There are an enormous variety of spirits: with good and bad and all the range between. Humans have associated with many of these, knowingly and unknowingly, since the dawn of humankind. This is reflected in language to a certain extent. Many old sayings and clichés indicate knowledge of spirit/human interactions.
For example: I'm not myself today; I don't know what came over me; he's in low spirits; you're in high spirits; I don't know what possessed me; the children have the devil in them today; go to hell; it was heaven sent; you're an angel; you're a devil; I'm in heaven; she's in seventh heaven; the wind howled like a banshee; something spooked him; he played like a man possessed; someone just walked over my grave; et cetera.
And words like God; Heaven, Hell, Hades, Purgatory, Limbo, black magic; Voodoo; The Devil; The Big Kuhuna; black Sabbath; Witchcraft, Spell; Succubus, Incubus, Poltergeist, Sylph, Salamander, Undine, gnome, Vampire, Werewolf, Haunting, Evil Spirit, Imp, Gargoyle, Harpy, Mischievous Spirit, Demon, Pixie, Fairy, Elf, Troll, Dragon, Satan, Angel, Archangel; Karma, Universal Law, Astral, Maya, Avatar, Nature Spirit, Elemental, Spirit Guide, Spirit Channel; Guardian Angel, Higher-Self; et cetera.
All the above and many more like them indicate widespread ancient beliefs in nonphysical beings and spiritual forces. These words are all in common use today. Either there is some real meaning, history and worth behind these words and phrases, or mankind has one hell of an imagination.
The Nature of Good & Evil:
What exactly is good and evil? We are all instinctively supposed to know the difference. The majority of us have innate senses of right and wrong, something we call conscience. Conscience stems from social programming, but is also something more subtle and intangible; varying in strength from person to person. But whether or not one listens to ones conscience or not is another matter. One might ask why evil exists at all and what purpose it serves. Its easy to imagine that in a perfect world evil would not exist. But what would the world would be like without evil, and more importantly, the adversity that springs from it? Could human society still function and evolve? What would become of our race if we did not have evil and adversity to push and fight against?
Good and evil are the opposing forces in what could be called the chaos of ever-changing evolutionary mutation. These forces provide the movement that shapes humanity, on both individual and group levels. Like the opposing poles of a magnet, positive and negative, neither good nor evil could exist without the other. Each is grounded, made real and given purpose by the existence of the other. If these forces are balanced, evolutionary change is free to move and experiment and harmony reigns supreme. But if the balance tilts too far one way or the other, chaos is overcome by dogmatic stagnation. And stagnation is fatal to human existence and evolution, physical and spiritual.
As there are good spirits, so there are bad spirits. Each group influences and shapes mankind, on group and individual levels. Good people struggle against bad people, good spirits against bad spirits. And in the midst of this struggle both change, growing stronger and wiser. Progress, growth and change are achieved on all sides. But there would be no growth or change without the underlying struggle between good and evil.
Good and evil are often a matter of perspective. Good people sometimes find they have to do seemingly evil things to bring about good results; where ends justify means. Sometimes, during the struggle between good and evil, bad people are shown the error of their ways. And through forced realizations, they often become good people themselves. Both good and bad struggle and sacrifice together. And through this struggle, lessons are learned, realizations forced and gifted on all sides. The end result is always change and growth, for better or worse. But only time and hindsight show true results. But so far, nature has done a reasonably good job of evolving the universe and all it contains, both physically and spiritually.
Karma is the accumulated influential force generated by all past acts of consciousness, both positive and negative; the sum of good and bad deeds. Through karma, a spirit obtains the real life experiences it requires to progress spiritually; through hard-life experience, via multiple bio-incarnations in the physical dimension. Karma can also be related to what the Christian Bible refers to as Sin.
Karma enables a spirit to maintain a healthy spiritual balance, life after life. This promotes spiritual growth and balance, while helping to avoid the possibility of soul corruption; which is to become totally evil. Karma is not reward and punishment. Karma promotes spiritual evolution through a process of enforced spiritual balance, and the upwards struggle this always entails.
For every act of consciousness performed, an equal and opposite reaction is generated within the currents of universal law. All actions are eventually inflicted back upon their perpetrators, as per Karmic Law, in both the short and long term. This is aptly expressed by the popular sayings: "What goes around comes around" and "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Karma and Universal Law are indivisible aspects of the one subtle mechanism. Universal law works through the incredibly complex set of attractions, repulsions and conditional influences that are preset within every conscious being. Like may attract like, but only as preset and allowed by Karma. Karmic law adjusts how universal law works through all individuals, and through groups of connected individuals. Universal law can best be described as the working mechanism of karma, the magnetic force that applies the preset attractions and repulsions of karma to life experience in real time.
