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.

domingo, 14 de mayo de 2017

TIEMPO DE MISTERIO: SpiritBox ¿Comunicando con los muertos?

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martes, 9 de mayo de 2017








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




THE JUSTICE OF AFFLICTIONS

In the Bible, Jesus said:

 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew, 5: 5, 6 & 10)

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said, “Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.” (Luke, 6: 20 & 21)

Below, translated from the French by Janet Duncan - from Kardec’s The Gospel according to Spiritism in Chapter 5:

“The compensation promised by Jesus to the afflicted of this Earth can only be effected in a future life. Without the certainty of this future these maxims would be a contradiction; still more, they would be a decoy.”

“Even with this certainty it is difficult to understand the convenience of suffering in order to be happy. It is said that it is to acquire greater merit. But then we ask: Why do some suffer more than others? Why are some born in misery and others in opulence without having done anything to justify this situation? Why is it that some never manage to achieve anything, while for others everything seems to smile?”

“Yet, what is even less understandable is why benefits and misfortunes are divided so unequally between vice and virtue. Why do we find virtuous people suffering side by side with the wicked who prosper? Faith in the future can console and instill patience, but it does not explain these irregularities which appear to contradict God's justice. However, once God's existence has been admitted one cannot conceive Him as being less than infinitely perfect…. If He is supremely good and just, then He cannot act capriciously, nor yet with partiality.”

“The vicissitudes of life derive from a cause, and as God is just so then that cause must also be just. This is what each one of us must convince ourselves of.”

“Through the teachings of Jesus, God started Man on the path to find that cause, and now that Man is sufficiently mature as to be able to understand, He has revealed the cause by means of [what Kardec called the spiritual science and moral philosophy of] Spiritism. That is to say, through the words of the Spirits.”

(NOTE: The greatest medium and most perfect soul that ever incarnated upon this planet, Jesus, brought sublime teachings that came down to us in parables. Now in modern times, with science and clearer spirit communications, we can try to more fully comprehend the laws of Divine Justice; why we suffer, why terrible things happen on the Earth and what happens to our spirit after physical death. – Y. Limoges)
LIFE OF JESUS AS DICTATED BY HIMSELF

            Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

The month of Easter I read/write about Jesus, and I noticed that the book entitled above, is now completely translated relatively well into English by Marcos Molina Baker from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has 27 chapters, and only available on-line at: https://lifeofjesus.wordpress.com/  

The printed Spanish hardcopy book has been known by Spiritists for decades. A Portuguese version was translated from that book.   

Some do not give it any credence at all. However,
many study it because they feel it provides a reasonable sequence of events and information that could have occurred during the time of Jesus, and, the moral teachings are very similar.

I find the English translator’s “Foreword” to be somewhat confusing, and believe Ernesto Volpi’s and prestigious Dr. Ovidio Rebaudi’s original translator notes about the history of the book and how it came to be written, would provide more context and credence to its possible authenticity.

In the book, the spirit of Jesus communicates, via Medium X and Medium XX, about: his youth, his family, his mission, John the Baptist, the apostles, about Mary his mother and Mary Magdalene, what he taught the people, the miracles, his betrayal and about his eventual crucifixion. It is not exactly Christianity’s account of Jesus.

I find the book fascinating and one to study and ponder…        
          
Excerpt from Chapter 9:

The doctrine of love, based on equality and fraternity; there’s the cause of Jesus’ prestige in the midst of humanity. He came to bring God’s law to a world too new for this law to be understood, but laid his work’s foundation, which would be immortal, and that work continues to develop even today.”  -  Jesus

MEDIUMSHIP - An Act of Charity                                     

   A spirit guide speaks through its medium

Mediumship is the precious opportunity to put into realization an act of Divine Love and one of Supreme Charity.

Your eyes cry needed tears for those who no longer have material ones. Your tears erase, a little at a time, through repentance, the past wrongdoings of a spirit.

