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, 4 de febrero de 2014

JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2014



THE CREATOR & CREATION

“When a man [or woman], (proceeding from whatever background he may come from, whether religious, atheist, or philosophical, etc.) enters into a study of Spiritism, there unfolds before him such a vast field of investigations that at that moment he does not fully realize the extent of its grandeur. As he broadens his studies…his perspective becomes much greater than what he first knew, and within everything he finally sees the grandeur of God.

So much so, that the person remains amazed before such justice, beauty and power. Then he sees the significance of his individuality within creation.

He comprehends the fact of the eternal life of his spirit, at least in principle, and he realizes he is not here by mere chance, and that he is not a being who has come to earth without a plan or without design. He understands that his existence is united in universal concert with all creation, and that he will never be abandoned, understanding that he’s subject to a law that applies to all the other beings of humanity. He understands that he will attain sooner or later, through his efforts, his own happiness, wisdom and beauty.

He knows that he can more or less slow his progress, but ultimately, he will come to see that he will eventually be attracted by universal love.





Then, whether he wants it or not, one day will arrive wherein he will become saturated by all that is encompassed within that majestic beauty and sacred love, and he will eventually form a part of that great family of happy spirits enjoying and working within that Divine Love.  

Every Spiritist should endeavor to not only preserve these first impressions that he receives upon converting to belief in Spiritism, but also augment them, yet this depends in large part on each person’s current moral, intellectual and spiritual progress.

I say this because after these first impressions a Spiritist may go along and forget the respect and admiration that one owes our Father [the Creator], incurring the fault of ungratefulness. This defect starts in separating the beneficial influences from him that are very necessary throughout the course of his earthly life.

If everything within creation attracts and pervades all else, then this law of attraction must indeed exist between all creation and its Creator.”

(This is an excerpt from Chapter I of the book A Practical Guide for the Spiritist written by the great Spiritist from Spain Miguel Vives and translated from Spanish by our Society’s founder Edgar Crespo.)  

Raising our thoughts towards the Creator is the greatest thing mankind can do upon the earth!   

SPIRIT COMMUNICATION SESSIONS

A group of persons attending a spirit session influences the ambience and affects the spirit/medium interchange.

If between the group and the director of the session, and the mediums, there is not a harmony of sentiments and an affinity of objectives, they cannot even guarantee the basics of continuous good spirit communications.

Each incarnated being emanates a certain amount of energy and the ambient of a spirit session is composed of the sum of the energies of each person in the group. The obvious result of this is that due to affinity, the quality of the communications are intimately linked, consistent with the energetic canopy of protection generated by these said beings.

Within this consistent ambient it is necessary to depend on the mediums with their faculties, that they be amply developed and of a personal condition adequate for their required duties.

It is a good practice that before attending a mediumship session, individuals may want to do a self-evaluation of their positive and negative qualities, and ask for spiritual equilibrium, by elevating their thoughts and hearts to their spirit protector.

A mediumship session is like a symphony orchestra; an organized mediumship session with clear, sincere objectives can move the feelings and sentiments of those who attend.

Spirits are sensitive regarding our thoughts and sentiments (on a personal level and with the group as a whole) and they react to them; this affects the spirit communications. Therefore, each person who attends a spirit session needs to do their part.


(Information received at a Pan American Spiritist Conference - Author unknown)
OUR CHILDREN & OUR DUTY

                              Written by Yvonne Limoges

We know that God has entrusted us with a special mission to raise our children and we know it is not by mere chance they have come to be within our care. Not only must we make sure they have food, shelter, and clothing, and love and nurturing, there is also the important aspect of teaching them about spiritual matters, about God, and the true purpose of material life.

We must impart this knowledge as early as the child can intellectually and emotionally comprehend them. You are the sole judge of what your child can understand.

Using everyday life situations to consistently teach about spiritual matters is an excellent way to do this, especially about what proper moral conduct should be. And, be sure you yourself are setting a good example for your children!  

Explaining the basics of Spiritism will allow your child to grow in their spiritual awareness and knowledge, and you will be surprised how easily they pick up and understand its principles.

If we neglect this aspect of our children’s education, we will have failed in the most important aspect of our mission as parents.

Spiritism contains the knowledge which can provide the spiritual support our children need to learn to endure the many trials and tests of life, and the purpose of why they must undergo them with courage.

Later, if we have done our best to teach them, it will then be up to them to use that knowledge if they so choose, in following their own path in life.

Therefore, we as their caretakers will have fulfilled our Divine obligations to them.

THRIFT

“Thrift, to become a fixed habit, must be practiced with regularity and be given an opportunity for exercise over an appreciable length of time. And, unless it becomes fixed as a habit it is of comparatively little value. Spasmodic saving followed by spasmodic extravagance makes for ruin as surely as habitual improvidence.”

“The training by its practice, calls for the exercise of qualities that are predominately moral in character.”

“Thrift means self-control. It means self-mastery.
It means that we must forgo immediate pleasure for the sake of some more distant good.”

