Many people do not know about Chico Xavier, full name of Francisco C. Xavier. He revived the pursuit of the Spiritist doctrine by the world, after organized religion did their best to squash it. Through Chico, the Spirit Realm has fully revealed what life is actually like after death and precisely how the process of multiple lives functions. You may not hear his name on every street corner, but later in the 21st century you will. Read More
A Spiritist is a person who believes in Spiritism.
If we do reincarnate, then how it is done? Do we remember who we were, what we did? Why must we endure childhood? How do we keep “ourselves” through the first stage of our life? The process is fully explained by Spiritism.
In the book, The Messengers, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, and inspired by the Spirit Andre Luiz, there is a passage where Andre enters a building and spots a large canvas which depicts the martyrdom of Saint Denis. Saint Denis was an apostle to the Franc world (modern-day area of France), who had been sacrificed during the early years of Christianity.(The Messengers, 2005, p. 77).
Andre Luiz was astounded, he had seen a painting that looked exactly like the one in the building, back on earth. It was created by the famous French painter Leon Bonnat. Andre is told this is a reproduction, then he replies, “As I understand, the original is on display at the Pantheon in Paris.” (The Messengers, 2005, p. 77).
“No, my friend. You’re mistaken. Not all the wonderful expressions of art are original creations of incarnate artists. It’s true there are marvelous works of art originated by incarnate humans; however, in the case of this painting, the story is quite different. The painting was idealized and
created by a Christian artist in a spiritual community closely connected with France. At the end of the last century, the talented painter of Bayonne, Leon Bonnat visited that spiritual community in the spirit realm during his sleep, on a night when he was particularly inspired. He had what any incarnate individual would call a wonderful dream. From the first moment he saw the painting in his dream visit, he was determined to reproduce it. He then produced a copy, which, although it pales when compared to the original, became famous all over the world.”(The Messengers, 2005, p. 77).
Andre’s friend explains to him that creative geniuses on earth are inspired by the Spirit realm. He tells Andre, “Nobody creates without seeing, hearing, fully sensing. The artists of superior mentality do see, hear and sense the high expressions which reflect the path which leads to God.”(The Messengers, 2005, p. 78).
We are communicated to by spirits. They are many times the inspirations that drive us to achieve our lofty goals. As long as what we desire is meant to improve our life and the lives of others around us. Learn how our lives are planned and we are assisted by our guardian spirits in the life which we have planned, read the book: The Case for Reincarnation – Your Path to Perfection. You will find out that we have, with the help of our spiritual superiors, actually create the outline of our life and that we succeed or not depending on the choices we make and the attitudes we demonstrate as we encounter one obstacle after another in the course of our life.
There are many NDE (near death experiences) stories around the internet. I thought it may be useful for people if I took some of the more interesting recollections and provided what they mean seen through the context of the Spiritist Doctrine. Please note, these are my interpretations, and other Spiritists may have different or even better explanations. Explore the Section.
In the book, Memoirs of a Suicide, a group of recovering suicides are being brought forward in the lecture area to travel through their past lives to determine how they arrived at the life where they committed suicide. Each person, one by one, is seated in a contraption at the front of the class. There is a type of screen, but it is more like a hologram, where the memories of the person in the chair become real to the entire audience.
The first person to experience the interrogation is Amadeu Ferrari. He had cancer, and to pay for his treatments he embezzled money from the bank where he worked. His cancer was attacking his tongue and throat.His previous life appeared on the screen;
“Amadeu appeared to us, depicted by his own mind, in the year 1840 as a trafficker of black slaves from Angola to Brazil… He was from Portugal, which explained our affinity for him. By means of a series of voyages, he enriched himself with the abominable trade, not sparing any efforts in his vile ambition of returning to Portugal as a millionaire. He inflicted indescribable torment on the wretches as he rounded them up in their free homeland to make slaves of them and handed them over to other ignoble accomplices sharing the same deranged ambitions! In the truculence of inhumane conduct, he excelled in the mistreatment of his captives, ordering them to be flogged for the most insignificant wrong, or even for no wrong at all…. Once, on one of his plantations, he raped a black slave who was little more than a child. Her poor father was an elderly slave sixty-years of age. In a moment of supreme suffering before the body of his child, who had chosen death to hide her shame, he had condemned Amadeu’s vile act, accusing him of his daughter’s suicide. In retaliation, Amadeu ordered cruel farm hands to burn the old slave’s tongue with a red-hot iron until he collapsed in convulsions of agony.” [Yvonne A. Pereira, Memoirs of a Suicide, p. 506].
Fast forward, to Portugal, where Amadeu dies a rich man. He finds himself in the jungle surrounded by his old mistreated slaves. He spends years there tormented by all around him. Until one night, the old slave, Felicio, whom he had burned out his tongue, came up to him and said, “Come, master, get up… let’s leave this place.” [p. 509] Felicio had forgiven him and came to free him from those who had not learned how to let go of the desire for revenge.
The instructor explains to the audience, that many of the slaves, came from past lives as oppressor. Felicio, in his capacity working for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, committed many crimes and therefore paid his penance as a slave.
At the end of the interrogation, the instructor revealed a surprise for Amadeu;
“At a signal from Epaminodas (the instructor), a side door had silently opened and Felicio appeared, serene and grave, and walked towards his former master… Now in possession of his entire past, Amadeu looked at him in terror… Slowly and imperceptibly, Felicio transformed himself using the power of his will – which easily changes the configuration of the astral body – and let himself be seen in his role as Romulo Ferrari, Amadeu’s father!” [pp. 512-513]
The machinations of the Spirit world are a wonder to behold. When you read about the relationships that have been set up in the spirit world for us incarnates, it makes you think, who exactly is my mother and father, brothers and sisters, and other relations. We are all intertwined in the business of forgiveness, learning and salvation, that we should look around and try to determine, who are we having trouble with right now, and what extra effort should I make to be at peace with that person.
