The story of Alfred and Ismalia isn’t actually about their past lives. It’s about their life in the spirit world after their incarnated lives. The story illustrates that true love survives many trials and separations and that if a couple are bonded together, no one deed, neither life nor death keeps them apart for long. Read More.
A member of our Spiritist Facebook group, Spiritism and the Spirit World Around Us, (please join!) pointed us to where there is one of Leon Denis’s books in PDF format.
First a little bit about Leon Denis, straight from Wikipedia:
Léon Denis (January 1, 1846 – March 12, 1927) was a notable spiritist philosopher, and with Gabriel Delanne and Camille Flammarion, one of the principal exponents of spiritism after the death of Allan Kardec. He lectured throughout Europe at international conferences of spiritism and spiritualism, promoting the idea of survival of the soul after death and the implications of this for human relations. He is known as the apostle of French spiritism.
Also, if you read the book, Memoirs of a Suicide, by Yvonne A. Pereira, you will read in the preface that the spirit of Leon Denis assisted her in organizing the book. The book was published in 1955 and Denis died in 1927. Hence, once more proving that if you are a Spiritist, after you die, you are put to work right away!
Here is the link to the PDF: denis-life-and-destiny
There are many types of trials that we must experience. Most of our trials on earth are there to pay for our past wrongs, and teach us how the other person felt when we committed the incorrect act, one important point to remember is that besides the trials we are assigned due to our own failings, there are an additional four possible reasons for what we live through here on earth.
1. Random Events
2. Trials that we Request
3. Trials that increase our range of experiences
We may not know what type of lessons we are entertaining at the time, but if we analyze our attitudes and behaviors, we may deduce with high probability the broad category. Let’s start with the most common. Read More
Is any of us completely happy with our physical body or our mental capacity? We sometimes curse our plight when we can’t seem to reach beyond the boundaries set by our birth. There is a reason for this. Learn why we require living with certain limitations. Read More.
A reader of our blog, Chriss, who has her own Facebook page, Dharma Nature, and is a practicing medium, wrote me that she became excited reading Chico Xavier’s book, Nosso Lar, because she remembers being one of the spiritual helpers, who assisted people after they passed on to the spirit world. Read More.
When we are young we see an expanse of unlimited possibilities in our future. In actuality our future is determined by what we and the spirit world together determined would be required for us to learn the valuable lessons that we have either failed or not covered in the past. Hence, our destiny is composed of our past errors. Read More.
“The clear and precise idea that one holds of the future life provides an unshakable faith in the future. This faith carries enormous consequences for the moralization of human beings, because it completely changes the point of view from which they consider earthly life. For those who through their thought place themselves in the spirit life, which is limitless, corporeal life is no more than a passage, a brief stay in an ungrateful country. The vicissitudes and tribulations of life are no more than incidents which they bear with patience because they know that they are only of short duration, and that they must be followed by a happier state. Death no longer has anything terrifying about it and it is no longer a door to nothingness, but rather the deliverance that opens to the exile the entryway to a dwelling place of happiness and peace. Knowing they are in a temporary , not final situation, they accept the worries of life with more indifference, which results in a composure of spirit that mitigates their afflictions.”
Allan Kardec says it so well; once we fully comprehend the reason we are on earth and the fact it is but one episode in our life, we should calmly accept what comes and learn from it, not excessively worry about our situation. Since all that we are going through now is but a slight moment of time.
To fully understand how we are guided through life by the spirit realm, read my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life. You shall discover that even in the midst of our most vigorous trials we are not alone.
In Allan Kardec’s book, Genesis, Chapter XI, section 24, on page 223, there is a discussion of “Spiritual Genesis”. Allan Kardec lays out the map required to ascend in the spirit hierarchy in an easy to understand prose.
First he touches on the subject of why we must be reincarnated:
“24. The incarnate spirit’s obligation to provide for the sustenance of its body, its safety and well-being constraints it to apply it faculties in the search to exercise and develop such facilities. Thus, its union with matter is useful for its evolution and that is why incarnation is a necessity. Furthermore, by mean of the intelligent labor that it performs upon matter to its own advantage, it concurs in the physical transformation and progress of the globe that it inhabits. Its laboring for its own progress is how it contributes to the Creator’s work as an unsuspecting agent.”
What Allan Kardec is telling us, that a primitive spirit, must first learn how to feed and fend for itself. By doing so, the young spirit is taking society forward, as groups gather together to form tribal units to better supply the small community food and protection. At the same time, a basic division of labor appears. As we take toddlers to play with other young friends to begin the process of socialization, so does the spirit world set immature spirits on the ground to learn the basic rules.
Next, Allan Kardec reviews the process for advancement:
“25. The spirit’s incarnation, however, is neither constant nor perpetual: it is only transitory. Upon leaving one body behind, it does not take another immediately. During a shorter or longer length of time, it lives the spirit life, which is its normal life. Hence, the amount of time spent during its different incarnations is very small compared with the time its spends in the state of a free spirit.
During the interval between its incarnations, the spirit also progresses in the sense that it uses for its advancement the knowledge and experience it acquired during its corporeal life. It examines what it did during its earthy stay, reviews what it learned, recognizes its wrongs, draws up its plans and makes resolutions by which it hopes to be guided in a new existence as it tries to do better. It is in this way that each life is a step forward on the path of progress, a sort of a practical schooling.”
