I am sure you have read where we are on earth to learn. That, essentially, we are in a classroom, learning by doing, by experiences. Did you also know that, most probably, you are the one that selected your intended course work? So, when things get tough, you have no one to blame but yourself! Read more.
In the book, Jesus in the Home, psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, and inspired by the spirit Neio Lucio, there are stories that are told about what was discussed in Peter’s house with the disciples, Jesus and other friends. Stories that did not make it in the Bible or were otherwise recorded to our knowledge, but which has been revealed to us by the gift of the spirit world.
In the story Matthew was talking about the duties of those who lead, which includes heads of governments, administrators, and other functionaries. The discussion went on for some time. The gathering started to look to Jesus for his opinion. He then told the following parable;
“There once was a kingdom in whose inner circles there was a large party of adversaries of the governing king. Little by little, the spirit of rebellion grew in certain rebellious families. Within a few weeks an entire province in despair rose up against the king, impeding his actions.” [Jesus in the Home, EDICEI, 2009, p. 61]
The king then called on celebrated judge. The Judge being a judge starting writing laws to solve the situation. But of course, as we see in our times, writing laws serve mostly the people interested in the laws in the first place. Therefore, the situation didn’t improve.
The king then replaced the judge with a well know teacher. All the teacher did was to give speeches. Again, isn’t this familiar! The speeches accomplished nothing.
Next a priest was selected to remedy the situation. The priest only made matters worse by complaining all that had gone wrong. The people were more upset than ever.
The king was in despair and then chose a physician. The physician wanted desperately to be successful and decided to declare that anyone who opposed the king was mentally ill and had them locked up. Amazing that Jesus would choose examples like these which would foreshadow the events in the horrendous communist experiments in the 20th century, where opponents were regularly committed to mental hospitals.
Finally the king selected a wise man;
“He arrived at the palace, did some hard thinking for some time, and then begin new activities. He wrote no new laws, nor did he give speeches or censure the insurgents. He wasted no time or scorn, nor did he incite any notions of revenge.
He saw that there were a lot of people without homes, jobs or education, so he built houses, created workshops, opened roadways and constructed schools, encouraging work and education, and fighting bravely with understanding and fraternity against idleness and ignorance.
It wasn’t very long before all of the discord in the kingdom disappeared, because the concrete action of the good had eliminated all the mistrust, hardness and indecision in all of the sick and rebellious minds in the region.” [Jesus in the Home, EDICEI, 2009, p. 62]
Jesus illustrated to his disciples that only through education and work will good win out. Jesus said in conclusion; “In order for the good to reign, there must be a positive reality in the field of evil so that a living and pure light may arise to banish the darkness.”[Jesus in the Home, EDICEI, 2009, p. 63]
The web site, The Human Experience, has posted my interview on my book, The Case for Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection.
Episode 10 – Brian Foster – The Case for Reincarnation / Spiritism
This entry was posted in podcasts on January 23, 2015 by Xavier
Spiritism is a spiritualistic doctrine codified in the 19th century by the French educator Allan Kardec, proposed to the study of “the nature, origin, and destiny of spirits, and their relation with the corporeal world”.
From his book “The Case for Reincarnation”:
“You have lived multiple lives. At times you have been rich, poor, a servant and a slave. Maybe even a King or a Queen, at the least a member of the minor nobility. Many famous people in the past have believed in reincarnation, such as Thomas Edison and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They both believed in the spirit world and made attempts to communicate with the world beyond. There is a realm, a universe greater than ours and it is filled with intelligences that we can only wonder at. There are spirits around the earth who are actively helping and guiding us in our planning and during our actual incarnations.
There are too many unexplained phenomena for there to be nothing after death. How do some people have past life memories? Why do children remember past lives and then lose the ability after a certain age? How can some people know the future? And more importantly, why do you have premonitions that come true? How could you know what could happen with such certainty?
Reincarnation is a tenet in many religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, and is frequently mentioned as parts of varied sects of Christianity and Judaism. It is the concept whereby we have a spirit, in which we retain our central personalities and memories, while in the spirit world, but lose our memories while in a physical form.”
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From an article in the Huffington Post:
“Is the Super Bowl divinely rigged?
One in four Americans say yes, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Religion News Service.
Twenty-six percent of Americans and 27 percent of self-described sports fans believe God plays a role in determining which team will win a sporting event. Even more — 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans — say God rewards faithful athletes with good health and success.
Sixty-five percent of Catholics and 68 percent of Protestants believe God rewards faithful athletes, while just 27 percent of the religiously unaffiliated say the same.
Protestants, at 45 percent, are more likely than other religious groups to believe God plays a role in determining the winner of a sporting event. Thirty-one percent of Catholics and nine percent of the religiously unaffiliated agree.
Two weeks before the 2014 Super Bowl, half of American sports fans said they believed God or a supernatural force had a hand in the games they watched, according to a PRRI study at the time. Included in that percentage were the 26 percent of Americans who pray for God to help their team, 25 percent who think their team has been cursed and 19 percent who believe more generally that God is involved in determining who wins on the court or in the field.
