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Friday, 28 March 2014

Where is the home of the soul?

In the spirit life WHERE is the home of the soul? Jesus said: In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a PLACE for you, that where I am ye may be also. Where is that place—the home of the soul?

THE soul of the butterfly, which shall become a finished, matured form, is as much concealed while it
creeps upon the earth in the shape of a caterpillar as when lying dormant in its chrysalis; and it is as blind, but it has some senses through which outer impressions may be conveyed to it.

For convenience we will use the caterpillar for our figure, and let the chrysalis answer to the dormant state in which, for a longer or shorter space of time, the soul must lie in its transition stage toward its new birth.

For not instantly are the interlacings which bind the soul to its mortal frame ever broken.

Now our caterpillar can move about in search of food to supply the elements from which the new or true form will be builded through the metamorphoses going on within him. So, as man moves through earth life, the elements are contributed through every emotion and experience of his life, as well as from the emanations from his earthly frame from which his soul —the clothing of his spirit—is builded.

There is not an act, a thought, or a loathsome disease but leaves some impress on the soul as well as does purity and cleanliness of person and motives. This cannot be too thoroughly borne in mind.

Our caterpillar can feel. He is covered all over with bristling hairs, which are like papilla to convey intelligence of every touch to his perception; but approach him, menace him with a stick, he does not stir unless one of those feelers of his are touched—touched either by the object or by an unusually strong wave of air. And he curls up the same in the damp or in the rain.

When he has become a butterfly menace him again with your stick. Does he wait for you to touch him with it? He can see now as well as feel. As he wings his flight through the palpitating ether does life seem the same to him flooded with the warm sunlight, with leafy retreats and multitudinous sounds, as when deaf and blind he crawled in the damp mould?

Yet it is the same world; only he now is alive to it all—he has new powers and is free to use them to their fullest extent; and he lives upon a higher plane than does his fellow-worm. It would not be possible now for him to feel existence as he once did in his old shell! And if he could, through any one of those feelers made to sense outward things, communicate with his brother caterpillar, do you suppose the caterpillar could at all comprehend what a different life it was, sensed outside of his shell prison?

Does this figure convey a comprehensible fact to your mind?

It is the same that Paul meant when he said, Now we see as through a glass, darkly, but there face to face. Jesus said: In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you.

The apostles came from many different walks in life. They came not of themselves, but were chosen because of the fitness of their spirits to the work, which the eye of the Master could see.

Though they had the one essential thing of spirit in common, having so many differing characteristics each must have felt different soul-needs necessary to his  perfect happiness when he entered into the promised reward for all his labours and sufferings on earth.

The mind of Peter, the humble, ignorant, but most faithful disciple, when its earthly mission was performed would require widely different means of development than that of Luke, the cultivated, polished and opulent physician! Jesus, recognising these different needs, comforted them with the promise of different homes suited to the wants of each.

I go to prepare a place for you, the Master said. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also.

Their place was to be with him, or where they could communicate with his spirit, because they followed him and carried on the same spiritual work that he began and revealed in his lifetime on earth. Do you think any would cease to work in the spirit life?

The place in the spirit world where a soul finds its home depends upon the spiritual status of that soul.

It is not the amount of earthly culture or knowledge that he may be possessed of,—not even his moral rectitude and works of charity and good will,—if such works proceed merely from a sensitive nature and unwillingness to witness suffering. Spirituality means more than this—it means the obligation which every soul owes to its Creator, by which he proves himself a true son of the Father in putting his strength, be it much or little, to the task of furthering the good of humanity, in helping any and every soul to recognise the spirit of God within himself, and in witnessing the glory of God in every creature and creation that he has made.

For God's glory consists in his creations. And the only possible way of serving God is in helping on the triumph of the good in all creation partaking of the odic force, or will, till all opposing the good is eliminated from every individual spirit to God's eternal and everlasting glory!

But in the place or plane upon which the spirit may be located, to which he gravitates by the poise of his own equilibrium, there are many mansions indeed,—different localities, as there are on earth, where every spirit's mind may be fed according to its development and capacities.

Some souls hunger through all their earth life for some want of their intellectual powers, or of their affections, which circumstances do not allow them to fill. Such a want is like a missing stone in a foundation, it must be supplied before the superstructure can be builded. No outer circumstances fetter the spirit in the spirit world.

Its condition depends upon what it carries within itself, and it is attracted to the sources which will supply the want it feels. For the spirit is a thought world.

Souls develop and gain in strength and grandeur by the knowledge which they acquire of all things.

But whether he be high or low, first or last, in place, depends upon the spirit—the light that is within him; as if you place different liquids in a vessel the most volatile will rise, the heaviest sink to the bottom.

Thus some very gifted and nobly cultivated souls will be found upon comparatively low spiritual planes, while those possessed of quite little knowledge of the universe or of its laws (as frequently will those who passed to spirit life in embryo or babyhood) will have their homes or true place high in the gradation of spiritual life. They may be able to transmit much spiritual light, too, yet be so wanting in wisdom and will (which comes of knowledge) as to wield little power on their own plane.

But the great soul possessed of the small, undeveloped spirit upon the low plane is not an entirely contented or happy soul, because he feels his faculties always constrained and restricted through the dimness of his own spiritual perceptions. He needs more light. When he fully realises this he gives up all else and seeks for light alone, which may be transmitted to him, perhaps, by one far smaller in soul stature than himself. He must become very humble to recognise this and be grateful for such help.

Thus it is that of such—those who are become humble as a little child—are the kingdom of heaven.

And in that kingdom—the place of high spirituality—all are happy entirely, because there is plenty of light by which they can view all things in peace and joy, knowing all things to be right and good, and can progress continually without any hindrances coming from their own personality.

And you may perceive from all this that the home of the soul may change with the changes wrought in itself, through the eternal progressions of the soul.

Spirit Author Unknown — LEAFLETS OF TRUTH; OR, Light From the Shadow Land, M. KARL, CHICAGO: 1886