UNA ACLARACIÓN MUY OPORTUNA

Ponemos en el conocimiento de nuestros amables lectores que todo el material que ofrecemos como posts en este blog ha sido extraído de la obra LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL ESPIRITISMO, previa autorización de su autor nuestro distinguido amigo Prof. Jon Aizpurua.

No nos atreveríamos a divulgar este precioso e invaluable material doctrinario y de divulgación de la cultura espírita si no tuviésemos de antemano la autorización expresa de su autor, de lo contario incurriríamos en el plagio, actitud que nos despierta repugancia tan sólo con mencionar el término.

Hemos escogido esta obra, LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL
ESPIRITISMO, porque estamos seguros que ella constituye la exposición más actualizada de los postulados doctrinarios expresados por el Codificador Allan Kardec, enmarcados en nuevo contexto paradigamático; el vigente en estos tiempos que corren.

En LOS FUNDAMENTOS DEL ESPIRITISMO el autor reinvidica el verdadero carácter de la Doctrina Espírita, como un sistema de pensamiento laico, racionalista, e iconoclasta, alejado de todo misticismo religioso, tal como fue codificada la Doctrina por el Maestro Allan Kardec en el siglo diecinueve.

Esta obra es eminentemente didáctica, porque está escrita en un estilo ágil y ameno, sin que por ello pierda consistencia en su brillante exposición de ideas, llegando a toda clase de público lector, desde el estudioso del Espiritismo hasta aquellas personas que se encuentran en la búsqueda de una filosofía racional que les ayude a pensar al mundo y a sí mismos.

René Dayre Abella
Nos adherimos a los postulados doctrinarios sustentados por la Confederación Espiritista Panamericana, que muestran a la Doctrina Espírita como un sistema de pensamiento filosófico laico, racionalista e iconoclasta. Alejado de todo misticismo religioso. Apoyamos la Carta de Puerto Rico, emanada del XIX Congreso de la CEPA en el pasado año 2008.

miércoles, 13 de diciembre de 2017







OCTOBER NEWSLETTER 2017
***SS of FL - CELEBRATING 35 YEARS***


IS HELL ON EARTH?

  Spirit communication
              received by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

With all the devastating hurricanes, destructive earthquakes, rampant fires, potential volcanic eruptions, mass killings, bombings, murders with so many motives, widespread drug addiction, increases in suicides, sickness, drought, famine, violence and war...is it any wonder, people many times will say, “Hell is on Earth!”

No wonder people are becoming more agnostic and/or may consider themselves an atheist. If there is a Creator that is All Powerful and All Love, why all the suffering?

Spiritists do not believe in Heaven or Hell in the Biblical sense. We do not believe that the Creator is like an Old Man dealing out punishments and blessings.

We believe in an Omnipotent Creator that has established natural Divine Laws to regulate our lives that work in accordance with our soul’s freewill for the purpose of our own spiritual, moral and intellectual progress through merit.

It is a struggling process of evolution within a myriad of lives. We choose what trials and tests we want to undergo. Therefore, there is a just cause for everything suffered although we cannot see it from our very limited human view of things.

Material life and death is a temporary natural process. Only our soul is eternal, and we do NOT suffer eternally! God’s Love helps elevate us!

Those who have access to listen at spirit sessions can hear from the spirits who come to tell their histories about the “how and why” of their sufferings while they were here on earth, and what their circumstances are now in the spirit world.

So many spirits, after so much suffering on our planet, express how they feel so unburdened from the many debts that had weighed down their souls, accumulated from so many previous lives.

Many spirits express their delight in the many sacrifices they made while on Earth; feeling such joy due to the progress they had acquired.

Here on Earth we only see the suffering and the bad and the horror, but it is in the spirit world where all good results and amazing consequences, of a soul now much more purified, is revealed.

We reap the rewards for all our sufferings after we return to our true home in the spirit world (which many call Heaven or the Kingdom of God).

So, try to be consoled all those who suffer and weep, for all that you have learned and all who you have loved in this life are never lost; the Creator’s Divine Plan is Perfect, Just and Merciful.
MELANCHOLY
Communication by Francois de Genève (Bordeaux, France, in 1860s exact date not given)

“Do you know why sometimes a vague sadness fills your heart, leading you to consider that life is bitter? This is because your Spirit, aspiring to happiness and liberty, on finding itself tied to the physical body which acts like a prison, becomes exhausted through vain efforts to seek release.”

