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.

martes, 10 de octubre de 2017








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


SPIRITISM -BASIC PRINCIPLES

"The strength of Spiritism lies in its philosophy, its appeal to reason and good sense."
                                           - Allan Kardec

SPIRITISM is a word created by Allan Kardec to designate a new spiritualist doctrine. It is a moral philosophy, with a scientific basis, and structured on the following primary principles:

1) Existence of one Creator.

2) Existence and survival of immortal soul.

3) Reincarnation; with the law of Cause and Effect as a regulatory action.

4) Universal Evolution.

5) Existence of mediumship; communication between two planes of existence (the material and the spiritual).

6) Existence of inhabited worlds.

7) Universal moral teachings of Jesus 

Kardec’s books are based on paranormal research and responses from the spirit world, with critical  analysis and commentary. The main principles of Spiritism are contained in The Spirits’ Book. The other books of Kardec expand on them, and they are: The Mediums’ Book, The Gospel according to Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and Genesis.     
A SYMBOL RECEIVED FROM SPIRIT

Here is a facsimile of the vine branch drawn by the spirits, and below their instructions to Allen Kardec for its placement in beginning of The Spirits’ Book.
The spirits explain its meaning:

“Put at the beginning of the book the vine-branch we have drawn for that purpose, because it is the emblem of the work of the Creator. In it are united all the material elements that most fitly symbolize body and spirit: the stem represents the body; the juice, the spirit; the fruit, the union of body and spirit. Man’s labor calls forth the latent qualities of the juice; the labor of the body develops, through the knowledge thus acquired, the latent powers of the soul.”

(Above from Allan Kardec’s The Spirits’ Book translated by Anna Blackwell, first English translator of his books)


“SPIRITIST IDEAS” MORE WIDESPREAD

            Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

I have found more and more people (who come from regular traditional religious backgrounds) believing more and more in many of the main principles of what Spiritism teaches, which are really just natural and universal laws.    
OUR EVOLUTION

      Written by Fermín Hernández Hernández

To identify oneself as evolving beings, to mitigate defects, to rectify errors, to return to the path of progress and to plan a new incarnation is the path chosen by beings who wish to surpass human environments in search of light, a light that is none other than knowledge and responsibility.

There are only two options: advance or stagnation, light or darkness, heaven or hell. In any case, all are freely chosen states of consciousness. Heaven and hell preached by religions does not exist as such; Heaven or hell are states of our own consciousness, are in the image and likeness of the intimate thoughts and feelings with which we vibrate.

The act of dying and returning to the spiritual plane will be the catalyst that helps us to understand the circumstances of what was lived on earth. The catalyst that will predispose us to a change of attitude, to glimpse the future and to accept the consequences of our actions during that life already completed.


ADVICE FOR MEDIUMS

                Written by José M. Meseguer

…Accordingly, the best tools with which the medium can and should work, if they want to achieve success in their shared work with their [spirit] protectors and guides are as follows:

Patience: Especially at the beginning, since the development of a faculty requires its time because there are no two faculties that are equal. We must trust the protectors and their work, demonstrating the sincere desire for collaboration and submission.
Constancy: Knowing that the results, sooner or later will come. [not giving up serious practice]

Discernment: We must analyze everything, we must study, observe, converse with experienced people to know their different points of view. Do not take for granted or certain anything that does not withstand a rigorous analysis. If something is wrong, reject it, and, if something is doubtful or unclear, set it aside.

Prudence: …when beginning to reap some satisfactory results, taking care not to fall into fanaticism or become elated by pride…The first positive results, although they show [you may be] heading in the right direction, does not guarantee future successes, since there is a risk of falling into new errors and going on a wrong path.

Discipline: Using a method to comply with rigor and effort. They [the spirits] commit themselves to fulfill their part, but mediums must correspond [to work] with them in identical measure. We must never forget that it is a shared work.