Super Bowl excitement aside, 25 percent of Americans say that on any given Sunday they are more likely to be in church than watching football. The same amount say they manage to do both, while 32 percent have other plans entirely.
Come Super Bowl Sunday, 184 million Americans are expected to watch the game. For those praying for divine intervention, God will have to choose between the Patriots and the Seahawks and disappoint a few million people either way.”
How interesting, 50% of American believe that God or an other supernatural force will determine the victor of the Superbowl. Therefore, many Americans are aware that our lives are constantly touched by the spirit world. This should give everyone positive feelings that the United States is primed to hear the Doctrine of Spiritism.
We hear the word immortality and immediately think, “We can live forever!” But how long and what is forever. This subject was discussed in the book, Memoirs of a Suicide, by Yvonne A. Pereira. A high-level Spirit tells us what immortality means. By the way, the book is a wonderful read. Read More
What is the organization of the Spirit World? Is it a chaotic group of good and bad spirits all competing for our attention? Or is there an overall structure, laying plans for our world and plans for the growth of each individual on earth. There are mentions and hints in numerous books published by Allan Kardec and psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier. This article surveys those writings and attempts to document the structure of the spirit world from those next to God down to the outposts on earth. Read More.
In a YouTube video, Haroldo Dutra Dias, says there are approximately 22 billion Spirits, including incarnates and discarnates. The current population on earth is 7.167 billion. Therefore, there are about 2 discarnates to every one of us physically on earth.
I was somewhat surprised at that number; for some reason I had thought the ratio would have been closer to 1:1. Now why would I believe that? Probably because I envisioned a queue of Spirits waiting to be reincarnated and thinking that there would be a constant stream and demand of Spirits wanting to return to earth to improve themselves. But now, given the 2 to 1 ratio, one must think of the number of Spirits who are in the lower zone (Umbra) and the number that are involved in support (much like the ratio of front-line soldiers to the rear support troops).
Next, I would like to know how many Spirits are in the lower zones versus the more elevated souls.
In the video, Haroldo speaks in Portuguese and a translator interprets him in English.
When you read the books inspired by Andre Luiz, and psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, there are references to interesting information divulged to us during conversations or lectures recorded by Andre. In the book, Liberation, first published in Portuguese in 1949, Andre tells us of a lecture, about the need to assist spirits in the Lower Zones and the Abyss, in which the following statement is made;
“We know today that the human spirit, taken as a whole, has had the ability to reason for exactly forty thousand years … Nonetheless, with the same furious impetus with which Neanderthals killed one another with hatchet blows, humans of modern times – regarded as the glorious era of world powers – exterminate their brothers and sisters with firearms.” [Liberation, 2013, p. 17]
This didn’t sound right, we have been told that humans have been on earth for around 350,000 to 400,000 years. But then I looked up modern humans in Wikipedia and this is what I found.
“Anatomically modern humans evolved from archaic Homo sapiens in the Middle Paleolithic, about 200,000 years ago. The transition to behavioral modernity with the development of symbolic culture, language, and specialized lithic technology happened around 50,000 years ago according to many anthropologists although some suggest a gradual change in behavior over a longer time span.” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_evolution, accessed Dec. 22, 2014]
Hence, our brains must have evolved to a state around 40,000 years ago to where the spirit realm determined was the minimum level of reason. Then I looked up more information.
Loren Cordain contrasts the anatomical and behavioural perspectives on this question: ‘for two million years until … the agricultural revolution of roughly 10 000 years ago our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, so the adaptive pressures inherent in that environmental niche have exerted a defining influence on human genetic makeup. The portion of our genome that determines basic anatomy and physiology has remained relatively unchanged over the past 40,000 years … Although anatomically modern humans first appeared perhaps 100,000 years ago, modern human behaviour first becomes recognizable in the fossil record of about 50,000 years ago … between 50,000 and 40,000 years ago their creative and technological innovation increased dramatically … During this period skeletal robusticity decreased somewhat suggesting that less muscular force was required for daily tasks.’ [ http://www.evfit.com/40,000ya.htm, accessed Dec. 22, 2014]
Here is the key sentence, “The portion of our genome that determines basic anatomy and physiology has remained relatively unchanged over the past 40,000 years.” A book that was published in 1949, before carbon dating, before DNA sequencing, before computers were anything other than used by governments, pegged the beginning of our ascent into the world of reasoning and increased use of technology in the same time period as our modern science.
One more little piece of evidence that we are being guided along a path. The spirit realm created the conditions so that basic humans could evolve and then, most probably, subtlety modified our DNA to give us that next mental boost. A physical brain which could be powerful enough to connect to our perispirits and process the exchange of information between our spirit and our bodies. Forty thousand years ago, one of us started our first reincarnation on earth. Beginning the long climb from primitive to civilized behavior. Even now we have a long way to travel.
