Spiritual laws are built upon things like justice, wisdom, perfection and love, so they operate like a finely calibrated machine and are followed with exacting precision. The only exception is when we have accrued merits through our good efforts that justify interference on our behalf.
One hard and fast rule in spiritual matters is that like attracts like, every time. This is a law that can’t be changed. So for example, in the spirit realm, there are both good spirits and bad spirits, and we will attract the ones who specialize in the good or bad qualities that are a match for what we ourselves possess.
Let’s say we have a fault of being selfish. This means selfish specialists will be able to attach themselves to us. Or if our fault is to go off on people in furious outbursts, we’ll have negative specialists around us who are just waiting for us to let them unload on someone. They will influence us, take over us, and then live through us, if we let them.
So it’s our own faults that crack open the door and let them in, and then they wait for an opportunity to spring into action. That’s how we collude with them. The only way to rid ourselves of these specialists is by doing our work and overcoming our faults. When we do so, those entities learn from us and also grow. But if we’re not diligent and strong, they will inspire us to follow them in their blindness. In the end, if we let this happen, we will not then become our best selves.
God’s laws are lovingly designed to eventually bring us back to where we started, which is back into union with God. For God is love and the very nature of love is to share. We, however, in our humanity, turn every divine aspect into its opposite, using the same power towards a very different outcome. So we are the ones who separated ourselves from God, and now we find ourselves here on planet Earth where people of varying levels of spiritual development are all jumbled up, and not always sharing the space so well together.
In the Spirit World, thoughts and feelings aren’t abstract like they are here in this material world. There, everything is concrete and everything has form, not just material objects like here. This means that even love has form in the Spirit World and is not invisible.
So there, spirits only live in worlds with other spirits who are at a similar level of development. Such an arrangement facilitates life in general, but individual development is slowed down. For there’s less friction, which is what is needed to bring our faults to the surface where we can see them and fix them. Without the friction then of other people’s faults, we’re slower to develop. This points to the very real upside of coming here to Earth.
We all know that physical growth can only happen gradually, and it’s no different with growing spiritually or emotionally. It takes time. But it’s so worth making the effort. For nothing in the world can do more to eliminate strife than every little step that each of us takes toward developing awareness of our flaws and being willing to address them.
In truth, any time we’re upset by someone else’s faults, there must be a matching sock somewhere in our soul. For we especially condemn the faults we see in someone else that we ourselves have. The disharmony we feel is because deep down we don’t want to admit or give up our own fault, and this makes us resent the fault when we see it in someone else.
And right there, in our resentment, we are breaking spiritual law, because we refuse to see ourselves in truth. To whatever extent we can’t remain serene in the face of another’s faults, to that extent we don’t accept ourselves as we are right now. When we inwardly fight against the other, it’s ourselves we refuse to accept. Our work is to learn to tolerate other people’s faults, including those that we ourselves have as well as those we don’t, while we take steps to dismantle our own shortcomings.