Geraldo Goulart

The Departure Time

It was a touching scene: the daughters around their mother’s bed in the hospital, heavy and somber faces, red and watery eyes. Every person present trying to pick words of encouragement up, but in their heart, all of them experienced a sense of loss already ingrained in their spirits.

We can seriously say that we are not prepared for this moment, fatal and inevitable, which is the time for the return of our loved ones to the spiritual homeland. We are not. This is because even those who have been educated in some religion since childhood have not been taught in this respect. We study almost everything in programs of evangelization – in any denomination – but we do not talk about the “death” phenomenon. However “death” is life! And we have quoted this elsewhere.

Notice that we are prepared – always! – for various occasions: birthdays, holidays, weddings, holidays, Christmas, New Year, New Year’s Eve, Carnival …, and whatever else it may appear. But not only are we not prepared for a funeral ceremony, as we also do not know to say anything other than the well-known phrases as: “my condolences“, “my feelings“, “rest in peace“, “I am so sorry“. Fallacies!

Even worse when people of a strong and passionate temperament arise who do not accept what has happened – the separation -, and they begin to shout improprieties against the Godhead like: “- Why did God do this to me?“.

They do not understand – would it be possible try to make them understand? – that, in addition to suffering the loss, are also interfering, very often, in releasing of the creature that no longer animates its physical body, but that also cannot move itself away to another dimension due to the desperate calls they make to him at that moment.

It is well known that life on Earth is momentary. No matter how many years you will live, it will always be a great time spent here. Here we come, the spirits in need of learning, to pave the evolutionary journey alternating between Love and Pain to become better. This is fate. It is not by chance that Kardec’s grave, the tireless codifier of the Spiritist Doctrine, we read: “To be born, to grow, to die, to be reborn still and to progress always, such is the law.”

In some cases of illness, there are occurrences where there is the sudden improvement of the patient for the specific purpose of preparing the afflicted hearts of the relatives for the fatal outcome. This is when what is commonly called “the visit of health” occurs. Note also that in various distressful situations, the expected does not always occur.

Cases in which family and friends wait for the final moment, contrary to all expectations, it does not come. The patient recovers and life goes on. And there are situations where friends and family themselves pray for the outcome, believing that the sick person is already suffering too much and it is better that they “rest” by the way of death. Which is an illusion.

In the vast Spiritist literature, there are reports where the reader can verify the way of acting of Providence. Here a patient recovers and receives an additional time for family members to calm down, thereby avoiding the enormous burden of suffering that would be undue to the feelings of that group. There occurs the postponement because some objectives are yet to be achieved in that family collectivity. Not knowing the day and the hour when the thief will come, no one can say when it will be the final hour of whoever it is.

For a better understanding and absorption of knowledge on the subject, we suggest reading the books “The Book of Spirits” and “Heaven and the Hell” both by Allan Kardec and read the series of Andre Luiz books by Francisco C. Xavier, beginning with Nosso Lar.

Get them and good reading!

By Geraldo Goulart

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In Search of Happiness

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By: Geraldo Goulart

“In general terms, it is possible to affirm that happiness is a Utopia, whose conquest has been striven after by successive generations without their ever having been able to reach their objective. If the sensible man or woman is a rarity in the world, then the absolutely happy person has never been found.”

The Gospel According to Spiritism – chapter V.

 

The film “In pursuit of happiness”, starring Will Smith, discusses the true story of a humble man, full of personal problems, who, like most of us, seeks to overcome all obstacles to achieve his goal. He learned that the way to happiness was to win in life through work and perseverance instead of luck (it does not exist!).

We believe that all know many people who are also in search of happiness. It is even possible that at this point, we ourselves are … But what is happiness?

So much has been written and speculated on happiness; it has been trivialized to the point of being compared to the “luck”. In fact, if we ask several people what is happiness for them, we hear an answer that it would be “win” something or a lot of money. In this context, the verb “to gain” relates to the luck factor.

Understanding that this subject is relevant to most people and also that clarification can heal the feeling of anguish, dissatisfaction and the feeling of unhappiness of people, several spiritual friends inspired Kardec to treat this subject in THE BOOK OF SPIRITS.

In The Book of Spirits, item 920, Kardec asks the entity if it was possible for man to enjoy perfect happiness upon the earth. The Spirit’s answer, as usual, is crystal clear and flawless: “No; for corporeal life has been appointed to him either as a trial or an expiation; but it depends upon himself to lighten the evils of his lot, and to render it as happy as life can be upon the earth.”

As can be understood, life on the planet should not be assumed as a winning ticket that offers us only

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pleasures, satisfactions and rest. Notwithstanding, life provide us the opportunity to ease the difficulties and pave the way. The effort expended to achieve the condition to savor the happiness, even though relative, will only be successfully crowned if we are diligent, persevering, even obstinate.

The character portrayed by Will Smith, we repeat, is real and still can be counted in the number of those on Earth. A black US citizen abandoned by his wife who could not bear the financial condition in which they lived, which he was criticized for having spent all the money he had saved for the purchase of machinery which could not resell. She goes out and leaves him; he has the responsibility to finish rearing his son, still a child. But he is undeterred and says to himself that he will overcome.

