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212. In children whose bodies are joined together, and who have some of their organs in common, are there two spirits, that is to say, two souls?

 

“Yes; but their resemblance to one another often makes them seem to you as though there were but one.”

 

213. Since spirits incarnate themselves in twins from sympathy whence comes the aversion that is sometimes felt by twins for one another?

 

“It is not a rule that only sympathetic spirits are incarnated as twins. Bad spirits may have been brought into this relation by their desire to struggle against each other on the stage of corporeal life.”

 

214. In what way should we interpret the stories of children fighting in their mother’s womb?

 

“As a figurative representation of their hatred to one another, which, to indicate its inveteracy, is made to date from before their birth. You rarely make sufficient allowance for the figurative and poetic element in certain statements.”

 

215. What is the cause of the distinctive character which we observe in each people?

 

“Spirits constitute different families, formed by the similarity of their tendencies, which are more or less purified according to their elevation. Each people is a great family formed by the assembling together of sympathetic spirits. The tendency of the members of these families to unite together is the source of the resemblance which constitutes the distinctive character of each people. Do you suppose that good and benevolent spirits would seek to incarnate themselves among a rude and brutal people ? No; spirits sympathise with masses of men as they sympathise with individuals. They go to the region of the earth with which they are most in harmony.”

 

216. Does a spirit, in his new existence, retain any traces of the moral character of his former existences?

 

“Yes, he may do so; but, as he improves, he changes. His social position, also, may be greatly changed in his successive lives. If, having been a master in one existence, he becomes a slave in another, his tastes will be altogether different, and it would be difficult for you to recognise him. A spirit being the same in his various incarnations, there may be certain analogies between the manifestations of character in his successive lives; but these manifestations will, nevertheless, be modified by the change of conditions and habits incident to each of his new corporeal existences, until, through the ameliorations thus gradually effected, his character has been completely changed, he who was proud and cruel becoming humble and humane through repentance and effort.”

 

217. Does a man, in his different incarnations, retain any traces of the physical character of his preceding existences?

 

“The body is destroyed, and the new one has no connection with the old one. Nevertheless, the spirit is reflected in the body; and although the body is only matter, yet, being modelled on the capacities of the spirit, the latter impresses upon it a certain character that is more particularly visible in the face, and especially in the eyes, which have been truly declared to be the mirror of the soul-that is to say, that the face reflects the soul more especially than does the rest of the body. And this is so true that a very ugly face may please when it forms part of the envelope of a good, wise, and humane spirit; while, on the other hand, very handsome faces may cause you no pleasurable emotion, or may even excite a movement of repulsion. It might seem, at first sight, that only well-made bodies could be the envelopes of good spirits, and yet you see every day virtuous and superior men with deformed bodies. Without there being any very marked resemblance between them, the similarity of tastes and tendencies may, therefore, give what is commonly called a family-likeness to the corporeal bodies successively assumed by the same spirit.”

 

The body with which the soul is clothed in a new incarnation not having any necessary connection with the one which it has quitted (since it may belong to quite another race), it would be absurd to infer a succession of existences from a resemblance which may be only fortuitous but, nevertheless, the qualities of the spirit often modify the organs which serve for their manifestations, and impress upon the countenance, and even on the general manner, a distinctive stamp. It is thus that an expression of nobility and dignity may be found under the humblest exterior, while the fine clothes of the grandee are often unable to hide the baseness and ignominy of their wearer. Some persons, who have risen from the lowest position, adopt without effort the habits and manners of the higher ranks, and seem to have returned to their native element while others, notwithstanding their advantages of birth and education, always seem to be out of their proper place in refined society. How can these facts be explained unless as a reflex of what the spirit has been in his former existences?

 

 

 

Excerpt from Allan Kardec‘s “The Spirit’s Book”, translated by Anna Blackwell, LAKE (Livraria Allan Kardec Editora), Printed in Brazil. Version found at Public Domain.

 

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– Our Spiritist Studies section – published on Tuesdays

 

– Questions & Answers section

 

– The version of “The Spirit’s Book” (that is in public domain) is available for free download here (.pdf format)

 

– Get to know the other basic books of Christian Spiritist Doctrine by clicking here

 

– Download the other basic books of Spiritism here (.pdf format). All of the books are on public domain.