Through your mediumship, you relate life stories that liberate those who would like to clear their conscience and relieve themselves of rancor, remorse and unlimited anguish.  

Do not resist the use of your mediumship faculties to those in the spirit world who would grieve and cry. Those spirits need you and your faculties to obtain a spiritual equilibrium that allows them the blessed opportunity for spiritual progress.

Endure with love the sufferings, both moral and physical, which is a natural part of this interchange based on love. You receive but simple and temporary grief, but for the spirits, there is a chain of perpetual sorrow. So, fortify yourselves through prayer and do not refuse them.

Your spirit guides are always present to protect and assist you in such a delicate and extraordinary task, having complete confidence in you and your capacity for this sacred work.

This is my entreaty for you to persist in the continuation of your efforts.


(Received spirit communication printed in the Spiritist Union magazine in Puerto Rico and translated from the Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges)

INCONVENIENCES

                     Written by Julio Sanchez

Remember:

The disadvantages that Providence places in our path are not to destroy or annihilate our hopes, but instead are opportunities to increase our capabilities and allow new victories.

The inconveniences cannot become a mist that makes us forget the rest of our lives, because we must see the inconveniences through the light of knowledge, and not plunge into the darkness of helplessness.

If we allow problems to become the center of our lives, our lives will be a problem, and we must never forget that material inconveniences are transient and temporary, and our life is eternal and continuous.

Strengthen your faith:

That the Will of God does not abandon your path, when you let faith accompany you.

That happiness is achieved when we spread the wings of our spirit through difficulties.

That when we ignore our pain to comfort the fallen, we have abandoned the burden of selfishness, and begin to walk like spirits among men.

That when you accumulate experiences and triumphs in the face of vicissitudes, your word every day will accumulate a little more truth.

That when in your way some inconvenience surprises you, God has taken the reins of your path and what better guide than our Lord.

That in struggles we obtain friends, in difficulties we achieve virtues and along the way we accumulate experiences that will accompany us for eternity.

Vigilance:

Never minimize your neighbor's problem, for even though it may seem small, you do not know what their soul’s ability is to bear it.

That successive triumphs, if not accompanied by humility, we may lose them in pride.

That happiness is not just to triumph, happiness is to learn, because only knowledge is what provides real utility to a struggle.

Problems always come back and are part of man's ways, always be alert.

God always places a friend by our side, never stop listening and learning.

Do not run away from problems, otherwise you will lose opportunities for progress and find yourself tired of running.

That the greatest virtues require the greatest sacrifices, because they are the ones who transport us to the destinies of our soul.

Rebellion, suicide, defeat, misery, sadness or loneliness are not solutions, they are problems that we add to inconveniences that we already have, and are uncertain ways that we should never take.

Finally, even in inconveniences, the door to peace and the light of prayer never closes, which we can find and need to see the way to victory.


(A writing from the Spiritist Society of Jesus of Nazareth from Caracas, Venezuela - translated and edited by Yvonne C. Limoges. In last month’s issue, for the article “TIME,” I apologize. I used an incorrect first name of “Jose” for the author. The correct name is Julio Sanchez, the same author of this article.)
ILLNESSES

       Inspirationally received by Alysia Pape

It is disheartening to have a disease which limits one in certain ways. Also, as time goes on, complications can arise in various ways and severities, which again and again disheartens, each time a new problem arises or one gets worse.

After a while, the soul wants to escape from this malfunctioning shell, and no longer has the will, at times, to want to use it at all.

There are so many terrible physical, mental and emotional illnesses that afflict mankind on this planet. People, on the outside may look ok, but they may be in severe pain and/or suffering. They get up, and try to do their best each day; and, every day, there is a different amount of affliction of what they can handle.

Remember this when you meet people you don't know, or do know. If asked how they are, and they have the courage to tell you, be kind and listen. For this is rare, not everyone has a person to talk to, to share what is happening to them.

They might need some positive words at the end of their story, some prayers, a kind gesture, reassurance that all they are going through means something.

