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, 17 de mayo de 2019

  


 Spiritist Society of Florida, April Newsletter 2019

MORAL LAWS: EDITORIAL

Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges
When I was young, many parents were a little stricter,
physical punishment at my schools was common and
many people attended religious institutions regularly.
Things have changed in all areas; some good, some
not so much. My concern is there is less instruction of
ethical and moral conduct, especially for the young.
In recent years, less and less people in the US don’t
attend places of worship, so there is less learning
communally of spiritual and moral teachings. This
involves study and discussion of the Creator, religious
tenets, spirituality and moral conduct.
Viewing society now, it seems people (other than their
conscience, which can easily be influenced) have no
guardrails, are unsure or don’t know the rules on what
moral and ethical conduct is anymore; don’t care or
are not aware if there are any actual consequences to
their own behavior in life. Many seem to feel that if
they act like the majority, they are doing alright.
We know the civil/traffic/criminal laws that regulate
society (whether fair or unfair), and if we break these
and get caught, we get fined or go to jail.
Moral and spiritual laws have consequences, too.
On NBC news, I recently heard the US is one of the
most stressed-out of nations. There are so many people
working hard, tired, with different problems trying to
live their lives as best they can, and, then also seeing
violence and chaos in the world. If they knew the
moral and spiritual laws and their consequences, in my
opinion, this would be very helpful to many.

So, what does Spiritism teach?
The Divine spiritual and moral laws we teach are what
Jesus taught. He said: love God above all else, and
your neighbor as yourself, bless and forgive those who
persecute you, pray for those who insult you, return
goodness for evil. He taught spiritual matters are more
important than material ones, and our soul lives on in
an afterlife. He taught our behavior has consequences.
We consider Jesus our model and guide of what level
of goodness humans can potentially obtain on earth.
Through the years, I found many people do not know
these teachings. Some say they are too hard, why try.
Some say only Jesus could be like that, we can’t.
Spiritism teaches the death of Jesus does NOT absolve
us. We suffer the consequences of our own thoughts,
words and deeds. We ourselves reap what we sow
(whether in this life or in future lives). We hold our
own selves accountable! If we break the moral laws,
we suffer. That’s why it is so important to be a good
person, and know and follow the Divine spiritual and
moral laws!
Also, constantly striving to be better has a Divine
purpose - our soul’s continual evolution towards
spiritual and moral purity; again, less suffering.
Through mediumship, spirits themselves communicate
to us their regrets for not being a better person, not
taking better care of their bodies and not helping
others they were able to while in the material world.
They are humbled when they face those who they
wronged upon returning to the spirit world.
Knowledge of moral laws is important, practicing
them even more so. It’s very difficult, for we are all
imperfect; all we can do, is the best we can!

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (short version)

Commentary by Yvonne Crespo Limoges
About these Divine moral laws (in the Gospel
according to Spiritism, Ch. 1), Kardec stated: “This
Law is for all times and all countries and because of
this it has a Divine character.” Yet, do we know them,
and does anyone follow them in this day and age?
1 – I am the Lord thy God. Thou shall have no
other Gods before me.
(There is one Creator. Yet, so many worship
wealth, fame, beauty, and all manner of vices.)
2 – Thou shall not take the name of God in vain.
(Just disrespectful language and gratuitous
expletives in general are all too commonplace.
Many of us are guilty! Yet, does it make it right?)
3 – Remember the Sabbath Day, keep it Holy.
(Do we take time to think of the Creator, or of
spiritual matters to nourish our souls, or pray or
evaluate our moral behavior on any day?)
4 – Honor thy Father and Mother.
(Is there respect shown, caring for and visiting of
parents; many who have made many sacrifices to
help their children? Or, forgiveness for whatever
caretakers who, could not or were not, so good?)
5 – Thou shall not kill.
(Homicide, suicide and genocide are still with us.)
6 – Thou shall not commit adultery.
(On many levels and in many ways, Society’s
culture – mostly via movies, TV reality shows,
social media, and the like - has at the very least
made this activity seem more “ok”, and at the
worst has glorified it.)
7 – Thou shall not steal.
(Simple cheating on income tax, hacking, scams,
money schemes…full out robbery – ill-gotten
gains – it’s to the point of even being cool to scam
the system. It is rampant everywhere.)

