Don’t be Worried About the Death of Faith – This is a Transition Period – According to Leon Denis

LeonDenis_ApostoloDo you worry, as do I, about the level of materialism in our culture? And question how can this ever change. According to Leon Denis, when a new religious doctrine is revealed, at first there is an abundance of faith, next human nature takes over and the numerous negations takes its toll. Faith is gradually replaced by disbelief in anything of a higher power. Hence, faith is replaced by materialism. Only when materialism has exposed its powerlessness to maintain social order does the door open again to faith and the rejection of materialism.

Leon Denis wrote about this in a book, Life and Destiny,  published in the year 1919. If he thought he was in the midst of materialism in the early years of the 1900’s, he would be amazed at our current level. Not only does a sizable portion of people profess no faith, but those who have faith are marginalized by society.

But don’t give up hope, for Leon Denis writes about the lack of faith:

“And the inevitable result has been discord and discontent in the human family. Out of this discontent has come a crisis; in spite of all appearances of the death of faith, faith is not dead, but is being transformed and renewed. The doubt of today prepares the path for the conviction of tomorrow. An intelligent faith will govern the future and permeate all races.” [Life and Destiny, Leon Denis, p 32]

In the years following the end of World War I, materialism gained strength, given the moral emptiness of the powers that promoted the Great War. After the debacle of World War II, where one would think a renewed faith would be present with the breakdown of society; but that vacuum was not filled with faith in God, but faith in government benevolence. While many programs are indeed started with good intentions, the effect has been to diminish our personal responsibility toward others, since we believe all is taken care of by nameless bureaucrats. Therefore, the majority turn their focus on their own material desires. Desires manipulated by our consumer culture.

The problem is that crass materialism does not promote self-discipline and without it people allow themselves to be influenced by those promising an illusion of comfort. When all believe in taking and not giving, no society can survive for long. Therefore, at sometime in the future, a majority shall realize that a balance between faith, self-discipline and materialism is required. Hopefully, without a cataclysmic event that forces a painful abrupt change.

The Times of Transition for the Earth is Near – We should dispise no one and treat all equally

Elisabeth_de_France_Spain7Elizabeth of France, wrote a very interesting paragraph in Allan Kardec’s book, The Gospel According to Spiritism. She wrote about the coming transition of the earth from a world of atonement to one of regeneration. She sent the world a message, through a medium, in Harve, France, in 1862.

Elisabeth of France (22 November 1602 – 6 October 1644) was Queen consort of Spain (1621 to 1644) and Portugal (1621 to 1640) as the first wife of King Philip IV of Spain. Elisabeth was renowned for her beauty, intelligence and noble personality, which made her very popular with the Spanish people. [Wikipedia, Elizabeth of France, accessed August 17, 2014]

Here is what the past Queen of Spain and Portugal delivered to us, more than 200 years after she had died;

“I will say once more that the times are near when widespread fraternity will reign on this globe; the law of Christ is what will govern humans, and that law alone will be the restraint and hope that will lead souls to the blessed realms. Thus, love one another as children of the same Father. Do not set up differences between you and those who are unfortunate, for God wills for everyone to be equal. Therefore despise no one. God Allows great criminals to dwell amongst you to serve you as a lesson. Soon, when lessons will no longer be needed, and all impure and rebellious spirits will be relegated to lower worlds according to their inclinations.” [The Gospel According to Spiritism, Allan Kardec, Chap. XI, Section 14, p. 197]

How can one be clearer than the paragraph above. Despise none and equally treat all. If all of us could do at least this, the world would be a better place.

 

 

YouTube Presentation – How the Spirit World Guides the Destiny of the Earth

YouTube-DestinyThere is now posted on YouTube the presentation on How the Spirit World Guides the Destiny of the Earth.

Beginning 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 presentation 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.

See the presentation on YouTube.

Read the article.

There is a Reason that Jesus said to Make Peace with your Enemies

humility“Be reconciled as quickly as possible with your adversary, while you are with him on the way so that he does not hand you over to the judge, and so that the judge does not hand you over to the Minister of Justice, so that you may not be imprisoned. Verily, I say to you that you will not leave there as long as you have not paid the last farthing.” (Mt. 5:25-26)

Is Jesus saying that just in this world make a deal before you go before the judge? And if he was why would he tell you that you had to pay the last farthing (cent)? He is saying that the enemies you make in this life will pursue you to the next, so you better clean up your mistakes while you can.