 

PREFACE:

 

                        During our lifetime to have faith in the future, together with the elevation of our thoughts towards our future destiny helps in the process of rapid liberation of the Spirit because this weakens the links which tie it to the material body. So much so that quite frequently, even before the physical body has expired, the soul being impatient to be free, has already launched itself into the great immensity. The contrary being the case of the person who, having concentrated on all that is material, finds these ties more difficult to break and the separation more painful and difficult, to be followed by an awakening full of anxiety and perturbation in the after-life.

 

 

 

PRAYER:

 

 

Dear God, I believe in You and Your infinite kindness. Therefore, I cannot believe that You have given Man intelligence which allows him to gain knowledge of You and an aspiration for the future, so as to plunge him into nothingness.

 

I believe that my body is only a perishable covering for my soul and that when I cease to live, I will awaken in the world of the Spirits.

 

Almighty God, I feel that the ties which hold my soul to my body are breaking and that in a short while I will have to account for the use to which I have put the life that is now slipping away from me.

 

I know that I will experience the consequences of the good and the bad that I have practised. There will be no possibility of illusions, no subterfuge. My past will unfold before me and I will be judged according to my works.

 

I will take nothing with me of earthly possessions such as honours, riches, satisfactions of vanity or pride; in short, everything which belongs to the body will remain in this world. Not even the most minute particle of these things will accompany me, nor would they be of use to me in the spiritual world. I will take with me only what belongs to my soul, that is to say, the good and bad qualities I possess, which will be weighed on the balance of strict justice. I know that the judgement will be even more severe according to the number of times I refused the opportunities that were given to me to practise good due to the position I held on Earth (See The Gospel According to Spiritism, chapter 1(3, item 9).

 

Merciful God, may the depth of the sincerity of my repentance enable it to reach out to You! May You see fit to cast over me Your cloak of indulgence!

 

If You see fit to prolong my present existence, may I utilize that time to make good, as far as I am able, all the evil that I have done. But if my hour has come, I take with me the consoling thought that I will be permitted to redeem myself by means of new tests, so that one day I may deserve the happiness of the elected ones.

 

If it is not given to me to enjoy such perfect happiness immediately, which is known only to those who are pre-eminently just, I know nevertheless that I am not denied hope for ever. Sooner or later I will reach my goal, according to the amount of effort I put into working towards that objective.

 

I know that good Spirits and my Guardian Angel are near to receive me and that soon I shall see them, just as they see me now. I know too, that if l deserve it, I will meet again all those I have loved here on Earth, and that those I leave behind will later come to meet me. One day we shall all be united for ever, and until that time arrives I will be able to come and visit them.

 

I know too, that I will re-encounter those I have offended; may they forgive me for whatever they have to reproach me for, such as my pride, my hardness and my injustices, so that their presence will not overwhelm me with shame!

 

I forgive all those who have either done or tried to do me harm; I hold no rancour against them and beg You, dear God, to forgive them.

 

Lord, give me strength to leave all the material pleasures of this world without regret, which are as nothing compared to the healthy and pure delights of the world into which I am about to enter, and where for those who are just, there are no more torments, or miseries, and where only the guilty are subject to suffering. But even they always have the consolation of hope.

 

Good Spirits and you who are my Guardian Angel, I implore you not to allow me to fail at this supreme moment. If my faith should waver, then cause the Divine Light to shine in my eyes, so that it may be reanimated.

 

 

This prayer can be found on “The Gospel According to Spiritism”, which can be downloaded here.

 

Please pray with us.

                        “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.”

 

Philippians, 3:13,14

 

 

                   How many of us are tied to memories of unhappy experiences?

 

                   It might not be possible to erase some moments from our memory definitely, but the way we choose to deal with these reminiscences depends only on us: do we choose to live attached to these memories or do we choose to go on?

 

                   Frequently some situation from the past keeps coming to our minds because it remains unsolved. Let’s analyze, then, what do we have to do to solve the question: is it forgiving someone or forgiving ourselves? Do we need to correct some mistake? 

 

                   Let’s do, then, what is necessary to resolve the situation so that the past won’t stop us from going ahead; always asking God for strength so that we can make the best decisions on this process.  