8 - Thou shall not bear false witness against thy
neighbor.
(Lying now seems fine for so many people, for so
many situations, and for so many purposes. What
can we believe?)
9 – Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife.
(See number 6.)
10 – Thy shall not covet they neighbor’s house,
nor his manservant, nor maidservant, nor his ax
nor anything that is thy neighbors.
(Envy, jealousy, greed, and lust are alive and well,
in our modern world the same as ancient times!)
Divine laws act as a moral guide and breaking them
has negative consequences eventually.

THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD PERSON
Written by Allan Kardec
“The truly good person is one who complies with
the laws of justice, love and charity in their
highest degree of purity. If they examine their
conscience concerning their own actions they will
ask themselves if they have violated those laws, if
they have practiced any evil, if they have done all
the good that was possible, if they have
voluntarily disregarded any occasion to be useful,
if anyone has any complaint to make of them and
finally, if they have done to others everything that
they would wish done to themselves.
“They deposit their faith in God, in His goodness,
in His justice and in His wisdom. They know that
without His permission [via the Divine Laws]
nothing can happen. So, they submit themselves
in all things to His will. Good people have faith in
the future, which is the reason to put spiritual
possessions before those of a temporary nature.
They know that all vicissitudes of life, all pain
and all deceptions are trials or atonements and
accept them without murmuring. Men and women
who possess the sentiments of charity and love, do
good for the sake of goodness, without waiting for
payment of any kind.

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“They repay evil with goodness, take up the
defense of the weak against the strong and always
sacrifice their own interests in the name of justice.
These kinds of people encounter satisfaction in
the benefits they are able to spread, in the service
they are able to render, in the happiness they
promote, in the tears they are able to dry and, in
the consolation, they offer to those who are
afflicted. Their first impulse is always to think of
others before themselves, and to look after these
interests before looking after their own. On the
other hand, the selfish person always calculates
the benefits and losses arising from any generous
action.
“The good person is always good, humane, and
benevolent with everyone, without distinction as
to race or creed, because they see all men and
women as brothers and sisters. They respect all
sincere convictions in others and never launch
reprobation against those who think otherwise.
Charity guides them in every circumstance,
because they know that those who prejudice
others with evil words, who injure others with
their pride by disregarding their susceptibilities, or
who knowing they could avoid it, do not draw
back at the thought of causing suffering or yet a
contrariety, however small, lack the obligation to
love one's neighbor and so do not deserve the
clemency of the Lord.
“They do not harbor rancor, hate nor yet desire
vengeance. Instead they follow the example of
Jesus by forgiving and forgetting all offences,
only remembering the benefits received, because
they know that we ourselves shall be forgiven
only in as much as we are able to forgive others.
These kinds of people are indulgent with the
weaknesses of others because they know that they
also need indulgence, remembering that Christ
said: ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first
stone.’ They do not take pleasure in looking for
defects in others, nor in calling attention to them,
and if necessity obliges them to do so, they
always try to look for the good qualities so as to
lessen the bad ones.

