I AM HERE. Ann Rollins.
Well, my dear grandson, I am here and desire to write awhile tonight
about some things that are true, and to show you the workings of
God's Love among men and spirits.
I have had a great deal of experience, although I have not been in
the spirit world a very long time as we count time, which we do not;
but I merely use the expression so that you may understand what I
I am, as I told you, in the Second Celestial Sphere where your wife
and mother are also. In this sphere, all the inhabitants are spirits
who have been redeemed by the Divine Love and Great Mercy of the
Father, and by the Great Gift of immortality which Jesus wrote you
about the other night.
I am now so developed in my soul qualities that I realize that I am
a part of the Father's Divine Nature, and that I have those
Qualities of His Nature in me that make me immortal, and which
immortality can never more be taken from me. And what I say here
applies to all the inhabitants of this sphere.
Of course, you will understand that there is yet more Love which we
may obtain because our progress in the Divine Love never ceases
until we get into the very Presence of the Father and are able to
see Him with our soul perceptions.
You cannot possibly understand this phase as you are now, but, when
you come to the place where I am now, you will. And, in a way, it is
even possible for you to comprehend this while in the mortal life,
but not to the extent that you will when you become a spirit and
live in this sphere.
Your mother and wife now have this quality of soul perception, but,
even among us, there is a difference in comprehension of this. And I
am told that, as I progress higher and receive more of this Love,
this soul perception will become clearer and more satisfactory to
me. So, when you hear us say that we are redeemed and have a part of
the Divine Essence of the Father as our possession, you must
understand that it is a comparative thing, and that we are not
perfect. Even the Master is not perfect, as God is Perfect, as he
tells us. But he is progressing in the acquisition of this Love and
in the increased power of this soul perception.
Until we reach the First Celestial Sphere, we have not a sufficient
quantity of this Love to make us partakers of this Divine Nature of
the Father in that degree that all the natural loves are absorbed by
the Divine Love. For all below that sphere have more or less of the
natural love which causes them to retain their worldly affections. I
mean those things which tend to retard their progress.
Of course, our natural love for our relatives or friends does not
leave us even after we reach the Celestial Spheres. But when we
become inhabitants of these spheres, we have no interest in the
affairs of earth or its government.
The Seventh Sphere is the one that divides those spirits who have
merely intellectual or moral qualities developed to the highest
degree, as it were, from those spirits who, in addition to mental
and moral development, have their souls developed by the Divine Love
of the Father.
No spirit who has not this Love can become an inhabitant of the
Seventh Sphere. So, when you hear of any of your spirit friends or
acquaintances, or of any other spirits, being in the Seventh Sphere,
you will know that these spirits have received the Divine Love to an
extent a little short of that which enables them to enter the First
Celestial Sphere, and which makes them at-one with the Father and,
The Sixth Sphere is one where the mental and moral qualities are
developed to their greatest extent, and it is not necessary for the
spirit to have his soul developed to any great extent in order to
become an inhabitant of this sphere. In other words, it is a sphere
which is given more especially to those spirits who have given more
thought to the improvement of their minds and their moral qualities
than to the development of their souls by obtaining the Divine Love
of the Father. This sphere is one of great happiness for these
spirits of mental and moral excellence, and it is the highest that
they can attain to in their progression in the spirit world.
Of course, these spirits may also receive this greater soul
development, for the Divine Love is free and waiting for all of
God's children. But my observation has been that, when the spirits
who find their happiness in purely mental pursuits or in the
development of their moral natures get into this sphere, they seldom
become dissatisfied enough with their condition of happiness to
desire to seek for a greater one. In fact, the majority of them will
not believe that there is any greater happiness that they can attain
to, and, hence, the deadening satisfaction which possesses them.
I know it may be a little difficult for you to understand this
matter, as I have attempted to explain it, but what I have said is
true. In the day of separation, these spirits will realize that
fact. But then it will be too late to remedy their neglect or want
of soul desire for the soul's development that comes only by the
inflowing of the Divine Love into the soul in sufficient abundance,
and which is necessary to permit them to become inhabitants of the
(What happens when a spirit first
enters the spirit world?)
Well, when a spirit enters the spirit world, its condition of
mental, moral or spiritual development determines where it shall
first live. In the large majority of cases, the first home of the
spirit is the earth plane; and, in that, there are a number of
planes, respectively higher or lower than the others. So, when the
spirit finds itself in the earth plane, it also finds that its
condition is not much different from what it was on earth. The same
ideas of right and wrong, of beliefs, of affections and of desires
Sometimes, these conditions will last for many years; and, at other
times, the change will come comparatively soon. When spirits come
over, this change of condition frequently depends upon the friends
or relatives who try to help and instruct them.
If such spirit helpers are themselves developed in the line of
intellectual pursuits, they will more naturally endeavor to direct
the newly arrived spirit along the same lines of thought and
aspirations. Likewise, the morally developed helpers will make the
questions of morality the important ones for the new spirits to give
attention to. And so with the spiritual helpers, or those who have
received the Love of the Father in their souls, and to whom such
Love is the most important thing in all the spirit world. Naturally,
they will endeavor to instruct the spirit in matters pertaining to
this Love and the increased development of It. So, you see, much
depends upon the helpers which the new spirit finds waiting its
advent into the spirit world, and the instructions which such spirit
helpers give it.