Returning to Kardec, on item 921 the he asks: “We can conceive that man will be happy upon the earth when the human race shall have been transformed; but, meanwhile, is it possible for each man to ensure for himself a moderate amount of happiness?.”  Then the entity replies: “The more often that man is the architect of his own misfortune. Practicing the law of God he is saved from the evils and reaches such a great happiness behaves as a rough existence.”

Note that the entity doesn’t even considers the question about the possibility to achieve a relative happiness. Going in the opposite direction, remembers that it is man who erects his own unhappiness. But one might ask, is that really so?

If you, the reader, is one of those people who wonder about why are not happy, analyze yourself, your acts and behavior, and try to identify the cause of what you believe is the engine of your suffering, your anguish, your unhappiness. After an honest assessment, try to answer, if you caused or not, your troubles which have come to this point.

Ah, yes, the film has a happy ending. It’s worth watching it to see the his perseverance end in victory.

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I hope you enjoyed the article by our friend in Brazil, Geraldo Goulart. He has written for Spiritist The Problem is the SolutionPublications in Brazil and now he is translating some of his article for us!

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Protective Injury

Geraldo Goulart

The knowledge that some children are born with congenital ailments and / or physical injuries that will restrict the new life that begins for those newcomers to the planet usually bothers and distresses people.

The obstacles that those creatures and their parents will have to face later are immediately visualized. In fact, some limitations end up affecting the whole family. Caring for children with Down’s syndrome, paralysis, deafness, dumbness or blindness, among others, requires not only sublimation from their caregivers who need to be vigilant about the child, but also – and especially – with a huge dose of Love and Patience.

What we want to stress here is that nobody, absolutely nobody, analyzes the fact from the spiritual point of view. Why don’t we? Once we know that with bad choices made with our free will everyone can contract debts that are not always redeemed in the present life, it is understood that there are

The disincarnations in which the Spirit carries with it needs of future redemptions that will certainly be projected into future returns to next life.

Knowing also that the return to material life is always programmed, inclusive with the presence of reincarnating spirit (see MISSIONARIES OF THE LIGHT – Spirit André Luiz, FEB), it is impossible to

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attribute to the Creator or to fate, the existence of (re) births with limiting problems. This even brings new insight and reflection on the biblical quotation from Exodus 21:24 “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot“.

Yes, no one returns to material life bearing stigmata that represent vengeance from whoever it is. All congenital evils brought to Earth are no more than intrinsic needs to those who bring them, and who, for reasons beyond our understanding, will also be necessary purges for parents and others involved with those who bring such deficiencies. To clarify the subject, it is also suggested to read The Spirits Book (Allan Kardec, FEB), questions 171 (Justice of Reincarnation) and 258 to 273 (Choice of Trials).

Someone will ask “— But what to think when the child is born normal, without any anomaly and then, due to some misfortune, suffers an accident that consequently also limits his life? A quadriplegic, for example? “. The likely answer is that the limitation now presented will be of benefit to that Spirit who someway, by any chance, became the passive agent of the occurrence. Also beneficial are all inhibitory diseases. The recognition of the benefits of this purgatory aspect to the Spirit does not mean that one is here apologizing to suffering.

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Organically healthy people – everyone knows – have the free will to decide what to ingest. Then they ingest everything that compromises their organic equilibrium. They smoke, drink, vitiate and overeat themselves in food and, at the end of their existence, they return to the Spiritual Plane as “suicidal” because, with so many abuses against themselves the time that had been granted to them to cross their last passage through the orb due to the imbalances caused to the material body. Possibly, they did not know the quotation from Paul: ” All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient.” – 1 Corinthians 6:12″

On the other hand, people who are born with limitations, because they have their free will partially curtailed due to congenital limitations, cannot advance in actions that could be harmful and organically compromising to them. Simply because they cannot even initiate innumerable actions, however much they wish to perform such acts. That is why it is said that his/her physical deficiency is a protective injury.

Down syndrome, for example, because of the difficulties it imposes on the intellectual development of those who suffer from it, inhibits the birth of negative and self-destructive feelings that harm many normal people, intellectualized or not. A birth injury, which characterizes limb paralysis, and even a dystrophy, does not allow the individual to perform any physical actions that may reach themselves and / or their fellows. Spirits who bring deficiencies in the physical body are protected because they are incapable, due to their limitations.

Protective ills have two specific functions in the lives of those who are subjugated to them: 1) it does not allow them to aggravate the role of past needs due to untimely attitudes; and, 2) they collaborate so that the sufferers develop patience throughout the time in which they had to live under such condition. Those who suffer such ills understand at some point that the revolt will not change their situation. They then submit, rescuing mistakes from the past without increasing his burden with undue new actions.

The conformed submission ends up being a palliative that tends to lessen inner distress. The person understands – and it is true – that the rebellion generated by the inconformity only increases the suffering, bringing with it the feeling that all that will afflict him for eternity.

In most reincarnations, the Spirit himself – looking at his past – asks for his trials to reduce the burden of debts generated in inconsequential attitudes. Often, the wise spirits that accompany the person planning a future reincarnation, advise them to review the size and intensity of the factors chosen to avoid succumbing with new commitments along the new journey.