“On recognizing that these attempts are useless, the soul becomes discouraged, and as the body suffers the influence of the Spirit, it feels itself weary, apathetic, full of despondency and it is then that you judge yourself to be unhappy. Believe me when I tell you to resist these tendencies with all your strength, as they only weaken your will-power. Aspirations for a better life are inborn in all mankind, but do not seek them in this world.”

“Now that God is sending His Spirits to instruct you on happiness, which He has reserved for you, await with patience for the time when the liberating angel will come to help you break away from the ties which hold your Spirit captive.”

“Remember, during your exile here on Earth, you have a mission to fulfill that you do not even suspect; be it dedicating yourself to your family or fulfilling the various obligations bestowed upon you by God.”

“If within the course of this exiled probation, while seeking exoneration, you feel about to collapse through anxiety, uneasiness, or tribulations, be strong and courageous enough to support these pressures.”

“Stand up to them with resolution for they will soon pass. These are the only means by which you may reach those for whom you pine and who, jubilant at seeing you once again amongst them, will hold out their hands towards you so as to guide you to regions inaccessible to earthly afflictions.”
PATIENCE  
             
           By a Friendly Spirit (Havre, France 1862)

“Pain is a blessing sent by God to all His elected; so, when you suffer do not allow yourself to become afflicted; rather bless the Omnipotent Who, through the pain of this world, has chosen you to receive glory in Heaven.”

“Be patient, because this is also a charity; everyone should practice the law of charity as taught by Christ, who is God's Envoy. Charity given to the poor in the form of alms is the easiest of all.”

“However, there is another kind of charity which is much more laborious and so consequently offers higher merit. That is to forgive all those placed in your pathway by God to act as instruments for your suffering and to test your patience.”

“We know full well that life is difficult, being composed of so many apparently useless, insignificant and valueless things which act as repeated pinpricks and end up hurting us. However, if on the one hand we observe with care the duties imposed upon us, and on the other recognize the consolations and compensations received, then we must admit that the blessings are far more numerous than the pains.”

“When our eyes are raised up to Heaven our burdens appear to be less heavy than when our brow is bowed down to the earth. Courage, my friends! Christ is your model. He suffered far more than any of you and had nothing to offer penitence for, whereas we must atone for our past and thereby fortify ourselves for the future. So be patient…”


(First spirit communication from Chapter 5, item 25 and second one from Chapter 9, item 7 from Kardec’s book The Gospel according to Spiritism. Translated from the original French by Janet Duncan)
THE LOST SHEEP
 
              Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

The superior spirits have continually told us our Supreme Model and Guide of how we should act and be like is - JESUS. Where are his teachings? Spiritist Miguel Vives clearly states in his book A Practical Guide for the Spiritist [1] they are contained in the Gospels (Bible). In Kardec’s book The Gospel according to Spiritism provides those sections from the Bible of Jesus’ teachings with further clarifying explanations from the spirit world and commentaries by Kardec as well.

Below is one story (a parable) Jesus used to teach others about helping and providing charity for others. It is in the Bible, in section Luke 15:1-7.

           Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law [rabbis] muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” 
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So, what did Jesus mean? That every person is important. Not just those people who we like, or are easy to deal with, or are fun to be around, or are doing well, but… every person. Especially, those who may seem to be ungrateful or the most frustrating or uncomfortable for us to help.  

The whole purpose of material life is for ALL of us to progress, and we live together on this planet to help each other. Jesus said, “Love others, as yourself.”

Haven’t we ALL made mistakes, errors of judgement, went down a wrong path in life, hurt ourselves or others, been selfish, or been sick of mind, body or soul at one time? No one is perfect!
Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be judged.”

And, helping others can be more than just by material means; examples are: act without judgment, offer words of encouragement, be kind, offer praise on any achievement, advise, console and sympathize, show you care in various ways and that you have not forgotten them. For the parable also says, Jesus, “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” He did not avoid them.

In this parable, a “lost sheep” is a person who is “lost” whether by their own actions or outside circumstances…and whether physically, morally, intellectually, spiritually, or in other ways. Everyone is at a different level of understanding.

Jesus said, we should “find” (actively seek, not avoid) those who are “lost” (those in need) and “joyfully” (without bitterness, resentment or anger) bring them “home” (to a good place as you can – whether physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc.) and “rejoice” (we are to be glad to have the opportunity to help someone in need).