The Gospel According to Spiritism, tells us;

vengance“In their hatred, vengeful spirits often pursue beyond the grave those against whom they harbor rancor; thus the proverb that states; ‘The beast dead, the venom is dead’ is erroneous when applied to human beings. An evil awaits the one against whom it wishes evil to be imprisoned in the body and less free in order to more easily torment it, striking it in  its interests of dearest affections, In this fact, one can see the cause of most case of obsession, especially those that display a certain gravity such as subjugation and possession. Obsessed and possessed persons are therefore almost always victims of a prior revenge which they probably caused by their own conduct.” [Gospel According to Spiritism, Chap X, No. 6, p. 171]

Hence, let us learn rapidly to forgive and not to encourage vengeance. Lest the chaos and hatred we start could haunt us for many lifetimes and severely retard out progress. This is also why Jesus said, so many times in so many ways, that we should forgive.

Now you know that forgiveness not only allows our physical bodies to remain calm, since we free ourselves of negative thoughts and our stress levels decrease, but forgiveness also opens a clear path for us to plan out our next life. With less hindrances and possibilities of vengeful spirits throwing obstacles at us, we can, in a more clear-headed manner absorb and fulfill the tasks assigned to us.

 

Reincarnation Stories – Real History of Spirits and their Past Lives

reincarnation10We now have a new section in our NorthWest Spiritism blog; Reincarnation Stories – where we find histories of past lives from people mentioned in Spiritist’s books. These fascinating short glimpses into the multiple lives of others can help us understand our own trajectory and where decisions in one life can lead to circumstances in another.  Read More.

William H’s NDE – Interpreted by Spiritism

LadderToSky8/14/14 – William H had an NDE in 2003 and he found himself in surrounded by beings made of light, who could communicate by thought. What does this mean to us and how it should change your thinking is explained.

Read More.

Teaching People to be Lazy, Does Them a Great Disservice in This Life

St-LouisIn an excerpt from a communication from St. Louis, in 1858, we are told that people who are lazy and expect something for nothing, will have wasted a chance to improve themselves in their present life.  What does this say about our society today where we actively encourage people to live off the state? Who are we really helping? Of course many need a helping hand in times of distress, but to train people to live their entire lives on handouts is only hurting those who accept that situation.
“St. Louis was actually  Louis IX (25 April 1214 – 25 August 1270), commonly named as Saint Louis, was a Capetian King of France who reigned from 1226 until his death. Louis IX was  a reformer and developed French royal justice, in which the king is the supreme judge to whom anyone is able to appeal to seek the amendment of a judgment. He banned trials by ordeal, tried to prevent private wars that were plaguing the country and introduced the presumption of innocence in criminal procedure. To enforce the correct application of this new legal system, Louis IX created provosts and bailiffs.” [ Wikipedia, St. Louis]

The Spiritist Magazine
Journal of Psychological Studies
June 1858
Laziness
Moral dissertation dictated by St. Louis to Ms. Ermance Dufaux
(May 5th, 1858)
I
A man left very early in the morning, going to the market place to hire workers. Well, there he saw two men of the people, sat down, their arms crossed. He then approached one and said: “What are you doing?” The
man responded: “I have no work.” The one who was looking for workers then said: “Take your tool and come to my field, by the side of the mountain, where the southern wind blows; you will cut the heathers and revolve
the soil until darkness come. The task is tough but you shall earn a good salary.” The man of the people took his hoe onto his shoulder, thankful for all that, with all his heart. Since hearing this, the other worker stood up and said, while approaching the owner: “Sir, let me go and also work in the field.” Having asked both men to follow him, he marched ahead leading the way. Later, arriving at the foothill, he split the work in two and left.
As soon as the owner left, the last worker to be hired set the bushes on fire in the part of the glebe he got by chance, revolving the soil with his hoe. The sweat poured from his face under the scorching sun.The other worker imitated him, moaning in the beginning, but soon stopping, sticking the hoe on the ground, sitting by his fellow’s side, watching him.
Well, comes the afternoon and the owner arrives to examine the work. Calling the hard worker he congratulated him saying: “You worked well. Here you have your compensation.” He then sent him off, giving him a silver coin. The other man approached, demanding for his payment, but then the owner said: “Bad worker, my bread will not feed your hunger as you left untouched the piece of land I entrusted you. It is not fair that the one who did nothing be compensated as the one who worked well.”
And then he left, not giving the man anything.
II
I tell you that neither the strength nor the intelligence of the spirit was given to man to spend his days in idleness, but to be useful to his neighbors. Well, the one whose hands are empty and the idle spirit shall be
punished, having to restart his job. Truly I tell you that when his time comes his life will be put aside as
something useless. Understand this as a comparison. Who among you, having a fruitless tree in the  orchard, will not tell the servant: “Take that tree down and throw it into the fire, for its branches are sterile?”
Well, as the tree will be cut down for its unfruitfulness, also the life of the lazy one will be thrown in the garbage for he has been sterile as for the good deeds.
St. Louis

The above was found at The Spiritist Magazine 1858, on page 136.

