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Spiritual Growth is the Purpose of Life on Earth

2022-04-15 10:20:15 | Life`s Purpose


The spirit is the key which unlocks all the mysteries.
(p.220 Teachings of Silver Birch)


Quotes are from Teachings of Silver Birch, p.216-235 “Debate with a minister.”

“You are all given free will (self-responsibility), except that you must live all your lives within the Law of the Great White Spirit. The laws which are laid down by His love, for the use of all His children are there (to allow for their spiritual growth), and you cannot change them.” (p.226)

1. Humans are flawed
If we were flawless, we would not have been born to this world.

— Is it possible for people on earth to live perfect lives, to be sanctified and made holy? Is it possible for us to love everybody? —
“No, it is not possible, but you can try. All the efforts you make are very important in the building of your character. If you never were angry, never bitter, and never lost your temper, you would cease to be human. The Law is that you are put here to develop your spirit, so that it can grow and grow. It never stops growing in your world or in mine.” (p.224-225)

“He meant you must try to be perfect. That is the ideal you should try to express in your life—to express the Great White Spirit that is in you.” (p.225)

2. The fundamental principle of the Spiritual Law is the law of “Cause and Effect” (causality)

Causality is the Law of God’s love, on the principle that growth of the mind begins from reflecting oneself on the “effects” of one’s actions.

—What do you think of the other world—
“It is very much like your world, except that our world is a world of effects, and yours is a world of causes.” (p.217)

“That which a man sows, that shall he reap! You cannot change that. You bring into our world (spirit world) what you are—not what you think you are, and not what you try to show other people you are.” (p.218)

“One day, everything that happens in your life will be adjusted. One day you will hold in your own hands a pair of scales and adjust the balance yourselves. You cannot escape the natural law that you reap what you sow in this world. You think some get off lightly. But they do not. You cannot see inside their souls.” (p.223)

“I can only tell you this: Whatever wrong is done in your world, the one who does that wrong must put it right. If he does not put it right in your world, then he must put it right from our world.” (p.226)

“He sows, and what he sows, he reaps. You cannot escape the Law. You cannot cheat the Law.” (p.229)

“The Great Spirit has implanted in you some of His own reason. I plead with you to use that reason. If you do anyone a big wrong, and you confess it, that confession helps your spirit, but it does not alter the fact that you have done some wrong. Until you have put it right in the eyes of the Great White Spirit, the sin will remain. That is the Law, my son. You cannot alter laws, not even by quoting words from books, which you say the Nazarene said.” (p.230)

3. Truth about sufferings on earth
To awaken the “true self” (soul), we must experience trials, difficulties, sufferings.

—Why do we get so much pain in this world?”—
“It is only through pain that you learn the truth of the Great White Spirit. Out of the crucible of bitter experience you understand the truth of the laws which govern your world.” (p.222)

—Many people seem to have no pain—
“You are a man of God, and you must learn to understand that it is the things of the spirit that count, and not the things of the body. The pain of the spirit is greater than the pain of the body.” (p.222)

“The Great White Spirit is in everything, in that which is wrong and in that which is right. He is in the sun and in the storm; in everything that is beautiful and everything that is ugly. He is in the sky and the ocean, the thunder and the lightening; not only in beauty and goodness, but in sin and ugliness.” (p.227)

“Unless your world is suffering, you are not able to call attention to all the things that you must put right. All the pain and the suffering and the evil are there because you, who are parts of the Great White Spirit, must learn how to overcome them.
Unless you do these things, you are not doing the works of the Father, who sent you here.” (p.223)

4. The Greatest Sin on Earth
War, slaughter, cruelty. They rebel head-on against God’s Laws.

—What is the greatest sin people commit on earth?—
“There are many, many sins, but the greatest sin of all is the sin against the Great Sprit.”
“It is those who know, and deny the Great Spirit, that is the biggest sin of all.” (p.218)

“It cannot be right, even for your material world, to justify war. Even in things of matter, it leads only to destruction. It cannot be right for our world, because you interfere with the operation of the law. How dare the children of earth interfere with the divine law that the spirit should drop from the body when it is ripe!” (p.159-160)

“All the cruelty that the white people practice, even today, on those who are economically worse than themselves, is one of the greatest sins against the Great White Spirit.” (p.219)

5. Practicing the Spiritual Law
Practice altruistic love toward others, and for ourselves practice faith in the spiritual Law.