•And finally; Loyalty: Loyalty to a commitment, loyalty to a cause that in one way or another we are committed to carrying out…

If we cultivate all these values, besides a moral discipline as a pattern of behavior, as a lifestyle; then the help of spirit protectors, assistants, and guides, will be much more apparent.

The acts that come with this subject matter carries many risks, many difficulties, however, if the objective is achieved, and in the balance good works surpass bad ones, we will have released  numerous debts of the past that will allow us to return to the spirit world with joy and satisfaction.  Friends, hitherto unseen, will welcome us with open arms for the successes achieved together.

(Excerpts from two July 2017 articles by the Association of Spiritual Studies Villena Group, in Alicante, Spain. website: www.amorpazycaridad.com;  translated from Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges) 
ACT FOR PEACE & HAPPINESS

 Spirit communication received
                                            by Alysia Pape

As the saying goes, hate begets hate. The first word always begets more of the same, no matter what the first word is.

Many people do not want to work for their happiness, they just want it to happen to them. They must practice love to receive it back, that is the Creator’s rules.

Like we have said many times, this is a planet in transition, and within this process we reap what we sow. When and if situations become so bad, then people will no longer stand for hate, lies, inequality, and things that are not right for the progression of souls.

People who have never stood up for the proper rights of all souls, may start making more of a stand.

There are so many that wish for the fall of human souls, and so many that wish for the progression of human souls. Each of these two sentiments attract like-minded disincarnated spirits that encourage each side.

Teach your children what is morally right and what is wrong.

Tell your leaders all the things they should be fixing and the things they should forget about. Tell them why you feel the changes you want should be for the good of all and the right things to do from your soul, heart and mind.

Pray for your officials and leaders, so they will be guided by the good spirits to do the right thing for their countries and all the people.

Pray for peace, harmony, forgiveness, and, that everyone will treat each other like brothers and sisters on your planet.

This may take a while to happen, but the Creator knows best, and if this planet is to become better, the spirits that have not progressed enough as the vast majority, they will be sent to a planet that is of their particular level.

Remember to pray no matter how short or long a prayer, make sure it comes from the heart.

Keep an open and kind heart. Practice peace, love and happiness. However, do not expect these things to come with no work on your part.


UNIFYING EVENTS

       Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

At a time when our country seems so divided, how wonderful to see so many human beings of all ages across so many states unified in experiencing one single marvelous event – the solar eclipse.

This took us away from the minutiae of our daily lives to contemplate a celestial marvel in our solar system and within the Cosmos.

There used to be only a few TV channels. I remember when there was only four. Millions of us in our country used to share the same cultural events, especially on TV, which when it was a good event it tended to unify us more as a nation. Sadly, these events seem to be few now.

So, when these good unifying events come along, it should remind us we are all in this together. It should remind us we need to take care of each other and our planet. All we have is each other.

United we stand, divided we fall.”  
    Words attributed to Aesop, Greek Storyteller             
PERSONAL CONFLICTS

  Spirit communication received by
                             Yvonne Crespo Limoges


“Love thine enemies,” said Jesus.

To accept, with a certain amount of indifference, those who are the opposite of what and how we are, without animosity or resentfulness or hate, is taking the higher moral road.

Remember, each person is at a different level of moral, intellectual and spiritual development.

Spirits are born together into families, as well as others in close contact with us, so we can learn and teach each other, to pay back debts and/or as tests in life. No doubt there will be conflict.

Those who speak and act out of anger and hate will come to see more clearly, when the Divine Light of Love penetrates their soul…as they learn and have more experiences, and slowly progress.

Also, each person reaps what they sow, whether in the present or in future lives. So, it is morally wrong to be vengeful.

Be morally strong against those who express ill will towards you.

Keep good and pure thoughts of forgiveness towards those who speak and act out of ignorance.

Speak your truth bravely but in as clear, calm, and rational manner as possible.

Reject negativity. Try to spread harmony.   

