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Friday, 16 June 2017

Spiritual Evolution (101—150)

101. Nature is more refined than culture, more delicate, more sincere, and more beautiful. It is only when nature has been trifled with that it becomes coarse and in need of an artificial polish.

102. All nature is on the march toward perfection.

103. Nature, in the early stages of her evolution, was chiefly concerned with life. Beauty came as an afterthought.

104. All nature overflows in some way and in some direction. And this overflow in a man's nature reveals the man.

105. Nature never harms us. She soothes us, quiets our restless nerves and fills us with harmony and health.

106. The more we love nature, the more nature reveals herself to us and the more rapidly we evolve toward the divine.

107. Nature is the supreme law and the court of last appeal on all questions of right and wrong.

108. A legal right is no right at all in the court of love. Nature does not recognise any such a right, neither does God. It is man only, among all of God's creation, who is so stupid as to assume that a legal right exists, and has precedence over the sacred rights of love.

109. Nature is more serene, and calm, and loftier than man. Man lives in perpetual discord while all nature is filled with harmony and peace.

110. Nature can sleep, but man must keep awake, or if he sleeps, must expect to dream because man's restlessness follows him even into slumberland.

111. Nature has not yet succeeded. Her work is still in the experimental stage.

112. Nature must do away with fear before she can proceed much further on her road to perfection.

113. Nature has not yet succeeded in making a man.

114. The natural is the spiritual. Every effort that nature makes is a spiritual effort.

115. Nature is forever forsaking the old for the new—is each day becoming more enlightened and intelligent.

116. The life germ in all nature is spirit, and the only difference there is in this germ is in its development—its evolution—its growth.

117. Nature has a language that requires no vocal sounds or words. A language that is more eloquent, more melodious, more beautiful, and more persuasive than that of any other language in the world.

118. It is the silence of nature that speaks with so much melody—that tells us so much of God—that fills our ears with harmony, and our spirit-life with rapture.

119. Next to the silence of nature, beauty is the most important thing that God has to disclose to us.

120. It is in the silence with nature that all the wisdom of the world is whispered—that all the secrets
of life are talked of, and nothing of importance to man is left undisclosed.

121. To listen in on the silence of nature is to listen in on God and to learn what our Creator is about.

122. The silence of nature reveals the first faint sound of every change that is to be wrought in the world and in life. It tells us all that we need to know upon every subject on which it is necessary that we be informed.

123. The most delicious fruits that nature yields are all spiritual fruits. They are spiritual enlightenment, increased self-consciousness, wisdom, an increased sense of the beautiful, a knowledge of life and what it is about, and an understanding of God.

124. In few natures is love and friendship and hate constant. In most natures, these emotions ebb and flow.

125. Nature is more concerned with the purpose of life than she is with mere life. Mere existence is of less interest to nature than evolution—than development—though existence is necessary in order that the evolution may be attained. If nature thought that she could produce nothing more perfect and loftier than she has produced, she would become despondent and discouraged and cease to struggle.

126. Morals have to do with the social relations of man, and not with nature or God. Nature and God are concerned with the good, and not with the moral.

127. Nature remembers not what was, but what is. She concerns herself only with the present and gives no thought to the past.

128. Nature has laws that deal out justice in all cases of right and wrong, automatically, and never do these laws fail to be completely, entirely, accurately just.

129. The reason why we should go to nature in its simplest forms to study spirit-life is because spirit-life is found there in its simplest form—is found there before it has become so highly developed and complicated as it is in man.

130. Nature is inhuman—yes, nature is inhuman because she is more than human; is nearer the divine.

131. Just as man at times prefers to be alone, so does nature like to retire into solitude and there be undisturbed. Man is not always welcome when he disturbs the solitude of nature.

132. Nature is largely feminine in character. She has all the feminine characteristics that we know best, and love best in woman.

