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.

miércoles, 13 de diciembre de 2017








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



OUR 35TH ANNIVERSARY!

          Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges

This month we celebrate the end of our 35th year of the Spiritist Society of Florida group founded in 1982 by my father Edgar Crespo, although we started meeting since 1978.

My Father (a medium) came from a Spiritist family: his parents Augusto and Angelica (a medium) Crespo with his sister Angelica attended a Spiritist center called Centro Libertad del Espiritismo [Center for the Liberty of Spiritism]in NYC established in 1933, and his grandparents were also Spiritists. His great grandfather Juan Ramon Crespo (a medium) was one of the founders of a Spiritist Center established in 1903 called Amor al Buen (Love of Goodness).

My Father disincarnated in 2008, and we continued meeting, studying and practicing Spiritism in accordance with the principles laid out in the books by Allan Kardec.

We are proud of my father’s work in an American English translation project by the Allan Kardec Educational Study Group of Kardec’s The Spirits’ Book published in 1996; his own translation into English and the publishing (the first in 2006, the second in 2007) of two Spiritist classics from Spain, Memoirs of Father Germain by Amalia Domingo Soler and A Practical Guide for the Spiritist by Miguel Vives for posterity.
In 2006, I served 3 years on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc. and as an officer and a longtime member, shared knowledge of Spiritist principles through discussion, my written articles in their Journal and Bulletin, and at conferences.[i]

I was selected to take the lead in a translation project with others, and edit, in my opinion, the most modern textbook in English on Spiritism – Fundamentals of Spiritism (published 2013) written by Latin American author, lecturer -Professor Jon Aizpurua. All three books above available on www.amazon.com. Also, my friend Antonio Leite in NYC and I were asked by the J. Herculano Pires Foundation to edit an English translation (published 2014) of the book Mediumship written by famous Brazilian Spiritist author and journalist J. Herculano Pires.

Our own Society’s monthly newsletter articles have been published in Spiritist, Spiritualist, metaphysical and paranormal publications in the US and other countries. Our newsletter circulates the globe. We have been interviewed on Kardec Radio and have lectured at numerous conferences and congresses in the US and other countries. 

Grateful to God and our spirit guides, we thank all who have supported and expressed appreciation of our activities. We believe the moral philosophy we impart rationally explains spiritual realities, Life’s true purpose, “the why” of human suffering and provides immense hope for all of Humanity.
NEW TV SHOW – “THE HEALER”

                Written by Yvonne Limoges

A new TV show on Mondays on channel TLC, Australian Charlie Goldsmith has decided to go public with his ability to conduct energy healing which has either cured and/or alleviated pain and various medical conditions. He has been studied by medical doctors who are amazed regarding the measurable results he has been able to attain in helping those who could not be helped by science. He does not charge for his healings. I found him fascinating to watch. He appears to go into trance. This link provides a more detailed article on energy healing, his healing work and about him:

SPIRITUAL HEALING & MEDIUMS

From a Spiritist perspective, healing is accomplished when superior spirits manipulate a medium’s energies to administer treatment to a person. A healing medium is a person whose physical make-up is more suited as an instrument for this type of spiritual phenomena. Any medium can be used, but a healing medium, due to their unique physical organization, makes the job easier for the spirits to accomplish their tasks.

Healing by the laying on of hands, by passes, by touch, etc. is not just an interaction of the energy of the medium and spirit action, the medium can influence the healing affect.

Healing Mediumship should be practiced with sincere, serious respect. Spiritists believe healing mediums especially should have the purest sentiments, love of goodness, an ardent feeling to alleviate the sufferings of others, and finally strong faith in God. Yet non-believers can also be healers. Spiritists believe healers should try to have high moral qualities. The healing medium should use healing only for good, without self-interest or to satisfy their own vanity or pride. If the medium purifies him or herself spiritually, their energies are purer, which will better attract the more superior spirits who can bring a more effective cure to the sick individual.

This healing, like all mediumship phenomenon, is the result of a combination of energies emitted by the medium and by the energies brought by the spirits from the spirit world.

However, healing action can be further effective when the sick person has faith in the healing. God recompenses the sick by their faith, with good outcomes. The patient, without realizing it, helps to attract the good spirits around themselves creating a more positive and spiritual environment conducive to the healing process.

Long-term benefits should not be expected or promised by mediums. Cure or improvement, depends as much on spiritual treatment as on the patient’s merits and attitudes. Every so often what one seeks, is not in one’s self-interest. Therefore, both mediums and those who are sick should trust in the wisdom of the Creator and the Divine Laws for all outcomes. Remember, we have chosen to have an illness in our life as either a test and/or trial for our evolutionary advancement.  

In Spiritist practice, mediums also use spiritual healing (with help from spirit guides) for use in treating people with spiritual problems and spirit obsession. This has been done before the times of Jesus, in a myriad of cultures around the world.

NOTE: Perhaps modern science will eventually prove to their satisfaction and admit this healing exists, especially if individuals like Goldsmith named above are genuine, and studied seriously with an open mind and objectively. - Y.L.

(Information from Kardec’s The Mediums’ Book mostly in Part Two, Ch. XIV and from the Gospel according Spiritism Ch. 26)

PAIN AND DESPERATION

Pain and despair are two old traveling companions. They are present in many of the circumstances that we live as spirits, whether in the physical world or in the spiritual world. Although it is paradoxical, they help us to grow, to understand ourselves better, to understand the [moral and spiritual] evolutionary process ...

