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, 30 de junio de 2017






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




PAST LIFE EXISTENCES

     Inspirationally received by
                             Yvonne Crespo Limoges

Many of those who are interested in reincarnation, tend to be curious of who they may have been or have done in a past life or lives. However, the wisdom of the Divine Laws provides that this be hidden in general from us so we can more fully concentrate our efforts on our current life. Do we really want to be ashamed of any wrongful acts?

If only there was some evidentiary proof, then we could believe in reincarnation, right? Yet, there has been thousands of evidentiary information collected by Dr. Ian Stevenson, a pioneer in the study of persons (many of children) who had specific past life memories of which he compiled in his many books. An interesting website is at: http://www.neardeath.com/reincarnation/research/ian-stevenson.html

Dr. Tucker continues his work at the same University of Virginia in the Division of Perceptual Studies. He wrote a book published in 2013 entitled Return to Life – Extraordinary cases of children who remember past lives.

Other authors who have published numerous books on the same topic are: Carol Bowman, Brian Weiss, Michael Newton, and numerous others. They mostly involve past life regression and the majority are by psychiatrists, psychologists and academics.

As for me, the information I received via spirit communications on my past lives, was mostly NOT pleasant, yet insightful in understanding why I had gone through various experiences, the type of work I have done and do, and why particular people have been in my life.   

Another way to try to discover what type of person you may have been in past lives, is to examine the types of trials, tests and good things you have experienced in your current life. Notice carefully certain trends, patterns or similarities in the types of sufferings, trials or tests. Examine your vocations, interests, and certain important events you have gone through. These can give you to some extent an indication as to how you were or what you may have done in a past life or lives.      

We all suffer, and many people find it very difficult to fathom they will have to return again and again in order to progress. But, we only suffer (especially when no reason is found for it in this life) the effect of causes of our own choices, some in previous existence(s) due to our selfish and/or possibly hateful or vengeful acts. My father always said, “We all have blood on our hands.” Indeed, our world history is full of bloodshed.

Study your moral weaknesses, and the trials and tests you have undergone – therein lie your clues.
VIOLENCE – A SPIRITIST PERSPECTIVE


“There isn’t within Spiritism, rigorously in its body of doctrine a criminological principle that can explain the origin of violence. It is true, though that cardinal theses essentially affect, inevitably, some theories of criminology and social psychology. One of them, for example, is that of being born a criminal. Spiritist philosophy asserts that the criminal predisposition, or disposition for a violent act, comes from the spirit, and not from the glands or from the instinctive condition of the individual, which would reveal a condition of imperfection of the Creator.”

What science sees as a deformation of a purely constitutional [organic/biological/physical] order or as a primordial instinct of man, or even as an eminently cultural learning or inheritance, Spiritist science understands it by another prism because it takes into account, above all else, the “spiritual antecedents.” That is, the set of dispositions and tendencies of the spirit

Spiritism does not fail to consider the actions taken by the glands or social and instinctive pressures of the individual. In the meantime, what it argues is that none of these factors has an absolute predominance because the greater or lesser propensity for violence depends, mainly, on the degree of backwardness or advancement of the spirit. The germ of criminality or violence is related to the moral state of the spirit.

In the first place, because all its [Spiritism] philosophical-moral structure starts from the premise of the responsibility of the individual for his own acts and because the subordination of the individual, the influences of the organism and of social conditions are dependent on moral evolution [accomplished] by him...

Spiritism, however, possesses, as one of its doctrinal foundations, free-will, when we can see in practice, individuals that get through the reason of their spiritual development, to overcome their own physical inhibitions and resist the pressures of the environment where they live, without fleeing from the experiences of the world…

Thus, the Spiritist Doctrine understands a violent person as a spiritual patient and not as a product of social milieu or as the result of a hereditary degenerative [condition], and still less, as a being created with destructive instincts, from which he cannot flee…”

The most important therapy is prevention…

The spiritually renewed man must invest against the torment of violence through his restructuring of society, seeking to suppress social injustice, fighting against all situations that foment economic misery that instigates the pernicious environment that now supports it; fighting, above all, pride, selfishness and indifference present in every one's heart...    

In this vision, mankind will understand that no one can be ignored knowing that every tribute of love, such as of patience and the fruit of Light, knowledge, are valuable treasures for the future in acquisition of a much-desired peace...

(Excerpts from an article posted on Mari’s Spiritist blog www.akardec.com submitted by João Cabral from ADE-SERGIPE-Aracaju, Brazil – in quotes are from the work by Dr. Jaider Rodrigues and Roberto Lúcio Vieira de Souza, entitled "Psychological Vision of Violence" published in the Medical-Spiritist Bulletin No. 10. And all above translated from the Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges.)

EDITORIAL COMMENT

This article says the origin of a person’s violent nature lies with the moral level of the individual’s SPIRIT. That being said, I affirm that after innumerable reincarnations all people/spirits progress, slowly losing this trait, and also, a violent nature can diminish even in one lifetime, and there are examples of this. - Y.L.    

