the ‘pits’. There are people down there, who are filled with torture and remorse, and they must work towards their personal salvation, but the beauty is that progression is open to everyone.
Those on higher spirit planes do travel down to visit and help those on lower planes, but those on the lower planes cannot go up to visit. They must earn their progression by learning and understanding. Rather like the slide in a children’s playground, it is hard to climb the ladder, but easy to slide down. When those from the high spirit realms travel down to visit the different planes, they must speak to the people at their own level. They communicate with those on the Earth plane in very simple terms so that they may understand and not become confused. The more these beings speak, however, the more questions are raised, and it is always their fear that worldly minds will not comprehend what they are saying. Valuable words, like seeds, can fall on stony ground.
The Earth plane is the only dimension where people share the same abode despite being on different spiritual levels, and this is the only place where people have come from, and will move on to a variety of levels.
For example, if we number the major planes above the Earth and call the astral number one, the next one two, and so on, those on number one are working towards progressing to number two. From number two, they work towards and can be promoted to number three, and so on. In other words, they may steadily progress upwards, one plane at a time.
Those from the pits must also come up to the next plane, the Earth plane, before they can further progress. That is to say, they must be reincarnated and have another life here.
On Earth however, people do not know what they are working towards. They may leave this plane and go to the astral or the pits, but it is also possible for them to go directly to number six or number seven without touching the others.
This Earth is also unique in that we share it with people who have chosen to come here from many different planes. There are those here whose previous existence was in the pits, those who have come from the astral, and those who were relatively high in the spirit world, maybe on plane number six or even seven.
To recap, those from higher planes can travel down through the lower planes to visit, but those on low planes cannot move upwards without first earning their progression.
Therefore, if your husband, who has led a spiritual life, dies before you, he will learn and progress even further in the spirit world. When the time comes for you to pass over, if your life has not been so spiritual, you may find yourself on a plane lower than his. He may come down to greet you upon your passing, and he can make the journey downwards to visit you from time to time, but not until you have progressed to his level will you be together on the same plane.
It is true to say, however, that it is possible for the husband, in such a case, to voluntarily postpone any further progression to wait for his wife to join him. Then they may progress together.
When two people have been very close, and one passes over to spirit, it can happen that the remaining partner grieves too much for too long and in so doing inadvertently holds their loved one back from progression. Grieving acts rather like a magnet, and makes the person in spirit reluctant to advance. If the deceased could only realise that the further they can progress, the easier it is to come back and visit their loved ones. Grief is, of course, a natural reaction upon losing someone close, but prolonged grief can be detrimental to all concerned.
By living a spiritual and unselfish earthly life, and by gaining spiritual knowledge while here on Earth, we can all work towards happiness in a bright new world to come. Everyone lives on after death. Life is eternal for all, but just what kind of a place you will go to is entirely in your hands.
When all of your earthly life is analysed, every mistake, careless deed, misplaced word and selfish thought will act rather like a brick around your neck, weighing you down. Each selfless action to help others will act like a balloon to help raise you up. Think on this for a moment. When your time comes, will you be surrounded by bricks or balloons?
Taken from ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by David Drew
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