 

                   Paul, the Apostle, teaches us that we must go on, “reaching forth unto those things which are before”, freeing ourselves from the past and reaching for the future in which, through our efforts on Good, we’ll find “the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.”

 

                       

                   Euzébia Noleto

 

                        www.euzebianoleto.com.br

207. Parents often transmit physical resemblance to their children; do they also transmit to them moral resemblance?

 

“No; because they have different souls or spirits. The body proceeds from the body, but the spirit does not proceed from any other spirit. Between the descendants of the same race there is no other relationship than that of consanguinity.”

 

– What is the cause of the moral resemblance that sometimes exists between parents and children?

 

“The attractive influence of moral sympathy, which brings together spirits who are animated by similar sentiments and tendencies.”

 

208. Are the spirits of the parents without influence upon the spirit of their child after its birth?

 

“They exercise, on the contrary, a very great influence upon it. As we have already told you, spirits are made to conduce to one another’s progress. To the spirits of the parents is confided the mission of developing those of their children by the training they give to them; it is a task which is appointed to them, and which they cannot without guilt fail to fulfil.”

 

209. How is it that good and virtuous parents often give birth to children of perverse and evil nature? In other words, how is it that the good qualities of tile parents do not always attract to them, through sympathy, a good spirit to animate their child?

 

“A wicked spirit may ask to be allowed to have virtuous parents, in the hope that their counsels may help him to amend his ways; and God often confides such an one to the care of virtuous persons, in order that he may be benefited by their affection and care.”

 

210. Can parents, by their intentions and their prayers, attract a good spirit into the body of their child, instead of an inferior spirit?

 

“No; but they can improve the spirit of the child whom they have brought into the world, and is confided to them for that purpose. It is their duty to do this; but bad children are often sent as a trial for the improvement of the parents also.”

 

211. What is the cause of the similarity of character so often existing among brothers, especially between twins?

 

“The sympathy of two spirits who are attracted by the similarity of their sentiments, and who are happy to be together.”

 

 

(Please click here to read Physical and Moral Likeness, part II)

 

 

Excerpt from Allan Kardec‘s “The Spirit’s Book”, translated by Anna Blackwell, LAKE (Livraria Allan Kardec Editora), Printed in Brazil. Version found at Public Domain.

 

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For more information, please check out these links:

 

– Our Spiritist Studies section – published on Tuesdays

 

– Questions & Answers section

 

– The version of “The Spirit’s Book” (that is in public domain) is available for free download here (.pdf format)

 

– Get to know the other basic books of Christian Spiritist Doctrine by clicking here

 

– Download the other basic books of Spiritism here (.pdf format). All of the books are on public domain.

PREFACE:

 

By the danger we have been through, God shows us that from one moment to another we may be called to give account for the way in which we have utilized our life. This is to alert us to the fact that we should examine ourselves and mend our ways.

 

 

PRAYER:

 

Dear God! Dear Guardian Angel! I thank you for the help I received during the danger that threatened me. May this danger be a warning to me and enlighten me with respect to my errors that have brought me this peril. I understand, Lord, that my life is in Your hands and that You may take it away when You see fit. Inspire me then, through the good Spirits who protect me, with the idea of how best to take advantage of the time You grant to me in this world! Guardian Angel! Uphold me in my decision to correct my faults and to do all the good that is within my power to do, so that I may arrive in the spiritual world with fewer imperfections, whenever it pleases God to call me!

 

 

This prayer can be found on “The Gospel According to Spiritism”, which can be downloaded here.

 

Please pray with us.

 

 

If you can’t be patient because you are under the troubles of some illness, revolting yourself against the situation will only worsen your condition, doing harm to your treatment.  

 

If losses of material resources have dilapidated your economic savings and you stay away from work, intending to protest against the world, that will put you under bigger difficulties.  

 

If you revolt yourself against the illness of someone dear, this attitude will enlarge the sickness of the person you dedicate yourself to.

 

If you rebel yourself against the friend that does not embrace your points of view anymore, that’s a behavior that will only set you on bitterness for no reason.

 

If you don’t accept the work conditions life has designated for you, denying yourself the necessary renovation, you will obtain nothing but frustration on unemployment.

 

If you don’t keep the necessary calm while facing offense and critics, you will inevitably enter the domains of desperation.

