February 20th, 1915
Received by:James Padgett
I am here, your old partner:
I am very happy tonight and I am glad that you are so much better.
You had a rather hard time of it and reminded me somewhat of the
suffering that I used to undergo when I was on earth and in Washington.
Well you are cured of the indigestion but the gas accumulates at
times and makes it uncomfortable for you, but that will pass away
before long and your digestive organs will soon be in perfect working
order. The faith that you had in your prayers and the work of the
Master - you were actually cured by your faith. The work done was
only a means used to impress upon you with fact that God had answered
your prayer. I do not see how you could have had such faith as you
evidenced at the time, but it is a fact that you had it and as a
consequence the cure was effected.
When you prayed as you did I was so very much impressed with your
faith that I expected to see your prayers answered as they were.
Jesus helped you to pray and also helped your faith. He also did
the work that you observed through the power which he possesses
and used White Eagle to manipulate your intestines and liver. It
was a revelation to me I must confess and caused me to believe more
than ever in prayer and faith.
I am now so very happy in my new sphere that I cannot explain to
you what that happiness means. I cannot express myself in language
sufficiently strong and descriptive that you may comprehend. But
this I will say, that my happiness now transcends all conception
of what happiness might be when as a mortal I sometimes thought
of the afterlife and the happiness which might be in store for me
when I passed over.
I am in the third (spirit) sphere but I am not contented to remain
there for your mother has told me on many occasions of the far greater
happiness existing in the higher spheres. I am now striving and
praying for this greater happiness and I will never be contented
until I get it. Your wife is in a much higher sphere and is so very
beautiful and so exceedingly happy that I know that where she lives
such happiness must exist.
I am also happy because I have my soulmate with me so very often
and her love is so great and pure that it leads me on to higher
things and enables me to seek with so much earnestness the great
love of the Father which I now believe is working for me if I only
will strive to obtain it and have the faith which all who have obtained
to a very large degree of this love tell me of.
Your grandmother is so wonderful, beautiful and filled with this
love that her very presence inspires me to believe and seek for
the happiness of these higher spheres.
Well as you want me to tell you of some of the laws of the spirit
world I will say that the one great law is that God is Love and
that He is willing to bestow that love on anyone spirit or mortal
who asks Him for it. I am not only very happy but I find that my
mind is expanding to a great extent by reason of the love that I
possess. No man or spirit can possibly be filled with this love
and not have the wisdom that necessarily comes with the Love. I
am not so much interested in purely mental phenomena as I was before
I received this love and believed in a Father of Love and Truth,
but I am nevertheless able to understand many things to a far greater
degree than I could when I had merely the mental pursuits in mind.
I am not yet fully conversant with the laws of communication as
I told you I would learn and instruct you in, but I know enough
to be able to say that every spirit is trying to communicate with
their friends on earth and why they are not able to is because the
mortals are not in that condition of psychical rapport that will
enable them to receive the communications of the spirits. I do not
yet know why one mortal is susceptible to these influences in such
a way as to be readily understood and another mortal is not. Some
spirits say that this law controlling this matter is not even understood
by spirits who have been here for a great many years and who have
given considerable study to the subject.
But this I do know, that when the rapport exists the communications
become stronger with the exercise of the powers. You have this power
to a very large degree and if you will continue to try to exercise
it, you will find that manifestations of several kinds will be disclosed.
Your writing powers are very great and will grow as you continue
to write but beside this phase you have the potential ability to
have other manifestations such as independent voices and slate writing.
This latter I think will soon come to you and when it does you will
get messages that will have their great value to you in convincing
you that what you write in this method is written by the control
of the thoughts of your friends who profess to write.
You will also get the voices very soon as I think, and when you
do you will be able to converse with us in your room at night when
you are alone. But I don't know of any manifestation as satisfactory
to both spirit and mortal as the writing such as you are now doing,
for we have the opportunity for such a greater extent of communicating
and interchanging of thought. I am perfectly delighted at the possibility
given me of writing you in this way. So you must believe that I
am writing to you and that all the others of your band are doing
the same thing.