In their quest to determine the optimal system of government which fits our human condition, the Spirit world deliberately set in motion competing forms of governing. Having had a long history of tribal and kingship ruling experience, they knew these types of organizations did not promote the correct atmosphere for individual and collective improvement that was required. They used ancient Greece to survey a range of regimes from totalitarianism to democracy. Emmanuel surveys the trials of various forms of governments in ancient Greece and compares the results to the regimes that existed in pre-World War II Europe;
Many of the scientific theories that have caused such a stir in our time as ultramodern innovation were known in Greece, whose master laid their true foundations.
Grand experiments were conducted in matters of social doctrine, and an abundance of teaching were divulged. And as we consider the modern conflict between the totalitarian, fascist or communist states and the democratic republics, we ought to look back at the past and see Athens and Sparta as two political symbols that make us ponder how similar to our own times ancient Greece actually was (On the Way to the Light, 2011, p. 90).
Sparta was allowed to take the tradition of paying tribute to the state to a new level. Creating a society where the individual was completely subservient to the state. The all-powerful state consumed the entire energy of its people. Sparta was dedicated to the constant training for battle. And to their credit, for a time, Sparta manufactured the best warriors and army in the world. Spartan discipline and training was the envy of Greece. Emmanuel describes how invasive the Spartan lifestyle was;
Sparta experienced the absolute existence of the State. Did it not display the same characteristics as today’s Germany and Russia? (Note: written in 1938) Spartan law prohibited trade and condemned culture; restricting personal taste because of the enhancing bagatelles of life and sentiment, it decreed measures of isolationism and treated foreigners badly. It instituted a uniform dress code and took over the education of children through the organs of the State; but it did not cultivate the intellectual aspect, shaking the entire sacred edifice of the family and often creating a regime of robbery and denouncement in detriment of the noblest purpose of life (On the Way to the Light, 2011, p. 90).
One could replace the name Sparta and substitute Communist China during Mao’s reign and be astonishingly accurate. Governments that begin espousing the absolute equality of all citizens as interpreted by the state, become over time in control of a ruling elite. An elite who has one set of rules for the people and another reserved for the chosen few. Sparta, like the trajectory of Communist China today, eventually degraded into a corrupt oligarchy.
By the mid-5th century, land had become concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite, and the notion of all Spartan citizens being “equals” had become a farce (Wikipedia – Sparta, 2013).
Emmanuel closes out with his thoughts on the experiments in Greece with the conclusion that a democracy which protects individual freedom and restricts the role of governing to not intrude on our personal life is the preferred option;
This, Sparta went down in history as a mere culture of soldiers spreading destruction and the calamities of war, but with no constructive significance for humankind.
Athens, on the other hand, was the birthplace of true democracy. A nation that loved freedom deeply, its dedication to culture and the arts initiated other nations into the worship of life, creation and beauty (On the Way to the Light, 2011, p. 90).
Spiritism was introduced to us not only to help our personal faith, but to also lead the way to a culture of freedom, where each individual contributes. A set of values where the onus is on us to regulate the laws and power of government and to support others in their time of need. Not to cede our fraternal responsibility to a distant public institution. The Spiritist doctrine was presented to remind us of that fact, as Emmanuel discussed the weakness of the socialist ideologies that were formed in the 19th century and the precepts of Spiritism;
Due to its understanding of individual effort and labor, it was not deceived by the utopias of absolute equality (On the Way to the Light, 2011, p. 201).
According to the Spirit world, the aim of government is not to create an environment where a soul is reincarnated into a welfare state, where the government supplies all of the necessities and allows the truly lazy to do nothing to improve themselves. Perhaps for some, as a trial, but not as a general rule. Socialism, as practiced in Europe and the USA, is an artificial construct, where for a significant portion of citizens and designated corporations there are no consequences to their actions. People can choose not to study hard, never look for work, help no one, or a multitude of other activities we see on a daily basis and never pay the price of wrong decisions. The same is true for companies supported by the state, even though they are mostly inefficient institutions and society would be better served by alternatives selected by the marketplace. Emmanuel explains how Spiritism is able to assist in our relationship with government;
With the truths of reincarnation, it explained the absurdity of absolute egalitarian theories and
worked on restoring the true way for human progress. Framing socialism within Christian postulates, it had no illusions concerning external reforms and concluded that only meaningful renewal was that of the inner self (On the Way to the Light, 2011, p. 201).
The Spirit world doesn’t desire a world of equal outcomes for all. Spirits are meant to strive for different goals. Life must at times be hard for some and easy for others, so each may grow and pass their intended trials.
Therefore, we have a guide to the limits desired by the Spirit world. Government should be an enabler, an enabler of personal creativity, personal charity and personal achievements, while providing a safe and just environment to attain our desires. Government should provide services but not solutions for their citizens.
This is a most unusual story of a friend of a woman who was pregnant, had a baby boy and the recollections of the boy just before his birth. The child, years later remembers where he was as his mother was in labor and the specific events the friend experienced as she went to help the boy’s mother at the hospital. Read More.