41 QUESTION: What happens in a case like the death of the many children in Chicago who burned in a fire. When those little spirits come into the Spirit World, is a death like this not a tremendous shock?
ANSWER: Well, my dear, you know that children die and I have often discussed this. If it did create a shock in certain cases, then it was good for the entity. It had to go through it. And if it was not good for the entity to experience a shock, it would not have gone through it. You can be sure about that.
QUESTION: How can a child spirit reason?
ANSWER: Why not? Before it was incarnated, it was not a child spirit. It was a grown-up spirit and it voluntarily undertook a short life. Perhaps the spirit preferred to choose a violent, unpleasant death and get it over with quickly, so as to be reborn after a shorter span and then start on a higher level.
You know that entities have their own free will and choice to a large degree. Others may prefer to do it more slowly. Whether an occurrence in a state of shock – for a child or a grown spirit – makes sense or not, the experience will be evaluated and assimilated afterward and whatever the entity experiences will be fruitful and not for nothing.
Let us again take an example: a person is responsible for many cruel deaths, like in a concentration camp. Since this example was chosen before, we will use it again. This spirit is in the Spirit World and sees he has debts to pay, he has much to learn. He may be given the choice to remain in the Spirit World for two to three hundred years, by your earth time measurement. In this period, existence cannot be very pleasant for him.
The sphere he has created for himself with his thought forms, the forms of his emotions, as well as with his deeds is a dark and dismal one. Afterward, an incarnation is waiting for him where certain possibilities exist, but they are again limited, due to what he has called forth. None of these possibilities can be too pleasant or easy.
Then such an entity may ask: “Is there no other way to get this over with more quickly?” Then he may be told, “Yes, there may be ways. You can be reincarnated very soon, perhaps in ten, fifteen, twenty years, and while you help fulfill the fate of some parents who have to go through the hardship of losing a child, you yourself can pay off a great deal by enduring a violent and unpleasant death. Would you prefer that to the other alternatives you have and then start on a cleaner slate for your further development?” And many a spirit desires this.
This is only one possibility – there are many others. But you ought to know by now that there is no injustice and no coincidence.
QUESTION: Disregarding the question of justice, doesn’t it appear as a strange coincidence that there should be wholesale slaughter of many individuals, like for instance in a concentration camp, and that such a large group is burned in a fire? Isn’t there some sort of wrong thinking or action there?
ANSWER: There is no coincidence. You see, when you go back in history, you will see that there were always times when great cruelty existed and mass slaughter happened. After certain intervals it happened again, the next time caused perhaps by another group, another nation. You can be quite sure that in the following period the former torturers then became the victims. Because that is what they have drawn to themselves.
I do not say that this applies to every individual case. There may be cases when the retribution, or effect of the cause set in motion, may be carried out in a different way in an individual fate. Then again, some victims may have undertaken a special task, voluntarily enduring more through one incident like this than they normally would have had to go through in the desire to develop faster, to overstep many levels in one sweep.
As a rule, you can be sure that one mass-killing causes another, changing the roles from torturers to victims until all have learned their lesson. In some instances the paying off of such a debt does not happen in the succeeding incarnation, but several lives lie between cause and effect. You must not forget, you all went through periods of cruelty, some ten incarnations ago, some even less.
If great disasters and accidents happen in which many people are killed, you can be sure that this is a measure taken by the Spirit World where everything is executed in full justice and according to the often freely-chosen fate of the various entities involved.