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One Step Higher: Chapter 1

AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION

Continues The Search for Wisdom

Immediately we put our hands in her outstretched ones, looking up into her eyes. We had been walking in the midst of our friends but in an instant had withdrawn from them in consciousness. Whether angels came with invitations or whether they went off to other planes, . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Chapter 1

One Step Higher: Chapter 2

THE PLACE OF MEETING

‘I must confess I have a destination in view,’ our angel said. ‘I think it will please you. It certainly will surprise you. It may even startle you!’

‘What can it be?’ Janet and I spoke together and leaned forward to exchange a sudden glance.

‘It is the Place of Meeting.’

. . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Chapter 2

One Step Higher: Chapter 3

LIGHT

For some time, as we had been speaking, a luminous shining had appeared in the far distance. As I had watched it, it had grown steadily, and Janet, suddenly catching sight of it, cried: ‘Is that the Place of Meeting?’

‘Yes,’ said our guide, ‘and now, before we arrive, I must veil your eyes, . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Chapter 3

One Step Higher: Chapter 4

SHADE

When we at last rejoined our angel, we had nothing to say to her at all. She took one look at our joyful faces, then wordlessly guided us along the woodland path, out into the luminous shining. Very soon we were held to her sides, winging our way downward through the higher Void.

When . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Chapter 4

One Step Higher: Chapter 5

THE DARK WATERS

At this we tried to draw back, but her hands were firm upon us. Inexorably she drew us down the steep bank and I comforted myself with the thought that at least we would be true students. We soon reached the ocean bed and began to move among the people there. Some . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Chapter 5

One Step Higher: Chapter 6

THE WINGS OF THE MORNING

Think not so much of the shadow,’ said our angel as we wheeled our way rapidly above the rocky plain. ‘Think of the light of Love that sends these angels to labour among the souls of men!’

At this, all our sorrows melted away, for we were comforted. ‘”Whither shall . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Chapter 6

One Step Higher: Chapter 7

THE OBSERVATION SCREEN

It was a strange experience. The scenes were the old, familiar ones I remembered so well-streets and houses, parks, hills, isolated moors and downland, thickly populated tenements, the interiors of great meeting-places and churches. Yet what a difference! For now I saw, not only what people did, but why they did these . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Chapter 7

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 1

PART II: ON THE MOUNT

Chapter One

THE ANGEL OF THE GOLDEN BALL

‘On this encouraging note let us say goodbye,’ said our guide, when we had travelled away from the House of Conclave.

‘We have not learned enough yet,’ I urged, seeking to detain her, and Janet added: ‘Our search for wisdom is not . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 1

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 2

A VEIL FROM OUR EYES

Janet and I looked at each other. Then our eyes returned to the angel. We must have shown the dismay we felt, for he made a little caressing gesture as though to reassure us, then began to teach us in steady, firm tones.

‘This truth-that all knowledge is within-like the . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 2

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 3

THE GARDEN OF DESIRE

‘Shall we walk awhile?’ our angel suggested.

We rose at once with a great eagerness, for our eyes had strayed, from time to time, along the path of this fragrant garden, wondering where it led. As we walked slowly along, I was surprised to see that my shoulder was not nearly . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 3

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THE TEACHING OF THE ANGEL-STUDENT

‘Now ALL around us in this spacious Heaven-world are myriads of cells, invisible to our eyes. When we desire anything (as, for instance, this volume) we first raise our hearts to the Great Father, asking that His Light may infuse the cells. Now this prayer is not an ordinary one, . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 4

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 5

DESIRE STUFF

‘Is the story in the book part of our mind-picture, too?’

He looked up again, smiling. This time he entirely closed the volume as though he thought he would have no chance to study for a long while!

‘No. This story is kept in the records of the Hall of Books. On the . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 5

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 6

THE NARROW WAY

After we had walked for a while we crossed a lawn set about with shapely bushes, having tapering tops and casting deep shadows on the ground. In the midst of this lawn was a well where we paused to drink of the water from its cool depths. As we rested on the . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 6

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 7

THE CAUSEWAY OF CONSCIOUSNESS

‘Just as you needed to concentrate upon the narrow pathway,’ our angel began, ‘so those who cross the Causeway need to concentrate upon their way. The Causeway of Consciousness is the link by which we pass from one plane to another as I have previously explained. Thus you could go from . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 7

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AN EXPERIMENT

‘Now WHERE would you like to travel?’ asked the angel.

‘Is it an unpleasant sensation at first?’ I asked, doubtfully.

‘Why, you have experienced it many, many times-without even knowing!’ our teacher assured us and so we fell to talking – Janet and I – deciding where we should go.

Suddenly I remembered . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 8

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SECRET OF JOY

We were thrilled with our experiment and poured out all the details to our dear teacher. He listened attentively and when we had finished he asked us once more where we would like to go.

‘Why, may we travel again already?’ I asked in surprise.

‘You are going to travel a great . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 9

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 10

THE FREEDOM OF THE STARS

When we came to ourselves in the Broad Field our angel was sitting beside us with his wings drawn around his head. We sat silent for we knew that he was in meditation. Janet and I had much to occupy our thoughts. We went over all our meetings with our . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 10

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THE PARADISE OF SAINTS

Presently were aware that our movement had ceased. Our angel was poised a little above the sphere, holding us to his sides. He gazed steadily into the great light without anything to veil his eyes and I thought that angels’ sight must be adapted for such radiance. True, our eyes were . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 11

One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 12

THE GARDEN OF BREATH

Far into the void we continued our adventurous way. Now we had a vast array of stars to look down upon. Some appeared mere specks in the darkness, others were nearer and their brilliance lit up the surroundings in a blinding radiance. Here and there we passed swift-moving chariots of angels, . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 12

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THE HEAVEN OF THE ‘BABES’

‘Where do we go now?’ I asked happily. We had had so many adventures that each destination was a new delight and I pressed against our angel gratefully. How patient he had been with us, teaching us deep mysteries, step by step, so that we could understand!

‘It is the . . . → Read More: One Step Higher: Part II: Chapter 13