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.

viernes, 2 de junio de 2017






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




TIMES OF TRANSITION

     Spirit communication received
                          by Yvonne Crespo Limoges      

Especially during times of major transitions within societies and nations, numerous and diverse ideas clash, and people (generally so busy with their everyday lives) cannot help notice something uncommon is occurring within their lives and societies.

Depending on the type of individuals they are, many feel the need to be more participative, alone or within groups, in expressing strong opinions and this is when we see an increase in activism - speeches, marches, protests and other types of social action.

They become more frequent and dynamic (many times violent) the more people feel their own personal interests (their necessities, freedoms, rights, etc.) are at stake or at risk.

The spirit world plays a large part in influencing those they can, whether for good and bad. Humankind has freewill and choses its path. Your history is full of many dark periods of times on the Earth, and many horrific things have taken place.



Always remember you are spirits (whether in the material world or in the spiritual world) and as such never die!

Spirits reincarnate to learn and it is the only way they can progress. Some take more advantage of their time than others, but each is created with an incessant yearning for happiness. 

The Creator is all Love, but wants His creations to find that true happiness by their own freewill and their own merit. It is a happiness that is not found upon the earth in material life. To find it can be a tremendous struggle, and it is easier if mankind chooses to act in accordance with the Divine Laws.

Practice goodness, charity and love. Pray for those who suffer to have strength in their adversities.

Each must try to keep strong their reasoned faith that goodness is always stronger than evil.

So far humankind, influenced by the morally superior spirits and many humans acting in unison for the common good, has found its way towards the light of better days each and every time, and God-Willing, it will continue to do so.

May God bless you all!



CONFIDENCE

     Written by Fermín Hernández Hernández

          We have confidence in those who respect us, appreciate us, love us, who want the best for us, who value us, and because their behavior is kind and pure; that is why we have opened a door and given them our trust because we are not fearful to naturally express and manifest our feelings, or fear they will play with them or deceive us, or use us as long as it suits them, turning away when they no longer care.

          Hypocrisy, lies and deception are totally different from trust. We must be careful when we observe even the smallest details of these towards us… avoiding them so they don’t reach to a terrible situation because what in the beginning was friendship, can become an abuse of confidence…

           For everyone who is in a group, association, etc., there is nothing worse than abusing the confidence of companions and peers, acting hypocritically, lacking friendship and respect…If they persist in wrongful behavior… their defects (which they do not control) lead them to commit awkwardness after awkwardness, incapable of justification [and their true self is revealed].

          Trust is one of the pillars on which the most intimate relationships between people are sustained. When this is lacking, when it is missing, when for any reason opposite behaviors follow, we see that there is no such confidence. The building which was erected, crumbles, and is gone; and, an anguished feeling of emptiness is left in the heart of the many feelings that had been shown towards our loved one.

          The affection and friendship of human values only comes through love that is reflected in the purity of intentions. Everything that deviates from this by way of selfishness, tarnishes these channels of love, and is something that is discovered sooner or later…

          When we place our trust in someone, what we are doing is trusting in their honesty, in their kind-heartedness, their nobility and authenticity.           
He who prides himself to be a person in whom trust is deposited should never lose sight of these factors, because if he loses them, he runs the risk of being discovered as he is…

          Confidence cannot be demanded by anyone, it must be spontaneous, natural and increase with the course of time as relations continue to be based on fairness and nobility of feelings. So, whoever creates a circle of trust based on fear, on fake stories, with hypocrisy and deception, and with other forms of subterfuge, transmitting an image that they do not have… there comes a time when they cannot continue to sustain it, then it is when one begins to know their true intentions…

It is this moment when, on the other hand, one is to be just with them, giving them an opportunity for their regeneration, but not allowing them to return to their defects for selfish ends, but teaching them to use their qualities for the good of all through kindness and pureness…

          Sincerity is the inseparable value of trust. When there is a lack of sincerity there is a lack of pureness, for this reason we must be cautious with all those who are not sincere, because in general they hide particular interests that they want to achieve by taking advantage many times of the good will of the others and this we should not allow. We must be the first person to be sincere and offer confidence, but making it clear that this is the way we want our fellowman to be with us.


(Excerpts of online article by Villena Spiritual Studies Group, Alicante, Spain www.amorpazycaridad.com translated, edited and condensed by Yvonne C. Limoges)


EDUCATING OUR SPIRITS

          Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

At spirit sessions, numerous spirits have revealed they wish they were more aware, while in the material world, that they knew they were a spirit living a human existence and that a spirit world awaited them after physical death so as to better understand and be more prepared about their situation upon entering it.