“The words do not matter. It is what you do, my son, that counts.” (p.218)

“Not those who say ‘Lord, Lord,’ but those who do the works of my Father. That is all that matters—not what you say or believe, nor even what you think, but what you do. If you have no faith at all, and you help to uplift the fallen, to give bread to the hungry, and light to those who grope in darkness, then you are doing the work of the spirit.” (p.219-220)

“Your world will not be saved by sayings. It will not be saved by long, long words.
It will only be saved when the children of the Great White Spirit are ready to gird on the armour of the Great White Spirit and fight the forces of darkness and oppression, all that which holds man in bondage.” (p.222)

“It is what you do that counts. As long as you countenance all the wars, the iniquity, the starvation, poverty, and unemployment, you are all failing in your Christianity, and you are not following the example of the Nazarene.” (p.233-234)

“Give them not only words of wisdom, but bread and the necessities of life. You must feed their souls and their bodies. You can help not only the spirit, but the body through which the spirit must function.” (p.234)

6. Be filled with the Spirit Power
To open the soul’s door, entrust and surrender ourselves to God and the spirit guides.

“But if you will put yourselves in the hands of the Great White Spirit and open your soul to receive that inspiration which comes from the Great White Spirit’s reservoir, you can be filled with that power which inspired the prophets of old. Through your work, there can come in your corner of the world a light whose illumination will shed brightness into the hearts of many who are downcast and weary.” (p.223-224)

7. Arrival of the New Age
Earthly world is to shift from the world of constant war, ruled by physical body (materialism), into the new world of spirituality, where spirit rules over the physical body and materials.

“You must understand that you live in a world which is falling to pieces, and that you are witnessing the beginning of a new order—a time when the Kingdom of Heaven shall come on earth. It will be accompanied by much pain and suffering and tears, but in the end the Great White Spirit will return to your midst. Each one of you can help to bring the new world into being, for you all are parts of the Great White Spirit, and can help to do His work.” (p.224)

“and may you all respond to all that He would have you do, so that each one of you may feel you are a part of the Great White Spirit. Take that part with you wherever you go, and show it to all the children of the Great White Spirit.” (p.217)


Reference
Teachings of Silver Birch—edited by A. W. Austen, edition 2010. The Spiritual Truth Press, 15 Broom Hall Oxshott, Surrey KT22 OJZ. First published in 1938.


The spirit power deep within the heart

2022-03-25 08:48:17 | Spiritual Powers


“The happier you are in your soul, the nearer you are to the Great Spirit.
Remember you are the Great Spirit and nothing in your world of matter can touch you. I have sought to teach you that for a long time. As long as you are worried by the things of matter, you will not learn the lesson.
I do not say disregard the things of matter, because you express yourself in the material world, and you have responsibilities to that world. But do not forget you are the Great Spirit and the Great Spirit is you. The power which belongs to the Great Spirit, which belongs to you, can raise you triumphant over all matter.
It is a power which, properly understood, can enable you to resist all evil, to overcome all sickness and to fight every obstacle. But few of you use it. You were taught about it many years ago by the Nazarene, who said, “The kingdom of heaven is within.”
(p.144 Teachings of Silver Birch)

Awareness of self comes into consciousness for the first time, when the spirit is born into earthly world, wearing a physical body. Then each one begins to develop individuality, starting the journey toward perfection (God).
This “individual spirit” is who we are, the “true self.” It is found deep inside every human being; and although the expression of the spirit through the physical body is extremely limited, partial and incomplete, the Great Spirit himself is present within this spirit. We all have this divine spark of God, and that is the source of our energy of life. Silver Birch tells us so in the quote above, and there are no exceptions on this fact. In other words, the Great Spirit manifests himself in this world, through all living beings on earth.
We all have a portion of the Great Spirit within, the fact of which assures that we possess this latent power of the spirit (energy of life, God), of infinite possibilities. This is the truth of the spirit.
And if we properly understand and correctly use this power of God (spiritual power), we can counter evil, surmount every illness, conquer all handicaps and setbacks.
We can, because this power we possess, is the greatest and the most omnipotent power of the universe.

Depression is a dysfunction of the brain triggered from strong, long-term stress.
It disrupts the harmony of the trinity, of spirit, mind and body, and blocks the flow of energy of life (spirit power, qui that comes from the spirit). Depletion of spirit power results in lack of life force and liveliness. It is an instinctive act of self-defense to isolate oneself, because stress of human relations exhausts this energy of life. Disconnection from the rest of the world, including family members, prevents further exhaustion.