“Good people study their own imperfections and
work unceasingly to combat them, using all their
strength, so that tomorrow they will be able to say
that they are just a little better than they were the
day before. The good person never tries to
emphasize the importance of their own spirit or
talents at the expense of others. But on the
contrary, they take every opportunity to highlight
in others whatever these people may have that is
useful.
“They are not conceited about their riches, nor of
any personal advantage, knowing that everything
that has been given to them may be taken away.
They use, but do not abuse, the possessions which
have been conceded to them because they are only
a deposit, for which they will be required to give
full account. They know that the most detrimental
employment that these riches can be put to is the
satisfaction of their own passions.
“If then, by social order, a good person has been
placed in a position of command over their fellow
creatures, they treat them with kindness and
benevolence, because before God all men are
equal. They use their authority to raise up the
morale of these people and never to crush them
with their own pride. They avoid everything
which might cause a subordinate position to be
even more painful than necessary. On the part of
those who are subordinate, let it be understood
that the duties which go with this position must be
clearly appreciated and conscientiously fulfilled.
“Finally, a good person is always one who
respects the rights of their fellow beings, as
assured by the laws of nature, in the same way
that they would wish their own to be respected.
These are not all the qualities which distinguish a
good person, but anyone who tries hard to possess
those which have been mentioned will find
themselves on the road which leads to all the rest.
(From - The Gospel according to Spiritism, Ch. 17, item 3 –
translated from the French by Janet Duncan.)
We must try, but we have a long way to go! – Y. L.

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SPIRITUAL ADVICE
Spirit communication received by
Yvonne Crespo Limoges
God is the greatest thing that man can think of
upon the earth.
Be good, and do as much good when and as you
are able. Realize you are on earth to progress.
Suffering is a consequence of one’s poor choices
and actions from this lifetime or a past one.
There are times of less trials AND times when
trials and tests are very difficult.
One must make the best of one’s situation with
strong faith and moral courage. God knows what
you can bear.
Daily prayer that is sincere from the heart CAN
sustain a person through whatever one must
endure. God helps those that help themselves!
Being grateful for what one has, can provide some
solace; for others suffer so much more…
Always try to be a good person to the best of your
ability in any situation. Try to stay calm, be
organized and as productive as one can…to make
your daily life easier.
Frustrating situations are always, lessons of
patience and humility.
We reap what we have sown and must be willing,
at certain times, to accept our lot in life.
However, life situations do not remain always the
same.
Change is a great part of life.
Circumstances and opportunities arrive when least
expected and when it is appropriate…but in God’s
Time.

While undergoing trials, one can resist them with
resentment and anger, OR, face them with
emotional calmness and intellectual acceptance.
It’s not the trial itself that counts towards your
soul’s progression, but how one goes through it.
We each chose the kind of life that would help us
learn, grow and progress more as a spirit…which
is the true purpose of material life.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy
name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven.
Gives us this day, our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the Power and Glory
Forever. - AMEN
(The Creator is “Father” of us ALL and is everywhere!
“Heaven” is any place where pure goodness exists. This
prayer is one of respect, humility, thankfulness, of
forgiveness and a request for sustenance and protection. So,
when words fail in times of sorrow, pain or despair, this
prayer of the ages can help soothe and nourish the soul)
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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director
E-mail: ylimoges@aol.com
Spiritist Society of Florida (est. 1982)
5042 22 Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710
Website: www.spiritistsocietyfl.com

domingo, 12 de mayo de 2019









FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER 2019


A MORE SENSITIVE CONSCIENCE  

             Written by Edgar Crespo (our founder)

After first studying Spiritism, we may experience a new sensitivity of conscience which becomes more acute. So, what does this mean, and why does it happen? It means that we are starting to develop more of an inner spiritual and moral awareness of ourselves.

When this knowledge is digested by us, it should cause us to start to feel and act differently than before. It is a feeling that comes from deep inside us, a feeling that was long overdue. Yes, overdue because our spirit has lived a long time (many lives).

For many it is time to think more about others, not only about ourselves. It is time we remember God, and it is time we started to spiritualize ourselves, so that when we return to our true home, the spirit world, we as spirits will not miss material things and this world.

People tell us, upon studying this moral philosophy, that they feel more responsible for their thoughts and acts. They are more aware of the reason for their existence and their role in the Universe.

Prior to acquiring these feelings many of us were too vain, deceiving, and materialistic. We seldom thought of God. Some of us prayed, but without feeling. Also, many have told us traditional religious beliefs have left them indifferent or unchanged. However, upon becoming aware of Spiritist principles, materialism slowly started to slip away, our thoughts became more spiritual. We realized that solely earning big bucks, having a fancy car and a life of just having “a good time” is not completely satisfying. There’s more to life’s purpose!
Especially for those of us who started developing our mediumship; our relations with the spirit world gave us a great sense of duty. A new way of life opened up.

