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If you can, yet today:

 

 

Forget the tribulations and show a bigger smile to those who share life with you;

 

Give one more touch of happiness and beauty to your home;

 

Go visit, even for a short time, the sick person you wish to encourage;

 

Write, even if it’s a simple note, transmitting hope and tranquility, on somebody’s benefit;

 

Enhance your knowledge on the work area you’re currently employing your time on;

 

Extend some more optimism and joy to the ones you live with;

 

Try to forget – but really forget – everything that means a reason for sadness or exasperation;

 

Read some enlightening page and listen to music that sets peace to your heart;

 

Dedicate some minutes to meditate and pray;

 

Practice, at least, one good deed without telling it to anyone.

 

 

These indications of spiritual support, if respected, will do a great good to others, but will be good especially to you.

 

 

André Luiz (spirit) / Chico Xavier (medium)

 

From the book « Respostas da Vida », IDEAL Publishing

 

400. Does the incarnated spirit reside willingly in his corporeal envelope?

 

“You might as well ask whether a prisoner willingly remains locked up in prison. The incarnated spirit aspires incessantly after his deliverance; and the grosser his envelope, the more desirous is be to be rid of it.”

 

401. Does the soul take rest, like tile body, during sleep?

 

“No; a spirit is never inactive. The bonds which unite him to the body are relaxed during sleep; and as the body does not then need his presence, he travels through space, and enters into more direct relation with other spirits.”

 

402. How can we ascertain the fact of a spirit’s liberty during sleep?

 

“By dreams. Be very sure that, when his body is asleep, a spirit enjoys the use of faculties of which he is unconscious while his body is awake. He remembers the past, and sometimes foresees the future: he acquires more power, and is able to enter into communication with other spirits, either in this world or in some other.

 

 

“You often say, ‘I have had a strange dream, a frightful dream, without any likeness to reality’.

 

 

You are mistaken in thinking it to be so; for it is often a reminiscence of places and things which you have seen in the past, or a foresight of those which you will see in another existence, or in this one at some future time. The body being torpid, the spirit tries to break his chain, and seeks, in the past or in the future, for the means of doing so.

 

 

“Poor human beings! how little do you know of the commonest phenomena of your life! You fancy yourselves to be very learned, and you are puzzled by the most ordinary things. To questions that any child might ask, ‘What do we do when we are asleep?’ ‘What are dreams?’ you are incapable of replying.

 

 

“Sleep effects a partial freeing of the soul from the body. When you sleep, your spirit is, for the time being, in the state in which you will be after your death. The spirits who at death are promptly freed from matter are those who, during their life, have had what may be called intelligent sleep. Such persons, when they sleep, regain the society of other spirits superior to themselves. They go about with them, conversing with them, and gaining instruction from them; they even work, in the spirit-world, at undertakings which, on dying, they find already begun or completed. From this you see how little death should be dreaded, since, according to the saying of St. Paul, you ‘die daily.’

 

 

“What we have just stated refers to spirits of an elevated degree of advancement. As for those of the common mass of men, who, after their death, remain for long hours in the state of confusion and uncertainty of which you have been told by such, they go, during sleep, into worlds of lower rank than the earth, to which they are drawn back by old affections, or by the attraction of pleasures still baser than those to which they are addicted in your world; visits in which they gather ideas still viler, more ignoble, and more mischievous than those which they had professed during their waking hours. And that which engenders sympathy in the earthly life is nothing else than the fact that you feel yourselves, on waking, affectionately attracted towards those with whom you have passed eight or nine hours of happiness or pleasure.

 

On the other hand, the explanation of the invincible antipathies you sometimes feel for certain persons is also to be found in the intuitive knowledge you have thus acquired of the fact that those persons have another conscience than yours, because you know them without having previously seen them with your bodily eyes. It is this same fact, moreover, that explains the indifference of some people for others; they do not care to make new friends, because they know that they have others by whom they are loved and cherished. In a word, sleep has more influence than you think upon your life.

 

 

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

 

Every bad thought can have two origins: our own spiritual imperfection or the action of a harmful influence. In the last case we have the indication of a weakness which exposes us to these influences, and it is for this reason that our soul is imperfect. So that the one who foils cannot offer as an excuse the influence of a strange Spirit, seeing that this Spirit would not have led them to wrongdoing if they were inaccessible to seduction.

                                                                                                    

When we have a bad thought, we can suppose that it was an evil Spirit which suggested the evil, leaving us complete liberty to accede or resist, just as if we were facing a living person. At the same time, we should make a mental picture of our Guardian Angel or protecting Spirit who from his side combats within us the bad influences and anxiously awaits the decision we are going to make. Our hesitation in acting upon the evil suggestions is due to the voice of our good Spirit, who makes himself heard through our conscience.