133. The way to eternal life lays through nature. Nature is the gateway that leads to heaven. But there are many of these gateways in nature and we must pass through all of them before we can arrive at that celestial city.

134. Some men seek nature to learn of her; other and wiser men seek nature to communicate through her with that which is beyond her—the divine.

135. In nature, it is not the flower that is the most interesting, nor the bird, nor the tree, but the life—the spirit—that is in the flower, and the bird, and the tree.

136. The real beauty that is in nature is not in its form, or shape, or colour, but in the life that is concealed by its form, and shape, and colour.

137. All nature is a bible, and the only bible that has any vestige of authority in the universe. Yet many men who cannot interpret the inner meaning of this bible pretend to read this book for us, and to interpret its meaning to us.

138. Those only are qualified to speak of nature who are in sympathetic and emotional rapport with nature.

139. No one can be in harmony with nature who is out of harmony with God, with the good, with the purpose of life.

140. Nature is more important to us than friends, than books, than wealth. Is equal in importance to us with our own life.

141. The man who does not know nature does not know God because God is the life spark that is in nature.

142. In nature we are able to find God in his simplest form; in the only form in which we are able to grasp him and to understand him.

143. Nearly everything in nature prefers to be left alone to live its own life in its own way; prefers to be left alone to work out its own destiny.

144. Nature in her attempt to realise her conception of life and beauty begins on a small scale and proceeds upward with infinite pains and patience.

145. We belong to nature and nature to us. There is no difference. The material that is in us and in nature is the same, and the life that is in both of us is the same life. And this life differs only in its evolution—in its development.

146. To get in harmony with nature, we must be good, must obey all of nature's laws, and in just so far as we obey all of nature's laws can we hope to understand nature and the spirit-life that is in nature and in us—is us.

147. God is our father, nature our mother, and it is upon our mother that our development mostly depends.

148. Nature is our mother, our most valuable friend and guide, and like unto the human mother who gave us birth, nature should be loved and respected and followed.

149. Nature has improved by experience. She is able to do today what she was not able to do a few hundred centuries ago, or when the spirit-life that is in man was first entrusted in her care. 

150. Nature is not so proud of man as man assumes. She loves him less than she loves her latest born—that tiny spark of God that is more in need of her parental love and care, and of whom, perhaps, she expects more than from man.

Spiritual EvolutionThoughts on the Evolution of Spirit-Life and Various Other Subjects, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1921

Spiritual Evolution (51—100)

51. We cannot counsel with our spirit-life upon anything but the important things of life. Such as the good, the beautiful, the true—spiritual things. If we seek to counsel our spirit-life on the trivial—the ordinary—things of life, it is silent—makes no answer—has nothing to say.

52. The more highly developed we are spiritually, the nearer our lives become a harmony, a poem, a song.

53. Poets are spirits that are highly developed, and all spirits must some time become poets because all spirits will some time reach that stage in their development where all things are poetical; will reach that stage in their development where all is harmony and no discord can prevail.

54. Though all spirits will reach that stage in their development where all things are poetical and will become poets, not all will give expression to the beauty and to the grandeur that will be theirs.

55. Most spirits that are in human form are not sufficiently developed to live wisely—are not sufficiently developed to get the most out of life.

56. Most spirits that are in human form possess but imperfectly developed consciousness—are yet far from the end of their journey in human form.

57. To the spirit-life that has not yet reached a high state of development, the trivial things of life may appear great, and the great things of life may not appear at all.

58. Each spirit-life must attain the same amount of development before it can cross the bridge into the land where no material bodies are to be found or are necessary.

59. Spirit-life never sleeps. Only the physical mind sleeps. And during the slumber of the physical mind, the spirit-life often leaves its material abode for brief periods of time; often leaves its material abode and goes forth into the spiritual world to visit and to learn much that it should know.

60. Spirit-life knows no rest, nor seeks any, nor desires any until it has completed its journey. But. when spirit-life is retarded in its development—when it is held back because it is out of harmony with the good—it grows restless and suffers much anxiety.

