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.

jueves, 6 de agosto de 2015




JULY NEWSLETTER 2015



INTERPERSONAL CONFLICTS

  Inspirationally received by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

At times, we think of ourselves so prepared with the moral and spiritual knowledge we have, we may feel we are handling our lives relatively well.

But if a sudden conflict or disagreement occurs with a friend, partner, spouse, etc. it can take us by surprise. Upset in the moment, we may react impulsively or revert to old habits of behavior because of past experiences with others, and, all we have learned is not used. In retrospect, we see we could have handled things better and more in accordance with humility, patience, understanding and love.

And the other party, on the receiving end of our behavior (who hopefully knows us as a basically good person), should try to be a bit understanding of us. Both parties should examine any feelings of fear, embarrassment, insult, pride, or anger they may have.  Generally, both parties involved have hurt feelings.

Life is full of disagreements, but it need not cause severe damage or completely destroy a relatively stable and loving relationship. Both parties should truthfully, rationally tell their side whilst expressing any sincere emotions to each other in a calm manner.

Holding inside explanations, hidden truths or genuine feelings does NOT promote an honest and healthy relationship. However, by making an effort with moral courage, respectful communication between the parties can turn out to be productive and satisfying. For we are here in the material world to learn by interaction with each other, and failure to try may cause us to miss  a great opportunity for personal growth, and to lose out on a good friendship or a truly loving relationship.    
FORGIVENESS

    Inspirationally received by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

Jesus taught us, “To love God above all else, and others as ourselves,” so we must be willing to forgive all those who trespass against us.

Words and actions (like asking for forgiveness, making amends, etc.) by those who may have wronged us – either by word or deed – can be helpful towards reconciliation and re-establishing the relationship the parties had. Although, in some cases, the relationship may not be quite like it was before.

But even if those who we feel have wronged us take no efforts to make amends, we should still forgive them in accordance with the Divine law.

We have all done wrong; whether maliciously, out of neglect or even without thinking, because we are all imperfect humans. It is because our spirits are at various intellectual and moral levels of growth.

But…have we not seen many situations in the news where a parent forgives a criminal guilty of murdering their own son or daughter? Then, how can we NOT forgive those around us for simple slights, and/or words or acts that are so much less serious than that?

Learn to forgive, for your own moral progress!

If those who have wronged us don’t care or understand now what they have done, as they morally and intellectually progress they will eventually, whether in this life time or in a future one, come to understand the truth and become repentant. For the moral progress of souls is achieved very, very slowly.     
OUR ENEMIES

Jesus said:“…I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which persecute you;” Matthew 5:44.

Below, excerpt regarding the above subject from Chapter 12 of Allan Kardec’s The Gospel according to Spiritism translated from the French by Janet Duncan:


“…If the principle of charity is to love one’s neighbors, then to love one’s enemies is the most sublime application of this same principle, seeing that the possession of this virtue represents one of the greatest victories which can be achieved against selfishness and pride.”

“However, there is usually a misunderstanding in relation to the meaning of the word “lovein this situation….”

“…Jesus did not mean that each one of us should have the same tenderness for an enemy as would be felt for a friend…”  

“…In short, no one can feel the same pleasure when they are with an enemy as would be felt when in the company of a friend….”

“Therefore, to love one’s enemies does not mean showing affection, which would not be within our nature, as contact with an enemy makes our heart beat in an entirely different manner to the way it beats on contact with a friend…” (Or anyone who is kind, compassionate to us and/or who loves us – Y.L.).

“To love one’s enemy means we should not hate, nor bear rancor against them, nor desire vengeance. It means to forgive all the evil they have caused without hidden thoughts and without conditions. It means to not put obstacles in the way of reconciliation and to wish them well instead of bad things… Finally, it means to always return goodness for evil without any intention to humiliate.

“Whosoever can proceed in this manner fulfils the conditions of the commandment: Love your enemies.”

WRONGFUL ADVERSARIES

                     Written by Julie L. Harper

Erroneous adversaries do not act from an evolved state.

Forgive ignorance to detach adverse feelings, and to release attachment to the wrongdoer.

Your time and energy is worthy of far greater things than thoughts of revenge or spent lamenting over others errors or over perceived injustices.

Besides, no one ever escapes responsibility since each act manifests back unto its originator by its likeness, always ensuring divine justice.

Consequently, those who do not love face its alternative, and are in need of prayers to promote compassion and improved morality.

Stand for goodness, to move forward with dignity and grace, and to rise above and beyond wrongful acts while maintaining personal balance.

For you have your own good progression to attend to regardless of what others may or may not do, or have done.

Greater is integrity...and greater are its results, for good always prevails!


FIND STRENGTH FROM WITHIN

                       Written by Julie L. Harper

Tap into the essence of your being to find vitality of life.

Herein lies everlasting inherent characteristics.

Believe in your indwelling strength and be empowered!

ANGER

             A Spirit Communication (see below)

“Pride induces you to judge yourselves to be more than you are and to repel any comparison which might discredit you. You consider yourselves to be so much higher than your fellow men or women, be it in spirit, in social position or even in personal advantage, that the least parallel irritates and annoys you. What happens then? You give way to anger.”