The Spiritists know “why.” So, tell them. Do not let your fellow brothers and sisters fall into doubt and depression, or let them give up.


PAIN

“If it is really not in your hands to change a situation that causes you pain, you can always choose the attitude with which you face that suffering.”

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian Neurologist,
Psychiatrist, & Holocaust Survivor
THE CREATOR’S LAWS
     
             Written by Amalia Domingo Soler
                                  (1835-1909) Spain                 

I have always believed that God is very much more elevated than our miseries and our blunders. When they say: “God punishes his rebellious children and rewards the just,” this appears to me that it profanes the grandeur of God. I consider God a Soul of the Universe radiating onto the worlds, not converted into a schoolteacher guarding over the actions of his pupils…God is just, immutable, eternal, superior…God is just because the law of love has to be achieved, and when the law of God is fulfilled there will be no sunset on the day of universal happiness.

(Excerpt translated from her book in Spanish Acts that Prove [Hechos Que Prueban] by Yvonne C. Limoges)



A PRAYER

God All Powerful and All Merciful, please hear the cries and prayers of the sick, the poor, the fearful, the persecuted, those in agony, and all who suffer in one form or another upon the Earth!

Please support us in all our adversities. Give us the strength, courage, patience, humility and wisdom we lack during the trials and tests of Life.

May we learn to help and love one another, so we can eventually live in peace and save our planet!

May we have faith in Your Divine Justice which is Perfect. May Your Will be done!   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
Website: www.spiritistsocietyfl.com

sábado, 8 de abril de 2017






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




LOVE OF LIFE

        Written by Fermín Hernández Hernández

What is the most precious thing we have? Without a doubt, LIFE.

Life is the highest gift we receive from the Father [the Creator]. We must therefore feel grateful and satisfied for participating in His Work, for being a part of this sea of ​​Life that surrounds us…created for all who inhabit it... It has given us the characteristics and capacities necessary to reach the highest levels of love, wisdom and perfection in our evolutionary development.

Let us love and thank Life… ours, our fellow beings, Nature, the Life of all created things. Feel respect and admiration for all living beings with whom we share evolution….

However, distressing and harsh our experiences may be, let us strive to understand the why and the what of our difficulties. Unhappiness, despair and anguish can restrict our faith and possibly lead to ruin - falling into abandonment and depression, the desire to not want to live longer, to succumb and even to accept suicide…

We are Beings of Light…we have the potential to overcome weakness and helplessness. Let us therefore raise our thoughts up, let us ask with all our strength for: Light, assistance and protection. We will receive the help we need for those difficult moments, and we will be able to continue in our daily work…

God…does not make mistakes, loves us all equally and, each one is put at his/her feet the tests and atonements necessary to strengthen and grow spiritually. When necessary, through the Law of Cause and Effect, this makes us recover lost balance, leaving this experience stored in our register of conscience to avoid repeating the same mistakes again…

...WE ARE NEVER ALONE. Let us humble ourselves and keep the spirit of struggle always to face the vicissitudes with the best predisposition... let us not fall into rebellion and confusion. With such an attitude, we aggravate our situation and attract discordant energies, obsessive spirits that will enhance our discouragement and weaknesses.

We must always be very clear where we come from and where we are going…

Let us live each chapter of our life with a good attitude and predisposition…Let us always love the Creator, with humility and devotion…


(Excerpts from the Feb. 27, 2017 article of the Spiritual Studies Association of Group Villena in Alicante, Spain. www.amorpazycaridad.com . Translated by Yvonne C. Limoges)

TIME

                 Written by Jose Sanchez


LONGINGS ABOUT TIME

One of man’s longings is to stop time – like water in winter. But what would happen if he stopped time in the small things? What would happen to our future and the great things to come? Where would be the experience and maturity we would never reach, if time ceased to lead us to the future?

