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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.

miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017







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


IS HELL ON EARTH?

  Spirit communication
              received by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

With all the devastating hurricanes, destructive earthquakes, rampant fires, potential volcanic eruptions, mass killings, bombings, murders with so many motives, widespread drug addiction, increases in suicides, sickness, drought, famine, violence and war...is it any wonder, people many times will say, “Hell is on Earth!”

No wonder people are becoming more agnostic and/or may consider themselves an atheist. If there is a Creator that is All Powerful and All Love, why all the suffering?

Spiritists do not believe in Heaven or Hell in the Biblical sense. We do not believe that the Creator is like an Old Man dealing out punishments and blessings.

We believe in an Omnipotent Creator that has established natural Divine Laws to regulate our lives that work in accordance with our soul’s freewill for the purpose of our own spiritual, moral and intellectual progress through merit.

It is a struggling process of evolution within a myriad of lives. We choose what trials and tests we want to undergo. Therefore, there is a just cause for everything suffered although we cannot see it from our very limited human view of things.

Material life and death is a temporary natural process. Only our soul is eternal, and we do NOT suffer eternally! God’s Love helps elevate us!

Those who have access to listen at spirit sessions can hear from the spirits who come to tell their histories about the “how and why” of their sufferings while they were here on earth, and what their circumstances are now in the spirit world.

So many spirits, after so much suffering on our planet, express how they feel so unburdened from the many debts that had weighed down their souls, accumulated from so many previous lives.

Many spirits express their delight in the many sacrifices they made while on Earth; feeling such joy due to the progress they had acquired.

Here on Earth we only see the suffering and the bad and the horror, but it is in the spirit world where all good results and amazing consequences, of a soul now much more purified, is revealed.

We reap the rewards for all our sufferings after we return to our true home in the spirit world (which many call Heaven or the Kingdom of God).

So, try to be consoled all those who suffer and weep, for all that you have learned and all who you have loved in this life are never lost; the Creator’s Divine Plan is Perfect, Just and Merciful.
MELANCHOLY
Communication by Francois de Genève (Bordeaux, France, in 1860s exact date not given)

“Do you know why sometimes a vague sadness fills your heart, leading you to consider that life is bitter? This is because your Spirit, aspiring to happiness and liberty, on finding itself tied to the physical body which acts like a prison, becomes exhausted through vain efforts to seek release.”

“On recognizing that these attempts are useless, the soul becomes discouraged, and as the body suffers the influence of the Spirit, it feels itself weary, apathetic, full of despondency and it is then that you judge yourself to be unhappy. Believe me when I tell you to resist these tendencies with all your strength, as they only weaken your will-power. Aspirations for a better life are inborn in all mankind, but do not seek them in this world.”

“Now that God is sending His Spirits to instruct you on happiness, which He has reserved for you, await with patience for the time when the liberating angel will come to help you break away from the ties which hold your Spirit captive.”

“Remember, during your exile here on Earth, you have a mission to fulfill that you do not even suspect; be it dedicating yourself to your family or fulfilling the various obligations bestowed upon you by God.”

“If within the course of this exiled probation, while seeking exoneration, you feel about to collapse through anxiety, uneasiness, or tribulations, be strong and courageous enough to support these pressures.”

“Stand up to them with resolution for they will soon pass. These are the only means by which you may reach those for whom you pine and who, jubilant at seeing you once again amongst them, will hold out their hands towards you so as to guide you to regions inaccessible to earthly afflictions.”
PATIENCE  
             
           By a Friendly Spirit (Havre, France 1862)

“Pain is a blessing sent by God to all His elected; so, when you suffer do not allow yourself to become afflicted; rather bless the Omnipotent Who, through the pain of this world, has chosen you to receive glory in Heaven.”

“Be patient, because this is also a charity; everyone should practice the law of charity as taught by Christ, who is God's Envoy. Charity given to the poor in the form of alms is the easiest of all.”

“However, there is another kind of charity which is much more laborious and so consequently offers higher merit. That is to forgive all those placed in your pathway by God to act as instruments for your suffering and to test your patience.”

“We know full well that life is difficult, being composed of so many apparently useless, insignificant and valueless things which act as repeated pinpricks and end up hurting us. However, if on the one hand we observe with care the duties imposed upon us, and on the other recognize the consolations and compensations received, then we must admit that the blessings are far more numerous than the pains.”

