Living Simple

Three Levels of Life in Every Individual – According to Emanuel Swedenborg

SwedenborgIn Emanuel Swedenborg’s book, Heaven and Hell, at marker 468 [2], he talks about three levels of life, he writes;

“Our rational ability is opened at the first level by means of civic truths, at the second by moral truths, and at the third level by spiritual truths.”

He goes on to say, that knowing the truths is not enough, you must live them. Not only live them, but spiritually love them.

Civic Truths – Love what is fair and equitable.

Moral Truths – Love what is honest and upright.

Spiritual Truths – Love what is good and true in regard to heaven and the church.

Swedenborg extols us to not love them because they make us feel better or superior to our fellowtruth humans, but because of our affection for the truths. Truths that become part of our conscience, embedded in us so we may retain these feelings in subsequent lives and build upon them.

 

Intuition is the Tape Recorder of your Consciousness

charity2In the book, Liberation, psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, and inspired by one of our favorite spirits, Andre Luiz, a judge is conversing with Andre’s team leader, while the judge is asleep and is in spirit form. Gubio, the team leader, is explaining to the judge that a person he convicted of a crime is innocent and the case should be reopened. The judge had already taken in the defendants daughter, trying to help her, knowing that he should do more to help the poor souls that he daily comes across in his chambers.

The judge asks Gubio, what should he do about the case. Gubio tells him:

“In the morning you will get out of bed without fully remembering our little conversation, because the corporeal brain is a delicate instrument that cannot bear the load of two spiritlives. Even so you will have new thoughts that are lovely and clear regarding the good you must do. Intuition is the miraculous tape recorder of the consciousness. It will function freely, retransmitting to you the suggestion of this time of peace and light like a bed of blessings, offering you fragrant and spontaneous flowers. When that happens, do not let reason get in the way of the urge to do good deeds. Within the wavering heart, ordinary reasoning fights against the sentiment of renewal, muddying its clean current with the fear of ingratitude or ruinous obedience to established prejudices.” [Liberation, 2013, pp. 175-176]

This passage pierced me right through the heart! How many times have I reasoned away alibertação-3d good deed? How many times have I rationalized why doing nothing is better beggar-womanfor my busy schedule? I am going to attempt to listen more to my inner voice, my conscience and my intuition, to learn to do the right thing, even if it means others around me look at my strangely or even in the face of certainty that those who receive my help react with ingratitude.

When you read books in the Andre Luiz series, the entire plot is intriguing, but sprinkled within his books, are sentiments that have the ability to cut through the fog of incarnate life and reveal truths that have been hidden from us for too long.

7Tenets-small3DLearn about how closely the spirit world watches us and guides us in our daily life by reading my personal account of my life with Spiritism in my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.

Feeling sorry for yourself for being poor? It may be a good thing!

There are certainly advantages to possessing money. The ability to work at what you desire, buy needed materials goods, be more charitable, all quite reasonable and no impediment for being a good Spiritist. On the other hand, part of our experiences to improve ourselves is how we react to varied circumstances. One of them is living a materialistically simple life.

givingPassesIn the book, The Messengers, by the Spirit author Andre Luiz, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, there is a Spiritual center in Brazil, run by a widowed mother and three children, two girls and one boy. After her husband’s death, life was difficult, and the added hardship of maintaining the Spiritual outpost was not easy to manage. The mother, Isabel, tried to explain the situation and that they should be grateful for what they have, the middle girl responded that the whole family should be grateful to God for what they have. Then Isabel said;

“You’re so right,” Isabel answered with a bright smile,”We should never complain, but be grateful for whatever our destiny gives us. And, you know, Mary, you probably wouldn’t understand the situation this clearly if you always had everything you wanted all the time.” [The Messengers, p 156]

How true! If we get everything we ever want, how will we ever learn about disappointments? How will we learn the value of a good earned by hard labor? Where will our pride be in ourselves if we don’t exert for what we desire? Required lessons for all of us.

The girl asked, “Mom, what’s your understanding of being poor?”

Isabel remained calm, “I think that times of difficulty can be one of the best opportunities we have to acquire good spiritual qualities. A rich person may have a very important job to do on Earth, but I really think the working people, besides their regular missions in life, are freer and happier. In tough times, it is much easier to find true friends, to realize Providence’s assistance, to see the beauty and to feel happiness in simple things. Of course, when I’m talking about the poor. I realize there are those who are very lazy or ungrateful. I’m talking about the hardworking poor of this world.” [The Messengers, pp. 156-157]

How many of us, have looked at the people who are living a simpler life, who have somehowtinyhouse escaped from the treadmill of incurring great debt to maintain a lifestyle that is expected of us, and not thought, couldn’t this be a better way of life? Instead of working to live, driven by an ever-increasing demand for material possessions, try to downsize, put your paying job in perspective, and think about your spiritual health.

Of course, this is much easier said than done. Whom am I to write this, after all I am still working a 9-5 job. I am attempting to not buy anything on credit, pay-off what bills I do have and attempting to break the habit of buying things to reward myself. Not enough, but little baby steps are possible, if you keep at it.

 

The Consistent Message of Living Simply

jesus-budda-krishna-laotzuHere is another sample from the book, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna & Lao Tzu, The Parallel Sayings, by Richard Hooper, pages 94-95.

Spiritism was brought to us to unite of religions to send the message that we should realize that our life on earth is a classroom and that we are graded in our performance. Our ability to learn to love, be charitable, fraternal and honest in our daily life.

To achieve all of these goals, we must not allow ourselves to be slaves to the material world.  Here are sayings that support the simple life from four religions.

Jesus – Jesus sent out his disciples saying, “Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts. Take no bag, no staff, no sandals, nor a second tunic – for the laborer is worth his food.” (The Gospel According to Mark)

Krishna – With a heart unattached to the outer world, those who seek Me find joy and happiness. (The Bhagavad Gita)

Buddha – A bird, wherever it goes, is happy because it is free of burdens. The monk who travels is happy with a single set of robes and a bowl for his daily food. He goes here and there, taking with him only the bare necessities. (The Khuddaka Patha Sutra)

LaoTzuLao Tzu – The wise man moves about, not caring about home or possessions. He lives simply. His feet leave no footprints. Thus, the perfect person is one whose vessel is empty. (Chuang Tzu)

To understand how one should live within the loving boundaries of our spirit 7Tenets-small3Dbenefactors, I suggest you read the book,  7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.

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