None of them are official Spiritist writings, but I see many similarities and interesting observations. I have no knowledge if these are true or not.
None of them are official Spiritist writings, but I see many similarities and interesting observations. I have no knowledge if these are true or not.
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 the book Our Daily Bread, by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, there is an illustrative chapter (47) about the difficulty of working with our fellow beings to bring Spiritual enlightenment. I hope you find as much comfort from reading it as I did:
“If I were still pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ” – Paul (Gal. 1:10)
Sincere disciples of the Gospel should concern themselves with their own endeavors and with the isolated and peaceful approval of their conscience in the tasks they are called to perform each day, learning to do without the unreasonable opinions of the world.
The masses do not know how to display warmth and admiration except toward those who meet their demands and whims. In the conflicts characteristic of their spiritual progress, faithful disciples of Jesus will be a different type of worker that the masses, in their instinctive impulses, will not be able to understand.
Messengers of the Glad Tidings who show concern about how the world regards them will reveal much inexperience and lack of watchfulness. When they find themselves in material prosperity, in which the Master grants them more precise comfort, neighbors will maliciously inquire as to the cause of their consecutive successes. On the other hand, when they encounter poverty and difficulties, people will attribute these problematic experiences to supposed defections from the sublime ideals they have espoused.
It is indispensable to labor on behalf of others as someone who is aware that the whole work belongs to Jesus Christ. The world will eventually understand the great efforts of sincere servants, but perhaps at another time, when its evolutionary ascension enables it to.
On many occasions, popular opinions are a noisy group of children who cannot stand highly inspired teachers on the subject of order and progress, work and achievement.
Therefore, may sincere workers for Christ strive without being concerned with the faulty judgment of others. Jesus knows the good worker, and that is enough. [pp. 107-108]
If you would like to learn more about Spiritism, you can read my short survey Spiritism 101 – The 3rd Revelation. It is in Kindle format or in paperback.
All of us recognize the usefulness of a written procedure, whereby a method is devised to ensure quality, completeness, or legality. But all to often we find people using the procedure without caring for extenuating circumstances, treating everyone they encounter as the same. When I become the victim of being treated like a number instead of a person, I try to point out that if the process is followed precisely every time, then there would be no need of the services of the person employed, since a software application could very well perform the same function.
I was delighted to read a similar thought in one of the chapters in Our Daily Bread:
“No one can deny the useful side of formalities. If they were completely useless, the Father would not permit their existence in the scheme of things. They are charts that classify individual efforts and schedules that designate adequate time for this or that task. However, to make them inflexible precepts or insurmountable obstacles is a grave harm to overall harmony.
Most people heed them more than they obey God himself; however, the Almighty has established all of life’s organizations to aid in the evolution and perfecting of all his children.” [Our Daily Bread, Chapter 30, pp.73-74]
Emmanuel points out that written processes, standards, operating procedures, whatever they are called within an organization are a needed device, but to pay heed to their dictates more than what is expected of us by Jesus and God is wrong. Love, fraternity, and charity (and the Golden Rule), must always be in the forefront of our actions, even if we are directed in a certain manner by slavish bureaucracy.
Emmanuel closes the chapter with this call to action:
“Formalities can define, catalog, specify and enumerate, but they should not tyrannize our lives. Remember, they have been put on your path in order to be of assistance to you. Respect them for their constructive and just nature, but do not make them a prison cell.” [Our Daily Bread, Chapter 30, p. 74]
We are asked to use our own judgment in interpreting any process we are expected to follow. We have all encountered this situation. I write of my own experience in bucking the precepts of Human Resources when they refused to accommodate a simple request by a person working for me, in my book 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life. I explore how spirits are constantly with us and guiding our path.
“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.
First, always visit your own medical professional for any health problem you may have.
I am writing this in the context that if you wish to assist in your own recuperation, then you should also know how much your actions and thoughts can influence your recovery. Our bodies are marvelous machines and we control our inner processes by the influence of our mind. By using our faith and focusing our spiritual desires we are able to determine positive outcomes.
In the book, Missionaries of the Light, inspired by the spirit Andre Luiz and psychographed by Chico Xavier, there is a section that deals with a young woman who is being obsessed by spirits who wish revenge on actions she had taken in a previous life. Alexandre, Andre’s mentor, tells him why the young woman is able to successfully resist the barrage of bad thoughts that errant spirits are aiming in her direction;
“Only patients who have willingly made themselves their own physician achieve a positive healing; the principle is the same in the dolorous field of obsession. If victims capitulate unconditionally to their adversaries, they will surrender completely and become possessed after becoming an automaton at the mercy of the persecutor. If they have a weak and indecisive will, they will become accustomed to the persistent actions of their persecutor and will become accustomed to the circle of irregularities, a situation very difficult to correct, because little by little, it will become a pole of strong mental attraction to the persecutors themselves. In such cases our activities are nearly limited to simple tasks of assistance aimed at results far into the future. However, when we find patients who are interested in their healing, taking advantage of our resources in order to apply them to their spiritual evolution, then we can foresee immediate gains.” [Francisco C. Xavier, Missionaries of the Light, p. 310]
Hence, whether a physical or mental illness, if you emphasize your spiritual strength and willpower, reject bad thoughts and maintain your positive energy, you shall be actively assisted in your recovery by your friends in the spirit world.
