The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #66

#66 Is the vital principle the same for all organic beings ?

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“Yes; but modified according to species. It is that principle which gives them the power of originating movement and activity, and distinguishes them from inert matter; for the movement of matter is not spontaneous. Matter is moved; it does not originate movement.”

This vital principle is what give matter the power of moving, that we understand. non-organic matter does not have this vital principle since it cannot move, it is just moved by people, animal, or even things (like wind). But now we learn that the vital principle is different according to species.

We don’t have too much details now on a hierarchy or something of this vital principle. But we can guess this vital principle, which gives the power of movement and activity to organic matter, is different for each of those categories (this is only a guess from our comment): humans, animals, insect, plants, microbial cells.

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Creation – Production of Living Beings / Question #44

#44 Whence came the living beings that appeared upon the earth ?

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“The germs of these were contained in the earth itself, awaiting the favorable moment for their development. The organic principles came together on the cessation of the force which held them asunder, and those principles formed the germs of all the living beings that have people the earth. Those germs remained latent and inert, like the chrysalis and the seed of plants, until the arrival of the proper moment for the vivification of each species. The beings of each species then came together and multiplied.”

All beings that peopled and currently people the Earth don’t come from outer space but from the Earth itself. It means, at the end of the formation of this planet, there were the “seeds” of all kinds of living beings we know and maybe more, dinosaurs, reptiles, birds, fishes, mammal animals, humans etc…

These families of living beings peopling the Earth little by little, step by step according to the state of Earth are then in the Earth since the beginning. What form? “seed”, “germ”, this is quite imaged and it is hard to imagine what are called seed, or germ. Are those cells? DNA? maybe or something we don’t know about since, maybe, all living beings supposed to people the Earth have “pop-upped” already.

But when do they “pop up”? When the Earth itself allows it through its state of environment. Once the forces that prevented these “seeds” from evolving, those could indeed become the being livings there were supposed to be and people the Earth.

Feel free to comment to keep the debate going. Is this theory possible to you? What about the scientist theories telling humans come from outer space? or that we were single cells, then fish, reptiles, monkeys?

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General Elements of the Universe – Universal Space / Question #36

#36 Does an absolute void exist in any part of space ?

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“No there is no void. What appears like a void to you is occupied by matter in a state in which it escapes the action of your senses and of your instruments.”

There is then always atoms in the outer space. What we call black matter is not void; scientist actually worked and still work a lot on this dark matter and we now know that it is about 27% of the observable universe. We know it is matter, but we cannot clearly “see” it even with the newest material.

“which it escapes the action of your senses and of your instruments”, Spirits here are then more than right. It will take time. But it is sure that there is no void, and we hear from time to time: Nature does not like void.

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General Elements of the Universe – Universal Space / Question #35

#35 Is universal space infinite or limited ?

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“Infinite. Suppose the existence of boundaries, what would there be beyond them? This consideration confounds human reason; and nevertheless your reason itself tells you that it cannot be otherwise. It is thus with the idea of infinity, under whatever aspect you consider it. The idea of infinity cannot be comprehended in your narrow sphere.”

Here is the Superior Spirits’ answer, the universe space is infinite. This material World where Spirits incarnate themselves into bodies to live a material experience is infinite. It is indeed hard for us to understand that there is no boundaries since everything around us has a beginning and an end.

Everything we create whether it is material or immaterial has a start and an end. So it is easy to understand that we cannot understand something we never experienced. However, Spirits, us, are in a human body for material experience and after our body perishes, we will come back to the Spirit World; then we can say that we did experience such an infinite concept; but we don’t remember it during incarnation. We will talk about this later.

Also, this material world which is infinite is here to welcome all the Spirits that get incarnated for some experience, for a step; like we all do now. These Spirits are infinite as well so it makes sense that we need an infinite material World to welcome them all, little by little for many steps until Spirits get purified enough.

Here is the comment of the author:
If we imagine a limit to space, no matter how far off our thought may place this limit, our reason tells us that there must still be something beyond it and so on step by step, until we arrive at the idea of infinity; for the “something beyond,” the existence of which is recognized by our thought as necessity, were it only an absolute void, would still be space.

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General Elements of the Universe – Properties of Matter / Question #34

#34 Have the molecules of matter a determinate form ?

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“Those molecules undoubtedly have a form, but one which is not appreciable by your organs.”

– Is that form constant or variable ?

“Constant for the primitive elementary molecules, but variable for the secondary molecules, which are themselves only agglomerations of the primary ones; for what you term a molecule is still very far from being the elementary molecule.”

These questions and answers are funny to read today, human has thought of theories and drawings not only to understand the atoms and molecules, but also to teach them. After a quick research, we have noticed that the first real picture of matter at such scale was taken by IBM corporation in 2009, the picture above. Very late!