Karma and Universal Law have two main aspects, active and passive. Their active elements have more-noticeable affects on ones life, as its influences are more active and immediate in the short term. Passive or residual elements represent the underlying theme of ones life. These are long term conditional influences, possibly involving karma accumulated through many lifetimes.
The active aspects of Karma and Universal Law are more strongly affected by psychic attacks and the presence of negs in and around ones life. The way to counter these effects is to actively apply the principles of Right Living, Right Thinking and Right Action. These are all active actions that have immediate effects on life, as life is being lived.
The forces of Karma and Universal Law, and how they affect individuals, can be reduced to the concept of luck. Luck also has active and passive elements. Passive good luck means one will be generally lucky in life, meaning life will usually work out well for one in the long term. Active good luck means one will have moments of extreme luckiness, or winning streaks, where everything one touches turns to gold.
Both active and passive luck forces have reverse sides, commonly called bad luck. The presence of negs in and around ones life will tend to promote bad luck and suppress good luck.
I have often heard it said that karma should never be interfered with, and that when misfortune strikes, people should be left to work out their karma alone. This is frequently quoted to me as the reason not to interfere, or as the reason why nothing can be done, when people suffer psychic attacks and/or possessions. I think what they really mean to say is, when all they know has failed to help, by default, this failure is blamed upon that person's own karma.
But it could be said that we interfere with karma all the time and think nothing of it. We have road rules to improve safety and stop accidents. We have lifeguards at beaches to rescue people. We have police and courts to enforce our laws and protect the innocent. We have doctors to treat injury and disease. All of these can be said to interfere with the natural way of things, with karma. But all these things are taken into account by Karmic Law, as are all acts of consciousness.
If people really believed in karma to that extent, they would neither seek nor offer medical help, because disease and injury are instruments of karma. If thieves are stealing their property they would neither stop the thieves nor call the police. After all, its only living karma in action.
Its easy to blame things on Karma, be it fortune or misfortune. Its also foolhardy, verging on the ridiculous, to take belief in karma to extremes like the above. But this is not to say that karma does not exist. Karma is a very real and influential spiritual force. But ones belief in karma should be tempered with commonsense and reason.
Karma and universal law are subtle influential currents, linking and affecting the actions and interactions of all life forms. Karma could aptly be called the underlying weave in the divine tapestry of life. It could also be called the unifying field, the holographic carrier wave, through which all life is interconnected. Every action within this unifying energy field creates a ripple, a wave. This flows out and eventually flows back upon its source as a counter-wave, an equal and opposite reaction to the original wave.
Its clear that karma and universal law work through everything and everyone, be they man or beast, inorganic being or bacteria. If a child is drowning, that child's life might be saved or not as the case might be. Karma and universal law are involved in the causative factors behind the accident, yes, but they may also provide the means to rescue. Through the process of action and reaction the cosmic drama plays on. Lessons are learned and wisdom gained, experience after experience, life after life. Regardless of outcomes good or bad, changes and realizations are gifted all around. Friendships are made and broken. Love flares, waxes, wanes and dies. Hope is lost but endlessly renewed. And above all, life goes on regardless.
Another karmic analogy involves a hungry Tiger. Like all wild animals, the Tiger lives and works closely with universal law. It uses its innate predator skills to hunt and feed itself and its cubs. Universal law obliges and presents it with an unprotected child. The tiger takes a child and feeds its family. Now this may sound like a bad thing, but good and bad do not come into this karmic equation. The child was left unprotected and was available. Universal law, or in this case the law of the jungle (nature red in tooth and claw --Kipling) provided the hungry Tiger and cubs with a much-needed meal.
Universal law does not differentiate between humans and animals on that level of existence, concerning The Law Of The Jungle. God loves and cares equally for all His creations, be they Tiger cub or human child. Us modern humans like to think we are special, that we are above such raw brutality. But that goes against all the laws of nature.
The results of any real-life drama are always complex; countless wheels within wheels. In the above case, the child's spirit passes on from this world and the Tiger and cubs are fed. The cubs live where they might otherwise have died; to grow and perhaps mate and breed and kill again. The lives of the child's family are altered forever. Guilt, blame and grief change everyone concerned. Reactions occur that would never happen under any other circumstance. Friendships are made and broken, lessons are learned, hard life realizations and changes are gifted all around.