In truth, protective injuries are unfolding acts in previous lives, because, still and always, with each action, a reaction corresponds.

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By Geraldo Goulart

 

 

Dark Thoughts

You who are reading these words at this moment, if you are influenced by some depressive feeling and, therefore, thinking of a self-destructive impulse, do not do that.

Feeling yourself exhausted and thinking you are tired of life and are seeking relief by the exiting the material life, try to read this short text till the end for a few minutes more, and after please, make a brief exercise in reflection.

Self-destructive feelings cannot solve any kind of problems, whatever they may be. On the contrary, such feelings only increase personal frustration because they insinuate the erroneous idea that you do not know a way for solving the situation on your own and besides that it will not be worthwhile to seek a help from anyone.

As we all are transmitters and receivers of mental-spiritual vibrations, remaining with this mental posture, you end up attracting and being surrounded by uncouth spirits who are pleased in involving anyone who is going through bitter needs and suicide impulses.

Spiritist Literature is lavish in narratives that portray the plight of those who have allowed themselves to give in to the suicidal impulse because they believed that, leaving the life by his own free will they would be ridding themselves of problems. However, a sad surprise is waiting for them: they did not get rid of their problems; their problems are increased; their burden of suffering is increased.

They came out of material life to be re-entered into Real Life, the Spiritual Life, where nothing is hidden from guardian spirits. They suffer even more because they awake in a place where there is crying and gnashing of teeth and now experience their final moments by the repetition of the last extreme act with which they ended their existence. This extreme act is reacted second by second. Moreover, this will remain for as long as the time they cut off their material life to when their blueprint was for them to die. That means whether someone supposed to live by 80 years and suicide oneself at 60 years old, he/she will be repeatedly suiciding along 20 years in Earth time.

The immediate torment of the suicidal is a torment that seems to be infinite, eternal, for him or her. Their last fatal act in material life, which was the action that caused the extermination of the life, is repeatedly revived. It is the trigger triggered by the blow of the weapon; the jump of the building or the bridge and the panoramic vision of his/her life in the last seconds before the impact; and the sensation of his body flying over the rails of the railroad or the vehicle. In addition, they suffer, repeatedly, that moment, as if it were a movie without any interruption.

It is necessary to persevere in the struggle in search of solutions – which exist! – and always arrive through friends; By written messages or by other means. It cannot be forgotten that the Friend of All our Hours – Jesus! – is attentive to our needs and always sends the resources we need to overcome the afflictions. Evidently, those who succumbed were because they could not identify the relief sent.

When a problem, an affliction, arises, if one surrenders and allows an internal unbalance, this emits perceptible signals to the Spiritual Plane. With the same promptness, that the Friends of the Higher send aid, entities of very low vibratory pattern that characterize the obsessing spirits, also approach the incarnate sufferer and initiate the sieges.

The reincarnated Spirit, not being vigilant in the faith, does not perceive the beneficent fluids upon itself and accedes to the pressure of the lower vibrations, desponding. With this, it seems to him that his situation is even more complicated because those obsessive entities only present them with somber pictures.

At that moment, when surrounded by antagonistic pressures, the decision will depend on the free will of the incarnated Spirit. It will be up to him to decide which force will win. However, the Lord warns that with watching and praying, it will be easier to avoid afflictions.

So dear reader, you would better think well and twice. React! Do not be discouraged, because the solution of your problem has already been forwarded to you. Although you just did not see it, it is waiting for your acceptance as soon as you change your mind.

Review the latest goings on. Raise your head and say to yourself: “I’ll face it! I will win!” and throw away your dark thoughts.

In case of doubt, do not be ashamed or afraid for asking some help, and someone will be routed to assist you. Then, do not give it up. Your best friends from Spiritual world are just waiting for your decision to be made and then they will start to treat your internal wounds.

Geraldo Goulart

Lord loves you and His Love will never let you alone.

By Geraldo Goulart

It’s Better not to Smoke

By: Geraldo Goulart

Chakras“Sane minds’ people usually eat reasonably for their life maintenance, but unwise people ingest unnecessary substances to death’s profit.” (André Luiz em “O Espírito da Verdade”, p. 134, 3rd. edition, FEB)

People who have been in touch for some time with Spirit’s Doctrine may be surprised with the treatment of a subject on which there is consensus and for spiritualists there is no doubt. We are concerned, however, with those who are now coming to the paths trodden by many already and cannot understand very well why spiritualists should not smoke.

Most of us who follow the Doctrine today, just starting from so many different experiences, many are – we believe – former smokers. Thus we understand the effort of our will which is to be developed by those who wish to persevere in spiritual work that we recently embraced, and still keep with some nostalgia the taste of the “harmless” cigarette, pressed by a yearning generated by an abstinence not yet consciously understood.

Depending on their point of view, it is likely that large numbers of Brothers come to learn something about spirit’s strength centers after a year studying. Religions, as a rule, do not have scientific and religious connotations to its followers. They always base their sermons – the ministers – in moral behavior patterns for with this philosophy (which is valid!), curtailing the spread of harmful habits in who that may hear them.