“You are the Great Spirit, each one of you. His infinite power is latent within you.
If you will but call it into being and let it rise to the surface, it will break all the bonds of limitation that stand in the way.
Reveal yourselves in the fullness of its hidden glory. Realize that you are indeed the Great Spirit, with infinite power at your disposal, and you will indeed be the instruments of the new age, which slowly is beginning to dawn over a darkened world.”
“Go forward! And, though you will find many disappointments and many failures, we will always stand behind you, seeking to enthuse you in your days of difficulty, seeking to give you hope and strength when you are tired, seeking to raise you up when you are cast down. You will never be alone. The Great Spirit will send His ministers to guard you.”
(p.157-158 Teachings of Silver Birch)

When faced with difficulties of life, what we are required to do, more than anything else, is to regain the spiritual perspectives, and to hold absolute confidence, trust and faith in the Spiritual Law and the spirit guides.
All experiences of life on earth are preparation for life after death. Every experience enriches our “true self” (soul), and helps its growth. Attune ourselves to the Spiritual Law, and have the spirit guides as allies. Having done that, we have, as Silver Birch says, the power to surmount and achieve victory over any difficulty of life.
The key here is active “faith” in these teachings, followed with active practice.
After we have striven with our best efforts, stay confident that the Spiritual Law and our spirit guides will never betray us nor abandon us, then let’s surrender to the spiritual guidance.

“Your world does not realize that each individual contains within his own being the power to conquer every disease, to master every difficulty. He possesses a reservoir of strength form which he can draw in moments of weakness. The kingdom of heaven is within. How little is that understood!”
(p.49 Teachings of Silver Birch)

“Do not despair. Remember there is no difficulty or obstacle that crosses your path that is so strong that you cannot overcome it by the use of the latent powers that you have within you. Even the difficulties that others place in you path can be swept aside if you will but allow all that is within you to rise and become the master.
Your world does not understand that you express so little of yourself while you are in the world of matter.”
(p.113 Teachings of Silver Birch)

Reference
Teachings of Silver Birch—edited by A. W. Austen, edition 2010. The Spiritual Truth Press 15 Broom Hall, Oxshott, Surrey, KT22 OJZ. First published in 1938.

Ukrainian War

2022-03-19 05:56:54 | Miscellaneous
Currently, some 190,000 Russian troops are attacking Ukraine. Troops include many teenage conscripts. Putin sends them to the invasive war, under the pretext of training, without informing them of the purpose or justifiable cause of it. This military attack by Russia, on its neighbouring state Ukraine, is the worst case of military conflict in Europe since World War II, in terms of size and scale. It broke out, just as if it had waited for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to end. At first Russia avoided attacks on civilian facilities, but as the battle’s progress lagged, they started making indiscriminate attacks using cruise missiles, resulting in many civilian casualties in Ukraine.
Due to the overwhelming scale of arms possessed by Russia, and the number of their troops, on top of being a state with nuclear weapons, NATO nations cannot take military actions to defend Ukraine, in fear of escalation into World War III.
2000 years has passed, since Jesus had taught us “all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”
Still, war never seems to disappear from this world. How does the world of evolved spirits view our world today ?

Now let us listen to Silver Birch and his teachings on war.
In consideration for the current situation, the rest of this post, or almost all of it, consists of quotes from Silver Birch’s teachings.

Quotes are from “Other-Side View of War” P.159-166, Teachings of Silver Birch.

 “We do not want the spirit world to become once again a hospital for broken souls. Those of us who work amongst you know that you must be prepared to take into your world all that which we try to teach you. We cannot do it for you.
We can only see the result of those things you do which are wrong and show you what happens in our world when you do wrong things in yours. It is because we see the destruction and the harm done that we have to point out the result—there come into the spirit world those who are not yet ready. They are plucked from the tree of life before the fruit is ripe.” P159

 “It cannot be right, even for your material world, to justify war. Even in things of matter, it leads only to destruction. It cannot be right for our world., because you interfere with the operation of the law. How dare the children of earth interfere with the divine law that the spirit should drop from the body when it is ripe!
You must stand for that which is right. Those who are blind must not be allowed to interfere with the work of the spirit. You do not know how in your world there is at work an organized effort to upset all that which makes for progress, peace and harmony. Your world has to learn not to think in terms of separate peoples, but to realize that all are the children of the Great Spirit. The barriers are made by the children of earth, not by the Great Spirit. He has given to each one of them a part of His spirit and, because of that, they are all parts of Him.” P159-160