This is good for all of us, for slowly through these teachings we learn the real purpose of life; that the reason for our unexplained pains and aggravations is due to our past lives; that a sick parent or invalid child was also part of our hidden and distant past. We are no longer in ignorance regarding the reasons for wealth and poverty, or about life and death. These teachings help us to handle ourselves during our everyday lives, adjust to life’s many trials and get closer to God.   

Spiritism’s study should not be rushed into, it is not based on blind faith, but a rational understanding of a beautiful philosophy. Read, and digest what you read.
It is good that our conscience is more sensitive, but go slowly or you may become unsettled. Besides good spirits, there are other spirits in the spirit world that would like for us to fall by the wayside, and want to impede our progress.   

Let’s develop that sensitivity of conscience, doing the best that we can for our own spiritual and moral benefit. Having this new sense of awareness is wonderful and important, so hang on to it!

Pray for spiritual guidance with your prayers coming from your heart, for you want this existence to be one of progress.               

God knows us well. Do not feel down-hearted if you fall periodically, the most important thing is to get back up (I fall all the time), and pray to your spirit guides not to falter, and to help keep you on the right track, and this incarnation will be one of progress for you!              
          (Dated March 28,1990 – our founder disincarnated in 2008)
MAIN PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITSM

Existence of a Creator – First Cause of all things; Omnipotent, Supremely Just and Good, Infinite.

Preexistence and survival of the spirit – we existed before being born and we will continue to exist after physical death. (our spirit lives on)

Reincarnation – our spirit returns to a different body in each existence to learn and progress. Material life is like a school. Our thoughts, words and deeds (for good or bad) have consequences. Material and spiritual life, and all that exists, is in constant evolution.

Mediumship – a person that has the obvious ability to communicate (act as an intermediary) with spirits no longer in the material world in various ways.

Plurality of worlds – We are not the only inhabited planet. Intelligent life exists on other worlds.

EXISTENCE AS A MOMENT IN TIME

                       Written by Julie L. Harper 

Our personal spirit exists in an on-going continuum of a transitory existences from incarnate to disincarnate. We don't remember former lives so that we can live our current life without remembrance of mistaken actions within past lives. Remembrance of prior lives would carry emotions of guilt, remorse, and a myriad of other emotions that would complicate focus on being the best that you can be in the now.

Yet, we subconsciously know the lessons of our past, and it is up to us to move forward without repeating former errors. Circumstances that keep happening without (current life) provocation do so by not having rectified the underlying reason.

Mistakes of moral wrongdoings from past lives occurred along each of our paths of spiritual and moral progression. By the law of compensation, error must be atoned for during some point within one's existence...experienced as corresponding challenges in order to enable necessary growth.
It is by the lack of remembrance that explains why seemingly bad things happen to good people. One's acquired spiritual growth may lead to action of expiation to result in the elimination of more related trials.

The actions of how one handles trials and what is held within one's heart convey that person's level of intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth.

Prayer is always a powerful and effective means for every circumstance. Sincere prayer for comfort, healing, fortitude, etc. helps because spirit guides and superior spirits lend assistance when asked. And, when allowed for by the Creator, circumstances can be greatly alleviated and/or change, as noted above, if it doesn't hinder necessary soul growth.

Faith will keep you strong. Believe in God's perfect plan. Your existence and trials are designed by a flawless progression toward personal growth. For this, you can hold gratitude even while you move through difficulties. In gratitude, also believe in your strength, for within God's infallibility, you are never given more than you can handle.

ETERNAL LIFE

         Inspirationally Received by Julie L. Harper  

After bodily death, the essence of a soul lives on far more expansive than the confines of the container that holds deceased physical remains.