The spirit world is interested in our success and health, learn how to live within the parameters given to us by the spirit realm by reading my personal account of how I lived and continue to live within the care of spirit mentors, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.
Find out for yourself how the spirit world surrounds us with signals and sign to let us know where we should be going to in most situations. Our spirit mentors want what is best for us. They wish for us to emerge victorious from our short stay on the planet earth.
According to Emanuel Swedenborg, in the book, A Swedenborg Sampler, on page 158, the spiritual world acting from within our conscience attempts to cause us to see things as they really are. Here is what Swedenborg tells us:
“Divine providence is constantly making sure we see what is true and giving us a desire to appreciate it and accept it. This happens because divine providence is acting from the inside and flowing through to the outside, from the spiritual level into things in out lower self. Then it enlightens our discernment with heaven’s light and gives light to our volition with heaven’s warmth. Essentially, heaven’s light is divine wisdom and heaven’s warmth is divine love; and nothing can flow in from divine wisdom except what is true, and nothing can flow in from divine love except what is good.”
Swedenborg tells us to tap into the divine flow and that is exactly what I describe in my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life. We swim in an ocean of spirits, both good and those who don’t wish us well. We must learn to discriminate between the two types by growing and exercising our conscience to allow us to feel the love and warmth when we make good life decisions.
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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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The book was published in 1955, this is what Emmanuel tells us:
“The future belongs to the spirit!
Meditating on the future of the earthly community, Andre Luiz has written these few pages regarding mediumship, understanding the growing importance of the spiritual interchange between individuals.
The farther the evolutionary ascent, the more assuredly humans perceive the non-existence of death as the cessation of life.
Now, more than ever, people see themselves as consciousnesses held amid forces and fluids that are temporarily combined for educational purposes.
They are slowly starting to grasp the fact that the grave is the door to renewal, just as the cradle is the access to the human experience, and they realize that their stay on the planet is a journey with a destiny aimed at the stages of Greater Progress.” [In the Realms of Mediumship, 2011, p.9]
I believe this may have been true in Brazil in the 1950’s, but less so for the rest of the world. In the US I do see many people interested in Spiritualism. What that is precisely, many do not know. It is more of a rejection of an imposition of organized religion than a coherent doctrine, combined with an emphasis on inner improvement.
These emotions contains the kernel on which to build Spiritism. For while Spiritualism is a fine sentiment, it lacks the explanation for all facets of our lives. It lacks the knowledge of the foundation on why we are here and what we are to become, while retaining the quest for inner beauty and perfection.
In the book, Liberation, by Chico Xavier, inspired by Andre Luiz, there is a Spiritist meeting, where all participants are working in harmony. Andre asks if anything could affect the superb functioning of the group.
Andre’s team leader, Sidonio, tells Andre;
“Yes, considered collectively, they are all together right now under this friendly roof and are seeking our spiritualizing company. But that is for only six out of the 168 hours of the week. While here with us, they are enveloped in gentle radiations of peace and joy, of good cheer and hope as they register our edifying vibrations, of which we’d love for them to be sure and permanent bearers, taking them into the daily realm of the human struggle. However, as soon as they are only a little ways from these doors, they accept or send out thousands of subtle thoughts that are much different from the ones we had suggested to them; thoughts that conflict with our work plan; thoughts, which, born from the minds of incarnates and discarnates, flog us mercilessly. Very few understand that faith is a blessing that can be increased indefinitely.” [Liberation, 2013, p. 201]
Hence, being a Spiritist isn’t a part-time job. Spiritism is a Doctrine, a way of life to follow. To be an effective Spiritist, one must continue to work on not just our outward appearance, but most importantly our thoughts. This isn’t easy and takes practice and constant reinforcement. Every little improvement is a small victory.
Why is this important? Andre’s team leader further explains;
“Furthermore, when this or that brother or sister displays an advanced ability to serve the common good on behalf of the realm of light during sleep, they are usually visited immediately by bad spirits that are interested in extending the realm of darkness. They break down their convictions and newly born purposes with unwholesome insinuations if their minds are not supported appropriately by an intense desire to progress, redeem themselves and press forward.” [Liberation, 2013, p. 201]
We are on a planet of atonement so we may learn to swim in an ocean of temptation. By learning how to stay on course, no matter what other thoughts enter our minds, we are preparing ourselves for advancement.
Learn how by following the 7 Tenets of Spiritism, you can use the power of the spirit world to help you grow and improve yourself. Spirit mentors are always ready to assist you.