Spirits may be defined as the intelligent beings of the creation. They constitute the population of the universe, in contradistinction to the forms of
the material world.
Are spirits distinct from God, or are they only emanations from or portions of the Deity, and called, for that reason, "sons" or "children" of
Spirits are the work of God, just as a machine is the work of the mechanician who made it: the machine is the man's work, but it is not the man.
You know that when a man has made a fine or useful thing, he calls it his 'child'-his 'creation.' It is thus with us in relation to God. We are His
children in this sense, because we are His work.
If spirits had not had a beginning, they would be equal with God; whereas they are His creation, and subject to His will. That God has existed from
all eternity is incontestable; but as to when and how He created us, we know nothing. You may say that we have had no beginning in this sense, that,
God being eternal, He must have incessantly created. But as to when and how each of us was made, this, I repeat, is known to no one. It is the great
Since there are two general elements in the universe, namely, the intelligent element and the material element, would it be correct to say that
spirits are formed from the intelligent element as inert bodies are formed from the material element?
"It is evident that such is the case. Spirits are the individualization of the intelligent principle, as bodies are the individualization of the
material principle. It is the epoch and mode of this formation that are unknown to us.
Do spirits constitute a world apart from that which we see?
Yes; the world of spirits or incorporeal intelligences.
Which of the two, the spirit-world or the corporeal world, is the principal one in the order of the universe?
The spirit-world. It is pre-existent to, and survives, everything else.
Might the corporeal world never have existed, or cease to exist, without changing the essentiality of the spirit-world?
Yes; they are independent of each other, and yet their correlation is incessant, for they react incessantly upon each other."
Do spirits occupy a determinate and circumscribed region in space?
Spirits are everywhere; the infinitudes of space are peopled with them in infinite numbers. Unperceived by you, they are incessantly beside you,
observing and acting upon you; for spirits are one of the powers of Nature, and are the instruments employed by God for the accomplishment of His
providential designs. But all spirits do not go everywhere; there are regions of which the entrance is interdicted to those who are less advanced.
Science and the nature or spirits will one day be realized that they are one and the same. Science cannot disprove spiritualism. It is the force or
programming that it is in everything in the universe. One cannot deny this force as science searches for these answers
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