 

Patience is the support of peace for all crisis and probations on which you may be. Exchanging it for complaint and rage, discontentment and intolerance, will always be leaving the little difficulty which you are facing to fall into the worst one.

 

 

Emmanuel (spirit) / Chico Xavier (medium)

 

Message distributed by GEEM – Emmanuel Spiritist Group

“Not all of those who say: Lord! Lord! will enter into Heaven, but only those who do the Will of my Father, who is in Heaven.”

 

Listen to these words of the Master, all those who repel the Spiritist Doctrine as the work of the devil. Open your ears because the moment to listen has arrived.

 

Is it sufficient to carry the uniform of the Lord in order to be His faithful servant? Is it enough to say: ‘I am a Christian’, for anyone to be a follower of Christ? Search for the true Christians and you will recognise them by their works. “A good tree cannot give forth bad fruits, nor a bad tree good fruits.” “Every tree that does not give forth good fruits will be cut down and cast into the fire.” These are the words of the Master. Disciples of Christ, understand them well! What kind of fruits should be given by the tree of Christianity, which is a mighty tree, whose leafy branches cover part of the world with shade, but does not as yet shelter all who should seek refuge around it? Those from the Tree of Life are fruits of life, hope and faith. Christianity, as it has done for many centuries, continues to preach these divine virtues. It uses all its strength to distribute its fruits, but so few pick them! The Tree is always good, but the gardeners are bad. They tried to mould it to their own ideas, to prune it to their necessities. They cut it, diminished it and mutilated it. Having become sterile it does not give forth bad fruits, because it gives forth no fruits at all. The thirsty traveller who stops under its branches looking for the fruits of hope, which are capable of restoring strength and courage, sees only bare branches foretelling a coming storm. In vain he asks for the fruits from the Tree of Life. Only dry leaves fall at his feet. The hands of Man have so tampered with it that it has become scorched.

 

My dearly beloved, open then your hearts and ears. Cultivate this Tree of Life whose fruits give eternal life. The One who planted it incites you to treat it with love and even yet you will see it give an abundance of its divine fruits. Conserve it just as it was when Christ gave it to you. Do not mutilate it. It wants to cast its immense shade over the Universe, so do not cut its branches. Its tasty fruits fall abundantly so as to satiate the hungry traveller who wishes to reach the end of his journey. Do not gather these fruits in order to leave them to rot, so they are of no use to anyone. “Many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

This is because there are monopolizers of the Bread of Life, as there are also of material bread. Do not be one of them: the Tree that gives good fruits must give to everyone. Go then, and seek those who are hungry, lead them under the leafy branches of the Tree of Life and share with them the shelter it offers. “You cannot collect grapes from amongst the thorns.” My brothers and sisters, turn away from those who call to you in order to show you the thorns of the way; instead, follow those who will lead you under the shade of the Tree of Life.

 

The Divine Saviour, the Just par excellence, spoke, and His words will never die; “Not all who say: Lord! Lord! will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the Will of my Father who is in Heaven.”

 

May the Lord of blessings bless you; may the God of Light illuminate you; may the Tree of Life offer you its abundant fruits! Believe and pray.

 

SIMON (Bordeaux, 1863).

 

 

Excerpt from Allan Kardec‘s “The Gospel According to Spiritism”, The Headquarters Publishing Co Ltd (London), 1987. Version found at Public Domain.

 

 

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For more information, please check out these links:

 

– Our Spiritist Studies section – published on Tuesdays

 

– The version of “The Gospel According to Spiritism” (that is in public domain) is available for free download here (.pdf format)

 

– Get to know the other basic books of Christian Spiritist Doctrine clicking here

 

– Download the other basic books of Spiritism here (.pdf format)

 

 

PREFACE:

 

To not desire evil towards your enemies is to be only partly charitable. True charity consists in wishing them well and in feeling happy about the good that comes to them (See The Gospel According to Spiritism, chapter 12, items 7 & 8).

 

 

PRAYER:

 

Dear God, in Your justice You saw fit to make X… happy, and on his behalf I thank You, despite the evil he has done to me and still tries to do. If he seeks to use this benefit to humiliate me, I accept this as a test of my capacity for charity.

