Wealth is comforting, its luxury, it supplies our desires. But is it really important when one understands that we are immortal souls who live life after life in a pursuit for perfection? Click here to watch my YouTube video.
We shouldn’t excessively worry about the past and future, we compartmentalize the past – after reviewing and determining the lessons we should have learned. We should concentrate on improving ourselves in the present, by doing our job, helping our family, learning about Spiritism and the spirit world, or helping others.
Resist the Negative Influence of Modern Society and Media. Allowing yourself to be swayed by the latest manufactured outrage does your spiritual growth no good. It only hampers your progress. Modern political and corporate culture exists to make money, without any moral guidance, hence they exploit techniques to make you fear and worry. These only serve to keep you occupied by either voting for made-up problems or clicking on ads to supply the tidal waves of fractions of a penny to increase their stock price. Turn off as much as you can and concentrate on doing good for yourself and those around you. Click here to watch my YouTube video.
To live simply is to exist within the basic needs we all have. Food and shelter is required. Spirit messengers add to this list – family and study. Family, because we are born into the world with support. A structure that is usually designed to mold us into better people, before the character of our past lives begin to intrude during our late teens. And study, because we are put on earth to acquire the attributes we sorely need and to break down the flaws in our personality. Read More.
First Steps toward Increasing Your Spirituality. We have all, at one time or another, a longing to decreasing our quest for material goods and begin searching out a meaning for life. We intuitively know that we are not just carbon based life forms with a short expiration date – we feel there is something more, something higher than ourselves. So how do you start? Click here to watch my YouTube video.
Allan Kardec’s the “Gospel According to Spiritism” is an enlightening book. It fully explains what many passages really meant in the New Testament. This book is dives deeper into the foundation of Spiritism, what Jesus was trying to teach the populace of the 1st Century AD, without explicitly stating his thesis, since his ideas would have been too revolutionary to the dominant culture at the time.
My book to teach you how to ascend in your current life, so you next life will be fashioned more to help you with experiences, instead of harsh lessons: How to Live – Inner Peace through Spiritism
We Should Approach Life as an Artisan – Perfecting Ourselves and Others Around Us. We are on earth to learn, through trials given to us by the spirit realm, and to improve our character, by casting off primitive emotions (hate, envy, greed) and replacing them with positive emotions (love, charity, honesty). Click here to watch my YouTube video.
Cultivate the Simple Life to Prepare You for the Spirit Realm. Learn to cast off that what you don’t require. The only material object you shall take with you after death is yourself, your character and personality. All else, including your physical body will be left behind. What remains is YOU. A new spirit body, younger, fit, never aging, and the power of your mind will yours. A vastly superior set of possessions than anything possible in the physical world. Click here to watch my YouTube video.
I was reading Saint Augustine’s book, City of God, he wrote the book after the Visigoths, under King Alaric, sacked Rome in the year 410. In many of the chapters he wrote about the complaints of the pagans against the Christians. A sense of the decline of the Roman Empire permeated the book. One chapter stood out, it described what St. Augustine felt the Roman citizens of the day really wanted. The type of culture and society, the leading Romans of the day desired to live in and wished to remain free to continue until their dying days.
The parallel with our current situation is uncanny. Rome, a once great Republic, had sunk into an Empire that cared only for its own luxuries, not for any notion of honor or fraternity. St. Augustine, in Chapter 20, titled, “Of the Kind of Happiness and Life Truly Delighted in by Those Who Inveigh Against the Christian Religion”, writes of what the Romans of the time truly desire:
“Only let it remain undefeated, they say, only let it flourish and abound in resources; let it be glorious by its victories, or still better, secure in peace; and what matters it to us? This is our concern, that every man be able to increase his wealth so as to supply his daily prodigalities, and so that the powerful may subject the weak for their own purposes. Let the poor court the rich for a living, and that under their protection they may enjoy a sluggish tranquility; and let the rich abuse the poor as their dependents, to minister to their pride. Let the people applaud not those who protect their interests, but those who provide them with pleasure. Let no severe duty be commanded, no impurity forbidden. Let kings estimate their prosperity, not by the righteousness, but by the servility of their subjects.”
I thought the line, “Let the poor court the rich for a living, and that under their protection they may enjoy a sluggish tranquility”, was particularly true today. I equate that with the rich CEO’s and moguls who amassed wealth by exploiting others and have a ready army of eager executives striving to outdo each other in how profit may be increased on the backs of their employees and customers. Rome in the 5th century, as the majority of the world is in the 21st century, a quest for material wealth at the expense of all else.