Pray daily for inner peace, calmness and spirit protection.

Love in thought, word and deed is the only true pathway to God!  
TAKE YOUR BEST STEP                   

              Spirit Communication                    
                                by Julie L. Harper

Your act is worthwhile if it is morally and ethically sound... if it brings joy, consolation, peace, love, charity or any other good while void of intent to harm.

Pray to the good spirits that your steps are correct and that you walk in spiritual truth.

But if you falter, by misunderstanding or mistake, take solace in knowing that you are doing your best within this journey you call life.

And, remember that earthly life is but only a moment within the scope of your on-going existence.

You will experience existence(s) beyond the now to continue your path, explore new paths, but most importantly, continue your spiritual growth.

Through it all, rest assured that the truths of God's love support your every step, and missteps, all along the way of your continuance within the Creator's mandate to spiritually evolve.


GRATEFULNESS

May we be able to see and be grateful for all the good we have in our lives, despite the many struggles we may be going through. May our spirit guides help us to be steady and strong!

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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

domingo, 1 de octubre de 2017









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




NATURAL DISASTERS

        Written by Alysia Pape

So many natural disasters have been occurring in different places. Some people have lost everything they own. They have lost their home, clothes, food, precious things that cannot be replaced. Towns have been leveled and some have lost their lives.

Can anyone imagine not being able to put clothes on your 6-month-old baby because there are none? Can anyone imagine worrying where they will get their next meal, shower, or wash the clothes they are currently wearing because they only have one set? Or, when will they get their next medication from when they have no more?

Spiritists know that all suffering is in accordance with the divine laws, especially of cause and effect. However, there are also many people (and the good spirits) helping these souls that are in such terribly harsh conditions.  

People give money for resources, they have given clothes, blankets, food, and water. Some have helped save people that are trapped, such as in flooded houses from hurricane Harvey or Irma, or in collapsed buildings from the earthquakes in California and Mexico, and people rescued from fires out West.


Neighbors are helping each other by sharing their generators to give power to more than just themselves; they have been helping each other clean the debris from their yards; fixing minor repairs to their homes or other damage if they can. There are so many good things being done not heard about on the news or read about in the newspapers.

People do have kindness in their hearts and souls. When the opportunity arises for you to help, step in and lend a hand, with every unselfish good deed and thought, merit is given.  

When you return to the spirit world your kind deeds and thoughts will make you feel so much better. Say and think good things, and mean them deep down in your heart and soul. Help others in as many ways as you can.

Prayer is very powerful, and helps all those who suffer.

Pray to God to heal the planet from all things that we know hurt it. Pray for the leaders of the world to assist those in need, and to keep the peace in their nation and peace with all the nations around them. Pray that people around the world forget that there are borders, and that they help neighbor nations in need and trouble.

May God bless all who suffer!

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

                        Written by Julie L. Harper

The challenge to overcome suffering may cause despair, test one's strength, and may even promote the expectations of others as they naturally, maybe even joyfully, continue living life.

In our trials, we must never begrudge others their happiness or ability to be light bearers unto the world.

Also, it is wonderful when people extend love, support, and compassion in our direction during difficulty; and though you may lovingly do this at times, it should not be expected from others.

Do not forget that God is the greatest source of strength, love, and support!

Each of us are solely responsible and held spiritually accountable for how we handle personal matters.

Pray and exercise faith, guard against negative thoughts and their expression, be patient, and hold self-compassion.

Truly, all trials come to pass. Then one day, you will be among the smiling. You then may become a much needed, Earthly carrier of shining light for others.


LIGHT BEARERS

From Kardec’s The Spirits’ Book, in question 622: Has God given to some men the mission of revealing His law?

The spirits respond: Yes, certainly. In every age, there have been men [and woman] who have received this mission; spirits of high degree, who have incarnated themselves for the purpose of advancing human progress.”
THE CAPTAIN’S COURSE

      Inspirationally received by Julie L. Harper

Your movement through life may be likened to that of an operator of a single-seat sail boat.
Every intent and action is significant along the journey, as consequences result from both.

