Spiritist

A Spiritist is a person who believes in Spiritism.

The Spirit World Encourages Scientific Advances

Promotion of Scientific Advances

moleculesThe 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

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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.

Seara Fraterna – Spiritual Center in Rio de Janeiro

searaFraternaWe 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.

 

Success Rate of Spirits Modifying their Negative Tendencies

sex+destinyIn the book, Sex and Destiny, by the spirit Andre Luiz, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, there is an institute, Almas Irmas, “Fraternal Souls” in English, which assists spirits which have spent time in their own purgatory. Almas Irmas specializes helping spirits with criminal and obsessive history concerning their sexual behavior. At any one time, the institute will have between five and six thousand souls in residence.[2013, p. 289]

Just to be clear, the Spirit world is not a prude, they advocate equality for all humans, whether heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, or transgender. What you must not do, is hurt people with your sexual behavior. The interesting point to consider; I have read about this attitude from the 1850’s, when The Spirits Book was published to 1963, when Sex and Destiny was first published. Well before our present day mode of thinking.

Therefore, the spirits attending the institute, must have performed deeds they were extremely ashamed of and diligently desired to change their conduct.

Here are their success rates (in %’s)

  • 18% – Successfully conquered their tendencies.
  • 22% – Grew spiritually, but did not completely change their behavior.
  • 26% – Barely grew spiritually or changed their behavior.
  • 34% – Actually grew worse and incurred more spiritual debts, which must be repaid.

An illustration of the difficultly of coping with physical life and modifying your underlying instincts, even after years of training in the spirit world.

If you wish to learn more about the spirit universe, please read my first book in a series of three books about the spirit realm as told to us by the Rev. G. Vale Owen. Click here for the link to the book “Heaven and Below”.

Chart Showing Number of Spiritist in the World in 2009

Here is the Static Chart: (* I am not sure this is a correct representation of people who believe in “Spiritism” as defined by followers of Allan Kardec)

Spiritism Adherents by Country

Go to the dynamic chart which displays number of adherents per country when you mouse over the country.

It is interesting that in Cuba, 17.2% of its population are Spiritist. This is why I am not sure exactly how “Spiritism” is defined.

Sources:

The Office of International Religious Freedom 2008, International Religious Freedom, 2008, The U.S. State Department, United States, viewed 16th September, 2009.

The Association of Religion Data Archives 2006, National Profiles, Department of Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, viewed 16th September, 2009.

Central Intelligence Agency 2009, The World Factbook 2009, ISSN 1553-8133, Washington, DC, viewed 16th September, 2009

‘Almighty God Hath Created the Mind Free’ – Article on the true Meaning of Religious Freedom

acton-instThere is a great article about the true meaning of religious freedom and what our founding fathers really meant by the separation of church and state. You can read the whole article here.

First the author, Steven F. Hayward, makes the point that during the first years of our republic, certain legislators in the state of Virginia, wanted to tax the people to support the churches. similar to what the process is in Europe today. Steven presents the theory that government financing of religion serves to decrease the active intellectual competition between beliefs, therefore given the lack of public discussion, the interest in religion wanes and people drift away.

Below is an excerpt;


In other words, if, instead of grasping for secular political power, different Christian denominations competed for the souls of citizens, then religion, paradoxically, could have a larger and more salutary effect on the character of society. It is tempting to see this as an example of the superiority of competition over monopoly, and although this would not be wrong (the example of moribund state churches in Europe today bolsters this point), it is too superficial. The paradox of strengthening religion by seemingly weakening it politically is central to the American character. Consider the following two statements by George Washington. In 1796, Washington said that “the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” Yet in his famous farewell address two years later, Washington said, “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

A Rebuke to Attackers of Reason and Revelation in Equal Measure

This was not a contradiction or even a paradox to the Founders because they understood the essential harmony between the moral teachings of reason (natural law, if you like) and the moral teachings of revealed religion when it came to political questions. The principle of the separation of church and state is today widely misinterpreted to mean the exclusion of religion from public life. The Founders, to the contrary, thought a fastidious neutrality on the part of the state between denominations and faiths would strengthen the influence of faith in our culture.


Next he expounds on the original intent of the separation of church and state by our founding fathers. It is not that our state should divorce itself from any type of religion, meaning no Christmas, no prayers, no demonstration of any type of spirituality, which is the end result of our PC culture, but only that all religions should be left in competition to present their ideas to all citizens.

All precepts that any Spiritist would completely agree. Spiritism should be allowed to present our Doctrine, allow other religions to adopt parts to suit their own purposes, thereby enriching spiritual opportunities for all those interested in improving themselves.

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