An Interview with Wagner de Assis, the Director/ Screenwriter of Nosso Lar the movie

NossaLar-cityThere is an interview with Wagner de Assis the director and screenwriter for the movie Nosso Lar. The interview is in English and it is conducted by Bob Olsen of AfterLife TV.

Wagner discusses how he choose to present the different concepts of Nosso Lar and his thoughts about the afterlife and other aspects of Spiritism in the 44 minute interview. I am sure you will enjoy it.

To see the interview click here.

Scientific Proof of Spirits – Lecture by Gary E. Schwartz PhD

A great lecture by Gary E. Schwartz PhD. on his research into the existence of Spirits. Using equipment to detect photons, he invited spirits to go into dark chambers. He showed pre, during, and post measurements. The data clearly illustrated a dramatic rise of photons during the time spirits were inside the dark chamber. His website is http://www.drgaryschwartz.com/

His biography (taken from his website):

“Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and SurgeryGary_Photo at the University of Arizona, at the main campus in Tucson. In addition to teaching courses on health and spiritual psychology, he is the Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.
 
Gary received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1971 and was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years. He later served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, was director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988.”
His lecture, which was given at the 7th U.S. Spiritist Symposium, please follow the YouTube link to The Truth About Medium

Decline of Aggressive Empires – An Explanation in one paragraph

thdeclineofEmpireI love history and am always fascinated by the rise and decline of Empires. There are many theories as to why there is a recurring quick expansion and then eventual decline. From over stretched supply lines, hubris, economic over regulation, disease, to awakening other countries to create a counter to the growth of a potential enemy, have all been postulated as factors contributing to an empire’s disintegration.

Andre Luiz, in the book Nosso Lar, psychographed by Chico Xavier, is present during the outbreak of World War II, when Germany invade Poland in 1939. Andre wrote about his realization of how the spirit realm influences the political arena.

“I then began to understand that the higher zones of life turn in righteous defense against the wiles of ignorance and darkness that gather to spread anarchy and its resultant destruction. My fellow workers informed me that in events of this nature, aggressor countries naturally turn themselves into powerful nucleuses of centralization for the forces of evil. Without being aware of the immense dangers to which they are exposing themselves, such peoples – except for the noble and wise spirits in their midst – become intoxicated by their contact with the perverse elements that they have summoned from the dark realms. Once-productive groups of individuals become automatons of crime. Infernal legions descend upon the great centers of collective progress, transforming them into areas of perversity and horror. But while the forces of darkness take hold of the aggressors’ mind, spirit groups with noble intentions help the victims.” [Nosso Lar, Francisco C. Xavier, p. 244]

Hence, as a country becomes an aggressive nation, subjugating other people and countries, the spirits who are locked in the lower regions flock to be present and encourage wrongs to be committed. Using the same logic that trapped them into the netherworld in the first place, they are at first victorious, without understanding the long-term faults of evil. As the natural laws of God proscribe, evil is not sustainable, it is a temporary phenomena which melts over time by the heat of love.

Fall of the Soviet Union, 1991As the spirit world assists the victims, good spirits increase their fervor and effort to combat a real and present illustration of evil. Even within the corrupted societies, people either fight back, or refuse to follow and become passive instruments, demonstrating no initiative to prolong a culture they find repulsive. A glaring example of this is the fall of the Soviet Union, where collectively the people brought the entire economic engine to a standstill by simply doing only what they were told.

There are still many facets to exactly how empires over the course of our history have expanded and declined, but I thought Andre Luiz’s comment an interesting glimpse into the thinking of the spirit world.

NDE’s – What people were told

near-deathIn reading about different NDE’s, it is interesting to read what people were told by the Spirits they encountered.  Below are some of the stories. The general theme is that people are told to improve themselves. The Spirit world doesn’t want us to reside in the lower zones, they want all to live in heaven, participating in gainful occupations and contributing to the betterment of humankind..

One woman had a NDE when she was 19. She had first visited the lower regions, then ascended and she was told, “We have been waiting a long time for you”.  I translate this as the Spirit World has been watching her progress through successive lives, hoping she may eventually be able to rise above the lower regions.

Gail on the NDERF.org site wrote, “Then came a judgment of sorts, where I was judged on the things I had done and the things I would do in my future life. This upset me as I felt it was mean to punish or judge me for things I hadn’t done yet. I wasn’t judged on big things, more small instances of intent. It was the little things that mattered and not the big things.” – She was clearly given a warning. She didn’t know how lucky she is to have advanced knowledge of actions that were judged to be wrong. Hopefully, she will take the warning to heart, not be defensive, and correct herself.

Domi L also on the NDERF.org site was told, “Then I was stopped by the superior Power telling me (by telepathy) that I was lacking something, and that I should protect it.” Domi correctly understood  the message, she wrote that she lacked faith and spirituality.

Rebecca, another recollection on NDERF.org, wrote, “I heard the exact words “You don’t belongout-of-body here. You need to find something in life you love and get out.” Rebecca was a drug user and engaged in dangerous behavior.

All of the messages above are short, direct and easy to comprehend. Unlike many elaborate tales of riddles and hidden meanings from the world beyond, these words of wisdom are meant to be understood and acted upon. How lucky we are to have powerful forces on our side, trying to guide us to better lives, even though we are frequently in the process of failing our trials here on earth.