Each directional intent instructs the hand how to move the rudder in order to steer ahead. The sail boat's rudder movement may be likened to the level of your moral compass in that personal morality influences or steers choices while navigating through life.

Along the way, the results (from a culmination of decisions) determine where you arrive. You are your being's captain - are you steering in the direction of your desired destination?

Let us not forget that though stormy weather may cause great challenges, faith and perseverance can fill your sails to withstand and carry you past adversity.

We must respect others’ voyaging abilities, as they also travel according to their own competencies and moral code, and they too will land accordingly.

We cannot make the trip for another, but we may be a guiding light to help ease the way.


WHY THE LIFE WE HAVE?  

From Kardec’s The Spirits’ Book, in question 258: Before taking on a new material existence, does a spirit foresee the things which will happen to him in that new existence?

The spirits respond: “He chooses for himself the kind of trials which he will undergo, and it is this freedom of choice that his freewill consists.”


SPIRIT GROUPS

             Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

At our last session, a spirit communicated through one of our mediums saying their group tried to interfere with some of our mediums in performing their spiritual work. They were unable to do so due to the mediums’ will power and prayerfulness. I conversed with the spirit to educate it, and it agreed to leave with our spirit guides for further education. There are many groups of spirits of different moral and intellectual levels that DO NOT want the knowledge of the whys and wherefores of life to be spread, either out of fear, evil intent or to just keep people ignorant. Below, an open letter to that group of spirits and others like them.      

A LETTER TO FEARFUL SPIRITS

                        Written by Julie L. Harper

You conveyed to us at our Spiritist session that you felt that our spiritual work scares you and others, and tried to stop us.

Our writings and work are of spiritual truths and are not intended to spread fear, but to deliver understanding.

Consider that which you don't already know so that you may grow with new spiritual knowledge.

Spiritual laws are universal and infallible, so if you test them, your corresponding results will teach this first hand.

But, do so with caution, as this is how many learn lessons the hard way; even in the spiritual world, each soul is still held accountable for intent and actions.

Could this be the root of your fear – having personal responsibility for all that you are and do?

Fear is not a good direction for focus, as fear prompts poor action that delivers poor results.

And, consider how unwanted spirit interference in human works do not honor God's gift of free will for all.

Remember, spirits who try to cause influences to hinder, alter, or stop beneficial human acts are not treating others as they want to be treated, for no one desires unwanted intrusion.

Consider how acts taken out of fear are a disconnect from faith that God's love is supportive and greater than that which you may be fearful of.

Fearful acts may influence some, maybe for a time, but they can never change the spiritual truths that govern spiritual laws. Ultimately, like consequences in corresponding sentiment to intent and action taken, always occur, so think carefully about what you too want to experience.

Dearly departed, those of us who work in goodness such as by spiritual writings [and other spiritual work] mean no harm.

On the contrary, we intend to uplift, and to show others a belief system that promotes a lifestyle option that is in accordance to spiritual truths, that if followed, ultimately delivers the peace we all seek.

Take from us what is useful, but do not fear that which you may not yet understand. Again, acting on fear never delivers one's most desirable result.

You, just as we, are all on a path of growth toward the peace that comes with possessing traits of a better character, which calls for all beings to be proactive with acts by love and grace.

It is our hope that you not only consider that which you fearfully misunderstand, but that you study spiritual truths to encourage a high moral direction as you continue to evolve.

Lovingly,
In Peace and Good Will
THE PROGRESSION OF THE WORLDS

“Progress is a law of nature. All beings of creation, be they animated or not, have been submitted to this law through the bounty of God, who wishes everything to be exalted and to prosper.”

“Even actual destruction, which appears to Man to be the end of everything, is only a means of reaching a more perfect state through transformation, seeing that everything dies only to be reborn again, suffering no consequences from the annihilation.”