In Spirit Doctrine, despite the moral-philosophical approach, the treatment of this subject presents us with another connotation: smoking harms us significantly; the spiritual manifestation because it dampens spiritual sensitivity. But how can a material substance, the tobacco, which is directed to the physical body, harm the spiritual body? Let’s see it. “The perispirit is a complete fluidic organism, under whose constant influx is modeled and kept the physical body. Its importance is considerable in Embryology and Anatomy, as also in Physiology and Pathology. It is connected part by part, cell by cell, molecule by molecule, to the material structure; everything that goes in one, immediately affects to the other. The perispirit’s functional balance can be disturbed by immaterial agents, fluidic, of the same nature, so that, and this disturbance, affecting the physical body, makes it also sick.” So, “There is a spirit pathology, as there is a spiritualist biology …” (1)

Each one of us, incarnated, is a spirit that has other bodies: dense body, perispiritual body, mental body, etc. These bodies are interconnected by communication channels known as “strength centers” that are located in corresponding regions in the physical body, the nerve plexus, which are the meeting points of the nervous systems of the human body, where they form true connections. The essence of everything we eat for the maintenance of the physical body is added to the blood that, in the bloodstream, will bathe the plexes where, through the communication channels pass to the Spirit the manifested energy that was added on it. “From these secondary centers interwoven into psychosoma, and consequently in the physical body, through plexiform networks … ” – we highlighted – ” the gastric center being responsible for the digestion and absorption of dense or less dense foods, that anyway, represent concentrated fluidic penetrating our organization …” (2)

The cigarette besides the chemical residue which is released to the saliva and thence to the stomach – and hence to the bloodstream – contains chemical components which, when burned, volatilize up, passing very easily to the other dimension, which is where the Spirit vibrates. These substances affect the cellular constitution of the spiritual body manifestation, degrading the natural protection that exists against the outside energies that can affect us the Spirit’s balance and harmony.

Who wishes to study the vital centers and strength centers of the spiritual body, will learn that such aggression, caused by the gradual use of alcohol, tobacco, toxic and other alkaloids, results in disastrous effects, and besides know that with such attitudes only makes worse their situation after death. Thus, the “restful sleep” – that comes after death for every people – may be more extended; the “disconnection of the perispiritual ties” of the Spirit in the physical body may also be more painful; and other problems may appear in aggravated form.

While reincarnated, physical life presents the Spirit a much reduced vibration pattern than normal, just to promote its connection with the dense body. What distinguishes the mediumship potential of creatures is their ability to perceive the highest vibrational level from those without physical bodies; vibrations such that, higher and more purified, is the entity, the greater its content and its manifestation.

The cigarette is an absorber of sensitivity, its usage, only harming the work of those who propose to work on the interchange between the two planes through the mediumship action, since for such an enterprise well-developed sensitivity is one of the primary requirements. And those that do not want to leave the tobacco habit may, of course, participate in mediumistic tasks, but not all of them can achieve due to the serious constraints that make their bodies sick. So:

  • by the evil that leads to the detriment of the physical body;
  • by moral dependence that submits the person;
  • by the aches and pains now unknown, but that will be proved “post mortem”;
  • by the discomfort to non-smokers (which label smokers rightly of “poorly educated”);
  • by the gradual deterioration of psychic faculties of the person and,
  • for the full liberty and balance in its attitudes,

 

hope that each one trace in their accessional objectives, the limits that must be respected for their own good. So, one can better understand the André Luis (Spirit) quote: “…but unwise people ingest unnecessary substances to death’s profit.”

And even being aware that the doctrine nothing forbids, because before elucidates, explains, will say to himself: – IT’S BETTER NOT TO SMOKE!

References:

  1. Homeopatia e Espiritismo, Lauro S. Thiago – 1ª. edição FEB
  2. Evolução em dois Mundos, André Luiz (Espírito), cap. II, 6ª. edição FEB (psicografado por F C Xavier e Waldo Vieira)
  3. Os, Chakras, C.W. Leadbeter, Editora O Pensamento
  4. Entre a Terra e o Céu, André Luiz, Editora FEB
  5. Passes e Radiações, Edgard Armond, Editora Aliança

6) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

(This article was originally published in June 1982 in REFORMADOR, monthly magazine published by FEDERAÇÃO ESPÍRITA BRASILEIRA – FEB under the title “É Poibido Fumar”)

Geraldo Goulart

Geraldo Goulart

The Power of Prayer

Geraldo Goulart

Geraldo Goulart

By Geraldo Goulart

Life in society offers opportunities to analyze how we deal with the people we live with. Moreover, we often find those people who allow themselves to get upset easily. Now some are relatives, friends, and at other times, traveling companions we find at work, at school, which, in any quarrel, get upset and react immediately, and we say that they have a “combative spirit.”

We are not singling out those who fight through adversity with great determination and get upset at obstacles. We refer here to those others who are carried away by the feeling of anger, anger when they feel thwarted or misled. The slightest slip of the tongue, the lack of attention of those who meet them, the unpreparedness of those who intervene, will be enough reason to start a reaction that will hardly be assuaged with a few words.

The problem that one can identify with this irritability, it induces such people to adopt strange and ridiculous attitudes, and they ignore the great harm they cause to themselves. By allowing themselves to change their spiritual vibrations to the pitch of anger – a low vibration feeling –  it injects into your body automatically, unnecessary doses of adrenaline that further unbalance them, as they are blinded by revenge with a desire of taking satisfaction as to what happened that, as a rule, has no basis in fact.