61. Not all human spirits understand the law of Spiritual Evolution.

62. The spirit-life that is in man is related to the spirit-life that is in the flower, or in the tree, and when man observes the beauty of these it is their inner—or spirit-beauty that he most often observes. It is their inner—or spirit-beauty that most often astonishes him and excites his admiration.

63. Spirit-life is not interested in the things that concern material life—is not interested in the things that are not of the spiritual sphere of life.

64. Trust your subconscious nature—your spiritual self—with any important mission you may desire because your spirit-life can be trusted and can be depended upon to learn secrets and secure information that is beyond the ability of your intellect to otherwise learn or secure.

65. Your spirit-life may be able to fulfil the mission assigned to it in a day, or in a week, or in a year,—but be patient!—your spirit-life will fulfil the mission assigned to it.

66. The food of the spirit—of the spirit-life—is love and sympathy, and trust and goodness, and kindness. All the virtues are the food of the spirit.

67. He knows most of God who is the most highly developed spiritually, for spiritual development leads to God through nature.

68. Nature speaks to us of God. Does, in fact, reveal to us God's laws, and work, and beauty.

69. Nature is the source of all our wisdom. It is from nature that all truths are to be learned.

70. All depends upon our attitude whether we are to learn from nature or not.

71. If we would speak with nature, we must approach her with expectations, and humbly, as we would approach God.

72. A knowledge of nature and of nature's God cannot be learned or acquired from others. It must be attained through experience; through a close and harmonious communication with nature. And this communication with nature can come only through spiritual evolution and the gradual blending of our life with all the life that is in nature.

73. Nature never speaks to those who are unworthy of being spoken to—to those who lack sufficient spiritual development, or to those who approach her as though they merely wished to counsel with her upon some important question.

74. We can never get too close to nature; can never learn too much of her.

75. Out in the silence with nature, goodness reigns, virtue is to be found, and every evil either takes to its heels or ceases to be.

76. In the silence with nature or in solitude, we have a chance to enjoy our own society, to get acquainted with our spirit-life, and perchance to learn who we are and what we are, and why we are.

77. That society in which none intrude save the silence and the harmony of nature is the best possible society, and the most companionable, and lofty, and serene, and godlike.

78. All nature is a temple; a sacred place where each man should go alone to worship, or to live if he would be near to God.

79. Just as there is a harmony that prevails and fills all nature, so is there a discord that is to be found everywhere in society, or where two or more human beings are gathered together.

80. Nature is able to reach us even in the heart of a great city and to help us to live wisely though we are far from her temple and too much a slave of commercialism to behold all her beauty or understand most of her laws.

81. Nature loves us—calls to us—and will not, in any case, allow any of us to become completely, entirely lost to her. Nature will not allow any of us to entirely escape from her temple, or out from under her care, or parental influence.

82. Out in the silence with nature man becomes conscious of the fact that all nature is filled with harmony.

83. The harmony that is in nature, which men hear only in solitude, or in the silence with nature, thrills the highly developed spirit-lives more completely than does that highly cultivated music of society.

84. The music that is in nature is the loftiest of all music and has the most elevating influence of all music upon those of us who are able to hear it.

85. Nature is the only healing force in the world and .nature is more able to heal us out in the silence than anywhere else.

86. Nature discloses to us just as much of her beauty as we are prepared to appreciate and no more.

87. All nature is set to music, is by nature musical, and each separate thing in nature has its own melody that it prefers to render.

88. He cannot be otherwise than good who spends his life in the silence of nature.

89. It is when we are out in the silence of nature that most of our lofty thoughts come, and they come unattended and unannounced, and as direct as if fired at us from the barrel of a gun.

90. He who lives alone with nature fears no danger—is afraid of no foe—dares to look life in the face.

91. To those who are out of harmony with the purpose of life, nature sometimes appears as a cold, heartless, relentless force that is to be feared and is feared.

