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, 12 de septiembre de 2014




 THE SPIRITIST SOCIETY OF FLORIDA

 
AUGUST NEWSLETTER 2014


EDITORIAL: MENTAL ILLNESS & SUICIDE

                 Written by Yvonne C. Limoges

Why does it seem that only when a famous person commits suicide that we start, in my opinion, only a brief societal conversation about mental illness and suicide? Then we seem to move on...

We are more open and continuously sympathetic for people with physical illnesses. However, if someone has a mental illness (chronic depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, those suffering addictions, etc.), we tend to feel very uncomfortable talking about it.

Some people may not believe the person who says they suffer from it, because they cannot “see” it. Some think they are just imagining things. Some people just view the person as “crazy” and instead of trying to understand them or help in any way, they just distance themselves.

People don’t believe that mental illnesses are legitimate medical conditions. The prestigious Mayo Clinic website states, for example, people cannot just “snap out” of depression!

So, unfortunately, we end up not really having a very productive conversation since many do not understand mental illness AND the people with mental illnesses are reluctant to talk due to fear of the stigma of having it.

Therefore, so many suffer in pain (yes, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) without treatment and in silence!
Yet, in the year 2011 - every 13.3 minutes - someone died by suicide (the last year the Center for Disease Control has this data). And, 20% of suicides in the US are military veterans according to the American Association of Suicide Prevention.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.  http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures

We are all individuals, so each person reacts differently to the many treatments currently available but it can take a long time for a person to find something that even just alleviates their situation. Many need someone’s assistance to get started.  Besides medical treatments, prayer is very helpful - a soul-mind-body connection exists in all humans. 

We have no right to judge those who suffer in ways we have no idea what they are going through.

Yes, we have brought into this lifetime some of our inclinations acquired from past lives, and we have chosen what family and physical body we would have, as well as the types of tests and trials we would be exposed to in order to progress. Also, we all are subject to varying influences from the spirit world; many want to persecute us out of spite or out of vengeance due to circumstances from our past lives.

Those with mental illness have free will (some limited by their illness) and each situation is different. Those who unfortunately succumb to suicide (since God is all love and the divine laws are perfectly just) all mitigating circumstances are taken into consideration in these cases upon their return to the spirit world.

In conclusion, let us be more observant to those who may be in distress, and more compassionate and understanding to those who suffer mental illnesses.
 PRAY & HAVE FAITH

Spirit Communication received by
                                                 Alysia Pape

There seems to be quite a few people on this planet, either single people or groups of them, which believe they are alone. That no one else has gone through what they have gone through, that they have it the worst, that no one can or will help them.
Now, think of how the people of this earth throughout the ages have lived. There have been far more situations where people, alone or en masse, have been catastrophically worse off than most people on the earth now.
Now these poor souls no longer have faith, not only in themselves, but in God and the good spirits.
Everyone on the planet has a degree of help, some more than others, due to many things. The pure good intent, the higher morality and true sincerity of a soul, is what draws help. Doing good will bring the good spirits; doing nothing will bring ignorant and not so good spirits.
However, doing wrong will certainly not bring any help, but attract more evil or ignorant spirits, to the person that is doing wrong.
God helps those that help themselves!
People cannot sit in pity, sadness, hopelessness, and despair. If everyone quit when things didn't go their way, a lot of good in this world would not have come to pass.
People have to learn to believe in themselves. Once they can do this, God and the good spirits are better able to help, as then the ignorant spirits leave. People must also have faith in God and the good spirits.
God never gives us a load too heavy for our shoulders. Gods knows what each person can handle and not handle, also when things need to happen and when it is time to wait.
In a time when the world seems in turmoil, in more than a few places, everyone needs to have faith. Everyone needs to believe in themselves and not give up on the trials going on in their life. Everyone needs to trust in God and the good spirits. Everyone needs to pray to God and the good spirits to help everyone along.
Prayer, no matter the words spoken aloud or in thought, it is the intent, morality and true sincerity of the prayer that matters the most.

FAITH TRANSPORTS MOUNTAINS

And Jesus said unto them…if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto the mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Bible: Matthew, 17:14-20).
Jesus uses the above example to teach strong faith:

“The mountains which faith can transport are the difficulties, the resistances, the ill will, in fact all those things which Man has to face, even when we refer to good things. The prejudices, routines, materialistic interests, selfishness, the blindness of fanaticism and the prideful passions are but a few of the mountains which block the way of those who work for human progress.”

“Robust faith gives perseverance, energy and resources which allow us to overcome these obstacles, be they large or small….”