 “The Great Spirit has given natural laws to regulate all these things. The children must not seek to interfere with the laws. If you do not live within the Law, the result can only be destruction and chaos. Have you not seen it already?
I urge each one of you to do what you can to throw all your weight and your work among those who seek to bring the Great Spirit’s plan into your world.” P160

 “It is against the Law of the Great Spirit for any one to try to put an end to the physical life of another spirit.
When the lust to kill is fostered, reason departs. Not only is the Great Spirit within you, but there is also the remnant of your animal evolution. Your progress and your evolution consist in learning to subdue the animal and in allowing the Great Spirit to shine. If you allow the animal side to come out on top, then you have war and strife and killing, but if you allow the Great Spirit to shine, and you seek to serve one another, then you will have peace and harmony and plenty.
You must not divide your your world into countries or peoples. You must try to teach that they are all parts of the Great Spirit. They are all His children. Even those who are divided by seas are brothers and sisters in the sight of the Great Spirit of all. Our teaching is simple but true. It is founded on the laws of the Great Spirit. If you seek to build your world, ignoring the Law, you must have chaos and disorder. You become bankrupt.” P160-161

 “There will be many wars in your world of matter unless great efforts and sacrifices are made.
You have sown the seeds and you must reap what you have sown, for you cannot cheat the law of cause and effect. You cannot sow bloodshed and reap peace. You cannot sow the desire for material power and then expect to escape the consequences. Sow love, and love will come. Sow peace, and peace will arise. Sow seeds of service everywhere and the world will be filled with service. These are the simple truths of the Great Spirit. They are so simple that they confound the ‘wise ones’ of your world.” P161

 “It has made their sacrifice (death in the war) pointless, because it has continued in its materialism.” P162

 “The teaching that we have to give you is very simple, but it requires courage to put it into practice. Whenever a start is made, whenever there is the determination that comes with knowledge of the spirit and the truths of the spirit, whenever service and not selfishness is applied to all the affairs of every-day life in the world of matter, then you will have peace and concord in your world.
It will not come through any party, but through the children of the Great Spirit who, realizing these things are true, apply them in their lives, in their politics, in their factories, in their governments, in their international transactions. We can enunciate principles that we know are founded on truth, and tell you with certainty that their application will bring results. You are in the realm of matter. Yours is the responsibility.” P162-163

 “Have I not already said so many times that you think in terms of one country and one people while I think in terms of the Great Spirit and all His children? I tell you that you will not find peace by making machines of destruction.
You find peace when there is a desire for peace and when all people live by the law of love and service. I do not think only of one country and one race of people. I think of all peoples as one, as part of the Great Spirit. They are all His children. Until you apply His laws to your world of matter, you will have war and destruction, pestilence, havoc, chaos and bankruptcy all over again.” P163


――Does the spirit world agree with sanctions ?

“You know my views. Life belongs to the Great Spirit, not to His children. They must not shorten life. That is against of Law. And, if they do that, they must pay the price.” P163

――But in this case the motive would be good, for it would be an attempt to stop the war.

“If you sow the seeds of might, then out of those seeds there can only come more might. Have you not been told before by those who are your earthly counsellors that it was a war to end war ?” P164

――Do you think we should let a bully kill innocent people ?

“You want us to pronounce a verdict on half-way happening, but we deal with eternal principles.
If the eternal principles had been applied in the beginning, then you would not have your present difficulties.
Because you have reached difficulties, you say to us: Shall we apply some measure which may, for the moment, remedy the evil which has accrued? Only eternal principles can procure eternal peace.” P164

 “You may succeed for a time with your half-measures, but out of evil always there will come evil. One day, your world will realize that love can overcome evil because love is the expression of the Great Spirit. When, in the spirit of love, all people seek to solve their problems, then peace will reign in your world. But all desires which are contrary to the law of love will always produce disruption, chaos and bankruptcy. You must strive to deal with roots, for by no other way can you have eternal peace.” P164


――Is there not some reason for war in the cosmos ?