Now we are told that each life on a planet, in a physical body is meant to instruct us. That we, with our spirit mentors figure out our lesson plan. Each life is a series of events designed to impart specific areas of improvement in which we recognize deficiencies which must be corrected.
We are on earth to be taught and to teach others who cross our path. Our horrible and depressing times we experience are nothing more than an entry on a lesson plan. Allan Kardec explains that life isn’t there to torture us, but to uplift us.
“26. Incarnation is therefore not normally a punishment for the spirit, as some might think, but a condition inherent to the unevolved state of the spirit and a means of progressing.
As the spirit progresses morally, it dematerializes; that is, by freeing itself from the influence of matter, it purifies itself. Its life become more spiritualized and its abilities and perceptions broaden; its happiness is a result of the progress it has accomplished, However, since it acts in virtue of its free will, it can, through negligence or ill will, delay its advancement. Consequently, it prolongs the duration of its material incarnations, which then become a punishment, since due to its own fault it remains in the lower ranks and must start the same task all over again. It thus depends on the spirit itself to shorten – through its own efforts at the self-purification – the extent of the period of incarnations. [p. 224]”
Just as we tell our children, our ultimate success or failure is entirely up to us. Our dedication and attitude in life directly affects our progress in the spirit realm. Only by our free will decisions in predetermined episodes in our life can we accumulate the knowledge we desire to gain and demonstrate our newly found attributes.
Life is a series of classes, and we are shuttled from one room to another by the machinations of the spirit world. Discover for yourself how to live serenely with this knowledge and guidance that envelopes all of us, by reading my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.
One of the recurring themes for people who have begun to fully understand the ramifications of Spiritism is to focus too heavily on their past wrongs. While it is certainly worthwhile to examine your past trials to discover areas of needed improvement, we must keep in mind that a blueprint has been laid out for us which covers paying for past debts and learning the lessons we so sorely require. A collective intelligence far greater than ours knows what we are capable of absorbing.
Our trials are structured so we shall always have the capacity to emerge victorious. Victory may appear in many forms which are foreign to us, but nevertheless still a good result. Let me supply one example. Before I became a Spiritist, I enjoyed playing the stock market. I was moderately successful. Then, with my confidence high I proceeded to make a bad decision and as is so usual in these cases I compounded my wrong-headed decision with more mistakes. I took a large loss, at least in relation to my humble situation. At the time I was completely despondent. I was angry and sullen about the disappearance of so much money that I had worked hard to build up.
Now I look back on it as a gift. I didn’t require the extra funds and it taught me the relative importance of money. It is nothing compared to faith, family and friends. I passed my trial, not with flying colors, since I whined and complained the whole time and was a picture of self-pity. If I had accepted the situation with grace and the knowledge that God can take away what God gives then I would have felt better about the entire episode.
This is the point about looking back. Don’t think about your deeds, they are what they were nothing more or less. This applies to wrongs in your current or past lives. Instead, think about your attitude and character during those times. Play out scenarios in your mind how you will deal calmly and serenely with any future challenge. Accept the situation and deal with it in an honorable and caring manner. Never forgetting that others are much worse off than you and all those around you still require your love and assistance.
Find out more about living within the spiritual boundaries given to us by the spirit world in my personal tale of how I live, in my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.
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You have lived multiple lives. At times you have been rich, poor, a servant and a slave. Maybe even a King or a Queen, at the least a member of the minor nobility.
Many famous people in the past have believed in reincarnation, such as Thomas Edison and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They both believed in the spirit world and made attempts to communicate with the world beyond.
There is a realm, a universe greater than ours and it is filled with intelligences that we can only wonder at. There are spirits around the earth who are actively helping and guiding us in our planning and during our actual incarnations.
You are interested in this book and in the topic because you know, in your heart that we are not merely chemical elements that dissolve with death. There must be something more, you know this, because of your own intuition, experiences and beliefs.
There are too many unexplained phenomena for there to be nothing after death. How do some people have past life memories? Why do children remember past lives and then lose the ability after a certain age? How can some people know the future? And more importantly, why do you have premonitions that come true? How could you know what could happen with such certainty?
Reincarnation is a tenet in many religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, and is frequently mentioned as parts of varied sects of Christianity and Judaism. It is the concept whereby we have a spirit, in which we retain our central personalities and memories, while in the spirit world, but lose our memories while in a physical form.
This book is here to answer your questions;
1. Why do we reincarnate?
2. How does the process work?
3. How many reincarnations must we have?
4. What memories do we retain from our previous lives?
5. Do we have control over our reincarnations?
6. Why must we suffer?
7. How may I insure my next life is better?
8. How may I progress to being a perfected spirit?
These questions are answered through the Doctrine of Spiritism. When, in the 1850’s, the spirit world determine it was time for the human race to assimilate this knowledge in the hopes it would led us to understand the need to improve our spirituality and to achieve a better balance between our desire for material goods versus our desire to be a better person.
Explore what is your role and where you are in this journey. Determine your place and your future. Find out the reasons for your current tribulations and how to, not only survive your trials, but prosper through them.
Your journey in different bodies at different times in different circumstances is not without a purpose. You began as a primitive soul and through successive lives; you are being molded into a perfect spirit.
The Case for Reincarnation – Your path to perfection
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