Spiritual Advancements – Large steps may be easier than small. You think and prepare carefully when you determine to downsize, to cast off material obsessions and concentrate on spiritually educating yourself. On the other hand, the small details, the old habits can be more difficult to change. This is because the ingrained habits are part of your personality from your present and past lives – it takes more effort and repetition to remove them. Don’t be discouraged, it just takes time. Click here to watch my YouTube video.
What is the doctrine of Spiritism?
The concept of personal freedom and independent thought is one the Spirit world has emphasized since the dawn of man. Western Civilization is the beacon of freedom and democracy for the world precisely because we have been rigorously selected to attain this goal. Emmanuel writes of the Renaissance, which was planned by the Spirit world;
The invention of the printing press facilitated incredible progress in the world of ideas, leading to wonderful expressions of intellectual life. Literature took on new life and the arts reached heights unreachable by future generations. Numerous artisans of ancient Greece reincarnated in Italy to leave indelible vestiges of their passage in precious marble (Xavier, 2011, p. 170).
In the 18th century arose the wave of Philosophy and Science, which came from high order spirits, “who reincarnated chiefly in France” (2011, p. 180), according to Emmanuel. The brilliant minds of Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau, D’Alembert, Diderot and Quesnay all influenced the forming nations of the New World. Emmanuel states;
The America’s, destined to receive the sacred experiences of Europe for the civilization of the
future, sought to apply the grand principles of the French philosophers to their political life on their way to a more complete emancipation (Xavier, 2011, p. 192).
One of those grand principles was the freedom of speech. Voltaire said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (Voltaire, 2013). How more direct could you be? By that simple sentence Voltaire set in stone our right to free discourse. We must be able to express ourselves without fear, as Montesquieu postulated, “Political liberty in a citizen is that peace of mind that comes from the opinion each person has of his safety, and to have this liberty, the government must be such that a citizen cannot afraid of another” (Montesquieu, 2013).
Freedom of speech; how many of us take it for granted? While on all sides, even those of us who live in “free” countries, are guarded in what we say and even attempt to mask our innermost thoughts. We must actively protect our rights or what occurred during the times of the Catholic Inquisition could indeed happen again.
The Catholic Church wanted power over people’s thoughts. The Inquisition was the method to accomplish this nefarious deed. The Spirit world strongly condemned the Inquisition;
The repression of the “heresies” was the pretext for the Church’s consolidation in Europe, becoming the punishment and misfortune of the entire world (Xavier, 2011, p. 156).
Countless other examples may be found in modern times, Communist countries such as North Korea, Cuba and the extinct USSR, are all guilty of the severe repression of speech and thoughts. In North Korea, if you failed to show sufficient remorse during the funeral of Kim Jong-Il (deceased dictator of North Korea who died in 2011), you were hauled off to one of North Korea’s many concentration camps.
Currently, we have seen the advent of “PC” (Political Correctness) so strict as to stifle debate and punish those with a legitimate point of view. The Spirits Book unambiguously condemns this type of behavior;
839. Is it wrong to scandalize those whose belief is not the same as our own?
“To do so is to fail in charity and to infringe on freedom of thought” (Kardec, 2010).
As an example, many people are afraid to discuss religion publicly. Those that do are looked upon as simple or ignorant in our more sophisticated circles. We must resist the temptation to remain safe and silent. We must calmly and logically state our beliefs and allow dissent, with the knowledge that at least we are keeping the tradition of friendly debate open and alive.
Read more about how the spirit realm wishes for us to govern ourselves and the future of the Earth; read the 1000 Year March – Towards a Just Society.
The spirit world is vitally interested in the state of earth. Whereas, they recognize that the human race would have to travel through a transition phase of industry, they are planning for us to start repairing the damage that we have done to the planet. The aim is to restore balance between our presence and our planet’s well-being. Read More.
You may not believe this, but the rich have the most difficult trials. If our growth as a spirit depends on our making the correct choices, then for the wealthy, there is a magnitude more decisions that must be made. For with wealth, comes options.
What Spiritism has Meant to Me. Understanding why I am on earth and why I must travel through all of the ups and downs of life has made a great difference in my life. I am less stressed and anxious. I now understand why the world is as chaotic, cruel, and indifferent at times, and that there is hope for the future of all mankind. Click here to watch my YouTube video.
Spontaneity – some have it in abundance and others lack it. Spontaneity is required to spot opportunities to assist others. The spirit Andre Luiz says we should have the gift to recognize those who need our help as we go about our natural daily lives. Read More.
“My friend, if you have embraced the Christian Spiritist task in the name of the sublime faith, thirsting for a more uplifting spiritual life, remember that the Master has sent your renewed soul to the vast field of the world in order to serve Him.” – Spirit Emmanuel – Read More.
Some of our fondest memories are of little acts of kindness shown toward us. I remember when I was about five years-old and was stung by a bee. I was crying, then a policeman came up and put some cold mud on it and made it feel better. I have never forgotten that small gesture. The spirit world asks us to replicate that moment, on a worldwide basis, every day. Imagine if each person could give and receive tiny offerings of gratitude on a daily or weekly basis. It would truly change the earth. Read More.
To ascend spiritually one must study. Why? Can’t you be caring and loving without any external knowledge, just the warmth of your heart? The answer is: You can make a good part of the journey with your own inclination of love, in fact it’s essential. Read More.
When you read the books inspired by Andre Luiz, and psychographed by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, there are references to interesting information divulged to us during conversations or lectures recorded by Andre. In the book, Liberation, first published in Portuguese in 1949, Andre tells us of a lecture, about the need to assist spirits in the Lower Zones and the Abyss, in which the following statement is made: Read More.