“No. You make wars in your world. We do not make them in ours. But whenever you have the lust to kill, you always attract those who are bound to earth with similar desires.” P165


 “Does your world of matter realize that peace can only come from the application of spiritual laws to worldly matters? It is selfishness that brings not only war, with its train of bloodshed, misery and weeping, but chaos, confusion, disaster and bankruptcy.
They must learn that only by substituting service for selfishness can peace come, that the old ideas of materialism and power and desires to aggrandize nations must be swept away and in their place, there must reign the desire to live for one another, the stronger to help the weaker, the richer to give to the poorer.” P165-166


 “Do not insult those who have been translated to spirit realms with tributes that come from the lips and not from the heart. All other methods have been tried and they have failed you. But not yet has the application of spiritual truths been tried. Unless your world does so, it will continue with war and bloodshed that will, in the end, destroy your much-vaunted civilization.” P166

Children of the Great Spirit . . . All human races are brothers and sisters
1. “Your world has to learn not to think in terms of separate peoples, but to realize that all are the children of the Great Spirit. The barriers are made by the children of earth, not by the Great Spirit. He has given to each one of them a part of His spirit and, because of that, they are all parts of Him.” P160

2. “You must not divide your world into countries or peoples. You must try to teach that they are all parts of the Great Spirit. They are all His children. Even those who are divided by seas are brothers and sisters in the sight of the Great Spirit of all.” P161

3. “Have I not already said so many times that you think in terms of one country and one people while I think in terms of the Great Spirit and all His children? . . . I do not think only of one country and one race of people. I think of all peoples as one, as part of the Great Spirit. They are all His children.” P163

4. “Life belongs to the Great Spirit, not to His children. They must not shorten life. That is against of Law.” P163


Cause of War . . . Selfishness
“It is selfishness that brings not only war, with its train of bloodshed, misery and weeping, but chaos, confusion, disaster and bankruptcy.” P165


The only way to eliminate war . . . Application of the Spiritual Law
1. “It is against the Law of the Great Spirit for anyone to try to put an end to the physical life of another spirit.” P160

2. “If you do not live within the Law the result can only be destruction and chaos.” P160

3. “It will not come through any party, but through the children of the Great Spirit who, realizing these things are true, apply them in their lives, in their politics, in their factories, in their governments, in their international transactions.” P163

4. “Until you apply His laws to your world of matter, you will have war and destruction, pestilence, havoc, chaos and bankruptcy all over again.” P163

5. “But not yet has the application of spiritual truths been tried.” P166

6. “Only eternal principles can procure eternal peace.” P164

7. “Peace can only come from the application of spiritual laws to worldly matters.” P165

8. “One day, your world will realize that love can overcome evil because love is the expression of the Great Spirit.” P164


―Conclusions―
“Until you apply His laws to your world of matter, you will have war and destruction, pestilence, havoc, chaos and bankruptcy all over again.” P163

[Grounds]
By adapting to the Laws of the Great Spirit, we come to realize that we (our true self) are the eternally indestructible soul, we are equal souls, as children of the Great Spirit. Countries, ethnicity and race, they do not differentiate us.

The first Law of the universe is the “law of cause and effect.” The effects of “selfishness” are war and destruction, while the effects of “altruism” is the fulfilment of the Spiritual Law. (“Love thy neighbour,” taught by Jesus)



References
Teachings of Silver Birch—edited by A. W. Austen, edition 2010. The Spiritual Truth Press, 15 Broom Hall, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 OJZ. First published in 1938.

What is our life on earth? Part2

2022-02-28 15:42:56 | Life`s Purpose


The world honors those who succeed in a large, global enterprise, admiring them as ideal, role models of life. Their success stories become self-help books, so that people can learn how they too can achieve great success themselves. These “winners of life” are globally admired and talked about, their voices become more and more influential in the society, and they eventually become mentors and advisors of life. The society assumes quite naturally, that they managed to achieve such stellar success in their career and life, because they had lived their lives right.
On the other hand, this is what Silver Birch tells us:
“Your earthly standards of valuation are not the same as ours. Your world worships many things and attaches importance to them, whereas here we regard them as insignificant. All that makes people crave position, wealth, authority and power, we regard as unimportant. When the body dies, they all die with it.”
(p.70-71 Guidance from Silver Birch)
“You cannot accumulate wealth without paying the price because if you do that, and forget the duties of your own spirit, then you may be rich in the goods of your world, but you will be very poor in my world.”
(p.52 Teachings of Silver Birch)

As spiritualists with the knowledge of the spiritual truth, what do we consider as our ultimate purpose and goal of life? On what do we place the standard of values, in order to make our lives meaningful, to live our one-time life on earth to the fullest, without regrets? These questions we face.

In Guidance From Silver Birch, Silver Birch describes the important tasks to strive for, in our current life (Chapter 7, “The Joy of Service”). He said it as “the truly great work on earth,” and he mentioned it ten times in this chapter.