“At the same time as living beings progress morally, so the worlds in which they live progress materially. If we were to accompany a world during its different phases, from the first instant the atoms destined to its construction began to agglomerate, we would see it travelling along on a constantly progressive scale, although these steps would be imperceptible to each generation.”

“It would offer its inhabitants a more agreeable home as these generations passed, according to the manner in which they themselves advanced along their pathway to progress. Nothing in nature remains stationary.”

“So, we find that together with Man, the animals who are his helpers, the plants, and the habitations are all constantly marching along parallel to one another. How glorious this idea is and so worthy of the grandeur of the Creator!”

“…According to this law, the world has been in a materially and morally inferior position to that which it finds itself today, and it will lift itself up in both these aspects so as to reach a more elevated degree in the future…”

Spirit communication by St. Augustine – in Paris, France, 1862.

(Excerpt from Kardec’s The Gospel according to Spiritism item 19, translated by Janet Duncan)
PRAYER FOR ASSISTENCE  

Dear God,

Please help us to have the humility and the inner strength to support the trials and tests we chose for this life time.

Please comfort all those who suffer.

Help us to keep as calm as we can…so we can act with a steady clear mind and with love in our hearts as much as possible…no matter our adversities, or, the ill will, ungratefulness or the wrongful acts of others that we may face.

For we know the Divine Laws are Perfect, and everyone is responsible for their own actions and their inevitable consequences, whether for good or bad.

So, help us to be good, and do good.

May the good spirits bless us, guide us and help us. May we merit their goodwill and protection, and may we be receptive to their beneficial influences.

No matter how dire our circumstances, let us have faith in God and hope for the future, for we will receive great rewards for all our good efforts, whether in this life or the next.

We pray for inner peace, and tranquility and spiritual harmony for ourselves and our planet.

                                                             AMEN

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

Spiritist Society of Florida (est. 1982)

5042 22 Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710

viernes, 30 de junio de 2017






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




PAST LIFE EXISTENCES

     Inspirationally received by
                             Yvonne Crespo Limoges

Many of those who are interested in reincarnation, tend to be curious of who they may have been or have done in a past life or lives. However, the wisdom of the Divine Laws provides that this be hidden in general from us so we can more fully concentrate our efforts on our current life. Do we really want to be ashamed of any wrongful acts?

If only there was some evidentiary proof, then we could believe in reincarnation, right? Yet, there has been thousands of evidentiary information collected by Dr. Ian Stevenson, a pioneer in the study of persons (many of children) who had specific past life memories of which he compiled in his many books. An interesting website is at: http://www.neardeath.com/reincarnation/research/ian-stevenson.html

Dr. Tucker continues his work at the same University of Virginia in the Division of Perceptual Studies. He wrote a book published in 2013 entitled Return to Life – Extraordinary cases of children who remember past lives.

Other authors who have published numerous books on the same topic are: Carol Bowman, Brian Weiss, Michael Newton, and numerous others. They mostly involve past life regression and the majority are by psychiatrists, psychologists and academics.

As for me, the information I received via spirit communications on my past lives, was mostly NOT pleasant, yet insightful in understanding why I had gone through various experiences, the type of work I have done and do, and why particular people have been in my life.   

Another way to try to discover what type of person you may have been in past lives, is to examine the types of trials, tests and good things you have experienced in your current life. Notice carefully certain trends, patterns or similarities in the types of sufferings, trials or tests. Examine your vocations, interests, and certain important events you have gone through. These can give you to some extent an indication as to how you were or what you may have done in a past life or lives.      

We all suffer, and many people find it very difficult to fathom they will have to return again and again in order to progress. But, we only suffer (especially when no reason is found for it in this life) the effect of causes of our own choices, some in previous existence(s) due to our selfish and/or possibly hateful or vengeful acts. My father always said, “We all have blood on our hands.” Indeed, our world history is full of bloodshed.