There is more, which speaks to our consumer society and the media which promotes unbridled political correctness, by attacking anyone who disagrees with the party line.
“Let there be erected houses of the largest and most ornate description: in these let there be provided the most sumptuous banquets, were everyone who please may, by day or night, play, drink, vomit, dissipate. Let there be everywhere heard the rustling of dancers, the loud, immodest laughter of the theatre; let a succession of the most cruel and the most voluptuous pleasures maintain a perpetual excitement. If such happiness is distasteful to any, let him be branded as a public enemy; and if any attempt to modify or put an end to it let him be silenced, banished, put an end to. Let these be reckoned the true gods, who procure for the people this condition of things, and preserve it when once possessed. Let them be worshipped as they wish; let them demand whatever games they please, from or with their own worshippers; only let them secure that such felicity be not imperiled by foe, plague, or disaster of any kind. “
I am not saying we should return to the rampant discrimination of people because of different races, preferences, or other criteria, or to a religious atmosphere of intolerance and exclusion. Spiritism tells us that all should be respected. I am speaking of a culture gone too far in hedonistic pursuits, of which, I have played my part! Where wearing the latest tennis shoes is something that can get you killed. Where there are no rules in the game of accumulating more and more.
I am speaking of moral rules, guidelines that people voluntarily follow because they are the right thing to do. The usual answer to pile on more government regulations is a chimera; the rich and powerful will always find a way around any written code. Only when society shuns, instead of glorifies rapacious behavior will the pendulum start to swing back to a more normal position.
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It’s hard sometimes to keep up the discipline to truly improve in this life. One has to release the material pull of the newest goods for sale, lower the priority to make and save money. And even more difficult is to train our thoughts, so we remain positive, support colleagues at work, refrain from gossip. The hardest part for me is to tone done my sarcasm and my self-pride.
I have read where we are rewarded one hundredfold for any sacrifice we make while on earth and I know the powers of a high spirit are such that no one in their right mind would wish for someone at my level to possess a force without successfully finishing my training. Even with those wonderful objectives in mind, I still get weak and self-pitying at times.
Also, I realize I should be loving, charitable, and fraternal without any promised reward whatsoever. But I am weak and thinking of a goal in the future helps me motivate myself.
So when I read a passage in Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier’s book, And Life Goes On, it intrigued me. The main characters in the book are at a temple in a celestial city. Many if not most of the audience are recent arrivals and are in the process of getting acquainted with the spirit realm. A spirit is giving a lecture of what it means for those who have just left their body.
Here is part of his speech;
“Do not deceive yourselves!
Just as was the case for we who have inhabited the spirit realm for many decades, you have brought here only what you made of yourselves … You have learned what you studied, you show what you did, you possess what you gave away!
In short, after having crossed the Great Boundary, we are simply what we are!
Thus, you will realize day by day in this place of blessed reality that all the disguises that used to hide our true individuality in the world are erased naturally, exposing our inner realm.
Without the constraints of the body, each spirit reveals who it really is.
In the ancestral home of the soul, we mechanically imprint our attitudes and words with sentiments and thoughts that are particular to us; we can no longer fake it.” [And Life Goes On, 2009, pp. 95-96]
In short, we are what we are inside, the thoughts that stream around our mind as we walk through life. Whereas, on earth, we are able to conceal our inner meanness toward others, as a spirit everything is revealed. Hence, working on our thoughts is an important step.
What comes next, is a hint at a future that I have not noticed before:
“Displaying everything we are and everything we have in the recesses of our being, the time for judgment has arrived, because the Divine Mercy of the Lord still offers to us, as in other colonies in the spirit world, this city-home as the antechamber for study and service. It gives us the invaluable potential to prepare our ascension to the Greater Life, in whose provinces we will apply ourselves in the acquisition of as-yet indescribable aptitudes as we continue the blessed struggle for our spiritual growth.”[And Life Goes On, 2009, p. 96]
The underling is mine. What are these “as-yet indescribable aptitudes”, what super powers could be waiting for us in our future. Who knows, as we improve ourselves, what will be given so that we may be a force for good.
Read my book, Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life Path is (mostly) Predetermined, to learn more about the spirit world and what awaits us. What lies ahead in spirit worlds higher than ours. It is a universe, that someday all of us will be able to discover first hand.