Is the spirit who animates the body of a child as developed as that of an adult?


“He may be more so, if. before reincarnating himself, he bad progressed farther; it is only the imperfection of his organs that prevents him from manifesting himself. He acts according to the state of the instrument by which alone, when incarnated, he can manifest himself.”


During the infancy of his body, and without reference to the obstacle opposed to his free manifestation by the imperfection of his organs, does a spirit think as a child, or as an adult?


“While he remains a child, it is evident that his organs of thought, not being developed, cannot give him all the intuition of an adult; his range of intellect is therefore only narrow, until increasing age has ripened his reason. The confusion which accompanies incarnation does not cease, all at once, at the moment of birth; it its only dissipated gradually with the development of the bodily organs.”


The observation of a fact of human life furnishes us with a confirmation of the preceding reply-viz., that the dreams of childhood have not the character of those of adult age. Their object is almost always childish a characteristic indication of the nature of a spirit’s thoughts during the Infancy of his organs.


At the death of a child, does its spirit at once regain his former vigour?


“He should do so, since he is freed from his fleshly envelope; but, in point of fact, he only regains his former lucidity when the separation is complete – that is to say, when there is no longer any connection between the spirit and the body.”


Does the incarnated spirit suffer, during the state of childhood, from the constraint imposed on him by the imperfections of his organs?


“No; that state is a necessity. It is a part of the ordination of nature, and of the providential plan. It constitutes a time of repose for the spirit.”


What is, the use, for a spirit, of passing through the state of infancy?


“The aim of incarnation is the improvement of the spirit subjected to it; and a spirit is more accessible during childhood to the impressions he receives, and which may conduce to his advancement-the end to which all those who are entrusted with his education should contribute.”


Why is it that the infant’s first utterances are those of weeping?


“It is in order to excite the mother’s interest on his behalf, and to ensure to him the care he needs. Can you not understand that if a child, before he is able to speak, uttered only cries of joy, those around him would trouble themselves very little about his wants ? In all these arrangements’ admire the wisdom of Providence.”



Excerpt from Allan Kardec‘s “The Spirit’s Book”, translated by Anna Blackwell, LAKE (Livraria Allan Kardec Editora), page 194. Printed in Brazil. Version found at Public Domain.




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