And, Jesus also stressed there is more merit helping those who need it the most. He loved all “sinners” (lepers, prostitutes, the very poor, all the outcasts)! 

No matter how much material wealth we have on Earth, we leave it only with the good deeds and wrongful acts that we have accumulated here.

JUDGING COMMUNICATING SPIRITS

Important Points:

- Superiority, or inferiority, of spirits can be determined by their language to a large part.

- Spirits giving a particular name does not guarantee identity, nor superiority. Superior spirits usually do not give a name. It is the message that is most important.

- Accept of spirit communications, only what is good, generous, rational, and approved alike, by your intellect and your conscience.

- One can NEVER be certain of the truth of any spirit communication. Therefore, judge each one on its own merit.

- Earnest thought, directed at God, can be an effective deterrent against deceptive spirits but it is not a guarantee that one will never be deceived.

- Spirits can send proxies (substitutes) when needed (as a particular spirit may not be available or able to come). Again, the message is the most important thing.

- if one is deceived by spirits it is because of our imperfection, and for that imperfection and consequent deception, we ALONE are to blame. God permits this in order to both test you and to enlighten your judgment, by teaching you truth from error; if you cannot do this it is because you are not sufficiently advanced, and need to
learn further lessons.

Conclusion:

- listen to and/or read spirit communications carefully.

- judge the communication, weighing the language carefully.
- be wary of spirits giving specifics (famous names, etc.).

- judge each message on its own merit.

- you may accept was is rational, and reject what is not, or you may defer judgment.

(Info from The Mediums’ Book, Chapter XXIV published by Allan Kardec and compiled by Y. C. Limoges)


PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES
             
    Inspirationally received by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

It is NOT by mere chance…the people we have met and influenced us, or those that surround us daily, or those currently in our life that we are emotionally close to or who we love…in various relationships, in different circumstances or at various times in our life.

We may have strong attractions to some, and intense aversion to others.

However, whether as a test, to pay a debt, make atonement; whether to teach or to learn from them; whether to give help or to receive it; or, to spend a brief time…a fair amount…or even a lifetime together…there is a Divine reason.

Freewill (we make choices) and personal responsibility (we reap what we sow) plays an important role in our relationships.

For this particular lifetime, we are all on a journey together. It’s about Life lessons!

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

Spiritist Society of Florida (est. 1982)

5042 22 Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710Website: www.spiritistsocietyfl.com 


[1] Only 61 pages, it is a true gem of wise advice for how we should be/act before the Creator, Jesus, with ourselves, our family, humanity, support the temptations and trials of life and much more. Translated into English by our founder Edgar Crespo and available on www.amazon.com .







NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER 2017
***SS of FL - CELEBRATING 35 YEARS***



OUR 35TH ANNIVERSARY!

          Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

This month we celebrate the end of our 35th year of the Spiritist Society of Florida group founded in 1982 by my father Edgar Crespo, although we started meeting since 1978.

My Father (a medium) came from a Spiritist family: his parents Augusto and Angelica (a medium) Crespo with his sister Angelica attended a Spiritist center called Centro Libertad del Espiritismo [Center for the Liberty of Spiritism]in NYC established in 1933, and his grandparents were also Spiritists. His great grandfather Juan Ramon Crespo (a medium) was one of the founders of a Spiritist Center established in 1903 called Amor al Buen (Love of Goodness).

My Father disincarnated in 2008, and we continued meeting, studying and practicing Spiritism in accordance with the principles laid out in the books by Allan Kardec.

We are proud of my father’s work in an American English translation project by the Allan Kardec Educational Study Group of Kardec’s The Spirits’ Book published in 1996; his own translation into English and the publishing (the first in 2006, the second in 2007) of two Spiritist classics from Spain, Memoirs of Father Germain by Amalia Domingo Soler and A Practical Guide for the Spiritist by Miguel Vives for posterity.
In 2006, I served 3 years on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc. and as an officer and a longtime member, shared knowledge of Spiritist principles through discussion, my written articles in their Journal and Bulletin, and at conferences.[i]

I was selected to take the lead in a translation project with others, and edit, in my opinion, the most modern textbook in English on Spiritism – Fundamentals of Spiritism (published 2013) written by Latin American author, lecturer -Professor Jon Aizpurua. All three books above available on www.amazon.com. Also, my friend Antonio Leite in NYC and I were asked by the J. Herculano Pires Foundation to edit an English translation (published 2014) of the book Mediumship written by famous Brazilian Spiritist author and journalist J. Herculano Pires.

