Jedi Council Member
I've just finished reading this on kindle. I agree that it's richer in detail - but it also clearer with idea's for progress.After finishing this book I listened to his another audiobook The Afterlife Unveiled: What the Dead are Telling Us About Their World and actually found it richer in detail.
Strange to say, many are the spirits who, after a lifetime of evildoing, feel more at home inside the gate, inside their self made hell, as far away from the light as they can get. Frances tells us there are three conditions to be met before there can be progress: facing one's defects, yearning to be free of those defects, and service to fellow spirits. Some want to change, some don't. Just on earth.
All is not lost for these spirits though because some of the more advanced spirits choose to continue to work with them, always only offering, but never forcing. It's considered a type of missionary work.
But let's remember that advanced spirits are constantly working to free these spirits, soul by soul, from their imprisonment in vice, and that the will is always free. Often good triumphs: By their efforts many spirits rise, and when rescued from degradation, work out long and laborious purification in the probation spheres, where they are removed from influences for evil, and entrusted to the care of the pure and good.
But are there hopeless cases? Imperator admits there are. And their destiny is tragic: They that will not seek for anything that is good, that wallow in impurity and vice, sink lower and lower, until they lose conscious identity and become practically extinct, so far as personal existence is concerned; so at least we believe. Imperator calls this determined refusal to pick themselves up, this deliberate rejection by the soul of all that is good and ennobling, the unpardonable sin. But God has nothing to do with the withholding of pardon: Unpardonable, not because the Supreme will not pardon, but because the sinner chooses it to be so. Unpardonable because pardon is impossible where sin is congenial, and penitence unfelt. In other words, the soul chooses hell as the lesser of two evils, the greater being the arduous road to healing and regeneration. Such a soul rejects all offers of help by missionary spirits and thereby seals its own doom. Imperator tells Moses, however, that there is no arraignment before the assembled universe...as is in your mind. [The Day of Judgement] is an allegory...The soul is arbiter of its own destiny; its own judge. This is so in all cases of progress or retrogression. It is reassuring to be told by Imperator, Mercifully, such cases are rare.