1. “It is more important than anything else.” (p.64)
2. “…there is no service comparable to that.” (p.64)
3. “There is no greater service and no greater fulfilment than to watch the power of the spirit performing its beneficent labours . . .” (p.65)
4. “It is the richest work that you can do.” (p.69)
5. “… those are the most important tasks of all.” (p.69)
6. “This is truly a great work.” (p.70)
7. “That is a great and important task.” (p.71)
8. “You help to spread truth, knowledge, wisdom and understanding.” (p.71)
9. “That is the most important work you can do.” (p.72)
10. “Together we can labour in fields which are important because they concern the very fundamentals on which the whole of life rests.” (p.72)

The “work” (task) mentioned here certainly means, the “tasks” and responsibilities, which accompany the knowledge of the spiritual truth, to spread the knowledge to fellow human beings. Attaining spiritual knowledge must not end at self-satisfaction, of keeping the riches of the spirit to ourselves, says Silver Birch. Let’s think about this a little more.

Before proceeding, let’s review how Silver Birch describes our purpose of life on earth:
 The whole purpose of earthly life is to awaken dormant, slumbering souls to the reality of their existence. (p64)

 Never forget that the supreme purpose of life is the unfoldment of the spirit. (p.70)

 Strive to remember who you are, what you are and why you are here. (p.73)

 You help to spread truth, knowledge, wisdom and understanding so that those who can be reached begin to know the purpose of their being, the reason for their being placed in your world and what they have to achieve before they leave it. (p.71)

Silver Birch speaks further, on the things to pursue after spiritual awakening. His words guide us toward spiritual development (spiritual growth), which is the supreme purpose of life.

 “Every time you touch a soul you are helping to fulfil the divine purpose. That is the most important work you can do. You enable the soul to come into its own, and it is more than anyone else can do. Co-operation is the law. (p.72)

 “You have that power to co-operate with enlightened beings in our world who can use you to demonstrate eternal realities of the spirit. That is a great and important task . . . The test is the application of knowledge to life. It does not end with an enriching of the individual’s own mind. It is not an acquisition for personal satisfaction. It is a responsibility to try to share it with others, for in the act of sharing you gain all the time. That is the spiritual law.” (p.71)

Next, let’s consider why we attain spiritual growth by sharing spiritual truth with others.

 Let us rejoice at the opportunities given to each one of us to serve the greatest power in the universe by bringing enlightenment to some of His children. (p.69)

 When all is said and done there is no higher privilege, no higher religion, than service to the Great Spirit through serving all His creatures, human, animal, or whatever form they take. (p.64)

 When you offer yourselves up in service and allow your divine gifts to be utilized, spirit power flows through you, with its wondrous healing touch, to smooth away pain, to restore harmony, to free aching and locked limbs and to make the individual aware of himself as he really is. (p.65)

 I am not concerned with buildings, churches, temples, institutions. They have their place, but the power of the spirit flows not through masonry but through human instruments who are important to us as links in the mighty chain. (p.69)

 . . . and that strength will come as you allow the divine to express itself through you. These are the important principles to be borne in mind. (p.70)

 Know that always in your labour you attract to yourselves the power which will help you always to continue to serve. (p.70)

According to these teachings of Silver Birch, our spiritual growth is seemingly linked with the inflow of spirit power from enlightened spirits, which flows through us to our fellow beings on earth.

On spreading spiritual truth among people on earth, evolved spirits with whom we co-operate must bring about spirit power on earth, delivered in the form of spiritual guidance, support, wisdom and enlightenment. Human instruments on earth become mediation between the two worlds. They function as the pathway of the spirit power, an absolutely essential role, probably due to the difference in the wavelengths of spirit world and earth. Humans who offer themselves as instrument for the spirit world, become the transformer, to adjust the delicate vibrations from the spirit world into that which is receivable and detectable on earth.

When a person tries to share spiritual truth with others, spirit power (God’s power) from evolved spirits flow through that person (instrument for the evolved spirits); and as the inflow of spirit power becomes stronger, some of the spirit power stay with him or her, as in spirit healing.
To be more specific, by striving to share spiritual truth with our brothers and sisters on earth, we are co-operating with enlightened spirits of the spirit world. As a result, we begin to receive more inspiration, guidance, and gain deeper enlightenment and wisdom, which would move us forward along the road of spiritual progress. This is God’s law, says Silver Birch. (p.71)

“This is the great joy of service, to be able to know from day to day that you are fulfilling the purpose of your being, that the power of the spirit is freely flowing through you, touching souls for the first time and enabling them to be awakened, to be helped, to be made whole and to be given a fresh opportunity to enjoy all that life has to offer. This is truly a great work. Wherever it can be done, in any corner of your world, it does not matter, as long as the light is brought to a soul and spiritual truth begins to permeate. That is important. All that has gone before is a preparation and nothing has been lost.” (p.70)


References
Guidance from Silver Birch—edited by Anne Dooley, edition 2006, The Spiritual Truth Press 15 Broom Hall, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 OJZ. First published in 1966.
Teachings of Silver Birch—edited by A. W. Austen, edition 2010, The Spiritual Truth Press 15 Broom Hall, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 OJZ. First published in 1938.