Our own Society’s monthly newsletter articles have been published in Spiritist, Spiritualist, metaphysical and paranormal publications in the US and other countries. Our newsletter circulates the globe. We have been interviewed on Kardec Radio and have lectured at numerous conferences and congresses in the US and other countries. 

Grateful to God and our spirit guides, we thank all who have supported and expressed appreciation of our activities. We believe the moral philosophy we impart rationally explains spiritual realities, Life’s true purpose, “the why” of human suffering and provides immense hope for all of Humanity.
NEW TV SHOW – “THE HEALER”

                Written by Yvonne Limoges

A new TV show on Mondays on channel TLC, Australian Charlie Goldsmith has decided to go public with his ability to conduct energy healing which has either cured and/or alleviated pain and various medical conditions. He has been studied by medical doctors who are amazed regarding the measurable results he has been able to attain in helping those who could not be helped by science. He does not charge for his healings. I found him fascinating to watch. He appears to go into trance. This link provides a more detailed article on energy healing, his healing work and about him:

SPIRITUAL HEALING & MEDIUMS

From a Spiritist perspective, healing is accomplished when superior spirits manipulate a medium’s energies to administer treatment to a person. A healing medium is a person whose physical make-up is more suited as an instrument for this type of spiritual phenomena. Any medium can be used, but a healing medium, due to their unique physical organization, makes the job easier for the spirits to accomplish their tasks.

Healing by the laying on of hands, by passes, by touch, etc. is not just an interaction of the energy of the medium and spirit action, the medium can influence the healing affect.

Healing Mediumship should be practiced with sincere, serious respect. Spiritists believe healing mediums especially should have the purest sentiments, love of goodness, an ardent feeling to alleviate the sufferings of others, and finally strong faith in God. Yet non-believers can also be healers. Spiritists believe healers should try to have high moral qualities. The healing medium should use healing only for good, without self-interest or to satisfy their own vanity or pride. If the medium purifies him or herself spiritually, their energies are purer, which will better attract the more superior spirits who can bring a more effective cure to the sick individual.

This healing, like all mediumship phenomenon, is the result of a combination of energies emitted by the medium and by the energies brought by the spirits from the spirit world.

However, healing action can be further effective when the sick person has faith in the healing. God recompenses the sick by their faith, with good outcomes. The patient, without realizing it, helps to attract the good spirits around themselves creating a more positive and spiritual environment conducive to the healing process.

Long-term benefits should not be expected or promised by mediums. Cure or improvement, depends as much on spiritual treatment as on the patient’s merits and attitudes. Every so often what one seeks, is not in one’s self-interest. Therefore, both mediums and those who are sick should trust in the wisdom of the Creator and the Divine Laws for all outcomes. Remember, we have chosen to have an illness in our life as either a test and/or trial for our evolutionary advancement.  

In Spiritist practice, mediums also use spiritual healing (with help from spirit guides) for use in treating people with spiritual problems and spirit obsession. This has been done before the times of Jesus, in a myriad of cultures around the world.

NOTE: Perhaps modern science will eventually prove to their satisfaction and admit this healing exists, especially if individuals like Goldsmith named above are genuine, and studied seriously with an open mind and objectively. - Y.L.

(Information from Kardec’s The Mediums’ Book mostly in Part Two, Ch. XIV and from the Gospel according Spiritism Ch. 26)

PAIN AND DESPERATION

Pain and despair are two old traveling companions. They are present in many of the circumstances that we live as spirits, whether in the physical world or in the spiritual world. Although it is paradoxical, they help us to grow, to understand ourselves better, to understand the [moral and spiritual] evolutionary process ...

Pain opens our eyes, awakens our feelings, short or long-term, it forces us to reflect, to change our attitude, to really consider our situation ...

Despair is the height of pain, be it physical or moral. Understanding the rules of evolution is the best antidote to this feeling.

The understanding of the evolutionary process, always equivalent and eminently fair for all, helps us to face the hard and complicated circumstances that Life puts in our path to help and to test, also, our evolutionary reality. To many, it may seem strange that suffering is so many times the way that teaches us to improve ourselves. It would give the impression that such teaching would be better pursued voluntarily; but, we are still far from learning with the sole impulse of our [own] volitional capacity.

Furthermore, evil, as Dr. Gustave Geley [French paranormal researcher] emphasized, is inherent in the inferiority of the worlds; and, ours, is still an inferior world evolutionarily speaking.

