The Law of Cause and Effect
- Spirits (in their evolutionary process) start
and end at the same place. In this regard we are all equals before
the Creator. A spirit’s goal is to progress ever towards relative
perfection, devoid of all materiality and towards superior morality
and intellect. It accomplishes this through reincarnation (soul
evolution), through successive incarnations in material worlds. It
is only in the material world that a spirit can put into practice,
through trials and tests, its good intentions and evolve to its
final purified state. It cannot accomplish this after one material
existence and then continue evolving solely living in the spirit
- A purified spirit no longer suffers or must undergo
reincarnations. They assist in the Divine order and harmony of the
Cosmos and are the messengers of the Creator in the exercise of the
- Happiness belongs exclusively to a state of relative perfection;
this is the state of a spirit’s complete purification. Every
imperfection is a source of suffering and the deprivation of
- The acquiring of knowledge and of goodness brings with it an
increase of enjoyment and diminishes the sources of suffering.
- Every imperfection of the spirit produces its own inevitable
consequences of suffering. Every good quality of the spirit
produces, by virtue of the same law, its own natural and certain
fulfillment of happiness. This is the Law of Cause and Effect.
- Therefore, the amount of a spirit’s suffering is exactly
proportioned to the degree of its imperfection, and, the amount of a
spirit’s happiness is exactly proportioned to the degree of its
intellectual and moral advancement.
- Each spirit, through the force of its will and the effort it
makes, has the power to acquire the good qualities it lacks and rid
it of the bad traits it has.
- Each spirit receives the merits or suffers the consequences of all
their deeds but the path to redemption and total purification is
open to all.
- We (spirits) find our own unhappiness (our “Hell”) or happiness
(our “Heaven”) wherever we may be, whether in the material world or
the spirit world.
- The good or wrongdoing that we commit is the result of the good or
bad qualities that our spirits possess. Not to do all the good which
we have the power to do is also the result of an imperfection on our
part. Consequently, since every imperfection is a source of
unhappiness, we suffer not only for all the wrongdoing we commit,
but also for any good we could have done but did not do.