All we see in the visible world is only a reflection, an imitation of what is going on above in the invisible world
"People are capable of understanding many things when it concerns their material lives, but when it is a matter of their inner lives, their psychic (emotional, mental and spiritual) lives, they understand nothing. Just look around you: people try to educate themselves, they sit for examinations to obtain diplomas which give them a step up on the social ladder, because they know this will bring them prestige, more money, and more leisure. But why do they not understand that the same laws exist in the psychic domain, in the spiritual domain? There too an organization, a hierarchy exists, and if we work hard at improving ourselves, at winning victories over ourselves, we receive diplomas and insignia, thanks to which the higher spirits recognize us and accept us amongst them. All we see in the visible world is only a reflection, an imitation of what is going on above in the invisible world. Thus, it is this same effort people expend to climb in their social lives that disciples, instructed in the reality of things, must make to rise in the spiritual world. They must say to themselves: ‘I too want to rise, I too want to distinguish myself.' And they study, they exercise, they strengthen themselves, and they succeed in conquering their weaknesses: and all these successes are imprinted upon them."