Disincarnated spirits and their
useless delays on earth's atmosphere.
Many people like to talk about ghosts and spirits but very few really know what really happens on Earth's atmosphere, also known as the inferior astral. We already know how disincarnation works. When the spirit abandons its physical body definitely, it withdraws, taking along with it the animistic body which is made of fluidic matter, imponderable to the ordinary senses. Most spirits, when they disincarnate, know nothing about spiritual life. Consequently, things closely related to matter are the ones that influence them the most in the moments immediately before or after disincarnation, of which they are often unaware. These influences are still stronger, still more powerful if the spirit has lived wallowing in vice, with thoughts turned only to materialistic pleasures.
In such condition, and because the spirit is under the impression that the astral body is physical, it roams Earth's surface like a common pedestrian, annoyed at the disregard of his fellow beings, who are understandably unaware of its presence. However, it finds plenty of opportunities to establish relationships with other disncarnate spirits in similar situations. The movements of disincarnate spirits on Earth follow the pattern of their astral bodies. If the latter are saturated with coarse components due to their vicious conduct on Earth, they move about step by step like incarnate spirits. Those, however, that led a less materialistic life, glide in the atmosphere, according to the density of their astral bodies, impelled by the action of thought.
Although such souls become easily aware of the phenomenon of disincarnation, their thoughts are excessively concentrated on events of earthly life. Their aim is to continue feeling the emotions and delights of earthly life. Therefore they begin to exercise influence over incarnate spirits and such influence, when it persists, eventually becomes obsessive. It is this desire that prompts them to remain on Earth's atmosphere engaged in activities similar to those they exercised while incarnated. For instance, those that were physicians try to exercise their activities wherever they find developed mediumnship which is used without the safeguards of the Christian Rationalist discipline. However, since the spirits roaming earth's atmosphere have no way of expanding their knowledge, they are unable to avoid mystifications and get rid of the harmful influences prevailing in their living environment. Therefore, no matter what their degree of evolution may be, as long as they stay on earth's atmosphere, their influence over the incarnate spirits is always harmful.
We call Inferior Astral the atmospheric layer that encircles Earth. In this layer are the spirits that, while incarnate, were wholly engulfed in materialistic emotions and belonged to all walks of life. Such emotions are not lacking in the Inferior Astral, which is also an environment pervaded with religious mysticism. Many of those who deceived their fellow men with promises of heaven and threats of hell are also present in the Inferior Astral. It is the paradise of all materialists and hedonists.
No spirit ever incarnates having in mind the Inferior Astral as a goal. It goes from the Inferior Astral to a spiritual world that corresponds to its level of evolution and only from such a spiritual plane will it incarnate. In the Inferior Astral the knowledge which spirits possess does not go beyond what they knew while on Earth. Those that were materialists cling still more to this idea because their environment does not favour a change of opinion. There they realize that neither devils nor saints, neither heaven nor hell exist, and they scorn those worshippers who are still benumbed under the influence of their beliefs.
The devout who were educated under the principle of fear, are at first intimidated when they enter the Inferior Astral, because they think about hell and the purgatory. Next, realizing that they have been deceived, they become disturbed, lose notion of their condition, and enter into a state of complete perplexity. Thus bewildered, they seek the churches, as if in search of a route or a guiding light, as a last resort. With the passage of time, they become familiar with the environment and establish relations with other disincarnate souls in the same plight. It is with no small disillusionment that they see the daydreams built into their minds with the plentiful, suggestive material of religious mysticism vanish into smoke. Still, so addicted are they to saints and gods, and so deeply rooted is their fear of punishment, that not even in that state of spiritual-awareness are they able to make their atrophied reasoning work to liberate themselves and derive the consequent benefits.
The transformation that the disincarnate spirit sees when it enters the Inferior Astral is relatively small. It realizes that it has an astral body similar to the physical body and it sees a picture of earthly life as it was known before. Expressing itself, like the other disincarnate spirits, by the action of thought, as if it were talking, the spirit can even hear the tone that gives in the impression of hearing its own voice. This phenomenon is perfectly understandable: each thought has a density of its own, and consequently a special, characteristic, individual sound. All this leads the disincarnate spirits to adapt themselves to the Inferior Astral. They are unaware of the harm derived from their stay in an environment in which evolution is stagnant. As an aggravating circumstance, smaller or larger liabilities are accumulated for the future, depending on the activity the spirit engaged in, in this environment of low spirituality.
Free rein to vices and dangerous contacts.