Another of man’s longings is to have more time; and the longer we have, the longer we want-like rain on the sea. But if we had more time, what else would we do, or would we stop doing more? Who has stopped to study time or understand its meaning? Who has stopped to appreciate its value? We just let the time pass without knowing at what cost.

For those of us who believe in the Spiritist doctrine, believing in the immortality of the soul, we are left with the hope of remedying in the future the misuses of it today, but similarly we do not value time.

WHAT IS TIME?

Time is not hours, like hands on a clock. Time is not the day, like sand in an hourglass.

Time is the opportunity to leave a footprint on the pathway of other men and on our redemption. Time is the space to create our particular work and to mold our spirit.

Time is the moment which allows us to impact the lives of men. Time is the value we give to what surrounds us.

Time does not come alone, but accompanied by opportunities and decisions that we must take.

Time is dedication, discipline and effort.

Time is the train of progress that moves us from one era to another, to give us new experiences and opportunities. For behind every minute we invest, there is a decision about what is important to us and what is not…

So, it is not true when a man says, "I do not have time for what I like to do, or what I need to do." If we do not have time, the bottom line is that it is not important to us.

Let us not ask for more time, but the wisdom to use what we have, because each [future period] of time we will have greater responsibility.

REMEMBER:

We all have a task in humanity; every man was given time to collaborate in the task of love. The time we use does not belong to us, but to God.

The time we receive is to sow, not to destroy or to err. Time does not stop nor wait for us, because its function is to lead man to a new moment. Let us not see time as a fantasy, let us see it as the path that awaits us every day. Time is not an end, but a way. Time is the value we give to those around us. So, to understand time, first stop to see what is important to you.

We do not need more time, but to value what we have. Let us learn not to see the time on a clock, but in the hand of which we support, in the smile of which we give back hope, and in the greatness of the heart when it collects virtue, for that is the time of the spirit that never ends and is renewed every day.



(Emailed March 2017 article from the Spiritist Society of Jesus of Nazareth, Caracas, Venezuela, and translated from the Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges)
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS’ DAY
  
We Spiritists respectfully honor…

      AMALIA DOMINGO SOLER
                   (Sevilla 1835-1909)

Spiritist author, poet, and feminist from Spain

Image result for picture amalia domingo soler

In her own book entitled Memories, she tells us although financially supported, she and her mother were abandoned by her father. She became blind shortly after her birth and the doctors tried everything to no avail. A homeopath was eventually able to provide imperfect sight.

Her mother was totally devoted to her, and they cared for and loved each other very much. She was taught to read at age 5 and her first poems were published at age 18. After her father died they lived off the inheritance, but then her mother came down with a terminal illness.

Left alone, she was 25 years old when her mother died. Her inheritance was all but gone, leaving her almost penniless. Her eyesight was still very bad.
She lived with various friends making a meager living sewing and by her writings. She suffered hunger, many humiliations and periods of blindness when she worked too hard. But, she refused to enter a marriage of convenience or a convent as some friends suggested.

She reached a desperate point in her life and visited many churches trying to find consolation and help. She even contemplated suicide.
One day she met a man who introduced her to some Spiritist papers that spoke about the evolution of the soul. This changed her life forever. She found what she needed to deal with the trials and tests in her life. She started attending Spiritists groups, sessions, and started writing on topics of Spiritism (about and for women, for children, the poor, prisoners, on Spiritist principles, rebuttals to the Catholic Church, human tragedy and its causes). Her biography is in the Dictionary of Espasa Calpe, a highly reputable encyclopedia of Spain, as an important writer of the 19th century.

Her articles were printed in regular and Spiritist magazines; there are over 8 books of her writings still published to this day, and most contain spirit communications relayed to her via mediumship. She also conducted worldwide correspondence.

The guide of her spiritual work was the spirit of “Father Germain” - who dictated his life story to her when he was on earth as a priest via the medium Eudaldo. This famous Spiritist classic in the form of a novel - Memoirs of Father Germain – is her only book in English translated by my father Edgar Crespo and on www.Amazon.com. Father Germain was also a medium, believed in reincarnation and many good spirits assisted him. This book is a beautiful story of love, moral lessons, hope, consolation, intrigue and adventure.