Any cosmic drama unfolds into a many splendored pattern, no matter how insignificant it might seem on the surface. Threads are woven and unpicked continually in the great tapestry of life. The end results caused by small changes can be massive and widespread changes, for better or worse in all directions. These changes affect both the present and the future; countless wheels within wheels within cosmic wheels.
When the theory of karma and universal law are applied to psychic attack and neg. influence, even to possession, it becomes clear one is looking at an enormously complex equation. Negs attack, torment, injure and influence people for their own foul purposes. But like the Tiger, what attracts negs in the first place? Is it karma, chance, circumstance or destiny? Is it universal law working through the preset attractions and repulsions of Karma? When people come under attacks it can be said life is testing them sorely. Lifestyles, beliefs, aspirations, expectations and personal choices have everything to do with it. Dark clouds of unseen terror may enter peoples lives. But in the overcomes, silver linings are always eventually revealed.
How people affect those around them depends greatly on what choices they make, and upon what actions they take to meet life's challenges; large and small. By fighting against neg. attacks and influences, people are given opportunities to change and grow. Whether changes are positive or negative depends upon individual reactions, choices, strengths and weaknesses. The words of the great thinker, Nietzsche, "Pain that does not kill us makes us stronger" are entirely apt here.
Many people with high spiritual ideals and desires have come to me complaining about bad Karma and the seeming unfairness of life, asking what can be done to ease it. Often they stagger under life's burdens and suffer greatly. Life is undoubtedly testing them sorely. Many rile against God for inflicting such pressure, instead of just giving them the spiritual gifts and truths they crave and have often worked so hard for.
Being good and striving hard for spiritual development is often not enough. Strength and spiritual maturity are required to accomplish great things in life. And these things always have a steep price tag. If ones hearts desire is to do great spiritual works, then one needs great spiritual strength and maturity. If these are not preexisting, life has many ways to teach what is necessary to realize ones goals. Hard life lessons are usually involved and many fall by the wayside.
For example, if one aspires to a spiritual level where one is capable of healing the sick, or casting out bad spirits, or seeing into the future, one must understand that these are not easy things to learn and do. All require great strength of character and spirit. If one does not have these, one could not withstand the negative spiritual forces the realization and use of these abilities would invoke. Taking this into account, one must either rethink ones goals and expectations or be prepared for it when life provides the necessary. The lessons involved may entail great suffering, physically, emotionally and spiritually. If this is accepted, and the lessons weathered stoically and good-naturedly, they will be of far shorter duration than they might otherwise be. This is sage advice to all who aspire to great spiritual attainment.
What all the above means in relation to good and evil spiritual forces, is that both are necessary parts of Karma and Universal Law. Both good and bad spirits have their place in the grand design. All play their parts in promoting necessary (Karmic?) life-path changes. Good spirits apply forces and pressures representing positive karma, while bad spirits apply forces and pressures representing negative karma. Short term results may be adversity, struggle and suffering through change. But long term results are spiritual strength, maturity and progression.
In the case of the Tiger, one could easily say evil spirits influenced the family into leaving the child unprotected, and in leading the Tiger there. It could also be said that good spirits (the child's guardian angel?) failed. Its common for people to blame God for their misfortunes when they have no one else to blame. But is life really this simple?
Karma and universal law are not governed by what humans want or would like to believe. At best we struggle to understand what we now see through a glass but darkly. We see only the surface of karma and universal law in action. We do not understand their complex depths and inner mysteries. But we do know enough to recognize and give names to actions of these forces. While awesomely complex, once again, they can be reduced to the simple concept of luck.
While karmic influences, attractions and repulsions are preset within all individuals at birth, the laws of choice and chance are ever present. These allow change through the action of free will. Actions of free will affect luck. By living under the opposing influences of good and bad luck (good and bad karma) spiritual balance can be attained. And if right thinking, right effort and right action are applied to ones life, Karmic burdens can be greatly eased.
If one could rise above life and see an overview of these awesome forces in action, the most noticeable thing would have to be the constant flux and change. To a casual glance it might appear to be a chaotic maelstrom without rhyme or reason. But if one watches close enough for long enough, patterns emerge like solar flares, showing myriad possibilities for spiritual growth and attainment.
The Christian church is a prime example of widespread belief in the supernatural. All church beliefs are centered around supernatural phenomena, and interactions between humans and spiritual beings. For example: the miracles of Moses, i.e., the burning bush; parting the waters of a sea. The miracles of Jesus: walking on water; healing the sick; raising the dead; turning water into wine; surviving death. The Holy Bible is full of references to supernatural phenomena, and of meaningful interactions between human and spiritual beings.