But more depends upon the condition of the spirit itself. As I have
said, when it comes into the spirit world, the spirit brings with it
all its beliefs, desires and affections; and these respective
qualities, to a more or less extent, will influence the directions
of its progress. It is much easier to influence a spirit who, while
on earth, has had awakened in him a love of God, even to that small
degree which encourages him to pursue the thoughts that will lead
him into spiritual ways, than it is to persuade one who has never
had that awakening. And so with the spirit who, while on earth, gave
his studies and thoughts to mental pursuits to the exclusion of
thoughts relating to God or to religious matters. Such a spirit will
naturally be attracted to those things which it considers a
continuation of its earthly thoughts, or which will enable it to
pursue the development of those thoughts; and, consequently, they
are its treasures which necessarily have the most of its affections.
And from these affections will arise its desires which, unless
something greater intervenes, will cause it to follow the course of
these desires. And the same principle can be applied to every
condition of the spirit: mental, moral, or spiritual.
Now to the point of your question.
Such spirit following the natural inclination of its condition, as I
have explained, will endeavor in its progress to get into that
sphere where there are afforded the greatest opportunities for the
development of the particular phase of its condition which
constitutes its chief motive force. And this is in accordance with a
The spirit desiring the development of its mental qualities above
all else will naturally seek that sphere where these qualities have
the greatest opportunity for such development. And so with the
moralist and the spirit of religious thought.
Now, God, in His Great Wisdom and Goodness, has provided these
several spheres and has made them suited for the purposes of their
creation. And all the spirits have the choice as to which they will
enter and seek to live in. But, of course, not only one sphere of
its kind is provided, but there are several so provided so that
there may be progression on the part of spirits who have these
several phases of desires and attractions.
The Second, the Fourth, and the Sixth Spheres are appropriated for
those spirits who have more of the qualifications and desires for
advancement in their mental and moral pursuits, or, rather, for the
development of those qualities they possess which pertain more to
their mental and moral natures.
Of course, in their progress from the lowest to the respective
higher spheres that I have mentioned, spirits must pass through the
intervening spheres. But they do not linger in them or seek to make
them their homes, or stay in them for their development because, in
these intervening spheres, the qualities which these spirits are
attempting to develop are not given much attention, and these
spirits would not be benefited much by remaining in these spheres.
But the fact of passing through these intervening spheres does not
indicate that these spirits, in so passing, receive any additional
love or development of their soul qualities in any degree, for the
contrary is true. Thus, a spirit in the Third Sphere, possessing the
Divine Love, may have more soul development than one who lives in
the Sixth Sphere who has not the Divine Love. And, so, in contrast
to the Second, Fourth, and Sixth Spheres that I have named, the
Third, Fifth, and Seventh Spheres are the ones appropriated to, and
specially prepared for, the spirits who are seeking the development
of the Divine Love into their souls. And, in these latter spheres,
the Divine Love is the greatest thing that is sought for and
The spirits of these spheres may be just as highly developed in
their mental and moral qualities as are those before described, and,
frequently, they are more so. For with the soul development in the
Divine Love, strange as it may seem to you, comes mental and moral
development. But this development of the mind is not the chief thing
for which these spirits seek. With them, every desire and aspiration
is subordinated to their great efforts to obtain this Divine Love to
the highest degree. Ever and ever are these spirits seeking for It,
and they have never become satisfied (in contrast to those who
merely seek the mental and natural love development).
As I have said, beyond the Sixth Sphere, these merely mental or
moral seekers cannot progress unless they seek for the Divine Love;
and, in the Sixth Sphere, the mind's zenith of happiness is reached.
The Sixth Sphere is a more prolific one of probation in the sense
that many more of these spirits are awakened to the necessity of
seeking this soul development than are spirits of any of the lower
spheres because, after some of these spirits have been there for a
long time, they commence to realize this limitation to their mental
happiness. And, strange as it may seem to you, they frequently make
their first start by calling up the recollections of their childhood
days when they were taught and believed that God loved them, and
that His Love was the greatest thing in all the world. So, you see
here illustrated, in a way you probably never have thought of, the
saying of Jesus that “Except ye become as little children, ye can in
no wise enter the Kingdom of Heaven."
Many of these spirits have no childhood recollections of this kind,
and then comes the work of the higher spirits who have been redeemed
by this Great Love of the Father.
In all this, you will see how God recognizes and respects the
independent will of His creatures. He does not force them to seek
His Love, but waits until they learn by their own experience that
what they once thought was all-sufficient for their happiness is not
sufficient; and, realizing this insufficiency, they become
dissatisfied; and with such dissatisfaction comes the wish to learn
the great unknown of desire which, at last, causes them to feel
their dependence upon a Source of happiness not emanating from
Thus, my dear son, in my imperfect way, I have attempted to give you
a description of the several spheres and their character, and the
object of their creation.
You must believe what I have told you, for it is true. In believing,
you will see the great advantage in striving to enter the spheres of
the soul, or the Divine Heavens; for, in doing so, you will not only
gain your soul's development but also the development of your mental
qualities and your moral nature also.
And, thus, you will understand the great saying of the Bible: “Seek
ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these
things shall be added unto you."
Well, I have written you a long letter and must stop. So, with all
the love of a devoted grandmother, I will say good night.