Marryat, Florence - The Spirit World – A person only attracts such spirits as stand on the same plane as itself
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Florence Marryat – The Spirit World
l tell you what is wrong.
Men and women are wrong !
Their passions, their proclivities their hearts, their inclinations are wrong, and the majority leave this world wrong, and come back to it wrong, to such as would encourage them to do so.
If ever you hear a person talk of receiving evil communications through Spiritualism, or of hearing evil actions spoken lightly of by spirits, you may be sure that man's, or that woman's nature is evil, and coarse, and sensual, and attracts like to like. It can only attract such spirits as stand on the same plane as itself, and such a person would choose coarse-minded associates from this world, as it would from the next. Do you suppose that, directly a spirit leaves the body, it becomes purified and angelic?
How many people that pass away from amongst us are fitted to become angels? What becomes of the murderers and thieves, the licentious and cruel, the blasphemous, and liars ? Do you imagine that they do not possess the same facilities for revisiting earth as the pure-minded and good ?
Much more so ; for, being gross and carnal, their spirits assimilate more easily with earth. This is why it behooves us, in this, as in all things, to be most careful.
But, because there is evil, are we to reject the good ? Because there are murderers and blasphemers living in this world, are we to cease to hold communion with those whom we love and esteem?
The first thing you must learn to believe regarding the disembodied spirits is, that their return to this world is not supernatural. There is no such thing as super-nature !
Their life in the spheres is but a continuation of their life on this earth. Our spirits are like birds confined in cages. Their cage doors have been set open — ours are still shut. But we can hold communion through the bars. The laws for your moral guidance upon earth hold good for your spiritual guidance, with regard to those who have left it. You would not hold familiar intercourse with thieves and drunkards, whilst here. Don't do it when they have gone over there.
Remember Saint John's injunction on this subject: "Beloved! believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God.''
The source of the experienceMarryat, Florence
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Communication with disembodied souls
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