How did these foreign layers come to cover the divine substance that each being originally was?
The Guide: This is the subject of the Fall of the Angels, for another name for these pure, Godlike beings or Holy Ghosts is angels. People often advance the idea that God should not have endowed his creatures with free will for then the Fall could never have happened. Or they claim God at least should have interfered when the Fall started. However, this view is so shortsighted and so blind.
Happiness can only exist for any created being through union with God. And to be in union with God, you must be of the same substance and endowed with the same aspects and qualities. Otherwise you would be unlike God and thus incapable of being in union with him. Free will and free choice entails the possibility of directing free will contrary to divine law.
In choosing freely and correctly and in abstaining from abuse of power lies divinity, love, wisdom, and a number of further divine attributes. It is of utmost importance for all of you to grasp this idea, for then you will be able to answer many questions that so far you may not have understood.
God has also put into Creation an infinite number of laws. These laws provided beforehand for the possibility of a return to God if and when any of the created beings should misuse their power and freedom given to them by God.
These laws work in cycles which have to close. Whatever happens, these cycles follow their course and the laws work in such a way that ultimately everything having once turned away from God and divine law will eventually come back. The greater the distance from God, the more the misery, for only in God and with God lies happiness. But through this misery arises a stronger incentive to return to God. This thought also lends itself very well to deep meditations.
So, spiritual worlds did exist for a very, very long time where all created beings lived in a state of bliss, in a way that is unimaginable. The possibility existed for all creatures, ever since they came into existence, to choose freely either to live within divine law or to act against it.
At one time, one spirit fell under the temptation to act against it. You can find the symbolic explanation of this in the story of Adam and Eve in paradise. Actually this happened in a very different way, although the idea of temptation was there.
Perhaps you are able to comprehend some of this when you imagine that you may possess great power. You may know that to use this power in a certain way might prove to be dangerous for you, yet as long as this power is not exploited, you may feel a curiosity concerning what would actually happen if you did use it. This temptation becomes stronger and stronger. The stronger it becomes, the less you can think of the means to counteract this temptation.
You will not even have the intention of continuing the use of this dangerous power, but you feel you must try it out a little bit, just to see. All the theoretical knowledge you may possess, that having once tried it you may not find it possible anymore to resist being swept away by it, dissolves under the growing weight of the temptation.
Once the first spirit succumbed to the temptation, it set something in motion that could not be changed any more. This spirit once knew that this would be so, but did not wish to remember after he had succumbed.
The result was not an immediate change, but a gradual one. The change from harmony to disharmony took place just as gradually and as slowly as your personal change occurs from disharmony to harmony. The latter is evolution; the former could be called a backward evolution or devolution, and neither can ever happen suddenly.
Here I would like to give you another example of this process that may help you to understand it by trying to feel into it. Let us suppose you are tempted to take an addictive drug, having the intention not to succumb to it entirely, knowing, as everybody does, that this would mean your ruin in every respect. But you think you can try it just once, just to see what it is like. After this one time, you cannot escape any more, for you are caught. The same principle holds true to everything opposing divine law.
This one spirit who succumbed first generated a power running in the opposite direction to divine law, but it was still the same power, only used differently. With this power the spirit could affect and influence many other spirits, little by little.
But not all spirits were affected. There was a division between those who succumbed and those who did not. With the former, the Fall of the Angels began. In this process, every divine aspect turned into its opposite nature: harmony turned to disharmony, beauty to ugliness, light to darkness, wisdom to blindness, love to hatred, fear, or egotism, and union became separateness. Then wholeness split even further the more this pull of temptation proceeded. Thus evil came into existence.
Once I explained that the spiritual worlds are psychological worlds, which does not mean that they are unsubstantial and formless. Only in your material world are thoughts and feelings abstract. In other worlds, spirits create their own worlds wherein they live according to their states of mind. Each state of mind creates as a reflex-action a sphere consisting of landscapes, houses, objects, and so on. Thus only spirits of equal development can share a world, which, in certain states of development, facilitates life in general but by the same token slows down individual development.
When you keep in mind that your attitudes, your thoughts, your feelings, your opinions, and your goals create your world, you will understand that the world of the highest spirits is beautiful and light, while the world of the fallen spirits has become dark and ugly. Since the great plan was put in operation, many in-between worlds came to exist in various degrees of harmony and disharmony, according to the state of development which the once-fallen spirits had reached. Your material world is one of these in-between worlds.
Most of you know that the individual spirit in its highest degree of development combines the male and the female aspects of divinity. There is no inner division or disunity at that point. The existence on Earth of man and woman as separate entities is a result of this splitting, as you understand it now.