INVISIBLE ENEMIES

  Inspirationally received
                              by Yvonne C. Limoges

Whether in this life or in past lives, when we have made strong enemies of someone, many of these (after they return to the spirit world) still carry a grudge, still have hatred, and some want revenge. 

By the law of cause and effect and if permitted by the superior spirits, these vengeful spirits find us in the material world. They can cause minor or major disturbances in our present lives. They can influence our thoughts so as to encourage us into wrongful words and acts, causing us and those around us to be in unrest, conflict, distress and even suffer morally and/or physically. They can read our innermost thoughts and know our moral weaknesses and use these against us. Spirit obsession, is the worst consequence.

Some come to us in our dreams which then become nightmares. I have seen cases of people waking up (some trance-like) screaming, and others, who have said they felt they have been assaulted (in different ways) in their sleep. Later, at spirit sessions, these spirits are brought (many times unwillingly, such is the moral authority and spiritual power of good spirits) so they may have their say, which then verifies their ill will and that they have been the cause of such disturbances. They are then taken away by the good spirits, to receive moral instruction and rehabilitation.

That is why it is so important to strive to be as good a person as one can, so wrongful spirit influences do not take ahold of us. Also, every day, we should project sincere thought and prayer to reach out to the good spirits, asking for their protection so they can surround us with their beneficial influences. Like attracts like.

So, if we have offended someone, apologize and make amends. Pray for them! Try hard to leave earth without making any enemies.    
CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES    

                    Written by Julie L. Harper

All conditions are temporary...
and how you perceive circumstances is how you endure them. Self-pity, victimization, or other disheartened sentiments lead to suffering.

But everything is transitional, and that which gains focus grows - - choose wisely!

Thoughts, actions, and experiences are fleeting, but their results can be meaningful and impacting.

May you always show kindness to others by examples of loving conduct that influence its likeness.

And may you be of the blessings you seek, as that which you are, comes back unto you.


LOVED ONES WHO LEAVE US EARLY

      Spirit message received by Yvonne C. Limoges

Whether by unforeseen accidents, illnesses, the result of addictions, sudden violence, military service or by suicide…so many of our loved ones, who we hold so very dear, and whose whole life was still ahead of them, leave this Earth while so very young. And, it seems that our unending tears and affectionate memories seem to bring no relief to our broken hearts.     

However, God has allowed them to be liberated before us from this world of sorrows, and we must always keep in mind that the Divine Plans are perfect; each of us have a set time upon the Earth. 

Please know your loved ones can see you, and some of you may be able to feel them! Please try to have strong faith and be calm, so they can be more at peace. Your consolation is, you will meet again, for our spirits and the love between you and them, never dies!
SIMPLY A FRIEND
                                       Author Unknown

They do not need to be a man or woman, only a human being, but that they have feelings; that they have heart.

They need to know how to speak, and know to be quiet,
and most of all to know how to listen.

To like poetry, the dawn, the birds, the sun, the Light, the singing of the wind and the song of the breeze.

To like the deserted street, rain drops, wet roads, the grass after a rain and to rest in a meadow.

To have love; have a great love for someone, or feel the lack of not having that love.

To love our fellow beings; and, to respect the pain all people carry within them.

To keep a secret without making a sacrifice…

They must have principles, and a fear of losing them, for the great emptiness that it leaves…

To have human “character.” Your principal objective is to be a friend.

To feel sorry for the melancholy, and understand the immense emptiness of the lonely.

Looking for a friend who taps us on the shoulder, whether smiling or crying, but calls us friend.

Looking for a friend ... SIMPLY A FRIEND.

(From Newspaper Reflections - April 2000 from blog site of Mari www.akardec.com , a condensed version translated from Spanish by Yvonne C. Limoges)

POINT TO PONDER: U.S. Census Bureau reported on Nov. 7, 2016 that 29% of all U.S. adults 65 or older live alone (almost 14 million).

WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS!
 
            Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges        
When you observe, think about or interact with other people who do not have the same beliefs, political leanings, wealth, education, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, looks, etc. as we do, we should try hard to remember we are ALL human beings. In that aspect, we are ALL the same. We are all God’s creations!

We all need the basic necessities of life: sufficient healthy food, clean water, and safe decent shelter in order to live productive lives. We also all need   medical care to prevent illness and when we get sick. All people need these things.  

We all get sad, lonely, cry, suffer, smile, laugh, love, have hope and dreams, and we all want good things for us and whom we love.

Finally, we all want some peace and some happiness as much as possible, in our lives and in our world.    

If we could each see the “human being” part first, before any differences, humankind might be more civil, respectful, tolerant, kind, compassionate and just with each other… May God help us!

                                ***

Jesus said for us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

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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, 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.

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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