92. From nature, we can learn all that it is necessary for us to know in this life.

93. Nature is the supreme authority of God and, therefore, in life.

94. He who fears to be and to live in the solitude with nature does not fear nature but nature's God—is not living as wisely nor as well as he should—has some sin from which he should depart.

95. Nature reveals herself to those only who go forth to meet her in sympathy and love.

96. Nature conceals her real beauty, her innerself from all save those who love her, and who go forth alone into the silence with expectations, hoping to meet her.

97. If you would know God, first try to become in some way worthy of God's acquaintance and then go seek God alone in the silence of nature, for it is in the silence of nature that God is most often to be found.

98. Not to obey the laws of nature is to be an outlaw—is to be forever and eternally on the side of the bad—is to live out of harmony with the purpose of life.

99. Nature never conceals her beauty. Her beauty is always apparent—always to be seen—but some persons are resolved not to see the beauty of nature. Some persons turn their eyes away and focus them on the more trivial things and deny to themselves the most beautiful pleasure upon earth.

100. Nature has a language with which to converse with him who has an ear to hear but she never speaks to him who comes merely to observe and to study her. Nature reserves all her communications and conversations for those who love her—for those who are in sympathy and harmony with her.

Spiritual EvolutionThoughts on the Evolution of Spirit-Life and Various Other Subjects, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1921

Spiritual Evolution (1—50)

Thoughts on the evolution of spirit-life and various other subjects*—

The law of spiritual evolution seems to be the most important thing that this book suggests. But there are two other things of nearly equal importance with spiritual evolution, to my way of thinking, suggested herein. The one is the discovery that all life is spirit; is spirit-life, and the other is the suggestion that nature is the only bible that has any vestige of authority in the universe, and the book to which we should go for religious guidance.

C. H. F.

I am the Message that Nature brings.

1. All life is spirit; is spirit-life. And all spirit-life is in course of evolution through innumerable forms and changes and lives until it reaches and passes through the human form and continues its evolution without the aid of a material body.

2. The evolution of spirit-life takes place under what is known as the law of Spiritual Evolution. And the law of Spiritual Evolution is a very simple law and one that can be easily understood and explained.

3. We can easily understand how the tiny spark of life, or spirit, implanted by the Creator in the simplest material form can grow, or evolve, and can be transplanted as it grows from one material body to another until it becomes the complex spirit of man, or rather the complex spirit that inhabits the material form or body that we call man. And we can further understand how this spirit that is in man may continue to grow, or evolve until it has become sufficiently strong, or full of vitality or life to no longer need the protection of a material body, but can continue its evolution without this material hindrance. And it is still possible for us to further understand how this spirit that is now free from a material body, can continue to evolve until it arrives in the presence of its God; until it becomes like unto the God who gave it birth and started it on its evolutionary journey.

4. The law of Spiritual Evolution enlightens. It helps us to understand the Christian religion and all other religions.

5. Under the law of Spiritual Evolution, it is easy to find an explanation for everything, even for things of the most trivial nature.

6. The law of Spiritual Evolution agrees with all that science has discovered, or will discover. It is one of the universal laws like the law of Gravitation. That is, the law of Spiritual Evolution admits of no exceptions. And no religion is or can be true that is not in harmony with spiritual evolution. No religion can be true that is out of harmony with the law of spiritual growth or development.

7. The law of Spiritual Evolution unites all religions. Discloses the fact that all religions are but one religion that is differently interpreted and understood by different people and by different persons of the same belief who are differently enlightened or spiritually developed.

8. As the spirit-life evolves, the law of Spiritual Evolution becomes more and more complex. First, there enters into Spiritual Evolution the law Love. And this law at once becomes an essential to the further evolution of spirit-life. A little later the law Faith appears and begins to play its part in spiritual evolution. And long before the spirit-life has evolved sufficiently to appear in human form, it has become a rather complex spark of life and may be said to be religious. But not until this spark of life—this spirit—has entered human form, and has developed a rather high state of self-consciousness, does the law of Right and Wrong become an important factor in spiritual evolution.