What is our current life on earth?

2022-02-14 13:51:33 | Life`s Purpose


—See life from within, not from its outer surface—

This is what most people believe: It is by chance that humans are born to this world; and all through life we seek for pleasant life of fun and prosperity. Once the end of life comes, we simply disappear. We only live once. However, on contrary to our wishes, our lives on earth are comprised mostly of unpleasant things, illnesses, worries, sufferings, much more than pleasant ones. This is why we tend to be anxious and depressed so often.

Most of us believe that the entire individual, memories and all, which belong to the brain, is lost upon death. Because we generally hold such outlook of life, some of us have excessive and unreasonable fear for death, while many others see death as someone else’s problem. Just like the awareness of health, which is often taken for granted until it fails on us, the fact that we all die one day or the other, is completely out of awareness.
However, that body of yours, is not who you really are. The spirit, infinite and indestructible, is you, your “true self.” Once we truly realize this spiritual truth, the way we live, and the purpose of life on earth would change one hundred and eighty degrees.
Our everyday life is surrounded by the illusion of worldly things, making it difficult even for spiritualists to maintain spiritual eyes and spiritual perspectives. Easily we fall back to living our lives through the physical eyes and the earthly perspectives. Therefore, let’s consider once again, the meaning of our current life on earth.
How does Silver Birch, who had been dispatched from the spirit world to spread spiritual truth on earth, observe our current life?

1. Real purpose of coming to this material world of darkness
“Just as the seed is put into darkness, there to gain strength before it can burst into life, the seed of human life is put into darkness to obtain the strength of human experience before it can burst into the life of the spirit.
All the experiences of human life are part of the great scheme. Those experiences which you like least of all sadness, bitterness, tears, disappointments, suffering and pain are very valuable for your souls.”
(p.103 Teachings of Silver Birch)

2. Eternal standards are the standards of the spirit
—But why does a bad person have a good time?
“You judge once again by your worldly standards. How do you know that the soul of the one who has a good time is not miserable, is not tortured, is not racked with anguish and pain? Because you see a smiling face, because you see luxury surround that person? Do purple and fine linen go hand in hand with a satisfied soul? Eternal standards are the standards of the spirit, if not of the world of matter. Otherwise, there would be no justice.”
(p.108 Teachings of Silver Birch)

—But surely it is easier for a soul to express good motives when surrounded by a good environment, rather than in surroundings where sin, hunger and everything that is low predominate?

“I do not agree with you, because I see that nearly always the great souls of your world have been born of low estate. All the great masters of your world have come from low estate. The more difficulties that the soul has to struggle against, the greater the soul can become. It is in the struggle against circumstances that the soul comes into its own. Try to judge not from without but from within.”
(p.108 Teachings of Silver Birch)

3. True compensation is the compensation of the soul
In our world, some children are born in a slum atmosphere of drink, mental, moral and physical filth, and are faced with a life of hard, monotonous labour, while others grow up surrounded by beautiful things and have a delightful preparation for life. How is the unfairness of such cases taken into account?

“The soul registers its own evolution. People in your world judge always by material standards and not by the expression of the soul. To all, whether born in low or high estate, come opportunities for service, for the soul to find itself and to express its own divinity. That is the only standard of judgement. All things in your world, judged by a material standard, seem to produce inequalities, but the true compensation is the compensation of the soul, which learns to express itself through all difficulties.
(p.107-108 Teachings of Silver Birch)

4. There is a lesson to be learned in everything
“The soul that goes through the agony of pain, illness, bitterness and sorrow, comes out a greater soul, a soul that understands the sufferings of others. The soul that lives only in its own butterfly happiness and chases always the illusion and the shadow, one day must learn to touch reality. Do not envy those who you think have an easy time. The hardest road in their life is yet before them.
The children of earth must go through every experience, either in your world or mine. There is a lesson to be learned in everything. You do not reach out and create a vehicle in which to enter that inner perfection until you have emerged triumphant from every experience.”
(p.114-115 Teachings of Silver Birch)

