Concluded from Part 1
According to Stead, even people who were businessmen on earth will find an interest that suits them in the fourth dimension.
“The keen business man on earth whose only interest is in making his business successful will also find scope for his ability. He will come in contact with the house of organization, and he will find himself linked up with work transcending in interest anything that he could have imagined for himself whilst upon earth.” (1)
The gloom and depression that can come with leaving the physical behind is the reason recently departed spirits are allowed to indulge in earthly pleasures, Stead shares. One’s interest in them will gradually fade after indulging in them for a while, to be replaced with an interest in all things spiritual.
“Now all this is done for a reason. Everyone is provided for. On arriving, here there is often much grief; grief that is sometimes incapacitating, and no movement forward can be made until the individual wishes it himself. Progress cannot be forced upon him.
“Thus in the scheme of creation the blessed Creator has devised this wonderful means of appealing to the main interest on earth of each one. Everyone comes in touch with the chief longing of earth life, and is given opportunity to indulge in it, and thus progress is assured.” (2)
The fun that comes with doing things one enjoyed on earth enables them not to be so gloomy or upset over their passing, and it seems like giving up every attachment to this physical reality can be very difficult. It helps to be able to perceive their loved ones on earth, but I’m sure the distance between them and their family is still painful.
Thus, indulgence in earthly things helps them feel a little closer to home. It’s akin to if someone who enjoys soccer moves away to a place where nobody plays it. They might feel alone, but they’d be jubilant if they found a way to practice their favored sport in their new home.
If they suddenly found a soccer field with enthusiastic teammates, the pain of being away from their home would be slightly dimmed. So it is with the fourth dimension, and one can spend as much time enjoying their favorite earthly activities as they require before they move on and see what their new home really has to offer.
The change from earthly activities to mental/spiritual ones is gradual, Stead advises, and again, those who were interested in mental/spiritual activities on earth gradually yet directly expand their abilities.
“In all things that are purely and solely of the earth, the interest flags after a little time; a reaction, a gradual process – nothing is dramatic here – and the person passes from this to another interest which on earth would be called a mental one.
“Those whose interests have been in this mind-category will continue and enlarge the scope of their work, and will progress along the same lines – the others change.” (3)
I can only imagine how far the conscious public would go if we were in the fourth dimension. Sure, some of us are still pretty interested in earthly things, but I think we’d feel more at home than we do here on earth.
Some of us don’t feel as comfortable on earth as others, and a lot of seekers justly feel like the earth isn’t their home. It isn’t in a lot of cases, but it is in the sense that we’ve chosen to live here and perform our spiritual work from the blessed space it provides.
Our very incarnation here makes it home in a sense, and personally, I’d miss this place if I were gone. I’m sure I’d enjoy the higher realms, but I don’t think I’d ever forget this heavenly yet oppressed earthly home.
In an insightful quote, Stead tells us that the mind is our primary faculty in the higher realms, which is why discipline and spirituality are so important on earth.
“You are not forced to acquire anything. You are more than ever free agents. That is why on earth it is so essential to control your bodies by your minds, and not the reverse. When you come here your mind is all-powerful, and everything depends, for your own degree of happiness here, upon the kind of mind you bring with you.” (4)
We create our higher-dimensional future with everything we think, feel and do, and it can be difficult to realize that our physical body doesn’t constitute who we are. It certainly won’t follow us into the higher realms – we’ll have only our mental and spiritual faculties, which, of course, will expand enormously.
Those who’ve kept their minds, hearts and bodies out of balance on earth likely have a lot of trouble navigating the fourth dimension, which is one of many reasons they’re given certain earthly pleasures that help them acclimate to their new realm.
The mind and body are important to keep in check in the third dimension, Stead tells us in our final quote, but the mind/heart alone are important in spirit.
“The presence or absence of contentment is entirely due to the earth life you have led, the character formed, opportunities taken and lost, the motive of and for your actions, the help given, the manner of use of help received, your mental outlook and your use and abuse of flesh power.
“To sum all these up, it is the quality of mind control over body versus body over mind. Mind matters and body matters – on earth. Here only the mind matters, it is in your keeping entirely, and is in whatever state you have made it by your life. On your arrival here the degree of your happiness will be determined automatically by the demands of your mind.” (5)
This is one reason discipline’s so important here on earth. If we live in love and discipline our minds – making sure they don’t overtake our emotions or bring us out of alignment with the paths we’ve forged for ourselves – we’ll have a much easier time in the higher realms than those who let their minds spiral out of control on earth.
Discipline and mastery will always be important, and while we aren’t meant to be perfect while we’re on earth, the things we do will naturally and understandably determine the things we experience in the higher realms. If our mind’s been untrained all our lives, we’ll have to deal with the difficult task of training it in spirit.
As long as we continue to live in alignment, our eventual sojourn through the higher realms will be a breeze. We just have to recognize that the mind’s a very powerful instrument and use discipline to keep it trained, and even though it’s easier said than done, it’s not impossible.
It’s very achievable, but we have to have faith in our hearts and the knowledge that our discipline will make our higher-dimensional experiences easier. Those who’ve diligently disciplined their minds on earth might not crave earthly things in the fourth dimension, and thus, they can surpass the Borderlands and see what the next, purer realms have to offer.
In our next segment, we’ll either continue to discuss the Borderlands or we’ll move on to another fourth-dimensional topic or realm. There’s a lot more material about the Borderlands out there, and as always, the more we learn about the higher realms, the easier they’ll be to navigate when our earthly journey’s finished.
Personally, I think talking about various concepts that have to do with spirit and the higher realms is part of my reason for being on this earth, and I’ll continue to faithfully discuss these matters because I think they’re important to our eventual anchoring of a higher state of consciousness.
We have a lot of changes to make to this formerly broken world, and we’ll make them easily when our minds are trained and our spiritual understanding is sharpened.
- William Thomas Stead, The Blue Island. Experiences of a New Arrival Behind the Veil. Estelle W. Stead and Pardoe Woodman, eds. London: Rider, n.d, 56-8.
- Loc. cit.
- Ibid., 58-9.
- Ibid., 67.
- Ibid., 67-8.
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