 

The Lower Zone – Not Hell and Not Heaven

umbra-scene“The Lower Zone”, we have all been there, between lifetimes at one epoch or another. It’s a place where not horrible and not spiritual people go to after they leave their body. It’s meant to be a temporary location, a way station, for those who haven’t yet made up their minds to follow the ways of love, charity, fraternity, and honesty. When one finally realizes the benefits of the golden rule, and the overriding love of God, then the door is unlocked and you are assisted out and up to a higher level. A celestial city. Read More.

What is Heaven Like?

(According to Spiritism)

Everyone wants to know what Heaven is like. Spiritism was brought to us so you would know. TheCity-heaven answers are in Allan Kardec’s The Spirits Book and in books psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier. This article will explain Heaven and its different levels and what spirits do there. Hint: It’s not eternal leisure.

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On Gossip: Socrates’ Test of Three

Socratesv1In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. He espoused many of the same beliefs that Jesus would present to the world 400 years later.  As Spiritist we need to control our thoughts and not speak ill of others. In fact, we should seek out times to speak well of others. Socrates gives a great lesson on gossip.

 

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said,
“Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me,
I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Test of Three.”

“Test of Three?”

“That’s correct,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to test what you’re going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man replied, “actually I just heard about it.”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him even though you’re not certain it’s true?”

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued, “You may still pass though because there is a third test – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really…”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

The Importance of Self-discipline and Civic Participation

Spiritism at its core is the recognition of our duty to improve ourselves. This responsibility extends beyond our mind and body, to those around us, society and the resources of the earth. Emmanuel stresses the importance of our efforts;

Teaching the law of compensation on the path of redemption, as well as the trials of the individual and the collectivity, Spiritism implemented the regime of responsibility, wherein each spirit had to enrich the list of its own qualities (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

The regime of responsibility extends to our role in society. After the defeat of Napoleon the Frenchnapoleon established a constitutional monarchy, borrowing from the American Constitution and retaining the enlightened Napoleonic code, established equal protect protection under the law and the freedom of religion (Wikipedia – Bourbon, 2013). Emmanuel expounds on this event;

These reforms established a regime of individual responsibility in the mechanism of every sector of the state, in addition to all of its political and social advances (Xavier, 2011, p. 192).

This sentence better that any other in the book, On the Way to the Light, summarizes the type of responsibility each of us should have. We are not destined to be slaves or untouchable aristocrats,

On the Way to the Light

On the Way to the Light

but a multilayered society of ranges of contributors, from poor to wealthy, lazy to hardworking, dim to intelligent, all placed in their respective spheres to learn the required lessons we have been assigned in our life. The notion that we should live in a world of the same outcomes without any regard to our individual effort is self-defeating for our quest of enlightenment. Emmanuel states that Spiritism demonstrates the need for personal ownership and careful reflection on how we each use the resources given to us;

With the truths of reincarnation, it explained the absurdity of absolute egalitarian theories and work on restoring the true way for human progress (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

Therefore we are the stewards of our life and property, not the government, not the church. We need to be self-disciplined people, who expect the same of others. When those who make bad choices fail, they should be allowed to reap the consequences of their actions. How else will they learn the lessons presented to them? Yes, society should help those in need, as Emmanuel described the positive deeds of Athens;

They took care of the poor and disfavored areas of society; they welcomed foreigners,acropolis oversaw labor, and encouraged trade, industry, and agriculture (Xavier, 2011, p. 91).

This doesn’t mean that we should allow dependence to be a way of life. Aiding people during a time of absolute need is one thing, enslaving them in a cocoon where every choice grants them the same benefits are another. Spiritism teaches us the importance of fraternal love and charity, but also the recognition of the law of paying for our actions here on earth. Emmanuel describes our intended state under the acknowledgement of Spiritism;

Teaching the law of compensation on the path to redemption, as well as the trials of the individual and the collectivity, Spiritism implemented the regime of responsibility, wherein each spirit had to enrich the list of its own qualities. Due to its understanding of individual effort and labor, it was not deceived by utopias of absolute equality, and because of its awareness of the imperatives of human solidarity, it did not become an instrument of oppression for the magnates of wealth and power. It was unconcerned with all revolutions, because only evolution was its arena of activity and experience, and kept its distance from all wars due to its understanding of the fraternal ties that unite the universal community; instead, it taught true human and national, familial and group fraternity, enlarging the concepts of economic justice and correcting the fanatical spirit of extremist ideologies (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

Truly we are responsible for ourselves and accountable for our efforts to promote a society where individuals are able to better themselves through the fruit of their own labors and to reap those benefits to use in a manner of their choosing.

Energizing Passes – What, Why and How

The transfer of energy from one being to another is the essence of a pass, as it is known in Spiritism. Passes revitalize our Vital Fluids so we may be stronger to face our daily trials. For if we don’t place ourselves in a balanced state, we have less control over our emotions and our body is less able to heal itself. Read More.

How the Spirit World Guides the Destiny of the Earth and the Human Race

earth-with-handsBeginning in the remotest ages with primitive tribes there has been a recurring theme of our destiny being guided by supreme powers. The Old and New Testaments actually tell of events being managed by God. Allan Kardec published the Spirits Book which for the first time started to reveal the extent the Hand of God plays into our past, present, and future activities. The books psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier expose some of the exact processes by which we are directed.

This article collects together and describes the tools by which the Spirit world pushes and pulls the levers and sets the dials to manipulate the human race to achieve their desired results.

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