Therefore, each human being has its counterpart. The human urge to find the right partner is nothing less than the deep longing for reunion with one’s separated other part. Every being passes certain incarnations with its true double or counterpart, because through the happiness which such reunion entails lies a duty to fulfill something.
Certain other incarnations have to be gone through without this counterpart. In that lies fulfillment of a different sort. However, this latter kind of incarnation without meeting one’s true counterpart does not mean that it is necessary to lead a life of celibacy. There may be other partners with whom not only great happiness can be built, but also with whom other duties may be fulfilled, karma paid off, and so on.
So if you pass an incarnation without your true counterpart, but instead have another partner with whom you have something to fulfill, do not think that your counterpart in the spirit world will be hurt or jealous because of the love you may give to your present partner. This is not so. Things do not work out this way in absolute reality.
No matter how you learn it, if you learn to give love, you come a step nearer to God, to your fulfillment, and to your liberation – and thus also to your counterpart. The urge for this kind of love in sex is the longing for union with your counterpart so as to become whole again. That fulfillment, however, depends upon how you direct this force.
Lower developed beings, like animals and plants and minerals, are still in a state of further splitting or division. The human condition, the state of being split in half, so to speak, is the last form before reunion with one’s original state can take place.
The disharmonious worlds which came into existence through the division from God and through the so-called Fall of the Angels are also called Hell. These worlds simply reflect the state of mind of the creatures living there. These spheres came into existence as a direct result of the state of mind of these beings.
But Hell is not just one sphere. There are many spheres there, just as there are many spheres in the divine world, or so-called heaven. When the Fall took place, not all who participated came into an equal state of disharmony and evil. The degree was very individual and different.
Thus, different spheres came into being within the world of darkness, always corresponding to the individual’s state of mind. However, on the whole, one can say that every divine aspect turned more or less into its opposite.
As long as complete purification has not been achieved, some of the characteristics of the Fall are still going on within a person to some degree. It would be extremely useful for each one of you to delve into your soul and clearly come to feel this process, thus making it conscious. When you consider your individual faults, try to find the original divine aspect of them.
For no fault could come into existence by itself – it is only a distortion of something that was once divine. You can find this divine aspect in all your faults. Then it will be so much easier to purify your faults and at the same time lose your sense of hopelessness about yourself. You will lose your sense of inferiority. Yet in order to do so, you must first find out what your faults are and face them courageously.
When these worlds of unhappiness gradually came into existence and the separation from God took place for a great number of beings, divine law provided for the possibility to regain the happy state of existence these beings had once known.
However, certain decisions and changes had to be made, always according to the free will of the fallen spirits, either individually or as a group. This was also foreseen by God and provided for, with the timing left for the right moment.
All this is part of the Plan of Salvation for which God enlisted the help of all spirits who remained faithful to him, as well as the help of those who reached and are still reaching sufficient development after their fall, to assist others.
Think carefully of all I have said so far, even though there is still some information lacking which will complete the basic picture for you. Yet, even through this incomplete picture, you will find a number of questions answered if you take the trouble to think deeply, to meditate, and to ask God to help you to understand.
When you have gained this understanding, you will be in a position to comprehend what life really means, your reason for existence here, and what your personal task in this life is. There isn’t a person without a task!
Those who have peace of mind will have found their tasks. Whoever has not found this peace has not yet found his or her place. Your innermost self will give you the message whether or not you have found your task through the happiness or unrest it communicates to you. All you have to do is ask yourself.
If you still find unrest, haste, nervousness, and lack of peace of mind, then ask God to help you find your task, to be open for it, so that you can understand his guidance. What may still stand in the way between you and the complete fulfillment of your life task may be your personal development.
Let us suppose, for instance, that a being in its perfect state had the particular characteristic of great strength of love, the fire of divine love. This love force would turn around into its opposite and create a fire of hatred and wickedness. Thus a very disharmonious kind of fiery world would come into existence. So, you see, all legends are not as unreal as they might appear to you.
Let us suppose another individual in his or her perfect state of development had the particular characteristic of wise judgment, calmness, and detached reflection. These attributes would enable the being to further the divine creation in a particular way through the slow unfoldment of this special creative power. Directed to its opposite force, this power would create a world of icy coldness, icy darkness, and desolation.
There are many more possibilities of how the infinite variety of divine attributes can change into their opposites and create the corresponding spheres in the world of darkness, of which there is also an infinite variety, just as in the divine world.
These spheres of fire or of icy coldness – in the spiritual sense, of course – are just two examples. There are spheres of slime and dirt, spheres of intense suffering through overcrowding or through isolation, and many, many other varieties.
It may be that you are blind to some aspects of your own personality and they stand in the way to your fulfillment. So do not look too far in your quest for the answer. Right within your self are all the answers you need in order to conduct your life in a way that God will be pleased with you.