Robert Hugh Benson, while alive in the Nineteenth Century, was a Roman-Catholic clergyman with psychic tendencies. He had to deny the evidence of his extrasensory perception, which he lived to regret, after passing.
Once on the Astral Plane or Fourth Dimension, he realized that he had participated in erroneous teachings and began to make amends by communicating back to us.
His commentary on religion, as seen from the astral world, may indicate views that will be increasingly voiced, as people continue to leave organized religion, a trend that has been underway since the late Twentieth Century.
Benson would say they were waking up to the truth, to the confinement that organized religion has kept them in for centuries.
Examining what he had to say may give us a window into future discussions.
I have to warn you that Benson himself is still in the throes of dualism so his commentary will be in the best traditions of the mud-slinging Third Dimension. So viewer discretion is advised, so to speak.
Mgr. Benson begins: “Orthodox religion upon Earth has much, very much to answer for.” (1)
“It forges many spiritual fetters which bind up the minds of countless souls upon Earth so that, when they come here, we in the spirit world have to find means to strike off the irons that shackle them so to release them to that freedom of spirit which is the natural, right, and proper mode of living in these lands.” (2)
He says of the typical church minister on Earth that “to suggest that the spirit world has any influence upon the Earth world other than evil would be totally against his principles.” (3)
If I may interject, if we were to observe this pattern of behavior today, ignoring “the spirit world,” then throw out the Divine Mother, the archangels, the higher-dimensional ascended masters, terrestrial and galactic, never mind Earth’s own sages alive beyond the grave, all of them sending messages back from “the afterlife.”
Jesus will have to abandon the second coming, I’m afraid. He will not be happy when I interview him next on An Hour with an Angel.
If we’re trying to understand a mind that would hobble itself in this way, then we might imagine discarding from our life the Mother, the archangels, the Arcturians, the Pleiadians, and all the ascended masters who’ve labored for decades to prepare us.
Throw away every idea in the area of religion that could be thought of as remotely liberal, revolutionary, or even new and live your life from that space. For a day.
What would life be like? At what slow pace would our lives crawl? I’m getting the image of the conformist 1950s. Skipping rope was the big rage then.
Returning to Benson, what happens to those who preach and follow dogma when they come to the spirit world? Not much, Benson says. Not much at all:
“If the minds of such people are stubborn and they are unable really to think for themselves, then do they remain shackled to their narrow religious views, thinking it to be all the truth, until a day of spiritual awakening dawns for them. Then they will see that their slavish adherence to their creeds is holding them back. …
“Of course they do no harm as they are, here, beyond retarding their own spiritual progression. Once they realize what they are doing to themselves, and take the first step forward, their joy knows no bounds.” (4)
Freewill reigns on the other side so the orthodox generally choose to remain off by themselves, while others on the spiritual journey pass them by. Their splendid isolation is not disturbed.
Benson saves his chief arrows for those who preach a punishing God.
“When … I [was] on Earth, [I was] asked to believe that God, the Father of the Universe, punishes, actually punishes people by condemning them to burn in the flames of hell for all eternity. Could there ever be any grosser travesty of the God that orthodoxy professes to worship?
“The churches – of whatever denomination – have built up a monstrous conception of the Eternal Father of Heaven. They have made of Him, on the one hand, a mountain of corruption by shallow lip service, by spending large sums of money to erect churches and chapels to His ‘glory,’ by pretending a groveling contrition for having ‘offended Him,’ by professing to fear Him – fear Him who is all love!
“And on the other hand, we have the picture of a God Who, without the slightest compunction, casts poor human souls into an eternity of the worst of all sufferings – burning by fires that are unquenchable.” (5)
He derides the God of his church:
“The church’s God is being of extraordinary moods. He must be continually placated. It is by no means certain that, having begged for mercy, we shall get it.
“He must be feared – because He can bring down His vengeance upon us at any moment; we do not know when He will strike.
“He is vengeful and unforgiving. He has commanded such triviality as are embodied in church doctrines and dogmas that at once expose not a great mind, but a small one.
“He has made the doorway to ‘salvation’ so narrow that few, very few souls will ever be able to pass through it.
“He has built up on the Earth-plane a vast organization known as ‘the Church,’ which shall be the sole depository of spiritual truth – an organization that knows practically nothing of the state of life in the world of spirit, yet dares to lay down the law to incarnate souls, and dares to say what is in the mind of the Great Father of the Universe, and dares to discredit His Name by assigning to Him attributes that He could not possibly possess.” (6)
Benson takes on the church establishment from the other side. I fear very few in those circles read him. But his time is coming.
Benson is speaking from the Astral Plane, where at least the truth is known. His attitude remains self-righteous. He hasn’t yet escaped viewing the world from an “us or them” perspective.
His expression is not saturated with the same love, grace and forgiveness that seem characteristic of the next plane above him, the Mental Plane, which we know as “Heaven” or the Fifth Dimension.
But there is plainly evident a desire for the truth and to make it known and for a genuine repentance of whatever he contributed to the church’s misinforming its congregations.
The waking up that Benson did on the spirit planes is perhaps reflective of the waking up that many religious adherents may be doing right now. Or that maybe we did … a short while ago.
Part of our mission is to cushion their landing.
(1) Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Here and Hereafter. San Francisco: H.G. White, 1968 (dictated in 1957), 60.
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(2) Loc. cit.
(3) Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Life in the World Unseen. M.A.P., 1993, 187.
(4) Ibid., 33.
(5) Ibid., 84.
(6) Ibid., 84-6.