Therefore, any time you feel there is the slightest opportunity to present these important ideas to another, you are doing a great charity. Of course, you must use very good judgement to discuss these with a person at the most appropriate time and place, and ideally when they would be the most receptive. It is much better, I have found, if the person knows you and has at least a certain amount of respect for you.

I have found that asking them what they believe first is helpful, and then build on that. If similar topics come up spontaneously on TV, in the news or in a movie, these can act as a catalyst for this type conversation and great for this discussion.

It does not matter if afterwards they say they do not believe anything you say. The information you provided will be brought up to them when they transition to the spirit world, and they will be made to remember it. Your words are never wasted! Be aware that imparting this information could very well be one of your many missions in this lifetime. The good spirits will inspire you!

Remember, the person you are speaking to has a spirit guide that wants them to progress in this knowledge. They will speak more about what you said when they sleep, and their spirit returns to them in the spirit world each night.

Little by little, this is how each person/spirit receives a spiritual education. We are all BOTH teachers and students, here to help each other!
FIND SOME TIME

                      Written by Alysia Pape

Everyone needs stress relief, it doesn't matter who the person is or what they do.

There's always a peaceful and constructive way to relieve stress.

Listening to music, drawing, exercises of all kinds, hobbies like building wooden figures to sewing.

There are very many ways to relieve stress, if you cannot think of one to do, ask some others what they do, perhaps give it a try.

If you have forgotten your hobby that you used to love to do or it doesn't seem like you may have room for it in your day, make sure you set aside time for yourself to de-stress and calm down.

No one is asking you to change jobs or ignore the responsibilities of your life, just take some time for you.

A PRAYER FOR OBTAINING A FAVOR

Beloved Lord of Infinite goodness, may Your name be blessed for the benefits conceded to me!
I would be unworthy if I were to attribute these happenings to mere chance or to my own merit.

Good Spirits, you who execute God's wishes, I thank you and most especially my spirit protector.  

Turn away from me all idea of being proud of what I have received and help me to make use of it exclusively for good.
                                                  AMEN

(Item 29 in Chapter 28 of Kardec’s book the Gospel according to Spiritism translated from the French by Janet Duncan)

GOD DOES NOT FORSAKE YOU

    Inspirationally Received by Julie L. Harper

Though suffering may sometimes seem undeserved and without reason or purpose, it is not.

Seemingly unwarranted suffering sometimes occurs within a person's life, even when conducted with minimal errors.

Human death does not eliminate God's mandate of responsibility and atonement for wrongdoings, whether erroneous behavior was done in this lifetime or a prior one.

Spiritual growth and personal improvement is everyone’s on-going mission – to reach God through progress and love.

And atonement for wrongdoing promotes spiritual growth after reflection and greater understanding.

Before birth, humans agree to trials of atonement and other tests that promote good progression. 
We honor our loving God's infinite wisdom in knowing what occurrences will be best for our personal (and collective) evolution.

After birth, humans don't consciously remember prior offenses or spiritual agreements in order that the current lifetime is not burdened by shameful memories of past existences.

Be strong, as you are never given more than you can handle. Handling difficulties without complaint is a testament to faith in God. When or if circumstances seem unbearable, know that suffering is a temporary condition.

Prayers are heard - your guides and the good spirits deliver sentiments of comfort, especially if you ask.

A time will come when the suffering of today simply exists as a milestone of growth.

Do not hold grudges for those who participated in actions connected to your atonement. They too will be held accountable for their own wrongdoings. Your forgiveness of them will break any ties that otherwise may bind you together. Personal peace can come by holding gratitude for anyone's act(s) that progress your spiritual evolution.

As you move forward, keep a loving heart and make a conscious effort to do better. Personal growth is most often a slow process, so have patience with yourself, and also with others.
Others have challenging trials too, so extend kindness and compassion to all. Your good efforts gain merit, and by God's will, may result in better or easier life circumstances.

Take comfort in knowing that you are always supported by the ever-present love within the creation and workings of God's universal and just laws.

Trust in the process of infinite wisdom. Because God's laws are lovingly designed for your best interests, you are never forsaken.

                              ********
The CREATOR - It can be said the Omnipotent Creator demonstrates Unconditional Love, Beneficence, and Solicitude towards us that can be seen and expressed, through and from, the morally superior spirit messengers who are sent to assist, protect, inspire, and communicate with us in order to further our spiritual and moral progression.Y.L.     

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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, 14 de mayo de 2017

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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

 

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