“Be reconciled as quickly as possible with your adversary, while you are with him on the way so that he does not hand you over to the judge, and so that the judge does not hand you over to the Minister of Justice, so that you may not be imprisoned. Verily, I say to you that you will not leave there as long as you have not paid the last farthing.” (Mt. 5:25-26)
Is Jesus saying that just in this world make a deal before you go before the judge? And if he was why would he tell you that you had to pay the last farthing (cent)? He is saying that the enemies you make in this life will pursue you to the next, so you better clean up your mistakes while you can.
The Gospel According to Spiritism, tells us;
“In their hatred, vengeful spirits often pursue beyond the grave those against whom they harbor rancor; thus the proverb that states; ‘The beast dead, the venom is dead’ is erroneous when applied to human beings. An evil awaits the one against whom it wishes evil to be imprisoned in the body and less free in order to more easily torment it, striking it in its interests of dearest affections, In this fact, one can see the cause of most case of obsession, especially those that display a certain gravity such as subjugation and possession. Obsessed and possessed persons are therefore almost always victims of a prior revenge which they probably caused by their own conduct.” [Gospel According to Spiritism, Chap X, No. 6, p. 171]
Hence, let us learn rapidly to forgive and not to encourage vengeance. Lest the chaos and hatred we start could haunt us for many lifetimes and severely retard out progress. This is also why Jesus said, so many times in so many ways, that we should forgive.
Now you know that forgiveness not only allows our physical bodies to remain calm, since we free ourselves of negative thoughts and our stress levels decrease, but forgiveness also opens a clear path for us to plan out our next life. With less hindrances and possibilities of vengeful spirits throwing obstacles at us, we can, in a more clear-headed manner absorb and fulfill the tasks assigned to us.
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Promotion of Scientific Advances
The goal of Spiritism is to bring together Religion, Philosophy and Science. Science is one of the legs to bring the world into a higher Spiritual sphere. Encouraging Science is one of the reasons the Spirit realm created Western Civilization. They fully understood that without a culture of freedom of speech, governments elected by the people and economic freedom the foundation to innovate would be severely diminished. Without the ownership of ideas and the willpower to see concepts to fruition, the ability of our society to create scientific breakthroughs would be handicapped. The Spirit world is guiding us to be a more innovative society. During the Medieval period, Emmanuel cites Roger Bacon as one of the important figures in setting the scene to prepare Europe for the Renaissance. Roger Bacon was an English philosopher and Franciscan Friar who was an early advocate of the modern scientific method (Wikipedia – Bacon, 2013). Emmanuel lamented the role of the Catholic Church in retarding progress;
The Church, however, prohibited examination and free opinion, thereby harming the evolutionary boom, especially in the case of medicine, which disregarding the close observation of all the facts, surrendered to magic, causing serious harm to society (Xavier, 2011, p. 163).
The Spirit world has actively contributed to our technological advancement. In order to generate the necessary leap forward in our intellectual progress, the Spirit world arranged the reincarnation of brilliant minds to assist our progress. Emmanuel describes how events were manipulated in the past;
The 18th century began with equally renewing struggles, but high order spirits of Philosophy and Science – who reincarnated chiefly in France – would fight against the errors of society and politics (Xavier, 2011, p. 180).
This was followed up in the 19th century by another push to advance Western Civilization. Emmanuel writes not only about Allen Kardec but the support that was planned for him in bringing new ideas to the world;
On his mission of enlightenment and consolation, however, Allen Kardec would be
accompanied by a plethora of companions and collaborators, whose regenerative work would manifest not only in matters of a doctrinal nature, but in every area of intellectual activity of the 19th century. Science in those days made large strides that would lead to the heights of the 20th century (Xavier, 2011, p. 193).
Our Spiritual guides do not want us to wallow in a static society where knowledge never changes or is difficult to distribute under fear of discovery. Maintaining the atmosphere for enabling and protecting individuals, whether via formal legal processes (i.e. a patent system) or the acknowledgement and celebration of new discoveries constitute a significant measure of a successful society.
We were able to visit a Spiritual Center, while in Rio de Janeiro. They started in January, 1954 in a person’s house. They were able to rent a location in 1972, and ten years later they bought the building pictured below.
The place was full of the most wonderful people. They have a well-rounded organization. The spiritual center provides the following services;
1. Study of Spiritism – Organized study groups, plus a talk almost every night on a different subject.
2. Passes – After the talks and even at specific times during the day, people are able to have passes (where a Spiritist transfers energy to your body to assist your physical, mental and spiritual health)
3. Mediumship – Mediums meet to help incarnates (meaning we who are in the physical world) and discarnates (spirits).
4. Mental Hygiene – This is a service for those people who need help in their personal life. The center provides passes, mediumship, nutrition for the body and soul. They will map out a plan to enable a person to get back to harmony.
5. Juvenile Education – They have classes for children on Saturdays.
6. Assistance for the Needy – They collect food and distribute it to the less fortunate.
There are more services they perform, but the above are a good indication of the breadth of work accomplished in the name of Spiritism. Their website (in Portuguese) is http://www.searafraterna.org.br/
It was wonderful to see the number of people at the Center. It is difficult to describe the caring atmosphere, where all are welcome, where preconceptions are absent and your spiritual health is all that is important. Truly they are providing the vision for Spiritual Centers for the rest of the world.