And it is because of our evolutionary deficiency that we still suffer…

Does this mean that we have to settle for negative events because we are inferior spirits living in an inferior world? Absolutely not.

In spite of everything, our planet - and its inhabitants, incarnated and disincarnated - advance, even with hesitant steps. It is a matter of time that Good will surpass Evil. Certainly, to a large extent, it depends on us, on our efforts to learn. The help of the Superior Spirits who direct this School of hard and complicated learning will also contribute to this overcoming.

From despair we must move to compassion, for those who suffer from circumstances…all sufferers are equally important! And everyone needs help in society…

Let's end with some glowing words of encouragement from the great [named and known as the “Apostle of Spiritism”] Léon Denis (from his book After Death, Conclusion):

“Remember that life is short. While it lasts, strive to acquire what you have come to seek in this world: true perfection. When leaving, let your spiritual being go purer than it entered. Beware of the snares of the flesh; think that the Earth is a battlefield in which matter and the senses offer the soul a perpetual assault. Fight with courage against vile passions; fight with the spirit and with the heart; correct your defects, soften your character and fortify your will. Let your thought be separated from earthly vulgarities and open it towards the luminous Heavens!”

“Remember that everything that is material is ephemeral. The generations pass like the waves of the sea; empires collapse, worlds themselves perish and the suns go out; everything happens and vanishes.”

“But there are three things that come from God and are immutable like Him; three things that shine above the mirage of human glories, namely: Wisdom, Virtue and Love. Conquer them with your efforts, and, when you have achieved them, they will elevate you above what is temporary and transient, to enjoy what is eternal!”

(Excerpt from an Editorial written in the Oct/Dec 2017 issue of the Bulletin Flama Espirita (Spiritist Flame) of the Barcelona Center of Spiritist Culture in Spain. Translated into English by Yvonne C. Limoges)

GOOD-HEARTED CREATIVITY

   Inspirationally Received by Julie L. Harper

All of us hold spiritual gifts including free will that is encouraged by the law of progression, influencing desire to expand and creatively express. Artistic expression, whether it be through writing, guitar playing, painting or any other form, allows you to connect to yourself on a soulful level, and connect to the essence of the Creator. The soul is soothed and in peace when in the flow of expression within a relationship to Source.

Awe may emerge from tapping into new ideas and in the realization, that we all share commonality within a creative space. How wonderful it would be if we all connect to this peaceful and accepting spiritual place of being. Perhaps humankind may unite within such an unlabeled spiritual creative space to rejoice together in its peace without concern of race, color, religion, or any other illusions of differentiation that humans tend to believe.

Perhaps a world-wide New Year's resolution is in order. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every person took even just a little time each day to create in order to encourage a spiritual connection that brings a calm and an accepting heart. (Of course, for those who do not feel artistically inclined, prayer also brings good results.)

Expression with an open heart often delivers new insights, openness, and healing. Maybe it's time to take a few moments to play with finger paints, write a poem, hum a tune, or whatever else that creatively brings you pleasure.

May your pleasure and peace from good intentions and unbiased creativity expand its sentiment of grace unto our collective society. May we have art for art's sake. And peace, for the sake of peace.

A PRAYER TO THE GOOD SPIRITS

Wise and benevolent Spirits, messengers of God, whose mission is to help Man and conduct him towards goodness, uphold us in life's tests; give us the strength to suffer without complaining; turn away from us all evil thoughts, and do not allow us to give access to any ignorant Spirits who may try to induce us to evil.

Clarify our conscience with respect to our defects, and take away the veil of pride from our eyes which can prevent us seeing them and admitting them to ourselves.

Particularly to our Spirit Protectors, who watch over us, and all the rest of those spirits who take an interest in us, we beseech you to help us to become worthy of your protection.

You know our needs; may they be attended to according to the Will of God.
                                                           AMEN          
(From Kardec’s book the Gospel according to Spiritism – slightly modified) 
                           
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This is our last newsletter of the year, and we send our loving prayers and blessings to all this Holiday Season! May God Bless us and watch over us now and in the New Year to come! We sincerely pray for more Peace, Love, Charity and Spiritual Light in our world where so many suffer!
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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

Spiritist Society of Florida (est. 1982)

5042 22 Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710                Website: www.spiritistsocietyfl.com 


[i] Now called the Academy for Spirituality and Consciousness Studies, Inc. website: www.ascsi.org