And yet, we had this answer in both this book and scientists’ theories. As Spirits precise here, the primitive substance (that they call molecules here, problem of vocabulary we would say) are constant. From this substance we get the atoms which are variable since they depend on the former substance. Same for molecules with atoms.

Moreover, we have a tiny clue here: “for what you term a molecule is still very far from being the elementary molecule”. Now we know that there is atom itself before molecule, and then protons, neutrons and electrons; and in those are quarks. We talked about this in a little more details in the question #30 : https://wordpress.com/post/thespiritsbookblog.wordpress.com/1108

So, we are still very far fro this elementary substance. At that time there was not so many concrete conclusions; now we now much more, would these Superior Spirits say we are still far from this Substance? we are definitely closer.

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General Elements of the Universe – Spirit and Matter / Question #28

#28 Since spirit itself is something, would it not be more correct and clearer to designate these two general elements by the terms inert matter and intelligent matter ?

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“Questions of words are of little importance for us. It is for you to formulate your definitions in such manner as to make yourselves intelligible to one another. Your disputes almost always arise from the want of a common agreement in the use of the words you employ, owing to the incompleteness of your language in regard to all that does not strike your senses.”

It seems like Spirits don’t lose time nor fight together to understand each other regarding words and vocabulary. But we, as humans, use languages, written and spoken to understand each other; and it is then important to designate things correctly. But elements of universe can have different words to designate them; matter as inert matter and spirit as intelligent matter, that makes sense. We could also add universal fluid as bestial matter maybe?

Spirits here point out that our human dispute arise from a vocabulary matter while we actually talk about the same thing at the end.

Here is the comment of the author:
One fact, patent to all observers, dominates all our hypotheses. We see matter which is not intelligent: we see the action of an intelligent principle independent of matter. The origin and connection of these two things are unknown to us. Whether they have, or have not a common source. and points of contact pre-ordained in the nature of things. Whether intelligence has an independent existence of its own or is only a property or an effect, or even whether it is (as some assume it to be) an emanation of the Divinity, are points about which we know nothing. Matter and intelligence appear to us to be distinct; and we therefore speak of them as being two constituent elements of the universe. We see, above these, a higher intelligence which governs all things, and is distinguished from them all by essential attributes peculiar to itself; It is this Supreme Intelligence that we call God.

Or that we like to call the Universe.

This article ends the sub-chapter Spirit and Matter.

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General Elements of the Universe – Spirit and Matter / Question #25

#25 Is spirit independent of matter, or is it only one of the properties of matter, as colors are a property of light, and as sound is a property of the air ?

 

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“Spirit and matter are distinct from one another; but the union of spirit and matter is necessary to give intelligent activity to matter.”

 – Is this union equally necessary to the manifestation of spirit? (We refer, in this question, to the principle of intelligence, abstractly considered, without reference to the individualities designated by that term.)

“It is necessary for you, because you are not organized for perceiving spirit apart from matter. Your senses are not formed for that order of perception.”

This question is extremely important, is spirit “alive”, being, when it is not attached to matter? Or is it just a property? Colors are attached to the light, and sound is attached to the air. So is spirit attached to matter? No.

Spirit is not the matter itself, it is not its property. However, the union of both is needed so the spirit can interact with the matter.

It means this union is necessary for the spirit to manifest through matter; this allows us to perceive spirit’s action since we perceive matter.

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General Elements of the Universe – Spirit and Matter / Question #23

#23 What is Spirit ?

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“The Intelligent principle of the universe.”

– What is the essential nature of spirit ?

“It is not possible to explain the nature of spirit in your language. For you it is not a thing, because it is not palpable. but for us it is a thing.”

The universe (not God but the actual “place” we call universe is made of matter deployed at different states. Several principles make the universe what is is, and one of them has the capability to be intelligent, so this is the spirit. Us, when not being in the human body.

We understand that this component of the universe is intelligent, but what is its essential nature? Cannot be explained in our language yet since we are not aware of this state of matter yet. The Spirits here assume that, for us, matter is only palpable; maybe at the time this book was written, man was still in this mindset in which matter is the things, palpable stuff.

But now in the XXI century we understand much better that matter is not only palpable; we are more open to that scientific fact. So are we ready to understand the essential nature of spirit? We might say that we made a huge step toward it, but not yet there since science is not totally into the spirit world YET.

Again, to understand the true nature of the Universe, man has to become more perfect by letting go off the matter life and all values attached to such a lifestyle. Then it will be quick and easy to understand the essential nature of spirit since it is what we are, just behind that tangible body of gross matter. We may say that understanding the true nature of spirit will be like understanding our true self again.