9. The minute that we become sufficiently self-conscious to come under the operation of the law of Right and Wrong, we begin the battle that is to decide our future evolution; we begin the battle that is to decide how slowly, or how rapidly we shall evolve toward the divine.

10. Spiritual—or self-consciousness begins back at the beginning of life and proceeds upward by a slow unfolding, an evolution.

11. Spiritual—or self-consciousness is attained with infinite slowness. Not until the spirit-life has been evolving for thousands of centuries does it attain sufficient self-consciousness to distinguish between the right and the wrong. Not until the spirit-life has been evolving for thousands of centuries is it sufficiently developed to work out its own destiny; is it sufficiently developed to no longer need the hand that has guided it through all the early stages of its evolution.

12. First, the spirit-life becomes conscious of its environment, and as the spirit-life continues to evolve this consciousness increases until it includes a knowledge of everything human and divine.

13. With increased consciousness comes enlightenment, and knowledge, and understanding, and wisdom; the ability to think, and to see, and know.

14. That man whose consciousness is the most highly developed is the closest to the truth of things—is the aptest to be on the right.

15. Most human spirits are just approaching the border of self-consciousness—are not yet conscious of one-thousandth part of their life, or of the lives of others, or of the beauty and the grandeur of life.

16. Spiritual evolution is a slow unfolding attained through right living; through constantly holding the right attitude toward all life.

17. Our spiritual development can be measured by the loftiness of our thought, and by the emotional depth of our feelings.

18. That which does not help us in our spiritual evolution does not help us.

19. Our spiritual enlightenment and development, like our refinement and our culture, is perfectly apparent to all who are in a position to observe it or to understand it.

20. The law of Spiritual Evolution leads us gradually to the truth through an enlightenment that is spiritual growth.

21. Some human spirits have advanced sufficiently in their development to see into the heavens themselves; have evolved sufficient spiritual vitality and perception to have a clear idea of what is in the beyond.

22. Under the law of Spiritual Evolution, every virtue and every vice are accounted for, considered and weighed, and either helps us in our evolution or retards us in our spiritual growth.

23. Most persons have not yet reached a stage in their spiritual evolution where freedom and leisure are of value to them—have not yet reached a stage in their development where they can use freedom and leisure to the best advantage.

24. All things fade into each other or are obtained through a gradual blending.

25. Nothing in this world is finished. Everything is in course of being developed, or evolved, or perfected.

26. Evolution is the first aim of all life. Spiritual evolution first, and then mental and physical evolution.

27. We who are in human form have advanced far enough in our evolution to have attained self-consciousness. Have advanced far enough to be able to understand the difference between right and wrong, and to begin to see and to appreciate the beautiful and the good, but we have not yet advanced far enough for us to be completely, entirely wise, or just.

28. As we mount higher and higher in the scale of spiritual evolution, we become more and more in control of our destiny.

29. No religious theories, nor dogmas, nor creeds are necessary to spiritual development. Just faith is all that is needed. Faith in some God that is loftier and more divine than we are. Just something to cause us to seek to become better than we are; to cause us to make an effort to evolve out of ourselves into something higher; something more like the faith that we hold. And if our faith is not lofty enough, we need not fear, for as we approach our faith, our faith will become loftier, and will advance upward before us, and lead us at last through spiritual evolution to the right God. Have faith in some God, and believe whatever you will, or can. All is well. Your faith will accomplish its purpose, and with that purpose accomplished, which is the evolution of your inner-life will come a more enlightened faith, and a knowledge of the truth, which is also the good, and God.

30. Spirit-life makes use of material forms only until it has evolved, or generated sufficient strength and vitality and consciousness to no longer need the protection of a material body.