While many people sincerely believe in all of the above, some only pay lip service to religion today. Many call themselves Christians, but are unbaptized and never attend services, pray or worship in a church. They choose to believe in the forces of good, but while refusing to believe in the existence of evil. Belief in God, for some people today, really has no more substance than Father Christmas holds for most adults. They scoff at supernatural phenomena and at the existence of evil spirits.
These informal, modern religious beliefs are highly selective. Unfortunately, this selectivity extends to much of the New Age spiritualist movement. Heaven is believed in, but Hell and Purgatory have been intellectualized out of existence. God and His angels are believed in. But Satan and his demons are downplayed as misguided earthbound spirits, of no real substance or consequence. These one-sided beliefs make people feel better about life, knowing they can never go to Hell or be afflicted by demons.
Even the concept of Sin has been watered down. To many modern people it simply means: as long as no one gets hurt its OK to do just about anything. And with a totally loving and forgiving God to answer to at life's end, one is assured of forgiveness and absolution for ones Sins, no matter what one does during ones life.
Many years ago, widespread education sparked a decline in traditional church beliefs. The masses became too intelligent and scientifically-minded to accept what the old church had to offer. People drifted away and eventually created more informal versions of traditional beliefs. These better suited modern thought, expectations, conscience, fears and insecurities. Concepts like The Devil, Demons, Hell, Evil spirits, Purgatory and Sin were quickly discarded or watered down.
Modern pseudo Christian beliefs provide psychological life and afterlife security for many. But they provide little protection against negs. The existence of negs is widely disbelieved in. And its hard to defend oneself against something one does not believe in. Its also hard to get advice and help concerning neg. related problems, when ones peers do not believe in the possibility of such problems.
But modern people are not to blame for this. They are merely trying to stay sane in a rapidly-changing and evolving world. I think the blame rests squarely with the early church for not evolving along with the modern world. Somehow all the faith and old knowledge got left behind; lost in a past where church beliefs were once cornerstones of daily life. On a brighter note, I see churches everywhere rapidly modernizing and evolving, trying valiantly to catch up with the rest of the world.
The subjects of witchcraft and demonology are generally frowned on in much of the modern Western world. But in many other parts of the world, witches, demons and evil spirits are widely acknowledged. A couple of hundred years ago this was also acknowledge in the West. Our Western ancestors believed in these things far more strongly than most people do today. The infamous Witch Hunts of The Inquisition were a direct result of widespread belief in supernatural relationships.
To really understand the history of witchcraft and demonology, one has to do a lot of reading. The world's great libraries contain an enormous number of volumes on these subjects, with many original texts and first-hand accounts dating back hundreds of years.
Modern New Age channeling used to be called Spirit Mediumship. There are many forms of mediumship, i.e., psychic sensing, visual clairvoyance, clairaudience, automatic writing and trance-type spirit communications. This last usually involves channels putting themselves into the trance state, and allowing spirits to overshadow and communicate through them. This is much like a temporary form of benevolent possession.
But trance mediumship (channeling) is always inherently risky. No matter how people phrase invitations (invocations) for this, permission can be obtusely or even accidentally given for any available spirit to enter and control them. Whether or not a good or bad spirit takes up an offer seems more a matter of luck than anything. However, I neither decry nor recommend any type of channeling or spirit communication. It's all a matter of personal taste and judgment really.
Some people may disagree with my thoughts on trance mediumship. People often believe they are safe because they specifically state during the invocation that only good spirits of such and such a type are allowed. But who or what moderates spirit beings, good or bad, on what they can and cannot do? People may say prayers of protection and visualize angels and barriers surrounding them, but they are still at risk. Bad spirits rarely read the fine print of prayers and will often disguise themselves as good spirits.
It can be very difficult to tell good spirits from bad in a trance mediumship situation. Many bad spirits do not have tangible atmospheres of evil that sensitives might detect, as they are shielded by their mediums. My best advise is to treat all spirits as one would treat any stranger one might meet on the street. Trust should be earned by good deeds and never given by default.
'Test your spirits' is sage advice from the Holy Bible. Questioning spirits will often reveal their true intentions. Most bad or false good spirits will frequently backtrack and contradict themselves, if intelligently questioned. The ability to say prayers and passages of sacred text is no test at all. Evil spirits have been known to quote the Holy Bible slicker than any minister.