Read again the phrase; ” the life of the lazy one will be thrown in the garbage”, how sad to waste an entire lifetime and to have to repeat the lesson over again. We should all think how we should assist people in need without destroying their personal sense of worth and honor, so that they too may travel through a lifetime and have positive experiences to display on their return to the spirit world.

Spiritist Magazine – English translations from Monthy Editions for 1858 and 1859

Current Spiritist Magazine Cover

Current Spiritist Magazine Cover

You are now able to view English translations of the original Spiritist Magazine Editions that were published during Allan Kardec’s lifetime.  They are located here:

1. 1858 Editions

2. 1859 Editions

This information was brought to you by a reader of this blog, Jose, from Brazil.

There is fascinating material; Jose provided one such example of a conversation between Allan Kardec and Emmanuel Swedenborg (who preceded Allan Kardec by about 100 years).

Text from Jose:


 

Below, 2 communications from the spirit of Swedenborg in the spiritist magazine (written by Kardec) of 1859.
http://www.ipeak.com.br/site/upload/midia/pdf/spiritist_magazine_1859_-_diagramada.pdf
Swedenborg´s communication 1

Evocation of Swedenborg. He responded to the evocation of Mr.
Allan Kardec as:

– Speak my old friend.

– You honor me with the title of your old friend. However, we are
far from being contemporary since I only know you from your
writings.

– It is true but I do know you since long ago.

– We wish to make several questions about many points of your doctrine,
but it is late nowand our only objectiveis to ask youif we can frame
these questions in our next session.
gazine 1859
– With pleasure. Allow me already to make a correction in my writing
that is important to me. When I wrote my doctrine I affirmed, under
the inspiration of the heavenly counselors who dictated it to me, that
each people were in a separated sphere in heavens, and that the distinct
character of each nation was preserved,not byindividuals but in large families. Experience has convinced me that that is not the case.

– Aren’t other points subject to dispute?

– Yes, many others, but this is one of the most important.

– We have here several mediums. Do you have preference to commu-
nicate with us?

– No… or better, yes. I would choose a mechanical medium, as you
call them, and fast as well. “

Swedenborg´s communication 2

Swedenborg’s communication
As promised in the session of the Society, on September 16
Society, September 23rd, 1859

Dear good friends and faithful believers. I wished to come here to encourage
You in the path that you walk with such a great endeavor with respect to the spiritist subject. Your zeal is appreciated in the spiritual world.
Move on but be aware that the obstacles will still block you for some time. Thus, as with me, you will not lack detractors. I preached Spiritism a century
ago and found enemies of all kinds. I also had keen followers that supported
my courage.

My spiritist moral and doctrine are not exempt of great mistakes,
which I do acknowledge now. Thus, the penalties are not eternal, I see
well. God is very just and good to eternally punish the creature that has
not had sufficient strength to resist to the passions. Also, what I said
about the world of the angels, preached in the temples, was not but an
illusion of my senses. In good faith I thought I had seen it, as I said, but
I was wrong. You are in the best path for you are better enlightened than
we were in my time.

Carry on, but be prudent, so that your enemies do not find strong
weapons against you. Watch over the space you gain daily! Thus, courage!
Your future is guaranteed. Your strength is your speech in the name of reason.
Doyouhavequestions to me? I will respond now.

SWEDENBORG

1. You had the first revelation in London, 1745. Did you wish for that?
Were you already involved with the theological questions?
I was already involved with that but in no way I wished for that revelation.
It came spontaneously to me.

2. Who was the spirit that appeared to you saying that he was God
Himself? Was it really God?

No. I believed in what he said because I saw a super human being and
I was flattered.

3. Why has he taken God’s name?
To be better obeyed.

4. Can God directly manifest to men?
He certainly could but no longer does that.

5. There was a time when He did manifest then?
Yes, in the first ages of Earth.

6. That spirit who made you write things that you now recognize
wrong, did he do it in ill-faith?
He did not do it in ill-faith. He was mistaken himself, for he was not
elevated enough. Today I see that the illusions of my own spirit and intelligence influenced him, despite anything. However, among some system
errors, it is easy to acknowledge great truths.
7. Your doctrine is founded on the correspondences. Do you still believe
in those relationships that you found among things of the material world
with each thing of the moral world?
No. It is a fiction.