31. Everything tends to prove that the inner, or spirit-life that is in man is still in its infancy though probably thousands of centuries old.

32. Spirit-life is the electric spark which makes possible material or physical life.

33. Without spirit-life, there could be no material, or physical, or animal life. And this physical, or material or animal life cannot, in any case, survive the departure of the spirit-life within.

34. Spirit-life has the ability to see a little way into the immediate future, just as the material eye has the ability to see a little way before and beyond it.

35. Each spirit-life inhabits a material body that is capable of certain independent actions; a material body that was created in order to protect this spirit-life in the early stages of its development, or until it has evolved sufficient vitality, and strength and self-consciousness to no longer need such protection.

36. Each physical or animal form contains two lives, each capable of certain independent actions. The one a spirit-life in course of evolution, and the other a material-life that may be destroyed in many different ways, and that cannot, in any case, survive the departure of the spirit-life within it.

37. All spirit-lives however highly developed or perfect must depend upon their material intellects to receive and to translate the impressions that are flashed to them out of the great beyond, and if these intellects are imperfect, or if they are not sufficiently sensitive to receive and to record the finest impressions and do not have the ability to translate these impressions into language, then these spirits are not able to make known what they know and understand of the divine.

38. Most human spirits are capable of receiving more information and knowledge and truth from the beyond than their intellects are capable of understanding or of translating into language.

39. Most human spirits know more of God and of the life beyond than they think they know; than they have any self-consciousness of knowing.

40. The spirit-life is able to leave its material abode for brief periods of time without endangering the life of that abode.

41. Spirit-life often leaves its material abode and goes out to meet that which it desires if it desires it strongly. Often spirit-life goes out to meet love and friendship and beauty and other things that may help it in its development. However, spirit-life never goes out to meet trivial things, nor worldly things, nor things that belong to the physical life.

42. Spirit-life no longer takes an interest in its material body if that body is worn out, or diseased, or too old. In such cases, the spirit-life waits to depart; is willing to take unto itself another material form if it has not yet finished its journey here; that is, has not yet evolved beyond the need of a material form.

43. Some spirits are fettered; are retarded in their development by the physical forms or bodies which they inhabit and to such spirits the parting or what we call Death comes as a great blessing.

44. All invisible spirit-lives that remain invisible to us are superior to us; have evolved above us, and have no further need of a material body, as we have.

45. The invisible spirits are the superior spirits, and they may be around and about us without our knowledge.

46. All spiritual communications must reach us through the harmony of silence, or the solitude of nature; must reach us when we are alone with God and all is still.

47. Material sounds produce discords and interfere with what nature has to say.

48. Material life is weak, is frail, is imperfect, and can easily be destroyed, and because this is so spirit-life is forced to frequently take its departure, and to occupy many different forms and shapes and material bodies in course of its evolution.

49. All spirit-life seeks to conceal itself from all save those who are able to understand—seeks to conceal itself from all save those who have reached the same height in their development that it has reached.

50. That spirit-life that can soar to the loftiest height, and there enter into and intermingle with the loftiest developed spirits, is itself highly developed and has begun to blend gradually into that life that exists beyond the material plane. 

*Spiritual EvolutionThoughts on the Evolution of Spirit-Life and Various Other Subjects, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1921

FRAGMENTS OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE 129

Time in the spiritual world is not measured by years, nor by the rising and setting of suns, but by events, by evolution; by the attaining of some point higher in the scale of spiritual development.

In reality, time in the spiritual world is as if it were not. It has no beginning nor ending and, therefore, no accurate record is kept of it. Yet each spirit-life lives as if it had but a few brief hours in which to attain completion; lives a life of intense activity and ceaseless effort.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923

FRAGMENTS OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE 128

Darkness, in a physical sense, reaches a density and a thickness that is unknown to the spiritual worlds—even unknown in the first spiritual zone—that zone which is known as the dark zone of the spiritual worlds. On the other hand, light in the spiritual world reaches a brilliancy that is inconceivable to physical life and many times greater than that which the physical eye can register.