 

Good Spirits who protect me, do not let me become regretful because of this. Turn away from me all jealousy and envy, which only degrades. On the contrary, inspire me with the generosity that elevates. Humiliation comes from evil and not from goodness, and we know that sooner or later justice will be done to each one according to their works.

 

 

 

This prayer can be found on “The Gospel According to Spiritism”, which can be downloaded here.

 

Please pray with us.

 

 

They’ve said:

 

That you won’t be successful on your business; 

 

That your dear person that is sick is near death;

 

That you will face a long night of hardships;

 

That you won’t find anymore the job you most wanted;

 

That you won’t recover from certain losses you suffered;

 

That the dreams you wish for won’t come true;

 

That the loved ones that are away from you will never come back to be near you again;

 

That the weariness of your physical body won’t allow you to do the things you want so much to do;

 

That for this or that mistake you’ll walk on the Earth constantly under rocks and thorns;

 

 

All of this has been said…

 

 

However, keep working and serving, praying and waiting, because God’s opinions are different.

 

 

Emmanuel (spirit) / Chico Xavier (medium)

 

 

From the website O Espiritismo.com.br

 

See also Spiritist Vocabulary, part I

 

PERISPIRIT (from the Greek peri roundabout, and the Latin spiritus, breath, spirit). – The semi-material envelope of the soul. During incarnation, it serves as the link or intermediary between the incarnated spirit and the matter of his fleshly body; during erraticity, it constitutes the spirit’s fluidic body, inseparable from the personality of the spirit.

 

PNEUMATOGRAPHY (from the Greek pneuma, air, breath, wind, spirit, and grapho, I write). – This word denotes the direct writing of spirits, without the use of the medium’s hand.

 

PSYCHOGRAPHER (from the Greek psuké butterfly, soul, and grapho, I write). – A person who writes by psychography; a writing medium.

 

PSYCHOGRAPHY – The writing of spirits by a medium’s hand.

 

PSYCHOPHONY – The communication of spirits by the voice of a speaking medium.

 

REINCARNATION – The return of a spirit to corporeal life; plurality of existences, in this planet and in other material worlds.

 

SEMATOLOGY (from the Greek sema, a sign, and logos, a discourse). – The language of signs. The communications of spirits by the movements of inert bodies.

 

SPIRITIST – That which has to do with spiritism ; a partisan of spiritism; one who believes in the fact of spirit-manifestations.

 

SPIRITUALISM -The opposite of materialism; a belief in the existence of the spiritual and immaterial soul. We say, Spiritualism is the basis of all religions.

 

SPIRITUALIST – One who occupies himself with spiritualism; a partisan of spiritualism. Whoever believes that there is in the universe something which is not matter is a spiritualist, but spiritualism does not necessarily imply a belief in the manifestations of spirits. Every spiritist is necessarily a spiritualist, but every spiritualist is not necessarily a spiritist; the materialist is neither the one nor the other.

 

We say, “the spiritualist philosophy,” as the antithesis of “theoretic materialism;” “A work embodying spiritualist ideas,” as the opposite of “a work embodying materialistic ideas.” We say, “Spiritist manifestations are produced by the action of spirits on matter;” “spiritist morality is the result of teachings given by spirits.” “There are spiritualists who ridicule the spiritist belief.” In these examples, the employment of the word spiritualist for spiritist would produce confusion.

 

TYPTER (from the Greek tupto, I strike). – One who has the power of producing typtology; a rapping or tipping medium.

 

TYPTOLOGY – Language of raps or tilts; a mode of spirit-communication. Alphabetical typtology; the designation of letters (or cyphers) by raps or tilts.

 

 

See also Spiritist Vocabulary, part I

 

 

Excerpt from Allan Kardec‘s “The Medium’s Book”, translated by Anna Blackwell, LAKE (Livraria Allan Kardec Editora). Printed in Brazil. Version found at Public Domain.

 

 

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For more information, please check out these links:

 

– Our Spiritist Studies section – published on Tuesdays

 

– Questions & Answers section

 

– The version of “The Medium’s Book” (that is in public domain) is available for free download here (.pdf format)

 

– Get to know the other basic books of Christian Spiritist Doctrine by clicking here

 

– Download the other basic books of Spiritism here (.pdf format). All of the books are on public domain.

 

 

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