Study your moral weaknesses, and the trials and tests you have undergone – therein lie your clues.
VIOLENCE – A SPIRITIST PERSPECTIVE


“There isn’t within Spiritism, rigorously in its body of doctrine a criminological principle that can explain the origin of violence. It is true, though that cardinal theses essentially affect, inevitably, some theories of criminology and social psychology. One of them, for example, is that of being born a criminal. Spiritist philosophy asserts that the criminal predisposition, or disposition for a violent act, comes from the spirit, and not from the glands or from the instinctive condition of the individual, which would reveal a condition of imperfection of the Creator.”

What science sees as a deformation of a purely constitutional [organic/biological/physical] order or as a primordial instinct of man, or even as an eminently cultural learning or inheritance, Spiritist science understands it by another prism because it takes into account, above all else, the “spiritual antecedents.” That is, the set of dispositions and tendencies of the spirit

Spiritism does not fail to consider the actions taken by the glands or social and instinctive pressures of the individual. In the meantime, what it argues is that none of these factors has an absolute predominance because the greater or lesser propensity for violence depends, mainly, on the degree of backwardness or advancement of the spirit. The germ of criminality or violence is related to the moral state of the spirit.

In the first place, because all its [Spiritism] philosophical-moral structure starts from the premise of the responsibility of the individual for his own acts and because the subordination of the individual, the influences of the organism and of social conditions are dependent on moral evolution [accomplished] by him...

Spiritism, however, possesses, as one of its doctrinal foundations, free-will, when we can see in practice, individuals that get through the reason of their spiritual development, to overcome their own physical inhibitions and resist the pressures of the environment where they live, without fleeing from the experiences of the world…

Thus, the Spiritist Doctrine understands a violent person as a spiritual patient and not as a product of social milieu or as the result of a hereditary degenerative [condition], and still less, as a being created with destructive instincts, from which he cannot flee…”

The most important therapy is prevention…

The spiritually renewed man must invest against the torment of violence through his restructuring of society, seeking to suppress social injustice, fighting against all situations that foment economic misery that instigates the pernicious environment that now supports it; fighting, above all, pride, selfishness and indifference present in every one's heart...    

In this vision, mankind will understand that no one can be ignored knowing that every tribute of love, such as of patience and the fruit of Light, knowledge, are valuable treasures for the future in acquisition of a much-desired peace...

(Excerpts from an article posted on Mari’s Spiritist blog www.akardec.com submitted by João Cabral from ADE-SERGIPE-Aracaju, Brazil – in quotes are from the work by Dr. Jaider Rodrigues and Roberto Lúcio Vieira de Souza, entitled "Psychological Vision of Violence" published in the Medical-Spiritist Bulletin No. 10. And all above translated from the Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges.)

EDITORIAL COMMENT

This article says the origin of a person’s violent nature lies with the moral level of the individual’s SPIRIT. That being said, I affirm that after innumerable reincarnations all people/spirits progress, slowly losing this trait, and also, a violent nature can diminish even in one lifetime, and there are examples of this. - Y.L.    

INVISIBLE ENEMIES

  Inspirationally received
                              by Yvonne C. Limoges

Whether in this life or in past lives, when we have made strong enemies of someone, many of these (after they return to the spirit world) still carry a grudge, still have hatred, and some want revenge. 

By the law of cause and effect and if permitted by the superior spirits, these vengeful spirits find us in the material world. They can cause minor or major disturbances in our present lives. They can influence our thoughts so as to encourage us into wrongful words and acts, causing us and those around us to be in unrest, conflict, distress and even suffer morally and/or physically. They can read our innermost thoughts and know our moral weaknesses and use these against us. Spirit obsession, is the worst consequence.