As we advance toward the spiritual worlds, we advance toward the light and away from the dark and each zone in which we find ourselves is lighter than the zone that preceded it. This state of increasing light continues throughout all the zones of the first spiritual world or until this light reaches a vibratory activity that is in harmony with the light of each spiritual zone of the second spiritual world.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923

FRAGMENTS OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE 127

The dead can be and are around you just as much in the light as in the dark. However, they are slightly abler to make themselves visible to you through a medium of light that has been reduced to a certain number of vibrations per second.

The number of light vibrations necessary for a spirit-life to make itself visible varies and changes with the growth and development of each individual spirit-life.

The lower in the scale of spiritual development a spirit-life is, the more slowly do the different molecules of its spirit body and life vibrate and the darker must be the medium through which it is the ablest to make itself visible.

The highly developed spirit-lives of the spiritual worlds do not need the presence of darkness in which to make themselves visible, but all the lower life of these worlds finds the presence of darkness in some form a necessity.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923

FRAGMENTS OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE 126

All haunts of an evil order make themselves manifest to us through the medium of darkness because darkness is more in harmony with their rate of spiritual vibration than is light.

Ghosts or haunts that belong to a certain plane of life, or number of vibrations per second, may be seen by animals; especially by those animals that see well at night because it is by night that ghosts of this particular land are to be seen.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923

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There are a sufficient number of invisible particles of physical material floating about in any room or locality to make a visible body for any spiritual entity that may take the trouble to gather these particles and to arrange them according to the desired design that it may wish to produce.

These invisible particles of physical material are often spoken of as dust particles and they are in sufficient quantity everywhere that they may be used by any spiritual entity to make itself manifest to those of us who lack sufficient spiritual perception to behold a spiritual entity in its more refined and spiritual material body. However, most spirit-lives that desire to appear to us prefer illuminable gases to dust particles and so when we lack sufficient development to perceive them in their natural form, they most often make use of these gases.

The most natural way for a spiritual entity, phantom or so-called ghost to make itself visible to those of us who are in position to receive spiritual impressions is by way of the mental world and in thought form; by way of causing us to see, feel or hear them through the stimulating of the right nerve cells within our minds.

There are two kinds of haunts, by the way; those that are on the mental plane and of the physical world and those that are from the other side of life.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923

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We arrive in the next life in exactly the same state of mind as that in which we pass over; in a confused state, in a clear state, in a clouded state, in a demented state or in any other state in which we happen to be at the moment of our departure. However, we soon recover our natural and a healthful state of mind over there and are once more contented and happy.

An illness may extend beyond the grave for a period upward toward sixty days, but the usual period is about thirty days. In many cases, it consists of nothing but a profound sleep.

We are all met at the gateway of this new life and escorted beyond the boundary and are given such care as is necessary to our recovery.

Blessed are those who suffer no illness nor confusion in passing over, but who enter this new world in a perfectly clear and happy state of mind.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923

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There is nothing that can be conceived or imagined that does not already exist in the unseen and spiritual world.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923

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Life is an illuminated substance. It is a substance that gives off light. And the more highly developed a life is, the greater is the amount of light that the life gives off, and the more brilliant is this light until—in cases of highly developed spirit-lives of the spiritual universe—this light reaches a brilliancy that is unendurable to physical vision and, therefore, blinding to those of us who are of this earth plane.

A spirit-life in all the early stages of its development  is a mere speck of light, round or somewhat oval in shape and no larger than a pinpoint—usually not so large. And this is true even of at least some of the life that has attained to a considerable distance on its road to completion.

Fragments of Spiritual Knowledge Pertaining to the Spiritual World, Benjamin F. Woodcox, Woodcox & Fanner, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1923