Energy exists forever that allows the departed to live on within the hearts of all those he or she touched, within the ever-lingering energy of his or her laughter, in the sentiments of expressed love, within the energetic imprint of all that person created, of all the places visited, and now also, in a different unseen but intermingling existence.  
Please know that all, except the physical body, still exists on earth but also lives on within eternal life...just as promised.
CONFIDENCE GROWS WITH KNOWING OURSELVES
                            
                             Written by Gloria Quel

The idea that we should have a deep knowledge of ourselves comes from long ago…Socrates, with the saying “know thyself”…is knowing the best way to gain confidence in ourselves because in knowing how far we can go, what are our true talents are and what are the negative habits that hold us back, is how we are becoming aware of what we can achieve in our spiritual growth.

Having self-confidence gives us the ability to focus on the goals we have to achieve, gives us strength to move forward, gives us security, eliminating unnecessary or false excuses that could stop us. It gives us the ability to calmly analyze what is the action in each case, turning those experiences into something valuable, in addition to increasing our trove of knowledge that enrich the spirit and fill us with wisdom.

Selfishness in its multiple forms is a great obstacle that prevents us to acquire true inner confidence…If we cannot control it, we are responsible for all the evils that we do by letting ourselves be carried away by it.

One of its consequences is that it stifles other values ​​that ennoble the spirit, taking us along paths associated with sensualism in its multiple expressions…

One of its main consequences is the loss of internal trust, which generates discomfort, suspicion, distrust, generating distance between people. And we can come up with ideas, such as: alone we live better and we do not need others to be able to live…  

Without confidence or clarity of ideas we can fall into the error of thinking that all the bad that happens to us is because others want to hurt us, for a thousand reasons that we usually only have in our thoughts, attracting sadness to our spirits, with the bitterness appearing in the heart; that same inner void that drives away the joy of living.

Why relate to others, if they can harm us - is a reflection that can assail us when we have had bad experiences and we have not been able to read correctly the events we have experienced. If we give room to this thought, our life will begin to be empty, because we are social beings and we need to relate to each other in order to have a full life.

If, on the contrary, we are balanced people who have confidence in our possibilities and, in some cases, someone attacks us for no apparent reason (because it is their imperfections who are behind those attacks), the most appropriate response will be to remain calm, stay serene before the people who harm us, learning to forgive them, knowing that they will receive the consequences of their actions in the future.

Remember that trust is the foundation on which we build friendship, personal relationships and, above all, love.  

We know that there is no such thing as chance, that throughout our lives we are putting forward what we need to live, and it is the Divine Wisdom that puts us in the right place to enrich ourselves of experiences, develop values and skills. Self-confidence, therefore, helps us to adapt to any situation that may arise.

We must remember that we are in an evolutionary point, in a physical existence that is a consequence of the past [from previous lives], with a program to be carried out in the present [this lifetime]. We have to be aware of our potential and that we come with all the possibilities of success, if we put our effort into it.


(Excerpts from an article dated 10/17/18 from www.Amorpazycaridad.com - Association of Spiritual Studies of Group Villena – Alicante, Spain – translated by Yvonne C. Limoges)
LOVE ONE ANOTHER


As the saying goes, you reap what you sow; and Spiritism teaches us for good and bad, whether in this life or the next.

This month celebrates love of all kinds, yet so many on this planet do not love as they could. It is a very strange and confusing place to visit if you were from another planet. Why does this couple love each other, but hate or dislike others; and it just goes on and on. Jesus taught us to love everyone equally. As the supreme example on this planet of how to love, there sure is a huge difference between what is supposed to be and what actually is!

So, even though it is not Valentine's Day anymore, try to love everyone for just one whole day and see what happens, versus how you are the rest of the time you are here. Wouldn’t it be amazingly divine if everyone could do it all on the same day! This place you call home, would truly know peace, happiness and love.  


LIGHT AMIDST THE STORMS IN LIFE

    Spirit communication received by Alysia Pape

There are many things that come along to clear up the rainy day for a short while during life’s many storms. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the light that does reach you, at times. Thank God for these brief moments of happiness and relief.

If you do receive breaks in the storm, try to share the warm light you receive with others, in their stormy life. Now, if only you make it through the storm, yet you could have helped others but didn't, you might be there at the end…alone for a while.