One rarely hears of the mishaps that occur to people while experimenting with or trying to learn trance mediumship. Most are swept under the carpet and/or blamed on bad karma. I have helped many people in this situation. Most people go into denial when supernatural things go wrong. This is especially so if their model of reality does not allow for the machinations of evil spirits.
For any individual or group pursuing spirit contact and phenomena, the most basic protection advised would be a running-water perimeter barrier. I would also suggest everyone walk over the running-water perimeter before entering the protected area within. This will effectively keep out most free roaming negs, but will not protect against negs that are already resident inside group members. (Such a barrier is easily made with a 5 gallon plastic keg, a small aquarium submersible pump and some oxygen tubing).
Some types of channeling and mediumship involve spirits overshadowing people and causing psychic abilities to manifest through them. This is caused by direct spirit manipulation of the human bioenergy body. Through this spirits may for example cause people to become clairvoyant (seeing visions) or clairaudient (hearing spirit voices) or to gain healing ability.
Spirit caused abilities must be preexisting in the person they are being caused in. Therefore, they can be developed and used by that person without spirit intervention, should that person care to undertake the necessary training.
Early in the twentieth century, heavier forms of what was called 'physical' mediumship were more common. These involved the production of ectoplasm, which was often used to cloak or partially cover spirit figures so they could be seen and heard by the average person; called materialization (covering full body) or transfiguration (covering face only). Other types of physical mediumship involve causing voices to be heard by all in a room (direct voice) and various types of levitation of objects, i.e., levitating a trumpet through which spirit voices could be heard. Often, public materialization demonstrations were given to audiences of thousands.
If one studies physical mediumship, its clear similarities exist between good spirit phenomena and bad spirit phenomena. For example, the power good spirits use to levitate physical objects is much the same as that used by poltergeists. The production of voices and ectoplasm by good spirits is similar to bad spirits causing frightening apparitions and scary voices. And the knocks and taps of an early type of spirit communication (called Table Tapping) is obviously related to the knocks and taps commonly heard during psychic attacks and hauntings.
Good spirits will sometimes perform healings, and/or cause healing abilities to manifest in channels. Some form of spirit overshadowing is often involved. The healing abilities of good spirits is also a type of spirit phenomena, i.e., bioenergy body manipulation of healers and patients by spirits to cause healing. I believe this power is often misused, or reversed, by bad spirits to cause illness and disease in much the same way. Sudden health problems are often caused by bad spirits during psychic attacks. Long term health problems can also be associated with long term neg. attachments.
Many years ago, I recognized the above phenomena happening to me. This always occurred during meditation or pre-sleep, a few times a year on average. I would often see this happening with real-time astral sight (seeing into the astral through closed eyelids). I would see slender gray humanoid figures (usually two or three) enter my room. I would see the shapes of their hands moving over my face and body. I used to think, "oh how lovely, spirits are giving me healing". But one day I realized that whenever this happened I would always get sick a few days later.
Once I stopped allowing these spirit hands to interfere with me, my health improved significantly. First, I tried ordering these beings to go away, but they simply ignored me. Now I stop whatever I am doing and leave the room whenever I see them or their hands near me. I am not sure what type of beings these are, but they are vaguely humanoid, about six feet tall, slender with slightly overlarge heads. When seen with real time astral sight, they seem to be wearing long, pale robes, and to be composed of a dense, light-gray smoke. These often seem to be mistaken as Extra Terrestrial beings by some people. I do not sense an evil presence with these beings, but they can definitely have a negative affect on ones health.
While much has been written about angels over the years, little is understood about them. Some people believe that angels are everywhere, running around helping people all over the place. Some believe angels are willing to communicate with us on a daily basis, much like some spirits do through channels. While its a lovely thought, I think too many spirits are classed as angels these days.
Angels and archangels are exalted spirit beings of a very high order. They are not like normal good spirits, but belong to the hierarchical spiritual structure above us. There are many levels and ranks of angels, with archangels outranking all other angels.
In essence, angels are the messengers and servants of God. They keep to themselves, have their own agendas and will only rarely interact directly with humans. When an angel appears its a visitation by an exalted messenger of God. There are always good reasons for angelic visitations. But the message may not be apparent at the time its received. Often angels will appear and seem to communicate nothing. But the visitation itself is the message. If one has been visited by angels, one has been handed a personal message from God. Angels will never just appear to say hello and catch up on idle chit-chat.