“Faith which is real and sincere is always calm; it permits patience which knows how to wait, because having its foundation in intelligence and the understanding of life, it is certain of reaching the objective to which it aspires to…”

“True faith is linked to humility; those who have it, deposit more confidence in God than in him or herself, as they know they are but simple instruments of Divine Purpose and can do nothing without God…”

(Excerpts from the Gospel according to Spiritism - Chapter 19, items 1-3 – translated from the French by Janet Duncan) 
MEDIUMSHIP IN CHILDREN

“Mediumship is the natural human faculty by which relations between men and spirits are established…Mediumship belongs to the field of communication. It develops naturally in those having greater sensitivity for the mental and sensorial capture of things and facts from the spiritual world which surround us and affect us by psychic and affective vibrations. In the same manner as intelligence and other human faculties, mediumship develops in a process of relationship.”
“Its development is generally cyclical, meaning it is proceeds in successive stages…Children are very sensitive to it, but are shielded by the beneficial and controlling influence of protective spirits which religions call guardian angels. In this infantile phase, mediumship manifestations are more of an animic [psychic][1] character; the child projects its soul onto the things and people surrounding it, receiving the guiding intuition from its protectors, sometimes seeing and telling of the presence of spirits and, not rarely, transmitting information and messages from spirits to the family, either in a positive and direct manner, or indirectly and symbolically.”
“When turning seven or eight they integrate better into the conditioning of earthly life, progressively disconnecting from spiritual relations and giving more importance to human relations. The spirit adjusts itself within its diving helmet [its physical body] to face the problems of the world. The first mediumship cycle shuts down to be followed by the second. It is then considered that the child did not have mediumship. The previous phase is taken as imagination and childhood fables.”
“It is generally in adolescence, from twelve or thirteen that the second cycle begins. In the first cycle you should only intervene in the mediumship process with prayer and passes to calm down the child’s natural excitement, nearly always charged with strange reminiscences from a material or spiritual past. The adolescent’s body has already matured sufficiently for the mediumship manifestations to become more intense and positive. It is time to send them on their way with more precise information concerning their mediumship situation. You should not try developing them in sessions, unless an obsessive case is being dealt with. But even in this case, care is necessary to guide the adolescent without stirring up his imagination, and getting him used to the natural process driven by the laws of growth.”
“Passes, prayers and meetings for study of the doctrine [the nature of mediumship, discernment of spirits, knowledge of the Divine laws, and proper moral conduct] are the means to help the process along without forcing it, giving it all the necessary attention…” preferably at an experienced Spiritist group.

 

(Excerpt above from the 2014 newly translated into English book – Mediumship - Life and Communication written by - J. Herculano Pires – Brazilian philosopher, author, journalist, translator and Spiritist. It can be bought on-line at:  http://www.sgny.org/catalog/other-authors/mediumship-life-and-communication/ )

 

SITUATIONS WITH CHILDREN

 

      Written by Yvonne C. Limoges

I had my own personal childhood experiences and dealt with situations with of other children. Most of them heard strange noises in the home, had vivid and/or prophetic dreams, and sensed spirits (not knowing it).

 

One saw auras, then it stopped, eventually she became a hearing & writing medium in the late teens; another saw spirits as completely materialized people (not being able to tell the difference) always asking what strange people were doing in the house; another involved a child of 2 who woke up at night and nap times in a definite trance-like state, with non-stop screaming. After having a spirit session, this child’s mediumship was closed by spirit guides, and in their early 20’s eventually became a hearing & writing medium. Only time will tell if dynamic mediumship will develop.  Early problems of a spiritual nature can mostly be alleviated by commonsense, not alarming the child and sincere prayer to the child’s spirit guides and God, with guidance from Kardec’s The Mediums Book.


For teenagers, I highly recommend the book: Looking Beyond: a Teen's Guide to the Spiritual World written by well-known spiritual medium James Van Praagh and available on www.Amazon.com.
A TRUE SHORT STORY

       Written by Yvonne C. Limoges

Years ago, I was sitting on my bed reading the newspaper when my precocious 3 year old entered my room. Looking curiously to the side of me and pointing, he asked, “Mommy, who is that man sitting in your bed?”

I could see or feel nothing.

Used to spontaneous spirit manifestations, I just calmly said, “I’m not sure, but let’s just go have breakfast.” Wherein I just took my little boy’s hand and headed to the kitchen.

He did not bring it up again, and neither did I.

And, this would not be the last such incident.



RESIGNATION

                 A SPIRIT COMMUNICATION

“Come to me those who are overwhelmed and ponder their sadness, I will alleviate you and go to the Father, for you need not wealth or titles, but unselfishness, love and sacrifice; ask for me and I will come.

I come from the Father who loves us all, and is with us if we are with Him.”

“Do not complain about your tests, because who are you to murmur? Give thanks to God and be resigned to the divine law.”


(A spirit communication taken from the book - Hechos Que Prueban (Acts That Prove) by Amalia Domingo Soler, a famous Spiritist writer and poet from Spain and translated by Yvonne Limoges) 



DESTINY AND RESPONSIBILITY

            Written by Narciso Trevilatto

Life…can be compared to a large school of immense resources where we learn, through numerous reincarnations, disciplines that help us to overcome our pride, vanity, dishonesty, envy, jealousy, tyranny, in short, all lower feelings of our ego…God help us...!


WHAT’S YOUR SONG?

                             By Julie L. Harper

The gift of free will allows for personal choice in mental, emotional, and physical action.

You can be likened to a song writer that inspires oneself and others via the tone and energy of the music. Does your song make you want to sing and dance?

A change in mind brings a change of heart that delivers a change in circumstances.


TRUTH   

                                                  
                                 By Julie L. Harper

Blessed are those who believe beyond earthly illusions for they recognize Truth.


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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

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


[1] In this context the Portuguese word “animic” is equivalent in meaning to the English word “psychic.” - Tr.

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