What Is Spiritism Let’s start by understanding why “Spiritism” instead of “Spiritualism”. In his first published book, The Spirits' Book, Kardec notes that: “New terms are necessary to clearly convey new ideas and to avoid the inevitable confusion that ensues from using the same term for expressing different ideas. The terms spiritual, spiritualist, and spiritualism … Continue reading What Spiritism is and what it is not
From Dogmatism to Rational Spiritualism From Dogmatism to Materialism No science, culture or branch of knowledge can be well understood out the context that led to its rise and development. This would not be different for Spiritism, a science with philosophical implications that emerged in the complex context of the 19th century. It is critical, … Continue reading Historical Context of Spiritism (part 1)
Broadening Our Perspective on Science Who am I? Where do I come from? What am I doing here? Where will I go after? For thousands of years the human being searches for its place and purpose in the cosmos. Religions offer their perspectives. Science adds some answers, and more questions. Whereas we’re far from getting … Continue reading Science, Religion and Spirituality
In a previous post, we have indicated the idea that every suffering is a condition of moral imperfection. Therefore, karma is not the result of our past deeds, but the reflection of our present state of consciousness. In fact, our deeds are also a reflection of our present state of consciousness, so to change our … Continue reading Karma under a new paradigm (part 2)
Karma is a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Taoism and means action, work or deed. It is commonly understood as the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Thus, good intent and good deed contribute to good karma … Continue reading Karma under a new paradigm (part 1)
Spiritism as defined by Allan Kardec is truly a remarkable science able to aid the serious student on holistic and spiritualist disciplines to sort out opinions from facts and challenge dogma, blind faith, mysticism and taboos. Kardec was a remarkable scientist who conducted his studies of spiritual phenomena with rare lucidity, open mind and rationality. His studies have a strong influence to me and that's why I decided to put out my own short version of "What is Spiritism", highlighting a few points that is often missed. I hope you like it!
Important preliminary point: Our intellectual life (mind and expression) takes place in a network that involves multiple intelligences (human being in physical and non-physical forms) in vibrational resonance. We are constantly surrounded and interacting with other intelligences that harmonize with us at some level. They are drawn to us due to common interests, desires, experiences, … Continue reading Psychic Self-Defense in Multiple Relationship Domains
First of all, let me note that in this text I am presenting my personal perspective on Spiritism. Let me also note that this text is addressed to people of all nationalities, although primarily focused on the American public with which I have more direct contact. With these two basic parameters clarified, let me then … Continue reading A Proposal for Spiritists Within and Outside Brazil
What is the spiritual practice of the awakened minds? We see it as being that of collaboration, of plurality of ideas, of humble and honest search for knowledge and inner development. This practice, however, cannot suit the flaws of character of those locked in their own pride, wishing to impose their beliefs on all and make the world cater to their needs. This practice is inadequate to those who are still constrained by sects of knowledge, closed to new paradigms and our urgent need to recycling ideas and make change. This practice is not adequate to those who do not question their own certainties. It is not adequate to those still attached to syntax rather than meaning. It is also not adequate to those who seek meaning without labor and study. This practice is for those who consciously celebrate freedom and diversity, knowing how to coexist among individuals who express opposing ideas. If alone we are tremendously limited, united we more thoroughly are able to reach the truth.
Basic Initial Clarifications The objective of this article is to discuss the title's subject matter from the standpoint of the research conducted by the author and in light of his own understanding of the Spiritist science. Therefore, all ideas here presented are not intended to reflect the Spiritist consensus on the topic, but instead, and … Continue reading Is Karma the Same as Cause and Effect as Presented in the Spiritist Codification?
God is not adept of any religion. Nature, both physical and non-physical, is independent of our beliefs and opinions about it. Science and religion are only human interpretations of the laws that govern the universe and our relationship with it as individual consciousnesses. Every law of physics reflect an attempt to interpret the mechanisms of … Continue reading Boundary-less Spiritism and the Spiritual Practice of the New Millennia
For Point #1, click here! This point #2 is all about perspective. Think about every person that stood out from the crowds for their moral values. We have had many of these personalities across all centuries and geographies, among which we can cite Aristotle, Plato, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Chico Xavier among … Continue reading POINT #2: We are spiritual beings having an incarnated experience on earth, not living bodies having (or not) spiritual experiences.
By Ricardo C. Mastroleo, Ph.D., Allan Kardec Spiritist Educational Center . Source: http://www.aksec.org/Articles/PaidMediumship.pdf Spiritism is based on natural, and therefore, universal laws. However, the way it must be introduced and taught to anyone who is new to its core ideas strongly depends on each individual’s cultural values, religious background, and personal motivation to learn this new body … Continue reading Paid Mediumship: A Risky Business
By Alexander Moreira-Almeida Source: http://www.metanexus.net/essay/spiritism-work-allan-kardec-and-its-implications-spiritual-transformation Despite the growing discussion about science-spirituality relationships, there remains many problems in integrating spirituality and scientific knowledge. This debate has often been characterized by radicalism and mutual denial. As another consequence of the contemporary emphasis on rationality and empirically based knowledge, building a strong and acceptable base to support the spiritual … Continue reading Spiritism: The Work of Allan Kardec and Its Implications for Spiritual Transformation
You’ve probably read hundreds or thousands of books, but to what extent they've changed your life? How often do you incorporate something you have read into your life, effectively changing attitudes and emotions? Beyond reading… lectures, movies, personal experiences, conversations with others; all life experiences are capable of transforming us – or not. But what … Continue reading What is the measure of your spiritual wisdom?