(Excerpts from the 1876 book written by Frank Mortimer, entitled Paragraphs on Thrift, at:  https://archive.org/details/paragraphsonthri00mort )

(COMMENT: We are constantly tempted to overspend or eat out when we cannot afford to, by food commercials and the rich life styles we see on TV and in movies. Thrift takes effort, but it is achievable for those who need to do it to live within their means, and if they truly have enough of what they actually need. Of course, this does not apply to so many who struggle with extremely low wages, those who can’t find work and have no job, lost their savings to medical bills or other legitimate things, and/or the homeless and many more. These absolutely need aid from Society. - Yvonne Limoges)        


THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

Spirit Communication received by Yvonne Limoges

            As you go about your daily living, many times, you may come to the conclusion that you are not what you call “happy.” You feel as if you cannot seem to find a sense of enjoyment much in anything. You think there should be something that can provide that wonderful joyfulness one sees so much with the people on television or in magazines, with everyone smiling broadly and seemingly enjoying life to its fullest in idyllic surroundings. You then ask, “Why can’t my life be like that?”

            You must remember that television must attract viewers and is always selling something. It must command your attention. In order to do so it provides what many might call the “ultimate dream”! Dreams of true, romantic, and passionate love; dreams of wealth and extreme comfort; and dreams of exotic places that can take you away from all your troubles!

These things are mere illusions and are not true for the vast majority of the people on your planet. Besides, you hear all the time of how even the “beautiful, rich, and famous” have their own personal share of difficulties and tragedies. My dear friends, material life is real and it is difficult for all. What you see on television or may see in magazines and books are generally not real, so do not look for this happiness you seek upon your world.

You have responsibilities, trials, and missions (small or great) that you have agreed to fulfill. Yet, at times, we know your spirit feels the weight of its burden and seeks escape. During these times you may grow despondent and sad but do not let these feelings overcome you. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted from your tasks by impossibilities and fantasies.

Be steadfast during the travails of life, don’t be tricked into thinking that you can find what your soul truly seeks in the material world, for everyone has his or her share of sorrows. Appearances are so deceiving!

Lift your eyes up towards God and pray with all your heart for the strength you need to carry on. Please know that if you accomplish what you set out to do, you cannot imagine how wonderful the tremendous joy you will truly feel after you have reaped your spiritual rewards upon returning to us after your sojourn upon the earth!
                                                                                          (COMMENT: We may find certain heartfelt inner peace in moments of the simplest things: like a baby’s smile, a beautiful sunset, a field of lovely flowers, in a thoughtful glance, in an unexpected act of kindness, and especially, I believe, in providing service to others as we are able. - Yvonne Limoges
JEALOUSY

Spirit Communication by Julie L. Harper

Jealousy is selfish. It begrudges another of happiness.


BLAME

Inspirationally received by Julie L. Harper

Human tendency is to search for a reason that makes sense of things. People analyze, justify, and quantify in order to satisfy questions to compartmentalize answers.

Far too often, blame is used to fuel one's entire thought process which leads down an erroneous path of human rationalization. And too often, fingers are pointed to ostracize another in a misguided attempt to boost one's ego.

Blame is not of humility, but rather arrogant in that intolerance is self serving, not compassionate.

All humans are on a journey of betterment. Let us be impartial and dedicated to adherence to spiritual laws. We must learn to forgive, not hold grudges. The law of justice will take care of any retribution.


OUR ATTITUDE IN LIFE

                        Written By Yvonne Limoges

We have freewill and so we can determine the type of attitude (whether positive, neutral, or negative) on how we act and react to what we must go through in our material lives.

From a Spiritist point of view, how advanced we are intellectually, morally and spiritually can reveal our general tendencies. As human beings, there are other factors involved as well.
We can certainly say that everyone in this world experiences their share of various struggles, problems, challenges and pain. Some may be of short duration (coming and going in cycles) and others endure great difficulties that may last a complete lifetime.

We have seen people who go through a predicament we may consider very slight but they react very negatively, while others may go through horrific tragedies, yet appear calm and resigned. 

Since we do not know exactly what a person is truly going through and how they feel, we can never judge another. However, all are subject to the perfect justice of the Divine Laws through Cause and Effect.

We chose what types of trials and tests (including the people about us) we would undergo in accordance to what we could endure in our life here. We also know we have tools to help us. A more positive attitude attracts the good spirits who help us to succeed and it repels those spirits who want us to suffer and fail (many spirits who are enemies from our past lives). This is the Law of Attraction. We also have the tool of “prayer” to inspire in us confidence and faith, in ourselves and in the Creator.

Sometimes having a positive attitude can miraculously dissolve some of our troubles, but at the very least, it can lessen the weight so they may feel a little lighter. Try hard to be less negative and more positive, for it is always a benefit to our moral and spiritual evolutionary advancement, the true purpose of material life.

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

Spiritist Society of Florida


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