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

 

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