The emotional imbalance affects not only your physical body but also the spiritual body due to the existing natural link between these two vehicles in which intelligence is manifested. Such repercussions are harmful to both.

jealousy_965822For more “hot-blooded” a person is, a person must learn the “good fight” as taught by Paul, the apostle. When exposed to the verbal excesses generated by anger, and fortified by the desire to retaliate, man can commit any barbaric act of which will regret it later, when the return to reason invariable occurs.

The ire evokes the involvement of invisible escorts and always malefic to man. Hence the warning of Jesus, in the Gospel, so that we should watch and pray. If someone close, connected on to them, tries to show them the ridiculous bigotry of which they deliver, they reveal another facet: short patience and then the turning against those who try to help them.

Arrogance and impatience! Terrible combination of bad qualities that some of our fellow-travelersbrothers-argument bring out, and we can not help them because its removal is necessary to be worked, patient and daily, through silent prayer that will serve them to help to disarm and stop seeking the reprisal and helps to pacify themselves inwardly and leave in peace those who love and respect them.

After all, we need each other to carry out our mission along the earthly path. And anger reproduces dissension and so more and more difficulties arise, putting us away from the people who would be a precious help to enrich the fullness of our life.

A dear friend of spirit labors told us once about a personal experience: he was standing inside a crowded bus, as it is common to those seeking public transportation in a normal working day morning, when someone sitting on the bench where he was standing, signaled it would be free at the next stop. At his side, and holding the same handle, a man younger than him, agitated, tensed his arm against our friend’s arm and, looking at him steadily, with angry look, asked him: “- Let’s fight over the seat?“. Understanding that the man wanted to seize the opportunity to sit on the seat that was beginning to be free, as the passenger sitting stood up asking passing to get off the bus, our friend, pacified by their daily prayers, looking at him bluntly replied: “- No, my brother, you are surely tired and deserves to occupy the seat. You can sit“. In addition, he walked back so that the man could occupy the empty seat. Therefore, an unexpected change occurred. The young man lowered his head and backed away, apologizing for his intemperate attitude and offered the seat to my friend. When they left the bus at the final station, they shook hands and started walking to same side of the street. While they went along the sidewalk, my friend heard from that man he had a family trouble. So my friend asked him if he could talk a little about Jesus. While my friend was talking, he saw that the man started thinking and understood that his own problem was not as big as he thought it seemed to be. From that day on, they became friends and once a month that young man goes to a Spirit Center to hear and learn about Jesus’ Gospel.

With a peaceful attitude, without war, but carrying out the “good fight” we referred to above, our friend not only dodged a battle but also helped steady a person who possessed a “combative spirit” that morning. The day ran its course, certainly with peace of mind for both.

Prayer is a powerful tool that everyone should use day-to-day because it acts as if it were a shield, protecting the person who prays from numerous dangers and attacks at times that no one suspected would occur.

The power of prayer causes the person to change his route making her choose one path over another to reach its destination and thus fail to have an accident, for example. How can this occur? It is because, praying, spiritual friends realize the positive vibes that soul and are attracted by the sincere vibrations emanating from it, approaching to give intuitive ideas, in order to stop the person from encounter situations that would not be to their advantage.

Studying the “Gospel According to Spiritism”, which is the interpretation of the Good Spirits of the teachings of Jesus, we learn that:

“The first duty of all human beings, the first act which should mark the return to activity each day, is prayer. Most people pray, but only a very few really know how to pray! Of what importance to God are Jesus-greatLordsentences which are mechanically linked together from habit, a duty to perform which weighs as heavily as any other duty? The prayers of a Christian, of a Spiritist, or of whatever cult, must be made as soon as the Spirit returns to the fleshly yoke; it should be raised up to the feet of the Divine Majesty with humility and profundity, in an impulse of gratitude for all the many benefits received till that day; for the night just past during which it was permitted, although without knowing, to get close to friends and guides so as to be able to absorb new strength and more perseverance through this contact. You should lift yourself up humbly to the feet of the Lord, so as to offer up your weaknesses, plead for help, indulgence and mercy. This prayer should be profound, because it is your soul that should raise itself up to the Creator, and in doing so, it should become transfigured, as was Jesus on the mount when He showed the radiant splendor of His hope and love.

Your prayer should include a request for His blessings for all those things you really need. Therefore it is useless to ask the Lord to shorten your tests and trials, or to give you happiness and riches.” [1]

And also as follows,

Prayer is an invocation through which, by means of thought, Man enters into communication with the being to whom he directed himself. This may be for the purpose of asking for something, giving thanks or as a glorification. We may pray for ourselves or for others, for the living or for the dead. Prayers addressed to God are heard by those Spirits who are charged with the execution of His will. All those addressed to good Spirits are referred to God. When someone prays to beings other than God, these are serving as mediators or intercessors, because nothing can happen without God’s wishes. [2]

It is through prayer that Man obtains the assistance of the good Spirits who come running to sustain him in his good resolutions and inspire wholesome ideas. In this manner he acquires the moral strength necessary to be able to surmount all difficulties, and come back to the straight and narrow path should he at any time stray from it. By these means he can also turn away from himself all the evil which he attracts through his faults. For example: a man loses his health due to his excesses and so leads a life of suffering till the termination of his days. Has he then the right to complain if he does not obtain the cure he so desires? No, because he could have found the strength to resist temptation through the act of prayer.” [3]

 

We understand that we still have much to learn about the teachings that the Lord has given us and especially that we can improve our personal condition so only by the inclusion of prayer exercise in the list of our daily habits.