 

One recognises a thought is bad when it draws away from charity which is the base of all true morality; or when it comes laden with pride, vanity and selfishness; or when its realization may cause harm to another person: in short, when we are induced by our thoughts to do to others what we would not like someone to do to us (See chapter 28, item 15 & chapter 15 item 10).

 

 

PRAYER:

 

All Powerful Lord, do not let me succumb to the temptation to fall into error! Benevolent Spirits who protect me, turn this bad thought away from me and give me the strength to resist this evil. If I succumb, then I will deserve the expiation of my failing in this same life and in the next, because I have free will to make my choice.

 

 

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

 

Please pray with us.

Christian life hinges upon brotherly love. We may give expression to the best within us.

 

The Gospel teaches us that there may be always a new beginning every moment so as to gain Christ’s presence.

 

Patience is the power to bring to us the kingdom of happiness. Jesus knows our shortcomings and gives us His tolerance. Let us help each other. Live is the law.

 

We must be faithful in little promises. Many people are completely involved with heavenly glories, while they are careless in little things.

 

Let us wake up. Devotion claims fulfilment. He who knows becomes responsible. The world needs help.

 

Let us be of service at every opportunity. In the Gospel as well as in business one must look ahead.

 

Jesus said; “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And not one of them shall fall to the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered”.

 

We can not measure God’s glory around us, but we can recognize the divine attributes of God through our love to our fellow man.

 

As far as it goes, the definition of the New Testament, “God is love; and he that abideth in  love abideth in God, and God abideth in him”, carries with it the promise that by living  and practising pure love man will finally attain to the state of union with the Maker for  ever.

 

Would we find God? Then we need to follow Jesus Christ. Service with Him, is the real easement of life’s problems.

 

Good things do not come to us by chance. The happiness and the peace in the soul’s kingdom come from love’s service. When we find love in our heart, Jesus is there.

 

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Jesus (Matthew, 6:21)

 

ANDERSON

 

July, 9 1965, New York City, NY 

 

(From the Book: “Entre Irmãos de Outras Terras” by F.C.Xavier and V. Vieira)

 

Message found on the webpage of the Spiritist Society of Baltimore: http://www.ssbaltimore.org/Messages.html

                        Love one another and you will be happy. Above all else, take to heart the need to love all those who inspire indifference, hate and scorn. Christ, who should be considered as the model, gave an example of this kind of devotion. Missionary of Love that He was, He loved so much as to give His very blood and life for Love. It is a painful sacrifice to love those who insult and torment us, but it is exactly this sacrifice which makes you superior to them. If you were to hate them, as they hate you, then you would be worth no more than they. To love them is the Immaculate Host you offer to God on the altar of your hearts, which will envelop you in its aroma as if it were a sweet perfume.

 

                        If the law of Love demands that each one love all their brothers and sisters without distinction, it does not mean that the heart will be protected as if by a breastplate against evil conduct. On the contrary, it is the most anguishing of trials, which I know full well, having experienced this same torture during my last earthly existence. But God is ever present, and punishes in this life or the next all who violate the law of love. My dear children, do not forget that love draws us near to God and hate drives us away from Him.

 

 

FENELON (Bordeaux, 1861)

 

 

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:

 

                        Through the dangers we run God reminds us of the frailty of our existence. He shows us that our lives are in His hands, and that being held by only a thread, it may break when we least expect it to happen. From this point of view privilege does not exist for anyone because the same alternatives are to be found for both great and small alike.

 

                        If we look at the nature and the consequences of danger we will see in most cases that these consequences, if they are verified, will have been a punishment for a misdeed or for an unfulfilled duty.

 

 

PRAYER:

 

 

                        Almighty God, and you who are my Guardian Angel, help me! If I must succumb, may God’s will be done. If I am to be saved, may the rest of my life be given to repay the evil I have done, for which I am truly repentant.

 

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

 

Please pray with us.

 

Everything passes… joy, pain, happiness, sadness…

 

The Universe is an eternal dynamic…

 

The worlds renew themselves; the beings evolve…

 

Nature dies and is born again thousands of times…

 

A Sun comes from another Sun…

 

A cell comes from another cell…

 

Only God stays…

 

Only God is…

 

He, the Uncreated, alpha and omega of Life, is the Law… 

 

Law that changes without changing itself…

 

That enhances without the need of enhancing itself…

 

That aggrandizes without needing to aggrandize itself…

 

Everything goes by to stay…

 

Everything stays to be…

 

The Spirit, reflection of the Creator, is what counts…

 

Is what stays, is what is…

 

Spirit and God, God and Spirit, summary and synthesis of Life.

 

 

PASTORINO

 

From the book “Juntos Venceremos” (Together we’ll win). Mediums: Francisco Cândido Xavier and Carlos A. Bacelli.