[Comments]
There is no need to envy those who seem to enjoy easy life and good times. Sufferings and troubles are relative concepts; and the amount of money we have does not determine the existence (or non-existence) of problems. Silver Birch says we do not understand these facts.
Purpose of life on earth, is for the soul to awaken, and for it to express as much as possible of the latent divinity; to spiritually grow and evolve, in this world of selfishness, infested by materialism and money worshipping, brought about by the coexistence of people at different stages of spiritual evolution. Spiritual growth is attained through difficulties of life on earth; and this is why we must go through all kinds of experiences, all through life. This is an essential, absolutely unavoidable step for spiritual growth. “You do not develop the spirit when everything is easy and smooth, but when you have difficulties,” says Silver Birch (p.56 Teachings of Silver Birch)

5. Use the “spiritual power” within, to confront trials and difficulties of life on earth.
“If you would but allow that divinity which is within you to rise to the surface, if you would but learn the laws which are responsible for the full flowing of power and inspiration from higher spheres, you would begin to live as the Great Spirit intended that you should.”
(p.43 Wisdom of Silver Birch)

“We look at life not through physical eyes but with the knowledge of spirit life, where true balance is struck. Those who live wisely are the ones who seek to turn all experiences into advantage to their souls, who do not try to flee from trial and temptation but seek to use the innermost strength to face difficulties, for it is in that spirit that character is evolved and strengthened.”
(p.103 Teachings of Silver Birch)

[Comments]
“Those who live wisely” are the ones who are capable of viewing life on earth with their spiritual eyes. All experiences should be received as lessons for spiritual growth, and we should do our best to learn as much as we can, from the lessons. This is how humanity is refined, polished, and strengthened, says Silver Birch. The power of the spirit deep within the heart, refers to the power of God, which is the energy of life that comes from our inner divinity (the soul, which is given to us from God). All of us, no exceptions, possess this spirit power within our true self (the soul). Because we have this power, we are capable of catching and receiving, through prayers, the delicate wavelengths of the spirit power and inspirations from higher spheres of the spirit world.

6. To use the “spirit power” within, we must have faith in “God and his Laws.”
“Many years ago, you were told to be in the world, but not of the world. Because the people of your world have not the faith, then the Law cannot be put into operation.”
(p.54 Teachings of Silver Birch)

[Comments] When faced with difficulties and trials of life, we should strive to accommodate ourselves to the Spiritual Law, by maintaining faith in the Law and in the spirit guides. It helps the operation of the Law, which includes spiritual guidance and salvation.

7. Development of the inner divinity (manifestation of God) continues eternally.
—Have we still an infinite number of suffering and struggling lives to go through in the future, as in the past?

“Yes, infinite. Struggle, suffering, through the crucible of pain does the Great Spirit express itself. Suffering tries the Great Spirit. Suffering enables the Great Spirit within to emerge purified, strengthened, refined, even as the gold emerges from the ore by crushing, by refining. Until it has been through these processes, it is not revealed as gold.”
(p.171 Teachings of Silver Birch)

—If that is so, what is the use of the idea of a heaven after death?

“That which you consider heaven today you will not consider heaven tomorrow, for happiness consists in striving, always striving, for the higher and the higher beyond that.”
(p.171 Teachings of Silver Birch)

“The whole purpose is to draw attention to spiritual realities, to show that every being starts the physical course with a spiritual heritage conferred by the act of birth. The life force is the divine spark, spiritual in nature, which is intended to grow equally with the physical body. The majority of mankind concerns itself only with physical growth. Some of it is concerned with mental growth, and a few concerned with spiritual growth. The only enduring reality is spirit. If we succeed by a variety of means in making man aware of his spiritual nature which is his reality, it transforms the whole of his life. He sees its purpose, is conscious of his origin, becomes aware of his destiny and should live his life in the implications of the knowledge which he has received. That very simply is the plan behind all our activities.”
(p.60 Guidance from Silver Birch)


References
Guidance from Silver Birch—edited by Anne Dooley. Edition 2006. The Spiritual Truth Press 15 Broom Hall, Oxshott, Surrey, KT22 OJZ. First published 1966.
Teachings of Silver Birch—edited by A. W. Austen. Edition 2010. The Spiritual Truth Press 15 Broom Hall, Oxshott, Surrey, KT22 OJZ. First published 1938.
Wisdom of Silver Birch—edited by Hannen Swaffer Home Circle. Fourth Impression, 1856. Spiritualist Press 48, Old Bailey, London. First published 1944.