Some come to us in our dreams which then become nightmares. I have seen cases of people waking up (some trance-like) screaming, and others, who have said they felt they have been assaulted (in different ways) in their sleep. Later, at spirit sessions, these spirits are brought (many times unwillingly, such is the moral authority and spiritual power of good spirits) so they may have their say, which then verifies their ill will and that they have been the cause of such disturbances. They are then taken away by the good spirits, to receive moral instruction and rehabilitation.

That is why it is so important to strive to be as good a person as one can, so wrongful spirit influences do not take ahold of us. Also, every day, we should project sincere thought and prayer to reach out to the good spirits, asking for their protection so they can surround us with their beneficial influences. Like attracts like.

So, if we have offended someone, apologize and make amends. Pray for them! Try hard to leave earth without making any enemies.    
CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES    

                    Written by Julie L. Harper

All conditions are temporary...
and how you perceive circumstances is how you endure them. Self-pity, victimization, or other disheartened sentiments lead to suffering.

But everything is transitional, and that which gains focus grows - - choose wisely!

Thoughts, actions, and experiences are fleeting, but their results can be meaningful and impacting.

May you always show kindness to others by examples of loving conduct that influence its likeness.

And may you be of the blessings you seek, as that which you are, comes back unto you.


LOVED ONES WHO LEAVE US EARLY

      Spirit message received by Yvonne C. Limoges

Whether by unforeseen accidents, illnesses, the result of addictions, sudden violence, military service or by suicide…so many of our loved ones, who we hold so very dear, and whose whole life was still ahead of them, leave this Earth while so very young. And, it seems that our unending tears and affectionate memories seem to bring no relief to our broken hearts.     

However, God has allowed them to be liberated before us from this world of sorrows, and we must always keep in mind that the Divine Plans are perfect; each of us have a set time upon the Earth. 

Please know your loved ones can see you, and some of you may be able to feel them! Please try to have strong faith and be calm, so they can be more at peace. Your consolation is, you will meet again, for our spirits and the love between you and them, never dies!
SIMPLY A FRIEND
                                       Author Unknown

They do not need to be a man or woman, only a human being, but that they have feelings; that they have heart.

They need to know how to speak, and know to be quiet,
and most of all to know how to listen.

To like poetry, the dawn, the birds, the sun, the Light, the singing of the wind and the song of the breeze.

To like the deserted street, rain drops, wet roads, the grass after a rain and to rest in a meadow.

To have love; have a great love for someone, or feel the lack of not having that love.

To love our fellow beings; and, to respect the pain all people carry within them.

To keep a secret without making a sacrifice…

They must have principles, and a fear of losing them, for the great emptiness that it leaves…

To have human “character.” Your principal objective is to be a friend.

To feel sorry for the melancholy, and understand the immense emptiness of the lonely.

Looking for a friend who taps us on the shoulder, whether smiling or crying, but calls us friend.

Looking for a friend ... SIMPLY A FRIEND.

(From Newspaper Reflections - April 2000 from blog site of Mari www.akardec.com , a condensed version translated from Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges)

POINT TO PONDER: U.S. Census Bureau reported on Nov. 7, 2016 that 29% of all U.S. adults 65 or older live alone (almost 14 million).

WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS!
 
            Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges        
When you observe, think about or interact with other people who do not have the same beliefs, political leanings, wealth, education, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, looks, etc. as we do, we should try hard to remember we are ALL human beings. In that aspect, we are ALL the same. We are all God’s creations!

We all need the basic necessities of life: sufficient healthy food, clean water, and safe decent shelter in order to live productive lives. We also all need   medical care to prevent illness and when we get sick. All people need these things.  

We all get sad, lonely, cry, suffer, smile, laugh, love, have hope and dreams, and we all want good things for us and whom we love.

Finally, we all want some peace and some happiness as much as possible, in our lives and in our world.    

If we could each see the “human being” part first, before any differences, humankind might be more civil, respectful, tolerant, kind, compassionate and just with each other… May God help us!

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Jesus said for us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

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