Just imagine how you would feel if someone you didn't help, finally reaches the shore, after you had passed them by. So, help others as you can.
TV SHOWS: God & the Afterlife

              Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges  

On television, there a few TV shows dealing with the Afterlife and God. Although they have some serious insights, don’t forget these are comedies.

The Good Place on NBC has developed a regular following (3rd season). Good people who die go to the “good place” and the bad go to their place. Philosophical questions come up: What does it take to “be good”, whether a person can improve under the right circumstances and what is ethical conduct. The writers actually confer with real philosophers and the show has been renewed.      

Miracle Workers is a 7- episode limited series on TBS. God (actor Steve Buscemi) believes the Earth is a mess and wants to blow it up. Angels have made a bet with God to try to save it. I thought it was rather interesting there are certain rules the angels can’t break, as they try to help and influence humanity.  

God Friended Me on CBS is about an atheist (his father is a minister) who has a part time podcast. One day he receives a message on social media from “God” - each time providing a name. He and a journalist friend (while trying to discover “God’s” true identity) end up encountering, helping and affecting these people’s lives, generally for the good. At the end of each show, he summarizes on his podcast what he has learned during these interactions. I find this show refreshing, interesting and an example of how we can help others and the wonderful results.

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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













FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER 2019


A MORE SENSITIVE CONSCIENCE  

             Written by Edgar Crespo (our founder)

After first studying Spiritism, we may experience a new sensitivity of conscience which becomes more acute. So, what does this mean, and why does it happen? It means that we are starting to develop more of an inner spiritual and moral awareness of ourselves.

When this knowledge is digested by us, it should cause us to start to feel and act differently than before. It is a feeling that comes from deep inside us, a feeling that was long overdue. Yes, overdue because our spirit has lived a long time (many lives).

For many it is time to think more about others, not only about ourselves. It is time we remember God, and it is time we started to spiritualize ourselves, so that when we return to our true home, the spirit world, we as spirits will not miss material things and this world.

People tell us, upon studying this moral philosophy, that they feel more responsible for their thoughts and acts. They are more aware of the reason for their existence and their role in the Universe.

Prior to acquiring these feelings many of us were too vain, deceiving, and materialistic. We seldom thought of God. Some of us prayed, but without feeling. Also, many have told us traditional religious beliefs have left them indifferent or unchanged. However, upon becoming aware of Spiritist principles, materialism slowly started to slip away, our thoughts became more spiritual. We realized that solely earning big bucks, having a fancy car and a life of just having “a good time” is not completely satisfying. There’s more to life’s purpose!
Especially for those of us who started developing our mediumship; our relations with the spirit world gave us a great sense of duty. A new way of life opened up.

This is good for all of us, for slowly through these teachings we learn the real purpose of life; that the reason for our unexplained pains and aggravations is due to our past lives; that a sick parent or invalid child was also part of our hidden and distant past. We are no longer in ignorance regarding the reasons for wealth and poverty, or about life and death. These teachings help us to handle ourselves during our everyday lives, adjust to life’s many trials and get closer to God.   

Spiritism’s study should not be rushed into, it is not based on blind faith, but a rational understanding of a beautiful philosophy. Read, and digest what you read.
It is good that our conscience is more sensitive, but go slowly or you may become unsettled. Besides good spirits, there are other spirits in the spirit world that would like for us to fall by the wayside, and want to impede our progress.   

Let’s develop that sensitivity of conscience, doing the best that we can for our own spiritual and moral benefit. Having this new sense of awareness is wonderful and important, so hang on to it!

Pray for spiritual guidance with your prayers coming from your heart, for you want this existence to be one of progress.               

God knows us well. Do not feel down-hearted if you fall periodically, the most important thing is to get back up (I fall all the time), and pray to your spirit guides not to falter, and to help keep you on the right track, and this incarnation will be one of progress for you!              
          (Dated March 28,1990 – our founder disincarnated in 2008)
MAIN PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITSM

Existence of a Creator – First Cause of all things; Omnipotent, Supremely Just and Good, Infinite.

