This series of articles summarizes and explores the classic (1896) book, Wanderer in the Spirit Lands. I try to preserve the original meaning in the summary (which is regular type). My observations and comments are in italics. When I come across concepts in the book that I believe are key to better understanding the bigger picture of the grand plan, I put those key concepts in bold type.
Ch25. Franchezzo and his faithful friend stand on a hilltop to observe one of the battles that erupt endlessly in the dark, bloody valley below. Many military leaders who loved the total carnage, terror, and rage of battle on Earth have been pulled into this darkest of hells by their cruelty and ambition. As on Earth, they divide into camps and forge armies of unhappy spirits too weak to resist their powerful will, aiming to win this barren expanse of low hills, with the ultimate pipe dream of somehow gaining supremacy over hell itself. In the valley below, two dark spirits in regal robes control vast armies that are divided into regiments, each led by a powerful spirit, each now maneuvering skillfully into position. Suddenly both armies swoop down on each other amid terrible shrieks and thunderclaps, the soldiers flying through the air or dragging themselves along the ground. They charge, clash, and charge again. Armed only with teeth and claws, the spirits fight like wild animals, their screeches degrading this hellish place even more. As their armies rage, the two regal generals ascend from the battle and fly at each other, wrestling, biting, and kickboxing silently… but with a ferocity that not even the most savage on Earth could imagine… their eyes stabbing fiery hatred at the other, their hands clutching the other’s throat… until one finally weakens and is thrown into a deep, rocky pit by the victor. By then the victor’s army below has also vanquished the enemy. Those who are able to hobble off the battlefield, take prisoners. The others, hundreds of them, lie on the ground, beaten, broken, and moaning. Franchezzo has witnessed the horrors of war on Earth, the streets littered with the dead and dying… but this is many times worse. Here there is no death, no end to the suffering. The victims with broken, deformed bodies will slowly heal from the agony to fight again. Horrified by it all, Frachezzo wants to leave this place forever, but his friend says this is their opportunity to find lost souls who’ve hit the bottom of their suffering and are ready to seek the refuge of lighter realms. Many of these battered souls are lying here only because they’ve grown sick and tired of harming others, and so they surrendered quickly to their violent enemies. These are the spirits to whom Franchezzo and his friend now offer healing assistance. As they calm the victims into deep sleep, the battlefield around them is suddenly alive with stars of light carried by their Brothers who also have been pulled to this mission of love and mercy. A mist rises above each of the sleeping victims and forms into a healthy, sleeping spirit body that is whisked away by teams of bright, ethereal spirits from the Brotherhood. Franchezzo learns that the spirits of all these soldiers, and even of the regal generals themselves at some distant time in the future, when ready, will become very important players in the Brotherhood. Their knowledge and experience in courageous fighting will someday be employed in the never-ending war against darkness.
Ch26. Eventually the Brothers carrying little lights in their hands converge in the center of the battlefield, joined there by Franchezzo, his friend, and all the others who’d been on the mission… greetings and congratulations all around. Before exiting this horrid land through the wall of fire they stop on a mountaintop overlooking the cities, plains, and mountains in which they’d all been doing their rescue work. The leader wraps things up, telling them that this vast, broiling darkness below them is just a tiny fraction of the great sphere (the 7th level of hell) that goes by many names on Earth and is known to most religions. Some of those hellish communities trace back to the most ancient of times, and many will evolve to represent future civilizations, as long as savage conditions exist on Earth. All of the hellish places explored during this mission exist at the 7th level of hell and are associated with the cities and landscapes of Italy with its heritage of the Roman Empire and early Christianity. All cultures, nations, and cities on Earth have similar spiritual facsimilies that spin off the Earth into 7 higher levels and 7 lower levels. Each place is created by and for a particular class of mind, whose spirits are drawn together after death like magnets. As long as the savage side of humanity stirs fear, hatred, envy, selfishness and suffering among humans on Earth, this vast, level-7 hell will continue to expand. So Franchezzo realizes that his experiences, described in this book, are in some ways similar to, and in other ways quite different from, the experiences of other rescue workers busy elsewhere in the greater hell. And everywhere, even at this lowest level, there are noble seeds within the spirits who failed to atone for their mistakes on Earth. Once the seeds are awakened and the spirits begin to make amends here, then they can start rising to the lighter, nobler realms… finally arriving at the levels of heaven where love, trust, good will, and service are a way of life. Every life experience, whether pleasant or unpleasant, whether lasting eight decades on Earth or eight centuries in hell, is but a small stepping stone along a soul’s path back to the source, or central sun. There are many inhabited physical planets in the various (parallel) material universes, and whenever one of those planets rises to a nobler state that no longer supports these hellish spiritual realms that are described in Chapters 18-25, those dark spirit communities break away from the planet and are pulled like magnets to planets that do support them… planets like Earth.
Maybe an easy way to visualize these many spiritual realms around the Earth is to imagine our planet sitting inside a spherical prism. As thought-forms of Earth’s inhabitants spin off the planet, they are refracted in 14 different “directions” determined by how noble (light and subtle) they are or how savage (dark and dense) they are. The more noble thought-forms of love and generosity spin off to feed the 7 levels of heaven, while the more savage thought-forms of fear and selfishness spin off to feed the 7 levels of hell. The thought-forms don’t stream “out into space” in different directions. Rather, the noble thought-forms stream into 7 lighter, subtler heavenly dimensions, while the savage thought-forms stream into 7 darker, denser hellish dimensions. From our 3-dimensional perspective on Earth, all of these dimensions, along with the Earth itself, are superimposed over each other in the same “space”… like radio signals of different frequency.
It’s evident that people on Earth who follow the noble teachings (love, empathy….) of the Christ, the Buddha, the Prophet, and the other great spiritual teachers through the ages are watched closely and supported by finer beings who foster peace and order.
Others who follow their savage compulsions of hatred, intolerance, and vengeance get the attention of dark spirits from the lower realms who promote chaos and destruction.