Your wife has more powers in this regard than any of us and she
does not hesitate to write you whenever you call her. She is a wonderful
spirit in her grasp of spirit things and in her love for the Father.
So you must not let any doubt come into your mind when she writes
to you and tells you of so many wonderful things and of her love
for you. She seems to love you with a love that has no limit or
possibility of growing less.
I am now going to tell you of my progress in this love and happiness.
When I last wrote you
I told you that I had commenced to have faith in the Father and
had received some portion of His Love. Well, since then I have been
praying and asking God to give me more faith and love and as I prayed
my faith increased and as my faith increased more of this love came
into my soul and with it an increased happiness.
So I would not stop striving until I realized that my soul was
commencing to get such an inflow of this Love that it seemed that
all things which tended to retard this influx were leaving me and
only love and goodness were taking possession of me. I am now very
far advanced over what I was when you first commenced to talk to
me of this love and I shall, through all eternity, remember and
thank you for what you did for me. I was also so fortunate to have
your mother and wife with me very much trying to show me the way
to this truth of the New Birth and then when your grandmother came
to me it seemed as if I could not resist the influence to seek and
try to find it.
So really when I had received enough of the spiritual awakening
to realize who Jesus was, I gave him my close attention and as he
continued to show me the way to the Father, I commenced to grasp
the truth and believe that my salvation depended on my receiving
this great love and becoming a finer and better man. I tell you
that Jesus is the most wonderful of spirits that I have seen or
heard about. He is so filled with love and goodness that there seems
no doubt in my mind that he is the son of the Father in the spiritual
sense of the term. I mean that he is so much nearer the Father and
in so much and many of his attributes that he is the only son in
the sense of being more at-one with the Father.
We are all sons of the Father, but there is such a difference in
our spiritual conditions that the contrast between Jesus and us
is so great that we can readily believe that he is the greatest
true son and that his great love and knowledge of the qualities
of the Father is greater than any Celestial spirit. I do not mean
in the sense he was created in a different way, physically from
other men. No immaculate conception or birth from the womb of a
virgin - I do not believe this dogma and the Master says that it
is not true for he was truly, so far as his physical being is concerned,
the son of a man and woman as you or I am.
Now I am also convinced that mankind cannot be saved from their
sins unless they follow the way showed them by the Master. No man
can save himself and I wish strongly to emphasize the fact that
man is dependent upon God for his salvation from the sins and errors
of the material man. I do not mean that men have not a work to do
themselves for they have. God is willing to save them if they ask
it and acknowledge that without His help they cannot be saved, but
unless they do ask and believe He will not interfere with these
conditions. So you see I am not only a believer in God and Jesus
but also in the doctrine that men cannot save themselves. I thought
that man was sufficient unto himself when I was on earth but now
I know that he is not. Man may be comparatively happy and free from
what is called sin, that is a violation of God's Laws, but that
happiness is not the same nor is man's condition the same as when
he gets this Divine Love from the Father.
I will not speak longer on this subject tonight but reiterate that
when on earth I thought that by my own exertions I might possibly
become divine, yet now as a spirit I know that man is not divine
and cannot become so in all eternity unless he receives this Divine
Essence which comes to him by the New Birth. Divinity is of God
alone and only He can bestow it on man. Man not having this divinity
cannot create it by his own efforts. So believe what I say and strive
to get it and you then succeed and become as the redeemed in the
I am with my earth wife and son a great deal trying to show them
the way and I am glad to say that light is breaking in their hearts
and perceptions. I believe that very soon they will fully realize
that the only way to get true happiness and peace is through the
way of the New Birth.
I am trying to show them this way and they are having more faith
in me. And your dear wife is with them too so very much. She seems
to have a great influence over them. Especially over Bert, who believes
that she is so very good and pure that he wonders why she is such
and it causes him to think what she tells him as the cause must
be true. Your father is with me a great deal too and he has helped
me very much and he is now progressing so rapidly that he will soon
be with his soulmate in the fifth (spirit) sphere. Your good mother
tells me this and she knows so many things pertaining to spiritual
I must stop now for you are tired and so am I.
Well I will tell you of those things the next time I write. So with
all my love and blessing, I am your old partner,
A. G. Riddle
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