Preexistence and survival of the spirit – we existed before being born and we will continue to exist after physical death. (our spirit lives on)

Reincarnation – our spirit returns to a different body in each existence to learn and progress. Material life is like a school. Our thoughts, words and deeds (for good or bad) have consequences. Material and spiritual life, and all that exists, is in constant evolution.

Mediumship – a person that has the obvious ability to communicate (act as an intermediary) with spirits no longer in the material world in various ways.

Plurality of worlds – We are not the only inhabited planet. Intelligent life exists on other worlds.

EXISTENCE AS A MOMENT IN TIME

                       Written by Julie L. Harper 

Our personal spirit exists in an on-going continuum of a transitory existences from incarnate to disincarnate. We don't remember former lives so that we can live our current life without remembrance of mistaken actions within past lives. Remembrance of prior lives would carry emotions of guilt, remorse, and a myriad of other emotions that would complicate focus on being the best that you can be in the now.

Yet, we subconsciously know the lessons of our past, and it is up to us to move forward without repeating former errors. Circumstances that keep happening without (current life) provocation do so by not having rectified the underlying reason.

Mistakes of moral wrongdoings from past lives occurred along each of our paths of spiritual and moral progression. By the law of compensation, error must be atoned for during some point within one's existence...experienced as corresponding challenges in order to enable necessary growth.
It is by the lack of remembrance that explains why seemingly bad things happen to good people. One's acquired spiritual growth may lead to action of expiation to result in the elimination of more related trials.

The actions of how one handles trials and what is held within one's heart convey that person's level of intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth.

Prayer is always a powerful and effective means for every circumstance. Sincere prayer for comfort, healing, fortitude, etc. helps because spirit guides and superior spirits lend assistance when asked. And, when allowed for by the Creator, circumstances can be greatly alleviated and/or change, as noted above, if it doesn't hinder necessary soul growth.

Faith will keep you strong. Believe in God's perfect plan. Your existence and trials are designed by a flawless progression toward personal growth. For this, you can hold gratitude even while you move through difficulties. In gratitude, also believe in your strength, for within God's infallibility, you are never given more than you can handle.

ETERNAL LIFE

         Inspirationally Received by Julie L. Harper  

After bodily death, the essence of a soul lives on far more expansive than the confines of the container that holds deceased physical remains.

Energy exists forever that allows the departed to live on within the hearts of all those he or she touched, within the ever-lingering energy of his or her laughter, in the sentiments of expressed love, within the energetic imprint of all that person created, of all the places visited, and now also, in a different unseen but intermingling existence.  
Please know that all, except the physical body, still exists on earth but also lives on within eternal life...just as promised.
CONFIDENCE GROWS WITH KNOWING OURSELVES
                            
                             Written by Gloria Quel

The idea that we should have a deep knowledge of ourselves comes from long ago…Socrates, with the saying “know thyself”…is knowing the best way to gain confidence in ourselves because in knowing how far we can go, what are our true talents are and what are the negative habits that hold us back, is how we are becoming aware of what we can achieve in our spiritual growth.

Having self-confidence gives us the ability to focus on the goals we have to achieve, gives us strength to move forward, gives us security, eliminating unnecessary or false excuses that could stop us. It gives us the ability to calmly analyze what is the action in each case, turning those experiences into something valuable, in addition to increasing our trove of knowledge that enrich the spirit and fill us with wisdom.

Selfishness in its multiple forms is a great obstacle that prevents us to acquire true inner confidence…If we cannot control it, we are responsible for all the evils that we do by letting ourselves be carried away by it.

One of its consequences is that it stifles other values ​​that ennoble the spirit, taking us along paths associated with sensualism in its multiple expressions…

One of its main consequences is the loss of internal trust, which generates discomfort, suspicion, distrust, generating distance between people. And we can come up with ideas, such as: alone we live better and we do not need others to be able to live…  

Without confidence or clarity of ideas we can fall into the error of thinking that all the bad that happens to us is because others want to hurt us, for a thousand reasons that we usually only have in our thoughts, attracting sadness to our spirits, with the bitterness appearing in the heart; that same inner void that drives away the joy of living.

