Conversation with an earthbound policeman killed by a terrorist The World Beyond (13) and Rescue Work.
Seeking revenge retards the soul’s progress.
The spirit of Frances Banks told Helen Greaves of an earthbound policeman who had been killed when trying to arrest a terrorist in his home town in Southern Europe. A fellow officer shot his assailant dead as he tried to escape, but the dead policeman was furiously and unappeasably angry when he realised what had happened to him.
POLICEMAN [finding himself in the spiritual Rehab centre} - My happy life is ended. I’ll not see my boy grow up. My dear wife is alone. It is an abomination – stabbed to death by a terrorist. I’m not ready to be dead. I would never have believed God would permit such a dreadful ending to my life. I’ve always been obedient and faithful to my Church. I believed in God’s love.
FRANCES - This was not God’s doing, but wicked men who were trying to escape from justice for their crimes. Your killer was shot by your protector [a fellow officer].
POLICEMAN - I know, I’m glad! [Black angry clouds seemed to gather around him]. If he’s over here anywhere, I’ll find him, the bastard. If there’s any way I can settle my lot with him I’ll do it. I’ll make him pay!
ANOTHER OF THE GREETING SQUAD - You can’t kill him, you know.
POLICEMAN - I can’t? I’ll find a way to do worse than that. My son – I’ll never see my son again. I’ll never watch him grow up.
HELEN GREAVES (to Frances) - And did he? What happened?
FRANCES - Hatred and anger for revenge has no place here. Our poor brave policeman has fallen upon the very horns of his dilemma – the longing to see his beloved son, and the lust to crucify his murderer. His own mind is keeping him in a hell of his own making. He is earthbound.
HELEN - Like my little old servant in my cottage?
FRANCES - Not quite the same. She was earthbound through her ignorance and the comfort she had discovered [by] still inhabiting your cottage [for over fifty years]. Our policeman has imprisoned himself by his imagination. He lives in his own hell of revenge and is tortured by his longing for his son. He has become earthbound. He cannot bear to renounce the material world and his good life, and he lusts for revenge. Poor creature, he is in his own self-induced prison, looking for the satisfaction of personal revenge and the longing for earthly possession of his baby son. Poor unquiet spirit.
HELEN - And can nothing be done to help him?
FRANCES - We are helping, of course.
HELEN - How?
FRANCES - By our prayers and thoughts, and admiration of his bravery, and by our understanding of his dilemma.
HELEN - How long will he remain earthbound?
FRANCES - Until he himself makes his decision. Like everyone, he has free will. He cannot live in two places at once, and his possible term of material life has been ended. Tragically, we must admit. But his soul must go on to the new life of the Spirit. He has also to find peace and release from his absorption with the past. His lower or material mind is keeping him a prisoner in a hell of his own imagination. Thus he has become earthbound and intransigent to any suggestion of renouncing his desire for revenge on his murderer.
HELEN - And the terrorist? What of him?
FRANCES - He is in the lower regions of this world. A sad region where hardened criminals work out their penances. I have been working in tragic regions [which she describes later on], but the terrorist and his victim’s paths will not cross until both have found peace, and realise that they are prolonging their own tragedies.
HELEN - But the policeman was attacked. He did no wrong.
FRANCES - Of course, he has every right to be with us in the Rehabilitation Centre as you call it. Here he can solve his dilemma, that is, if he forgives his attacker and…
HELEN - And forgets his wife?
FRANCES - Of course not! He will never forget their love, or that for his son. But it is a selfish, self-pitying emotion at the present. We are surrounding him with blessings and understanding and peace. At the moment he is an unquiet soul. We pray that he will be enabled to end his own dilemma and discover the spirit of good, of love and of peace which we term God. I am sure that he will be helped to do this as others have found the light of the spirit in similar circumstances before him.
HELEN - I trust so, too. But how?
FRANCES - Help will be given to him, like the old housekeeper in your cottage. You were sent to that cottage to help her. She was not afraid of you, nor bitter towards you. Also, she was happy enough where she was – not exactly an unquiet soul – only an ignorant and mystified one. The power of the spirit helped her to see her mistake, and to go forth on her journey, and the imminence of that power had been intensified by those good nuns who had heard your story at a conference, and had informed you of the future prayers they would make each evening for her recovery and release. Prayer and meditation, especially group prayer, is a potent power of the spirit. Your old woman went on her way – slowly and fearfully, but after her own prayers she met her father. The light of the spirit is a potent force for good. Sadly, the material life lacks true belief in this spiritual life force.
Yes, there are such souls imprisoned in their own tragedies who still inhabit the scenes of those events, in their sufferings or their foul deeds. You call them ghosts. We know them as unquiet spirits. They haunt the earth, and are sometimes malicious, but are often but sad wraiths of themselves. Mankind fears them, although he has no cause to do so. They are exorcised – and sometimes sent on their way. A better method would be to try to understand their predicament and send love and light and positive thought to them – even to speak to them in your thoughts and to encourage them to look for the light. They will slowly respond, and begin to open their minds. And there are spirits here, advanced souls, ready to receive and help them, and bring them from darkness to light.
We are not the Creator, but the created. We will make innumerable voyages towards the Creator before we truly discover in ourselves that spirit of creation. We are travelers in Eternity from evolution to involvement to unity with each other and with the Eternal Spirit. We have only a child’s perception towards the great spiritual mystery in our present process of evolution.
This series is concerned with the World Beyond, and consequently with the rescue and release of souls who simply have not realised that they have died, as well as with earthbound souls, retarded in their progress and evolution by ignorance, inertia, addiction to material possessions and attractions, or surrounded by evil influences from which they have not the will or power to escape. They will all eventually break free from these negative influences, wake up, and move on towards the higher planes of existence. So that we may see for ourselves what may lie ahead for them, as they move towards the light, and for our own future reference, I will review some further communications from Frances Banks dealing with these higher regions in the next few articles. I will also review the accounts of other communicators, including Frederic Myers, coming through the mediumship of Geraldine Cummins, and T.E. Lawrence coming through Jane Sherwood.
The above dialogue between Frances and Helen reviewed from “The Challenging Light” by Helen Greaves. Neville Spearman, 1984. Another useful and instructive series of books about the After Life has been written by medium Julie Laddon, of Spokane, Washington State, USA. They are “Beyond the Vale” ACS Publications, San Diego 1987, “A Further Step Beyond the Veil” 1988 and “Another Look at the Life Beyond.” 1988. The last two titles were self-published, and are available from Julie.
A comprehensive and more recent guide to the Afterlife is "Handbook to the Afterlife" by Jon Klimo and Pamela Heath. North Altlantic Books / Random House, 2010.
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