8. What do you understand by these words: God is man himself?
God is not man: man is an image of God.

9. Please elaborate.
I say that man is an image of God because the intelligence, the genie
that he eventually receives is an emanation of the Divine Omnipotence.
He represents God on Earth by that power he exerts onto nature and by
the great virtues he has the capability of acquiring.

10. Should we consider man a part of God?
No. Man is not part of Divinity. It is only his image.

11. Could you tell us how the communications from the spirits were
received by you? Did you write what was revealed to you like the mediums
or by inspiration?
When I was in silence, worshiping, my spirit was in a kind of ecstasy,
and I clearly saw an image before me, speaking with me, dictating what I
had to write. Sometimes, my imagination mixed with all that.

12. What should we think about the fact mentioned by Knight Beylon,
with respect to the revelation you made to Queen Luisa Ulrika?
The revelation was true. Beylon denatured that.

13. What is your opinion about the Spiritist Doctrine, as is today?
I told you that you are in a safer path than I was since your lights are
generally broader. I had to fight a much greater ignorance and, in particular,
against superstition.

Regards

Jose


 

 

My Visit to a Spiritist Healing Center – Rio Novo – Brazil – August 2014

Rio-Novo-Healing7Like many others, I am extremely suspicious when I hear of religious healing. I think of naive people receiving faith healing with tragic consequences if they stop taking their medicine, or even worse, never see a doctor. Therefore, I wanted to visit a Spiritist healing center to determine their process and what they actually provide. Read More.

Message from the Spirit of Truth – Paris, 1860

In Allan Kardec’s book, The Gospel According to Spiritism, there is a message from the Spirit of Truth, Chapter VI, The Consoling Christ, Section 5, The Coming of the Spirit of Truth.

The Spirit of Truth is the promised consoler mentioned in the New Testament;

Spirit-of-Truth_200px“If you love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray to my Father and he will send you another consoler so that he may remain with you forever: The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. But as for you, you will know him because he will remain  with you and will be among you. But the consoler, who is the Holy Spirit, whom my Father will send in my name,, will teach you all things and will enable you to remember everything that I have said to you” (John. 14:15-17,26)

The Spirit of Truth wrote the following message to us; via a medium in Paris in 1860;

“I have come, as I once came amongst the wayward children of Israel, to bring the truth and dissipate the darkness. Listen to me. Spiritism, as my word of old, must remind disbelievers that above them reign the immutable truth; the good God, the great God who makes the plant germinate and raises the tides. I have revealed the divine Doctrine, and like a reaper, I have gathered into sheaves the good scattered amid humankind and have said, ‘Come unto me, all you who suffer!’

cedartreeHowever, ungrateful men and women have strayed from the straight and broad way that leads to the kingdom of my Father, and have become lost on the bitter path of impiety. My Father does not want to annihilate the human race; he wants you, through the help you give to one another – both the living and the dead, that is, dead according to the flesh, since death does not exist – to succor one another, and for the voice of the prophets and apostles no longer to be heard, but instead, the voice of those who have departed from the earth, proclaiming to you, ‘Pray and believe! For death is resurrection and life is the chosen trial during which your cultivated virtues must grow and develop like cedar.’

O frail humans, who are aware of the darkness of your minds, do not stray from the beacon that divine clemency has placed in your hands to light your way and lead you, as lost children, back to the bosom of your Father.

I am too moved with compassion for your miseries, your great frailty, not to extend a sure hand to those wayward unfortunates who, seeing heaven, fall into the abysses of error. Believe, love and meditate upon the things that are being revealed to you. Do not mix tares with the good seed, utopias with the truth.

bookofTruthO Spiritists! Love one another; this is the first teaching. Educate yourselves; this is the second. All truths are found in Christianity. The errors that have become rooted within it are of human origin; and here, beyond the grave – which you believed was nothingness – voices cry out to you: ‘Brothers and sisters! Nothing perishes. Jesus Christ is the victor over evil; be victors over impiety.” [The Gospel According to Spiritism, Allan Kardec, pp 129-131]

When the Spirit of Truth, tells us not to mix tares (weeds) with the good seed and utopias with the truth; we are being told to be true to the Spiritist Doctrine, do not adulterate it to make the Doctrine easier and more comfortable for people to understand and accept. Yes, you may interpret it in order to explain it, but don’t promise any easy exit for those seeking heaven. Only through living Spiritism, can we hope to achieve any progress in our quest to become better souls.

 

 

 

 

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