 

 

                        As everything may be made a source of pecuniary profit, it would not be strange if attempts were made to turn Spiritism to that purpose; but the spirits would probably be at no loss to show their opinion of such a speculation, should it be attempted, for it is evident that nothing could be more easily abused by charlatans than such a trade.

 

                        On the other hand, it is to be remarked that, although the turning of the medianimic faculty into a source of gain must lay its genuineness open to suspicion, it would not be a proof that such suspicion is founded; for a medium may possess real medianimic aptitude, and employ it with perfect honesty, while receiving payment. Let us see, then, what are the results that may be reasonably hoped for under such circumstances.

 

                        If our readers have carefully weighed what we have said of the conditions necessary for inducing superior spirits to communicate, of the causes which repel them, and of the circumstances independent of their will that are often an obstacle to their coming, they will see that no medium, whatever his faculty or moral worth, could pretend to have them constantly at his beck and call; while, on the other hand, the repugnance of the higher spirits to everything connected with terrestrial aims and interests would indispose them towards any attempt to make a traffic of their manifestations.

 

                        The same considerations are applicable, not only to mediums who receive payment in money, but to all who turn their faculty to the furtherance of their worldly affairs; for self-interest does not always take the form of seeking pecuniary gain, but is shown as certainly by every sort of contrivance for the furtherance of ambition or of any other personal aim. To sum up: medianimity is a faculty given for a high and holy purpose, and spirits of high advancement withdraw from those who make it a steppingstone to any other ends than those marked out for it by Providence.

 

                        Physical mediums are not in the same category as those who habitually receive intelligent communications. The physical phenomena are usually produced by lower and less scrupulous spirits; and mediums of this category, desirous to turn their faculty to pecuniary account, may therefore find willing assistants among the spirits with whom they are habitually connected. But the medium for physical effects, like the medium for intelligent manifestations, has not been endowed with this faculty for Isis own pleasure merely. It has been given him in order that he may make a good use of it; should he do otherwise, it may be taken from him, or it may turn to his disadvantage, the lower spirits being always under the orders of the higher ones, who sometimes use them for the punishment of unfaithful mediums.

 

                        From the preceding considerations we conclude that the most entire disinterestedness, on the part of evokers and of mediums, is the best guarantee against deception; for, although it does not always suffice to insure the intellectual superiority of the communications received, it deprives evil spirits of a powerful means of action and shuts the mouths of detractors.

 

 

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.

 

1) To be said by the sick person:

 

 

Lord, You are all justice. The illness You saw fit to send me must be deserved, because You never impose suffering without just cause. Therefore I entrust my cure to Your infinite mercy. If it pleases You to restore my health, may Your Name be blessed! If on the contrary it is necessary for me to suffer more, may You be blessed just the same. I submit without complaint to Your wise purpose, since what You do can only be for the good of Your creatures.

 

Dear God, let this infirmity be a timely warning to me, which will cause me to meditate upon myself. I accept it as an expiation for my past and as a test of my faith and submission to Your blessed will.

 

 

2) For the sick person:

 

 

Dear God, Your designs are impenetrable and in Your wisdom You have sent this affliction to X… I implore You, Lord, to cast a glance of compassion over his sufferings and if You see fit, to terminate them.

 

Good Spirits, you who are ministers of the Almighty, I beseech you to second my request to alleviate his sufferings; direct my thought so that a balsam may be poured over his body and consolation poured into his soul.

 

Inspire him with patience and submission to God’s Will. Give him enough strength to support the pain with Christian resignation, so that the fruits of this test may not be lost.

 

  

 

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

 

Please pray with us.

 

When you see yourself on the verge of impatience that is able to throw your heart to the thorns of anguish, count the advantages that you have, in order to become immune to the attack of darkness.

 

Misunderstandings in family…

Remember those who long to find someone, even for a simple argument, on the chronic loneliness in which they find themselves.

 

Friends who go away…

Meditate on the probation of those who never had them.

 

Aggressions…

Think about the balanced brain that you have to support the fellows who are sick on the soul.

 

Beloved ones facing serious problems with feelings…

Meditate about your tranquility and safety, because of which, for now, you are able to stay free of obsessions.

 

Overload of tasks, which compel you to despondency and tiredness…

Spend a few moments examining the fight of the brothers who are out of any possibility of employment to guarantee their own maintenance.

 

Nuisances…

Evaluate the importance of some words of comfort that you can bring to fellows who are sick or comprehensibly weakened by the suffering that dominates them.

 

Broken home…

Take a look at the brothers who go by without a home.

 

 

Count the blessings in your life and vaccinate yourself against despair, because despair is a volcano of fire and darkness; its extension on the domains of disarray and death no one can measure.

 

 

By the spirit André Luiz – From the book  Aulas da Vida (Lessons of life). Medium (automatic writing):  Francisco Cândido Xavier.

 

Message found at Caminhos de Luz .

 

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