Introduction to Rescue Work
Communication between man and the spirits of those who have passed over, is a natural phenomenon which has always existed. The physical body is the temporary housing for the spirit during its brief span on earth. After shedding the body, the spirit returns to the spiritual realms, taking with it the characteristics acquired in this world.
The spirits of those who have led good lives will congregate and continue to live in harmony and service. Equally, those who have failed to listen to the dictates of their conscience, an infallible guide to right and wrong action, will find themselves in a spiritual realm inhabited by those of a similar calibre. In every case, the choice of realm is determined by the type of life lived in the physical body.
For ease of reference, the harmonious spiritual realms are called the “upper realms” and those inhabited by un-evolved, unhappy souls, the “lower realms.”
Thus unlike the world in which we live, good and evil are segregated, with the exception of the middle astral plane, entered when the soul passes over, a “half-way house” common to both the upper and lower realms. Here a soul will stay for a period during which he will gradually feel the pull of the realm for which he has already prepared himself and to which he will ultimately gravitate. The middle astral also shelters souls who do not realise that they have passed over, imagining themselves still to be in the circumstances of their earthly life.
Spiritual work offers many avenues to those who desire to serve and to gain and spread knowledge. One such avenue is spiritual rescue work. This service is comparable to the physical rescue work done by worldwide organisations whose trained members bring help to victims of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, famines and the aftermath of war. To speak of “spiritual disaster” may tax the credulity of those who are new to the subject, yet it is applicable to the vast numbers of souls who pass over in a spiritually diseased condition and who enter realms where degradation and despair are prevalent.
The work of a rescue circle is concerned with the elevation of such souls to the realms of love and harmony by showing them the way to overcome the dis-ease of the spirit. This is achieved by the force of kind thoughts flowing from the sitters and expressed in words of understanding for the soul's dilemma. He is led gently to the stage where he will realise that, despite his misdeeds, his spiritual future is bright provided he is truly repentant and will forgive himself for the mistakes he made in his earthly life. At this point he is enabled to go forward to the upper astral realm where willing helpers will ensure his full recovery.
Involvement with lower souls involves some hazards, therefore a rescue circle requires a very strong spiritual protection. It is within each individual's power to enhance this protection by strict conformation to the harmony and discipline of the circle. Since kind thoughts and compassion are the basis upon which the work is conducted, it will be evident that members must fulfil these requirements to the best of their ability, not only in the circle but in their daily lives.
Every human being is open to influences from the spiritual realms. When love and kind thoughts are evinced, souls from the upper realms will be attracted to such an individual and will help increase these qualities. In contrast, the negative aspects of hostility, selfishness, material greed or any of the less desirable attributes, will invite the attention of unhappy entities from the lower realms who will seek to promote further degeneration.
It is therefore important that rescue work is not taken lightly. Preliminary training consists of lectures, discussions, observation of and participation in rescues. It is a period during which candidates have an opportunity to assess whether they are drawn to the work, and the members who conduct the training are able to ascertain the suitability of the candidates. Before full membership is attained, one of the circle's guides will assess the spiritual condition of candidates in order to see that all is well.
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