Pain opens our eyes, awakens our feelings, short or long-term, it forces us to reflect, to change our attitude, to really consider our situation ...

Despair is the height of pain, be it physical or moral. Understanding the rules of evolution is the best antidote to this feeling.

The understanding of the evolutionary process, always equivalent and eminently fair for all, helps us to face the hard and complicated circumstances that Life puts in our path to help and to test, also, our evolutionary reality. To many, it may seem strange that suffering is so many times the way that teaches us to improve ourselves. It would give the impression that such teaching would be better pursued voluntarily; but, we are still far from learning with the sole impulse of our [own] volitional capacity.

Furthermore, evil, as Dr. Gustave Geley [French paranormal researcher] emphasized, is inherent in the inferiority of the worlds; and, ours, is still an inferior world evolutionarily speaking.

And it is because of our evolutionary deficiency that we still suffer…

Does this mean that we have to settle for negative events because we are inferior spirits living in an inferior world? Absolutely not.

In spite of everything, our planet - and its inhabitants, incarnated and disincarnated - advance, even with hesitant steps. It is a matter of time that Good will surpass Evil. Certainly, to a large extent, it depends on us, on our efforts to learn. The help of the Superior Spirits who direct this School of hard and complicated learning will also contribute to this overcoming.

From despair we must move to compassion, for those who suffer from circumstances…all sufferers are equally important! And everyone needs help in society…

Let's end with some glowing words of encouragement from the great [named and known as the “Apostle of Spiritism”] Léon Denis (from his book After Death, Conclusion):

“Remember that life is short. While it lasts, strive to acquire what you have come to seek in this world: true perfection. When leaving, let your spiritual being go purer than it entered. Beware of the snares of the flesh; think that the Earth is a battlefield in which matter and the senses offer the soul a perpetual assault. Fight with courage against vile passions; fight with the spirit and with the heart; correct your defects, soften your character and fortify your will. Let your thought be separated from earthly vulgarities and open it towards the luminous Heavens!”

“Remember that everything that is material is ephemeral. The generations pass like the waves of the sea; empires collapse, worlds themselves perish and the suns go out; everything happens and vanishes.”

“But there are three things that come from God and are immutable like Him; three things that shine above the mirage of human glories, namely: Wisdom, Virtue and Love. Conquer them with your efforts, and, when you have achieved them, they will elevate you above what is temporary and transient, to enjoy what is eternal!”

(Excerpt from an Editorial written in the Oct/Dec 2017 issue of the Bulletin Flama Espirita (Spiritist Flame) of the Barcelona Center of Spiritist Culture in Spain. Translated into English by Yvonne C. Limoges)

GOOD-HEARTED CREATIVITY

   Inspirationally Received by Julie L. Harper

All of us hold spiritual gifts including free will that is encouraged by the law of progression, influencing desire to expand and creatively express. Artistic expression, whether it be through writing, guitar playing, painting or any other form, allows you to connect to yourself on a soulful level, and connect to the essence of the Creator. The soul is soothed and in peace when in the flow of expression within a relationship to Source.

Awe may emerge from tapping into new ideas and in the realization, that we all share commonality within a creative space. How wonderful it would be if we all connect to this peaceful and accepting spiritual place of being. Perhaps humankind may unite within such an unlabeled spiritual creative space to rejoice together in its peace without concern of race, color, religion, or any other illusions of differentiation that humans tend to believe.

Perhaps a world-wide New Year's resolution is in order. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every person took even just a little time each day to create in order to encourage a spiritual connection that brings a calm and an accepting heart. (Of course, for those who do not feel artistically inclined, prayer also brings good results.)

Expression with an open heart often delivers new insights, openness, and healing. Maybe it's time to take a few moments to play with finger paints, write a poem, hum a tune, or whatever else that creatively brings you pleasure.

May your pleasure and peace from good intentions and unbiased creativity expand its sentiment of grace unto our collective society. May we have art for art's sake. And peace, for the sake of peace.

A PRAYER TO THE GOOD SPIRITS

Wise and benevolent Spirits, messengers of God, whose mission is to help Man and conduct him towards goodness, uphold us in life's tests; give us the strength to suffer without complaining; turn away from us all evil thoughts, and do not allow us to give access to any ignorant Spirits who may try to induce us to evil.

Clarify our conscience with respect to our defects, and take away the veil of pride from our eyes which can prevent us seeing them and admitting them to ourselves.

Particularly to our Spirit Protectors, who watch over us, and all the rest of those spirits who take an interest in us, we beseech you to help us to become worthy of your protection.

You know our needs; may they be attended to according to the Will of God.
                                                           AMEN          
(From Kardec’s book the Gospel according to Spiritism – slightly modified) 
                           
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This is our last newsletter of the year, and we send our loving prayers and blessings to all this Holiday Season! May God Bless us and watch over us now and in the New Year to come! We sincerely pray for more Peace, Love, Charity and Spiritual Light in our world where so many suffer!
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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 


[i] Now called the Academy for Spirituality and Consciousness Studies, Inc. website: www.ascsi.org

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