Spirituality

The Difficulties of a High Spirit on Earth

LaoTzuThere is an interesting section in a translated communication titled The life of Jesus. It was reportedly a communication from spirit Jesus to a medium in France in the 19th century. The medium was only known as Medium X. The book was translated into Italian, then Spanish, then into English. It was not completed until a second medium took up the work in the 20th century. We are told in the “About” section: Read More.

Faith Must be Rational – Material Aspiration Replaced by Spiritual

reincarnation3There is an interesting section in a translated communication titled The Life of Jesus. It was reportedly a communication from spirit Jesus to a medium in France in the 19th century. The medium was only known as Medium X. The book was translated into Italian, then Spanish, then into English. It was not completed until a second medium took up the work in the 20th century. Read More.

Understanding and Caring – An Example from the Spirit Realm

infidelity2In the book, In the Domain of Mediumship, inspired by Andre Luiz and psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, also known as Chico, there is a scene where a woman, Anesia, has asked for help from the Spiritual world. She is worried that her husband has found another woman. During her sleep, when she is out of her body, a team of spirits, led by Aulus, accompanies Anesia to where Jovino has met his girlfriend. Anesia sees the entire scene of Jovino drinking and showing displays of affection with the other woman. Read More.

Communication Between Spirits of Different Levels

mind-reading2There is a short three paragraph description of how spirits communicate with other spirits at different levels, by the spirit Zabdiel, who resided in the tenth level of heaven, when he communicated to the Rev. G. Vale Owen in 1910. The passage lacks details, but the central theme is the need to condition oneself spiritually to speak with spirits superior to oneself. Read More.

Rev. G. Vale Owen – The Life Beyond the Veil – Spirit World Revealed

GVOwenThe Rev. G. Vale Owen, or G.V.O. to his friends and congregation was a Church of England minister who psychographed messages from spirit world, in the 1920s. His works correspond with previous Spiritist writings by Allan Kardec and the future works by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier. His books revealed many levels of heaven and the life of the spirits around us. Read More.

Carl Jung – Understood the Spirit World Affects Us

Carl Jung – Understood the Spirit World Affects Us

CGJungDid you know that Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist had a NDE and it enabled him to comprehend the world around him in a different light. Read More.

Spirits Have Told Us – We Should Work on Fostering Tolerance

Tolerance – it sounds so easy. Love all, smile upon everyone, and be kind to those you meet. Simple in theory and harder in practice. Not difficult as far as controlling your speech or gestures, but the challenging part is your emotions welling up inside you. The spirit Andre Luiz specifically mentioned this because he knows full well, that as a human we have built up within our instincts a predilection to strongly desire conformity. Read More.

The Difference between Empathy and Sympathy

Mary-mother-of-jesusPlease check out this YouTube video, which was brought to us by a member of our Bainbridge Island Spiritist group. It is a short clip on the difference between empathy and sympathy. It hits the mark with great accuracy!

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Courageous Thinking

Spirit-101-Front-smallThe world is full of religious and political intellectuals who work full time convincing us to stay within certain ideological boundaries. For example, we are told the Bible must be interpreted literately, therefore the world must have been created in six days. Even though, all evidence points to the contrary.

Messages and books from spirits, brought to us by Spiritist mediums, tell us that the messages of the Bible were fashioned for the level of comprehension and society for the time in which the communications were delivered. Hence, the idea of a time span of billions of years and our planetary evolution would not have been remotely understandable to even the most sophisticated individual in ancient times.

Jesus, during his time on earth, preached love and respect for all, but many today still cling to the passages citing reasons to make certain groups outcasts. Again, Spiritism tells us that the messages of universal love and fraternity are eternal, while other passages were meant for the time in which they were delivered.

The spirit Zadbiel, in his communications with the Rev. G Vale Owen, talks about the narrowGVOwen parameters that Christian orthodoxy imposes. Rev. G. Vale Owen was a Church of England minister who was later thrown out of the church for publishing his messages from high spirits. Zabdiel opens with telling G. Vale Owen that even after all things visible were created, what was left incomplete was mankind.

Humans are meant to evolve mentally, to find their spiritual path toward God. To accomplish this takes courageous thinking. Zabdiel expands:

“Nor doing this am I able to constrain myself within the limits of doctrinal theology as understood by you. For it is indeed constrained and straitened so greatly that one who has lived so long in wider room would fear to stretch himself lest he foul his elbows against the confining walls of that narrow channel; and hesitates to go at any pace ahead, fain as he is to travel, lest worse than this be his lot.

No, my friend, shocking and startling as it be to those whose orthodoxy is as the breath of their body to them, more saddening is it to us to see them so much afraid to use what freedom of will and reason they have lest they go astray, mistaking rigid obedience to code and table for loyalty to Him Whose Truth is free.”[1]

We are being told not to let the artificial boundaries of our society constrain us. Granted this is difficult, where any perceived transgression unleashes a barrage of criticism from the left and the vaticanright if any deviation of political orthodoxy is detected. In some countries, even the attempt to question religious dogma can lead to torture and death.

Against this background, breaking free of past constraints is truly courageous thinking. Zabdiel isn’t asking us to be martyrs. He is requesting that we internally free ourselves and determine what the message of living by the Golden Rule, love, fraternity, and charity really mean. We should ask ourselves what is the logical conclusion to loving everyone like a brother or sister.

Zabdiel exhorts us:

“Think you for a moment. What manner of Master-Friend is He to them who tremble so at His displeasure? Is it that He is, waiting and watching, with sinister smile, to catch them in His net who dare to think and think in error sincerely? Or is this He Who said, “Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will reject you”? Move and live and use what powers are given prayerfully and reverently and then, if you do chance to err, it will not be of obduracy and willfulness but of good intent. Shoot with strong arm and feet well and firmly set, and if you miss the mark by once or twice, your feet shall still be firm and the word “Well done!” for you shot amiss, yet in His good service, and as you were able to do so, so you did. Be not afraid. It is not those who strike and shoot and sometimes miss the mark whom He rejects, but the craven who fear to fight for Him at all. This I say boldly for I know it is true, having seen the outcome of both manner of lives when those who have lived them issue forth among us here, and seek their proper place and the gate by which they may pass onward this way.”[2]

Study Spiritism and you shall soon see the path to the light. The road is not easy. To take the pathtruth one must shed old preconceptions, rid themselves of hate and envy, and begin to learn to not only control their actions and speech, but thought as well.

No one is asking anyone to join a monastery or divest yourself of all worldly goods. No, a tougher task is requested, to change your character and attitude. To actually live by the Golden Rule and to stay 7Tenets-Front-smallhonorable in all circumstances. To accomplish this takes effort and study. Start today.

The first place is to learn what the basic tenets of Spiritism are and how your life is planned so you can improve. You can begin by reading The Spirits Book, by Allan Kardec, or you can read my book, based upon how Spiritism has affected my life, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.

Author:

Brian Foster has a BSCS degree and a MBA. He has worked in R&D for medical device corporations and in IT for large financial institutions. Brian Foster has a blog at www.nwspiritism.com.

Works Cited

Kardec, A. (2008). The Gospel According to Spiritism. Brasilia (DF): International Spiritist Council.

Kardec, A. (2010). The Spirits Book. Guildford, UK: White Crow Books.

Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.

 

[1] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 174

[2] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, pp. 174-175

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”

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