Angels have awesome powers. When angels visit they will either make themselves clearly visible to the naked eye, or make themselves clearly heard as a real voice, or both. The clarity of an angelic manifestations and communication is a good rule-of-thumb way of discerning whether angels are involved or not. If there is any doubt as to whether or not an angel is involved, then its usually not an angel but some other type of spirit being instead.
Angels have few limitations. They can travel to and manifest clearly in any dimension, including the physical dimension, with ease. Recipients do not need psychic abilities in order to see and hear angelic visitors. Their power overcomes all such human limitations.
The only limitations angels have are moral and ethical. Like most high level good spirits, they will seldom interfere with humanity. They will occasionally bring messages of hope to people in need. Even more rarely will they intervene. This does happen, but its rare. If angels do help directly, its because the person they are helping has a special destiny to fulfill. Most angelic visitations and interventions are once-in-a-lifetime occurrences.
I have sighted angels several times during high-level OBE's, and have been visited by them three times while I have been fully awake.
Everything angels do, every gesture and nuance, has symbolic meaning.
Angels do not regulate the behavior of lower spirit beings (negs) and will rarely intervene. Angels exist at higher vibrational/dimensional levels than bad spirits. One might think this is why they cannot intervene, but its not that simple. I have heard many people state this as the reason for noninterference, but angels have the power to operate in any dimensional level, high or low. They can also manifest in the physical dimension, appearing to the naked eye of non-sensitive people. They do not interfere unbidden because they are ethically bound not to.
Angels are not an exalted police force. They are messengers of God. They have awesome powers but will seldom intervene in human affairs. This may sound cruel to some people, thinking there are exalted spiritual beings capable of saving people from suffering and death. But this would take destiny out of the hands of humankind. It would grossly interfere with karma and universal law and freedom of choice.
It all comes down to a matter of perspective. If God wanted to ensure our safety from harm, He would not have created the physical dimension and placed us within it in the first place; not to mention countless incarnations here. If there is purpose to physical life, then there is purpose in living it; warts and all. And living life often involves making mistakes and suffering in order to learn life's many lessons.
Pain and suffering are great teachers. Having the freedom to suffer and learn from our own mistakes is really the only way to go. Anything else would weaken us as an evolving race of spiritual beings and cast us into mindless bondage of moderated spiritual servitude. We would become bleating, complaining sheep, forever putting our hands up and demanding angels fix what we do not like about life on Earth. But if there is anything we do not like about life, its up to us to make the sacrifices and changes that will fix it. This is spiritual freedom in the physical dimension, like it or not, wars and all.
For all the above, angels and spiritual beings will occasionally intervene unbidden under special circumstances. They will also sometimes intervene if approached in the right way. Many people use rituals and prayers and invocations to solicit the help of angels. This is best thought of as being part of the mysterious equation of life down here in the physical dimension.
In my experience, effort and faith are required to attract divine angelic attention. The old saying "God helps those who help themselves" is very true. But while great effort and faith can attract divine attention, it will not necessarily result in angelic intervention. Some of life's lessons have to be learned the hard way or they will not be learned at all.
In my experience, apart from spirit masters, angels, archangels, deities and other exalted beings of the spiritual hierarchy above, there are a wide variety of spirit beings, both good and bad. Between lowly demons and more advanced spiritual beings, there are a vast number of very average spirit being types. Most are neither good nor bad, but somewhere in between.
It would be an overwhelming undertaking to attempt to categorize the whole range of spirit being types. In essence, to do this in full would be like attempting an underwater survey of all of the worlds marine life forms. More to the point, it would be like studying the waves and ripples of the surface from under water, and by so doing attempting to understand the nature of atmospheric phenomena above. While observation and logic would provide some answers, this angle of perception, the view from below, would not allow any realistic understanding of air pressure and wind movement. Down here in the physical dimension, similar problems with the angle of our perception makes studying other dimensions and their inhabitants extraordinarily difficult.
Most people today greatly oversimplify the structure and nature of the spiritual universe. While a simple model is useful, it should be realized that its only a model. If taken too far it can cloud the truth with dogmatic beliefs. I suspect the whole truth is vastly more complex than anyone imagines.
We see only a small part of the vast spiritual tapestry of which we are all a part. In trying to make everything fit into our models of spiritual understanding, we often drive square pegs through round holes. By so doing our pet models become even more distorted than they once were. This can generate widespread confusion that provides few worthwhile answers. However, I do not pretend to have all the answers; far from it. As I am fond of saying, the further one gets away from the physical dimension, the more abstract and complex everything all too soon becomes.