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General Elements of the Universe – Knowledge of the First Principles of Things / Question #19

#19 Cannot man, through scientific investigation, penetrate some of the secrets of nature ?

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“The faculty of scientific research has been given to him as a means by which he may advance in every direction; but he cannot overstep the limits of his present possibilities.”

Scientific research indeed does help humans a lot to get answers about many different directions, including the Universe’s language, also defined as the Natural Laws. However, man cannot overstep the limits established by the humans’ non-purity itself even with the understanding of the Natural Laws through science.

We can see on medias, both mainstream and alternative, more and more articles about scientists who agree about this Intelligent First Cause above us all; that all living beings including nature have not been randomly created, especially Life itself, surrounding us. They don’t come up with this conclusion through religions nor Spiritism and Spirits themselves unlike us in this blog. No, they use science, scientific conclusion made by people who do not believe in God, the Universe.

A recent article was referencing a scientist claiming that God is a mathematician, interesting. Spirits might tell him something very interesting. But what we have so far is our comments about this:

Mathematics is the science, it is a whole language that can explain many things that words cannot. Including the Natural Laws such as gravity, growth of plants and so many others that we can’t even know the name of… Man concludes that God is a mathematician because what He has created can be explained through mathematics.

That’s a big positive step since now humans less and less think science as a way to counter the Universe; indeed, human used to, and still do a little, see science as a way to understand the Natural Laws, and what can be understood by science means God has nothing to do with it. It is sad to see people understand such amazing things through science but cannot realize that they actually understood the language of the Universe, God’s own coding… Now it is changing.

Although this seems positive, man still doesn’t totally realize that God is not just a mathematician, but the First Cause who created the Natural Laws that we live in and through and that humans have created a science called mathematics to understand it.

But as the Spirits say here, man cannot fully understands all the Natural Laws yet, he needs to improve spiritually to reach the maximum of understanding that his capabilities allow him to, which is far from understanding it fully and completely.

Here is the comment of the author:
The farther man advances in the study of the mysteries around him, the greater should be his admiration of the power and wisdom of the Creator. But, partly through pride, partly through weakness, his intellect itself often renders him the sport of illusion. He heaps systems upon systems; and every day shows him how many errors he has mistaken for truths, how many truths he has repelled as errors. All this should be a lesson for his pride.

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God – Attributes of the Divinity / Question #13

#13 When we say that God is eternal, infinite, unchangeable, immaterial, unique, all-powerful, sovereignty just and good, have we not a complete idea of His attributes ?

#13 When we say that God is eternal, infinite, unchangeable, immaterial, unique, all-powerful, sovereignty just and good, have we not a complete idea of His attributes

“Yes, judging from your point of view, because you think that you sum up everything in those terms; but you must understand that there are things which transcend the intelligence of the most intelligent man, and for which your language, limited to your ideas and sensations, has no expression. Your reason tells you that God must possess those perfections in the supreme degree; for, if one of them were lacking, or were not possessed by Him in an infinite degree, He would riot be superior to all, and consequently would not be God. In order to be above all things, God must undergo no vicissitudes, He must have none of the imperfections of which the imagination can conceive.”

We can only define and understand the mystery of God, the Universe through the vocabulary we have; and so, through the concepts that we know, as human beings. So the more intelligent and perfect we will become, the more new concept we will discover, humanity starts for example to know more and more about energy inside and outside living beings. People on Earth knew that for a very long time already and still do, but a bigger % of people realize it is true, and this part of people are the people of cities, who live in a system that highlights the material life. And this is a good news.

Here is the comment of the author:
God is eternal. If He had had a beginning, He must either have sprung from nothing, or have been created by some being anterior to Himself. It Is thus mat, step by step, we arrive at the idea of infinity and eternity.

God is unchangeable. If He were subject to change, the laws which rule the universe would have no stability.

God is immaterial, that is to say, that His nature differs from every-thing that we call matter, or otherwise. He would not be unchangeable, for He would be subject to the transformations of matter.

God is unique. If there were several Gods, there would be neither unity of plan nor unity of power in the ordaining of the universe.

God is all-powerful because He is unique. If He did not possess sovereign power, there would be something more powerful, or no less powerful, than Himself. He would not have created all things and those which He had not created would be the work of another God.

God is sovereignty just and good. The providential wisdom of the divine laws Is revealed as clearly In the smallest things as In the greatest and this wisdom renders it impossible to doubt either His justice or His goodness.

These are examples of the definition we can have of the Universe. But as the Spirits answered for this question, we only can define it through the concept that we know such as the ones above.

This concludes the sub-chapter of the Attributes of the Divinity.

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