Nothing is more important in learning to live well than to follow our conscience. Our conscience is one of the gifts we are given that ties us back to our previous lives. At its simplest, our conscience is the set of Divine Laws. Each human and human-like soul on whatever planet in the universe contains this same collection of universal behavior. Read More.
In the book, Action and Reaction, by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, inspired by the spirit Andre Luiz there is a discussion about the power of thought. Andre was at a shelter, built and sponsored by Andre’s celestial city, Nosso Lar. The shelter, “Mansao Paz”, which means Mansion of Peace in English, is in the Lower Zone, so it can be close to the souls who wish to leave and ascend. Read More.
The 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 narrow 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.”
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 right 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.”
Study Spiritism and you shall soon see the path to the light. The road is not easy. To take the path 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 honorable 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.
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.
 Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 174
 Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, pp. 174-175
In a book written by the spirit Emmanuel, and psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, he tells us how to achieve peace. And it starts with ourselves, educating ourselves to calmly approach every difficult trial:
Let Us Be at Peace
Live in peace with one another – Paul (1 Thess. 5:13)
If it is impossible to live in a climate of perfect peace due to the ignorance and hostility that dominate the human pathway, it is logical for disciples to seek inner serenity when faced with the conflicts that seek to envelop them at every moment.
Each incarnate mind is an extensive center of spiritual government, subordinate for the time being to appropriate limitations while served by various abilities expressed in the senses and perceptions.
Once all the individual power centers become self controlled and are geared toward the real good, then wars will be banished from the planet.
To achieve this, however, those of humankind’s brothers and sisters who are older in experience and knowledge must learn to live in peace with one another.
Educating the sight, hearing, taste and impulses represents the primordial foundation for constructive peacefulness.
We usually hear, see and feel according to our inclinations and not according to what is real. We interpret certain pieces of information according to our inner disharmony rather tan the good intentions in which they were initially sent. We observe situation and events with the light or darkness that infuses our mind. We feel with the reflection or chaos we have instilled in our own understanding.
For this reason, serenity must envelop our steps as much as possible as we face the conflicts that surround us in our present circumstance.
Without calmness, it is impossible to discern and to work for the good.
Without peace inside of us, we will never reach the realms of true peace.
[Our Daily Bread, Francisco Candido Xavier, EDICEI, pp. 143-144]
Changing the planet earth takes one step at a time. Spiritism states that we are on a planet of atonement where we learn to become civilized beings through trials, some extremely hard and painful, to erase our spiritual blemishes. We all must accomplish this to reach the next stage, to become a planet of regeneration. Where there are no more wars, hate and envy.
If your would like to learn about your and the planet’s destiny, I suggest you read Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life’s Path is (mostly) Predetermined, to find out how we are guided by the spirit world to achieve that what has been assigned to us.
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.