Habits that keep us from progressing


From Newsgroup: alt.paranormal

Subject: Some Habits That Keep Us From Progressing.
Dec. 15, 2010.

Here are some habits that slow our progression.

“What in the world are you doing here?” she demands
of him. He replies that he has only recently left his battered
physical body and is now in the next stage of development.
The woman snorts that this seems an odd place for him
to be hanging around, and she herself begins to mount
steps that she has just noticed, which make an entrance
to the pavilion where she assumes G-d is awaiting her.
There at last she sees a man who seems to have a very
s-piritual face. Curtsying before him, she asks to be taken
directly to Go-. The man replies, “But, madam, all of us are -od.” She looks wildly around and notices that he is
including the old beggar in that sweep of his arms.
This annoys her, for that beggar never seemed to
wash and his hair had always been matted, although she observes now that he gives the impression of cleanliness. “Stop playing jokes,” she says. “Lead me to my Maker.”
“But, madam,” the beautiful young man says, “He created all of us, not just you, and He does not have time to welcome each and every one of you back to this temporary stage of development. The one over there whom you think of as a beggar will be a good instructor for you during this interim period until we are able to assist you and others to reach a higher state.” Such argument as the poor woman gives him! She will have no part of taking the beggar for an instructor, or anyone else for that matter. Her business is solely with Go-, and she demands to know where she will find Him. Others are now crowding around, and some are also asking for -od. They all want to know where He is, and the woman is

indignant that many of them have caught up with her, so that she will no longer be first in line. At last the young man turns to the throng of newly arrived so-ls and says sweetly, “Hearken, -od is everywhere. G-d is love, and as surely as each of you learns to love and assist each other, there will Go- be working among you. Now take up the mantle and
see if it fits you any better than those who surround you.” “But where is the judgment seat?” the woman demands impatiently. “You are sitting on it, madam,” the beautiful young man replies. She looks wildly around, seeing no seat of any kind, and at last begins to perceive a glimmer of his meaning. She is to be the sole judge of herself. No one will tell
her whether she has lived a pure and blameless life. She will have to work it out for herself, and as she begins to look within her own heart she discovers this terrible truth: In trying to live blamelessly, she has been thinking only of herself and her own sp-ritual growth. She was too busily concerned with her own goodness to think how to stop for a comforting word with those beneath her status. She had bethought herself to avoid contamination with those beneath her for fear that it would stain the w-ite garments that she spi-itually wore. Where was the love for others? Within herself lay all the answers. G-d would not have spoken more directly in His judgment than she was now able to do on her own. She who knew her own heart best was now appraising her shortcomings. No one would judge her, for she was the sole judge of self, and when she tried to assess the qualities of the beggar beside her, she knew that not in ten thousand years could she see into his heart and know his errors of commission and omission, for he also was the sole judge of himself.

Primitive’s Death Experience
Arthur Ford next discussed the case of “a savage who had never been exposed to   Ch-istianity or any other organized form of wo-ship except for the jungle cult.”
This lad d-ed after having been bitten by a cobra and was about nine years old when he crossed over. He was a totally uncivilized as anyone who has never seen any form of cleanliness or civilization, because it was perhaps thousands of years since that lad’s previous i-carnation and he had done little or nothing in the s-irit form to improve himself. He slept for hundreds of years and was so disinterested in other so-ls here that when
he finally decided to try on the physical body again, he was like a fish out of water. He lived only to eat and sleep, and what work he managed to do was solely to avoid beatings and cursings. He lived in ignorance, and he di-d in the same manner, and thus progressed no
single jot in that lifetime. For that reason there was no point in continuing his physical existence, and here, although kindly sou-s are trying to awaken him, he continues to sleep or thinks of nothing but himself and his pleasures, which are few, except that he likes to
torture animals. Thus, the snake bite was in the way of karmic indebtedness for what he had done to those beings which are less e-olved than human beings. This type of -oul is highly depressing here, even more than in the Earth life, for there seems little to jog them
into awareness of responsibilities and so-l growth. But even that boy was no worse than many who, living in civilized areas with plenty to eat and much work to accomplish, give themselves over to riotous destruction instead. They in their next in-arnations may find themselves in circumstances similar to those of this boy who perhaps many eons ago had been equally destructive and thus was unwilling to return to physical  state in order to
repay his karmic debts. Growth, development, love, constructive action, and consideration for others are the keys to unlock the kingdom of h-aven, and those who use force and anger to destroy, instead of love to rebuild, are earning dire consequences  for themselves in this spir-t life and in future inca-nations.

On Reincar-ation
We learn now why the problem so often arises that some so-ls want to return again and again to the physical state without spending enough time in the s-irit realm to assess all errors of the previous round and determine exactly how they expect to meet future temptations as they arise. Why would a so-l want to rush back to Earth form before it is
ready? Here they face the failing of so-called human nature: the zest for pleasures of the flesh, desire for too much alcohol, s-x, body-building, and the like. Some are so overly fond of the bodies they left behind that they are hardly able to wait for an opportunity to enter another body and set to work indulging it. These sou-s are truly earthbound and they will not be able to advance spi-itually until they learn to give less thought to appetites of the flesh. Any habit-forming pleasure, and they are endless, traps them into the cycle of rebirth over and over, until their appetites are finally put aside while they are in the flesh – lust for money, lust for power, lust for se-, and other habits such as an unnatural craving
for alcohol, d-ugs,  tobacco, or any of the indulgences which they are unable to break loose
from. This is a lesson for those sou-s that would like to break the cycle of rebirth.

John Winston.   johnfw@mlode.com

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