[1] The Gospel According to Spiritism – Chaper 27, item 22 – “Instructions from the Spirits. The Way to Pray”

[2] The Gospel According to Spiritism – Chaper 27, item 9 – “The Act of Prayer. Transmission of Thought”

[3] The Gospel According to Spiritism – Chaper 27, item 11 – “The Act of Prayer. Transmission of Thought”

Pride

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By Geraldo Goulart

Several philosophical-spiritual currents affirm that pride is the greatest curse that plagues humankind. It is difficult to understand this statement without reflecting on the effects of pride concerning ourselves.

Very few people admit that they are proud and when they do it, it’s like a justification for what they believe is a virtue rather than a defect. A friend of mine once confessed to me, “I never guessed that I am proud, but when I analyzed my behavior, I immediately realized reactions that even I classified as irrational, I identified myself to be a proud creature that moved in the muddy ground of vanity”.

What is observed is that with some knowledge already acquired on the subject, anyone can identify and modify, if they want to, his or her behavior, distancing themselves as much as possible from that feeling. It is true that one will not achieve immediate success in this endeavor, for we must admit it is very difficult to remove pride.

While we do not realize presence of pride in us, and if we do then we are not willing to fight to smother this from our life, because the satisfaction provided by pride. We feel pleasure in the apparent “victory” that we think we have reached by our own effort. This feeling feeds our ego, as if releasing heady massive doses of corporeal chemistry. In these moments we feel satisfied, happy, fulfilled!

This reaction induces us to be even more and more proud; we boast of our achievements and ability, because the recognition from others make us feel again that emotion and pleasure of a realization that no one else could reach.

On the other hand, when we begin to realize the futility of such recognition just for our pleasure, and when we identify ourselves to be far from deserving the merit we believe we deserve, then the realization begins to affect our self-esteem.

Our conscience, renewed, and bothered by the new knowledge acquired, lights a warning headlight

Geraldo Goulart

Geraldo Goulart

against the old feeling of pride. This awareness promotes an inner struggle because, on the one hand, the ego, remembering the already experienced pleasurable emotions, refuses to not promote another exhibitionist session. Although we realize our achievements should remain anonymous. We need to demonstrate the strength of the Spirit who seeks the path of renewal and growth and that understands the need for help to mastering the threat from the pride.

If we do not allow the still weak voice of our conscience to prevail our pride will strengthen influence of our ego. This would take us off our path to ascend in the spiritual world.

Note that the generation of our “new selves” only by acquiring new spiritual knowledge, is not easy, not even a little. We must eliminate, at every opportunity, physical satisfaction generated by the exaggerated pride, improving the moral tone that will serve as the antidote to nullify the deleterious effects from that consequence in the Spirit.

However, there is an easier and more objective way for the start of the “good fight” against pride: just admit that the origin of any positive momentum that we can show and offer does not belong to us, but – yes! – to the friends from higher. Thus, with so simple way, we learn to set aside our personalityKardec-Jesus that, in fact, is not the author of most of the good deeds that we allow ourselves to undertake.

The Book of Spirits, by Allan Kardec teaches us that pride is a powerful enemy of the spiritual evolution of man because it does not allow him to glimpse the truth but only what is in their own interest.


Below are some of the passages in The Book of Spirits which caution us about excessive pride:

Question 823 in THE BOOK OF SPIRITS:

Whence comes the desire of perpetuating one’s memory by means of funeral monuments?

“It is the last act of pride.”

– But is not the sumptuousness of funeral monuments more frequently due to the action of

relatives desirous to honour the memory of the defunct, than to the defunct himself?

“In such cases it is an act of pride on the part of relatives who desire to glorify themselves; for

assuredly it is not always for the one who is dead that all these demonstrations are made, but

rather to gratify their own vanity by making an impression on others, and to parade their

wealth. Do you imagine that the remembrance of their loved ones is less durable in the hearts

of the poor, because the latter have no flowers to lay upon their graves ? Do you imagine that

marble can save from oblivion the name of him who has led a useless life upon the earth?”

Teaching about natural liberty, in question 828 the instructor says:

How can we reconcile the liberal opinions professed by some persons with the despotism they themselves sometimes exercise in their own houses, and among their subordinates?

“Their intelligence is aware of the law of nature, but this perception is counterbalanced by

their pride and selfishness. When their profession of liberal principles is not hypocrisy, they

know what ought to be done, but do it not.”

Question 929:

There are persons who, being utterly without resources, though surrounded by abundance, have no other prospect than starvation. What course should they take under such circumstances? Ought they to allow themselves to die of hunger?