“Investigate the origin of these outbursts of passing dementia, which make you resemble a savage by losing your self-possession and reason; and if you do, then you will almost always be faced with hurt pride.”

“Perchance, is it not pride which has been hurt by a contradiction which makes you repel justifiable observations and angrily reject the wisest counsel? Even impatience originating from contrarieties and often childish ones at that, comes from the importance which each individual gives to their own personality, before which it has been given to understand that everyone should bow down…”

To summarize, anger does not exclude certain qualities of the heart, but it stops us from doing any good and may cause us to practice great evil.”

“This then should be sufficient to induce mankind to make the necessary effort in order to dominate this trait. Moreover, for those who are Spiritists, there is an instigation to do this for yet another motive that of anger being against charity and Christian humility.” – A Protecting Spirit (Bordeaux, France - 1863).


(Excerpt above from Chapter 9 out of Allan Kardec’s The Gospel according to Spiritism translated from the French by Janet Duncan)

CALMNESS
             Spirit communication by Alysia Pape
Calmness is the key to keeping your mind in check against all those who would try to sway you into any kind of mood. As Spiritists, we know that we especially need to watch our thoughts, but in doing this we must remain calm.
No matter what the situation- a fight with a loved one, spouse, family, co-worker, or stranger - feelings of anger or hate, feelings of doubt and being worried, all of these cloud our emotions first and then set into our thoughts, which people and spirits around us can either help us or make  worse.
But the hardest part is remaining calm, and keeping a steady clear thought process after something negative has happened!
Take some deep breaths, pray to God for resignation!
In the grand scheme of life, do the little things that upset us, make us angry, sad, depressed, or disappointed…really matter?
Calm and remind yourself that it's not what happens that really matters, but how you handle it that truly counts.

WE ARE NEVER ALONE

  Spirit communication received
                                  by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

In the midst of any suffering, please know that you are never alone! The Creator is All Love and sends Pure Spiritual Love to all!

Your spirit protectors also constantly send their loving inspirations and wise guidance…and if you but calm yourselves enough to feel them and listen to them, with clear minds and open hearts, you will receive the moral courage and consolation you need to support the trials and tests of material life.   

MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS
        Spirit communication by Alysia Pape
Being in a moment of happiness is a most precious gift from God! For being incarnated we know that this is a place of suffering for our past indiscretions and recompense. So, when a true moment, or even longer, of feelings of joy, love, happiness, rapture, or passion in a pure form comes along, thank God our Father, with all of your heart for the respite He has given you!
These happy moments cannot come from things like indulging in vices and in solely material things, but from pure and charitable ways.
Sharing a day with your son or daughter and playing a game with them; being able to hold the hand of the one you love with all your heart; getting a surprise visit from your favorite person. Getting a beautiful flower on one of your plants you tend; sitting at the beach feeling the warm sun, the cool wind, and listening to the sound of the waves; going fishing with your Dad. Laughing good and hard at a funny movie with the one or few people you wanted to watch the movie with; getting a surprise note of sentiments of friendship, love or of hope, when you weren't expecting anything.
Helping parents or grandparents do something, they will never forget, and that they are proud of, and can show off to other family and friends. There are two forms of love and joy here: the satisfaction and joy of love/charity, and being true to honoring thy father and mother. And, the relief and joy that grandparents or parents have in knowing they have someone they can count on for help and assistance.
God gives out love, happiness, joy and hope all the time. Do not forget to thank God, when He does give out respites from our suffering. Try to focus on those good moments when going through life. God is all love and forgiveness!

A PRAYER FOR “PEACE IN THE HOME”

“Dear Lord, I am one of those mortals who have so many imperfections and am in darkness; but, understanding You are so compassionate, and desire I proceed on the right path completely repenting any bad steps taken, I ask for Your mercy.”

“I understand Lord, that from Your greatness all is expected, and although the more imperfect we are, yet always You extend us Your merciful hand.”

“Therefore, Lord, elevate my thoughts, so You may grant me, as bread for my home, Peace; as for the poor in spirit, Peace; as for submission of tyrants, Peace.” 

“That in our brain shine brilliant the star of Peace, and all be strengthened by the sublimity of your Holy Spirit, as we drink from the same source so that we are repentant for our detours [away from goodness]; and, we share only Peace, tranquility and harmony in our home; our humble spirits transported to the world of beauty.”  

Oh Holy Peace! Strengthen our hearts with your holy emanations, and do not abandon us. Of Your Magnificence, I ask for strength for all the other members of my family, so that Peace and only Peace, reigns in my humble home.”

“Oh, Holy Jesus! You, that solely taught and practiced Peace during your earthly journey, keep me within the harmonious chain of my family, and give Peace and tranquility to my troubled incarnated spirit, so that same Peace is spread within the sanctuary of my home.” AMEN
  
(Prayer translated from the Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges from the book Collection of Selected Prayers [Coleccion de Oraciones Escogidas] by Allan Kardec and other authors.  The French version is entitled Devotionaire Spiritiste and the Spanish version’s translator is listed as “anonymous”)
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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

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