Why relate to others, if they can harm us - is a reflection that can assail us when we have had bad experiences and we have not been able to read correctly the events we have experienced. If we give room to this thought, our life will begin to be empty, because we are social beings and we need to relate to each other in order to have a full life.

If, on the contrary, we are balanced people who have confidence in our possibilities and, in some cases, someone attacks us for no apparent reason (because it is their imperfections who are behind those attacks), the most appropriate response will be to remain calm, stay serene before the people who harm us, learning to forgive them, knowing that they will receive the consequences of their actions in the future.

Remember that trust is the foundation on which we build friendship, personal relationships and, above all, love.  

We know that there is no such thing as chance, that throughout our lives we are putting forward what we need to live, and it is the Divine Wisdom that puts us in the right place to enrich ourselves of experiences, develop values and skills. Self-confidence, therefore, helps us to adapt to any situation that may arise.

We must remember that we are in an evolutionary point, in a physical existence that is a consequence of the past [from previous lives], with a program to be carried out in the present [this lifetime]. We have to be aware of our potential and that we come with all the possibilities of success, if we put our effort into it.


(Excerpts from an article dated 10/17/18 from www.Amorpazycaridad.com - Association of Spiritual Studies of Group Villena – Alicante, Spain – translated by Yvonne C. Limoges)
LOVE ONE ANOTHER


As the saying goes, you reap what you sow; and Spiritism teaches us for good and bad, whether in this life or the next.

This month celebrates love of all kinds, yet so many on this planet do not love as they could. It is a very strange and confusing place to visit if you were from another planet. Why does this couple love each other, but hate or dislike others; and it just goes on and on. Jesus taught us to love everyone equally. As the supreme example on this planet of how to love, there sure is a huge difference between what is supposed to be and what actually is!

So, even though it is not Valentine's Day anymore, try to love everyone for just one whole day and see what happens, versus how you are the rest of the time you are here. Wouldn’t it be amazingly divine if everyone could do it all on the same day! This place you call home, would truly know peace, happiness and love.  


LIGHT AMIDST THE STORMS IN LIFE

    Spirit communication received by Alysia Pape

There are many things that come along to clear up the rainy day for a short while during life’s many storms. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the light that does reach you, at times. Thank God for these brief moments of happiness and relief.

If you do receive breaks in the storm, try to share the warm light you receive with others, in their stormy life. Now, if only you make it through the storm, yet you could have helped others but didn't, you might be there at the end…alone for a while.

Just imagine how you would feel if someone you didn't help, finally reaches the shore, after you had passed them by. So, help others as you can.
TV SHOWS: God & the Afterlife

              Written by Yvonne Crespo Limoges  

On television, there a few TV shows dealing with the Afterlife and God. Although they have some serious insights, don’t forget these are comedies.

The Good Place on NBC has developed a regular following (3rd season). Good people who die go to the “good place” and the bad go to their place. Philosophical questions come up: What does it take to “be good”, whether a person can improve under the right circumstances and what is ethical conduct. The writers actually confer with real philosophers and the show has been renewed.      

Miracle Workers is a 7- episode limited series on TBS. God (actor Steve Buscemi) believes the Earth is a mess and wants to blow it up. Angels have made a bet with God to try to save it. I thought it was rather interesting there are certain rules the angels can’t break, as they try to help and influence humanity.  

God Friended Me on CBS is about an atheist (his father is a minister) who has a part time podcast. One day he receives a message on social media from “God” - each time providing a name. He and a journalist friend (while trying to discover “God’s” true identity) end up encountering, helping and affecting these people’s lives, generally for the good. At the end of each show, he summarizes on his podcast what he has learned during these interactions. I find this show refreshing, interesting and an example of how we can help others and the wonderful results.

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Edited by Yvonne Crespo Limoges, Director

 

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