“No one should ever admit into his mind the idea of allowing himself to die of hunger; a man

could always find the means of obtaining food if pride did not interpose itself between want

and work. It has often been said that ‘No work is dishonorable it honestly done;’ but this is

one of the aphorisms that each man is more prompt to apply to his neighbor than to

himself.”

Here, below, about unhappy marriages, question 940:

Is not the lack of sympathy between persons destined to live together also a source of sorrow, and one that is all the more bitter because it poisons an entire existence?

“Very bitter it is, undoubtedly; but it is usually a misfortune of your own causing. In the first

place, your laws are in fault; for how can you suppose that those who dislike one another can

be intended by God to live together ? In the next place, you yourselves are to blame, for you

often seek, in those unions, the satisfaction of your pride and ambition rather than the

happiness of a mutual affection; and, in such cases, you undergo the natural consequences of

your prejudices.”

The natural consequence is (complementary answer):

– But, in such cases, is there not generally an innocent victim?

“Yes, one for whom it is a heavy expiation; but the responsibility of such unhappiness will,

nevertheless, be brought home to those who caused it. If the light of truth have reached the

soul of the victim, faith in the future will give consolation under present suffering. But the

causes of these private misfortunes will disappear in proportion as your prejudices are dissipated.”

 

About weariness of life, suicide as shown in question 947:

Can we consider as having committed suicide the man who, becoming disheartened in his struggle with adversity, allows himself to die of despair?

“Such self-abandonment is suicide; but those who had caused the crime, or might have

prevented it, would be more to blame for it than the one by whom it had been committed, and

the latter would therefore be judged leniently. But, nevertheless, you must

not suppose that he would be entirely absolved if he had been wanting in firmness and

perseverance, or had failed to make the best use of his intelligence to help himself out of his

difficulties. And it would go still harder with him if he had been one of those whose

intelligence is paralysed by pride, who would blush to earn their living by manual labour, and

would rather die of starvation than derogate from what they call their “social position. (…)”


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Further instructions and explanations about the attitudes derived from pride and that compromise the spiritual evolution of creatures can be found in THE BOOK OF SPIRITS and also in The Gospel According to Spiritism. These two books were compiled by Allan Kardec, the Encoder of Spiritist Doctrine, and deserve to be read. Its contents certainly enlightens the reader’s understanding and facilitates decision-making in many common situations in day-to-day lives.

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Difficult People

By Geraldo Goulart

Let your light so shine before men… (Mt, 5:16)

green-eyes-red-hairUsually we classify as “difficult people” those who, as a rule, do not share our values, desires and expectations. Would that constitute what would really characterize a “difficult person”? Maybe not. Most of us know people, intimate or not, that seem to “run in the same pack” with us or with others who we also know, that’s, are partners in almost all occasions, they tread on the same ground, they go together, they have the same hankerings and desires and … even so, they are hard in personal relationship, yet!

In fact, the parameter used to classify such creatures is the reflections of their temperaments, which we seldom understand, together with their motivations and inconsistencies. These people generally have a highly variable mood. With the same ease with which they smile, frown the brows; sometimes kind, sometimes irritable. They leave us disconcerted because we do not know what we did or what we fail to do, to sow their ever threatening discontent.

Living together with that kind of person whether at home or in a religious or professional environment, in the club, in the gym, requires patience and tolerance. In short, for such companionship we need to have and offer LOVE. When there is love in any relationship, everything is indeed easier.

We need to understand these people who life puts around us with the magnifying glass of spiritualinspiration knowledge. Why do they treated us like this? Why are they like piles of stones in our evolutionary path? Do they cross paths with us in life just to test us? On the other hand, are they people from who we became debtors at some point in the past? The ability to respond with a “yes” or “no” to any of the questions confuses us more than it helps, because there would be valid answers to all of them questions.

“Bad temper” so much suggests a diseased liver as well as an afflicted soul, confused, lacking in enlightenment and protection. Understanding that the Lord of Life always sends us the help in the most unusual ways, we are the “persecuted”, the “tormented”, holders of the medicine for those needy others, as we have overcome these needs and we are living with an elevated sense.

familyproblemsIt behooves us to take the first step and embark on the search for understanding. We are never randomly placed in critical situations with people like that. We must not turn our back on them, relegating them to oblivion because we are “wounded” by what they did or said.

Through repeated examples of fraternal conversation, the temperamental will concede. So, friend reader, if you have someone like that in your day-by-day living, “let your light shine” because it alone, “your light” fueled by clarification oil and unquestioned love, will enable difficult people around you to find the path of well-being and inner peace that will soften their feeling, transmuting them into fraternal brothers who encourage also others “difficult people” to change themselves through the understanding that we need to love one another.


 

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Life Goes On…

reincarnation2By Geraldo Goulart

Born, die, revive, such is the law.” — Allan Kardec

On the TV screen a young lady responds to reporter, “- That was a brutality. He was a young man with a great future, he shouldn’t have died…” and this phrase brings us to a reflection: Does anyone deserve death? Or was did she mean to say that young people should not die – as they say young people – because they have the whole future ahead?

Whatever it is, we know that many young people disembody in different situations: by disease, by violence, addictions and other ways. And the study of the “Spiritist Doctrine” explains the meaning of death and why it occurs in certain situations, such as violence. Believing that the death of anyone was unfair or early is a clear manifestation of ignorance of Divine Laws and also of spiritual life, being therefore almost an assertion of spirituality abstinence.

