February 5th, 1917
Received by:James Padgett
I am here, Luke.
I merely want to say that you are in better condition tonight,
and that I will write a few lines upon a subject that may be of
interest to you. In the spirit world there are many spirits who
are in neither darkness nor light, but are in what has been called
the twilight zone, and are neither very happy nor unhappy. These
are spirits who have progressed from the lower spheres, where they
expiated their sins and errors of the earth life, and have gotten
rid of their recollections of many of their sins and have progressed
somewhat in the development of their natural love, and also in the
acquirement of the intellectual knowledge, and are not feeling the
stings of conscience, but are realizing the happiness which the
forgiveness of their sins and the improvement of their intellects
causes them to have.
They are to a large extent very much in the condition of men who
have paid the penalties of their sins, yet have not received such
increase in their natural love as to enable them to progress to
the higher intellectual spheres where the spirit becomes to a more
or less degree the perfect man. And they have been a long time making
their progress, for it is a fact that the development of their souls
from the condition of the wholly sinful man to that where such sins
have almost disappeared is a very slow development.
These spirits, though, are not to be classed with the dark spirits
who so often come to you for help and relief from their darkness,
for they are in that condition where it is difficult to convince
them that they need any help in order that they may have a more
wonderful progress and obtain greater happiness. In this zone the
spirits seem to be well satisfied with their conditions, and have
the belief that their advancement must necessarily be slow and that
there is not a better and quicker way to obtain relief from their
conditions. Among this class of spirits commences the greatest difficulty
for the higher spirits to successfully convince them of the great
truth of the Divine Love and the possibilities of obtaining a condition
that will place them in the higher soul spheres, without the long
delay in making their progress.
In the lower spheres the spirits are not satisfied and generally
are very desirous of getting relief from the darkness and suffering
and, as a consequence, we can do more to convince them of the truths
that are so necessary for them to know. You would be surprised to
know the number of spirits who are in this zone, and the great number
of years they have been in making the progress that they have made.
Many of them have been in the states to which I refer for centuries
and yet have never known any desire to progress out of those states
except in the way that they consider to be the gradual and natural
way to advance. I will not write more now. So, good night, and may
God bless you.
Your brother in Christ,