In the Inferior Astral, disincarnate spirits give free rein to the vices entertained by them while in a human body. Thus, if they feel the urge to smoke, they lean on an incarnate spirit who smokes and feel by induction the same pleasure he is feeling. The same happens with regard to other urges. Hence it may be inferred that all incarnate spirits who entertain vices lend themselves, like unconscious instruments, to satiation of vices entertained by spirits of the Inferior Astral. There is still one point to be clarified: vicious urges do not always originate with the incarnate. Many times vicious urges are aroused by the obsessors that follow the incarnate and, by intuition, prompt the incarnate to appease the desire.
The danger of keeping contact with souls of the Inferior Astral goes beyond man's subjection to harmful intuitive influences which result in madness, obsession, family clashes, unfounded resentments, family disagreements, extra-marital relationships and infidelity. There is also the risk of accidents and disasters caused by the disturbed state to which they may lead man. Add to these the infectious diseases which spirits of the Inferior astral usually cause or aggravate, leading to disincarnation. Their method is relatively simple: in the sources of putrid matter they pick up contaminating miasmas and deposit these in the victim's body, taking advantage of lesions or exposed wounds, of the patients' feebleness, and of any conditions that are favourable to the diffusion or growth of the illness.
The degree of cruelty with which the spirits of the Inferior Astral may act is almost unlimited. Many misfortunes are the doing of their harmful activity. Many more misfortunes would occur, however, if the spirits of the Superior Astral could not rely on stronger currents formed by the thought vibrations of incarnate spirits who are enlightened about their spiritual duties. These spirits are thus capable of keeping their minds clear and repel harmful influences.
The souls of the Inferior Astral are aware that every man and woman is endowed with intuitive mediumnship and they take advantage of this to instil preposterous, absurd ideas upon their minds. Hence the reason for some people to appear as harassment maniacs, while others always see the darker side of things, and many believe they suffer from a number of diseases. It should be emphasised, and it is of the utmost importance, that not all of the evils that afflict mankind are caused by the activity of the Inferior Astral. Every individual has his own tendencies, temperament, and ways of feeling and looking at things, besides a free will, and personality to make his own decisions. He is, therefore, directly responsible for his success or failure in life. It is true that forces of the Inferior Astral are attracted by affinitive thoughts. These forces intervene in man's life and cause certain harms or aggravate already existing harms. However, it is no less true that man is able to defend himself against those inferior forces with the powerful weapons of thought and will power
Formation of phalanxes.
On Earth there are individuals who rule and others who are ruled. If these individuals are unable to impart a spiritualistic meaning to their earthly activities, when they disincarnate they enter the Inferior Astral and there they retain the same inclinations of command and obedience. Thus, phalanxes are organised, always under the command of a leader. If the spirit in command is cruel, so are its subordinates because affinity of feelings is precisely what keeps them together. Such phalanxes co-ordinate their activities with those of the incarnate spirits who engage in black magic and its numerous branches.
The degree of cruelty of a phalanx depends on the spiritual inferiority of its members. Those willing to cooperate in the most accomplished acts of savagery assist the most violent and perverted individuals. Other phalanxes of less aggressive instincts convey intuitions to mediums of identical feelings like followers of voodoo rites, soothsayers, swindlers, business-settlers, fortune-tellers and all the impostors who exploit other people's credulity and ignorance.
Most suicides, insanities, quarrels, commotions, conflicts, aggressions, arguments, turmoils, intrigues, and political upheavals are the result of interference by forces of the Inferior Astral. The spirits of the Inferior Astral are all surrounded by dense coarse animistic matter pervaded with harmful vibratory currents like envy, jealousy, corruption, hate, falsehood, ingratitude, hypocrisy, treason, and other equivalent feelings. These spirits are frequently guileful and bland. They outwardly express the purest and noblest feelings and the sweetest and most pleasing manifestations of love of fellow men in the places where they channel through mediums who are not protected by the Superior Astral. However these places should not be confused with Christian Rationalist centres, where spirits of the Superior Astral control the situation.
It should not be thought that only evil prevails in the Inferior Astral. In the same environment of perverted souls there are others that intended to be good while incarnated but failed in their purpose. The reason for that is that they kept their reasoning dormant because they were unaware of the important role played by feelings of justice and the effective practice of good, not limited to good thoughts.
It should be reiterated that the forces of the Inferior Astral can do nothing useful to mankind even though among them there are well-meaning souls. The reason is obvious: their best intentions are neutralised by the animistic action of their environment and they end up causing harm, the intensity of which varies with the degree of their spirituality. Only after they reach the spiritual worlds corresponding to their class, where they will have to go before reincarnating, will the spirits, fully lucid and trouble-free, realize the long delays in human evolution caused by premature disincarnation.
Generally speaking, and from certain viewpoints, they deem life on Earth's atmosphere better than that of the incarnate. Therefore, they sometimes wish the friends they left of Earth would disincarnate too, in order to enjoy their company. Thus, they start working astrally towards this goal although they are not driven by hostile feelings.
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