At that same line of reasoning developed by that woman newscaster, newborns would not deserve to die; we should not have stillbirths in hospitals. Also pregnant women should not die…

A popular saying affirms that “death has a thousand excuses …” which means that people seek toTomasz Alen Kopera justify death as if it were a supreme need to quiet their hearts and their relatives affected by the “fatality” of the death of a family member or a very close friend.

It is possible that the real motivation of seeking justification is total fear that death inspires. And this fear comes from ignorance and also the fear that an afterlife may actually exist; hell, purgatory and paradise. And the fear of suffering, ignoring which will be our final station, will transform the figure of death in terrific and malefic tormentor.

One of the biggest benefits that the Spiritist Doctrine gives us is the possibility of obtaining this knowledge, the truth that sets us free, but it does not force us to follow the Spiritist Doctrine. It only presents what is there, allowing our free choice in the matter.

Their teachings enable us to develop an understanding by examining the facts and certify, by our own eyes, its full truth through numerous examples that we see parading throughout our existence.

Someone once said that “dying is like taking a leap in the dark” and maybe it is, but it must be said that the sense of “leap in the dark” only lasts for the period in which we remain distanced from knowledge. To the extent that we go down our reasoning by following the facts and their consequences, we no longer fear death. Little by little, as we accumulate knowledge we grow comfortable with returning home to the spirit realm.

Dying, is in fact, is to revive, to live again, to return to a full life, because we are spirits that live as prisoners of a physical body. Sent to earth to learn during our stay on the planet, like the dragonfly cloistered in his little cocoon. By escaping the cocoon after a time of maturation, during which the body of the old caterpillar suffered its metamorphose, making it light, beautiful and colorful, the butterfly takes flight to a new stage with a new nature. It is the same with us. In each material life, with our Spirit trapped in new body-cocoon, we evolved. Moreover, every passage has its necessary duration.

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What terrifies people is the loss of their physical vehicle in which they express themselves, and what is more valued than our own essence: our spirit! Our reality is that, as stated above, we are spirits that are passing through a transitional period on Earth. Being afraid of death expresses the idea that we are just one body that has a spirit and that spirit would be so fragile, temporal and corruptible as is the physical body. And it is not so.

We err when we say that someone “died so young and still had so much to do“. It is true that death does not mean eternal rest. This understanding asserts, then, that what we did not here will be done at another time, in another place.

Over there, on the other side of material life, in the Spiritual World, friends that preceded us to real life, inform that they go on with their work activities, their leisure and studies, attesting that life goes on.

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The Fall of Man

Kardec-JesusBy Geraldo Goulart

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and He did eat.” — Gen. 3:6

The Catholic and evangelical interpretation about the “fall of spirit” leads us to the understanding that it would have been caused by the disobedience of Adam to eat the “forbidden fruit”, the apple that had been offered by the serpent.

Everyone who has ever read, albeit superficial of THE BOOK OF SPIRITS, knows that the Doctrine does not sponsor such an interpretation.

Indeed, it is difficult to understand why the Creator put something that was forbidden access to man, as if to provoke and challenge his absolute obedience.

When browsing the letters of Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, we see the statement that “everything is permissible for me, but not everything suits me …” (I Cor, 10:23). That means – as we see – that although there are several things we can, at our disposal, we must, for our own good, select only that which is not harmful to us.

Adam-EveAssuming that at the beginning there have been, in the setting of the biblical paradise, Adam and Eve, and the serpent is near apple tree with the fruit of temptation. What you see in that act, where religion see the “fall of man” is actually the first human specimen which had the opportunity to use one of the greatest benefits with which the Creator has endowed us: free will, the power of decision and choice. If so, they were not guilty; neither Eva nor the serpent; the “fall” would have to be attributed to Adam’s personal decision.

In THE BOOK OF SPIRITS, item 262, the question asked by Kardec: As a spirit, at its origin, is simple,

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ignorant, and without experience, how can he make an intelligent choice of an existence, and how can he be responsible for such a choice? We have a crystalline answer from the Entity to the encoder:

“God supplies what is lacking through his inexperience, by tracing out for him the road which

he has to follow, as you do for the infant in its cradle; but he allows him, little by little, to

become the master of his choice, in proportion as his free-will becomes developed; and it is

then that he often loses his way and takes the wrong road, if he do not listen to the advice of

the good spirits, who endeavour to instruct him; it is this which may be called the fall of

man.”

 From this, with detailed information supplied by high spirits to Kardec, it is that the fall of man can occur at any time, and this is very logical!

For every one of us, we are capable of falling at any moment. In various times when we have to decide something, the biggest factor at play in the decision is our own will. Nobody forces us to do or not do this or that. If we do it, or not, it is because we want to or we believe that, we want this way or that differently.

With that, it is obvious that in some of the decisions that we take we expose ourselves to the fall. And how many times have we been already fallen?

The most important for us in the lesson is the reality that our fall will also depend on the use we make of our free will, our sole responsibility depending on choosing the correct course even at the expense of what we wanted.

Nevertheless, always the fault or merit is our own. Never from the Creator.

By: Geraldo Goulart


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