“When our eyes are raised up to Heaven our burdens appear to be less heavy than when our brow is bowed down to the earth. Courage, my friends! Christ is your model. He suffered far more than any of you and had nothing to offer penitence for, whereas we must atone for our past and thereby fortify ourselves for the future. So be patient…”


(First spirit communication from Chapter 5, item 25 and second one from Chapter 9, item 7 from Kardec’s book The Gospel according to Spiritism. Translated from the original French by Janet Duncan)
THE LOST SHEEP
 
              Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

The superior spirits have continually told us our Supreme Model and Guide of how we should act and be like is - JESUS. Where are his teachings? Spiritist Miguel Vives clearly states in his book A Practical Guide for the Spiritist [1] they are contained in the Gospels (Bible). In Kardec’s book The Gospel according to Spiritism provides those sections from the Bible of Jesus’ teachings with further clarifying explanations from the spirit world and commentaries by Kardec as well.

Below is one story (a parable) Jesus used to teach others about helping and providing charity for others. It is in the Bible, in section Luke 15:1-7.

           Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law [rabbis] muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” 
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So, what did Jesus mean? That every person is important. Not just those people who we like, or are easy to deal with, or are fun to be around, or are doing well, but… every person. Especially, those who may seem to be ungrateful or the most frustrating or uncomfortable for us to help.  

The whole purpose of material life is for ALL of us to progress, and we live together on this planet to help each other. Jesus said, “Love others, as yourself.”

Haven’t we ALL made mistakes, errors of judgement, went down a wrong path in life, hurt ourselves or others, been selfish, or been sick of mind, body or soul at one time? No one is perfect!
Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be judged.”

And, helping others can be more than just by material means; examples are: act without judgment, offer words of encouragement, be kind, offer praise on any achievement, advise, console and sympathize, show you care in various ways and that you have not forgotten them. For the parable also says, Jesus, “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” He did not avoid them.

In this parable, a “lost sheep” is a person who is “lost” whether by their own actions or outside circumstances…and whether physically, morally, intellectually, spiritually, or in other ways. Everyone is at a different level of understanding.

Jesus said, we should “find” (actively seek, not avoid) those who are “lost” (those in need) and “joyfully” (without bitterness, resentment or anger) bring them “home” (to a good place as you can – whether physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc.) and “rejoice” (we are to be glad to have the opportunity to help someone in need).

And, Jesus also stressed there is more merit helping those who need it the most. He loved all “sinners” (lepers, prostitutes, the very poor, all the outcasts)! 

No matter how much material wealth we have on Earth, we leave it only with the good deeds and wrongful acts that we have accumulated here.

JUDGING COMMUNICATING SPIRITS

Important Points:

- Superiority, or inferiority, of spirits can be determined by their language to a large part.

- Spirits giving a particular name does not guarantee identity, nor superiority. Superior spirits usually do not give a name. It is the message that is most important.

- Accept of spirit communications, only what is good, generous, rational, and approved alike, by your intellect and your conscience.

- One can NEVER be certain of the truth of any spirit communication. Therefore, judge each one on its own merit.

- Earnest thought, directed at God, can be an effective deterrent against deceptive spirits but it is not a guarantee that one will never be deceived.

- Spirits can send proxies (substitutes) when needed (as a particular spirit may not be available or able to come). Again, the message is the most important thing.

- if one is deceived by spirits it is because of our imperfection, and for that imperfection and consequent deception, we ALONE are to blame. God permits this in order to both test you and to enlighten your judgment, by teaching you truth from error; if you cannot do this it is because you are not sufficiently advanced, and need to
learn further lessons.

Conclusion:

- listen to and/or read spirit communications carefully.

- judge the communication, weighing the language carefully.
- be wary of spirits giving specifics (famous names, etc.).

- judge each message on its own merit.

- you may accept was is rational, and reject what is not, or you may defer judgment.

(Info from The Mediums’ Book, Chapter XXIV published by Allan Kardec and compiled by Y. C. Limoges)


PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES
             
    Inspirationally received by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

It is NOT by mere chance…the people we have met and influenced us, or those that surround us daily, or those currently in our life that we are emotionally close to or who we love…in various relationships, in different circumstances or at various times in our life.

We may have strong attractions to some, and intense aversion to others.

However, whether as a test, to pay a debt, make atonement; whether to teach or to learn from them; whether to give help or to receive it; or, to spend a brief time…a fair amount…or even a lifetime together…there is a Divine reason.

Freewill (we make choices) and personal responsibility (we reap what we sow) plays an important role in our relationships.

For this particular lifetime, we are all on a journey together. It’s about Life lessons!

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

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[1] Only 61 pages, it is a true gem of wise advice for how we should be/act before the Creator, Jesus, with ourselves, our family, humanity, support the temptations and trials of life and much more. Translated into English by our founder Edgar Crespo and available on www.amazon.com .

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