To progress is to constantly aim for higher spiritual achievements, and as we do so we realise that the accomplishments of yesterday are soon outmoded, and new victories must be won. The old, however, invariably resists the birth of the new, and what was once progressive, now tends to become contradictory and retrogressive, setting in motion forces of disharmony which we recognise as negative influences. Within each one of us there is a constant struggle between what we are and what we should be.
Our primitive animal instincts hold us down to the material sensuous plane. Our Spiritualist philosophy urges us to higher spheres of consciousness. These opposing forces struggle within us, and often it is with difficulty and pain that we prevail against the temptation of the flesh; but those pains are the birth pangs of progress.
Progress is never easy, and great progress demands sacrifice, but our spiritual blessings are in proportion to the efforts we make, stimulating finer vibrations within our souls which raise us ever higher in the great divine spiral of spiritual progress, from sphere to sphere in eternal duration.
Our vast Spiritualist literature contains overwhelming evidence and teachings regarding our eternal future, based upon the personal experiences and knowledge of those now living in the higher spheres of spirit life. God is eternal and therefore the Universe. As we are indivisible parts of God, we are also eternal. This does not necessarily mean that we existed prior to birth as we now find ourselves or that we shall continue eternally in our present form of spiritual existence. One thing is certain; a path of eternal progress lies before us.