In many books, she was given explanations from the spirit world about the cause of why specific people suffered in certain ways in their life, due to their actions in past lives.  

Finally, Ms. Soler’s Center president invited her to live with his family, to dedicate her life solely to her writings. She died in Barcelona in 1909.
She and her work, is greatly respected and beloved by many worldwide!                   
MY GRANDMOTHER - MEDIUM

           Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

Spiritism teaches that there are many types of mediums. Yet, three distinct categories of “trance” mediums (those where the spirits communicate using a person’s physical body to speak) can be conscious (medium is completely aware of what is going on during the spirit communications), semi-conscious (medium partly aware) or an unconscious medium (not aware at all). However, in my experience, there are many mediums in, in-between states as well, and these situations can even fluctuate depending on the specific spirit communicating.

Each medium is very individually different. 

My grandmother (my father’s mother) was the first completely unconscious medium I ever saw work their mediumship. She could also, when conscious, see and hear spirits, and see visions as well.

At the start of the spirit communication session, she would sit down, put her hands on the table, and then head would just limp forward. Spirits would then come and go, using her, delivering their messages.

After no more spirits were going to communicate, she would sort of come to and lift her head. She then would curiously ask what had happened. She knew nothing!

When I was little, us kids always noticed that whenever she entered a house, no matter who’s it was, she would sway a little at the door as if a wave hit her, then she would stabilize herself and come in. Of course, we thought this was rather strange.

Now that I am acutely aware of how sensitive mediums can be regarding their surroundings, as a medium myself, it is now obvious she was highly sensitive to the spiritual ambience of whatever “space” she was entering, and this affected her until she adjusted. Since she was an unconscious medium, I believe she would have been even more sensitive.

At the Spiritist Center in NYC (founded in 1933) that she attended, and as some call it, she was a “working medium”; she specialized in being used by the spirits to give healing passes to help people with eye problems, besides spirit communications.

My Dad told me of an experience they both shared together in their apartment in New York City, when one day his father was still not home from work. His mom and he a young boy were both in the living room when all of a sudden, they heard the noises coming from the kitchen: the sound of water rushing hard out of the faucet, also pots and pans clanging. He said, they both looked at each other puzzled, and his mother was afraid someone had gotten in. Eventually, my father bravely went to the kitchen to see. There was no one there and the sink was as dry as a bone. Only the spirits! No other information was forthcoming, and it never happened again.

The first time I allowed a spirit to use my body for trance mediumship, my grandmother’s spirit communicated and said she would be one of the spirits to help me with the process.

Nearly my entire life has been involved interacting with spirits. I thank the assistance, inspiration and influence of the good spirits, and thank God above all else. As an imperfect human, I try to do my best to merit beneficial influences.

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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

viernes, 7 de abril de 2017

Entrada nueva en Grupo Espírita de La Palma

ACTIVIDADES PÚBLICAS DEL GRUPO ESPÍRITA DE LA PALMA – ABRIL 2017

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Atardecer desde Puerto Naos (Isla de La Palma). Foto de: Aseret

ACTIVIDADES PÚBLICAS DEL

GRUPO ESPÍRITA DE LA PALMA

ABRIL 2017

Reciban todos/as un fraternal saludo: tenéis a vuestra disposición el Programa de Actividades Públicas del Grupo Espírita de La Palma correspondiente al mes de abril de 2017. El mismo lo podéis descargar o consultar accediendo la sección "Actividades Públicas" (ver las pestañas superiores).

Recordamos que todas las actividades dan comienzo a las 19:30 horas, y se desarrollan en nuestra sede, ubicada en:

Av. Carlos Fco. Lorenzo Navarro, nº 69

Edificio Vizconde, 1º D

Los Llanos de Aridane - Isla de La Palma

CANARIAS