The Spirits' Book
Book Two - The Spirit World
Chapter IX - Intervention of Spirits on the Physical World
Affection of Spirits for Certain Individuals
487. What kind of troubles cause the most grief to spirits? Is it our physical suffering or our moral flaws?
“Your selfishness and callousness, because these are the roots of all your troubles. They laugh at the imaginary sorrows stemming from pride and ambition, and celebrate those that will shorten your trial.”
The spirits know that physical life is only fleeting and that its tribulations are the means to enable us to reach a happier state. The moral flaws that hold us back sadden them more than our short-lived physical troubles.
Spirits attach as little importance to our physical problems as we do to the insignificant sorrows of childhood. Seeing the burdens of life as the means of our advancement, they regard them only as a fleeting calamity that will restore the sick to health eventually. They mourn our suffering, as we are saddened by that of a friend, but appreciate them differently from their higher perspective. While inferior spirits try to drive us to anguish to hamper our development, good spirits try to inspire us with the bravery needed to transform our trials into something beneficial for our future.