In the evolution of the soul, what is there about earth life that cannot be supplied or acquired in the spiritual realms?
Life on the physical plane provides the Individualized Intelligence a greater opportunity to acquire a vaster and more varied experience. There are all classes and degrees of Intelligence found on the physical, or earth plane. These classes and degrees range from the lowly-evolved individual to the Master Jesus. They include the selfish, dishonest, immoral classes; the unselfish, honest, moral classes; as well as all the degrees of Intelligence ranging between these classes. These classes and degrees of Intelligence are all intermingled and associated on the physical plane.
On the spiritual planes the Law of Gravity operates in such manner as to segregate them according to development. One grade, or degree, of Intelligence is found in the Magnetic Field. A higher grade is found on the first spiritual plane. A still more developed degree of Intelligence is found on the second spiritual plane, and so on up the scale of spiritual planes.
When an Individualized Intelligence reincarnates, and thus returns to the physical plane, he comes in contact with the varying grades and classes of Intelligences throughout his lifetime on that plane. It is only in extreme cases that he is able to segregate himself, by living apart from his fellowmen; but even in such cases, he is dependent, to a certain extent, upon association with them. Through association with all degrees of Intelligence, and through the process of Attrition, the Individual is impelled, by conditions, to make progress. This, in turn, accelerates growth.
Does not the Soul of the average individual remain in the lower spheres until his magnetic body has evaporated and he can rise into the sphere where he belongs?
Every individual goes exactly where he “belongs,” after physical death. If he remains for a time in the lower spheres it is because, for the time, there is where he “belongs.” As soon as he has overcome the conditions which hold him down, he will follow the impulse of gravity and rise to a higher level of spiritual life, for a time.
This is because his life here has been such as to give him a gravity coordinating with these lower spheres. But it is possible for every individual, while here upon earth, so to live his life as to create for himself a spiritual gravity that will enable him to rise immediately into higher spheres, as soon as he is liberated from the physical body at death.
One of the great purposes of this present movement on the part of the Great School is to make these scientific problems clear to humanity in general, and inspire men and women, yes, and children, to exemplify in their daily lives and conduct the real Spirit of the Work, the natural result of which is to carry them over the lower rounds of spiritual life into higher and happier spiritual conditions, as soon as they are liberated from physical bondage at physical death.
A Soul upon the spiritual planes of life has a spiritual body. The physical body of an unborn child also has a spiritual body. In the process of reincarnation, what becomes of a spiritual body of the incarnating Soul? Also, what becomes of the spiritual body of the unborn child when reincarnation occurs?
Through the transmuting power of spiritual magnetism, the two spiritual bodies coalesce and become one within the physical body of the unborn child. The answer does not attempt to give the chemical formulary involved in such a process. It merely suggest the general principle upon which such a result is worked out by Nature.
Which earthly religion or philosophy produces the highest spiritual unfoldment in its adherents? Or is this entirely a matter of Individual development? Do the majority of Christians rise higher spiritually than Buddhists or vice versa. Why?
Spiritual unfoldment, or evolutionary growth, is an Individual development consistent with the application of the natural growth in Individual life. This unfoldment is not the result of any religion or philosophy, but the result of the Individual’s personal effort in applying the moral principles which may or may not be taught by that religion or philosophy. He or she may be well versed in the tenets of Christianity or Buddhism and be low in moral development. He may know little or nothing of the tenets of Buddhism or Confucianism or Christianity and be of high moral and spiritual development. The degree of development is commensurate with the Individual’s application of moral principles.
What Science Knows of the Spiritual World — The Great Known Facts Demonstrated — Chapter III
“It has learned that every normal human infant is born into the physical life with all its channels of sense, both physical and spiritual, awake and active. It has also proven that, under normal conditions, the individual may even grow to manhood, or womanhood, may even grow to old age, without losing the Power of Will to control all its sense channels, both physical and spiritual. At the same time, it has learned that a very large percentage of human individuals lose conscious and voluntary control of their spiritual senses and powers during childhood; that some of them regain control of them in their later physical life, and that many never regain them during their entire physical life.
But man in the physical body is generally so conditioned that his intelligence operates far more consciously than it does through the spiritual. This is one of the provisions of nature with which science must deal in its solution of the question here under consideration. It is also a fact that wherever this condition obtains the individual is concerned with and absorbed in the impressions which reach his consciousness from the physical world only. The action of the spiritual organism, however, is not entirely suspended, as might be inferred. It is merely obscured or covered up, as it were, by that condition of nature which fixes the attention upon the physical plane.”
The Great School of Natural Science